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March Madness returns in 2016

March Madness returns in 2016

The University of Idaho and the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena are pleased to announce that March Madness will return to Spokane in 2016. The NCAA revealed this morning that Spokane has been selected as a host city for the 2016 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship First & Second Rounds.

The Spokane games are currently scheduled to take place on Friday, March 18, 2016 and Sunday, March 20, 2016. Over those two days of heated competition, Spokane will witness six games and cheer on eight teams as they vie for a chance to advance to the Sweet Sixteen. The 2016 games will mark the tenth time since 2001 that the Spokane Arena has hosted either a Men’s or Women’s NCAA Division I Basketball Tournament. This marks the first time the University of Idaho and the Spokane Arena have teamed up to present an NCAA Basketball event. Both organizations are thrilled with the NCAA’s announcement.

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Everything you need to know about the River Park Square Christmas tree

Everything you need to know about the River Park Square Christmas tree

The winter holidays are already making their way into River Park Square. Earlier today, construction of the giant Christmas tree that graces the mall's main entrance was completed by Spokane Firefighters IAFF Local 29.

This is the union's 2nd year setting up the tree. According to River Park Square's Marketing Director, Elizabeth Mills, the tree was set up in a record time of 1.5 days.

The Christmas tree you see today has been the main part of River Park Square's holiday decorations since about 2002. The tree itself stands 50 feet tall; the 4 foot star atop the tree makes the whole thing tower 54 feet above the main floor.

10,000 LED lights sparkle on the tree's 689 branches. The silver and red ornaments that give the tree its holiday cheer are numerous. In fact, there are roughly 2,400 of them.

Annual Police-Sheriffs Hockey Game scheduled for Nov. 23

The annual Police-Sheriffs Game at Spokane Arena, scheduled for Nov. 23 at 3 p.m. – prior to the Chiefs’ game vs. Kamloops at 5 p.m. – is benefit game to raise funds and awareness for the Behind the Badge Foundation. Proceeds from t-shirt sales and a silent auction at the Chiefs game will benefit Behind the Badge, which supports families and communities after a law enforcement officer has died or suffered serious injury in the line of duty.

All fans with a ticket to the Nov. 23 Chiefs game are invited to attend the Police-Sheriffs’ Game. Doors will open at 2:45 p.m.

 

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Gov. Inslee proclaims Nov. 17-23 Global Entrepreneurship Week in Washington State

Gov. Inslee proclaims Nov. 17-23 Global Entrepreneurship Week in Washington State

Governor Jay Inslee proclaimed Nov. 17-23, 2014 Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) in Washington. This third annual celebration of entrepreneurship and startups will feature more than 100 local education and networking events in all 39 counties – surpassing the reach of any other state program. More events take place year-round in Washington.

Thousands of budding entrepreneurs are expected to attend GEW 2014 events, according to coordinators at the Washington State Department of Commerce. Activities cover a wide range of topics, from how to create a business plan to finding funding.

State Parks invites people to go ‘deep’ into Rockport State Park

State Parks invites people to go ‘deep’ into Rockport State Park

This winter, staff and volunteers from the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will offer guided hikes through the ancient, old growth forest at Rockport State Park.

The Deep Forest Experience hikes take place between 10:00 a.m. And 2:00 p.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from December 5 through February 15, at Rockport State Park. The park is located just off the North Cascades Highway (Hwy 20), .06 miles west of the town of Rockport.

Council Member to hold mobile office at Triple L Cafe

Spokane City Council Member Amber Waldref will host a mobile office at the Triple L Cafe on Friday, Nov. 14 from 12:00 pm -1:00 pm.

Citizens are encouraged to attend, learn about the 2015 Spokane City budget, and voice their opinions or ask questions about issues or policies facing the city.

Council Member Waldref represents District 1, which includes Northeast Spokane and parts of the East Central Spokane.

The Triple L Café (formerly the Outlaw Café) is located at 5012 North Market St. Reservations are not needed.