The African Children’s Choir has been traveling the world for 30 years, raising money to help educate children in seven African countries. During the next two weeks, the choir will sing, dance and drum at five performances in Spokane.
At Sheridan Elementary School last week, Herman Marioth, a manager of Jaco Environmental in Portland, took a large chisel and popped off the side of an old refrigerator. A collective “whoa” went up from the third- and fourth-graders.
Students at Shiloh Hills Elementary School celebrated the 200th anniversary of “The Star-Spangled Banner” last week by making a human reproduction of the flag that inspired Francis Scott Key. The Great Garrison Flag flew over Fort McHenry during the War of 1812. The flag had 15 stripes and 15 stars. It was huge: At 30 feet by 42 feet, it was “a flag so large that the British would have no difficulty seeing it from a distance,” as Maj. George Armistead, the commander of Fort McHenry, specified when it was sewn.
Not too long ago, someone shared a video of a song called “Nothing More,” by Alternate Routes with Deb Barnes. “I became obsessed with it,” said the chairwoman of the Manito-Cannon Hill Neighborhood Council. She thought the lyrics were positive, and it spoke to her about people who step up to solve problems and get things done.
The Salvation Army will be running the city’s warming center this year, and the group is recruiting volunteers so that the homeless can have a place to go when it’s freezing but not cold enough to meet the city’s mandate. The city’s arrangement with the Salvation Army, 222 E. Indiana Ave., provides about $23,000 for the program.
From the outside, Kristi’s house looks like everyone else’s in her neighborhood. The grass is green and mowed. Blooming plants greet visitors near the door. But inside there are telltale signs of Kristi’s battle with hoarding disorder. Her guest bathroom is used as extra closet space since her own is full of clothes she never wore but wanted to keep. Her living space is filled with items she accumulated.
The Emerson-Garfield Farmers’ Market will celebrate the end of its first full season Friday. The afternoon will include fresh apple cider from an old-fashioned press. The market started in July 2013, just a couple of months after friends E.J. Ianelli and Dave Musser came up with the idea during a chat about their neighborhood.
Katie Gilsdorf sat down with a pharmacy student Thursday, exchanged some paperwork and got her first flu shot ever. It only hurt for about a second, said Gilsdorf, WSU Spokane’s student involvement coordinator.
If you’re in the market for a four-square home, there’s one at 1703 N. Dakota St. up for sale. The cost: $1. The catch? You’ll have to move the house to a suitable lot. The house was purchased by St. Aloysius Catholic Parish for $270,000 in July. It sits on the eastern border of the lot that houses St. Aloysius Gonzaga School.
In Stephanie Zappone’s preschool class, students stay busy. They are making pretend food with Play-Doh. Some are playing drums and other instruments. One is painting, some are building tall structures with blocks and others are working on their writing. During class time they learn about pedestrian safety and classroom rules.
Longtime East Valley school board member Mitch Jensen will step down from his seat effective Oct. 14. “I am not giving in, I am not giving up, I have simply had enough,” Jensen said in his letter of resignation. “I am a proud parent of a Knight and will turn my energies to being involved solely as a parent.”
Meredith Banka wants to help women find the perfect outfit for fall. Founder of GlamAgain, Banka has been hosting consignment sales in Spokane for the past two years. This weekend, she’ll hold her fourth sale.
Nearly 150 animals were seized Friday from a small, makeshift farm in north Spokane County as the owner wept nearby. Most were rabbits and chickens, many with untreated sores, living in stacked cages where feces fell onto other animals, according to Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service officers. Turkeys, goats, pigs and dogs also were seized.
Students ripped the husks from ears of corn Monday, flicking the silk from their fingers. “Farmer Mark grew the corn and brought it here,” Washington State University Food Sense manager Terry Perry told the students at Orchard Center Elementary School in the West Valley School District.
Most of the water in the Mirror Pond of Manito Park has been drained, leaving behind a bright green scum floating on top of what’s left. Ducks swim through it, kicking up a trail of brown sediment as they paddle across. It may not be pretty now, but Friends of Manito and the city of Spokane Parks and Recreation Department are working to change that. Fondly known as the “duck pond,” the Mirror Pond is getting an upgrade.
In 1927, aviation was capturing America’s imagination. In May that year, Charles Lindbergh made his historic flight across the Atlantic from New York to Paris. It was also the year Maj. Jack Fancher convinced organizers of the National Air Races to end their race in Spokane.
Valleyfest celebrates its Silver Jubilee this weekend. Among those participating in the festivities: Students at Spokane Valley High School. They’re building a float for the Hearts of Gold parade of their school mascot, the Phoenix.
When Jim Williams joined the West Valley School Board in November 1982, things were very different than they are today. “Thirty-two years ago, we used to meet in your office,” Williams told Superintendent Gene Sementi at aboard meeting Sept. 10, after announcing he would be stepping down.
This summer, crews have been busy at what will be Town Square Park in Liberty Lake. A two-acre parcel of a 6.4-acre piece of land owned by the city now has restrooms, 12-foot-wide sidewalks, parking and trees. City Administrator Katy Allen said the city is planning a dedication of the park on Oct. 4.
Representatives from Spokane County and the East Valley School District met recently to make sure everyone was in agreement about a road project slated to go through district property. The project, which is slated for 2020, will extend Sullivan Road from Wellesley Avenue to Forker Road. It’s part of an ongoing effort to improve the Bigelow Gulch/Forker Road corridor.
Even though summer is winding down, there is still a chance to enjoy the last of it with music at Arbor Crest Wine Cellars, 4705 N. Fruit Hill Road. “Overall, it’s been great,” said general manager Jim van Loben Sels.