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Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883

In Brief: Inland Empire Gardeners to host Garden Expo

From local reports

The Inland Empire Gardeners will host their 19th annual Garden Expo May 12 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Spokane Community College, 1810 N. Greene St.

The sale will feature 250 booths offering plants of all types, herbs, garden art, kitchen products and more. There will also be several food options. The theme of the event is “Garden Fiesta – Let’s Party.”

Among those attending is Blue Frog Garden Nursery, Lily Pad Bulb Farm and The Friends of Manito. The Friends of Manito is a nonprofit organization that has contributed over $800,000 in funding to Manito Park.

There will also be seminars in the Lair Auditorium and demonstrations in the Lair Conference Room.

Teacher nominations sought for annual Ivar’s-Kidd award

Local students in grades K-8 are invited to nominate their favorite teacher for the 15th annual Teacher of the Year program sponsored by Ivar’s and Kidd Valley Restaurants.

The deadline is May 20. Students must write an essay describing how their teacher has impacted them. They can also submit a photo or art work, but it is not required. Entries can be submitted online at or

Two grand prize winners will receive $500 for class supplies and a plaque. Four teachers will win a $150 first-place prize and 30 teachers will win a second-place prize of a $25 Ivar’s or Kidd Valley gift card.

The students who nominate the grand prize winners will receive either an Ivar’s kids meal or a Kidd Valley kid meal for every student in their class.

Butterfly Release to raise lupus awareness

The Spokane Lupus Group will be participating in several events this month, which is Lupus Awareness Month.

Spokane Mayor David Condon has issued a proclamation recognizing May as Lupus Awareness Month and Spokane Valley Mayor Rod Higgins will do the same during a city council meeting on Tuesday.

The group will host its second annual Butterfly Release from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 12 at the picnic shelter at Mirabeau Meadows Park, 13500 E. Mirabeau Parkway. The butterflies are released in memory of those lost to Lupus. Refreshments will be served.

People who want to release a butterfly are asked to donate $3 for one butterfly or $5 for two butterflies.

EVHS plant sale will benefit students with special needs

East Valley High School will put on its annual plant sale Tuesday through May 11 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the corner of Wellesley Avenue and Sullivan Road.

The sale will include vegetable plants, herbs, flowers and hanging baskets. The event is put on by the school’s “Yes I Can” club that supports the integration of students with special needs with their peers.

Each year the students grow their plants and flowers from seed in the classroom and then in the school’s greenhouses.