Early Registration Ends March 31
Entry fees for the marathon, half marathon and relays will increase on April Fool’s Day. Discounted fees are available on-line until midnight March 31 or by mail if postmarked by March 31.
Half Marathon Field Limit Not Yet Reached
The half marathon field limit of 1500 runners will likely not be reached until close to the end of April. Best not to take a chance, though!
Transfer Policy Garners Kudos
The Windermere Marathon transfer policy is proving popular. Runners need not fear losing their entry fee due to injury or unavoidable schedule changes. For a modest $15 an entry may be transferred to another event, another year or another individual. Note, though, that transfers from the full to the half will not be permitted after the field limit has been reached.
New Half Marathon Start
Our half marathon has outgrown the starting area used in 2009 and 2010. For 2011, we will be starting from the entrance to Fred’s Appliance (thanks, Fred’s!) and proceeding west on Indiana Avenue to a right turn on Mirabeau Parkway. There is plenty of parking lot space for parking and all of our pre-race activities.
Bike Commuting 101 Workshop – Saturday, March 26, 2011 – 10:00 a.m to Noon
Are you afraid to begin bike commuting? This workshop is for you! Join Pedals2People to learn the basics on getting started commuting in the city. Topics covered will include: safety 101, bike laws, riding in traffic, how to choose your route, who are the local resources for commuting, types of panniers, and the bare bones of common mechanical issues encountered when commuting. We will also have an opportunity to hear from local commuters and “reformed” commuters about their personal experiences in the city. Bring your bike and if you want to get your hands dirty, P2P will be available to discuss some basic bike maintenance. Pre-registration is required – only 20 spaces available! Cost: $15, proceeds go to Pedals2People. Location: Sun People Dry Goods Co, 32 West Second Avenue, Suite 200. Register at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/155628 or at Sun People Dry Goods Co.
Chicken Keeping 101 Workshop – Saturday, April 2, 2011 – 10:00 a.m to Noon
Paul and wife Susan grew up around chickens. They have many years of practical experience and learned by doing, & refining what their parents and grandparents taught them. They have tried a lot of different breeds and methods. Sign up and learn from their experience! Topics will include: Summery of chicken keeping regs in the Spokane area; housing; breed selection; feeding and caring for chickens; raising baby chicks; & egg production. Pre-registration is required – only 20 spaces available! Cost: $20. Location: Sun People Dry Goods Co, 32 West Second Avenue, Suite 200. Register at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/165947 or at Sun People Dry Goods Co.
Other upcoming workshop dates –
Introduction to Beekeeping. Saturday, April 9, 2011.
Introduction to Herbalism. Saturday, April 30, 2011.
Outdoor Composting 101. Saturday, May 21, 2011.
For more information about any of our events, please contact Beth at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the store at (509) 368-9378.
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Ever wonder how the fishing was for Lewis and Clark?
Pretty good, as you might imagine. In fact, Lewis and Clark relied heavily on fish to survive their expedition across the unknown tracts of what was to become the continental United States – and they had some sport at it, too.
And now a major exhibit of the fishing experiences of Lewis and Clark – originally created by the Federation of Fly Fishers as a physical exhibit with large-format panels displayed in its fly fishing museum in Livingston, Mont. – has been adapted into an interactive virtual tour at UndauntedAnglers.org.
The second annual Ronde van Palouse (literally, “a tour of the Palouse”) will test local bicycle racers’ skills with a race course designed to challenge any rider, novice to professional. Happening on Saturday, April 9, 2011, the race sends riders on a tough 23-mile circuit amid the rolling farm country near Spangle, Washington, and are competing for $500 worth of merchandise.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking
public comment from boaters and other stakeholders to help develop proposed regulations, as required by the 2008 Clean Boating Act, to reduce water pollution and the spread of invasive species in the nation’s rivers, lakes and other water bodies. As an alternative to permits required for commercial vessels, the act directs EPA to develop and promulgate management practices for recreational vessels.
Responsive Grant Program opens on March 1, 2011
Spokane, WA, February 28, 2011 – Empire Health Foundation’s responsive grant round is open for applications beginning on March 1, 2011 at 8:00 a.m. and closes at 2:00 p.m. on April 12, 2011. Please visit our website for more information: empirehealthfoundation.org/apply-grants.
The Foundation recognizes the last several years have represented a difficult time of decreased donations and government funding. The goal of this Responsive Grant Program is to serve the immediate needs of a very broad and diverse set of organizations working on health-related issues throughout the seven counties that EHF serves: Spokane, Whitman, Lincoln, Adams, Ferry, Stevens and Pend Oreille. The Foundation encourages nonprofits that reach out to underserved populations to apply for grants, and to state that in their application.
This article didn’t get posted in this month’s current issue section so we ar posting it here on the blog:
New Hostel in Kellogg for Skiers, Boarders, and Cyclists
By Estar Holmes
A new hostel that caters to skiers, boarders and cyclists welcomes visitors to the old town section of Kellogg, Idaho—less than a mile from Silver Mountain’s Gondola Village. It accommodates 24 guests, bunk style, six to a room with private baths. Guests have access to free Wi-Fi and a commercial kitchen. The balcony off the upstairs lounge overlooks old Kellogg and the surrounding hills with the gondola in the background. There is a pub and dining room on the ground floor and plans are in the works for a small open mic stage.
“During a visit last summer I looked at the building and the rooms, and the place was a mess,” says Proprietor Pat Ryan, who is originally from Chelan, Wash. “Being a builder, I figured I could fix it.” (more…)
YOUR TRAIL FOR LIFE! BIKE IT, RUN IT, LIVE IT, LOVE IT, SUPPORT IT!
All are invited to attend the 3rd Annual Adventure Auction.
Location: Northern Quest Resort & Casino
Friday March 25, 2011
Silent auction begins at 5:30 pm
Dinner 6:30 pm
Live Auction 7:30 pm
Dinner-no host bar
(one beer or house wine drink ticket with admission ticket )
Admission $45 per person or $350 per table of 8
80% of net proceeds go directly into our Trail Builders Fund
For Tickets & Information please contact:
Friends of the Centennial Trail—624-7188 or
For more auction details, go to our website.
Editorial: Keeping Up And Giving Back
When you look at the slopes today it’s hard to remember that just a decade-and-a-half ago snowboarding was dominated by men. The gender distribution seems a lot more even these days. Lewis and Clark High School grad Kasey Weise recalls that when she first went to the local mountains, her girlfriends skied—and she did too. Until she met fellow LC student, snowboard nut—and her future sweetheart—Andy Spotts. He had a board, she had a car. They spent a lot of time at Silver Mountain trying to see if Kasey could “keep up” with Andy’s riding. Andy eventually did his time as a freeride pro, appearing in films. And Kasey more than kept up. They have been living the mountain dream in Tahoe for the past 12 years where Kasey has parlayed a snowboard passion, and a degree at the University of Nevada, Reno, into a job as Marketing Director for Porters Tahoe, a premier mountain shop in the Sierras.
“My life in the snowboard industry has been pretty awesome. I really wanted to give back,” she says. Which is why I was on the phone with her a couple weeks ago. Kasey had just joined the board of directors of the High Fives Foundation. High Five’s mission is “to raise money and awareness for athletes that have suffered a life-altering injury while pursuing their dream in the winter action sports community.”
Kasey and I talked about High Fives inspiring founder, Roy Tuscany, who suffered a devastating spinal injury in 2006, and the recent sit ski competition at the winter X-games. “There is no crutch for them. How can you not be inspired?” says Weise.
That’s High Five’s message: It will be really frustrating—but always stay positive and rise again. Injured athletes can apply for grants from the foundation for equipment such as sit skis (which are not cheap, as new ones run about $3,000) or for treatments often not covered by health insurance such as acupuncture, yoga, and adaptive ski lessons. Just recently they funded their first wheelchair rugby player.
Kasey’s task is to outreach to the snowboard community and help raise money for more grants. “Growing up in the Northwest taught me two things: to enjoy the outdoors as much as possible and to be passionate about the adventures of life,” she says. She’s also teaching young girls that they can keep up and give back.
Check out: http://www.highfivesfoundation.org/
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