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South Perry Blog Pia Hallenberg

MONDAY, SEPT. 27, 2010

The blog is back 

Hello neighbors, I'm back from vacation rested and somewhat energized. What have you all been up to? What are your plans for the fall? I'm looking forward to hearing from you all. How's school going for all of you? This weekend I noticed an increase…

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 9, 2010



South Perry Cafe owner Geoff White and Grant Elementary teacher Kris Gladeau hold the $1,000 check that was donated to Grant Elementary's library program from the proceeds of the 2010 South Perry Fair and Parade. (Pia Hallenberg)

Great gift from Perry Fair and Parade 

The proceeds from this year's South Perry Fair and Parade were designated to the Martin Luther King Jr. Center and to Grant Elementary School's PAWS program. On Tuesday night at the South Perry Business and Neighborhood Association, Kris Gladeau, a teacher at Grant, received $1,000…

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 7, 2010

So much good food, so little time. 

After enjoying the Farmers Market on Thursday, I started my day Friday with a wonderful breakfast at the Perry Street Café. The service and food were great as always and it was nice to see the café filled with happy and satisfied customers. For dinner…

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Neighborhood yard sale on Saturday

From Summer Hightower at Veda Lux Boutique: I am planning a big yard sale in the Perry District this saturday. If you have stuff you want to sell, please join in on the fun! Let me know if you would like a space reserved. There…

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Watch out for the kids

Hey neighbors: slow down. Yes, the pavement is nice and new and smooth coming down Perry on your daily commute, but please slow down and watch the speed limit - school is back in session. Please watch out for the kids crossing Perry at Ninth…

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 2, 2010



Last minute First Friday?

Hello neighbors - Summer Hightower, the owner of Veda Lux Boutique, is trying to pull together a last minute First Friday celebration for, well, tomorrow. Summer wants to bring First Friday to South Perry, so if you are a local artist or musician and you…

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TUESDAY, AUG. 31, 2010

Odds and ends and Facebook

Labor Day is right around the corner and so is the first day of school, the furnace is starting up in the morning and with a little luck some of the green tomatoes are finally turning red. So what you are doing this fall? What…

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City of Spokane closures on Labor Day

In observance of the Labor Day holiday on Monday, Sept. 6, Spokane City Hall will be closed along with other City facilities, including the garbage transfer stations and the waste-to-energy plant. Parking meters don’t have to be plugged on Labor Day, and garbage pickup and…

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MONDAY, AUG. 30, 2010

FRIDAY, AUG. 27, 2010

A Peary fair? 

We have just celebrated Unity in the Community and the Garland Avenue Fair with its ongoing theme of Judy Garland and the Wizard of Oz. That leads me to wonder what if the Perry Street Fair had a theme? We could go with something like…

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THURSDAY, AUG. 26, 2010


A volunteer holds an armful of kittens available for adoption at the Seattle Animal Shelter on Thursday. A warm winter has rained cats and dogs on Seattle-area animal shelters. The mild weather has meant more litters and fewer deaths among unwanted animals, cats especially, and some shelters say they're flooded with kittens. 
 (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

A surplus of cats 

This came in via e-mail from SCRAPS this morning:Just last week alone SCRAPS received more than 100 cats and kittens. “We have been inundated with cats in the last week and need to do as many adoptions as we can over this weekend,” said Nancy…

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TUESDAY, AUG. 24, 2010

Jefferson Elementary School meeting tonight

This is a bit outside the neighborhood, but some may want to attend the meeting at Jefferson Elementary School tonight at 6:30 p.m. Spokane Public Schools have conducted a traffic study and a property valuation study in connection with the proposed Jefferson and Hart Field…

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MONDAY, AUG. 23, 2010

SATURDAY, AUG. 21, 2010

Perry and Ninth Avenue intersection to close

The road construction isn't quite done on South Perry: The intersection at Ninth Avenue and Perry Street will be closed Sunday and remain closed through mid-week. Ninth Avenue remains closed from Perry to Julia Streets. It's the same water main project that's progressing west-ward and…

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THURSDAY, AUG. 19, 2010

Amber Andersen, 12 (left) and Amia Delaney, 7, hold up their creative entries in the tomato beauty pageant at the South Perry Farmers' Market's tomato festival on Aug. 19, 2010. (Pia Hallenberg)

Creative tomato kids

There were about two dozen entries in the tomato beauty pageant - and - well - everyone who entered was a winner. Chef Chris Deitz, the South Perry Blog and two community volunteers judged three other categories: size (the smallest one won) - ugliness (it…

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Chef Chris Deitz of South Perry Pizza is doing cooking demonstrations at the South Perry Farmers' Market on Aug. 19, 2010 (Pia Hallenberg)

Farmers market cooking demonstrations 

Chef Chris Deitz of South Perry Pizza is taking his cooking across the street and doing live demonstrations at the Farmers' Market tonight. As part of the tomato festival Deitz is preparing several tomato-centered recipes, including a salsa fresca with peppers and cilantro, and 'South…

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A tomato entered in the South Perry Farmers' Market's tomato pageant on Aug. 19, 2010 (Pia Hallenberg)

And the winner is:

It's not too late to enter your special tomato in the tomato beauty pageant at the South Perry Farmers' Market - judging begins at 5:30 - everyone is welcome and encouraged.And the market is full even though it's barely been open for half an hour.…

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 18, 2010

Free community concerts begin Friday

Liberty Park United Methodist Church is offering a series of free community concerts, with the first one being held on Aug. 20 at 7:00 pm. The artist is John Nilsen, musician and composer from Portland Oregon. He will be playing a piano concert called "Places…

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Tomato festival at market tomorrow

The South Perry Farmers Market will host its first Thursday Market Tomato Festival at the Shop tomorrow - and stay open for one more hour, so from 3-8 p.m. The event will feature tomato-focused cooking demonstrations and recipes by South Perry Pizza chef Chris Deitz,…

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MONDAY, AUG. 16, 2010

Melissa Cole, 43, and Sarah Pierce, 18, add a few final touches of detail to the railway underpass at Fourth Avenue and Sunset Boulevard on July 1. The theme for this mural is “The Wacky World of Harold Balazs.”  (Dan Pelle)

First Friday on Perry?

Here's an idea free for the taking: how about bringing First Friday to South Perry? The downtown art and retail walk and celebration has gained a huge following over the last couple of years. For those unfamiliar with the idea, it's a simple concept: on…

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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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