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West Valley Days this weekend

Alyssa Hilsiker, 4, dances her way down the street while marching in the West Valley Days parade with her fellow dance students from Company Ballet School in 2005. SR file photo.

If you are looking for something to do this weekend, Saturday is the annual West Valley Days celebration in Millwood. It all starts with a parade down Grace and Stout at 11 a.m. that will end at the Millwood City Park at Stout and Frederick. There will be activities in the park from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., including carnival games, booths, prizes, a live DJ and food. There will be drawings in the free bike raffle at 1 and 2:30 p.m. (must be present to win) and a silent auction kicks off at 2 p.m.

This event is the 18th annual fundraiser for West Valley Scope and is a good place to take the family for some fun. Here's hoping it doesn't rain!

Today’s highlights

Third-graders Audrina Gainey, left, and Stephanie Sawchuk, right, wear ball gowns and munch on a lunch served by parents and teachers May 24, at Sunrise Elementary. The event, called the Fairy Tale Ball, was a time to dress up and practice proper dining etiquette. SR photo/Jesse Tinsley

There's a lot to check out in today's Valley Voice, so grab a cup of coffee and settle in. I almost wish I was at Sunrise Elementary when reporter Lisa Leinberger was there last week to check out the third grade Fairy Tale Ball because it sounds like so much fun. The students dressed up in their finest clothes and snacked on food made by their parents.

If you are looking for things to do this weekend, you have a couple of options. The grand opening of Greenacres Park is Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The park has a playgroung area with splash pad and sand box, restrooms, a large picnic shelter and play fields. Saturday is also West Valley Days in Millwood, which includes a parade, carnival and free bike raffle.

The Spokane Valley City Council discussed their second thoughts about accepting the donation of a sculpture in a new entry to be built at Appleway and Thierman next year. Several council members suggested putting the work of art in Balfour Park instead so people can get up close to it.

The Spokane Valley Fire Department will have a replacement levy on the ballot in August. It currently provides 53 percent of their annual budget and there was discussion this week on what would happen if the levy fails. Six of the department's ten stations would close and staff would be cut from 180 to 76.

Get ready for West Valley Days

The annual West Valley Days festivities put on by West Valley SCOPE will happen Saturday in Millwood City Park. It's a fun event with a small town feel and you don't even have to drive very far to get there. As always the event starts with a parade at 11 a.m. that will travel west on Grace and north on Stout until it reaches the park on Frederick. The events in the park (from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) include carnival games, prizes, a DJ, food, silent auction and more. As always there will be a free bike raffle. This year there are eight bikes of various sizes abilable and drawings will be at 1 and 2:30 p.m. Children must be present to win. The weather is supposed to be nice, so pack up the kids and head over.   

Saturday’s highlights

The original historic metal gates to the Fairfield Cemetery, damaged in an ice storm two years ago, have been restored and will be rededicated in a Memorial Day ceremony, Mon., May 30, 2011. SR photo/J. Bart Rayniak.

Well, I didn't manage to make it on the computer yesterday to post Saturday's Valley Voice links. What can I say. The weather was better than expected and we did some running around. Now then, on to the interesting stuff. There was a Memorial Day celebration yesterday in Fairfield and the historic 1895 gates were re-dedicated. The town of Millwood is getting ready to host the West Valley Days community event this weekend and it promises to be a lot of fun.

Correspondent Jill Barville talked with popular preschool teacher Diane Knowles on the eve of her retirement after 32 years in the classroom. Reporter Lisa Leinberger has a report on the latest East Valley School District meeting held to discuss the changes coming up, including the closure of Mountain View Middle School and transferring students from Skyview Elementary. This week's education column by Lisa is also packed with news, including details on a new Central Valely elementary principal and which Central Valley board member has resigned.

Last week the Spokane Valley City Council had a long discussion on whether or not to accept a grant from the Department of Ecology to help pay for the city's work to update the Shoreline Master Program, which is required by state law. After the lengthy debate, the majority of the council voted to apply for the grant.

Coming on Saturday

We had so many stories for tomorrow's Valley Voice we literally could not fit them all in. So a few (including the Liberty Lake police blotter) will be held over until Thursday. But you will still get some great stories tomorrow. The Fairfield Cemetery Association will host a Memorial Day celebration on Monday to honor veterans and re-dedicate the century old cemetery gates. Reporter Lisa Leinberger will have a report on the latest special East Valley School District board meeting where they again discussed the closure of Mountain View Middle School. The West Valley Days celebration in Millwood is coming up next weekend and we'll have your schedule for that. And the Spokane Valley City Council this week voted, after much discussion, to apply for a Department of Ecology grant and to buy new permit tracking software.

Of course we all know that Monday is a holiday. What does that mean for you? It means the City of Spokane Valley offices will be closed and so will this blog. I might post some links if I feel ambitious, but don't expect much else. Besides, we'll probably all be huddling in the back yard trying to have the traditional Memorial Day barbecue in the rain. Have a great weekend!

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