Puppy Love - Wine tasting to benefit SpokAnimal, includes dessert. Wednesday, 6-9 p.m., Nectar Tasting Room, 120 N. Stevens St. $10. For more information, visit spokanimal.org or call (509) 534-8133. Wednesday, 6-9 p.m., Nectar Tasting Room, 120 N. Stevens St. $10. (509) 869-1572.
Date With A Straight: A Night OUT With Our Allies - Fourth annual fundraiser for Spokane’s 2013 Pride Celebration begins Friday with an auction of 10 gay, straight, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered participants to the highest bidder for a “date” the following night. All bids starting at $25. A meet and greet starts at 7 p.m., with auction to follow. The date will be at the Giant Ass Drum Corps Valentine Ball on Saturday. The ball is a formal/semiformal community dance that starts at 8 p.m. Each auctionee and their bidder will receive an entry ticket and one drink ticket. Alcohol can be purchased at the dance. Irv’s Bar, 415 W. Sprague Ave. $3 cover for auction; $10/person for dance. (509) 720-7609.
2013 Our Town Gala - Hosted by Mayor David Condon to benefit the 75th anniversary of the Spokane Lilac Festival. Formal attire; reservations required. Friday, 7 p.m., Gonzaga Prep, 1224 E. Euclid Ave. $100/person, includes dinner. (509) 535-4554.
Love Stories Benefit Concert - Featuring vocalist Ruth Pratt, executive director of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library. She will perform with musicians Brian Flick, Pearl Harwood, Tom Shaeger, Craig Catlett and Lyle Morse. All proceeds benefit the library. Reservations recommended by calling or email email@example.com. Friday, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Coeur d’Alene Library, 702 E. Front Ave., Coeur d’Alene. $25. (208) 769-2380.
“Welcome Home Jenny Sutter” - Performance of play recently selected to compete at the Kennedy Center/American College Theater Festival in Sacramento, Calif., with proceeds helping students participating in the festival. The play was one of 173 submitted to the competition from the Northwest. Only four were selected. The play follows Jenny, a wounded Iraq war veteran drawn to Slab City, a travelers oasis in the California desert. With the help of the people there, Jenny rediscovers what it means to call a place home. Friday, 7:30 p.m., University of Idaho Hartung Theatre, 625 Stadium Drive, Moscow. $15/general, free/veterans. (208) 885-6465.
Pickwick with Kevin Long and Sera Cahoone - Alternative rock benefit concert for The Bartlett. Feb. 15, 8 p.m., Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. $20/advance, $25/day of show. (800) 325-SEAT.
Tides Tea - An afternoon of high tea with finger sandwiches and goodies. Entertainment by dancers ages 7 to 77 from The Dance Center of Spokane. Silent auction, raffle and dance scholarships will be awarded. Saturday, 1 p.m., East Central Community Center, 500 S. Stone St. $15/adults, $10/ages 5-18, free/age 4 and younger. (509) 220-8929.
For the Love of Art - Second annual benefit for Interplayers Theatre features a live cabaret show, both silent and live auctions, food, drink and art from various medias including but not limited to print, photography, painting and pottery. Saturday, 7 p.m., Interplayers Theatre, 174 S. Howard St. $25. (509) 455-7529.
Miss Spokane Pageant - One of the official preliminary pageants of the Miss America Organization. Each year four titleholders are selected and they participate in numerous local and civic events including the Lilac Festival Armed Forces Torchlight Parade. They visit schools and donate countless hours to local charities, all while representing Spokane. Miss Spokane titleholders compete at state competitions each year. To be crowned this evening: Miss Spokane 2013, Miss Inland Empire 2013, Miss Spokane’s Outstanding Teen 2013 and Miss Inland Empire’s Outstanding Teen 2013. Tickets can be purchased from any contestant, committee member, by contacting the Miss Spokane Scholarship Organization at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone. Sunday. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. $25. (509) 850-6192.