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Tidying Up Government The (potentially) life-changing magic of local government BY JOHN T. REUTER


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a startlingly comforting practice. I hadn’t realized how much stuff I had that didn’t deeply matter to me, and with it cleared away, I was left surrounded by just the things I loved. At least it started that way. With a burst of energy, I quickly moved through my closet and books — both of which

were multi-day exercises in tidying up. But I’ve since gotten stuck on papers for months. I have a complicated relationship with paper. At my request, my parents gave me a filing cabinet before I was 10 — which I have steadily filled with scraps and old half-filled notebooks. It has everything from my first attempts at writing letters (which I insisted on keeping as a kindergartener) to the first chapter of a forgotten novel I was working on in college to my notes as a young City Council member in Sandpoint.


“We spend a transformative sum of money every year, but are we creating transformative change?” I probably should just set all of these papers aside to deal with the sentimental category Kondo recommends tidying at the very end, but I’m in the thick of it now — and while I’m stressed out by my lack of progress, I’m finding so much joy in this solipsistic exploration of my personal history and the musings they stir. Just yesterday, I stumbled across a decade-old note from my time on City Council. It read: “We spend a transformative sum of money every year, but are we creating transformative change?” Below it I had noted that the city’s budget was then $42 million. It’s the kind of question I dwelled on when I was younger — and a good reminder that now in my mid-30s I ought to be thinking about such things more. We have the potential collectively, through government still close enough for each of us to wield influence, to do a tremendous amount of good in this world. When we look at our local budgets, conservatives point out the waste and liberals point out the unfilled possibilities to spark progress. I think good policy often lies in recognizing both are sometimes true. Too often our politics and the budgets they produce have become like my apartment — filled with things that were accumulated over time but no longer bring our communities joy. I propose that it’s time, in many places, to apply something like the KonMari method of tidying up to our local governments and focusing on the things that truly spark joy for our communities. As Kondo points out, joy can come in many forms — from the usefulness of a tool to the warmth stirred by a family photo. We would still have police departments, firefighters and roads, but perhaps we might question whether a road-widening project really did as much for us as a safe route to school for our kids. Our neighborhoods, cities and counties have such tremendous potential. Let’s unlock their life-changing magic. n John T. Reuter, a former Sandpoint City Councilman, has been active in protecting the environment, expanding LGBT rights and Idaho’s Republican Party politics.

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Q&A RAYMOND REYES Gonzaga’s chief diversity officer invites people to explore their deep humanity BY ARCELIA MARTIN


aymond Reyes started at Gonzaga University as a professor in 1987 in the School of Education, and now serves as the school’s associate academic vice president and chief diversity officer. Previously, he served as the administrative director for the Coeur d’Alene Tribe of Idaho. His fingerprints can be found on many of Gonzaga’s centers and programs promoting multicultural education, as well as the Institute for Hate Studies. For Reyes, “PC” doesn’t stand for political correctness, but rather promoting consciousness — how to look at not only the political, economic and social issues of human difference, but the spiritual. The following interview has been lightly edited for length and clarity.

Langston Hughes calls “What happens to a dream deferred? Does it explode?” They reach a boiling point and they begin to demand. So the shift, I think, when I was here in 2002 when the [student-made video addressing prejudice on campus] “We Stayed” video came out, compared to 2017 when the “Where Were You When?” video came out, it’s an interesting contrast case study in student activism. In 2002, if you talked to the students in hindsight … they almost sound apologetic about even recommending change, versus the students in 2017 or even in 2019 are demanding. They’re saying “No more.” This is what we need, what we want, more outward expression of accountability. You have said that your children and grandchildren have taught you what it means to be human. What have they taught you? They challenge me and stretch me with patience, so to be patient with somebody who’s different than you. My children do that. I think it’s about acceptance and curiosity. If being patient with somebody, experiencing being patient with yourself in relationship to someone’s difference, and accepting that difference, not judging it, not engaging in implicit bias and then, as a result of being patient and being accepting, I then suspend my certainty about what I think I know, which then stirs the movements of curiosity.

INLANDER: What is the work that you are doing today on campus? REYES: My work at Gonzaga is trying to understand how culture is a way of life that allows one to walk the spiritual path with practical feet. That’s what I try to do. I try to introduce and invite people to explore their deep humanity within their cultural context and how can they learn from and about others who are culturally different than them. Not only just in race and ethnicity, but every social identity under the blue dome, I often say, under the sky. There are 7.5 billion human beings speaking over 6,000 languages on this planet. There’s so many different cultures and so many different expressions of creativity, the divine imagination that we’re fortunate to be blessed with on planet Earth. What have you noticed about the evolution of activism among GU students over the past 32 years? The students are becoming more vocal, outspoken, more sophisticated in their strategies, more visible and more open in terms of their protests. They’re more willing to do what

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State Rep. Matt Shea is losing one letter writer’s vote.


AN efore OPEN LETTER TO MATT SHEA moving into your district in February, I knew little about you.


My brief familiarity was when, as a legal advocate, I was assigned to a case where a mentally ill man was charged with a domestic violence crime. When he came to court, he wore a sign taped to the jail jumpsuit that professed his support for you as a politician. Last month your name caught my eye on a story about HB 2154: Establishing that life begins at conception and criminalizing abortion in the state of Washington. I won’t pretend to change your mind about such a divisive topic, although I don’t believe it is your place to be making decisions regarding women’s health care. However, this bill and your name taped to an abusive husband sparked my curiosity, and after reading through your webpage and several news articles, I realized why that inmate was inspired by you. Your website identifies you as “pro-life,” but given your track record you don’t LETTERS seem to value the lives of women. Send comments to Women can be thrown around as easily as you allegedly threw your ex-wife into a car before she filed for protection and divorced you. According to the Spokesman-Review and court documents, you treated her like a possession and called her “a product of the foster care system.” Your hatred of religions other than Christianity and pathetic homophobia is unsurprising. Violence against women is perpetuated by men like you and with your opinions. I am not concerned about HB 2154. As a constituent it is a waste of time (the deadline for health-related bills was a month ago) and not a priority for our community. At this point, I am concerned that as a woman, my rights are in the weak hands of a man like you. You have no respect for (or likely the knowledge of) women and our bodies. I regret that I moved here too late to vote you out of office, but if I am still living here the next time you choose to run, I am voting for the other candidate. I hope she’s a woman. EMILY MORGAN Spokane, Wash.

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Hitting the Right Notes Why EWU is looking to partner with a music therapy nonprofit to welcome first-year Native students BY WILSON CRISCIONE


rowing up on the Nez Perce Reservation, Rickey “Deekon” Jones became accustomed to living among a tight-knit community with his family and friends. When he went to college at Eastern Arizona College 15 years ago, that all changed. “I realized there’s nobody I can call for anything. I didn’t even have a cell phone — I used a pay phone in the dorms,” Jones says. “It was completely new and that’s where the culture shock was. There was no support for me.” Within less than a year, he was back home, preparing to enroll at nearby North Idaho College. But his feelings of isolation in his first year are common for Native American students, who constitute only 1 percent of undergraduate students in the U.S. Less than a quarter of Native American students graduate within four years, according to data compiled by the Postsecondary National Policy Institute. Jones wants to help change that for students at Eastern Washington University. And his strategy is to use what he knows: music. ...continued on next page

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“HITTING THE RIGHT NOTES,” CONTINUED... “I knew, for me, writing and music is what helped,” Jones says. “So I figured if I can create something that’s fun for other people to do, maybe it could help them the same way.” Jones developed a music program years ago designed to assist youth in therapy. Now, his nonprofit, New Developed Nations, will partner with EWU to help support first-year Native American students next year. “Eastern wants to build a support system around these students and have something that they can become a part of and support,” Jones says.


icole DeVon, director of Native American Affairs at EWU, heard about Jones’s music program years ago. “It’s my job to support Native students on campus,” DeVon says. “So I’m always on the lookout for resources that best support them where they’re at.” Previously, Jones’ program asked kids to write, produce and perform music reflecting their experience. Jones first tried it out more than a decade ago at the Boys & Girls Club, noticing that kids expressed themselves differently through music than through normal conversation. Later, he brought the program to the Healing Lodge of the Seven Nations, an inpatient drug treatment facility for youth in Spokane Valley, before leaving and starting his own nonprofit in 2016, New Developed Nations. Music therapy isn’t an unheard of practice. It can involve creating, listening or moving to music, and it’s been used for a range of purposes that can include improving communication for children with autism and helping people with Parkinson’s disease improve motor function. Jones brought students who were in therapy for substance abuse together in a sort of recording studio, encouraging them to write and record music about how they ended up there. Some kids wouldn’t want to be involved for weeks or months, Jones says, before they finally opened up and performed a song. Often, Jones says, they would reveal or allude to issues that the kids would otherwise keep to themselves during regular therapy sessions. “We would bring that information to the mental health counselor and get to those root issues,” Jones says. The collaborative environment is key, Jones says. Kids who would otherwise be shy would feel more empowered when their peers expressed themselves. It’s a more trusting place, Jones says. “If you sit down, and somebody says, ‘Tell me what happened to you when you were 7 years old,’ they might say, ‘I don’t want to talk about it,’” he says. The work started to get some national attention earlier this decade. One of the teens who went through the program got

Native American students make up a small portion of the nation’s undergraduate population. EWU PHOTO second place in a music contest sponsored by the MusiCares and Grammy Foundation, in collaboration with the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Harvard Medical School’s Division on Addiction partnered with the program in 2013.

“Eastern wants to build a support system around these students and have something that they can become a part of and support.” And, importantly, Jones started noticing that the kids who went through the music program had lower recidivism rates than those who didn’t. He hopes further research will be able to show that it works, and why. But he also believes it can help college students like him, because when he was in college, music was one of the things that kept him going. “I want to help people who went through the same thing,” Jones says.


ypically, EWU will see a couple dozen freshmen Native students per year. DeVon hopes those students can be a part of a cohort program that makes their first year in college more welcoming. Those students may be in a few of the same classes in their first year, and other support services will be provided. The idea is that Jones and his music therapy program can be part of that. He would be able to relate to the students and help them express what they’re going through — whether that’s simply struggling with the transition or struggling with addiction. “We’re really excited about the hope of this partnership,” DeVon says. “He and I have been talking about it for some time now.” Outside the partnership with EWU, Jones hopes to expand his nonprofit. First, he has to convince people that he’s serious, that it isn’t a “novelty, fly-by idea.” But he envisions a campus where kids can come seek counseling from mental health professionals with music therapy as part of it. He wants a place where those who have gone through dark times are always respected. “I’m hoping to grow this,” Jones says, “as fast and as far as possible.” n








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‘Throwing Things out There’ A sweeping proposal to protect Spokane’s homeless is going nowhere


pokane City Councilwoman KATE BURKE was hoping to get input from police, firefighters and her colleagues on Monday when she brought forward a draft ordinance that would essentially override the city’s “sit-lie” law that allows police to cite people who sleep or lie on downtown streets and sidewalks. Called “Spokane’s Promise of Basic Protection,” the ordinance would prevent police from citing anyone occupying a public space in a “non-obstructive manner,” and it would also protect their belongings from confiscation. But rather than start a discussion during a meeting, Burke’s proposed draft ordinance was met with silence. “I got no input,” Burke tells the Inlander. Instead, the Spokane Police Guild chose to post the draft ordinance to social media and reference KOMO news station’s controversial “Seattle is Dying” documentary, saying, “Looks like Spokane may be dying too … There is going to be garbage (litter) everywhere.” The post spread quickly and was met with anger by some advocates for homeless people. While City Council President Ben Stuckart disagrees with the Police Guild’s assertion that “Spokane is dying,” he called Burke’s ordinance “bad legislation.”

“If you want to change sit-lie, change sit-lie. Don’t come up with a whole laundry list of things you want to do,” Stuckart tells the Inlander. And right now, the council does not support Burke’s ordinance or plan to amend the sit-lie law. Burke says she has been working on the proposal since August as she’s heard from people experiencing homelessness that they feel harassed by police and that their stuff is being stolen from them. Despite Councilwoman Kate Burke the lack of support from the rest of the council, Burke remains undeterred. “You gotta keep throwing things out there, I mean I’m not just going to not do my job just because I don’t have support,” Burke says. (WILSON CRISCIONE)


On April 5, Republican Idaho Gov. BRAD LITTLE announced that he would veto several pieces of legislation approved by state lawmakers that critics say would severely undercut Idahoans’ ability to put citizen-drafted initiatives on the ballot. Last month, Sen. C. Scott Grow (R-Eagle) proposed a bill that would have significantly decreased the timeline for initiative backers to gather signatures from voters to put measures on the ballot. Currently, signatures from 6 percent of voters in 18 legislative districts within the 18 months before an election are required. Grow’s bill would change that to 10 percent of voters in 32 districts within 180 days. The

measure was pitched as a way to increase the influence of rural Idahoans. After public outcry, lawmakers eventually passed a slightly amended version of the bill, which would mandate 10 percent of voters in around 24 districts within nine months. Critics of the measures argued that they would’ve prevented Proposition 2, the recently approved Medicaid expansion initiative, from ever getting on the ballot. In his veto letter — which shot down both versions of the proposal — Little stated that while he agreed with the “goals and the vision” of the bills, they would invite unwanted legal challenges and eventual input from the federal judiciary. “The bills invite legal challenges that will likely result in the Idaho initiative process being determined by the liberal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals,” he writes. “I believe these bills would give a lone federal judge the only voice in defining our initiative process. I cannot in good conscience let that happen.” Critics of the original bills applauded the veto: “We’re grateful that the governor listened to the people of Idaho and did the right thing,” says Luke Mayville, co-founder of Reclaim Idaho, the organization that pushed Prop 2. Now, however, lawmakers in the Idaho House of Representatives are reviving the effort by introducing a series of bills that collectively would have the same effect as the legislation that Little just vetoed, according to reporting from Boise State Public Radio. While it’s currently unclear if these bills have any momentum, critics of the original measure aren’t pleased. “The fact that members of the House of Representatives went ahead and reintroduced these bills only a few days after the governor’s veto shows a lack of respect for the legislative process,” Mayville says. (JOSH KELETY)

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The University District Gateway Bridge, connecting East Sprague with the University District, was championed as a victory for pedestrians and cyclists. Which is why state Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig was so disappointed to see that the city was planning to make the section of Sprague Avenue that connected to the bridge less safe — at least temporarily — for CYCLISTS. The city, possibly with help from $3 million state transportation funding, plans to reduce the number of lanes on Sprague near the bridge from two lanes in each direction to only one. “I generally support that road diet, but to do so without any accommodation for cyclists, makes that stretch less safe for anyone riding a bike,” Billig says. If they both have to share a lane, cars can be tempted to squeeze by cyclists with very little room to spare. So far now, Billig is playing hardball: In the Senate transportation budget, he’s put in a proviso, outlining that city of Spokane projects won’t get any transportation funding until an infrastructure plan is completed and funding is identified for bike connectivity near the section of Sprague to the pedestrian bridge. “It was never our intent to put bike lanes on Sprague,” says city spokeswoman Marlene Feist. “What we’re trying to do is accommodate multiple interests, neighborhood health, business health, bus access.” Feist and Billig point to a possibility, outlined in the Bike Master Plan, to put a bike trail behind the Sprague Avenue businesses, though the associated feasibility studies and right-of-way purchases could take time. “My objection is that it’s an afterthought,” Billig says. “I believe that the city should put bike safety on the same level of priority as road redesign.” There’s no guarantee that Billig’s proviso will be in the final transportation bill. Billig and Feist both express optimism that a compromise will be reached. (DANIEL WALTERS)

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Barred Books Washington’s prisons quietly banned nonprofits from giving used books to inmates, prompting criticism and a partial walkback BY JOSH KELETY


eached by phone from the Monroe Correctional Complex near Snohomish, 43-year-old Atif Rafay, a long-time inmate at the facility, tells the Inlander that access to reading materials has always been tough. “Books here have always been very hard to get,” he says. “Even if you’re at a major facility that does have a library, the library is very small.” So when he heard that the Department of Corrections — the agency that oversees Monroe and the other 11 state prisons across Washington — had quietly enacted a policy that banned direct nonprofit donations of used books to inmates at various facilities, he says he was baffled. “I can’t imagine being in prison without books. Books are your sole lifeline to the world,” Rafay says. “Books are almost the most productive thing, in fact, the only genuinely productive thing that you can do with your time while in prison.” On March 12, Robert Herzog, assistant secretary of the prisons division of the Department of Corrections, issued a memo stating that, effective March 25, the agency would no longer “allow or accept” used books from nonprofit vendors. The memo also noted that current facility mailrooms do not have the resources to inspect donated books, and that contraband smuggled into state prisons is

“escalating at a high rate.” The move caught members of Books to Prisoners, a Seattle-based volunteer-run nonprofit that mails donated used books to prisoners in Washington and across the nation, completely by surprise. “We’d heard from a legal source that there were some moves afoot by the DOC to make this kind of change,” says Andy Chan, a member of the nonprofit’s board of directors who has been with the organization for 25 years. “The next thing we saw is that we got some book packages rejected at the prison in Monroe.” Operational since the 1970s, Books to Prisoners attempts to fulfil the roughly 1,000 to 1,300 requests for books that it receives from inmates’ letters each month by sending out packages of donated used books to specific inmates on a weekly basis. “We get a lot of requests for vocational technology: HVAC systems, cars. Also basic education stuff: learning Spanish, learning how to spell,” Chan says. “And escapist stuff. People do request a lot of genre fiction, sci-fi, horror, those sorts of things.” “The fact that we get hundreds of requests from Washington prisoners each year for books indicates that the access to books is [already] inadequate,” he adds. After they found out about the ban, the organization began publicizing it on their social media

accounts. Numerous local and national media outlets covered it, several state lawmakers rebuked the policy change, and a petition that emerged online calling on the Department of Corrections to rescind the policy garnered over 12,000 signatures. “It’s such a regressive idea,” Chan says of the original policy. “It makes no sense to me.” In response, the Department of Corrections issued a press release on April 3, defending the policy change by claiming that there has been an “increase in contraband involving books” over the last five years, including “17 instances in 2018.” However, Karen Takacs, a Department of Corrections spokeswoman, tells the Inlander that the agency actually logged only five incidents of book-related contraband, and that they can’t confirm whether they stemmed from nonprofit book donations. “We can not verify that they were donated books, just related to books in general,” she says. While the release stopped short of rescinding the policy, Department of Corrections Secretary Stephen Sinclair was quoted as saying that any donated books could be screened through the existing Washington State Library facilities that are housed in eight of the 12 prisons. “The Washington State Library has both staffing and systems in place to evaluate a publication’s content and markings as well as check for contraband introduction,” Takacs writes in an email. “Access to reading materials are not limited.” But even the Office of the Secretary of State, which oversees the Washington State Library system, was caught flat-footed by the March 12 memo. “Our office was not approached by DOC prior to implementing this policy change,” Erich Ebel, a spokesman for the Office of the Secretary of State, writes in an email. In response, Chan with Books to Prisoners has argued that the whole point of his organization is to make sure inmates get specific titles, and that they’re concerned that centralizing the screening and donation process through the state libraries might undermine that. Sinclair also stated in the April 3 release that a series of meetings will be arranged with relevant nonprofits to discuss how to address the issue going forward. Then, last Friday, Sinclair indicated in an interview with the Seattle Times that he was open to revising the policy: “We are going to ensure that we have processes in place that allow people [to get books],” he said. “They won’t all go through the Washington State Library, as they don’t have the resources.” Takacs says that the initial stakeholder meeting is planned for April 12 and that the agency is maintaining the current policy while it figures out next steps: “We’re going on with business as usual.” Meanwhile, at Monroe Correctional Complex, Rafay stresses the important role that books play in prisoner rehabilitation and overall well-being. “It’s hard to overstate,” he says. “I can’t imagine what else people would want people to do inside prisons.” n

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“Taxes” used to be a dirty word for Democrats. Now it’s their new catchphrase

How Democrats Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love Taxing the Rich By Daniel Walters

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FACT: In the months leading up to the 2018 midterms, the percent of Americans approving of the GOP’s tax bill never broke 40 percent in Gallup polls.


hen Jay Inslee ran for governor of Washington back in 2012, he wasn’t some milquetoast moderate afraid of controversy. As a congressman, he’d voted against the bank bailout. He’d opposed the Iraq War before it was cool. In the ’90s, he’d voted for the assault-weapons ban even though it then cost him his re-election to Congress. But when it came to talking about tax hikes, he acted absolutely terrified. Even in a left-leaning state facing serious Recessiondriven budget deficits and a court-ordered mandate to pour more money into education, he’d dodge question after question on that issue. And when he managed to be pinned down, he issued a promise. “I would veto anything that heads the wrong direction, and the wrong direction is new taxes in the state of Washington,” Inslee said in 2012. It was a promise he didn’t keep. But today, that timidity around taxes is gone. Now, as Inslee runs for president on a climate change platform, he’s called for undoing the GOP tax cuts, pushed to eliminate tax breaks for fossil-fuel companies, denounced the Boeing tax breaks he’d championed in 2013 and has proudly pointed to his attempts to raise taxes in Washington state as evidence of his progressive record. “We should have a fairer tax system for working people,” Inslee told PBS NewsHour last month. “That’s why I am proposing a capital gains tax in my state, because we need a fairer system to end inequality.” And today, that sort of rhetoric puts Inslee square in the middle of Democrats. When the Democrats’ biggest social media star, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, proposed taxing the very tippy-top-most slice of income from the most wealthy multimillionaires at 70 percent, she was met with waves of support. And that’s kiddie pool stuff compared to the plunge proposed by presidential contender Sen. Elizabeth Warren. She wants to actually dip into the vaults of accumulated wealth by leveling an annual tax on those with over $50 million in assets. “When I talk about this, some rich guys scream, ‘Class warfare!’” Warren said in her campaign announcement. “Well, let me tell you something: These same rich guys have been waging class warfare against hard-working people for decades. I say it’s time to fight back!” Democrats have stopped seeing the tax issue as one of their biggest weaknesses and started seeing it as one of their sharpest weapons. Democrats have grown to love the idea of big tax hikes on the rich. So has America.


Let’s start at 1981. The economy was a mess. Inflation was soaring. And Republican Ronald Reagan had just crushed Jimmy Carter in one of the most lopsided Electoral College victories in history. Reagan, as everyone knows, had a big plan to cut taxes. But it was the House Democrats, as Politico pointed out recently, who proposed cutting the top marginal tax rate from 70 percent. Since FDR hiked taxes on the super rich in the middle of the Great Depression, the top marginal tax rate hadn’t dipped below that 70 percent rate for 45 years.

But because only the very top layer of a rich person’s income was taxed at 70 percent — and because rich people could afford to pay savvy accountants to figure out how to dodge it — hardly any revenue was being raised from that top tax bracket. So Democrats offered up a 50 percent rate as compromise, only to see Reagan take that and run with it. By the end of his second term, that top rate had been whittled down to a mere 28 percent. Sure, the deficit was exploding. But the economy was booming. And when Reagan’s successor, George H.W. Bush, broke his promise that — read his lips — he wouldn’t raise taxes, Democrat Bill Clinton used it to pummel him all the way to an election victory. With a ballooning national debt, Clinton bumped up taxes on the rich by around 4 percentage points in 1993. He sold it almost apologetically — “nobody likes tax increases,” he said — arguing it was a necessary sacrifice that must be made With an eye for the White House, to chip away at the Jay Inslee is calling for a fairer tax system. budget deficit. First Lady Hillary Clinton, according to Frontline, had discouraged Clinton aides from taking a “divisive tone” or attacking the rich when pushing for the tax increase. By 1997, Clinton was proclaiming “the sun is rising in America again” while he signed a bipartisan balanced budget that included major cuts to capital gains and estate taxes. The fight between Republicans and Democrats became less about whether to cut taxes and more about which ones to cut. While George W. Bush campaigned on cutting taxes across the board, Democrat Al Gore promised he’d cut middle class taxes. Sen. John Kerry wanted to roll back part of the George W. Bush tax cuts and close some loopholes — but he also wanted to cut corporate taxes. Left-leaning groups were outgunned by anti-tax activists like Grover Norquist, who demanded that Republicans and moderate Democrats sign pledges never to raise taxes. “It put the fear of God in them,” says Dennis Bailey, spokesman for Americans for Tax Fairness. “There was a lot of pressure on Congress to capitulate.” Democrats, by contrast, found that even their favorite left-wing political TV shows could turn on them.

“The top 1 percent of wage earners in this country pay for 22 percent of this country,” fictional Democratic speechwriter Sam Seaborn proclaimed in a 2001 monologue on the West Wing. “Let’s not call them names while they’re doing it.” But in 2008, some of those top 1 percent of wage earners helped tank the global economy.


It wasn’t just that Wall Street’s convoluted financial games had led to the worst economic disaster since the Great Depression. It was that keeping the economy afloat meant heaping vast amounts of cash into many of the same institutions that got us into us mess. Everything was primed for an angry, populist wave demanding the greedy and foolish finally pay their fair share. And yet, at first, that didn’t come from the left. It came from the right. In 2009, the Tea Party movement was sparked by a wealthy CNBC reporter’s rant over how Obama’s housing bailout was “subsidizing losers’ mortgages.” It wasn’t fair, the argument went. The Tea Party outrage over the stimulus and bailouts soon morphed into a movement demanding ever more conservative purity from Republican politicians. Anti-tax pledge demands were as potent as ever. Then, two years into the Tea Party movement, the anti-corporate Canadian publication Adbusters put out a call for protestors infuriated about greed, corruption and inequality to occupy Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park, to demand accountability from the wealthy and powerful. Similar Occupy protests popped up across the world. Kalle Lasn, editor in chief of Adbusters, tells the Inlander he remembers the crackling possibility of those early days of Occupy Wall Street — the feeling that they were, perhaps, on the cusp of revolution. “We thought that President Obama would be one of the luminaries that would come down to Zuccotti Park and talk to the occupiers and give us a boost,” Lasn says. “That would be a game-changer.” That, of course, never happened. Obama was never the wild-eyed, socialist radical the Tea Party painted him to be. Sure, he let the Bush tax cuts expire for the rich, but he wasn’t exactly a class warrior. “He left Wall Street completely off the hook. He will go down in history as the timid president,” Lasn says. “He didn’t have that f----it-all feeling that Trump had. He was a very careful guy.” New York protestors were evicted from the park within months. Winter came. The protest movement fizzled out, even as the Tea Party remained strong. But it had firmly stamped the political conversation with a powerful ...continued on next page

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Lawn & Garden Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is not the only liberal embracing the concept of higher taxes on the uber wealthy.


“HOW DEMOCRATS... LEARNED TO LOVE TAXING THE RICH,” CONTINUED... idea: The idea that the world is divided between all of us in the “99 percent” and the wealthiest in the “1 percent.” “We politicized a whole generation,” Lasn says. The economy improved in the years since Occupy. But the recovery was uneven. Jobs flourished in the richest zip codes while the struggling neighborhoods just kept on struggling. All that contributed to this percolating sense of dissatisfaction and anger, that feeling that you’re getting screwed by somebody. Donald Trump responded with a stampede of scapegoats. Blame the Mexicans, he argued. Blame the illegals and the Chinese and the criminals and the globalist elites. But from the left, a statistic-spewing septuagenarian named Bernie Sanders offered up a different culprit: Blame the rich. Blame corporations, Wall Street fat cats, millionaires and billionaires. With his rumpled Doc Brown charisma, Sen. Sanders made the Occupy Wall Street framing of “the top 1 percent” into the chorus of his stump speech. Hillary Clinton, who had been giving highly paid speeches to Goldman Sachs and was arguing that “America is already great,” was particularly ill-equipped to tap into the populist anger. Sanders had proudly talked about raising $15 trillion in taxes, not just on the rich, but on essentially everybody. Clinton’s proposal to raise the top tax rate for those making over $4 million to 44 percent seemed meager in comparison. Clinton took the Democratic nomination, but Sanders, arguably, left a bigger impact on the party. “The way that he resonated with the 2016 election caught the attention of the other people in the Democratic Party,” says Scott Parkinson, with Club for Growth, a national anti-tax group. “It became safer to talk about confiscation of wealth.”


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Democrats scrambling to try to win over moderate Republicans. To many Democrats, Trump’s victory meant the party needed the sort of brash vision loud enough to be heard over Trump, a way to electrify the left the way Trump had with the right. “Nobody thinks that that incremental change is sufficient anymore,” says Adam Ruben, campaign director with the national Economic Security Project. “The appetite for bold change has spread through the Democrats’ primary field.” During Trump’s run, he hadn’t offered a Mitt Romney-style campaign calling for belt-tightening and slashing government programs. He’d run promising to protect Medicare and Social Security. He’d even promised — falsely — that he would raise taxes on the rich. And yet, a Republican-controlled Congress immediately ran the same old play from the faded Reagan playbook: another tax cut. The GOP cut individual taxes across the board and drastically slashed the tax rate for corporations. But this time, the play didn’t work. The public had become skeptical of the idea that tax cuts for rich people can supercharge the economy. A Quinnipiac poll after Trump’s election found that most of the country — including 37 percent of Republicans — didn’t believe reducing taxes on the wealthy would improve the economy and create more jobs. In the months leading up to the 2018 midterms, the percent of Americans approving of the tax bill never broke 40 percent in Gallup polls. Republican politicians in competitive races declined to run ads celebrating their party’s signature achievement. “Even the people who wrote it ran away from it. A lot of them lost,” says Dennis Bailey, the spokesman for Americans for Tax Fairness. “I think that was the real pivot point. ... In many races the Democrats were using the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act against their opponents.” Activists were ecstatic by the way the script had been flipped. ...continued on page 26

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TAXES “HOW DEMOCRATS... LEARNED TO LOVE TAXING THE RICH,” CONTINUED... “After many years of being on the defensive on taxes, now we’ve reached the point where Democrats are taking the offensive,” Bailey says. Arguably, Democrats always had the power to go on the offensive on taxes; they just had to learn to believe in themselves. Since Gallup started polling the question in 1992, the vast majority of Americans have always believed that upper-income people pay too little in taxes. Meanwhile, Democrats in far-left districts learned they could be punished for being too complacent. Last year, a New York Democrat incumbent with his eye on running for speaker of the House was abruptly unseated by a 29-year-old Latina calling herself a Democratic Socialist. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was like a hip young CW reboot of Sanders. “I have a feeling that she’s the perfect child of Occupy Wall Street,” Lasn says. “Some of the optimism and that willingness to go radical, I’m sure it infected her to some degree.” She had a Trumpian skill Bernie Sanders didn’t win the nomination with dominating media cycles, last time around, but he shifted the debate. even — or especially — when she got something wrong. Since Ocasio-Cortez knew she had no seniority, she used that publicity to try to shift the window of acceptable debate. “The most powerful thing I can do is to create a national debate on marginal tax rates on the rich,” she told Rolling Stone. Force ideas seen as far left into the mainstream, and suddenly liberals look like moderates. Ocasio-Cortez herself polls as divisively as Trump. But her tax proposal is widely popular. In a January Hill-HarrisX poll, 45 percent of Republicans support taxing the “10 millionth dollar and beyond” at 70 percent. And now, essentially every 2020 Democrat has to have a taxhike plan. Sanders wants to crank up the estate tax to 77 percent. Sen. Kamala Harris wants to give middle-class families up to $6,000 a year through tax hikes and fees on big banks. Sen. Cory Booker wants to raise capital gains and estate taxes and hand lowincome kids a big savings account. Meanwhile, Democrats are proposing ambitious programs like “Medicaid for All” and the “Green New Deal,” which come with sky-high price tags attached. Many experts don’t think it’s entirely possible to pay for these types of programs sheerly by taxing the rich. Yet because Republicans have sent deficits soaring so many times with tax cuts, it’s become tougher and tougher for the GOP to make the “fiscal responsibility” argument. Still, it’s one thing for Democrats to make a bold proposal. It’s another thing to have the guts and the political power to actually pass it into law. “Those are shiny objects for the progressive base. They don’t stand a chance of actually being signed into law by any president,” says Scott Parkinson with the Club for Growth. “I don’t see big tax increases ever happening in America unless the U.S. economy collapses, and we shift away from capitalism.” But Lasn, on the left, doesn’t discount that kind of disaster. He describes a kind of mounting dread among the youth that he doubts the Democrats are up to the task to handle. There’s the drumbeat of dire climate forecasts. There’s the nagging sense that the foundation of the global financial system remains unstable. But that, Lasn suggests, may be the best chance to really push for more radical ideas — maybe even a third party that can do what the Democrats are too afraid to do. “[Millennials] all admit that they’ve got this horrible feeling in the pit of their stomach, that their future doesn’t compute,” Lasn says. “The future looks really dark. We may be spiralling into a long, long dark age. Wild ideas may come to the fore.” n

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Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig (D-Spokane) isn’t sure whether there are votes for a capital gains tax in Olympia.

Unfair By Nature Washington’s tax system disproportionately impacts middle and low-income families. Could state lawmakers change that this year? BY JOSH KELETY


ashington is known for a lot of things: phenomenal outdoor recreation, legal recreational marijuana, a booming tech sector and coffee. It’s also infamous for having the most regressive tax system in the country, where the poor pay a higher percentage than the rich. The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP), a think tank based in the nation’s capital, has consistently ranked Washington as the “most skewed tax system in the nation.” They calculate that the lowest 20 percent of income earners (families making less than $24,000) contribute almost 18 percent of their annual earnings to state and local tax coffers, while the top 1 percent (those making over $545,900) pay just 3 percent of their income. “Washington state has the most upside-down tax code in the nation,” says Jack Sorenson, a spokesman for Balance Our Tax Code, a group lobbying for state-level tax reform. Now, Democratic state lawmakers in Olympia want to pass a new tax on Washingtonians’ profits (above a certain threshold) from the sale of stocks, bonds and other assets — otherwise known as a capital gains tax. But after years of elected officials unsuccessfully pitching similar ideas, its fate in the Legislature remains unclear, and critics dispute whether the measure is even legal. The types of taxes that Washington relies on to pay for public services is the chief culprit of this disparity, the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy concludes. In a 2018 report, institute researchers argued that the state’s heavy

reliance on sales and excise taxes — constituting over 60 percent of the state’s tax base — and the lack of a personal income tax are the main drivers. Additionally, the state’s lack of graduated personal income tax contributes substantially to the warped nature of the system, critics argue. Washington is the outlier when it comes to not levying an income tax: 41 states and D.C. levy some form of a personal income tax that works in tandem with other revenue streams, according to the 2018 ITEP report. “One of the biggest reasons that the tax code is so regressive is that it does such a poor job of tapping into or applying really concentrated forms of wealth,” Andy Nicholas, associate director of fiscal policy at the left-leaning Washington Budget and Policy Center, tells the Inlander. Washington’s aversion to income taxes dates back to the early 20th century: In the 1930s, the state Supreme Court shot down a voter-approved ballot initiative enacting a progressive state income tax in a 5-4 ruling, arguing that the tax was unconstitutional since income is property and the state constitution prohibits nonuniform taxes on property. Decades later, in 2010, voters rejected another income tax ballot measure. Regardless, wringing Washington’s wealthiest households for more money is exactly what Democratic lawmakers in the state Legislature aim to do this year. With healthy majorities in both chambers, lawmakers in the House and Senate are pushing similar capital gains tax proposals. The Senate version would impose a roughly

9 percent tax on profits over $250,000 from the sale of stocks, bonds and assets like commercial real estate, which reportedly would affect roughly 8,000 Washintonians and bring in around $780 million annually starting in 2021. Those revenues would pay for targeted tax breaks, including those for seniors and lowincome families. Similarly, House lawmakers want to enact a 10 percent tax on the sale of assets valued over $200,000 (or $100,000 for single filers), which would rake in an estimated roughly $2.7 billion over the next four years. (Both proposals also exempt certain types of assets, such as single-family homes, retirement accounts and livestock.) “The wealthiest among us should pay their fair share,” says Rep. Laurie Jinkins (D-Tacoma), a sponsor of the House bill and a longtime proponent of capital gains taxes. Nicholas, with the Washington Budget and Policy Center, says that while the measure won’t make the state’s tax system progressive overnight, it would be a “really important step in getting there.” Still, proposals for capital gains taxes from state Democrats aren’t exactly new. Back in 2015, House Democrats were pushing for a capital gains tax. Similarly, Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee has routinely proposed various iterations of a capital gains tax over the last few years — his most recent pitch landing in his 2019-21 budget proposal. However, the measure never made it onto Inslee’s desk; Senate Republicans hostile to the notion controlled the Senate until 2017. And as recent as last session, when Democrats held majorities in both chambers, a proposal for a capital gains tax from House Democrats went nowhere. Now, the political waters may be different, backers of the tax argue, with Senate Democrats pushing a capital gains tax of their own. (Democrats also increased their majorities in both chambers during the 2018 election.) Rep. Jinkins tells the Inlander that she feels “confident” that the House will vote a capital gains tax off the floor. Nicholas says that the odds of a capital gains tax getting passed this year are “are greater than they ever have been.” But Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig (D-Spokane) is less committal about whether the Senate will back the tax: “I think the votes for capital gains are difficult. It’s not an easy thing to pass,” he says. (This also poses problems for House Democrats, who structured their budget proposal around the capital gains tax.) Additionally, there’s the question of whether a capital gains tax is even legally feasible, given standing case law from the state Supreme Court that struck down past income tax proposals. To get around this, proponents are framing it as an excise tax on certain business transactions, as opposed to a tax on traditional income. “What’s different about a capital gains tax is that it’s a tax on revenue that you receive not by your own work, like hourly work or salaries,” says Hugh Spitzer, a constitutional law professor at the University of Washington. “You’re basically in the business of investing in the market in one way or another and that is like a business transaction much more than earning money by work.” Jason Mercier, director for the Center for Government Reform at the conservative Washington Policy Center, strongly disputes this argument: “It is the income that you report for your federal income tax return,” he says. “There’s no way that a court would find this as an excise tax.” He adds that the Democrats’ proposal to target certain levels of profits from capital gains tax undermines the argument that it’s an excise tax. “An excise tax is a tax on the transaction. It’s on the sale price or the volume,” Mercier says. “If they really wanted a stock transaction tax, that’s a constitutional tax. But everyone who conducted a stock transaction would [have to] pay the same price.” Democrats acknowledge that a capital gains tax would likely face a legal challenge if it were to be passed: “Ultimately a court will have to decide,” Billig says. n

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Most Americans are indeed saving money on their tax bill this year, but whether the Trump-backed tax cuts are actually helping the economy is less clear.

Money in Your Pocket How the GOP’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will likely affect you BY WILSON CRISCIONE


ake away the campaign rhetoric claiming the tax bill poorest and the richest saw more modest reductions in will either save or lead to the demise of America. Take taxes by percentage, and the middle class saw the highest. away the headlines and the talking heads debating “Overall, this is a tremendous tax break for the on TV. When it comes down to it, most people want to middle class,” Avery says. know one thing: Is the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 Keep in mind, that doesn’t mean the poor and the good for my wallet? middle class will be saving more money than the rich. A The simple answer is yes, probably. Odds are, you married couple filing jointly with two dependents with an saved money when you filed your taxes this year. But in adjusted gross income of $40,000 might see a 170 percent a broader will-it-lift-up-the-economy-and-everyone-in-it reduction in taxes in 2018, but that’s still just $1,510 in sort of way, the outlook is a bit muddier. savings. A couple making $800,000 a year, meanwhile, Let’s start with the money in your would see a 12 percent reduction that pocket. Anson Avery, a Spokane accounsaves $30,503, according to Avery’s LETTERS tant and CPA with more than 50 years of analysis. Send comments to experience doing taxes, made it his goal The Brookings Institution, a think to find out how the bill would impact tank based in Washington, D.C., offered taxpayers from a variety of incomes and an analysis last June supporting the assituations. His accounting firm spent hundreds of hours sertion that most people will get a tax cut. Four out of analyzing 30 different samples with annual incomes rangfive people will receive a tax cut averaging about $2,100 ing anywhere from $10,000 to $3.2 million, compiling the in 2018, they say. The analysis paints a broader picture data in a book he’s called Tax Tsunami: The Truth About Tax broken down by who exactly will see tax cuts: Just over Reform. half of the lowest income households will see lower taxes, Of the 30 samples, all but one came away with lower but more than 90 percent in the middle and top earners taxes. The one with no tax cuts was a sample of a person will receive tax cuts. who is single with no dependents with an Adjusted Gross The bill also gives a deduction for pass-through Income of $10,000. When looking at who saw the largest income, or business income you can report on your percent decrease in taxes, it looks like a bell curve: the personal tax return. Avery calls that a “home run for

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businesses.” So that’s basically how the tax cuts will affect people directly. But there will be other impacts to your wallet that are indirect. And that’s where things get trickier. As has been well-documented, the tax bill lowers the corporate income tax rate to 21 percent. John Beck, a professor of economics at Gonzaga University, says theoretically that should attract more investment to the U.S. But whether it will benefit just the wealthy or everyone else too remains to be seen. Corporations gave bonuses to workers following the tax cuts, but those were mostly for PR purposes; Beck is interested in following whether it actually translates to workers. “It’s not a real clear-cut answer to that,” Beck says. “You can’t just answer that theoretically, and empirical evidence is not real conclusive.” Notably, the bill puts a cap on the state and local tax deduction, which affects high tax states (and as some have noted, tends to punish Democratic states). The bill will lower the amount of people claiming that deduction, however, and Beck says there won’t be too many people in Eastern Washington using it. And you can’t ignore that the tax bill will increase the federal budget deficit. That can lead to a widening trade deficit. Essentially, paying for the tax cuts will mean the government will need to borrow money from foreign investors, who will get that money from selling goods and services to the U.S. “To the extent that Washington is involved in international trade,” Beck says. “That would have an impact on our state.” For Beck, the tax bill isn’t really tax reform. For real tax reform, Beck says he would have gone further by closing certain loopholes. “For the most part, it wasn’t really tax reform,” Beck says. “It was a tax cut.” n


Miller Cane and 8-year-old Carleen are now in La Grande, Oregon, not far from the Pendleton Roundup, where they spent the day. Miller’s friend Avery is with them; they’re all staying with Shelly, Avery’s girlfriend. Miller and Carleen have been on the run for months, with Miller intent on keeping her away from Connor, her estranged father, while her mother, Lizzie, sits in jail for shooting Connor, who survived mostly unscathed. Carleen’s growing restless, wondering when she might return to school and a normal life. Before all this, Miller had been traveling across America in his motorhome, from one mass shooting to another, conning and comforting the survivors.



helly’s niece, Bella, did not have a donkey or a horse, but she did have a minibike, a Honda 50 — loud and stinky and fantastic. Carleen was afraid of it. Bella had her sit on it in the backyard, going nowhere, then showed her how to kickstart it, which Carleen did not like. Bella turned the bike off, and they talked for a while in the grass, then wandered into the woods behind the house. “Those trails go for miles,” Shelly said. Miller and Avery and Shelly and her sister Monica were drinking gin and tonics on Shelly’s back deck, except for Avery who was drinking wine. Miller felt like a fifteen-year-old kid, at a party where couples were pairing off, disappearing into back bedrooms. On the drive down from Walla Walla, Avery had called Shelly his


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special friend, and now it seemed as though Monica might become Miller’s special friend, Carleen in the woods with Bella wandering the trails for hours possibly — days even. Miller hadn’t had a special friend since the Lawton massacre, over a year ago. And Monica was funny and pretty and smart, sharing a joint with him in front of Shelly’s house after the third round of drinks, asking for a tour of the motorhome. He led her in, hoping she had a cat. All he could smell was Waffles. And there were doughnut boxes and chip bags and candy wrappers scattered all over the couch and counters. “This is cool,” she said. “Let’s hear the stereo.” Miller turned on some Lucinda. “Nice,” she said. “How’s the bed?” “Pretty good,” Miller said, and they talked about beds — futons and hideabeds, Murphy Beds and California kings, Castro Convertibles and daybeds, Monica sort of teasing with her eyes, finally saying, “We’re not going to take off our clothes or anything, so don’t worry,” and then she was kissing him and he was kissing her and there wasn’t enough air to breathe. Kissing Monica was the best thing Miller could imagine — kissing and everything kissing might lead to. Their kisses felt like promises. No reason to stop here, Miller promised. No reason to keep all our clothes on, and Monica seemed to agree, but maybe this wasn’t quite the time. It was still light out and the kids were around somewhere. But later, yes, her kisses suggested. And if they could just get a little closer — but then Carleen screamed, “Let ’er buck!” and the minibike roared to life. Miller and Monica jerked upright and peeked through the blinds in time to see Carleen climbing onto the bike behind Bella and wrapping her arms around her before they disappeared into the woods.


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“Is it safe?” Miller said, and Monica said, “It only goes fifteen miles an hour,” and then they were kissing again, negotiating what might be possible, which seemed like a lot, everything really, hours and hours to go — it was only seven — but before the children could return, they sat up and straightened themselves out, then started kissing again, then pulled themselves apart to make themselves presentable, then started kissing again, getting a little desperate, and if they didn’t stop now — but they did stop. They were adults. There were children somewhere. They went back to Shelly’s deck and had another gin and tonic. Avery told a story about a goat his neighbor had who could open a bottle of beer with his teeth and drink it in one long pull, and Shelly told a story about her college roommate opening bottles of beer with her eye socket, Avery and Shelly holding hands, Monica and Miller looking at each other, knowing what they knew — how barriers would be falling like Berlin Walls across eastern Oregon tonight. They made another drink. The minibike was a vague swarm of mosquitoes buzz-whining toward them, then the girls were back, Bella killing the engine, helmets falling to the lawn, the girls scrambling toward the deck, calling, “Can we have a sleepover? Can we?” “Of course you can,” Miller said, and Monica said, “Absolutely.” “I want to show Bella the moho!” Carleen said. “Sure!” Miller said. “I’d better get dinner going,” Shelly said. “What can I do to help,” Monica said. “Or me,” Miller said, “to help.” Monica smiled. “Come on,” she said. “I’ll show you Shelly’s house.” ...continued on next page


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MILLER CANE: A TRUE AND EXACT HISTORY  Chapter 6, Part 2 continued... She led him downstairs and they kissed some more. “Why did we have to have all these stupid kids anyway,” Monica said, imitating George Bailey from It’s a Wonderful Life, and Miller said, “Beautiful, stupid, old Building and Loan,” and Monica said, “Bedford Falls — Yay!” throwing up her arms like George Bailey discovering that he really did have a wonderful life. They needed to help upstairs. They needed to be presentable. They needed to get the children to bed as soon as possible. They made salad while Shelly and Avery cooked salmon and eggplant on the grill. They kept brushing against each other, Monica telling Miller how she’d never been married, how she owned a distillery in Baker City. Maybe they’d try some of her whiskey later, a fantastic idea. They took the salad outside, Carleen and Bella wanting nothing to do with them. When Miller called them for dinner, they asked if they could eat in the motorhome, which was fine, and after dinner, they wondered if they could sleep in the motorhome, which was also fine. Shelly had two bedrooms in her basement, separated by a bathroom, Brady Bunch style. There would be no reason for anyone to get any sleep whatsoever tonight. But first Bella had to go home for pajamas and books and a suitcase full of Barbies with whom to populate Carleen’s Care Clinic. While she and Monica walked to their house, Carleen called her mom. Miller was thinking how nice it would be to have a cigarette, but he didn’t smoke anymore. Avery and Shelly were doing dishes in the kitchen. Miller wasn’t helping at all. He’d have to do something heroic tomorrow to make

up for being such a bad guest. Maybe Monica would give Miller a job in her distillery, not that he had any skills. La Grande was pretty goddamn far from everything. Maybe they didn’t need to keep driving. Maybe this was where they should be. Miller walked to the motorhome to get another bottle of wine. “They were real,” Carleen said into the phone. “You know who — the cowgirls and princesses.” Miller sat in a wooden chair outside the motorhome. “There’s nothing bad about it,” Carleen said. “Indian princesses, too — part of Happy Canyon. No, it is real. Miller said.”

He turned and watched Monica approach, smiling. He smiled back. Everything was about to happen. Why couldn’t Lizzie just let her be a kid? She was so sweet and good. But Lizzie had her own problems, stuck in jail, far from her daughter. “I love you, too,” Carleen said. It was quiet for a minute and then Carleen asked for Noreen Cane, Miller’s mother. She’d been calling her nearly every day since they’d left Spokane. And why not? It was probably good for both of them. “Hi, Noreen,” she said. “It’s Carleen.” “Yes,” she said. “I wanted to tell you about my day.” “We went to the Roundup,” she said, “in Pendleton,” and she told Miller’s mother about the cowgirls and Indians, the queen and princesses, her new friend Bella, almost ten years old, who had a minibike called Pettin’ Patty, named after the mustangs in Little House on the Prairie. She was really funny and nice — Bella — Carleen’s new friend.

It was good she had Noreen. Maybe she’d call Dena, too, and Grace in Edison, and Cara out on the peninsula. But those were grown women. She needed kid friends. “I love you, too,” she said. “But you know what?” she said. “We’re going to Happy Canyon tomorrow,” she said, “after the rodeo. It’s a Wild West pageant. I might wear a cowgirl hat. Miller said I could get one.” He heard Monica and Bella down the road moving toward them. “I love you, too,” Carleen said again. Bella flew past him wearing a backpack and carrying a small, pink plastic suitcase, probably filled with Barbies. He turned and watched Monica approach, smiling. He smiled back. Everything was about to happen. He stood to greet her. They didn’t embrace or kiss, but they wanted to. And they would soon. They went into the motorhome where the girls were furiously playing, the Barbie Care Clinic open, Barbies scattered everywhere. Carleen’s face was flushed, her eyes shiny. “Good night, Miller,” she said. “We’re fine here now.” “I know you are,” Miller said. “I love you.” He’d never said that to her before. “I love you, too,” she said. And then Miller and Monica headed to their Brady Bunch bedrooms in Shelly’s basement, where they would stay up all night, a great end to a nearly perfect day, because even after feeling bad about school, Carleen had a new friend, and Miller had a special friend, and was feeling how good and right everything was as he and Monica walked away from the motorhome, where the girls would play all night long, none of them knowing that everything would go to hell tomorrow. n




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“Mayan Image” by Ernest Lothar on display at the Art Spirit Gallery.


Out of Exile Art Spirit Gallery reintroduces the region to the work and story of artist Ernest Lothar BY CARRIE SCOZZARO


rt history has forgotten Ernest Lothar, whose contemporaries — artists like Marc Chagall, Wassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee — fled Nazi Europe for America, converging mostly upon New York City, and forming the canon of so-called exile artists whose works are now celebrated in the annals of art history. But Lothar’s escape from Hitler’s juggernaut was circuitous, bypassing metropolitan art centers for many years. Though he made a significant body of artwork, illness and other circumstances conspired to dim his rising star in the art world for more than 60 years. An upcoming exhibition at the Art Spirit Gallery in Coeur d’Alene reintroduces Lothar, sharing not only his artwork, but also his compelling story. “The story excited us in equal amounts as the artwork,” says gallery owner Blair Williams. “We get approached often by artists and families of artists and we consider ourselves fortunate that way.” More often than not, though, the artwork people share with them is not a good fit for the gallery, she says. ...continued on next page

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The Ernest Lothar show includes around 60 oil paintings, 200 pastels on paper and 30 illustrations.

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“OUT OF EXILE,” CONTINUED... Last year when Melita Pepper — Lothar’s stepdaughter — brought in three of the late artist’s oil paintings, Williams was intrigued. “There’s something special about the work,” says Williams, who will show around 60 of Lothar’s oil paintings — many in their original frames — 200 unframed pastels on paper and 30 illustrations. Born in 1906 to Jewish parents with an interest in art, Lothar attended Austria’s Academy of Fine and Applied Arts in the 1920s and was making a living as an illustrator throughout Europe when Hitler rose to power. He fled Austria in 1938 for Switzerland, where he taught art in a refugee camp, but after being forced into military service and denied the opportunity to marry — refugees typically have no legal status — he fled again. The Dominican Republic was offering safe haven in exchange for work in the tobacco fields, so Lothar and his bride-to-be, Marianne Kater, made the journey in 1940 to Ciudad Trujillo. While in the Dominican Republic, Lothar worked in the fields, but also gained attention for his artwork, which continued to evolve into a more abstract style, similar to his contemporaries. Woman Combing Hair and Dominican Woman Feeding Chickens, for example, are reminiscent of Paul Gauguin’s work from his time in Tahiti, while Landscape with Horse echoes Cezanne. Lothar returned to teaching, working less in the fields, but was already suffering from the effects of hard labor. He would later be diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. In 1945 he was made a professor at the country’s National School of Fine Arts, joined a group of expatriate artists called “The Exiles” and continued to garner attention for his art, including through the PanAmerican Union, which sponsored his first one-person exhibition in Washington, D.C. In 1947, Lothar finally emigrated to the United States, settling in Virginia, where he

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eventually met and married Helen Pepper, Melita’s mother. Despite the ensuing scandal — Helen was married to Melita’s father when she met Lothar — and Lothar’s advancing illness, Melita adored Lothar, who raised her as his own from age 7 onward until his death in 1961. Pepper’s favorite memory is of Lothar in the studio. “He wore a little painter’s coat and he would paint, paint, paint. Or he would draw and pull that drawing aside and do another.” Lothar was prolific, says Pepper, and even though he was ill and they were poor — many of the pastels in the exhibition are on construction Ernest Lothar paper Pepper brought home from school — he had a wonderful sense of humor and positive outlook. “For a guy who was sick, he was really nice,” says Pepper, who took over the collection when her mother passed in 1987, carting it with her as she traveled, first to Eastern Washington, and again to Post Falls, where she relocated in 2008 with her husband and her daughter’s family. In addition to Lothar’s artwork, Pepper has maintained a trove of letters, photographs, news clippings and other ephemera testifying to both Lothar’s life in exile and his rising prominence in the 1940s modern art scene. In addition to appearing in the Washington Post and Los Angeles Examiner, for example, Lothar taught at several universities and was included in exhibitions at such venerable galleries as New York’s Hudson River Museum, the Whyte Gallery in Washington, D.C., and a Beverly Hills

venue run by the late Elizabeth Taylor’s well-heeled father. Why show Lothar’s work now? “I think now is a good time,” says Pepper, who had approached other galleries in the past, including Fine Impressions in Seattle, which showed some of Lothar’s work. Other places she approached while researching her stepfather’s life couldn’t show the whole collection. Then in 2016, she took some pieces to Antiques Roadshow when it traveled through Spokane — the appraiser was floored by the work, says Pepper. More recently, her yoga teacher recommended Art Spirit Gallery. It seemed like a good fit. Pepper isn’t the only family member interested in Lothar’s story. “In a sense, I have grown up around [Lothar] and have always known about him, because I have been exposed to his artwork since I was a child,” says Max Rothenberg, Pepper’s grandson, who is pursuing journalism at the University of Idaho. “How is it possible for one person to go through this much and still see the light at the end of the tunnel?” Rothenberg asks. “Ernest went through more in one decade than I suspect many people might in their entire lives, and much of it seems straight out of an elaborate, over-the-top film.” After reading through all the supporting documentation about his great-grandfather, says Rothenberg, what stuck with him was the story. “I think it is made more powerful by how much of him still remains, through his paintings and the clips we still have,” he says. “It’s a story that we knew had to be told in some capacity, or else it’ll eventually just become lost.” n Ernest Lothar • April 12-May 4; opening reception Fri, April 12, 5-8 pm • The Art Spirit Gallery • 415 Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene • • 208-765-6006

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July 29 - August 2 Ages 13 - 17: 10 am - 2 pm Cost: $150

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TEEN CAMP (Ages 13-18) July 15-19 - 9am - 4pm

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h, to be a kid again. That’s the lament I feel every year while compiling the Inlander’s comprehensive summer camp guide. Inland Northwest kids have so many amazing options — hundreds, by our count — to choose from when it comes to summer camps in all categories: education, sports, arts, sleepaway camp and more. If I could turn back time to relive these kids-only opportunities

RESIDENT 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 15-19. Application required; due May 22. $335. CAMP REED MINI CAMP Campers enjoy a three-day and two-night opportunity to experience camp under the watchful eye of counselors and junior counselors. Mini campers swim, explore the 555 and participate in traditional camp activities. Boys and girls entering grades 1-2. Threeday sessions offered from June 16-Aug. 13. $245-$255. CAMP REED Experience traditional camp activities including swimming, hiking, mountain biking, canoeing, ropes courses, archery, campfires and more. For boys and girls entering grades 3-9. Weeklong sessions from June 16-Aug. 17. (Horse program/units available July 14-Aug. 3; ages 10 and up; +$30-$200). $450$520/session. IDAHO MISSION PROJECTA camp experience designed for area youth groups working on a servant mission project. Project assignments with local organizations are based off goals and information provided by each group. Sessions offered throughout the summer; call for availability. $295/camper. CAMP SPALDING Campers ride horses, swim, boat, zipline, play team sports and more at a faith-based camp. Discovery Camp (grades 2-4), June 19-22 and Aug. 11-14; Junior Camp (grades 5-6) June 2329 and July 21-27; Jr. High Camp (grades 7-8), July 7-13 and Aug. 4-10; Senior Camp (grades 9-12) June 30-July 6 and July 28-Aug. 3. $235-$485. 731-4244 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. June 23-28 and July 28-Aug. 2 (grades 7-9); July 14-19 (grades 9-12). $284-$384. (payment plans available).

SPALDING PIONEER CAMPS A faithbased camp focusing on outdoor adventures, including camping in tipis, outdoor cooking and more. June 23-29 (grades 7-8), June 30-July 3 (grades 2-4), July 7-13 (grades 5-6), July 14-20 (grades 9-12). $230-$460. CAMP CROSS A faith-based sleepaway camp from the Episcopal Diocese of Spokane on Lake CdA offering team-building exercises, arts and crafts, swimming, wakeboarding/tubing, hiking, campfires, worship and more. June 23-28 (grades 9-12), July 7-12 (grades 4-6), July 28-Aug. 2 (grades 7-9) and Aug. 4-10 (grades 10-12). Also includes mini-camp June 30-July 2 (grades 2-3) and arts camp July 21-25 (grades 4-8). $144-$420 624-3191 CAMP FOUR ECHOES (GRADES 4-5) Themed camp sessions include “Art on the Lake,” “On Target,” “Night Owls,” “Camper Sampler,” and more. Camp offers traditional activities including swimming, arts and crafts, hiking and games. Girls entering grades 4-5. Sessions offered weekly from June 23-Aug. 7. $305$405. 800-827-9478 CAMP FOUR ECHOES (GRADES 6-8) Themed sessions include “Just Chill,” “Bullseye,” “Nocturnals,” “Intro to Sails” and more. Camps include traditional activities such as swimming, boating, hiking, arts and crafts and more. Girls entering grades 6-8. Sessions offered weekly June 23-Aug. 7. $245-$425. CAMP FOUR ECHOES (GRADES 7-9)Four themed, two-week sessions offer immersive and traditional camp activities including hiking, swimming, sailing, biking, canoeing, games, team building and more. Girls entering grades 7-9. Sessions offered June 23-July 3 and July 28-Aug. 7. $550-$645. CAMP FOUR ECHOES LEADERSHIP SESSIONS (CIT)Teen girls learn skills in leadership, the outdoors and working with children that are necessarily to become future camp counselors. Girls entering grades 8-12. June 23-July 3 (Adventures in Leadership), July 7-19 (CIT I) and July 21-Aug. 7 (CIT II). $500-$610. CAMP LUTHERHAVENA faith-based resident camp on Lake Coeur d’Alene, offering traditional camp activities including ropes courses, campouts, water sports, Bible study, archery and more. 3-day and 6-day sessions for grades 1-12 are offered

to learn how to code or cook, sew or sail, I would do it without hesitation. So kids, take note: Don’t disappoint your future self and please take advantage of the many amazing summer adventures at your disposal in the following pages. CHEY SCOTT Summer Camp Guide Editor

from June 23-Aug. 11. $156-$416 (payment plans available).

ers enjoy swimming, boating, archery, outdoor activities, ropes courses, arts and crafts and more. Coed, grades 1-12. Seven TWINLOW HIGH SCHOOL CAMPS week long sessions offered between June Themed sessions include high school 27-Aug. 11, most run Sun-Fri. Mini-camp crossfire (July 7-12), “Rock ‘n’ Water” experience, (3 day/2 night) is June 30-July (July 28-Aug. 2), watersports (Aug. 4-9) 2. $240-$475. 747-6191 and dance, drama, debate (Aug. 11-16) each offering traditional camp activities CAMP SWEYOLAKAN TEEN LEADERin a faith-based setting. Grades 9-12. SHIP PROGRAMS High school juniors Counselors in Training (grades 11+) is and seniors who wish to become future June 23-July 5. $335-$440. camp counselors learn leadership skills and more. Senior CIT: June 27-July 16. CAMP LADY OF THE LAKEAn arts camp Junior CIT: July 29-Aug 16. High schoolon Lake Coeur d’Alene offering dance, ers can attend free as a Camper Buddy, music, storytelling and singing workassisting special needs campers. Applicashops alongside traditional camp action + prerequisites needed. $850-$950. tivities. June 23-29, for teens (12-17) and adults (18+); family camp week Aug. 11-17 TWINLOW MIDDLE SCHOOL CAMPSA ($150-$685/person). At Camp N-Sid-Sen faith-based (United Methodist Church) facilities. $225-$465. camp offering traditional camp activiCAMP SANDERS A non-denominational ties including archery, crafts, canoeing Christian camp exploring outdoors the and more. Grades 6-9. General sessions nature, with swimming, hiking, sports, offered between June 28-Aug. 2; watercrafts, music and more. Grades 6-12. June sports sessions are July 7-12 and Aug. 24-28. Family camp July 10-14. $150. 11-16; fine arts camp is Aug. 4-9. $ $375. 208-352-2671 CAMP GIFFORD Experience traditional LUTHERHAVEN: SHOSHONE ODYSSEY camp activities including kayaking, Experience outdoor adventures in a tent swimming, hiking, crafts, sailing on Deer on Shoshone Creek. Activities through Lake and more in a faith-based setting the week include horseback riding, rock at this Salvation Army-operated camp climbing, floating the river, swimming serving low income children. Ages 7-12. and more. Grades 4-9. Sessions offered Weekly sessions for teens and youth are June 30-July 5, July 21-26 and Aug 4-9. offered June 24-Aug. 2. See site for de$380. 866-729-8372 tails. Cost varies based on income/eligiCAMP MIVODEN Campers experience acbility. tivities from waterskiing to arts and crafts LUTHERHAVEN: SHOSHONE CREEK in a faith-based setting. June 30-July 7 RANCHCampers develop their horse skills (ages 11-13), July 7-14 (ages 8-10) and July in the arena and on trails at this rustic 14-21 (ages 13-16). $325. mountain guest ranch in a creek-side setMIVODEN COWBOY CAMPA faith-based ting. Includes daily horse time, plus popucamp focusing on horsemanship, trail lar camp activities like swimming, a naturiding, equestrian sports, barn care and ral climbing wall, tubing, crafts, campfire more. June 30-July 7 (ages 14-16), July cooking, worship and Bible study. Six-day 7-14 (ages 10-12) and July 14-21 (ages 11sessions (grades 5-12) offered weekly 13). $355. 242-0506 from June 24-Aug. 2. At Shoshone Mountain Retreat. $511. MIVODEN EXTREME TEEN CAMPS A faith-based camp for teens who want to BOY SCOUTS CAMP EASTONSpend a push themselves, offering tough climbs, week on the shores of Lake Coeur d’Alene whitewater rafting and survival techat camp, which offers activities like niques. Ages 13-16. Ssessions June 30swimming, water-skiing, boating, sailing, July 21. $390. 242-0506 kayaking, paddleboarding, hiking and more. Ages 11-17. Sessions offered June MIVODEN WAKEBOARD CAMPS Catch 23-Aug. 10. $165-$375. some air and learn how to wakeboard at a faith-based camp using the camp’s CAMP SWEYOLAKAN The traditional special wakeboarding boat. June 30-July rustic sleep-away camp, voted Best Lo7 (ages 14-16), July 7-14 (ages 14-16) and cal Camp in the Inlander, on Lake Coeur July 14-21 (ages 12-13). $370. mivoden. d’Alene is accessible only by boat. Campcom

CAMP FOUR ECHOES (GRADES 1-3) Themed camp sessions include “Camp Peeps,” “Splashing Around,” “Fun in the Sun,” “Busy Bees” and “Splish Splash,” offering traditional camp activities including hiking, swimming, arts and crafts, songs and more. Girls entering grades 1-3. Sessions offered June 30-July 3, July 7-12, July 21-26, July 28-Aug. 2 and Aug. 4-7. $245-$425. 747-8091 TWINLOW PRIMARY CAMP A shorter camp stay for younger campers, offering crafts, games, swimming and faithbased learning opportunities. Grades 1-3. Sessions offered June 30-July 3 and Aug. 4-9. $160/session. CAMP REED CIT PROGRAMThree sessions, each consisting of a work week and a bike week, are designed to provide a comprehensive youth experience in which each individual is encouraged to reach his/her full potential. For boys and girls entering grade 10. Sessions offered from June 30-Aug. 10. $620-$640. 777-9622 LUTHERHAVEN FAMILY CAMP Families can experience a traditional sleepaway camp together in a faith-based setting. Cabin, yurt, tent and RV camping options available. July 3-7. Prices vary based on camping options. TWINLOW FAMILY CAMP Families are invited to camp for a semi-structured, faith-based program of activities around the camp with lots of time on the lake. July 3-7. $$75/person. CAMP CROSS FAMILY SESSIONS The Episcopal Diocese of Spokane’s faith-based family camping retreat on Lake CdA, offering traditional camp activities, kid-free time for parents and more. Offered July 3-6 and Aug. 30-Sept. 2. $60-$150/person, based on age. BOY SCOUTS CAMP GRIZZLYSince 1938, this 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 7-27. $165-$355. COCOLALLA LAKE BIBLE CAMPA faithbased camp program within the context of the great outdoors, offering traditional camp activities, Bible study and more. July 7-12 (ages 13-18) July 14-18 (ages 1112), July 21-25 (ages 9-10), July 28-Aug. 1 (ages 7-8). $165-$190.


RESIDENT 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. July 7-13 (grades 5-9), July 14-17 (grades 2-4), July 1420 (grades 10+), July 19-21 (emerging adults). Family sessions July 28-Aug. 3 and Aug. 4-10. Work camp (all ages) June 10-15. $215-$515. TWINLOW ELEMENTARY CAMPS Young campers get a week of traditional camp activities, including Bible study, team activities, games and more. Grades 3-6. July 7-12 and Aug. 11-16 (general session); July 28-Aug 2 (lake camp) and Aug. 4-9 (fish ‘n’ sail). $335-$385. BOY SCOUTS CUB COUNTRY A Wild West-themed week of camp for Cub Scouts, offering swimming, boating, hiking, fishing, archery, BB gun shooting, arts and crafts, and more. Ages K-5. Sessions offered July 11-14 (family camp), July 18-21 and July 25-28 (Cub Scouts), Aug. 1-4 (Webelos). $100-$155. CLEARWATER ARTS CAMP Campers focus on a chosen art form or experiment in multiple areas such as music, visual arts, drama and dance, in a faith-based setting with time for outdoor activities. Grades 7-12. July 14-20. $495. CAMP FOUR ECHOES (GRADES 8-12) Two sessions for older girls are offered this summer, taking camp to the next level, literally, by taking on bigger, more complex challenges in cooking, crafts, recreation and more. Grades 8-12. Sessions offered July 14-19 and July 28-Aug. 2. $365-$510. 747-8091 LUTHERHAVEN: WAKE ON THE LAKE Spend the week water skiing, wakeboarding and tubing, along with traditional overnight camp favorites, like sleeping in tents and cooking meals over the campfire. Grades 8-12. Sessions July 14-19 (grades 7-9) and July 21-26 and July 28-Aug. 2 (grades 9-12) $465 (payment plans available). ROSS POINT BAPTIST CAMPA Christian camp on the Spokane River offering traditional camp activities, worship, games and more. Grades K-12. Sessions offered June 16-21 (grades 6-9); June 21-22 (under grade 2 w/ parent; $30-$40); June 23-28 (grades 4-6); June 30-July 5 (grades 9-12). $200-$291. 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 21-26 (ages 10-13) and July 29-Aug 4 (ages 13-18), near Priest River, Idaho. $675-$775. MIVODEN FAMILY CAMPThe whole family can attend this faith-based camp together, participating in classes, evening campfire sessions and more. Sessions offered July 21-28, Aug. 4-11 and Aug. 14-18. $165-$340/person. SOLE TEEN TREK EXPERIENCE An outdoor leadership expedition that helps teens develop personal and group


Camp Fire’s Camp Sweyolakan is a favorite regional overnight camp experience, set on 300 acres at Lake Coeur d’Alene’s Mica Bay. leadership skills related to outdoor living and travel as a member of an actual backcountry expedition in the Idaho and Montana wilderness. Ages 14-17. July 2229 (boys) and Aug. 5-10 (girls). $670$695/session. CAMP SWEYOLAKAN FAMILY CAMP “You and Me, Kid!” lets children experience a weekend of camp activities at Camp Sweyolakan on Lake Coeur d’Alene with a parent, guardian or older sibling. Meals included. July 26-28. $$45/ages 4-18, $80/adult, free/age 3 and under. 747-6191 LUTHERHAVEN KINDERCAMP Children are invited to experience sleep-away camp with a family member or adult and enjoy the outdoor activities and scenery at Camp Lutherhaven. Kids ages 4-5 with an adult 18+. Aug. 3-5. $132/adult-child pair; $26 each additional child. 866-729-8372 LUTHERHAVEN: TREK CAMP Lutherhaven’s water adventure camp formerly known as Outdoor Pursuits. Spend the mornings and evenings at Lutherhaven and the days around the area rafting, boating, stand-up paddle boarding, voyager canoeing, camping out and more. Grades 7-12. Sessions Aug. 4-9 (grades 9-12) and Aug. 11-16 (grades 7-9). $465. 866-729-8372 COCOLALLA BACKPACKING CAMP A four-day, three-night backpacking trip in the Selkirk Crest of North Idaho, offering Bible studies, swimming, fishing, survival skills and fellowship. Ages 13-18. Aug. 7-10 and Aug. 25-25 (intermediate level hiking). $170. SPALDING FAMILY CAMPThe whole family can go to camp together and enjoy boating, barbecuing, swimming and other activities in a faith-based setting. Aug. 14-18. Mom, Dad & Me sessions (kids entering grades K-2; $145-$210) June 1415. $65-$375/person. COCOLALLA FAMILY CAMP Families enjoy a faith-based summer camp together, with swimming, canoeing, programmed activities and more. Aug. 16-18. $90/ couple, plus $15/child to a max of $130, or $70/person.

nature, experiencing outdoor adventure with the ease of staying at home at night. Activities include archery, BB guns, crafts, games and more. Ages K-5. The Inland SPOKANE VALLEY PARKS CIT PROGRAM Northwest Council hosts day camps at Teens learn skills for responsibly workvarious locations, with weekly sessions ing with children in a day-camp setting, offered June 17-July 26. $50/session. learning leadership and communication techniques and more. Ages 14-16. TrainSOLE NATURE DETECTIVESAn outdoor ing sessions are May 14, May 21, May 28 science day camp letting young kids exand June 4; must attend all sessions, plore various mini-ecosystems in a fun counselor shadowing also required. The atmosphere. Ages 4-6. Sessions offered Spokane Valley Parks & Rec summer day June 17-19, July 15-17 and Aug. 12-14; camps run June 17-Aug. 23, at Centermeets 9 am-3 pm. In Sandpoint. $82Place Regional Event Center. *Application $96. required by April 30. $95. spokanevalley. org/citapplication 720-5408 SOLE NATURE EXPLORERS Campers collect clues as they explore the natuSGS ADVENTURE CAMP Activities ral world outdoors and learn about the planned include hiking a 3-mile loop, environment around them during each rock climbing in the gym and on outdoor themed day of camp. Ages 7-10. Sessions rocks, building forts, learning to use GPS offered June 17-21, July 15-19 and Aug. 12and kayaking in a pond by the Little Spo14; meets 9 am-3 pm. In Sandpoint. $137kane River. Grades 3-5. June 10-14 from $147. 9 am-12:30 pm. At St. George’s School. $150. 464-8815 KROC ADVENTURE CAMP Weekly sessions of this Christian-focused day camp WILDERNESS KIDZ CAMP Kids learn for tweens includes activities such as rock about the natural environment and imclimbing, swimming, field trips and overportant survival skills, like how to start a night camping at area parks and more. fire using a reflective surface, test naviAges 11-14. Sessions offered June 17-Aug. gation skills with a treasure hunt, and 16, meets Mon-Fri from 8:30 am-3:30 pm. use makerspace machines to cast animal At the Kroc Center. $140-$190/session. tracks to improve observation skills. Ages 208-763-0621 9-12. June 10-14 from 9:30 am-3 pm. At Gizmo CdA (NIC campus). $180. gizmoKROC PEE WEE CAMPA half-day 208-929-4029 tian-focused camp with weekly themes, WILDERNESS SURVIVAL DAY CAMP offering swimming (including lessons), games, arts and crafts and more. Ages Campers experience nature and learn 4-5. Weekly sessions offered June 17skills including wilderness survival, wildAug. 16, meets Mon-Fri from 8:30 amlife tracking, obtaining clean water and 12:30 pm. At the Kroc Center. $96-$120/ more. Ages 6-13. June 10-14 (Sandpoint); week. 208-763-0621 June 17-21 (Spokane, Coeur d’Alene) and July 1-5 (Sandpoint, Spokane). All sesTEEN OUTDOOR ADVENTURE DAY sions meet from 9 am-3 pm daily. $235CAMPS Weekly team-building activities $285. include hiking, kayaking, rafting, disc golf, stand-up paddleboarding, rock CELEBRATE SUMMER Kids make flower climbing and more. Ages 12-15. Weekly crowns, solstice tea and learn songs and themed sessions offered June 17-21, July dances. They’ll also practice yoga daily 8-12, July 22-26 and Aug. 12-16; meets and create a celebratory meal together Mon-Fri from 8:30 am-4:30 pm. At Rivon the summer solstice. Ages 3-8. June erside State Park, Bowl & Pitcher. $22917-21 from 9 am-1 pm. At Plum Tree $299/week. School. $140. YOUTH OUTDOOR ADVENTURE CAMPS CUB SCOUT DAY CAMPSpend a day in Weekly adventures include stand-up


paddleboarding, rock climbing, hiking, kayaking, disc golf and more. Ages 8-11. Weekly sessions offered June 17-Aug. 16; meets Mon-Fri from 8:30 am-4:30 pm. At Riverside State Park, Bowl & Pitcher. $229-$299/week. ADVENTURE HEIGHTS This annual day camp includes field trips to area activities including swimming, hiking, movies and more. Kids also get daily hang-out time with games, crafts and special activities. Includes breakfast and afternoon snack (BYO lunch). Ages 8-13. Weekly sessions offered June 17-Aug. 23, meets Mon-Fri from 7:30 am-5:30 pm. At the new Airway Heights Recreation Center. $$100/ week; $25/day. CAMP DART-LO“The wooded day camp on the Little Spokane River offers archery, leadership, outdoor activities, swimming in outdoor pools and more. Bus transportation from four Spokane locations included. For kids in preschool through grade 9. Eight week-long sessions are offered June 17-Aug 23; Mon-Fri from 8:30 am-4:15 pm (extended hours available). Mini-session July 1-3 ($135). Discounts available when registering for multiple sessions. $135-$225/week. 747-6191” GIRL SCOUTS SUMMER DAY CAMPS The 10-week day camp program offers themed weeks that incorporate STEM into activities in the teaching kitchen, crafts, science projects, outdoor activities, art, field trips to the pool and more. Lunch and snacks included. Grades K-12. Weekly sessions June 17-Aug. 23; MonFri from 9 am-4 pm (extended am/pm hours for $10/day). Leadership sessions for grades 9-12 are June 17-21 (Extreme Water Sports), June 24-28 (High Adventure), July 1-3 (Counselor Assistant training). At the Girl Scout Program Center, 1404 N. Ash. $90-$125/week. KROC DISCOVERY CAMPKids swim, rock climb, play games, do arts and crafts, watch movies and go on field trips during each themed weekly session of this Christian-focused camp. Ages 6-10. Weekly sessions June 17-Aug. 23, meets Mon-Fri from 8:30 am-3:30 pm. Single-

day ($36-$45) and extended care until 5:30 pm (+$8-$10/day; +$32-$40/ week). At the Kroc Center. $140-$175/ week. KROC MINI CAMPSWeekly, two-houra-day mini camps let kids explore their interests and build new skills in areas such as theater, art, music, robotics, dance and more. Ages 4-16. Weekly sessions offered June 17-Aug. 23, with camp options for various age groups; meets Mon-Fri from 10 am-noon or 1-3 pm, depending on session. At the Kroc Center. $48-$70. SKYHAWKS DAY CAMPA 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 17Aug. 23. At Pavillion Park, Liberty Lake. $155/week. SPOKANE VALLEY SUMMER DAY CAMP Weekly, themed day camps offer outdoor activities and field trips, swimming, games, crafts and more. Ages 6-11. June 17-Aug. 23 meets Mon-Fri from 7:15 am-5:45 pm. At CenterPlace Regional Event Center. $120-$130/week. summerdaycamp 720-5408 GREEN GABLE EXPLORERS SUMMER CAMPThe local children’s learning center offers weekly themed camps with indoor and outdoor activities like arts and crafts, cooking, field trips, spirit days, special guests and more. Grades K-3. Sessions June 17-Aug. 28, meets Mon-Fri from 7 am-5:30 pm. $160$210/week. YMCA SUMMER DAY CAMPSWeekly activities include arts and crafts, swimming, active games and field trips. Grades K-8. June 17-Aug. 23/28 meeting Mon-Fri from 6:30 am-6 pm. At all four Spokane-area YMCA locations, along with St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church and Emerson Park. $133-$257/ week. 777-9622 BOYS & GIRLS CLUB SUMMER POWER DAY CAMPThe Northtown (June 17Aug. 23; 544 E. Providence) and Lisa Stiles-Gyllenhammer Club (July 8-Aug. 30; 13120 N. Pittsburg) locations are open for full-day programming and activities for youth and teens. Lunch and afternoon snack included. Teen programs for grades 8-12 include Leaders in Training and Teen Camp. Campers must be members ($20 plus parent orientation). Grades 1-12. Extended hours (7-9 am) for additional fee. $25-$50/week. CAMP ALOTTA FUN The Spokane Northeast Youth Center’s summer day camp for preschoolers is a hands-on enrichment program encouraging recreation and fun, with field trips, park excursions and more. USDA-approved breakfast, lunch and snack included. Ages 3-5. Weekly sessions June 17Aug. 30; open 6 am-6 pm. $178/week or $664/month. CAMP FUN IN THE SUNThe Spokane Northeast Youth Center offers opportunities for academic enrichment, athletics, the arts and recreation. Campers enjoy recreational activities, crafts, park adventures, field trips and more. USDA breakfast, lunch and snack included. Ages 5-12. Sessions June 17Aug. 30; open 6 am-6 pm. $168/week or $616/month. 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 24-28 (Spokane,

Sandpoint) and Aug. 5-9 (Spokane). All sessions meet from 9 am- pm daily. $285. 208-265-3685 ADVANCED YOUTH 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. Ages 9-14. June 24-28 from 9 am-4 pm. At Camp Sekani Park. $309. TREASURE HUNTChildren participate in a different treasure hunt each day in the park, at the school and other locations, making treasure maps and hand-painted chests. Ages 3-8. June 24-28 from 9 am-1 pm. At Plum Tree School. $140. CAMP READ-A-RAMAEach week, this half-day camp has a new theme based on a children’s book for activities, crafts, music, games and more. Morning snack and lunch provided. Registration is required. Ages 6-11. June 24-Aug. 15 (no camp July 1-4), meets Mon-Thu from 9 am-12:30 pm. At North Spokane Library. Free. CAMP BARKS & RECKids spend the week at the Spokane Humane Society learning about the cats and dogs who live there. They’ll also meet working dogs from the Spokane Police Department, wildlife biologists, do fun animalinspired crafts and hear about the work of shelter veterinarians. Ages 7-9. Sessions June 24-28, July 8-12 and Aug. 12-16, meets from 9:30 am-1 pm. $50/ session. SCHWEITZER ADVENTURE CAMP Campers 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 June 24-Aug. 23, meets Mon-Fri from 8 am-4 pm. $165$175/week. OFF TO THE RACES: DERBYCampers get to design a racing vehicle, work with makerspace tools to build it and see it perform on race day, July 13, at the CdA Maker Faire. Ages 10-14. July 1-3 from 9:30 am-1 pm. At Gizmo CdA (NIC campus). $50. OFF TO THE RACES: REGATTAUsing only cardboard and duct tape, campers are led through the design and prototyping process to build a boat that sails on race day, July 13. Ages 10-14. July 1-3 from 9:30 am-3 pm. At Gizmo CdA. $50. FAIRYTALE THEATERA week focusing on the art of fairy tales through storytelling, song and dance. Ages 3-8. July 8-12 from 9 am-1 pm. At Plum Tree School. $140. LITTLE SUPERHEROES Make capes, masks, puppets and become a superhero for the week. Ages 3-5. July 8-12 from 12:30-3 pm. At Corbin Art Center. $69. NATURE ADVENTURERS DAY CAMP A day camp teaching outdoor awareness and stewardship through nature immersion, games, crafts, storytelling, songs and exploration. Ages 6-13. July 8-12 from 9 am-3 pm. Sessions offered in Spokane and Sandpoint. $235-$285. SPOKANE VALLEY TEEN CAMP A new summer experience for teens, offering hiking, swimming, field trips and more. Grades 6-9. July 8-Aug. 8; Mon-Thu from 8 am-5 pm. At Terrace View Park. $120-$130/week (“Rails to Trails,” July 8-11, is $144-$153).

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CAMP DART-LO YOUTH LEADERSHIP CAMP Program Aides in Learning (PALS) is a program for older campers to build leadership skills through outdoor play, service learning and team building. Jr. PALS (grades 6-8) is July 8-19; Sr. PALS (grades 7-9) is July 22-Aug 9, meets from 8:30 am-4:15 pm. Kids grades 6-12 can also attend camp for free by serving as a Camper Buddy, assisting special needs campers. Application process/prerequisites needed. $225/$335. CAMP SWEYOLAKAN: OUTBACKER DAY CAMPA 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. Three sessions: July 8-12, July 15-19, Aug 5-9; meets daily from 8:30 am-4:30 pm. Transportation from four CdA locations included. $225/session. 747-6191 HARRY POTTER CAMPA week of activities and games inspired by the popular book series, including house sorting, scavenger hunts and playing Quidditch. Grades 1-5. July 15-19 from 1-4 pm. At St. George’s School. $200. SOLE LEADER OF THE DAYAn outdoor leadership day camp that takes participants out onto the water or trails for adventure-based service learning activities that support the community and local environment, and help kids develop a sense of belonging. Ages 10-12. July 15-19 from 9 am-4 pm. $215$240. TASTE OF INDIAExplore the rich culture of India through music, movement, folktales, food and art. Kids will grind spices to make curry and learn traditional Indian songs along with some snappy Bollywood dance moves. Ages 3-8. July 15-19 from 9 am-1 pm. At Plum Tree School. $140. THINGS THAT GO!Kids make and test paper tube cars, cork boats, gyrocopters and more. Ages 3-5. July 15-19 from 12:30-3 pm. At Corbin Art Center. $69. WATERSHED DISCOVERY CAMPCampers enjoy a week of hands-on activities including water quality monitoring, shoreline clean-up, invasive species prevention and a wetland ecology field trip. Afternoons are spent enjoying Lake Pend Oreille with kayaking, waterthemed crafts and more. Ages 8-12. July 15-19 from 9 am-4 pm. $200 (scholarships available). FAIRIES AND ELVESExplore the natural world by making fairy houses and elven crowns. Through stories, songs, games and adventure, kids learn about the mysterious, mischievous fae. Ages 3-8. July 29-Aug. 2 from 9 am-1 pm. At Plum Tree School. $140. LADYBUGS & SLUGS Kids learn all about insects through stories, nature walks, art projects and seed planting for a bug-friendly garden. Ages 3-5. July 29-Aug. 2 from 9-11:30 am. At Corbin

Art Center. $69. MINION MAYHEM & MOREMake costumes, puppets and maybe even learn how to talk like a Minion. Ages 3-5. July 29-Aug. 2 from 12:30-3 pm. At Corbin Art Center. $69. NATURE WEEK Spend the week outside exploring and appreciating nature. Kids will notice local insects, animals and plants and contemplate their connections, also making art from natural materials. Ages 3-8. Aug. 5-9 frm 9 am-1 pm. At Plum Tree School. $140. 747-1040 READY, SET, GO!Practice writing and reading strategies with favorite children’s literature. This session works to build kids’ literacy stamina for the new school year and practice basic Spanish vocabulary. Session is recommended for new SGS students. Grades K-2. Aug. 5-9 from 9 am-3 pm. At St. George’s School. $300. BEST OF SUMMER, PRESCHOOL STYLE An art-filled week offering some of the most popular art projects and activities from Spokane Parks’ 2019 summer day camps for preschool-aged children. Ages 3-5. Aug. 12-16 from 9-11:30 am. At Corbin Art Center. $69. DINOS, REPTILES, BIRDS, OH MY! Campers learn about prehistoric dinosaurs, reptiles, birds and other life forms through fun art projects. Ages 3-5. Aug. 12-16 from 12:30-3 pm. At Corbin Art Center. $69. AS I SEE IT ART CAMPA week exploring different art media, including painting, mono-prints, clay and more. Ages 3-8. Aug. 19-23 from 9 am-1 pm. At Plum Tree School. $140.

SPECIAL NEEDS LUTHERHAVEN CHAMP CAMPKids and youth with special needs can experience traditional sleepaway camp activities including swimming, hikes, arts and crafts and more in a faith-based setting. Ages 8-21. June 23-28 (ages 8-21) and June 30-July 3 (ages 18-21). $284$384. 866-729-8372 STUTTERING MANAGEMENT WORKSHOPAn intensive one-week treatment program for adolescent stutterers, designed to teach them how to manage and control stuttering and to manage the emotional response to stuttering. June 22-29. At EWU Spokane. Contact director Kim Krieger to register: CAMP STIXChildren and teens with diabetes enjoy a week of traditional camp activities including rock climbing, archery, zip-lining, swimming and more. Ages 9-18. June 23-29. At Camp Reed. $900 (scholarships available). FUNSHINE DAY CAMPA day camp for children and adults living with developmental and/or physical disabilities, offering recreational activities such as swimming, sports, games, field trips and more. Ages 6-21. Weekly sessions offered June 24-Aug. 9, meets MonFri from 10 am-3:30 pm. Adult session (ages 18+) July 22-26. At Shadle Park. $199/week. 625-6200 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 in swimming, boating, outdoor activities, ropes courses, arts and crafts and more. Ages 6-21. Six week-long sessions (Sun-Fri) offered: June 27-July 2, July

7-12, July 14-19, July 21-26, July 29-Aug 2 (M-F) and Aug 4-9. Space is limited. $400-$475. 747-6191 ADAPTIVE SUMMER ADVENTURE CAMP A three-day experience of outdoor recreation activities for youth with physical disabilities. Youth will learn to rock climb, play disc golf and kayak/ paddle on flatwater. Ages 8-15. July 1-3. $149. CAMP GOODTIMESA 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. July 8-12; day and resident options. At YMCA Camp Reed. Free for qualifying children. 777-9622 CAMP DART-LO: YOU BET I CAN!The wooded day camp on the Little Spokane River offering outdoor activities, swimming in outdoor pools and more. Camper Buddies assist campers with disabilities. Bus transportation is offered from four Spokane locations. Ages 6-21. Sessions July 15-19, July 29Aug. 2 and Aug. 12-16. Space is limited. $225. 747-6191 CAMP NO LIMITSA traditional summer camp designed specially for children who have experienced limb loss, hosted at the Camp Cross facilities on Lake Coeur d’Alene. Ages vary. July 16-19. $500 (assistance available). 207-240-5762 CAMP CHMEPAA traditional sleepaway camp for children who are grieving the death of someone close to them, offering a safe place for openness, friendship and understanding. Hosted by Hospice of Spokane, at Camp Lutherhaven facilities. Ages 7-15. July 1921. Free, space is limited; families must apply to attend. CAMP JOURNEYA sleep-away camp experience at Ross Point camp facility for children diagnosed with cancer (other criteria applies; see website), and offering traditional activities such as swimming, arts and crafts, archery and more in a medically-supervised environment. Ages 7-17. July 28-Aug. 3. Resident and day (July 29-Aug. 1; 9:15 am-4 pm; ages 5-7) options available. No cost. CAMP TWIGSA day camp for kids with diabetes, during which they’ll participate in activities and meet other kids their age who also have diabetes. Ages 6-8. Aug. 2-4, at Camp Dart-Lo Spokane. Cost TBA. BEATS AND RHYTHMS CARDIAC CAMP A medically-supervised resident camp for children with congenital heart disease, who can enjoy traditional camp activities, including outdoor activities, crafts, team building exercises and more, in a safe medically supervised environment. Ages 9-15. Aug. 8-11. At Ross Point Camp facilities. No cost. 474-6725 LUTHERHAVEN FAMILY CHAMP CAMP A weekend for families who have a child (or children) with developmental or physical needs. Activities including swimming, hikes, arts and crafts and more in a faith-based setting. Aug. 9-11. $70-$110.


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Explore the great outdoors during SOLE’s Teen Trek Experience. 1-4 pm. Young Chefs Academy, CdA. $45-$50. IDAHO DISCOVERIES NATURE & ART CAMP This year’s program is birdthemed. Kids explore the forest, field and wetland habitats to look for and discover signs of birds, learning about their habitats. Also includes natureinspired art, crafts, games and journaling. Ages 4-11. June 5-6 (ages 5-6), June 10-12 (ages 5-7), June 18-21 (ages 9-12) and June 25-27 (ages 6-8). $55$119. 208-699-7724 AVIATION CAREER EXPLORATION ACADEMY The ACE Academy provides career information and education to students interested in aviation and aerospace. Students experience a range of aerospace career experiences focusing on STEM. Ages 13-18. June 1314 from 9 am-5 pm. At NIC Aerospace, Hayden. $50. 3D PRINTING CAMPStudents assemble their own 3D printer from a kit and learn CAD design to create images, then print designs. Register by May 20. Grades 5-8. June 17-21 from 9 am-3 pm. At St. George’s School. $525. sgs. org/summer BUILD & CODEA session for beginning coders to learn to make games, animate stories and make interactive art while learning the principles of coding. Ages 6-9. June 17-21 from 9:30 am-3 pm. At Gizmo CdA. $90. LEGO ROBOTICS MARS MISSIONDesign, build and program a rover using EV3 bricks (Engineers, grades 4-6) or establish the first base on Mars with crew quarters, a greenhouse and energy source (Builders, grades 1-3). Kids then “explore” the surface of Mars with their rovers. Grades 1-6. June 1721, meets Mon-Fri from 9 am-2:30 pm. At Westminster Congregational UCC Church. $145. LEGOS & PROGRAMMINGCreate specific programming for LEGO designs

and see them move. Level I for those with no experience; Level II for continuing students. Grades 1-3. June 17-21 from 9 am-noon. At St. George’s School. $150 MY MOTHER THE ASTRONAUT: TO THE MOON & BEYONDAquarius can’t wait to go to NASA where her mom works as an astronaut. They visit Mission Control where she meets scientists and engineers and learns all about space travel. With her incredible imagination, Aquarius dreams of incredible journeys through the cosmos. Presented by the Traveling Lantern Theatre Co. Grades K-5. June 17-21; times and SCLD branch locations vary. Free. SGS SCIENCE CAMP Kids do fun experimental tests of the “Five Second Rule,” and other activities that involve bone collecting, animal scat dissection and more. They’ll also visit the Spokane Fish Hatchery and be visited by a park ranger. Grades 4-6. June 17-21 from 9 am-3 pm. At St. George’s School. $300. TRADES CAREER PATHWAY CAMPGet your hands dirty in one of the shops at Gizmo and meet people who use tools to create things for a living by welding, machining and woodworking. Ages 12+. June 24-21 from 9:30 am-3 pm. At Gizmo CdA. $20. CAMP INVENTION: SUPERCHARGED Campers code robots and use creative problem solving during hands-on, STEM activities. Grades K-6. June 1721 at Moran Prairie Elementary (Spokane); June 24-28 at Betz Elementary (Cheney) and East Farms STEAM Magnet School (Newman Lake). $230$235. SCIENCE SAFARI The annual camp is this year themed around space exploration and physics through hands-on activities. Grades 2-8. Sessions offered June 17-21 and June 24-28 from 8:3011:30 am. At Gonzaga Prep. $110/session.

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EDUCATION YOUNG CHEFS ACADEMY: CAMP CAN-ICOOK An immersive culinary adventure for young chefs, introducing cooking skills and trends in baking, cooking and more. Ages 7+. Sessions (three days) offered June 18-Aug. 15. At Young Chefs Academy, CdA. $150-$165. SPOKANE VIRTUAL LEARNING SUMMER SCHOOLSpokane Virtual Learning (SVL), is a Washington state-approved program that provides instructor-led online courses to middle and high school students. Grades K-12. Courses offered June 19-Aug 31. $120-$185/credit. APP ATTACK!Take the first step in the world of mobile app design and customize your own game app. Using a specialized app/game development tool, students explore the world of web-based (HTML5) mobile apps. Ages 8-12. June 24-28 from 9 am-noon. At NIC Workforce Training Center, Post Falls. $185. NICcamps2019 208-769-2413 BATTLE ROYALE: MAKE YOUR OWN FORTNITE-STYLE GAME Using professional 3D game development software, build levels and assets inspired by popular battle royale game like Fortnite. This course includes cartoonish action and

battle sequences. Ages 8-12. June 24-26 from 1-4 pm. At NIC Workforce Training Center. $185. 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 24-28 from 9 am-3 pm. At Corbin Art Center. $135. LEGO ROBOTICS CHALLENGE CAMP A LEGO Pentathlon/FLL Challenge with an emphasis on programming robots using EV3 bricks (Engineers, grades 4-6) or designing motorized/simple machine models that can meet a challenge (Builders, grades 1-3). Grades 1-6. June 24-28, meets from 9 am-2:30 pm. At Westminster Congregational UCC Church, Spokane. $145. SUMO BRAWLER ROBOTICS CAMPLearn the fundamentals of programming so your robots can navigate on their own and battle other robots in a competition at the end of the week. Receive two Arduino robot kits and a playing field for competition at home. Registration due May 25. Grades 5-8. June 24-28 from 9 am-3 pm. At St. George’s School. $350. KIDS’ COOKING CAMP Kids learn how to cook, improve knife skills, kitchen safety and cleanliness. Campers eat what they make and take home recipes. Ages 8-12. Sessions June 24-28 and July 15-18; meets from 2-4 pm. At Second Harvest. $100/session. GONZAGA PREP ROBOTICS CAMP During the first hour of the day, students work with an Arduino and a PC to build electronic circuits. The second hour involves building a motorized part to control and compete in a challenge with. Students with any level of knowledge are

encouraged to join. Grades 3-8. Sessions June 24-28, July 8-12, July 15-19 and July 29-Aug. 2. (Times vary by grade.) At Gonzaga Prep. $100/session. SPACE EXPLORATIONExplore space with hands-on activities by Mobius Science Center. Some programs include the planetarium for even more space discovery. All ages. June 24-Aug. 22; times/branch locations vary. Free. LEGO WEDO 2.0 SUMMER ROBOTICS CAMPTeam up with friends to build and program a LEGO robot. In the process of building, students learn basic programming and collaboration. Grades 2-4. June 27-28 from 9-11 am. At Spark Central. Free. RASPBERRY PI CAMPSpend three days learning how to use the power of this small computer to learn to code, make things light up and even take pictures. Ages 12-15. July 1-3 from 9:30 am-3 pm. At Gizmo CdA (NIC campus). $100. 208-929-4029 CURSIVE WRITING CAMPKids hone their longhand writing skills, learning proper technique to write in cursive. Ages 7+. July 8-11. At SpoLang. $80. LITTLES LOVE MATH AND SCIENCE Chemists, chefs and paleontologists love math and science; so will your preschooler after they spend a week in this camp. They’ll make predictions, measure, sort and more. Ages 4-5. July 8-11 from 8 am-1 pm. $100. summerSTEMcamps 354-4648 CODE BREAKERS Learn the basics of coding languages like HTML, JavaScript and CSS through a series of web projects and design challenges each day. Ages 8-12. July 8-12 from 9 am-noon. At NIC Workforce Training Center, Post Falls. $185.



or this year’s Summer Camps Guide, the Inlander partnered with the graphic design program at North Idaho College to create the cover. The project offered the students a real-life design assignment. Our chosen cover was created by LYDIA HERRING, who strives to be a successful visual storyteller. Before enrolling at NIC, Herring dabbled in painting and sketching, but writing was always her creative passion. She shied away from graphic design at first, but eventually realized the opportunities it provided. “I remember how it felt to start learning everything that is possible in this field, E X P L O R E and I’ve never looked back,” Herring says. She always loved the idea of summer camps as a kid, but it wasn’t until her family moved to North Idaho when she was 12 that she was finally able to go. Her first summer camp experience was Ad ve nt ur e Aw ait s at Camp Four Echoes, where she got to take a multi-day canoe trip around Lake Coeur d’Alene. Herring says she still has all of her little souvenirs from that time, like crude craft projects consisting of bits of string and pine needles. “It’s a definite feeling of nostalgia, looking back, and it’s what I wanted to capture with my cover,” she says. “The spirit of adventure and the thrill of possibility.” (DEREK HARRISON)


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Kids can experience the amazing technology of 3D printing at St. George’s School this summer. DRAGON CHESS CAMPLearn and practice all aspects of your chess game, including opening principles, middle-game strategy, tactics, end-game technique. Grades 1-8. July 8-12 from 12:30-3:30 pm. At St. George’s School. $150. summer 464-8815 GRAVITY CATASTROPHE This science show by The Zaniac is an explosive mix of juggling and fun. See his tornado of juggling skills combined with a whirlwind of physics knowledge. Grades K–5. July 8-12; times/SCLD branch locations vary. Free. MINECRAFT MODDERS Use your favorite game to learn the basics of modding and foundations of programming. Introductory coding is also taught through a simulated environment inspired by Minecraft. Ages 8-12. July 8-12 from 1-4 pm. At NIC Workforce Training Center, Post Falls.

$185. FOREIGN LANGUAGE CAMPS During each session, students participate in interactive, age-appropriate games, music and movement activities and arts and craft projects. Includes sessions for students in elementary, middle and high school. July 8-11 (German) and July 15-18 (Spanish). $150. CAMP METAMORPHOSIS A program for highly capable children who choose three areas of focus for the week, with options in science, drama, art and more. Entering grades 4-6. July 9-13, 9 am-4:30 pm. At Whitworth University. Options for junior counselors (grades 7 and up) also available. $300-$475. campmetamorphosis 777-3226 CAMP CRIME SCENE Learn evidence collection techniques, study the clues,

analyze the data, and maybe even solve the crime. Grades 5-8. One-week sessions July 8-Aug. 1, meets Mon-Thu from 8 am-1 pm. $200. summerSTEMcamps COSPLAY FOR KIDSKids pick a character they’d like to play and/or create their own. This includes choosing an outfit/ costume for the character, designing and assembling components, making the costume and learning to play the part of the character. Grades 5-8. Two-week sessions offered July 8-Aug. 1, meets Mon-Thu from 8 am-1 pm. $200/session. DIGITAL FABRICATION & 3D PRINTING Take your 2D ideas from imagination to 3D modeling and printing. In the second week, kids are presented with a real-life problem that might be solved with the use of 3D printing. They’ll work in small

groups and in teams to design, create and implement a physical model that solves that problem. Grades 5-8. Twoweek sessions July 8-Aug. 1, meets MonThu from 8 am-1 pm. $200/session. GIRLS LOVE LEGOSLEGOs are a great start to learning about engineering, coding and the scientific process. SPS’s LEGO camps traditionally fill with boys, but this program specially focuses on keeping girls engaged in robotics through LEGOs. Grades K-6. One-week sessions offered July 8-Aug. 1, meets Mon-Thu from 8 am-1 pm. $100/week. spokaneschools. org/summerSTEMcamps KIDS LOVE CHEMISTRY & BIOMEDThese two popular science camps have been combined so kids get two weeks of hands-on experiences with the elements that make up our world and destroy or fuel our bodies. Kids will make predictions, create chemical reactions, identify contaminants, dissect things and learn how things work. Grades K-6. Two-week sessions July 8-Aug. 1, meets Mon-Thu from 8 am-1 pm. $200/session. KIDS LOVE ENGINEERING & CONSTRUCTION Use engineering skills to create plans for a cat condo, a dog house or even a fairy garden. After creating a plan, gather supplies and get to work on constructing for our pets (real or imaginary)! Grades K-6. Two-week sessions July 8-Aug. 1, meets Mon-Thu from 8 am-1 pm. $200/session. summerSTEMcamps 354-4648 KIDS LOVE LEGOSCampers use LEGOs to learn about force, motion and speed, and understand the foundations of block programming. Based on age and experience, students will use LEGO Simple Machines, WeDo 1.0 and 2.0, EV3 Mindstorm

kits, including gears, motors and sensors. As a team, campers use their imagination to design and program a robot that can navigate a challenging mission and solve a unique problem. Grades K-6. Weeklong sessions July 8-Aug. 1, meets MonThu from 8 am-1 pm. $100/week. KIDS LOVE PHYSICSThrough trial and error, learn about the forces of flight and motion, and how these forces lift rockets into the air. Campers design and build rockets, roller coasters and race cars while exploring the concepts of physics including mass, velocity, gravity, and potential and kinetic energy. Grades K-6. Two-week sessions July 8-Aug. 1, meets Mon-Thu from 8 am-1 pm. $200/session. MAKE MY GAMEKids use a variety of software platforms to learn basic and advanced block programming, then they’re given a challenge to design and program their own game to solve a unique problem. Grades K-8. Week-long sessions offered July 8-Aug. 1, meets Mon-Thu from 8 am-1 pm. $100/week. spokaneschools. org/summerSTEMcamps 354-4648 RASPBERRY PI Campers receive their own programmable Pi and learn about the software and hardware capabilities of these machines while creating in Minecraft and programming Linux. Grades 5-8. Two-week sessions July 8-Aug. 1, meets Mon-Thu from 8 am-1 pm. $200/session. summerSTEMcamps SQUISHY CIRCUITS Campers learn to control and modify LED lights by creating squishy circuit animals, magic wands, paper masks and more. Grades K-6. Weekly sessions July 8-Aug. 1, meets Mon-Thu 8 am-1 pm. $100/week. spokaneschools. org/summerSTEMcamps

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EDUCATION YOUNG DRONE OPERATORS Campers learn the basics of how to fly a drone, how to take one apart and put it back together, and the FAA rules and regulations of operating a drone. At the end of the camp, use problem-solving skills to complete search and rescue missions. Grades 5-8. July 8-Aug. 1; meets MonThu from 8 am-1 pm. $200. LITTLES LOVE ENGINEERING & CONSTRUCTIONBuilders, architects and designers love engineering and construction; your preschooler will too as they practice the engineering design process in a take-apart center. Ages 4-5. Oneweek sessions offered July 15-18 from 8 am-1 pm. $100. summerSTEMcamps 354-4648 ROBLOX MAKERS Unlock the power of ROBLOX Studio, the creation tool used by real-world developers. Learn how to build 3D models and create an adventure in your ROBLOX world and bring characters to life with unique anima-

tions. Ages 8-12. July 15-19 from 9 amnoon. At NIC Workforce Training Center, Post Falls. $185. ROCKETRY Spend a week building different rockets while learning to use tools at Gizmo. On the final day, a launch sends these rockets high into the sky. Ages 13+. July 15-19 from 9:30 am-3 pm. At Gizmo-CdA (North Idaho College). $180. SGS ROCKET CAMPStudents explore how to build rocket bodies, mix rocket fuels using ratios and weighing chemicals, experiment with different propellants, build rocket motors and test them, and make recovery systems. Grades 5-8. July 15-19 from 9 am-12:30 pm. At St. George’s School. $150. sgs. org/summer VIRTUAL REALITY CAREER PATHWAY CAMP The Unity-3D Pathway camp teaches the same software used to create half of the world’s video games. This camp exposes students to the powers of creating with that software, and offers exposure to creative ways to use these skills in the future. Ages 13+. July 15-19 from 9:30 am-3 pm. At Gizmo CdA. $180. VIRTUAL REALITY: THE FUTURE IS NOW Learn the foundations of VR design by creating your own virtual worlds, exploring simulated environments and crafting memorable 3D experiences. At the end of the week, take home your first cardboard VR headset to show friends and family the new worlds you created. Ages 8-12. July 15-19 from 1-4 pm. At NIC Workforce

Training Center, Post Falls. $194. NICcamps2019 STEM MULTI-SPORT CAMP This program gives students the opportunity to get behind the sports they love with modules centered around technology, science and innovation. Subjects include ball design, calculating distances and angles, velocity, acceleration and much more. Ages 6-12. Offered July 1518 and Aug. 12-15; meets Mon-Thu from 9 am-noon. At North Wall Schools. $135/session. AROUND THE WORLD IN FIVE DAYS Each day kids learn about a new country through foreign language words, traditional food and projects based on the culture of each country: Ukraine, China, Peru, India and Egypt. Grades 1-3. June 17-21 from 12:30-3:30 pm. At St. George’s School. $150. 464-8814 SATORI CAMPA pre-college camp for gifted and intellectual middle and high school students, offering two-dozen courses in subjects such as math, digital arts, rhetoric, music, literature, journalism and more, with recreational and social activities. Ages 12-18. July 21-27, commuter/resident options. At EWU Cheney. $745-$845 (scholarships available). CAMP OPPORTUNITY A week-long, project-based camp to engage gifted youths’ creativity through science, technology, engineering, art and math. This year’s areas of exploration include crime scene analysis, creative writing, brain science, yoga, automotive tech-

nology and more. Grades 6-9. July 2226 from 9 am-4:30 pm. At Whitworth University. $300. HARRY’S LABORATORY Immerse yourself in potions and cook up some magic with your professor as you study dragons, magical creatures and wizardry. Ages 6-11. July 22-26 from 9 am-3 pm. At Corbin Art Center. $139. PYTHON PROGRAMMERS  Want to learn the world’s fastest growing programming language favored by Google, NASA, YouTube and the CIA? Learn how to code with Python to create engaging apps and games. Each lesson offers a step-by-step programming path that lets young coders challenge friends with fun content from start to finish. Ages 8-12. July 22-26 from 9 am-noon. At NIC Workforce Training Center, Post Falls. $185. NICcamps2019 208-769-2413 ROBLOX CODERS & ENTREPRENEURS Discover how to code in the LUA language while playing and designing worlds in ROBLOX, an online universe where you can create anything you dream of. This new class combines game design concepts, coding, and fun. Young entrepreneurs also learn how to navigate ROBLOX’s fastgrowing marketplace to publish their games. Ages 8-12. July 22-26 from 1-4 pm. At NIC Workforce Training Center, Post Falls. $185. TECH TREK The 5th annual week-long camp for girls offers hands-on science and technology classes, field trips and more. Must be entering grade 8 in the fall; girls must be nominated by a teacher. July 28-Aug. 3. At EWU Cheney. Volunteers also needed for camp staff, including monitors (21+), health aides, student counselors (16+), teachers and workshop presenters. LITTLES LOVE ROCKETS & RACE CARS Explore force and motion using race cars, paper planes and kites. Use catapults to learn to make predictions and draw conclusions about distance, speed and density. Ages 4-5. July 29-Aug. 1 from 8 am-1 pm. $100/week. BEES, BUGS & BLOOMS: AMATEAUR ENTOMOLOGIST Campers learn about insects around the world. They’ll do experiments and insect-themed art projects. Ages 6-11. July 29-Aug. 2 from 9 am-3 pm. At Corbin Art Center. $135. FRC FIRST ROBOTICS CAMPBe part of this summer’s FRC Robotics pre-season warm up and work with the 2018

State Champions to learn about the building and coding of a 120-pound robot that responds to your commands and meets challenges. Ages 14-18. July 29-Aug. 2 from 9:3 am-3 pm. At Gizmo CdA. $180 OUTDOOR CAREER PATHWAY CAMP NIC Outdoor Pursuits and Gizmo team up to offer a week of activities and skill-building in the morning, with an intro to professionals in the field each afternoon. Students kayak, sail, rock climb and more, and then learn about options to turn their passion for spending time in the outdoors into a career. Ages 12+. July 29-Aug. 2 from 9:30 am-3 pm. At Gizmo CdA. $25. 208-929-4029 BLAST OFF INTO SPACELearn about the planets, stars, moons and more while creating galactic art. Ages 3-5. Aug. 5-9 from 9-11:30 am. At Corbin Art Center. $69. SPORTS & FITNESS CAREER PATHWAY CAMP Join NIC Campus Recreation and Gizmo in an inspiring week of career exploration. Students enjoy a morning full of fun games and activities followed by an afternoon field trip to see professionals in the field. Ages 12-16. Aug. 5-9 from 9:30 am-3 pm. At Gizmo CdA. $25. G-PREP MATH CAMPA camp designed to provide basic skills for students to be successful in Algebra 1 at Gonzaga Prep. Students build on math skills and strategies for learning math. Aug. 6-16 from 11 am-noon. $80. ACT/SAT PREP CAMPStudents can use their free time this summer to get ready to take the ACT or SAT test with educational staff at Gonzaga Prep. Aug. 12-16 from 1-3 pm. $140. OUTDOOR MATH ENRICHMENT CAMP Learn and apply math concepts in an outdoor classroom on Saint George’s campus. Measure the flow rate of the Little Spokane River, determine the area of giant spaces and find the diameter of trees. Grades 3-5. Aug. 12-16 from 9 am-noon. At St. George’s School. $150. G-PREP LITERACY CAMPFour days of immersion covering reading comprehension strategies, grammar, punctuation, usage and writing skills. Grades 6-10. Aug. 13-16 from 9-10:15 am. At Gonzaga Prep. $80. G-PREP STUDY SKILLS CAMP (HIGH SCHOOL) A camp for students beginning their freshman year, focused on time management, organization, test taking, learning styles and more. Open to students from all area high schools entering grade 9. Aug. 13-16 from 12:30-2:30 pm. $80.

SUMMER at SAINT FUN GEORGE’S! Grades 3-5, June 10-14 Grades 1-3, June 17-21 Grades 5-8, June 17-21 Grades 5-12 coed, June 24-28 Grades 5-8, July 15-19 Grades 2-5, July 15-19 more athletic, artistic, academic & outdoor camps June through August! for info on all Summer Camps and online Registration. Call 509-464-8814 for details. 2929 W. Waikiki Rd., Spokane 99208 SPOKANE’S INDEPENDENT COLLEGE-PREPARATORY DAY SCHOOL FOR GRADES K–12















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CREATIVE ARTS DUNGEONS & DRAGONS CLUB Join other players for role-playing, critical thinking and cooperative play during a game of Dungeons and Dragons. All skill levels are welcome. This club meets every first and third Friday from 3:305:30 pm. At the Hillyard Library. Free. DOODLE BUG ART FUNLearn new techniques to create art through doodling. Ages 3-5. June 10-14 from 12:30-3 pm. At Corbin Art Center. $69 JUNGLE JAMMIN’ Listen to jungle stories, craft animal art projects, make drums and more in a fun, themed class. Ages 3-5. June 10-14 from 9-11:30 am. At Corbin Art Center. $69. FAIRIES, TROLLS & GNOMES IN THE GARDEN Hunt for these elusive garden critters and make glittery art inspired by what you find. Ages 3-5. June 17-21 from 12:30-3 pm. At Corbin Art Center. $69. INNOVATIVE ARTIST’S STUDIO A fine art camp exploring drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture using diverse materials, techniques and other creative processes. Ages 6-11. June 17-21 from 9 am-3 pm. At Corbin Art Center. $135.

sewing machine. Ages 8-16. Sessions offered June 24-28 and July 29-Aug. 2 from 10 am-12:30 pm or 2-4:30 pm. At Let’s Get Sewing!. $99. ESCAPE ROOM: TRAPPED ON HYDRUS STATION You and your crewmates are trapped aboard a lunar space station. Can you solve the puzzles and escape before time runs out? Ages 12-18. June 25-28. Dates and SPL branch locations vary; see website for details. Free. NATIVE AMERICAN LEGENDS Explore the legends of the mysterious Sasquatch and clever Coyote in this creative camp where you’ll paint, draw, build and sculpt creatures inspired by the stories told among peoples of the Columbia Plateau. Grades 2-5. June 27 from 9 am-2 pm. At the MAC. $45-$50. CRAZY CLAY & DIY DOUGHLearn how to mix up recipes for salt dough, moon sand, reusable slime and more, and take them all home in a DIY recipe book. Ages 6-11. July 1-3 from 9 am-3 pm. At Corbin Art Center. $80. LITTLE ART MASTERS Young artists explore art through color, texture and more by creating with paint, crayons, glue and scissors. Ages 3-5. July 1-3 from 9-11:30 am. At Corbin Art Center. $45. PRESCHOOL CRAZY CLAY FUN!Sculpt with air-drying clay, explore molding techniques, make salt dough and even some slime. Ages 3-5. July 1-3 from 12:30-3 pm. At Corbin Art Center. $45. PUT ON YOUR CREATIVE CAP Make masks, hats and costume pieces galore in this class that offers a new theme each day using recycled art supplies. Ages 6-11. July 1-3 from 9 am-3 pm. At Corbin Art Center. $80. ART IN NATURE, NATURE IN ARTPaint, sculpt and draw what you see in nature surrounding the Corbin Art Center, including on nature hikes. Ages 6-11. July 8-12 from 9 am-3 pm. At Corbin Art Center. $135. BIRDS OF A FEATHER Make aviary themed crafts and learn about the many different species of birds as you watch birds in the park and garden. Ages 3-5. July 8-12 from 9-11:30 am. At Corbin Art Center. $69. INTRO TO ADOBE PHOTOSHOP & ILLUSTRATOR Students learn how to take photos with their phones and manipulate them in creative, interesting ways using Adobe Photoshop. Grades 6-12. July 8-12 from 9 am-noon. At St. George’s School. $250. 464-8814


G-PREP STUDY SKILLS CAMP (MIDDLE SCHOOL)A camp to help middle school students learn strategies and secrets of being successful in school and helps them create a personalized study plan. Covers time management, organization and learning styles and how to make learning fun. Grades 6-8. Aug. 13-16 from 9:30-11:30 am. $80. MAKING AND TINKERING Children explore the wonders of everyday items with Caralee Palmer, lead teacher at North Wall Schools. Familiar stories and materials can inspire young children to solve scientific, technological, engineering and math problems. Snack provided. Ages 4-7. Aug. 19-23 from 9 am-noon. $150.

dance and more while learning about the animals. Ages 3-5. June 24-28 from 12:30-3 pm. At Corbin Art Center. $69. CASTLES, PRINCESSES, KNIGHTS & DRAGONS Campers make armor, shields, hats, crowns, wands and more in this creative day camp. Ages 3-5. June 24-28 from 9-11:30 am. At Corbin Art Center. $69. DRAWING WITH JESSICA L. BRYANTA comprehensive course introducing key concepts in drawing through a variety of mediums. Students learn fundamentals to give them freedom to pursue their passion. Grades 4-9. June 24-28 from 9:30 am-2:30 pm. At Redbrick Art Studio, CdA. $225. FABRIC FRENZYThis technique-driven camp explores a wide range of fabric art tools and machines, from wet and needle felting to dying yarn and fabric printing. Ages 10-14. June 24-28 from 9:30 am-3 pm. At Gizmo CdA (NIC campus). $180. KIDZ SCULPTURE INSTALLATIONYoung artists collaborate to design and fabricate an art sculpture installation using various techniques and materials, and by drawing on experience and imagination while using makerspace tools and machinery. Ages 6-9. June 24-28 from 9:30 am-3 pm. At Gizmo CdA (NIC campus). $180. MARVELOUSLY VIBRANT ANIMAL ART Explore the artwork of David Klein, Frida Kahlo, Romero Britto and others while using a variety of art supplies to create your own masterpieces. Ages 6-11. June 24-28 from 9 am-3 pm. At Corbin Art Center. $135. THE MAGICAL WORLD OF HARRY POTTERVILLE What do socks, invisibility cloaks, owls, chocolate frogs, butterbeer, Quidditch, magic potions and wizardly wands all have in common? Answer: They’re just a few of the magical surprises included in a week of adventure in the world of Harry Potter. Ages 8-12. June 24-28 from 9 am-noon. At NIC Workforce Training Center. $99. PEN & INK DRAWINGBeginners learn basic techniques of pen and ink and focus on strokes, building depth, tone and value. Advanced students perfect techniques they’ve already learned by doing exercises increasing in difficulty. Ages 12+. June 24-July 31; meets Mon or Wed from 5-7 pm. At Spokane Art School. $120. AMERICAN GIRL COUTURE  Bring your doll and learn how to make new pieces using patterns, fabric, sewing machines and more. Students must be comfortable with threading and operating a

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ORIGAMI, PAPER CRAFT & MORE Students learn and practice a variety of techniques in origami and other paper crafts with professional artist Jessica L. Bryant. Projects include origami, paper beads, paper bowls, kite making, paper airplanes and more. Grades 4-9. June 17-21 from 9 am-2:30 pm. At Redbrick Art Studio, CdA. $215. RAINFOREST ANIMAL ADVENTURE Explore the tropical rainforest through wild animal art projects. Ages 3-5. June 17-21 from 9-11:30 am. At Corbin Art Center. $69. WALK ON THE WILD SIDELearn fun facts about animals you can visit at zoos and aquariums and what their natural habitat is like as you make creative art projects inspired by the animals. Ages 6-11. June 17-21 from 9 am-3 pm. At Corbin Art Center. $135. G-PREP WATERCOLOR ARTS Students explore a variety of unique watercolor painting techniques and special effects, culminating in several fridge- or frameworthy compositions. Grades 3-8. June 17-26, meets Mon/Wed from 9 amnoon. $90. ARTRAGIOUS ART CAMP  This art camp seeks to develop and strengthen creative skills, build self esteem, develop sense of self importance and individuality, encourage self-expression and stimulate imagination. Grades K-12. Offered June 17-28 and July 9-19; meets MonThu from 9:30-11:30 am. At East Farms STEAM Magnet School, Newman Lake. Email for registration info. $175/session (siblings $125 if enrolled in same session). 994-6525 COME LEARN TO SEWA camp for students with little or no prior sewing experience to learn how to thread, fix tension, sew straight and curved seams and how to use a pattern. Ages 8-16. Sessions offered June 17-21, July 8-12 and Aug. 12-16, meets from 9 am-noon or 2-5 pm. At Let’s Get Sewing, 8707 N. Wall. $125. G-PREP CERAMICS CAMP Students create sculptures using hand-building methods including pinch pot and slabbuilt techniques as well as utilizing some mixed media additions. Grades 3-8. June 18-27, meets Tue/Thu from 9 am-noon. $100. PAINT YOUR PETParents and kids get an 8x10 canvas of their own pet or a stuffed animal to paint in this guided three-hour session. Registration due by June 15. Grades K-12 with an adult. June 22 from 9-11 am. At St. George’s School. $30. 464-8814 BARNYARD ANIMAL CARNIVAL PALOOZAA week of art themed around barnyard animals. Kids create art, sing,




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CREATIVE ARTS MEDIEVAL MONSTERS Investigate selkies, sea monsters and even insects with paper, pen, paint, and textiles to make a medieval triptych as well as a heraldic shield of your own. Includes tours of museum galleries and the Campbell House. Before/after care available for an additional fee. Grades 2-5. July 8-12 from 9 am-4 pm. At the MAC. $180-$200. SHAPES, LINES & LANDSCAPES Learn how to draw and shade shapes, add lines, textures and other techniques to your drawings with pen, pencil, oil pastels and paint. Ages 6-11. July 8-12 from 9 am-3 pm. At Corbin Art Center. $135. MAKING MANGA AND ANIME Join fellow fans of comics and animated shows to take your drawing and animation design skills to the next level. Kids learn to develop, draw, illustrate and animate their favorite characters, both original or from existing media. Grades 4-8. Two-week sessions offered July 8-Aug. 1, meets Mon-Thu from 8 am-1 pm. $200/session. STEM ART STUDIO. Learn how to use STEM while engaging your creative side to express yourself artistically. We’ll paint, draw and sculpt, and use a diverse array of mixed media, materials and techniques to express ourselves. Grades K-6. Two-week sessions July 8-Aug. 1, meets Mon-Thu from 8 am-1 pm. $100/ week. 354-4648 VIDEO CONSTRUCTION & STOP ANIMATION Kids learn to use storyboards, props, backdrops and cameras as they produce, direct, light and shoot their own videos and stop-motion animation. Campers plan and produce their own

short movies, while developing leadership, communication, project management, design and technical skills. Grades K-8. Two-week sessions July 8-Aug. 1, meets Mon-Thu from 8 am-1 pm. $200. JUNIOR CIT: MEDIEVAL MONSTERS Join the MAC this summer to gain experience assisting with the museum’s summer camps and master skills such as teambuilding, mentorship, communication and leadership. Camp activities may include crafts, songs, games and nature exploration. Junior CITs work with campers in grades 2-3. Check website for schedules, requirements and qualifications. Grades 6-7. July 8-12, July 15-19 and July 29-Aug. 2 from 9 am-4 pm. $180-$200. AFTER HOURS: TEEN VIDEO CAMERA CREW INTENSIVEAfter closing, the library has the perfect after-hours setting to create a “what not to do with library materials” informational video. Learn how to light a scene, use a green screen, record video, monitor audio and edit footage in Final Cut Pro X. Grades 9-12. July 12 from 5-10 pm. At the Spokane Valley Library. Free. BIGGER & BETTER: SHARK ATTACKCreate sea creatures with paint, paper, clay, recycled materials and more. Ages 6-11. July 15-19 from 9 am-3 pm. At Corbin Art Center. $135. CREATING WITH CLAYLearn three different hand-building techniques and try throwing on the potter’s wheel. Students also learn how to glaze their work, and will be able to take home several finished pieces. Grades 4-8. July 15-19 from 9 am12:30 pm. At St. George’s School. $150. 464-8814 MYTHICAL CREATURES & HOW TO MAKE THEM Explore the shapes, stories, and histories of magical, mythical creatures by creating your own. Firebirds, mermaids

and dragons from many world cultures inspire this camp, where you’ll use paint, printing ink, collage, wire, fiber, and feathers to make a Book of Beasts for you to take home. Includes tours of galleries and the Campbell House. Before/after care available for additional fee. Grades 2-5. July 15-19 from 9 am-4 pm. At the MAC. $180-$200. SHADOW BOXES Learn to use the laser cutter and play with light by making shadow boxes and other projects. Ages 7-11. July 15-19 from 9:30 am-3 pm. At Gizmo CdA (NIC Campus). $180. 208-929-4092 SURF & SEA SAFARIA week of sea-inspired arts and crafts, including projects with fish, pirates, mermaids and more. Ages 3-5. July 15-19 from 9-11:30 am. At Corbin Art Center. $69. 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 and other mythological creatures. Ages 6-11. July 15-19 from 9 am-3 pm. At Corbin Art Center. $135. VIDEO CAMERA CREW: NEWS SEGMENT Work with others as a camera crew to make a news segment. Learn to light a scene, use a green screen, record and edit video in Final Cut Pro X. Grades 4+. July 19 from 12:30-4:30 pm. At the Spokane Valley Library. Free. LITTLES STEM ART STUDIOChildren explore what it means to be an artist, how art is made, how to mix color and what tools artists use while continuing to develop vocabulary, literacy, math, science and motor skills through a variety of activities and games. Ages 4-5. July 2225, meets from 8 am-1 pm. $100/week. ART ROCKS! Explore the dynamic intersection of art and science with Cara-

lee Palmer, lead teacher at North Wall Schools, to discover exciting ways to create art and apply science. Children sculpt, paint, draw, make jewelry and more. Snack provided. Grades K-3. July 22-26, 9 am-noon. $125. BUILD YOUR OWN ELECTRIC GUITAR Design and build your own guitar while learning CAD and how to use many of the woodworking tools at Gizmo. Ages 13+. July 22-26 from 9:30 am-3 pm. At Gizmo CdA (NIC campus). $180. MUDGY & MILLIE CLAYMATIONMake a claymation movie about the locally created children’s book characters Mudgy and Millie, a moose and a mouse. Ages 6-10. July 22-26 from 9:30 am-3 pm. At Gizmo CdA (NIC campus). $180. 208-929-4029 SEWING IISerious sewists learn advanced skills in gathering, zippers and buttons. This session is for students comfortable with threading and operating a sewing machine, can sew independently and have experience following pattern instructions. Ages 8-16. July 22-26 from 10 am-12:30 pm or 2-4:30 pm. At Let’s Get Sewing, 8707 N. Wall. $125. SUPER NATURE EXPLORERS Discover the world around you and make projects inspired by nature and science. Ages 3-5. July 22-26 from 12:30-3 pm. At Corbin Art Center. $69. WANDS, WIZARDS & DRAGONS, OH MY! Young wizards can make their own wands, creative costume pieces and other magical crafts. Ages 3-5. July 2226 from 9-11:30 am. At Corbin Art Center. $69. WELDING/METAL WORK CAMP Learn to weld, cut, bend and shape metal. Indepth demonstrations are given on the safe and effective operation of welding equipment as students are guided to create a welded sculpture or product. Ages

13+. July 22-26 from 9:30 am-3 pm. At Gizmo CdA. $180. GET MESSY CAMPDiscover your creative side without any worry about making a mess as you squish, splatter and stomp while exploring printing, painting and clay molding. Also explore the MAC’s exhibit “Giants, Dragons and Unicorns: The World of Mythic Creatures.” Grades 2-5. Offered July 24 and Aug. 14 from 9 am-2 pm. $45-$50. MYTHICAL CREATURES CAMP Get inspired to create your own mythical creatures from the MAC’s summer exhibit “Giants, Dragons and Unicorns: The World of Mythic Creatures.” Grades 2-5. One-day sessions July 25 and Aug. 15 from 9 am-2 pm. $45-$50 ADVENTURES OF STORY WRITINGStudents experience the magic that happens when you mix words with a creative imagination through reading, writing, games and illustrations. Instructor Linda Shane has written and published several children’s books and teaches students how a simple story can become a book. Ages 7-10. July 29-Aug 2 from 8 amnoon. At NIC Workforce Training Center, Post Falls. $169. CDA SOUNDSFrom voices to the sound of the water lapping on the shore, spend a week recording the sounds of Coeur d’Alene and then create a touch board that lets this symphony of sound be shared with all who pass by. Ages 12+. July 29-Aug. 2 from 9:30 am-3 pm. At Gizmo CdA (NIC campus). $180. 208-929-4029 COLORFUL! MESSY! PROCESS ART! Come up with theme ideas, mix colors, apply paint and incorporate found objects into your mixed media art. Ages 6-11. July 29-Aug. 2 from 9 am-3 pm. At Corbin Art Center. $135.


CREATIVE ARTS CREATIVE ARTS CAMPCampers unleash their creativity, energy and imagination and explore ways to construct things that show their personal style and ingenuity. Ages 12+. July 29-Aug. 2 from 9:30 am-3 pm. At Gizmo CdA (NIC campus). $180. 208-929-4029 HYDRAS & GORGONS & KRAKENS, OH MY! Travel back in time to an ancient world full of flying horses, centaurs and sea monsters of Classical Greece and Rome. You’ll find inspiration for drawing, painting and sculpting mythological monsters, paper mosaics and a hero’s story scroll. Includes tour of the museum galleries and the Campbell House. Before/after care available for additional fee. Grades 2-5. July 29-Aug. 2 from 9 am-4 pm. At the MAC. $180-$200 FILM PRODUCTION CAMP Aspiring actors, directors and screenwriters have the opportunity to make a movie from start to finish, with some down time in between at local beaches and more. Ages 11-16. July 29-Aug. 9, meets Mon-Fri from noon-4 pm. At the Kroc Center. $160$200. 208-763-0621 POTTERY WORKSHOP Students learn how to throw on the potter’s wheel while

learning about the stages of working with clay including how to glaze. Ages 12+. July 31-Aug. 28, meets Wed from 10 am-noon. At Liz Bishop Studio, Spokane Valley. $135. INLAND NORTHWEST YEARBOOK CAMP A three-day workshop designed to teach and empower students to build the best yearbook possible. Classes include photography, design, writing, interviewing, marketing and leadership. Aug. 2-4. At EWU Cheney. Resident/commuter options. $245. FASHION DESIGN: SKIRTSStudents with strong sewing skills learn how to design their own garments by drafting flat patterns from their body measurements. Ages 8-16. Aug. 5-7 from 10 am-2 pm. At Let’s Get Sewing, 8707 N. Wall. $99. CREATING COMICSIn this camp, learn how to draw your own characters, write your own scripts and design your own comic book. Ages 8-12. Aug. 5-9 from 9 am-noon. At NIC Workforce Training Center, Post Falls. $99. 208-769-3214 KIDZ CREATIVE ARTSYounger children can discover their creativity in a nurturing, safe environment that encourages self-expression. They’ll experience leather working, enameling and using power tools to bring their ideas to life. Ages 6-9. Aug. 5-9 from 9:30 am-3 pm. At Gizmo CdA (NIC campus). $180. TIME TRAVEL ART TREASURE HUNTERS Explore the art of several bygone civilizations as you draw, paint and sculpt while you learn about these civilizations and their art techniques. Ages 6-11. Aug. 5-9 from 9 am-3 pm. At Corbin Art Center. $135. WORLD ART TRAVELER Explore cultures

around the globe, including their unique animals and cultures and stamp your passport along the way as you visit a new country each day. Ages 3-5. Aug. 5-9 from 12:30-3 pm. At Corbin Art Center. $69. GIRL REVOLUTION IN TECHNOLOGY: ART MUSIC & ARDUINOSLearn to program and to build circuits that will allow you to create a moving, sound-making art project. During the first week, girls learn to code, while in the second week they learn to build. Girls only, ages 13+. Aug. 5-16, meets Mon-Fri from 9:30 am-3 pm. At Gizmo CdA (NIC campus). $20. 208-929-4029 ADVANCED PEN & INK DRAWINGStudents perfect techniques already learned by doing many additional exercises, progressively increasing in difficulty. Students enrolling in this course must have completed the beginners class. Ages 12+. Aug. 5-28, meets Mon or Wed from 5-7 pm. At Spokane Art School. $80. MAC KIDS’ CAMP: THE WORLD OF MYTHIC CREATURES Flying, fire-breathing or gold-hoarding dragons and serpents appear in mythologies from all over the world. Scales, tails and teeth will spring from paper, paint, wire, fiber, and clay as you create monsters of your own. Grades 2-5. Aug. 7 from 9 am-2 pm. $45-$50. BEST OF SUMMER CAMPSpend 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. 12-16 from 9 am-3 pm. At Corbin Art Center. $139. STOMP, CHOMP & ROAR, DINOSAUR STYLE Learn about paleontology, the

Spokane Public Schools offers STEM-focused day camps for learners of all ages. study of the Earth’s prehistoric live and the animals that walked the earth millions of years ago, including dinosaurs, reptiles, fish, birds and more. Ages 6-11. Aug. 12-16 from 9 am-3 pm. At Corbin Art Center. $135. MOSAICS Create mosaics using stained glass, tile and clay. Students learn about base preparation, design techniques and tool use while creating a 12-inch mosaic. Ages 10-14. Aug. 12-19 from 9:30 am-3 pm. At Gizmo CdA. $180. PAINT YOUR PETParents and kids get an 8x10 canvas of their pet or a stuffed animal to paint in this guided session. Registration due Aug. 8. Grades K-12 . Aug. 15 from 6-8 pm. At St. George’s School. $30. VIDEO CAMERA CREW INTENSIVE: VISIT MARS You’ve been hired by the Mars

Adventure Travel Corporation to create short commercials with your crew to persuade tourists to visit Mars. Learn to use a green screen and incorporate real images of Mars as the backdrop for your adventures in tourism. Grades 4+. Aug. 15 from 12:30-4:30 pm. At Spokane Valley Library. Free. PAINTING WITH JESSICA L. BRYANTA comprehensive course practicing key concepts in painting through a variety of mediums with an award-winning professional artist. Students learn important fundamentals to gain the skills to pursue their passion. Small class sizes ensure individual attention. Grades 4-9. Aug.19-23 from 9:30 am-2:30 pm. At Redbrick Art Studio, Coeur d’Alene. $235. 208-953-1053 

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SING FROM THE HEART CAMPStudents can hone their skills and confidence as solo performers, regardless of skill or experience. Ages 6-18. June 17-27, MonThu from 1-2 pm (ages 6-11) and 2-3 pm (ages 12-18). At The Place on Park, 2406 S. Park Dr. $145. WSU HORN CAMPMusicians work with WSU faculty to improve skill and technique, focusing on group techniques, horn ensemble, private lessons, chamber music and more. Grades 7-12. June 23-28. Resident/commuter options.. $395-$600 (scholarships available). WSU KEYBOARD EXPLORATIONSFor the 30th consecutive year, middle and high school students work with WSU faculty to study classical piano, jazz piano, improvisation and organ. Grades 7-12. June 23-28. Commuter/resident options. At WSU Pullman. $425-$575. 335-3898 WSU OBOE CAMPStudent musicians study with WSU faculty, focusing on improve musical skills through group techniques, reed making, performance and more. Grades 7-12. June 23-28. Resident/commuter options. At WSU Pullman. $395-$600 (scholarships available). FESTIVAL SUMMER YOUTH MUSIC CAMPDr. Jason Moody and professional musicians lead four days of music instruction in Sandpoint. Classes include symphony orchestra, choir, chamber music, jazz band, classical guitar, ukulele, flute ensemble, master classes and more. For musicians of all abilities. Ages 8-18. June 24-27. Sandpoint High School. $175.

COUGAR STRING CAMP A chamber music/orchestra camp for intermediate to advanced string players, offering instruction in chamber music, jazz improvisation, music theory and history, conducting and more. Grades 8-12. June 30-July 5. Resident/commuter options available. $320-$490. music/camp/csc PIANO CAMP Five days of total immersion in the piano covering a variety of styles, the basics of rhythm, reading music and accompaniment skills. Ages 8-14. Offered July 8-12 and Aug. 12-16 from 9 am-noon. At Bartell Music Academy, 418 E. Pacific. $200. ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE WORKSHOP Learn this simple method to improve ease and freedom of movement while performing. Ages 15+. July 10-21, times vary. At Holy Names Music Center. Cost TBA. 326-9516 BUCKET DRUMMING CAMP Bucket drumming is a fun way to learn upbeat drumming, including stand drum notation, sticking technique and how to produce unique sounds on a bucket. Ages 8-14. Offered July 15-19 and Aug. 5-9 from 1-2 pm. At Bartell Music Academy, 418 E. Pacific Ave. $90. DRUM CAMPStudents learn the rhythmic patterns that form the backbone of drumming during five days of total drum immersion. Ages 8-14. Offered July 15-19 and Aug. 5-9 from 9 amnoon. At Bartell Music Academy, 418 E. Pacific Ave. $200. SINGERS’ PERFORMANCE WEEK An intensive course for vocalists. Ages 15+. July 22-26 from 1-7 pm. At Holy Names Music Center. Cost TBA. GIRLS ROCK LAB: SESSION 1Join a band, write your own music, and play in

a concert. Girls Rock Lab provides workshops, mentors and a space where girls are empowered leaders and collaborators. Open to girl-identified kids of any background. Grades 3-8. Aug. 6-9 from 9 am-noon; concert Aug. 17 (TBA). At the Downtown Spokane Library. Free; registration required.


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THEATER CYT SPOKANE MINI CAMP A fun and energetic immersion into the world of musical theater through games, activities and interactive workshops that build performance skills, self-confidence, and teamwork. Ages 5-6. June 24-28 from 9 am-noon. $125. THE THREE BILLY GOATS GRUFFTired of a mean old bully making your life miserable? Learn how the Three Billy Goats Gruff fool the mean old troll and teach him a lesson. Ages 8-12. June 24-28 from 9 am-3 pm. Showcase Friday at 3:15 pm. At Spokane Children’s Theatre. $200. 328-4886 SPOKANE CIVIC THEATRE ACADEMYThe Civic’s “Play in a Week” courses focus on teamwork and collaboration, culminating in a fully staged performance. Two to three play titles and one set-making class are offered each week. Ages 6-13. Weekly sessions offered June 24-Aug. 23; meeting Mon-Fri (times vary). Session details TBA. $90-$125/week. 325-2507 ext. 406 CYT SPOKANE JUNIOR CAMP A camp fun and energetic immersion into the world of musical theater through games, activities and interactive workshops that build performance skills, self-confidence, and teamwork. Ages 10-12. July 8-12 from 9 am-noon. $200. DRAGON TALESJoin siblings Emmy and Max as they discover a magical place called Dragon Land where they meet dragons Ord, Cassie, Zak, Wheezie and many others. Ages 8-12. July 8-12 from 9 am-3 pm; showcase Friday at 3:15 pm. At Spokane Children’s Theater. $200. 328-4886 CYT NORTH IDAHO CAMPS This musical theater camp offers an upbeat and fast way for children to learn about dancing, acting and singing. Camp revolves around theater workshops, games and team building activities, culminating in a showcase for families. Ages 5-18. July 8-12 and July 22-26 (ages 5-7 from 9 am12:30 pm; ages 7-12 from 9 am-3 pm); July 15-19 (ages 10-14; from 9 am-3 pm); Aug. 5-9 (ages 13-18; 10 am-5 pm). $95/ session. 208-930-1001 HESPERUS ARTS MUSICAL THEATRE (OVERNIGHT) A comprehensive musical theater intensive focused on building talent in voice, dance and acting. Cost includes lodging, all meals, training, 24hour supervision, personal evaluation in all categories, training workbook and more. Coed, ages 12-18. July 15-17. At Whitworth University. $265. 800-406-3926 CYT SPOKANE TEEN CAMP A camp fun and energetic immersion into the world of musical theater through games, activities and interactive workshops that build performance skills, self-confidence, and teamwork. Ages 13-18. July 15-19 from 9 am-noon. $225. IMPROV: MAKING IT UP JUST LIKE WE PLANNED Improvisational comedy sparks and stretches the imagination as actors work closely together in a high energy, creative environment. Instructor Jennifer Miles has been performing


All the world’s a stage at Spokane Civic Theatre’s Summer Academy. and teaching improv since 2013, helping beginners and experienced performers discover their creative potential and confidence on stage. Grades 5-8. July 1519 from 1-4 pm. At St. George’s School. $120. 464-8814 HESPERUS ARTS MUSICAL THEATRE (DAY)A comprehensive musical theater camp for those who’ve never performed to those who already love the stage, focusing on improving singing, acting ability, dance skills and more in an encouraging environment. Ages 8-12. July 22-25, meets from 9 am-3 pm. At Whitworth University. $225. CYT SPOKANE YOUTH CAMP A fun and energetic immersion into the world of musical theater through games, activities and interactive workshops that build performance skills, self-confidence, and teamwork. Ages 7-9. July 22-26 from 9 am-noon. $200. DISNEY & BEYOND THEATER CAMP Incorporating singing, dancing and acting, kids explore the world of theatre in a safe accepting environment. Campers play creative and imaginative games and learn to work as a group all week. Ages 9-12. July 22-26. At CdA Summer Theatre. $150. THE FROG PRINCEYou may change your mind when you find out why the princess must keep her promise to kiss the frog and save her father’s kingdom from the evil witch’s spell. Ages 10-13. July 29Aug. 2 from 9 am-3 pm. Showcase Friday at 3:15 pm. At Spokane Children’s Theatre. $200. ACT IT OUT: IMPROVYoung actors learn on their feet as they create a character from their imagination and a box of props. Ages 11-15. Aug. 5-9 from 1-4 pm. At NIC Workforce Training Center, Post Falls. $79. SUMMER STAGE DRAMA CAMP Students team up for storytelling, acting and improv games and a final day performance for family and friends. Ages 6-11. Aug. 5-9 from 9 am-3 pm. At Corbin Art Center. $135. G-PREP SUMMER DRAMA CAMPMichael Barfield (St. Al’s drama director) and Jenna Solberg (Cataldo music director) lead this year’s camp, packed with diverse theater workshops, improv, singing, choreography and a final performance for

family and friends to attend. Grades 4-8. Aug. 5-16, meets Mon-Fri 9 am-3 pm. At Gonzaga Prep. $250. TEEN CAMP: MAMMA MIAThis sunny and funny tale featuring ABBA’s hits unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. Ages 13-19. Aug. 5-16, meets Mon-Fri 9 am-5 pm. At Spokane Children’s Theatre. $300. ACTING FOR TEENS Students work collaboratively to put together a performance including Disney songs and scenes. Teens learn techniques throughout the week with games and warm-ups. Ages 13-17. Aug. 12-16. At CdA Summer Theatre. $150.



UCA CHEER CAMP A three-dayhigh school cheerleading camp. This year’s theme is “the Greatest Show of Summer,” featuring a pep rally titled Circus in the Stands. July 15-18. At WSU Pullman. Resident/commuter options. $180-$384. 253-241-3822 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 3-5. Threeday sessions offered in June, July or August; meets Tue-Thu from 9:15-10 am. At Sandra Olgard Studio. $45/session. TEEN DANCE CAMP Sessions for beginning and advanced students cover styles including ballet and jazz fusion, musical theater and more. Ages 11+. Weekly sessions offered June 17-July 25. At Dance Center of Spokane. $110-$375. SPOKANE BALLET STUDIO SUMMER WORKSHOPS Summer workshops are offered for all ages, including a beginner’s workshop with games, instruction, crafts and a mini performance. Level 1-4 and intermediate/advanced workshops offer ballet, pointe, variations, modern, jazz, character, pilates, ballet history and

a performance. Level 1-4 (ages 8-14) runs June 17-27; intermediate/advanced runs July 8-19; beginning ballet (ages 5-9) runs July 29-Aug. 2. $150-$450. 714-3650 KIDS’ DANCE, DRAMA AND CHEER CAMP Themed classes teach ballet, jazz, tap and hip hop (varies by session) and include “Under the Sea,” “Dazzling Disney,” “King of New York” and more. Sessions for beginning and experienced dancers. Ages 3-12. Offered June 17-Aug. 15; meets Mon-Thu. At Dance Center of Spokane. $110-$375. PRESCHOOL STEAM CAMPS A camp for young learners, incorporating science and math into themed weeks. Ages 3-5. June 17-20, July 15-18 and Aug. 12-15 from 9 am-noon. At Dance Center of Spokane. $175-$475. SANDRA OLGARD STUDIO SUMMER BALLET Courses meet daily for two weeks. Depending on dancers’ levels, class could include classical ballet with pointe, modern and choreography. Ages 6-18. Sessions offered June 17-27 and Aug. 12-22. $90-$270. 838-7464 SKYHAWKS CHEERLEADING Girls learn essential skills to lead crowds, including proper hand and body movements, jumping and choreographed performance skills. Ages 5-11. Held at parks and schools in the Spokane/Coeur d’Alene area. Summer sessions offered from June-August; see site for list of dates/ locations. $69-$165. CHEERTOTSKids 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 18-July 23; meets once a week. At Edgecliff Park, Spokane Valley. $90/session. NORTHWEST GYMNASTICS CAMPYoung athletes work with experienced coaches to improve skills and walk out with more confidence. Includes crafts, games, snacks and more. Ages 5+. Sessions offered June 24-28 and July 15-19, meets 9 am-noon. $200/week; $45/day. NORTHWEST NINJA CAMP Ninja Zone combines gymnastics, martial arts, obstacle training and freestyle movement

while also focusing on building character. Ages 5+. Sessions offered June 24-28 and July 15-19; meets 9 am-noon. $200/ week; $45/day. MARESSA’S SCHOOL OF DANCE SUMMER SESSION Summer sessions include programs in pre-primary ballet, cheerleading, primary cheerleading and ballet I and II, along with teen and adult ballet. Ages 2-adult. June 24-Aug. 24; session times vary by age and skill level, see website for schedule options. $115-$250. ADVENTURE GYMNASTICS CAMP This popular camp is now in its 16th year, offering themed days of challenges and adventures in gymnastics, like scavenger hunts and obstacle courses. All ages. Offered July 8-12, July 29-Aug. 2 and Aug. 12-16; half or full-day sessions available. At Spokane Gymnastics. $159-$259/session. 533-9646 FANTASY DANCE CAMPA camp of creative dance and play based on a daily storybook theme with dance, games, craft, stories and a tea party. Ages 3-10. July 9 (Moana & Maui), July 15 (Princesses and Princes), July 18 (Super Heroes) and July 23 (Mary Poppins) from 10 am-noon. At Isabelle’s Dance Time. $35 day or $120 full camp; after June 30: $45 day or $140/ full camp. CHEER CLINIC This new clinic covers tumbling, dance and cheer stunting techniques. Sessions are led by collegiate and former high school/competitive cheerleaders. Coed, ages 8-18. July 15-18 from 1-4 pm. At Dance Center of Spokane. $175/week. PRESCHOOL GYMNASTICS CAMPA week of structured gymnastics lessons, games and story time, plus bouncing on the inflatable and playing in the foam pits. Ages 3-5. July 15-19 from 12:30-4:30 pm. At Spokane Gymnastics. $159-$179. 533-9646 TRAMPOLINE & TUMBLING CAMP Campers enjoy a week of high flying action featuring instruction on the Tumbl Trak, double mini trampoline, Eurotramp trampoline and the spring and air floors, along with fun games and activities. Ages 6-14. July 15-19 from 12:30-4:30 pm. At Spokane Gymnastics. $159. TEEN DANCE CAMP Dancers learn 6+

routines during the week which also includes trampoline jumping, swimming field trips and games. Ages 13+. July 22-25 from 2:30-9 pm; July 26 from 10 am-4 pm. At Bleker School of Dance. $160 GONZAGA SUMMER DANCE INTENSIVE A week of dance instruction for intermediate and advanced skill levels, including techniques for hip-hop, modern, contemporary, ballet, jazz and musical theatre. Taught by Gonzaga Dance program faculty in the new Myrtle Woldson Performing Arts Center. Ages 13-20. July 22-27 (ages 13-20; intermediate/advanced) and Aug. 5-9 (ages 9-13; beginner/intermediate). $225-$375. summerdance 313-6508 CHEER + GYMNASTICS CAMPCampers learn tumbling, stunts, dances and cheers. Coaches group students by age, and each group performs a routine on the last day of camp for family and friends. All ages and skills. Offered July 22-26 and Aug 19-23; half- and full-day options. At Spokane Gymnastics. $159-$259/session. 533-9646 NINJA ZONE GYMNASTICS CAMP Campers learn to kick, jump, roll and flip like characters in their favorite video games. Ninja zone fuses elements of gymnastics, martial arts, obstacle course training and freestyle movement. All ages. Offered July 22-25 and Aug. 12-23; half- or full-day options. At Spokane Gymnastics $159-$259/session. PARKOUR & BREAKDANCING CAMP Campers learn tumbling skills along with parkour and breakdancing stunts that they get to show off to family and friends during a Friday performance. Ages 6-14. Offered July 22-26 and Aug. 19-23. Half or full-day options available. $159-$259/session. JAZZ INTENSIVEA class for dancers at levels 1-3, with placement based on age and skill level. Instruction is led by two guest teachers from California, Dave Massey and Kaisa-Mikale Hance. Ages 9-18. July 29-Aug. 1. At Dance Center of Spokane. $90/day or $300/ full week. MINI JAZZ INTENSIVEA camp focusing on jazz technique, with afternoon sessions on lyrical, musical theater and jazz turns. Guest taught by KaisaMicale Hance. Ages 6-10. July 29-Aug. 1. At Dance Center of Spokane. $125. YOUTH DANCE CAMPDancers learn 5+ routines, jump on the trampolines, go on swimming field trips and play games. Ages 7-12. July 29-Aug. 2 from 8:30 am-3 pm. At the Bleker School of Dance. $160. JUNIOR DANCE CAMP Dancers learn three routines, jump on the trampoline and perform for their family and friends at camp’s conclusion. Ages 4.5-6. July 30 from 5:30-7:30 pm. At Bleker School of Dance. $30. MYSTERY GYMNASTICS CAMPClues, riddles, puzzles, challenges and mysteries are all included with structured gymnastics on all events. All ages. Aug. 5-9; full and half-day sessions available. At Spokane Gymnastics. $159-$259. DROP-IN HIP HOP CLASSES A new offering this summer, open to all levels. Ages 11+. Sessions offered Aug. 5-8 and Aug. 12-15, meets from 8-9 pm. At Dance Center of Spokane. $15/class. 448-2426

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. 5-8 and Aug. 12-15. At Dance Center of Spokane. $75/day; $250/week or $400/ two. DANCE COMPETITION WORKSHOP A session for those interested in participating in Dance Center of Spokane’s 2019-20 season. Contact the studio for details. All ages. Aug. 19-22 from 1-8:30 pm. $60-$125.


GONZAGA WOMEN’S TEAM CAMPS High school student athletes play against different competition, with access to Gonzaga’s Division I student athletes and coaching staff while building team chemistry. Girls, grades 9-12. Sessions June 17-20, June 21-24 and July 5-8. Overnight/commuter options. Price TBA. EAGLE BASKETBALL SKILLS CAMP Work with Division I coaches and players for a weekend and see what it takes to play basketball after high school. Players learn new workouts and drills to help improve their game this summer. Girls, grades 7-12. June 1-2 from 9 am-4 pm. At EWU Reese Court. $125-$345. EWUWOMENSBASKETBALL ST. GEORGE’S BOYS & GIRLS BASKETBALL Join Dragon basketball coaches to work on individual skills as well as offensive and defensive team concepts. Learn the fundamentals and play games to reinforce what campers have been taught. Open to all skill levels. Grades K-5. June 10-14 from 1-3 pm. $125. 464-8815 ST. GEORGE’S BOYS BASKETBALLJoin Dragon boys’ basketball coaches to work on individual skills as well as offensive and defensive team concepts. Grades 6-21. June 10-14 from 9 amnoon. $125. ST. GEORGE’S GIRLS BASKETBALL Join Dragon girls’ basketball coaches to work on individual skills as well as offensive and defensive concepts. Grades 6-12. 125. WHITWORTH MEN’S TEAM CAMPHigh school teams (jr. varsity and varsity) have the opportunity to compete in a minimum of five games as they’re coached by Whitworth’s coaching staff and guests. June 14-16; register by May 31. Resident/commuter options. $180$400/player. GONZAGA WOMEN’S SUMMER SHOOTOUT This session gives high school student athletes an opportunity to play against various levels of competition while building team chemistry. Camp under the coaching of Gonzaga’s Division 1 staff and athletes. Ages 14-18. June 14-16. $400. 313-4129 EWU MEN’S ELITE CAMPEWU coaches and staff offer instruction, with each player receiving an evaluation and feedback at the end of camp. Grades 9-12. June 15-16. $90. EWUMENSBASKETBALL G-PREP BOYS’ BASKETBALL Young players are coached by a three-time state champion head coach while being exposed to drills, competition and more. Grades 4-8. June 17-20 from 12-2 pm (grades 4-6) and 2-4 pm (grades 7-8). $70.

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July 19-21, 2019 • For youth ages 7-15 grieving the death of someone close. • Traditional camp fun and friendship. • Small group activities designed to help youth cope with grief. • Camp Chmepa is provided at no charge by Hospice of Spokane and funded, in part, by Spokane County United Way.

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BASKETBALL G-PREP GIRLS’ BASKETBALL Participants go through various drills and competitions to hone their dribbling, passing, shooting and defensive skills. Grades 4-8. Sessions offered June 17-20; meets 8-10 am (grades 7-8) and 10 am-noon (grades 4-6). $50. NBC BASKETBALL CAMPS (WHITWORTH) A variety of overnight and day camp options are available throughout the summer, including Pure Shooting, Offensive Skills, Position Specific, All-Star, Junior Camps and more. Boys and girls ages 8-19. Sessions from June 17-Aug. 16. At Whitworth University. $230-$580. SKYHAWKS BASKETBALL A skill-intensive program for beginning to intermediate athletes, teaching passing, dribbling, shooting and rebounding. Coed, ages 6-12. Camps are offered June through August at schools in the Spokane/Coeur d’Alene area; see site for complete list of dates and locations. $69-$165/session. EWU MEN’S TEAM CAMPEWU coaches and staff provide instruction through competition, contests, practice and more. Teams (8 player min.) are guaranteed to

play seven games. One coach free per team with registration. Sessions offered June 18-20, June 21-23, June 26-28 and July 1-3. Resident/commuter options. $195/overnight; $500/commuter. GONZAGA WOMEN’S POSITION CAMP Athletes work to re-emphasize the importance of fundamentals, and build on those skills with position specific work through break downs, competitions and games. Girls ages 12-17. June 21-23. Resident/commuter options. $180-$230. EWU WOMEN’S TEAM CAMPVarsity and junior varsity teams are divided into divisions, and each team (12 player max) is guaranteed at least six games. Open to all high school teams. June 24-26. At EWU Reese Court. Commuter/resident options. $600/commuter team; $215/ player overnight. 359-7382 ST. GEORGE’S BASKETBALL SKILLS CLINIC Work on individual skill development and get ready for a 3-on-3 tournament. Clinic focuses on fundamentals to develop the complete player including ball handling, shooting mechanics, offensive arsenal, and defense, along with basketball specific strength, agility and quickness training. Coed, grades 5-12. June 24-28 from 10 am-noon. $100. sgs. org/summer 466-1636 GONZAGA MEN’S TEAM CAMPS The Gonzaga men’s coaching staff and current/former players provide instruction to high school boys’ teams (min. of 8 players) looking to refine their skill and team play. Offered June 24-27 (sold out), June 30-July 3 and July 24-27. Resident/ commuter options. $350/player.

NBC BASKETBALL CAMPS (HUB) The Complete Skills Jr. camp offers instruction for boys and girls. Ages 8-12. Sessions offered June 24-26, July 8-10 and Aug. 19-21. At the HUB Sports Center. $180. 800-406-3926 GONZAGA WOMEN’S INDIVIDUAL CAMP Campers work to re-emphasize the importance of fundamentals with basketball specific skill work. Through break downs, competitions, and games coaches hope to hone each campers’ skills through many of the drills and techniques used with its own athletes. Girls, ages 7-14. July 5-8; half-, full-, extendedday. overnight options. $125-$345. 313-4129 GONZAGA MEN’S ADVANCED SKILLS CAMPPlayers receive instruction in footwork, shooting technique, ball handling, passing, rebounding and offensive/defensive team concepts from Gonzaga’s coaching staff. Boys, grades 3-12. July 11-14. Resident/commuter options. $330$440. EWU MEN’S DEVELOPMENT CAMP Players hone skill development and play in competitions and contests under coaching of EWU staff/players. Coed ages 6-12. July 15-18 (full- and half-day options). At EWU Reese Court. $80-$140. NBC BASKETBALL CAMPS (WAREHOUSE) Programs for summer 2019 include beginner camps for young athletes (Rookie) along with a slightly more advanced camp (Complete Player Junior). Coed, ages 6-9. Rookie camps: July 15-17, July 22-24 and July 29-31. Junior camp: July 29-Aug. 1. At the Warehouse, Spokane. $105-$280. EWU MEN’S ADVANCED SKILLS CAMP Players are coached by EWU staff and

Kids can become their favorite character at Isabelle’s Dance Time’s fantasy camp.

BUILD • INVESTIGATE • CREATE Computer Programming, Robotics, Cosplay, Manga & Anime, Video Construction, Engineering, and Biomedical

2019 Summer STEM & Arts Camps Monday – Thursday  8 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 8-11  July 15-18  July 22-25  July 29 – Aug. 1 Locations: Chase Middle School – 4747 E 37th Ave. Salk Middle School – 6411 N Alberta St. K-8th grade  $100 per camp

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SUMMER CAMP AT THE MAC June 27-August 15, 2019

Explore the MAC’s two exhibits Giants, Dragons and Unicorns: The World of Mythic Creatures and Northwest Myths.

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One-day and week-long camps for 2nd-5th graders

Hear stories of sea monsters, sasquatches, mermaids and flying horses. Draw, paint, build and sculpt your own beasts, monsters and magical creatures and create stories about their adventures.

Junior CIT (Counselor-in-training) for 6th- 7th graders


players through skill development, competitions and contests. Ages 13-16. July 18-19 (full- and half-day options). At EWU Reese Court. $100-$275. NBC BASKETBALL CAMP (NIC) This camp trains all aspects of the sport including leadership and confidence. Boys, ages 9-17. July 22-26. At North Idaho College. Resident/commuter options. $545-$595. BREAKTHROUGH BASKETBALL: YOUTH SKILLS A camp focusing on complete player development, including shooting, ball handling, passing, footwork, defense, rebounding and more. Coed, grades 4-9. July 23-25 from 9 am-3 pm. At the HUB. $195. BREAKTHROUGH BASKETBALL: SHOOTING CAMP A camp to help player’s shooting percentages increase, mechanics improve, and shooting range increase. Coed grades 5-12. July 26-28 from 9 am-3 pm. At the HUB. $225. GONZAGA MEN’S FUNDAMENTAL SKILLS CAMPYoung players learn basic skills and game fundamentals from the GU men’s team coaching staff. Coed, grades 1-7. July 29-31; morning (9 amnoon) or full-day (9 am-5 pm). $130$250. NBC COLLEGE BASKETBALL PREP CAMP An intensive overnight basketball camp for boys. Campers must apply to be accepted. Boys ages 14-20. Aug. 2-7. At Whitworth. $1,014. NIGEL WILLIAMS-GOSS BASKETBALL CAMPA camp with the former Gonzaga University player, covering form, shooting drills, post and perimeter defense,

ball handling, offensive moves, conditioning and more. Coed, ages 7-15. Aug. 5-7 from 9 am-4 pm. At the HUB. $200$225. NBC ROOKIE BASKETBALL CAMP A camp focusing on dribbling, passing and shooting techniques. Coed, ages 6-9. Aug. 5-7 and Aug. 12-14 from 9 am-noon. At Prairie View Elementary. $100-$275.

SOFTBALL/ BASEBALL GONZAGA PREP CATCHER CAMP A camp focuses on the defense of catchers. G-Prep’s varsity head coach leads athletes through drills that assist in framing, blocking, and throwing out runners. Grades 7-12. June 17-18 from 8-10 am. $80. SUPERTOTS BASEBALLThis camp uses a variety of games to engage kids while teaching the sport of baseball and developing fundamental skills. Ages 2-5. June 17-Aug. 17, meets once a week. Sessions at parks and schools in the Spokane/CdA area; see site for details. $90-$120. SKYHAWKS BASEBALLBaseball 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. Offered June-August; see site for list of dates/ locations. $69-$165. ZAGS BASEBALL “PUPS” CAMP A camp for beginning players to teach basic fundamentals in hitting, fielding, throwing, pitching and more. Coed,

ages 4-6. June 4-25 from 9-11 am. At Gonzaga’s Patterson Baseball Complex. $50-$60. GONZAGA PREP BASEBALL CAMP Kids spend a week on the baseball diamond in this all-encompassing camp covering hitting, infield defense, outfield defense and base running. Grades 1-8. June 2426 from 9-11:30 am. $75. ZAGS BASEBALL “LIL ZAGS” CAMP An intermediate level session focusing on the mechanics of hitting, fielding, throwing, pitching, baserunning and more. Coed, ages 7-10. June 24-26 from 9 am-3 pm. $210-$225. PREMIER MITTS CAMPSYouth baseball camps include three weeks of specialized infield-only camps and one week of hitting only camps. Ages 8+. Sessions offered June 24-July 25; meets Mon-Thu. $150-$190. premiermittsinc. com 863-4605 WSU BASEBALL JUNIOR COUGS Basic fundamentals of the game of baseball are taught, ranging from fielding, throwing, hitting and baserunning. Ages 7-12. July 1-3. At Bailey-Brayton Field, Pullman. $175. ZAGS BASEBALL “BIG DOGS” CAMP An advanced fundamental skills camp focusing on hitting, fielding, throwing, pitching, baserunning and more. Coed, ages 11-14. July 8-10 from 9 am-3 pm. At Gonzaga’s Patterson Baseball Complex. $210-$225. WSU COUGAR BASEBALL CAMP Open to players of all levels, campers learn and hone game fundamentals, develop a positive mental attitude and more. Boys ages 7-18. July 14-18. Commuter/ resident options. $275-$500. athletics.






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workout and live games against other campers. All WSU coaches will be present, as well as other coaches from various levels of college baseball. Boys ages 14-19. Aug. 24-26. $150-$250. athletics. 335-8014


BASEBALL SPOKANE INDIANS YOUTH BASEBALL CLINIC Attendees receive instruction from Spokane Indians players on the fundamentals of hitting, throwing, fielding and base-running. Mascot OTTO and Spokane Indians players also meet with campers for photos and autographs. (Clinic is free with purchase of tickets to that night’s game.) Ages 6-12. Offered July 16 and Aug. 15 from 3:30-5:30 pm. $6-$12 (included with tickets to the evening’s game). NIKE BASEBALL CAMP Instruction focuses on hitting, specific position fielding, base-running, and game situations. In addition, pitchers have the opportunity to work with pitching instructors. Boys ages 9-13. July 22-26. At Whitworth University. Resident/commuter options. $385-$605. GONZAGA BASEBALL HIGH SCHOOL PROSPECTSA camp for high school players (graduating 2019-23) interested in playing at the college level and learning the skills to accomplish that goal. July 3031. At GU’s Patterson Baseball Complex. $295-$230. WSU BASEBALL PROSPECT CAMP Athletes are evaluated through a pro style

NFL FLAG FOOTBALL LEAGUETeams of 5-10 members can register to participate in this summer league, with practice on Tuesdays and games on Thursdays. June 5-Aug. 8. Coed, ages 5-15. Register by May 24 to participate, more information online. At Dwight Merkel and Southeast sports complexes. $129. VANDAL SKILLS CAMPA daily skill camps offer coaching in various aspects and positions. Grades 9-12. June 11-12 from 1-4 pm. At the U of Idaho Kibbie Dome. $50. VANDAL SHOWCASE A one-day, fullcontact camp to offer potential high school prospects in the Northwest an opportunity to be evaluated by the University of Idaho football staff. Grades 9-12. June 13 from noon-5 pm. $200. VANDAL YOUTH CAMP A kids football camp led by U of Idaho coaching staff and players. Grades 2-6. June 14 from 8:30 amnoon. $40. VANDAL TEAM CAMP Campers experience the same coaching philosophy as the Vandals in a fast-paced, energetic atmosphere with morning individual practice sessions, competitions, team practice and scrimmages, strength and conditioning instruction, and more. Grades 9-12. June 17-19. At the U of Idaho, Moscow. Commuter/resident options. $225-$250.


SUMMER CAMPS WHITWORTH FOOTBALL TEAM CAMP An overnight contact football camp designed to give each camper instruction in football fundamentals and techniques, as well as the opportunity to scrimmage against other 8-man teams. Coached by Whitworth head coach Rod Sandberg and coaching staff. Grades 9-12. June 1719. $225. 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. $69-$165/session. EWU INDIVIDUAL/TEAM CAMPImprove techniques and game strategies as an individual or with a team, with instruction from EWU coaches. Grades 9-12. Offered June 19-22 and June 26-29. At EWU Roos Field. Overnight/commuter options. $85$325. VANDAL KICKING CAMPA one-day session led by former Vandal player and NFL kicker Mike Hollis, along with former NFL kicker Dan Zeidman. Grades 9-12. June 20 from 9:30 am-5 pm. $100. EWU SPECIALIST CAMPA camp offering instruction and drills for kickers and long snappers with Eastern’s ST coordinator Heath Pulver, including film review and evaluations. Grades 9-12. June 22 from 10:45 am-4:30 pm. At EWU Cheney. $65$75. EWU BIG MAN CAMPA camp with Eastern coaches and staff for players who specialize as offensive or defensive line-

man and tight ends. Grades 9-12. June 23 from 9 am-noon (grades 9-10) and from 1:30-4:30 pm (grades 11-12). At EWU Roos Field. $75-$85. EWUFOOTBALL/ G-PREP FOOTBALL CAMP A football camp with everything from drills to ingame competition. Kids have an opportunity to be led by varsity coaches and varsity players. Grades 5-8. June 24-27, meets from 8 am-noon. $75. EWU QUARTERBACK CAMPJoin Eastern coaches and players for a non-contact quarterback skills camp. June 29 from 9 am-noon (grades 9-10) and noon-5 pm (grades 11-12). At EWU Roos Field. $100$125. EWU WR/DB CAMPA non-contact skills camp for wide receivers and defensive backs, led by Eastern coaching staff and players. June 29 from 9 am-noon (grades 9-10) and noon-5 pm (grades 11-12). At EWU Roos Field. $60-$80. totalcamps. com/EWUFOOTBALL/ PIRATE YOUTH FOOTBALL CAMPPlayers learn and grow in their football knowledge and skills while they enjoy hearing from Whitworth coaching staff and current team members. Camp consists of position instruction with corresponding drills, small group breakout sessions and daily competitions. Grades 2-6. July 23-27 from 9 am-noon. At the Whitworth Pine Bowl. $85. COUGAR FOOTBALL MINI CAMP After learning the importance of hydration, campers receive instruction as they rotate through a series of agility stations and breakout for position specific individual drills before competing. Also includes tours of the WSU football facilities. Grades 10-12. July 27 from 11 am-3 pm. $50.

COUGAR SPECIALIST SHOWCASE Youth receive non-contact instruction from WSU coaching staff and players, and take tours of the WSU Football facilities. Session is specially for kickers, punters and long snappers. Grades 10-12. July 27 from 8-11 am. $50.


WSU SOCCER CAMPPlayers are coached by WSU soccer players and coaches, learning and honing game fundamentals. Coed, ages 5-14. June 17-21 and July 8-12; half day sessions for ages 5-7; full-day sessions for ages 8-14. $150-$250. SYSA SOCCER CAMPSSessions are offered for all levels and ages. Ages 5-12. Sessions June 17-20, July 22-25 and Aug. 12-15. At the SYSA Indoor Sports Center. $65-$75. 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 1.5-6. Sessions offered June 17-Aug. 17, meets once weekly. Held at parks and schools in the Spokane/CdA area; see site for complete list of times/ locations. $37-$120. 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. $69-$165/session. CHALLENGER SPORTS INTERNATIONAL

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Sharpen your shooting and ball handling skills at one of Skyhawks’ many basketball camps. SOCCER Camp curriculum reflects the sport’s global nature today, providing young players with a variety of coaching styles, practices and influences to help them develop a well-rounded skill set. Ages 3-14. Sessions offered June 24-28 and Aug. 5-9, meets 8 am-4 pm. Held in partnership with Liberty Lake Parks & Rec. $96-$214. NBC SOCCER CAMPSNW Christian coach Jacob Weaver leads junior and advanced skills camp for field players and goalkeepers. Boys and girls ages 9-18. June 24-26, meets 9 am-noon (ages 9-12) and 1-4 pm (ages 13-18). At Northwest Christian School. $100. WHITWORTH SOCCER SUMMER CAMPS A half-day skills camp with the Whitworth men’s team. Coed ages 6-12. Sessions June 24-28 and Aug. 5-9 from 9 am-noon. $150+.

GONZAGA SOCCER SCHOOL: MEN’S ID CAMP Players receive instruction from Gonzaga players and coaching staff, training in a competitive environment as they’re observed by college coaches. Boys, grades 9+. Sessions June 26-27 and July 10-11. $150. G-PREP BOYS SOCCERAthletes receive guidance and coaching from a varsity head coach and have an opportunity to share the turf with the high school athletes. Grades 3-8. July 8-11 from 10 amnoon. $75. GONZAGA HIGH SCHOOL TEAM CAMP High school teams are invited to spend four days team building and training with the Gonzaga’s women’s team coaching staff. Girls, ages 12-18. July 8-11. Min. 12 players per team; open to freshman, JV and varsity teams. Resident/commuter options. $200-$300

EAGLES SUMMER ID CAMP A camp designed for female players focusing on technical, tactical and physical demands of Division I collegiate soccer. Camp curriculum has been developed by the EWU Women’s soccer coaching staff. Girls, grades 8-12 and Jr. college. July 14 from 9 am-4 pm. $125. 359-6572 GONZAGA “PUPS” CAMPCampers learn the basics of footwork, dribbling, passing and shooting and incorporate these skills in training settings and game scrimmages. Girls, ages 5-12. July 15-18 from 9-10:30 am (ages 4-6) and 9 am-noon (ages 7-12). At Gonzaga’s Mulligan Field. $75-$170. 313-4042 DRAGON SOCCER CAMPSaint George’s state champion soccer coaches emphasize game-style play and help develop the whole soccer player from foot skills, passing, shooting, defending and everything else that goes into becoming a well-rounded player. Coed, grades 6-12. July 15-19 from 9 am-noon. At St. George’s School. $100. GONZAGA COLLEGE BOUND CAMP A camp designed for the serious collegiate hopeful who plays at a high level of competitive soccer and is actively pursuing the opportunity to play soccer at the collegiate level. Girls, ages 13-17. July 1820. Resident/commuter options. $200$375. 313-4042 WSU SOCCER JUNIOR ELITE CAMP A camp with WSU players and coaching staff for players to develop tactical ideas and technical skills essential for success at the next level. Coed, grades 4-8. July 19-21. Commuter/resident options; open to teams and individuals. $205-$285. ST. GEORGE’S GIRLS SOCCERThis camp

NBC VOLLEYBALL INTRO JUNIOR CAMP A camp for the younger and/or beginning volleyball player, helping reinforce accurate technique and form. NBC staff work with campers to lay the foundation for future excellence. Girls, ages 8-12. June 21-23 from 9 am-noon. At Whitworth University. $125. WSU VOLLEYBALL INTERMEDIATE CAMP Young volleyball players learn the fundamentals of the game and develop skills in passing, setting, hitting, and serving. Coed, grades 5-8. June 24-25 from 9 am-11:30 am and 1-4 pm. At WSU Bohler Gym. $115. WSU VOLLEYBALL YOUTH CAMPA fun opportunity for young volleyball players to learn the fundamentals of the game. Coed, grades 1-5. June 24-25 from 9 am-11:30 am. At WSU Bohler Gym. $60. 335-7169 WSU VOLLEYBALL ALL-SKILLS CAMP This camp offers the highest level of SKYHAWKS VOLLEYBALL Skill-based specific position training to experienced volleyball camps teach fundamentals players and all-around fundamental of passing, setting, hitting, serving and skill training for beginning players. more for beginning to intermediate playCoed, grades 7-12. July 7-10, commuter/ ers. Camps are held at local parks and resident options. At WSU Bohler Gym. schools throughout the Spokane/Coeur $300-$415. d’Alene area. Coed, ages 6-12. Sessions MIDDLE SCHOOL ADVANCED CAMPPlayoffered June-August; see site for comers develop and train in technical funplete list of dates and locations. $69damentals and master skills to become $165/session. more refined players. Includes daily comNBC VOLLEYBALL INTENSIVE CAMP petitive sessions. Ages 12-15. July 8-11 An advanced overnight weekend camp from 8:30-11:30 am. At EWU Reese Court. designed as a supplement teaching to $125. NBC’s Complete Player Camp, which MIDDLE SCHOOL BEGINNERS CAMP includes crucial strength and core trainPlayers become fundamentally sound in ing specifically for volleyball athletes. volleyball and have fun doing so. Training This camp teaches drills to improve your is a mix of fundamental and situational power, vertical and overall athletic abildrills. Ages 12-15. July 8-11 from 1-4 pm. ity to maximize your performance as a At EWU Reese Court. $125. totalcamps. player. Girls, ages 14-18. June 21-23. At com/EWUVOLLEYBALL 359-7020 Whitworth. $285. offers a chance for girls to be a part of the soccer experience at Saint George’s. The camp consists of fun, team-bonding games and skill drills in shooting, passing and dribbling. Grades 6-12. July 22-26 from 9 am-1 pm. $100. WSU SOCCER ELITE CAMPA residential camp for experience players to develop tactical and technical skills, with coaching by WSU players and staff. Girls, grades 9-12. July 26-28. Open to teams and individual players. $395-$425. G-PREP GIRLS SOCCER An opportunity for young athletes to become accustomed to the high school level of soccer while bettering their overall skill. Grades 6-8. July 29-31 from 3-4:30 pm. $40.



nament play. Positions covered: outside hitter, middle hitter, defensive specialist and setter. Girls, grades 8-12. July 15-18. Commuter/resident options. $345-$395. ZAGS COMPLETE PLAYER CAMPPlayers of all skill levels are encouraged to attend. An emphasis is made on all-around skill and player development during three days of instruction, team competition and fun. Girls, grades 5-9. July 19-21. Commuter/overnight options. $295$325. NBC COMPLETE PLAYER VOLLEYBALL VANDAL VOLLEYBALL TEAM CAMP CAMPS This camp offers training in all aspects of the sport including leaderTeams (8 player min.) and their coaches ship and confidence training. Curriculum work with the Vandal volleyball coaching helps athletes develop and master skills staff on drills, strategies and more. Teams to play volleyball with excellence. Girls are guaranteed a minimum of three pracages 11-18. July 21-24. At Whitworth tices and multiple matches. July 8-11. University; resident/commuter options. Commuter/resident options. $240-$335. $415-$465. G-PREP VOLLEYBALL CAMPA camp run ZAGS TEAM CAMP A camp for JV and by the Gonzaga Prep coaching staff and Varsity teams (10 players max) offering college level guest coaches offering athspecialized position training, team comletes a solid fundamental base in all aspetition, technique and strategy, with pects of volleyball. Grades 4-8. July 29-31 tournament play on the final day. July from 8-10:30 am. $80. 8-11. Resident/commuter options. $150$355/player. PAT POWERS VOLLEYBALL CAMP A two-day advanced volleyball skills camp DRAGON VOLLEYBALL CAMP Players taught by Olympic Gold Medalist Pat learn the basic fundamentals and rules of Powers with a focus on passing, hitting, volleyball while building their teamwork setting, serving, defense and more. Ages and leadership abilities in this beginner11-18. Aug. 10-11 from 9 am-3 pm. At the level camp. Coed, grades K-5. July 8-12 HUB Sports Center. $130. from 9 am-noon. At St. George’s School. $125. 464-8814 WHITWORTH VOLLEYBALLAn individual skills camp that includes instruction from LADY DRAGON VOLLEYBALL CAMP A Whitworth coaches and current playcamp for all skill levels of volleyball, from ers in specific volleyball skills, positional first-time players to advanced players. work, and skill level competition. Grades Girls can get familiar with the game, 7-12. Aug. 13-14 from 6:30-9:30 pm. $130. sharpen up their skills and have some fun 777-4391 playing volleyball with friends. Grades 6-12. July 8-12 from 12:30-3:30 pm. At St. George’s School. $125. SASQUATCH VOLLEYBALL CAMPA high paced, fun camp that provides skill work AIKIDO KIDS This beginners’ program in a specified position. Camp is run by teaches etiquette, footwork, falls and Community Colleges of Spokane volleybasic movement. Ages 6-13. Sessions ofball program staff and players, who finfered June 4-27, July 2-25 and Aug. 6-29; ished their last season undefeated, 40-0. meets Tue/Thu from 5-6 pm. At Aiki Coed, grades K-12. July 11-13, sessions Spokane Roshinkan Aikido Dojo. $65/ based on age and/or position. At West session. Valley High School. $75/session; $200/ all three. G-PREP CROSS COUNTRY CAMPA camp designed to meet the needs of all levels WSU VOLLEYBALL TEAM CAMPA camp of runners interested in cross country. for high school teams looking to practice This faith-based camp consists of four in a collegiate atmosphere, concluding runs, team-building activities and the with the High School Team Tournament designing of a summer running schedule. (July 13-14). Girls entering grades 7-12 Girls, grades 9-12. June 11-12 and July 29(9 player min., varsity and JV divisions). 31. $125. July 11-14; commuter/resident options. At WSU Bohler Gym. $295-$350. wsuathSUMMER FUN & FITNESS CAMPA fitness 335-7169 camp with games and coaching. Ages 6-15. Offered in June. At the U-District PT EAGLES ALL SKILLS CAMPA camp deSoccer Center, Spokane. Call or email for signed for athletes to become elite at more details or to register. Free. udistheir craft, offering instruction and 458-7686 ing in technical and mental aspects of the game in all positions. Ages 13-18. July 12YOUTH ADVENTURE CAMP A five-day 14. Resident/commuter options. At EWU camp exploring the great outdoors of Reese Court. $345-$395. totalcamps. North Idaho including rock climbing, com/EWUVOLLEYBALL 359-7020 kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, sailVANDAL VOLLEYBALL SKILLS CAMP ing, hiking, whitewater rafting and more. Includes rental fees and transportation. Each player receives well-rounded inAges 12-16. Sessions offered June 17-21, struction based on the same methods July 8-12 and July 15-19. Meets Mon-Fri utilized by the Idaho Volleyball team. from 8 am-4 pm. At North Idaho College. Coed, grades 6-12. July 12-14. Commuter/ $285/session. resident options. At U of Idaho, Moscow. $240-$335. DOLPHIN AQUATIC EXPLORATION CAMP Young swimmers work to refine their VANDAL VOLLEYBALL YOUTH CAMP A stroke and gain experience and knowlcamp teaching basic skills through variedge in personal water safety, lifeguard ous techniques to simulate movements readiness, diving fundamentals and and skills necessary to play the game. more. Ages 10-15. Sessions offered June Coed, grades 3-5. July 12-14 from 9-11:30 17-Aug. 8, meets from 9-11:15 am. At am. At U of Idaho, Moscow. $90. vandalComstock and Shadle Aquatic Centers. $60/session. ZAGS POSITIONAL CAMP This camp SWIM LESSONSSmall class sizes are ofconsists of four days of positional skill fered to help young swimmers get plenty instruction, competitive drills, and tour-




Peak 7’s Bower Adventure Course is an intensive overnight mountaineering expedition for teens. of one-on-one time with instructors in an outdoor pool. Levels 1A-7 available. Membership not required; summer memberships, however, are available to participate in daily open swim time. June 17-Aug. 15, two-week sessions meet Mon-Thu for 3035 min. classes between 8 am-noon. $60 ($50 groups of 3 or more). 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. Boys and girls ages 5-11. Sessions June-August; see site for complete list of dates/locations. $69-$165/session. 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, non-checking environment. Ages 6-12. Held at parks and schools in the Spokane/Coeur d’Alene area. Sessions offered June-August; see site for complete list of dates/locations. $69-$165/session. 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 June-August; see site for complete list of dates/ locations. $49-$179. SKYHAWKS STEM SPORTS CAMP Programs combine strategic STEM-based activities with traditional Skyhawks instruction and a focus on life skills such as teamwork and sportsmanship. Skyhawks has four STEM options: basketball, football, soccer, volleyball. Ages 6-12. Camps are hosted at parks and schools in the Spokane/Coeur d’Alene area. Sessions offered June-August; see site for complete list of dates and locations. $149$179. SKYHAWKS TENNISCamps teach proper grip, footwork, strokes, volleys, serves and game rules and etiquette. Held at parks and schools in the Spokane/CdA area. Coed, ages 6-12. Sessions offered July-August; see site for complete list of dates/locations. $79-$165. skyhawks. com SKYHAWKS TRACK & FIELD/CROSS COUNTRY Kids can train for the upcoming cross-country season in the fall, or be introduced to the variety of events in

track and field. Coed, ages 5-12. At parks in the Spokane area. Sessions June-August; see site for complete list of dates/ locations. $69-$165. ULTIMATE SPORTS CAMP Kids play traditional sports and also learn skills in skateboarding, BMX biking and more. Ages 6-12. Weekly sessions offered June 17-Aug. 23, meets Mon-Fri from 7:30 am4:30 pm. At Dwight Merkel Sports Complex. $149/session. 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 18-Aug. 17, meeting once weekly. Sessions are held at parks and schools in the Spokane/CdA area; see site for complete list of dates/ locations. $37-$120. PEAK 7 JUNIOR GUIDE PROGRAMExperience adventure and ministry in the outdoors during a 7-day trip that includes rock climbing, whitewater rafting, rappelling and more. Emphasis on overcoming fears, being intentional about your relationship with God and challenging yourself. Ages 16-17. June 23-29. $375 (scholarships available). WSU SWIMMING START & TURN CAMPA summer swimming camp focused on improving swimmers’ techniques starting and turning in the lane. Coed, ages 8-18. Sessions offered June 21-23 and July 1214. Resident/commuter options. $200$275. PEAK7 BOWER ADVENTURE COURSE Youth have the opportunity to be certified in wilderness medicine, learn back country living skills, mountaineering skills, experience a 24-hour solo time, learn basics of rock climbing, raft through whitewater rapids and apply skills on a 50-day student-led expedition. Guides use these experiences in the outdoors to mentor youth and encourage them to reach their full leadership potential. Ages 15-19. June 21-Aug. 9. $3,800 (scholarships available). NIKE JUNIOR GOLF CAMP Campers of all abilities enjoy daily instruction and course play under the direction of university coaches Lisa Johnson and Kelli Kamimura, including a mix of golf and offthe-course activities. Ages 10-18. June 23-26. Hosted by WSU and University of Idaho. Resident/commuter options. $495-$895. WSU SWIMMING STROKE CAMPA summer swimming camp focusing on stroke techniques. Coed, ages 8-18. June 23-28, July 7-12 and July 14-19. At WSU Pullman. Resident/commuter options. $400-

$550. YOUTH CLIMBING CAMP A three-day camp covering the basics: safety, equipment use, trust, communication and fun. Climb the new indoor climbing wall at NIC’s Student Wellness and Recreation Center as well as natural areas of Post Falls’ Q’emilin Park. Ages 12-16. June 2426 from 1-5 pm. At North Idaho College. $135. BADMINTON CAMP A camp introducing competitive game fundamentals to new players, and to sharpen skills of intermediate players. Ages 8-16. June 24-27 from 9 am-3 pm. Location TBA. $110. YOUTH SAILING CAMP NIC Outdoor Pursuits sailing team gets youth off to a fun, safe start in sailing, with a variety of boats used. Campers learn proper use of equipment, safety and terminology. Ages 12-16. June 24-28 from 8 am-noon. At North Idaho College. $225 208-769-3214 G-PREP WRESTLING CAMPThis camp is held at the Kalispel Powwow grounds near Cusick, Washington, and is run by the G-Prep, Rogers, and Mt. Spokane coaching staff, along with guest clinicians. Participants camp out; all meals are provided. Grades 8-12. June 24-28 and July 8-10. $50-$250. YOGAJOY YOGA CAMPSEach session offers a combination of movement, breath and relaxation exercises presented in a playful and supportive atmosphere, with age-appropriate activities and crafts, a story and a snack. Children must be potty trained; pre-registration is required. Ages 3-8. Sessions offered June 24-28 (ages 3-5), July 8-12 (ages 6-8) and July 22-26 (ages 9-11) meeting from 9-11 am. $30/ day or $100/week. WILD WALLS INDOOR CLIMBING CAMP Kids can learn and experience the sport of rock climbing through bouldering, top roping, knot tying, belaying, slacklining, rappelling, ascending, crate stacking and more. Ages 9-14. Sessions offered June 24-28, July 15-19, July 22-26 and July 29Aug. 2, meets from 9 am-2 pm. $$250$300/session. 455-9596 RELATIONAL RIDING ACADEMY HORSE CAMPA horsemanship program offering half-day riding camps, open to beginners and experienced riders. Ages 8-13. Sessions June 24-28, July 15-19, July 29Aug. 2 and Aug. 19-23; meets Mon-Fri 9 am-noon. At Relational Riding Academy, Cheney. $250. relationalridingacademy. com NIC WRESTLING CAMPS The largest summer wrestling camp in the North-

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You’ve Got to Be Joker-ing GETTING IN ON THE ACT The story of Gypsy Rose Blanchard is real. The Act is not just an eight-episode Hulu crime dramatization of that story, but a heartbreaking, twisted tale of abuse and revenge. The young Southern girl (Joey King) is abused by her mother (Patricia Arquette) and subjected to unnecessary medical treatments and medications in order to pocket donations and national sympathies. The hour-long episodes that delve into the intimate moments of Gypsy’s psychological abuse and personal awakening leave me dreading and pining for what happens next. New episodes are released on Wednesdays. (ARCELIA MARTIN)



t seems like every entertainment site has already published its obligatory think piece about Joker, an upcoming supervillain origin story starring the incomparable Joaquin Phoenix as the DC Universe’s most devious baddie. The movie’s two-and-a-half-minute teaser trailer premiered at film industry convention CinemaCon last week, where every writer in attendance slobbered all over it in the form of rapturous tweets. The preview was then uploaded online, where it’s already racked up millions of views across multiple platforms. Then came the headlines. “Why Joker is a Martin Scorsese mash-up.” “We don’t need another Joker film, but not for the reason you think.” “If Joker is just another celebration of a toxic egotistical male justifying his bad behaviour [sic], I’m not here for it.”


THIS WEEK’S PLAYLIST Some noteworthy new music arrives online and in stores April 12. To wit: MELISSA ETHERIDGE, The Medicine Show. The rootsrocker comes to Airway Heights July 26, joining Pat Benatar. NORAH JONES, Begin Again. Always more diverse than her breakthrough album would indicate, Jones is bringing her tour to town for a sold-out show July 26. SHOVELS & ROPE, By Blood. This Americana duo creates some thrillingly chilling tunes. CHEMICAL BROTHERS, No Geography. If I said, “Hey, they’re back with more of those block-rockin’ beats!” would anyone under 40 know what I’m talking about? ANDERSON .PAAK, Ventura. This companion to .Paak’s excellent fall release Oxnard means he’s getting more of my money. (DAN NAILEN)

“Joker director Todd Phillips says perceptions of the movie are mostly wrong.” Hmm, maybe it’s because nobody has seen it yet. The movie isn’t out for another six months. They’re still editing the damn thing! This is all so exhausting, but it’s become standard operating procedure whenever a big, buzzy trailer drops: The internet speculation machine goes into full-on Hadron Collider mode, desperately spinning in an attempt to create substance out of antimatter. It’s totally normal to be excited or skeptical about an upcoming film based solely on its trailer. It’s been that way forever. I even had some thoughts immediately after looking at the Joker teaser. Phoenix is one of the best actors working right now, and I can’t wait to see how he’ll interpret this iconic character. But Phillips’ involvement gives me pause: He specializes in raunchy bro-comedies like Old School and The Hangover, and I wonder how he’ll approach this kind of material. And then I moved on. The rest of the internet did not. Trailers are ads. They’re no different than a 30-second TV spot selling you Orange Vanilla Coke. We should lend as much credence to pieces already celebrating or condemning Joker as the recent press junket for Avengers: Endgame, during which reporters weren’t allowed to see the film and the actors weren’t allowed to talk about it. And let us not forget the online uproar surrounding Heath Ledger’s casting as the Joker in The Dark Knight, which all the naysayers eventually backtracked on… when they saw the movie. Sigh. And now here I am, guilty of what I condemn, writing a think piece about think pieces, all of which are about a movie that won’t hit theaters until October. Welcome to the internet. n

A CHANGING CHINA The story in Ash Is Purest White isn’t incredibly gripping: A woman in love with her mobster boyfriend in Datong — a Chinese city moving away from its coal-mining roots — ends up going to jail to protect him, only to be shunned by him when released. But the portrait of a changing China is what makes this film superb. The characters use WeChat, are religiously diverse, ride bullet trains, and reference the decline of industrial Northern China. The splashes of comedy and the supernatural are great, too. It’s playing at the Magic Lantern. (JOSH KELETY)

ADULT ANIMATION When describing why you might want to watch Love, Death & Robots, I doubt I can put it much better than my friend who recommended the adult, animated anthology series on Netflix. “It’s very violent, very sexual, and very awesome.” The unrelated shorts, ranging from about 5 to 20 minutes, vary from light and funny to gory and over the top, evoking a huge range of emotions along the way. For what it’s worth, “Lucky 13” and “Zima Blue” were two of my faves. (SAMANTHA WOHLFEIL)

HONG KONG NOIR White Dragon, a repurposed British TV series on Amazon Prime, takes viewers on a seductive and alluring journey through a gritty, romantic and neon-lightsaturated Hong Kong. In the show, Jonah Mulray, a British academic, flies to the Chinese coastal city after his wife is reportedly killed in a car accident, only to discover that she had another family there and may have been murdered in a mafia-fueled scheme of government corruption. It’s an entertaining series that takes a stab at exploring complex family drama while unravelling the deadly conspiracy at a refreshingly slow pace. (JOSH KELETY)

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Jayce Ogren loves pizza, running long distances and “unplayable” classical pieces.

Classical Dating Game Meet Jayce Ogren, the final Spokane Symphony candidate for next music director BY E.J. IANNELLI


uring the 2018-19 Spokane Symphony season, five candidates vying to take over for Eckart Preu as music director will lead shows at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox. As they do, we’re asking a few questions to get to know them a little better. The final candidate is Jayce Ogren, currently the artistic director of Orchestra 2001 in Philadelphia, and assistant conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra from 2006-09. He will take the baton for this weekend’s program, “Classics 9: Russian Virtuosity,” which includes works from Samuel Barber, Sergei Prokofiev and Modest Mussorgsky, with cellist István Várdai guesting. INLANDER: You’ll be conducting cellist István Várdai in Prokofiev’s ostensibly “unplayable” Symphony Concerto. As a composer yourself, what’s the appeal in writing something so unforgiving? And can you think of any classical works billed as “unplayable” that truly are? OGREN: Composers have always pushed the limits of playability, and we’ve all benefited tremendously from their innovation and courage. Pieces that were nearly impossible to play and conduct (or listen to!) 100 years ago — like Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring — come together easily in a few rehearsals today, and are beloved by audiences around the globe. Prokofiev didn’t set out to write an unplayable piece. He was trying to express something potent and beautiful, and these were the notes and rhythms that poured out of him. The “New Complexity” school of composition practiced by Bryan Ferneyhough and others beginning in the 1980s gave birth to pieces that truly are unplayable… for now. We’ll just have to wait and see where the outer limits of human dexterity and cognition lie. Regardless, the insanely unreasonable virtuosity of Ferneyhough’s

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music creates a tension and energy that I find really compelling. Check out his music. But be prepared for a very wild ride. There’s quite a bit of opera in your repertoire, and a wide range at that: Britten and Rossini, Perla and Mozart. To overcome popular stereotypes of horned Viking helmets and glass-shattering arias, opera advocates should: a. Start a petition to remove the Looney Tunes cartoon “What’s Opera, Doc?” from distribution and broadcast. b. Agree to a 10-year performance moratorium on all things Wagner. c. Bring in Lin-Manuel Miranda. d. Other: _____________________ There are aspects of opera that are an incredibly easy sell: think love stories, murder plots, beautiful sets and atmospheric lighting. But other aspects are acquired tastes for modern audiences, especially the vibrato-laden style of singing. I love acquired tastes (what if I’d never tried another oyster after that first time?), and I don’t think we should apologize for loving and promoting an art form that requires attention and investment. I didn’t like opera as a young musician, but the more I came in contact with it the more I fell in love. All this being said, there’s so much we can do to attract a new generation of opera lovers. Offer modern productions that relate to present day issues. Cast singers who are also superb actors. Perform in smaller halls (as composers intended) to allow for greater nuance and dynamic range, as well as a more enveloping sound experience for an audience accustomed to amplified performances. Lin-Manuel Miranda could help! And please, let’s hope we’ve seen the last of the horned Viking helmets.


Do you listen to classical music while training for your marathons and triathlons? If so, which pieces give you the biggest adrenaline boost? I almost never listen to music while I’m working out, mostly because I always have music running through my head! I also think of my runs and rides as times to soak up my environment, to be truly in the moment and alive. Wearing headphones would numb me to that experience, I think. The main exception is when I ride my bike on the stationary trainer, when I’ll often listen to Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians. It’s 70 minutes of relentless, pulsating rhythmic drive. Turn it on for your next ride and try to pedal to the beat. It’s definitely a challenge! Your guiltiest pleasure? My wife Carly and I have absolutely no self-control when it comes to pizza. And we live in New York, so that’s a problem. We’re completely surrounded by holein-the-wall slice joints, fancy Neapolitan-style places, old Brooklyn-style spots and everything in between. If I had to choose a last meal, it would be a margherita pizza with a good glass of red wine. If you weren’t involved in music professionally, you’d be doing: I’ve often had people ask me if I do voiceover work, which could be pretty cool! Maybe a new side gig? I’ve always loved theater, and I can imagine that I could’ve gravitated toward a career as a stage director. It’s all about bringing out the very best in a great work of art and the people who perform it. I get to do that with music, and it’s the most rewarding job on the planet. Your elevator pitch on why everyone should come see the “Russian Virtuosity” concert. There’s a strong public perception of classical music as “relaxing.” Huh? Classical music is a roller coaster! It takes you to every possible emotional extreme. The three pieces on our “Russian Virtuosity” program are at turns exhilarating, romantic, crass, charming, melancholy, uplifting and so much more. If you want to feel alive, refreshed and inspired, then this program of great, dramatic music is for you. n Spokane Symphony Classics 9: Russian Virtuosity • Sat, April 13 at 8 pm and Sun, April 14 at 3 pm • $19$60 • Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox • 1001 W. Sprague • • 624-1200


Gentle Souls in Harsh Places

eral government agents charged with enforcing rules over the land and the critters who inhabit it. The resentment occasionally leads to violence, and so it does in Wilkins’ fictional version where the wolf is the catalyst. As the plot develops and the characters — Gillian, a school teacher, and Maddy, her daughter — are more fully developed, the book becomes a page-turner. Advice to readers: Resist the temptation. Wilkins, who has written poetry and a well-received memoir, has a way with the language that deserves the reader’s notice. Linger over sentences and phrases that evoke the full range of the senses — sounds, colors, touch and taste. A night sky is “star-scatter,” dogs are “brown, mottled, rib-skinny,” grasshoppers “flung themselves through the dry grass.” Rowdy, asleep on the bench of the truck, “stretched his thin legs out until one of his socked feet just touched Wendell’s leg.”

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all Back Down When I Die is a story of realistic, complex characters whose lives intersect on a big canvas, as big as Eastern Montana. Joe Wilkins grew up there and infuses his novel with a sense of personal attachment to both the history and current realities of life and conflict across the vast landscape. For Wilkins, reading at Auntie’s on Saturday, Western open spaces are both real and metaphoric. “There were some distances you could not cross,” he writes, later describing the land as a place where “failures of the nation, the failures of myth, met the failures of men.” With that, Wilkins captures the overarching context of his story. But the strength of this book — and it is powerful — is in smaller, intimate moments as the story unfolds. Wendell, the protagonist, grew up in a small town in the Bull Mountains. He was a star athlete in high school until an injury put an end to that, just another defeat in a short life. When we meet him, his father has disappeared, his mother has taken her own life, he is living alone in a trailer and working as a farmhand for a neighbor. His solitary life changes suddenly when a scrawny 7-year old boy, son of a cousin, is delivered to him by a social worker from Billings. The boy’s name is Rowdy. The reader soon knows Wendell as a gentle soul. We see him respond with tenderness to the surprise of his new responsibility, accepting the reality that the boy doesn’t speak and feeding him saltines smeared with margarine, as many as he wants. All the while Wendell keeps up the patter of one-sided conversation with the child. While that sweet relationship develops, the story builds around the conflict of overuse of public lands, the historic, seemingly endless conflict in the West, from the Sagebrush Rebellion, to the so-called Wise Use Movement. The conflict is fueled by a deeply rooted resentment that many longtime residents hold for state and fed-

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Barista Katie Enders demonstrates the art of creative latte pours.



Battle of the Baristas Latte art ‘throwdowns’ invite friendly competition amongst Inland Northwest coffee artists BY QUINN WELSCH


hundred people are crammed into Indaba Coffee’s newest location on Riverside in downtown Spokane. It’s a loud, raucous after-hours party inside the hip new coffee shop as people stream in from the cold streets into the bustling cafe where there is food, coffee and beer. An hour later, the competition begins. Spectators crowd around the bar with their phone cameras at the ready. Two competitors stand behind the bar. In between the buzz and hiss of the espresso machine, they create rosettas, hearts, tulips and swans with their medium of

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choice: coffee and milk. Each drink goes to one of the spectators, free of charge. Tonight, the goal isn’t to just make a latte. It’s about making that latte into a work of art. It looks effortless to the untrained eye, but the technique requires a scientific understanding of coffee and an artistic flair. Judges in the competition are looking for four things. One of the judges, Katie Rivkin, co-owner of Ladder Coffee & Toast, outlines the criteria: Symmetry of the illustration, contrast between the espresso and milk, complexity

of the design and measurement of the fluid. Each latte artist has to balance their own artistic ability to meet the demands of the judges. “Some people pour swans because it’s more complex,” Rivkin says, “but it’s not symmetrical.” “It just takes a lot of practice,” she continues. “It really speaks to the community of the [local] coffee industry. It’s a friendly little competition.”


hese “throwdowns” are commonplace in the coffee industry, and the Inland Northwest is no exception. Baristas, shop owners, roasters and spectators alike come together for the challenge and to support one another. Typically, newly opened shops like Indaba’s Riverside location, which launched last fall, celebrate with a throwdown. Proceeds from Indaba’s event benefited Cup of Cool Water, a nonprofit providing services for homeless youth. Other events usually pick a local charity beneficiary, too. These latte art throwdowns take the task of serving coffee and raise it to another plane of professionalism, synonymous with the current “third wave of coffee.” “It all comes down to precision,” says Katie Enders, a Ladder Coffee barista and the first-prize winner at the

recent Indaba throwdown. “There is so much attention to detail.” Enders, 23, graduated from Eastern Washington University with a history degree, which is why she became a barista, she jokes. She’s been serving coffee since she was a teenager and has practiced specialty coffee for the last three years, competing in about 10 throwdowns so far. “In the specialty culture, latte art is more about presentation,” she says. “It’s fun. You can express yourself and it’s something you can always improve on.” For “freepours,” the standard in most throwdowns, competitors mostly focus on steaming the milk and pouring. If you don’t know how to steam the milk just right, you’re never going to get the right consistency to make art, Enders explains. If you stop steaming the milk too soon, you’ll have a foamy mess, says Joshua Jackson, another throwdown competitor, who describes himself as a “freelance” barista. Jackson, also 23 and attending EWU, has been in the business for only a couple years and has competed at more than a dozen throwdowns. Once steamed, pouring the milk is also an exact science. The “speed of the milk” during the pour is crucial to latte art, Enders says. The slower the pour, the more milk shows up in the espresso.






Latte art competitions are held regularly, often benefiting local nonprofits. Keep your “paintbrush” — the pitcher of steamed milk — as close to the espresso as possible, Jackson says. “If it doesn’t show up immediately, follow it to form.” Another important rule, Jackson says: “Don’t psych yourself out.” There are a lot of eyes on you at the throwdowns, and that can be a little nerve wracking, Enders notes. “It’s kind of scary even if you’ve poured a lot of lattes.”

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he local latte art competitions are mostly casual. Winners get to take home new equipment donated by throwdown sponsors (usually other local roasters or shops) that they can use to continue honing their craft. Serious competitors can take their skills to qualify in the regional competitions with the Specialty Coffee Association. Enders says she’s considered competing at that level. “Spokane and Coeur d’Alene, we’re very lucky for the coffee scene that we have,” she says. “We’re small enough that — me, for example, I’ve worked here long enough — I can walk into any shop and know anyone there. It’s small enough where everyone is connected,” she says. “Seattle has some cool shops but it’s so inundated.” n


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Barring Illusions Santé Restaurant is reborn as Smoke & Mirrors Saloon, with a protein-forward menu of shareables, burgers and more BY CHEY SCOTT


t a glance, the concept is simple: meat and beer. The brief tagline succinctly summarizes Smoke & Mirrors Saloon, the latest project from Spokane restaurateurs Kate and chef Jeremy Hansen. Though the upscale pub replaces Santé Restaurant & Charcuterie, the couple’s esteemed 10-year-old flagship eatery inside the historic Liberty Building, careful attention to ingredient selection, preparation and presentation remains, as do a few faded figments of Santé’s past. The Hansens announced Santé’s closure late last year, citing a more competitive regional restaurant economy than when they opened and their desire to try something new. On the new Smoke & Mirrors Saloon menu, the Santé meat board ($20) of house-made charcuterie continues to showcase chef Hansen’s practice of nose-to-tail butchery for his entire restaurant group, which includes Inland Pacific Kitchen, Hogwash Whiskey Den, Biscuit Wizard and Common Crumb Artisan Bakery. “I wanted to make it more approachable but with less ingredients, more for a shared atmosphere but also to eat with beer; more beer-forward food,” Hansen explains. “On top of that, I wanted to focus on doing things well.

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Smoke & Mirrors’ menu features upscale pub fare ideal for pairing with beer and sharing with friends. … It’s easier food to create, but we’re focused on keeping it high quality and fresh.” Each of Smoke & Mirrors’ three menus — lunch, dinner and weekend brunch — tally just under 20 items each. Many of the dishes overlap on all three, like the Saloon burger ($18) and a rotating burger of the week ($15). Lunch and brunch offer more sandwiches, and a few dinner entrees veer toward finer dining presentation and prices, like the duck confit with pork and beans ($23) and a steak with roasted veggies ($24). The majority of dishes on Smoke & Mirrors’ opening menu are ideal for sharing, like the three sausage plate ($17) served with a variety of house-made mustards for dipping. During opening week, the trio included Irish pork sausage, pork kielbasa and spicy beef chorizo with traditional, stone ground, honey and blueberry mustards. “Those will be changing all the time. All of our sausage now is made in 100-pound batches, so when we get through that, we’ll make something else — chicken and different styles and flavors,” Hansen says. The salmon rillettes with toast ($10), and the smoked huckleberry lox ($13) are also well-suited for sharing. Perhaps the best value on Smoke & Mirrors’ menu, however, are its meatballs; 4 ounces each at $4 apiece and served with red sauce and two pieces of bread — it ENTRÉE could easily serve as an Get the scoop on local entree. food news with our weekly Smoke & Mirrors’ Entrée newsletter. Sign up menus were a collaborat ative effort by Hansen and his company’s chef de cuisine, CJ Callahan. The craft cocktail selection was created by the restaurant group’s bar manager Simon Moorby, who may also be spotted behind the bar a few nights a week in addition to his role overseeing Hogwash Whiskey Den. In addition to beer on the bar’s five taps and a small wine selection, Smoke & Mirrors’ cocktail list predominantly features familiar classics ($9-$13) like the Corpse Reviver No. 2, Last Word, Dark and Stormy, Moscow


Mule and others. Five seasonal house cocktails ($12) by Moorby and his team are each built around a focal spirit — gin, bourbon, vodka, Scotch and rum.


he break between Santé’s last day on March 17 and Smoke & Mirrors’ April 1 opening was fast — only two weeks. In that time, the Hansens and their staff updated the space with new paint, flooring and the installation of old-timey chandeliers and light fixtures evoking a Western saloon feel. Gold-framed mirrors adorn the walls. Several pieces from Santé’s dining room were also repurposed into the new space, including its dining chairs. The most notable visual change comes from the addition of a massive custom-built bar combining an antique bar top with a back bar built from old salvaged lumber. Hansen says the bar top is estimated to be about 85 years old and was pulled from a downtown Spokane building that was torn down more than four decades ago. To bring the saloon’s old Western aesthetic full-circle, bluegrass music plays one evening from behind the bar. Customers who’ve noticed the disappearance of Santé’s former outdoor patio along Main Avenue needn’t mourn its disappearance, Hansen says, as the patio seating is soon returning for spring. The connected Butcher Bar is also reopening in the coming weeks, offering the restaurant’s full food menu along with specialty cocktails in a bartender’s-choice format and pre-mixed cocktails on draft. “A two-week turnaround getting this open was pretty crazy for us to do,” Hansen notes. “We had to pick and choose our battles to make sure we got it up and going.” As seasons change, Hansen and his team plan to roll out new and updated menus, including fresh sheets with three to five specials at a time. On weekday mornings for the first hour of service from 10-11 am, Smoke & Mirrors is also offering grab-and-go sandwich and coffee service. n Smoke & Mirrors Saloon • 404 W. Main • Open Mon 10 am-3 pm, Tue-Fri 10 am-2 am, Sat-Sun 9 am-2 am • • 315-4613


Farmers Markets are Coming Plus, trade your library fines for food donations; also try the new Impossible Burger 2.0 BY CHEY SCOTT


pring has sprung and the region’s farmers, growers and food producers are gearing up for another bountiful harvest season. The opening dates for several area farmers markets have been recently announced, so mark your calendars and plan to be there to purchase spring veggies, garden starts, artisan food and more.  Perry Street Thursday Market: Opens Thu, May 2, from 3-7 pm;  Fairwood Farmers Market: Opens Tue, The Perry Street Thursday Market. May 7, from 3-7 pm;  Spokane Farmers Market: Opens Sat, May 11, from 8 am-1 pm;  Kootenai County Farmers Market: Opens Sat, May 11, from 9 am-1:30 pm;  Kendall Yards Night Market: Opens Wed, May 15, from 5-9 pm;

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Favorite local vegan/veggie friendly restaurant Cascadia Public House (6314 N. Ash) has been serving Impossible Foods’ buzzworthy meat-mimicking, all-plant-based Impossible Burger since last year, but it’s since gotten even better. The North Spokane eatery recently began serving the recently improved plant patty — the maker’s new recipe brings buffs to flavor and texture — which was designed not for practicing vegans/vegetarians, but to tempt frequent meat eaters to make the conversion, at least once and awhile, from animal to plant protein. The Impossible Burger is making such massive waves in the food industry of late that even Burger King is testing it out in the Chicago market, with plans to roll out the patty to locations nationwide sometime later this year. In the meantime, head to Cascadia to sample this meatlike burger ($16) that is known to fool even the most bombastic of beef lovers.

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Do you make it a (bad) habit to let your library books sit around your house past their due date, collecting dust and accruing hefty fines for something totally preventable? If so, the Spokane Public Library is now running its annual Food for Fines campaign, accepting donations of nonperishable human food and pet food to eliminate all active fines on a single account. The event runs through Saturday, April 20, and donations (one item per account is enough to wipe any fines) can be accepted at any branch. Donated food is then distributed to Second Harvest, with pet food going to SCRAPS. Last year, this campaign collected more than 10,000 pounds of food to feed the region’s food-insecure population. n

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While Missing Link’s stop-motion animation looks great, its character depth is shallow BY SETH SOMMERFELD


s a movie lover, it’s thrilling to live in an age of consistently excellent animated features. While Disney’s animated musicals and Studio Ghibli’s Japanese fantasies were once the only major players (and both stuck to fairly rigid formulas), the post-Pixar debut age has opened up a world of possibilities. In addition to the slew of Pixar classics like the Toy Story films, WALL-E and Cars 3 (kidding!), there are pop-culture-drenched joy rides (The LEGO Movie, Into the Spider-Verse), new Disney CGI musicals (Frozen, Moana), fare for discerning adults (Fantastic Mr. Fox, Persepolis) and kid-pleasing franchises (Despicable Me and Minions, How to Train Your Dragon). But the raising of the bar over the past two decades now also makes the meh animated flicks stand out like a sore thumb. Which brings us to Missing Link. The latest creation from Portland’s famed stopmotion animation studio Laika (most notable for the bar-raising Coraline and Kubo and the Two Strings), Missing Link follows Sir Lionel Frost (voiced by Hugh Jackman), an explorer specializing in cryptozoology (i.e. mythical monsters), who seeks to discover a bigfoot in order to gain entry into a snooty explorers club. When he discovers the beast, dubbed Mr. Link (a delightfully peppy and earnest Zach Galifinakis), things spiral toward more globetrotting adventures. As one would expect from Laika, the visuals on display are gorgeous works of art. Frost and Link’s journeys


Rated PG Directed by Chris Butler Starring Hugh Jackman, Zach Galifianakis, Zoe Saldana

take them from the eerie depths of Loch Ness to the timber-rich forests of Washington, to stormy seas on an ocean liner and lush green jungles on elephant-back, to majestic, snowy mountain peaks. It falls short of reaching levels of cinematic wonder, but the diversity of terrain and expressiveness of the character models showcase the skill of the disciples of late claymation master Will Vinton. It’s just too bad that the actual characters and story don’t rise to the level of the stop-motion artists bringing them to life. Really, Missing Link has two major things working against it: the main character is static and unlikable, and the script — written by director Chris Butler (ParaNorman, Kubo) — just isn’t funny. Quite simply, Frost is a selfcentered jerk who never really changes. His drive is to be

accepted by the old boys’ club at all costs, he doesn’t treat Mr. Link well, he steals from his feisty ex-lover Adelina (Zoe Saldana) and continues to forcefully woo her despite all indications that she’s not interested, and generally acts like a pretentious rich snob who expects the world to bow to his whims. His moments of change near the climax only come out of desperation, and he still seems clueless by the film’s end, as his final interactions with Mr. Link and Adelina seem to suggest he didn’t actually learn the lessons. The humor mostly comes from Mr. Link taking everything literally, thereby not understanding Frost’s turns of phrase (when Frost makes a promise by saying “I give you my word,” Mr. Link asks about what specific word he’ll be given). Apart from a couple physical gags and a joke about Mr. Link having a female first name, that’s the extent of the jokes. It doesn’t even maximize Mr. Link’s fish-out-of-water dynamic, as the duo mostly just interacts with each other and Adelina. Missing Link manages to be a low-volume comedy shooter that misses on most of its attempts. In the search for mythical beasts, Missing Link fails to locate anything truly worthwhile for audiences young or old. Its well-trodden ground has been explored better before by other animation pioneers. The zest Galifinakis brings to Mr. Link and the visual artistry just isn’t enough of a discovery to garner renown. n



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Based on an erotic novel that started as Harry Styles fan-fic, in which a doeeyed college student falls for a badboy pop star. (NW) Rated PG-13

into her younger self. Perhaps lessons will be learned. (NW) Rated PG-13



A French family film about a little girl and her lion cub friend, and the trophy hunters that threaten to come between them. (NW) Rated PG


The latest from the usually dependable Laika animation studio is a letdown, the well-trodden tale of an explorer who discovers a gentle bigfoot-like creature and wants to bring it to the public. (SS) Rated PG

The red man-beast of Dark Horse Comics returns to theaters, this time played by Stranger Things’ David Harbour and boasting a hard R rating. (NW) Rated R In a reverse Big situation, a self-centered business mogul is transformed



Keira Knightley stars as the wife of a British colonel who carries on an affair with a German widower (Alexander Skarsgard) in the years following WWII. (NW) Rated R


Right on the heels of First Man comes this acclaimed documentary about the 1969 NASA mission that landed on the moon. At the Magic Lantern. (NW) Rated G


From master filmmaker Jia Zhangke, a romantic crime saga about a gangster and his moll drifting apart amidst Chi-

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Based on the true story of the civil rights activist and the Klansman who sparred over racial integration in 1970s North Carolina. Taraji P. Henson and Sam Rockwell star. (NW) Rated PG-13 ...continued on next page


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Matthew McConaughey plays a perma-stoned Key West party animal who’s forced to complete his longin-gestation novel. A tedious study in excess from Harmony Korine. (NW) Rated R

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The 21st Marvel feature goes back to the ’90s, introducing a superhuman fighter pilot (Brie Larson) who’s torn between warring factions of Earth and space. Hardly revolutionary, but fun, nostalgic and empowering. (SS) Rated PG-13



A harrowing dramatization of a 2008 terror attack on an Indian hotel, centered on the staff and guests held hostage. Dev Patel and Armie Hammer star. (NW) Rated R

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Tim Burton’s live-action reimagining of the animated Disney classic is pretty pointless and lifeless, a fable about a sweet flying elephant that never takes off. (SS) Rated PG

Sebastian Lilio helms an English-language remake of his own 2013 Chilean film about a 50-year-old divorcee navigating the singles’ nightclub scene. A showcase for Julianne Moore’s luminous performance. At the Magic Lantern. (JB) Rated R





Haley Lu Richardson and Cole Sprouse are hospitalized teenagers with cystic fibrosis who fall in love without being able to touch one another. (NW) Rated PG-13






he’s impersonating. At the Magic Lantern. (NW) Not Rated

brilliantly realized thriller. (MJ) Rated R


An Icelandic environmental activist stages a one-woman crusade against the country’s aluminum industry, becoming a folk hero in the process. At the Magic Lantern. (NW) Not Rated

A faith-based feature about a Planned Parenthood employee who becomes an anti-abortion activist. From the writer of the God’s Not Dead series. (NW) Rated R


A family is menaced by violent duplicates of themselves in Jordan Peele’s much-anticipated follow-up to Get Out, and it’s another deeply unnerving and



An animated fiasco from Nickelodeon about an animal-friendly theme park that springs from the imagination of a little girl. Despite its title, it has a severe lack of wonder. (JB) Rated PG n


The third entry in the hit DreamWorks franchise finds Hiccup and Toothless up against a hunter that wants to eradicate all dragons. Even for fans, this one’s a bit disappointing. (MJ) Rated PG


A violent convict is placed into a program where prisoners rehab horses, and he bonds with a wild, unbroken stallion. Surprisingly involving and tenderly acted. (NW) Rated R


In this sensitive comedy-drama, a white writer is contacted by a 95-year-old Native American man wanting his life story documented before he dies. At the Magic Lantern. (NW) Not Rated


Stephen King’s novel about a graveyard that brings dead things back to life is resurrected itself. It feels pretty perfunctory, and individual sequences work better than the film does as a whole. (ES) Rated R


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DC’s latest attempt at levity finds a scrawny kid inhabiting the body of a muscular superhero. It’s torn between the studio’s dour and goofier sensibilities, making it a curious thing, indeed. (JB) Rated PG-13


Director Christian Pentzold returns to his pet themes of mistaken identity during wartime, as a man fleeing fascism meets the wife of the dead writer


Last year’s horror hit follows a family in the aftermath of an alien invasion, with monsters that attack when you make a sound. It doesn’t make much sense if you think about it for too long, but it still works in the moment as a screw-tightening thriller. (NW) Rated PG-13


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Stephen King’s Pet Sematary gets another big-screen treatment, and it probably should have stayed buried BY ERIC D. SNIDER


he whole point of Pet Sematary — both somehow meaner and less affectionate than beStephen King’s 1983 novel and the effore, even though he was already a cat. Jud tells fective 1989 movie version — is that you Louis, “Oh yeah, that’s usually what happens, shouldn’t revive the dead because they won’t did I not mention that? But hey, you spared your be the same when they come back. (It’s one of daughter the sorrow of losing her cat, right?” those universal, timeless messages.) So it’s a little I should add that besides all this, Louis had on the nose that the new adaptation, directed by not one but two supernatural premonitions in talented up-and-comers Kevin Kölsch and Dennis which a dead hospital patient warned him not to Widmyer (check out their Starry Eyes), feels … mess with the dead. off. So what happens next? You know if you’ve Maybe it’s just that it loses some of its horror read the book or seen the other movie, but I potential when you already know the story, but bet you could guess even if you haven’t. Sure this version, while duly atmospheric enough, a tragedy and dread-filled, has an air of the befalls the Creed PET SEMATARY perfunctory about it, like we’re only family that is even Rated R going through the motions. Here’s the worse than losing Directed by Kevin Kölsch, Dennis Widmyer part where there’s foreshadowing. Here’s the Starring Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz, John Lithgow a cat, and sure part where the terrible thing happens. Here’s enough, Louis then the part where the father’s inevitable response makes it does what common sense, direct warnings and worse. Et cetera. actual recent experience indicate he should not. For the uninitiated, the scenario is dark from His reckless, illogical, self-defeating actions the get-go. Dr. Louis Creed (Jason Clarke) has are understandable if he’s delirious with grief and moved with his wife Rachel (Amy Seimetz), remorse. I assume King’s novel establishes that 8-year-old daughter Ellie (Jeté Laurence), toddler state of mind, but this movie does not. Louis beson Gage, and their cat to rural Maine to work at haves as if following a script, doing what he does the university. Their new home is idyllic except not because of internal motivation but because for being right next to a highway down which it’s what’s supposed to happen next. semi trucks frequently come barreling, occasionThe story also features unrelated supernatually hitting someone’s pet. A “pet sematary” (so ral moments like Rachel having flashbacks to her spelled on the sign) has been established in the sickly sister, who died young, and being haunted woods by neighborhood children for generations by memories of her. In the book these details and does not lack occupants. might add to the suspenseful mood; here they When the Creeds’ cat, named Church, is just seem like a red herring. inevitably robbed of his ninth and final life, the But if the whole thing doesn’t work very family’s nearest neighbor, kindly old widower well as a whole, there are individual scenes and Jud (John Lithgow), tells Louis that up beyond sequences that offer the cold sweats audiences the pet sematary is the real cemetery, the one paid for, and it might all be highly effective for a the old Native tribes once used. It is said that viewer with no foreknowledge of it. Then again, anyone buried there will return from the grave. even the best possible version of this story would In Church goes, and out he comes again the very still be a creepy downer. But if you like creepy next day. downers and aren’t already familiar with Pet But guess what? Now the cat is “different,” Sematary, here you go, I guess? n

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DIGITAL WITNESSES Power-pop duo Antarctigo Vespucci ponders 21st century communication through power chords BY SETH SOMMERFELD


n the age of the internet, we’ve never been more connected to more people, and people have never felt so isolated and alone. It’s one of those ideas that’s often repeated because it’s true: These digital connections feel like empty, frivolous calories without the filling sustenance of real human connection. Now imagine amplifying that dynamic by having a career as a musician who’s always on the road. Those kernels of disconnected discontent grew into Love in the Age of E-Mail, the 2018 album by Antarctigo Vespucci, Chris Farren and Jeff Rosenstock’s collaborative

punky power-pop band. Antarctigo Vespucci formed in 2013 after Farren’s band Fake Problems broke up and he was seeking a new creative outlet. He and his pal Rosenstock (then of the DIY punk outfit Bomb the Music Industry!) decided to give collaborative writing a chance, and things clicked pretty instantaneously. “Jeff and I just get together and don’t have any pretense for what to do other than the demos I’ve made, which are often pretty bare-bones,” says Farren. “We don’t think too much about our other records or what

we’ve already done, we just think about what is fun. … The main thing is that neither of us are precious about our ideas. “We basically destroy everything and then build it back up. It’s at the heart of the project.” The end result of all the destruction and reconstruction is the blissful sound of DIY punks sincerely taking a crack at making boisterous pop tunes. Love in the Age of EMail never feels forced or irony-drenched, just a collection of catchy-as-hell songs built on power chords. Farren han...continued on next page

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MUSIC | ROCK “DIGITAL WITNESSES,” CONTINUED... dles most of the vocal duties with an almost aww-shucks sweetness, while effective details differentiate the tracks — be it the lo-fi Casio melancholy of “Voicemail,” the starry-eyed glockenspielaccents of “Kimmy” and “Do It Over,” or the clap-along grooves of “White Noise.” “Breathless on DVD” is the duo’s attempt to crack a Madonna-esque pop jam, while the minor key brooding of “Lifelike” slows down the pace as the album winds down. All the while, the album explores that messy space between truly being on the same page with someone no matter the distance, and the mucky situations where you feel like you’re not on the same page with people you love. “The record is about friendships and communication,” says Farren. “I think it’s understated in a lot of ways how important communication is to friendship. You at least understand that communication is very important in romantic relationships, but I don’t think people are talking about it as much [in friendships]. … I’m still very young, but I’m not in my early 20s anymore. And I feel as you ascend your 20s, the dynamics of your friendships start changing.

Chris Farren and Jeff Rosenstock.


“Everybody’s priorities shift or life just moves people in different directions all the time. It’s a constant thought in my head: How do I keep in touch with people? Who do I want to keep in touch with? What friendships are valuable to me and make me feel good? All these crazy friendship questions.” To counterbalance the sonic sweetness and deal with the gross uncomfortableness of self-promotion, the friends take the path of humorous hubris when hocking their records. Love in the Time of E-Mail’s glorious fake pull-quote reviews include, “‘These lyrics contain incredible emotional depth and maturity’ — Chris Farren’s therapist.” “In some way it’s a defense,” explains Farren. “I’m making fun of myself before anyone else can.” Despite making four records over the years, this will be Antarctigo Vespucci’s first West Coast tour. Both Farren and Rosenstock have carved out solo niches, with Farren touring as a one-man band (complete with comedic slideshow accompaniment) while Rosentock broke with the anthemic pop-punk of one of 2018’s best albums, POST-. The rarity of Antarctigo Vespucci touring combined with the solo road life make this upcoming run special for Farren. It’s not just work; it’s “spending two weeks with the people you love.” So even when the world seems like a cold and lonely place filled with people in self-created digital cocoons with faces illuminated by screens’ glow, at least Farren and Rosenstock have each other. “We’re both always collaborating with other people, but we always come back to each other,” says Farren. “Neither of us have found another person like the other.” n AJJ with Antarctigo Vespucci and Lisa Prank • Fri, April 12 at 7:30 pm • $14 advance, $17 day of • All ages • The Big Dipper • 171 S. Washington • • 863-8101

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Masked Marvel Terror/Cactus combines Colombian folk music and electronic beats for a truly international sound BY HOWARD HARDEE


artin Selasco believes the masks he and his bandmates wear in the Seattle-based electronic project Terror/Cactus have transformative power, helping everyone involved lose themselves in the music and maybe even tap into the astral plane, if only for an evening. “On both ends, it transports the performer and the audience to somewhere otherworldly, a world of spirits and ghosts, of myths and stories and rituals that have been forgotten,” he says. “It’s kind of a theatrical thing. We put on the masks and let your mind go places it probably wouldn’t go if you’re focusing on the look on the percussionist’s face.” Selasco is the sole creator of Terror/Cactus. He launched it as an “official project with a title” about two

Embracing visual and sonic experimentation, Seattle’s Terror/Cactus melds Colombian, Argentinian and electronic sounds. years ago, but he experimented for years with his exotic mash-up of electronic music and cumbia, Colombian folk music heavily influenced by the rhythm and dance of the country’s indigenous people. “I wanted a project with a very focused aesthetic,” Selasco says. “I had been doing it for about 10 years, but more recently it consolidated into a band with a live performance aspect, an image and a name and all that.” Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and raised in the famously international city of Miami, Selasco was exposed to traditional Latin American music early in life by helping package CDs for his father’s record label in South Florida. “I would help my dad work on the weekends. We’d go to the warehouse where he kept the CDs and box up shipments,” he says. “I’d be like, ‘Oh, this is pretty cool,’ and take it home and listen to it. I discovered Bolivian music, Peruvian music, Colombian music and Argentine folk. Early on, I had that curiosity.” But he didn’t jump into making his own Latinflavored electronica right away. Over the years, he’s been involved in a host of musical projects, including a surf/ garage-rock band and an electro-tango experiment, and has produced beats for hip-hop artists. “I’ve been involved in a bunch of different projects, all of which are very different,” he says. Speaking to the Inlander from his practice space in Seattle, Selasco explains that Terror/Cactus’ live sound is produced by a mix of digital and analog noise-making machines. He’s usually accompanied by two percussionists playing conga and timbales (another kind of Latin American drum), but this is mostly Selasco’s show. He spends a fair amount of stage time ripping smooth leads on electric guitar, but he also uses a MIDI controller to

trigger samples and manipulate tracks programmed in the music sequencer Ableton Live, as well as a synthesizer to produce the bottom-end bass sounds. Though some Terror/Cactus creations are the product of experimenting with strange samples, tweaking effects and “recording random stuff just to see what happens,” Selasco often writes songs starting with a melody on guitar. Then he’ll sit down with a synthesizer and a percussionist to “see how those melodies translate to a full-fledged production” with a bassline and a beat. But the process rarely stops there. “I’ll obsessively go back and change everything until it’s kind of like its own world,” he says. “Sometimes, I’ll start a project like that and have an idea of what it sounds like, and then I’ll leave it. When I come back to it, I’ll be like, ‘That doesn’t sound like what I wanted.’ Having a fresh perspective helps bring out the intention of the song a little bit more.” During performances, Terror/Cactus uses the masks to achieve the “altered state” necessary to get lost in its groove-based music. The stage props have also proven to be an engaging visual device, especially since Selasco discovered that the geometric patterns on the plain white masks “really pop” when overlaid with images from a video projector. But Selasco says the masks are most useful for obscuring the performers’ sense of self. “When our own identities are forgotten, we become this weird creature,” he says. “We embody something else. We embody the music more than our individual selves.” n Terror/Cactus with Lil Blankie and Bandit Train • Sat, April 13 at 9:30 pm • $5 at the door • 21+ • Baby Bar • 827 W. First • 847-1234

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ou probably first heard of Irish singersongwriter Hozier the way we all did, when his morose, austere single “Take Me to Church” skulked its way onto Top 40 airwaves in 2014. It stuck out like a sore thumb amidst the pop landscape of “All About That Bass” and Taylor Swift’s 1989, but an unlikely earworm was born. Hozier’s follow-up album, Wasteland, Baby!, is finally upon us, and it’s as big and echoey as his breakthrough song, as if it were designed to fill the vaults of a cathedral. Appropriately enough, there’s some gospel influence in there, mixed with Celtic folk and blues-rock. Whether he’ll return to the charts remains to be seen. — NATHAN WEINBENDER Hozier • Sun, April 14 at 8 pm • $29.50$59.50 • All ages • First Interstate Center for the Arts • 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. • • 279-7000


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A&P’S BAR AND GRILL, Open Mic J THE BARTLETT, Lost Ox, Honeybeez, Walleye BERSERK, Vinyl Meltdown THE BIG DOG BAR & GRILL, DJ Dave BOLO’S, Inland Empire Blues Society Boogie BOOMERS CLASSIC ROCK BAR & GRILL, Tin Cup Monkey J BOOTS BAKERY & LOUNGE, The Song Project BRIDGE PRESS CELLARS, Downtown Jam J BUCER’S COFFEEHOUSE PUB, Open Jazz Jam with Erik Bowen THE CORK & TAP, KOSH CRUISERS, The Jam Band, Quiite, Lust for Glory FIZZIE MULLIGANS, Country Dance IDAHO POUR AUTHORITY, Grateful Dead Jam Night THE JACKSON ST., Songsmith Series J LAGUNA CAFÉ, Just Plain Darin LUCKY’S IRISH PUB, DJ Exodus & Storme MICKDUFF’S BEER HALL, Kevin Dorin NIGHTHAWK LOUNGE (CDA CASINO), Echo Elysium J NORTHERN QUEST RESORT & CASINO, Great White & Vixen O’SHAYS IRISH PUB, O’Pen Mic PEND D’OREILLE WINERY, Open Mic J THE PIN, The Finger Guns, DustFuzzz, Manic Pixie Dream Girl POST FALLS BREWING CO., Pat Coast RAZZLE’S BAR & GRILL, Songsmith Series feat. Daniel Hall RICO’S, Kate Skinner Jazz THE RIDLER PIANO BAR, Dueling Pianos THE ROCK BAR & LOUNGE, The Rock Jam Series THE ROXIE, Music Challenge ZOLA, Blake Braley Band

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win brothers Amiri and Rahiem Taylor are swimming in the same psychedelic waters as bands like Tame Impala and Unknown Mortal Orchestra, and their group Blac Rabbit harkens back to both the psychrock of the ’60s and the shoegaze of the recent past. The Taylors got their start playing Beatles songs in the New York subways, and after a video of them covering “Eight Days a Week” went viral a couple years ago, they started Blac Rabbit in earnest. Their self-titled 2017 EP is well worth checking out, and a debut full-length, reportedly titled Interstella, is still on the horizon. — NATHAN WEINBENDER Blac Rabbit with Bad Motivator and Fun Ladies • Wed, April 17 at 8 pm • $12 advance, $15 day of • All ages • The Bartlett • 228 W. Sprague • • 747-2174

Friday, 04/12

219 LOUNGE, Lost Ox A&P’S BAR AND GRILL, DJ Exodus ARBOR CREST WINE CELLARS, Son of Brad BABY BAR, Portrayal of Guilt, Greying J THE BARTLETT, Delhi 2 Dublin, Kung Fu Vinyl J J THE BIG DIPPER, AJJ, Antarctigo Vespucci (see page 69), Lisa Prank THE BIG DOG BAR & GRILL, DJ Dave BOLO’S, Rewind BOOMBOX PIZZA, Karaoke BRIDGE PRESS CELLARS, The Shuffle Dawgs THE BULL HEAD, The Smoke’n Wheels CHECKERBOARD BAR, Foxtrot Epidemic, In Rapture, Impurities CHINOOK STEAK, PASTA AND SPIRITS (CDA CASINO), Kicho CORBY’S BAR, Karaoke COSMIC COWBOY GRILL, Pat Coast


MULLIGAN’S, Wyatt Wood NASHVILLE NORTH, Ashley McBryde with Jeremy McComb & Luke Jaxon NIGHTHAWK LOUNGE (CDA CASINO), JamShack OLD MILL BAR & GRILL, Perfect Mess J OUTLAW BBQ & CATERING MARKET, Songsmith Series PACIFIC PIZZA, Pine League, Ray Badness PATIT CREEK CELLARS, Ken Davis In Transit PEND D’OREILLE WINERY, Bright Moments Jazz Trio THE PIN, Pierce with Meraki, VitaminV, DJ F3LON, Biohazvrd THE RIDLER PIANO BAR, Dueling Pianos THE ROXIE, Karaoke with Tom SPOKANE EAGLES LODGE, Sweet Memories ZOLA, Royale

Saturday, 04/13

219 LOUNGE, Down South 3RD WHEEL, Sovereign Citizen and the Non Prophets, Limberlost, Brothers A&P’S BAR AND GRILL, DJ Exodus ARBOR CREST WINE CELLARS, Ron Greene J BABY BAR, Terror/ Cactus (see page 71), Lil Blankie, Bandit Train J THE BARTLETT, Tony Furtado, Stephanie Schneiderman BLACK LABEL BREWING, BG3 BOLO’S, Rewind THE BUZZ, Dallas Kay CHINOOK STEAK, PASTA AND SPIRITS (CDA CASINO), Kicho COSMIC COWBOY GRILL, Sam Leyde CRUISERS, Die & Rise, All But Lost, Weird Animal CURLEY’S, The Happiness FARMHOUSE KITCHEN & SILO BAR, Devon Wade

GARLAND PUB & GRILL, The Cary Fly Band THE HIVE, Scott Pemberton Band HOGFISH, The Trouble Notes HOP MOUNTAIN TAPROOM AND GRILL, Kevin Gardner HOUSE OF SOUL, Nu Jack City J HUCKLEBERRY’S NATURAL MARKET, Talmadge IDAHO POUR AUTHORITY, John Firshi J INDIE AIR RADIO, Cheryl Branz, Laddie Ray Melvin & Lyle Morse IRON GOAT BREWING, Jay Condiotti IRON HORSE (CDA), Dragonfly THE JACKSON ST., Karaoke JOHN’S ALLEY, Stacy Jones Band THE LANTERN TAP HOUSE, Fat Lady LAUGHING DOG BREWING, Jake Robin LEFTBANK WINE BAR, Daniel Hall LITZ’S BAR & GRILL, High Note J THE LOCAL DELI, Ally Burke MARYHILL WINERY, Guy Caillouet MAX AT MIRABEAU, Hot Mess with Eric Rice MICKDUFF’S BEER HALL, Big Phatty and The Inhalers MOOSE LOUNGE, NightShift NASHVILLE NORTH, Ladies Night with Luke Jaxon and DJ Tom

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NIGHTHAWK LOUNGE (CDA CASINO), JamShack ONE TREE CIDER HOUSE, Nick Grow PACIFIC PIZZA, Salt PEND D’OREILLE WINERY, Justin Lantrip J PEND OREILLE PLAYHOUSE, Bridges Home J THE PIN, Afroman, Diz Dean, Bendi, Cheto, Manwitnoname, Ten-Speed Pile-Up POST FALLS BREWING, Echo Elysium RIDLER PIANO BAR, Dueling Pianos J SEASONS OF COEUR D’ALENE, Just Plain Darin J THE SHOP, Heat Speak SPOKANE EAGLES LODGE, Sweet Memories STIX BAR AND GRILL, Dangerous Type STORMIN’ NORMAN’S, Karaoke WESTWOOD BREWING, Son of Brad ZOLA, Royale

Sunday, 04/14


ONE WORLD CAFE, Vanna Oh! PEND D’OREILLE WINERY, Piano Sunday with Annie Welle J THE PIN, Nightmarathons, Sid Broderius and The Emergency Exit, Crusty Mustard, Better Daze REPUBLIC BREWING CO., Tony Furtado, Stephanie Schneiderman THE ROXIE, Hillyard Billys J SOUTH HILL GRILL, Just Plain Darin STORMIN’ NORMAN’S, Karaoke ZOLA, Lazy Love

Monday, 04/15

THE BULL HEAD, Songsmith Series J CALYPSOS COFFEE, Open Mic CHECKERBOARD BAR, Songsmith Series feat. Burning Clean CRAVE, DJ Dave EICHARDT’S, Jam with Truck Mills J J THE PIN, SleepSpent, Hanford Spokane, Perfect Destruction, BaLonely RED ROOM LOUNGE, Open Mic with Lucas Brookbank Brown ZOLA, Perfect Mess

Tuesday, 04/16

219 LOUNGE, Karaoke with DJ Pat BOOMBOX PIZZA, Karaoke CRAVE, DJ Dave GARLAND PUB & GRILL, Karaoke LEFTBANK WINE BAR, Turntable Tue. J J MARTIN WOLDSON THEATER AT THE FOX, Dan + Shay with Chris Lane PACIFIC PIZZA, Skullcrack J THE PIN, Layers of Pink RAZZLE’S, Open Mic Jam

RIDLER PIANO BAR, Country Swing Dancing THE ROXIE, Open Mic/Jam SWEET LOU’S, Christy Lee THE VIKING, Songsmith Series ZOLA, Desperate 8s

Wednesday, 04/17

219 LOUNGE, Truck Mills & Carl Rey J J THE BARTLETT, Blac Rabbit (see facing page), Bad Motivator, Fun Ladies CRAVE, DJ Dave CRUISERS, Open Jam Night GENO’S, Open Mic IRON HORSE (CDA), Open Jam THE JACKSON ST., Karaoke J KNITTING FACTORY, Shoreline Mafia LEFTBANK WINE BAR, Carey Brazil J THE LOCAL DELI, Devon Wade LUCKY’S IRISH PUB, DJ D3VIN3 MILLWOOD BREWING COMPANY, Nick Grow J THE PIN, Straw Hat Revival, The Tourist Union RED ROOM LOUNGE, Blowin’ Kegs Jam Session RIDLER PIANO BAR, Dueling Pianos ZOLA, Cruxie

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MUSIC | VENUES 219 LOUNGE • 219 N. First, Sandpoint • 208-2639934 315 MARTINIS & TAPAS • 315 E. Wallace, CdA • 208-667-9660 ARBOR CREST WINE CELLARS • 4705 N. Fruit Hill Rd. • 927-9463 BABY BAR • 827 W. First Ave. • 847-1234 BARLOWS • 1428 N. Liberty Lake Rd. • 924-1446 THE BARTLETT • 228 W. Sprague Ave. • 747-2174 BEEROCRACY • 911 W. Garland Ave. BERSERK • 125 S. Stevens • 714-9512 THE BIG DIPPER • 171 S. Washington • 863-8098 BIGFOOT PUB • 9115 N. Division St. • 467-9638 BING CROSBY THEATER • 901 W. Sprague Ave. • 227-7638 BLACK DIAMOND • 9614 E. Sprague • 891-8357 BOLO’S • 116 S. Best Rd. • 891-8995 BOOMERS • 18219 E. Appleway Ave. • 755-7486 BOOTS BAKERY & LOUNGE • 24 W. Main Ave. • 703-7223 BUCER’S COFFEEHOUSE PUB • 201 S. Main, Moscow • 208-882-5216 BUZZ COFFEEHOUSE • 501 S. Thor • 340-3099 CALYPSOS COFFEE & CREAMERY • 116 E. Lakeside Ave., CdA • 208-665-0591 CHATEAU RIVE • 621 W. Mallon Ave. • 795-2030 CHECKERBOARD BAR • 1716 E. Sprague Ave. • 535-4007 COEUR D’ALENE CASINO • 37914 S. Nukwalqw Rd., Worley, Idaho • 800-523-2464 COEUR D’ALENE CELLARS • 3890 N. Schreiber Way, CdA • 208-664-2336 CRAFTED TAP HOUSE • 523 Sherman Ave., CdA • 208-292-4813 CRAVE• 401 W. Riverside • 321-7480 CRUISERS • 6105 W Seltice Way, Post Falls • 208773-4706 CURLEY’S • 26433 W. Hwy. 53 • 208-773-5816 DALEY’S CHEAP SHOTS • 6412 E. Trent • 535-9309 EICHARDT’S PUB • 212 Cedar St., Sandpoint • 208-263-4005 THE FEDORA • 1726 W. Kathleen, CdA • 208-7658888 FIZZIE MULLIGANS • 331 W. Hastings • 466-5354 FOX THEATER • 1001 W. Sprague • 624-1200 THE HIVE • 207 N. First, Sandpoint • 208-457-2392 HOGFISH • 1920 E. Sherman, CdA • 208-667-1896 HOUSE OF SOUL • 25 E. Lincoln • 598-8783 IRON HORSE BAR • 407 E. Sherman Ave., CdA • 208-667-7314 IRON HORSE BAR & GRILL • 11105 E. Sprague Ave., CdA • 509-926-8411 JACKSON ST. BAR & GRILL • 2436 N. Astor St. • 315-8497 JOHN’S ALLEY • 114 E. Sixth St., Moscow • 208883-7662 KNITTING FACTORY • 911 W. Sprague Ave. • 244-3279 LAGUNA CAFÉ • 2013 E. 29th Ave. • 448-0887 THE LANTERN TAP HOUSE • 1004 S. Perry St. • 315-9531 LEFTBANK WINE BAR • 108 N. Washington • 315-8623 LUCKY’S IRISH PUB • 408 W. Sprague • 747-2605 MARYHILL WINERY • 1303 W. Summit Pkwy, Ste. 100 • 443-3832 MAX AT MIRABEAU • 1100 N. Sullivan • 924-9000 MICKDUFF’S • 312 N. First Ave., Sandpoint • 208)255-4351 MONARCH MOUNTAIN COFFEE • 208 N 4th Ave, Sandpoint • 208-265-9382 MOOSE LOUNGE • 401 E. Sherman • 208-664-7901 MOOTSY’S • 406 W. Sprague • 838-1570 MULLIGAN’S • 506 Appleway Ave., CdA • 208- 7653200 ext. 310 NASHVILLE NORTH • 6361 W. Seltice Way, Post Falls • 208-457-9128 NECTAR CATERING & EVENTS • 120 N. Stevens St. • 869-1572 NORTHERN QUEST RESORT • 100 N. Hayford Rd., Airway Heights • 242-7000 NYNE • 232 W. Sprague Ave. • 474-1621 O’SHAY’S • 313 E. CdA Lake Dr. • 208-667-4666 PEND D’OREILLE WINERY • 301 Cedar St., Sandpoint • 208-265-8545 THE PIN! • 412 W. Sprague • 368-4077 RED LION RIVER INN • 700 N. Division • 326-5577 RED ROOM LOUNGE • 521 W. Sprague • 838-7613 REPUBLIC BREWING • 26 Clark Ave. • 775-2700 RIDLER PIANO BAR • 718 W. Riverside • 822-7938 RIVELLE’S • 2360 N Old Mill Loop, CdA • 208-9300381 SEASONS OF COEUR D’ALENE • 209 E. Lakeside Ave. • 208-664-8008 THE SHOP • 924 S. Perry St. • 534-1647 SOULFUL SOUPS & SPIRITS • 117 N. Howard St. • 459-1190 SPOKANE ARENA • 720 W. Mallon • 279-7000 THE THIRSTY DOG • 3027 E. Liberty Ave. • 487-3000 TIMBER GASTRO PUB •1610 E Schneidmiller, Post Falls • 208-262-9593 ZOLA • 22 W. Main Ave. • 624-2416

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Head out to Spokane Valley to see some critters, pet zoo animals and walk an upcycled art alley. The city of Spokane Valley and the Spokane County Library District have teamed up to co-host the region’s annual Earth Day celebration a weekend early (due to Easter the following weekend) at Balfour Park. This spring’s theme is “Save the Species,” and organizers are using the event to fundraise for projects that support the natural environment in and around Spokane Valley, Spokane and North Idaho. Those who head to the celebration may leave with native flowers and herb seed packets that can help sustain hummingbirds, butterflies and bees, and a full stomach from the farmers market and food trucks. — ARCELIA MARTIN Earth Day Spokane • Sat, April 13 from 11 am-7 pm • Free • Balfour Park • 105 N. Balfour Rd., Spokane Valley • facebook. com/earthdayspokane

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Moving toward his fourth decade of working with glass, Preston Singletary is sitting down at the MAC to talk about where the relationship between European glass blowing and Northwest Native art originates. This topic simultaneously describes Singletary, as he continues to explore his Tlingit heritage through his chosen art medium. His work has led him to receive international training and praise, and an honorary doctor of arts degree from the University of Puget Sound. Singletary’s art has been recognized by premiere art collections in the country, such as the Seattle Art Museum, the Smithsonian Institution and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. — ARCELIA MARTIN

Is it a man, or is it an octopus? Hard to say, but we do know that 1971 cult classic Octaman is the kind of cheese-laden movie meant to mocked, loudly and often. That’s where the RiffTrax folks come in. The voices of Mystery Science Theater 3000’s Mike, Tom Servo and Crow reteam every now and then for a live theater experience of cracking jokes at the expense of long-forgotten films. On Thursday, April 18, they’ll be giving Octaman and its lead character’s “light killing spree” in a Mexican jungle the business at the Regal Northtown in Spokane and Regal Riverstone in Couer d’Alene. If you miss the live version, you can catch it again April 24 on the same screens. — DAN NAILEN

An Evening with Artist Preston Singletary • Thu, April 18 at 6:30 pm • $15 • Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture • 2316 W. First • • 456-3931

RiffTrax Live: Octaman • Thu, April 18 at 8 pm • $13.13 • Regal Northtown Mall • 4750 N. Division •

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It was just a year ago that the Inlander was at the Bing, screening the Coen Brothers’ The Big Lebowski with our Suds & Cinema program. We’re back again next week with the 1998 cult classic, the shaggy-dog saga of Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski and his run-ins with a millionaire philanthropist, a porn impresario and a piss-stained rug. But this won’t be your typical film screening: Our regular sponsors at Horizon Credit Union are hosting a pre-film bowling game that can win you a Dude-approved robe, and your best Lebowski costume could score you a picture in our paper. Steam Plant Brewing will be on hand with their beers, but if you’re not into the whole gluten thing, order up a White Russian courtesy of Dry Fly. Everyone — even nihilists and Eagles fans — is welcome. — NATHAN WEINBENDER


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Suds & Cinema Presents The Big Lebowski • Wed, April 17 at 7:30 pm • $6.50 • Bing Theater • 901 W. Sprague • • 227-7638



The warmly received Coeur d’Alene Wine & Food Festival is returning this weekend for its second run, packing in a host of events that celebrate and showcase the culinary and wine prowess of the Inland Northwest and surrounding regions. Throughout its three days, guests are treated to a variety of wine tastings, lake cruises, brunches, chef dinners, demonstrations and more at the picturesque Coeur d’Alene Resort. Arts and literature are also part of the bill, with a signing by bestselling author Debbie Macomber and a reception with some esteemed Spokane-area artists. Capping off Saturday night’s festivities is the annual Coeur d’Alene Wine Walk (3-8 pm), offering leisurely wine tastings at participating downtown businesses. See the complete schedule and purchase tickets to one, two or all events at the link below. — CHEY SCOTT


Coeur d’Alene Food & Wine Festival • April 12-14; event times and locations vary • $20-$225/event; $219-$409/packages • The Coeur d’Alene Resort • 115 Second St. •

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I SAW YOU WALKING I see you walking the South Hill daily with a BFF and a flat coat retriever named Sadie. OR RATHER DON’T SEE YOU Anymore. Period. It’s liberating. Not that I don’t still think about you, just that I feel I can breathe again. I hope you got your kids back, I hope you found that man you were always looking for. I’m glad it wasn’t me. I hope life is going well for you and your family. We were always better apart than together, no amount of delusion can make that untrue. I just hope you are doing well my friend and I am so happy that I haven’t seen you. ST PATRICK’S DAY W/OUT YOU I thought I gave you everything I could. I think that over time we both took each other for granted and let our doubts interfere with what should have been. Throughout all of our triumphs, happiness, and joy to our aggravations, losses and injuries, I’ve wanted nothing more than to be the one you really wanted. I thought we were doing better, even though things have become rocky a little before and after I moved out. I thought we finally got to the point in which we would be able to move towards our shared happiness


again, but again we were dealing with a lot of relationship doubts. I’ve always thought of you as a 10 in personality and beauty, and that should tell you that you mean more to me than just the number on your RED soccer jersey. I’ll always be thankful/grateful for you and most importantly, I’m still in love with you and I will always love you! READING AND WRITING ARE STILL COOL I saw you at the Shadle Library. You helped me sign up for a library card. You also signed up to of your friends before mailing out a handwritten letter. Thank you for helping to keep the joys of reading and writing alive. CLOG DANCER I saw you in VV shopping for wool sweaters, are you cold? Then I saw you shopping for tap dance shoes. Are you a dancer? Let’s meet up over coffee and try out a few steps. DIANE FROM SPOKANE VIA SCHWEITZER I saw you dancing at Schweitzer’s Passholder party and finally got the nerve to introduce myself, only to be interrupted by your long-lost friend. I was the tall guy with long hair (imagineifcreations@gmail), you were incredibly sexy in your jeans and white shirt. I’d love to talk more!

CHEERS JARED (JARETT?) at Brownes Rosauers Kudos to Jared at the B.A. Rosaures Saturday eve 3/30/19 for being an outstanding employee. The guy in front of us in line was having trouble paying for his items and after his second time back with still not enough money, I decided to just pay for it myself. Pay it forward, right? That night I got a call from Rosauers saying there was something at the store for me. I get there and you, out

of the kindness of your heart, and with your own hard earned money, bought me a gift card for being so nice to that man. Something you didn’t have to do, but you did it anyway. That generosity goes above and beyond what your

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and I was only in the store 5 minutes, purchasing just 4 items. Get a life and if you are so concerned, perhaps you might volunteer at one of the dog shelters. An open window could have allowed you to steal or hurt my dog.

You smell like a whorehouse hamper, so maybe work on yourself first. Kay? Kay.

employee duties are and for that I applaud you. I thought I was paying it forward, but you were a perfect example of showing kindness when others would’ve turned the other way. So cheers to you Jared for having integrity and being an exemplary employee of Rosauers. :) YOU ARE THE BEST While watching three little people excitedly down sandwiches and chips, saying “this is the best day ever” — followed by picking up educational materials and games to share... I coukdn’t help but be thankful that I have you by my side as someone you wants to approach raising these little humans the same way that I do. I am lucky to have you there with me. I appreciate you and I respect you.... but most of all, I love you.

JEERS CIVIL WAR IN CHENEY Why oh why was a local Civil War Reenactment group (with their Confederate flags always flying) given a permit to host their pro-slavery promotion in Cheney for Memorial Day weekend? Is Cheney pro-slavery in 2019?! TO ME Jeers to me for not being happy for my friends’ incredible weight loss

1. Visit by 3 pm Monday. 2. Pick a category (I Saw You, You Saw Me, Cheers or Jeers). 3. Provide basic info: your name and email (so we know you’re real). 4. To connect via I Saw You, provide a non-identifying email to be included with your submission — like “,” not “”


and physical betterment (you rock TJB). Jeers to me for not being able to be happy for his positive change in attitude on life and positive desire to date again. Jeers to me for not seeing the blessings in my life or, bet-

ter yet, for seeing them but crying woe is me nonetheless. Maybe I’m just a miserable person. Jeers to me for wanting to run away and live in the woods. A successful hermit is still a failed human. Thank you so much to the people in my life for listening to me and my miles long complaint list. I want to pull myself back from the edge but I’ve been there so long I’m not sure how. Maybe a change of scenery, maybe a change of vocation, maybe a change of mentality. Jeers to me for thinking the grass is always greener someplace else. MEAN JOHN Dear John, the voicemail you left my friend after her recent loss was meanhearted and cruel. I think so much less of you now. To you, and people like you, who have so much yet go thru life angry and miserable, I say “Pull your head out.” Seek anger management help. Your toxic behaviour poisons your relationships. Others are not responsible for your happiness. Karma can be a bitch and she’s coming for you. VOLUNTEER IF YOU REALLY CARE One Tuesday in February, I went into the Cheney Safeway and returned to my car to find a note. “Cool dog. Too bad he can’t breathe. Crack a window. Have a nice day.” It was 13 degrees out

P.S. He’s a she and summer is another story. Have a good day. LOCAL WEED SHOP You made a crack about my bicycle helmet. I wear one every time I ride and it really effects no one else beside me. What affects everyone around you is your choice not to shower. You smell like a whorehouse hamper, so maybe work on yourself first. Kay? Kay. n


















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BENEFIT UGM GATHERING Join the Union Gospel Mission, civic leaders, downtown businesspeople and service providers in search of effective compassion. Includes lunch and dinner seatings, with some complimentary lunch seats available. April 11, 12-1 & 6:30-8 pm. $20. Double Tree Hotel, 322 N. Spokane Falls Court. MAC GALA: VISIONS OF VENICE The 2019 gala celebration features Italian cuisine and wines, followed by live music and dancing. Sponsor a table of 10 for $1,500. April 12, 6:30 pm. $150/person. Historic Davenport Hotel, 10 S. Post St. (363-5357) RIVER CITY PAGEANT A benefit for the Spokane Parks Foundation that encourages participants to collect swimsuits for the Make A Splash program and raise funds for Spokane County park renovations. April 12 from 3-9 pm and April 13 from 8 am-7 pm. Varies. Ruby River Hotel, 700 N. Division. APRIL SHOWERS AUCTION & DINNER The Lands Council’s 24th annual benefit offers an evening with friends, food and live/silent auction items in support of the restoration and revitalization of Inland Northwest forests, water and wildlife. April 13, 5-9 pm. $75. Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. (209-2407) MAD HATTER TEA The event features tea service, a fashion show, raffle, live/silent auctions and a best hat contest. Proceeds support Community Cancer Services. April 13, 11:30 am-2:30 pm. $35/person;

$450/table. Heartwood Center, 615 S. Oak St. YWCA SPOKANE SPRING FLING The annual champagne brunch and auction benefits YWCA Spokane’s programs and services for women and children impacted by domestic violence, homelessness, and unemployment. Guests enjoy brunch, endless mimosas and opportunities to bid on silent auction items. April 13, 10 am-12:30 pm. $60. Anthony’s at Spokane Falls, 510 N. Lincoln St. WALK MS: SPOKANE 2019 Join Team Global Credit Union to help fund efforts to cure MS. Purchase a shoe at all participating Global branches or donate to our team page online: April 14, 8:30 am. Free. Spokane Falls Community College, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Dr.

Ave. (509-847-1234) ROY ZIMMERMAN: RIZE UP The show features 90 minutes of original songs, with funny and forceful affirmations of peace and social justice. April 12, 7:30-10 pm. $22 or pay what you can. Unitarian Universalist Church, 4340 W. Fort George Wright Dr. (325-6383) THE SOCIAL HOUR COMEDY SHOWCASE Featuring comics from the Northwest and beyond, hosted by Deece Casillas. Sundays, from 8-9:30 pm. Free. The Ridler Piano Bar, 718 W. Riverside. (822-7938) COMEDY SHOWCASE The Monday night showcase lets the audience help pick the “Best Set” of the night from among four local comedians. Third Monday of the month, from 8-9:30 pm. No cover; two-item min. purchase. The Buzz Pizzeria, Bar and Lounge, 501 S Thor St. (509-340-3099)



2.0PEN MIC Local comedy night hosted by Ken McComb. Thursdays, from 8-10 pm. Free. The District Bar, 916 W. First Ave. DAVID KOECHNER The actor, writer and producer is perhaps best known for his roles as Todd Packer on “The Office” and Champ Kind from “Anchorman” and “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.” April 11-13 at 7:30 pm, April 13 at 10 pm. $15-$30. Spokane Comedy Club, 315 W. Sprague. GUFFAW YOURSELF! Open mic comedy night hosted by Casey Strain; Thursdays at 10 pm. Free. Neato Burrito, 827 W. First

FRIENDS OF THE MEDICAL LAKE LIBRARY BOOK SALE Proceeds from book sales support library programs, activities, and services. March 12-13 from 10 am-4 pm. Free. Medical Lake Library, 3212 Herb St. (893-8330) ANIMAL ANATOMY BASICS WORKSHOPS A series of adult education workshops cover bird and mammal anatomy on April 13, May 18 and June 22 from 10 am-12:30 pm. $20/class; $30/two workshops. West Valley Outdoor Learning Center, 8706 E. Upriver Drive. (340-1028) DRIVE ELECTRIC EARTH DAY ON THE PALOUSE Interested public can speak

to the owners of a number of electric vehicles and learn about their experience driving in the Inland NW. At the Palouse Clearwater Environmental Institute, 1040 Rodeo Dr, Moscow. April 13, 10 am-2 pm. Free. EARTH DAY OPEN HOUSE Visit the OLC to celebrate Earth Day with activities on conservation, composting and caring for our planet. Enjoy crafts, outdoor activities and meeting resident animals. April 13, 10 am-2 pm. Free; $5 suggested donation. West Valley Outdoor Learning Center, 8706 E. Upriver Drive. EARTH DAY SPOKANE The region-wide Earth Day celebration is themed “Save the Species” and raises funds to support local efforts to protect the natural environment. The festival features educational resources, auctions, kids activities food trucks, performances and more. April 13, 11 am-7 pm. Free. Balfour Park, 105 N. Balfour Rd. FORT PARTY Team up with friends to build the fort of your dreams, then play inside the structure you’ve built. Learn to plan, collaborate and engineer in a fun, whimsical way. Grades K-3. April 13, 10 am-noon. Free. Spark Central, 1214 W. Summit Pkwy. GLOBAL NEIGHBORHOOD THRIFT GRAND OPENING Celebrate Global Neighborhood Thrift’s move and expansion with a ribbon cutting along with free coffee from Arctos Coffee, food from Tacos Tijuana and sales. Enjoy No-Li beer while Mama Doll plays a free show. April 13, 9:30 am-8 pm. Free. Global Neighborhood Thrift, 919 E. Trent. (868-0001)

HOMEBUYER EDUCATION SEMINAR In this free seminar, explore the major aspects of the home-buying process in an unbiased format with SNAP Spokane instructors certified by the Washington State Housing Finance Commission. To register, call 319-3040. April 13, 9 am-2 pm. Free. North Spokane Library, 44 E. Hawthorne. (319-3040) ORGANIC INSECT CONTROL Garden columnist, author and Master Gardener Susan Mulvihill discusses some of the most common insect pests in the garden, and non-chemical approaches for dealing with them. April 13, 10 am. Free. South Hill Library, 3324 S. Perry. (444-5331) ROUND DANCE North Idaho College hosts a Round Dance in honor of American Indian Heritage Week at NIC’s Christianson Gym. Also includes food for sale, drum groups, a Native dance exhibit, craft making, community resource tables and more. April 13, 1-5 pm. Free and open to the public. North Idaho College, 1000 W. Garden Ave. ORGANIC PEST PREVENTION FOR FRUIT TREES A class introducing organic techniques to prevent fruit tree pests, taught by Tim Kohlhauff, Mater Gardener Coordinator for Spokane County. Benefits Spokane Edible Tree Project. April 14, 1-2:30 pm. $12. Niche Coworking, 25 W. Main. SUNDAY FUNDAY AT RIVERFRONT Play a sidewalk game, board games or get creative with crafts from Tomato Street Downtown in the Looff Carrousel. Sundays from 1-3 pm through May 26. Riverfront Park, 507 N. Howard. (625-6600)

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and I wanted to switch it up a bit. What’s the biggest difference between bartending and budtending? I have a great personality for [bartending], but with this, there’s a lot of people that I’m actually helping. I’ve helped people get off opiates, which is a huge deal for me. ... We’re really rooted in this community. What are you looking forward to in 2019? The thing I’m most excited for in 2019 is to see where they go with education and research into THCV. ... THCV is an appetite suppressant and it’s known to give you an energy boost. It helps regulate blood sugars for people who are diabetic. I’m a single mom, I’m always busy, I always have 150,000 things to do and I cannot smoke and chill. I smoke and go go go. How many kids do you have? Two daughters. So that’s even more important: I’m a single woman raising women in this f—-ed up world. I’m not raising princesses, I’m raising warriors. They come first. I’m a caring and helpful person. I also take no bullshit and I’m pretty blunt and honest. So this is pretty much the only job I can do.

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rittany Friedlander doesn’t hold back when you talk to her. She’s forward and opinionated. But as a budtender at Greenhand, she’s also in the industry to help people, she says. Since last October, she’s been a budtender at the North Monroe pot shop. She was nice enough to let us grill her about her job, her favorite

What are your favorite products right now? My favorite farm, hands down, is GLW. They do 100 percent clean pesticide-free weed. I’ve made multiple trips to the farm. They just grow weed right. ... They brew in terpenes into their soil so their bud has such a good, clean, strong terpene flavor. Their Black Jesus OG is my hands-down favorite weed of all time.

products and what’s in store for 2019. GREEN ZONE: How did you start working as a budtender? FRIEDLANDER: I started [at Greenhand] a little over a year ago. I came out of bartending and serving

Is there anything about your job that you look forward to every day? We are really lucky right here at our store. We’re a mom-and-pop shop. The women especially that I work with, we’re really tight-knit. We really care about each other. Any parting words of wisdom? I just want to say, don’t be assholes. n A version of this article first appeared in the Inlander’s cannabis-focused quarterly magazine, GZQ.



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The Golden (and Green) Years Why older folks are the fastest growing consumers of cannabis BY TUCK CLARRY


s cannabis becomes mainstream, there is a growing demographic of consumers who don’t look like your classic hemp-bracelet-wearing, Sublime-listening stereotype:

seniors. As seniors age out of the workforce and subsequently drug tests, many are finding no reason not to engage in the latest health and lifestyle craze. A 2016 study found that medical marijuanaaccessible states and Medicare Part D received fewer prescriptions for drugs used to treat depression, chronic pain and anxiety. And a similar 2018 study found that Medicare Part D enrollees in medical marijuana states had 14 percent fewer opioid prescripLETTERS tions. Send comments to A major chronic illness that affects many older people is insomnia, impacting approximately 50 percent of adults 60 and older. “You rarely find a senior who can sleep through the night, including myself,” Sue Taylor told Leafly. “It’s a major concern. A lot of seniors use alcohol to put them to sleep. We’ve got to get the word out that there are healthier ways to help them sleep.” Studies have shown that not only does cannabis help patients fall asleep faster, it also increases the duration of Stage 4 sleep, which is the stage that the brain switches off nearly entirely and there is a decrease in heart rate and breathing. Stage 4 is vital for restorative sleep cycles. The drug is still seen as a boon for pain management. The American Pain Society conducted a 20-question survey of approximately 150 seniors and found that there was a substantial positive result for most seniors who used medical marijuana. The seniors surveyed said that on a 10-point scale system, their reported pain dropped from a 9 in tolerance level to a 5.6 after a month of regular use. Nine out of 10 seniors would also recommend medical marijuana to others. Another research study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease in 2014 found that THC could serve as a beneficial aid to slowing down the effects of Alzheimer’s. The study found that “THC could be a potential therapeutic treatment option for Alzheimer’s disease through multiple functions and pathways.” n

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LISTENING TO SURVIVORS AS WE ADDRESS CLERGY SEXUAL ABUSE Dr. Brian Clites studies religious violence, power, and trauma within the contemporary U.S. He’s currently finishing his first book, “Breaking the Silence,” an ethnography of survivors of priestly sexual abuse. April 15, 5:30 pm. Free. Gonzaga University Hemmingson Center, 702 E. Desmet Ave. (313-6782) DOWNTOWN DIALOGUES: PARKING Learn about parking challenges in Spokane, hear an overview of key findings from a recent parking study, including short and long term suggestions. Also discover opportunities for public/private partnerships, and resources for residents, business and property owners. April 16, 4:30-6 pm. Free. Montvale Event Center, 1017 W. First. NIC DIVERSITY SYMPOSIUM The 4th annual event includes discussion, presentations and displays connected to the college’s diversity theme (Cultural Identity for 2018-20) and the common read (currently Sebastian Junger’s “Tribe”). Presenters speak about the ways in which our various identities affect our experiences in the world. April 16, 9 am-8 pm. Free and open to the public. North Idaho College, 1000 W. Garden Ave. (208769-3300) SHADLE LIBRARY BOND PROJECT OPEN HOUSE In Nov. 2018, voters approved a bond to remodel and build new libraries. Get a first look at plans for the Shadle branch. April 16, 4-6 pm. Shadle Library, 2111 W. Wellesley. SPOKANE RIVER FORUM The theme for this year’s conference is “Building Resiliency.” The conference includes a keynote address, workshops on water rights, water quality, lake management, science opportunities and much more. April 16-17. $80-$140. Davenport Grand Hotel, 333 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. (800-918-9344) FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY SPRING BOOK SALE Books are on sale for as low as a $1. Members can access a presale on April 17, 4:30-7:30 pm, with valid membership ($10+). Regular sale April 18-19 from 10 am-5 pm; on April 20, 10 am-2 pm. Downtown Spokane Library, 906 W. Main Ave. (444-5300) LOCAL WATER POLLUTANTS FORUM Area residents can hear from a panel of experts about the discovered water contamination in Airway Heights at a community forum with the Spokane Riverkeeper and GU Environmental Law and Land Use Clinic. April 17, 6-8 pm. Free and open to the public. Gonzaga School of Law, 721 N. Cincinnati St. (313-3771) DOWNTOWN LIBRARY BOND PROJECTS OPEN HOUSE In Nov. 2018, voters approved a bond to remodel four and build three new libraries. Now, get a first look at the design plans for the remodeled downtown library. April 18, 4-6 pm. Downtown Spokane Library, 906 W. Main Ave. (444-5300) LILAC CITY LIVE! April’s show features Spokane author Simeon Mills and Spokane poet laureate Mark Anderson, comedian Jessica Watson and music by Mama Doll. April 18, 8-9 pm. Free. Spokane Public Library, 906 W. Main. (444-5300)

NORTH IDAHO STEM EXPO Get hands-on experience at interactive displays, demos and presentations on drones, aerospace tech, VR, robots, chemistry and more. April 18, 10 am-1 pm. Free. North Idaho College, 1000 W. Garden. (208-769-3300)

FILM MARY MAGDALENE The film follows the life of a young woman, Mary Magdalene (Rooney Mara), who joins a new social and spiritual movement led by Jesus of Nazareth (Joaquin Phoenix). Rated R. April 12-14; times vary. $6-$8. Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave. PROOF OF LIFE Join Brad Thiessen for a 20-minute film on his quest to run a 50k trail run nine months after finishing chemo as a way to find emotional and physical healing following his third cancer. April 12, 6:30-8 pm. Free. REI, 1125 N. Monroe. (328-9900) MOSCOW FOOD CO-OP: REDEFINING PROSPERITY Born in the California Gold Rush, Nevada City was once the scene of some of the most destructive environmental practices on earth. By the 1960s, the town was a backwater, its extractive industries dying. Then it was discovered by the “back to the land movement.” April 17, 7 pm. Free. The Kenworthy, 508 S. Main St. SUDS & CINEMA: THE BIG LEBOWSKI The annual screening of this cult classic includes a costume contest, giant bowling on the Bing’s stage, pint specials from Steam Plant Brewing, White Russians by Dry Fly and free popcorn. April 17, 6 pm. $6.50. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave.

FOOD CIDER & SAVASANA A 60-minute guided yoga class inside Twilight Cider Works’ repurposed greenhouse on Greenbluff. Join us after class for a free tasting or glass of cider. Pre-registration required. April 11, from 6-7:30 pm. $20. Twilight Cider Works, 18102 N. Day Mt. Spokane Rd. yogajoynorth. com FRIED CHICKEN & BEER DINNER The monthly series is presented by chef Adam Hegsted. April’s brewing partner is Post Falls Brewing Co. April 11, 6 pm. $35. Wandering Table, 1242 W. Summit Pkwy. FRIED CHICKEN WITH A SOUTHERN TOUCH INCA’s chef requested this class to share secrets and great sides to complement the evening’s entree. April 11, 6-8 pm. $59. Spokane Community College, 1810 N. Greene St. (279-6030) COEUR D’ALENE FOOD & WINE FEST The second annual three-day event offers wine tasting seminars, winepairing luncheons, award-winning chef dinners and more. April 12-14; see link for complete schedule. $21-$225/ event; packages available. The Coeur d’Alene Resort, 115 S. Second. bit. ly/2BX2rgK (208-765-4000) FOOD & MOOD The first session of this three-class series covers the relationship between diet and brain health and amino acids. April 12, 5:30 pm. $3-$5. Moscow Food Co-op, 121 E. Fifth St. (208-8828537)

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I’m so tired of these supposed magician multitaskers on their cellphones. The guy I’m dating and some of my friends don’t seem to get how disrespectful it feels when they play around on their phone or text while I’m talking to them. Am I crazy to want eye contact and attention when I’m talking? –Irritated This smartphone multitasking thing probably goes further than anyone knows – like, I’m picturing a parishioner in the confessional and the priest in the adjoining booth on his phone, shopping for a new cassock: “Next-day delivery. Sweet!” Parishioner: “Um, father...did you hear me say I murdered three people and still have them in my trunk out back?” Somebody came up with an annoyingly cute name – phubbing (a mash of “phone” and “snubbing”) – for when someone ignores you in a social setting by being all up in their phone. Not surprisingly, research by social psychologist Varoth Chotpitayasunondh finds that phubbing comes off as a form of social ostracism – allowing the snub-ee to experience that fun feeling some of us had in third grade when other kids diagnosed us with cooties and sentenced us to eat alone for the rest of elementary school. Chotpitayasunondh’s research suggests that being phubbed by friends and acquaintances threatens our fundamental need for “belongingness.” Other research on phubbing’s effects in romantic partnerships finds (again, not surprisingly!) that it erodes intimacy and makes for less-satisfying relationships and diminished personal well-being. Regarding phubbers’ skewed priorities, the title of a study by communications prof James A. Roberts says it all: “My life has become a major distraction from my cell phone.” The important thing to remember is that you have a choice in how you are treated – whether you’ll put up with having, oh, 46% of someone’s attention. Your power in pushing for respectful treatment comes out of what I call the “walk away principle”: how willing you are, when somebody refuses to give you the level of respect you want, to just say, “Well, I’ll miss you!” Figure out what sort of phone behavior works for you (for example, phone totally off and away when they’re with you or, say, facedown on the table in case the babysitter or liver transplant team calls). Explain the issue by appealing to their empathy – “it hurts my feelings when...” – rather than attacking them. You might also feel less slighted if you remind yourself of the addictive pull of these electronic binkies. Frankly, we’re lucky cellphones are a very recent invention. “Washington Falling Into the Delaware,” anyone? Or maybe a little Patrick Henry: “Give me liberty or...wait a minute! I think somebody just liked my Instagram post!”



I’ve been in recovery from drugs for six years, and I had to set a boundary with an old friend who’s abusing drugs again and lying to me and using me. I kept trying to help him, but all the lying and scamming was just too much. I finally blocked him on my phone – as I knew I had to. So why do I feel so bad about it? –Been There A guy will insist he’s clean, tell you he’s finally just “high on life”– a state which... hmmm...doesn’t usually involve shouting matches with the curtains. Your feelbad about saying no to any further convos with this guy actually has some ancient roots. Ancestral humans lived in a seriously harsh environment, so we evolved to cooperate – to work together and help each other – making it less likely we’d starve to death and/or get eaten by lions. But people don’t always put out a memo listing their needs, so how do we know when to help? Well, welcome to the evolution of empathy, our tuning into others’ emotions and “catching” what they’re feeling (to some degree). Unless you’re a sociopath or a sex robot, empathy rises up automatically, as does its sister state, compassion. Compassion, as I define it in “Good Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck,” is “empathy with an action plan” – motivating us to want to do something to help when we see a person suffering. In other words, your emotional overlords have been pinging you, alerting you that somebody’s in distress, and unfortunately, reason (as usual!) is late to the party. That’s to be expected, because reason is what cognitive scientists call an “effortful process,” in contrast with the automatic “Awww, poor you!” of empathy. Get reason out of bed and use it to remind yourself that you weren’t helping this guy; you were enabling him -- “protecting (him) from the consequences of his behavior” (as they put it at Sure, there may come a time when he’s ready to “say no to drugs,” but right now, he and drugs are having some very interesting conversations and may even start a podcast. n ©2018, Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. • Got a problem? Write Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave, #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405 or email (

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EVENTS | CALENDAR FRIDAY NIGHT FLIGHTS Featuring family-friendly trivia from Bent Trivia and beer flights from local breweries. Participants receive half-off the SkyRide. Fridays from 5-8 pm through May. $5 flights. Riverfront Park, 507 N. Howard St. (625-6600) WINE CLUB SPRING RELEASE PARTY Members and their guests are invited to enjoy live music, wine tastings, light hors d’oeuvres and more. April 12 and 13 from 2-5 pm. Free. Arbor Crest Wine Cellars, 4705 N. Fruit Hill Rd. WINE TASTING Taste high-scoring imports. Includes cheese and crackers. April 12, 3-6:30 pm. $10. Vino!, 222 S. Washington St. AROUND THE WORLD IN CHOCOLATE A tasting event featuring chocolate drinks from South America and exotic truffles and chocolates from around the world. April 13, 12-2 pm. $22. Bank Left Gallery, 100 S. Bridge St., Palouse. (509-878-8425) COOKING WITH CHEF RICKY Learn from esteemed Spokane chef Ricky Webster, winner of Food Network’s Christmas Cookie Challenge 2018. April 13, 3:30-4:30 pm. Free. Shadle Library, 2111 W. Wellesley. WINE EXTRAVAGANZA Taste wines from the Northwest and beyond in the heart of Coeur d’Alene while strolling through favorite local shops hosting pop-up tasting rooms. Featuring 20 wineries and 45 varietals. April 13, 3-8 pm. $20. Downtown Coeur d’Alene, Sherman Ave. WINE TASTING A blind tasting of Pinot Noir and Pinot Blanc. Includes cheese & crackers. April 13, 2-4:30 pm. $10. Vino!, 222 S. Washington St. MIMOSA SUNDAY BRUNCH SERIES: Chef Steven and team create a buffet brunch to pair with a mimosa bar offering a variety of choices. Sundays at 9 am and 10:30 am through May 26. $20. Nectar Catering and Events, 120 N. Stevens St.

MUSIC PROJECT JOY CONCERT Don Brumfield performs traditional and contemporary favorites, accompanying his vocals with guitar and ukulele. April 11, 1-2 pm. Free. Ball & Dodd Funeral Home, 5100 W. Wellesley. (328-5620) BROADWAY ON BERNARD A 40-voice choir with solos, duets, quartets and dancers performing 20 of the bestloved Broadway showtunes of all time. April 12 at 7:30 pm; April 13-14 from 3-5 pm. $20-$25. Unity Spiritual Center, 2900 S. Bernard St. FRIENDS OF THE GUITAR HOUR FT. CHACONNE KLAVERENGA Ms. Klaverenga burst onto the concert stage and international guitar competition world at age 14, giving solo concerts to sold-out venues and securing 14 championship titles in the world’s most prestigious international classical guitar competitions. April 12, 7:30 pm. $38. Jacklin Arts & Cultural Center, 405 N. William St. PALOUSE CHORALE SOCIETY: DURUFLÉ REQUIEM The Choral Society joins Lionel Hampton School of Music’s Vandaleers and Orchestra to present Duruflé’s Requiem and other classical favorites. April 13 at 7:30 pm and April 14 at 4 pm. $20, 4/$60, $8/student. University of Idaho Admin Building, 851 Campus Dr.

SPOKANE SYMPHONY CLASSICS 9: RUSSIAN VIRTUOSITY Cellist István Várdai takes on Prokofiev’s breathtaking Symphony Concerto, one of the most challenging works in the cello repertoire. April 13 at 8 pm and April 14 at 3 pm. $19-$60. Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 W. Sprague. (624-1200) SPRING DANCE The Spokane Folklore Society’s spring dance with the Band Floating Crowbar and caller Ray Polhemus. April 13, 7-10 pm. $8/$10. East Spokane Grange, 1621 N. Park Rd.

SPORTS & OUTDOORS SPOKANE BIKE SWAP The regional biking event features 100s of new and used bikes, and more than 60 exhibitors and resources on cycling events, health and wellness programs and recreational nonprofits. April 12 from 3-8 pm and April 13 from 9 am-5 pm. $5, kids 12 and under free. Spokane County Fair & Expo Center, 404 N. Havana St. (477-1766) HIKING KAMIAK BUTTE Take in the views from the summit, lush vegetation and dazzling wildflowers on this 3.5-4 mile hike. Pre-trip infor emailed after registration. Ages 16+. April 13, 9 am-4 pm. $29. Mountain Gear, 2002 N. Division. (755-2489)

THEATER THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME A 15-year-old autistic boy falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor’s dog, so he sets out to identify the true culprit. Through April 14; Thu-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $29-$27. Spokane Civic Theatre, 1020 N. Howard St. THESE SHINING LIVES The story of working women in the 1920s and 30s, and how their employer knowingly compromised their health. April 11-13 and April 18-20 at 7:30 pm. Free. Schuler Performing Arts Center, 1000 W. Garden Ave. (208-769-3220) BLOODY MURDER The usual British murder-mystery types gather for a weekend retreat at the sumptuous country estate of the esteemed Lady Somerset. April 12-28; Fri-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $12-$15. Ignite! Community Theatre, 10814 E. Broadway Ave. (795-0004) A BRIGHT ROOM CALLED DAY This play by Tony Kushner epitomizes the struggle against inaction, apathy, and fragmentation.Through April 14; Fri-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $20. Stage Left Theater, 108 W. Third. (838-9727) THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR Otto Nicolai’s opera based on Shakespeare’s play appears during WSU Mom’s Weekend with comedy, romance and a little fantasy. April 12 at 8 pm and April 13 at 2 pm. $10-$15. Bryan Hall Theatre (WSU), 605 Veterans Way. MOSCOW COMMUNITY THEATRE: DIE, MOMMIE, DIE! A comic melodrama that evokes the 1960s “grande guignol” films. April 5-14; Fri-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $10-$15. The Kenworthy, 508 S. Main. BIG MAN OF CDA Come see local guys share their talents, answer silly questions and wear whatever they want. April 13, 7-10 pm. $25. Coeur d’Alene Eagles, 209


ARTS LUMINOUS: DALE CHIHULY & THE STUDIO GLASS MOVEMENT Partnering with Tacoma’s Museum of Glass and Portland-based collector George Stroemple, the MAC presents its first all-glass art exhibition. Thirty-three international artists working in glass, including Dale Chihuly, are featured. Through June 23; Tue-Sun from 10 am-5 pm. $5-$10. The MAC, 2316 W. First. ERNEST LOTHAR A unique exhibition of work by Austrian artist Ernest Lothar (1906-1961), whose style is described as “a wonderful melding of Art Deco, Expressionism, pre-Columbian, and Asian influences.” Opening reception April 12 from 5-8 pm. Through May 4; Wed-Sun from 11 am-6 pm. Free. Art Spirit Gallery, 415 Sherman. THE ART OF SCREEN PRINTING Join Randi Madison and Jeff Jacobs of Ammonite Ink for this hands-on workshop to learn the art of silk screen printing onto T-shirts. April 13, 11 am-1:30 pm. $18/$20. The MAC, 2316 W. First Ave. (456-3931) LOST ARTS & CRAFTS DEMONSTRATION DAY The 13th annual demo day showcases the ingenuity and resourcefulness of arts such as leather working, blacksmithing, quilting and basketmaking. Guests enjoy samples of fry bread with homemade jam as they watch makers create handcrafted pieces of art. April 13, 11 am-4 pm. Free. Dahmen Barn, 419 N. Park Way. events-classes.php?tab=1 (229-3414) VISITING ARTIST LECTURE SERIES: MATT LIPPS VALS welcomes this Los Angeles artist to speak about his work, which can be found in the collections of Los Angeles County Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Saatchi Gallery in London. April 17, 6:30-7:30 pm. Free. Jundt Art Museum, 200 E. Desmet Ave.

WORDS JOE WILKINS: FALL BACK DOWN WHEN I DIE The Pushcart Prize winner and a finalist for the PEN Center USA Journalism Award and National Magazine Award has written a dark and haunting debut novel for our time. April 13, 7 pm. Free. Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. LILAC CITY LIT CRAWL Join Spokane Poet Laureate Mark Anderson and a lively group of writers, readers, and food/drink appreciators for a pub crawl featuring poetry and prose readings at several eateries at the west end of downtown. April 14, 4-7 pm. Downtown Spokane. AN EVENING WITH DAVID BARSAMIAN Meet founder/director of Alternative Radio, a Colorado-based syndicated weekly public affairs program heard on 250 radio stations worldwide. April 16, 7:30 pm. $10; $5/students with ID. Unitarian Universalist Church, 4340 W. Fort George Wright Dr. BRYCE ANDREWS: DOWN FROM THE MOUNTAIN Hear the captivating story of the grizzly bear Millie: her life, death, and her cubs, told by Bryce Andrews, author of “Badluck Way: A Year on the Ragged Edge of the West.” April 17, 7 pm. Free. Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main. (838-0206) n

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alk about a quick transition! No sooner were we talking about skiing than it’s time to talk about golf. While there are plenty of places in the Coeur d’Alene area to get your game on, remember that — just like skiing — course openings are weather dependent so make sure to call and confirm before you set a tee time. Start your tour of exceptional courses at the COEUR D’ALENE RESORT GOLF COURSE, once described as “America’s Most Beautiful Resort Golf Course” by Golf Magazine. Stunning views of the lake, immaculate greens, expert service and the world’s only “floating green” make this 200-acre, Scott Miller-designed course a must-do. What would make playing this worldclass course even better? How about the opening day special on Friday April 12, starting at $99 for an overnight stay and golf for two. Or sign up for the annual Scotch Open and celebrate the birthplace of golf on Saturday, April 13, including whiskey tastings. Dressing the part is encouraged — golf for two and an overnight stay, starting at $143. The COEUR D’ALENE PUBLIC is open


for business starting April 16, offering a walkable, tree-lined par 72 course developed by civic-minded leaders in the 1950s so that all could enjoy playing. Need to work on your waggle? Book a session on the Public’s popular golf simulator (starting at $20/half hour). In Hayden, AVONDALE GOLF COURSE has nine holes and the driving range open already, with the remaining 9 holes expected to open soon. Although it’s member-owned (with discounts for member-paired play), Avondale is actually open to the public, including the couples-only Memorial Day tournament. Set amongst towering evergreens and high on a rocky outcrop, the signature tee at TWIN LAKES VILLAGE in Rathdrum is a stunner, while its 15th hole has you navigating a challenging trout pond. Further north, STONE RIDGE is semiprivate, yet welcomes travelers for a challenging round on a sprawling par 71 course. Ask about stay-and-play opportunities — you can even bring your motor home — which include rounds of golf, your cart and discounts at its charming clubhouse restaurant.

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There isn’t a more delicious weekend to visit North Idaho than during the two day food extravaganza, which includes cocktail competitions, wine pairing and tasting classes, exquisite wine lunches and dinners featuring Doubleback, Barrister, J. Lohr Winery, Coeur d’Alene Cellars, Amavi Cellars, Townshend Cellars, Dunham Cellars, L’Ecole, Long Shadow Vintners and Pepper Bridge Cellars, not to mention yoga and guided hikes, paired with a tasty breakfast bar. Go to to view a detailed schedule and purchase tickets.

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