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Steam Plant presents Dickens-style Christmas carolers this weekend

Steam Plant presents Dickens-style Christmas carolers this weekend

Spokane’s historic Steam Plant will be hosting CYT Spokane’s Dickens Christmas Carolers to bring holiday cheer to patrons of Stacks restaurant during dinner hours on Friday, December 19th, and Saturday, December 20th.

CYT Spokane is a theater arts training program for children from ages 8-18. Each year, students ages 14-18 participate in acapella singing of classic Christmas music at special events dressed in costumes harkening back to the Dickens era.

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.

Free IHOP Scary Face pancake on Halloween

Free IHOP Scary Face pancake on Halloween

Looking for a special way to celebrate Halloween with your Ghosts and Ghouls? IHOP wants to help kick off the festivities with a free Scary Face pancake for all kids 12 and under on October 31.

From 7 am to 10 pm, each child can receive one of IHOP's buttermilk pancakes decorated with a whipped topping smiles and eyes and a strawberry nose. Then kids can use a kit of delicious toppings – eight pieces of candy corn and two mini Oreos – to finish decorating the face however they choose.

If you can't make it on Halloween, don't worry too much – the Scary Face pancake is available as a regular menu item all month long.

Celebrate National Cheeseburger Day at D. Lish's Hamburgers

Celebrate National Cheeseburger Day at D. Lish's Hamburgers

It seems like there's a holiday for everything these days, and today's is National Cheeseburger Day! There's some mystery surrounding the exact birth date and place of the summer barbecue staple, but it's rise to popularity has been placed firmly in the late 1920's and early 30's.

To celebrate this heavenly concoction local restaurant D. Lish's Hamburgers is offering a one-day-only deal on their cheeseburgers – buy one, and get a second one for free.

The deal runs until closing tonight at 8:30 pm. D. Lish's Hamburgers is located at 1624 N. Division. For more information you can contact owner Mike Lish at (509) 323-7130.

Alaskan Brewing hosts Spokane scavenger hunt

Alaskan Brewing hosts Spokane scavenger hunt

The Alaskan Gold Rush is coming to Spokane! But don't head for the river just yet – this gold rush requires a little more patience.

Organized by Fast Eddies owner Matt Goodwin and Alaskan Brewing, the Gold Rush is a six-week scavenger hunt spanning bars across the city, where each clue leads you closer to the grand prize: a gold nugget worth $2,000.

“They're hiding it today because it's kicking off tomorrow,” Goodwin said. Everyone, even the bar employees are eligible to win because it's someone from the brewery who's hiding the prize. “They won't even tell me where it's hidden.”

Every Friday for the next six weeks, bars will offer a deal on Alaskan Brewing products and post a sign with that week's number to text. Each text message delivers a clue, more specific than the last until the final week.

City Council unanimously approves food truck ordinance

City Council unanimously approves food truck ordinance

The Spokane City Council voted 7-0 Monday night to adopt two ordinances regulating food trucks within city limits.

In May, the city began looking into regulating the growing industry in Spokane. They drafted an ordinance but some food truck owners weren't happy with what they came up with.

The first draft of the ordinance called for a mobile food vending permit, the cost $40 plus $10 for each additional location. It also required truck owners to get permission from businesses if they planned to operate within 75 feet of them.

After hearing from truck owners, the city set up a meeting between all parties involved.

They group made up of the Greater Spokane Food Truck Association, restaurant owners and the city decided to amend the proposal.

The ordinance that passed, requires a $60 permit fee, and mobile food venders must have permission from established businesses within 50 feet.

"I'm super excited about it, I'm really elated that the city worked with us," president of the Greater Spokane Food Truck Association Joile Farral said. "We got a lot done, there was a lot of compromise, there was a good solution and that it was passed."

Food trucks get passing grades from county inspectors

Food trucks get passing grades from county inspectors

A new report by the Institute for Justice shows food trucks in Seattle are just as safe to eat at compared to a restaurant, and as it turns out the food trucks in Spokane are pretty clean as well.

Friday morning inside the Jamaican Jerk Pan food truck, owner Roian Doctor is preparing to open for the day.

"I keep it right back to my grandfather, you know like keep it real keep it authentic, never forget the culture," he said.

Doctor knows he has to run a tight ship to pass inspections by Spokane County.

"You have your sanitizing water, you have your hand wash, you have all of that good stuff and you keep your food at the right temperature and you won't be having a problem," Docttor said.

On Friday food inspector Lisa Breen checked over his trailer. Across the county she says foot trucks are doing a good job staying clean and sanitary. Of the 32 current food trucks in Spokane 13 have no violations while the rest had minor issues for things like hand washing and not property using wash rags.