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Spokolonia gives Spokane's Polish community a chance to unite
When Robert Sloma moved into his new home, he hung two flags outside his house — American and Polish — as one of his first orders of business. Through this simple act, he unwittingly laid the foundation from which the community he'd been searching for would emerge.

Sports | The All-Stars

Avista Stadium hosts the Northwest League vs. Pioneer League midsummer classic
In Major League Baseball, all the league has to do to attract people to its All-Star Game is make sure fans know which TV network is going to air it. At the lower depths of the minor leagues, it's more of a challenge to throw a memorable midsummer classic, considering the players involved are largely unknown, just starting to make names for themselves and often jump teams over the course of a season.

For Your Consideration

A sweet pick-me-up, starry cards and moving journalism
BEVERAGE | One taste of the silky, fruity zestiness of the yerba mate tea, found in bright-yellow aluminum cans from GUAYAKI ORGANIC YERBA MATE, was enough to make me an instant devotee. Many out there have sipped yerba mate tea, likely in loose leaf form, but the tall cans (16 oz.)

The Walkabout

Distilled: A shot of life
I like to take a beer with me on a walk. Other than driving seven or so miles per hour over the speed limit, it's the only illegal thing I do with any regularity.

Spokane Style

The buildings and architects who shaped the Lilac City
"Architecturally, Spokane is distinctive; it is unique. Its people want the best and they have the facilities to get it.

Holding on to Hope

How local librarian Stephanie Oakes penned a breathtaking tale about a girl who loses her hands to a cult
Stephanie Oakes has thought a lot about what it would be like to not have hands. If she had no hands, she'd never have been able to take pen to paper, the early versions of her debut young adult novel spilling into a notebook at the Rocket Bakery in downtown Spokane as she waited for a morning carpool out to Whitworth University.

TV | Surviving Survival Shows

Be afraid. Be very afraid.
If you put someone (preferably someone naked) on an island and film this someone trying not to die, you're no longer a sociopath, but rather a reality television producer in 2015. It's almost laughable that audiences found the conditions presented in Survivor to be extreme when that show debuted 15 years ago, but that setup is a stay at the Hilton when stacked up against something like Discovery Channel's Naked and Afraid.

For Your Consideration

Must-see rock docs, Jason Isbell's triumphant return, mean meat on Twitter
FILM | Director Penelope Spheeris spent years refusing to put her eye-opening, three-film documentary series about Los Angeles punks, metalheads and street kids on DVD or Blu-Ray, but happily her daughter finally convinced her to remaster all three and release them as THE DECLINE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION COLLECTION. The first Decline arrived in 1981, offering a gritty, black-and-white look into L.A.'s punk underground and nearly making a star of The Germs' Darby Crash.

Buggin' Out

Republic's new summer festival features an unlikely menu
Revenge. It's famously a dish best served cold, but when the people of Republic take their revenge on the grasshoppers who the past few years have invaded the town 90 miles northwest of Spokane, they'll be serving the jumpy critters up cold, toasted, deep-fried — you name it.

Parallel Parking

The drive in Spokane to build parks that fit into parking spaces
Spokane will soon join the likes of San Francisco, Seattle, Boston, New York and other big cities around the country in efforts to add green space, fellowship and art to areas carved with cement and metal (and in the case of Spokane, dotted with potholes). Those efforts are known as parklets.

BOOK | Priest Lake History

Some surprising aspects of "Idaho's Crown Jewel"
The allure of Priest Lake comes in different forms for the residents of the Inland Northwest (and beyond) who've come to love the pristine waters of "Idaho's Crown Jewel." Maybe it's the crisp mountain air or the recreation opportunities or the nostalgia of family trips to the lake.

Songs of Summer

With the Julyamsh Powwow canceled, the Coeur d'Alene Tribe's "Cultural Experience" has stepped in with gifts of salmon, huckleberries and dubstep
It was the machines, and the anger and arguments surrounding them, that ended with the Coeur d'Alene Tribe canceling the largest outdoor powwow in the Northwest. Specifically, it was a crowd of "historical horse racing" machines at the Greyhound Park and Event Center that became objects of contention for Idaho's tribes.

For Your Consideration

Harper Lee's return, historical tweets, yadda yadda yadda
BOOKS | Harper Lee's first novel since To Kill a Mockingbird was released Tuesday. The much-anticipated GO SET A WATCHMAN takes place 20 years after Mockingbird, and tells of Jean Louise "Scout" Finch's return to Maycomb, Alabama, from her New York City home.

Wet Sounds

Singin' in the Rain is mostly a strong showing for CdA Summer Theatre
Given that some of its most resonant scenes are dominated by visions of Gene Kelly's graceful, carefree puddle jumping or the sanguine wee-hours uplift of "Good Morning" in the 1952 film, Singin' in the Rain is widely regarded as a musical that's bright and buoyant and wholly without guile. Yet there's a distinct strain of cynicism that runs through it — enough for one to argue that its emotional leitmotif is disillusionment.

Stoned State

Recreational pot after Year One in Spokane, results of our pot reader survey and a look at how we got here
As Washingtonians celebrate the first anniversary of recreational marijuana stores opening across the state — some of us more than others — we wanted to look at this thriving new part of the state economy from as many angles as possible. In these pages, you'll find the result of that effort — a series of articles exploring everything weed related in Washington.

High Sellers

Early success makes some area pot purveyors bullish on the future; plus, our look inside area stores
In Spokane, many of the top-selling stores, not surprisingly, are ones that opened early in the first year of recreational-weed retail. The first year has seen more and more stores open throughout the area, and a quickly growing array of marijuana-related products filling their shelves.

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