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Popovich Comedy Pet Theater - Family-oriented blend of the comedy and juggling skills from Gregory Popovich and his performing pets. Each of the show’s 15 cats and 10 dogs were once strays, rescued from animal shelters. 7:30 p.m. SpokAnimal is partnering with Friends of the Bing for an Adopt a Pet event before and after the performance in the lobby of the Bing. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. $22/general, $9/age 12 and younger. (800) 325-SEAT.

Kids Explore & Discover Club at Moran Prairie Library - Marshmallow Engineering: How tall can you build a tower out of just marshmallows? What shapes withstand the greatest pressures? Build amazing architecture out of marshmallows and other materials as you explore tension, compression and tensile strength. 4 p.m. Moran Prairie Grange, 6004 S. Regal St. Free. (509) 893-8340.


“The Nutcracker” - Presented by the State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara, California. Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m., with matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. Live music by The Spokane Symphony. Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox, 1001 W. Sprague Ave. $25-$75/adults; $12.50-$30/children. (509) 624-1200.

Christmas Tree Elegance 2013 - 31st annual fundraiser to benefit Spokane Symphony. View and purchase raffle tickets for 12 trees at The Davenport Hotel on the Mezzanine through Dec. 15 and another six trees at River Park Square, 808 W. Main Ave., on the second floor corridor. Tickets sales are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at both locations. Friday, 11 a.m., Holiday Luncheon, sponsored by the Davenport Hotel, Grand Pennington Ballroom, reservations required to (509) 789-6819; $25/person. Hats are fun, but not required. Wednesday, 6:30 p.m., “An Evening with Eckart and Friends,” one-hour concert with Spokane Symphony Orchestra music director and Symphony conductor Eckart Preu as he plays the piano, accompanied by a quartet of SSO musicians, in the Isabella Ballroom, $15/person. Dec. 14, 9:30 p.m., winning ticket drawings for hotel trees in lobby; winners notified that evening. Dec. 15, 4 p.m., winning ticket drawings for mall trees at River Park Square, winners notified that afternoon. The Davenport Hotel, 10 S. Post St. Raffle tickets are $1 each. For reservations and information call (509) 458-TREE (8733).

“The Christmas Schooner” - Through Dec. 22. This holiday musical follows the Christmas tree’s perilous journey into America’s homes and traditions. Directed by Scott Doughy. Performances are Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Spokane Civic Theatre, 1020 N. Howard St. $11-$30. (509) 869-9490.

Toy Drive - Coulter Family Dentistry is holding a toy drive to benefit Providence Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital. Drop off new, unopened toys at their office through Dec. 16. Coulter Family Dentistry, 12121 E. Broadway Ave., Building 2, Spokane Valley. (509) 924-1314.

“The Christmas Toy Shop” - Through Dec. 15. Presented by Spokane Children’s Theatre. In a quiet town, a mysterious man and his funny looking assistant arrive in search of an empty store. With luck they find what they need and set to work. Suddenly the store is transformed into a toy shop, immediately capturing the attention of the town folk. It becomes obvious that this is no ordinary toy shop. Shows are Friday-Sunday. Shows at 7 p.m. Friday and Dec. 13. Shows at 1 p.m. Saturday-Sunday and Dec. 14-15. Shows at 4 p.m. Satursday and Dec. 14. The Dec. 14 show will be signed for the deaf. Spokane Children’s Theatre, 2727 N. Madelia St. $10-$12. (509) 328-4886.

Santa Express - Through Dec. 23. The holiday store where kids can experience the joy of giving. Children ages 4-12 can find gifts ranging from 50 cents to $8 for everyone on their shopping list. Volunteer elves are on hand to help the children select and wrap their gifts, with the net proceeds going to benefit the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery. Adults can shop while they wait at Vanessa’s Village, a boutique of reasonably priced specialty items. Hours are Mondays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sundays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Crescent Building, Skywalk level, 707 W. Main Ave. (509) 535-3155.

Free Horse and Carriage Rides - Through Dec. 24. A 15- to 20-minute ride that holds an average of eight persons with children receiving candy canes, presented by Spokane Teachers Credit Union and Downtown Spokane. Hours are Fridays, 3-8 p.m. and Saturdays-Sundays, noon-5 p.m., and Christmas eve hours are noon-3 p.m. Rides are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Corner of Wall Street and Main Avenue Free. (509) 456-0580.

Riverfront Park Ice Palace - The outdoor covered skating rink is open for the season until March 2. Open Tuesdays-Sundays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Wednesdays-Thursdays, 7-8:30 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, 7-10 p.m., closed Mondays. Closed on holidays. Special events: Lunch Bunch skating Tuesdays-Fridays, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. for $4.50, includes skate rental; After School Special for ages 17 and younger Tuesdays-Fridays, 2-5 p.m., for $4.50, includes skate rental; College Night (ID required) on Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m. for $1, skate rental extra; AAA Discount Night (coupon required for free admission) on Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m., skate rental extra; Thursday Nights, 7-8:30 p.m., $2, skate rental extra. Riverfront Park, 507 N. Howard St. $4.50/ages 13 and older, $3.50/ages 3-12, seniors and military with ID, $3.50/skate rental. (509) 625-6601.


Popovich Comedy Pet Theater - 7:30 p.m. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. $22/general, $9/age 12 and younger. (800) 325-SEAT.

Teddy Bear Teas - It’s time for our annual celebration of that great American icon, the teddy bear. Bring your favorite bear along for the fun. 10 a.m. for toddlers; 10:30 a.m. for preschoolers. Hillyard Library, 4005 N. Cook St. Free. (509) 444-5380.

Winter Festival Tree Lighting Event - Annual event with free activities and prizes sponsored by the city of Liberty Lake. There will be snow mini golf, turkey bowling, hayrides, chestnut roasting, live music, arts and crafts, photos with Santa, games, free prizes and candy. There’s free parking and shuttle ride from Trailhead Golf Course to City Hall. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Liberty Lake City Hall, 22710 E. Country Vista Drive, Liberty Lake. Free. (509) 755-6726.

“Cracked Pepper, A Fractured Fairytale” - Award-winning barbershop quartet presents its sixth annual Christmas show with guest quartets Amore, Q-Topia and IN Harmony. 7:30 p.m. Holy Names Music Center, 3910 W. Custer Drive. $10/adults, $5/children, $25/family of four. (509) 953-1231.


Popovich Comedy Pet Theater - 11 a.m. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. $22/general, $9/age 12 and younger. (800) 325-SEAT.

Christmas on the Palouse - Fairfield hosts its annual old-fashioned Christmas gift bazaar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be lunch items available for purchase, pictures with Santa from 10 a.m. to noon and a Christmas tree sale from 9 a.m. to noon. Fairfield Community Center, 304 E. Main St., Fairfield.

Breakfast with Santa - Enjoy a pancake breakfast, games, crafts and other activities for the entire family. Have your picture taken with Santa. Hosted by Spokane Valley Rotary Club. Proceeds benefit Rotary College Scholarships Rotary Youth Leadership Awards and other Rotary service projects. Registration encouraged. 8:30-11 a.m. CenterPlace, 2426 N. Discovery Place, Spokane Valley. $5/person. (509) 688-0300.

Mobius Kids Santa Breakfast Fundraiser - 10th annual event. Breakfast, festive activities and a visit with Santa. Purchase tickets at Mobius Kids Children’s Museum or by calling. 8:30-10:30 a.m. The Davenport Hotel, Grand Pennington Ballroom, 10 S. Post St. $25 per person (12 months and younger free). (509) 321-7121.

“Share the Love” Pet Adoption Event - To take a new furry friend home, families will only need to pay for the cost of a Spokane County pet license, $15 for cats and $25 for dogs. SpokAnimal is able to waive the cost of adoption fees through a grant from the ASPCA, which will pay for the cost to spay/neuter, vaccinate, and microchip more than 50 animals. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Subaru of Spokane, 423 W. Third Ave. (509) 534-8133.

“Sara Elizabeth, Little-Miss Know-It-All” story time - Local authors Lorene Keen and Monica Brandner introduce their charming new book and we’ll hear how Sara Elizabeth learns to use her manners to cheer up a friend who is sad. 11 a.m. Auntie’s Bookstore, children’s section, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.

Cracked Pepper, A Fractured Fairytale - 3 p.m. Holy Names Music Center, 3910 W. Custer Drive $10/adults, $5/children, $25/family of four. (509) 953-1231.


Books are Fun Book and Gift Fair - Items for all ages at discounted prices. Benefiting Second Harvest Food Bank. Daily, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Rock Pointe III, 1330 N. Washington St. (509) 953-3246.


Books are Fun Book and Gift Fair - 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Rock Pointe III, 1330 N. Washington St. (509) 953-3246.

Pajama Party with Santa - Bring your child’s favorite stuffed animal, blanket or book and capture a magical and memorable moment. Bring a new unwrapped toy to donate for Toys for Tots. Make a $3 donation for Toys for Tots and receive a customized email letter from Santa on Christmas Eve. Tuesdays, through Dec. 17 starting at 6 p.m. Spokane Valley Mall, 14740 E. Indiana Ave., Spokane Valley.

Teddy Bear Teas - 10 a.m. for toddlers; 10:30 a.m. for preschoolers. Downtown Library, 906 W. Main Ave. Free. (509) 444-5300. South Hill Library, 3324 S. Perry St. Free. (509) 444-5300.

Kids Explore and Discover Club at Spokane Valley Library - Marshmallow Engineering. 4 p.m. Spokane Valley Library, 12004 E. Main Ave., Spokane Valley. Free. (509) 893-8400.

Home School: All About Bees! - Let’s build on the bee education our new exhibit introduces and explore the fascinating biology, social life and lives of bees. For ages 4-8. 4-5 p.m. Mobius Kids Children’s Museum, 808 W. Main Ave. $15/members, $20/nonmembers. (509) 624-5437.