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More Outdoor Learning Center open houses

At the Outdoor Learning Center in Spokane Valley, volunteer Chris Hatten, 14, holds a barn owl named Willie during an open house at the center July 22. SR photo/Jesse Tinsley

If you have not had a chance to visit one of the open houses at the West Valley Outdoor Learning Center, you still have three chances left. The center usually caters to school children and educators and is rarely open to the public. It houses birds of  prey that cannot go back to the wild as well as snakes and turtles. There is also a trout pond. The open houses promise to be a fun and interesting few hours for anyone interested in animals.

The next open house is Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The last two open houses are set for Aug. 12 and Aug. 26. Both are also from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The suggested donation is $3, but no one will be turned away if they can't pay. The center is located at 8706 E. Upriver Drive.

Saturday’s highlights

At the Outdoor Learning Center in Spokane Valley, volunteer Chris Hatten, 14, holds a barn owl named Willie during an open house at the center July 22. SR photo/Jesse Tinsley

If you have driven by the intersection of Indiana and Sullivan this morning, you already know what one of the stories from Saturday's Valley Voice was about. The intersection will be under construction for the next six weeks. Sullivan is down to one northbound lane and one southbound lane. Turns onto east or west Indiana will be limited at times. Broadway is also having some work done between Park Road and Pines Road, which means lane closures and delays.

Reporter Lisa Leinberger visited the West Valley Outdoor Learning Center, which is having some rare open houses this month so the public can stop by and meet the birds, snakes and turtles. After some debate, the Spokane Valley City Council narrowly rejected setting the speed limit on the new section of Indiana at 35 miles per hour.

Now that the temperatures are toasty, it's the perfect time to check out Mary Lou's Homemade Ice Cream and More on Evergreen. Fresh, locally grown fruit is used to make the chilly creations. They also plan to expand their menu to add burgers, wraps and sandwiches.

Coming on Saturday

Our commuting lives are going to be disrupted starting Monday. In Saturday's Valley Voice I'll have details on the Sullivan Road and Indiana Avenue intersection, which is going to be partially shut down for six weeks while concrete is laid. The Broadway Avenue Safety Project also starts Monday, which will create lane closures and delays for 10 weeks on Broadway between Park Road and Pines Road.

The Spokane Valley City Council had discussions ranging from speed limits on the new section of Indiana, railroad quiet zones and I-90 signs. Reporter Lisa Leinberger went to one of the recent open houses at the West Valley Outdoor Learning Center. The center isn't usually open to the public. She'll also have the dates of the three open houses left this summer.  

Outdoor Learning Center open house today

I meant to post this earlier, but our web site was busy having a hiccup. The West Valley School District has an Outdoor Learning Center that provides hands-on education to children. There are plants and live animals including reptiles, birds and snakes. The center is rarely open to the public, but there are several open houses planed during July and August that will give people a chance to check it out.

The first such open house is today from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Center, 8706 E. Upriver Drive. But if you can't make it on such short notice, there's another open house next Friday (July 22) at the same time and another on Saturday, July 30, also from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Meeting the animals is fun for children and adults alike, so try to include a visit in your summer schedule. You can check them out on the web here.

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