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Local finalist in PETA's Sexiest Vegan over 50 contest

Local finalist in PETA's Sexiest Vegan over 50 contest

When you hear vegan, what's the first thing that pops into your head? It's probably not “sexy,” but that's what PETA is trying to change with their current competition for Sexiest Vegan over 50. The field has been narrowed down to just 14 men and women from around the US and one of them is from right here in Spokane.

Atania Gilmore is marking her two-year anniversary as a vegan this month. She's a runner and says it was another runner's book that encouraged her to make the change for what she calls selfish reasons.

“As a runner you're always looking for an edge,” she said.

Gilmore says it was “Eat and Run,” a book written by ultra-marathoner Scott Jurek that inspired her. In the book, Jurek explains that his record setting speeds to his vegan diet.

“I'm a turtle when I run,” said Gilmore. “I wanted to be faster so I thought it was worth a try.” So she decided to give it a try for the 30 days leading up to Thanksgiving and see if it made a difference.

Free IHOP Scary Face pancake on Halloween

Free IHOP Scary Face pancake on Halloween

Looking for a special way to celebrate Halloween with your Ghosts and Ghouls? IHOP wants to help kick off the festivities with a free Scary Face pancake for all kids 12 and under on October 31.

From 7 am to 10 pm, each child can receive one of IHOP's buttermilk pancakes decorated with a whipped topping smiles and eyes and a strawberry nose. Then kids can use a kit of delicious toppings – eight pieces of candy corn and two mini Oreos – to finish decorating the face however they choose.

If you can't make it on Halloween, don't worry too much – the Scary Face pancake is available as a regular menu item all month long.

Local high schools collecting safe driving pledges

Local high schools collecting safe driving pledges

Two local high schools are competing in a nation-wide campaign for the chance to win $100,000 grant and a private concert by Grammy nominated The Band Perry.

This is the third year “Celebrate My Drive” has been hosted by State Farm Insurance, designed to lower the rate of fatal car crashes for teens 14-18 and unite teens, parents, school officials and community members around teen driver safety in a positive and celebratory way.

Celebrate My Drive asks everyone 14 and older to make a safe driving commitment in support of their favorite school by visiting CelebrateMyDrive.com from October 15-24. The 100 schools to generate the most commitments will win a prize.

Locally you can dedicate your safe driving commitment to either Gonzaga Prep or East Valley High.

Craft beer and cookie festival to support Girl Scouts

Craft beer and cookie festival to support Girl Scouts

When you think about a beverage to pair with your favorite cookie it's usually milk that comes to mind, right? But what about trying craft beer instead?

This Saturday marks the second annual Craft Beer & Cookie Fest, combining local craft brewery beer with Girl Scout Cookies to raise funds and awareness for Girl Scout scholarships, camperships and leadership programs. The fest is from 4-7 pm on October 11th at the Girl Scout Program Center, 1404 N. Ash St. here in Spokane.

It's a unique experience, where local craft breweries have paired a Girl Scout cookie of their choosing with one of their craft beers. Celebrity pourer Matt Santangelo, Executive Director of Hoopfest, will assist in pouring beer from featured breweries including Iron Goat Brewing, Ramblin' Road Craft Brewing, English Setter Brewing and Lagunitas.

While enjoying beer and cookies, attendees will also be entertained with live music offered by Matt Mitchell from the bank Folkinception.

A Hand Up for the Homeless event at River Park Square

A Hand Up for the Homeless event at River Park Square

Union Gospel Mission and other agencies that help the homeless population of the Inland Northwest will hold “A Hand Up for the Homeless” this Friday, October 10 in the atrium at River Park Square in downtown Spokane.

The event will give community members a chance to learn about services available to homeless individuals and families in the region. They'll be able to add to an interactive art piece commemorating World Homeless Day as a reminder of the people in need of safe shelter and the local community groups that help them get off the streets.

Participants will also receive samples and suggestions of things they can give to panhandlers that will be more helpful and lasting than spare change.

Other participating human services agencies include:

GoFundMe account to equip K9 Laslo with bulletproof vest

GoFundMe account to equip K9 Laslo with bulletproof vest

A bullet proof vest is a key piece of safety equipment for any two-legged law enforcement officer, but unfortunately it can be hard to find room in the budget to outfit the four-legged ones.

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office is asking for help from the public to please donate a few extra dollars and cover the cost of a bulletproof best for K9 Laslo.

Carla Blazek from K9 Support NW has set up a GoFundMe account to raise the necessary $3,500. A similar fund done earlier this year helped outfit K9 Deacon with the Sheriff's office, and Laslo is already well on his way with $635 raised in just the last two days. You can make a donation here.

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Hope for Hunny Bunny fundraiser

Hope for Hunny Bunny fundraiser

The family of four-year-old Annabelle is asking the public to open their hearts, and wallets, next Wednesday to help while she struggles with stage 4 Neuroblastoma.

Lovingly nicknamed Hunny Bunny by her family, Annabelle was diagnosed just before her birthday on September 10th. Doctors discovered three tumors and say the disease has spread to her bone barrow.

With an estimated 18 months of chemotherapy, radiation and new trial treatments ahead of her, Annabelle's family is hoping to draw on the community for support.

Wednesday, October 8, the Monteray Cafe at 9 N. Washington St. is holding an all-day fundraiser. From open to close, 20 percent of all proceeds will be given to the Hope for Hunny Bunny Support Fund. A silent auction and raffle will also be held, a t-shirts will be for sale.

If you are unable to attend but still want to help, a GiveForward online account has also been set up to receive donations. For more information, you can visit the Hope for Hunny Bunny page on Facebook.