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SPR invites you to celebrate the life of Rings 'n' Things founder Russ Nobbs this Saturday with a party in the Grant Park. Longtime friend Verne Windham emcees the gathering that includes stories of Russ's life (and Spokane counter-culture!) plus music by Inland Folk host Dan Maher.

Russ's connection to Spokane Public Radio began in the early days of both KPBX and Russ's store Rings 'n' Things. Both were located in Second City, a two-story brick building in Downtown Spokane that housed artists, craftspeople, and eclectic stores. (A bank building stands there today). As his business expanded, Russ continued to support Spokane Public Radio as a member, as a program underwriter, and as a board member.

On Russ's death, his wife Dee requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Spokane Public Radio, or to the Tolstoy Farm organic growers community, or to 2nd Harvest Food Bank. Dee requested that attendees bring a can of food for the Food Bank, and cash for any of those three organizations.  All three will be at the event, and SPR will have information about it's future home Fire Station No. 3.

Russ lived vivaciously, having been accepted to MIT and ultimately rejecting engineering school to work towards the environment. He led numerous recycling efforts in the Spokane area and was editor of the Natural, a Spokane counter-culture newspaper. In 2012 he was inducted into the Washington State Recycling Association’s Recycling Hall of Fame. That same year he was awarded the inaugural Mike Chappell Spokane River Hero Award from the Center for Justice.

Festivities will start at 5 p.m. Saturday in Grant Park, in the Perry District. True to Russ’ style, colorful clothing and bright beads are encouraged for the gathering. It is also suggested that attendees bring their own 'recyclable' drink and lawn chair, along with personal reminisces of Russ. Musicians are encouraged to jam after music by Joe Carr, the band Sales Wagon, and Dan Maher.

Questions can be answered by the Rings-Things staff at 509-252-2900.

SPR appreciates the artists and community leaders who have hosted special fundraising and information events. If you would like to host an event, please contact Kathy Sackett.
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