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Jeremy Tangen opens Boombox Pizza

Restaurateur Jeremy Tangen has opened Boombox Pizza, Spokane's newest addition to the food/beverage/entertainment scene, at 221 N Division between Main and Spokane Falls Blvd. Boombox offers New York style pizzas along with a menu of gourmet salads, hot wings, cheesy breads and more. The cocktails from behind the bar include a 32oz Bloody Mary garnished with all the fixings including a slice of pizza on top!

Tangen, who also owns several other iconic local restaurants including PRESS, Borracho, Gaslamp and Fast Eddies (my personal favorite), has implemented some unique and eye-catching design concepts into this new venture. The 1990's music-themed interior includes a variety of boomboxes, colorful artwork of your favorite musicians of that era and even has and entire wall made of reclaimed speaker boxes.

Boombox plans on hosting trivia and karaoke nights to make use of their state-of-the-art sound system and ideal location downtown among many other entertainment-based businesses and the convention center. They also plan on hosting company parties on top of providing a popular happy hour options, including pizza available by the slice.

Boombox Pizza will be open from 11am-9pm for all ages and until 2am for the 21+ crowd looking for late night fun.

Get more info on Boombox Pizza on Facebook and Instagram.

Jennifer Valerien awarded Spokane Realtor of the Year

The Spokane Association of REALTORS chooses Jennifer Valerien as its 2018 REALTOR of the Year. The award is announced at the association's annual awards luncheon at Red Lion River Inn. Valerien is broker/owner of RE/MAX Inland Empire and is a Spokane REALTOR for 20 years.

Photo - Jennifer Valerien (middle) with her husband, Mike Valerien (right); award was presented by 2018 Spokane Association of REALTORS President-elect Gina Mosey (left).

Other award winners are:
2018 Legacy of Service Award: Tom LaLone
Steve Flinn REALTOR Achievement: Cynthia Gustafson, John L. Scott Spokane
REALTOR Community Service: Marianne Bornhoft, Windermere Manito
Affiliate of the Year: Russel Frans, Old Republic Home Protection
Partner of the Year: Carol Carter with Center Place Event Center
Spokane's Citizen of the Year: Mark & Marcy Few

KHQ-Worksource Job Fair coming May 24

Join KHQ and Worksource for their 5th Annual Job Fair. With over 100 employers and many jobs available, job seekers will have a chance to meet with potential business owners. The event will be held at the Spokane Convention Center. Hours are 11am-2pm on Thursday, May 24. Bring a resume and dress for a possible interview. Admission is free.

For more information, visit jobfairspokane.com.

Let Freedom Ring Event to Recognize First Responders and Armed Forces Persons of the Year

Greater Spokane Incorporated, in partnership with the Spokane Lilac Festival will honor the 62nd Anniversary of Let Freedom Ring this Thursday, May 17 at The Historic Davenport Hotel. Let Freedom Ring celebrates our nation's military and first responders through a special awards program that honors local active duty, guard and reserve, members of the armed forces, and first responders.

The following individuals have been nominated from each branch of our armed services for their contribution and achievements. Selectees will be formally announced and recognized at the event.

E-1 through E-4
Airman First Class Katlynn Cochran - US Air Force
Airman First Class Kurt E Herbert - US Air Force
Airman First Class Arthur A Kidd - US Air Force
Senior Airman Aaron J Longgood - US Air Force

E-5 through E-6
Petty Officer Second Class Kristiana Constantino - US Navy
Staff Sergeant Iram Edmond - US Air Force
Staff Sergeant Arnold A Lagajeno - US Air Force
Staff Sergeant April Rink - US Air Force
Petty Officer Second Class Heather Roche - US Navy
Technical Sergeant Timothy Barth - US Air Force
Technical Sergeant Melissa Bocardo - US Air Force

E-7 through E-9
Master Sergeant Lola Jager Ghulam - US Air Force
Master Sergeant Shane Poole - US Air Force
Sergeant First Class Dennis Quirk - US Army
Master Sergeant Joshua Schneider - US Air Force
Master Sergeant David Vanhoose - US Air Force
Senior Master Sergeant Michael Kerin - US Air Force

E-1 through E-4
Senior Airman Caroline E Belch - WA Air National Guard

E-5 through E-6
Staff Sergeant Angela L Brown - WA Air National Guard
Petty Officer Second Class Tyler C Reisenauer - Navy Reserves
Staff Sergeant Erin Weir - WA Air National Guard

E-7 through E-9
Master Sergeant Andrew Dittman - WA Air National Guard

Officer Ben Brown-Bieber - Spokane Police Department
Firefighter Gabe Mills - Spokane Fire Department

Nominations were solicited from each branch of our armed services. Candidates were interviewed by a group of volunteer judges. The criteria consisted of responsibilities and accomplishments, appearance, poise and courtesy, leadership qualities, education and training, decorations, awards and honors, and community involvement and civic activities.

Titanic Exhibit at the MAC ends May 20!

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition takes visitors on a journey through the life of Titanic. Along the way visitors will learn countless stories of heroism and humanity that pay honor to the indomitable force of the human spirit in the face of tragedy. The Exhibition has been designed with a focus on the legendary RMS Titanic's compelling human stories as best told through authentic artifacts recovered from the wreck site of Titanic and extensive room re-creations.

Don't miss this amazing exhibit, which runs through Sunday, May 20. Tickets are available at the door. For more information, visit northwestmuseum.org.

Sweet Peaks Ice Cream opens in downtown Spokane

Sweet Peaks Ice Cream, the seventh location for the Whitefish, Montana-based ice cream shop, opened last week next door to Durkin's Liquor Bar at 415 W. Main. Sweet Peaks features nine signature flavors, classics like chocolate, vanilla, grasshopper mint, huckleberry, salty caramel, honey cinnamon, cupcake, espresso and coconut. Plus another six to eight rotating flavors.

Seasonal flavors include orange cardamom, brown butter peach, chocolate-covered potato chip, peanut butter bacon, Bear Scat with chocolate-covered blueberries and Montana Christmas with Douglas fir tip-infused cream and a huckleberry swirl.

Most of their ice creams don't include artificial flavor or color. Sweet Peaks also opts for natural stabilizers: guar gum in the ice cream and tapioca starch in the egg-free, non-dairy sorbet. The ice cream contains eggs and is made from a base using milk and cream from Montana dairies.

Find Sweet Peaks on the web at www.sweetpeaksicecream.com.

MiG Fighter Plane at Honor Point Military & Aerospace Museum June 1

A Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17 'Fresco' airplane, third in a line of seven different models, will be on display at the Honor Point Military & Aerospace Museum. A reception will be held at the Museum on Friday, June 1 from 5:30-7pm. A brief history of the MiG and how the Museum acquired it will be presented. Appetizers and drinks will be served.

Originally built in the Soviet Union by the Mikoyan-Gurevich Design Bureau, making MiG synonymous with 'Soviet fighter' to the Western world during the cold war. 9,000 were built and entered service in the 1950's. Used extensively in the Korean War. They were flown by the North Vietnamese in the 60's and 70's. Highly maneuverable, fast and versatile, it was the #1 threat against Allied Forces in Korea, eventually matched by the US made F-6. Don't miss this rare occasion to see this plane in person!

Cost is $20, which includes admission to the museum, presentation and reception. Honor Point Museum is located at Felts Field, 6095 E Rutter Ave. For more information, visit www.honorpoint.org.

EWU 2018 Alumni Award Winners Recognized

The 2018 EWU Alumni Awards Gala Presented by Numerica Credit Union will be held from 5-8pm, on Friday, May 18 at the Spokane Convention Center. This annual event recognizes the university's most distinguished alumni and celebrates the impactful contributions they make to their communities:

Lifetime Achievement
Barbara Shields '92
Retired from human resources, former employer Pacific Northwest Bell Co.

Alum of Service
Kathy Covey '78
Chief Executive Officer, Blue Mountain Action Council

Inspirational Young Alum
Rebecca Long, '06, '13
Senior QA Engineer, RiskLens

Exceptional Military Service
Don Nelson '66
Colonel (retired), U.S. Army, 30 years of military service

Eagle4Life Spirit
Hailey Tangen, '08, '11
Home health specialist, Kindred Healthcare/EWU Cheer head coach

Tickets are $55 each, $400 for a group of eight, $25 for students or 21 and younger. Net proceeds to benefit the EWU Alumni Association Scholarship Fund. For more information about the Alumni Awards Gala and the EWU Alumni Association, visit alumni.ewu.edu/awards2018.

Noodle Express Expands Again

Fast-casual local restaurant Noodle Express is set to open their eleventh restaurant in Airway Heights at the end of May 2018. The new location will be located at the Crosspointe Plaza shopping development by Wal-Mart. Plans include a dine-in area, drive-through window as well as patio seating.

Noodle Express features 'Pan-Asian' dishes with flavor notes from Japan, China, Thailand and Hawaii. Dishes are available with noodles, rice, vegetables and several different sauces including their signature Osaka Sauce. Noodle Express attributes their success to their combination of unique taste, speed and value.

Their other locations are: North Division in Spokane, Sullivan in Spokane Valley, Hayden in Idaho, with locations in Missoula and Great Falls as well.

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