Things to Do
68th Annual Southeast Spokane County Community Fair – Today through Sunday. Enjoy carnival rides, livestock, royalty coronation, live music and entertainment. Opens 9 a.m. today and carnival opens at 3 p.m. Saturday starts at 7 a.m. with a pancake breakfast at the fire station; exhibit buildings open 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday events begin at 9 a.m.; exhibit buildings open 11 a.m.-6 p.m.Visit www.sespokanecountyfair.org for full schedule. Rockford Fairgrounds, 26 S. Willow St., Rockford. Free admission.
Valleyfest 2012 - Today through Sunday. Features a pancake breakfast, hot air balloons, custom car show, the Step Up for Down Syndrome Walk, Babyfest, three entertainment stages, Taste of the Valley wine tasting, astronomy night, an outdoor movie and nearly 250 booths. The Hearts of Gold Parade is today at 7:30 p.m. Mirabeau Meadows Park, 2426 N. Discovery Place, Spokane Valley. Free. (509) 922-3299.
Fall Kids Fest - Free family-friendly activities for ages 2-12 with make-and-take crafts, face painting, music and prizes. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Visit www.spokanevalleymall.com. Saturday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Spokane Valley Mall, Food Court, 14740 E. Indiana Ave., Spokane Valley. Free. (509) 926-3700.
Septemberfest – Sample beers from Laughing Dog, Lost Coast, Deschutes, New Belgium, Bayern, Wallace Brewing and others. There also will be beer pong and card games, and food for purchase. Saturday, 2-8 p.m., Best Western Coeur d’Alene, 506 W. Appleway Ave., Coeur d’Alene. $20/advance (through the hotel); $30/door. (208) 765-3200.
Cryin’ Shame Blues Benefit - Proceeds benefit Crosswalk North Idaho, formerly Project Safe Place, which helps local at-risk kids in the community. Sponsored by Inland Empire Blues Society. Includes music from Cryin’ Shame and Laffin’ Bones, dancing, raffles, food, face-painting and family activities. Saturday, 3-7 p.m., O’Shays Irish Pub, 313 E. Coeur d’Alene Ave., Coeur d’Alene. $10/includes meal, hot Guinness beer banger and beans, free/age 11 and younger. (208) 676-0772.
Otsukimi, Japanese Moon Viewing Festival - Join activities during this traditional event with dango (Japanese sweets), haiku and calligraphy for you to try. There will also be a Japanese Tea Ceremony demonstration as well as Japanese music. Saturday, 7 p.m., Mukogawa Japanese Cultural Center, 4001 W. Randolph Road. $3 each / $1 each for children under 12. (509) 328-2971.
77th Annual Greek Dinner Festival – Thursday through Sept. 29. Greek pastry, taverna, dancing, deli and cooking demonstrations. Pastry served from 11 a.m. Dinner served 4:30-8 p.m. Dine in or carry out. Lunch served from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Souvlaki at the Grill nightly from 4:30 p.m., and from noon on Saturday. Visit www.SpokaneGreekFest.org. Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 1703 N. Washington St. $12 in advance for adults, $15 at the door, $6 for children ages 11 and younger. (509) 328-9310.
“Life in the Foreign Service and Decision Making for Foreign Policy” - A career minister in the U.S. Senior Foreign Service, Ambassador Asif Chaudhry is currently assigned to the Pentagon as the foreign policy advisor to the Chief of Naval Operations. Tuesday, 2:30-4 p.m., Whitworth University, Weyerhaeuser Hall, Room 111, 300 W. Hawthorne Road. Free. (509) 777-4585.
Incredible Corn Maze – Today through Oct. 31. Three separate mazes on more than 12 acres of corn field; pick pumpkins at the Pumpkin Patch, play on the Les Schwab Tractor Tire Playground. Fridays, 4-11 p.m., Saturdays, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. and Sundays, noon-5 p.m., through Oct. 28. Also open Wednesdays, Oct. 24 and 25 and Thursday, Oct. 31, 6-10 p.m. A separate 3.5-acre haunted maze, “Field of Screams,” will be open 6-11 p.m. on Oct. 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, and 27; and 6-10 p.m. on Oct. 24, 25, 28 and 31.3405 N. Beck Road, near Hauser, Idaho. Regular Maze: $9/general, $6/ages 5-12 and seniors, free/age 4 and younger. Haunted Maze and regular mazes: $10/general, $7/ages 5-12 and seniors. (855) 855-6293 toll free.
Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale - 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Downtown Library , 906 W. Main Ave., meeting rooms 1A and 1B. (509) 444-5331.
Spokane Oktoberfest – Featuring 24 Washington craft breweries pouring more than 50 beers, with food and live music. Admission includes a commemorative tasting cup and five 5-oz. sample tastes. Advance tickets available in Spokane at Pints Ale House, 10111 N. Newport Highway and No-Li Brewhouse, 1003 E. Trent Ave. Tickets available at spokaneoktoberfest.brown papertickets.com/ Age 21 and older. 4-8 p.m. today, and noon-8 p.m. Saturday. Riverfront Park, 507 N. Howard St. $15/advanced; at the gate: $20/general; $15/military; $5/designated driver (includes soda and water). Additional samples $1.50 each for 4 for $5. (206) 787-1989.
Friends of Argonne Library Used Book Sale - Books for children and adults, DVDs and VHS tapes, priced 50 cents to $1. Proceeds will support the Argonne Library. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Argonne Library, 4322 N. Argonne Road, Millwood. (509) 924-9308.
Fall Harvest Festival - In celebration of the Autumnal Equinox and the opening day of their new exhibition, “David Douglas: A Naturalist at Work.” This is also the last day to explore in the Smithsonian exhibit, “Dig It! The Secrets of Soil.” Art demonstrations, music, food, beer and wine garden and other events. 2-7 p.m. Saturday, Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, 2316 W. First Ave. $7/adults, $5/students and seniors, free/age 5 and younger. Receive $1 off admission with donation of items to the food bank. (509) 363-5324.
Orphanage Reunion - The Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia and the St. Joseph Family Center staff invite you to attend a reunion/open house to celebrate the service and commitment of the Sisters for 122 years. Join other alumni, extended families, friends, board and committee members, volunteers, and donors. Meet and hear the stories of those who have benefitted from the compassion, commitment, and love of the sisters. Tours of the campus and buildings will be available. Call to register. Visit www.SJFConline.org Sunday, 3-5 p.m., St. Joseph Family Center, 1016 N. Superior St. Free. (509) 483-6495.
“All the King’s Men” - Won the Best Picture Oscar in 1949. Starring Broderick Crawford, it tells the story of power and Southern politics surrounding a Huey Long-type character. The Advocates for the Bing Crosby Theater (ABCT) presents its fall film series “Best of the Political Movie Classics.” Wednesday, 7 p.m., Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. $5. (509) 993-1732.