Construction Pre-Apprenticeship Training Programs

The Fulcrum Institute‘s Ash Street Workforce Training Station (1925 N Ash) here in Emerson-Garfield is offering another valuable series of construction pre-apprenticeship training programs in partnership with the Associated General Contractors.

This program is ideal for anyone who is considering a career in the construction industry and wants an opportunity for a head start. The registration fee is just $25.

AGC flyer The course topics include:

  • Career guide to carpentry, plumbing, electrical, masonry, HVAC, welding, heavy equipment, ironwork, residential
  • OSHA 10 certification
  • Hand and power tools
  • First aid/CPR with AED certification
  • Construction math
  • Intro to signaling and rigging
  • Material handling and forklift certification
  • Work concepts
  • Communication skills
  • Hands-on practice

The two upcoming sessions will run from:

  • July 11 to 28, 8am to 4pm, Monday through Thursday
  • August 1 to 18, 8am to 4pm, Monday through Thursday

Call (509) 795-8699 to register or inquire about available scholarships.

COHBC Community Garage Sale (June 4)

Christ Our Hope Bible Church (1620 N Monroe) is holding its annual community garage sale on Saturday, June 4. The event will run from 9am to 12pm in the church’s parking lot. In the past there have been a whole range of goods, including clothes, household items, electronics, books and media, and plenty more.

Anyone in the community can participate in the event and sell their own items. The cost is free, and COHBC will provide the tables. You’ll also keep the money for whatever you sell.

COHBC_sale_2016Setup can begin at 8am. You’ll be responsible for setting up your items, pricing your items, taking money for your items, and removing any unsold items. All unsold items must be removed by 1pm. COHBC asks that participants remain at their table the entire time.

The church will take care of all advertising for the event along with any signage to direct people to the sale.

If you’d like to have a table reserved, please contact Alex Rappé at (509) 994-4800 or


Spring Cleanup Tomorrow (May 21)

A quick reminder that our neighborhood’s eighth annual Spring Cleanup is tomorrow (Saturday, May 21). The event is held in the lot adjacent to Faith Bible Church (600 W Cora Ave) and runs from 9am to 12:30pm.

You’ll need some form of ID to show you live within the Emerson-Garfield boundaries.

At the moment it looks like some scattered showers are forecast for tomorrow. The volunteer crew will be there no matter what, so make it worth their while and don’t let a little rain stop you from cleaning out the clutter from your yard, attic, basement, garage or storage room – all for free and without having to truck it over to the solid waste facility.

Spring Cleanup 2015-6

What can you offload? Here are some categories:

  • Clean green: Bagged grass clippings, leaves, pine needles, etc. Branches must be less than 3″ in diameter and under 6′ in length. No sod, rock, gravel or animal feces.
  • Refuse: Everyday junk. No food items, drywall, concrete or nail-embedded wood. All items must be in small, manageable pieces. No large furniture or mattresses.
  • Recycling: Any mostly metal item, such as empty water heaters, stoves, washers/dryers, lawnmowers (drained of oil) or microwaves.
  • Salvation Army: Donations of clothing and furniture. You can also e-cycle your old computers, TVs and electronic gear.

If you’d like to put Spring Cleanup in your Facebook calendar, you can RSVP to the event there.

And remember, this year the neighborhood council is organizing a separate curbside large furniture pickup for items such as sofas, easy chairs and mattresses. You can register for that tomorrow at Spring Cleanup or by calling Karl at (509) 325-3031. Pickup will take place around the third week of June. You must preregister by SaturdayJune 11.

We hope to see you (plus all the refuse you want to bring) tomorrow!

Seeking Citizens to Help Define North Monroe Corridor Project

In an important announcement, the City of Spokane is seeking property and business owners, area residents, and representatives from the Emerson-Garfield, North Hill, West Central, and Riverside neighborhoods to serve on the advisory board that will work with City staff to inform the public and stakeholders about the project and its elements and to help make choices about the final scope of work. Much of the work will be concentrated over the next year.monroe-future-rendering

Applications are being accepted through Wednesday, June 1, following a Council action that created the advisory board on May 16. Send the completed application to the Mayor’s Office by mail at 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., Spokane, WA 99201 or by emailing them directly to Members will be appointed by the Council.

This is an extraordinary opportunity to help shape the future of our neighborhood. Please apply!

For more information, visit 


Recap of the May 2016 E-G Neighborhood Council Meeting

This is a brief recap of the Emerson-Garfield Neighborhood Council (EGNC) meeting that took place on May 11, 2016, led by newly elected co-chairs Carlie Hoffman and Tim Musser.

Guest speaker Kate Burke of the Spokane Edible Tree Project talked about how her organization searches the city for fruit and nut trees that aren’t being harvested and then takes on that task. The harvest is then donated to area food banks. They are currently mapping trees they can harvest and encourage both mappers and volunteer harvesters to get in touch with them. The organization is holding a Volunteer Kickoff event on Thursday, May 26 at the Saranac Building.

David Steele of the City’s Parking Services Department was scheduled to speak but was not in attendance.

The City is looking to revise and improve the way it deals with the repair and construction of sidewalks. Potential models might be found in cities east of the Mississippi, where municipal governments handle sidewalks differently. The opinions of the various neighborhood councils are being solicited concerning a coordinated comprehensive sidewalk program responsible for sidewalk replacement and repairs. This would most likely involve an increase in fees and/or taxes. A discussion took place about how the group felt; the consensus was that the City should actively being researching alternatives in order to gain a better idea of what the costs would be.

The neighborhood council will be submitting funding applications to the Community Assembly for the Emerson-Garfield Farmers’ Market and Concerts in the Park.

Heather Schelling volunteered to be the neighborhood and district representative on a Solid Waste Collection task force that could improve garbage pickup routes.

Barb Biles, who serves as Emerson-Garfield’s representative on the Land Use Committee, reported that this group is looking for ways to increase density within the city rather than sprawl at the periphery. They are looking for people to join a focus group on infill housing. They would like responses by Thursday, June 23 to prepare for the focus group’s first meeting on Thursday, June 30.

The 2016 season of the Emerson-Garfield Farmers’ Market starts on Friday, June 10. After considering a few other proposed locations, the market will be moving to the parking lot of the Adult Education Center (2310 N Monroe) at the intersection of Montgomery and Monroe at the start of this season. Volunteers are needed – please sign up! A sponsorship program was also launched.

Bri Musser, who stepped forward last month to take over Concerts in the Park, proposed several possible dates and said she was still looking at bands.

Spring Cleanup is on Saturday, May 21 from 9am to 12:30pm at Faith Bible Church (600 W Cora). Bring your wretched refuse, yearning to go to the dump.

An improved pedestrian crossing island is being installed this summer where Adams/Knox crosses NW Boulevard to make it safer for schoolchildren on their way to nearby Trinity Catholic and Spokane Public Montessori.

Laura Schlangen reported that the Corbin Senior Activity Center is still working on the revised plans for the elevator. There are no plans on when it will be built. They have applied for another grant to pay for elevator. Tea in the Afternoon was well attended but Corbin’s town hall meeting was not. The annual Corbin Golf Scramble will take place Saturday, June 4. Golfers and sponsors are still welcome to apply.

Tim Musser reported that that CA Community Development is compiling a list of “readymade” projects that will be easy for neighborhood councils to select and implement.

As for other reports, no Pedestrian Transportation and Traffic (PeTT) meeting was held this month. The neighborhood’s Community Assembly rep was absent. The Rental Housing Stakeholders group is still looking for a neighborhood representative (preferably a renter) to serve on it. Building Stronger Neighborhoods is not meeting until later in the month.

City Councilmember Candace Mumm talked about the recently approved North Monroe Corridor Advisory Group. In other news, she said the council is moving forward with an investigation concerning the dismissal of Police Chief Frank Straub. They are working on transparency and gaining access to roughly 7,000 documents that have not yet been released.

Materials for the May 2016 E-G Neighborhood Council Meeting

The Emerson-Garfield Neighborhood Council meets tomorrow (Wednesday, May 11) starting at 6pm in the Corbin Senior Activity Center Center (827 W Cleveland).

This month we have two more guest speakers, Kate Burke from the Edible Tree Project and David Steel from the City of Spokane Parking Services. David will be following up on our questions regarding downtown parking.

Further agenda items for this meeting include sidewalk repair plans, the opening of the farmers market, and the upcoming Spring Cleanup.

Please help reduce paper waste and keep our printing expenses low by downloading the materials as PDFs:

Keep in mind that everyone who lives, works or owns property in Emerson-Garfield is welcome, so we look forward to seeing you tomorrow! And if you haven’t yet, please RSVP to the meeting on Facebook or on Nextdoor.

Korean Food Sale (May 14)

Spokane Hope Christian Reformed Church (스포켄 소망교회) is holding another Korean Food Sale on SaturdayMay 14 from 10am to 3pm. The sale, which will be raising funds for their short-term mission to Lummi, WA in July, is located on the lower level of Knox Presbyterian (806 W Knox).

The menu of ‘Seoul’ food is available for dining in or take out. It includes bulgogi (BBQ beef), spicy Korean pork, potstickers, bean pancakes, bibimbap (mixed veggies), gimbap (vegetarian sushi) and more. Their kimchi is always a favorite as well.

2016 Food Sale (May)

The congregation still has yet to raise another $3,000 for their mission, so be sure to make it a family-sized meal and please tell your friends about this food sale.

Contact Pastor James Shin at or (509) 720-9646 with questions.