STA Moving Forward: Open House

Spokane Transit is hosting a community open houses throughout the region to get your feedback on STA Moving Forward, Spokane Transit’s draft long range plan to sustain existing service and provide more and better transit in the next 10 years.

The next open house is:

October 28, 2014 at 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

West Plains Community Open House

Wren Pierson Community Center (Cheney)
9900 W 4th Ave.
Cheney, WA 99004

**Accessible on the 66, 165 bus route**

Future open houses are:

Spokane Community Open House
The Plaza, 701 West Riverside Ave
Spokane, WA 99201
November 6, 2014 at 4:30pm – 6:30pm

North Spokane Community Open House
Quality Inn
7919 North Division Street
Spokane, WA 99208
November 7, 2014 at 4:30pm – 6:30pm

Health Education

Lucas Community Health will be doing Health education on Wednesdays from 1:30-3:00 at the downtown Spokane Public Library. There will be educational classes on different things such as immunizations, smoking cessation, diabetes management etc.

Once they have a good idea on the amount of people who will be coming through and  have the grants all set they will be doing blood pressure, cholesterol, and diabetes screening as well as UTI, STD, and other health screenings that they can get supplies for from the lab.

They will be doing minor wound care, flu shots etc. Also doing drug addiction and mental health referrals and helping people get connected with other resources that they may need. There will possibly also be dental services, legal services and others.

The classes will be on Wednesdays from 1:30-2:30 starting October 29th.

Address for Downtown Spokane Public Library:

906 West Main Avenue
Spokane, WA 99201
(corner Lincoln St. and Main Ave.)

Blue Zones: Secrets of a Long Life

Eastern Washington University, Empire Health FoundationGroup Health and Providence Health Care are proud to bring National Geographic Fellow and New York Times best-selling author Dan Buettner to Spokane for this eye-opening program.

Dan Buettner and his team study the world’s 'Blue Zones - communities whose elders live with vim and vigor to record-setting age. Hear the 9 common diet and lifestyle habits that can help you live a longer life at this free Spokane health presentation.

What are Blue Zones?

Places where people reach age 100 at rates 10 times greater than in the United States!

To find the path to long life and health, Dan Buettner and his team study the world’s “Blue Zones,” communities whose elders live with vim and vigor to record-setting age. In his talk, he shares the nine common diet and lifestyle habits – Power 9® – that keep them spry past age 100.

What should you be doing to live a longer life? Dan debunks the most common myths and offers a science-backed blueprint for the average American to live another 12 quality years.

After Buettner’s keynote, a local panel will take part in a roundtable discussion on health care in the community.

Creating Healthier Communities Together

Dates Offered:

October 28, 2014 Tuesday 06:00 PM – 08:00 PM

Spokane Convention Center
334 W Spokane Falls Blvd.
Spokane, WA 99201
*Accessible on the 25 and 29 bus routes*

Facts about Ebola

At a time when Ebola is all over the news, we want to make sure you have the clear-cut facts about Ebola. Please get informed and share this information with your friends and family to make sure they know the facts about Ebola.

  1. Ebola is NOT spread through casual contact, air, water, or food grown or legally purchased in the United States. 
  2. Ebola is transmitted through direct contact with bodily fluids of someone who is already showing symptoms of the disease. 
  3. The symptoms of Ebola include: fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, lack of appetite, and abnormal bleeding.

    Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure to Ebola virus, though 8-10 days is most common.

  4. If a person does not have symptoms, they are not contagious.

    In order for the virus to be transmitted, an individual would have to have direct contact with an individual who is experiencing symptoms or has died of the disease.

Utility Provider Scam!!! Please Be Aware!!!

I wanted to share a new brochure regarding scams that was recently created due to the variety of ways that we have received reports of individuals seeking to take advantage under the guise of a utility provider.

The attached brochure addresses the various methods individuals have tried to gain access into homes or obtain money by phone or email from unsuspecting individuals.

Some key messages are:

(1) At your door, be alert of

  • High pressure tactics
  • Attempts to appear legitimate: walkie-talkie, hard hat and orange vest
  • Unscheduled service
  • Verify
    • Avista photo ID badge
    • Call (800)227-9187 to verify identity

(2) Phone calls for Emails, be alert

  • High pressure tactics
  • “Spoofing” technology
  • Reloadable debit card
  • Same day payment at retail location
  • Protect
    • Report suspicious phone number to Avista Call Center (800)227-9187
    • Do not open email, click on links, or open any attachments
    • Do not respond to request
    • Do not provide personal information

To view the full brochure click here —>>> AV-11174-Scam-Brochure-091114

Volunteer Opportunities

Reforest Spokane Day

Date and Time: October 25th; 9-12
Location: Garden Springs Creek; Valley Ford Park; Hangman Creek at Hatch Rd.; Hangman Creek at Valley Chapel Road
Description: Plant Native Trees
Event Contact: Chelsea Updegrove
Bus routes: 

Reforest Spokane Day

St. Lawrence House Hospitality

Date and Time: Ongoing
Agency: West Central Episcopal Mission1832 W. Dean Ave.
Description: We need adult men and women to welcome and assist visitors. St. Lawrence House is a neighborhood gathering place where our guests can stop in to cool off in the summer, warm up in the winter, enjoy coffee and refreshments, pick up a book from our library, use a computer or simply visit with one another. We offer showers and laundry to those in need, and our direct services staff provide referrals to other needed services. Volunteers will welcome visitors, provide hospitality, keep records of guests using shower and laundry services, and help with daily cleanup.
Event Contact: Kris Christensen at (509) 326-6471
Bus routes: 21

 PrimeTime Mentors Needed in Spokane and Cheney

Date and Time: Ongoing until June 2015
Agency: Community in Schools Spokane County, 905 W Riverside Ave. Suite 3014
Description:The PrimeTime Mentoring Program is an exciting weekly program that will match community members in a one-on-one or group mentoring setting with a student at-risk of academic failure in Spokane and Cheney. Commit to one hour a week at your convenience until June 2015.

Be a supportive role model by spending time with a student. You can add long-lasting assets to a child’s life and increase their likelihood of succeeding in school and beyond. Your choice of these 20 public schools:

Spokane Public Schools
• Cooper Elementary                                          • Stevens Elementary
• Grant Elementary                                            • Chase Middle School
• Logan Elementary                                           • Garry Middle School
• Regal Elementary                                            • Sacajawea Middle School
• Roosevelt Elementary                                      • Shaw Middle School
• Sheridan Elementary                                       • John R. Rogers High School

Cheney Public Schools
• Betz Elementary
• Salnave Elementary
• Snowdon Elementary
• Sunset Elementary
• Windsor Elementary
• Cheney Middle School
• Westwood Middle School
• Cheney High School
Event Contact: Sherry Barrett at (509) 413-1436
Bus routes: 

Fall Folk Festival Volunteers Needed

Date and Time: Volunteers need is ongoing but event is 11/08
Agency: Spokane Folklore Society; Event will be at SCC, 1810 N. Greene Street

Current Opportunities:

  • Bake Sale:   Package, arrange, and serve baked goods and coffee.
  • Children’s Crafts:   Help teach crafts and supervise kids making their own arts.
  • Greeters:   Greet visitors and performers at major entrances, hand out program guides and answer basic questions.
  • Volunteer Check-In:   Welcome and provide information to volunteers working at the Festival.
  • Button Sales:   Sell buttons to Festival visitors.
  • T-Shirt Sales:   Sell T-Shirts to Festival visitors
  • Set–up / Clean-up:  Put-up and/or take-down chairs, help set-up/take-down, load/unload sound systems,
    tables, posters, etc.
  • Stage Managers:  Introduce performers, promote the Festival, thank our sponsors, help assure the safety and
    enjoyment of our Festival folks.
  • Sound Techs:   Minor mixing of cds, tapes and mics in .ance areas, some experience needed.  Several people with additional experience are needed to field minor tech problems and cover breaks.
  • Recycling: Check recycling containers every hour or so.  Carry off full bags of recyclables to a storage area.  Then put a clean bag in the recycle collection bins.

For more information on becoming a Festival Volunteer, just go to our new Volunteer Hub and sign up!  It’s that easy! http://spokanefolklore.volunteerhub.com

Event Contact: Mary Naber at (509) 328-3829
Bus routes: 29, 39

Blankets for Blanket Drive

Date and Time: Ongoing
Location: Your school or workplace.
Description: We need blankets for our annual blanket drive. Start a drive at you work or school.
Event Contact: Our Place Ministries at (509) 326-7267
Bus routes: