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Launch Party to Celebrate the Opening of Food Flavor Fit

A Launch Party for Food Flavor Fit, LLC will take place on Wednesday, March 4th in the Community Room in the Sprague Union Terrace building at 1420 E. Sprague Avenue from 5 to 7 pm. The public is invited to enjoy door prizes, a cooking demonstration, refreshments and more.

Eldonna Shaw-Davis is partnering with her husband Larry Davis to launch this new business dedicated to helping people enjoy good food and good health. Shaw-Davis will offer healthy home cooking classes, health coaching and is writing a blog, foodflavorfit.com, with original recipes, health tips and news about local healthy food producers. "I want to help people enjoy cooking at home with attention to lower calories and to help them make wise food choices to combat a major health problem in this country, as well as demonstrate that healthy food can taste good." said Shaw-Davis. She will also highlight inland northwest food artisans and restaurants featuring healthy menu items to help promote other small businesses.

Shaw-Davis retired last year as the President and CEO of the Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce and will combine her passion for cooking, education in home economics and concern for good health with her community experience in this new venture. Last summer she became a Certified Health Coach through the Center for Obesity Prevention and Education (C.O.P.E.) at Villanova University and Take Shape For Life. Larry Davis is a college professor at EWU, after a successful career as a management consultant to small and large companies. As a couple, they have successfully lost over 100 pounds together through a sensible weight loss program and attention to healthy food.

Classes offered by Food Flavor Fit will start on Saturday morning, March 21st at the Sprague Union Terrace, which is the new 4 story multi-use building located at the corner of Sprague and Perry. Visit foodflavorfit.com or call 509-990-7576 for more information.

Spokane Valley Partners Announces New Board President and 2015 Board of Directors

Spokane Valley Partners announces Anne Hagman, Senior Community Development Officer for STCU, as its new Board President. Here are the 2015 Board of Directors:

Anne Hagman, President; Senior Community Development Officer, STCU
Nancy Ledeboer, President Elect; Executive Director, Spokane County Library District
Nancy Nelson, Past Board President; President, Humanix
Mark Thompson, Treasurer; Vice President/Commercial Loan Officer, Wheatland Bank
Brian Singer, Secretary; Vice President of Operations, Lydig Construction
Briton Demars, Student, Central Valley High School
Pat Dockrey, Retired Engineer
Steve Pannkuk, Family Life Pastor, Advent Lutheran Church
Laurie Robinson, Assistant Manager, Washington Trust Bank Valley Financial Center
Diana Wilhite, Former Mayor of Spokane Valley

Spokane Valley Partners is a non-profit organization serving economically-disadvantaged residents who live east of Spokane City limits out to the Idaho border with a mission of improving quality of life for those in need by advocating self-reliance through partnerships and education while providing basic life necessities. For nearly 25 years, Spokane Valley Partners has been assisting families by offering food, clothing, emergency services, information and education in achieving long-term self-reliance.

Coffman Engineers Announces Promotion of Principal Engineer

Karl Kolb, a principal structural engineer at Coffman Engineers, has been promoted to general manager of the Spokane branch and now holds the responsibility of overall management of the office. Kolb has worked in structural engineering for 28 years, 19 of which have been at Coffman. Recently he has worked extensively on federal projects, both military and non-military, but he has also provided engineering services and project management in several other markets, including education, healthcare and hospitality.

SCORE Workshop this Wednesday

Spokane SCORE Chapter 180 presents How to Start a New Business this Wednesday, March 4. Learn step-by-step consideration of legal, tax, insurance, accounting, business planning, and funding topics that you need to address to successfully start a business.

Workshop runs from 8:30am to 12:30pm at the SBA Training Room, 801 W Riverside, Suite 444 in downtown Spokane. Cost is $40 pre-registered, $50 at the door. To register or for more information, visit www.scorespokane.org.

Numerica Promotes Hochheimer to Assistant VP of Business Development

Manuel Hochheimer was recently promoted to Assistant Vice President of Business Development for Numerica Credit Union. Hochheimer has 15 years of experience in the financial industry and has been employed by Numerica since 2012. Prior to his promotion, he was Director of Corporate Business Development. He graduated from Colorado State University with a bachelor's degree in business management and is currently pursuing his M.B.A. at Whitworth University.

Numerica Credit Union also announces the hiring of Elizabeth Giles as Media Relations Liaison. Giles has over 11 years of experience in the marketing and communications field. Most recently, she was Marketing and Communications Officer at Inland Northwest Blood Center. Prior to INBC, she was Communications and Marketing Manager for Camp Fire Inland Northwest Council. Giles attended Gonzaga University and obtained a bachelor's degree in business administration.

Adam McAuley Joins Trindera Engineering as Project Engineer

Trindera Engineering, an electrical and control systems engineering and consulting firm with offices in Coeur d'Alene and Spokane, announces the recent hiring of Adam McAuley as Project Engineer. McAuley is located in Trindera Engineering's Spokane office.
McAuley holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina and has relocated from Jacksonville, FL where he worked as a Project Engineer at Dawson Technical, LLC.

2015 AAF Spokane Addy Awards Gala March 21

The American Advertising Federation Spokane Presents this year's Addy Awards, Saturday, March 21 at the Spokane Convention Center, Centennial Ballroom. This annual event honors the very best in advertising, marketing, design and production, featuring the region's most talented creative teams. This year's show is 007 James Bond-themed and will have a plated dinner so you must register in advance. There will be no ticket sales at the door. Doors open at 5pm, program and dinner follow at 6pm.

To register visit www.spokaneaddys.com. Registration closes on Wednesday, March 18.

Custer's Spring Arts & Crafts Show this Weekend

Custer's 38th Annual Spring Arts & Crafts Show starts this Friday, March 6 and runs through Sunday, March 8 at the Spokane County Fair & Expo Center. Over 300 professional artists and crafters from the Pacific Northwest will bring their their hand-crafted items and original artwork, and over 30 artists are new to the show this spring. Show hours are Friday, 10am-8pm; Saturday 10am-6pm; and Sunday 10am-4pm. Admission is $7 for adults, good all weekend. Kids 12 and under free.

Visit www.custershows.com for more information.

Darren Digiacinto Named Partner at Stamper Rubens P.S.

Stamper Rubens, P.S. announces that Darren M. Digiacinto has been named partner of the firm. Darren is licensed in Washington and Idaho, and his focus is on assisting creditors in bankruptcy, as well employment and business litigation. Darren is the current President of the South Rotary Club and serves on the board for the Spokane Enological Society. Darren is an active community volunteer and is Martindale Hubble AV Preeminent Rated.

Spokane Home & Garden Show Coming March 13-15

The 39th Annual Spring Spokane Home & Garden Show will be Friday, March 13th through Sunday, March 15th at the Spokane Convention Center. The Spokane Home & Garden Show is the oldest running consumer home show in Spokane, and is focused on building, renovation, landscaping, design and decor. The 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.

Show hours are Friday 12 noon-8pm; Saturday 10am-7pm; and Sunday 10am-5pm. Adult admission is $8, Seniors & Military $6, Kids 12 and under, Free. Visit www.spokanehomeshows.com.

Epic Economic Impact in Spokane for March Sports

This month, Spokane is expecting over 20,000 visiting players, coaches, families and fans as many sporting events come to our city and the economic impact on our area is huge. "We are expecting more than $10 million in visitor spending," says Eric Sawyer, Spokane Sports Commission President and CEO. "We can thank expanding perennial sporting events and a returning collegiate favorite for the record setting month."

Pacific Northwest Qualifier (PNQ) Volleyball is the largest sporting event in March. In fact, this tournament generates more hotel room-night stays than any other yearly event in Spokane over the two weekends, March 20-22 and March 27-29. State B Basketball Championships return March 5-7, attracting more than 2,500 visitors from around the state, the tournament generates nearly $1 million locally. The Washington State Boys and Girls Middle School Basketball Championships, with games over two weekends, March 7-8 and March 14-15, and Washington State University will host the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship Regional, March 28 and 30 at the Spokane Arena. Spokane will be the backdrop for this nationally televised event that will draw approximately 2,500 spectators to the region.

The cumulative effect of these events is huge. Beyond the $10 million, the March sports lineup brings a huge spotlight on Spokane and our ability to host and grow premium sporting events.

Fatbeam Expands Corporate Leadership Team and Announces New Construction Division

Fatbeam, a competitive access provider, has announced it has expanded its corporate team and has created a new construction division to better serve clients in building fiber infrastructure for ultra-high-speed Internet. The company named Chris Jasper to lead Fatbeam Construction as vice president of fiber networks and announced the hire of Tammy Palm who will serve as director of sales. Fatbeam Construction will be responsible for building and maintaining many of Fatbeam's key networks thus reducing overall construction costs and further lowering the barrier to bring fiber into prospective customer locations.

For more information, visit www.fatbeam.com.

Desperate Housewives Shophop this Saturday

The 11th Annual Desperate Housewives Shophop will be this Saturday, March 7 from 9am to 5pm. Visit the following participating Spokane Valley stores: Simply Northwest, The Trellis Marketplace, Jema Jane, and Trovato Interiors. There will be a lunch special at Cuppa Joe's Cafe and a drink special at Galaxy Grind. Enjoy in store specials, treats and receive a complimentary gift at each store while supplies last. Visit all four stores for a chance to win the grand prize, $100 in gift certificates.

For more information, call Simply Northwest at 509-927-8206.

Bernardo Wills Architects Secures Numerica Credit Union Projects

Bernardo Wills Architects has been awarded the contract to supply interior design services for Numerica Credit Union branches. Design work on two full-service branches has been initiated with construction to conclude later this year.

Located at 4911 South Regal St. on Spokane's South Hill, the new Regal branch is a build-out of 2,470 square feet of raw space on a single level in the Regal Plaza at Palouse, which was designed by Bernardo Wills. Completion is slated for June. The 5,300-square-foot, one-story, stand-alone Sullivan branch at 722 North Sullivan Road in the City of Spokane Valley is undergoing a comprehensive interior remodel to be finished in September.

West Plains Chamber Membership Breakfast March 5

The West Plains Chamber of Commerce March Membership Breakfast will be Thursday, March 5 from 7 to 8:30am at EWU Hargreaves Library, C Street at 7th, Hargreaves Hall Room 201 at the Cheney Campus. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Mary Cullinan, President of Eastern Washington University. For more information, visit westplainschamber.org.

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