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Special Days for Special Needs at Sky High Sports

Special Days for Special Needs at Sky High Sports

Keeping your kids entertained during the summer can be difficult for parents, sometimes more-so if they have a child with special needs. That's why Sky High Sports in Spokane hosts their Special Days for Special Needs on the first Tuesday of every month.

“It allows them to have a special time,” said manager Mikayla Lysek. “We turn down the music and the lights and try to keep it from being overwhelming so they can enjoy their time here.”

From 2-5 pm, special needs kids are invited to come and enjoy the trampolines at a discounted rate ($5 an hour instead of $10) and can be accompanied by a parent or therapist for free.

“We also section off an area for them if they're comfortable being more secluded,” said Lysek.

In addition to the general trampoline courts, Sky High also features specialized courts for dodge ball and basketball, a giant foam pit to bounce yourself into and a wide variety of arcade games.

Local game designer looking for success with Kingdoms in Peril

If you're a board game enthusiast who's always on the lookout for a new addition, you may want to check out local Spokane designer Thomas Kaufman and his fast-paced, highly competitive card game Kingdoms in Peril.

I had the chance to sit down and learn Kingdoms recently, and picked it up almost immediately. Set in the ancient middle east (the cards themselves designed with historical carvings from 700 BC, featured in the British museum), each player builds their own kingdom of villages and towns with their capital as the crowning jewel.

Once set-up is complete, players then go to work building a hand of cards that houses their armies, equipment and defensive tactics before turning on each other in an ancient battle royal. To the victor go the spoils, and with a two-hour time limit the winner is declared by either a tally of points (each village, town and city has a numbered value when captured) or when one kingdom emerges victorious.

Working 4 you: Just how good for you is running?

Working 4 you: Just how good for you is running?

Good news for runners.

A new study shows the benefits of running for your health, but this study says it doesn't matter if you're a 15-minute miler, or an elite marathoner. The benefits are still the same.

According to the study running, even for a few minutes a day, can reduce your risk of death from heart disease compared to those who don't run at all. That study was published this week in the journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Researchers studied some 55,000 adults between the ages of 18 and 100 over a 15 year period. They noted their overall health, if they ran and how long they lived.

Compared to non-runners, investigators found those who ran had a 30% lower risk of death from all causes, and a 45% lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease.

In fact, runners on average lived three years longer compared to those who did not hit the pavement.

When data was broken down by age, sex, body mass index, smoking and alcohol use, the benefits were still the same. And the speed at which runners ran made little difference.

Local Pony league baseball champs head to California

Local Pony league baseball champs head to California

A plucky group of 10-year-old boys are preparing to hop on a plane and head down to California to represent Washington as the regional Pony League Baseball champions!

All 11 kids have been involved with Spokane Indians Youth Baseball who united the Pony, Baby Ruth and Spokane Youth Sports Association leagues under one umbrella. After the regular season was over, try-outs were held for the all-star team and just a few weeks later the hard hitters swept the Mustang Northwest Regional Championship, winning all 11 games.

Since then, they've been working hard at Albertsons grocery stores around Spokane, asking for donations to help them make the trip to Anaheim.

“The money will help pay for their hotel room,” said Stephanie Erickson, the mother of one of the players. “The Pony organization books flights, which the parents pay half of, and this will help cover expenses like hotel rooms, food and other incidentals. We have a couple of families driving down with equipment to save on expenses like checking bat bags.”

Spokane to host 2015 NCAA Women's Regional

Spokane to host 2015 NCAA Women's Regional

Washington State University and the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena have been selected to host one of four regional sites for the 2015 NCAA Division Women's Basketball Championship.

This marks the fourth time in eight years the Cougars will have hosted a women's regional.

The NCAA has not yet announced the official dates, but has confirmed it will take place over two days from March 27-30.

“We have had great success in hosting past events in Spokane and when the NCAA asked if we could host the 2015 Women's Regional we were happy to do so,” said senior associate director of athletics John Johnson. “Partnering with the tremendous staff at the Spokane Arena and general manager Matt Gibson, along with the Spokane Public Facilities District, we look forward to hosting another tremendous even in 2015.”

In addition to Spokane, the remaining three regional sites are Albany, New York, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Greensboro, North Carolina.

A first-timers guide to legal recreational marijuana

A first-timers guide to legal recreational marijuana

Legal marijuana sales kicked off Tuesday across Washington, including at one of three confirmed stores here in Spokane, with enthusiasts in line hours before opening.

But what about the curious among us who have never taken a puff in our lives, but are ready to give it a try now that it's legal and easily accessible?

“It can be a little alien if it's their first time,” said Green Leaf customer service representative Chad Welsh. “To walk in here and think 'What are these devices?' and 'What is your product all about?'”

A big part of Chad's job is to help guide first-timers through the experience, with tips on the product, how to smoke and what to smoke with. I also spoke with Daniel Wendling, general manager at Piece of Mind and assistant manager at the licensed pot shop Satori just next door, and put together a how-to of sorts for the first time smoker.

 

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Crossfit Rewired honors local fallen soldier with workout

Crossfit Rewired honors local fallen soldier with workout

“If you have been given this letter, this means that I did not make it through deployment.” That sentence began the final goodbye from 20-year-old PFC Jarrod Allen Lallier to his family shortly after he was killed in action two years ago.

“Express my story with everyone, and hopefully I can somehow change someone's life,” he ended. And that's exactly what happened Thursday at Crossfit Rewired in north Spokane. Everyone who walked through the doors heard Jarrod's story, including his final words, before participating in a customized hero workout – each number of reps or timed set linked to Jarrod.

“The numbers six, 18 and 12 represent the date he was killed in Afghanistan – June 18, 2012. Twenty is how old his was, which is [the time] for the L-sit hold,” said gym owner and lead coach Adam Ludlow. “And as far as the movements go in this workout, he kind of loved and hated all the running and there's definitely a lot of core work because, according to his family, he was kind of bragging about the six-pack he was getting since joining the Army. We wanted to honor him with that.”