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Holiday Hoopla coming up

Holiday Hoopla kicks off with Breakfast with Santa at 9 a.m. at Willow Springs in Cheney. Plates are $6.75.

The arts and crafts fair at Cheney City Hall begins at noon. Also during this time is the Kris Kringle treasure hunt for children, who can visit downtown businesses in search of tree ornaments.

The Christmas tree lighting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in front of the Cheney Community Library, with Santa riding by on a Cheney firetruck and local school choirs caroling for the audience.

Pathways to Progress, a nonprofit organization focused on bringing more life to Cheney’s historic downtown, is the main organizer of the festival.

Fitness center unveils new features

West Plains Fitness is holding a grand re-opening ceremony Dec. 4 for the opening of the second half of its services.

From 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., the fitness center will be open for tours to the new sauna, child care center, tanning beds and group fitness room.

Along with the new rooms, the center is holding yoga, pilates and other fitness classes. A massage therapist and a nutritionist will be attending the ceremony, too, as they begin work with the center.

“We’ve got a good mesh of people working for us,” said owner Todd Mathison.

The gym also features elliptical machines, bicycles, treadmills and other cardio equipment.

A monthly pass is $29 for individuals and $45 for couples. For more information, call the center at 744-9378. It is located at 1515 S. Technology Lane, Spokane.

Vet clinic offers spay/neuter specials

The Medical Lake Veterinary Clinic is having a special on spays and neuters, starting Dec. 1 and continuing through January.

“We still have a real cat overpopulation, and we do like to encourage everyone to spay or neuter their pet because there are so many needing homes,” said Sandy Roloff, office manager.

People often bring home pets around Christmas and are looking for these kinds of services, Roloff said.

Spaying a female cat costs $100, or $80 if she isn’t in heat or pregnant.

Male cat neutering costs $67.66. Pain medications come with the surgery; if the client opts out of the medication, it’s $20 off.

For more information, call the clinic at 299-3675.

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