Horticulture Class Series - Presented by Washington State University Spokane County Extension. Topics include: pest management, landscape design and maintenance, sustainable gardening, soils and composting and more. Thursdays from 6-9 p.m., Jan. 10-March 28, 2013. Registration and payment required. For more information, visit spokane-county.wsu.edu/ spokane/eastside. WSU, Spokane County Extension, Education Center, 222 N. Havana St. $275 due at time of registration. (509) 477-2048.
An Old-fashioned Sunday in Autumn - Sixth annual free fall event features a pie baking contest with sales of pie a la mode following the judging and a silent auction of desserts. The Antique Power Club is back with their vintage farm equipment. Vintage movies of farming on the Palouse will run continuously, and the Rural Heritage Display loaned by the Whitman County Library features Palouse photos from the past. Watch local artisans demonstrate fiber arts, black smithing, cider pressing and broom making. Today, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Artisans at Dahmen Barn, Highway 195, 419 Park Way, Uniontown, Wash. Free. (509) 299-3414.
Waste-to-Energy Facility Tours - Interested in knowing what happens to our garbage? Walk-in groups of 10 or fewer are welcome on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Group tours for more than 10, individuals with special needs, and classrooms can be arranged by calling ahead. Spokane Regional Solid Waste System, 2900 S. Geiger Blvd. (across from the Washington State Patrol). Free. (509) 625-6521.
“Permaculture Workshop: Preparing Garden Beds for Fall” - Wakan Burrows will discuss mulching, chop and drop, cover crops, fall seed saving and cultivation and fall planting, among other things. Registration is required. Register at the store or online. Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Sun People Dry Goods, 32 W. Second Ave. $15. (509) 368-9378.
Fall Gardening Series: Dividing Perennials (Spokane Valley) - Master Gardener Steve Nokes will discuss how to rejuvenate your perennials. Sept. 24, 7 p.m., Spokane Valley Library , 12004 E. Main Ave. Free. (509) 893-8400.
Inland Northwest Small Farmers Conference - Seminars to help manage and grow your farm, displays of equipment and farm-related resources, and networking with like-minded farmers. Keynote speaker is Ken Meter of Crossroads Resources Center. His presentation is “The Role of Growing Local Food in Economic Recovery.” There will be 24 workshops on a variety of topics including: crop management, animal production, farm management and sustainable agriculture. There also will be a trade show with small agriculture-focused businesses and organizations. Sept. 28-29, Spokane County Fair and Expo Center, 404 N. Havana St., Spokane Valley. $30/day; $50/both days. (509) 477-2173.
Fall Festival of Homes Tour - Seventh annual event. Host site is Eagle Ridge. Featuring 32 homes from 18 Spokane builders. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sept. 28-30 and Oct. 5-7. Visit www.spokanefestival ofhomes.com for more information. Eagle Ridge, 115 W. Eagle Ridge Boulevard. (509) 532-4990.
The Mad Hatter Vintage Flea Market - Antiques and vintage treasures. Sept. 28, 4-9 p.m., and Sept. 29, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Five Mile Prairie Grange Hall, 3024 W. Strong Road. $4. (509) 990-4558.
Fall Gardening Series: Dividing Perennials (North) - Master Gardener Steve Nokes will discuss how to rejuvenate your perennials. Oct. 3, 7 p.m., North Spokane Library, 44 E. Hawthorne Road. Free. (509) 893-8350.
Custer’s 37th Annual Fall Antique and Collectors Sale - Oct. 5-7. More than 200 dealers with antiques to purchase in all price ranges. MAC “Appraisal Days” on Oct. 6-7 - bring your family treasures to find out what they’re worth. Receive a verbal evaluation by qualified appraisers and knowledgeable experts. Hand-carried items only, no firearms or musical instruments. You may bring in a photo for large pieces; show the details. Hours of show are Oct. 5, 4-9 p.m.; Oct. 6, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; and Oct. 7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Appraisal hours are Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Spokane County Fair and Expo Center, 404 N. Havana St., Spokane Valley. $6 admission/good all weekend, free/age 12 and younger. Appraisals are $7 per item, benefits Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture (limit five per person). (509) 924-0588.
Spokane’s Town and Country 2012 Studio Art Tour - Today. Ninth annual event features 35 artists in six different studios on this self-guided tour around the South Hill. Each studio will have four to seven artists of varying media, music and hors d’oeuvres. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Visit www.studioarttour.com. Free and open to the public. Free.
Co-op Kids - Children and their caregivers are invited to enjoy free activities, with snacks and materials donated by the Moscow Food Co-op. Tuesday, Making Music; Sept. 25, Reader’s Lounge. 9 a.m., Moscow Food Co-Op, 121 E. Fifth St., Moscow, Idaho. Free. (208) 882-8537.
Gold Diggers Auction - Presented by Silver Valley Chamber of Commerce to raise funds for maintaining the Chamber Office and Visitors Center and supporting local events. Preview auction items at 5:30 p.m. and dinner with live auction at 6:30 p.m. There will be a costume contest with the theme “Jezzies and Johns.” Saturday, $25.
Journey as a Quilt Artist - Janet Fogg, prize-winning art quilter, will talk about her journey from long arm quilter to quilt artist at the Washington State Quilters - Spokane Chapter meeting. Sessions at 1 and 7 p.m. Visit www.wsqspokane.org. Sept. 27, CenterPlace, 2426 N. Discovery Place, Spokane Valley. $10. (509) 443-8162.
Little Spokane River Artist Studio Tour - Explore the studios where the five artists work, the landscapes and gardens that inspire them, all located within a 2 ½-mile radius. Bring friends, share refreshments from Lindaman’s Gourmet to Go, take the day to select artworks from over 29 artists, and one-of-a-kind jewelry, clothing, holiday and special gifts. Sept. 29, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Little Spokane River Valley. Free admission. (509) 981-9916.
Spokane Valley Quilters Guild - Group meets on even-numbered months with a potluck before the meeting. Oct. 2 and Nov. 6, 6:30 p.m., Spokane Valley Assembly of God Church, 15618 E. Broadway Ave., Spokane Valley. (509) 924-6320.
2012 Artistry in Wood - Oct. 6-7. Spokane Carvers Association presents a juried show of wood carvings with exhibits of wood turnings. More than 200 carvings by novice, intermediate, advanced and expert carvers. Special events include featured local expert carver Cy Franks and carving demonstrations and advice. Vendors will be present with carvings, tools, wood and supplies for sale. Oct. 6, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Oct. 7, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Spokane Community College, The Lair, 1810 N. Greene St. $5/general, free/children age 12 and younger with adult. (509) 244-3467.
Oktoberfest - Crafts, jewelry, pies, cakes, country kitchen, quilt raffle, games, brats, hamburgers, beer garden. Oct. 6. St. Charles Catholic Church, 4515 N. Alberta St. (509) 327-9573.
Journey to the Cross Benefit Craft Fair - Handmade arts and crafts, food and holiday gifts from a variety of vendors. All proceeds benefit the 2012 Journey to the Cross Outreach Event. Nov. 6, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Spokane Valley Adventist Church, 1603 S. Sullivan Road, Spokane Valley. Free admission. (509) 926-5866.
National Alpaca Farm Days - Sept. 29-30. See alpacas up close including baby alpacas and learn about them. Daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 4101 N. Ashton Road, Otis Orchards. Free. (509) 270-1259.
Spokane Petting Farm Grand Opening – Oct. 6. Family-friendly petting farm, dairy and organic egg farm. Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m., open seven days a week, The Petting Farm, at Mountain Valley View Farm Inc., 4301 S. Chapman Road, Greenacres. $10/adults, $8/children ages 11-18 and seniors, $6/children ages 2-10, free/children ages 2 and younger. (509) 924-2777.