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Spokane honored as the 2014 Outstanding Runner Friendly Community by RRCA

Spokane honored as the 2014 Outstanding Runner Friendly Community by RRCA

Today, the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) announced that Spokane has been named its 2014 Outstanding Runner Friendly Community. The RRCA said that Spokane's amazing credentials, and ability to meet the award's criteria made it the clear choice for this award.

Deer Park Physical Therapy & Fitness Center to host food drive for Loon Lake Food Bank

Deer Park Physical Therapy & Fitness Center to host food drive for Loon Lake Food Bank

Prior to Thanksgiving several area food banks reported having to turn away families in need, simply because there was not enough food to go around. The employees and owners of Deer Park Physical Therapy & Fitness Center aim to change that for Christmas.

For their second annual food drive, Deer Park Physical Therapy & Fitness Center is asking area residents to gather non-perishable food items items to support local families in the community.

The drive will take place now through December 19th at the Deer Park Physical Therapy & Fitness Center. Those who stop by and donate four or more cans of food on December 11, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. will have the opportunity to get their photo taken with Santa Claus.

Spokane County and East Valley Community Coalition to host youth drug prevention event

Spokane County and East Valley Community Coalition to host youth drug prevention event

On Wednesday, January 14, 2015, Spokane County and the East Valley Community Coalition will hold a special event at CenterPlace Regional Event Center specifically focused on the issue of keeping dangerous and addictive substances out of the hands of local youth.

The event starts at 7:00 p.m. and will include an overview of the signs and symptoms of substance use, the goals and plans of the East Valley Community Coalition, and a sampling of the projects and services that will be offered in the community.  Coalition members will discuss their involvement in the community and the programs they can offer to provide information and skills training for parents and youth - all focused on protecting youth from early initiation of substance use.

The public is invited to come and hear about programs and services to keep dangerous and addictive substances out of the hands of area youth.

SCRAPS Howliday Open House and Clothes for a Cause fundraiser

SCRAPS Howliday Open House and Clothes for a Cause fundraiser

SCRAPS will host its annual Happy Howl-i-day Party and open house on Saturday, December 13, from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. at their regional facility at 6815 E. Trent in Spokane Valley. 

Everyone is invited, and those in attendance will be treated to cookies, cocoa, and a tour of the kennels and cages. SCRAPS will also have information about making treats for pets, safety information for the holidays, and special gift bags for pets will also be available. 

This year, SCRAPS has also partnered with Clothes for the Cause, a fund raising company that collects clothes in exchange for cash. Clothing and textiles will be accepted at SCRAPS throughout the day.  This includes bedding, stuffed animals, drapes, purses, belts and towels in any condition.  No household items or electronics will be accepted.

SCRAPS says this “trash” will be turned into treasures like dog beds, pencils, and playground flooring. Donations will be accepted from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

All proceeds from the collection go to the SCRAPS Animal Medical Fund.

INBC and PSBC host Apple Cup Blood Drive competition

INBC and PSBC host Apple Cup Blood Drive competition

Cougar and Huskies fans have yet another reason to get competitive this week. This year, the Inland Northwest Blood Center (INBC) and the Puget Sound Blood Center (PSBC) have teamed up host an Apple Cup Blood Drive to see which fan base can donate the most blood for Washington.

 

Along with providing one group of fans additional bragging rights, donors will have a chance to win one of two $500 Visa Gift cards. INBC's Marketing Communication Officer, Elizabeth Giles, said as of Friday, Husky fans led by 100 donations, but the Cougs still have plenty of opportunities to catch up this week.

 

SPD and SCSO to take the ice Sunday for charity hockey game

SPD and SCSO to take the ice Sunday for charity hockey game

The Spokane Police Department hockey team will take the ice against the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office this Sunday, November 23, at 3:00 p.m. All proceeds from the game will go to the Behind the Badge Foundation as well as the Chiefs Care Foundation

Behind The Badge Foundation was created to honor officers who have suffered a line of duty death or catastrophic injury. The Chiefs Care Foundation helps to raise money for the continuing education of Chiefs' players as well as serving the Spokane community through donations and appearances.

Admittance to the law enforcement benefit game is free with a ticket to the Spokane Chiefs game versus the Kamloops Blazers, which starts at 5:00 p.m. that same night.