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e all need heroes. People who inspire us, who show us who we really are and, more important, who we can be. People like Rosemary Wear, who helps those with disabilities connect to vital services. Or Jamie McAtee, who rescues animals that otherwise would be discarded. Or Drew Meuer, who feeds our hungry neighbors. All three were selected as this year’s Peirone Prize winners, honoring young-ish people who are making a big difference in the Inland Northwest. Check out their stories and the stories of local organizations serving our community in our annual GIVE GUIDE. Perhaps it’ll inspire the hero in you, who desperately wants to make the world just a little bit better for us all. — JACOB H. FRIES, Editor



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During Riverfront Park construction, it’s still very easy to get to Pig Out in the Park. From Downtown Spokane, from the south, enter Riverfront Park through the Red Wagon Meadow, cross the footbridge and you’re there. From the north side, enter Riverfront Park on Howard Street near the Flour Mill, cross the Blue Bridge; head to the Imax Meadow and you’re there. You can also enter Pig Out in the Park on the Footbridge from the INB Performing Arts Center and on the Footbridge from the Red Lion Hotel.

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Participating Public market vendors Blink Co Face Painting, B.W. Fashion, Caramel Kitchen, Club Tropic USA, Gourmet Caricatures, Mario & Belky Enterprises, Mark Everything, MC Sturman Caricature Artist, Monica Maldonado, NW Wind Spinners, Ooh La La Henna, People Painters, PS Products, Rose Palmistry, Emergence - Lipsense, Senoritas Unique Jewelry, Scentsy Wickless Candles, Tina Psychic Readings, Tye Dye Everything, Uncle Stinky's Magic & Novelties, Warhorse Karate and Zambalha. Produced with assistance from: Second Harvest Food Bank, RL Hotel, VIP Production Company, Impact Lighting, Electric City, Pro Sound Audio, Too Far North Talent Booking, Wild Bill Graphics, Starplex/Crowd Management Services, American On-site Rental, Spokane Parks and Recreation, the Staff of Riverfront Park, Spokane Police Department, Spokane Fire Department, Spokane Regional Health District, Washington State Liquor Control Board, Chris Bovey, Denise Adam Design, Oxarc, Eljay Oil, Cool Box Events and A to Z Rental Company.

Sponsored in part by: A to Z Rental, INB, Comcast/xfinity, Verizon, Bath Fitters of Eastern Washington & North Idaho, No-Li Brewing, Renewal by Anderson, The Spokesman-Review, Camping World, Budweiser, Eljay Oil, State Farm Insurance, Amerigas and the Six Bridges Arts Association.

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The City of Spokane Event Pet Ordinance SMC 10.03.110 prohibits dogs & other pets (all animals) at many major Riverfront Park Events. Pig Out in the Park is one of those events. Please leave your pets at home. Also Riverfront Park is a Tobacco Free Park Zone - Thank you.

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Tuition Blues As young people head off to college, you wonder if there’s a better way than loading them down with crippling debt BY MARY LOU REED


hat a summer! Punctuated by a dramatic cosmic display on the part of the sun, we’ve enjoyed plenty of heat and plenty of shine these precious few months. Now, as the earth continues its yearly trip around the sun, it’s time to head back to work and/or school. As is customary in August and September, millions of students are headed to college. We all shake our heads at the rising costs of a college education — increasing every year at a speedy 6 percent rate of inflation. Full-time students at the University of Idaho who are Idaho residents can expect to pay $7,488 for student fees and tuition, approximately $8,500 for room and board and an estimated $1,300 in books and supplies. Adding transportation and personal expenses, the total estimated 2017 costs for a year of instruction is $21,300. That’s not cheap; it’s a lot to beg or borrow. Back in California, when my world was new, my college expenses were a modest $3,000 a year for the whole deal — tuition, room and board. In the 60 years that have followed, tuition and living expenses at colleges across the country have galloped out of sight. A year at Harvard now costs a mind-blowing $75,000.


e aren’t going to reverse the clock, or the rate of inflation, nor do we want to. But it would be very possible to make sure that every student who wants to earn a college degree can do so without accumulating an unmanageable debt. I rant frequently about how we have a reverse, unjust system in our country, where old people skate by with lots of privileges, while young adults who are starting out in life face staggering college debts. When you think about it, it really isn’t fair that senior citizens have all sorts of bargains just because of age, and not ability to pay — reduced prices on movie tickets, hotel rooms, admission to museums, lower fares on bus and train tickets, sometimes even plane tickets. I am very aware that many, even the majority, of seniors may need reduced rates and extra privileges as inflation eats away at their retirement nest egg. But many seniors have accumulated wealth and can afford to pay full fare. Young people now are told that they will need a college education in order to make their way up the ladder of economic success. At the same time, the cost of a year’s tuition may exceed their family’s total income for that year. So the kids have to borrow money, while their grandparents have a system tilted in their direction. That said, I know a large number of grandparents believe that a college education is essential and are already backing up their beliefs with tuition money. I also know that many grand-

parents don’t have the money available to help with their grandchildren’s ever-increasing education costs. They help where they can. Funds for the University of Idaho, as with other state colleges and universities across the country, were crippled by the 2007-08 recession. Student tuition rates have risen to compensate. Across the country, the salaries of university instructors have remained flat. Increased costs have been covered by hikes in student tuition and fees. State legislatures need to bring their public college budgets up to date, but Idaho is flagging. We are told that the total outstanding student debt in the United States is more than $1.2 trillion — a sum that’s beyond my ability to comprehend. It’s a disgrace that we tolerate a system that puts such a drag on our children’s efforts to launch their lives.


t’s important to point out that several European countries provide a free undergraduate education to their citizens. That’s how it is in Sweden, where college is free and loans to young people are of the long-term, low-interest variety. The intent of the loans is to encourage young people to move out of mom and dad’s home, perhaps to buy a house of their own and even get married. Sweden, Norway and other European countries have also figured out how to make sure everyone has guaranteed health care, as well as a college education. We are a relatively young country when compared with the longstanding European cultures that value both an LETTERS educated life Send comments to and a healthy one. Such cultures believe government is a useful partner in making sure these experiences are shared by all members of their society. There isn’t anything more important to our country’s future than giving our children the knowledge and skills necessary to lead successful lives. Also essential is available, affordable health care. Wouldn’t we have a great society if we provided a college education for every person who wants one? A college education, and Medicare for all? If Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland and other countries can do it, why can’t we do it here in the USA? n




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COMMENT | HISTORY deep, systemic change we need to start building a just future. Part of this task is to understand our nation’s “logic” of settlerism, imperialism and colonialism. What does this even mean? First, some definitions: Settlerism is the idea that one who can take land is the most deserving of it, and romanticizes such acts as “the pursuit of a better life.” Imperialism is when a nation seeks to control and exert influence over countries that are not immediately under its rule, and colonialism is the practice of using

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A History of Horrors We need to revisit the American record to better understand the contradictions of today BY MARIAH McKAY


ith recent events some thought were beneath our country, we’re rightly seeing calls to reexamine our nation’s past to make sense of the ugliness of the present. After all, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” But which versions of history we pay attention to will shape our future. It is time to fully wake up to the long, ugly legacy of white supremacy in America by relearning our history from the

perspectives of the people who have been most exploited by it. I used to sympathize with the disbelief many express when they hear about the hate being perpetrated, defended, ignored, and/or dismissed all around us. Doesn’t shock show that our hearts are in the right place, and our society has succeeded in creating social inclusion? Far from it. This kind of naïve Pollyannaism only absolves us of our responsibility to get to the root of what has allowed white nationalist groups to mobilize yet again. It’s hand-wringing at best, and contributes nothing to the

settlers to achieve such imperial ends. In America, all of these practices are rooted in assumptions of white supremacy. We know our country was founded as a “white nation,” yet we don’t really understand how it continues to function like this today. Most of us don’t want to see our government’s ongoing colonial and imperialistic practices for what they are. We are morally implicated in their consequences to the degree that we enact and benefit from them. We are raised on more forgiving stories about the causes of historic events. Wasn’t the New Deal about working together to rebuild our devastated economy? Never mind the insidious “side effects” of these policies on certain communities of color. Wasn’t World War II about fighting fascism? A critical study of events can paint a very different picture of when and why various developments took place. We know that Japanese Americans were wrongfully interned within our borders, but we don’t hear about how many were then coerced into a segregated regiment that was subjected to extra-lethal combat around the globe. Not to mention the treatment of black soldiers, or the forced participation of the Puerto Rican people in America’s war at the time. Relearning our history from the voices of the systematically ignored is not easy, or fun. But on the other side of awareness is the possibility of a better tomorrow. Your curiosity, honesty and resulting consciousness is our only hope. n Mariah McKay is a fourth-generation daughter of Spokane and a community organizer campaigning for racial, social and economic justice. She has worked in biotech and government and currently serves as a public health advocate.

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‘A CLAIM OF ACTUAL PREJUDICE’ Why the Stevens County prosecutor says the county’s lone District Court judge is bending the rules BY MITCH RYALS


o one believed that Craig Noll deserved jail time — no one, that is, besides the judge deciding his fate last month. The judge in question, Lloyd Nickel, had been assigned to fill in at the Stevens County District Court because the usual judge happened to be the victim in the Noll case. What happened next is extraordinary, Noll’s attorney and the county’s prosecutor agree. Noll, a 33-year-old autistic man with no criminal record, was sentenced to 364 days in jail — the harshest possible sentence a district court can mete out — for what amounted to a roadside dispute with Stevens County’s only district court judge, Gina Tveit. The unusually harsh sentence has attorneys on both sides of the case crying foul, alleging that Tveit tipped the scales of justice to punish someone for a road rage incident. While Tveit didn’t rule on her own case, attorneys say she’s friends with Judge Nickel, who did. Tveit says they have a “professional” relationship. “The fairness of our justice system depends on an independent, unbiased judge,” says Stevens County Prosecutor Tim Rasmussen, who asked a different office to handle the case to avoid a conflict of interest. “This is critical to our system of justice.” During his time as prosecutor, Rasmussen says he’s never seen such a lengthy sentence for this type of crime, “let alone on a person without any criminal history.” Rasmussen has taken his criticism of Tveit further, saying the Noll sentence is part of a larger pattern of problems with the district court during Tveit’s tenure. He points to three convictions that were ultimately overturned, as well as letters from the Defender Initiative at Seattle University saying Tveit violated the rights of poor people. For her part, Tveit dismisses the criticisms as being politically motivated. “I have been personally attacked by Tim Rasmussen for years,” she says. “As the elected District Court judge, I choose to maintain my integrity and focus on the duties and responsibilities of my office, rather than to engage in conflict with him. At some point, perhaps Tim Rasmussen should be called upon to explain his behavior and the use of his

office to further his personal agenda to the citizens of Stevens County.”


Last November, Noll suddenly stopped his pickup truck in the middle of Highway 395, right in front of Tveit’s Cadillac Escalade. He got out and moved toward her, screaming profanities and flipping her off. Tveit drove around him and called 911. When police pulled him over, Noll began yelling at officers to shoot him. One officer fired his Taser, shocking Noll, before taking him into custody. Rasmussen handed the case to the Pend Oreille County Prosecutor’s Office. Tveit appointed Judge Nickel. Noll, meanwhile, began attending therapy. By May, Noll’s defense attorney, Brendan Kidd, and the prosecutor worked out a deal. Prosecutor Ashley Stetson recommended that Noll spend two years on probation and continue with mental health counseling. Nick Wolfe, a Stevens County probation officer who conducted a “pre-sentence investigation” at Nickel’s direction, also recommended no jail time. But before Nickel could hand down a sentence, Kidd, the defense attorney, asked for the judge to step down from the case. The fact that Nickel ordered the investigation was extremely unusual, Kidd says. Adding to Kidd’s uneasiness was the fact that Tveit was sitting in the courtroom when Noll pleaded guilty. “Judge Tveit was present sitting in the gallery for the hearing, and I believe that Judge Nickel was looking in her direction in a manner that ...continued on next page






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suggested that he was seeking her approval,” Kidd writes in a sworn statement asking Nickel to remove himself from the case. Tveit acknowledges that she was in the courtroom, but says the claims that she influenced Nickel’s decision are “ridiculous ... with absolutely no factual basis.” As the victim in the case, she says, she had every right to be there. “I was very interested in hearing from Mr. Noll what happened, and why,” she says. “He didn’t answer those questions, so I didn’t get those answers.” At Noll’s sentencing hearing in July, Nickel refused to step down, saying the request wasn’t filed in time for him to thoroughly consider it. He then scolded Kidd for refusing to allow Noll to answer questions for the pre-sentence investigation, and denied requests to allow Noll’s therapist to call into the court by phone. Even a letter from Noll’s therapist didn’t seem to matter. “I wanted to make a fully informed decision two months ago, and you advised your client not to cooperate in that process,” Nickel said to Kidd in court. “So I don’t see where anything has changed. This letter indicates to me that he’s functional, and so that time in jail is not going to impact him or his treatment.” Nickel sentenced Noll to 364 days (suspending 30 of them). He cited examples of Noll’s erratic behavior with police, documented in the probation officer’s investigation. “I haven’t had a case with a similar fact pattern who has gotten that much jail time in the past,” says Stetson, the prosecutor. Noll was booked into jail from the courtroom that day. And for five days while he was locked in the Stevens County Jail, he didn’t eat, according to Kidd. “A truly biased judge will do exactly what was done here; find any procedural loophole, no matter how tenuous, and regardless of the fact that the state was not objecting, to avoid addressing the merits of a claim of actual prejudice,” Kidd writes, appealing the judge’s sentence.





The Noll case isn’t the first time that Tveit and Rasmussen have been at odds. She worked for him as a deputy prosecutor in Stevens County until her appointment to the bench in 2009. Tension between the two bubbled below the surface for years. It cropped up in 2013, before Tveit’s second election. At that time, Tveit had apparently directed

deputy prosecutors to speak with defendants accused of violating probation, who were not represented by an attorney. In an email to Rasmussen in January 2013, Tveit explains that appointing defense attorneys early in the process could cost the county too much money. “One of my primary concerns is the impact that these changes will have on the county and city budgets,” Tveit writes. “Today, your deputy prosecutor stated that his office will now request an attorney be appointed in all probation violation cases for every defendant.” In response, Rasmussen says the Washington State Judge Gina Tveit Bar Association and ethical rules for lawyers say prosecutors generally cannot speak with defendants who are unrepresented. “There is a simple solution to this problem,” he wrote. “Either appoint counsel to represent indigent persons charged with probation violations or do a proper waiver of counsel with defendants so the deputies can talk with them.” By February 2013, Rasmussen had reached out to Seattle University professor Robert Boruchowitz, director of the school’s Defender Initiative. In a letter to Tveit, Boruchowitz explains that he’s listened to recordings of hearings in her courtroom, and identified at least three examples where she violated state court rules. In one instance from February 2013, Boruchowitz says, Tveit questioned a woman about the circumstances of her alleged probation violation without a defense attorney present, and without telling the woman that she has the right to an attorney. “The questioning by the Court of the defendant should not have occurred without appointment of counsel or proper waiver of counsel,” Boruchowitz writes. Today, Tveit says she’s never refused to appoint defense attorneys for those who cannot afford one. But, she says, “there are no set rules regarding assignment of counsel on the first appearance in a district court probation violation,”

and the discretion comes down to resources. “In a perfect world there’s a defense attorney for every defendant in every courtroom,” she says. “But that’s not the reality, especially for rural counties.”


From August 2013 to August 2014, Stevens County prosecutors won five guilty verdicts. By September of 2014, Rasmussen was concerned that the defendants’ rights to a public trial had been ignored. In an unusual move, he requested that all five guilty verdicts be reexamined because lawyers for both sides had not been given questionnaires filled out by potential jurors containing basic information, such as employment and criminal history. Spokane County District Court Judge Aimee Maurer was tapped to review three of the cases. (Two defendants declined to have their cases reexamined.) Maurer agreed with Rasmussen’s concern and threw out the convictions. Especially troubling, Maurer writes in her decision, is that only prosecutors, and not defense attorneys, were alerted to the fact that the questionnaires were no longer being provided.

“I haven’t had a case with a similar fact pattern who has gotten that much jail time in the past.” Nadine Borders, the Stevens County District Court Administrator who decided to stop providing questionnaires to attorneys, writes in a sworn statement that her decision was based on practices in other courts to keep jurors’ personal information private. She also notes that neither defense attorneys nor prosecutors asked for the questionnaires for nearly a year. Nick Force, a Stevens County deputy prosecutor who handled two of the reversed cases, says information on juror questionnaires, such as employment and criminal history, is invaluable for selecting a jury. He adds that the conviction reversals, and the steps to fix them, wasted huge amounts of time and money for his office, as well as for the defendants. “It was a lot of added expense, and the defendants had to take more time off work, and actively be in court,” he says. “They already had to go through the system once. If things are prejudicial to the state, we don’t care so much. But what we do care about is whether a defendant gets a fair shake. They already have so many things working against them.”


Noll is currently out of jail while he awaits a decision on his appeal. In court documents, Kidd calls the entire case a “miscarriage of justice.” Tveit maintains that she did not meddle in the case, and emphasizes that her relationship with Nickel is simply “professional.” She believes the fact that Rasmussen is talking about the Noll case ahead of her next election is more evidence of a personal vendetta against her. “There’s no cookie cutter LETTERS for a judge,” she says. “What Send comments to I’ve found is when I have tions for other judges on how they handle certain situations, I will get 10 different answers. Depending on the circumstances, who’s to say what’s appropriate? From county to county and judge to judge, you can’t hardly find consistency in the details and procedures.” Rasmussen denies any political motivation. “I have an obligation to the citizenry,” he says. “A prosecutor has to protect the rights of the accused. I feel strongly that I have to look after the rights of people engaged with the judicial system. The rules are there to be followed, and when they aren’t, someone should say something about it. And I try to.” n

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CELESTIAL Though they wouldn’t witness day turning to night as those a couple of hundred miles south did, people around Spokane looked to the skies Monday morning to watch as the moon eclipsed the sun, blocking about 90 percent of the yellow orb at the peak of the once-in-a-lifetime experience. Using special ECLIPSE glasses or projection boxes, young and old at the Spokane Tribal Gathering Place watched the moon pass over the sun and felt temperatures drop. Shadows mirroring afternoon light crept into building windows, and the sky darkened, though even with most of the sun covered, the remaining sunlight kept the city illuminated throughout the eclipse. (SAMANTHA WOHLFEIL)

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COUNTY Spokane County Commissioners voted unanimously last week to take a proposition off the November BALLOT that could have raised property taxes for county residents. The move came less than a month after they voted to put it on the ballot in the first place. Commissioners Al French (pictured) and Josh Kerns said the decision was in response to the Washington state legislature’s budget, which includes property tax increases in 2018 to pay for basic education. Yet the county is still facing a $10 million budget shortfall next year, so it will have to find other ways to save on costs. That will include a partnership with the city of Spokane that may impact criminal justice, according to city and county leaders. (WILSON CRISCIONE)

HISTORY In East Wenatchee, the Eastmont school district honors both sides in the Civil War. Like Spokane, it has an elementary school named after Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, our 18th president. But to the north, ironically, it also has a ROBERT E. LEE Elementary School, named after the general (pictured) who led the Confederate States of America’s army against Ulysses S. Grant’s Union army. According to a 2015 Wenatchee World report, Grant Elementary, named in 1953, came first. When a new elementary school was built in 1955, it was named after Robert E. Lee as a nod to residents who had migrated there from the South during the Dust Bowl era. The Eastmont School District had the debate over changing the name of Robert E. Lee Elementary School two years ago, and decided to keep the name as is. “That’s part of our history,” said Superintendent Garn Christensen. (DANIEL WALTERS)


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Ready, Set… Build! The city council relaxes affordable-housing income requirement for developers; plus, WSU welcomes inaugural class of 60 medical-school students UNLEASHING DEVELOPMENT

How a city gets built often depends on the course of the markets — but choices made by the city government can alter the course in dramatic ways. At Monday’s Spokane City Council meeting, the council passed several ordinances intended to spur DENSER DEVELOPMENT and improve neighborhood centers. For years, City Council President Ben Stuckart says, the city had offered 12-year, multifamily tax exemptions that were supposed to catalyze the development of affordable apartment housing. The problem, Stuckart says, is that nobody wanted to take them. The strings attached — set aside a fifth of the property as affordable housing for those making only 50 percent of the Spokane average income — made the prospect unprofitable for developers. On Monday, the council voted to dramatically weaken the income requirement, raising the affordable housing definition from 50 percent to 115 percent of the median income. The change also made the Mission Street and Division Street corridors eligible for the tax exemption. “I think it should have a dramatic impact on the ability of projects to pencil out for developers,” Stuckart says. “I’m hoping so.” Additionally the council also voted to approve an


ordinance allowing structures in residentially zoned neighborhoods that had once been used for a commercial business — like an ice cream shop or bakery — to once again be used as a business. The change has had an immediate impact, Stuckart says. “Folks that owned a building on Newark Avenue were already in today, starting their permit work,” Stuckart says. “We’ll see at least one business because of it.” (DANIEL WALTERS)


Someone likely trying to steal copper piping from Greater Spokane County Meals on Wheels tore a spigot off the administrative building near Sprague Avenue and Pines Road in Spokane Valley, causing FLOODING in the early hours of Monday morning. “It looks like somebody hooked it up to their bumper or something and pulled it, hoping to get about several feet of piping,” says Mark Laskowski, assistant director of the organization, which provides meals to about 1,000 seniors throughout the county Mondays through Fridays. At most, they got a few inches of pipe, and it’s unclear who might have vandalized the property since there isn’t surveillance equipment, Laskowski says. Luckily, an

alarm system went off when the water pressure dropped around 2:30 am on Monday, but water still flooded the facility — including volunteer space, a pantry and an office area — for hours, leaving puddles about a half-inch deep, he says. The organization was still figuring out the extent of the damage with its insurance company on Tuesday. It appeared that the only damaged items, aside from the rented building, were some donated books, clothes, and packing materials, he says. The organization is going to have to come up with $1,000 to pay its deductible (for comparison, about $100 can feed a senior for a month), Laskowski says, and this is only the latest setback this year. Earlier in the summer, someone repeatedly siphoned gas and cut fuel lines on vans used to transport hot meals while they were inside a fenced area at the organization’s kitchen near North Crestline Street and East Main Avenue. The best way people can help at this time is to volunteer to drive meals to homebound seniors, he says. This summer the organization has had a shortage of drivers and needs people willing to volunteer on a substitute and long-term basis. More information can be found at (SAMANTHA WOHLFEIL)


After years of anticipation, 60 students started MEDICAL SCHOOL on Washington State University’s campus in Spokane this week. The inaugural class of medical students represents a signature achievement for the university, which fought for years to be able to open its own medical school. The University of Washington used to partner with WSU to offer medical education in Spokane, but the two parted ways in recent years. The UW partnered with Gonzaga

University, welcoming 60 medical students to Spokane last year, and the WSU Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine followed suit this week. “It’s kind of a dream come true,” says John Tomkowiak, founding dean of the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine. The medical school held a ceremony on Friday, Aug. 18, to welcome the inaugural class before classes started the following Monday. All of the students have some connection to Washington state — either they were born in Washington, have a parent who is a resident, spent their childhood in the state or attended a Washington high school. The medical school’s mission, partly, is to help address the doctor shortage in Washington affecting rural areas of the state. Recruiting WSU is hosting 60 med students in Spokane. local students, the thinking goes, will help address that shortage. The strategy of recruiting Washington students will continue in the future, Tomkowiak says. The 60 first-year students will eventually split up by their third or fourth year of medical school into four separate WSU campuses, located in the the Tri-Cities, Vancouver, Everett and Spokane. Already in the first week, Tomkowiak says that students are moving fast. They’ve organized a government structure for their first year, and they’re engaging with the curriculum on the iPads given to them by the school. “I would say our students have already exceeded my expectations, and I had pretty high expectations to begin with,” Tomkowiak says. “From a faculty perspective, this is what we’ve been working for for two years.” (WILSON CRISCIONE)



Walking Out the Door Ten staffers are leaving the Spokesman-Review as part of voluntary buyouts BY SAMANTHA WOHLFEIL


t the beginning of August, Spokesman-Review newsroom staffers were asked whether any of them would volunteer to leave their jobs. Management was looking for a handful of people to leave as part of the “voluntary reduction in force,” thinking this would offer a way out for those close to retirement. In exchange, those journalists would keep getting subsidized health coverage for more than a year, and unemployment pay. In all, 10 staffers took them up on the deal, meaning that in coming months, journalists with hundreds of years of combined experience will walk out of the paper’s Riverside building for the final time. Undoubtedly, the most well-known personality leaving is Doug Clark. The longtime columnist has already had his last day at the paper, announcing in a column last week that he’s “reluctantly accepted an offer” he couldn’t refuse. Since starting at the paper in 1985, he guessed he’d written more than 4,500 columns there. “While leaving now is the right economic choice for a guy of my, um, vintage, I hate leaving the job that I poured my heart and soul into,” Clark writes in his final column. “Practically from the moment I got into journalism (way back in 1974), my dream was to one day become a columnist for my hometown paper.” Publisher Stacey Cowles, whose family has owned the Spokesman-Review since its founding in the 1890s, explained in an Aug. 2 letter to the newsroom why the paper was looking to cut staff despite having some of “the best circulation numbers we’ve seen in years.” (To pad its circulation figures, the paper has offered some readers year-long Sunday subscriptions for one cent.) “Even with all of the strong support we are seeing from both local advertisers and subscribers,” Cowles says in a letter to staff, “our advertising numbers are mirroring the significant losses being seen at other newspapers throughout the nation.” Though the paper is family owned, and its structure allows for weathering some changes differently than other media companies, Cowles writes, “the drop in revenue is substantial enough that we have to make changes to ensure we have a sustainable budget for not only 2017, but for upcoming years. Unlike other media companies, the changes we need


Staffing changes inside the Spokesman-Review are expected to shake out through the end of the year. WALTER SMITH PHOTO

OPEN to make now are not about short-term profits, but about long-term sustainability.” D.F. (Dave) Oliveria, a columnist primarily for the North Idaho-focused Huckleberries blog, also has had his last day, after working at the Spokesman since 1984. “I wasn’t ready to retire when the SR made its generous buyout offer. But close. But I wasn’t planning to completely retire,” Oliveria explained to readers in one of his last online posts earlier this month. The other staffers said to be leaving in the coming months include Rich Landers, who has covered the outdoors extensively for the paper for more than 40 years; Mike Prager, who’s been a Spokane newspaper figure since 1982 and covers transportation, weather, and general news; John Webster, who joined the Spokesman in 1973 and currently writes special projects and helps with IT; Nina Culver, who has been with the paper since 1995, and currently covers crime and public safety; Greg Lee, who covered prep sports; and Pia Hallenberg, who covered Spokane Valley. Over the course of two weeks, the Inlander reached out to the writers who might be leaving to see if they would like to comment. Most did not reply, and those who did opted not to comment further on their time at the paper. The staff reduction comes one year after Rob Curley took over as the SpokesmanReview’s editor. During his career, Curley has developed a reputation for being a leader in hyperlocal, digital journalism, but his initiatives inside various newsrooms have produced mixed results. He had success developing local websites in Lawrence, Kansas, catering content to different demographics. His time at other papers was more controversial. At the Las Vegas Sun, for instance, a Curley-led video program flopped, costing the paper millions; around that time, staffers “took to calling Curley ‘Harold Hill,’ after the main character from The Music Man, a con man who poses as the leader of a marching band and steals money from unsuspecting townsfolk,” according to a Las Vegas CityLife story.

changed the fact that revenue from selling ads continues to drop industrywide. Unlike at the peak of the recession, when jobs were cut by the dozen (the Spokesman laid off 14 newsroom employees in 2007, and another 25 in 2008, to mention just two rounds of cuts that became expected nearly annually), most smaller papers have shrunk one or two jobs at a time, every few months, as positions are left unfilled or senior staffers are pushed out earlier than their planned retirements. The number of newspaper jobs has dropped by 47.8 percent in the last 10 years. As of June 2017, there were about 166,100 nationwide, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s fewer newspaper jobs than in 1947, the earliest data the BLS has, when there were 239,300 jobs tied to newspaper publishing that June, and the total U.S. population was half what it is today. When the Spokesman underwent layoffs in 2007, its news-gathering staff was about 137 people, KHQ (also owned by the Cowles family) reported at the time. After this latest buyout, the paper will have fewer than 60 news staff. Still, the paper has fared better than most

“Newspapers around the country make all sorts of changes every year and try to tell their readers that it’s going to be better — that they’re doing more with less. That’s not true and we all know it.”


ack in December, Curley wrote that the Spokesman-Review newsroom had added staff and planned to add even more in

2017. “Newspapers around the country make all sorts of changes every year and try to tell their readers that it’s going to be better — that they’re doing more with less. That’s not true and we all know it,” Curley wrote in December. “Well, we have a different strategy. We’re going to do more with more.” The paper had added pages and planned to add more local reporters, Curley continued. But the Spokesman isn’t immune to the issues facing the industry. Nationwide, staffs continue to be reduced at both large and small operations. Even though many papers saw a surge in subscriptions after the presidential election, it hasn’t

others around the nation when it comes to cuts, Curley says by email. “For our circulation size, we will still have one of the largest newsrooms in the nation,” Curley writes. “Of course, that’s fewer people than in the past.”


ince Curley arrived, the newsroom has been in flux. Beat assignments have been adjusted and reporters are pushed to write more (with digital analytics in mind). Curley emphasized that this round of buyouts was voluntary, and a good way for some people to get out of the business. “No one was tapped on the shoulder and asked to go to H.R.,” Curley wrote in a column last Friday. “It was generous and completely voluntary. And not the kind of voluntary that’s followed by a few winks.” Though 10 staffers will leave, about half of those positions will likely be filled again, Curley says. The final staff changes are expected to shake out through the end of the year, as some people have opted to stay on for a few months longer. “Yes, we get to replace them. And not just with ‘younger’ and ‘cheaper’ people like other companies often do after moments like this,” Curley wrote last week. “Will our newspaper be different? Of course. You don’t lose this sort of talent, experience and knowledge and be the same. But we also aren’t giving up.” n



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‘Good Medicine’ Everyone is invited to dance, drum and learn about Native American culture at the annual Gathering at the Falls Powwow in Riverfront Park BY SAMANTHA WOHLFEIL


he dancing, the singing and the sense of community experienced at the Gathering at the Falls Powwow mark a way to spend time with old friends, meet new people and, in many ways, serve as a form of self-care, says Jerry Crowshoe, one of the chairs for the annual event. “It’s a way to put all your woes aside, enjoy yourself and take care of yourself,” Crowshoe says. “It’s good medicine for people to come witness it and be part of it.” Thousands of people are expected to gather at Riverfront Park starting Friday evening for powwow events

that run through the weekend, from grand entry dance competitions Friday and Saturday nights to the youth powwow and family day on Sunday afternoon. “A powwow is kind of like a rodeo circuit,” says Grace Branstetter, an event spokeswoman. “There are a lot of professional dancers who travel around the country, and even the world, to participate in indigenous events and contests.” While many will compete for cash and other prizes, all people are encouraged to attend and participate, Crowshoe says. There are prizes specifically for people

who’ve never been to a powwow before. “That’s one of the things we hope for, is celebrating diversity,” he says. “This is public. It’s for all nations, whether you’re Native American or not, to come dance.” The free celebration honors the area and traditions of many tribes who gathered at the river to hunt, fish and trade. And in part, it offers connection for people who live here who are from various Native American nations spread throughout Canada, Washington, Idaho, Montana, the Dakotas and much of the rest of the western U.S., Crowshoe says. “A lot of tribes have their hometown powwows,” Crowshoe says. “But for those who live away from the reservation, we want to have this so they can have a powwow.”


ach year, the organizers of Gathering at the Falls reach out to indigenous people around the world; typically, people from all over the U.S. and Canada attend, Branstetter says. The organizers of the 26-year-old event would like for it to someday be as large as the Gathering of Nations, which is billed as the larg...continued on next page



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“‘GOOD MEDICINE,’” CONTINUED... est powwow in North America and takes place in New Mexico each year. “We’re trying to be the Gathering of Nations up here in Spokane. We’d like to bring that size of an event to our area,” Branstetter says. “We have so many tribes localized here and in Canada, and we have just not tapped into that.” The Gathering of Nations sees tens of thousands of people attend each year; Spokane’s Gathering at the Falls has gotten close to 10,000, though thick smoke from regional fires kept many people from attending the past few years. Crowshoe, who grew up in Spokane, is a member of the Piikani Nation, part of the Blackfoot Confederacy. Participants and staff this year are expected to come from all over, including the Colville Confederated Tribes, Spokane, Coeur d’Alene, and Kalispel tribes, Ktunaxa Nation, Assiniboine-Cree and Blackfeet Nation, among others. This year, there will be a special performance Saturday evening by Aztec dancers. If nothing else, people will definitely want to see the grand entry on Saturday at 7


pm, Crowshoe says. “It’s basically prime time,” he says. “I’d say it’s where you see the culmination of everything. It’s the last and final grand entry of the weekend. We put all our chips onto that one night.”


n addition to seeing some of the best dancers in full regalia, Spokane Mayor David Condon is scheduled to be there, as are local law enforcement, veterans and others who will be invited to participate. “You’ll see some of the best songs and dancing, and the location is beautiful,” Crowshoe says. “It’s an energy I don’t think you can experience anywhere else.” Other events spread throughout the weekend will include a naming ceremony on Friday night, where someone will be honored by their family and receive their new name. An Indian art market will be inside River Park Square all day Saturday, with crafts and artwork for sale that you’d never typically find around Spokane, Crowshoe says. Sunday is the fifth annual Youth Powwow and Family Fun Day. From noon to 4 pm Sunday, all youth and families

are invited to attend and sing, drum and dance. Fun competitions for the kids will include categories like who can dance with the “Fastest Feet” and “Biggest Smile,” and they’ll have chances to get candy, toys and other giveaways, Crowshoe says. Also, fun characters from popular movies might make an appearance, WEEKEND from Lego Batman to C O U N T D OW N the Minions. Get the scoop on this “We try to get kids weekend’s events with who’ve never been to a our newsletter. Sign up at powwow to come out and validate that positive experience with someone else’s culture,” he says. “We hope everybody comes up and has a good time, and just celebrates the wonderful history and culture of Spokane.” n Gathering at the Falls Powwow • Free • Fri, Aug. 25-Sun, Aug. 27: Fri, 7-10 pm; Sat, 9 am-10 pm; Sun, noon-4 pm • Riverfront Park and River Park Square •



PODCAST It’s impossible to truly know what life on the “inside” is like, unless you’ve lived it. That means the experiences of more than 2.3 million Americans are largely hidden from public view. But a new podcast from Radiotopia offers a compelling peek into the routines, the challenges and the victories of the men and women serving time at San Quentin State Prison. EAR HUSTLE — prison slang for eavesdropping — is produced by inmates Earlonne Woods and Antwan Williams, along with Nigel Poor, a Bay Areabased artist. Episodes touch on the potential volatility of bickering “cellies,” on nurturing prison pets and on solitary confinement’s devastating impact. Hearing the harsh and tender realities of day-to-day prison life might just change your perspective.

FAKE NEWS Even during a time when real, legitimate pieces of information are labeled “fake news” without proof, the line between fact and fiction is about to get blurrier. Last November, Adobe announced a new product known as “PHOTOSHOP FOR AUDIO” that comes with the ability to add words not in an original audio file. All you need is about 10 minutes of, say, Donald Trump talking, and you could force the president to declare nuclear war, confirm the Russian “golden shower” rumor and brag about kissing and grabbing women carte blanche. The program is not commercially available, but similar technology for video footage is also in the works, according to Vanity Fair reporter Nick Bilton. “And perhaps worse of all, as the quality of imitation gets better and better, it will become increasingly difficult to discern between what is real behavior and what isn’t,” he writes.

REAL NEWS Speaking of blurred lines between reality and fantasy, CNN’s Brian Stelter has you covered. The media reporter hosts the weekly chat show RELIABLE SOURCES, which dives deep into how different outlets report on the same story and can effectively shape the news. The show airs every Sunday at 8 am Pacific Time. Recently, Stetler has featured segments questioning President Trump’s “fitness” for office and providing a behindthe-scenes look at the president’s press conference following the deadly white-supremacist protests in Charlottesville, Virginia. Stetler also started a daily email newsletter that’s the perfect way to keep up with the seemingly endless cacophony of headlines since this past November. n

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CULTURE | LITERATURE Molly and Pepper’s unlikely friendship grows deep roots as they set out together to unravel a mystery surrounding the diary of East German teen Ava Dreyman, believed to have been murdered in 1989 for her infamous acts of resistance against the socialist Cold War regime. Ava herself was thrust into the resistance after her mother’s fierce beliefs and dangerous actions forced her family to try to flee East Berlin.


Local author Stephanie Oakes is releasing her second novel this week.


World on Fire Spokane young adult author Stephanie Oakes’ second novel is a layered, page-turning mystery set during the Cold War and the present BY CHEY SCOTT


arents sometimes set heavy burdens on their kids’ shoulders. In her latest young adult genre novel — a sweeping, emotional and sometimes humorous mystery that spans three narrators, two timelines and multiple continents — Spokane author Stephanie Oakes explores this theme, among others, including friendship, forgiveness and courage. The Arsonist, Oakes’ second novel, will be released this Saturday with a celebration at Auntie’s Bookstore. Those who know Oakes personally, along with her fans of all ages, are likely familiar with the 29-year-old’s awardwinning 2015 debut The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly, about a teen who escapes from a physically and mentally abusive religious cult. Just as that novel’s protagonist struggles to cope with the personal trauma of her parents’ decision to follow a dangerous leader into the Montana wilderness, The Arsonist artfully weaves together a mystery that simultaneously unites its main characters as they seek explanations of their parents’ destructive choices.


“All of the teen characters have these really interesting relationships with their parents, and that are dysfunctional in most cases, so I find that really interesting to explore,” Oakes explains. “It’s really good for YA too, because that is the most important relationship in teens’ lives. I was really interested in developing the theme of ‘Why do parents so often take their heavy stuff and put it on their kids?’” First, readers meet Molly Mavity, who doesn’t believe that her mother killed herself three years earlier. Molly’s dad is about to be executed for his role in a deadly arson. Cautiously, at first, Molly becomes friends with Pepper Al-Yusef, an awkward boy with a seizure dog, who’s flunking out of high school. A Kuwaiti refugee, Pepper’s mother died after giving birth to him in the middle of a fiery Gulf War battle. Pepper’s dad has never accepted her death, and turns to strange coping mechanisms. In their hometown of Monterey Bay, California,

akes began writing The Arsonist in 2010, well before Minnow Bly was published; she started drafting the second novel while waiting for a publisher to buy her first. While she waited, Oakes sought to challenge herself by writing a story set in both the past and present. “I think a lot of authors have a bucket list of things they want to try,” Oakes reflects. “I like stories that have a modern and historical plot, and you don’t know how they’re connected, but gradually you learn. I see that a lot with World War II stories, but then I thought that the Cold War was really interesting, and when you write a book, you have to spend so much time with it.” Though Oakes hasn’t been to Berlin — and would have been an infant when the Berlin Wall fell — she heavily researched the history of the Cold War, the German Democratic Republic and the look and feel of the city during that dark period. An unlikely but valuable resource, as Oakes crafted believable descriptions of the Berlin that Ava would have known, became watching other people’s vacation videos uploaded to YouTube, offering firsthand glimpses of the city seen on foot. Oakes also pointed herself toward the goal of writing a story that wove together multiple characters’ distinct viewpoints, which would slowly reveal that each person was more closely connected to the others. These individual stories also serve as pieces of a much larger narrative puzzle. “Writing a mystery is really challenging because you know all the secrets as an author,” Oakes admits. “It’s really hard to tell if you’re doing a good enough job of having things be revealed at the right times, when to plant clues, or if you’re being totally obvious about it.” As readers dive into the worlds of Pepper, Molly and Ava, they’re likely to find themselves immediately immersed in a page-turning plot that may also see them quickly spinning theories about how each of The Arsonist’s believable and troubled narrators are linked. With another book on shelves with her name on the spine, what’s next on Oakes’ ambitious writing to-do list? She admits that this summer off from teaching at Spokane Public Schools’ Libby Center for gifted students already has been productive. She took a vacation to New Mexico with her mother, and emphasizes how inspirational the trip (and travel in general) was for her creative process. She’s working on a new book proposal that

“I like stories that have a modern and historical plot, and you don’t know how they’re connected, but gradually you learn.” encompasses two more items on her writing list: a story in the fantasy/magical realism genre, and a setting directly inspired by the Palouse. For more word on what she’s up to next, Oakes’ fans will have to be patient, for now. n Stephanie Oakes Book Launch: The Arsonist • Sat, Aug. 26 at 7 pm • Free • Auntie’s Bookstore • 402 W. Main • • 838-0206

Most grocers only sell one variety of garlic, but there are many others to discover.



How Does Your Garlic Grow? Go beyond the grocery store’s typical offerings and try some of the lesser-known varieties of garlic, grown by a small local farm BY CARA STRICKLAND


ast year, I was taking a lap at the Thursday Market in the South Perry District when I noticed something I’d never seen before in the market:

garlic. I paused for a moment to take a closer look — these weren’t the kinds of garlic I was used to seeing in the

grocery store. Lena Lopez Schindler, owner of Hungry Robin Garden, noticed my puzzled expression. During that first visit, Schindler began to introduce me to a world of garlic I didn’t know existed. Right away, I learned that there are hundreds of varieties of garlic, stemming from 10 unique types. Schindler currently

grows and sells seven varieties at both the Thursday Market and the Spokane Farmers’ Market on Saturdays. I left with an assortment to try. While many think of Gilroy, California, as the garlic capital of America, garlic largely originated in Russia and ...continued on next page



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Lena Lopez Schindler sells several lesser-known garlic varieties at local farmers markets.


“HOW DOES YOUR GARLIC GROW?,” CONTINUED... neighboring Eastern European countries. “Latitudinally we are aligned with those countries, so we have the best environment for garlic growing,” says Schindler. “We get those really cold winters — that really amps up the flavor.” While Schindler has been a farmers market vendor for nearly a decade, she’s only been selling garlic for about half that time. Originally, she started growing it after reading an article about the many types. It was time for a change from grocery store garlic, which is chosen not for flavor, but because it stores the longest. The article went into the differences between hardneck and softneck garlic. “A softneck garlic is the garlic that you buy in the grocery store, and that’s what most people think garlic is,” says Schindler. “It has levels of cloves, they kind of circle


in, with the cloves getting smaller like an artichoke.” But it was the hardneck types, with their large cloves, curly scapes, and huge range of taste and pungency, that captured Schindler’s attention. Now she grows them almost exclusively.


here’s much more to it than just growing the garlic. After Schindler harvests (which she has to do in the shade, so the sun doesn’t prematurely cook the garlic after it comes out of the ground), she cures it so that it will keep in storage. Schindler’s varieties of garlic will store in a cool, dark, dry location for between three and nine months, depending on the type. (If you ask nicely, she’ll give you a chart of her current offerings for reference.) For those just getting used to the idea

of more than one type of garlic, Schindler recommends a lot of experimentation, beginning with scapes. “A scape is the blossom that comes off of a hardneck, and in the different categories of hardneck they actually grow different ways, so if you grow garlic and you lose your name tags in your garden, you can tell which varieties are which by the way they grow,” says Schindler. Scapes are similar to a green bean in texture. You can cut them up and throw them into a salad for little garlic bursts, or make pesto. (I like to add them to my scrambled eggs.) Later in the season, you can grill mature scapes. Next, you’ll want to check out the green garlic, right after it comes out of the ground. “Green garlic has been harvested but not cured, so instead of being papery, the papers are still wet, and they cling very tightly to the head and the cloves,” Schindler explains. “You want to cut it at the foot where the little roots are and then painstakingly peel that stuff off. There’s a whole tradition in Spain and Mexico of green garlic soup. It’s milder than cured garlic.” Depending on the year and the grower, you’ll find cured garlic in the market in late summer and early fall, just in time to throw into a salsa (try the Russian Inferno or Georgian Fire varieties). At least that’s what I did with my first ENTRÉE purchase. Get the scoop on local From my food news with our weekly first bite, Entrée newsletter. Sign up I was enat chanted with the slow burn on my tongue, and the giantsized cloves; it was as if I was discovering a whole new culinary world, formerly closed off to me. The next week, I went back and stocked up on multiple varieties. All winter, I added Schindler’s garlic to my homemade pasta sauce, shrimp scampi, or whatever else I happened to be making. I dreaded the day when it would run out or dry up, and I would have to buy grocery store garlic again. This year, when shopping from Schindler’s Hungry Robin stand, you can choose from four Porcelain varieties (Polish Hardneck, Georgian Fire, Johnny’s German White and Armenian), one Turban variety (Russian Inferno), one Marbled Purple Stripe (Lithuanian Purple), and one Artichoke variety (Red Tochliavri). Be sure to chat with Schindler to figure out which flavor profile is best for you, or follow my example and try them all. The brief garlic harvest season — just as with Copper River salmon and those elusive huckleberries — depends on the weather and only lasts a short while. You’ll want to head down to the market this week to make sure you can get some new garlic varieties to try at home, and be sure to keep your eyes peeled next year. n



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“You can only be as strong as the weakest members of your society,” says 2017 Peirone Prize winner Rosemary Wear, a local attorney being recognized this year for her voluntary work helping disabled community members get access to necessary financial support. This statement ideally summarizes why it’s so crucial for each of us, when we can, to give back to the places we live, work, and recreate, and where the impact of these selfless acts can make the biggest difference for all of us. So as you read about the local people and organizations doing just that, highlighted in this year’s Give Guide, we hope you feel inspired to do the same. — CHEY SCOTT 2017 GIVE GUIDE EDITOR



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very year as part of our annual Give Guide issue, we thank three locals who we think are working particularly hard at making the Inland Northwest a great place. Over the past few months, we’ve been taking nominees (generally around age 40 or younger) and digging into their stories, and now you can read all about our three Peirone Prize winners for 2017: Jamie McAtee, Drew Meuer and Rosemary Wear. Each winner receives a cash prize, an award chiseled from stone and their picture published here in the Inlander.

PEIRONE PRIZE WINNER: ROSEMARY WEAR............................. 6 NATURE.............................................16 PEIRONE PRIZE WINNER: JAMIE McATEE.................................. 17 COMMUNITY.....................................20 PEIRONE PRIZE WINNER: DREW MEUER.................................. 23 HEALTH............................................. 32 NONPROFIT INDEX.........................39


PAST WINNERS 2016 •Teri Koski •Ryan Oelrich •Dylan Stiegemeier

2015 •Stephanie Boyle •Jessie Isadore •Rebecca Schroeder

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Awarded annually since 2010, the Peirone Prize is named for Joe and Alice Peirone, grandparents of Inlander founders Jer and Ted McGregor. During their lives in Spokane, Joe and Alice worked hard, and when they could, shared the fruits of their success with many local charities. As you learn more about the spirit of service alive in this year’s Peirone Prize winners, please reflect on how you might pitch in — our Give Guide is filled with all kinds of organizations that need your help, either via cash donation or volunteer hours. Feel free to tell ’em that Joe and Alice sent you!

2014 •Kate Burke •Randy Ramos •Jeni RiplingerHegsted

2013 •Keirsten Lyons •Keith Kelley •Virla Spencer

2012 •Jamie Borgan •Mary Charbonneau •Kat Hall

Joe and Alice Peirone

2011 •Brent and Amy Hendricks •Korrine Kreilkamp •Bart Mihailovich

2010 •Emily Paulson •Ben Stuckart •Taylor Weech



night, but due to losing the overflow capacity they possessed, the shelter is back to sleeping about 50 each night, which means that people are being turned away. “We try to divert anybody before they come here: ‘Do you have family or friends you can stay with? Is there anywhere else you can go?’” Ader says. “We’ll also ask families that are two-parent and have a vehicle if the husband would sleep in the vehicle, so we could get more moms and children into the night shelter. There’s not a lot of options available.” The biggest need now is for relationships with landlords who would be willing to work with families that may not have perfect credit or rental histories, Ader says. “We have quite a few people with money and with jobs in the shelter, because there’s just such a low vacancy rate, they just can’t find a place,” he says. “That’s really frustrating for families.” Since opening, there have been three babies born to families staying at the shelter. They’ve made special accommodations for the new moms, including partitioning a cry room so that others staying at the shelter can get some sleep. By the end of August, the facility will have had 10 families transition to permanent housing just this month, which is a big deal, Ader says. Aside from landlord relationships, the shelter is also in need of more volunteers, especially people who can drive guests to programs, doctor’s appointments and other places they need to get to, Ader says. People with a clean driving history and an interest in helping can find more information at volunteer. The shelter can also always use donations of cleaning supplies, paper towels, toilet paper, trash bags, food handlers’ gloves, baby wipes and diapers — especially in sizes 5 and 6, which are harder to come by, Ader says.



How Spokane County agencies are making sure that women and families at risk are housed BY SAMANTHA WOHLFEIL


n the past year, Spokane social service agencies have pushed forward with efforts to make sure that women, children and families have a better shot at being sheltered together, and being able to afford to live together in their own place. Among those accomplishments there’s a new 24/7 shelter, and ground has been broken on a new permanent housing development that will support families and individuals living below the poverty line. The projects have helped dozens of families, but there’s still more work to be done to address the needs that exist.


n December 2016, Family Promise of Spokane opened a day shelter for homeless families called Open Doors. Located off Richard Allen Court in East Central, the shelter offers families a place to come in from the elements and spend the day with their kids while waiting for night shelters to open back up. The


shelter has facilities to shower, games and activities to stay entertained, and staff members to offer case management to those who come through the doors. By February, about 30 to 40 people walked in every day, and by June, the facility expanded to offer overnight shelter to families in the neighboring Bethel AME church, says Open Doors Director Joe Ader. Open Doors is one of the few shelters that doesn’t separate men and women, so that families can stay together. Up to the point of opening for overnight stays, the shelter had not seen more than 55 people on any given day, Ader says. But that quickly changed once people could sleep there. “We opened with 48, then went to 55, then we had 73 on the third day we were open,” he says. “We overflowed into the gymnasium until we could get our arms around it a little better.” At the highest point, they saw 84 people stay for one


eanwhile, north of the river in Spokane’s Emerson-Garfield neighborhood, local nonprofit Transitions ( has broken ground for its Home Yard Cottages, which will house women and children in permanent, supported housing at the corner of West Fairview Avenue and North Hemlock Street. Just down the hill from the Transitions office, the 24 new, small-footprint houses will be home to people living below the poverty line. Most of the units are reserved for people who make 30 percent of the median area income or less; a few are for those making 50 percent or less. The project took advantage of the city’s cottage ordinance, which allows for more buildings per lot, with a limit of a 1,000-square-foot floor area. Those rules allow for parking to be placed to one side of the development without a full-blown road going to each house. “The idea is to have more permanent housing that allowed a denser population all going through similar situations, so they’re able to come together as a community,” says project manager Ryan Bollinger of Heylman Martin Architects. Part of the project was paid for with state grant money for net-zero construction, which produces as much energy as it uses, Bollinger says. Fifteen of the units will receive power from solar panels and have high-efficiency heating and cooling systems. It’ll take a little more than a year to build the homes, Bollinger says, with construction slated to start next month. “In Spokane every day, 1,300 people do not have a place to call home, and Transitions is trying to respond to that concern by building these cottages,” said Transitions Executive Director Edie Rice-Sauer at a groundbreaking for the project held earlier this month. “We thought it was a great way to give individuals who’ve never had their own home, a home.” n

Our Community’s #1 Choice in Hospice Care “Every single patient, we’re identifying what their needs are and how we’re going to meet those needs. We do that from the context of being the oldest, largest and only Baby Grant is one of the program’s newest library card holders.



As part of a new pilot project, Spokane Public Library is making sure all new Spokane babies born at Holy Family, Deaconess and Sacred Heart hospitals and the Spokane Midwives birth center will go home with a book and a library card starting this month. As of last week, the library has distributed 1,000 Books for Babies gift bags to the hospitals and birth center. The bags were paid for by the Friends of Spokane Public Library. The library cards give parents digital access to the library’s online branch, and when they enter a library location, they can activate full access on the card. “It’s just a great way to introduce new parents to the library system if they haven’t been a customer before,” says Rae-Lynn Barden, administrative services coordinator for the library. The kits are designed to teach parents about the importance of reading to their kids from the very first day, which helps them learn language skills early, Barden says. It’s also a way for the libraries to let new parents know they have books and other resources for their new child, including storytimes, which are offered at all library locations. The program was based on other efforts around the nation. “We want library lovers in every household, and what better way to reach those citizens than on the day they are born,” library Executive Director Andrew Chanse says in an announcement about the kits. The library’s goal is to get a library card into every Spokane household. — SAMANTHA WOHLFEIL


A year ago, Doug Kelley, regional account executive for Avista, and Manny Hochheimer of Numerica Credit Union launched the Good Guys movement with YWCA Spokane, intended to raise awareness about the impact that domestic violence has in the area. “This is not a women’s issue, but a community issue, something that we must all work together to bring an end to,” Kelley says in an announcement calling on men to join them again this year at the YWCA’s 35th annual Women of Achievement awards luncheon, the largest annual fundraiser for the nonprofit organization. After the Good Guys recruited 100 men last year to fill tables at the awards ceremony, which honors women working to better Spokane, they were awarded the YWCA’s 2017 Shining Star Award, and they hope to get at least as many men to attend again this year. “All proceeds raised directly benefit the YWCA’s services for domestic violence victims and their children, including emergency shelter, counseling, legal services, job readiness, child care, and pre-k programs for low income children,” YWCA Spokane CEO Regina Malveaux says in an announcement about the event. This year’s event takes place Thursday, Sept. 28, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm at the Davenport Grand. Good Guys tickets can be purchased online at “This is a community epidemic; 1 in 3 women and 1 in 7 men in Spokane will be impacted by domestic violence,” Kelley says in the announcement. “We can no longer be silent about this prevalent issue.” — SAMANTHA WOHLFEIL

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help people in hard times get their lives back on track. “You meet people who are so resilient and have this spirit, and somehow through it all they managed to survive and persevere — it can be pretty awe-inspiring,” Wear says. Still, because the process to start receiving assistance for reasons such as being physically disabled, mentally or chronically ill can be so slow, Wear says she also often sees people who’ve lost everything along the way before finally securing the support they need. “Sometimes it takes two and a half years to get it right and Social Security sees that someone is disabled, and that is really heartbreaking,” she says. “But when it finally does happen, it is so good to see them have relief from that, and you get a sense of justice and see things are done right.”


“Everyone should have a right to some type of human dignity and decency,” Wear says.

ROSEMARY WEAR A young Spokane attorney uses her legal know-how to help people in need get access to disability assistance payments and other support BY CHEY SCOTT


pokane attorney Rosemary Ware makes sure her clients know exactly where to find her when they need her help, whether they realize they do or not. Every Thursday morning, the disability law specialist sets up her mobile, pro bono office at the House of Charity in downtown Spokane, where she spends three hours, from 9 to noon, offering free legal advice and assistance with the intensely bureaucratic process of applying for Social Security supplemental security income (SSI) or state disability benefits. In the afternoon, Wear moves across downtown to the Women’s Hearth day shelter operated by Transitions, where she can be found from 1 to about 3:30. In addition to these weekly sessions through her Wear Law Office firm’s Disability Assistance Project, she also takes time on Monday mornings to volunteer at Community Court, held at the Spokane Public Library’s downtown branch. “Part of why we do what we do is


because the Social Security program is so long and involved and complicated,” Wear explains. “There are so many different steps, people can get lost if they don’t know what they are doing.” Wear has been offering these weekly clinics for the past four years, after being laid off from a job here with a Seattle-based disability law firm, for which she’d done similar outreach. “I was just devastated and thinking about these people showing up and not finding anyone,” Wear recalls. “So my husband said, ‘Just do it yourself,’ and we took the leap and had faith things would work out.” Wear is the only attorney in her private practice, which also specializes in disability law, and is thus the sole attorney running the Disability Assistance Project, although she often has help from students at Gonzaga University School of Law. In her work, she’s seen countless examples of how these state or federal benefits


AGE: 35 POSITIONS: Owner/lead attorney of Wear Law Office, founder of the Disability Assistance Project, member of the Spokane Homeless Coalition, member of the Regional Planning Committee for Access to Justice I GIVE BACK BECAUSE… I believe all human beings have inherent worth and it is our moral obligation to try to help each other realize our fullest potential. I LOOK UP TO… all of the wonderful people in our community who give back to those less fortunate than themselves. I WISH THAT… all human beings saw that we are all the same and all have value, and treated all human beings with dignity, respect, love and compassion.

ear was born and raised in Coeur d’Alene, where she grew up in a family of five who sometimes struggled to get by from just her father’s income as a carpenter. “My parents … taught us it was important to give back even if you didn’t have much yourself — there were always people less fortunate than you,” Wear recalls. While studying at Gonzaga Law School, she fell in love with constitutional law’s precise logic and analysis. At the same time, she realized that by becoming a lawyer, she could use her skills to help people. Before graduating with her law degree, she started working with a local nonprofit specializing in unemployment benefits. “Everyone we helped was so grateful, and you got to see the impact of the work you were doing,” she says. Today, through the Disability Assistance Project, Wear has helped hundreds of people from all backgrounds and stages of need. As she recalls the story of a recent client, a single mom with a history of mental illness and abuse, who is also parenting a disabled child, Wear is moved to tears describing the trauma her client went through before finally getting help. “We got her applied to the state disability program, which helps tide people over until their SSI is approved,” she says. “I called her six weeks later to follow up and said, ‘Hey, how did it go, did you get your benefits turned on?’ And this client said ‘Yes, thank you so, so much,’ and that she’d went out and bought her first brand-new pair of underwear she’d had in seven years.” Recalling this moment captures Wear’s deep motivation and dedication to showing up every week for local people in need like this woman, and so many others who don’t know who to turn to for help. “My parents always taught me that everyone is equal, and that everyone should have a right to some type of human dignity and decency,” she emphasizes. “No one should not have clean underwear. I don’t care if you work or not, if you’re disabled or abled… Even though [my work] may be us helping people get money, I think that gives them that self-respect and dignity — they feel that they have value and they are self-sufficient and can provide for themselves.” n

People • Kids • Social Services • Civil and Human Rights • Education

HOW TO GIVE READ THE GIVE GUIDE Read all about the goals

of local nonprofits in this special section; make a note of the ones you connect with most.

GO ONLINE Grab your credit card, log on to the

charity websites found in these pages and make a contribution.


Call your nonprofit of choice via the numbers listed here and make a pledge of cash or volunteer hours.


American Childhood Cancer Organization Inland Northwest 3021 S Regal Suite 104 Spokane WA 99223

What We Do:

Mission Statement: To educate, support, serve, and advocate for families of children with cancer, survivors of childhood cancer, and the professionals who care for them.

We are excited to celebrate 40 Years of enhancing the lives of local children with cancer and their families by providing hope, emotional support, education, and patient advocacy. ACCOIN began in 1977 as the Inland Northwest Candlelighters. They started as a parent to parent volunteer group to provide practical support and the assurance that no child or family would have to fight childhood cancer alone. ACCOIN serves children under 21 diagnosed with cancer from Eastern Washington, North Idaho, and Western Montana. 100% of funds remain right here in the Inland Northwest. 87% is allocated to Programs/Services, 9% fundraising, and 4% administrative costs. This past year, there were 58 kids diagnosed and treatments can last up to three years. With local donations, we are able to offer gas/grocery/cafeteria cards, emergency funds, 3 family camps a year, summer and holiday parties, comfort care kits, teen and tween Support Groups, survivor mentorship, bereavement services, Hero Beads, annual Candlelight Vigil, Snack Basket and Poke Box Chest at the Hospital, Adopt a Family for Christmas, and monthly support groups for caregivers. ACCOIN relies on local community members, grantors, pledges, and volunteers to support families. Sponsorship for our fundraising events helps monies raised go directly to our programs and services. Your donations ensure that our numbers stay at 87% programs. The backbone of ACCOIN stems from hundreds of volunteers throughout the year at various events.


How Can You Get Involved? Donate, become a sponsor, or volunteer your skills Become a Table Captain at our Hope is Golden Luncheon on September 26th, 2017 Buy tickets for our 14th annual Light the Way Dinner Auction at the Davenport April 27, 2018 Pledge $50 per month to provide Hero Beads for a Leukemia patient Volunteer Organizational Needs: Grant writers, Fundraisers, Community Outreach members, Public relations, social media, Interns, Childhood Cancer Awareness Month Committee (September)

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Inland NW 222 W. Mission Ave. Suite 40 Spokane, WA 99201

What We Do:

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Provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one to one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

By partnering with parents, guardians, volunteers and others in the community, we are accountable for each child in our program achieving: higher aspirations, great confidence, and better relationships; avoidance of risky behaviors; educational success.

How Can You Get Involved?

$50 expense of monthly safety contact for 4 children $100 expense of a volunteer interview/home visit $300 cost of processing a volunteer to match with a child $1,000 Fully making and supporting a match Volunteer become a Big


The Arc of Spokane 320 E. 2nd Ave. Spokane, WA 99202

What We Do:


The Arc of Spokane promotes independence and choice and enhance the quality of life for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

The Arc of Spokane is the leading non-profit agency in the Inland Northwest providing life-changing support for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families at every stage of life. Together with the people we serve, we advocate for change. We celebrate diversity. And we work to create opportunities for everyone to enjoy a rich, independent life as a valued contributor to our community. The Arc was founded nationally in the 1950s by parents who wanted better lives for their children with developmental disabilities. Today, as one of 730 independently governed Arc chapters nationwide, our local chapter is stronger than ever—serving more than 3,000 people of all ages who have autism, cerebral palsy, down syndrome and many other intellectual and developmental disabilities. Through compassionate support and trusted services, we empower people with I/DD and their families to achieve their full potential and the quality of life they deserve—from birth to forever.

How Can You Get Involved? On September 23, 2017, The Arc of Spokane will be hosting its 2nd Annual ROCK THE RUNWAY Fashion Show and Auction. ROCK THE RUNWAY: A Night in Paris will be a time to celebrate our members as they strut their stuff on the runway in French themed thrift store clothing. We will be telling the stories of our constituents, friendraising and of course fundraising for an amazing cause! Please visit for more information and to purchase tickets.

Birthright of Coeur d Alene 923 E. Sherman Avenue CdA, ID 83814

What We Do:

September 23, 2017


Birthright of CdA helps women who are worried about a pregnancy.

Birthright is a 501c3 Non-profit Emergency Pregnancy Service. We help women or girls concerned about a pregnancy. We offer free pregnancy tests, maternity clothes, baby clothes and diapers. We also offer person to person help with referrals to local agencies.

How Can You Get Involved?

$5.00 per month helps with pregnancy tests $10.00-$20.00 a month helps with baby clothes, diapers and maternity clothes $100 a month helps with advertising or our phone bill. There are volunteer positions available and also openings on the Board of Directors.

Inland Northwest Council Boy Scouts of America 411 W Boy Scout Way Spokane, WA 99201

What We Do:


Our vision is to inspire youth to become honorable men and women, prepared to face the challenges of tomorrow and lead others to make a positive impact on the world.

Youth develop character, fitness, citizenship and leadership skills through fun activities with their friends and mentors, and adventures that help them stretch and grow.

What Can Your Donations Do?

$25 helps local packs reach out to new families $100 helps ensure that volunteers can call for help and mentoring $300 provides council support for one Scout for a year Visit for more information!


Help youth to be Prepared. For Life.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Spokane County 544 E. Providence Ave. Spokane, WA 99207 • 12509 N. Market St. Mead, WA 99021

What We Do:

509.489.0741 Two Clubhouse Locations

Our mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring & responsible citizens.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Spokane County has provided thousands of young people, (ages 6-18), with a safe & positive place to “drop-in” after school & throughout the summer. Our two Clubhouses offer programs proven to help kids realize academic success, develop good character & citizenship and attain healthy lifestyles.

How Can You Get Involved?

$20 Provides an annual membership for 1 child $100 Pays for 75 healthy breakfasts for Club kids $1,000 Covers the cost for 4 kids to attend a 10 week Summer Camp


Center for Justice

35 W. Main Avenue Suite 300 Spokane, WA 99201

What We Do:

The Center for Justice is a civil legal aid organization dedicated to empowering marginalized individuals through representation and policy changes.

Our Housing Justice Program works to address systemic barriers that prevent low income community members from getting housing. Our Driver’s Relicensing Program helps people address traffic fines and infractions to get their licenses back. Our Re-Entry/Prison Civil Rights Program helps formerly incarcerated individuals address barriers to re-entry, including legal financial obligations and clearing old convictions.

How Can You Get Involved?

We believe everybody has the right to an attorney. We’re grateful for our grants but they don’t cover all costs associated with our organization. Your generous and worthwhile donations make sure we have the resources we need to effectively represent marginalized individuals. Fighting the system is expensive. We make sure individuals we represent are able to access professional services.

(509) 444-7033

Daybreak Youth Services 960 East 3rd Avenue, Spokane, WA 99202

What We Do:

Daybreak Youth Services promotes involved, healthy communities by offering hope and recovery solutions to youth and their families struggling with addiction and mental health problems.

Daybreak is an innovative provider of adolescent substance use disorder and co-occurring mental health treatment in Washington. Using proven and effective, evidence-based treatment strategies, Daybreak strives to build healthy and hopeful communities through inpatient and outpatient treatment for teens.

What Can Your Donations Do?

$25 provides school supplies for one client. $50 provides meals for one week. $100 gives a client a welcome backpack. $372 provides treatment for a client for one day

FYSPRT Northeast (Family, Youth, System, Partner, Round Table) 1002 N. Superior St. Spokane, WA 99202

What We Do:


FYSPRT is a gathering of youth, family, community and system partners, engaging in conversations to help improve community based behavioral health approaches for youth and their families.

It is open to anyone in the community who has an interest in youth with special needs who access publicly funded services (ie, dd, mh, special ed). As a recipient, provider or administrator of public mental health services you have an important perspective and your voice is needed to help with real system change.

How Can You Get Involved?

Help make your voice heard! We invite you to join us on the 1st Thursday of each month, from Noon- 1:30pm to take part in our round-table discussions. Meetings are held at the Spokane County Community Center at: 312 W. 8th Ave, Spokane, WA 99204



Spokane Guilds’ School and Neuromuscular Center 2118 W. Garland Ave. Spokane, WA 99205

What We Do:


We provide occupational, speech, physical, and special education therapies to birth to three-year olds with developmental disabilities.

We believe in the worth of every individual and their right to a meaningful life. The Spokane Guilds’ School provides a personalized, comprehensive program of assessment, therapy, education and support regardless of a child’s race, gender, religion or their family’s ability to pay.

How Can You Get Involved?

To learn more, schedule a tour, volunteer or make a donation contact us at or 509-326-1651

Habitat for Humanity 1805 E. Trent Ave., Spokane, WA 99202

What We Do:


Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity - Spokane brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.

Qualified families repay a 0% interest loan, work 500 sweat equity hours and pay $3,000 closing cost prior to receiving keys to their new home. Donations of new & used building materials and household items also support home building. By providing a stable home, Habitat-Spokane is eliminating poverty for Spokane families.

What Can Your Donations Do?

$35 Provides a box of nails for a house $85 Provides exterior windows for a house $150 Provides a door for a house $250 Provides installation for a house

Hutton Settlement Children’s Home 9907 E. Wellesley Ave. Spokane, WA 99206

What We Do:

every child

deserves a home base from which to explore the world.



Hutton Settlement Children’s Home nurtures, educates and prepares children who are in need of a safe and healthy home.

Please support the children of our community by supporting Hutton Settlement!

What Can Your Donations Do? • Enhance the quality of life of children in our care • Fund educational scholarships for children in need • Help kids participate in extracurricular activities such as sports and camps • Fund therapeutic arts programs

The Krista Foundation for Global Citizenship P.O. Box 28773 Spokane, WA 99228

What We Do:


Transform twenty-something young adults’ service year into a life of service leadership.

Our multi-year Krista Colleague Leadership program and partner services provide skill-building and an ecumenical mentoring network for twenty-somethings who have chosen a year or more of volunteer service. Young leaders are equipped w/21st century skills such as ethical service, intercultural competence, racial equity, and bridging differences.

What Can Your Donations Do? Equip emerging leaders in Spokane and beyond to infuse service-centered leadership in the workplace and world for decades to come.


Transforming service experiences into lives of service leadership


Leadership Spokane

801 W. Riverside Ave., Suite 220, Spokane WA 99201

What We Do:

Leadership Spokane was started in 1983 on the promise to deliver dedicated leaders to step up, lead as public servants and make Spokane a better place to live.

Leadership Spokane is the region’s premier Leadership, Education and Networking program inspiring both adults and high school students. You will learn key leadership skills and understand how the region works through 10 focused, deliberative and motivating class sessions.

How Can You Get Involved?


Online applications for adults and high school youth are available January 1 through April 1 on our website. Join the movement!

North Idaho College Foundation, Inc. 1000 W. Garden Ave., Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814

What We Do:


North Idaho College meets the diverse educational needs of students, employers, and the northern Idaho communities it serves.

NIC is committed to student success, educational excellence, community engagement, and lifelong learning. North Idaho College Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit charitable organization that encourages private support for the educational mission of the college. The Foundation accepts gifts on behalf of NIC and stewards those funds to provide a source of support for current and future needs. NIC also has an active Alumni Association.

How Can You Get Involved?

Your investment will provide opportunities for students to pursue education and training that will help them build a brighter future. Donations of all sizes are deeply appreciated.

Odyssey Youth Movement 1121 S Perry Street, Spokane, WA 99202

What We Do:


Odyssey Youth Movement works to create safe and affirming spaces for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth in the Inland NW.

Odyssey has worked alongside LGBTQ youth of the Inland NW for 25 years. Through drop in programing every M/W/F, 3-8/9 pm, 13-18 year olds are able to access a safe place with regular health and wellness programs. Odyssey’s robust training efforts reach school, mental health, and juvenile justice staff working with LGBTQ youth right here in our community.

How Can You Get Involved?

Support may include, investing in Odyssey, volunteering during drop in or in the office, donating items, as well as participating in community outreach.

Partnering for Progress PO Box 28191, Spokane, WA 99228

What We Do:


Partnering for Progress builds relationships with villages in Kenya’s Kopanga region to help them create flourishing communities by improving their quality of life in the areas most important to them.

Making a world of difference, a world away. Into Africa Auction, Celebrating a Decade of Progress - October 7, 2017 •

What Can Your Donation Do?

$500 $100 $25 $10

Funds one year of boarding school for a high school student Provides education, food and medical check-ups for 20 infants per week Purchases 80 bottles of chlorine drops to purify drinking water for a village Supplies young girls with feminine hygiene kits to help them stay in school PAID ADVERTISING



Peak 7 Adventures

6710 N Pittsburg St., Spokane, WA 99217

What We Do:

Peak 7 Adventures is a non-profit providing life-changing outdoor adventures to underserved young people across the Pacific Northwest.

We believe every young person should have experiences in the outdoors that help them to grow physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually—regardless of socio-economic standing. Since Peak 7 started in 2006, we’ve served over 25,000 participants in the Pacific Northwest. Last year we served 4,295 participants, and continue to see our annual numbers grow.


What Can Your Donations Do? Scholarship fund: Many of our participants come from under resourced homes and scholarship funds allow us to continue serving youth who would not otherwise have the opportunity. Bower Adventure Course (BAC): a 54-day intensive outdoor program designed to help shape young leaders (Pictured bottom right). Eight young females and eight young males explore their sense of identity, develop grit and perseverance, obtain valuable leadership skills like decision-making, humility, effective communication, and so much more! Ascent: Snowshoeing, multi day backpacking, hiking and mountaineering—youth are challenged to go above and beyond what they think is possible. Rock Climbing: Regardless of ability level, our climbing trips are designed to teach and push participants to reach new heights, while instilling confidence and trust in themselves and others. Rafting: Whitewater rafting is an exhilarating way to experience the outdoors! Teens learn to trust and work as a team as they navigate through rapids. Stand up paddle-boarding: Our paddle boarding program is designed to enable youth to explore the beauty of creation right in their own backyards! (Pictured top right). Wilderness Medicine: We provide certification courses including; Wilderness First Responder, Wilderness Advanced First Aid, Wilderness First Aid and CPR.


Project Beauty Share

2718 E. Sprague Ave., Spokane, WA 99202

What We Do:

Project Beauty Share® collects and distributes hygiene, cosmetic and beauty products through non-profit organizations who serve women and their children overcoming abuse, addiction, homelessness and poverty.

The YWCA, Hope House, Our Place, and St. Margaret’s Shelter are a few of the local non-profit organizations that benefit from the products donated.

You should know:

Food stamps and state assistances programs do not allow basic grooming products to be purchased, not even items such as shampoo, deodorant and feminine hygiene. These items along with other beauty products provide women with a basic level of dignity, confidence and well-being while they work towards self-sufficiency.

How can you help?

Project Beauty Share® believes the “The beauty is in the giving” and we invite you to join us! Donations of time, money or products will allow us to continue to assist women throughout our community. To find our product drop-off locations and to learn more, please visit

What Can Your Donations Do? Please look through your make-up bag and drawers or pick up some of these items the next time you’re at the store. • Barely Used Makeup • Clean Makeup Bags • Facial Cleansers and Moisturizers • Body Lotion and Sunscreen • Bar Soap*

• Toothpaste and Toothbrushes* • Deodorant* • Feminine Hygiene Products* • Shampoo and Conditioner • Combs and Brushes*

• Hair Styling Products • Hair Styling Tools (blow dryers, curling irons, etc.) • Perfume and Body Sprays • Nail Polish and Remover • Nail Files*


*These items must be new and unopened. Please make sure bottles of gently used products are in good condition, and are at least half full.




The Salvation Army in Spokane 222 E. Indiana Ave. Spokane, WA 99207

What We Do:

The Salvation Army has been transforming the lives of the most vulnerable families and children in Spokane County since 1891 with social services programs.

Our commitment and vision is to help the whole person physically, emotionally and spiritually without discrimination and always with dignity and respect. Currently, 90 cents of every dollar raised by The Salvation Army in Spokane is used to sustain life-changing programs that bring hope to those in need.

How Can You Get Involved?

$75 Provides three nutritious meals every day for one month for an individual. $300 Provides one week of transitional housing for a family of three. $1,000 Provides a month of care for a child at Sally’s House.

SCBA’s Volunteer Lawyers Program (VLP) 1116 W Broadway Spokane WA 99260

What We Do:


Each day, our VLP staff coordinate local attorneys who volunteer their time to provide pro bono civil legal assistance with qualified persons at or below 200% of the federal poverty level.

What Types of Cases Do SCBA VLP Pro Bono Attorneys Handle? Primarily: Family law, tenant evictions, consumer collection assistance, and bankruptcy information. To see if you qualify, call our VLP intake line on Mondays between 1:00- 5:00 pm, and Wednesdays between 1:00 - 4:00 pm at 509.324.0144; or call CLEAR at 888.201.1014, M-F, 9:15 – 12:15 am.

How Can You Get Involved?

Your gifts and donations of money and time help sustain us in providing pro bono legal aid to the residents of Spokane County and, to a more limited extent, our neighboring counties.


Spokane County United Way 920 N Washington Suite 100 Spokane, WA 99201

What We Do:

Spokane County United Way fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in our community.

We bring our community together to stare down the problems of child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, educational achievement gaps and poverty. We care and we fight. We fight to support healthy family relationships. We fight to increase high school graduation rates. We fight to improve the financial stability of families. Hope isn’t a one-man band. We have one life. To live better, we must LIVE UNITED.

How Can You Get Involved?

Be a part of the fight for a stronger community. Make United Way your partner of choice. Financially support our work. Use Volunteer Spokane to share your time and talents. Follow us on social media.


SHOP OR DONATE TO A THRIFT STORE Local thrift shops, including Goodwill and Union Gospel Mission, are powered by charity and give back to those most in need.





Spokane Housing Ventures 2001 N. Division St., Ste. 100, Spokane, WA 99207

What We Do:

SHV is a nonprofit organization devoted to providing safe, affordable housing to individuals and families with limited incomes and/or special housing needs.

Spokane Housing Ventures concentrates on creating and sustaining housing for individuals, families with household incomes at or below 80% of area median income; homeless, seniors, large families and families with disabled members.

How Can You Get Involved?

Volunteer: Board & committee positions available. Donations: We welcome your tax deductible donation, which we will use to carry out our mission of giving people a place to call home. Donate at



3128 N. Hemlock St. Spokane, WA 99205

What We Do:

Transitions works to end poverty and homelessness for women and children in Spokane through five unique programs.

Transitions’ five programs provide childcare, job training, and housing to more than 1,600 women and their children each year. Please continue joining our mission by donating your time and talents to the Women’s Hearth, Miryam’s House, Transitional Living Center, EduCare, or New Leaf Bakery Café. Your donation makes a difference.

What Can Your Donations Do?

$50 provides 5 food handler’s cards for New Leaf Trainees $100 provides supplies for 1 month of parenting education groups $250 provides the application fee and deposit for a woman’s new home Volunteering provides priceless connections and skills


Union Gospel Mission 1224 E. Trent Ave. Spokane, WA 99202

What We Do:


Union Gospel Mission provides for the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of men, women and children battered by abuse, addiction and homelessness.

What began as a simple soup kitchen has evolved into a 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week social service provider. UGM’s four shelters, auxiliary services and youth outreach programs provide the resources for individuals to break the cycle of homelessness and become God-dependent, contributing members of society.

How Can You Get Involved?

Hold a drive or organize a service project. Call 509-535-8510 to schedule. Volunteer. Call 509-532-3813 to begin the process. Go to for a comprehensive list of things you can do to help.



ATTEND A CHARITY EVENT Your ticket itself is a donation, and you can bid on fun items and meet others supporting the great work being done.


YFA Connections

P.O. Box 3344 Spokane, WA 99220-3344

What We Do:

We provide crisis shelter for at-risk kids ages 12-17, street outreach to homeless youth and substance abuse/mental health services for adults.

The mission of YFA Connections is to provide education, prevention, intervention and treatment services to youth, families and adults in conflict or crisis.

What Can Your Donations Do?

$25 buys a hygiene kit for a homeless youth $10 buys 12 pairs of socks for kids in the shelter $15 buys a package of boxer shorts


Metro Spokane Young Life 418 W Sharp Ave Spokane, WA 99201

What We Do:

Introducing kids to Jesus and helping them grow in their faith. Fun. Mentoring. Support. Adventures. Friendship.

Our programs are custom made for kids throughout their adolescent years. Young Life is the name of our organization and is also the term we use for our program with high school students. In Spokane we are reaching high schoolers at: North Central, Lewis & Clark, Shadle Park, Ferris, Lakeside, Gonzaga Prep, Central Valley, University, West Valley, Medical Lake, Cheney, Mead, and Mt. Spokane. We call our middle school program WyldLife, we currently are reaching: North Pines, Garry, Northwood, Mountainside, Centennial, Horizon, Medical Lake Middle, Cheney Middle, Salk and Glover. The initiative for college and university students is called Young Life College, we now have campus clubs at The Community Colleges of Spokane, Gonzaga, Whitworth, and EWU. We refer to our ministry to kids with disabilities as Capernaum and have a metro Spokane group. We also currently work with over 100 teen moms in Central Spokane, North Spokane, West Plains and the Spokane Valley we call the ministry: YoungLives. In a partnership with Military Community Youth Ministries,Young Life reaches military teens on Fairchild Air Force Base through a program called Club Beyond. We strive to build relationships that show our adolescent friends that they have worth, and in the process we earn the right to hear their stories, step into their world and share the hope of Jesus with them.

How Can You Get Involved? • Support your local Young Life Area • Become a leader for a specific ministry • Donate financially online at and note in the comments what area or school you’d like to support. • Provide meals, resources, or assistance at our multicultural and urban ministries. • Support YL fundraising events happening near you • Join a Young Life committee or board To get connected and find out more reach out to

YMCA of the Inland Northwest 1126 N. Monroe St. Spokane, WA 99201

What We Do:


We give everyone a safe place to learn, grow & thrive by strengthening the foundations of our community through healthy living, youth development & social responsibility.

As a cause-driven, non-profit organization we are committed to nurturing the potential of every child and teen, improving our community’s health and well-being, and giving back to and supporting our neighbors; ensuring everyone has the essential tools to find their place and succeed.

What Can Your Donations Do? $60 lets two children learn to swim $120 gives a child a safe place before and after school for 1 yr $180 gives a teen a membership to enjoy music, film, homework help, sports and more PAID ADVERTISING





When nature comes calling, these nonprofits are there to answer BY DANIEL WALTERS

PrOtecting the


es, Chris DeForest, conservation director of the Inland Northwest Land Conservancy, is thoroughly aware of the irony of his last name. After all, one goal of the Land Conservancy is to prevent deforestation. “The forests are providing a great service by making oxygen, slowing runoff, providing shade,” DeForest says. His nonprofit has helped plenty of them. “We have identified and helped protect some 16,000 acres of land in Eastern Washington and northern Idaho,” DeForest says. “Prime wildlife habitats, river corridors, working farms and forests, 40 miles of river corridors and lakeshores.” Plenty of other environmental groups care about trees and rivers, of course. But the Land Conservancy doesn’t save forest and wilderness areas by waving signs, writing letters, blocking bulldozers or sending in lawyers. “Unlike most environmental groups, we’re not an advocacy group,” says DeForest. There are plenty of environmental and land use groups that are activists and advocates, including the Sierra Club, the Kootenai Environmental Alliance, the Lands Council and Futurewise. The Inland NW Land Conservancy helps the land in a subtler way, helping willing landowners place a “conservation easement” on their properties, which restricts most major development on the property: Even if the land is sold, the restrictions remains in place. “These protective covenants are a tool,” DeForest says. “The goal is to protect enough land that there will always be a haven for native creatures, and protected land providing good drinking water for the rest of us.” Of particular concern is the Rathdrum Prairie Aquifer, a major source of drinking water in North Idaho. By keeping development away from parts of the aquifer, the group can make sure it doesn’t get contaminated or drained. “We’re protecting it at its most vulnerable points,” DeForest says. “If we can keep the land intact, we can take care of the water for us.” At least once a year, the conservancy visits the properties it helps to protect, like Audubon Lake in Reardan, to ensure that instructions are being followed. As a result, DeForest says, the conservancy gets to view some incredible sights in nature. “It’s an incredible migratory bird oasis,” he says. “Migratory birds found there are found nowhere else in




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Washington state.” At, you can pay $35 to a be a member, give money directly, or ask to volunteer on one-day or longer-term projects.

PLANTERS AND TRAILBLAZERS Plenty of other organizations offer the public opportunities to improve forests and rivers directly. Spokane Ponderosa doesn’t accept donations — the nonprofit already has two generous local donors — but it does want help planting hundreds of ponderosa pine trees. According to its website (, the group will “provide free Ponderosa Pine seedlings and loan planting tools to the volunteer groups who install the trees.” For people who love to fish, Trout Unlimited ( is full of conservationists who want to make the region a better place to fish and hunt. “We are a conservation organization, but I would say that 95 percent of our members fish and a lot of them also hunt,” says Lisa Pelly, director of water projects for Trout Unlimited. After all, few people care more about the health of the river and the fish it contains than the people who wade into it every weekend. Volunteers fix culverts, plant vegetation along the sides of the river to prevent erosion — especially after construction has damaged the area — or add other infrastructure to create more variety in the river. “Some of our chapter members actually go help with fish captures at hatcheries,” Pelly says. That’s on top of the organization advocating to keep public lands public. If you prefer hiking to getting your feet wet, the Washington Trails Association works in a similar way, targeting trails for cleanup. “We’ve been a statewide organization since 1950,” says Holly Weiler, Eastern Washington regional coordinator for the Washington State Trails Association. “It’s slowly been gaining momentum in Eastern Washington.” Join them for daylong trail-maintenance projects at places like Mt. Spokane (sign up at You’ll arrive early, around 8:30 am, and start getting to work soon after, clearing brush, repairing culverts, digging some drainage ditches — “putting in some sweat equity.” “We always have mandatory candy breaks at 10 am,” Weiler says. By 3:30 pm, it’s time to end the day with drinks and cookies. The best part? Go out on three volunteering trips with the Washington Trails Association, Weiler says, and earn yourself a free Discover Pass, allowing entrance to all Washington State Parks. n

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Making life better for four-legged, furry friends when others can’t BY DAN NAILEN


t took Jamie McAtee reaching a low point in her own professional life for her to find the inspiration to help others. In her case, the “others” are slobbering, furry creatures that found an ally in McAtee when others turned their backs, closed their doors or abused them, often to the point of neardeath. McAtee’s creation four years ago of Rescue4All, a nonprofit animal rescue organization dedicated to saving the lives of often unadoptable and medically needy dogs, has made a difference for hundreds of animals. It’s also come to dominate McAtee’s life, and inspired dozens of her fans to nominate the 40-year-old Montana native, a Spokanite since 2004, to be one of this year’s Peirone Prize winners. “Jamie is the founder of the best dog rescue in the state and beyond,” wrote Rescue4All fan Merrilie Davidson in support of McAtee’s nomination. “She takes all breeds, special needs, and has become an expert at saving dogs with mega-esophagus, a condition that prevents food from passing from the esophagus to the stomach … She has the biggest heart in the world and will move Heaven and Earth to save a dog, whatever it takes.” McAtee demurs at such compliments,

and in conversation she often speaks of “we.” That really should be “I” since she’s essentially a one-woman gang in making Rescue4All function — albeit a gang with thousands of vocal supporters, and some very important partnerships in the rescue world that allow her to serve the “problem” pups that are her specialty. She’s quick with a selfdeprecating joke, and just as quick to pull out her phone to show pictures of rescued dogs — both happy ones in new foster homes, and horrifically housed ones saved from a recent puppy-mill bust in Stevens County, in which a sheriff’s deputy called her with nearly 50 abused and neglected dogs in need of help, like, right now. Rescue4All might have never come into existence if McAtee’s former employer, a mortgage-sales company, hadn’t gone belly up, leaving her unemployed and struggling, in more ways than one. “No one was hiring, so I went from making a ridiculous amount of money for a 20-something to being on unemployment for the first time in my life,” McAtee says. “I’d always identified my self-worth with my job. So the universe, or God, or whatever your belief is, it taught me that the world is not about me, and my job does not make me who I am. That really brought me to a space

AGE: 40 POSITIONS: Founder of Rescue4All, volunteer at Spokane Humane Society, owner of J.Mac Marketing and Creative Design I GIVE BACK BECAUSE… if someone doesn’t take that leap to step up and help, no one else will. I LOOK UP TO… Mother Teresa. She didn’t do what she did for attention. Her essence was just helping to make the world a better place. I WISH THAT… people would just learn to be responsible. And spay, and neuter, and socialize; learn how to communicate with their dogs so I wouldn’t need to exist.


of, ‘What can I do to not feel depressed, and what can I do to give back?’” She started volunteering at the Spokane Humane Society, where she immediately saw how many animals came into the system that never have a chance of finding a home. Some have expensive and ongoing medical issues. Some are considered “problem” dogs with an aggressive past. “I had no idea the inner workings of a rescue organization,” McAtee says. “I had no thoughts that I’d ever open a rescue, or run a rescue. But once I saw there are dogs there that no other rescues would take, I was like, ‘OK, I can do this.’” She launched Rescue4All in 2013, creating a foster-home-based rescue from the ground up with the support of friends and family. She took positive aspects of other organizations and manages to keep her rescue debt-free, with all costs of caring for the dogs paid upfront, thanks to donors attracted to Rescue4All’s mission. McAtee’s passion, and that of her organization’s fans, is on full display on the Rescue4All Facebook page, where new dogs available for fostering and adoption are introduced and past success stories are celebrated. It’s part of the “better community for our animals” that McAtee is building, and part of her mission to show the world that dogs often considered too challenging to adopt — through no fault of their own — can be the joyful pets people want when given a little love and attention. “It’s about having people understand what these dogs come from,” McAtee says. “Through training and dedication and time and exercise — and they come from these shitty situations — they can be their best dog if you put in the time and effort to have them be that way.” n




Spokane Humane Society celebrates 120 years of doing right by our four-legged friends BY DANIEL WALTERS


here’s a very real risk to becoming the new executive director of the Spokane Humane Society: You might fall in love with a dog. Or two. For Sheila Geraghty, who became the Humane Society’s new executive director in April when former director Dave Richardson handed over the reins after 11 years, that dog was Buddy, a large Chihuahua mix who’d been suffering from serious neglect. “He lived in a backyard and didn’t even know that humans are nice people. Some of these dogs, due to neglect, don’t know what a person is,” Geraghty says. “Buddy didn’t know what a leash was… This dog did not want to be around people at all.” But the Humane Society’s mission, after all, centers on taking animals who’d been in the roughest circumstances, giving them medical aid, then training them to be better pets. Geraghty started doing that with Buddy, taking him under her wing. When he first arrived, Buddy “was so terrorized by this whole experience, he actually hurt himself trying to get away,” Geraghty says. But slowly, he began to acclimate to people. A volunteer would sit in Buddy’s kennel and just talk to him for long periods of time. Slowly, he began to learn how to approach humans. But when it was time to put Buddy up

for adoption, Geraghty couldn’t do it. “He had so much more to learn about being a dog,” she says. So — why not? — she decided to keep him. “He’s the now the greatest dog ever,” she adds.


ew Spokane nonprofit institutions are as old as the Humane Society. This year, it turns 120. “Back in the day, animals weren’t considered anything that needed to be cared for, like animals are cared for today,” Geraghty says. “They weren’t pets. They were working animals.” In 1897, however, the Spokane Humane Society was focused on advocating for the rights of horses: The only way to get loads up the South Hill was to have horses lug them in heavy carts, step by step, the 30 steep blocks between downtown Spokane and 29th Avenue. “They were not getting water,” Geraghty says. “Their hooves were not being taken care of.” The Humane Society pressed for their fair treatment. Over the years, that mission expanded, also focusing on the welfare of pigs, goats and pets. Eventually, as horses faded from prominence with the introduction of automobiles, Geraghty says, the Spokane Humane Society let other organizations that had cropped up advocate for the rights of farm animals, opting to focus on the care of

Nature • Pets • Wildlife • Public Lands • The Environment

SHS hosts an annual “Parade of Paws” fundraiser walk.


dogs and cats. In 2006, the organization made another big shift: The Humane Society stopped euthanizing animals due to space. In addition to 153 kennels at its northeast Spokane facility, the shelter can place up to 30 dogs and cats at its new adoption center at the Northpointe PetSmart. “We’ve never been full,” Geraghty says of her time since she started as director. There are plenty of ways that fellow animal lovers can help out the Spokane Humane Society — many volunteers, she says, come to the shelter every day to help train the animals or walk the dogs. But the real need, she says, is money. “My challenges are cash,” she says. “We don’t get any government funds like SCRAPS. I am solely relying on the generosity of the community.” She suggests either attending a fundraiser — there’s a National Dog Day Celebration at RV Northwest on Saturday, Aug. 26 — or writing a check directly. As for Geraghty? Lately she’s been busy fostering another dog, this one named Snickers. “He’s a growler and a nipper,” she says. “But he wants to be a good dog so bad.” n

HOW TO GIVE READ THE GIVE GUIDE Read all about the goals of local nonprofits in this special section; make a note of the ones you connect with most. GO ONLINE Grab your credit card, log on to the

charity websites found in these pages and make a contribution.


Call your nonprofit of choice via the numbers listed here and make a pledge of cash or volunteer hours.


Friends of the Centennial Trail P.O. Box 351 Spokane, WA 99210

What We Do:


Advocate to keep the Spokane River Centennial Trail safe, maintained and easy to navigate.

Your Spokane River Centennial Trail is the backbone of eastern Washington’s recreation trail system and was named a National Recreation Trail in 2010. The 39 mile Washington span follows the Spokane River, showcasing valley, downtown and Riverside State Park vistas.

How Can You Get Involved?

Many citizens support the Centennial Trail with financial gifts. With your membership, and others like you, we keep the Centennial Trail safe, maintained and easy to use. Join on our secure website today: www.


Jon Jonckers


River’s Wish Animal Sanctuary 11511 West Garfield Road Spokane, WA 99224

What We Do:

We provide rescue, rehabilitation, adoption and sanctuary for animals in need. We promote compassionate life choices through sanctuary-based humane education.

We advocate for animals. Located on 65 acres in NW Spokane County, River’s Wish provides refuge for animals who have no place to go. Become a monthly sponsor and support the animals! Visit us at Sign up for our electronic newsletter and follow us on Facebook.

How Can You Get Involved?

Your donations make all the difference in the lives of the animals. $100 buys bird feed for one month $230 buys rabbit feed for one month $250 buys one ton of hay delivered and stacked. We order 100 tons each year.


Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service

6815 E. Trent Ave. Spokane Valley, WA 99212

What We Do:


SCRAPS offers protection and care for the homeless, abused and abandoned animals in Spokane County.

SCRAPS provides nearly 11,000 homeless animals with the medical care and support they need to get a second chance at life. Our donor supported programs include: Animal Medical Fund, Transport Program, free behavior classes and literature, a pet food bank and dog houses for low income families.

How Can You Get Involved?

Donate pet food, supplies and funds. Volunteer as a dog walker, foster parent or cat socializer. Adopt your next best friend from our shelter.


Spokane Riverkeeper

35 W. Main Avenue Suite 300 Spokane, WA 99201

What We Do:

Spokane Riverkeeper exists to ensure equitable access to the resources and natural beauty of the Spokane River and to restore and preserve the river for future generations of our community.

We work to support common-sense public access that promotes the ecological sustainability of the river. Our garbage clean-up program organizes hundreds of volunteers to pick up trash all along the shoreline. We ensure accountability for all operations that discharge into the river. We also educate the public about the issues that threaten the Spokane River, like defending it from sources of pollution.

What Can Your Donations Do?

We keep watch and help enforce clean river policies. By supporting the Spokane Riverkeeper, you help us actively patrol for pollution, illegal discharges, and shoreline destruction. Your support also helps us educate youth about our river. Your generous donations ensure the Spokane River has a voice at the local, state, and federal level.



50 $ 575 $


Pays for one week of meals at Daybreak Youth Services

Pays for tuition for one student at the Spokane Youth Symphony AUGUST 24, 2017 GIVE GUIDE 19

COMMUNITY NURTURING THE FUTURE Doing vitally important work, local youth organizations help kids develop to their fullest potential BY MITCH RYALS


n the past decade, we’ve learned a lot about kids, including how they develop and mature, how they make decisions, and what they need in order to succeed. Much of that success is built around a safe, stable home environment. Unfortunately, youth homelessness is one of the biggest issues facing kids in Washington state. According to a 2016 report from the state Office of Homeless Youth (created in 2015 specifically to address the issue), 13,000 kids in Washington do not have a safe place to stay. Recently, the statewide organization A Way Home Washington helped facilitate a 100 Day Challenge to find homes for 100 kids in cities across the state. Spokane surpassed that goal. “For years, placement is the number one request that we see,” says Rosey Thurman, an attorney with the nonprofit legal clinic TeamChild ( Most of Thurman’s work, she says, involves helping kids navigate the court system. But just ask the kids she’s helped, and they’ll tell you she does much more than that. The same can be said of other local organizations working with kids. Here are their stories about what they do and why they do it.


Homelessness doesn’t just mean living on the streets. Although Jazzmine Lindsey technically had a place to stay, it wasn’t a great setup. “I was running with a bad crowd, getting involved in stuff I knew I shouldn’t be doing,” she says. In eighth grade, Lindsey was kicked out of school. In fact, she says, she wasn’t allowed to re-enroll in any Spokane Public Schools. With her parents in two different states, and no one to help, Thurman went to bat for her. Thurman got Lindsey back into school, helped her become emancipated at age 16, and helped her find her own place. With a safe place to stay and a job, Lindsey, now 20, earned an associate’s degree from Spokane Community College and is currently working toward a bachelor’s degree at Eastern Washington University. “Rosey fought like hell for me,” she says. “For youth who are at risk, TeamChild is the best thing out there. I owe Rosey everything. I really do. Without her, I wouldn’t be where I’m at today.”




Can you name three different varieties of kale? Did you even know there were three varieties of kale? The kids who work for River City Youth Ops — formerly Project Hope Spokane — do, and can name them all. The West Centralgrown program ( has established nine community gardens maintained by kids ages 14 to 18. They grow fruits, veggies and herbs, and sell them at street markets throughout the city. “The heart of what we do is job training,” says Jenifer Priest, the nonprofit organization’s development director. “For these youth, it’s a way to build job history, and give them something productive and meaningful to do. And it’s a way to earn a paycheck.” The kids work from 9 am to noon every summer weekday in gardens

Join us for an evening of wine and dessert hors d’oeurves,

Members of River City Youth Ops plant blueberry bushes.


throughout the city that they’ve built on vacant lots. “So they take something that might have been overgrown and littered, and turn it into something productive,” Priest says. Some kids also do lawn care, mowing, trimming and edging property, mostly in West Central, she adds. And new this year, the organization has started a beekeeping program. So far, nine kids have been trained to care for the six hives installed near the gardens. Although the hives won’t produce any honey this year, Priest hopes that’s a possibility in the years to come. A majority of the youths who work the gardens come from the West Central neighborhood and from low-income families, or are working out issues. “Not that they’re living under bridges, but they’re couch surfing or living with friends,” Priest says. “But imagine being 15 and being told to leave home. We provide a really positive experience for kids who come from those situations.” You can buy River City Young Ops’ produce at the Kendall Yards Night Market on Wednesdays, the Perry Street Thursday Market and the Emerson-Garfield Farmers’ Market on Friday nights. And they’ll gladly accept donations. The number of kids who can work is directly related to the amount of money coming into the organization, Priest says. This year, about 100 kids applied for 47 spaces. “I think in Spokane County there’s, like, 9,000 youth ages 16 to 24 who are neither going to school nor working,” Priest says. “So by working with kids from a younger age, we avoid that.”


Darin Christensen starts with a list of 40 things that kids need. Called “developmental assets,” these are elements like family support, safety, creative outlets and a sense of purpose and power. According to the Search Institute, an organization dedicated to studying adolescent development, they’re the key to adolescent success. “Think of them like arrows in a kid’s quiver,” says Christensen, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Inland Northwest. For kids lacking some of those arrows, Big Brothers Big Sisters is there to fill in. “Those relationships help the kid be a kid who can succeed,” Christensen says. “They open a kid’s eyes to what’s going on around them.” For example, take Denny and Levi, who were matched in spring of 2012. For five years since, the two have built a relationship that’s changed both of their lives. “It’s more than a match at this point,” Denny, the “little” one, says in a video prepared by the organization. “I consider him one of my closest friends.” People from North Idaho and Eastern Washington who are interested in learning more about becoming a big brother or sister can visit the organization’s website (, Christensen says. There are a couple of different programs to choose from. “We’re working to implement programs to help younger children and to support high school students,” he says. “We need mentors across the board. We typically have a waiting list of 50 to 60 kids.” n

Donate. Shop. Change a life.

When you donate and shop at Goodwill, you support our programs that help thousands of people each year get job training, education support, housing, and much more. Out of every $1.00 spent, 85 cents supports our programs. Donate. Shop. Change a life. We call that the Cycle for Good.

Merle, 2016 Graduate of the Year Goodwill Industries of the Inland Northwest AUGUST 24, 2017 GIVE GUIDE .21



An electrifying, after-dark 5K in Spokane’s Riverfront Park and along the Centennial Trail next month will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Spokane County. The course for the annual Glow in the Park Run, held on the evening of Saturday, Sept. 16, is filled with lighting and music, making for 3.2 miles of a festive, party-like atmosphere. The event begins at 7:30 pm, but don’t miss the all-ages, prerace party with a live DJ that starts at 5:30. Stick around after the race for another dance party with contests and giveaways. You can register up to and on the day of the race (nsplit. com/glow-run-spokane; you’ll save a few bucks by registering in advance). The cost is $39-$49 for adults and $12 for kids younger than 10. Proceeds from Glow in the Park support the Boys and Girls Club, which provides programming around citizenship, academic success and a healthy lifestyle for thousands of local kids. Start planning your brightest race outfit now, and don’t forget to include lots of glowsticks and LED-powered accessories, which can also be purchased as an extra upgrade when you register. — MITCH RYALS


One of the kids wants to be an architectural engineer. Another wants to be a lawyer, and two more want to work in film — one as a movie producer, the other as an editor. Thanks to the local program that has pledged to pay college tuition for 49 kids at Lidgerwood Elementary School, those goals seem more attainable than ever. In 2008 the founders of Reach for the Future “adopted” second-graders at Lidgerwood and told them that if they graduated from high school, their college tuition would be covered. Now, those kids are high school juniors, and the majority are on track to graduate. “We wanted to get to them early enough to plant the seed,” says Lauren Garske, the foundation’s project coordinator. “It’s not a


Don’t be outshined — wear all your neon gear to Glow in the Park. question of if you’re going to go to college, but where you’re going to college.” In addition to college tuition, the kids have access to afterschool tutoring and mentoring programs multiple times per week. They’ve also taken tours of every college campus in Spokane. Garske hopes to travel to Seattle to tour more campuses this year — “if we can get the funding,” she says. “So college becomes a vision, not just a word,” she adds.


Since the program was started by Patsy Etter and Neice Schafer almost a decade ago, some of the kids have moved to different states, such as North Dakota and Wisconsin. But, Garske says, they’re still eligible for the scholarship as long as they graduate. Many of them will be first-generation college students. Much of the money to operate the program each year comes from private donations. Visit if you’d like to contribute. — MITCH RYALS

“Food is so fundamental to people being successful in other areas of their life,” Meuer says.

DREW MEUER Second Harvest’s chief development officer is working to end food insecurity in Spokane BY NATHAN WEINBENDER


obody should have to go to school or work or to bed at night with an empty stomach. This doesn’t seem like a particularly incendiary sentiment, but hunger is a daily reality for thousands of people: According to data provided by Second Harvest, 15 percent of Spokane County residents — and one out of five children — regularly experience what’s known as food insecurity. Drew Meuer is one of the people striving to make Second Harvest’s mission to eliminate hunger a reality. He’s been with the food distribution organization since 2009, working both behind the scenes and with the public, and as Second Harvest’s chief development officer, he’s involved in many of the organization’s moving parts. “Food is so fundamental to people being successful in other areas of their life,” Meuer

says. “It’s just one facet of poverty. … These things don’t exist in a vacuum. Hunger doesn’t exist separately from homelessness. There’s all sorts of ways these issues are interconnected.” Meuer, 34, grew up in a Navy family that moved around frequently, though he spent most of his childhood on Whidbey Island. After attending Gonzaga University, where he got a degree in political science, Meuer taught English in South Korea for a year and eventually settled in San Francisco, getting a job through AmeriCorps as a direct service staff member at a low-income public school. “That’s when I really got into nonprofit work. One of the things I learned running an afterschool program was the connecting power of food,” Meuer says, noting that kids generally performed better when they were fed healthily.


AGE: 34 POSITION: Chief Development Officer at Second Harvest I GIVE BACK BECAUSE… It’s the right thing to do, and because I want to see our community thrive. I LOOK UP TO… My parents. The amazing staff and co-workers I have here at Second Harvest, and the volunteers, who tirelessly give their energy and time to improve the world. I WISH THAT… We could wave a magic wand and end hunger tomorrow. Nobody should have to go to bed hungry. No kid should have to go to school and wonder if there’s going to be dinner on the table when they get home.

When he moved back to Spokane, Meuer says he applied immediately for a job at Second Harvest. He started out coordinating their food drives, and later worked as a driver of a mobile market truck. “I was driving that truck four or five days a week,” Meuer says. “I’d show up, load it up [with food], take it out to a school or church or community center. … We’d distribute 8,000 to 9,000 pounds to 200 or 300 families. I got to see so many backroads and byways of Washington and northern Idaho. It was also in the heart of the recession, so we saw tremendous job loss and people losing their homes, a huge increase in the need for our services.” About a year and a half ago, Second Harvest CEO Jason L. Clark offered Meuer the position he currently holds. “One of the things I appreciate most about Drew is the great balance he brings to thinking about tomorrow, while taking action today,” Clark says. “We’re trying to find the balance between feeding people today and helping build up their ability to be more independent and secure tomorrow.” The biggest project Meuer has thus far overseen is the transformation of the warehouse’s frozen food sorting room into an on-site teaching kitchen. It now hosts regular cooking classes, during which an on-staff nutritionist teaches basic food skills — how to properly use a knife, for instance, or how to budget your weekly grocery shopping. “We’re really thinking through what’s our role in helping to provide nutrition education programs and food literacy programs that help people live better,” Meuer says. “We’re starting to accumulate qualitative evidence that clients identify that as a benefit to the services that we provide.” Between its Spokane and Pasco distribution centers, which service 26 different counties in Washington and North Idaho, some 8,000 individual volunteers help out at Second Harvest each year. It’s estimated that half a million pounds of food pass through the Spokane center’s doors on a weekly basis, which will feed about 55,000 people in as much time. Meuer hopes that his work with Second Harvest can bring a sense of stability to people whose home lives may be otherwise in disarray. “I recognize there’s so much more to be done, but that’s the direction that I’ve pointed my life since then,” he says. Adds Clark, the nonprofit’s director: “He’s an amazing advocate for our mission. Everything he’s done during his time here connects, in some way, with our work to help hungry people.” In the eight years Meuer has been at Second Harvest, perhaps the most invaluable thing the job has instilled, he says, is a sense of empathy. “There are people [who] are really struggling that many people take completely for granted,” he says. “There’s a huge gap between what some have and what others lack. If we can solve that one problem, even for just a short time, we feel that gives them a platform to be more successful in other areas.” n


Community • The Arts • Friends Groups • Sports • Neighborhoods

• Foundations • Faith-Based • Education • Social Services


American Red Cross 315 W. Nora Ave. Spokane, WA 99205

What We Do:

509.326.3330 1-800-RED-CROSS

The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.

The Red Cross has served our region for the past 100 years through programs including assistance to families impacted by disasters like house fires and storms; lifesaving skills training; preparedness outreach and education; and support of our service members, military families and Veterans.

How Can You Get Involved?

• Support our programs as a donor or volunteer • Sign-up for a lifesaving class like CPR/AED • Take steps to prepare your home and workplace for emergencies

Camp STIX Diabetes Programs PO Box 8308 Spokane, WA 99203

What We Do:


We are an independent, community-based, volunteer organization that provides STIX programs through Support, Tradition, Information and X-citement for youth living with type 1 diabetes (T1D).

Camp STIX is a week long summer camp for youth ages 8-18, Camp TWIGS is a summer day camp for kids age 6-8 and Adventure Camp is in development for young adults. In addition to camp programs we offer networking events throughout the year to help our T1D community stay connected and informed in managing this chronic disease.

How Can You Get Involved?

Sponsor, donate, volunteer and/or attend our Share the Experience Dinner Auction in March. This fundraiser makes camp possible for hundreds of local youth living with T1D.

Catholic Charities Spokane 12 E. Fifth Ave. Spokane, WA 99202

What We Do:


We affirm the dignity of every person, partnering with parishes and the greater community to serve and advocate for those who are vulnerable, bringing stability and hope to people throughout eastern WA.

Across eastern Washington, Catholic Charities responds to crisis, stabilizes lives, and advocates in hope. Each year, over 70,000 individuals are served through our programs including families in need, vulnerable children, single parents, fragile elderly, the disabled, and those experiencing homelessness.

What Can Your Donations Do?

$13 shelters one person overnight at the House of Charity $23 buys food for a month for one family at St. Margaret’s Shelter $50 buys 150 diapers for our families in need $100 buys a new mattress for a Furniture Bank client


HOW TO GIVE READ THE GIVE GUIDE Read all about the goals of local nonprofits in this special section; make a note of the ones you connect with most. GO ONLINE Grab your credit card, log on to the

charity websites found in these pages and make a contribution.


Call your nonprofit of choice via the numbers listed here and make a pledge of cash or volunteer hours.


Christian Youth Theater Spokane 3901 E. Main, Suite A Spokane, WA 99202

What We Do:

CYT is dedicated to developing character in children and adults through training in the arts and by producing wholesome family entertainment, all of which reflect Judeo-Christian values.

CYT Spokane aims to serve our community by providing quality, educational theater arts programs and productions at an accessible price to all interested families. We believe in validating and celebrating the artistic expression and hearts of all of our youth in a safe, compassionate environment. Unfortunately, ticket sales and class tuition only cover a percentage of our operating budget. We need loving, committed, service-minded donors who believe in our mission to partner with us.

What Can Your Donations Do?

Every dollar contributed assures that CYT will continue to deliver top-notch affordable programming to all who need it. Please consider joining us as we continue to develop character one stage at a time.


Communities In Schools of Spokane County 905 W. Riverside Ave. Suite 301 Spokane, WA 99201

What We Do:

Provide academic and basic needs support to 6,000+ children in Airway Heights, Cheney, Medical Lake, Spokane, and Spokane Valley.

We work with schools, other agencies and families to identify children who are the most at-risk of failing school and with many volunteers, create an individual success plan. We advocate for local policy change to address violence, health, homelessness and hunger.

How Can You Get Involved?

We accept donations of money, hygiene supplies, school supplies and food. You can volunteer to be a PrimeTime Mentor, to work directly with a student weekly during the school year. We are happy to share our story with your service club, church or other organization. We have numerous volunteer opportunities year round.

Community Colleges of Spokane Foundation 501 N Riverpoint Blvd. #203 Spokane, WA 99202

What We Do:


Education changes lives and launches careers. CCS Foundation scholarships help students achieve their dreams of brighter tomorrows.

We believe everyone deserves access to higher education, so we provide resources and support to ensure that all students reach their goals of education, training and successful careers. Nancy is a culinary student at Spokane Community College who lost her home, pets and all her belongings in a house fire. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, the Foundation was able to provide temporary housing for Nancy and her husband, as well as books and equipment she needed to stay in class. Nancy says that the emergency scholarship she received “allowed me to focus on my family and not worry about how I was going to pay for school. I can never repay your generosity and kindness!” She’s now set to graduate this fall and is look forward to starting her career! With your help, students like Nancy can stay on track and transform their lives through education.

What Can Your Donations Do? When you give to the CCS Foundation, you open doors to education and help deserving students reach their goals. And $.99 of every dollar donated goes directly to support students! $25 provides transportation for a month so a student can get to class $50 buys one textbook $100 supports GED test fees so a student meets enrollment requirements $500 covers tuition and books for one class



Get Lit! Programs

668 N. Riverpoint Blvd, Suite 258 Spokane, WA 99202

What We Do:

Engage the Inland Northwest community through celebrations of the written word and discussions of literature.

Get Lit! Programs, which is housed within Eastern Washington University, has been inspiring readers, writers, and storytellers of all ages since 1998. Get Lit! facilitates educational outreach programs throughout the year, works with the MFA program in creative writing at EWU to promote their Visiting Writers series, and puts on a week-long literary festival every spring. This year’s festival, which takes place April 23rd-29th, will mark Get Lit!’s 20th anniversary.

How Can You Get Involved?

Celebrate our anniversary by attending Get Lit! events, volunteering at the festival, or even sponsoring a festival author or event! See our website for more


Goodwill Industries of the Inland Northwest 130 E. Third Avenue Spokane, WA 99202

What We Do:

Goodwill Industries of the Inland Northwest is a local non-profit organization dedicated to helping people in our communities overcome barriers to achieve independence and reach their fullest potential.

Our programs are funded mainly through the sale of donated goods in our retail and online stores. Of every $1.00 spent, 85 cents supports our programs, which include job training and development, education support, housing support for veterans who are homeless, and youth mentoring, to name a few. In the last 5 years, we have served more than 30,000 people.

How Can You Get Involved?

Donate your gently used items to a local Goodwill Donation Center. Shop our Goodwill stores, Outlet store, and online stores, including Visit to learn how you can help by renting to a veteran who is homeless, employing one of our participants, and more.


Hub Sports Center

19619 E. Cataldo Ave., Liberty Lake, WA 99016

What We Do:

HUB Sports Center provides events that have a positive impact on youth and the community.

HUB Sports Center seeks out partnerships and activities that provide opportunities for youth to be active and learn life lessons through sports. We provide outreach programs like HUB 360, an afterschool program for at-risk middle school students. Since we opened the doors in fall 2007, over 1.3 million people have utilized our facility. Help us remain a resource for future generations.

How Can You Get Involved?

Join us for our Family Fun Festival on September 29th. Be a volunteer with one of our outreach programs or events. Become a sponsor within the facility. Donate to underwrite our outreach programs for youth.



VOLUNTEER YOUR TIME Pound nails with Habitat for Humanity, join a Friends group or mentor a child at Big Brothers Big Sisters.



911 8th Avenue N. Seattle, WA 98109

What We Do:

InvestED fills a unique role in our State, supporting a network of secondary school partners with resources that empower students to get to school, stay in school and graduate.

Last year, InvestED provided $924,990 in program support to 660 partner schools. This support provided immediate help for 25,245 students. InvestED funds are used for everything from purchasing a cap and gown to assisting with college application fees, covering instrument rentals and providing basic necessities. Assistance is confidential and often provided because a trusted educator noticed a struggling student and supplied just what was needed.

What Can Your Donations Do?

Donations to InvestED directly impact the lives of students! Often, students are faced with barriers that interrupt or cease their education. Take Brayden, who bounced around school districts and foster homes, often in trouble and never feeling accepted. Funds were used to help him purchase clothing, a yearbook and counseling services. This brought about a change in Brayden’s attitude, he is no longer getting in trouble and is participating in school!

509-747-3012 (office) 509-747-3807 (on-air)

KYRS-Thin Air Community Radio 35 W. Main, Suite 340, Spokane, WA 99201

What We Do:

KYRS is a volunteer-powered, non-commercial, listener-supported, community radio station in Spokane serving the area with unique programming for un-served and underserved populations.

Heard on 92.3 & 88.1 FM and streaming at, KYRS provides a mix of news, views, culture and music often overlooked or censored by other media. Thin Air Radio’s goal is to build a strong, listener-supported community radio station that empowers people to strive for a more just and sustainable world.

What Can Your Donations Do?

80% of our funding comes from community support. Your donation helps pay the $1,500/month tower rent & $500/month power bill. Chip in and be a part of the solution!

(Admin) 509.327.0701 (Clinic) 509.462.4000

Life Services of Spokane 2659 N. Ash Street, Spokane, WA 99205

What We Do:

We exist to provide hope and support to empower those facing an unplanned pregnancy with practical, logistical, emotional and spiritual support

Free confidential iChoice clinic services include: pregnancy testing, pregnancy verifiation by ultrasound, education on pregnancy and options, STD testing and treatment (fees may apply), referrals for adoption services. We also offer a licensed maternity home, aftercare and case managment, and post-abortion support.

How Can You Get Involved?

Visit to become a financial partner, learn about our upcoming events and/or register for a volunteer orientation, pray, invite us to present to your church or community group, become a Community Ambassador, and refer those you know who need our services to our medical clinic site:

Meals on Wheels Spokane / Mid-City Senior Center 1222 W. Second Ave. Spokane, WA 99201

What We Do:


To sustain the independence of those we serve by providing services and activities regarding nutrition, advocacy, education and recreation.

Sadly, an increasing number of low-income seniors are forced to choose between food, rent, or medication. With your help our frail and elderly neighbors will not face the final years of their lives hungry with nowhere to turn. Feeding Bodies, Nurturing Souls, Saving Lives. Visit Meals on Wheels Spokane on Facebook.

How Can You Get Involved? $32 Provides 8 meals, $64 Provides 16 meals, $120 Feeds a senior for a month, Volunteer to deliver or other needs. PAID ADVERTISING


New Hope Resource Center 4211 E. Colbert Rd. Colbert, WA 99005

What We Do:


A faith-based ecumenical organization sharing the resources of the participating congregations and community to serve basic human needs.

Serving North Spokane County, including the communities of Riverside, Elk, Chattaroy, Colbert, and Mead. We covenant to do this without prejudice or discrimination, following Christ’s example. Food donations of any kind made to the North County Food Pantry will keep a family from going hungry.

How Can You Get Involved?

$60 will help someone get to work by providing gasoline for their car. $150 will keep power on for a family. $200 will keep a family from being evicted from their home.

Northwest Harvest

3808 N. Sullivan Rd. Building 15-K Spokane Valley, WA 99216

What We Do:


Northwest Harvest provides nutritious and nurturing meals to Spokane-area families, children, seniors, veterans and all others in our community who need our help.

Northwest Harvest is the leading hunger relief agency in the state of Washington. We are continually building a statewide network of farmers, schools, food banks, donors, and volunteers. Together, we are providing nutritious and culturally-sensitive foods that are critical to both the body and mind. We focus on building partnerships in Spokane and communities all across Washington that allows us to better provide food to where it’s most needed. In our first 50 years, Northwest Harvest has provided over 500 million meals in Washington through 375 food banks, meal programs, and high-need schools throughout our state. Northwest Harvest is an independently funded organization. In fact, more than 70% of all our funding comes from individual donors. That independence allows us to provide food to anyone who asks. It doesn’t matter where you’re from, or what circumstances in life has led you and your family to a food bank, Northwest Harvest will take care of you in your time of need – without any restrictions. Just food for you. A smile from us. And your dignity intact. And this is ALL made possible by generous people like you. We know that a lot of small donations – when put together – can make a really big impact. We invite you to become one of those making a positive impact in our neighbors’ lives. Donate. Volunteer. Be a voice for those who need our help. Together, we can end hunger in Spokane.

How Can You Get Involved? Donate now to help families provide nutritious food for their children as they head back to school. $25 provides over 100 meals $50 provides over 200 meals $100 provides over 400 meals $250 provides over 1,000 meals “A child cannot learn and cannot feed its mind when their stomach is empty” – Dr. Benjamin Danielson, senior medical director of Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic

Providence Health Care Foundation 101 W. Eighth Ave. Spokane, WA 99204

What We Do:


We help ensure access to compassionate, world-class health care by supporting projects and programs at Providence hospitals in Spokane and Stevens counties.

Gifts to Providence Health Care Foundation help care for the most vulnerable in our community and support breakthrough technology that saves lives. Donations may be directed to the local Providence hospital or program of your choice.

What Can Your Donations Do?

For more than 130 years, the Spokane region has counted on Providence not only for world-class medical care, but to answer the call for help from our least fortunate neighbors. Your gift helps support a wide range of programs, from cancer and cardiac care to our Children’s Samaritan Fund, which provides essentials for families who are struggling financially due to a child’s illness.


Second Harvest

1234 East Front Avenue Spokane, WA 99202

What We Do:


Healthy food, every person, every day. Second Harvest, with support from our volunteers, donors and community partners, works to get food to our neighbors in need.

Second Harvest, the Inland Northwest leader in the fight against hunger, provides donated produce and essential food staples to over 250 food banks, meal centers and hunger-relief programs in our community. Our partnerships with these agencies, as well as our Mobile Markets, help get food to where it’s needed most and feed over 55,000 people each week. The Kitchen at Second Harvest provides nutrition information, scratch cooking skills, budgeting, and more to people in our community who need a little help getting good food on their table and preparing it in an easy, healthful way. Giving people skills and hope along with food allows them to look past hunger toward self-sufficiency. Supporting Second Harvest cooking classes lets our neighbors experiencing hardship enjoy a fun, kitchen learning experience at no cost. It’s a win-win; you enjoy a hands-on culinary adventure and help move others from hunger to health!

Cooking classes for kids & adults help encourage healthy eating.

How Can You Get Involved? You can help get healthy food to every person every day. Take action by • Volunteering • Giving • Becoming a Monthly Giver • Attending a cooking class in the Kitchen Find out more at

Spokane Arts: Amplifying the Arts 601 W. 1st Ave, Suite 1001, Spokane, WA 99201

What We Do:

Donated locally grown produce distributed at Mobile Markets.


Promote arts and culture in the Spokane region through programming, grant-making, advocacy, and educational opportunities.

Spokane Arts is a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to amplifying arts and culture in Spokane. Our many projects include: public art programs like murals, signal boxes, and sculpture; the Spokane Poet Laureate program; “Meet the Makers” film series; curating the Chase Gallery; organizing the annual “Create Spokane” Arts Month and Spokane Arts Awards; Poetry Out Loud; Visual Art Tours; and more.

How Can You Get Involved?

Volunteer with Spokane Arts. Apply for a SAGA grant. Add your name to our Artist Roster. Find opportunities to submit your work. Donate to support our programs. Check out for more information and resources.

Spokane Entertainer’s Guild P.O. Box 48782 Spokane, WA 99228

What We Do:


Spokane Entertainer’s Guild is a non-profit who raises funds for other non-profits as well as provides historical education in a fun atmosphere.

SEG’s main fundraising event is the Spokane Renaissance Faire held the first weekend of October at Greenbluff. By attending and donating you can help us continue to further our efforts as historical ambassadors and provide food to 2nd Harvest Food Bank.

How Can You Get Involved?

We have numerous volunteer opportunities whether it be our fundraiser or donating your time and expertise by joining our team of managers. Leading the charge against hunger



Spokane Hoopfest Association 421 W. Riverside, Suite 115 Spokane, WA 99201

What We Do:

(509) 624-2414

Spokane Hoopfest is the Best Basketball Weekend on Earth. We also CREATE MAGIC, ENRICH LIVES and BUILD COMMUNITY throughout the year.

It is estimated that Hoopfest generates $46+ million of economic impact for our region. In addition to the world’s largest 3on3 tournament, Spokane Hoopfest runs Spokane AAU youth basketball league, Ignite Basketball Association youth outreach program, has built over 30 community courts and has donated over $1.7 million to local charitable organizations.

How Can You Get Involved?

PLAY – VOLUNTEER – PARTNER – SPONSOR - DONATE Your support of Spokane Hoopfest and our programs is an investment in our community. To find out more, email: (Spokane Hoopfest Association is a Washington nonprofit corporation and tax exempt organization under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code)


3102 W. Fort George Wright Drive, Spokane, WA 99224

What We Do:

509.456.SNAP (7627)

SNAP works to increase the human potential of our community by providing opportunities for people in need

For over 50 years SNAP has served our community’s most vulnerable. Through education, financial assistance and ongoing support we help more than 40,000 Spokane County residents every year helping people transition from crisis to stability by caring for immediate needs while laying the foundation for future success.

How Can You Get Involved?

Learn more about how you can help SNAP make lasting change in your community. Join us at our annual fundraiser “Ode to Opportunity” on October 17 (register at or donate at

Spokane Symphony Orchestra & Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox PO Box 365 Spokane, WA 99210-0365

What We Do:


The Spokane Symphony offers a rich variety of symphonic and chamber orchestra programs for the community.

The Spokane Symphony continues a long tradition as the largest and most active professional arts organization in the Inland Northwest. The 2017-18 season marks its 72nd year. The 70-piece professional orchestra performs for over 150,000 people each year and provides a variety of education programs.

What Can Your Donations Do?

$50 buys violin music rental for one concert $100 pays for 5 students to attend the 4th grade concert series $500 pays for one student master class given by a guest artist

Spokane Youth Symphony P.O. Box 9547 Spokane, WA 99209

What We Do:


To provide superior orchestral education and performance opportunities for the youth of the Inland Northwest.

The Spokane Youth Symphony provides classical music education for the youth of our region. This includes a concert series at the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox. The 2017-18 “Inspired by Youth” concert dates are November 19, January 21, April 22, and May 20. Concert subscription tickets can be purchased through our website. Order deadline: Nov. 12, 2017.

How Can You Get Involved?

$75 Pay for professional instrumental coaching of our students by a member of the Spokane Symphony $575 Tuition for one student $2,500 Cost of venue for one concert


West Central Community Center 1603 N. Belt, Spokane, WA 99205

What We Do:


Enrich lives through a variety of resources and programs.

WCCC is a cornerstone of the neighborhood and has been for over 35 years. We seek to engage and build our community, providing resources such as: WIC, school-aged childcare, Unify Community Health, Headstart, GED program, adults with developmental disabilities program, summer camp and more. We also host community events that serve to provide a gathering place, raise money, or rally support for a cause.

How Can You Get Involved?

• Community events - volunteer your time or support the efforts • Become a program donor • Tour the facility to see where you fit • Follow us on Facebook

Women Helping Women Fund 1325 W. First Ave. Ste 318 Spokane, WA 99201

What We Do:

Enriching Lives. Creating Community.


WHWF is a local, non-profit organization dedicated to empowering women and children to create healthy families and vibrant communities.

WHWF provides funds to local agencies that truly understand how to meet the most urgent needs of women and children in Spokane. Since 1992, we’ve provided more than 450 grants totaling more than $5 million to fund local programs that help women and children lead healthy, productive lives.

How Can You Get Involved?

In May we hold an annual luncheon to raise money for local agencies. A $125 contribution connects you to a community of like-minded professionals dedicated to transforming the lives of Spokane’s women and children in need. Please join us for lunch or consider making a contribution today at

Women & Children’s Free Restaurant & Community Kitchen 509.324.1995 1408 N. Washington St., Spokane, WA 99201

What We Do:

Serve as a vital safety net filling nutritional gaps for women and children in need while fostering dignity and respect, both within our restaurant and in the community.

Your support of Women & Children’s Free Restaurant & Community Kitchen could present a child with their first taste of broccoli, offer relief to a mother who wants healthy meals for her kids, and promote friendship and community for those who feel alone. Fill a tummy with food and a heart with hope.

How Can You Get Involved?

Make a cash or in-kind donation Join our volunteer team Attend a Women and Children’s Free Restaurant event

YWCA Spokane

930 N Monroe St, Spokane, WA 99201

What We Do:


YWCA Spokane is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, standing up for social justice, helping families, and strengthening communities.

YWCA Spokane believes in a community where all women and children have a safe place to live. A place where women have the opportunity to earn a livable wage and families can live free from violence, in peace, and with dignity. YWCA helps women escape domestic violence, access legal support, learn new skills, increase employment options, while also providing children with education and trauma sensitive resources.

How Can You Make An Impact?

Donate: clothing/funds/toiletries/food Refer a friend: 24hr domestic violence helpline 326-CALL(2255) Volunteer: 1-time & on-going opportunities






Behind the scenes, local health foundations are behind major health initiatives impacting the community BY WILSON CRISCIONE


oyce Cameron, Chief Development Officer for the Providence Health Foundation, hears the question all the time. She’ll hear it when visiting with potential donors in the community. She’ll hear it from friends. And she’ll hear it from nurses she sees in the very same hospital she’s raising money for. What exactly does the foundation do? The answer, in one sense, is simple. Providence Health Foundation raises money for six Providence hospitals in Spokane and Spokane County. In another sense, the answer is more complicated. As


it raises money for Providence hospitals, the foundation must anticipate the health needs of the community, and meet them. “Even though we’re just raising money for hospitals,” Cameron says, “it’s really for the entire community, because the people being cared for and treated are in our communities.” Large health foundations raising money for hospitals, like Providence and Kootenai Health, have more influence on the community than people may think. The same can be said for other local health foundations,

such as Empire Health Foundation or the newly formed Group Health Community Foundation, which both give money for specific causes. Often, they all work together for the community’s benefit.


ontrary to popular belief, hospital systems like Kootenai and Providence don’t have a ton of money lying around for new buildings, says Julie Holt, Kootenai Health Foundation president. “In order to keep up with the growth in the com-

munity, we have to grow,” Holt says. “For hospitals on their own with their normal finances, it’s really hard to be able to grow and build so that the community has everything it needs.” That’s where health foundations come in. The Kootenai Health Foundation is in the process of raising money for a new operating room and for an expansion of the emergency department. The goal is $12.5 million, and right now the foundation is at about $8 million, Holt says. Legally, foundations like Kootenai Health and Providence Health cannot give money to anybody. But through collaborations with other organizations, they can still serve the community in other ways. Partnering with the Community Cancer Fund (CCF) and the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Inland Northwest, Kootenai intends to open a hospitality center that would serve Kootenai patients. With one-third of all Kootenai Health patients coming from outside of the county, the idea is to give patients and their families a place to stay at a low cost. “It’s for cancer patients that are from out of the area and need a place to stay while going through chemotherapy or radiation,” Holt says. “It’s a lower price than a hotel.” Cameron, with the Providence Foundation, says raising capital funds is actually becoming more important now for hospitals. “They’re really counting on philanthropists to step up to the plate and provide funding for some of these things,” she says. “And luckily, we’ve been able to do that.” The Providence Health Foundation helped fund a new clinic for homeless people living at downtown Spokane’s House of Charity homeless shelter, which opened as a 24/7 clinic in early August. It’s also working on a dental residency project, partnering with CHAS Health and the Spokane District Dental Society, to improve access to dental care for low-income adults in Spokane. That kind of thing isn’t uncommon, Cameron says. Often, she finds herself asking local health foundations, like Empire Health, for support.

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mpire Health Foundation was created out of the sale of Deaconess and Valley Medical in 2008. Its role as a foundation is different than hospital foundations, says president Antony Chiang — it gives out grants to improve health, and sometimes makes grants to those hospital foundations. Until recently, Empire was the largest health conversion foundation in the state. Now, the Group Health Community Foundation, created through the sale of Group Health to Kaiser Permanente, is the state’s largest. If Empire is any kind of model, it can have a major impact on the community. Empire focuses on about a dozen projects in the local community aimed at preventing negative health outcomes. Most notably, it has worked with Rogers High School and Spokane Public Schools to reduce the number of out-of-school suspensions, and the negative impact on students that come along with those suspensions. This may, on the surface, sound like something outside the realm of a health foundation, but that couldn’t be further from the truth, says Chiang. It’s an “upstream preventative measure” that can improve students’ mental health and reduce Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES), which will in turn lessen the risk of health issues in the future. Along those lines, Empire Health is partnering with Catholic Charities to reduce the number of kids placed in foster care. It’s also focusing on changing the way food is served in school, with the goal of preventing obesity. For Chiang, helping people get better today is only part of the health foundation’s mission. The other part? “How can we prevent them from being unhealthy in the future?” n AUGUST 24, 2017 GIVE GUIDE 33


FOUR DECADES OF CARE Two local nonprofits are celebrating their 40th anniversary of helping the Inland Northwest BY WILSON CRISCIONE


arah Brown’s son was diagnosed with cancer in 2003. He died six years later. Through it all, she remembers those who supported her along the way: the parents who brought her toothpaste or books while she was with her son at the hospital, the group of people who were there for her family in their time of need. “And they’ve been doing that for 40 years,” Brown says. Many of those people were part of the American Childhood Cancer Organization Inland Northwest. After seeing firsthand what the organization did, Brown decided to get involved in the organization herself. Now, she’s executive director of the American Childhood Cancer Organization Inland Northwest, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. The nonprofit serves local children and their families who have been diagnosed with cancer. At diagnosis, it gives patient bags to families that include information, toiletries, gas and grocery cards, and other essential items during their hospital stay. It also invites families to events, with the purpose of reminding families that they’re not alone, that others understand what they’re going through.

The organization started as a parent-to-parent volunteer group known as the Inland Northwest Candlelighters. In 2010, it became an affiliate of the national American Childhood Cancer Organization. Brown says that the chapter here remains a local organization, with 100 percent of funds or donations staying in the area. “Most of us are parents who have had children of cancer,” she says. “This organization has been there for my family the whole time.”


The American Childhood Cancer Organization Inland Northwest isn’t the only organization celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Hospice Of Spokane, which provides care to people with terminal conditions, has also been around for four decades. In fact, says CEO Gina Drummond, Hospice of Spokane was one of the first hospices in the nation. Hospice of Spokane offers in-home nursing care, health aides, and grief and bereavement counseling services for people of any age with a terminal illness and their families. Typically, Hospice of Spokane gets involved when someone has about six months to live. That can make families unwilling to get hospice care, but Drummond says they shouldn’t be so

Gina Drummond (right), CEO of Hospice of Spokane. reluctant. She says people often find that they wished they had hospice care sooner. “What people don’t realize is the chance of living longer is probably greater with hospice’s involvement,” Drummond says. “We’re making sure they’re taking medications as described, and the quality of life is intact.” Drummond says that in the coming decades, Hospice of Spokane will continue to make people aware of its work: “We just want to be responsive, adaptive, and we want to be always making sure we’re meeting the needs of the community, and that we’re listening to what the community needs now.” n


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• Foundations • Patient Support • Health Education • Advocacy Groups


Alzheimer’s Association WA State Chapter 1403 S. Grand Blvd. 202-S Spokane, WA 99203

What We Do:

800.272.3900 509.456.0456

Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support & research.

Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

What Can Your Donations Do?

Donations to the Walk to End Alzheimer’s support programs and services for those impacted by Alzheimer’s disease in Washington and Northern Idaho. Services like our 24/7 Helpline, early-stage memory loss programs and support groups are made possible through events like the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Help us end Alzheimer’s disease. Register at


HOW TO GIVE READ THE GIVE GUIDE Read all about the goals of local nonprofits in this special section; make a note of the ones you connect with most. GO ONLINE Grab your credit card, log on to the

charity websites found in these pages and make a contribution.


Call your nonprofit of choice via the numbers listed here and make a pledge of cash or volunteer hours.


Because There Is Hope “Melody’s House of Hope” 4711 N Maple St., Spokane, WA 99205

What We Do:

Because There Is Hope exists to bring a message of Hope, Healing, and safe Haven to those touched by cancer.

Because There Is Hope understands traveling for treatment is both costly and exhausting for those individuals coming to Spokane for cancer treatment. BTIH is honored to welcome up to three patients and/or caregivers at a time to Melody’s House of Hope as their home away from home.

How Can You Get Involved?

Learn about our new building project at, purchase a Pathway of Hope Paver Brick, Volunteer, Donate, tell others about Because There Is Hope. Future Site of Melody’s House of Hope 614 S. Hatch

Beyond Pink Designer Bra & Fashion Show P.O. Box 30895, Spokane WA 99223

What We Do:


As a For Purpose 501c3, we educate and empower others in the early detection of breast disease through thermographic testing.

Beyond Pink Designer bra & fashion show is our largest fundraiser of the year. This event includes a fashion show, silent auction, food, beverages, live entertainment and the most fun you will have saving a life all while providing education and early detection of breast disease to those in need.

How Can You Get Involved? As a For Purpose 501c3, we educate and empower others in the early detection of breast disease through thermographic testing. Beyond Pink Designer bra & fashion show is our largest fundraiser of the year. This event includes a fashion show, silent auction, food, beverages, live entertainment and the most fun you will have saving a life all while providing education and early detection of breast disease to those in need.

Cancer Care Northwest Foundation 1204 N. Vercler Rd. Spokane Valley, WA 99216

What We Do:

10-13-2017 | Spokane Convention Center Doors open at 5pm • 5pm-9pm


CCNWF is a non-profit that helps Inland Northwest cancer patients and their families through educational, emotional and financial support.

The CCNWF offers limited financial support for basic necessities such as transportation, prescriptions, groceries and rent, counseling for children and families, and community resource referrals. The CCNWF also supports the advancement of cancer research.

How Can You Get Involved?

Your donation helps ensure that Inland Northwest cancer patients and their families have the support they need throughout their journeys with cancer.

Community Cancer Fund

510 W. Riverside Ave., Suite 207 Spokane, WA 99201

What We Do:

855.998.4CCF (4223)

The Community Cancer Fund is committed to investing donated funds to benefit cancer patients, their families and the local organizations that serve them.

How Can You Get Involved?

• Follow us on our social media channels; Facebook /CommunityCancerFund, Twitter and Instagram @comcancerfund • Attend or volunteer at our events • Support the local cancer fight with a financial donation • Learn more at PAID ADVERTISING



CHAS Health Spokane, WA 99201

What We Do:

CHAS Health improves the overall health of the communities we serve by expanding access to quality health and wellness services.

CHAS Health provides high-quality medical, dental, pharmacy and behavioral health care to individuals and families of all ages, regardless of insurance status. 100% of any amount you contribute to CHAS goes directly to patient care. Thank you for your support!

How Can You Get Involved?

$35 pays for prescription assistance for two patients $150 covers the cost for one uninsured patient visit $225 covers the cost for one uninsured dental encounter

Empire Health Foundation 1020 W Riverside Ave. Spokane, WA 99201

What We Do:

(509) 315-1323

Empire Health Foundation brings together the most value-driven and passionate professionals to invest in sustainable systems changes resulting in a healthier region.

With stewardship, compassion, collaboration, accountability and diversity as the driving values behind our work, we aim to invest in bold ideas and organizations that will improve access, education, research, public policy and wellness to result in a measurably healthier region.

How Can You Get Involved?

We believe that barriers to health exist outside of just medicine. As a community, let’s empower one another to work toward a healthier tomorrow.

Every Woman Can

915 W 2nd Avenue, Suite 2 Spokane, WA 99201

What We Do:


Every Woman Can provides breast cancer awareness, education and funding throughout the Inland Northwest and Northern Idaho.

Breast cancer remains a public health crisis in our time. Every Woman Can exists to give survivors a fighting chance by encouraging women to get a mammogram, get informed and get fit. Join us for our Here for You Lunch and Summit on October 27 and 28 and for our Pink Ribbon Run on April 29, 2018.

What Can Your Donations Do?

Save a life. Every Woman Can get breast cancer, 1 in 8 will. All donations stay right here in our community. Our grantees are local organizations that provide everything from breast cancer screenings to secondary care navigation to end of life care and comfort.


3754 W. Indian Trail Rd. Spokane, WA 99208

What We Do:


Excelsior is a private non-profit trauma-responsive integrated Healthcare and Education organization.

For over 30 years we have provided specialty education, healthcare, and innovative co-occurring behavioral health services to children, adolescents, young adults and their families. Education, behavioral health, primary care, and recreation services are integrated to provide holistic and comprehensive services to those we serve. We believe that everyone has the potential to be safer, stronger and more satisfied in the lives they lead. To that end, we provide care, respect, and hope to those we serve as they seek connection to a healthier future.

How Can You Get Involved?

Volunteer to be a mentor In-kind donations (School, Clinic, Recreation) Donate to Excelsior Foundation to ensure family’s basic needs are met.


FailSafe for Life

PO Box 10753 Spokane, WA 99209

What We Do:


At FailSafe for Life, our goal is not easy, but it’s simple. We want to end suicide attempts and deaths in our community.

FailSafe knows that strength not only lies in our words, but in our actions as well. We have set out on a mission to end suicide in Spokane. Founded in 2016, FailSafe for Life inspires action through education, instilling hope, and connecting communities. We’re driven by a firm belief in the power of understanding, and the knowledge that the pain surrounding suicide can be treated.

How Can You Get Involved?

Not everyone has the ability to devote time for service work, but anyone can make a difference. One of the easiest and most effective ways to support FailSafe for Life’s mission is to donate. Your support will go directly to services essential for suicide prevention in the Spokane area. Visit our website and donate today! Sabrina Votava, President of FailSafe

Hospice Of Spokane P.O. Box 2215 Spokane, WA 99210

What We Do:


Northeast Washington’s only nonprofit hospice, serving anyone of any age with any terminal condition through a holistic approach to end-of-life care.

Hospice of Spokane focuses on ensuring patient comfort and supporting quality of life. From delivering specialized care right in the home day or night, to around-the-clock phone support and grief counseling for family members, we are here for our patients and their family.

What Can Your Donations Do? Help deliver medical care, counseling and spiritual support patients need. Ensure patients have the comfort, dignity and peace of mind they deserve. Support people in our community grieving the death of someone they love.

Inland Northwest Blood Center and Blood Center Foundation of the Inland Northwest

John B. Smih, CEO of Goodwill Industires.


Regional Headquarters: 210 W. Cataldo Ave. Spokane, WA 99201 405 W. Neider Ave. Coeur d’Alene, ID 83815

What We Do:

Inland Northwest Blood Center saves lives by providing blood and services to support transfusion and transplantation medicine in the Inland Northwest.

Inland Northwest Blood Center needs over 200 blood donors daily to ensure a safe blood supply is available 24/7 and relies on volunteer community support. Visit for blood collection locations and weekly mobile drives. The Blood Center Foundation of the Inland Northwest raises funds and provides grants for healthcare education, technology and research to ensure your regional healthcare community and Inland Northwest Blood Center stay on the cutting edge of transfusion and transplantation medicine.

How Can You Get Involved? There is more than one way to save a life: • Schedule your life-saving blood donation appointment today or sign up to volunteer at • Designate the Blood Center Foundation of the Inland Northwest through payroll deduction. • Honor a friend or family member by making a memorial gift to the Blood Center Foundation in your last will and testament. • Attend Epicurean Delight on Friday, November 10, 2017! Tickets at




The NATIVE Project 1803 W. Maxwell, Spokane, WA 99201

What We Do:

The NATIVE Project is a non-profit Community Health Center. We provide quality healthcare services to the greater Spokane community and offer Sacred Hospitality to all.

The NATIVE Project provides comprehensive medical, dental, prevention, pharmacy, behavioral health, patient care coordination and youth services. We welcome people of all ethnicities. Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurances are accepted. A sliding fee scale is available to those who are eligible. You will not be charged your insurance co-pay with proof of tribal enrollment/descendency.

How Can You Get Involved?

Donate today at Call (509) 483-7535 to make an appointment!

Planned Parenthood of Greater WA & North ID 123 E. Indiana Ave. Spokane, WA 99207

What We Do:


We provide exceptional reproductive and complementary health care services, honest education, and fearless advocacy for all.

For over 50 years, local women, men, teens, and families of the Inland NW have been turning to Planned Parenthood for the resources they need to be healthy, plan their families and futures, and achieve their dreams. Your support will: Help over 30,000 people annually get the health care services required to plan their families. Equip local teens with the comprehensive sexual health education necessary to plan their futures. Ensure reproductive freedom is protected for everyone during unprecedented attacks on these civil rights. “I love the care I have received at Planned Parenthood. They have always been understanding and taken the time to answer all my questions and ease my concerns about my reproductive health.” – Megan C., Spokane

How Can You Get Involved? Donate Your generosity will ensure everyone in our community can receive the care they need. No matter what. Tell Your Story The best way to promote, practice and preserve comprehensive reproductive health care and overcome stigma surrounding these services is to share our stories. Volunteer The gift of your time and energy is invaluable in the fight to protect and advance reproductive right. Become a Patient Receive expert health care from our providers and support the services we provide to our community. Contribute to the Future of Health Care in Spokane Help build a healthier community by investing in the Smith-Barbieri Health and Community Education Center (pictured bottom right) expected to open Fall 2017.

Spokane Hearing Oral Program of Excellence (HOPE) 502 E. Fifth Ave., Suite A, Spokane, WA 99202

What We Do:


Spokane HOPE teaches children to Listen and Speak so they can be successful in our hearing world.

As the only listening and spoken language program since 2004, HOPE provides early intervention support to children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Our programs include: Birth to 3 In-home educational training, Toddler Group and Preschool. HOPE’s specialized staff teach oral and auditory skills during the critical birth to five period of brain development.

What Can Your Donations Do?

$5,000 Sponsor a preschooler $2,000 Music Therapy $1,000 4 months speech therapy per child


$500 Specialized literacy curriculums $250 Toddler group educational toys $100 Children’s reading books



OF NON-PROFIT LISTINGS Alzheimer’s Association-WA State Chapter................................. 34 American Childhood Cancer Organization Inland Northwest........ 7 American Heart Association . . ........................................................ 33 American Red Cross-Spokane. . ..................................................... 24 The Arc of Spokane.. ........................................................................ 8 Because There Is Hope “Faye’s House”........................................ 35 Beyond Pink................................................................................... 35 Big Brothers & Big Sisters of the INW............................................ 7 Birthright of Coeur d’Alene............................................................. 8 Boy Scouts of America Inland NW Council..................................... 8 Boys and Girls Club of Spokane...................................................... 9 Camp Stix. . ..................................................................................... 24 Cancer Care Northwest Foundation.............................................. 35 Catholic Charities Spokane...................................................... 21, 24 Center For Justice. . .......................................................................... 9 Christian Youth Theater-Spokane................................................. 25 Coeur d’Alene Casino. . ..................................................................... 2 Communities in Schools................................................................ 25 Community Cancer Fund............................................................... 35 Community Colleges Of Spokane. . ................................................ 25 Community Health Association Of Spokane. . ............................... 36 Daybreak Youth Services. . ............................................................... 9 Empire Health Foundation............................................................ 36 Every Woman Can.. ........................................................................ 36 EWU Get Lit!.................................................................................. 26 Excelsior Youth Center.................................................................. 36 FailSafe for Life. . ............................................................................ 37 Friends of the Centennial Trail....................................................... 18 Friends Of The Clearwater . . ............................................................16 FYSPRT Northeast.. .......................................................................... 9 Goodwill Industries of the Inland Northwest..........................21, 26 The Guild School. . ...........................................................................10 Habitat for Humanity.. ....................................................................10 Hospice Of Spokane.. ................................................................. 5, 37 HUB Sports Center. . ....................................................................... 26 Hutton Settlement..........................................................................10 INB .. ............................................................................................... 22 Inland Northwest Blood Center . . .................................................. 37 InvestED......................................................................................... 27 Kalispel Tribal Economic Authority . . .............................................40 The Krista Foundation for Global Citizenship . . ..............................10

READ THE GIVE GUIDE Read all about the goals of local nonprofits in this special section; make a note of the ones you connect with most. GO ONLINE Grab your credit card, log on to the

charity websites found in these pages and make a contribution.


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KYRS-Thin Air Community Radio.................................................. 27 Leadership Spokane........................................................................11 Life Services . . ................................................................................ 27 Metro Spokane Young Life............................................................. 15 Mid City Concerns.......................................................................... 27 The Native Project......................................................................... 38 New Hope Resource Center. . ......................................................... 28 North Idaho College Foundation. . ...................................................11 Northwest Harvest. . ....................................................................... 28 Odyssey Youth Movement...............................................................11 Partnering for Progress...................................................................11 Peak 7 Adventures. . ........................................................................ 12 Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and Northern Idaho ................................................................. 38 Project Beauty Share...................................................................... 12 Providence Health Care Foundation............................................. 28 River’s Wish Animal Sanctuary......................................................19 Salvation Army............................................................................... 13 SCBA’s Volunteer Lawyers Program . . ............................................. 13 Second Harvest Food Bank........................................................... 29 Spokane Arts Fund........................................................................ 29 Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service (SCRAPS) ....................................................19 Spokane County United Way . . ........................................................ 13 Spokane Entertainers Guild.. ......................................................... 29 Spokane Hoopfest......................................................................... 30 Spokane Hope School. . .................................................................. 38 Spokane Housing Ventures............................................................14 Spokane Neighborhood Action Partners (SNAP)......................... 30 Spokane Riverkeeper.. ....................................................................19 Spokane Symphony....................................................................... 30 Spokane Youth Symphony.. ........................................................... 30 SpokeFest Spokane......................................................................... 5 Transitions.. .....................................................................................14 Union Gospel Mission.....................................................................14 West Central Community Center. . .................................................. 31 Women & Children’s Free Restaurant & Community Kitchen....... 31 Women Helping Women Fund....................................................... 31 YFA Connections. . ........................................................................... 15 YMCA. . ............................................................................................. 15 YWCA.............................................................................................. 31


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A new spot from a familiar name offers both classic and creative twists on biscuits and gravy inside the Saranac Commons BY CHEY SCOTT


hether you like to keep it classic, or you’re more open to flavorful adventure, a new biscuits-and-gravy spot in downtown Spokane hopes to sate the hunger of all biscuit lovers. Opening earlier this month, Biscuit Wizard joins a growing list of local eateries owned by culinary couple Chef Jeremy Hansen and his wife Kate Hansen, who also operate Santé Restaurant & Charcuterie, Common Crumb Artisan Bakery, Inland Pacific Kitchen and Hogwash Whiskey Den. “We wanted it to be a combination of both what is done at the bakery and at Santé — being able to showcase and utilize the meats and sausages made there, and the condiments,” Kate Hansen explains. “We also wanted something that would be really well done and done from scratch, but in this fast concept.” The menu starts out with basic biscuit and topping combos, like the “lil’ biscuit” ($3.21), topped with butter and jam, and “the S.O.S.” ($4.27), a flaky, buttery biscuit topped with the ultimate classic: country-style sausage gravy. All biscuits, which can be purchased in a four-pack to take home ($6.73), are made just down the hall at Common Crumb. The more creative listings include a version inspired by grilled cheese and tomato soup, as well as pork and beans on a biscuit, and then the “kryngshame,” which comes with fried chicken apple sausage, apple brandy, whipped cinnamon mascarpone and parsley. Things get even more indulgent at the bottom of Biscuit Wizard’s list, which culminates with “the big Lebiscuit,” ($11.12) a concoction topped with bacon, bacon confit, White Russian gravy, sausage, egg and Kahlua sauce.

“It was really fun — we’ve never had more fun putting these together,” Hansen says of the menu and its funky names, many of which are odes to pop culture and the couple’s friends. “We spent lots of late nights laughing at different names and ideas.” The walk-up style eatery’s moniker, too, was a family affair, conjured up by the Hansens’ 14-year-old daughter. In keeping with Biscuit Wizard’s playful theme, the couple recruited a local graffiti artist to decorate the outside front of the counter with colorful, abstract artwork. Don’t be fooled that the odd-cent menu prices will even out after tax — that’s also another nod to the fun and whimsical atmosphere the Hansens were going for. In addition to biscuits and their varied toppings, the eatery offers a variety of salads, as well as garlic truffle fries and poutine. Add an egg to anything for an extra buck, some housemade condiments and sides for $.73, extra gravy (which we recommend) for $2.07, or a sausage made at Santé ($3.07). Special egg-based breakfast items are also served daily from 7 to 11 am. Hansen says they also plan to eventually move some of the prepared sandwiches offered over at Common Crumb to Biscuit Wizard’s lineup. Located inside the hip, open marketplace space on a bustling stretch of Main Avenue, Biscuit Wizard offers long hours to sate the hunger of the breakfast crowd all the way to the latenight bar hoppers. The biscuit counter is casually open as late as the adjacent Black Label Brewing Co. inside the Commons. n Biscuit Wizard • 19 W. Main • Open weekdays from 7 am-8 pm; later on weekends, Sun to 6 pm • • (509) 315-8036



Everyday Sunshine The new De Leon’s Taco & Bar makes every day “Taco Tuesday” in North Spokane BY DAN NAILEN


he idea of relegating the taco — arguably the world’s most perfect food — to one day of the week based on, originally, a Taco John’s promotion, is absurd at face value. But every Tuesday, our Facebook feeds fill with restaurant posts offering their “Taco Tuesday” deals and friends making plans for downing a few with some beers. This weekly frenzy was not lost on Sergio De Leon, patriarch of the family that runs the De Leon’s grocery stores and now De Leon’s Taco & Bar near the Whitworth University campus. “We sell a lot of tortillas from our tortilla factory, and lot of them are just to different businesses that sell tacos,” De Leon says. “And a lot of people can’t wait for Taco Tuesday, so we’re trying to do tacos every day.” Visitors to the De Leon’s grocery stores already know there’s an array of hot Mexican dishes available at those locations, but the opening of De Leon’s Taco & Bar in the former North Spokane O’Doherty’s Irish Pub space puts De Leon back in the restaurant business for the first time since closing Agave Latin Bistro and Heroes & Legends downtown. After opening his second grocery store in Spokane Valley less than two years ago, De Leon was in no rush

to open a new spot. But when he noticed a “for rent” sign one night when he was out to dinner at nearby Wasabi Bistro, he figured it was time to bring some Mexican flavors to Spokane that are hard to find at other restaurants. “A lot of them are from the same states in Mexico, down in Jalisco,” De Leon says. “We’re more of the northern part of Mexico, south Texas, so our style is a little bit different. We have cactus, for instance, and we have pork belly in sauce. We have menudo and posole on the weekends.” The diminutive space, especially in the kitchen, means De Leon’s Taco & Bar can’t offer everything they can at the grocery stores — “A lot of R E S TA U R A N T people are asking for FINDER chile rellenos, but we Looking for a new place to don’t have the space to eat? Search the region’s make them,” De Leon most comprehensive bar says — but it’s hard to and restaurant guide at imagine going ing after perusing the menu. There’s every style of taco one can imagine, from beef, chicken and pork to shrimp and mahi mahi; most are $2.50 each, and

De Leon’s new spot showcases northern Mexican flavors.

a six-taco sampler is $12. You can also get fajitas ($14), enchiladas ($11), chicken or pork tamales ($10 for two, served with rice and beans) and an array of burritos and wraps. I had the chile verde burrito, and at $7 it felt like a screaming deal. A nice little patio adds about 30 seats to the 50 inside, and a small bar means margaritas or beers on the side of those tacos, a treat no matter what day of the week. n De Leon’s Taco & Bar • 10208 N. Division, Suite 110 • Open daily from 11 am-9 pm • Facebook: De Leon’s Taco & Bar • 822-7907


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#SingleWhiteFemale The dark comedy Ingrid Goes West takes aim at the Instagram generation BY SETH SOMMERFELD


imless, jobless and now motherless, Ingrid Thorburn meanders around her empty house in a near-comatose daze after being released from her well-earned stay at a mental health facility. But Ingrid (Aubrey Plaza) isn’t alone: She’s got her phone. She can obsessively refresh Instagram every two seconds and no one judges. If she happens to like everything, who cares? They’re doing it for the likes, right? Who needs friends when you’ve got chic personalities who show you their glamorous lives? Why engage with your own life when everyone else’s looks so much better? Ingrid Goes West finds the Instagram generation’s real heart, then repeatedly stabs it with the knife of dark comedy. While Ingrid’s Instagram-stalking ways are established in an opening sequence featuring messy mascara tears, wedding crashing and pepper spray, her adventure truly begins with Taylor Sloane (Elizabeth Olsen), a moderately Instagram-famous influencer — always sharing photos of her perfect food, perfect dog, perfect husband, perfect getaways, perfect style. Taylor makes the grave mistake of replying to one of Ingrid’s Instagram comments. Ingrid, of course, does the sound, logical thing and decides to use all her mother’s inheritance to move out to California to become Taylor’s BFF. Through a combination of cyberstalking, low-key kidnapping and happenstance, Ingrid’s improbable plan becomes a reality, and she becomes part of Taylor’s inner circle. She meets Taylor’s bearded pseudo-artist husband

Ezra (played with some needed quiet, cynical grounding her brother’s need for attention, or the presence of bigger by Wyatt Russell) and the human ball of coked-up psyInstagram celebs that could boost her lifestyle brand, chosis that is her brother Nicky (Billy Magnussen), who things being to spiral for Ingrid. makes Ingrid looks super sane by comparison. The real linchpin of the film comes in the form of The script, by David Branson Smith and director Dan Pinto (O’Shea Jackson Jr.), Ingrid’s landlord and Matt Spicer, nails its uneasy, superficial tone throughout potential love interest, who happens to have an obsession the film. It’s a screenplay that feels inthat rivals Ingrid’s Instagram love: Batthe-moment modern while also being man. Jackson’s enthusiastic performance INGRID GOES WEST and jubilant glee for the Dark Knight sharp enough to be self-aware (characRated R ters directly reference things like Single provides a levity that counterbalances the Directed by Matt Spicer White Female). The endless parade of actual darkness of the world around him. Starring Aubrey Plaza, Elizabeth Olsen, More important, he and his nerdy passion groan- and cringe-inducing moments O’Shea Jackson Jr., Wyatt Russell that the characters encounter in their also serve as the key to understanding that social media-centric lives eventually hits Ingrid isn’t just some crazy Insta-stalker. a level of realistic absurdity: For example, Ezra’s pop art Over the course of a meal, he explains that his Batman paintings featuring spray-painted hashtag catchphrases love is directly tied to traumatic family issues: it’s his are over-the-top ridiculous, and totally something that escapist coping mechanism. Just as he turned to a superactually exists somewhere. hero, Ingrid turned to her phone to keep her distracted Somehow, Ingrid begins building a somewhat from a world that’s now without her mother (even if she functional life by stealing the one Taylor presents on won’t ever admit it directly). her Instagram account. While sorta creepy, it’s really While Ingrid Goes West takes hilariously ruthless shots not sinister in any way. Ingrid isn’t trying to replace or at the worst aspect of youthful social media obsession, become Taylor; she’s a lonely person who has finally some of the characters’ genuine, explicable character found a friend (even if it was under false pretenses). She’s flaws help keep the proceedings from feeling like a pretending to be someone she’s not, but isn’t everyone on generational hit piece. It’s like a selfie where all the ugly Instagram doing that to some degree? parts you meant to crop and filter instead fill the center of The movie doesn’t shy away from the idea that social the frame. Sometimes it’s better to nervously laugh it off media lives are just false façades presented to the world. than to face the reality of what’s actually in front of your As Taylor’s interest in Ingrid begins to wane because of eyes. n



John Corbett stars as a corporate salesman-turned-pastor who is assigned to shut down a struggling church in his small town. When a group of South Asian refugees shows up at his door, he teams up with them to turn the church’s land into a working farm. The latest from Affirm Films, which produces family-friendly features aimed at evangelical audiences. (NW) Rated PG


Not a traditional biopic of martial arts legend Bruce Lee, but rather a dramatization of a particular 1965 bout between Lee and kung fu master Wong Jack Man; Lee would rise to global stardom shortly thereafter. Accounts of the actual fight differ wildly, but never let it be said that Hollywood can’t construct an “inspired by true events” film out of absolutely anything. (NW) Rated PG-13


This documentary should be required viewing for anyone obsessed with rare, archival film footage. Director Bill Morrison, whose Decasia was a visual essay about the physical deterioration of celluloid, here focuses on a cache of nitrate film reels that’s literally unearthed in northwestern Canada. Not only about the contents of the film itself, but also the history of the small town where it was buried. At the Magic Lantern. (NW) Not Rated


Ben and Josh Safdie garnered arthouse buzz with Heaven Knows What, their gritty 2014 drama about young, homeless heroin addicts in New York City. The directors’ follow-up is a jumpy, hyper-stylized thriller starring Robert Pattinson as a down-on-hisluck guy who’s roped into a bank robbery gone wrong. He spends a particularly unnerving night running from the cops and trying to break his learningdisabled brother out of prison. (NW) Rated R


In a 21st-century spin on the Single White Female premise, Aubrey Plaza

plays a mentally disturbed woman who becomes infatuated with a moderately famous internet celebrity (Elizabeth Olsen) and heads off to L.A. to befriend her. WTF, indeed. Despite its themes of technological obsession, this is hardly a millennial hit piece, presenting us with realistically absurd characters and using their connections to social media as a means of explaining their flaws. It finds the Instagram generation’s real heart, then repeatedly stabs it with the knife of dark comedy. (SS) Rated R


A French-Canadian animated film about an aspiring ballerina who escapes from her orphanage and hitches a train ride to Paris in hopes of making it big as a dancer. Features the voice talents of Elle Fanning, Carly Rae Jepsen, Kate McKinnon and the invaluable Mel Brooks. (NW) Rated PG


A young intellectual itching to become the world’s most entitled novelist spies his rich father (Pierce Brosnan) canoodling with a woman (Kate Beckinsale) who’s not his mother. So he angrily confronts the mistress, and whaddaya know — pretty soon they’ve tumbled into bed with each other. Why see this when you can just stay at home and watch The Graduate? From the writer of last year’s Christmastime disaster Collateral Beauty. (NW) Rated R


James Cameron’s hugely entertaining 1991 blockbuster gets the 3-D rerelease treatment, so that shape-shifting T-1000 is now going to pop right out of the screen at you. The film returned Arnold Schwarzenegger to his most iconic role — the catchphrase-spouting cyborg from the future — but as a hero rather than a villain, sent to the past to protect the young boy who will eventually save humanity from destruction. Exciting, funny, cleverly written and boasting remarkably timeless effects, it still holds up as one of the few sequels to actually improve upon its predecessor. (NW) Rated R


Everyone’s favorite demonic doll is back to terrorize a new batch of characters, namely a group of young orphans and their kindly nun overseer. Quickly devolves into a series of predictable jump scares, in spite of its eerie atmosphere. (NW) Rated R


Charlize Theron kicks a whole lotta ass as an MI6 agent tracking down a double agents in 1989 Berlin. This second action spectacle from John Wick

director David Leitch is too long and densely plotted, but it’s uber-stylish and set to a thumping soundtrack of great ’80s pop hits. (NW) Rated R


The latest genre deconstruction from Edgar Wright stars Ansel Elgort as a young, music-obsessed getaway driver who becomes wrapped up in a heist that’s destined to self-destruct. Stellar car chases, a fully loaded soundtrack and a deceptively sweet love story. (SS) Rated R ...continued on next page



Inspired by the courtship of Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon (who also wrote the script), this is the rare romcom that’s both consistently funny and genuinely emotional. Nanjiani plays himself, a stand-up who meets and falls in love with Emily (Zoe Kazan). There’s only one problem: He’s keeping their relationship a secret from his traditional Pakistani parents. This is further complicated when Emily falls into a medically induced coma. At the Magic Lantern. (SS) Rated R

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Stephen King’s epic, multi-novel fantasy series finally hits the big screen, and the result is rushed, incoherent and lifeless. The interdimensional world of mythical gunslinger Roland Deschain (Idris Elba) and the evil Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey) was complex enough to span thousands of pages in King’s books, but all that mythology has been condensed down into 95 chaotic minutes. (NW) Rated PG-13


The hugely popular animated series continues unabated, and this time reformed bad guy Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) has just been kicked out of the Anti-Villain League. Enter his long-lost twin brother Dru, who convinces Gru to go back to his evil ways. (NW) Rated PG


Christopher Nolan’s WWII drama, painstakingly and authentically depicting the bloody Battle of Dunkirk, is a remarkable example of sheer filmmaking craft. The only thing it’s missing is a little humanity. Although the technical skill on display is dazzling to behold, Nolan’s attempts to elicit any emotion from the audience feel strangely calculated because every character in the film is essentially a disposable pawn on a chessboard. (SS) Rated PG-13


Dreamworks’ latest family-friendly animated allegory about the importance of individuality has a “meh” emoji discovering he has more than one emotion. Feature films have been predicated on concepts less substantial, but does that mean this needed to be made? (NW) Rated PG

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This adaptation of Jeannette Walls’ bestselling memoir is buoyed by three stellar performances: Woody Harrelson as an alcoholic father, Naomi Watts as his equally irresponsible wife, an aspiring artist who shirks most of her maternal responsibilities; and Brie Larson as their grown daughter. (KJ) Rated PG-13


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Ryan Reynolds is a bodyguard whose career has hit the skids, and Samuel L. Jackson is his newest charge, an assassin who must be transported to the Hague, where he’ll testify against an Eastern European dictator (Gary Oldman). The twist: Jackson has previously tried to kill Reynolds numerous times, and now they’re forced into helping each other. Anybody wanna play Buddy Comedy Cliché Bingo? (NW) Rated R






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When Halle Berry’s son is nabbed by strangers from the park, she morphs into an unstoppable action hero in an increasingly ludicrous high-speed pursuit. Although not long enough to be tedious, this cheap thriller is clumsily directed and full of frustrating lapses in logic. (NW) Rated R


A documentary that profiles the life and work of the spiritual leader, from his childhood to his summit with Mao to his exile to India; it also examines the precarious future of the Dalai Lama in Tibet. At the Magic Lantern. (NW) Not Rated


Cineastes, rejoice! Steven Soderbergh has re-emerged from his four-year “retirement” and has returned to the heist genre with this leisurely, off-the-cuff movie. Like Soderbergh’s Ocean’s trilogy, it’s a sunny, deliriously implausible comedy, this time about an out-ofwork coal miner (Channing Tatum) who enlists a group of misfits — including his superstitious brother (Adam Driver) and an incarcerated explosives expert (Daniel Craig) — to clean out the safe at a NASCAR speedway. (ES) Rated PG-13


The life of Canadian folk artist Maud Lewis, known for painting hundreds of colorful country scenes as her rheumatoid arthritis gradually worsened, is chronicled in this modest biopic. Sally Hawkins is great in the title role; less convincing is Ethan Hawke as her stern, weathered husband. At the Magic Lantern. (NW) Rated PG-13



because now there’s a sequel, with Surly the Squirrel and friends thwarting a crooked mayor from bulldozing their home to build an amusement park. (NW) Rated PG


After being mistreated in his last few movies, Peter Parker and his web-slinging alter ego finally get another feature worthy of the character’s long history. With fresh-faced Tom Holland donning Spidey’s spandex, the Spider-Man franchise feels more grounded and human than ever. (ES) Rated PG-13


Since premiering at the Sundance Film Festival, Amanda Lipitz’s debut documentary has racked up raves. It chronicles a group of predominantly black high school senior girls as their step-dance team prepares for a major competition, but it also considers their surroundings: the inner city of Baltimore. (NW) Rated PG


This third installment in the rich Planet of the Apes franchise is another sophisticated sci-fi epic, with super-intelligent primate Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his simian army taking on a human warlord (Woody Harrelson). It’s emotionally involving, and more focused on its nuanced characters than action. (ES) Rated PG-13



After the body of a young woman is found on a Native American reservation in Wyoming, a local wildlife tracker (Jeremy Renner) acts as a makeshift envoy for the visiting FBI agent (Elizabeth Olsen) assigned to the case. Unlike director Taylor Sheridan’s scripts for the thrillers Sicario and Hell or High Water, this snowblind noir is overwritten but under-plotted. (NW) Rated R


DC’s latest actually does justice to one of its longest-running and most beloved characters in one of the better superhero origin films. Gal Gadot announces herself as a major new star, playing the Amazon princess and Lasso of Truth-brandishing warrior who finds herself on the front lines of the first World War. (MS) Rated PG-13 n

A white writer is contacted by a 95-year-old Native American man wanting his life story documented before he dies, and he soon finds himself ferried about the Lakota reservation on a task he feels ill-equipped for. A sensitive indie comedy-drama adapted from a novel by Kent Nerburn. At the Magic Lantern. (NW) Not Rated

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t would be easy to mistake Wind River’s earnestness for nobility. It’s the kind of movie that appears to have its heart in the right place, though it becomes clear by its third act that it doesn’t possess the courage of its own convictions. On one hand, it’s a tragic drama about the barbarism of men (particularly white men) and the impetuous displacement of Native Americans to unforgiving, nearly unlivable landscapes. On the other, it’s a grimy little revenge thriller that essentially exploits what it condemns. WIND RIVER The film Rated R is never able Directed by Taylor Sheridan to successfully Starring Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth reconcile its Olsen, Graham Greene, Gil Birmingham conflicting tones, and its righteousness too often reads as disingenuous. Of course, one could argue (and a lot of critics are) that such disparities accurately reflect the brutal Wyoming setting of Wind River, which is so beautiful on the surface and yet can surely kill you. It’s still getting buffeted with blizzards in the springtime, and it gets so cold at night that your lungs could fill with blood and then freeze from the inside out. That’s what happens to a young Native American woman named Natalie (Kelsey Chow), who we see running barefoot through the snow from an unseen threat in the film’s opening scene. Her body, crystallized in the sub-zero temperatures, is found the next morning in the forests of the Wind River Reservation by Cody (Jeremy Renner), a game tracker hunting the mountain lion that’s killing his former father-inlaw’s cattle. In a bizarre bit of dramatic parallelism that practically screams “screenwriting device,” it turns out that Cory’s late daughter was not only a good friend of Natalie’s, but also died in an eerily similar way. Enter big-city FBI agent Jane Banner (Elizabeth Olsen), so ill-prepared for the frigid climate that she doesn’t even bring a winter coat with her. Because the tribal police chief (Graham Greene) has so few deputies, Banner demands that Cody assist in her investigation, which comes to involve Natalie’s drug dealer brother and her secret affair with a white oil-drilling worker. Wind River is the latest bit of rural noir from Taylor Sheridan, a sometime character actor who earned (deserved) acclaim for writing the genre deconstructions Sicario and Hell or High Water. This is the first of his screenplays that he’s also directed, and as in those films, its locale, often as harsh as the people inhabiting it, is vividly depicted. Sheridan isn’t as deft, however, at navigating his own choppy moral waters. His earlier scripts

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Elizabeth Olsen and Jeremy Renner in Wind River. And while Sicario and Hell or High Water had their share of purple writing (Sheridan’s style recalls both the terse, hard-boiled masculinity of David Mamet and the bleeding-heart, on-thenose speechifying of Aaron Sorkin), Wind River is sometimes wildly overwritten, with dialogue that strains under the weight of its own selfimportance. It contains numerous scenes in which Renner delivers long-winded monologues that needlessly underline points we didn’t need explained, and it’s as if Sheridan is emboldening text that he’s already put in italics. It’s tough to explain how Wind River betrays its own principles without getting into spoilers, though it’s safe to say it loses its way when it veers into Sicario-esque carnage. Sheridan ends the film with on-screen text informing us that countless Native American women go missing every year, and that the government doesn’t even keep a database of those disappearances. That’s a shocking and disturbing piece of information, but Wind River doesn’t earn the distinction of doling it out. If Sheridan thinks that statistic is what his movie is about, he’s kidding himself. n

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veryone hates Nickelback. It’s a truth universally acknowledged, one of the great uniting opinions in all of popular culture. Google “worst bands,” and Nickelback comes up over and over again, outranking the likes of Creed, Insane Clown Posse and Good Charlotte. What is it about Nickelback that makes them so hateable? Perhaps it’s because they specialize in the kind of flavorless arena rock that sounds like it was shrinkwrapped right off the factory assembly line. Maybe it’s because their frequent (and often repellent) references to sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll have all the authenticity of a kid repeating dirty words he’s heard before, but doesn’t understand. The fact that frontman Chad Kroeger and company are relatively competent performers makes the music’s lack of personality all the more apparent. Even the band’s name is stupid: Nickelback. Say it out loud and it almost sounds like you’re choking on saliva. There have been all kinds of memorable internet gimmicks taking the piss out of the band. Remember that

pickle that tried (and succeeded) to get more Facebook fans than Nickelback? Or how about the mash-up that laid multiple Nickelback songs atop one another, proving that the band was shamelessly recycling its own riffs? We all had a good laugh at those. But what if we’re wrong? What if those genial rockers from western Canada aren’t really as bad as everybody says? Consider a routine by comedian Shane Torres that recently went viral. It starts off as a valiant defense of another similarly denigrated cultural figure — celebrity chef Guy Fieri. “Because he’s got flames on his shirt, everyone shits on him like he’s a member of Nickelback,” Torres says, to uproarious laughter. “And by the way,” he adds, “what the f--- did Nickelback ever do?” That’s a good question: How did they become the barometer by which we measure a band’s awfulness? “It’s hard not to feel a little bad for Nickelback,” Roll-

ing Stone wrote in 2013, when its readers named Nickelback one of the worst bands of the ’90s (never mind the fact that most people didn’t even hear of them until the early 2000s). “Sure, they aren’t the greatest band in the world, but people act like they make Nazi folk music or something.” The band itself doesn’t seem to mind the fact that millions of people are scoffing at them. In a 2014 interview with the Canadian Press, Kroeger actually seemed to embrace the divisive nature of his band. “I don’t think that all the haters and the critics know how many [favors] that they’ve done for us,” he said. “Everyone’s like, ‘I hate them’ or ‘I love them’ — whatever it is, people are talking about us.” Nickelback has been active more than two decades, starting out as a cover band (originally called the Village Idiots) in their Alberta hometown, and they developed a grassroots fan base in the Vancouver hard rock scene before an American talent agent signed them in the late ...continued on next page


MUSIC | ROCK “ALL THE WRONG REASONS,” CONTINUED... ’90s. Their third LP, 2001’s Silver Side Up (released on 9/11, it should be noted), was their mainstream breakthrough, and its lead single, the perfectly innocuous “How You Remind Me,” skyrocketed to No. 1. They’ve only scored a handful of other big singles — including “Photograph,” with its hilariously stilted, frequently parodied lyrics — but each of the seven albums they’ve released since 2001 has cracked the Billboard Top 10. They’ve sold more than 50 million records worldwide, and they average more than 5 million monthly listeners on Spotify (to put that in perspective, legendary rock bands like Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin average around 7 million). And although the Spokane Arena doesn’t disclose numbers until after their shows take place, I’ve been told that tickets for Tuesday’s concert are moving quickly, and that anyone interested in attending the show should put their money down now. The idea that there’s no such thing as Nickelback fans obviously isn’t true. Of course, popularity doesn’t always equate to quality. Plenty of things that attract large groups of people are generally terrible — the Transformers movies, for instance, or going to IKEA on a weekend. But certainly, Nickelback’s surprising popularity only makes them a larger target for derision. Do they deserve the scorn

that’s frequently heaped upon them? I don’t think so. Next time you’re at a party and somebody inevitably starts the “Nickelback is the worst band of all time” routine, retort with one of these rock acts, all of which are more deserving of hate, I think, than poor, defenseless Nickelback:

Ritchie has taken his dirtbag-chic aesthetic further than it should ever have been allowed to go. And every time his saccharine Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute “All Summer Long” comes on the radio, I’m tricked for a second into thinking it’s Warren Zevon’s far, far superior “Werewolves of London.” How cruel.



Jared Leto’s ego already has its own orbit, and I’d take Nickelback’s comparatively down-to-earth approach over his preening rock-star act any day.

Yep, they’re still active, and yes, they’re still unbelievably horrible. Nothing Nickelback has touched approaches the abysmal droning of “Nookie,” “Rollin’” or, perhaps worst of all, their sacrilegious cover of George Michael’s “Faith.”


Fronted by former American Idol contestant Chris Daughtry, these Nickelback openers are far more bland than the big headliners. They’re also prone to drippy sentimentality, which has no place in hard rock.


They were buddies with Limp Bizkit, so they’re guilty by association. They’re also known for frequently miming during their live performances, which I can’t imagine Chad Kroeger would ever do.


A Frankenstein’s monster of the most execrable facets of country-pop, arena rock and hip-hop, this pretty-boy duo is so focus-grouped to within an inch of its life, it makes Nickelback sound like the height of authenticity.


Even at 68, he can still slay on the guitar. But what a jackass. Am I right? n Nickelback with Daughtry and Shaman’s Harvest • Tue, Aug. 29 at 6 pm • $30-$125 • Spokane Arena • 720 W. Mallon • • 279-7000


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Opening for Spoon at the Knitting Factory, White Reaper still carries a torch for the best of 1970s punk-pop.

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With nods to Van Halen and Thin Lizzy, Louisville’s White Reaper (jokingly) christen themselves America’s best rock band BY TUCK CLARRY


hite Reaper’s arena-rock star panache wasn’t necessarily intended as a method of selfactualizing — or at least practiced out on a tour that sees them gracing main stages at festivals like Lollapalooza. “Loud music is a pretty surefire way to get somebody amped up,” vocalist and guitarist Tony Esposito says of the band’s much-talked-about live performances. “There’s a lot of energy from us, which may be infectious at times. It’s an interesting environment. A lot of energy, a lot of noise, a lot of people.” The band originally played small shows in their hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, with their sound always centered on bobbing hooks and riffs. Their first release — 2015’s cheekily titled White Reaper Does It Again — highlights those elements of their sound that have made them a must-see garage-rock touring act. But Esposito and his band had bigger aspirations, and they’ve seen their act grow. White Reaper’s latest album, The World’s Best American Band, opens with the roar of a stadium-sized crowd, as if their second fulllength studio release was recorded live. The title track packs plenty of riffs and rock ’n’ roll sensibilities, suggesting that the name

of the band’s sophomore album should be said with (at most) a half-smirk. The album gloriously wears the band’s influences on its sleeve, earning nods to acts like Cheap Trick, the Dickies or Thin Lizzy. “That was really the kind of stuff we were raised on,” said Esposito. “We didn’t think, ‘Let’s make a classic rock record!’ We just thought, ‘Let’s make a record that was better than our last record.’ We wanted the songs to be a little more detailed. Put some more effort in each and every individual part, and worked really hard on it.” The stage persona and attitude that White Reaper brings is reminiscent of the swagger of Van Halen or, to a different degree, the Ramones (listen to “Party Next Door” and you’ll hear a resemblance to the punk legends). “Judy French,” their lead single (and contender for song of the summer), sounds like something Matthew McConaughey’s Dazed and Confused character would chug along to in his Chevelle SS. The roots of these songs are not as glamorous as the glossy, glittery results, with Esposito finding riffs in mundane moments, like during an afternoon re-airing of SportsCenter. “A lot of times it will just happen. I’ll be watching TV and I’ll hear the riff for

‘Judy French’ and I try to learn it on guitar,” Esposito says. “Or I’m driving and I hear the riff for ‘World’s Best.’ I feel like when I get bored and doze off, I start thinking of songs.” The band’s mission statement can be heard in The World’s Best American Band’s third single, “The Stack,” which sees Esposito explaining, “If you make the girls dance, the boys will dance with ’em.” Throughout their early career as the self-proclaimed Best American Band, White Reaper has found a way to hone an authentic sound, ignoring the call of punk pretensions in favor of infectious, fun performances. “We love playing shows,” Esposito says. “As much bullshit as we have to go through to play a show. You have to drive eight hours. Get all of your shit out of the trailer, put it in the place. Set it up. Plug it in. Something doesn’t work. You have to fix it. Sound check. And finally — after all of that shit — you get 40 minutes to an hour to just do what you came for. We don’t take it lightly. We get super excited for it.” n Spoon with White Reaper • Mon, Aug. 28 at 8 pm • $28.50 • All-ages • Knitting Factory • 919 W. Sprague • • 244-3279





istening to Pickwick’s new album LoveJoys comes with a jolt of recognition: This is only the Seattle band’s second full-length, and yet it has the feel of a group that’s been playing together on at least a dozen records. They’re certainly not new to the scene, considering Pickwick started in the mid-2000s as the folky acoustic solo project of frontman Galen Disston, but with a few lineup changes and stylistic shifts here and there, they’ve developed into a slick, polished live act over the years. Like their 2013 debut LP Can’t Talk Medicine, this new release mixes shimmery electro-pop with blue-eyed soul, and it bops along with an undeniable strut (Garrett Parker’s basslines are always pushed forward in the mix, and for good reason) and always has a cool darkness hanging over it. — NATHAN WEINBENDER Pickwick with Cataldo • Sat, Aug. 26 at 8 pm • $12/$15 at the door • All-ages • The Bartlett • 228 W. Sprague • • 747-2174


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ARBOR CREST, Ron Greene & Friends BABY BAR, Cauche Mar, Evers J J THE BARTLETT, Dario Ré, Chris Molitor BEEROCRACY, Open Mic J J THE BIG DIPPER, Mike Love BOOMERS CLASSIC ROCK BAR & GRILL, Dino Romanelli BOOTS BAKERY & LOUNGE, The Song Project J BUCER’S, Open Jazz Jam J COEUR D’ALENE PARK, Howling Gaels CORBY’S BAR, Open Mic and Karaoke CRAFTED TAP HOUSE + KITCHEN, Robby French CRAVE, DJ Freaky Fred CRUISERS, Open Mic Jam Slam DALEY’S CHEAP SHOTS, Slow Cookin’ FEDORA PUB & GRILLE, Kicho HOGFISH, OC45 IRON HORSE BAR, JamShack JACKSON ST., Free Love, Pamela Jean JOHN’S ALLEY, Rootz Within, Jaledub J LAGUNA CAFÉ, Just Plain Darin THE MASON JAR, Brian Stai MICKDUFF’S BEER HALL, Wyatt Wood MOON TIME, Ethereal in E NIGHTHAWK LOUNGE (CDA CASINO), PJ Destiny THE OBSERVATORY, Vinyl Meltdown J THE PIN!, Arsonists Get All the Girls, American Me, Conquer Divide, Critic, Give Em Blood, Circuit of Suns POST FALLS BREWING COMPANY, Devon Wade RAZZLE’S BAR & GRILL, Open Mic THE RESERVE, Karaoke with DJ Dave RIDLER PIANO BAR, Dueling Pianos J RIVERSTONE PARK, Chiselfish




just want to borrow your attention for, like, 45 minutes,” Mark Battles says in the opening moments of his latest album Day 2, and for the next 11 tracks, he earns it. That shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to anyone who’s followed the young hip-hop artist’s short but busy career, because Battles is only 25 and is already prolific. The Indianapolis-based rapper started performing in earnest when he was still a teenager; before he was 21, he’d started his own label called Fly America, where he self-releases his own work as well as the output of several other rappers. He’s still relatively under the radar outside of his home state, though don’t be surprised if he becomes the next big thing in the indie hip-hop game. — NATHAN WEINBENDER Mark Battles with Young Neves and Lee Haze • Tue, Aug. 29 at 8 pm • $15 • All-ages • The Pin! • 412 W. Sprague • • 624-0746

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12 TRIBES CASINO, Love Stitch J BABY BAR, Atari Ferrari, Balonely J THE BARTLETT, Miles Nielsen and the Rusted Hearts BEVERLY’S, Robert Vaughn BLACK DIAMOND, DJ Sterling BOLO’S, FM BRIDGE PRESS CELLARS, Open Mic CHECKERBOARD BAR, Interdimensional Tango Party CHINOOK STEAK, PASTA AND SPIRITS (CDA CASINO), KOSH J CITY PARK, The Powers J COLBERT TRADING CO., Just Plain Darin

J CONKLING MARINA & RESORT, Riverboat Dance Band CORBY’S BAR, Karaoke CURLEY’S, Dangerous Type DI LUNA’S CAFE, Chris Webster and Nina Gerber FEDORA PUB & GRILLE, Harmony Clayton HILL’S RESORT, Gladhammer J HOTEL RL AT THE PARK, British Export IMPULSE, Little Black Dress Party feat. DJ Ramsin IRON HORSE BAR, The Rub KOOTENAI COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS, Raised in a Barn Band LEFTBANK WINE BAR, Carey Brazil MICKDUFF’S BEER HALL, Moses Willey

MOOSE LOUNGE, Dragonfly J MOOTSY’S, Donna Donna, Wind Hotel MULLIGAN’S BAR & GRILLE, Ethereal in E NASHVILLE NORTH, Jason Boland and the Stragglers, Devon Wade NIGHTHAWK LOUNGE (CDA CASINO), JamShack NORTHERN QUEST RESORT & CASINO, DJ Patrick NYNE, Haley Young and the Bossame, DJ Soul1 O’SHAYS IRISH PUB & EATERY, Arvid Lundin & Deep Roots THE OBSERVATORY, Waking Things, Boat Race Weekend, Wasted Breath PEND D’OREILLE WINERY, Doug Bond

J THE PIN!, Tiki Beats THE RESERVE, DJ WesOne, DJ Sassy RIDLER PIANO BAR, Dueling Pianos THE ROCK, DJ Afrodisiac SILVER MOUNTAIN, Andy Rumsey J J WASHINGTON CRACKER CO. BUILDING, The Sweeplings ZOLA, Tell the Boys

Saturday, 08/26

J 12 TRIBES RESORT CASINO, Village People J BABY BAR, Angel Magic, Passive Tourist, Maidenhair BARLOWS AT LIBERTY LAKE, Jan Harrison, Doug Folkins, Barry Aiken J J THE BARTLETT, Pickwick (see above), Cataldo BEVERLY’S, Robert Vaughn

J J THE BIG DIPPER, Pack the Dipper with Free the Jester, Of Truth, The Broken Thumbs and more BLACK DIAMOND, DJ Stud BOLO’S, FM J BOOMER’S GARDEN, Lonestar CHINOOK STEAK, PASTA AND SPIRITS (CDA CASINO), KOSH COEUR D’ALENE CELLARS, Wyatt Wood J CONKLING MARINA & RESORT, Riverboat Dance Band CRUISERS, Quiet Riot CURLEY’S, Dangerous Type DALEY’S CHEAP SHOTS, Slow Cookin’ J FLAME & CORK, Just Plain Darin FREDNECK’S, Dee’s Nuts GARLAND PUB, Working Spliffs J J GORGE AMPHITHEATER, Kings of Leon J HOTEL RL AT THE PARK, British Export IRON HORSE BAR, The Rub THE JACKSON ST., Karaoke J KNITTING FACTORY, LANCO, Drew Baldridge, Olivia Lane and more J KOOTENAI COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS, North Idaho State Fair, feat. Luke Yates, Jesse Quandt Band, Raised in a Barn Band


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MAIN STREET TAVERN, My Own Worst Enemy MOOSE LOUNGE, Dragonfly NASHVILLE NORTH, Ladies Night with Luke Jaxon and DJ Tom NIGHTHAWK LOUNGE (CDA CASINO), JamShack NORTHERN QUEST RESORT & CASINO, DJ Patrick J THE OBSERVATORY, Fat Lady, Nat Park and the Tunnels of Love, Vaughn Wood and Friends PEND D’OREILLE WINERY, Mike Wagonner THE PIN!, Celly Cel and G.I. POST FALLS BREWING, Son of Brad RIDLER PIANO BAR, Dueling Pianos THE ROCK, DJ Afrodisiac J THE SHOP, Darren Eldridge THIRSTY DOG, DJ WesOne, DJ Sassy THE THIRSTY DOG, DJ Dave ZOLA, Tell the Boys

Sunday, 08/27


LINGER LONGER LOUNGE, Open Jam O’DOHERTY’S, Live Irish Music J J THE PIN!, Afroman, JMAYZ, Icy Ike, Treveezy, Jelttiks McSlumpa RIDLER PIANO BAR, Karaoke THE ROADHOUSE, Jeremy Pinnell J SANDPOINT, Trout and About Festival feat. The Whizpops and The Ginstrings ZOLA, Lazy Love

Monday, 08/28

J CALYPSOS, Open Mic J CITY PARK, The Powers EICHARDT’S, Monday Night Jam J J KNITTING FACTORY, Spoon, White Reaper (see page 39) RED ROOM LOUNGE, Open Mic with Lucas Brookbank Brown ZOLA, Perfect Mess

Tuesday, 08/29

J J THE BARTLETT, Northwest of Nashville feat. The South Hill, Sulphur Banks, Kevin Brown THE EMPEROR ROOM, T.A.S.T.Y with DJs Freaky Fred, Beauflexx J FAIRWOOD SHOPPING CENTER, Nick Grow LEFTBANK WINE BAR, Turntable Tues. MIK’S, DJ Brentano J J THE PIN!, Mark Battles (see facing page), Young Neves, Lee Haze RED ROOM LOUNGE, Tuesday Takeover with Storme RIDLER PIANO BAR, Open Mic/Jam RIPPLES RIVERSIDE, Land of Voices J SPOKANE ARENA, Nickelback (see page 37), Daughtry, Shaman’s Harvest UP NORTH DISTILLERY, Bill Bozly ZOLA, Dueling Cronkites

Wednesday, 08/30

J J THE BARTLETT, Cathedral Pearls, Minden, Newman GENO’S, Open Mic w/Travis Goulding IRON HORSE BAR & GRILL, Kori Ailene LEFTBANK WINE BAR, Carey Brazil J LITTLE GARDEN CAFE, Nate Corning LUCKY’S IRISH PUB, DJ D3VIN3 J MCEUEN PARK, Milonga J THE PIN!, Seedeater, Telekinetic Yeti, Bruja POOLE’S PUBLIC HOUSE, Nick Grow REPUBLIC BREWING CO., Jason Boland and the Stragglers RIDLER PIANO BAR, The Ronaldos RIVELLE’S RIVER GRILL, Jam Night J J RIVERFRONT PARK, Pig Out in the Park feat. Kelly Hughes Band and Cary Fly Band J RIVERSIDE STATE PARK BOWL & PITCHER, Smackout Pack SOULFUL SOUPS & SPIRITS, Open Mic THE THIRSTY DOG, DJ Dave ZOLA, Whsk&Keys

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Troy Nickerson directs this weekend’s staged reading of the timely, Pulitzer-winning play A Bright Room Called Day.



Before his landmark, Pulitzer Prize-winning opus Angels in America explored the wreckage of the AIDS epidemic, playwright Tony Kushner extended his sometimes surrealistic brand of empathy toward Germany during the rise of the Third Reich. His 1987 drama A Bright Room Called Day is set in the middle-class life of a Berlin-based actress, who watches along with her friends and associates as Hitler’s political influence intensifies. This plot is intercut with (then-contemporary) interstitials in which an American woman frets about the threat of fascism under President Reagan. If nothing else, the play proves that Kushner was never not timely. Bright Room will be presented this weekend as a staged reading directed by Troy Nickerson, and all proceeds will benefit the LGBTQ youth center Odyssey. — NATHAN WEINBENDER A Bright Room Called Day • Fri, Aug 25 and Sat, Aug. 26 at 7:30 pm • $10 • South Perry Yoga • 915 S. Perry •


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The annual Northwest Bach Festival is one of the most noteworthy cultural happenings every winter, and you might find yourself yearning to hear the intricate intensity of the festival’s Grammywinning artistic director, Zuill Bailey, playing cello months ahead of time. You’re in luck, as the Bach Fest’s Summer Festival brings Bailey and some insanely talented players to the area for a series of concerts, including three Bailey solo performances (Aug. 25 at 9 pm, Aug. 26 at 8 pm, Aug. 27 at 11 am) at the exhibit “The Wall That Heals,” a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial visiting Mirabeau Meadows (see facing page for more details). — DAN NAILEN Schubert’s Quintet in C Major • Sun, Aug. 27 at 3 pm • $40 • Barrister Winery • 1213 W. Railroad Ave. • Mon, Aug. 28 at 7:30 pm • $45 • Hagadone Event Center • 904 Floating Green Dr., Coeur d’Alene • Pianist Navah Perlman’s Unforgettable Musical Memoirs • Fri, Sept. 1 at 7:30 pm • $40 • Historic Hamilton Studio • 1427 W. Dean •


First it was all about the color runs. Now, bounce houses — yes, just like the colorful, inflated contraptions that parents frequently rent for their kids’ backyard birthday parties — for all ages have arrived as another hot recreation trend. Calling itself the “world’s largest bounce house ever created,” and topping out at 10,000 square feet with a height of 32 feet, the touring inflatable Big Bounce America house is coming to Spokane for three days of barefoot bouncing. The castle of air consists of obstacle courses, basketball courts, slides, ball pits and more. To keep everyone’s heart rates apumpin’, a live DJ booth, dance floor and other features contribute to the party-like atmosphere. Tickets can be purchased online for specific sessions (see website for times), which are separated by age groups to keep everyone safe. — CHEY SCOTT Big Bounce America • Fri, Aug. 25 to Sun, Aug. 27; Fri from 3-7 pm, Sat-Sun from 8 am-6 pm • $15-$19; free sessions for ages 2 and under • Dwight Merkel Sports Complex • 5701 N. Assembly •



Haven’t had the chance to visit Washington, D.C., and see the Vietnam Veterans Memorial? A miniature version that’s about half the size of the permanent memorial, completed in 1982, is making a stop in the Inland Northwest this weekend as part of a community partnership. Since this 250-foot replica was unveiled in 1996, it has toured more than 400 U.S. cities, bringing its message of healing and strength to communities whose members’ names are listed among those of more than 58,000 servicemen and servicewomen whose lives were lost during the long period of war from 1959 to 1975. Of these brave American servicemembers inscribed on its surface, 244 were from the Inland Northwest. The Wall That Heals and its mobile education center are open 24 hours a day during each of its stops; see the link below for details on its Spokane visit. — CHEY SCOTT The Wall That Heals • Thu, Aug. 24 at 9 am to Sun, Aug. 27 at 4 pm • Free • Mirabeau Meadows • 13500 E. Mirabeau Pkwy., Spokane Valley • thewallthatheals







A major star of mystery literature is coming to town on the heels of her latest thrilling release. Best-selling, five-time Agatha Award-winning author Louise Penny’s newest novel Glass Houses comes out the day before her Spokane stop, hosted by Auntie’s Bookstore, marking the 13th installment of her popular murder mystery series centered around protagonist Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. Set in the fictitious town of Three Pines, Quebec (the author’s resident province) Penny’s latest has Inspector Gamache investigating the appearance and disappearance of a strange figure that has set Three Pines’ residents on edge. Penny’s fans here won’t want to miss the chance to hear her talk about the new book and her illustrious writing career; the event could be a worthwhile entry into this successful author’s world for curious bookworms, too. — CHEY SCOTT


Louise Penny • Wed, Aug. 30 at 7 pm • Free with book purchase from Auntie’s; $5 without • Bing Crosby Theater • 901 W. First • auntiesbooks. com • 838-0206






I SAW YOU STEELERS FANS I see you sitting alone watching the Steeler’s games during the season. I want to invite you to join other Steeler Fans and enjoy the family. Join us on FB@ Spokane Steelers Fans. Like us and join us for the games. We will be at Borrachos downtown on September 10th for the first game of the season. Join our page to see where we will be for our Steeler games and be part of the Spokane Steeler Family! Hope to meet you soon!! YOUR COMPASSION WAS INSPIRING I saw you at the Anti-Hate Rally/Stand Against Racism Rally earlier this week. I was so impressed with your compassion and dedication to the cause that it brought me to tears. You spoke about what we need to do as a community and as individuals. You were helpful and kind to everyone in attendance. At the end of the night you handed me a purple flower. You inspire me. Can we be friends? WE ALL SEE YOU We all see you in the neighborhood near Huckleberry’s. I’m sure your red Mustang gets a lot of attention and so do your other activities. We all see you. We live in your building but there are others around the neighborhood. We are watching, we are gathering evidence and we will be going to the police. We will not stand by, we will not enable you with our silence. Cease and desist immediately. I MET YOU AT SAFEWAY IN LINE BUYING


MINT ICE CREAM ON SATURDAY NIGHT AT 10:45 PM I bought mint ice cream and dog food you were back from college in Virginia and your parents live in Lake Taps and you were born in West Seattle. Lets talk more, you seem nice. Lets eat some mint ice cream. email me at yardguy1111@gmail. com. What you up to? I am in town for another week with two dogs and nothing to do. Show me around Spokane? NECTAR WINE & BEER SAT. 8/19 On the patio Saturday evening. You: blond hair in jeans, white sandals, pink & white striped shirt enjoying drinks and dinner with your friend. Me: brown hair in jeans and greenish-blue shirt sitting behind you. You were taking pictures of the view while your friend was away from the table. You turned around a few times, enough for me to see that you’re stunning. I wanted to say hello, but missed my chance. If you’re single and interested, email me at winefana@gmail. com and maybe we could meet up for a glass of wine sometime.

YOU SAW ME HUCKLEBERRY’S ON MONROE TUESDAY MORNING AUGUST 15TH I was standing by the coffee and you asked me if I was on my way to work. I told you that I had just gotten off and was headed home to go to bed. You asked me what I did and where I worked. You also asked why I was drinking coffee if I was a health care provider. I showed you that I was drinking herbal tea. You said “I’ll see you later” and I should have said...”I sure hope so!” I was wearing a pink scrub top and grey pants. I’d love to have coffee sometime!

CHEERS ANGELS ON EARTH Angels work for Hospice of Spokane and treated my mom and our family with kindness, dignity and respect both at home and at the Hospice House. This is an incredible organization. If we all treated each other the way these angels treat those they help, the world would have no problems. Thank you Hospice for providing comfort for my precious mom who provided others with kindness throughout her life. My family and I are forever indebted to you.

TO SERVER WEBBY AT THE CHILI’S AT NORTHTOWN MALL We were there Saturday, August 19th just after 5 p.m. You were our server. You did an EXCELLENT job! The food was delicious and made to our specifications. Moreso, we enjoyed our dining experience because of YOU!

you, this will not apply, but to the medicaid recipients who insist on yelling at the doctor’s office personnel because they are running late, or have paperwork for you to fill out, you should take a moment to reflect on the big picture. You are on a state medical program that is paid for by the taxes

You may look badass but I can sense you have a kind heart.

You were friendly with an infectious smile and magnetic personality. You gave us a few laughs and made us smile. You also totally understood our sense of humor. It’s been a LONG time since we’ve had a pleasurable dining experience with a server who is friendly, kind and fun. Thank you so much for serving us! We were so impressed with your skills and attitude that when we return, (which we will!), we will request you as our server again. (Yes, as promised, email was sent to corporate to brag about your amazing service to us). Thanks for being one awesome server! A FRIEND WHEN I NEED(ED) ONE I t ’ s been a little over two and a half months now- but, you replied to my request for help with a “You’re awesome. Want a beer?”. I eventually took you up on that offer- though belated. I just want to say thank you for taking the time to reply because ‘this’ has been one of the craziest roller-coasters of my life but I don’t regret a single second. That comment that you made sums up our relationship pretty well -- “I like you. I appreciate you and accept you. Can I do something to make your life better?” -- and you do. Every Single Day. Cheers, my person. HARLEY HEARTBREAKER I was coming from the airport merging onto HWY 2 and I didn’t see you in my blindspot! I felt so bad when I looked in my rearview mirror and saw you on your bike. I am a fellow biker also so I felt so terrible for cutting you off. I wished there was a way I could apologize. When we got on the freeway I was ready

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 “”


for you to drive past me flipping me off or scowling, but when you drove past me I waved an apologetic wave and mouthed sorry. You smiled and waved back accepting the apology. THANK YOU for forgiving me. You may look badass but I can sense you have a kind heart. You made my day.

JEERS YOU ALMOST KILLED US SMALLS On Sunday Aug 13 @6 PM @ the intersection of Regal & 42 by Shopko, my wife and I avoided a devastating accident due to someone running a red light. The light had turned green and the vehicle in front of us was going through the intersection, just as we were about to proceed a vehicle heading north on Regal flew through the intersection at excessive speed. Talk about seeing your life pass before your eyes, it was the scariest thing we may have been involved in!!! If my wife had not hesitated for a split second we would have been T-BONED and have been seriously/fatally injured. In a state of shock we were brought back by the car behind us leaning on their horn as if nothing had just happened and we had fallen asleep at the light. Inattentive driving has reached EPIDEMIC LEVELS!?*/! We have reached out to the city to see if there was a red light camera. If anyone was at the intersection that witnessed this near miss please reach out to us by replying to this post. I will reply so we can recall it more accurately. We have always been very defensive drivers and it has saved us numerous times. This event comes on the heels of a pedestrian being run down/ KILLED at the intersection by DICK’S by someone driving on the interstate with no brakes. Sometime it feels like I live in the TWIGHLIGHT ZONE!!!! UNGRATEFUL MEDICAID RECIPIENTS To those who are on Medicaid. For a lot of

collected from the very individuals you are yelling at. The people who work at the local medical offices do not qualify for Medicaid generally. They have to pay for their own insurance. For you to be ungrateful and rude to them is an affront to basic decency. Rather than complain, why don’t you realize that your healthcare is supported by the hard work of these individuals and be patient. DISINHERITED FOREVER How dare you lie to our Granddaughter. She believes we told you not to call, write or email us again. You know you were the one that said those hateful words, not us. Surprise... I’ve got it all on tape. One day our Granddaughter will hear that tape and she will know you for the liar you are. Of course by that time it will be too late, but she will learn the truth. When she realizes the damage you have done to her with your hateful lies she may find it hard to forgive you. Especially when she see’s what it has cost her financially.n



















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TACO BELL LIVE MAS GOLF & GALA Join the Boys & Girls Club and its sponsor Taco Bell for a night of golf and a gala benefit. Aug. 25, 11 am. Kalispel Golf and Country Club, 2010 W. Waikiki Rd. (489-0741) WHISKERS & WINE (AND SUDS!): Partners for Pets’ annual fundraiser with wine from Barrister, beer from Black Label and a selection of appetizers (vegan included). Also includes a silent auction. Aug. 26, 6-9 pm. $25-$30. Spokane County Fair & Expo Center, 404 N. Havana St.


2.0PEN MIC Local comedy night hosted by Ken McComb. Thursdays, from 8-10 pm. Free. The District Bar, 916 W. First Ave. GUFFAW YOURSELF! Open mic comedy night hosted by Casey Strain; Thursdays at 10 pm. Free. Neato Burrito, 827 W. First Ave. (509-847-1234) KERMIT APIO The past winner of the Seattle Comedy Competition has performed around the U.S. and Canada. Aug. 24-26 at 8 pm, Aug. 26 at 10:30 pm. $10-$22. Spokane Comedy Club, 315 W. Sprague. DUOS Several BDT players are paired up two-by-two and given free rein for 15 minutes to do whatever style of improv they want. Last Friday of the month, at 10 pm. For mature audiences. $7. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. (747-7045) ONCE MORE WITH FEELING In celebration of the BDT’s 20th anniversary, they’ll revisit as many previous shows as possible each night with the turbo speed version. Fridays, at 8 pm, Aug. 18-Sept. 22. For all ages. $7. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland. STAND-UP COMEDY Live comedy featuring established and up-and-coming local comedians. Fridays at 8 pm. No cover. Red Dragon Chinese, 1406 W. Third Ave. AFTER DARK: A mature-rated version of the Blue Door’s monthly, Friday show; on the first and last Saturday of the month, at 10 pm. $7. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. THE DOPE SHOW A comedy showcase for which comedians joke, then toke, the joke some more. Hosted by Tyler Smith and featuring nationally touring comedians with various tolerances to marijuana.

Aug. 27. $10-$16. Spokane Comedy Club, 315 W. Sprague. spokanecomedyclub. com (509-318-9998) THE SOCIAL HOUR COMEDY SHOWCASE Featuring comics from the Northwest and beyond, and hosted by Deece Casillas. Sundays, from 8-9:30 pm. Free. The Ridler Piano Bar, 718 W. Riverside Ave. (509-822-7938) COMEDY OPEN MIC Five minutes for anyone who knows at least one joke. No two drink minimum, but with dollar beers, who cares? Monday nights; signups at 8:30 pm, mic starts at 9. Ages 21+. Free. Garland Drinkery, 828 W. Garland Ave. MONDAY NIGHT COMEDY Hosted by Jared Chastain, with local acts followed by open mic. Mondays at 8 pm. Ages 21+. Free. Etsi Bravo, 215 E. Main, Pullman. (715-1037) OPEN MIC A free open mic night every Wednesday, starting at 8 pm. Doors open at 7 pm. Free. Spokane Comedy Club, 315 W. Sprague. CASH LEVY Cash has appeared on on Comedy Central, Fox Sports, NBC, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (CBS), Comics Unleashed and much more. Aug. 31-Sept. 2 at 8 pm, Sept. 2 at 10:30 pm. $16-$22. Spokane Comedy Club, 315 W. Sprague. (509-318-9998) NERVE DAMAGE An all-improvised show in which BDT players test their nerves for audience laughs. First Friday of the month, at 10 pm. For mature audiences. $7. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland. (747-7045) IGNITE IMPROV TROUPE A performance by the local theater’s in-house comedy improv troupe. Sept. 2, at 7 pm. $5. Ignite! Community Theatre, 10814 E. Broadway. MYLES WEBER Myles has appeared on MTV’s “Greatest Party Story Ever,” has hosted for Portico TV and worked as a correspondent for Popular Science. Sep. 3, 8 pm. $10-$16. Spokane Comedy Club, 315 W. Sprague. (318-9998)


LAKE COEUR D’ALENE CRUISES The Lake CdA Cruise fleet departs daily from The Coeur d’Alene Resort all summer for scenic tours, holiday specials, late morning brunch and evening sunset dinner cruises. $25/adults; $23/ages 55+; $17/ ages 6-17; free/age 5 and under. The Coeur d’Alene Resort, 115 S. Second. (208-765-4000)

SEND A POSTCARD TO CONGRESS The Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane invite the community to learn about federal budget proposals and send a postcard to their congressional representatives. Aug. 24, 4-7 pm. Free. River Park Square, 808 W. Main. THURSDAY EVENING SWING Come swing dance every Thursday night, from 6:30-10 pm (through Sept. 1). Includes beginner/intermediate lessons; no partner or experience necessary. $8/door or $50/10-week punch card. Woman’s Club of Spokane, 1428 W. Ninth. (838-5667) THE WALL THAT HEALS A half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in D.C. comes to Spokane Valley in honor of all those who served in the Vietnam War. In addition to many photographs, the accompanying Mobile Education Center includes memorabilia and letters left at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. From Aug. 24 at 9 am to Sun. Aug. 27 at 4 pm. Free. Mirabeau Park Meadows, 13500 Mirabeau Pkwy. WWI: THE WAR TO END ALL WARS An exhibit commemorating the 100th anniversary of the United States entry into World War I. Through Nov. 30; open Wed-Sat, 11 am-4 pm. $4-$6 admission. Spokane Valley Heritage Museum, 12114 E. Sprague Ave. THE BIG BOUNCE HOUSE A 10,000 square-foot inflatable bounce house, with slides, themed zones, ball pits, obstacles, basketball hoops, “chill zones,” a live DJ, games and competitions and more. Aug. 25-27, Fri from 3-7:30 pm, Sat-Sun from 8 am-6 pm. $9-$19. Dwight Merkel Sports Complex, 5701 N. Assembly St. DROP IN & CODE FOR KIDS Explore the world of coding using game-based lessons on and Scratch. For kids grade 3 and up. Meets the last Friday of the month, from 3-5:30 pm. Free. Spark Central, 1214 W. Summit Pkwy. (279-0299) END OF THE SUMMER TEEN MIXER End the summer with a bang and enjoy music, dancing, games, contests, food and drinks. Aug. 25, 7-9 pm. Free. Airway Heights Community Center, 13120 W. 13th Ave. (509-244-4845) GATHERING AT THE FALLS POWWOW The annual event’s history and significance goes back generations. It has been a sacred tradition for many tribes around the Northwest to gather at the Spokane River because it gives life, love, hope, and a sense of revitalization. Events include

traditional dancing, drum circles, vendors and more. Aug. 25, 7-10 pm; Aug. 26, 1-10 pm and Aug. 27, noon-5 pm. Free. Riverfront Park, 705 N. Howard St. (362-2178) THE CANNABIS ALLIANCE KICKBALL TOURNAMENT The second annual event hosts Mayor Raymond Gravelle, a family parade to the tournament fields and more. Aug. 26, 10 am-4 pm. $25. At East Beach Park in Soap Lake, Wash. (253-235-9054) COHOUSING: LIVING SUSTAINABLY IN COMMUNITY Local families have secured a site in the South Perry neighborhood for an intergenerational village; learn more at a free presentation and discussion. RSVP to spokane.cohousing@, or learn more at Aug. 26, 3-5 pm. Free. Shadle Library, 2111 W. Wellesley Ave. (444-5390) END OF SUMMER COMMUNITY DANCE Includes a potluck picnic, followed by dance lessons and general dancing under the stars until 9 pm. Aug. 26, 5 pm. Sandpoint Community Hall, 204 S. First Ave. (208-263-3317) MILLWOOD DAZE The 9th annual community festival includes a country breakfast, all-day live entertainment, a street fair with food trucks and vendors, street dancing and a free outdoor movie behind Rocket Bakery. Aug. 26, 9 am-8 pm. Downtown Millwood. PAWS TO READ Colfax Library librarian Sarah invites the community to celebrate National Dog Day by bringing kids to read and play with her favorite canine, Indy. Aug. 26, 1-3 pm. Free. Colfax Library, 102 S. Main St. PEND OREILLE EXCURSION TRAIN RIDES Due to track safety issues, the rides hosted by the Newport/Priest River Rotary Club now depart from Newport to take riders on a scenic, 24-mile ride along the Pend Oreille River to Dalkena, Wash. and back. Summer 2017 rides are offered Aug. 26-27 at 11 am, 1 and 3 pm. (Fall rides on Sat/Sun from Sept. 30-Oct. 15.) $15-$20. SANDEMONIUM A local comic-con-style convention for fans of comic books, gaming, anime, super heroes and more. Experience a full day of panels, special events, cosplay and more. Aug. 26, 9 am-5 pm. $2. Forrest M. Bird Charter School, 614 S. Madison Ave., Sandpoint. (406-293-1985) SUMMER WOMEN’S MARCH A local women’s march and community gathering to celebrate Women’s Suffrage Day, hosted by Indivisible Spokane, Spokane Area NOW and other local groups. Aug.

26, 1-3 pm. BA Clark Park, 922 N. Normandie St. DOGGIE DIP Bring your four-legged friends to the city pools for the last day of summer swimming season. Dogs must show proof of current rabies vaccine. Proceeds benefit the High Bridge Dog Park. Events Aug. 27, 3-4:30 pm (Comstock), and from 5:30-7 pm on Aug. 28 (Shadle), Aug. 29 (Hillyard), Aug. 30 (A.M. Cannon) and Aug. 31 (Liberty). $10/ dog. INLAND NW RAIL MUSEUM 1ST ANNIVERSARY Visitors can tour inside six of a collection of 30+ rail cars at the, site filled with memorabilia that were not available during the grand opening a year ago. Also see the last Spokane street car in existence, and enjoy 1950s-priced concessions. Aug. 27, 10 am-5 pm. $5. Inland Northwest Rail Museum, 23700 Sprinkle Rd. (509-7963377) PAWS IN THE POOL After the city pools close for the summer season, they go to the dogs. Vaccinated (records must be present) and well-behaved dogs 65 lbs and under are welcome from 1-1:45 pm; dogs 66 lbs and over are welcome from 2-3:30 pm. Registration recommended. Aug. 27. $5/dog. Valley Mission Pool, 11123 E. Mission. (688-0300) I AM ENOUGH Equip your middle schooler to be ready to “launch” into the school year armed with character building, life affirming sexual integrity. Aug. 31, 7-8 pm. Aug. 31, 7-8 pm. Free (suggested $5 donation). Kroc Center, 1765 W. Golf Course Rd. (208-667-1865) MOORE-TURNER HERITAGE GARDENS TOURS Learn about the discovery, the restoration and the two influential families of early Spokane who enjoyed them. Aug. 31, 5:30 pm. Free. Moore-Turner Heritage Gardens, 507 W. Seventh Ave. UNDER THE FREEWAY FLEA MARKET Hundreds of vendors from across the West ply their wares in the protected, open-air space underneath I-90 and on the Wallace Depot grounds. Also includes live music, kids’ games and more. Sept. 1-4. FUNKY JUNK The North Idaho antique and craft show celebrates its 10th anniversary, hosting vendors of salvaged, retro, antique and vintage goods for the home. Sept. 2, 10 am-6 pm and Sept. 3, 10 am-4 pm. Kids 12 and under free. $5/ weekend admission. Bonner County Fairgrounds, 4203 N. Boyer Rd. (208-263-8414)

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EVENTS | CALENDAR FIRST MONDAY NETWORK A networking event held the first Monday of the month (5:30-7:15 pm), hosting sponsors and speakers who can help business owners and entrepreneurs in taking their business to the next level. $10. Mirabeau Park Hotel, 1100 N. Sullivan Rd. (208-640-1331)


NORTH IDAHO STATE FAIR This year’s theme is “May the Fair Be With You,” and features traditional agriculture and livestock exhibits, carnival rides, food and craft vendors, performers and live entertainment, the PRCA Rodeo and more. Aug. 23-27, from 10 am-10 pm. Kootenai County Fairgrounds, 4056 N. Government Way. northidahostatefair. com (208-765-4969) FALL FEST The 25th annual end-ofsummer festival features four days of live music, regional wine, hard cider and more than 60 regional microbrews and beers on tap. Also includes kids activities, arts and food vendors and more. Sept. 1-4. Free. Schweitzer Mountain Resort, 10,000 Schweitzer Mountain Rd. (208-263-9555)


GARLAND SUMMER MOVIES: THIS WILD LIFE See the new animated film based on the tale of Robinson Crusoe. Aug. 21-25, at 9:30 am. Free. Garland Theater, 924 W. Garland Ave. (509-327-1050) THE HERO Lee Hayden (Sam Elliott) is an aging Western icon with a golden voice, but his best performances are decades behind him. He spends his days reliving old glories and smoking too much weed with his former-co-star-turned-dealer, Jeremy (Nick Offerman), until a surprise cancer diagnosis brings his priorities into sharp focus. Aug. 24-25 and 27. Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave. RIFFTRAX LIVE: DOCTOR WHO – THE FIVE DOCTORS: Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett of MST3K fame take on one of the most thrilling Doctor Who adventures. Aug. 17 and 24 at 8 pm. At Regal Cinemas Northtown and Riverstone (CdA). $13. SCREEN ON THE GREEN: WONDER WOMAN The UI Dept. of Student Involvement’s family summer movie series is held on Thursdays at the Theophilus Tower Lawn. Aug. 24, 8:45 pm. Free. University of Idaho, 709 S Deakin St. uidaho. edu (208-885-6111)

WONDER WOMAN An Amazon princess finds her idyllic life on an island occupied only by female warriors interrupted when a pilot crash-lands nearby. After rescuing him, she learns that World War I is engulfing the planet, and vows to use her superpowers to restore peace. Showing Aug. 24-27, times vary. $6/adults, $3/ children. The Kenworthy, 508 S. Main St. Z NATION: BEHIND THE CAMERA During summer 2017, the MAC became a working TV studio and a celebration of the dozens of local artists behind the hit Syfy series Z Nation. Visitors can watch scenes being shot for season 4, learn how a TV series is made, and about the local crew members working on the show. The exhibit also features props, costumes and other items used in the show. June 10Sept. 10; open Tue-Sun, 10 am-5 pm. $5$10/admission. The MAC, 2316 W. First Ave. BUD’S PLACE The film by George Sibley tells the story of District Ranger, soldier, fur trapper and wilderness advocate Bud Moore. During a long career with the Forest Service, he was part of most of the key events in the history of conservation and public land management during the 20th century. Aug. 25, 7 pm. Free. Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave. (208-769-2315) SUMMER MOONLIGHT MOVIES: BEAUTY & THE BEAST A screening as part of the City of Airway Heights’ annual summer outdoor movie series. Aug. 25, 9 pm. Free. Sunset Park, S. King St. WALL-E In the distant future, a small waste-collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind. Aug. 25, 1:30 pm. Free. Hillyard Library, 4005 N. Cook St. (444-5331) BEAUTY AND THE BEAST A family movie night on the lawn of the park; movie starts at dusk. Aug. 26. Free. Pavillion Park, 727 N. Molter Rd. (755-6726) POWER RANGERS A group of highschool students, who are infused with unique superpowers, harness their abilities in order to save the world. 2 hours and 4 minutes long. Rated PG-13. Aug. 26, 2 pm. Free. Hillyard Library, 4005 N. Cook St. (444-5331) SATURDAY MARKET CARTOONS Join the Kenworthy every Saturday through September from 9 am-noon for free classic cartoons on the big screen. Free. The Kenworthy, 508 S. Main St. kenworthy. org (208-882-4127) MOVIE NIGHT: MICHAEL MOORE’S “WHERE TO INVADE NEXT”: The Oak

Tree is showing Michael Moore’s movie “Where to Invade Next” documenting Europe’s successes in higher ed, family wage jobs, universal health care and more. Aug. 27, 6-8 pm. Free. The Bartlett, 228 W. Sprague Ave. STUDIO GHIBLI FEST: CASTLE IN THE SKY From the legendary director Hayao Miyazaki comes the story of a young girl who falls out of the sky and into the arms of young Pazu. Aug. 27 (dubbed) at 12:55 pm and Aug. 28 (subtitles) at 7 pm. At Regal Cinemas Northtown and Riverstone (CdA). $13. Regal Cinemas, 4750 N. Division. (509-482-0209) HISTORIC ROMANCE RETREAT MOVIE NIGHT The Bing hosts this event featured in the Historic Romance Retreat. Aug. 28, 8 pm. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague. FULL DRAW FILM TOUR The annual bowhunting-themed film festival comes to Moscow. Aug. 29, 7 pm. $15. The Kenworthy, 508 S. Main St. SUMMER CAMP: FEAR & LOATHING A screening of the classic film as part of the Garland’s 2017 summer film series, Tuesdays at 7 pm. Aug. 29, 7 pm. $2.50. Garland Theater, 924 W. Garland Ave. (509-327-1050) PARIS CAN WAIT When her director husband is occupied with work in Paris, an American woman takes a jaunt with his business associate, a charming Gallic rogue who is happy to squire her on a tour of some of the finest meals in Provence. The first feature directed by Eleanor Coppola, wife of Francis and director of the “Apocalypse Now” documentary “Hearts.” Sept. 1-3, times vary. $4-$7. Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave. (208-255-7801) THE POSTMAN A 20th anniversary screening of the locally-filmed feature (Rated R) starring Kevin Costner. At 2 pm and 6 pm. Sep. 3. By donation. Cutter Theatre, 302 Park St.


BACKYARD BAR PARTY Weekly backyard parties include local beer from Slate Creek, local cider from Summit Cider, a featured wine of the week, live music, lawn games and more. Thursdays, 5:308:30 pm, through Aug. 30. Free admission. The Blackwell Hotel, 820 E. Sherman Ave. BIG BARN BREWING CO. BENEFIT Second Harvest partners with Big Barn Brewing to host a two-hour event consisting of one part service and one part suds. Aug. 24, 5:30 pm. $25. Second Har-

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vest Food Bank, 1234 E. Front Ave. (252-6249) DRINK THIS! The Inland NW Food Network beverage tasting and education series is held every month on the fourth Thursday, from 6:30-8 pm. Locations vary; see link for schedule and registration. $10-$15. SCOTCH & CIGARS Select a flight of whiskey, scotch or bourbon paired with a recommended cigar during an event on the outdoor patio. Thursdays, from 6-10 pm. $15-$25. Prohibition Gastropub, 1914 N. Monroe. (474-9040) TASTY THURSDAYS: A weekly event featuring live jazz by “The Tasty,” and complimentary wine and beer tastings. Thursdays, from 6-9 pm. Uva Trattoria, 309 E. Lakeside Ave. THURSDAY WINE SOCIAL The weekly complimentary wine tasting event features different wine themes and samples of the shop’s gourmet goods. Thursdays, from 4-6 pm. Free. Gourmet Way, 8222 N. Government Way. (208-762-1333) VILLA MARIA WINE TASTING A special hosted tasting of four wines from the New Zealand winery. Aug. 24, 5-7 pm. $12. Enoteca, 702 N. Spokane St., Post Falls. (208-457-9885) DINE THROUGH TIME A mostly historically accurate evening featuring appetizers, dinner, and desserts representing the three decades of each historical venue; the Kenworthy, the 1912 Center and the McConnell Mansion. Begins at 5 pm with cocktails, followed by dinner at 7:15 and then dessert at the McConnell Mansion. Aug. 25, 6 pm. $100/person. The Kenworthy, 508 S. Main St. FOOD TRUCK FRIDAYS A weekly, summer-long event hosted by Downtown Spokane Partnership and featuring different regional food trucks each week, parked along the North 200 block of Wall Street (between Main and Spokane Falls). Fridays, from 11:30 am-1:30 pm, through August. RIDE & DINE DINNER SERIES Enjoy a scenic gondola ride, live music, and a savory mountain top barbecue. Lift ticket included; dessert, beer, wine and mixed drinks are available for an additional charge. Fridays through Sept. 1, from 2-8 pm. $41-$48. Silver Mountain Ski Resort, 610 Bunker Ave. CHARCOAL & SMOKE GRILLING Scott Heitstuman, a Uniontown resident, hosts a summer barbecue class to demonstrate and discuss basic setup, lighting, and fire tending equipment with natural charcoal.

Learn the difference between grilling, smoking, smoke grilling, and true barbecue. Aug. 26. $35. Dahmen Barn, 419 N. Park Way, Uniontown. DE LEON’S HATCH CHILI ROAST Stop by the Valley De Leon’s location for a parking lot food festival featuring hatch chili tamales, stuffed bread, salsa and more. Aug. 26-27 from 10 am-5 pm. De Leon Foods, 15530 E. Sprague. deleonfoods. net (926-5009) HEALTHY COOKING ON A BUDGET Learn how to identify whole grains when shopping and explore new ways of cooking the most common (and inexpensive) grains. Aug. 26, 4-5 pm. $3-$5. Latah County Fairgrounds, 1021 Harold St. HOPPED UP ON ART, MUSIC & BEER The fifth annual parking lot party features live music, local artists, food, beer and more. Aug. 26, 1-10 pm. Hopped Up Brewing Co., 10421 E. Sprague Ave. (509-413-2488) QUICK CLASS: SMOOTHIE BOWLS Smoothie bowls are what they sound like, but much more fun than you would think. You can create pretty much any combo of flavors that you want and top it with your favorite goodies. Aug. 26, 1111:30 am. Natural Grocers, 4603 N. Division. FOODIE FIESTA Join your local foodie community for a 4-course farm to table meal experience surrounded by sunflower fields and featuring a live mariachi band. Aug. 27, 4:30-7:30 pm. $55/adults; $25/ages 12 and under. Mont Lamm Events, 7501 Enoch Rd. (276-7636) PEACHES & PANCAKES An all-youcan-eat breakfast of sausage, eggs and drinks. $7/adults; $3.50/ages 5-12. Aug. 27, 8-11 am. Green Bluff Grange, 9809 Green Bluff Rd. (979-2607) WESTERN DANCE ASSOC. SALMON BARBECUE Enjoy salmon cooked over an applewood fire with “secret” sauce, and served with potato salad, baked beans, roll, beverages and dessert. Picnic table seating in the grass under the trees. No reservations needed. Free entertainment in the Western Dance Hall from 2-3 pm. Aug. 27, 12-4 pm. $8-$12. Sullivan Park, 1901 N. Sullivan Rd. (443-0126) SUSHI CLASS Learn the basics of sushi, from cooking rice to cutting fish and vegetables and of course making sushi rolls during this demonstration-style learning experience, with some hands-on components, and samples. Aug. 30, 5:30-7 pm. $40. Second Harvest Food Bank, 1234 E. Front Ave.

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PIG OUT IN THE PARK The 38th annual food and free music festival in downtown Spokane, featuring 44 food booths, 225 menu items, three beer gardens and 85 concerts on three stages. Aug. 30-Sept. 4, 11 am-10 pm daily. Free admission. Riverfront Park, 705 N. Howard St. SIP OF BEVERLY’S An introductory wine class and tasting event with Beverly’s Sommelier Trevor Treller. Interactive sessions include appetizers and featured wines at discounted bottle prices. First Saturday of the month, at 3 pm. Ages 21+. $25. Beverly’s, 115 S. Second St.


BRIDGES HOME A concert by the trio of vocalists and multi-instrumentalists, who perform transformed Americana, Celtic and roots. Aug. 25, 7-8:30 pm. $12/$15. Harrington Opera House, 19 S. Third St. THE COFFEY TWINS ROCK ‘N’ ROLL SHOW A 50s/60s rock and roll revue, with dinner theater options. Aug. 2526; dinner at 6:30, show at 7:30 pm. $10-$35. Circle Moon Theater, Hwy 211 off Hwy 2, Newport. (208-448-1294) CHORALE COEUR D’ALENE FALL RETREAT The chorale group holds auditions for its 2017-18 season following its fall retreat. All are welcome. Reserve an audition time online. Aug. 26, 9 am-2 pm. Free. JEFFREY MARTIN WITH ANNA TIVEL Telling War and St. John’s presents an evening of storytelling into song with guitarist Martin and multi-instrumentalist Tivel. Aug. 27, 6:30-9 pm. Free. St. John’s Cathedral, 127 E. 12th Ave. SUMMERFEST Schubert’s Quintet in C Major, his final chamber work and considered one of the most important in all chamber music repertoire, is performed by triple Grammy Awardwinner Zuill Bailey, cello, with Amanda Howard-Phillips, violin; Jeanette WeeYang, viola; John Marshall, cello and a violinist to be named. Aug. 27, 3-5 pm. $40. Barrister Winery, 1213 W. Railroad Ave. (800-838-3006) SUMMERFEST IN COEUR D’ALENE Schubert’s Quintet in C Major: his final chamber work and considered one of the most important in all chamber music repertoire, is performed by triple Grammy Award-winner Zuill Bailey, cello, with Amanda Howard-Phillips, violin; Jeanette Wee-Yang, viola; John

Marshall, cello and a violinist to be named. Aug. 28, 7:30-9:30 pm. $40. Hagadone Event Center, 900 S. Floating Green Dr. A MISCAST CONCERT Local performers sing songs their roles normally wouldn’t call for, like “16 Going on 17” and “At the Ballet.” Sep. 1, 7:30 pm. $12. Pend Oreille Playhouse, 236 S. Union Ave. NAVAH PERLMAN’S UNFORGETTABLE MUSICAL MEMOIRES Hear stories of Navah’s life growing up as the daughter of super-star violinist Ithzak Perlman, see select family photos and enjoy beautiful musical interludes. No-host bar opens at 6:45 pm. Sep. 1, 7:30-8:30 pm. $40. Hamilton Studio, 1427 W. Dean Ave. SPOKANE SYMPHONY LABOR DAY CONCERT Say farewell to summer in spectacular fashion. The Symphony performs light classics, pop favorites and patriotic tunes. Sep. 2, 6 pm. Free. Pavillion Park, 727 N. Molter Rd. (755-6726) SPOKANE SYMPHONY LABOR DAY CONCERT Say farewell to summer in spectacular fashion at the Symphony’s annual Labor Day Concert at Comstock, now in its 32nd year. The Symphony performs light classics, pop favorites and patriotic tunes. Sep. 4, 6 pm. Free. Comstock Park, 29th Ave. and Howard St.


NUMERICA SUMMER WORKOUT SERIES Get fit with four nights of activity each week through August: Monday is barre with Pure Barre Spokane; Tuesday is body combat and/or grit cardio with The Spokane Club; Wednesday is yoga with The Union and Thursday is kids dance and family movement with the YMCA of the Inland Northwest. All activities kick-off at 7:15 pm, and last between 45 and 60 minutes. As a special bonus, Mobius Science Center is be open late on Thursdays with $5 admission. Free. Spokane Tribal Gathering Place, 347 N Post St. SPOKANE INDIANS VS. TRI-CITY Three-game home series; Aug. 23-25, at 6:30 pm. $5-$20. Avista Stadium, 602 N. Havana St. (535-2922) SILVER RACE SERIES #2 The SRS features two distinct mini-series, a three-race downhill series and a threerace Super-D Series. Aug. 25-27. Silver Mountain Ski Resort, 610 Bunker Ave. (208-783-1111)

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s marijuana legalization has continued to spread across the land, a number of institutions have remained steadfast in their resistance to this trend. One of those institutions has been professional sports, where athletes are frequently tested for not just performance-enhancing drugs, but also cannabis and other recreational substances. The National Football League has had to frequently reiterate its stance on cannabis over the past half-decade — not just because seven of its teams play in states where weed is legal, but due to the fact that former players have spoken out about how cannabis helps relieve the pain resulting from the brutal game. As more and more players — including some current stars — argue in favor of allowing medical cannabis for players, the NFL may finally be listening. In late July, the NFL sent the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA), essentially the players’ labor union, a letter stating that despite past messages, the NFL would work with the NFLPA to study the effectiveness of marijuana as a pain-relieving drug. The NFLPA, according to the Washington Post, already has a study underway. “We look forward to working with the Players Association on all issues involving the health and safety of our players,” Joe Lockhart, the league’s executive vice president of communications, told the Post.

This sign of potential movement on a policy change is in response to an increasing number of former players calling for the league to allow cannabis use to relieve pain. Many of these players have said that this action could help curb what they see as a rampant opiate-use problem in the sport. Formerly changing the league’s marijuana policy — which now results in suspension if violated — likely wouldn’t come until the next collective bargaining agreement in 2020. Kyle Turley, a former All-Pro offensive lineman for the New Orleans Saints, told Sports Illustrated last year that cannabis helped save his life. Turley developed an opiate addiction during his playing days and had become suicidal in the years after his retirement. He said that cannabis helped keep his pain in check as he got off hard painkillers. Jake Plummer, a former Idaho prep star who played a decade in the NFL as a quarterback, has also become a vocal proponent of medical cannabis. After retiring in 2007, he has relied on cannabidiol (commonly referred to as CBD) to help relieve the pain from absorbing violent hits as a member of the Arizona Cardinals and Denver Broncos. Plummer, who now lives and coaches in Sandpoint, has teamed with former Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman Eugene Monroe to help move the dial on CBD acceptance in the NFL and other sports. n

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My husband has a great body, but since we got married two years ago, he has completely stopped working out. One reason I was initially so attracted to him was that he was in great shape. I go to Pilates four times a week. How do I motivate him to go back to the gym? —Toned If your husband’s starting to see definition in his legs, it shouldn’t be from rolling over and falling asleep AMY ALKON on the remote. As for how to get him back into workout mode, consider what psychologists Edward Deci and Richard M. Ryan have learned in studying motivation. They break it down into two categories — intrinsic and extrinsic, fancy terms for internal and external. The extrinsic kind is outside pressure to do something — like nagging from the wife to start going to the gym instead of just driving by the place and waving. Extrinsic pressure tends to motivate defiance rather than compliance — which is to say it’s remarkably effective at bringing out the “terrible twos” in a 46-year-old man. Intrinsic motivation, however, is the kind that Deci and Ryan find leads to lasting change. This is motivation that comes from within a person, meaning that it’s in tune with who they are and what they want for themselves — like abs of steel instead of…wait, there are abs in there? So, the challenge here is not how to make your husband work out but how to get him to start wanting what you want. You’re allowed to make requests of the person you’re married to, so ask him to try something for you — go to the gym… for just three weeks. Reassure him that you still find him hot, but explain that you really, really find him hot when it looks like you could chip a tooth on one of his biceps. The three-week stint — beyond getting him back in the habit of going to the gym — should lead to some positive changes in his body, giving him a sense of accomplishment. Because Deci and Ryan find that feelings of “competence” are an integral part of intrinsic motivation, there’s a good chance he’ll feel motivated to keep working out — instead of trying to get by on making those weightlifter grunts every time he changes the channel.


I’m trying to get over a breakup, and one of my best friends, in an attempt to help me move on, keeps saying, “He doesn’t want you!” I get that (and I do need to move on), but hearing that makes me feel unlovable and even more depressed. I am seeing what went wrong; I should have believed him when he told me at the very beginning that he was “terrified of relationships.” I’m sure it’s frustrating for her to see me in pain, but I’m just not ready to get back out there. What do I tell her so she stops making me feel worse? —Still Sad Misery sometimes wishes company would shut its big flapping trap. Of course, your friend means well. She just wants Pain and its BFF, Suffering, to bugger off already. However, like most people, she probably doesn’t understand that the sadness you’re experiencing isn’t just a crappy feeling. Like all emotions, it has a job to do. In fact, sadness is a tool, just like a hammer, a plunger, or a Winkelschleifer (German for angle grinder). Psychiatrist and evolutionary psychologist Randolph Nesse explains that “happiness and sadness usually follow experiences of gain or loss,” helping us by “influencing future behavior” in ways that increase our chances of passing along our genes (including surviving long enough to manage that). Happiness, for example, urges us (about whatever led to it), “Do that again and you’ll see even more of me!” Sadness, on the other hand, warns us, “Do that again, missy, and I’ll drag you right back to Boohoosville.” Though sadness can seem like some kind of punishment you don’t remember deserving, Nesse writes that “those people who don’t experience much sadness … are predicted to engage again in the same behaviors that previously led to loss.” Thank your friend for trying to make you feel better, but tell her that what you need from her is not tough love but the kind that involves hugs, Kleenex, and maybe a snack. Explain the utility of sadness — and how you’re using it as a tool to understand the past and act more wisely in the future. In other words, you aren’t stalling in moving on; you’re learning — and not just how long you have to cry before the neighbors start going to work in rowboats and the government sends in the National Guard with sandbags and a year’s supply of Cheetos.n ©2017, Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. • Got a problem? Write Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave, #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405 or email (


EVENTS | CALENDAR THIRD PANHANDLE PADDLE Grassroots, indigenous, environmental, and climate activists are converging from across the region for third annual event with activities in Sandpoint, Idaho, cohosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide and allied activists. Aug. 25-27. Sandpoint, Idaho. ALASKA’S MT. HUNTINGTON Enjoy a night of stories, pictures and videos from Clint Helander and Jess Roskelley’s monumental climb of Alaska’s Mount Huntington, completed over eight days in April 2017. Aug. 26, 7 pm. $4-$8. Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave. (208-255-7801) PRIEST LAKE TRIATHLON Includes an Olympic and sprint distance race. Aug. 26, 8 am. $69-$199. Hill’s Resort, 4777 W. Lakeshore Rd. SPOKANE WIFFLE BALL CLASSIC The 8th annual event benefits the Bread Tie Challenge, which supports teens suffering from depression. Open to teams of 4-5 players. Aug. 26, 11 am. $200/team. Assumption Parish, 3624 W. Indian Trail Rd. SPRING BOAT RACES The annual spring boat races in Webb’s Slough, in St. John, Washington. June 17 and Aug. 26. $12-$30. Webb’s Slough, St. John’s, Wash. COFFEE CAKE RUN A 2.7 mile fun run that starts and ends at Twenty-Seventh Heaven Bake Shop, looping around Manito Park. T-shirt included entry (available about 2 weeks after race day for those who haven’t entered yet). Then enjoy some coffee cake before or after the run. Aug. 27, 8-11 am. $15. Twenty-Seventh Heaven, 1220 S. Grand Blvd. (279-9872) IRONMAN COEUR D’ALENE Athletes in the triathlon swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles and run 26.2 miles. Starts at City Beach on the lake; ends along Sherman Avenue in downtown CdA. Aug. 27. SPOKANE CHIEFS RED-WHITE GAME: The Chief’s annual intra-squad scrimmage officially closes out training camp. Aug. 27, 1 pm. Free. Spokane Arena, 720 W. Mallon. WEDNESDAYS IN THE WOODS The third annual summer-long series from REI features a diverse weekly program lineup, from live music to educational sessions on camp cooking, pet first aid, hiking and more. Wednesdays, from 6:30-8 pm. Discover Pass required for parking. Free. Riverside State Park, Spokane.


ALL SHOOK UP A performance of the rockin’ Broadway musical comedy inspired by and featuring songs of Elvis Presley. Through Aug. 27, Thu-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 1:30 pm. $12-$20. Regional Theatre of the Palouse, 122 N. Grand Ave. FROM WALLACE WITH LOVE Can Secret Agent Quintuple-O-Seven thwart the deplorable penny-counterfeiting plot of the boisterous Blohard Copperfinger? Aug. 2-27; Wed-Sat at 7 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $10. Sixth Street Theater, 212 Sixth St., Wallace, Idaho. (208-752-8871) JINGLE Enjoy a fountain of desserts and catch the new play by writer/director Becky Revak (Christmas Carole, I’ll take Oliver). Aug. 24-26, 7 pm. $19. Panida Theater, 300 N. First.

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET A musical recapturing of the famous recording session between Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins. Thorugh Aug 27; Wed-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm. $27-$49. Kroc Center, 1765 W. Golf Course Rd. A BRIGHT ROOM CALLED DAY Troy Nickerson directs a staged reading of the timely drama by Pulitzer Prizewinning playwright Tony Kushner. The play follows a group of Berliners as they navigate the Weimar Republic’s dissolution and the meteoric rise of the Nazi Party in 1932 and 1933. Proceeds benefit Odyssey Youth Movement, a space space for Spokane’s LGBTQ youth. Aug. 25-26 at 7:30 pm. $10. South Perry Yoga, 915 S. Perry. MARE NOSTRUM. FINIS SOMNIA VESTRA International theater artist and activist Marco Magoa gives a free performance about the Syrian refuge crisis. “Mare Nostrum. Finis Somnia Vestra” translates to “Our Sea. The End of Your Dreams,” and brings to life a young man seeking asylum in Europe and his desperate, three-day open sea journey from Libya to Italy. Aug. 25, 7:30-9:30 pm. Free. U of I Hartung Theater, 6th & Stadium Way. SECRET SHAME An original, local production by Unknown Locals about a couple who have been in love for 25 years to the ignorance of all those around them. Aug. 18-19 and 25-26 at 7 pm. $12-$14. Heartwood Center, 615 S. Oak St.


LIFE | STORIES: RIC GENDRON & MELISSA COLE Spokane-based artists Ric Gendron and Melissa S. Cole have very different styles but are each influenced by cultures in which storytelling is an integral part of everyday life: Gendron, Native American, and Cole, Asian Indian. The show includes 20 works by each artist as well as collaborative pieces that weave together the artists’ expressive styles on single canvases. Through Sept. 9; open Tue-Sun, 10 am-5 pm. $5$10/admission. The MAC, 2316 W. First. NEVERTHELESS Korean new-media artist Sangjun Yoo, Whitworth Director of Dance Karla Parbon, and Partners Through Art Adaptations company dancers Brooke Grissom and Melanie S Williams present a dance performance combining modern choreographies and improvisation with real-time interfaces, smartphones, and data visualizations. Aug. 24, 8-10 pm. Free. CommunityMinded Television, 104 W. Third. bit. ly/2vJCFrW (230-5718) STEPHEN GLUECKERT: ALL MIXED UP A survey of Glueckert’s prolific art career from the 1970s to present. Included are early films, handmade games, drawings, conceptual pieces, drawing machines, collages, interactive sculptures and inventive mixed media assemblages. Through Oct. 21, open Tue-Sat 10 am-8 pm and Sun, 10 am-6 pm. Opening reception Aug. 25 from 5-7 pm; artist talk Aug. 26 at 11:30 am. Free. Prichard Art Gallery, 414 S. Main St. (208-885-3586) SQUIRT BOTTLE ART MARKS: CERAMICS BY LOREN LUKENS An opening reception for Trackside’s September exhibit featuring Seattle ceramic artist Loren Lukens, who presents 50+ of his functional wheel-thrown and cast ce-

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LEFT: After a flurry of work, the first campers were able to enjoy Davis Lake in August of 1957. TOP RIGHT: Some of the more than 1,600 campers — nearly a record — enjoy the same waters this summer. ABOVE: Nestled on the forested lake shore, the Clearwater Lodge hosts meals and gatherings all year round. CAMP SPALDING PHOTOS

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Camp Spalding has welcomed local kids to beautiful Davis Lake since 1957 BY ALEX McGREGOR


t didn’t look like much, that decrepit old fishing camp on a remote lake outside Newport. But to the Presbyterian contingent out looking for a summer camp to help build their ministry, it would do. So they put down $22,500 and bought the 230 acres on the south end of Davis Lake that they still call home; just a year after that, in 1957 — 60 years ago this month — they welcomed their first batch of campers to Camp Spalding. Andrew Sonneland has been a part of Camp Spalding for 45 of those years — as a camper, a counselor and since 1990, camp director. During a break from a busy camp week recently, Sonneland says one thing has been a constant on the shores of Davis Lake: “To provide a week that’s a total blast, and a setting to clearly hear, consider and respond to Jesus’ invitation to ‘Come, follow me’ to a life of purpose and hope.”


n 1956, those Presbyterians noticed that kids wanted to go to camp — Camp Reed had already been going for more than 40 years, in fact. The summer camp experience was getting more and more expensive for their congregations’ families. So the team of Paul Hammond, Albert Arend, Rev. George Hendricks and Rev. Ray Blackstone started poking around sites on the shores of Lake Coeur d’Alene, Lake Pend Oreille and the Spokane River; a spot on Lake Roosevelt was deemed too far from Spokane. They were kind of stuck — they couldn’t even decide on the camp name; an early proposal of “Camp Bethuel” was met with decidedly mixed


reviews. All that changed when Rev. Blackstone heard about that little fishing camp up on Davis Lake. Next, they had to build new facilities — campers were already signing up. They raised $35,000 to build a dining hall and buy materials for the cabins; the camp was built in the early summer months of 1957, mostly by volunteers. Finally, there was a contest to determine the name of the camp, after the “Camp Bethuel” debacle. They decided upon Camp Spalding, honoring Henry and Eliza Spalding, who traveled west in 1836 on the very first wagon train over the Oregon Trail with Marcus and Narcissa Whitman. The Spaldings settled in as Presbyterian missionaries among the Nez Perce Tribe. Over the years to come, many people contributed to the development of Camp Spalding, says Sonneland. Art Cosgrove, the first full-time camp director, saved the camp from financial ruin in the 1970s by professionalizing the operation. For example, they started paying college students instead of relying entirely on volunteers. As Sonneland puts it: “You really need people whose job it is to give the camp full-time attention.” Sonneland also mentions Dave Lee, the architect of the modern camp. Lee, who lives in Boulder, Colorado, and specializes in camp designs, unified the camp, with an emphasis on keeping nature as the focal point. “Andy and his board of directors have maintained their vision for designing and building the right thing — and not settling for less,” says Lee. “Our goal became to

design buildings whose character creates a strong sense of place and contrasts the guests’ everyday environments ... places,” Lee concludes, “that nurture the soul.”


ids Belong Here.” That’s the motto at Camp Spalding this summer — and it’s been that way for 60 years. All kids grow up; many of them, like Sonneland, stay involved, making the transition from camper to counselor, as did Katie Mann. “Knowing how I looked up to my own counselors growing up,” says Mann, a counselor for the past three years, “I’m incredibly humbled to be in that position for campers now.” The continual passing of the torch to the next in line has become one of the key traditions at Camp Spalding. Sonneland stresses that the camp will always be a work in progress — always aiming to improve. His biggest goal for the future is to “hold on to our core mission while staying relevant in a rapidly changing culture.” Mann says the most rewarding part of her job is working with kids all summer long, seeing the changes that can only come from a week away from the distractions of everyday life. “Having been around Camp Spalding for most of my life, I’ve had the privilege of watching many of these campers grow up,” she says. “Watching students who were completely out of control as fourth graders grow into mature, dialed-in high school students, that’s incredibly powerful.” n


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