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Reservations for parks rental available January 3rd

Hosting your picnic in any city park is like obtaining lake-front property - all the good spots are taken. Here’s your chance to beat the rushing crowds of community groups and family reunions to snag up those perfect spots for picnics and ball games for Spokane Valley’s warm weather season.

Starting at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, January 3rd, Parks and Recreation will be taking applications for facility rental. We know you’ll be lining up to get the spot with the good park bench.

Prices and facility details are available online where you can also reserve your space in a first-come first serve basis.

Spokane Valley Camaro drives with Christmas cheer

Spokane Valley Camaro drives with Christmas cheer

Deck the car with reindeers and duct tape. Nicholas Spragg, Spokane Valley resident, has made his 2002 Camaro into a mobile Christmas decoration. He emailed us to say he started decorating his car for Halloween and then Thanksgiving. Why not Christmas?

Spragg write, "The car is covered with duct tape and currently has over 26 decorations made completely out of duct tape."

Curious minds want to know how Spragg will decorate his car for National Fruitcake Day.

Share: Have a great photo you want to send KXLY? Email: nicoleh@kxly.com.

Bullets and Ink: A Man's Spin On Life

Bullets and Ink: A Man's Spin On Life

Doyle Wheeler approaches life just like he does pens; everything is possible. Throw anything his way and he will make it work for him.

The first lathe Wheeler ever received was from his father. He tinkered with it off and on, not really committing to the craft but enjoying the rhythm of turning a pen. The first ones he ever made became Christmas gifts for family and friends but he insists they weren't any good.

It's what every budding artist – excuse me, craftsman – would say of their early work.

Craftsmanship is in Wheeler's blood. His grandparents built their home in Spokane from the ground up.

The Santa Float prepares to spread a little cheer

For years, Santa has been visiting Spokane Valley neighborhoods in an old bread truck converted into a Santa Float.

The Spokane Valley Fire Department helps out with Santa’s ride every year and help him give out candy canes and stuffed animals to neighbor kids.

Assistant fire marshal, Bill Clifford, says it helps spread the cheer.

“We’ve used the truck for several years,” Clifford said. He continued, “We fixed it up - installed speakers and a stereo system to play Christmas music. We’ve also installed windows so kids can see Santa from all three sides.”

The alternative transportation for Santa can be seen heading out in the following neighborhoods around 6-8 p.m. starting Friday evening and beginning daily on the 13th. 

Going Green at STCU

Going Green at STCU

Members can do more than just banking at the Spokane Teacher's Credit Union in Spokane Valley. The new South Valley Branch has a charging station for members who drive electric and hybrid cars.  It's just one of many features in the new building that has earned the LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Here's a list of the earth-friendly features:

  • Solar panels that at times will generate a surplus of power.
  • A rooftop and parking lot that reflect heat, rather than absorbing it.
  • Building materials that were mostly mined or produced within 500 miles of the construction site.
  • A shower for employees who walk or pedal to work. (The branch also is located on a bus route.)
  • Lights and a heating system that are highly energy efficient.
  • A no-smoking policy that includes the parking lot.

STCU Vice President Patsy Gayda says "We set out with a goal to make this the most environmentally sustainable full-service branch operated by any financial institution in the region."

Help Warm Your Neighbors

Help Warm Your Neighbors

 Job losses, foreclosures, people in desperate situations:  we've been hearing so much about the struggles of local families.

Jennifer’s Auto Sales and Service and the Spokane Valley Fire Department don't want families to struggle staying warm. They are extending their annual Blanket Drive. They are collecting new and slightly used clean blankets and donating them to local charities through December 23rd, to help keep Spokane warm.

The starting goal for this blanket drive was 1,000 blankets and in years past, the number of blankets collected was close to this. This year, so far, they have only collected 80 blankets. These blankets have been donated to the following local charities:

  • Mission Community Outreach Center
  • S.N.A.P
  • Spokane Valley Partners

Acceptable donations are new or slightly used, clean blankets; clean covered pillows are great too.

Second Harvest giving away free beef on Friday

Neighbors have a chance at picking up free beef this Friday. Washington-based cattle ranchers and feeders have donated meat cuts for the Second Harvest monthly distribution in Millwood. 

Craig Goodwin, Millwood Presbyterian Church, writes that some residents could even walk away with round roasts. 

The usual distribution of produce and bread will be available at the distribution as well. Every month on the second Friday, they're able to give out more than 150,000 pounds of food to low-income families in West Valley and beyond. 

The same opportunity was available for low-income families in Pasco today. The Washington State Beef Commission says 1,680 pounds of beef were given away.