Art on the Green Festival – The 46th annual celebration transforms the NIC campus into an outdoor art gallery and marketplace, with summer food fare, live music on two stages, hands-on art activities for children and more. Plenty of parking and shuttle bus service to the west side of the NIC campus from downtown is also available during the festival. No dogs allowed at the festival. Today, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., North Idaho College, at the old Fort Sherman Grounds, 1000 W. Garden Ave., Coeur d’Alene. Free admission. (208) 699-5066.
Teacher Craft Retreat on the Mountain - This four-day, three-night craft retreat is all about pampering and relaxing. Bring your craft projects. Begins Monday, Bear Creek Lodge, 24817 N. Mt. Spokane Park Drive, Mead. $200-$240. (509) 474-0600.
Sandbox Sewing - If you would like to work on your projects with other friendly stitchers, this is the place to be. Every Tuesday at 9 a.m. in August will be open sewing for anyone who wants to start or finish their projects. Corbin will be accepting items for mending or alteration on the last Tuesday of the month. Donations for this service will go directly to Corbin Center. Donations of fabric and other sewing supplies are appreciated. For more information, contact (509) 993-0966 or (509) 981-7766. Corbin Community Center, 827 W. Cleveland Ave. $10/per class; or $25/per month.
Custer’s 39th Annual Fall Antique and Collectors Sale - Oct. 3-4. More than 150 dealers with antiques to purchase in all price ranges. Hours of show 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/admission, good all weekend; free/age 12 and younger. Appraisals are $7 per item, benefits Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture (limit five per person). (509) 924-0588.
2014 Master Gardener Garden Tour and Dinner - Viewing beautiful gardens and farms east of Newport, Washington. This year’s tour is in the Priest River area of the Pend Oreille valley. The tour is from 12:30-5 p.m. Today, WSU Pend Oreille County Extension Office, 418 S. Scott Ave., Newport. $10/garden tour. (509) 447-2401.
Spokane Valley Quilters Annual Potluck Picnic - Bring a dish to share; plates, silverware and drinks provided. Backpacks and school supplies will be collected to benefit Spokane Valley Partners. Tuesday, 6:30 p.m., Spokane Valley Mission Park, 11123 E. Mission Ave. (509) 924-6320.
Clematis Garden Talk - The Inland Empire Gardeners present Linda Beutler, curator of the Friends of the Rogerson Clematis Collection in Oregon. Talk is free and open to the public. Thursday, 6:30 p.m., CenterPlace, 2426 N. Discovery Place. Free. (509) 535-8434.
“Forest Insect and Disease Field Day” - Participants get a full day of first-hand contact with varied insects and diseases that affect forest growth and health, with discussions of related management strategies. Registration is required. Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Bonner County Fairgrounds, 4203 N. Boyer Road, Sandpoint. $10/includes materials and refreshments. (208) 263-8511.
Quilting Bee - Bring a project to work on. Space for sewing machines is available, but bring a power cord for your machine. Call to arrange for a quilting frame to baste your quilt. Bring a dish to share for the potluck lunch as well as a plate and utensils; coffee and tea are provided. Door prizes for early bird and die hard. Open to the public. Saturday, 9:30 a.m., Country Homes Christian Church, 8415 N. Wall St. Free. (509) 325-2496.
Harrington Garden Tour - The tour will include several private gardens and historic buildings in and near Harrington. Aug. 13, 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Corbin Community Center, 827 W. Cleveland Ave. $34/member; $39.50/non-member, includes lunch and transportation. (509) 327-1584.
Growing Your Own Tree Seedlings Workshop - Topics include choosing, buying and growing your own seedlings, planning and using a seed nursery, seed transfer guidelines, cone collection and cultural practices. Class begins at the extension office and concludes with a field trip to a seedling nursery. Visit www.uidaho.edu/extension/forestry or call to register. Aug. 15, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., University of Idaho Kootenai County Extension Office, 1808 N. Third St., Coeur d’Alene. $20/includes handouts and refreshments. (208) 446-1680.
Tree School - The Spokane Conservation District and Spokane County WSU Extension are planning an educational event for foresters, arborists, small forest owners and backyard gardeners who want to expand their skills and knowledge. Participants will choose from three tracks and 16 courses; most classes are 50 minutes long with a 10 minute passing period. Several of the courses will have credits available. Aug. 16, 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Spokane County Conservation District, 210 N. Havana St. $50. (509) 535-7274.
Mushrooms of the Inland Empire - Learn about edible, poisonous and medicinal mushrooms that are easy to identify, but lesser known. Other local fungi and rules that apply to the broader families will also be covered. Taught by Kelly Chadwick. Visit www.sccd.org/forestry. Aug. 16, 8 a.m., Spokane County Conservation District, Tree School, 210 N. Havana St. $50. (509) 535-7274.
Soap Making Classes - Learn how to make soap and other herbal items. Includes intro class on Aug. 19-20; lotions/lip balms and herbal salves class on Sept. 11. Classes 7-9 p.m., Greencastle Soap Company, 203 N. Stone St. $55/class. (509) 466-7223.
Annual Quilt Show – Sponsored by the Valley Piecemakers Quilt and Craft Club. This year’s theme is “Timeless Treasures.” Entry forms are due on Monday. Visit www.valleypiecemakers.com for the entry form or more information. Aug. 31-Sept. 1, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Heyburn Elementary School, Gym, 1405 Main Ave., St. Maries. $1. (208) 245-7800.
Quilt Lecturer Nancy Amidon - Washington State Quilters Spokane Chapter general guild meeting with guest speaker, Nancy Amidon, who will discuss “Traditional Applique.” Meetings held Sept. 25 at 1 or 7 p.m. A two day workshop titled “Hearts and Flowers, costs $120 including lunch, is Sept. 26-27. See wsqspokane.org for more guild/workshop information and registration. CenterPlace, 2426 N. Discovery Place. $10/guests. (509) 879-6636.
Pend Oreille County Fair and Rodeo - Aug. 14-17. Family fun and entertainment, live music, games for one and all, contests, livestock, still life exhibits, community dance on Friday and Saturday night. PRCA rodeo on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. Fair hours are Thursday, noon-9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; and Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Pend Oreille County Fairgrounds, 419152 Highway 20, Cusick, Wash. $6/general; $2/ages 6-12, free/age five and younger; rodeo, carnival rides and games additional cost. (509) 445-1367.
North Idaho Fair and Rodeo - Aug. 20-24. This year’s theme is “Summer’s Best Tradition.” The fair offers live music, carnival rides and games, food vendors, arts and crafts, livestock, contests and community exhibits. Events include Demolition Derby, PRCA Rodeo, Draft Horse Shows, and Motocross competitions in the Grandstand. Gates open daily at 9 a.m. Buildings open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday; and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sunday. Carnival open Wednesday, 3 p.m.-midnight; Thursday, 2 p.m.-midnight; Friday-Saturday, noon-midnight; Sunday, noon-8 p.m. Special events: Dustin Lynch in concert, Wednesday at 7 p.m., tickets $8-$18. PRCA Xtreme Bulls, Thursday at 7 p.m., tickets $7-$10. PRCA Rodeos: Friday-Saturday at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday at 12:30 p.m., tickets $7. Demolition Derby, Sunday at 12:30 p.m., tickets $7. Order tickets at (877) 840-0457. Kootenai County Fairgrounds, 4056 N. Government Way, Coeur d’Alene. $9/general; $7/seniors and children ages 6-13; free/age 5 and younger; $3/parking. (208) 765-4969.
Spokane County Interstate Fair 2014 - Sept. 5-14 This year’s theme is “Ridin’, Rockin’ and Livestockin’.” Live music, animals, exhibits, amusement rides, food and much more. Fair hours are 10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily, closing at 8 p.m. the final day. Seniors get free admission on Sept. 8; law enforcement, firefighters and military get free admission on Sept. 11. Visit www.spokanecounty.org/fair/sif for a full schedule. Special events: PRCA Rodeos Sept. 5-6 at 7 p.m., $5-8; Doo Wah Riders Sept. 7 at 7 p.m., free; Big & Rich with Cowboy Troy, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m., $25-$35; Creedence Clearwater Revisited, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m., $15-$25; Jars of Clay and Kutless, Sept. 10 at 7 p.m., $10-$20; REO Speedwagon, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m., $20-$30; Seether, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m., $20-$30; Demolition Derby, Sept. 13-14, time TBA, $5-$8. Spokane County Fair and Expo Center, 404 N. Havana St. $10/adults; $7/seniors and children ages 7-13; free/age six and younger. (509) 477-1766.
Paws in the Pool - Aug. 24-25. On Sunday, dogs weighing up to 59 pounds can swim from 1 to 2:15 p.m.; dogs weighing 60 pounds or more can swim from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. On Monday, dogs weighing up to 59 pounds can swim from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m.; dogs weighing 60 pounds or more can swim from 6 to 7:15 p.m. Dogs must be 6 months or older and you must bring current vaccination record. Only dogs are allowed in the pool and a limit of two dogs per owner. Registration is requested. Visit www.spokanevalley.org/recreation. Valley Mission Pool, 11123 E. Mission Ave. $5/day. (509) 688-0300.
Come Feed the Buffalo - Through Sept. 30. Visitors will learn the farm history and bison facts during a slide presentation and discussion. Tours are offered every Friday through Sunday, noon to 4 p.m., Win-Tur Bison Farm, 4742 Highway 231, Springdale, Wash. $5/adults; $4/seniors and children, cash or check only. (509) 258-6717.
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