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Hillyard Appreciation Day festival this weekend

Hillyard Appreciation Day festival this weekend

Hoopfest is the main attraction this weekend, but if you're looking for something with a slower pace, why not check out Hillyard Appreciation Day on Saturday?

“The idea of Appreciation Day is this is the one day where we don't charge for anything. This is where we give back and say 'Thank you,'” said festival founder and business owner Richard Burris.

Burris owns a wine and beer shop called The Good Stuff, located on Market in the Hillyard neighborhood. He says he came up with the festival three years ago because he wanted to do something fun during the month of June.

“We'll have the Spokane Hot Rod association down here. We're going to close all the side streets and we'll probably have 75 to 100 cars down here. And we'll have the tents set up on Queen and Market. We're going to give away prizes and have raffles and it's just a fun day,” Burris explained.

There are plenty of businesses on Market to explore, and all of them will have their doors open Saturday with music, food and crafts.

Mural team looks to Spokane kids for inspiration

Mural team looks to Spokane kids for inspiration

Spokane’s railroad underpasses are in the process of getting a facelift, and one of the art teams involved wants to hear the ideas of the next generation. The SUMAC Project is calling for submissions from local kids to help them design the mural that will revamp the walls of the Howard Street underpass.

Spokane is Reading Swamplandia! this summer

Spokane is Reading Swamplandia! this summer

Spokane is reading this summer, and will be diving into the swamp lands of Florida for the 13th year of the community reading event. This summer Spokane is Reading Swamplandia! by Karen Russell.

Spokane Arena fills with music at the annual Band and Strings Spectacular

Spokane Arena fills with music at the annual Band and Strings Spectacular

The annual Band and Strings Spectacular was Tuesday night at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena. More than 2,600 students played their instruments in front of thousands of proud parents.

Most teachers and parents would agree just getting to this point was nothing short of a miracle.

"It's a lot of work getting it all put together and there are so many people that work together and pull it off," said band teacher Karen Budge.

The musicians were made up of 5th and 6th graders from Spokane Schools. For many of them the concert was an hour to prove to themselves what they're capable of, and to make their parents proud.

"It's fun because you get to do all these songs and it's really pretty amazing," said Chloe from Brown Elementary.

"Her playing tonight is a fantastic opportunity for her to grow as a person and grow as a musician," said Chloe's mom Tammi.

KXLY'S Kris Crocker emceed of the event.

En Vogue, Rascal Flatts among acts at Northern Quest Casino

En Vogue, Rascal Flatts among acts at Northern Quest Casino

News release from Northern Quest Resort & Casino:

 May 5, 2014Spokane, WA – Northern Quest Resort & Casino is excited to announce four of this year’s sensational shows for the 4th Annual Pepsi Outdoor Summer Concerts.  These great acts represent half of the 2014 summer concert lineup with the remaining shows to be announced in mid-May.

The 2014 Pepsi Outdoor Summer Concerts have upped the fun factor this year with the increased variety that concert fans have asked for, including iconic “blasts from the past,” country superstars, rock favorites and one of the worlds most respected comedians.  With the wide range of entertainment options in this year’s outdoor shows there is something for everyone. Ticket prices start as low as $45 and event parking is always free!  Come out and enjoy great live entertainment under the setting sun on Northern Quest’s outdoor stage.

We are proud to present the following stand-out entertainment acts as part of our 2014 Pepsi Outdoor Summer Concert lineup

Balloon shoe on display for Bloomsday

Balloon shoe on display for Bloomsday

For the third year in a row, the giant Bloomsday shoe will be on display prior to the race to promote epilepsy awareness.


Balloon artist Ryan Oelrich used over 700 balloons to creak the car sized shoe. The shoe is sponsored by Bloomsday and uses purple to promote epilepsy awareness. Oelrich, as well as 2.3 million other American live with the neurological disorder.

Elton John announces Spokane tour stop

Elton John announces Spokane tour stop

Get ready Tiny Dancer fans, Sir Elton is coming to town! Elton John will play the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena on September 17th as part of his ten city All the Hits tour.