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Michael Fear, General Manager Red Lion Hotel at the Park

Michael Fear serves as General Manager of the Red Lion Hotel at the Park in Spokane overseeing the operations of the 400-room hotel with six food outlets and nearly 30,000 square feet of meeting space. Prior to joining Red Lion Hotels, Fear was a General Manager with Hilton Hotels in Springfield, Illinois for nearly 14 years, where he incorporated new and name brand restaurant concepts into the hotel lobbies. He worked his way up through the ranks of the hotel industry having first started as a front office supervisor.

He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management from the University of Houston Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel & Restaurant Management.

Fear serves on the Downtown Spokane Business Improvement District Ratepayer Advisory Board.

At The Core is helping to make a better community

Today, one out of every four kids in our community is unsure where their next meal might come from. So, At The Core, is focusing efforts on feeding needy kids over the weekends through the a Bite-2-Go Program.

At The Core can help your business adopt a local school for a 3-year period. A schools coordinator meets with school administration and staff to get an estimate of the number of children who will need this support. Your business' involvement can help greatly in funding or jointly funding the program with a church or another business. At The Core can also help recruit and train volunteers and network with other organizations to fill the need at your adopted school. Your business' Bite-2-Go Program can be unique and At The Core can help.

Bite-2-Go provides weekend meals to hungry children who depend on free breakfasts and lunches during the school week. Each child receives a Bite-2-Go kit of shelf-stable foods during the school day on Friday to help with meals over the weekend. It costs $144 a year ($12 per month) to feed one child over the weekends for the entire school year.

At The Core is a 501-c3 non-profit organization, serving a system through which the Bite-2-Go program is marketed and implemented city-wide, with the help of Second Harvest Food Bank. For more information or to donate, visit www.lifeatthecore.org.

A delicious summer for Holmes elementary kids from D.Lish's Hamburgers

D.Lish's Hamburgers at 1625 North Division is making this summer more fun for Holmes elementary students. At an all-students assembly last week at the West Central neighborhood school, D.Lish's handed out over 400 coupons, one for each student in the school, for a free kids burger, small fry and small drink.

Klundt Hosmer Hires Shannon Hill as Account/Traffic Coordinator

Klundt Hosmer, a corporate visual communication firm in Spokane, has hired Shannon Hill as Account-Traffic Coordinator. Shannon had previously served in this capacity for over two years at a Spokane advertising agency.

At Klundt Hosmer, Hill's responsibilities include coordinating the production of branding and print projects and managing the workloads and schedules of the design department. She also works with clients and develops estimates for branding and print collateral projects.

Shannon has a BFA in Advertising from the Art Institute of Portland and prior to professional employment interned in Portland and Spokane agencies as a copywriter.

Klundt Hosmer is a 13-person creative firm that has been in business since 1987-serving corporate communication needs for clients including, Gonzaga University, Providence Health Care, and Avista Corporation, among others. The firm specializes in brand identity, print marketing, corporate websites and integrated brand campaigns.

NAWBO presents 'Ask Me Anything: Business Communications Under the Gun'

Join two crisis experts and a social media junkie as they field your questions and help you navigate how your business can effectively use social media. Meredith Hartley & Frank Hutchison of Me2 Solutions, and Deanna Tiemann of Squishy Peanut Marketing.

It's this Thursday, June 12, form 5-8:30pm at the Lincoln Center. Register and pay online at www.nawbonw.org, or call Connie Smith at 509-731-3309.

ScottGraphics celebrates 19 years

Congratulations to Scott Kneeshaw's ScottGraphics design firm. He celebrated the company's 19 year anniversary on Sunday, June 1. ScottGraphics was founded in 1995. Here is an interesting piece of information from ScottGraphics Design Tip of the week newsletter. Here's why the image is blue:

"Back to color again this week. The color of choice this week...the favorite of many is...blue. The color blue is seen as trustworthy, dependable, and committed. The color of ocean and sky, blue is perceived as a constant in our lives. As the collective color of the spirit, it invokes rest and can cause the body to produce chemicals that have a calming effect. Blue is considered the least 'gender-specific' color, having equal appeal to both men and women. Blue trivia...it is the favored color choice for toothbrushes, and mosquitoes are attracted to the color blue twice as much as any other color. So, if your house is blue, it might be their favorite place to hang out!" Thanks Scott.

To sign up for the ScottGraphics newsletter go to scottgrpahics.net and click on Design Taste Archive.

Morning Star Boys' Ranch is now Morning Star Family Center

Morning Star Boys' Ranch has changed its name to Morning Star Family Center to reflect its wide range of family services. They continue to provide a home for troubled boys ages 6 to 18, and have expanded their services to include Morning Star Community Services and Morning Star Foster Care Services.

The non-profit organization offers a multi-systems approach to family outreach that includes counseling, parent education programs, equine-assisted therapy and family crisis intervention.

Morning Star accepts most insurance as well as sliding-scale payment options. The website is morningstarfamilycenter.org.

Spokane Symphony Earns First Place ASCAP Award

The Spokane Symphony won a First Place national ASCAP award for adventurous programming, given annually to honor orchestras whose music programming indicates extraordinary efforts to expand the symphonic repertoire and develop and educate orchestra audiences.

During the 2013-14 season, the Spokane Symphony featured the works of several living composers, such as Andrew Norman (The Great Swiftness), Esa-Pekka Salonen (Foreign Bodies), John Mackey (Harvest: Trombone Concerto), Anna Clyne (Night Ferry) and more.

The League and ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) present the awards each year to orchestras of all sizes for programs that challenge the audience, build the repertoire, and increase interest in music of our time. Approximately $750,000 has been bestowed on orchestras since the awards were established in 1947.

INBA luncheon this Wednesday features Tim Connor and Margie Witt's story

Join Spokane's INBA for a special Pride luncheon, this Wednesday, June 11, from 11:30 to 1 pm at the Doubletree. The luncheon features guest speaker Tim Connor. Tim is a journalist and biographer currently writing Tell, the story of Major Margie Witt, who challenged the military's 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy when she was outed during her service and faced a dishonorable discharge.

For more information and to register go to inbaspokane.org.

Red Lion Hotels sells two properties, maintains franchise agreements

Red Lion Hotels Corporation announced the company has sold its properties in Kennewick, Wash., and Twin Falls, Id., to new owners who each signed franchise agreements with property improvement plans.

The Red Lion Hotel Columbia Center, 1101 N. Columbia Center in Kennewick, was sold on May 28. As part of the agreement, the new franchise owner is keeping the name and will improve the landscaping and parking lot of the exterior and update the guest rooms at the property. The hotel has 162 guest rooms and suites with nearly 10,000 square feet of meeting space, an outdoor pool, free Wi-Fi and Louie's Lounge, open nightly for dinner, sports and entertainment. Adjacent to the Columbia Center Mall, the property is three blocks from the Three Rivers Convention Center and Toyota Center.

Additionally, the Red Lion Hotel Canyon Springs, located at 1357 Blue Lakes Blvd in Twin Falls, was sold June 6, to another new franchise owner. The property will remain a Red Lion and the new owner will immediately invest in the overall curbside appeal of the hotel in addition to upgrading the guest rooms. With 112 guest rooms and an outdoor pool, the hotel has nearly 5,000 square feet of meeting space, Diamondfield's Lounge, and Moxie Java's, a coffee and pastry bar. Just one major block from the beautiful Snake River Canyon, the hotel is less than half a mile from the internationally renowned Perrine Bridge, the only structure in the country from which it is legal to B.A.S.E. jump year-round. Just five miles from the hotel is the spectacular Shoshone Falls, often referred to as the Niagara of the West.

Red Lion Hotels Corporation is a hospitality company primarily engaged in the franchising, ownership and operation of hotels. As of June 9, 2014, the company has 54 hotels system wide and also owns and operates an entertainment and event ticket distribution business. For more information, visit the company's website at www.redlion.com.

Two new employees at Trindera Engineering

Trindera Engineering, an electrical and control systems engineering and consulting firm based in Coeur d'Alene and Spokane, has announced the recent hiring of Rebecca Greer as Document Control Coordinator and Aarin Morris as Software Engineer.

Rebecca Greer joins Trindera as a Document Control Coordinator in the Spokane Office. She has an MBA from Florida Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science Business Management for the University of Phoenix. Ms. Greer relocated from Melbourne, FL where she was a Manufacturing Planner for Lockheed Martin.

Aarin Morris has experience in control systems for municipal, industrial, food processing, manufacturing, mining and other industries. He is also a Licensed Journeyman Electrician. He previously worked with Irwin Research and Development in Yakima as a Process Controls Programmer. He will be located in the Coeur d'Alene Office.

The Connoisseur's Club at the Lincoln Center

If you like great food and great wine, The Connoisseur's Club at the Lincoln Center is just for you. This is a membership club with great benefits that include one bottle of wine each month along with tasting notes, recipes and suggested food pairings. Membership benefits also include 20% off ticket price to the Club's four quarterly winemaker's dinners (discount on up to 2 tickets for each dinner); discounted wine sales; and exclusive invitations to other culinary and wine-themed events. The Connoisseur's Club is overseen by The Lincoln Center's certified Sommelier, Ryan Biesen and it provides members exclusive benefits and savings related to wine, fine dining, entertaining, specialty foods and culinary events. The Connoisseur's Club has been awarded the Award of Distinction by the Washington Wine Commission three years in a row.

Membership is only $25 per month. Call 509-327-8000 for additional information. Visit thelincolncenterspokane.com.

St. Joseph's Family Center Mad Hatter Tea is June 22

Sunday, June 22 from 1 to 4:30pm, St. Joseph Family Center at 1016 N. Superior will be transformed into a veritable wonderland for the Mad-Hatter Tea, an annual event to benefit The Franciscan Place at St. Joseph Family Center.

Join Alice and the Mad-Hatter for an afternoon of Tea, Treats, Libations, Music, and all kinds of wacky fun! Alice will be hosting this unique event as guests will enjoy an afternoon of camaraderie, high tea, a hat parade and magic and merriment by Matt Van Zee. Music by the Kathleen Cavender Band, a Heads/Tails Raffle, Jewelry from Jewelry Design Center and art prints by Megan Holden and Tim Lord.

Enjoy a treasure hunt where all guests will leave with as many eggs filled with donations from area businesses as they are able to grab. To top it off, you will enjoy a silent auction filled to the brim with great items and several vendors ready to show you their wares.

Tickets are $50 each, or $75 for VIP tickets. Tables of 8 or individual seats are available. for more information and to register go to www.sjfconline.org.

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