Business Scene for the week of 2/14/17

Ken Holmes, a mortgage loan originator with Axia Home Loans in Susanville, has passed the qualifying exams to earn the Certified Mortgage Planning Specialist designation granted by the CMPS Institute. The CMPS Institute is a national organization that certifies mortgage bankers and brokers to help borrowers choose the right mortgage strategies.
“CMPS certification helps me to compare loan options for borrowers in the context of their overall financial situation, and with the low inventory (homes on the market) levels in Susanville, this is really important to buyers as they are prone to making quick decisions without thinking through all the implications,” says Holmes.
Branch manager Cheryl Holmes, and loan originator Matt Mullin, are also working on becoming CMPS. For more information, give their office a call at 252-1533, or stop by their office on Riverside Drive across from Walmart.

With Papa Murphy’s heart-shaped pizza you’re sure to make your sweetie happy! The large heart-shaped pepperoni pizza is available today! Stop by their 1245 Main St., Susanville store to pick yours up today.

World-renowned pianist Mark Leonard Anderson from Vancouver, B.C. will be giving a private benefit concert for the Susanville Symphony at 6 p.m. March 15 at the United Methodist Church in Susanville. After the concert they will be offering wine and heavy hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are available at Axia Home Loans or by calling the Symphony at 310-8111.
If you miss this opportunity to see Mr. Anderson, you can see him at the Symphony’s regularly scheduled concert on March 17 or March 19.

It’s time for the Lassen Community College Foundation scholarship benefit concert and dance. The event will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24. Doors open at 6 p.m. The event will take place at the Lassen Community College sports complex on campus. For ticket information, see their ad in this week’s paper.

Tickets are on sale now for the annual A Taste of Beef, a Sip of Wine fundraiser event sponsored by the Lassen County Cattlemen and CattleWomen. The event will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. March 4. at the Susanville Elks Lodge. Tickets are available at The Pardner Farm Supply and Lassen County Chamber of Commerce. You must be 21 years of age to attend this event.

Today is Valentine’s Day, and what better way to celebrate your love than a night out with your sweetheart. Lassen Steaks, located inside El Tepeyac Grille, is serving a four-course meal from 4 to 10 p.m. featuring lobster and filet mignon.
Reservations are encouraged. For more information, see their ad in this week’s paper or call 257-7220.

It’s not always easy to be enthusiastic, especially when it seems like you’re the only one with more work than you think you could possibly handle. Sometimes life, work, family or activities can drain your energy. However, we can keep our enthusiasm at a high. The following strategies should help keep you motivated:
Be enthusiastic. Many times, we condition ourselves to be negative. We are afraid of being viewed as being overly enthusiastic or unrealistic.
Some believe this will soften the blow of any problems or difficult situations that come along. Yet, by simply being enthusiastic, it eventually becomes real. Others pick up on enthusiasm, become excited themselves, and then give their enthusiasm back. It becomes a beautiful circle of energy.
Don’t criticize, condemn or complain. And don’t put up with people who do. Another person’s negativity affects your own. It becomes a negative, ongoing cycle that is easy to begin, but can be difficult to come out of. Don’t fall for it from the beginning. Consciously decide to generate enthusiasm.