December 13, 2012 in Washington Voices

Family calendar

 

Today

Teddy Bear Teas (Shadle) - Join in celebrating the teddy bear and bring your favorite bear along. Toddler Storytime at 10 a.m. and Preschool Storytime at 10:30 a.m. Shadle Library, 2111 E. Wellesley Ave. Free. (509) 444-5331.

Ongoing

Holiday Memories at Green Bluff - Cut your own Christmas tree, take pictures with Santa and purchase fresh fruits, food items, candy and wine. Held through Christmas. For more information, visit www.greenbluffgrowers.com.

Empty the Shelter for the Holidays - SCRAPS is holding an adoption special all month long. Cats are $15 and dogs are $25. This fee includes microchipping, vaccinations, exam and spay/neutering and license. SCRAPS, 2521 N. Flora Road. (509) 477-2984.

Waste-to-Energy Facility Tours - Walk-in tours of the Waste to Energy facility will not be offered through February. Tours for groups of 10 or more will still be scheduled according to staff availability. Call (509) 625-6521 to schedule a group tour. Walk-in tours will resume March 6. Spokane Regional Solid Waste System, 2900 S. Geiger Blvd. Free.

Riverfront Park Ice Palace - The outdoor covered skating rink is open until March 3. Open Tuesdays-Sundays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tuesdays-Thursdays, 7-8:30 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, 7-10 p.m., closed Mondays. Extended holiday hours. Riverfront Park, 507 N. Howard St. $4.50/adults; $3.50/children, senior, military; $3.50/skate rental. (509) 625-6601.

Holiday Lights at Gaiser Conservatory - Through Dec. 19. More than 30,000 lights, along with poinsettias, mums and other seasonal touches. Open daily, 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m., and best viewing is after 4 p.m. Manito Park, Gaiser Conservatory, 4 W. 21st Ave. Free. (509) 456-8038.

Santa Express Holiday Store - A holiday retail store for children and a fundraiser for Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery. With the help of Santa’s elves (volunteers), young shoppers ages 4 to 12 choose gifts for everyone on their list and wrap each gift so it is ready to go under the tree. All gifts are priced from 50 cents to $8. Open through Dec. 23. Hours: Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Crescent Building, 707 W. Main Ave., Skywalk Level. Free admission. (509) 220-5907.

“Irving Berlin’s White Christmas” - A holiday musical presented by Spokane Civic Theatre. Directed by Yvonne A.K. Johnson. Shows Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. Runs through Dec. 21. 7:30 p.m. Spokane Civic Theatre, Main Stage, 1020 N. Howard St. $33/adults, $31/senior and military, $26/students. (509) 325-2507 or (800) 325-SEAT.

“It’s a Wonderful Life” - Interplayers presents this family classic as a live radio play, written by Joe Landry and directed by Jeffrey Sanders. Shows Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 19-22 and 26-29 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 23 and 30 at 2 p.m. 7:30 p.m. Interplayers Theatre, 174 S. Howard St. $28/adult, $22/senior and military, $15/student. (509) 455-7529 or (800) 325-SEAT.

Friday

Teddy Bear Teas (Indian Trail) - Join in celebrating the teddy bear and bring your favorite bear along. Toddler Storytime at 10 a.m. and Preschool Storytime at 10:30 a.m. Indian Trail Library, 4909 W. Barnes Road. Free. (509) 444-5331.

Popovich Comedy Pet Theatre - The world famous Popovich Comedy Pet Theater is a family-oriented blend of the unique comedy and juggling skills of Gregory Popovich and the extraordinary talents of his performing pets. Each of the show’s 15 cats and 10 dogs were once strays, rescued from animal shelters. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. $22/general, $10/juniors. (800) 325-SEAT.

Free Carriage Rides - From 3-8 p.m. Presented by Spokane Teachers Credit Union. Corner of Wall Street and Main Avenue. Free.

Teddy Bear Teas (Downtown) - Join in celebrating the teddy bear and bring your favorite bear along. Toddler Storytime at 10 a.m. and Preschool Storytime at 10:30 a.m. Downtown Library, 906 W. Main Ave. Free. (509) 444-5331.

Author Esta Rosevear - Children’s author presents her latest book in her Rebecca series, “Rebecca and the Garden,” with a book signing. 4-7 p.m. Hastings - Shadle, 1704 W. Wellesley Ave. (509) 327-6008.

“Babes in Toyland” - Presented by Theater Arts for Children. Directed by Malory Ware. Shows at 7 p.m. Tickets available at www.ticketswest.com 7 p.m. TAC Theater, 2114 N. Pines Road, Spokane Valley. $10/general, $8/students and military. (509) 995-6718.

Saturday

Holiday Pops - Santa will join Morihiko Nakahara and the Spokane Symphony to present a wide spectrum of musical selections including traditional carols and holiday favorites. Part of the Superpops concert series. Shows at 8 p.m. Family packages are available for the Sunday matinee to allow parents or grandparents to share this delightful event with their children. Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 W. Sprague Ave. $25-$58. (509) 624-1200.

Popovich Comedy Pet Theatre - The world famous Popovich Comedy Pet Theater is a family-oriented blend of the unique comedy and juggling skills of Gregory Popovich and the extraordinary talents of his performing pets. Each of the show’s 15 cats and 10 dogs were once strays, rescued from animal shelters. 11 a.m. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. $22/general, $10/juniors. (800) 325-SEAT.

Free Carriage Rides - Noon-5 p.m. Presented by Spokane Teachers Credit Union. Corner of Wall Street and Main Avenue. Free.

SCRAPS Happy Howl-i-day Party and Open House - Visit the shelter for some cookies, cocoa and a tour of the kennels and cages. The day also includes a visit from Santa and special treats for cats and canines. SCRAPS, 2521 N. Flora Road, Spokane Valley. (509) 477-2532.

Christmas With Santa - Enjoy an elegant breakfast, sing along with Mercy Seat and dances by Dance Arts Academy. Visit with Santa, get a special handmade stocking filled with goodies and listen to Santa’s story time. Reservations required, leave a message. 9 a.m. Woman’s Club of Spokane, 1428 W. Ninth Ave. $15/child, $5/adult. (509) 838-5667.

Santa Claus pictures - Santa Claus is coming to visit the Appleway Florist and Greenhouse. Professional portraits will be available for purchase or people can bring their own cameras for the photo opportunity. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Appleway Florist and Greenhouse, 11006 E. Sprague Ave. (509) 924-5050.

Auntie Violet Storytime - Special story time with everyone’s favorite purplicious Auntie Violet! 11 a.m. Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.

Wreaths Across America Day - Members of the Spokane Valley community will gather to honor veterans during the holiday season as part of the annual Wreaths Across America Day. H.O.M.E. Military Ministry, a part of Valley Fourth Memorial Church, is coordinating the ceremony inside the mausoleum. Local civic and veterans groups will participate. The public is invited to attend. Specially designated wreaths for all military branches and for POW/MIAs will be placed on memorials during the ceremony. Additional wreaths purchased by individuals and organizations will be placed at veterans’ gravesites in the cemetery. Noon. Pines Mausoleum, 12113 E. 16th Ave. (Southside of 16th Avenue, near Pines Road), Spokane Valley. (509) 891-8588.

Merry Grinch-mas Storytime & Craft - Come hear “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” plus some other festive holiday stories. Then you can decorate a Merry Grinch-mas crown! 1 p.m. Auntie’s at the Square, 808 W. Main Ave. Free. (509) 456-4775.

Author Sharon Coleman - Davenport author book signing of “The Christmas Calf” and “Andrew’s Gift.” 2-4 p.m. Hastings - Spokane Valley, 15312 E. Sprague Ave., Spokane Valley. (509) 924-0667.

Lilac City Figure Skating Christmas Pops - Join the Lilac City Figure Skating Club as skaters perform to Christmas music. 3:30 p.m. Eagles Ice-A-Rena, 6321 N. Addison St. Free admission; cash donations accepted for the Second Harvest Food Bank. (509) 474-9464.

“Babes in Toyland” - Presented by Theater Arts for Children. Directed by Malory Ware. Shows at 4 and 7 p.m. Tickets available at www.ticketswest.com. 4 p.m. TAC Theater, 2114 N. Pines Road, Spokane Valley $10/general, $8/students and military. (509) 995-6718.

Sunday

Holiday Pops – Santa will join Morihiko Nakahara and the Spokane Symphony to present a wide spectrum of musical selections including traditional carols and holiday favorites. Part of the Superpops concert series. Show at 2 p.m. Family packages are available for the Sunday matinee to allow parents or grandparents to share this delightful event with their children. Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 W. Sprague Ave. $25-$58. (509) 624-1200.

Free Carriage Rides - Noon-5 p.m. Presented by Spokane Teachers Credit Union. Corner of Wall Street and Main Avenue. Free.

“Babes in Toyland” - Presented by Theater Arts for Children. Directed by Malory Ware. Shows at 2 p.m. Tickets available at www.ticketswest.com 2 p.m. TAC Theater, 2114 N. Pines Road, Spokane Valley $10/general, $8/students and military. (509) 995-6718.

Wednesday

“Itty Bitty School Bus Kitty” Author Reading - Come hear author Katie Youngren read her charming true stories about “Itty Bitty School Bus Kitty,” which feature the author’s own rescued pet. Youngren, a local school bus driver, will read and sign all three storybooks including her newest, “Itty Bitty School Bus Kitty Goes to the Fair.” Preschool storytime. 10:30 a.m. Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.


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