One-Day Conference Includes Information About Grantmaking

Non-profit agencies will benefit by joining grantmakers in the annual Philanthropy Summit on Friday.

The one-day conference, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel City Center, is sponsored by Inland Northwest Development Council, Inland Northwest Grantmakers and Pacific Northwest Grantmakers Forum.

A full schedule of speakers will discuss a variety of topics centered around the theme, “Social and Economic Changes: Tidal Wave or Ripple Effect?”

During the morning session, Bruce Sievers, executive director of the Walter and Elise Haas Fund in San Francisco, will address “Civil Society and Philanthropy: How it Works.” In the afternoon, a panel of representatives from Seattle and Spokane foundations will discuss “Today and Tomorrow: Grantmaking in Spokane.”

Kathie Allen, event organizer, said networking is one benefit of attending the conference. Participants will also learn the economic and demographic changes occurring in the region and how it affects the grantmaking process.

“The summit often puts a face on the application process when the non-profits can meet the grantmakers,” said Allen. “This year in particular, we are bringing Seattle grantmakers in to hear what is going on in Eastern Washington so they can be better informed.”

Cost is $35, which includes a continental breakfast and lunch. To register by Tuesday noon, call Kathie Allen at 448-7814.

Community events

Gonzaga University will sponsor its annual book sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, in its Foley Center.

There will be new and used books on the subjects of education, engineering, chemistry and sociology, as well as fiction, biographies and reference books. Items from the library’s Special Collections Department will also be sold.

Most hardbacks will sell for $1, and paperbacks for 50 cents, with proceeds supporting the general library fund.

For more information, call Merri Hartse at 328-4220, ext. 3101.

The Cheney Cowles Museum will collaborate with Eastern Washington University in “They Danced Among the Stars: American Indians and the Night Sky,” Friday at EWU’s planetarium on the Cheney campus.

The event is associated with the museum’s “From Earth & Sky” exhibit.

Beginning at 7 p.m., Robert Gibbs, a physics professor, will present the fall night sky, with emphasis on stars and constellations named by American Indians. A dessert reception follows the 50-minute presentation.

Tickets are $10, available at the Cheney Cowles Museum, or by phone, 456-3931, ext. 101.

Technology events

Parents and teachers are invited to Gonzaga University’s Technology Fair on Saturday, sponsored by the GU School of Education.

The free event is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Rosauer Center for Education on campus.

Shirley McCune, keynote speaker from the Washington State Dept. of Education, will discuss “The Future of Technology in Washington State.”

There will be workshops on the Internet, technology in the classroom, Web page design and educational software. Door prizes and software will be given away throughout the day. From 1 to 3 p.m., a technology consortium for social studies teachers will meet in the Computer Lab to discuss “Enhancing Linkages Through Technology.”

For more information, call Angie Parker at 328-4220, ext. 3494.

Mark Russell, aerospace engineer with the Boeing Sea Launch Program, discusses “The Millennium Approaches: Our Successes and Challenges in Technology” at a Saturday lecture sponsored by American Association of University Women.

The free program is from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Spokane Intercollegiate Research and Technology Institute (SIRTI), 665 N. Riverpoint Blvd. For more information, call 747-4509.

Volunteers needed

The local chapter of the American Cancer Society needs volunteers to help with next spring’s fund-raising event.

Proceeds from Daffodil Days will help support research, education and patient services to thousands of cancer patients and their families in Spokane County.

Volunteers are needed in sales, marketing, planning, public relations, recruitment and project management.

For more information, call Anna Nokes, 326-5802.

Kids’ concert

Here’s a chance to explore the music, dances and folk culture of Hungary.

KPBX-FM, Spokane’s Public Radio station, will host a free Kids’ Concert, “Eastern European Adventures,” at 2 p.m., Saturday, at The Met.

Performing will be Jomoka Hungarian Tanchaz Band, the Erdely Dance Ensemble, storyteller Phyllis Silver and the Pipkin Family Puppet Theater.

Seating is open and no reservations are necessary.

Health notes

“Asthma: What are the Triggers?,” a free public forum, will be at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, sponsored by Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, and Allergy and Asthma Network/ Mothers of Asthmatics, Inc.

Dr. Michael McCarthy, a pediatric allergist, will lead the forum at the East Central Community Center, 500 S. Stone, followed by a question-and-answer session.

Children are encouraged to attend a special kid’s session with Traci McDermott. For more information, contact the Spokane Allergy and Asthma Clinic, 747-1624.

Since November is American Diabetes Month, the American Diabetes Association is offering a poster-sized color brochure providing important diabetes information.

The free publication, “Diabetes - What to Know: Head to Toe,” is a step-by-step guide on early detection and prevention of some of the leading complications of diabetes.

To order, call (800) 342-2383, ext. 45.


Four local non-profit organizations benefited from the “Bash for Cash” fund-raiser to commemorate the beginning of River Park Square’s demolition. The downtown complex is being demolished to make way for a new shopping and redevelopment project.

The YMCA, YWCA, Spokane-area neighborhood centers and Habitat for Humanity each profited from the 300-plus people who swung the hammer. A contribution was made by the developers for each demolition participant.

, DataTimes MEMO: Community Update appears each Sunday in The Spokesman Review. Please allow two weeks notice for inclusion in this column.

Community Update appears each Sunday in The Spokesman Review. Please allow two weeks notice for inclusion in this column.

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