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Toys R Us closure hits Toys for Tots hard

The toy giant Toys R Us’ decision to close its stores this year left some huge holes for the annual charity drive to fill.


Holiday travel numbers expected to hit a record high; snow possible in low-lying areas of Eastern Washington

The trade group AAA estimates a 4.4 percent increase in holiday travel nationwide this year compared to 2017, and weather conditions are expected to be wet and potentially snowy in …


Looking local: Terrain heads to the mall for a one-day local artisan fair, Brrzaar

River Park Square on Saturday will dedicate its first two floors to host 70 booths filled with local artists and craftspeople as part of Terrain’s first ever winter market. Dubbed …


The Christmas Bureau opens this week. Here’s what you need to know.

Christmas is approaching, but the first day of the Christmas Bureau is approaching even faster. The doors of the bureau will swing open at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Spokane …


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 9, 2018, 10:20 p.m.

Local chefs, community recreate historic Spokane landmarks in gingerbread

Spokane’s historical and cultural landmarks were recreated in gingerbread, fondant and royal icing Sunday when six local bakers, chefs and community members competed in the Christ Kitchen’s annual gingerbread build …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 4, 2018, 7:07 p.m.

Supplies low for shelters helping migrants as holidays near

Shelters run by volunteers in the U.S. say they are getting hit with an expected surge of new migrants seeking asylum in the U.S. who need temporary housing. Nonprofit groups …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 30, 2018, 10:37 p.m.

Christmas tree display benefiting Spokane Symphony contains memorial for late auto dealer, philanthropist

The family of Marlene Kay “Marti” Hollenback, who died suddenly last spring, have developed a Christmas package full of the late philanthropist and community volunteer’s favorite things. The tree, sponsored …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 29, 2018, 10 p.m.

American Legion Auxiliary hosts gifts for vets event at Mann-Grandstaff Medical Center

About 150 Spokane-area veterans took advantage of Mann-Grandstaff Medical Center’s “Gift Shop” event that ran from Sunday to Thursday.


Despite rain, thousands turn out for Coeur d’Alene Lighting Ceremony Parade

Thousands of people crowded under umbrellas in the dark and rain on Friday, lining Sherman Avenue in downtown Coeur d’Alene for the 27th annual Lighting Ceremony Parade.


‘Mrs. Santa’ and her ‘elves’ prepare for another season of giving at the Spokane Guild School on Black Friday

Marilyn Henderson, the retired program coordinator at the school for children with developmental disabilities, is prepping for yet another season of giving away toys to families. Henderson, who signs letters …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 23, 2018, 12:59 p.m.

Getting There: The winter gear you need as you climb Sherman Pass on your way to Thanksgiving dinner

Not much is known about the first Thanksgiving, despite the myths we’ve built up around the holiday celebrating gratitude, friends, family and fall.


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 18, 2018, 6:30 p.m.

Many local organizations offering free Thanksgiving meals next week

Many Spokane organizations will be providing Thanksgiving meals over the holiday.


Gonzaga asks students not to be offensive when celebrating Cinco de Mayo

Today is Cinco de Mayo, and Gonzaga vice president of student development Judi Biggs Garbuio said she doesn’t want to come across any pictures of GU students appropriating Mexican culture.


Mattis nixes holiday tradition of seeing troops in war zones

For only the second time since 9/11, America’s defense secretary didn’t visit U.S. troops in a war zone during December, breaking a long-standing tradition of personally and publicly thanking service …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 27, 2017, 9:20 p.m.

Family, friends and flu; holidays the start of peak season for illness

Flu activity is ramping up in the Tri-Cities.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 26, 2017, 9:34 a.m.

Bing Crosby, David Bowie teamed up 40 years ago for a strange, enduring Christmas medley

The sweater-clad septuagenarian joined with the rocker known to the world as Ziggy Stardust for a collaboration in 1977. Five weeks later, Crosby was dead of a heart attack, and …


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Paul Turner: Don’t let Resting Spokane Face ruin another Christmas

This most joyous of days can pose a special challenge for some of us. That’s because of Resting Spokane Face.


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 24, 2017, 7:41 p.m.

Carousing carolers celebrate Christmas Eve at Spokane’s Bellwether brewery

In its third year, about 70 revelers filled the craft brewery on North Monroe for some songs, suds and good cheer.


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 24, 2017, 7:17 p.m.

For 62nd year, NORAD takes calls from kids awaiting Santa

A Colorado Springs newspaper ran an ad in 1955 inviting children to call Santa but mistakenly ran the phone number for the hotline at the Continental Air Defense Command, which …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 23, 2017, 5:20 p.m.

Rathdrum man awaiting sentencing to spend holidays in jail

A northwestern Idaho man will spend the holidays behind bars as he awaits sentencing for a series of charges stemming from a brawl with police earlier this year.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 20, 2017, 9:23 p.m.

Home for the holidays: Veteran surprises mother at school assembly

Some presents come topped with ribbons, and some come with bows. But for special education teacher Jennifer Monroe, the best present she could hope for would come with camouflage and …


Making spirits bright with bad Christmas movies

While an argument can be made about just how many Christmas movies reach classic status, most would agree the list is short compared to the abundance of mediocre and genuinely …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 20, 2017, 1:36 p.m.

Spokane and Spokane Valley city services will be affected during holidays

City services will be affected by Christmas Day and New Year’s Day holidays which both fall on Monday the next two weeks.


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 17, 2017, 9:48 p.m.

Hanukkah party celebrates lighting of the menorah at Temple Beth Shalom

It was Temple Beth Shalom’s annual Hanukkah party, and the rabbi was about to lead the room in song and prayer.


Sometimes Santa needs a lift. This time, to remote Alaska

It’s not easy to get to Saint Michael, Alaska. Not even if you’re Santa Claus. Luckily, jolly old St. Nick could hitch a ride on a military transport plane to …


Just ahead of holidays, flu cases are spreading across U.S.

Health officials said the flu is spreading across the nation, with a dozen states now reporting widespread flu cases just ahead of the holiday season.


Window displays bring historic holiday spirit of the Crescent store to downtown Spokane

Historic Christmas window display figures from the old Crescent store have been uncovered and given new life at select locations in downtown Spokane this Yule season.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 7, 2017, 7:26 p.m.

Click to unwrap: More retailers are letting customers send digital gifts this holiday season

This year, more retailers are giving desperate last-minute shoppers another option – e-gifts.


Heavy volume of shipments causes delivery delays for UPS

UPS says some package deliveries are being delayed because of an unexpected flood of orders from online shoppers.