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Family Carnival fundraiser to welcome home returning soldiers

Family Carnival fundraiser to welcome home returning soldiers

You can enjoy the sun this weekend and support local troops at the same time with a Family Carnival in the Spokane Valley.

Penny Horst is a military spouse and group coordinator for family readiness, working with the families of soldiers on deployment to keep them updated on their loved ones status and eventual return date.

She says the next group of soldiers coming home are from across the inland northwest, and all stationed at the Hayden Army Reserve Station in north Idaho. She's organizing Saturday's carnival to help cover their welcome home party.

“We want to make sure family members aren't responsible for the costs,” Horst said.

The carnival is being held at the Combat Vet Riders clubhouse in the Spokane Valley from 11 am to 4 pm, and the riders are donating their time and services to help pull of the afternoon of fun.


Family Carnival

Saturday, July 12

Spokane Automotive and Collectible Swap Meet

Spokane Automotive and Collectible Swap Meet

The Spokane Automotive and Collectible Swap Meet is happening July 11, 12 and 13 at the Spokane County Fairgrounds and Expo center, and organizers say you don't want to miss it this year.

For their 44th annual event, in addition to the car show and swap meet, there will be two other events for car lovers: Spokane d'Elegance Auto Show and the Mitch Silver Auction.

Every summer, the Spokane Automotive and Collectable Swap Meet gives vintage car lovers a chance to show off their restored beauties and to look for those elusive parts to finish their current project.

The Early Ford V8 club will be sponsoring this event along with Gus Johnson Ford. Cars will be shown by all makers with model years ranging from 1900 through about the early 1980’s.

An estimated 500 classic cars will be shined up and ready to show off, making this one of the largest car shows in the region.

Alaskan Brewing hosts Spokane scavenger hunt

Alaskan Brewing hosts Spokane scavenger hunt

The Alaskan Gold Rush is coming to Spokane! But don't head for the river just yet – this gold rush requires a little more patience.

Organized by Fast Eddies owner Matt Goodwin and Alaskan Brewing, the Gold Rush is a six-week scavenger hunt spanning bars across the city, where each clue leads you closer to the grand prize: a gold nugget worth $2,000.

“They're hiding it today because it's kicking off tomorrow,” Goodwin said. Everyone, even the bar employees are eligible to win because it's someone from the brewery who's hiding the prize. “They won't even tell me where it's hidden.”

Every Friday for the next six weeks, bars will offer a deal on Alaskan Brewing products and post a sign with that week's number to text. Each text message delivers a clue, more specific than the last until the final week.

Interstate Fair hiring 150 employees

Interstate Fair hiring 150 employees

The Spokane County Interstate Fair may feel like it's still a way off, but it will be here sooner than you think and with more than 150 job positions to fill!

Whether you want to work as a ticket taker, clerk or something else all together, they've got the perfect position for everyone.

Anyone interested in applying is required to attend one of two job fairs being held at the Fair and Expo Center next week. Be sure to bring at least two pieces of government-issued identification like your social security card, driver's license or military ID.

The first job fair is Wednesday, July 16 from 4-6 pm. The second is Saturday, July 19 from 8:30-10:30 am, just follow the posted signs to Bay 3.

For more information, contact the Fair and Expo Center Office at (509) 477-1766.


Spokane County Fair and Expo Center

404 N Havana

Spokane Valley, WA

Spokane to host 2015 NCAA Women's Regional

Spokane to host 2015 NCAA Women's Regional

Washington State University and the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena have been selected to host one of four regional sites for the 2015 NCAA Division Women's Basketball Championship.

This marks the fourth time in eight years the Cougars will have hosted a women's regional.

The NCAA has not yet announced the official dates, but has confirmed it will take place over two days from March 27-30.

“We have had great success in hosting past events in Spokane and when the NCAA asked if we could host the 2015 Women's Regional we were happy to do so,” said senior associate director of athletics John Johnson. “Partnering with the tremendous staff at the Spokane Arena and general manager Matt Gibson, along with the Spokane Public Facilities District, we look forward to hosting another tremendous even in 2015.”

In addition to Spokane, the remaining three regional sites are Albany, New York, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Greensboro, North Carolina.

Hiring event draws 20 employers to Post Falls Wednesday

Hiring event draws 20 employers to Post Falls Wednesday

A heads up for anyone on the hunt for a job – 20 employers are participating in a hiring event Wednesday at the Idaho Department of Labor's office in Kootenai County.

The event runs from 10 am to noon at the office on 600 N. Thornton St. in Post Falls. Job seekers are encouraged to bring their resumes and be prepared for interviews.

You can find interview tips and other information here.

Companies participating in the event are:

SCRAPS Full House adoption event

SCRAPS Full House adoption event

For the next five days, SCRAPS is waiving all animal adoption fees with the purchase of a license.

Between July 1 and 6, SCRAPS took in 89 dogs and 145 cats, filling every cat and dog cage nearly to capacity.

“Even during this busy season, that's an unbelievable amount of animals for us,” said SCRAPS Regional Director Nancy Hill. “These pets have no identification, no license or microchip, so we must find them homes immediately.”

Licenses are just $15 for cats and $25 for dogs. The adoption fee and the cost of the spay/neutering, microchipping, vaccinations and exam are all free.

“If you've been thinking about adopting a new dog, cat or kitten, please help us find good homes for these pets,” said Hill. “Also please remember to license and microchip your animals. It is the best way to guarantee they will find their way home.”


SCRAPS: A Full House Adoption Event

Tuesday, July 8 – Sunday, July 13