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Local Stars Serve Dinner to Benefit Homeless

Local Stars Serve Dinner to Benefit Homeless

Sports stars and local T.V. personalities will be serving dinner at the HuHot Mongolian Grill tonight to support Blessings Under the Bridge.

 

Jessica Kovac and her husband Mike started serving brown bag meals to the area's homeless in 2007. Since then it has grown into a weekly meal service and non-profit. Their brown bags include sandwiches and home made baked goods, as well fruit and toiletries. Each recipient is offered a bottle of water and coffee or cocoa.

 

“Blessings Under the Bridge has just boomed so much,” says Kovac, adding that she and her husband never expected their weekly ministry to become a non-profit. BUTB estimates that it takes only $12.00 to provide brown bags for ten homeless.

 

Take a Wild Walk in the Park

Take a Wild Walk in the Park

 

Spokane's Walk in the Wild Zoo may have closed 16 years ago, but visitors to Mirabeau Point Park in Spokane Valley can still take a wild walk down memory lane.

 

The Inland Empire Zoological Society opened the Walk in the Wild Zoo to the public in early 1974. Annual attendance peaked in early 1990's with 100,000 annual visitors. The zoo closed at the end of 1995 due to finical issues following some particular hard winters and the high cost of feed. The animals went to other zoos or private owners.

 

The walking trail around the park is the same trail from when animals occupied the area. The Spokane Valley Parks and Recreation Department provides a trail map that shows where animal habitats were once located in relation to the current set up of the park. Mirabeau Springs was once home the Bengal Tigers, Lilly and Kasey. The lions called the rocks near the YMCA home.

 

Meet me for Snappy Hour

Meet me for Snappy Hour

 

Snappy Hour anyone? SNAP has teamed up with Max at Mirabeau for a SNAP themed month benefiting their "Creating Opportunities, Building Communities" Capital Campaign. Through the month of April a portion of all food and gift card sales will go toward the organizations efforts to purchase the building they have occupied since 2011.

 

SNAP has been serving the Spokane community for 50 years and offers a variety of services such as heating assistance, money management coaching, small business loans and homeless housing programs. In 2011 the private non-profit moved into the former Dominican Center near Spokane Falls Community College on Fort George Wright Drive. This year they are hoping to raise the funds to purchase the property.

 

Spokane Valley Rotary Club provides students with free books

Spokane Valley Rotary Club provides students with free books

 

In a world dominated by iPads, Xboxs and HDTVs, the Spokane Valley Rotary Club is looking to teach children the value of a good book.

This year marked the third year the Rotary Club provided Spokane Valley elementary students with a free book. What started as a project helping just Broadway Elementary students has expanded to serving two schools in each of the three Valley school districts: Trentwood and Trent of East Valley; Orchard Center and Ness Elementary of West Valley; and Broadway and Opportunity Elementary of Central Valley.

“We make sure every child in those schools get a book,” Rotary member Kay Bryant, who spearheads the project, said. “What we want to do is put a book in the hands of every elementary student in the Valley.”

Bryant said she was inspired to do the project when she witnessed a mother walking with her children past a private book sale.

Photo contest: We want your best pictures from the mountain!

Photo contest: We want your best pictures from the mountain!

 

With ski season entering its final stretch, we at KXLY want to see the awesome mountain photos you took of your friends and family shredding.

Send your best shots to news4@kxly.com (with the subject line: Photo contest), and the newsroom will vote on the best photo, which will be shown during Chief Meteorologist Kris Crocker's ski report on Friday's newscasts. We will put together a slideshow for the KXLY Communities sites, so even if you don't win, your work will still be showcased.

Make sure to include where you are, the name of the photographer, names of the people in the photo and your contact information so you can be reached for a short story.

So sift through those awesome stills of your loved ones dominating some pow-pow and send them in for a chance to be shown to the Inland Northwest.

Spokane Valley Seahawkers rally around team

Spokane Valley Seahawkers rally around team

 

Saying the Spokane Valley Seahawkers are confident about their beloved NFL team's chances in this year's playoffs would be the ultimate understatement.

At the club's meeting before Sunday's matchup at the Georgia Dome against the Atlanta Falcons, members gushed about Seattle's recent strong play, and the Falcons' postseason struggles in recent years.

“They've lost their last three home playoff games,” Lynette Allen pointed out. “We'll keep that streak going.”

The fan club boasts about 80 members from Ephrata to Post Falls, who participate in a myriad of activities – including the famed bus trip to Seattle for a game every season as well as raising money for charities.

This year, the group raised more than $3,000 – as well as donating time – for Shriners Hospital for Children, the Make-a-Wish Foundation, the Ronald McDonald House, Camp Fun in the Sun, Blessings Under the Bridge and Second Harvest.

Dirty Dash registration opens

Dirty Dash registration opens

 

The popular Dirty Dash opened registration today for the 2013 “race” to be held at Riverside State Park on July 13.

Loyalty registration, which runs until Jan. 30, costs only $35. After that the price to sign up steadily rises the closer we get to the event.

“Resolve to make 2013 your dirtiest yet and we guarantee to make that happen for you in one unforgettable morning of feasting on filth, groveling through grime, delighting in dirt, and wallowing in mud rather than self-pity,” a news release from Dirty Dash said.

Sign up at thedirtydash.com.