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Crisp fall tradition strong at Green Bluff

I’ve noticed a bite in the air lately that puts me in mind of crisp apples and pumpkin patches, so I recently organized my mother and my sister for a trip to Green Bluff.

We wandered around the craft booths, sampled different varieties of apples, ate hot dogs and picked our own apples, while other visitors went for hay rides and wandered through corn mazes.

Green Bluff has been offering its Apple Festival for many years now, and it has truly become a tradition for families to spend time together and bring home more fruit than they can possibly eat.

For information about the Apple Festival, visit www.greenbluffgrowers.com. The site also has links to individual farms.

Another facet of autumn that many in this area love, is the changing colors of the leaves when they go from green to gold and red.

In celebration of that, the John A. Finch Arboretum is hosting its annual Fall Leaf Festival Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Kids can jump into a giant pile of leaves, learn about recycling yard waste, participate in arts and crafts and learn how to plant their own trees.

The arboretum is on Sunset Boulevard and Woodland Boulevard.

For information, call 625-4832, or e-mail tmadunich@spokanecity.org.

Lilac Festival Royal Court applications

Applications are now available for senior girls wishing to participate in the 2006 Lilac Festival Royal Court.

Applicants must have a 3.0 grade-point average or higher by the end of their junior year, be a full-time high school student and be

scheduled to graduate at one of the participating schools, a resident of Spokane County.

Along with those usual requirements, applicants must be single, never married or have had a divorce or marriage annulled, have no children and must never have been convicted of a crime.

Schools that are participating so far are Central Valley, Cheney, Deer Park, East Valley, Ferris, Freeman, Gonzaga Preparatory, Lewis and Clark, Mead, Medical Lake, Mount Spokane, Northwest Christian, Oaks Christian Academy, Rogers, St. George’s, Shadle Park, University, Valley Christian and West Valley.

Applications are available through those schools and are due by no later than 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 5

For information about becoming Lilac Royalty, call Cecelia Stephens at 928-2190 or 710-8136.

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