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Nation’s #1 Volleyball Skills Coach Scheduled to Hold a Volleyball Camp in Liberty Lake

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volleyball at the Hub Liberty Lake

Pat Powers in Liberty Lake
Pat Powers was a member of the American Men’s National Team that won the gold medal at the 1984 Summer Olympics.
The Hub Sports Center welcomes the nation’s #1 volleyball skills coach and Olympic gold medalist, Pat Powers.

Pat Powers was a member of the American Men’s National Team that won the gold medal at the 1984 Summer Olympics. He is also one of only three players in the world who has an Indoor and a Beach World Championship.

Coach Powers has chosen Liberty Lake as one of only 25 cities in the United States to conduct his volleyball camp in 2019. He’ll be conducting the camp for boys and girls ages 11-18 and adults, at the Hub Sports Center this Saturday and Sunday, Aug 10th – Aug 11th. The volleyball camp will run from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM on Saturday and 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM on Sunday. The Hub Sports Center is located at 19619 E. Cataldo in Liberty Lake.

Players should expect to learn a lot about volleyball in a short period of time. Coach Powers does an excellent job of matching each player with drills and competition suited for their appropriate levels of play. Players will be grouped by age and skill level within the first hour of the camp. This volleyball camp is not about competition. Instead, it’s about executing superior techniques while you are playing.

At the end of the first day, Powers will talk to all junior players and parents about high school volleyball, club volleyball, college volleyball and about volleyball scholarships.

Players are instructed to bring a lunch, beverages, snacks, kneepads, water and an extra t-shirt.

This camp sold out last year and is expected to sell out again. There are currently only 10 spots remaining.

Cost of the two day camp is $130 and interested parties can register online at

Youth Commission a Platform for Leaders of Today, Tomorrow

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Liberty Lake Youth Commission

Chloe Brynteson thinks the younger generation should carry their weight.

The chair of the Liberty Lake Youth Commission (LLYC) is joined in that perspective by seven of her cohorts who took the initiative to restart the city-sponsored program last spring after a five-year hiatus.

Liberty Lake Youth Commission
The Liberty Lake Youth Commission has coordinated a talent show, organized a winter festival and clothing drive and facilitated a summer reading program for kids at Liberty Creek Elementary. LLYC members from left to right: Chloe Bryntesen, Natalie Alva, Tom Dunne, Garrett Packebush and Sarah Pecha.

“It seems like there are a lot of adults in this community who are leaders and volunteers,” said, Brynteson, a junior at Central Valley High School. “I feel like I should be doing that as much as they do. I need to give back.”

Originally formed in 2006, LLYC coordinated events for kids as well as food drives benefiting Second Harvest Food Bank and fundraisers supporting Crosswalk, a downtown youth shelter.

In 2008, the group was honored for their efforts in community leadership at the Chase Youth Awards.

Since 2013, however, the commission has been largely silent.

That changed last April when the newest rendition of LLYC held their first meeting at City Hall. Brynteson and Natalie Alva, who serves as vice chair, were the catalysts in reviving the mission. All eight commission members are juniors at CV.

“These are society’s future leaders,” said Mayor Steve Peterson. “They have a youth vision and they are volunteering to make the community better.”

The city provides monetary reimbursements as well as advisors like Finance Director R.J. Stevenson and Maintenance and Operations Director Jennifer Camp. Stevenson said the group has been mostly autonomous.

“I’m here to support them but I try to stay out of their way,” he said. “They’re pretty independent. They got things going on their own and City Council has been supportive of their efforts.”

LLYC coordinated a well-attended talent show at Pavillion Park last August and will host the second annual event Aug. 3 at 11 a.m. during Barefoot in the Park.

“The talent show last year was the first big event we hosted as a youth commission, so I thought it went pretty well,” said LLYC Treasurer Cooper Young. “We hope to have a big crowd this year because people will already be at the park.”

The commission also put on a Winter Festival last December that included a clothing drive with donations going to the Salvation Army. This June, LLYC kickstarted a summer reading program for kids at Liberty Creek Elementary that will conclude Aug. 16 with a celebration and prizes.

Young, who is the “tech guy” at the talent show, said being part of service projects “has been fun” and also fulfills required hours through National Honor Society. His sister, Maci, is also part of LLYC.

“I think it’s cool that we’ve brought the youth commission back,” Cooper said. “It’s important to be involved in your community.”

The rest of the commission includes Savannah Pratt (secretary), Thomas Dunne, Garrett Packebush and Sarah Pecha.

Bryntesen recalls attending events sponsored by LLYC when she was in elementary school.

“I want to be an example like that to kids,” she said. “When we started this last year, it just came back to this idea of getting involved and putting down your phone, your computer and video games. There are people here who have made a difference in this community for years. If we keep that going and have youth step up, we’re going to continue to make Liberty Lake a great place to live.”

Click here for Liberty Lake Youth Commission Talent Show event details

Friends of Pavillion Park Presents: Montana Shakespeare in the Parks

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Merry Wives of Windsor

Liberty Lake, WA … On Sunday, July 28, at 5:00 pm, Friends of Pavillion Park presents the Montana Shakespeare in the Parks performing Shakespeare’s comedy “The Merry Wives of Windsor” in Pavillion Park.

Admission to the performance is free. Audiences are encouraged to show up early with low back chairs, blankets, a picnic supper, and friends and family to grab a spot and enjoy the evening. Concessions will be available at the park through the Liberty Lake Kiwanis.

Katherine Fried as Mistress Ford
Katherine Fried as Mistress Ford
MSU Photo by Adrian Sanchez-Gonzalez
This is the 47th season for the touring company, whose performances have become a summer tradition and seasonal highlight for many rural communities. The company will travel over 7,000 miles during the season, running from June 12 through September 3, performing in 61 communities in five states – Montana, North Dakota, Wyoming, Idaho, and Washington. All performances are offered free in local parks and public spaces, making Shakespeare accessible to all! Additional information can be found at www.shakespeareintheparks.org

For the 9th year in a row, the Friends of Pavillion Park of Liberty Lake will be sponsoring the Montana Shakespeare in the Parks group at Pavillion Park! Please join us with family and friends for a magical evening of Shakespeare under the big sky at Pavillion Park (727 N. Molter Rd, Liberty Lake, WA 99019). It is part of the 23rd Annual Summer Festival hosted by the Friends of Pavillion Park.

About Friends of Pavillion Park:

Friends of Pavillion Park is a 501-(c)3 non-profit organization, established by a dedicated group of volunteers in 1992. Friends of Pavillion Park is dedicated to promoting a sense of price by providing the Liberty Lake community with the opportunities for recreation, education, entertainment and the arts. Learn more at www.PavillionPark.org.

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Keeping the Kids Healthy and Active this Summer

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summer fun for kids in Liberty Lake

Located only 20 minutes from downtown Spokane, the population of Liberty Lake is growing by leaps and bounds. In the past five years, the number of students enrolled in the CVSD grades K-12 has grown from 13,000 to 14,000 and is expected to continually rise.

As the number of students climb, the district continues to add programs and resources for students and parents alike: From enrichment classes and athletics to free summer meals for kids ages 1-18.

Below is a list of some of the programs offered to school aged students enrolled in the district. However, families are encouraged to contact their child’s school for more details and to obtain a full list of activities.

  • Spokane Valley Tech – Exploring high-growth careers: Students enrolled in grades 8-11 are encouraged to attend at no cost. Successful completion of each session earns a .5 elective/CTE credit. Two sessions are offered: June 17–July 2 and July 8–23, both from 7:30am –2:30pm. Students may attend up to one class per session.
  • Active4Youth – offers Cross Country. They believe that by teaching sports and introducing healthy activities to children at a young age, they can begin to address the alarming rise of childhood obesity while providing children with a safe place to play after school. http://active4youth.org/index.html
  • Free Summer Meals for Kids (Ages 1-18): “We provide a complete breakfast and lunch program for all students – serving approximately 1700 breakfasts and 6000 lunches every day in our district. We are proud to provide meals that focus on whole grains and a variety of fruits and vegetables. Our meals are low in sodium and saturated fat, and meet or exceed nutritional requirements established by the USDA National School Breakfast and Lunch Programs. We are dedicated to providing high-quality, kid-friendly meals with a focus on food safety, customer service, and cost effectiveness,” from the Nutrition Services tab on the CVSD.org website.

The Liberty Lake Municipal Library offers activities for all ages of students:

  • Lego Club – All Ages
  • Move & Grove – Ages 0-5, Move, Shake, Sing and Dance during music and dance “storytime”
  • Chess Club – Ages 6-10 and 11 & up. This is a 6 week summer Chess Club
  • Toddler Tales – Ages 0-5, this is geared more towards 2-3 year olds, however all children are welcome. Playtime follows storytime.
  • Teen Program – Cupcake Wars for Ages 11 & up
  • Tween Crafts – Ages 11 & up

Contact the Library for more information and a complete list of activities 509-232-2510

Skyhawks Summer Day Camps – Offer a fun, safe and positive environment for your child during the summer months. Campers are introduced to a new sport every week, participate in arts, crafts, swimming and field trips.

Skyhawks Sports Academy – offers 12 different sports camps and clinics including summer day camps and year-round after-school programs.

Super Tots Sports Academy – sports programs for kids ages 18 months to 5 ½ years of age!

For more information on Skyhawks camps, go to www.skyhawks.com

Tradition of Dueling Fireworks to Continue on Fourth

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Fourth of July parade in Liberty Lake

It helps to be tall on Independence Day in Liberty Lake.

Once again, altitudinous attendees at the Fourth of July celebration in Pavillion Park will have improved odds of seeing fireworks overhead while also catching portions of a lakeside display taking place in the distance.

Since 2015, a fireworks program sponsored by the city of Liberty Lake has gone head-to-head with the long-running Liberty Lake Fireworks Display, an effort entirely funded by community donations. For the fifth straight year, both shows will begin at 10 p.m.

“I think most fireworks displays start at 10,” said Liberty Lake City Administrator Katy Allen. “We’ve never talked about moving it. I suppose it could be considered.”

The lakefront show has been running for over 30 consecutive years with Liberty Lake native Denise Coyle overseeing the process. Her grandfather Homer Neyland started the first incarnation of fireworks over the lake in the 1950s. Local historian Ross Schneidmiller brought the popular show back before turning it over to Coyle.

“The people who donate to this display are never disappointed,” Coyle said. “People are very supportive. I’ve seen a lot of new names (donating) this year.”

Coyle said overall cost of the display this year will run $12,000. Allen said the city’s fireworks budget for 2019 is hovering just under $11,000.

Coyle recalls some easiness when the city announced in early 2015 that it would be getting into the fireworks business. City Council approved the idea that February.

“We were a little nervous at the get-go,” Coyle said. “But I think it’s gone fine. When we get a chance to share a day like this, it’s pretty neat.”

fireworks over Liberty Lake
The Liberty Lake Fireworks Display has been illuminating the local waterfront for over 30 years. This year’s version will begin at 10 p.m. on July 4, the same time as a show sponsored by the city of Liberty Lake over Pavillion Park.

When only one fireworks festival appeared on the local schedule, donations were accepted at Pavillion Park on the Fourth while groups like Friends of Pavillion Park and Liberty Lake Kiwanis pitched in funds of their own. When the city moved up to share the stage, Coyle said fundraising took a hit.

“Initially, it did hurt us,” she said.

Allen said the city began discussions of putting on its own program after July 4, 2014.

“It was a combination of traffic issues and logistical issues with people who couldn’t see the fireworks,” she said. “People would come to hear the music at the park and to see the fireworks after but they couldn’t see the fireworks.”

Allen said she “has never sensed the competition” between the two shows, although there has been some feedback that fireworks are not the best use of taxpayers’ money. She has also heard at least one complaint about the noise and air pollution during and after the display.

“The people who don’t enjoy it are vocal,” she said. “The people who enjoy it usually don’t say much. Overall, it’s been well-received. Many people in Liberty Lake can watch it from their homes.”

For Coyle, this year’s program will include special poignancy. Her mother, Mary Floy Dolphin, passed away in March at the age of 90. Mary called the lake home for 78 years. Coyle said the fireworks’ organizer is planning a special tribute to Mary as part of the show.

“She loved the lake and she loved the fireworks,” Coyle said.

Donations to the community display are being collected outside Safeway and at he Liberty Lake Farmers Market. Coyle’s husband, Tim, is a catalyst on the fundraising front. Coyle said she has veered away from pursuing a corporate sponsor, saying she intends to keep “the country, hometown feel.”

“People ask me, ‘Why don’t you get a corporate sponsor?’” she said. “We don’t want to do that. There was a display in Seattle that had a corporate sponsor one year when the economy was bad and they bailed out two weeks before the event. My philosophy is to let the people who donate have ownership of the display.”

Those interested in supporting Liberty Lake Community Fireworks Display can send donations to P.O. Box 430, Liberty Lake, WA. 99019 or go to libertylakefireworks.com.

“We do our thing and they do theirs,” Coyle said of the concurrent lake/city shows. “It doesn’t really bother me. It’s a wonderful day.”

Fourth of July events this year include:

The 31st annual Liberty Lake Fourth of July Community Parade through the Alpine Shores neighborhood. Parade lineup will begin at 11 a.m. with the procession beginning at noon. Decorated golf carts, scooters, strollers and bikes are welcome. Games and food will follow at the Alpine Shores common area. Pat and Mike Lutzenberger will serve as this year’s parade grand marshals.

Concert and fireworks in Pavillion Park featuring Twenty Dollar Bill, The Rub and Tuxedo Junction. Music begins at 5:30 p.m. Liberty Lake Kiwanis will be selling concessions.

Photos from Liberty Lake Farmers Market Opening Day 2019

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Photography by Craig Howard

Fishing Liberty Lake is the Reel Deal

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Liberty Lake dock

Every year, many anglers flock to open waters; whether to take in some sun, play on water toys or to enjoy a relaxing day of fishing.

Liberty Lake offers just over 700 acres of fun for all ages. The lake opens for fishing March 1st and remains open through October 31st. March has been notorious for outstanding brown trout fishing just after ice-out, but once the water begins warming up anglers have the opportunity to catch yellow perch, bluegill, crappie, channel catfish, brown bullhead and both large and smallmouth bass.

Each year, during the end of March or the beginning of April, the lake is stocked with fish by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. In early April of this year, the lake was stocked with rainbow trout. It also received several hundred bonus fish that were left over from the fishing ponds at the annual Big Horn Show.

There is currently one public launch and many private or community boat launches around the lake. Staci Lehman, Communications Manager for the Eastern Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) advised that the WDFW will be redeveloping the current boat launch by repaving, repainting lines and replacing broken or missing concrete. “The current two toilets will be replaced with new up-to-code ADA toilets and the floating dock will be bigger. I don’t have an exact date for this to happen and it won’t be this year. We’re looking at sometime within the next couple of years,” states Lehman.

WDFW is encouraging Washington residents to take advantage of free fishing weekend. Beginning on Saturday, June 8, licensing restrictions will be lifted through Sunday June 9. It’s a great opportunity to grab your poles and hook some memories.

Liberty Lake boat lunch

Liberty Lake Summer Festival Lineup Includes Familiar Staples, New Features

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Pavillion Park music

Leslie Zilka remembers when the Spokane Symphony made its celebrated premiere at Pavillion Park nearly two decades ago.

Zilka was serving as president of Friends of Pavillion Park (FOPP) at the time, a nonprofit group that has coordinated the community’s popular Summer Festival for the past 22 years. While the local orchestra had appeared at Comstock Park on Spokane’s South Hill for years, bringing brass, wind, string and percussion sections to Liberty Lake’s popular greenspace would prove to be quite the coup.

“The festival was growing but to bring in the symphony made it a bonafide summer event,” said Zilka who served as FOPP president from 2000 through 2001. “It was absolutely fantastic.”

The Labor Day weekend tradition has remained intact ever since. The concert is named after the late Lud Kramer, who served as Washington Secretary of State from 1965 to 1975 and was integral to a number of community causes after moving to Liberty Lake later in life.

Zilka said Kramer was the one who took the initiative to secure the festival’s signature feature.

“It was Lud who pled our case to the symphony,” Zilka said. “I think it cost us $10,000 that first year.”

Over the years, the festival has gained in notoriety while still maintaining its commitment as a free, family-friendly draw. Neighbors whose homes sit near the park joke that they can lounge on their back porch and hear Grammy nominees and winners, live at no cost.

“When we had Robert Cray here a few years ago, I got calls from people who were here from out of town, asking where they could get tickets,” said current FOPP Vice President Dave Himebaugh. “They just couldn’t believe that it was free.”

This year’s Summer Festival kicks off July 3 with a screening of “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” at Pavillon Park, starting at dusk. The night after, The Fourth of July Concert will feature the Big Band sounds of headliner Tuxedo Junction with its moniker borrowed from a Glenn Miller song title. Fireworks sponsored by the city of Liberty Lake will follow the music.

Himebaugh said FOPP “saved some money this year by not going with any national acts.” For years, the Holiday Ball at the Davenport Hotel raised critical funds for the festival. With that event shelved, FOPP has been discussing funding scenarios with the city of Liberty Lake, a sponsor of the festival along with STCU and Liberty Lake Kiwanis.

“The city has been very supportive,” Himebaugh said. “We’re still finalizing the funding for the symphony concert.”

In 2007, FOPP rallied to preserve the festival with no deletions despite cancellation of the Holiday Ball the previous December due to scheduling conflicts at the Davenport. Greenstone Homes and surplus funds in the FOPP coffers saved the day.

Debuting this year will be the Liberty Lake Throw Down, set for Aug. 24 at Orchard Park, a new greenspace in the River District that will open in mid-June. Himebaugh said the tournament – featuring the beanbag toss game of cornhole – will generate funds for the festival and consist of registered teams competing for nearly $1,800 in cash prizes.

For the first time since 2004, the symphony’s performance will not include conductor Eckart Preu, who retired after the most recent season and bid a fond farewell to the Pavillion Park crowd last year.

Other favorites returning this summer include the Liberty Lake Loop run (July 13), Montana Shakespeare in the Park (July 28) and the ever-popular and refreshingly affordable park concessions courtesy of Liberty Lake Kiwanis.

“It takes a lot of work to put this on,” said Himebaugh who has been part FOPP since 2004. “It’s getting up Saturday morning and being there all day – but it’s awesome.”

22nd annual Friends of Pavillion Park Summer Festival Schedule

For more information, visit www.PavillionPark.org.

Latest Version of Liberty Lake Farmers Market Set to Sprout

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Liberty Lake Farmers Market

Rain or shine, the 18th annual rendition of the Liberty Lake Farmers Market will roll out this Saturday, complete with new features and a lineup of over 50 vendors.

Longtime market manager, Holli Parker, says the opening of the open-air venue at Town Square Park – 1421 N. Meadowwood Lane – signals the beginning of the warm-weather season for many.

“One of my co-workers said to me the other day, ‘Oh, the market’s starting, that must mean that summer’s here,’” Parker said. “For a lot of people, it’s the sign that the weather’s going to get better.”

The market’s 2019 debut on Saturday, May 18, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., will include new arrivals selling pies, burgers, pastries, and frozen drinks. Staples like Crepe Café Sisters, Veraci Pizza, and Desserts by Sara will also be part of a vendor array that will number 54 on opening day. Parker said the overall vendor count for the season – which runs through Oct. 12 – stands at 70. The folk stylings of local musician Brad Keeler will also be part of the atmosphere on Saturday.

Market regulars will miss the site of Lenny Munguia’s Jalapeno Heaven truck this year. One of the market’s inaugural vendors from 2002, Munguia has decided to shelf the salsa and burritos for now, although he still serves on the market’s board of directors.

Parker said that while fresh, local produce may not be as abundant early in the season, marketgoers will find plenty of plant and flower starts. There is also a vendor selling “micro-greens,” tasty roughage perfect for healthy salads.

Based on standards established by the Washington State Farmers Market Association, markets throughout the Evergreen state must account for at least half of their sales coming through local farmers. Parker said she and other board members are “observant and thoughtful about who we’re bringing in.”

“We want a good variety,” she said. “We’re not just going to bring in 50 Rice Crispy Treat people.”

Parker can remember the market’s debut on a drizzly Saturday 18 years ago when eight vendors huddled beneath plastic tarps while a paltry crowd wandered by.

“From where we started to where we are now, it’s amazing,” she said. “I’m so proud of this community and these people. I love our vendors and I love our board. We all work so well together.”

Holli’s uncle, Jim Frank and her mother, Susan Parker, first came up with the idea for the Liberty Lake Farmers Market as a way to support local farmers and create a friendly community gathering place. Almost two decades later, those goals and more appear to have been accomplished.

“It’s fun to see it get better every year,” said Frank who is a regular at the market each Saturday. “It is a Liberty Lake institution and really contributes to a strong sense of community.”

Holli said it’s gratifying to see vendors like Veraci’s start from market roots and establish successful brick-and-mortar sites like their restaurant in Kendall Yards. Another recent vendor, Glorious Bakery, found a landing spot over the winter, selling bread and other products at My Fresh Basket.

Market highlights this year include the Italian Festival (July 13), Pie Festival (Aug. 10) and Art at the Market, pared down to one day this September with a date to be announced.

Besides serving as manager in all but two years of the market’s existence, Parker says she relishes the opportunity to shop for groceries, reconnect with old friends and soak up the market’s positive energy.

“I just love going to the market,” she said. “Even though it’s a Saturday, I know I’m not going to sleep in.”

To learn more about the Liberty Lake Farmers Market, visit:

Orchard Park Splash Pad Update

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Orchard Park March 2019

Harvest and Indiana SignThe Orchard Park Splash Pad is located just west of Harvest Parkway, between Mission Ave. and Indiana Ave. in the River District of Liberty Lake. It is approximately 90’ in diameter and features multi-colored concrete. It is comprised of numerous water features including a dragonfly, a tree with squirrels, a baby long-legs spider, a 6’ diameter water web, a tree with apples, a water spout, and a dumping water bucket along with other fun features.

Construction began last summer and is expected to be complete and in full operation by mid-June. The Splash Pad is located adjacent to the new playground currently under construction and promises to bring many hours of enjoyment to local families.

Splash Pad Rendering

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