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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.

 

Local colleges to compete through community service during Spokane Gives Week

Local colleges to compete through community service during Spokane Gives Week

 

Local students are taking part in the Spokane Gives University Challenge later this month. The students from Eastern Washington University, Gonzaga University, Spokane Community College, and Whitworth University will complete service projects from April 25th through May 3rd during Spokane Gives Week in a friendly competition.

 

The 2nd annual Spokane Gives Week, part of the Compassionate Spokane Initiative, is a community-wide initiative designed to encourage year-round volunteerism. The City will once again engage nonprofit organizations, businesses and individuals in Spokane in an effort to make Spokane the most compassionate city in the nation. The week shines a spotlight on service in the Spokane community during national service month.

 

Ben & Jerry's Spokane to celebrate Free Cone Day April 14 benefiting Embrace Washington

Ben & Jerry's Spokane to celebrate Free Cone Day April 14 benefiting Embrace Washington

 

Ice cream lovers will have something to celebrate on Tuesday April 14th from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. when the Ben & Jerry's scoop shop at River Park Square hosts the 36th annual Free Cone Day.

 

"Free Cone Day is one of the most exciting days at Ben & Jerry's," said Kari Conner, owner of the Spokane scoop shop. "Every year we're amazed at the number of people that come out to Free Cone Day and to be able to show our appreciation for the fans in a tangible way is really special. We're always happy to put a smile on our fans' faces with a free scoop of one of our iconic flavors or one of our brand new ones."

 

This year, the Ben & Jerry's Free Cone Day will be taking donations to benefit Embrace Washington.

 

Spokane Humane Society needs donations, volunteers as they prepare for kitten season

Spokane Humane Society needs donations, volunteers as they prepare for kitten season

 

Spring is the time of year when the snow melts and the flowers bloom. For the Spokane Humane Society, Spring is also a time when 300-400 additional animals, mostly kittens, come in seeking care and new homes.

 

To help with the care of this influx of animals, the Spokane Humane Society (SHS) has placed donation bins at both Northwest Seed and Pet locations to collect supplies for the hundreds of homeless kittens who will need care this season. These bins will remain at Northwest Seed and Pet through Thursday, April 16th.

 

According to SHS Executive Director Dave Richardson, the shelter depends heavily on these donations to keep its operation running.