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In brief: Knezovich will make Polar Plunge

Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich will take the plunge – the Polar Plunge – on Feb. 28 for Special Olympics Washington.

Knezovich is taking the risk of a cold or at least a lasting chill, all in the name of charity at Waterfront Park in Medical Lake. He has set a personal goal of raising $5,000 for Special Olympics. To help Sheriff Knezovich make his goal, visit sheriffozzieknezovich.

Everybody is invited to jump in the lake. To register and begin fundraising, visit

Onsite registration for participants begins at 10 a.m. and the general plunge is at noon. Knezovich will kick off the event with his plunge at 11:30 a.m.

Spokane Valley

Crime-prevention classes planned

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office will offer its annual Neighborhood Watch Crime Prevention Conference March 10 for people who want to learn ways to keep themselves and their neighborhoods safe.

Registration for the daylong event costs $15 and includes a continental breakfast, lunch and conference materials.

Participants may sign up for a variety of classes that will be taught from 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. at CenterPlace community center in Spokane Valley, 2426 N. Discovery Place.

One of the classes will be a boating safety course that is now required by Washington law for people age 25 and younger who operate boats with 15 horsepower or larger engines. The age threshold for the course increases every year, and will rise to 30 next year.

More information on the law is available at boatered.asp.

Other conference classes will cover how to avoid being a victim in person or on the Internet, how to make your home secure and how the National Crime Stoppers and Crime Check programs work. There also will be classes on gangs, sex offenders, public speaking and how to deal with frustrating people.

For registration forms, click on the “Neighborhood Watch” link on the sheriff’s Web page at

For more information, call Neighborhood Watch Director Diana Somerville at 477-3055.

Spokane County

Growth-management group seeks member

Spokane County commissioners are looking for someone to fill a nonvoting citizen position on a growth-management advisory committee.

The county Growth Management Steering Committee of Elected Officials gives commissioners advice on the “urban growth areas” required by the state Growth Management Act. The citizen member is nominated by commissioners and ratified by the local officials on the committee.

The citizen member, who is appointed to a four-year term, is required to live in a Spokane County city or urban growth area.

The committee meets at 10 a.m. on the third Wednesday of each month, at the Spokane Transit Authority board room, 1230 W. Boone Ave.

To apply for the position or for more information, contact Ginna Vasquez in the commissioner’s office at 477-2265 or

‘Feline Groovy’ helps shelters

SCRAPS and the Spokane Humane Society are coming together to offer a full day of pampering to women in the Spokane community, where they are sure to be “Feline Groovy,” on Saturday. It doesn’t hurt that it benefits the animals at the shelters, either.

The day of indulgences includes brunch at Old European, massages at the BrickHouse Massage and Coffee Bar, and high tea at Brambleberry’s. Chocolate tasting at the Chocolate Apothecary will follow high tea, and cocktails and appetizers at Envy will end the day.

Tickets are $125 per person and all proceeds benefit SCRAPS and the Spokane Humane Society.

To purchase tickets and for more information, call 467-5235, ext. 12.

Spokane Valley

Dress Barn collecting suits

Dress Barn stores across the country, including the store at 15533 E. Broadway Ave. in Spokane Valley, will be collecting new or gently used suits and other professional apparel, during the Dress for Success S.O.S. – Send One Suit – weekend, today through Sunday.

The event will help give underprivileged women in the community seeking career development the opportunity to dress their best, with one step in the right direction for success.

For more information, call 926-4388 or go to

West Hills

Counselor to speak at Life Center

Life Center, 1202 N. Government Way, will host a free seminar on Friday on Substance Abuse and the Family at 6:30 p.m.

Jeff Hastings, a mental health and chemical dependency counselor from Colonial Clinic will speak about the impact of substance abuse, co-occurring disorders, and co-dependency on the family. His presentation also will address the issues of the stigma of addiction in the church, and the related issues of domestic violence, parentification of children, loving intervention and treatment considerations.

For more information, call Jeff Hastings at 327-9857 or Randi Sylvia at 327-4422, ext. 218.


Holistic fair at Unity Church

The Mind, Body and Spirit Holistic Fair will be Feb. 28 at the Unity Church, 2900 S. Bernard St., from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The free event will host 26 holistic vendors and eight educational presentations, including Deanna Davis, PhD, speaking on the “Laws of Attraction.”

For more information, call Pat Dougherty at 844-4206 or Charles Lightwalker at 389-7290.


Scouts leadership breakfast Feb. 27

The Inland Northwest Council Boy Scouts of America will host its annual Leadership Breakfast on Feb. 27 at the Spokane Convention Center, in the main ballroom at 7:30 a.m. The breakfast is the kick-off for the 2009 fundraising campaign, known as Friends of Scouting.

The guest speaker will be former Army Ranger Keni Thomas. Thomas is also a motivational speaker, country music singer, songwriter and military analyst.

The movie “Blackhawk Down” is based on his Army Company’s mission in Mogadishu, Somalia, where Sgt. Thomas and B Company were deployed in 1993 as part of a special operations package called Task Force Ranger.

Thomas is now a Nashville recording artist. He has opened for country musicians Keith Urban, Wynonna, Phil Vassar, Trace Adkins and Brad Paisley, and has also been featured in the movie “Sweet Home Alabama.”

The breakfast is free and open to the public. Pledges and contributions are appreciated.

For tickets and for more information, call Peggy Earley at 242-8238, e-mail or visit

Behan announces new officers

The Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery recently announced its Board of Trustee and Funding Development officers for 2009.

Board of Trustee officers include:

Co-Chair/Counsel Marian Durkin of Avista Corp.; Co-Chair Liz Morris of St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute; Chair Elect Sue Manfred a community volunteer and the former VBCN Executive Director; Secretary Bob Wigren of US Bank; Treasurer Mike Patrick of BDO Seidman, LLP; and Counsel Patty Wood of Avista Corp.

The new funding development officers include:

President Ed Neunherz of Global Credit Union; President-Elect Robyn Stengle; and Secretary Karen Reed.

Since 1987, the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery has been a refuge for young children at risk of abuse and neglect, and a source of support for their parents. It is a community-funded, nonprofit organization.

Chief Garry Park

SCC students offer dental services

Spokane Community College students, enrolled in the expanded function dental assisting program, will be offering low-cost dental services Feb. 27 and 28, March 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 and 21.

Services include dental exams, e-rays and amalgram fillings, for both adults and children.

The clinic is open at 9 a.m. on each day and is at SCC, 1810 N. Greene St., in the Health Sciences Building, Building Nine.

To make an appointment, call 533-7298.

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