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Neighborhood Food and Toy Drive - Collection by Northern Lakes Fire District, to support local food banks and Toys for Tots in need in the Hayden and Rathdrum areas. Firefighters and personnel will make their way through Hayden and Rathdrum from 6-8 p.m. Donations will also be accepted at Station 1 at 125 W. Hayden Ave. or Station 2 at 14000 W. state Highway 53, Rathdrum. (208) 772-5711.


After School Special (Valley) - “Winter Wonderland.” For children in grades K-5. 4 p.m. Spokane Valley Library, 12004 E. Main Ave., Spokane Valley. Free. (509) 893-8400.


Play and Learn Storytime - For children ages 2-5. Enjoy stories, songs and fingerplays that explore the concepts of math, science, art and literacy. Parents and caregivers are asked to join in for the entire 60 minutes. Library locations include: Medical Lake Library, 321 E. Herb St. (509) 893-8330; Argonne, 4322 N. Argonne Road (509) 893-8260. 10:30 a.m. Free.

After School Special (Medical Lake) - “Winter Wonderland.” For children in grades K-5. 3:30 p.m. Medical Lake Library, 321 E. Herb St., Medical Lake. Free. (509) 893-8330.

College Information Night at SCC - Learn about career training, liberal arts transfer opportunities, financial aid and how to choose a program of study. 6-8 p.m., Spokane Community College, Student Services Building 15, 1810 N. Greene St. (509) 533-8020.


Christmas Concert - Presented by Northwest Christian Homeschool. 2:30-3 p.m., Crossover Church, 16825 N. Newport Highway, Mead. Free. (509) 238-7955.

After School Special (Airway Heights) - “Winter Wonderland.” For children in grades K-5. 3:30 p.m. Airway Heights Library, 1213 S. Lundstrom St., Airway Heights. Free. (509) 893-8250.

Holiday Fun at the Colfax Library - For children in grades 1-4. Enjoy seasonal stories, snacks, games and more. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Colfax Library, 102 S. Main St., Colfax. (877) 733-3375.

Spokane Valley Anime Club - Teens in grade six and older watch Anime, hang out with friends, eat snacks and more. 4 p.m., Spokane Valley Library , 12004 E. Main Ave., Spokane Valley. Free. (509) 893-8400.

“The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge” - A holiday reader’s production presented by Pend Oreille Players Association. Shows today, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m., Pend Oreille Playhouse, 240 N. Union Ave., Newport, Wash. Adults: $10 in advance, $12 at the door; $5/youth ages 5-18. (509) 671-3389.


Carol of the Bells Fundraiser - With entertainment by Diana Clemons. Includes a raffle for an iPad 2. Tickets $5/each or 5/$20, available at the event. Proceeds benefit North Star Child Development Center and Harmony Ranch Therapeutic Riding Center. 6:30 p.m., Harding Family Center, 411 N. 15th St., Coeur d’Alene. $10/adults, $5/children, $25/family. (208) 765-6828.

“Little Women”- Scott Davidson’s theatrical adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel. Presented by Theater Arts for Children. Shows today at 7 p.m.; Saturday at 4 and 7 p.m.; and Sunday at 2 p.m. Spokane Valley Partners, 10814 E. Broadway Ave., Spokane Valley. $10/general, $8/children ages 12 and younger. (509) 995-6718.


Spokane Chiefs Hockey - Coeur d’Alene Casino Night. 7:05 p.m., Spokane Arena, 720 W. Mallon Ave. (800) 325-SEAT.

Rosie’s Christmas Tale Storytime and Signing - Marcy Campbell and her little mouse Rosie are back by popular demand. 11 a.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, Children’s Section, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.

Carriage Rides in Coeur d’Alene - Get ready for holiday magic. Carriage rides sponsored by STCU. Meet at First and Sherman. Noon-4 p.m. Downtown Coeur d’Alene. Free.

Grinch-mas Storytime and Craft - Listen to a reading of “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” plus other festive holiday stories and then decorate a Merry Grinch-mas crown. 1 p.m., Auntie’s at the Square, River Park Square on skywalk level, 808 W. Main Ave. Free. (509) 456-4775.

Book Signing - Book signing of “Sarah Elizabeth Plans a Tea Party” published by Etiquette Princess Publishing. 1-4 p.m., Hastings Books, 1703 W. Wellesley Ave. (208) 664-0464.

Book Club Meeting - Discuss “From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler” by E.L. Konigsburg 1 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, mezzanine, 402 W. Main Ave., Spokane. (509) 838-0206.

Drive Thru Live Nativity - Drive through in your car while listening to the Narration of the “Christmas Story” with live actors and plenty of live animals. 5 p.m., Real Life Ministries, Real Life Ministries, 1866 N. Cecil, Post Falls. Free. (208) 215-4786.


Family Holiday Movie Matinee - Bring some pillows and blankets, hot cider, popcorn and watch the 2009 animated version of “A Christmas Carol (PG)” starring Jim Carrey. 2 p.m., Pilgrim’s Health Education Center, 1316 N. Fourth St., Coeur d’Alene. Free. (208) 676-9730.


Campbell House Holidays - Part of the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture, admission tickets include the exhibit galleries and a tour of the house. Guests can tour the house at their leisure from noon-4 p.m., Dec. 21-24, 28-31 and Jan. 1. This year, there will be a cook working in the kitchen and other volunteers stationed throughout the house to answer visitor questions. Regular guided Campbell House tours will be available on other December dates the museum is open. Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, 2316 W. First Ave. $7/adults, $5/seniors and students. (509) 456-3931.

Christian Youth Theater-North Idaho Winter Classes - Now registering ages 6-18 for 10-week classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:15-6:15 p.m. to begin on Jan. 3 and 5. Students age 8-18 will have the opportunity to audition for the theater’s upcoming production of “Annie.” Christ the King Lutheran Church, 1700 E. Pennsylvania Ave., Coeur d’Alene. $150-$175 for 22 hours of instruction. (208) 765-8600.

Christmas Tree Fundraiser - Runs through Saturday. Proceeds will benefit the programs for children at Hutton Settlement. Hours are from Tuesdays-Fridays, 5-7 p.m. and Saturdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The settlement driveway is a mile east of Argonne on Upriver Drive, 9907 E. Wellesley Ave., Spokane Valley. (509) 926-1027.

GI Holiday Jukebox - USO tribute show presented by Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre. Shows Wednesday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Runs through Dec. 23. For more information, visit www. Coeur d’Alene Resort Theatre, Coeur d’Alene. $20/adults, $25/premiere, $18/children. (208) 769-7780.

Holiday Music at River Park Square - Tuesday: 4-5 p.m., Chase Middle School; 6-7 p.m., Country Side; Wednesday: 1-2 p.m., Bemiss Elementary School; Friday: 12:30-1:30 p.m., Logan Elementary School; 4-5:30 p.m., Jed Wagner; Saturday: 4-5:30 p.m., Jed Wagner. River Park Square, 808 W. Main Ave. Free.

Music Together Classes - A research-based early childhood music and movement class for children ages 6 months to 6 years and the adults who love them. Classes are 45 minutes each week for 10 weeks. Holy Names Music Center, 3910 W. Custer Drive. $200. (509) 464-1595.

Santa Express - With the help of Santa’s elves, young shoppers ages 4-12 choose gifts priced from 50 cents to $8 for everyone on their list and wrap each gift so it’s ready to go under the tree. Fundraiser for Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery. Open Mondays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sundays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., through Dec. 23. Downtown on the skywalk level of Crescent building, 707 W. Main Ave. varies. (509) 448-2900.

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