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Windstorm topples tree onto Spokane man's car

A south Spokane neighborhood is cleaning up after Saturday night's winds snapped a tree in half causing it to land on a car parked near 12th and Pittsburg.

A Spokesperson with the City of Spokane says because the tree is not posing a threat to the public and isn't disrupting traffic, they'll wait until Monday when there's a regularly scheduled crew who can deal with it. In the meantime, the neighborhood is doing what they can to help out the man who had his car smashed by this branch.

?It is what it is,? said the car's owner Conor Giorgi. ?I mean, what are you going to do??

Giorgi should be inside watching football, but instead he's dealing with a tree branch that landed on his car around midnight. Giorgi had just walked home from the bar and was getting ready for bed when suddenly...

?My wife heard what she thought was garbage cans,? Giorgi said. ?My neighbor came over and informed me that there's half a tree on my car.?

The rotting maple tree was no match for Saturday's strong winds.

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Zag fans celebrate Kraziness in the Kennel

Gonzaga men's basketball fans are getting their first look at this year's team at "Kraziness in the Kennel."

This might be the most highly touted GU team in history with some analysts predicting a Final Four appearance.

Today, thousands of people lined up at the McCarthey Athletic Center for the official kickoff to the season.

The festivities began at 12 p.m. with a pre-craziness carnival for fans, including a Q and A with senior guard Kevin Pangos on Twitter.

At 4 p.m., the coaches and players were introduced followed by a dunk contest and three-point shooting competition. A red and blue scrimmage game rounded out the event. All of the activities were free and open to the public.

"I think that's the best thing in the world," said Bulldog fan John Portrey.�"Because, you know, not all of us can get in on the regular season tickets. So it's kind of actually our only shot to come and watch them play."�

Gonzaga opens the season with an exhibition game against Thompson Rivers University on November 1. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.�

Free dental and health screenings for seniors

Spokane-area seniors are invited to a free oral health and wellness screening this Friday, October 24th.  "Senior Smile Day" is part of "Teeth Week"  and will include:

Zombie Hike returns to Riverside State Park

Zombie Hike returns to Riverside State Park

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and the Riverside State Park Foundation invite the public to attend the third annual “Return of the Zombies” hike in Riverside State Park.

The annual pre-Halloween event takes place from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Riverside State Park 7-Mile Airstrip, 7903 W. Missoula Road, in Nine Mile Falls.

Touted as the “scariest half-mile hike ever,” the event is open to all ages. Admission to the haunted zombie hike is $10 for adults; $5 for youths age 3-12; and free for children under 3. Adults are issued a flashlight, and kids ages 3 to 12 receive a glow-in-the-dark bracelet that come with the admission fee. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Pets are not allowed at the event.

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Local finalist in PETA's Sexiest Vegan over 50 contest

Local finalist in PETA's Sexiest Vegan over 50 contest

When you hear vegan, what's the first thing that pops into your head? It's probably not “sexy,” but that's what PETA is trying to change with their current competition for Sexiest Vegan over 50. The field has been narrowed down to just 14 men and women from around the US and one of them is from right here in Spokane.

Atania Gilmore is marking her two-year anniversary as a vegan this month. She's a runner and says it was another runner's book that encouraged her to make the change for what she calls selfish reasons.

“As a runner you're always looking for an edge,” she said.

Gilmore says it was “Eat and Run,” a book written by ultra-marathoner Scott Jurek that inspired her. In the book, Jurek explains that his record setting speeds to his vegan diet.

“I'm a turtle when I run,” said Gilmore. “I wanted to be faster so I thought it was worth a try.” So she decided to give it a try for the 30 days leading up to Thanksgiving and see if it made a difference.

Free health services from EWU at Senior Smile day

Free health services from EWU at Senior Smile day

Students and staff from Eastern Washington University's health sciences program are donating their time and talents next weekend for the annual Senior Smiles Day.

From 9 am – 3 pm on Friday, October 24 anyone 55 and over and on a fixed income is welcome to come to the EWU Dental Hygiene Clinic on the University District Campus for the following services:

  • Free flu vaccinations
  • Oral cancer screenings
  • Gait screening
  • Hearing test
  • Blood pressure screening
  • Medication and nutrition consultation
  • Fall prevention workshops

Participants are asked to reserve an appointment by calling (509) 919-3045 or visiting the Senior Smile website.

Spokane students embrace disc golf

Spokane students embrace disc golf

In just three seasons disc golf has grown from being offered in three public schools to 12, and it's only getting bigger.

Every Tuesday after school fourth and fifth graders from Wilson Elementary gather at Comstock Park to play disc golf. For an hour and a half boys and girls have one goal, to stay active and have fun.

"It's awesome, it's like the best thing ever," said Helen, 6th grader at Wilson Elementary.

Helen started playing disc golf last fall when Operation Healthy Family first started offering it, and has been hooked ever since!

"I think the thing I like most about it is all the fun and how I can improve each day," said Helen.

Before offering disc golf OHF offered football, but they found it to be excluding. Tommy Williams, President of OHF, said they wanted to offer something every kid could enjoy, and play for a long time.

"They can play this sport forever. I was a football player, but I can't get in a three point stance anymore," said Williams.

Since offering disc golf, the number of participants in OHF's after school program has sky rocketed.