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The Color of Fall

Spokesman-Review photojournalist Colin Mulvany spent Sunday afternoon exploring his South Hill neighborhood looking for the last gasp of fall color.

2015 Monster Dash 5k and Kids’ Fun Run

Over 600 adults and children, many dressed in Halloween costumes, ran the Monster Dash 5k Run + Kids' Fun Run on Sunday in Manito Park. The race is put on by Active4Youth - whose mission is to combat childhood obesity & juvenile delinquency through after-school sports programs.

Tree may be living link to Helen Keller

With a certain degree of hope and confidence it can be said that Helen Keller planted this linden tree in Manito Park, and that tree is part of her legacy of peace and hope for all of us.

Manito’s Rose Hill gets new gazebo

Work on an octagonal gazebo is nearly complete on Rose Hill at Manito Park. The $60,000 structure was a gift from the Friends of Manito. It’s located near the dahlia garden and midway between the formal hybrid roses and the less formal old-fashioned roses.

Local DAR plans Constitution Day reenactment at Manito

The Esther Reed Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will host a Constitution Day celebration at Manito Park at 1 p.m. Saturday. Now in its fifth year, the celebration is being recognized nationally for its educational value.

Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago Two burned bodies were found inside a ramshackle shack near the south bank of the Spokane River at Sheridan Street.

City wants to add Manito, other parks to historic register

Spokane parks have a special place in the history of the city, and local preservation leaders want that place recognized and documented on the National Register of Historic Places. The city parks department and the Spokane Historic Landmarks Commission plan to nominate Manito Park and Manito Boulevard for listing on the national register.

Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago The third annual Play Festival at Manito Park drew 1,200 kids in what was described as a combination of “basket picnic, play hour, formal games and athletic contests.”

City ramps up security at Manito Park

Security guards now are patrolling Manito Park in response to a rash of property crimes, underage drinking and complaints from neighbors.

Spokane’s online bike registry pays first dividend

For the first time, Spokane’s online bicycle registry has been used to reunite a bike with its owner. An employee at Manito Park found a bike Monday and contacted the Spokane Police Department. The bike hadn’t been reported stolen, so police turned to, which linked the bike to its owner, Cpl. Jordan Ferguson said.

Park it: Cafe open on weekdays

Once vacation starts for Spokane Public Schools, the Park Bench Café will be open on weekdays, too. The seasonal, walk-up café with outdoor seating at Manito Park opened for weekend service from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during Memorial Day weekend. Its popular Friday night concert series started May 29, with live music from 6 to 8 p.m.

Gardening: When blooms gone, it’s time to trim lilac bush

The annual Lilac Festival Armed Forces Torchlight Parade was Saturday. However, the presence of blooming lilacs might have been a little thin. This spring has been impressive for the number of plants that are blooming early and lilacs are no exception. In some parts of town they were blooming three weeks ago. This also puts the annual job of deadheading lilacs ahead of schedule. Lilacs normally don’t need much pruning unless they get too tall or wide for their space. They do need to have the spent flowers removed to promote flower development for next spring. Lilacs set their buds for next year within a few weeks after flowering. As a result, the deadheading job needs to be done within a couple of weeks after they finish blooming.

Toddler alone in cold car on South Hill for five hours

A shivering, barefoot toddler left alone in a car for more than five hours in near-freezing temperatures on the South Hill may be alive today thanks to the actions of a gas station clerk and Spokane police officers. The 2-year-old boy’s father, 51-year-old Charles B. Fife of Spokane, is in custody and could face child abandonment charges in connection with Tuesday’s ordeal. Bail was set at a short court hearing on Wednesday at $2,500 pending the filing of formal charges.

Gardening: Seasonal lights grace Manito’s Gaiser Conservatory

It’s Christmas once again at Manito Park’s Gaiser Conservatory. Bright colored lights – thousands of them – twinkle through the windows. Inside, the lights create a magical realm straight from our childhood visions of Christmas. As I walked through the displays, I almost expected Christmas elves and fairies to appear, making their rounds to bring Christmas cheer and, of course, fulfill Christmas wishes. It felt good to be a kid again for a few minutes.