Left Wide Open -- According to EWU professor John Shovic, as many as 75 percent of Spokane's wireless "access points" are as vulnerable as an unlocked Audi with the keys still in the ignition. Shovic would know -- he heads EWU's new cyber-security program and offers an informal, non-technical forum for individuals and businesses concerned with Internet security. "Eastern Edge: Wireless Security" takes place at the Ridpath Hotel at 11:30 am on Tuesday, Oct. 19. Shovich will discuss ways for people and businesses to protect themselves from identity thieves, hackers, bandwidth burglars and other scary outside parties. Cost is $10 per person, and the event is open to the community. Call: 235-5034.
Fancy Pants -- You can do Halloween one of two ways. You can do the usual -- donning a store-bought Martha Stewart costume, going to three or four parties and gorging yourself on beer and Milky Ways before throwing up voluminously into your "booty bag." Or you can usher in the season with style by attending the Davenport District's "costume optional" Beaux Arts Ball on Oct. 23. In addition to celebrating the Davenport Hotel's 90th birthday, the ball is also a chance to highlight the district's fine restaurants (many of which are offering specials that night). For more information, call Peters and Sons at 624-4151.
House Beautiful -- As many new homeowners often discover, there's just nothing like coming home to your very own crib. Which is why we're pleased to announce that the Spokane Housing Authority (SHA) has just won a national award for its "Welcome Home" program. The campaign, a lease-purchase option homeownership program, helps first-time homeowners with closing costs and down payments. The SHA received recognition from the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials, whose mission is to create affordable housing in safe communities.
Cast On! -- It's no secret that your Buzz Bin editrix is a freak for knitting, as evidenced by our big story on knitting back on Feb. 19. Now the story isn't just about how people in other cities are picking up the needles. Along with the Allinda Boutique and Sew Easy Too, the new A Grand Yarn, at 1314 S. Grand Blvd., is creating a knitting scene here, too. The brainchild of mother-daughter team Mary Lindeblad and Ingrid Finstuen, A Grand Yarn is also one of the hippest such stores you'll ever find. They offer a variety of classes, a great selection of both yarns and books and even a couch for folks to bring in a latte and work on their latest project.