“Journey to the North Pole” Cruises Through Thursday. The cruise boat will find Santa and his elves at the North Pole, where Santa reads each child’s name from his “nice list” – if the boat gets past the Grinch. The 40-minute cruise departs nightly at 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 p.m., from the North Pole Cruise Terminal at The Coeur d’Alene Resort Plaza Shops. Reservations required by phone or at www.cdalakecruises.com. Coeur d’Alene Resort, 115 S. Second St., Coeur d’Alene. $19.75/adults, $18.75/seniors, $5/ages 6-12, free/age 5 and younger. (208) 664-7268.
Holiday Open House and Miniature Show Featuring new works by many of the region’s notable artists, including fine art, jewelry, pottery and handmade gift items, through December. 409 S. Dishman Mica Road, Spokane Valley. (509) 747-0812.
Bling in the New Year More than $25,000 in prizes will be given away, and everyone is guaranteed a prize. Live music with 6-Foot Swing in one room and the latest club hits in the other. Champagne toast, laser light show, give-aways all night long. Dinner service at 7 p.m., party starts at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln St. $50; $100/including five-course wine-paired dinner. (509) 327-8000.
New Year’s Resolution Help To provide guidance, support and information about topics that may be on your list, there will be several specialists to help you out. 11 a.m.-noon: SNAP will be here to teach how to clean our homes with environmentally friendly products as well as hands-on demonstrations. Make your own “soft-scrub” to take home and get started. 12:30-1:30 p.m.: The paleo diet eliminates gluten, legumes, grains and dairy from the diet, and meat, nuts, fruit and vegetables are emphasized. Learn from those who have made the change and felt the difference. Take home a helpful hints sheet and try a few paleo treats. 2-3 p.m.: Want to spend more time with the family? Get tips about starting a Family Game Night with the manager of Uncle’s Game Store, a father of four young children. Afterwards, try new games and get more suggestions in the store. 3:30-5 p.m.: Interested in volunteering but don’t know where to start? Representatives from Meals on Wheels, the Lands Council, Women’s and Children’s Free Restaurant, SNAP and Big Brothers, Big Sisters will explain their organizations. Saturday, Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. Free. (509) 838-0206.
Idaho Watercolor Society Traveling Show Exhibit Featuring works from the 2013 IWS Traveling Show. The exhibit runs through Jan. 31. Moscow City Hall, second and third floors, 206 E. Third St., Moscow. Free. (208) 883-7036.
Eagle Watch Cruise Every year, hundreds of American bald eagles visit Lake Coeur d’Alene on their annual migration. In December and January, the birds congregate at the lake’s northern end near Wolf Lodge Bay to feed on fish. Cruises depart daily through Wednesday. The two-hour cruise leaves the dock at 1 p.m. Purchase tickets at cdacruises.com or by phone. Coeur d’Alene Resort, 115 S. Second St., Coeur d’Alene. $22.75/adults, $20.75/seniors, $14.75/children ages 6-12, free/ages 5 and younger. (208) 765-4000.
Evergreen Modeler Christmas Open House One of the most complete model railroad club layouts in the Northwest is having a running session for friends and visitors for the holidays. Saturday, 1-5 p.m., 18213 E. Appleway, Greenacres, Spokane Valley. Free. (509) 939-5845.
Fun Run: A New Holiday Tradition A flat 5-mile course along Lake Coeur d’Alene. Run starts and finishes in the cul-de-sac behind Michael D’s restaurant. Parking is available on the east side of Coeur d’Alene Drive. Fruit, energy bars, hot chocolate and water will be available in the registration tent before and after the run. All proceeds benefit Tesh Inc., a nonprofit that provides choices and opportunities for children and adults with disabilities. Wednesday, 9:30 a.m., 203 E Coeur d’Alene Lake Drive, Coeur d’Alene. $25/T-shirt, $15/no T-shirt. (208)-765-5105.