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School is starting, but the fun will continue

Thu., Aug. 20, 2009, midnight

It is hard to believe school will be starting in less than two weeks. Having rain in July and August made the summer seem a little short. Out here on the northwest slopes of Mount Spokane, it rained as hard as I can remember in the 11 years I have been an Elkite. Most of us really didn’t mind it as our gardens loved it and our yards are lush green instead of the normal burnt brown.

Riverside School District starts on Tuesday, Sept. 1. The high school office is now open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The middle school office and both Riverside and Chattaroy elementary school offices are open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. New student registration and locker sign-up at the high school will be on Monday between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m., and new student registration for middle school began yesterday at the office.

New students must have a copy of their immunizations and transcripts to register. There will be a sixth-grade orientation and barbecue for middle school parents and students today at 6 p.m. at the middle school. Remember, all elementary students need gym shoes for physical education. Supply lists may be picked up at the offices for elementary and middle school students, or you can find all schedules and supply lists online at

Riverside School District also offers an alternative high school program at the Riverside Opportunity Center for students behind in credits, the Riverside Achievement Center for students who cannot attend traditional classes and the Independent Scholar Program to provide home-schooled children and their parents with enrichment classes and curriculum support. New this year, free breakfast will be available to all students in the district; a confidential application must be submitted. (Again, see the district’s Web site for further information.)

The Riverside Community Center on U.S. Highway 2, just north of Riverside schools, is hoping to open its doors by the start of school. It will have a yard sale in the south parking lot Aug. 28 and 29 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The center is asking for donations this Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon, and could also use volunteer help with accepting donations and working during the yard sale. The center will offer art, computer skills, homework help, sewing and other youth and adult activities.

Summer fun is going to continue right into fall. The Elk Music Association is presenting another Friday night open jam at Elk Community Park on Aug. 28 from 6 to 11 p.m. Everyone is welcome. You are invited to come play, sing or just bring your chair and enjoy! The open jam on July 31 was very successful and entertaining.

Elk Community Park is an affiliate of the Elk Community Park Association, a nonprofit organization, and is dedicated to bring entertainment, music and arts to the community.

Elk Music Association members will be hosting a booth at the Newport Music Festival on Sept. 11, 12 and 13 at Newport City Park. For more information, visit

That same weekend, on Saturday, Sept. 12, the Elk Community Park will again be hosting the Fall Family Fun Day. There will be lots of activities including carnival games, prizes and entertainment. If you or your group would like to have a booth or volunteer, please call Becky at (509) 292-0706.

The following weekend, Sept. 18-19, the Elk Music Association will be presenting The Mountain Folk Festival at Elk Community Park. Call Ricki at (509) 292-2996 if you would like to sign up to sing or play acoustic folk, blues, country or bluegrass. Individuals and groups are welcome.

For information about the Elk Music Association or the Elk Community Park, see the Web site at

Contact correspondent Billie Martin by e-mail at

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