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n the next couple of weeks, the Spokane Public School Board will be deciding on where to build the replacement for Joe Albi Stadium that voters funded when they approved a 2018 levy. In that levy there was also an advisory vote on whether the new facility should be downtown. Voters resoundingly said no, leave it where it is. In this case, the voters got it wrong. Before the “we already voted on it” crowd chimes in, I agree: We did vote on it. But we also had to vote twice on replacing the Boone Street Barn before it passed, and look what that has done for our city. We have also reconsidered many voters’ decisions to benefit our community,

including decisions affecting Spokane Public Transit and other school bonds and levies. Voters also initially voted down turning a rail yard into Riverfront Park. Sometimes things need a second look. This is one of those cases. It should also be noted that the city traded Albi to the school district in 2013 for some land at the South Athletic Complex on Regal. For starters, building a new 5,000-seat athletic

facility in the middle of a residential neighborhood makes no sense. Our community has strived to create livable and walkable neighborhoods. The current Albi location does not fit that objective and does not have the road infrastructure to support large events on an ongoing basis. Would you want a new 5,000 seat stadium in your neighborhood? One of the original purposes of the land swap was for the district to be able to build a new school and more playing fields on the current Albi location. Both are needed to support the growing population in the area and to address our community’s shortage of playing fields. As a bonus, these new fields would be right next to the Dwight Merkel Sports Complex, leveraging locational assets.

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An Airway Heights police officer — honored as a leader combating domestic violence — is accused of abusing numerous women BY WILSON CRISCIONE


urtis Tucker, in his full police uniform, rises from his seat when his name is called. At a celebratory breakfast in 2013, the YWCA presents Tucker, an Airway Heights police officer, with a certificate of appreciation thanking him for how he responded to a domestic violence call. It’s officers like him, a presenter says, who improve the lives of domestic violence survivors. As the room applauds her husband, Heidi Starr watches in disbelief. Surrounded by police officers dedicated to arresting abusers and advocates devoted to helping abused women, Starr wants them to know the truth. She wants to tell them the man they’re praising has been abusing her for three years. She wants to report that Tucker has hit her, choked her, raped her and held a loaded gun to her head. But speaking up, she tells the Inlander today, didn’t feel like an option. “Who was going to believe me?” Starr says. For two more years after that breakfast, she says the verbal, physical and sexual abuse by Tucker continued until she filed for divorce in May 2016. She never called the police, she says, because Tucker himself was a police officer and she feared they’d take Tucker’s side. Airway Heights Police Department learned of Starr’s allegations against Tucker in 2017, when she detailed them in court documents requesting a domestic violence


protection order. But the Airway Heights department never conducted its own investigation into the matter. Instead, in 2019 the police department chose him to be its board representative on the Spokane Regional Domestic Violence Coalition. An Inlander investigation, however, has found a pattern of alleged domestic violence by Tucker. A previous ex-wife, who asked to be referred to by her middle name of Lynn, documented in court records similar allegations of violence, including both physical and sexual abuse. Three other women who’ve had personal relationships with Tucker in the last decade say he was abusive as well, the Inlander found. Their allegations include instances of choking, threats with his gun or other physical abuse. All of these women, who requested to remain anonymous for this article, say they were afraid to report the violence because Tucker was a police officer. Airway Heights Police Chief Brad Richmond says 47-year-old Tucker — who’s been an Airway Heights officer for 15 years — does an “exemplary job day in and day out.” In an interview with the Inlander, he questioned whether the allegations against Tucker are racially motivated, as Tucker is Black. Tucker, in an interview with the Inlander, denies all allegations of abusive behavior toward women. He says if he truly was a habitual domestic abuser, then surely someone would have reported it.

“I don’t think it’s true that years and years of abuse can go unwitnessed and unreported,” Tucker says. “It just simply didn’t happen, and that’s why it didn’t get reported.” Domestic violence victim advocates and law enforcement experts, however, say statements like that are rooted in a misunderstanding of abuse. Norm Stamper, former Seattle police chief and author who’s examined systemic issues within police departments, says police officers know the system well enough to know how to get away with domestic violence. “They know where on the body to hit, they know how to threaten or otherwise intimidate their victims in order to ensure that no report is given to local law enforcement,” Stamper says. “Domestic violence offenders who happen to be police officers are in a position to wield enormous power and influence… and domestic violence, we know, is at heart a crime of power and control.” Starr says Tucker used that power dynamic to his advantage. “It’s all a power game, and it’s all a mental game. And he was very good at convincing me there was no option, and that my life was in danger [if I report],” she says. “And because he was a cop, I literally had no idea who I would report it to, or what that would look like, or if they could get to me before he killed me.” ...continued on page 10


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ucker married Lynn, his second wife, in 2003. “was his” and “he could do whatever he wanted.” But in 2008, Lynn filed for divorce. In those five It wasn’t the first time he threatened her, Starr says. A years, there’d been “multiple instances of domesmonth earlier, he held a loaded gun to her head — while tic violence and sexual assault” inflicted by Tucker, she on duty — and forced her to perform oral sex, according would later write in divorce papers. to allegations in her 2017 petition for a protection order. Lynn declined to be interviewed for this article, but That petition details many allegations of abuse or says that what she wrote in the court documents is acsexual assault over their relationship. She alleged that curate. Tucker choked her multiple times, sometimes during After one incident, she wrote sex. She alleged he that she had bruises on her neck slapped her at a party that her boss noticed when she went in June 2011, that he to work. In another incident, she came home drunk wrote Tucker threatened to sexually multiple times and assault her before he “cornered me raped her, and that in the hallway and began hitting me.” he threatened to hurt She continued: “I fell to the floor at her if she did not which point he continued to punch sleep with other men me in the back.” Tucker denies both while he watched. of those incidents of alleged abuse She writes that described in the court documents. on Dec. 5, 2015, Tucker and Lynn separated after Tucker “threw me that. She wrote in divorce papers that down after sex and she didn’t report the violence at that kicked me breaking time partly because he was a police my ribs.” In the court officer and could have lost his job. documents, Starr She recorded a call with Tucker included medical in 2008, however, in which Tucker records and a photo admits that he beat her. The Inlander showing a dark has obtained that recording. bruise where her ribs On the phone call, Tucker is were broken. angry because he fears Lynn might Tucker admits file for a domestic violence proteche visited Starr while tion order. At the time, he’d been an on duty, but he says Airway Heights police officer for two he doesn’t recall any years, and he says it would cost him “intercourse.” Tucker his job and impact their children. denies the physical Officer Curtis Tucker, later accused by multiple women of domestic He asks if he should just quit his job abuse, and when abuse, received a certificate of appreciation from the YWCA in 2013. now so he doesn’t have anything on asked about the alhis record. leged sexual assault, He urges her not to “play that game,” insisting that he tells the Inlander that it was all consensual. But Starr she no longer has to worry about him. maintains that it wasn’t. In fact, she says when she told “When I hit you and stuff like that, that’s when I him she didn’t like something, like choking, that would actually cared about you a little bit, but now you f---ing make him do it more. She says at times she feared she talk shit to me. So don’t worry about me having to touch would die, and that once Tucker choked her to the point you, look at you, or anything else like that,” Tucker says of blowing out blood vessels in her eye. on the call. Other women reached by the Inlander describe similar “You beat me up when you love me and don’t touch behavior. One woman says that, in addition to chokme when you hate me?” Lynn asks. ing her, Tucker tried to pressure her into sleeping with “Right. Right,” Tucker responds. “You’re nothing but other men despite her repeatedly shit. I don’t touch shit. So don’t worry about it.” saying she didn’t want to. She When the Inlander plays the recording for Tucker, he called Tucker “diabolical” and says he doesn’t remember that conversation, since it took added that she feels lucky she place years ago. But he doesn’t deny he said it. Instead, got out of the relationship withhe says he was likely referring to their sexual relationship. out suffering more abuse. “We did things sexually,” he says. “That’s probably Another woman says Tucker what those conversations were about.” never hit her, but she describes The 10-minute recording, however, never discusses locking herself in a bedroom sex. It ends with Tucker saying he feels like he’s “failed” during an argument and Tucker threatening to use his at life. Lynn responds by saying that he failed when he gun if she didn’t let him in, saying “nobody’s going to decided to cheat on her and “put hands on me.” believe” her if she said anything because he was a police Lynn didn’t report the abuse during their marriage officer. but referenced “significant concerns” about Tucker in the When Starr wrote the allegations down in her 2017 2008 petition for divorce. It’d be several years later, in petition for a protection order — a year after their divorce 2012, before she wrote in court declarations that Tucker — Tucker wrote a declaration to the court dismissing was physically abusive toward her. them as “gangster like storytelling,” noting he has no By that time, he was allegedly abusing his next wife. criminal record. Today, Tucker points out that the judge denied the eidi Starr remembers what Tucker told her the domestic violence protection order in 2017. He also adds night they got married. It was June 2010, and that no woman has ever filed a police report alleging they eloped in Post Falls. Tucker choked her violence. while they were having sex, she says, and he said that she But the judge who denied the domestic violence peti-

tion — Spokane County Superior Court Commissioner Tami Chavez — said that the petition wasn’t being denied because she doubted the claims of domestic violence. In fact, Chavez said she didn’t dispute their relationship may have been “volatile to the point of domestic violence,” according to audio of the court hearing. But she said the allegations were regarding past events, and with the two divorced, Starr failed to prove an imminent threat was ongoing. At the same time, Chavez struck down Tucker’s argument that the lack of police reports meant no domestic violence took place. “Domestic violence doesn’t need a police report. You can go decades without having a police report. Or you can have 20 police reports, and it doesn’t mean there’s domestic violence,” she said. “A police report isn’t conclusive evidence for or against domestic violence being present.”


irway Heights Police Department knew of the allegations that Starr made against Tucker in 2017. According to Tucker, the police department — led at the time by Chief Lee Bennett — placed Tucker on suspension when the petition was filed. “They advised me that if the protection order was to stay in place that I would be fired,” Tucker tells the Inlander. But when it was dismissed, he was able to keep his job. The department did not conduct its own investigation, both Tucker and his ex-wives say. The handling of the allegations goes against recommended practices outlined by the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs, which says a model policy would involve “thorough investigations into any allegation of a law enforcement employee involved in domestic violence.” For comparison, Spokane Police Department has investigated allegations of domestic violence among officers even when the courts didn’t find them guilty. In July 2017, SPD Officer John “Jay” Scott was arrested for domestic violence and had his charges dismissed. But SPD conducted its own investigation and fired him in March 2018. Similarly, when Officer Nicholas Spolski was accused of domestic violence in December 2017, he was fired following an internal investigation despite a jury finding him not guilty in the criminal case. In contrast to the allegations against Tucker, however, both of those cases involved the officers being arrested.

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Today, Richmond says that when he took over the Airway Heights Police Department in December 2019, he was told the allegations of domestic violence against Tucker were “unsubstantiated.” He defends that position now, based on the fact that the judge denied Starr’s domestic violence protection order. “It was unsubstantiated by a court of law,” Richmond says. “I’m not a judge, and there’s a judge for that.” Kevin Richey, who was the Airway Heights mayor from 2015 until December 2020, says he heard of some issue involving Tucker around 2017 but wasn’t fully briefed. Richey has worked as a Spokane County Sheriff’s Office detective specializing in domestic violence and sexual assault investigations, and now is a precinct

commander and assistant police chief of the Spokane Valley Police Department. He says there should have been some investigation by law enforcement into the allegations, preferably by an outside agency. “I think allegations of domestic violence should always be investigated fully,” Richey says. And that can work both ways, he says. If the allegations are found to be true, then the victims can get some of the justice they may be seeking. If an investigation proves the allegations false, then it’s not hanging over the officer’s head. Stamper, the former Seattle police chief, agrees that a full investigation should be conducted when a department learns of any allegations. Holding individual officers accountable, he says, can help build trust in the police department. Any department policy should mandate that “you never turn your back on an allegation of police misconduct, or alleged criminal behavior,” he says. “The institution’s standing in the community demands it.” Yet without an investigation, Tucker was chosen by Airway Heights Police Department to represent the agency on the Spokane Regional Domestic Violence Coalition, which aims to “eradicate domestic violence.” “I thought there was some kind of process where that police officer was at least investigated, or something would happen, where they would at least interview the victims to see what happened,” Starr says. “And none of that was ever done, even though [Lynn] and I both detailed out that there was domestic abuse.”


nnie Murphey, the executive director of the Spokane Regional Domestic Violence Coalition, says that if the coalition heard any sort of allegation against one of its agency representatives, a member would notify that agency — in this case, Airway Heights PD. But in an interview with the Inlander, Murphey declined to answer whether she knew of any allegations against Tucker. She would only say that the allegations presented by the Inlander were the first she heard of a “pattern of behavior.” She also wouldn’t say whether she or anyone else who was part of the coalition had notified Airway Heights of any allegations. A week following the interview with the Inlander, however, Tucker was removed as an agency representative for the coalition. A statement issued by the coalition says it’s “been made aware of allegations of violence” regarding the representative from Airway Heights. “We requested the agency remove this individual from their role on the SRDVC board and this request has been granted,” the statement says. Tucker tells the Inlander he hopes to continue to do his job as a police officer. As he denies all of the allegations against him, he says he’s always responded to domestic violence calls with professionalism. He argues that this article is dangerous and will amplify racist stereotypes of a Black man “terrorizing White women.” “This article isn’t being done, and [Starr’s] statements aren’t being done because of a threat to the community,” he says. “This article’s being done as a way of getting revenge on me.” Starr, meanwhile, says that since she and Tucker split up, she sought counseling and battled feelings of shame. She still remembers when she got dressed up and sat next to Tucker as he received the award from the YWCA, wanting to tell someone the truth but feeling stuck. To this day, she doesn’t trust that anyone would have taken her seriously. After all, she says, nobody took it seriously when the allegations were written in court documents. Bryonna Figueroa, a former YWCA criminal advocate, presented Tucker his certificate that day in 2013. Today, she stresses that women in abusive relationships shouldn’t feel like nobody can help. Advocacy organizations like the YWCA would sit down with victims and do safety planning, for example. But she understands how discouraging it may feel to see your abuser held up as an ally of domestic violence survivors. “I understand how it could be discouraging,” she says. “These situations do pop up, and they make us question our systems and what is there to protect us.” n wilsonc@inlander.com

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pokane Mayor Nadine Woodward’s first city administrator, hired away from the tiny Central Washington town of Ephrata, resigned after less than a year. But Woodward says the scale of experience of her new city administrator, Johnnie Perkins, is on an entirely different level. Perkins has been a school board candidate, a trash company lobbyist and, just last year, a deputy chief operating officer for the city of San Diego. In a city of 1.5 million — nearly seven times Spokane’s population and 188 times Ephrata’s — Perkins oversaw infrastructure, public works and utilities. Woodward says that Perkins’ references were “absolutely incredible” across the board, with two decades’ worth of colleagues from the public and private sectors raving about his record of collaboration and problemsolving.


“One former council member who I spoke to called him Johnnie-On-The-Spot,” Woodward says. “He was always there to deal with the issue, to help with the problem, to respond.” But big-city experience can come with big-city baggage. For the past two years, San Diego journalists have been uncovering one damning story after another about the city’s involvement with a 19-story building at 101 Ash St. in San Diego’s downtown. At the end of 2019, 800 city employees had been moved into the building despite a flurry of warning signs about its safety. After barely a month, asbestos caused city staffers to flee the facility and the building to be declared a public nuisance. Today, the building sits empty, the city has refused to continue paying its lease, and the debacle has resulted in a wellspring of lawsuits: from whistleblowers claiming

retaliation, from contractors citing endangerment, from journalists demanding public records, from a taxpayer who blames the city for signing the building’s lease and from the landlord who blames the city for violating it. Just last month, the San Diego Union-Tribune’s editorial board called for either the state Attorney General’s Office or a “respected, independent law firm” to investigate and “get to the bottom of this still-growing scandal.” And during the project’s most pivotal months in 2019 and 2020, one of San Diego’s highest-ranking officials overseeing it was Johnnie Perkins. It’s earned him critics as passionate as his supporters. “When you get up to that level, and you’re making that kind of money, you have a responsibility to blow the whistle to say something,” says Arturo Castañares, publisher of the bilingual La Prensa San Diego local newspaper. “You put people’s lives at risk.”


Perkins had long been a player in local Republican politics in San Diego, but Woodward says the praise for him is bipartisan. “He got along with people on all sides of the political spectrum,” Woodward says. Indeed, while some of the most fiery condemnation of the Ash Street debacle has come from Castañares, the former chairman of the San Diego County Democratic

Party, he had positive things to say about Perkins’ reputation. “He was always known as a straight-up guy, a straight shooter,” says Castañares. “He’s a hands-on guy. And he’s a fixer.” When Perkins became one of the city’s deputy chief operating officers in August 2018, one of his first missions was to repair San Diego’s water department, beset by soaring billing errors and employees who lied on timecards. “This is part of the culture that we are in the process of changing,” Perkins told local reporters. But Castañares thinks that since then Perkins either succumbed to pressure from the top or “got used to the water temperature” — that he was changed by the city of San Diego’s culture of cover-up and obstruction. Perkins, to be clear, had nothing to do with San Diego’s controversial 2016 decision to lease to purchase the deteriorating building. By the time he arrived on the scene, the project had already been cursed by delays related to the discovery of fireproofing material containing asbestos. Speaking with the Inlander on Monday, Perkins was vague about his role in the project, saying only that he was working with the project team on “various elements of the tenant improvements” task. Hundreds of San Diego public records reviewed by the Inlander, however, speak to Perkins’ hands-on involvement with the Johnnie Perkins Ash Street renovations. As setbacks threatened the project, Perkins was the one demanding the contractors deliver a new budget, timetables and asbestos-containment strategies. Sometimes he intervened. After a fire protection subcontractor disturbed asbestos with their renovation work, he requested to speak with that company’s president personally. When he learned a worker hadn’t been wearing protective equipment in the building, he moved to ban that worker from the premises immediately. “Johnnie was brought in to fix it. The problem is they didn’t fix it,” Castañares says of Perkins. “And when they knew it was unfixable, that’s when they stopped doing the right thing and started doing the wrong thing.”


On Dec. 16, 2019, San Diego appeared ready to unfurl its “Mission Accomplished” banner. As the city began moving hundreds of employees onto the floors of the Ash Street building, Perkins told the San Diego Union-Tribune that the city was “on time and within budget” and that the $30 million worth of renovations since 2018 would ultimately “save tens of millions of taxpayer dollars over time.” But while Perkins and other city leaders celebrated the positive news coverage, they knew that important aspects of the renovation still hadn’t been completed. It didn’t take long for the newly moved-in San Diego employees to realize something was wrong. Two days after Christmas, employees were emailing their union to complain about freezing temperatures inside the building, recounting how they were “wearing many layers of

clothing, our jackets, beanies, gloves and blankets to try to keep warm.” By early January 2020, the employees read the Union-Tribune to learn that the asbestos violations in their building had continued. San Diego County’s air pollution regulator found asbestos-laden material in the building three days before employees started to move in and three days after. The final blow came on Jan. 14, 2020: San Diego County officials found asbestos in a conference room near city employees. The county declared the site a public nuisance, and on Jan. 17, the city ordered employees to abandon the building. “By smokey, that was a real game changer,” Perkins told the San Diego City Council later that month. “And for me personally, one that cut right to my heart, given where safety is and has been throughout my career.” Cathleen Higgins, labor relations officer with the San Diego Municipal Employees Association, told the council that employees were calling her and were outraged. “I’m not going to sugarcoat it today,” she says. “They’re angry. They’re scared. They don’t believe their city anymore.” But Perkins also laid out a kind of defense before the council. He read a Dec. 11, 2019, letter from David Davey, president of the general contractor on the project, concluding that after an expensive third-party test for airborne asbestos fibers, the city had ensured that “101 Ash Street is safe for City employees and the public to occupy.” But just a few hours before that, Davey had sent a different email to Perkins — one he’d started composing at 2:30 am — hammering home how difficult fixing “the very significant deficiencies of the existing infrastructure” would be in a matter of weeks. Records show that Davey and other contractors had repeatedly sounded alarms about the deteriorating 60-year-old building’s obsolete electric, ventilation, heating and fire suppression systems, only to get pushback from the city officials. “How are you going to move people into a building without heat? How are you going to move people in there without a proper working fire system?” HVAC subcontractor Scott Lee recalls asking San Diego officials. “I got told point-blank, they didn’t have the money, they were going to move forward, they would address it over the next four or five years.”

Fire doors were missing. The fire alarms had been tested, but weren’t connected to the building’s automation system. Normally, fire marshals would flag these problems during a fire inspection. But when employees were moved into the building, it hadn’t been fully inspected in more than 2½ years. According to a report released last year by Hugo Parker, a law firm advising the city of San Diego, city fire marshal Douglas Perry said Perkins was adamant that the fire marshal not be required to test the building’s fire systems. While Perkins had stressed that the building shouldn’t be occupied unless it passed its fire safety tests, the fire marshal said, there was tremendous pressure from the “highest levels, if not the highest” to get people moved in. But asked by the Inlander why he had insisted that the fire marshal not test the building’s fire systems, Perkins would only say: “Public safety is our top priority, first, second, and always.” On nearly a dozen occasions during his brief interview with the Inlander, Perkins sidestepped questions about the project with variations of that phrase. Was the building safe? Why wasn’t a fire inspection done? How did he respond to all the red flags raised by contractors and whistleblowers? Perkins would only say that “public safety is the city’s top priority.” But Ash Street’s problems have grown. While the Hugo Parker report concluded “at no time was there any true health risk” to workers from asbestos, Shea, the personal-injury lawyer, argues that the tests were seriously flawed. Lee remembers crawling through a shaft covered in potentially asbestos-laden material. He says he got a CT scan recently, and the doctors found something new. “I had a mass in my lung,” Lee says. “I was sitting there going, ‘Is that from this building?’” Far from being completed on time and on budget, a city-commissioned study last year concluded that to safely occupy the building it would need as much as $115 million in additional repairs and asbestos work, including a nearly total replacement of the ventilation systems. Three of the officials involved in the Ash Street debacle have resigned. After a new San Diego mayor took office at the end of last year, a city reorganization and budget cuts resulted in a pay cut for Perkins and demotion to environmental services director. But the new mayor has praised Perkins publicly. He tweeted this week that Perkins was “instrumental in multiple major civic projects and initiatives” and declared April 2 “Johnnie Perkins Jr. Day” Woodward is aware of the Ash Street controversy but expressed confidence in her decision to hire Perkins. “Johnnie was very transparent with us,” Woodward says. “I thought the city did what it believed was the right thing to do.” Asked by the Inlander if he would have done anything differently with the project, he would only say that every project has unique challenges. “Let’s talk about Spokane,” Perkins says. “Let’s talk about the great community that Spokane is.” He’s ready to move on, literally. He ends the interview with movers at his door in San Diego. “I will lead as I always have: with integrity, transparency, honesty, character and working as a team,” Perkins says. “That’s how I’m going to address issues in Spokane.” n danielw@inlander.com

“If there had been a fire and people had died, people would go to prison. It isn’t, ‘I made a mistake.’ It’s gross criminal negligence.” In a high rise, the building’s automation system is supposed to slam shut vents, close fire barriers and redirect airflow to deprive the fire of oxygen and prevent fire or smoke from spreading. But in the Ash Street building, Lee discovered the system was so obsolete as to be inoperable. Worse, Lee says he watched other city contractors bolt open the vents that were supposed to close during a fire after the move-in. “That was insane,” Lee says. Ventilation matters. When a fire broke out in Las Vegas’s MGM Grand Casino in 1980, a faulty ventilation system allowed smoke to spread rapidly, injuring 650 and killing 85. “If there had been a fire and people had died, people would go to prison,” says San Diego personal injury attorney Lawrence Shea, who is representing Lee and dozens of others suing the city over the Ash Street project. “It isn’t, ‘I made a mistake.’ It’s gross criminal negligence.”



THAT SPOKANE AND THE INLAND NORTHWEST comprise a literary hotbed is not news to those of us who live here and love to stick our head into a good book or hit one of our regular poetry readings. And EWU’s Get Lit! Festival has been drawing big-time talents to town for more than 20 years to mix and mingle with our local talent and literature fans. After 2020 put the festival on ice, it’s back in 2021, online and loaded with some incredible events and writers. You might miss rubbing elbows with fellow book fanatics, but this year you can explore kinky essays, introduce yourself to new novelists, and take on hard-hitting issues through panels dedicated to Indigenous voices, tackling the patriarchy and inspiring criminal justice reform. Even the beloved Pie & Whiskey event is happening. (You just have to supply your own pie and/or whiskey — sorry.) In the following pages you’ll learn how to take full advantage of the world of words coming right to your computer screen this year. Enjoy! — DAN NAILEN, Arts & Culture editor


LITERARY LOG-IN The Get Lit! Festival returns after a year away, with readings and roundtables coming to a computer near you


Get Lit! Director Kate Peterson is taking the festival online in 2021. YOUNG KWAK PHOTO


pokane’s Get Lit! Festival has been gathering a diverse array of writers in the Inland Northwest every year since 1998, but 2020 introduced plot twists that no author could have seen coming. The pandemic forced Get Lit! back onto the shelf for a while, but the festival is back starting Monday, albeit in a virtual capacity. Eastern Washington University’s annual literary celebration not only lauds local talent but brings in big names from all over the country. Past Get Lit! appearances have included literary legends like Kurt Vonnegut and Joyce Carol Oates, singersongwriter Ani DiFranco, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Colson Whitehead, and bestselling commentator Roxanne Gay. But right before 2020’s full lineup was to be announced last spring, the dominoes started to fall. Looking back at last year’s cancellation, Get Lit! Director Kate Peterson says it was a real heartbreaker to pull the plug after nearly a full year of putting all the pieces together. The pandemic was surging, events and gatherings around the world were getting the axe due to safety concerns, and Get Lit! inevitably announced on March 13 that the fest wasn’t happening, the same day Gov. Jay Inslee announced that all schools would be closed for at least six weeks. “It was a very stressful week and a half,” Peterson recalls of the lead-up to the cancellation. “We’ve worked the whole year and have all these awesome plans, and all of the office is excited about it, and I have to break the news to them. At that point, it was pretty clear that it was going to be the safe and responsible thing to do.” There was talk of pivoting to an online portal, but Peterson says they didn’t have enough time or resources to make it happen, although the organization did post a series of local authors’ readings throughout the spring and summer. “There were some folks who were excited about being able to send us some readings that we could post online, but there were quite a lot of authors who were just pretty overwhelmed,” Peterson says. “This year, it’s going to feel more like a festival.”


et Lit! 2021 will take place entirely online, with a mix of prerecorded readings and roundtables and live virtual Q&As, crafting classes and conversations that will allow readers to interact with the writers as they would in a normal year. Claire Walla, an MFA student at EWU, was working as the festival’s assistant coordinator last spring. Her position is normally a yearlong stint, but she’s back again for the 2021 iteration of the festival, taking advantage of her background making video content for the Huffington Post in putting together the virtual Get Lit! “Not that it’s been easy,” Walla adds. “It’s a strange thing to figure out how to mimic the sense of community that comes from this festival, because a lot of it has to do with celebrating Spokane, regional authors and the literary community here. And it’s nice to have that foundation of so many people in Spokane who are working in the literary arts, who know each other already.” Erin Pringle is one of many local authors who had been

scheduled to appear at 2020’s Get Lit! — which would have coincided with the release of her novel Hezada! I Miss You — and is back on the lineup this year. Pringle says there are actually some benefits to the fest’s virtual model, particularly for authors who might be uneasy in front of audiences. “I don’t feel comfortable in crowds, so I felt much better having a recorded session,” Pringle says. “I think I had less anxiety preparing for the computer reading than I would have leading up to an in-person event.” Virtual events also provide a level of accessibility that inperson events can’t always accommodate. The festival has even been advertising outside Spokane, hoping to attract audiences from Seattle, Missoula and Portland. Peterson says that her family from New Jersey, who have never made it to Get Lit! in person, will finally be able to attend (albeit in the virtual realm). “It’s going to be really great to have an even wider audience this year, to be able to share events with people who might not normally be able to travel to us both physically and geographically,” Peterson says. “We can provide [closed captioning] for our audience, and we’ll also be able to share it with some creative writing programs and organizations all around the country. It definitely means that the Spokane literary community is going to get a bigger platform this year, which I think it really deserves.” As is the case with every arts organization pivoting into mixed-media and hybrid virtual models, there has been conversation about adding online components to future festivals. It’s still up in the air, Peterson says: First they need to see how this year’s event goes. “We have talked to some authors who might normally go on book tours and visit tons of cities, and maybe in one city, they might only have four people coming to their event. But on Zoom, they’re able to get 50 people,” Peterson says. “So there is a silver lining. But I just can’t wait to get back to whatever normal is going to be next year and get back into the local venues that we love.” Get Lit! regulars are no doubt restless for the festival to return to in-person gatherings again — congregating at Auntie’s Bookstore for an intimate reading, or in the sold-out audience at the Bing Crosby Theater, savoring pie and whiskey at the Cracker Co. Building while poets and authors share work both humorous and thought-provoking. Pringle says that this year’s festival will be preserved as a snapshot of sorts, “as a kind of sign post of identity that we can use to connect who we were pre-pandemic to who we are now and who we might be after it. It’s also important because reading maintains the world for us. To read invokes memory and a sense of ourselves. That’s important right now.” “It’s so nice to be in conversations about literature, to be inspired by an author’s work, to hear readings and to hear the conversation, this year in particular,” Walla says. “To be in a space where we’re celebrating a lot of different people, different experiences, different kinds of writing, is inspiring as a writer. But then also just as a person, it’s nice to hear from different people, the stories that they’re telling.” n Get Lit! Festival • Mon, April 12 through Sun, April 18 • Register for events at inside.ewu.edu/getlit/festival.


Bees, Boys and Getting By Spokane native Eileen Garvin arrives at Get Lit! with her first novel and a whole lot of buzz BY DAN NAILEN


he Music of Bees is Spokane native Eileen Garvin’s first novel, but its initial inspiration is rooted in her adopted home in Oregon. A few years ago Garvin, a beekeeping hobbyist, bought a package of bees from a local farmer to replace her hive that died the previous year. It was around dusk, and Garvin was tooling along a small road in the small town to pick up the bees when she passed a striking image. And that picture immediately turned into the first line of the book, slated for release at the end of April. “Jacob Stevenson had the tallest mohawk in the history of Hood River Valley High School.” Garvin’s dog had just undergone ACL surgery and was stuck, inactive, in a pen for the next 12 weeks. Garvin had three months of down time ahead while she cared for the pup, time that would be spent tending her hives, too. But that short drive changed everything. “I passed this young guy in a wheelchair with a mohawk who was going the other direction,” Garvin recalls of that scene from 2016. “I’m in a small town, but I don’t know who this person is. And the first line just popped in my head. I pulled over, like we writer nerds do, and jotted it down, and then went and picked up my bees and brought them home. The next morning, I got up, installed my hive, sat down with my dog in her little pen and I started writing the story.” That forced confinement was a blessing for Garvin. It’d been years since her nonfiction first book, How To Be A Sister, made a critical and commercial splash as Garvin recounted reconnecting with her autistic older sister after returning to the Pacific Northwest after years away. Fiction was always on her mind, and 12 weeks stuck at home with an ailing dog, and that lucky encounter with a wheelchaired punk rocker, led to a situation where “the story just came” and Garvin “just let it happen.” That might make writing sound a lot easier than the reality, and Garvin worked for years to put herself in position to write a book like The Music of Bees. The 50-year-old has wanted to be a writer since she was a kid in Spokane, where she was born at Deaconess and attended Cataldo Catholic School (her Irish greatgrandfather helped build the place) and Gonzaga Prep before leaving for college and adventures around the West and beyond before landing in Hood River 15 years ago. Like so many aspiring authors, though, she was always driven to choose a “more practical” career. “I ended up doing everything you can possibly do around writing, without writing, before I fell into it,” Garvin says. “I worked in marketing for small presses. I taught English as a second language. And in between my master’s and a PhD program that I abandoned, I started working for a newspaper and I realized, ‘Oh, this is really what I want to do.’ “I don’t have an MFA. I’ve never had a writing group. I’ve always felt like sort of an outsider. But when I finally wrote How To Be A Sister, it felt so right.”



he massively mohawked Jacob Stevenson is just one of the winning protagonists of Garvin’s new book, and he meets one of the others, Alice Holtzman, after she nearly hits his speeding wheelchair as she returns to her small rural home outside town with a new batch of bees. The near-accident spawns an unlikely friendship between the teenage Jake and the widowed Alice, one that also welcomes a friendly 24-year-old drifter named Harry who applies to work on Alice’s hives when he hits town. The development of the trio’s relationship, each of them traumatized by events in their recent and not-so-recent past, is genuinely uplifting, and the arrival of a bee-threatening pesticide company in town raises the stakes in Garvin’s story beyond overcoming their individual challenges. The choice to make Alice a beekeeper obviously touches on Garvin’s own life around hives, an outlet that, like this book, has roots in dog care. Garvin started tending bees when another elderly dog of hers couldn’t move around much anymore, so she sought out something she could do while the dog enjoyed its last days in the sun. As she learned more about bees and how hives function, she realized how well they could work in a book, both metaphorically and as a device for her characters.

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Create & Paint with Sidney Black Eagle SUNDAY, APRIL 18 TH 12 PM - 2 PM $40 PER PERSON Join the talented artist Sidney Black Eagle in a class designed to explore different and fun painting techniques. Learn how to mix and create colors to complement each other and use art as an outlet for creativity.

Lifeways Workshop “Make Your Own” UPCYCLED PLATEAU BASKET “I’ve always liked books where the characters are doing something, because it gives you the chance as a reader to learn, and also gives the characters a chance to do something together,” Garvin says. “They’re not just operating next to each other and having their emotional experiences. There’s a physical thing for them to be doing. It makes it a little more believable and more interesting.” The Music of Bees arrives officially on April 27, but Garvin will be starting her virtual book tour early, including an online stop at the Get Lit! Festival. When her last book came out in 2010, she planned her own book tour and did 20 or 30 events around the West, an experience she recalls as “really fun, but really exhausting.” Her novel is coming out from a bigger publisher (Dutton, a division of Penguin Random House), but the pandemic has pushed promotion largely online. Garvin has enjoyed Get Lit! in the past as an audience member, and even though she won’t be attending in person this year now that she’s one of the featured guests, she still gets to Spokane regularly. Her mom and two siblings are still residents, and Garvin’s seen Spokane grow up from afar. “To see the festival grow and just get so many high-quality authors to Spokane is really great. Spokane is such a great town, with the arts and culture and public radio and Auntie’s Bookstore,” Garvin says. “I didn’t appreciate it when I was younger, and it wasn’t until I was living in a small town that I realized how much cool stuff you have going on there.” n Eileen Garvin will be in conversation with poet Bill Cardy in “Poetry and Prose” on Thu, April 15, at 2 pm via YouTube. She will also be part of the Must Read Fiction Presents: Conversation with Festival Authors on Sun, April 18, at 3:30 pm via Zoom. Visit getlitfestival2021.sched.com for more details.

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HOW TO GET LIT! FROM LEFT: Tiffany Midge, Elissa Washuta, Jake Sheets and D.A. Novoti will be on the We The Indigenous panel.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR There’s a ton of great things happening with the virtual Get Lit! Festival — here’s what caught our attention



ven in this unusual year, when the Get Lit! Festival will be delivered to our homes via the internet instead of filling venues throughout Spokane, there is a pretty incredible array of opportunities to hear from amazing poets and authors about their work. You can find the entire slate for this year at getlitfestival2021.sched.com, including which events are on YouTube, which require registration for a Zoom session, and which require tickets or book purchases to take part. Here are a few of this year’s highlights we found while perusing the schedule.


Mon, April 12, 5:30 pm, free Patriarchal values exist in the minds of many without realizing, so it’s important to discuss and unlearn them. At this Get Lit! event, five women writers will share their work while discussing how they write against patriarchal expectations overtly and implicitly. The panel includes Brooke Matson (Spokane writer, educator and founding executive director of Spark Central), Sonora Jh (a journalist in Mumbai and Bangalore before moving to the U.S.), Alexandra Teague (University of Idaho professor who recently published the poetry book Or What We’ll Call Desire), Kristen Millares Young (author of the novel Subduction) and former Spokane poet laureate Laura Read (author of Dresses from the Old Country). (SPENCER BROWN)


Mon, April 12, 7 pm, free In collaboration with virtual reading series We the Indigenous, Get Lit! welcomes four Indigenous authors whose works range


from poetic prose to personal essays. Featured authors Tiffany Midge, Elissa Washuta, Jake Skeets and D.A. Navoti are all from the Pacific Northwest and Southwest. Midge, citizen of Standing Rock Sioux Nation, was a 2020 Washington State Book Award finalist for her book Bury My Heart at Chuck E. Cheese’s. Washuta is a nonfiction writer and member of the Cowlitz tribe, whose book White Magic will be published in April. Skeets, member of the Navajo Nation, is the winner of the National Poetry Series and author of Eyes Bottle Dark with a Mouthful of Flowers. The final speaker, Navoti, is the original founder of We the Indigenous and a creative nonfiction and poetry prose writer. They’ll each read from their own work, followed by a discussion led by Navoti. (NATALIE RIETH)


Wed, April 14, 7 pm, free What goes on in the bedroom has long been a taboo subject. Now the world of kinks are being discussed in ways unseen before. Published in February, Kink is an anthology of literary fiction that brings the often unspoken topics of love, desire and BDSM to the forefront. The anthology was edited by R.O. Kwon and Garth Greenwell, and features works from writers such as Roxane Gay, Carmen Maria Machado and Zeyn Joukhadar. While power play is a large part of the kink community, the real power of Kink’s stories are the revelations drawn from examining what goes on in the private sphere. For this discussion, Kwon (author of The Incendiaries) will be joined by intersex trans fem author Vanessa Clark, artist and writer Larissa Pham, and trans writer and editor Callum Angus. (SB) ...continued on page 20

SO, HOW DOES THIS online-only version of Get Lit! work, exactly? As with any festival, it starts with the schedule, which you can find at getlitfestival2021. sched.com. You’ll want to create a free account through Sched, the virtual event app, and as you scroll through the list and find events that interest you, you’ll be able to register and save them to an online planner. Most readings and author roundtables are prerecorded and free to attend, and they will be preserved on the Get Lit! YouTube channel after the festival. Live post-reading Q&As will be streamed through YouTube Live — if you register for these events, you will receive an access link — and attendees can ask their questions through the site’s chat function. For a more interactive experience, check out the “Conversations Over Coffee” series hosted by Erin Popelka, which will occur Monday through Thursday at 9 am and allows festivalgoers to drop in for casual conversations about the festival, or about what they’ve been reading lately. There are a few events that require a paid admission. To attend “Pie School” with Kate Lebo (April 14), you’ll need to purchase a copy of Lebo’s new collection, The Book of Difficult Fruit. You’ll also have your choice of participating in four different craft classes — two on Friday, two on Saturday — that will cost you $35 (see details at inside.ewu. edu/getlit/festival). These events have a capacity of 25 people, so get your tickets now. — NATHAN WEINBENDER



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Pie School Wed, April 14 at 5 pm, entrance requires purchase of Kate Lebo’s new book, Difficult Fruit, from Auntie’s (auntiesbooks.com/pie-school-kate-lebo); Pie & Whiskey Thu, April 15 at 8 pm, free Technically speaking, you could go to either of these events on their own and be a happy camper, but learning how to make your own killer pie from author/pie lady Kate Lebo at Pie School that you can then serve to your household for this year’s virtual version of Pie & Whiskey seems so much cooler. You’ll note the new name for Get Lit!’s traditional Thursday night affair of slices, shots and stories, a reflection of the strange year we’ve had since last March. Even with added doses of pandemic and tears, though, you can bet the tales coming your way via YouTube from the likes of Jess Walter, Tiffany Midge, Inlander columnist CMarie Fuhrman, Steve Almond, Melissa Huggins, Gary Copeland Lilley, Phong Nguyen, and Pie & Whiskey co-founders Lebo and Samuel Ligon will hit the spot. (DAN NAILEN)

a Vietnamese-American comic book artist born in a Philippines refugee camp. Leong, a self-taught artist who’s been self-publishing her own comics since 16, is an artist and writer of Hawaiian, Mexican, Native American and European ancestries. Hughes is a Seattle-based cartoonist and illustrator whose first graphic novel, Displacement, was published in 2020. Curato’s 2014 debut Little Elliot, Big City, has been translated to over 10 languages and won multiple awards. The final panel guest, Passmore, is the author of DAYGLOAYHOLE, Goodbye and Your Black Friend. (NR)


GRAPHIC NOVELS: LIFE ILLUSTRATED Thurs, April 15, 5:30 pm, free The five graphic novelists on this panel intertwine writing and visual art to embody themes of friendship, LGBTQ+ coming of age stories, race, gentrification, the prison system, World War II-era Japanese internment camps, and navigating life through fairy tales. Trung Le Nguyen, Sloane Leong, Kiku Hughes, Mike Curato and Ben Passmore will discuss what it takes to write a vibrant graphic novel, and how to engage with artists’ illustrations. Nguyen, also known as Trungles, is

and how they can best thrive on stage. Kleber-Diggs is a poet, essayist and literary critic whose writing has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. Additionally, he is a past winner of the Loft Mentor Series in Poetry, a past fellow with the Givens Foundation for African-America Literature and the former poet laureate of Anoka County libraries in Blaine, Minnesota. Kleber-Diggs’ poetry collection Worldly Things that will be published by Milkweed Editions in June 2021 won the Max Ritvo Poetry Prize. The workshop will also cover how performance of poetry can lead to career opportunities, successful performance techniques, and ways it is a useful tool in the poetry editing process. The class will be ticketed and limited to 25 participants; tickets can be purchased through the event listing the Get Lit! schedule website. (NR)


Fri, April 16, 11:30 am, $35 Michael Kleber-Diggs (pictured) will discuss the role of the performance of poetry for modern-day poets,

Fri, April 16th, 2 pm, free Get Lit! and the Magic Lantern theater are offering a screening of 16 Bars, which portrays the lives of four inmates who take part in a unique rehabilitation effort that involves writing and recording their own music. Todd Thomas, better known as group leader Speech from hiphop crew Arrested Development, is featured in the film and will be at Get Lit! He’ll be joined by criminal justice advocate Marlon Peterson, author of Bird Uncaged, an abolitionist memoir with a new vision of justice. After a reading from Bird Uncaged, Speech and Peterson will be in conversation about transformative justice with Dr. Martín Meráz García, Chicana/o/x Studies professor at Eastern Washington University. (SB) n

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hile things are looking much brighter compared to 2020 upon the publication of this year’s Inlander Summer Camp Guide, “normal” is still a far off reality. The good news is that many of the region’s largest summer camp organizations have set dates and are already accepting registrations for fun-filled overnight escapes on the scenic shores of Lake Coeur d’Alene, Loon Lake, Davis Lake, Hayden Lake and others. One year into the pandemic, we know a lot more about how to keep everyone safe and healthy, and practices like face masks and social distancing are still expected to remain in place during this year’s camp operations. Unfortunately, organizers for many summer camps in the Inland Northwest have decided again to postpone gatherings with the hope that next year programs can resume. That includes many of those local sports-centric camps hosted by athletes and coaching staff from our regional universities. As your family plans its summer, also keep in mind that several camps we reached out to were unsure of their plans as of our publication deadline, so be sure to check back directly with them if you don’t see your favorite theater, arts, sports or general day camp listed in this year’s guide. Stay safe, well, and have a happy summer 2021! — CHEY SCOTT, Summer Camp Guide editor

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RESIDENT CAMP CROSS A faith-based sleepaway camp hosted by the Episcopal Diocese of Spokane on Lake Coeur d’Alene offering team-building exercises, arts and crafts, swimming, wakeboarding/ tubing, hiking, campfires, worship and more. June 18-20 (Leaders in Training, ages 15+) June 20-25 (Wilderness Quest; ages 13-18), July 11-16 (grades 4-6), July 25-30 (grades 7-9) and Aug. 1-7 (grades 10-13). Also includes mini-camp July 8-10 (grades 2-3) and arts camp July 18-23 (grades 4-9). $162-$450. campcross.org 509-624-3191 ROSS POINT BAPTIST CAMP A Christian camp on the Spokane River offering traditional camp activities, worship, Bible studies, games, singing, prayer and more. Grades K-12. Sessions offered June 20-23 (grades 2-4); June 20-25 (grades 4-6); June 25-26 (grades 2 and below with a parent; $32-$42); June 27July 2 (grades 9-12); July 25-31 (family

camp; $220-$388/person). $212-$309. rosspoint.org 208-773-1655 CAMP FOUR ECHOES (GRADES 1-3) This year’s programs at Camp Four Echoes include Mermaid Friends, Movin’ and Groovin’ (new), Splish Splash, Outdoor Artist, Fairy Friends (full), Camp Peeps, Splashing Around and Outdoors & S’mores. Girls entering grades 1-3. Week-long sessions offered June 21-Aug. 8; see website for session breakdown and details. $365$425. gsewni.org 800-827-9478 CAMP FOUR ECHOES (GRADES 4-5) Themed camp sessions include Mad Scientist, Art on the Lake, I’m All A-boat It and more. Camp offers traditional activities including swimming, arts and crafts, hiking and games. Girls entering grades 4-5. Sessions offered weekly from June 20-Aug. 8; see website for session details. $365-$425. gsewni.org 800-827-9478 CAMP FOUR ECHOES (GRADES 7-10) Two-week programs this year include

On the Loose, Shipwrecked, and Jump on Board. See session details online. Girls entering grades 7-10. Offered June 20-25, June 27-July 2, July 18-23 and Aug. 8-12. $290-$425. gsewni.org 800-827-9478 CAMP FOUR ECHOES LEADERSHIP SESSIONS Teen girls learn skills in leadership, the outdoors and working with children that are necessarily to become future camp counselors. Girls entering grades 9-12. Adventures in Leadership (grades 9-12) is July 4-16; CIT sessions (grades 10-12) are June 20-July 2, July 25-20, Aug. 1-6 and Aug. 8-12. $525$580. gsewni.org 800-827-9478 LUTHERHAVEN: CASTAWAY VILLAGE A special version of the 4th-6th grade summer camp program. Learn basic outdoor living skills, gather with other villages for evening activities and help your counselor cook breakfasts and dinners over a camp stove or fire. During the day, Castaway campers join main site camp for lunch (and sometimes dinner). Grades g in id o! y R to kl ns ee so W Les

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4-6. Sessions offered June 20-Aug. 13. $415. lutherhaven.com 866-729-8372 LUTHERHAVEN: SHOSHONE CREEK RANCH The perfect week for youth who love horses and riding — or who have no horse experience but want to. Develop your horse skills in the arena and on trails at Shoshone Creek Ranch, Lutherhaven’s rustic mountain guest ranch in a gorgeous creek-side setting. Includes daily horse time, plus popular camp activities like splashing in the swimmin’ hole, the 40-foot natural climbing wall, tubing the river, crafts, campfire cooking, worship and Bible study. Grades 5-10; all skill levels. Sessions for girls only offered weekly June 20-July 30; coed sessions Aug. 1-6 and Aug. 8-13. At Shoshone Mountain Retreat. $500-$550. lutherhaven.com 866-729-8372

basic outdoor living skills, plus gathering with other villages for evening activities. Campers have the opportunity to help cook their breakfasts and some dinners over a fire. During the day, they join main site camp for lunch (and sometimes dinner). Grades 4-6. Sessions offered June 20-Aug. 13. $415. lutherhaven.com 866729-8372

CAMP LUTHERHAVEN A faith-based resident camp on Lake Coeur d’Alene that’s been operating for more than 75 years, offering traditional camp activities including ropes courses, campouts, water sports, Bible study, archery and more. Three-day and six-day sessions for grades K-12 are offered from June 20-Aug. 13; see website for complete details. Junior camp staff opportunities for grades 10-12 also available. $300-$400; financial assistance available. lutherhavLUTHERHAVEN: TREEHOUSE VILLAGE en.com 866-729-8372 The treehouse camp experience includes sleeping on mattresses in open air tree CAMP FOUR ECHOES (GRADES 6-8) houses, helping with chores and learning Themed sessions include Where’s Your JAN, THE TOY LADY, HAS NOTICED MORE PEOPLE GETTING OUT OF THEIR HOUSES TO SAFELY RECLAIM FUN: Time to shift into a new gear!

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Paddle, Beginning Sailing, Zombie Invasion and more. Camps include traditional activities such as swimming, boating, hiking, arts and crafts and more. Girls entering grades 6-8. Sessions offered weekly from June 20Aug. 8; see website for session details. $365-$425. gsewni.org 800-827-9478 CAMP GIFFORD Camp Gifford provides weeklong outdoor camp experience for children that is exciting, educational and spiritual. Activities include games, arts and crafts, archery, swimming, boating, singing and more in a faith-based setting. Ages 7-12. Sessions offered June 21-July 30; camp starts Monday at noon and ends Friday at 9 am. Camp Gifford facilities are located on Loon Lake. $420; scholarships available. campgifford.org 509329-2759 CAMP GIFFORD TEEN WILDERNESS CAMP This program run by the Salvation Army Camp Gifford offers teens wilderness fun with activities such as hiking, sailing, high ropes elements and outdoor survival skills. Teens explore nature and grow and develop their relationship with Christ while developing friendships with other teens from around the Pacific Northwest. Ages 13-17. Weeklong sessions offered June 21-July 30. $420; scholarships available. campgifford.org 509-3292759 CAMP LADY OF THE LAKE An arts camp on Lake Coeur d’Alene offering dance, music, storytelling and singing workshops alongside traditional camp activities. This year’s Music & Dance Week is shorter than usual and is June 24-28 for teens (12-17) and adults (18+); Family Camp Week TBD. At Camp N-Sid-Sen facilities on Lake Coeur d’Alene. *Proof of COVID-19 vaccination, including a second dose received before June 10, is required, no exceptions. Space is also limited to 40 participants. $490. ladyofthelake.org

Price TBD. campspalding.org 509-7314244 CAMP MIVODEN Campers experience activities including water skiing, games, arts and crafts and more in a faith-based setting. June 27-July 2 (ages 10-12), July 4-9 (ages 8-10) and July 11-16 (ages 13-16). $380/session. mivoden.com 509-242-0506 MIVODEN SURVIVAL CAMP A week of adventure learning about the natural environment and important skills for wilderness survival from James Turner, a survival expert. Learn how to start a fire without a lighter, find things to eat in the forest and develop many other skills. Plus, you’ll still get some of the regular camp activities such as archery and the zip line. June 27-July 2 (ages 13-16), July 4-9 (ages 10-12), July 11-16 (ages 10-12). $450/session. mivoden. com 509-242-0506 MIVODEN DISCIPLETREK CAMP A three-week faith-based journey also offering a chance to develop friendships with other campers and participate in camp activities such as wakeboarding, rafting, and rock climbing. Ages 15-18. June 27-July 18. $650. mivoden.com 509-242-0506 MIVODEN EXTREME CAMP A faithbased camp for teens who want to push themselves, offering tough climbs, whitewater rafting and survival techniques. Ages 13-16. Weeklong sessions offered June 27-July 23. $450/session. mivoden.com 509-2420506 MIVODEN TEEN WAKEBOARD CAMPS Catch some air and learn how to wakeboard or wakesurf at a faith-based camp using the camp’s special wakeboarding boat. June 27-July 2 (ages 13-16), July 4-9 (ages 14-16), July 11-16 (ages 12-14) and July 18-23 (ages 1316). $425/session. mivoden.com 509242-0506

SPALDING FAMILY CAMP The whole family can go to summer camp together and enjoy boating, barbecuing, swimming and other traditional camp activities in a faith-based setting. Aug. 18-22. “Mom/Day & Me” session (K-2 with a parent) is June 25-26. Price TBD. campspalding.org 509-731-4244

BOY SCOUTS CAMP EASTON Spend a week on the shores of Lake Coeur d’Alene at camp, which offers activities like swimming, water-skiing, boating, sailing, kayaking, paddleboarding, hiking and more. Ages 11-17. Sessions offered June 27-Aug. 7. $210-$430. nwscouts.org/campeaston

CAMP SPALDING LEADERSHIP CAMP A faith-based leadership program for campers interested in becoming camp counselors or helping out at later summer sessions. Grades 10-12. June 2530. Application required; see website for details and application process.

TWINLOW PRIMARY CAMP A shorter stay for younger campers offering crafts, games, swimming and faithbased learning opportunities. Grades 1-3. Sessions offered June 27-30 and Aug. 8-11. $160/session. twinlow.org 208-352-2671


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RESIDENT TWINLOW ELEMENTARY CAMPS Young campers enjoy a week of traditional camp activities, including Bible study, team activities, games and more. Grades 3-6. July 5-10 and July 12-17 (general session); special sessions are Aug. 2-7 (lake camp) and Aug 9-14 (arts and sciences; grades 4-6). $335/session. twinlow.org 208-352-2671 CAMP SWEYOLAKAN The traditional, rustic sleepaway camp on Lake Coeur d’Alene is accessible only by boat. Campers enjoy swimming, boating, archery, outdoor activities, ropes courses, arts and crafts and more. Coed, grades 1-12. Seven week long sessions are offered between June 27-Aug. 20, most run Sun-Fri. A mini-camp experience (3 day/2 night; $245) is July 28-30. $485/session. campfireinc.org 509-747-6191 CAMP SWEYOLAKAN LEADERSHIP PROGRAMS High school juniors and seniors who wish to become future camp counselors learn leadership skills and more. Open to boys and girls entering grades 11-12. Senior CIT session: June 27-July 23. Junior CIT session: Aug 1-20. Teens entering grade -12 can also attend camp for free by serving as a “Camper Buddy” to assist special needs campers, or being a dishwasher or bugler. Application process/prerequisites needed. $860-$960. campfireinc.org 509-747-6191 MIVODEN EQUESTRIAN CAMP A weeklong experience learning on the trail, as well as through lessons. Whether you’re just starting out or have multiple years of experience, this session offers a fun time learning and caring for horses. June 27-July 2 (ages 13-16), July 4-9 (ages 1012), July 11-16 (ages 12-14) and July 18-23 (ages 10-12, session 2). $425/session. mivoden.com 509-242-0506 CAMP SPALDING Campers ride horses, swim, boat, zipline, play team sports and more at a faith-based camp. Discovery Camp (grades 2-4) is June 30-July 3 and Aug. 15-18; Junior Camp (grades 5-6) is July 5-10 and Aug. 15-18; Middle School Camp (grades 7-8) is July 18-24 and Aug. 1-7; High School Camp (grades 9-12) is July 11-17 and Aug. 8-14. Price TBD. campspalding.org 509-731-4244 TWINLOW FAMILY CAMP Families of all sizes and ages are invited to camp for a semi-structured, faith-based program of activities around the camp with lots of time on the lake. Two sessions: July 2-6 and July 6-9. $65-$160. twinlow.org 208352-2671 CAMP REED CIT PROGRAM Over the course of two weeks, teens build leadership skills through active team building, group learning, community building and service. The CIT program incorporates one week at camp and one week out of camp on a 200+ mile bike trip. For boys and girls entering grade 10 and 11. Sessions offered from July 4-Aug. 9. $655. ymcainw.org 509-777-9622 CAMP REED While living in a singlegender, rustic camp cabins, campers join in all that camp has to offer, including waterfront arts and crafts, hikes, campfires, games and more. For boys and girls entering grades 3-9. Weeklong sessions from July 4-Aug. 21. $530. ymcainw.org 509-777-9622 CAMP SANDERS FAMILY CAMP A nondenominational Christian camp exploring outdoors the nature, with swimming, hiking, sports, crafts, music and more. July 7-11. $160/adult. campsanders.net


BOY SCOUTS CAMP GRIZZLY Since 1938, Camp Grizzly along the Palouse River has been the home to summer adventure for countless Scouts and Scout Leaders. Campers can try their hand at programs such as ATVs, shooting sports, blacksmithing, welding, water activities and more. Ages 11-17. Weekly sessions offered July 11-25. $210-$430. nwscouts. org/campgrizzly 509-242-8231 TWINLOW HIGH SCHOOL CAMPS Themed sessions offered in 2021 include High School Crossfire (July 11-16), offering water polo, tubing, a fancy dinner and more, as well as High School Water Sports (Aug. 1-6), offering wake surfing/ skiing, wakeboarding, kneeboarding, tubing and more. Other activities include games, Bible study and more. For grades 9-13. $335-$385. twinlow.org 208-3522671 COCOLALLA LAKE BIBLE CAMP A faithbased camp program within the context of the great outdoors, offering traditional camp activities, Bible study and more. July 11-16 (teen camp) July 18-22 (ages 11-12) July 25-29 (ages 9-10) Aug. 1-8 (ages 7-8). $155-$200. clbcamp.org 208263-3912

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TWINLOW MIDDLE SCHOOL CAMPS This year’s program for tweens includes two watersports sessions that include wake surfing, skiing, boarding and much more, along with other activities including crafts, campfires, Bible study, games and more. Grades 6-9. Sessions offered July 11-16 and Aug. 8-13. $385. twinlow.org 208-352-2671

TWIN EAGLES NATURE OVERNIGHT CAMP Campers learn wilderness skills such as making fire by friction, finding edible/ medicinal plants, tracking animals, building natural shelters and more. July 25-30 (ages 10-13) and Aug. 2-8 (ages 13-18), at Medicine Circle Eco-Retreat in Priest River, Idaho. $715-$815 (scholarships available). twineagles.org 208-265-3685

CAMP N-SID-SEN A faith-based (United Church of Christ) resident camp on Lake Coeur d’Alene offering traditional camp activities such as crafts, songs, water activities and more. For 2021, the kids and intermediate camp sessions have been cancelled. 2021 sessions offered include the following: Family Camp (July 15-19, July 22-26 and July 29-Aug. 2), Sr. High Camp (Aug. 5-9 and Aug. 12-16) and a Class of 2020 graduate session (Aug. 5-9) for those who missed camp last year due to cancellations. See website for details. Price TBD. n-sid-sen.org 208689-3489

SOLE TEEN TREK EXPERIENCE An outdoor leadership expedition that helps teens develop leadership and outdoor technical skills while on a backcountry expedition in the Montana wilderness. Ages 13-18. July 25-31 (boys) and Aug. 1521 (girls). $725-$745; scholarships available. soleexperiences.org

MIVODEN FAMILY CAMP MiVoden’s Family Camps offer a wide variety of hands-on experiences that are accommodating to the whole family. During the day, classes are taught by qualified staff, while evenings are occupied with campfire programs that are spiritual and uplifting. Sessions offered July 18-23, Aug. 1-6 and Aug. 11-15. $310-$360. mivoden.com 509-242-0506 SHOSHONE MOUNTAIN RETREAT Grab your friends and head up the river to Shoshone Mountain Retreat. Each day is a new adventure in the Idaho Panhandle National Forest. Spend a day floating the river, overnight at our new McPherson Meadows, day hike the Coeur d’Alene River National Scenic Trail, plus horseback rides, rock climbing, and zip-lining. Grades 3-9. July 11-16 (grades 3-9), Aug. 1-6 (grades 7-9) and Aug. 8-13 (grades 5-7). $300-$400; financial assistance available. lutherhaven.com 208-6673459

all shapes and sizes, couples, friends and anyone looking to get away from it all for a weekend of fun. Activities include horseback riding, campfire and worship, rock climbing, floating the Coeur d’Alene River, hiking and more. Aug. 13-18. $109$160/person. lutherhaven.com 866-7298372 COCOLALLA FAMILY CAMP Families can enjoy a faith-based summer camp together with swimming, canoeing, programmed activities and more. Aug. 2022. $75-$95. clbcamp.org 208-263-3912


LUTHERHAVEN KINDERCAMP Young campers are invited to bring a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, godparent, older brother/sister (18+) or other significant adult to share all the fun of camp. Lutherhaven staff lead activities for both the camper and adult to participate in. Kids ages 4-5 with an adult. July 30-Aug. 1. $148/adult-child pair; $35 per additional child. lutherhaven.com 866-729-8372

WILDERNESS SURVIVAL DAY CAMP Campers experience nature and learn skills including wilderness survival, wildlife tracking, finding wild edible plants, obtaining clean water and more. Ages 6-13. June 14-18 (Coeur d’Alene and Sagle, Idaho); June 21-25 (Spokane) July 5-9 (Sagle, Idaho and Spokane). All sessions meet 9 am-3 pm daily. $305 (scholarships available). twineagles.org 208-265-3685

LUTHERHAVEN: SHOSHONE EXPLORERS A faith-based adventure camp at Lutherhaven’s second site on the Coeur d’Alene River. Float the river, hike in the forest, swim in the creek, climb the natural rock wall, camp out, ride horses, zipline and more. Aug. 1-6 (grades 7-9) and Aug. 8-13 (grades 5-7). $350. lutherhaven.com 866-729-8372

SOLE NATURE DETECTIVES An outdoor science camp letting young kids explore various mini-ecosystems of the natural world through free-play and experiential education lessons. Ages 4-6. Sessions offered June 14-16 and July 12-14 and Aug. 2-4. All three 2021 sessions are hosted in Sandpoint. $93-$113, scholarships available. soleexperiences.org

BOY SCOUTS CUB COUNTRY This year’s overnight Cub Scouts camp is called “Dragon Knight Academy” and offers engaging daytime activities such as swimming, boating, hiking, fishing, archery, BB gun shooting, arts and crafts,and more. Ages K-5. Sessions Aug. 5-7, Aug. 9-11 and Aug. 12-14. At Camp Grizzly. $90-$175. nwscouts.org

SOLE NATURE EXPLORERS Campers collect clues as they explore the natural world outdoors and learn about the environment around them during each themed day of camp. Ages 7-9. Sessions offered June 14-18, July 12-16 and Aug. 2-6. All three sessions for 2021 are hosted in Sandpoint. $160-$180; scholarships available. soleexperiences.org

COCOLALLA BACKPACKING CAMP During the four-day, three night trip, campers CAMP SWEYOLAKAN FAMILY CAMP will enjoy day hikes, swimming, fishing, survival skills, fellowship and daily Bible “You and Me, Kid!” is family camping study. For teens. Aug. 11-14 and Aug. without the hassle. Families can escape 26-29 (intermediate). $185. clbcamp.org for a weekend and reconnect with one 208-263-3912 another while enjoying hiking, boating, swimming, archery, ropes courses and an LUTHERHAVEN FAMILY RANCH CAMP evening beach party and barbecue. Meals A new family camp up the river at Shoincluded. July 23-25. Cost varies. campshone Mountain Retreat, for families of fireinc.org 509-747-6191

CAMP KA-MEE-LIN The City of Post Falls hosts this summer day camp offering a variety of fun and safe outdoor enrichment programs including swimming, crafts, games, weekly field trips and more throughout 11 weeks of themed camp sessions like “Mad Scientist” and “Western Frontier.” Ages K-8. Sessions offered June 14-Aug. 27, camp meets from 9 am-4 pm, with extended care options available. New this year is a half-

day Pee Wee Camp (ages 4-5; $90/week) offered June 21-25, June 28-July 2, July 19-23 and Aug. 2-6, meeting from 8:30 am-12:30 pm. Counselor-in-Training opportunities for teens (ages 13-15) also available; application required by May 12. At Post Falls Kiwanis Park. $90-$160/ week. postfallsidaho.org/camp 208-7730539 CUB SCOUT DAY CAMP A daytime Scout camp with activities and adventures such as BB guns, crafts, games and more. This year’s camp theme is “Weird Science.” Ages K-5. June 19-20 at Camp Cowles, June 26-27 at Camp Grizzly and Aug. 14-15 at Camp Easton. $40/session. nwscouts.org WILDERNESS CRAFTS & FORAGING CAMP New in 2021, this camp immerses kids in the fields, forests and riversides to gather natural materials to make functional crafts, tools, foods and medicine, while also learning how to identify native and non-native species, and ethical harvesting practices. Ages 6-13. June 21-25 (Sagle, Idaho) and June 28-July 2 (Spokane). Both sessions meet daily from 9 am-3 pm. $305 (scholarships available). twineagles.org 208-265-3685 SUMMER DAY CAMP AT MERKEL This camp lets kids explore a variety of activities, discover new interests, make friends and gain confidence while trying something new. Activities include traditional camp games, arts and crafts, sports, BMX bike riding, skate park activities and more. Ages 7-11. Weekly sessions offered June 21-Aug. 9, meets Mon-Fri from 9 am-4 pm at Dwight Merkel Sports Complex. $120-$159/session. spokanerec.org YOUTH OUTDOOR ADVENTURE CAMPS Weekly adventures include stand-up paddleboarding, rock climbing, hiking, kayaking, disc golf and more. Ages 8-11. Weekly sessions offered June 21-25, June 28-July 2, July 19-23, Aug. 2-6 and Aug. 9-13; meets Mon-Fri from 9 am-4 pm at Riverside State Park, Bowl & Pitcher picnic shelter. Sessions limited to 12 participants. $299-$349. spokanerec.org KROC ADVENTURE CAMP Adventure camp is all about building friendships, having fun and exploring. Campers develop relationships through team-building and shared experiences and go on at least one offsite adventure each week.

Other activities include swimming, rock climbing, Bible study, a STEAM project, games and more. Ages 11-14. Sessions offered June 21-Aug. 16, meets MonFri from 8:30 am-3:30 pm at the Kroc Center in Coeur d’Alene. The Adventure Camp Plus option offered during certain weeks adds one overnight stay at the Kroc. $152-$220/session. kroccda. org 208-763-0621

the entire camp. Each week ends with a ceremony of achievement to honor badges, patches and other accomplishments from the week. Girls, grades K-8. Offered June 21-Aug. 27; meets Mon-Fri from 9 am-4 pm with optional extended hours from 7:30 am-5:30 pm, at 1401 N. Ash St., Spokane. $150/week; scholarships available. gsewni.org 509747-8091

KROC MINI CAMPS Two-hour mini camps offer a structured environment for kids to focus on an activity through games, songs, arts and crafts, dance and more. Ages 4-14. Sessions offered June 21-25 (ages 4-6), June 28-July 2 (ages 10-14), July 12-16 (ages 7-10), July 26-30 (ages 7-9), Aug. 9-13 (ages 4-6) and Aug. 16-20 (ages 10-14) from 10 am-noon at the Kroc Center, Coeur d’Alene. $48-$60. kroccda.org 208763-0621

KROC DISCOVERY CAMP Camp operates in small groups to allow kids to become known by counselors and to bond with their pod-mates. During each week of camp, local artists, presenters, educators and even the magic Discovery Bus from the Coeur d’Alene Library make an appearance. There’s also time for rock climbing, swimming, Bible study, arts and crafts and more. Ages 6-10. Weekly sessions offered June 21-Aug. 23, meets Mon-Fri from 8:30 am-3:30 pm; extended care hours available. At the Kroc Center, Coeur d’Alene. $152-$190/week. kroccda.org 208-763-0621

KROC PEE WEE CAMP A half-day camp for preschoolers with weekly themes and offering swimming (including lessons), games, arts and crafts, Bible stories and more. Ages 4-5. Weekly sessions offered June 21-Aug. 16, meets Mon-Fri from 8:30 am-12:30 pm at the Kroc Center in Coeur d’Alene. $96$120/week. kroccda.org 208-763-0621 SCHWEITZER ADVENTURE CAMP Each week, campers can climb the rock wall, take chairlift rides, experience the trampoline jumper, hike, play games, swim and more. Includes transportation from the bottom of the mountain. Ages 6-10. Weekly sessions offered June 21-Aug. 16, meets Mon-Fri from 8 am-4 pm. At Schweitzer Mountain Resort, Sandpoint. $199. schweitzer.com 208-255-3081 CAMP DART-LO This wooded, 51-acre camp on the Little Spokane River offers archery, leadership, outdoor activities, swimming in outdoor pools and more. Bus transportation is offered from four Spokane locations. Ages 3-18. Ten week-long sessions offered June 16-Aug 20; meets Mon-Fri from 8:50 am-4:15 pm (extended hours and bus transportation from select locations available). $230/week. campfireinc.org 509-747-6191 SKYHAWKS DAY CAMP A fun, safe and positive environment for kids to be introduced to a new sport each week, along with arts and crafts, swimming, field trips and other activities. Ages 5-12. Weekly sessions offered June 21Aug. 20. At Pavillion Park, Liberty Lake. $135-$165/week. skyhawks.com ADVENTURE HEIGHTS Get out, explore and seek fun and adventure with Airway Heights Parks & Rec during breaks from school. Enjoy daily activities and field trips such as ice skating, rock climbing, swimming, movies, games, crafts and more! Pack your own lunch, snack and breakfast provided. This year’s program is limited to 20 participants. All Adventure Heights trips and activities are to be determined. Ages 8-13. Weekly sessions offered June 21-Aug. 27, meets Mon-Fri from 7:30 am-5:30 pm. At the Airway Heights Recreation Center. $170/week. airwayheightsparksandrec.org 509-244-4845 GIRL SCOUTS CAMP ASHWELL Each week of camp has a theme, and campers create art, explore science and go on trips related to that theme. On Friday afternoons, campers celebrate the week with All-Camp, a fun time when they perform skits, play games and show off what they’ve learned to

CAMP ALOTTA FUN The Spokane Northeast Youth Center’s summer day camp is a hands-on enrichment program encouraging recreation and fun with daily arts, music, sports and weekly field trips. A USDA-approved breakfast, lunch and snack are included. Ages 5-12. Weekly sessions offered June 23-Sept. 1; meets Mon-Fri from 6 am-6 pm. $168/week. spokaneneyc. com 509-482-0708 EARLY LEARNERS ACADEMY The Spokane Northeast Youth Center offers the best of summer with weekly day camps for preschoolers. The hands-on enrichment program is led by a licensed teacher who encourages education mixed with arts, activities, sports and weekly field trips. Includes a USDAapproved breakfast, lunch and snack. Ages 2.5-5. Sessions offered June 23Sept. 1; meets Mon-Fri from 6 am-6 pm. $212/week. spokaneneyc.com 509482-0708 LITTLE SUPERHEROES Make capes, masks, puppets and become a superhero for the week. Learn how to make secret messages that only your fellow superheroes know how to read so you can save the day from the villains. Ages 3-5. June 28-July 2 from 12:30-3 pm at Corbin Art Center. $74. spokanerec.org WILDERNESS SURVIVAL CAMP Participants work on their own and in teams to problem solve and master the basics of shelter, fire, tool use and knife safety, traps, rope and knots, plant uses, animal tracking, primitive skills, navigation and more. June 28-July 2 (ages 6-9) and July 12-16 (ages 10-14) from 9 am-4 pm at Camp Sekani Park. $299. spokanerec.org CAMP DART-LO YOUTH LEADERSHIP PROGRAM Program Aides in Learning (PALS) is a program for teens in grades 6-9 offering hands-on training and experience with camper groups. Teens work with adults and younger campers to develop camp program skills, behavior management and teaching skills. During the PALs program, teens enjoy traditional camp activities while guiding younger campers in outdoor play, communications, service-learning and team-building. Jr. PALS (grades 6-8) is July 12-30; Sr. PALS (grades 7-9) is June 28-July 9. Youth in grades 8-12 can also serve as a Camper Buddy, assisting special needs campers. Application process/prerequisites needed. $230$340. campfireinc.org 509-747-6191

NATURE NINJAS DAY CAMP A day camp teaching outdoor skills including natural camouflage, stealth, sensory awareness, wild animal tracking and more through games and activities. Ages 6-13. June 28-July 2 (Coeur d’Alene); July 12-16 (Sagle, Idaho) and Aug. 9-13 (Spokane). All sessions meet from 9 am-3 pm daily. $305 (scholarships available). twineagles.org 208265-3685 TWINLOW DAY CAMPS Day campers get to do the same activities and programs as overnight campers, including nature walks, archery, swimming, kayaking, sports, games and more in a faith-based setting. Grades 1-5. Weekly sessions offered June 28-Aug. 13; meets Mon-Fri from 9 am-5 pm (full) or 9 am-3 pm (half). $135/week halfday; $175/week full-day. twinlow.org 208-352-2671


COLORS Your World Vibrant books & engaging programs for kids this summer JUNE–AUGUST 2021 Visit us online & in your library: Airway Heights, Argonne, Cheney, Deer Park, Fairfield, Medical Lake, Moran Prairie, North Spokane, Otis Orchards, Spokane Valley & The BookEnd. www.scld.org

CAMP SANDERS DAY CAMP A non-denominational Christian camp exploring the outdoors and nature with swimming, hiking, sports, crafts, music and more. Grades pre-K through 5. July 5-7 from 9 am-4 pm. TBD. campsanders. net 208-262-6756

Let’s change the center text TEEN OUTDOOR ADVENTURE DAY CAMPS Weekly team-building activistartingcamp with(12“Watch for . “ to: ties in this small-group participants per session) include hiking, kayaking, rafting, stand-upas we “Come Together” to Joindisc CYTgolf, Spokane paddleboarding, rock climbing and dance, sing andJuly act our way through what is more. Ages 12-15. Sessions offered 7-9, July 12-16sure and July 26-30 and Aug. to be an unforgettable summer! You don’t 16-20; meets Mon-Fri from 8:30 amwant toState missPark, outBowl on this high energy week filled 4:30 pm at Riverside Illustrations by Oliver Jeffers for iRead & Pitcher. $299-$349. spokanerec.org with CYT fun! Visit our website for dates and


information. NATURE ADVENTURERS DAYregistration CAMP A day camp teaching outdoor awareness and stewardship through nature immersion, games, crafts, storytelling, songs and exploration. Ages 6-13. July 12-16 from 9 am-3 pm at the Spokane House / Nine Mile day use area in Riverside State Park. $305 (scholarships available). twineagles.org 208-2653685 GIRL SCOUTS CAMP@HOME Each week offers a different, themed camp experience that arrives in a box, along with detailed instructions. Each box contains 4-5 activities, and 4-5 hours of live content throughout the week (for registered Girl Scouts only). This program is open to non Girl Scouts. Sessions are July 12-16, July 19-23, July 26-30 and Aug. 2-6. See details online. $60-$70. gsewni.org 509-747-8091 CAMP SWEYOLAKAN: OUTBACKER DAY CAMP A traditional rustic day camp for boys and girls on Lake Coeur d’Alene, accessible only by boat. Campers enjoy swimming, boating, archery, outdoor activities, ropes courses, arts and crafts and more. Grades 1-6. Three sessions: July 12-16, July 26-30 and Aug. 9-13. Transportation from four CdA locations is included. $230/session. campfireinc. org 509-747-6191 WILDERNESS CAMP A new program hosted as part of Post Falls Parks & Rec’s summer day camp programs, offering weeklong sessions covering outdoor education including trip planning, proper camping skills and outdoor safety skills, followed by a two-night campout in Farragut State Park. Grades 5-9. Sessions offered July 12-16 and July 26-30 for grades 5-6; July 26-30 and Aug. 9-13 for grades 7-9. $250/ session. postfallsidaho.org/camp 208773-0539

Christian Youth Theater (CYT) is an after-school theater arts training program for students ages 4-18.

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DAY SOLE LEADER OF THE DAY Camp participants head out on the trail or water for five days where they engage in adventure-based and service-learning activities with their peers. There, they learn firsthand what our local community and environmental needs are providing them through the opportunity to develop outdoor skills and their own wildland ethic. Ages 10-12. July 19-23. $235-$245. soleexperiences.org BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF SPOKANE COUNTY SUMMER DAY CAMP The Northtown and Lisa Stiles-Gyllenhammer Club locations are ready for full-day (9 am-6 pm) summer programming and activities for youth and teens. Campers must be Club members ($30 annual fee). Grades 1-12. Lunch and afternoon snack included. Extended hours (7-9 am daily) offered for an additional fee. More information online. $40-$80/week. bgcspokane.org

SPECIAL NEEDS CAMP NO LIMITS This year’s camp for children experiencing limb loss will be virtual, with details TBD. Please check website for latest updates. Ages 3-18. $25 application fee; scholarships available. nolimitsfoundation.org 207-5696411

SPOKANE VALLEY PARKS FREE SUMMER MEAL PROGRAM Spokane Valley Parks and Recreation staff will be distributing FREE to-go meals provided by the East Valley School District for kids 18 years and younger at three local Spokane Valley Parks. Free activity kits will also be distributed. Locations include: Edgecliff Park, Terrace View Park, Valley Mission Park. See website for dates, times and more details. Free. spokanevalley.org/ recreation 509-720-5200

LUTHERHAVEN CHAMP CAMP A chance for campers with disabilities to come and experience all that summer camp has to offer. Campers are cared for by trained college-aged staff and paired with young servant-leaders from around the country, increasing our camper-toadult ratio. Activities include swimming, crafts, hikes, Bible studies, singing and more, with extra space and assistance required for a great, safe, summer camp experience. Ages 8-21. June 20-25 (ages 8-21 only) and Aug. 15-18 (ages 18-25+; campers older than 21 may register with prior approval). $250-$450; financial assistance available. lutherhaven.com 866-729-8372

SPOKANE VALLEY SUMMER DAY CAMP The City of Spokane Valley is making exciting, flexible plans for its summer day camp in 2021. Currently, staff anticipate offering fun, creative, memorable and

FUNSHINE DAY CAMP A fun-filled camp for those with developmental and/or physical disabilities. Campers have the opportunity to interact and socialize with their peers through crafts, music, science




CAMP DART-LO: YOU BET I CAN! Campers with special needs are encouraged to attend Camp Dart-Lo for this inclusive program focuses on building skills and gaining self-esteem as part of the outdoor experience. Campers with special needs have the opportunity to say “You bet I Can!” and participate in all camp activities alongside their peers and with the support of assigned “Camper Buddies.” Ages 6-21. Three sessions offered: July 12-26, July 26-30 and Aug. 9-13. $230/ session. campfireinc.org 509-747-6191

safe activities for kids ages 6-11. Locations, times, and dates will be announced soon. Themed camps may include Color Battles, Hawaiian Vacations, Western Week, Science Week and Summer Olympics. Please check the website for updates, pricing and program registration. TBD. spokanevalley.org/recreation 509-720-5408

ABBA’S CHILD GRIEF CAMP MiVoden is hosting this camp designed to help grieving children process the loss of someone close to them while also getting them outside to have some fun at camp. Ages 10-15. July 18-23. Application required; more at abbas-child.net. Free for qualifying children. mivoden.com 509-2420506

Stay tuned for updates on this year’s day camp from Spokane Valley Parks & Rec. experiments, books, board games, group activities, swimming and more. Fridays are field trip days to a variety of locations. Each week the camp centers around a different theme, and campers get to celebrate the end of summer with a carnival and potluck. Ages 6-21. Weekly sessions offered June 28-Aug. 9, meets Mon-Fri from 9 am-2:30 pm. Adult session (ages 18+) offered July 27-30. Daily drop-off at Browne Elementary, Spokane. $219/ week. spokanerec.org

CAMP SWEYOLAKAN: YOU BET I CAN! A traditional rustic resident camp for boys and girls on Lake Coeur d’Alene, accessible only by boat. “Camper Buddies” assist campers with disabilities during activities such as swimming, boating, outdoor activities, ropes courses, arts and crafts and more. Ages 6-21. Two week-long sessions offered: July 5-9 and Aug. 1-6. One mini-session offered July 28-30. $254-$485. campfireinc.org 509747-6191

ADAPTIVE SUMMER ADVENTURE CAMP A three-day experience providing outdoor recreation activities for youth with physical disabilities. Youth will learn to rock climb at Wild Walls, play disc golf and kayak/paddle on flatwater. Ages 8-15. July 19-21 from 10 am-2 pm. Location and additional information emailed after registration. $150. spokanerec.org CAMP STIX ADVENTURE CAMP Hosted by Camp STIX, a local summer camp for kids and teens with diabetes, this fourday, three-night experience includes a trip down the Salmon River on a rafting adventure, guided by Salmon River Experience. Ages 16-19. July 22-25. $375. stixdiabetes.org 509-484-1366 CAMP JOURNEY A sleepaway camp ex-



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perience at Ross Point camp facilities catering to children diagnosed with cancer (other criteria also applies; see website), offering traditional camp activities such as swimming, arts and crafts, archery, boating and more in a medically-supervised environment. Ages 7-17. Aug. 1-7. Resident and day (Aug. 2-5; ages 5-7 and for cancer survivors only; no siblings/ friends) options available. Register by May 21. No cost. rosspoint.org/campjourney 509-312-9825

CAMP STIX An annual independentlyrun summer camp for diabetic youth in the Inland Northwest. While this year’s overnight camp has been canceled due to COVID-19, organizers are still hoping to host an in-person day camp option. Ages 9-16. See website for the latest information. Cost TBD; not to exceed $250. stixdiabetes.org/camp-stix 509-484-1366

CAMP TWIGS A day camp designed for kids with diabetes, during which they’ll learn about their type 1 diabetes, participate in traditional summer camp activities, and meet other kids their age, as well as adults who have diabetes. Ages 6-8. Aug. 6-8 at Camp Dart-Lo, Spokane. $150. stixdiabetes.org/camp-twigs 509484-1366

KIDS CODE ONLINE Youth are empowered to discover new computer science concepts at their own pace, and encouraged to bring all of the stories, characters and games they can dream up into reality. Attendees receive a link to join the program virtually after registering. Grades 3-8. Upcoming sessions on June 19 and July 17 from 12-1:30 pm. Online; registration required. Free. spark-central. org 509-279-0299

LUTHERHAVEN FAMILY CHAMP CAMP WEEKEND A weekend designed for families who have a child (or children) with developmental or special physical needs. Accessible activities including swimming, hikes, arts and crafts and more in a faithbased setting. Aug. 6-8. $109-$160. lutherhaven.com 208-667-3459 CAMP GOODTIMES A camp medicallysupported by pediatric and oncology physicians and nurses for children affected by cancer. Highlights include college sports team visits, the tie-dye extravaganza, bass fishing day, and a host of typical camp activities. Ages 7-17. 2021 dates TBD. Includes day and resident options. Hosted at YMCA Camp Reed facilities. See website for updates. Free for qualifying children. ymcainw.org 509-777-9622


CAMP INVENTION Fuel the imagination of your future world-changer with an innovative and fun hands-on STEM experience, now with in-person or at-home options. Register with peace of mind and the flexibility to change your preference later. This year’s theme is Recharge, and includes activities in reverse engineering, building a test launch device, experiments with circuits and energy and prototyping a morphing vehicle for water, air and land. Grades K-6. June 21-25 (virtual session, also in-person at Northwest Expedition Academy, Coeur d’Alene), June 28-July 2 (Moran Prairie Elementary), July 5-9 (Betz Elementary, Cheney), Aug. 9-13 (virtual). Programs take place from 9 am-3:30 pm; extended day options available at some locations. $235-$240.

invent.org/camp 800-968-4332 TECH TREK  This year’s 8th annual weeklong girls STEM camp is going virtual. Tech Trek introduces girls to local successful female STEM professionals, teaches girls that their intellectual skills will grow over time and demonstrates that it is possible to break traditional female career stereotypes. Camp will be as complete of an experience as we can provide without the college and dorm experience. Qualifying campers should be entering grade 8 in the fall, and girls must be nominated by a teacher. July 1116. $50 registration fee; campers must be nominated and selected. techtrek-wa. aauw.net ONLINE CAMP READ-A-RAMA This online camp has themes based on books that spark the imagination, plus related camp activities, crafts, music, games, and more! Make reading part of your summer, and set yourself up for success. Camp materials will be available for pick up at select SCLD branch libraries for all registered participants. Grades 2-5. Offered July 12-15, July 19-22, July 26-29 and Aug. 2-5 from 10-11:30 am or 3-4:30 pm. Online. Free. scld.org CAMP METAMORPHOSIS A one-week, non-residential program for gifted and talented children who choose an area of focus for the week (this year’s interest areas are arts, outdoors and STEM). For students entering grades 4-6. July 12-16, meets Mon-Fri from 9 am-4 pm at Whitworth University. $350. whitworth.edu/ campmetamorphosis 509-777-3226 BLAST OFF INTO SPACE! Learn about the planets, stars, moons and much more

while creating fabulous galactic art. Ages 3-5. July 19-23 from 12:30-3 pm at Corbin Art Center. $74. spokanerec.org CAMP OPPORTUNITY A weeklong, project-based camp to engage gifted youths’ creativity and help them discover their passions through investigations in academics and specific interest areas. This year’s program is broken into three interest pods: Artistic Adventures, Get Outside and Super STEM. For students entering grades 6-9. July 12-23 from 9 am-4 pm at Whitworth University. $350. whitworth.edu/campopportunity 509777-3226 LEGO ROBOT ZOO CAMP Campers’ task is to build and program a Lego robot animal who moves around to find food, uses sensors to avoid enemies and care for young. They’ll also build a habitat for their animal to “live” in. Builders (grades 1-3) use motors, gears and Lego bricks and WeDo, while Engineers (grades 4-7) use Lego Mindstorms EV3 programmable bricks. Grades 1-7. July 19-23 from 9 am2:30 pm. At Westminster Congregational UCC Church, Spokane. $150. discoveryrobots.org 509-294-3642

gregational UCC Church, Spokane. $150. discoveryrobots.org 509-294-3642 SQUIGGLY BUGS & SLIMY SLUGS Budding entomologists learn about insects, including how they eat, move, work and what makes them special. Kids read stories, go on nature walks and discover the bugs living around the art center. Ages 3-5. Aug. 2-6 from 9-11:30 am at Corbin Art Center. $74. spokanerec.org BLOOM COACHING COLLEGE APPLICATION CAMP A camp for high school students to get a jump start on the college application process while experiencing traditional camp activities. Campers depart with a heightened sense of awareness, confidence, direction, and plan for their future education. Grades 10-11. Aug. 8-13; resident and day (9 am-5 pm) camp sessions offered. At Lutherhaven camp facilities. $1,000-$1,500. youandibloom. com/camp-2021 406-533-5582

ONLINE PAJAMA STORY TIME Toddlers (ages 1-5) and their guardians are invited to join this online event in their pajamas. Booksellers from Wishing Tree Books choose their favorite picture books to read aloud to preschool kids with interacLEGO ROBOTICS CHALLENGE CAMP tive elements. Free; registration required. Younger campers (Builders, grades 1-3) Mondays from 10:30-11 am. Free. sparkare challenged to design motorized or central.org 509-279-0299 simple machine models to meet daily challenges. Older campers (Engineers, grades 4-7) build an EV3 robot that can meet a challenge like programming the robot to go through mazes, pushing obLITTLE ART MASTERS Young artists exjects on a game board, using sensors, plore art through color, texture and more following a line and the completing misby creating with paint, crayons, glue and sions on the FLL “Into Orbit” Robot Game scissors. Ages 3-5. June 7-11 from 12:30-3 Board. Grades 1-7. July 26-30 from 9 ampm at Corbin Art Center. $74. spokanerec. 2:30 pm. Hosted at Westminster Conorg


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CREATIVE ARTS TROPICAL FOREST ADVENTURE Travel to a tropical rainforest and learn about some of the animals, plants and insects that live there. Kids make art projects to display and wear. Ages 3-5. June 7-11 from 9-11:30 am at Corbin Art Center. $74. spokanerec.org MORE PAINT PLEASE! Put on your smock and get painting with watercolors, washable tempera and more as you experiment with new techniques, brushes and other alternative tools. Ages 3-5. June 14-18 from 12:3o-3 pm at Corbin Art Center. $74. spokanerec.org STORYBOOK ART SPARKLE Kids read some children’s storybook favorites and then make fantastic art inspired by each story. Ages 3-5. June 14-18 from 9-11:30 am at Corbin Art Center. $74. spokanerec.org SEWING II - INTERMEDIATE Young sewists learn about gathering, zippers and quilting. This session is for students who are comfortable threading and operating a sewing machine, and each week centers on a new themed project. Ages 8-16. Weekly sessions offered June 14-18, July 19-23 and Aug. 9-13 from 9 am-noon or 2-5 pm at Let’s Get Sewing Studio, Spokane. Each session (morning/afternoon) is open to three students. $139. spokanerec.org WSU ONLINE OBOE CAMP Oboists and English horn players work with Dr. Keri McCarthy (oboe faculty, WSU) and other WSU faculty members to improve their musical skills. This camp focuses on building playing fundamentals through private lessons, master classes, reed making lectures and seminars and performance opportunities. Students may also have the opportunity to explore other areas of interest such as developing a warm up, preparing for auditions, minimizing performance anxiety, and career planning. Grades 7-12. Online. $125. music.wsu.edu 509-335-7966 WSU ONLINE HORN CAMP Horn players work with Dr. Martin D. King (horn faculty, WSU) and other outstanding WSU faculty members to improve their musical skills. This camp focuses on building playing fundamentals through private lessons, master classes, lectures and seminars and performance opportunities. Students may also have the opportunity to explore other areas of interest such as developing a warm-up, preparing for auditions, minimizing performance anxiety and career planning. Grades 7-12. Online. $125. music.wsu.edu 509-335-8046

CASTLES, PRINCESSES, KNIGHTS & DRAGONS Campers make shining armor, shields, helmets, crowns, wands and more in this creativity-focused day camp. Ages 3-5. June 21-25 from 9-11:30 am at Corbin Art Center. $74. spokanerec.org DOODLE BUG ART FUN! In this creative camp, kids learn about abstract art techniques while also studying insects and incorporating what they learn into art. Ages 3-5. June 22-25 from 9-11:30 am at Corbin Art Center. $74. spokanerec.org EARTH SCIENCE ROCKS! Explore how rivers flow to oceans and lakes and why tsunamis, hurricanes and typhoons occur in this camp combining science and art. Ages 6-11. June 21-25 from 9 am-3 pm at Corbin Art Center. $139. spokanerec.org THERE’S A DRAGON IN THE ART ROOM Use your imagination and creativity to paint, glue and sculpt fantastical art projects inspired by dragons, trolls, unicorns and other mythological creatures. Ages 6-11. June 21-25 from 9 am-3 pm at Corbin Art Center. $139. spokanerec.org CMTV ACADEMY CAMP Have you ever dreamed of a future in film or wished you could learn how to make Hollywoodworthy videos? CMTV Academy Camp is a hands-on training program for teens interested in learning how to produce videos and make connections with others who want to learn and practice the latest tools, technology, and techniques. The daily camp at CMTV’s state-of-theart TV downtown studio is taught by the production team at CMTV. Ages 13-17. Offered June 21-25 and July 12-16 from 10 am-1 pm or 2-5 pm. At CMTV Studios, downtown Spokane. $159/session. cmtvspokane.org/camp 509-960-7452 COLORFUL! MESSY! PROCESS ART! Learn how to come up with art theme ideas, mix colors, apply paint and incorporate found objects into your mixed-media art. Ages 6-11. June 28-July 2 from 9 am-3 pm at Corbin Art Center. $139. spokanerec.org HABITATS ARE HIP! Learn about the living things that call the area around Corbin Art Center home through nature hikes and making art based on what you’ve seen. Ages 6-11. June 28-July 2 from 9 am-3 pm at Corbin Art Center. $139. spokanerec.org OPEN SEW! This summer camp session offers a chance for students to bring their own project to work on with supervision and assistance, or choose from one of several studio projects. This session is for students comfortable with threading and operating a sewing machine, and who can sew independently. Ages 8-16.

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Sessions offered June 28-July 2 from 9 am-noon or 2-5 pm at Let’s Get Sewing Studio, Spokane. $139, plus $20 supply fee. spokanerec.org PASSPORT TO FUN! Explore countries around the globe, along with their unique animals and cultures. Stamp your passport as you learn and read stories about a new country each day. Ages 3-5. June 28-July 2 from 9-11:30 am at Corbin Art Center. $74. spokanerec.org HOLY NAMES MUSIC CENTER SUMMER CAMPS HNMC plans to offer a hybrid model of in-person and virtual instrumental and vocal summer music camps. Visit website for more information. Grades K-12. Dates TBD. Varies. hnmc. org/summercamps 509-326-9516 A GALAXY FAR, FAR AWAY Embark on a creative adventure in a galaxy far, far away and create fantastical creatures, imagine far off planets, and learn to use the force to design your own cosmic masterpiece and more. Ages 6-11. July 6-9 from 9 am-3 pm at Corbin Art Center. $119. spokanerec.org CRAZY CLAY FUN! Explore how to mix up some DIY salt dough and create sculptures from other materials such as air-dry clay and slime. Ages 3-5. July 6-9 from 9-11:30 am at Corbin Art Center. $64. spokanerec.org CRAZY! WACKY! SCULPTURES! Learn how to mix up your own do-it-yourself salt dough and make a 3D sculpted project featuring recycled objects, along with paper masterpieces like headbands and hats. Ages 6-11. July 6-9 from 9 am-3 pm at Corbin Art Center. $119. spokanerec. org TINY GALACTIC EXPLORERS This camp offers “out of this world” fun while learning about mystical knights who know how to teach peace and justice, inspired by one of the most popular sci-fi franchises. Ages 3-5. July 6-9 from 12:30-3 pm at Corbin Art Center. $74. spokanerec.org ANIME ART MADNESS! Learn about the art of Japanese anime and manga as you draw, paint and sculpt your own characters and create quirky, unique personalities for them through creative thinking and storytelling. Ages 6-11. July 12-16 from 9 am-3 pm at Corbin Art Center. $139. spokanerec.org CAC CRETACEOUS CAMP: A PREHISTORIC ADVENTURE Learn about paleontology and animals that walked the earth millions of years ago such as dinosaurs, reptiles, fish, birds and more. Then cre-

The MAC offers multiple day camps for kids to flex their creativity. ate costumes, crafts and make your own fossils while learning how nature creates them. Ages 6-11. July 12-16 from 9 am-3 pm at Corbin Art Center. $139. spokanerec.org

moons and more while making fabulous galactic art such as designing your own planet with a comic and story. Ages 6-11. July 19-23 from 9 am-3 pm at Corbin Art Center. $139. spokanerec.org

FAIRIES, TROLLS & GNOMES IN THE GARDEN Hunt for elusive garden critters, like trolls and fairies, around the park and make glittery art inspired by what you find. Ages 3-5. July 12-16 from 12:30-3 pm at Corbin Art Center. $74. spokanerec.org

ROUND-UP RODEO! A cowboy and cowgirl inspired camp during which kids make wearable costumes, Wild Westthemed arts and crafts and more. Ages 3-5. July 19-23 from 9-11:30 am at Corbin Art Center. $74. spokanerec.org

STOMP, CHOMP & ROAR, DINO STYLE Explore the world of dinosaurs, reptiles and prehistoric birds through “dino-rific” craft projects and costumes. Ages 3-5. July 12-16 from 9-11:30 am at Corbin Art Center. $74. spokanerec.org

JACC ARTS CAMP A performing and visual arts day camp hosted by Post Falls Parks and Rec and the Jacklin Arts and Cultural Center. Daily drop-off is at Kiwanis Park for bus transport to the JACC for camp, which includes exploration in drama, improv, folk art, games, and more across three, themed weeks. Grades 2-6. Performing arts camp is offered July 19-23 and Aug. 16-20; visual arts camp is Aug. 2-6. $175-$210/week. postfallsidaho.org/camp 208-773-0539

INNOVATIVE ARTIST’S STUDIO A fine art camp exploring drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture using diverse materials, techniques and other creative processes. This camp is inspired by innovative artists of the 20th century and using your own imagination to create a personal masterpiece. Ages 6-11. July 1923 from 9 am-3 pm at Corbin Art Center. $139. spokanerec.org LOOK TO THE STARS Blast off to outer space and learn about the planets, stars,

WSU SUMMER KEYBOARD EXPLORATIONS Faculty offer individual studio lessons in classical piano as well as a choice of organ, jazz piano and improvisation. Students also participate as a group in masterclasses on solo performance literature, technique and ensemble playing.

WSU music faculty assess the playing level of students upon arrival at camp in order to place them in appropriate ensembles. Dates and more details on camp format (in-person or online) TBD. $425-$575. music.wsu.edu BIRDS OF A FEATHER Make aviarythemed crafts and learn about the many different species of birds as you watch birds in the park and garden. Ages 3-5. July 26-30 from 9-11:3-0 am. At Corbin Art Center. $74. spokanerec. org HARRY’S LABORATORY Immerse yourself in potions and cook up some magic as you study dragons, magical creatures and wizardry. Ages 6-11. July 26-30 from 9 am-3 pm at Corbin Art Center. $142. spokanerec.org WANDS, WIZARDS & DRAGONS, OH MY! Young wizards can make their own wands, creative costume pieces and other magical crafts. Ages 3-5. July 26-30 from 12:30-3 pm at Corbin Art Center. $74. spokanerec.org MAC PAPER DOLL CAMP Explore the MAC costume collection through the classic medium of paper dolls. Learn about vintage styles while you design your own work. Grades 2-6. July 28 (time TBA) at the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture. $45-$50. northwestmuseum.org 509-456-3931 BEACHY SEA FUN IN THE SUN A week of sea-inspired arts and crafts, including animals in the ocean and pirates, mermaids and more. Ages 3-5. Aug. 2-6 from 12:30-3 pm at Corbin Art Center. $74. spokanerec.org SHAPES, LINES & LANDSCAPES Learn how to draw and shade shapes, add lines, textures and much more to your drawings with pen, pencil, oil pastels and paint. Ages 6-11. Aug. 2-6 from 9 am-3 pm at Corbin Art Center. $139. spokanerec.org WHALE VS. SHARK & OCEANS OF ART Future marine biologist and oceanographers learn about sharks, jellyfish, whales and other marine animals and their habitats. Create sea creatures with paint, paper, recycled materials and more. Ages 6-11. Aug. 2-6 from 9 am-3 pm at Corbin Art Center. $139. spokanerec.org MAC GET MESSY CAMP Get messy with hands-on art making fun and discover your creative side without any worry about making a mess. Squish, splatter, and stomp your way into art as you explore printing, painting, and clay mold-

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CREATIVE ARTS BEST OF SUMMER CAMP Spend a week enjoying the most popular activities and projects offered during this summer’s creative arts camp sessions from Spokane Parks. Ages 6-11. Aug. 16-20 from 9 am-3 pm at Corbin Art Center. $142. spokanerec.org PRESCHOOL PICASSOS: BEST OF SUMMER CAMP This camp features the Corbin Art Center’s most popular art projects completed throughout this summer’s preschool camp programs, offering a chance to participate in what you missed, or re-experience your favorite camp projects. Ages 3-5. Aug. 16-20 from 12:30-3 pm at Corbin Art Center. $74. spokanerec. org 30 DAYS OF POETRY FOR TEENS Teen poets will hone their craft, exploring selfexpression in several different poetry styles, with input from experts in this 30day poetry challenge. Once a week, participants receive a writing prompt from a local poet. After a week of responding to the prompt with their own writing, participants will have a chance to meet the poet in an online chat space and get feedback on their work. Dates TBD; this camp will be hosted online. Free. scld.org COUGAR STRING CAMP A chamber music/orchestra camp designed for intermediate and advanced string players entering grades 8-12, including those who’ve just graduated from high school. Violinists, violists, cellists and bassists work with Washington State University faculty and other fine musicians to improve their musical skills in a variety of ways. This camp focuses on chamber music (both large and small groups) and string orchestra. Campers also have the opportunity to participate in jazz improvisation, fiddling, string techniques class, conducting, music theory, history class and master classes. Dates and more information on 2021 camp format TBA. $320-$490. music.wsu.edu ONLINE STORYTIME WITH SCLD Children have fun learning during storytime which includes shared songs and fingerplays. Ages 2-5 with their families. Registration is required for this program, which runs June 24-Aug. 27; Thursdays at 6:30 pm and Fridays at 9:30 am. Online. Free. scld.org ONLINE TWEEN CAMP This online camp will offer two sessions with different themes including Harry Potter and Art. Make reading part of your summer and set yourself up for success. Camp materials will be available for pick up at select SCLD branch libraries for all registered participants. Grades 5-8. Dates TBD; this camp is hosted online. Free. scld.org

THEATER RTOP PERFORMING ARTS SCHOOL Participants learn to work as a cast and build confidence together through singing, dancing, and acting. Ages 8+. Weekly, themed sessions are offered June 16Aug. 6, meeting Mon-Fri from 9 amnoon or 1-4 pm, except Fridays, when camp meets 9 am-3:30 pm and include a 45-minute (free) public showcase at 1:30 pm that will be recorded for health safety reasons. At Regional Theatre of the Palouse, Pullman. *Class size is limited, masks and social distancing required. $125/session. rtoptheatre.org 509-3350750 SCT THEATER CAMP: CINDERELLA Join Cinderella and her animal friends on a


magical adventure. This classic story (with a twist, and maybe a shout) teaches up-and-coming actresses and actors what it takes to shine brightly on stage. The week ends with a showcase on Friday at 3:15 pm. Ages 5-12. Sessions offered June 21-25 (ages 5-7) and July 26-30 (ages 8-12); meets daily from 9 am-3 pm. $200. spokanechildrenstheatre.org 509328-4886 SCT THEATER CAMP: GREEN EGGS & HAM Join Sam I am singing, dancing and acting in this colorful adventure while making lots of friends along the way. There will be a showcase on Friday at 3:15 (space may be limited, or the show may stream online). Ages 8-12. June 28-July 2 from 9 am-3 pm. At Spokane Children’s Theatre. $200. spokanechildrenstheatre. org 509-328-4886 CYT SPOKANE SUMMER THEATER CAMPS Join CYT Spokane and “Come Together” to dance, sing and act your way through an unforgettable summer. More details about this year’s theater camps is on the way, with sessions offered starting in July. Ages 6-18. Visit website for more information registration. Price TBD. cytspokane.org 509-487-6540 HARRY POTTER: HERMIONE GRANGER & THE HOGWARTS HOME For an entire semester, there are no adults at Hogwarts and students are in charge. Will they follow the rules or make up their own? During this Play-in-a-Week camp from Spokane Valley Summer Theatre, discover if Hermione holds the key in this magical world. Grades 4-7. July 5-8 from 10 am-3 pm. At Eastpoint Church, Spokane Valley. *Class size limited to 12. $180. svsummertheatre.com/camps 509-368-7897 SCT THEATER CAMP: PEGGY THE PINTSIZED PIRATE  The story of a small pirate with big dreams. Your thespian will learn all about being on stage as Peggy goes on a quest to save the pirates who have been captured by a sea monster. There will be a showcase on Friday at 3:15 pm. Ages 5-7. July 12-16 from 9 am-3 pm. At Spokane Children’s Theatre. $200. spokanechildrenstheatre.org 509-328-4886 CHARACTER TO CHARACTER Students focus on the dialogue within their scene to cultivate a strong understanding of developing relationships with other characters. Students work with scene partners to perform scenes from popular musicals such as: High School Musical, Mean Girls, The Sound of Music, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, Shrek the Musical and Footloose. Grades 7-12. July 12-15 from 10 am-3 pm. At Eastpoint Church, Spokane Valley. *Class size limited to 14. $180. svsummertheatre.com/camps 509-3687897 THE STORIES OF DR. SEUSS Sneetch on the beach of the Plain-belly or Star-belly kind find common ground despite their differences in appearance and bring this classic Seuss story to life during this Playin-a-Week Camp from Spokane Valley Summer Theatre. Grades 2-4. July 12-15 from 10 am-3 pm. At Eastpoint Church in Spokane Valley. *Class size limited to 12. $180. svsummertheatre.com/camps 509-368-7897 SCT THEATER CAMP: WITCHES, WIZARDS & WOES, OH MY!  Join top teams in the Wizarding World as they battle for supremacy! Glinda the Good, H. Potter, Gandalf and their friends fight their way through obstacles to determine which wizard will reach the Cup of Heart’s Desire. Learn all things theatre and then put on a showcase on Friday at 3:15 pm. Ages 10-13. July 12-16 from 9 am-3 pm. At

Spokane Children’s Theatre. $200. spokanechildrenstheatre.org 509-328-4886 PETER PAN IN NEVERLAND In this Playin-a-Week camp from Spokane Valley Summer Theatre, J.M. Barrie’s timeless tale of Peter Pan, a boy who can fly, comes alive. Grades 3-6. July 19-22 from 10 am-3 pm. At Eastpoint Church in Spokane Valley. *Class size limited to 12. $180. svsummertheatre.com/camps 509-368-7897 THEATER CAMP: BACKSTORY Without even singing one note, this course focuses on parts in between the musical numbers, including dialogue and creation of a character’s backstory to elevate skills as a musical theatre actor. Students work with scene partners to perform scenes from popular musicals such as: The Prom, Legally Blonde, Into the Woods, Hello Dolly!, The Lion King and The Wizard of Oz. Grades 7-12. July 19-22 from 10 am-3 pm. At Eastpoint Church, Spokane Valley. *Class size limited to 14. $180. svsummertheatre.com/ camps 509-368-7897 SCT THEATER CAMP: MOTHER DUCK It’s a crazy day in fairytale land as a dozen or so fairytale and nursery-rhyme characters get mixed up in each other’s stories. And at the end of the week you’ll put your polished theatre skills to work with a showcase on Friday at 3:15 pm. Ages 8-12. July 19-23 from 9 am-3 pm. At Spokane Children’s Theatre. $200. spokanechildrenstheatre.org 509-328-4886 HESPERUS ARTS MUSICAL THEATRE An camp centered on intensive musical theater development. Students are placed in separate weeks and training groups based on age and ability. Voice, acting, dance and performance authority are the key training emphasis. Other areas covered include improv, audition prep, monologue, classical, belt, mix voice training, jazz and musical theatre dance techniques, and personal evaluations. Ages 5-19. July 19-Aug. 5; times vary by group. At Whitworth University. $195$350. hesperus-arts.com 800-406-3626 DECODING THE SCRIPT Students are cast into one of six 10-minute plays to perform at the end of the week, which explore the theme of bullying from the collection Bullying, Ink. Students will gain an understanding of how unique experiences can be used onstage to connect to character’s circumstances, even if we’ve never had the same experience. Students will learn the skill of pacing in a scene, detail to language/word choice, confidence in cold reading (seeing a scene for the first time) and detecting a character’s motive through their intentions. Grades 7-12. July 26-29 from 10 am-3 pm. At Eastpoint Church, Spokane Valley. *Class size limited to 14. $180. svsummertheatre.com/ camps 509-368-7897 LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS During this Play-in-a-Week camp from Spokane Valley Summer Theatre, the fate of Middle Earth is in the hands of the hobbit Frodo Baggins and his companions in the Fellowship as they continue their journey to destroy the “One Ring.” Grades 4-7. July 26-28 from 10 am-3 pm. At Eastpoint Church, Spokane Valley. *Class size limited to 12. $180. svsummertheatre.com/camps 509-368-7897 CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY During this Play-in-a-Week camp from Spokane Valley Summer Theatre, students learn life lessons and theater skills in Willy Wonka’s famous chocolate factory. Grades 3-6. Aug. 2-5 from 10 am-3 pm. At Eastpoint Church in Spokane Val-

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SUMMER STAGE DRAMA CAMP Have fun while learning through imaginative theater activities designed to build confidence and boost creativity on stage and off. Students of all skill levels team up for storytelling, improvisation and acting games. The final day of camp includes a performance for family and friends. Ages 6-11. Aug. 9-13 from 9 am-3 pm at Corbin Art Center. $139. spokanerec.org

FAIRYTALE BALLET WORKSHOP Explore the magic of ballet in this immersive workshop. Each day’s activities include age-appropriate dance instruction, a themed craft and story time. Parents can observe class via a Zoom link, and state recommendations for COVID-19 prevention are observed at all times. Ages 3-8. June 21-25 from 10-11:30 am (ages 3-5) and 12:30-2 pm (ages 6-8). $50. spokaneacademyofdance.com 509-922-3023

SCT TEEN THEATER CAMP: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS Take your performance skills to the next level in this two-week intensive theater camp focusing on singing, dancing and acting. Campers’ talent is then showcased on stage in a full blown production. The shoe is being double cast; each cast will have multiple performances. Ages 13-19. Aug. 9-22, meets Mon-Fri from 9 am-5 pm. At Spokane Children’s Theatre. $300. spokanechildrenstheatre.org 509-328-4886

DANCE, CHEER, GYMNASTICS BALLET CONTINUATION / INTENSIVE A continuation (two days a week) of ballet for students seeking to retain skills learned during the past unusual year, or seeking to prepare for an intensive summer dance program. Ages 6+. June 7-17, times vary by level/age. $55-$75. sandraolgardsstudioofdance.com 509838-7464 SKYHAWKS CHEERLEADING Kids learn essential skills to lead crowds, including proper hand and body movements, jumping and choreographed performance skills. Ages 5-12. Held at parks and schools in the Spokane/Coeur d’Alene area. Summer sessions offered from June-August; see site for complete list

CREATIVE MINDS, BRIGHT MINDS PRESCHOOL STEAM CAMPS A dance camp for young learners that incorporates art, science and math into themed weeks. Ages 3-5. June 21-24 (Dr. Seuss Circus), July 19-22 (Tails and Pegs), Aug. 9-12 (Camp Out) and Aug. 16-19 (Art, Art and More Art); meets from 9 am-noon at Dance Center of Spokane. $175/week or $675 for all four. dancecenterofspokane. com 509-448-2426 KIDS’ DANCE CAMP Themed classes teach ballet, jazz, tap and hip hop (varies by session) and include “Under the Sea,” “Dazzling Disney,” “Pirates and Mermaids” and more. Sessions for beginning and experienced dancers. Ages 3-12. Offered June 21-Aug. 19 at Dance Center of Spokane. $110/week or $375/ three weeks. dancecenterofspokane.com 509-448-2426 CHEERTOTS Kids play a variety of games to develop balance, movement and motor skills as well as listening to instructions. Sessions also introduce basic cheerleading skills, songs and chants. Ages 3-6. Offered June 22-July 27; meets once a week at Edgecliff Park, Spokane Valley. $90/session. supertotsports.com BALLET ARTS ACADEMY SUMMER CLASSES Summer courses and camps offered by Ballet Arts Academy for all ages and

skill levels include beginner pointe training, open ballet classes, variations, contemporary and positionfocused camps. Sessions offered from June through August, see website for details and registration. $50-$165. balletartsacademy.com 509-838-5705 CREATIVE MOVEMENT CAMP Young students’ first ballet class where they’re introduced to moving their bodies to different tempos of music. Dancers learn how to listen, follow directions and copy body movements. Ages 3.5-4. Offered June 24-Aug. 26, meets Mondays from 10:30-11 am at Ballet Arts Academy. Tuition covers eight of 10 sessions offered through the summer. $85/week. balletartsacademy.com 509-838-5705 ALADDIN BALLET CAMP Arabian Nights, genie lamps, magic carpet rides and ballet will delight your child during this themed camp. We go all out for these camps with costumes, decorations, themed crafts, music and more. Young dancers will be paired with older dancers dressed in costume who assist them through the entire week. Register and pay in full by May 15 and receives a Jasmine costume for free. June 28-July 2 from 11 am-12:30 pm at Ballet Arts Academy, Spokane. $180. balletartsacademy.com 509838-5705 PRINCESS/PRINCE DANCE CAMP Join in the fun to be a ballet “princess” or “prince” in this imaginative class for both experienced dancers or those seeking an introduction to ballet. Ages 3-6. Three-day sessions offered June 28-30, July 12-14 and July 19-21. At Sandra Olgard Studio of Dance. $45/ session. sandraolgardsstudioofdance. com 509-838-7464 MARESSA’S SCHOOL OF DANCE SUMMER SESSION Summer sessions include programs in pre-primary ballet, cheerleading, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, modern, ballet and more. Ages 2 to adults. June 28-Aug. 21; session times vary by age and skill level, see website for complete schedule and class options. $120-$140. maressasdance.com 509-599-4048 JULIE’S COMPETITIVE EDGE DANCE ACADEMY CAMPS Summer sessions offered include tap, jazz, ballet, cheer, hip hop, lyrical and contemporary dance, with flexibility in class dates and times. See website for complete details. Ages 3-18. $60-$140. jceda. com 509-483-4145 ACADEMY OF DANCE SUMMER INTENSIVES Academy of Dance Spokane is offering a series of weeklong workshops for serious ballet students at beginning, intermediate or advanced levels. Classes include daily conditioning, technique and pointe or prepointe classes, along with additional disciplines such as jazz, character, contemporary and modern. Each week is a separate workshop, so sign up for as many as you choose. Ages 9+. Sessions offered July 5-Aug. 20; dates/ times vary by level. $150-$250/week. spokaneacademyofdance.com 509922-3023 UCA CHEER CAMP A three-day, elite cheerleading camp for middle and high school teams. This year’s theme is “Spotlight on Spirit.” July 12-15. At WSU Pullman. Resident/commuter options. *Dates are subject to change, check website for latest updates. $185$254. uca.varsity.com

MOUNTAIN VIEW GYMNASTICS CAMPS Experienced staff provide a safe, fun environment for all to learn. Through obstacle courses, games, crafts and outdoor fun, kids work on more than gymnastics to build confidence, strength, teamwork and more. Sessions for beginners to advanced skills welcome. Ages 3-16. July 12-16, halfday from 9 am-noon and full-day from 9 am-3:30 pm. $49-$259. mvgymnastics.com 509-244-7061 SPOKANE BALLET STUDIO: CHILDREN’S WORKSHOP This session covers ballet, jazz and modern, and includes crafts, ballet history, pilates and a mini performance. Ages 7-11. July 1216 from 10 am-3 pm. At Spokane Ballet Studio. $150-$525. spokaneballetstudio.com 509-714-3650 BALLET ARTS ACADEMY SUMMER INTENSIVE This summer intensive focuses on ballet, pointe, variations, contemporary, jazz and ballroom. Summer intensives are a valuable time for dancers to build strength and refine technique as they have fun while being introduced to different styles each week. This intensive is for level 3 and above. Students will be placed in appropriate level on the first day of intensive. July 12-29; meets Mon-Thu from 11 am-3 pm. $330-$775. balletartsacademy. com 509-838-5705 GYMNASTICS FUN CAMP Basic gymnastics skills are taught by knowledgeable, engaged and encouraging coaches with fast-paced rotations focusing on the development of strength, balance, agility, coordination and flexibility. A safe, fun and productive experience and previous experience is not required. All camps include structured lessons on all events, plus games, challenges, crafts and themed activities. Ages 6-14. Sessions offered July 12-16, Aug. 2-6 and Aug. 23-27 with morning, afternoon and full day options. At Spokane Gymnastics’ Argonne facility. $169-$269. spokanegymnastics.com 509-533-9646


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TEEN DANCE CAMP Sessions for beginning and advanced students cover styles including ballet and jazz fusion, hip hop and more. Ages 11+. Sessions offered July 20-23, July 27-31, Aug. 10-13 and Aug. 17-20. At Dance Center of Spokane; classes will move online if needed. $110/session. dancecenterofspokane.com 509-448-2426 JAZZ INTENSIVE A class for dancers at levels 1-3, with placement based on age and skill level. Instruction is led by guest teachers Dave Massey and KaisaMikale Hance. Ages 9-18. Aug. 2-5 at Dance Center of Spokane. $90/day or $300/full week. dancecenterofspokane.com 509-448-2426 CINDERELLA BALLET CAMP A glass slipper, tiny mice, a beautiful ball and a Fairy Godmother will delight your child during this princess camp. We go all out for these camps with costumes, decorations, themed crafts, music and more. Young dancers will be paired up with older dancers dressed in costume who assist them through the week. Register and pay in full by May 15 and receive a Cinderella costume for free. Aug. 2-6 from 11 am-12:30 pm at Ballet Arts Academy, Spokane. $180. balletartsacademy.com 509-838-5705 GYMNASTICS, DANCE & BREAKDANCE CAMPThis camp offers structured gymnastics rotations plus a different theme of dance each day, including ballet, lyrical, hip hop, gymnastics choreography and breakdance. Campers also attend an introduction to that day’s style of dance at the first part of camp, and then are given the option to continue for the rest of the day, or attend the traditional gymnastics track for that day. On Friday campers perform for friends and families. Ages 6-14. Aug. 2-6 with morning, afternoon or full day options. At Spokane Gymnastics’ Argonne facility. $169-$269. spokanegymnastics. com 509-533-9646

SANDRA OLGARD STUDIO SUMMER INTENSIVE Courses meet four days a week and cover ballet and modern/ contemporary to help fine tune skills learned throughout the year, and add new skills or introduce students to dance. The summer 2021 program includes yoga for dancers, flamenco dancing, musical theater and more. Ages 6+. Sessions offered June 28-July 1 (one week session) and Aug. 2-13. $65$150. sandraolgardsstudioofdance.com 509-838-7464 SPOKANE BALLET STUDIO INTENSIVE An intermediate and advanced session in ballet, pointe, modern and jazz with additional focus on character, injury prevention, variations and performance. Aug. 2-14, Mon-Fri from 10 am-3:30 pm. At Spokane Ballet Studio. $150-$525. spokaneballetstudio.com 509-714-3650 MINI JAZZ INTENSIVE A camp focusing on jazz technique, with afternoon sessions on lyrical, musical theater and jazz turns. Guest taught by Kaisa-Mikale Hance, an LA-based choreographer. Ages 6-10. Aug. 6-10 from 11 am-12:30 pm at Dance Center of Spokane. $125. dancecenterofspokane.com 509-4482426 SUMMER DANCE INTENSIVE A course to develop strength, stamina and flexibility while improving technique in ballet, pointe, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, tap, musical theater, tumbling, hip hop and more. Ages 10+. Aug. 9-12 and Aug. 16-19 at Dance Center of Spokane. $75/ day; $250/week or $400/both weeks. dancecenterofspokane.com 509-4482426 DANCE COMPETITION WORKSHOP A session for those interested in participating in Dance Center of Spokane’s 2021-22 season; required for all competition students. Contact the studio for details. All ages. Aug. 23-26 from 1-8:30 pm. $60-$125. dancecenterofspokane. com 509-448-2426

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NBC Basketball camps are hosted at several sites in the Inland Northwest. bling, passing, defence and shooting in an encouraging atmosphere with knowledgeable staff. Ages 9-14. July 19-23 (girls ages 10-14) and Aug. 2-5 (coed, ages 9-13). At Real Life Post Falls. $240. nbccamps.com 800-4063926 BREAKTHROUGH BASKETBALL: BALL HANDLING & SCORING A three-day camp with coach Nate Bowie, focusing on improving your shooting, ball handling, passing, athleticism, footwork, decision-making, and 1-on-1 moves to take your game to the next level. Coed, grades 3-8. July 20-22 from 9 am-3 pm. At the HUB Sports Center. $225. breakthroughbasketball.com BREAKTHROUGH BASKETBALL: BALL HANDLING, SHOOTING & DECISION MAKING A three-day camp coached by Nate Bowie, who has developed a very effective method to develop players and improve their decision making. Coed, grades 7-12. July 23-25 from 9 am-3 pm. At the HUB Sports Center. $245. breakthroughbasketball.com NIGEL WILLIAMS-GOSS YOUTH SKILLS CAMP A camp with the former Gonzaga University player covering form, shooting drills, post and perimeter defense, ball handling, offensive moves, conditioning and more. Camp offers a 1:10 coach to camper ratio. Coed, ages 7-15. Aug. 2-4 from 9 am-4 pm. At the HUB Sports Center. $250-$275. hubsportscenter.org/basketball NBC BASKETBALL CAMPS (WAREHOUSE) This summer at the Warehouse, NBC Basketball Camps is offering its Rookie basketball camps (ages 6-9) and a basketball skills day camp (ages 8-14). These camps are perfect for younger players looking to improve their ball handling skills, shooting form, defense, teamwork, character, and confidence. Coed, ages 6-14. Rookie camps: Dates TBD. Skills camp: Aug. 2-5 from 9 am-3 pm. At the Warehouse, Spokane. $110/$265. nbccamps.com 800-406-3926 NBC BASKETBALL CAMP (NIC) This complete player camp offers training in all aspects of the sport including leadership and confidence training. Boys, ages 10-17. Dates TBD. At North Idaho College. Resident, commuter and extended day options available $560$610. nbccamps.com 800-406-3926

BASEBALL & SOFTBALL SKYHAWKS BASEBALL Skyhawks baseball camps offer progressional instruction and teaching in fielding, catching, throwing, hitting and baserunning. Coed, ages 4-12. Held at local

parks throughout the Spokane/Coeur d’Alene area. Camps offered June 14Aug. 18; see site for complete list of dates and locations. $85-$175/session. skyhawks.com SPOKANE INDIANS T-BALL & COACH PITCH Summer league T-ball baseball and coach pitch, as well as coach pitch softball, for young players, offering several coed age divisions. Options for ages 4-8 (T-ball) and ages 6-8 (softball). Season runs June 19-July 26. See website for details and registration. $105-$125. spokaneindiansyouthbaseball.org SUPERTOTS BASEBALL This camp uses a variety of games to engage kids while teaching the sport of baseball and developing fundamental skills. Sessions for ages 2-5. June 22-Aug. 14, meets once a week. Sessions held at parks and schools in the Spokane/ Coeur d’Alene area; see site for complete list of dates and locations. $112/ session. supertotsports.com PREMIER MITTS BASEBALL CAMPS Two back-to-back, separate camps: a playmaker infield camp followed by a total infield camp. June 28-July 1 from 8 am-noon. Ages 7-18. At Whitworth University. $199 per camp. premiermittsinc.com 509-863-4605 SPOKANE INDIANS FASTPITCH SOFTBALL A summer fastpitch league offering several age divisions with weekly games. Ages 8-14. Season runs June 28-Aug. 2 followed by the summer All-City Championships Aug. 6-8 for divisions 12u and 14u. See website for details and registration. $115-$165. spokaneindiansyouthbaseball.org SPOKANE INDIANS SUMMER BASEBALL LEAGUE Summer league baseball offers several age divisions: 10u, 12u and 15u. Each session will include 10 games, plus a tournament. Ages 8-15. Season starts June 28 and ends the weekend of Aug. 6-8. Locations vary; see website for details. $135$175. spokaneindiansyouthbaseball. org PREMIER MITTS THROWING CAMP This camp will detail the throws that take place in the infield with more than 20 drills to practice to become an elite infielder. Ages 7-18. July 12-15 from 9-11 am. At Mt. Spokane High School. $199. premiermittsinc.com 509-863-4605 NIKE SOFTBALL CAMP Instruction focuses on developing fundamental and advanced skills, focusing on hitting, position-specific fielding, base-running, team play and game situations. Girls ages 8-16. July 18-21. At Whitworth University; overnight/commuter options. $315-$515. ussportscamps. com 800-645-3226


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Skyhawks hosts its many sports camps at parks across the region. Sports Complex. $139. spokanerec.org SKYHAWKS FLAG FOOTBALL Players learn skills on both sides of the football, including passing, catching and defense, in camps ending with the Skyhawks Super Bowl. Camps are held at local parks and schools throughout the Spokane and Coeur d’Alene area. Coed, ages 6-12. Camps offered June-August; see site for complete list of dates and locations. $139-$180/session. skyhawks.com NIKE FLAG FOOTBALL CAMP Experienced staff help each camper learn the fundamentals while assisting them in developing their skills using proper techniques. Offensive and defensive position drills, along with proper stretching and warm-ups, occur each day. Campers then apply what they’ve learned earlier in the day and bring it to the field for exciting flag football games. Coed, ages 7-14. July 5-9 from 9 am-4 pm. Includes a girls-only (ages 12-14) session option, as well as morning/afternoon half-day camps for ages 6-9. Tentatively scheduled to take place at Central Valley High School, Spokane Valley. $195-$395. ussportscamps.com 800-645-3226

SOCCER SKYHAWKS SOCCER A progressional coaching curriculum teaching technical skills and knowledge for all levels of playing experience. Camps are held at local parks and schools throughout the Spokane/Coeur d’Alene area. Boys and girls ages 3-12. Offered June-August; see site for complete list of dates and locations. $85-$180/session. skyhawks. com SUPERTOTS SOCCER Kids learn early sports skills through the use of props, games and more to develop balance, listening skills, movement and basic sport skills. Some classes require parent participation. Ages 2-6. Sessions offered June 15-Aug. 13, meets once weekly. Held at parks and schools in the Spokane/Coeur d’Alene area; see website for complete list of times and locations. $50-$124/session. supertotsports.com CHALLENGER SPORTS INTERNATIONAL SOCCER A soccer camp combining coaching methodologies and practices from England, Brazil, Spain, USA and France, weaving them together into a multi-faceted on and off-field coaching

experience to develop a well-rounded skill set. Ages 3-14. Sessions offered June 21-25 and Aug. 2-6; full, half and one-hour sessions offered. At Rocky Hill Park, Liberty Lake. $96-$214. challengersports.com NIKE GIRLS SOCCER CAMP This camp held at Gonzaga University is designed to provide each player with the support to improve technically and tactically, in a positive and enjoyable environment. Each day includes technical and small group training and concludes with full-field matches. In addition to field sessions, programming includes team-building activities and a leadership seminar to promote teamwork. Girls ages 9-18. July 7-10. Extended day and overnight options available. At Gonzaga University. Price TBD. ussportscamps.com 800-645-3226

VOLLEYBALL SKYHAWKS VOLLEYBALL Skill-based volleyball camps teach fundamentals of passing, setting, hitting, serving and more for beginning to intermediate players. Camps are held at local parks and schools throughout the Spokane/ Coeur d’Alene area. Coed, ages 6-12. Sessions offered June 21-Aug. 20; see site for complete list of dates and locations. $115-$175/session. skyhawks.com NBC VOLLEYBALL CAMPS Camps offered in 2021 include the Complete Player, Volleyball Position and Intro to Volleyball day camp, with options for all skills/abilities. Camp is led by Whitworth coaches Kati Bodecker and Brenna Berkimer, along with staff who help campers advance their passing, defence, serving, hitting, leadership and confidence. Girls, ages 8-18. Resident, overnight options available. Sessions as follows: July 9-11 (positional camp, ages 13-18), July 10-12 (intro day camp, ages 8-12), Aug. 3-6 (complete player camps for middle and high school players. See website for complete details. $135$495. nbccamps.com 800-406-3926 PAT POWERS VOLLEYBALL CAMP A two-day advanced volleyball skills camp taught by Olympic gold medalist Pat Powers with a focus on passing, hitting, setting, serving, defense and more. including beach volleyball tips, athletic scholarships and playing in club volleyball. Coed, ages 11+. Aug. 14-15. At the HUB Sports Center, Liberty Lake. $140. vbclinics.com

OTHER SPORTS SKYHAWKS MULTI-SPORT + MINIHAWK CAMPS A multi-sport program to give kids an introduction to sports such as basketball, baseball, soccer, flag football, ultimate frisbee and more. Ages 4-12, with sessions for younger athletes (Mini-Hawks Camps). Camps are hosted at parks and schools in the Spokane/Coeur d’Alene area. Sessions offered June 7-Aug. 20; see site for complete list of dates and locations. $115-$145/session. skyhawks. com SKYHAWKS LACROSSE Lacrosse combines basic skills used in soccer, basketball and hockey into one fast-paced game. Boys and girls learn the fundamentals of stick handling, cradling, passing and shooting in a fun, nonchecking environment. Ages 6-12. Held at parks and schools in the Spokane/ Coeur d’Alene area. Sessions offered June 14-July 30; see site for complete list of dates and locations. $115-$$175/ session. skyhawks.com

Academy in Cheney. *Sessions limited to 20 participants. $250/session. relationalridingacademy.com SKYHAWKS GOLF Camps teach the fundamentals of golf including swinging, putting and body positioning, with all equipment provided. Camps are held at local parks and schools throughout the Spokane/Coeur d’Alene area. Coed, ages 5-12. Sessions offered June 21-Aug. 20; see site for complete list of dates and locations. $139-$175/session. skyhawks.com SUPERTOTS MULTI-SPORT Depending on the session, young athletes learn fundamental skills and rules in soccer, basketball, baseball, football, and flag football through games and drills. Ages 2-6. Sessions offered June 22-Aug. 5, meeting once weekly. Sessions are held at parks and schools in the Spokane/ Coeur d’Alene area; see site for complete list of times and locations. $40$112/session. supertotsports.com

WAREHOUSE ALL-SPORT CAMP A fun, safe environment where kids make NIKE PARENT/CHILD GOLF CAMP friends, create lasting memories and learn life skills both on and off the Campers and their parents participate court. Campers will enjoy a variety of in group instruction throughout the sports and games designed to keep weekend as well as 18 holes of course them engaged and having fun! Lunch play each day. Coaches ride along to is included daily and after care options provide on-course instruction including are available as well. Campers will have shot selection, tournament preparedthe opportunity for indoor and outdoor ness and strategy, mental toughness play as well as swimming. Ages 6-12. techniques, and more. Coed, open to Offered June 23-Aug. 13; meets Mon-Fri players of all ability levels ages 10+. 9 am-3:30 pm. At the Warehouse AthJune 18-20. At the Coeur d’Alene Resort letic Facility. $199. warehouseathletics. Golf Course (attendees must stay at the com 509-484-2670 Resort, lodging not included in camp price). $1,996. ussportscamps.com SKYHAWKS TRACK & FIELD/CROSS 800-645-3226 COUNTRY Kids can train for the upcoming cross-country season in the fall, or NIC WRESTLING CAMPS The largest be introduced to the variety of events in summer wrestling camp in the Norththe sport of track and field. Coed, ages west, offering instruction in collegiate6-12. At parks in the Spokane area. Sesstyle wrestling with emphasis on sions offered June 25-Aug. 6; see site takedowns. Coaches include former for complete list of dates and locations. Olympians and collegiate coaches. $89. skyhawks.com Tentative summer 2021 dates as follows: June 20-24 and June 27-July 1 BADMINTON SUMMER CAMP A camp (men’s competition; grades 7-12); July designed to introduce new players to 6-9 (youth camp, grades K-8; women’s the sport, and to sharpen the skills of camp, grades 7-12 and men’s heavyintermediate players. Camp focuses weight intensive camp, grades 7-12). At on the fundamentals of badminton in North Idaho College; resident and coma fun, but challenging way by incorpomuter options. TBD. nicathletics.com/ rating mobility and match play drills to wrestling/camps 208-769-3318 refine technique. Ages 8-16. June 28PEAK7 BOWER ADVENTURE COURSE July 1 from 8 am-3 pm at Chase Middle School. $120. spokanerec.org An introductory adventure leadership program from Peak 7 Adventures WILD WALLS INDOOR CLIMBING CAMP designed to shape resilient leaders Kids learn and experience the sport of equipped with a variety of outdoor rock climbing through bouldering, top skills. The course includes backpackroping, knot tying, belaying, slacklining, rock climbing, and whitewater ing, rappelling, ascending, crate stackrafting. In addition to outdoor skills, ing, safety practices, games and more. participants will develop grit, build No experience necessary. Ages 7-14. self confidence, and take part in Bible Sessions offered June 28-July 2, July 12discussions. Ages 15-18. June 21-July 2. 16, July 19-23 and July 26-30 (August $1,800. peak7.org 509-724-0163 sessions may be added at a later date; each session open to 15 kids), meeting SKYHAWKS TENNIS Camps teach Mon-Fri from 9 am-2 pm. At Wild Walls, proper grip, footwork, strokes, volleys, Spokane. $300-$350/session. wildserves and game rules and etiquette. walls.com 509-455-9596 Camps are held at parks and schools in the Spokane/Coeur d’Alene area. PICKLEBALL SUMMER CAMP Learn Coed, ages 6-12. Sessions offered June how to play one of the fastest-growing 21-Aug. 8; see site for complete list of sports in the country. This youth camp dates and locations. $115-$165. skyoffers fun, fitness, skills development hawks.com and a chance to make new friends. No experience is needed, and all equipRELATIONAL RIDING ACADEMY HORSE ment is provided. Ages 8-13. Offered CAMP A horsemanship program offerJune 28-July 2, July 12-16, July 19-23 ing half-day riding camps for beginning and Aug. 2-6; meets from 9-11 am. $75and experienced riders. Ages 8-13. Hel$90. spokanerec.org met, long pants and boots required. Sessions offered June 21-25, July 12-16, NBC GIRLS LACROSSE Led by WhitJuly 26-30 and Aug. 16-20; meets Monworth University Women’s Lacrosse Fri from 8:45 am-noon. Only 20 spots head coach Noelle Brouillard, athletes open per session. At Relational Riding

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SETS APPEAL Inland Northwest native Kelsey Cook hasn’t let the pandemic slow down her rise in standup comedy BY DAN NAILEN


he pandemic-forced shift to working from home came more naturally to some professions than others. Just imagine your livelihood depends on connecting with an audience, inspiring contagious laughter, a give-and-take that doesn’t really happen easily on Zoom. Kelsey Cook doesn’t have to imagine. Like so many, the standup comic found herself navigating technology and all its, um, joys as the Inland Northwest native worked to keep the momentum going in her career. “It’s been intense,” Cook says. “I joke about it on stage now, but I got divorced a week before COVID. Then all the comedy clubs shut down. I pivoted to doing a lot of virtual shows the past year. For a long time, I was using my cat tree as a mic stand. Most of the pandemic I was resting my laptop on this cat tree, and I’d have to tell the audience beforehand that if at some point the camera starts shaking, it’s my cats. I’m in their space. “Some of the virtual shows have been a lot of fun because they feel a little bit more intimate. On the other hand, I’ve done college shows [online] where there’s only been eight students in the audience, and seven of them will mute themselves. I’m performing for one person for 45 minutes, and you feel like you’re in an insane asylum. It is such a weird experience.” ...continued on next page

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s you might imagine, pursuing a standup career is not exactly the kind of thing that brings a lot of job security. Certainly not as much security as a small-town math teacher might have. But during her Seattle stint, Cook started to make a little money and “have some doors open up,” and that pushed her toward Los Angeles. “I kind of let go of that fear of pursuing a career that is so unpredictable,” Cook says. “There’s no set pathway to make it in comedy. You just have to hope that it happens, and hope that you’re not, like, 68 when it does.” The classic “big break” happened in 2015. Besides doing sets in town, she was hosting a podcast. Comedian Jim Norton was heading to Los Angeles for some shows and asked via Twitter what podcasts he should do to promote his shows. Cook reached out, Norton did her show, it went well, and soon she was tapped to open a weekend of shows for him. Those went well, too. “The next week, his manager sent me the rest of his tour dates for the year,” Cook says. “I remember getting that email and sitting at my receptionist desk at my day job that I hated, just crying.


“That really changed my life because he made it possible for me to do comedy full time. It became my full-time job. And I got The Tonight Show and Comedy Central, and once I got those TV credits, I was able to start headlining.” Now she has her own comedy special as well. Cook’s episode of EPIX’s Unprotected Sets debuted Feb. 24 and is available to stream. In addition to material she’s honed for years, this socially distanced show filmed outdoors in July 2020 includes plenty of pandemic-related laughs she wasn’t able to perfect in front of club audiences before they were preserved forever. “When you picture shooting your first comedy special, you would never usually do new material,” Cook says. “You would usually be running the set over and over and over. But those of us who shot the EPIX specials, there were several of us, we hadn’t performed in four months. It’s kind of like a period piece. What else are you going to write about for a special during a pandemic?” Hence, jokes about being allowed to buy only one roll of toilet paper at a time or friends getting sober during quarantine blend in easily with lines about relationships and sex toys. Given the confidence Cook has grown into over 11 years of writing jokes, there was really no need to worry that the less-tested jokes wouldn’t work. “Over time, the way I’ve made [writing] easier for myself is to just pay attention to my conversations with my friends,” Cook says. “I think your friends, whether you’re a comedian or not, are the people you’re funniest around, the people you make laugh the hardest and that make you laugh the hardest. When you’re not thinking about it, and not trying to be funny.” n Kelsey Cook • Thu, April 8 at 7:30 pm; Fri-Sat, April 9-10, 7:30 pm and 9:30 pm • $6-$26 • Spokane Comedy Club • 315 W. Sprague • spokanecomedyclub.com • 318-9998

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INSTANT REACTION Bethany Montgomery of Power 2 The Poetry sent us a poem inspired by Gonzaga's loss Monday night. We are GU Through and through We execute and make no excuse Win or lose Gonzaga pride until the day we die We bleed red, blue and white We are Bulldogs We will always fight Spokane unite We’ll be back in the Kennel With our eyes still on the prize We are coming with a vengeance Our history will be rewritten When the ref blows the whistle And we take that first dribble We will scream from the top of our lungs Stands filled from the top to the bottom We believe in you Mark Few We will always remain true Because... WE ARE GU

THIS WEEK’S PLAYLIST There’s noteworthy new music arriving in stores and online April 9. To wit: CHEAP TRICK, In Another World. The power-pop killers’ 20th studio album. They haven’t lost a step. BROCKHAMPTON, Roadrunner: New Light, New Machine. The group’s latest was recorded in COVID isolation, and single “Buzzcut” is no worse for it. PARKER MILLSAP, Be Here Instead. The brilliant country-rock youngster recorded his new set live with his band. (DAN NAILEN)


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fter I had outgrown Dr. Seuss and before I graduated to the bitter ironies of Roald Dahl, I devoured every book I could find by Beverly Cleary. The prolific children’s writer, who died March 25 at the age of 104, was working as a librarian in Yakima when she decided to write the kids’ books she wasn’t seeing on her shelves. She didn’t pander or sugarcoat. Her fiction was moored in middle-class reality, and grounded in the mundane concerns that kids actually have. She’s best known for her series about precocious Ramona Quimby and her older sister Beezus, who grew up over the course of eight books published between

THE BUZZ BIN 1955 and 1999. It was those books that captivated me most, so relatable and so true. Cleary structured each of these books as a series of vignettes centered on a unifying theme, which is sort of how we think back on our own childhoods. The series began with Beezus & Ramona, the only one of the books to be told entirely from Beezus’ POV. It’s about the responsibilities that go along with getting older: Beezus is tasked with looking after her pesky younger sister, which seems like a symbol of trustworthiness, until she realizes it’s nothing but an annoyance. When the series switched its focus to Ramona, Cleary captured the frustrations and fears of being young. In Ramona the Pest (1968), our protagonist is faced with moments where she must behave properly but simply can’t deny her little kid instincts. In 1975’s Ramona the Brave, she gets her own bedroom after years of sharing one with Beezus. I still remember how Ramona leapt into her bed so that whatever’s hiding underneath couldn’t grab her, a brilliant detail that illustrates how well Cleary understood kid logic. Perhaps my favorite scene in the series comes in Ramona Quimby, Age 8 (1981). All the kids at Ramona’s new school bring hard-boiled eggs in their lunches so they can crack them on their foreheads, and Ramona wants to be included, not realizing that her mother has accidentally packed a raw egg. It remains one of the most potent playlets of humiliation I can recall reading at a young age. Cleary’s books were hugely influential to me, the first stories I read that I could relate to and that made me feel like I could write my own. I even have a personally autographed copy of her book Ramona the Brave, which I still treasure. I may have to read it tonight. n

NOT BIG ENOUGH Rapping master Notorious B.I.G. is deserving of a killer documentary, given his outsized importance to hip-hop history and his tragic assassination at just 24. Biggie: I Got A Story To Tell is not that definitive movie, but it does have some things worth seeing, particularly a ton of homemade videos shot by one of his childhood friends who joined Biggie for his rise to fame and violent end. This story is told mostly through close friends and family (lots of Puff Daddy and Biggie’s mom), and the love comes through. But a lack of any hip-hop historians to put Biggie into cultural context makes this less than a warts-and-all picture of the man. (DAN NAILEN)

BUS BIZ Spokane Arts is helping Spokane Transit Authority make the coming City Line look super fresh. They’re looking for designers to come up with cohesive cool looks around 33 stations grouped into nine themes related to different parts of town: Browne’s Addition, West End of Downtown, Symphony Station, City Center Downtown, East End of Downtown, University District, Logan Neighborhood, Chief Garry and Spokane Community College. One design or design team will be selected for each. It’s a cool way for local artists to make a mark on the electrified line; the deadline is April 9, and more info and applications can be found at spokanearts.org/opportunities/stacity-line-designer-rfq. (DAN NAILEN)

SNYDER CUT UNLEASHED Having never seen the 2017 version of Justice League, directed by Joss Whedon, I didn’t know what to expect from Zack Snyder’s Justice League, the new version of the superhero flick on HBO Max. Mostly I decided to watch the Snyder cut because it was all the rage online, so I settled in for four hours and made a night of it. I expected disappointment, but with each gratuitous slow-motion action scene, the Snyder cut grew on me. It’s a completely ridiculous movie, but it’s also a lot of fun. It’s at times epic, other times laughable, and sometimes both. Everything about it is completely over the top. And that’s exactly what made me like it. (WILSON CRISCIONE)


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Maeve Griffith takes on 30 roles in Stage Left’s new production.


Another New Challenge Spokane trans actress Maeve Griffith tackles 30 roles in Stage Left’s latest one-person show, I Am My Own Wife BY SPENCER BROWN


eturning to the stage after decades away takes guts — especially if your debut is not just one but 30 parts in a one-woman show. Fortunately, Spokane actress Maeve Griffith shares courage and an uncommon connection with one of the 30 characters she portrays in Stage Left Theater’s new production, I Am My Own Wife.


“The courage of Charlotte is really compelling, which underscores as a trans woman how desperate you are,” Griffith says. “You want to show who you are, but most of us hide it to fit in. But Charlotte didn’t. “The courage of her was really amazing, and she didn’t really define herself as a transgender person, but rather someone who knew a lot about clocks, and her

gender identity was secondary. I was the captain of a fire station; the mission really absorbed me, and the gender identity was really secondary to me.” As a part of Stage Left’s series of one-person shows, this filmed production of the Doug Wright play is challenging Griffith — a veteran, retired fire captain and trans woman — with its multitude of roles. The play tells the true story of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, a transgender woman and German antiquarian who survived the Nazi onslaught as well as the repressive East German Communist regime in Berlin. “It’s an amazing story, and adding Maeve to the story makes it even better,” says Troy Nickerson, the play’s director. “She has such an amazing story — sometimes I wonder which story is more amazing. But having some firsthand connection to that has been a powerful thing, as a really new actress to be put into a one-woman show playing 30-plus characters.” In fact, Griffith has little experience acting and is returning to the stage after many years away. “I was in productions in grade school and junior high, but I got tired of getting beaten up so I decided to forgo the theatrical experience and become more of an athlete,” Griffith says. “Until three or four years ago when I was in the Vagina Monologues and it was such a wonderful experience. Working together on a common goal with people was amazing, and I forgot how much I really enjoyed the theater.” Troy Nickerson According to Griffith, Stage Left Artistic Director Jeremy Whittington was the one who came up with doing I Am My Own Wife and had her in mind to perform it. “I hemmed and hawed, but he told me he would help, and I figured as a trans woman I should probably grab any role I can,” Griffith says. Griffith started her first read-through in February, and although she has never been in a one-woman show before, she was equipped for the challenge. “At first, it wasn’t directing her as much as it was teaching the craft of acting,” Nickerson says. “Once the ball got rolling, she started digging into it. Her natural gifts are really right on, and she’s really bright, so that helped. We just jumped in, and she was just really fearless, and I don’t think I could have done that.” Wright wrote I Am My Own Wife based on conversations and interviews with Charlotte von Mahlsdorf as well as on excerpts from her autobiography. The play follows Charlotte, born Lothar Berfelde, from her youth, when she killed her abusive father, to adulthood, when she narrowly escaped the Nazi regime. Once WWII ended, Charlotte ended up in East Germany, where she became a well-known antiquities dealer. As she talks about all the work that goes into accurately portraying 30 completely different characters, Griffith says “my voice is shot” but proceeds to showcase her vocal range with a great ease. “When I was a kid, I loved doing voices,” Griffith says. “I used to put together a little routine where I was Lily Tomlin calling different celebrities in sixth grade. I’m not as good as when I was little, but I’m still pretty good.” With the ability to access all of these different char-

acters, it’s hard for Griffith to choose a specific favorite, but she considers the fan favorite Alfred Kirschner. “He’s Charlotte’s boyfriend, or at least a colleague,” Griffith says. “He gets sent to prison for dealing clocks contraband to American soldiers who come to Berlin. There’s a lot of evidence that Charlotte sent him to prison. He is a very funny and sympathetic character. I like him a lot, and I would hang out with him.” When Griffith is not busy on stage, she is living a retired life full of activities. “I love to paint — I do a lot of paintings, and that’s probably my main thing at the moment,” Griffith says. “I started doing some sculpture work and gardening. My tomato plants are probably a foot high. Every Friday for the past few years I’ve been doing Haiku Fridays, where people send me their haikus and I just read them on Facebook Live. It’s one of those things I started doing and just can’t get out of the routine of it.” This is just the beginning of Griffith’s return to the stage; she’s already looking to her future as an actress. “I hope to do more stuff. I could easily play a man, or if I try really hard I could play a cis woman,” Griffith says. “If I see a part I want to try out for, I think I’m going to do it. I kid my wife with getting a camper and staging I Am My Own Wife on the road. I could perform, and she could do the lights.” The things she thinks audiences will really gravitate toward in I Am My Own Wife, Griffith says, are the relationships portrayed on stage. “It’s a lot about relationships, and there’s a beauty about them as well,” Griffith says. “I think it will have people talking about what really went on. And people can see what a really good director and crew can do with someone who doesn’t have very much experience.” n I Am My Own Wife • FriSat, April 9-10 at 7 pm; Sun, April 11 at 2 pm, and Thu-Sat, April 15-17 at 7 pm; Sun, April 18 at 2 pm • $25 • Streaming online; details at stagelefttheater.org

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Paramount Viewing 10 underrated and overlooked movies on the new Paramount+ streaming service BY NATHAN WEINBENDER


nother month, another new streaming service. In this case, it’s Paramount+, which isn’t entirely new: It’s basically a rebranded version of CBS All Access, which now boasts a bigger television library that includes every iteration of Star Trek and classic sitcoms like I Love Lucy, Cheers and The Brady Bunch. It also has plenty of original series, and will eventually host reboots of iCarly, The Real World, Rugrats and Behind the Music. As far as movies are concerned, Paramount+ is more of a hit or miss affair. (It also doesn’t appear to have a list or queue feature, which seems like a bizarre oversight.) But in between the throwaway titles and a handful of bona fide classics (the Godfather trilogy, the Indiana Jones series) are some buried treasures, movies I admire and that more people should know about. I scoured the library of more than 700 films and

feature-length specials and unearthed some of my favorite hidden gems and underrated classics. Here are 10 of them.


Before he became a go-to blockbuster director, Justin Lin helmed this weird, stylish thriller about a group of Asian-American high schoolers who front as model students while running a successful crime ring on the side. Although somewhat controversial at the time of its release, it’s mostly been forgotten and is worth a look as a stereotype-busting bit of genre filmmaking. Fun fact: Actor Sung-Ho Kang appears here as the character Han, a role he’d reprise in several Lin-helmed Fast & Furious movies.


In the ’80s and ’90s, there was an influx of vibrant films coming out of post-revolution Iran, and one of them was this charming, family-friendly film about a young boy who loses his little sister’s shoes and desperately attempts to replace them before his parents find out. It’s told with the simplicity and gentleness of a fable, culminating in a genuinely suspenseful foot race, and you’ll be riveted despite the relatively low stakes.


Alexander Payne’s debut feature is a merciless satire that targets activists on both sides of the abortion debate, as a drug-addicted expectant mother (Laura Dern) realizes she can use her latest pregnancy to bilk pro-choice and pro-life advocates for cash. The script, by Payne and regular

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In this chilly sci-fi thriller, a crew of young people are sent into space looking for a habitable planet. If you’ve seen Solaris or 2001, you know what’s going to happen next. (NW) Rated PG-13

NOW PLAYING The Weather Man collaborator Jim Taylor, takes no prisoners — even its protagonist is a selfish jerk — and yet its cynicism doesn’t feel totally hopeless.


A truly wild ride descending through several layers of consciousness, as a video game developer (Jennifer Jason Leigh) discovers that her latest creation, a virtual reality program that plugs directly into players’ spines, has made her the target of some futuristic assassins. The film marries all of director David Cronenberg’s fascination with advancing technology and affinity for squishy body horror in a trenchant bit of sci-fi that’s as disorienting as it is darkly funny.

FRESH (1994)

Among the boom of inner-city dramas released in the early ’90s, Boaz Yakin’s debut Fresh stands out. The titular character, played by Sean Nelson, is an impoverished kid who runs errands for a local drug lord (Giancarlo Esposito), and when he discovers his sister is in danger, he employs the strategies he learned from his chess champion father (Samuel L. Jackson) to outsmart the bad guys. It all builds to an entertaining and totally unexpected third act filled with double crosses and surprise reversals.


2007 was a great year for movies, and this solid heist thriller got lost in the shuffle. Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as a night-shift bank janitor with a troubled past, who gets roped into a plot to clear out one of the vaults. Things do not go according to plan. First-time director Scott Frank, best known for writing Out of Sight and Minority Report, doesn’t exactly reinvent the wheel here, but this noir throwback is lean, riveting stuff.


In this charming documentary, filmmaker Marilyn Agrelo follows a group of fifthgraders at three different public schools in New York City, all of whom are part of a

ballroom dancing program that culminates in a citywide competition. Like Spellbound, which chronicled kids participating in the National Spelling Bee, you get totally caught up in the drama. I’d love to see a “where are they now?” feature catching us up on all the film’s subjects.

SECONDS (1966)

There aren’t too many older titles on Paramount+ worth writing about, but one is John Frankenheimer’s chilling sci-fi allegory about the porous nature of identity. It’s all about a shadowy organization that puts people under the knife to not only alter their appearance but give them a new name and persona, before dropping them into an isolated community of so-called “reborns.” Dreamily photographed by James Wong Howe and starring a never-better Rock Hudson, Seconds is an unsung masterpiece of paranoia and purgatory.


In between his work on the Evil Dead and Spider-Man series, director Sam Raimi made this uncharacteristically poker-faced thriller in which a group of yokels come upon a downed plane in the woods and decide to keep the stockpile of cash they find inside. Adapted from Scott Smith’s page-turner, this is a gripping slow-burner in the vein of Raimi’s friends the Coen brothers, grounding its twisty potboiler plot in a believably grubby reality.


One of Nicolas Cage’s best performances is in this quirky, little-seen dramedy from Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski. He plays a sad-sack TV meteorologist who seems to attract dysfunction, as everyone around him is either spinning their wheels or spinning out entirely, and a job offer in a different city forces him to reevaluate his own choices. Yes, we’ve seen a lot of dude-suffersa-midlife-crisis stories, but few as singularly strange and funny as this. n









Based on a series of YA sci-fi novels, two teenage misfits (Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley) find each other on a telepathic, mostly male planet on the brink of civil war. (NW) Rated PG-13 Inspired by true events, Benedict Cumberbatch plays a London entrepreneur who becomes involved in Cold War intrigue and is soon in over his head. (NW) Rated PG-13 Michelle Pfeiffer got a Golden Globe nomination for her work in this dramedy, playing a bankrupt socialite languishing in Paris with her prep school-aged son. (NW) Rated R

A drama for Christian audiences about a little girl who prays for and is rewarded with a healing touch, making her the subject of media scrutiny. At Hayden Cinemas. (NW) Rated PG


Like Batman and Superman before them, cinema’s most famous giant ape and radioactive lizard duke it out while the world watches. Also streaming on HBO Max. (NW) Rated PG-13


The true story of Black Panther visionary Fred Hampton (Daniel Kaluuya) and the FBI informant (Lakeith Stanfield) who infiltrated the organization in the late 1960s. (NW) Rated R


Here’s yet another gritty Liam Neeson thriller, and this time he’s a rancher living on the U.S.-Mexico border who becomes protector of a Mexican boy running from a cartel. (NW) Rated PG-13


Writer-director Lee Isaac Chung borrows from his own life in this delicate story of Korean immigrants who settle onto a rural Arkansas farm in the early ’80s. (NW) Rated PG-13

From director Paul Greengrass, a Civil War vet (Tom Hanks) is assigned to retrieve a White girl from a Native tribe and return her to her biological family. (NW) Rated PG-13 A new riff on the Death Wish formula, starring Bob Odenkirk as a meek suburban father who goes into full-on revenge mode after his family is attacked. (NW) Rated R The latest Disney animated feature, a multicultural fable that follows a teenage warrior’s hunt for the titular creature. Also streaming on Disney+. (NW) Rated PG A British spy poses as a teacher to infiltrate a Nazi-affiliated private school at the height of World War II. Eddie Izzard and Judi Dench star. (NW) Rated PG-13


The beloved cartoon cat and mouse get their first mostly live-action feature, with the likes of Chloe Grace Moretz and Michael Pena as their human friends. Also streaming on HBO Max. (NW) Rated PG


Another entry in the Sunday school horror genre, this one about deaf girl who is imbued with healing powers by the Virgin Mary. Other, more sinister events follow. (NW) Rated PG-13


In this caper, a team of thieves plots to steal priceless artifacts from a Spanish bank while the country is distracted by the World Cup, and they have less than two hours to do it. (NW) Rated R


This divisive sequel to the 2017 blockbuster brings Diana Prince into the era of Reaganomics and Day-Glo, where an ancient, wishfulfilling artifact threatens humanity. (NW) Rated PG-13 n

Film listings reflect showtimes at AMC River Park Square 20 (808 W. Main), Village Centre Cinemas in Wandermere (12622 N. Division) and Hayden Cinema (300 Senta Dr). All Regal Cinema chains, the Magic Lantern Theater and the Garland Theater remain temporarily closed.



After being closed for in-person events for more than a year, WSU’s Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, aka the “Crimson Cube,” is open again. The galleries are filling up for spring, with two showcases from its collections open through midAugust, joined this week by two more exhibits. This year’s master of fine arts thesis show is a solo event, featuring the work of graduate student Stephanie Broussard. The artist uses paint to interpret and play with perceptions of space and contrasting themes. She’ll be on-site April 9 from 1-3:30 pm and afterwards hosting a livestreamed artist talk from 4-5 pm. A separate show opening alongside Broussard’s art is a collection of first-edition prints by iconic Spanish artist Francisco de Goya from his last major work, Los Disparates, originally published 36 years after his death. The series reflects the political and social turmoil Spain was experiencing during its creation between 1816 and 1824. — CHEY SCOTT World Without Reason: Goya’s Los Disparates / MFA Thesis Exhibition: Stephanie Broussard • April 6-Aug. 14 / April 6-May 9 • Gallery open Tue-Fri 1-4 pm, Sun 10 am-4 pm • Free • Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU • 1535 NE Wilson Rd. • museum.wsu.edu • 509-335-1910


Spokane Community College’s Hagan Center for the Humanities has been delivering an impressive series of online speakers as part of its Diversity Dialogues: Conversations about Race and Equity. That continues this week with University of Washington history scholar Carlos Gil. He’s been teaching about the history of Latin America at the Seattle school for more than 30 years, and his SCC lecture focuses on his own family’s story as he explores Mexican immigration. He captured that story after he retired from full-time teaching when he published his 2012 book We Became Mexican American: How Our Family Survived to Pursue the American Dream. His expertise should make for a fascinating discussion of a population rarely in the spotlight in Spokane. — DAN NAILEN Diversity Dialogues: Carlos Gil • Wed, April 14 at 6:30 pm • free • Online; details at scc.spokane.edu/News-Events/Live-Events



“When you wish upon a star…,” your wish for Disney movie trivia comes true! Disney fans may want to refresh their Disney movie knowledge and look for their Mickey ears before joining Spokane Comedy Club’s upcoming, in-person Disney-themed trivia night. Teams can have up to six Disney fans, however you can also request a single ticket if you plan on playing by yourself. To most efficiently register your team, select a team captain to be in charge of all team member tickets. In the meantime, warm up your trivia knowledge by making up a fun, Disney-themed name for your team and studying up on some of the following questions your team may come across at the event: What does the phrase “hakuna matata” mean? What is Rapunzel’s self-defense weapon of choice? What is Edna Mode’s profession? What year did Disneyland open? What is the oldest Disney movie? — NATALIE RIETH Disney Movie Trivia • Tue, April 13 at 7 pm • Spokane Comedy Club • 315 W. Sprague Ave. Free • Register at disneyscc040621. eventbrite.com


In the years since Merle Haggard’s 2016 death, a group of Inland Northwest musicians has gathered to celebrate the life and legacy of the country music legend, bringing together like-minded music lovers for a honky-tonk singalong. This tribute event has been dubbed Hagfest Northwest, and it’s back again this weekend. Hosted by local musician Rusty Jackson, the concert features the likes of Steve Starkey, Chrissy Summering, Joey Anderson and more, and you’ll have two chances to check it out — at 3 pm and 7 pm. (Keep in mind that alcoholic beverages will only be served during the evening performance.) You’ll no doubt hear many of Haggard’s 38 country chart toppers, including “Mama Tried,” “Okie from Muskogee” and “Pancho & Lefty,” and will most certainly leave humming them all. — NATHAN WEINBENDER Hagfest Northwest • Sat, April 10 at 3 and 7 pm • $19.50-$29.50 • Lake City Center • 1916 N. Lakewood, Coeur d’Alene • hagfest.org


The University of Idaho Department of Theatre Arts, along with the Department of History and the LGBTQ Office, are presenting a one-night-only livestream reading of The Damn Horse: Stories of the Gay Rodeo. Directed by guest artist Gregory Hinton (pictured), this play is based on interviews archived in the Gay Rodeo Oral History Project, which aims to keep queer histories in the American West from being lost. The material was written by University of Idaho professors Rebecca Scofield and Rovert Caisley and master of fine arts candidates Court Fund and Kendra Phillips. The play was crafted by using the “documentary” theatre technique in which dialogue is obtained from interviews, archives and news articles. After the reading is a conversation between the creative team, as well as the members of the International Gay Rodeo Association. — SPENCER BROWN That Damn Horse: The Stories of Gay Rodeo • Sat, April 10 at 6 pm • Free • Online; details at uidaho.edu/class/theatre


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At my boyfriend’s recent high school alumni gathering, it came to light that he had bullied a student (holding his head in the toilet, etc.). We’ve been together for almost two years and have discussed marriage. However, I’m truly unsettled that he was capable of committing such awful acts. It makes me feel that I no longer truly know who he is. He claims he’s an entirely different person and could never do such a thing today. How much weight should I give this? —Disturbed

Comforting sayings like “The meek will inherit the earth” (as in, “Someday, you’ll be Elon Musk!”) are of little comfort while the meek are being given swirlies in the girls’ bathroom. You’re wondering whom you’re with: the good man you were considering marrying or the aging version of a teenage tyrant who made the little guy his personal kickball. Figuring that out starts with diving into the psychology of a bully. Unfortunately, our current understanding of bullying is based on flawed and incomplete research, which is likely why many bullying interventions fail and sometimes even make things worse for the bullied. Psychologist Dan Olweus’ widely used (but problematically incomplete) definition of bullying is: “aggressive ... intentional ‘harm-doing’” in an interpersonal situation where there’s “an imbalance of power,” meaning a stronger person goes after a weaker one. This definition leaves a vitally important question unasked: what benefit might bullying have for the bully? It seems kind of basic to ask that; unfortunately, most social science research neglects any consideration of our evolved psychology and thus merely describes psychological and behavioral effects. Evolutionary psychology researchers, on the other hand, look to figure out a behavior’s function, current and ancestral: Why do people behave this way now? (What’s the benefit?) And why might this behavior have evolved? (How would it have helped ancestral humans survive, mate, and pass on their genes?) Accordingly, evolutionary developmental psychologist Anthony Volk refined Olweus’ definition to reflect that bullying isn’t simply “harm-doing” to the weak. It’s goal-directed harm-doing: harm-doing in pursuit of social and material benefits. Research finds bullies are rewarded for their verbal and physical beatdowns with increased “access to physical, social, and sexual resources”: more perks, greater popularity and social cred, and more chicks (for guys who bully). Bullying is a way to create powerful social alliances (like high school cliques), and there can be an “offense is the best defense” motivation in coming off as a scary bruiser: a keep-away sign to other bullies seeking targets. Bullying is linked with personality traits reflecting a willingness to exploit others for personal gain. However, personality researcher Brent Roberts, in studying individual differences in personality change, observes that personality traits can be considered “outcomes, not predictors (as they are typically viewed).” Roberts observes that, with age — predominantly from 20 to 40 — people show “increased self-confidence, warmth, self-control, and emotional stability”: changes that can be driven by an investment in “the social roles tied to one’s career, family, and community in young adulthood.” Like Elon Musk, bullied into a hospital bed as a kid (after a gang of boys threw him down a flight of stairs), I was bullied — during the longest stretch of time in the universe: seventh grade. A gaggle of bigger, mostly older girls regularly taunted and physically attacked me. It was humiliating and horrible. Years later, one of my tormentors saw my column and emailed me and apologized. I was surprised by how much it meant to me. It felt like justice, finally delivered — 25 years after the fact. I told her I respected her for coming forward and that I forgave her. And I did — not just for her sake, but so I could finally put it behind me. The teen years are not our most Socratic time, and the fact that it was important to her to take responsibility and apologize gave me some measure of my dignity back. To figure out who your boyfriend is now, look to his character: Is he kind, generous, and considerate? Or does he have a tendency to exploit people that you’ve maybe tried to ignore? Even a confirmed high school bully probably isn’t holding down co-workers’ heads in the toilet, but if he’s rotten to “the little people,” you should see that as a big “B is for ‘Still a bully!’”-emblazoned red flag. You might discuss this further with him: what he did and why he thinks he engaged in this behavior. Does he express remorse -- reflecting a disconnect between who he was then and who he is now? Or does he respond with anger and resentment? You might also suggest he consider apologizing. It takes a special person to do that: one who cares enough about trying to make things right that he’ll lay his ego on the line and admit to doing something terribly wrong to another person. n ©2021, Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. • Got a problem? Write Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave, #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405 or email AdviceAmy@aol.com (www.advicegoddess.com)

we made eye contact once walking past each other in the seasonal/ random home goods aisle. You were wearing a black zip-up hoodie, light jeans and dark shoes. I was the short guy with glasses and a Resurrection Records hoodie dressed in all black. I thought your eyes were stunning, and I wish I hadn’t been too shy to make eye contact with you again when we walked past each other in the frozen foods section. Hopefully you see this and I could take you on a date sometime? northspokanewincoman@ yahoo.com

I SAW YOU YOU DO HAVE A “HEALTH CONDITION” I was inside the store at a gas station along 395, and I saw you walk in sans mask, despite the giant sign on the door, and the tidy station setup with free masks and sanitizer. An employee politely asked you to wear a mask, to which you retorted, “I have a health condition.” The employee kindly offered to serve you curbside, so that’s what happened. Your purchase? A carton of cigarettes. Ha! I’d say you do have a health condition, but it ain’t donning a mask, sweetheart. COOKIE MONSTER BIKE RIDER So I was on Division on Friday, April 2nd, heading back up to work from my lunch break, and I turned to the right to see you on your bike and you had a Cookie Monster cover for your helmet. Made me laugh a bit, but you definitely smiled back. On the drive up all the way to Wellesley and Division you kept glancing over, and when I turned into the parking lot I blew ya a quick air kiss! Feel free to email me ! You look like you’re fun! bluered.bike31@ yahoo.com SAW YOU AT NORTH WINCO To the gorgeous guy at the north Winco around 11:30-midnight on April 2nd;

HIT AND RUN Looking for anyone who saw a hit and run at Mission and Addison during the celebration for Gonzaga on March 3rd between 8 pm and 8:30 pm. Possible white car who turned down south on Addison. If you have video or took pictures or saw the accident, please email at Wazzmama@yahoo.com. Thank you.

YOU SAW ME RACING TO GET THE KIDDOS TO SCHOOl I have sent in I Saw You’s before and since it’s starting to get nice out, I thought I would drop another one, specifically for The River District (Liberty Lake) peeps!!!! SLOW THE HECK DOWN ON INDIANA!!!! Every morning I see you doing 40-45 mph in a 25 mph residential area, racing to get your kids to school! Maybe...just maybe we should plan a little better or kick them in their butts to get moving! This is also goes for anyone else who thinks Indiana is a thoroughfare! The River District is getting bigger, and there are too many of you flying down Indiana! Go out to MISSION!!!

CHEERS LOVELY LUNCH LADIES Cheers to the friendly and kind lunch ladies at Glover who took the extra time to make a vegetarian lunch kit for my daughter.

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JEERS MY311 Jeers to the City of Spokane! You started this great page so that people could tell you what’s up and

Division Street exit clear up to at least N. Foothills where I finally turned off around 5:45ish 3.31.21. It was a minivan Toyota Sienna. I was behind you with my family the whole time, and we could see clear as day that you were texting, looking down more than looking up, riding your brakes, swerving

there was an item about three gates between the Health Dept and Kendall Yards and the grocery store. The issue is that the three gates are padlocked ALL hours except 11-2 pm. Now WHO would benefit from the gates being open 11-2? Well obviously County/City employees. And the rest of the time?

You do have a health condition, but it ain’t donning a mask, sweetheart.

yet...nothing happens. Potholes, abandoned cars up on blocks with the hood and doors wide open. People living everywhere and forming huge camps in doorways, in disabled motorhomes, under bridges or just setting up a tent on the sidewalk! This should not be what people see when they visit our city! It’s disgusting! Our homeless situation is out of control, and the City can’t seem to find a solution, but having these makeshift camps is NOT the answer and puts a blemish on a beautiful city. BARBERSHOP MANAGER Dear Manager, You are a narcissistic, an unapologetic, racist, waste of space, not a leader. I have never witnessed such inhumane behavior towards others. Do you wonder why we have such a high turnover rate? It’s because of cowards like you. You’re not only homophobic, but you’re sexist, and hate women. Who hurt you? Consider therapy immediately. You are NOT the only one having a bad day! We are sisters, mothers, aunts, and POC. Treat us with dignity or get out. TEEN BOY TEXTING ALL THE WAY DOWN DIVISION Jeers to the young teen boy who very clearly was driving his parents minivan full of carseats texting all the way off/by the

in and out of your lane and having a delayed response go time at red lights because you were too busy texting. Its people like you who cause wrecks and kill innocent people all the while you would be the one who walks away with minor bumps and bruises. Stay off your dang phone. No text is worth a life. BROKEN TEETH Jeers to our greedy money hungry City Council for trying hard to shove down our throats the fluoridation of our delicious ancient glacial aquifer water we are blessed with here. Do we really want to shower in, make our coffee with, water our organic garden with, wash our newborn babies with, let our precious pets drink and whatever you use water for BESIDES flushing poop... all for failure to teach our children how to brush their teeth. Most kids drink bottled water or juices and soda anyway. Put the floride in some candy maybe. Maybe City Council has Sierra Springs stock? SMALL BUT INDICATIVE I have truly struggled with the paradigm of what the Inlander will print and what it won’t. Some printed items seem WAY too edgy. And others that I thought reflect concerns about life in Spokane were NOT printed. A few weeks ago




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Well I guess the public who actually PAID for the fence. Those people that might like to walk to the store rather than drive. What sincere public hazard to safety is waylaid by the gates being locked 21 hours a day? The Inlander was asked to find out why. I keep reading and so far nothing. As a civilian there would NOT be ONE county employee that would admit to making that decision to someone calling. Seems like a small thing — right? Think about it. In the same weekly they are decrying surface parking and that the citizens need to spend millions building parking garages downtown so the land can be used more wisely. Has anyone said “More Wisely” for what? I thought walking to the grocery store was doing a small part of my part. I have an old gas-guzzling eightcylinder car I can more easily drive to the store. And I PAID for THAT TOO! n

















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ast week, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, outlined his views on cannabis legalization in an interview with Politico, and it included a rather optimistic timetable for a potential seismic shift in cannabis policy. “I am personally for legalization,” Schumer said. “And the bill that we’ll be introducing is headed in that direction.” Schumer explained he’s come around on legalization after nearly a decade of seeing how it has played out on a state-by-state basis. The success of legalization at the state level, combined with rising support from Americans on both sides of the aisle, has convinced the highest-ranking member of the Senate that now is the time. “Probably the most important power of the majority leader is the ability to put bills on the floor. And the fact that I am introducing a bill, and the fact that people will


know that there will be a vote on this sooner or later — that’s the big difference.” The difference Schumer is referring to is that Democrats are now in control of both houses of Congress. That matters because just last December the House of Representatives passed the MORE Act, which would have legalized cannabis at the federal level. It didn’t, because its companion bill in the Senate never made it out of committee. Notably, that Senate bill was introduced by then-Sen. and now Vice President Kamala Harris. Harris may be pro-legalization, but President Joe Biden isn’t on board. Schumer doesn’t seem to mind. “I want to make my arguments to [Biden], as many other advocates will,” Schumer said. “But at some point we’re going to move forward, period.” While past efforts at the federal level have fallen short and landed somewhere between symbolic gestures

and simply hot air, the circumstances at present allow for cautious optimism. A Democratic House has already voted in favor of legalization. Now a Democratic Senate is poised to take its turn, and the case in favor is being made by party leadership. It’s also no longer a partisan issue, as Schumer noted in the interview, with deep red South Dakota voting for legalization this past November. In Washington, though, that may not matter. When the House passed the MORE Act in December, only five Republicans voted in favor. This time, Democrats don’t need any Republican support in the House, but that’s no guarantee in the Senate, where Democrats’ razor-thin majority leaves legislation vulnerable — at least for now — to filibuster tactics. Besides, it’s big news that Chuck Schumer simply said he’s moving forward with legalization efforts. While Washington talks, 16 states have already acted. Could this time be different? n

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