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Second Annual Thomas Paine Birthday Celebration - The Spokane Chapter of the Progressive Democrats of America invites you to celebrate the 272nd birthday of the founding American with dinner, entertainment, an auction of progressive collectibles and a no-host bar. Reservations requested. Donations for the Second Harvest Food Bank accepted at the door. Tuesday, 6 p.m., Bluz at the Bend, 2721 N. Market St. $25/person. (509) 747-3454

Black and White Ball - Dinner and dance benefit for the Coeur d’Alene Symphony. Saturday, 6 p.m., Coeur d’Alene Resort, 115 S. Second St. $75. (208) 765-3833

Fourth Annual Women’s Souper Bowl - For all levels of cross-country skiers and snowshoers, to benefit the Women’s and Children’s Free Restaurant. Snowshoes will be available on site free of charge. Mountain Gear, Fitness Fanatics, and REI will be offering discounted ski rentals in town, reservations required. Schedule: check-in, 8:30 a.m.; timed, women-only race for both classic and skate skiers, 10 a.m.; “Souper” lunch including hot soup, fresh bread and cookies, 11 a.m.-12:45 p.m.; drawings for prizes, including massages, coffee, wine, gift certificates and gear from local outdoor sponsors, starting at 12:15 p.m. Other options include guided snowshoe tours, or venture off on a marked trail on your own. Cross country ski tours are self-guided; treats await those who make it to the Nova Hut, a 5K loop. A chartered “Souper” Bowl bus will leave at 8 a.m. from the Mountain Gear parking lot at 2002 N. Division and make a stop at Mt. Spokane High School at 8:30 a.m.; bus returns at 1 p.m. Fare is $15; reservations requested. The first 100 participants to register will receive a free cloth shopping bag from REI. Registration forms are available online at www.mountaingear.com/retail, www.fitfanatics.com, www.snsef.org. Feb. 1, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Selkirk Lodge on Mount Spokane. $25. (509) 869-4136

Kids at Heart 2009 Charity - With guest speaker Logan Olson of Logan Magazine, a fashion magazine for girls with disabilities. Feb. 5, 11:30 a.m., Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. $100. (509) 474-2819

Viva Vino - Third annual Hispanic business and professional event. All proceeds will go toward scholarships for Latinos. Wine and beer tasting, silent and live auction, Latin jazz music with the Pulehu Boys, hors d’oeuvres and chocolate fountain. Feb. 6, 7-10:30 p.m., Northern Quest Casino, 100 N. Hayford Road, Airway Heights. $50/advance, $55/door. (509) 624-4655

Winter Wine Dinner - Presented by the Inland Northwest Culinary Academy at Spokane Community College. Enjoy a four-course meal featuring the cuisine of graduate Dan Bower and wines from Latah Creek Winery. Prepayment required. Feb. 6, 6:30 p.m., Spokane Community College, 1810 N. Greene St. $70 per person. (509) 533-7283

Go Red for Women Luncheon - Educational breakout sessions, inspirational survivor stories, a heart-healthy luncheon and keynote speaker Diana Nyad. Presented by Providence Health Care. Feb. 11, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. $100. (509) 536-1500

“Love Our Seniors” Wine Tasting and Open House - To benefit Meals on Wheels. Featuring award-winning wines from Lake Crest Winery, hors d’oeuvres and music. Five Gallery of Thum’ artists will be painting throughout the day. Feb. 13, 2-8:30 p.m., Steam Plant Grill, 159 S. Lincoln St. $75. (509) 294-9234, (509) 747-8190

Works From the Heart Contemporary Art Auction - 24th annual event with food, beverages and more than 100 pieces of artwork by regional artists. Presented by Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture. Feb. 14, 5 p.m., Spokane Masonic Center, 1108 W. Riverside Ave. $75/person, $850/table of eight. (509) 456-3931

“An Evening with the Winemaker” - Hosted by the Manito Golf and Country Club. Enjoy a classic dinner including pate, garden greens, cassoulet and dessert, with wines of Southern France presented by John Allen of Vino. Live entertainment, silent and live auctions. Feb. 21, 6 p.m., Center Pointe, 1408 N. Washington St. $100 per person ($60 tax-deductible). (509) 325-5451

25th Annual Chocolate and Champagne Gala - Live and silent auctions, coffee samplings, hors d’oeuvres and dancing. Presented by Our Daily Bread. 6 p.m., early registration; 6:30-9 p.m., chocolate sampling and hors d’oeuvres including a pasta station, roast beef and turkey, displays of grilled vegetables and fruit; 6:30-10 p.m., silent auction; 8-9 p.m., live auction; 9 p.m.-midnight, dancing. Feb. 27, Mirabeau Park Hotel, 1100 N. Sullivan Road, Spokane Valley. $50. (509) 343-5053

HOME Fundraiser Tea - Hosted by the Home Advisory Board, H.O.M.E. students and the EWU Women’s Studies. H.O.M.E. is a scholarship program to help low-income, continuing, undergraduate, graduate, or incoming students pay for daycare expenses. March 4, 2-4 p.m., Eastern Washington University, Monroe Hall, Room 205, second floor lounge, Cheney. $20/advance, $25/door. RSVP with a check to EWU, Women’s Studies Center, 207 Monroe, Cheney, WA 99004. (509) 359-2898

13th Annual Wine Stein and Dine - Raises funds for creative classroom teaching grants in the Post Falls School District. March 7, 7-10 p.m., Greyhound Park and Events Center, Post Falls. $45/advance, $60/door. (208) 661-7225

Alzheimer’s Association Gala and Auction - Black tie-optional affair with elegant dinner and live entertainment by The Carruthers, silent auction. All proceeds go toward support services for families and loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease in Eastern Washington and North Idaho. March 20, 5:30 p.m., Davenport Hotel, 10 S. Post St. $100. (509) 473-3390, www.Alz.org/inlandnorthwest



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