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Winter good time to tend indoors

Looks like the weather experts weren’t too far off on their prognostications of a snowy winter. Only time will tell how much we really get. One thing is clear though; we won’t be seeing green outdoors for a long while. That makes the next couple of months a great time to tune up our houseplant knowledge. Whether you are a neophyte or an experienced indoor gardener, it never hurts to start your education with a trip to the Gaiser Conservatory in Manito Park. The 3,000-square-foot conservatory is home to several thousand plants from all over the world. It is a great place to see what is possible to grow at home. The conservatory is free and open seven days a week, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. except holidays.

Popularity upends calm of meditative Manito garden

The Japanese garden at Spokane’s Manito Park offers a quiet, meditative experience – but not on nice weekend days. On Saturday more than 2,000 people, drawn by the warm sunshine, visited the outdoor attraction, creating what parks staff described as a wall-to-wall crowd.

Children’s Renaissance Faire planned at Manito

The Friends of Manito will host the annual Children’s Renaissance Faire on Saturday at Manito Park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Activities will include a children’s folk dance, a magician and jugglers music and stories.

Education notebook: Shadle plans festivities for reopening

Shadle Park High School students, along with the rest of the community, won’t have to wait until the first day of school to see their newly remodeled school. The two-day grand reopening celebration begins Aug. 27 and includes self-guided tours and a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Shadle graduate and former professional football player Mark Rypien will speak at 6 p.m., and at 7 p.m. attendees can enjoy a jazz concert in the auditorium featuring longtime “Tonight Show” drummer Ed Shaughnessy, along with the Bob Curnow Big Band.

SAWGA deadline nears

Entry deadline for the Spokane Area Women’s Golf Association Championship Tournament is Aug. 25 and limited to the first 124 golfers. Golfers from 13 area golf courses who are members of SAWGA will play the first round at Manito Golf and Country Club on Sept. 14, followed by play at Deer Park on the 15th and concluding at Esmeralda on the 16th.

Friends of Manito to host celebration

The Friends of Manito, which raises money for Manito Park improvements through annual plant sales and other activities, is hosting a 20th anniversary celebration at the park Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Manito Park event to include garden tours

On Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the public is invited to attend a celebration at Manito Park to honor the Friends of Manito Park and its 20 years of support and dedication to the improvement and overall enhancement of the park.

South Hill resident helps family of ducks

Spokesman-Review reader Patty Haag, of Spokane's South Hill, sent in these photos July 16 with the following story: "When I spotted a mother and 6 young mallards marching down 16th Avenue into the Bernard rush hour traffic this morning I had to intervene and spent the next hour herding them back to the Manito duck pond. This included stopping traffic to allow for safe street crossings and asking a neighbor to hold back on mowing his yard so as not to scare them into the nearby brush. It was the slowest walk I've ever taken to the park but the ducks finally made it back to the pond thanks to neighborhood cooperation."

Chasing Raindrops

Using macro photography, Colin Mulvany captures close-up images of raindrops.

Leveled lots rile church neighbors

St. Mark’s Lutheran Church is located at the heart of the Manito Neighborhood, and like many other neighborhood churches it’s surrounded by single-family homes. Two of those homes disappeared last fall, as St. Mark’s got ready to expand its parking lot toward 25th Avenue. Some trees were cut down, too, and the parking lot expansion took some neighbors completely by surprise.

Tracking board’s actions is no walk in the park

Most mornings around 7 a.m., Manito Park is the province of joggers, dog walkers and ducks on “dawn patrol” for healthy eats because the “do not feed” signs have cut back their junk food. But about once a month, it’s the site of a special meeting of the Spokane Park Board. Some of these 7 a.m. meetings are almost completely closed to the public. The board convenes, votes to go into executive session – the polite term for ordering the public out and shutting the door – and talks about stuff until it comes out of executive session and adjourns.

Monument gets a makeover

A restored 77-year-old monument to George Washington – badly vandalized over the past decade – was re-erected Thursday at a new, more visible location in Manito Park. Plaques had been stolen and letters chipped away on the sandstone column originally erected in 1932 in honor of the bicentennial of Washington’s birth.

Manito Monument

The Esther Reed Chapter of The Daughters of the American Revolution recently completed the restoration of the Washington monument, the one in Manito Park, not the one in D.C., and the 1932 sandstone monument was erected in a new spot in Manito Park Thursday, June 4, 2009. Tresko Monument did the restoration, which included an image of George Washington and text noting that June 14, 1932 was the bicentennial of Washington's birth.