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Wed., March 18, 2009

Women’s and Children’s Free Restaurant - Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 4:15-5:45 p.m. and Fridays, 12:30-2:30 p.m. with take-out from 1-3 p.m. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 1620 N. Monroe St. (509) 324-1995.

“Dine Out to Feed Spokane” - The Greater Spokane Dietetic Association presents a fundraiser to benefit Feed Spokane in celebration of National Nutrition Month. Participating Spokane area restaurants and dates include: Through March 30, Clinkerdagger ($1 donated per Burnt Creme Trio ordered); Through March 31, Thomas Hammer at Sacred Heart Medical Center ($1 donated per bag of “Dine Out” blend coffee purchased); Today, Vin Rouge ($1 donated per dessert ordered – patrons must mention “Dine Out”), Buck’s Pizza, OPA Pizza Greek and Italian; Le Cafe at Sacred Heart Medical Center (soup sales); Thursday, Herbal Essence; March 25, Cuppa Joe’s Cafe, Le Cafe at Sacred Heart Medical Center (soup sales); March 26, Ferrante’s Marketplace Cafe; March 29, Hill’s Restaurant; March 30, Hay J’s Bistro; Sunday and March 29, Natural Start Bakery, Percy’s Cafe American ($1 donation per breakfast order). (509) 998-5682.

Transitions and Second Harvest Food Drive - Monetary and nonperishable food items accepted. Most needed food items include baby formula, baby food, powdered milk, dried rice, pasta, coffee, peanut butter and jelly. Food barrels will be placed at the following Transitions locations: Administrative Building, 1002 N. Superior; Miryam’s House, 1805 W. Ninth Ave.; Women’s Hearth, 920 W. Second Ave.; and Transitional Living Center and EduCare, 3128 N. Hemlock. The Feinstein Foundation Matching Gift program will match each dollar raised or pound of food donated by adding an additional percentage. (509) 328-6702.

Wine to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure - For each bottle of selected wine sold at Huckleberry’s Natural Market during March, $1 will be donated to the Spokane Chapter of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Huckleberry’s, 926 S. Monroe St. (509) 624-1349.

March Cooking Classes at the Greenbriar Inn - Classes offered include: Saturday, Elegant French Cuisine Simplified; March 30, Pairing Wines with Ingredients. Historic Greenbriar Inn, 315 E. Wallace Ave., Coeur d’Alene. $45 per class. (800) 953-2379 or (208) 667-9660.

Outdoor Cooking Class - Sponsored by Mountain Gear. Learn about stove use and selection, baking on a lightweight stove, Dutch oven cooking and backpack cooking. All equipment will be provided. Class held on Mondays. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Mountain Gear, 2002 N. Division St. $27 plus $5 lab fee. For age 8 and older. (509) 625-6200.

Millwood Indoor Farmers Market - Local and organic food available Wednesdays, noon-5 p.m., through April 30. 8919 E. Euclid Ave., Millwood. (509) 475-1676.

The Power of Pinot - Presented by Rocket Market. Enjoy a variety of wines from Oregon, California, Burgundy, New Zealand and more with cheese and La Brea bread. Reservations are required. Friday. 7 p.m., 726 E. 43rd Ave. $25 plus tax. (509) 343-2253.

Donitelia Winery Tasting - Highlighting a winery in Yakima. Friday. 6-9 p.m., WineStyles, 8801 N. Indian Trail Road. $10. (509) 468-WINE.

Wine Tastings - Hosted by the North Idaho Enological Association. Held the third Friday of each month. 7:30 p.m., Lake City Senior Center, 1916 Lakewood Drive, Coeur d’Alene. $20/members; $28/nonmembers. (208) 772-5401.

Appellation Days - Rattlesnake Hills Wine Trail wineries have combined Appellation Days festivities with the annual “Chasing Out the Snakes in the Rattlesnake Hills” tongue-in-cheek themed weekend. The participating wineries will offer free wine tasting and are open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Yakima. (509) 965-4521.

Big Horn Foundation Auction and Dinner - Raising funds for youth education in wildlife conservation. Tickets include entry into Saturday’s Big Horn Outdoor Adventure Show, presented by the Inland Northwest Wildlife Council. Saturday. 4 p.m., Spokane County Fair and Expo Center, Havana at Broadway, Spokane Valley. $25. (509) 487-8552.

Chef Seminar - Executive Chef Jason Rex of Scratch will discuss modern twists on classics. Saturday. 4-6 p.m., Terra Blanca Winery and Estate Vineyard, 34715 N. DeMoss Road, Red Mountain, Benton City, Wash. $50. (509) 588-6082, ext. 105.

Dusted Valley Vintners - Event will offer a seven-course meal and feature six wines from Walla Walla. Saturday. 6 p.m., Beverly’s at the Coeur d’Alene Resort, 115 S. Second St., Coeur d’Alene. $85, tax and gratuity included. (800) 688-4142.

Port at Spring Release Weekend - Maryhill’s annual spring release weekend showcasing the winery’s new releases. Enjoy free wine tastings, special barrel tastings and music from the Ben Macy Trio on Saturday and Kit Garoutte on Sunday. Savory slow-cooked fare from Lazy Pig Barbeque will be available for purchase on the winery’s flower-filled arbor with dramatic views of the Columbia River and Mount Hood. Saturday and Sunday. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Maryhill Winery, 9774 Highway 14, Goldendale, Wash. (877) 627-9445.

Spokane Valley Mayor’s Ball - Seventh annual event with the theme “Greening of the Valley.” Reception at 6 p.m., dinner at 7:15, followed by dancing to music by Nobody Famous at 9 p.m. Saturday. Mirabeau Park Hotel, 1100 N. Sullivan Road, Spokane Valley. $45. (509) 924-4994.

Bountiful Bowls - Receive a hand-crafted bowl of your choice, made by Center Pointe clients in their own ceramics studio. You will be able to choose from a variety of soups from O’Doherty’s and Soulful Soups. Fill your bowl with soup, enjoy it and take the bowl home. Bread and salad are also included. Monday. Noon-7 p.m., Center Pointe, 1408 N. Washington St. $15. (509) 908-7940.

How to Save Money on Your Food Bill - Frugal Kaffee Klatch. Monday. 10 a.m., On Sacred Grounds, 12212 E. Palouse Highway, Valleyford. (509) 747-6294.

Italian Cooking Classes - Hosted by Paula Mannino. Learn the basics of Italian cooking. Classes offered include: Tuesday, Pasta Sauces, variations of tomato sauces to pasta primavera; March 31, Cheesemaking, fresh homemade mozzarella and ricotta; April 7, Italian desserts, including frozen desserts, gelato and traditional Italian sweets. Saturday classes are available upon request. 6-8 p.m., 7425 E. Columbia Drive. $35/person, including beverages. Sign up for all three classes and receive a $5 discount off each class. (509) 893-8969.

McTeacher’s Night - The staff of St. Patrick Catholic School will work behind the counter at McDonald’s to raise money for their school. Twenty percent of all sales will benefit the school. March 25. 4:30-6:30 p.m., McDonald’s, 4436 N. Division St. (509) 487-2830.

Race for the Cure Wine Pouring - Hosted by Huckleberry’s Natural Market. Event includes wine, cheese, crackers, breads and chocolates. Must be 21 and older. Proceeds will benefit the Spokane Chapter of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Tickets available at Huckleberry’s. March 26. 7 p.m., Huckleberry’s, 926 S. Monroe St. $25. (509) 624-1349.

A Winter Beer Study - Presented by Rocket Market. Enjoy a variety of beers with food. Reservations are required. March 27. 7 p.m., 726 E. 43rd Ave. $16 plus tax. (509) 343-2253.

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