Art Classes at The Art Coop - Choose from more than 30 classes including: Cement Leaves, Hanging Yard Art, Microscope Slide Soldered Jewelry and Fused Glass Jewelry. 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.
Sixth Annual Artists Loose on the Palouse Festival - Featuring local artists and crafters, Valleyford Museum and walking tours, cooperative painting, parade on the Palouse Highway (today at noon) and Classic Car and Tractor Show (after parade). Today, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., On Sacred Grounds, 12212 E. Palouse Highway, Valleyford. (509) 747-6294.
Spokane Art School Summer Painting Studio Youth Workshops - Fridays through Aug. 24 at 1 p.m. for ages 4-12. Create a masterpiece using collage and paint. Develop your own style and learn about a famous 20th-century artist. You will paint on real artist canvas board. Registration requested. Tinman Gallery, 809 W. Garland Ave. $15, includes supplies. (509) 325-1500.
Late Night at the Library (Valley) - Enjoy crafts, games, snacks, songs, stories and more. Bring old clothes you can get messy in. Registration and a signed permission slip required. Friday, 7 p.m., Spokane Valley Library, 12004 E. Main Ave., Spokane Valley. Free. (509) 893-8400.
Junk Salvation by the Funky Junk Sisters – More than 50 booths of junking goods. Saturday, 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.
Treasures on Foxwood Outdoor Vendor Event - Aug. 11, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Aug. 12, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Hosted by the Victorian Foxwood Tea House. Outdoor sale featuring more than 40 vendors selling antiques, collectibles and arts. Tea house will be open. Live music from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, visit www.treasuresonfoxwood.com. 125 Foxwood, two miles north of Diamond Lake off Highway 2, between mile markers 328 and 329, Newport. $4/adults, free/ages 11 and younger; $10/three-course tea. (509) 589-0097.
National Lentil Festival - Aug. 17-18. 24th annual event. Friday: free lentil chili, live music, arts and crafts, microbrew tasting tent, food, information booths, children’s area and games; Saturday: lentil pancake breakfast, Tase T. Lentil 5K Fun Run, the Tour de Lentil 100K Bike Ride, Little Lentil Sprout Parade and Grand Parade through downtown Pullman, lentil cook off, children’s stage and live music. Visit www.lentilfest.com. Aug. 17, 415 N. Grand Ave., Pullman. Free admission to festival. (800) 365-6948.
Pickin’ on the Prairie Antique Show - Aug. 18-19. Nestled in the rolling wheat fields of Orchard Prairie, featuring music, food and vendors selling antiques, primitives, farmhouse decor, and jewelry. Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Past Blessings Farm, 8521 N. Orchard Prairie Road (10 blocks north of Bigelow Gulch Road). $4/general, free/age 12 and younger; good for both days. (509) 499-5099.
17th Annual Quilt Show - Sept. 2-3. “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. $1. (208) 245-2356.
Little Spokane River Artist Studio Tour - Explore the studios where the five artists work, the landscapes and gardens that inspire them, all within a 2 1/2 mile radius. Share refreshments from Lindaman’s Gourmet to Go, take the day to select artworks from more than 29 artists and one-of-a-kind jewelry, clothing, holiday and special gifts. Sept. 29, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Little Spokane River Valley. Free admission. (509) 981-9916.
Garden of Artistry - Presented by the Ponderay Garden Center. Featuring 30 Northwest artists, live music and flowers. Art available for viewing and purchase today from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, visit www.ponderaygarden.com. 477703 Highway 95 North, Ponderay, Idaho. (208) 255-4200.
Garden Clinics - WSU/Pend Oreille County Master Gardeners will offer free advice to those with home garden and landscape issues. Library locations and times include: Newport Library, 6-8 p.m. every Thursday this summer or phone calls during these hours at (509) 447-2111; Ione Library, 1-3 p.m. Tuesdays; and Cusick Library, 6-8 p.m. second and third Tuesdays of the month. 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.
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 Tuesdays through Saturdays, through early fall. For the Fort Sherman Tour, at 11 a.m., Singletary 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. The ticket price includes admission to the museum and parking. Museum of North Idaho, 115 Northwest Blvd., Coeur d’Alene. $15. (208) 664-3448.
Waste-to-Energy Facility Tours - Interested in knowing what happens to our garbage? Walk-in groups of 10 or fewer are welcome on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Group tours for more than 10, individuals with special needs, and classrooms can be arranged by calling ahead. Spokane Regional Solid Waste System, 2900 S. Geiger Blvd. (across from the Washington State Patrol). Free. (509) 625-6521.
Community Energy Efficiency Event - SustainableWorks will be offering reduced cost energy audits and home retrofits for Millwood residents. Participants will learn how to save money on items like furnaces, heat pumps, water heaters, insulation, weatherization and solar projects. To learn more about the program, or to sign-up, visit www.sustainableworks.com, or call the SustainableWorks office at (509) 443-3471. Wednesday, 6:30-8:30 p.m., The Crossing Millwood Community Youth Center, 8919 E. Euclid Ave., Millwood.
2012 Pend Oreille River Garden Tour and Dinner - Tour includes: children’s areas, vegetable gardens, water features, a fish farm, perennial beds, fruit trees live music, local crafters and many more creative ideas. Make reservations for the dinner following the tour in one of the gardens. Garden tour is from 1-4:30 p.m. Aug. 5; dinner is at 5 p.m. Tickets for the tour may be purchased Aug. 5 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the Extension Office, 418 Scott St., Newport, Wash. Tickets for the dinner must be purchased by July 27. For more information, visit pendoreille.wsu.edu/ or call (509) 447-2401. $10/tour, $10/dinner.
Lead Awareness Workshop - The Region 10 Environmental Protection Agency will host this workshop that will discuss the dangers of lead paint, history of lead-based paint, notification requirements and renovation rules. Participants are encouraged to bring items from home of concern, such as bright colored dishware, jewelry, toys, etc. Aug. 13, 2-5 p.m., Spokane Public Library, 906 W. Main Ave. (206) 553-1541.
Inland Northwest Small Farmers Conference - Seminars to help manage and grow your farm, displays of equipment and farm related resources, and networking with like minded farmers. Keynote Speaker is Ken Meter of Crossroads Resources Center. His presentation is “The Role of Growing Local Food in Economic Recovery” Sept. 28-29, Spokane County Fair and Expo Center, 404 N. Havana St., Spokane Valley. (509) 477-2173.
Bonner County Rodeo - Aug. 17-18 at 7 p.m. nightly. Bonner County Fairgrounds, 4203 N. Boyer Road, Sandpoint. (208) 263-8414.
North Idaho Fair and Rodeo - Aug. 22-26. 2012 theme: “Stirrin’ It Up.” The fair offers family fun and entertainment, with live music, carnival rides and games, food vendors, arts and crafts, livestock, contests and community exhibits. Demolition Derby, PRCA Rodeo, Draft Horse Shows, and Motocross competitions in the Grandstand. Gates open daily at 9 a.m. Buildings open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Kootenai County Fairgrounds, 4056 N. Government Way. $9/adults; $8/seniors; $5/children. (208) 765-4969.
Bats of the Inland Northwest - A hands-on opportunity to learn about some of the abilities and essential services of bats that fly our skies at night. Ella Rowan, a Washington Fish and Wildlife Department biologist who specializes in bats, is teaming with biologists from other agencies to offer the class. Aug. 25, 7-11 p.m., Fire Station 93, 9915 W. Charles Road. $17/adults; $11/ages 7-17. (509) 625-6200.
PRCA Rodeo - Sept. 7-8 at 7 p.m. at Spokane County Interstate Fair. Spokane County Fair and Expo Center, 404 N. Havana St., Spokane Valley. $5-$7/adults, in addition to fair admission. (800) 325-SEAT.