Garden Clinics – Washington State University/Pend Oreille County Master Gardeners will offer free diagnosis and advice this summer to those with home garden and landscape issues. Library locations and times include: Newport Library, 6-8 p.m. Thursdays 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 email@example.com or phoned in at (509) 447-2401.
Sell, Keep or Toss - DeAnne Wilfong, of Smooth Transitions, INW will provide practical, down-to-earth information to help guide you through the “Sell? Keep? Toss?” process. She will discuss passing treasured mementos to future generations, recognizing valuable collections; finding reputable appraisers and auctioneers, how to get a tax benefit from donating unwanted items and maximizing the profit on items sold. There will be handouts and prizes. Monday, 11 a.m., Corbin Senior Center, 827 W. Cleveland Ave. Free. (509) 327-1584.
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.
Spokane in Bloom Garden Tour 2012 - Presented by The Inland Empire Gardeners. This year’s theme is “Paradise on Earth.” Tickets are $10 and are available at any of the gardens the day of the tour or at the following garden nurseries: Blue Moon Nursery; Gibson’s; Judy’s Enchanted Garden; Mel’s; NW Seed and Pet; and Stanek’s. Garden tour locations: Blue Horizons Garden, 6303 S. Summerwood St.; Cool Breeze Garden, 3157 E. 35th Ave.; Paradise Found Garden, 3311 E. 65th Ave.; Road to the Roses Garden, 9405 S. Williams Lane; Shangri-La Garden, 2404 W. Taylor Road; Trade Winds Garden, 2328 S. Pittsburg St.; Xanadu Revealed Garden, 803 E. Highland View Court. Event will include artists, live music and garden-related vendors. Lunch, espresso and dessert will be available at the gardens at an additional cost. For map/directions, visit www.tieg.org. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (509) 535-8434.
Deer Proofing Workshop with Pat Munts - Learn about deer habits and how to outwit them. Munts will talk about deer resistant plants, repellents and fencing that can slow them down. Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Sun People Dry Goods, 32 W. Second Ave. $15. (509) 368-9378.
Gaiser Conservatory Centennial Celebration - Live entertainment, horse and carriage rides, presentation by authors Tony and Suzanne Bamonte, greenhouse tours, children’s activities, plant giveaway, historical display, cake and ice cream. Presented by The Friends of Manito and Spokane Parks and Recreation Department. Open to the public. Saturday, 1-4 p.m., Manito Park, 1702 S. Grand Blvd. Free. (509) 456-8038.
Author Jane Hodges - Finance and real estate reporter explains to prospective home buyers how the housing market works and breaks down all the pros and cons of buying and renting in our current market. She will also sign copies of her book, “Rent vs. Own: A Real Estate Reality Check for Navigating Booms, Busts and Bad Advice.” Saturday, 2 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, mezzanine, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.
Bonner County Farm Tour - Tour includes four sites in the Dover, Laclede and Priest River areas with lunch to be served by the Cattlewomen’s Association. Contact the University of Idaho Bonner County Extension office for details and to register. June 21, Bonner County UI Extension Office, 4205 N. Boyer Ave., Sandpoint. Free. (208) 263-8511.
Butterfly Identification and Nature Walk - Guest speakers will be John Baumann and Brenda McCracken. July 7, 10 a.m., Carder-Hanson Conservation Easement, Coeur d’Alene. Free. (509) 328-2939.
15th Annual Coeur d’Alene Garden Tour - Featuring five gardens in the area. Each features a diversity of garden planning with ideas for every gardener. Live music in each garden and 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 tour.
Art Classes for Chicks at The Art Coop - Upcoming workshops include: today, Bird Nesting Ball, 1-3 p.m., $25; June 25-27, Mosaic Ball, Boulder Bird Bath, 6-9 p.m., $45-$90. Supplies included in workshop cost. For more information, visit www.theartcoop.net. Art Coop, 4225 N. “G” St. (509) 327-3726.
Co-op Kids - Children and their caregivers are invited to enjoy free activities, with snacks and materials donated by the Moscow Food Co-op. June activities include: Tuesday, Father’s Day Cards; June 19, Play at Friendship Square; June 26, Eco Dough. 9 a.m., Moscow Food Co-Op, Co-op Cafe, 121 E. Fifth St., Moscow, Idaho. Free. (208) 882-8537.
Drawing Marathon with Cyndy Wilson and Tobe Harvey - Spokane Art School’s tradition lives on. Spend the weekend in an intensive investigation of seeing and drawing. Work with two different instructors for six hours a day for two days. Two nude models will be provided. Registration required. Supply list available. Saturday and June 17, 1303 N. Monroe St. $100/tuition plus $30 model fee. (509) 325-1500.
Lotion, Lip Balm and Herbal Salve Class - Join Sandy Tarbox of Greencastle Soap to learn how to make simple herbal formulations for the skin. Participants will also make economical lip balm and learn how to make lotion from scratch. Registration is required. June 19, 6:30 p.m., Greencastle Soap Co., 203 N. Stone St. $55, includes supplies. (509) 466-7223.
Roaming with Rover 5K Dog Walk - Walk or run, visit vendors, and enjoy music. Today, 10 a.m., Kootenai County Fairgrounds, 4056 N. Government Way. $25/includes doggie bandana, T-shirt, goodie bag.
Shrine Circus - Two shows, 4 and 7 p.m. Advance sales at Avondale Construction, 2953 N. Government Way in Coeur d’Alene. Saturday, Kootenai County Fairgrounds, 4056 N. Government Way, Coeur d’Alene. $12/general, free/age 12 and younger. (208) 661-1560.
Author Dr. Marty Becker - Book signing of “Your Cat: The Owner’s Manual.” Dr. Becker appears on Good Morning America and The Dr. Oz Show. June 25, 1:30 p.m., Petco, 2805 E. 29th Ave. Free. (509) 532-0185.