Mixing for Mobius - Martinis, dinner and auction with master of ceremonies Mark Peterson from KXLY and magician Chris Linn. Friday, 5:30-9:30 p.m., Northern Quest Casino and Resort, Airway Heights. $60/person, $500/table (must be 21 or older). (509) 624-KIDS
Dirty Martinis for Clean Water - Annual Center for Justice event will raise funds to continue work to protect the Spokane River. Martinis provided by Dry Fly Distilling, live music by Mon Cheri, live and silent auctions sponsored by Mosaic SalonSpa, wine, beer, nonalcoholic beverages and appetizers. Friday, 6-11 p.m., Spokane Masonic Center, 1108 W. Riverside Ave. $50-$80. (509) 835-5211; tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com or by calling (800) 838-3006
“Shakin But Not Stirred” Martini Night - Fundraiser for the Parkinson’s Resource Center of Spokane with live music and silent auction. Friday, 6-9 p.m., Chaps Restaurant, 4237 S. Cheney-Spokane Road. $50/person, includes dinner and two martinis. (509) 473-2490
“A Little Night Music” - Benefit for the Women and Children’s Free Restaurant, with music by the Sammy Eubanks Band, dancing, gourmet food, silent and live auctions. Emceed by Dana Haynes. Friday, 6-10 p.m., The Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln St. $50/person, $400/table of eight. (509) 324-1995
March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction - Annual auction featuring Spokane chefs presenting their best dishes with silent and live auctions. Supports March of Dimes efforts to reduce birth defects, prematurity and infant mortality. Saturday, 6 p.m. The Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln St. $100. (509) 328-1920
Humanist and Freethinkers Banquet - Presented by Spokane Secular organizations. Featured speaker is Rob Boston, senior policy analyst at Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Oct. 3, 4 p.m., Mukogawa Institute, 4000 W. Randolph Road. $30; reservations requested by Friday. (509) 464-3635
Photo Scavenger Hunt - Presented by OutSpokane, to benefit next June’s Pride Parade and Rainbow Festival. Each team needs to bring along a digital camera. Goodie bag for every player, prizes for the top two teams. Oct. 9, 12:30-4 p.m. Downtown Spokane Library, 906 W. Main Ave., Meeting Room 1A. Registration: $20/team (three to five people). (509) 720-7609, www.facebook.com/ OutSpokane, info@OutSpokane.org.
“Take Action Against Hate” Dinner - With keynote speaker Ken Stern, an expert on anti-Semitism, hate, and extremism for the American Jewish Committee. The Gonzaga Institute for Hate Studies will present “Eva Lassman: Take Action Against Hate” awards to Gonzaga University Associate Academic Vice President Raymond Reyes and the Human Rights Education Institute in Coeur d’Alene. Oct. 12, doors open at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:30 and the formal program at 7. Gonzaga University, Cataldo Hall Globe Room, 502 E. Boone Ave. $50/person, $400/table of eight, $500/corporate sponsorship. (509) 313-3665
Galaxy Quest Fundraiser - Annual Oktoberfest dinner and live and silent auctions, with music by the Don Goodwin Group and food by Victor’s. Proceeds benefit the EWU Libraries’ collections endowment. Oct. 16, 5-10:30 p.m., Eastern Washington University, JFK Library, 816 F Street, Cheney. $35/person. (509) 359-2264
Harvest Moon Auction and HalloWine Tasting - Food, wine tasting and auction, hosted by the Inland NW Business Travel Association. Oct. 22, 6-9 p.m., Mirabeau Park Hotel and Convention Center, 1100 N. Sullivan Road, Spokane Valley. $45/person, $400/table. www.inbta.org, (509) 789-6812
YWCA Women of Achievement Luncheon - 28th annual benefit luncheon honoring six outstanding local individuals. Keynote speaker is Susan Stamberg of National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered,” the first woman to anchor a national nightly news program. Proceeds fund YWCA services to assist struggling women, children and families. Oct. 27, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. $125/suggested minimum donation. (509) 789-9299
Boys and Girls Club of Kootenai County Beach Ball - Fourth annual gala and auction to benefit area children includes social hour with hosted beer and wine, raffles, goldfish races, wine toss, bottle auction, live and silent auctions, dinner and live music. Beach attire welcome. Oct. 29, 6-11 p.m., Coeur d’Alene Resort, Coeur d’Alene. $75. (208) 457-9089
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