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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Your prayers for snow are working; check out this morning's scene at Schweitzer

Posted By on Tue, Sep 19, 2017 at 11:58 AM

Yes, it was smoky and hovering in the 90s a mere 
Marking the year's first snow. - SCHWEITZER MOUNTAIN RESORT
  • Schweitzer Mountain Resort
  • Marking the year's first snow.
couple of weeks ago. And we ended a seemingly endless string of precipitation-free days just a couple of days ago. But for those of us interested in all things winter sports-related, the pictures sent our way from Schweitzer Mountain Resort are enough to get us salivating for snow season.

Check out the scene at the mountain's Sky House:

  • Schweitzer Mountain Resort
  • Schweitzer's Sky House

You can see on this weather radar that there's plenty of precipitation in the mountain areas between Spokane and Missoula; elsewhere in Montana, the early snow has helped with their nasty wildfire season.

Schweitzer is planning on Dec. 1 for its opening day. 49 Degrees North plans to open around Thanksgiving if possible, while Lookout Pass is aiming for Nov. 23. Silver Mountain is likely looking at Thanksgiving weekend, too, if last season is any indication.

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Monday, September 18, 2017

YMCA of the Inland Northwest welcomes refugees, immigrants with events this week

Posted By on Mon, Sep 18, 2017 at 2:00 PM

This week, YMCA of the Inland Northwest is joining 
other organizations around the country in welcoming immigrants and refugees to the community and thanking them for their contributions.

The week, Sept. 15 through Sept. 24, is happening in collaboration with other YMCAs and Welcoming America, a nonpartisan nonprofit that works to make communities around the country more inclusive and welcoming to immigrants and all residents.

Monday night, Spokane Mayor David Condon is expected to sign a proclamation at the city council meeting to recognize Welcoming Week, and there are two upcoming events which are open to the public:

On Wednesday, people are invited to dance and listen to African Congolese drumming, followed by a social with the chance to taste Congolese food and food made by refugees representing their respective cultures. That event will take place from 6 to 8:30 pm at the South Spokane Y, 2921 E. 57th.

On Friday, there will be a Garden Revitalization Project at 4:30 pm at the North Spokane Y, 10727 N. Newport Hwy. Music, food, tools and supplies will be provided — just arrive ready to get in the dirt, the YMCA says.
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Friday, September 15, 2017

Inlander and Spokane's evolution featured in latest UW alumni magazine

Posted By on Fri, Sep 15, 2017 at 11:58 AM

Do you read the Inlander every week? Of course you do!

Do you know the story of how Spokane's weekly paper, nearly a quarter-century old, came to be? Probably not, despite the existence of this handy "Who We Are" page on and this slick video:

Continue reading »

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Eye Contact: Art by homeless women and teens on display for Volunteers of America's fundraiser

Posted By on Thu, Sep 14, 2017 at 2:49 PM

On an average night, Hope House shelters 36 homeless women, giving them a safe place to sleep and connecting them with case managers whose ultimate goal is to get them into permanent housing.

Hope House sheltered 322 women last year. Meaningfully, it transitioned 108 of them into permanent housing, treatment, or transitional housing, says Stephanie Neumann, Development Director for Volunteers of America of Eastern Washington and North Idaho, which operates Hope House and the Crosswalk teen shelter.

But there's always a need for more help: the shelter turns away about a dozen women every night. Those who wind up camping can be moved along by police for staying anywhere longer than 15 minutes, Neumann says.

"Sadly, the women do not have anywhere else to go," she says. "If the police see them, they are asked to keep moving. They are in danger on the streets… it’s a tough thing to witness."

To raise money for Hope House and Crosswalk, Volunteers of America will host "Eye Contact: Humanizing Homelessness," a one-night-only art exhibit featuring art by homeless women and teens in the community.

Volunteers of America is hosting an exhibit of artwork by homeless women and children to raise money for Hope House women's shelter and the Crosswalk teen shelter.
  • Volunteers of America is hosting an exhibit of artwork by homeless women and children to raise money for Hope House women's shelter and the Crosswalk teen shelter.

"There’s this mindset of homeless people as kind of the other people in our community," Neumann says. "They feel more inspired or encouraged when members like me or you say "Hi" to them and see them as a human being. It encourages them. The goal of this event is to humanize homelessness."

In addition to artwork that's been made by people experiencing homelessness in recent years, the show will feature professional artwork up for raffle, an aerial silks performance, live art, and more.

Hors d'oeuvres and dessert will be provided by the Wandering Table and Inland Pacific Kitchen, with wine by Overbluff Cellars, and Anvil Coffee.

Tickets can be found at

Tickets: $40 in advance; $50 at the door. Event: 6 to 9 pm, Thursday, Sept. 21 at the Terrain space in the Washington Cracker Co. Building, 304 W. Pacific Ave.

For a look at what a night at Hope House is like, watch the following video to hear from women who've stayed at the shelter and staff who work there.

"Fortunately, Hope House is housing these women. We are very blessed to have such determined case managers to help these women get off the streets and in permanent housing," Neumann says. "Fundraisers such as Eye Contact help us fund the program."

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Friday, September 8, 2017

Second Friday at Saranac Art Projects: New works from Jenny Hyde and Katie Creyts

Posted By on Fri, Sep 8, 2017 at 10:38 AM

Jenny Hyde
and Katie Creyts, cooperative member 
artists and faculty members at Eastern Washington University and Whitworth University respectively, debut their new works tonight from 5 to 9 pm in a two-woman exhibition at Saranac Art Projects (25 W. Main).

Hyde, a multidisciplinary artist who teaches digital art at Eastern, has exhibited at Saranac Art Projects dating back to 2009. Her works have explored cultural geography through study of landscape and the body, and she is the recent recipient of an Artist Trust Fellowship. This month, she debuts a series of digital prints featuring individual American-made rifles.

An area gun shop gave Hyde permission to document 
Jenny Hyde: Collector of Interesting Experiences, 2017 - SARANAC ART PROJECTS
  • Saranac Art Projects
  • Jenny Hyde:
    Collector of Interesting Experiences, 2017
these weapons; she captured their images with a photo scanner on-site. Initially, she was interested only in the .22-caliber rifles, with the intention of viewing the guns as household tools, as they are often understood to be in many rural American homes.

But once the process began, all of the rifles became points of interest for Hyde — the old shotguns, as well as more recently manufactured models. These images reflect rural Americans' cultural identity in different ways, in particular exploring the romanticized depiction of isolation, or what is perceived as “independence.”

Katie Creyts: Corner Sky Sun Valley, 2017 - SARANAC ART PROJECTS
  • Saranac Art Projects
  • Katie Creyts: Corner Sky Sun Valley, 2017
Creyts, an associate professor of art at Whitworth for the past decade, specializes in sculpture and working with glass — she has studied at the Pilchuck Glass School, among other schools and studios — and is on Artist Trust's board of directors. She received Whitworth's Innovative Teaching Award in 2011 and was named an Artist to Watch by the Inlander the following year. She also has previously exhibited her works at Saranac Art Projects.

An avid outdoorswoman, Creyts explored the West this summer on a series of hikes in Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Colorado. For her, these rugged adventures became pilgrimages, as she devoted her time to exploring the theme of hope — both the dashed hopes of the past and the ever-twinkling hopefulness of the future.

Creyts hiked with a mirror ball and iPhone camera, considering spaces that would respond to the mirror ball, both in reflection and fragment, and recording images that inspired and would become part of the sculpture on view, a geodesic dome titled "Tabanakkle." She considers this to be the shrine at the end of her summer-long trek; selected images from her mirror-ball hikes also will be on view.

In addition to tonight's artist reception, the exhibition is open for viewing Thursdays from 2 to 6 pm and Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 8 pm. It runs through Saturday, Sept. 30.
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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Inlander's new Annual Manual now available at more than 1,000 locations

Posted By on Thu, Sep 7, 2017 at 10:01 AM


You might have noticed the arrival of the Inlander's Annual Manual this week. It's arriving at more than 1,000 locations throughout the Inland Northwest, and you can pick one up for free while supplies last.

Whether you're new to town, trying to entice a friend or family member to visit the region, or a longtime resident just trying to keep up with all the new restaurants, shops and entertainment activities around town, the Annual Manual has you covered.

If you're too late in grabbing the colorful 228-page publication, you can check out virtually all the articles online right here.
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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Today's your last chance to skate Roller Valley

Posted By on Thu, Aug 31, 2017 at 11:42 AM

It's open today from 1 to 3 pm, and tonight from 8 to 10 pm.
  • It's open today from 1 to 3 pm, and tonight from 8 to 10 pm.

They took our pogo sticks, and we did nothing. They came for those hoops you rolled with a stick, and we stayed silent. Then our drive-in theaters started to disappear.

And now this:

Roller Valley, in operation for the past 42 years, is closing up shop today, following the death of its owner, Colleen Bernstein. Today from 1 to 3 pm, and tonight from 8 to 10 pm, is the public's last chance to lace up skates and hit the rink.
An Inlander photographer wandered into Roller Valley in 2011 and found Morgan, a skating enthusiast and mother of one. Morgan told the photographer that "treadmills suck," and that she made a point to get to the rink at least once a week to exercise. - AMY HUNTER
  • Amy Hunter
  • An Inlander photographer wandered into Roller Valley in 2011 and found Morgan, a skating enthusiast and mother of one. Morgan told the photographer that "treadmills suck," and that she made a point to get to the rink at least once a week to exercise.

"Thank you to everyone in the Spokane community all so much for the support over the years," Roller Valley said in a Facebook announcement.

Incredibly, roller skating dates back to the 18th century, when a guy named John Merlin was the first person known to have invented a roller skate, in the 1760s in London, according to the National Museum of Roller Skating. Skating gained traction in the early part of the 20th century: Charlie Chaplin starred in the film The Rink in 1916, and the pastime took off during the Roaring Twenties, before the Great Depression ground everything to a halt.

Then came waitresses on wheels in the '50s and '60s, serving up burgers and fries at drive-ins. Even the Amish loved skating, the New York Times reported. ''It's faster than a horse, and it's fun," Andrew Herschberger told the Times in 1996.

Finally, roller skating peaked in the days of disco — captured in the 1979 film Roller Boogie — before beginning its slow, eventual decline.

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One Tree to open cider house on Sept. 8

Posted By on Thu, Aug 31, 2017 at 10:10 AM

One Tree Hard Cider's Neal Hennessy - YOUNG KWAK
  • Young Kwak
  • One Tree Hard Cider's Neal Hennessy

Mark your calendars: One Tree Hard Cider just announced the grand opening of its downtown Spokane cider house next Friday, Sept. 8, at 2 pm.

One Tree has spent the better part of the summer rehabbing its new location at 111 S. Madison St. The rapidly growing cidery — with distribution across Washington, Idaho and Montana — had renovated its Spokane Valley tasting room last year, only to close this summer to make more room for its production needs.

The new downtown location — which will feature some 20 taps of ciders from around the country — puts One Tree in the heart of what's quickly becoming Spokane's brewery (and now cidery) district. Earlier this month, for our Drink Local issue, we mapped out the west end of downtown, showing six brewery destinations within three-quarters of a mile. We've updated that map here:


1. River City Brewing

2. Iron Goat Brewing

3. The Steel Barrel Taproom (technically home to three separate breweries: Little Spokane, Young Buck and, most recently, TT's Old Iron Brewery)

4. Orlison Brewing Taproom

5. Whistle Punk Brewing

6. Steam Plant Brewing (Temporarily closed for renovations; expected to reopen later this fall)

CLARIFICATION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly called the new location a tasting room, rather than a full cider house offering other cider and beer products.
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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

No-Li's second FrostFest is Dec. 9; tickets on sale now

Posted By on Wed, Aug 30, 2017 at 4:08 PM

Hey, beer dorks!

Yes, that means you. And me. And most of the Inland Northwest, from what I can surmise. While the summer brew festivals are soon to be in the past, there's no reason you can't look ahead to the fall, when you can spend some time at the ol' ballpark for the Inland Northwest Craft Beer Festival in September. And No-Li Brewhouse just announced its second No-Li FrostFest on Saturday, Dec. 9.

This year's FrostFest moves to the Spokane Veterans Arena, which makes sense, given that all proceeds from the event go toward the upkeep of the Fallen Heroes memorial sculpture. The event runs from 2 to 6 pm and features a dozen one-off beers crafted by the No-Li crew. They announced the first two beers this week: a 'Tis The Saison and Tritamorphasis Barley Wine, coming in at 12 percent ABV. Pace yourselves, people!

Tickets for FrostFest are $30 through TicketsWest outlets and include a T-shirt, tasting glass and five 4-ounce pours. There will be tunes, food and a costume contest that could land you a free membership in No-Li's mug club. And you can add a ticket to the evening's Spokane Chiefs game for just $10 if you want to hang around (and haven't had too many of those barley wines). Another bonus: If you buy your tickets before Friday, you'll get a bonus Born & Raised T-shirt at the pub, too.
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Thursday, August 3, 2017

No-Li Brewhouse launching $10,000 fundraiser for Teen Closet

Posted By on Thu, Aug 3, 2017 at 12:57 PM


It's no secret that No-Li Brewhouse is insanely active in supporting various causes in the Inland Northwest, often selling cases of beer at special prices or creating original T-shirts to sell as fundraisers for various charities.

They're at it again this week with a project to raise $10,000 for Teen Closet, a nonprofit that provides clothing for Spokane-area foster children and other kids in need. With back-to-school mayhem coming fast, it's the perfect time to help the free boutique load up with new duds for kids who want to look sharp for the new school year.

Starting Friday, No-Li will be selling 400 limited-edition "Spokane Has Heart" T-shirts for $25 a pop at the brewery, and will continue selling the shirts until the end of the month. No-Li has covered the cost of the shirts, so all the proceeds from the shirts sold through the end of August will go to the charity.

Teen Closet was founded by KXLY's Robyn Nance and foster parent Linda Rogers. Here's a video of the duo discussing Teen Closet's work:

Teen Closet May 5th from Teen Closet on Vimeo.

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