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Coping With Grief Subject Of National Teleconference

Grief accompanies each of us at some point in our lives. How we cope with the loss of loved ones is the theme of a live national teleconference broadcast April 22. It will air from 10 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. in Sacred Heart Medical Center’s Providence Auditorium.

“Living With Grief: Who We Are and How We Grieve” will examine how culture, gender, age and spirituality help or hinder the grieving process. Cokie Roberts, an ABC-News anchor, will moderate the conference and a panel of nationally recognized experts on the subject.

Sponsors are the American Medical Association, the Association for Death Education and Counseling, and the American Nurses Association.

Sacred Heart and Hospice of Spokane are local sponsors.

Following the national segment, a panel of Spokane professionals will provide additional insights into the grieving process.

The $25 fee includes lunch and a workbook. Advance registration is required; call Hospice of Spokane at 456-0438.


Seeking style on a shoestring budget? Preview spring styles from area thrift stores at a morning fashion show to benefit Interfaith Hospitality Network.

“Spring Fling of Fashion” will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at First Church of the Nazarene, 9004 N. Country Homes Blvd. Guests may buy the business and casual attire at greatly reduced prices.

Proceeds will support the Interfaith Hospitality Network of Spokane, a non-profit organization that works with area churches to provide shelter, meals and support services to homeless families.

The $5 tickets include a light brunch and door prizes. For reservations, call 624-2713 by Thursday.

Enjoy live music and dancing next Sunday at a memorial fund-raiser for Hospice of Spokane.

“Duck Jam ‘98” on April 5 will feature 10 bands performing blues, rock, pop and country music at The Chef, 1329 N. Hamilton. The bands will play from 2 p.m. until midnight while guests dine and bid on silent auction items.

The fund-raiser is a memorial to the late Gary Lewis, a Spokane musician nicknamed “Duck,” who died last year of cancer. Lewis was helped by Hospice of Spokane during his illness, and in appreciation, his friends are staging this event to support the organization which serves the terminally ill and their families.

No reservations are necessary, but a $3 donation is requested at the door. For more information, call 328-8816.


Children of all ages are invited to make pop-up books and create pop art during Cheney Cowles Museum’s monthly FamilyFest from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the museum, 2316 W. First.

This month’s FamilyFest activities will help children understand the museum’s exhibit, “Soup to Nuts: Pop Art and Its Legacy.”

Saturday is also Spokane Food Bank day at the museum, sponsored by Campbell Soup Co. Three cans of Campbell’s soup are being “charged” as admission to the museum, its FamilyFest activities and tours of the Pop Art exhibit and Campbell House.

For more information, call 456-3931, ext. 101.

Housing fair

Searching for housing in the Spokane area? Explore your options at a Housing Fair April 18, sponsored by the Corbin Senior Center.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., representatives from more than 20 housing agencies will be at the Corbin Senior Center, 827 W. Cleveland.

For more information, call 327-1584.

Deaf and Hearing workshop

Learn effective strategies in working with deaf people at an April 30 workshop sponsored by Pace Services, a program of Community Colleges of Spokane’s Institute for Extended Learning.

“Working Together: Deaf and Hearing People Workshop” is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Spokane Community College’s Lair Conference Center, 1810 N. Greene.

Sensitivity training, safety considerations, understanding the deaf culture and successfully integrating deaf employees into the workplace will be be explored during the conference tailored for managers, supervisors, and co-workers.

The $95 fee includes a continental breakfast, lunch and resource manual. Call 533-8561 to register; space is limited.

Volunteers needed

Here’s an opportunity to impact a youngster in a constructive manner.

More than 2,000 Spokane-area young people commit minor criminal offenses each year. In an effort to hold them accountable for their actions, the Spokane County Juvenile Court is seeking volunteers to serve on the Neighborhood Accountability Board (NAB).

Using established guidelines, teams of NAB volunteers meet with juvenile offenders to review the crime and impose a consequence for their behavior.

NAB volunteers receive training and meet twice a month in the evenings; a year’s commitment is expected. The next training session begins April 13.

For a volunteer application and screening interview appointment, contact Susan Cairy at 458-2469.

, DataTimes