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Who's saving camp for kids with cancer

Who's saving camp for kids with cancer

Summer camp is a chance for new experiences, freedom, fun. My kids said going to camp has been some of the best times of their lives.  For kids with cancer, camp is extra special. It's an escape from their reality; a chance to be with other kids who know exactly what they're going through.

Back in March, the National Office of the American Cancer Society announced it would no longer fund camps across the nation, including the local “Camp Goodtimes East.”  The locally owned camp provides a medically supervised, week-long camp for children battling the effects of cancer.

SNAP needs volunteers to protect and assist people in long-term care

SNAP needs volunteers to protect and assist people in long-term care

You can be the voice for, and a friend to a vulnerable community. You can be a watchdog, an advocate, and a mediator,  if you become a volunteer through the Long-Term Care Ombudsman program administered by SNAP.

LTCO volunteers stand on guard for residents of assisted living centers, adult family homes and nursing homes in Spokane County and four other Eastern Washington counties. Often, the seniors they help have no family or friends. Volunteers alert the proper authorities to a variety of concerns such as inadequate care, abuse, insufficient nutrition and financial fraud as well as issues involving medications.

Referrals are made to local organizations like Residential Care Services or Adult Protective Services. LTCO also collaborates with Aging and Long Term Care of Eastern Washington

Last year, LTCO volunteers accounted for 2,759 visits to facilities in Spokane, Pend Oreille, Ferry, Stevens and Whitman counties. Volunteers generally donate four hours a week, visiting sites near their homes. SNAP covers gas costs with a stipend. A minimum commitment of one year is requested.

Sixth grader uses birthday wish to help others

Sixth grader uses birthday wish to help others

Video games, action figures and Nerf guns are all things that can be found at the top of a 10-year-old boy's birthday wish list. Chase Loney will turn 11 on August 27th, and this year instead of toys he is asking people to donate shoes for kids in need.

 

When Chase's mom asked him what he wanted for his upcoming birthday he asked for two things: The new Halo game, and to help disadvantaged kids get shoes for the upcoming school year.

 

“I wanted to do something for everybody else and not for me,” says Chase. “I know that some of the people don't have what I have.”

 

Chase's mom, Michelle Sorensen, put an ad on Craigslist on August 1st explaining her son's special birthday wish, and over the last two weeks the shoes have been pouring in. As of Tuesday morning Chase had received 141 pairs of birthday shoes, and during our interview his uncle brought home two more bags of shoe donations.

Colville National Forest holding art competition for Capitol Christmas Tree

Colville National Forest holding art competition for Capitol Christmas Tree

Haul out the holly and crank up the Christmas tunes, you'll need it for inspiration. Washington will provide the U.S. Capitol Christmas this year, and a statewide art competition is being held to find artwork that best captures the theme and spirit of the tree.

 

Every year since 1970 a Christmas tree has been presented to the U.S. Congress from a national forest. The 2013 tree will hail from the Coville National Forest and they are working alongside Choose Outdoors and ArtsWA to hold the juried art exhibition to select the official artwork that will represent the Eastern Washington tree.

 

“We encourage Washington artists to submit an entry. The selected artwork will receive exposure throughout the state as well as nationally,” said Laura Jo West, Colville National Forest Supervisor. “This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase Washington's talented artists!”

 

Salon owner hopes others will join Pamper Yourself Pink

Every year the stylists at Shear Attitude Salon host an event that treats breast cancer patients to a moment of heaven. This year, the owner is hoping other salons will join the cause and host their very own Pamper Yourself Pink events.

 

KXLY shared the Pamper Yourself Pink story last fall, when the three day event lasted over two weeks. Tammy Reams, owner of Shear Attitude, started the event to treat breast cancer patients like queens for a day after surviving her own battle.

 

During Pamper Yourself Pink, breast cancer patients are treated to a free facial, pedicure, or any other service that will help them step out of the world of treatment. Reams doesn't want to turn any one away, but the event has grown so big that she is hoping other salons will join them.

 

“I'm looking for help,” explains Reams. “Just jump on board with us.”

 

Community carnival raises money for new splash pad

Community carnival raises money for new splash pad

The Airway Heights Parks and Recreation department  is celebrating Parks and Rec month by teaming up with Airway Heights Baptist Church to host “Come and Play in the Park” July 27th at 2 p.m.

The Parks and Rec department is encouraging everyone to come and enjoy this all day family event. There will be free food, games, music and many other activities to enjoy.

The dunk tank will give attendees the chance to dunk special guests including, Mayor of Airway Heights, Patrick Rushing.The donations raised during the dunk tank will go toward funding a new splash pad.

The fun won't stop until Midnight!

List of Activities:

  • Carnival games
  • Water Slides
  • Face Paint
  • Free Dinner
  • And the movie, Rise of the Guardians, with popcorn and cotton candy

 

Health District seeks public help with trail map design

Health District seeks public help with trail map design

The Spokane Regional Health District is asking for the public's opinion regarding updates to a walking and hiking trail map. Residents are being asked to take quick online survey after taking a peek at a mock up of the map.

 

The trail map covers sites all over the county including Riverside State Park, the Centennial Trail, the Medical Lake Loop, the Manito and Cannon Hill park area and the Indian Painted Rocks to name a few. The survey only takes a couple of minutes and asks questions regarding knowledge of the trails and usefulness of the map.

 

SRHD staff is asking for public comment to make sure that the map is appeal, useful and clear. To take a look at the map and to fill out the survey click HERE.