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Today’s highlights

Jennifer Papich walks through the first section of the haunted pool at Valley Mission Pool. Samantha the doll sits in the corner waiting for visitors. SR photo/Liz Kishimoto

Oh, dear. I nearly managed to get through the day while forgetting to post the highlights from today's Valley Voice. It's a good one, too, with lots of interesting stories. First up is the Valley Mission Haunted Pool that opens tomorrow. The pool has been transformed into a haunted house that will be open the next two weekends. It was freaky enough when it was half-finished in daylight; I'm sure it will be frightfully good.

In keeping with our (unplanned) Halloween theme, reporter Lisa Leinberger has a story on the new corn maze at the HUB Sports Center. This is the first year for the event, which features a haunted area for the adventurous. There are also plenty of regular mazes for families and those who like to get lost.

Spokane Valley City Council incumbent Chuck Hafner took his turn answering a series of questions we posed to all the candidates. His opponent, Donald Morgan Jr., did not respond. We also have a quick roundup of the races in Rockford, Latah, Fairfield, Spokane County Fired District 9 and the Spokane Valley Fire Department.

The city of Spokane Valley is considering whether to change the zoning of a parcel of land sandwiched between the Centennial Trail and Mirabeau Park from park/open space to mixed use. Nothing has been decided yet, but it may be part of a deal to get land needed for the Pines Road overpass above the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad tracks.

Free outdoor movie

It's supposed to be a bit toasty tomorrow, so the thing to do might be to check out a free outdoor movie in Spokane Valley's Mirabeau Park. The movie “Puss in Boots” will start at sunset. People are invited to bring lawn chair, blankets and snacks. Kids can also participate in free activies that will start an hour before the movie.

Mirabeau Meadows in located at 13500 E. Mirabeau Parkway just east of Pines Road.

Pick the summer movies at Mirabeau

The city of Spokane Valley has again opened voting for residents to select which movies are shown during the free outdoor movie series at Mirabeau Park this summer. People can visit the city's web site and pick their top three choices from the list or suggest another move that is rated no higher than PG-13. The votes will be tabulated in March. The showings are scheduled for July 21 and Aug. 18.

Here are the choices: Cars 2, Dolphin Tale, Happy Feet 2, Hugo, Kung Fu Panda - The Kaboom of Doom, Puss in Boots, The Muppets, The Smurfs, Soul Surfer and The Zoo Keeper. Voting ends Feb. 3. If you would rather cast your vote by phone, call (509) 720-5408.

Valleyfest starts tonight

Rob West, 41, of Hillyard, poses in the stocks as his son, Jasper, photographed him with John Brooks, of Cheney, playing a sheriff. The display was provided by the Living History Players at Valleyfest, Sept. 25, 2010 at Mirabeau Point Park.  SR file photo.

If you need something to keep you busy this weekend, the 21st annual Valleyfest starts tonight with a parade down Sprague Avenue at 7:30 p.m. The parade route is reversed this year, so it will start at New Life Assembly of God Church (10920 E. Sprague) and head east to Robie Road. No candy will be thrown during the parade this year because of safety issues, but kids can still get their candy on Sprague between Bowdish and University before from 6:15 to 7 p.m. before the parade begins.

A whole bunch of events are planned in Mirabeau Park and at CenterPlace on Saturday and Sunday. You can click here for a full schedule, but the highlights for Saturday are the pancake breakfast, fishing at the falls, classic car show, live entertainment, free activities for kids and more than 200 booths. Sunday is dominated by Responsible Dog Ownership Day events, but all the booths will still be open and more live entertainment is planned.

Click here for my story in Thrusday's Valley Voice that has information on more events and details on parking.  

Brush fire near Mirabeau Park

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Spokane Valley Fire Department crews are responding to a brush fire in the forested area south of Mirabeau Parkway near Mirabeau Park. Someone called in and reported seeing a column of smoke.

9:00 a.m. update - It sounds like this fire is in the same part of the Mirabeau Park Natural Area where the fire department fought a brush fire yesterday afternoon. I've posted some pictures of yesterday's fire that are from the Spokane Valley Fire Department.

Things to do, places to be

If you are still looking for something to do this weekend, there are a couple of options to consider. The City of Spokane Valley will host its first free outdoor summer movie showing in Mirabeau Park on Saturday. Earlier this year residents were able to vote on which movies they wanted shown. The animated PG film “Despicable Me” will show at 9:15 p.m. Saturday. The city's Parks and Recreation Department will have some activities in the park starting an hour before showtime, so head over there early and make a night of it.

Another option is taking a drive Saturday (the weather is supposed to be nice) down to Latah for the fifth annual “Cruzin the Palouse to Latah” car and truck show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Cruzin Inland Northwest Car Club, formerly known as the Cruzin Corvettes. In addition to classic cars and trucks there will also be carnival games, balloon fights, barbecue, raffles, a beer garden and more. The Latah Post Office is even getting in on the fun by offering Indianapolis 500 stamps and a special postmark. Latah is about 35 miles south of Spokane Valley on Highway 27.

So there are your choices, though you can do both if you're feeling ambitious.

And the winners are…

The votes are in and the winners of the competition to decide which free movies are shown in Mirabeau Park this summer have been announced. “Despicable Me” will be shown at 9:15 p.m. on July 23 and the winner in the teen choice category is “The Sorcerer's Apprentice,” which will be shown at 8:30 p.m. on Aug. 20. All I can say is, the teenage girls must have stayed home and not voted. I thought for sure if that demographic got out the vote we would all be watching the latest in the “Twilight” series.

The City of Spokane Valley hosts the movies and will provide an hour of free activities before showtime each night. So mark your calendar now and get that picnic hamper out of the garage. It's time to dream of warm summer nights in the park.

Coming soon to a park near you

Every summer the City of Spokane Valley shows free movies in Mirabeau Park. You have until Tuesday to vote on which ones you would like shown this summer. There are two categories: family choice and teen choice. Viewing dates are July 23 and August 20 (pray for no rain).

The options for family choice are: “Despicable Me,” “How to Train Your Dragon,” “Megamind,” “Secretariat” and “Toy Story 3.” The options for teen choice are: “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” “Labyrinth,” “The Last Airbender,” “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World” and “The Sorcerer's Apprentice.” If the teen girls get out the vote, I'm betting that “Eclipse” will win that second categoy.

You can either vote in person at CenterPlace (2426 N. Discovery Place) or online here. If you don't like any of the choices, you can write in your favorite movie. The deadline is Tuesday, so don't waste any time.

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