Late Morning Coffee Talk

A young whipper-snapper walks into the Browne's Addition Tully's and says, "I think I figured out where all the senior citizens in Browne's Addition go during the day." By early morning coffee shops house the commuters, by late morning and afternoon coffee shops house the retired, by evening... students and awkward dates.What time of day do you head to your local coffee shop?

Kizuri To Host Fair Trade Oriental Rug Event

Spokane's local fair trade store, Kizuri has partnered with Bunyaad, a fair trade artisan group in Pakistan, to host their first Fair Trade Oriental Rug Event from May 19-22. Every rug purchased will provide a living wage for Pakistani rug artisans trying to rebuild their homes after the devastating floods of August 2010.Approximately 300 rugs, each handmade in Pakistani homes by fairly paid adult artisans, will be available for sale in a variety of unique designs and sizes ranging from 2'x 3' to 10'x 14.'  An Introduction to Oriental Rug Seminar will be held at the store on Friday, May 20 at 7 PM.  Rug representatives who have been to Pakistan and spent time learning from the artisans about this job creation program will also be on-hand to answer questions. For more information contact:

Chalk Bomb

One blogger came home to find this gift of art on her door step. If you look at the second photo (see below) upside down, you'll actually see that it's a dinosaur in a forest. 

Discovery Park Honored

It's only been open a year, and Spokane Valley's Discovery Playground is doing two things. One: creating a buzz among families with young kids. Two: being recognized by the state for being among the best.Parents from as far north as Wandermere to as far east as Post Falls, say Discovery Park is worth the trek, worth packing the kids up and heading to the Valley. The multi-sensory playground gives kids of all ages and abilities a chance to imagine and learn through the use of sight, sounds, touch and smell. On top of that, it teaches them about the natural history and environment of Eastern Washington. Who knew a park could do all that?And because of it, the Washington Recreation and Parks Association has awarded it "Best Special Use Complex". The City says it's proud of the recognition and thanks everyone involved in the eh playground for their contributions and efforts.

Enjoy The Garden Expo This Saturday

With temperatures finally hitting the 70's this week, it looks like local gardens will be blooming soon.  If you need some "goodies" for your garden, explore the Garden Expo this Saturday at the Spokane Community College Lair.  Over 250 garden-related vendors will be selling the latest in garden art, garden decor, yard furniture and all sorts of plants will be for sale as well. There will also be gardening seminars, food, live music and the chance to win a prize or two.  The Garden Expo starts at 9 am on Saturday and runs until 5 pm.  The address of the Spokane Community College Lair is 1810 North Greene Street.

Missing: One Mannequin Leg

Chances are... if you put something weird in your garbage can on the lower South Hill, it will be gone the moment you turn around. Eric learned that when his colleagues tossed out their dear mannequin friend outside Quisenberry Marketing and Design at 6th and Maple St.Here's the kicker. They left the torso. They left the head that can be seen peaking out toward freedom, but somebody took a leg. Somewhere out there is one mannequin leg wandering the streets of Spokane. Let's hope it went to a good home. The remaining parts of "Manny" have been taken. Parts is parts. 

Spokane Celebrates Being One Of The Best Communities For Young People

The City of Spokane celebrated the region's recent win as one of the 100 Best Communities for Young People with an event for kids on Saturday.The event, hosted by the Chase Youth Comission and other community organizations, held free activities for kids under the age of 12 in Riverfront Park. Some of the activites included youth entertainers, free games, activities, balloons, and other give-a-ways.America's Promise Alliance representative Lane Russell and Mayor Mary Verner were on hand to kick off the event. Mayor Verner said, "This celebration demonstrates their capacity to make important contributions to this community and civic life." 

Trip Down Memory Lane Leads to Arrests

Spokane County sheriff deputy Chuck Sciortino was patrolling the West Plains early Wednesday morning when he spotted a car bearing an Idaho license plate in which the driver was not wearing a seatbelt. He stopped the car and identified the driver as Timothy Karl Turnbull, a person he had previously arrested in Idaho. They'd had a run-in together a few years earlier when Sciortino was working in Kootenai County as a sheriff deputy. He knew he was a convicted felon who had prior drug convictions.Sciortino checked Turnbull through police records and learned that his Idaho driver's license was suspended and that he had an outstanding no-bail arrest warrant issued by the Idaho Dept. of Corrections. The deputy ordered Turnbull out of the car for arrest, and as the suspect stood up, a baggie of methamphetamine fell from his waistband onto the ground.

Rocket Market Summer Concert Series Begins!

As a fellow South Hill resident, you can understand my excitement about the announcement of this weekend's event. The Rocket Market will resume their summer concerts this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. They'll kick off the weeks of glorious beer and wine consumption on the patio with local musician, Marshall McLean (see above).

Shock Fans Wins ArenaBowl XXIV Logo Contest

When the Arena Football League announced that fans would be given the opportunity to design the Official Logo for ArenaBowl XXIV, Myk Crawford of Spokane, Wash. went to work."We found out about the contest and it was kind of one of those ‘whim of inspiration' things. Once something came, I went with it and it worked itself out. I put in about six hours of work," Crawford said.The League announced the contest on Friday, April 29, 2011 and fans had just over a week to submit entries. More than 50 designs were received and then narrowed down to four finalists by the League Office. Fans voted on the winning submission on ArenaFootball.com.

Have Dinner With The Spokane Shock

 Attention all you Spokane Shock fans!  Would you like dinner with some of your favorite players?  A chance to shadow Coach Rob Keefe?  Support the team?  Then you could go to the Shockwave Booster Club dinner and auction this Friday, May 13th.  It's at St. John Vianney School, starting at 5:30.  It costs adulte $10, $5 for kids ages 6 to 12, and 5 and under are free. The live auction items include shadow Coach Keefe for a game, shadow announcer Dave Mason for a game, and dinner for 4 with Shock players.  There are a whole bunch of silent auction items, including scratch tickets, wine, coffee, and dessert baskets. For more information contact the .

Cruzin' for Kids Car Show, June 4th

Those of you who love and hopefully own a classic car, pay attention. Cruzin' for Kids car show is coming up soon and the Inland Northwest Thunderbird Car Club would love to have you show off your chrome. Want to join in...contact the President Dan Garcia  via email at dangarcia06@yahoo.com . For those just wanting to come by the event will be in the Garland District, June 4th. In addition to all local entries you will be able to see many of the cars that were in American Graffiti..and Peggy Sue Got Married...yes the movies.

How One Man Is Thriving In The Construction Business

  Todd Harnetiaux knows what it's like to keep busy. He has four grown children who've left the nest, his 15 year old Erica is living at home and he's also raising 3 of his 7 grandchildren with his wife Nancy on the South Hill in Spokane. "It keeps us busy that's for sure," said Harnetiaux with his usual smile. Harnetiaux is happy to be busy at work as well. He opened Modern Construction and Consulting Service (MCCS) in September of 2008 and things are starting to take off. "I just feel really fortunate right now. A lot of my colleagues are struggling. But I feel like we've filled a good niche," says the 52 year old.

Protecting Spokane from Zerglings

This story can't be ignored any longer. A local candidate for city council is making his way all over the internet winning the hearts of geeks globally. John Waite is running for City Council, Position 1 against Donna McKereghan and Chris Bowen. He's seen here donning the marine suit for the popular computer game, StarCraft, during Free Comic Book Day outside his downtown comic book shop, Merlyn's. It's been posted on G4TV, BlizzPlanet, Reddit, I Can Has Cheezburger, The Escapist, Blastr, Scifilog and more.

A Ride-along With Spokane City Police

Welcome to the Spokane County Public Safety Building. Home of the Spokane Police Department. It's 8 p.m. on a Thursday and I've arrived just in time for roll call. Officers pour into the conference room just in time for work. The walls and tables are decorated with print-outs of nation-wide newspaper articles. One reads: "America's finest targeted: Law enforcement officers being killed at high rate" by the San Francisco Examiner.As they go over the assignments for the evening, the officers applauded their colleagues for a job well done from an incident the night before. They weren't the only ones who thought so. Apparently , who was tracked down by K-9 Officer Shawn Kendall and his dog, Stryder, told officers he thought Stryder did a good job finding him.

2,600 Miles, 26 Weeks, 26 Dresses

Sitting at Classics, a diner in Deer Park, is a tall and slender man sporting an outrageously well groomed handlebar mustache that smiles above his mouth. Parked out front is his pickup truck. In a few hours, he'll have to head off to his job working in the steel industry. His t-shirt features a custom logo for a major idea of his. A mustache, a wedding dress and the number 26. It means something quite dramatic for 36-year old Ron Ulrich. Over soggy hash browns, he explains the meaning behind his original concept.He's a native of St. Louis. Six-years ago after reading a blog, he moved to Newport to experience the mountains and nature. He described his Diamond Lake home as rustic. It was the lifestyle he sought after years of rough times. He fell in love with the area."People hold doors, they say hi to you. I sold everything I had and voila!" Ulrich said.

City Parks Open When?

The sun says it's time for parents to take the kids to the park, but Spokane Parks and Rec. says not just yet.Of course, you're welcome to let your kids play on the outdoor toys. But, those trips are a lot easier when the park is officially open, the bathrooms are accessible and you don't have to cut the trip short to take the toddler home to "potty".So, just when can we expect our favorite neighborhood parks to officially open for play? The Parks and Rec. Department says Memorial Day. Not only will those bathrooms open, but so will the City splash pads, a great way to tire out the rug-rats as they keep cool in the fun water features.

Sunday Night Dance Helps Honor Flight

The MasterClass Jazz Orchestra and the Spokane Swing Dance Club are putting on a WWII Honor Flight Charity Dance this Sunday at the German American Hall in Downtown Spokane.  The MasterClass Jazz Orchestra is a mentorship program that teams professional musicians with high school and college musicians. The Inland Northwest Honor Flight is a volunteer organization and proceeds from this event will help send WWII veterans to Washington DC to see the Veteran's Monument and other sites.

Sculpture Walk Map Available Online

The Spokane Sculpture Walk features 22 sculptures in our downtown area by various artists. It's a printable brochure that takes you on an almost two mile walk. It's an activity that is perfect for this week's weather. You start at the Washington State University Spokane Riverpoint Campus and stroll down the Centennial Trail to zig-zag through Riverfront Park and finally you make it to sculptor No. 22, Footsteps to the Future by Deborah Copenhaver-Fellows. Another highlight of the walk, sculpture No.15, Goat, or what locals know it as: the trash-eating goat. 

City Council Votes Yes For Larger School Parking Lots

In a tweet from @SpokaneNeighbor, a representative of Neighbors4Neighborhoods said, After three weeks of discussing parking for schools, the city council settled on a 4-3 vote to allow new rules that increase the allowable size of school parking lots and to remove the public comment from that process. Councilman Corker, the swing vote, was the final decider in which way the vote would go.

Jazz Up Your Weekend!

It's all about Jazz this weekend at The Spokane House. Friday, May 13th enjoy the cool tunes of The Don Goodwin trio. Then, Saturday, May 14th relax to the jazz stylings of The Rachel-Bade McMurphy Quartet.Each night is at The Spokane House, 4301 West Sunset Blvd., and runs 8pm until midnight. No cover charge and all ages welcome in the lounge until 9pm. However, music can still be enjoyed in the restaurant where all ages are welcome until close.

More Froyo Earth!

With the first 70 degree day of the year expected this week, this announcement should have you yearning for summer even more.  Frozen yogurt chain, Froyo Earth, is set to open up in the Wandermere neighborhood next month and at 4th and Sullivan in the Valley.The Downtown location that opened up last year gave us all a little taste of what Froyo Earth has to offer, several kinds of self-serve yogurt and even more toppings that the customer piles on to their heart's desire.

Spokane Home Prices Fall 15%

Zillow, the real estate information company, just released its latest figures.  It's not a pretty picture for the Spokane area, (unless, of course, you're a first-time homebuyer.) You can read a summary of Zillow's report at marketwatch.com.  To find specific information about your community, including your home's value, head over to .  If you dare.