March 13, 2014 in Washington Voices

In Brief: Grow Your Own Food series kicks off with raised-bed talk


Spokane Valley – The Central Valley High School DECA Chapter is hosting the 2014 Prom Fashion Show today.

Area students will model fashions from Finders Keepers II Boutique. Proceeds will benefit Crosswalk Teen Shelter, the area’s homeless and support shelter for teens.

The show will begin at 7 p.m. in the Central Valley High School Theater, 821 S. Sullivan Road. Tickets are $2 at the door and attendees need not be Central Valley students to attend.

For more information, call the school at (509) 228-5100.

Grow Your Own Food series kicks off Saturday

SPOKANE COUNTY – The four-part Grow Your Own Food series sponsored by the Spokane County Master Gardener program kicks off Saturday with a class on raised-bed gardening by garden columnist Susan Mulvihill.

Mulvihill’s class is 12:30 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the WSU/Spokane County Extension office, 222 N. Havana St.

She will discuss the materials to use and how to assemble a raised bed; irrigation systems; the use of covers, hoops and plant supports; the specifics of growing vegetables in raised beds and how to deal with insect pests organically.

The class is $12, or $44 for all four in the series. The Grow Your Own Food classes are 12:30 p.m. Saturdays through April 5.

The Master Gardeners are also offering Beginning Gardening classes. Those are 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays through April 5.

To learn more or to register online, go to or call (509) 477-2181 for more information.

Sheriff’s Explorer Program accepting applications

SPOKANE COUNTY – The Spokane County Sheriff’s Explorer Program is taking applications from youth between 16 and 21 years old.

The program meets on the first, third and fifth Wednesdays of each month and Explorers must pass a background check, maintain a 2.5 GPA or better and volunteer at least 14 hours a month to the program.

Areas of training include firearms, collision investigation, building searches and radio procedures. For information, visit or call (509) 477-3242.

Master Gardener hosting seed propagation workshop

MANITO PARK – Spokane County Master Gardener Steve Nokes is hosting a free seed propagation workshop at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Manito Meeting Room, 4 W. 21st Ave. (next to the Gaiser Conservatory).

Register by calling (509) 456-8038.

YouthBuild Spokane to hold informational sessions

SPOKANE COUNTY – YouthBuild Spokane is conducting informational sessions today and March 19 at 2:30 p.m. at Northeast Washington ESD 101, 2424 E. Riverside Ave.

The program is open to youth ages 18 to 24 who would like to complete their GED or high school diploma and are interested in construction or the health care field.

Participation in an informational session is required before applying for the program. If accepted, youth will gain practical experience and earn school credits as well as a monthly stipend while participating in YouthBuild projects. Call: (509) 789-3706.

University SCOPE hosting community fundraiser

SPOKANE VALLEY – University SCOPE is holding a community fundraiser today from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at University Elementary School, 1613 S. University Road.

The evening features information about community safety and awareness, as well as how to volunteer for SCOPE.

Call (509) 477-2582 for information.

Variety Pak to headline Southside Center dances

SOUTH HILL – The dance band Variety Pak will be headlining dances Friday and April 11 at the Southside Senior and Community Center, 3151 E. 27th Ave.

Dances are from 7 to 10 p.m., and tickets are $8; $6 for students. Call (509) 535-0803 for information.

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