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Last days to take advantage of Bloomsday's early registration fee

Last days to take advantage of Bloomsday's early registration fee

 

Thinking of participating in this year's Bloomsday?

 

Sunday, April 19th is the final day for runners, joggers and walkers a like to sign up for the race for the $18.00 fee before it increases to $35.00.

 

The $18.00 fee is the lowest in the nation for a major running event. Online registration is available by logging on to the Bloomsday website, www.bloomsdayrun.org. In order to qualify for the early registration price, entries must be completed by midnight Sunday April 19th.

 

After Sunday, the fee will increase to $35.00 for late registration. Late registration will be available online through Sunday, April 26th. After that, late entry will only be available during regular Check-In hours on Bloomsday weekend.

 

50,000 entrants are expected for this year's Lilac Bloomsday Run which is scheduled for Sunday May 3.
 

 

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Spokane PD to offer free Citizens Academy beginning May 6

Spokane PD to offer free Citizens Academy beginning May 6

 

The Spokane Police Department will host a free Citizen Academy from Wednesday May 6th through June 3rd. The classes will be held every Wednesday from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

 

The Spokane Police Department Citizens Academy is designed to provide participating community members with an inside look at the SPD and a working knowledge of the various aspects of law enforcement.

 

The program is free to attend, but spots are limited.

 

During the Academy, students will be introduced to both hands-on and virtual police training. Additionally they will learn about operations and investigative procedures, special police units, and more. The Citizens Academy will culminate with a graduation ceremony where students will be awarded certificates of completion.

 

Classes will take place at the Spokane Police Academy at 2302 N. Waterwords St.

 

Those interested in signing up should contact Kim Anderson at KAnderson@spokane.org or calling 509-742-8100.

Annual Compost Fair set for Saturday April 25

Annual Compost Fair set for Saturday April 25

 

The Spokane Master Composters/Recyclers will host the 38th semi-annual Compost Fair at the Finch Arboretum on Saturday, April 25. The Compost Fair is part of the City of Spokane’s Arbor Day Celebration and starts at 11:00 a.m.  Attendees must arrive by 1:30 p.m. to complete all of the compost fair activities by the 2:00 p.m. close. 

 

Participants will learn how to turn into compost the “clean green” materials that result from their spring yard work and landscape trimming as well as the types of food scraps that can be included in a backyard compost pile. Activity stations will provide hands-on experience and lots of information on the materials that can be composted, types of bins to use, and how to build and turn a pile. The finished compost is excellent material to recycle back into yards and gardens. 

 

Tattoos for a Cause to help raise funds and awareness for Spokane Humane Society April 19

Tattoos for a Cause to help raise funds and awareness for Spokane Humane Society April 19

A perfect event for those who love both tattoos and animals will be happening in Spokane on Sunday, April 19th.

 

The Spokane Humane Society is teaming up with On The Level Tattoo to host “Tattoos for a Cause”. The event is meant to raise funds for the shelter as well as awareness about the importance about spaying and neutering animals.

 

From 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. On The Level Tattoo will offer special animal related flash tattoo designs ranging from $70 to $100 each. 100% of the proceeds from this event will benefit the mission and animals of the Spokane Humane Society.

 

Tattoo designs will be released the day of the event at the tattoo shop.

 

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Spokane Public Schools cracking down on vaccine law

More than 900 students at Spokane Public Schools could be pulled from class on Monday. The district is cracking down on the state law which requires students to either have proof of vaccinations or fill out a exemption waver.

"We just want to make sure that we do everything that we can to protect the health and follow the law at the same time," Kevin Morrison, the district's spokesperson, said.

This is the first time that the district is enforcing the 6-year-old law. Morrison said after a series of whooping cough, chicken pox and measles outbreaks, the district looked at their standings and took action.

“We took a look at the process that we have and said, 'Okay what's our compliance rate comparatively across the state?' We felt like we could do much better," Morrision said.

Morrison said as of last Friday, 922 of the roughly 30,000 students at the district aren't compliant with the state law. The noncompliance can be for a number of reasons: the parent hasn't filled out the Certificate of Exemption, the parents don't have their child's immunizations records, or the child is running late on getting their shots.

Local partnership works to prevent drowning by offering discounts on life jackets

Local partnership works to prevent drowning by offering discounts on life jackets

 

As the weather continues to warm up, more and more boaters will be hitting the water.

 

To encourage safe boating, the Washinton State Drowning Prevention Network, Safe Kids Washington, and the Spokane Regional Health District have partnered with Big 5 Sporting Goods to previde 25% off coupons on life jackets.

 

These coupons can be used at any Big 5 Sporting Goods from April 1st through September 30th 2015 in Washington and North Idaho.

 

Coupins are available online on the Spokane Region Health District's website: CLICK HERE.

 

Local foundation partners with African artists to support heart surgeries in Rwanda

Local foundation partners with African artists to support heart surgeries in Rwanda

 

An upcoming art show will contribute to a bigger mission of healing hearts in Africa.

 

A showcase of art from Rwanda will be on display at Dodson's Jewelers during the month of April.

 

Emmanuel and Innocent Nkuranga are brothers who run the Inema Arts Center in Kigali, Rwanda. Each year, they visit Spokane to share their talents, stories, and to spread the word about their art center.
 

The Inema Arts Center supports fair trade practices for the empowerment of communities in impoverished nations like Rwanda.
 

However spreading the word about their art isn't the only reason Emmanuel and Innocent come to Spokane; the Nkuranga brothers have teamed up with Healing Hearts Northwest, a grassroots non-profit in Spokane that sends heart surgery teams to Rwanda nearly every year to provide life saving care to the people there who need it most.