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CVHS Arts and Crafts Show - Crafts and baked goods, sponsored by CVHS Band Boosters. Today, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Central Valley High School, 821 S. Sullivan Road. $2/admission. (509) 228-5100.

NIBCA Home and Garden Show - Annual showcase event by the North Idaho Building Contractors Association. Today, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Kootenai County Fairgrounds, 4056 N. Government Way, Coeur d’Alene. $5. (208) 765-5518.

55th Annual Gem, Jewelry and Mineral Show - March 28-30. The show will feature 40 dealers and 60 displays of precious and semi-precious stones, fossils, specimens and beautiful jewelry. It will also include demonstrations and children’s activities. Presented by Rock Rollers of Spokane. Hours are Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Spokane County Fair and Expo Center, 404 N. Havana St. $6/adults; $5/seniors and military; free/age 12 and younger and Scouts in uniform; free parking and admission is good all weekend. (509) 891-6533.

Spokane Home and Garden Show - April 4-6. Visit with vendors and learn of services to make your next home improvement project a success. Friday, noon-8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. $8/adults; $6/seniors and military; free/age 12 and younger. (509) 534-5380.

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Beginning Soap Making Class - Design your own fragrance and take home three pounds of soap. Today, 10 a.m.-noon, Greencastle Soap Company, 203 N. Stone St. $55. (509) 466-7223.

Horticulture Workshops - The University of Idaho Extension presents the 2014 Idaho Master Gardener’s Annual Horticulture Workshops, including: Tree Identification, Monday, 6-8 p.m., $10; The Art of Composting, March 24, 6-8 p.m., $10; Hunting for Wild Mushrooms in Northern Idaho, March 31, 6-8 p.m., $10; Ice Age Floods, April 7, 6-8 p.m., $10. Registration is recommended; class sizes are limited. University of Idaho Kootenai County Extension Office, 1808 N. Third St., Coeur d’Alene. (208) 446-1680.

Spoils to Soils: Home Composting - Learn how to turn your kitchen and yard waste into rich soil through backyard composting. Presenter Kris Major is a Master Composter/Recycler. Tuesday, 6-7:30 p.m., South Hill Library, 3324 S. Perry St. Free. (509) 444-5385.

Propagation from Seeds & Cuttings - Backyard Bounty Spring Gardening Series presents a class on how to grow from seeds with or without a greenhouse and how to get new plants from cuttings. Wednesday, 7 p.m., Spokane Valley Library, 12004 E. Main Ave. (509) 893-8400. Free.

Successful Tree Planting – The University of Idaho Extension offices in Bonner and Benewah counties will offer workshops on renewing a forest with tree seedlings. Workshops will include an indoor session followed by field activities. Friday, 1-5 p.m., Bonner County Fairgrounds, 4203 N. Boyer Ave., Sandpoint, (208) 263-8511; and Saturday, 1-5 p.m., Federal Building, on the corner of Seventh Street and College Avenue, St. Maries, (208) 245-2422. For more information or registration, visit www.uidaho.edu/extension/forestry. $10.

Weeds, Neighbors and Cinnamon Rolls - Property owners are invited to find out how to manage noxious weeds and sign up for neighborhood cost-share assistance at a workshop offered by the Pend Oreille County Weed Board and the WSU Pend Oreille County Extension. Sponsored by the Kalispel Tribe Department of Natural Resources, Centurea Inc., and Wilber-Ellis Company. Registration is requested at (509) 447-2401 or lnichols@pendoreille.org. Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Camas Center for Community Wellness, 1821 N. LeClerc Road, Usk. Free.

Beginning Gardening Class Series - Presented by the WSU Spokane County Extension Master Gardeners. Classes include: Saturday, Growing the Right Vegetables; March 29, Growing Small Fruits and Berries; and April 5, Growing Easy Flowers. All classes 9 a.m.-noon. Registration is recommended at www.mgfsc.org or www.spokane-county.wsu.edu/Spokane/eastside. WSU Spokane County Extension, 222 N. Havana St. $12/per class. (509) 477-2181.

Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society - “Native Flora and Fauna: A Perfect Match,” presented by Kathleen St. Clair-McGee. Saturday, 9:45-11:30 a.m., Sandpoint Community Hall, 204 S. First Ave., Sandpoint. Free. (208) 627-3292.

Grow Your Own Food Class Series - Presented by the WSU Spokane County Extension Master Gardeners. Classes include: Saturday, Growing Tomatoes; March 29, Culinary Herbs; and April 5, Vegetables for the Inland Northwest. All classes 12:30-3 p.m. Registration is recommended at www.mgfsc.org or www.spokane-county.wsu.edu/Spokane/eastside. WSU Spokane County Extension, 222 N. Havana St. $12/per class. (509) 477-2181.

Community Library Network Adult Programs - “Doing it in the Dirt” presented by horticultural consultant Nina Eckberg. March 26, 6 p.m., Hayden Public Library, 8385 N. Government Way, Hayden. (208) 772-5612. Free.

Vegetable Gardening 101 - Backyard Bounty Spring Gardening Series presents a class on designing your garden, soil prep, planting, watering, fertilizing and harvesting. March 27, 7 p.m., North Spokane Library, 44 E. Hawthorne Road, (509) 893-8350; April 2, 7 p.m., Spokane Valley Library, 12004 E. Main Ave., (509) 893-8400. Free.

Associated Garden Club - Chickens in the Urban Backyard. March 28, Manito Garden Meeting Room, east of the greenhouse, 4 W. 21st Ave. (509) 838-3705 or (509) 260-5503.

Spokane Orchid Society Annual Show and Sale - March 29-30. Eight vendors and hundreds of orchids for sale. There will be raffles and speakers. Come and see prize-winning orchids and displays. Orchids and displays will be judged prior to doors opening to public. Hours are Saturday, noon-6 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Southside Community Center, 3151 E. 27th Ave. $2/person; free/age 15 and younger. (509) 953-5356.

SCCD Tree Sale and Surplus Sale - The featured species this year are the Giant Chinese Silver Grass and the Rocky Mountain Juniper superstock. Both species are great for making screens, prefer full sun, are drought tolerant and are highly adaptable. Visit www.sccd.org to order. For more information on the annual tree and shrub seedling sale, email treesale@sccd.org or call. April 4, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., and April 5, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Spokane County Conservation District, District, 210 N. Havana St. (509) 535-7274.

Beginning Bird Watching Classes - The Friends of Turnbull and Spokane Audubon Society will sponsor beginning bird watching classes for ages 8 to 80. The classes will be April 5, May 3, June 7 and July 12 and include binocular instruction and practice, field guides, identifying birds at Turnbull and more. Classes are 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.

Animals

Adopt A Shelter Pet - In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, the Spokane Humane Society is offering a discounted price on all adoptions – anywhere from 10 percent to 100 percent off. All animals adopted from the Spokane Humane Society are current on their shots, spayed or neutered, and micro-chipped as part of the adoption fee. Today and Monday, Spokane Humane Society, 6607 N. Havana St., or at the PetSmart Everyday Adoption Center, 9950 N. Newport Highway. (509) 467-5235.

Backyard Chickens - Paul and Susan Puhek from S&P Homestead Farm will share their knowledge of backyard chickens. You’ll leave with a ton of tips and practical advice plus an understanding of what’s needed to take on this rewarding venture. March 24, 6-7:45 p.m., South Hill Library, 3324 S. Perry St. Free. (509) 444-5385.



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