For 50 years, SNAP has led efforts to reduce poverty and homelessness in the Spokane area. In 1966, Father Frank Bach established three community centers to help local families in need. Over time, the organization grew and began to broaden its focus beyond alleviating basic needs to include in-depth forms of assistance as well. Today, SNAP's staff members work with people experiencing homelessness to find housing and take steps toward achieving self-sufficiency. SNAP's services include money management workshops, small business development, weatherization work, energy-efficiency loans and food grants— as well as family-development and life-skills classes to teach families how to achieve stability in their rental situations.
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Lawn Doctor's roots lead back to the mid 1960s, when friends Bob Magda and Tony Giordano took on the endeavor of reviving uncared-for lawns in their hometown of Matawan, New Jersey. Their local business has since blossomed into a national franchise with more than 400 locations across the United States, each adhering to the mission of enhancing lawns' allure with time-tested techniques, dedicated customer service, and dabs of foundation makeup.
Before Lawn Doctor's assiduous staffers unleash expertise on swards, they arrive at the client's home for a complimentary consultation to gauge each lawn's specific needs. Grass gurus can thicken turf with their patented Turf Tamer power seeder and foster healthy growth for grass, trees, and shrubs with fertilizer. Uninvited lawn assailants—such as grubs, ants, and grazing neighbors—shudder at the sight of Lawn Doctor's pest-control experts. The company also helps to preserve Mother Nature's receding hairline with organic lawn treatments and natural, eco-friendly products.
Zome Design outfits screaming throngs with more than 100 made-to-order championship items celebrating the Eastern Washington University Eagles' first NCAA Division I National Football Championship. Cast aside the vats of red-and-white lead body paint and safely show off your team spirit with a crafty sportscessory, such as the embroidered knit hat with earflaps ($24.95) or the screen-printed ladies' cotton T-shirt ($25.95). For convenient pickup, this Groupon can be used to purchase EWU championship apparel in the store or traded for three lessons in game-day caterwauling. Otherwise, order your purchases online and have them shipped to a nearby Spokane location to avoid shipping charges.
A sultry saxophone fills the hall of the refurbished movie palace, playing rich Christmas-themed melodies amid a backdrop of painted landscapes and gilded relief carvings. Directed by Tom Molter, Spokane Jazz Orchestra’s 17-piece big band features woodwinds, trumpets, trombones, rhythmic guitar, and drums in a combination that resounds with fire. Vocalist Jennifer Madson, the voice of CBS’s Cold Case, will croon alongside the bright blare of trumpets during the show.
Housed in the historic Flour Mill on the north bank of the Spokane River, The Kitchen Engine is a locally owned and operated specialty kitchen store that hosts cooking classes taught by local chefs and edibles enthusiasts. The schedule features a bevy of upcoming instructional opportunities, with hands-on classes allowing students to make and eat food and presentation-style classes equipping students with recipes and samples of the finished fare. Emerge from the cocoon of your sleeping bag to wrap yourself around the 90-minute sushi-making session ($40), with a sushi kit included, or take a break from penning your opera about the Marianas Trench to learn the spiced-up secrets of barbecue ribs with the 90-minute Bone-Suck’n Ribs! class ($35), taught by chef Landon Dalessi of G.W. Hunters. Members of the clean-plate club can skip straight to dessert with a 90-minute Apple Tarte Tatin class ($25), where fresh local Greenbluff apples will be smothered into cinnamon-y and sugary submission inside a flaky pie crust.
As Spokane’s go-to spot for minerals, crystals, and gemstones, Wonders of the World stocks a head-spinning array of collectibles inside its 2,000-square-foot confines. Each two-hour gemstone folklore class provides illuminating info about the metaphysical properties of precious stones and minerals and is taught by the shop's owner, Pamela Barclay. The October edition of the class is scheduled for October 21, 6 p.m.–8 p.m. After class, attendees can peruse the shop’s striking wares and amass an impressive stockpile of stones. Brush up on stone knowledge with today’s side deal to Wonders of the World.