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Cooking Classes at the Kitchen Engine - Today, Original Italian Family Recipes; Thursday, Barbecue Class; Sunday, Homemade Pasta. Kitchen Engine, 621 W. Mallon Ave. (509) 328-3335.

Mexican Cooking Classes at DeLeon Foods – Baja Fish Tacos and Chile Rellenos. Class will be taught by Lynne Wiedemann from and Mike Gonzalez from the Hispanic Food Network. For more information or to register, visit or call (208) 665-0282. Today, 5:30-7:45 p.m., DeLeon Foods, 102 E. Francis Ave. $45.

Small Vineyards Greatest Hits - Special guest Tristan Ohms will share a selection from his favorite small wineries. Reservations are required at (509) 343-2253. Friday, 7 p.m., Rocket Market, 726 E. 43rd Ave. $20/eight wines, cheese and Bouzie’s bread.

Kick up Your Heels for Interplayers - Evening of dance, hors d’oeuvres, desserts and raffles with proceeds supporting Interplayers Theatre. Dance the night away to swing, Latin and ballroom music. Reservations requested. Friday, 7:30 p.m., Chateau Rive, Flour Mill, 621 W. Mallon Ave. $45. (509) 455-7529.

Strawberry Celebration - Come pick strawberries in Green Bluff while they are in their prime. Saturday and Sunday and July 6-7. Visit for a map of growers.

Bikes, Brews and Barbecues - A day filled with three seasonal favorite activities: motocross and BMX, ice cold local beer tasting and sizzling, smoky barbecue. Barbecue competition check-in and pancake breakfast at 7 a.m. Entertainment and family events begin at noon; cowpie bingo at 1 p.m.; brewfest at 2 p.m.; barbecue awards at 3 p.m.; and motocross at 7 p.m. There will be a local celebrity dunk tank, vendors and inflatables. Saturday, Kootenai County Fairgrounds, 4056 N. Government Way, Coeur d’Alene. $10/brewfest, $12/motocross, $75/barbecue contest entry fee. (208) 765-4969.

Spokane on the Rocks - Featuring more than 20 of the best Northwest spirits and craft beers. Live music by The Lovers, Chill Cats, Brown Sugar & Cream and Troubadour. Your admission includes three samples. You may also purchase signature cocktails, beer and a selection of food. Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. $10. (509) 621-0125.

Perkins House Ice Cream Social - The Whitman County Historical Society will host the 41st annual Ice Cream Social. There will be food, live music, talks by regional historians, and a fashion show of vintage clothing. Proceeds will benefit the preservation of the historic Perkins House. Sunday, 1-4 p.m., Perkins House, 623 N. Perkins Ave., Colfax. Free; food available for purchase. (509) 288-1420.

The Singing Nuns: Luncheon Concert - Doors open at 11 a.m., with tours of the historic building at 11:30 a.m., and lunch served at 1 p.m. and the concert will follow. Reservations are requested. July 3, Mount St. Michaels, 8500 N. St. Michaels Road. $15/per person; $12/per person for groups of 10 or more. (509) 466-9178.

JACC Summer Cooking Classes - Classes are: July 9, Crab Boil with Bob Black; and July 24, Northwest Cuisine with Adam Hegsted from the Coeur d’Alene Resort and Casino. Classes are 5:30-8 p.m. at Jacklin Arts and Cultural Center, 405 N. William St., Post Falls. For more information or to make reservations, please call (509) 457-8950 or email $50/per class.

WAZZU Alumni Wine Tasting - Frenchman Hills Winery pouring. July 12, 4 p.m., The Tailgater, 1221 N. Howard St. $10. (509) 328-9000.

Barbecue Grilling and Smoking - Master Chef Steve Geving presents “Off The Grid: Barbecue Grilling and Smoking.” Reservations are required at (208) 437-0426. July 17, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Blanchard Community Center, 685 Rusho Road, Blanchard, Idaho. $25.

Wine, Women & Shoes - Walk the pink carpet, enjoy wine, food tasting, boutique shopping from national vendors, a fashion show, live and silent auctions and more. Guests will be pampered with wine, attention and food service. Benefits Idaho Youth Ranch of Coeur d’Alene, which helps good kids on a dangerous path find promising futures. July 17, 6-9 p.m., Coeur d’Alene Cellars, 3890 N. Schreiber Way, Coeur d’Alene. (208) 661-1705.

Cherry Pickers’ Trot and Pit Spit - Dinner will precede the run at 5 p.m. Proceeds from the dinner will benefit the local fire station. The Cherry Pit Spit contest will be held at 5:30 p.m. At 7 p.m., join in the four-mile run through orchard country. For more information and registration, please visit Online registration deadline is July 12; mail-in registration deadline is Monday. July 18, 10321 E. Day Mt. Spokane Road, Green Bluff. (509) 238-4754.

Dietary Strategies to Fight Inflammation - A free lunch and learn session that will cover the causes of inflammation and how your food choices can help prevent it. Register at July 18, noon-1 p.m., INHS Community Wellness Center, 501 N. Riverpoint Blvd., Suite 245. (509) 232-8145.

Healthy Eating on a Budget - Learn what foods rob your budget and your health and what the alternatives are. Register at July 18, 6:30-8 p.m., Newton Lounge, 1603 N. Belt St. Free. (509) 232-8145.

Cherry Festival – Held in Green Bluff for two weekends, July 20-21 and 27-28. Visit for map of growers. (509) 238-4754.

H2H Bison Ranch Tour and BarbecueQ - The H2H Bison Ranch sells bison meat and provides tours and facilities for events. You’ll enjoy a bison barbecue dinner, bison history lesson and a bison science adventure. Registration is required. July 20, 4 p.m., H2H Bison Ranch, 30585 S. Ditmore Road, Worley, Idaho. $15/ages 15-59; $5/ages 4-14 and seniors. (509) 999-7614.


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