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November 30, 2017

Cheney folk singer/songwriter releases first album

Cheney Indie folk singer/songwriter Brian Stai is issuing his first full-length solo album with a release show on Monday, Dec. 4, at The Bartlett in Spokane. The show begins at 8 p.m.

Stai, who worked at Eastern Washington University at the Newman Center with his wife, traveled to North Carolina to record “Your Dreams,” with renowned producer Doug Williams, who has produced albums for acts such as the Grammy Award nominated Avett Brothers and many others.

In a news release, Stai said he has played shows in Cheney, Spokane, North Idaho and other locations in the area. For the album, he traveled 5,000 miles to spend 27 hours in the studio along with his father, who traveled from Iowa and plays bass guitar and sings backing vocals on the album.

“Recording with Doug was a huge bucket list item for me,” Stai said in the release. “He does an amazing job recording acoustic musicians and has worked with very successful bands.”

Medical Lake goes Whoville at Christmas Winter Festival

Downtown Medical Lake will become Dr. Seuss’s “Whoville” on Saturday, Dec. 9, as the non-profit city revitalization organization Re*Imagine Medical Lake presents “How Medical Lake Stole Christmas.”

According to a Nov. 27 news release, vendor booths will open downtown at Lefevre and Lake streets at 10 a.m., with activities running 1–7 p.m., beginning with the “Stocking Stuffer 5K Fun Run/Walk” — Whoville costumes encouraged. Cost is $10, pets welcome and kids are free with a food bank donation. Register at

The Children’s Theatre presents two live shows, “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “A Christmas Carole” at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. respectively at the high school. Take a horse drawn wagon ride and visit “Santa’s Workshop and Woodshop” where children do crafts with elves or build toys with Santa.

There will also be a parade where any and all are invited to don some lights, dress like a Who (or not) and join the procession to Coney Island Park for the traditional tree lighting at 5 p.m.

Visitors are then invited to board the busses for the “Winter Festival Tour of Lights” or take a self-guided tour at

Medical Lake residents may register their home at the same website, and are invited to go Whoville with outdoor decorations.

Free parking is available at Sunwest Automotive, 210 S. Broad Street and Umpqua Bank, 120 S. Broad, and at the high school.


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