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In brief: Sign up for AARP driver safety program

SPOKANE VALLEY – AARP will offer its driver safety program at the Good Samaritan Society Community Center, 17121 E. Eighth Ave., on Aug. 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The program will include defensive driving techniques, new traffic laws and rules of the road. Participants will also learn how to deal with aggressive drivers, how to safely use anti-lock brakes, air bags and safety belts, along with how to handle problem situations such as left turns, right-of-way, interstate highway traffic, trucks and blind spots.

Cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers.

To register and for more information, call Carol Ann Christnacht at (509) 924-6161, ext. 650

TAC hosts fundraising car wash, open house

SPOKANE VALLEY – Theater Arts for Children will have a car wash and open house with snacks Saturday at its studio, 2114 N. Pines Road, Suite 3S, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The car wash is a fundraiser for the theater and is by donation. Donations will also be accepted at all Spokane Teacher’s Credit Union branches. The theater program hopes to raise $10,000 by the end of August in order to keep the doors open.

Open house Saturday at fire training center

SPOKANE VALLEY – The Spokane Valley Fire Department will host an open house 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at its training center at 2411 N. Pioneer Lane, next to the Sullivan Fire Station. The day will include a firefighter combat course challenge and demonstrations of vehicle extrication and fire attack skills, and by Mako the arson dog. Lunch will be served.

Benefit concert for Jay Schuh Aug. 19

LIBERTY LAKE – An afternoon of live music and dessert to benefit Spokane’s Jay Schuh, who has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Aug. 19 at the Rockin’ B Ranch, 3912 N. Idaho Road. The fundraiser will also include a silent auction.

The event will feature country, bluegrass, jazz and swing bands, including County Line, The Pearl Snaps, Michael Trantow, Jenny Anne Mannan, Colby Acuff and Justin Sherfey.

Tickets are $10 per person and may be purchased in advance by email at or at the door.

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