Ever want to do something much more meaningful with your weekend than sit in front of the television clicking from ESPN to the Comedy Channel to MTV?
Here’s your chance. Temple Beth Shalom is sponsoring a Spokane Community Observance of the Holocaust, marking the 50th anniversary of the liberation of the German death camps, at 7 p.m. Sunday.
The event is meant to honor the memory of six million Jews and the millions of other people who were killed and to celebrate the miracle of those who survived. There will be music and poetry written by Holocaust survivors, speeches and a proclamation read by Spokane Mayor Jack Geraghty.
It’s open to the public without charge. The temple is located at 1322 E. 30th.
Yes, it’s been windy. But stop whining and take advantage. Participate in the Pend Oreille Arts Council’s annual Kite Festival, for youth from 4 to 94 years old.
All kites must be handmade by participants, so you have two days to create; the festival is 1 p.m. Sunday at Sandpoint City Beach.
There’s no charge to enter, but there will be awards for best-flying kite, finest-crafted kite, most-artistic kite, funniest kites and “cast iron kites,” that terrific-looking contraption that won’t get off the ground.
Want to know what Spokane will look like in a month or more? Head down to the Lewis-Clark Valley for its Dogwood Festival 1995 and get a feel for spring.
The valley, best known for the towns Lewiston and Clarkston, enjoys balmy spring weather that brings early blossoms to hundreds of dogwood trees, perennials and gardens. The festival provides an array of activities that focus on the arts, recreation and family.
On Saturday, there’s a children’s parade (for bikers, trikers or hikers) and a quarter carnival, where everything costs 25 cents. At noon, the festival’s first Earth Fair gets under way. A Shakespeare festival gets started Sunday at 2 p.m.
The festival continues through April 30. Some of the events charge admission, although many are free.
Try something different
Spokane’s Interplayers theater on Sunday stages A Progressive Dinner in Three Acts.
This is one of those funky events where you go from place to place, eating and chatting. In this case, you start at 5 p.m. in the lobby of the Davenport Hotel. Champagne punch and hors d’oeurvres will be served.
Next, guests go to assigned host homes for a salmon entree. Finally, the hosts and guests return to the Davenport for coffee, dessert and dancing to the Don Eagle Trio.
Cost is $35. Call 455-7529 for reservations.
Now here’s a curious sales pitch. Organizers for an acoustic concert and dance featuring The Soul Messengers say the event is for you “if you’re human and you like to feel your human feelings.”
I’ll leave that up to you to decide if that’s you.
If so, plan to attend the 8 p.m. Saturday show at Glover Hall. Openers are Shadow Puppets, a jazz group. The Soul Messengers mix country, folk, rock, reggae and blues.
Tickets are $10 each, available at Spectrum Music, Dutch’s, Street Music and El Toreador. Call 838-0849 for more information.
Spokane Porcelain Artists presents “Spring Fantasy,” a show and sale of hand-painted china from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Cavanaugh’s Inn at the Park.
On sale will be china and porcelain dolls. There will also be demonstrations, free drawings and supplies for sale. Admission is $2.
Gonzaga University holds its 13th Annual Aprilfest Rodeo from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Interstate Fairgrounds.
The amateur, nonsanctioned competition among GU students includes goat-tail tying, bull and bareback riding, pig chasing, barrel racing, chute dogging and roping and steer daubing.
It’s sponsored by GU’s Student Body Association. The rodeo is free and open to the public.
Also at GU, Brigham Young University President Rex E. Lee will deliver the 24th annual William O. Douglas Lecture at 7:30 tonight in Hughes Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.
Lee, the former U.S. solicitor general, will discuss “The Role of the Private Lawyer and the Government Laywer in Developing First Amendment Jurisprudence.”
Music, music, music
Dancer, mime and vocalist Christian Swenson explores the body as a total performing instrument Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Panida Theater in Sandpoint.
The press release says Swenson’s performance is hard to describe, so I won’t try. Call (208) 263-6139 for tickets.
The 180-voice Spokane Area Children’s Chorus will perform a spring concert at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Masonic Temple. General admission tickets are $3 and are available at Street Music or by calling 324-0773.
The concert will feature all three choir levels of the chorus singing music from Vivaldi to Rodgers & Hammerstein.
The GU Symphony Orchestra will present its spring concert at 4 p.m. Sunday in the Russell Theatre on campus. General admission is $4; students pay $2.
The orchestra will be joined by area winners in the 1995 Young Artists’ Concerto Competition.
The Acoustic Music Guild is holding its monthly meeting and jam session at 2 p.m. Sunday at Community Presbyterian Church in Post Falls. Beginners to advanced players in folk, blues, pop, jazz, bluegrass and more are invited to join in.
Call (208) 773-7380 or 534-8733 in Spokane for more information.
Northwest stamp collectors will hold their sixth annual Inland Northwest Philatelic Day at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Elks Lodge in Moses Lake.
For more information, call 467-5521.
The parents and teachers at Lincoln Heights Elementary are holding their 13th annual fundraising Carnival and Raffle tonight from 6 to 9 p.m.
There will be a raffle, bingo and all the other fun stuff that happens at carnivals. Kids will have a blast, so bring ‘em. The school is located at 3322 E. 22nd.
Sam Davidson, director of the Davidson Galleries in Seattle, will present a slide lecture titled “Figuratively Speaking” at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Cheney Cowles Museum. It’s free.
xxxx Getting out It may not be the quintessential weekend for blooming trees, but there will still be plenty of beautiful flowers at Finch Arboretum. The trees are located just off Sunset Highway about halfway up the hill due west of downtown.