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Christmas holiday affects many services

Thu., Dec. 23, 2010

Here’s what’s open and closed for the Christmas holiday:

Public agencies: Nearly all government offices and courts will be closed Friday as employees take the legal holiday for Christmas.

The Spokane County Building and Planning Department is closed today for a staff furlough day.

SCRAPS, the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service, will be open Friday from noon to 5:30 p.m.

The Spokane City Council will not meet Monday.

Mail: Most post office branches will be open Friday, and mail will be delivered as usual.

In Spokane, mail placed in blue collection boxes after noon Friday will be picked up Monday.

The Riverside Avenue station in downtown Spokane will be closed Friday. Stations to close at noon that day are Liberty Park, 1502 East Sprague Ave.; Dishman, 111 N. Vista Road; and Parkwater, 2020 N. Dickey Road. All others will be open normal hours Friday.

In Kootenai County, post office stations will be open regular hours Friday, and collection times will remain unchanged.

Post offices will be closed Saturday for Christmas, and no mail will be delivered Saturday.

Garbage pickup: Garbage and recycling collection will be on normal schedules Friday in Spokane and Kootenai counties, but Waste Management’s offices will be closed that day. The Waste-to-Energy Plant and transfer stations in Spokane County will be open Friday but closed Saturday.

Liquor stores: All state-run liquor stores in Washington and Idaho will close Friday at 6 p.m. and will be closed on Saturday. Contract liquor stores in Washington may be open Saturday.

Banks: Many will close early Friday, and some will be closed all day. Call your branch for details.

Parking: Parking meters in Spokane do not have to be plugged Friday and Saturday.

Libraries: Spokane Public Library branches and the Coeur d’Alene Public Library will be closed Friday and Saturday.

Riverfront Park: The Ice Palace, Imax Theater, Spokane Falls Skyride and Looff Carrousel will be open Friday and Saturday. Check for hours of operation.

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