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Thu., Nov. 22, 2012


Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot – The Bloomsday Road Runners Club hosts the annual fun run at Manito Park, 1702 S. Grand Blvd., today. Runners choose from 2-, 3- or 5-mile routes. Registration and donation drop-off begin at 8 a.m. at the picnic area across from the Manito Park duck pond, and the race starts at 9 a.m. Donations of food or check/cash will benefit Second Harvest Food Bank. (509) 868-6433.

Free Thanksgiving Dinner – The Mid City Concerns Meals on Wheels, 1222 W. Second Ave., will begin serving the meal at 11:30 a.m. for seniors and 12:30 p.m. for the general public. (509) 456-6597.

Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner – The annual event, presented by Gonzaga University, Sodexo Food Services and St. Aloysius Parish, will be from noon to 2 p.m. at Cataldo Hall on the GU campus, 330 E. Boone Ave. Free. (509) 313-7001.


Waste-to-Energy Facility Tours - Walk-in tours of the waste-to-energy facility will resume in March. Tours for groups of 10 or more will still be scheduled according to staff availability. The Spokane Regional Solid Waste System is at 2900 S. Geiger Blvd. (across from the Washington State Patrol). Call (509) 625-6521 to schedule a group tour.

Riverfront Park Ice Palace - The skating rink is open through March 3: Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday through Thursday, 7 to 8:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 7 to 10 p.m.; and is closed on Monday. The Riverfront Park is at 507 N. Howard St. Costs are $4.50/adults; $3.50/children, senior, military; $3.50/skate rental. (509) 625-6601.

“Irving Berlin’s White Christmas” – The holiday musical is playing at the Spokane Civic Theatre’s Main Stage, 1020 N. Howard St. Performances are on Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. through Dec. 21. Tickets are $11-$29. (509) 325-2507 or (800) 325-SEAT.

Holiday Memories at Green Bluff - Cut your own Christmas tree, take pictures with Santa Claus and buy fresh fruits, food items, candy and wine starting Friday through the holidays. For more information, visit


Festival of Fair Trade - Support Spokane’s economy, as well as communities in need around the globe. This year’s festival will feature handcrafts, clothing, jewelry and pottery from countries Nepal, Mexico, Chile, Guatemala and Vietnam, all made in sweatshop-free environments. The festival is at the Community Building, 35 W. Main St., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (509) 448-6561.

“Family Dinner” – The Blue Door Theatre Players will improvise a family dinner using audience suggestions. All ages are welcome. Shows are on Friday and Nov. 30, 8 p.m. at the Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. Tickets are $9/general admission, $7/children, seniors, military and students with valid ID. (509) 747-7045.


Festival of Fair Trade - Handcrafts, clothing, jewelry and pottery from Nepal, Mexico, Chile, Guatemala and Vietnam are offered at the Community Building, 35 W. Main St., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (509) 448-6561.

Owls and Bats, Oh My! - Read stories about fuzzy and feathered friends and share in making a fun craft at Auntie’s Bookstore, children’s section, 402 W. Main Ave., 11 a.m. (509) 838-0206.

“The Toy Shelf” - This family-oriented holiday show is about a toy maker who makes life-size dolls and toys for the holiday season, and what happens when his clumsy elf assistants forget to lock up for the night. Presented by Muse Dance Theatre, a nonprofit dance company providing professional-level performance opportunities for local artists, the show will begin at 3 p.m. at the Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. Tickets are $12. (800) 325-SEAT.

Canines on the Catwalk - The first official dog fashion show in the Spokane area will feature 15 dogs on the catwalk with companion human models at their side. Dog couture fashions will be featured along with entertainment, drinks and pet adoptions. Proceeds will be donated to SpokAnimal. The event will be at 6 p.m. at Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln St. Tickets are $20/adults; $10/children ages 12 and younger; free/children ages 5 and younger. (509) 850-0737.


Festival of Fair Trade - Handcrafts, clothing, jewelry and pottery from Nepal, Mexico, Chile, Guatemala and Vietnam will be available from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Community Building, 35 W. Main St. (509) 448-6561.


Books Are Fun Book and Gift Fair - Books and gifts for all ages will be offered at discounted prices with proceeds benefitting the Chase Youth Foundation. The Spokane City Hall will hold the sale daily 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the main lobby, 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. (509) 953-3246.

Christmas Tree Elegance 2012 – The 30th annual fundraiser will benefit the Spokane Symphony. View and purchase raffle tickets for 12 trees at The Davenport Hotel, 10 S. Post St., on the mezzanine through Dec. 8 and another six trees at River Park Square, 808 W. Main Ave., on the second floor corridor. Raffle tickets are $1. (509) 458-8733.

World Kindness Day Preschool Storytime and Craft - Read about being kind and then share in making a fun craft at 10:30 a.m. at Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave., in the children’s section, (509) 838-0206.

I Love to Write Day Preschool Storytime and Craft - Join up for fun stories about writing and make your own little “diary” to write your own story. The event will be at 10:30 a.m. at Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave., in the children’s section. (509) 838-0206.

Benefit Performance of “White Christmas” – The Spokane Civic Theatre will present a special performance of the holiday musical to benefit the Spokane Area Youth Choirs. A reception and choir music will begin at 6 p.m., and curtain time will be 7:30 p.m. at the Civic Theatre, 1020 N. Howard St. Tickets are $35. Call (509) 624-7992, (800) 838-3006 or visit


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