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South Perry Blog

THURSDAY, DEC. 16, 2010

Pastor Debra Conklin plugs in the Christmas tree outside the Perry Street Cafe on Tuesday Dec. 14, 2010 (Pia Hallenberg)

Perry Christmas tree lighting Tuesday

It was a bit of a blustery night on Tuesday, but that didn't stop about 40 people from showing up for the annual Christmas tree lighting at the Perry Street Cafe. The cafe was serving coffee, hot chocolate and cookies to everyone. Pastor Debra Conklin...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 14, 2010

Poster for South Perry Sock Drive (Pia Hallenberg)

Santa is a little delayed

Due to congested airspace during this busy holiday season, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be a little later than planned tonight: they will get to the Perry Street Cafe at 7 p.m. The Christmas tree lighting and decorating gets underway at 5:30 p.m. The Perry...

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SUNDAY, DEC. 12, 2010

When the kids say they don’t like the tree you bought,  pop in the DVD of “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” United Feature Syndicate (United Feature Syndicate / The Spokesman-Review)

It's Perry Christmas tree time

The Perry Street Cafe is putting on the annual Christmas tree lighting on Tuesday beginning at 5:30 p.m. Cafe owner Geoff Whtie picks up what he calls "a Charlie Brown tree" every year and invites neighbors to come and decorate it. Just bring an ornament...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 10, 2010

Ligths at Gaiser Conservatory in Manito Park (Spokane Parks and Recreation Department)

Conservatory's holiday lights are on

More than 30,000 lights glitter and blink at the Manito Park Gaiser Conservatory's holiday light display, which opens today. It's put on by the Friends of Manito and the Spokane Parks and Recreation Department and it runs through Dec. 19. The Conservatory is open daily...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 9, 2010

Raindrops cause a ripple in a puddle on path near the Red Wagon in Riverfront Park on Oct. 14, 2009, in Spokane. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Boots made for walking in puddles

The South Perry Sock Drive is going amazingly well. So far, South Perry Pizza has collected several bins full of hats, gloves, socks and mittens for the students at Grant Elementary School. Grant parent volunteer Heidi Hash is collecting and sorting all the generous donations...

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Janice Raschko works on a mural  Thursday as she and her husband, Keith, build the One World Spokane Organic Community Kitchen in the 1800 block of East Sprague.  (Christopher Anderson / The Spokesman-Review)

News from One World Spokane

The blog is straying a little bit today, but I'd like to share the newsletter (PDF) from One World Spokane with you. The restaurant is located at 1804 East Sprague in the heart of the International District. It features organic, local food and right now...

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Spokane blogging meeting this morning 

The blog spent the morning at a blogger forum put on by LaunchPad at the Apple Store downtown. They were all there - DrinkNectar - SpoCool - Spokane Southie - Spokane Grapevine - and a whole bunch of other blogs from around town. This blog...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 7, 2010

 (Pia Hallenberg)

The socks are piling in

The South Perry Sock Drive has only put out a few bins, but the socks, hats and scarves are piling in - here's a shot of one of three huge bags that's stuffed into the back of my ridiculously small car. If you would like...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 3, 2010

Santa taking a break outside the downtown Starbucks on Dec. 3, 2010 (Pia Hallenberg)

The big guy is here

Walking back to the paper from an interview earlier today I came across Santa enjoying a beverage (coffee, I'm sure) outside Starbucks. How could I resist taking that picture?So what are your holidays plans this year? Do you have Perry specific holiday traditions? Do you...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 2, 2010

Buses running late Friday morning

Friday morning school will start on time except for elementary and middle school students who bus. Elementary and middle school buses will pick up students later than normal due to the condition of the residential roads. Middle school students will be picked up 30 minutes...

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South Perry Farmers Market director Brian Estes (with hat) waits outside the door of the Buddhist Temple's gym which will be housing the farmers market through December. (Pia Hallenberg)

Out of the cold...

The South Perry Farmers Market opened again today inside the gym just north of the Spokane Buddhist Temple at 923 S. Perry. It will be there every Thursday from 3-6 p.m. through December, after working out a special events permit with the city of Spokane....

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Here's the slush fund

The City of Spokane is declaring a new Stage 2 Snow Emergency today, Dec. 2, which means crews will work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week until they complete a full City plow that includes all residential areas. Within 12 hours—or by 9:30...

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Where's the slush fund?

Wow - be careful out there today - the side roads are covered in slush. And it's slush on top of ice, so you are likely to get stuck in places where you wouldn't get stuck yesterday or even over the weekend during the heavy...

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The farmers market is open again 

The South Perry Farmers Market found a home in the Buddihist Temple gym, 927 S. Perry Street and it's open tomorrow, Thursday Dec. 2 from 3-6 p.m. This is directly across the street from The Shop's parking lot - best of all - it's indoors...

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The South Perry Sock Drive is on

It's happening: the South Perry Business and Neighborhood Association and TEAM Grant is sponsoring a sock, boot, mitten and hat drive for the students at Grant Elementary - and what better time to get going than in the middle of the first big snow?The blog...

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Keep trash cans free of snow berms

The City of Spokane Solid Waste Management Department is asking residents for assistance during these snowy days. Residential customers are asked to place their garbage carts and recycling bins in front of snow berms and clear of other obstacles. Commercial customers are asked to remove...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 30, 2010

Fig Tree needs volunteers asap

Wednesday Dec. 1 is the Fig Tree's delivery and mailing day. We need some additional volunteers to help deliver bulk orders and to help with a larger than usual mailing. We'll be at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 24th and Grand, from 9 a.m. to noon...

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MONDAY, NOV. 29, 2010

Last day at the Farmers Market on South Perry Street, Oct. 28, 2010 (Pia Hallenberg)

Farmers Market so close

I follow the South Perry Farmers Market on Facebook here and just saw a post saying the market is "so close" to a permanent indoor home. When the market makes that announcement it will be the first permanent indoor farmers market in this town, for...

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Plows in Spirit Lake built berms high enough to obscure the downtown stop signs on Jan. 28, 2008, after snow dumped across the region over the weekend. (Jesse Tinsley /

The plows are coming -

- let's hope they make it before the next storm hits tonight. I just ran home for lunch and was happy to see what looked like sand on some of the smaller hills in my neck of the South Perry neighborhood. The side streets should...

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FRIDAY, NOV. 26, 2010

Spokane Public Libraries  Director Pat Partovi addresses a packed room at a Library Board of Trustees meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010, at the East Central Community Center. The board will decide later this fall if it will close the East Side Library, which is next door to the community center, because of a budget shortfall.
 (Jonathan Brunt)

Don't close the East Central Library

The East Central Library may be closed - neighbors are encouraged to show up at the Spokane City Council meeting on Monday, Nov. 29 at 6 p.m. The blog got this e-mail from Joy Hart of the East Central Neighborhood Council this morning - it's...

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