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Meeting covers trip to D.C.

An informational meeting will be held on Thursday from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Spokane Valley Library, 12004 E. Main Ave., for the WorldStrides fifth annual educational travel trip to Washington, D.C., in June 2009.

Eric Roal can be contacted at for details to assist in fundraising, sponsor a student or chaperone on the trip.


Wine tasting benefits school

St. Mary’s Catholic School will host its annual “Fruit of the Vine” wine and microbrew tasting event Oct. 3. Featured wines will include Diamond Creek, Silver Oak, Duckhorn, Stag’s Leap, Lone Canary, Townshend, Robert Karl and Arbor Crest. There will be a chocolate fondue fountain and hors d’oeuvres.

The evening begins at 7 p.m. at the Davenport Hotel, 10 S. Post St. The hotel will offer a special rate for those spending the night.

The cost is $50 per person or $35 for seniors. Proceeds will benefit the school. Call 924-4300 for reservations.


West Valley

District overbooked

More students than expected showed up for classes in the West Valley School District this month. The district had estimated enrollment for the 2008-09 school year at 3,587, down 14 from 2007-08 enrollment.

The district has started with 87 students more than the budgeted amount, said district spokeswoman Sue Shields. In response, the district has hired a sixth-grade teacher at Centennial Middle School and added a position at West Valley High School.

Airway Heights

Fans help clean motorsports park

More than 200 racers, race fans and friends of Spokane County Motorsports Park, formerly Spokane Raceway Park, helped clean up the grounds Sept. 7, including picking up trash, pulling weeds, tearing down old buildings and removing thousands of old tires for recycling.

Spokane County recently purchased the site, which includes a sports car road course, a quarter-mile drag strip and a half-mile stock car oval.

Local governments and private citizens brought their own equipment and volunteered to fill up huge Dumpsters with garbage during the daylong event.

Call John Batteli at Spokane County Parks and Recreation at 477-4730 to learn how to help improve the park, or go to parks/MotorSportsPark/ to learn more.

From staff reports


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