February 19, 2009 in Washington Voices

In brief: Crime-prevention classes planned

 

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office will offer its annual Neighborhood Watch Crime Prevention Conference March 10 for people who want to learn ways to keep themselves and their neighborhoods safe.

Registration for the daylong event costs $15 and includes a continental breakfast, lunch and conference materials.

Participants may sign up for a variety of classes that will be taught from 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. at the CenterPlace community center in Spokane Valley, 2426 N. Discovery Place.

One of the classes will be a boating safety course that is now required by Washington law for people 25 and younger who operate boats with 15 horsepower or larger engines. The age threshold for the course increases every year, and will rise to 30 next year.

More information on the law is available at www.parks.wa.gov/boating/ boatered.asp.

Other conference classes will cover how to avoid being a victim in person or on the Internet, how to make your home secure and how the National Crime Stoppers and Crime Check programs work. There also will be classes on gangs, sex offenders, public speaking and how to deal with frustrating people.

For registration forms, click on the “Neighborhood Watch” link on the sheriff’s Web page at www.spokanesheriff.org.

For more information, call Neighborhood Watch Director Diana Somerville at 477-3055.

Spokane County

Growth group seeks member

Spokane County commissioners are looking for someone to fill a non-voting citizen position on a growth-management advisory committee.

The county Growth Management Steering Committee of Elected Officials gives commissioners advice on the “urban growth areas” required the state Growth Management Act. The citizen member is nominated by commissioners and ratified by the local officials on the committee.

The citizen member, who is appointed to a four-year term, is required to live in a Spokane County city or urban growth area.

The committee meets at 10 a.m. on the third Wednesday of each month, at the Spokane Transit Authority board room, 1230 W. Boone Ave.

To apply for the position or for more information, contact Ginna Vasquez in the commissioner’s office at 477-2265 or gvasquez@spokanecounty.org.

Spokane Valley

Register for Valley Youth Soccer

Registration for the spring 2009 season for Valley Youth Soccer is now open.

Cost for children ages 4 to 7 is $35 and $40 for 8 and older.

To register or for more information visit www.VYSOCCER.org.

For more information call (509) 924-7661 or e-mail valleysoccer@gmail.com.

‘Feline Groovy’ benefits shelters

SCRAPS and the Spokane Humane Society are coming together to offer a full day of pampering to women in the Spokane community, where they are sure to be “Feline Groovy,” on Saturday. It doesn’t hurt that it benefits the animals at the shelters, either.

The day of indulgences includes brunch at Old European, massages at the BrickHouse Massage and Coffee Bar, and High Tea at Brambleberry’s. Chocolate tasting at the Chocolate Apothecary will follow High Tea, and cocktails and appetizers at Envy will end the day.

Tickets are $125 per person and all proceeds benefit SCRAPS and the Spokane Humane Society.

To purchase tickets and for more information call 467-5235, ext. 12.

Dress Barn collecting suits

Dress Barn stores across the country, including the store at 15533 E. Broadway Ave. in Spokane Valley, will be collecting new or gently-used suits and other professional apparel, during the Dress for Success S.O.S. – Send One Suit – weekend, taking place today through Sunday.

The event is being held to help underprivileged women in the community seeking career development the opportunity to dress their best, with one step in the right direction for success.

For more information call 926-4388 or visit www.dressbarn.com.

Mayor’s Ball tickets on sale

Tickets for the 7th annual Mayor’s Ball are on sale.

This year’s theme is the “Greening of the Valley” scheduled for March 21 at Mirabeau Park Hotel.

The evening of dinner and dancing begins at 6 p.m. with a private reception, dinner at 7:15, and dancing to the live music of Nobody Famous at 9.

Tickets are $45 per person or a table of eight is $500.

For more information call the hotel at 924-4994.

Downtown

Scouts leadership breakfast Feb. 27

The Inland Northwest Council Boy Scouts of America will host its annual Leadership Breakfast on Feb. 27 at the Spokane Convention Center in the main ballroom at 7:30 a.m. The breakfast is the kick-off for the 2009 fundraising campaign, known as Friends of Scouting.

The guest speaker at this year’s breakfast will be former Army Ranger Keni Thomas. Thomas is also a motivational speaker, country music singer, songwriter and military analyst.

The movie “Blackhawk Down” is based on his Army Company’s mission in Mogadishu, Somalia, where Thomas and B Company were deployed in 1993 as part of a special operations package called Task Force Ranger.

Thomas is now a Nashville recording artist.

The breakfast is free and open to the public. Pledges and contributions are appreciated.

For tickets and for more information, call Peggy Earley at 242-8238, e-mail peggy@nwscouts.org or visit www.NorthwestScouts.org.


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