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Skate for the Cure this Wednesday!

Susan G. Komen's Pink Tie Guys are on a roll. Bring your family and friends and roll along with them at Skate for the Cure this Wednesday, January 22 from 6 to 9pm at Pattison's North, 11309 N Mayfair Rd in Spokane. Cost is $15 for 13 years and older; $10 for age 12 and under, which includes skate rental. Wear pink! Enjoy great music, prizes and fun! All proceeds from this event will go to the Susan G. Komen Eastern Washington Affiliate to assist local breast health programs and fund groundbreaking research. For more information, visit their Facebook, search for 'Roller Skate for the Cure'.

Valley Chamber Announces Awards of Excellence Nominees

The Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce announces the nominees for the 2013 Awards of Excellence. One of the signature events for the Valley Chamber, the annual Gem of the Valley Gala honors the best of the best in business and community service. The nominees for the following categories are:

Entrepreneur of the Year
Mark & Steffanie Anderson, Business Cents
Nick Westerberg, Westerberg & Associates, Corp.
Greg Miley, Miley Brands

Business of the Year, Tier 1
Decade Awards
The Splash/The Current
Mountain Dog Sign Company

Business of the Year, Tier 2
Telect, Inc.
Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical Corporation
Oxford Suites
Horizon Credit Union

Community Caring Award
US Bank 'Corporate Giving'
Mark Peterson 'KXLY Extreme Team'
Liberty Lake Kiwanis 'Food for Thought'

Charity/Cultural Services Award
Spokane Symphony
Children's Home Society of Washington
Friends of Pavillion Park

Chamber Member Volunteer of the Year
Dick Brantley, Retired from KXLY
Julie Van Wormer, ALSC Architects
John Bogensberger, Signs for Success

Award winners will be announced and recognized at the Annual Gem of the Valley Awards Gala on Saturday, January 25, at the Mirabeau Park Hotel and Convention Center in Spokane Valley. The elegant event will feature a social hour, gourmet dinner, Grand Prize raffles, an awards program hosted by Skip Bonuccelli and John Guarisco, and a video presentation of award candidates.

Awards will also be presented to Educators of the Year from the school districts served by the Chamber. A highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the 2013 Harry E. Nelson Citizen of the Year Award to Max Spalding, owner of Spalding Auto Parts, who is known for his contributions to the community and his commitment to HUB Sports Center, where he serves on the Board of Directors.

For more information and ticket reservations call the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce at 509-924-4994 or go to www.spokanevalleychamber.org.

Local creative ad leader launches freelance practice

Mickey Lonchar, most recently the Chief Creative Officer at Spokane ad agency Quisenberry, has launched a freelance practice offering Copywriting and Content for Advertising, Online and Social Media. He is targeting his services to both agencies and clients on a project basis.

Mickey is a creative veteran with two decades of experience with agencies in Seattle and San Francisco before landing at Quisenberry ten years ago. During his tenure as Chief Creative Officer, the agency earned a stellar creative reputation, winning a number of regional and national awards, including 97 Addy Awards (including National Gold and three Best of Shows) and 22 International Telly Awards.

Mickey Lonchar can be reached at mlonchar@mac.com, or by phone at 509-599-5125.

Savorx Broadens Horizon with New Locations

Choice Rosauers and Huckleberry's stores will soon be spiced up through the incoming Savorx Spice and Flavor Co. expansion around January 20th. Savorx is a local spice company, currently selling rubs at Rocket Market, Kitchen Engine, and Main Market Co-op, and will soon have products in select Huckleberry's and Rosauers. After a successful Kickstarter in August, Savorx has been able to make and distribute 'Spiceologist Blocks'. These wooden blocks are handmade, holding corked tubes filled with a customer's personal selection of Savorx spices. While 'Spiceologist Blocks' are only currently available through their online store, Kitchen Engine hopes to sell these blocks by the end of January. Here a customer would have access to various Savorx spices to fill their test tubes as they choose. Visit Savorx's Facebook page to learn about new locations, and look forward to their new website ready to launch soon.

Peters and Sons florist moves

Peters and Sons has moved into the former Cassano's Grocery location at 314 East Sprague. The long-time Spokane florist which started in 1908 in Hillyard, has been owned since 1991 by Susan and Ray Matteson. Peters and Sons is a full-service florist, and they also have a variety of gifts in their new 2500-square-foot main floor store. You can order by phone at 509-624-4151 or online at petersandsons.com.

GU MBA informational meetings set

Learn more about Gonzaga's top 75 MBA program at an upcoming information session. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear about the programs from School of Business staff and faculty, as well as current students and alumni. There will also be plenty of time to answer individual questions. Light refreshments provided.

DATE: Wednesday, February 19, 2014
TIME: 5:30 - 7:00 pm
LOCATION: Jepson Center at Gonzaga
RSVP: www.gonzaga.edu/infomtg

DATE: Tuesday, March 4, 2014
TIME: 5:30 - 7:00 pm
LOCATION: Jepson Center at Gonzaga
RSVP: www.gonzaga.edu/infomtg

Order Cinn-a-Grams now for Valentines Day

Spokane Meals on Wheels, Mid-City Concerns, has a Valentines Day treat for your sweetheart, family, employees or customers. For a $25 donation you can send a Cinn-a-Gram which has two fresh Cinnabon cinnamon rolls, a metro coffee mug, ready to brew Cinnabon coffee, Sugar Shack's Artesian Bakery Granola, Makara Cinnabon cinnamon and a personal note from you!

For more information and to order go to mowspokane.org or call 509-456-6597.

Ron van der Veen Joins NAC Architecture as Principal

Ron van der Veen has joined NAC Architecture as Principal Architect. He has provided design leadership for innovative, award-winning projects across the United States, with emphasis on higher education facilities, student housing and sustainability. Ron has 29 years of experience in architecture and is a LEED Accredited Professional. At NAC Architecture, he will lead higher education and student housing projects and provide specialized expertise throughout all NAC Architecture offices.

Ron is a founding board member for the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), and was an active member of AASHE's development committee in the creation of the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS) for College campuses. He has conducted presentations nationally on green design topics such as Biophilia, high performance buildings and sustainable master planning.

Ron earned his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Oregon in 1981, before continuing his studies in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Prior to joining NAC Architecture Ron was a principal at DLR Group and a partner at Mithun. He is also a regular columnist for ARCADE magazine, an artist and the drummer for a local Seattle rock band.

With origins in 1960, NAC Architecture specializes in planning, design, engineering, and capital facilities consulting services. Through a network of offices in the western United States, the firm's 110+ professionals create sustainable environments for learning, healing and human development. For more information, visit www.nacarchitecture.com.

Spokane's largest RV show ever

The 26th Annual Inland Northwest RV Show and Sale is January 23-26 at the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center, sponsored by SR Media Spokesman Review. The show will use every building at the Spokane Fair and Expo Center. Over 160,000 square feet of gleaming RV's and accessories - 13 million dollars in RV's. See what's new for 2014. It's all indoors at the heated Spokane County Fair and Expo Center. With a huge selection of RV's including campers, 5th wheels, motor homes, mini motor homes, tent and travel trailers, customers will have hours of indoor shopping and entertainment.

Regular admission is $8.00 (good all weekend). 12 and under free when with an adult.

Thursday, Jan 23 is Senior Day ($1.00 OFF). Show Hours: Thurs Jan 23 - noon to 8pm, Friday and Saturday Jan. 24 & 25 - 10am to 8pm, Sunday Jan. 26 - 10am to 4pm. Visit www.spokanervshow.com.

INBTA presents Miracle on the Hudson

Join Inland Northwest Business Travel Association as they welcome guest speaker Doreen Welsh, retired US Airways flight attendant who was a crew member on the US Air flight that went down in the Hudson River. Follow Doreen on this remarkable journey as she recounts the moments after the crash as she struggles to safely evacuate the passengers and herself from the back of a sinking plane filling with icy water from the Hudson River. She'll help you see the necessity of maintaining situational awareness, the importance of engaging in team participation and the necessity of continued training and refresher programs. This enthralling presentation should not be missed. Travel industry employees, managers, team leaders and crisis management professionals should attend.

To be held Tuesday, February 11 from 11:30am to 1pm at the Red Lion Hotel at the Park. Cost is $45 which includes lunch. Register to attend at www.inbta.org.

Integrus Architecture to design new U.S. Embassy is Mauritania

The United States Department of State Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) recently announced the design and construction award for the New U.S. Embassy in Nouakchott, Mauritania to Caddell Construction Company of Montgomery, Alabama and the architect of record, Integrus Architecture, of Spokane, Washington. Nouakchott, Mauritania is located on the west coast of Africa on the Atlantic Ocean.

This project will provide safe, secure, and modern facilities for embassy employees. The new complex will be situated on a 10.5-acre site in the Tevragh Zeina district of Nouakchott and will include a chancery office building, U.S. Marine residence, warehouse, maintenance facilities, perimeter security, access pavilions, recreation facilities, and a utility building.

OBO's mission is to provide safe, secure, and functional facilities that represent the U.S. Government to the host nation and support their staff in the achievement of U.S. foreign policy objectives. These facilities represent American values and the best in American architecture, engineering, technology, sustainability, art, culture, and construction execution.

Founded in 1953, Integrus Architecture is a full- service professional services firm providing architectural, planning, interior design, structural engineering and security design services for government, justice, civic, education, and commercial clients throughout the world. Integrus has been the architect of record for over 10 embassy projects for the United States Department of State. For more information visit www.integrusarch.com.

Prime Real Estate Group adds property management division

Prime Real Estate Group of Spokane, led by managing broker Melissa Murphy, has opened a new property management division named One Property Management, partnering with longtime local property manager Shanna Cejka.

The One Property Management team is sharing office space with Prime Real Estate in downtown Spokane. One Property Management is a full-service agency offering property leasing, renter screening, marketing, property maintenance, collections, and record keeping.

Rypien Foundation planning Winemakers Dinner fundraiser

Mark Rypien, Super Bowl XXVI MVP and Co-Founder of the Rypien Foundation, is rolling out the red carpet to celebrate a decade of the Rypien Foundation, at the 10th Annual Winemakers Dinner. Join Mark Rypien, Drew Bledsoe and Chris Figgins, Winemaker of Leonetti Cellar, Figgins wines and consulting winemaker for Doubleback, for a dining experience unlike any other.

Presented by Northern Quest Resort & Casino and the Kalispel Tribe of Indians, this gourmet dinner will feature the culinary excellence of Executive Chef Bob Rogers as he crafts a Masselow's inspired multi-course meal carefully paired with pre-selected, ultra-premium wines from Walla Walla's premier wineries - Leonetti Cellar, FIGGINS and Doubleback.

Guests will enjoy unique wine and food pairings, a chance to visit with the winemaker, premier silent and live auctions, and most importantly, an opportunity to raise a glass in helping the Rypien Foundation provide hope for local families battling childhood cancer.

Scheduled for Saturday, March 15th beginning at 6:00 pm at Northern Quest Resort & Casino, Pend Oreille Pavilion. For information on sponsorships, tickets, or if you would like to volunteer at this event, please call the Rypien Foundation office at 509-747-2424 or email info@rypienfoundation.org.

Skyhawks Sports Academy Acquires SoccerTots

Skyhawks Sports Academy, the nation's leading provider of athletic programs for kids 4-12 years old, is announcing its acquisition of SoccerTots, one of the premier child development companies in the US specializing in programming for children ages 18 months through 6 years. Both companies are conveniently headquartered in Spokane.

Starting in 2014, Skyhawks and SoccerTots will collectively provide programs to over 75,000 children in 27 US states and 4 Canadian provinces. For more information about Skyhawks, call 1-800-804-3509 or go to www.skyhawks.com.

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