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'Born to Run' Author Christopher McDougall to Visit Spokane

As part of the 15th annual Get Lit! Festival, Eastern Washington University will be hosting an evening of events with best selling author Christopher McDougall, including a Bloomsday Training Run, reception and reading on Wednesday, April 10. All of these events are free to the public.

With more than four months on the New York Times Best Seller List, 'Born to Run' focuses on the Tarahumara Indians, a reclusive tribe in the Copper Canyons of northern Mexico who have honed their ability to run hundreds of miles without rest or injury.

The Bloomsday Training Run begins at 6 pm and will follow a four-mile loop from Spokane Community College, to the Centennial Trail along Upriver Drive. All ages and paces are welcome and encouraged to join. Following the run Spokane Community College will be hosting a reception outside of the Lair Auditorium. At 7:30 pm McDougall will give a reading, answer questions and sign books.

The full festival will feature more than 40 events, including author presentations and readings, writing workshops, panel discussions, poetry slams and more. Most of the events are free to the public.

For more information about the Get Lit! Festival visit www.ewu.edu/getlit, or check out the latest news on the program's blog, getlitprograms.blogspot.com/.


Time for a Staff Retreat?

Consider a trip to downtown Spokane's most dynamic new destination, Mobius Science Center. Monday, April 15 from 11:30am to 1:30 pm Downtown businesses and their staff will receive free admission to see live extreme science demonstrations and experience over 60 other hands-on exhibits that explore aerospace, medicine, sound, electricity, geology and much more.

Visit mobiusspokane.org to learn more.

Educational workshop on IRA Beneficiary Designations

Independent Wealth Connections will be hosting a free seminar to explore some of the important points to consider when deciding whom to designate as your IRA beneficiary. Guest speakers will include Michelle O'Haren, Senior Retirement Resource Consultant, and Robb Hunt, Regional Vice President at Pacific Life.

The workshop will be held at the Independent Wealth Connections office in Spokane Valley at 2610 N. Pines Road on Thursday, April 11 from 11:30am - 1:00pm. This seminar is sponsored and financially supported by Pacific Life Retirement Solutions Divisions. This is a free event and complimentary refreshments will be served, but seating is limited and reservations are required. Please contact Nicole Thomas or Toni Nersesian at 509-931-1088 or 877-397-7688 to reserve your seat.


Political Correspondent Don Gonyea to visit Spokane

National Political Correspondent Don Gonyea will be visiting The Bing Crosby Theater on May 9 at 7:30 pm to talk about what it is like to report from inside the White House for NPR, the campaign trail, and the tumultuous events since 2000. He will also have a Q&A period for the audience.

Gonyea covered the White House for more than nine years from 2001 to 2010. Besides reporting on the Administrations of both George W. Bush and Barack Obama, Gonyea has been on the trail of the last four Presidential campaigns.

Tickets are on sale now and are available through TicketsWest at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT. Price of tickets are $25 a seat plus $2 Bing Restoration fee.

Easter Egg Hunt at Simply Northwest

Join in the 2nd annual in-store Easter Egg Hunt at Simply Northwest's retail shop. The Simply Northwest Easter Bunny will be hiding eggs throughout the store filled with $350 worth of prizes for adults and kids. Customers can also enjoy samples of some favorite Northwest foods and see new spring arrivals. The hunt will take place on Friday, March 29 from 9am to 5:30pm and Saturday, March 30 from 10am to 4pm at 11806 E. Sprague Avenue.

For more information call 509-927-8206 or visit www.simplynorthwest.com.


YWCA Launches 'Strong Foundation, Fearless Future'

The YWCA is seeking to raise $1.5 million with a new campaign and initial support from the Avista Foundation starting May 1.

Avista Foundation's gift of $100,000 was presented to Regina Malveaux, new executive director for the YWCA of Spokane last Wednesday, March 20 during a reception celebrating the organization's 110th anniversary. The anniversary celebration honored current and past board of directors.

After the successful 2008 joint campaign with the local YMCA, additional funds are needed to complete renovations to the YWCA's Confidential Safe Shelter for domestic violence victims and their children. The campaign will also provide funds to build out the remaining 2,000 square feet of unimproved space within the YWCA's portion of the Central Y to expand workforce readiness services and potentially house a women's health and wellness center. The programs that YWCA provides benefit more than 13,000 women and children annually.

For more information visit ywcaspokane.org or facebook.com/ywcaspokane.


Speed Of Light merges with Advanced PC Solutions

Speed of Light merged with Advanced PC Solutions in December 2012 and now services over 500 clients in Spokane and North Idaho. They offer on site computer repair, PC Optimization, Custom Builds, Business Relocation and Setup, Computer Networking and more. Affordable monthly payments are available for their 'Peace Of Mind' maintenance agreement for both business and residential users. They also offer military, senior citizen and non-profit discounts.

Rachelle Chapman and Monty Costello opened Speed Of Light in May 2012. Rachelle has a background in sales and marketing, having worked for Equity Broadcasting, KXLY and FOX 28. Monty has 15 years of experience in IT services, computer repair and specializes in the medical field.

Visit www.speedoflightcomputers.com to sign up for their newsletter.


Christine Varela Joins Desautel Hege



Christine Varela, Sara Desautel, Todd Zeidler

Desautel Hege Communications (DHC) announces the addition of Christine Varela to the Partner team, the promotion of Sara Desautel to Account Director, and the hiring of Todd Zeidler as an Account Executive.

Since joining DHC more than two years ago, Varela has used her extensive experience in public relations, public affairs and marketing to help our clients uncover opportunities and overcome significant challenges. She has helped grow the agency's healthcare practice, drawing from her experience as the marketing and business development director for a large hospital system. Additionally, she has expanded the agency's public affairs capabilities, developing advocacy and outreach programs to support integrated communications campaigns. Varela joins Jim and Cher Desautel, Michelle Hege, Sara Johnston and Andrei Mylroie as owners of the firm.

Sara Desautel brings more than five years of experience to her new position at DHC. In her new capacity, she will plan and develop high-level public relations, communications and marketing strategies for a range of accounts. Desautel has made her mark at DHC with some of the most robust earned media campaigns in the firm's history, led the design and implementation of marketing campaigns and presented numerous trainings to clients.

Zeidler brings more than three years of communications experience to DHC. Most recently, he worked in the athletic communications department at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He served as the primary media relations contact for a variety of University sports teams and assisted with integrated marketing campaigns. In his role at DHC, Zeidler will plan, coordinate and direct communications strategies for a variety of accounts, assist in business development, and quarterback the marketing efforts of the firm.

Spokane SCORE Workshop this week

Learn about Small Business Financial Management in a SCORE workshop presented by Spokane SCORE Chapter 180. Workshop is from 8:30am to 12:30pm this Wednesday, March 27 at the SBA Training Room, 801 W Riverside, Suite 444 in downtown Spokane.

Learn how to understand and use your financial statements as business management tools. Intro to QuickBooks. Learn QuickBooks tips and short cuts from a QuickBooks Pro Adviser.

Register at www.scorespokane.org. Cost of workshop is $40 pre-registered, $50 at the door, $15 for an additional person from the same company.

Cigar Train opens

Cigar Train, a locally owned and operated cigar shop, is now open for business at 1010 W. Rosewood Avenue with the region's largest humidor. Cigar Train will focus on a model of a traditional cigar store with an extensive line of premium cigars and cigar accessories with over 1300 cubic feet of humidified space. The store will be open six days a week, as well as by appointment. Cigar Train will have numerous amenities for its customers including mobile events, monthly specials, humidor storage options, and drop hip and reoccurring shipment options.

Event Rents moves to new location

Event Rents has moved to 4020 East Broadway Avenue and their new location will provide them with about 20,000 square feet of space. Event Rents offers the greater Spokane area a wide selection of the highest quality party and event rental items available, including chairs, tables, tents, china, flatware, linen and more. The increased space will accommodate the growth that Event Rents has been experiencing over the last 7 years as well as provide them a larger office and showroom where they can meet with customers. Their phone number will remain the same 509-535-4030. The website is event-rents.com.

Your Chance to Vote for Inland NW Most Powerful 25

Bozzi Media, publishers of Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living magazine, would like your input on the Inland Northwest's Most Powerful 25. A short survey is available online at www.surveymonkey.com/s/2Q2T9Z6.

Results will be featured in an upcoming issue of Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living magazine. Deadline for voting is Monday, April 1.

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