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Bloomsday founder Don Kardong to be awarded King Cole Award by Leadership Spokane

Bloomsday founder Don Kardong to be awarded King Cole Award by Leadership Spokane

Leadership Spokane announced they have selected Don Kardong, founder of Bloomsday, as the third recipient of their King Cole Award. The award will be presented Friday, January 30, during the organization's Leadership Lights the Way Gala at Northern Quest Casino.

Christmas tree and luminarias to light up the Whitworth campus during ceremony Monday, Dec. 1

Christmas tree and luminarias to light up the Whitworth campus during ceremony Monday, Dec. 1

Whitworth University will light their Christmas tree in a public ceremony outside the Hixson Union Building Monday night at 5:30 p.m.

 

University President, Beck Taylor, will be in attendance to light the tree. According to Whitworth's Media Relations Manager, Lucas Beechinor, this is the first year an official ceremony will take place to light the campus Christmas tree.

 

Along with the tree, 233 luminarias will light up Hello Walk. The luminarias are a representation of the current and former employees who have made a donation to the university this fiscal year. Prior to the tree lighting ceremony, these employees will be honored with dinner, and a ceremony of their own beginning at 4:00 p.m.

 

Spokane scores tennis championships

Spokane scores tennis championships

The best recreational tennis players in the Pacific Northwest will gather in Spokane this summer for the USTA League Sectional Championships. Teams from Alaska, Northern Idaho, Oregon and Washington will be competing for a spot in the National Championships, held in Fall 2015.

Nearly 4,000 participants will play over 2,700 matches on courts across Spokane during the months of July, August and September. After selecting Spokane to host one event in 2014, USTA Pacific Northwest (USTA/PNW) has selected Spokane to host five of the eight in 2015.

How the Grinch almost stole Spokane's Christmas

Christmas was almost stolen from River Park Square this morning when the Grinch crashed the party and tried to take over Santa's spot under the Christmas tree. The Grinch said he would not allow Santa to visit children any longer, and would effectively end Christmas in the Inland Northwest.

Commemorating World AIDS Day in Spokane, Dec. 1

Commemorating World AIDS Day in Spokane, Dec. 1

December 1st will once again mark the arrival of World AIDS Day, a global event held each year to honor the lives lost to HIV/AIDS, and to offer our hope and support to those living with HIV. Spokane Regional Health District and Spokane AIDS Network are co-chairing the event this year, and together, they invite the community to join them in commemorating World AIDS Day.


Spokane’s event will take place on Monday, December 1, 2014, at the STA Plaza, 701 W. Riverside Ave., in the upstairs gala area. The commemoration will take place from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., and complimentary refreshments will be served. The evening will culminate in a silent vigil by candlelight to pay homage to those who have passed away.


Over 18,000 people in Washington state have been diagnosed with HIV since the first case in 1982. Of these, nearly 8,000 people died. But with advances in HIV medications, affected people are living longer and healthier lives. HIV medications, taken daily as prescribed, also decrease the chances a person will transmit the virus to others.

WSU Athletic Hall of Fame to induct Steve Gleason at Apple Cup on Saturday

WSU Athletic Hall of Fame to induct Steve Gleason at Apple Cup on Saturday

Washington State University will induct Steve Gleason as the 178th member of the school's Athletic Hall of Fame during this year's Apple Cup game. The ceremony is set to take place during an on-field ceremony between the first and second quarters of Saturday's game against Washington.

 

“I'd encourage fans to be there to make sure they don't miss anything,” said Associate Director of Athletics, Bill Stevens.

 

Stevens said each year a selection committee determines who is elected into the hall of fame.

 

INBC and PSBC host Apple Cup Blood Drive competition

INBC and PSBC host Apple Cup Blood Drive competition

Cougar and Huskies fans have yet another reason to get competitive this week. This year, the Inland Northwest Blood Center (INBC) and the Puget Sound Blood Center (PSBC) have teamed up host an Apple Cup Blood Drive to see which fan base can donate the most blood for Washington.

 

Along with providing one group of fans additional bragging rights, donors will have a chance to win one of two $500 Visa Gift cards. INBC's Marketing Communication Officer, Elizabeth Giles, said as of Friday, Husky fans led by 100 donations, but the Cougs still have plenty of opportunities to catch up this week.