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In brief: Stone Creek selected for Appleway Trail work

Spokane-based Stone Creek Land Development & Design was selected this week to finish the University-to-Pines portion of the Valley’s Appleway Trail.

The company’s nearly $1.1 million bid to pave, landscape and install various amenities along the 1-mile stretch was the lowest of two received for the work, said Spokane Valley Public Works Director Eric Guth. Also bidding for the work was L&L Cargile Inc., which the Valley hired earlier this summer to handle site preparation for the project.

Both bids came in over the city’s estimate for the work, but Guth said the project remains on budget, which the city has estimated at about $1.4 million. The paved trail will include benches, lighting and other amenities, as well as a plaza at the west end.

Valley leaders want the new portion of the trail open by the end of the year. It’s being built along the old Milwaukee Railroad right-of-way, which is just south of Sprague Avenue.

SPOKANE COUNTY – Today is the Spokane County United Way Day of Action. More than 350 volunteers will be working throughout the community.

Today is also the National Day of Service and Rememberance to pay tribute to the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack.

In the Spokane area, volunteers will be working at various locations, including West Central Community Center, Our Place, YWCA Safe Shelter, Second Harvest and Spokane Valley Partners. Projects include weeding at a community garden, painting, reading to children and distributing food.

For more information, go to The site has information about the Day of Action, as well as ongoing volunteer opportunities.

Head Start program announces openings

SPOKANE COUNTY – Spokane Head Start, Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program and Early Head Start have openings.

The program provides education and health and social services to eligible families and children. It serves nearly 1,600 children at more than 30 sites in the county. There is no charge for the program, but sites that provide full-day child care charge a fee.

Applications are available online at Head-Start or by calling (509) 533-4800 for more information.

East Central to be focus of town hall

EAST CENTRAL – The city of Spokane is hosting a town hall meeting about the future of the East Central Community Center, 500 S. Stone St., on Sept. 17 at 6 p.m.

The city wants to know how the center has been performing and whether it’s meeting the needs of the neighborhood.

If you can’t make it to the meeting, email comments may be submitted to

City’s splash pads will close Sunday

SPOKANE – The city’s 17 splash pads are closing for the season Sunday.

For other aquatics updates call the hotline at (509) 625-6960 or visit parksrec/.

ALS benefit walk set for Saturday

SPOKANE COUNTY – The 10th annual Walk to Defeat ALS is Saturday at Mirabeau Park, 13500 E. Mirabeau Parkway, Spokane Valley with registration starting at 9 a.m. and an opening ceremony at 10 a.m.

The 3-mile walk is put on by the ALS Association Evergreen Chapter. Last year more than 350 walkers raised $42,613. Funds raised go toward care and service programs in Eastern Washington, as well as to research and awareness about ALS, aka Lou Gehrig’s disease.

It’s a sponsored walk for teams and individuals who raise money before walking. For registration information, visit and search for the Spokane walk or call (866) 786-7257.

Heart and stroke walk/run planned

RIVERFRONT PARK – The American Heart Association is hosting its annual heart and stroke walk and 5K run on Saturday.

Opening ceremonies are at 9 a.m., the kid’s fast dash is at 9:55 and the timed 5K run and walk start at 10. All starts are at the Clocktower in Riverfront Park.

To register, visit www.Spokane or call (509) 536-1500.

DAR to celebrate Constitution Day

MANITO PARK – The Daughters of the American Revolution’s Esther Reed Chapter is having a Constitution Day celebration at Manito Park on at 1 p.m. Saturday.

The celebration includes a play about the signing of the constitution.

For information, call (509) 828-8888.

Service group seeks volunteers

SPOKANE – The local affiliate of Rebuilding Together USA is looking for new board members and volunteers.

The nonprofit organization rebuilds houses of low-income homeowners, especially the elderly, disabled and families with children.

The group needs volunteers from skilled trade groups, organizations who are willing to sponsor individual projects and board members.

Last year, Rebuilding Together Spokane rehabilitated three homes – but the group’s goal is 10 or 12 homes every year.

Volunteers, potential board members and interested sponsors may contact Mark Altmar at (509) 789-3703.

Meet K9 Unit at Plante’s Ferry Park

SPOKANE VALLEY – The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit will present Canines for K9s: A Furry Family Fun Day and Dog Walk on Sept. 14 at Plante’s Ferry Park, 12308 E. Upriver Drive.

The event will raise money for training and equipment for the K9 Unit and includes a two-mile walk, demonstrations, raffle drawings and games.

Walker registration begins at 9 a.m.

Other activities include a dog nail-clipping booth, $1 hot dogs, pop and chips, Name the New K9 contest voting and winner announcement and games for dogs.

For more information, visit SCSOK9Unit on Facebook or email spokanecountyk9@ To register, go to www.brown 796603.

Church to host Second Harvest

MILLWOOD – Millwood Community Presbyterian Church, 3223 N. Marguerite Road, will offer its monthly Second Harvest Mobile Food Distribution from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday in the church parking lot.

Low-income families and those in need of assistance will be able to pick up fresh produce and perishable food. No appointment or documentation is necessary, but you must be present in order to receive food.

For more information, call (509) 924-2350.

Camera club resumes meetings

LIBERTY LAKE – The Spokane Valley Camera Club will meet the third and fourth Mondays of the month, September through April at 7:30 p.m. in the Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District Building, 22510 E. Mission Ave.

Coming this month, digital night will be Sept. 15 and print night is Sept. 22.

Anyone interested in photography is welcome. Guests begin arriving at 7 p.m. to socialize.

For more information, call Susie Middaugh at (509) 951-1446 or visit.

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