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Cellist Zuill Bailey kicks off series of free performances for Northwest Bach Festival

 

 

Cellist Zuill Bailey kicked off a series of 6 free Flash-Bach concerts on Wednesday with a noon performance in the Riverpark Square Atrium.

 

These flash performances are organized to make classical music more accessible to various people in different locations.

 

“I think that concerts are one thing. Those are people that know to go, they know the beauty of the music, they prepare themselves to go. But I really feel the need to bring music to people that may not know,” Bailey said. “It's basically bringing music to the people, in any way that I possibly can outside the concert hall.”

Local artist Keike von Holt to present at Barton School Feb. 18

Local artist Keike von Holt to present at Barton School Feb. 18

Artist Keike von Holt will address Barton School students and teachers on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church.   

Her presentation will mark the 46th birthday of the all volunteer adult literacy program. She will show and discuss her art and her experiences as a newcomer to this country.  

Von Holt grew up in Tokyo, Japan where she met and married her husband Neil Von Holt, then a student at Sophia University.  They came to Spokane in 1958 where Neil returned to studies at Gonzaga University.

Heike’s art falls into three genres: Japanese Calligraphy, Sumi-e (Japanese ink painting) and Western-style drawing and watercolor.  Subjects include abstracts, florals, portraits, animals,  landscapes, or anything that inspires her. 

Interested in calligraphy from the time she entered school, her pursuit of it as an art form came in 1974 during the World’s Fair in Spokane, when the Japanese Pavilion featured a demonstration of Sumi-e by Fumiko kimura. Keiko saw this as an enhancement of the calligraphy she already loved.

Local robotics team prove Girl Scouts go beyond cookies

Local robotics team prove Girl Scouts go beyond cookies

For most, the Girl Scouts are associated with one thing- cookies. However in addition to selling cookies, many Girl Scouts are dedicating hours of their time to something else- engineering.

 

Six girls make up the Rambunctious Robot Dancers, a local Girl Scouts robotics team whose members spend several hours each week programming an autonomous robot for FIRST Lego League (FLL) competitions.

 

Lynn Kimball named Executive Director of Aging & Long Term Care of Eastern Washington

Lynn Kimball named Executive Director of Aging & Long Term Care of Eastern Washington

The Governing Board of Aging and Long Term Care of Eastern Washington (ALTCEW) announced that Lynn Kimball has been appointed to succeed Nick Beamer as Executive Director. Beamer has served as Director of the Agency for 27 years.

According to the ALTCEW, Kimball and Beamer are working collaboratively, through the end of January, to assure a successful transition of responsibilities.


Kimball has been with the Agency for seven years, most recently in the position of Director of Planning and Resource Development. The ALTCEW said she brings a strong commitment to the Agency’s mission and a depth of knowledge of the aging network in Washington State.

Spokane Roofing delivers timely Christmas gift for SNAP client in need

Spokane Roofing delivers timely Christmas gift for SNAP client in need

This year, the holidays were looking pretty bleak for 83-year-old Becky Sanchez.

The north Spokane resident was scrambling to get to her cancer treatment appointments while dealing with a chronically painful back and a history of heart problems. Despite her physical challenges, Sanchez continued to serve others by volunteering for the local VFW and gathering Christmas presents for kids at Shriner’s Hospital.

To top it off, the roof of Sanchez’s mobile home on Crestline Road was literally caving in.

Living on a fixed budget, Sanchez had no money to pay for badly needed repairs. Water damage to her roof made it so she couldn’t turn on the lights in her kitchen and hallways. With the snow, ice and rain of winter bearing down, Sanchez made a desperate call to SNAP, an agency that had helped her in the past.