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Thursday, December 3, 2020

Christmas has come to downtown Spokane!



Thanks to Visit Spokane, the Downtown Spokane Business Improvement District, STCU, Klündt Hosmer and local artists, the nostalgic 50 to 70-year-old animatronic displays from the fondly remembered Crescent Department Store Christmas windows have been resurrected. Artists Stephanie Bogue, Melanie Lieb, Derrick Freeland, Jazmin Ely, and Tiffany Patterson worked three weeks of evenings and weekends to paint and install the displays, which were unveiled November 28.

Five windows have been created to instill the Christmas spirit in young and old alike. The windows are lit and animated from 3-8pm Mondays through Thursdays, noon-10pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and noon-8pm on Sundays through Sunday, January 3. Make it a point to take a holiday walk along the south side of the Davenport Grand Hotel to experience Christmas in the City as it used to be, with an inspired twist from some very talented artists.


Wishing Star Foundation Wishes & Wine Virtual Event this Saturday



Wishes & Wine is an annual fundraising event benefiting the Wishing Star foundation and will be a virtual event this year this Saturday, December 5 from 6:30-8pm. The event includes live music by the Chris Austin Martinez band, and the auction will begin at 7pm with celebrity auctioneer John Curley. Special VIP tickets for $50 includes a bottle of Arbor Crest wine and two Wishing Star wine glasses. The silent auction is open now so bidding can start. Auction items include an African Safari, a handcrafted wine bar, several 'Stay-cations', hunting packages and much more.

The Wishes & Wine virtual event will support local children who are battling a terminal illness or life-threatening illness. Admission to the event is free. Register at www.wishingstar.org.


Annual MAC Holiday Virtual Artist Studio Tour this weekend



This Friday through Sunday, December 4, 5 and 6, the MAC will hold its 4th Annual Holiday Artist Studio Tour only this time it's virtual. Participants can visit local artists in their studios virtually to see where they create and how they work. The seven featured artists are Hazen Audel, Sheila Evans, Kimber Follevaag, Melissa Lang, Cheryl Metcalf, Gay Waldman and Gordon Wilson. Art including oil and acrylic paintings, pastels, enamels, charcoal drawings, fiber art, bronzes, mixed media photography, jewelry, sculpture and architectural artwork will be available for sale online.

The cost is $10 per household and ticket buyers can visit anytime or multiple times Friday-Monday. For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.northwestmuseum.org/support/holiday-artist-studio-tour.

Pictured above is work by artist Gay Waldman.


Santa Express is back virtually for safe shopping this year



Santa Express is a holiday retail store for all kids in our community, many of whom make this shopping experience part of their Holiday tradition. The proceeds from the store benefit Vanessa Behan, a safe shelter for kids who are in crisis situations. For the safety of our community, this annual fundraiser will be virtual. Kiddos can make their purchases for their loved ones online and special elves will assemble the order. By supporting Santa Express you are supporting Vanessa Behan's vision to provide immediate refuge for children and support to strengthen families.

Online shopping runs through Sunday, December 20. Visit www.santaexpress.org. Santa Express orders will be ready for pick-up at 5004 E Sprague Ave, across the street from Costco and Walmart, right next to Panda Express.


Santa arrives in the Staggerwing at the Historic Flight Foundation this Saturday



Santa Claus will make a special visit to the Historic Flight Foundation this Sunday, December 6, starting from noon-3pm. Children of members are asked to wear a mask (age two and older) and bring a short letter for Santa to consider, or compose one at HFF. The letter will be presented to Santa in the pilot seat of their beautiful red Beechcraft Staggerwing.

Members only may present their lists by appointment. To make a reservation, email visitorservices@historicflight.org or call 509-535-6000. Donations are encouraged to cover event expenses and feed the reindeer.

For membership information, visit www.historicflight.org.


Fireworks at Kendall Yards this Saturday



In case you missed the fireworks last Saturday, you have two more chances to catch the show in Kendall Yards, this Saturday, December 5 and Saturday, December 12, both at 7pm. To allow for social distancing, it is suggested that you watch the fireworks from your home if you have a view, or closer in your parked car, or from nearby at Olmsted Park.

For more information, visit facebook.com/holidaysatkendallyards.


Custer's Christmas Arts & Crafts Virtual Show

Get creative with your holiday shopping this year through Custer's Arts & Crafts Virtual Show, going on now through Saturday, December 25 and help support local and regional art.

Visit custershows.com/virtual-show.php to see the participating artisans and how to shop their creations. Custer's Christmas Shows have been going on for 44 years in Spokane and 25 years in Pasco.

Live at Lucky You Lounge this Friday



This Friday, December 4, Lucky You Lounge will livestream a concert by Super Sparkle and T.S The Solution hosted by Yung Crown. The music begins at 8pm. Help support our local music community. For more information and tickets, visit luckyyoulounge.com.

2020 Ornament and Small Work Show at Spokane Art School



Going on now through Wednesday, December 23 is Spokane Art School's Ornament and Small Work Show, for online shopping. There's a wide variety of fine art from local artists, including Sondra Barrington, Gay Waldman, Amy Mickelson, Tom Quinn, Alice Nelson, Karen Mobley and many, many others.

To view the art for sale, visit spokaneartschool.net or call 509-325-1500, Fridays and Saturdays 10am-5pm. Curbside pickup is available.


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