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Laugh for the Cure this Thurs. Oct. 3

The Susan G. Komen of Eastern Washington Affiliate presents Laugh for the Cure, this Thursday, October 3 from 6 to 10pm at The Lincoln Center, 1316 N Lincoln Street. This will be an evening unlike any other to help raise awareness and funding for breast health programs in our communities. This fundraising event will feature an exquisite plated dinner and a hilarious PG stand-up comedy show featuring two of the finest comedians touring today from The Comedy Zone, Shaun Jones and Drew Barth. Yours truly, Ed Clark, will be the emcee.

Susan G. Komen funds innovative programs that help women and men overcome the financial barriers to breast cancer and treatment. Seventy-five percent of the money raised stays in the 14 counties to support and provide invaluable services and resources. Laugh-for-the-Cure is a grass-roots effort founded by a group of friends in 2002 whose lives have been touched by breast cancer. The event was founded to remember loved ones lost, celebrate the survivors and help those in the community impacted by this disease.
Cost is $75 and includes dinner and entertainment. For more information and to register, www.komeneasternwashington.org.

Rest in Peace, Jim Ray

Jim Ray, an unforgettable man of charm, character and conviction, passed away on September 23 at the age of 79.

Jim was born in Joplin, Missouri and raised in Tacoma, Washington where he attended St. Leo's Parochial School and Bellarmine High School. Jim continued on to Seattle University where he met his future wife, Audrey Bailey, and began on his path as a natural leader with a keen sense of volunteerism and social responsibility. He credited his early Jesuit education as leaving an indelible impression which helped to shape his faith and values for the remainder of his life. Upon graduation from Seattle U., Jim and Audrey moved to the East coast to complete Jim's military service with the U.S. Army. While still on the East coast Jim was hired by the IBM Corporation.

The rapidly growing family soon returned to their Northwest roots and quickly became ensconced in the community where, among other pursuits, Jim enjoyed many years with his fellow SU alums as a Seafair clown. When Jim Ray arrived in Spokane with his family in 1975 people were unaware what this gregarious Irishman had in store. He came armed with a sense of civic duty, an undeniable work ethic and the gift of gab.

While continuing his career as a Marketing Manager for IBM, he was also able to dedicate his time and talents to numerous volunteer and civic organizations. One of Jim's lasting impressions on the city of Spokane will be his vision and desire to provide its residents with a new Arena, which he wholeheartedly believed would bring a new energy and countless benefits to the community as a whole. Tireless in his efforts over the course of several years, Jim became an instrumental contributor in seeing this vision come to fruition with the completion of the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena. Beginning with its inception, he served on the Spokane Public Facilities District Board for ten years. Jim's career at IBM spanned 31 years marked by professional achievements and individual satisfaction.

Jim is survived by his four children, 13 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Audrey, daughter Debra Ray, and granddaughter Jessica. A Memorial Mass will be held at Bellarmine Preparatory School (Jesuit Chapel), Tacoma, Wa on Sat., Oct. 5th at 10 am.

News from Urbanna Salon & Spa

Urbanna Salon & Spa, located at 168 South Division Street now has wine and beer available for purchase for their clients. Washington State requires no one under 21 in the Salon or Spa, so there is now a 2nd location, 'Incognito for our Under 21's' at 216 W Pacific, Suite 106, located next to Thomas Hammer Coffee and behind Laser Quest. Parking is available. Incognito is a Stylish Salon & Spa and has the look and feel of Urbanna. Under 21's can make appointments calling Urbanna, and your Urbanna stylist will take care of your hair at Incognito.

Urbanna has over 150 choices of wine, opened with a corkage fee, wines by the glass and 14 different beers, Mimosas and 2 Angry Orchard Ciders. Urbanna also plans to feature wine tasting events presented by wineries, continue First Friday events and will celebrate their 4th year in business with a Grand Opening on November 9. Spa parties and gift certificates will continue, now with beverages. September specials run through October 12th: Mimosa Massage start at 85, Happy Hour Hair ($1 off glasses), Wine and Chocolate Facials (75 minutes, $100) Relax B-4 You Wax, Polish and Pour ($5 glasses of wine). There is outdoor seating, a lounge, and a 9' bar to accommodate clients and guests.

For more information, call 509-747-7076, or visit their website at www.urbannaspa.com.

Candidates Forums to be held in October

The Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce will be hosting three Candidates Forums in the area. These are free, non-partisan forums to give citizens an opportunity to hear from the candidates in their city, with a moderator leading the discussion. The first will be held Wednesday, October 2nd, at 6:30 pm in Liberty Lake at the Meadowwood Technology Campus Dining Room, 2100 N Molter Road, for the contested Council races in that community.

Millwood City Hall Chambers at 9103 E Frederick Ave. will be the location for the second forum on Tuesday, October 15th at 6:30 pm. Candidates from that contested Mayoral race will be on the slate.

Wednesday, October 16th at 6:30 pm will be the third and final Candidates Forum. It will be held at CenterPlace Auditorium, 2426 N Discovery Place in Spokane Valley for the contested Council races.

The public is invited to attend all forums. For more information, call the Spokane Valley Chamber office, 509-924-4994.

2014 Community Banker Greg Deckard Elected to the ICBA Federal Delegate Board

The Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) announced that local community banker, Greg Deckard, President, Chairman and CEO of State Bank Northwest, headquartered in Spokane Valley, was elected to the ICBA Federal Delegate Board. ICBA is the nation's voice for community banks. "I am honored to be elected to this position," Mr. Deckard said. "It gives me a chance to work for community banks across the country that practice trusted, relationship-based lending and offer hands-on personal service and invaluable financial expertise to local consumers and small businesses."

In addition to helping shape and advocate ICBA's national policy positions and programs, Mr. Deckard's duties include being a liaison between independent community bankers in Washington State and ICBA staff and leadership in Washington, D.C. He will also work to recruit new members to ICBA.

ICBA is the only national trade association dedicated exclusively to promoting the interests of locally operated community banks and savings institutions. With trusted financial expertise and high-quality customer service as their hallmarks, community banks offer the best financial services option for millions of consumers, small businesses, farms and ranches.

"Greg Deckard is a dedicated community banker who is respected by his industry peers," said ICBA Chairman Bill Loving, president and chairman of Pendleton Community Bank in Franklin, W.Va. "We are delighted he will be generously offering his time and valuable professional talents to the service of the community banking industry."

NAWBO October Chapter Meeting

The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Inland Northwest's next chapter meeting is a 'tailgate' party next Thursday, October 10 from 5 to 8:30pm at Dishman Dodge Ram Chrysler Jeep, a corporate partner of NAWBO, at 7700 E. Sprague Ave in Spokane Valley.

There will be a supplies drive and small silent auction to benefit Transitions and the Women's Hearth downtown at this October's chapter meeting. NAWBO joined forces with Transitions last year for unCorked! and would like to continue this partnership by helping the most vulnerable women with their daily needs. Items in urgent need are feminine hygiene items, chapstick, brushes and combs, and travel size toiletries. Every little bit helps.

Visit www.nawbonw.org to register for this event.

Community Comes Together To Upgrade House of Charity

House to Home Community, with a team from Garco Construction and various supportive sub contractors, moved into House of Charity in late August to make needed updates and improvements to this important and vital community resource. Serving Spokane for more than 55 years, the House of Charity has been serving the homeless and transient population for more than a decade at the current location. It was time to update the facility, to insure it serves the community for years to come.

Catholic Charities of Spokane has been serving the most vulnerable of our citizens for 101 years. House to Home host Clyde Haase, a veteran of these projects in Spokane, remarked "this project not only helps House of Charity, but recognizes the outstanding services, staff and volunteers and their impact on this vulnerable population." The project will air in a half hour TV special 'House to Home Community Saturday, October 5th beginning at 7:30pm on FOX 28, with additional airings on October 5th at 10am on and October 6 at both 8 and 8:30am on ThisTV (28.2 or 117 on Comcast), and October 12th at 7:30am on KAYU FOX 28. House to Home Community is a production of Half Round Productions.

West Plains Chamber Annual Meeting Membership Breakfast

On Thursday, October 3 from 7 to 8:30am, be there to hear the 'State of the Cities and Chamber' Addresses from local dignitaries for the Annual Meeting Membership Breakfast. The breakfast will be held at EWU Hargreaves Hall, Powers Reading Room, Room 201 in Cheney.

Parking is available in Lot 12 and plan for a 5-7 minute walk to Hargreaves Hall. There is also limited street parking available closer to the venue, and the meters begin at 8 am. To register, visit tinyurl.com/prkp9vf.

Custer's Antique & Collectors Sale this weekend

Custer's 38th Annual Fall Antique & Collectors Sale is this weekend, Friday, October 4 through Sunday, October 6, at the Spokane Fair & Expo Center. This year's sale features over 150 dealers and thousands of vintage treasures in all price ranges.

Weekend hours are Friday, 4-9pm; Saturday 10am-6pm; Sunday, 10am-4pm. Tickets are $6 for adults, good all weekend, Kids 12 and under, free. Free parking too. For more information, visit www.CusterShows.com.

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