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The HUB Sports Center provides events that have a positive impact on youth and the community

Whether it's an airport, a train station or a computer network, a 'HUB' is a place to connect. The HUB Sports Center, at 19619 E. Cataldo, off I-90 and Barker Road in Liberty Lake (behind Freedom RV and Camping World), is a place to connect with the community and a cause. The mission statement is 'The HUB Sports Center joins the communities of faith, sports, education, business and government to positively impact our youth and region through events and programs that enhance life skills.' Tours are welcome, just call 509-927-0602 to see this amazing facility. (I recently took a tour and was in awe at the scope of the building and the mission of the organization. It is really a must see facility.)

The HUB Sports Center is a nonprofit, community-based regional sports venue, in partnership with other community non-profits, where youth, adults and seniors take part in a variety of events and activities. The HUB's funding sources are a combination of fees and donations. Any surplus funds are returned to the organization to support operation and maintenance of the 66,000 sq. ft. building. The goal is to purchase the building from the current owner and operate as a community-based, regional, non-profit athletics facility.

Built in 2003, the 66,670 square foot HUB Sports Center is the third largest indoor sports venue in Spokane County. It has five full-size basketball courts, plus other configurations including volleyball, wrestling, judo roller derby, badminton, pickleball, cheerleading and more. The Ferris Saxon football team even practiced indoors at the HUB before winning their 2010 state football championship. The HUB also has reception and greeting areas, concessions for major events and tournaments, and three large studios for dance, aerobics, meeting and classrooms. It is available to rent for business functions, corporate team building events, parties and other events.

The HUB Sports Center has hosted several major sports tournaments and events. These include: NAIA Volleyball Regional Tournament, Inland Northwest Collegiate Wrestling Invitational, USA Judo Youth & Scholastic National Championships, AAU Basketball Regional Tournaments, Pacific Northwest Qualifier (PNQ) Volleyball, Freeman High School basketball games, Lilac City Roller Derby, as well as other athletic events.

The HUB also offers an after school program called HUB 360 targeted at 'at risk' students in the Central Valley and East Valley school districts. There are 60 program meetings throughout the school year. Students are fed a snack, have study/homework time, physical activity time and guest speakers. Presenters have included Tim Welsh of Garco Construction, Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich, Matt Santangelo of Hoopfest, Liberty Lake Mayor Steve Peterson, Dave Pier of Brett Sports, Jeff Philips of Rosauers and many more.

An All Star Breakfast fundraiser for the HUB is being held Thursday, September 24 at 7:30 am at the Mirabeau Park Hotel. The program will provide an update on activities and give an outline the HUB's vision for the future. For more information contact Executive Director, Phil Champlin at 509-927-0602 or email at phil@hubsportscenter.org. The website is hubsportscenter.org.

Blue Mountain Psychology new name for psychology practice

Dr. Jameson Lontz has rebranded his psychology practice to Blue Mountain Psychology. It was formerly Blue Mountain Neuropsychological Associates, with roots in Walla Walla. Blue Mountain Psychology, located at W. 319 Hastings Road, offers comprehensive psychological, forensic, and neuropsychological assessment services. The purpose of these services is to provide culturally sensitive diagnoses, assistance in treatment planning, and the rendering of opinions for individuals with a variety of medical and psychological needs. Evaluations report an individual's intellectual (IQ), cognitive, memory, sensorimotor, language, academic, attention, concentration, executive, and psychosocial functions as indicated.

After completing undergraduate degrees at Spokane Falls Community College and Eastern Washington University as a first generation college graduate, Dr. Lontz earned a Master's degree in psychology from Gonzaga University and a Ph.D. in psychology from Michigan State University. He is a culturally competent generalist with work experience in university and community college teaching, forensics, neuropsychology, rehabilitation, pain management and related research.

Dr. Lontz has always had a knack for identifying strategies people can use to better their lives, and he has combined this with objective forensic and neuropsychological assessment in order to assist myriad individuals with a variety of medical and psychological needs. Dr. Lontz is deeply passionate about his work as Executive Director of Blue Mountain Psychology as it allows him to avoid any outside pressures to stray from his mission: Serving those who are most in need with the same quality of care regardless of their financial or social situations. Dr. Lontz has a successful track record of helping people gain psychological wellness and hope for their future. He embraces the challenge of working at the top of his degree while helping the lives of approximately 300 patients per year.

The website is bluemountainpsychology.com, and the phone number is 509-939-6863. Dr. Lontz's email is drlontz@bluemountainpsychology.com.

Fundraiser for KZZU's Ken Hopkins

Kevin & Kerry Parker's Dutch Bros coffee shops held a fundraiser this past Friday for injured radio personality Ken Hopkins of the Dave, Ken and Molly show on KZZU, who was seriously injured in a bicycle accident last month. The total raised was $29,148.

To learn more and to help support Ken Hopkins and family, visit www.gofundme.com/3b8zccyrc.

Two promotions at the HUB Sports Center

Ryan Barbieri has been named Program Director at the HUB sports Center. He was born and raised in Spokane, a former Central Valley HS Bear. He Graduated from the University of Idaho with a Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science and Health, and a Master's degree in Physical Education. He has been working at the HUB Sports Center for the past two years as a Facility Supervisor, and was moved into the Program Director role. His previous experience has been working in the parks and recreation field, teaching K-12 physical education and health, and coaching baseball.

Mathew Plank is the HUB's new Director of Development & Capital Campaign. He is a graduate of Eastern Washington University and the Disney School of Management. Mathew was born at Fairchild Air Force Base, he has lived across the globe from Alaska to Australia. Has taught grant writing and Fundraising 101 Seminars, as well as been involved in fund raising and marketing since his youth.

Free health care today and tomorrow at the Fairgrounds

FREE medical, dental and eye care and more today and tomorrow, at the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center. The program begins at 7 am each morning and is on a first come, first served basis. A wide range of services will be offered at no charge including a meal. The event is made possible by Your Pathway to Health in partnership with the Seventh-Day Adventist Church. For more information go to Yourbestpathwaytohealth.org.

ALSC Architects of Spokane announces new additions to its staff

Jodi Kittel has joined ALSC as a Project Architect. She earned her Bachelor of Architecture from Washington State University 2003. A LEED Accredited Professional, Jodi is currently on ALSC's team for the new Urban Outfitters building in downtown Spokane. She was previously employed by Spokane Public Schools Capital Projects & Planning.

Tawnya Becker has joined ALSC as a Document Specialist in support of ALSC's architectural, interior design and marketing staff. She was previously employed by Freeman School District and attended the Community College of the Air Force.

First Hotel RL Nationwide Opens in Baltimore's Inner Harbor Brand Commemorates Milestone with Bid to Combat Homelessness

Red Lion Hotels Corporation has announced the debut of its new brand, Hotel RL, with the opening of the 130-room Hotel RL Baltimore Inner Harbor. The flagship hotel is an historic adaptive reuse building equipped with industry-leading technology and other consumer innovations.

Hotel RL placed special emphasis on its hotel lobby, which features a unique seating concept called The Steps, which reproduce the feeling of a typical Pacific Northwestern coffee house, serving complimentary espresso to guests. The Steps will also serve as the focal point for live entertainment and interactive talks which will eventually be broadcast to other Hotel RL locations.

Among its many technological offerings, Hotel RL offers an app with airplane-style check-in experience, which allows guests to choose their specific room, check in and download an electronic key. The typical hotel front desk is replaced by roving greeters with tablets. A kiosk in the lobby is available for guests in need of a physical room key.

To commemorate the grand opening, RLHC has launched Project Wake Up Call, a social responsibility effort aimed at raising funds and awareness to help combat homelessness by showcasing pictures taken by professional and amateur homeless photographers. Hotel RL will launch a similar, citywide initiative in each new city where it opens a hotel. For Baltimore, the brand has partnered with Health Care for the Homeless which works to prevent and end homelessness for vulnerable individuals and families by providing quality, integrated health care and promoting access to affordable housing and sustainable incomes through direct service, advocacy and community engagement. With a donation of $100 or more, guests will receive a trial offer for a one night stay at the Hotel RL Baltimore Inner Harbor. The one night trial-offer is available for stays from August 1 - October 31, 2015.

Spokane SCORE Workshop Aug 5 on How to Start a Business

Spokane SCORE Chapter 180 presents 'How to Start a Business' at a workshop this Wednesday, August 5 from 8:30am to 12:30pm. 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.

Each workshop requires a minimum of three registrants. If you are enrolling a day or two before the workshop is scheduled, or plan to enroll at the door, contact the SCORE office to find out if the minimum registration criteria has been met. Workshop cost is $40 pre-registered, $50 at the door, $15 for an additional person from the same company. Location is SBA Training Room, 801 W Riverside, Suite 444 in downtown Spokane.

To register or for more information, visit www.scorespokane.org.

Market Street Grill opens in Hillyard

A new restaurant has just opened in Hillyard. The space formerly occupied by Whiskey Dick's at 3027 East Liberty Avenue is now the Market Street Grill serving sandwiches, burgers, soups and salads. Their menu also has entrees like veggie stir fry and spaghetti and meatballs. Market Street Grill also makes old fashioned shakes and root beer and cream-sicle floats.

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