Historic Ritzville Days - Today and Monday. With Western art show and Cowboy Gathering. Visit www.ritzville westernart.com. Ritzville National Historic District, Pioneer Plaza, Ritzville. (509) 660-0654.
Co-op Kids - Children and their caregivers are invited to enjoy free activities, with snacks and materials donated by the Moscow Food Co-op. Tuesday, Printmaking. 9 a.m., Moscow Food Co-Op, 121 E. Fifth St., Moscow, Idaho. Free. (208) 882-8537.
Soap Making 101 - Sandy Tarbox of Greencastle Soap will offer this two-part workshop on Wednesday and Thursday, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Learn how to make quality soap at home using olive oil and other natural ingredients. Design your own fragrance and take home nearly three pounds of soap you made. Registration required. Greencastle Soap Co., 203 N. Stone St. $55, supplies included. (509) 466.7223.
ArtFest 2012 - 27th annual art fair. Three days of music, food, Make-It-Art children’s hands-on art making area, and over 160 fine artists and craftspeople. Hours are Friday, noon-8 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and June 3, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. There will be live music until 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Coeur d’Alene Park in Browne’s Addition. Free admission. (509) 456-3931.
Farm Chicks Antique Show - Featuring vintage and retro arts and crafts, furniture, exhibits and more. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and June 3, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Spokane County Fair and Expo Center, 404 N. Havana St., Spokane Valley. $7. (509) 954-1692.
Reardan Mule Days - Mule Chase 5K and 10K Fun Runs begins at 8 a.m. The parade starts at 10:15 a.m., led off by the kiddie parade. The grand marshal is Kris Crocker from KXLY-TV. After the parade, there will be a 3-on-3 basketball tournament in front of the high school; along with a kids carnival with a bouncy castle, bean bag games, pony rides and more. There will be a craft fair with more than 50 artists at the town park and a barbecue lunch at the Community Hall. Horse and mule events take place at 1 p.m. at the Mule Days Arena, east of town. Car show of restored and hot stock cars at Roberts Park across from the post office, and antique tractors and live steam buffs. Visit www.reardanmuledays.net for more information. Saturday. (509) 796-2102.
Drawing Marathon with Cyndy Wilson and Tobe Harvey - Spend the weekend completely absorbed in an intensive investigation of seeing and drawing. Work with two instructors for six hours a day for two days. Two nude models will be provided for the two days. Registration required. Supply list available. June 16-17, 1303 N. Monroe St. $100/tuition plus $30 model fee. (509) 325-1500.
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.
Town and Country Iris Society Meeting - Shirley Dicus will demonstrate how to put together an award-winning artistic arrangement for the Iris Show, to be held at the Spokane Valley Mall on June 9. Also, Robert Karr will discuss grooming irises to be entered into the horticulture division of the Iris Show. Light refreshments and a business meeting will follow the presentations. Friday, 7 p.m., Argonne Library, 4322 N. Argonne, Spokane Valley. Free. (509) 671-1540.
Sandpoint Arbor Day Ceremony and Arboretum Open House - This 14th annual event is sponsored by the Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society, Sandpoint Parks and Recreation and Sandpoint Tree Committee. Activities include Arbor Day ceremony, free native plant seedlings, activities for children, native plant sale, baked goods, homemade crafts and yard art sale and habitat tours. Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., North Idaho Native Plant Arboretum at Lakeview Park, Sandpoint. Free. (208) 627-3292.
Introduction to Herbal Medicine Making - Part 1 of 3. - You can take all or any of the classes. Becky Kemery and David Kirchhof of Medicine Circle Eco-Retreat will cover the collection of spring herbs, and the creation of an herbal garden from seed and starts. Learn how to make herbal teas, infusions and the herbal oils that are the base for salves and lotions. Registration is required. Saturday, 10:30-2:30 p.m., Sun People Dry Goods, 32 W. Second Ave. $25/class; $60/all three. (509) 368-9378.
Friends of Manito Plant Sale - Find more than 400 plant varieties, including peonies, hostas, hydrangeas and clematis. The Spokane County WSU Master Gardeners will help children plant seeds and take plant cuttings. The Spokane County WSU Master Composters will also show children red wiggle worms and answer questions about composting. Hourly demonstrations include how to make a worm bin, fountain, paver walkway, stone planter, and a water feature. Music by the Barking Katz Band. June 9, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Manito Park, 1702 S. Grand Blvd. Free.
American Iris Society Accredited Iris Show - The Town and Country Iris Society presents an Iris show featuring horticultural specimens and artistic arrangements. You do not need to be a club member to enter. For information on entering, contact (509) 671-1539 or (509) 926-1727. See historic and modern irises, pick up educational materials on growing irises and meet some growers. June 9, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Spokane Valley Mall, Center Court, 14730 E. Indiana Ave. Free.
Vermicomposting Workshop - Discover the joy that worms can bring to your family and garden. See active worm bins, learn the benefits of worm composting, proper care and how to avoid common problems. Registration is required June 9, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Sun People Dry Goods, 32 W. Second Ave. Free. (509) 368-9378.
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. June 11, 11 a.m., Corbin Senior Center, 827 W. Cleveland Ave. Free. (509) 327-1584.
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. June 16, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (509) 535-8434.
Operation Free Ride - Horses for Heroes - Opportunity for families that have ever wanted to ride a horse or experience the special friendship of a horse. Enjoy roping the hay bale, riding and playing with the big and little horses, arts and crafts and barbecue lunch. For active or retired military, firemen, police and sheriff’s officers and their families. Saturday, 10 a.m., Ride to Succeed, 7910 W. Burroughs Road, Deer Park. Free. (509) 951-0461.
Ninth Annual Parade of Paws Pledge Walk - Walkers with their dogs of various breeds will take part in a fairlike atmosphere, pet blessing, food and vendors. Participants have been collecting pledges and will enjoy a two- or four-mile walk with their dog, a friend’s dog or no dog at all. Funds raised will help provide nutritional food, clean and safe shelter, play time and training, veterinary care and love to our community’s unwanted companion animals. Shelley Monahan from KHQ-TV will be the parade grand marshal, along with her dogs. June 9, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Spokane Humane Society, 6607 N. Havana St. (509) 467-5235.
Appy Fest 2012 - Appaloosa horse rides will be available. June 9, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Appaloosa Museum, 2720 W. Pullman Road, Pullman. Free. (208) 882-5578.
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