Safety First - Sometimes we get so caught up in the hoopla surrounding new movie releases that we forget all about keeping our readers safe. Fortunately, those nice folks at Avista have your back. Last week we ran a capsule review of the new family film, Like Mike, in which a 14-year-old kid finds a pair of magic sneakers emblazoned with the initials "M.J." What we didn't tell you is how our young protagonist, Calvin, procures said sneakers. According to a press release from Avista Utilities, Calvin "climbs up on a roof to grab an old pair of basketball shoes hanging from a power line." Here in the Buzz Bin, we would never advocate such a reckless and dangerous act. In fact, we'd like to take this opportunity to point out some potential safety hazards inherent in several other popular family films. For one, no matter what the nanny says, umbrellas can't make you fly. Also, clicking your heels together three times won't get you anywhere. And finally, brooms are engineered only for sweeping, not for carrying children or engaging in bouts of Quidditch. We hope this public service message has helped clear things up.
Road Trip Tunage - About a month ago, we asked readers to submit their top five road trip songs. We'll sprinkle them in throughout the summer, beginning with Jim Fleming, president of GenPrime and a member of the Carcinogens, whose list is 100 percent Van Morrison. Here they are in the right order: 1. "Gloria" 2. "Brown-Eyed Girl" 3. "Domino" 4. "Come Running" and 5. "Wild Night." Want us to print your top five road trip songs? Whatcha waiting for? Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Pride Statewide - Here's a chance to get as much as $5,000 to support a community project or program that benefits the lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual community (or their friends and families). Pride Statewide of Spokane and Kootenai Counties has just opened its 2002 granting cycle. Programs within the areas of AIDS and HIV education and support, youth and family services, advocacy and outreach are encouraged to apply. A total of $15,000 is going to be granted; the application deadline is Aug. 16. A very specific application process must be followed, so download the necessary forms at www.pridefoundation.org or call Kevin Gardner, Pride's regional outreach manager, at (509) 327-8377.
Misleading Band Names - Were you as excited as we were by last week's ad for the Viking that listed the Cowboy Junkies appearing on July 20? It turns out the news is too good to be true -- a representative from the Viking says these junkies are local and are not the band from Toronto fronted by Margo and Michael Timmins. Sigh.