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Randi L. Johnson, Attorney at Law helps the disabled with Social Security, Vets' Benefits and Workers Comp



Attorney Randi Johnson, a Spokane native, graduated from Florida State University and Lewis-Clark Law School in Portland. After doing volunteer work in Bolivia she started her law career at Binder and Binder in New York City, the nation's leading disability law firm. She moved home to Spokane in April 2013 to open her own law firm. She focuses her law practice on a range of disability law issues. Primarily, she advocates on behalf of the disabled in their claims for Service-Connected Veterans benefits, Social Security Disability Insurance and SSI benefits, and Workers Compensation benefits. She has significant experience, ranging from Initial Applications through Federal District Court appeals. Since 2007, Randi has covered 39 states and Puerto Rico, handling over 1200 Social Security hearings. In 2010, the Veterans Administration certified Randi as an accredited attorney to take claims on behalf of Veterans.

Over the course of her practice, Randi observed that many disabled clients were simultaneously applying for multiple benefits programs. Rather than force a client to seek additional attorneys to handle all their cases, Randi decided to augment the focus areas of her disability practice. Adding these 3 types of disability law practices provides clients the opportunity to have one attorney handle these sensitive issues and reduces the need to repeat their stories over and over again to different attorneys. This is especially critical with individuals who have experienced significant emotional and/or physical traumas.

Having practiced in both the large and small firm environments, Randi's experience guides her advocacy and service for her clients. Randi believes in getting to know her clients. It is important to Randi that her clients understand the claims process, and that each individual client is provided with the information necessary to make informed decisions about their case/s. Randi makes it a priority to see that a client feels they were provided the opportunity to exercise their rights, win or lose - regardless of the outcome.

Randi L Johnson can be reached at 509-624-1610. The offices are at 221 N. Wall Street, (Old City Hall), Suite 624. The website is randijohnsonlaw.com.


Red Lion Hotel at the Park names Michael Dodd Executive Sous Chef



A Spokane native growing up in Vancouver B.C., Michael Dodd is a skilled culinary professional having graduated from the Inland Northwest Culinary Academy. He is well versed on many different cuisine styles and has attained his inspiration for culinary art from his Grandfather, who was a first generation Italian immigrant. In addition to his experience at Red Lion Hotel at the Park, he was part of the opening team and Sous Chef for Scratch Restaurant & Rain Loungs for six years, as well as working for C.I. Shenanigans and Ellas Supper Club at Center Stage. His energy and passion for teaching others is the main reason for his success as a leader and well-respected professional in the culinary community.

Dine Brazilian style at Rio Grill



The Rio Grill is a new Brazilian restaurant at 5620 S. Regal owned by Patrick and Billie Jo Hughes. They serve meats in the traditional Brazilian style...barbecued and cut straight from the skewer with large butcher knives right at your table...perfectly marinated pork, chicken, beef and linguisa roasted over an open flame with glazed pineapple and grilled vegetables. They also have a great salad bar. The Rio Grill is open Sunday through Thursday 4 to 9 and Fridays and Saturdays 4 to 10. The website is riogrillrestaurant.com.


Interplayers merges with Lake City Playhouse under George Green



Spokane's Interplayers Theatre has merged with Coeur d'Alene's Lake City Playhouse, with LCP's executive artistic director George Green running both theaters simultaneously. And George Green, formerly with Spokane Civic Theatre, is the man who can do it. His vision and creativity have propelled Lake City Playhouse to one of the finest theatres in the region.

The merger decision was due to Interplayers' long term financial difficulties, and the theater was 'unable to continue and unwilling to close.' Green said while the transition period will require patience, they fully expect a positive outcome with many successful years ahead. Interplayers' production of 'The Hound of the Baskervilles' goes on as planned on Oct. 2 and all season tickets will be honored. Lake City Playhouse's production of 'Les Miserables', directed by Green, continues through Oct. 12.

Cougs in downtown Spokane



You can get all things crimson and gray at the new WSU Connections downtown Spokane gift shop at 618 W. Riverside Avenue, inside the former Bank of Whitman building. They sell WSU apparel, gear, Cougar Gold cheese as well as tickets and WSU Spokane research information. They're open Monday through Saturday from 10am to 6pm. A grand opening is planned for September 23.


No wonder they call it the 'Ultimate' Bloody Mary



The Ultimate Bloody Mary at the Dam Bar at Red Lion Hotel at the Park is a meal in itself. Complete with a cheeseburger slider, shrimp cocktail, summer sausage, onion pepperoncini, pickled asparagus and an olive it sells for $15.


New life for Dawn of the Donut

Just as zombies are coming back to life all over Spokane, Dawn of the Donut, 3402 N. Division, is being resurrected by a new buyer. The macabre donut shop opened in August of 2013 with their north Division location and a donut truck. They announced they were closing and were looking for a buyer. There is a new owner and the store is up and running. We'd say business as usual, but with this place it's business as unusual!

Sue the T. rex returns to Spokane



The most ferocious dinosaur that ever lived is on its way to Mobius Science Center, in downtown Spokane. The exhibit, 'A T. rex Named Sue,' scheduled to open September 19, features a cast of the most complete Tyrannosaurus rex ever discovered. The 42 foot long, 3,500 pound, model is the keystone piece of this traveling exhibition. It was previously in Spokane at the MAC.

The exhibition, assembled at Mobius Science Center, will also feature visitor controlled mechanical models, videos, and free-standing interactive exhibits. The visiting exhibit 'A T. rex Named Sue' will run through January 4, 2015. Admission is free to Mobius Science Center Members, $10 for adults, $7 for children (3 years and under are free). Hours are from 10am to 6pm Tuesdays through Saturdays and 11am to 5pm on Sundays.

This exhibit was created by the Field Museum, Chicago, and made possible through the generosity of McDonald's Corporation. Locally, this exhibit was made possible by the generous support of Sarah and Dennis Beemer and Terry and Janet Goebel. Field Museum photo.

Hiring Heroes Career and Resource Fair Sept 19

Inland Northwest Hiring Heroes is hosting the 2nd Annual Hiring Heroes Career and Resource Fair on Friday, September 19 from 10am to 3pm at the Spokane Fair and Expo Center, 404 N. Havana St. This unique jobs event will feature over 80 of the Inland Northwest area's top employers, and is free and open to the public. The goal is to match exceptional employers with well-qualified past and present military members and their families.

Participating organizations represent such diverse areas as engineering, technology, education, health care, human services, manufacturing, financial services, aviation, transportation, construction, environmental sciences, retail, consumer products, and the government and nonprofit sectors. On September 18 at 5pm, a workshop for the event will be at the Spokane Fair & Expo Center. Pre-registration for the workshops is required.

Career Seekers and employers can register to attend the workshops and Career and Resource Fair at www.redcross.org\HiringHeroes. The fair is expected to attract from 500 to 750 job seekers. Pre-registration is requested.

Adserveo Volunteer Expo coming September 26

The First Annual Adserveo Volunteer Expo presented by KXLY Radio Group, is Friday, September 26 from noon to 6pm at the Lincoln Center. Many of Spokane's non-profit businesses will be in one location for the public to learn about what volunteer opportunities are available. Individuals will have the opportunity to sign up to volunteer at a non-profit of their choice.

For any non-profit interested in being a part of this expo, contact Calvin Lew, KXLY Radio, 509-329-4309. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, www.adserveo.com.

Patit Creek Cellars wine & cheese sampling at Urbanna Spa & Salon

Enjoy great wine & cheese, courtesy of Patit Creek Cellars at Urbanna Spa & Salon, this Thursday, September 18 from 1-7pm. Patit Creek Cellars, from Walla Walla, now has a tasting room in downtown Spokane across from the Davenport Hotel. This special event at Urbanna, you'll have an opportunity to meet Rachel, the cheese expert, and her husband, Cody, the wine expert. The two will teach how to properly taste the cheeses with wine. 6 Whites and 6 Reds, and imported cheeses. You'll learn great tips on pairing and eating cheeses with wine.

The cost is $15 for the pairing fee, with $10 of that applied to bottle purchase of Patit Creek wine. With this bottle purchase, you will also receive a free tasting of their Ice Wine with a taste of cheese.

For tickets and information, call 509-747-7076. Urbanna Spa is located in the beautiful historic Pinecreek Dairy Creamery at 168 S Division.

Doug Hyde Joins NAC Architecture as Consulting Principal



'One of the most respected architects in the higher education world,' Douglas Hyde has joined with NAC Architecture as a Consulting Principal. With over 30 years of experience and a resume of over 40 college and university projects, Doug believes in a strong team approach where ideas are welcome and contribution is key. His work has been published in American School and University, School Business Affairs and Planning for Higher Education, and he has lectured on trends in student housing at the American College and University Housing Officers International Annual Conferences.

"The addition of Doug's knowledge and expertise will significantly advance our national reputation in student housing design. Doug will also strengthen NAC's other higher education specialties, particularly general academic and science facilities."
Dana Harbaugh, CEO.

"Since joining NAC Architecture, I have been impressed with the passion that the leadership and staff have for the design of spaces for people; buildings that will be lasting contributions to the environments in which they are placed."
Doug Hyde, Principal

Doug earned his Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Arts in Art degrees from Montana State University. Before joining NAC Architecture Doug was Director of College and University Design for JCJ Architecture and Director of the Boston office. Prior to JCJ, he was Project Executive/Design Principal for Einhorn Yaffee Prescott PC in Albany, New York.

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