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Spokane County SCRAPS provides tips for keeping your pet safe from holiday hazards

Spokane County SCRAPS provides tips for keeping your pet safe from holiday hazards

Spokane County SCRAPS wants to warn pet owners of the hazards the holidays can bring to your four legged friends.


"Things that make the holidays a great time of year - cookies, presents, and a house full of company - can actually be hazards to our four-legged friends," said Nancy Hill, Regional Director of SCRAPS. "We advise pet owners to take a minute to make sure their house is pet friendly."


According to SCRAPS, here are a few holiday items that can be particularly harmful to pets:


  • Holiday Lighting and Candles

SCRAPS said these are especially dangerous to pets that like to chew. Electrical shock can occur when a pet chomps down on an electrical cord, causing tongue lacerations and possible death. SCRAPS suggests using LED candles instead of actual flames and place them into hard-to-reach places so that pets can not access them.


  • Gift Wrap Ribbon

Palouse Care Network and Intersect Community Church to provide single moms with a night out

The first annual Mom’s Night Out will be hosted by Intersect Community Church and Bonkerz Indoor Playcenter. Single mothers from Palouse Care Network will be pampered with chair massages, manicures and pedicures. Moms who enjoy little time to themselves will be treated to a night of personal care and hor d’oeuvres while their children play in the Indoor Playcenter and eat their fill of pizza donated by Pizza Perfection

The Women’s Outreach Group from Intersect Community Church will extend their reaches to help single moms carry their heavy loads, many being working moms with little time to themselves.

“Gifting something to these moms, who seldom receive gifts for themselves at Christmas, was an opportunity we had to pursue,” said Denise Chaffins, Intersect’s Women’s Outreach Coordinator. “The little we can give them is disproportionate to what they give their children, but hopefully they will know that God and their community value them.”

Local girls have chance to code national Christmas trees in D.C. with Google

Local girls have chance to code national Christmas trees in D.C. with Google

Google and the National Park Foundation are teaming up for a program that gives girls in Washington state the chance to have their work on display in Washington D.C. for the White House's annual tree lighting ceremony.

Hands on Holiday Fun! art workshop at the 1912 Center

Hands on Holiday Fun! art workshop at the 1912 Center

The City of Moscow Arts Commission and the 1912 Center have partnered to provide art workshops for children and adults. These workshops provide not only a day of fun, but an opportunity to learn new skills and gain experience in a variety of art fields.

In Hands-on Holiday Fun! children will choose from eight to ten ornament options to make and take home. Choices will include a lighted snowman, a flower pot, Santa, reindeer, star, holiday finger puppets, and more.​

The event will take place on December 6th, at the 1912 Center Arts Room from 9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Children 6 to 10 years of age welcome. The fee to participate is $25, and supplies will be included.

The deadline to register is December 4, 2014 by 5:00 p.m. After the deadline, registrations will be accepted if space is available.

Kids invited to free biology open house Saturday at WSU

Kids invited to free biology open house Saturday at WSU

A free, kid-friendly, biology open house with tours, experiments, activities and science crafts will be 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, in Abelson Hall at Washington State University.

Tours will cover WSU’s botanical greenhouse, on the Abelson roof, and the Conner Museum, home to all kinds of taxidermic animals. Activities will include identifying live bugs and plants and using a microscope.

The event is hosted by the Biology Graduate Student Association at WSU.



Idaho food banks in need of milk

Idaho food banks in need of milk

Idaho's food pantries have a crucial need for more milk, and the Great American Milk Drive wants to make it easy to donate a gallon with the click of a mouse.

October is Idaho Hunger and Food Security Awareness Month, and United Dairymen of Idaho is encouraging people across the state to participate by making a $5 contribution for milk to their local food bank.

You can visit www.MilkLife.com/give and enter your zip code to ensure milk is delivered from the farm to a food bank in your community. You can also test “MILK” from your cell phone to 84465 to add a $5 donation to your phone bill.

According to Feeding America, the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief organization, milk is one of the most requested by food bank clients, yet there is a nationwide shortage because it is rarely donated.

WSU hosting fall harvest festival this Saturday

WSU hosting fall harvest festival this Saturday

Fall is here, and what better way to get in the mood then with a good, old fashioned harvest festival?

Fresh pressed cider, food and family fun are on the menu for the free, annual harvest party this Saturday, October 4, from 10 am to 4 pm at Washington State University's organic farm.

Activities will include hay wagon rides, face painting and games. Pumpkins will be available from a U-pick pumpkin patch that includes traditional jack-o-lanterns, baby pumpkins and novelty varieties. Food and fresh-pressed cider will also be available for purchase.

“The harvest party provides a great opportunity to meed the organic farm crew, see your friends and enjoy the harvest and the crisp fall air,” said farm manager Brad Jaeckel.

The farm is located in the Turkey horticulture orchard on the corner of Airport Road and Terre View Drive. The orchard will also be open for U-pick and pre-picked fruit sales. Please leave all pets at home.