Future Cougars of Color Dinner - Presented by Washington State University Future Cougars of Color, with Dr. Samuel H. Smith, WSU President Emeritus, Dr. V. Lane Rawlins, WSU President, keynote speaker, and Dr. Elson S. Floyd, WSU President Designate. Business attire. Thursday. 7 p.m., Northern Quest Casino, 100 N. Hayford Road, Airway Heights. $150. (509) 335-7301.
Spring Market - Downtown Spokane - Held Thursdays through May 3. Fresh-baked goods, flowers, pasta, wooden treasures, fresh eggs and more farm-fresh goods. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Community Building lobby, 35 W. Main Ave. (509) 232-1950.
Welcome Spring Picnic - Fundraiser for the Spokane Valley Museum. Raffles and silent auction. Music provided by the Valley Fiddlers Group. Reservations required. Thursday. 6-8 p.m., Opportunity Presbyterian Church, 202 N. Pines Road, Spokane Valley. $7/adults, $6/seniors, $5/age 12 and younger. (509) 922-4570.
Chocolate Champagne Gala - Benefits the SAFeT Response Center, Spokane’s only certified Sexual Assault program and Crime Victim Service Center providing therapy, medical and legal advocacy, and education for victims of violent crime and their families. Registration at 7 p.m., silent auction, champagne, chocolate and coffee samplings, hors d’oeuvres, followed by dancing to 6 Foot Swing from 8-11 p.m. Emcees are Shelly Monahan and Dave Cotton, KHQ-6 anchors. Friday. Red Lion Hotel at the Park. $50/advance ticket purchase. (509) 343-5021.
Pizza Night at the Elks - Hosted by the Elks Lodge. Reservations required. Friday. 5:30-7 p.m., 2605 N. Robie Road. $1.50/slice. (509) 926-2328.
Spaghetti Dinner - A dinner and silent auction will benefit East Farms Elementary to repair a sign damaged in a wind storm. Friday. 6-9 p.m., East Farms Elementary, 26203 E. Rowan. $7 per person or $25 per family. (509) 226-2339.
Viva Vino - Wine tasting event to benefit Hispanic Business/Professional Association’s Hispanic scholarship fund. Features a variety of wines to sample, fresh fruit and chocolate fountain and silent auction. For ages 21 and older. Friday. 7 p.m., Best Western Peppertree Liberty Lake Inn, 1816 N. Pepper Lane. $35/in advance, $45/at the door. (509) 879-2232.
Annual International Student Union Dinner - 29th year celebrating Japan Week with “Remembering Our Roots.” Saturday. 6 p.m., Gonzaga University, Cataldo Hall, Globe Room. $12/advance, $15/door, $10/students. (509) 994-3330.
Teriyaki Box Lunch - Celebrating Japan Week. Chicken teriyaki box lunch, take-out only. Saturday. 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Spokane Buddhist Temple, 927 S. Perry St. $9. (509) 747-0480 for reservations.
Festival of Wine and Flowers - Rare tasting of ultra-premium Washington wines benefiting St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute. Enjoy fabulous cuisine and desserts prepared by award-winning chef Ian Wingate of Moxie. Bid on live and silent auction lots of allocated wines, unique experiences and more. Saturday. 6-10 p.m., St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute, 711 S. Cowley St. $125. (509) 789-4969.
Mom’s Weekend Asian Dinner and Festival - Dinner served with performances by various cultural groups. Saturday. 6-8 p.m., University of Idaho, Memorial Gym, Moscow. $20. (208) 885-5557.
Maryhill Wine Dinner - Maryhill Winery owners will be speaking about their wines. Saturday. 4 p.m., Beck’s Harvest House, 9919 E. Green Bluff Road, Colbert. $20. (509) 777-1120.
Ebony Fashion Show - Sponsored by the Spokane Chapter, The Links Inc. Doors open at 6:15 p.m., dinner at 7, fashion show at 8. Tuesday. Northern Quest Casino, 100 N. Hayford Ave., Airway Heights. $45, includes dinner, show and one-year subscription to either Ebony or Jet magazines. (509) 534-9071.
Dining Out For Life - Local participating restaurants will donate 20 percent of their food and alcohol sales for the day to the Spokane AIDS Network. Participating restaurants include Bennedito’s Pizza, Bistango’s Martini Lounge, Cafe Marron, Catacomb’s Pub, Fai’s Noodle House at Northern Quest Casino, Herbal Essence Cafe, Luigi’s, Mizuna Restaurant and Wine Bar, Niko’s Greek and Middle East Restaurant, and Woodland at Northern Quest Casino. April 26. (509) 455-8993.
French Bordeaux Wine Dinner - With expert Warren Helman, offering insight into the history of Bordeaux and offer informed predictions on upcoming vintages. April 26. 6-10 p.m., CenterStage, 1017 W. First Ave. $69. Reservations required. (509) 474-8243.
Introduction to Wine Tasting - Class presented by Vino. April 26. 6:30-8:30 p.m., 222 S. Washington St. $35. (509) 838-1229.
Sushi Class - Beginning class April 26, 6 p.m., Japanese Cultural Center, 4000 W. Randolph Road. $20. (509) 328-2971.
Fish and Fries - Hosted by the Elks Lodge. Reservations required. April 27. 5:30-7 p.m., 2605 N. Robie Road. $6.50. (509) 926-2328.
Sons of Norway Wine and Beer Tasting - The evening will also include hors d’oeuvres and dancing. April 27. 5:30 p.m., Sons of Norway Lodge, 6710 N. Country Homes Blvd. $8 admission. (509) 326-9211.
Yummi Yakisoba and Sushi Roll Sale - Sushi roll and yakisoba noodles for sale. Celebrating Japan Week. April 27. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Spokane Falls Community College, Student Union Building, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Drive. (509) 533-3367.
Child Trafficking Victims Luncheon: Global Problem, Local Reality - April 27, noon-1:30 p.m., YWCA Comstock Room, 829 W. Broadway. Free.
April in Paris or is it California? - Five-course dinner with six wines of the Rhone Valley. Music by classical guitarist Abe Kenney. April 28. 6:30 p.m., Di Luna’s Cafe, 207 Cedar St., Sandpoint. $65. (208) 263-0846.
Chinese Style High Tea - Includes tea and dessert. Two seatings, 3 and 4 p.m. April 28. On Sacred Grounds: Coffee, Tea and Specialty Shoppe, 12212 E. Palouse Highway, Valleyford. $7. (509) 747-6294 for reservations.
La Cucina Italiana - Cooking for teens, sponsored by the City of Spokane Parks and Recreation Department. April 28. 6-8 p.m., Corbin Art Center, 507 W. Seventh Ave. $21. (509) 625-6677.
Sukiyaki Dinner - 58th annual event with each dinner made individually to order. Choices include beef, tofu, or half and half. Includes sale of specialty Japanese food: senbei, sushi bar, bake sale, along with Japanese crafts sale. April 28. Noon-7 p.m., Highland Park United Methodist Church, 611 S. Garfield St. $12/dinner. Sushi bar is separate. (509) 535-2687.
CROP Hunger Walk ‘07 - 10K or 2-mile walk along the Centennial Trail to help stop hunger. Registration at noon with entertainment, walk starts at 1:30 p.m. A project of Church World Service and the Interfaith Council of the Inland Northwest. April 29, starts outside at Gonzaga University, Martin Centre, south side of building. Bring canned food for Second Harvest Food Bank. (509) 326-5656.
Opera Plus! Gala - Food, wines, opera, auctions, and surprises. Money raised will support Opera Plus! programs and educational outreach. No-host cocktails begin at 5 p.m. Dinner is at 6. April 29. Coeur d’Alene Resort Plaza, 115 S. Second St., Coeur d’Alene. $110 per person. (208) 964-4469.