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Grand re-opening for Sports Authority

Saturday morning, Sports Authority, one of the nation's largest full-line sporting goods retailers, held the grand re-opening of its location at 9620 N. Newport Highway in Spokane. The newly remodeled 45,000 square-foot store at Northpointe Plaza will feature an intuitive new format, with specialty sport shops and a spacious new layout.

Mattress Firm opens three stores in Spokane in West Coast expansion

Mattress Firm, one of the nation's largest specialty mattress retailers, is expanding to the West Coast starting with three new stores opening in Spokane Friday. The stores feature more than 55 different models of mattresses from top manufacturers and will be open seven days a week.

The new Mattress Firm locations are at 5027 North Division, 4707 E. Sprague and 9701 N. Newport Highway.

D. Lish's Hamburgers has a new look and big plans

D. Lish's Hamburgers, at 1625 N Division Street, with the help of Rainmaker Creative, is revealing its refreshed identity. After nearly 15 years of business, the locally owned and operated burger restaurant's brand is as fresh as their made-to-order burgers.

Their new logo and branding is working its way to the menu signs, street signs and everything in between. The family-owned business has some other changes coming, too, like adding a new location soon, staying open late during finals week and starting a family-friendly trivia night this Spring. One thing that won't change is the fresh, not frozen, beef sourced from locally owned Angus Meats, in their made-to-order burgers or the fresh Washington grown potatoes used for their French fries. You can become a Facebook fan at www.facebook.com/Dlishshamburgers.

Chiefs taking care of business at Spokane Arena

The Spokane Chiefs play Portland in the WHL Western Conference Semi Finals in the Spokane Arena on Tuesday April 9th and Wednesday April 10. Both games start at 7:00pm.

Tickets are now on sale now at the Spokane Chiefs office by calling 509-535-PUCK (7825) or all TicketsWest outlets.

Providence appoints new chief for Sacred Heart, Holy Family

Providence Health Care has named Alex Jackson as the new chief executive of Providence Spokane hospitals-Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children's Hospital and Holy Family Hospital. Jackson fills the position vacated by Elaine Couture when she accepted a promotion as the chief executive for all of Providence Health Care's 11 entities late in 2012. He will begin in his new role in Spokane on May 20, 2013.

For the last seven years, Jackson has been chief operating officer of Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland. He has served Providence hospitals in Oregon for more than 15 years, overseeing the integration of services among three hospitals in the Portland area as well as the operations of major clinical programs including surgery, pediatrics, emergency, and heart and vascular services. He has successfully led initiatives in quality improvement, operational performance, business development and patient satisfaction.

Raised in Montana, Jackson received his Master of Healthcare Administration from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed an administrative fellowship at The Cleveland Clinic.

INBA Community & Business Expo April 18

The Inland Northwest Business Alliance (INBA) is the region's LGBTA Chamber of Commerce with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Ally (LGBTA) members who embrace diversity and equality in business and the general community. The organization invites the public to learn more about the LGBT and Ally community at its first premiere event featuring business members, educational seminars and marriage equality information.

The Community and Business Expo event is at the at the Doubletree Hotel, April 18, from 11am to 6:30pm, with seminars: 9am to 5pm. The keynote luncheon featuring Lucinda Kay is 11:30am to 1pm.

There will also be an exhibitor gallery, marriage equality information and networking activities. Visit www.inbaspokane.org/expo for a complete list of seminars and registration details.

Loretta Pelissero joins Imprezzio Inc.

Imprezzio Inc. has hired Loretta Pelissero as a Technical Project Manager for its Enterprise East Division. Previously, Pelissero worked as Project Manager at Software Development company in Liberty Lake. She holds a Master's Degree in Computer Science and a PMP certification.

Spokane SCORE Workshop April 22

On Monday, April 22, Spokane SCORE Chapter 180 will present a workshop on Business Ethics, 'Do the right thing because it is the right thing to do.' Workshop is from 9:30 to 11:30am at the SBA Training Room, 801 W Riverside, Suite 444 in downtown Spokane.

Presenter is John Pederson, President of Ethics Talks, and is recently retired from the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce, where he was NxLeveL Entrepreneur Program Administrator. He is a public speaker with special focus on personal and business ethics and core values. To learn more about John and his business, Ethics Talks, visit www.EthicsTalks.com.

Register for the workshop at www.scorespokane.org. Cost of workshop is $40 pre-registered, $50 at the door, $15 for an additional person from the same company.

NAWBO 'unCorked!' is April 19

The Inland NW Chapter of NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners) is hosting their 6th annual 'unCorked!' event on a new date, Friday, April 19 at the Chateau Rive in the Flour Mill. The main event is from 5:30 to 9pm. Cost is $45 with preregistration or $55 at the door.

A Private Tasting with John Allen of Vino! precedes the event for those who enjoy learning about wine. Tickets for the private tasting are $15. Ten percent of total event proceeds go to Transitions, a local nonprofit that works to end poverty and homelessness for women and children in Spokane.

UnCorked! is an opportunity to network with over 100 local women business owners and enjoy wine, chocolate and hors d'oeuvres while making an impact through two great organizations that give women the skills for success. The evening will include a silent auction and the opportunity to bid on one of-a-kind items including travel options, elegant products, valuable services, VIP event experiences and more.

For more information about NAWBO and unCorked!, or to register for this event, visit www.nawbonw.org. For more information about sponsorship contact John Robideaux at john@robideaux.com, or call 509-879-4063. To learn more about Transitions, contact Mary Tracey, mtracey@help4women.org, or 509-328-6702.

17th annual Spokane Guilds School Penny Drive April 27

Seven months ago, the Spokane Guilds' School Foundation (SGSF)'s 'Kids for Kids' Penny Drive fundraiser was in jeopardy due to the City of Spokane's new panhandling ordinance. Thankfully, the Spokane Guilds' School & Neuromuscular Center (SGS&NMC), its supporters and city officials were able to work together to save the penny drive, so save your loose change for the SGSF's 17th annual Community 'Kids for Kids' Penny Drive on Saturday, April 27. This is the community's opportunity to support infants and toddlers with developmental disabilities and delays at the SGS&NMC. Your change and dollars, even your pennies, can make a tremendous difference in the lives of children, birth to age three, who need an early intervention program at the SGS&NMC.

This year there will be various donation drop-off sites across town and Spokane County that will be open from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. For a complete listing of sites, visit www.guildschool.org/penny-drive. To find out how you can support the SGS&NMC, contact Kori Neal at 509-326-1651 or kneal@guildschool.org. Visit www.guildschool.org. Follow the Penny Drive on Facebook & Twitter: #everypennycounts.

Spokane Central Lions cooking up pancakes April 27

Spokane Central Lions is sponsoring a 'Pancakes 'N More' breakfast at the Corbin Senior Center. It will be held on Saturday, April 27 from 8:30 am to 11:00 am. The Corbin Senior Center is located at 827 W. Cleveland. Tickets for the breakfast are $7 per person (including children.) There will be a raffle of gift cards from local food locations. The Grand Prize is a $200 Yoke's gift card and you do not need to be present to win. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5 and can also be purchased at the door.

The proceeds from the breakfast will benefit Spokane Central Lions Club Sight and Hearing Programs. Proceeds from the raffle will benefit Lions Sight & Hearing and the Corbin Senior Center. For more information call the Lions office at 509-328-6900 Mon. thru Fri. between 9:30 and 11:30 am.

STCU Community Volunteer Fair is April 13

Volunteer opportunities come in all shapes and sizes. Find the right fit at the first-ever STCU Community Volunteer Fair this Saturday from noon to 5 pm at River Park Square.

Community-minded visitors can talk one-on-one with representatives from Spokane-area non-profit organizations, who will share their missions and discuss opportunities for volunteering. Visitors can vote for their favorite non-profit at the event; the organization receiving the most votes will receive $250 from STCU. (Official contest rules available at the event.)

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