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Hoopfest 2015 registration is now open

Hoopfest 2015 registration is now open

 

Registration for the world's largest 3-on-3 basketball tournament is now live!

 

Entry forms for Spokane Hoopfest 2015 are available online at register.spokanehoopfest.net. Hard-copy entry forms are also available at any Bruchi's Cheesesteaks and Subs or Yokes Fresh Market northwest locations. 

 

This year Hoopfest will celebrate its 26th year as a Spokane institution. Every year the tournament brings approximately 28,000 players and 225,000 spectators to the streets of downtown Spokane.

 

Registration to the tournament is guaranteed to teams that register prior to May 11th. Forms and entries to those who register late are only granted based on space availability with an additional $20 late fee through May 25th. Nonetheless, Hoopfest organizers recommend playing it safe by registering early.

 

Panhandle Tour de Thrift set for March 21

The Panhandle Tour de Thrift event promises to be a unique combination of bargain shopping and prizes as customers travel through Sandpoint and Ponderay thrift stores in search of quality secondhand merchandise on March 21st. 

Eight local businesses have joined forces to offer discounts and one-day sales. Shoppers will have opportunities to win great prizes; passports will be available at each location and shoppers can get them stamped at any participating stores for a change to win. The grand prize is a $200 gift card to Super 1 Foods.

"It's a fabulous time of year for people to get out and see what our area thrift stores have to offer, whether they have cabin fever or are just new to the area," said Panhandle Animal Shelter Thrift Store Manager, Christy Syth.

Sweethearts Ball fundraiser for Camp Journey to be held March 27 at Cd'A Resort

Sweethearts Ball fundraiser for Camp Journey to be held March 27 at Cd'A Resort

A 22-year old young man, who survived childhood cancer, has rallied two of his friends to organize a fundraiser for Camp Journey at Ross Point in Post Falls, Idaho.

 

The Sweethearts Ball fundraiser is a formal event, featuring dinner and evening of dancing and entertainment. It will be held the Coeur d’ Alene Resort on March 27th beginning at 5:30 p.m.

 

NIC at Sandpoint to offer Birds of Prey class March 14

NIC at Sandpoint to offer Birds of Prey class March 14

 

North Idaho College at Sandpoint will offer a "Birds of Prey" class taught by ornithologist and author Brian Baxter on March 14th.

 

The class is scheduled for a 9:00 a.m. start, and will begin with a short review in the classroom on families, distinguishing characteristics, and birding tips. There will also be two field trips to sites to study habitats, tracks, migrations, and hopefully to observe birds of prey.

 

Baxter has degrees in both forestry and wildlife biology, and has been teaching outdoor education for more than 20 years.

 

Those who would like to register for the class can contact the NIC Workforce Training Center at (209) 769-3333. More information can also be requested at workforcetraining@nic.edu, or by visiting www.nic.edu/wtc.

Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers to be Keynote Speaker at Girl Scouts Leadership Luncheon

Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers to be Keynote Speaker at Girl Scouts Leadership Luncheon

 

Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho (GSEWNI) announced Wednesday that Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers will be the keynote speaker for their annual Spokane Community Leadership Luncheon. The event will take place on Friday, March 27th at noon at the Spokane Convention Center located at 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.

 

GSEWNI Community Leadership events, held in many communities throughout the Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho region, feature an engaging leader who is a role model for all Girl Scouts. The annual fundraising event in Spokane celebrates the impact of Girl Scouting on girls and young women in the community.

The Community Library Network in North Idaho helps teens get connected during Teen Tech Week 2015

The Community Library Network in North Idaho helps teens get connected during Teen Tech Week 2015

 

 

North Idaho teens will be tuning in at the library as the Community Library Network celebrates Teen Tech Week. This year, programming extends beyond one week, and will be celebrated from March 10th to the 21st. Thousands of libraries and schools across the country will also participate in this year's theme, "Libraries are for making", to encourage teen to explore, create, and share content beyond the classroom.

 

Tech week is a national initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Associates (YALSA) aimed at teen, their parents, and educators, The purpose of the initiative is to help teen to be competent and ethical users of technology, especially the types offered through libraries.

 

"Getting teens into libraries is essential," said Youth Services Specialist, Denise Neujahr. "Offering gaming, free music, access to computers, and online homework help is important. We want teens to know that we are happy to help them discover what we offer and how to use these resources. We promote creativity using technology, and can provide teens with materials that they may not normally get a chance to use.”

 

Registration now open for the Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids' Sake Campaign

Registration now open for the Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids' Sake Campaign

 

Those interested in helping area Big Brothers Big Sisters program now have the opportunity raise money through the Bowl for Kids' Sake Campaign.

 

Participants of the campaign are asked to register their teams with Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS), and then recruit their bowling team. Every team is asked to raise or donate a minimum of $100 to the BBBS program.

 

Once that money is raised, teams are invited to a celebratory bowling party that will include free bowling, pizza, soda, and prizes. Additionally, each participant will receive a limited edition 2015 BFKS t-shirt, that was designed by a Chase Middle Schooler.

 

BBBS says 100% of the money raised from this program will stay in the team's community. That money will carry out the work of matching the 80 children BBBS has on their waiting list with adult mentors, and provide ongoing support to the child, volunteer mentor, and child's family.

 

The 2015 bowling parties will be: