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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Happy Independence Day!

We actually should have celebrated on Tuesday. Independence Day should have been July 2, not the 4th, because July 2, 1776 is the day that the Continental Congress actually voted for independence. John Adams, in his writings, even noted that July 2 would be remembered in the annals of American history and would be marked with fireworks and celebrations. The written Declaration of Independence was dated July 4, because that is the day it was first printed, but wasn't actually signed until August 2. Fifty-six delegates eventually signed the document, although all were not present on that day in August. Lots of great events around are area to celebrate our nation's 237th birthday!

Spokane: Riverfront Park - Entertainment from guitarist Steven King (2 to 6pm), Spokane Taiko Drummers, magician Dick Frost, Spokane Area Square Dancers, art exhibits and arts and craft vendors, and children's meadow featuring face painting and inflatables. Welcome ceremony at 7:30 in the Lilac Bowl, followed by the Spokane Jazz Orchestra at 8pm. Fireworks at dusk. Admission is free, but standard rates for park attractions apply. Discounted day passes will be sold for $10 between 10am to 1pm at 507 N. Howard St., Spokane.

Coeur d'Alene: The day kicks off with the American Heroes Parade at 11am on Sherman Avenue. Afterward, enjoy live music, food vendors and games in City Park. Fireworks go off over the lake at dusk, about 9:45-10pm. Free admission.

Liberty Lake: Concert with 6-Foot Swing and Tuxedo Junction presented by Friends of Pavillion Park. Fireworks over the lake will follow the concert at about 10:10pm. Concessions will be available through the Liberty Lake Kiwanis. Thursday, 6pm, Pavillion Park, 727 N. Molter Road, Liberty Lake. Free admission.

Guest Archaeologist to speak at Spokane Tribe Cultural Center this Friday

Join the Spokane Tribe this First Friday, July 5, starting at 5pm at their extensive Historical Exhibit and Information Center. Guest Archaeologist James Harrison will give a presentation on the rock art research he has been conducting in the Lower Pecos Region of West Texas and Mexico over the last 10 years. At the Center, you can learn more about the Spokane Tribe's privately funded STEP development that will provide 5,000 local jobs.

The Spokane Tribe's Cultural Center is located at 221 N Wall, adjacent to the Bozzi Collection gallery on the skywalk level of Old City Hall. Take the escalator up from the Olive Garden and turn to your left.

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Limited number of discount tickets for Hot Summer Nights

Hot Summer Nights 'Midsummer Night's Dream', is always the party of the year put on by Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living magazine at Arbor Crest Wine Cellars. This year it's Friday, July 12. You can buy discount tickets for just $20 (a $5 savings) at Chocolate Apothecary in the Flour Mill, 621 W Mallon Ave. Get your tickets then come enjoy an evening of fun; dancing to Bow Wow Wow (I Want Candy), drinking Arbor Crest wine and beer in the beer gardens, enjoying great food, seeing beautiful models, cars, and fairies, and celebrating good times with friends. Plus taking in the spectacular view from one of Spokane's most impressive venues.

For more information visit or call 509-738-7392.

Riverfest free concert series at Two Rivers starts Saturday

The Riverfest free concert series at Two Rivers Casino kicks off this Saturday, July 6 with the Garrett Bartley Band taking the stage at 7pm and fireworks at dark. Gates will open with live music starting at 5pm.

The weekly concerts are free but concert goers are encouraged to donate three cans of food at entry in support of the Great Harvest food bank.

The Beer Garden opens each concert night at 5:00pm and food is always available on site. Concert goers can also enter drawings for casino vouchers and gas cards.

Located on Beautiful Lake Roosevelt at the confluence with the Spokane River, Two Rivers Casino and Resort offers the only easily accessible casino and marina on Lake Roosevelt. The marina with access to more than 660' of shoreline, features 260 open and covered boat slips, a gas station, convenience store, as well as a casino. For more information visit

Hoopfest 2013 was another great success for Spokane

Check out these impressive Hoopfest 24 Statistics: 7,070 Teams, 27,896 Players, 454 Courts on 42 City Blocks, 492 Brackets, 14,000 Games, 3,000 Volunteers, 225,000 Fans Thanks to the Hoopfest staff and thousands of volunteers for bringing an estimated $38 million in economic impact to our community!

Lots and lots of music this weekend at Arbor Crest

This Saturday, July 6 Arbor Crest Wine Cellars presents 'Stage 2 Stage', the 1st Annual Arbor Crest Music Fest, running from noon to 8pm with five great bands. And best of all admission is free. Plus this Thursday from 5:30 to 7:30 they present another free concert with rock and roll band, Twisted Biscuit.

But wait, there's more! Sunday, July 7 from 5:30 to dusk, Soul Proprietor performs at Spokane's most spectacular music venue. Tickets are just $5 at the gate. Go to for more information.

Root Root Root for the home team

The Spokane Indians play the Eugene Emeralds at Avista Stadium in a four game home stand through this Sunday July 7. Ticketswest has your seats at or 800-325-SEAT.

A Prairie Home Companion Radio Romance Tour 2013 at the INB

Spokane Public Radio welcomes Garrison Keillor's 'A Prairie Home Companion Radio Romance Tour 2013,' at the INB Performing Arts Center Monday, July 8, 7:30 pm.

Ticketswest has your seats at or 800-325-SEAT.

Civic Theatre's building project, Phase 1 is underway

Construction on Phase 1 of Spokane Civic Theatre's building project began on June 17. The new addition will include an expansion of the women's restroom, an additional 5 stalls and 3 sinks, and a new meeting room and donor lounge. The project is scheduled for completion before the opening of 'Les Miserables' on September 20.

Northwest Grand Prix Coming in July

Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery has partnered with Northwest Motorsports and O'Reilly Auto Parts for the Northwest Grand Prix road race at Spokane County Raceway, July 13 & 14, from 8am to 5pm. Tickets are $10 per day and all proceeds benefit Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery. Spokane County Raceway is located at 750 N Hayford Rd in Airway Heights.

For more information, visit

Carillon Concert at St. John's Cathedral July 4

Wesley Arai, Associate Carillonist at the University of California, Berkeley, returns to Spokane for the annual Fourth of July Concert at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist. The concert begins at 9pm and is best enjoyed from the grounds of the Cathedral. The highlight of this year's program is a duet with Cathedral Carilloneur, Byrl Cinnamon, playing John Philip Sousa's 'Stars and Stripes Forever'.

Wesley has toured as a guest recitalist throughout the United States and has recently performed at venues in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Washington.

The St. John the Evangelist carillon in Bishop Cross Tower is one of the finest in the world and one of a very few in the Pacific Northwest. The carillon consists of 49 bells, cast and installed by John Taylor & Sons of Loughborough, Leicestershire, England. The bells are played prior to Sunday services, as well as times of religious and civic festivals. Further information about the carillon and the music program at St. John's Cathedral can be found at

The lawn opposite the Cathedral on 12th Street is a great place to enjoy a picnic and listen to the carillon recital, which begins at 9pm. Spokane city fireworks (about 10pm) may be watched from the gated access road on the north side of the Cathedral, which is closed to traffic.

Burger Eating Contest at Ron's Drive In to Support Meals on Wheels

Are you in the mood to eat your fill of great burgers? Ron's Drive In is having a Burger Eating Contest and Hot Rod Show supporting the Greater Spokane County Meals on Wheels this Saturday, July 6 from 10am to 4pm. Burger Eating contest begins at 2pm.

$25 entry fee for participants in the contest and includes a T-shirt and as many burgers you can eat in 5 minutes. Great cash prizes including $200 for first place. Call Denny Hegewald at 509-924-4660 to register or for more information. Ron's Drive In is located at 12502 E Sprague in the Spokane Valley and has been in business since 1958. And in honor of 55 years in business for Ron's Drive in, Great Clips will be offering free buzz cuts during the Saturday event.

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