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  • Clark: Local characters revive tired Christmas tales

    Yeah. Yeah. We’ve all seen the Grinch. And that George Bailey makeover? That wonderful life has been done to death.


  • Churches planning festivities

    A few Valley churches are hosting special events this week to help people get into the Christmas spirit. Music is on the menu at two of the churches. • Opportunity …


  • Church operates toy store for needy to buy at discount

    Santa has opened a workshop inside Opportunity Presbyterian Church and it’s filling up with Barbies, Tonka trucks, Hot Wheels, stuffed animals, craft kits and more. The toys have been collected …


  • Front Porch: Choosing stress-free way to spend Thanksgiving

    I’d like to revisit Thanksgiving for a moment. I know, it’s already fading in the rearview mirror, even though it was just a week ago, and everyone is in the …


  • District 9 firefighters will escort Santa Claus on trucks

    The firefighters from Spokane County Fire District 9 will be riding along with Santa while he visits local neighborhoods on the following dates. Beginning today, Santa will be in the …


  • Holiday yard art helps retailers

    RALEIGH, N.C. — If you think inflatable snow globes are tacky, prepare to hold your well-mannered tongue. This year, it’s going to seem like “Tim the Toolman” Taylor has moved …


  • Seeking holiday ideas? We know a few places you should check out

    Now that Thanksgiving is but a sweet memory, the holiday season is truly here. It’s time to deck the halls and be of good cheer. When it comes to decorating, …


  • Let the ABCs of Bad Cheer destroy your holiday spirit

    We hear a lot about Scrooge and the Grinch at this time of year. But those famous fictional grouches lacked staying power. They eventually turned into Christmas cupcakes.


  • Don’t let pre-Christmas frenzy overwhelm holiday magic

    These days, you can almost count on seeing Christmas decorations and gift items for sale before Halloween, and that is just weird. I love the holiday season as much as …


  • Friends receive gifts from woman who died last fall

    The gifts were sent about 10 days prior to Christmas. When opened, tears of remembrance flowed and the phones around Sandpoint began to ring with friends calling one another to …


  • Giving gift of memories

    Families lined up early to have their chance at a free picture with Santa Claus Tuesday at Spokane Valley Partners. Some children were dressed in their best clothes for the …


  • Spin Control’s Christmas trivia quiz

    In honor of the holidays, Spin Control usually lays off politics to brighten our readers’ spirits with the annual Christmas Quiz. It’s a tradition that dates at least to the …


  • CV bus drivers spread Christmas cheer

    The presents were stacked on the table with care, in the hopes that a bus driver soon would be there. The three mounds of gifts were donated by the Central …


  • In midst of chaos, the rocking chair

    In the midst of unearthing Christmas decorations, I surveyed the downstairs family room. Actually, “wreck” room is a more apt description. Green and red bins burgeoning with tinsel and ornaments …


  • VA staff makes holidays warmer for some veterans’ families

    Veterans’ families whose Christmas holiday looked bleak a few weeks ago were surprised with donated gifts and food Wednesday from employees at the Spokane Veterans Affairs Medical Center.


  • The 12 myths of Christmas

    This is the time of year when grown-ups fret about sharing certain holiday truths with children. You know, revealing that stocking stuffers sometimes get regifted or admitting that there’s no …


  • Crazy shopping day proves manageable

    Tammy Fuller didn’t have any Christmas shopping left to do Saturday.


  • Pageants, services fill this holy week

    Christmas is rapidly approaching, and Valley church schedules are filled with Christmas pageants and special worship services during the week. •The children and youth of Veradale United Church of Christ …


  • Clarion steps into the season

    Here’s all you need to know about Clarion’s musical attitude: Leader William Berry lists his titles as “composer, arranger and reindeer trainer.” The word “irreverent” does not normally apply to …


  • Storefront memories

    One recent winter day, Patty Kilcup, 63, and Deb Green, 49, sat in Green’s restaurant, Madeleine’s Café and Patisserie, and reminisced. The women, business acquaintances now, didn’t know each other …


  • All decked out for the holidays

    Virginia Danke has many years of practice decorating her home for the holidays. She’s lived in her South Hill bungalow her entire life – 84 years. “I’ve never wanted to …


  • Gold piece dropped in Spokane bell-ringer’s kettle

    It appears likely Ted Morris will be Spokane’s No.1 Salvation Army bell-ringer for the third year in a row after somebody dropped a one-ounce gold piece in his kettle on …


  • Salvation Army volunteer talks about Red Kettle campaign

    The Salvation Army has been ringing bells and collecting donations during the Christmas season for 118 years, which is how long the charitable organization has been operating in Spokane. Last …


  • Amateurs face crowds to help kids with HIV

    “Well, I sent you a tie clasp, but that was last July … you ain’t never cut a record and you ain’t no friend of mine.” As soon as the …


  • In brief: NIC receives $1 million grant

    COEUR D’ALENE – North Idaho College received a $1 million Idaho Go On grant from the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation. The Idaho Go On program is a statewide initiative …


  • All decked out for the holidays

    Virginia Danke has many years of practice decorating her home for the holidays. She’s lived in her South Hill bungalow her entire life – 84 years. “I’ve never wanted to …


  • Many people are turning to edible gifts this year

    On a recent Saturday morning, every inch of countertop in Linda Meyer’s spacious kitchen was covered – with flour canisters, sticks of butter, molasses jars, baking sheets and the hands …


  • Yule specials aim to please

    The creative forces behind “Yes, Virginia” know they face daunting odds. At this time every year, TV programmers serve up shiny, new holiday-themed fare, only to have viewers discard most …


  • A toast to two Inland NW holiday traditions

    A toast to two holiday traditions I Thanksgiving means it’s time for the Inland Northwest’s two back-to-back Christmas tree-themed fundraisers: the Festival of Trees in Coeur d’Alene, and Christmas Tree …


  • Free downtown Spokane carriage rides start Friday

    Free holiday horse and carriage rides for downtown shoppers begin Friday and continue through Christmas Eve.

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