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In brief: Area women to be honored

RIVERSIDE – Six Spokane women are expected to be honored for service and leadership on Wednesday at the annual YWCA Women of Achievement benefit luncheon at the Spokane Convention Center from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The 2009 award winners include: Joan Menzies, director of student affairs at Washington State University Spokane, winner of the Carl Maxey Racial Justice Award; Kristina Ploeger, artistic director of the Spokane Area Children’s Chorus, winner of the Arts and Culture Award; Judy Cole, Avista’s director of business and public affairs, winner of the Professional Award; Dr. Katherine Tuttle, medical and scientific director at Providence Medical Research Center/Sacred Heart Medical Center, winner of the Science Award; Mima Scarpelli, Volunteer Community Service-leadership gifts division chairwoman, YWCA/YMCA Capital Campaign Committee; active community volunteer and nonprofit board member; and Nhung Tran, senior at Rogers High School, winner of the Young Woman of Achievement Award.

To attend the event and for more information, call (509) 789-9305 or visit

Dog group plans ‘Halloweenie’ party

NEVADA/LIDGERWOOD – The Lilac City Dog Training Club, 1612 E. Houston Ave., will hold a Happy Halloweenie Dog Party to benefit Dachshund Northwest on Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.

The fun includes a costume contest, prizes and a potluck. Attendees are asked to bring their favorite dish. Cost is $5 per person. For more information, visit


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