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Christine Eriksen debuts personal training business

Christine Eriksen, (pictured on right), ACE Certified Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor, has joined the studio of Michelle Lobdell, left, at S. 7 Howard in the Symons Building, and is taking new clients for personal training. She is also teaching a Pilates class on Mondays and Wednesdays at Noon, beginning June 15th. Ms. Eriksen previously worked in public relations and marketing in Spokane and Salt Lake City. She is a graduate of Whitworth College and Syracuse University. Her business is called CHE Fitness, and she also is a consultant and distributor for Isagenix Intl., a nutrition, weight loss and anti-aging skin care system of products. You can reach Chris at cheriksen@q.com.

Spokane Aids Network Stem and Stein is Friday at NQRC

The event is this Friday, June 17th at Northern Quest Resort and Casino. Doors open at 6:00pm. Tickets are $50 for individuals and $85 for couples. Designated drivers can purchase tickets for just $25 by calling SAN. All other guests can purchase by calling SAN or by clicking on the link below.

This event will feature music provided by Hot Club of Spokane, a wide array of Northwest wines, beers and spirits, delicious food, and a silent auction. Support those living with HIV/AIDS in our community and purchase your tickets today. www.spokaneaids.org/events/stem_and_stein.asp.

Daddy Daughter Dance This Friday

Dad's, start your fathers day off right. Get your dancing shoes on and take your daughter to the Daddy Daughter Dance this Friday night from 6 to 9 at Valley Real Life, 1831 S. Barker Road in Spokane Valley. There will be dancing, soda floats, ice cream, prizes and photos by Leo's. For more information email dacruiser@comcast.net.

Car d'Lane this Friday and Saturday in the Lake City

This Friday, June 17 at 6:00pm and Saturday, June 18 at 4:00pm Sherman Avenue in downtown Coeur d'Alene will be full of some of the finest cars in the world. Created By Coeur d'Alene Downtown Association, Car d'Alene starts with a cruise Friday night from 6 - 9:30 pm; contests for 'Best Pipes' & 'Best Flames' show is on Saturday from 8 am - 4 pm, with the Awards Ceremony at 4 pm. Poker Walk is Saturday from 11 am - 4 pm. And the 2011 Swap Meet is Friday & Saturday from 8 am - 4 pm. Located on corner of 3rd Street & Coeur d'Alene Avenue. T-Shirts available at registration on Friday, &/or during the Show on Saturday, as supplies last. Visit www.cdadowntown.com for more information.

Wendle Motors' June 19th Father's Day Car Show

On Father's Day, spend time with your family at the Classic Car Show (All Makes) at Wendle Motors 9000 N Division from 11am until 2pm. 36 trophies awarded, one for "Best of Show" and for each class (14) there will be a 1st and 2nd Place Winner. If you'd like to enter a vehicle in the show, registration is from 9am-11am. Call Randy at 509-926-1113 with questions.

Spokane Coeur d'Alene Regional Destiny website launched

Gibby Media Group, Inc. has launched "Spokane Coeur d'Alene the Regional Destiny" website www.spokanedestiny.com. The website features over 30 high quality streaming videos on area key area venues. It also contains TV commercials, splash pages and over 300 website links to key regional businesses and organizations. Streaming videos on the website include a short introduction by Spokane Mayor Mary Verner, videos on Spokane, Coeur d'Alene, Sandpoint and surrounding communities.

The website contains streaming videos on major area parks, lakes, special events, cities, recreational opportunities, quality of life, hospitality, real estate, financial, education, medical, business opportunities, and much more. The videos vary in length from 30 seconds, up to 7 minutes HD quality. The website is considered unique because it contains so much interactive regional video content available on one single website focused on the entire region. It will provide the general public and area business a high tech real time tool to help promote and market the entire region to family, friends and business associates. The website also works on Droid devices, phones and Zoom pads. GMG is releasing an iPhone and iPad version of the site in July.

The website utilizes Gibby Media patent pending streaming format pioneered at GMG which typically provides no load time and large screen video presentation, on their worldwide cloud distribution network.

Schedule a visit to GMG studios at 1213 Pines Rd Spokane Valley. For more details on this and other GMG projects, please call 509-467-1113, Cell 509-939-3743 or email Lon Gibby at Lon@gibbymedia.com.

Linda Elkin Receives 2011 Power Woman of the Year Award

The Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce presented the Power Woman of the Year Award at the 2011 Power Women's Summit on Wednesday, June 8, at the Mirabeau Park Hotel during a luncheon award ceremony. The annual award, sponsored by Sterling Savings Bank, recognizes business achievement and community involvement as well as leadership and mentorship qualities. She was nominated by her staff who feel that she has created a positive team work and customer service environment encouraging strong community involvement. She recently organized a group of U.S. Bank employees to brainstorm and to create a plan to help increase the success of women owned businesses in the Spokane area.

Linda is the Regional President of U.S. Bank in Spokane. Her area of responsibility covers the retail delivery system with 15 branches, commercial and small business banking and the trust/wealth management groups for Spokane and Lincoln Counties. She was selected for this position in April 2010. Prior to moving back home to Spokane, Linda began her career with U.S. Bank in Corporate banking in Seattle. She earned a BA and MBA from Washington State University with emphasis on Marketing and Organizational Behavior.

She is active with the Northwest Business Development Association as part of the SBA 504 loan committee. She was also recently selected as one of 60 leaders at U.S. Bancorp to participate in the 2011-2012 Leadership Excellence Program.

Her community activities are many where she serves on boards of directors for Greater Spokane Inc., Inland Northwest Chapter of Boy Scouts of America, Leadership Spokane, Spokane County United Way, Spokane Symphony, Spokane Club, Mobius Kids and the Children's Museum of Spokane.

Mirabeau Park Hotel 'Best in the NW League'

A survey among the eight play-by-play baseball broadcasters in the Northwest League in 2010 has revealed their thoughts on the best team hotel in the league. The Top-3 hotels were all separated by just six voter points in the poll, but the Mirabeau Park Hotel and Convention Center took the top mark. For years, teams stayed downtown Spokane but now they prefer the Mirabeau. One broadcaster mentioned - "Best hotel in the league, bar none."

Local Women of Achievement to be Honored

The YWCA of Spokane will again honor local women who excel in their field of expertise and whose achievements have had a powerful effect on our community with the 2011 YWCA Women of Achievement Awards. The awards will be presented in up to six categories at the annual Women of Achievement Benefit Luncheon on November 2, 2011.

The YWCA is now seeking nominations in the categories of Arts and Culture; Volunteer Community Service; Education; Social & Racial Justice; Professional and Young Woman of Achievement (high school senior, graduating in 2012). In addition to a record of exemplary service and leadership, nominees also embody the mission of the YWCA through dedication to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Nominations will be accepted through the deadline of June 30, 2011.

The 29th annual YWCA Women of Achievement Benefit Luncheon will feature the inspirational true story of Erin Gruwell, president of the Freedom Writers Foundation. As portrayed by Hilary Swank in the 2007 motion picture "Freedom Writers," Gruwell successfully transformed her students' lives from gang violence, juvenile detention and drugs into a story of hope and opportunity in Long Beach, California. By fostering an educational philosophy that values and promotes diversity, her message inspires her audiences to become a catalyst for positive change. The luncheon will be held on November 2 in the Spokane Convention Center. For a Women of Achievement nomination form or more information about the luncheon, call 509-789-9304 or visit www.ywca.org/spokane.

Healing Lodge wins national award

The Healing Lodge of the Seven Nations is recognized among recipients of the 2011 iAward for its Expressive Arts Program. The National Institute for Addictions Treatment (NIATx) and the State Associations of Addiction Services (SAAS) annually recognize innovative treatment programming through the national iAward.

The Healing Lodge of the Seven Nations was among six organizations to be recognized across the nation this year, receiving an honorable mention for process improvement of the Expressive Arts program. The program engages clients through music in their path to recovery. Since the release of their first album, "The Dark Road," the participants of the program have been invited to Boston to receive the iAward for the Healing Lodge in July.

Viva SpoVegas!

LaunchPad INW announces this quarter's event - "Viva SpoVegas", June 30th at 5pm at Northern Quest Resort and Casino. Guests will enjoy a live tribute to Motown, a visit from Elvis and as a special 'thank you' to all who attend this mega-networking event, our sponsors are bringing us FREE Vegas style gambling with "funny money" and prizes.

Get your tickets now by visiting www.launchpadinw.com.

Stephen Pohl joins NAI Black

NAI Black welcomes Stephen Pohl, as a Managing Broker Retail with Black Commercial, Inc. an NAI Black company. Stephen brings to the company a long and successful career in retail asset management, leasing and development. He was previously General Manager of River Park Square.

After graduating from Purdue University, Stephen began his real estate career with Exxon Corporation. Since moving to Spokane four years ago, Stephen has become active in the community and serves on the Spokane County Boundary Review Board, the SCVB Board and the Spokane Public Library Foundation Board.

As Managing Broker Retail, Stephen will focus on retail leasing, sales and development.

The Business Thought of the Week

"I will do things that no one in the past has dared to do. I will think new thoughts, bring new things into being." Leonardo DaVinci

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