Author Elisa Brinton - Presents her latest historical fiction book, “Courage to Stand”; 1 p.m. Barnes & Noble, 15310 E. Indiana Ave. (509) 922-4104.

Author Jess Steven Hughes - Signing copies of his historical novel, “The Sign of the Eagle”; 1-5 p.m. Hastings, 15312 E. Sprague Ave. (509) 924-0667.

SCRAPS Volunteer Orientation - The Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service and the SCRAPS Hope Foundation will hold a volunteer orientation to highlight the programs and volunteer opportunities available for anyone 16 or older; 10-11:30 a.m. SCRAPS, 2521 N. Flora Road. (509) 477-2532.

Theater Arts for Children fundraiser - A silent auction and buffet to help raise money for the theater. Beverages included with buffet; wine and beer may be purchased separately. Improv group the Star Tacs will perform. Reservations recommended by phone or email to email@theaterartsforchildren.org; 7 p.m. Theater Arts for Children, 2114 N. Pines Road, Suite 3S. $30/person, $50/couple. (509) 995-6718.

Spokane Novelists Group - Strong critiquing of fiction only, novels and short stories. Bring five to 10 pages to read to the group and 6-8 copies. Group meets second and fourth Saturdays of the month. Noon. Otis Orchards Library, 22324 E. Wellesley Ave. Free. (509) 891-1695.


Central Valley School District - The board of directors meets; 6:30 p.m. Learning and Teaching Center, 19307 E. Cataldo Ave. (509) 228-5400.

DivorceCare Recovery Support Group - 6:30-8:30 p.m. Eastpoint Church, 15303 E. Sprague Ave. $25 for workbook. (509) 533-6800 or (509) 892-5255.

Striders - A community walking and exercise program promoting fitness, fun, friends and health education. Miles walked individually are records and awards are presented at five awards meetings each year which feature health-related speakers. Call Carol at (509) 926-1697 or Judy at (509) 892-1293; 8-9 a.m. Spokane Valley YMCA, 2421 N. Discovery Place. $15 per year and $2 for each exercise class attended.

Take Off Pounds Sensibly - The group meets every Monday; 7 p.m. Valley Fourth Memorial Church, 2303 S. Bowdish Road. (509) 928-9158.

Take Off Pounds Sensibly - Broadway Court - TOPS members meet every Monday; 9 a.m. Broadway Court Estates, 13505 E. Broadway Ave. (509) 922-3874.


Spokane Valley City Council study session - Tentative agenda items include an executive session to review applications for an interim council member, a motion on which applicants to interview, and a report on shops and storage sheds in residential areas; 6 p.m. Spokane Valley City Hall, 11707 E. Sprague Ave. (509) 921-1000.


Lilac City Cribbage Club - Open to anyone interested in playing cribbage; 6:30 p.m. Puerto Vallarta restaurant, 6915 E. Sprague Ave. (310) 621-3897.


CenterPlace open house - Visit the CenterPlace Regional Event Center to learn about renting the facility for weddings, meetings, conferences and classes. Tours of the facility will be available and there will be refreshments provided by the in-house caterer. Raffle prizes will be awarded; 4-7 p.m. CenterPlace, 2426 N. Discovery Place. (509) 720-5405.

Take Off Pounds Sensibly - The group meets every Thursday; 6 p.m. Orchards Crest Retirement, fourth floor theater room, 222 S. Evergreen Road. (509) 922-8820.

Take Off Pounds Sensibly - Eagles - The group meets every Thursday; 9:30 a.m. Eagles, 16801 E. Sprague Ave. (509) 928-5460.


Women’s Self-Defense Class - Learn practical and applicable defense methods that you could confidently use in an emergency; 1-2 p.m. 101 N. Argonne Road, Suite B. $10/class. (509) 891-9821.


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