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Andrea Broemmeling is Wonders of the World's new manager

Andrea Broemmeling has been named the new manager for Wonders of the World, the unique shop in the Flour Mill. She's been working at Wonders for the last 7 years. She'll manage the business and their 10 employees. Shop owner Pamela Barclay reports she and her staff have just returned from their biggest buying trip of the year and they have a lot of new, interesting merchandise to sell.

On November 3, 1992 owner Pamela Barclay opened Wonders of the World in 699 sq ft of space in the Flour Mill on the main floor. Wonders is a world import shop that has something for everyone, art, sculpture, fossils, crystals, minerals, toys, gemstones, beads. Prices range from 25 cents to 25 thousand dollars. Pamela's criteria for merchandise is that it has to be unique and different.

In 1996 Wonders had already outgrown their space and expanded into a neighboring store's spot, essentially having two stores. 1997, 'Annie' came to live at Wonders of the World. 'Annie', the actual skeleton of a 50,000 year old Russian cave bear, was named for Dolores Anne Fischer, the first manager of Wonders of the World, who is responsible for talking owner Pamela Barclay into buying the artifact from its owner, a Russian Paleontologist.

The entire main floor of the Flour Mill was remodeled in 2001 and Wonders' two shops became one. In 2004, Beads were given their very own shop across the hall from the main shop and Wonders was back to being two shops again.

The website is wondersoftheworldinc.com.

Custom Concepts offers the latest in home protection

Imagine controlling your home from your cell phone, i-pad or laptop. Imagine turning on the AC from your phone on your way home so you can walk into a nice cool (or warm) house. Or turning on a living room light because you're working late. Imagine getting a text when your kids get home from school. Danny Vredenburg's Custom Concepts Home Security company in Coeur d'Alene can do just that and more. They help people customize their homes through automation and security controlling their homes from literally anywhere they get phone service.

Custom Concepts is a local provider of home automation and home security solutions servicing all of Idaho and Eastern Washington. They feature the latest monitoring and automation technology in the industry from names like 2Gig, Honeywell, GE, and more. Even if you already have an existing system Custom Concepts can automate it for you.

They are located at 1724 E. Sherman Avenue in Coeur d'Alene. The phone number is 208-699-1886 and the website is mycustomconcepts.com.

Jan Wigen is a Power Broker

Risk & Insurance magazine has named Mercer Spokane's Jan Wigen as a 2014 Power Broker winner in the Employee Benefits category. The Awards are an annual selection of the most effective and influential commercial insurance brokers in the nation. Wigen is 1 of only 3 Mercer consultants nationally to be awarded the honor.

Busiest March ever for sporting events in Spokane

We are rolling out the welcome mat to thousands of athletes and fans coming to Spokane in March. It's shaping up to be the busiest month EVER for sports travelers coming to Spokane. Wrestling, volleyball and basketball invade the region bringing thousands of people, millions of dollars and big dreams of championships. A perennial favorite, USA Volleyball Pacific Northwest Qualifier (PNQ) is bigger than ever. Already the single largest hotel room night generator in Spokane every year, the tournament is now topping 12,000 hotel night stays and more than 6,000 players!

March also brings the national spotlight back to Spokane with NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament Second and Third Rounds. According to the host venue, Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena, ticket sales are brisk. Spokane is the second fasting selling tournament site in the country next to New York. Volleyball and NCAA Basketball are just two of eight outstanding sporting events this upcoming month.

Together, March sporting events are estimated to bring well over $10 million dollars into the region and generate over 15,000 hotel room night stays. We will welcome more than 9,000 athletes and approximately 11,000 traveling spectators. "Money from outside our community will be injected into our local economy in March with all these sports visitors," says Eric Sawyer, Spokane Sports Commission President and CEO. "Not to mention how Spokane shines during these events. Visitors may arrive as sports fans, but they will leave as fans of Spokane."

Custer's 37th Annual Spring Arts & Crafts Show this weekend

This Friday through Sunday, March 7, 8, 9 is Custer's Spring Arts & Crafts Show at the Spokane Fair & Expo Center. This year's show features over 300 professional artists and crafters from the Pacific Northwest. Artwork includes one of a kind jewelery, wearable fiber art, mosaic glass, metal garden art, original paintings and much more and you can buy directly from the artists.

Show hours are Friday, 10am-8pm, Saturday, 10am-6pm; and Sunday 10am-4pm. Tickets are $7 for adults, good all weekend. Kids 12 and under are free.

For more information, visit www.CusterShows.com.

Spring Beer Dinner at the Lincoln Center this Friday

The Connoisseur's Club at the Lincoln Center presents a Spring Beer Dinner with Beer from Selkirk Abbey Brewing Company from Post Falls, Idaho. Event to be held this Friday, March 7 from 6 to 10pm.

Experience 5 different selections of exceptional beers from Selkirk Abbey paired with a wonderful menu from Executive Chef Steve Jensen and his culinary team at The Lincoln Center. The event includes many door prizes courtesy of Selkirk Abbey, with beer growlers from the Connoisseur's Club available for purchase to take home one of your favorite brews from the event. The Connoisseur's Club and The Lincoln Center has been recognized by the Washington Wine Commission for 3 consecutive years, for providing an exceptional experience for guests to learn and enjoy all about the world of food, wine, beer and spirits.

Cost is $55 per person, which includes tax. For tickets and reservations, visit selkirkbeer.eventbrite.com or call 509-327-8000. Don't miss out on a great event, and make your reservations early, seating is limited and will go quickly. For more information on The Lincoln Center, visit thelincolncenterspokane.com.

Addy Awards this Saturday

The AAF Spokane (American Advertising Federation Spokane) presents the Addy Awards, this Saturday, March 8 at the Davenport Hotel, Grand Pennington Ballroom.

This year's awards will let you step back to the Roaring 20's at the Gatsby Gala. Put on the Ritz by dressing in 1920's themed attire. Doors open at 6pm.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit aafspokane.com.

Spokane Public Radio's 'Done in One' Fund Drive Approaches

KPBX FM Radio's next 'Done in One' fund drive is Thursday, March 13. Throughout the day, SPR hosts and volunteers will ask for listener support on KPBX, KSFC, and KPBZ. The station's Spring Challengers promise a dollar-for-dollar new member match for the day. Last spring, SPR heeded public opinion and switched from traditional weeklong fund drives to one day drives in an attempt to increase donations without interrupting programming. This radical change has been greeted by an outpouring of listener gratitude, according to CFO Linda Stowe. However, the number of new members gained from fund drives has dropped drastically in the past few years.

New members are vital to the future of the station and help maintain an effective operational budget. This allows SPR to continue offering free and easy access to important news, information, and culture to over 750,000 people in our region.

If you listen to SPR, call and pledge your support to keep the station you love up and running. For more information, visit spokanepublicradio.org or call 1-800-328-5729.

YWCA of Spokane and 'She's The First' Co-host Free Screening of 'Girl Rising'

On Thursday, March 6th at 7pm, Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) of Spokane and 'She's The First' Gonzaga University chapter will co-host a free screening of 'Girl Rising' at the Bing Crosby Theatre in downtown Spokane with sponsorship support from Charles Schwab & Co, Inc.

From Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins in association with Paul Allen's Vulcan Productions, this documentary highlights the lives of brave and unforgettable women that have risen from their communities to become role models for girls all around the world.

Donations are greatly appreciated in support of the YWCA and 'She's The First' cause. Following the screening of 'Girl Rising', there will be an open a forum to discuss the problems and injustices that afflict women around the world.

'Girl Rising' is an impactful film that raises awareness to women's injustices. By hosting a screening, the YWCA and 'She's The First' along with the Girl Rising Campaign hope to fuel the movement and bring a call to action. They hope to use their voices to help create change, spread a meaningful message, and to gain support for policies advocating girls education. For more information regarding the film and how to fuel the movement, visit www.girlrising.com.

West Plains Chamber Membership Breakfast March 6

Join the West Plains Chamber of Commerce for their monthly Membership breakfast this Thursday, March 6 from 7 to 8:30am at the Ramada at Spokane Airport, 8909 W Airport Dr.

Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich is the keynote speaker and he will introduce the Green Sleeves Project. He'll be joined by Amanda Parrish, the Watershed Program Director for the Lands Council.

To register, click here.

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