Odessa’s Deutschesfest doesn’t just have a beer garden; it’s got a blocklong biergarten.
You can’t get much more authentic than the annual German celebration this weekend in the small town about an hour-and-a-half’s drive from Spokane. The highlight is the spectacular German food, prepared by local cafes, sausage factories and volunteer cooks from churches and civic organizations.
When you’ve munched all you can hold, polka your way to the biergarten where a $2 all-day cover charge gets you in for continuous live music and your choice of German or other beers (charged separately).
There are plenty of activities for families and kids, too. A parade starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, there’s a pancake breakfast today, Saturday and Sunday and contests and entertainment will be held from 11:45 to 5 p.m. Saturday on the outdoor stage. You can hear Odessa’s own Oom Pas and Mas German band and the Old-Time Fiddlers.
A few other highlights: a flea market, arts and crafts, a walking tour of historic homes, a Saturday fun run, three-on-three basketball, a carnival and horseshoe pitching.
Wear your liederhosen, if you’ve got ‘em!
Dave Rogers once said, “It’s better to wear out than rust.” The longtime Spokane racing booster was talking about cars, and race enthusiasts will take his advice Sunday during the Dave Rogers Memorial Muscle Car Drags at Spokane Raceway Park.
Rogers, who died in 1993, is the inspiration for the annual drags, which benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. American muscle cars such as Corvettes, Mustangs and GTOs will race down the quarter-mile track.
The gates open at 9 a.m., time trials begin at 9:30 a.m. and eliminations are at noon. Tickets are $8 per person ($2 goes to MDA). Children under 11 get in free.
Northern Plateau Dance & Drum, a Colville tribal exhibition dance troupe based in Spokane, will perform at the Adams County Fair in Othello at 6 p.m. Saturday.
The performance opens with a welcoming drum chant and will feature traditional social dance and competition dancing performed at powwows, including a women’s Shawl Dance, a men’s Grass Dance and the theatrically costumed Jingle Dance and Fancy Dance.
The troupe is made up of Martin and Martina Whelshula and their six children, several of whom are prize-winning dancers.
Admission to the performance is free with a $10 fair admission.
A slightly longer drive (about four hours) will get you to Pendleton, Ore., for the 85th-annual Pendleton Round-Up this weekend.
The event promises a rodeo, the Happy Canyon pageant, the Happy Canyon Western Art Show and Sale, a dance and the Westward Ho! Parade today.
The parade features the round-up’s rare collection of wagons, stagecoaches and buggies from the mid-1800s and is one of the largest non-motorized parades in the United States. St. John resident Louis Gaiser will bring his team of four mules to pull a 25-foot log, re-enacting a pioneer logging technique.
There are separate prices for many of the activities; some are free. You’ll pay $6 to $13 for the rodeo and $6 to $12 for the Happy Canyon activities. Call (800) 45-RODEO for tickets.
A dedication of the recently completed murals “The Saga of Sullivan Lake” will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Sullivan Lake ranger station.
Three large oil paintings by Spokane artist Joe Guarisco include the early history of the area, the forest landscape and the animals of the forest. Free posters of one of the murals will be available for Guarisco to sign.
Everyone is invited. The ranger station is past Metaline Falls, Wash.; the route is well-marked.
JoAnna Burns-Miller presents her workshop, “Releasing your inner musician,” at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in the Unity concert series of “Music to Change Your Life.”
Burns-Miller has worked in music for more than 25 years, beginning classical vocal studies at the age of 9. She’ll also perform at Unity’s 9 and 11 a.m. church services.
Her workshop is $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Call 838-6518 for more information.
Don’t forget the The Spokane Symphony is holding a free concert at Terrace View Park in the Spokane Valley at 4 p.m. Sunday.
The program is identical to the symphony’s annual Labor Day concert in Comstock Park. Fabio Mechetti has programmed something for every musical taste.
Donivan Johnson, Selkirk music instructor, returns to The Cutter Theatre in Metaline Falls with his fourth music lecture at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
In the lecture, titled “The Passion of the Sower,” Johnson will share his observations of the life and work of Hans Moldenhauer. Special this year is the presence of Mary Moldenhauer, Hans’ widow, who will attend the lecture and have on exhibit pictures and other memorabilia.
The lecture is free.
Finally, Spokane Public Radio with the Associated Students of EWU present “An Evening with Bob Edwards,” host of National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition,” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at The Met.
Admission is $16, $8 for KPBX members and EWU students. Tickets are available at KPBX, 2319 N. Monroe, and at the PUB at EWU in Cheney. All proceeds benefit Spokane Public Radio.
, DataTimes MEMO: This sidebar appeared with the story: GETTING OUT It’s the beginning of the season when we tend to get frantic about spending as much time outdoors as possible. Namely, it’s autumn. And soon it will snow and we’ll all hunker down for the duration. So we suggest planning as many outdoors activities as possible this weekend. Need suggestions? Take the golf clubs to the driving range and hit a bucket of balls. Drive to Green Bluff and check out the fresh produce. Walk along the Centennial Trail. Drive north to Bear Lake park and ride an air mattress one last time. Stroll among the late-season flowers at Manito Park. Take a book and head for the little secluded beaches of Tubbs Hill in Coeur d’Alene. …