There’s only one thing worse than the day back to work after a holiday weekend - the weekend following a holiday weekend.
Nothing seems shorter, nothing seems tamer. It seems like there’s no time to plan anything. And nothing’s going on.
While that’s not exactly true, this second weekend of July means you’ll have to look harder for entertainment because of last weekend’s excess. Here are a few ideas, though, that might point you in the right direction:
Cycling for cash
You can watch or ride, but whatever you do, a visit to Lookout Pass for the Jimmie Heuga Mountain Bike Express will help raise awareness of multiple sclerosis.
The charity event, which runs from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, needs local teams and individuals to participate. You’ll ride about 10 miles on backcountry roads, starting at the Lookout Pass Lodge.
Winners are determined by a combination of time for the ride and funds raised. First- through fifthplace prizes will be awarded and the winning team and individual will win an expense-paid trip to the Vail ProAm National Finals in September.
Or, you can just go to watch and donate. The Jimmie Heuga Center is a nonprofit research organization that helps people with MS. Heuga is a former Olympic downhill skier diagnosed with the disease at the height of his career. He still swims, bikes and skis regularly.
Chewelah picked a great weekend to hold its community festival - starting at noon today, the 21st annual Chataqua will continue through Sunday.
This event has a great reputation for its combination of free entertainment, more than 200 craft and food booths, athletic events and kids’ activities in an eight-acre city park.
Men in the Making will play Saturday and the Filucy Hootchie Kootchie Band will take the stage at 2 and 4:45 p.m. Sunday. Their music - complete with horns, piano, kazoos, harmonica and guitar - is aimed at a family audience.
You’ll also find a rodeo, a parade, square dancing, a fun run and free train rides at Chataqua. Don’t miss it.
Rosalie Sorrels, called a living legend in folk music circles, will play at Sandpoint’s Panida Theater at 8 p.m. Saturday with an opening set by Wild Roses, Beth and Cinde.
Sorrels, a mainstay in the folk circuit for four decades, combines a folksinger’s sweet-voiced clarity and populist ideas with the worldliness of a hard-living blues chanteuse, her bio says. She’s recorded 18 albums of traditional and contemporary stories and songs.
Tickets are $9, $5 for students 18 and under. You can get them at the box office or by calling ahead to (208) 263-9191.
Take me out
The Spokane Indians are in town this weekend, playing the Bellingham Giants for the first time this year. Tonight’s game, at Seafirst Stadium, is “Lets Make a Deal” night and Saturday’s is “Wellness Day.”
Both games start at 7:05 p.m. General admission is $3.50 for adults and $2.50 for children, reserved seats are $5.50 for everyone.
It’s not quite the same as 14 bands at The Gorge, but the Yakima Speedway is hosting Summer Rap Fest ‘95 with Too Short, Kid Sensation, Funk Daddy and MC G.M.S.
It’s Sunday at 4 p.m. Tickets are $20 at DJ’s Sound City at NorthTown, U-City and the Crescent Court.
You’ve been putting it off all year, now here’s a chance to pay someone else to do your dirty work. Thirty area teens are holding a dog wash from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 14319 E. Sprague.
Proceeds from the fund-raiser will help the kids construct homes for the needy in Mexico later this summer, a project organized by St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Evergreen Pet Shop donated the shampoo, now you bring the dogs.
The Syringa String Quartet, featuring four members of the Spokane Symphony, will perform Tuesday at Whitworth College. The free concert is at 7 p.m. in the Music Recital Hall.
The third in a series of free lectures on “Rivers and Dams: Promises, Progress and Perils” is Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. The speaker is Dan Brown, speaking on “The Great Floods: Cataclysms of the Ice Age.”
The Tears of Joy Theatre returns to Washington State University on Thursday for a 7 p.m. free performance of “Between Two Worlds,” the most often performed drama of world Jewish theater.
Tears of Joy Theatre is the second largest puppet theater organization in the country.
, DataTimes MEMO: This sidebar appeared with the story: GETTING OUT If you’re feelin’ the need for speed, head for Airway Heights and Spokane Raceway Park for some drag racing action tonight and Saturday. Tonight the high schoolers can compete at 7:30 p.m.; gates open at 4 p.m. Saturday there will be stock car racing as well as the drags, same times as tonight. You can go watch for $7, $5 if you’re a senior. Children get in for free.