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YWCA plans Evening in Tuscany

Wed., June 12, 2013

Help provide a safe place for people displaced by domestic violence with your dinner ticket.

The YWCA, 930 N. Monroe St., will host An Evening in Tuscany dinner June 22 made by former restaurant owner and chef Gina Lanza, of Amore and the Anaconda Grille in Spokane. The menu features artichoke pesto lasagna, served with a Caesar salad and an Italian dessert. Drinks and dessert will be served on the rooftop.

The money raised at the dinner and the silent auction benefits the YWCA Alternatives to Domestic Violence Safe Shelter and the women and children living there. The program also provides counseling, legal advice and support groups for those families.

Tickets are $50 per person, and the evening starts with a social hour at 6 p.m. Purchase tickets by calling community resource coordinator Melanie Wilson at (509) 863-2882 or email melaniew@

Education farm hosts open house

Pine Meadow Farm Center, a nonprofit educational farm between Spokane and Cheney, will celebrate summer’s arrival with an open house June 22 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The 32-acre farm, 10425 S. Andrus Road in Cheney, is run by volunteers who hope to improve the regional food system through agricultural education. They’ll be hosting mini-workshops on gardening and livestock husbandry during the open house. Guided children’s activities, a multifamily garage sale, food vendors and tours of the gardens also will be offered. Musicians will perform throughout the day.

There is a $5 per person entry fee. More information about Pine Meadow Farm and its goals is at

Fusion Flours marks grand opening

Fusion Flours Take & Bakery, 120 E. Wellesley Ave., will host a grand opening for the gluten-free business on Saturday.

Owner Tara Wright revamped the menu to focus on making more gluten-free breads after getting feedback from customers in the past few months. The retail store opened in March; Fusion Flours first launched in 2010.

Wright said they’ll debut a better bread loaf, buns, buttermilk biscuits and French baguettes Saturday. They will also hand out samples of lemon meringue tarts, orange angel food cake, peanut butter bars and pizza.


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