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Sue the T-Rex takes over Mobius Science Museum

Sue the T-Rex takes over Mobius Science Museum

Few things will ever be as cool or awe-inspiring as dinosaurs, and today is the first day you can meet one up close and personal at Mobius Science Museum. Not just any dinosaur either, but Sue – the largest and most complete fossil of a T-Rex ever discovered.

Sue's trip to Spokane began as a whirlwind affair, with an empty stretch in her schedule the options were to either be shipped back to Chicago for storage or find a museum who would be willing to take her.

“Sue is what we call, in the business, a last minute booking,” said Mobius CEO Phil Lindsey. “Some of our board members had been reaching out to the Field Museum in Chicago about her availability and we reached a point where we thought we were going to be able to get her out here. From the booking to the shipping, everything was about six weeks.”

Rally for Rick

Rally for Rick

A Spokane man is asking for the public's support as he battles with stage four brain cancer. Rick Ecklel is 29 years old and has nearly 20 tumors in his brain, some as large as a golf ball. Because of this and his upcoming treatment, Rick is unable work and will have zero income for the duration of his battle.

How you can help:

This Sunday, September 21 you can help support Rick without missing a second of football by heading down to PJ's Pub at 1717 North Monroe. Events include both dart and pool tournaments, along with a karaoke showdown, silent auction and raffle for the chance to hit PJ's owner Meadow Frank with a pie.

If you would like to donate to Rick's cause, but are unable to make it to the fundraiser on Sunday, there is a GoFundMe account set up here. You can also donate items for the silent auction by contacting PJ's Pub at (509) 919-3788 or Brenda Baldwin at (509) 218-0119.

Eastern students participate in day of service

Eastern students participate in day of service

More than 250 incoming Eastern Washington University students are joining staff and faculty for a day of service next Tuesday, September 23.

Projects vary from supporting local Cheney and Spokane Parks to assisting seniors at Volunteer Chore Services and Cheney Care Center to providing assistance at the EWU and Vinegar Flats community gardens. These students will join the thousands of Eastern students who invest their time and talents in serving local and regional communities each year.

According to Molly Ayers, director of Eastern's Office of Community Engagement, EWU is committed to developing opportunities for students that are transformative and cultivate “professionally, socially and culturally engaged leaders, citizens and communities.”

“The university recognizes the importance of engaging with our local communities and values the opportunities community engagement provides for students, faculty, staff and graduates as well as the communities we serve,” Ayers said.

SCRAPS offering adoption special on cats

SCRAPS offering adoption special on cats

The Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service (SCRAPS) is bursting at the seams with cats! According to Shelter Operations Manager Mary Reynolds-Paullin, SCRAPS has been inundated with cats all summer and now the other local rescue groups are full.

“Our cat room is overflowing with beautiful, adoptable cats that desperately need loving homes,” Reynolds-Paullin said.

SCRAPS is offering a great cat adoption special starting on Friday, September 12th and Saturday, September 13th. Cat adoption fees will be waived and cats and kittens can be adopted for just the price of a license ($15).

SCRAPS also reminds the public that they have spay/neuter vouchers available for both cats and dogs. For the price of a pet license, SCRAPS will provide you with a ‘dollars off’ coupon to have your pet spayed or neutered.

Grandparent's Day fundraiser for Meals on Wheels

Grandparent's Day fundraiser for Meals on Wheels

Spokane County Meals on Wheels is hosing their fifth annual Grandparent's Day to help raise money to that no senior ever has to go hungry.

This Sunday, September 7 from 1-4 pm at Mirabeau Point Park, families of all shapes, sizes and ages are welcome to join in the festivities. There will be a silent auction, lunch, and family friendly entertainers as well as a contest for grandparents of the year!

The event is $15 for adults, free to children ages 10 and under.

Spokane County Meals on Wheels provides hot, delivered meals to the frail elderly and homebound in Spokane County. They service over 400 homes daily on 40 routes and their need is always increasing. They also operate 13 senior meal sites and a Silver Cafe.

Burleskival ready to tease and tantalize Spokane

Video credit: Perfechter Productions

A one-of-a-kind festival is making it's debut at the Bing Crosby Theater in downtown Spokane next week, promoting the arts and highlighting the beauty of the female body.

Burleskival will walk the line between classy and provocative with local burlesque performers, tantalizing fashion show featuring local designers, live music acts and go-go dance competition.

“We wanted to bring something fresh and new to the Spokane area,” said Nancy Bates, one of the event organizers. “We're here to elevate the arts and showcase that women are beautiful in these art forms. There's a lot of tough critics out there about what burlesque is and go-go dancing is, and we want something positive to come out of this event.”

Nancy's co-organizer Dale Strom says he has high hopes for the festival and the impact it could have on Spokane's future as well.