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Millwood groups team up for classes

Wed., April 8, 2009, midnight

The Crossing Community Center in Millwood, along with the Millwood Farmers Market and Millwood Presbyterian Church, will offer a series of classes organizers hope will “strengthen the fabric of our local community in these challenging economic times.”

The series begins April 19 and classes are free, but registration is required. More information is available at or by calling Millwood Presbyterian Church office at (509) 924-2350.

Here are the classes:

April 19 – Vegetable Gardening in the Inland Northwest: A two-hour class taught by Bob and Bonnie Gregson, authors of the book, “Rebirth of the Small Family Farm.” They have been running a small, organic farm for more than 20 years.

April 26 – The Essentials of Home Canning and Food Preservation: Certified Washington State University Master Food Preservers will teach participants the art and science of preserving fruits and vegetables at home.

May 10 – How to Bake an Artisan Loaf of Bread: Tom and Louise Tuffin, owners of Arabesque Farms and Bakery, will teach participants how to bake a loaf of bread from scratch.

May 17 – A Guide to Local Foods in the Inland Northwest. Craig and Nancy Goodwin will share their experiences of eating locally in Spokane for a year, a project they called their Year of Plenty.

All classes will be held at Crossing Community Center, 8919 E. Euclid, in Millwood.

SCRAPS Chocolate Festival on April 17

The Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service will hold its annual chocolate festival and auction April 17.

The event features decadent chocolates and desserts as well as live music, silent and live auctions and the Parade of Pets, all adoptable animals from the community shelter.

It is a family-friendly party meant to raise money for the SCRAPS animal shelter, including the animal medical fund and the behavioral program.

It will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at CenterPlace at Mirabeau Point Park in Spokane Valley. Tickets are $20.

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