Labor Day, End Of Summer Near: So Little Time, So Much To Do

Labor Day is only four weeks away, so don’t waste your weekends.

No sitting around, renting movies or catching up at work. There are still plenty of concerts, movies, festivals and sunny days to enjoy. Get out there.

Eat for Easter Seal

The third annual Rock-n-Roll Weekend, a benefit for the Easter Seal Society of Washington, starts today. Safeway and Oldies 101.1 are sponsoring the event, which used to be known as the Root Beer Float Weekend.

It’s much bigger now, with bands, food booths, a classic car show and more to entertain all types. Of course, you can still get a frosty float for just $1.

They raised $20,000 last year for programs that help children, teens and adults with disabilities in Spokane.

The food is cheap and there’s plenty to do. The highlights are a 9 p.m. laser show tonight and Saturday and an appearance Sunday at 1 p.m. from Elvis, with Men in the Making backing him up.

It all happens in the parking lot of the Safeway store on Argonne, from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. today and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Rope ‘em, ride ‘em

If you like watching humans assert their dominance over animals, don’t miss the Omak Stampede this weekend.

Four times this weekend, dozens of riders will point their mounts down a steep riverbank in what’s known as the World-famous Suicide Race. You can catch it at 9:30 tonight, 3:30 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday and 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

The rodeo performances start tonight at 7, Saturday at 1 and 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. There’s also a kiddie parade Saturday at 10 a.m., a grand parade Sunday at 10 a.m. and a country western dance tonight and Saturday after the last event.

Admission ranges from $6 to $10. Call (800) 933-6625 for tickets. Omak is about a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Spokane.

Second chance

If you missed Art on the Green in Coeur d’Alene last weekend, you can hit the Pend Oreille Arts Council’s 23rd Annual Arts and Crafts Fair this weekend.

Dozens of artisans from throughout Idaho and other Northwest states have entered the juried show. The fair also draws artists from California, Arizona, North Dakota, New Mexico, Florida and elsewhere. Their work includes handmade paper, pottery, jewelry, glass, paintings, photography and more.

Musicians and dancers from throughout the region have donated their time to keep browsers entertained and a hands-on art booth for children will feature six media, including clay, origami and wire sculpture.

The fair is located in Sandpoint at City Beach. There will be a free shuttle bus from the city parking lot at Third and Main streets. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Cars and cowboys

The AHRA World Finals are being held at Spokane Raceway Park this weekend, so get your earplugs out and get ready to smell burned rubber.

Admission tonight is $22; Saturday and Sunday’s races are $25. All kids’ tickets must be purchased at the gate for $3.

Or, save a little money by looking at parked cars. The 12th Annual Ford Show is Saturday at Clark Park (Division and Garland). The show is sponsored by Inland Northwest Fords Unlimited and Inland Northwest Thunderbirds.

Or, join cowboy poets Ron Tebow and Bud Stewart at the Adam East Museum and Art Center in Moses Lake at noon on Saturday to help kick off Grant County Fair week. The event is free and open to the public.

Music and such

Stevens County is having its first annual Northeast Washington Fiddle Contest Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. Finals are at 7 p.m.

Fiddlers will compete for prize money and trophies, listeners will do just that. The contest will be in the Colville High School auditorium; tickets are available at the door.

Admission is $4 for adult per session and $3 for students or seniors for each session. There are special prices for family admission.

The community is also invited to the fiddlers’ jam session at the Pizza Factory around 6 p.m. Saturday.

The Continentals 1995 World Tour, featuring a concert of contemporary Christian music, will appear at Valley Fourth Memorial Church at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Featuring more than 35 cast members, the Continentals present a full and exciting program with power and impact. The group has been the training ground for countless people in Christian music today, including Wayne Watson, Paul Smith, Karla Worley and others.

The concert is free; call 924-4525 for more information.

The Cutter Theatre in Metaline Falls continues its run of “Once Upon a Mattress tonight and Saturday. This takeoff of the story of “The Princess and the Pea” is a rollicking musical with sidesplitting shenanigans. Chances are, you’ll never look at fairy tales the same way again.

Both shows start at 7:30 p.m. and cost $6. Call The Cutter at (509) 446-4108 for more information.

Plan ahead

A few things coming next week:

The Inland Northwest Bluegrass Association is presenting the Bluegrass Etc. band at the Information Mini-Mall, 715 W. Second, at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday with a open jam to follow.

Tickets are $10 and are available at the mini mall or at the Sound Hole, 828 W. Sprague.

Spokane Public Radio is holding its third annual KPBX Cruise on Lake Coeur d’Alene at 7 p.m. Wednesday, featuring Too Slim and the Taildraggers.

Boarding takes place at 6:45 p.m. at the Boardwalk Marina-Eastside, near the resort. All proceeds benefit the radio station. Tickets are $17.50. Call 328-5729 or (800) 328-5729 for tickets or info.

Also Wednesday, the Cheney Cowles Museum holds its sixth in a series of lectures on the theme “Rivers and Dams: Promises, Progress and Perils” at 7:30 p.m.

The speaker will be Dave Clinton, assistant manager of Inland Power and Light Co., who will speak on the topic “Dams: A Northwest Treasure.” It’s free.

And finally, don’t miss the Twilight Tidbit Tasting at the Holiday Inn West on Thursday at 7 p.m. Cost is $15 and your money benefits the Morning Star Boys Ranch and the Inland Northwest Area Special Olympics.

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