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Posts tagged: community

South Hill connections on Facebook

If you are on Facebook and curious about what's going on not just in the South Perry District but in nearby neighborhoods, here are a few Facebook sites for you to follow:

The Manito Neighborhood Site can be found here.

Spokane Southie, a blog written by a South Hill Woman, can be found here.

The Manito/Cannon Hill Neighborhood Council can be found here.

The South Perry Fair and Parade Facebook site can be found here. It's often used to announce neighborhood news during the off season.

And here is the link to the East Central Community Center's Facebook page.

I'm sure I missed some community organizations - let me know.

We are halfways through summer

I hope you all had a great Fourth of July weekend. It seemed relatively quiet in the little neighborhood – I have a feeling the colder weather put a damper on fireworks and many an outdoor party.

How was your Fourth of July?

And I hate to bring it up but we’re more than half-ways through the very cold and rainy summer we’ve had so far – how are you coping?

The South Perry Blog would like to talk to some gardeners – this was of course the first summer I planted tomato plants in ages, and they still look cold and tired. Same goes for the basil.

This week’s Thursday morning blog session will be postponed to July 15 which is, drum roll please, the Thursday prior to the South Perry Fair and Parade on July 17. Have you filled out your parade form? The blog will be looking for you…

Bike to work and blogging

I’ll be back at The Shop tomorrow morning, Thursday 5/20, at around 7 a.m. so come on in and chat for a bit, if you have time.

I’d really like to talk to a couple of people who are participating in Bike to Work Week - stop by and tell me about your commute.

A couple of readers have suggested I do something about the history of the South Perry District, which seems like an excellent idea. I’ve covered the area since 1998, so I’m pretty familiar with the recent history of the area, but I’d be very interested in talking to some long-term residents - people who’ve lived on and around South Perry for 25 years or more. I’d also like to hear from people who were born and grew up on South Perry 40 or more years ago, even if you moved away. It’s a diverse neighborhood, I’m sure there are some good stories out there just waiting to be told.




Children’s clothing swap this Saturday

The Spokane Buddhist Temple is having a clothing exchange for children ages newborn to 16 on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to noon. The Temple is asking for donations of clothes without tears, rips or stains. If you can’t make it on Saturday, donations may be dropped off downstairs, or after hours at the basement door, just north of the main stairs. On Saturday, participants can bring a bag of clothing, then start sorting from 10-10:30 a.m. When everything is sorted out, you get to pick clothes from 10:40-11:30 a.m. After that, you can pick items for friends who aren’t there. The Temple is asking for a $1 donation to participate. The Temple is located at 927 S. Perry Street. For more information e-mail

Electric car much loved by owner

Roger Imes calls it totally guiltless driving and he loves it. About two years ago he set out looking for an electric car – a NEV, neighborhood electric vehicle – and he found one in Ohio.

It cost him a little more than $13,000, including shipping to Spokane, and he has never regretted buying it.

“It is a minimal car. It will get you from A to B with a minimal impact on the environment,” said Imes, one of the owners of Lorien Herbs South Perry. “There is no oil, no water, no gasoline - you can drive it and you wont feel responsible for Middle Eastern wars or anything like that.”

The ZENN (Zero Emission, No Noise) vehicle, is registered like any ordinary car and it looks much like a mix between a covered golf car and a tiny ordinary car. It can’t go on the freeway, but it can be driven anywhere else. Charging the batteries takes a little more than four hours and it will take the car 25 miles.

“The batteries will last four or five years,” said Imes. “We hardly drive our other cars anymore.”
The ZENN has a top speed of 25 mph and it’s a roomy little thing: it has plenty of room for groceries or a nice-sized dog in the back.

Imes said it is crash tested and all that, but he’s not too worried about getting in a wreck.

“Frankly, I think it’s so light it would just bounce off the other vehicle,” Imes said.

And no, his power bill hasn’t gone up since he started charging the car at home.

“It is not the car for everyone, but I love it,” said Imes. “And it’s perfect for just getting around the neighborhood.”

Time for tea and dolls

Liberty Park United Methodist Church, which is located at 1526 E. 11th Avenue, is holding its annual tea on Thursday May 13 from noon to 2 p.m. Church members will display antique, vintage and cultural dolls, and guests are invited to bring their own dolls along for a visit.

On the menu are sandwiches, deviled eggs and veggies, as well as coffee, tea and cookies. And you get all that for just $3 per person. RSVP to the church by calling (509) 535-5905.

South Perry dog park idea

I got an e-mail from one of my South Perry neighbors last week. She had an interesting suggestion: how about turning that grassy area off Southeast Boulevard and 10th Avenue into a dog park?
Stopping by the other day, I noticed that lots of people are already walking their dogs there - so it seems to be a popular spot.
What I didn’t know is that it’s an underground water reservoir. So the property belongs to the City of Spokane’s Water Department, but hey, maybe it could work out?

The city and Spokanimal are already working together on developing a dog park closer to downtown.


South Perry Blog at The Shop Thursday

The South Perry Blog is coming to a coffee house near you. On May 6, (that’s Thursday morning) from 7-10 a.m. I’ll be at The Shop (924 S. Perry Street) consuming large amounts of coffee and handing out a free South Voice section to the first dozen of my neighbors who drop in for a little chat.

I’m looking forward to meeting you all - bring ideas big and small - I’ll be the woman with the laptop and the camera.

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About this blog

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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