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New Trader Joe's location announced in North Spokane

Trader Joe's announced they have signed a lease to open a second Spokane store located at 5520 North Division Street. The new location is expected to open the second half of 2015, and will be 12,000 square feet.

The store's first Spokane location was opened in late 2011 in the Lincoln Heights Village shopping complex at 2975 E. 29th, on Spokane's South Hill.

According to the company, the store will feature a festive décor that mixes traditional Trader Joe’s elements such as cedar covered walls and Hawaiian motifs, combined with a local flair that includes art celebrating the neighborhood.

After the store opens, many area residents can expect to receive a copy of the Trader Joe’s “Fearless Flyer” in their mailboxes. The Fearless Flyer is a timely selection of Trader Joe’s products that highlights a selection of Trader Joe’s products the company buyers believe are worthy of customer interest.

City leaf pickup begins Wednesday, Nov. 12

City of Spokane Street Maintenance crews will begin regularly scheduled leaf pickup Wednesday, Nov. 12.

Cars will need to be moved off the street during the scheduled leaf pickup time to ensure neighborhoods are cleared of as many leaves as possible. In the event of snow, leaf pick up will stop and then continue when weather allows.

Pickup times for various locations and neighborhoods can be found at SpokaneCity.org. In addition, people can call the Leaf Hotline (509-625-7737) for information on the next day's work areas.

The three different types of leaf pickup crews may operate during the following hours:

Free dental and health screenings for seniors

Spokane-area seniors are invited to a free oral health and wellness screening this Friday, October 24th.  "Senior Smile Day" is part of "Teeth Week"  and will include:

Zombie Hike returns to Riverside State Park

Zombie Hike returns to Riverside State Park

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and the Riverside State Park Foundation invite the public to attend the third annual “Return of the Zombies” hike in Riverside State Park.

The annual pre-Halloween event takes place from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Riverside State Park 7-Mile Airstrip, 7903 W. Missoula Road, in Nine Mile Falls.

Touted as the “scariest half-mile hike ever,” the event is open to all ages. Admission to the haunted zombie hike is $10 for adults; $5 for youths age 3-12; and free for children under 3. Adults are issued a flashlight, and kids ages 3 to 12 receive a glow-in-the-dark bracelet that come with the admission fee. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Pets are not allowed at the event.

Free health services from EWU at Senior Smile day

Free health services from EWU at Senior Smile day

Students and staff from Eastern Washington University's health sciences program are donating their time and talents next weekend for the annual Senior Smiles Day.

From 9 am – 3 pm on Friday, October 24 anyone 55 and over and on a fixed income is welcome to come to the EWU Dental Hygiene Clinic on the University District Campus for the following services:

  • Free flu vaccinations
  • Oral cancer screenings
  • Gait screening
  • Hearing test
  • Blood pressure screening
  • Medication and nutrition consultation
  • Fall prevention workshops

Participants are asked to reserve an appointment by calling (509) 919-3045 or visiting the Senior Smile website.

FEMA wants you to participate in earthquake drill Thursday

FEMA wants you to participate in earthquake drill Thursday

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is encouraging participation in a national earthquake drill this Thursday, October 16.

FEMA says over 40 states are at risk of earthquakes, but surveys report fewer than one-third of adults have participated in a drill in the last year. That's why they're spreading the word about this year's Great ShakeOut.

“Past practice and previous participation in a drill can make all the difference in an emergency,” FEMA administrator Craig Fugate said. “Everyone should know how to drop to the ground, cover themselves under a sturdy table or desk, and hold on to it until the shaking stops. It needs to happen with enough regularity that it becomes second nature during an actual earthquake.

At 10:16 am local time, participants should do the following:

Take Back Your Life Expo

Take Back Your Life Expo

A unique expo this weekend wants to help women who have been affected, or know someone who has been affected, by domestic violence.

This Sunday is the second annual Stop Violence Against Women Day – A Celebration of Life for Domestic Violence Survivors. To mark the day, local non-profit The Family Guide is hosting the Take Back Your Life Expo.

The Expo will connect women with professionals and experts to start the healing process, and to connect people with resources, information and advice to regain control of their health, spirit, mind and finances again.

The Expo is this Sunday, October 19 at the Lincoln Center. It include a dessert and wine tasting event with local celebrities and guest speakers, live entertainment, a fashion show, complimentary mini-spa services, hourly giveaways, samples and more.

The event is free, but doubles as a fundraiser for local non-profits STOP Violence against Women and The Family Guide.