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City of Spokane collaborating with Walgreens on vaccine program

City of Spokane collaborating with Walgreens on vaccine program

The City of Spokane announced a collaboration with Walgreens to administer vaccines at no cost to patients. Available vaccines include flu shots and other Center for Disease Control-recommended immunizations to residents without insurance and those underinsured.

 

Beginning Thursday, December 11, Walgreens locations in Spokane can administer vaccines for pneumonia, whooping cough, chicken pox, shingles, MMR, meningitis and influenza to qualified individuals. No-cost immunizations are available at Spokane Walgreens locations daily during regular pharmacy hours with no appointment necessary and are subject to availability. Age, state and health -related restrictions may apply.

 

“Spokane is a very compassionate community, and that includes its community pharmacies,” said Spokane Mayor David Condon. “Walgreens has stepped up to provide assistance that can help improve the health of many in our community.”

 

Strideline knocks the (Spokane Skyline) socks off local charities

The Spokane office of Strideline, a Seattle-based sock company, is helping local charities—feet first. For the second year in a row, Strideline’s Spokane office, located in the east central community, recently donated $1,750 worth of its popular “Spokane Skyline” socks to the Spokane Midnight Basketball Association and another $1,395 worth of socks to the Tree of Sharing.Sam Talkington, Market Manager of Strideline’s Spokane office, says that these charities have special meaning for him.

Downtown Spokane offers many different activities tonight for First Friday

Downtown Spokane offers many different activities tonight for First Friday

Today is First Friday in downtown Spokane, and this month nearly 50 businesses are participating.

For local foodies, these are just a handful of the places available to check out tonight:

24 Taps will have 13 local craft beers available in a sampler flight to enjoy, and Chocolate Apothecary will offer cheese, wine, and chocolate pairings along with music from local singer-songwriter Alex Ishkov.

LeftBank Wine Bar and El Corazon Tasting Room will offer tastings throughout the whole bar along with photography by Al Hague and music from Sandpoint musician, Truck Mills.

Fewer seasonal jobs are expected to be available in Washington this year compared to 2013

Washington retailers will hire more than 15,000 seasonal workers throughout the fall holiday season, according to economists with the state’s Employment Security Department.

Last year, employers hired 16,050 additional workers, which was about 14 percent higher than Employment Security’s prediction.

In 2013 businesses in Spokane hired 1,270 seasonal employees, but this year only 1,084 are expected to be hired; that is a difference of 186 jobs. 

“The unexpected spike in seasonal hiring last fall was caused by a larger than projected increases in general merchandise and clothing stores,” said Jeff Robinson, an economist with the department. “We expect this year’s hiring will be more in line with the projections, reflecting a positive retail season in Washington.”

The department’s labor economists say the bulk of the seasonal hiring will be in general merchandise stores, adding 8,037 jobs, but down 640 positions from the same period last year. Clothing and clothing-accessory stores expect to hire 3,872 holiday workers, also down from 2013.

Avista Foundation eases the burden for locals in need

Avista Foundation eases the burden for locals in need

The Avista CARES Program has once again partnered with The Salvation Army of Spokane to help households in assistance with their utility bills, by making a $27,000 donation toward residences that receive a utility shut-off notice.

In 2014 more than 200 residences were able to keep their power through this partnership. Additionally, Avista made a $5,000 contribution toward the Salvation Army Warming Center, where homeless families and individuals go to stay warm at night. The warming center serves more than 100 people a night.

“We can’t thank Avista enough for what they do for us and for the community," said Community Services Program Manager, Cassandra Cram. "To be able to offer a program that allows struggling households to keep their power on is very special because it allows them a chance to get back on their feet, it’s a real blessing!”

Avista will present a check to the Salvation Army Wednesday, December 3 at 2:00 p.m.

Spokane's Steam Plant glows crimson and purple for Apple Cup

Spokane's Steam Plant glows crimson and purple for Apple Cup

This Wednesday, Spokane's historic Steam Plant lit up the building's smokestacks in crimson and purple in honor of this Saturday's Apple Cup.

“We think the Apple Cup is a pretty significant community event and wanted our 225-foot twin smokestacks to highlight the rivalry,” said Spencer Sowl, operations and property manager for Steam Plant Square. “There’s plenty of fans on both sides, so we can’t play favorites, and the stacks will look great in both crimson and purple."

"Although, if you watch the game in the Steam Plant Pub wearing your team’s colors – we’ll be able to see which team has a bigger presence,” he added.

After the University of Washington vs. Washington State University game concludes, the stacks will change to the winning team's colors, and will remain that way through the weekend.
 
At its peak in 1916, the Steam Plant created and supplied steam heat to more than 300 buildings in downtown Spokane. Ten years later it was transformed into the Steam Plant Square, a mixed-use space including restaurant, brewery, retail, and commercial businesses.

Kick off for Saturday's game is at 7:30.

Visit Spokane receives Platinum Choice Award

Visit Spokane receives Platinum Choice Award

Smart Meetings Magazine named Visit Spokane a recipient of the Smart Meetings 2014 Platinum Choice Award.