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Portland Nonprofit Offers Planners an Enterprising Way to Cater and Brand Events

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New Avenues Ink and Two Ben & Jerry's scoop shops in Portland, Oregon, are more than just your typical screen-printing business and ice cream shops. As ventures of New Avenues for Youth, these businesses are also roads to independence for at-risk youth.

What Planners Should Never Overlook with Outdoor Events

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“I think one frequently overlooked item is shade. Whether that means sunshades, umbrellas or tents, you can’t underestimate the need for protection from the sun. People often get so excited for the spring/summer season in the Pacific Northwest that they can overlook how hot it gets in direct sunlight. On those extra-steamy days, it even can be necessary to place a couple of misters here and there for extra relief.  

Bring the Taste of Naples to Your Next Event

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Now your group can enjoy the taste of one of Seattle’s favorite pizzerias at your next event. Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria—the Northwest’s first Neapolitan pizzeria to be certified by the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana— has retrofitted a shipping container to create the D’Asporto mobile food truck. The truck—which was recently blessed by a Catholic priest—includes an authentic Acunto wood-fired oven imported from Naples, Italy, and serves salads and beverages in addition to wood-fired pizzas.

Flashback: Historic Wilson Theatre Gets a Callback

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From the silent-movie era to a 21st-century renovation, the Historic Wilson Theatre of Rupert, Idaho, has witnessed nearly 100 years of history. After it opened in 1920, the theater became a central part of the community, hosting an array of events such as graduation ceremonies, stage productions, weddings, recitals and conferences. Its doors closed in the 1980s, and the building wouldn’t experience a revival until 2000, when it was acquired by the city of Rupert. 

Tetherow Offers Post-Meeting Wellness Activities for Groups

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Tetherow has teamed up with nationally recognized energy healer Bill Turner to offer wellness breakout sessions for groups meeting and staying at the Bend, Oregon, resort. The sessions are held at the resort event pavilion, which includes floor-to-ceiling glass doors framing views of the Cascade Mountains.

Turner has more than 30 years of experience in land, horse and human energy work. Based in Sisters, Oregon, he is also a professional speaker and trainer.

New Venue Spotlight: Block 41

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What was once a 1927 ice warehouse has been transformed into a display of Seattle’s finest local talents in architecture, lighting, metal and glass. Nestled in the heart of Belltown, Block 41 is the city’s newest private venue, featuring two stories of event space, three indoor spaces and an outdoor courtyard. 

“In size, sophistication, convenience and space options, Block 41 is a state-ofthe art facility purposefully designed to be an event space,” says Lisa Hoonan, general manager.

Former Ice Warehouse Transformed into Upscale Event Space

The most recent private venue to grace the streets of Seattle is anything but a brand-new building. Originally a 1927 ice warehouse, Block 41 is a revamped two-level building featuring 13,000 square feet of event space. Located in the heart of Belltown, the hotspot offers three discrete indoor spaces and a landscaped outdoor courtyard.

“Block 41 is unlike anything else in downtown Seattle,” says Dan Temkin, owner and developer of Block 41. “I knew we had a special opportunity the moment I walked in the door.”

Expert Advice for Creating or Submitting Requests for Proposals

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Whether you're designing a request for proposal (RFP) to send to possible vendors or answering one from a potential client, the process can be daunting. So Northwest Meetings + Events asked a vendor and a planner for tips on making sure the proposal is clear, concise and, most importantly, effective.

Designing a Request for Proposal

Alaska Celebrates its Start as a U.S. Territory

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One hundred and fifty years ago, Russia sold the Alaskan Territory to the United States through the Treaty of Cession. Secretary of State William Seward saw the acquisition of the territory as part of Manifest Destiny—a belief that the United States was destined to expand across North America. Across the country, Americans had mixed feelings about the purchase, which was often called Seward’s Folly. The treaty was signed on March 30, 1867, and on Oct.

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