55th Annual Gem, Jewelry and Mineral Show The show will feature 40 dealers, demonstrations, children’s activities and displays of precious and semi precious stones, fossils, specimens, beautiful jewelry and more. Hours are Friday and 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., Spokane Valley. $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.
Appaloosa Ribbon Cutting/Wing Dedication The Museum board of directors will dedicate the west wing of the Appaloosa Museum to “Mr. Appaloosa” himself, George B. Hatley. Free. Light refreshments will be served. Friday, 4 p.m., Appaloosa Museum, 2720 W. Pullman Road, Moscow. Free. (208) 882-5578, ext. 279.
Get Lit! EWU Alumni Reading Part of the 16th annual Get Lit! festival. Authors will offer 5-minute readings of their work and talk abut their lives as creative writers. Alumni include Asa Maria Bradley, Aimee R. Cervenka, Scott Eubanks, Liz Rognes and Spokesman-Review columnist Shawn Vestal. Registration is suggested. Visit http://outreach.ewu.edu/getlit/3189.xml Thursday, 2-5 p.m., Red Lion Inn at the Park, 303 W. North River Drive. $5-$8, includes hors d’oeuvres and drink ticket.
“National Security Agency Mass Spying, the Constitution, and You” Cindy Cohn, legal director and general counsel for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, presents the Gonzaga University School of Law Judge Justin L. Quackenbush Lecture. Monday, noon, Gonzaga University School of Law, Barbieri Courtroom, 721 N. Cincinnati St. Free. (509) 313-3738.
“The Life and Death of the Craftsman House” The MAC and Spokane Preservation Advocates present a workshop on the maintenance and preservation issues of historic craftsman and bungalow houses. The lecture will be given by architectural conservator Amy Elizabeth Uebel. Monday, 6:30 p.m., Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, 2316 W. First Ave. $10. (509) 456-3931.
“Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery” Author Siddharth Kara will share his eye-opening research on modern slavery, including documentation of 1,300 cases in 30 countries. Part of the Gonzaga University’s Presidential Speaker Series. Tickets available through TicketsWest.com at (800) 325-SEAT. Tuesday, 7 p.m., McCarthey Athletic Center, 801 N. Cincinnati St. $7-$15. (509) 313-3572.
Past Blessings Farm’s Third Annual Spring Has Sprung Sale Come to the farm for a fun time of picking through great vintage, antique and primitive decor, repurposed items, furniture and more. Hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Past Blessings Farm, 8521 N. Orchard Prairie Road. Free admission. (509) 499-5099.
Blast From The Past High tea and vintage trunk showing by the Women’s Club of Spokane, plus local radio and TV gardening personality Phyllis Stephens as guest speaker on “Gardening Remedies from the Past that Work Today.” Sponsored by Inland Empire District of WA Garden Clubs. Fundraiser event benefits horticulture scholarships. For tickets or reservations, call (509) 921-7670 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Saturday, 1-3 p.m., St. John’s Lutheran Church, 5810 S. Meadowlane Road. $20. (509) 523-4063.
Spokane Orchid Society Annual Show and Sale Eight vendors and hundreds of orchids for sale. There will be raffles and speakers. Come and see prize-winning orchids and displays. 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.