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Rockin’ B Ranch Cowboy Supper Shows with the Riders of the Rockin’ B - Shows Thursdays in July and August and most every Friday and Saturday through Sept. 5, except on Aug. 7, 28 and Sept. 18 when the ranch will present “Pat McManus Comedies” starring Tim Behrens. 5:30 p.m., pre-show youth performers; 6:10 p.m., “Twilight at the Spokane Bridge” cowboy vampire melodrama; 7 p.m., dinner including barbecued beef, chicken, ribs and more; 8 p.m., cowboy/western music by the Riders of the Rockin’ B. There will also be a beer and wine cantina open nightly. Rockin’ B Ranch, 3912 N. Idaho Road, Liberty Lake. $35/adults; $10/youth age 10 and younger. (509) 891-9016.

Community Cooking and Nutrition Classes - Summer classes include: Aug. 4, The Fascination of Fruit, Fruit Salad; Aug. 11, Whole Grains vs. Refined Grains and Cabbage Rolls; Aug. 18, Think What You Drink, Truth Behind Fast Food and Healthy Crispy Chicken; Aug. 25, Good Oil Plus Food Safety and How to Freeze Food. All classes held from 6-8 p.m., One World Spokane, 1804 E. Sprague Ave. By donation. (509) 768-9479.

Cooking Classes at The Kitchen Engine - July and August classes include: Sunday at 2:30 p.m., Cooking for One with Nicole Frickle, $35; Tuesday at 2:30 p.m., Kids Basic Cooking Class with Nicole Frickle, $30; July 21 at 6 p.m., Make Your Own Jam or Jelly with Sheila Domon, $25; July 22 at 2 p.m., Raw Desserts with Moria Felber, $35; July 26 at 6 p.m., Homemade Gnocci with Tiffany White, $30; Aug. 1 at 2:30 p.m., Summer Tea Party with Nicole Frickle, $25; Aug. 3 at 3 p.m., Summer Pies with Nicole Frickle, $25; Aug. 11 at 6 p.m., Pickling with Sheila Domon, $25; Aug. 16 at 6 p.m., Carne Asada Brochettes and more with Lynne Wiedemann, $30; Aug. 19 at 6 p.m., Soup and Salad with Tiffany White, $30; Aug. 25 at 2 p.m., Preserving Vegetables the Safe Way with Sheila Domon, $30; and Aug. 26 at 6 p.m., Raw Summer Classics with Moria Felber, $35. Pre-registration is required. The Kitchen Engine, 621 W. Mallon No. 416. (509) 328-3335.

Special Fruit Wine Tasting - Taste Sheppard Fruit Wines. Today. 3:30-6:30 p.m., Pilgrim’s Natural Market, 1316 N. Fourth St., Coeur d’Alene. Free. (208) 676-9730.

Northwest Gourd Festival - Presented by the Washington State Gourd Society. Featuring gourd artists, vendors, entertainment, classes, competitions and more. Pre-registration for classes is required. Visit for more information or to register for classes. Class dates and hours: Thursday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Festival hours: Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Grant County Fairgrounds, Moses Lake. (360) 789-5847.

Food for Awakening Holistic Cooking and Nutrition Series - Classes include: Thursday, Holistic Cooking and Nutrition; July 22, Creative Cooking for You; July 29, Soulful Foods; Aug. 5, Food and the Mind and Spirit; Aug. 12, Enlighten Your Digestive Fire. All class held from 4-5:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required. For more information, visit Spokane Yoga Shala, 505 E. 24th Ave.

Thursday Night’s Dinner - Catered by Two Cooks with Love. Menu includes: Spatchcock Hen with raspberry basil sauce or Capellini Puttanesca, Basque steak fries, Broccoli Ala Catalan, watermelon salad with feta and mint, warm berry crumb cake, bread and butter, strawberry lemonade and coffee. Reservations are requested by today. Thursday. 5-8 p.m., Blanchard Community Center, 685 Rusho Road, Blanchard, Idaho. $17.95/hen or $14.95/puttanesca. (509) 891-5980 or (509) 437-0426.

Cherry Pickers’ Trot and Pit Spit - Walk in this four-mile trot. Event also includes a Cherry Pit Spit contest. Visit Thursday. 7 p.m., Green Bluff, 10321 E. Day-Mt. Spokane Road, Mead. (509) 238-4709.

Cherry Festival - Saturday and Sunday. Visit for map of growers. Green Bluff.

Food Preservation Workshops - Workshops will discuss how to can, freeze or prepare foods for drying. Classes include: Saturday , Jams, Berries, Greens and Cherries; July 31, Green Beans and Peaches; Aug. 14, Pickles and Sweet Corn; and Aug. 28, Chutneys, Relishes and Pesto. All classes begin at noon. E-mail to register or call Carol at (208) 669-0763. Moscow Food Co-op, 121 E. Fifth St., Moscow, Idaho. $15 per class.

Walla Walla Sweet Onion Festival - Food, activities and entertainment for the entire family. Featuring a children’s zone, live music, barbecue, vendors, contests and the second annual Sweet Skip where you can taste onion inspired delicacies from 10 local restaurants. For more information call or go online at Saturday and Sunday. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Fourth and Main streets, Walla Walla. Free. (509) 525-1031.

Horse Heaven Hills Wine Growers Trail Drive - Annual trail drive celebrating the Horse Heaven Hills Wine Growers’ fifth anniversary. Taste wines at the local wineries and tasting rooms. Enjoy a barbecue dinner, wine tasting, music and prizes next to the Columbia River at Crow Butte Park. Tickets are $45 per adult and includes wine tasting, logo glass and barbecue. Tickets purchased after July 10 will be $55. For more information call (509) 894-4528 or go to www.horseheavenhills Saturday. 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Highway 221 Columbia Crest Drive, Paterson, Wash. $45. (509) 875-2061 or (888) 309-9463.

Monroe Street Pub Crawl - Travel through 10 of Spokane’s favorite watering holes on Monroe Street. Benefits families in Jamaica. Saturday. 5 p.m., 1001 W. First Ave. $25, includes T-shirt. (509) 325-3623.

Sons of Norway Breakfast - All-you-can-eat pancake breakfast. Sunday. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 6710 N. Country Homes Blvd. $4.50/adults, $2.50/children age six and younger. (509) 326-9211.

Seafood Cooking Class - Class will feature hands-on instruction, wine, a notebook with recipes and dinner. Reservations are required. Attend Sunday or Monday. 5-9 p.m., Santé, 404 W. Main St. $100 per person. (509) 315-4613.

Raw Desserts - Presented by Wild Thyme Kitchen. Holistic health counselor and living food chef, Moria Felber, will demonstrate how to make a multi-layer cream pie with a nut crust and a simple “emergency” dessert. July 22. 5:30-7:30 p.m., Pilgrim’s Natural Market, 1316 N. Fourth St., Coeur d’Alene. $10, includes recipes and samples. (208) 676-9730.

An Evening Under the Stars: Latin Fiesta - To benefit Spokane Public Radio. Latin-themed buffet prepared by Chef Romeo Hererra and Catered For You, live music by guitarist Michael Millham and silent auction. Dance to Hot Club of Spokane in the pavilion. Age 21 and older only. July 22. 6-10 p.m., Arbor Crest Winery, 4705 N. Fruit Hill Road, Spokane Valley. $40. (509) 328-5729.

PigOut in McCosh Park - Moses Lake - July 23-24. Food festival daily noon-10 p.m.; Grant County Wine Festival on Friday, 6-10 p.m. and Saturday, 2-10 p.m. Music: Friday, 6:30 p.m., Yellow Dog; 8 p.m., The Rising; Saturday, 4:30 p.m., Haywire; 6 p.m., Steven King; and 8 p.m., Paula Cole. McCosh Park, Moses Lake. Free admission. (509) 766-9240.

Feed Cheney Free Restaurant - Sponsored by the Women and Children’s Free Restaurant, Feed Spokane and the Cheney Trading Co. Open the last Monday of the month. July 26 and Aug. 30. 5-6:30 p.m., United Church of Christ, 423 N. Sixth St., Cheney. (509) 324-1659.

Good Food Book Club - Hosted by the Moscow Food Co-op. Discuss “Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual” by Michael Pollan. July 26. 7-8:30 p.m. Held at a private residence. E-mail for directions, Moscow, Idaho. (208) 882-8537.

Sushi 101: Preparation and Rolling Techniques - Instructor will be sushi chef Jerry Herrera. July 31. 6-7 p.m., Pilgrim’s Natural Foods Market, 1316 N. Fourth St., Coeur d’Alene. $10, includes recipes and samples. (208) 676-9730.

Yakima Valley and Red Mountain Wine Tour - Sign up before Thursday to enjoy a charter bus tour, hotel accommodations and a tour of over 15 wineries in the Prosser’s Vintners Village as well as the Red Mountain Tour of Hedges Family Estates Winery, Kiona Vineyards and Desert Wind Vineyard. Lodging at the Best Western Inn at Horse Heaven. All of the local tastings, breakfast and lunch will be held on Monday Aug. 1. Aug. 1-2. 7 a.m., meet at WineStyles, 8801 N. Indian Trail. $130, includes transportation from WineStyles. (509) 468-9463.

Columbia Crest Vineyard Tour - Learn about the cycle of the grape, terroir and viticultural practices at the Columbia Crest estate vineyard. A formal tasting will follow featuring Columbia Crest red and white wines. Pre-registration is required. Aug. 1. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Highway 221 Columbia Crest Drive, Paterson, Wash. $25/person. (509) 875-2061 or 1-888-309-9463.

Town and Country Gardens Tour - A garden tour in the area of Newport, Wash., in Pend Oreille County. Sponsored by Washington State University’s Pend Oreille County Master Gardeners. View various types of gardens. An optional dinner is available with reservations due July 23. Aug. 1. 12:30-4:30 p.m., WSU Extension Office, 418 S. Scott St., Newport, WA. $10/tour and an additional $10 for dinner. (509) 447-2401.

Pancake Breakfast - Served the second Sunday of each month. 8:30 a.m.-noon, McIntosh Grange, First and Lake streets, Rockford, Wash. $4/adults, $2/age 10 and younger. (509) 535-1165.

Food Distribution - Second Harvest will distribute free food and fresh produce from its mobile food bank truck to anyone who needs it. No appointment or documentation is required and the distribution does not count as a food bank visit. Those seeking food are asked to bring their own box. Aug. 13 and Sept. 10. Noon-2 p.m., Millwood Presbyterian Church, 3223 N. Marguerite Road. (509) 924-2350.