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Verdict is in: Spokane judges enjoy Barbie likeness

Spokane County Superior Court Judge Annette Plese plans on purchasing a Judge Barbie for her office – but don’t expect her to start sporting the heels like the doll wears. Mattel revealed Tuesday the “Barbie Judge Doll,” its 2019 Barbie Career of the Year doll, and female judges in Spokane have been sharing articles about the doll on one another’s social media accounts.

Ken gets cornrows, beefy bod and new skin tones

Finally Ken gets a makeover. I still have my Malibu Ken somewhere. Hopefully, my boys didn't decapitate him like they did Malibu Barbie. Do you have any of your childhood toys? He’s been overshadowed by Barbie for decades, but now Ken is finally getting some attention. Mattel is introducing 15 new looks for the male doll.

Ken doll gets cornrows, beefy bod and new skin tones

Mattel is introducing 15 new looks for the male doll, including different skin tones, body shapes and hair styles. Barbie had a similar makeover more than a year ago, both part of the toy company’s plan to make its dolls more diverse and appealing to today’s kids.

Education notebook: ‘Doll Shop’ a North Central tradition

North Central High School will present the 25th production of “The Doll Shop” April 27-29 and May 3-5 at the North Central Performing Arts Center. The show, which is produced every three years, will be drama teacher Tom Armitage’s 11th and final “Doll Shop” when he retires at the end of the school year.

Huckleberries: Pro wrestler saves woman’s Nativity scene

When you can't find the type of angel you want – a beautiful male with blond locks – you have to improvise, especially if you're digging through dolls at Coeur d'Alene thrift stores. Pat Kuhns finally found the right model to finish her home Nativity scene. But she had to turn to professional wrestler Chris Jericho for inspiration.

A very Bartlett holiday

When Sarah Berentson and Austen Case got together to play music for a video on Bartlett owner Karli Ingersoll’s Collect blog last June, they were barely a band. They hadn’t recorded anything. They hadn’t performed live. They hadn’t even thought up a name for themselves. “We went up on the roof (of the Bartlett) and took some photos, then played our songs,” Berentson recalls – she played ukulele, Case beat on a snare drum, they both harmonized. “And (Karli) said, ‘If I’m going to post this, you have to have a name.’ ” Berentson off-handedly suggested Mama Doll, a name she and Case had been tossing around, and it stuck immediately.

A very Bartlett holiday

When Sarah Berentson and Austen Case got together to play music for a video on Bartlett owner Karli Ingersoll’s Collect blog last June, they were barely a band. They hadn’t recorded anything. They hadn’t performed live. They hadn’t even thought up a name for themselves. “We went up on the roof (of the Bartlett) and took some photos, then played our songs,” Berentson recalls – she played ukulele, Case beat on a snare drum, they both harmonized. “And (Karli) said, ‘If I’m going to post this, you have to have a name.’ ” Berentson off-handedly suggested Mama Doll, a name she and Case had been tossing around, and it stuck immediately.

Show spotlights women making way in music industry

When Liz Rognes moved to Spokane four years ago, she was introduced to the Spokane Babes of Music. That was a show put on by local singer-songwriter Kari Marguerite that featured local female musicians. It drew Rognes to the growing community of female artists in Spokane.

Notebook: ScienceFest was packed with fun at Prairie View

Students at Prairie View Elementary in the Mead School District recently went on a scientific adventure at ScienceFest – the school’s second annual science fair. This year’s theme, “The Human Body Adventure” gave students an opportunity to complete a body walk-through and learn a brain dance, along with microscope investigations, led by Washington State University CityLab scientists. The Skyhawks Sports Academy, NBC Camps and Jung Kim’s Tae Kwon Do were also a part of the science fair, leading fitness events for students and their families.

Miss Tokushima

The staff of the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture unpacked a returned exhibit Wednesday, Mar. 2, 2011, but it was done with great affection. The Japanese doll, named Miss Tokushima, had just toured Japan, impressing museum goers and school children with her story. While the friendship doll exchange in the 1920s couldn't head off the horrors of World War II, it reminds us that ordinary people tried to do something before that time by extending their goodwill across the Pacific in the form of a child's toy.

Doll-making inspires stylist

On Super Bowl Sunday, Psycho Santa, Noddy from New Orleans, Madame Curry of the Spokane Opera, a mermaid named Splash and half a dozen others were conceived in the front room of Shear Illusions Salon and Boutique, 807 N. Argonne Road. The creators were participants in a Wackadoodle Doll Workshop, and they had fun. “It’s more of an experience than a workshop or class,” said Shear Illusions owner and hair stylist Bert McCollum. “So many women who participated professed not to be creative, but they bloomed and were proud of their creations.”

Doll-making inspires stylist

On Super Bowl Sunday, Psycho Santa, Noddy from New Orleans, Madame Curry of the Spokane Opera, a mermaid named Splash and half a dozen others were conceived in the front room of Shear Illusions Salon and Boutique, 807 N. Argonne Road. The creators were participants in a Wackadoodle Doll Workshop, and they had fun. “It’s more of an experience than a workshop or class,” said Shear Illusions owner and hair stylist Bert McCollum. “So many women who participated professed not to be creative, but they bloomed and were proud of their creations.”

Doll-making inspires stylist

On Super Bowl Sunday, Psycho Santa, Noddy from New Orleans, Madame Curry of the Spokane Opera, a mermaid named Splash and half a dozen others were conceived in the front room of Shear Illusions Salon and Boutique, 807 N. Argonne Road. The creators were participants in a Wackadoodle Doll Workshop, and they had fun. “It’s more of an experience than a workshop or class,” said Shear Illusions owner and hair stylist Bert McCollum. “So many women who participated professed not to be creative, but they bloomed and were proud of their creations.”

Missing blow-up doll just scratches surface at Cruisers

A simple question prompted wholesale finger-pointing at Huckleberries Online last week. After colleague Taryn Brodwater forwarded the newsletter from Cruisers tavern at Stateline, I asked my readers if they knew something about the missing blow-up doll that was taken from a biker's saddlebags. Seems the biker planned to give the doll to a galpal as a birthday surprise. The newsletter provided the description: "Male midget blow-up doll. Deflated. Possibly in a plastic bag. Chest hair, goatee, scar on face, tattoo of 'DAVEY' on arm, 'property of' patch on his back." An additional clue was provided. The doll was last seen on "Ty's" back. The "all points bulletin" from Cruisers concluded with the offer of a reward: "a free beer and a reunion with Laura." No questions asked. Obviously, the victim of this theft would like to have the doll back for Mini Sturgis 2007 at the bar Saturday and Sunday. A blow-up doll might come in handy for the various games and contests, including: Toilet Seat Dice, Bobbin For Pigs Parts, Biker Tire Hurl, Who's Your Daddy? Frozen T-Shirt Contest, What Do Your Pipes Sound Like? Best Butt Crack and Nicest Cleavage. A highlight of the third annual event will be a bike ride through the bar. The rules are pretty simple, too: "Don't annoy anyone. Don't fight. Don't shoot anyone." Also: "Don't forget your birthday suit." A Cruisers PAR-tee obviously isn't your average cake-and-ice-cream affair.