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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:

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Teen arson suspect makes first court appearance Tuesday

A teen charged with setting a half dozen fires in Spokane Valley last month is scheduled to make his first court appearance Tuesday, but a judge has already determined the boy is a threat to the community's safety.

The 16-year-old, faces six counts of arson in connection with a series of brush and structure fires that had Valley residents worried in September after someone deliberately set 18 fires during some of this year's driest conditions of our fire season.

The suspect was arrested at the end of September; as soon as he was taken into custody at the juvenile detention center the suspicious fires, which were averaging two per day, suddenly stopped. He's been in custody since his arrest two weeks ago and fire investigators say they hope he won't get out until he get the help he needs.

Judge Sam Cozza determined the teen was a threat to the community based solely on the charges he's facing and the great hazard any deliberately set fire poses this time of year. However, juvenile court services has been working hard to evaluate his situation, including his mental health status.

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.

Local finalist in PETA's Sexiest Vegan over 50 contest

Local finalist in PETA's Sexiest Vegan over 50 contest

When you hear vegan, what's the first thing that pops into your head? It's probably not “sexy,” but that's what PETA is trying to change with their current competition for Sexiest Vegan over 50. The field has been narrowed down to just 14 men and women from around the US and one of them is from right here in Spokane.

Atania Gilmore is marking her two-year anniversary as a vegan this month. She's a runner and says it was another runner's book that encouraged her to make the change for what she calls selfish reasons.

“As a runner you're always looking for an edge,” she said.

Gilmore says it was “Eat and Run,” a book written by ultra-marathoner Scott Jurek that inspired her. In the book, Jurek explains that his record setting speeds to his vegan diet.

“I'm a turtle when I run,” said Gilmore. “I wanted to be faster so I thought it was worth a try.” So she decided to give it a try for the 30 days leading up to Thanksgiving and see if it made a difference.

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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.

Spokane County ballots mailed today and tomorrow

Spokane County ballots mailed today and tomorrow

Heads up voters, the Spokane County Elections Office is mailing more than 275,000 ballots this week.

If you are a registered voter and do not receive a ballot by Friday, October 24, please contact the Spokane County Elections Office at (509) 477-2320 for a replacement ballot. If you are not a registered voter in the State of Washington, you have until Monday, October 27 to register in person at the Elections Office at 1033 W. Gardner.

If you are returning your ballot by mail, it must be postmarked no later than Election Day – Tuesday, November 4. It is important that you check the pickup time on the mail box to ensure you are not too late. If the last pickup of the day has already been made, please take your ballot to the county's ballot drop boxes located at all city and county libraries, the STA Plaza and the Elections Office. Drop boxes are opened on October 16 and closed promptly at 8 pm on Election Day.

Free IHOP Scary Face pancake on Halloween

Free IHOP Scary Face pancake on Halloween

Looking for a special way to celebrate Halloween with your Ghosts and Ghouls? IHOP wants to help kick off the festivities with a free Scary Face pancake for all kids 12 and under on October 31.

From 7 am to 10 pm, each child can receive one of IHOP's buttermilk pancakes decorated with a whipped topping smiles and eyes and a strawberry nose. Then kids can use a kit of delicious toppings – eight pieces of candy corn and two mini Oreos – to finish decorating the face however they choose.

If you can't make it on Halloween, don't worry too much – the Scary Face pancake is available as a regular menu item all month long.