The public is invited to the third annual Celebrating Neighborhoods event, sponsored by the Neighborhood Alliance of Spokane County, to honor the accomplishments of neighborhoods.
The event, from 6 to 10 p.m. July 8, includes a catered picnic dinner, live music by Mark Stanton, silent and live auctions. Tickets are $20. Call 232-2772 for reservations or visit www.neighborhood-alliance.org. The deadline for reservations is July 6. Directions to the site, along the Little Spokane River, will be provided when you make your reservations.
“There’s so much going on in the neighborhoods and so many good things that people are doing. We thought it would be useful as part of our networking and to build community, to have neighborhoods come together and to know that their work is appreciated, and to let other neighborhoods that come to our event know what’s possible,” said Bonnie Mager, Alliance coordinator.
“For three years now we have honored three neighborhoods in an independently juried competition with an Outstanding Neighborhood award. The winners are announced and given recognition at the event along with a $300 stipend provided by local businesses and foundations,” said Mager.
Last year’s winners were the Hillyard, Five Mile and East Central neighborhoods.
Hillyard won the award for the second year in a row. “They had done tremendous things with their skate park and their revitalization efforts. They’re a hub of activity with their market over there. But with all the neighborhoods out there in Spokane County, including all the city neighborhoods we felt it wouldn’t be fair to just single out just one neighborhood.”
The Neighborhood Alliance of Spokane County was formed to be a voice for the community. It involves neighborhoods in the city and county.
Last year 100 people attended the event. This year 200 people are expected to attend.
A long list of auction items includes therapeutic massages, meals, a 5-month membership to 24 Hour Fitness, Spokane Indians baseball game tickets, canoe trip, dog training classes, golf lessons, snow ski lessons, bed and breakfast stays across the state, jewelry and much more. A full list of auction items is listed on the Web site.
Proceeds from the auction will go to Alliance for their work in the community.
Morningside Neighborhood parade
A neighborhood organization called Morningside Partnership is hosting its eighth annual Independence Day parade in the Morningside neighborhood at 6:30 p.m. Friday.
The neighborhood is located within the boundaries of the North Division Y, with Hawthorne Road as the northern border.
The Partnership includes Evergreen Elementary School, St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Country Homes Kiwanis, local businesses and families living in the neighborhood.
The parade is open to anyone, either as participants or spectators.
Kids can walk or ride their bikes; adults can drive their fancy or unique cars or other vehicles.
Local businesses are also encouraged to participate. Wendle Ford plans to enter a few new Mustangs; the Old Country Buffet will be handing out coupons.
The staging area for the parade will be the parking lot of the North Spokane County Library at 44 E. Hawthorne Road.
The parade route will wind its way through the neighborhoods and end up back at the library where free hot dogs and root beer floats will be served.
For more information, call Catherine Hughes at 465-0414 or Jack Scott at 468-8083.
•The Balboa/South Indian Trail Neighborhood Council will meet at 7 p.m. next Thursday at Balboa Elementary School, 3010 W. Holyoke Ave.
•Neva-Wood COPS will meet at 6:30 p.m. next Thursday at 4705 N. Addison St. Refreshments provided. Parking across the street to the east at the Zion Church.
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