Benefit for the family of Jay Schuh - Music by County Line, The Pearl Snaps, Michael Trantow, Jenny Ann Mannan, Colby Acuff and Justin Sherfey. Silent auction and desserts. Schuh recently died of pancreatic cancer. Today, 2-5 p.m., Rockin B Ranch, 3912 N. Idaho Road (State Line, exit 299), Liberty Lake. $10/person. (509) 590-3720.
Plane Pull 2012 - Benefiting Special Olympics Washington. An unusual competition where teams of up to 20 will be pitted against each other in the ultimate battle of strength, stamina and fun while pulling a 138,400-pound Boeing 727 jet 12 feet. Registration is required. Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Spokane International Airport, 3250 S. Godfrey. $30/person, includes T-shirt. (509) 299-7117.
Inland Northwest Honor Flight Picnic - Catered by Longhorn Barbecue. $10 from each meal will go toward the INW Honor Flight mission to send WW2 veterans to Washington, D.C. RSVP by Thursday. Saturday, 4-6 p.m., Waterfront Park, 1386 S. Lefevre St. $20. (509) 624-0222.
Comedian Jim Gaffigan - Join Mark and Marcy Few as we celebrate a special evening of Coaches vs. Cancer. Saturday, 8 p.m., Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 W. Sprague Ave. $75. (509) 624-1200.
Loretta Lynn and Patsy Cline Tribute Concert - Opening will be Terry Burrus, Michael Jackson’s pianist. Presented by KTR Entertainment. Sept. 3, 8 p.m., Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave., Sandpoint. $22. (208) 263-9191.
River Awakening Music Festival - A benefit concert for families devastated by powerful storms in July. Line-up includes: Adrienne Elise, Planetary Refugees, Groove Patrol/Real Life Rockaz, Aaron Abrahm, Pro Beats Dj Jade Cardwell, Club Foot Club, Dubthoven, Evolutions Per Minute, The Lion Oh My, and Johny & the Moondogs. Sept. 7, 6 p.m., Stotts RV Park, Curlew. $20-$30.
Cobra Polo Classic - Polo players from around the world. Events include live music, Champagne Divot Stomp, Hat Competition, silent auction, gourmet food and wine and the Whiskey Cigar Tent. Benefits the Ronald McDonald House. Reservations requested. Sept. 9, Noon-4 p.m., Spokane Polo Club, 7500 W. State Route 2. Before Aug. 12: $175/person; $200/person after Aug. 12. (509) 624-0500.
Taste of the Valley – Features red and white wines from various Washington wineries. Age 21 and older. Sept. 22, 6 p.m., CenterPlace, 2426 N. Discovery Place, Spokane Valley. $40/person. (509) 922-3299.
Bedtime Stories Spokane 2012: Red Eye - Literary event and evening of food, wine and words. Registration and pre-reception opens at 6:15 p.m., dinner begins at 7:10 p.m. Several of the Northwest’s most celebrated authors will unveil original short works inspired by the event theme, “Red Eye.” This year’s writers include Kim Barnes, Jim Lynch, Shann Ray and Nance Van Winckel, with emcee Jess Walter. Bedtime Stories is a fundraiser supporting Humanities Washington. For information on becoming a sponsor or purchasing a table contact Kari Dasher at (206) 682-1770, ext 103, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Remaining individual tickets will go on sale this summer. Sept. 28, 6:15 p.m., Red Lion Inn at the Park, Skyline Ballroom, 303 W. North River Drive. (206) 682-1770.