Archive for January, 2013

Visit Mountain Valley Zoological Park & Gardens for Affordable Family Fun!

posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Thursday, January 31, 2013

Are you looking for a fun and unique activity in the Spokane area that is affordable, educational, and entertaining for people of all ages? Look no further than Mountain Valley Zoological Park & Gardens! We are a local non-profit organization based in beautiful Spokane Valley, and we are dedicated to the study and research of plants and animals living in our area. We have over 100 species of animal living on our lovely 30-acre property, including Icelandic horses, sheep, goats, and a wide variety of birds that includes many rare, exotic, and endangered species. While our Botanical Gardens are closed for the winter, the Zoological Park is open year-round for your enjoyment, and there is always much to see and learn!

Admission is always free for children 2 and under, as well as for veterans, active military personnel, firemen, and policemen. We appreciate the services these people have provided to our country and community and want to make them feel as welcome as possible. Feed is available to give the animals, and we also provide delicious sack lunches, hot cocoa and homemade apple cider to warm you up, and other delicious treats so that your experience at Mountain Valley Zoological Park & Gardens is pleasant and memorable.

We offer a unique opportunity for families, school groups, day cares, and children of all ages to have fun in a relaxed and friendly environment. The Zoological Park & Gardens provides an affordable, family-friendly way to spend an afternoon together. It is not only fun, but can be educational too, as children can learn about the different plants and animals and see how they are cared for. Come by and see us soon! It’s guaranteed to be an outing you’ll look back on fondly for years to come!


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Mountain Valley Zoological Park & Gardens
(501) (c) (3) applied for
4301 South Chapman Road
Greenacres, WA 99016-8732
Tel: 509-928-2813 Fax: 509-922-9949

Zoological Park & Garden Hours:
Monday – Sunday
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Pacific Time)



Website: www.mountainvalley
Store: www.mountainvalley

Directions to Mountain Valley Zoological Park & Gardens

From I-90 East or West
Take the Sullivan Exit (291B) – South for about 3 miles
Turn left on Saltese (east), and continue for .5 mile
Turn right on South Chapman Road (south), and proceed .9 mile
The park will be on the left-hand side of the road – 4301 South Chapman Road



Personalized Cards Give That Special Touch

posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Monday, January 21, 2013

Right now, most people are gearing up for Valentine’s Day, preparing for that romantic holiday with their loved ones. Decadent chocolates, cute stuffed animals, and romantic dinners are all thoughtful ideas for showing your love, but why not add something even more special this year? Instead of buying an impersonal mass-produced card that was designed in a corporate office, give your loved one a personalized card that shows just how much they mean to you.

Shutterfly is a great resource for creating your very own cards for any occasion, and Valentine’s Day is no exception. Shutterfly’s Valentine’s collection provides many fabulous designs ranging from fun cards geared toward kids to elegant romantic cards for the love of your life. Their cards are available in a range of sizes and styles and offer many customizable options for both the front and back of the cards as well as the inside. Add photos of you and your sweetie together, then write a personalized message in a range of fonts and colors for a truly unique card. You can even add beautiful effects to the photos you choose for your card, like soft focus, color tone, and classic black and white. The process is quick, easy, and fun, and the results are simply spectacular.

Spring will be here before you know it, so check out Shutterfly’s selection of Easter cards as well. This collection of bright, airy designs will help you usher in the season of rebirth in style. With cards ranging from cute to whimsical to stylish, you are sure to find something that appeals to you, and all of these Easter cards offer the same customizable options so that you can impress friends and family with personalized greetings. You can order an entire set of gorgeous, professionally-printed Easter cards that are fun and unique, designed entirely by you with that special touch in mind, and everyone will be thrilled with how thoughtful you are. The Easter card showed in this post is one I designed in about 10 minutes using Shutterfly. It’s an absolutely lovely way to let your friends and family know that they mean more to you than a generic store-bought card.