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Lake City Playhouse and Interplayers change names



Earlier this year, Interplayers Professional Theatre approached Lake City Playhouse in an effort to avoid closure and bankruptcy. LCP acquired, via merger, Interplayers' assets and liabilities and is the surviving entity of the merger. The new brand name, The Modern Theater, is effective as of today. Each theater will be named The Modern Theater and designated by its location: The Modern Theater Spokane and The Modern Theater Coeur d'Alene. The non-profit company consists of an eight member Board of Directors, six full-time staff members, and five consistent part-time staff members. Nearly 150 artistic contractors-employees and over 200 volunteers contribute annually to the institution's success. Furthermore, the ever-growing subscriber base of over 1300 patrons is the largest it has been since the 1980's.

Established in 1961, The Modern Theater is a 501(c)(3) non-profit theater company in the Inland Northwest. Their purpose is to present theater that reflects exceptional standards in production, education, and entertainment. While supplying professional performers a quality environment to explore their craft, they aim to involve the community and provide training/education for children, teens, and adults.

Modern Theater promises to produce at least fourteen main-stage productions per season as well as other special events related to the theatrical arts. They will maintain two venues: One 160-seat auditorium with proscenium stage in Coeur d'Alene and one 250-seat auditorium with extended thrust stage in Spokane. They plan to support local visual artists by providing gallery space in the Gelhorn Gallery located in the Spokane venue.

Modern Theater will also produce year-round academic opportunities in voice, dance, and acting to include a summer intensive program taught by professional educators and artists. And will collaborate with other performing arts organizations in the region.


'Decadence! the Spokane Chocolate Festival,' is this Friday



Encore Events will host 'Decadence! the Spokane Chocolate Festival,' this Friday, November 7th, from Noon to 9pm at the Red Lion Hotel at the Park. 'Decadence'! features chocolate indulgences, live music by Cary Fly and a Chocolate Martini competition. Tickets can be purchased at decadencefestival.com.


Mountain Gear presents the Banff Mountain film Festival World Tour



Thrill to the most exciting outdoor adventure films of the year at the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour at the Bing Crosby Theater Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 21-23. Friday and Saturday showtimes at 7pm, Sunday at 6pm.

Tickets are available at Mountain Gear, 2002 North Division.


Holiday Inn Express on the Rock renovations receive national award



The renovations on Spokane's Holiday Inn Express on the Rock at 801 N. Division have been noticed by more people than local Spokanites. This major renovation has just been awarded the 2014 Renovation Award from the InterContinental Hotels Group. Over all, the renovation transformed the exterior of the hotel adding 2,200 square feet of space, a new lobby with 25 foot tall ceilings as well as a 75-foot-tall turret.

New building for Kendall Yards



Work on the $2.5 million Highline II building at 1104 W. Summit Parkway in Kendall Yards is underway, expected to be completed next Spring. With 24 apartments on two upper floors, the building is similar to the Highline Lofts, Greenstone's first Kendall Yards retail-apartment building.


Delta Air Lines adds new flights from Spokane and Seattle



Delta Air Lines is adding five new daily round-trip flights from Spokane and Seattle as of today. According to Todd Woodard, spokesman at the Spokane airport, Delta's new Spokane-Seattle service is good news for local travelers because it will add another layer of competition to keep fares affordable here. It also makes it easier for Spokane travelers to connect with Delta's growing line of international flights to Mexico, Calgary, China, Paris, Amsterdam, Japan, London, Hong Kong and Seoul.


STA holding final forums on Moving Forward proposal this week



Spokane Transit Authority is holding its last two public open houses on its STA Moving Forward project this week. The open houses are Thursday from 4:30 to 6:30 pm at the Plaza, 701 W. Riverside Ave., and Friday from 4:30 to 6:30 pm at Quality Inn, 7919 N. Division St.

STA's Moving Forward proposal calls for a series of projects to enhance existing transit service across the city, including a new Central City Line trolley bus from Browne's Addition through downtown to Gonzaga University and Spokane Community College. STA also plans to create a 'high-performance transit network' on major routes.


Laura Lawton Forsyth receives national honor



Laura Lawton Forsyth representing the fourth generation to run Lawton Printing Inc, is the recipient of the 2014 Naomi Berber Memorial Award from Printing Industries of America. The award honors outstanding women in the graphic communications industry for their exceptional record of accomplishments. She began working full-time for Lawton Printing beginning in January 1991 and became President in October 2001.

Events! by Karen Herford



Karen Herford has over 20 years of event management experience and is committed to making your event phenomenal, memorable and flawless. She started in the hospitality industry in 1992 and hasn't looked back. She has a degree in Hospitality Management as well as Business and is a Certified Meeting Planner (CMP). Karen has worked within the Hyatt Hotels Family, Marriott, Wyndham and Red Lion Hotels. She most recently was the Director of Sales and Event Planning for Catered for You, a locally owned full-service catering and event planning company that has been in Spokane since 1985.

Before Karen found her home in the hospitality world, she explored other parts of the world in the US Army! Her Military Police unit was part of Operation Promote Liberty in Panama and Desert Storm/Dessert Shield in Iraq. She still loves to travel, though now she mostly explores the world to find her clients the best and most amazing solutions for their event needs.

Events! by Karen Herford and her team produce phenomenal, memorable, and flawless events. With more than 20 years of experience in planning, designing and production, Karen gathers clients ideas along with her expertise and produces weddings and events that are top notch.

Contact Karen Herford direct for a complimentary information gathering session. Call 509-216-7030 or email events@karenherfordevents.com.

Alison Rubin's Harmony Yoga adds salon

Alison Rubin, owner of Harmony Yoga, has added a new 540-square-foot yoga salon at 707 North Cedar Avenue in the Pelican Building. The new salon has eight teachers and will offer classes seven days a week. For more information and schedules go to harmonyoga.com.

Numerica Wins Philanthropy Award

Numerica Credit Union received the 'Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation' award at the Spokane Philanthropy Awards on Tuesday, October 21.

Out of numerous nominations, a total of three businesses were selected as finalists in this category. Joining Numerica as finalists were Rosauers and Providence Health Care. Numerica was nominated by the YMCA of the Inland Northwest, one of the many nonprofit organizations the credit union supports.

The Spokane Philanthropy awards recognize organizations and individuals who embody selflessness in their philanthropic work. To recognize the spirit of giving in the Spokane community, local governments, including the City of Spokane, teamed up with Spokane County United Way and the Empire Health Foundation to present the annual Spokane Philanthropic Awards.

The awards included five categories; Outstanding Philanthropist Award, the Philanthropic Small Business of the Year for businesses with 50 employees or less, the Philanthropic Corporation of the Year for those with at least 51 employees, Philanthropic Organization of the Year and the Young Philanthropist Award recognizing an individual under age 21.

More information can be found at numericacu.com.

New sports bar to open January 1 in Painted Hills area

Scott and Deanna Reckord, owners of the Sullivan Scoreboard Bar and Grill, plan to open a new sports bar and pub, Clubhouse at Painted Hills at Painted Hills Golf Course, 4403 S. Dishman-Mica Road. The opening is planned January 1.

Eide Bailly accounting firm adds three associates

Kara Hogan, Lisa Godon and Barry Weber have joined Eide Bailly, LLP, accounting firm in Spokane Valley. Kara Hogan, who has a bachelor of business administration in accounting from the University of Portland and a master's degree from the University of Washington, joins the firm as an audit associate. Lisa Godon is a new tax senior associate with the firm. She received her master of accountancy from the University of Southern California. Barry Weber, who earned his bachelor of business administration in accounting from Gonzaga University and a master of accountancy from Gonzaga University, has been hired as an audit senior associate.

'Logan against Lyme' this Saturday at Annie Fannie's

Six years ago, Logan Peterson was a fun-loving happy-go-lucky young man, active with high expectations for his future. Today, Logan is 34 years old, married with a step son and is paralyzed from the shoulders down, and because of a pesky little critter that could infect anyone who enjoys the outdoors, a tick that carries Lyme disease. Logan needs help. Treatment is available but is not covered by any health insurance, and Logan will be traveling throughout the year to undergo treatments. The estimated out of pocket expense to Logan and his family is approximately $40,000, none of which is covered by insurance.

Friends and family of Logan are hosting a benefit night at Annie Fannie's Bar and Grill this Saturday, November 8th to help raise funds to offset his expenses. A $20 donation at the door buys you a free Baked Potato Bar dinner with chili, green salad and dessert, free Raffle ticket (more are available for sale at the event at $5 each) and free live music performed by the popular local band Ticking Time Bomb.

All proceeds go to Logan Against Lyme to help offset medical and travel expenses. In addition, donations can be made to the account of Friends and Family of Logan Peterson at any branch of Numerica Credit Union.

For more information log on to www.LoganAgainstLyme.com or check out the FaceBook Page Logan Against Lyme or contact: Jessica Peterson 509-499-4454 or emailPetersonshop@aol.com.

Women Helping Women Fund announces 2014-2015 Board Members

The Women Helping Women Fund has announced its Board members for 2014-2015. Joanne Benham, Benham & Associates, LLC; Melissa Cobb, Foster Pepper LLC; Stacy Covey, community volunteer; Stacy Destito, Itron; Tammy Erickson, Moss Adams, LLP; Pat Gorton, Treasurer, Avista; Theresa Helmbrecht, community volunteer; Elizabeth Hooker, Downtown Spokane Partnerships; Jennifer Lehn, Numerica Credit Union; Nancy Mahoney, President, Dew Drop Sprinklers & Landscaping; Kris Mason, Past-President, community volunteer; Julia McGann, US District Court; Tamara McGregor, Inlander; Melissa Murphy, Prime Real Estate Group; Jamie Tobias Neely, EWU & The Spokesman Review; Julie Olds, community volunteer; Barb O'Neill, Coldwell Banker Tomlinson South; Diane Paxton, Secretary, Ellingsen, Paxton Orthodontics; Dori Sonntag, Gonzaga University; Kimberly Thielman, President-Elect, Asuris Northwest Health; Megan Thilo, Witherspoon Kelley.

For more information, visit www.whwfspokane.org.

Wine Tasting Gala & Bottle Sale this Friday at The Lincoln Center

Join the Connoisseur's Club at the Lincoln Center this Friday, November 7 starting at 6pm to sample, enjoy and purchase up to 20 different wine selections. Great holiday gift ideas. Appetizers will be served. For more information, call 509-327-8000.

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