Chess Challenge Fundraiser - Is your chess game tough enough for an elementary student? Test your mettle against the Northwest Christian School Chess Club. Donations will help the team attend the national tournament in San Diego in April. Saturday, 1-3 p.m. Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave., Spokane. $5. (509) 838-0206.
Curls for Curling! - Help bring curling to Spokane! C.I. Shenanigans will have a 24-foot curling deck on the patio, a fundraising raffle of local items, and Double Takeout Red Rye Ale. Jan. 21. C.I. Shenanigans, 332 N. Spokane Falls Court, Spokane. Free. (509) 455-6690.
Black & White Ball - Fundraiser hosted by the Coeur d’Alene Symphony. Social hour and silent auction begins at 6 p.m. with dinner and dancing following. Jan. 21, 6 p.m.-midnight. Templin’s Red Lion Resort, 414 E. First Ave., Post Falls. $90/person. (208) 765-3833.
“Best B2B Firms 2011” - This trade show and networking event will feature area businesses who are making a difference in our region. Enjoy food, a no-host bar, and a QR code “scavenger hunt.” This will also serve as the launch party for the new Spokane CDA Woman magazine. In lieu of admission, bring a nonperishable food item. Please pre-register. Jan. 26, 5-9 p.m. Bank of America, 701 W. Riverside Ave., Spokane. Food donation.
Chef’s Culinary Classic - 19th annual black tie event to benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals of Spokane. Chefs from throughout the Inland Northwest will prepare a six-course meal paired with wine. Event will also include silent and live auctions. Visit www.cmnspokane.org or call (509) 473-6370 to purchase tickets. Feb. 4, 6 p.m. The Davenport Hotel, 10 S. Post St. $150/individual, $2,000/table sponsorship.
Go Red for Women Luncheon - Keynote speaker is Julie Clark, founder of Inspirational Coffee Club. Benefits heart disease. Feb. 8, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., Spokane. $100. (509) 536-1500.
Taste of Hope to benefit The Isaac Foundation - Enjoy area wines, brews, spirits, chocolates and specialty foods while raising money to fund therapy grants for children diagnosed with autism in our community. Single ticket purchase includes sampling glassware, five tasting tokens, and rustic Italian hors d’oeuvres. Tables and sponsorships are available. Feb. 10. 6 p.m. Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln St., Spokane. $35. (509) 499-1679.
Chocolate & Champagne Gala - 28th annual event to benefit Lutheran Community Services. Featuring the area’s best chocolate confections and desserts, chocolate martinis, champagne, silent and live auctions, hors d’oeuvres and dancing to the 8 Tracks. Feb. 24, 6:30 p.m.-midnight. Mirabeau Hotel and Convention Center, Interstate 90 at Sullivan Road, Spokane Valley. $65. (509) 343-5053.