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Street Music Week raised enough money for over 130,000 meals for 2nd Harvest

Last week's 17th annual Street Music Week event raised over $27,065.77 for 2nd Harvest. Food bank officials say they provide enough food for five meals for every dollar donated. This means that this year's Street Music donations will buy over 130,000 meals. Thanks to all who donated money, to all the performers who donated their time and talent, and especially to Doug Clark and Jim Lyons who made it all happen.

The Davenport Grand Hotel presents Vintage Spokane, July 21

Spokane's favorite wine-and-food experience, Vintage Spokane, returns for its eighth year on Sunday, July 21, bringing more than 50 wineries and a great lineup of gourmet foods to the Davenport Grand Hotel for an afternoon of tasting. Vintage Spokane has more than doubled in size since its debut in 2011, with more wineries, more restaurants and more attendees creating a great atmosphere.

This year's Vintage Spokane will once again highlight the award-winning and up-and-coming wineries and restaurants throughout the Northwest, each offering samples of their incredible fare. Attendees will have the chance to sip wines from over 50 of the region's most celebrated wineries and sample delicious culinary options from area restaurants.

Advance tickets are $60 and include three hours of tasting from 3-6pm, plus a complimentary wine glass and 14 tasting tokens. VIP tickets are $75, and include an extra hour of tasting, an upgraded glass and four additional tokens. The event benefits the Spokane Youth Sports Association. Buy your tickets early and save, as ticket prices increase by $10 on July 8.

For tickets, more information and to see participating wineries, visit VintageSpokane.com.

Spokane Valley Cycle Celebration coming July 28

The Annual Spokane Valley Cycle Celebration presented by Valleyfest is set for Sunday, July 28. The bicycle tour of Spokane Valley has been a community fixture since it began in 2013 and is a great way to explore what the area has to offer. Less experienced cyclists can pick the 10-mile route while more experienced riders can choose between 25- and 50-mile rides. All rides begin and end at the North Centennial Trailhead across from Mirabeau Point Park at 13500 E. Mirabeau Parkway. Parking is available immediately west of the park.

Register and ride the Spokane Valley Cycle Celebration and you will be entered to win a Trek Bicycle Checkpoint ALR 5 gravel bike valued at over $2,000. All paid entries are eligible so register before Tuesday, July 16 to have a chance to win. Riders 18+ $29; Riders ages 13-17, $15; 12 and under free. Entries 13+ also receive a dry fit t-shirt and box lunch from Brother's Pizza. Riders 12 and under receive a cotton t-shirt and box lunch from Brother's Pizza. After July 16 the price remain the same with box lunch but no t-shirt.

For more information and to register, visit cyclecelebration.com.

2019 Crave NW coming July 11-13

Crave! is a celebration of Spokane and the region's best chefs over three days and four ticketed events.

Thursday, July 11 - Seafood Bash, 6-9pm
Friday, July 12 - Fire & Smoke, 6-9pm
Saturday, July 13 - Grand Tasting & Stage Demos, 1-4pm; Food from Around the World, 6-9pm

Visit CraveNW.com for a full list of events, participating chefs and to purchase tickets.

New era beginning at Washington State University Greek Row

For the first time in a generation, construction will begin on a Washington State University fraternity house built from the ground up and funded by hundreds of alumni. Organizers say it will help pave the way for other new Greek houses there. Sigma Chi fraternity is celebrating its 100th year at WSU with this project valued at $6.2 million, set to begin later this month and open next summer.

Contractor Ginno Construction of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho will move onto the property for the year-long project. PCS Structural Solutions is the engineer. Pullman-based Design West is the architect. STCU is the lender. Numerous other local companies will provide subcontractors and labor.

Sigma Chi will celebrate its Centennial Reunion on September 20-21 where organizers expect the largest gathering of WSU Sigma Chis in its 100-year history.

Our Place Community Outreach Food & Fund Drive begins July 1

Our Place Community Outreach will hold their 4th annual 'Christmas In July' Food & Fund Drive starting July 1-25. This is a fundraiser to help provide basic needs and services to the needy in the West Central neighborhood in the Spokane area. Our Place is the food/hygiene/clothing/energy & transportation assistance center located at 1509 W College. The West Central Spokane neighborhood is one of the most impoverished communities in the entire state of Washington. Each year, Our Place partners with businesses to help feed this neighborhood by filling holiday-wrapped boxes full of food or by providing monetary donations through their employees and customers. This further assists with basic food and hygiene needs. The summer season is when Our Place needs it the most. Children are out of school with a lack of meal availability.

Our Place will begin distributing Christmas-wrapped boxes and financial contribution containers to many of the West Central businesses and churches beginning in late June. There will be a business competition to see who can bring the most items. Currently, two groups of businesses want to compete- Monroe Street vs. Kendall Yards.

For more information, contact Tracie Swanson at 509-326-7267 or Bonnie Tapscott at 509-951-6708.

John Hancock named Executive Director of Spokane Housing Ventures

The Spokane Housing Ventures Board of Directors recently announced that John Hancock is the new Executive Director of the statewide nonprofit community housing organization. He will be responsible for implementing their nonprofit's mission, of preserving existing, and developing safe and stable housing options for families with limited incomes and disabilities.

John Hancock has conducted his business, Deep Creek Consulting since 2007 where he has aided strategic planning, organizational development and grant writing in 40+ nonprofit organizations in Spokane and Eastern Washington. Previously he was Executive Director of the Spokane Symphony, Symphony Endowment, and the Fox Theater, and Chief Operating Officer of the Milwaukee Symphony. He attended the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, and earned graduate degrees from the University of Michigan and Boston University.

For more information, visit spokanehousingventures.org.

The Business Thought of the Week

Thanks to Baker Construction and Development for sponsoring the business thought of the week.

"No matter how many goals you have achieved, you must set your sights on a higher one."
Jessica Savitch

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