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Region in brief: Help for first-time homebuyers

CHENEY/SPOKANE VALLEY – Community Frameworks will hold an informational meeting about homeownership opportunities and affordable mortgage lending for first-time homebuyers on Tuesday at the Cheney Branch Library, 610 First St. in Cheney, at 5:30 p.m. and on Wednesday at the Spokane Valley Branch Library, 12004 E. Main Ave., at 5:30 p.m.

At the meeting on Tuesday, Community Frameworks will give information about Takoda Park, a single-family new home community located in the West Plains in the Cheney School District. At Wednesday’s meeting, they will discuss Valley Pointe, a new quality, affordable townhome community being developed near University City in Spokane Valley, and describe how you can purchase a new-construction home with affordable financing and down payment assistance.

The meetings are free and open to the public.

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Concert a tribute to Judy Garland

POST FALLS – The Jacklin Arts and Cultural Center, 405 N. William St., is selling tickets to the Valentine’s feature concert, “A Tribute to Judy Garland.”

The Feb. 14 event will feature Ruth Pratt singing the music of Garland. The doors open at 6 p.m. and the concert will begin at 6:30.

Tickets are $20 per person.

To purchase tickets and for more information, call (208) 457-8950.

GU event explores women of Bible

LOGAN – “Weaving Our Sisters’ Voices,” a performance of dance, music and poetry, will be performed at Gonzaga University in the Harry and Colleen Magnuson Theatre on Jan. 29 at 6:30 p.m.

Students will illustrate the lives of Vashti, Jochebed, Miriam and 10 other women, named and unnamed, from biblical times in the play and explore how these women’s lives relate to contemporary life.

Tickets are $20 per person. To purchase tickets, call (509) 313-6553 or go to /theatrearts.

The performance is a theater fundraiser for Our Place Community Ministries.

SFCC has tips for aid application

WEST HILLS – Spokane Falls Community College, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Drive, will hold “College Goal Sunday” this Sunday, from 2 to 4 p.m., in the student union building lounges A, B and C, Building 17, to simplify the financial aid application process for potential students.

Students and their families will receive professional help with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the most important application for receiving financial aid to get money for college.

The event is free and open to the public. Participants may register at www.collegegoal or go to SFCC on College Goal Sunday.

For more information, call (509) 533-3550.

Burns Night events at casino

AIRWAY HEIGHTS – The Scottish St. Andrews Society of the Inland Northwest will host the 2010 Burns Night Supper and Scholarship Fundraiser on Jan. 22 to celebrate the birthday of the Scottish poet Robert Burns at Northern Quest Casino, 100 N. Hayford Road.

The event will be held in the Pend Oreille Pavilion. Social Hour starts at 6 p.m. and the Haggis Ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m. Dinner will be followed with dancing and music to the Angus Scott Pipe Band.

Tickets are $35 per person. Tickets are available at TicketsWest, at Northern Quest Casino, online at, or by calling (800) 325-SEAT.

For more information, go to

H1N1 flu shots available at EWU

CHENEY – Eastern Washington University will hold H1N1 flu shot clinics for students on Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Pence Union Building multipurpose room.

Students can also receive shots on the Riverpoint Campus, from 2 to 6 p.m., on Jan. 19 in the Phase One building.

The H1N1 flu clinics have been scheduled in cooperation between Health, Wellness and Prevention Services and Rockwood Clinic of Spokane.

For more information, please visit /goodchoices or call EWU’s Health, Wellness and Prevention Services at (509) 359-4279.

Exhibit celebrates Looff anniversary

RIVERSIDE – Through Feb. 26, the 100-year anniversary of Riverfront Park’s Looff Carrousel will be celebrated with an exhibition of artifacts and artwork at the Chase Gallery, 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Art of the Carrousel will include artwork by Michael Gass, Nona Hengen, Betty Largent, Loraine Krank and Jessie Swanson. The exhibit will also display artifacts from the Looff Carrousel, including several antique horses and figures. Completed horses and horses under construction by Mark Blomhagen will also be exhibited.

Youth soccer needs coaches

SPOKANE VALLEY – Coaches are needed for the upcoming Spokane Valley Youth spring soccer season.

The season runs April to May and the outdoor soccer league is for ages 4 to 13.

For more information call, (509) 924-7661 or go to