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Archive for November 2010

Fig Tree needs volunteers asap

Wednesday Dec. 1 is the Fig Tree’s delivery and mailing day. We need some additional volunteers to help deliver bulk orders and to help with a larger than usual mailing. We’ll be at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 24th and Grand, from 9 a.m. to noon or as long as it takes to do the mailing.
Give me a call if you’d like to help then or regularly each month at 509-535-1813.

Via e-mail from Fig Tree editor Mary Stamp

Farmers Market so close

I follow the South Perry Farmers Market on Facebook here and just saw a post saying the market is “so close” to a permanent indoor home. When the market makes that announcement it will be the first permanent indoor farmers market in this town, for as long as I’ve been writing about farmers markets here (since 1998). True, there have been temporary indoor locations - there was one on Ruby Street, there was one in the building where KHQ-TV is now located and there were some indoor facilities at the site owned by WSU off Division. Can’t wait to hear the news.

The plows are coming -

- let’s hope they make it before the next storm hits tonight. I just ran home for lunch and was happy to see what looked like sand on some of the smaller hills in my neck of the South Perry neighborhood. The side streets should get a clearing today; here is a link to the city’s snow plow map.
In the meantime, give the blog a shout if you need to get word out about something - maybe your street is extra slick? Maybe there’s a neighbor who needs some help digging out? And I’d love to see some photos - please e-mail them to
And just a show of hands: how many people have put out windows with their snow blower? I counted a few on my way in…

Don’t close the East Central Library

The East Central Library may be closed - neighbors are encouraged to show up at the Spokane City Council meeting on Monday, Nov. 29 at 6 p.m. The blog got this e-mail from Joy Hart of the East Central Neighborhood Council this morning - it’s a flier, ready to be printed out.
Also, here’s a link to colleague Shawn Vestal’s column about the potential library closure.

A local Black Friday

If you must go shopping today, keep your local businesses in mind. A bunch of them have gotten together to create their own shopping challenge - read the story here and stop by. Remember that many smaller businesses like coffee houses and restaurants sell gift cards - anybody with a coffee habit is sure to appreciate a gift card for a couple of lattes.

Wishing you a happy Thanksgiving

 As an adult immigrant to this country, Thanksgiving is a holiday I had to learn. I’m not ashamed to admit that at the time, the differences between that and Halloween were not quite clear in my little European head. It all seemed to be about pumpkins, corn and turkeys. And who were those guys with the little funny hats? I dug up a column I wrote about my first Thanksgiving a couple of years ago - you can read that below - and this is my way of wishing you a happy Thanksgiving. Thanks for supporting your neighborhood blog.

Keep Fido and Felix warm and dry

SCRAPS - the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service - sent out a reminder today to all pet owners that pets should be brought indoors. There’s a blizzard warning in effect overnight and it’s already well below freezing outside.
“No pets should stay outside for unlimited amounts of time in freezing cold weather, they can suffer from hypothermia and frostbite just as we can,” said animal protection officer Nicole Montano. “If we see a lot of snow coming down we would also like to remind pet owners that snow build up can damage fences or allow pets to escape if the snow level is high enough.”
In extreme cold even an insulated dog house with bedding may not be warm enough. If your pet is in an insulated kennel make sure it has plenty of dry bedding and that blankets are dry, too.
SCRAPS emergency line is 509-477-2533 (for county residents) and SpokAnimal’s number is (509) 534-8133 (for city residents)

Street crews are out there

With a couple inches of snow on the ground, City of Spokane street crews have been out since the early hours of the morning Monday plowing snow and putting down de-icer on City streets.
Crews concentrated first on hills and now are working on arterials throughout the City.  With snowfall now tapered off, the City is working to improve driving conditions before very cold weather sets in tonight.
Meanwhile, the City has opened warming shelters for the homeless tonight at the Salvation Army for families, Hope House for single women, and House of Charity for single men.  Shelter space is still available at Crosswalk for youth/teens.
Citizens can check the progress of the plows on the arterials on the City’s web site by clicking here:  Click on “Snow Plowing Progress Map.”  This web page also includes overall information on the City’s snow removal plan.
Plow route maps and other snow removal information also can be found in the City’s utility bills in November, in the current edition of the Inlander, and in last Thursday’s Voice sections in the Spokesman-Review. 

Via e-mail from the City of Spokane this morning

COPS now on Facebook

If you’d like to stay in touch with your local COPS Shops, join them here on Facebook. The social network makes it easy to keep up with a variety of community groups; if you explore a little you’ll also find that many of your favorite businesses have Facebook pages.

And yes that’s snow out there and it’s going to continue to fall for a while. Drivers were making their way down the South Hill (and Perry) this morning without too much drama, but please do take your time - and don’t follow too closely.
Homeowners are responsible for keeping their sidewalks clear of snow and ice - if you have a moment, check on elderly neighbors and make sure everyone is okay. Small favors, like picking up a few things at the store when you’re going anyways, or sweeping the frontsteps for someone who can’t do it alone, means the world at this time of the year.

City closures on Thanksgiving

In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, Spokane City Hall will be closed on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 25 and 26.  Municipal Court also will be closed both days. City libraries, the solid waste transfer stations, and the Waste to Energy Facility will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 25, and open regular operating hours for the rest of the weekend.
Garbage pickup and curbside recycling will be a day late during the week of Thanksgiving for those residents whose garbage is normally picked up on Thursday and Friday.  Because of the holiday, crews will do Thursday rounds on Friday, Nov. 26, and Friday rounds on Saturday, Nov. 27.
Parking meters don’t have to be plugged on Thanksgiving Day.  For the rest of the weekend, normal meter use rules apply.
The Riverfront Park attractions, including the Ice Palace, Imax Theater, Spokane Falls Skyride, and Carousel, are open on Thanksgiving Day and throughout the holiday weekend.  Go to for information on hours of operation.

Via e-mail from the city of Spokane this morning


Farmers market in the snow

The market is back today from 3-6 p.m. in the parking lot at The Shop. Brian Estes said that the market will take a break for Thanksgiving next week and that should hopefully give them enough time to find an indoor location. Patio-style heaters will be needed this afternoon - let the blog know if you have some the market can burrow.

Pizza for the PTO

South Perry Pizza is having a fundraiser for Grant Elementary’s PTG on Tuesday Nov. 23. They have one every quarter, and on Tuesday 10 percent of the day’s gross sales will be donated to the PTG. There will also be a “jar” available for additional donations. 

It’s time to toot the neighborhood horn

Alright, those of us who live here already know that South Perry is a cool neighborhood, but would you check this out: the local blog SpoCOOL had it’s own ‘best of Spokane’ contest and South Perry was a big winner.

In the category best pizza, Veraci took number one and South Perry Pizza placed second.
South Perry Farmers Market won for best Farmers Market.
Best bar went to The Lantern Tavern.
That’s one heck of a great showing for one neighborhood - congratulations to all.

Kautzmann guest on Mayor’s show

Krista Kautzmann of South Perry Pizza will be a guest on Mayor Mary Verner’s small business show Thursday morning from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The show can be seen on City Cable channel 5 or you can come down to the city council chambers and watch the live action. Other guests include Paul Fish of Mountain Gear and Mark Wilkerson of VEBA Service Group.
Andrew Worlock, economic development specialiast with the city, will also present the results of the city’s recent small business survey.

South Perry Pizza guest on Mayor’s show

Krista Kautzmann of South Perry Pizza will be a guest on Mayor Mary Verner’s small business show Thursday morning from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The show can be seen on City Cable channel 5 or you can come down to the city council chambers and watch the live action. Other guests include Paul Fish of Mountain Gear and Mark Wilkerson of VEBA Service Group.
Andrew Worlock, economic development specialiast with the city, will also present the results of the city’s recent small business survey.

Boot and sock drive to kick off

The South Perry Business and Neighborhood Association is sponsoring a sock and boot drive for students at Grant Elementary School. About 90 percent of students at Grant receive free or reduced lunch because they live in poverty. At last weeke’s SPBNA meeting it was discussed whether to adopt a family for the holidays or try and do something for more students - and that’s how the sock and boot drive was born.
Look for large plastic collection bins to pop up at your favorite South Perry businesses within the week.
TEAM Grant (the parent teacher association) will distribute the donated winter clothing to students in need.
Please give new or gently used winter boots, socks, tights, mittens, hats and scarves in sizes five-years-old and up.
Cash donations are welcome, too. Please send checks to TEAM Greant, c/o Grant Elementary School, 1300 E. Ninth Avenue, Spokane, WA 99202

It gets dark - but people are still here

Anna Rowe and her three-year-old son, Sullivan Rowe, live in the neighborhood and shopped at the market all summer: “It would be a shame for the market to disappear, it gives us all a great community feel. It would be very nice to have it indoors all year around - I really hope they can find a building here in the neighborhood soon.”

Felt will keep you warm

Samantha McDonald makes felted items for her craft business Strange Magic Moments - today is her first day back at the market: “I live close by and have participated in the market in the past. I just decided to get back into it. The market is important to the neighborhood - I buy a lot of stuff here and I like that you get to know the vendors. The more support we get right now the better.”

Support local business

South Perry Pizza chef Chris Deitz has been shopping at the market regularly all summer: “I like to support the locals, that we try to take care of each other. The world builds on small businesses. Today I’m picking up squash - but over summer it was tomatoes, arugula, basil, whatever we needed that was here. I hope the market sticks around.”

Farmers market talk

The South Perry Farmers’ Market is outdoors today, from 3-6 p.m., in the parking lot in front of The Shop. It was supposed to have been indoors at the Emmanuel Family Life Center, but the the fire marshal nixed that last Thursday. The blog is talking to people who shop at the market today - if you have something to share, come up here before 6 p.m. The blog is all ears…

Karen Byrne called the blog last week - she’s a faithful shopper and here’s what she had to say about the market today: “I live in the neighborhood and I want it to continue here. I’m really frustrated that it doesn’t have a winter home. It’s really too bad it couldn’t stay at the Emmanuel Family Life Center. I’ve been shopping here for three years - it really works here and it’s pulled the neighborhood together. I’m really concerned that it may go away.”

Market back at The Shop

The South Perry Farmers’ Market is back out in the cold - here’s a bit from this morning’s story:
“Things didn’t go quite as planned last week, when the South Perry Farmers’ Market was supposed to move indoors for the winter at the Emmanuel Family Life Center on South Richard Allen Court.
Market director Brian Estes said everyone was set up and ready to open, when the fire marshal showed up and told them to leave the building.
“There was a problem with the permits in the building, there was no sprinkler system,” said Estes, who moved the market outdoors. “We could still be on the property, but we couldn’t be inside the building.” Read the rest of the story here.

The South Perry Blog will be at the Farmers Market today from 3-6 p.m. - stop in and tell the blog what the market means to you.

SPBNA is gaining momentum

The South Perry Business and Neighborhood Association decided to start a boot, sock, hats, mitten and scarf drive to benefit students at Grant Elementary School. The blog agreed to help out setting this up.

About 90 percent of kids at Grant qualify for free or reduced lunch, and there is a huge need for winter clothing – especially boots, socks, mittens and hats. Watch for collection bins to appear at Perry businesses soon – contact the blog at if you have larger donations of new or slightly used winter boots, socks/tights, hats, mittens and scarves.
There was a long discussion about the need to update bylaws for the South Perry Business and Neighbor Association. A membership fee hasn’t been charged for four or five years.

Many businesses don’t attend on a regular basis, and the SPBNA doesn’t have any representation at the city’s business center meetings. Those meetings are the first Friday every month at 7 a.m. Krista from South Perry Pizza agreed to take contact to the city and try to make the meetings, so she can report back to the group. A work group of three people will look at the bylaws and propose updates to the group as soon as possible.

The officers remain mostly the same for another year, in order to secure that bylaws are updated and structure of SPBNA is solidified. Only changes are that Spencer Grainger agreed to help secretary Heidi Hash – she is very active with Grant Elementary and may miss a meeting once in a while - and Marshall Powell is the new vice president.

Look out for two suspected drug cars

Neighbors noticed a suspected drug deal in the area of South Hatch and Harrison on Monday. The cars involved are a burgundy, four-door Lexus with WA plates 565XOG and a Chevrolet Surburban with WA plates 426UWM. If you see the cars in the area or know where they belong, please call crime check at 456-2233

Mayor Verner focus on small business

Join Mayor Mary Verner on Thursday, Nov. 18, as she hosts a discussion about the issues facing small businesses in Spokane.  The event, called “Let’s Talk: A Conversation with Mayor Verner about our Small Business Community,” will be held in the City Council Chambers in the lower level of City Hall, 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., from 10:30 a.m. to noon. During the event, the Mayor will be joined by three small business owners who will talk about their challenges during this time of recession.
In addition, the City will unveil the results of its small business survey, which looks at economic conditions, workforce issues, access to capital, and local government’s role.  The City is collecting responses on the survey through Nov. 14; it is available at - look for Spokane small business survery.

Via e-mail from City Hall

Neighborhood meeting Tuesday

Just a little reminder that the South Perry Business and Neighborhood Association is meeting Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. at the Perry Street Cafe. Everyone is welcome, neighbors, businesses, Grant parents… please join the group that’s trying to make your neighborhood an even better place. There are three board positions open for nomination.

Healthy ears, healthy body

There’s a new alternative health practitoner in the South Perry neighborhood: Delphine O’Reilly has set up shop as an ear reflexologist. O’Reilly said she got interested in ear reflexology some years ago, when she was seeking treatment for severe anxiety and depression.
“I was getting my masters degree in psychology and I had so much anxiety, I was on a lot of drugs to deal with that,” O’Reilly said. “Then I started getting my ears done and I did it for two years - it really helped me.” She learned the practice from the ear reflexologist that treated her, and now she divides her time between ‘doing ear’ as she calls it in Mt. Vernon and Spokane.
The principels are the same as those behind foot reflexology: specific points on the outer ear are connected to organs, body parts and feelings - stimulating the right points brings balance to a person. O’Reilly said the technique is based on ancient Chinese practices such as acupuncture and acupressure. “I have seen really good results with anxiety, drepression, insomnia and weightloss,” said O’Reilly. “It’s safe and it’s non-invasive.”

Buddhist Temple fall bazaar

The Spokane Buddhist Temple is having a fall food bazaar on Sunday (11/7) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The main feature is Yakisoba Bento Boxes - fried noodles with bite size chicken and vegetables - either for eat in or take out. There’s also a vegetarian variety available and the noodles are served with traditional Japanese Miso Soup. Senbei, which are Japanese crackers, are also available for $3.50 along with Japanese rice cake and other baked goods. The Temple sold out last year so preorders are recommended and can be phoned in to (509) 534-7954. The Temple is located at 927 S. Perry Street.

International District

The blog is taking a little roadtrip Thursday morning, setting up shop at The Flying Pig on East Sprague. That area is also known as the International District and it’s part of Girls Day Out on November 13, together with Hillyard, Garland and Monroe business districts. As always this is an open invitation to come in and say hello - the blog should be in position around 8.

Take the Perry Steps toward fitness

Feeling like you ate a bit too much Halloween candy? Or perhaps Sunday football finds you growing into your easy chair? Here we are with the Holiday Season not really even begun and if you’re like me, the pounds are starting to creep in for the winter. Well, there’s good news: South Perry Street has it’s own free-of-charge fitness center. In case you haven’t discovered it yet, here’s how it works: most people in the neighborhood can simply walk to a convenient starting point along Perry, or you can drive to 8th and Perry and park your car. Then head south through the business district, up the hill and up the stairs, and you if go about two more blocks to Rockwood Boulevard you’ll make it an even mile from the Liberty Park Florist greenhouse. Then turn around and take a brisk downhill walk back to your car. Repeat as needed and you’ll be slim and trim in no time. Obviously, if you get tired along the route there are plenty of places to stop for refreshments.

Via e-mail from neighborhood blogger Tony Kliment

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Welcome to the South Perry neighborhood blog. My name is Pia Hallenberg and I’ve worked as a journalist in Spokane since the fall of 1998; for the last four years I’ve lived on South Perry Street.

I love the neighborhood so when time came to pick an area for The Spokesman-Review’s first neighborhood blog, the choice was simple: South Perry is where it’s at.

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