Garden Clinics – WSU/Pend Oreille County Master Gardeners offer free diagnosis and advice to those with home garden and landscape issues. Library locations and times include: Newport Library, Thursdays this summer from 6-8 p.m. or phone calls during these hours at (509) 447-2111; Ione Library, Tuesdays from 1-3 p.m.; and Cusick Library, second and third Tuesdays of the month from 6-8 p.m. Plant and insect samples for clinics can be dropped off at the Extension Office, 418 S. Scott in Newport, Wash., on weekdays from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Garden questions and pictures can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or phoned in at (509) 447-2401.
Pend Oreille Valley Lavender Festival - See lavender at peak bloom in a Tuscan garden setting, shop booths featuring 75 regional artisans, juried artists and local growers. Today, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., City Park at First and Calispel streets, Newport, Wash. $5/general; free/age 12 and younger; $8/two-day pass, $25/concert advance ticket. No pets permitted on grounds except for service animals. (509) 447-6451.
Living History Walking Tours - Presented by Robert Singletary of Old Fort Sherman and Historic Downtown Coeur d’Alene and sponsored by the Museum of North Idaho. The 60- to 90-minute tours depart from the Museum Tuesday through Saturday, until early fall. In the Fort Sherman Tour, scheduled for 11 a.m., Robert will portray Gen. William Carlin, the Commander at Fort Sherman for many years. At 1 p.m. he will take on the persona of Peter Sorensen, steamboat captain, boat builder, and community leader during the early years of Coeur d’Alene. Tickets are available at the Museum of North Idaho, 115 Northwest Blvd.; and the Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce, 105 N. First St. Ticket price includes admission to the museum and parking. Museum of North Idaho, 115 Northwest Blvd., Coeur d’Alene. $15. (208) 664-3448.
Hidden Gardens and Organic Orchards of Stevens County - Ninth annual event. Featuring organic orchards, personal gardens and farms along Highway 25 South between Kettle Falls and Rice, Wash. Tickets available at: Meyers Falls Market in Kettle Falls; Colville Chamber of Commerce; Hedrick’s Floral; Wynne Street Nursery; and The Front Porch and Valley Drug in Chewelah, Wash. Proceeds benefit the American Association of University Women Colville Branch’s scholarship fund for women and girls in Stevens County. Information: http://colville-wa.aauw.net. Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Highway 25 S. $10.
15th Annual Coeur d’Alene Garden Tour - Featuring five gardens in the area. Live music in each garden and artisan/vendors with garden-related items. Tickets available at most garden centers in early June and in each garden on tour day. This is a self-guided tour (maps on tickets). July 15, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $15/advance, $17/day of dour.
Canning 101 Open House - Talk to local canning experts and ask all the questions you have about canning. Stop by anytime between 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. to learn more about preserving the local harvest. No registration required. July 19, Sun People Dry Goods, 32 W. Second Ave., Suite 200. Free. (509) 368-9378.
“Root Disease-The Hidden Menace” - Register as soon as possible for this class July 19-20 in Hayden, Idaho. $10/includes refreshments and handouts, $15/online registration. (208) 446-1680.
Solar Power Class - Learn the basics of solar power and how to get started. Register by contacting Nadine Sullivan at (509) 924-8803 or email email@example.com. July 21, 9 a.m.-noon, Eco Depot, 1326 E. Sprague Ave. $35, includes materials and handouts.
Junk Salvation by the Funky Junk Sisters - Gathering of hand-picked vendors selling their best junking goods in more than 50 booths with some of the best unique vintage items under one roof. Aug. 4, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Kootenai County Fairgrounds, 4056 N. Government Way, Coeur d’Alene. $15/until 10 a.m., $7/after 10 a.m. (253) 359-0102.
Art Classes at The Art Coop - Choose from more than 30 classes; choose your own craft, date and time. For more information, visit www.theartcoop.net. Art Coop, 4225 N. “G” St. $25-$90, supplies included. (509) 327-3726.
Orient School ECHOS Summer Program - Monday through July 26. All students in the Orient School district are invited to attend at no cost. Transportation will be provided north-south on Highway 395 only. Home-schooled, private school students, and students who do not attend Orient are invited to participate. Orient ECHOS will be presented by qualified para pros and one preschool teacher. Each student MUST pack a lunch and swimsuit each day. Orient School, Fifth and C Streets, Orient, Wash. Free. (509) 684-6873.
Painted Face Artist - Meet the artists, view and purchase the artwork in this small and intimate preview reception of the Julyamsh American Indian Art Show and Auction. Free to the public. July 19, 5-7 p.m., Jacklin Arts and Cultural Center, 405 N. William St., Post Falls. Free admission. (208) 457-8950.
ANeMonE Paper Flower Making 101 - Learn how to make a paper rose and paper dahlia. Registration is required. Choose to attend at 9:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. on July 21. Anemone, 302 W. Second Ave. $35, supplies included. (509) 458-3333.
National Lentil Festival - Aug. 17-18. 24th annual event. Visit www.lentilfest.com. 415 N. Grand Ave., Pullman. Free admission to festival. (800) 365-6948.
17th Annual Quilt Show - Sept. 3-4. “Quilting By the Rivers” presented by Valley Piecemakers Quilt and Craft Club. Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Monday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Heyburn Elementary School, gym, 1405 Main Ave., St. Maries, Idaho. $1. (208) 245-2356.
North Idaho AIDS Walk, Paws for AIDS Awareness - Second annual people and pet walk presented by the North Idaho AIDS Coalition. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m.; walk held from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Riverstone Park, Coeur d’Alene. $20, includes a T-shirt; $5 for a pet bandana. (208) 665-1448.
All-Breed Dog Show - Hosted by the Inland Empire Kennel Association. An annual AKC-sanctioned all-breed dog show. Saturday-July 15, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. both days. For more information, call (509) 456-3784. Kootenai County Fairgrounds, 4056 N. Government Way, Coeur d’Alene. Free admission, $5 parking fee.
“Bats of the World and the Channeled Scablands” - Enjoy a presentation by bat experts and wildlife biologists Sandy Rancourt and Mike Rule, followed by a walk to identify and examine bats. Wear a long-sleeved shirt, long pants, a sweater or jacket and bring a flashlight. July 18, 7:30 p.m., Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge, 26010 South Smith Road, Cheney. $5. (509) 235-4531.
Tails at Twilight 2012 - This is Kootenai Humane Society’s biggest fundraiser of the year. The festivities will include food, drinks and live and silent auctions. All proceeds go to saving lives and improving quality of life for the animals at KHS. Aug. 14, 6-9 p.m., Golf Club at Black Rock, 18168 S. Kimberlite Drive, Coeur d’Alene. $75/person, $125/couple, $500/ business group of 8. (208) 819-3034.