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In Washington there are approximately 276,837 members, three temples and seven missions. The Spokane Temple was dedicated in 1999. A fun story about the Spokane temple is that in celebration for the 10th anniversary of the temple opening, patrons made sure that every seat during the endowment session were filled throughout the day.
Spokane, like many other Northwest cities, shares a love for fresh-tasting, savory food. There is a thriving community of “foodies” whom own their own eateries emphasizing on the fresh, local produce and meats from the area.
Along with this fine cuisine, Spokane has food for all seasons and cultures. Between hot soups during the winter months or spicy Thai, the city has it all. The community also welcomes locally-grown foods at the farmers market and fruit stands during the summer and fall months.
Many highways filter into Spokane. The I-90, which runs from Seattle to Spokane, offers great access into the city and US 2 and US 395 also drive through Spokane. Interstate 90 heads through Spokane towards Coeur d’Alene, Idaho on towards Montana, while US 2 directs traffic towards Sandpoint, Idaho, and US 395 leads North to the Canadian border.
The city itself is easy to navigate in with a street grid orientation familiar to those in the intermountain West. The majority of the streets that run East-West are called avenues, while North-South are named streets. There is public transportation provided in the area through the Spokane Transit Authority. Over 150 buses serve the area. Amtrak and Greyhound stop in Spokane, as well as other stops for BNSF railway. The Spokane International Airport is located five miles from downtown, servicing six airlines.
Spokane has good emergency services and police. Crime rates are slightly above national and Washington state averages but are mostly concentrated on the downtown area. Property theft and petty crimes are more common than violent crime.
Spokane is big enough to be called a city, but small enough to create a town-friendly, atmosphere. It is an outdoor haven during all four seasons. Snow in the winter and hot, sunny days in the summer provide a variety of opportunities to enjoy the mountains, lakes and rivers nearby. Numerous parks are enjoyed throughout the city and offer civic activities.
The city hosts many museums, including but not limited to the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, Age of Elegance, and the Mobius Science Center. Arts and Theater events entertain the community and visitors with the Spokane Symphony Orchestra, the Opera House, and the Bing Crosby Theater, as well as a variety of art galleries located throughout the city. The involvement of city participation continues to grow with amateur community theaters and groups.
Other notable and fun events Spokane claims are Spokane Hoopfest, the largest 3-on-3 tournament in the world, The Lilac Bloomsday Run, the Spokane International Film Festival, and the Spokane Interstate Fair held each year in September.
820 S Pines Rd Ste 101
Spokane Valley WA 99206-5420
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