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2016 AIA Spokane Design Award winners

The 2016 American Institute of Architects Spokane Design Awards have been announced. The highest award, the Honor Award, was given to Wenatchee Valley College Music & Arts Center, designed by Integrus Architecture (pictured above). Other winning firms are Uptic Studios, Prentiss + Balance + Wickline Architects and NAC Architecture. Go to aiaspokane.org for images of each project and more information.

YMCA studies south hill location

The YMCA of the Inland Northwest is doing a feasibility study on building a new, large facility on Spokane's South Hill according to the Y's John Ehrbar. The plan for the new location would make it similar in size to the North Side Y, on the Newport Highway, built in 2008 for $16 million. The Y estimates a new South Hill facility would cost between 15 and 18 million dollars. Staff recommendations are expected to be presented to the Y board May 24.

Kendall Yards Night Market opens May 18

The Kendall Yards Night Market is an independent farmers market, organized by the Kendall Yards community and Greenstone Corporation. Their mission is to support small farms and build community. The market is located on Summit Parkway between Cedar and Adams Alley in the Kendall Yards retail district. Ample free vendor and customer parking is available on adjacent surface lots. The Kendall Night Market was hugely successful during its inaugural year last year. They won 2nd Place in the Inlander's Best Of contest (out of about 10 markets) and are one of only four Finalists (Small Business category) for GSI's Agora Award.

This year Opening Night is Wednesday, May 18, 4-8pm. Then every Wednesday from mid-May to mid-October, also from 4-8pm. They average 2,000-3,000 visitors each week and have over 50 vendors.

The market has everything you need for dinner and entertainment. Wide of varieties of fruits, vegetables, and herbs, cheese, honey, pastured eggs and meat. Baked goods, pickles, and jams, gorgeous bouquets, and plants. Everything is local, in season, and much is organic. They also host a gathering of street food vendors, from tacos to wood-fired pizza and grass-fed burgers.

For more information go to kendallnightmarket.org

Beyond Pink to Host 'An Afternoon of Inspiration'

Beyond Pink is the result of two women who wanted to celebrate the technology called Thermography and its powerful ability to aid in the early detection of breast disease. Their goal was not just to raise awareness, but to help provide funding for women who could not otherwise afford this potentially lifesaving procedure. For 6 years they have produced the only designer bra fashion fundraiser in existence. The word about thermography has spread and grant applications are pouring in. The need to raise additional funds is greater than ever. May 17 marks the first mid-year friendraising luncheon to immerse guests in an afternoon of inspiration.

The luncheon is designed to educate, inspire and connect guests to the life saving technology that is thermography. The event will be hosted by KHQ's Stephanie Vigil and you'll hear from the Beyond Pink co-founders Charlie Brewer and Karla Schubach, grant recipient and breast cancer survivor Staci Sawyer, and Alycia Policani, N.D., certified Beyond Pink physician, as well as Keynote Speaker, Sonya Elliot, author of Back on the Court: A Young Woman's Triumphant Return to Life, Love & Basketball, her story of finding hope in the wake of tragedy.

The event will be Tuesday, May 17 from 11:30am to 1pm at Chateau Rive in the lower level of the Flour Mill, 621 West Mallon. Tickets are $35 and includes lunch, and are available at www.beyondpinkinspiration16.eventbrite.com.

Staff changes at Inland Northwest Land Conservancy

Inland Northwest Land Conservancy, a Spokane nonprofit conservation organization, has hired Kim Morin Reasoner as Director of Community Outreach. Kim most recently worked for Bozzi Media. Before that she owned Saunders Cheese Shop.

Inland Northwest Land Conservancy promoted Vicki Egesdal to Interim Executive Director. She was previously Associate Director.

Numerica offers over $12,000 in scholarships

Numerica Credit Union has announced a new scholarship fund to help students pursue higher education. The fund consists of two different types of scholarships: five $1,500 Student Ambassador scholarships for local high school seniors and one $5,000 Returning Student scholarship for a student who is returning to college. The scholarships' focus is around the applicant's community service efforts and does not have a GPA requirement. Applicants are required to complete a cover letter, application, and submit a letter of reference from a non-profit. The Student Ambassador Scholarship is for high school seniors entering a two or four-year college or university. Applications are accepted through May 11, and will be announced on June 15. The Returning Education Scholarship is for students who had previously started higher education pursuits and are now returning to a two or four-year program after a lapse in time. Applications are accepted through June 15, with the award being announced August 10. To be eligible for either scholarship, applicants must be a Numerica Credit Union member in good standing.

For more information or to apply, visit numericacu.com/scholarships.

Spokane Valley Chamber's Business Showcase May 12

The 2016 Business Showcase trade show, put on by the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce will be at the Spokane County Fair & Expo Center this Thursday, May 12 from 1-6pm.

New this year is a free shredding service, partnering with United Data Security, offering services to attendees and exhibitors. Free workshops will also be available on topics for every area of business - marketing, HR, training, sales, professional development and more. In addition, there will be complimentary appetizers & no-host bar from 4:30-6pm, a 'Fireside Chat' with Kevin Person, CEO, Wagstaff, great networking & opportunities to make new business connections, door prizes and more.

For more information and to register, visit spokanevalleychamber.org.

SCORE Workshop May 11 - How to Write a Business Plan

Every Business Needs a Solid Plan. Spokane SCORE Chapter 180 presents a workshop on How to Write a Business Plan this Wednesday, May 11. Learn how to write a comprehensive business plan and you will have the opportunity to get assistance from a SCORE mentor to review and help refine your plan. The workshop runs from 8:30am to 12:30pm and will be at the SBA Training Room, 801 W Riverside, Suite 444.

For cost and registration information, visit www.scorespokane.org.

Garden Expo this Saturday May 14

The 17th Annual Garden Expo, held at Spokane Community College, 1810 N Greene Street, will be this Saturday, May 14 from 9am to 5pm. This annual event, put on by The Inland Empire Gardeners (TIEG), will have exotic specialty plants for sale, lectures, one-of-a-kind garden art, door prizes, children's activities, garden accessories, food and more.

Admission is free. For more information, visit tieg.org.

S.S. Dannaway Associates Joins Coffman Engineers

Coffman Engineers, Inc. (Coffman), a mid-sized, multidiscipline engineering firm announces the joining of Honolulu-based fire protection engineering firm S.S. Dannaway Associates, Inc. (SSDA) through an asset acquisition.

SSDA is the Pacific Rim's leading fire protection engineering firm. They bring to Coffman 14 staff members and more than 30 years of experience through offices in Honolulu and Guam. Coffman has more than 360 employees with eight office locations serving clients across the U.S. and overseas. The two firms share core markets, clients, and values in providing technical excellence and service in a positive work environment. The combined capabilities allow Coffman to provide clients with significantly bolstered fire protection capabilities as part of their diverse multidiscipline engineering services.

The fourteen members of SSDA became Coffman employees on May 1. SSDA founder and President Samuel Dannaway, P.E., FSFPE will become Vice President of Fire Protection Technology at Coffman. He will continue to support his project commitments and the strategic companywide fire protection effort including mentoring other engineers. Other SSDA partners Robert T. Bigtas, P.E. and Jay T. Higashi, P.E. will become Principals at Coffman and lead the Pacific Region fire protection group. All SSDA employees will continue to support their clients and contractual commitments with the same staff and additional multidiscipline capabilities offered by Coffman.

The addition of the SSDA staff brings Coffman's Honolulu presence to more than 40 multidiscipline engineers and support staff and also grows the companywide fire protection engineering group to 40 professionals located across the country.

For additional firm information, go to www.coffman.com.

Mark Silver elected to national office

Mark Silver, owner of the Spokane Cleaning Authority, was elected national chairman of the Franchise Advisory Council at the recent Cleaning Authority convention in Baltimore, Maryland. The two year leadership position provides support and advice to the 210 new and existing company franchises in the U.S. and Canada.

Blood Center Foundation announces new board member and 4 grants

The Blood Center Foundation welcomed Itron's Judi Baggarley, CPP, SPHR, Senior Director of Talent Management, to its Board of Directors and approved four grants at its April 20 meeting:

1. $15,000 education grant to Mobius Spokane for their capital campaign and Bodies Human, Anatomy in Motion 2016 health education exhibit.

2. $15,000 education grant for the Inland Northwest Blood Center Elementary/Middle School STEM Leadership Grants Program.

3. $2,900 education grant for the Inland Northwest Blood Center 2016-17 High School HERO Program.

4. $2,000 Jean Merrill Education Fund grant for the Inland Northwest Blood Center Therapeutics Department attendance at the 2016 American Society for Apheresis Annual Meeting.

These new grants, totaling $34,900, bring Blood Center Foundation of the Inland Northwest total giving to $$229,000 since the organization launched in November, 2013. The organization is the fundraising arm of the Inland Northwest Blood Center, raising funds and investing funds in the 150-mile radius around Spokane including North Idaho, the Columbia Basin and the Lewis-Clark Valley.

You can get more information at bloodcenterfoundation.org.

Community Colleges of Spokane Wins College Spark Grant

Community Colleges of Spokane was recently awarded a $149,991 grant from College Spark Washington to partner with five rural school districts in eastern Washington to improve college and career readiness for high school students.

Over the life of the three-year grant, faculty will collaborate with high school teachers and counselors in the Eastern Washington Rural Alliance Partnership (Mary Walker, Reardan-Edwall, Riverside, Grand Coulee Dam and Colville) to identify gaps in career and college readiness based on academic outcomes and college readiness metrics. Working together, the educators will develop new or enhance current student learning approaches that address academic barriers in math and English as well as other student success indicators like study skills, mindset, persistence and time management.

CCS was one of 10 grants awarded in the state. The annual, competitive statewide Community Grants Program focuses on building the effectiveness of grantees working with low-income students in middle school, high school and college by funding new and promising practices that help students become college-ready and transition successfully to college.

For more information about Community Colleges of Spokane's grant partnerships, contact the Office of Grants & Sponsored Research at 509-434-5160.

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