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In brief: Food distribution Friday at church

Millwood Presbyterian Church and Second Harvest will host free food distribution Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the church parking lot, 3223 N. Marguerite Road.

The food is available for anyone who needs it. No paperwork is necessary.

The distribution does not count as the monthly food bank visit area residents are allowed.

Those attending are asked to bring their own box or bags to bring the food home in.

Concert benefits Valley group

An upcoming concert will benefit Spokane Valley Partners. The concert, themed “Winter Dreaming,” will feature vocal selections from musical theater productions including “Mamma Mia,” “Camelot” and “Les Miserables.” Guests will hear the new arrangement by composer Valerie Roth Roubos of Paul Dukas’ symphonic poem “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.”Last year’s concert raised about $6,000, Simpson said.

The concert also features doo-wop songs and selections by the Eastern Valley Community Choir.

The show begins at 7 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Church, 4125 N. Arden Road in Otis Orchards. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and $30 for families of three or more.

Auction features flies by Newbury

A dozen fishing flies created by master fly tier John Newbury will be auctioned Friday during a fundraiser for a Spokane man who suffered a brain injury in a December auto accident.

The fundraiser will take place from 5 to 10 p.m. at Press, 909 S. Grand Blvd. The event will also include a raffle and other fundraising efforts.

Newbury, who has received state and national honors for his fly-tying skills, doesn’t sell his flies. But the Chewelah man agreed to donate a dozen of his creations to help pay medical bills not covered by insurance for Riley Higginbotham, a 31-year-old Spokane resident, said Higginbotham’s mother, Kathleen Miles. Miles said she and Newbury have fished together.

Higginbotham has been hospitalized since his Dec. 8 accident, Miles said. Surgeons removed a 4-by-7-inch piece of his skull to allow room for brain swelling. He’s expected to remain until at least the end of March at St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute.

Higginbotham, who has a 1-year-old son, “has to re-learn to do everything,” Miles said. “He hasn’t learned to talk yet.”


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