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Women and Children's Free Restaurant to host 17th Annual Community Thanksgiving

Women and Children's Free Restaurant to host 17th Annual Community Thanksgiving

Even though Thanksgiving is still a week away, dinner preparations are in full swing at Spokane's Women and Children's Free Restaurant (WCFR).

WCFR will host their 17th Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner at the Rogers High School Commons on Saturday, November 22 from 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. The event is free to attend and everyone is welcome.

On Thursday morning, about a dozen volunteers gathered at WFCR to carve 150 turkeys for Saturday’s event. These volunteers consist of Spokane area caterers and chefs who posses the knowledge needed to properly carve the birds.

WFCR Office Manager and Volunteer Coordinator, Karen Orlando, said people who plan to attend can expect to enjoy a free, traditional, and nutritious Thanksgiving dinner.

Gonzaga accounting students need votes to make national finals

Gonzaga accounting students have made the PWC National Accounting Case Competition Semi-Finals, but they need the public's help to move on to the national finals.

Gonzaga's team was selected as one of five schools given the chance to move on to the competition's national finals via a social media competition. The other teams competing in this competition are Villanova University, University of Texas, University of Connecticut, and University of Arizona.

Each of the teams had two days to post a video to the PWC Facebook page. At the end of the week, the video with the most votes will move on to the national finals competition in New York City.

University of Washington secures building lease in Spokane

University of Washington secures building lease in Spokane

The Spokane City Council on Monday night formally approved the lease of the former Spokane Visitor Information Center to the University of Washington, which will use the space for many purposes, including business outreach, alumni activities and student admissions. The site will also help support the UW's efforts to expand its existing medical school in Spokane.

The city of Spokane sought tenants for the roughly 2,550-square-foot space and the UW submitted its lease proposal on Oct. 2, 2014. The space is expected to become a hub for prospective students and their parents, alumni and other members of the community to learn more about the university. It may also provide opportunities for startup companies and other innovators in the Spokane area to interact with the UW.

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.

Hoedown for HOPE fundraiser this weekend

Hoedown for HOPE fundraiser this weekend

Get your cowboy boots out and prepare to boogie at this weekend's Hoedown For HOPE, a fundraiser for children with hearing loss.

The event begins Saturday, October 4th at 5 pm at Riverside Place, 1108 W. Riverside, Spokane.

During the evening you will enjoy live music and dancing to Spokane's own rockabilly band “Sharecroppers,” dinner and dessert by London's Ultimate Catering, and fabulous items offered through raffles, live auction and prize packages. Tickets are only $55.

Last year more than 200 local and statewide professionals from the medical, educational and business communities attended, raising over $45,000 to support local deaf and hard of hearing children to listen and talk. The success of this event enables HOPE School to continue providing specialized services to all children with hearing loss, regardless of their families ability to pay full tuition, and also provides an opportunity to increase awareness of the effects of hearing loss and the benefits of accessing early intervention services.

Controversy continues over proposed WSU medical school

Controversy continues over proposed WSU medical school

 The University of Washington released a scathing rebuttal this week to a report supporting the creation of a medical school for Washington State University, saying it contains “a number of deep flaws,” and is based on “faulty assumptions, omissions and erroneous data.”

WSU first approached consultant MGT of America in February to conduct a feasibility assessment for a new medical school based on the University's health sciences campus in Spokane. Specifically the assessment was to focus on the need for physicians in Eastern Washington, the best educational model to meet those needs, if current WSU resources were capable of creating a program to meet accreditation standards and the required time and resources to develop a new medical school.

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.