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The Inlander:


What: “Our Kids: Our Business” luncheon.

Keynote speaker: Dr. Robert Anda, on “Connecting the Dots” between social well-being, health, community economic impact and adverse childhood experiences.

When: April 24, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Where: Spokane Convention Center Ballroom A

Cost: $30

To register online: Go to Spokane County United Way’s Web site:

To request help or report a suspected case of child abuse or neglect (24-hour resources): 911

Child Protective Services: Spokane County, (509) 363-3333 (M-F 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.), (800) 562-5624 (weekends after 4:30 p.m.) Kootenai County, (208) 769-1515 (M-F 8 a.m.-5 p.m.), (208) 769-1543 (after hours)

Crisis Residential Center: Youth Family and Adult Services, (509) 624-2868

Lutheran Community Services Northwest: Sexual Assault Crisis Line, (509) 624-7273

Crosswalk: (509) 838-6596

Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery: (509) 535-3155

First Call for Help: Spokane Mental Health, (509) 838-4428

Project Safe Place: Spokane County, (888) 673-7233; Kootenai County, (208) 676-0772

The following events and activities are scheduled during the communitywide Our Kids: Our Business campaign through April. For more events, lists of agencies and stories, see the Our Kids: Our Business site at /ourkids/.

Spokane County

Today – Spokane Community College will plant pinwheels at the corner of Greene Street and Mission Avenue to represent children served by Head Start, Early Head Start and ECEAP (Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program) through the Community Colleges of Spokane’s Institute for Extended Learning, 11 a.m. For Head Start information call (509) 533-4800.

Friday – Chase Youth Foundation “Breakfast of Champions,” 7-8:30 a.m., Doubletree Hotel. For information call (509) 625-6440 or visit

Friday – The Partnership with Disabilities 8th annual Safety Rally, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., STA Plaza.

April 12 – Free pinwheels, while supplies last, from Partners with Families and Children: Jacob Java Coffee, 526 S. Washington; Chuck E. Cheese, 10007 N. Nevada, and all participating Zip’s Drive-ins.

April 16 – United Way Volunteer Awards Luncheon, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Spokane Convention Center, Ballroom 100 A.

April 16 – Spokane City Forum, “What it Takes to Keep a Community Safe” with Spokane Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick and Pat DeVries, president of Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest, 11:45 a.m., $10 includes lunch. For reservations by April 14 call (509) 777-1555 or e-mail

April 16 – Remembrance for victims of all crimes during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 13-19, 5:30 p.m., Spokane County commissioners hearing room, 1026 W. Broadway.

April 19 – The Exchange Club of Downtown Spokane will join members across the country for a “Believe in the Blue” child-abuse prevention event, 10 a.m.-Noon, in front of Yoke’s Foods, 210 E. North Foothills Drive. For information, call Rebecca Hille at (509) 747-5359 or visit

April 22 – Televised community forum sponsored by KSPS Spokane Public Television and The Spokesman-Review. The public is invited to attend as part of a live studio audience. Reservations required by calling (509) 354-7800 or e-mail

April 24 – Special luncheon with Dr. Robert Anda, “Connecting the Dots,” 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Spokane Convention Center, Ballroom 100 A. Register online at, or call (509) 838-6581.

April 24 – “Darkness to Light: Stewards of Children Training,” 9 a.m.-noon, Deaconess Health and Education Center, Room 266. For information call Partners with Families and Children, (509) 473-4810.

April 26 – America’s Kids Run, the world’s largest children’s running event for ages 5-12. All participants must pick up their race packets at the Spokane Convention Center trade show Friday, April 25, 3-8 p.m. For information, visit

April 26 – Free pinwheels, while supplies last, from Partners with Families and Children: Jacob Java Coffee, 526 S. Washington; Chuck E. Cheese, 10007 N. Nevada, and all participating Zip’s Drive-ins.

April 26 – Our Kids: Our Business Neighbor Day Festival, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Cannon Park. (In the event of bad weather, festival will be moved to the West Central Community Center gym).

April 28 – “How to Become a Foster Parent” information meeting, 7-8 p.m., Deaconess Health and Education Center, room 268. To register or ask questions, call (509) 468-0700.

Kootenai County

Friday – Children’s Village Auction, Coeur d’Alene Inn, 6 p.m., (208) 667-1189.

April 13-19 – NAEYC Week of the Child activities, Ewana, Mt. States Early Head Start, (208) 765-6955.

April 17 – ICARE Family Skate Night, 6-8:30 p.m., Skate Plaza, (208) 676-1515.

April 24 – Post Falls Family Celebration, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Head Start, (208) 773-6164.

April 25 – “Noche de Fiesta” Latino Outreach Project, 6-11 p.m., Harding Family Center, (208) 769-1515.

April 28 – Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Training, “Stewards of Children,” 6-9 p.m., Kootenai Medical Center, registration $10. For information call (208) 666-2030 or visit

April 30 – Day of the Child and Blockfest Activities, 11-2 p.m., Harding Family Center, (208) 666-6755.