Cultural Awareness Night: “The Abolitionists” Beginning in the 1830s, several religious, social and political reform movements swept through the United States. Among the men and women leading these reforms were abolitionists who fought to end slavery. The film follows this journey. The film will be followed by a discussion facilitated by Dr. Larry Burnley, assistant vice president of diversity/intercultural relations at Whitworth University. Friday, 7 p.m., Gonzaga University, Foley Teleconference Center, 502 E. Boone Ave. Free. (509) 328-4220.
SCC Veterans Cultural Connection The Spokane Community College Veterans Club is proud to host this event, a one-stop for organizations, groups, businesses and schools that support Spokane’s active and retired military, veterans and their families. Opening ceremony at 2 p.m. There will be table displays with information from different groups and their representatives; a documentary on gardening and post-traumatic stress disorder; and guest speakers from key Spokane military and veteran organizations. An RSVP dinner reception follows at 5 p.m. Saturday, Spokane Community College, 1810 N. Greene St. Free. (509) 533-7274.
TED Talks Series Speaker on Saying “Yes” Christine Johnson, a former Spokane resident, has been a legislative advocate in Utah on behalf of immigrants, the uninsured, the environment, children, LBGT issues and women’s rights. Her narrative is an inspiring story of saying “yes” and demonstrating courage in the face of fear. Her talk will be followed by a question and answer time. Part of the EWU Women’s Studies Center program. Monday, 1-2 p.m., Eastern Washington University, Monroe Hall, Room 207, Cheney. Free. (509) 359-2898.
Author Kathryn Schulz The seventh annual WSU Common Reading Invited Lecture welcomes Kathryn Schulz, author of “Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error.” Schulz’s basic premise in the book is that while most of us abhor being wrong, recognizing error is an opportunity to realize something new about ourselves, others, and/or the world around us. Schulz has been featured in a TED Talk. Monday, 7 p.m., Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum, Washington State University, Pullman. Free. (509) 335-6679.
Biblical Archeologist Titus Kennedy Presented by Spokane College Women’s Association. Kennedy is a field archaeologist working primarily with sites and materials relating to the Bible. He has excavated at numerous archaeological sites in the Middle East and conducted artifact research at museums all over the world. Noon Wednesday, Red Lion River Inn, 700 N. Division St. $20, includes lunch. Register by Sunday. (509) 368-0695.
Bike Maintenance Basics Routine maintenance on your bike can keep you riding smoothly and prolong the life of your bike. Join an introductory class designed to help you take care of your bike. Thursday, 7 p.m., REI, 1125 N. Monroe St. Free. (509) 328-9900.
Bridal Elegance Show Preview the Spokane Club and enjoy award-winning hors d’oeuvres and sparkling refreshments while visiting with vendors that include florists, photographers, wedding cake bakeries and DJ/entertainment options. Reservations requested. Friday, 5-8 p.m., Spokane Club, 1002 W. Riverside Ave. $7. (509) 459-4237.
Coin Show Presented by Coeur d’Alene Coin Club. Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Kootenai County Fairgrounds, 4056 N. Government Way, Coeur d’Alene. Free parking through Gate B.
Mind, Body and Spirit Holistic Fair: “Connections” Presented by the Spokane Chapter of the National Holistic Chamber of Commerce to facilitate healing awareness, and a more holistic and sustainable lifestyle. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Unity Spiritual Center, 2900 S. Bernard St. Free. (509) 496-8138.
Community Seed Swap & Sale Have too many seeds? Or not enough? Come to the Community Seed Swap. Bring seeds or not. Set up a table or come to buy or trade. Presented by Spokane Permaculture, which supports local, sustainable, private and community gardens using Permaculture principles. Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Spokane Public Market, 24 W. Second Ave. Free admission. (509) 276-7636.
Lilac City Roller Girls “Baking Up A Beating.” Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets available at TicketsWest, Lucky’s Irish Pub, Time Bomb and Boo Radley’s. Saturday, 7 p.m., Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. $12-$15.