JACC Summer Cooking Classes – Northwest Cuisine with Adam Hegsted from the Coeur d’Alene Resort and Casino. Today, 5:30-8 p.m., Jacklin Arts and Cultural Center, 405 N. Williams St., Post Falls. For reservations, call (509) 457-8950 or email email@example.com. $50/per class.
Cooking Classes at the Kitchen Engine – Today, Thai Cooking; Thursday, Artisan Pizza; Sunday, Chicken Dijon and Broadway Pea Salad; July 31, Italian Sauces. Kitchen Engine, 621 W. Mallon Ave. (509) 328-3335.
Eat to Live – A six-week seminar with classes offered noon-1:30 p.m. or 5:30-7 p.m. Today, Make a Great Tasting Green Drink; July 31, Salad is the Main Dish; Aug. 7, Relishes and Dips; Aug. 14, All About Beans; Aug. 21, All About Sauces; Aug. 28, All About Grains. To register, contact nutritional education trainer Chris McLaughlin at (509) 951-5557 or email EveryDayDevotion@msn.com. Center for Spiritual Living, 2825 E. 33rd Ave. $10/per class; or $50/all six classes.
A Night in Persia – Solace for the Children will host a themed dinner and auction to raise funds to pay the costs of bringing children from Afghanistan to the North Idaho/Spokane area for medical care. Events will include dinner with Persian and American dishes, a silent and live auction and a dance performance by the boys and girls who are here for treatment. Thursday, 5:30 p.m., Coeur d’Alene Inn, 506 W. Appleway Ave., Coeur d’Alene. $50. (800) 251-7829.
Lagers and Ales Beyond Pilsners and Pales: Big, Bold, Bodacious Beers – This journey of beer styles goes way beyond the usual grocery store choices. Taste a range of beers covering a wide, palate-smacking flavor spectrum. Thursday, 6:30 p.m., Total Wine & More, 9980 N. Newport Highway. $15. (509) 466-1644.
Camp Cooking Basics for Backpackers – This class will cover equipment, planning and preparation along with some tips and tricks to make your meals the hit of the trip. Register online at www.rei.com. Thursday, 7 p.m., REI, 1125 N. Monroe St. Free. (509) 328-9900.
Cherry Festival – Held in Green Bluff, Saturday and Sunday. Visit www.greenbluffgrowers.com for map of growers. (509) 238-4754.
Finnriver Cidery Tasting – There are many different styles of cider, and Hannah Walters from Finnriver Cidery will be happy to share some of them with you. Finnriver specializes in making organic ciders. Saturday, 2-4 p.m., Huckleberry’s Natural Market, Bistro, 926 S. Monroe St. $5/five tastes. (509) 624-1349.
Latah County Republicans Potluck/Barbecue – Family event with organized activities for children and barbecue by CD’s Smoke Pit Catering. Tableware and beverages are provided; bring a side dish to share. Saturday, 4-8 p.m., Mountain View Park, 2052 W. Mountain View Road, Moscow. $10/person; $25/family, pay at the park. (208) 874-2612.
Dance Party at the Beach – Potluck dinner begins at 6 p.m. followed by dancing and lessons throughout the evening. Hosted by Sandpoint Chapter of USA Dance. Bring a potluck dish to share, your favorite nonalcoholic beverage and a folding chair if you wish to sit. Saturday, 6-9:30 p.m., Sandpoint City Beach, downtown Sandpoint.
Summer Tea – Come enjoy drinking and making tea at the Japanese Cultural Center. Reservations required. Tuesday, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Mukogawa Japanese Cultural Center, 4000 W. Randolph Rd. (509) 328-2971.
INCA After Dark Cooking Classes – July 31, Cupcakes Take the Cake; Aug. 1, Scallops and Risotto. All classes are 6-8 p.m. Register at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (509) 279-6030 or (800) 248-5644, ext. 6030. INCA at SCC, 1810 N. Greene St., Building 1. $50.
Explore Washington’s Wine Country – Enjoy an amazing tour and tasting of some of Washington’s most prestigious AVA’s including Horse Heaven Hills, Red Mountain and Walla Walla. Aug. 1, 6:30 p.m., Total Wine & More, 9980 N. Newport Hwy. $25. (509) 466-1644.
Party Sampler – Kelly Cooper, author of “Cookies for Grown-ups” will serve a pretzel-cheddar-mustard cookie paired with stout, plus sophisticated sweet delights, each paired with a different wine. Her new hardcover book is free to participants. Aug. 1, 7 p.m., Hill’s Restaurant & Lounge, 401 W. Main Ave. $29.95. (509) 838 0206.
Short Sweet and Savory History of Cookies – Kelly Cooper, author of “Cookies for Grown Ups” will talk about a new way of entertaining for cocktail time or dessert time where every sophisticated cookie, savory or sweet, is paired with an equally grown-up drink. Book signing to follow. Aug. 2, 3 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 15310 E. Indiana Ave., Spokane Valley. Free. (509) 922-4104.
Up On The Roof: A Taste of Unity – This fundraising event will include a sampling of local ethnic foods, music and a silent auction featuring items from local businesses. All the proceeds from this event benefit the Unity in the Community celebration Aug. 17 at Riverfront Park. Aug. 2, 5:30 p.m., Community Building, 35 W. Main Ave. (509) 444-3088.
Pend Oreille River Garden Tour and Dinner – Tour includes: vegetable gardens, water features, a fish farm, perennial beds, fruit trees, live music, local crafters and many more creative ideas. Dinner will follow the tour. Tickets for the tour may be purchased Aug. 4 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the Extension Office, 418 Scott St., Newport, Wash., or in advance at http://pendoreille.wsu.edu. Tickets for the dinner must be purchased by Friday. For more information, call (509) 447-2401. Aug. 4, 12:30 p.m. $10/tour; $10/dinner.
Vintage Spokane: A Wine and Food Affair – Sip wines from more than 50 of the region’s most celebrated wineries and savor delicious cuisine from Masselow’s and other local gourmet bites. Aug. 4, 6-9 p.m., Northern Quest Resort & Casino, 100 N. Hayford Road, Airway Heights. $45/general admission; $60/VIP, includes early admission at 5 p.m. (509) 481-6700.