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In brief: Boat show at Greyhound Park

A free boat show in Post Falls runs through Sunday. The North Idaho Boat Show features boats as well as entertainment, including a concert by the Seattle classic rock band Knuckle Head on Friday and Saturday beginning at 5 p.m.

The event is at the Greyhound Park, 5100 W. Riverbend Ave.

There will be casting ponds for children as well as raffles to win fishing trips, a scooter, a boat motor or a houseboat vacation at Two Rivers Resort.

Admission and parking are free. The show runs from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day.

Spokane

Preu signs on for three more years

Eckart Preu has signed up for three more years as the Spokane Symphony’s music director, through the 2012-13 season.

Preu said Thursday the contract extension “feels good and it feels right.”

Brenda Nienhouse, the symphony’s executive director, said Preu will continue “the fabulous artistic journey we began in 2004,” when he was hired.

Preu said he is especially excited about exploring the musical potential of the symphony’s new home, the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox.

Preu is originally from Germany and continues to serve as the music director for a smaller orchestra in Stamford, Conn. Yet Spokane is home to him, his wife, Neeley, and their infant daughter, Sophia.

“It puts me, as a family person, at ease,” said Preu. “My family is in town, and I want my daughter to grow up here. That makes me happy.”

Public rally to support levy

Mead School District employees and community members will gather for a rally Saturday in support of the district’s proposed maintenance and operations levy.

The district is seeking voter approval March 10 for a three-year replacement levy. The measure would cost $2.88 per $1,000 of assessed property value. The tax rate would be 66 cents less than what voters approved in 2006, officials said.

The rally is open to the public and will include information from Superintendent Tom Rockefeller and the school board president, Ron Farley. The event will be at 9 a.m. at the Whitworth University Auditorium.

For information, go online to www.mead354.org, or call (509) 465-6014.

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