December 31, 2010 in City

Cold doesn’t stop First Night revelers

By The Spokesman-Review
Dan Pelle photo

Gail Peterson and her grandson, Beckhan Schoenberg, 3, take a close look at Ryan Oelrich’s balloon sculpture titled “Carson’s Creature” on display at the Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital Kids Night Out. The event, on Dec. 31, 2010, is part of the First Night Spokane celebration, and took place in the Spokane Convention Center. About 1,000 balloons were used in the dragon.
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Hundreds of children and their parents packed into the Spokane Convention Center to launch First Night with face painting, hat making and the writing of New Year’s resolutions on a six-foot-high dream catcher.

“I am making a wish to see the ball drop,” said 5-year-old Henry Groenen, who attended the festivities with his brother, Jakob, 8, and parents, Patty and Harald, of Spokane.

The Kids Night Out was the first part of the 10th annual First Night Spokane, expected to draw up to 26,000 revelers for everything from a Resolution Run, a rail jam with skiers and snowboarders, a street dance party, musical performances, pottery demonstrations, improvisational comedy, film festivals and more.

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