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Pink Tie Guys Night at the Movies March 29

This Saturday, March 29 at the Garland Theater, join the Susan G. Komen 'Pink Tie Guys' as they host a great night at the movies. All proceeds benefit the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Eastern Washington. The movie is 'Bridesmaids' the hilarious comedy starring Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy and Maya Rudolph.

Mingle hour from 5-6pm with wine, desserts, and more served by Spokane's Pink Tie Guys! Movie and short program begin at 6:15. There will be great raffle items like Zags gear, Komen Pink Gear, Sports package, Wine package, Dessert package and more.

For costs and more information, visit their Facebook page: Pink Tie Guys of Eastern Washington.

A new aerospace manufacturing facility is planned for the West Plains

Exotic Metals Forming Company out of Kent, WA announced recently at a press conference that they plan to build a 150,000-square-foot aerospace manufacturing facility on a 57-acre site near McFarlane Road and Lawson Street on the West Plains. The facility could create as many as 150 jobs here. Exotic Metals engineers, manufactures, and provides after-market products for aerospace systems, particularly high-temperature, high-strength sheet metal designs and fabrications.

John Mraz honored with Lifetime Achievement Award at Addy's

Teacher, mentor, innovator, pioneer, advocate, 'super-duper genius.' At one time or another over his 40-year career, John Mraz, Co-founder of Anderson Mraz Design, could easily lay claim to all of these. And about 15 minutes into the Spokane Advertising Federation's annual ADDY awards on Saturday, March 8, he added yet another title to his resume: Lifetime Achievement Award Winner. It's an honor that's been bestowed only five other times in the history of the organization, and a fitting acknowledgment of the contributions of a remarkable man. Congratulations to John Mraz.

Avista celebrates 125th anniversary

On March 13, 1889, Avista, formerly known as Washington Water Power, was incorporated eight months before the Washington Territory became a state. Today, the company is one of only three companies remaining in the state that are classified as Territorial Corporations - incorporated before Washington's statehood.

The company began at the Monroe Street plant, using hydropower to generate electricity for the growing city of Spokane Falls. Today, clean, renewable resources remain a significant part of the company's diversified mix for energy generation.

Visit the Avista Legacy website at avistalegacy.com to get an overview of the company through a new video and to experience the rich history of Avista through their Centennial Book, published in 1989 and their new 125th Anniversary Commemorative Book.

On May 2, 2014, Avista will celebrate the renovation of Huntington park, property the company owns along the banks of the Spokane River, just west of Spokane's City Hall. The renovation and enhancements include work on the walkways, grassy area and structures to provide residents and visitors great access to the river and views of the Spokane Falls. A new plaza at City Hall will be dedicated that day as a gift to Spokane in celebration of the company's 125 anniversary. The new plaza will create open-air space for gatherings and river viewing, and includes two water features and a fire feature.

Women Helping Women Fund announces Garland Movie Benefit

The Women Helping Women Fund of Spokane will have a special movie screening of the 2006 film, 'The Pursuit of Happyness,' starring Will Smith. Based on the book by 2014 luncheon keynote speaker, Christopher Gardner. The screening will be Thursday, April 3 at the Garland Theater. Tickets are $10 at the door. Doors open at 6:30 pm, film begins at 7:00 pm.

The film tells the story of Gardner's struggle with homelessness and chronicles his path from single father to successful entrepreneur, philanthropist, and author.

"We are honored to share his story," said 2014 WHWF President, Kris Mason, "Chris is an inspiration to us. He embodies the hope we have to make a difference in the lives of struggling women, children, and fathers. We believe the movie will inspire new individuals to learn more about the Women Helping Women Fund of Spokane and become involved."

Enjoy delicious snacks and classic cocktails from Bon Bon. All proceeds benefit WHWF Spokane.

And mark your calendars for this year's Women Helping Women luncheon on May 12, and hear Christopher Gardner's inspiring message in person. Details at www.whwfspokane.org.

Spokane Community Leadership Luncheon April 16

Coming to the Spokane Convention Center Wednesday, April 16 from noon to 1:15pm, the Spokane Community Leadership Luncheon will feature Keynote speaker Anna Maria Chavez, National CEO for Girl Scouts of the USA. As the head of the preeminent leadership development organization in the world for girls, Ms. Chavez is a leader and role model for Girl Scouts across the country and around the world. Lauded for her leadership, she has been listed among the 'Power and Influence Top 50' by the Non Profit Times, and has been recognized as one of the 100 women leaders in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) by STEPconnector.

Community leadership luncheon is an annual fundraising event celebrating the impact of Girl Scouting on girls and young women. Funds raised at this event will support troops in our community. No prepayment is required. However, registration and attendance is a commitment to make a suggested minimum $100 donation to support Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho. Visit GSEWNI.org to learn more about the Girl Scouts.

RSVP by April 4 to events@gsewni.org or call 800-827-9478 x204.

Annual Spokane Home & Garden Show April 4-6

The 38th Annual Spring Spokane Home & Garden Show will be Friday, April 4th through Sunday, April 6th at the Spokane Convention Center. The show is focused on building, renovation, landscaping, design and decor.

This year's exhibitors will be showcasing kitchens, room additions, windows, doors, sunrooms, fencing, spas, remodeling contractors, landscaping, decks, flooring, home security, basements, solar energy and much more. Enter to win great door prizes, attend informative seminars and get expert advice on all your home remodeling, decorating or building needs.

Show hours: Friday, April 4, 12noon-8pm; Saturday, April 5, 10am-7pm; Sunday, April 6, 10am-5pm. Cost is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors & military, and children 12 and under, free.

For more information, visit www.spokanehomeandgardenshow.com or find them on Facebook.

Spokane Indians Baseball Team Hiring

The Spokane Indians are now hiring seasonal full-time positions for the 2014 upcoming season. These positions will begin in May and last through September. For information on available positions, visit www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t486.

The Spokane Indians open the 2014 regular season on Friday, June 13th at Avista Stadium against the Eugene Emeralds. Ticket packages are on sale now for the 2014 season, and start as low as $63. For information, call the Avista Stadium Ticket Office at 509-343-OTTO (6886).

New Wandermere restaurant opening soon

Nelson, Phelps, Hospitality plans for a new pizza restaurant and lounge to open in April 2014. Selkirk Pizza and Tap house, located at 12424 N. Division Street (Hwy 395), is planning to open for business this spring. The new restaurant will have an outdoor patio area, a full service bar, and seating for families and teams.

"Customers seem to like the concept of having a comfortable venue where they can get good pizza and other items without the fuss of a full service restaurant," says Liz Nelson, who co-owns the business with her husband, Curt.

The new restaurant is currently under renovation. The new lounge - or Tap house - will have several beers on tap and a selection of northwest wines, along with a full range of other spirits. "We want to offer the north side community a comfortable place to stop in and have a cocktail and good food," says Nelson. "There will be a cozy fireplace and a nice, comfortable patio for summer enjoyment."

In addition to the Selkirk Pizza and Tap House, Nelson, Phelps, Hospitality also owns and operates the Fieldhouse Pizza and Pub on the north side, Steelhead Bar and Grille downtown and Morty's Tap and Grille on the south hill. Nelson's partner, Todd Phelps, also owns and operates The Screaming Yak on west Francis Avenue.

The Spokesman Review adds to coverage of Outdoor Activities in the Inland NW

S-R Media/The Spokesman-Review sports department recently began devoting two publication days each week to covering outdoor activities, on Thursdays and Sundays. Look for the redesigned web and mobile site www.spokesman.com/outdoors.

Veteran Outdoors Editor Rich Landers continues to lead development of the award-winning Sunday Outdoors section. Landers has spent the vast majority of his journalistic career shooting breathtaking wildlife and landscape photography, writing need-to-know outdoors and conservation stories, and supervising the design and content of the section.

On Thursdays, four additional pages are added each week and will include a wide range of outdoor pursuits. Some stories will feature people excelling in these pursuits, others will be instructional, and still others will be about adventure. Stories will be both staff and freelance written.

Moving from the Sunday section to the new Thursday offerings are Landers's weekly outdoors column, and the weekly Fish and Game report by Alan Liere. Also on Thursday will be a weekend weather forecast by staff writer Mike Prager; a reader-submitted photo of the week; an upcoming events calendar; a monthly humor column by Liere; and Bill Jennings's weekly ski column, which in the springtime will be replaced with Doug Pace's local motorsports column.

The development team of Gina Boysun and Dan Gayle will give online users a wealth of outdoors information, including Landers's popular blog, links to useful outdoors resources and reader-submitted outdoors photos.

New North Hamilton location for McDonalds

Cornerstone Property Advisors announces that their agent, Jeff Ottmar, recently represented McDonald's Corporation in purchasing the property at the corner of Hamilton Street and Augusta Avenue. Construction of a 3,700 square foot, double drive-thru restaurant began last week and will replace an existing Lube Tube Oil Change building and a residential house. Steve Peterson of Coldwell Banker Tomlinson North represented the Seller.

West Plains Chamber Membership Breakfast April 3

On Thursday, April 3, the West Plains Chamber of Commerce will have their monthly Membership Breakfast from 7am to 8:30am at the People to People Ambassadors Building, 2001 S. Flint Rd. in Spokane.

The morning's topic will be Innovation Partnership Zones: An economic development strategy to encourage regional collaboration to advance innovation. Guest speakers are Jaclyn Woodson and Jeanie Ashe from the WA State Department of Commerce.

For more information and to register, visit westplainschamber.org.

Trindera Engineering Promotes Barbara Barker to Principal

Trindera Engineering, an electrical and control systems engineering firm with offices in Spokane and Coeur d'Alene, announces the promotion of Barbara Barker, LEED AP BD+C, LC to the position of Principal.

Barker joined Trindera Engineering in 2012 as a Lighting Consultant with more than 25 years of experience in lighting design. During her time at Trindera, she has served as a project manager on a variety of successful projects and has helped position Trindera as a preferred provider in the Commercial, Municipal, Industrial, and Automation markets.

In her position as Principal, Barker will manage Trindera's Commercial group, focusing on design projects for office spaces, retail, K-12 education, higher education, medical facilities, community buildings and other commercial spaces. She is a LEED BD+C Accredited Professional through the U.S. Green Building Council, and holds her Lighting Certification (LC).

Polin & Young Construction Approaches 3rd Decade in Business

Polin & Young Construction, Inc., celebrating almost 30 years in business, announces that the corporation has been renamed Young Construction Group. Headquartered in Coeur d'Alene, Young Construction Group is qualified and experienced in general contracting and construction management with a broad experience in all types of healthcare, dental, commercial and industrial projects. The leadership and team remains the same and holds the same commitment to clients' goals and needs as the top priority.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Sacred Heart Children's Hospital receives Level IV Designation

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Sacred Heart Children's Hospital has received a Level IV Designation, the highest level of care for premature and critically ill newborns recognized by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The Level IV status was granted by Washington State, acknowledging that the hospital met all AAP Perinatal and Neonatal Level of Care Guidelines. Sacred Heart Children's Hospital is the second facility in the state to achieve this status.

The AAP's updated NICU classifications consist of four levels beginning with basic care (level I), specialty care (level II), subspecialty intensive care (Level III) and the new advanced subspecialty (level IV).

STCU receives awards from Credit Union National Association

The leading trade organization for credit unions nationwide has recognized STCU for providing free financial education to more than 6,300 of Inland Northwest teens and adults.

Last year, STCU helped 1,716 adults who attended 83 free workshops, and 4,627 teens and pre-teens who attended 173 free events. That effort was judged the best in the nation among large credit unions, earning STCU a Category's Best Award from the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Marketing & Business Development Council.

The credit union also received recognition for its familiar 'STCU is me' TV commercials; its quarterly magazine, OSI; and for leading regional effort to inform credit union members of the importance of credit unions' tax exempt status at a time when some in Congress were discussing the possibility of changing that structure.

EWU's Rex Fuller elected to ACAO Board

Eastern Washington University Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Rex Fuller, has been elected to the inaugural board of directors of the Association of Chief Academic Officers, ACAO.

The ACAO is the first national organization representing chief academic officers (CAOs), such as provosts and vice presidents for academic affairs, from all accredited higher education institutions. The organization provides a forum for discussing important academic affairs issues, as well as an environment where CAOs can communicate with, inform and educate one another.

The Business Thought of the Week

"Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out." The great basketball coach John Wooden

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