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In brief: Auction, dinner to aid efforts in Africa

EMERSON/GARFIELD – Partnering for Progress will host its fifth annual Into Africa auction and dinner on Friday at the Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln St., at 6 p.m.

The evening will feature Partnering for Progress volunteers who will share their experiences in Africa and at the Kopanga Comprehensive Rural Health Project clinic. The Spokane-based group sends medical and educational teams to Kenya twice a year to help provide access to health care, education and clean water.

Tickets are $65 per person or $495 for a table of eight. To buy tickets and for more information, call (509) 723-9534 or visit Proceeds will benefit Partnering for Progress.

Meeting to focus on Centennial Trail

WEST CENTRAL – The city of Spokane will have an open house on Oct. 11, 6 to 7:30 p.m., at the West Central Community Center, 1603 N. Belt St., to discuss improvement options and gather public comment regarding a gap in the Centennial Trail.

The trail has a number of gaps as it runs along the Spokane River beginning at Nine Mile Falls, crossing over the Washington/Idaho state line, and ending at Higgens Point on Lake Coeur d’Alene. The purpose of the meeting is to address the completion of a segment from Bridge to Boone avenues, adjacent to Summit Boulevard in the West Central area.

Topics to discuss also include: a nonmotorized, 12-foot wide trail; retaining walls; fencing; benches; and a pavilion.

Feedback from the community is important for the next steps for future trail improvements.

Speaker to discuss impacts of U.S. wars

WEST HILLS – The Unitarian Universalist Church, 4340 Fort George Wright Drive, will feature “Patriot for Peace: Connecting the Dots from Iraq to Afghanistan to Gaza” on Oct. 11 at 7 p.m., with Col. Ann Wright.

In her discussion, Wright will connect the dots between America’s wars and the cost to their victims.

A 29-year veteran of the Army and Army Reserves and a career diplomat, Wright resigned from the Department of State in 2003 in opposition to the Iraq war. She co-authored “Dissent: Voices of Conscience: Government Insiders Speak Out Against the War in Iraq.” Wright has also picketed at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo, Cuba, and has been arrested numerous times for nonviolent protest of President George W. Bush’s policies, particularly the war on Iraq.

Voiceless Choir to perform at Bing

RIVERSIDE – The seventh annual HeartSongs concert will be at the Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave., on Oct. 12 at 6:30 p.m.

The Voiceless Choir will share their experiences with homelessness, frustration and loneliness. The concert will feature “Invisible,” a song about the blindness of society to homeless people.

Admission is free. Donations will be accepted.

For more information call the Covenant Christian Church at (509) 448-1311.

‘Laugh for the Cure’ tickets available

EMERSON/GARFIELD – Tickets are now available for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Eastern Washington Affiliate’s “Laugh for the Cure” at the Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln St., on Oct. 25 at 6 p.m.

The evening will feature comedians Adam Norwest and headliner Dan Chopin.

Tickets are $75 per person or $600 for a reserved table. To purchase tickets visit Proceeds will support breast cancer research.

For more information call (509) 315-5940.

More help needed for bluff cleanup

HIGH DRIVE – The Friends of the High Drive Bluff are in need of volunteers to help clean up and prune the upper section of the High Drive bluff between 32nd and 37th avenues for their Forest Health Project.

The goal of the project is to promote forest health and reduce the likelihood of crown fires. The group will meet today and Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. for pruning. On Oct. 13 at 9 a.m. volunteers will haul the pruned tree branches up the hill for chipping.

Volunteers can meet on High Drive. Wear work clothes and bring gloves, water, and a pruning saw, if available. The first 50 people who RSVP for the Saturday work event will receive a collectible bandana.

For more information email

Music, food, raffle planned at festival

WEST HILLS – Holy Names Music Center and the Northwest Autism Center will host the Riverwalk Music Festival on Saturday, from noon to 8 p.m., at the Riverwalk Plaza Complex, next to No-Li Brewery, 1003 E. Trent Ave.

The event will include live music by Soul Proprietor and Tuxedo Junction. There will also be food to enjoy and a raffle.

Tickets are $10 and may be purchased by calling (509) 325-7328 or visiting Proceeds will benefit the Holy Names Music Center and the Northwest Autism Center.

For more information call Craig Landron at (509) 326-9516.