Now that Labor Day is behind us, we can start to treat our weekends with the proper respect and reverence they deserve; there aren’t that many warm ones left.
So get outside, go for a hike, take in the Interstate Fair, discover Greenbluff or a park nearby. If you’re a snow-hater, like me, time’s a wasting.
Climb every mountain
The Heart Institute of Spokane is sponsoring Climb Mount Spokane, for your heart at 8 a.m. Saturday - a 4.1-mile hike ascending 1,500 feet. It’s the first year for this event and organizers are hoping for 750 to 1,000 climbers.
Your charge is to raise pledges for every foot in elevation you climb; the money goes to the heart institute’s Northwest Pediatric Heart Research Program.
You pay $5 in advance (or $6 the morning of the climb), which includes a water bottle, rest-stop refreshments, emergency medical support (which I’m sure you won’t need), lunch and entertainment at the summit and a ride back down the mountain.
Prizes are awarded to all participants turning in pledges, starting with T-shirts at $25 in pledges up to mountain bikes at $2,500 in pledges.
All that and a beautiful view, too.
Mount Spokane State Park is located 30 minutes northeast of downtown Spokane. The climb starts at the Selkirk Lodge parking lot and follows a paved road to the Summit Vista House.
Call 625-3000 for registration information.
What’s my bid?
Kick up your heels and spend a little money for girls in the Inland Northwest.
The Girl Scout Inland Empire Council is holding a Western Dinner and Auction at 9 p.m. Saturday at the Masonic Temple in downtown Spokane. Admission is $20.
The event features a barbecue feast and beverage, Western music and dancing, live and silent auctions and raffles and door prizes. Even the auction items are Western, including a Las Vegas package, 100 spots on Cox Cable’s Country Music Television and Nashville Network and more.
The auction benefits Girls Scouts from 18 counties in Eastern Washington and North Idaho. It beats cookie sales.
Take a peek
You’ve been watching the construction for more than two years, maybe even dreaming about Spokane’s new arena for the last 10 years. Now is your chance to tour the palace, officially titled Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena.
Everything will be open, from the seats to the arena floor to the star dressing rooms.
The open house is from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. There will be some entertainment, including a Harlem Globetrotter, monster trucks and a clown from the upcoming Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. The 560th Air Force of the Evergreen State Washington Air National Guard Band will play at 11 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m. It’s free.
The food court concessions will be open.
Parking could be tough, as they’re still working on the lots, but limited spaces are in the northeast lot. STA shuttles - the trolleys - will run from downtown and the Parkade Plaza and River Park Square parking garages will also be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Tunes for the soul
Unity church begins a concert series of Music to Change Your Life at 7 p.m. Sunday with Oman and Shanti, a duo that’s toured the United States and Europe. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Unity is located at 29th Avenue and Bernard Street.
Sing for charity
The Spokane AIDS Network is sponsoring Broadway Babies Bust a Move, a cabaret to benefit people with AIDS, at 7 p.m. Sunday at Glover Mansion. Spokane theater regulars will recognize the names on this play bill - Jean Hardie, Kathie Doyle-Lipe and Tom Armitage. KHQ TV’s Debra Wilde will make a guest appearance.
Tickets are $20 with proceeds going to the Spokane AIDS Network. Call 456-5266 for tickets.
The senior class at Ferris High School is holding a benefit Polo Match at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Spokane Polo Grounds, just off Sunset Highway near the Longhorn Barbecue. The cost is $3; gates open at 11:30 a.m. There will be concession stands and musical entertainment. Bring a lawn chair or blanket.
The works of Bradd Skubinna are on view at the Chase Gallery at City Hall now through Sept. 25. The exhibit includes subtle drawings made up of repetitive strokes of pencil and pen.
A reception with the artist from 5 to 7 tonight is free.
Later next week
Opera Buffs of Spokane, sponsored by Spokane Symphony Associates, present Verne Windham with examples of Schubert’s music performed by staff and members of Spokane Area Childrens Chorus.
Windham is the music and arts director for Spokane Public Radio (KPBX). The event is at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Rockwood Retirement Community Center. It’s free.
The Corbin Community Center, at 827 W. Cleveland, is holding its annual spaghetti feed from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday. Tickets are $5 at the door. Proceeds go to the center’s parking lot fund.
Former NBAer and Indiana University basketball great Steve Alford is the featured speaker for Pirate Night II, Whitworth College’s athletic fund raiser at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.
The dinner and auction features items like a car, home electronics and vacation packages on the block. Tickets are $50 per person. For more information or reservations, call 466-3224.