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FRIDAY, APRIL 22, 2011

A safe park for everyone

Local crime watcher Sue Hille reminded the blog that the Grant Park Easter Egg Hunt is on Saturday, April 23, beginning at 10 a.m. She's also recruiting volunteers for NOPS (Neighborhood Observation Patrol Services) via the COPS shop on East Fifth. Here's how Hille explains...

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THURSDAY, APRIL 21, 2011

Art walk today!

It's already time again for Third Thursday Art Walk on South Perry - sorry for the late notice - but here are a few highlights: At South Perry Pizza you will find Shani Marchant's eclectic large oil paintings and watercolors. Meet the artist from 5-8...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 15, 2011

Spring clean up on Perry

Since writing a story about the cleanup of the Pittsburg Stairs, the blog has heard from almost two dozen people interested in helping with neighborhood cleanup. This may be just the opportunity you're all looking for: On Saturday April 30, from 10 a.m. to noon,...

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THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 2011

Heidi Hash, parent volunteer at Grant Elementary School, stands in the greenhouse the school just won from the Washington State Potato Commission and Yokes Fresh Markets. The school will start a garden club this spring. (Pia Hallenberg)

Grant Elementary School wins greenhouse

Grant got one of several greenhouses donated by The Washington State Potato Commission and Yokes Fresh Markets - along with $1000 in donations (half from each organization) to get the greenhouse and a garden club started. "We are going to start a garden club, and...

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13, 2011

Hold the phones -

"The good news is there is no need to contact Sen Brown today, as the Ways & Means committee has decided to restore funding in their proposed budget! They have taken the recommendation we discussed last year, which is a huge victory. This budget proposal...

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TUESDAY, APRIL 12, 2011


Grant Garden update

- the most shocking news is that it's $10,000 to put a chainlink fence around the garden. That's a lot more than what was planned. The gardens on the water department property do not have such a fence. The garden beds suggested would also be...

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South Perry represented in Olympia

Brian Estes is headed to Olympia to testify before the State Ways and Means Committee, in an effort to preserve funding for WIC's farmers market's program. Womens Infants and Childrens program was one of the first programs that made it possible for low-income mothers to...

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Curious neighbors want to know:

- what's going in to the old Altamont Pharmacy, just south of The Shop? Sorry, but there is no official word yet. The blog hears that an announcement is close, but not ready yet. Permits are for simple restoration of the store front and the...

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Arthur Street closed on Thursday

Arthur Street northbound between Third and Second avenues will be closed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 14, so crews can complete base-paving work. Motorists will be detoured to Perry Street and should anticipate delays. The closure is part of a City...

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MONDAY, APRIL 11, 2011

Business and neighborhood meeting Tuesday

The South Perry Business and Neighborhood Association is having its monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 12, at 6 p.m. at the Perry Street Cafe. Come and get updates on Perry Street events: the Street Fair and Parade, the Farmers Market, the community garden in Grant...

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6, 2011

East Side Library numbers up

The number of visits to the East Side Library was up by almost 700 in March, compared to March 2010. The East Side gate count was 4,760 compared to 4,081 last year. Circulation was 8,387 which is the highest monthly circulation since June of 2005;...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 1, 2011


Cookies will disappear from this jar "quick as a bunny." 
 (The Spokesman-Review)

Hunt Easter eggs on South Perry

The South Perry Easter Egg Hunt is on Saturday April 23 in Grant Park, and it begins at 10 a.m. with games, crafts and pictures with the Easter Bunny. The first egg hunt is at 10:30 a.m. followed by another egg hunt at 11 a.m....

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THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 2011

Eat with your eyes, tonight

Eat With Your Eyes is a series of farm tours, films and book chats designed to stimulate conversation about food and agriculture, that's good for everyone and the planet. The series begins with a pot luck and book chat tonight at the South Perry Farmers...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 25, 2011

Another volunteer opportunity? 

So far, nine people have responded to the request for volunteers to clean up the Pittsburg Trail. That's awesome - but what's really great is that the city took care of the cleanup yesterday. Including the graffiti. Neighbors are happy. The question is if there's...

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THURSDAY, MARCH 24, 2011

The cleanup that wasn't needed

Check out this e-mail from the City of Spokane - it looks like the Pittsburg Stairs are getting cleaned up right now: "Public right of way and public lands in Spokane fall under the Spokane Regional Solid Waste System program for litter control. A portion...

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It's "Best Of" day

The Inlander is publishing the results of its annual reader poll - Best of the Inland Northwest - today, and there are a few South Perry winners. Liberty Park Florist won the best florist category and South Perry Pizza placed third in the best pizza...

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Cleanup volunteers needed

Here's the perfect neighborhood project for you: get together with some other folks and clean up the Pittsburg Stairs. Let the blog know if you are interested - we already have a volunteer coordinator. The stairs and the trail look awful - to put it...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23, 2011

Cleanup the Pittsburg Stairs

The Pittsburg Stairs - that 's the little cement trail that runs from Eighth and Pittsburg, north to Liberty Park and the East Central Pool - is in desperate need of some cleanup. It's covered in rather nasty graffiti and trash, beer cans, pop bottles...

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Veraci Pizza is firing up the terra cotta oven with apple wood - dough is rising... smells heavenly already. (Pia Hallenberg)

Pizza brings spring

The South Perry Farmers Market is open on Thursday, March 24, from 3-6 p.m. and the blog heard somewhere that Veraci Pizza will be there baking heavenly pies in Woody's parking lot. These would be the pizza people with the outdoor woodfired oven... yum. The...

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THURSDAY, MARCH 17, 2011

Okay - so it's a small art walk

- but it's nice to see something come to fruition that the neighborhood has been talking about for a long, long time. Look for green and white baloons outside participating shops. Don't forget to stop by Veda Lux - great vintage finds today, and not...

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Art on South Perry

The business district is hosting Third Thursday today for the first time. There was childrens theater earlier at the South Perry Farmers Market, and many of the local merchants have specials going on this evening. Notice the huge paintings in the windows of the old...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16, 2011

Seventh Day Memorial Service at Temple

The Spokane Buddhist Temple (927 S. Perry Street) will be conducting a “Seventh Day Memorial Service” for the victims of the March 11th Japanese earthquake and Tsunami, on Friday, March 18th at 6 p.m. We will be accepting donations for relief efforts in Japan. Everyone...

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A parrot outfit hangs outside Veda Lux on South Perry Street on October 21. (Pia Hallenberg)

It's Third Thursday

The South Perry Business District is putting on its first art walk on St. Patrick's Day (March 17) with art exhibits and entertainment at many of the businesses. Brought to you by the people of South Perry Pizza and supported by the South Perry Business...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2011

Street Fair update

The Street Fair and Parade is on July 16. This year, the street fair is trying to move on to the street - out of the park. It will save a permit fee for the park. A parade coordinator is needed. The parade coordinator gets...

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Pia Hallenberg covers everything going on in the South Perry neighborhood, where she lives.