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Spokane/E. Washington

Ongoing

Saturday Night Salsa 9:30 p.m-1 a.m. 820 W Sprague, Arrive an hour early and get a free salsa class by certified ballroom instructor Marianne Seney. (509) 892-1480.

“Spokane Timeline: Personal Voices” Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture. Learn the history behind the area’s growth, including the role of timber, business, community, railroads, and other sectors in the history of the Inland Northwest. (509) 456-3931.

January

Jan.29-Feb. 14 Cowgirls, Spokane Interplayers Theatre. A classic country tale of a young girl who tries to save family saloon from foreclosure a day by forming a singing group. (509) 455-7529.

February

Feb. 3-4 Chamber Soiree 2, The Davenport Hotel. Spokane Symphony provides music as guests enjoy drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and the atmosphere of the Davenport in the event 8th installment of the event. Admission is $45. (509) 624-1200.

Feb. 5-15 Spokane International Film Festival, River Park AMC Theatres. Meet independent filmmakers from around the world at screenings and parties. (509) 624-2615, www.spokanefilmfestival.org.

Feb. 6 “A House Divided: The Legacy of Lincoln,” group exhibition, Chase Gallery in City Hall. Exhibition in cahoots with the Spokane Symphony’s festival celebrates Abraham Lincoln’s 200th birthday. Bring your beard and stovetop hat; you might learn something. (509) 625-6050.

Feb. 13 “Evelyn Glennie – Percussion Extraordinaire!,” INB Performing Arts Center. Grammy-winning percussionist known to evoke enough sound from a single drum. See what she can do when paired with the Spokane Symphony. (509) 624-1200.

Feb. 20-Mar. 15 “No, No, Nanette,” Spokane Civic Theatre. Tap-dancing musical comedy weaves the tale of a girl’s journey to Atlantic City in pursuit of fun before she ties the knot. (800) 446-9576.

March

Mar. 6 “Explorations XI,” Chase Gallery in City Hall. Group exhibitions from regional colleges and universities. including Eastern Washington University, North Idaho College, Spokane Falls Community College, and Whitworth University. (509) 625-6050.

Mar. 7-8 “New Worlds,” Martin Woldson Theater, the Fox. Get fired up with Bloch’s “Macbeth,” Rachmaninoff’s musical poem “The Isle of the Dead” and Holst’s “The Planets” accompanied by a multimedia presentation courtesy of NASA. (509) 624-1200.

Mar. 14 An Evening with Sir James and Lady Jean Galway, Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox. Sir James has sold more than 30 million albums with his flute playing and crossing of musical boundaries. His wife also plays the flute. (509) 624-1200.

North Idaho

January

Jan. 31, Feb. 1, 7-8 U.S. Pacific Coast Championships Sled Dog Races at the USFS Airstrip off of Highway 57 in Priest Lake. Finally, a chance to yell mush and not look like a weirdo. (888) 774-3785.

Jan. 31 Black And White Ball, Coeur d’Alene Resort. Coeur d’Alene Symphony provides music; you provide appropriate attire and any kind of footwork. 208-765-3833 or www.cdasymphony.org.

February

Feb. 1 Lookout Pass “Ole Olson” Bratwurst/Brew & Music Festival, Lookout Pass. Beer, bratwurst & music in the mountains couldn’t be far from a genius combination. www.fyinorthidaho.com.

Feb. 7 George Hill Memorial Snowshoe Volleyball Tournament, Hill’s Resort in Priest Lake. A new twist on the game for the winter season is interesting to watch. www.hillsresort.com.

Feb. 14 Sweetheart Ball, Greyhound Park Events Center in Post Falls. Have a ball in Post Falls for the reasonable price of $10 per ticket. 208-704-3692.

Feb. 20-22, 26-28 “The Sunshine Boys” Lake City Playhouse in Coeur d’Alene. (208) 667-1323.

Feb. 21-22 13th Annual Muzzleloading Arms & Historical Crafts Show, Kootenai County Fairgrounds, Coeur d’Alene. Historical firearms and related crafts for trade and sale. 509-397-4447 or www.mountaintoptradingco.com.

March

Mar. 7 Winterfest at Hills Resort in Priest Lake. The fest is on.

Mar. 7-8 Coin Show, Kootenai County Fairgrounds in Coeur d’Alene. If you like coins this could be a rare opportunity to mingle with others of your kind. 208-773-8710.

Mar. 17 St. Patrick’s Day,Silver Mountain in Kellogg.

Mar. 17 St. Patty’s Day, Lookout Pass. Corned beef and green beer are only the beginning of the Irish fun.

Mar. 20-22 NIBCA Home and Garden Show, Kootenai County Fairgrounds, Coeur d’Alene.

Mar. 28 Annual Spin In, Log Cabin Spinners, Kootenai County Fairgrounds in Coeur d’Alene. Plenty of spinnin’ and woolgathering going on. 208-773-4250.

British Columbia/Alberta

January

Jan. 21- Feb. 8 PuSh International Performing Arts Festival 2009, Vancouver. Annual event celebrates live performing arts in music, theatre, dance and other incarnations of on-the-spot entertainment. Local, national and international performers strut their stuff. www.pushfestival.ca/index.php.

Jan. 29-Feb. 1 Disney High School Musical: The Ice Tour, Victoria. Didn’t get enough of the show in theatres or DVD? Try it on ice performed by world-class skaters and relieve the magic of the favorite production. (250) 220-7777 or www.britishcolumbia.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

February

Feb. 1-8 Victoria Film Festival, Victoria. This independent film festival is known for providing filmmakers with the opportunity to make a distinguished mark on their career with a successful entry to the event. www.victoriafilmfilmfestival.com.

Feb. 1-28 Whistler Winter Arts Festival. Live music, aerial dance, theatre, snow sculpting, film screenings, art and photography exhibitions, literary soirees, storytelling events, short films from area filmmakers, and regional art, all stuffed into one month. www.whistlerartscounsel.com.

Feb. 1-28 Winterlude, Revelstoke. Citywide winter festival includes curling bonspiels, toboggan parties, dummy downhill races, indoor golf tournaments and snowmobile events. The toboggan parties alone might be worth the visit. www.revelstokewinterlude.com.

Feb. 4-8 “Blood Money,” Bailey Studio, Nanaimo. This thriller shows how a well-to-do couple is rocked by a dark secret from their past. www.bailey.nisa.com/.

Feb. 6-7 Appleton Rum Peak to Valley Race, Whistler. Teams of four are required to include one member of the opposite sex as they race through 180 gates and drop 1,443 meters through the 5km course. www.whistlerblackcomb.com.

Feb. 6-15 Vernon Winter Carnival, Vernon. This festival has 100 events and the official theme, “Dancing with Carnival.” Highlights include parade, snow sculpture competition and hot air balloon fiesta. www.vernonwintercarival.com.

Feb. 6-27 Snow Daze, Prince George. Expansive winter festival includes a male beauty pageant, Texas Hold’em Tournament, Curling Funspiel, Senior’s Day and more. www.snowdaze.ca.

Feb. 7 Deka Lake & District VFD Ice Fishing Derby, Cariboo. Man against fish and other men with only a sheet of ice separating them. Come for the frozen sport and the chance to go home the victor. www.southcaribootourism.com.

Feb. 7 Chocolate Festival, North Peace Cultural Center, Fort St. John. Funds received from showing chocolate love support Peace Arts Gallery Society. Good causes rarely tastes this good. www.npcc.bc.ca/.

Feb. 7 Noche Flamenca in Victoria, University of Victoria. This rendition of the art of flamenco is hailed by critics as the most true to its nature today. www.uvic.ca/.

Feb. 11 Heart and Stroke Celebrity Breakfast, Vancouver. The event’s 25th anniversary draws business leaders and celebrities from Vancouver to fight the battle against heart disease and stroke. www.celebritybreakfast.ca.

Feb. 12-16 Alberta Day Holiday Celebrations, Panorama Mountain Village. Magic shows, snowmobile stunt shows, snow volleyball and hot pool bingo are geared to make for a family-friendly event in the mountainous region. www.panoramamountainvillage.com.

Feb. 13-15 Gardening Spring Festival, Beban Park Social Centre, Victoria. More than 45 commercial and nonprofit displays, speaker programs, workshops, children’s activities, music and door prizes can be enjoyed at festival.. www.harbourliving.ca.

Feb. 14 Valentine Night Time Speed Chair Dating, Mt. Washington. Come home with a match made on the mountain. Night ski lift passes are 2 for 1 and there will be another speed dating activity at the Whiskey Jack Chair. Try your hand at games of love with the odds tilted towards success. www.mountwashington.ca.

Feb. 14-22 Pacific Rim Whale Festival, Tofino Ucluelet and Pacific Rim National Park. Watch the entire North American population of Pacific grey whales migrate past the west coast of Vancouver Island. A dream come true for whale watchers! www.pacificrimwhalefestival.org.

Feb. 16-20 Spring SnoJam, Mt. Washington. Family fun with the Dairyland Crazy Cards, Old Dutch Mini Olympics, Barq’s Tubing Festival and the Beaver Tails tail-eating contest. www.mountwashington.ca.

Feb. 21 Avatar Circus, Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney. The Avatar circus has a contemporary focus and relies on incredible storytelling through dance, physical theatre, new media and comedy. www.avatarcircus.com.

Feb. 21 Helly Hansen Big Air Competition, Mt. Washington. Boarders and skiers of all ages vie for the big prize with using the best tricks from their arsenal. www.mountwashington.ca.

Feb. 21-22 Girls Day Out, Golden. Two-day ski camp created especially for women ages 13-50. Includes demo skis, professional coaching, workshops, motivational speakers, lunches, prizes and plenty of bonding time with other ladies.. www.britishcolumbia.com.

March

Mar. 1 2009 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, SaveOn Foods Memorial Centre, Victoria. Curling is a sport played by many amateur and professional residents; this is a most revered curling event. www.britishcolumbia.com.

Mar. 1-4 Kootenay Festival of the Arts, Nelson. Live performances of dance, piano, speech, arts, choral and vocal, strings and instrumental. www.capitoltheatre.bc.ca.

Mar. 5 Brandi Disterheft, Hermann’s Jazz Club, Victoria. Disterheft won the 2008 Juno Award for Best Traditional Jazz Album. www.hermannsjazz.com.

Mar. 5-8 Rossland Pride, Red Mountain Resort. The 2nd annual gay ski event is celebrated with local parties. Show some love and support while enjoying the fun. www.rosslandpride.com.

May. 8 Griz Days – Dummy Downhill, Fernie. No real competition here, only ‘dummies’ on skis being rocketed from a massive ski jump. www.tourismfernie.com.

Mar. 9-14 IPC Alpine Skiing World Cup Finals, Whistler. Nearly 100 of the best Paralympics Alpine skiers from 16 countries meet for the biggest event of their season. www.ipcalpinefinals.com.

Western Montana

February

Feb. 6 Artwalk, downtown Billings. Walk through galleries and businesses open for artists and artisans. Fun Express Bus on hand for a quick ride when needed. 406-259-6563.

Feb. 6-7 Chocolate Festival, Anaconda. Local merchants give away free chocolates to all customers and a constable fines any merchants who doesn’t do so, with money going to charity. Includes the Annual Quilt Exhibit, Bake Sale and the town’s biggest sweetie pie competition. 406-563-2422.

Feb. 13-15 Wild West Winterfest, Bozeman. Horse-drawn wagon rides, kid’s Roundup Rodeo, quilt show, McLien’s FFA Farm Barn with animals for viewing/petting, orking Horse & Driver contest, dog competitions, Elk bugling Contest and Chili Cook-off. 406-582-3270.

Feb. 13-18 Race to the Sky Sled Dog Race, Helena. Qualifying races to the Alaskan Iditarod. Bid on one of the sleds to make sure you have a stake in the 45-mile race! 406-881-3647.

Feb. 13-22 Big Sky Documentary Film, Wilma Theater, Missoula. More than 100 documentary films on Montana’s largest movie screen, plus the chance to mingle with filmmakers from all over the world. 406-541-3456.

Feb. 14 Romance at the Moss Mansion, Billings. Take a guided tour of the mansion and enjoy a romantic dessert for two in the formal dining room. Carriage rides pick up couples every 15 minutes and each passenger will receive a red rose. 406-256-5100.

Feb. 14-16 Montana Snowkite Rodeo, Anaconda. Be dazzled as kites pull riders from around the world across frozen lakes. Events include freestyle and racing. 406-442-8009.

Feb. 19-21 34th Annual Northern Rodeo Association Finals, MetraPark Arena, Billings. More than 1,200 top money winners from 42 sanctioned summer rodeos compete. 406-252-1122.

Feb. 21-22 Snowbowl Cup Gelande Championship, Missoula. Ski jumpers soar up to 200 feet off of a drop between two cliffs. The dangerous spectacle brings national media coverage and jumpers from across the United States. 406-549-9777 or toll free 800-728-2695.

March

Mar. 1-3 Special Olympics and State Winter Games, Whitefish Mountain Resort. More than 200 Special Olympics athletes compete in a variety of events. Opening Ceremonies include a torchlight parade down the mountain. 406-216-5327 or toll free 800-242-6876.

Mar. 5-8 Winter Classic, Whitefish Mountain Resort. Annual charity event raises money for financial assistance for Flathead Valley families needing medical care for children. Features professional and collegiate football players, an art show, basketball game, autograph signing sessions, Wasabi Sushi bar community night and more. 406-862-8146.

Mar. 6-8 Billings Home Improvement Show, Billings. The 26th anniversary of the biggest home show Montana offers includes 600 exhibits and 30,000 visitors.. New additions include specialty rooms (ex. HDTV room). Kid’s can try car racing, gardening, and wild bird feeding. 406-259-3114/800-303-3114.

Mar. 7 Wine and Food Festival, Great Falls. Sample food, over 100 Montana or surrounding wines and beers,. Must be 21 years to attend and enjoy the dancing. 406-761-1900 or 800-548-8256.

Mar. 7-9 Rocky Mountain Arts & Crafts Festival, MetraPark, Billings. Vendors show off metal art, woodwork, stained glass, photography, pottery, handmade toys, jewelry, artwork, floral, quilts, dolls, home décor, jams, jellies. 406-657-1372 or 800-543-2505 ext. 1372

Mar. 13-15 Cabin Fever Gun Show, Gallatin County Fairgrounds, Bozeman. Got cabin fever and need a gun? Then browse 300 booths of rifles, six-shooters, Western collectibles and art, antiques and more. 406-586-6179.

Mar. 14 “Happy Birthday Bach!” Billings Symphony Orchestra & Chorale, Alberta Bair Theater. Bach defined his own place in classical music for the ages, and the Orchestra and Chorale celebrate Orchestral Suite No. 3 and other pieces. 406-252-3610 or 877-321-2074.

Mar. 17 St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Kalispell. Wear green and enjoy all the festivities Kalispell has to offer on the special day. 406-758-2800.

Mar. 17 St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Anaconda. Have Irish fun with a parade and music including Hibernian pipes and drums, local bag pipe band, floats, merchants, politicians even the Irish Washer Women’s drill team! 406-563-2400.

Seattle

January

Jan. 23-Feb. 1 Seattle Boat Show 2009, Qwest Field and Exhibition Center. The West Coast’s largest boat show includes 1,000 recreational watercraft, seminars and accessories, and 200 boats actually in the water at Lake Union.. (206) 381-8000 or www.qwestfield.com.

February

Feb. 7-8 “Pinocchio” by the Pacific Northwest Ballet, Marion Oliver McCaw Hall. Nearly 60 ballet artists perform this one-act narrated ballet. 206-615-1819 or www.pnb.org.

Feb. 8 Human Rights Film Festival: Sand and Sorrow, SIFF Cinema Theatre. A documentary detailing the crisis in Darfur, directed by Peabody Award-winner Paul Freedman and narrated by George Clooney. 206-324-9996 or www.siff.net.

Feb. 13-19 Noir City Film Festival at SIFF Cinema Theatre. “Newspaper Noir” spotlights newspapers and what makes ‘em tick. Each film will be accompanied by a b-side film making an entire week of double features. 206-324-9996 or www.siff.net.

Feb. 14 David Crowe’s Laugh Lovers Ball at Moore Theatre. The 14th “evening of sophisticated silliness” showcases some of the most well respected comedians in the country performing stand-up, sketch, music and knee-slappers involving audience members. 206-467-5510 or www.themoore.com.

Feb. 14-22 2009 Seattle Home Show. Indulge in over 600 displays, “Meet the Experts” seminars, model kitchen and bath vignettes, landscape displays, green living tips, arts & crafts and even a wine tasting area for the thirsty. 206-284-0960 or www.seattlehomshow.com.

Feb. 17 Donald Hall, Benaroya Hall. He’s a poet and a former Poet Laureate at that whose books include “White Apples and the Taste of Stone: Selected Poems 1946-2006,” “The Painted Bed,” and “Without: Poems.” 206-215-4800 or www.lectures.org.

Feb. 18-22 Northwest Flower & Garden Show, Washington State Convention and Trade Center. Six acres of 26 full-scale display gardens, more than 110 free seminars, hands-on demonstrations, gardening products/services and just about anything else one might need for gardening. 206-694-5000 or www.gardenshownw.com.

Feb. 18 David Byrne, Benaroya Hall. The co-founder of “Talking Heads” goes solo for a performance in Seattle. 206-215-4800 or www.theparamount.com/.

Feb. 20 The Blind Boys of Alabama at Moore Theatre. The boys have been playing traditional and contemporary gospel music together since 1939 and have improved with age. 206-467-5510 or www.theparamount.com/.

Feb. 21 Discover Music: Beethoven Lives Upstairs by the Seattle Symphony. The story of how Beethoven lived above a young boy and seemed like nothing more than a crazy cantankerous old man until his musical genius surfaced. 206-215-4800 or www.seattlesymphony.org.

Feb. 25 Itzhak Perlman with the Seattle Symphony, Benaroya Hall. Perlman is the Grammy and Emmy-winning violinist behind the violin solos in “Schindler’s List.” Years later, he is still going strong and is considered one of the best in the world at his art. 206 215-4800 or www.seattlesymphony.org.

Jan. 29-Feb. 1 I DiMeola, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley. They don’t come more highly regarded in the field of contemporary instrumental jazz; come see what a living legend guitarist sounds like. 206-441-9729 or www.jazzalley.com.

March

Mar. 3 Los Angeles Guitar Quartet with Seattle Symphony. It’s not often the symphony is interjected with some prominent guitar talent, don’t miss this opportunity. 206-215-4800 or www.seattlesymphony.org.

Mar. 4-15 “Our Town,” Playhouse Theatre. Performed by University of Washington undergraduates, this is Pulitzer Prize winning play focuses on community and the importance of fostering relationships in the web of human life. 206 543-0790 or www.washington.edu.

Mar. 18 Scott Simon, Benaroya Hall. The host of NPR”s “Weekend Edition Saturday,” Simon visits Seattle for all who appreciate the man and his unique voice. 206 215-4800 or www.lectures.org.

Mar. 28 Bo Burnham, Moore Theatre. Burnham is an Internet famous comedian/musician who posted two songs on YouTube in 2006 that garnered over 10 million views worldwide; his work is now sold online. 206- 467-5510 or www.theparamount.com/.

Portland

Jan 13-Feb. 2 “Apollo,” Portland Center Stage, a multimedia look at the origins of the U.S. space program and the largely unknown social ties it had with the rest of the country. 503-443-3700 or www.pcs.org.

Jan. 23-Feb. 1 Chocolate Fest at the World Forestry Center. Chocolate fountains, samples, bazaar and market, talks, demonstrations and more for the true choco-holic. 503-228-1367.

February

Feb. 5-8 Portland International Auto Show, Oregon Convention Center. The event features 32 car lines ranging from luxury, hybrid, economy, family, sports, convertibles, 4x4s and more.1-800-258-8912.

Feb. 13-22 Alaska Airlines & Horizon Air Portland Jazz Festival. Citywide festival celebrates the 70th anniversary of Blue Note Records. www.pxjazz.com or 503-228-5299.

Feb. 21 The Harlem Globetrotters, Rose Garden Arena, part of the 2009 “Spinning the Globe” world tour. See the legendary show/game performed by Big Easy Lofton, Handles Franklin, General Grant and the 7-foot-3 Alleyne. 503-797-9619.

Feb. 26 “Cambodia,” World Trade Center Auditorium. A film on the bloody history of Cambodia before it became a favorite historical place to visit and live. 503-241-2575.

Feb. 27-Mar. 1 2009 Yard, Garden & Patio Show, Oregon Convention Center. Thousands of flowers and plants, hundreds of exhibits and displays, display gardens, seminars, and everything else a green thumb could need. 503-682-5089.

March

Mar. 1 Dance Brazil at the Arlene Shnitzer Concert Hall. Afro-Brazilian martial arts celebrates the

Spokane/Eastern Washington

Compiled by Brandon Seiler

Awayfinder Correspondent

Ongoing

Spokane/E. Washington

Saturday Night Salsa 9:30 p.m-1 a.m. 820 W Sprague, Arrive an hour early and get a free salsa class by certified ballroom instructor Marianne Seney. (509) 892-1480.

“Spokane Timeline: Personal Voices” Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture. Learn the history behind the area’s growth, including the role of timber, business, community, railroads, and other sectors in the history of the Inland Northwest. (509) 456-3931.

January

Jan.29-Feb. 14 Cowgirls, Spokane Interplayers Theatre. A classic country tale of a young girl who tries to save family saloon from foreclosure a day by forming a singing group. (509) 455-7529.

February

Feb. 3-4 Chamber Soiree 2, The Davenport Hotel. Spokane Symphony provides music as guests enjoy drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and the atmosphere of the Davenport in the event 8th installment of the event. Admission is $45. (509) 624-1200.

Feb. 5-15 Spokane International Film Festival, River Park AMC Theatres. Meet independent filmmakers from around the world at screenings and parties. (509) 624-2615, www.spokanefilmfestival.org.

Feb. 6 “A House Divided: The Legacy of Lincoln,” group exhibition, Chase Gallery in City Hall. Exhibition in cahoots with the Spokane Symphony’s festival celebrates Abraham Lincoln’s 200th birthday. Bring your beard and stovetop hat; you might learn something. (509) 625-6050.

Feb. 13 “Evelyn Glennie – Percussion Extraordinaire!,” INB Performing Arts Center. Grammy-winning percussionist known to evoke enough sound from a single drum. See what she can do when paired with the Spokane Symphony. (509) 624-1200.

Feb. 20-Mar. 15 “No, No, Nanette,” Spokane Civic Theatre. Tap-dancing musical comedy weaves the tale of a girl’s journey to Atlantic City in pursuit of fun before she ties the knot. (800) 446-9576.

March

Mar. 6 “Explorations XI,” Chase Gallery in City Hall. Group exhibitions from regional colleges and universities. including Eastern Washington University, North Idaho College, Spokane Falls Community College, and Whitworth University. (509) 625-6050.

Mar. 7-8 “New Worlds,” Martin Woldson Theater, the Fox. Get fired up with Bloch’s “Macbeth,” Rachmaninoff’s musical poem “The Isle of the Dead” and Holst’s “The Planets” accompanied by a multimedia presentation courtesy of NASA. (509) 624-1200.

Mar. 14 An Evening with Sir James and Lady Jean Galway, Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox. Sir James has sold more than 30 million albums with his flute playing and crossing of musical boundaries. His wife also plays the flute. (509) 624-1200.

North Idaho

January

Jan. 31, Feb. 1, 7-8 U.S. Pacific Coast Championships Sled Dog Races at the USFS Airstrip off of Highway 57 in Priest Lake. Finally, a chance to yell mush and not look like a weirdo. (888) 774-3785.

Jan. 31 Black And White Ball, Coeur d’Alene Resort. Coeur d’Alene Symphony provides music; you provide appropriate attire and any kind of footwork. 208-765-3833 or www.cdasymphony.org.

February

Feb. 1 Lookout Pass “Ole Olson” Bratwurst/Brew & Music Festival, Lookout Pass. Beer, bratwurst & music in the mountains couldn’t be far from a genius combination. www.fyinorthidaho.com.

Feb. 7 George Hill Memorial Snowshoe Volleyball Tournament, Hill’s Resort in Priest Lake. A new twist on the game for the winter season is interesting to watch. www.hillsresort.com.

Feb. 14 Sweetheart Ball, Greyhound Park Events Center in Post Falls. Have a ball in Post Falls for the reasonable price of $10 per ticket. 208-704-3692.

Feb. 20-22, 26-28 “The Sunshine Boys” Lake City Playhouse in Coeur d’Alene. (208) 667-1323.

Feb. 21-22 13th Annual Muzzleloading Arms & Historical Crafts Show, Kootenai County Fairgrounds, Coeur d’Alene. Historical firearms and related crafts for trade and sale. 509-397-4447 or www.mountaintoptradingco.com.

March

Mar. 7 Winterfest at Hills Resort in Priest Lake. The fest is on. Mar. 7-8 Coin Show, Kootenai County Fairgrounds in Coeur d’Alene. If you like coins this could be a rare opportunity to mingle with others of your kind. 208-773-8710.

Mar. 17 St. Patrick’s Day,Silver Mountain in Kellogg.

Mar. 17 St. Patty’s Day, Lookout Pass. Corned beef and green beer are only the beginning of the Irish fun.

Mar. 20-22 NIBCA Home and Garden Show, Kootenai County Fairgrounds, Coeur d’Alene.

Mar. 28 Annual Spin In, Log Cabin Spinners, Kootenai County Fairgrounds in Coeur d’Alene. Plenty of spinnin’ and woolgathering going on. 208-773-4250.

British Columbia/Alberta

January

Jan. 21- Feb. 8 PuSh International Performing Arts Festival 2009, Vancouver. Annual event celebrates live performing arts in music, theatre, dance and other incarnations of on-the-spot entertainment. Local, national and international performers strut their stuff. www.pushfestival.ca/index.php.

Jan. 29-Feb. 1 Disney High School Musical: The Ice Tour, Victoria. Didn’t get enough of the show in theatres or DVD? Try it on ice performed by world-class skaters and relieve the magic of the favorite production. (250) 220-7777 or www.britishcolumbia.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

February

Feb. 1-8 Victoria Film Festival, Victoria. This independent film festival is known for providing filmmakers with the opportunity to make a distinguished mark on their career with a successful entry to the event. www.victoriafilmfilmfestival.com.

Feb. 1-28 Whistler Winter Arts Festival. Live music, aerial dance, theatre, snow sculpting, film screenings, art and photography exhibitions, literary soirees, storytelling events, short films from area filmmakers, and regional art, all stuffed into one month. www.whistlerartscounsel.com.

Feb. 1-28 Winterlude, Revelstoke. Citywide winter festival includes curling bonspiels, toboggan parties, dummy downhill races, indoor golf tournaments and snowmobile events. The toboggan parties alone might be worth the visit. www.revelstokewinterlude.com.

Feb. 4-8 “Blood Money,” Bailey Studio, Nanaimo. This thriller shows how a well-to-do couple is rocked by a dark secret from their past. www.bailey.nisa.com/.

Feb. 6-7 Appleton Rum Peak to Valley Race, Whistler. Teams of four are required to include one member of the opposite sex as they race through 180 gates and drop 1,443 meters through the 5km course. www.whistlerblackcomb.com.

Feb. 6-15 Vernon Winter Carnival, Vernon. This festival has 100 events and the official theme, “Dancing with Carnival.” Highlights include parade, snow sculpture competition and hot air balloon fiesta. www.vernonwintercarival.com.

Feb. 6-27 Snow Daze, Prince George. Expansive winter festival includes a male beauty pageant, Texas Hold’em Tournament, Curling Funspiel, Senior’s Day and more. www.snowdaze.ca.

Feb. 7 Deka Lake & District VFD Ice Fishing Derby, Cariboo. Man against fish and other men with only a sheet of ice separating them. Come for the frozen sport and the chance to go home the victor. www.southcaribootourism.com.

Feb. 7 Chocolate Festival, North Peace Cultural Center, Fort St. John. Funds received from showing chocolate love support Peace Arts Gallery Society. Good causes rarely tastes this good. www.npcc.bc.ca/.

Feb. 7 Noche Flamenca in Victoria, University of Victoria. This rendition of the art of flamenco is hailed by critics as the most true to its nature today. www.uvic.ca/.

Feb. 11 Heart and Stroke Celebrity Breakfast, Vancouver. The event’s 25th anniversary draws business leaders and celebrities from Vancouver to fight the battle against heart disease and stroke. www.celebritybreakfast.ca.

Feb. 12-16 Alberta Day Holiday Celebrations, Panorama Mountain Village. Magic shows, snowmobile stunt shows, snow volleyball and hot pool bingo are geared to make for a family-friendly event in the mountainous region. www.panoramamountainvillage.com.

Feb. 13-15 Gardening Spring Festival, Beban Park Social Centre, Victoria. More than 45 commercial and nonprofit displays, speaker programs, workshops, children’s activities, music and door prizes can be enjoyed at festival.. www.harbourliving.ca.

Feb. 14 Valentine Night Time Speed Chair Dating, Mt. Washington. Come home with a match made on the mountain. Night ski lift passes are 2 for 1 and there will be another speed dating activity at the Whiskey Jack Chair. Try your hand at games of love with the odds tilted towards success. www.mountwashington.ca.

Feb. 14-22 Pacific Rim Whale Festival, Tofino Ucluelet and Pacific Rim National Park. Watch the entire North American population of Pacific grey whales migrate past the west coast of Vancouver Island. A dream come true for whale watchers! www.pacificrimwhalefestival.org.

Feb. 16-20 Spring SnoJam, Mt. Washington. Family fun with the Dairyland Crazy Cards, Old Dutch Mini Olympics, Barq’s Tubing Festival and the Beaver Tails tail-eating contest. www.mountwashington.ca.

Feb. 21 Avatar Circus, Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney. The Avatar circus has a contemporary focus and relies on incredible storytelling through dance, physical theatre, new media and comedy. www.avatarcircus.com.

Feb. 21 Helly Hansen Big Air Competition, Mt. Washington. Boarders and skiers of all ages vie for the big prize with using the best tricks from their arsenal. www.mountwashington.ca.

Feb. 21-22 Girls Day Out, Golden. Two-day ski camp created especially for women ages 13-50. Includes demo skis, professional coaching, workshops, motivational speakers, lunches, prizes and plenty of bonding time with other ladies.. www.britishcolumbia.com.

March

Mar. 1 2009 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, SaveOn Foods Memorial Centre, Victoria. Curling is a sport played by many amateur and professional residents; this is a most revered curling event. www.britishcolumbia.com.

Mar. 1-4 Kootenay Festival of the Arts, Nelson. Live performances of dance, piano, speech, arts, choral and vocal, strings and instrumental. www.capitoltheatre.bc.ca.

Mar. 5 Brandi Disterheft, Hermann’s Jazz Club, Victoria. Disterheft won the 2008 Juno Award for Best Traditional Jazz Album. www.hermannsjazz.com.

Mar. 5-8 Rossland Pride, Red Mountain Resort. The 2nd annual gay ski event is celebrated with local parties. Show some love and support while enjoying the fun. www.rosslandpride.com.

May. 8 Griz Days – Dummy Downhill, Fernie. No real competition here, only ‘dummies’ on skis being rocketed from a massive ski jump. www.tourismfernie.com.

Mar. 9-14 IPC Alpine Skiing World Cup Finals, Whistler. Nearly 100 of the best Paralympics Alpine skiers from 16 countries meet for the biggest event of their season. www.ipcalpinefinals.com.

Western Montana

February

Feb. 6 Artwalk, downtown Billings. Walk through galleries and businesses open for artists and artisans. Fun Express Bus on hand for a quick ride when needed. 406-259-6563.

Feb. 6-7 Chocolate Festival, Anaconda. Local merchants give away free chocolates to all customers and a constable fines any merchants who doesn’t do so, with money going to charity. Includes the Annual Quilt Exhibit, Bake Sale and the town’s biggest sweetie pie competition. 406-563-2422.

Feb. 13-15 Wild West Winterfest, Bozeman. Horse-drawn wagon rides, kid’s Roundup Rodeo, quilt show, McLien’s FFA Farm Barn with animals for viewing/petting, orking Horse & Driver contest, dog competitions, Elk bugling Contest and Chili Cook-off. 406-582-3270.

Feb. 13-18 Race to the Sky Sled Dog Race, Helena. Qualifying races to the Alaskan Iditarod. Bid on one of the sleds to make sure you have a stake in the 45-mile race! 406-881-3647.

Feb. 13-22 Big Sky Documentary Film, Wilma Theater, Missoula. More than 100 documentary films on Montana’s largest movie screen, plus the chance to mingle with filmmakers from all over the world. 406-541-3456.

Feb. 14 Romance at the Moss Mansion, Billings. Take a guided tour of the mansion and enjoy a romantic dessert for two in the formal dining room. Carriage rides pick up couples every 15 minutes and each passenger will receive a red rose. 406-256-5100.

Feb. 14-16 Montana Snowkite Rodeo, Anaconda. Be dazzled as kites pull riders from around the world across frozen lakes. Events include freestyle and racing. 406-442-8009.

Feb. 19-21 34th Annual Northern Rodeo Association Finals, MetraPark Arena, Billings. More than 1,200 top money winners from 42 sanctioned summer rodeos compete. 406-252-1122.

Feb. 21-22 Snowbowl Cup Gelande Championship, Missoula. Ski jumpers soar up to 200 feet off of a drop between two cliffs. The dangerous spectacle brings national media coverage and jumpers from across the United States. 406-549-9777 or toll free 800-728-2695.

March

Mar. 1-3 Special Olympics and State Winter Games, Whitefish Mountain Resort. More than 200 Special Olympics athletes compete in a variety of events. Opening Ceremonies include a torchlight parade down the mountain. 406-216-5327 or toll free 800-242-6876.

Mar. 5-8 Winter Classic, Whitefish Mountain Resort. Annual charity event raises money for financial assistance for Flathead Valley families needing medical care for children. Features professional and collegiate football players, an art show, basketball game, autograph signing sessions, Wasabi Sushi bar community night and more. 406-862-8146.

Mar. 6-8 Billings Home Improvement Show, Billings. The 26th anniversary of the biggest home show Montana offers includes 600 exhibits and 30,000 visitors.. New additions include specialty rooms (ex. HDTV room). Kid’s can try car racing, gardening, and wild bird feeding. 406-259-3114/800-303-3114.

Mar. 7 Wine and Food Festival, Great Falls. Sample food, over 100 Montana or surrounding wines and beers,. Must be 21 years to attend and enjoy the dancing. 406-761-1900 or 800-548-8256.

Mar. 7-9 Rocky Mountain Arts & Crafts Festival, MetraPark, Billings. Vendors show off metal art, woodwork, stained glass, photography, pottery, handmade toys, jewelry, artwork, floral, quilts, dolls, home décor, jams, jellies. 406-657-1372 or 800-543-2505 ext. 1372

Mar. 13-15 Cabin Fever Gun Show, Gallatin County Fairgrounds, Bozeman. Got cabin fever and need a gun? Then browse 300 booths of rifles, six-shooters, Western collectibles and art, antiques and more. 406-586-6179.

Mar. 14 “Happy Birthday Bach!” Billings Symphony Orchestra & Chorale, Alberta Bair Theater. Bach defined his own place in classical music for the ages, and the Orchestra and Chorale celebrate Orchestral Suite No. 3 and other pieces. 406-252-3610 or 877-321-2074.

Mar. 17 St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Kalispell. Wear green and enjoy all the festivities Kalispell has to offer on the special day. 406-758-2800.

Mar. 17 St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Anaconda. Have Irish fun with a parade and music including Hibernian pipes and drums, local bag pipe band, floats, merchants, politicians even the Irish Washer Women’s drill team! 406-563-2400.

Seattle

January

Jan. 23-Feb. 1 Seattle Boat Show 2009, Qwest Field and Exhibition Center. The West Coast’s largest boat show includes 1,000 recreational watercraft, seminars and accessories, and 200 boats actually in the water at Lake Union.. (206) 381-8000 or www.qwestfield.com.

February

Feb. 7-8 “Pinocchio” by the Pacific Northwest Ballet, Marion Oliver McCaw Hall. Nearly 60 ballet artists perform this one-act narrated ballet. 206-615-1819 or www.pnb.org.

Feb. 8 Human Rights Film Festival: Sand and Sorrow, SIFF Cinema Theatre. A documentary detailing the crisis in Darfur, directed by Peabody Award-winner Paul Freedman and narrated by George Clooney. 206-324-9996 or www.siff.net.

Feb. 13-19 Noir City Film Festival at SIFF Cinema Theatre. “Newspaper Noir” spotlights newspapers and what makes ‘em tick. Each film will be accompanied by a b-side film making an entire week of double features. 206-324-9996 or www.siff.net.

Feb. 14 David Crowe’s Laugh Lovers Ball at Moore Theatre. The 14th “evening of sophisticated silliness” showcases some of the most well respected comedians in the country performing stand-up, sketch, music and knee-slappers involving audience members. 206-467-5510 or www.themoore.com.

Feb. 14-22 2009 Seattle Home Show. Indulge in over 600 displays, “Meet the Experts” seminars, model kitchen and bath vignettes, landscape displays, green living tips, arts & crafts and even a wine tasting area for the thirsty. 206-284-0960 or www.seattlehomshow.com.

Feb. 17 Donald Hall, Benaroya Hall. He’s a poet and a former Poet Laureate at that whose books include “White Apples and the Taste of Stone: Selected Poems 1946-2006,” “The Painted Bed,” and “Without: Poems.” 206-215-4800 or www.lectures.org.

Feb. 18-22 Northwest Flower & Garden Show, Washington State Convention and Trade Center. Six acres of 26 full-scale display gardens, more than 110 free seminars, hands-on demonstrations, gardening products/services and just about anything else one might need for gardening. 206-694-5000 or www.gardenshownw.com.

Feb. 18 David Byrne, Benaroya Hall. The co-founder of “Talking Heads” goes solo for a performance in Seattle. 206-215-4800 or www.theparamount.com/.

Feb. 20 The Blind Boys of Alabama at Moore Theatre. The boys have been playing traditional and contemporary gospel music together since 1939 and have improved with age. 206-467-5510 or www.theparamount.com/.

Feb. 21 Discover Music: Beethoven Lives Upstairs by the Seattle Symphony. The story of how Beethoven lived above a young boy and seemed like nothing more than a crazy cantankerous old man until his musical genius surfaced. 206-215-4800 or www.seattlesymphony.org.

Feb. 25 Itzhak Perlman with the Seattle Symphony, Benaroya Hall. Perlman is the Grammy and Emmy-winning violinist behind the violin solos in “Schindler’s List.” Years later, he is still going strong and is considered one of the best in the world at his art. 206 215-4800 or www.seattlesymphony.org.

Jan. 29-Feb. 1 I DiMeola, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley. They don’t come more highly regarded in the field of contemporary instrumental jazz; come see what a living legend guitarist sounds like. 206-441-9729 or www.jazzalley.com.

March

Mar. 3 Los Angeles Guitar Quartet with Seattle Symphony. It’s not often the symphony is interjected with some prominent guitar talent, don’t miss this opportunity. 206-215-4800 or www.seattlesymphony.org.

Mar. 4-15 “Our Town,” Playhouse Theatre. Performed by University of Washington undergraduates, this is Pulitzer Prize winning play focuses on community and the importance of fostering relationships in the web of human life. 206 543-0790 or www.washington.edu.

Mar. 18 Scott Simon, Benaroya Hall. The host of NPR”s “Weekend Edition Saturday,” Simon visits Seattle for all who appreciate the man and his unique voice. 206 215-4800 or www.lectures.org.

Mar. 28 Bo Burnham, Moore Theatre. Burnham is an Internet famous comedian/musician who posted two songs on YouTube in 2006 that garnered over 10 million views worldwide; his work is now sold online. 206- 467-5510 or www.theparamount.com/.

Portland

Jan 13-Feb. 2 “Apollo,” Portland Center Stage, a multimedia look at the origins of the U.S. space program and the largely unknown social ties it had with the rest of the country. 503-443-3700 or www.pcs.org.

Jan. 23-Feb. 1 Chocolate Fest at the World Forestry Center. Chocolate fountains, samples, bazaar and market, talks, demonstrations and more for the true choco-holic. 503-228-1367.

February

Feb. 5-8 Portland International Auto Show, Oregon Convention Center. The event features 32 car lines ranging from luxury, hybrid, economy, family, sports, convertibles, 4x4s and more.1-800-258-8912.

Feb. 13-22 Alaska Airlines & Horizon Air Portland Jazz Festival. Citywide festival celebrates the 70th anniversary of Blue Note Records. www.pxjazz.com or 503-228-5299.

Feb. 21 The Harlem Globetrotters, Rose Garden Arena, part of the 2009 “Spinning the Globe” world tour. See the legendary show/game performed by Big Easy Lofton, Handles Franklin, General Grant and the 7-foot-3 Alleyne. 503-797-9619.

Feb. 26 “Cambodia,” World Trade Center Auditorium. A film on the bloody history of Cambodia before it became a favorite historical place to visit and live. 503-241-2575.

Feb. 27-Mar. 1 2009 Yard, Garden & Patio Show, Oregon Convention Center. Thousands of flowers and plants, hundreds of exhibits and displays, display gardens, seminars, and everything else a green thumb could need. 503-682-5089.

March

Mar. 1 Dance Brazil at the Arlene Shnitzer Concert Hall. Afro-Brazilian martial arts celebrates the culture of Brazil. 503-245-1600 or www.whitebird.org.

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