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In Brief: Senate Law and Justice Committee to meet

SPOKANE VALLEY – The Senate Law and Justice Committee is meeting at Spokane Valley City Hall, 11707 E. Sprague Ave., today from 1 to 3 p.m.

Sen. Mike Padden, R-Spokane Valley, chairs the committee and it’s the Senate panel’s second meeting in Spokane County this year.

On the agenda are habitual property offenders, sentencing options as they relate to mental illness and electronic monitoring and home detention, among several other issues.

SFCC to celebrate new learning center

SPOKANE – Spokane Falls Community College will celebrate the opening of its new Early Learning Center on Monday at 9:30 a.m.

The new $5.1 million facility is 15,177 square feet and will serve 89 children between the ages of 6 months and 5 years old.

The dedication ceremony will be in Building 29, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Drive. Free parking will be available.

Fire District 13 hosting open house

NEWMAN LAKE – Fire and Rescue District 13 is hosting an open house on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Fire Station 1, 10236 W. Newman Lake Drive.

Firefighters and neighbors can compete in a friendly chili cook-off and the MedStar helicopter is scheduled to make a landing. There will also be children’s activities and games, as well as information about fire safety.

The Inland Northwest Blood Center bloodmobile is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Call (509) 226-1482 for information.

Renaissance Faire planned at Green Bluff

GREEN BLUFF – The Spokane Entertainer’s Guild will present the Spokane Renaissance Faire on Saturday and Sunday at Green Bluff at 20424 N. Dunn Road, Colbert.

Set in 1545, the Duchess Elizabeth Cornwell hosts the Tournament of the Golden Apple. Nobility compete in various events such as sword fighting, archery, bocce ball, dancing and jousting.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 6 and older, free for children 5 and younger and $8 for seniors and students with valid ID.

Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information or to buy tickets online, visit www.spokane

SCC Speaker Series hosts photographer

SPOKANE – Spokane Community College’s President’s Speaker Series will be held Monday at 7 p.m. in the SCC Lair Auditorium, 1810 N. Greene St., Spokane.

Photographer John Marshall will present “In Our Own Backyard: Fires and Forests in Eastern Washington.”

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, call Annie Gannon at (509) 434-5150.

Southside holding candidate forum

LINCOLN HEIGHTS – Aging & Long Term Care of Eastern Washington will present the 2014 Age Wave Candidates Forum Friday from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Southside Senior and Community Center, 3151 E. 27th Ave.

Candidates running in the 3rd, 4th and 5th Legislative Districts of the Washington Legislature are expected to participate.

For more information, call Nick Beamer at (509) 458-2509.

Parents invited to HOPE classes

SPOKANE – Parents involved in a child welfare dependency case and who are in need of information about how the system works, local resources and support are invited to attend Helping Other Parents Engage classes today from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Juvenile Courthouse lobby, 1208 W. Mallon Ave.

To attend, call Heather Cantamessa or Ambrosia Eberhardt at (509) 477-2439.

Variety Pak to play Southside dances

LINCOLN HEIGHTS – Variety Pak, a dance band, will headline dances at the Southside Senior Center, 3151 E. 27th Ave.

On Sunday, the dance will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The theme is Tea Dance, Falling Leaves.

The next dance will be Oct. 17 from 7 to 10 p.m.

The dances will be held the first Sunday and third Friday of the month through June.

Tickets are $10 for nonmembers of the center, $8 for members and $6 for students with coupon and are available at the door.

For more information or to reserve a ticket, call (509) 535-0803.

Library to present Radin photography

DOWNTOWN – The Spokane Public Library will present “A Beautiful World,” photography by Robert Radin on Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. as part of Spokane’s First Friday Art Walk.

Radin’s work includes landscapes, people and animals he photographed during his extensive travels. He died in 2013 at the age of 90.

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