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Project Playhouse Benefits Local Community Centers

Project Playhouse Benefits Local Community Centers

What kid wouldn't want to play in their very own firehouse? Or perhaps hang out with the wizards and elves of Middle Earth from their hobbit house? Well, some very lucky families will get to do just that after visiting the Project Playhouse auction this weekend.

 

Last year the parks board cut funding for the West Central Community Center's recreational programs. This cut mainly affected the center's before and after school youth programs. Kim Ferraro, the Executive Director, had the idea for Project Playhouse after seeing a similar fundraiser in Montana.

 

West Central has teamed up with the Northeast Youth Center and Peaceful Valley Community Center to put on the auction. The Home Builders Association, Avista and other local businesses are sponsoring the event and have built the the themed playhouses. Spokane City Council members Steve Salvatori, Mike Fagan, and Mike Allen were also involved in setting up the project.

 

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Salvation Army Needs Your Grocery Bags

Salvation Army Needs Your Grocery Bags

Many houses have a stock pile of plastic grocery bags, whether they be under the sink or shoved in the pantry. You don't want to throw them away, and they can't go in the recycling bin. Why not donate them? The Salvation Army is always in need of grocery bags at their community food bank.

 

Every month the Salvation Army food bank serves 13,000 families in the Spokane area. Plastic grocery bags, as well as paper bags are always needed. The plastic bags are used to bag produce and the groceries are sent home mostly in paper bags. They currently purchase paper bags from URM.

 

Community Services Program Manager, Leslie Rogers, described the bank as “shopper's choice”. Customers are led through the aisles and are able to select which items they want. They are Second Harvest's largest food outlet.

 

Will I fall or Moonwalk into dancing history? Come find out!

Will I fall or Moonwalk into dancing history? Come find out!

I've been Moonwalking in my kitchen. I've been spinning in the kxly920 radio booth. And, lately, I cha cha in my sleep. All the practice over the last month or so will be put to the test on the stage of Spokane's Bing Crosby Theater April 27th. No pressure, but whether I win or lose depends on you.

CYT-Spokane is presenting the sixth annual Dancing with the Celebrities event. The evening features business leaders and local tv and radio personalities to raise money for the local theater group - and, I'll be on stage for two minutes and 30 seconds of dancing glory. I hope.

My partner Brenden Hebert is a dancing phenom; I can hear the air move when he kicks. He's been so patient with me over the last few weeks, teaching me to cha cha, and was kind enough to coreograph our dance to one of my favorite songs of all time. We will do our best to pay homage to the late, great Michael Jackson by dancing to his classic song Billie Jean. Not only will our dance feature traditional cha cha, we're also honoring one of the greatest dancers of all time with nods to some of his most famous moves.

Courthouse Will Be Pretty in Pink

Courthouse Will Be Pretty in Pink

Beginning tonight the Spokane County Courthouse will be pretty in pink to support the annual Susan G. Komen "Race for the Cure" in Spokane. 

The "Race for the Cure" is next Sunday, April 21st. The idea to change the tower lights was a unanimous decision by the Spokane County Board of Commissioners. 

"It is vital for all of us to show support for patients and their families, raise funds for research, and work together to find a cure," said Shelly O'Quinn, Board Chair.

The lights will glow pink every night from tonight, April 12th, to Sunday, April 21st.

To learn more about the Susan G. Komen "Race for the Cure" in Spokane visit http://www.komeneasternwashington.org

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Knights of Columbus Denied GU Recognition

Knights of Columbus Denied GU Recognition

In a statement earlier this week, Gonzaga University said they will review a decision made by the Student Life office not to recognize the Knights of Columbus as an official campus organization.

 

In a letter initially published in the Cardinal Newman Society, Sue Weitz, Vice President of Student Life, said that the rules of membership for the Knights goes against the policy of student of life organizations.

 

“The Knight of Columbus, by their very nature, is a men's organization in which only Catholics may participate via membership,” Weitz wrote, “These criteria are inconsistent with the policy and practice of student organization recognition at Gonzaga University, as well as the University's commitment to non-discrimination based on certain characteristics, one of which is religion.”

 

Inmates helping clean up downtown Spokane

If you were driving through downtown Spokane Thursday you may have noticed Geiger Corrections Center inmates cleaning up at the I-90 exits.

The inmates are being used to prep for the big "Cleaning From The Core" event on April 27, which is sponsored in part by KXLY.

Men and women from Geiger were at the Lincoln and I-90 exit painting, cleaning and power washing the city's freeway exits.

They'll continue to do this through the month of April leading up to "Cleaning From the Core" on April 27.

"They're going to be doing everything from trash pickup to painting over graffiti, covering all of our underpasses and the railway underpasses as well," Director of Neighborhood Services Jonathan Mallahan said.

On April 27, the City of Spokane wants at least 200 community volunteers to help spruce up the downtown core and specifically Riverfront Park. That way, when the community sees an influx of tourists for big events like Hoopfest we can show off a sparkling city.

Campus Kitchen Tries to Raise the Dough

Campus Kitchen Tries to Raise the Dough

Every month the Campus Kitchen at Gonzaga University serves around 3,000 meals to the Spokane community. This week they are competing with other Campus Kitchens around the country to see who can “Raise the Dough”. While the GU Campus Kitchen doesn't expect to win the competition, they are hoping their efforts will help them serve people better.

 

Campus Kitchen is an organization that utilizes left over food in colleges across the nation. GU is one of 33 locations and has been part of the origination since 2005. They work out of Cataldo Hall preparing meals for the homeless, low income seniors and after school programs. They serve weekly meals at Shalom and Pioneer Victor House. They also prepare weekly meals for the O'Malley Apartments, Cup of Cool Water, and Crossroads among others. Everyone at their weekly meals receives a hot meal and a meal to go.