SCEL Presents: Fair Housing Alliance

Today SCEL’s guest speakers are Alfredo Llamedo and Holly Timmerman, Bilingual Fair Housing Specialists. Today they will talk about how the Northwest Fair Housing Alliance aims to eliminate housing discrimination and to ensure equal housing opportunity for the people of Washington State through education, counseling and advocacy.


Earth Day Spokane! April 22nd and 23rd, Riverfront Park Pavilion

Earth Day Spokane

Spokane’s Fifth Annual EarthDay festival will happen April 22nd and 23rd in the Riverfront Park pavilion and Central Meadow! This is an event that celebrates the diversity in our community and our planet.  This year’s festival will be double the size as previous years.

Earth Day Spokane, 2017, promises the best of our community’s art and culture showcased between two stages!

The first-ever Earth Night will feature concerts held in a duo of dome structures, with live artists, dancers, and aerial performers! Both domes will have a fully projected visual experience, and music from sundown until the local noise ordinance takes effect (10PM). While Earth Day is free, Earth Night tickets bought in advance are $15


April 22 / Earth Day / 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
April 22 / Earth Night / 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
April 23 / Earth Day / 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Oh Yeah! It’s Record Store Day, Saturday April 22nd

Stop by 4,000 Holes to buy some records/CDs/Tapes/Memorabilia, hear live bands play and get some free stuff (picture below) on Record Store Day 2017.  The store opens at 9am and can be found here.  4,000 Holes has been operating in Spokane for nearly 30 years and holds a firm place in the heart of music makers and music lovers of the Inland Northwest.  For details and questions, call (509) 325-1914

Spokane: Vietnamese Heritage Day

Join the cultural festival:

“Presented by the Vietnamese American Senior Association of Spokane. This event (called Giỗ Tổ Hùng Vương in Vietnamese) is an expression of gratitude to Vietnam’s Founding Fathers, the Hung Vuong Kings who established Vietnam, which has had its distinctive ancient civilization in Southeast Asia since more than 5,000 years ago. Vietnamese Heritage Day is part of the effort to continue Vietnamese cultural traditions in America for Vietnamese refugees and immigrants, foster solidarity among Asian-American and Pacific Islanders and extend a comfortable friendship within the local communities in the Spokane area. In addition, on April 21 at 11 a.m., the flag salute for the Vietnamese freedom flag flying will take place in front of City Hall. For more information, please contact Mary Nguyen, VASAS secretary by emailing”

When: 2-4:30 p.m.

Where:Service Station, 9315 N. Nevada St., Spokane, WA

Phone:(509) 466-1696

Bloomsday: Spokane’s Favorite Footrace! May 7th, Register Now!

Bloomdsday 2017, Spokane’s favorite 12km footrace, will happen on May 7th.  For online registration, the deadline is April 23rd, so act now!  The race starts at 9am, and when you register they will give you your details.

Generally tens of thousands of people participate, bands will play along the route and plenty of supporters will cheer the runners/walkers/crawlers on.  Participating in Bloomsday at least once is the quintessential Spokane experience.

If you go, keep an eye out for our Director, Josh, he will be a race entrant this year, and all of us at SCEL will be cheering him on to win the whole thing.

Register ($18/$35 includes a stylish Tshirt for those who finish):

Race information:



Get Lit!

During Get Lit!, Spokane’s annual literary festival, you can meet famous authors, go to a workshop and even attend a poetry slam.  The Get lit! Festival is now in its 19th year, and serves as one of one of our teachers’ favorite events.  Students will enjoy the festivities as well!  The festival has events every day from April 17-30, 2017.  For a full list of events and venues, click here!  More information can be found on the Get Lit! website.

Spokane’s 50-hour Film Slam! May 6th @ the Bing!

50 Hour Slam: A Time Based Filmmaking Competition & Festival in Spokane, Washington

New and emerging, as well as veteran film makers in Spokane are challenged to create a 3 to 6 minute film within a time limit of 50 hours. Currently, filmmakers know just one rule– at some point in the film, there must be a penny.  Check out the results on May 6th at the historic Bing Theater.

Last year’s festival produced some memorable short films on the subject of dance, requiring the line of dialogue “Have you ever been to a farm? …It’s not for everyone.” and shots of famous Spokane landmarks.  You can see last year’s winners and buy tickets on the 50 Hour Slam website found here: