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Hara Allison opens Studio H Design in the Liberty Building

Hara Allison's website, www.smallagencybigideas.com, says it all. Hara is an art-directing, collaborating, forward-thinking, award-winning, deadline-meeting, easy-going, Converse-wearing, affordable graphic designer who helps clients break through the clutter with a clear message and great artwork.

With over 20 years of experience in the advertising industry and many awards to her credit, Hara provides imaginative, effective marketing communication for local, regional and national clients of all types and sizes. She has even done work for Ad Age magazine, the Bible of the ad industry, producing in house marketing projects and special advertising sections.

She has just moved her Studio H Design company from Post Falls to an office space in the Liberty Building in time for October's First Friday and the Visual Arts Tour. The address is 120 N Stevens, 3rd floor.

New distillery opens in Spokane

Joel Evanson has opened a new distillery in Spokane called Evanson Handcrafted Distilling LLC at 1620 E Houston Avenue. They sell vodka and soon will sell whiskey. A former high and college science teacher, Evanson has brewed beer, pop, ciders and ales for many years and has been developing the distilling business for two years.

You can learn more on facebook at Evanson Handcrafted Distilling.

Bill Jorgensen Insurance opens in Liberty Lake

Bill Jorgensen has opened an insurance office representing Farmers Insurance Group at 23403 E. Mission Ave. Suite 225, in Liberty Lake. He specializes in Auto, Home, Life, and Business. The phone number is 509-924-1860 and the cell number is 509-998-9356.

Beyond Pink celebrates its 4th year helping women battle against breast cancer

This October 11, the runway will fill with models, local designers will show off their best, and hundreds will turn out to support Beyond Pink - a designer bra fashion show with proceeds going towards women who cannot afford thermography. To date, the charity has helped over 200 women in the battle against breast disease, a number not lost on those behind this event's success.
"Beyond Pink has become one of the premier events in the battle against breast cancer," said Beyond Pink co-founder Shirlene 'Charlie' Brewer. "From the glamour of the runway, to the local artists and models, this event really does put the 'fun' in fundraising. I can't imagine a more entertaining, yet more worthy cause to support!"

For most women who benefit from the charity, the knowledge that their risk is low can be a tremendous gift. But there are those who are not so fortunate. So far, about a dozen women have learned they are high-risk. For many of them, this discovery has led to cancer fighting therapies that now stand a much better chance of success thanks to early detection. The combination of a mammogram, a clinical breast exam, and an FDA approved thermogram offers women a 95% chance of detection of breast disease.

Hosts Mark Peterson and Kristi Gorenson of KXLY will both return as MC's and celebrity auctioneers. This year's theme is 'The Most Fun You Can Have Saving a Life.' The event gets underway Friday, October 11th, at the Spokane Convention Center. Tickets can be purchased in advance at BeyondPink.net. Last year's auction brought in over $20,000 to be used in the battle against breast cancer, with even more donated items and fashionable bras available this year.

Seattle Mariner Great, Jamie Moyer coming to town for Boys & Girls Clubs

Boys & Girls Clubs of Spokane County will welcome former Major League Pitcher and World Series Champion, Jamie Moyer, to Spokane on October 22nd to serve as the keynote speaker for the Clubs' 2013 BE GREAT For Kids Rally. As an integral part of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Spokane County's annual campaign, the BE GREAT for Kids Rally will be held at the Bing Crosby Theater from 5pm - 7pm. This event plays a critical role in raising much needed funds to keep the Clubs' doors open and Spokane's youth safe and engaged.

Hosted by Club Board member, Steve Mumm and KXLY's Dennis Patchin, the evening will include a social networking hour as well as the highly anticipated Rally which will showcase the Clubs' impact on Spokane youth and feature special guest, MLB superstar and philanthropist, Jamie Moyer.

For tickets, contact the Boys & Girls Clubs of Spokane County at rally2013@bgcspokanecounty.org or 509-489-0741. For more information visit www.bgcspokanecounty.org/be-great-for-kids-rally/.

AAF Spokane Networking event tomorrow

AAF Spokane (American Advertising Federation) presents: Creative Hour, a networking event this Tuesday, September 24, from 5:00 to 7:30 pm at Dean Davis Photography, 216 W Pacific Ave in downtown Spokane.

At the event, AAF will be welcoming members and giving information on the many upcoming events and programs ahead for the year. Beer, wine and snacks will be served. $10 for members, $15 for non-members. Costs includes drinks and food.

For more information, visit www.aafspokane.com.

Friends in Bloom

Friends in Bloom, which launched this past August in Spokane, is a women's monthly membership organization. The $44 per month membership offers two, 2-hour professionally guided activity groups per month and occasional special events to celebrate women and friendship. While there is a life topic to discuss at each event, the group decides what activities they'd like to participate in. Events can range from wine tasting and cooking to snow shoeing and kayaking. The focus is on how to capture joy, love life, embrace adventure, and journey together. Women learn how, when they are taking care of themselves they are better moms, wives, workers, and friends.

Megan Marama, founder of Friends in Bloom, is a licensed therapist, but there is no resemblance to mainstream or traditional practice. When asked whether this organization is considered group therapy, she responded "Yes, in the sense that there will be deep, guided conversation that ultimately helps to bring awareness and positive change. No, in the sense that I will not be contacting doctors, making clinical diagnosis or asking you to lie on a couch while I take notes..." She adds that in her experience she has "found that the most impactful people are the kind that walk right next to you; not in front, not behind and definitely not above". She strongly believes in inviting others to share their lives and ultimately their truth with others. This is the purpose and passion behind the organization. Energy, Life, Friendship, and most of all fun!

To learn more about Friends in Bloom visit www.friendsinbloom.org or contact Megan Marama at 509-315-7441 or maramatherapies@gmail.com.

Disney's Tow Mater to take part in Junior League of Spokane's Touch-a-Truck event this Saturday

The Junior League of Spokane's third annual Touch-a-Truck will be an event to remember. Children of all ages will love seeing Disney's Tow Mater (from the movie 'Cars'), exploring their favorite big trucks and vehicles, and meeting local heroes who build, serve, and protect our community. This year's line-up of vehicles includes an ambulance, sanitation truck, school bus, and more. In addition there will be face painting, local mascots, and an Operation ID informational booth.

This year's Touch-a-Truck fundraising and community event will take place on Saturday, September 28 from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm in the parking lot of Spokane Community College at 1810 North Green Street. Horn-free time is from 9:00-11:00 am. This time is for children with special needs or sensitive ears. Ticket prices are $5 per person age 2 and up. Attendees who bring a non-perishable food item, will receive $1 off their admission price, with food going to The Salvation Army Food Bank.

The most exciting participant this year is Tow Mater. Guests will be able to get a keepsake photo taken with him for $10, $5 of which will be donated back to the Junior League of Spokane. The Junior League of Spokane's first Touch-a-Truck event was held on October 1, 2011, at Mountain Gear's corporate office parking lot. Nearly 800 people attended and brought in over 470 pounds of food for The Salvation Army.

The Junior League of Spokane is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Their purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

For more information about Touch-a-Truck, contact the Junior League at 509-328-2801, visit www.jlspokane.org, or www.facebook.com/TATSpokane.

STCU plans branch at CrossRoads Coeur d'Alene

STCU and Hughes Investments announce that the region's leading credit union plans a branch at The CrossRoads Coeur d'Alene, a retail center where WinCo Foods will be the base occupant.

Hughes Investments plans to open CrossRoads Coeur d'Alene in March 2014 on 16.5 acres where sand and gravel were formerly mined. Construction of the credit union branch will begin within 18 months at the corner of Ramsey Road and West Appleway Avenue, said Scott Adkins, STCU Vice President of Lending. The branch is not yet named.

The site, where traffic exceeds 43,000 cars per day, is a short distance north of Interstate 90, making it a convenient location for many STCU members. In addition, Adkins noted, it's across Ramsey Road from the Salvation Army Kroc Center, which hosts some STCU Money Camp events for kids.

CrossRoads will be the fourth Idaho location for the credit union, which opened Post Falls and Silver Lake branches in 2007, and a Bonner County Branch in 2009. In May, STCU extended its field of membership in North Idaho from two counties to five.

The new branch will be 3,500 square feet with a three-lane drive-through and features similar to those of other branches STCU has opened in recent years, such as South Valley and Moran Prairie in Spokane.

The Coeur d'Alene site is one of three new STCU branch locations that are currently in the works to serve a rapidly growing credit union membership. STCU announced in February that it will open a branch on the main floor of downtown Spokane's historic Hutton Building in the first quarter of 2014. Within two years, the credit union plans to open its Argonne Financial Center, on the south side of Interstate 90 at the Argonne exit in Spokane Valley.

Imprezzio Promotes Rick McNeely to Vice President of Marketing

Software solutions provider Imprezzio Inc. has promoted Rick McNeely to Vice President of Marketing. For the past year, McNeely has served as Director of Marketing Operations at Imprezzio Marketing. In his new position, Rick will lead the marketing and branding operations for Imprezzio and its family of companies including Imprezzio Marketing, Imprezzio Global, Bad Kitty Studios, OmniPark and Racing Snail.

Rick is a graduate of Western Washington University and brings over 20 years of marketing experience to his new position along with a diverse background in digital marketing, data analysis, and strategic decision-making. Rick's previous experience includes a partnership at Smash Media and marketing positions with Ambassadors Group Inc. and FTD.

Independent Wealth Connections announces Kirk Stallcop hired as Client Associate

Kirk Stallcop has been hired as Client Associate for Independent Wealth Connections. He has nearly 25 years of experience working one-on-one with people in a variety of professional fields and has an extensive skill set that gives him an exceptional appreciation for customer service.

Stallcop graduated from Washington State University with Bachelor of Science and a focus on physiology and worked at the Spokane Club prior to joining Independent Wealth Connections.

Spokane AIDS Walk this Saturday

The Spokane AIDS Walk fundraiser will take place Saturday, September 28th at Riverfront Park with registration starting at 11:00 am at the park's North Bank Shelter. The walk will commence at 12:00 pm with a 3-mile walk or a one-mile loop walk. There will be speakers including the Honorable Mayor Condon, music, and light refreshments as well as prizes for the top 3 individuals and top team raising the most funds.

All proceeds support the Spokane AIDS Network in their commitment to serve those living with HIV/AIDS and to prevent the spread of the disease while educating the community about prevention.

The Spokane AIDS Network is a community-based charitable 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to minimize the impact of, and maximize the awareness about HIV/AIDS and other consequences of HIV infection in the Inland Northwest.

Registration is available online through www.sanwalk.org. Participants can register as individuals, form a team, or join an existing team. Individuals and teams compete against one another in recruiting members and raising funds. The cost to register is $20 for adults and $15 for children/youth; each person who registers to walk will receive a Spokane AIDS Walk t-shirt. For more information, contact either co-chair, Mark Garrett, at 509-455-8993, markg@san-nw.org or Brandi Mahoney at 509-455-8993, brandim@san-nw.org.

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