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WA State Parks celebrates 101 years with free park entry

WA State Parks celebrates 101 years with free park entry

From the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission:

 

Washington State Parks turns 101 years old on Wednesday, March 19, and visitors are invited to help celebrate by getting out to enjoy a state park for free that day.

NCAA practices open to public at Spokane Arena

NCAA practices open to public at Spokane Arena

March Madness has begun and the NCAA Tournament is coming to Spokane. Not only can you buy tickets to second and third round Division I Men’s games, but you can also get a preview during the free open practice sessions.


Washington State University and the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena will host eight teams that face off on Thursday and Saturday, March 20th and 22nd. On Wednesday, the teams will practice and their time on the arena court is free and open to the public. It’s a good chance to see if your bracket placement is accurate.

Free Bloomsday training clinics begin this weekend

Free Bloomsday training clinics begin this weekend

From the Lilac Bloomsday Association:

 

March 14, 2014—Finishing Bloomsday can be a challenge. The training required in order to conquer the 7.46 mile course may seem like a daunting task, but to help aspiring Bloomies get in shape, Providence and Group Health will once again be hosting FREE training clinics.

 

The clinics will be held every Saturday morning starting March 15th and will continue through April 26th. Each session will begin at 8:30 a.m. with some training tips from a local expert followed by a warm up with a personal trainer. At 9 a.m. it’s time to hit the course. Everyone begins with one mile the first week, adding an additional mile each Saturday and eventually reaching the entire length of the Bloomsday route.

 

Each member is encouraged to go at their own pace, and volunteers from Providence Health Care and Group Health will be present to provide crossing guards, water stations, and first aid. All clinics will meet at the Spokane Falls Community College gymnasium.

 

Hoopfest registration open at midnight

Hoopfest registration open at midnight

The weather has warmed up and dried out, and the basketball courts are calling your name! Hoopfest is just 106 days away, and it’s time to start thinking about this year’s team. Registration for the world’s largest three-on-three tournament begins at midnight.

Be the solution to the soccer ref shortage in WA

Be the solution to the soccer ref shortage in WA

There is a soccer referee shortage in Washington! If you've ever wanted to ref, now is your time. There are two entry level clinics coming soon. The first will be 2 days (Friday night March 28th from 6 PM to 10 PM then Sunday afternoon March 30th from 2 PM to 6 PM) at Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Spokane. The second will be at Plantes' Ferry in Spokane Valley on Friday, April 11 from 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM.

If you are interested, you'll need to register at wareferees.org. The site will guide you through the process of how to become a referee. The cost for the clinic is $80. You can also purchase a "start up" kit which will include everything a new referee needs to start.

If you have any questions, you can contact Tony Richardson at tonrich@aol.com or call (909) 528-9063.

Providence offering free Bloomsday training clinics

Providence offering free Bloomsday training clinics

Bloomsday is just over two months away and whether you’re a seasoned runner or hitting the course for the first time it’s time to start training. Providence Health Care wants to help you get in shape for the biggest foot race in the world.


Providence and Group Health are offering free training clinics every Saturday morning starting March 15th. Each clinic will start with a guest speaker discussing training topics and a warm-up with a personal trainer. The group will then hit the road, completing a mile on week one and adding an additional mile each week.