Mar
6
Fri
First Friday Art Exhibit: Jeanie Garvey
Mar 6 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Apr
25
Sat
The Great Spokane Art Party
Apr 25 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

art party bannerAbout The Great Spokane Art Party
Beginning in 2007, Blue Prints for Learning has teamed up with local artists to provide an evening of art experience for adults, featuring wine, hors d’oevres, and hands on art exploration. This event is a critical fundraiser as well as a celebration of the Community Building Children’s Center Art Studio.

Blue Prints for Learning invites your participation in our ongoing work to directly help our youngest children–infants, toddlers and preschoolers–develop the foundational skills, attitudes and values to become successful in school and life.

Blue Prints for Learning is a nonprofit (501-C3) organization working to increase the quality of child care in our community. Blue Prints for Learning offers two programs: a high quality child care program (Community Building Children’s Center) and the Child Care Training Institute. The Training Institute’s programs are focused on improving the quality of care provided at local child care centers through increasing the skills and knowledge of the providers throughout the Spokane area. The Training Institute offers courses as an approved State Training and Registry System (S.T.A.R.S) agency and teaches the nationally recognized Child Development Associate (CDA) credential program. Our innovative year-long CDA program has been offered for eight years and access to this course is highly prized by center directors, because it such high quality training and directors can see immediate positive gains in their staff taking the class. The Children’s Center operates as a working model for our Training Institute much like a lab school functions on a college campus.

The “quality” in “quality child care” is the teachers who work with children and families. Even those with advanced degrees in Early Childhood Education are paid one third the salary of their counterparts in public education. Yet recent research indicates that the foundation of a person’s success in life is formed within the blueprint of the first five years. It only makes sense that investments in early childhood education, training, staff development and best practice should be a priority for our community.

The financial reality of the true cost of quality child care is that it is not a viable business. The cost of caring for children is much higher than what parents in our region can afford. The Community Building Children’s Center reflects the economic reality of child care, the implications of nonprofit status for the industry, and the kind of effort needed to secure additional funding through grants, donations and fund raising efforts. Without additional funding beyond our core budget, we would not have the opportunities we need to fulfill our vision and mission in the community.

Our mission is to support young children, their families, and the staff who care for them in child care settings through the development of environments that foster friendship, curiosity, self esteem, joy and respect; where everyone’s talents are fully challenged and recognized.

Jun
5
Fri
Saranac Commons Grand Opening
Jun 5 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Saranac Commons Grand Opening @ Saranac Commons  | Spokane | Washington | United States

Five local businesses will be celebrating their Grand Opening at the Saranac Commons located at 19 West Main, on the Friday June 5 and Saturday June 6. Located in the old Merlyn’s building, the development focuses on shared common space for customers that connects all five businesses.

Businesses include Common Crumb Artisan Bakery, led by local James Beard nominated chef, Jeremy and his wife Kate Hansen; Mediterrano, a local Mediterranean and Persian-inspired bistro led by Sharoh Nikfar; Caffé Affogato, a specialty coffee and ice cream shop also led by Sharoh Nikfar; Black Label Brewery, a local small batch brewing company utilizing organic and locally sourced ingredients, led by Dan Dvorak and Steve Wells; and Sun People Bed & Bath Co., an offshoot of the popular Sun People Dry Goods Co. that closed in January 2014. Sun People is owned by Juliet Sinisterra. The new store will focus on organic and regionally made bed, bath and cleaning products for the home.

Businesses will be offering a “Passport to the Commons.” Customers will need to go to all five businesses to get a stamp and then they will be entered to win a gift basket including gift cards and items to each store.

Two local bands will play Friday night along with another five local musicians playing on Saturday (see lineup below).

Artist and musician, Sally Jablonski will be showing her work for the  month of June. Her work examines the fragility, ugliness, and beauty that is life. Jablonsky is interested in presenting and uplifting the mundane, as a way of illuminating truths- these having to do with life, decay, and death, the resilience of the human spirit, and true individualism.

Also featured is a chandelier installation titled: Away by Brian Martin, Alex Robinson, and Valerie Wahl. Alex and Val will be available for an artist meet-and-greet from 6-8pm.

Throughout two decades, Brian Martin found, washed and sorted over 15,000 discarded glass bottles in Spokane, most dating from 1900 to 1930. Martin’s collection unveils Spokane’s rapid growth in the early 20th century, when industry boomed and unofficial dumpsites grew along the banks of the Spokane River. During the last days of his life, Brian and friend Valerie Wahl, steward of the collection, envisioned a public installation that would bring forth the deeper meaning of the bottles. Local artist-blacksmith Alex Robinson has realized this vision with a chandelier that suspends 441 of Brian’s antique bottles from hand-forged steel and copper, evoking turn-of-the-century manufacturing methods and aesthetics.The installation honors Brian’s love of the Spokane River and his desire to see our community appreciate and care for the life-giving resource that is at the heart of our city. It also reveals a truth that haunts every item we discard: “There is no such thing as away.”*

Band Line-up

Friday 6/5

7-9:00 Sally Jablonsky

9-11 Bad Pancake

 

Saturday 6/6

noon-1:45 Madeleine McNeill

2-3:45 Michael and Keleren Millham

4-5:45 Abe Kenney

6-7:45 Todd Milne/Moksha

8-9:45 Tommy G

Jun
6
Sat
Saranac Commons Grand Opening Part II
Jun 6 @ 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Saranac Commons Grand Opening Part II

Five local businesses will be celebrating their Grand Opening at the Saranac Commons located at 19 West Main, on the Friday June 5 and Saturday June 6. Located in the old Merlyn’s building, the development focuses on shared common space for customers that connects all five businesses.

Businesses include Common Crumb Artisan Bakery, led by local James Beard nominated chef, Jeremy and his wife Kate Hansen; Mediterrano, a local Mediterranean and Persian-inspired bistro led by Sharoh Nikfar; Caffé Affogato, a specialty coffee and ice cream shop also led by Sharoh Nikfar; Black Label Brewery, a local small batch brewing company utilizing organic and locally sourced ingredients, led by Dan Dvorak and Steve Wells; and Sun People Bed & Bath Co., an offshoot of the popular Sun People Dry Goods Co. that closed in January 2014. Sun People is owned by Juliet Sinisterra. The new store will focus on organic and regionally made bed, bath and cleaning products for the home.

Businesses will be offering a “Passport to the Commons.” Customers will need to go to all five businesses to get a stamp and then they will be entered to win a gift basket including gift cards and items to each store.

Artist and musician, Sally Jablonski will be showing her work for the  month of June. Her work examines the fragility, ugliness, and beauty that is life. Jablonsky is interested in presenting and uplifting the mundane, as a way of illuminating truths- these having to do with life, decay, and death, the resilience of the human spirit, and true individualism.

Also featured is a chandelier installation titled: Away by Brian Martin, Alex Robinson, and Valerie Wahl.

Throughout two decades, Brian Martin found, washed and sorted over 15,000 discarded glass bottles in Spokane, most dating from 1900 to 1930. Martin’s collection unveils Spokane’s rapid growth in the early 20th century, when industry boomed and unofficial dumpsites grew along the banks of the Spokane River. During the last days of his life, Brian and friend Valerie Wahl, steward of the collection, envisioned a public installation that would bring forth the deeper meaning of the bottles. Local artist-blacksmith Alex Robinson has realized this vision with a chandelier that suspends 441 of Brian’s antique bottles from hand-forged steel and copper, evoking turn-of-the-century manufacturing methods and aesthetics.The installation honors Brian’s love of the Spokane River and his desire to see our community appreciate and care for the life-giving resource that is at the heart of our city. It also reveals a truth that haunts every item we discard: “There is no such thing as away.”*

Band Line-up

Saturday 6/6

noon-1:45 Madeleine McNeill

2-3:45 Michael and Keleren Millham

4-5:45 Abe Kenney

6-7:45 Todd Milne/Moksha

8-9:45 Tommy G

Dec
4
Fri
Kizuri Benefit Shopping Night & Community Building Children Center Art Exhibit
Dec 4 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Nov
19
Sat
Parrish & Grove Grand Opening
Nov 19 @ 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Parrish & Grove Grand Opening @ Parrish & Grove Botanicals, Saranac Commons

Parrish & Grove is your local purveyor of botanical curiosities, located in the Saranac Commons. Join us for our Grand Opening to view our selection of fresh flowers, exotic houseplants, terrariums, gifts, and more. First 20 customers receive a free bouquet courtesy of Numerica Credit Union.

May
18
Thu
Spokane Edible Tree Project’s 2017 Volunteer Kick-Off Party!
May 18 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Spokane Edible Tree Project is kicking off the 2017 gleaning season with a volunteer party on the rooftop of the Saranac. Last year, we harvested over 42,000 pounds of produce to donate to those in need, and this year we hope to harvest even more! Come learn about volunteer opportunities and celebrate the start of the 2017 gleaning season with live music, food and beverages!

6-8pm, free, all ages welcome.

Elevator access is available from the ground floor of the Saranac. The rooftop is on the second floor.

Food will be provided by Azteca Downtown Spokane and beverages will be provided by Black Label Brewing Company!