The Parade Isn’t Enough To Keep You Busy? There’s Plenty More

FRIDAY, MAY 19, 1995

Everybody who is anybody will be at the parade Saturday night.

But you, you’re a rebel. You’re looking for something to do that doesn’t involve royalty, marching bands and purple flower worship. Surprisingly, there’s plenty of other things going on for those who are lilac-intolerant.

Back in time

It’s anniversary time for Sandpoint’s Lost in the ‘50s celebration - Number 10. Organizers promised a bigger and better fete this year, which benefits the Festival at Sandpoint.

A vintage car parade starts in downtown Sandpoint at 6 tonight, followed by a street dance. Any vintage car is welcome to enter the parade (meet at the high school at 5 p.m.); it’s free.

There’s also a dance and show at 6:30 tonight at the Bonner County Fairgrounds featuring Johnny Rivers, Bowser & the Stingrays, Little Eva and Johnny Thunder. Admission is $21.

There’s a car show from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday and another dance and show that night featuring Little Anthony & the Original Imperials, The Drifters and Brian Hyland. Same place, same time, same cost as tonight’s dance.

Sunday’s events are at the Bonner County Fairgrounds, starting with a 5K run at 10 a.m. A car rally starts at 11 a.m. and Silver Auctions presents a vintage car auction at 1 p.m.

For ticket information, call (208) 263-9321 or (208) 265-LOST.

Art opportunities

If you need a culture boost this weekend, there are three stops you can make to get your fix. The Gallery by the Lake in the Coeur d’Alene Plaza (yes, in Coeur d’Alene) is hosting an artists’ exhibition reception tonight from 5 to 8.

Several Pacific Northwest artists will be there. It’s free.

In Spokane, more than 30 artists will display and sell handmade works at the Northwest Native Arts Market from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at the Spokane Convention Center.

The show will feature both contemporary and traditional native art with a focus on Northwest Plateau work. Several tribes will be represented, from Spokane to Nez Perce to Crow.

On Sunday, Carlotta Kauffman will perform “According to Coyote,” a chance for adults and children to learn the legends of the Nez Perce. The 7 p.m. program is at the Sheraton-Spokane Hotel and costs $3.

The Best Western in Ellensburg is the site of the National Western Art Show and Auction this weekend. More than 100 exhibit rooms will be filled with original art, prints and jewelry.

The exhibit rooms are open free to the public. Hours today and Saturday are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The show runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

The auctions are Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 11 a.m.; tickets are $40 and will get you in both auctions.

For more information or to order tickets for the auction, call 962-2934.

Let’s go where?

It may sound like the end of the Earth, but Wilbur, Wash., isn’t really that far away. Only 65 miles separate Spokane and Wilbur’s Wild Goose Bill Days. Saturday marks the 100th anniversary of the town’s founding father’s fatal shoot-out over the woman he loved.

There’s rollerblading, a casino night, the annual Goose Chase (a 5K or 10K run at 8 a.m.), a parade at 10 a.m., carnival rides and food. There’s also a street rod/classic car show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and a ‘50s dance complete with contests for bestdressed and best lip synching at 7 p.m. at the Wilbur High School ($3 singles, $5 couples, $15 families).

Head west on U.S. Highway 2. Call 647-2485 for more information.

Fun on piano

Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre is presenting Two Guys on Grands, dueling pianists George Conrad and Todd Snyder, at North Idaho College Boswell Auditorium at 8 p.m. Saturday.

These guys are developing something of a loyal following, after two successful shows at NIC in recent years. This year’s show promises a visual extravaganza as well as aural, with dancers and a new light show.

Tickets are $14 at the door or $12.50 in advance. Call (800) 4-CDATIX or 769-7780 in Coeur d’Alene for tickets.

Push to win

It’s the 14th year for the Pushie Grandmas’ Push-A-Thon, a Multiple Sclerosis fund-raiser in Riverfront Park that is as much fun to watch as it is to do.

The Pushie Grandmas got started in 1980 when several women decided to work together to raise money for MS. The first year, they walked across the state. They’ve been raising money ever since.

In Sunday’s event, teams of seven people will participate in the wheelchair relay race at 10 a.m. The participants, who have collected pledges from sponsors and friends, compete for prizes and T-shirts. They’ll dress up like grannies to add to the fun.

Out on the town

The Middle Eastern Association and Azar’s Restaurants present Layali Somar, an Egyptian nightclub-style dinner and show at 6 p.m. Saturday at the German-American Society Hall on Third Avenue.

You’ll sample Middle Eastern cuisine while perusing belly dancing and folkloric dancing. Cost is $20 per person and tickets are available in advance only. Call 326-7171 or 487-0132 for information.

Music and other great stuff

The African Children’s Choir is holding three concerts in Spokane on Sunday to raise money for suffering children in Rwanda.

They’ll appear at Northview Bible Church at 9:45 and 11 a.m. Their evening performance is at Berean Bible Church at 6 p.m.

The 26 youngsters have been nominated for a Grammy award for their music. A portion of the contributions collected at the Choir’s free concerts will be used to provide food and medicine for Rwandan children.

Eastern Washington University ends its run of “Rehearsal for Murder” this weekend. Curtain tonight and Saturday is 8 p.m. Tickets are $5 (EWU students with ID are free).

The thriller tells the story of a playwright in love with an actress. The actress is murdered and suspects abound. Call 359-2459 for more information.

Mountain Gear is presenting The Spokane Paddle Fair and Demo Day to capitalize on the increasing enthusiasm for kayaking and canoeing in these parts these days.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, experts will be around to tell what might be the best type of paddle or canoe for particular adventures. It’s at Liberty Lake County Park; call 325-9000 for more information.

xxxx Getting out Silverwood’s only open weekends until June, but it’s not too early to spend a day at this North Idaho fun park on thrilling rides or just strolling about the grounds watching others have fun. The park is open 11 a.m.-8 p.m. weekends through June 4; after that it’s open daily through the summer. Tickets bought at G&B; outlets are $15.75 for adults, $6.85 for kids 3-7 and seniors 65 and over (at the door it’s $18.90 and $9.45).

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