Now is the time to land your summer job!

Abridged: Huffington Post

CHICAGO, IL — Think summer jobs are just for kids? Well … think again! The seasonal job market has opened up to applicants of all ages as many employers welcome job-seekers with a mature work ethic and well-honed communication skills. In addition to seasonal work, part-time and/or temporary, contract positions are more plentiful during the summer as organizations scramble to cover for their vacationing employees.

If you land a part-time position in your line of work — at a company where you’d like to be employed — your chances of being brought on full time are good. In addition to the increased job options that the summer provides, your opportunities to mix and mingle are greatly enhanced by the warm weather. Backyard parties, gatherings, and community events abound and are prime venues to “meet and greet” and get the word out about all you have to offer.

There’s one big, additional benefit to having a summer job and actively building your list of contacts. The larger your network, the better you will position yourself for the surge of full-time employment opportunities that usually takes place in September and October. So get out there, make yourself known, and present yourself as the knowledgeable, enthusiastic candidate you are. You never know whom you might meet and where such opportunities might lead. And, come early fall, you just might find yourself happily employed in the full-time position you’ve wanted all along!

Weekly Job PostingsJOBS FOR THE WEEK OF 05-25-15

Don’t forget about your local WorkSource office!

130 S Arthur St, Spokane, WA 99202
(509) 532-3000


Public Service Announcement: New Drug on the Streets of Spokane

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What it is: Alpha-Pyrrolidinopentiophenone (a synthetic stimulant) aka Flakka
How it’s done: Vaping, snorting, eating, smoking
Reported effects: Murderous rage, paranoia, ultra-violence, running around screaming
Is it real: Yes—multiple reported instances of individuals arrested while high on flakka
Famous victim: Naked intersection guy

It’s worse than, more addictive, and cheaper than meth ($5 for a dose).  It’s being compared to bath salts.

Please Read:

**Please continue to be aware of your surroundings and do not engage with individuals who appear to be high.  Call 911 if you need.**

Job Searching Tips

Got the Job Search Blues? 3 Surefire Solutions To Overcoming Your Biggest Challenges

Attitude is everything… especially in a job search. But looking for work is hard and filled with mounting frustrations and multiple rejections. So how will you keep upbeat and positive? How can you pull yourself out of the slumps and setbacks so inherent to the process? How will you maintain the necessary energy, enthusiasm and confidence that a winning candidate needs?

Here are 3 surefire solutions you can use to overcome some of the biggest challenges of your job search:

Solution #1) Avoid Isolation
The potential for feeling isolated and alone is perhaps the greatest roadblock any job-seeker can face. Getting out and about as much as possible is critical to your success. Moreover, since networking is the most direct route to your next position, you should be meeting people at every opportunity. There are several ways to interact with others and each could payoff by providing you with valuable connections as well as an added boost of confidence.

  • Become active in professional associations and groups relevant to your line of work. The contacts you will make at these meetings are likely to have direct links to managers and other decision-makers in organizations that are of interest to you. Also, you will have access to information and job listings that might not otherwise be available.
  • Volunteer in a related field. The very act of serving others will raise your feelings of wellbeing. Even more, because you will be volunteering in a field associated with your own, your new connections are likely to lead to unexpected opportunities and liaisons.
  • Join a job search group. Being around people who are going through a similar situation will go a long way to lesson any feelings of isolation you may be experiencing. In addition, you will have opportunities to share job search tips, exchange leads, and provide emotional support. Many such groups meet on a regular basis (in person or online) and provide what I term “compassionate accountability.” Group members promise to perform a number of job search activities and are then obligated to report their progress at the following meeting. So, by joining this type of group, you will be getting a combination of tips, support and motivation to move forward… a real boon to your job search!

Solution #2) Practice Proactive Stress Reduction
Plan ahead and determine the best methods you can use to make yourself feel better and relax after a tough day.

  • Think of friends you can turn to for a pep talk or, if necessary, a shoulder to cry on. (However, be careful with this one. You don’t want to complain to contacts within your network. You risk being viewed as a “downer,” and that is the last thing you want. Rather, when confiding your frustrations, select to share only with those close friends who have your best interests at heart.)
  • Another way to reduce stress is to complete a project where you will see a tangible result: cleaning out a drawer, mowing the lawn or hanging shelves in the garage. While you are job hunting, you will be putting out lots of effort without seeing an immediate return on your investment. However, if you do something whereby you achieve a tangible result, the very act of seeing an outcome from your efforts can keep you motivated. (Be sure, however, that the projects you choose are fairly small. Larger ones will take your focus off of your job search.)
  • If you can afford to take some time away, perhaps a weekend or a bit longer, you might plan to do so during your search. Adding some real distance (both emotionally and physically) to an issue can provide renewed focus and energy. It will also improve your overall attitude.

Solution #3) Set Yourself Up for Success
If your skills aren’t current and competitive, it is awfully difficult to feel good about your viability as a candidate. To be successful, you will need to sell yourself with confidence to potential employers.

  • Therefore, if you are lacking in certain skills, take a class. Community colleges, senior centers, adult education, and several other learning institutions offer low cost classes. You will not only gain the necessary knowledge (you can add this to your resume), you will also be able to network with your fellow students and the instructor. Ask to meet briefly with him or her and begin the conversation with an open-ended question along the lines of: “I am targeting positions in the field of XYZ. Do you have any ideas or suggestions for me?” You will probably get some extremely helpful information and, many times, useful contact names.
  • There are also a number of free and low fee websites on the Internet that will provide you with many of the skills you need.
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Although looking for work can certainly be filled with frustrations and setbacks, there are a number of actions you can take to help you overcome the job search blues. Realize that you have already conquered a lifetime of challenges and have gained from the experience. And, even if things are going more slowly than you’d like, you aremoving forward and you will ultimately achieve success.

So take heart, take action and–most of all–present yourself from a position of strength. After all, a seasoned job-seeker with confidence and a can-do attitude is awfully hard to beat!

Ending Family Violence Panel Discussion


Who will be there
 You can expect to see representatives from LCSNW and the ywca of Spokane definitely on the panel. Also included will be Officer Hallock from SPD and hopefully a representative from Spokane Public Schools Student Services. We have also invited representatives from Partners with Families and Children and Passages to speak about the services they provide families.

SNAP Offered Classes

Give Yourself a Raise (Money Management): This free class provides an overview of topics such as financial goals, banking savings, budgeting and credit. The class will be held on Friday, April 17, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the library near the East Central Community Center, 524 E. Stone in Spokane and on Tuesday, April 28, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Northeast Community Center, 4001 N. Cook in Spokane.

Navigating Your Credit World (Credit Repair): Develop a better understanding of how credit works and how to read your credit report. Also hear about collection practices n how to repair your credit. The class runs from 2 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 16 at the library near the East Central Community Center, 524 E. Stone in Spokane and on Monday, April 27, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Northeast Community Center.

First-time Homebuyer Education: The next SNAP First-time Homebuyer class will be offered April 14 and 16, Tuesday and Thursday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the SNAP Ft. Wright Mission Support Center, 3102 W. Ft. George Wright Drive. Participants must attend both sessions.

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.
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 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
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

Spokane Fire Department’s March 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 please contact us.

Click here for the March Newsletter —->>>Apt Newsletter March2015

Contact Information

Lisa Jones
Fire Marshal

Jan Doherty
Public Education Officer