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Wine, Ride & Dine - Enjoy local wines, a SkyRide over the Spokane Falls and an incredible dinner from Anthony’s Today or Clinkerdagger’s on Thursday. Today and Thursday, 4:30-6 p.m. Sponsored by Spokane Parks and Recreation Department. Riverfront Park, 507 N. Howard St. $55/includes wine tasting, SkyRide, dinner and gratuity. (509) 625-6200.

Cooking Classes at the Kitchen Engine - Today: Authentic Mexican Cooking: Traditional Tamale; Tuesday: Cooking with Whole Grains. Kitchen Engine, 621 W. Mallon Ave. (509) 328-3335.

Pub Cuisine - Master Chef Steve Geving presents Pub Cuisine: Cooking With and Enjoying Beer. Today, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Blanchard Community Center, 685 Rusho Road, Blanchard, Idaho. $25. Reservations are required at (208) 437-0426.

Planned-Overs - Carrie Johnson will teach you easy recipes using rotisserie chicken. Today, noon, Colfax Library, 102 S Main St., Colfax, (509) 397-4366; and at 2:30 p.m., St. John Library, 1 E. Front St., St. John, Wash., (509) 648-3319. Free.

Books2Eat - Submit and sample confectionary delights with a literary theme. The voting categories this year are “My Favorite Creation” and “Best Represents Theme.” Voting will begin at 1 p.m.; treats will be served at 2:30 p.m. For more information visit or call (509) 359-2264. Today, Eastern Washington University, JFK Library Lobby, 816 F St., Cheney. Free. (509) 509-359-2264.

Wine Dinner Southern Italy - Mike Scott will present a five-course dinner with wine and food inspired by southern Italy. Today, 6 p.m., Europa Restaurant, 125 S. Wall St. $55. (509) 455-4051.

A Taste of Cheese at the Theater - One-hour class on cheese tasting given by Chocolate Apothecary/Saunders Cheese, along with wine and a ticket to that evening’s performance of “Seeds of Change” by Craig Rickett. Reservations are recommended. Tickets are available through the Interplayers box office, by phone or online at Today, 6 p.m., Interplayers, 174 S. Howard St. $40. (509) 455-7529.

Newman Lake Ladies Aid - The Women’s Annual Spring Tea and Luncheon with proceeds to benefit the community and public schools. Thursday, 12:30 p.m., Newman Lake Tri-Community Grange, 25025 E. Heather Lane, Newman Lake. $5. (509) 475-1406.

Communities In Schools at Ciao Mambo - Come “eat like you mean it” for the Food with Benefits event. Twenty percent of all proceeds benefits local school activities, mentoring, hygiene and tutoring. Friday, 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Ciao Mambo, 818 W. Riverside Ave. (509) 315-4447.

Spaghetti Feed - A fundraising event to benefit the Never Ever Give Up Foundation and to commemorate the life of Jessie Joy Rees. Every $20 collected will send a Joy Jar, filled with goodies, to a local child in the hospital. Featuring local artist Dawna Durban. Two seatings on Friday, at 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Wall Street Diner, 4428 N Wall St. $10/each. For more information call (509) 979-4415.

Homemade Fizzy Sherbet Candy - Learn about chemical reactions while you make and eat sherbet. Friday, 6-8 p.m., Mobius Science Center, 811 W. Main Ave. $6. (509) 443-5669.

Northern Italy Revisited - Experience the wines of Piedmonte, Veneto and Trentino. 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.

Season Kick-Off Gala - Presented by Pend Oreille Players. Evening includes buffet dinner catered by Two Sisters, a no-host wine bar, entertainment, and live and silent auctions. The event benefits the 2013-14 theater season which will be revealed at the gala. Saturday, 6 p.m., Pend Oreille Playhouse, 240 N. Union Ave., Newport. (509) 671-3389.

Liberty Lake Community Memorial Day Salute and Breakfast - Presented by the Liberty Lake Centennial Rotary Club. Funds raised at this event will support Honor Flight. Breakfast served 8-10 a.m. A short program featuring color guard/musical program will be at 9 a.m. All you-can-eat pancakes, ham, eggs and coffee. Veterans eat for free. Monday, Pavillion Park, 727 N. Molter Road, Liberty Lake. Donations are appreciated. (509) 251-0360.

Dining with the Stars - An exclusive dinner to benefit Interplayers Theatre. The evening will begin with hors d’oeuvres at the Gelhourn Gallery and continue at the private residences of Interplayers actors and patrons. Reservations are required and available through the box office at (509) 455-7529. Tuesday, 5-9 p.m., Interplayers Theatre, 174 S. Howard St. $100.

Super Salads - Carrie Johnson will show you recipes for delicious main dish summer salads. Wednesday, 4 p.m., Oakesdale Library, 103 W. First St., Oakesdale. Free. (509) 285-4310.

It’s A Wrap - A demonstration and tasting of appetizer wraps taught by Carrie Johnson. Wednesday, 6 p.m., Tekoa Library, 139 S. Crosby, Tekoa. Free. (509) 284-3121.

Mobile Food Bank - This event provides free fresh produce and perishable products for all families in need of assistance. Open to the public. Must be present to receive products, home-bound individuals may send a note. Please bring a box for your food. Thursday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Fairfield Fire Station, North Railroad Avenue. Free. (509) 283-4250.

“Those Were the Days” - Dinner theater presented by Northwoods Performing Arts. Dates and menus include: May 31 and June 1, Garlic Roast Chicken Dinner; June 7-8, Smoked Pork Dinner; June 14-15, Chicken and Pork Chow Mein. Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m.; show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets available at Seebers Drug Store in Newport, Wash., or by calling (208) 448-1294. June 11 is a show only event. Circle Moon Theater, Highway 211 off of Highway 2, Newport. $25/dinner and show; show-only tickets: $12/adults, $10/seniors and children.

Washington Wine Superstars - Guest Joe Gore will present some of the best wines Washington state has to offer. Reservations are required at (509) 343-2253. May 31, 7 p.m., Rocket Market, 726 E. 43rd Ave. $20/eight wines, cheese, and Bouzie’s bread.

Tea Party - Historian John Caskey will present “From Bonnets to Modern Hats.” Hat modeling by Catherine Caskey and an Elegant Hat Competition. Elegantly-plated, delicious light lunch provided by Park Place. June 1, Corbin Senior Center, 827 W. Cleveland. $12/advance; $15/door; $90/table of eight. (509) 327-1584.

Learn to Make Cheese - Chrys Ostrander will instruct this basic home cheese-making course. There will be a demonstration of the steps involved in making five types of cheese using raw goat milk: fresh chevre, fresh dry curd cottage cheese, feta, quick acid cheese and a pressed cheese for aging. Registration is required by email to or by phone at (509) 448-3066. June 1, 1-5 p.m., Pine Meadow Farm Center, 10425 S. Andrus Road, Cheney. $25/adults; $5/children age 15 and younger. No one is turned away for lack of funds.

Light the Way Dinner Auction - Presented by American Childhood Cancer Organization Inland Northwest to benefit childhood cancer patients, survivors and their families in the Inland Northwest. Tickets can be purchased at Events/ LighttheWayDinnerAuction.aspx. June 1, 5-11 p.m., Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. $75. (509) 443-4162.

Vanessa’s Promise Benefit Luncheon - Love Handed Down, presented by the Jewelry Design Center, benefits the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery. Guests will be treated to lunch and hear from Vanessa’s sister and grandfather. Celebrating 26 years of keeping children safe and strengthening families in our community. Reservations are required. June 4, noon-1 p.m., Spokane Convention Center, Integra Telecom Ballroom, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. Free, but donations are appreciated. (509) 340-0479.