Arrow-right Camera
News >  Features >  Washington Voices

In brief: Summer safety fair for kids is today

HILLYARD – There’s a kids’ summer safety fair today at the Hillyard Skate Park, in Sharpley-Harmon Park, 6018 N. Regal St.

It’s sponsored by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services and features bike safety courses, boat safety instruction, children’s activities and free pizza and ice cream.

The fair runs from 9 a.m. to noon.

Baskets for Babies birthday bash

SPOKANE VALLEY – The nonprofit Baskets for Babies is having a birthday celebration Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at its offices, 9410 E. Sprague Ave.

A silent auction has been arranged to raise money for the organization, and visitors are encouraged to bring disposable diapers, baby blankets and socks in all sizes to stock Baskets for Babies and help area homeless organizations.

Vendors will be set up in the parking lot and there will be cake as well as many children’s activities all day at the free event.

Call: (509) 214-2634.

Special needs Soap Box Derby

LIBERTY LAKE – Spokane East Rotary Club will present its seventh annual Soap Box Derby for special needs kids Saturday at Pavillion Park, 727 N. Molter Road, Liberty Lake.

Starting times are at 8:30 and 10 a.m. The race is intended to reward special needs children with the race of a lifetime. The children will be paired with volunteer drivers and a soap box derby race car. Participants will get a T-shirt and a medallion.

Sponsorships are still available by emailing Brent Wise at brent.wise@bankwith

To register a special needs child or to volunteer to drive, call Jeff Gratz at (509) 343-3344 or email www.cycle or by calling the Valleyfest offices at (509) 922-3299.

Newman Lake sale raises $2,100

NEWMAN LAKE – The Fire Auxiliary and Newman Lake SCOPE station held its annual hot dog and T-shirt sale July 5 at the Tri-Community Grange.

The groups raised more than $2,100 to benefit Newman Lake Fire and Rescue, the community’s volunteer fire department.

Fundraising dinner helps teacher

SPOKANE VALLEY – Friends of Rikki Dorsh, a teacher in the East Valley School District, will host a fundraising dinner July 25 to help her with the costs associated with her fight with Lyme disease.

The dinner will be from 4:30 to 8 p.m. at 202 N. Blake, Spokane Valley. Tickets are $20 and the cost includes two beverages.

Dorsh was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2012 and has been on a leave of absence from the district since February 2013. She has been at the West Clinic in Pocatello, Idaho, since August 2013 and her medical bills are in the tens of thousands of dollars.

The dinner will include a silent auction.

To make donations for Dorsh, visit her Facebook page at https://www.facebook. com/RikAgainstTheTick, or stop by any Numerica Credit Union to donate to the “Friends and Family of Rikki Against Lyme,” account.