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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:

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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.

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.

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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.

Nighttime overflights of south Spokane part of Ranger training exercise

For people living in south Spokane you may have been hearing helicopters and jets flying over your neighborhood Tuesday night. Not to worry, though, it's just the Rangers participating in a training exercise.

Fairchild Air Force Base confirmed members of the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, based at JBLM, is participating in a training exercise this week between JBLM and Fairchild Air Force Base.

As for the aircraft involved, the units supporting the Rangers include the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment ? whose 4th Battalion is also based at JBLM and flies Chinook and MH-6 Little Bird helicopters ? and the Air Force's 1st Special Operations Wing, based out of Hurlburt Field, Florida and flies CV-22 Ospreys and AC-130 gunships. JBLM-based C-17 transports are also participating in the training.

Spokane County ballots mailed today and tomorrow

Spokane County ballots mailed today and tomorrow

Heads up voters, the Spokane County Elections Office is mailing more than 275,000 ballots this week.

If you are a registered voter and do not receive a ballot by Friday, October 24, please contact the Spokane County Elections Office at (509) 477-2320 for a replacement ballot. If you are not a registered voter in the State of Washington, you have until Monday, October 27 to register in person at the Elections Office at 1033 W. Gardner.

If you are returning your ballot by mail, it must be postmarked no later than Election Day – Tuesday, November 4. It is important that you check the pickup time on the mail box to ensure you are not too late. If the last pickup of the day has already been made, please take your ballot to the county's ballot drop boxes located at all city and county libraries, the STA Plaza and the Elections Office. Drop boxes are opened on October 16 and closed promptly at 8 pm on Election Day.