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Dying Well

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Top Realtors 2017 They hold the home dreams of our community in their smart phone-adorned hands, and they are the areas best at making those dreams come true. With sales more than $2 million in 2016, we celebrate the realtors who are making home buying and selling magic happen.

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We celebrate those who are living the prime of their lives and not letting anything get in their way as they leave a positive impact on the community.

Kim Pearman-Gillman is a partner at McKinstry and the University District Board past chair. She shares what she has learned throughout the years and her dedication to progress of our community.

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Editor’s Letter Stephanie’s Thoughts


First Look and Buzz WSU College of Medicine Lilacs & Lemons 3 Day Trips Lead Spokane Mixed Media Spokane Rising Spokane’s Cool Factor


The Scene Get Lit! Lilac Lit Music: Marshall McClean Artist: Jesse Pierpoint


Datebook The Best Options for Where to Go and What To Do


People Pages People & Events


Pet Love History of Dog Shows


The Nest Spring Infusion Cozy Decorated Home Home Improvement Tips


Real Estate 4 Things Your Realtor Wants You to Know Prepping Your Home for Sale 6 Smart Home Musts


Horsepower Motorcycle Season Motorsports April Calendar


Prime Pages Dying Well 4 Over 50 Not Dead Yet Healthcare for Older Adults


Healthbeat Protecting Your Eyes Cell Phone Apps for Assessing the Loud Factor


Local Cuisine Feasting At Home Chicken-Fried Steak Roulette Garageland Badass Backyard Brewing Food Chain: Menu Engineering New Fooderies Butchers DINING GUIDE


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Why We Live Here

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EDITOR LETTER/a note from Stephanie

Turning Around


couple of years ago I attended a National Association of Women Business Owner’s national women in business conference in San Antonio, Texas, with thousands of powerhouse women from across the nation. Each of them was committed to living lives by design, building businesses to fill needs and to make their communities—and the livelihoods of their families—better because of their efforts. I attended inspiring leadership training classes, communication boot camps, and listened to a host of accomplished women, such as past-presidential candidate Carly Fiorina, Olympic skier Bonnie St. John and Leigh Anne Tuohy. Their words move within me still. Leigh Anne Tuohy’s story, in particular, inspired me to see the world through a different set of eyes. She is the fierce matriarchal subject in The Blind Side, the New York Times best seller and major motion picture box office hit. Leigh Anne and her family—husband Sean, daughter Collins, and son SJ—lives were changed with the simple act, she says, of “turning around” one day as they drove down a country road near their home in Memphis, Tennessee. The family noticed a young black man walking alongside the road in clothing inappropriate for the weather. She felt something wasn’t right and asked Sean to “turn around.” Eventually, the teenage boy walking alongside the road that day, Michael Oher, moved in with the Tuohy’s. With their love and support, he went on to become a successful NFL player and now plays with the Carolina Panthers. “There wasn’t a person on this planet that cared whether Michael lived or died,” Leigh Anne said. “He could have dropped dead on the sidewalk, and not one person would have cared . . . people would have stepped around or over his cold, dead body for days. And all we did is turn the car around and show him someone actually did care about it. Think about that.” Leigh Anne makes no apologies when asking anyone who will listen to recognize the full potential of individuals in their communities—and to find value in those who society has deemed valueless. “Michael was on a path of destruction. No one cared about him. Even the principal of the high school said he ‘wasn’t going to make it.’ And now we have this kid who goes on to be a successful NFL player, a successful human. He could have been dead with no burial. Instead, someone let him know he mattered

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and that was all the inspiration he needed to understand he, too, could live a life full of possibilities.” As Leigh Anne challenged each of us in the audience that day, I challenge each of you: Turn Around. Look around. Be kind, be generous, and show someone who may not feel worthy of their time here—worthy of your time for even an ounce of recognition—and who may struggle to find—or even see—possibility for their own lives. Each of us has the power to show someone else that they have inherent worth, and that someone cares . . . each of us can, indeed, show others a world of possibility. I love Spokane in part because I am proud to live in a community with many amazing people and organizations offering possibility and opportunity to those who need the pathway illuminated. As social beings, each of us should ask ourselves, every day, where—and how—we stand in lighting the way for others. “Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.”—John Wesley We are Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living, and we are Spokane. Please find me on Facebook—and hop over to “like” the Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living page—to stay connected between press dates, and share your thoughts, stories, and life in real time.  My best,

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e’re going to train students in primary care and to work in rural and underserved areas. We’re going to do world-class research. We’re going to have expertise in population health.” —Dr. John Tomkowiak, dean, Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine The Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine at Washington State University is firming up their first class of 60 students, set to kickoff classes this fall. They received more than 700 applications for the 60 available spots in spite of a truncated recruitment cycle, and students have until April 30 confirm which medical school they are going to attend. “Dr. Floyd led us to aspire to a time when you could drop in on any community in Washington, regardless of its size, and ask someone if they had access to quality health care—and the answer would be, ‘Yes.’That day is probably a long way off. But if we were to reach that goal, Dr. Floyd would be delighted.” —James Zimmerman, vice dean of administration, accreditation and finance, Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine There was a long legislative process in order to open the funding channel that enabled the school to become the state’s second publicly funded medical school. WSU received its preliminary accreditation in mid October. Shortly after, it was granted membership in the Association of American Medical Colleges, paving the way to start accepting applications. Where most school began recruiting last summer, WSU began recruiting in November 2016, which didn’t prove to be a challenge considering the masses of students hoping to kick off their medical careers on the Spokane campus. The inaugural class of students each has ties to Washington State, a deliberate decision by the school in their efforts to keep doctors in Washington after they graduate—which proved to be a concern expressed by members of the community. The university adopted this mission when past WSU President Elson Floyd began spearheading the effort to create the medical school several years ago. The school was named after Floyd after he lost his battle with cancer in June 2015. The late WSU President Elson S. Floyd envisioned a medical college that would achieve

WSU’s Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine Finalizing First Class Set to begin in the Fall




the following: Expand health care access: Create solutions to the problem of access to quality health care in rural and urban underserved areas of Washington State. Train physicians who will serve their own communities: Recruit students from rural and underserved urban communities to establish a pathway to medical school and back to their communities. Be statewide and community-based: Medical students complete their academic and clinical work at one or more of the WSU campuses to establish relationships in and near underserved areas. Provide an interprofessional education: Give students from different health disciplines opportunities to learn in a collaborative environment, building skills needed to lead health care teams of the future. Foster economic development: Expand the WSU research enterprise to spur technology transfer. Advance discovery: Support research that has a global impact on the science of human health and wellness.






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FIRST LOOK/lilacs & lemons



{good out of bad}

lilacs/lemons by Vincent Bozzi

LEMONS to City Council President Ben Stuckart and Downtown Spokane Partnership President Mark Richard for seeking to abolish the city code that requires new “skyscrapers” built next to Riverfront Park to have setbacks to allow sun to hit the park. A park without sunshine is a dreary place. If you’ve ever visited the little park north of Sacred Heart, which is always in darkness, you will see for yourself. If setbacks were required for the famous Central Park, we should be seeking no less of a standard. Ironically, some believe that the setback requirements in NYC led to the skyscrapers there being distinctly beautiful. LILACS to millennials who are discovering that “real” books and records and magazines are cool. You can lose songs in the cloud with a mistaken click, you can lose books, you can lose your pictures. But having a real vinyl album that you can touch and feel, having a favorite book you can carry with you and wear as a badge of honor and having actual photographs in photo albums that everyone can sit and enjoy together are part of what makes us human. We hunger to be defined by more than what is merely on our smart phones. LEMONS on the potholes here. That’s not a terribly original thought, but we should really be focusing on pothole PREVENTION. The city could save millions of dollars as well as our reputation by being more proactive and taking measures to prevent the potholes in the first place. During the good weather months in summer and fall, all the cracks in at least the busiest roads should be sealed, and the roads should be treated with fog seals, chip seals and microsurfacing. Prevention is almost always better than the cure, and frankly, a lot of us are embarrassed.

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LEMONS to the framers of the Spokane Municipal Code that gives more rights to squatters than to the owners of the building. A friend took a five week trip to Europe and halfway through was informed that squatters had been in her home for two weeks, and there was literally nothing she could do. The police sided with the squatters and told them how to work the system. None of us should have to worry about this potential nightmare. Lesson: Tell NO ONE you are on a vacation until you get home. LILACS to the Spokane Parks and Recreation for keeping most of our parks in pristine condition, especially the crown jewels, Manito and Riverfront. Journeys through either park are rewarding experiences because so much care has gone into the landscaping, maintenance and creative aesthetic planning. Riverfront Park is unfolding into a park worthy of national recognition. Our only quarrel is that when new parks are built, which is far too rare, why are they so often just a stark field of grass? LEMONS to the Spokane Arena for not anticipating the size of the crowd at the Elton John concert or how long it would take to get them all through security. The arena staff is wellintentioned, but I wonder if they even CHECK to see if a show is sold out? Open the doors earlier, if need be, and ENCOURAGE people to come early and enjoy the food and drink vendors. They would make way more money, and patrons, who may have paid hundreds of dollars for their tickets, won’t feel ripped off. We also think that the artist should be politely asked to wait ten or fifteen minutes if a lot of people are still in line. It’s the least he or she could do for their fans.

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FIRST LOOK/mixed media

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Julie Gautier-Downs | Photography, furniture, found objects, installation Julie Gautier-Downs was was young when her parents split up, and she spent most of her childhood moving between their houses, never feeling completely at home in either space. She moved back to California when she turned 18 and, shortly after, the house that her mother had always lived in burned down suddenly, taking all of her personal possessions with it. This complicated relationship with the concept of home fuels Gautier-Downs’s twodimensional and three-dimensional creative practices, which often manifest together; she builds and furnishes entire rooms, and then hangs her own photographs—often illuminated from behind with a kind of light box—on the walls. The spaces often look abandoned and dirty, with an occasional tumbleweed that looks to have blown through and hung up on the easy chair. “My installations force me to emulate the chaos of an abandoned home,” she says. Her photography is somewhat different. “When photographing, I strive to find order in the chaos of an abandoned space,” she says. ”I enjoy the challenge of creating a balanced composition in a disorderly environment without disturbing the arrangement of the scene.” Downs moved to Spokane from Southern California a year and a half ago and found what she calls a “wonderfully receptive” art scene and crazy cheap rents. “Spokane is the first place that I have lived where I can afford to be a working artist,” she says. “It feels like a place where you can achieve your dreams, if you are willing to work at it.” Julie shows throughout the United States and abroad. Her work is available at

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Founders Matt and Stephanie Bogue met at a music festival, felt a spark and then, since Matt lived in Spokane and Stephanie lived in Vancouver, BC, they decided to keep meeting up at festivals all over the Northwest and beyond. Before long, and in thoroughly modern fashion, they had fallen in love, Stephanie had moved to Spokane and then—inspired by the talents and passions of the people who put on the festivals they loved—the duo started Unifest Co. Their goal was to “create platforms to showcase talent and celebrate creative diversity.” The hope is that, in giving artists that exposure, and recreating those cherished festival-going experiences of creativity, freedom and expression in Spokane and the greater Pacific Northwest, Unifest can “help Spokane grow to its fullest potential.” This includes running their own festival—Unifest—and adding muchneeded bursts of art and culture to local staples like Elkfest and the Inlander Winter Party.

The pair have been instrumental in pulling off the Collective Campout, a two-day createa-thon put on by AAF Spokane that’s half art camp and half professional development for adults at the beautiful and historic Camp Sweyolakan on Lake Coeur d’Alene. They do it all in the belief that “when we come together, offering our unique strengths and callings, we are able to accomplish more to create a positive and healthy world.” To keep track of their events or to see how they might help add art and music to yours, check out, facebook. com/unifestco and instagram @unifestco.

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3 Outdoor Day Trips to Celebrate Spring Get out of Dodge—and make it back home by dinnertime by Erika Prins Simonds

PALOUSE FALLS STATE PARK A must for amateur photographers— come for the spine-tingling views of the 200-foot waterfall and work on your macro photography game. You’ll encounter radiant lichen, otherworldly rock formations and quirky foliage along the meandering twomile hike to the top of the falls. The walk is mostly flat but includes one somewhat perilous tumble down the side of a hill to access the main trail. Follow I-90 to Ritzville and head south to get there in under two hours—or take the long way via Highway 195 for a more scenic journey. For a weekend stay and killer stargazing, rent a lawn campsite just steps from the overlook.

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THE ROUTE OF THE HIAWATHA Along the Montana-Idaho border runs a 15-mile former railroad route transformed into a gravel trail. The trail follows the crest of the Bitterroot Mountains. Hikers and mountain bikers pass through ten dark, chilly train tunnels, one more than a mile and a half long—a prime location for practicing vocal harmonies. Seven soaring trestle bridges make knees buckle and evergreens look like houseplants. If you like, you can take the journey downhill and hop on a shuttle back to the top. If you plan to ride or hike round trip, bring ample snacks and start with the uphill. A mountain bike with shocks works best for the bumpy gravel trail—and headlights are required for traversing the tunnels. Bike rentals and ticket sales are available at Lookout Pass ski area, though the bikes are rickety and the detour wastes precious time you could spend on the mountain. Instead, bring cash to pay the $10 trail pass right at the trailhead to save some time and rent a bike at a local bike shop.

WILD HORSE WIND FARM Wild Horse Wind Farm—the one that marks the mid-point on the drive to Seattle—boasts 149 turbines capable of producing as many as 273 megawatts of electricity. The farm and its indoor Renewable Energy Center opened to the public on April 1. Tours departing at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. each day, weather permitting, include a chance to go inside a turbine, and get up close and personal with one of those enormous blades. From the hilltop, a clear day yields views of Mount Rainier, Mount Adams, Mount Hood and the Columbia River Basin. The Renewable Energy Center includes exhibits on the science behind wind power and the area’s natural history. Your tour also includes a peek at the facility’s solar array. Apply online for a permit hike around the hilly mountaintop on your own — or sign up for the April 30 Run Like the Wind Running Festival with grueling but worthwhile 5K, 10K and half marathon routes winding through the hills of the farm. A raucous party with beer, food, live music and even free massages follow the race. |

Ripples Thrift: Fighting Trafficking from the Ground Up The recent surge of reports about local teen trafficking has brought to the forefront what many of us imagined only happened  “somewhere else.” Since last  month  when Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living magazine published a feature that mentioned The Jonah Project, the organization has had an outpouring of community support. Although it was reported that “No dedicated housing for trafficking victims exists in the Spokane area,” The Jonah Project—funded solely by individuals and local businesses—does indeed operate the area’s only dedicated home for rescued victims. It is perpetually full and they are working to raise money to open a second one.  Pastor Aaron Tilbury leads the organization through rescue, relocation and compassionate advocacy. He is also working to establish partnerships with similar organizations in other cities to

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create a network of reciprocal relocations. Donations and interest in the mission have been so abundant that they are now opening Ripples Thrift which will devote 100 percent of its proceeds toward rescuing and restoring the livelihood of enslaved teen victims. Clothing, furniture and other items are being donated to be turned into funding. The store will be located at 3103 N. Monroe.

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FIRST LOOK/why spokane

Why Spokane RECENTLY, we turned to Facebook to connect with our community about their favorite aspects of Spokane. Here are just a few of those responses:

Jim Reincke: Having lived here less than two years, I say it’s between the opportunity for my kids, the friendliness of the people, and the amazing scenery. Ed Renouard: The people. Anthony Gill: Our fierce sense of loyalty and pride, as evidenced by the reaction to that ridiculous The Guardian column, but which most often takes the form of “un-pride.” It’s actually, dare I say, a very “hip” sentiment. We are so proud of our city, that we sometimes seem not to be. Larry Cebula: The feeling that the city is growing and getting better. I moved here nine years ago, and the change in those in few years is amazing. Perry District, Kendall Yards, East Central, a progressive city council, bike lanes, park improvements, a vibrant music and writing scene, new art spaces—it is dizzying. The quality of life here is off the charts. Lisa Marie Woodard: Clean water and air to thrive and enjoy all of the boundless outdoor recreational opportunities. David Gillyard: The music scene—there is so much great talent here. Jill Lamb Fix: My memories. They are everywhere. Kuray Oman: Friendly people, family oriented, Spokane still has a small town feel for a big city; community spirit, this shows in all 22 / APRIL 2017

of our events that rely on volunteers to make them happen and the people that those in need. Spokane Rocks! Karen Mobley: A sense that I can accomplish something—big enough to have things that need to be done and small enough to barge through and get it done. Lisa Agnew Simpson: Its patience and sense of self. Spokane is like the picked on kid who always knew what a gem she was. She just waits until she is understood and adored. Generations have jetted out of here to better places and later returned to her beauty, and she simply says “Welcome Back.” Sophisticates scorn her lack of diversity and artistic flair, and she waits for those willing to share their gifts with her to understand her history and bring it on. Spokane is both rising strong, and content in its ambiguity: being the best kept secret can be a really good thing. Scott Burke: What’s happening at the Washington Cracker Building is a perfect metaphor for how Spokane is transforming from the inside out. Karen Floyd: The Spokane River in the spring and the Symphony at Comstock on Labor Day. Julie Holland: The six degrees of separation. I’ll always be a small town girl at heart, and I love that sense of community. You can still run into all kinds of people you know in Spokane. All while being five minutes from all the conveniences of city life. That’s a huge bonus for someone who grew up in the middle of a bunch of wheat

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fields 45 miles from anywhere that stays open any time after 5 p.m. Rachel Dorfman: We’re all in it together. William Heim: Its compassion. Mark Richard: The people, a great education system, clean air and water, and the beautiful outdoors. Crystal Toreson-Kern: The old architecture. Cody Repp: The metal goat that eats trash. When I was little, that was the coolest thing in the world. Matt Gibson: Everything. Folks here who choose to complain haven’t been anywhere else. Many of the comments here point out community; that’s totally what Spokane has going for it. I wanted out at 18 like no one else. I’m really glad I stuck around. Louie Flores III: Home of the Original Bare Buns Fun Run. Jason Jakober: Thirty minutes in any direction, and you can be in the middle of nowhere. Jessica Ingram Vaughn: I love how we are a city of bridges, physically and metaphorically. That we don’t allow the waters that run through our fair city to separate us, but to refresh us and bring life instead. We overcome together, everyday, and with a kindness that seems rare in other places. Linn Parish: I like how Spokane, as a community, gets up for events. We’re good at putting them on and at supporting them. It’s the annual events like Bloomsday and Hoopfest, the one-offs like ice skating and Broadway shows, and the intensely local like Terrain. I wouldn’t live here if it didn’t have four seasons and if I couldn’t be in the woods in 10 minutes, but a lot of places have those things. Our ability to put on events is under-appreciated and a big plus. APRIL 2017 /


FIRST LOOK/lead spokane April’s Renaissance Moment:

Celebrating Children and our Youth by Brian Newberry

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APRIL IS OFFICIALLY Child Abuse Prevention Month. As we rally as a community to be supportive of protecting children, it is also a month to celebrate our youth who are joining the Spokane Renaissance, contributing to our blossoming spring. This good news was born out in an inspiring night of Chase Youth Commission Awards last month when scores of school youth were recognized for bold achievements. A dozen On Track Academy students, for example, made it a mission to buy books and read to students at Stevens Elementary, stretching their dollars by purchasing the books from the Spokane Public Library sale. One reason our youth are mobilizing to help is the numerous institutions popping up to promote youthful confidence and hope. The recent Youth and Police Initiative has grown rapidly to a point of fostering over two dozen sessions graduating 350 youth who better understand our civic community. The nonprofit HUB Sports Center has welcomed 54,725 youth and families

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through its doors in the first two months of 2017 including 55 at-risk students. New schools like the charter PRIDE Prep are taking root, increasing the diversity of education across our enlightened landscape. Visionary leaders are moving us to a better tomorrow, but the fact that our youth are part of the march for progress is exciting indeed. At a recent Rotary 21 meeting, I met a young lady, Alyssa Harris, who struggled through traditional high schools; yet, she found a new autonomous learning style at On Track Academy and is now set to graduate and head to college. She’s emblematic of our Renaissance: she never quits and she knows her horizons are limitless—being the first to graduate high school in her family is proof of that. This April, we celebrate our children . . . our Renaissance heart is young! Col. Brian Newberry, USAF ret. is executive director of Leadership Spokane and former Commander, 92 ARW, Fairchild AFB.

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FIRST LOOK/spokane rising

Anchoring the

University District Gateway Bridge by Anthony Gill

IT’S EASY TO BE BULLISH on the University District. Since it was first established as

the Riverpoint Campus in the late 1990s, the campus has grown to include students from five major universities, including two medical schools and Washington State University’s dedicated health sciences campus. The facilities have blossomed as new lab, classroom, and support spaces support a growing student population. And the urban environment—the streetscapes, the pedestrian environment—around the campus has improved by orders of magnitude from the post-industrial warehouses that once occupied the site. Now, the City of Spokane has taken the next major step in the district’s transformation, breaking ground last month on the University District Gateway Bridge, a pedestrian bridge linking the WSU Spokane campus with the south side of the train tracks along East Sprague. Construction will continue through late 2018, but developers are already eyeing progress on the project. At the north landing of the bridge, Seattle developer Wally Trace and Spokane-based McKinstry have partnered on a major mixed-use redevelopment of the iconic former Jensen-Byrd warehouse. That project, likely valued at more than $60 million, will also construct a 4-story office building

aimed at high-tech firms, a parking garage, a retail and fitness center, and a destination restaurant. At the south landing of the bridge, a subsidiary of Avista Utilities has begun land acquisition and preliminary planning discussions for what it calls the “Catalyst Project,” constructing a five-story office building, with potential for additional retail, office, and residential space in future phases. And indeed, all around the project, preparations are underway for the changes the bridge will bring. The

photo courtesy of Courtesy of University District University District Board members celebrate the groundbreaking of the University District Gateway Bridge. Pictured from left to right: Lisa Brown, WSU; Tom Johnson-STCU, Mireya McKay - Community Volunteer; Mark Richard-DSP; Ben Stuckart - City Council President; Kim Pearman-Gillman - McKinstry; Andrew Worlock - City of Spokane; Christine Johnson - SCC; Steve Trabun - Avista Utilities; Karl Otterstrom - STA; Catherine Brazil - UW; Mayor David Condon

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City of Spokane is completing Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, and a major streetscape redevelopment of East Sprague gets underway this spring. The University District has initiated planning for a new type of urban neighborhood, potentially on a scope and scale comparable to Kendall Yards, which would feature a unique focus on walkability, sustainability, and making better use of public space. It certainly seems that all the pieces are in place for a major transformation of this area of our city. How will the University District change as a result of these improvements? How will downtown change? East Sprague? What about Spokane as a whole? Certainly we’ll see new development, new residents, new businesses, and maybe even a new major employer or two. But more compellingly, the bridge—and the development it generates—has the potential to grow innovation and creativity, as some of the foremost medical experts in the Pacific Northwest connect with emerging and entrepreneurial young minds in this new urban district. Medical residents, MBA students, engineers, and seasoned professionals will all soon converge on this once-industrial piece of otherwise unremarkable property, as will many, many others. And as creative thinking increasingly becomes a prerequisite for success in the 21st century, that’s something to which we can all look forward. Anthony Gill is a Spokane native and recent graduate of Santa Clara University. He is the founder of Spokane Rising, an urbanist blog focused on ways to make our city a better place to live.

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Episode IV—A New Hope A response to Darth Delistraty and The Guardian by Kris Kilduff


Spokane isn’t Paris. It’s not even Seattle. But in spite of the poverty lines and crime rates . . . it’s something better. Spokane (leave it to me to wear out a metaphor) is THE FORCE. We are the good guys, the Rebel Alliance, the underdogs who from shadows are fighting and projecting a new hope for an old city. Increasing tourism, building hotels, restaurants and markets. We just tripled our city’s art funding and are on track to finalize a $64 million renovation to Riverfront Park. Every year I am recruited by companies in Seattle, Denver and Los Angeles, each with its own appeal, but Spokane offers something none of these others do: a chance to build its culture. Just over five years ago I planned and organized a fashion event showcasing local models, salons and boutiques that in its debut had a larger attendance than Seattle Fashion Week. Luke Baumgarten and Patrick Kendrick created Terrain, an annual art showcase that turns downtown into a never-ending line. There are night markets attracting thousands in Kendall Yards, entrepreneurs being funded on Shark Tank and local startups like Etailz being acquired for $75 million. Our brewery scene—much like my liver—is exploding and James Beard nominated chefs have been so successful they are opening three or four restaurants at a time. This is all arises from a sad desolate city and its “desperate” economy. Although a Gonzaga bulldog might be embroidered on a majority of shirts, hoards are equally behind every avenue of Spokane’s emerging culture: award winning artists like Mike Wise; musicians Ryan Lewis, whose album “The Heist” went double plati-

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num, and Allen Stone reaching the #2 spot on iTunes R&B/Soul charts. Don’t forget UFC fighters Mike Chiesa (Number 7 Lightweight in the world) and Julianna Pena who currently is ranked second in the world right above Ronda Rousey. Cody, the truth is that Spokane, much like the run-down carousel you assumed was getting tossed aside, is actually being carefully refurbished. We are replacing the housing and polishing the paint while keeping the soul of the original. The words “Near Nature. Near Perfect.,” don’t hold their value in print. Maybe it’s worth a trip home to experience. Visit Spokane honors the thought in their #CodyComeHome campaign. I’m not as busy as Coach Few, so I would be happy to be your tour guide. The least we can do is take your father for some quality pasta. I hear the pappardelle lamb ragu at Italia Trattoria is the only source for hope in this struggling city. May the force be with you, Cody Delistraty.

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Get Lit! Festival | April 17-23


he Get Lit! Festival began in 1998 as a one-day marathon of literary readings sponsored by Eastern Washington University Press and EWU’s Department of Creative Writing. The Spokesman-Review lovingly called it “the little literary festival that could,” and they were right. By 2004, the audience had swelled to 10,000 people from Spokane and the surrounding region. More recently, the festival has been referred to as the literary equivalent to Spokane’s nationally recognized sporting events, Hoopfest and Bloomsday. Housed within Eastern Washington University’s College of Arts, Letters, and Education, the Get Lit! Festival continues to grow by leaps and bounds. Each year, they partner with local institutions such as Gonzaga University, Spokane Community College, Spokane Falls Community College, North Idaho College, and Whitworth University, as well as community organizations and businesses to bring more than 40 authors to each festival. The Get Lit! Programs engage members of the Inland Northwest community in a celebration of the written word by encouraging discussion, at all age levels, of literature in its many forms. The

Get Lit! Festival is an annual celebration of reading, writing, and storytelling. The weeklong festival includes readings, interviews, workshops, panel discussions, poetry slams, writing contests, and more. The festival has become an integral part of the artistic and cultural landscape of the Inland Northwest each April. In addition to the festival, the on-going educational outreach programs—Authors Tour, Writers-in-Residence, and Poetry Out Loud—reach more than 5,000 students annually. The programs target low-income, rural, and alternative schools to help develop literacy, engage students in discussions around literature, and encourage students to think critically and creatively about our world. As one sixth-grade student put it, Get Lit! Programs “helps your mind grow.” For a full list of participating authors and a schedule of events, visit Most events at the Get Lit! Festival are free and open to the public. Tickets are available online at or by calling (800) 325-SEAT.












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I ENJOY WINTER. Usually. Not this year. By late December, I couldn’t shake the feeling that the political environment and the local climate were somehow working together to isolate and depress as many people as possible. As I write this in March, it is still snowing outside, and the cold truth of the new administration continues to pelt the darkening windows of daily news outlets. My hope for April, the month of my daughter’s birthday, is that warmth arrives, in the weather, and in our body politic. Spring promises rebirth and optimism, it propels us into the world at large. If only the administration, too, would go through such a sea change. For now it seems we’re stuck with the claustrophobic new political order, an antithesis of all of the hope and receptivity that springtime represents.

Since April is Women’s Empowerment Month. I wanted to share a small handful of the early 2017 publications I’ve been most excited to read. All of these titles are, of course, by a diverse selection of women. First on the list is Emily Ruskovich’s Idaho (Random House). In this novel, a mother commits an abrupt act of violence that devastates her entire family. The author grew up in Northern Idaho and evokes its beauty, darkness, and isolation with breathtaking accuracy. This book is an incredible but heavy read: Pick it up if you read to learn about human nature, but not if you’re looking for easy answers. This book is about life’s and love’s gray areas, where answers are not easy to come by. For those who have suffered depression but find themselves sustained by love and literature, consider reading Dear Friend, From My Life I Write to You in Your Life by Yiyun Li (Random House). Yiyun Li is a prize-winning short story writer. In this memoir she asks, “What a long way it is from one life to another, yet why write if not for that distance?” Another vital memoir is Abandon Me by Melissa Febos (Bloomsbury). This hugely anticipated book explores the memoirist’s identity and the relationships that inform and cloud it. “I am Puerto Rican, but not really. Indian, but not really. 32 / APRIL 2017

Gay, but not really. Adopted, but not really.” She writes about the sea captain father who adopted her, her biological father (who she tentatively meets for the first time), and her lovers, especially the longdistance relationship with a woman that proves both vivifying and agonizing. Febos’s writing always affects me on a visceral level, as emotionally lush as it is intellectual. Anyone who enjoys the writing of Maggie Nelson (The Argonauts) and Roxane Gay (Difficult Women) should immediately pick up this title. The last book I’ll mention is in translation: Samanta Schweblin’s Fever Dream (Riverhead), which I read in two days flat. This is a small, tightly wound clock of a book, counting down the minutes of a woman’s life. Seized by a mysterious illness, she gropes for clarity. Despite the book’s tidy size, the themes of motherhood, environmental disaster, and protection loom large. The women here are brave and unflinching writers whose work reflects back to us the harsh realities of our world. They seize us and make us listen, learn, change. This, my

friends, is what the best literature, the best humanities, the best art, does for us. I’ll be fighting hard to save the Institute for Museum and Library Services, National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for Humanities, and Public Broadcasting Service for this very reason. You can fight for libraries and the arts, too, by phoning your representatives and making sure your voice is heard. Check out the website if you need scripts and digits. Don’t forget, too, that some of the best literature in the region and afar will be featured at this month’s Get Lit! Festival. The full schedule and tickets are available at I’ll see you there, Spokane. Let’s show up and support the arts, which, like the spring season, bring us beauty and hope to drive off the long chill.


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ago, Marshall McLean caught his first break with the Gibson Guitar New Artist of the Year award for his acoustic solo tunes. This led to high hopes, but also some unrealistic expectations for both the budding musician and those tasked with launching his career. It wasn’t long before McLean cut his ties to the biz and started over. This time he would stay true to his roots musically, but would seek a degree of anonymity by forming a band, instead of continuing as a solo artist. By early 2011 he and some photo by Jessica Morgan Spokane friends were performing around town as The Horse Thieves. They took on more members, recorded, and developed a local following. But after a while . . . well, to quote a song title of theirs, “It All Falls Down.” Once again, McLean began anew. By 2013, he split the difference between solo artist and group ideas and formed the Marshall McLean Band. Now his Americana, folk, and alt-country songwriting has some strong yet tasteful backing: longtime collaborator Fawn Butcher on keyboards, Justin Landis (of Cedar & Boyer) on bass and vocal harmonies, Jamie Frost (of Silver Treason and Cursive Wires) on pedal steel, and drums from Jesse MacDonald. McLean’s plaintive voice could be a modern take on the “high lonesome sound” of rural American music from decades past. On the band’s first release Glossolalia, he sings of personal trials, hitting the skids and forcing oneself to rebuild. More than three years after his previous album, Marshall McLean just released SoDak last month to a capacity crowd at The Bartlett in downtown Spokane, with Matt Mitchell (of Folkinception) filling in on keyboard. The rugged, plain-faced beauty of McLean’s birthplace South Dakota has informed his songwriting for years. The track “Badlands” takes on a personal meaning as well as being another South Dakota reference. A testament to McLean’s maturity in songwriting is that he now embraces positive experiences in addition to the melancholy he’s been so good at expressing all these years. The first two cuts, “On A Roll” and “Breaking Even,” show this growth. His vocal versatility comes to light in “Losing the Magic,” where he explores a singing range deeper than the other tracks. McLean and Landis, as well as Caleb Ingersoll of Cathedral Pearls, create a rich landscape with some additional engineering from David Covillo and Juan Parris. The CD version is mastered to be a seamless listening experience, telling a story, but not necessarily in order. The cover art has references to playing cards, since gambling culture holds a deep symbolism for McLean. Keep your eye out for a new music video filmed at The Bartlett and a possible vinyl LP release of Marshall McLean’s SoDak. Find him online at or on Facebook and Instagram. You can stream his music on iTunes, Spotify, and Pandora.

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point works as the Creative Director at Seven2, a digital agency, and leads a team of developers and digital artists working on apps and interactive games for national brands such as AT&T, Amazon, Nickelodeon and Netflix. Storytelling is one of the important aspects of those projects. It’s also one of the elements that “artist” Jesse blends into his paintings—mixed media layered compositions incorporating paper, spray paint, acrylics and textured brushstrokes. Look closely and you

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might even see a vintage Garbage Pail Kids trading card somewhere within the art. “I like to create artwork of imagery based off of memories or places where I grew up or things that I used to do with my family. It’s a wide range of craziness,” Pierpoint says. A former college football player, Jesse’s sports background shows in his work. One of his paintings of an oldtime baseball scoreboard was completed for an art show titled, How to Fail, and if you look closely at the score

as depicted, you’ll see that the home team lost the game. Animals and cars also often find their way into Pierpoint’s work. “I’m a sucker for dogs, and a lot of the animals I’ve painted are ones that good friends or family have lost,” he says. “I grew up working on a truck with my dad, and so I’ve always had a love for automobiles—I’m kind of a classic car dork.” As you might expect of a graphic designer, Pierpoint has a passion for typography—the art and technique of creating and arranging type. The choice of fonts, and how it works with layout and color scheme, are all part of the finished design. It’s the same idea when Pierpoint brings typography into one of his paintings. “If I’m doing a painting of something like a vintage Harley-Davidson, I might look up the blueprints for the bike, draw over them, and integrate them into the composition,” he says. “I spend a lot of time coming up with the composition of a piece, and once I get to the paint side of it, that’s when I bend the rules to mix things up.” There was a time before computers when art was tangible. Instead of being rendered using a mouse click and printed out in a matter of seconds, artwork was done with a brush, a palette of paint and a piece of canvas. In Pierpoint’s world, it has always been one method melding with the other. “It could be creating something from which you get a texture, or drawing something by hand and bringing that onto a logo, a package or a website rather than using just any font that anybody could simply Google and grab,” Pierpoint says. “When you mix the two together, you get a more organic, authentic result.” Find more of Jesse Pierpoint’s work at

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with a specimen and media rich display. This is the only exhibition created on the topic that is truly international in scope, featuring a slate of world-renowned scientists and their breakthrough findings on Pleistocene mega fauna. Original artistic creations include environmental murals, life-sized replications, and soundscapes immerse visitors in Earth’s diverse ecosystems, both past and present. Collection pieces from the museum will accompany the exhibition with an unveiling of a mammoth-sized Pleistocene display in the museum’s group entry, created by artist Peter Thomas. Museum of Arts and Culture. 2316 W. First Ave. (509) 456-3931, or


April 9: Newsboys: Love Riot Tour

April 28: unCorked! NAWBO-NW’s 10th Annual unCorked! Fundraiser Benefit Local Women-Owned Businesses and Entrepreneurs The Inland Northwest Chapter of National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBONW) celebrates its 10th annual fundraiser, unCorked! on April 28 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Kalispel Golf and Country Club. By participating in this fun event, guests have the opportunity to support local entrepreneurs and women-owned businesses, in turn strengthening the Spokane business community. This year’s event will feature live music from Pat Simmons of the Cronkites, local wine, beer and cider from Barili Cellars, Cougar Crest Estate Winery, Robert Karl Cellars, Terra Blanc Winery, Waddell’s and Twilight Cider Works and food pairings from 1898 Public House’s executive chef, Tyler Schwenk. Treasure-packed silent and live auctions lend to the evening’s fun. Last year’s fundraising effort went toward helping local entrepreneur, Lydia Cowles achieve her dream of opening Twenty-Seventh Heaven Scratch Bake Shop. Tickets are available via


April 7, May 5: First Friday

Enjoy visual arts, musical presentations, sample local foods, get acquainted with local performing artists and more at this monthly event sponsored by the Downtown Spokane Partnership. On the first Friday of each month, participating galleries, museums, boutiques and more host a city-wide open house with refreshments and entertainment. First Friday is free and open to the public. Downtown Spokane.

April 2, April 17: Spokane Poetry Slam and BootSlam

Spokane Poetry Slam is competitive performance poetry at its Northwest finest. Every first and third week of the month spoken word warriors battle for Inland Empire supremacy, and a $50 Grand Prize. Each poem is judged by five members of the audience and, after two rounds of poetry, whichever poet has the highest cumulative score is declared the winner. Boots Bakery and Lounge, 24 W. Main Ave. The Bartlett, 228 W. Sprague Ave.

Through May 7: Titans of the Ice Age: Mammoths and Mastodons

Explore the world of mammoths and mastodons in an 8,500 square foot traveling exhibition from The Field Museum of Chicago. This exhibition taps into the spirit of scientific exploration, discovery, and curiosity

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Grammy-nominated, Platinum-selling Newsboys will bring their “Love Riot Tour” to more than 40 cities around the country. The tour will support the band’s multigenre chart-topping release of the same name. In addition to fan favorites from the iconic group’s unparalleled career, Newsboys’ “Love Riot Tour” will also feature selections from their latest FairTrade Services album. Helping define the sound of Christian music for more than two decades, Newsboys’ live performances— including their recently concluded “We Believe…God’s Not Dead” 2015-2016 Tour—continue to sell out venues across the country. INB Performing Arts Center. 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. (800) 325SEAT or

April 15: Survivor and Loverboy

Survivor is back on the road, taking their legendary sound to cities and fans across the United States. With a new lead vocalist, 22-year-old Nashville resident Cameron Barton, audiences will again be rocking out to “Eye Of The Tiger,” “Burning Heat,” “I Can’t Hold Back,” “High On You,” and many other major hits. Joining Survivor will be another staple of 80s rock and roll, Loverboy. Northern Quest Casino. 100 N. Hayford Rd. Airway Heights.

April 22-23: Spokane Symphony Classics: In the Shadow of Beethoven Beethoven cast a huge shadow over those who came after him, which is why Brahms produced his first symphony in middle age—he could hear the “giant marching behind him.” After sidestepping the conventions of Beethoven, Brahms ends with a Ninth-like finale that cannot fail to thrill. Chopin’s piano concerto, brilliant, virtuosic and exquisitely delicate, was praised by Schumann for bringing “the spirit of Beethoven into the concert

hall.” Fox Theatre. 1001 W. Sprague Ave. (800) 325-SEAT or

April 29: Spokane Symphony Superpops: The Fab Four Relive the days of Beatlemania! Emmy Award-winning Beatles tribute band, The Fab Four, will bring the Beatles’ timeless hits to Spokane. Founded by John Lennon impersonator Ron McNeil, The Fab Four has made a name for itself as the best Beatles Tribute Band around, playing note-for-note renditions of Beatles’ songs that are so precise if feels like you’re watching the real thing. Fox Theatre. 1001 W. Sprague Ave. (800) 325-SEAT or

April 30: Spokane Youth Symphony: Gems and Favorites

Featuring the four orchestras of the Spokane Youth Symphony: Spokane Youth Symphony Orchestra (Dr. Philip Baldwin, conductor), Spokane Youth Philharmonic (Dr. Roberta Bottelli, conductor), Spokane Youth Sinfonietta (Ms. Heather Montgomery, conductor), and Spokane Youth Strings (Dr. John Marshall, conductor). Fox Theatre. 1001 W. Sprague Ave. (800) 325-SEAT or

May 6-7: Spokane Symphony Classics: The Power of the Voice

The human voice is perhaps the most powerful of all instruments, expressing the deepest passions, joys and sorrows of our souls. Rachmaninoff wept at the sheer beauty of Shakespeare’s sublime “Serenade to Music” set to Vaughan Williams’s transcendent music. Verdi applied opera technique to the sacred text, filling it with soaring melodies, lush orchestration and music that perfectly conveys the text’s dramatic intensity. The result is his greatest opera and an icon of Western music. Fox Theatre. 1001 W. Sprague Ave. (800) 325-SEAT or

May 13: Everclear, Vertical Horizon, and Fastball

Everclear is back and better than ever. With a heavier, darker sound, the band released its current album Black Is The New Black in 2015, songs that play to the true-life stories of the band stemming from lead singer, guitarist, co-founder and songwriter Art Alexakis. Vertical Horizon joins Everclear, with its original lead singer and songwriter, Matt Scannell. Fastball, a trio out of Austin, Texas, hit the charts with their breakout album All The Pain Money Can Buy (1998). With hit songs on the album such as “The Way,” “Out Of My Head” and “Fire Escape,” in a short six months the album reached platinum. Northern Quest Casino. 100 N. Hayford Rd. Airway Heights.

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Charlie has been living in Yellowstone, America’s original wildlife park, for the 2016 centennial of the National Park Service. For a forthcoming National Geographic story, he has gone beyond the park’s boundaries, creating a portrait of the larger ecosystem that Yellowstone supports. Join this critically acclaimed photojournalist as he recounts his unlikely journey from the Peruvian rainforest to the mountain landscapes of Yellowstone—plus a sneak peek at his latest project, inside Tanzania’s Serengeti. INB Performing Arts Center. 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. (800) 325-SEAT or

April 27: Pura Vida: The Next Chapter May 18: Tim McGraw and Faith Hill: Soul2Soul The World Tour 2017

Grammy award-winning superstars Tim McGraw and Faith Hill have announced “Soul2Soul The World Tour 2017” which features a stop at the Spokane Arena on Thursday, May 18. Special guest Chris Lane will open for Tim McGraw and Faith Hill in Spokane. Spokane Arena. 720 W. Mallon Ave. (800) 325-SEAT or

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March 31, April 1: Comedy Night at the Inn

Friday night’s headliner will be Grant Lyon, who has been featured on Comics Unleashed and The Bob & Tom Radio Show. This show will also feature Carmen Morales. On Saturday, David Nickerson, who has appeared on Comedy Central and Howard Stern’s Killers of Comedy, will entertain audiences. Aaron Woodall will also appear. The Best Western Plus Coeur d’Alene Inn. 506 W. Appleway Avenue. Coeur d’Alene. For tickets, call (208) 765-3200.

April 18: Kim Russo: The Happy Medium

From the young age of nine, Kim Russo discovered her ability to connect on a deep level with spirits around her when she noticed them following her home from school and hanging out in her bedroom. Kim takes her special talent around the world, helping celebrities and regular people alike connect with spirits, including their deceased loved ones. As a self-proclaimed psychic journalist, Kim takes pride in the interviews she conducts and the stories she is able to bring forward from the spirits. Northern Quest Casino. 100 N. Hayford Rd. Airway Heights.

April 26: National Geographic Live! Charlie Hamilton James—I Bought a Rainforest

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Discover what it’s like to live in—not just visit—two of the world’s great wildlife parks. Charlie Hamilton James has been shooting in Peru’s Manu National Park—the most bio-diverse place on Earth—for more than two decades. Fiercely motivated to protect the rainforest and its inhabitants, he bought a piece of land adjoining the park—only to discover that he had purchased an illegal cocaine factory along with it. More recently,

Enjoy delicious food, live music and fun while learning about the new programs Pura Vida Recovery is providing to those seeking sobriety and a better life. By working together to de-stigmatize addiction, our community will strengthen and foster positive change. Your ticket inclueds Mediterranean Fusion tapas catered by Chef Jeremy Hansen, along with a dessert and juice bar. Meet amazing humans sharing life-changing testimonials and enjoy silent and live auctions. 304 W. Pacific, 6-9 p.m.

April 28: Chippendales

Seen by two million people annually, Chippendales is a worldwide entertainment show featuring men known to fire up audiences with their sexy dance moves and perfectly toned bodies. As a great show for bachelorette parties or a ladies night out, Chippendales appeals to the fun, wild and crazy side of entertainment. Women across the globe scream, shout and swoon over the many talents and physicality of the cast of men. From their dancing and serenades to natural sexy-goodness, the men give their audiences a sight and sound above any other show on the market. Northern Quest Casino. 100 N. Hayford Rd. Airway Heights.

May 4: Tosh.Show on Campus

Daniel Tosh will host and perform an evening of standup comedy featuring writers and comedians from his Comedy Central show “Tosh.0” on Thursday, May 4 at the Star Theater. Spokane Arena. 720 W. Mallon Ave. (800) 325-SEAT or

May 5: Terry Fator

As the winner of America’s Got Talent in 2007, Terry Fator went from performing at schools and fairs to headlining his own show on the Las Vegas Strip. His outstanding cast of hilarious characters take his show to a laugh-out-loud level. The most famous of his characters is Winston the Impersonating Turtle, who was with him when won America’s Got Talent and takes the credit for that impressive accomplishment. Northern Quest Casino. 100 N. Hayford Rd. Airway Heights.


April 8: Murder Mystery Weekend of Doom: A Love Story

At this murder-mystery weekend, guests have a chance to win a “priceless treasure” if they can solve a fake murder. The guests include an eccentric millionaire who carries around a dead cat, a poor southern girl from a family with a lot of possums, a world-weary criminal, an aging

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egotistical actress, and a woman with a heart condition in which her heart bursts if it gets filled with too much love. The guests face a major turn of events when instead of solving a fake murder, they are murdered one by one with a series of bizarre weapons including a half-eaten pomegranate, a barrage of acorns, a spatula, a charades rulebook, a stethoscope, and a garden spike. Will anyone survive to solve the mystery? With 12 eccentric characters, the laughs never end in this hysterical farce. Spokane Civic Theatre. 1020 N. Howard St. (509) 325-2507. For tickets: (800) 325-SEAT or

April 8: Behold Jesus: An Easter Drama

Spokane Dream Center, a non-denominational Christian church, presents “Behold Jesus,” an Easter Drama. With a cast of 150+, this is the largest Easter production in the Inland Northwest. This drama portrays the life and teachings of Jesus according to the Gospel accounts. With your own eyes you will experience Jesus’ earthly ministry of teaching, healing, miracles and then the agony of His betrayal, crucifixion and glorious resurrection, including a glimpse of His heavenly ministry from Revelation Chapter 5. People of all ages, cultures and walks of life are welcome to attend this free event. INB Performing Arts Center. 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.

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Through April 9: Holding On ~ Letting Go

Holding on ~ Letting Go is an honest, humorous and heartrending look at a family forced to come to terms with endof-life. It is also a love story of Bobby and Lee, legendary NCAA basketball coaches, who now must face the toughest challenge of all. This is the last in Bryan’s cycle of plays on end-of-life, which include Vesta and Dusk, both of which also premiered in the Firth J. Chew Studio Theatre. Spokane Civic Theatre. 1020 N. Howard St. (509) 325-2507. For tickets: (800) 325-SEAT or

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a cast of traveling actors rehearsing a flop called Nothing’s On. Slamming doors, on and offstage intrigue, and frequent mishaps make up the plot of this hilarious and classically comic play. Spokane Civic Theatre. 1020 N. Howard St. (509) 325-2507. For tickets: (800) 325-SEAT or tickets-



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Bianca has many admirers, but is forbidden by her father to marry until her shrewish sister, Katharina, is betrothed. Enter Petruchio—a man challenged by Bianca’s suitors to tame Katharina. Will Petruchio succeed in his mission and even find love along the way? Find out in this much-loved comedy by William Shakespeare. Spokane Civic Theatre. 1020 N. Howard St. (509) 325-2507. For tickets: (800) 325-SEAT or

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Arcadia moves back and forth between 1809 and the present at the elegant estate owned by the Coverly family. The 1809 scenes reveal a household in transition. As the Arcadian landscape is being transformed into picturesque Gothic gardens, complete with a hermitage, thirteen year-old Lady Thomasina and her tutor delve into intellectual and romantic issues. Present day scenes depict the Coverly descendants and two competing scholars who are researching a possible scandal at the estate in 1809 involving Lord Byron. This brilliant play moves smoothly between the centuries and explores the nature of truth and time, the difference between classical and romantic temperaments, and the disruptive influence of sex on our life orbits, the attraction Newton left out. Stage Left Theatre. 108 W. 1st Ave.

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella is the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific that’s delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love—the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more—plus some surprising new twists! Be transported back to your childhood as you rediscover some of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible” and “Ten Minutes Ago,” in this hilarious and romantic Broadway experience for anyone who’s ever had a wish, a dream, or a really great pair of shoes. INB Performing Arts Center. 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. (800) 325-SEAT or


April 9: Negative Split 5K, 10K, Half Marathon The 2017 Negative Split race will feature another awesome finish line and grand finale to your running accomplishment. The finish line will be packed with spectators and volunteers cheering you into the chute to get your medal and t-shirt. To make this possible, this year’s start will be a wave start for the half marathon runners and a mass start for the 10K and 5K runners This event will benefit the Spokane Hearing Oral Program of Excellence (HOPE). Start and finish in Kendall Yards.

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April 23: Spokane River Run

The Spokane River Run is one of the oldest trail runs in the Northwest. Recognized in the Trail Runner’s Trophy Series, this race features a 5K, 10K, 25K, 50K and 50K team relay race. The beautiful and challenging courses run through Spokane’s Riverside State Park. The courses are primarily on single-track trail that winds through the thick pine forests of the park between rugged basalt cliffs and the roaring Spokane River. The Spokane River Run is the primary fundraiser for the Garfield APPLE program and is completely staffed by volunteers. 100 percent of the funds raised go to the Garfield APPLE program and our nonprofit partners. This family friendly event is open to all ages and levels of experience. Spokane Riverside State Park.

May 7: 41st Annual Bloomsday Run

A 12 kilometer (7.46 mile) race through downtown and west Spokane, Bloomsday is one of the nation’s largest road races. After more than four decades, Bloomsday has worked its way into the fabric of life in the Inland Northwest. For most residents, it’s impossible to imagine spring in Spokane without Bloomsday. This event starts at 9 a.m. All runners, walkers, wheelchairs, assisted wheelchairs and strollers are welcome to participate. Downtown Spokane.

May 12: Glow for Hunger Kids’ Run Glow for Hunger was created by Northwest Harvest to help fight hunger locally in the Inland Northwest. Every $25 registration will provide 100 meals for local children and families in need. Join them at this event to do your part in fighting hunger, make a difference while making memories! Joe Albi Stadium. 4918 W. Wellesley Ave.

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Why do Breeds Exist? Originally, dogs were bred for a specific purpose or function. The most basic example is that farm dogs were bred based on qualities farmers liked and needed from a dog, such as strong physical ability and great work ethic. In Europe, hunters needed dogs that could retrieve birds and have a thick enough coat to be comfortable in an outdoor environment. Thus, the English setter, for example, was born. The Doberman pinscher came about thanks to an accountant in Germany who needed a dog for protection. And sometimes, breeds were created to serve a different need: strictly companionship. Pekingese were bred as lap dogs that, for a time, could only be owned by Chinese royalty. Eventually, a formal system was established to preserve the breeds for future generations. Today, a purebred dog that has had its family tree verified by the American Kennel Club (AKC) can become an AKC registered dog.

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1936 modified colonial home sits nestled between the trees of the iconic 21st Avenue on Spokane’s South Hill. A central front door, flanked by windows with simple shutters, echoes a similar row of second story windows. Paired chimneys atop a mediumpitched roof round off the checklist of characteristics typical to colonial style architecture. Heidi and Kyle Gilliam, the present-day owners, purchased the home in 2014. The couple had begun to realize their current floor plan might not be the most conducive as their family grew. While they began to look at other homes, Heidi says they had no distinct intention of moving at the time, and that it was more recreational.

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After a tour of one home, the Gilliams’ relator asked the couple which Spokane residence they would choose to live in if given the choice of any. “That one,” said Heidi, pointing to the colonial home next door (not for sale at the time). “Well that’s a slim chance,” said the relator, who knew the home had been occupied by the same owner for more than 25 years.

Fast forward to a twist of fate when Heidi’s route home from the grocery store brought her past her dream home, just as a hammer pounded a for-sale sign into the ground. Heidi immediately called her husband Kyle, now a branch manager at Caliber Home Loans, who contacted their agent and discovered the home was officially being listed that day. Heidi and Kyle placed an offer before sunset. “It was completely

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impulsive,” says Heidi. The couple questioned themselves, as they had just completed remodeling their current home. On the plus side, it was definitely sell-ready, beckoning two full price offers within 24 hours of listing. The home sold within a week, which the Gilliams took as confirmation. “I feel like it was just meant to be,” says Heidi.

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The exterior character and colonial charm of the home first captured Heidi’s eye, while the floor plan within supplied a comfortable flow for her family, also capturing her heart. Upon entry, a grand staircase extends to the upper level with three bedrooms (including the master) and two full baths. The main level circles around the staircase, with a play room, living area, formal dining room, kitchen, powder room and large entry hallway. “We live on this floor, and everything flows and the kids have their own space,” says Heidi, adding that she loves the amount of natural light flowing in from the bountiful windows. Contrary to the major remodel of their former home, the Gilliams felt they initially could get by with cosmetic changes. They re-stained the white oak hardwood floors to a darker

sheen and repainted nearly every square inch of the home as well as updated light fixtures throughout. Heidi compared the fixtures they inherited to a timeline, marking the updates of each room. “You would see original 1930s fixtures in the sun room and living room, with 90s fixtures in the entryway and dining room, and then ceiling fans of the 90s in all the bedrooms . . . and then some 80s mixed in,” says Heidi. The couple chose modern lighting with a touch of vintage throughout the home for consistency. The Gilliams have a four-year old girl, one-year old boy, and another on the way. Heidi has applied her decorating expertise to make the home look both enchanting and orderly, despite

all the “kid stuff.” Heidi’s resume includes time in TV and film production as a set designer and working as the visual coordinator at Pottery Barn. She currently works as a personal design stylist. “I truly believe you can have a beautiful space that’s safe and fun for the kids,” says Heidi, adding this is her mantra for every

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client. She points out that the leather Pottery Barn sofa in the living room cleans easily, and the accompanying rustic table should get beat up to add more character. “It’s always my goal to try to find pieces that look great and are still kid friendly. I also have a place for everything,” says Heidi,

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admitting she is slightly OCD and possesses an impressive amount of storage bins. Although, she does confess the basement is full of toys. The Gilliams’ modern farmhouse style flows throughout the home, featuring rustic furniture and design pieces from Pottery

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Naturally, the kitchen extends beyond the dining room. Heidi and Kyle estimate the room received an update in the 80s or 90s and have their eye on this space as the next remodel project. Like every other room, natural light floods the space. The kitchen circles back to the entryway hallway, where a powder room across the way recently received a major update, converting the walls to a deep cyberspace blue and modernizing the sink and light fixtures. A door off the back leads to a large covered porch that has already hosted numerous gatherings, and a trip the opposite way circles right back to the front entrance. While the majority of living takes place downstairs, the second level provides a nesting space for resting. Three bedrooms and two full bathrooms lay in a semi-circular pattern around the staircase. In the master, a jute rug layered with cowhide adds texture and comfort atop the hardwood floors in a space that’s often walked across barefoot. A

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trees against a white wall provide imaginative wallpaper. The furniture elicits vintage feels, as stacked hardcover books echo the home’s age. A teepee, made by a friend, is an adorable fort and accent to the room. Three large family portraits nestled in rustic barnwood frames line the space above the headboard. Barnwood makes a bigger splash down the hall, with a rustic barnwood accent wall providing the backsplash to a white Pottery Barn crib. The Gilliams used Stikwood, a peel and stick design solution from West Elm, to create the look. “You literally just buy it and slap it on,” says Heidi. Each of the two upstairs bathrooms contain the highlight of the home, according to Heidi. It’s the laundry chute. “Everybody needs one,” she says. With two under four and one on the way, there’s certainly no shortage of laundry. Indeed, mothering can be monotonous. It’s diapers and meals and messes . . . but it’s also snuggles and laughter and unimaginable moments of joy. It’s the latter Heidi chooses to inspire and focus on in design work, infusing spaces with inspiring beauty while still remaining functional. An avid traveler, Joni Elizabeth snaps photos to document inspiring architecture and design. Writing about such spaces melds Joni’s love for design and decor with that of sharing an individual’s story, as she believes spaces are often a small reflection of the owner. She’s also convinced no space is complete without a dog.




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Interior Design, Furniture, Decór Wallflower Inc. Originally a wallpaper business, Wallflowers quickly expanded into everything for windows, walls and floors—including blinds, full service drapery installations, along with everything a homeowner’s heart desires for carpet, tile and hardwood. In 1989 they brought on a team of talented interior designers who have created a loyal clientele. Chosen Vintage This store has something for everyone. Antiques, vintage, rusty, industrial, repurposed furniture, clothing, retail, smalls, mediums and everything in between. They are a co-op with 12 amazing vendors who scour Spokane and beyond to procure only the best and most unique pieces. You will not be disappointed. Almost 6,000 square feet of amazing finds. (509) 443-3602 R. Alan Brown, Inc. Fifty-nine Years of interior design and they are still keeping it real creating and implementing the perfect look for their clients’ personal style. R. Alan Brown Interiors believes great design is instrumental in inspiring and improving people’s lives. Their job is to create the vision for their clients, both commercial and residential, and help tailor their needs and desires together to provide a beautiful space that is both functional and inspirational. The Tin Roof Spokane’s most awarded—locally and nationally—home furnishings store with a devoted staff of highly talented interior designers and stylists who work hand-in-hand with their clients to ensure stylish and timeless interiors. This third generation, family owned and operated small business has been a part of the community since 1945 and is dedicated to making Spokane a great place to live and shop. Dania The vision at Dania is simple—they want to inspire people to create beautiful homes. They want customers to come back year-afteryear because of the unique selection and personalized service they provide. If you are interested in modern contemporary furniture and home decor, visit them on the web at La-Z-Boy Furniture Gallery In 1928 the first recliner was born and a legendary company was founded on the principles of comfort, innovation, and industryleading craftsmanship. These principles still hold true today and are at the heart of everything they do. From gorgeous stationary furnishings to the iconic recliner, you can count on quality with the La-Z-Boy name.

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IT’S A FACT that organization and decluttering can improve our moods and have an overall positive effect on our health. The only problem is where to start, and just simply starting. The process can be challenging, but it’s certainly not impossible. If you were to make a list of the biggest problem areas, closets, basements and the garage will probably make most people’s lists. It doesn’t really matter what’s at the top of the list. The concept for organization will be the same. So let’s talk specifically about closets. There are generally two kinds of closets in your house. If you’re one of the very lucky, you have the coveted walk-in style closets in your bedroom. But the vast majority of us have the traditional reach-in closets. Even so, it’s possible

to make the most of those closets you might have in several places throughout the house including hallways and entryways. The first thing you must do is get tough with yourself and determine what really needs to be kept. Not what you believe needs to be saved, but what is truly needed for day-to-day existence. Lightening the load expands your options for storage of those essentials. The best way to make the most of your space is to use some sort of modular storage system. This can be as simple as a series of shelves and racks to a complete custom system. Gone are the days where you have a shelf above the clothes rod with your shoes stacked at the bottom. Now you can have floor to ceiling drawers, cubby holes for your shoes, separate hanging spaces for pants, shirts

Two Women Vintage Goods Two Women Vintage Goods is an urban farmhouse-inspired boutique offering home decor and gifts for all ages, genders, occasions and spaces. With equal amounts of vintage and reproductions, along with locally crafted art, and items for holidays and special occasions you won’t find anywhere else, Two Women Vintage Goods has something to enhance the life—and home—of anyone—and everyone—you know. Lolo Boutique Find that perfect item for yourself or a friend within their curated collection of goods for your home. Their items are not brands you can pick up at a department store; many of them are made in the U.S. While they do have some high-end pieces, they maintain a nice range of affordable options.


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R&R Heating & Air Conditioning R&R Heating & Air Conditioning was established in 1985 and continues today as the area’s leading provider of residential, commercial, and industrial heating and cooling solutions, from repair to replacement. From mechanical system design and construction to preventive maintenance programs, including 24-hour emergency repair on all brands, they are uniquely qualified to handle any HVAC needs.

Contractors and Architects Tom Angell Each project has its own requirements, challenges, and opportunities. By listening to his clients’ needs, Tom Angell crafts solutions that have a personality all their own. His art background lends creativity and imagination and his award-winning portfolio includes remodeling and new construction for commercial, community, educational, government, religious, and single- and multi-family residential projects. Berry Built & Design Their comprehensive design-build format provides you the opportunity to work with the same few professionals from design through construction with the added convenience of only one person to contact for any questions or concerns before, during, and after your project. A majority of Berry Built’s work is performed by their own employees, thus eliminating the otherwise overwhelming amount of people working in your home.

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and dresses. Everything has its place. And the neatest part is that you can get as fancy as you want, with custom-built designs featuring wood and glass doors and cabinets down to simple wire systems with bins and tubs. Wasted space that could be used for storage is common. When looking at your basement or garage, look up. How much space is available if you go vertical? Not everything needs to be within reach at all times. A simple trick in the garage is to devise a system of shelving with clear, lidded bins. Obviously the items you use regularly will be within the first five feet of space. But there are plenty of seasonal things, like holiday decorations, that could be easily rotated twice a year. Just as with your closet systems, the storage options in the garage or basement

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can be elaborate or simply built. They only have to be stable—you don’t want to do it all over if they were to topple and spill—and serve a purpose that makes sense. Sometimes, organizing and de-cluttering can simply be too much to take on when everyone is so busy. That’s when you need to hire a professional to guide you through the process. A professional organizer will help you determine exactly what you need to make your house run and function at its best. Proper storage and organization may very well provide you with the oasis you want. With a little planning and a fair amount of hard work, you can achieve the healthy home you and your family need. And you won’t have to move to achieve it. Step one: start.

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he Top Realtors list is developed and based on realtors who sold more than $2 million of inventory throughout the year ending December 31, 2016. With the vast number of rock star realtors in our area, we are limited by space as to who we can feature, so, we have chosen to showcase the realtors on these pages as our Power Players—longtime advertisers who

have consistently made Top Realtor lists each year, with a few new additions. We salute all top realtors, who have earned the designation through hard work, dedication and successful transactions, on our website at Cheers to the “Sold” signs made possible by our robust industry of topnotch real estate professionals.









Suzette Alfonso Windermere North (509) 710-4900

Marilyn Amato Century 21 Beutler & Associates (509) 979-6027

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by Jennifer Valerien, President of Spokane Association of Realtors

PEOPLE FIND OUT you are a realtor, and invariably the first question, in one form or another, is: “How is the market?” This question often occurs in places where extended, in-depth conversations are not always convenient: such as the check-out line at the grocery store, the waiting room at the dentist’s office, or celebrating an anniversary with your spouse at your favorite restaurant. If you are the one doing the asking, you may get a quick and somewhat cursory answer often accompanied by an offer to meet later for further discussion. Agents love all things real estate and can talk to you for hours on the topic. Here are four things they really want you to know and wish they had more time to convey in that first encounter: Don’t Wait to Call: The phone rings, and on the other end are homeowners saying they’ve just finished getting their house ready to sell and want us to come over to give them a price. We get there and they are excited about all the work they’ve done to the house only to find out that what they chose to do did not add value or, worse yet, detracted from the house. (Yes, I know that project took you six weeks to

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his clients’ personal real estate goals are achieved. Tony’s wealth of experience and extensive knowledge of the greater Spokane real estate market allows him to consistently identify key opportunities for his clients. In helping clients find their dream home, sell their family residence or make a strategic investment, his focus is to clearly understand their specific priorities and to diligently apply himself to accomplishing their real estate dreams. At each point of the home buying and selling process Tony looks for distinct ways to add value and provide outstanding service. Specializing in the Marketing and Sale of Single Family Residential Properties, he is extremely resourceful in developing effective marketing strategies that maximize each property’s exposure to qualified buyers. When working to sell homes, Tony utilizes staging services, professional photography, and marketing and sales materials that clearly position your property as a stand out in the market place. When helping clients buy a home, he carefully takes the time to evaluate and prioritize client goals so he can skillfully find a home that meets their budget and lifestyle. Regardless of the time and efforts it takes, he is dedicated to finding the ideal property. Tony’s clients trust his integrity, valued perspective, and highly personalized approach. He is known for providing constant communication about each important detail of the transaction and remaining extremely attentive, accessible and responsive to his clients. Applying extensive knowledge, skill, and resources, Tony confidently negotiates and secures the best terms and conditions for his clients. He is a true professional committed to fulfilling specific requirements and delivering an unprecedented depth of real estate expertise that assures all his clients’ goals are achieved.

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Mike Bass

Century 21 Beutler & Associates (509) 990-4980

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Windermere Real Estate (509) 475-2802

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complete, but now we are going to need seven weeks to correct it.) We do not like to be the bearer of bad news, so if you think you are going to be putting your home on the market, call a realtor in early for advice. They can help you answer: Where should you spend your time and money? What will give you the biggest return on your investment (ROI)? The same applies to buyers—talk to a realtor early. You will receive specialized help to navigate the market and counseling on how to eliminate homes that won’t meet your real estate goals. You will also be prepared to make an offer when you find the house and save time and heartache through the process. One Realtor is All You Need: Get references about real estate professionals and interview them to find the right one for you. You are entering a relationship with this person, and the time you will be spending together can be exhilarating, frustrating, frantic, and many other emotions, so take some time to find the one with whom to go the distance. Once you decide on “the one,” rely on them for all your real estate needs and for answering questions. By committing to one realtor, you will receive their devotion, expertise, and representation. The agent may ask you to sign an agreement. Think of this as your commitment to them and their commitment to you. Until you commit to an agent, they may not give you their time like they would a committed client, and they will likely not represent you, so answers you may receive will be coming from another perspective. The True Definition of a “Deal”: A “deal” is finding the right property for your needs, at market price, at the right time. If there was a “bargain” to be had, don’t you think the professionals would snatch it up first? Realtors don’t get paid until the transaction closes. They are not trying to get you to pay more for a house or accept less for a house than it’s worth. Real world terms: a bump up or down in price of $5,000 may equal $150 to the agent’s firm. The agent rarely pockets the entire commission, but splits it with the firm, team members, and the state in the form of taxes.

Realtors Do So Much More than “Stick a Sign in the Yard” and Show Houses:

Those are only the most visible actions to the public. He or she researches the area and focuses marketing efforts to that group of buyers to find that right one who appreciates the unique qualities and value your home has over another. They weed through contractors and inspectors to know which ones can help you best on a project at a fair price. They take continuing education classes to stay on top of current law and practices. Your realtor has spent time building a reputation and goodwill that helps you get your offer accepted over another because the agent on the other side knows how wonderful it is to work with your agent. Additionally, they are asking the appropriate questions to make sure the offer is drafted in way that protects your interests, negotiating the transaction to help find a meeting of the minds of the parties, and working through countless behind the scenes “issues” to minimize stress for their clients. So, next time you meet an realtor, have some fun and really mix it up for them by asking a question like: “How many agents do you recommend I work with?” or maybe “When is the best time to call in a real estate professional?” Jennifer Valerien is the designated broker and owner of RE/MAX Inland Empire with 19 years of experience as a realtor. Her best day at the office is spent with her brokers exploring solutions to meeting their clients’ needs and then celebrating and rewarding their exceptional service.


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Windermere Manito (509) 879-3779

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Home Sellers:

6 Last-Minute Cleaning Tasks to do Before Every Showing

Gayle Earling

Windermere Valley/Liberty Lake (509) 981-4152

REAL ESTATE experts agree: dirt and clutter can send buyers running for the door before they ever think of making an offer. Prior to staging your home, invest some time in deep cleaning it, paying attention to everything from the front walk to the garbage disposal to the air inside your home. Once you’ve created a clean foundation, follow through with these quick cleaning tasks before showings: 1. Sweep in front of the house.

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Coldwell Banker Schneidmiller (509) 868-5264, (208) 953-1414

A pot of flowers on the front step is great, but they won’t look that welcoming if dirt and debris are visible too. Thoroughly sweep front walks, stairs and entryways, and don’t forget to clear cobwebs above the door. Put away any children’s toys or gardening tools that may be in the front yard. Hide trash and recycling containers out of sight.

2. Freshen the aromas inside.

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Century 21 Beutler & Associates (509) 951-2720

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Pet and cooking smells are major turnoffs for home buyers, but even if your house has neither, freshening the indoor scent can have a positive effect on a buyer’s mood. To deodorize naturally, try cleaning with essential oils. Mix 2 teaspoons of Aura Cacia Main Squeeze Essential Oil Blend, 1 3/4 cups of water, 1/2 teaspoon of Borax and 1/4 teaspoon of unscented liquid soap in a 16-ounce bottle. Before a showing, use the mixture to wipe down kitchen counters, leaving behind clean countertops and a fresh, energizing citrus scent.

3. Speed clean the kitchen. Now that your counters are clutter-free, sparkling and smelling good, just a few more

tasks will get your kitchen ready to show. Wipe away any fingerprints on appliances, and put away all pots, pans, dishes and glassware in their proper place. Store pet bowls out of sight, give the floor a quick sweep and dry the interior of the sink.

4. Put your best foot forward in the bath. It’s tough but critical to keep the mostused room in the house looking its best. You probably used your bathroom to get ready this morning, so wipe down surfaces to ensure no hair or debris lingers. Check the mirror for spots and wipe and dry the sink. If the bathtub or shower door show signs of recent use, dry them off. Store used soap, shampoo, scrubbies, loofahs, wash cloths and towels out of sight.

5. Clean carpets. Nothing says “show home” like fresh vacuum tracks in the carpet! Just before you leave the house for a showing, give carpets a quick pass with the vacuum. Before you do, mix 1 teaspoon of Aura Cacia Petal Power Essential Oil Blend with a cup of baking soda and sprinkle on carpets. After 10 minutes, vacuum away the powder and leave a light, refreshing floral scent behind.

6. Take out the trash. Go through every room with a trash can and make sure it’s empty. It may not seem rational, but many buyers will equate trash in a waste basket with an untidy home. For more home care ideas and essential oil recipes, visit

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6 Easy, Affordable Smart Home Features that could help you sell your house faster FRESH PAINT on the walls,

professional staging and an asking price that ends in 999—when you’re selling your home, you’ll do whatever you can to help it stand out and sell faster. On the heels of the Consumer Electronics Show in January, perhaps that edge is a smarter home. “Smart home features are designed to make homes more convenient, appealing, secure and energy-efficient—all of which are bonuses when you’re trying to sell a house,” says Geoff Lewis, president of RE/ MAX, LLC. “Sellers who want to move their homes faster may benefit from adding smart features that make their properties more appealing to tech-minded buyers.” According to IHS Markit and CNBC, 80 million smart home devices were delivered worldwide last year. That’s a 64 percent increase from 2015. Here are six trending smart home features that might catch buyers’ attention and help sell your home faster:

Keyless/remote entry door locks— Have you ever left the house and worried that you left the front door unlocked? If your home is equipped with a keyless/ remote entry door lock, you can use an app on your smartphone to lock the door from wherever you are. Some manufacturers make versions that will also send a text or email to your phone when the door opens. Locks that can be programmed with multiple entry codes also allow you to see who comes and goes and when.

Smart lighting—From lighting automation that allows you to control lights remotely and wirelessly, to energy-efficient LED bulbs that can change color to match your mood and decor, lighting has come a long way. Some smart lights work in tandem with home automation systems to allow you to turn them on or off, or even dim them, from an app on a smartphone or tablet. Others require no communication hub and can be controlled directly from your mobile device.

DIY security systems—Don’t want to sign a contract or deal with complex security systems? Install-it-yourself security systems are affordable and offer security features like cameras, sensors, motion detectors and alarms or sirens, without the need for a security service to monitor them. Smart appliances—The Internet of Things (IoT)—everyday objects that have network connectivity— includes a growing list of smart appliances. Many manufacturers are offering washers, dryers, refrigerators and other home appliances that can communicate with you—and each other—wirelessly. Smart plugs—One of the easiest, most affordable smart home upgrades you can make is to add smart plugs to your home. These Wi-Fi-enabled plugs fit existing outlets and can be controlled from a smartphone app. Plug anything into a smart plug, like lights or a television, and you can turn it on or off remotely, track energy consumption, or even create an on-off schedule. Temperature controls— Programmable thermostats were just the beginning; today’s home temperature controls are even smarter. You can program them to make automatic temperature adjustments and then use your smartphone to override the program like turning up the heat on a particularly cold day. Some smart thermostats learn from household behavior and adjust the temperature to meet your family’s needs and save energy, while others adjust based on the number of people in a room. And several can now be operated via voicecontrolled virtual assistants.

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4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms Huge Master Suite and 4600+ sq ft MLS #201713108 $499,000 Amazing Comstock rancher! Built to last a lifetime with custom windows, sandstone brick fireplace and more. Loads of space and gorgeous backyard with lots of privacy. Just around the corner from Comstock Park – great location + great home = hurry – it will be gone fast!

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For the vast majority of the last 20 years, Denise Fox and the Fox Team have been the number 1 agents in closed volume for residential real estate in the Spokane Association of Realtors multiple listing service. How did we accomplish this? By striving to do our best for our client every single time. We listen, we care and we deliver!

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Let me share my ‘value add’ proposition with you. C21 Centurion Award Past President of Spokane Association of REALTORs Member of the Board of Directors, Washington REALTORs Certified Residential Specialist Accredited Buyer's Representative Real Estate Institute Graduate Senior Real Estate Specialist Certified Negotiation Expert Member Washington Association of REALTORs Member National Association of REALTORs

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JOEL ELGEE, specializing in waterfront properties, is licensed in Washington, Idaho and Montana. He is ranked among the top 50 Realtors in North America for properties sold out of more than 85,000 Coldwell Banker Agents. In 2016, he sold 126 properties. “These accomplishments feel good but they also motivate me to get better. There is always more to learn and lots of opportunity to grow in this business,” says Joel. “I was able to increase my sales by working hard to earn the trust of my clients who in turn have referred me their friends and family.” Joel graduated from the University of Washington School of Business in 2002 and started his career in real estate shortly after graduation. He has been a member of the Spokane and Coeur d’Alene Association of Realtors for the past 14 years. Joel has sat on the Spokane Association of Realtors Food Drive Committee for the last ten years and served on the Coeur d’Alene Association of Realtors Board of Directors as well as the Idaho Association of Realtors Board of Directors. Joel has been awarded Coldwell Banker Schneidmiller Realty’s, “Top Residential Sales Volume Award” every year since 2009. “My mission is to make selling your property as easy as possible through hard work and good communication,” says Joel. “I have a proven track record of achieving goals and earning my clients’ trust.”


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“TRACY is the most honest and genuine real estate agent my wife and I have ever worked with,” one of Tracy Penna’s clients recently posted on Zillow. com. “We have worked with several other realtors in years past, but working with Tracy last year was a whole new experience.” Whether you visit Tracy’s website, or research her on Zillow or Facebook, you will see other comments like this from the many clients she has helped buy or sell a home in the greater Spokane area over the past nine years. “My top priority in every transaction is to ensure my clients walk away from the experience feeling like they were well-cared-for,” Tracy says. “I can’t control every facet of every transaction, but I will always do my very best to create a positive outcome for those I represent.” This commitment to customer care reflects in her sales volume, with over 85 percent of Tracy’s business coming from personal referrals. Consistently ranked as one of the top brokers in the Spokane Association of Realtors, Tracy has also been recognized with a Quality Service Award for customer satisfaction. Tracy takes pride in her affiliation with Windermere Real Estate and the great tools they offer for both buyers and sellers. “I recently enhanced my personal website so it is now optimized for use on mobile phones and tablets to make searching for homes on the go a much more enjoyable experience. I’m always focused on doing whatever I can to make my clients’ lives easier.”


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HEIDI BOLLUM, residential and new construction sales manager with Greenstone Homes, and her husband, bought and sold a lot of homes before their children started school, and the process of home buying always intrigued and frustrated her. “I wanted to be more involved to understand what was happening and eventually wanted to share that knowledge with others, hoping I could mitigate some of that frustration for others,” she says. Now, ten years into a thriving career, Heidi loves that 100 percent of her business is referral based or repeat business. “It makes me incredibly proud that my clients have become friends and they trust me to do an amazing job for their friends and family, as well.” Heidi is looking forward to an economy that is coming back strong, the confidence that people have in their own community again and that the American dream and pride of home ownership is alive and well. “From the lakes and mountains that offer endless outdoor fun for me, my husband and sons, to a thriving downtown that offers every type of evening out and every imaginable cuisine . . . I love Spokane and all it has to offer and I’m proud to help my clients find the right home at the right time.”


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MARIANNE BORNHOFT Is an established Realtor with 22 years

experience. She is the first female National Association of Realtors director from Spokane. In 2014, she was awarded Realtor of the year by The Spokane Association of Realtors. In addition, her career highlights include receiving the 2014 Catalyst’s Women in Business Leadership Award and serving as the 2013 President of the Spokane Association of Realtors. In 2012, Marianne won the Spokane Association’s Realtor Achievement Award. She also was awarded the Spokane Association’s 2009 Excellence in Professionalism Award. In 2008, she was voted as the #2 Realtor by the Inlander’s Best of Spokane. In 2007, she received Catalyst’s annual Top 20 Under 40 Award. “Making a Difference Everyday” is her motto and her passion is volunteerism. Marianne strives to positively impact her clients and the many nonprofits she is involved in. In 2011, she was awarded the Applebee’s National Community Partner Award for volunteerism. Marianne is the president of the board of Project Beauty Share. Every time she sells a house, a portion of her commission goes to the Windermere Foundation, a nonprofit organization established in 1989. Real estate is a family business. Marianne Bornhoft works at Windermere Manito as well as her husband, Chris Bornhoft, who heads up Windermere Manito’s Commercial Division. “I have the rare opportunity to do what I love. Spokane is a great place to live and work,” she says.


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AFTER A CHILDHOOD of frequent military-family moves, then twenty


years in the financial industry, Kathy Bryant is uniquely positioned to know the all-encompassing value of home. She specializes in aiding seniors and their families downsizing from long-term family homes. Kathy experienced this first hand when she helped her own mother move becoming deeply aware of the need for specialization in this sensitive area of real estate. One of the biggest challenges Kathy faces is facilitating the timing of a move, helping families embrace the moment when it’s time. She realizes real estate is a constantly changing industry. Helping clients align the expectations of an emotional adjustment with the best time to take a home to market is a difficult and serious aspect of her job. Over the years Kathy has learned how important it is for families to be proactive in developing a plan before a crisis situation forces their hand. Her program, “Your life - Your Move - Your terms” has been specifically designed for clients to maintain more control over their late-life decisions. “Helping seniors and their families make what might be their final move a stress free experience, is so rewarding, but facilitating first time homebuyers or couples growing their family is just as exciting for me,” says Kathy. It is a job ‘well done’ when a transaction is completed to the satisfaction of all parties involved. The wisdom and experience of an insightful and caring professional can make all the difference. Kathy Bryant, Broker, SRES at EXL Realty, is a partner willing to listen, work hard for you, and find the most satisfactory solution.

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PAM FREDRICK is a Real Estate Broker and residential marketing specialist at John L. Scott in Spokane. She leads Spokane and the surrounding area in exclusive marketing and sales of luxury homes and is currently rated as one of Spokane’s Top five producers. Pam has successfully earned the “Realtor Excellence Award” for the past 12 years and is a member of the 15 Million Dollar Club. She has also earned the Prestigious Top 1% Designation, and the “Chairmans Circle” Award. The Spokane Association of Realtors has awarded her with the exclusive membership in the Residential Top 5 for the years 2003-2016. Pam’s success and reputation, within the industry and among her loyal clients, demonstrates her commitment to upholding high standards and professional ethics. These genuine qualities and her personal dedication are the traits that foster the return of her clients time and time again. Pam is currently ranked as #1 Realtor for sales and listings volume for the entire Spokane Valley and Liberty Lake, and ranked Top 5 in Spokane County in sales and listings volume.


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REAL ESTATE roots run deep for third generation real estate broker, Joe Lanet. He often jokes that he was genetically pre-disposed to the real estate business. Joe entered the business full time from day one in his twenties with only $19 in his pocket. “And, real estate is a hard business,” Joe says. He recalls fondly a bookkeeper at the first office he worked at, Virginia Marks. “She was one of the sweetest ladies I ever met. Virginia would bring me grocery bags of fresh tomatoes from her garden, and that is what I ate for breakfast, lunch and dinner for a solid month!” Joe has been a full time realtor since 2003, and has sold hundreds of homes. He still loves tomato sandwiches! “I have been fortunate enough to build a business that is 100% repeat and referral. That is something I am thankful for everyday. This is a relationship business, and I approach it with a servant’s heart.” On average, Joe receives nine referrals a month. “My client’s best interest is paramount in every transaction. I really mean that, and I believe my clients feel it and that is why they continue to refer their friends and family to me.” Making a connection with the right real estate agent is crucial. Choose a professional who is dedicated to serving your needs—before, during and after the sale. Who knows, you may even make a new friend.


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A NATIVE of Spokane, Gayle Earling has spent more than thirty years in real estate introducing clients to the wide variety of amenities and neighborhoods that make up our community. Gayle’s exceptional skill and dedication to ensuring client’s needs are met results in frequent referrals and distinguishes her as one of Spokane’s premier agents. She has even found homes for each generation in a family. An attentive and skilled negotiator with incomparable service skills, Gayle is committed to your real estate transaction from beginning to end. Her enthusiasm and energy make her a leader in realty and have earned Gayle the Diamond, Platinum, Gold, and Silver Realtor Excellence Awards. She consistently rates as one of the Top Realtors in Spokane Coeur D’Alene magazine Living, and placed on the 2016 Top 25 Realtors in Spokane through the area association of realtors. Seattle Magazine listed Gayle as one of Spokane’s Best Realtors. Gayle’s desire to serve is matched by her commitment to being your lifelong realtor. She is eager to help you achieve your real estate dream, and looks forward to discussing how she can assist you.

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T H E O P E N R O A D A N D Y O U by Michele Martin


ur hearty winter is defiantly fading away, and spring is trying to take hold in the Inland Northwest much to the excitement of every motor sport enthusiast. As street sweepers roll out and clean up our winter-tattered streets, motorcycles and their proud owners will soon be out in force. There are many who dream of motorcycle ownership but have yet to take the plunge, or perhaps owned a motorcycle years

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Dying Well W PRIME PAGES 111 by Judith Spitzer

hat does it mean to die well? Our culture makes death and dying harder than it has to be, says Dr. Ira Byock, one of the nation’s foremost experts in hospice and palliative care.

“Watching a peaceful death of a human being reminds us of a falling star; one of a million lights in a vast sky that flares up for a brief moment only to disappear into the endless night forever.” —Elisabeth Kübler-Ross




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“By acting as if death can always be forestalled, well-intentioned doctors and loving families can inadvertently make dying much harder than it needs to be,” Byock says. “Illness, caregiving, dying and grief are profoundly personal, not only for the individual who is sick, but for everyone who loves that person." As executive director and chief medical officer for the Institute for Human Caring of Providence Health and Services, a 35-hospital health system serving communities across five western states, including Washington, Byock also is an author and much soughtafter public speaker. His first book, Dying Well, was published in 1997, and has become a standard in the field of hospice and palliative care. “People who are approaching the end of life deserve the security

of confident, skillful attention to their physical comfort, emotional well-being and sense of personal dignity,” he says. “Their families deserve respect, communication and support. Exemplary health systems and healthy communities deliver all of this today. But they are few and far between.” Byock says people living with life-threatening medical conditions and those facing the end of life, often say they feel lonely, frightened, confused and depressed. “While diagnoses and treatments are medical, illness and dying are personal—profoundly so,” he says. In seeing only the medical aspects of illness, people keep missing the obvious, and bring the wrong tools to the job of caring well for dying people, he adds.

“Whole person care melds state-of-the-art diagnostics and treatment with expertise and services to address emotional, social and spiritual needs,” he says. “At this point in time in the 21st century, we have a historic opportunity to get this right, to acknowledge that we’re a whole person . . . that we have physical well being, as well as spiritual and emotional well being.”

and nurturing the most important relationships in our lives.” The four things? “Please forgive me.” “I forgive you.” “Thank you.” “I love you.” “Saying those four things are just stating the obvious, but boy is it ever valuable to state them out loud,” Byock says. “I often say there’s never been a perfect relationship in the history of (mankind). I know something about being human and I’ve been kind of a Johnny Appleseed spreading this message and forwarding this piece of practical wisdom. It’s appropriate at any time in our lives.”

Four things that matter most The bonds that bring people together are greater than the transgressions that keep them apart, he contends. “I’ve seen it time and again in our practice. And saying the four things that matter the most can become a tool for mending, tending

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Walking with seniors Deanne Wilfong, owner of Spokane-based Smooth Transitions

Please forgive me. I forgive you. Thank you. I love you. of the Inland Northwest, helps older adults and their families transition to what will probably become their last home. Often, Wilfong says clients confide things to her that they may not even share with family members. “My experience comes from walking with (the elderly) and listening to them as they talk, while I’m packing up and settling them into their new home,” Wilfong says. “There are no questions and answers like – ‘do you want to die at home.’ My question to the person is, how can I help you live through this next phase of your life.” Wilfong says she often hears that people don’t want to talk about death and dying. “In reality, the people I’m dealing with don’t fear death. Sometimes they even look forward to it,” she says. “They fear living in pain, or in a disease state, as they get more frail and have more health problems.” Additionally, she finds that many seniors are concerned with how their death will impact those left behind, even as they’re facing death themselves. Others are concerned with how they’re going to cope with getting frail in the body and mind, and developing dementia. There are those who worry about the dying process itself, she adds. “They want to know what it looks like and how they can be kept comfortable. They don’t want pain,” she says. Still others have an “I’m in charge” attitude about their life and death. “A lot of people are managing their health,

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taking supplements, getting exercise—anything that will help them live longer,” she says. “Some seniors are dedicated to having their end of life be as full of wit, humor and laughter, as the rest of their lives. And for some, sex is a huge part of their lives even to the end of life.” After more than 350 moves, she says she is no longer surprised by how open and frank her clients can be. “I can tell you that I’m old enough now that I don’t buy green bananas,” and comments like that are common, she says. “That’s kind of the epitome of someone facing the reality of death and not being afraid to talk about it,” Wilfong says. “People are conscious that they’re going to die, and some have a great sense of humor, and they’re a joy to be around.”

“Over the years it’s grown to be what it is now. We talk to patients about what’s important to them, and the ability by patients to decide for themselves, to have dignity and peace of mind, and to be treated with respect,” she says. “Our focus is not so much on death and dying as it is living the best life you can, for the remaining time you have left.” On any given day Hospice of Spokane serves about 300 patients in Spokane, Stevens, Ferry and Pend ‘Oreille counties—wherever a patient calls home. Of those 300, the majority are in their own homes or in a senior living facility, she says. The organization also cares for terminally ill patients at two local hospice houses, both of which have the capacity to serve 12 patient families’. Those patients who have two doctors' prognoses of six

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Hospice and palliative care in Spokane The idea of dying well is really more about living well and what’s most important to people, says Tamitha Shockley, director of development and communication at Hospice of Spokane. “What’s important to one person may be different from what’s important to another,” Shockley says. “Our focus of care is on comfort and supporting quality of life when treatments aimed at a cure are no longer desirable. Quality of life is the ability to focus on the things that are important and not to worry about things that aren’t.” Hospice of Spokane, a nonprofit that began as an all-volunteer organization, is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, she says.

months or less are eligible for hospice care. Patient care, whether at a hospice house or patient’s home, is provided by a team that includes the patient’s physician, a registered nurse, a social worker, a nurse’s aide, a chaplain if desired, as well as bereavement counselors. Prescription medication, durable medical equipment, supplies and physical, occupational and speech therapy are managed under the direction of the organization’s medical director. Hundreds of volunteers provide respite care, run errands, do light housekeeping, cooking, reading and vigils among other services and activities. “Members of our care team say some patients have a fear of death and sometimes you see fear of dying. And sometimes people are at peace and very ready. You see the whole gamut of human emotions

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A vision for the 21st century Byock says his vision, and that of the Providence Institute for Human Caring, is to accelerate value-based and whole-person health care for frail elders, seriously ill or otherwise vulnerable patients and their families; to bring great awareness to the personal side of illness, dying caregiving and grieving; and to offer clinicians the resources, training


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and support they need to work with those patients. Byock contends there needs to be a step in which the doctor, patient and the family look at what matters most to the patient, clarify their values, preferences, and priorities; then balance the potential benefits of a new treatment against the known burdens that come with the treatment, as well as the potential risks of that treatment. “Naturally as the disease gets further advanced, the potential benefits begin to look smaller in regard to the potential risks. If there is shared decision making . . . it doesn’t rob people of the opportunity to have some quality time to do what matters most to them in these difficult and poignant stages of life,” he says. “We doctors have yet to make one person immortal, so pretending that we can always bring another treatment on is not always the answer,” he adds. “I want to help people have a sense of well being and actually flourish during this time. People’s experience with dying reveals that many can achieve a sense of well being during their last months, weeks and days of life. Within the literature of hospice and palliative care, such stories are familiar, but only a few publications and media portrayals have entered the mainstream,” Byock says. Byock’s first book, Dying Well, (1997) has become a standard in the field of hospice and palliative care. The Four Things That Matter Most, (2004) is widely used as a counseling tool by palliative care and hospice programs, as well as within pastoral care. His most recent book, The Best Care Possible (March 2012) tackles the crisis that surrounds serious illness and dying in America and his quest to transform care through the end of life.  Judith Spitzer is a freelance journalist, photographer and instructor, living and working in the Pacific Northwest.

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IT HAS BEEN A year of revelations. Among other surprises, this is the year I learned how a pair of river otters wrestling in a creek named for an executioner can save your life. What a world. This winter seemed to drag on forever, marked by below-zero temperatures, bungled snow removal, partisan politics, hate-filled messages aimed at our community’s most vulnerable populations . . . you know what? I’ll just quit there. Late February dragged into the middle of March, the sun left for weeks at a time, and everybody seemed to be hauling a huge bag of hurt and frustration with them everywhere they went. Much of the pain began months before, after the election, and had metastasized into a sour bitterness. I felt it myself. I live alongside Hangman Creek. It’s named for the despicable acts of U.S. Army Colonel George Wright, who continues to be honored in our community for his actions. I’ll let the website of the Washington State Historical Society, historylink. org, tell it from here: “Yakama warrior Qualchan is hanged 15 minutes after he surrenders to Wright carrying a white flag. The following day, six Palouse warriors are hanged after surrendering. Ned-Whauld River, called by the tribes Sin-too-too-olley (river of small fish) Creek, is thereafter called Hangman’s Creek.” As historylink also points out, “Army officers justified the summary execution by blaming Qualchan for the death of Indian Agent Andrew J. Bolon in 1855, but Qualchan had no involvement in this event.” It gets worse. Wright had convinced Qualchan to come to his camp by “capturing” his father, Chief Owhi, who had come into Wright’s camp to negotiate peace. According to historylink, after Qualchan’s hanging, “Owhi was kept prisoner and taken south to Fort Walla Walla, his legs bound beneath a horse. While the column stopped for water in a stream, Owhi made a break for freedom by whipping

Lieutenant Michael R. Morgan. Morgan ran down the chief and shot him several times with a pistol. Once cornered, Morgan ordered Sergeant Edward Ball to shoot the chief and Ball . . . obeyed by placing his pistol to the warrior’s head and pulling the trigger. After that, resistance by the tribes collapsed.” As I watched the flood-stage waters rush by, I thought of this horrifying story and of the fact that we still honor Wright’s name on roads and buildings and I wondered how far we still have to go in owning up to the whole truth of the history of our area. At least—I was nursing these mordant thoughts the other day as I approached the banks of the creek. The weather was warming, the snow disappearing, and spring looked—if not imminent, at least possible. The waters were receding, and it looked as though we had dodged another bullet in Vinegar Flats. As I came up the bank, I heard an odd barking sound that made my hair stand up on end. Across the creek, in the shallows, I saw something big and furry thrashing in the shallows. It rolled and humped and then one—no, two—sets of eyes fixed on me: two river otters, wrestling and splashing like ten-year-old boys on the beach. They instantly took my breath away. They were big animals—30 pounds or more—and almost 4 feet long, with dense chocolate-brown fur that caught the sun. One slipped underwater and bobbed up 20 feet downstream; the other scooted onto the bank, shook itself, gave me a last look and slipped back in the creek, gone in a flash of burnt umber. In that flash, I was filled with a supreme sense of joy and a deep, all-encompassing feeling of gratitude for having been given such a moment. I didn’t have to think about it—in fact, I couldn’t have willed that feeling if I wanted to. But it was given to me, without my being worthy of it, and that connection to the natural world, that sense of wonder at its mysteries and revelations, is all I will ever need of religion, or spirituality. And I thank my lucky stars I live in Spokane, where such a thing can happen ten minutes from downtown. What a world, indeed. Next month, we’ll continue to explore the history of our sometimes-glorious, often-troubled past. Stick around, Spokane—it’s about to get interesting.

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A Nurse with a Heart of Gold: Carolyn Ringo


is a profession of caring and compassion— that’s a fitting introduction to the heart of

Carolyn Ringo. Following her nursing degree from Pacific Lutheran University, Ringo, 61, worked in a range of specialties from the emergency room to orthopedics, but her passion was always obstetrics, assisting doctors in the care of pregnant women and in the delivery of babies. Later, while Ringo was working at Valley Hospital, she earned a master's in social work from Eastern Washington University. That led to 18 years as a social worker in the Women’s and Children Center at Deaconess Hospital. “People who go into OB nursing think it’s such a happy place; for the most part it’s very joyous, but there are also times where it is devastating,” Ringo says. The need to recharge from emotionally taxing situations is one of the reasons Ringo spends time hiking and camping. It’s also the reason she returns home to her current position as a coordinator of the Forget-MeNot and Sunflower programs at Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital. For more than a decade, Ringo has worked with families dealing with the 120 / APRIL 2017

loss of a pregnancy or death of a newborn, as well as families of children with life-limiting illnesses. The Forget-Me-Not program supports families facing a devastatingly painful reality, and assists through the grieving process, and helps them remember and honor their lost baby. “I feel that I help to make a difference with families to whom this may be their first experience with death,” she adds. “How their baby is cared for and the support the family is given during this very difficult time helps them to better deal with any other loss they may ever have.” The Sunflower Program identifies patients who would benefit from palliative care support, and facilitates family conferences to develop a personalized care plan for use in both hospital and hospice. Ringo is quick to highlight the group effort in the programs, especially in the Sunflower Program where team members are the consistent face and carrying shoulder while the child is in the hospital and beyond. “I’m amazed at so many families in our communities who are doing remarkable work in taking care of their very fragile kids,” Ringo says. “It’s a joy to be able to walk along with these families on this really hard journey of life with their children.”

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Ned McNamara Lives Life to the Fullest


with being a certified personal trainer, and owner of NrG Fitness, McNamara teaches yoga and fitness classes for the YMCA and the ACT 2 program of Community Colleges of Spokane, and is the council president for Spokane County Search and Rescue (SAR). He also participates in the organization’s swift water and mountain rescue teams. McNamara is a rock climber, skier and triathlete, as well. “I can keep up with anybody,” McNamara says. “People meet me and they don’t even guess close to how old I am. ” When McNamara, 69, began experiencing a tightness and burning sensation in his chest that lasted for nine months, he didn’t pay it much attention. Most people would recognize those symptoms as warning flags for heart trouble. As an active older adult, McNamara took it as a sign that he needed to step up his fitness routine. “My perception wasn’t that I was having any issues, but rather that I wasn’t training hard enough—I thought I needed to do more running and cardio,” McNamara says. “I was having coffee

with a friend and her husband who is a doctor at Gonzaga, and I’m telling them the story, and she says, ‘Ned, I ought to slap you—you have no idea of the seriousness of what’s going on with you.’” A couple of days later McNamara was in the hospital for tests, and stayed for quadruple bypass surgery to fix the major arteries that were 95 percent blocked. Two and a half weeks later, McNamara was back to working out, walking up and down hills, and less then two months after the surgery, he was 100 percent cleared to get back to his normal routine. McNamara says yoga is among his favorite activities. The style he teaches is Ashtanga yoga—it provides a rigorous workout, and requires a conscious effort to control the body, breathing and mind in one harmonious moment. Yoga, much like McNamara’s health scare, teaches a person to be fully aware of their place in the moment. “What I took away from it was that none of us are exempt from anything,” he says. “What we have is this moment right now.” APRIL 2017 /


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Nancy Hill: For the Love of All Animals


of us have animals that hold a cherished place in our hearts. For Nancy Hill, regional director at Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service (SCRAPS), every animal—be it dog, cat, horse, or even a snake, is special. After graduating college with a degree in environmental science, Hill went to work for the U.S. Forest Service. When she was laid off during Reagan administration budget cuts, she fell into a job with SCRAPS after seeing an ad in the help wanted section of the newspaper. She began as a animal protection officer 31 years ago, and has led the organization for the past 21 years. “It’s really been the perfect career for me because I’ve had a lifelong love of people and animals,” says Hill, 62. “In this line of work you get to make a difference in an animal’s or a person’s life every day—it might be helping reunite a family with their lost pet or rescuing an animal from a cruelty situation.” Dealing with animal negligence and cruelty is a sad situation. Hill and animal protection officers hold special deputy on police officer commissions, so they are able to enforce animal laws. In 2008, Washington State’s first felony conviction related to dog fighting was brought about in large part to the investigative work of Hill and her team. One of Hill’s missions has been increasing the scope of services provided by SCRAPS to a regional effort. The culmination of that goal came when

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they moved into a 30,000 square foot building and its three-acre parcel on Trent Avenue in 2014. “Herding cats would have been easier than getting the area elected officials in the same room to have that conversation,” Hill says. “But there was a lot of energy around making it happen.” There was a time when local animal shelters were referred to as “the pound,” and the people who worked there as “dog catchers.” Those times have changed, and so has that perception. SCRAPS helps more than 11,000 homeless, abused and abandoned animals each year. Through private donations to their Hope Foundation they provide medical treatment, rehabilitation and recovery to animals who are injured. SCRAPS will always be a place to find a fur-ever friend. A favorite part of Hill’s job is her weekly “Pet of the Week” segment on local television promoting adoption; she’s even found her own rescue, Zoey, a black lab mix, at work. She took her home as a foster puppy, after the mother had died, and fell in love. It is what Hill calls “the SCRAPS difference.” “We care about what happens to the animals and the community,” she says. “And we want people to be responsible and successful pet owners.”

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F a t h e r — a n d Te a c h e r — Extraordinaire Rick Stillar


friend and colleague Rick Stillar is retiring this year after 35 years of teaching and coaching,” wrote Don Story. “He is a father of eight amazing children, has inspired and educated thousands of kids, and coached a ton more. He is a veteran, the best educator I have had the privilege of working with, and a humble guy who would be embarrassed to be recognized.” That would be story enough right there, especially considering that Rick Stillar had to decide before agreeing to an interview if we were on the up and up or whether his friend was pulling an April Fools joke on him. With a bit of reassurance, we found a heartwarming story. Stillar, 61, grew up in pre-Expo Spokane, running around along the river and playing sports. As the child of a single-parent family, brought up by his dad, he had little supervision. He says that without the guidance of his coaches, he might not have achieved the success he has in life—as a teacher, coach and father. If there is one thing Stillar gleaned from his dad it was the philosophy of being a giver, not a taker. That is how he’s approached bringing up his own family, as well as mentoring the kids he has taught and coached in school. Stillar and his bride of 40 years, Cheryl, raised eight kids, three boys and five girls, now ranging in age from 24 to 35. He’s proud that they are all college graduates and have gone on to have successful careers.

You might wonder why eight? Stillar says it’s just how it turned out. “I call it a ‘God thing,’” he says. “It was hard at times, because my wife didn’t always work, and teachers don’t make a ton of money. Bumps in the road are going to happen, but it’s how you respond that makes the difference. “We brought our kids up in a Christian household that was very loving and supportive,” he says. “We very seldom grounded our kids; we communicated what was right and wrong, encouraged responsibility and they made mostly’good decisions.” Stillar brought that same approach to the classroom and playing field, now at Mountainside Middle School, where he’s been for 17 years. He has coached just about every sport from baseball to football, but wrestling is his favorite. “It’s a one-on-one sport and it engages everybody, all shapes and sizes— you can take a little kid who weighs 65 pounds and turn him into a pretty good wrestler,” Stillar says. “The kids are in control, and you just kind of push them. As a coach, you develop a connection with kids that you don’t in the classroom.” Stillar enjoys watching the transformation in kids. “The reward is looking back and realizing that you may not have always known what you were doing, but you were consistent enough to have the results that you did. That goes for parenting, teaching or coaching.” APRIL 2017 /




older Americans will not fix healthcare system by AARP State President Mike Tucker

IF YOU WERE TO ASK a typical Washingtonian how to fix health care in America, you can be sure he or she would not suggest that Washington D.C. allow insurance companies to price people out of affordable coverage. Yet Congress has been considering the American Health Care Act—a bill that would do just that. The bill would impose an “age tax” on older Americans. That means people in their 50s and 60s who are buying health insurance on their own might  have to pay up to $8,400 per year more than they do now. We must not let this law return, in any form.  Right now, insurance companies are allowed to charge people over three times what other people have to pay. If this legislation passed, insurance companies could have charged older Americans five times (or more) what other people have to pay.   Such a policy change fails to take into consideration that a typical older American seeking private health insurance has a median annual income of under $25,000. Having to pay thousands more for health insurance could force many to make hard choices between food, medicine, housing and other basic necessities.  In addition to increasing what insurance companies can charge, the legislation also reduces tax credits that help older Americans with low and moderate incomes pay for their health care premiums. The legislation could price more than three million older Americans age 50-64 out of health insurance. It could erode gains made under the current health care law, which cut in half the number of older Americans without insurance.    Shamefully, the legislation would allow insurance companies to overcharge older Americans while giving $200 billion in tax breaks to big drug and insurance companies. That’s the wrong way to fix our healthcare system. 124 / APRIL 2017

The legislation also includes other provisions that would harm older Americans. The bill would:  Weaken Medicare by causing Medicare’s trust fund to dry up four years earlier than forecast, leaving the door open for a voucher system to replace its guaranteed protections. A voucher system would dramatically increase health care costs and risks for current and future retirees. It could cost seniors thousands of dollars out of their pockets at a time in their lives when they can least afford it. End the guarantee of coverage for people who receive care in nursing homes and those whose families depend on Medicaid to help seniors and people with disabilities live independently in their homes.  Do nothing to lower drug costs. According to Kantar Media, the drug industry spent $5.4 billion in advertising in 2015, while year after year drug costs far outpace inflation. It’s time to let Medicare negotiate lower drug prices and reduce barriers to global price competition by allowing for the safe importation of lower-priced drugs. There is no reason for Americans to continue paying the highest prescription drug prices in the world.  Health care costs are out of control. But this bill would mean higher prices, less coverage, and billions in tax breaks for big drug and insurance companies.  Washingtonians need a health care system that lowers costs, protects consumers, and offers everyone access to quality care.

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Simple Tips for HEALTHY EYES


here are many things you can do to keep your eyes healthy and make sure you are seeing your best. Follow these simple steps for maintaining healthy eyes well into your golden years. Have a comprehensive dilated eye exam. You might think your vision is fine or that your eyes are healthy, but visiting your eye care professional for a comprehensive dilated eye exam is the only way to really be sure. When it comes to common vision problems, some people don’t realize they could see better with glasses or contact lenses. In addition, many common eye diseases such as glaucoma, diabetic eye disease and age-related macular degeneration often have no warning signs. A dilated eye exam is the only way to detect these diseases in their early stages. During a comprehensive dilated eye exam, your eye care professional places drops in your eyes to dilate, or widen, the pupil to allow more light to enter the eye the same way an open door lets more light into a dark room. This enables your eye care professional to get a good look at the back of the eyes and examine them for any signs of damage or disease. Your eye care professional is the only one who can determine if your eyes are healthy and if you’re seeing your best.









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Quit smoking or never start. Smoking is as bad for your eyes as it is for the rest of your body. Research has linked smoking to an increased risk of developing age-related macular

degeneration, cataract, and optic nerve damage, all of which can lead to blindness. Be cool and wear your shades. Sunglasses are a great fashion accessory, but their most important job is to protect your eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. When purchasing sunglasses, look for ones that block out 99 to 100 percent of both UV-A and UV-B radiation. Give your eyes a rest. If you spend a lot of time at the computer or focusing on any one thing, you sometimes forget to blink and your eyes can get fatigued. Try the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, look away about 20 feet in front of you for 20 seconds. This can help reduce eyestrain. Clean your hands and your contact lenses properly. To avoid the risk of infection, always wash your hands thoroughly before putting in or taking out your contact lenses. Make sure to disinfect contact lenses as instructed and replace them as appropriate. Practice workplace eye safety. Employers are required to provide a safe work environment. When protective eyewear is required as a part of your job, make a habit of wearing the appropriate type at all times and encourage your coworkers to do the same. As part of the federal government’s National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Eye Institute’s mission is to “conduct and support research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs with respect to blinding eye diseases, visual disorders, mechanisms of visual function, preservation of sight, and the special health problems and requirements of the blind.” For more tips on eye health, visit

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specialist I treat patients with hearing loss and tinnitus. Did you know that by simply by using your smartphone, you can help prevent these hearing conditions? Loud noises damage the ear. But how loud is too loud? When a guest attends a wedding and sees children seated in front of eight-foot speakers, are the speakers too loud? Your phone knows.  When a parent yells to his teenagers to lower the volume of their music, is it truly too loud? Your phone knows.  There are many smartphone apps available to Apple and Android operating systems. A simple search for the terms “sound meters” or “decibel meters” will bring up  different apps, including many of which are free.  Hearing sounds at 115 decibels for more than 15 minutes can cause permanent hearing loss. With hearing loss you may also develop tinnitus. Chronic tinnitus can be so distracting that it can disrupt daily life, including the loss of sleep.  It is not essential to know all the ins and outs of sound measurement to protect your hearing. A sound meter is all you need.  Why? It may be hard to realize how

loud a sound really is, how close you are to it, and how long you are exposed to it. One person says the sound is too loud; another says it seems fine. A smartphone sound meter can measure the volume level. Recent research by National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health scientists shows the apps’ accuracy is approaching that of professional sound meters. And once you know the danger, you can limit your exposure: Block, walk, and turn. We know that many older people have hearing loss. But science is not sure if age causes the loss or if it is an accumulation of years of hearing loud noises, just as the cumulative effects of sun exposure are evident decades later. I have an 88-year-old patient with perfect hearing. She never used a noisy lawnmower. If sound meter use becomes common, and we are all fully aware of the danger of noise exposure, you won’t see children seated in front of giant speakers at a wedding. And I sincerely hope that I will see fewer people at my office because they can’t hear and have tinnitus. Hearing Health Foundation (HHF) is the largest nonprofit funder of hearing research. For more information, visit

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Eating Healthy with


A Necessary Evil

by Matt Griffith, CSCS

WE ALL KNOW THE HAZARDS of eating at a fast food restaurant; calories will be through the roof, the salt alone will raise your blood pressure just by touching it, and the fat content is usually astronomical. But sometimes it cannot be avoided. You may be on a road trip and not wanting to stop, just have absolutely no time between meetings, or you’re chasing kids from event to event and you need to get something to eat. So how can you eat a “healthy” meal from a fast food restaurant? It can be done, somewhat. You can make better, bad meal choices. Here are three options you can eat without having to worry too much about the nutritional content.


Power Menu Veggie Bowl: This one is packed full of protein-fueled vegetables, 16 grams to be exact. Skip the sour cream to take some unnecessary calories out of the mix. Calories – 460 Calories from Fat – 170 Total Fat – 19g Sodium – 1040mg Protein - 16g



Calories – 300 Calories from Fat – 110 Total Fat – 12g Sodium – 730mg Protein – 18g

Calories – 290 Calories from Fat – 90 Total Fat – 10g Sodium – 830mg Protein – 19g

Egg McMuffin: Now served all day! In one McMuffin you’re going to get 18 grams of protein, one-third of your daily value. At 300 calories, it’s not a bad meal replacement. Drop the American cheese and you’ll drop the saturated fats, calories, and sodium content. Don’t forget apple slices to get some added nutrition.

Spinach, Feta, and Cage-Free Egg White Breakfast Wrap: Compared to most breakfast sandwiches, this one has higher protein and fiber, while being lower in saturated fat. But it still packs a lot of sodium so be sure to drink plenty of water and add some fresh fruit if you can. Plus, Starbucks has them all day, so you can use it for any meal.

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Green Goddess Egg Salad Sandwich with Avocado


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by Kris Kilduff

“They”say breakfast

is the most important meal of the day. I’m not exactly sure to whom this supreme culinary collective and authority is referring, but I honestly believe “they” are on to something. Across my late teens to mid-twenties, my father and my uncle had an alternating Breakfast Club. We must have eaten at every breakfast nook in town. Ten years later I thought, why not get the band back together, roll out of bed a little early to miss the brunch crowd and see how much country gravy can be consumed in a single sitting.


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Max at Mirabeau

Many breakfasts boast quantity over quality. Max decided to quit playing favorites and just give you both. The chicken-fried steak was easily the size of my head and had zero chance being consumed on the premises. Luckily, I eat about 20 times a day and got down on the leftovers mere hours later.

Cottage Cafe

Perhaps the most underrated breakfast in town, Spokane Valley hits the jackpot with small hidden treasures. Cottage Cafe hits the mark, and easily had the best gravy out of the group. I’m not sure which Grandma they are stealing recipes from but she also makes a ridiculous strawberry jelly.

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Steak Casper Fry

Spokane’s southern scene has always been a bit lacking. Casper Fry has been our sole shining star. Although not a traditional chicken-fried Steak, it’s a delicious adaptation. Take your fried chicken, cheddar cheese, throw it on a homemade biscuit and smother it in gobs of hearty sausage gravy. Then sign up for Bloomsday.

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Badass Backyard Brewing 1415 N. Argonne Rd.

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by Kris Kilduff

EVIDENCE OF BREWING BEER has dated as far back as 7000 BCE.

Ethnographic and archaeological studies suggest it was an outcropping of gathering and baking traditions, and predominantly female roles. Fast forward almost 10,000 years later and it only makes sense that a couple of Badass ladies who had a hankering for hops are helping put Spokane Valley’s beer scene on the map right from their own backyard. In a male-dominated industry, Charlene Honcik and Kendra Wiiest are fulfilling the homebrew dream . . . turning a half-barrel operation that transformed their driveway into a parking lot and an off-site taproom at 1415 N. Argonne Rd. Badass Backyard Brewing boasts 20 handles that steadily pour more than a half-dozen flagship beers, cider, wine and many more rotating small batch specialties. Not Your Average Blonde. This is what you want to order if you are coming over from the pilsner-heavy scene of mass market beer. It is very light for a 6% ABV. Daring Diva Raspberry. As we get a little glimpse of spring, nothing hits the spot like

a cold fruit beer. Raspberry seems underutilized but really stands out in this classic. 50/50 Amber. A nice balance of toasted malt and flavor. If the popular Fat Tire or Mac 'n Jack ambers are more to your liking, pick up a pint of this tasty treat. Adrenaline Seeker IPA. IPA is generally my favorite category of beer. Adrenaline has hoppy kick but almost seems to have a hint of sour as well. Big Air Black Stout. This is more my kind of beer. Heavy flavor with a thinner finish. It packs a punch at 8% ABV but won’t make you feel like you’ve already eaten lunch. The best part of visiting a new brewery is seeing a bit of distinct personality. Give me something more than a bar stool and popcorn. Badass has this in bunches. Beyond the dark wood and brick motif and the shelves stocked with logo-adorned shirts and hats, there lies a land of drinking opportunity. On any given night you might catch the team hosting board game tournaments, beer yoga classes or if you hear laughs from the parking lot, there might be live comedy taking place. These ladies live to run small batch experiments. Monitor their Facebook page and you could be the first to try a coconut brown ale, huckleberry stout, or their currently pouring Habanaro Blonde. None of that tickle your fancy? Then mosey on over to their suggestion box and leave them an idea or two and who knows, you might transition from customer to the brain child of their next creation. Hmm . . . I’ve always wanted a beer named after me. APRIL 2017 /



Spokane’s Catch-All Playground for Vintage Pop Culture & Good Eats:


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AS AN ’80S BABY, I spent my fair share of rainy Saturdays eating tater-tot nachos, playing Dig-Dug and watching Princess Bride on VHS. Turns out at 34 it’s just as fun: Cheese and potato are still undeniable lovers. I am still wicked nice at inflating underground dwelling monsters with an air pump and the Dread Pirate Roberts still knows how to navigate that pesky Fire Swamp. At Garageland, Spokane’s catch-all playground for vintage pop culture, you’ll need a sixth finger on your right hand to count the ways one can stay amused under their ever eclectic roof. The Food—With a menu boasting burgers topped with everything from truffle mushrooms, smoked tomato jam, bacon fat fried oysters and elk chili, you can’t really find a more adventurous place to put ground cow in your mouth. If you’re feeling a bit fowl, they have chicken and waffles (covered in a previous issue) that will have you writing home to your southern grandma. The Alcohol—If unique craft cocktails are your poison, you’re in luck. You don’t have to read far down the menu to find something lit on fire, made with homemade huckleberry bitters or sporting a spicy jalapeño salt rim. If you’re wanting to amp it up, take a trip down their absinthe menu. The aniseflavored spirit derived from botanicals will put some serious pep in your step. As far as the beer goes, they only have three taps, but what they lose in quantity, they make up for in quality; always offering lesser-known IPAs and Stouts. The Stuff—What other store in Spokane can you excuse yourself from

the table to rummage through the handpicked vintage items in the adjacent room? Ever think garage sale-ing should be a drinking game? Then you’re in luck. Bring your beer and sort through their VHS rentals, classic electronics or snag that 1995 Bloomsday shirt you’ve been looking for. The Art—The most looked over element of Garageland is the art. Monthly, new regional artists and collections are displayed on the brick walls. You’re never really sure if you’ll be taking an introspective trip into an abstract charcoal drawing or being slightly scared of a collage of creepy clowns. Either way, a quick lap around the open-ended storefront should temper the largest of curiosities. The Music—Garageland at its base is also Spokane’s best record store. Sure, you can find a nice selection of cassettes and even 8-tracks, but the plethora of vinyl will keep you thumbing through racks for hours. I spent a good 15 minutes intrigued by their selection of soundtracks. And an additional two minutes laughing at the fact that Slumber Party Massacre II even exists. Want to have a listen? Stroll over to the corner and relax at their listening station, equipped with everything a music lover would need and a great set of headphones. The Games—Everyone has their weakness—mine just happens to be pinball. Nothing matches the feeling of finishing your beer after hitting a double jackpot lane. If somehow, you’re still bored—dig out all the quarters in your purse. Maybe you can rescue April from the foot-solders, sit on the Simpsons' couch to unlock multi-ball, helm a wartime submarine in Seawolf or beat my high score at Dig-dug. A lot of Spokanites complain about a lack of creative businesses bringing something funky to downtown. We have as many sports bars and coffee shops as any sane person can handle. Spokane has indeed spoken up, and they want a breath of fresh air. Finally, owner JJ Wandler and his staff are just answering . . . As you wish.


5 years in a row!

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Purveyors of

Meat by David Ross


he farm to table movement and emerging food culture in the Inland Northwest continues to build on relationships with local ranchers, farmers, food artisans and chefs, satisfying our appetites for fresh, seasonal, locally grown foods with a focus on contemporary animal husbandry. Yet the farm to table movement isn’t something new, it’s just found a rebirth in the way we cook and eat today, and in turn, the old-fashioned craft of butchery and selling meat and seafood is finding a new base of customers returning to a trade that was seemingly all but forgotten 15 years ago. The purveyors of meat are a hearty bunch, small family businesses tied to tradition and honoring personalized customer service, many continuing a family legacy of immigrants who brought the craft of butchery to America generations ago. Imagine, meat cut by hand to your specifications, wrapped in old-fashioned butcher paper and delivered with great pleasure. “Good morning, Mr. Ross, what may I get for you today? We have thick, meaty short ribs we cut this morning.” What’s that you say? “I’d like your best pot roast please.” Thick slabs of black pepper bacon, smoked in-house just the day before. Or the odd cuts you’ll never see in a supermarket, like hanger steak or perhaps fresh calves liver. The most tender rack of young lamb raised just a few miles away on the green pastures around Cheney. It’s all on the menu at our best local shops.

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Egger’s Better Meats and Seafood South Hill When you walk into Egger’s Better Meats and Seafood on the South Hill, and you’re greeted by the aroma of slow-smoked meats and walls adorned with wild game trophies harvested by generations of customers. The Egger’s clan has been operating butcher shops in Spokane since the 1930s. I visited Egger’s Better Meats and Seafood, South Hill, started by Bob Egger in 1962. Today his children carry on the family tradition—sisters Dana and Renea and brothers Jeff and Steve. The number of offerings are staggering. Beef from the Pacific Northwest and local lamb fill the cases next to nine different types of smoked bacon, sausages and smoked rack of pork. Prime grade and grass-fed beef are always available. The handcrafted bologna, olive loaf and savory stuffed

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Fresh Wild Salmon, Filet Mignon, Pork Tenderloin, Grilled Chicken Parmesan, Oven Baked Meatloaf, Tuscan Chicken Pot Pie, Soup Sampler, Pasta Primavera Marinara, St. Louis BBQ Pork Ribs

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green peppers have been customer favorites for years. But the list doesn’t stop there; you’ll find farm-raised elk, buffalo, goat, duck, veal, rabbit and a number of turkey products. And Egger’s Better Meats and Seafood still cuts and wraps wild game. Today, home cooks are asking for cuts like oxtail and beef tongue for the family table, along with bones to make homemade bone broth. In the spring, Steve sources the renowned Copper River Salmon straight from a fisherman in Alaska, delivering it to Spokane within a day of catch. Two large smokers do the heavy work of providing all the smoked meats and seafood. 5613 S. Perry St. (509) 448-5474 Mon-Sat: 8:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

2013 E 29th Spokane WA 99203 | (509) 448.0887 Mon-Thr 10:30am-9pm | Fri 10:30am-10pm | Sat 9am-10pm | Sun 9am-8pm

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Sonnenberg’s Market & Deli

We Are Family Owned Our love for family, community, and Chocolate is the foundation upon which we are built. It is our goal to source the highest quality, cleanest, and freshest ingredients in the world. To craft and bring you the finest and most creative products on the market. To support our local community through charity and education. To offer customers a personal and unique chocolate experience each and every time they walk into our family-owned store. To treat our customers like family and and show our guests that Spokane, and Chocolate Apothecary are to be revisited time and time again.

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Spokane’s oldest meat market started in 1891, when German immigrant Fritz Miller opened his butcher shop on the corner of East Sprague and Helena. Today, more than 125 years later, Clyde Sonnenberg offers old-fashioned butcher service along with a vast menu of fresh meats, seafood and delicatessen offerings. The walls of Sonnenberg’s are adorned with vintage butcher knives, cleavers and tools used by butchers who have served Spokane for 126 years. Beef is sourced locally and throughout the Northwest. Large cuts and loins of beef are cut by hand into thick steaks and roasts. You’ll find slab bacon, sliced bacon, spicy jalapeño bacon and smoked hams. The house-smoked pork necks and hocks are delicious in a classic slow-cooked bean stew with lentils from the Palouse. Large meat combination packages are always available. Local hunters bring boneless wild game to the shop, and decades-old recipes are used to craft the bounty of our region into jerky. Sonnenberg’s offers a selection of fresh seafood, including large lobster claws and sea scallops. And they still make their own sauerkraut to stock your deli basket, along with pickles and smoked herring. 1528 E. Sprague Ave. / (509) 535-4932 / Mon-Sat: 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Sun: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. /

The Butcher Block at Hay J’s Located next to Hay J’s Bistro in Liberty Lake, The Butcher Block is a little gem. Opened in 2014, Rhonda Entner, Patrick Fechser and Eddy Rogers have created a community-friendly shop selling meats, seafood and a menu of restaurant-quality take-home foods you won’t find anywhere else. Well-marbled American Wagyu beef, (the finest beef one can buy), from Snake River Farms of Idaho, is the star attraction. Sliced thin, brushed with teriyaki sauce and flashgrilled, this beef melts in your mouth. Hay J’s sells premium beef from Washington, along with grass-fed bison from Montana.

Tim’s Special Cut Meats Tim’s is the best of the past, with a vision to the future. Vintage butchery tools, scales and knives sit next to photos of local 4-H kids showing their farm-raised livestock. It’s a sense of community and tradition that Tim Branen has been building ever since he became a butcher as a teenager. The service is old-school neighborly and no question goes unanswered. In addition to thick juicy pork and fine beef, Branen sells farm-raised elk and bison raised just north in Blanchard, Idaho. Cases are lined with house-smoked elk summer sausage, pepperoni, smokies and bison jalapeño German sausage. Ask for pork chops and they’ll be cut by hand to your desired thickness, and you’ll be asked if you’d like your chops stuffed from a choice of four offerings. The store features products crafted by some of our regions' food artisans. Papa Ray’s Marketplace of Spokane offers baking mixes like German apple cake and Indian fry bread and a wide variety of huckleberry syrups, barbecue sauces and marinades. If you are wondering how to stoke the outdoor grill this summer, Tim’s sells grills and tools. And you don’t have to search for wood to smoke your meats. You’ll find bins full of cherry wood, hickory, red oak, apple, pecan, pear and mesquite. Tim has plans to partner with local chefs to pair his craft of butchery with dishes that satisfy today’s tastes. 7397 Government Way, Coeur d’Alene (208) 772-3327 Tues.-Fri.: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. / Sat: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

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The Difference Fresh seafood is flown in from Hawaii and Alaska, and you’ll find a large selection of wines, champagnes and cheeses. But what sets Hay J’s apart are the unique dishes to take with you and create a masterpiece in your home kitchen. The Cuban pork roast is marinated in spices and citrus, then wrapped in banana leaves; thick slabs of Kobe meatloaf take comfort food to the highest level. You won’t find ready-to-cook Beef Wellington anywhere else. The classic dish is composed of tender beef cloaked in a mixture of mushrooms and herbs, then blanketed with delicate

puff pastry. Once you get home, just a brush of egg wash and quick turn in a hot oven and you’ll have a stunning dish for the dinner table. Hay J’s sends you home with a side of their silky, rich demi-glace sauce to accompany the Beef Wellington.

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Speciality bakeshops are all the rage. Spokane’s South Hill is adding to the carb-fueled madness. With a variety of in-house baked bread, cupcakes and their infamous coffee cake, Twenty Seventh Heaven has a perfect variety of eats for early morning snacks or dessert.

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Inland Northwest Pacific Kitchen 310 W. Pacific Ave.

Chef Jeremy Hanson of Santé fame has been a busy bee. His newest venture is an experimental kitchen with rotating menus themed from various world cultures. Featuring a tapas-style menu prime for tasting a little bit of everything and a variety of guest chef appearences. Not sure what to order? Check out the reservation only Omakase bar (chef’s choice).

True Texas BBQ

122 S. Monroe St. Spokane’s growth is hitting all corners of the foodie spectrum. With that, comes a new breed of BBQ. Hickory smoke is now billowing out of the previously empty Brooklyn Deli building. With a small “first come first served” menu, you better plan to take an early lunch if you want some melt in your mouth brisket.

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M EN U E N GI N EER IN G by Chris Patterson

EVERY SO OFTEN, you see a morning news story on: “Secret restaurant menu tricks, designed to influence what you purchase” or something to that effect. And I think: “Here we go, here comes the over dramatized and sensationalist reporting.” Are there “tricks” happening on the menu? I think the term tricks is unfair and inflammatory. But ultimately, yes there’s a deliberate way to produce a menu and help the purchasing process. After all, the menu is the one marketing piece of a restaurant that everyone touches or looks at. There is a scientific marketing process called menu engineering.   And quite frankly, this marketing process happens everywhere.  You see it being played out every day in your neighborhood grocery store. The layout in the grocery store is consciously designed to help influence your purchases. Think of what you see when you first walk in to the grocery store: fresh flowers, fresh bakery, or fresh produce. These items are called a “symbolic,” and are designed to produce the subliminal image of fresh! The intent is for you to unconsciously carry this impression with you as you make your way through the store choosing your fresh groceries, validating why you shop there. This deliberate engineering also goes into in the layout of the building itself. Almost every produce department is to the right of the entry. The coveted space on a trade 152 / APRIL 2017

show floor, is the right side isle of the entryway. Because humans, when given the opportunity of choice, generally go to the right when entering a building.  Also important in a grocery store: how items are placed on the shelves, and which items are placed on the end-caps. High to low, left to right, it is all placed for effect because the information overload factor is real. So many cans, so little time! Even those last second “impulse buy” items at the check stand are all deliberately placed to help influence your decisions. It’s only logical for a business to place highly desirable products in these key traffic areas.   This happens on the menu, too. Our eyes calibrate to the page when we look at


a menu. Depending upon the size and shape of the menu, one page, two page, or three pages, our eyes immediately go to the center, then upper left, and finally lower right as our brain “tunes in” to the page. This is called the gaze pattern, and there are dozens of research papers written on this phenomenon. After your eyes are calibrated, the reading, or shopping begins. So, placement of certain feature items is only logical. According to a Time Magazine article in 2015, the adult attention span—due to technology and especially smart phones—has fallen from twelve seconds in 2000, to around eight seconds today. This puts pressure on menu read times and the gaze pattern. Enter highlighting an item with a box, or an icon to distinguish it from the rest of the menu. What are these items? They could be almost anything from signature pieces that represent the brand well, to more profitable items for the business, or something easier for the kitchen to produce, to reduce labor or assist with the efficiency of production.  The point is, menu engineering—and retail shelf organization—are a science, and a lot of thought goes into it. When you look at the process and how it helps you by making it easier to shop a business, it is far from a trick. It is just good business to consider these factors when marketing their products.   Food for thought. Now what’s the trick to get that winter 10 off . . . does that still include beer and pizza? Chris Patterson is the director of Business Solutions at Food Services of America. He is a 30 year veteran of the hospitality and restaurant industry and has conducted more than 800 trainings, seminars, and consulting sessions with Inland Northwest operators.


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The Dining Guide includes summaries of local restaurants that are featured on a rotating basis each issue. Suggestions for additions or corrections can be sent to

ASIAN, INDIAN, HAWIIAN ALOHA ISLAND GRILL. Hawaiian. Operating out of two former Taco John shacks on Monroe and West Francis, Patrick and Lori Keegan serve up fresh, tender Teriyaki Chicken “plates” that will keep you coming back. Based on family recipes from the islands and plenty more than just teriyaki, both spots offer a student discount; the Francis location serves a creative breakfast concoction called the “Loco Moco.” Open daily. 1724 N. Monroe (509) 443-1632 and 1220 W. Francis (509) 413-2029. THAI BAMBOO. Thai. Each of the four regional Thai Bamboo locations offers a massive Southeast Asian menu in settings designed to transport you across the Pacific. Inside each restaurant you’ll find Thai stone and wood carvings, water fountains, Thai music and the namesake bamboo décor. Thai Bamboo continues to be #1 Best Thai in readers’ polls and both the newest location on North Division and the CdA restaurant feature a Tiki-Beach styled lounge and striking sky ceilings in the main dining rooms. Think Vegas with pad thai. All locations Mon-Thu 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Sat 12-9:30 p.m., Sun 12-9 p.m. Delivery available. TOP OF INDIA. Indian. A hidden gem serving up northern Indian dishes in a surprisingly chic space tucked into a tiny house off East Sprague. Owner and chef Manjit Kaur brings the specialties she learned to cook on the family farm in the Jalandhar district of Punjab to the Northwest. Don’t miss the garlic naan or the Chicken Tikka Masala, but order just about anything and expect it to be quite good. There is also a lunch buffet for $9.99. Open daily 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. 11114 E. Sprague Ave. (509) 927-0500.

BARBECUE RED LION BBQ & PUB. For about 20 years, whether it was in the old rhythm and blues, peanut-shellson-the-floor days, or more recently as a sports bar, there’s always been butt-kickin’ BBQ at this downtown corner spot. The undisputed star here is wine broiled chicken, spicy and robust, yet falling-off-the-bones moist and tender. Together with their signature fried bread and honey, and you have a BBQ experience that can’t help but please. 126 N. Division. Sun-Thu 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-1 a.m. (Sunday breakfast buffet 9 a.m.-noon during football season.) (509) 835-LION (5466).

BISTROS THE WANDERING TABLE. A much-anticipated American tapas-style restaurant located in Kendall Yards. Chef Adam Hegsted delights with a variety of small plates (try the Garden for a creative salad take, the Deviled Eggs, or the Popcorn), craft cocktails, a whiskey bar, and substantial dishes, such as the Bacon-Wrapped Bacon Sliders or the Braised Shortribs. The chef is known for his previous culinary venture of the same name consisting of a twelve-course dinner party. Take his advice and go with the “You Choose the Price” meal option for the table offered at $15-$65 per head for a surprising culinary journey. Hopefully it will include the Olive Oil Gelato for dessert. Tues-Thurs, 11:30 a.m.– 11:30 p.m., Fri-Sat 11:30 a.m.-1 a.m. Sun-Mon, 4 p.m.-11:30 p.m. 1242 W. Summit Pkwy. in Kendall Yards. (509) 443-4410.

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WILD SAGE. Tucked into a classic 1911 brick building on 2nd and Lincoln, Wild Sage offers an intimate dining setting and memorable food with real flair. The atmosphere combines class and warmth. Executive Chef Charlie Connor presents regionally influenced Northwest cuisine using only the finest locally sourced products. Try the Yukon Taquitos, the Crisp Bacon and Blue salad or the Cioppino. Be sure to finish with a slice of the “Soon-to-beFamous” Coconut Cream Layer Cake with lilikoi sauce. This award-winning bistro is known for its in-house bakery and an amazing array of gluten-free options. Also make it a point to order something from their “scratch bar,” with or without alcohol. They use only fresh juices and house-infused flavored liquors. Dinner seven nights a week, opening at 4 p.m. 916 W. Second Ave. (509) 456-7575. SATAY BISTRO features an American fusion menu that can be described as nothing short of art. Every team member’s goal is to move beyond the ordinary . . . to extraordinary. Their menu is locally sourced from “farm to menu,” boasting fresh beef and seafood cut in house to their specifications. All pasta is made from scratch, as well as soups, sauces, fusion marinades, bakery, and deserts are prepared each day by their award winning culinary team to ensure the freshest quality organic flavors available. Visit Satay Bistro for an otherworldy dining experience that is beyond the pale. Mon-Thurs 4-9 p.m., Fri-Sat 4-10 p.m. sataybistro. com

BREAKFAST & LUNCH SPECIALTIES FRANK’S DINER. Frank’s has become a Spokane landmark in just over a decade. Both early 1900s vintage rail cars were originally obtained by the Knight brothers, Frank and Jack, during the Depression, and each converted them to diners in Seattle and Spokane, respectively. Larry Brown, of Onion Bar and Grill fame, acquired the Seattle diner in 1991 and moved it to its present location, meticulously restored by well-know local restaurant restoration artisan, Pat Jeppeson. Frank’s breakfast, lunch and dinner menu, available all day, has all the classics. Among our favorites are the open-face turkey, roast beef and mushroom sandwiches, chicken pot pie, Joe’s Special (the venerable scramble of eggs, ground beef, spinach, onions and parmesan), and, of course, the don’t-miss-at-breakfast hash browns and silver pancakes. 1516 W. 2nd. Seven days 6 a.m.-8 p.m. (509) 747-8798. 10929 N. Newport Highway, SunThurs 6 a.m.-8 p.m., Fri-Sat 6 a.m.-9 p.m. (509) 465-2464. YARDS BRUNCHEON. The team at Yards Bruncheon figured out how to extend the weekend to all week by offering brunch everyday, and—oh!—how that pleases us. This modern diner is a combination of breakfast and lunch complimented with classic brunch cocktails. Their menu features comfort food from all over using local farms and producers in the season. This food is food the team loves to eat and is meant to be taken lightly. They make most

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12 Beers on Tap

Best Pizza of their menu items in house including their pastries, which are some of the best around. They also feature some of the best coffees and teas from around the world. 1248 W. Summit Prky., Mon-Sun 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (509) 290-5952.

CASUAL DINING TASTE CAFE & FINE ART. If you love the taste of health and enjoy putting nutrient-dense fuel into your body—while giving your tastebuds the stuff food dreams are made of—Taste Cafe & Fine Art is a not to be missed downtown destination. Jim and Mary Ann McCurdy whip up their most popular dishes—Asian chicken wrap, lentil salad, cookies and a kale salad that would make carnivores drool—among a long list of tantalizing dishes. Mon-Fri 7 a.m.-4 p.m., Thu-Fri 5:30-8 p.m., closed Sun. 180 S. Howard St. (509) 468-2929. GILDED UNICORN. The Gilded Unicorn is a Modern American, Classic restaurant featuring hand crafted foods and drinks located in the historic Montvale Hotel in downtown Spokane, right in the heart the entertainment and arts district. The name reflects their blend of classic and modern without taking themselves too seriously. The Gilded Unicorn showcases local, seasonal food and drinks from the Northwest and beyond coerced into new fashioned flavors that hit you in the soul. This is a “must visit” eatery experience. 110 S. Monroe St., Sun-Sat 3 p.m-close. (509) 309-3698. 315 MARTINIS AND TAPAS. Located within the historic Greenbriar Inn in Coeur d’Alene, this restaurant specializes in small plates with a global focus and well-crafted cocktails. Come sit in the intimate martini bar for happy hour beginning at 3:15 and enjoy drink and tapas specials, or share small plates or entrees along with live music on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday nights in the main dining room beginning at 6 p.m. Expect good service, great atmosphere and an experience you won’t soon forget. Tues-Sun from 3:15 p.m. to close. 315 Wallace Ave. in Coeur d’Alene. (208) 667-9660.

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FINE DINING STACKS AT STEAM PLANT. Named for the twin smokestacks that have been a part of the downtown Spokane skyline for nearly a century, Stacks offers a full-service dining experience in a one-of-a-kind space. Unique private dining spaces include boiler rooms where the original pipes still line the walls and ceiling. Signature dishes are created from scratch and incorporate ingredients produced only at the Steam Plant—including smoked meats, fish and vegetables, and many of the ales brewed on-site. 3 p.m.–10 p.m. Sun-Thurs, 3 p.m.–11 p.m. Fri-Sat. 159 S. Lincoln, under the smokestacks downtown. (509) 777-3900.

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PUB AND LOUNGE FARE MANITO TAP HOUSE. Manito Tap House is living up to its name as a gastropub that offers high-quality dining fare to go with their 50 beers on tap. A fun pub atmosphere and friendly service make this a great hangout. Try the yam chips, the Carne Adovada, the Murphy’s Beef Boxty, or the inventive veggie burger that comes inside out. 11 a.m.–11 p.m. Sun–Thur. Open until 2 a.m. Fri–Sat. 3011 S. Grand Blvd. (509) 279-2671. STEAM PLANT BREWING CO. & PUB. An amazing location for a brewery–under layers of catwalks and an 80’ ceiling inside the renovated steam plant. The brewery produces eleven handcrafted microbrews on-site, from their famous Double Stack Stout to several seasonal varieties. Its microbrews are also available to go in kegs and growlers. The Pub features multiple flat-screen TVs and a game room to make a night of it. The brews are complemented by signature menu items like the Coal Bunker cheese bread, smoked steelhead and beer cheese soup. 3–10 p.m. Sun-Thurs 3–11 p.m. Fri-Sat.159 S. Lincoln, under the smokestacks, downtown. (509) 777-3900. CAFÉ AT THE GATHERING HOUSE. Is a great place to meet with a friend for a latté or to work away on your laptop. The café offers a full range of espresso drinks as well as delicious baked goods and a host of delicious artisan sandwiches and a salad bar for only $5.95. The Gathering House is a church that uses their facility as a job training coffee shop, café, and meeting place that is elevating quality food and lives. Weekdays 8 a.m.—4 p.m. 733 W. Garland. (509) 340-9113.

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THE SWINGING DOORS. Opened in May of 1981, the tavern turned restaurant has been in the same family for its whole life. With 27 beers on tap and 60 television screens, The Swinging Doors is a sports fan’s paradise. On the food front, the restaurant is famous for its large portions (which can be split). Breakfast is served all day and the huge pieces of Broasted Chicken remain the most popular item on the golfthemed menu. Show up on your birthday for a free steak dinner. Open seven days a week from 6:45 a.m.—2 a.m. 1018 W. Francis. (509) 326-6794. TIMBER. A sleek yet laidback gastropub in Post Falls, Timber is all about nostalgia with its sepia-hued history of the region’s logging industry on their walls and a friendly wait staff bedecked in lumberjack-chic red suspenders. The diverse menu puts its focus on pizza with star attractions like BBQ Roadhouse (brisket, pulled pork, German sausage, sliced apple and house-made cheese blend). Other gastropub-esque dishes include the duck quesadilla, a surprisingly creative house salad, and chocolate Stromboli. More conventional favorites like the “Consummate Burger” and airline chicken also pepper the menu. Timber has enough funky dishes to earn its gastro pub cred, where new combinations are likely to become old favorites. 1610 E. Schneidmiller Ave. Mon-Thur 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.-9 p.m. (208) 262-9593.

since 1959

We do all set-ups and take-downs. We supply all plates, napkins, and all utensils.


MEXICAN RANCHO VIEJO. Jose Rodriguez and his staff offer up traditional and familiar Mexican fare with some of the amplest portions and most caring family-friendly service in Spokane. 14201 E. Sprague. Sun-Thurs 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri & Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m. (509) 9278428.

PIZZA BENNIDITO’S. Though we didn’t realize it for several years, it is possible to order a gourmet pie without garlic at Bennidito’s. But who would want to with choices like the popular “LC Primo” with both fresh and roasted garlic along with chicken, mushrooms, feta and mozzarella over a pesto sauce? The crust is hand tossed and bready in the best sense of that designation. Bennidito’s is the spot to eat outside in good weather with its own deck at the South Hill location. It also has a larger menu that includes salad, wings, calzones, and several popular hot sandwiches like the Italian Beef Sammie ($7.50 whole, $5.50 half). The gluten-free crust is top notch and made by local purveyor, Fusion Flours. 1426 S. Lincoln, Mon-Thurs 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Closed Sun. (509) 455-7411.

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CRAVE. Where to go that’s lively, airy, and serves some of the best pub and lounge fare around. They do wraps, burgers, salads, and fries (yes to the fries!) right. On the super hip corner of Riverside and Washington with eats, drinks, and nightlife done right. Daily, 11 a.m.—2 a.m. 401 W. Riverside Ave. (509) 321-7480 and on Facebook. GARAGELAND. Located in an iconic Spokane venue, Garageland specializes in Inland Northwest cuisine using all natural meats and seasonal ingredients, and is well-known for their exceptional burgers and comfort food. The bar features craft cocktails, an extensive absinthe list, and curated local and international beers and wine. Also well-known as one of the best record stores in the region—with punk, jazz and rock offerings and thousands of vinyl titles. 230 W. Riverside Ave. Open daily at 11 a.m. (509) 315-8324 and on Facebook.

SUSHI SUSHI.COM. Japanese. We still think the name is about as cheesy as you can get for a sushi bar and Japanese restaurant, but the food transcends the curious label over the door. Sit at the sushi bar and enjoy what’s fresh or take a table and explore the menu that also includes plenty of excellent hot options if raw fish still makes you nervous. Some of our favorites are the super white tuna and the house tempura. Mon-Fri 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Sat 12 noon-9 p.m., Sun 12 noon-8 p.m. 430 W. Main, Spokane. (509) 838-0630.

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What I Know

Kim Pearman-Gillman

McKinstry Partner and University District Board Past Chair


he many people in my life—from family to coworkers at Avista, Itron and McKinstry as well as the many community collaborators on initiatives I’ve been privileged to support—have helped shape my attitudes, my abilities and my passion for life-long learning. These experiences, as well as my belief in the inherent good of people and what the “party of the willing” can accomplish together, have informed and formed me. My parents were both first-generation college students and taught me to work hard, respect others and to value education. My brothers taught me about competition and entrepreneurship. My husband has taught me the value of caring and sacrifice, and my three daughters continue to teach me so much—especially how lucky I am to be their mom. I grew up in small-town Georgia. Then, in the middle of my junior year in high school, my family moved to the Jersey Shore. I gained new perspectives and discovered a love of adventure. I’ve lived in Georgia, New Jersey, Texas, Washington, Colorado, Connecticut, New Jersey and Washington. We moved to Spokane in 1989 looking for a community that was welcoming of newcomers who wanted to get involved. A place where we could grow our family and join with others to make a difference. We haven’t been let down. Some 28 years later we can easily say we love this place. Along the way, I’ve learned a thing or two about our community: I’ve learned that community development and economic development are equally important. One doesn’t work without the other. Each year I lead the Leadership Spokane community and economic development day bus tour. And each year, I’m inspired by the “best class ever”—55+ Spokanites who are our aspiring future leaders—who are giving of their time to learn about our community, how it operates and how they can make it better. I’m equally impressed with the great organizations and people who are out there doing the hard work to move us forward, and those who work to protect those less fortunate. I’ve witnessed first-hand how anyone who wants to make a difference can get involved. It takes initiative, perseverance and a belief that you can help and then it takes the dedication to show up, get involved and work collaboratively with

others to be a creative force for good. A good example of economic development and community development impacting each other is the collaborative and disciplined development of the University District Master Plan originally conceived and put into place through community engagement processes spanning 2003–2004 of which I was honored to co-chair. Through intentional, collaborative problem solving, a previously underdeveloped part of Spokane’s core has been and continues undergoing a much-needed transformation. The University District Gateway Bridge, originally envisioned in that planning process, has broken ground and will be completed by 2018. It will provide a connection between our number one economic driver, healthcare, to the two medical schools, the nursing school, the college of pharmacy and all the other university offerings at GU, EWU, WSU, UW, Whitworth and SCC. We have a world-class educational system—six institutions of higher education that would be the envy of other economic developers—all in one place. Educating students, and the research they bring to bear on real world issues, will cumulatively attract companies that want access to that talent; and in return they will create professionals who will solve complex community issues. It is a beautiful ecosystem that we can use to drive both community and economic development. The University District is all about creating that sense of place that will attract people to Spokane. Another thing I have learned is that we can and should hold our collective selves accountable. To be intentional and not settle for less than we are capable of is a positive agenda we are worthy of and our collective will can inspire us all. We must raise our sights up and know we can accomplish tough things. For years, we’ve heard that Spokane doesn’t deserve a new bold bridge; that all we need is a cheap bridge because the thinking has been that’s good enough for Spokane. But that simply isn’t what is needed here. We needed to believe in our community’s future and place greater value on what could be accomplished by being bold and not giving in to mediocrity. One of my favorite quotes is from Goethe who said, “Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.” It’s a great time to get involved in our community and help make it all we want it to be.

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