It’s not exactly a surprise party – after all, the event will be held on Spokane Valley city property – but everyone is invited Saturday to celebrate the municipality’s 10th anniversary.
The free bash will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at CenterPlace, 2426 N. Discovery Place.
While it’s true that the official date of incorporation was on March 31, 2003, Carolbelle Branch, spokeswoman for the city of Spokane Valley, said she was hesitant to delay the celebration two more weeks.
“That’s the weekend of Easter,” she said. “Plus, a lot of families will be leaving for vacations.”
The Spokane Valley Birthday Party, Carnival and R.U.R. (Recycled, Upcycled and Repurposed) Bazaar will begin with welcoming and opening remarks by Mayor Tom Towey.
Of course, there will be a birthday cake, carnival games, lots of local vendors and food. There will also be themed party rooms for children.
There will also be an emphasis on Native American heritage – something that is a big part of Spokane Valley’s history – with representatives from the Spokane, Kalispel, Coeur d’Alene and Colville tribes expected to be on hand in a designated room. There will also be a Native American round dance.
The Greenacres Marimba Ensemble and East Valley High School Bella Noche Select Choir will also perform.
Jayne Singleton, director of the Spokane Valley Heritage Museum, will have Spokane Valley history presentations. The Spokane Valley Fire Department – with Mako, the arson dog -- is also expected to be on hand.
Finally, there will be door prize drawings throughout the day.
For more information, visit spokanevalley10.com.