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Meals on Wheels fundraiser this weekend

Meals on Wheels fundraiser this weekend

For the sixth year in a row, Meals on Wheels Spokane is hosting their annual fundraiser this Saturday in Millwood.

From 8 am until 3 pm, Millwood shuts down Dalton Street for food, festivities and fun benefiting Meals on Wheels. Meals on Wheels Spokane provides nutritional and social interaction for local seniors and their downtown location and for those who are homebound. They serve 500 meals daily and more than 116,000 each year.

Check out the schedule of events, you're sure to find something for everyone:

Washington state parks free to visit Monday

Washington state parks free to visit Monday

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission wants the public to know that Monday, August 25 is a state parks “free day,” Visitors will not need a Discover Pass to visit state parks.

The free day is in honor of the birthday of the National Park Service, which was established on August 25, 1916.

State free days are part of the legislation that created the Discover Pass, a $30 annual of $10 one-day permit required on lands managed by Washington State Parks, the Washington departments of Natural Resources and Fish & Wildlife. The Discover Pass legislation provided that state parks could designate up to 12 free days each year when the pass would not be required. The pass is still required to access lands managed by DNR and Fish and Wildlife.

The free days apply only to day use, and not to overnight stays or rental facilities.

The next free days coming up on September 27 for National Public Lands Day and November 11 for Veterans Day.

Red Cross receives $200k donation for mudslide, wildfire relief

Red Cross receives $200k donation for mudslide, wildfire relief

The Washington chapter of the American Red Cross is $200,000 richer thanks to the generosity of Pizza Hut franchisee Emerald City Pizza.

Emerald City Pizza donated a percentage of its sales from 108 local restaurants to come up with the money which was presented at the Darrington community center Tuesday afternoon.

The money is specifically earmarked for mudslide recovery and wildfire relief efforts.

Volunteers needed for SNAP ombudsman program

Volunteers needed for SNAP ombudsman program

SNAP is largely known for their services helping low-income individuals and families, but did you know they also offer a vital service for the elderly?

Lisa Petrie has been the regional Long Term Care Ombudsman for Eastern Washington since 1990, responsible for overseeing 284 nursing homes, assisted living facilities and adult family homes across Spokane, Pend Oreille, Ferry, Stevens and Whitman counties.

“This population is so very vulnerable, and it's so hard for them to speak up for what they need. The ombudsman is that voice,” said Petrie. “The whole idea is to visit with residents and make sure that they have the quality of care and quality of life that they deserve. Residents have rights, and we make sure they know that.”

Petrie has 38 volunteers that all make weekly and monthly visits to facilities from Colville to Colfax, getting to know the staff and residents. From their official paperwork, the responsibilities of ombudsman include:

Dog days of summer at Spokane pools

Dog days of summer at Spokane pools

This Saturday is the last day for swimmers to enjoy the Spokane City Aquatic Centers before the dog days of summer! Beginning Sunday, pet owners can bring their pooches to dive, swim and frolic with other canine water enthusiasts in the 4th Annual Doggie Dips to benefit SpokAnimal and the Spokane Parks Foundation.

For $10 dogs can spend time poolside playing fetch, doing doggie paddle laps or just working on their tan. For the past three years SpokAnimal has used the funds from the popular event to help maintain and enhance the SpokAnimal Dog Park at High Bridge. This year, the Doggie Dips fall within SpokAnimal's participation in the ASPCA Rachael Ray 100k Challenge and there will be special games, photos and prizes incorporating the SpokAnimal Lifesaver Challenge theme into the fun.

Dog owners may pre-register for one of more Doggie Dips through Spokane Parks and Rec or pay $10 at the pool the day of each event. Dogs must be well-mannered, healthy and attended to by an owner who has proof of an up-do-date rabies vaccination. Dogs without a current certificate may be turned away.

MDA Fill The Boot campaign today

MDA Fill The Boot campaign today

Members of the City of Spokane Fire Department Local 29, along with the Muscular Dystrophy Association, will celebrate their 60-year partnership and kick off the fire fighters' annual Fill the Boot fundraising campaign to benefit children and adults affected by muscle disease throughout the City of Spokane.

Fire fighters will be out on the streets with boots in hand for this year’s drive on Friday, August 15th from 3PM-6PM. There will be 16 intersections throughout Spokane with Fire Fighters Filling the Boot.