Friday, March 15, 2013

Spokane Valley turns 10, "birthday party" this Saturday

Posted By on Fri, Mar 15, 2013 at 1:39 PM

After a decade of ruling its own destiny, Spokane Valley plans to celebrate 10 years of city-ness — incorporation or whatever you call it — this weekend.

They grow up so fast.

Spokane Valley Mayor Thomas Towey (that's right, they have a mayor) issued a proclamation earlier this year marking the anniversary and praising its citizens.

"Spokane Valley is a community of opportunity where individuals and families can grow and play, and businesses will flourish and prosper," he writes.

City officials are hosting a "birthday party" and carnival from 10 am to 3 pm Saturday at CenterPlace Regional Event Center on Discovery Place. Food vendors, children's activities and a craft fair will be set up.

Mayor Towey will make opening remarks before the festivities begin. City officials promise free birthday cake and cupcakes.

Here's city information on the upcoming activities. From a news release:

"For the kids, there will be free carnival games as well as princess- and pirate-themed party rooms, and storytelling times with the Spokane Valley Library and the Spokane Tribe. The Spokane Valley Fire Department will be on hand with Big Red, the fire truck, for up-close and personal exploration."

Lately, Spokane Valley has focused on being business-friendly. And here's an old profile of the city's first mayor.

Now, if I could just find the right gift for a city of 90,000 people.

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