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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.

 

STCU to teach teens about finances during upcoming Money Camps

STCU to teach teens about finances during upcoming Money Camps

 

Spokane Teachers Credit Union will host a pair of free Money Camps in Spokane this spring as part of its longstanding tradition to provide financial education to tweens and teens.

 

The credit union is offering Money Camp at the Moran Prairie Library on Saturday, April 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Can't make it that day? Another camp will take place on Saturday, May 16 at the Shadle Library from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

 

“The payoff is when you see the ‘Ah ha moment,’ in their faces,” said STCU President and CEO Tom Johnson. “These financial skills will last them their whole lives.”

 

Blooming Artists to raise money for the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery April 3

Blooming Artists to raise money for the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery April 3

 

Artwork created by the children at the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery will be on display at Express Employment Professionals for a unique First Friday event.

 

Children visiting the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery have been drawing, painting, and coloring canvases since the beginning of March, and now their artwork will be on display and for sale to help benefit the nursery.

 

On Friday, April 3rd from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. the artwork will be displayed and sold at Express Employment Professionals, 311 W. Main Avenue, in Downtown Spokane as part of a "Blooming Artists" gallery. 100% of the proceeds will go toward continued support of the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery's cause.

 

Spokane Bike Swap coming April 11 and 12

Spokane Bike Swap coming April 11 and 12

 

The Spokane County Fair and Expo Center will be overflowing with bikes and bike related gear on April 11th and 12th for the fourth annual Spokane Bike Swap.

 

Over 700 bikes are anticipated to be consigned and over 50 exhibitors, including ten local bike shops, will be present at this year's bike swap. In an attempt to promote safety, bike helmets will be given away to every child that buy and bike in the bike corral. Last year, 173 helmets were given away, and even more are expected this year.

 

The Spokane Bike Swap is presented in collaboration with Spokane County's Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) Efficiency Act. The CTR program works to reduce traffic congestion, air pollution, and petroleum consumption. One of the ways the CTR does this is by educating and getting citizens comfortable with riding bikes around Spokane County.

 

Washington State Parks to offer two free days in April

Washington State Parks to offer two free days in April

 

Looking to go explore some Washington State Parks, but don't yet have a Discover Pass? Well, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will offer two free days in April.

 

Visitors will not need to display a Discover Pass for day-use visits to any of Washington's State Parks on April 4th, a springtime free Saturday, and Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22nd.

 

Free days are in keeping with legislation that created the Discover Pass, a $30 annual or $10 one-day permit required on recreation lands managed by Washington State Parks, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). This legislation provided that State Parks could designate up to 12 free days each year when the pass would not be required to visit state parks. 

 

A Discover Pass is still needed to access WDFW and DNR lands on State Park free days.

 

Go Big Easter free celebration set for April 4 at Franklin Park

Go Big Easter free celebration set for April 4 at Franklin Park

 

Three local churches have joined together for a family friendly Easter celebration on Saturday April 4th at Franklin Park.


 

City Life Church, Rock of Ages Christian Fellowship, and Sozo Church have rented space at Franklin Park to host a Go Big Carnival and Egg Hunt. The free event will include free food, family friendly activities, and age specific egg hunts with thousands of Easter eggs. The majority of Eggs will be filled with the typical candy and toys, but some will contain prizes from local businesses.


 

Prizes will range from gift cards for free ice cream, local restaurants, and tickets to the arts, and an Apple TV.


 

"We have truly been blown away by the communities response in getting behind this event," said Mark Blair, lead pastor at Sozo Church. "For us, Easter is a celebration of Jesus giving His life for us, and so, as a church, we want to be like Him and give to our community."


 

Easter Bunny to hop into River Park Square March 20

Easter Bunny to hop into River Park Square March 20

The Easter Bunny will hop into the first-level atrium at River Park Square on Friday March 20th at 11:00 a.m. to celebrate Spring and the upcoming Easter holiday.

For two weeks only, families can visit River Park Square's Bunny Photo Experience during the following hours:

  • Friday, March 20, 11:00 a.m. -8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 21, 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 22, 11:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.
  • Monday, March 23 - Thursday March 26, 11:00 a.m. -7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, March 27, 11:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 28 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 29, 11:00 a.m. -6:00 p.m.
  • Monday, March 30 - Thursday, April 2, 11:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
  • Friday, April 3 – Saturday, April 4, 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.