12th Annual Voices of Children Contest 2015

children and grandparents

The VOC Contest is designed for children in Washington State, being raised now or in the past, by a relative other than their own parents. This contest honors both the children and the relative caregivers.

Attached is the form to fill out for submission with guidelines, age groups, prizes available and other pertinent information. Please download this flyer (both pages) one entry per child (only) is allowed.

ALL ENTRIES MUST BE SUBMITTED OR POSTMARKED BY APRIL 1st 2015

12th Annual Voices of Children Contest Forms

1st Weekend of Spring; What to Do?

Saturday 3/21


Event Description: Sealing Juvenile Records – Gonzaga Law students and Spokane attorney volunteers in association with the Spokane County Bar Young Lawyers Division will partner with TeamChild to host clinics Oct. 11, Nov. 13, Jan. 24, Feb. 19 and March 21 to help qualifying adults seal old juvenile records that may be interfering with employment, housing, education and other opportunities. In the state of Washington, juvenile offenses committed prior to 2014 do not automatically seal when a person turns 18. A court action is required to seal those records, and these clinics provide free assistance with that process.
Time:
Location: Gonzaga University School of Law, 721 N. Cincinnati St.
Bus Route: 26, 28, 29
Event Contact: (509) 313-6398

Event Description: Easter Bunny (River Park Square) – March 20-April 4. Visit with the Easter Bunny and pose for picture.
Time: Fridays, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturdays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sundays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Mondays-Thursdays, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Location: River Park Square, first floor Atrium, 808 W. Main Ave
Bus Route:
Event Contact: (509) 456-3413

Event Description: Bloomsday Training Clinic – Saturdays, Mar. 14-Apr. 25, 8:30 a.m. Get ready to walk, run or jog Bloomsday™ with free Providence/Group Health training clinics. Meet new people, or bring your friends to train safely and progress at your own speed. Each clinic features expert information, a warm-up routine and a training course especially designed to maximize your preparation (routes start at one mile and increase one mile per week). Register online or any week at the clinic.
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Location: Spokane Falls Community College, College Gymnasium, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Drive, Spokane, WA
Bus Route: 20
Event Contact: (509) 474-3081

Event Description: Super Saturday – Celebrate Women’s History at the MAC – Visit the museum’s art studio for art making activities with local artist, Gloria Fox. Explore women’s shoes through time with different media. Cheryl Metcalf will provide a sculpture demonstration inspired by Amelia Earhart. Get your hands on clay with ceramic artist Liz Bishop. Meet Grace Campbell at the museum’s historic Campbell House in an open house format from noon-3 p.m. Enjoy music from Whitworth University’s award winning jazz program from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and Robin Song, Harp Trio playing Linda Allen and other famous women musicians work from 1-4 p.m. *$10/adults, $7.50/seniors, $5/students*
Time: Noon-3 p.m.
Location: Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, 2316 W. First Ave.
Bus Route: 61, 62
Event Contact: (509) 456-3931

Event Description: Family Construction Zone (Medical Lake)  – Kids ages 1-8 (and their grown-ups) can drop in during program hours to build away with several stations of block activities designed to foster engagement with math, science, engineering and creativity.
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Medical Lake Library, 321 E. Herb St., Medical Lake
Bus Route: 62
Event Contact: (509) 893-8400

Event Description: Spring Equinox Celebration Open House – Join us for SPACE ADVENTURES at the Outdoor Learning Center. Activities include Hubble Satellite Birthday Craft, Plant Games, Star Gazing, OLC scavenger hunt, and Hawk and Owl Sanctuary Tours.  *$5 Suggested Donation*
Time: Noon-3 p.m.
Location: Outdoor Learning Center, 8706 E Upriver Dr, Spokane Valley
Bus Route: 94 with 1.0 mile walk (20 minutes)
Event Contact: (509) 340-1028

Event Description: Super Saturday – Celebrate Women’s History at the MAC – Join WSU Master Gardener, Eva Lusk, as she discusses why to include native plants in the garden and how to choose the ones most likely to thrive. 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: Lego Club (Airway Heights) – Build with Legos at your library every month! Keep your engineering and problem solving skills flowing, hone your STEM muscles, and keep your imagination stimulated, with an abundance of Lego bricks. All ages welcome. Ages six and under must be accompanied by an adult.
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Airway Heights Library, 1213 S. Lundstrom St., Airway Heights
Bus Route: 61
Event Contact: (509) 893-8250

Event Description: Ham Bingo Fundraiser – Sinto Senior Activity Center welcomes all to its spring fundraiser with a family friendly event filled with fun prizes, exciting play and food available to purchase. Each game has a winner receiving one of the following: a ham, bag of potatoes or gift card to a local retailer. This event will directly benefit Sinto Senior Activity Center in its mission to provide recreational, educational and social programs that enable senior citizens to keep active in mind, body and spirit. Call or email christalf@sintocenter.com for more information. *$10/15 flimsies; or $1 each in game room*
Time: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Location: Sinto Senior Center, 1124 W. Sinto Ave.
Bus Route: 24
Event Contact: (509) 327-2861

Event Description: Goonies– Goonies never say die. Relive this classic, funny adventure of a group of kids who track lost pirate treasure on the Oregon coast. Rated PG.
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Spokane Public Library – Downtown , 906 W. Main Ave.,
Bus Route:
Event Contact: (509) 444-5336

Event Description: Libraries are Transforming Communities – Think about your community. What aspirations do you have for it? What are the challenges for reaching those aspirations? What changes need to happen first? The library is hoping to find answers to those questions, and would like your help. Come participate in a community conversation. RSVP by phone or online at www.scld.org.
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Argonne Library, 4322 N. Argonne Road, Millwood
Bus Route: 94 with 16 minute walk (.7 miles)
Event Contact: (509) 893-8260

Event Description: Celebrate the Chinese New Year – Join the Spokane Chinese Association in celebrating the Chinese New Year. Learn about Chinese culture with dance, candy and fun.
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Shadle Library, 2111 W. Wellesley Ave.
Bus Route: 20
Event Contact: (509) 444-5390

Community Events Wed. 3/18 – Fri. 3/20

Wednesday 3/18


Event Description: One-Stop Pre-School Shop at North Spokane Library – Several local preschools will gather at the library during our Play and Learn Storytimes to answer your questions and talk about their services. We will enjoy our usual stories and songs, and then you can research your options and learn more about resources like Early Achievers and Child Care Aware while your kids are entertained by engaging Play and Learn activities.
Time: Daily from 11 a.m.-noon.
Location: North Spokane Library, 44 E. Hawthorne Road
Bus Route: 25
Event Contact: (509) 893-8350

Event Description: “I Don’t Want to Be a Frog Anymore” Storytime – Have you ever wanted to be someone else, but then decided it was pretty great just being yourself?
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: Auntie’s Bookstore, Children’s Section, 402 W. Main Ave.
Bus Route:
Event Contact: (509) 838-0206

Event Description: Women’s Club Spring Lunch and Card Party – Lunch will be followed by bridge, pinochle or the card game of your choice. To reserve a spot, call Mary Ann at (509) 466-4260 or Gina at (509) 328-4818, before March 15. $8
Time: Noon-3 p.m.
Location: St. Francis of Assisi, 4420 N. Jefferson St.
Bus Route: 24
Event Contact: (509) 325-1321

Event Description: Access IT Orientation (Spokane Valley)  – Are you a small business owner in need of hardware and software support, including one-on-one technical assistance? Informational orientation session to see if you qualify for this program.
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Spokane Valley Library , 12004 E. Main Ave.
Bus Route: 96
Event Contact: (509) 893-8400


Thursday 3/19


Event Description: “Imagine the World without Militaries” – Professor Van Inwegen’s Nonviolent Defense and Conflict Resolution class will display information about global military spending, alternative ways to use military funding, and highlights of countries that don’t have a military, March 18-April 2, with opening reception March 18, 4-5 p.m. and closing reception April 2, 4-5 p.m.
Time: 4 – 5 p.m.
Location: Whitworth University, HUB Multipurpose Room, 300 W. Hawthorne Road
Bus Route: 124
Event Contact: (509) 777-3834

Event Description: Employee Engagement (Lunch and Learn)  – According to Gallup, successfully managing the employee-customer encounter is one of the toughest challenges businesses face today. The top-performing companies know that an employee engagement strategy that is linked to bottom-line outcomes will help them win in the marketplace. Learn how to identify the performance metrics that drive accountability and strengthen communication to develop opportunities for your employees to succeed.
Time: 11:30 a.m.
Location: Spokane Public Library – Downtown , 906 W. Main Ave.
Bus Route:
Event Contact: (509) 533-8482

Event Description: Lunch and Learn: Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle  – Observation of National Nutrition Month, this lunch and learn will provide you with nutrition education that’s easy to understand and apply to everyday life. A registered dietitian will prepare healthy and delicious dishes to try, then take the recipes home. Register at https://wellness.inhs.org. Free; bring a lunch.
Time: Noon-1 p.m.
Location: Wells Fargo Building, B1 Conference Room, 601 W. First Ave.
Bus Route:
Event Contact: (509) 242-4264

Event Description: Multiple Sclerosis Support Group  – Find comfort and strength with your peers as you learn, cope, laugh and celebrate the challenges and successes of living with MS. Family and friends are welcome, too. Meets the third Thursday of each month 12:30-2:30 p.m. beginning Oct. 16.
Time: 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Location: Spokane Valley Library , 12004 E. Main Ave.
Bus Route: 96
Event Contact: Carole Taylor at (509) 999-5255 or m.s.carole28@gmail.com.

Event Description: Pete the Cat – Ready to party? Come listen to a book starring our favorite blue cat. We will have Pete the cat activities, a fun craft and a special treat. As Pete says, “It’s all good.”
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: Hillyard Library, 4005 N. Cook St. (South Hill Library, 3324 S. Perry St)
Bus Route: 27 (44)
Event Contact: (509) 444-5380 [(509) 444-5385]

Event Description: Libraries are Transforming Communities (North Spokane) – Think about your community. What aspirations do you have for it? What are the challenges for reaching those aspirations? What changes need to happen first? The library is hoping to find answers to those questions, and would like your help. Come participate in a community conversations. RSVP by phone or online at www.scld.org.
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: North Spokane Library, 44 E. Hawthorne Road
Bus Route: 25
Event Contact: (509) 893-8350

Event Description: Lego Club (Argonne) – Build with Legos at your library every month! Keep your engineering and problem solving skills flowing, hone your STEM muscles, and keep your imagination stimulated, with an abundance of Lego bricks. All ages welcome. Ages six and under must be accompanied by an adult.
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: North Spokane Library, 44 E. Hawthorne Road
Bus Route: 94, 173
Event Contact: (509) 893-8350


Friday 3/20


Event Description: Senior Night Dances – Live music will be provided by the band, Variety Pak, a five-piece dance band playing music from the 20-80s. $10/general, $6/students
Time: Dances held 7-10 p.m.
Location: South Side Senior Center, 2934 E. 27th Ave.
Bus Route: 44
Event Contact: (509) 535-0803

Event Description: Easter Bunny (River Park Square) – March 20-April 4. Visit with the Easter Bunny and pose for picture.
Time: Fridays, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturdays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sundays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Mondays-Thursdays, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Location: River Park Square, first floor Atrium, 808 W. Main Ave
Bus Route:
Event Contact: (509) 456-3413

Event Description: Lil Bits Build – This month the Tween Craft Club will play with Little Bits, electronic modules that snap together with magnets to create sounds, lights and perform other cool functions. For 5th-8th graders.
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: East Side Library, 524 S. Stone St.
Bus Route: 94
Event Contact: (509) 444-5375

Community Events Sat. 3/14 – Tues. 3/16

Saturday 3/14


Event Description: Moving and Grooving Fair – Free screenings and massages, testing of glucose, cholesterol, blood pressure, etc. Information booths on home care, retirement living, legal services, health insurance, healthcare, real estate, finances, funeral arrangements, moving help, interactive energy savings and more. **Free admission; lunch available for purchase**
Time: 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Location: Corbin Senior Center, 827 W. Cleveland Ave.
Bus Route: 24
Event Contact: (509) 327-1584

Event Description: Bloomsday Training Clinic – Saturdays, Mar. 14-Apr. 25, 8:30 a.m. Get ready to walk, run or jog Bloomsday™ with free Providence/Group Health training clinics. Meet new people, or bring your friends to train safely and progress at your own speed. Each clinic features expert information, a warm-up routine and a training course especially designed to maximize your preparation (routes start at one mile and increase one mile per week). Register online or any week at the clinic.
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Location: Spokane Falls Community College, College Gymnasium, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Drive,
Bus Route: 20
Event Contact: (509) 474-3081

Event Description: Family Construction Zone (Cheney) – Kids ages 1-8 (and their grown-ups) can drop in during program hours to build away with several stations of block activities designed to foster engagement with math, science, engineering and creativity.
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Cheney Library, 610 First St., Cheney
Bus Route: 66,165
Event Contact: (509) 893-8280

Event Description: 37th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade  – Presented by the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick. The parade route has changed, visit http://www.friendlysonsofstpatrick.com/map.asp. Starts on Washington Street from Spokane Arena, to Main Avenue, then Stevens Street to Spokane Falls Blvd. to Howard Street, then Main Avenue to Wall Street to Spokane Falls Blvd. to Post Street through Spokane Falls Blvd.
Time: Noon
Location: Downtown Spokane
Bus Route:
Event Contact: (509) 880-2785

Event Description: St. Patrick’s Day Storytime  – Stop in for some stories and treats.
Time: Noon
Location: Auntie’s Bookstore, Children’s Section, 402 W. Main Ave.,
Bus Route:
Event Contact: (509) 838-0206


Sunday 3/15


Event Description: Gluten-Free Vegan Baking Demo – Alison Collins, owner of Boots Bakery and Lounge, will be demonstrating how to make delectable vegan and gluten-free baked goods. Samples provided. Everyone is welcome but please only bring food that is free from animal products. Please bring: a plant-based dish, your own plate and eating utensils, and a list of ingredients to place next to your dish. Childcare is available for $5 per child.
Time: 5 p.m.
Location: Woman’s Club of Spokane, 1428 W. Ninth Ave.
Bus Route: 43
Event Contact: (509) 607-0409


 Monday 3/16


Event Description: Libraries are Transforming Communities (North Spokane) – Think about your community. What aspirations do you have for it? What are the challenges for reaching those aspirations? What changes need to happen first? The library is hoping to find answers to those questions, and would like your help. Come participate in a community conversations. RSVP by phone or online at www.scld.org.
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: North Spokane Library, 44 E. Hawthorne Road
Bus Route: 25
Event Contact: (509) 893-8350

Event Description: Beaded Earrings – Beaded earrings are lovely and versatile: you can make them casual or dressy – plus they’re fun to make. Join librarian Chris Kopple as she shows you how to bead beautiful earrings. Class is limited to 10 people, so call (509) 444-5385 to register.
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: South Hill Library, 3324 S. Perry St
Bus Route: 44
Event Contact: (509) 444-5385

Event Description: Spokane Poetry Slam – Spokane Poetry Slam is competitive performance poetry. Poets have three minutes to present their original work without costumes, props or musical accompaniment. (Audience judges chosen at random score the poem and the highest cumulative score after two rounds of poetry wins the $50 grand prize. This is loud and raucous, and audience participation is highly encouraged. Content is not censored. Held the third Monday of the month at 8 p.m. *$5 to compete or audience member*
Time: 8 p.m.
Location: The Bartlett, 228 W. Sprague Ave.
Bus Route: 26, 28, 29
Event Contact: (208) 340-2750


 Tuesday 3/16


Event Description: One Stop Preschool Shop – March 17-18. Several local preschools will gather at the library during our Play and Learn Storytimes to answer your questions and talk about their services. We will enjoy our usual stories and songs, and then you can research your options and learn more about resources like Early Achievers and Child Care Aware while your kids are entertained by engaging Play and Learn activities. Daily from 11 a.m.-noon.
Time: Daily from 11 a.m.-noon.
Location: North Spokane Library, 44 E. Hawthorne Road
Bus Route: 25
Event Contact: (509) 893-8350

Event Description: Medicare Workshop – Get advice on Medicare provided by Statewide Health Insurance Benefit Advisors, a service of the Washington State Office of Insurance Commissioners. Bring your medications or list with your dosages and Medicare Card or Other Insurance Cards. Every third Tuesday of the month from 1-4 p.m.
Time: 1-4 p.m.
Location: Aging & Long Term Care of Eastern Washington, 1222 N. Post St.
Bus Route: 22, 24
Event Contact: (509) 458-2509

Event Description: Tween Club at North Spokane – Just for tweens in grades 4 and up. Join us every month as we have some snacks, make things, play games, and more! Mar. 17: Leprechaun Trap! Think you’re trickier than a leprechaun? Construct a leprechaun trap using recyclable container and craft supplies. Then test your trap and see if your invention will get the leprechaun to give up his gold.
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: North Spokane Library, 44 E. Hawthorne Road
Bus Route: 25
Event Contact: (509) 893-8350

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