Things to do
Spokane Scholars Foundation Banquet - Honoring 134 outstanding area high school seniors. Keynote speaker is Nancy Kanwisher, brain and cognitive sciences researcher at MIT. 6 p.m., Spokane Convention Center, 343 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. $30. (509) 838-8568.
Empty Bowls - Dinner to raise money for the Spokane Valley Food Bank, with pottery bowls created by Central Valley students that diners get to keep. The meal includes soup, salad, bread and dessert. Suggested donation is $10. 6-7:30 p.m., Central Valley High School, 821 S. Sullivan Road. (509) 228-5100
“Our Kids, Our Business Breakfast” - Featuring keynote speaker David Lawrence Jr., president of the Early Childhood Initiative. 7:30-9 a.m., Coeur d’Alene Resort, Coeur d’Alene. $15. (509) 473-4827
“Our Kids: Our Business” Luncheon - David Lawrence Jr. will speak on “Joining Together for All Kids.” Registration required; register online at www.unitedwayspokane.org. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. $30. (509) 838-6581
Co-op Kids - Children and their caregivers are invited to enjoy free activities, with snacks and materials donated by the Moscow Food Co-op. Start seedlings, focusing on flowers that attract pollinators. 9 a.m., Moscow Food Co-op Cafe, 121 E. Fifth St., Moscow, Idaho. Free. (208) 882-8537
Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day - Benefits Wishing Star Foundation. Many local television and radio celebrities will be scooping throughout the day, along with live entertainment. Noon-8 p.m., River Park Square, third level, 808 W. Main Ave. Free; donations accepted. (509) 455-8500
After-School Specials - Celebrate children’s book author Eric Carle through stories, crafts and games. 4 p.m.; library locations include: Airway Heights, 1213 S. Lundstrom St. (509) 893-8250; Fairfield, 305 E. Main St. (509) 893-8320. Free.
Running Start Information Night - Spokane Community College and Spokane Falls Community College show high school juniors and seniors (and parents and guardians) how they can earn college credits while completing high school academic requirements. 7 p.m., Spokane Falls Community College, SUB Lounges A, B and C, Building 17, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Drive, (509) 533-3524 or (509) 533-8215; 6 p.m., IEL Colville Center, 985 S. Elm, Colville, (509) 279-6710. Free.
Earth Day at Mobius Kids - Make an Earth collage and green tree craft and take home lessons. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Mobius Kids, River Park Square, lower level, 808 W. Main Ave. $5.75/adults, $4.75/seniors and military, free/age 1 and younger. (509) 624-KIDS
Family Festival (Japan Week) - Hands-on origami, toy making, kimono, calligraphy and tea. 3-5 p.m., Mukogawa Fort Wright Institute Commons Building, 4000 W. Randolph Road. Free. (509) 328-2971
Cheers to Kids - Wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres and music. To benefit Olive Crest Abused Children’s Foundation. 6-8 p.m., Bozarth Mansion, 12415 N. Fairwood. $45. (509) 468-0700
Rogers High School Spaghetti Feed - Proceeds will benefit the Rogers High School Instrumental Arts Department. Entertainment provided by the Rogers Jazz Band. 6-8 p.m., Rogers High School Commons, 1622 E. Wellesley Ave. $18/family of four or $5/person in advance; $20/family of four or $6.50/person at the door. (509) 487-5111 or (509) 868-4888
“Educating Spokane” - Hour-long, live call-in-show presented by Spokane Public Schools on KSPS-7 public television. Call (509) 354-7711 to ask state board members and Superintendent Nancy Stowell questions about how the $9 billion budget shortfall will impact local schools. 7 p.m.
“Teach Your Kids to Share Day” - A values-based approach to family money management, sponsored by Thrivent Financial. Celebrating Our Kids, Our Business. 5:30-9 p.m., Mobius Kids, River Park Square, lower level, 808 W. Main Ave. $10/family. (509) 435-2262
Shrine Circus - Today, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m., and 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 1 and 5 p.m. Spokane Valley Mall. $10-$20. (509) 747-0132 or (866) 534-2933
“Celebrating Smiles” - Educational classes, story time, crafts, nutritional snacks, goodie bags with complimentary toothbrushes and pictures with the Tooth Fairy. Kool Smiles, 524 E. Francis Ave. Free. (509) 413-8204
Pancake Feed and Silent Auction - Benefits the Cheney Baseball Association. 6:30-11 a.m., Cheney High School cafeteria, 460 N. Sixth St., Cheney. $5/. (509) 389-2111
Washington State Elementary Chess Championships - Grades K-6. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. $30/participants. (509) 768-4952
Washington State Karate Championships - Benefiting Candlelighters of the Inland Northwest, a nonprofit organization that enhances the lives of children with cancer. 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Central Valley High School, 821 S. Sullivan Road. (509) 474-2759
Earth Day Fair Celebration - Food, entertainment and family activities. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Harding Family Center, 411 N. 15th St., Coeur d’Alene. Free. (208) 666-6755
Spring Egg Hunt, Priest Lake - With games, a scavenger hunt and the annual duck races. 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Park Headquarters at Indian Creek, Priest Lake, Idaho. (208) 443-2200
“If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” Story time at Barnes & Noble - Meet and take a picture with Mouse from the book “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.” Bring your own camera. 11 a.m., Barnes & Noble, 15310 E. Indiana Ave., Spokane Valley. (509) 922-4104
Story time with Auntie Violet - Listen to stories read by Auntie Violet and then visit Riverfront Park for an adventure in the outdoors. For all ages. 11 a.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, Children’s Section, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.
“Unsung Hero” (Japanese Week) - The true story of a Washington man’s adventure in Japan during the samurai era. A children’s book by Atsumi Tsukimori. 2-3 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main. Ave. Free. (509) 838-0206
America’s Kids Run - The world’s largest running event for children ages 5-12. All participants must pick up their race packets at the trade show at the Spokane Convention Center on Friday from 3-8 p.m.; out-of-town runners pick up packets on race day from 8 to 9 a.m. at Joe Albi Stadium. Late registration $15, through today. (509) 466-9432, www.americaskidsrun.org
Spokane Youth Symphony - “Stop the Presses,” with guest violinist/pianist/singer/dancer/acrobat Janice Martin. All four of the Youth Symphony’s progressive orchestras will perform. 4 p.m., Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 W. Sprague Ave. $14/adults, $12/seniors, $10/children. (509) 448-4446
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