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Books Are Fun Book and Gift Fair Books and gifts for all ages at discounted prices with proceeds benefitting Chase Youth Foundation. Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Spokane City Hall, main lobby, 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. Free admission. (509) 953-3246.
Toy Drive Coulter Family Dentistry is holding a toy drive to benefit Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital. Drop off new, unopened toys at their office through Dec. 16. Coulter Family Dentistry, 12121 E. Broadway Ave., Building 2, Spokane Valley. (509) 924-1314.
“I Want to Be Recycled” 17th annual recycling campaign by the Spokane Regional Solid Waste System to promote the benefits of recycling and buying recycled products. Posters will be on display through Friday on the second level of River Park Square by students in grades K-8 who entered the poster contest. (509) 625-6580.
Otis Orchards Library Book Sale Saturday, 10 a.m., Otis Orchards Library, 22324 E. Wellesley Ave., Otis Orchards. Free. (509) 893-8390.
Santa Arrival – NorthTown Mall Arrival at the Center Court entrance. Saturday, 10 a.m., NorthTown Mall, 4750 N. Division St. Free. (509) 462-3954.
Santa’s Red Carpet Arrival – Spokane Valley Mall Arrival at the Center Court entrance. Saturday, 10 a.m., Spokane Valley Mall, 14700 E. Indiana Ave., Spokane Valley. Free. (509) 228-6420.
KPBX Kids Concert “Happy Days are Here Again!” with the music of Tin Pan Alley with Spokane area youth choirs. Saturday, 1-2 p.m., Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. Free. (509) 328-5729.
Author Joe O’Neil Children’s author presents the Red Hand Adventure Series (“Rebels of the Kasbah” and “Wraith of the Caid”). He will read, discuss and sign his books. Red Hand Adventures is a new series for fifth- through eighth-graders. Saturday, 2 p.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.
Community Library Network Youth Programs Saturday, 7-9 p.m. “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” party, activities and competitions for middle and high school students at Hayden Library, 8385 N. Government Way, (208) 772-5612. Cecil’s Magic, Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. at Spirit Lake Library, 32575 N. Fifth St. (208) 623-5353. Free.
Idaho Family Reading Week Three events mark the week, with books for kids given away at all three. They include: “Dragons, Fairies, Knights and Princesses” puppet show and crafts, 6:30 p.m. Monday; “What’s in the Box” build-a-book activity, 4 p.m. Wednesday; and “Graphic Novels: Not Just for Superheroes Anymore,” 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Free. Coeur d’Alene Library, 702 E. Front Ave. (208) 769-2315, ext. 438.
Pajama Party with Santa Bring your child’s favorite stuffed animal, blanket or book and capture a magical and memorable moment. Bring a new unwrapped toy to donate for Toys for Tots. Make a $3 donation for Toys for Tots and receive a customized email from Santa on Christmas Eve. Held Tuesdays through Dec. 17 starting at 6 p.m. Spokane Valley Mall, 14740 E. Indiana Ave., Spokane Valley.
Tween Club Scratch Lab is a free visual programming language developed by MIT Bring a flash drive or your email account info, if you would like to save your work. Just for tweens in grades 4-6. Snacks provided. Held the third Tuesday of the month at 4 p.m. through December. Also: Tuesday, Hands on Science - participate in a variety of experiments including underwater volcanoes, ice art, lava bottles and exploring light refraction; and Dec. 17, DIY Gifts, Tuesday, 4 p.m., North Spokane Library, 44 E. Hawthorne Road. Free. (509) 893-8350.
Toddler & Me: Teeny Turkeys Time for teeny turkey fun with hands-on activities and you will make your own turkey costume – wings, tail feathers, waddle and all. For ages 2-4. Parents are asked to stay and play with their little ones. 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Mobius Kids Children’s Museum, 808 W. Main Ave. $10/members, $12/nonmembers. (509) 624-5437.
“Everyone Sleeps But Me!” Preschool Storytime and Craft Bring a blanket or favorite bedtime toy. Wednesday, 10:30 a.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, Children’s Section, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.
Family Concert with Ruby Devine Come on in and celebrate, listen, and sing along. Wednesday, 4 p.m., East Side Library, 524 S. Stone St. Free. (509) 444-5375.
Kroc Fall Dance Recital Showcasing the Kroc Youth tap, break dancing, ballet, jazz and lyrical classes. Everyone welcome. Wednesday, 6:30 p.m., Salvation Army Kroc Center, 1765 W. Golf Course Road, Coeur d’Alene. Free. (208) 667-1865.
“Tree of Giving …Tree of Hope” Children’s Village Holiday open house reception held in the Miller Home at the village. Thursday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Children’s Village, 1350 W. Hanley Ave., Coeur d’Alene. Free. (208) 667-1189.
No School? No Problem! Create an artistic masterpiece, face off over a board game, work on your Wii skills, or do all three. Children age 5 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Thursday, 1 p.m., Cheney Library, 610 First St., Cheney. Free. (509) 893-8280.
Legomania – Mini Figure Madness! Build Lego bases and towers to house our population of mini figures and try some mini games for a chance to win a mini figure. For ages 4-10. Thursday, 4-5 p.m., Mobius Kids Children’s Museum, 808 W. Main Ave. $8/members, $10/nonmembers. (509) 624-5437.
Custer’s Christmas Arts & Crafts Show Nov. 22-24. 37th annual event. Over 300 artists and crafters. Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Spokane County Fair and Expo Center, 404 N. Havana St., Spokane Valley. $7, good all weekend; free/age 12 and younger. (509) 924-0588.