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Manito Park Tour with a Master Gardener - Organized by Exploring Families. WSU Spokane County Master Gardener Mary Beth will begin the tour in the Duncan Garden. The adventure and education continue with a walk through the cactus wing of Gaiser Conservatory. Lemonade and cookies will be provided at the end of the tour. Registration required at www.exploringfamilies.com. Thursday, 6:30 p.m., Manito Park, Duncan Gardens, 1702 S. Grand Blvd. Free. (509) 999-7614.

Pend Oreille Valley Lavender Festival – Saturday-July 13. See lavender at peak bloom in a Tuscan garden setting, shop booths featuring more than 75 regional artisans and local growers. Enjoy demonstrations, culinary delights, children’s art activities, live music, wine and microbrew garden, visit the enchanted secret gardens of the Lavender Fairies and more. Hours are Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., City Park at First and Calispel streets, Newport, Wash. $6/general; free/age 12 and younger; $8/two-day pass, $25/concert advance ticket. No pets permitted on grounds except for service animals. (509) 447-6451.

Beginning Bird Watching Classes - Classes for ages 8-80 will include binocular instruction and practice, field guides, identifying birds at Turnbull and more. Saturday, 9-11 a.m., Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge, 26010 S. Smith Road, Cheney. Registration and payment required with participant information and check to Friends of Turnbull, c/o D. Burt, 3312 E. Donora Court, Spokane, WA 99223. $5/per person; $10/per family. (509) 448-0659.

17th Annual Coeur d’Alene Garden Tour - Presented by the Coeur d’Alene Garden Club, featuring five beautiful and diverse gardens both large and small, live music in each garden and artists with garden-related items for sale. Proceeds benefit local charities and community college scholarships. July 13, 11 a.m., 5947 Belleville Drive, Coeur d’Alene. $15/advance tickets; $17/tour day tickets. (208) 664-0987.

“Ties to the Land” Forestry Workshop - The UI Extension program presents a workshop to plan for an orderly transition of family-owned forest and rural land. Registration due by Tuesday; call or download the form at www.uidaho.edu/extension/forestry. July 15 and 22, 9 a.m.-noon, University of Idaho Extension Office in Bonner County, 4205 N. Boyer, Sandpoint. $35; $10/additional family member; $25/workbooks. (208) 263-8511.

Animals

Appaloosa Fest 2014 - Enjoy Appaloosa horses, history displays, participate in games and art activities. For the littlest horse lovers, Appaloosa horse rides will be available. Thursday, 5-8 p.m., Appaloosa Museum, 2720 W. Pullman Road, Moscow. Free. (208) 882-5578, ext. 279.

Inland Empire Kennel Association Annual Dog Show – Saturday-July 13. Annual AKC-sanctioned all-breed dog show and its second annual agility trial. The all-breed show hours are 8:30-3 p.m.; the agility trial show hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Kootenai County Fairgrounds, 4056 N. Government Way, Coeur d’Alene. Free admission; $5/day for parking. (509) 456-3784.

Spokane Humane Society Birthday Party Alumni Picnic - Whether you found your pet there, volunteer there now or in the past, worked there or support the mission through donations, everyone is welcome. If you have (or had) a pet adopted from the Humane Society, send the shelter a photo for the Alumni Wall of Fame. Birthday gifts for the animals will be gladly accepted. Cake and ice cream will be served at 2 p.m. Tour the shelter and the new spay/neuter clinic. A memorial will be held for all pets that have died. Saturday, 11 a.m., Spokane Humane Society, 6607 N. Havana St. Free. (509) 467-5235, ext. 211.


 

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