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Park bathrooms closed for the season September 2

Park bathrooms closed for the season September 2

You may need to do a little extra planning the next time you head to a Spokane park. Even though the warm weather will draw large crowds, bathrooms in the majority of parks will close for the season on Tuesday, September 2nd.

Due to budget limitations, the annual restroom season only runs from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The closure includes all parks except Riverfront Park, Manito Park, the SE Sports Complex and the Dwight Merkel Sports Complex.

Portable toilets will be placed at more popular locations like Mission Park, Audubon Park, Comstock Park and Franklin Park through the end of October.

Top 10 things to do, see and eat at the Spokane County Fair

Top 10 things to do, see and eat at the Spokane County Fair

The Spokane County Interstate Fair is just one week away, and excitement is ramping up. It kicks off with Kid's Day on Friday, September 5 with free admission for everyone 17 and younger.

Hosted by Dave Smith Motors, their booth will be a wonderland of fun for kids including games, photos and giveaways including free passes to the Beck's Harvest House Corn Maze!

Photoboxx will have a booth up and running all day long to snap photos and post then on your instagram with the hashtag #StandUpToBullying.

There will also be a huge 22 foot piano for kids to dance on like the one in the classic movie, Big.

Of course the fair also features much more for kids and adults alike, and to help they have put together top 10 lists of things to do, see and eat.

 

Top 10 Free Things to Do and See:

  1. Over 15,000 entries in arts & crafts, agriculture, livestock, floral and grange displays and more.

Check your child's vaccinations before heading back to school

Check your child's vaccinations before heading back to school

Getting ready for back to school means getting school supplies and backpacks, but it's also the perfect time to make sure children are up-to-date on their shots. Getting all of the recommended shots is one of the most important things parents can do to protect their kids' health.

A new survey from the Washington State Department of Health shows vaccination rates are on the rise (71 percent in 2013 versus 65 percent the year before) but are still below the Healthy People 2020 goal of 80 percent, leaving many kids unprotected.

Below is a summary of shots children need:

Fundraiser for SCSO K9 Unit

Fundraiser for SCSO K9 Unit

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office is hosting their first ever fundraiser for K9s.

Their “Furry Family Fun Day and Dog Walk” is being held Sunday, September 14 at Plante's Ferry Park in the Spokane Valley.

This fundraising effort is to raise money for training and equipment for the Spokane County Sheriff's K9 Unit dogs and their handlers, allowing them to perform at their optimum level and best serve the citizens of Spokane County.

This walk will be an easy 2-mile route and all are welcome. Registration isn't required, but all registered walkers will receive a free K9 Unit t-shirt. Pre-registration is $20 and day-of is $25.

Registration opens at 9 am, with the walk at 10:30 am, then wraps up with an afternoon of K9 demos, raffle drawings and games for kids and furry family members alike. There will also be a contest to name the newest member of the K9 Unit team.

For more information you can check out SCSOK9Unit on Facebook or email spokanecountyK9@gmail.com.

Washington state parks free to visit Monday

Washington state parks free to visit Monday

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission wants the public to know that Monday, August 25 is a state parks “free day,” Visitors will not need a Discover Pass to visit state parks.

The free day is in honor of the birthday of the National Park Service, which was established on August 25, 1916.

State free days are part of the legislation that created the Discover Pass, a $30 annual of $10 one-day permit required on lands managed by Washington State Parks, the Washington departments of Natural Resources and Fish & Wildlife. The Discover Pass legislation provided that state parks could designate up to 12 free days each year when the pass would not be required. The pass is still required to access lands managed by DNR and Fish and Wildlife.

The free days apply only to day use, and not to overnight stays or rental facilities.

The next free days coming up on September 27 for National Public Lands Day and November 11 for Veterans Day.

Volunteers needed for SNAP ombudsman program

Volunteers needed for SNAP ombudsman program

SNAP is largely known for their services helping low-income individuals and families, but did you know they also offer a vital service for the elderly?

Lisa Petrie has been the regional Long Term Care Ombudsman for Eastern Washington since 1990, responsible for overseeing 284 nursing homes, assisted living facilities and adult family homes across Spokane, Pend Oreille, Ferry, Stevens and Whitman counties.

“This population is so very vulnerable, and it's so hard for them to speak up for what they need. The ombudsman is that voice,” said Petrie. “The whole idea is to visit with residents and make sure that they have the quality of care and quality of life that they deserve. Residents have rights, and we make sure they know that.”

Petrie has 38 volunteers that all make weekly and monthly visits to facilities from Colville to Colfax, getting to know the staff and residents. From their official paperwork, the responsibilities of ombudsman include: