Benefit Rug Sale – Twenty percent of sales will be donated to support Catholic evangelization. Continues today, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Murat Tasdemir of Istanbul, proprietor of an Oriental rug store in the Northwest, will lecture on the dying art of the handmade rug. Also, meet Jesuit artist the Rev. Trung Pham of Seattle and view his religious art. Cathedral of Lady of Lourdes, O’Connor Hall, 1115 W. Riverside Ave. (509) 358-4290.
Freaky Farms & Haunted Hollow - Haunted house, petting zoo, silent auction, Phantom photo booth, children’s activities, gunny sack races and more. Proceeds donated to Cowgirls & Women Warriors. Continues today, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Cowgirl Co-op, 20424 N. Dunn Road, Colbert. $7/general, free/age 3 and younger. (509) 990-4496.
Scarecrow Contest/Food Drive - Stop by Ritter’s Garden and Gift today through Wednesday to view scarecrows created by local elementary and preschools, and vote for your favorite with a can of food. Every can collected will be given to the Second Harvest Food Bank. Ritter’s Garden and Gift, 10120 N. Division St. (509) 467-5258.
48th Annual Mt. Spokane Ski Patrol Ski Swap - Equipment, clothing and accessories for all winter sports are available. The swap is the primary source of funding for the Mt. Spokane Ski Patrol. Continues today, 9 a.m.-noon., Spokane County Fair and Expo Center, 404 N. Havana St., Spokane Valley. $5; children under 12 are free. (509) 535-0102.
“A Taste of Italy” Dinner Fundraiser - Presented by Washington State University College of Business. Guest executive chef Andrea Trapani, head of the culinary and baking department at the Apicius International School of Hospitality in Florence, Italy, will prepare an authentic Italian meal. Wednesday, 5 p.m., Riverpoint Campus Phase One Building, Todd Addition 268, hospitality dining room. $125/person. (509) 335-7578.
Harvest Festival of Fun - Annual fall event focusing on building community, sustainability and providing a lot of enjoyment for all ages. Children’s activities, lessons for line dancing, carnival, great food from Porky G’s, music by local musicians including Dan and Shelley Powers, silent auction and bull riding. Friday, 6-9 p.m., Valley Christian School, 10212 E. Ninth Ave., Spokane Valley. All-inclusive passes: $30/person, $100/family. (509) 924-9131.
“Rocky Horror Picture Show” - Fundraising event and traditional midnight screening of this cult classic with a live shadow cast. Wine, beer, and party favors available for purchase. Friday and Saturday, 11 p.m., Lake City Playhouse, 1320 E. Garden Ave., Coeur d’Alene. $10. (208) 667-1323.
Snow Dance 2012 - A black tie affair with no-host bar at 6 p.m., dinner at 7:30 p.m. and auction, music and dancing from 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Music by the Kelly Hughes Band. Silent auction to support the 49 Degrees North Winter Sports Foundation and the Forty-nine Alpine Ski Team. Age 21 and older. Saturday, Spokane Club, Georgian Room, 1002 W. Riverside Ave. $135/couple, $110/single, includes dinner and tuxedo rental. (509) 838-8511.
Partners in Hope - The Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia and the St. Joseph Family Center staff invite you to attend this event of hors d’oeuvres, music, wine and silent auction. This fundraiser will feature guest speaker state Rep. Timm Ormsby, entertainment by the Kathleen Cavender Band and host Leslie Lowe of KHQ-TV. SJFC offers professional and confidential counseling services for people of all socio-economic, religious and cultural backgrounds. , 6 p.m., Red Lion Inn at the Park, 303 W. North River Drive. $50/person, $80/couple, $320/group of eight. (509) 483-6495.