Is it too much to want half the snow the East Coast got buried under this week. OK, how about a fourth of it? They sure don’t appreciate it, and we in the Inland Northwest are tired of our Seattlelike winters.
Especially when we have things like winter festivals to tend to. There are two this weekend; keep your fingers crossed for a last-minute blizzard.
Pack up the car
The snowshoe softball game might not live up to its potential, but there will be plenty of other distractions and attractions at the 12th annual Deer Park Winter Festival this weekend.
A 30-minute drive from North Spokane, Deer Park offers unique, family oriented winter play. Many events are free.
Outdoor events include dog weight-pulls, a treasure hunt, llamas, an outhouse race and a dog walk. There’s also a 5K foot race on Saturday morning. Registration (at $15 with a T-shirt or $4 without) is open until 9 a.m. Saturday.
The annual fireworks display and bonfire, fueled by Christmas trees, begins at 6 tonight.
The three-day festival is headquartered in the Civic Center on East Crawford. For more information and an events schedule, call 276-5900 or 276-2941.
A bit longer drive will get you to the Bavarian Ice Fest in Leavenworth, about 188 miles west of Spokane. Nestled at the base of the Cascade Mountains, the village of Leavenworth is a picture of Bavarian architecture.
Saturday’s activities include snow sculpture, a tug of war, an ice cube hunt, snowshoe races and the great Smooshing Race.
Dog sled and sleigh rides are also available and the Northwest Regional Dog Pulling Competition is a must-see. That event continues Sunday and is capped by a fireworks display at 6 p.m.
Call (509) 548-5807 for more information.
Folks at Central United Methodist Church are trying to provide activities for downtown teens looking for something to do. The rest of you are invited, too.
The Five Bucks and a Blanket Tour hits the church, 518 W. Third, at 6 p.m. Sunday. Alternative Christian bands Black Eyed Sceva and Dime Store Prophets will play. Admission is, you guessed it, $5 and a blanket, to benefit the homeless.
Next week peek
The Spokane Folklore Society invites you to their monthly Jam Night Contradance at 8 p.m. Wednesday at The Woman’s Club, 1428 W. Ninth. The stage is open to all interested musicians and dance callers who want to dive in.
Admission is $3, or free for those participating in the music-making or calling. Couples, singles and beginners are welcome. All dances are taught before each song starts. The event is alcohol-, smoke- and drug-free.
Attorney and motivational speaker Patricia Russell-McCloud will deliver the keynote address Tuesday during Washington State University’s ninth annual program celebrating the life of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
She’ll take part in the traditional campus Unity March of students, faculty, staff and community members at 6 p.m. in front of the Multicultural Center. Her address is during the 7 p.m. public program in the CUB Auditorium. It’s open to the public.
The Wednesday night program series at Cheney Cowles Museum resumes Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. with four artists whose work was selected for the Spokane Sampler exhibit.
The artists who will be speaking, and their media, are: Steve Adams, glass; Kathleen Cavendar, pastels; John Lewis, photographer; and Kay O’Rourke, pastel and acrylic. The exhibit is in the museum’s Art Gallery through Jan. 21.
The discussion is free and open to the public.