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Hot Summer Nights this Friday at Arbor Crest

Don't miss the 'hottest' event of the year, Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living's Hot Summer Nights, this Friday, 5:30-10:00pm, at Arbor Crest Wine Cellars. VIP tickets are almost sold out and General Admission tickets are $25 when purchased in advance. Enjoy swing dancing, 1940s themed music, classic rock and then end the evening with a night cap dance party. Mock casino, 2 photo booths, food, wine, art and fun.

Doors open at 5pm and entertainment begins at 5:30. KHQ Dave Cotton will emcee. The tone will be set with music from Johnny J & The Flat Foot Floogies at the main stage and the talent of Strictly Swing Spokane. The Blue Mustangs (featuring KHQ's Sean Owsley) take the stage at 7pm, then dance the last hour away with Spokane Voice spinning all your favorite, modern day tunes.

Guests can purchase food at the event from Veraci Spokane, Taste of India Spokane, Delectable Catering & Events. There will also be food items available in the Tasting Room. The Scoop Ice Cream will also be on site for those who prefer a little something sweet.

Contact Ticketswest.com for tickets.

Renew Float Spa opens Friday at Kendall Yards

This Friday you can let your stress and tension float away as Renew Float Spa opens its first location at 1170 W. Summit Pkwy in Kendall Yards. Customers are placed in 'float pods' to float in Epsom salts dissolved into water. The tanks contain 10 inches of water so saturated with Epsom salts that they are more buoyant than the Dead Sea.

The float, in the quiet dark space, allows you to feel almost weightless, releasing stress and tension. Everything is kept at skin temperature, making it impossible to tell where your body ends and the water begins. The tanks are thoroughly sound-proofed, and you float in complete darkness. About 30-minutes into your float, your brain starts producing extra dopamine and endorphins, which boost your mood. Your brainwaves slowly switch over to theta waves, which we normally produce as we're drifting off to sleep. Physically, the float tank has been shown to relieve stress, accelerate recovery from injuries, fight addiction, eliminate chronic pain, and much more. Mental benefits include enhanced concentration and information absorption.

Renew Float Spa will have 3 rooms, each with its own float pod. They're open 7 days a week. The website is renewfloat.com.

Carhartt store opens in downtown Spokane's Bennett Block

Carhartt, the manufacturer of outdoor/work gear and apparel has opened its new outlet store in the Bennett Block at Main and Howard, a few months ahead of their original goal of opening this fall. The 5800 square foot store of Carhartt brand products is one of only a small group of stores nationwide to be an official Carhartt store, although the brand is sold in many other retailers.

Archaeological testing starts today in Riverfront Park

If you see Indiana Jones in town it may be because archaeological testing starts today, as part of site preparation for Riverfront Park redevelopment. It will last two to four weeks.

The archaeology survey will document underground historic materials within the construction footprint of the Recreational Rink Ice Ribbon and SkyRide Facility in the Gondola Meadow to avoid unnecessary damage to important historic materials without proper documentation and recovery, and to comply with necessary historic preservation laws and regulations.

The archaeological survey and testing project is a collaboration of the Spokane Tribe of Indians Preservation Program and the Fort Walla Walla Museum under contract by the City of Spokane.

The area now known as the Gondola Meadow on the corner of Spokane Falls Blvd. and Post St. was inhabited for millennia by the Spokane Tribe of Indians and their ancestors, specifically the Upper Spokane Band. Spokane Falls was a significant fishery for salmon, steelhead and other native fish. The traditional name of Spokane Falls is Sgxetj meaning 'Fast Water.'

Later, this area contained many buildings including hotels and boarding houses, a saloon and a carpenter shop until the fire of 1889. After the fire, a blacksmith and wagon shop filled the space and soon expanded to include a machine shop. A six-story building with storage, office space, printing, and repair shops developed.

In 1914, the railroad placed tracks on the southern edge of the site. By 1925 the site was completely leveled and used as a parking lot as the railroad and industry grew. In 1973, the area was transformed into the site of Expo '74, followed by Riverfront Park as it is today.

New Bio Fuel Burning Stove being developed here

509 Fabrication, a Spokane company owned by father and son team Gary and Dusty Henderson, is developing a new home heating stove to compete in the market with wood stoves and pellet stoves. They have applied for patents in the U.S. and Canada and hope to expand to other areas as we can. The new stove was designed to burn strictly bio fuels in log shape design with some examples being the Pres-to-log and the North Idaho Energy Log out of Moyie Springs Idaho, as well as other logs that are being made now are out of rice husk, and several forms of nutshells. Basically the greenest fuel you can burn in a fuel stove out of leftover materials from the wood plants and other recycled waste materials. 509 Fabrication has been working on several prototypes, and doing testing with the EPA certified facility in Colville. The BTU Range is from 8900 to 44,000.

The burn being so efficient helps the stove stay cleaner longer and there is no need for an ash pan, just a little cleaning with an ash style vacuum does the trick. The stove is loaded from the top through a feed tube and the burn times on low from one load of logs is 12 to 16 hours.

They are developing this stove here in Spokane, and hope it to be a lifetime stove for the owner. There are future plans to bring this product to the commercial market, and to make a model that is completely self sufficient in case of an electrical outage.

Global Leadership Summit Coming Aug 11 and 12

On August 11-12, over 190,000 church and business leaders will gather for The Global Leadership Summit broadcast live via satellite from the Willow Creek Community Church, Chicago to more than 300+ satellite sites across North America. Life Center Foursquare Church at 1202 N Government Way is one of those sites. The Global Leadership Summit is designed for business and community leaders, board members, pastors, teachers, civil servants, politicians, anyone who has the opportunity of influence and the desire to positively impact their world. Among this year's speakers will be Bill Hybels, Founder & Sr. Pastor, Willow Creek; Melinda Gates, Co-chair Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Bishop TD Jakes, Founder & Sr. Pastor, The Potters House; Horst Schulze, Founding President & Former COO, The Ritz-Carlton Group; Dr. Travis Bradbury, Co-Founder of TalentSmart and many others.

To register, visit www.willowcreek.com/summit. Special pricing available for military, students and groups of 25+.

STCU announces new Director, Commercial Lending Manager, and Branch Manager

STCU has promoted a longtime employee to a director position and added two experienced managers to its leadership team.

Nicole Tutt is STCU's new director of enterprise security, overseeing information security; information management; and security and fraud prevention departments. An STCU employee since 2002, Tutt previously was information security manager. She has a master's degree in information security and assurance from Western Governors University as well as a bachelor's degree in computer science from Gonzaga University.

Scott Bleeker has joined STCU as commercial lending manager. Bleeker began working in financial institutions in 1991. He most recently was a senior vice president at Bank of America. Bleeker has a bachelor's degree in agricultural economics from Washington State University as well as a master of divinity degree from Nazarene Theological Seminary.

Nicole Gunning-Butler has joined STCU as manager of the Newport Branch. Gunning-Butler brings nine years of experience in financial organizations, most recently as a branch manager for Numerica Credit Union. She has a bachelor's degree in business from the University of Phoenix.

Yoke's Foods to acquire four Trading Company locations

Yoke's Foods, Inc. has entered into an agreement with Bonner Foods, Inc., dba Trading Company Stores, to acquire Trading Company's Post Falls, Spokane Valley, Latah and Cheney store locations. The acquisition is expected to be completed in September.

The Trading Company was founded in 1994 as an independent grocery retailer based in Bonners Ferry, Idaho, co-owned by Paul Matejovsky and Gary Morgan. Trading Company employees will have an opportunity to apply for positions with Yoke's. The first of two large Career Events this summer was held last week at the Liberty Lake store. Yoke's regularly recruits store associates through these Career Events.

Any and all Inland Northwest job seekers who are interested in working for the growing, employee-owned retailer are encouraged to attend. RSVP's are being accepted now under the Celebrate Careers - July 2016 tab at www.yokesfoods.com/careers.

Headquartered in Spokane Valley, Yoke's Foods, Inc. is an Employee-Owned company with locations in North Idaho, Eastern, and Central Washington. Once acquired, the Trading Company locations will bring Yoke's total number of stores to 17.

For more information, contact Yoke's President/CEO, John Bole at 509-921-2292 or email John at yokes@yokesfoods.com. The website is www.yokesfreshmarkets.com.

Guilds' School & Neuromuscular Center Hires New Program Coordinator

The Spokane Guilds' School & Neuromuscular Center recently hired Colleen Fuchs as program coordinator. Fuchs replaces Marilyn Henderson who worked at the Guilds' School for 39 years. Fuchs started with the Guilds' School in June, bringing a wealth of talent and experience in regular education, special education and program administration. Fuchs currently oversees 26 therapists and special education teachers. Her responsibilities also include managing programs and treatment plans, scheduling services to children, the collection and reporting of data, and other functions.

Fuchs earned a degree in special education from Gonzaga University, graduating with honors in 1991. She has endorsements in elementary education, (K-8), special education (K-12) and in early childhood education (Birth to age 3). She has taught early childhood special education, and special education for kindergarten, fourth, seventh and eighth grades. She has worked as an adjunct early childhood special education student teaching supervisor at Gonzaga University, served as the Early Learning Center director and program supervisor for St. Aloysius Gonzaga Elementary and Early Learning Center, and coordinated research for the University of Washington's Childcare Quality and Early Learning Center for Research and Training.

Fuchs did her student teaching at the Guilds' School. She served on the Guilds' School's Board of Directors as a parent representative from 2002-2004. She was awarded Outstanding Parent of the Year in 2003.

Spokane VegFest 2016 this Saturday

INVeg's 3rd annual Spokane Vegfest: Healthy Living Expo & Music Festival is this Saturday, July 23 at Spokane Community College Lair building from 10am to 6pm. Spokane Vegfest was an enormous success last year with over 2,000 attendees from across the region. This year they are expecting about 100 vendors. The event will include healthy living, animal- and eco-friendly exhibitors. Vendors and non-profits will be throughout the building. To learn more about sponsoring Spokane VegFest 2016 email info@inveg.org.

Humanix Celebrates 30 Years of Service

A milestone is fast approaching for Humanix, as it celebrates its 30 anniversary July 26, 2016.

Humanix began operation in July 1986 when Julie Prafke, the company's founder and President, set the goal of being the best staffing service in the Spokane area. This goal flourished with local-employee ownership when the company created an ESOP, Employee Stock Ownership Plan, in 1989. Today, the average staff tenure is over 9.5 years. With strong client connection, employee advocacy, as well as proud employee-ownership, Humanix has sustained growth year after year and office expansions into Idaho and Nevada. Humanix continues to evolve recruiting of candidates and partnerships with clients for both temporary and permanent placements for the ever changing workforce needs.

"Humanix's success and longevity is based on staff's commitment to our employees we place and the delivery of our mission statement to make the best placement the first time and every time," states current Humanix President, Nancy Nelson. "Humanix's leadership team firmly believes that work should be fun while delivering high-quality service every day to our employees, clients and fellow team members."

The website is humanix.com.

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