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Mayl 2016 News Reports

YWCA seeks nominees for award, has benefit May 5

The YWCA of Spokane is seeking nominations for women to recognize with Women of Achievement Awards at its annual luncheon, which will be held on Friday, Oct. 7, with keynote speaker Ashley Judd. 

For more than 30 years, the YWCA has honored women who, through their accomplishments and leadership, have demonstrated the mission of the YWCA, and have made Spokane a better place to live. 

This year’s categories are arts and culture, business and industry; the Carl J. Maxey Racial and Social Justice Award, community enhancement, education, and science, technology and environment. 

Those wishing to nominate someone may download the nomination form at > Events > Women of Achievement to find the form.

For Mothers Day, the YWCA has partnered with Tracy Jewelers to offer a semi-annual Hope Stones Jewelry benefit from 4 to 7 p.m., Thursday, May 5 at Tracy Jewelers at 106 N. Evergreen.

Women at the YWCA handcrafted each piece for Mothers’ Day gifts.  Proceeds go to the YWCA’ safe shelter and housing program for women and children fleeing domestic violence.

The YWCA of Spokane is a multi-service nonprofit working to eliminate racism, empower women and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity.

For information, call 326-1190.

Training in finance for nonprofits is May 11

Finance Unlocked for Nonprofits (FUN), a nonprofit finance training in Spokane, will be offered from 4 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 11, at the Northeast Community Center, 4001 N. Cook St.

The session, presented by Kari Anderson of the Incite! Consulting Group, will help nonprofit board members learn about ways to increase financial knowledge to grow their organization and protect assets.

Washington Nonprofits, the Office of the Secretary of State and the Northeast Community Center are coordinating the event.

FUN is a departure from usual board trainings. It expands what board members know and can do related to nonprofit finance and fund-raising options.

“Through this interactive, hands-on workshop, we will work through the why, what, who, and how of nonprofit finance,” said Kari. 

“We will dig deeper into two key reports—balance sheets and income statements—and will cover what board members need to know about the IRS Form 990, the intersection of finance, fund-raising and oversight,” she said.

“Healthy finance practice can be habit-forming when people are working within their comfort zones,” she said, “so we will discuss how to move your organization there.”

This workshop is for nonprofit board members and staff.

Before launching her consulting firm, Kari spent 20 years in leadership roles working with seven nonprofits including Lutheran Social Services, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the American Heart Association and Central Washington University.

For information, visit

Author speaks at luncheon on gender oppression

Sheryl WuDunn, co-author of A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity with her husband, Nicholas Kristof, is the speaker for the 24th annual Women Helping Women Fund Benefit Luncheon at noon, Monday, May 16, at the Spokane Convention Center.

A New York Times best-selling book about altruism and how to bring about change in society using evidence-based strategies, A Path Appears has been made into a three-part PBS documentary. 

She uncovers some of the harshest forms of gender-based oppression, while at the same time highlighting individuals working to tackle these complex issues.

For information, visit

Guatemala Commission celebrates Solola ties

The Guatemala Commission’s Fourth Annual Celebration will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, May 17, at the Barrister Winery, 1213 Railroad Ave. in Spokane.

The program includes honoring Sr. Marie Tolle for her 40 years of pastoral work in the Solola region and a presentation by Family-To-Family on their work with Mayan Indians in the Solola area. 

For information, call 464-1497 or email

Immaculate Heart announces May events

On Sunday, May 8, Immaculate Heart Retreat Center (IHRC) celebrates Mother’s Day 2016 with its annual all-you-can-eat Champagne Brunch.  There is opportunity to linger in the center’s scenic environment. Mass is at 8 a.m. in the chapel. Proceeds support the center’s retreat ministry at 6910 S. Ben Burr Rd.

IHRC’s “Breakfast with Bishop Emeritus William Skylstad” from 8 to 10 a.m., Tuesday May 17, includes his reflections on “From Pews to Shoes – Walking the Talk.”  He is the former Bishop of Spokane and the former Bishop of Yakima.

The center hosts a Silent Day of Prayer from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, May 18, on “Mary: Receiver and Proclaimer of Mercy!” The speaker is Fr. Victor Blazovich, who studied at Bishop White Seminary and North American College, Rome, before his ordination in 2000.  He is associate director of vocations and pastor of parishes in Newport, Usk, Metaline Falls and Ione and on the Kalispel Indian Reservation.

IHRC plans a Weekend Retreat for Men and Women from 6 p.m., Friday, May 20, through lunch on Sunday, May 22.  The retreat leader, Fr. Jacques Philippe, will focus on “Attaining Interior Freedom and Peace in the School of the Holy Spirit” offering simple ways to remove obstacles to interior freedom and peace.  He was born in Lorraine, France, and after studying math in college he taught and did scientific research.

For information, call 448-1224, or visit

Family fairs held in Spokane and Coeur d’Alene

The Family Fun Fair will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Saturday, May 14, at Riverfront and Park River Park Square.

This parenting expo starts after the 65th Jr. Lilac Parade, the largest children’s parade in the nation, hosted by the Rotary Club of Spokane. The parade involves more than 8,700 middle and junior high school and elementary bands and drill teams along with many children’s organizations.

Spokane’s sixth Family Fun Fair includes rides, children’s activities, performances, parenting resources, educational activities, support groups, arts and crafts, and more, said organizer Charity Bagatsing, publisher of the annual Resources for Families Guide.

Coeur d’Alene will hold its second Family Fun Fair, called Expo Celebrating Parenthood, on Saturday, May 7, at the Silver Lake Mall, 200 W. Hanley. There will be resources for year-round activities, youth groups, children’s health, educational information, arts and crafts and more.

For information, call 928-9664.


CROP Walk plans local T-shirt designs

Walkers for the 2016 CROP Hunger Walk will gather at noon Sunday, May 15, at the Spokane Community College (SCC) Lair, 1810 N. Greene St., for entertainment and recognitions. 

This year there will be new, locally designed T-shirts.

The walk is raising funds locally for Family Promise of Spokane and Greater Spokane County Meals on Wheels, and nationally for Church World Service’s global development projects.

Walkers may bring canned goods for the Spokane Community College Food Pantry for Students.

The walk, which will begin at 1:30 p.m., will be on the Spokane Community College campus, rather than the Centennial Trail along the Spokane River.

Organizers Randy Goss and Madelyn Bafus said the changes were made to avoid the costs of permits and portable restrooms, and to reduce the need for volunteers at water stations.

For information, call 468-4099 or email