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Thursday, September 24, 2020

Virtual Valleyfest is this Saturday

The 31st Annual Valleyfest is going virtual this year. The event, set for this Saturday, September 26, will have lots of great events to participate in. Free Virtual Booths to support local businesses; Lily Pad Procession where you can decorate your own porch; Marvelous Mini Parade, children can make a shoebox float; and the Multi Sport Challenge.

Grand Marshal is Dave Ellis, City of Spokane Valley Police Chief. Procession participants include the distinguished: City of Spokane Valley Mayor Ben Wick and City Council Members Brandy Peetz, Linda Thompson, Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich and members of the Sheriff Department/SCOPE, Spokane Valley Fire Department, Miss Spokane Valley Royalty, Spokane County Library District, El Katif Shriners with music and displays.

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Fall Festival of Homes starts tomorrow

The Spokane Homebuilders Association's annual Fall Festival of Homes begins this Friday, September 25, and runs for 2 consecutive weekends, ending Sunday, October 4. Due to restrictions caused by COVID-19, this year's show will be conducted virtually. You'll be able to take a 3D virtual tour of each home, schedule an open house with the Realtor, hear about the home first-hand from the builder and discover current layout trends, smart home technologies, and interior design ideas all in one spot on the website,

Show Home pages will be live on September 25 at 10am. Also, very detailed information can be found in this week's Inlander, on stands today!

Little Spokane River Artist Studio Tour is this Saturday

The 13th Annual Little Spokane River Artist Studio Tour will move online this year because of COVID-19, with the virtual show opening on Saturday, September 26 at 8am. Over three dozen, well-known, regional artists are participating. The show will be available online at where links will be available directly to each artist. A special feature of this year's show will be a signed, limited edition, poster created by renowned oil painter and Little Spokane River Tour Artist and Group Manager, Victoria Brace. A total of only 50 signed posters will be available for $50 each, and net proceeds from sales will be donated to Spokane Public Radio.

The original artwork this year showcases nine artistic expressions: painters; jewelers; potters; photographers; 2D mixed media; 3D mixed media and sculpture; glass, wood and stone; fiber, and leather. 100% of artwork sales goes directly to the artists. The virtual show and links directly to the individual artists will remain active until the end of the year.

ArtStyle NW to coincide with Little Spokane River Artist Studio Tour

With the Little Spokane River Artist Studio Tour going on line this year, several artists have decided to still hold an outdoor sale at the studio of artist Jill Smith, in the scenic Little Spokane River Valley this Saturday, September 26 from 10am-5pm. You can purchase original artwork ranging from pottery, jewelry and wood to painting, photography and textile arts. The art sale features the work of 10 professional regional artists and is hosted by Jill Smith's ClayFox Pottery Gallery & Clay School, located at 15221 N Shady Slope Rd in Spokane. Enjoy 2 acres of park like setting, punctuated with sculptures and a bubbling stream. A great way to support our local artists! Masks required and social distancing observed. More information at ArtStyle Northwest on Facebook.

Spokane Public Radio's thank you broadcast event with Dr. Zorba Paster tonight

In celebration of SPR's 40th anniversary, KPBX FM will be airing an exclusive, live broadcast call-in show with Dr. Zorba Paster today, Thursday, September 24, 6pm on both KPBX 91.1 and KSFC 91.9. Dr. Paster will talk about current health topics including COVID-19, vaccine work, and take your phone calls. Zorba may even have a recipe to pass on. The call-in show will be hosted by Doug Nadvornick.

Zorba Paster On Your Health, is broadcast on KPBX Wednesday from noon-1pm and on KSFC Sunday from noon-1pm. Each week, family doc Zorba Paster and sidekick Tom Clark team up with callers for an hour of upbeat, entertaining talk about healthy living.

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Civic Presents: Young Artist Showcase premiering this Friday

Civic Presents: Spokane Civic Theatre's virtual Main Stage, a streaming celebration of our community's creative vibrancy. Civic Presents will feature a seamless virtual showcase, as though performers are on stage with blocking and blackouts, providing a platform for creativity and continued artistry in our community. For Civic Presents debut, the focus is on young artists and their creative discoveries, interests and successes. Numerous Civic students have submitted pieces inspired by their experience during the COVID-19 pandemic to create a full length performance for visitors to experience.

This Friday, September 25, 7:30pm, visit the 'Civic Presents: Young Artist Showcase' link on their homepage, Virtual attendance is free.

Gallery Shows at the Spokane Art School

Spokane Art School will showcase the works by artist Mary Farrell, through this Saturday, September 26. Mary Farrell earned her BFA in printmaking from the Art Academy of Cincinnati in 1989 and her MFA in printmaking from the University of Cincinnati in 1995.

Farrell taught drawing and printmaking at Gonzaga University from 1995 until her retirement in 2020. She received an Artist Trust Fellowship in Washington state (2000), and Artist Trust Gap grant in Washington (2000, 1997). Her work is in many private and public collections including the Portland Art Museum, The City of Seattle Art Collection, The Jundt Art Museum in Spokane WA., and the China National Academy of Fine Arts, Hangzhou, China.

Spokane Art School is located at 811 W Garland. Gallery Hours are Friday and Saturday, 10am to 2pm. The website is

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