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Parks and Recreation seeks community input for new wheelpark, design and location workshop set for Wednesday

A community outreach workshop scheduled for Wednesday May 27 at 6:00 p.m. will help determine the location and terrain for a new wheelpark in Spokane.

The workshop will be hosted in partnership with the Spokane Parks and Recreation Division and Gridline Skatepark, Inc.

The meeting is open to the public, and all interested community members are invited and encouraged to attend.

“A very important part of the process of designing any new recreational activity location is for us to hear what our community wants to see in that location,” said Parks and Recreation Director Leroy Eadie. “What will the terrain look like? Where should a wheelpark fit into our park system? Should it be incorporated into Riverfront Park? These are some of the questions we will be asking the community.”

“We are very excited to be a part of the design for a new wheelpark in Spokane,” said Matt Fluegge with Gridline Skateparks, Inc. “We have designed and constructed over 250 skateparks worldwide, and we are eager to apply our terrain knowledge to this project.”

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Nixon Rodeo named Best Bloomsday Entertainer 2015

Rock group Nixon Rodeo has been crowned the Best Bloomsday Entertainer of 2015. The band collected more votes than any of the other nearly 30 performers along the 12-kilometer race route.

Nixon Rodeo improved over their second place finish in 2014 while two-time champion Tori Whitten came in second this year. Performers Angela Marie Project and Black Gingham tied for third place.

Over 1,500 votes were cast by race participants during this year's competition.

“The weather was awesome this year, and that was good for the entertainers as well as everyone participating in Bloomsday,” said event volunteer and competition coordinator, Laurel Warner. “There were smiles all around.”

Nixon Rodeo will earn the top prize of $500 for being voted as Best Bloomsday Entertainer. Tori Whitten, Angela Marie Project and Black Gingham will receive the 2nd and 3rd place awards of $300 and $200. Additional cash rewards will be paid out through a random drawing.

Goodwill and Huckleberries team up May 30

Goodwill and Huckleberries are teaming up to promote recycling.

On Saturday May 30th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Goodwill will have their truck out at Huckleberries Natural Markets.

Shoppers are encouraged to stop by and donate used items such as clothing, shoes and accessories, home décor, electronics, small appliances, sports equipment and books.

Donations will be re-sold at Goodwill's retail stores located throughout the Inland Northwest and online at shopgoodwill.com.

Proceeds from sales fund a variety of programs that help build independence for individuals and families in the community.

City of Spokane launches new tool to help return stolen bikes to owners

As part of Bike to Work Week 2015, the City of Spokane is launching free bike registration aimed to help return stolen bicycles to their rightful owners.

Bike owners can register their bikes at SpokaneBikeID.org. During the registration, owners are asked to enter contact information and the serial number and description of the bicycle, and can also upload a picture of it via smart phone, tablet, or computer. Those without a computer or internet access can register their bikes at neighborhood Spokane C.O.P.S. shops.

“The program will benefit the citizens of Spokane and help law enforcement to curb bicycle theft and increase return rates,” said Councilmember Mike Allen, who first approached City staff with the concept.

While Spokane Police recover many bikes each year, getting them back to their owners is often difficult. The citywide bike registration database is designed to make returning stolen bikes to their rightful owners a much easier process.

The SpokaneBikeID tool will be managed by My Spokane staff in partnership with the Spokane Police Department.

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Fire crews battle house fire in North Spokane

Fire crews are working on a house fire in North Spokane. The home is located in the 400 block of E Liberty.

No one was inside the home at the time of the fire.

Firefighters say the fire started in an enclosed porch behind the home. An investigator is on scene, but there is no word as to a cause yet.

Liberty will remain blocked near Addison until about 9:30 a.m. Monday.

Author Bob Goff, President Beck A. Taylor to deliver keynote speeches during Whitworth commencements

Author Bob Goff, President Beck A. Taylor to deliver keynote speeches during Whitworth commencements

 

Bob Goff, a best-selling author and the founder of Restore International, will address Whitworth’s class of 2015 during the university’s 125th undergraduate commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 17, at 3:00 p.m. at the Spokane Arena, located at 720 W. Mallon Ave. Goff will speak to approximately 622 undergraduate students receiving degrees this year.
 

Whitworth President Beck A. Taylor will speak at the graduate commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 16, at 10:00 a.m. in Whitworth’s Cowles Auditorium. His address, “Life Together…Life Forever More,” will be given to approximately 83 graduate students receiving master’s degrees in education, teaching, counseling, business administration, international management and theology.

 

Professor of Theology Jerry Sittser will give the homily, “Gains to Losses, Losses to Gains,” for the annual baccalaureate service on May 17 at 10:00 a.m. in the Whitworth Fieldhouse.
 

Spokane named one of the 15 Best Cities for Newlyweds

Spokane named one of the 15 Best Cities for Newlyweds

 

The first year of marriage is said to be full of bliss, and according to one website, newlyweds in Spokane have more reason to be blissful.

 

Spokane made DatingAdvice.com's list of 15 Best Cities for Newlyweds. The website cites finding a place to live as one of the most important decisions newlyweds are faced with. The article's author took into consideration overall affordability, entertainment, housing, and employment opportunities to compile the list.

 

"With the saying 'Near Nature. Near Perfect,' Spokane, Washington is a fantasy made real for couples who love the outdoors and the arts," the article says.

 

Additionally, the article cites Spokane as having some of the best libraries, parks, schools and realty around.

 

Tulsa, Okla., Santa Monica Calif., and  Berkley, Mich. round out the list's top three cities. The full article can be found HERE.