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In brief: SCRAPS reduces fees for black cats, kittens

SPOKANE VALLEY – Through Saturday, SCRAPS is offering a special adoption price of $20 on all of their black cats and kittens. The shelter has an overwhelming number of these animals, which has led to the deal.

The $20 special includes spay/neuter surgery, current vaccinations, microchip, license and a free veterinarian examination.

SCRAPS is open Monday through Saturday, from noon to 5:30 p.m.

For more information call (509) 477-2761 or visit scraps.

Soccer group plans benefit adventure race

PLANTE’S FERRY PARK – The Spokane Valley Junior Soccer Association will host the Plante’s Ferry Adventure Race on Sept. 18, beginning at 8 a.m.

The tour will start at Plante’s Ferry Park and travel along the Centennial Trail, the Spokane River, up to Beacon Hill and back to Plante’s Ferry. The race is open to those age 14 and older, racing individually or in teams of three and includes kayaking/canoe, biking and running.

Cost is $99 for a team and $49 for individuals.

The event will be held in honor of Antoine Plante and proceeds from the race will support field and facility maintenance of the Plante’s Ferry Park soccer complex. Also, 20 percent of the proceeds from the race will benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

For details and to register, visit Registration deadline is Sept. 2.

Citizen’s Academy planned in October

SPOKANE VALLEY – The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office and the Spokane Valley Police Department will hold a Citizen’s Academy, beginning Sept. 8 at the Sheriff’s Training Facility, 10319 E. Appleway Ave.

Each Thursday, through Oct. 27, from 6 to 9 p.m., members of the community can get an insider’s view of various departments in the Sheriff’s office; ride along with an officer during their shift; hear first-hand from officers and investigators about the services they provide; witness the services of the specialty units; and have questions answered.

The course is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is requested as space is limited to 30 participants.

To register and for more information, call Deputy Travis Pendell at (509) 477-6044 or email