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In brief: Food distribution at church Friday

MILLWOOD – Millwood Presbyterian Church, 3223 N. Marguerite Road, and Second Harvest Inland Northwest Food Bank will hand out food in the church parking lot Friday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Free produce, breads and perishable products for families in need will be available; no appointment or documentation is necessary. Participants must be present to receive their food. Boxes will be needed to carry food.

For more information, contact Craig Goodwin at (509) 924-2350 or; or Randy Schacht at (509) 370-1142 or

Web innovation seminar planned

SPOKANE VALLEY – The Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce and LaunchPad Inland Northwest will host the Innovation Show on March 28.

“Harnessing Innovation and the Web Economy” will feature keynote speaker Dave Koopman, chief scientist for, who will share his views about the future of the Internet. is the world’s largest domain name registrar and Web hosting provider, with more than 52 million domain names under management.

Panelists for the networking event include Lewis Lee, IPStreet; Josh Neblett, GreenCupboards; Wayne Williams, Telect; Heather Pieczonka, Funsational; and Mitch Williams, Gravity Jack.

The trade show will feature vendors, including Sixth Man Marketing, Unleashed Online Marketing and 2nd Watch.

Tickets for the program events are $25 per person. The trade show is free and open to the public. The event begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Mirabeau Park Hotel, 1100 N. Sullivan Road. For information, visit www.spokanevalley or call (509) 924-4994.

Meet library head at open house

SPOKANE VALLEY – The Spokane County Library District will host an open house today to introduce the district’s new director, Nancy Ledeboer. The open house will be from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Argonne Library, 4322 N. Argonne Road.

Ledeboer started work March 1 replacing Mike Wirt, who worked for the district for 40 years. Before arriving in the Spokane area, she had been the library director for the 27-branch Pima County Public Library in Arizona since 2005.

GOP event will address recovery

LOGAN – The Ponderosa Republican Women will have their monthly luncheon meeting today at the Red Lion River Inn, 700 N. Division St., from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Chris Cargill, the director for the Washington Policy Center of Eastern Washington, will be the featured speaker, discussing “Seven Steps on the Road to Economic Recovery,” key recommendations to improve Washington’s small-business climate.

Cost for the luncheon is $17 per person and reservations are requested.

For reservations and information call Helena Griswold at (509) 928-8559.

Dinner to benefit liver patient

MORAN PRAIRIE – Friends and family of Steve Barta will have a spaghetti feed on Saturday at the Moran Prairie Grange, 6106 S. Palouse Highway, from 5 to 7 p.m. Doors open at 4 p.m.

The event will include a silent auction and bake sale and live entertainment by Strong Refuge. Wine, beer and soda will also be available.

Barta has been diagnosed with acute pancreatitis pseudocyst and liver disease and has been hospitalized since August. He was transferred to Seattle Virginia Mason Hospital in January. The fundraiser will help pay for Barta’s medical expenses.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children age 12 to 5; kids age 4 and under eat free.

For tickets or information, call (509) 473-9855.

Youth center to host ‘Pink’ party

RIVERSIDE – The Northeast Youth Center will host the annual “Beyond Pink” Barbie Party at the Masonic Temple, 1108 W. Riverside Ave., on Sunday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. for girls ages 3 to 10.

The Barbie Party is a “Kids-Helping-Kids” fundraiser where girls can wear their favorite pink dress or anything and everything pink and bring their favorite Barbie. The celebration will include a nail and facial salon, crafts, a fashion show and dancing and singing to Barbie’s favorite songs.

Tickets are $25 per child and must be purchased in advance. Ticket price covers a chaperone. Proceeds from the party support scholarship funding for the children’s programs in the Hillyard community of Spokane.

For tickets or information, call the Northeast Youth Center at (509) 482-0708 or Spokane Parks and Recreation at (509) 625-6200.  

Whitworth team wins ethics title

SPOKANE COUNTY – Students from Whitworth University recently won the championship trophy at the National Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl, held on March 1 in Cincinnati. The win was the third time in four years that Whitworth has placed in the top five in the national ethics bowl.

The Whitworth team competed against 32 teams across the nation.

Team members are Jesse Javana, Bridger Landle, Max Nelsen and Sarah Sauter. The coaches include Mike Ingram, professor of communication studies and associate provost for faculty development and scholarship; and Keith Wyma, associate professor of philosophy.