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Faith & Values sets anniversary feast

Spokane Faith & Values will celebrate its first anniversary on Sunday with Faith Feast: An Intercultural Progressive Dinner.

Guests begin with halal appetizers at The Spokane Islamic Center, then go to the Sikh Gudwara of Spokane for a vegetarian entrée, and end with a healthy, eco-friendly dessert at Millwood Presbyterian Church. Dinner will be from 4 to 7 p.m.

Tickets are $50 for individuals or $80 for a pair. Seating is limited. Proceeds benefit Spokane Faith & Values, a nonprofit, nonsectarian online religion news publication with a goal of increasing interfaith dialogue in the area. To purchase tickets, call (509) 240-1830 or email Tracy.Simmons@ReligionNews.com.

Japan Week begins

The annual Japan Week festivities begin this week with cultural activities around town. Find the complete schedule at JapanWeekSpokane.com.

Opening ceremony will be at noon Saturday at River Park Square.

On Sunday, members of the Spokane Buddhist Temple, 927 S. Perry St., will host the Haru Matsuri or Spring Food Festival. There is a report on senbei making at the temple on the Too Many Cooks blog.

Senbei – salty, sweet rice crackers – sushi and teriyaki chicken bento boxes will be sold at the festival. The food is available for takeout or eat-in. Order ahead on the temple website SpokaneBuddhistTemple.org or call (509) 534-7954.

Here is a list of other food-related events during Japan Week.

Mobile food rules open house

The city of Spokane will host an open house Tuesday to gather ideas from residents about local laws governing mobile food vendors.

City officials said increased interest in mobile food carts and food trucks prompted the planning and development services department to look into regulations governing those vendors. They are inviting the public to come talk about possible changes that could help them create a consistent, predictable and streamlined system for mobile food vendors.

The meeting will be 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Room 1A at the Spokane Downtown Library, 906 W. Main Ave.



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