May 2, 2013 in Washington Voices

In brief: Bike ride marks anniversary

From Local Reports

SPOKANE VALLEY – A new bike ride celebrates the Spokane Valley’s 10th anniversary.

The Spokane Valley Cycle Celebration, put on by Valleyfest, will be on July 28. Bicyclists will have 10-, 25- and 50-mile routes to choose from; all will begin at Mirabeau Meadows Park.

The 50-mile Hills Around the Valley ride goes north to Peone Road and east to Liberty Lake before looping back to Mirabeau through south Spokane Valley. A 25-mile Adventure Ride will head east on the Centennial Trail to Barker Road, south on Henry Road to Saltese and then back up north. The 10-mile Family Friendly ride will go east on the Centennial Trail to Barker and then return via bike friendly streets and Indiana Avenue.

Rides start at 8, 9 and 9:30 a.m. depending on the length. Rest stations will be placed along the routes with refreshments and restroom facilities. Detailed route maps and registration information is available online at

The cost is $10 per rider, which includes a T-shirt, or $20 for a family of four. The family registration includes two T-shirts; additional T-shirts can be purchased for $10 each. The registration deadline is July 14.

Call: (509) 922-3299.

Charity seeking host families

SPOKANE COUNTY – Solace for the Children is looking for families willing to host children from Afghanistan who will arrive in the Spokane/Coeur d’Alene area this summer to receive medical treatment.

The children are 7 to 12 years old. There are three boys and two girls who will arrive on June 20 and stay for six weeks. They will be accompanied by an interpreter.

Host families need to provide full-time care for the children, including housing, transportation to and from medical appointments, and will need to accompany the children on excursions. Each family will need to submit an application.

Volunteers are also needed to provide the host families with respite and help with the children’s activities.

For more information, call (208) 660-8088 or visit for an application.

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