Santa Express Holiday Store - A holiday retail store for children and a fundraiser for Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery. With the help of Santa’s elves (volunteers), shoppers ages 4 to 12 choose gifts for everyone on their list and wrap each gift so it is ready to go under the tree. All gifts are priced from 50 cents to $8. Open through Dec. 23. Hours: Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Crescent Building, 707 W. Main Ave., Skywalk Level. Free admission. (509) 220-5907.
8th Annual Handmade Ornament Show - Features handmade Christmas ornaments from a variety of popular local artists. Materials include paper, beads, wire, glass, feathers and found objects. Proceeds benefit the Spokane Art School. Today, Tinman Gallery, 811 W. Garland Ave. (509) 325-1500.
Christmas Tree Elegance 2012 - 30th annual fundraiser to benefit Spokane Symphony. View and purchase raffle tickets for 12 trees at the Davenport Hotel on the Mezzanine Wednesday through Dec. 8 and another six trees at River Park Square (808 W. Main Ave.) in the second-floor corridor. Wednesday, 5:30 p.m., opening ceremony in the hotel lobby. Thursday, 11:30 a.m., 30th Anniversary Celebration luncheon, featuring Spokane Symphony Brass Ensemble, Grand Pennington Ballroom, reservations required at (509) 458-TREE; $50/person. Saturday, 8:30 a.m., Mobius Kids Santa Breakfast, Grand Pennington Ballroom, reservations required at (509) 624-KIDS. Dec. 2, 7 p.m., “An Evening with Eckart and Friends,” Isabella Ballroom, $20/general admission at the door. Dec. 3, Dec. 4 and Dec. 7, 11:30 a.m., Holiday Hat Luncheon, sponsored by the Davenport Hotel, Grand Pennington Ballroom, reservations required at (509) 789-6808; $25/person. Featuring music Dec. 4 by Whitman Elementary Zingmarimba Band and Chorus. Dec. 6, Christmas Tree Elegance Strolling Fashion Show and Lunch, with fashions from Apricot Lane, Chico’s, Fringe, Old Navy, Swank and Berg’s Shoes in the Grand Pennington Ballroom, reservations required at (509) 458-TREE, $50/person. Dec. 8, 9:30 p.m., winning ticket drawings for hotel trees in hotel lobby; winners notified that evening. Dec. 9, 4 p.m., winning ticket drawings for mall trees at River Park Square, winners notified that afternoon. Raffle tickets are $1 each. (509) 458-TREE.
Benefit Performance of “White Christmas” - Spokane Civic Theatre will present this special performance, sponsored by and benefitting the Spokane Area Youth Choirs, formerly known as Spokane Area Children’s Chorus. Event will also include a reception and choir music. Doors open at 6 p.m.; “White Christmas” curtain time is 7:30 p.m. For tickets, call (509) 624-7992 or (800) 838-3006 or visit www.brownpapertickets. com. Wednesday, 7:30 p.m., Spokane Civic Theatre, 1020 N. Howard. $35.
“Night on the Nile” - Shawn McWashington, a four-year letter winner at wide receiver for the Cougars 1994-’97 and a member of WSU’s “Fab Five” who earned a trip to the 1998 Rose Bowl, will be the guest speaker. Two Northwest bands, Perry Acker and Ben Union, will perform. Hors d’oeuvres will be served by restaurants from across the state. The event will help Washington State University students raise money for Egyptian orphans. Donations will help the nonprofit Wash Their Worries Away buy an orphanage school bus. WTWA aims to provide sustainable resources to enrich the lives of Egyptian orphans. Tickets available at CougarCard Center in the CUB or at www.brownpaper tickets.com/event/288463. Thursday, 6 p.m., Washington State University, Ensminger Pavilion, Pullman. $12/general, $20/includes T-shirt. (360) 601-1027.
Faculty Art Show - An invitational group exhibit, it will feature the artwork of faculty members who teach for the Spokane Art School, past and present. Early responders include Harold Balazs, Jo Fyfe and Sami Perry. Proceeds benefit the Spokane Art School. Friday, 5-8 p.m., 811 W. Garland Ave. (509) 325-1500.
8th Annual Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival - The seven films come from renowned filmmakers who search backcountry corners across the globe and submit their best work, and from grassroots filmmakers who take a video camera out on their weekend excursions and submit their best film short. The entries are juried by a panel of judges, and the top selections are assembled into a 90-minute program. Proceeds from this event will go toward Selkirk Outdoor Leadership & Education Fieldwork Experience programming, including the Winter Wildlands Alliance SnowSchool, the nation’s largest on-snow winter ecology program. SOLE aims to provide affordable and accessible outdoor education programs, including snow-based experiential learning opportunities for local public schools. Purchase tickets in Sandpoint at Evans Brothers Coffee Roasters, Eichardt’s Pub, Mountain Essentials and Pedro’s and at the Ski Shack in Hayden. Individuals can also purchase tickets online at www.brownpaper tickets.com/event/286068. Friday, 7 p.m., Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave., Sandpoint. $10/advance, $12/day of event. (208) 263-9191.
“An Evening with Georgia O’Keefe” - Sara Edlin-Marlowe, drama instructor at Spokane Falls Community College, will perform a staged reading of Constance Cogdon’s play about the famous American abstract artist. Proceeds will benefit the SFCC Revelers Drama Club’s scholarship fund. Friday, 7:30 p.m., Spokane Falls Community College, Spartan Theater, Building 5, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Drive. $10. (509) 533-3222.
Winter Wine Rodeo – Third annual wine tasting event. Admission includes five drink tickets, three appetizers, a logo wine glass and door prizes. Tickets are on sale at the fairgrounds office and at the Dinner Party. Dec. 1, 3-7 p.m., Kootenai County Fairgrounds, 4056 N. Government Way, Coeur d’Alene. $25/advance; $30/door. (208) 765-4969.
Bowling for Water - A fundraiser to help the Peace and Justice Action League help the Maia Water Project buy a water filtration system for the children of Gaza. Form a team of four and choose a theme. Registration deadline is Wednesday. Dec. 1-2, 4 p.m., North Bowl, 125 W. Sinto Ave. $25/person; $90/team. (509) 838-7870.
Classical Christian Academy’s Royal Raffle and Benefit Auction Dance - Dancing to MasterClass Jazz Big Band Orchestra. Visit www.ccaroyalraffle.com. Dec. 1, 5-10 p.m., Coeur d’Alene Resort, 115 S. Second St., Coeur d’Alene. $50. (208) 777-4400.
“Spotlight on Kids” - Christian Youth Theater-North Idaho is teaming up with Kid Centric Sports Association to co-host this benefit dinner and auction, featuring a four-course meal, silent auction, live auction and entertainment by children from both organizations. Doors open at 5 p.m. for social hour and bidding, with dinner at 6 p.m. Proceeds will go toward technical equipment for CYT and to subsidize competitive expenses for Team Avant Coeur Gymnasts. Dec. 1, 5 p.m., Best Western Coeur d’Alene, 506 W. Appleway Ave., Coeur d’Alene. $25. (208) 765-8600.
Holiday Ball - Presented by USA Dance. Fox trot lessons provided throughout the evening. Refreshments will be served. Wear your holiday best and bring an appetizer to share. Singles, couples, beginners and advanced dancers welcome. USA dance events are alcohol- and tobacco-free. Bring nonperishable food items to donate to the Bonner County Food Bank. Dec. 1, 7-10 p.m., Ponderay Events Center, next to Sandpoint Furniture, Ponderay, Idaho. $9/general, $5/teens. (208) 699-0421.