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Local foundation partners with African artists to support heart surgeries in Rwanda

Local foundation partners with African artists to support heart surgeries in Rwanda

 

An upcoming art show will contribute to a bigger mission of healing hearts in Africa.

 

A showcase of art from Rwanda will be on display at Dodson's Jewelers during the month of April.

 

Emmanuel and Innocent Nkuranga are brothers who run the Inema Arts Center in Kigali, Rwanda. Each year, they visit Spokane to share their talents, stories, and to spread the word about their art center.
 

The Inema Arts Center supports fair trade practices for the empowerment of communities in impoverished nations like Rwanda.
 

However spreading the word about their art isn't the only reason Emmanuel and Innocent come to Spokane; the Nkuranga brothers have teamed up with Healing Hearts Northwest, a grassroots non-profit in Spokane that sends heart surgery teams to Rwanda nearly every year to provide life saving care to the people there who need it most.

 

Ben & Jerry's Spokane to celebrate Free Cone Day April 14 benefiting Embrace Washington

Ben & Jerry's Spokane to celebrate Free Cone Day April 14 benefiting Embrace Washington

 

Ice cream lovers will have something to celebrate on Tuesday April 14th from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. when the Ben & Jerry's scoop shop at River Park Square hosts the 36th annual Free Cone Day.

 

"Free Cone Day is one of the most exciting days at Ben & Jerry's," said Kari Conner, owner of the Spokane scoop shop. "Every year we're amazed at the number of people that come out to Free Cone Day and to be able to show our appreciation for the fans in a tangible way is really special. We're always happy to put a smile on our fans' faces with a free scoop of one of our iconic flavors or one of our brand new ones."

 

This year, the Ben & Jerry's Free Cone Day will be taking donations to benefit Embrace Washington.

 

Blooming Artists to raise money for the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery April 3

Blooming Artists to raise money for the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery April 3

 

Artwork created by the children at the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery will be on display at Express Employment Professionals for a unique First Friday event.

 

Children visiting the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery have been drawing, painting, and coloring canvases since the beginning of March, and now their artwork will be on display and for sale to help benefit the nursery.

 

On Friday, April 3rd from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. the artwork will be displayed and sold at Express Employment Professionals, 311 W. Main Avenue, in Downtown Spokane as part of a "Blooming Artists" gallery. 100% of the proceeds will go toward continued support of the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery's cause.

 

Spokane recognizes certain businesses for excellent management of wastewater

Spokane recognizes certain businesses for excellent management of wastewater

 

On Thursday the City of Spokane recognized local businesses that have excelled in the management of wastewater generated as part of their processes.

 

"We want to recognize these businesses for being good stewards of the environment and helping the City operate its wastewater treatment system efficiently," said Rick Romero, the City's Utilities Division Director. "We appreciate all the work that has been invested in these efforts."

 

The recognized businesses achieved 100 percent compliance with requirements in their industrial wastewater discharge permits for 2014. Businesses are required to have such permits either because they produce a large volume of wastewater or because they discharge pollutants that can disrupt wastewater treatment processes.

 

These outstanding organizations include:

Smiles Dental provides nearly $4,500 in dental care for Free Dental Day

Smiles Dental provides nearly $4,500 in dental care for Free Dental Day

 

During their Free Dental Day on February 20th, Smiles Dental provided nearly $4,500 of free dental care to Spokane area residents.

 

For the program, residents were able to schedule a one hour appointment for either a cleaning or restorative dental work. This year, Smiles reported they provided this free service to 12 people.

 

According to Smiles Dental, the company created their Gift of Smiles program for the sole purpose of improving the lives and oral health of people within the communities they serve. More information about the program can be found by clicking here.

Fellow Coworking helps foster creativity and innovation in Spokane

 

Cities like Spokane are the perfect place to breathe life into innovative ideas, and coworking spaces are the perfect place to make those ideas a reality. At least that's what Luke Baumgarten and Benji Wade of Fellow Coworking believe.

 

In a way, bringing a coworking space to Spokane is innovative in itself. While coworking has found great success in many cities around the world, finding traction in Spokane has been a slower process.

 

“I think there's a potentially pretty big slice of the market here that we could have access to that would be interested in coworking in general, and Fellow specifically. But because they don't know what coworking is, it's not even on their radar,” Baumgarten said.

 

Coworking is a global phenomenon reinventing the way individuals work. To simply put it, a coworking space is a place professionals pay to work in. For these professionals- typically freelancers or telecommuters- coworking spaces are an alternative to the basements, couches, or crowded coffee shops with unreliable Wi-Fi they'd otherwise work at.

 

OMWBE Get Certified Campaign to host educational workshops around the state Jan. 20-23

OMWBE Get Certified Campaign to host educational workshops around the state Jan. 20-23

The Washington State Office of Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises (OMWBE) has announced the office will  launching a statewide ‘Get Certified’ campaign starting January 20th intended to help more women- and minority-owned businesses win contracts with state and local governments.

 

The campaign will be held from January 20th through January 23rd. Activities will include conducting more than 35 educational workshops and other stops across the state to help boost understanding for small, diverse businesses regarding the benefits getting a variety of certifications – including OMWBE certification.

Area Get Certified Roadshow events will take place at the following:

Wednesday, January, 21st

  • Republic |10:00 a.m. |Ferry County PUD 686 S Clark Ave Republic, WA 99166
  • Kettle Falls| 2:00 p.m. | Sandy's Drive Inn 1045 U.S. 395
  • Colville | 5:00 p.m. Dept of Transportation Upstairs Meeting Room 440 North Hwy, North Roundabout

 

Thursday, January 22nd