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MAC's ArtFest celebrates 30 years this Friday through Sunday!

This year's ArtFest, brought to you by our Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture celebrates their 30th Anniversary this Friday through Sunday, May 29-31 and marks Spokane's unofficial start of summer. Enjoy over 150 high-quality artists, three days of music, art demonstrations, food, the ever-popular kids' 'Make It Art' area, beer and wine garden, and fun for the whole family.

There will be 16 great musical acts over three days, from Irish and Latin to great blues. Friday's headliner at 8 pm is the Stacey Jones Band playing the blues; Saturday at 8 pm is Sammy Eubanks, voted 'Best Male Vocalist' in Washington ten times. He plays blues, country & rock; Sunday at 3:00 pm it's the hot Latin sound of Milonga.

New this year is a Silent Auction of Artist-Designed Birdhouses. Check out the amazing artist-designed birdhouses at the ArtFest Info. Booth. Among the many birdcages featured include artists Harold Balazs, Ric Gendron, Melissa Cole, Mel McCuddin, and many more. Silent auction ends at noon on Sunday. Children can assemble and design their own birdhouses in the Kids' Make It Art area. All proceeds of the auction support the programs of the MAC.

Artfest will be in Spokane's Browne's Addition Park at 2nd & Hemlock, just west of downtown. Hours are Friday, 12 noon to 10 pm, Saturday, 10 am to 10 pm, and Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm. For more information, go to yourmacspokane.com.

Spokesman-Review promotes the Emotion Revolution Project

Here's some interesting news from The Spokesman-Review to share with your high school students. From now through the end of this school year, Yale University and the Born This Way Foundation's Emotion Revolution Project is asking high school students to take an online survey about how they feel in school and how they want to feel. The goal of the project is to shine a light for parents, educators and young people that knowing how you feel and how to express those feelings can build positive school, family and other social interactions. Survey findings will be presented publicly this fall.

Look for extensive information about the Emotion Revolution in yesterday's (Sunnday, May 24), The Spokesman-Review, and online at spokesman.com. Have your teenagers take the survey.

Baker Construction & Development working on Apple Valley Dental & Orthodontics

Baker Construction & Development has started work on the former Evergreen Pet Store in Spokane Valley, transforming it into a dental clinic for Apple Valley Dental & Orthodontics. The $900,000 project, located at 14319 E. Sprague Avenue, includes interior addition of walls and rooms, and new exterior work.

For more information on Baker Construction & Development go to bakerconstruct.com.

Upscale Sale this weekend to support the Spokane Symphony

This year's Upscale Sale, put on by the Spokane Symphony Associates, will be held this Friday through Sunday. Sale dates are Friday, May 29 & Saturday, May 30 from 8am-6pm; and Sunday, May 31 from 10am-5pm. There will be a preview sale this Thursday, May 28 from 5-7pm. Admission is $5. Location is 2420 E 29th Ave, SW corner of 29th Ave & Southeast Blvd.

And if you're downsizing or spring cleaning, here's a great opportunity for you to support the Spokane Symphony at the same time! You can donate your Upscale items and call Jeanette at 509-990-6418 for pick up or delivery details. You can also call the SSA Office at 509-458-8733 or email info@spokanesymphonyassoc.org. Popular items include artwork, jewelry, books, furniture and household decor (including dining sets, patio furniture, mirrors and rugs), china and glass, table linens, designer and vintage clothing.

For more information, visit www.spokanesymphonyassoc.org.

Sante participating in James Beard Foundation's Better Burger Project

Sante Restaurant has announced that it will be participating in The James Beard Foundation's Better Burger Project, a nationwide contest and challenge to make a 'better burger' by blending ground meat with finely chopped, cultivated mushrooms to create a delicious, healthier, and more sustainable burger. Chef Jeremy L Hansen and the Sante team have chosen to feature waygu beef from Thompson River Ranch. Patty ingredients include: a 30% mixture of mushrooms (crimini, portobello, oyster) and 70% waygu beef. Accompaniments include house cured bacon, Sante mustard, mornay sauce, shredded cheddar cheese, butter lettuce, grilled onions and morel mushrooms, and a ciabatta bun from Common Crumb Bakery. Sante's version for this project will be available 7 days and nights a week now through July 31, 2015. for more information go to SanteSpokane.com.

'Third Tuesday' moves event to Chateau Rive

This is Action Coach Ted Schmidt's 3rd year hosting Third Tuesday with sponsors and he invites you be part of welcoming Chateau Rive to the Third Tuesday family on June 16th. As always, the event will still be free and is an excellent opportunity to network and meet some amazing business people in the Spokane area.

If you're planning to attend, remember to bring your business cards so your new contacts can get in touch with you after the event. For more information about 'Third Tuesday' contact Stella Fox at spokane@actioncoach.com or call 509-455-5053.

Hoopfest needs volunteers!

Interested in FREE Nike gear and a chance to help the world's largest 3 on 3 basketball tournament? Sign up to be a Court Monitor at spokanehoopfest.net/volunteer and get a FREE Nike shirt, short and pair shoes. It's easier than you think. They even provide you training and goodies throughout the weekend.

Aaron Zwanzig joins Integrus Architecture

Aaron Zwanzig has joined Integrus Architecture as a project engineer. He is currently working on the King County Children and Family Justice Center in Seattle. Zwanzig has a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Washington State University and a bachelor's in mathematics from Eastern Washington University.

RLHC Design Center Opens in Denver

RLHC (Red Lion Hotels Corporation) has announced the company is opening a satellite office complete with model guest rooms for Hotel RL by Red Lion, Red Lion Hotels, Red Lion Inn & Suites. Located at 1550 Market Street, Suite 500, in Denver, the RLHC Design Center serves as office space for the company's Denver-based associates and a showroom for potential and current hotel owners, and a design center.

"Denver is a central U.S. city and easy to reach from most other cities, making it an ideal location in which to meet current and prospective owners and to recruit and retain talent with hospitality experience," said RLHC President & CEO Greg Mount. "This particular downtown Denver neighborhood, the LoDo district, is a perfect fit for our design center as it is up and coming. We believe our unique office concept brings to life the brand imaging we have created over the past year."

The RLHC Design Center is located in the historic lower Downtown Denver, or LoDo, on the fifth floor of the LEED certified 16M building at 16th Street Mall and Market Street. The 16M building is a mixed use development with luxury apartments, office space and restaurant space. The RLHC Design Center is an open concept workspace combined with glass walled meeting rooms and three model upscale and midscale hotel rooms. Initially, about a dozen RLHC associates will work out of this office space with the Lodging Development team using the space to host meetings with prospective owners.

The Michael Building at Sprague and Lincoln is ready for renters

The Michael Building is finished and is leasing high end apartments. Each floor has six units, starting from 600 square feet with five larger units at 1,200 to 1,400 square feet. Smaller units rent at approximately $1,080 a month with larger units renting in the $2,100 per month range. Apartments feature exposed brick walls, high ceilings, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances with gas stoves, en suite bathrooms and great downtown views. The building also has ground floor retail space available For photos go to themichaelbuilding.com.

For questions regarding The Michael Building's retail space, and to inquire about current leasing opportunities, contact Bob Spooner at Goodale & Barbieri, bspooner@g-b.com or 509-344-4903.

Spokane airports generate $791 million in economic impact annually

A study just completed by Eastern Washington University's Institute for Public Policy & Economic Analysis and economics faculty shows that Spokane International Airport, along with the Airport Business Park and Felts Field, generates $791 million in direct economic impact a year, according to a new analysis commissioned by Spokane International Airport. Spokane International Airport contributes to most of that, an estimated $620.5 million annually. The business park accounts for $113 million, while Felts Field contributes $57.5 million. This study, using 2013 data shows an increase of about $100 million compared to a previous study using 2008 figures. The airport, business park and Felts Field also generated $197 million in local, state and federal taxes in 2013.

Tickets Going Fast for Fire on the Runway

Tickets are now on sale for the Fifth Annual Fire on the Runway, an exciting night in local fashion with over 40 models, including 20 area firefighters, who will take to the runway in the latest summer fashions in support of the American Red Cross Greater Inland Northwest Chapter.

The event is this Saturday, May 30, 7pm at The Lincoln Center. Guests must be 21+ to attend. Tickets available at 509-321-6055, and prices are $75 (V.I.P.) and $50 (All Access). Special 'First Responder' Rate - $15 off All Access tickets for military/veterans, firefighters, police, and EMS and their immediate family members.

All proceeds from this event benefit local Red Cross services including 24/7 disaster assistance and support of military families/veterans. This is one of two fundraising events coordinated by the local Red Cross each year.

Ridpath Neon Sign Glows Again

The large neon sign atop downtown Spokane's Ridpath Tower has been brought back to life with the help of a unique effort to identify, preserve and restore Spokane's historic neon signs. Light 'em Up!, a cooperative and community-based program sponsored by Spokane Arts, worked with sign owners and Ridpath developers Ron Wells, Paul Mann and Mark Mackin, to repair and relight the sign on the landmark Sprague Avenue building.

The bright red sign attached to the 12-story Ridpath Tower has been a fixture on the city's skyline for decades. But it went dark more than six years ago as the Ridpath fell into disrepair and eventual bankruptcy. Light 'em Up! approached the developers earlier this year with a plan to preserve and repair the sign. Light 'em Up! shared the restoration costs with the developers; local neon artist and Light 'em Up! technical advisor Ken Yuhasz provided specialized expertise for the project.

"Our hats are off to Spokane Arts and Light 'em Up!," says Ridpath Developer Ron Wells. "We're very happy that we've able to get the sign back up and running and retain a large part of Spokane's history." Wells and his partners own the Ridpath sign as well as the building's top two floors and a portion of the structure at street level. They are working to gain control of the rest of the former hotel which will be converted into apartments.

"Saving the Ridpath sign is a great example of how creative partnerships can boost the arts in Spokane and preserve an important piece of our culture," Laura Becker, Spokane Arts executive director says. "We know this is the first of many successes that Spokane Arts and Light 'em Up! will share. "

Light 'em Up! is also working with Spokane's DCI Engineers to refurbish a 50-year-old neon sign that will be remounted on the company's 2nd Avenue building when current remodeling project is finished later this summer.

The Business Thought of the Week

"When you play, play hard. When you work, don't play at all." Theodore Roosevelt

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