Royal Tea Party - Hosted by the Spokane Lilac Festival Association. Choose to attend at 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Visit www.spokanelilacfestival.org or call (509) 535-4554 to purchase tickets. Today, The Davenport Hotel, Grand Pennington Ballroom, 10 S. Post St. $20. (509) 444-2350.
Dry Fly Dinner at Santé - “Bar Food Done Better” to support the Wild Steelhead Coalition. Dine on a four-course dinner paired with a custom Dry Fly cocktail. Today-Monday, 6 p.m., Santé Restaurant, 404 W. Main Ave. $60. (509) 315-4613.
Spokane Symphony Chorale Benefit Concert - The Spokane Symphony Chorale are performing Requiem by Maurice Durufle as a benefit for the Spokane Symphony. Today, 7:30 p.m., St. John’s Cathedral, 127 E. 12th Ave. $10/person, $25/family. (509) 624-1200.
Barrels and Bites - Second annual event to sample fine wines, microbrews, hard cider and spirits.Tickets available at the market or at www.brownpapertickets.com. Friday, 6 p.m., Spokane Public Market, 24 W. Second Ave. $50. (509) 624-1154.
Reigning Cats and Dogs Auction and Chocolate Festival - The event includes a silent and live auction, pet pageant, raffle and delicious 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; $30/door. (509) 477-2760.
A Garden Tea Party - Hosted by Friends of the Liberty Lake Municipal Library. The guest speaker will be the Rev. Craig Goodwin, author of the book, “Year of Plenty,” in which he describes the year he and his family spent trying to use only products that were local, used, homegrown or homemade. The tea will also include a silent auction and a drawing for a Kindle Fire. Money raised goes to support library services. Saturday, noon-2 p.m., Meadowood Technology Campus, Liberty Lake. $20. (509) 954-6933.
Spring Tea - Women and Children’s Free Restaurant and Community Kitchen presents their annual fundraiser. Enjoy a four-course tea service and help feed the women and children in your community. RSVP at (509) 324-1995. Doors open at 11:30. Saturday, 12:30-2:30 p.m., Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln St. $45.
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 to benefit scholarships for the SCC Horticulture Department. To make reservations, please call (509) 456-6235. Saturday, 1-3 p.m., St. John’s Lutheran Church, 5810 S. Meadowlane Road. $20.
Wine Extravaganza 2013 - Pre-sale tickets benefit 3Cs cancer charity. Begins at the Plaza Shops on Sherman Avenue. Includes a free wine glass and a variety of more than 100 different wines from more than 24 wineries. Saturday, 3-7 p.m., Plaza shops and various downtown locations, Coeur d’Alene. $15/each. (208) 415-0116.
“An Evening in the Vineyard” - The Wine and Gourmet Gala, hosted by Rick and Teresa Lukens, features the best students from Spokane Community College’s Inland Northwest Culinary Academy working alongside professional chefs to prepare a four-course meal paired with wines from a VIP guest winemaker. A silent and live auction will support SCC’s INCA and the Community Colleges of Spokane Foundation. Saturday, 5-9 p.m., Spokane Community College, Lair Student Center, 1810 N. Greene St. $125/person. (509) 434-5064.
Casting for Recovery Spring Fling - Benefit dinner and auction fundraiser for breast cancer survivors from North Idaho and Eastern Washington. The evening will begin with a silent auction at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m. and a live auction at 7:30 p.m. followed by gift drawings. Tickets available at Northwest Classic Tackle, Northwest Outfitters (Orvis). Saturday, 5:30 p.m., Best Western Coeur d’Alene, 506 W. Appleway Ave., Coeur d’Alene. $30/each, $50/two, or $180/table of eight. (208) 665-6218.
North Idaho Family Promise Benefit - Concert, dinner, raffle and silent auction featuring performer Tracey Singer. Saturday, 6-8:30 p.m., Christ the King Lutheran Church, 1700 E. Pennsylvania Ave., Coeur d’Alene. $20. (208) 777-4190.
Dancing With The Celebrities 2013 - Sixth annual benefit with local celebrities as they dance to raise money for CYT-Spokane. This elegant, semi-formal evening supports the theater arts training that CYT provides. Much like the TV show, “Dancing with the Stars,” local celebrities are paired with professional dance instructors to compete against one another for the Championship title. The audience votes for their favorite couple with dollar bills. There will also be auction/raffle items available that night. When you buy tickets for the event, the dollar amounts spent for tickets can count as votes toward the celebrity you want to win. Participants are: Anne Mitchell, owner, LLL Talent; Judy Lee, special events coordinator, Catholic Charities Spokane; Katie Steiner, KHQ morning reporter; Melissa Luck, executive director, KXLY; Amber Waldref, Spokane City councilwoman; Ed Hoffman, chaplain, Spokane Police Department; and Dave Richardson, executive director, Spokane Humane Society. Saturday, 7 p.m., Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. $15/standard seating, $25/premier seating. (509) 487-6540.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • There were at least a couple things that happened Friday that had to put a smile on your face. Read on.
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