“Downton Abbey” Trunk Show – Wednesday-Saturday. View quilts, hats, period clothing and more made from the official “Downton Abbey” fabric collection. Hours are Wednesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Top Stitch, 3808 N. Monroe St. Free. (509) 328-7397.
Washington State Quilters – Thursday-Saturday. Louisa Smith will present a lecture at the meetings at 1 and 7 p.m. on Thursday. There will be two workshops offered: Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., One Patch Plus; and Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Interlocking Circle with Stripes and Curves. Visit www.wsqspokane.org or email email@example.com. Registration is required for the workshops and lunch is provided. CenterPlace, 2426 N. Discovery Place. $10/lecture for guests; $60/each workshop. Free parking. (509) 879-6636.
Custer’s 39th Annual Spring Antique and Collectors Sale – Friday-April 27. More than 200 dealers with antiques in all price ranges. Appraisals will not be offered this year. Hours are Friday, 4-9 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. $6/general and good all weekend; free/age 12 and younger. (509) 924-0588.
Shadle Park Crafts and Vintage Show – Saturday-April 27. Sponsored by the Shadle Park Booster Club. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Shadle Park High School, 4327 N. Ash St. Free admission. (509) 869-7534.
Annual Fair Trade Event 2014 - Saturday-April 27. Sponsored by the Charity and Justice Committee of St. Joseph’s Parish. Hours are 2-7 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sunday. St. Joseph Church, 4521 N. Arden Road, Otis Orchards. Free admission. (509) 926-7133.
Spring Fling Vendor Blender Craft Show - All donations benefit Nine Mile Falls Elementary School. Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Nine Mile Falls Elementary School, 10102 W. Charles Road, Nine Mile Falls. $1. (509) 340-4300.
Spring Fling Shopping Expo – More than 46 vendors from Avon, do terra, Nerium, 31 bags, Miche, Tupperware, Scentsy and many others. Saturday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Oxford Suites, 15015 E. Indiana Ave. Free admission. (509) 217-4381.
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, and help you determine which method is the best fit for you. Monday, 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. Free.
Seed Saver Project - Participants are invited to take seeds they need and to contribute commercially packaged seeds that are less than five years old at the Coeur d’Alene Library through May. You don’t have to give seeds to participate. The seed swap project was set up to encourage urban agriculture with seeds for plant varieties that do well in North Idaho. Also, an experienced gardener will be at the library on Tuesdays, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. to provide advice. Coeur d’Alene Library, 702 E. Front Ave., Coeur d’Alene. Free. (208) 769-2315.
Associated Garden Club – Friday, Lilac Princess Introductions and Hoop Gardens; Saturday-April 27, plant sale; May 12, Lilac Luncheon; May 23, potluck. For more information, call (509) 838-3705 or (509) 260-5503. Manito Park, Manito Garden Meeting Room, East of the greenhouse, E. 21st Ave.
Public Shred Day - Free household shredding in celebration of Money Smart Week. Protect yourself from identity theft. Bring your old bank statements and other private papers to be safely and securely shredded. Friday, 9 a.m., Inland Northwest Bank, 11917 W. Sunset Highway, Airway Heights. Free. (509) 244-4840.
Spokane County Master Gardener Plant Sale & Garden Fair - Featuring native plants, herbs, dahlia tubers, specialty vegetables as well as unique yard art by local artists, the Inland Empire Bee Keepers Association and the Bug Man, Mason Bee Houses, the Master Gardener Foundation Bookstore, the Home and Garden Shop and the Master Gardeners. Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., WSU Spokane County Extension, 222 N. Havana St. Free admission. (509) 477-2181.
Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society - Jim Ekins presents “Plants and Clean Water: Rain Gardens and Protecting Aquifer and Surface Waters.” Saturday, 9:45-11:30 a.m., Sandpoint Community Hall, 204 First Ave., Sandpoint. Free. (208) 627-3292.
Spring Compost Fair and Arbor Day Event - Learn the art and science of home composting at this annual event. Spokane County residents who complete the activities may take home a free compost bin. Proof of residency required and one bin per household. Saturday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Finch Arboretum, 3404 W. Woodland Blvd. Free. (509) 625-6580.
Celebrate Springtime in the Moore-Turner Heritage Gardens - Phyllis Stephens will show you how to add color to your gardens. Then walk the Moore-Turner Heritage Gardens and enjoy this award-winning hillside garden restored to its 1911 beauty. Saturday, 2-5 p.m., Moore-Turner Heritage Gardens, 507 W. Seventh Ave. Tour of gardens is free; Phyllis Stephens talk is $10 at the door. (509) 625-6677.
Reigning Cats and Dogs Auction - The event will include a pet pageant, silent and live auction, treasure hunt, raffle and delicious appetizers and desserts. Proceeds from the event go to the SCRAPS Hope Foundation’s Animal Medical Fund which provides medical assistance to animals injured or suffering from abuse. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Purchase tickets at www.ScrapsHopeFoundation.org. Friday, Spokane County Fair and Expo Center, 404 N. Havana St. $25/advance; $30/door. (509) 477-2984.
Climate Change and Horse Keeping: Managing the Uncertainty - Hosted by the Spokane Conservation District. This conference is intended to help landowners “future-proof” their animals and grazing crops. Register by Thursday. Friday, 8:15 a.m.-3 p.m., Enduris Washington Building, 1610 S. Technology Blvd., Airway Heights. $15, lunch and beverages provided. (509) 535-7274.
16th Annual Basset Blast - There will be nineteen vendors, a photo booth, raffles, silent auctions, contests, animal adoptions and more. Hosted by Washington Basset Rescue. All crowd-friendly dogs are welcome. Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Spokane County Fair and Expo Center, Agriculture Building A, 404 N. Havana St. $10/dog in advance; $15/dog at the door. Humans are free.
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