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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Fery's Catering gains national publicity

Fery's, one of Spokane's leading caterers was recently featured in Where Women Cook magazine in an article written by Chaps owner Celeste Shaw. The story details the incredible journey of Fereshteh (Fery) Haghighi who fled Iran with her family in 1979 in a 'Sound of Music' escape across the border with a herd of livestock to opening her popular catering business in Spokane. The story includes a recipe for Fery's Celebration Jeweled Rice, a dish that is always made at traditional Persian weddings and is symbolic of celebration, prosperity and happiness. You can get more information at

Good news from the Garland neighborhood

The devastating fire that ripped through Ferguson's restaurant and the Milk Bottle was certainly very bad news earlier this week. But the good news is, both businesses plan to rebuild! And in the meantime the Garland neighborhood is bustling with business, including an artist's reception to open Tresia Oosting's new show, 'Semblance' at the Tinman Gallery, 811 West Garland, this Friday, Sept 30th from 5 to 9 pm. Go shop the stores, galleries, restaurants, and show your support for this vital Spokane neighborhood. They are hurting from the tragic loss of a couple of landmarks and could use some love. Go to for more information about the reception.

Follow the Trail of the Hiawatha

You only have one more weekend (through this Sunday) to ride the Trail of the Hiawatha before it's over until next year. This amazing bike ride follows the incredible rail route of the Milwaukie Road's legendary Hiawatha train winding through 10 tunnels (one is 1.7 miles long) and over 7 towering trestles for over 15 miles. It is run by the Lookout Ski Resort at the Idaho and Montana border. The hours are 8:30 am to 5 pm. Bike and helmet rentals are available. This ride is serious fun! For more information go to

Mel's magic is moving on soon

Mel McCuddin's fabulous exhibition of 'New Paintings' is at the Art Spirit Gallery only through next Saturday, October 8. Delight in the whimsical art of one of the region's foremost painters in this exceptional show. The gallery is located at 415 Sherman in downtown Coeur d'Alene and is open every day June through September from 11am to 6 pm and October through May, Tuesday through Saturday from 11 am to 6 pm. For more information go to or call 208-765-6006.

Jeff Dunham tickets on sale Friday

Tickets for Jeff Dunham at the Arena go on sale Friday, Sept. 30th at 10 am. The top grossing live comedian in North America for three consecutive years performs Sunday March 25. go to or 800-325-SEAT.

Cokie is the Real Thing

Emmy winning news woman Cokie Roberts will speak at the Bing Crosby Theatre Saturday, October 1 at 8pm. Presented by Spokane Public Radio. Contact Ticketswest at or 800-325-SEAT.

You are invited to the mansion for tea Dahling!

Enjoy tea in hats and boas at the elegant Roberts Mansion, 1923 West First. It's Saturday, October 8 from 1 to 3 and includes a buffet service of tea, scones, and finger sandwiches. Dress up and have fun. They have some hats and boas to loan you if you forget yours. Go to for reservations.

Grand Opening of The Limerick Pub at the Arena

The Spokane Public Facilities District will unveil the newest dining option at the Spokane Arena on Saturday, October 1. In the spirit of Spokane's connection to the Emerald Isle, the Spokane Arena will now feature The Limerick Pub, an Irish pub named in honor of Spokane's sister city, Limerick, Ireland. The Pub will feature a selection of Ireland's famous brews including Guinness, Smithwicks, Harp and Jameson, as well as traditional pub fare. Located on the south side of the Arena concourse, the Limerick Pub will be open to guests of all ages at all Spokane Arena events.

The Limerick Pub will open in conjunction with the Spokane Chiefs Home Opener this Saturday, October 1 at 6:00pm. The Chiefs Home Opener against the Tri-City Americans follows at 7:00pm. The Spokane Arena will be hosting the Spokane Limerick Society during opening night festivities, which include a ribbon cutting ceremony, live Irish music and a presentation from the Spokane Limerick Society.

For more information about the Limerick Pub and this Saturday's festivities, please contact Becca Watters at 509-279-7105 or

Happy Trails to the Rockin' B Ranch

The last performance of the Cowboy Supper Show at the Rockin' B Ranch is this Saturday, October 1. Owners Scott and Pamela Brownlee announced earlier this year that this will be the final season of the Rockin' B. Best of luck to all the riders of the Rockin' B...Scott and Pamela Brownlee, JayDean Ludiker, Sam Mazzola, Gordon Grove, musical director Leslie Ann Grove and Tim Behrens as Pat McManus. Happy Trails to you all and thanks for 17 great years! Visit for more information.

Fall Antique & Collectors Sale this weekend

Custer's annual Fall Antique & Collectors Sale is this Friday through Sunday at the Spokane County Fair & Expo Center. Over 200 dealers from across the country with feature thousands of vintage items. Tickets are $6 for adults, good all weekend. Children 12 and under free, and parking is free. Hours are Friday, September 30, 4 to 9pm; Saturday, October 1, 10am to 7pm; Sunday, October 2, 10am to 5pm.

MAC Appraisal Days are back at this year's sale on Saturday and Sunday, where you can find out the value of family treasures. Cost for admission is $5 per item, limit 5 items. No firearms or musical instruments. For more information, visit

Dine in style and support the MAC

Two of Spokane's most outsdtanding restaurants are hosting MAC Nights at their estblishments and contributing half of the proceeds to the MAC. Visit Luna on October 5 and Sante October 5-8.

New North side Pizza and Pub Open for Business

The Fieldhouse Pizza and Pub, formerly the Stadium Pizza Parlor, has officially opened its doors at the corner of Assembly and Wellesley. The owners are Todd Phelps, and Liz and Curtis Nelson, who also own the Steelhead Bar and Grille, Morty's Tap and Grille, Fat Daddy's Pizza, and The Screaming Yak.

Fieldhouse Pizza and Pub is open at 11:00 a.m. daily, offering a full bar, family-style dining that includes a game room, and a fine selection of pizza's made from dough that is made fresh daily with a variety of toppings. Other favorite items include sandwiches, pastas, and a fresh salad bar. Located at 4423 W. Wellesley Avenue, the new venue hopes to become a convenient and favorite spot for the neighborhood, the Veteran's Hospital, and Dwight Merkel patrons. The newly renovated interior is designed for comfort and ease of service for teams in a hurry or for families out for an affordable evening. For questions, or to order ahead, you can call 509-474-1341.

City of Spokane Arts Awards Monday

The Spokane Arts Commission will present the 20th Annual City of Spokane Arts Awards on Monday, October 3rd, at 6pm at the Spokane City Council Meeting in the City Council Chambers, 808 West Spokane Falls Boulevard, Spokane (enter through the sliding glass doors on the east side of the building). The awards recipients will be announced in the presentation and in a press release the following day.

Awards will be presented in the following categories: Individual Artist, Arts Organization, Individual Benefactor, Business Benefactor, Arts in Education Program, Bold Strokes and Arts Community Leadership (Thankless Martyr Award).

Following the Arts Awards presentation, the citizens of Spokane, artists, arts organization staff and all of the volunteers of the Spokane Arts Commission will be invited to a reception in the Kress Gallery at River Park Square (behind the food court on the 3rd level) to honor this year's recipients. This event is free and all are welcome to attend.

This year's recipients are:
Individual Artist - Gregory Spatz.
Arts Organization - The Arts in Healing program at Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children's Hospital.
Individual Benefactor - Betty Kiemle.
Business Benefactor - Spokane International Airport, Spokane Arts Commission and the Spokane Airport Board.
Arts in Education - Spokane Youth Music Consortium.
Arts Community Leadership - Janice Abramson.
Bold Strokes Award - 50 Hour Slam.

Cooking classes at Coeur d'Alene's Greenbriar October-November

Coeur d'Alene's fantastic Greenbriar restaurant, 315 Wallace street, presents a wide variety of mouthwatering cooking classes this fall: Saturday, October 15, 11:00-2:00 Italian Desserts. Monday, October 17, 6:00 to 9:00 Marinades, BBQ and Glazes. Saturday, October 22, 11:00-2:00 A Culinary Tour of Italy hosted by Kris McIlvenna, Greenbrier's owner. Saturday, Oct. 29, 11:00-2:00 Authentic Mexican Cooking. Saturday, November 5, 11:00-2:00 Souffles from Cheese to Dessert. Monday, November 7, 6:00-9:00 Healthy and Easy Family Meals. Saturday, November 12, 11:00-2:00 Make Ahead Meals. Monday, November 14, 6:00-9:00 Gluten Free Cooking. Saturday, November 19, 11:00-2:00 Freeze Ahead Appetizers and Holiday Recipes.

For more information go to or call 208-667-9660.

The High Five from by Isamu Jordan

Hank 3 - The grandson of Hank Williams, and the son of Hank Williams Jr, Hank 3 just this month released four CDs -- a double album of straight country, an album of doom metal, and an album introducing a new genre he calls cattle core, which involves expert auctioneers and heavy metal. He's likely to play all of that and more when Hank 3 returns on Saturday, October 1, at 8 p.m. to the Knitting Factory Concert House, 919 W. Sprague Avenue. Cost: $17 in advance, $18 day of show, through

Hermit Thrushes - Philadelphia's Hermit Thrushes plays songs that average a little under two minutes long. While it caters to the average attention span in this day and age, it also gets the point across through concise images and extraordinary songwriting. Catch it live -- but don't blink or you might miss it -- on Saturday, October 1, at 10 p.m. at Mootsy's, 406 W. Sprague Ave. Cost: $5.

Plain White Ts -- Mixing upbeat pop-punk with acoustic power ballads, Plain White Ts is rejuvenating its youthful wisdom on the band's latest album, 'The Wonders of the Younger.' They'll be playing songs from the new record on Sunday, October 2, at 8 p.m. at The Knitting Factory Concert House. Cost: $20, through

Crossfade - After nearly imploding when they were dropped from a major label, Crossfade has re-emerged with a new record, its first in five years, 'We All Bleed,' on Eleven Seven Music, owned by Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx. Crossfade comes through on Tuesday, October 4, at 7:30 p.m., at The Knitting Factory Concert House. Cost: $17, through

Real Life Rockaz - Ending a brief break from the stage, Spokane's premiere reggae band, Real Life Rockaz, are back in effect on Friday, September 30, at 9:30 p.m. at The Blue Spark, 15 S. Howard. Cost: To be announced.

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