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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Independence Day fun around the region

It's the Fourth of July weekend and there's a lot going on around the Spokane, North Idaho can't celebrate America's independence without a grand fireworks show. Here's a guide to 4th of July fun and lighting up the sky this Saturday night.

The Spokane Tribe of Indians present the biggest fireworks show of all in Riverfront Park with live music, food and fun leading up to the Big Bang at 10pm.

Coeur d'Alene celebrates the Fourth in grand style with the 4th of July parade on Sherman Avenue starting at 11am. Then food and vendor booths in the city park along with concerts and kids activities all day long. And the gigantic fireworks show begins at approximately 10pm at the Coeur d'Alene Resort.

Enjoy America's pastime at the Spokane Indians baseball game at 6:30; then watch Avista Stadium light up with red, white and blue fireworks during the post-game celebration.

Liberty Lake will host a 4th of July parade, an outdoor concert at 6 in Pavillion Park followed by fireworks at about 10pm.

Celebrate the 4th of July with Bells from The Cathedral Tower. Wesley Arai, Associate Carillonist at the University of California, Berkeley, returns to Spokane for his annual Fourth of July Concert at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist. Early evening picnics on the lawn across 12th Street from the Cathedral have become one of Spokane's special Independence Day venues. Arai will begin performing about 9pm. The city fireworks at 10pm are best viewed from the roadway along the north side of the Cathedral. The highlight will be Sousa's 'Stars and Stripes Forever' played as a duet with Cathedral Carilloneur, Byrl Cinnamon. Free parking in the parking lots behind Lindaman's Restaurant, 13th and Grand Blvd.

'Singin' in the Rain' at CdA's Kroc Center July 9-26

Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre will present 'Singin' in the Rain' a Broadway quality production July 9-26 at the Croc Center - 1765 Golf Course Drive in Coeur d'Alene. Evening shows at 7:30pm and matinees at 2pm.

Tickets are $27 child, $42 seniors, $49 adults. Get yours now at or by calling 208-660-2958.

Hard Rock Hotel and Casino may be coming to Spokane!

The Spokane Tribe of Indians today announced they have signed a Letter of Intent to bring the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino brand to its proposed mixed-use entertainment development in Airway Heights. The Spokane Tribe Economic Project (STEP) would invest $400 million into Spokane County and create 5,000 jobs. Financial details of the agreement were not disclosed.

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is one of the most iconic and widely recognizable names and brands worldwide. Displaying an extensive collection of rare rock-n-roll memorabilia, Hard Rock Hotel & Casinos are premier entertainment destinations.

"We're proud to be working with HRHH IP, LLC to bring energy and excitement to the West Plains," said Tribal Chairman Rudy Peone. "We believe a Hard Rock Hotel and Casino would offer a unique experience, providing entertainment, dining and retail for local residents and tourists."

The Tribe is confident that the experience for all of Spokane County will be just as positive as the impact of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City, which opened in August 2014. Sioux City Mayor Bob Scott said: "Our relationship with the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino property in Sioux City has been great for the community. The property has been an active part of the community and they understand the importance of investing back into the community."

On June 15 the U.S. Department of the Interior announced its approval of the Spokane Tribe's project. In his decision, Asst. Secretary Kevin Washburn determined that STEP "is in the best interest of the Tribe and not detrimental to the surrounding community." Washburn issued a letter asking Gov. Inslee to concur with the Interior Department and the final decision now rests with the Governor.

Catherine Earle & Cary Weigand at The Art Spirit Gallery

Friday, July 10 from 5-8pm, The Art Spirit Gallery at 415 Sherman in downtown Coeur d'Alene presents the Opening Reception for Cary Weigand, figurative clay sculptor, and Catherine Earle, translucent acrylic painter. Meet the artists and be the first to view their stunning new work. The current show runs through August 8.

Cary Weigand will give an informal sculpting demonstration starting at 1pm, Saturday, July 11 at The Art Spirit Gallery. Catherine Earle will return to the gallery on Saturday, July 25 for a painting demonstration starting at 1pm.

The Art Spirit Gallery's Summer hours: Open every day from 11am-6pm. For more information and to see the exhibition online go to

Trackside Studio Ceramic Art Gallery this First Friday

Come join the artists at Trackside Studio Ceramic Art Gallery, 115 S. Adams Street, this Friday, July 3 evening for 5 to 8pm as they begin July with a new exhibit of ceramic works by Chris Kelsey, Mark Moore and Gina Freuen. Spokane's First Friday venues are open and looking forward to many of you walking through their doors before heading out to celebrate your Fourth of July.

For more information go to

Churchill's 'Miss-Steaks' are your delicious opportunity to dine on prime

Churchill's Steak House, at 165 S Post, will be having one of their famous 'Miss-Steak' nights on Sunday, July 12, from 3 to 9pm. Miss-Steaks are undercut USDA Prime Beef Steaks that are served with Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Sugar Snap Peas for just $18. It's a great way to enjoy Churchill's prime steaks for a considerable discount.

For more information contact Churchill's at 509-474-9888 or go to their website

Mozart in Manito Park July 14 & 15

Connoisseur Concerts celebrates the 25th Anniversary of Mozart On A Summers Eve with two outdoor concerts, 'Mozart by Moonlight,' Tuesday, July 14 and Wednesday, July 15, in Manito Park on the lawn East of Duncan Gardens. Both concerts begin at 7pm.

For tickets and information, visit

Live music tonight at Barrister Winery

Wednesdays through September 9, enjoy live music and great wine in Barrister Winery's Courtyard. The event is open starting at 5pm and music plays from 6-9pm. Tonight, July 1, Gil Rivas will perform. Concert is free, wine is available for purchase. Visit

Dancing With The Stars Live! 'Perfect Ten Tour' at the INB

Rumer Willis (Bruce and Demi Moore's daughter) dances onto the stage of the INB Performing Arts Center Wednesday, July 8, at 7:30pm with 'Dancing With The Stars Live! 'Perfect Ten Tour'

All-Star Champion Melissa Rycroft headlines the tour dancing alongside Witney Carson, Valentin Chmerkovskiy, Artem Chigvintsev, Keo Motsepe, Peta Murgatroyd and Emma Slater.

Ticketswest has your seats at 800-325-SEAT or

Vintage Spokane Coming July 19

Vintage Spokane, returns for its fourth-straight year on Sunday, July 19, from 5-8pm, bringing more than 50 wineries and gourmet food to the Spokane Convention Center. The event keeps growing every year with more wineries and more restaurants with more delicious sips and tastes throughout the evening. Among the wineries are Five Star Cellars, Maryhill Winery, Woodward Canyon, Beresan, Clearwater Canyon, Mackey Vineyards and many more. In addition, there will be cooking demos from top Northwest chefs, plus coffee and beer bars. A portion of the event's proceeds will go to benefit the Spokane Youth Sports Association.

Tickets are available now and can be purchased at You can also find a complete list of wineries and restaurants participating in this year's event on their site.

Arbor Crest Concerts this 4th of July weekend

This Thursday, July 2, Arbor Crest's 'Performers on the Patio' concert features smooth jazz music by Borris & Catlett and Jewelry by Suzanne Alvarez. Concert runs from 5:30 to 7:30. No cover charge.

And this Sunday, July 5, the 'Concert on the Cliff' performance will be 8 Second Ride, an eight-piece country rock band that plays hits from today's top country artists, as well as popular classics. Music begins at 5:30 and goes to Sunset. Admission is $8 at the gate. Visit

Manito Park Bench Cafe Free Summer Concerts continue this Friday

This Friday, July 3, enjoy the music of Endangered Species from 6-8pm. Food and beverages available for purchase. And good news...The Park Bench Cafe is open regular hours for 4th of July, 8am-7pm. For more information, call 509-456-4349.

Strawberry Celebration at Green Bluff this weekend

Take a trip up to Green Bluff this Saturday, July 4 and Sunday, July 5, for the Green Bbluff Growers' annual Strawberry Celebration. Pick delicious strawberries, and there's lots of fun for the entire family. Green Bluff is located about 15 minutes north of Spokane in the foothills of Mt. Spokane.

For more information including map and weekend hours, visit

Big BBQ Battle at Northern Quest July 18

Northern Quest Resort & Casino announces the inaugural 'Big BBQ Battle' on Saturday, July 18. The Longhorn Barbecue of Spokane and Northern Quest are partnering in this competitive barbeque competition sanctioned by the Pacific Northwest Barbecue Association (PNWBA).

The event features barbeque masters from around the region contending for their share of a $15,000 purse. Competitive judging by the PNWBA will take place for pork, brisket, chicken and ribs. In addition to the official panel of judges, a panel of local celebrity judges will vote and select their favorites too. Attendees will get to sample all kinds of barbecue and vote for the coveted People's Choice Award.

Tickets can be purchased only at the main entrance on July 18. The price of admission is $10 for adults, $8 for senior/military and FREE for Kids 12 and under. All paid entries include three sampling tickets that can be traded for sample portions provided by many of the barbeque competitors between noon and 5pm. Longhorn Barbecue will feature whole hog BBQ samples, while concessions, including specialty beers, will also be available for purchase. Additional sampling tickets can be purchased for $1 each.

Musical guest Sammy Eubanks, the multiple award-winning singer and song writer who tours with his acclaimed blues band nationally, will provide musical entertainment. Attendees can also browse a variety of vendor tents lining the competition area.

The Saturday, July 18 event begins at noon and continues until 6pm with award presentations beginning around 5:30pm on the main stage. Contestants can register at

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