Archive for May 2011
Spokane Public Schools has named Grant Elementary School volunteer Heidi Hash one of the District's outstanding volunteers this year. Here's what the school district had to say about Heidi:
“Heidi gets things done before anyone realizes they need to be done. She goes out of the way to invite new families to school events, to encourage them to look further into Grant and truly become part of the neighborhood. She figured out a way to preserve Grant’s after-school sports programs, and started an annual walk-a-thon to help raise money for them. She also started a hat, glove and sock drive for the school.”
Tell her congratulations when you see her around the neighborhood.
The South Perry Business and Neighborhood Association is gearing up for the annual parade and street fair on July 16 - with the parade starting around 10:30 a.m.
Parade floats and participants big and small may gather in the parking lot at Grant Elementary School, begining at 9 a.m. It's $5 to be in the parade and fees are collected that morning.
As something new, Perry Street will be closed to traffic all day between Ninth and 11th Avenues, so craft and food vendors will be set up in the actual street.
The fair and parade committe is looking to fill 88 vendor spots with everything from arts and crafts, to food and informational booths. So far, 15 have signed up.
(The photo is from last year's parade)
And there really are asparagus here.
The South Perry Farmers Market couldn't have asked for better weather for opening day - it's gorgeous.
For self-growers, stop by and get a Grant Park Community Garden plot - for the rest of you, come by for fresh produce, bread, eggs, honey, seedlings and crafts. Market is open until 7 p.m.
The South Perry Farmers Market will be outdoors today for the first time this season. Its in The Shop's parking lot and open from 3-7 p.m. There were fresh asparagus last week… just throwing that out there.
Today is garden day at the market - come in and get your questions answered about tomatoes and anything else you are growing in your yard.
Grant Park Community Garden still has plots for sale - you can purchase those at the farmers market as well.
Don't forget about the work party on Saturday morning. Starting at 9 a.m. that's when volunteers put together the frames for the raised beds. Brind basic hand tools and strong arms.
And it's Third Thursday, which means there are art shows at South Perry businesses. Local photographer Dean Davis is showing at South Perry Pizza.
Finally - here's a link to today's story about the proposed alcohol impact zone around the South Perry District.
This Saturday, volunteers got together and cut sod for the Grant Park Community Garden. This garden is a pilot project with the Spokane Parks and Recreation Department - it's one of two community gardens built in parks and on park property.
About one-third of the planned plots in Grant Community Garden have sold already. The easiest way to get a plot is to stop by the South Perry Farmers Market on Thursday between 3-7 p.m.
The next work party is on Saturday May 21 begining at 9 a.m. On the agenda is construction of garden beds and a few other projects.
The easiest way to keep track of the garden's progress and needs is to follow it on Facebook here.
On my way up to The Shop for this afternoon's blog session, I stopped by the Pittsburg Trail and the graffiti is back. Not at the top of the stairs but at the bottom, the winding part of the trail closest to the pool. Some of the tags are too racist to show here.
Clean up group - are you still out there?
Thank you to all the community volunteers and businesses for making our first community egg hunt a success. We would especially like to thank Emmanuel Family Life Center, Emmaus Church, Odyssey Youth Center and South Perry Pizza. This event could not have happened without all of your support and assistance.
It was also great to see so many people from the community that turned out on one of our first sunny days of the season. With over 700 people in attendance we were unprepared for such a turnout, but next year we will have more eggs, candy and games! We are already planning improvements. Please keep emailing us if you have feedback, both positive and negative, email@example.com.
Via e-mail from Anna O. Rowe this morning.
On Saturday, volunteers will begin cutting sod away to put in 30 raised beds in the community garden in Grant Park, just west of the school. The sod will be given away to people who can use it in their yards. It can't be sold because it's park property. Come down and volunteer at 9 a.m. on Saturday.
Also, look for KXLY's Mark Peterson doing a live morning show from the garden, weather pending, hopefully some time next week.
Soil and compost is being donated for all the beds.
If you are interested in a garden plot, stop by the South Perry Farmers Market on Thursday between 3-6 p.m.
Follow the garden on Facebook here - or at least go and like it. These people are working hard to get ready for planting by early June.
Vendors and volunteers are needed for this year's Perry Street Fair and Parade. The best way to follow the developments with the parade is to join them on Facebook here.
There are also plans for a summer concert series in the park - one band has been booked - stay tuned for more details.
(- kind'a live blogging from the meeting tonight:)
Alcohol impact area discussion: downtown already has an alcohol impact zone and the International District is moving to adapt one - South Perry is considering one. It requires retailers to pull single-serve high alcohol content drinks from the shelves, to limit public consumption of alcohol.
If downtown and East Central alcohol impact zones become mandatory, South Perry will become the closest place to purchase alcohol mainly for public consumption. The neighborhood must adopt a voluntary alcohol impact area before the neighborhood can have a mandatory alcohol impact zone.
The group will send a letter to all local businesses.
Public intoxication calls downtown have gone down since the alcohol impact impact zone was adopted. Here's a story about the impact of the downtown alcohol impact zone from earlier this spring.
A city council member must sponsor the application to the State Liqor Control Board. Some businesses are opposed to the change, because they make a significant amount of sales on single-serve alcohol.
An alcohol impact zone does not prevent sale of alcohol; it targets sales of single cans and bottles of alcohol - stuff that's typically consumed right outside the store or in parks.
It will take a couple of years for the alcohol impact zone to become a reality.
The South Perry Business and Neighborhood Association voted to approach John Snyder about this issue.
Leave comments about the alcohol impact area here - or e-mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org
The South Perry Business and Neighborhood Association meets tonight at the Perry Street Cafe at 6 p.m. Here's a great opportunity to get involved in your neighborhood's dealings - big and small.
On the agenda tonight is the election of a secretary and updates about all the summer events, from the street fair and parade to the community garden and the farmers market.
The farmers market is moving back outdoors in The Shop parking lot on May 19 - hours will be from 3-7 p.m. and the first two weeks will be gardening themed, so bring your questions for master gardeners and other advisors.
The photo is from last year's outdoor market.
The garden beds are up for sale, starting today. Prices are: 4x8 = $25; 4x12 = $35; 4x8 = $25; handicap accessible, 4x12 = $35 and a group bed 4x24 = $50. Prices are for one season and include water.
The total number of beds will be determined by the needs of the gardeners.
Businesses and private persons may sponsor a raised bed for a donation of between $150 and $500. Sponsorship includes a placque on the bed, which will stay there for the life of the bed, and permanent recognition in the garden.
Sign up for a bed by mid-May.
Contact the Grant Park Community Garden via e-mail at email@example.com or by calling (509) 251-8590.
The blog was at the Neighborhood Business Center advisory team meeting this morning and heard that the Garland District is now starting it's own art walk on every last Friday of the month - first one is on May 27.
That's a nice addition to the Third Thursday art walk on South Perry (next time on May 19) and of course the First Friday downtown - coming up tomorrow.
Do you go to art walks? Do you have any favorite art forms? Do you paint or draw? What's your favorite art event in Spokane?
The nice folks behind the Grant Park Community Garden got the green light (pun intended) on the garden design from the Parks Department. They will start selling plots today at the South Perry Farmers Market (from 3-6 p.m.) and they begin cutting sod on May 14. Stop by the booth at the Farmers Market today for more information.
Also, visit your South Perry Blog at The Shop today from 3-5 p.m.