53rd Annual Gem, Jewelry and Mineral Show - The show will feature displays of fossils, minerals, gemstones, handcrafted jewelry and supplies. It will also include demonstrations and children’s activities. Presented by Rock Rollers of Spokane. Hours are Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and May 6, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Spokane County Fair and Expo Center, 404 N. Havana St., Spokane Valley. $6/adults, $5/seniors, free/age 12 and younger and Scouts in uniform. (509) 244-8442.
Art Classes for Chicks at The Art Coop - Upcoming workshops include: Saturday, Hanging Yard Art, 1-3 p.m., $25; May 11, Bird Nesting Ball, 6-8 p.m., $25; May 22, 23 and 24, Mosaic Ball, Boulder Bird Bath, 6-9 p.m., $45-$90. Supplies included in workshop cost. For more information, visit www.theartcoop.net. Art Coop, 4225 N. “G” St. (509) 327-3726.
Soap Making 101 - Sandy Tarbox of Greencastle Soap will offer this two-part workshop on Saturday and May 6, 6:30-8:30 pm. Learn how to make quality soap at home using olive oil and other natural ingredients. Design your own fragrance and take home nearly three pounds of soap you made. Registration required. Greencastle Soap Co., 203 N. Stone St. $55, supplies included. (509) 466.7223.
Julyamsh Vision Seekers Youth Workshop - Explore your talents under the guidance of renowned America Indian artists Bobbie White (beadwork), Andrew Morrison (pop/graffiti art), Jaque Rickard (basketry). Designed for students 12-14 years old. Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Jacklin Arts and Cultural Center, 405 N. William St., Post Falls. (208) 457-8950.
Plant Sale - Presented by the Associated Garden Clubs of Spokane. Plants include organic veggies and herbs, annuals, perennials, hanging baskets and house plants. Proceeds will benefit various nonprofit organizations and numerous Spokane community projects. Today, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Manito Park, Manito Garden Meeting Room, east of the Gaiser Conservatory. (509) 838-3705.
Tsutakawa Japanese Garden Festival (Japan Week) – Activities and demonstrations include Suzaku Taiko (dynamic drumming); Aikido (adapted from samurai combat arts); Japanese Sumi-e; Inland Empire Bonsai Society; Inland Empire Water Gardens and Koi Society; Cosplay Chess; ikebana; and flutist Todd Milne. Today, 2-4 p.m., Nishinomiya-Tsutakawa Gardens at Manito Park, 21st Avenue at Bernard Street. Free. (509) 230-4891.
Identifying Pests and Diseases of Landscape Conifers and Fruit Trees - Class will be presented by WSU Master Gardener Tim Kohlhauff. Registration is required. Tuesday, 6-8 p.m., Create Art Center, 900 W. Fourth St., Newport, Wash. $5/community members, $3/master gardeners. (509) 447-2401.
Waste-to-Energy Facility Tours - Interested in knowing what happens to our garbage? Walk-in groups of 10 or fewer are welcome on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Group tours for more than 10, individuals with special needs, and classrooms can be arranged by calling ahead. Wednesday, Spokane Regional Solid Waste System, 2900 S. Geiger Blvd. (across from the Washington State Patrol). Free. (509) 625-6521.
Idaho Native Plant Society meeting - The May meeting of the Calypso chapter of the INPS. Wednesday, 7 p.m., Idaho Department of Fish and Game, 2885 W. Kathleen Ave., Coeur d’Alene. (208) 667-8790.
Backyard Forests Workshop - Registration deadline is Thursday for the class on May 9 from 6-8 p.m. Learn how to keep your trees healthy and attractive. Focus is primarily for landowners of 5 acres or less. University of Idaho Extension Office in Boundary County, 6447 Kootenai St., Bonners Ferry. $10, includes handouts and refreshments. (208) 267-3235.
Ornamental Grasses - Examine basic grass biology, proper care of different grasses, and how to tell grasses from sedges or reeds. View pictures of a wide variety of grasses that grow well in Spokane. Thursday, 6-9 p.m., Shadle Park High School, 4327 N. Ash St., Room C101. $25. (509) 279-6027.
Tuber Sale - Presented by the Inland Empire Dahlia Society. Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Northwest Seed and Pet, 2422 E. Sprague Ave. (509) 534-0694.
Cheese-making Workshop - Join Trish Vieira of Spokane Family Farms as she demonstrates cheese-making techniques. Registration required – only 15 spaces available. Register at the store or online. Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Sun People Dry Goods, 32 W. Second Ave. $20. (509) 368-9378.
Burn Dry Firewood Community Event - Learn how to build and maintain an efficient, hot fire with little to no visible smoke. There will be firewood splitting demonstrations, firewood moisture testing, a woodshed building demonstration, information about the wood stove replacement program, and a presentation on recreational fires. Free hotdogs and children’s activities. Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Spokane Valley Fire Station, 10319 E. Sprague Ave. Free.
Lorene Edwards Forkner - Author, speaker and avid gardener/cook. Her latest book, “Handmade Garden Projects: Step by Step instructions for Creative Garden Features, Containers, Lighting and More,” encourages gardeners to put aside yard work and start having fun again making their mark on the landscape. Saturday, 1 p.m., Living in the Garden, 601 Reid Road, Pullman. (509) 332-0647.
“ What is My Dog Saying at the Dog Park?” - Do you want to learn more about what dogs are saying to each other, to other animals, and to you? Carol Byrnes, of Diamonds in the Ruff, will teach you how to identify red flags, play safely and be your dog’s advocate at the dog park. Your suggested donation of $20 goes directly to furnish the SpokAnimal Dog Park at High Bridge. Humans only at this class. May 9, 6-8 p.m., REI, 1125 N. Monroe Ave. Donation.