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Please stop the vandalism 

The Hillyard blog received this letter submitted by Alex Bistrevsky, a former 4-H youth gardener, this morning, in response to the vandalism at the Slavic Community Garden earlier this week: "The elderly Slavic gardeners who use the community garden at Andrew Rypien Field were given...

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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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Primary candidate forum coming up

The Northeast Community Center (4001 N. Cook) is hosting a primary candidate forum on July 28 at 6:30 p.m. Candidates for city council district 1, position 1, and council president and mayor have been invited. Don't miss this opportunity to meet the people who will...

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Want to ride a bull on Market Street?

If so, here's your chance: Hillyard is celebrating Wild West Days on July 16 with lots of activities, vendors and a chili cook-off all day. The center of activities is Big Sky's Tavern at 5510 N. Market Street. Tickets are on sale for mechanical bull...

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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

 (Luke Tolley)

Getting there

And here's one last shot from this weekend's Chalk Art Walk, submitted by Luke Tolley. This year's Chalk Art Walk theme was 'Getting There' reflecting on the progress Hillyard has made over the past decade. If you've never been, don't miss this event next year.

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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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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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Clean up deadline extended

From Jonathan Mallahan at the office of Neighborhood Services: If your neighborhood has not yet submitted a clean up application or would like to make changes to your clean-up schedule the application/change deadline is coming up! The deadline that was outlined at our mandatory clean...

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Volunteer for Wild West Days

The next planning meeting for Hillyard's Wild West Days is on Friday June 10 at 4 p.m. at the Outlaw Cafe - volunteers are needed to help pull off this annual event, which includes all kinds of western fun. Just show up - your help...

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Car Hop wrap up and looking ahead

There were 47 cars entered in the Hillyard Car Hop Saturday and all together the Historic Hillyard Merchants Committee made about $340. It's the first time the HHMC has put on the event and some expenses (banners and such) are one-time expenses. Closing off Market...

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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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THURSDAY, MAY 19, 2011

Here's the deal on Agnes Kehoe

As promised, here's a link to today's story about the Spokane Housing Authority's restoration of the "Old Hillyard High School" which is now the Agnes Kehoe Place. Rumors that the place will be used for sex offender housing is simply false. Read the story here.

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Housing Authority at meeting tonight

The Spokane Housing Authority's Art Noll will be at the Hillyard Neighborhood Council meeting tonight, at 6:30 p.m. at the North East Community Center (4001 N. Cook Street). Noll will be answering questions about the restoration of the Old Hillyard High School on Regal and...

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A few temporary closures in Hillyard

The Outlaw Cafe is updating its power supply and electrical wiring and will be closed Monday and Tuesday, waiting for the final inspection from Avista. The cafe hopes to be open again Wednesday morning. Aunt Bea's Antiques is going through inventory and reorganizing; the store...

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Yard sale was successful

The yard sale sponsored by the Hillyard Merchants Committee this past weekend made $501 - and was deemed a success by everyone. Next yard sale is on June 18. More volunteers are needed to help out with the next sale - especially people who can...

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The Historic Hillyard Merchants Committee meeting on Wednesday May 18, 2011 (Pia Hallenberg)

Hillyard parade fees went up

The fee to be in the Hillyard Parade this year is $20 - that's up from $5 last year. This spurred some discussion this morning, mostly focusing on what to do for children who can't afford to pay $20 to be in the neighborhood parade....

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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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MONDAY, MAY 16, 2011

Great yard sale - and awards

The Saturday Hillyard Yard Sale got rained on a little bit, but shoppers had a good time in between showers and wind gusts, looking through books and magazines, glass, porcelain, kitchen gear and other gadgets. Stay tuned for an update on how much money was...

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Pia Hallenberg covers everything going on in the Hillyard neighborhood.