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Things to do, places to be

There are so many things going on today and Saturday that I thought I would post a few highlights. They are fairly far flung - in Spokane Valley, Otis Orchards and Rockford. So no matter where you are, you've got someplace to be.

The fun kicks off today with the season opening of Discovery Playground at 2426 N. Discovery Place from 3 to 5 p.m. The new playground was hugely popular last year and a few changes were made over the winter to make things more durable. This afternoon's celebration includes family activities and a tree planting ceremony with the Mayor. The weather could be better, but we have to take what we can get.

On Saturday people will have to choose between competing events in Otis Ochards and Rockford. A Ronda Jo Emerson Memorial fundraiser is planned for 1 p.m. at the Otis Grill at Harvard and Wellesley. Emerson was a co-owner of the Otis Grill before she died in a snowmobiling accident earlier this year. The event will include a spaghetti feed for $7.99 a plate and a silent auction and raffle.

At the same time the small town of Rockford will be putting on its annual FredNeck's Frog Regatta Festival that starts at 1 p.m. The afternoon includes free hot dogs in the park from 1 to 2 p.m., free games for kids in the park beginning at 2 p.m. and a frog regatta down Rock Creek beginning at 3 p.m. There are cash prizes for the regatta and frogs can be purchased Saturday in the park for $5.

Rockford is fairly easy to find. Just head south on Highway 27, stay on the highway until you get to Rockford, then take a left just after the overpass.

Coming on Saturday

Firefighters from the Spokane Valley Fire Department faced heavy smoke and flames in a fire at the Manor Vale Apartments at 10101 E. Main on March 1. Photo courtesy the Spokane Valley Fire Department.

The hills behind Central Valley High School are apparently alive with the sound of music. Reporter Lisa Leinberger talked to Central Valley High School students who are part of the cast for the classic musical “The Sound of Music” that will soon take the stage. Her story will be in Saturday's Valley Voice.

The community of Otis Orchards is in mourning after the accidental death of Ronda Emerson, the well-known co-owner of The Otis Grill. I spoke to her husband and a few others at the restaurant this week to paint a picture of a fearless, adventurous woman who was willing to help anyone in need.

The Liberty Lake City Council recently voted to spend some money on the first phase of the long-planned arboretum. Reporter Lisa Leinberger will have the details on that. And, last but not least, the Spokane Valley Fire Department responded to two major fires last week.

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