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In brief: Neighbor festival at Cannon Park

The West Central Neighborhood will present a Neighbor Day Festival April 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at A.M. Cannon Park.

Leadership students from North Central High School have a huge carnival planned that includes four bouncy houses, prizes, food, music and dance performances by Ponytales Youth Services. There will also be a bake sale, arts and crafts and drawings for free food.

The event is sponsored by Kendall Yards, the West Spokane Kiwanis, North Central High School, COPS West and the West Central Community Center.

If it rains that day, the event will be held at the West Central Community Center, 1603 N. Belt St. For more information, call Stephanie Swan at 325-1722.


Ballroom dancing meeting Saturday

An informational meeting for people interested in organizing a ballroom dancing club is scheduled April 28 at Gonzaga University.

The meeting will be from 2 to 8 p.m. in the California Room in the COG Building.

John Raby, designated USA Dance coordinator, and local dance studios will hold the meeting to raise awareness of the benefits of a local USA Dance chapter. The proposed chapter would sponsor regular social ballroom dances, including a one-hour dance lesson.

For more information, contact USA Dance at or

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Whitworth talk on blacks in Pacific Northwest

Quintard Taylor Jr. will present “Freedom’s Frontier: African Americans and the Growth of the Pacific Northwest, 1860-1970” as Whitworth College’s 2007 Simpson-Duvall lecturer on April 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the college’s Weyerhaeuser Hall Robinson Teaching Theater. Admission is free. For more information, call 777-3270.


Student artwork on exhibit at Chase

The Chase Gallery,. 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., is hosting “Explorations X,” an exhibition featuring art from students attending nearby colleges and universities.

The exhibition will be on display until April 27, and the gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Mondays and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays.

Artists featured in the exhibition include Michael Quinn and Todd Rattray from Eastern Washington University, Anne Kilzer Brendan Beardsley and Clayton Hemmingson from Gonzaga University, Lori Crisman, Jamie Murphy and Amy Stout from North Idaho College, Kaitlin Trott and Jennifer Ahre from Whitworth College, and Sabrina Sorger, Ahmad Ejahali Mohammed and Jamie Lynne Bendixen from Spokane Falls Community College.

For more information, call Karen Mobley, arts director for the city of Spokane at 625-6079.


CROP walk April 29 begins from Martin Centre

Church World Service and the Interfaith Council will present the 2007 Spokane CROP Hunger Walk April 29 starting at Martin Centre on the campus of Gonzaga University.

Registration and entertainment will begin at noon with the Voiceless, a choir with members from homeless and previously homeless families.

Since 1979, the CROP Walk in Spokane has raised $532,775. Last year’s walk took in $30,412, all to raise awareness, funds and education about hunger, both locally and worldwide.

Local agencies benefiting from the walk include Second Harvest of the Inland Northwest, Interfaith Hospitality Network of Spokane, Mid-City Concerns Meals on Wheels and Spokane Valley Meals on Wheels. Twenty-five percent of the funds stay in the Spokane area.

The rest of the funds raised will be distributed to over 50 countries through Church World Service.

Walkers also can bring canned food for Second Harvest. For more information, call 326-5656.


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