Square Dance Festival and Salmon Barbeque - 56th annual event, sponsored by the Western Dance Association of Spokane. Western dances all weekend. Wood pit barbeque salmon dinner today, noon-4 p.m. Cost is $10 for dinner. Western Dance Center, 1901 N. Sullivan Road, Spokane Valley.
Loretta Lynn, 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, Wash. $20-$30.
Whiskers and Wine - Fourth annual event to benefit Partners for Pets. Wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres, music by Nobody Famous and silent auction. Age 21 and older. Tickets may be purchased at the Adoption Center at Argonne Road and Trent Avenue in Spokane Valley or at www.partnersforpets.org. Sept. 8, 6:30-9 p.m., Caterina/Lone Canary Winery, 905 N. Washington St. $20. (509) 328-5069.
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.
Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Awareness Film Fundraiser - Proceeds will go to the making of “Remember Me, Life of an MCS Sufferer;” and remaining funds will be distributed equally to Resheler.org and League Foundation. Please avoid the following while attending the event: scented laundry detergent, dryer sheets, cologne and perfume. Sept. 19, 6-10 p.m., Spokane Community College, Sasquatch and Bigfoot Room, 1810 N. Greene St. $25. (509) 290-8924.
Caring for Kids Luncheon - Featured speaker is Ray Clary, a Gonzaga University Law School graduate, is a partner with Etter, McMahon, Lamberson, Clary & Oreskovich, P.C., and has practiced civil litigation for 27 years. He lived at Morning Star Boys’ Ranch from 1968-’70 and his firm provides pro bono and reduced fee work for youth and entities that serve children and families. Social at 11:30 a.m., lunch at 12:15 p.m., program at 12:45 p.m. Proceeds benefit St. Anne’s Children and Family Center and Morning Star Boys’ Ranch. Sept. 20, Doubletree Hotel, 322 N. Spokane Falls Blvd. $100/general, $50/age 30 and younger. (509) 358-4254.
Spokane Symphony: Opening Night Gala - Celebrate five years at Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, featuring a champagne reception, dinner and auction. Black tie is optional. Reservations required. Sept. 22, 5-7:30 p.m., The Davenport Hotel, Grand Pennington Ballroom, 10 S. Post St. $150/includes concert ticket or $125 for ticket holders. (509) 464-7076.
Taste of the Valley - Features wines from 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 Northwest authors will unveil original short works inspired by the theme, “Red Eye,” including Kim Barnes, Jim Lynch, Shann Ray and Nance Van Winckel, with emcee Jess Walter. Bedtime Stories is a fundraiser supporting Humanities Washington. To purchase a table, contact Kari Dasher at (206) 682-1770 x103 or email@example.com. Remaining individual tickets will go on sale in coming weeks. Sept. 28, 6:15 p.m., Red Lion Inn at the Park, Skyline Ballroom, 303 W. North River Drive. (206) 682-1770.
Mt. Spokane Dinner and Auction - Second annual event. Sept. 29, Arbor Crest Wine Cellars, 4705 N. Fruit Hill Road, Spokane Valley. $75. (509) 238-2220, ext. 204.
Family Fun Day & Cowpie Bingo - Benefits Classical Christian Academy. Sept. 29, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Classical Christian Academy, 2289 W. Seltice Way, Post Falls. Wrist band for games, $13/advance, $15/door; other activities for a fee. (509) 924-6161.