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Celebrate the Holidays with Bing: Bing Crosby Film Festival December 11

Sunday, November 28th, 2010

White ChristmasLove Bing Crosby? You can mingle with other fans, talk to people who knew the man personally, view exhibits, and see classic Bing films on Saturday, December 11 at the Bing Crosby Theater Christmas Festival in downtown Spokane, WA. For the fifth consecutive year, the non-profit group Advocates for the Bing Crosby Theater will host a full day of Bing Crosby memories. The theater will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., with activities in the lobby all day while films play in the theater. Free cider and cookies will be served.

Bing Crosby’s niece, Carolyn Schneider, and his nephew, Howard Crosby, will speak about Bing starting at 6:00 p.m. The classic, beloved movie White Christmas will begin and end the day, with Road to Morocco, films from Bing’s private archives, and the documentary The Legendary Bing Crosby in between.

This family friendly event is offered free, but the Advocates for the Bing Crosby Theater request a $5 donation for the entire day of fun.

Bing CrosbyIf you would like to brush up on your Bing history before or after the film festival, check out Gonzaga University’s amazing Crosby Collection. Housed in the Crosbyana Room in the Crosby Student Center (502 E. Boone), this collection contains approximately 200 items, including the duplicate Oscar he won in 1944 for Going My Way, gold and platinum records, movie stills and photographs, record albums, books, and sheet music. You will also see interesting items from the Crosby Research Foundation, such as the “Trip Trap,” a mousetrap that the foundation invented. Over 2500 guests visit each year, from all fifty states and twenty other countries.

The Crosbyana Room is free and open 7:30 a.m. to midnight weekdays and 11:00 a.m. to midnight weekends. While you are there, stop by the Crosby Alumni House at 508 E. Sharp. This house was Bing’s boyhood home, and it is open to the public on weekdays. Be sure to check out the campus map before you go if you are not familiar with Gonzaga University campus.

Take the Black Friday Local Shopping Challenge

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Black Friday Local Shopping Event PosterSpokane’s newest coffee roaster, Roast House, has organized something a little different for your Black Friday shopping. Owner Deborah Di Bernardo, who opened Roast House less than a year ago on principles of sustainable, ethical, and delicious, is all about promoting local businesses. Some time ago, she decided to invite a dozen local artisans to sell their works on the day after Thanksgiving in her warehouse at 423 E. Cleveland Avenue without charging them booth fees, so shoppers would have an alternative option that supports local crafts people. She planned on serving free tea and espresso and live music. This idea expanded into a shopping circuit of small, local, mostly downtown Spokane businesses.

Here’s how it works: Go to the Roast House, open that day from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., to pick up your Black Friday Local Shopping Challenge punch card. Then, visit the participating businesses: Atticus, Boo Radley, Vino! A Wine Shop, Satellite Diner, Kizuri, Auntie’s Bookstore, Cassanos, and Sun People Dry Goods. Your punch card will get you a discount or special offer at each stop. Auntie’s Bookstore, Kizuri, Atticus, Boo Radley, Vino! A Wine Shop, and Sun People Dry Goods are all offering discounts to Black Friday card holders. Satellite Diner is offering free Roast House coffee, and Cassano’s is offering $2.00 canolli. If you make the entire shopping circuit, you will be entered into a drawing for a grand prize basket of goodies donated by the participating businesses.

The artisan event at Roast House features woodworkers, a glass artist, jewelers, a paper card artist, knitters, quilters, and more. Some of the great gifts for sale include glass platters, ornaments, holiday wreaths, gloves, scarves, hats, cutting boards, bird houses, and canned jams and relishes. Live music will be provided all day, and Roast House, will feature the release of their new Nutcracker Suite, a holiday blend of coffees featured in a sustainable, reusable glass jar.

For more information, all 509-995-6500 or email

See the Chiefs Under the Sky at the Rockstar Outdoor Hockey Classic!

Friday, November 5th, 2010
Outdoor Hockey Classic

Copyright 2010 Spokane Chiefs

In January, Spokane’s Avista Stadium, home of Spokane Indians baseball, will be transformed from a grassy field to an icy rink for an historic hockey event. January 15th, the Spokane Chiefs will host the Kootenay Ice in the Rockstar Outdoor Hockey Classic. Rockstar Energy Drink is the title sponsor. This will be the WHL’s (Western Hockey League) first outdoor game ever! If you are a hockey fan, you don’t want to miss this. Tickets are on sale now at the Spokane Chiefs office and through all TicketsWest Outlets. Game time is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Bobby Brett, Spokane Chiefs President, said “Since the NHL outdoor game in Buffalo 2008 I have wanted the Spokane Chiefs to play in one. I think it will be an unbelievable event for our players and fans.”

The event will be the first of two outdoor games played in the league this year. The Calgary Hitmen will host the Regina Pats on February 21st, 2011 at McMahon Stadium.

Tickets range from $25 for right field box seats to $100 for “superseats” that include all-you-can-eat hot dogs, Pepsi products, and peanuts. Avista Stadium’s group areas will also be available for purchase. Tickets can be purchased by calling 509-535-PUCK (7825) or TicketsWest at 800-325-SEAT. Go Chiefs!