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In brief: Junior Lilac Parade downtown Saturday

DOWNTOWN – The Junior Lilac Parade is Saturday beginning at 9 a.m.

The parade features elementary, middle school and junior high school bands and drill teams from around the Inland Northwest.

The parade starts on Washington Street just north of Spokane Falls Boulevard. The route turns east on Spokane Falls, south on Bernard Street, west on Main Avenue, north on Stevens Street, west on Spokane Falls and ends on Post Street.

Also Saturday, the Family Fun Fair runs from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Riverfront Park and at River Park Square.

The free event features a petting zoo, local sports mascots, camel rides and exhibits.

For fair information visit

Spokane Gives Week mobilized thousands

Spokane – More than 7,000 volunteers participated in the first Spokane Gives Week last month.

The efforts included donating and packing nearly 200,000 pounds of food, cleaning up streets and public spaces and repairing public facilities from April 12 to 19. The effort included 85 organizations and 106 events citywide.

Mayor David Condon singled out three groups for exceptional participation: STCU for mobilizing more than 200 volunteers; the Inland Northwest Council of the Boy Scouts of Amercia for planting 4,200 ponderosa pines and the Logan Neighborhood and Gonzaga Student Body Association for neighborhood beautification efforts.

Longtime library volunteer Juanita McBride also was lauded for her contributions to the community.

COPS shop on Boone open after painting

WEST CENTRAL – COPS West, 1901 W. Boone Ave., is open again after being closed for painting and cleanup.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

For information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, call the shop at (509) 625-3340.


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