things to do
Spokane Lilac Festival Armed Forces Torchlight Parade – 74th annual event with Lilac queen and princesses, floats, equestrian, more than 200 military members, marching school bands and more. 7:45 p.m. Saturday, downtown Spokane. (509) 535-4554.
Sixth Annual Spokane ComiCon - The Inland Northwest’s only comic book and pop culture show featuring special guest artists and writers in the business. Also features a variety of vendors, local artists, costume contest, raffle prizes, gaming, freebies and more. Fun for all ages. Saturday, 10 a.m., Spokane Community College, Lair, 1810 N. Greene St. $6/general; free/age 12 and younger with adult. (509) 280-4997.
Dog d’Alene - “A Day of All Things Dog,” in partnership with A.J.’s Tails and Trails, includes contests, events and the Doxie Dash. Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Sixth Street and Sherman Avenue in downtown Coeur d’Alene. Free. (208) 664-3194, ext. 230.
“Toward a Sustainable Future” - Dr. John Reganold, Regents professor of soil science at Washington State University, will talk as part of the the “Dirt!” exhibit at the MAC. Saturday, 4 p.m., Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, 2316 W. First Ave. $7/adults; $5/seniors and students; free/age 5 and younger. (509) 363-5344.
Women Helping Women - 20th annual fundraising luncheon featuring Elizabeth Smart, who was kidnapped as a child from Salt Lake City in 2002 and held prisoner for nine months. She will speak on child safety issues. The event supports programs for women and children in need. Monday, 11:30 a.m., Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. $125 per person. (509) 328-8285.
15th Annual SFCC Pow Wow - Today, 5 p.m.-midnight and Saturday, 11 a.m.-midnight. Spokane Falls Community College, Gymanasium and Fitness Center, Building 7, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Drive. Free. (509) 533-3546.
“Grease” Sing-Along - Sing along with the original “Grease,” starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. Every guest receives a complimentary bag of musical moments, which contains various surprises to use during the sing-along. The evening will also feature a “Grease” costume contest, where guests in the most clever and outrageous outfits claim top prizes. Before the sing-along, stop by The Diner to enjoy burgers, hot dogs, fries, soda and more for $10. Today, 8 p.m., INB Performing Arts Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. $25. (800) 325-SEAT.
Restore the Redbands Fundraiser - Afternoon of wine, art and raffles. Paint alongside a professional artist. All materials included in fee and participants will take their painting home. Proceeds donated to Spokane Falls Trout Unlimited to improve signage along the Spokane River in an effort to prevent illegal fish poaching. Age 21 and older only. 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Arbor Crest Wine Cellars, 4705 N. Fruithill Road, Spokane Valley. $45/participant, $10/spectator; tasting fee included. (360) 823-3935.
Garfield McCroskey House – Live music by Wires and Wood, music and food at the McCroskey home, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Sunday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Garfield McCroskey House, 803 N. Fourth St., Garfield. (509) 635-1459.
“The Crash of SN-42-29562: A WWII Bomber in Distress” - Presented by Bruce Ellis from the Clearwater National Forest as part of Idaho Archaeology and Historic Preservation Month. The presentation is about two seasons of excavation and archival research on the crash site of a Boeing B-17F bomber. The aircraft crashed near Potlatch while on a routine long-distance navigation training mission in December 1943, enroute from Hobbs, N.M, to Geiger Field. Wednesday, 7 p.m., Coeur d’Alene Library, 702 E. Front Ave., Coeur d’Alene. Free. (208) 769-2315.
Juni Fisher - Fisher was named the 2011 Western Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year and Female Performer of the Year. Her song, “Yakima”, which is about Whitman County-born Yakima Canutt, was designated 2011 Song of the Year. In addition, True West magazine named her the 2011/2012 “Best Solo Western Musician.” Currently living in Tennessee, Fisher performs all over the country and has headlined many Western music festivals. Today, 7 p.m., Empire Theatre, 126 S. Crosby St., Tekoa. $12/adult; $5/student; free/12 and younger. (509) 284-2000.