Inland Northwest Academy After Dark Classes - Nov. 1, 6-8 p.m., Holiday Cooking Made Easy with Curtis Smith. Registration is required. For more information, visit http://incaafterdark. scc.spokane.edu. Spokane Community College, 1810 N. Greene St. $75 per class. (509) 533-8010 or 1-800-248-5644, ext. 8010.
Cooking Classes at The Kitchen Engine - Upcoming classes include: today at 5:30 p.m., Sweet Autumn Edibles with Jamie Aquino; Monday at 5:30 p.m., The Foods of Thailand with Chef Landon Dalessi; Tuesday at 5:30 p.m., Family Inspired Italian Cooking with Catherine Herron; Nov. 5 at 5:30 p.m., Classic Italian Chicken Saltimbocca with Tiffany White; Nov. 6 at 5:30 p.m., Happy Vegetarian Thanksgiving with Jamie Aquino; Nov. 7 at 5:30 p.m., Secrets to the Best Thanksgiving Turkey Ever with Chef Nathan Steinbaur. Registration is required. For cost and more information, visit www.thekitchenengine.com. Kitchen Engine, 621 W. Mallon Ave. (509) 328-3335.
Learn to Cook with a Master Chef Series - Cooking classes with Master Chef Steve W. Geving. 2012 season includes: today, Magical Mexico – Beach Resort Cuisine; Nov. 21, Hearty Soups from the American Heartland. 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.
Sandpoint Harvest Wine Walk - All around Sandpoint in October visitors and locals can taste wines and meet the winemakers at several locations. Event ends with the DSBA First Thursday event Ladies Night Out on Nov. 1. For dates, wine specials and locations visit www.DineAround Sandpoint.com. Free. (208) 263-2161.
YWCA Women of Achievement Benefit Luncheon - Naomi Tutu, daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, will speak at the 30th Anniversary of the luncheon, to benefit the local YWCA programs, which include the Women’s the Domestic Violence Shelter and counseling center. The public is invited. Registration required. Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. $125; can be paid in increments. (509) 326-1190.
Octoberfest - Hosted by Two Cooks with Love Catering. Enjoy zweibel kuchen, brats, gulash, mit spaetzel and more, accompanied by German beer, gluhwein and more. RSVP and prepayment required. Thursday, 6-9:30 p.m., Two Cooks with Love Catering, 11712 E. Boone Ave., Spokane Valley. $40 per person. (509) 891-5980.
Laugh-for-the-Cure - Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Eastern Washington Affiliate presents an evening to help raise awareness and funding for breast health programs in our communities. This fundraising event will feature a plated dinner and stand-up comedy show. Thursday, 6 p.m., Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln St. $75/person, $600/table of eight; cost includes plated dinner. (509) 315-5940.
Hope House Celebrity Fashion Show and Luncheon - 14th annual event to provide shelter and refuge to vulnerable Spokane women. 11 a.m., wine tasting and auction; luncheon and fashion show at noon. Friday, Doubletree Hotel, 322 N. Spokane Falls Blvd. $45/person, $350/table of eight. (509) 624-2378.
Wine and Cheese at the Market - Presented by Rocket Market. Friday, Dessert Wine, Bubbly and Chocolate, eight wines and chocolate, $25 plus tax, includes cheese and La Brea bread. Reservations requested. 7 p.m., Rocket Market, 726 E. 43rd Ave. (509) 343-2253.
Huckleberry’s Tasting Events - Saturday, Red Blends, five wines for $5; Nov. 3, Wines for the Holiday Table, five wines for $5. All events run from 2-4 p.m. Huckleberry’s Natural Market, 926 S. Monroe St. (509) 624-1349.
Apple Festival - Runs through Sunday. Featuring a large variety of cooking apples, fresh-pressed cider, live music, crafts, corn and straw mazes, food and more. Visit www.greenbluff growers.com for map of growers. Green Bluff.
RYPtoberfest 2012 - Second annual charity event. 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 through trying times); and the Inland Northwest Honor Flight which flies WWII veterans to Washington, D.C. to see the memorial. Live entertainment with German music by The Polkatones and the Barley Bashers. Prizes for wearing a costume. Saturday, 4 p.m., Greyhound Park and Events Center, 5100 W. Riverbend Road, Post Falls. $30/includes beer stein, two beer tokens and one food token; $55/includes beer stein and all-you-can-eat and drink. (509) 362-1781.
Oktoberfest Twilight Masquerade - Annual EWU Library’s fundraiser. Auctioneer will again be Austin Booker and wine will be provided by Latah Creek Winery and Walla Walla Vintners; along with No-Li Brewhouse and Golden Hills Brewery serving up brews. 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. Saturday, 5 p.m., Eastern Washington University, JFK Library, 816 F St., Cheney. $35/general, $15/student, $175/table of six. (509) 359-6915.
Scarecrow Contest/Food Drive - Stop by Ritter’s Garden and Gift between Saturday and Wednesday to view scarecrows created by local elementary and preschools, and vote for your favorite with a can of food. One can of food equals one vote. The school responsible for creating the winning scarecrow will be awarded the traveling trophy. Every can collected will be given to Second Harvest Food Bank. Store hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Friday; 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday; and 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday. Ritter’s Garden and Gift, 10120 N. Division St. Free. (509) 467-5258.
Moran Prairie Grange Annual Harvest Dinner - Turkey and all the trimmings and pie. Sunday, noon-3 p.m., Moran Prairie Grange, Hall, 61st and Palouse Highway. $10/adults, $8/ages 5-12, free/age four and younger. (509) 922-2113.
Knights of Columbus Oktoberfest - German food includes sausage, sauerkraut, German potato salad, green beans with bacon, Black Forest cake, rolls with butter, punch and coffee. There will also be a Biergarden and wine with German music. Sunday, 4-8 p.m., Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes, 1115 W. Riverside Ave. $9/adults, $5/children.
Feed Cheney Free Dinner - Open the last Monday of the month. There will also be free groceries for participants to take home and a clothing bank. No paperwork is required. Dinner is from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Monday, Wren Pierson Community Center, 615 Fourth St., Cheney. (509) 324-1659.