Just when you had resigned yourself to the return of five-day workweeks, here comes another holiday. The lucky ones get Monday off to commemorate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
But Coretta Scott King, the slain civil rights leader’s wife, doesn’t want you sitting around all weekend. She said last year she thought her husband would appreciate a holiday in his name more if he knew people actually took the opportunity to contribute to their communities.
So, here’s your chance. Spokane Community College and Spokane Falls Community College are hosting a variety of events this weekend as part of the annual salute.
Today, The Rev. Percy “Happy” Watkins, pastor of New Hope Baptist Church and vice president of Spokane’s National Association for the Advancement of Colored People chapter, will present a recitation of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. It begins at 11:30 a.m. in the SCC Lair Student Center, Sasquatch Room.
On Sunday, SCC will host a city-wide celebration Resource Fair from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Lair lobby, featuring agency and company information booths. At 6 p.m., Watkins will speak and entertain.
The Annual Unity March begins at 10 a.m. Monday at the U.S. Court House at Monroe and Riverside. Participants will walk to the Spokane Convention Center. All events are free.
Dance for charity
The Inland Northwest Blood Center is holding a 50th Anniversary Celebration this weekend - a black-tie-optional dance at the Crescent Court Grand Ballroom.
It runs from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday. The $25 admission price will buy you hors d’oeuvres and entertainment by The Planet Lounge Orchestra and its big band sounds from the 1930s and ‘40s.
Call the center for tickets at 624-1051.
The first and last annual Clam Chowder Feed, Raffle and Auction to benefit multiple sclerosis research and the Skier Services Jimmie Heuga Race Team commences at 5 p.m. at Schweitzer (in Taps) today. The cost is $3 for all you can eat.
On Saturday, the Howlin’ at the Moonlight Cross-Country Ski Tour departs from the Schweitzer Village map at 6 p.m. Nordic skiers of at least intermediate ability are invited.
Equipment can be rented on the mountain at the Alpine Shop. Head lamps are optional. The tour will last two to three hours. Best of all, it’s free and reservations are not required.
There will be ski demo days at Silver Mountain near Kellogg this weekend. On Saturday and Sunday, the National Ski Patrol and Loulou’s will be in charge. Monday is Wintersports Demo Day. Call (208) 783-1123 and 328-2030 (in Spokane) for more information.
On the ice
The Spokane Chiefs play the Tri-City Americans at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Spokane Coliseum. All seats are reserved at $9.50 and $7.50 ($6.50 for juniors).
And, there’s a family section. Rules are: no beer, no foul language and no roughhousing.
The Cutter Theatre in Metaline Falls, Wash., is hosting a lecture on the life and times of Harry S. Truman on Saturday, sponsored by the Washington Commission for the Humanities.
In this one-man show, Scott Brundage portrays President Truman as a man whose actions affected our world today. He also includes material about Truman’s visit to Washington state and as a man who was not afraid to face the press.
The lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. It’s free, so get there early.
The Acoustic Music Guild welcomes all acoustic musicians to its annual potluck and jam Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Community Presbyterian Church in Post Falls.
Beginners are welcome, as well as advanced players in folk, blues, pop, jazz, bluegrass and more. The guild is looking for players of guitar, banjo, mandolin, violin, dobro, dulcimer, stand-up bass, flute, harmonica and the like.
Non-members are encouraged to attend. Call 624-5905 or (208) 765-9759 for more information.
Spokane Public Radio-KPBX FM and Music for Youth invite the public to this winter’s KPBX Kids Concert at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Riverfront Park Pavilion.
The Westwind Quintet will perform, presenting fun, interactive performances designed for kids of all ages. It’s free, but seating is limited.
Later this week
The Spokane Folklore Society holds a caller and musician jam at the contradance held the third Wednesday of every month. This Wednesday, Stuart Bachman will be the host musician.
The dance is at the Woman’s Club Hall (back room), W1428 Ninth, from 8 to 10 p.m.
Anyone participating in the callers’ or musicians’ jam gets in free; dancers pay $3.
The Cheney Cowles Museum presents “Susan B. Anthony: The Napoleon of the Movement,” a lecture by Melinda Strobel, Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. The talk is free and open to the public.
MEMO: This is a sidebar that appeared with the story: Inside/outside: An aging Newman: Paul Newman is attracting Oscar attention for his role in “Nobody’s Fool,” which opens theatrically today. Again. He won his only statuette for the 1986 pool-hustler study “The Color of Money.” But he was even better four years before as a jaded lawyer in “The Verdict.” Along the boardwalk: The weather may be damp and rainy, and it is January, but after the bitter cold we had over the holidays, it’s time to get outside and walk and get some fresh air. Bundle up, head to Coeur d’Alene and enjoy the boardwalk adjacent to The Coeur d’Alene Resort. When you get cold, duck inside the resort and order a cup of hot chocolate or a latte.