Anthropology lecture – Cheryl Ward, assistant professor of anthropology at Florida State University, will speak on “Pirates: Ancient Harbors and Underwater Archaeologists in Rough Cilicia,” 4:30 p.m. Friday at the Gonzaga University Jundt Auditorium, 500 E. Boone; 323-6691.
Italian dinner and auction – Benefits the Hillyard Senior Center, dinner will be served at 5 and 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Northwest Community Center. The cost is $8 for adults, $4 for ages 7-12, free for children 6 and younger; 482-0803.
Annual Luau – The Whitworth College Hawaiian Club’s 36th annual community luau includes dinner and entertainment, 5 p.m. Saturday at the Whitworth Fieldhouse, 300 W. Hawthorne Road. Tickets are $15 adults, $8 for children 6-12 and free for children 5 and younger, or $12 for Whitworth students and $13 for other college students; 777-3729.
Neighborhood Alliance of Spokane County – Hosts a discussion on Initiative 993 and other land-use issues, 7 p.m. next Tuesday at the Community Building, 35 W. Main. The guest speaker is Bart Haggin, a member of the Growth Management Steering Committee; 466-0576.
Environmental Sustainability – Mike Petersen, executive director of the Land Council, speaks on efforts to protect the region’s forests and rivers, 7 p.m., April 10 at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 4340 W. Fort George Wright Drive. The event is hosted by the Spokane Chapter of the United Nations Association; 624-3608.