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EWU prepares to kick off college football at the Inferno

The Eastern Washington University Eagles kick off the college football season for the entire country on Saturday at Roos Field, and a game this big takes a lot of preparation.

To put the scale of the game into perspective, EWU usually reserves 70 parking spots for media on games day. At Saturday's game, there will be that many spots for ESPN alone. In all, the school has reserved 157 spots for media members.

Thousands of yards of cable are running along the field in every direction to bring The Inferno in to millions of homes. It's a games that is both a economic boost for the Spokane area, and name maker for Eastern.

?It's just a tremendous opportunity for the university, and really Cheney and greater Spokane to highlight this region,? said Bill Chaves, EWU Athletic Director. ?The community has been outstanding. We can't be any more thankful, but to have ESPN, the mother ship, here, 100 million homes, should be a lot of fun on Saturday.?

The fun kicks off with festivities in downtown Spokane on Friday night. Tailgating begins Saturday morning in Cheney at 8:30 am, and kick off to the sold out game at Roos Field is 12:30 pm.

Avista hosting fall energy fairs

Avista hosting fall energy fairs

Avista is hosting a free energy fair to help homeowners manage their home energy bills, including demonstrations and free energy-saving materials to help keep homes comfortable and safe for the winter ahead.

It will be held Tuesday, August 26 from 3 pm until 6 pm at the Avista Pavilion in Coeur d'Alene's McEuen Park. People who attend the Avista Energy Fair will find the following benefits:

Demonstrations of how to install energy efficiency materials like rope caulk, window plastic and v-seal. Then receive free samples of these and other materials to install at home.

Complimentary food and beverages, door prizes and activities for the kids.

Speak with Avista staff and learn about low-cost and no-cost energy effiency tips.

Workshop on protecting your home from wildfires

Workshop on protecting your home from wildfires

The Washington Department of Natural Resources is co-hosting a seminar on August 26 to teach homeowners about protecting their homes from wildfires by creating defensible spaces. The use of appropriate building materials, tree management and landscaping practices may reduce the risk of fire damage to your property, especially if you live near a rural or natural area.

The workshop will be held Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at St. Stephens Episcopal Church, 5720 S. Perry St. in Spokane.

The event is open to anyone interested. Registration is $10 and will be taken at the door. For more information contact:

Steve McConnell

WSU-Spokane County Extension

222 N. Havana St

Spokane, WA 99202

Phone: (509) 477-2175

Email: steven.mcconnell@wsu.edu  

Meals on Wheels fundraiser this weekend

Meals on Wheels fundraiser this weekend

For the sixth year in a row, Meals on Wheels Spokane is hosting their annual fundraiser this Saturday in Millwood.

From 8 am until 3 pm, Millwood shuts down Dalton Street for food, festivities and fun benefiting Meals on Wheels. Meals on Wheels Spokane provides nutritional and social interaction for local seniors and their downtown location and for those who are homebound. They serve 500 meals daily and more than 116,000 each year.

Check out the schedule of events, you're sure to find something for everyone:

Washington state parks free to visit Monday

Washington state parks free to visit Monday

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission wants the public to know that Monday, August 25 is a state parks “free day,” Visitors will not need a Discover Pass to visit state parks.

The free day is in honor of the birthday of the National Park Service, which was established on August 25, 1916.

State free days are part of the legislation that created the Discover Pass, a $30 annual of $10 one-day permit required on lands managed by Washington State Parks, the Washington departments of Natural Resources and Fish & Wildlife. The Discover Pass legislation provided that state parks could designate up to 12 free days each year when the pass would not be required. The pass is still required to access lands managed by DNR and Fish and Wildlife.

The free days apply only to day use, and not to overnight stays or rental facilities.

The next free days coming up on September 27 for National Public Lands Day and November 11 for Veterans Day.

Red Cross receives $200k donation for mudslide, wildfire relief

Red Cross receives $200k donation for mudslide, wildfire relief

The Washington chapter of the American Red Cross is $200,000 richer thanks to the generosity of Pizza Hut franchisee Emerald City Pizza.

Emerald City Pizza donated a percentage of its sales from 108 local restaurants to come up with the money which was presented at the Darrington community center Tuesday afternoon.

The money is specifically earmarked for mudslide recovery and wildfire relief efforts.