Mar
6
Fri
First Friday Art Exhibit: Jeanie Garvey
Mar 6 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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
31
Thu
Saranac Art Projects: New member artwork by Bernadette Vielbig and Louise Kodis
Dec 31 2015 – Jan 9 2016 all-day
Saranac Art Projects: New member artwork by Bernadette Vielbig and Louise Kodis @ Saranac Art Projects | Spokane | Washington | United States

Bernadette Vielbig presents “Found and Altered,” found objects altered by the artist. It includes a free artist walk-thru January 9. Louise Kodis presents images from her garden, rethought and refined in her fabric studio, then shaped into small mobiles. Artist receptions: Thursday, December 31 5-9pm and Friday January 1, 5-9pm. Runs through January 30th. Hours: Thurs 2-6pm, Fri & Sat 12-8pm

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.

Feb
14
Tue
Make a Valentine for a Local Refugee Family
Feb 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Make a Valentine for a Local Refugee Family @ Community Building  | Spokane | Washington | United States

Drop by the Community Building Lobby Tuesday, February 14th 2017 to make a Valentine for a local refugee family at no Cost to you all Valentine -making materials will be provided.

Refugee Connections Spokane will personally deliver your Valentine to a local refugee family.

Mar
3
Fri
Artist Reception at Parrish & Grove
Mar 3 @ 5:00 pm

Artist Jonathan Steele has made custom wood-fired plant pots for the botanical curiosities of Parrish & Grove. Come learn more about Jonathan’s nature-based technique and see his beautiful creations. Support local artists and local business!

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!

Oct
31
Tue
Budget Matters 2017 Spokane Policy Summit
Oct 31 @ 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Budget Matters 2017 Spokane Policy Summit @ Gonzaga University Hemmingson Center Ballroom | Spokane | Washington | United States

Join community leaders, policy experts, students, advocates, and more at the Washington State Budget & Policy Center’s Spokane policy summit. At the Budget Matters summit, you’ll hear from keynote speaker Jared Bernstein from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities on how our state can implement strong fiscal and social policies to grow the economy and generate shared prosperity. You will also hear from a panel of local leaders – moderated by KSPS Public TV General Manager Gary Stokes – about the impact of federal and state policy decisions on eastern Washington’s communities. Light breakfast and coffee will be provided.