Hillyard Skate Park! -- It seems that Spokane has finally gotten over the fact that kids enjoy riding on wooden boards with wheels. As one of Spokane's neighborhoods that isn't often thought of as "kid-friendly," the residents of Hillyard have teamed up to build their very own skate park, which is open to kids from all over the city.
The 12,000-square-foot park boasts two 10-foot deep bowls connected by a large "snake run" that leads to a series of mini-bowls, pyramids and other skate-friendly obstacles. The park officially opens to the public on Saturday with welcoming speeches by Mayor Jim West, members of the Spokane Park Board, Hillyard Community Development Committee and community skateboarders. The event also features professional skateboarders and bikers, as well as enough music and grub for the whole family. Everything kicks off this Saturday at 11 am, Harmon Park at Francis and Market. Visit www.hillyardskatepark.com or call 998-1404 for more details!
Got Lit? -- In all the excitement around here regarding this year's Get Lit!, we weren't exactly being mindful of our editing. Case in point: a section of Mike Corrigan's interview with Kurt Vonnegut read as if Vonnegut was speaking when it actually should have read like this:
Inlander: I can look at a painting and be affected by it. But nothing visual sticks with me like a well-placed, well-worded bit of prose.
Vonnegut: All right, let's try Picasso's Guernica. That sticks with you.
Inlander: It does. But to appreciate it don't you kind of need to know what the backstory is, what inspired it?
Vonnegut: Yeah, that does help. And it also helps to know something about the painter. Look, good use of the language doesn't matter as much as it used to. You talk about visuals. TV -- now there's a visual art. Jesus, it is now the teacher. It is life itself.
Hope nobody was extra baffled by what seemed like Vonnegut talking to himself about art...
More humble pie? -- We also mistakenly reported last week that the Davenport's candy shop was going out of business when in fact, they are selling enough cherry cordials and dark chocolate that they need to move into roomier digs across the building. Congratulations! Also, there are two mistakes in our Dining Out section of this week's paper. Due to an early deadline for those pages, the mistakes were not caught in time. The photo on page 50 was misidentified as Michael Manz. The correct identity of the man in the photo for Mountain Dome is the owner's son, Erik Manz. Also, in that same story, the name of John Mueller was misspelled. We humbly give ourselves forty lashes with our Associated Press Stylebook and Libel Manual.