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Taking a Bite out of Hunger - There will be 50 purveyors of fine food, wines, microbrews, spirits and coffee offering samples. Changes to look for this year include handmade flower centerpieces that can be purchased for $35. Beer connoisseurs can purchase buckets with microbrews, logo glasses and more for $50. Lots of silent auction tables. Wednesday, 5:30-9 p.m., Spokane Arena, 720 W. Mallon Ave. $75. (509) 252-6265.

Fabulous ’50s Party and Silent Auction – Celebrate the Sinto Senior Center’s 55th anniversary with a ’50s dinner menu of burgers and sodas, antique car show, dancing, silent auction and costume contest. Music by Joel Brantley. Friday, 5-9 p.m., Sinto Senior Center, 1124 W. Sinto Ave. $15/advance, $20/door, includes meal. (509) 327-2861.

Cinderella Tea and Fashion Show Fundraiser - Raising money for Because There Is Hope, which helps out-of-town cancer patients with housing in Spokane. Ninth annual nonprofit event with fashions by Chico’s and emcee Ben Stuckart, Spokane City Council president. Vendor show at 9:30 a.m.; fashion show at 10:30. Saturday, Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln St. $27.50. (509) 953-5866.

Sixth Annual Wine Tasting and Silent Auction - Presented by the Friends of Eastern to raise money for resources not available to patients at Eastern State Hospital. All donations are tax deductible. Saturday, 3 p.m., Center Pointe, 1408 N. Washington St. $25/general, $15/students. (509) 828-1245.

S.K. Ball - Best barn dance of the year benefitting Ronald McDonald House Charities of Spokane. Dinner, live music and dancing lessons, hippity-hop races, mechanical bull and prizes for best-dressed cowboy and cowgirl. Includes all the beer and wine you can fit in a red solo cup! Register at Saturday, 6 p.m., Spokane County Fair and Expo Center, 404 N. Havana St., Spokane Valley. $75. (509) 624-0500.

Women Helping Women - 21st annual fundraising luncheon featuring Bonnie St. John, who despite having her right leg amputated at age 5, became the first African-American ever to win Olympic or Paralympic medals in ski racing. She took home a silver and two bronze medals in downhill events at the 1984 Paralympics in Innsbruck, Austria. The event supports programs for women and children in need. May 20, 11:30 a.m., Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. $125 per person. (509) 328-8285.

PJALS Spring Soiree and Benefit Auction - Hosted by the Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane. Enjoy a fun evening with friends, family and like-minded folks to celebrate the work for peace, justice and human rights. Live music, fabulous food, and silent and live auction items. May 30, 5-9 p.m., St. John’s Cathedral, 127 E. 12th Ave. $20/each; $200/table. (509) 838-7870.

“Light the Way” Dinner Auction - Presented by American Childhood Cancer Organization Inland Northwest. Tickets can be purchased at LighttheWayDinnerAuction.aspx. June 1, 5-11 p.m., Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. $75. (509) 443-4162.

Partnering for Progress Fundraiser at “Grease” - A portion of the proceeds from this show will benefit P4P’s mission of bringing health, education and clean water to residents in developing countries. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for socializing, raffle prizes, beverages and snacks. June 5, 7:30 p.m., Spokane Civic Theatre, 1020 N. Howard St. $35/adult; $30/student. (509) 720-8408.

“Fire on the Runway” Fashion Event - Local firefighters and models will heat up the runway with casual and formal styles. Guests will be treated to sparkling wine and appetizers, receive a free swag bag and professional event photo. All proceeds benefit local Red Cross services. Age 21 and older only. Tickets available at or or by phone. June 7, 7 p.m., Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln St. $50. (509) 321-6055.


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