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Scenic Excursion Train Rides Train leaves from Ione Station on Saturdays at 1 and 3 p.m. and Sundays at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Reservations recommended. Presented by North Pend Oreille Valley Lions Club. The train usually encounters volunteer “robbers” in Wild West period costumes, with donations benefiting the Cutter Theatre in Metaline Falls, Wash. The train runs Friday and Saturday. Reservations recommended. Depot, 199 Railroad Ave., Ione, Wash. $15/general, $10/seniors and children ages 2-12. (877) 525-5226.

Mother Goose on the Loose! Award-winning children’s singer/songwriter Nancy Stewart puts on an interactive concert to engage children of all ages. Preschoolers and their families will have their favorite nursery rhymes come to life with interactive props and lots of help from young audience members. Free. Saturday, 11 a.m., Cheney Library, 610 First St., Cheney, (509) 893-8280; and at 4 p.m., North Spokane Library, 44 E. Hawthorne Road, (509) 893-8350; Sunday, 3 p.m., Spokane Valley Library, 12004 E. Main Ave., Spokane Valley. (509) 893-8400.

Trickster Festival Let’s celebrate folklore’s most mischievous characters. Listen to a trickster tale, and then enjoy a snack while you create your own trickster mask. Appropriate for school-age children. Saturday, 11:30 a.m., Downtown Library, 906 W. Main Ave. Free. (509) 444-5331.

The Grind: Rail Jam Over 12 tons of manufactured snow to show your skills on many rad features at the open invitation and region’s largest ski and snowboard rail jam. For ages 16 and older. Saturday, noon, Eastern Washington University, behind the EWU Library, Cheney. $10/person, free/spectators. (509) 359-4014.

Science Saturday Learn the science lurking beneath the surface of everyday life in this exciting, illuminating program for curious kids in grades K-5 presented by Mobius Science Center. Saturday, 2:30 p.m., Otis Orchards Library, 22324 E. Wellesley Ave., Otis Orchards. Free. (509) 893-8390.

Warren Miller’s “Ticket to Ride” Taking ski fans to the world’s most exotic destinations, including Kazakhstan, Iceland and beyond. The film reveals legendary lines with Ted Ligety, Seth Westcott, Julia Mancuso and many more, taking viewers on the ride of a lifetime. Saturday, 7 p.m., Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave., Sandpoint. $12. (208) 263-9191.

HeartSongs: Journey to the Edge of the World The eighth annual concert showcases the Voiceless Choir, a group of previously homeless families, and provides funds for gas vouchers and food. A silent auction will be held starting at 6 p.m. Sharing their stories with local songwriters and musicians, previously homeless Spokane-area families describe the homeless experiences of ostracism, frustration and loneliness. Saturday, 7 p.m., Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. $15/person; $30 per family. (800) 325-SEAT.

Spokane Pride Blind Baseball Fundraiser Kids are encouraged to dress in costumes and trick or treat. Wendy’s will donate 15 percent of the total sales during this event to Spokane Pride to purchase equipment, help with travel expenses to participate in NBBA events and to bring a Blind Baseball Tournament to Spokane in the spring. Tuesday, 5-8 p.m., Wendy’s, 9114 N. Newport Highway. (509) 263-3281.

Monster Preschool Storytime If a monster scares you, scare it back and say, “Boo!” We’ll read books about handling those big furry beasts. Wednesday 10:30 a.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, Children’s Section, 402 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0206.



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