2012 Step Up for Down Syndrome - Fourth annual event to walk, run or ride and raise funds to promote awareness, education, research and advocacy programs for people with Down syndrome. Register at www.dsconnectionsnw.org; 10 a.m. Discovery Playground, 2426 N. Discovery Place. $17/general, $13/age 11 and younger. (509) 688-0300.
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; 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Spokane Valley Mall, Food Court, 14740 E. Indiana Ave. Free. (509) 926-3700.
Friends of Argonne Library used book sale - Books for children and adults, DVDs and VHS tapes, priced 50 cents to a dollar. Proceeds will support the Argonne Library; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Argonne Library, 4322 N. Argonne Road. (509) 924-9308.
Liberty Lake Farmers Market - 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 1421 N. Meadowwood Lane, Liberty Lake. Free.
Southeast Spokane County Fair - The 68th annual fair includes animals, exhibits, pancake breakfast, live music, fun run, parade, cow chip bingo, 3-on-3 basketball tournament and horse show. The full schedule is available at www.sespokanecountyfair.org. Admission is free. Rockford is south of Spokane Valley on Highway 27. Rockford Fairgrounds, First Street, Rockford. Continues Sunday.
Spokane Gun Show - Buy, sell and trade. Sponsored by Lewis-Clark Trader. Today, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Spokane County Fair and Expo Center, 404 N. Havana St. $7. (208) 746-5555.
Spokane Novelists Group - Strong critiquing of fiction only, novels and short stories. Bring five to 10 pages to read to the group and six to eight copies. Group meets second and fourth Saturdays of the month; noon. Otis Orchards Library, 22324 E. Wellesley Ave. Free. (509) 891-1695.
Taste of the Valley - Features wines from Washington wineries and hors d’oeuvres. Age 21 and older; 6 p.m. CenterPlace, 2426 N. Discovery Place. $40/person. (509) 922-3299.
Valleyfest 2012 – Through Sunday. Features a pancake breakfast, hot air balloons, custom car show, Babyfest, three entertainment stages, Taste of the Valley wine tasting, Astronomy night, an outdoor movie and nearly 250 booths. Celebrating the 2012 International Year of Community and Sustainability, Valleyfest has been an annual tradition bringing together nearly 35,000 community members of Spokane Valley since 1990. Mirabeau Meadows Park, Spokane Valley. Free. (509) 922-3299.
Central Valley School District - The board of directors meets; 6:30 p.m. Learning and Teaching Center, 19307 E. Cataldo (509) 228-5400.
DivorceCare Recovery Support Group - 6:30-8:30 p.m. Eastpoint Church, 15303 E. Sprague Ave. $25 for workbook. (509) 533-6800 or (509) 892-5255.
Fall Gardening Series: “Dividing Perennials” - Master Gardener Steve Nokes will discuss how to rejuvenate your perennials; 7 p.m. Spokane Valley Library, 12004 E. Main Ave. Free. (509) 893-8400.
Single & Parenting - Features refreshing, biblical teaching on topics important to single parents. Mondays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Childcare provided. Eastpoint Church, 15303 E. Sprague Ave. $25. (509) 533-6800 ext 123.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly - The group meets every Monday; 7 p.m. Valley Fourth Memorial Church, 2303 S. Bowdish (509) 928-9158.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly - Broadway Court - TOPS members meet every Monday; 9 a.m. Broadway Court Estates, 13505 E. Broadway Ave. (509) 922-3874.
East Valley School District - The board of directors meets; 6 p.m. District Administration Center, 12325 E. Grace (509) 924-1830.
Spokane Valley City Council meeting - Tentative agenda items include a public hearing on the proposed 2013 budget, a proposed property tax ordinance and votes on the allocation of funds to outside agencies and a proposed interlocal with the Spokane County Library District involving the purchase of property on Sprague Avenue; 6 p.m. Spokane Valley City Hall, 11707 E. Sprague Ave. (509) 921-1000.
Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous - No fees or weigh-ins; 7 p.m. 12606 E. Mission Ave. Free. (951) 850-7764.
Lilac City Cribbage Club - Open to anyone interested in playing cribbage. 6:30 p.m. Puerto Vallarta restaurant, 6915 E. Sprague Ave. (310) 621-3897.
NOOK Tablet and NOOK Color Class 101 - For beginners wanting to know the basics on how to use NOOK Tablet or NOOK Color; 7 p.m. Barnes & Noble, 15310 E. Indiana Ave. Free. (509) 922-4104.
Spokane County Brain Injury Survivors Support Group - 6:30-8:30 p.m. Spokane Valley Library, 12004 E. Main Ave. (509) 218-7982.
Spokane Valley Multiple Sclerosis Support Group - 6-8 p.m. Valley Hospital Health Education Center, 12606 E. Mission Ave. (509) 482-2022.
West Valley School District - The board of directors meets; 7 p.m. District Conference Center, 8818 E. Grace Ave. (509) 924-2150.
ALS Patient and Caregiver meeting - Sponsored by the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease) Association Evergreen Chapter, Spokane Branch; 10 a.m.-noon. Valley Hospital and Medical Center, 12606 E. Mission Ave. (877) 201-3610.
“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. Fogg, a gifted quilt designer and teacher, will also show some of her whimsical, vibrant and compelling quilts. Sessions at 1 and 7 p.m. Visit www.wsqspokane.org. CenterPlace, 2426 N. Discovery Place. $10. (509) 443-8162.
Mommy Needs a Timeout Networking Event - The kids are back in school and it’s time for mom “me” time. Round up your girlfriends, and bring your business cards and brochures for networking. Men are always welcome. $5 appetizer buffet and a no-host bar; 5-8 p.m. Spokane Events & Catering, 10512 E. Sprague Ave. Free. (509) 928-9664.
NOOK Tablet and NOOK Color Class 201 - For advanced users; 7 p.m. Barnes & Noble, 15310 E. Indiana Ave. Free. (509) 922-4104.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly - The group meets every Thursday; 6 p.m. Orchards Crest Retirement, fourth floor theater room, 222 S. Evergreen (509) 922-8820.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly - Eagles - The group meets every Thursday; 9:30 a.m. Eagles, 16801 E. Sprague (509) 928-5460.
2012 Wellness & Beauty Expo - Sept. 28-30. Free health checks, $3 mini-spa treatments, demonstrations, healthy concessions and prizes. Presented by Stubborn Girl Productions. Friday-Sept. 29, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sept. 30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Visit www.wellnessandbeauty expo.com. 10 N. Pines Road (former Albertsons building at Pines and Sprague). $7/general, free/age 11 and younger, $5/spa ticket. Donate two cans of food to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank and receive $2 discount on admission. (509) 434-0133.
Inland Northwest Small Farmers Conference - Seminars to help manage your farm, displays of equipment and farm related resources, and networking with like-minded farmers. Ken Meter, of Crossroads Resources Center, will deliver the keynote address on “The Role of Growing Local Food in Economic Recovery.” Workshops topics include crop management, animal production, farm management and sustainable agriculture – all focused around the realities of the weather, resources and markets of the Inland Northwest. Trade show with small agriculture focused businesses and organizations. Friday and Sept. 29. Spokane County Fair and Expo Center, 404 N. Havana St. $30/day; $50/both days. (509) 477-2173.
Just Between Friends Consignment Sale - Sept. 28-30. Families can sell or buy gently used items. Friday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. (half price on Sunday) Spokane County Fair and Expo Center, 404 N. Havana St. Friday-Saturday: $4/adults, free/age 12 and younger; Sunday free admission. (509) 536-2840.
“Rumors” - Ignite! Community Theatre presents Neil Simon’s farce, directed by Barry Brathovde. Shows Sept. 28-29, Oct. 4-6, 12-13 at 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 7 and 14 at 2 p.m. 7:30 p.m. Ignite! Theatre, 10814 E. Broadway Ave. $20. (509) 795-0004.