Artists Loose on the Palouse Arts Festival - Fifth annual event featuring visual art displays, live music and more, today, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., with parade at noon followed by classic car and tractor show at Valleyford Community Church. On Sacred Grounds, 12212 E. Palouse Highway, Valleyford. (509) 747-6294
Washington State Quilters Lectures - By Peggy Gelbrich, a Pacific Northwest quilter who has been teaching quilting for more than 30 years. Her afternoon lecture is “Life Through Quilts” and her evening lecture is “The History of Signature Quilt.” Thursday, 1 and 7 p.m., Mukogawa Fort Wright Commons Building, 4000 W. Randolph Road. $7 per lecture. (509) 747-0315
Art on the Green - Annual event featuring artist booths, food, live entertainment and children’s activities. Sponsored by the Citizens Council for the Arts, in conjunction with Downtown Street Fair and Taste of the Coeur d’Alenes. Aug. 5, noon-7 p.m.; Aug. 6, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Aug. 7, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., North Idaho College, 1000 W. Garden Ave, Coeur d’Alene. Free admission. (208) 667-9346
Downtown Street Fair - Annual event featuring more than 250 vendors offering a variety of food, entertainment and merchandise, held in conjunction with Art on the Green and Taste of the Coeur d’Alenes. Aug. 5-6, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., and Aug. 7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. along Sherman Avenue, downtown Coeur d’Alene. (208) 415-0116
Native Plant Field Trips - Hosted by the Northeast Chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society. Several trips offered throughout the summer and fall. www.nechapterwnps.org, (509) 209-1658
Garden Clinics - WSU Pend Oreille County Master Gardeners will offer free diagnosis and advice this summer to those with home garden and landscape issues. Library locations and times include Newport Library, Thursdays, 6-8 p.m.; Pend Oreille Valley Library in Cusick, Wash., second and third Tuesday of each month, 6-8 p.m.; and Ione Library, second and fourth Tuesday of each month, 1-3 p.m. Plant and insect samples for clinics can be dropped off at the Extension Office, 418 S. Scott, on weekdays from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Garden questions and pictures can be emailed to email@example.com or phoned in at (509) 447-2401.
Garden of the Month Contest - Enter at Northwest Seed and Pet, 2422 E. Sprague Ave., or online at www.tieg.org. Runs through Sept. 15. (509) 535-8434
Japanese Floral Exhibit and Demonstrations - Presented by Ikebana International Spokane Chapter No. 230. Today, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Manito Park Meeting Room. Demonstrations at 1 p.m. by Ellen Krehbiel and at 3 p.m. by Lee McLeron. Donations will be collected for The Mirror Pond Restoration Fund. (509) 747-4926, (509) 467-9246
“Free Energy” Convention - Hosted by Renaissance Charge. Learn about alternative, practical and efficient solutions for your autos, boats and home. Friday-July 31, Coeur d’Alene Resort, 115 S. Second St., Coeur d’Alene. $350/three days, discounts for local residents. Call (208) 772-4514 to register.
“Bringing the Outside In”- From lighting to colors, patterns and shapes to textures, interior designer and artist Susan Jane Hall will offer suggestions and recommendations on how to bring nature and its healing effects indoors. Saturday, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Sun People Dry Goods, 32 W. Second Ave, Ste. 200. $5; preregistration required in the store or at www.sunpeopledrygoods.com. Bring a bag lunch if you like. (509) 368-9378.
Master Gardener’s Garden Tour and Dinner - Self-guided tour of southern Pend Oreille County gardens, presented by WSU/Pend Oreille Master Gardeners on Aug. 7. $10; an optional chicken dinner will follow the tour, dinner payments of an additional $10 must be received by Friday at the WSU/Pend Oreille County Extension Office, 418 S. Scott Ave., Newport, Wash. (509) 447-2401
Ride The West – The Ranch Event - Ninth annual event featuring clinics and demonstrations on equine education, ACTHA ride for the horses and the fifth annual XTreme Trail Competition, plus exhibitors, concessions, entertainment, bison field tours, Toys for Tots cowboy breakfast, cowboy church, horse-drawn wagon rides, wilderness camp and more. Today, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 15420 W. Four Mound Road, Nine Mile Falls. $5; Ride with the Pros clinics $150 each. (509) 466-9639
Stallion Showcase and Horse Sale - Sixth annual event with three area horse rescuers, horse breeders and trainers, vendors, Play Day Classes, a Liberty Class, used tack sale from horse exhibitors and vendors as well as private treaty sale horses. Sponsored by the Spokane Morgan Club. Horse entries of all breeds currently being accepted. Aug. 6, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Lady Raven Stables, 312 E. Austin. Free admission and parking. (509) 796-2140, www.spokanemorganclub.org
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