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South Perry Blog Pia Hallenberg

TUESDAY, JULY 20, 2010

So, what else is new?

The Fair and Parade this weekend is over and has been declared a success. It was the 11th year that neighborhood organizers pulled off this event and attendance was higher than ever before. Feel free to post about your favorite or not favorite parts of…

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Fancy rides lining up

I spotted this beauty lining up for the parade. And a traffic note: the police department is closing off South Perry Street for the next hour. Barricades are going up right now from Eighth Avenue to 12th Avenue.

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Summer movies coming up

A blog reader wanted to know if there's an outdoor movie at The Shop tomorrow night? There's not - the summer movies start on July 24 with Time Bandits (1981). Here's the rest of the schedule:July 31, Wayne's World (1992)August 7, Stand by Me (1986)August…

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Neighborhoods Matter meeting

The Spokane Regional Health District has selected the East Central Neighborhood - including South Perry Street - as a partner for the 2.5-year-long Neighborhoods Matter Program. The kickoff meeting is on Monday July 19 at East Central Community Center, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.…

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Early morning on South Perry

So, quite a few of the South Perry merchants got up early this morning to join KXLY's Mark Peterson, who's doing his morning show from the Perry Street Cafe. Cafe owner Geoff White got up extra early - the cafe is now officially open -…

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Business and Neighborhood Association update 

The South Perry Business and Neighborhood Association met at the Perry Street Cafe last night. The business district is part of the East Central Neighborhood Council, yet years ago broke out a smaller business and neighborhood association to better be able to deal with South…

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Final Fair and Parade band lineup

I ran into a blog reader last night who asked about the final band line-up for Saturday's fair. Here it is:10:30 a.m. - Grant Elementary School Drummers and Dancers11 a.m. - Blisterz (classic rock)1 p.m. - Voiceless Choir2 p.m. - Dave McRae and Friends (bluegrass)4…

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TUESDAY, JULY 13, 2010

Blog alert and tonight's SPBNA meeting

The South Perry Business and Neighborhood Association is meeting tonight at 6 p.m. at the Perry Street Cafe. On the agenda is a Farmers' Market Discussion and a presentation on vision planning.BLOG ALERT - this Thursday morning KXLY-TV's Mark Peterson will be doing his morning…

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MONDAY, JULY 12, 2010

Time to give a helping hand

There are plenty of last minute details that need to be organized and taken care of before Saturday's South Perry Fair and Parade can go off without a hitch.Volunteers are needed to help pick up and transport tables and chairs on Friday at 5 p.m.…

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Thursday morning blog alert

The South Perry Blog is sleeping in this Thursday morning - you wont be able to find me out in the hood with coffee and my trusted laptop. No worries, it's just this Thursday, I'll be out and about again next week.Don't forget to visit…

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Fair and Parade schedule is ready

The South Perry Parade and Fair opens on Saturday July 17 with perhaps the area's smallest and most quirky community parade at 10 a.m. The parade runs between 8th and 12th Avenues on South Perry and it's not too late to sign up. Willie Earthman…

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Karsyn Bowlin, 4, and brother Spencer, 7, wave flags  as the parade passes.

We are halfways through summer

I hope you all had a great Fourth of July weekend. It seemed relatively quiet in the little neighborhood – I have a feeling the colder weather put a damper on fireworks and many an outdoor party.How was your Fourth of July?And I hate to…

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In this photo provided by Xerces Society, a bumblebee goes to work on a California poppy.  (Associated Press)

Show me your yard

This Thursday morning, The South Perry Blog will be at The Shop from 7-10 a.m. Expect an update on how the fair and parade planning is going and a visit with Odyssey Youth Center. The Fair and Parade is on July 17 - just a…

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MONDAY, JUNE 28, 2010

Summertime, and the stealin’ is easy…

This just in from Sgt. Dave Reagan of the Sheriff's Department - some good reminders in here for all of us:Property crimes investigators report that the annual summertime crush of vehicle prowling incidents has begun and that losses are mounting.Thieves know that boaters, hikers and…

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After mama duck's nest was raided in mid-April, she came back to a planter at the Lincoln Building in downtown, Spokane, Wa., and laid three more eggs. Today, May 14, 2010, all five of her ducklings were born. Gary Grissom (Academy Mortgage loan officer), the new duckman, has been watching over mama duck from his office window for the last month while she's been sitting on her nest. He's been fascinated by the duck's behavior as well as the humans who came to visit her. She had regular visitors. One woman came by every day to feed her half a piece of brown bread. The sparrows would swoop in and steal the bread most of the time; she only ate three little pieces. Another woman would bring the duck water, which she never drank.  Five people named the mama duck, Grissom said. He didn't write down the names, but he thinks one man named her Francine. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Enough with the bread already

The Spokane Parks and Recreation Department is pleading with park guests this summer: please don't feed the ducks. For the last two years, the parks department has spent a lot of time, energy and money on educating park guests about why feeding the ducks bread…

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Leave the porch light on 

Officer Dan Strassenberg is the neighborhood resource officer for the South Perry District. What does that mean? That means he has an office at COPS East Central on East Fifth and he's the guy who responds to tips from neighbors about suspected drug houses, abandoned…

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The sun is out... 

It's a beautiful sunny morning at the Perry Street Cafe - the blog will be here until 10 a.m. so come in and say hello. I still have a stack of free papers to give away; today's paper has the Hoopfest section in it.In other…

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Thursday morning blog alert

Tomorrow morning, I'll be at the South Perry Cafe from 7-10 a.m. - as always I'll have a stack of free newspapers to give away, and plenty of time to chat about the neighborhood. Coming up is also an interview with South Perry neighborhood resource…

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TUESDAY, JUNE 22, 2010

COPS and neighborhood policing 

The South Perry Blog is visiting with COPS East Central and Officer Strassenberg (your neighborhood resource officer) Wednesday morning - let me know if there are any specific questions or issues you'd like to find out about. Also, does anyone in the South Perry district…

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MONDAY, JUNE 21, 2010

World Refugee Day celebration in Grant Park

World Relief Spokane is inviting neighbors and businesses on South Perry to a celebration of World Refugee Day on Saturday June 26 in Grant Park. Events begin at noon with a potluck of traditional food from Bhutan, Burma, Iraq, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea…

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What in the world?" said Jiny Denison, 84, as she woke up on a rainy day to find 25 bright spots on her front lawn near the corner of Sherwood and Webb Place in Spokane, Wa.  A friend had the pink flamingos sent as part of a NW Spokane Young Life fund raiser that sends students to summer camps.  A note congratulated Denison "you been Flocked" and suggests sending the birds onto another victim.  Denison has two family in mind, one a doctor and the other a lawyer. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

First day of summer washed away 

It's officially the first day of summer, yes, you may stop laughing now. It's been one of the most rainy springs on record and it just doesn't seem to let up. Actually, it's raining so much today that the city's brand new pools are once…

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Vendors and parade floats needed

The South Perry Street Fair and Parade is on July 17 - with the parade starting at 10 a.m. Vendors are still needed for the fair, and organizers would like for more funky parade participants to show up. "Right now the big push is to…

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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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