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Washington State Parks to offer two free days in April

Washington State Parks to offer two free days in April

 

Looking to go explore some Washington State Parks, but don't yet have a Discover Pass? Well, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will offer two free days in April.

 

Visitors will not need to display a Discover Pass for day-use visits to any of Washington's State Parks on April 4th, a springtime free Saturday, and Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22nd.

 

Free days are in keeping with legislation that created the Discover Pass, a $30 annual or $10 one-day permit required on recreation lands managed by Washington State Parks, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). This legislation provided that State Parks could designate up to 12 free days each year when the pass would not be required to visit state parks. 

 

A Discover Pass is still needed to access WDFW and DNR lands on State Park free days.

 

Library fines can be paid with food donations April 12-18 at Spokane County Libraries

Library fines can be paid with food donations April 12-18 at Spokane County Libraries

 

Residents of Spokane County who have been avoiding the library due to accumulating fines will have a chance to redeem themselves during the Spokane County Library District's 3rd Annual Food for Fines event. The event will take place April 12th-18th in celebration of National Library Week.

 

For every non-perishable item of food donated, $1 will be forgiven from the cardholder's account, up to $10.00 per card. Fees eligible for the program include those accumulated for overdue and damaged items.

 

Last year, staff welcomed hundreds of members who donated thousands of pounds of food to 2nd Harvest Food Bank and other regional food banks serving Spokane County. In many cases, cardholders even contributed more to the food barrels than needed to pay their fines. Those who have no overdue fines are also welcome and encouraged to donate food items to any of the SCLD locations throughout National Library Week.

Spokane County Library facilities to close for upcoming holidays

Spokane County Library facilities to close for upcoming holidays

All Spokane County Library District facilities will be closed Wednesday, December 24, and Thursday, December 25, in observance of Christmas. Regular hours will resume Friday, December 26, 2014.

Facilities will close again at 5pm on Wednesday, December 31, and remain closed on Thursday, January 1, in observance of the New Year's Day Holiday. Regular hours resume Friday, January 2, 2015.

SCLD online services remain available 24/7.

Spokane Arts seeks artists to develop memorial honoring fallen heroes

Spokane Arts seeks artists to develop memorial honoring fallen heroes

Spokane Arts Fund, in partnership with the Gold Star Families, the City of Spokane, and the Spokane Public Facilities District seeks an artist, or artist team residing in Washington and Idaho, to develop a memorial honoring fallen heroes that have served post- 9/11.

 

The memorial will be sited on the south side of the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena. The selected artist or artist team will work with Spokane Arts Fund, The Spokane Public Facilities District staff, and the representatives from the Gold Star Families from design through construction of the project. During the design phase, representatives from the Gold Star Families will heavily inform the process.

 

The artist will work with Spokane Arts Fund, the Gold Star Families and the Spokane Public Facilities District to develop a permanent public art memorial for the Spokane Arena. The desired artistic approach will create a sculptural plaza that suggests a place where people will gather for a variety of observances and events. The artwork should represent and be inclusive of all Armed Services with particular attention to post 9/11 fallen heroes.

Local girls have chance to code national Christmas trees in D.C. with Google

Local girls have chance to code national Christmas trees in D.C. with Google

Google and the National Park Foundation are teaming up for a program that gives girls in Washington state the chance to have their work on display in Washington D.C. for the White House's annual tree lighting ceremony.

All Spokane County Library facilities to close for Thanksgiving holiday

All Spokane County Library facilities to close for Thanksgiving holiday

All Spokane Country Library District  facilities will be closed Thursday, November 27, and Friday, November 28, in observance of the Thanksgiving Day holiday.

Regular hours resume Saturday, November 29, 2014.

SCLD online services remain available 24/7.