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In brief: Group shows interest in Zephyr

LIBERTY LAKE – A group that would like to buy the historic Zephyr Lodge on the shores of Liberty Lake and turn it into a bed and breakfast and event center made a pitch Saturday to the board that runs the lodge for the region’s Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) congregations.

Business partners Michelle German and Penny Humphries propose creating a special purpose corporation and financing the purchase price and renovations with the sale of stock options and contributions from foundations.

The property is definitely for sale, said board moderator John Loucks. All 14 Disciples of Christ churches in the region have now voted to sell the more-than-50-acre site with its small dorm, cottages and trails. It was long the location of church camps, but camp participation has dwindled, and churches can’t afford to support the property.

The Spokane County Parks and Recreation Department has also expressed interest in the property, which is close to Liberty Lake Regional Park. The county also owns Conservation Futures property in the area.

A group from the county toured the property for several hours, Loucks said.

“They took lots of pictures,” he said. “They were very enthused.”

The board voted to have an appraisal done on the property before considering any sale offers.

Cleanup includes hazardous waste

NORTHWEST SPOKANE – The Emerson-Garfield Neighborhood is holding its annual spring cleanup Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Collection containers will be at Faith Bible Church, 600 W. Nora Ave., and volunteers will be there to help with unloading. Residents can get rid of household waste, small appliances, paint, motor oil, electronics, car batteries, and trash and green waste. Drywall will not be accepted.

As something new, household hazardous waste will be accepted as well as metal for recycling.

The Salvation Army will be there to take donations of usable household goods and recyclable electronics.

Bring proof of neighborhood residency.

Call: (509) 325-3031.

Theater group staging ‘Arsenic’

WEST PLAINS – Stage West Community Theatre is performing “Arsenic and Old Lace” at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 639 Elm St., in Cheney, starting Friday at 7 p.m.

The play continues with performances at 7 p.m. Saturday and on May 3, 4, 10 and 11. There will be a matinee at 3 p.m. Sunday.

On May 12, a special performance with an English-style high tea will begin at 2 p.m. The Mason Jar will cater the tea.

Tickets: $12; students and seniors, $10. Tickets for the high tea and play are $25; reservations must be made by May 8.

Call: (509) 235-2441.

Host families for students sought

SPOKANE – ASSE International Student Exchange is looking for host families for international high school students during the upcoming school year.

Students ages 15 to 18 may spend a semester or school year here.

ASSE – formerly known as American Scandinavian Student Exchange – is also looking for adults interested in working as area representatives for ASSE. Representatives screen potential host families, supervise exchange students and screen American students for placement overseas, and are compensated based on the number of students they supervise.

Call: (800) 733-2773.

CYT fundraiser features local stars

DOWNTOWN SPOKANE – Christian Youth Theater is hosting a fundraiser modeled after “Dancing with the Stars” at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave.

Among the dancers are City Council member Amber Waldref and Spokane Police Chaplain Ed Hoffman.

Tickets for the semiformal event are $25 for premier seating and $15 for standard seating. Tickets may be purchased at or by calling (509) 487-6540.

Interplayers event aims to raise funds

DOWNTOWN SPOKANE – Interplayers Theatre is having an open house from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday.

The theater must raise $150,000 by the end of May to remain open. It is challenging visitors to “pay what you dare” for admission to the open house.

Attendees can tour backstage, the scene and prop shop, wardrobe, the archives and the library.

The next Interplayers show, “Seeds of Change,” by local playwright Craig Rickett, opens on May 9.

Call: (509) 455-7529.

Crop Walk is Sunday at SCC

EAST SPOKANE – Spokane’s Crop Walk is Sunday, starting at 1:30 p.m. at Spokane Community College’s Lair Building, 1810 N. Greene St.

Participants can pick a 1-mile or 4  1/2-mile route following the Centennial Trail.

Registration is on the day of the walk between noon and 1:30 p.m. The walk is free, but a $100 donation earns a Crop Walk T-shirt.

Donations of nonperishable food items will be collected on site by Second Harvest Food Bank.

Call: (509) 468-4099.

Dog wash to help injured Akita

NORTH SPOKANE – The Yuppy Puppy Self-Serve Dog Wash is helping the Washington Akita Group raise money for one of its rescue dogs by donating all proceeds from self-service dog washes between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday.

Winnie was shot and left for dead outside Caldwell, Idaho, earlier this year. Winnie is expected to recover, but veterinarians recommend a CT scan to better diagnose some of her ongoing health issues. So far Winnie’s medical bills are $965.

The Yuppy Puppy is at 9423 N. Newport Highway.

Call: (509) 467-8221.


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