Teen Writers of the Inland Empire - T.W.I.N.E. meets the first Thursday of every month at 4 p.m. to write with other teens and share your work in an encouraging, positive environment. They will have lots of paper, pens and pretzels (or similarly tasty writers snack). For grades six and older. Participate online anytime at the T.W.I.N.E. blog: teenwritersofthe inlandempire. blogspot.com/ today, Spokane Valley Library, 12004 E. Main Ave., Spokane Valley. Free. (509) 893-8400.
Little Tykes: Lola and the Lollipop Fairy - Come in for a sweet time as we explore this fun book and don our own Lollipop Fairy costume. Parents stay and play with their little ones in these fun-packed classes. Ages 2-4. Pre-registration recommended. today, 10:30 a.m., Mobius Kids Children’s Museum, 808 W. Main Ave. $12. (509) 624-5437.
Kids Explore and Discover Club - Marble Roller Coasters - Can you keep a marble on the track as it does a loop-the-loop? Flex your physics knowledge and build a roller coaster for marbles making them go down, over, under and around! Free. Today, 4 p.m., Moran Prairie Library, 6004 S. Regal St., (509) 893-8340; Monday, 4 p.m., North Spokane Library, 44 E. Hawthorne Road. (509) 893-8350; Tuesday, 4 p.m., Spokane Valley Library, 12004 E. Main Ave., Spokane Valley, (509) 893-8400; Wednesday, 3 p.m., Medical Lake Library, 321 E. Herb St., Medical Lake, (509) 893-8330.
Legomania – Catapults! - Try your hand at creating a Lego launcher out of Legos and take aim at our giant bull’s eye. For ages 4-10. Today, 4-5 p.m., Mobius Kids Children’s Museum, 808 W. Main Ave. $10. (509) 624-5437.
Poetry Out Loud - A national recitation contest created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. The program is designed to encourage youth to engage with poetry through memorization and recitation and is implemented at the classroom level. The Poetry Out Loud program for the Eastern Washington region is overseen by Get Lit! Programs at Eastern Washington University. Students from local area high schools will recite their poems in front of an audience and a panel of judges. Two students from the region with the highest scores will get the chance to go to State Finals in Tacoma in March and, ultimately, to the National Finals in Washington D.C., where one student will be crowned National Champion. Today, 7 p.m., Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. (360) 586-2418.
Dancing in the Valley - Singles, couples and families welcome with a variety of dancing including square, round and line. Today, 7-9 p.m., Western Dance Center, 1901 N. Sullivan Road, Spokane Valley. Free. (509) 979-2607.
Spokane Boat Show - Continues through Sunday. Featuring the biggest dealers in the region. Sponsored by the Spokane Yacht Club. Hours are today through Saturday, noon-8 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Spokane County Fair and Expo Center, 404 N. Havana St., Spokane Valley. $10/adults, $5/ages 12-17, free/age 11 and younger. Sunday admission only $5. Free parking.
Riverfront Park Ice Palace - The outdoor covered skating rink is open for the season until March 2. Open Tuesdays-Sundays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Wednesdays-Thursdays, 7-8:30 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, 7-10 p.m., closed Mondays. Extended hours, around holidays, closed on holidays. Special events: Lunch Bunch skating held Tuesdays-Fridays, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. for $4.50, includes skate rental; After School Special for ages 17 and younger held Tuesdays-Fridays, 2-5 p.m., for $4.50, includes skate rental; College Night (ID required) on Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m. for $1, skate rental extra; AAA Discount Night (coupon required for free admission) on Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m., skate rental extra; Thursday Nights, 7-8:30 p.m., $2, skate rental extra. Riverfront Park, 507 N. Howard St. $4.50/ages 13 and older, $3.50/ages 3-12, seniors and military with ID, $3.50/skate rental. (509) 625-6601.
Monster Jam – Friday through Sunday. World’s largest and most famous monster truck tour featuring the biggest names in monster trucks including Grave Digger, Maximum Destruction, Monster Mutt, El Toro Loco, Captain’s Curse and Blue Thunder. Shows are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and matinees Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. Spokane Arena, 720 W. Mallon Ave. $5-$40; Pit Party passes at 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday: $10/adults, $5/kids. 1 (800) 325-SEAT.
“Happily Ever After” - Continues through Feb. 16. Through a series of misadventures, the characters from “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Goldilocks and the Three Bears,” and “The Three Little Pigs” learn the importance of friendship, trust and tolerance. Performances are Fridays at 7 p.m.; Saturdays at 1 and 4 p.m.; the Feb. 15 performance at 4 p.m. will be signed for the deaf; and Sundays at 1 p.m. Spokane Children’s Theatre, 2727 N. Madelia Ave. $12. (509) 328-4886.
Family Dance and Potluck - Easy circle, line, contra, folk and novelty dances with live music for family fun. Designed to encourage young dancers and beginners to move to music and give families quality, crazy time together with lots of laughter, all of the dances are taught by Susan Dankovich, local contra caller and director of the Silver Spurs Youth Folk Dancers. The Band is Margie Heller, Ken Raymond and Paul Tapp. Potluck at 6:30 p.m. and dancing begins at 7 p.m. Friday, St. John’s Cathedral, 127 E. 12th Ave. Free. (509) 533-9955.
Broken Whistle - Spokane-based Celtic band presents their album debut and will be accompanied by Kelly Irish Dancers. Friday, 7 p.m., Old Valley Prairie Hall, 8216 E. Big Meadows Road, Chattaroy. $5. (509) 413-9654.
Spokane Boat Show - Noon-8 p.m. Spokane County Fair and Expo Center, 404 N. Havana St., Spokane Valley. $10/adults, $5/ages 12-17, free/age 11 and younger. Free parking.
“Treasure Island” - Fifty children, grades K-12, and the Missoula Children’s Theatre Tour Actors and Directors, will perform in this original musical adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s epic novel “Treasure Island.” The musical follows young Jim Hawkins and his friends as they sail a dangerous sea of adventure with Long John Silver and his pirate band at the helm. Shows at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Moscow High School, 402 E. Fifth St., Moscow. $6/adults; $4/youth. (208) 883-3267.
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