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Harold Balazs and The Art of Nature

Photo by Derrick Knowles.

Harold Balazs has worked in Spokane for 70 years, creating whimsical, intriguing, and often confounding works of art. They range from large-scale public displays to private commissions in the form of giant doors, tiny address numbers, enamel murals, scores of ...

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Down Dog Downtown

Photo of outdoors yoga class in the park by Derrick Knowles.

At the end of a long day, there are plenty of reasonable excuses for skipping a workout: fatigue, evening plans, a growling stomach or simple laziness. But for eight weeks this summer, the cost of a fitness class won’t be ...

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Summertime Rolls: Have Way Too Much Fun Riding to a Community Festival

Photo of bikers by Shallan Knowles.

Why do children always seem to be smiling on their bikes? Maybe it’s because they haven’t forgotten how much fun it is, and they know this truth: Hopping on a two-wheeled, pedal-powered vehicle means relishing in the simple, joyous freedom ...

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Critters in the City: Downtown Spokane’s Urban Wildlife Hikes

Photo of river otters by Kyle Merritt.

Eating sushi or sipping craft cocktails at a city café isn’t the typical start to a wildlife watching hike, but downtown Spokane is unique in that regard. Both the Spokane River and Latah Creek serve as wildlife corridors for a ...

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The Value of Recreation: a Conversation with Jon Snyder

Photo of Jon Snyder at Cal Anderson Park in Seattle.

Jon Snyder, former Spokane City Councilman and Out There Monthly founder, has served as Washington State’s Outdoor Recreation and Economic Development Policy Advisor for over a year now, and I recently caught up with him over a ginger beer at ...

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Parkour // Recess for Grownups and Kids

Straight though it may be, the shortest distance between two points isn’t always flat or easily navigable. Most people would avoid a wall, boulder, or railing by walking around it. But, argue the growing community of worldwide parkour enthusiasts, where’s ...

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Winter Birding: More Exciting Than It Sounds

Lindell Haggin, an avid birder and Spokane Audubon Society treasurer, narrows the scope of her bird-watching to her North Spokane backyard during the cold months. “A lot of people don’t realize how many birds are around. I’ll get up to ...

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In-Town Ideas for Staying Active This Winter

Every Sunday morning without fail, a hodgepodge of experienced players and newbies gathers to play Ultimate Frisbee at Wentel Grant Park in Vinegar Flats. Neither knee-deep snow nor Christmas falling on a Sunday is cause to cancel a game. Sometimes ...

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The Best City Park You’ve Never Heard of: Drumheller Springs

Perhaps, like me, you’ve caught brief glimpses of a mysterious, wooded slope as you cruise up and down Ash Street north of downtown Spokane. I’ve long assumed it was just someone’s yard. In fact, that’s Drumheller Springs. There, trails wind ...

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