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Community update: My Bag drive will assist foster children

Today, three student teachers and students from Eastern Washington University will host a donation drive to benefit foster children in Spokane.

My Bag supplies children who recently have been placed in foster care with an age-appropriate duffle bag or backpack that they can call their own. Children usually enter the foster-care system with only the clothes on their backs.

Donations will benefit the My Bag program through CASA, a nonprofit agency at the Spokane County Courthouse that provides trained court advocates for children who have been abused or neglected.

Items needed include handmade quilts or afghans, stuffed toys, books, toiletries, clothing and other personal items. Items must be new and may be dropped off at 1002 W. Avon Ave. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, call (509) 869-8477 or visit

Spaghetti feed benefit

From 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Gonzaga Prep will host a spaghetti feed and fundraiser for Karrie King and her family, who lost their home in a fire last month.

The feed will be held in the Barbieri Student Center and will include a silent auction and bake sale. The cost is $5 per person.

For more information, call Kenda Bishop at (509) 879-4250.

Grape and Grain

On Friday, the Spokane Advertising Federation is holding the 16th annual Grape and Grain silent auction and wine- and beer-tasting event.

The fundraiser will begin at 7 p.m. at Mukogawa Fort Wright Institute, 4000 W. Randolph Road, and will feature hors d’oeuvres and wine and beer from local wineries and breweries such as Maryhill Winery, Latah Creek Winery, and Laughing Dog Brewing.

Silent auction tables will be placed throughout the hall.

Tickets are $30 in advance, through TicketsWest outlets (509-325-SEAT, 800-325-SEAT,, the Vino wine shop and Huckleberry’s, or $40 at the door. Proceeds will benefit Spokane Ad Fed, a nonprofit organization providing funding and scholarships in advertising, marketing and the arts.

For more information, call Dean Davis at (509) 456-8799.


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