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Spokane Public Library makes Huffington Post's list of 5 Libraries that go Beyond Books

Spokane Public Library makes Huffington Post's list of 5 Libraries that go Beyond Books

The Spokane Public Library has made Huffington Post's list of 5 Libraries that go Beyond Books.

The library made the list for its video kits that are available for checkout to the city's aspiring filmmakers. In early 2011, the library collaborated with TinCan on a Federal Stimulus Grant that provided high definition video equipment for library goers to check out.

Each camera bag the library offers includes an HD video camera, a shotgun microphone, Pixela software, and corresponding cables. Also available are wireless microphones, tripods, and boom pools for the shotgun mics.

This equipment can be reserved through the library's reference desk and picked up at the circulation desk. Cameras are available at all of the libraries branches. Those who want to check out camera equipment will be required to sign an agreement form the first time they check out equipment, as well as show their library card, and photo ID.

Veterans Memorial Tribute Program Monday, Jan. 26 at Washington State Veterans Cemetery

A ceremony will be held on Monday, January 26th, to recognize 48 Spokane area veterans who have died and not received the rendering of Military Funeral Honors.

The ceremony will take place at noon at the Washington State Veterans Cemetery in Medical Lake. Honors will include unfurling of the US flag, a rifle volley and the playing of TAPS.

 

The community is invited to attend to pay final respect and honor to these men and women who have sacrificed to provide the American people with freedom. The ceremony will be held in the Committal Shelter which is not heated, so those in attendance should dress accordingly.

 

During Monday’s service, there will be one veteran who had ties to the local area and died alone back East. A local friend has requested adding him to the list and will be here to receive a flag in his honor.

Spokane neighborhoods to begin Traffic Calming Plans

Spokane neighborhoods to begin Traffic Calming Plans

Spokane’s neighborhoods are beginning to work on ideas to apply for traffic calming funds through the City of Spokane. The Traffic Calming program allows neighborhoods to apply for safety projects to address speeding vehicles, excessive vehicle speeds and safety for non-motorized road users.

 

The Traffic Calming Program is entering into its fifth year of accepting applications from the neighborhood councils. The program has successfully funded nearly 57 total projects ranging from traffic circles and bump-outs to crosswalks and sidewalks. The funds that support the program come from the Photo Red Light violator infractions.

 

To help neighborhoods fill out applications, three Traffic Calming Workshops will be held in the following City Council Districts:

 

  • District 1: January 28th, 6-7:30 p.m., Northeast Community Center (4001 N. Cook)
  • District 2: January 29th, 6-7:30 p.m., Wilson Elementary Library (911 W. 25th Ave.)
  • District 3: January 21st, 6-7:30 p.m., West Central Community Center (1603 N. Belt)

 

Spokane Arts seeks artists to develop memorial honoring fallen heroes

Spokane Arts seeks artists to develop memorial honoring fallen heroes

Spokane Arts Fund, in partnership with the Gold Star Families, the City of Spokane, and the Spokane Public Facilities District seeks an artist, or artist team residing in Washington and Idaho, to develop a memorial honoring fallen heroes that have served post- 9/11.

 

The memorial will be sited on the south side of the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena. The selected artist or artist team will work with Spokane Arts Fund, The Spokane Public Facilities District staff, and the representatives from the Gold Star Families from design through construction of the project. During the design phase, representatives from the Gold Star Families will heavily inform the process.

 

The artist will work with Spokane Arts Fund, the Gold Star Families and the Spokane Public Facilities District to develop a permanent public art memorial for the Spokane Arena. The desired artistic approach will create a sculptural plaza that suggests a place where people will gather for a variety of observances and events. The artwork should represent and be inclusive of all Armed Services with particular attention to post 9/11 fallen heroes.

Councilman Snyder to hold mobile office at Fire Station No. 4

Councilman Snyder to hold mobile office at Fire Station No. 4

Spokane City Council Member Jon Snyder will host a mobile office at Fire Station No. 4 on Friday, December 12 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Citizens are encouraged to attend and discuss issues, concerns and policies facing the City.

Council Member Snyder represents District 2 which includes the South Hill, Browne’s Addition, Peaceful Valley, the Downtown Core area and parts of East Central.

Fire Station No. 4 is located at 1515 W First Ave. Reservations are not needed. Parking at the station is free of charge.

Downtown Spokane offers many different activities tonight for First Friday

Downtown Spokane offers many different activities tonight for First Friday

Today is First Friday in downtown Spokane, and this month nearly 50 businesses are participating.

For local foodies, these are just a handful of the places available to check out tonight:

24 Taps will have 13 local craft beers available in a sampler flight to enjoy, and Chocolate Apothecary will offer cheese, wine, and chocolate pairings along with music from local singer-songwriter Alex Ishkov.

LeftBank Wine Bar and El Corazon Tasting Room will offer tastings throughout the whole bar along with photography by Al Hague and music from Sandpoint musician, Truck Mills.

Local girls have chance to code national Christmas trees in D.C. with Google

Local girls have chance to code national Christmas trees in D.C. with Google

Google and the National Park Foundation are teaming up for a program that gives girls in Washington state the chance to have their work on display in Washington D.C. for the White House's annual tree lighting ceremony.