Past Blessings Junk Warehouse Sale - new location; Friday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 11210 E. Dishman-Mica Road. (509) 499-5099.
The Winter Delight Quilt Show - Quilt show including People’s Choice ribbons, vendors, demonstrations and Double Delite Raffle Quilt tickets for $1. Sponsored by the Winter Quilt Guild. View more than 100 quilts, learn new quilting techniques, shop at various vendor booths, and more. Event proceeds will benefit the Dollars for Scholars local student scholarship program; Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Deer Park School Administration Building, 428 N. Main St., Deer Park. $2. (509) 276-8747.
Solar Hot Water - Learn the basics of using solar power to heat water. Registration is required. Feb. 23. 9 a.m.-noon, Eco Depot, 1326 E. Sprague. $35. (509) 924-8803.
Music in Historic Homes - Allegro presents “Music in Historic Homes” as a glimpse into the past. The events take place in historic homes from Spokane’s early days. Sittings at 3, 4:30, 6 and 7:30 p.m. Each sitting includes a 40-minute concert followed by a tour of the home with information about its history. Guests are then invited to visit and enjoy refreshments. April 23-24. Canfield House, 1301 N. Sherwood St. $20. (509) 455-6865.
Tropical Plants for Your Home - Informational session; Wednesday, 11:30 a.m., University of Idaho greenhouse on Sixth Street, Moscow. Free. (208) 885-7251.
Inland Empire Bonsai Society - The meeting will cover soil composition, how to collect tree and wood training boxes. Visitors are welcome; Sunday, noon-3 p.m., Manito Park meeting room, east of the conservatory. (509) 455-9576.
Community Garden Workshop - “Learning How to Lead: Building the Heart of the Garden” is the first workshop in a series on developing a community garden hosted by the Washington State University Extension Office. Registration is required. Jan. 24. 5:30-9 p.m., WSU Extension Center, 222 N. Havana. $35 for both classes. (509) 477-2173.
Associated Garden Clubs of Spokane - Jacque Emley, owner of Fat Cat Lavender and Herbs, will speak on growing lavender and how to use the plant in cooking and therapy. Jan. 25. 10 a.m., Manito Park meeting room, east of the conservatory. (509) 838-9186.
Community Garden Workshop - “Learning to Ask for the Time, Talent and Money You Need” is the second workshop in a series on developing a community garden hosted by the Washington State University Extension Office. Registration is required. Jan. 31. 5:30-9 p.m., WSU Extension Center, 222 N. Havana. $35 for both classes. (509) 477-2173.
Garden Talk with Amy Stewart - Garden writer will speak at the meeting of The Inland Empire Gardeners. Her topics will be “Flower Confidential: The Good, the Bad and the Beautiful in the Business of Flowers” and “The Earth Moved: On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms.” She will also be available for book signings. Feb. 7. 7 p.m., Decades, 10502 E. Sprague Ave., Spokane valley. Free and open to the public. (509) 535-8434.
Spokane Orchid Society Spring Show and Sale - April 5-6. The show includes vendors from around the Northwest and speakers on how to grow orchids. Hours are noon-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Southside Senior Center, 27th and Ray. Admission is $1. (509) 624-4118.
Garden Expo 2008 – More than 200 garden-related vendors, plant sellers, crafters, artists, demonstrations and organizations. The exhibits will showcase nurseries, garden stores, suppliers and manufactures, garden artists and crafters, and horticulture organizations. Presented by the Inland Empire Gardeners. May 10. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Spokane Community College, 1810 N. Greene St.. Free admission and parking. (509) 535-8434.
Dog Daze fundraiser - Event includes vendors, demonstrations, contests and magic. Feb. 23. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Kootenai County Fairgrounds, 4056 N. Government Way, Coeur d’Alene. $5/adults, $2/kids, free/age five and younger. (208) 818-1633.
Fourth Annual Stallion Showcase and Horse Fair - Exhibitors enjoy free Play Day classes with prizes with their entry fee of $35 or less per horse, arena time to test drive horses for sale and our popular $100 Jackpot Liberty Class Winner Take All where the horses are turned loose to run free. April 26. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Valley Mission Horse Arena, Bowdish and Mission. Viewing free. (509) 796-2140.
Ride the West Horse and Ranch Expo - The seventh annual event includes a trade show, demos, clinics, performances, stallion preview, cowboy breakfast and the third annual Extreme Trail Challenge. See www.ridethewest.net for a complete schedule. May 16-18. Spokane County Fair and Expo Center, 404 N. Havana. $10 per day. (509) 466-9639.
2008 Koi and Goldfish Show - Aug. 16-17. Inland Empire Water Garden and Koi Society presents koi and fancy goldfish of all sizes and colors. Seminars on pond set-up and maintenance and water gardening, bonsai, koi and goldfish keeping. Auction on Saturday. Vendors on site for questions relating to koi, goldfish, water gardens and ponds. Pavillion Park, Liberty Lake. Free. (509) 747-5333.