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Rally for Rick

Rally for Rick

A Spokane man is asking for the public's support as he battles with stage four brain cancer. Rick Ecklel is 29 years old and has nearly 20 tumors in his brain, some as large as a golf ball. Because of this and his upcoming treatment, Rick is unable work and will have zero income for the duration of his battle.

How you can help:

This Sunday, September 21 you can help support Rick without missing a second of football by heading down to PJ's Pub at 1717 North Monroe. Events include both dart and pool tournaments, along with a karaoke showdown, silent auction and raffle for the chance to hit PJ's owner Meadow Frank with a pie.

If you would like to donate to Rick's cause, but are unable to make it to the fundraiser on Sunday, there is a GoFundMe account set up here. You can also donate items for the silent auction by contacting PJ's Pub at (509) 919-3788 or Brenda Baldwin at (509) 218-0119.

Celebrate Oktoberfest at Manito Tap House

Celebrate Oktoberfest at Manito Tap House

Manito Tap House is bringing a taste of Munich to Spokane this Saturday, September 20th to celebrate their third anniversary.

“I wanted an entertaining theme for an event that best represents out spirit,” said Patrick McPherson, general manager and co-owner. “I have always felt Oktoberfest is underrepresented in the Inland Northwest, so we're bringing Germany's biggest party to Spokane.”

Saturday's beer maidens will be appropriately attired in outfits similar to what is worn in Munich. Authentic Rastal commemorative steins will also be available, with three German beers and three specialty taps to choose from.

Admission for adults is $12, or $15 for a commemorative stein and one free fill of beer. Festivities will also include three bands and a cornhole tournament with prizes. Teams can register at the bar for just $10, with proceeds going to 2nd Harvest and Children's Miracle Network.

Free dental care this Friday at NorthView Family Dental

Free dental care this Friday at NorthView Family Dental

Open wide and say,”ahhhh!” NorthView Family Dental is opening their hearts and doors this Friday for some pro bono dental work.

On September 19th, adults 18 years and older who are unable to receive dental work anywhere else is welcome to show up for their choice of a filling, extraction or cleaning.

Registration begins at 7:30 am. Only the first 100 patients are guaranteed to be seen on a first-come, first-served basis so everyone is encouraged to show up early. Patients should also dress appropriately for the weather and bring chairs, water and snacks as they may be waiting outside to be seen.

Work begins at 8 am and runs until 4 pm, with additional patients seen only if time allows.

The NorthView Family Dental offices are located at 5901 North Lidgerwood Street, Suite 225. For more information you can check out their website, or give them a call at (509) 489-2538.

Free documentary screening Wednesday at the Lincoln Center

Free documentary screening Wednesday at the Lincoln Center

The Spokane Regional Health District is inviting all interest parties to a free advanced screening of The Raising of America. The six-part documentary explores the importance of early child health and development:

We all want what's best for our children, so why is child well-being in the U.S. So much worse than in other rich nations? How does the squeeze on young families and caregivers – the squeeze for time, money and resources – 'drip down' on infants and young children, altering the wiring of their developing brains with potential long-term consequences?

This six-part documentary explores how a strong start for kids leads to a healthier, stronger and more equitable America.

The documentary will be shown this Wednesday, September 17 at 7 pm at the Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln St. Rachel Poulain, the co-producer of The Raising of America, will be on hand to share her insights on the making of the documentary. You can reserve your free tickets online here.

SCRAPS offering adoption special on cats

SCRAPS offering adoption special on cats

The Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service (SCRAPS) is bursting at the seams with cats! According to Shelter Operations Manager Mary Reynolds-Paullin, SCRAPS has been inundated with cats all summer and now the other local rescue groups are full.

“Our cat room is overflowing with beautiful, adoptable cats that desperately need loving homes,” Reynolds-Paullin said.

SCRAPS is offering a great cat adoption special starting on Friday, September 12th and Saturday, September 13th. Cat adoption fees will be waived and cats and kittens can be adopted for just the price of a license ($15).

SCRAPS also reminds the public that they have spay/neuter vouchers available for both cats and dogs. For the price of a pet license, SCRAPS will provide you with a ‘dollars off’ coupon to have your pet spayed or neutered.

Taco John's offering free breakfast next week

Taco John's offering free breakfast next week

Who says there's no such thing as a free meal? Next Thursday, September 18 you can get just that at any Taco John's location by just walking in and asking. The restaurant chain will be giving away their Meat & Potato Breakfast Burrito to both long-time and first-time customers until 10 am.

“Tasting is believing. We can tell people we have the best breakfast burrito in town, but they'll never know until they try one,” said Taco John's CEO Jeff Linville.

Linville says he's convinced it's both the taste and portability of their burritos that make them so popular.

“The majority of our breakfast customers visit us at the drive-thru window,” he said. “Mornings are busy and people have tight schedules. Our breakfast menu items not only taste great, they also travel very well.”

If you're worried you'll forget about the giveaway, you can set yourself up to receive a textual reminder by texting TJFREE to 95577.

Taco John's has two Spokane locations: 4017 S. Cheney Road and E. 1002 Wellesley.