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In brief: Candlelighters fundraiser Sept. 11

DOWNTOWN – The community is invited to the second annual Celebration of Life on Sept. 11 at The Knitting Factory, 919 W. Sprague Ave., from 7 to 11 p.m. The event will benefit The Candlighters of the Inland Northwest.

The event includes music from London Get Down, The Back Row Kings, and Ron Greene and the Right.

Tickets are $15 and may be purchased by calling Tickets West at (509) 325-7320.

All proceeds will benefit kids with cancer in the Inland Northwest.

To purchase tickets and for more information, call (509) 474-2759 or visit www.candlelighters

Production raises scholarship funds

GREEN BLUFF – Green Bluff’s Old Orchard Theatre will feature “Flapper!” at the Green Bluff Grange, Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m., Sept. 11-27.

The performance is a musical comedy tribute to the 1920s during the height of Green Bluff’s Apple Festival.

Tickets are $12 for premium seats and $7 for regular seats, and may be purchased at the door.

The 13th annual production will raise funds for college scholarships.

For more information, call Suzanne Ostersmith at (509) 238-6989.

Bike race series starts Sept. 13

SPOKANE COUNTY – The Group Health Bike Race Series will be held in the Spokane area Sept. 13-27.

Children 13 and younger can race their bicycles Sept. 13 at Pavillion Park, 727 N. Molter Road in Liberty Lake; Sept. 20 at Shadle Park, 4302 N. Belt St. in Spokane; and Sept. 27 in Grant Park, 1015 S. Arthur St., in Spokane.

Race times are: for age 5 and younger, noon; age 6, 12:30 p.m.; age 7, 1 p.m.; age 8, 1:30 p.m.; age 9, 2 p.m.; and ages 10 to 13, 2:30 p.m. Racers must arrive 30 minutes before they race.

The free event includes warm-up exercises with Group Health physical therapists, a bike rodeo, a bike safety check from REI, family games from the YMCA, crafts sponsored by Mobius Kids, pizza and prizes.

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Tour highlights local artists

SPOKANE – The sixth annual Town and Country Studio Art Tour will be Sept. 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sept. 13 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The free tour will give participants the opportunity to visit six Spokane art studios and view local artists’ work.

The studios will have a variety of art on exhibit, including watercolor, acrylic and oil paintings, candles, pottery, basketry, handmade paper, weaving, handspun yarns, Japanese sculpture, handmade and painted garments, and fused glass.

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Studio 1, at 1921 W. 10th Ave., will feature artists Dian Zahner, Hilda Bradshaw, Marsha Marcuson, Carol Schmauder and Charlotte Yocom.

Studio 2, at 129 W. 16th Ave., will feature artists Jan Moulder, Nan Drye and Juaquetta Holcomb.

Studio 3, at 124 W. 17th Ave., will feature artists Tori Bailey, Linda Garratt, Donna Kulibert, Alice Nelson and Amy Wharf.

Studio 4, at 1704 E. 35th Ave.; will feature artists John Noble, Lezlie Finet, Janet Hess, Nadine Kay, Linda Lowry and Olivia Waterman.

Studio 5, at 3515 S. Lee St., will feature artists Karen Mobley, Denise Bowles, Katie Densley and Patti Osebold.

Studio 6, at 2108 E. Ninth Ave., will feature artists Reho Barron, Ellen Blaschke, Sandie Key and Keiko Von Holt.

Plan commission seeks applicants

SPOKANE VALLEY – The deadline to seek a vacant position on the Spokane Valley Planning Commission has been extended to Sept. 30 because only two people had applied by Friday.

The vacancy was created Aug. 4 when Chairman Ian Robertson was elevated to the City Council.

Robertson’s three-year term on the Planning Commission expires Dec. 31, but his replacement could be reappointed. The commission advises the council on various land-use issues and generally meets at 6 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays of every month.

Another Planning Commission position is to be filled in January when Commissioner Tom Towey also will leave to join the City Council. Towey is running unopposed for the council seat Dick Denenny is relinquishing.

Towey will have served one year of his Planning Commission term, leaving two for his replacement.

Applications for the vacancy must be submitted to City Clerk Chris Bainbridge by 4 p.m. Sept. 30. Forms are available at City Hall, 11707 E. Sprague Ave., or on the city’s Web site,

For more information, or to receive an application form by mail, call Bainbridge at (509) 688-0177.