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Hillyard ChalkArtWalk on Saturday

For the 15th year in a row the Hillyard Heritage Celebrations will be putting on a free chalk art walk on Saturday June 3 starting at 10 a.m. Artists are encouraged to bring their own sidewalk chalk when they register on the corner of Olympic…

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MONDAY, MARCH 26, 2012

Easter eggs can be dyed naturally with juices and extracts.  (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

It's almost time to go egg hunting

The 14th annual flash light Easter egg hunt is this on this Saturday, March 31, at Hays Park which is located at 1700 E. Providence Ave. Sponsored by North East Youth Center the egg hunt is divided into three age categories, with the youngest going…

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15, 2012

THURSDAY, JAN. 26, 2012

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 25, 2012

Clearing snow in business districts

At this morning's Hillyard Merchant Committee meeting there was some conversation about who and how snow may be cleared from street parking spots (aka cut outs or parking bays). In the business districts along Market Street, North Monroe, Garland and South Perry, the snow and…

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FRIDAY, JAN. 20, 2012

Northeast Spokane Facebook connections

If you are on Facebook already and want to stay in touch with what's going on in and around Hillyard, here are some Facebook pages for you to follow: The Greater Hillyard Business Association can be found here. The Hillyard Festival Association can be found…

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THURSDAY, JAN. 19, 2012

The downtown Hillyard district has undergone a big face lift, including  restoration of Market Street with sidewalks, parking stalls, lights and planters.  (Pia Hallenberg)

Northeast PDA approved - now what?

The Spokane City Council approved an ordinance establishing a public development authority for northeast Spokane on Dec. 12. Establishing a public development authority in that area has been at the top of the agenda of the Northeast Development Advisory Board, which was created 12 months…

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 14, 2011

Hillyard Santa Clyde Decker is framed by TV reporters on the opening morning of his annual toy give-away on Dec. 13, 2010. Decker will be giving away donated toys to more than 3,000 kids. Bank of America's Hillyard branch is hosting the toy give-away and have lent Decker a vault for the toys in the basement. (Pia Hallenberg)

Ready, set... Santa!

For the ninth year in a row, Hillyard Santa is getting ready to distribute gifts to children in Northeast Spokane. The first distribution days are Thursday Dec. 15 and Friday Dec. 16. And then he's back for one more round all next week - from…

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TUESDAY, DEC. 13, 2011

Hillyard business networking group

Michael Carlson has started a business group in Hillyard. The first meeting was a few weeks ago, and the next one is scheduled for Dec. 20 at 8:30 a.m. at the Cricket Link Wirless store next to Safeway (3721 N. Market Street) "We had nine…

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MONDAY, DEC. 12, 2011

Rebuilding Together Spokane

The non-profit group Rebuilding Together Spokane is looking for homeowners in the greater Hillyard-area who need help completing home repairs or updates. The group is looking for disabled or elderly homeowners who are overwhelmed by home repair projects. Veterans and low-income families are encouraged to…

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Meet the newly elected

The Greater Hillyard Business Association and the City of Spokane is hosting an event featuring the newly eleted Spokane politicians on Nov. 10 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The event will be held at the Inland Northwest Wildlife Council, 6116 N. Market St. and it's…

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 26, 2011

Curtis Wilkes displays one of his many pumpkin carvings outside his home in Spokane. (Photo Archive / The Spokesman-Review)

Trek and Treat in Hillyard

The Northeast Youth Center and downtown Hillyard businesses are sponsoring a "trek and treat" neighborhood walk on Friday Oct. 28 from 4 to 6 p.m. There will be lots of candy and Halloween fun - just stop by.

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Neighborhood events timing

The blog is back at the Hillyard Merchant Committee's meeting this morning - it's been a while since the last time. I am still impressed by the number of people who show up here, every Wednesday morning, at the Outlaw Cafe. The conversation is about…

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Pancakes for Hillyard Senior Center

There's a pancake breakfast on Sunday Oct. 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Northeast Community Center (4001 N. Cook) in support of Hillyard Senior Center. The breakfast is co-sponsored by Hillyard Senior Center and The Hillyard Lions Club. Proceeds go toward the senior…

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 27, 2011

Crime forum next week

Spokane COPS is presenting its third crime prevention forum at Northeast Community Center (4001 North Cook) on Tuesday Oct. 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. Mayor Mary Verner and Spokane Police Chief Kirkpatrick will be there along side neighborhood resource officers and crime analysis specialists…

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MONDAY, SEPT. 26, 2011

Hillyard Festival Association members (from left to right) Richard Burris, Paula Davis, Marty Phanco, Desi Bucknell and Vickie Peterson

Hillyard Festival Associaton meeting Tuesday

The regular Festival Association meeting is Tuesday Sept. 27 at 6:30 at Northeast Community Center. The Association is wrapping up this year's 100 year anniversary celebration and looking ahead to next year's festival. Elections are next. According to the minutes from last meeting, here is…

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Last night's Garland District fires

As most everyone knows by now, Ferguson's Cafe and Mary Lou's Milk Bottle on Garland Avenue burned down last night. It's a terrible loss to owners and customers - and to the neighborhood. The blog promised to remind readers that businesses in the Garland District…

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 13, 2011

Scammers using city-like number

The city of Spokane is warning residents that there is an on-going phone scam using phone numbers with the common city hall prefix "625." The call looks like it's coming from a phone at city hall, and the person is asking for personal and bank…

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THURSDAY, AUG. 4, 2011



Tomatoes are the most popular crop grown in vegetable gardens. (Susan Mulvihill)

Vandals hit garden again

The community graden at Northeast Community Center has been vandalized. Plants were pulled up and destroyed, and the water was left running in an effort to wash out the garden beds. Jean Farmer, executive director of Northeast Community center, said this in an e-mail: "(vandals)…

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Graffiti update -

The city's graffiti abatement officer Eric Walker called yesterday to say that Miller's Paint, Columbia Paint and Sherwin Williams all are offering some discount to property owners cited for graffiti. Walker said that all property owners have to do to get the good deals is…

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TUESDAY, JUNE 21, 2011

Ryan Schatz at the Hillyard Chalk Art Walk on June 18, 2011 (Luke Tolley)

Chalk Art Walk repeats success

The Hillyard Blog was on vacation during the Chalk Art Walk and missed one of the best family events in Spokane. This year's theme was 'Getting There' and as always kids of all ages lined the sidewalks and colored away. Luke Tolley shared a few…

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MONDAY, JUNE 20, 2011

The blog is back -

- from vacation, just in time for the sun to come out. Hey, does anyone have some great pictures from the Hillyard Chalk Art Walk this weekend? E-mail them to and I'll share some on the blog. And here's a link to the early…

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Pia Hallenberg
Pia Hallenberg joined The Spokesman-Review in 2004. She is currently a reporter for the City Desk covering Spokane Valley city hall and community news. She also writes news features about people and events.

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