Japan Week Spokane Opening Ceremony - Japanese Drumming by Suzaku Taiko; Japanese and English singing; Bon-odori dancing with traditional dress by students from Mukogawa Institute students; martial arts demonstration by Aikido Bushin; demonstrations by Spokane Kendo and Iaido Club and Karatedo Doshinikan North Spokane. Saturday, noon-2 p.m., River Park Square, 808 W. Main Ave. Free. (509) 328-2971.
SFCC International Film Festival – Continues Tuesday with “The Wave” (Germany). A German high school teacher demonstrates to his students how easily a society could fall into fascism. Festival runs Tuesdays through May 21. All films begin at 7:15 p.m. Garland Theatre, 924 W. Garland Ave. $4.50/film. (509) 533-3222.
17th Annual Family Fair - Fun, educational and informative activities, including the Fun Run at 11 a.m. Whitman County Library, in cooperation with Neill Public Library, will offer a spinning wheel of activities and prizes. Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Lincoln Middle School, 315 S.E. Crestview St., Pullman. Free. (509) 332-3691.
Sandpoint Earth Day Celebration - Art projects and educational activities for kids, local food and beverages, live music, films, a no-host wine and beer bar, tours of the LEED-certified Charter High School, exhibitor booths and much more. Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Forrest M. Bird Charter School, 614 S. Madison Ave., Sandpoint. Free. (208) 597-7188.
17th Annual Moscow Hemp Fest - A full day of speakers, music and hemp related vendors selling their wares. Open until dark. Saturday, 10 a.m., East City Park, 900 E. Third St., Moscow, Idaho. Free. (208) 301-2289.
Time Out for Women - What started as an inspirational weekend event full of music, cheering, presenters, friends, and laughter has grown into a worldwide community of like-minded women seeking good. Today 6:30 p.m.: speakers Dean Hughes and Heidi Swinton and music by Michael McLean; Saturday at 9 a.m.: speakers Jennifer Brinkerhoff-Platt, John Hilton II, Mary Ellen Edmunds, Sandra Turley, Mariama Kallon and music by Mercy River. Performing Arts Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. $20/Friday, $62/Saturday, $72/both days. (800) 325-SEAT.
“Bad Asses and Disasters of Early Idaho: Songs That Should Have Been Written But Weren’t” - Gary Eller will sing and discuss songs based on a variety of unfortunate historical events and unfortunate people. Saturday, 7 p.m., Community Library Network, Hayden. Free. (208) 772-5612.
“David Douglas: A Naturalist at Work” - Join author, teacher and naturalist Jack Nisbet for a slide presentation about Scottish naturalist David Douglas, who traveled extensively throughout the Northwest in the early 19th century. The presentation includes a behind-the-scenes look at the current MAC exhibit about Douglas. April 22, 6:30 p.m., Shadle Library, 2111 W. Wellesley Ave. Free. (509) 444-5390.
Shrine Circus – Continues through Sunday. Tigers, elephants, acrobats, daredevils and clowns in an old-fashioned big top circus. Today at 3 and 7 p.m.; Saturday at 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m. and Sunday at 1 and 5 p.m. Valley Mall, 14740 E. Indiana Ave., Spokane Valley. $10/general seating, $15/reserved, $25/VIP. (509) 747-0132.
Earth Day Spokane - Local music, street performers, spoken word, short community leader speeches, great local food, children’s activities. This is a free event and family-focused. Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., on Main Avenue between Browne and Division streets. Free. (509) 209-2407.
Spokane Women’s Show - Presentations and shows featuring beauty, fashion, health and cooking; plus vendors, lectures, exhibits, live music and entertainment. Race for the Cure participants get into the show free. 5-8 p.m. today, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 7:30 a.m.-noon Sunday. Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. $5. (509) 279-7000.
Kiwanis Kids Got Talent 2013 - Third annual fundraising event to showcase the talents of the area’s school-aged youth. There will be 15 acts competing this year. Singers, interpretive dance, drama reading, bluegrass and piano performances. April 20, 7 p.m., Lincoln Center, auditorium, 1316 N. Lincoln St. $10/adults, $5/age 15 and younger. (509) 534-5707.
Royal Tea Party - Hosted by the Spokane Lilac Festival Association. Choose to attend at 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. Sunday Children must be accompanied by an adult. Visit www.spokanelilac festival.org or call (509) 535-4554 to purchase tickets. The Davenport Hotel, Grand Pennington Ballroom, 10 S. Post St. $20. (509) 444-2350.
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