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Triple Threat Dinner - Sit-down dinner with Blackhawk, Restless Heart and Little Texas. Includes meet and greet, photo opportunities, memorabilia auction and raffle. Doors open at 4 p.m., dinner at 5. Concert tickets are not included. To benefit the Van Stephenson Memorial Cancer Research Fund, who was one of the founding members of Blackhawk and lost his battle with melanoma cancer in 2001. Today. Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. $55. (414) 430-LORI.

Wheat, Wine and Wild Salmon - Join Save Our Wild Salmon, Slow Food Spokane River and Spokane Falls Trout Unlimited for a celebration of the bounty of Salmon Nation. We will enjoy a delicious multiple course dinner by Chef David Hill, featuring sustainably-caught wild salmon, eastern Washington wheat and locally grown produce. Bill Matt, Sr. with the Spokane Tribe will talk about the local history of wild salmon and their importance to the Spokane Tribe. Wednesday, 6:30 p.m., reception and no-host bar, 7 p.m. dinner. Hill’s Restaurant and Lounge, 401 W. Main Ave. $45. (509) 747-2030.

Kibble and Prentice Kids’ Golf Classic - Foursomes play to benefit Children’s Home Society of Washington. Thursday, 1:30 p.m., Indian Canyon Golf Course. $100 person. (206) 695-3259.

Partners for Progress Fall Festival - Micro-brew tasting, appetizers and dancing to “Just In Time.” Proceeds to help build a medical clinic in Kopanga, Kenya. Partners for Progress is a Spokane based nonprofit. For tickets, mail check to Partners for Progress, P.O. Box 28191, Spokane, WA 99228. Thursday, 6-9 p.m., Beacon Hill Events, 4848 E. Wellesley Ave. $40/per person.

Celebration of Life - The community is invited for a night of great music, food and to be involved in a great cause. Live music by Hockey, Ron Green and Celestial State. Benefits Candlelighters of the Inland Northwest, a nonprofit founded to support kids with cancer and their families. Friday, 5-11 p.m., The Service Station, 9315 N. Nevada. $15/advance, $20/door. (509) 474-2759.

Community Fundraiser - For One World Spokane Organic Community Kitchen and One World Everybody Eats Foundation. Enjoy great food, entertainment and silent auction to help raise funds for Spokane’s new organic community kitchen project. Friday, 5-9 p.m., 1804 E. Sprague Ave. By donation. (509) 270-1608.

Feast of the Arts - A culinary experience showcasing four-course, gourmet dinner featuring Cougar-connected Washington wines. Held every Friday evening before home football games. Feasts will be held Fridaywith Jeff and Vicki Gordon Brothers Family Vineyards; Oct. 17 with Scott Williams of Kiona Vineyards; Nov. 7 with Shane McKibben with Amavi Cellars; and Nov. 21 with Annette Bergevin of Bergevin Lane. Music and art reception including wine and hors d’oeuvres at 6 p.m., dinner served at 7. Recommended attire is business casual. Visit for menus and reservations. Washington State University, Todd Hall Dining Room 268, Pullman. $75, plus tax. (509) 335-DINE or (877) 978-3868.

Ball and Chain Walleye Fishing Tournament - Each team must consist of one male and one female. Benefits the family of Casey McKern of Kettle Falls, who suffered a spinal cord injury in a swimming accident in May and is hospitalized in Denver. Sign-up and team drawings 7-8 a.m., launch 8-8:30, hourly prizes, dinner at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Lake Roosevelt, Kettle Falls Marina, Kettle Falls. $150/team. (509) 675-5750.

Under the Tuscan Sun - 16th annual wine and microbrew tasting and auction, presented by East Adams County Healthcare Foundation, benefiting Adams County Hospital District No. 2. 6-8 p.m., silent auction; 8 p.m., live auction. Saturday. American Legion Building, 106 W. Broadway, Ritzville. $15. (509) 659-1376.

Second Chance Extravaganza Dinner and Auction - Faith and Environment Network will host this fundraiser. Doors open and silent auction bidding begins at 3:30 p.m. and dinner is served at 5. Tickets available at the Salem Lutheran Book Parlor, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, at The Lands Council office, or by calling or e-mailing Donations of services or new or gently used items for the auction can be made by contacting Amber at (509) 868-9219 or Next Sunday, 3:30-7 p.m., St. John’s Cathedral Great Hall, 127 E. 12th Ave. $20/person, $50/family, $150/table of 8. (509) 838-4277.

Harvest Moon Auction and Hallo Wine Tasting - Benefits Make-A-Wish Foundation. Oct. 2. 5:30-8 p.m., Davenport Hotel, 10 S. Post St. $20/person, $50/couple, $275/table. (509) 789-6812.

Benefit Dinner and Auction for Hixon Family - Wes Hixon was injured while serving in Iraq and now paralyzed from the chest down. The benefit will assist the family’s costs to travel to Seattle weekly and his journey home. 6-7 p.m., social hour; 7-8 spaghetti dinner; 8 p.m., auction. Donation items welcome. Oct. 3. Mirabeau Park Hotel, 1100 N. Sullivan Road, Spokane Valley. $15/dinner. (509) 927-8834 or (509) 921-6856.

Fruit of the Vine Wine and Microbrew Tasting - Taste quality wines and microbrews and enjoy desserts. More than 60 wines available, wineries include will feature wines from Diamond Creek, Silver Oak, Woodward Canyon, K Syrah, Dunham, Groth, Duckhorn, Andrew Will, Dunn, Rombauer, Boudreaux, Coeur d’Alene, Stag’s Leap, St. Jean, Gordon Brothers, Lone Canary Townshend, Robert Karl, Arbor Crest and Spanish wines and local wineries. Oct. 3. Davenport Hotel, 10 S. Post St. $50/general, $35/seniors. (509) 994-4972 or (509) 922-4300, ext. 200.

Mixing at Mobius - Attendees will enjoy Twig’s Bistro signature martinis, Rock City Grill wood oven pizza, treats from Boehm’s Chocolates and Flowers and Madeleine’s Cafe and Patisserie while listening to the Nick Herman Trio. Benefit to support Mobius Kids, a children’s museum. Oct. 3, 6-9 p.m., Mobius Kids in River Park Square, lower level, 808 W. Main Ave. $40, include VIP parking at River Park Square. (509) 624-5437.

Signature Chefs Auction - The March of Dimes Inland Northwest Chapter along with Spokane’s best restaurants present this third annual event combining signature food tasting with the excitement of a live and silent auction. Experience signature cuisines, sip fine wines and bid on unique auction packages prepared by each of the chefs involved. Proceeds benefit March of Dimes campaign to reduce the rate of premature births, birth defects and other serious threats to babies’ health. Oct. 3, 6 p.m., The Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln St. $150. (509) 328-1920.

Fall Festival - Autumn dinner includes roasted butternut squash bisque, rolls, braised pork osso bucco, bacon-cabbage mashed potatoes, pork-Merlot demi braising sauce, roasted fall root vegetables, Granny Smith apple-caramel sauce, ice cream stuffed cream puff. Silent and live auction courtesy of Mike Ferguson. Live entertainment throughout the evening. Oct. 4, 6 p.m., Manito Golf and Country Club. $65. (509) 325-5451.

Harvest Fest and Fundraiser - Includes barbecue food, door prizes, live music and special discounts on all Farm and Hood Gear products. Celebrate our first summer’s success as Riverfront Farm and Jobs Not Jails teamed up to provide West Central’s only organic urban garden and employ at-risk youth. Learn more about our expansion plans for 2009. Purchase tickets by Sept. 30. Oct. 4, 3-5 p.m., Farm/Eco House, 2605 W. Boone Ave. Suggest donation: $25/person, $35/couple, $50/family. (509) 434-8160 or (509) 280-1702.

Fallen Leaf Run for SIDS - 26th annual run to benefit Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Beautiful, relatively easy 5K course along the Spokane River and Centennial Trail. Top overall ribbons will be awarded within each age/gender category, along with person turning in most money raised through pledges and donations. Register at Oct. 5, 9 a.m.-noon, Mirabeau Point Park, 13500 E. Mirabeau Parkway. $20/advance, $25/day of event, children age 12 and younger are free; t-shirt for all registrant. (509) 456-0505.

The Bishop’s Poor Man’s Meal - Enjoy a soup and bread lunch, tour the shelter, and learn about the E’s Emergency Sleeping Program. Oct. 5, 10-2 p.m., House of Charity, 32 W. Pacific Ave. $10/person, $30/family. (509) 358-4254.

“Oklahoma!” - Because There is Hope presents a benefit performance, with silent auction and raffle. As Oklahoma prepares to unite as a state, two fickle farm girls prepare to unite with their beaus. Now, if they can just figure out which fellas to choose. Enjoy boot-stomping tunes like “The Surrey With the Fringe On Top” and “I Cain’t Say No.” Oct. 8, 7:30 p.m., Spokane Civic Theatre, Main Stage, 1020 N. Howard St. $26. (509) 448-1858.

YWCA Women of Achievement Luncheon - Keynote speaker is Mae Jemison, the first woman in space aboard the Endeavour on Sept. 12, 1992. Proceeds will benefit the programs and services offered by the YWCA. Oct. 8. Noon. Spokane Convention Center ballroom, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. $125. (509) 326-1190, ext. 154.

Spokane Film Festival Jazz Evening - The Spokane International Film Festival kicks off their season with the multi-award winning jazz film “ ’Round Midnight,” starring tenor sax great Dexter Gordon. This film shows the moving story of an expatriate black jazz musician and his struggle to create the bebop sound in 1959 Paris. Gordon is sensational in the lead role, earning him an Academy Award nomination. Herbie Hancock, who appears in the film, won an Academy Award for his musical score. Director Bertrand Tavernier beautifully captures the many joys and sorrows that encompass the jazz world. Dinner at Spokane Club immediately following the film. Live jazz music by Hot Club of Spokane. Oct. 10, 5:30 p.m., Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. $60/person, includes dinner; $10/film only. (509) 624-2615.

13th Annual “Raise the Roof” Benefit - Supporting Habitat for Humanity in Spokane. Silent auction at 5 p.m., dinner served at 7, followed by live auction. Oct. 11, 5 p.m., Northern Quest Casino, 100 N. Hayford Road, Airway Heights. $50 before Oct. 1; $60 after. (509) 534-2552.

East Meets West - Fundraising dinner and auction. The final 2-miles of paving and bridge at Wallen Road are currently being constructed. We are thrilled to complete the Moscow-Troy trail and would love to gather all our supporters together to celebrate! Proceeds from the event will fund the current phase of construction. Oct. 11, 6:30 p.m., Best Western University Inn, Moscow. $40/person, $300/table of eight. (208) 882-5458.

Vegas Magic Show - Spokane’s Northeast Kiwanis Club welcomes Carson Entertainment for their “Camps for Kids” fundraiser. The camp sends low- and middle-income children to camp who could otherwise not afford to attend. Featuring Gary Carson and wife Kelsey Kara (former Miss Nevada), a national touring company that has performed across the country at corporate events, on luxury cruise ships, at five-star resorts, and at major casinos and universities. Oct. 11, 3 p.m., Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. $15. (509) 466-6832 or (509) 325-SEAT.

“Spokane’s Got Talent” - A musical afternoon of ballroom dancing, a cappella music and fun. Featuring Molly Allen of KZZU radio, Robyn Nance and Dave Erickson, KXLY news anchors. These celebrities will be joining the Spirit of Spokane Chorus, quartets and a variety of talent. See who makes it to the finals. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Cancer Care Foundation, North Idaho Cancer Center and Teen Closet. Oct. 12, 3 p.m., Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. $15/adults: $12/seniors and students. (509) 227-7638.

Dinner Among Friends - Social hour and silent auction at 6 p.m.; dinner and musical review to follow. Benefits Cancer Patient Care. Oct. 17. Northern Quest Casino, 100 N. Hayford Road, Airway Heights. $35/person, $60/pair. (509) 456-0446.

OctoBrewfest Auction - 13th annual event. Enjoy a sampling of microbrews from northwest breweries, wine and gourmet root beer tastings. Bidding on silent and live auction items. Benefit for the Inland Northwest Chapter, National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Must be 21 or older. Oct. 18, 5:30-11 p.m., Spokane County Fair and Expo Center, 404 N. Havana St. $13/advance, $15/door, includes four sample tokens. (509) 325-SEAT.

Wine Tasting Fundraiser - Theme is “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Medieval” with fencing, wine, food and an auction. Benefits the North Idaho AIDS Coalition. Oct. 18. Kootenai County Fairgrounds, Coeur d’Alene. $50/advance, $60/door. (208) 665-2357.

Billion $ Bag Benefit - Champagne and decadent desserts, auction of 30 hand-made evening purses designed by local quilters from hand-dyed wedding dresses. Proceeds to benefit future programming at the JACC. Reservations required. Oct. 22, 7-9 p.m., Jacklin Arts and Culture Center at the Old Church, 405 Williams St., Post Falls. $20. (208) 457-8950.

Boys & Girls Club of Kootenai County Masquerade Ball-When in Rome … - Hosted wine and beer social hour with entertainment, champagne raffle, costume contest (costumes optional), dinner, silent auction and limited live auction featuring travel, entertainment and get-away packages. Dancing to classic rock music by the Rhythm Dawgs. Oct. 25, 5:30 p.m., Greyhound Park and Events Center, Post Falls. $50/person. (208) 457-9089 or (800) 4-CDA-TIX.

Monster Mash Oktoberfest Bash - EWU Library’s annual fundraiser dinner and auction. Enjoy a “killer” dinner prepared by Longhorn Barbecue Restaurant, with beer and wine tasting provided by Latah Creek, Coeur d’Alene Brewing, and Northern Lights Brewing. Auctioneer Austin Booker will host the silent and live auctions, which will feature trip and entertainment packages, sporting adventures, artwork, a bicycle, gift baskets, and much more. All proceeds benefit the EWU Library’s Collection Endowment Fund for the purchase of books and journals. Oct. 25, 5-10:30 p.m., Eastern Washington University, JFK Library, 816 F Street, Cheney. $35/person, $175/reserved table for six; $15/EWU students. (509) 359-2264.

The Pumpkin Ball - Black-tie fundraising gala to benefit The Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery and the Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital. Gourmet dining, exquisite wines, fairytale photo opportunities, dancing live music. Pumpkin-carving competition between teams of local physicians, business leaders and CEOs. Visit Oct. 25, 5:30 p.m., Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. $150/person. (509) 535-3155.

Camp Reed Sixth Annual Gourmet Dinner and Auction - Social and silent auction at 5 p.m., dinner and live auction at 7:30. Reservations required. Nov. 1. The Davenport Hotel, 10 S. Post St. $75. (509) 838-3577, ext. 142.