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In the Hangar -- You may have heard something in the news recently about the Fairchild Heritage Museum Society turning over ownership of their entire collection to the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture (MAC). But wait a minute, you say, were there not plans afoot for the Fairchild Heritage Museum to move closer to the highway and build an extensive new facility? What does this agreement mean for those plans? It turns out that the Fairchild Museum is still in the works, but that the Air Force will most likely close the current location in the interim. Which means more than 7,000 artifacts will need to be packed up and stored while funds are raised to build the new museum.

"Our first priority was to save the collection," says Arne Weinman, president of the Fairchild Heritage Museum Society. "We contacted the MAC and they said, 'Sure, we'll accept the collection while you're building the new facility.' "

The existing museum's last day has not yet been set, but Weinman says that in addition to the agreement with the MAC, the Fairchild Heritage Museum Society is looking into different ways to become more of a presence in the community. "We want to make sure that everybody knows that this isn't just a military thing," he says. "This is a real community undertaking that will benefit the entire area."

For more information on how to donate to the Fairchild Heritage Museum Society, call 247-2100.

Pedal to the Metal -- Local artists are invited to attend the Metal to Magic pre-proposal workshop, scheduled for Monday, March 25, from 2:30-3:30 pm in the Stacks Room at Steam Plant Grill. Metal to Magic is a nifty public art project in which historic and industrial scrap metal donated by Steam Plant Square will eventually be turned into street furniture for the Davenport District. Interested artists will create artwork for the Metal to Magic Auction in September, an invitational fundraiser for the commissioning of one or more artists to create the furniture. Only participating artists will be considered for the commission. It's a great chance to use salvaged materials for the preservation and growth of Spokane's historic Davenport District. To learn more, come to Monday's meeting.

Rocky Mountain High -- Did you happen to see a familiar face in the April issue of Premiere? Nope, we're not talking about Angelina Jolie's tattooed perfection or Ben Chaplin's adorably British mug. We're talking familiar-like-local-familiar, like none other than Sherman Alexie, in the middle of a 12-page spread on this year's Sundance Film Festival. There for his directorial debut, The Business of Fancydancing, the laughing Alexie looks like he's having a good time.

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