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Whitworth to host 18th annual Gospel Explosion Feb. 13

Whitworth to host 18th annual Gospel Explosion Feb. 13

Whitworth University will host its 18th annual Gospel Explosion on February 13 at 7:00 p.m. in the Seeley G. Mudd Chapel. The theme this year is “Still praising him after all these years.” The event is free and the public is welcome to attend.

“I started the Gospel Explosion event 18 years ago because of a student who wanted to bring the Whitworth and Spokane communities together through praise and worship,” says Stephaine Nobles-Beans, coordinator for ministry and multicultural affairs at Whitworth. “Since I was, and still am, a praise and worship leader in my church, I thought it was a great idea.”

During the event, Whitworth’s Exceptional Praise Gospel Choir will perform alongside choirs from local churches, some of which have performed at Whitworth previously. The Exceptional Praise Gospel Choir will lead the evening’s worship; other choirs taking part include those from Jesus Is the Answer Apostolic Church, Morning Star Baptist, and Holy Temple Church of God.

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Spokane family shocked by vulgar Comcast bill

A Comcast customer in Spokane received a shocking bill in the mail, but it wasn't the amount due that had her stunned.

After calling to cancel the family?s cable, Lisa Brown's husband opened his bill to find his name had been drastically changed to profanity on his Comcast account.

?My husband was completely shocked,? said Brown. ?He was the first one that got the bill. He called me from the mailbox and said, 'Hey, did you have a run-in with Comcast recently?' and I said ?No.??

But the employee Brown spoke with may have felt differently, changing the name on the account from Ricardo Brown to a vulgar name.

?It was a shock to me, there was no animosity on the phone, the only thing is they were kind of pushy and trying to sell me a cheaper package, saying, ?OK, your bill is too expensive and you want to disconnect or downgrade, we can sell you a cheaper package,?? said Brown.

Brown reached out to Comcast and was contacted by the company?s Vice President of Customer Service.

Group Health changes name to Group Hawks

Group Health changes name to Group Hawks

Group Health announced Wednesday that it is changing its corporate name to Group Hawks to show support for the Seattle Seahawks as they prepare to battle the Patriots in the Super Bowl. The name change was announced Wednesday, and will continue through Sunday’s big game.

 

“Patients still can find the quality and affordable healthcare they’ve always experienced at Group Health, but at Group Hawks they’ll also find plenty of Seahawks fever,” said Scott Armstrong, Group Hawks CEO. “And Seahawks fever is a condition we have tested, and know from our evidence-based medicine approach, can have very positive patient outcomes.”

 

Medical experts at Group Hawks say these are the Seahawks fever symptoms to watch for:

  • Green and blue face paint
  • Irresistible urge to have the #12 prominently tattooed on limbs, face or other obvious body parts
  • A need to wear feathers
  • Sudden urges to yell “Go Hawks!”

 

City to begin count of homeless persons, families on Jan. 29

City to begin count of homeless persons, families on Jan. 29

The 2014 Point-in-Time count of persons and families experiencing homelessness will take place in Spokane (and across the state) on Thursday, January 29th.

 

According to the City, this annual census of homelessness provides data used to complete grant applications and reports required by state and federal homeless service funders. The information also supports strategic planning for the allocation of resources that most effectively meet community needs. 

 

The Point-In-Time Count includes individuals and persons in families, including youth, who on the night of the count are:

 

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Spokane Eye Clinic accepting used eye wear donations for a cause

Spokane Eye Clinic accepting used eye wear donations for a cause

Do you have old eye glasses laying around collecting dust? The Spokane Eye Clinic is accepting used eye wear donations now through February 6th at any of their three area locations.

 

Allyssa Kuprienko, a Certified Ophthalmic Assistant to Dr. Randall Jacobson, is leaving for Jamaica at the end of February for a brief volunteer trip with Volunteer Optometrists Service to Humanity (VOSH). Prior to her trip, she hopes to collect as many used glasses as she can for Jamaicans in need.

 

VOSH is an organizations that travels throughout the developing world and U.S. with qualified volunteers. These volunteers provide free quality vision care services through short-term clinics. They also work to develop sustainable programs and local optometric care in the developing world in order to help local communities provide quality vision care.

 

Spokane HOPE School to host 2nd Annual Hear Me Run Spokane 5K

Spokane HOPE School to host 2nd Annual Hear Me Run Spokane 5K

On April 18th, 2015, the Spokane HOPE School will host the second annual Hear Me Run Spokane 5K at Riverfront Park in downtown Spokane beginning at 9:30 a.m.

All net proceeds will go directly to Spokane HOPE (Hearing-Oral Program of Excellence) School, a non-profit organization that works toward building brighter futures for children who are deaf or hard of hearing on their journey to listen and talk.

The event welcomes all ages and includes a chip-timed 5K run, kid's activities, awards, raffles, food, and more. The top overall male and female will both receive a 1st place trophy.

The cost to participate in the run is $30.00 for participants 13 or older, $17.50 for children aged 6-12, and free to all children ages 5 and under. All paid participants will receive a T-shirt with their registration.

61st Annual Boat Show arrives in Spokane Feb. 4

61st Annual Boat Show arrives in Spokane Feb. 4

The Spokane Interstate Fair and Expo Center will host the 61st Annual Spokane Boat Show for five days from Wednesday, February 4th, through Sunday, February 8th.

This year's show these is "Only in a Boat", and will consist of nearly 180,000 square feet of exhibit space. Over 50 major vendors will be in attendance, representing new model boats and accessories from around the nation.

"Visitors to the 61st annual Spokane National Boat Show will see all the new makes. There are mega sized cruisers, speedy sport runabouts, pontoon party boats, fishing boats, and personal watercraft," Scott Thompson, the event's general manager said. "They will find major dealers representing docks, boat accessories, ski and fishing gear."

The Spokane Yacht Club is sponsoring the event, and said the boat show is a great time to by because deals offer significant "Boat Show Only" discounts during the event. 

This year, tickets will cost $10 for adults, $5 for youth 12-17, and kids under 12 are free.