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Things to do
Route of the Hiawatha:
The “crown jewel” of rail-to-trail mountain bicycle trails is operated by Lookout Pass Ski Area. Wind through 10 tunnels and seven high trestles. This 15-mile route crosses the Bitterroot Mountains between Idaho and Montana, best known for the long St. Paul Pass or “Taft” Tunnel which is 1.66 miles in length. It’s all downhill with shuttle buses available to take you and your bike back to the top. Open daily, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., through Oct. 5. Adjacent to I-90 at the Idaho/Montana state line, exit 0, 12 miles east of Wallace, Idaho. Day pass: $9/adults, $5/ages 3-13. Shuttle: $9/adults, $6/children. (208) 744-1301.
Laser Light Show at Grand Coulee Dam:
Narrated story, on how and why the Grand Coulee Dam came to be built, combining colorful lasers that move across the entire span of the dam, creating magnificent moving images that virtually dance across the spillway. Beautiful music, and an uplifting patriotic finish. Viewing bleachers are available. Shows nightly at 8:30 p.m. through Sept. 30. Visitors Center Below the dam open daily 8:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Runs through Sept. 30. Highway 155 North, Grand Coulee. Free. (800) 268-5332.
Reardan Memorial Book and Yard Sale:
Today, noon-5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-3 p.m. Reardan Library, Oak and Highway 2, Reardan. (509) 796-3283.
Spokane AIDS Network Community Open House:
Music, hors d’oeuvres, door prizes, information regarding SAN’s HIV/AIDS services, tours of SAN’s memorial gardens, and the opportunity to purchase fine wines from across the Inland Northwest. Must be 21 and have valid ID to purchase. Today, noon-6 p.m. Spokane AIDS Network, 905 S. Monroe St. Free. (509) 455-8993, ext. 231.
Treasure Valley Train Expo:
Model train layouts, “How to” clinics, modeling contests and vendor tables. Today and Saturday, noon-8 p.m.; Sunday, noon-6 p.m. O’Connor Field House, 2207 Blaine St., Caldwell, Idaho. $5/adults, free/ages 12 and younger. (208) 461-5028.
Upper Ross Creek Hike:
Contact John for details about this easy/moderate hike. Sponsored by the Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness. Meet in Bonner County; hike takes place in Montana. Today. Bonner County. Free. (208) 263-9894.
End of the Season Lavender Plant Sale:
Last chance to purchase culinary lavender plants. Four inch or one gallon varieties are available at great prices. Dried lavender bundles, sachets and soaps will be available at the farm store. Call (509) 466-4236 for more information. On the way to Green Bluff, Grower # 28. Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Fleur de Provence Lavender Farm, 7019 E. Day-Mt. Spokane Road, Mead. (509) 466-4236.
Harrison and Little Harrison Lakes Slow Hike:
Limit of eight hikers. Easy 4.5-mile roundtrip to a pair of lakes at the source of the Pack River in the Selkirk Mountains. Call to register or for information. Sponsored by the Idaho Conservation League. Saturday. Bonner County. Free. (208) 265-3511.
Transitional Living Center Anniversary: Celebration of 15 years of service to homeless women and children in a 16-unit building for up to two years. Services include case management, parenting classes, life skill classes and childcare for women returning to work or school. The celebration will include tours of the building, musical entertainment on the lawn by Dan Vaughn and his group “Dead Mans Pants,” food provided by Transitions new social enterprise “The New Leaf Bakery and Café” and various children’s activities, including a bouncy castle. The community garden project “Growing Hope” will also be available for viewing. Saturday, 3:30-5:30 p.m. 3128 N. Hemlock St. Free. (509) 328-6702.
Silverwood Theme Park:
Admission to the park includes all rides, attractions and shows. Saturdays and Sundays through Sept. 21, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sept 27 and 28, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Special events: Saturday: Excelerator with Silverwood hosting the 7th annual Import, Sports Compact, Truck/SUV and Sports Bike Car Show; Sunday, Grand Sunday celebrates Grandparents day with free admission for grandparents when accompanied by a grandchild, one free ticket per grandchild; Sept. 13, 8th Annual Coaster Cross tri-state high school cross country invitational race. Saturday and Sunday and Sept. 13-14, 20-21 and 27-28, save 50% on all store merchandise including food, beverages and photos. Sept 13-14 and 27-28, Community Appreciation Weekend, donate two cans of food for local food banks and receive half price general admission. 27843 North Highway 95, 15 minutes north of Coeur d’Alene, Athol. $40.99/general, $21.99/ages 3-7 and seniors ages 65 and older, free/ages 2 and younger. Two-day passes: $64.99/adults, $34.99/ages 3-7 and seniors ages 65 and older. Tax not included in admission fee. $4/parking. (208) 683-3400.
Spokane Humane Society Ninth Annual Tux & Tails:
Dinner, auction and comedy show. Saturday, 6:30 p.m. Northern Quest Casino, 100 N. Hayford Road, Airway Heights. $50. (509) 467-5235, ext. 12.
Join an all-women festival of outdoor activities, classes (belly dancing, martini making, yoga and crafts), food, wine and camaraderie. Money raised helps fund Girl Scout of Eastern Washington/North Idaho camper expenses and programs. Saturday and Sunday. Camp Four Echoes on Lake Coeur d’Alene, Coeur d’Alene. $145, includes cabin camping, meals, beverages, activities. (509) 747-8091.
An Afternoon of Elegance:
Fundraiser for Lesotho, Africa. Sunday, 2-4 p.m. Sisters of the Holy Names Convent, 2911 W. Fort George Wright Drive. (509) 328-7470.
Cobra Roofing Polo Classic:
“Tents, Hats and Champagne.” Enjoy art walk, live music, divot stomp, hat competition, silent auction, gourmet food and more. Benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities. Sunday, gates open at noon. Spokane Polo Fields, Highway 2, across from Longhorn Barbecue, Airway Heights. $150. (509) 624-0500.
First annual community bike ride for all ages (think Bloomsday). Two rides to promote a healthy lifestyle, enjoyment in riding with friends and family and to celebrate the joy of cycling in Spokane. Pancake Feed at 7 a.m. Two rides both begin at the Flour Mill. A one-mile Park Ride will begin at 10 a.m. and ride through Riverfront Park; a 21-mile River Ride will begin at 9 a.m. and ride through Riverside State Park. Entertainment and food along the course. In the finish area on Post Street will be SpokeFair with vendors, music and a bike swap. Register online at www.SpokeFest.org or any regional bicycle shop. Sunday, 9 a.m. North Bank Shelter, Riverfront Park (near the Flour Mill). $10/person, $25/family of three, $5/each additional person. (509) 456-7200.
St. Joe River Cruise:
Enjoy a six-hour cruise. Hot and cold drinks will be available for purchase as well as dinner for $9.75. For all ages. Sunday, 11 a.m. Meet at Independence Point, Lake Coeur d’Alene, Coeur d’Alene. $36/ages 13 and older; Free/ages 12 and younger. (509) 625-6200.
Zero-Waste Parking Lot Party: Celebrating 35 years at the Moscow Food Co-op. The no-waste event will use dishes from the Palouse-Clearwater Environmental Institute (PCEI) plate project, transported to and from the Co-op using electric vehicles, with all garbage composted at the Co-op Earth Tub. For the party, the Co-op’s parking lot downtown will be filled with free live music performances and children’s activities. In addition, grilled burgers (meat or veggie), and beverages will be available for purchase. Sunday. 4-9 p.m. 121 E. Fifth St., Moscow. (208) 882-8537.
Boys & Girls Club of Kootenai County Fun in the Park Friend Raiser: BBQ dinner prepared by the Post Falls Community Volunteers. Games for the kids, music, inflatable bouncy toys, and information on the Boys & Girls Club. Tuesday. 5 p.m. Q’melin Park, across the Spokane River bridge, Post Falls. Dinner: $5/adults, $3/kids. (208) 457-9089.
America Supports You Freedom Walk:
Second annual event. Honor the lives lost on September 11, reflect on the freedoms we have in America, and pay tribute to our veterans, past and present. Join us for a walk and refreshments. Collecting items for U.S Troops Care Packages. For more information and what items are needed for the care packages, or to register please visit www.freedomwalkspokane.org. Thursday. Waterfront Park, Medical Lake. Free, T-shirts available for purchase. (509) 232-0824.
Lew Schwab 4x4 Truck Pull:
During Spokane County Interstate Fair. Sept. 12, 7 p.m. Spokane Fair and Expo Center, 404 N. Havana St. Free, with fair admission, TW.
Scholarship Fundraising Dinner and New Orleans Musical Review:
Evening of hot New Orleans food and jazz to benefit the Inland Northwest Business Alliance Outreach Scholarship Fund. Dine on authentic New Orleans cuisine. Entertainment by Abbey Crawford and Papa Scrubs’ 6-foot Stompers. Sept. 12. The Glover Mansion, 321 W. Eighth Ave. $50. (509) 455-3699.
Eastern Washington’s largest Vespa scooter rally. Enjoy long scenic rides, great eats, games, cool prizes, live music, a city-lights night ride and more. Have a scooter? Drop in for Spokane Scoot 2008. Sept. 12-14, 6 a.m.-4 p.m. Downtown Spokane. $20. (509) 991-9868.
Understanding the Medicare Puzzle to include Part D:
Speaker is Tonya Steele, SHIBA, Senior Health Insurance Benefits Advisor. Sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association. Today, 10 a.m.-noon. Kootenai Medical Center, 2003 Lincoln Way. Free. (208) 666-2996.
“The Palouse Project”:
Photographer Lara Swimmer and architect Robert Zimmer discuss their exhibit of large-scale photo collages of the Palouse on display at the Prichard Art Gallery. Today. 5 p.m. University of Idaho, Renfrew Hall, Room 111, Moscow. (208) 885-3586
. “Cultural Conflicts of 1858”:
“Finding Chief Kamiakin – The Life and Legacy of a Northwest Patriot,” by Richard Scheuerman, historian from Seattle Pacific University. Followed by a local tribal representative and an afternoon field trip escorted by Richard Scheuerman. Saturday, 9:30 a.m. Corbin Center, 827 W. Cleveland Ave. (509) 328-9368.
Basics in Excel (Spreadsheets):
Explore and understand the parts of the spreadsheet, basic formulas, basic formatting and editing. Saturday. 2 p.m. Coeur d’ALene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave., Coeur d’Alene. Free. (208) 769-2315.
Finally Home! Class:
Designed to help the home buyer address many issues involved in purchasing a home. Register online or call. Monday and Tuesday, 5:30-9:30 p.m. NIC Workforce Training Center, 525 W. Clearwater Loop, Coeur d’Alene. $10. (208) 769-3333.
Idaho Writers League:
Program: Mary Smith leads a panel discussing a new publishing group. Guests ages teens and older are welcome. Monday, 9 a.m.-noon. Jewett House, 1501 E. Lakeshore Dr., Coeur d’Alene. (208) 762-0976.
Introduction to Computers:
An informative tour in the basics of computers. If you have never touched a computer before, or have worked with computers but have not felt very comfortable with them, this workshop is for you. Basic typing skills are helpful, but not necessary. Tuesday. 10:30 a.m. Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave., Coeur d’Alene. Free. (208) 769-2315.
Science on Tap:
Mark McGuire, a professor of animal and veterinary sciences at the University of Idaho, discusses when it comes to milk, there are more choices for the American consumer to consider than ever before. Organic, hormone free, conventional and raw are just a few of the variations that now line the shelves merely 50 years after all milk was delivered to the doorstep. But with so many choices, who has the time to find out which varieties, if any, are worth the typical price increase? Tuesday. 5:30 p.m. Coeur d’Alene Brewing Company, 209 East Lakeside Ave., Coeur d’Alene. Free. (208) 699-6240.
“From Orthodoxy to Orthodoxy: A Jewish Christian Journey”:
The V. Rev. A. James Bernstein, pastor of St. Paul Orthodox Church in Brier, Wash., will give the presentation. Bernstein is also a co-founder of Jews for Jesus. Wednesday, 7-9 p.m. Coeur d’Alene Inn, 414 Appleway. Free. (208) 635-5226.
Financial Peace University Class:
Financial Peace University is a 13-week, video-based small group study that teaches families how to beat debt, build wealth, and give like never before. Classes will beheld one night per week, two hours per session. Come join us and beat the chains of debt. Preview Wednesday, 7 p.m. 2733 W. Northwest Blvd. (509) 325-5738.
Legal Issues for the Dementia Caregiver:
Speaker is Michael Wytychak III, chief elder law attorney with the National Elder Law Foundation. Sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association. Wednesday, 2-4 p.m. The Bridge Assisted Living, 1123 N. Division, Sandpoint. Free. (208) 263-1524.
“The Jewish Roots of Christian Worship”:
The V. Rev. A. James Bernstein, pastor of St. Paul Orthodox Church in Brier, Wash., will give the presentation. Bernstein is also a co-founder of Jews for Jesus. Thursday, 7-9 p.m. John the Baptist Orthodox Church, 4718 E. Horsehaven, Post Falls. Free. (208) 635-5226.
During Spokane County Interstate Fair. Rodeos today and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m. Spokane Fair and Expo Center, 404 N. Havana St. Advance: $10/adults, $7.50/youth and seniors; at the gate: $13/adults, $10/youth and seniors, TW. Prices include gate admission.
Spokane County Interstate Fair
: Entertainment, exhibits, carnival rides and food. Rodeo performances Sept. 5-6 at 7 p.m. and Sept. 7 at 4 p.m. All grandstand performances take place at 7 p.m.: Sept. 8, Joe Nichols; Sept. 9, Raven-Symone; Sept. 10, Bowling for Soup; Sept. 11: Phil Vassar; Sept. 12, 4x4 truck pulls, all day; Sept. 13, Compact Car Demolition Derby, 7 p.m.; Sept. 14: Full-sized Car Demolition Derby, 4 p.m. Special events: Sept. 7, Coats 4 Kids Day, bring in a new or gently used coat and get free admission for children age 13 and younger; Sept. 8, National Literacy Day, free admission for everyone, sponsored by KSPS Channel 7 and The Spokesman-Review, with free books in the plaza and Clifford the Big Red Dog on site for pictures and reading with special guests; Sept. 9, Senior Day, free admissions for all seniors; Sept. 11, Patriots Day, all military, firefighters and law enforcement admitted free with proper ID. Fair hours: Today through Sept. 13, 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Sept. 14, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Spokane County Fair and Expo Center, 404 N. Havana St. $8/adults, $5/seniors and ages 7-13, free/ages six and younger, TW or (509) 477-1766.
Meet with wedding professionals to assist in making your wedding day perfect. You can plan your entire wedding all under one roof. Fashion shows and more. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. $9/at the door, $7/register online at www.bridalfest.com. (208) 773-7049.
Oktoberfest and Chalk of the Town Competition:
First annual event, presented by Moscow Chamber of Commerce. Saturday: 7 a.m.-noon, farmers’ market; 7 a.m.-10 p.m., “Chalk of the Town” art fest; 1-10 p.m., Oktoberfest food with sausages, beer, games and live music. Evening dance in the square. Friendship Square, along Main Street, between Third and Fifth, Moscow. (208) 882-1800.
Praise-A-Palooza and Family Fun Fest:
10 Christian bands performing gospel, bluegrass/Celtic, acoustic, contemporary, reggae, hip hop and rock. Food and craft vendors, bouncy castle, face painting, games, raffles and prizes. Profits benefit The Mercy House, a safe/half-way house to be constructed in the Cusick area to assist those in crisis and recovery. Saturday and Sunday. Pend Oreille County Fairgrounds, Cusick, Wash. $12/person each day. (509) 863-3778.
Winthrop Auto Rallye:
33rd annual event hosted by Winthrop Chamber of Commerce. Featuring antiques, classics, rods, trucks, and special interest vehicles, as well as tractors and works in progress. Sept. 12 evening has cruise-in social hour with registration from 5-7 p.m.; Sept. 13 continues with continental breakfast from 8-9:30 a.m., parade at 11 a.m., show and shine from noon-3 p.m., street music and dancing from 1-4 p.m., bucket run from 4:30-5:30 p.m., and the famous Dollar Watch Cowboy Jamboree at 7 p.m. Sept. 12-13. Winthrop, Wash. (800) 4-METHOW.