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1 Free Access Day at Washington state parks Saturday, Sunday and Monday, all Washington state parks. A Discover Pass will not be needed this weekend in honor of Veterans Day. (360) 902-8844. Admission: FREE

2 Harry Potter party 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Theater Arts for Children, 2114 N. Pines Road, Suite 3, Spokane Valley. Fundraising event hosted by Theater Arts for Children’s Youth Board. Activities include wand-making, house assigning, Potter-themed food and costume contest. For ages 7-18. (509) 995-6718. Admission: $8

3 “All American: Art Songs and Musical  Theater” 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Artisans at Dahmen Barn, Highway 195 North, 419 Park Way, Uniontown, Wash. Brian Carter, tenor, with Juliana Witt on piano perform music by Aaron Copland, Arthur Farwell, Richard Hundley, Stephen Sondheim and Richard Rodgers. (509) 299-3414. Admission: $10 adults, $7 students, free for children 12 and younger

4 “Monsters University” 2:30 p.m. Monday, Salvation Army Kroc Center, 1765 W. Golf Course Road, Coeur d’Alene. Mike and Sully go to college in this prequel to the Pixar hit “Monsters, Inc.” Doors open at 2 p.m.; seating is on a first-come basis. The film is rated G. (208) 667-1865. Admission: $1

5 Hayden Veterans Day Parade 9:45-11 a.m. Monday, Hayden City Hall, 8930 N. Government Way. Parade will make its way down Government Way from Hayden Avenue to Honeysuckle Avenue. Grand marshal will be local veteran David Sheldon and the event will feature a flyover by the Idaho Air National Guard. Speakers will be Army veterans John and Stacey Holley, of Post Falls. (208) 209-1080. Admission: FREE

6 “This Sporting Life” 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Downtown Library, 906 W. Main Ave. Richard Harris stars and Lindsay Anderson directs this 1963 drama about a tough, ambitious coal miner recruited to play for the local rugby team. He finds excitement and fame, but his impulsive, angry nature makes his life off the field more difficult. The movie is part of the series “Great Sports Films at the Library.” (509) 444-5336. Admission: FREE

7 “A History of Violence: An Evening with Steven Pinker” 7 p.m. Thursday, INB Performing Arts Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. One of the world’s leading cognitive scientists, Pinker translates his groundbreaking research into articles and books that are accessible to the general reader: “The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence has Declined,” “The Blank Slate” and “How the Mind Works.” Pinker’s appearance is sponsored by the Daniel and Margaret Carper Foundation Lecture Series and Eastern Washington University. A book signing in the lobby of the theater will follow the event. (509) 359-4860. Admission: $7 general; free for students w/Eagle Card ID

8 Author Matt de la  Peña 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Gonzaga University, Cataldo Hall, Globe Room, 502 E. Boone Ave. Author of four acclaimed young adult novels: “Ball Don’t Lie,” “Mexican WhiteBoy,” “We Were Here” and “I Will Save You.” He’s also the author of the award-winning picture book “A Nation’s Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis” (illustrated by Kadir Nelson). Part of the Gonzaga University Visiting Writers Series. (509) 328-4220. Admission: FREE

9 Mike Bryant 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Shadle Hastings, 1704 W. Wellesley Ave. Local country and gospel singer will perform. (509) 327-6008. Admission: FREE

!0 Riverfront Park Ice Palace 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 7-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Riverfront Park Pavilion, 507 N. Howard St. The ice sheet is in place under the Pavilion in Riverfront Park for a season of skating fun. (509) 625-6601. Admission: $4.50/age 13 and older; $3.50/ages 3-12 and 62 and older; $3.50/skate rental.

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