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Be the solution to the soccer ref shortage in WA

Be the solution to the soccer ref shortage in WA

There is a soccer referee shortage in Washington! If you've ever wanted to ref, now is your time. There are two entry level clinics coming soon. The first will be 2 days (Friday night March 28th from 6 PM to 10 PM then Sunday afternoon March 30th from 2 PM to 6 PM) at Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Spokane. The second will be at Plantes' Ferry in Spokane Valley on Friday, April 11 from 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM.

If you are interested, you'll need to register at wareferees.org. The site will guide you through the process of how to become a referee. The cost for the clinic is $80. You can also purchase a "start up" kit which will include everything a new referee needs to start.

If you have any questions, you can contact Tony Richardson at tonrich@aol.com or call (909) 528-9063.

Spokane AIDS Foundation holds Oscar Night Gala

Spokane AIDS Foundation holds Oscar Night Gala

This year marked the 16th Oscar Night Gala hosted by the Spokane AIDS Foundation.

The event was hosted at the Northern Quest Resort and Casino and guests dined on a three course meal while bidding on both live and silent auction items.

Items auctioned off included signed CDs and movies by well-known musicians and actors, artwork, and jewelry. Going along with this years theme, a Wicked package was also up for auction.

The Chair of the event, Grant Ogren, said, on average the event raises around $45,000 for the organization. The event is their biggest fundraiser of the year and the most rewarding for the volunteers.

"Seeing the smiles on people's faces and the way they're interacting, and people fighting for a bid on a silent auction item. Just the excitement that their spending their Sunday evening together dressed up," said Ogren.







Another View on Extreme Team by Katy Dolan

Another View on Extreme Team by Katy Dolan

This cluster of rooms is home for children who have just been removed from horrible situations. But as we listen to the sounds of drilling, sawing, and Mark Peterson’s booming jokes, Sally’s House feels anything but sad.

Extreme Team worked this week to renovate Sally’s House, operated by The Salvation Army of Spokane. Sally’s House provides emergency shelter to kids ages 2-12. Kids are brought here when they cannot stay at home, usually due to abuse, neglect, or criminal activity. Law enforcement or Child Protection officers bring kids here because, according to Deputy Craig Chamberlin, they know that the fragile children will find a nurturing environment at Sally’s House. The loving Salvation Army workers feed the kids nutritious meals, give them a brand new set of PJs, and send them off to bed – sometimes, the first real bed that the child has ever slept in.

The Gift of Life

The Gift of Life

Their name is synonymous with both grief and strength. The Swank family in North Idaho has had their faith tested in ways most of us could never imagine. In 2009, they lost their 17-year old son Drew following a football injury.

Now, their faith is being tested again as Drew's older sister fights for her life.

The Swank house in North Idaho is one of those idyllic places. On a recent February day, covered in snow, bathed in sunlight and filled with love. For 43-year old Tara Swank, it has been a refuge in a storm of unthinkable grief.

"Watching my youngest brother and sisters go through the death of their brother has probably hurt me as much as just my own hurt of watching my brother die," said Tara.

Reminders of Drew are everywhere in their home - in smiling pictures, in grieving hearts.

"It's horrendous, really," said Drew's mom, Patti. "There's no word for the heartbreak. I'm still not over Drew."

Drew was just 17 when a football injury ended his life. The oldest of eight and a critical care nurse by trade, Tara helped hold her family together.

Days away from "Wicked" ticket sales

Days away from "Wicked" ticket sales

After breaking box office records and selling out in record time in 2011, WICKED, Broadway’s biggest blockbuster will return to Spokane’s INB Performing Arts Center May 7-25. Tickets for the return engagement go on sale THIS Friday, February 14 at 10:00am. Tickets will be available at Best of Broadway, by calling 800-325-SEAT, and all TicketsWest outlets.

The search for Washington’s Outstanding Senior Volunteer

The search for Washington’s Outstanding Senior Volunteer

Every day, Washington senior volunteers generously give their time and service to help others. Now here’s your chance to give back by nominating a deserving older adult in your community for his or her outstanding service through the Salute to Senior Service® program.

Sponsored by Home Instead, Inc., Salute to Senior Service recognizes the invaluable contributions of adults age 65 and older who give at least 15 hours a month of volunteer service to their favorite causes.

“Seniors have so much to give and make a positive impact on our communities daily,” said Lois Etienne, owner of the Home Instead Senior Care office serving Spokane. “Senior volunteerism not only benefits others, but also helps seniors stay active and socially engaged in their communities – important elements of healthy aging.”