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Spokane ministry says goodbye to one of their own

A Spokane ministry honors the life of a homeless woman, who so many had forgotten and overlooked.

Blessings Under the Bridge serves food to more than 200 of Spokane's homeless and less fortunate every Wednesday downtown under the I-90 overpass. Their goal is to restore hope and dignity to the people they serve.

"She showed me love that I'd never seen before," explained Clay Brock. He remembers his wife Carrol Ann as spunky, spiritual, and outrageous.

Carrol Ann carried that positive attitude with her throughout a difficult life, riddled with addiction and homelessness.

"It was hard," Clay said.�"We were out on the streets, she was sick, and of course we're both addicts, even though she was dying of alcoholism she had to keep drinking."

Mike and Jessica Kovac with Blessings Under the Bridge met Carrol Ann out on those streets. She came to get a hot meal every Wednesday, and their friendship grew.

"It's like losing a friend or family member," Mike explained.

Restaurant Week unveils 2015 menus

The Inlander Restaurant Week kicks off February 20th, but the menus were unveiled Wednesday night�at the Lincoln Center.

During the ten day food festival, 97 local restaurants will offer special three course meals for either $18 or $28.

"This time frame in February tends be slower for restaurants. It's an opportunity for them to bring people in, and it's really kind of an opportunity for them to show off their wares, what they can do," said The Inlander's Jer McGregor. �

Ironically, the restaurants weren't present. Instead, local beer, wine and spirit brands treated guests to some Spokane suds.

"Just basically try to get some of restaurant partners to be able to taste our beer to see if something they would work with for restaurant week," said Emily Schwartz with River City Brewing.

She said that local libations have become a key part of the event.

"Last year with had a bunch of places that paired not only our beer with their meals but they cooked some of their meals with our beers."

It's a big boost for the economy at time when tourism is often slow.

Working 4 you: Why energy drinks aren't for kids

Energy drinks are popular in the world of soft drinks, but doctors want to remind you that they're not good for children.�

Energy drinks are a pretty cheap way to get a big boost of energy, and they're easy to get your hands on. And it's that access that is harming children. A recent study found that over 40% of all energy drink-related calls to poison control center in the U.S. were for kids under 6 years old.�

Many of those calls were for children suffering from symptoms of serious nervous system and heart distress.�

A can of some energy drinks could have as much as 500mg of caffeine. That's equal to about 14 cans of soda, which is obviously much higher than children should be consuming. Problems from drinking energy drinks can vary.

"As simple as headaches or some shakiness or jitteriness, but they could even be more serious like problems with your heart rhythm, where your heart is irregular, it beats too fast or even seizure," said Dr. Jennifer Shu, a pediatrician.�

But it's not just the caffeine that children need to worry about. The drinks are also loaded with sugar, which can contribute to weight gain and cavities.�

City to begin count of homeless persons, families on Jan. 29

City to begin count of homeless persons, families on Jan. 29

The 2014 Point-in-Time count of persons and families experiencing homelessness will take place in Spokane (and across the state) on Thursday, January 29th.

 

According to the City, this annual census of homelessness provides data used to complete grant applications and reports required by state and federal homeless service funders. The information also supports strategic planning for the allocation of resources that most effectively meet community needs. 

 

The Point-In-Time Count includes individuals and persons in families, including youth, who on the night of the count are:

 

January: Record high temperatures across Washington

Temperatures hit record highs Sunday across Washington.

The National Weather Service says the 63 at Sea-Tac Airport was five degrees higher than the old record of 58 set in 1986.

Other record highs were 60 at Hoquiam, 59 at Bellingham, 55 at Spokane and 54 at Pullman.

The old record of 54 in Spokane was set in 1935 and stood for 80 years.

The National Weather Service expects above-normal temperatures to continue this week across Washington.

How to audition for the role of Tom of Warwick in Camelot

WestCoast Entertainment, in conjunction with Phoenix Entertainment, is searching for two young male actors to portray the role of ?Tom of Warwick? in the National Tour of Camelot at the INB Performing Arts Center March 26 ? 29, 2015. Each actor will be assigned to three of the six Spokane performances.

Ideally, Tom should be in good physical shape, appear to be between the ages of 8 and 13 and under 5? tall. Tom is an acting role with no singing required.

To audition, pleas submit an audition card, a headshot, a 50 word bio, and a video of Tom of Warwick script reading (script provided by WestCoast Entertainment in Audition packet). All materials should be sent to Mychal Ferger on or before Friday, February 13, 2015.

For an audition packet, or to submit audition materials, please contact Mychal Ferger�at Mychal.ferger@wcebroadway.com or 509-777-6303.

Local schools rally for special election bonds and levies

Ballots for the February 10th Special Election are starting to find their way into mailboxes around the county. Many parents, like Kris Jeske, are asking you to bubble in 'yes' for education bonds and levies.

"I was so happy to see their support for all of the school districts here today because really it benefits the larger region," said Jeske.

Jeske has a 2nd and 7th grader in the Spokane Public School system. He says one of the reasons he and his wife chose Spokane to raise their family 15 years ago, was because of the public education.

"I think we have a wonderful school system here in Spokane and we want to keep it strong," said Jeske.

Five school districts have bonds on the ballot and 13 have levies. Saturday's rally organizer, Alisha Benson put it simply, "Levies are for learning. So levies cover things like their stem programs, arts music, drama, extra curricular activities and sports. Really all those things are so important for creating a well rounded student."