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Let's Talk Spokane, a new local TV talk show debuts Friday

Quicksilver Media Spokane, LLC in conjunction with Kent Adams Consulting, LLC announces the launch of a new local TV talk show that debuts Friday. Let's Talk Spokane is a weekly half hour television show featuring Spokane and Inland Northwest achievements. Spokane marketing consultant, Kent Adams has teamed up with former radio broadcaster Kyrsten Weber to anchor the show.

The program, sponsored by Washington Trust Bank, airs on KXLY TV4 Fridays at 11:00am (following The View) and Sundays at 6:30am (preceding Good Morning America) beginning February 24th & 26th.

The first show includes an interview with Josh Hissong and Armando Hurtardo, the principals of HDG, an innovative and creative design firm that has changed the face of the restaurant business in Spokane. HDG has provided the designs for local restaurants including Savory, Wasabi, The Rusty Moose and Fire in Coeur d'Alene.

YMCA Partners for Youth Update

The YMCA Partners for Youth (PFY) annual scholarship campaign is well underway and volunteers are actively finding great support from the community. Current dollars raised since Feb. 7, 2012 are $246,540 or 42% of the $587,000 goal. These funds go directly to people and families like scholarship recipient Lisa, whose daughter has mild juvenile rheumatoid arthritis and whose son is the YMCA's preschool program. Both children swim at the Y and Lisa enjoys cycling classes. "Because of the YMCA, our lives are much richer and I am able to give my children experiences they would not find anywhere else. Without the scholarship, I wouldn't be able to afford our membership." Gifts of $100 help four kids get their feet wet and gain confidence as they learn to swim at the Y. Thanks Spokane!

Bing Crosby Theater has a new owner

Businessman Jerry Dicker has purchased Spokane's historic Bing Crosby Theater for $920,000 and has major renovation and improvement plans for the Spokane landmark theatre. He expects the upgrades will allow for more events in the building.

The Bing was built in 1915 at Lincoln Street and Sprague Avenue and was originally named the Clemmer Theater. It later became the State as a movie theater, and then the Metropolitan Performing arts Center (the Met), before it was changed in 2006 to honor Bing Crosby. The name will remain the same and Dicker has plans to develop the theater into a showcase of Crosby memorabilia, having acquired several thousand photos of Bing. Michael Smith, the theater manager for the past 25 years, will stay on as manager.

Dicker owns several other area businesses and properties including the Hotel Ruby and Sapphire Lounge at the corner of Lincoln and First Avenue. His company also bought majority interest in the former Burgan's Fine Furniture building at Division Street and Boone Avenue.

The Queen is coming to Spokane!

The YWCA is bringing Queen Latifah to the INB Performing Arts Center on March 22nd at 7:30 pm for an important and unique fundraiser. This is the first time she has appeared anywhere in the northwest and the YWCA is very excited to share her message of empowerment with Spokane. The event will be hosted by Molly Allen from 92.9 KZZU. Queen Latifah will impart her fundamentals of inner strength and how empowered women can change their own lives and the life of a community. Ticketswest has your seats. Call 800-325-SEAT or go to Ticketswest.com.

NAI Global Honors NAI Black with Eagle Award

NAI Black, headquartered in Spokane, was recognized by NAI Global with its Eagle Award for performance in 2011. The Eagle Award recognizes the NAI member firm that best exemplifies the Right Stuff - a composite of leadership, capital and resources; commitment to quality; the desire and energy to grow; and sharing the NAI Global vision for excellence in commercial real estate services.

The award was presented in a ceremony on February 8th at the NAI Global 2012 Convention in Las Vegas. Based in Princeton, New Jersey, NAI Global manages a network of 5,000 professionals and 350 offices in 55 countries. NAI professionals complete over $45 billion in transactions annually.

Oscar Gala is Sunday at Northern Quest

The Spokane Aids Network's Oscar Gala, Spokane's most glamorous fund raising event, is this Sunday at Northern Quest. Enjoy an elegant plated dinner and a fabulous live and silent auction while watching the live telecast of the 83rd annual Academy Awards. Go to spokaneaids.org now for your tickets.

Social Media Workshops for Non-Profits

Washington Nonprofits in partnership with Lilac Services for the Blind is offering two informative, interactive workshops on March 15th from 1:30 to 4:30pm. In today's online world, social media is fast becoming an integral communication tool. The benefits of using social media are many, ranging from brand recognition, community outreach and increased sales and constituent engagement. But there is no getting around the fact that social media also introduces new risks. In this 2 hour workshop we will discuss how to effectively and strategically engage your stakeholders in social media venues while also confronting the associated risks.

Using Social Media to increase revenue and decrease expenses is the goal of every nonprofit organization. With that goal in mind, Washington Nonprofits has created a one hour Social Media strategy workshop to help you create a simple, workable plan that can be implemented in your organization immediately. Date: Thursday, March 15, 2012 1:30pm to 4:30pm. Register online now at www.washingtonnonprofits.org or contact Genia Seghetti at 509-688-4568.

Condron Homes made in the USA

With so many products being manufactured outside of the U.S., Spokane's Condron Homes has broken ground on a home featuring all American made products. The foundation has been poured and they are beginning framing February 23rd. Condron Homes hopes this will set a precedent to challenge other local builders to join in the 100% American made concept to strengthen the health of the Spokane area economy and bring awareness to owning a new home. See the 'Condron Homes Made in America' Facebook page to view the progress.

The 34th Annual Spokane Home & Yard Show starts this week

Jim Custer Enterprises once again presents The Spokane Home & Yard show, starting this Thursday, February 23 through Sunday, February 26 at the Spokane Fair & Expo Center. This year's show features hundreds of displays and demonstrations of the latest in home and yard related products, services and improvements.

Admission is $7, good all weekend. Kids 12 and under get in free. Hours are Thursday & Friday, noon to 9pm; Saturday, 10am to 7pm and Sunday, 10am to 5pm. For more information, visit www.custershows.com.

Angel Flight sets safety mark

There are truly angels among, and they are flying very safely. Angel Flight has announced that they have flown over 50,000 hours without any accidents. That is a very impressive statistic in the aviation world. Angel Flight is a free air transportation service made possible by the generosity of volunteer pilots who fly their own aircraft and donate their skills fuel and time to provide free air transportation for financially needy patients to and from hospitals, clinics or medical appointments as well as other compelling human needs, such as domestic violence. Angel Flight was started in California in 1983 and came to eastern Washington in 1997.

In the Spokane area, the program is headed by Dr. Terry Judge, a retired cardiologist and pilot, who coordinates the program in the inland northwest. Dr. Judge travels all over the region, flying his own plane at his expense, giving presentations to medical groups and community organizations to expand the awareness of the service. To schedule a presentation for your organization on Angel Flight contact Terry Judge, M.D., 509-624-8512 or e-mail: tjjudge@comcast.net. Angel Flight's website is www.angleflight.org.

Numerica Boosts Business Services Department with Two New Hires

Numerica Credit Union is ramping up the staff in their business services department in order to offer more products and services that will better serve their business members.

Nichole Dahl Ryan was recently hired as the Cash Management Sales Manager. She has worked in the banking industry for over 12 years, most recently at AmericanWest Bank as the Treasury Management Consultant. Ryan's higher education was received at Big Bend Community College and Eastern Washington University (EWU).

Curt Fuller was also recently hired as a Business Services Relationship Officer. Fuller has worked in the banking industry for 26 years, spending the first 21 years with large, national financial institutions in various lending and managerial positions. He most recently was employed by Banner Bank as a Vice President/Relationship Manager in the Spokane Commercial Loan Center. Fuller has a bachelor's degree in business administration from EWU, where he is currently a director on the University's Foundation Board.

Spokesman-Review Departments Combine to Form SR Media

The Spokesman-Review sales and marketing division has announced a new combined print, digital and marketing design department called SR Media. The new department reflects the rapidly changing media environment and will offer comprehensive marketing services to advertisers across multiple platforms.

The media marketing landscape has changed immensely over the past two years with the growth of web and mobile technology. The rapid adoption of smart phones and digital tablets has increased the scope of choices that advertisers must make to maximize audience reach.

SR Media is staffed by teams of multimedia sales executives, each with the knowledge and ability to develop customized packages tailored to the individual advertiser. Each sales team has a digital sales executive; 'embedded' digital experts who support the team in maximizing the digital opportunities for advertisers.

The team offers products designed to maximize results for any advertiser, small or large - or brand new and in need of actionable advice. In addition to print, web and mobile, they offer services such as SEO coaching, direct mail, email marketing and mobile text.

Over the next year, SR Media will continue to expand its wide portfolio of products with new targeted niche products that appeal to a rapidly changing consumer base. These products will be available on multiple platforms based on the target audience.

For more information, or to arrange for a presentation by a Multimedia or Digital Sales Executive, call 509-459-5095.

Spokane Indians Set to Auction Authentic Game-Worn Home Jerseys

The Spokane Indians are giving fans a unique way to get closer to their favorite team by offering the opportunity to purchase authentic game-worn Indians home jerseys. The jerseys were worn by Spokane players during the 2009, 2010, and 2011 seasons, and feature some of the top prospects in the Texas Rangers farm system.

The auction is highlighted by a jersey of Jurickson Profar, the number seven overall prospect in baseball according to MLB.com, but also includes jerseys of former first round picks Mike Olt, Zach Cone, Jake Skole, Kellin Deglan, and Kevin Matthews, and other highly-touted prospects such as Jorge Alfaro, Rougned Odor, Will Lamb, and Robbie Ross.

The auction is scheduled to go live Tuesday, February 21st at 12:00 pm EST and will run until Friday, March 2nd at 5:00 PM EST. Fans interested in purchasing a jersey can do so through the Indians website under the 'Contact Us' header or directly by going to: spokaneindians.milbauctions.com.

For more information about the auction, contact Lesley DeHart at ldehart@spokaneindians.com or by calling 509-535-2922.

Critical thinking symposium for non-profits

Join Washington Nonprofits, (Washington State's nonprofit association) along with Spokane Low Income Housing Consortium and local board members and staff from nearby communities to engage in this critical thinking symposium designed to provide new perspectives and stimulate new thinking about leadership in the nonprofit sector. Participate in interactive discussions such as; team building with board members and staff, creating a creative generative thinking board, adding value to board meetings and more. March 15, 2012 8am to 12pm. Register online now at www.washingtonnonprofits.org/gsspokane or contact Genia Seghetti at 509-688-4568.

Free Senior Care Seminar Feb. 29 at Fairwinds-Spokane

Fairwinds-Spokane is presenting a free seminar about a variety of senior health issues and care options available to seniors. The seminar features experts in physical therapy, diabetes, long-term care insurance and Medicare, skilled nursing, heart health, and senior living options. It will be held Wednesday, February 29 from 11 am to 1 pm at Fairwinds-Spokane, 520 East Holland Ave. A complimentary lunch will be served.

Call 509-468-1000 or email cthaxton@leisurecare.com for more information or to reserve your place.

The Business Thought of the Week

"They say life is what you make it, and I'm gonna make it good."
Reggae star Jimmy Cliff

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