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This week

Music in Millwood Concert – Sunday, 4 p.m. in the sanctuary at Millwood Community Presbyterian Church, 3223 N. Marguerite Road. Featuring entertainment by Rachelle Ventura on piano and Selkirk String Quartet, comprised of Spokane Symphony members David Armstrong, Margaret Bowers, Louise Butler and Angela Mitchell. (509) 924-2350.


“Car-B-Que” – May 11, 8:30 a.m.-noon at Opportunity Presbyterian Church, 202 N. Pines Road. Includes 13 open categories of antique, classic, import, muscle, hybrid, motorcycles, farm, truck and commercial vehicles. There will also be a plant sale and blood drive during this event. Barbecue meal and a drink, $5. (509) 924-9750.

RLM Father Daughter Dance – June 14, 6-8 p.m. at Valley Real Life Ministries, 1831 S. Barker Road, Greenacres. The theme is ’50s-style sock hop and cost includes soda floats, ice cream, prizes and a professional photo. $25/by June 13, $5/additional daughter; $30 at the door. Register online at or call (509) 232-0840.

This Week

Bonsai Workshop – Saturday, 7 p.m. with Erin Nelson at St. John’s Cathedral, 127 E. 12th Ave. $10. (509) 838-4277.

Gonzaga University’s Choral Masterworks Spring Concert – Saturday, 8 p.m. at St. John’s Cathedral, 127 E. 12th Ave. (509) 838-4277.

Japanese Aesthetics Lecture – Saturday, 4 p.m. at the Spokane Buddhist Temple, 927 S. Perry St. “Wayfaring, way-seeking, Journeying: The Journals and Poems of Basho,” will be presented by Rev. Akira R. Takemoto . Free. (509) 534-7954.

“Hanamatsuri” Flower Festival Service – Sunday, 10:30 a.m. Japan Week celebration with Dharma talk by Rev. Akira R. Takemoto at the Spokane Buddhist Temple, 927 S. Perry St. Free. (509) 534-7954.

Japan Week Sukiyaki Dinner, Bake Sale and Craft Fair – Sunday, noon-7 p.m. at Highland Park United Methodist Church, 611 S. Garfield. $12.50. (509) 535-2687.

Taize-Style Worship at Latah Valley Presbyterian Church – Sunday, 7 p.m. at the church, 202 E. Meadowlane Road. The service will focus on the Holy Spirit in anticipation of Pentecost. Latah Valley Presbyterian was also recently certified as an Earth Care Congregation. (509) 448-4194.

“Curious Tales of the Talmud: Finding Yourself in the Legends of Our Sages” – Six-session course begins Sunday, 7:30 p.m. at Chabad of Spokane, 4116 E. 37th Ave. The Rohr Jewish Learning Institute course is conducted by Rabbi Yisroel Hahn of Chabad. Call to register, (509) 443-0770.

“Ending Hunger One Step at a Time” Crop Walk 2013 – Registration begins Sunday at noon at the Spokane Community College Lair for participation in the one-mile or 4 1/2-mile walks at 1:30 p.m. to raise funds to help fight hunger locally. (509) 468-4099.


National Day of Prayer at Life Center Foursquare Church – Participants should gather May 2 at noon in the multipurpose room of the church at 1202 N. Government Way. (509) 327-4422.

Annual Rummage Sale at St. Thomas More School – May 2-4, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. at the school, 515 W. St. Thomas More Way. Sale items include clothing, furniture, toys, tools, sporting goods, books and appliances. Proceeds benefit student programs at the school. (509) 466-3811.

“Living Through Grief” Weekend Retreat – May 3-5 at Immaculate Heart Retreat Center, 6910 S. Ben Burr Road. Presenters include The Rev. Stan Malnar, Dr. Jim Shaw, Sheryll Shepard and Deacon John Ruscheinsky. $185/each, $280/couple, $100/commuters. Advance reservations are expected, (509) 448-1224.

Cuatro de Mayo Celebration – May 4, 6:30-9 p.m. at Unity Center North Spokane, 4123 E. Lincoln Road. Includes dancing, food, and entertainment by Rich Luna & Sons Band, Michael Robinson, and others. $20/suggested offering. (509) 489-6964.

Retirement Celebration at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church – May 6 at 7 p.m. at the church, 316 E. 24th Ave. Students, former students and their families are welcome to celebrate the retirement of Evelyn Nyholm, who has taught the preschool program for 31 years. (509) 747-6677.

Mark Lowry Christian Comedian in Concert – An evening of music and comedy, the Unplugged & Unplanned Tour. May 9, 7 p.m. at Turning Point Open Bible Church, 11911 N. Division St. Tickets $25/advance, $30/at the door. (800) 965-9324 or

Spring Fling Auction Fundraiser – May 11, doors open at 5 p.m. with silent bidding to begin shortly thereafter at All Saints Lutheran church, 314 S. Spruce St. Proceeds benefit Lutheran Campus Ministry at Eastern Washington University. Tickets $15/each, $110/table of eight. Call (509) 951-5701.

Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch – May 12, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Immaculate Heart Retreat Center, 6910 S. Ben Burr Road. Includes all-you-can-eat buffet with carving station, omelets-to-order, champagne and dessert bar, activities for children and a gift for mom. $25/adults, $10/ages 6-12 at the door, advance reservations are requested. Proceeds benefit ministries at IHRC. (509) 448-1224


Adult Basic Judaism Classes – Most Sundays through 2013, 10 a.m.-noon at Temple Beth Shalom, 1322 E. 30th Ave. Cost is $50/each TBS member or couple including text books, $150/nonmembers, $50/each additional nonmember family member. Call (509) 747-3304 for information.

Contra Dance and Potluck – Friday and May 10, 6-8 p.m. at St. John’s Cathedral, 127 E. 12th Ave. All dances will be taught by Retta Hill. (509) 363-0091.

All-ages Bible classes and worship – Classes Sundays, 9:30 a.m., worship at 11 a.m. at Central Baptist Church, 19 W. Shannon Ave. (509) 327-9322.

Theology of the Body for Teens – May 16, 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Immaculate Heart Retreat Center, 6910 S. Ben Burr Road. The course is designed for ages 14-18, especially those who are dating. $10/session, includes dinner. A $15 workbook is required and can be purchased at Abba’s Catholic Bookstore at the center. (509) 448-1224.

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