Unpublished correction: The name of Mukogawa is misspelled in this story.
Forget elephant ears and carnival rides, the North County Faire near Colville is more an alternative counter-culture celebration than a study in commercial excess.
Today through Sunday, the Barter Faire hopes to reawaken the spirit of people working together. The event provides a cooperative village camping event for the whole family - including entertainment, drums and song, healthy foods and handmade items in the trading circle.
Organizers say “peaceful people of all races, colors, creeds and economic status are welcome;” if you can’t afford the camping or admission fee, a donation of your time is enough.
You’ll find artists, crafts people, and food, vegetable and grain harvests. The Planetary Refugees will play, along with six other groups. Don’t bring alcohol (open containers will be confiscated), weapons, junk food or pets.
If you plan on camping, bring your own water, reusable cups, plates and utensils, clothing for any kind of weather and an umbrella (just in case).
Here’s what you’ll pay: $10 weekend camping for adults, $5 weekend camping for 12- to 16-year-olds. Children are free and family rates are available. A $3 day pass is available for you non-camping types.
The fair site is off U.S. Highway 395 near Colville. Turn west off the highway on Orin Rice Road and follow the signs. Call 684-6132 for more information.
Out of town
Pullman and Omak are offering family fun this weekend, as well.
In Pullman, you’ll find the Koppel Farm Harvest Festival and Children’s Fun Fair Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
There’s plenty to do for kids: a balloon toss, face painting, sponge relay, watermelon walk and a scarecrow making workshop. For grown-ups, there are workshops on seed saving, wreath making and worm composting. Clearly not your everyday festival.
Music will be provided by Palouse Fiddlers and there will be snacks and garden produce for sale. The Koppel Farm is located at the intersection of Professional Boulevard and Derby Street.
Okanogan County Parkinson’s Disease Support Group is presenting Banjo-Rama 4 at the Omak Performing Arts Center in Omak.
Renowned banjo players, strummers and pickers from Canada, Scotland, Montana, California, Oregon, Idaho, Arizona and Washington will keep your feet tapping. It all starts at 7 p.m. with a reception following.
Tickets are $12.50 - $10 of which goes directly to Parkinson’s research. Call (509) 826-0390 for tickets, major credit cards are accepted.
Got a vision?
If you’re an artist with no venue, here’s the perfect canvas. The Spokane Arts Commission and the East Central Community Center invite the public to help paint the third People’s Gallery from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Altamont Viaduct between Third and Fourth avenues.
Participation is free, thanks to donations by United Paint. You just need to bring your own brushes and a rag for clean-up. Wear your grubbies; you’re sure to get paint on your clothes.
Children must be accompanied by an adult, due to the traffic on Altamont.
No dates allowed
Wondering what to do this Saturday night? If you’re pondering the lack of ways to meet like-minded singles in Spokane, Celebration III might be a good place to be.
The single-adult conference is the third held by Singles United Northwest, an interdenominational Christ-centered ministry. Three workshops will take up the afternoon: Living Single in a Couple’s World, Single Sexuality, and Managing Your Money as a Single Adult.
Dinner is at 6 p.m., followed by music by the New Life Community Church music team. Registration begins at 11 a.m. Saturday. The event runs from noon to 9 p.m. Cost is $40. Call 928-3163 for more information and reservations.
The Spokane Chiefs take on the Tri-City Americans in their home opener in the new Spokane Arena at 7 p.m. Saturday.
And there’s even more reason to celebrate. The Chiefs are offering a limited number of nose-bleed - er, upper deck - seats for $6, instead of the new regular priced $8, $10, $12 tickets. Reports are there isn’t a bad seat in the house, so the discount isn’t much of a compromise.
All Chiefs tickets are available in advance or on game days on a space available basis. You can get them by calling 325-SEAT.
You can also catch Stars and Spikes USA Volleyball at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Arena. The Men’s Olympic team takes on Japan and the Women’s Olympic team plays Canada.
Tickets are $20, $13 and $10. Call 325-SEAT.
Music, music, music
The Post Falls Arts Commission presents its first RiverCity Song Series performance with Katja Biesanz Dance Theater at 7:30 tonight at Ponderosa Elementary School in Post Falls.
Biesanz is a solo dancer whose intense images are enhanced by the use of masks. Tickets are $4 (adults), $3 (children 18 and under) and are available at the performance.
Grand opera returns to Sandpoint for the sixth year when San Francisco Opera Center’s touring company, Western Opera Theater, performs at the Panida Theater at 7:30 p.m. Sunday.
Mozart’s masterful comedy, “The Marriage of Figaro,” will be performed. Complimentary champagne and sparkling cider will be served when the doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 (adults) and $8 (17 and under), and available at the door. Or call (208) 263-6139.
Lilac City Chorus, Sweet Adelines International, is presenting its fall show “Give ‘Em A Show They’ll Never Forget!” at 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday at the Mukogowa Fort Wright Institute.
The show will feature “Legacy,” the 1995 Region 13 quartet champions. Tickets are sold at the door for $10 (adults) and $7.50 (children and seniors). Call 489-3449 for more information.
Western singer, storyteller and cowboy poet Terry Raff will be in St. Maries at 7 tonight at the Elks Temple, 628 Main. Tickets are $4.50 for adults and $2.50 for seniors and students.
Finally, Unity church presents its final concert in the series Music to Change Your Life. This one is called “Spirituality and all that Jazz.” It’s tonight at 7, tickets are $15 at the door.
The Cheney Cowles Museum holds the first of four lectures in the Senior Lecture Series at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the museum. John Fahey will present “Waging Peace: Re-educating German POWs in Oregon.”
Fahey will talk about his experiences as an Army officer on a secret mission among German prisoners of war at Camp White. Fahey was a journalist.
, DataTimesMEMO: This sidebar appeared with the story: GETTING OUT We aren’t recommending any particular garage sale, mind you; however, there seems to be a flurry of fall yard sales, probably prompted by the prospect of snow. Even if you don’t have a particular item in mind to shop for, consider this: It’s much more fun to spend Saturday afternoon browsing among other people’s junk than it is to stay home and clean out your own garage. (If you don’t want to just strike out on your own and cruise through suburbia, check the garage sales section of the classified ads.)