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Spokane named one of the 15 Best Cities for Newlyweds

Spokane named one of the 15 Best Cities for Newlyweds

 

The first year of marriage is said to be full of bliss, and according to one website, newlyweds in Spokane have more reason to be blissful.

 

Spokane made DatingAdvice.com's list of 15 Best Cities for Newlyweds. The website cites finding a place to live as one of the most important decisions newlyweds are faced with. The article's author took into consideration overall affordability, entertainment, housing, and employment opportunities to compile the list.

 

"With the saying 'Near Nature. Near Perfect,' Spokane, Washington is a fantasy made real for couples who love the outdoors and the arts," the article says.

 

Additionally, the article cites Spokane as having some of the best libraries, parks, schools and realty around.

 

Tulsa, Okla., Santa Monica Calif., and  Berkley, Mich. round out the list's top three cities. The full article can be found HERE.

 

Tickets still available for Second Harvest's May 20th Taking a Bite out of Hunger event

Tickets still available for Second Harvest's May 20th Taking a Bite out of Hunger event

 

A limited amount of tickets are available for Second Harvest's Taking a Bite out of Hunger food and beverage tasting and auction. The event will take place on Wednesday May 20th from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on the Main Floor of the Spokane Arena.

 

According to Second Harvest, Taking a Bite out of Hunger is Spokane's largest fund raising even to fight hunger and feed hope in Spokane and the Inland Northwest.

 

The event will be all about sampling delicious food and drink with friends, and supporting a great cause. This is the organization's 21st annual event and will feature more than 50 of Spokane's top restaurants, vintners and brewers and auction.

 

Seats and tables can be reserved online by CLICKING HERE, or by emailing melissa.cloninger@2-harvest.org or calling 252-6274.

 

Salvation Army to host free community dinner April 29 with Gonzaga and Sodexo

Salvation Army to host free community dinner April 29 with Gonzaga and Sodexo

 

For the second year in a row, The Salvation Army of Spokane is partnering with Gonzaga’s Center for Community Action & Service Learning and the Sodexo Foundation to help fight hunger in the community.

 

The three organizations chose Wednesday, April 29th to host the community dinner in conjunction with Spokane Gives Week, April 25-May 3. The Community Dinner is free and open to the public. Up to 350 guests are expected to take part in the dinner.

 

The Salvation Army will host the event at its Community Center on 222 E. Indiana Ave. on Wednesday April 29th from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sodexo will be cooking and supplying all of the food. Gonzaga’s CASL program will provide student volunteers to help with the event, along with more than 10 community wide volunteers who have signed up through the Spokane Gives website.

 

Junior Lilac Parade to kick off 2015 Spokane Lilac Festival on May 9

Junior Lilac Parade to kick off 2015 Spokane Lilac Festival on May 9

 

The Junior Lilac Parade will kick off Spokane's 77th Annual Lilac Festival at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 9th.

 

The theme of this year's parade is "Dancing in the Streets!". The parade's marching bands will play upbeat music to inspire dancing among patrons attending the festivities.

 

Regional junior high and elementary school bands will showcase their talents and compete for the opportunity to march in the Armed Forces Torchlight Parade the following week. In addition to the competing drill and dance teams, numerous children's organizations and clubs from throughout the Northwest will participate in the event, making it one of the largest children's parades in the entire nation. Local dignitaries, area nonprofit organizations and downtown businesses will join in the festivities.

 

The parade will follow the same route as last year- a departure from the traditional route- due to ongoing construction along a section of the established path. The parade's starting point is near the intersection of Spokane Falls Boulevard and Washington Street.

 

Spokane Bicycle Club offers Bloomsday bike corral to race day riders

Spokane Bicycle Club offers Bloomsday bike corral to race day riders

 

Biking to Bloomsday?

 

The Spokane Bicycle Club is offering a bike corral for Bloomsday participants. From 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on race day, The Club will provide free secure attended bike parking for anyone who decides to bike to the start of the race.

 

The corral will be located at Central Meadow in Riverfront Park, east of the former YMCA building and adjacent to the Howard Street walkway. Riders are welcome to leave warm-up clothes, picnic baskets, etc. with their bikes. Volunteers from the Spokane Bike Club will be there to attend to the bikes and belongings.

Tattoos for a Cause to help raise funds and awareness for Spokane Humane Society April 19

Tattoos for a Cause to help raise funds and awareness for Spokane Humane Society April 19

A perfect event for those who love both tattoos and animals will be happening in Spokane on Sunday, April 19th.

 

The Spokane Humane Society is teaming up with On The Level Tattoo to host “Tattoos for a Cause”. The event is meant to raise funds for the shelter as well as awareness about the importance about spaying and neutering animals.

 

From 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. On The Level Tattoo will offer special animal related flash tattoo designs ranging from $70 to $100 each. 100% of the proceeds from this event will benefit the mission and animals of the Spokane Humane Society.

 

Tattoo designs will be released the day of the event at the tattoo shop.

 

Local foundation partners with African artists to support heart surgeries in Rwanda

Local foundation partners with African artists to support heart surgeries in Rwanda

 

An upcoming art show will contribute to a bigger mission of healing hearts in Africa.

 

A showcase of art from Rwanda will be on display at Dodson's Jewelers during the month of April.

 

Emmanuel and Innocent Nkuranga are brothers who run the Inema Arts Center in Kigali, Rwanda. Each year, they visit Spokane to share their talents, stories, and to spread the word about their art center.
 

The Inema Arts Center supports fair trade practices for the empowerment of communities in impoverished nations like Rwanda.
 

However spreading the word about their art isn't the only reason Emmanuel and Innocent come to Spokane; the Nkuranga brothers have teamed up with Healing Hearts Northwest, a grassroots non-profit in Spokane that sends heart surgery teams to Rwanda nearly every year to provide life saving care to the people there who need it most.