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Chalk art show and sale

In the "happening while the blog is on vacation department" here's the flier for one of the upcoming Hillyard events - the annual Chalk Art Show, and a yard sale. Register on the morning of the Chalk Art show - they will even give you…

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Blog vacation

Hello there blog friends - the Hillyard blog is going on vacation starting Thursday, and it will be back in circulation on Monday June 20. You won't see me at the Merchants meeting Wednesday morning, but feel free to e-mail me at I'll put…

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THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2011

Blankets needed

The blog got a call from the Outlaw Cafe (5012 N. Market Street) today saying that there's been an increase in homeless people camping and sleeping around Hillyard. It rained a lot last night, and the nice folks at The Outlaw took in a wet,…

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Aunt Bea - aka Beverly Nevin - pictured in the front of her store at 5005 N. Market Street. Nevin is closing the antique store after more than 20 years in business in that location. (Pia Hallenberg)

Aunt Bea's Antiques is closing

To most, she's Aunt Bea and she runs the antique store on the corner of Market Street and Olympic, just like she has for the last more than 20 years. Her real name is Beverly Nevin and just today she announced that she's closing her…

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TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2011

Agnes Kehoe rumors put to rest

Agnes Kehoe Place, aka the Old Hillyard High School, is being restored and turned into low-income housing by the Spokane Housing Authority. Rumors are circulating that it will be used for sex offenders housing, and the rumors are so persistent that the Housing Authority is…

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TUESDAY, MAY 10, 2011

Crystal Larson, left, and Amy Demeerleer sort through clothes at the Liberty Lake Community Yard Sale on Saturday morning. More than 260 homes participated in the event, selling everything from lampshades to motorbikes. 
 (Holly Pickett / The Spokesman-Review)

It's yard sale season 

The Historic Hillyard Merchants Committee is hosting a yard sale in Hillyard on Saturday, May 14 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Don't miss this great opportunity to forage for some great deals - and of course you can stop at as many other yard…

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Trees planted in Hillyard

The Abor Day tree give-away in Hillyard was a success. About 1,200 trees were given away during the week of Arbor Day - 400 went to North East Youth Center alone. The remaining trees will be planted in and around Hillyard for everyone to enjoy.

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MONDAY, APRIL 18, 2011

It's time to dust off that cruiser

The '50s Hillyard Hop custom car parade and show n'shine is on May 28 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Registration begins at 9 a.m. at a booth on the corner of Market and Bismark. The car parade is sponsored by The Gents, Historic Hillyard…

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FRIDAY, APRIL 15, 2011

Bill Decker, left, and Richard Miller carry trash away from  a yard at First and Napa during a neighborhood cleanup on Friday. (Dan Pelle)

Neighborhood cleanup Saturday

There's a neighborhood cleanup going on in Hillyard and northeast Spokane tomorrow, April 16. Dump passes are available and there will be helping hands on-site, too. The dumpsters will be at Shaw Middle School, located at 4106 N. Cook Street - by the North East…

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Take a walk in Hillyard

The Greater Hilyard Business Association and the City of Spokane are publishing a walking tour map for Hillyard. The map and brochure is funded by the Washington State of Transportation, and it includes a short survey about their experience walkers may hand in to businesses…

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Northeast Community Center celebration

The Northeast Community Center (NECC) will be holding an open house and grand opening celebration on Tuesday, April 19, at the newly expanded center, located at 4001 N. Cook. Tickets are $9 and can be purchased at NECC or at the door the day of…

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Design the Hillyard Festival logo

This year is the 100th Hillyard Festival celebration and the good folks on the festival committee are looking for some creative people who can design a killer centennial logo, and a new design of a hobo mascot. The best of each will win $50 -…

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Hillyard Hall of Fame nominations due

Hurry up and nominate your favorite Hillyard person by using this link or by picking up a nomination form at the Outlaw Cafe, fill it out and drop it in the box there. The Outlaw Cafe is also where Hillyard's Annual Community Recognition Banquet will…

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Golf carts on the streets in Hillyard? 

There's a proposal being floated by Hillyard Futures (and supported widely by local business organizations) that would allow golf carts on streets posted at 25 mph within the area between Division and Havana, and Francis and Euclid. The carts would not be allowed on Division,…

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"Moving at the Speed of Hillyard" 

There is some conversation this morning about a new slogan for Hillyard. An old bumper sticker full of misspellings (on purpose) is still around. It reads something like: "I'm from Hillyard an I voat". One new slogan suggested is: "Moving at the Speed of Hillyard"…

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Hillyard business update

It's a bit of a quiet morning in Hillyard today - here are a few highlights from the Historic Merchant Committee Meeting: The Hillyard Festival really, really needs volunteers. It's the 100 year anniversary of the festival and where many people have great plans, volunteers…

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Third District town hall meeting Saturday

Third District legislators Senator Lisa Brown, Representative Timm Ormsby and Representative Andy Billig are having a town hall meeting on Saturday March 12 at Northeast Community Center (4001 N. Cook) The meeting begins at 10 a.m. You may RSVP at The forum will be…

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FRIDAY, FEB. 25, 2011

Downtown Hillyard on a sunny fall day  (Pia Hallenberg)

Hobo dinner on March 4

The Hillyard Heritage Museum Society is putting on its Hobo diiner on March 4 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The dinner is at St. Patricks, 2706 E. Queen Avenue. Tickets are $10, and $6 for children younger than 10. Get your tickets at Greenburo (5220…

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THURSDAY, FEB. 24, 2011

Carr's one-of-a-kind museum

Check out this little story and video on Carr's One of a Kind in the World Museum. The museum is located at 5225 N. Freya, a little out of the way perhaps, but certainly worth a visit. I mean, where else in Spokane can you…

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 23, 2011

Plant a tree in Hillyard  

The Merchants Committee is putting together a tree planting program in connection with Arbor Day (April 29). Young trees - mostly evergreens it sounds like - have been secured and the tree planting program will run begining on Earth Day (April 22). Stay tuned for…

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How to get a share of the cake

The blog is at the Historic Hillyard Merchants Association meeting this morning and the first item on the agenda is how Hillyard can get a share of the hotel/motel tax that's collected by the city. What's needed is proof that people are visiting Hillyard from…

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 16, 2011

The blog is at the Hillyard Neighborhood Council

Tonight the Hillyard Blog is at the Hillyard Neighborhood Council meeting at the Northeast Community Center (4001 N. Cook Street) Here are some updates on neighborhood business and activities: The Festival is turning 100 years old in August - more volunteers are desperately needed. Please…

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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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