Monthly Archives: May 2014

Other happenings at Mayfest

In addition to the artists there were musicians and car club owners at the event.

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Update from 2017 – WE’RE TURNING 5! Cheney MayFest 2017 marks the 5th annual celebration of Springtime in historic downtown Cheney, WA! MayFest is a community affair with street vendors, live entertainment, art in the alley, loads of free family activities, a classic car show, a cornhole tournament, foosball demonstrations, the only 4&1/2 Block Walk in existence, and as they say… so much more!

FOOD, DRINK, & SHOP! MayFest proudly features an amazing array of local restaurants, bars, and even a neighborhood brewery for your dining and drinking delight, all in the heart of downtown Cheney! There are also plenty of local stores and boutiques for your shopping pleasure. With such a variety of stellar eateries and retail therapy, you will certainly need to return soon after MayFest to finish your culinary and commerce quest of the 99004!

MOTHER’S DAY! MayFest just happens to fall on Mother’s Day weekend this year! That means, thanks to West Plains PACE, kids from Cheney School District will be making tissue paper flowers for all of our mothers in attendance. And PLAiCe, downtown Cheney’s burgeoning Art Alleyway, in conjunction with the Cheney Historical Museum, will be hosting a Post-a-Note to Mom interactive art display!

TURNBULL WILDLIFE REFUGE! Again this year MayFest is partnering with Turnbull Wildlife Refuge’s Annual Floods, Flowers, and Feathers Festival by featuring many of their vendors in one centralized location in downtown Cheney on Saturday of MayFest! Yay!

WHAT’S HAPPENING! Cheney MayFest kicks off Friday, May 12th at 7 pm until about 10:30 pm with a good old fashioned street dance featuring Kelly Hughes Band and then an incendiary intermission with an exhibition by the Spokane Aerial Fire Troupe around 8:30 pm. Saturday, May 13th, things get serious… seriously awesome! With street vendors, the Game Truck, live music and dance performances, 2nd Chance Ranch Petting Zoo, bouncy slides and games, artists, and way too much to list here! Check out our Event Schedule for a complete list of who, what, where, and when at Cheney MayFest 2017!

SEE YOU AT CHENEY MAYFEST 2017!

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Artists at Cheney Mayfest

This past week I took on an photo assignment for one of my coworkers and went to Mayfest downtown. These photos are of the artists who created and shared their works at the event. This are just some of the photos I took.

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Update from 2017 – WE’RE TURNING 5! Cheney MayFest 2017 marks the 5th annual celebration of Springtime in historic downtown Cheney, WA! MayFest is a community affair with street vendors, live entertainment, art in the alley, loads of free family activities, a classic car show, a cornhole tournament, foosball demonstrations, the only 4&1/2 Block Walk in existence, and as they say… so much more!

FOOD, DRINK, & SHOP! MayFest proudly features an amazing array of local restaurants, bars, and even a neighborhood brewery for your dining and drinking delight, all in the heart of downtown Cheney! There are also plenty of local stores and boutiques for your shopping pleasure. With such a variety of stellar eateries and retail therapy, you will certainly need to return soon after MayFest to finish your culinary and commerce quest of the 99004!

MOTHER’S DAY! MayFest just happens to fall on Mother’s Day weekend this year! That means, thanks to West Plains PACE, kids from Cheney School District will be making tissue paper flowers for all of our mothers in attendance. And PLAiCe, downtown Cheney’s burgeoning Art Alleyway, in conjunction with the Cheney Historical Museum, will be hosting a Post-a-Note to Mom interactive art display!

TURNBULL WILDLIFE REFUGE! Again this year MayFest is partnering with Turnbull Wildlife Refuge’s Annual Floods, Flowers, and Feathers Festival by featuring many of their vendors in one centralized location in downtown Cheney on Saturday of MayFest! Yay!

WHAT’S HAPPENING! Cheney MayFest kicks off Friday, May 12th at 7 pm until about 10:30 pm with a good old fashioned street dance featuring Kelly Hughes Band and then an incendiary intermission with an exhibition by the Spokane Aerial Fire Troupe around 8:30 pm. Saturday, May 13th, things get serious… seriously awesome! With street vendors, the Game Truck, live music and dance performances, 2nd Chance Ranch Petting Zoo, bouncy slides and games, artists, and way too much to list here! Check out our Event Schedule for a complete list of who, what, where, and when at Cheney MayFest 2017!

SEE YOU AT CHENEY MAYFEST 2017!

Exploring Azeroth with my mother, the level eighty tauren hunter

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This past Mother’s Day made me reflect on all of the ways my mother helped take care of us as I was growing up. Being the primary breadwinner in our family, she worked to make sure my sister and I had everything we needed, whether it’s making sure we had a roof over our heads and food on the table.

In my senior year of high school, she paid for my tuxedo for prom, my yearbook and my fees to make sure I graduated along with the rest of my class. I was fully capable for paying for all of those things with my own money, but she insisted.

When I was getting ready to face a group of assassins who wielded flaming swords, my mother made sure I had the best armor gold could buy and enough potions to make it through combat.

The last one doesn’t make much sense unless you are thinking in terms of video games — specifically “World of Warcraft.”

After graduating high school, I moved into a studio apartment, two floors above my mom, in downtown Spokane. Although we did things like go to movies at the AMC Theater and fed marmots at Riverfront Park during our days off, we spent several winter mornings and rainy afternoons exploring the regions Azeroth.

During many of these short sessions, my mother playing her “tauren hunter” — a minotaur-like character that traits of Strider the ranger from J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” trilogy — would show me what shortcuts to take to avoid the guards, what quests to do to get the highest experience and the different ways to kill difficult bosses.

The game has two opposing factions — Alliance and Horde — and though at times we played characters on opposing factions. Once time she took me across hostile lands — to me, not her — to finish a quest when six players were behind us, firing arrows at me while leaving her alone.

As I was making my getaway, I could hear my mom type frantically as she muttered curses and sipped her Diet Coke. Once she stopped typing, so did the arrows from the players. As I drank a healing potion, the players gave a salute in my direction before riding away on their giant lizard mounts to cause terror somewhere else.

When I asked her what happened, she told me that they were asking why she was leading me — an “Alliance scum”— around the gates of the city. After she told them I was her son in real life, the group told my mom “how cool” she was and wished their own parents would play with them.

I realized that even in a videogame, my mother was still looking out for me. Although I was an adult in the real world and digital realm, I was still her baby and anyone who wanted to mess with me had to get through her.

My mother and I still get together whenever we can, mostly on the weekends and holidays for lunch or a movie.

Even though my “World of Wacraft” days are long behind me and I am no longer traveling the world by my mother’s side in the game, I still listen to her adventures, mishaps and battles with eager ears.

 

 

Photos from ‘Love Your Lake’

This past weekend I had a chance to shoot some photos at the “Love Your Lake” event hosted by the Spokane County Library District.

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By Laura B. and Christie O.

ED_Post_LoveYourLakeWe invite you to celebrate the natural beauty and joys of Medical Lake with a library-sponsored community event at Waterfront Park. May is a great time for fly fishing and bird watching so come to the park to learn more about these enjoyable pastimes. Local expert, Randy Osborne, biologist with the Dept. of Fish and Wildlife will talk about Medical Lake, the kinds of fish to be caught in the lake, when the lake is stocked, and tips on how to catch them at 12 pm.

If you’ve never fly fished before and always wanted to learn more, people from the Spokane Fly Fishers group will have lots of great information on how to and even give you a chance to try your hand at casting. They will offer 2 sessions, at 1:00 and 2:00.

If birds are more your thing than fish, then come take a walk with Fran from the Spokane Audubon Society. Medical Lake is lucky to have a paved path along the lake and Fran will provide information about the birds and wildflowers you may see as you stroll along the pathway. Fran offers two walks at 1:30 and 2:30.

If all this sounds like a lot –don’t worry, hot dogs and chips will be served between 1 and 3 to keep you energized. We encourage you to bring your own water bottle to wash down your lunch. But if you’re one of the first 100 people to stop by, you will receive one of your very own Spokane County Library District bottles to keep!

Want to learn more about the library? We’ll be happy to answer any questions for you. We can even sign you up for your own library card (don’t forget picture I.D.) and make a bookmark at our kids’ activity table.

Thanks to the Medical Lake Parks and Recreation Dept., we’ll have use of the shelter from 12-4. Plan to spend your day with the library at Waterfront Park on Saturday May 10. We can’t wait to see you there!

Special Olympics bring out the best in others

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There are some sights in sports that just melt your heart.

This weekend the stands at Roos Field were packed — not with passionate Eagles fans, but instead with family and friends who made the journey to Cheney to watch their loved ones compete in the Special Olympics Washington East Region Spring Games.

Instead of football players clashing in the Inferno, athletes from around the state competed in various track and field events on the red turf.

After they finished their event and congratulated their opponents, athletes immediately scoured the area, hoping to find family members, teammates and coaches to show off their medals and share their experience. Even if they didn’t come away with a new trophy for their case, many athletes still held their heads high.

I’ve had the opportunity to attend the last two Special Olympics games held at Roos. As a staff member of The Easterner, I was fortunate enough to go into the Inferno and meet some of these competitors face-to-face. I learned about their training methods and preparation before the games. Although I had a couple of assignments later in the day, I was able to swing by and snap some pictures at this year’s event.

Not all of the action was on the football field. Elsewhere, athletes competed in weight lifting and swimming. At the pool, I happened to run into a familiar face — Megan, one of my old McDonald’s co-workers was competing in some of the swimming events. She would come in Friday through Sunday to help me with breakfast dishes and clean up the lobby. Here Megan wasn’t a crewmember, but an athlete. Part of me wonders if the rest of my coworkers knew about her accomplishments.

Back at Roos Field, I found myself standing next to several volunteers and fans garbed in Cheney Blackhawks gear before the beginning of the one of the races. I watched as Lacey Latting, Eva Gustafson, Hannah Devine, Rosa Delgado and Tiffany O’Brien represented the Cheney Park and Recreation Speedsters in the women’s 400-meter walk event.

However it wasn’t just the athletes who caught my eye at the event. I saw many folks from EWU — students, as well as athletes like the women’s basketball team — volunteer at the event. Although some may have been doing it to fulfill a requirement, others were involved because they had a personal interest.

This isn’t the first time Eastern has hosted or sponsored these type of events. Back at the Polar Plunge in Liberty Lake last February, the football team helped raise $3,100 for the Special Olympics. In the past, the women’s soccer team has held 5-A-Side soccer tournaments on their field and Eastern hosted the East Region spring basketball tournament.

EWU wasn’t the only local party involved with the event. During the opening ceremonies, Cheney Mayor Tom Trulove gave a welcome address while Cheney Police Chief John Hensley carried the Special Olympics Torch into the stadium before handing it off to athlete Roger Entman, who lit the “Flame of Hope.”

I have to give props to these volunteers — not only the coaches from Cheney, but also the ones from other cities who traveled with these teams, shouted words of encouragement and congratulated the athletes on their efforts.

And why not? Even if athletics is not your thing, you have to admit that the Special Olympics are a great cause.

Just like other athletes, these competitors work hard throughout the year to get to this level.

It’s encouraging to see these athletes compete and showcase their abilities, even with the obstacles they face every day.

Al Stover can be contacted at al@cheneyfreepress.com.

Photos from Special Olympics

This last weekend I had a chance to shoot some photos at the Special Olympics. Here are some photos I took.

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UFC Fight Night Brown vs. Silva Quick Picks

Welterweight bout
Matt Brown vs. Erick Silva
Winner: Matt Brown by knockout

Middleweight bout
Costas Philippou vs. Lorenz Larkin
Winner: Larkin by decision

Lightweight bout
Erik Koch vs. Daron Cruickshank
Winner: Cruickshank by knockout

Welterweight bout
Neil Magny vs. Tim Means
Winner: Mangy by decision

Heavyweight bout
Soa Palelei vs. Ruan Potts
Winner: Potts by decision

Flyweight bout
Chris Cariaso vs. Louis Smolka
Winner: Cariaso by decision

 

Preliminary card

Middleweight bout
Ed Herman vs. Rafael Natal
Winner: Natal by submission

Flyweight bout
Kyoji Horiguchi vs. Darrell Montague
Winner: Horiguchi by knockout

Welterweight bout
Yan Cabral vs. Zak Cummings
Winner: Cummings by decision

Bantamweight bout
Eddie Wineland vs. Johnny Eduardo
Winner: Wineland by knockout

Featherweight bout
Manvel Gamburyan vs. Nik Lentz
Winner: Gamburyan by submission

Lightweight bout
Justin Salas vs. Ben Wall
Winner: Salas by decision

Welterweight bout
Anthony Lapsley vs. Albert Tumenov
Winner: Lapsley by decision