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In brief: ‘Nutcracker’ auditions Sept. 22

‘Nutcracker’ auditions Sept. 22

SPOKANE VALLEY – The Academy of Dance, 14214 E. Sprague Ave., will hold auditions for the Spokane Symphony and the State Street Ballet’s performance of “The Nutcracker” on Sept. 22.

• Dancers age 6 and older and 3 feet 6 inches to 4 feet 10 inches tall, will need to arrive at 12:30 p.m. for a 1 p.m. audition.

• Dancers age 8 and older and 4 feet to 5 feet 2 inches tall, will need to arrive at 2 p.m. for a 2:30 p.m. audition.

• Dancers age 10 and older and 4 feet 2 inches to 5 feet 5 inches tall, will need to arrive at 4 p.m. for a 4:30 p.m. audition.

• Girls age 12 and older and 4 feet 4 inches to 5 feet 5 inches tall, will need to arrive at 5:30 p.m. for a 6 p.m. audition. Pointe shoes are needed for the 6 p.m. audition.

There is a $15 cash-only fee for each dancer to audition.

For more information, call Peggy Goodner Tan at (509) 747-2744.

Ministry group gathering blankets

WEST CENTRAL – Our Place Community Ministries, 1509 W. College Ave., is collecting blankets to help those in need stay warm as the Spokane weather gets colder.

Our Place is collecting new and gently used blankets, sleeping bags, winter coats, scarves, hats, gloves, warm clothing, boots and tents. Donations will be accepted Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information, call (509) 326-7267 or visit www.ourplacespokane. org.

Join Walk to Cure Diabetes Sept. 23

DOWNTOWN – The Inland Northwest branch of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation will have its annual Walk to Cure Diabetes on Sept. 23 at 11 a.m. Registration and check-in is at 10 a.m.

The family-friendly fundraiser is a three-mile walk to support research for a cure for Type 1 diabetes. To register for the event and for more information visit>

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that affects as many as 3 million Americans.

Miller cancer benefit Saturday

SPOKANE COUNTY – Members of the community are invited to the Service Station, 9315 N. Nevada St., on Saturday at 6 p.m. for the Tabitha Miller Cancer Benefit.

The fundraiser will include a spaghetti dinner, beer, wine and a silent auction. Miller was diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer about two years ago, and proceeds from the event will help pay for her medical costs.

Cost is $10.

Free dump passes at Browne school

NORTHWEST – The Northwest Neighborhood Association will distribute 65 free dump passes for neighborhood residents at the meeting on Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. at Browne Elementary School, 5102 N. Driscoll Blvd. The Northwest Neighborhood covers the area west of Ash Street to the Spokane River, bound by Belt Street and Indiana Avenue on the south, Francis Avenue on the north to Fairview Avenue, including Westgate and Northwest Terrace.

A driver’s license or a utility bill is required to verify residence in the Northwest neighborhood.

Dump passes will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis. Passes are good for about two weeks after they are issued.

Dump passes remaining after distribution at the general meeting will be distributed Sept. 22 at 9 a.m. at the COPS Northwest Shop, 2215 W. Wellesley Ave., Suite D, next door to the laundry business at Shadle Center.

For more information, call Bob Turner at (509) 326-6422.

Food distribution will be Friday

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

No appointment is necessary, but participants must be present to receive food. Boxes will be needed to carry food.

Community members are welcome to bring fruits and vegetables from their home gardens as part of the Plant a Row for the Hungry program. Donors will receive a tax-deductible receipt and the weight of their donation will go toward Second Harvest’s Plant a Row goal.

Last month, organizers distributed 11,820 pounds of food to 215 households.

For more information, call the Rev. Craig Goodwin at Millwood Presbyterian at (509) 924-2350.

Library group plans book sale

SPOKANE VALLEY – The Friends of Argonne Library will have a used-book sale 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 22 at the library, 4322 N. Argonne Road.

The sale includes books for children and adults, DVDs and VHS tapes. Prices range from 50 cents to $1. Proceeds benefit the library. For information, call Linda Petersen at (509) 924-9308.