Cooking Classes at The Kitchen Engine - Upcoming classes: Monday at 5:30 p.m., Going Exotic with Mole with Julia Balassa-Myracle; Tuesday at 5:30 p.m., Autumn Pies with Nicole Frickle; Oct. 10 at 5:30 p.m., A Soup Pairing: Eight Soups in 90 Minutes with Jamie Aquino; Oct. 14 at 2 p.m., Homemade Pasta with Alex Austin. Registration required. For cost and more information, visit www.thekitchenengine.com. Kitchen Engine, 621 W. Mallon Ave. (509) 328-3335.
Inland Northwest Academy After Dark Classes - Upcoming classes include: Wednesday, 6-8 p.m., Making the Farmers Market Last … Simple Preservation Techniques with Peter Tobin; Oct. 18, 6-8 p.m., Cheese and Charcuterie Plates with Adam Hegsted. Registration is required. Spokane Community College, 1810 N. Greene St. $75 per class. (509) 533-3500.
Cooking Classes at Jacklin - Today, Latin Ladies – Colomba Aguilar of Cafe Carambola; Oct. 23, Oktoberfest with Bob Black. All classes are from 5:30-8 p.m. Beer and wine is included in the cost of the class. Registration required. Jacklin Arts and Cultural Center, 405 N. William St., Post Falls. $50 per class. (208) 457-8950.
Sandpoint Oktoberfest - Features live music, a waiter race and beer taste-off between Laughing Dog, Selkirk Abbey and MickDuff’s. In addition to other events and games, the night culminates with a party and dance at Evans Brothers. Thursday, 3:30 p.m., Old Granary, 524 Church St., Sandpoint. Free. (208) 263-2161.
Oktoberfest - Home-cooked, German-style dinner, dancing to the music of Good-N-Plenty. The Concordia Choir of the German-American Society will sing traditional Oktoberfest songs and there will be entertainment by the Oom Pa’s and Ma’s Band of Odessa. Reservations requested. Age 21 and older. Doors open at 6 p.m. Saturday, Deutsches Haus, 25 W. Third Ave. $15, includes meal. (509) 747-5036.
Apple Festival - Weekends through Oct. 28. Visit www.greenbluffgrowers.com for map of growers. Green Bluff.
Huckleberry’s Tasting Events - Saturday, October Fest Beer Tasting, five beers for $5; Oct. 27, Red Blends, five wines for $5. All events run from 2-4 p.m., Huckleberry’s Natural Market, 926 S. Monroe St. (509) 624-1349.
Priest River Oktoberfest - Includes food and craft vendors, music and various microbrews and beers. Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., downtown, Priest River, Idaho. (208) 448-2721.
A Little Night Music – Benefit for the Women and Children’s Free Restaurant, with music by the Sammy Eubanks band, live and silent auctions, culinary specialties created by some of Spokane’s most acclaimed chefs from Wild Sage, Manito Tap House, Clover, The Main Market and Northern Quest Resort and Casino. Saturday, 6 p.m., Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln St. $60/person. (509) 924-1995.
First Sundays at McCroskey House - Enjoy brunch/lunch at the historic Garfield McCroskey house. 10 percent of the day’s proceeds will be donated to Seedlings Child Care Center. Held Sunday, and Nov. 4 and Dec. 2. 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Garfield McCroskey House, 803 N. Fourth St., Garfield. $8/adults, $5/children ages 11 and younger. (509) 635-1459.
Harvest Moon Auction and ‘HalloWine’ Tasting - The Inland NW Business Travel Association’s annual auction and wine tasting to benefit the Northwest North Pole Adventures Spokane Fantasy Flight. Purchase tickets at www.inbta.org. Oct. 12, 5:30-9 p.m., Red Lion Inn at the Park, 303 W. North River Drive. $45/person. (509) 325-9656.
March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction - Annual event featuring Spokane chefs sampling their best dishes along with silent and live auctions. The event raises funds to support the March of Dimes efforts to reduce birth defects, prematurity and infant mortality. Dress is cocktail attire. For more information, visit www.marchofdimes.com/ washington. Oct. 13, 6 p.m., Red Lion Inn at the Park, 303 W. North River Drive. $100 person. (509) 328-1920.
OctoBrewfest - Annual event to benefit the Inland Northwest Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Microbrews, silent and live auctions, wine, gourmet soda. Food is available for purchase from Azar’s and David’s Pizza. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Age 21 and older. Tickets available at all TicketsWest outlets, by phone or at Yokes’s Fresh Markets. Oct. 20, Spokane County Fair and Expo Center, 404 N. Havana St., Spokane Valley. $13/advance, $15/door. (509) 482-2022.
The Pumpkin Ball - An elegant evening benefiting Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital and The Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery. Wear your best black-tie attire for high-end live and silent auctions, gourmet dining, entertainment and a pumpkin carving contest. Oct. 20, 5:30 p.m., Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. $150. (509) 474-2819.
Learn to Cook with a Master Chef Series - Cooking classes with Master Chef Steve W. Geving: Oct. 24, Magical Mexico - Beach Resort Cuisine. All classes held from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Registration is required. Blanchard Community Center, 685 Rusho Lane, Blanchard, Idaho. $25 per class. (208) 437-1037.
RYPtoberfest - Beer, music, food and charity. Meet Super Bowl XXVI MVP Mark Rypien, who will be in traditional German clothing, throwing footballs and singing with the band. Benefits the Rypien Foundation (helps children with cancer and their families); and the Inland Northwest Honor Flight, which flies veterans to Washington, D.C., to see the WWII memorial. Includes all-you-can-eat dinner buffet and snacks, five beer tokens and commemorative beer stein. Live entertainment with German music by The Polkatones. Oct. 27, 4 p.m., Sullivan Scoreboard, 205 N. Sullivan Road, Spokane Valley. $20/advance, $30/door includes beer stein, two beer tokens and one food token; $45/advance, $55/door includes beer stein and all-you-can-eat and drink. (509) 362-1781.
Oktoberfest Twilight Masquerade - Annual EWU Library’s fundraiser. Wine will be provided by Latah Creek Winery and Walla Walla Vintners. No-Li Brewhouse and Golden Hills Brewery will be serving beer. All proceeds go to the EWU Library’s Collection Endowment Fund to purchase books, journals and electronic resources for students, faculty, staff and the EWU community at large. Oct. 27, 5 p.m., Eastern Washington University, JFK Library, 816 F St., Cheney. $35/general, $15/student, $175/table of six. (509) 359-6915.
Epicurean Delight - 31st annual event begins with a social hour at 6 p.m. with an exclusive tasting from 30 of the region’s premier wineries and microbreweries. Enjoy signature cocktails served from an elegant ice bar. Dining begins at 7 p.m.. Award ceremony and 9:30 p.m.-midnight dancing. Benefits the Inland Northwest Blood Center. Nov. 9, Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. $150 each. (509) 232-4567.