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.

Do Vuvuzelas and Bicycles Mix?

Pedals2People pedaled three Sapling trees to Saturday's Spokane NeighborWoods launch party at the future site of the Spokane Public Market. They started at 1802 E. Sprague and rode almost two miles to 2nd and Browne. The spring rain didn't stop their tree planting festivities.If you look closely at some of the , you'll notice one of the participants is carrying a vuvuzela. Is that how they announced their arrival at the market?

Welcome to the Garland District, Blue Button Apparel!

Blue Button Apparel, a local non-profit social enterprise, has moved from their Hillyard location to a new store in the Garland District, 602 W. Garland. They started production of printing at the new location May 3rd after officially starting the "great move-in" April 30th.They were founded by Whitworth graduate, Scott Ellis, in March of 2008. His degree was in Business Management, but had been involved in the outdoor apparel industry for many years and wanted to do something that would have a positive impact on the local community.

Three Youngins' Join the O'Doherty's Family

All they had to do was sing a song. They chose "Itsy Bitsy Spider". Or at least their mothers chose it for them. For now the Nasenbeny and Mueller family won't have to worry about their kids getting their first beer half off. Instead they'll get their first glass of milk half-off. Lucy and Will Nasenbeny's mother said, "They're not allowed to have soda yet." Now they won't have to sing on the bar on their 21st birthday.Back story: If you sing on the bar at , you become an "O'Doherty's Family Member". Your first beer will always be half-off. Plus you get to put a dollar on the wall.

Help Shape Instructional Material At Spokane Public Schools

Spokane Public Schools' Citizens Advisory Committee for Human Growth and Development will have openings for member-at-large and/or alternate positions for the 2011-12 academic year.Residents of the school district are eligible to apply for these positions.The Citizens Advisory Committee for Human Growth and Development is responsible for reviewing all instructional materials and program components pertaining to the K-12 human growth and development curriculum. The committee meets from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays, six times throughout the year.

Do You Recognize This Man?

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office needs your help identifying a potential residential burglary suspect. Detectives beleive the man, pictured above, used a burglary victim's credit card at an ATM at Washington Trust Bank on Sullivan Road. If you recognize this person call Crime Check at 456 2233 or Detective Mark Renz at 477-3330.

Rain Or Shine: I Love A Jr. Lilac Parade

Refreshing showers will make this year's Jr. Lilac Parade even more delightful than usual.  Okay, maybe that's a bit of a stretch.  I've been rooting for sunshine for Saturday morning all week, but it looks like showers are a near certainty for the 60th Annual Parade (click here for the latest radar).  Nevertheless, it promises to be a great event, as this time-honored Mothers' Day Weekend tradition just keeps getting better and better. 

Five Days Later Some Bloomsday Trash Remains

Five days have passed since 51,000 runners crossed the finish line and yet, a lot of Bloomsday trash remains. Viewers called KXLY Friday morning to tell us that about cups and other trash lining the Bloomsday course. And quite simply: we had to see it to believe it. Bloomsday does such a great job cleaning the streets that it was hard to comprehend trash left behind. But alas it is true.