Chamber Corner: Summer programs and festivals starting soon

June 10, 2018

Jane Mitchell

Flower baskets are hung and flower beds are overflowing with beautiful blooms; it must be almost summer in Riddle. There is so much going on this summer, you’re going to want to take notes and mark your calendars.

Congratulations to all the High School Graduates. Band concerts, playoff games, promotions and field days are just about complete, a sure sign the end of the school year is near. Please be on the lookout for short people out and about enjoying the summer sunshine.

The city of Riddle was the happy recipient of a 2006 Ford Service truck, gifted from Avista Utilities. This generosity is greatly appreciated by all. As I mentioned, the flower baskets are hung and the flower beds planted and blooming. A big, big thank you to Shira and her family for their dedication to the watering and fertilizing schedule.

Riddle City Library recently conducted a very successful fundraiser, selling plants, books and baked goods. The sale raised over $1,000 for the library. Support for the library continues to grow and expand. Thank you, Riddle Readers for recognizing how important a library is in maintain a thriving community. Various events are planned at the library for the summer; be sure you’re keeping track of those fun and educational events. (Summer slide is a real thing folks; keep those kiddo’s reading). You can find all the information on the library’s website or Facebook page. The summer reading program kicks off June 14 with a presentation by Wildlife Safari.

Sawdust Jubilee, as well as the “Small Town Big Blast” fireworks display, are in full planning/go-ahead mode. A complete schedule is forthcoming. Fireworks will be on June 30 this year, as the Fourth of July falls in the middle of the week. The third annual softball tournament will be the anchor event as well as the second annual Good Ol’ Boys Barbeque Cookoff. These will be at the baseball and high school fields. The car show will be at the high school, while booths, kid’s games and entertainment will be down both sides of Main Street beginning the evening of June 29. The parade will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, followed by the Chamber Dessert Auction and honoring our community volunteers. Church in the park on Sunday at the pocket park downtown will close out the festivities. Mark your calendar, check for the full schedule and plan accordingly, you don’t want to miss this event.

Riddle Elementary School will be the recipient of seismic upgrades. This will continue for the next couple of summers, so be aware of this added activity on an already busy street. Flashing stop signs will be your first indicator.

Kid Venture will not be happening this summer, yet there are several fun things to keep the kids busy. Volleyball camp is starting with high school July 16-18; youth camp July 30-Aug 2; and middle school July 16-19. Kids in Clay classes begin June 25 and run through August 2. There are classes available for all ages, so check the schedule and make the call. It’s a great method of stress relief. Youth cheerleading continues through the summer with an all-comers stunt camp scheduled for July 19-20.

If you’re as tired as I am after all these activities, you’ll want to stop by one of our fabulous restaurants or the equally fabulous bakery (Yes, we have a bakery) and pick up something deliciously mouthwatering to keep you going until next time. See you in Riddle.

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