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Briefs April 13, 2010

| April 13, 2010 9:00 PM

Hayden council meeting today

HAYDEN - The Hayden City Council is conducting its meeting at 5 p.m. today at Hayden City Hall.

Among the agenda items, is an evaluation of the options and recommendations of the proposed Schmidt Street extension project.

The council will consider a petition calling for the removal of a center traffic island on Government Way, between Zips and Country Plaza due to accidents and complaints.

Also, Hayden Little League is proposing to make improvements to the existing fields at Croffoot Park.

Autism camp program expands

COEUR d'ALENE - Panhandle Autism Society is expanding its summer camp program by providing two camps - one for younger children and one for older children.

PAS was also recently awarded a $2,000 grant through the Baker Summer Camp Program. It will be used to supply scholarships for low-income children on the autism spectrum to attend Camp Connect.

Scholarship applications can be downloaded from the PAS Web site at www.panhandleautismsociety.com. Applications are due by April 16.

Information: Denise Wetzel, (208) 704-3698

Citizenship sessions April 20, May 8

SPOKANE - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Spokane Field Office will hold two free informational sessions on April 20 and May 8.

The sessions are part of a larger USCIS initiative to help immigrants better understand the naturalization process, including the content of the new naturalization test, and to become familiar with educational resources and materials available from the agency.

The April 20 session will be at 1:30 p.m. at the Thomas Foley Courthouse, 920 W. Riverside, Room 116.

On May 8 at 10:30 a.m. a session will be held at the North Spokane Library, 44 E. Hawthorne Road.

Celebrate Earth Day April 24

SPIRIT LAKE - An Earth Day celebration is scheduled April 24 in Spirit Lake at the visitor's center on Maine Street and Highway 41.

There will be live music, food and vendors. The Panhandle Electric Vehicle Association will have electric cars on site, and there will be information about recycling.

There will also be a recycled art and green living contests, with gift certificates as prizes.

The Spirit Lake Chamber of Commerce is putting on the event as a fundraiser for its children's activities on Labor Day.

The Earth Celebration will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Information: Jeanne Bruner, coordinator, (208) 263-3129

Fire destroys Post Falls barn

POST FALLS - A fire destroyed a barn at 3400 W. Lark off Corbin Road in Post Falls on Sunday afternoon.

According to Kootenai County Fire and Rescue, the fire started around 4 p.m. in hay bales next to the 25-by-25 barn, then spread to the barn due to winds. The fire began as a slash pile burn.

There were no injuries reported. The fire was contained to the barn.

Hauser Fire assisted KCFR during the incident.

Kite Festival noon Saturday

HAYDEN - The fourth annual Kite Festival is scheduled Saturday, April 17, from noon to 3 p.m. at Broadmoore Park.

Registration will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at Broadmoore Park. Participants will be eligible for awards in several categories, including best of show, largest, smallest, most colorful and best homemade.

Judging will be held from 1-2 p.m., followed by an awards ceremony at 2:15 p.m. The event will conclude with a raffle. Winners must be present to accept their prize.

The city of Hayden, with assistance from the Hayden Chamber of Commerce and STCU is putting on the festival.

Broadmoore Park is in the midst of Broadmoore Estates, north of Atlas Elementary School and accessible from Prairie Avenue and Atlas Road. The event is open to all ages.

Information: 209-1080 or www.cityofhaydenid.us

Kite workshop to be held Friday

POST FALLS - The Post Falls Public Library will be hosting a free kite-making workshop at 3:30 p.m. Friday.

All materials will be provided during the family workshop taught by kite enthusiast and veteran Gary Fleshman-Kubodera.

Information: 773-1506 or stop by the library at 821 N. Spokane St.

Shred days to be held at banks

Community 1st Bank in Post Falls and Spokane Teachers Credit Union's Silver Lake branch in Coeur d'Alene will offer free paperwork shredding services from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday.

Community 1st is at 707 N. Post St. off Seltice Way. Cash and food donations for the Post Falls Food Bank will be accepted but are not required.

STCU is at 6704 N. Government Way. Free hot dogs will be served.

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