Free Community Events This Week

Fri. 5/9 Food Forest Planting Party

Fri. 5/9   Family Dance and Potluck

Sat. 5/10 Breakfast with the Marines 

Sat. 5/10 North Idaho Veterans Stand Down

Sat. 5/10  4th Family Fun Fair

Sat. 5/10 63rd Annual Spokane Jr. Lilac Parade

Sat. 5/10  Folk, Jazz, and Blues: Songs that Helped Americans through the Hard Times – Cheney

Wed. 5/14 Coping with Deployments: Children and Deployments (Register by May 9th)

Food Forest Planting Party

2 pm – 8 pm

Picked up a huge order of edible plants & fruit trees from Greenacres Nursery earlier this week, and we would love some planting assistance this Friday!

We’ll spend 2-3 hours at our Fresh Start location (11202 E. Mission Ave.), and we’ll finish up at our new Edgecliff location (110 S. Elizabeth Road). 

Whether you can only make it for 15 minutes or the whole afternoon and evening, we’d love to see you!

Where: Spokane Valley Partners Community Gardens

Buses: 90, 96 or 173

Contact Info: Jordan Beauchamp at (509) 927-1153 ext. 34 or

Family Dance and Potluck

Easy circle, line, contra, folk and novelty dances with live music for family fun. Designed to encourage young dancers and beginners to move to music and give families quality, crazy time together with lots of laughter, all of the dances are taught by Susan Dankovich, local contra caller and director of the Silver Spurs Youth Folk Dancers. The Band is Margie Heller, Ken Raymond and Paul Tapp. Potluck at 6:30 p.m. and dancing begins at 7 p.m.

Where: St. John’s Cathedral, 127 E. 12th Ave., Spokane, WA

Bus Routes: 20 and 44

Contact Info: (509) 533-9955 or

Breakfast with the Marines 

8 am – 10 am

We promise okay food at a great price. All you can eat for $ 7.00. Kids under 4-12 are $ 5,
under 3 are FREE!  We serve a full USMC breakfast of SOS, bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, hash browns, pancakes, OJ, milk & Coffee.  BRING YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS! 🙂

Where: 6410 N. Lidgerwood

Bus Routes: 24, 25, 26, and 28

FlyerBreakfast with the Marines – 10 May 2014 (8)

North Idaho Veterans Stand Down

8 am – 2 pm

A 1-day event providing services to veterans and their families who need assistance with housing, employment, medical, dental, veterinary and clothing. Admission requirement: VA/Military ID or DD214.

Where: Kootenai Fairgrounds, 4056 N. Government Way

Contact Info208-704-0548 or 

Flyer: Veterans Stand Down – Coeur d’Alene – 10 May 2014 (4)

4th Family Fun Fair

10 am – 3 pm

The fourth annual event at River Park Square and Riverfront Park occurs during the Spokane Lilac Festival – a city-wide celebration which draws an attendance of 200,000+ during Festival Week. The parenting expo starts after the 63rd Annual Junior Lilac Parade. A long-standing Spokane area tradition also doubles as a competition for more than 8,000 middle school, junior high school and elementary school band students and drill teams throughout the Inland Northwest.

Where: River Park Square, 808 W. Main Ave., Spokane, WA

Contact Info: (509) 928-9664 or

63rd Annual Spokane Jr. Lilac Parade

10 am

This year’s theme is “Encore of ‘74.” Starts near the corner of Spokane Falls Blvd and Washington Street. The route continues south on Washington, west on Main, north on Stevens, west of Spokane Falls Blvd. and north on Post. Visit for route map.

Contact Info: (509) 535-4554 

Folk, Jazz, and Blues: Songs that Helped Americans through the Hard Times – Cheney

3 pm

Music can lift your spirits, or be a faithful friend, in the midst of dark days. The men and women experiencing the Great Depression were no exception. Brad Keeler and Linda Parman will take you on a musical journey, introducing you to the music of Dust Bowl wanderers like Woody Guthrie, the urbane arrangements and witty lyrics of big city jazz and swing, and the comforting soul of the country blues.

Where: Cheney Library, 610 First St., Cheney

Buses: 66

Contact Info: (509) 893-8280 or

Coping with Deployments

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

This free course provides families with the tools to help children cope with the deployment cycle. Taught by a licensed mental health professional, this class will focus on how children of different ages might respond to stress during a deployment, and how adults can adapt effectively.

Where: Post Falls Armory, 5453 E. Seltice Way, Post Falls, ID 83854

Contact Info: Cassandra Rzepa (208) 272.7532 or email

Flyer: Coping with Deployments – 14 May 2014 (5)