Three neat events happening this weekend:
(November 1) WINTER SWAP. When: 9AM-3PM. Where: Kootenai County Fairgrounds. Fundraising event for the lookout pass and Silver Mountain volunteer ski patrols. Buy new and used snow sport equipment for bargain prices. Info: (208) 818-3133, http://winterswap.org.
(November 1) Pedals2People Annual Public Meeting and Potluck. When: 5-7PM. Where: Spokane. Come meet Spokane’s hands-on nonprofit bicycle organization that’s working to get more people on bikes. Info: Please RSVP to (509) 842-6597, http://www.pedals2people.org.
(November 1) Northwest Sports Career Seminar and Job Fair. When: TBA. Where: Spokane Arena. The Sports Career Seminar and Job Fair is ideal for college seniors, recent graduates or anyone else who is interested in starting a career in sports management. Seminar & Job Fair registration is $49. The fee includes full participation in the event, lunch and a ticket to the Spokane Chiefs Hockey game that evening. Info: (509) 324-4014 x323, http://www.spokaneindiansbaseball.com
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There’s a new documentary getting good reviews about the race organizer Fred Lebow and the rise of the New York City Marathon. It’s called Run For Your Life and you can read a review of it here. It comes out today at select theaters and and on DVD. Now we just need the same filmmakers do a film on Bloomsday.
You may remember the intense discussion we had about the YMCA sale to Spokane Parks for a STEEP $4.5 million. If not read here. It’s a terrible idea. And I’m not the only one that feels this way. Check out Barb Chamberlain’s thoughts here.
I wrote an editorial strongly opposed to this sale. The whole things is wrong-headed and expensive and will cost us better conservation opportunities. Whatever your feelings your can voice them tonight:
The Board of County Commissioners has scheduled a public hearing to consider public input regarding this opportunity. That hearing will be held on October 28, 2008, at 5:30 p.m. in the Commissioners’ Hearing Room in the lower level of the Public Works Building, 1026 W. Broadway Avenue. The public is encouraged to attend. (more…)
We just received this info about an interesting author reading in Sandpoint on Thursday:
In preparation for Pete Earley’s October 30th lecture, reading, and book signing at the Panida Theater on behalf of his book, CRAZY: A Father’s Search Through America’s Mental Health Madness, the Sandpoint Library—in conjunction with NAMI Far North and the Bonner County Human Rights Task Force—is organizing a community reading of his book. CRAZY relates Earley’s experiences with his son’s manic episode and documents what happens when people with mental illness interact with the mental health and the criminal justice systems. (more…)
Skiing on Mrt. Spokane
You can register items today from 3pm-9pm and the swap opens tomorrow morning at 9am at the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center. This is the 44th annual swap if you can believe it. Don’t miss one of the oldest and biggest swaps in the West. Admission is $4, 12 and under free.
Volunteers build the trail at Badger Mountain
This great quote comes to us from Mr. James Dunlap. Click here to read about how Dunlap drove his truck up the popular Tri-Cities hiking trail at Badger Mountain at two in the morning and got stuck.
Dunlap damaged the hiking trail with his vehicle and later said “I was unaware that it was illegal to go up there or anything like that.” For more about Badger Mountain check out the Friends of Badger Mountain site and learn about some of the cool preservation activities going on in the Tri-Cities.
Simon says single-speeds are also allowed for this unsanctioned, unsupported street race. Once at Hanger 57 have a beer and stay for karaoke–but don’t request Jefferson Starship’s “We Built This City.” I tried that last time I was there and they didn’t have it. Simon will also be premiering a bike documentary called “Fast Friday” that night. Hanger is doing $1 Pabst to celebrate.
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From our sustainability desk comes this event announcement from Spokane Community College:
The Hagan Foundation Center for the Humanities is hosting a special event on Wednesday that is FREE and open to the public:
Oct. 22 – Wednesday
two sessions: 9:30-10:20 a.m. & 10:30-11:20 a.m.
The Hagan Foundation Center for the Humanities
2nd floor, Library (LRC building), Spokane Community College
Sustainability & Public Policy: Can Government Make You Go Green?
a panel discussion featuring:
· Mary Verner, Spokane Mayor
· Paul Tesch, SCC Political Science Instructor
· Kat Hall, Environmental Health Program Director for The Lands Council
Here’s a link to a Spokane Business Journal article talking about expansion plans at 49 Degrees North in Chewelah. For skiers the prospect of another new lift is good news, but the number attached to the potential real estate development (which the article reports may now be delayed because of the economy) really caught our eye.
On Monday, October 20, there will be a big lunchtime rally at the STA Plaza to launch Spokane’s SmartRoutes 2010 campaign. In case you haven’t heard this is part of a big campaign to expand the pilot city project where the federal government would give certain cities $50 million dollars to induce a mode shift away from automobiles to “active transportation,” or cycling and walking. You can read about the 2010 campaign here at the Rails to Trails Conservancy website. Spokane has been at the forefront on this campaign, and transportation advocates here have worked hard to push for Spokane’s inclusion. Originally the goal was to target 40 cities, but almost 50 ended up applying to be included. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out in the current economic climate not every city is likely to get funding. So who is Spokane competing with? I’ve got the list here which includes two other cities from our state. (more…)