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The return of the Wise Guys!

After a year off, one of Spokane's most popular morning radio shows returned to the airwaves Monday at KOOL 107.1 FM.

Rob Harder and Mark Holman had been heard mornings on KISS 98.1 FM for nearly 25 years. Then, last October their morning show suddenly disappeared along with scores of other radio personalities around the country in an apparent cost cutting move by their stations parent company Clear Channel Broadcasting.

Owners of the brand new station KOOL 107.1 FM contacted the duo and struck a deal to put them back on the air. The station, KOOL 107.1 FM, features a variety of popular songs from the 70's, 80's, 90's and today from artists like The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Elton John, Phil Collins, Train and Adele.

Happy birthday Sweet Frostings!

How do you celebrate a 1 year birthday if you are a cupcake shop? With cupcakes, of course and Sweet Frostings has plenty of them. Sweet Frostings, at 15 South Washington at First Avenue, turned one year old this past Saturday. Co-owners Judy Rozier and Sally Winfrey opened Sweet Frostings last year and report that even in a tough economy people love cupcakes, so their business has been great. In addition to cupcakes and other baked goodies, Sweet Frostings also has gelato. You can find out more about this delicious business at sweetfrostingsbakeshop.com.

Dare to dream with Disney on Ice

Disney on Ice 'Dare to Dream,' is coming to the Spokane Arena for eight great performances starting tomorrow, Wednesday, November 14 through this Sunday, November 18th. Ticketswest has your seats at www.ticketswest.com.

Spokane Coeur d'Alene Woman luncheon

Spokane Coeur d'Alene Woman Magazine will host this issue's luncheon on Wednesday, November 14th at the Lincoln Center from 11:30am-1:00pm. This month's theme focuses on Personal Protection and Mindfulness, featuring Jennifer LaRue as the guest speaker along with women's personal defense experts demonstrating the kind of personal defense tactics every woman should know. Go to spokanecda.com for more information.

Revel in great coffee at Revel 77

Revel 77 is a new coffee shop on the South Hill, at 3223 E 57th Ave., Ste K. Owners Mike and Deb Nelson wanted to create a space that is inviting and serves great coffee. Their coffees are sourced from Doma Coffee Roasters in Post Falls, Victrola Coffee in Seattle and Water Avenue Coffee in Portland, three of the finest coffee roasters in the region.

Each coffee is prepared in way that highlights its best features: espresso pulled on the state of the art Synesso Hydra espresso machine by three of the best baristas in Spokane, paired with steamed milk from Spokane Family Farms, or drip brewed by the cup. Cold brewed coffee, teas from Steven Smith Teamaker, and sodas flavored with house-made syrups are also available.

You can select a pastry from Batch Bakery to go with your beverage, take a seat, log on to free wi-fi, and enjoy a break from your busy day. Hours of operation are: M-F 6am to 6pm, Sat 7am to 6pm, and Sunday 8am to 3pm.

Learn more at revel77.com, facebook.com/Revel77, or twitter @Revel77.

INBA meeting features KSPS's Gary Stokes

INBA's monthly meeting is Wednesday, November 14th from 11:30am to 1:00pm at Nectar Tasting Room.

This month's program is KSPS's Gary Stokes. Prior to his appointment as the Friends of KSPS Executive Director in August 2011, Gary was VP of Development at Alabama Public Television. He will speak on his role and challenges at KSPS and what's in store for public broadcasting.

RSVP'd Members and 1st-time guests: $20. Non-RSVP'd Members and returning guests: $25.

For more information and to register for the luncheon go to inbaspokane.org.

Women Helping Women Fund announces 2013 luncheon speaker

Nearly 100 women joined together on November 8th for Pioneer Circle, representing the largest underwriter of the Women Helping Women Fund luncheon. They were first to hear that the speaker for the Women Helping Women Fund's 21st annual luncheon on May 20, 2013 will be Bonnie St. John. Despite having her right leg amputated at age five, Bonnie St. John became the first African-American ever to win Olympic or Paralympic medals in ski racing, taking home a silver and two bronze medals in downhill events at the 1984 Paralympics in Innsbruck, Austria. In recognition of this historic achievement, St. John was quoted on millions of Starbucks coffee cups and was honored at the White House by President George W. Bush.

St. John has achieved the highest levels of success in a variety of endeavors throughout her life. In addition to her success as a Paralympic athlete, she is a best-selling author, a highly sought after keynote speaker, a television and radio personality, a business owner, and the single mother of a teenage daughter. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard University in 1986, and won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University, taking an M.Litt. in Economics. Upon her return to the United States, St. John was appointed by President Bill Clinton as a director for Human Capital Issues on the White House National Economic Council.

Today, St. John travels the globe speaking, leading seminars and researching her various writing projects. She frequently donates personal appearances to schools, homeless shelters, community groups and other organizations in hundreds of locations while traveling for corporate clients. In 2010, St. John once again represented the USA as a member of President Obama's official delegation to the Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver.

The celebrated author of six books, St. John co-authored her most recent #1 best seller, How Great Women Lead, with her teenage daughter, Darcy. Together they traveled around the world on an extraordinary mother-daughter journey into the lives, and life lessons, of fascinating women leaders including Hillary Clinton, Condoleezza Rice, President of Liberia Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, fashion designers, CEOs, women's rights activists and many more.

NBC Nightly News called St. John, "One of the five most inspiring women in America." She has been featured extensively in both national and international media including: TODAY, CNN, CBS Morning News, NBC News, PBS, NPR and The New York Times, as well as People, 'O' and Essence magazines, to name just a few.

For more information on the Women Helping Women fund go to whwfspokane.org.

Upcoming Fundraising Events at Spoko Fuel in Airway Heights

Spoko Fuel, owned by the Spokane Tribe of Indians will be accepting donations for Fairchild Air Force Base families who have a spouse deployed and also for Operation Warm Heart, an organization supporting Spokane community members in need during this holiday season.

These fundraisers are scheduled for this Saturday, November 17 and Wednesday, November 21. Both are from 7am to 4pm. Volunteers from military operations at Fairchild will be pumping gas for customers. Donations will be accepted. The Spokane Tribe of Indians has a long history of supporting the men and women of Fairchild Air Force Base.

Celebrating 30th Years of Christmas Tree Elegance

Symphony Associates' Christmas Tree Elegance will hold a tree-lighting ceremony at The Davenport Hotel launching its 30th Annual Christmas Tree Elegance on Wednesday, November 28 at 5:30pm.

For 30 years, Spokane Symphony Associates has been able to make this event possible through the generous donations of businesses and individuals. Each of the 18 themed custom-decorated trees offer a unique package of prizes valued up to $4,999. Twelve trees will be displayed on the mezzanine of The Davenport Hotel, while six trees will be located on the 2nd floor corridor of River Park Square. Raffle tickets are $1 each and available to everyone 18 years and older. Prize drawings will be held on Saturday, December 8 at 9:30pm in the Lobby of The Davenport Hotel for 12 trees & Father Christmas and Sunday, December 9, 4:00pm at River Park Square for 6 trees.

Through Christmas Tree Elegance, Spokane Symphony Associates has dontated over $150,000 a year for the past several years in support of the Spokane Symphony Orchestra. This exciting family tradition is brought to the Inland Northwest through countless hours of devoted volunteers. During the run of the event alone, there are over 6,000 hours of volunteer time to ensure a successful event and bright future for our local symphony. There will be a 30th Anniversary Luncheon held on November 29th to honor all of the dedicated volunteers over the years.

Additional events include a Strolling Style Show Luncheon, an evening with Eckart & Friends, Mobius Kids Santa Breakfast, and The Davenport Hotel is hosting their annual Holiday Hat Luncheon plus two additional luncheons. A special addition to this year's Christmas Tree Elegance at River Park Square will be a model railroad exhibit of downtown Spokane built especially for this occasion by the River City Modelers. It will be at the beginning of the 2nd floor corridor, close to the escalators.

More information is available at www.spokanesymphonyassoc.org or on www.facebook.com/ChristmasTreeElegance.

STCU's Moran Prairie Branch opens

Last Thursday, the STCU Moran Prairie Branch opened at 5711 S. Hailee Lane just off 57th. It is STCU's 16th branch in Eastern Washington and North Idaho. With more than 10,500 vehicle trips a day, 57th Avenue is one of the South Hill's busiest arterials. The nearby Palouse Highway accommodates more than 4,500 vehicle trips a day.

During construction, the 4,096-square-foot structure was damaged by a fire that investigators termed suspicious. Despite that August setback, Walker Construction completed construction on schedule for Thursday's opening.

The branch was designed by Nystrom+Olson Architecture to meet the requirements for eventual certification as a LEED Gold building for environmental stewardship. Among its many green features are solar panels, employee showers (to encourage alternative commute options) and construction materials that were mostly mined or produced within 500 miles of Spokane.

Branch Manager is Lori Glover, who previously was assistant manager at the STCU South Branch. Paul Swenson, another longtime employee, is assistant manager at Moran Prairie. STCU will host a grand opening at the new branch on November 19.

Free Job Seekers Lunch

Humanix partners with LaunchPad INW to host a free Job Seekers Lunch this Friday, November 16th, from 11:30 to 1pm featuring guest recruiters Meghan Kidder and Delena Smith of STCU. The lunch is at 15920 E. Indiana Suite 200, Spokane Valley. For more information go to LaunchPadinw.com.

Mattress Discounters Enters Eastern Washington and Idaho Markets

Mattress Discounters, the West's largest retailer for brand name mattresses at discount prices, has announced the opening of six new Inland Northwest stores. The company recently acquired the six locations in Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho from mattress retailer, Sleep City. Employees of Sleep City will have the opportunity to join the well-known West Coast brand. Mattress Discounters expanded into the Northwest in late 2011 with these new stores representing its first locations east of the Cascades.

Mattress Discounters was founded in 1978 and is the largest mattress discounter in the West, boasting more than 86 stores throughout California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and now Idaho. Its size and reach allows the company the buying power to offer a wide selection of high quality brand name mattresses including Tempur-Pedic, iComfort, Sealy, Posturepedic, and Serta.

Sara Sexton-Johnson hired at Community Colleges of Spokane

Sara Sexton-Johnson has been hired as district director of workforce, continuing education and corporate training for Community Colleges of Spokane. She previously served as interim executive director of e-learning and off-campus programs at Eastern Washington University where she also earned a bachelor's degree in business administration and a master's degree in communications.

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