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Favorite family friendly activity?

(PHOTO: The crowd enjoys Single Wide during the Arbor Crest Sunday Concert Series in July 2011. Sunday concerts cost $5.)

Free movies, concerts and festivals abound from downtown Spokane to Liberty Lake to Coeur d'Alene.

What's your favorite family-friendly summer activity in the Inland Northwest that costs less than $10? Some responses will be used online and in print.

A true Jewell (Eilen) at Arbor Crest

Eilen Jewell has been booked into Arbor Crest Wine Cellars for an outdoor show on Aug. 4.

A few of my more music-savvy friends are pumped about this announcement. This singer-songwriter (the first name is pronounced EE-len) has a great voice and has some haunting, memorable songs. Don't take my word for it. Check out this video of a radio-station performance.

Tickets are only $10 and go on sale July 1 at Arbor Crest tasting rooms and TicketsWest outlets.

She's originally from Idaho, born in Boise and apparently has some Panhandle connections. The name of her second album is "Boundary County"  — which has a certain Bonners Ferry ring to it.

But she's definitely a national act. She'll be featured on NPR on Tuesday. She burst onto the folk scene in Boston and has developed a wide following.

Cliff House now open on the weekends

 The rebuilt Cliff House retains the Italianate/Mission-style exterior architecture of the original mansion, built in 1924. SR photo/J. Bart Rayniak.

The historic Cliff House at Arbor Crest Wine Cellars has been rebuilt after being heavily damaged in a fire in December 2009. The facility will be open to the public on the weekends in January for those who want to stop in an take a look at the restoration. Reporter Mike Prager has a nice story on the building's rebirth and if you click here you can also see several photos shot by photographer J. Bart Rayniak.

Arbor Crest Mansion Damaged in Fire: Update

The Spokane Valley Fire Department responded to an early morning fire that burned portions of the landmark Cliff House mansion on the grounds of the Arbor Crest Wine Cellars overlooking the Spokane Valley.

Update: Tasting Room and GIft Shop still open.

“An early morning fire burned portions of the landmark Cliff House mansion on the grounds of Arbor Crest Wine Cellars.

Firefighters were called at 3:50 a.m. and found the building burning on all three floors. A second alarm was called a short time later, bringing 24 firefighters and six fire rigs to the scene. As they arrived, windows already had been blown out by the fire’s heat.” Read more.

Sad news regarding one of Spokane’s most beautiful historic homes. Have you ever been to Arbor Crest?