Author Terry Hughes – The former chief of the Paradise (California) Volunteer Fire Department presents his first novel, “Burning Paradise;” 1-4 p.m. Ambrosia Bistro and Wine Bar, 9211 E. Montgomery Ave. (509) 928-3222.
Heritage Program Luncheon - Seventh annual event. Program by John Caskey on the Historic Cemeteries of Spokane County. 2011 Heritage Preservation Award will be presented to Maggie Rail for her work in recording Eastern Washington cemeteries. Includes program, luncheon, dessert and drinks. Tickets available at the museum and at the door; 11:30-1 a.m. 202 N. Pines Road, Spokane Valley. $20/general, $15/seniors. (509) 922-4570.
Spokane Cork and Keg Festival - This Washington Restaurant Association-Spokane Chapter festival features more than 100 wines and 30 handcrafted beers, mostly from the Northwest. Hors d’oeuvres prepared by Chef Curtis Smith and the Inland Northwest Culinary Academy. Live music by the Martini Brothers and a discount wine store. Find ticket outlets or pay online at www.spokanecorkandkeg.com; 7-10 p.m. Mirabeau Park Hotel, Sullivan Road at I-90. $45/person in advance or $50 at the door. (509) 467-7744.
University High School Craft Fair - Nov. 12-13. Approximately 100 vendors selling a wide range of items. Daily, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 12420 E. 32nd Ave. $2/general, free/age 12 and younger. (509) 926-6981.
Central Valley School District - The board of directors meets; 6:30 p.m. Learning and Teaching Center, 19307 E. Cataldo Ave. (509) 228-5400.
Multiple Sclerosis Association of America - Second Monday of the month; 10:30 a.m.-noon. Spokane Valley Senior Center, 2426 N. Discovery Place. (509) 921-5608.
Senior pickleball - Every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday; 12:30-2:30 p.m. Valley HUB, 19619 E. Cataldo Ave. $2. (509) 927-0602.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly - The group meets every Monday; 7 p.m. Valley Fourth Memorial Church, 2303 S. Bowdish Ave. (509) 928-9158.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly - Broadway Court - TOPS members meet every Monday; 9 a.m. Broadway Court Estates, 13505 E. Broadway Ave. 922-3874.
OCD Support Group - For families and individuals who struggle with OCD in their lives. Support, education, sharing, goals; 6-7 p.m. 12910 E. Sinto Ave. Free. (509) 869-1069.
Spokane Valley City Council meeting - Tentative agenda items include the adoption of the 2012 budget, a proposed resolution amending Indiana Ave. speed limits, a motion on lodging tax funding and a discussion on Browns Park; 6 p.m. Spokane Valley City Hall, 11707 E. Sprague. (509) 921-1000.
Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous - No fees or weigh-ins; 7 p.m. 12606 E. Mission Ave. Free. (951) 850-7764.
Lilac City Cribbage Club - Open to anyone interested in playing cribbage; 6:30 p.m.-midnight. VFW Hall, 212 S. David St. (310) 621-3897.
Spokane Valley Library Book Club - Discuss “Parrot and Olivier in America” by Peter Carey; 2 p.m. Spokane Valley Library, 12004 E. Main Ave. Free. (509) 893-8400.
“Powering Our Future” - An informational and hands-on event presented by Avista; 4-8 p.m. CenterPlace, 2426 N. Discovery Place. Free. (509) 495-2874.
Spokane Valley Newcomer’s Club Annual Brunch and Auction - The ladies of this social group will host this event featuring The Singing Nuns. For tickets, call (509) 893-9467 or (509) 922-0713; 11:30 a.m. Mirabeau Hotel and Convention Center, 1100 N. Sullivan Road. $20. (509).
Take Off Pounds Sensibly - The group meets every Thursday; 6 p.m. Orchards Crest Retirement, fourth floor theater room, 222 S. Evergreen. (509) 922-8820.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly - Eagles - The group meets every Thursday; 9:30 a.m. Eagles, 16801 E. Sprague. (509) 928-5460.
Come Write In - Spokane Valley - Are you writing your novel this November? Join fellow writers at the library for write ins during National Novel Writing Month. We’ll supply the coffee, you supply the creativity; 1-5 p.m. Spokane Valley Library, 12004 E. Main Ave. Free. (509) 893-8400.
Custer’s Christmas Arts & Crafts Show - 35th annual event. Nov. 18-20. Over 300 artists and crafters. Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Spokane County Fair and Expo Center, Broadway at Havana Street. $6, good all weekend; free/age 12 and younger. (509) 924-0588.
Mommy and Me Club - Social group open to all new moms, babies (up to 2), and moms-to-be. Support, encouragement, teaching, learning, sharing, playtime and fun. Also features free weight checks, breastfeeding support by certified lactation consultants, activities and guest speakers. There is no need to RSVP or attend regularly. Call (509) 473-5706 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for more information; 10 a.m.-noon. Valley Hospital Health and Education Center, Davis Room, 12606 E. Mission Ave. Free.
Friends of the Otis Orchards Library Book Sale - Proceeds from book sales support various library programs, activities and services; 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Otis Orchards Library, 22324 E. Wellesley Ave. Free. (509) 893-8390.
Solar Power Class - Learn the basics of solar power and how to get started. Register by contacting Nadine Sullivan at (509) 924-8803 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. 9 a.m.-noon. Eco Depot, Eco Depot Inc., 1326 E. Sprague Ave. $35, includes materials and handouts. (509) 924-8803.
“The Patriot Guard Riders” - Premiere of the documentary produced by Wall Fly Films and tells the story of the Patriot Guard Rider movement, how it started, and how it has grown. Although a significant portion of the documentary was filmed in Washington state, there are parts of it from New York, Kansas and other states; 2 p.m. Valley Fourth Memorial Church, 2303 S. Bowdish Road. $8. (509).
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