Spokane Valley Newcomers Club - January luncheon. Thursday, 11:30 a.m., Darcy’s Restaurant, 10502 E. Sprague Ave. (at U-City), Spokane Valley. $10. Call (509) 927-7659 for reservations.
Inland Northwest Academy After Dark Classes - Upcoming classes include: Thursday, Duck 101, $65; Jan. 23, Gordon Ramsay’s Pet Peeves: How to Cook Scallops and Risotto, $70; and Jan. 31, Let’s Make Croissants, $60. Classes 6-8 p.m. Registration is required. For more information, visit http://incaafter dark.scc.spokane.edu. Spokane Community College, Orlando’s Restaurant, first floor, Main Building 1, 1810 N. Greene St. (509) 533-8010 or 1-800-248-5644, ext. 8010.
PK Lions Breakfast Fundraiser - Proceeds support the upcoming Easter parade and egg hunt. 6-11 a.m. Jan. 19, 6 a.m., Pinehurst-Kingston Lions Club, Pinehurst Community Building, Pinehurst, Idaho. $5/adults, $4.50/seniors, $4/kids age 11 and younger, $16/family of four.
Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Community Breakfast - Latah County Human Rights Task Force’s annual event featuring abreakfast, entertainment and awards. The goal of the breakfast is to bring the Moscow community together to affirm the ideals of human rights, justice and equality inspired by the life and writings of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Tickets can be purchased at Paradise Ridge Tapes, 117 E.Third St. An online form is available at www.humanrightslatah.org. This year’s featured speaker is Jay Singh, a third-year student at the University of Washington School of Law. He has been an intern at the Southern Poverty Law Center and plans to return to the center after graduation as a staff attorney. Jan. 19, 9 a.m., Moscow Junior High School, multipurpose room, 1410 E. D St., Moscow, Idaho. $8/general, $4/students. (208) 882-3648.
Gluten-Free Beer Tasting - For those who avoid gluten, there are more options for gluten-free beers. This not only calls for celebration but for a great tasting as well. Saturday, 2-4 p.m., Huckleberry’s Natural Market, 926 S. Monroe St. $5 for a flight of five. (509) 624-1349.
Fermentation 101 Workshop - Make your own delicious sauerkraut at a hands-on workshop with Wakan Burrows. Saturday, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Sun People Dry Goods, 32 W. Second Ave. $15. Preregistration required. (509) 368-9378.
Storytelling Company - True (and no so true) tales of the West and the rest of the planet. Always PG-rated. Dinner available at 5 p.m., show starts at 6 p.m. Reservations requested. Sunday, Ivano’s Ristorante Italiano, 102 S. First Ave., Sandpoint. $10/general, $6/age 11 and younger, plus dinner and beverages. (208) 263-0211.
Winter Cooking Classes at the JACC - Tuesday, Angelo’s Italian Cooking; Feb. 5, Raci from The White House; Feb. 28, Delicious Take on Filet Mignon; March 6, chef Columba from Cafe Carambola; March 18, Fabulous Easter Brunch; April 4, Two Takes on Spring with Bob Black; and April 16, Going Against the Grain-Gluten-Free. All classes run from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Registration is required. For more information, visit www.thejacklincenter.org. Jacklin Arts and Cultural Center, 405 N. William St., Post Falls. $50 per class. (208) 457-8950.
New Belgium Beer Dinner – The Lincoln Center’s Connoisseur’s Club will host its first beer dinner. Five-course beer and food pairings. First course: Beer-braised pork belly served atop braised greens with Snow Day Winter Ale. Second course: Duck Salad – fresh seasonal greens tossed with dried cherries, sliced almonds, shredded Parmesan cheese and a strawberry-rhubarb vinaigrette, topped with shredded duck breast – with Ranger IPA. Third course: Garlic and basil pesto clams in broth, finished with tomato, onion and Parmesan cheese with Lips of Faith Lost Abbey Brett Beer. Fourth course: Roasted Elk Loin Chops topped with a tomato-bacon jam and served with roasted fingerling potatoes and asparagus spears with 1554 Enlightened Black Ale. Fifth course: Orange and chocolate semifreddo stack served with salted caramel and topped with warm chocolate drizzle with Lips of Faith Bier De Garde Farmhouse Ale. Jan. 25, 6 p.m., Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln St. $45. (509) 327-8000.
National Chocolate Cake Day - For children. Listen to stories, play BINGO and enjoy chocolate cake. Jan. 26, 11 a.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, children’s section, 402 W. Main Ave. Free. (509) 838-0206.
Port Tasting - There will be a variety of ports to try during this tasting. Jan. 26, 2-4 p.m., Huckleberry’s Natural Market, 926 S. Monroe St. $5 for a flight of five. (509) 624-1349.
Annual GU Iron Chef: Cultural Cooking Battle - Presented by Gonzaga University’s Unity Multicultural Education Center and Sodexo. Interact, learn and experience the culinary delights of other cultures. Jan. 27, 3-4:30 p.m., Gonzaga University, COG, Second Floor Dining Room, 502 E. Boone Ave. (509) 313-5836.
Good Food Book Club - Hosted by the Moscow Food Co-op. Enjoy dessert and discuss “The Good Food Revolution: Growing Health Food, People, and Communities,” by Will Allen with Charles Wilson. Jan. 27, 7-8:30 p.m., Held at a private residence. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for directions, Moscow. (208) 882-8537.