Posts tagged: Ronda Emerson
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.
This picture of Ronda Emerson was taken on the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park in August. It is the family's favorite photo of her, and is the screensaver on the computer at the Otis Grill. Photo courtesy the Emerson family.
It's time for the Monday morning roundup up of the highlights from Saturday's Valley Voice. Saturday was the funeral for The Otis Grill co-owner Ronda Emerson, who died in a snowmobiling accident in Montana. She was well known in the community and restaurant regulars are mourning her loss.
Parents looking for child care have a new option. An hourly drop-in child care center called Recess Time has opened in Spokane Valley. It offers care for children age 12 months to 12 years old. For those interested in high school theater, Central Valley High School is getting ready for performances of “The Sound of Music.” Opening night is March 10.
The City of Liberty Lake plans to start construction on phase one of its arboretum project as soon as the weather warms. Reporter Lisa Leinberger has the details on how they expect to pay for the project.
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.