SPOKANE – Three public libraries will nearly double the hours they are open beginning today. The East Side, Hillyard and Indian Trail branches’ new hours will be: Tuesdays from noon to 8 p.m. and Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The extension of hours is possible because voters passed a levy in February. To celebrate the new hours – the longest since 2004 – the three branches will hold open houses Tuesday, serving snacks all day and treating patrons to live music. At 4 p.m., Ruby Devine will be at the Hillyard branch, Jenny Edgren will be at the East Side Library and The Blue Water Strangers will be at the Indian Trail branch.
The South Hill and Shadle library branches retain their current hours: Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Monday and Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The downtown library remains open Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Dump Hunger drive aims to help food bank
SPOKANE AND SPOKANE VALLEY – Help Second Harvest of the Inland Northwest restock its shelves after the holidays by participating in the Dump Hunger food drive through Feb. 10. Donations of nonperishable food items may be made at Alberstsons, Wells Fargo and Western States CAT, the three businesses that sponsor the food drive. Wells Fargo and Western States CAT will also accept monetary contributions. All donations stay in the Spokane area. Visit www.westernstatescat.com/ dumphunger for more information.
More skating lessons at Riverfront Park
RIVERFRONT PARK – The Spokane Parks and Recreation Department is putting on a new round of skating lessons at the Riverfront Park Ice Palace. Learn to skate classes for ages 4 and older including adults begin on Jan. 11 at 10 a.m.; parent and toddler skate lessons for ages 3 and older begin on Jan. 14, also at 10 a.m.; and lessons for those 6 and older including adults are offered on Fridays begin on Jan. 10. Register online at www.spokaneriverfront park.comor by calling (509) 625-6200.
Embroidery event planned at Davenport
DOWNTOWN – The Quilting Bee is hosting a two-day Anita Goodesign 10th Anniversary Embroidery Party on Jan. 24 and Jan. 25 at the Davenport Hotel, 10 S. Post St. Sponsored by sewing machine manufacturer Bernina, Anita Goodesign is an embroidery design company and the two-day event will showcase new designs as well as the newest Bernina sewing machines. Tickets: $100, include access to a Friday evening reception and a commemorative CD, lapel pin and embroidery guide. Tickets are available in person or by phone order at The Quilting Bee, 12117 E. Mission Ave. Call: (509) 928-6037.
Transportation panel looking for volunteers
DOWNTOWN – The Spokane Transportation Benefit District is looking for volunteer board members to help manage funding and make recommendations about street maintenance and pedestrian improvements. If you are interested in joining or in receiving meeting agendas and minutes, email Rae-Lynn Barden at firstname.lastname@example.org or call: (509) 625-6715.