Photos from Spring Cleanup 2015

It was another banner year for the Spring Cleanup event, which was held on April 18.

In under four hours, 21.20 tons of trash were collected and hauled away. That saved Emerson-Garfield residents $3,957.30 in dump fees and helped to clean up many yards, garages, alleys and attics in the neighborhood. A total of 3,920 pounds of metal were collected for recycling.

Those figures weren’t quite as high as last year, but there were other numbers that far exceeded any previous Spring Cleanup — namely, the number of volunteers. There was a rough head count of about 60 at one point. To put that in context, the first Spring Cleanup event in 2010 saw approximately eight volunteers.

During the course of the event, the volunteers helped direct traffic, unload vehicles, serve snacks, hand out neighborhood information, and make trash runs for those who weren’t able to come to the site themselves.

Below are some photos of the event and the volunteers who spent their Saturday morning helping out the neighborhood in a big way. Many thanks to Lani Boldt for the photos.

A huge and special thanks goes out to Faith Bible Church. They partnered in a big way this year, bringing a crew of volunteers plus snacks for drivers to make their wait in line more pleasant. Yep, that’s right — at this year’s Spring Cleanup, you not only got to dump your refuse for free, you also got fed! FBC was also generous enough to hold a pizza party for volunteers after the event was over.

As in years past, the Salvation Army and a Geiger work crew were also on hand to help e-cycle still-functional electronics and help with the unloading process.

If you missed this event but still have refuse to offload, don’t panic. Starting in June, ten dump passes worth $20 each will be made available to Emerson-Garfield residents on select dates of the Emerson-Garfield Farmers’ Market. Those dates are June 5, July 10, August 7, September 4 and October 14. You can claim the passes at the central market booth on a first-come, first-served basis.

West Central Community Center Rummage Sale (Apr 25 & 26)

The West Central Community Center (1603 N Belt) is holding its annual rummage sale this weekend (Saturday and Sunday, April 25 and 26) from 7am to 3pm on the first day and 8am to noon on the second. All proceeds from this sale benefit the center and its programs.

They’ll have clothing, electronics, furniture, housewares, sporting goods, tools, baby items, AV and books, toys and lots more. All the sale items have been donated to the WCCC. If you have a garage or attic space in need of spring cleaning, please consider making a last-minute donation of goods to the sale.

WCCC Rummage 2015

Questions about the sale or how to donate items? Call (509) 323-7517 for more info.

Building Dreams Fundraiser (May 9) for Local Community Centers

Three local community centers — namely, the West Central Community Center, the Northeast Youth Center and the Southwest (formerly Peaceful Valley) Community Center — are holding their third annual joint fundraiser for local at-risk youth programs. It’s called Building Dreams: Bright Futures for Our Kids.

The dinner and auction event will be held at the Spokane Convention Center starting at 6pm on Saturday, May 9. There are some amazing silent auction items lined up as well as a couple of larger custom-built structures — like this plush log cabin doghouse that’s currently being raffled off (tickets are only $1 and are available in River Park Square) — that will go to the highest bidder.

WCCC - Building Dreams 2015

The programs these centers provide are of immense importance to many families in Emerson-Garfield (and all over Spokane, for that matter), because they give kids a safe, supportive place where they can make friends, engage in healthy activities and learn from positive role models.

Individual tickets for the event are $45, and you can reserve a table of ten for $450. Click here to buy tickets online.

First Annual Neighborhood Extravaganza (May 9)

Knox Presbyterian Church in partnership with the Emerson-Garfield Neighborhood Council, C.O.P.S. North Central and Spokane Hope Christian Reformed Church (스포켄 소망교회) is holding its first-ever Neighborhood Extravaganza on Saturday, May 9 from 9am to 2pm in the church parking lot (806 W Knox).

At this combined fundraiser event to benefit C.O.P.S. North Central and the two churches, you’ll find food, homemade soaps, plants and starts, crafts, jewelry, chair massage, vintage items — plus yard sale and secondhand items. It will be a great chance to shop for a unique Mother’s Day gift and meet your neighbors.

Neighborhood Extravaganza Vendor Flyer

Spokane Hope Christian Reformed Church, which shares a building with Knox Pres, will be selling their delicious Korean food alongside the event.

Want to buy a booth for your crafts or secondhand items? Just $10 gets you a 10′ x10′ space (BYO table or canopy). The deadline for reserving a booth space is MondayMay 4.

Call Nedra on (509) 328-7540 with questions or to reserve a spot. Be prepared to leave a message with your name and phone number.

Recap of the April E-G Neighborhood Council Meeting

Here’s a brief recap of what took place during the April 8, 2015 meeting of the Emerson-Garfield Neighborhood Council (EGNC).

In addition to the 26 voting members in attendance, five new voting members were confirmed at the start of the April meeting. The sign-in sheet showed around another 25 first-timers or guests.

A representative from Spokane Transit Authority spoke about the details of Prop 1, the sales tax referendum on the upcoming April 28 special ballot. More info about the scope and ramifications of Prop 1 can be found in this digital booklet (print copies of which were issued at the meeting). Basically, it would provide an estimated 25% increase in bus service, which is expected to accommodate a 30% increase in ridership over the next ten years. If the measure is approved, it would increase taxes by 3/10 of 1% — or 3¢ on every $10. The sunset clause would cause this tax to expire in 2025.

Officer elections for 2015-16 were held. Megan Kennedy, who announced that she would be stepping down from the vice chair position, explained her hopes to revive the North Monroe Business Association and her future participation in the West Quadrant Tax Increment Financing (WQ TIF) Committee. Kally Romjue and Steve Anderson were presented as candidates for vice chair. Both the current secretary and chair agreed to continue in their positions for another year with the EGNC’s consent. Two volunteers who were not up for election counted the 25 ballots submitted.

Judith Gilmore, representing the Fulcrum Institute, gave an update on on Ash Street Station, which will become a greenhouse facility and train former inmates with work skills. Its renovation was partly funded by the EGNC, and the Lands Council is encouraging the Emerson-Garfield Farmers’ Market (among other organizations) to make use of its space. On TuesdayMay 19, Dave Dahl, founder of Dave’s Killer Bread, will be speaking at Ash Street Station (1926 N Ash).

Amy Dutton volunteered to head the ad hoc Greening Grants committee to plan future neighborhood plantings.

On a similar topic, Lois Musser discussed the Emerson Community Garden and invited new and existing attendees to the Spring Work Day on Sunday, April 19 at 2pm.

Al Steuart reported in absentia that he has lined up several demonstrations and educational events at this year’s farmers’ market. He is looking for additional volunteers to lead other events such as cooking demos, beekeeping seminars, and tips on garden gadgets. Please contact him at alsteuart@gmail.com if you are interested.

Jackie Caro with the Office of Neighborhood Services announced three upcoming locations for the speed signs as part of the traffic calming program. Her office is currently waiting for bids for planting the shrubbery in the traffic circles on W Montgomery. Later in the year the City Council will decide on the funding for the traffic-calming proposals approved by the EGNC in February.

Laura Schlangen reported for the Corbin Senior Activity Center. Friday, May 22 is their Mad Hatter’s Tea Party; June 5 is their Golf Scramble. An anonymous donor as well as Hoffman Music contributed to the replacement of the stolen sound system. Another anonymous donor replaced the stolen Wii Bowling controls. If you are interested in becoming a CSAC board member, contact Christa Richardson at (509) 327-1584.

Karl Boldt gave a final reminder about the upcoming Spring Cleanup, which will take place from 9am to 12:30pm on Saturday, April 18 at Faith Bible Church. Volunteers are needed to help with the unloading as well as some light-duty tasks — and they’ll be rewarded with a pizza party afterwards. Call Karl at (509) 325-3031 to volunteer or ask questions.

Steve Anderson invited an additional volunteer for the Pedestrian Traffic and Transportation (PeTT) Committee. Contact Steve at slightlyuninteresting@gmail.com to lend a hand or discuss PeTT-related topics such as Safe Routes to School or missing parking signs.

Tim Musser reported that it looks as though Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding will prioritize poorer neighborhoods in 2016. The City hopes that neighborhoods will pool their money to realize larger projects.

Timothy Diko, who is co-organizing the neighborhood’s Concerts in the Park this year with Melissa Parker, attended a Summer Parkways meeting to see if the concert could coincide with the Summer Parkways event like last year. Unfortunately, the Summer Parkways group is not planning an event for Corbin Park this season. He and Melissa will update the neighborhood on progress in choosing a date and booking a band. If you are interested or donating time or money to assist in this, please contact Tim (dikota1@gmail.com) or Melissa (melissap838@gmail.com).

With the votes tallied, the meeting closed shortly after 7pm with the announcement that Steve Anderson had been elected to serve as vice chair of the EGNC.

Materials for the Apr 8 E-G Neighborhood Council Meeting

The Emerson-Garfield Neighborhood Council meets tomorrow (April 8) starting at 6pm in the Corbin Senior Center (827 W Cleveland).

Please note that E-G residents interested in claiming their two free tree vouchers as part of the City’s Free Tree Weekend (April 17 and 18) can do so at this meeting.

This month’s guest speaker is the STA. They’ll be addressing Prop 1, the sales tax funding measure on the upcoming special election ballot. This digital booklet has more info so you can come prepared with questions.

Judith Gilmore will also be stopping by to apprise the group of progress on Ash Street Station, the Fulcrum Institute’s newly renovated work-training site. The E-G Neighborhood Council voted last November to allocate a portion of its Community Development dollars to this facility.

We’ll hear a quick recap of last weekend’s Greening Grant plantings here in E-G as well as what’s in store for this year’s Emerson Community Garden. Voting members will elect the council’s officer slate for 2015-16.

As always, you can download the materials beforehand as PDFs:

If you live, work or own property in Emerson-Garfield, you’re invited and encouraged to come to these meetings. We regularly see attendance of 40+ people from all over the neighborhood, and there are no dues, fees or other obligations to participate. It’s a great way to stay informed, meet your neighbors and take an active, grassroots role in shaping your neighborhood for the better!

Photos from the April 2015 Greening Grant Plantings

Emerson-Garfield Neighborhood held two simultaneous Greening Grant plantings on April 4, 2015.

One took place on the traffic median near 3114 N Maple, where trees had already been installed as part of the 2014 Greening Grant plantings. The year volunteers planted yucca and horizontal juniper bushes as ground cover, leaving enough room for the sidewalk to be laid later this year.

The other planting took place on the eastern side of Garfield Elementary. Spokane Urban Forestry had actually installed the trees a few days prior, so volunteers carried out some light dirt and sod removal followed by mulching.

Residents interested in the free trees that the City of Spokane is giving away over the weekend of April 17 and 18 as part of the Residential Tree Program were able to claim up to two vouchers at either of these events.

If you missed the plantings, there’s still another chance to claim your vouchers at the Emerson-Garfield Neighborhood Council meeting on Wednesday, April 8 at the Corbin Senior Center (827 W Cleveland). It starts at 6pm.