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From New York to Coeur d'Alene, Avenue Q opening this Friday

From New York to Coeur d'Alene, Avenue Q opening this Friday

The fur was flying Tuesday night at Coeur d'Alene's Lake City Playhouse as one of the final dress rehearsals got underway for this Friday's opening of Avenue Q.

The smash hit first debuted on Broadway in 2003, taking home Tony awards for Best Musical, Best Book and Best Original Score, and the cast of Lake City's production does their best to keep up the wild spirit of the show.

With a large cast, but only three human characters, many of the actors take a back seat to their puppet partners – providing a voice, but blending into the background.

“The biggest challenge is just finding the balance between the people and the puppets. If the actor is pushing too hard, you're focusing on them and not the puppet. So it's finding the right balance where you feel like you're watching the puppet but getting emotion from the person. It's a tricky little thing, but when it's right it's lovely,” said Director Troy Nickerson. It's an art form that took weeks to perfect.

Hoopefest announces Bailee Neyland as new marketing director

Hoopefest announces Bailee Neyland as new marketing director

Bailee Neyland has been named Marketing Director for Spokane Hoopfest, joining Executive Director Matt Santangelo, who took over the organization’s leadership role in April.

Like Santangelo, Neyland is a Gonzaga alum who brings a great deal of enthusiasm for the event and opportunities Hoopfest presents for the Spokane community. She holds a Master’s of Business Administration and participated in the Hogan Entrepreneurial Leadership Program at Gonzaga during her undergraduate study.

Neyland brings with her a wealth of marketing experience from previous positions with Gonzaga University, Zak! Designs and Desautel Hege Communications, and has been widely involved in the Spokane community, having served as the Susan G. Komen Communications Chair, Secretary for the Communities in Schools Executive Committee, Board Advisor for the New Venture Lab and is a recent graduate of the Leadership Spokane program.

INB Performing Arts Center announces Jason Mraz

INB Performing Arts Center announces Jason Mraz

The INB Performing Arts Center announced a new show today – Jason Mraz and Raining Jane are coming in October, and tickets go on sale this Friday!

Since getting his start 15 years ago playing in coffeehouses, Jason Mraz has released five albums. His most recent, and first acoustic, album is titled “Yes,” and will be featured at the October show.

“Yes inspires creativity. It's what allows creativity to occurs,” said Mraz. “Yes is love. Yes is what gave us life. We're all here because two people said yes.”

Mraz's positive message and folk-pop sound have earned him platinum or multi-platinum certifications in more than 20 countries for his various releases. He's also sold 48-million singles and made pop record history when his record-breaking classic single “I'm Yours” won two Grammy Awards and won a prestigious Hal David Songwriter Hall of Fame award.

Spokane Humane Society celebrates 117th birthday

Spokane Humane Society celebrates 117th birthday

The Spokane Humane Society is celebrating it's 117th birthday in top dog fashion this weekend!

Starting at 11 am and running until 2 pm, everyone who has adopted from the shelter in the past is welcome to bring them back for an alumni reunion. And if you haven't found your forever friend yet, this could be the place.

“Come have fun, come check it out, eat some cake and have a hot dog. And if you don't have a dog, you're still welcome. Maybe it's time for you to get one and become part of the alumni team,” said organizer Jenna Carroll.

The celebration also includes demos from local dog activity groups and a “Hope, Love and Muddy Paws,” photo contest.

Past and present staff, board members and volunteers are encouraged to attend.

There is no admission fee.

Child Safety Day in north Spokane

Child Safety Day in north Spokane

Safety agencies from across Spokane gathered at the PrimeSource credit union Friday afternoon for Child Safety Day.

“We want to make sure we're all doing our part to help kids prevent bumps, bruises and perhaps a major injury,” said organizer Marilyn Rapp, the marketing representative for Prime Source. “Our goal is to help keep kids safe, be aware and have a fun filled summer.”

Even with temperatures climbing into the 90's, dozens of children filled the parking lot for fun activities hosted by Spokane Police and COPS, Spokane Fire and the Spokane Humane Society.

“We want to get out there into the community,” said Spokane Police Officer Teresa Fuller. “It's a great time for us to tell kids what they need to do to keep themselves safe. We have information on child passenger safety and bicycle safety. I can quiz them on whether they wear their helmets and give away free ice cream coupons.”

Family Carnival fundraiser to welcome home returning soldiers

Family Carnival fundraiser to welcome home returning soldiers

You can enjoy the sun this weekend and support local troops at the same time with a Family Carnival in the Spokane Valley.

Penny Horst is a military spouse and group coordinator for family readiness, working with the families of soldiers on deployment to keep them updated on their loved ones status and eventual return date.

She says the next group of soldiers coming home are from across the inland northwest, and all stationed at the Hayden Army Reserve Station in north Idaho. She's organizing Saturday's carnival to help cover their welcome home party.

“We want to make sure family members aren't responsible for the costs,” Horst said.

The carnival is being held at the Combat Vet Riders clubhouse in the Spokane Valley from 11 am to 4 pm, and the riders are donating their time and services to help pull of the afternoon of fun.


Family Carnival

Saturday, July 12