Workshop: Introduction to Botanical Art - Linda Vorobik will show you the basics of creating botanical illustrations in this weekend workshop. All skill levels are welcome. Continues today, Turnbull Laboratory for Ecological Studies, Cheney. For more information and registration, please visit www.nechapterwnps.org. April 21, $150/both days, includes lunch.
Ikebana - Learn Ikebana: The Art of Flower Arranging. Mondays until May 13, 5-6 p.m. Class size is limited to 25 individuals, please make reservations at (509) 328-2971. Flowers cost $7-$10/per class. There is no lesson fee, but donations are appreciated. Japanese Cultural Center, 4000 W. Randolph Road.
Spool Block Quilting Class - This is a 12-inch block that uses an insetting technique. Bring a portable sewing machine, bobbin, thread, scissors and/or rotary cutter, ruler, pencil and pins. Wednesday, 9 a.m., Corbin Senior Center, 827 W. Cleveland Ave. $17. (509) 327-1584.
“Thread Magic Garden” - Quilter Ellen Anne Eddy presents a dazzling trunk show on creating fabric flowers at the Washington State Quilters - Spokane Chapter meeting being held at both 1 and 7 p.m. Visit info www.wsqspokane.org. Thursday, 1 p.m., CenterPlace, 2426 N. Discovery Place, Spokane Valley. $10. (509) 863-5536.
“Backyard Forests” Workshop - Learn how to keep your trees healthy and attractive, geared toward landowners of 5 acres or less. Tuesday, 1-4 p.m., Community Presbyterian Church, St. Maries. $5/includes handouts and refreshments. Registration is closed. (208) 446-1680.
Perennials - Master Gardener Jill Roche will give presentation. Tuesday, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Post Falls Library, 812 N. Spokane St., Post Falls. Free. (208) 773-1506.
City of Hayden Arbor Day Celebration - An all-day event for grades K-8, includes activities, seedling distribution and the announcement of the Design a Button Contest at 10:30 a.m. by Hayden mayor Ron McIntire. Arborists and Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions. Thursday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Hayden City Park, 8930 N. Government Way, Hayden, Idaho. Free. (208) 209-2020.
Custer’s 38th Annual Spring Antique and Collectors Sale – Friday through April 28. More than 200 dealers with antiques in all price ranges. Appraisals will not be offered this year. Friday, 4-9 p.m., 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/general, good all weekend, free/age 12 and younger. (509) 924-0588.
Associated Garden Club Meeting - Spokane Lilac princesses will be introduced. Friday, Manito Park, Meeting Room, 1702 S. Grand Blvd. (509) 838-3705.
Tree Planting at Turnbull - Hosted by CCI Greenheart/FLEX exchange programs in honor of Global Youth and Service Day. Friday, 9 a.m., Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge, 26010 S. Smith Road, Cheney. (509) 299-5339.
Nuido: The Way of Embroidery (Japan Week) - Public viewing of artwork. Friday, 1-3 p.m., Spokane Buddhist Temple, 927 S. Perry St. Free. (509) 230-2073.
Northeast Neighborhood Clean Up 2013 - Bemiss, Hillyard and Whitman neighborhood councils have again combined for theannual spring clean-up. This year’s event will be from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at 4106 N. Cook St., Shaw Middle School. The popular dump pass program is continued this year for those who want to take refuse to the energy plant. Passes will be available the day of the event and at the COPS Northeast Shop at 5208 N. Market St. Passes are good through May 3. Proof of residence in Bemiss, Whitman or Hillyard neighborhoods is required. Shaw Middle School, 4106 N. Cook St. Free. (509) 939-5244.
Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society - “Students as Citizen Scientists: It’s Just the Beginning” presented by Sandpoint educator John Hastings. The topic will offer an introduction to the various projects Sandpoint High School students have contributed to the community and how they influenced their professional choices. Sponsored by the Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society and Sandpoint Parks and Recreation. Saturday, 9:45-11:30 a.m., Sandpoint Community Hall, 204 S. First Ave., Sandpoint. Free. (208) 597-7141.
Spring Compost Fair and Arbor Day Event - Learn how to reduce waste and improve your soil at this event sponsored by the Spokane Master Composters/Recyclers. Spokane County residents who complete the activities may take home a free compost bin (limit one per household). Saturday, 11 a.m., Finch Arboretum, 3404 W. Woodland Blvd. Free. (509) 625-6800.
April Showers, Rainbow Flowers - A floral design demonstration by master judge and floral design artist Dianne Green. Sponsored by the Inland Empire District Garden Clubs and the event benefits scholarships for the SCC Horticulture Department. Saturday, 1-3 p.m., St. John’s Lutheran Church, 5810 S. Meadowlane Road. $20. Call (509) 456-6235 for reservations.
Growing Your Own Bee Garden - Learn how to plant a garden with your bees’ needs in mind. You will learn what flowering plants and trees are the most nutritious for bees and how best to cultivate them in your garden. Saturday, 3-4 p.m., Sun People Dry Goods, 32 W. Second Ave. $12. Preregistration required. (509) 368-9378.
Tsutakawa Japanese Garden Festival (Japan Week) - Suzaku Taiko (dynamic drumming); Aikido (adapted from samurai combat arts) by Akido Bushin Gene; Japanese Sumi-e hands-on activities; Inland Empire Bonsai Society demonstrations; Inland Empire Water Gardens and Koi Society; Cosplay Chess demo; Ikebana demo; and flutist Todd Milne. April 28, 2-4 p.m., Manito Park, Nishinomiya-Tsutakawa Gardens at Manito Park, 21st Avenue at Bernard Street. Free. (509) 251-8035.
Reigning Cats and Dogs Auction and Chocolate Festival - The event includes a silent and live auction, pet pageant, raffle and appetizers and desserts. Proceeds go to the SCRAPS Hope Foundation’s Animal Medical Fund which provides medical assistance to animals injured or suffering from abuse. Friday, 6 p.m., future site of SCRAPS, 6815 E. Trent Ave, Spokane Valley. $25/advance; $30/door. (509) 477-2760.
Goat Husbandry for the Backyard and the Small Producer - Receive an introduction about how to raise goats for milk, meat, fiber, weed control or simply companionship. If you already have goats, share what you know and possibly learn new tricks. Saturday, 1-4 p.m., Pine Meadow Farm Center, 10425 S. Andrus Road, Cheney. $20/adults, $5/children age 15 and younger. (509) 448-3066.