54th Annual Gem, Jewelry and Mineral Show - The show features 40 dealers and 60 displays of precious and semiprecious stones, fossils, specimens, jewelry and more. It also includes demonstrations and children’s activities. Presented by Rock Rollers of Spokane. Today, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Spokane County Fair and Expo Center, 404 N. Havana St., Spokane Valley. $6/adults, $5/seniors, free/age 12 and younger and Scouts in uniform. Free parking. (509) 251-1574.
Sunday Street Market - Open air market with vendors. Sundays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., 2302 N. Argonne Road (next to McDonald’s), Millwood. Free admission. (509) 217-4381.
Rummage and Bake Sale - Friday and Saturday. Plants and garden items, furniture, books, bedding, tools, toys, antiques, electronics, clothing and more. Lunch available. Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Millwood Presbyterian Church, 3223 N. Marguerite Road, Millwood. (509) 924-2350.
Morgan Acres Craft Fair - Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Morgan Acres Community Park, 7221 N. Regal St.
Fancy Flea Market and Craft Sale - Find useful and unusual items, as well as great food and entertainment. For table rental information, contact Christa Richardson at (509) 327-1584, ext. 10. Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Corbin Senior Center, 827 W. Cleveland Ave. (509) 327-1584.
Craft Retreat - May 16-19. Bring your projects (photos, fabric, beads, paint, sewing machine, paper and yarn) for a four-day weekend. The weekend begins May 16 at 10 a.m. and ends May 19 at noon. Hosted at Bear Creek Lodge and includes sleeping accommodations, homemade meals and snacks, and 24-hour craft room access. May 16, 10 a.m., Bear Creek Lodge, Mead. $175. (509) 999-6187.
CMN Spring Craft Fair - Hosted by Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center to support Children’s Miracle Network. A portion of all money raised is matched 2-to-1 by CMN to update and purchase necessary equipment or support pediatric programs and services within Providence ministries. May 23, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, 101 W. Eighth Ave. Free. (509) 474-3081.
Spring Craft Festival - Diverse selection including Native American Crafts, cedar planter boxes, coin jewelry, scarves, bird feeders, designer jeans, beauty products, candles, health care items, purses and jewelry. May 25-26, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Coeur d’Alene Casino, 37914 S. Nukwalqw Road, Worley, Idaho. Free admission. (253) 219-5918.
Horticulturalist Donna Hansen - Come learn how to grow more in less space with these free workshops. She will offer tips for beginners and as well as experienced gardeners. Today, 3 p.m., Colfax Library, 102 S. Main St., Colfax. (509) 397-4366. Friday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Tekoa Library, 139 S. Crosby St., Tekoa. (509) 284-3121; 2:30 p.m., Rosalia Library, 402 S. Whitman Ave., Rosalia. (509) 523-3109.
Ikebana - Learn ikebana flower arranging. Monday and May 13, 5-6 p.m. Class size is limited to 25 individuals, please make reservations at (509) 328-2971. Flowers cost $7-$10/per class. There is no lesson fee, but donations are appreciated. Japanese Cultural Center, 4000 W. Randolph Road.
Growing Your Groceries: Waterwise - Presented by the WSU Kalispel Tribal Extension Program. Learn how to keep your yard and gardens irrigated during the dry months. Taught by WSU Master Gardeners Dixie Chester and Dave Cassel. For more information and to register for the class, please call (509) 447-2401 or email email@example.com. Wednesday, 6-8 p.m., Kalispel Camas Center for Community Wellness, 1821 N. LeClerc Road, Usk, Wash. $5.
Using Permaculture at Home: Nature’s Patterns to Build Your Best Garden Ever - Learn the principles of permaculture and how to grow more of what you love, make the soil healthier, invite more wildlife into your yard, build community and more. Bring a basic sketch or dimensions of a yard or garden project with you. Thursday, 3-5 p.m., Sun People Dry Goods, 32 W. Second Ave. Registration is required at the store or online at www.sunpeopledrygoods.com. $5.
Vegetable Gardening 101 - Learn how to start plants from seeds and cuttings, and how and when to get your vegetables in the soil. Class presented by Master Gardener Steve Nokes. Thursday, 7 p.m., Spokane Valley Library, 12004 E. Main Ave., Spokane Valley, (509) 893-8400; and May 16, 7 p.m., North Spokane Library, 44 E. Hawthorne Road, (509) 893-8350.
Master Gardener Annual Plant Sale and Raffle - 13th annual event hosted by WSU Pend Oreille County Master Gardeners. Proceeds will benefit Master Gardener community education projects. Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon, Statton Elementary School, Gymnasium, 1201 W. Fifth St., Newport. (509) 447-2401.
Garden Expo 2013 - Presented by The Inland Empire Gardeners with more than 250 garden-related vendors. Find plant sellers, garden stores, suppliers and manufacturers, unusual perennials, heirloom vegetables, tomato plants, bulbs, hosta, succulents, annuals, trees, garden artists and crafters. There will also be gardening seminars, food and live music. Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Spokane Community College, Lair, 1810 N. Greene St. Free admission and parking. (509) 535-8434.
Lilac Luncheon - This luncheon, presented by the Associated Garden Clubs of Spokane, kicks off Lilac Week. May 13, 11:30 a.m., the Davenport Hotel, 10 S. Post St. $30.
Lower Maintenance Landscaping - Horticulturalist Donna Hansen will present tips on cutting back on the maintenance while still enjoying the beauty of your landscaping. May 14, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Tekoa Library, 139 S. Crosby St., Tekoa. Free. (509) 284-3121.
Life Histories of the Cascadia Butterflies - Learn about the Cascadia butterfly species in Washington, Idaho and Oregon with David G. James. Part of Inland Northwest Land Trust’s Speaker Series. May 14, 7 p.m., Community Building, 35 W. Main Ave., Spokane Valley. Free. (509) 328-2939.
Garden Fair and Plant Sale - The Annual Delta Gamma Garden Fair and Plant Sale will benefit the Lilac Services for the Blind and the Service for Sight Projects. May 16, Liberty Park Greenhouse, 1401 E. Newark Ave., 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spring History Walks - Tour the Colville Valley and Little Pend Oreille Wildlife Refuge on May 18. The bus will depart the MAC at 9 a.m. and return at 3 p.m. Pack a lunch for a picnic along the way. Walk complements the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture exhibit “David Douglas: A Naturalist at Work.” Tour includes a visit to the Douglas exhibit at the end of the trip. Registration form: jacknisbet.com/events/? event_id=163. Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, 2316 W. First Ave. $55/per person, per trip. (509) 466-2823.
Rainwater Collection Workshop - Learn how to build and install a simple rain barrel, discover the amount of water you may be able to collect in the Spokane area as well as learn the water needs of local plants. May 18, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Sun People Dry Goods, 32 W. Second Ave. Registration is required at the store or online at www.sunpeopledrygoods.com. $20.
Soapmaking 201 - Cold Processed “Beer” Soap - Join Gayle Kruger of White Moon Soaps for a two-day workshop. This workshop will cover coloring soap, “superfatting,” exfoliants and making soap with beer. This workshop is for those who have made soap at least once. Bring an apron. Must be 15 or older. May 18, 3-5 p.m., Sun People Dry Goods, 32 W. Second Ave. $55. Registration required. (509) 368-9378.
Grafted Vegetables - Learn how grafting makes vegetables hardier and more disease resistant. Reservations are required, seating is limited. May 22, 6:30 p.m., Blue Moon Garden and Nursery, 1732 S. Inland Empire Way. (509) 747-4255.
Japanese Beetle Workshop - The Idaho State Department of Agriculture and the University of Idaho Extension office are offering a workshop on the identification, habits and lifestyle of this potentially damaging pest. No registration is required, but seating is limited. May 23, 6-8 p.m., University of Idaho Kootenai County Extension Office, 1808 N. Third St., Coeur d’Alene. Free.
Associated Garden Club Meeting - Potluck to discuss the yard and garden tour. May 24, Manito Park, Meeting Room, 1702 S. Grand Blvd. (509) 838-3705.
Intro to Chicken Keeping Workshop - Topics will include chicken-keeping regulations in the Spokane area, housing, breed selection, feeding and caring for chickens, raising chicks and egg production. May 25, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Sun People Dry Goods, 32 W. Second Ave. $20. Registration is required. (509) 368-9378.
Introduction to Essential Oils Workshop - Learn what essential oils are, how to use them and their health benefits. May 25, 3-5 p.m., Sun People Dry Goods, 32 W. Second Ave. $5. Registration is required. (509) 368-9378.
Planting Terrariums - This class will supply everything you need - choose from a large selection of tillandsias (air plants) or succulents, and recycled glass or unusual mosses, to build either a hanging or tabletop terrarium. Reservations are required, seating is limited to 20 participants. May 29, 6:30 p.m., Blue Moon Garden and Nursery, 1732 S. Inland Empire Way. $40. (509) 747-4255.
Angus Cattle Expo - The Idaho Lowline Cattle Company will host a day of demonstrations, seminars and speakers. There will also be a private treaty sale. For more information or for tickets visit www.nwlowline.com or call (208) 659-6622. Weekend admission members: $30/adults, 21 and younger free; nonmembers: $35/adult, $15/youths. Additional fees for treaty sale. Today, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., 2755 E. Spring Rock Lane, Hayden, Idaho.
Sixth Annual Eastern Washington Farm Heritage Fair - Displays and demonstrations of historic tractors, engines, farm implements, tractor pulls and parades, wheat threshing, grain grinding, quilting, rope making and more. Petting zoo on May 18 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Food will be available for purchase. Presented by Spokane Valley Heritage Museum in collaboration with Inland Empire Steam & Gas Buffs. May 17-19, 10 a.m., University City North, 10200 E. Sprague Ave., Spokane Valley. $5/adults; $3/ages 7-17; free/age 6 and younger; $15/family of five (two adults, three children). (509) 922-4570.
Horseback Trail Ride and Steak Lunch - Annual Spring Ride presented by Hauser Lake Lions. Bring your own horse. Registration required by May 20. May 25, starts at Matheson Ranch, Hauser Lake, Idaho. $15. (208) 651-3266.
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