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History Focus Of Browne’s Addition Fest

Take a carriage ride around the neighborhood, sip tea in a Victorian tea garden or watch a fashion show of authentic turn-of-the-century dress during the Browne’s Addition Historical Festival at Coeur d’Alene Park.

From 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, the festival will commemorate the history of one of Spokane’s earliest and most prominent neighborhoods.

The event will focus on the park’s historical significance and its benefits to Spokane, as well as showcase present-day talents, said Mary Olson, festival chairwoman.

Walking tours of the Browne’s Addition will be conducted at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Children’s events will include pony-cart rides, clowns, storytelling, face painting, a petting zoo and interactive exhibits from the Children’s Museum of Spokane.

Members of the Browne and Cannon families will tell anecdotes about their ancestors.

Area artists and authors will display their works. They will include Patti Simpson, whose paintings of local historical homes illustrate a calendar that will be available for purchase.

Other participants will include the Spokane Marketplace and the Davenport Arts District. The award-winning Cheney High school Jazz Band will provide musical entertainment.

Coeur d’Alene Park was established in 1883 and dedicated to the city of Spokane in 1891.

Kids’ events

Don’t miss the last of the Summer Series of KPBX Kids’ Concerts at 11:30 a.m. Friday at the Clocktower Meadow in Riverfront Park.

The concert will feature the Eastside Kids jug band, an old-time quartet of musicians playing guitar, washboard, mandola, the jug and washtub bass.

Silver Spurs dancers will perform jitterbug steps, and the Spokane Art School will be on hand with activities for children.

KPBX Summer Series concerts are underwritten by Pemco Financial Services, Excell Foods and Boise Cascade.

On Aug. 15, the Spokane Public Library will host its annual End of Summer Reading Celebration in honor of the children who participated in the library’s summer reading program.

Kids can experiment with bubbles and other traveling exhibits of the Children’s Museum of Spokane, and there will be face-painting, courtesy of librarians.

The free celebration will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Riverfront Park’s Clocktower Meadow.

Non-profit notes

WAMPUM, a long-standing benefactor for Spokane’s arts community, held its annual meeting to honor outstanding WAMPUM volunteers, disperse the checks to this year’s beneficiaries and present the 1997-98 executive committee.

A tribute was given to key volunteers responsible for the WAMPUM fund-raising event: Colleen Brandon, Paula Johnson, Mike O’Donnell and Penny O’Donnell. The late Rick Scammell was also remembered for his dedication as WAMPUM party chairman.

WAMPUM distributed more than $110,000 this year to 21 local beneficiaries, said Colleen Brandon, president. For some recipients, WAMPUM is the only source of funding they have to maintain their organizations.

The new WAMPUM officers are: Bill Hawley, president; Debbie Coleman and Susan Thomson, vice presidents; Christy Scammell, secretary; Jim Philopant, treasurer; and Harley Reckord, president-elect.

Since 1968, the non-profit organization has supported charitable, civic, cultural and educational organizations that contribute to a higher quality of life in the Inland Northwest.

The 30th annual WAMPUM will be April 25.

Foundation Northwest, the community foundation, has awarded $95,250 in its third round of grants to non-profit organizations.

The new grants bring the total amount distributed to $1.58 million for the year ending June 30.

“This sum represents a direct investment in the quality of life here in the Inland Northwest,” said Peter Jackson, president. “We are very grateful to our donors and to our volunteers who make it possible.”

Since its establishment in 1974, the foundation has awarded more than $9 million in grants to non-profit educational and environmental organizations, human services and arts in Eastern Washington and North Idaho.

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