Washington State Quilters - Guild meeting on Thursday, 1 or 7 p.m., with guest speaker Cindy Needham presenting “All About Thread.” Needham will also be conducting two workshops at a different location on Friday and Saturday. For more information on Cindy, go to www.cindyneedham.com. For more information on the quarterly guild meeting and workshops, visit www.wsqspokane.org. CenterPlace, 2426 N. Discovery Place. $10/guests; $60/workshops, includes lunch. (509) 879-6636.
Art on the Green Festival - Aug. 1-3. The 46th annual celebration transforming the NIC campus into a stunning outdoor art gallery and marketplace with hundreds of artists. There will be food, live music, art activities for children and more. Hours are Friday, noon-7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 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. North Idaho College, at the old Fort Sherman Grounds, 1000 W. Garden Ave., Coeur d’Alene. Free admission. (208) 699-5066.
Scrapbook Bootcamp - Bring your own craft projects and supplies and join in the opportunity to learn something new with 12 hours of crafting. Includes lunch and dinner. Aug. 2, 9 a.m., Salvation Army Kroc Center, 1765 W. Golf Course Road, Coeur d’Alene. $20. (208) 667-1865.
Teacher Craft Retreat on the Mountain - School is out for the summer for teachers and school personnel. This four-day, three-night craft retreat is all about pampering and relaxing. No cooking, no cleaning, just time to do your craft with those whom you love to spend time with over the summer. Bring your craft projects (sewing, paper crafts, beading, painting, etc.) Begins Aug. 4, Bear Creek Lodge, 24817 N. Mt. Spokane Park Drive, Mead. $200-$240. (509) 474-0600.
Mother/Daughter Craft Retreat Weekend - This three-day, two-night craft retreat is for moms and daughters ages 8-18 to do together. Bring your own projects (scrapbooking, sewing, beading, painting, etc.) to do together. Five homemade meals, cleaning and bartending included. Begins Aug. 15, 2 p.m., Bear Creek Lodge, 24817 N. Mt. Spokane Park Drive, Mead. $150-$165. (509) 474-0600.
Craft Retreat Weekend - Sept. 18-21. Bring your own projects (scrapbooking, sewing, quilting, beading, painting) for this four-day, three-night retreat. Cost includes your sleeping accommodations, nine homemade meals and crafting area. Bear Creek Lodge, 24817 N. Mt. Spokane Park Dr., Mead. $200-$240. (509) 474-0600.
2014 Inland Empire Water Garden and Koi Society Pond Tour - Featuring Spokane North and South Side ponds. Sponsored by the nonprofit Inland Empire Water Garden and Koi Society. Purchase a new membership to the Inland Empire Water Garden and Koi Society the day of the pond tour and entrance to the pond tour is free. Tickets available on the day of the tour at 4612 N. K St. and 223 E. 23rd Ave. Your ticket is also your Pond Tour Guide to all the ponds on the tour. Booklet includes a map, directions and descriptions of each pond. More information at: www.iewgks.org. Today, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $5/general, free/children. Membership: $25/family, $15/seniors. (509) 863-4905.
Sunprinting - The class will be at a private residence. Please call the store for location. Today, 10 a.m., Sew Uniquely You, 11402 N. Newport Highway, Suite C. $50. (509) 467-8210.
“Ties to the Land” Forestry Workshop - The University of Idaho Extension program presents a workshop to plan for an orderly transition of family-owned forest and rural land. Registration required; call or download the form at www.uidaho.edu/extension/ forestry. Tuesday, 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.
“Garden of Artistry” Art, Music and Flowers - Featuring Northwest artists. Reception from 5-7 p.m. on Saturday to benefit Northwest Film; art available for viewing and purchase on Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and July 27, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, visit www.ponderaygarden.com. Ponderay Garden Center, 477703 Highway 95 North (north of Walmart and Big R), Ponderay, Idaho. (208) 255-4200.
Master Water Steward Certification Workshop - The University of Idaho Extension will offer a unique workshop to become a certified volunteer Master Waster Steward in the IDAH2O program. The workshop will cover watershed investigations, how and why to monitor, water safety, hands-on field experience and other topics related to water quality monitoring. Register online at www.uidaho.edu/cda/idah2o/ workshops, email email@example.com, or call (208) 292-1287. Saturday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., University of Idaho - Coeur d’Alene, HC 240B, Harbor Center, 1031 North Academic Way, Coeur d’Alene. $20.
Iris Rhizome Plant Sale - Town and Country Iris Society annual iris rhizome plant sale. Free cultural and planting information. Available until sold out. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Spokane Valley Mall, Center Court in front of JC Penney’s, 14700 E. Indiana Ave. Most plants are $2. (509) 671-1540.
Photographing Your Garden - Claudia Biggs will present “How to Take Better Photographs of Flowers, Better than just a Snapshot.” Biggs will discuss the rules of composition, light sources, background details and manipulation of camera settings. Saturday, 10 a.m., Manito Park Meeting Room, 4 W. 21st Ave. Free. (509) 456-8038.
Sprouting at Home 101 - Discover the ins and outs of sprouting at home and get creative recipe ideas for a variety of different sprouts. You will reap the health benefits of using sprouts in your everyday life. July 31, 6:30-8 p.m., Pilgrim’s Market, 1316 N. Fourth St., Coeur d’Alene. Free. (208) 676-9730.
Rocket Mass Heater and Rocket Heated Bathtub Workshop - The workshop is for anyone who heats with wood, loves the comfort and beauty of a wood fire and wants to work half as hard to put up a winter’s worth of wood. This workshop is also for those who wish to learn about heating with wood in an efficient and earth-friendly way. Camping is available at the site where the stove will be built. Aug. 1, 9 a.m., 575 Littlebrave Way, Sagle, Idaho. $285. (509) 993-1990.
Dragonflies on the Refuge - Dennis Paulson, author of “Dragonflies and Damselflies of the West,” will present a program on dragonflies and lead a walk in their habitats. Reservations are required. Aug. 2, 1-3 p.m., Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge, 26010 S. Smith Road, Cheney. $5. (509) 235-4723.
Spokane Valley Quilters Annual Potluck Picnic - Bring a dish to share; plates, silverware and drinks provided. Backpacks and school supplies to give to Spokane Valley Partners will be collected. Aug. 5, 6:30 p.m., Spokane Valley Mission Park, 11123 E. Mission Ave., Spokane Valley. (509) 924-6320.
Forest Insect and Disease Field Day - Registration deadline is Aug. 1 for the class on Aug. 8. 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. Aug. 8, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Bonner County Fairgrounds, 4203 N. Boyer Road, Sandpoint, Idaho. $10/includes materials and refreshments. (208) 263-8511.
Quilting Bee - Join Washington State Quilters Spokane Chapter at their quarterly Quilting Bee and enjoy a fun-filled day of quilting, door prizes, games and potluck lunch. Butterfly block instructions can be found at www.wsqspokane.org. 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. Show and share a finished or unfinished quilted item. Open to the public. Aug. 9, 9:30 a.m., Country Homes Christian Church, 8415 N. Wall St. Free. (509) 325-2496.
Tree School - The Spokane Conservation District and the 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. Register at www.sccd.org/forestry. Aug. 16, 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Spokane County Conservation District, 210 N. Havana St. $50. (509) 535-7274.
Come Feed the Buffalo - Through Sept. 30. Visitors will learn the farm history and bison facts during a slide presentation and discussion. Everyone will get an opportunity to meet the herd and hand-feed the buffalo. Gifts, souvenirs, leather goods, jewelry and more are available at the farm gift shop. 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.
Bark in the Park - The Spokane Indians invite you and your dog to watch as they take on the Vancouver Canadians. Proceeds from every dog ticket purchased will benefit SCRAPS, Spokanimal and the Spokane Humane Society. July 29, 5-9 p.m., Avista Stadium, 602 N. Havana St. $5/per ticket, purchase required for dog. (509) 535-2922.
North Idaho Fair and Rodeo - Aug. 20-24. This year’s theme is “Summer’s Best Tradition.” The fair offers family fun and entertainment, with 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 five and younger; $3/parking. (208) 765-4969.
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.
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