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Local Briefs April 29, 2010

| April 29, 2010 9:00 PM

May is motorcycle awareness month

BOISE - May is Motorcycle Awareness month and rallies are planned across the state.

A North Idaho pre-ride rally sponsored by American Bikers Aimed Toward Education is set for 10 a.m. Saturday at the Kootenai County Courthouse in Coeur d'Alene. A motorcycle parade follows at 11 a.m. and will travel down Sherman Avenue.

Information: Dave, (208) 765-3527 or Norman, (208) 582-2262.

Thirty-four motorcycle fatalities occurred in Idaho last year - an increase from 29 in 2008. For Idaho, the economic cost of crashes involving motorcyclists was $285 million in 2009.

The top five contributing circumstances for motorcycle crashes are: failing to yield, inattention, improper turn, following too closely, and alcohol/drug impairment.

Car wash to honor single mothers

COEUR d'ALENE - Heart of the City Church will be having its annual car wash and other activities to honor single moms from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 8.

The event will be at Lett's Downtown Car Wash & Auto Center, 1114 N. Third Street.

There will be complimentary oil changes, car wash and detailing, barbecue, live entertainment, activities just for kids and more.

To participate, interested single moms should contact the Heart of the City Church office at (208) 665-7808 to reserve their time slot.

Rathdrum Farmers Market set to open

RATHDRUM - The second season of the Rathdrum Farmers Market kicks off Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at City Park on Highway 53.

More than 30 vendors are expected.

The market will be held the first and third Saturday of each month through October (weather permitting).

"The 2009 market was a huge success," said George Holcomb, a market board member. "By the end of the season, we witnessed a number of patrons arriving with market baskets dangling from their arms. This is an indication of the market's acceptance in our community. We're excited about doing it again this year."

To mark the opening of the season, additional activities are scheduled, including:

• the ninth annual Dutch Oven Workshop at 11 a.m. at City Park;

• tours of the restored 1892 Kootenai County Jail at 7940 W. Second St.; and

• entertainment throughout the day.

Information: www.rathdrumfarmersmarket.org

Hayden to celebrate Arbor Day

HAYDEN - The city of Hayden will hold its Ninth annual Arbor Day celebration at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Hayden Library, 8385 N. Government Way.

The celebration will include the ceremonial tree planting officiated by Mayor Ron McIntire, and the awarding of prizes for the fifth grade Arbor Day Art contest at Hayden Meadows Elementary Schools.

The celebration will also serve to highlight the 2009 Adopt-A-Tree Program plantings in Hayden.

"This program will serve as another avenue for citizens of Hayden to help plant trees along city streets," said Community Forester Chris Boza.

Citizens adopting trees and the participating nurseries will be recognized for a year.

The celebration will include tree planting and tree pruning demonstrations.

Cd'A will stripe streets Monday

COEUR d'ALENE - The city of Coeur d'Alene will commence spring street striping on Monday.

"Striping the city is a significant effort that requires the application of over 1,500 gallons of paint, together with nearly five tons of glass beads," according to a press release.

The work will take about 12 days of good weather to accomplish. Striping is done in the daytime when the weather is warm enough for the paint to dry quickly.

"Every effort is made to use a pilot car with warning signs to alert motorists," the release said.

Information: 769-2233

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