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In brief: Spokane Valley briefs

NEWMAN LAKE – The Newman Lake Fire District commissioners decided this week to ask voters to approve a $2.2 million bond in November to build a new Fire Station 1.

The district, which has mostly volunteer firefighters and few paid personnel, has been working toward building a new station for several years.

The estimated cost to homeowners would be 60 cents per $1,000 in assessed home value, which would be $120 a year for a $200,000 home. Plans for the new station call for a steel-sided building with four truck bays on land the district already owns at Moffat and Starr roads.

The current Station 1 on West Newman Lake Drive was built in 1966 and is too small for modern fire trucks to fit inside. The old trucks the district currently uses barely fit in the doors. The building does not meet current building codes in many areas. If the power goes out, firefighters have to raise the doors by hand in order to get the trucks out.

Residents who have attended recent meetings to discuss the project have been largely supportive of the need for a new station.

Service on the grass planned Sunday

VERADALE – The Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, 15319 E. Eighth Ave., will host its annual outdoor worship service on the church lawn at 9 a.m. Sunday. A potluck picnic will follow the service. All are invited to attend.

Free movie Aug. 20 at Mirabeau Park

MIRABEAU PARK – Spokane Valley’s Park and Recreation Department will show “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” rated PG, Aug.20 at 8:30 p.m. at Mirabeau Park.

The movie will be preceded by an hour of free activities in the park. The family even is free and open to the public.

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Outdoor bluegrass concert Aug. 21

SPOKANE VALLEY – Zion Lutheran Church, 8304 E. Buckeye Ave., will host a free outdoor bluegrass concert on Aug. 21 at 7 p.m.

The concert will feature the award-winning Molly and Tenbrooks. The show includes a mixture of comedy, instrumentals and singing. Participants are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs.

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