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FRIDAY, JUNE 11, 2010

Glenna Poblete, who lives next door to the new Liberty Aquatics Center at Fifth and Pittsburgh in the east central neighborhood, explores the new facility Wednesday, June 9, 2010, after the pool's dedication. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Swim pass applications available

City pools open on Monday, June 14, and for the first time children will have to pay $1 to swim in the pools. The Spokane Parks Foundation has raised $9,000 for sponsored swim passes. These passes will be available in packages of 15 single-use passes,…

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FIFA at the Checkerboard

The South Perry Blog got out of bed early this morning and ventured a bit outside the neighborhood: the FIFA soccer world cup is on at the Checkerboard Tavern (1716 E. Sprague) The breakfast bar filled up pretty quickly as Mexico took on the host…

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Help for homeless families  

The South Perry Blog spent the morning with staff, volunteers and friends of Interfaith Hospitality of Spokane, which is located at the Richard Allen Apartments. Executive director Madelyn Bafus explained that Interfaith is all about the child."We help the family in the way it presents…

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South Perry Farmers' Market Thursday

The Farmers' Market is back in the parking lot at The Shop tomorrow, Thursday, from 3-7 p.m. Stop by for fresh bread and greens, flowers, handmade soap and many other temptations. There will be live music and a great chance to visit with your neighbors.

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Fresh eggs are just one of the benefits of backyard chickens. The family-friendly fowl also contribute fertilizer, insect control and companionship. (Cheryl-Anne Millsap / Down to Earth NW Correspondent)

Chicken coop tour this Saturday 

Slow Food Spokane River is hosting its fourth annual Urban Chicken Coop Tour this Saturday, June 12, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. They will "scratch around at 3-4 backyard coops of different sizes and styles to help you hatch ideas for designing a coop…

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MONDAY, JUNE 7, 2010

Calling all South Perry history buffs

I stopped by Liberty Park United Methodist Church on Sunday. After the service, I visited with a group of parishioners some of whom have lived in the South Perry neighborhood for 70 years or longer. Among them was Frank Tobie who gave me two volumes…

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Sweet ride 

The Blog Dog would very much like to know whose Ferrari Testarossa that was, parked outside South Perry Pizza late Thursday afternoon? Now there's a ride that can my ears a-flapping...

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Missing business? 

I ran into Mark Mayers of One World Spokane Cafe at a function yesterday. We chatted for a bit, the cafe is going great and somehow that got me thinking of which businesses we are missing on South Perry Street. I stopped by the gas…

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Opening day, June 3, at the South Perry Farmers Market. The market is open every Thursday from 3-7 p.m. in the parking lot at The Shop. (Pia Hallenberg)

And the market is open

From my perch here at The Shop I can see everything you'd need to make a wonderful dinner tonight: many different kinds of bread and baked goods, honey, organic beef, jams and jellies, here's even pottery so you could pick up plates to serve your…

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Tree planting at Grant Elementary today

Spokane Father's Day Centennial Celebration Committee is planting a tree today at Grant Elementary School at 2:30 p.m. Grant is located at 1300 E. Ninth Avenue and was chosen as a tree planting site because of its connection to Sonora Smart Dodd, the Spokane woman…

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Pothole killers 

There are a lot of ruts and holes on South Perry Street - no doubt about it - yet I'd like to point out that there was a city crew out last night working hard on filling some of them. Ideal? No, but better than…

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South Perry Blog this Thursday

Tomorrow is going to be a little different: I'll be at The Shop from around 2-4 p.m. as the South Perry Farmers Market gets ready and opens for the first time. Please come by and say hello - I'm always looking for story ideas and…

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The South Perry Farmers Market is searching for a new home for next season due to a state law requiring churches to pay property taxes for commercial ventures on church property. (Aaron Mallo / Special to Down To EarthNW)

It's that market time of the year 

The South Perry Farmers Market is open for the first time this season on Thursday, in the parking lot at The Shop. The market is weekly, open every Thursday from 3-7 p.m. and the neighborhood is eagerly awaiting opening day.Brian Estes, who's in charge of…

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FRIDAY, MAY 28, 2010

Road construction and traffic updates 

Remember: Parking meters don’t have to plugged on Monday, May 31, for Memorial Day and garbage pickup will be a day late all week following the Memorial Day holiday.And now on to traffic:The Freya Street Bridge project is completed and open to traffic. The $7…

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It's your parade - you could be in it 

The nice people who are putting on the 11th annual South Perry Street Fair and Parade on July 17 and 18, could use a hand. Bands, classic cars, kids on decorated bikes or waggons, dancers and singers are all invited to participate in the parade.…

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THURSDAY, MAY 27, 2010

It's a dog's life 

Hey - I just want to introduce myself, I'm the blog dog. My name is Angus and I live just a few houses off Perry Street. I was born in Tri-Cities but moved up here some years back. I guess I've been here all my…

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Thursday morning at Vanessa Behan  

Today, I went blogging at South Perry Pizza at noon - lots of people there, and some really great pizza. Thursday morning I'll be at Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery, 1004 E. Eighth Avenue, from 7-10 a.m. That's the first time I take the blog to…

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TUESDAY, MAY 25, 2010

Virginia Kanikeberg is standing in her backyard green house surrounded by tomato plants. She's a member of The Inland Empire Gardeners Club and giving away surplus plants for free to community gardens.

Tomato plants looking for a good home 

Virginia Kanikeberg is a member of The Inland Empire Gardeners Club and a prolific vegetable gardener. She sells her starts under the name Lola's Garden, every year, at the Garden Expo at SCC in May. This year, she's got a few plants left over and…

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MONDAY, MAY 24, 2010

Mark Camp, who started The Shop on South Perry Street in March of 1999, stands outside his newest project: the Jones Radiator Bar on East Sprague. (Pia Hallenberg)

Someone shot the water heater 

When Mark Camp rented the building that's now The Shop, back in 1994, his landlord carefully pointed out that the water heater had been shot three times. "It was pretty crazy. He showed me where the bullets had gone in through the frontdoor, hit the…

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FRIDAY, MAY 21, 2010

Burglary on South Hatch 

Via e-mail from COPS volunteer and neighborhood ‘crime hound’ Sue Hille:“Around midnight Saturday 5/15 there was a break-in and burglary on the 600 block of South Hatch. The residents came home to find the door kicked in. Police were called to investigate. Some things were…

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Pia Hallenberg covers everything going on in the South Perry neighborhood, where she lives.