Cheese Making Class - Learn how to make farmers cheese and cheddar cheese using Spokane Family Farm milk. Class includes a two-hour lecture and demonstration, 1 gallon of milk, one pastry and a custom drink. Registration is requested. Classes will be at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Today, On Sacred Grounds, 12212 E. Palouse Highway, Valleyford. $30. (509) 747-6294.
Healthy Cooking Classes - Learn healthy alternatives for everyday cooking. Thursday, April 10 and 17, 6 p.m., Ione Seventh-day Adventist Church, 707 Houghton St., Ione, Wash. Free. (509) 446-2000.
Vino Wine Tastings - Friday, Wine of the Month Club Selections, 3-6:30 p.m., $10; Saturday, Rhone Varietals Smackdown: Washington v. France, 2-4:30 p.m., $10; April 11, Bridgepress Cellars, 3-6:30 p.m., $10; April 12, Liberty Lake Wine Cellars, 2-4:30 p.m., $10. Vino! Wine Shop, 222 S. Washington St. (509) 838-1229.
Guest Chef Taiki Hanamono - Sante will host guest chef Taiki Hanamono, who is the owner of Yuzen Sushi. The chef will present a five-course tasting menu inspired by Hanami, a traditional Japanese cherry blossom viewing. Reservations are recommended. Friday, 5-9 p.m., Sante Restaurant, 404 W. Main Ave. $55. (509) 315-4613.
Wine and Cheese at the Market - Tastings include: Friday and Saturday, European Vacation, $20; April 11, Local Wine Spotlight, $20; April 12, Beer: New Brews and Seasonal Releases, $20; April 18, Washington Premium Reds, $45; April 25-26, High Octane Reds, $25. Reservations are requested. All tastings at 7 p.m. Rocket Market, 726 E. 43rd Ave. (509) 343-2253.
Spring Book and Tea Party – Auntie’s will read some of the newest and prettiest books in the children’s section and enjoy wonderful snacks and tea. Children ages 5-9 years old are welcome to attend. One adult must accompany each child. Reservations are required by phone at (509) 838-0206 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Saturday, 11 a.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, mezzanine, 402 W. Main Ave. Free.
Family & Friends Chili Cook-Off - Sponsored by the Rathdrum Lions Club. There is no entry fee and prizes will be awarded in the following categories: Lions Club Entries, Community Entries and “You Can’t Touch This” Flaming Hot Chili Entries. All entries must be prepared prior to bringing them to the clubhouse. Judging will begin at 1:30 p.m. For more information or to register by phone call (208) 699-0180. Saturday, noon-3 p.m., Rathdrum Lions Clubhouse, 16114 N. Meyer Road, Rathdrum. Free.
Inland Northwest Alzheimer’s Association Gala “At the Hop” - The 14th Annual Nancy Rockwell Gala and Auction with a 1950s theme special event produced by Randy Shaw, KREM-TV news anchor. The event will include a dinner of filet mignon and prawns, live and silent auctions, and dancing. Proceeds used for local education and support services that are provided to people with Alzheimer’s disease and their families. Saturday, 5:30 p.m., The Davenport Hotel, Grand Pennington Ballroom, 10 S. Post St. $100/per person; $1,000/table of 10. (509) 473-3390.
29th Annual Sausage Feed - Sponsored by St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sprague. Menu includes smoked sausage, mashed potatoes, vegetables, sauerkraut, applesauce and dessert. Sunday, 11 a.m., Sprague Community Hall, Third and C streets, Sprague, Wash. $10/adults; $5/ages 6-12; free/age 5 and younger. (509) 257-2806.
An Amazing Spaghetti Dinner Benefit - For Shon Hartley and family. Shon is battling Acute Myeloid Leukemia, an aggressive cancer that will require bone marrow transplant at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center in Seattle. This benefit is being held for Shon, his wife, Julie, and their three boys to help with the costs of medical and other family expenses associated with the medical treatments. Dinner includes spaghetti, bread, salad and drinks. Tickets available at the Spokane Valley Heritage Museum, 12114 E. Sprague Ave., or at the door. A benefit account has been established in Shon Hartley’s name at Banner Bank. Sunday, 4-7 p.m., Opportunity Presbyterian Church, 202 N. Pines Road. $10/adults; $7/age 11 and younger. (509) 922-4570.
Van Gogh and Merlot - Learn to paint while you enjoy a glass of wine and food. All of the painting materials and instruction, generous appetizers, and your first beverage included. Find your inner artist, and have fun too. Monday, 6 p.m., Mezzo Pazzo Wine Bar, 2718 E. 57th Ave. $45. (509) 863-9313.
Cooking with the Master - Gourmet Way will present the next class in its “Cooking with the Master” series. Registration is requested. April 9, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Gourmet Way, 8222 Government Way, Hayden. $35. (208) 762-1333.
Fusion Cooking with Chef Bob Black - Celebrate the new American Cuisine with distinctive seasonings and cooking styles. April 9, 5:30 p.m., Jacklin Arts and Cultural Center, 405 N. William St., Post Falls. $50/person. (208) 457-8950.
Healthy Cooking Class - Joan Milton, a registered dietitian, will teach you how to prepare a healthy new meal every month. Each class will have a different topic. Recipes will be provided for you to take home. April 9, 5:30-7 p.m., INHS Community Wellness Center, 501 N. Riverpoint Blvd., Suite 245. $10. (509) 232-8138.
Kreations and Libations - Two Cooks With Love presents a French cuisine cooking and mixology class. Make reservations at (509) 891-5980. April 9, 6-8:30 p.m., Two Cooks with Love Catering, 11712 E. Boone Ave. $35/person; $60/couple.
INCA After Dark Cooking Classes - April 11, Margaritaville Grill: Tacos and Margs; April 16, Butterfly, Brunoise and Chiffonade; April 24, Sushi; April 29, Cupcakes Take the Cake. All classes are 6-8 p.m. For more information or registration, visit incaafterdark.scc.spokane.edu or call (509) 533-8141. INCA at SCC, 1810 N. Greene St., Bldg. 1. $49/per class.
NAWBO unCorked! - Seventh annual wine tasting event. The local chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) is hosting an event sponsored by Eastern Washington University, featuring wine from five local women-operated wineries, carefully crafted food pairings and beer from a local brewery. There will also be a silent auction with a portion of proceeds to benefit local nonprofit Transitions. Visit www.nawbonw.org. April 11, 6-9 p.m., Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln St. $60. (509) 328-6702.
Chocolate Champagne Gala - The 30th annual event with chocolate tastings, champagne, chocolate martinis, hearty hors d’oeuvres, silent and live auctions, music and dancing. Benefits the Sexual Assault & Family Trauma (SAFeT) Response Center. Check-in from 5-6 p.m.; 6 p.m. is chocolate samplings, champagne and silent auction; 7:30 p.m., bistro steak dinner served; 7:45 p.m. live auction; 10 p.m., live music and dancing in the lounge. April 12, Mirabeau Hotel and Convention Center, 1100 N. Sullivan Road. $85/person; $170/couple. (509) 343-5053.
Spring Fling Champagne Brunch and Silent Auction - Bring your girlfriends for a delightful champagne brunch overlooking the spectacular Spokane Falls. All proceeds support local programs and services of the YWCA. April 12, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Anthony’s Restaurant, 510 N. Lincoln St. $50. (509) 326-1190.
Evening of Elegance for Autism - The event will include dinner by Chef Moser, silent and live auctions, live music, Dry Fly whiskey tasting throughout the evening. April 12, 5 p.m., Spokane Club, 1002 W. Riverside. $75/person; $140/pair. (509) 328-1582.
43rd Annual Whitworth Lu’au - Whitworth University Hawaiian Club, Na Pu’uwai o Hawai’i (The Heart of Hawaii), presents a “Tour of the Islands” complete with performances and food. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the information desk in the Hixon Union Building or at the door. April 12, 5:30 p.m., Whitworth University, 300 W. Hawthorne Road. $22/general; $12/students, seniors, children ages 6-12; free/children 5 and younger. (509) 777-4703.
Preserve Your Produce - Anna Kestell, a local food safety and preservation information specialist, will teach you how to store up a little taste of summer. She’ll walk you through the basics of canning, freezing and drying your bounty, and help you determine which method is the best fit for you. April 15, 6:30 p.m., Airway Heights Library, 1213 S. Lundstrom St., Airway Heights, (509) 893-8250; April 21, 6:30 p.m., Argonne Library, 4322 N. Argonne Road, (509) 893-8260; April 28, 6:30 p.m., South Hill Library, 6004 S. Regal St., (509) 893-8340; May 5, 6:30 p.m., Spokane Valley Library, 12004 E. Main Ave., (509) 893-8400; May 12, 6:30 p.m., Deer Park Library, 208 S. Forest Ave., Deer Park, (509) 893-8300; May 20, 6:30 p.m., Fairfield Library, 305 E. Main St., Fairfield, (509) 893-8320; May 27, 6:30 p.m., Otis Orchards Library, 22324 E. Wellesley Ave., Otis Orchards, (509) 893-8390; June 2, 6:30 p.m., Cheney Library, 610 First St., Cheney, (509) 893-8280. Free.
Ferrante’s Adopt-A-Room Fundraiser - April 16-17. All profits will go to support The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Spokane’s Adopt-A-Room program. This includes dine-in orders, takeout orders and all profits from Ferrante’s gift shop. The Adopt-A-Room program allows businesses and individuals to sponsor one of the guest rooms, ensuring that families are able to stay at the House at no charge while their children are in a medical crisis. Ferrante’s Marketplace, 4516 S. Regal St. (509) 624-0500.
“Make Your Own Baby Food” - Presented by the staff at the Moscow Food Co-op. April 16, 9:30-11 a.m., Uma Center, 414 S. Jefferson St., Moscow. Free. (208) 882-8537.
Celebrate Spring Craft Fair - April 18-19. Crafts, food, homemade items, plants and more. Bake sale and concessions both days, with a spaghetti feed on Friday, 4-6 p.m. and pancake breakfast on Saturday, 8:30-11 a.m. Hours are Friday, 2-7 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sinto Senior Center, 1124 W. Sinto Ave. Free admission; $5/spaghetti feed; or $5/pancake breakfast. (509) 327-2861.
Fifth Annual Murder Mystery Dinner & Silent Auction - Enjoy a three-course plated dinner while actors mingle with guests and try to solve a crime. Prize for the guest who guesses right. Benefits OutSpokane. April 24, 6 p.m., Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln St. $35. (509) 720-7609.
23rd Annual Festival of Wine - Hosted by the St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute, this event will feature ultra-premium Washington wines. Guests will have the opportunity to bid on live and silent auction items including unattainable wines, wine tasting packages, entertainment and more. Benefits the creation of St. Luke’s Stroke Rehabilitation Center of Excellence. April 25, 6:30 p.m., Manito Country Club, 5303 S. Hatch Road. $125. (509) 473-6370.
Annual Sukiyaki Dinner - Baked goods, cookbooks, crafts, senbei and sushi will be available for purchase. For tickets call: (509) 534-7994; (509) 535-2687; (509) 624-6892 or (509) 928-9459. April 26, noon-6 p.m., Highland Park United Methodist Church, 611 S. Garfield St. $12.50.
“Sip, Swirl, Savor: An Evening in the Vineyard” - The Wine and Gourmet Gala features the best students from Spokane Community College’s Inland Northwest Culinary Academy working alongside professional chefs to prepare a savory four-course gourmet meal paired with fine wines from a VIP guest winemaker. A silent and live auction will give attendees the opportunity to support SCC’s Inland Northwest Culinary Academy and the Community Colleges of Spokane Foundation. April 26, 5 p.m., Spokane Community College, Lair Student Center, 1810 N. Greene St. $125/person. (509) 434-5123.
“Beside the Green” - Wine tasting, dinner and auction to benefit Gift of Golf. April 26, 5:30 p.m., Spokane Country Club, 2010 W. Waikiki Road, Fairwood. $50/person; $90/couple.
Jazzed for Justice - Semi-casual cocktail party fundraising event with delicious hors d’oeuvres, local beer and wine by River City Brewing and Whitestone Winery, raffles for fabulous prizes, great company, and amazing jazz music performed by Julia Keefe. All proceeds from ticket sales, drink sales, raffles and gifts made at the event go directly to support the work of the Center for Justice. Tickets available at http://www.brownpaper tickets.com/event/588346. May 7, 5:30 p.m., Hamilton Studio, 1427 W. Dean Ave. $30/includes appetizers, jazz and a drink ticket; $5 for additional drink ticket. (509) 835-5211.
Getting to the Good Stuff: The History of Distilling - Wander down a back alley, whisper the password at the door, and you might find yourself in a speakeasy, sipping a glass of bathtub gin. Don Poffenroth of Dry Fly Distilling will take you through the fascinating and scandalous history of strong drink in America. May 8, 7 p.m., North Spokane Library, 44 E. Hawthorne Road. Free. (509) 893-8350.
Visualize … a World Without ALS - Celebrating 10 years of service in the Inland Northwest, learn how you can take part in bringing hope to the ALS community. The event will include entertainment, a silent auction, complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a no-host bar. The event will also honor Spirit of Lou Gehrig award recipients Steve and Michael Gleason and KPMG/Ragnar Relay Team. Proceeds benefit the ALS Association’s Care Services Programs. Register at http://web.alsa.org/ BucketsofHope. May 9, 7 p.m., Northern Quest Resort & Casino, 100 N. Hayford Road, Airway Heights. Admission by donation. (509) 863-4321.
42nd Annual Legacy Gala - “Wish Upon a Star” benefiting St. Mary’s Catholic School. Silent auction begins at 5 p.m., dinner served at 6 p.m. Age 21 and older. Register online and view catalog at https://smcsspkn. ejoinme.org/MyEvents/2014 LegacyGala/tabid/509153/ Default.aspx. May 10, Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. $50/person. (509) 924-4300, ext. 206.
Strut Fashion Show - A three-course meal, fashion show, live music and speakers. A black tie affair to benefit the Esther Generation, an Anti-Human Trafficking foundation. May 10, 5 p.m., Davenport Hotel, 10 S. Post St. $75/balcony seating; $100/floor seating; $150/VIP. (509) 455-8888.
Luau and Auction - Elk VFW Post 5924 is holding its annual pig roast, silent and live auctions and dance. Auction preview and canteen opens at 11 a.m., auction bidding starts at 1 p.m., pig roast dinner at 4 p.m. and dance starts at 7 p.m. Children are allowed on premises until 9 p.m. May 17, VFW Post 5924, 39716 N. Camden Extension Road, Elk. $10/person; $15/couple. (509) 292-8252.
Kreations and Libations - Two Cooks With Love presents a Mexican Fiesta cooking and mixology class. Make reservations at (509) 891-5980. May 28-29, 6-8:30 p.m., Two Cooks with Love Catering, 11712 E. Boone Ave. $35/person; $60/couple. (509) 891-5980.
Summer Soiree - Silent auction and dinner presented by the Moscow Chamber of Commerce. Social at 5 p.m.; dinner at 7 p.m. Reservations are requested. May 31, Best Western Plus University Inn, 1516 Pullman Road, Moscow. (208) 885-6465.
2BU Youth Ranch Spaghetti Feast - Spaghetti dinner, wine tasting, silent auction and raffle. Proceeds benefit 2BU Youth Ranch, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. May 31, 5 p.m., Mitcham’s Barn, 21801 N. Mt. Spokane Drive, Mead. $15/person; $25/couple; $5/age 10 and younger. (509) 922-1981.
“Light the Way” Dinner Auction - To benefit childhood cancer patients, survivors and their families in the Inland Northwest. June 1, 5-11 p.m., Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. $75/person; $600/table of eight. (855) 858-2226.