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Spokane's largest entertainment event starts Wednesday

The 33rd annual Pig Out in the Park, presented by Bill Burke, starts Wednesday and runs through Monday at Riverfront Park with 100 free concerts on four stages, 54 different food booths serving 225 menu items, none more than $9.25 and three adult beverage gardens.

New York Bagel Cafe & Deli opens in CdA

Brent and Laura Little have opened New York Bagel Cafe and Deli, at 226 Ironwood in Coeur d'Alene. The company sells 12 kinds of bagels and nine different spreads, breakfast and deli sandwiches, coffee drinks, smoothies and more. Brent is a retired electrical engineer and former Coeur d'Alene High School physics teacher. Laura is a Broadway and local theater producer. Contact: 208-664-0444.

Dave Cotton becomes KHQ's Digital Sales Manager

KHQ, Incorporated announces a new role for Dave Cotton. After carving a unique niche as America's foremost interactive local news anchor, Dave now moves his passion for the digital realm into the sales area. As KHQ's new Digital Sales Manager, Dave becomes the point person for digital and interactive products tailored to meet KHQ's clients' needs.

Cotton boasts an impressive resume, adding to it in 2011 his role as KHQ and KHQ.com's 'Main Interactive Anchor' following a ten-year run as co-anchor of the Inland Northwest's top-rated morning television news program - 'KHQ Local News Today.' The former CNN sports anchor/reporter recently led a historic online partnership with the Spokesman-Review, and tested an array of new social media products all while enhancing KHQ's coverage.

Dave volunteers his time with the YMCA of the Inland Northwest and Meals on Wheels Spokane - the beneficiary of Dave's annual charity golf tournament - the 'Cotton Classic,' which has raised more than $250,000 in its ten year history. Dave also serves as an Honorary Commander at Fairchild Air Force Base. In his spare time he enjoys golf and biking.

Kenneth Plank is Numerica Credit Union's chief lending officer

Kenneth Plank has been hired as Numerica Credit Union's chief lending officer. Plank comes to Numerica from Washington Trust Bank where he held the position of small business banking manager, reporting to the executive vice president of retail banking. He has over 25 years of experience in commercial lending at Wells Fargo, U.S. Bank and Washington Trust. Plank also has experience in small business administration lending, consumer and mortgage lending and dealer financing.

He has a bachelor's of science degree in business management from Lewis-Clark State College and is a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School.

Vee-Ann Pham opens Reiki practice

Usui Reiki practitioner Vee-Ann Pham has opened Energy Healing by Vee-ann at 808 E. Colin Avenue in Medical Lake. Reiki is a form of energy healing that gently balances life force energies and brings health and well being to the recipient. One of Reiki's greatest benefits is stress reduction and relaxation which triggers the body's own natural healing abilities to improve and maintain health.

The word Reiki is made up of two Japanese words - Rei which means 'God's Wisdom or the Higher Power' and Ki which is 'life force energy'. So Reiki is actually 'spiritually guided life force energy'. It is a form of complimentary medicine, which enhances the body's ability to heal itself.

Healings by Vee-Ann are available by appointment, seven days a week: Monday: 10:00am to 6:00pm, Tuesday-Saturday: 2:00pm or 4:00pm, and Sunday: 12:00pm to 8:00pm. She offers a loyalty program for new clients. The first treatment is 50% off ($30). After a total of five healings, you receive a sixth healing free.

The phone number is 509-280-5926 and the website is energyhealingbyveeann.com.

River Park Square Unveils New Community Campaign

The dedication and strength of the Inland Northwest centers on its hardworking community. To recognize these efforts, River Park Square is excited to announce a community campaign meant to enhance the downtown connection and further bring the community together. The newly formed Urban Link series invites local nonprofits and organizations to River Park Square to host scheduled events and performances.

"River Park Square is a vibrant gathering place and community hub," said Elizabeth Mills, marketing director of River Park Square. "We want to be an active community partner with these dedicated groups by helping them showcase their mix of talent with shoppers and the downtown core."

All local nonprofits are asked to request a scheduled performance or event as part of the Urban Link series on a first-come, first-serve basis. River Park Square will fill opening spots through the end of the year and provide a standard press release template for organizations to fill out and distribute. Performances and events may range from musical acts to fundraisers but must be approved.

*To schedule a performance, visit River Park Square's Facebook page or email Bekah Knoll at: bekah@riverparksquare.com.

Christ Clinic-Christ Kitchen Announces New Development Director

Christ Clinic-Christ Kitchen, a non-profit serving the Spokane community since 1991, announces the hire of Raelene Vogelsang as its new Development Director. Vogelsang fills a new position within the organization.

Vogelsang served for the past 12 years at Northwest Christian Schools, Inc. as the Director of Gift Planning and Development. Prior to her entrance in the non-profit sector, Raelene wrote a comprehensive sales and referral tracking system for the banking industry. She earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from California State Polytechnic University. With her extensive experience in the for-profit and non-profit spheres Raelene's brings a unique perspective to development.

New employees at GSI

Keri Gardner, the new Internship Development Manager, will support GSI's Education and Workforce Development division and work with local businesses to develop internship experiences for area high school students. A graduate of Western Washington University, Gardner taught in the Kent School District before moving to Spokane. Gardner most recently managed the State and Federal Work Study Programs in Eastern Washington University's Student Employment office.

Jeremy Marinos, the Economic Development Coordinator, provides support for GSI's economic development division through research and other duties. Born and raised in the area, Marinos graduated from Eastern Washington University with a degree in economics with a math option and chemistry minor. Marinos comes to GSI from the Institute for Public Policy at Eastern Washington University.

Robert Nazemi, the new Membership Account Executive works to recruit businesses to be members of Greater Spokane Incorporated, increasing their visibility and connecting them to relationships and resources in the community. Nazemi was in the life insurance industry, where he was a sales agent for the last 15 years.

Symphony in the Parks

Labor Day is also time for the Spokane Symphony's free concerts in the parks. Pavilion Park in Liberty Lake on Saturday, Sept. 1 at 6 pm, and at Comstock Park, on Spokane's South Hill, on Monday, Sept. 3 at 6 pm.

The Business Thought of the Week

"Perfection of character is this: to live each day as if it were your last, without frenzy, without apathy, without pretense."
Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius

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