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Kids sell lemonade to help childhood cancer research

For most kids, it's the last weekend before school starts. But two Spokane girls aren't spending their final moments of summer at a park or in the pool. Instead, they're raising money for childhood cancer research.

"I'm helping kids with cancer," 8-year-old Samantha Fay said.

Samantha, along with her sister, Lauren, set up a lemonade stand in their neighborhood on Saturday. Together the Fay sisters are fighting childhood cancer, one cup at a time.

Every dollar raised will go to the Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, a national non-profit raising money and awareness to fight childhood cancer.

"The way I look at it if I were those kids with cancer, I'd be sad if no one would help me," Samantha said.

Their mother, Mindy, says it's childhood memories like these, her girls will always remember.

"I'm so proud, they are great girls and always wanting to help other people," Mindy said.

If you want to donate, text LEMONADE and E116291 to 85944 to make a $10 donation.

Local hair dresser heads to New York fashion week

Local hair dresser heads to New York fashion week

Spokane Hair Dresser and Editorial Stylist, Douglas McCoy, dreamed of styling hair for just one show at New York Fashion week. Four seasons and over a dozen shows later, McCoy is preparing to head to New York once again, and is bringing with him an even bigger dream.


“It's a pretty special thing,” said McCoy of his experiences at fashion week. McCoy has been styling hair for 24 years and works on the Bumble and Bumble styling team at various shows each season. He started practicing and learning for his audition in 1997 and a few years ago he finally flew to L.A. for an open call with hundreds of other hair dressers from across the country.


“There's so much riding on every show,” said McCoy. “It's pretty structured, but there's always that last minute oh my god moment.”


Moscow Ballet hosting Nutcracker auditions for local dancers

Moscow Ballet hosting Nutcracker auditions for local dancers

Maressa's Spokane Dance will be hosting auditions for local dancers to join the Moscow Ballet when they stop in Spokane for a two night performance of their Great Russian Nutcracker at the Bing Crosby Theater in November.


The Moscow Ballet will select 60 dancers to grace the stage as Party Children, Mice, Snowflakes and Angels among other roles. Auditions for the two night performance in November will be held on September 19th at Maressa's Spokane Dance. Moscow Ballet's “Dance With Us” Audition Director, Natalia Miroshnyk, will visit the studio in October to rehearse and fine tune the student dancers.


“We really want to encourage any and all kids to come,” said Maressa Dirks, owner of the hosting studio. She adds that this is a great opportunity to work with a top ballet company as they don't often travel this far for performances.


Back to school reminders from Spokane Public Schools

Back to school reminders from Spokane Public Schools

From Spokane Public Schools:

Classes for Spokane Public Schools students start Tuesday, September 3rd. Click HERE to check school start times.

For the first week of school, kindergarten will end at 11:30 am to help students transition to their new school schedule.

School starts at 9 am every day except Thursday, when it starts at 9:30 am to give teachers time for collaboration. During the first week, lunch is not available for kindergarteners, and Express is not available from 11:30 am to 3 pm.

Softball fields at Franklin Park see renovations

Softball fields at Franklin Park see renovations

Softball players rejoice! The fields at the Franklin Park Softball Complex are being renovated for the first time in 20 years.


Park staff has been paying attention to other aspects of the complex over the past couple of years, but now it's time to work on the fields themselves. Field five was completed first as it was deemed to be in the worst shape. Two tons of ball infield mix and conditioners were tilled in and the playing surface has been crowned and leveled.


The field lights and repairs to the irrigation and turf had been done previously. The complex buildings were painted and the repairs to the restrooms have been made. Park staff will now move on to improving the other fields at Franklin Park. Eventually the fields at the Dwight Merkel Complex will also see renovations.  

Park restrooms will close after Labor Day

Park restrooms will close after Labor Day

If you are a regular visitor to Spokane parks during the fall make sure to plan accordingly. The restrooms in the majority of the city's parks will close for the season after the Labor Day weekend.


Due to budget limitations, pare restrooms are only open from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The restrooms will officially be close starting on Tuesday, September 3rd. However, portable toilets will be available at Mission Park, Audubon Park, Comstock Park and Franklin Park through the end of October.


The public restrooms at Riverfront Park, Manito Park, the SE Sports Complex and the Dwight Merkel Sports Complex will remain open.