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Spokane Wine Magazine Release Party Wednesday




Spokane Wine Magazine is celebrating the release of their second annual issue, and is hosting a release party to showcase the growing Spokane wine scene. "Spokane produces some of the highest quality wine in the state and many people in our area and beyond don't even know we're on the map," says publisher Josh Wade. "This publication helps shine the light on our area." The release party is Wednesday, November 30, from 6-8pm at Nectar Tasting Room, 120 N. Stevens at Main. Come meet the local winemakers, enjoy food from Trezzi Farm as well as light bites from Just a Couple of Mom's catering and live music from Karrie O'Neill. Please RSVP at www.facebook.com/events/260951473953114/ - a small donation to the Make a Wish foundation is encouraged. For more information contact Josh Wade 509-869-1572.


Spokane Tribe sets Open Houses to provide facts on the STEP development

The Friends of the Spokane Tribe Co-Chairs and the Spokane Tribe has set upcoming STEP Open House events, where the public will have the opportunity to hear STEP facts with detailed information about the proposed economic development project near Airway Heights. The project is called STEP, Spokane Tribe Economic Project which will bring more than 3,800 jobs to our region after full build-out of all phases. A small group of opponents of the project who don't want gaming competition in Airway Heights have been issuing misinformation and the Tribe is seeking to provide facts and accurate information.

The first open house is set for Today, November 28 from 3pm to 8 pm at the Holiday Inn-Airport. There will be a special presentation at 4pm and 6pm. Co-Chair of the Friends of the Spokane Tribe, Bonnie Mager (former Spokane County Commissioner) will preside over the Monday event.

The second open house is at Red Lion Hotel at the Park, Tuesday, November 29 from 3pm to 8 pm with special presentations at 4pm and 6pm. Co-Chair Todd Ekstrom of Columbia Bank will preside over the Tuesday event. Both events will highlight a video update of STEP.
The website www.stepspokane.com.

Interim CEO for YMCA named

Alan Lesher, YMCA of the Inland Northwest CFO, will provide interim leadership to the organization during its CEO search. He will assume this additional responsibility upon CEO Rig Riggins' departure to Pittsburg as of January 2, 2012.

Since coming to Spokane in 2001 Riggins' visionary leadership has transformed Spokane's Y into a robust community organization with three fantastic locations. His legacy will live on for generations to come in Spokane. We all owe him a debt of gratitude. Thanks Rig Riggins!


The Spokane Masonic Center: 117,000 Square Feet of 'Not So Square' Space

Right now the Masonic Center has some dates available for holiday parties and events in one of Spokane's most spectacular venues. Established in 1905, the Spokane Masonic Center (then known as Spokane Masonic Temple) was Spokane's original convention and community gathering place. At the turn of the century it served as the central place for meetings, banquets, performances, dances, parties and weddings - it was also Spokane's first movie house, where crowds of more than a thousand came to see the latest 'flicker shows; and catch up on world news.

Today the building still serves the community in many of the same ways. With 117,000 square feet of rental space, the Spokane Masonic Center offers an astounding atmosphere for any event. Ten rooms, each having its own character and charm, can accommodate groups from 15 to 1,500. It remains a very popular venue for weddings and receptions.

When you book event space at the Spokane Masonic Center, you also invest in the community. As a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, their mission is to preserve and restore this national historic treasure while assisting other nonprofit organizations. Proceeds from their events support this mission. And special discounted rates are offered to nonprofits.

The Spokane Masonic Center is located downtown at the heart of the Riverside Avenue Historic District at 1108 W. Riverside Avenue. Find out more at www.spomc.org.

Mayor-elect Condon announces 5 Task Teams to outline alternatives for reforming city government

Mayor-Elect David Condon has announced the chairs and mission of the five Task Teams that will serve as working groups in the Transition Committee for his administration. Task Team #1 Public Safety - Chair Nancy Isserlis. Task Team #2 Jobs & Economic Opportunity - Chair Mike Senske. Task Team #3 Budget Reform - Chair Brian Benzel. Task Team #4 Infrastructure - Chair Latisha Hill. Task Team #5 Quality of Life/Social Services - Chair Arlene Patton These task teams will research, discuss and report with policy recommendations to the new administration.

Tyler Kracht joins Klundt Hosmer

Tyler Kracht has joined Klundt Hosmer as a graphic designer. He was previously a graphic designer at Pierpoint Media. He graduated from the design program at Alexandria Tech College in Minnesota where he won multiple ADDY awards for his design work.

Klundt Hosmer is a design-based, visual communications firm that offers a multi-dimensional range of creative print and online strategies to make the most of any organization's branding, marketing and visual communications opportunities. Their offices are located at 216 W. Pacific, Suite 201.


CHAS to hold event

To illustrate the important role community health centers such as CHAS play in the Inland Northwest, over 200 CHAS employees, providers, patients and community members will gather at CHAS Denny Murphy Clinic on Wednesday, November 30th at 8 am. The event is part of a statewide initiative, A Day Without a Community Health Center, with community health centers in Seattle, Moses Lake and Yakima participating in similar events.

CHAS is one of Washington's 26 non-profit community health centers that provide access to all patients regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. Health centers serve about one-tenth of the state's population, totaling nearly 730,000 patients. CHAS serves, on average, 670 patients per day.


New wine bar on the south hill

Mezzo Pazzo Wine Bar has opened on Spokane's south hill at 2710 East 57th. Their focus is sharing wines from around the world, but they also feature some microbrews, light fare like sandwiches and salads as well as meat and cheese plates. Mezzo Pazzo also provides a venue for local musicians and artists.

Mezzo Pazzo is Italian for Half-Crazy, and their motto is 'Half-crazy, about wine, about life'. They describe the atmosphere as warm and relaxing, with a touch of class, and a splash of fun. WiFi is available. The hours are 11 am to 10 pm, Tuesday through Thursday, and until 11:00 pm on Friday and Saturday. The website is mezzopazzowinebar.com and the phone number is 509-863-9313.

Thrifty Car Rental and Sales opens in CdA

Thrifty Car Rental and Car Sales, which has been in business in Spokane for 34 years has opened a lot in Coeur d'Alene at 1503 N. Fourth Street. They are open Monday through Saturday. Thrifty offers warranties and low interest financing on their vehicles which are all listed on their website ThriftySpokane.com and the phone number is 208-765-2277.

Lawyers Weatherhead and Schwartz on Best list

Witherspoon Kelley attorneys Leslie Weatherhead and Stan Schwartz have been named to the Best Lawyers in America list. Weatherhead is listed for practice of commercial litigation and Schwartz is listed for practice in real estate law.

Huckleberry's Annual Cheese Extravaganza Dec. 3rd

Huckleberry's Natural Market invites you to sample cheeses from around the world at their Annual Cheese Extravaganza, Saturday, December 3rd, at Huckleberry's, 926 S. Monroe. Tastings are 9am-3pm.

During the holiday season when gift giving is at a peak, this event offers the perfect opportunity for those who need a little cheese education. Learn how to pair great cheeses with the right wine for your holiday get-togethers. After Saturday's event, you can impress your friends and family with gift baskets of delicious wine and cheeses that complement each other.

Their cheese experts will be on location at Huckleberry's Natural Market to answer your questions, give you recipes, and let you sample a stunning variety of cheeses from around the world. The cheese department continually features a myriad of unique cheeses, some of which you can only get at Huckleberry's for a short period of time.

The Huckleberry's Annual Cheese Extravaganza features representatives locally and from around the world, as well as experts from The Spokane Wine Co. who will also be on hand to offer advice on pairing gourmet cheese with delicious wines. The Spokane Wine Co. is located inside Huckleberry's and offers a wide array of unique wines and beers.

Another Wal-Mart for Spokane

Wal-Mart has announced plans to build an $11.6 million store at 5025 East Sprague near Costco, providing about 300 jobs. The 160,000 square foot supercenter will be open in about 14 months.

Meridian Construction to build medical office

Mark D'Agostino reports that his Meridian Construction company will begin work in January on a medical office building being built on speculation at 12104 East Main in Spokane Valley. The 5,000 square foot facility is expected to be completed by May. Meridian's phone number is 509-443-0252.

The Business Thought of the Week

"Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds."
Theodore Roosevelt





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