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13th annual Northwest Christian Golf Tournament offers prizes and fun

Northwest Christian School will host their 13th annual Touchdown & Tees Golf Benefit on Friday Jun 26th at the Deer Park Golf Club.

The proceeds for the event will go directly to the NWC Athletic Fund to assist in defraying the costs for the NWC Football Program.

The tournament will use a scramble format. Each player will have a minimum of two drives and two other shots used in the course of the 18 holes. Mulligans will be available for purchase online in advance or on the day of the tournament.

Golfers will have the opportunity to compete for different prizes throughout the day such as longest drive, longest putt and closes to the pin. Prizes will also be awarded for the top three foursomes, best and worst dressed teams and other fun categories.

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SCLD to host Free Shred Day at North Spokane and Spokane Valley Libraries

North Spokane and Spokane Valley residents can take advantage of a Free Shred Day at their local libraries on Saturday June  6 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The event is meant to give residents a way to dispose of sensitive documents in a secure place. Patrons can bring old paper documents, computer hard drives, disks and tapes to the library for safe and secure destruction.

There will be no need to remove credit cards, staples, or other metal fasteners. DeVries Business Services will be on hand to assist the Spokane County Library District in providing secure on-site document destruction services.

The North Spokane Library is located at 44 E. Hawthorne Rd, while residents in Spokane Valley can find their library at 12004 E. Main Ave.

Additional information on shredding restrictions can be found at www.scld.org.

Spokane County chosen for MacArthur funding to reduce jail use

The MacArthur Foundation announced Wednesday morning that Spokane County has been selected to receive a $150,000 as part of an initiative to improve local criminal justice systems.

Spokane County was one of 20 jurisdictions chosen from over 200 applications across the country. A rigorous process will now begin to develop a plan to reduce over-incarceration in county jails.

The grants are part of the Safety and Justice Challenge, the Foundation's $75 million initiative to reduce over-incarceration by changing the ways America thinks about and uses jails. Once these jurisdictions develop their plans, 10 of the 20 jurisdictions will be selected in 2016 to receive additional funding. This funding will be between $500,000 to $2 million annually to implement their plans for reform.

Nixon Rodeo named Best Bloomsday Entertainer 2015

Rock group Nixon Rodeo has been crowned the Best Bloomsday Entertainer of 2015. The band collected more votes than any of the other nearly 30 performers along the 12-kilometer race route.

Nixon Rodeo improved over their second place finish in 2014 while two-time champion Tori Whitten came in second this year. Performers Angela Marie Project and Black Gingham tied for third place.

Over 1,500 votes were cast by race participants during this year's competition.

“The weather was awesome this year, and that was good for the entertainers as well as everyone participating in Bloomsday,” said event volunteer and competition coordinator, Laurel Warner. “There were smiles all around.”

Nixon Rodeo will earn the top prize of $500 for being voted as Best Bloomsday Entertainer. Tori Whitten, Angela Marie Project and Black Gingham will receive the 2nd and 3rd place awards of $300 and $200. Additional cash rewards will be paid out through a random drawing.

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Summer program coming to Spokane County Library District in June

Summer programs at the Spokane County Library District are set to begin in June.

All of the District's summer programs are open to the public and free to attend.

This summer's theme is, "Every Hero has a Story". Programs will give participants the opportunity to watch medieval-style sword fights, rock out to family-friendly music, and transform into their favorite characters at a costuming and cosplay workshop.

"Summer is a great time, especially for kids, to explore your own interests and the District officers a ton of ways to do that," said Library Services Manager Gwendolyn Haley. "We have activities and programs planned for all ages this summer that will connect you with heroes in literature, in real life, and even in the animal kingdom. After all, the most important thing for kids and grown-ups to do over the summer is keep reading and learning."

Summer meals will also be provided by the North Spokane and Spokane Valley library sites every Monday through Thursday from June 22 to August 14. All youth ages 18 and under are welcome to attend and receive a free lunch. No proof of income, address, or citizenship will be required.

Carrington College to offer free blood pressure checks May 21 in world record setting attempt

On May 21st, Carrington College will attempt to raise awareness about blood pressure while setting a world record.

From 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on May 21, students and staff at Carrington College will offer free blood pressure checks at their 10102 E. Knox Avenue campus in Spokane.

As part of National High Blood Pressure Education Month, all 17 Carrington College locations nationwide will attempt to earn a Guinness World Records title for the most blood pressure tests given in an 8 hour period. Currently, the record is set at 26,499 blood pressure tests given in an eight hour period.

According to the American Heart Association, more than 78 million people in the United States have high blood pressure. However, about half of those people are unaware because high blood pressure a symptom free condition.

Carrington's goal during this world record attempt is to increase the local community’s knowledge about blood pressure, as well as provide education about the health risks associated with high blood pressure.

Two drive-in movie locations coming to Spokane County this summer

A new drive in movie theater will bring outdoor movies to two different locations in Spokane this summer.

The Family Guide and FunFlicks Outdoor Movie Events will bring the nostalgia of classic drive-in movies with the experience of modern technology to Mead and the Spokane County Raceway.

Movies will be played every Tuesday at 4307 E. Spokane Park Drive in Mead and every Wednesday at the Spokane County Raceway from June 9th through August 20th.

Gates will open to the general public at 7:00 p.m. with first come first serve parking. VIP parking will also be available for an extra fee. Additionally, both locations will offer vendor booths, pre-movie entertainment, games and contests. Movies will begin at dusk, approximately 9:00 p.m. - 9:15 p.m.

On Tuesdays, the Mead location will offer concession food and snacks provided by food-trucks and local businesses.

The Spokane Raceway location will have a liquor license and plans to serve beer and wine in a separated beer and wine garden. A concession area will also be available to serve snacks, sandwiches and drinks.

Movie schedules are as follows: