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Everything you need to know about the River Park Square Christmas tree

Everything you need to know about the River Park Square Christmas tree

The winter holidays are already making their way into River Park Square. Earlier today, construction of the giant Christmas tree that graces the mall's main entrance was completed by Spokane Firefighters IAFF Local 29.

This is the union's 2nd year setting up the tree. According to River Park Square's Marketing Director, Elizabeth Mills, the tree was set up in a record time of 1.5 days.

The Christmas tree you see today has been the main part of River Park Square's holiday decorations since about 2002. The tree itself stands 50 feet tall; the 4 foot star atop the tree makes the whole thing tower 54 feet above the main floor.

10,000 LED lights sparkle on the tree's 689 branches. The silver and red ornaments that give the tree its holiday cheer are numerous. In fact, there are roughly 2,400 of them.

Greater Spokane County Meals on Wheels receives $43,000 grant

Greater Spokane County Meals on Wheels receives $43,000 grant

The Greater Spokane County Meals On Wheels announced it will receive a $43,000 from Walmart's State Giving Council. The grant money will go toward a new walk-in refrigerator and freezer for GCS Meals on Wheel's Kitchen at 218 N. Crestline in Spokane.

In addition to the grant, the GSC Meals on Wheels will host a Day of Action on Friday, November 14, from 1:00 pm-3:00 pm. During the Day of Action, Walmart associates will help paint the GSC Meals on Wheels Kitchen. The check for the grant will also be presented at the event.

The Greater Spokane County Meals On Wheels provides hot, delivered meals to the frail, elderly, and home-bound in Spokane County. Currently they serve over 400 homes daily on 40 routes. Their service area will soon increase to 42 routes that will rely daily on volunteer drivers. Additionally they operate 13 senior meal sites, and a Silver Café.

Teams needed to run the TC50

Teams needed to run the TC50

It's time for runners to sign up for the 4th annual TC50 Relay Race! The name “TC50” stands for Teen Closet and... 50 miles! The race consists of a 50 mile course, consisting of 10 legs (they are not equal in length).  Spokane area high schools are used as start/finish, water stops and transitions. The focus is on the high schools, because that is the age group most served by Teen Closet.

The race is Saturday, June 14th.  Teams of up to 10 can compete.  All ages and athletic abilities are welcome. The cost is $300 per team up to 10 runners, $200 for high school teams. There is an increase in registration fee if your team signs up after May 31st.

Shuttles provided for Bloomsday Trade Show

Shuttles provided for Bloomsday Trade Show

Due to construction, parking will short in downtown Spokane for the Bloomsday Trade Show on Friday and Saturday. In an effort to reduce parking stress, Bloomsday is providing free shuttles from the Spokane Arena to the Convention Center.


"The expansion of the Convention Center and construction of a new hotel across the street are going to be great additions to Spokane," said Lilac Bloomsday Association President Steven Jones. "But they'll make getting in and out of the area challenging for at least this year."

Online farmers market adds new smartphone app

Online farmers market adds new smartphone app

Purchasing produce straight from the farm just got easier. Northwest Farm Fresh is taking their online farmers market and putting it in the palm of your hand with a new smartphone app.


Northwest Farm Fresh said in a press release that the new app was a natural next step for the virtual farmers market with more and more people using their phones to shop online. The free app is available in both the Google Play store and iTunes, just search NW Farm Fresh.

Libraries will trade food for your fine

Libraries will trade food for your fine

Your overdue books could help feed hungry Spokane area families.

This is National Library Week, and in celebrations, Spokane County Library District is holding the 2nd annual Food for Fines event.

For every non-perishable item of food, the district will forgive $1.00 of your fine, up to a maximum of $10.00 per library card. Fees eligible for the program include accumulated overdue charges and fees for damaged items (unless the account is already in collections).