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Spokane's Poet Laureate announced

Spokane's Poet Laureate announced

From the Spokane Arts Fund:

Dr. Thom Caraway has been named Spokane’s first Poet Laureate. An award-winning poet and long-time resident of Spokane, Caraway will enthusiastically serve both communities in this important new role. He will join the Arts Commission in promoting and supporting Spokane’s vibrant literary community and expressing the spirit of the city with the world outside of Eastern Washington.

Dr. Caraway earned his PhD in English from the University of North Dakota, and an MFA in Creative Writing and BA in English, both from Eastern Washington University. He is a senior lecturer in Whitworth University’s English department. He calls Spokane’s West Central neighborhood home.

“Smashin’ September” Table Tennis tournament next weekend

“Smashin’ September” Table Tennis tournament next weekend

Table tennis fans of all ages and experiences are invited to participate in a local tournament next weekend.

News Release from Spokane Table Tennis:

Many Spokane area table tennis players are expected for the Spokane Table Tennis monthly tournament next week as they prepare for a major national tournament being held in Spokane in mid-October. The monthly STT tournament is September 28 at the North Park Racquet Club, located at 8121 N. Division in Spokane. The fun competition is open to everyone and registration is just $10, according to Lisa Hagel, STT Manager.

“We’ve had such great participation in our tournaments, and now the major national tournament held here in Spokane with $10,000 in prize money is less than a month away,” Mrs. Hagel exclaimed.

Cash awards are also provided to the winners in the Spokane Table Tennis tournament divisions and advance registration is strongly encouraged through: www.spokanetabletennis.com emailing Mrs. Hagel at lisahagel06@yahoo.com or calling 768-1780. Warm-up play is at 11:00 and the STT tournament begins at noon.

Community rallies to remember musician and writer Isamu Jordan

Community rallies to remember musician and writer Isamu Jordan

Family, friends and Spokane's local music community are coming together this week to remember local musician and journalist Isamu Jordan. A benefit on Friday evening will help support his two sons, and on Sunday he will be remembered during a Celebration of Life Service at the Bing Crosby Theater.

 

A fierce advocate for Spokane's local music scene, Isamu Jordan's career started in high school when he covered a Sir Mix A Lot concert for the Our Generation section of the Spokesman-Review. Over the years his notoriety and influence on local music grew, he even did his own local music awards called the Sommies. His love of music didn't stop on the page, he fronted Flying Spiders, a 10 piece hip-hop orchestra.

 

Local author publishes book to benefit Vanessa Behan

Local author publishes book to benefit Vanessa Behan

A local professor and author has found a way to combine his love of words with his love for the children at the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery. Available this week, You've Made Your Bed Now Go Bounce On It, looks at the world of children while giving the proceeds back to the nursery that inspired it.

 

“I've long had a love affair with quotes,” said Gordon Jackson, a professor of journalism at Whitworth University. This is the seventh anthology of quotes that Jackson has complied, and this time, because the topic was close to his heart, he chose to self publish.

 

Five Spokane students semifinalists for National Merit Scholarship

Five Spokane students semifinalists for National Merit Scholarship

From Spokane Public Schools:

Five Spokane Public Schools students are among the roughly 16,000 Semifinalists in the 59th annual National Merit Scholarship Program announced today by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Andrew Chuang attends Ferris High School; Caroline Cunningham, Ruxandra Ionescu and Christopher O’Donnell attend Lewis and Clark High School and Thomas Colvin attends North Central High School.

These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,000 National Merit Scholarships worth about $35 million that will be offered next spring.

Beep baseball brings pride to Spokane's blind community

Beep baseball brings pride to Spokane's blind community

It takes patience, timing and good form to make a solid connection to a ball with a bat. Now, imagine doing all of that blind, guided only by a beep being emitted from the ball as it comes toward you. On Saturday, Spokane Pride Beep Baseball will play their fist home game guided only by the sounds around them.

 

“It can be challenging, but it's all worth it,” said Spokane Pride coach Troy Leeberg. This is the second season for the city's only beep baseball team, and it's the first season that there's been another team close enough for them to play against. On Saturday, the team will face off against a new team out of Seattle for a double header.

 

Beep baseball looks and plays differently than the traditional game. The sport is a cross of baseball and softball that's been adapted so that the visually impaired can take part in America's favorite past time. The ball is slightly larger than a softball and is equipped with a speaker that signals the players to it's location with a loud, continuous beep.