Volunteer Opportunities

Fresh Start Community Garden Spring Clean Up Day

Date and Time: March 14th; 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: Spokane Valley Partners Community Gardens; 11202 E Mission Ave, Spokane Valley, Washington 99206
Description: Hello Urban Gardeners! Spokane Valley Partners and Spokane Valley Partners Community Gardens is pleased to welcome everyone back to Fresh Starts for another growing season.

We’ll be kicking our season off by getting prepped with general site maintenance and repairs. Work begins Saturday March 14th at 9am and will likely go on until about 1pm. We will be cleaning out the garden shed, composting last year’s plants, and making any necessary repairs from winter. Feel free to come work the whole shift or just drop in to say hello.

Volunteers will need to bring their own lunch, water bottle, gloves, and a shovel or rake. Some snacks and drinks will be provided. Looking forward to seeing you all there!
Event Contact: Zach at (509) 927-1153
Bus routes: 32

Walking School Bus Volunteers

Date and Time: Ongoing
Agency: Spokane Regional Health District, 1101 W College Ave
Description: Volunteers, want a great start to your morning? Safe Routes to Schools is recruiting volunteers for the Walking School Bus program. A Walking School Bus is a group of children walking to school with two or more adults trained to help keep kids safe. It’s a simple program with far reaching benefits for families.Volunteers will undergo a background check and receive trainings. The program launches April 20 and continues until the last day of school.  We seek volunteers available one morning per week (2-3 mornings ideal) from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. to assist in building this program.
Event Contact: Annie Szotkowski, Walking School Bus Organizer for the Spokane Regional Health District (509) 324-1452 to express interest and availability.
Bus routes: 1, 22, 23, 24

Technology and You Classroom Assistant

Date and Time: March 18; 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. 
Agency: SNAP Homeless Services
Description: Assisting clients with basic computer skills.  Class would be hands on with some formal instruction.  For more information contact below.
Event Contact: Rachena Webb at (509) 869-1190
Bus routes: 

Community Events Sun. 3/1 – Tues. 3/3

Sunday 3/1


Event Description: Baby Fair 2015 – 18th annual event. Celebrating everything from bellies to babies. The fair will educate and entertain you with resources, seminars, shopping, free samples, contests, prizes and more. Great event for expecting parents, families with infants and/or toddlers, grandparents, caregivers and anyone involved with raising a child. **$5/general, free/age 12 and younger**
Time: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Location: Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.
Bus Route: 25, 26, 28
Event Contact: (509) 242-2500; MikeRuiz@clearchannel.com

Event Description: Sled Dog Racing/Mushing – Members of Inland Empire Dog Sled Association provide an overview of sled dog racing – both in the past and in the present day, and talk about their personal experiences with the sport.
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Spokane Valley Library , 12004 E. Main Ave., Spokane Valley
Bus Route: 96, 98
Event Contact: (509) 893-8400; reception@scld.org

Event Description: Who Pooped in the Forest Near My Library? – BootSlam presented by Spokane Poetry Slam is competitive performance poetry, open to competitors of all skill levels. Poets have three minutes per round to present their original work, which is judged by five audience members chosen at random. The poet with the highest cumulative score after two rounds wins the $50 prize. Spokane Poetry Slam does not censor for content. Sign-ups at 7 p.m., slam at 7:30 p.m. **$5/to compete and suggested audience donation**
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Boots Bakery, 24 W. Main Ave.
Bus Route: 25, 26, 28, 90, 174
Event Contact: (509) 703-7223; spokanepoetryslam@gmail.com


Monday 3/2


Event Description: Lego Club – Keep your engineering and problem solving skills flowing, and your imagination stimulated, with an abundance of Lego bricks. First Monday of the month, 4-5 p.m., October through May. All ages are welcome. Children age six and younger should be accompanied by an adult.
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: North Spokane Library, 44 E. Hawthorne Road
Bus Route: 25
Event Contact: (509) 893-8350; jbaker@scld.org

Event Description: Russian Community Forum on Childhood Immunization – If you have questions about childhood vaccines come let the experts answer. Childcare provided. A gift card for the first 30 participants. Visit www.withinreachwa.org for more information.
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Northeast Community Center , 4001 N. Cook St.
Bus Route: 27
Event Contact: 


Tuesday 3/3


Event Description: Totally Tubular Tuesday – Mar. 3: High Fidelity. *$2.50, free with $10 pre-show purchase at Bon Bon*
Time:
Location: Garland Theater, 924 W. Garland Ave
Bus Route: 24
Event Contact: (509) 327-1050

Event Description: Learn How to Comic Workshop III – In this class, various inking and color processes will be discussed and exhibited. Students will be taught the pros and cons about each of these materials and methods, so that they are better able to decide what will work best for their particular story and vision. This workshop is designed for ages 14-18; registration required.
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave.
Bus Route: 27
Event Contact: (509) 838-0206; janelle@auntiesbooks.com

Event Description: Protect Your Credit Score Workshop – Attend this free workshop led by STCU experts and we’ll show you how a credit score is determined, how to earn and maintain a healthy credit score, and where to go for help.
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Moran Prairie Library, 6004 S. Regal St.
Bus Route: 45
Event Contact: (509) 344-2202; alivian@stcu.org

Event Description: Russian Community Forum on Childhood Immunization – “August Rush,” in this unusual drama from 2007, Evan, an orphaned 11-year-old musical prodigy runs away to New York convinced that his ability to hear music at all times and in all places will help him locate his parents, especially his long-lost mother, a talented cellist, who thought her son had died at birth. Along the way, Evan is provided shelter by a vagrant street guitarist, Maxwell “Wizard” Wallace, ably portrayed by the Robin Williams. Williams teaches homeless children to play music and employs them as street performers. The title of the film derives from the stage name assigned Evan by Wizard, when Wizard starts getting club gigs for the prodigious young guitarist. The film, directed by Kirsten Sheridan (In America, Patterns) received an Academy Award nomination for best song (“Raise It Up”), and features music ranging from Edward Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E Minor, along with works by Van Morrison, Mark Mancina and Billie Holiday, among others. August Rush is a powerful drama whose central characters are united and a family healed by the power of music. (1 hour, 54 minutes) Rated PG.
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, 2316 W. First Ave.
Bus Route: 60, 61
Event Contact: (509) 363-5344

Spokane Fire Department’s Feb. 2015 Apartment Safety Notes

The Fire Prevention Bureau provides information and responds to complaints regarding a variety of subjects such as emergency planning, hazardous materials storage, fire and life safety hazards, outdoor burning, and permits. If you have questions or concerns regarding any of the following please contact us.

Public Education Related to Fire and Life Safety

The Public Education Officer provides educational information to enhance public awareness about fire and life safety issues. A variety of community outreach programs are available to meet the needs of both children and adults. This includes the Fire-Stoppers assessment and intervention program and the Children’s Fire Safety House. Fire prevention and life safety videos are run each month through Spokane City Cable 5.

Click here for the February Newsletter —->>>Apt Newsletter Feb2015

Community Events Wed. 2/25 – Sat. 2/28

Wednesday 2/25


Event Description: “It’s Monday, Mrs. Jolly Bones” Storytime and Craft – Mrs. Jolly Bones has a way of making any chore a lot more fun.
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: Auntie’s Bookstore, Children’s Section, 402 W. Main Ave
Bus Route:
Event Contact: (509) 838-0206; janelle@auntiesbooks.com

Event Description: “From Fairy Tales to “Kinky Fu©%ery:” Women, Leisure, and Fifty Shades of Grey” – Contemporary Issues in Feminist Research. Our parents read Cinderella and other fairy tales to us as children. We now read Fifty Shades of Grey. In both cases, we chatted with girlfriends about the books, characters, and love stories. The books invaded our imaginations, relationships, dreams, and… identities? Callie Spencer, PhD, and Karen Paisley, PhD, explore several “reads” of Fifty Shades, from participatory fan fiction, to a creative act akin to Marcel Duchamp’s “Fountain,” to a Southern women’s book club reading as resistance. Join them in discovering ways in which female readers continue to read and write these stories. Presented by the Women’s Studies Center.
Time: Noon-1 p.m.
Location: Eastern Washington University, Monroe Hall, Room 207
Bus Route: 66, 165
Event Contact: (509) 359-2898; cvines@ewu.edu

Event Description: Who Pooped in the Forest Near My Library? – Spokane County libraries help us learn about exciting wild animals, plants and habitats in the abundance of forests around us. We’ll begin our “Who Pooped?” adventure by listening to Kelly Clark of Exploring Families read the story “Who Pooped in the Northwoods?” written by Gary D. Robson. In a zoo, there are signs that tell you what animal to look for in the cage, such as beaver or moose. In the forest, animals don’t stand in front of a sign. However, they do leave clues in the form of scat. Learn more about identifying animals by what they leave behind! For kids in grades K-5.
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: Spokane Valley Library , 12004 E. Main Ave.
Bus Route: 96, 98
Event Contact: (509) 893-8400; reception@scld.org


Saturday 2/28


Event Description: Get in the Garden: Vegetable Gardening – Presented by Master Gardener Claudia Myers
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: Hillyard Library, 4005 N. Cook St.
Bus Route: 27
Event Contact: (509) 444-5380

Event Description: Get in the Garden: Growing Tomatoes – Documentary about the amazing nuns living and practicing in the mountains of Nangchen for since the 19th century. In 2005, Tsoknyi Rinpoche III led a small group of western students to meet these amazing women. Narrated by Richard Gere, with music by Ani Choying Drolma and Steve Tibbetts, Blessings is the story of this extraordinary journey.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Unitarian Universalist Church, 4340 W. Fort George Wright Drive
Bus Route: 20
Event Contact: (208) 277-8437; jampamorgan@gmail.com

 

Our Sisters’ Closet Needs Your Help

 

shopping bags

Christmas seems like just yesterday, which means there are probably plenty of left over shopping and gift bags! Our Sister’s Closet is in desperate need of all and any bags you may have!

Our numbers have dwindled incredibly low. If you personally don’t have any, could you please ask a friend or relative.

We would appreciate the support so we can continue to help women tote out their newest belongings! Thanks so much everyone!


Our Sister’s Closet

More than 1,200 women helped each yearOur Sister’s Closet is Spokane’s only free clothing boutique for women who are in need of professional clothing and reaches more than 1,200 women each year. Through one-on-one appointments, women shop for clothes that help them look and feel their best, whether they are going to work, school, court or looking for employment.
Our Sister’s Closet believes that every woman is beautiful, capable and resourceful. We serve women from many walks of life that are in transition. Each 90-minute appointment is focused on outfitting a woman with the appropriate clothing to achieve her goals and boosting her confidence. On average women receive between 3 to 5 outfits. They also receive shoes, makeup, accessories and personal hygiene products. We believe clothing has the ability to connect  the amazing and powerful woman within to an outer image that expresses her inner skills, talents and personality. We are here to educate, outfit and empower!

For more information contact:

Chris Chandler
AmeriCorps VISTA
Women’s Opportunity Center Volunteer Coordinator
YWCA of Spokane
930 N Monroe St • Spokane, WA 99201
Phone: 509-789-9299  • Main: 509-326-1190 • Fax: 509-326-1597
ChrisC@ywcaspokane.org •  www.ywcaspokane.org

 

Community Events Fri. 2/20 – Tues. 2/24

Friday 2/19


Event Description: Who Pooped in the Forest Near My Library? (North Spokane) – Spokane County libraries help us learn about exciting wild animals, plants and habitats in the abundance of forests around us. We’ll begin our “Who Pooped?” adventure by listening to Kelly Clark of Exploring Families read the story “Who Pooped in the Northwoods?” written by Gary D. Robson. In a zoo, there are signs that tell you what animal to look for in the cage, such as beaver or moose. In the forest, animals don’t stand in front of a sign. However, they do leave clues in the form of scat. Learn more about identifying animals by what they leave behind! For kids in grades K-5
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: North Spokane Library, 44 E. Hawthorne Road
Bus Route: 25
Event Contact: (509) 893-8350; reception@scld.org


Saturday 2/21


Who Pooped in the Forest Near My Library? – Spokane County libraries help us learn about exciting wild animals, plants and habitats in the abundance of forests around us. We’ll begin our “Who Pooped?” adventure by listening to Kelly Clark of Exploring Families read the story “Who Pooped in the Northwoods?” written by Gary D. Robson. In a zoo, there are signs that tell you what animal to look for in the cage, such as beaver or moose. In the forest, animals don’t stand in front of a sign. However, they do leave clues in the form of scat. Learn more about identifying animals by what they leave behind! For kids in grades K-5
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Airway Heights Library, 1213 S. Lundstrom St., Airway Heights
Bus Route: 61
Event Contact: (509) 893-8250; reception@scld.org

Event Description: Get in the Garden: Growing Tomatoes – Master Gardener Marilyn Carothers will go over the dos and don’ts of growing tomatoes, and will provide an early season planting activity.
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Hillyard Library, 4005 N. Cook St.
Bus Route: 27
Event Contact: (509) 444-5380

Event Description: Days in Manito Garden Lecture: Pruning Trees and Shrubs - Join Jim Demand as he discusses the importance of branch selection, determining future permanent branches, starting early, and avoiding structures that fail. Presented by the Friends of Manito.
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Manito Park, Manito Garden Meeting Room, 4 W. 21st Ave.
Bus Route: 44
Event Contact: (509) 456-8038

Event Description: Mind, Body and Spirit Holistic Fair – Visit with 40 vendors and hear nine educational presentations. The holistic fair will promote awareness of lifestyle issues such as health, nutrition, exercise, relaxation, art, mental attitudes, the environment and interdependency of small businesses.
Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Location: Unity Spiritual Center, 2900 S. Bernard St.
Bus Route: 43, 44
Event Contact: (509) 496-8138; lindachristine@lindachristinestudios.com

Event Description: Who Pooped in the Forest Near My Library? (Fairchild AFB) – Spokane County libraries help us learn about exciting wild animals, plants and habitats in the abundance of forests around us. We’ll begin our “Who Pooped?” adventure by listening to Kelly Clark of Exploring Families read the story “Who Pooped in the Northwoods?” written by Gary D. Robson. In a zoo, there are signs that tell you what animal to look for in the cage, such as beaver or moose. In the forest, animals don’t stand in front of a sign. However, they do leave clues in the form of scat. Learn more about identifying animals by what they leave behind! For kids in grades K-5. Requires military ID and base privileges to attend.
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: Fairchild Air Force Base, Highway 2, Fairchild AFB
Bus Route: 61
Event Contact: (509) 444-5385


Sunday 2/22


Event Description: Jack London and The Call of the Wild (Cheney Library) – What was the inspiration behind this book and Jack London’s life in the Yukon? Dr. Donna Campbell, Associate Professor of English at WSU, will present information on this classic American novel, talk about where London got his ideas, show pictures and answer questions about the book or London’s life. Campbell is on the advisory board of the Jack London Society and has published several works on Jack London.
Location: Cheney Library, 610 First St.
Bus Route: 66, 165
Event Contact: (509) 893-8280

Event Description: Snowshoeing for Beginners (Moran Prairie) – A local snowshoeing expert and enthusiast shares everything you need to know to start snowshoeing on the right foot, including necessary equipment, how to pack, and where to go locally.
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Moran Prairie Library, 6004 S. Regal Street
Bus Route: 45
Event Contact: (509) 893-8340


Monday 2/23


Event Description: Pokemon Club – Whether you’ve played before, or just beginning, we think you’ll enjoy this math and strategy game! We play for fun, not for keeps. You can bring your own deck, or we will have some to share. Held fourth Monday of the month, 4-5 p.m., from October-May. All ages are welcome. (Children six and younger should be accompanied by an adult)
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: North Spokane Library, 44 E. Hawthorne Road
Bus Route: 45
Event Contact: (509) 893-8350; jbaker@scld.org


Tuesday 2/24


Event Description: Totally Tubular Tuesdays – Feb. 24: Who Framed Roger Rabbit; Mar. 3: High Fidelity.
Cost: $2.50, free with $10 pre-show purchase at Bon Bon
Time:
Location: Garland Theater, 924 W. Garland Ave.
Bus Route: 24
Event Contact: (509) 327-1050; http://garlandtheater.com/

Event Description: “Understanding Medicare/Medicaid, Long Term Care and Social Security” – The Community Colleges of Spokane Foundation invites you to a free one-hour seminar designed to help you plan your legacy, entitled “Understanding Medicare/Medicaid, Long Term Care and Social Security.” Demystify your options and address questions you have for yourself or a loved one. Seminars will be held Feb. 24, noon and 4 p.m., Spokane Falls Community College, Gateway Building, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Drive; and Feb. 25, noon and 4 p.m., Spokane Community College, Lair Student Center, 1810 N. Greene St. Make reservations at (509) 434-5123.
Time: Noon and 4 p.m.
Location: Spokane Falls Community College, Gateway Building, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Drive
Bus Route: 20
Event Contact: (509) 434-5123; foundation@ccs.spokane.edu

Event Description: “Combating Racism: From Ferguson to the Voting Booth to the Border” – Tim Wise, one of the nation’s most prominent anti-racist essayists and educators, will speak on race relations around the U.S., and highlight the Race and Culture Studies major at Eastern. Wise is the author of a number of books addressing race and culture including White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son. The event is being sponsored by the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences and Social Work, American Indian Studies, Chicano Education Program, Africana Education, the President’s Advisory Committee on Diversity, the Provost’s Office, Communications Studies, School of Social Work, Sociology/Justice Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies.
Time: 11 a.m.
Location: Eastern Washington University, Showalter Auditorium, 322 Fifth Ave
Bus Route: 66
Event Contact: (509) 359-6200; cvines@ewu.edu

Event Description: Art Club (Spokane Valley) – You bring the creativity; supplies provided to make your artistic masterpiece. (We sometimes get messy, so feel free to bring a smock). Held fourth Tuesday of the month for all ages; children age six and younger should be accompanied by an adult.
Time: 4-5 p.m.
Location: Spokane Valley Library , 12004 E. Main Ave, Spokane Valley
Bus Route: 96, 98
Event Contact: (509) 893-8400; recpetion@scld.org

Event Description: Learn to Comic Book Workshop II – Most comics feature human beings, and even if an artist chooses to distort these figures, having a basic understanding of anatomy helps you to better draw and create comics. Almost all stories take place in environments, and characters will need to interact with objects. This class will cover tricks on how to handle anatomy and perspective that can help make these daunting tasks less challenging, and even fun to draw. This workshop is designed for ages 14-18; registration required.
Time: 5-6:30 p.m.
Location: Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave.
Bus Route: 45
Event Contact: (509) 838-0206; janelle@auntiesbooks.com

Event Description: Propagation from Seeds and Cuttings – Master Gardener Steve Nokes will teach easy ways to propagate seeds with or without a greenhouse. Also learn how to propagate plants using cuttings.
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Shadle Library, 2111 W. Wellesley Ave.
Bus Route: 20
Event Contact: (509) 444-5390

Event Description: Book Discussion: “The Call of the Wild” (Service Station and Fairchild AFB) – Read the book and gather with fellow book lovers to interact with the text more deeply through discussion. Military ID and base privileges required to attend event on base.
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Service Station, 9315 N. Nevada St./Fairchild Air Force Base, Highway 2, Fairchild AFB
Bus Route: 28/61
Event Contact: reception@scld.org