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I’m dreaming of a White Box Pie Christmas

They're gearing up for the holidays at White Box Pies Bakery & Cafe at 28 E Sharp Avenue between Division and Ruby. Famous for their vast selection of delicious pies, this bakery/cafe is now taking orders for Christmas. White Box Pies makes fruit pies (they're known for their fresh huckleberry pies), cream pies, seasonal cream pies, sour cream pies a wide variety of cheesecakes as well as other desserts. In addition to their menu of regular pies, they also make gluten free and sugar free pies. They also serve lunch including a full menu of hot and cold sandwiches, pot pies, quiches, soups and salads. And like their desserts all of their items are offered gluten free. You can dine in, take out or they deliver to the downtown area. The menus are online at whiteboxpiesbakery.com. White Box Pies is open Monday through Friday, 9am-6pm; Saturday from 11am-4pm and closed Sundays. The phone number is 509-927-8850

Eye Consultants helps bring Christmas to our Troops' Families.

Dr. Gary Fillmore and the team at Eye Consultants are once again helping Fairchild AFB by donating recordable "Twas the Night Before Christmas" story books so troops can record themselves reading the story. The books will then be given to their families while they are deployed over the holidays. Their goal is to raise enough money for 110 books, with 50 of those going to Fairchild AFB. The remaining books will be shipped to Ft. McCord & Ft. Lewis for their troops. Books are $29.95 and are available at any of the Mark's Hallmark Stores. Eye Consultants is also accepting donations over the phone at 509-487-5000.

Sterling Savings saves Spokane Symphony Labor Day concert at Comstock

The Spokane Symphony announced this morning that Sterling Savings Bank has stepped up to fund the annual Labor Day concert in Comstock Park in an exclusive, three-year sponsorship agreement. Last year the symphony had to cancel the popular event due to lack of funding. Held each Labor Day evening, the free event draws thousands of visitors to the park to hear the Spokane Symphony perform under the distinctive white shell and mark the unofficial end of summer.

"We are very excited about this significant support from Sterling Savings Bank. They have been a long-time supporter of the Symphony and the community as a whole. This new commitment is pivotal, guaranteeing the future of an important community event," said Spokane Symphony Executive Director Brenda Nienhouse.

For 25 years, the Labor Day concert in Comstock Park marked the unofficial beginning of the Spokane Symphony season, but while admission is free, the concert cost the Symphony organization more than $36,000 to stage. The event has attracted up to 8,000 visitors annually to Comstock Park on Spokane's South Hill neighborhood.

Symphony and Fox Theatre to become one organization

In other Spokane Symphony news the Boards of Trustees of the Spokane Symphony and Fox Theater Spokane, following a unanimous vote of both boards, have announced the integration of the two organizations beginning Jan. 1, 2011. The Spokane Symphony and Fox Theater have operated for almost 10 years as two independent regional non-profit organizations with a shared commitment to performing arts. They now combine operations to create a springboard for future success. For more than a year, the boards have been meeting together working on this integration plan.

"This merger streamlines and simplifies operations and more closely aligns our greatest assets - a renowned concert hall with a world-class symphony. We are now poised to create a unified vision for growth," said Brenda Nienhouse, who has served as executive director of both organizations since June 2005. "We believe that together this new organization will deliver unrivaled experiences and strengthen its impact as a vital cultural and educational catalyst to fuel community and economic growth in this region," Nienhouse said.

The announcement was made to a group of Spokane Symphony and Fox Theater donors, board members and supporters in the lobby of Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox Thursday afternoon as they celebrated the unified future with the theme, "Better Together."

"Vintage Spokane, A Wine and Food Affair," to be held June 5, 2011

The wine event we reported on last week, produced by Varsity Communications, that replaces Taste of Washington has changed its name "Spokane Uncorked" after discovering a conflict with a NAWBO event by the same name. The event will now be called "Vintage Spokane, A Wine and Food Affair," and will be held at the Lincoln Center on June 5th of next year.

Carter's Babies and Kids store coming to Northtown Square

Stejer Development LLC has announced that Carter's Babies and Kids has leased approximately 4,700 square feet at Northtown Square. They will be located next to Ulta Beauty. Carter's, Inc. is a leading provider of apparel and related products exclusively for babies and young children. The Company owns the Carter's and OshKosh B'gosh brands, two of the most recognized brands in the marketplace. These brands are sold in leading department stores, national chains, and specialty retailers domestically and internationally and through more than 400 Company-operated stores and on-line at carters.com and oshkoshbgosh.com. Construction is scheduled to start immediately with an opening date in late March or early April. Stejer Development's website is www.stejerdevelopment.com.

Ignite Spokane II set for Thursday, February 10 at the Bing.

The second presentation of Ignite Spokane will be bigger than ever because this will be part of a Global Ignite experience. Global Credit Union has come on board as the major sponsor and will be promoting the branding of Global Ignite. Ignite features 16 passionate speakers presenting a diversity of topics in a five minute talk. It is an amazing evening of entertainment and fun, interesting information. Tickets are $10. Go to Ignitespokane.com for more information.

SKI Construction benefits Spokane Ski Patrol on Facebook

SKI Construction, a local post-frame construction company, owned by Mike and Robin Kaminski is running a Facebook fan drive to benefit Mt. Spokane Ski Patrol. During the month of December, for every Facebook fan SKI Construction obtains they will donate $0.25 to the Mt. Spokane Ski Patrol. You can help by becoming a fan of SKI Construction at facebook.com/skiconstruction.

2011 AGORA Award nominations are open

GSI announces that the 2011 AGORA Award nominations are open. The annual event recognizes business excellence. You can get more information at www.greaterspokane.org/the-agora-awards.html.

Providence Health Care and Group Health collaborate to improve health care system in Spokane

Providence Health Care (PHC) and Group Health have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate on the development of an innovative health care delivery system that will transform health care delivery in the Spokane region. The Memorandum of Understanding will allow the organizations to begin conversations with other care providers, as appropriate, who share the same principles and goals and who complement a fully integrated system of care capable of serving the eastern Washington/North Idaho region.

"Our goal is to create a system that is increasingly convenient for our patients and our members to use, provides better coordination of care among primary care physicians and specialists, and promotes prevention and wellness," says Andy Agwunobi, MD, chief executive for PHC. "When we accomplish our goal, the end result will be better health outcomes for patients and better value that will bring down costs and remove affordability as a barrier to care."

Joint planning is already under way to design the care model with PHC, Group Health, and other key providers in the community. "Together we will develop physician-led practices for supporting the full continuum of care for our patients-from preventive visits, to consultations with specialists, to hospitalization, rehabilitation and recovery," says Michael Soman, MD, president and chief medical executive for Group Health Physicians. "With this kind of collaboration, we can create a comprehensive, locally-grown health system that provides a patient-centered, seamless system of care by bringing clinicians across the community together to coordinate care for members and patients," says Soman.

According to Agwunobi, Group Health and Providence complement one another, providing the vast majority of services a patient will need throughout his or her lifetime. "The next logical step is to better coordinate care among all these services, making it easier for patients and members to get the care they need-whether it's an imaging service, physical therapy, prescription, outpatient surgical procedure, hospital stay, long-term care in a nursing home or in-home service," says Agwunobi.

Visit Campbell House this Holiday Season

The Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture (MAC) continues with a long tradition and Spokane's Campbell House will come alive this holiday season with festive decorations, aromas of the holidays, periodic live piano music, and children's activities. Campbell House will offer an open-house format with paid museum admission. Guests can tour the house at their leisure between 12 pm - 4 pm over the holiday break period on December 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, 31, and New Year's Day, January 1, 2011. Campbell House is open on First Day. Show your First Night button at the Admission Desk for free admission to exhibits and Campbell House. Regular guided Campbell House tours will be available on other December dates the museum is open. For more information, visit www.northwestmuseum.org.

Gonzaga U Master’s Program in Communication and Leadership Studies honored for innovation

The Gonzaga University Master of Arts Program in Communication and Leadership Studies has earned the prestigious Innovative Program Award from the National Communication Association. Assistant Professor Heather Crandall is chair of the program, and Professor John Caputo, who developed the program in 2004, accepted the award on behalf of Gonzaga and the program at the 2010 NCA convention in San Francisco.

"Every major university in the United States and more globally are eligible for receiving this award so it is quite an honor," Caputo said. "The reviewers noted that our program had a strong focus and that we are doing some great things with teaching and service. They have also commented on our global outreach through our Cagli (Italy) Project and other international initiatives in Ireland and a possible component in Slovenia."

As the world grows increasingly connected, the program has never been more relevant, Caputo said, adding the program's enrollment is robust and growing. Caputo says the program's significant online curriculum allows professionals to experience Jesuit education no matter where they live, and gain the skills needed to remain competitive in the marketplace.

Party tomorrow at Cathay Inn welcomes back long lost VW bus

In 1974, someone stole Mikey Squires' VW micro bus, starting a long ranging saga that has been publicized internationally.

Mikey, a long time manager at the Cathay Inn, has just returned from California where she picked up the long lost vehicle.

To celebrate, they're having a "Welcome Back the Bus" party tomorrow at the Cathay Inn, North 3714 Division.

A Children's book with a great message from local author

Aunt Kimmie (The Princess) Bebo has just published her first children's book, "Magic Sprinkles"(Dog Ear Publishing $12) and personally signed copies are available at the downtown Satellite Diner where she is a manager and waitress. The Satellite figures prominately in her colorful story about Santa Claus, a diner, and the importance of good manners. In the book the magic sprinkles Aunt Kimmee gets from Mrs. Claus make kids run faster, jump higher and be smarter. A great Christmas present for your favorite child...or adult!

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