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Aki Matsuri at Buddhist Temple

The Spokane Buddhist Temple (927 S. Perry Street) is celebrating its annual fall food festival on Sunday Nov. 6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Here's a link to colleague Lorie Hutson's story.

The nice people at the Temple recommed you order ahead to make sure there are California rolls waiting for you. Call: (509) 534-7954 or visit

Looking for a replacement street tree?

Spokane Parks and Recreation's Urban Forestry Program is seaching for funding for new street trees - and for places to put them. If you've lost a street tree because it was sick or old, or if you simply have enough space in your planting strip (that area between the sidewalk and the street where it's so difficult to water the grass) you can sign up as a potential host for a replacement tree here.

Annual SPBNA meeting tonight

The South Perry Business and Neighborhood Association’s annual meeting is on Monday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. at South Perry Pizza (1011 S. Perry Street). Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for socializing.
You’ll get an overview of SPBNA’s projects such as the Grant Park Community Garden and the concert series in Grant Park.
There will also be a conversation about the Street Fair and of plans for next year.
A repeat of last year's sock and hat drive for Grant Elementary School is on hold, becuase It turns out that there are enough coats, hats and mittens at this point. However, there are requestes for boys and girls underwear and for sweatpants (underwear should be new and still wrapped). Please bring a donation for Team Grant.

The blog will be there tonight - see you there.

Perry Street annual meeting update

The South Perry Business and Neighborhood Association’s annual meeting is on Monday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. at South Perry Pizza (1011 S. Perry Street). Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for socializing.
You’ll get an overview of SPBNA’s projects such as the Grant Park Community Garden and the concert series in Grant Park.
There will also be a conversation about the Street Fair and of plans for next year.
It turns out that Grant Elementary School has enough coats, hats and mittens for at this point, but there are requestes for boys and girls underwear and for sweatpants. Please bring a donation for Team Grant.
Book donations are accepted, too.

Via email from Julie Postma, secretary, SPBNA

Gay Straight Alliance summit

Odyssey Youth Center (1121 S. Perry Street) is holding a high school Gay Straight Alliance summit on Saturday Oct. 8 from 1-3 p.m. High school students from all over Spokane County are welcome to participate in the summit, which will feature presentations by exsisting GSA clubs and ideas as to how to start a new GSA.

Register online here.

Vin Rouge and Carl’s Jr. on 29th closed

Here's a link to colleague Tom Sowa's story about Vin Rouge and Carl's Jr. on 29th Avenue closing. Several readers were asking yesterday and here's all we know.

(The South Perry Blog is straying a bit to other South Spokane neighborhoods over the next couple of weeks. Expect community updates from Manito and Lincoln Heights as well as other South Hill locations - pia)

Perry annual meeting on Oct. 17

The South Perry Business and Neighborhood Association is holding its annual meeting on Monday Oct. 17 at South Perry Pizza. A time and agenda has yet to be determined, stay tuned for more information.

Redistricting meetings this week

The City’s Decennial Districting Board is holding three community meetings soliciting input from citizens on whether the boundaries of the City Council districts should change as a result of the new population figures and if so, how they should change.

The community meetings will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on:

Tuesday, Oct. 4, at the West Central Community Center, 1603 N. Belt.
Wednesday, Oct. 5, at the East Central Community Center, 500 S. Stone.
Thursday, Oct. 6, at the Northeast Community Center, 4001 N. Cook.

The City has eight months from the official receipt of the 2010 Census data from the State Redistricting Commission to prepare a redistricting plan.
The redistricting process requires that the City work to create Council Districts that are as equal in population as possible and that meet other criteria as established by state law.  The process will not impact the 2011 City elections.  The current council boundaries and election precincts already are established for this fall’s election.

Via email from Marlene Feist, City of Spokane Public Affairs Officer.

For more details on city of Spokane redistricting read Jim Camden's story here.

The Perry Street Cafe - now with dinner

The blog got a note from Melissa Koch who works at the Perry Street Cafe, serving dinner. Yes, that's right, the cafe is now open for dinner, Thursday through Saturday from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Have you been yet? What did you think?

PS. Remember: The Lantern is closed for vacation for two weeks starting today.

COPS East Central staying

Since this story about COPS East Central and their need for a new address ran a couple of weeks ago, a buyer has comforward and purchased the little building on East Fifth Avenue. Long-time volunteer Sue Hille wrote in an email that the new owner will let the COPS Shop stay for the same low rent as it's always paid.

Sounds like great news to the blog!

Veda Lux burglary

The blog just heard that Veda Lux, Summer Hightower's quirky jewelry and vintage shop at 1106 S. Perry Street, was broken into yesterday. If you heard or saw anything unusual, please call Crime Check at: 509-456-2233

Pizza for Grant Huskies

South Perry Pizza is having a fundraising evening for Grant Elementary School tonight, donating 10 percent of today's sale to the school. Be there or be square.

Tempting tomatoes

The blog hears that tomatoes have been disappearing from the Grant Park Community Garden. An alert gardener noticed that none of the tomatoes in the big center plot reached appropriate redness, and the theory is that as soon as the tomatoes are ready someone picks them.
Well, it is a community garden after all - but let's hope this person (or persons) show up for fall clean up as well.

Casper Fry Public House and Eatery

It's the people behind downtown's French-style Madeleine's Cafe and Patisserie who are applying for a liquor license in “the other half” of the old Altamont Pharmacy, next to Title Nine.
Debra Green and her daughter Megan Van Stone run Madeleine's together, and they are applying for a spirits, beer, wine and restaurant/lounge permit at 928 S. Perry Street, suite A.

That's all the blog knows for now - find more information about Madeleine's on its Facebook page here.

Stay tuned…

Fire in the Garland District last night

As most everyone knows by now,  Ferguson's Cafe and Mary Lou's Milk Bottle on Garland Avenue burned down last night. It's a terrible loss to owners and customers - and to the neighborhood.
The blog promised to remind readers that businesses in the Garland District remain open. No word yet on rebuilding plans for the two landmark restaurants, and the cause of the fire has also yet to be determined.

Here's a link to photographer Colin Mulvany's pictures from last night.

It seems like there have been a lot of fires in Spokane lately, so please be careful and watch out for your neighbors. And look around your neighborhood: which building or place in your neighborhood is a landmark?

It’s not city hall calling

The city of Spokane is warning residents that there is an on-going phone scam using phone numbers with the common city hall prefix “625.”
The call looks like it's coming from a phone at city hall, and the person is asking for personal and bank account information.
Marlene Feist, spokesperson for the city of Spokane, said in a press release this morning that no one at city hall would call and ask for bank account information.
If you receive a call like this, call Crime Check at 509-456-2233 or the Attorney General's Office at 509-458-3509

Rabbit reports

Over the past couple of months there has been several rabbit sightings on Southeast Boulevard around Ninth and Tenth Avenue.
The bunnies hang out on the east side of Southeast Boulevard, and first there was just one or two - perhaps escaped backyard bunnies.
But now there are many more (we are talking rabbits, after all…) and the blog is getting curious: do we have wild bunnies in the neighborhood?

Recognize this bike?

The blog is looking for the owner of this bike. He stopped by my house on South Perry looking for work very early Tuesday morning - and he left the bike behind. He's a smaller man, around 5'3'' and of slight build. He looked to be 30 years old, or older. He is developmentally disabled and was wearing dark-colored jogging clothes and a white, plastic bike helmet on top of a knitted stocking cap. I just want to get the bike back to him. Email me at if you know who he is.

Title Nine soft opening

The blog hears that Title Nine (located in the old Altamont Pharmacy at 928 South Perry Street) may have a soft opening on Thursday during the South Perry Farmers Market. The building and the store looks beautiful!

Tomato beauty contest tomorrow

The South Perry Farmers Market is hosting the 2nd annual tomato beauty pageant and kids decoration exposition on Thursday, Aug. 25,
Tomatoes may be submited in three categories:
Prettiest tomato
Ugliest tomato
Best tasting tomato
Entires are welcome from vendors, neighbors, kids and other tomato enthusiasts.
Prizes will be awarded.
The  winner of each category will also have their name and tomato variety etched in the 'Robeson Cup' (a big soup-pot named after the variety of tomato which won the very first 'Best Taste' Prize, last year in 2010). The cup will be maintained for posterity and continue to be used for future Pageants.
There will be nice big red tomatoes and lots of decoration materials for kids and those young at heart to dress up as part of the Decoration Exposition.
Submissions are welcome from 2:30 pm to 4:50 pm at the market. Judging begins promptly at 5 pm.

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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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