Crude Awakening Oil Train Tour - Hosted by the Spokane Riverkeeper. Dana Lyons will sing songs from his latest CD, “The Great Salish Sea.” Matt Krogh, of ForestEthics, will make a presentation on the proposal to radically increase the number of trains carrying oil throughout the Pacific Northwest. Wednesday, 7 p.m., Saranac Public House, rooftop, 21 W. Main Ave. $10, includes 2 drink tickets. (509) 443-3865.
Lions Roar Dinner and Auction - Presented by the Priest Lake Kaniksu/Coolin Branch Lions Clubs. Silent auction 3-5 p.m.; dinner of BBQ pork ribs with Elkins whiskey BBQ sauce and lemon thyme chicken with all the trimmings served at 5 p.m., including a special dessert auction. The live auction follows with auctioneer Rick Ruffle. Saturday, Elkins Resort, 404 Elkins Road, Priest Lake, Idaho. $30. (208) 443-7039.
The Big Kahuna Benefit Golf Tournament - Proceeds from this eighth annual event go to Spokane Cystic Fibrosis patient Gina Moriarty’s Children’s Organ Transplant Association fund, for expenses related to a double lung transplant. Presented by Northwest Line Builders. Entry includes 18 holes at Sundance, golf cart, unlimited range balls, swag bag, two raffle tickets, lunch, post-tournament cocktail party plus drinks on the course and afterward. There are also competitions. July 12, Sun Dance Golf Course, 9725 N. Nine Mile Road. $100/person. (208) 660-9038.
MarmotFest - The second annual KYRS summer music festival is an all-day family friendly event includes a community village of nonprofit booths, beer garden, food court and kids activities. Lineup: Rogue Wave, Seattle’s The Hoot Hoots and Fly Moon Royalty, Boise’s Marshall Poole, Tri-Cities’ Vaughn Jensen Band, and local favorites Folkinception, Floating Crowbar and the Angela Marie Project. Doors open at noon. July 12, 1-11 p.m., Glover Field, 216 N. Cedar St. $20. (509) 209-2428.
Mozart on a Summer’s Eve - July 15-16. 24th annual event, presented by Connoisseur Concerts, directed by Verne Windham. Soprano Phoebe MacRae, cellist Zuill Bailey and classical guitarist David Leisner will perform. The concert theme is Moonlight, Sonatas and Songs and the program includes music of Mozart, Manuel de Falla, Villa Lobos, Schubert and Rodrigo. Reservations recommended. Performances 7 p.m. Ticket holders are invited to arrive as early as 5:30 p.m. to picnic or have a potluck at their reserved table. Dinners may also be ordered directly from Luna (509-448-2383) for delivery to the park at 5:30 p.m. This service is available for reserved table seating only. Manito Park, on the lawn east of Duncan Gardens, 4 W. 21st Ave., just off Tekoa Street. $10/lawn (bring blankets or chairs); $30/person for table seating and includes gourmet dessert and coffee. (800) 325-SEAT.
Wags to Riches Gala Auction - A fundraising event to benefit SpokAnimal CARE with auctioneer Kip Toner assisted by KREM 2’s Laura Papetti and Dana Haynes. The event will feature a four-course dinner from Feast, music from Brent Edstrom, champagne arrival, silent and live auctions. Purchase tickets from SpokAnimal at (509) 534-8133, ext. 209. July 18, 5-10 p.m., Mukogawa Japanese Cultural Center, 4000 W. Randolph Road. $80/individual; $150/couple; $600/table of eight.
St. Vincent de Paul’s Steak Fry - Sixth annual event with BBQ steak, fun and dancing to the Kelly Hughes Band and Colby Acuff to support St. Vincent de Paul’s Family Emergency Services. Tickets available at the St. Vincent de Paul HELP Center and the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Stores or online at www.stvincentdepaulcda.org. July 19, 5 p.m., Kootenai County Fairgrounds, 4056 N. Government Way, Coeur d’Alene. $25/person. (208) 416-4717.
“The Odd Couple” - One night only staged-reading fundraiser. The story pairs Oscar Madison, slob extraordinaire, with the straight-laced Felix Ungar as the new roommates discover their living styles are monumentally incompatible. Aug. 13, 7:30 p.m., Salvation Army Kroc Center, 1765 W. Golf Course Road, Coeur d’Alene. $25. (208) 660-2958.