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Spokane Valley This week

Car-B-Que – Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-noon annual car show, barbecue, plant sale and Inland Northwest Bloodmobile blood drive at Opportunity Presbyterian Church, 202 N. Pines Road. $5/barbecue. (509) 924-9750.

Return to the Songs of the Recent Century – Women’s ministry event Wednesday, 11 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 14111 E. 16th Ave. Performances of music from the past. A lunch will follow.


New Catholic Singles Mingle Group – Introductory potluck May 17, 2 p.m. at Sullivan Park in the Spokane Valley. No membership dues but donations are needed to maintain the website. RSVP to Cathy, (509) 226-1380.

Monthly Community Dinner – May 27, 6 p.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 2511 S. Pines Road. (509) 926-7966.

Spokane This week

Musha Marimba Concert – Friday, 7 p.m. at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 5720 S. Perry St. Featuring 14 students playing marimba music in the Shona style from Zimbabwe, Africa. Offering will be accepted with proceeds to help with travel expenses for the students to perform at the Northwest Folklife Festival in Seattle. (509) 448-2255.

Traditional Japanese Cooking Class – Saturday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Japanese Cultural Center at the Mukogawa Fort Wright Institute, 4000 W. Randolph Road. Mukogawa students will teach the class how to make Tempura Udon. $10 payment required to reserve your space. (509) 328-2971.

“Monku, Monku, Monku (Complain, Complain, Complain)” Lecture and Discussion – Saturday, 2 p.m. with the Rev. Jerry Hirano and Dr. Carmela Javellana Hirano at Spokane Buddhist Temple, 927 S. Perry St. A pizza party will follow. (509) 534-7954.

“Wish Upon A Star” St. Mary’s Legacy Gala – Must be age 21 and over, Saturday, 5-10:30 p.m. at the Spokane Convention Center downtown. Fundraiser includes dinner and live and silent auctions. $50/each, available online at http://school.stmarysspokane .org or call (509) 924-4300, ext. 206.

Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch – Sunday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. all-you-can-eat buffet and special gift for mom at Immaculate Heart Retreat Center, 6910 S. Ben Burr Road. $25/adults, $10/kids ages 6-12 at the door. Advance reservations are requested. Proceeds support the IHRC retreat ministries. (509) 448-1224 or

Gotan-E Sangha Service with the Rev. Hirano – Sunday, 10:30 a.m. celebrating the birthday of the founder of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism at Spokane Buddhist Temple, 927 S. Perry St. (509) 534-7954.

Second Harvest Food Truck at Central Lutheran Church – Wednesday, 1-3 p.m. at the church, 512 S. Bernard St. Anyone in need is eligible, there are no income or residency requirements. (509) 624-9233.


Plant and Rummage Sale Fundraiser – Community outreach event May 16, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and May 17, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 5720 S. Perry St. (509) 448-2255.

Women’s Cancer Survivor Retreat – May 16-18 at The Franciscan Place, 1016 N. Superior St. Facilitated by Sister Patricia Novak. $195/suggested donation with $15 due at time of registration, some assistance available. Call (509) 483-6495, ext. 133, or visit

Living Proof Live with Beth Moore – Women’s ministry event, May 16, doors open at 5:30 p.m., program runs from 7-9:30 p.m. and May 17, doors open at 7:30 a.m., program runs from 8:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena, 720 W. Mallon Ave. Also featuring worship leader Travis Cottrell. $69. For information, call (509) 999-7586 or register by phone at (800) 254-2022 or visit

Catholic Charities Volunteer Information Session – May 20, 10 a.m.-11:15 a.m. at the Catholic Charities Family Services Center, 12 E. Fifth Ave. Tours of the facility are also available. RSVP to Brigid Krause at (509) 358-4270 or

Thomas Merton’s Bridges to Contemplative Living Series – Tuesdays, 6 p.m. May 20-June 10 with facilitator Patricia Novak at the Franciscan Center, 1016 N. Superior St. $35/series, include book. (509) 483-6495.

“Living in the Now and Not Yet” Coffee and Contemplation – May 21, 9-11 a.m. with the Rev. Janeen Steer at Immaculate Heart Retreat Center, 6910 S. Ben Burr Road. $10/includes beverages and rolls. Advance reservations requested. (509) 448-1224 or visit

“Faith and Science” Pub Theology – May 22, 7 p.m. at Little Garden Café, 2901 W. Northwest Blvd. Presented by Audubon Park United Methodist Church. (509) 325-4541.

Foundations of Shin Buddhism Classes – Free study classes May 25 and June 8 and 22, 12:15-1:15 p.m. at Spokane Buddhist Temple, 927 S. Perry St. (509) 534-7954.


Friday Celebrate Recovery at Mt. Spokane Church – Men’s and women’s addictive and co-dependency recovery groups, dinner at 6 p.m. followed by short message then small group break out at the church, 6311 E. Mt. Spokane Drive. Child care provided. Contact Mike C at (509) 599-4716.

Central Baptist Church – Sunday schedule includes breakfast, 9 a.m. followed by adult class and Sunday school at 9:30 and Sunday worship at 11 a.m. Coffee hour at 12:15 p.m. Call the church to arrange transportation. Adult Bible study on Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m., Prayer Circle Wednesdays at 6 p.m. and Sewing Circle fourth Thursday of each month at the church, 19 W. Shannon Ave. (509) 327-9322.

Spokane Inter-Faith Council – Meets second Tuesday of each month, 6:30 p.m. at Center For Spiritual Living, 2825 E 33rd Ave. (509) 534-1011.

Help for Homeless Meal Prep – Help is needed each Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 1703 N. Washington St. Volunteers will prep sandwiches, cookies and chips for weekly lunch distribution to the homeless. Donations of sandwich type cookies, baggies, snack size bags of chips and bottled water are appreciated. (509) 328-9310.

Buddhist Teachings and Meditation Practices – Fridays, 7-8 p.m. with Geshe Thupten Phelgye, Tibetan Buddhist monk, at Saranac Building, 25 W. Main Ave.  Spokane. Contact Lori at:

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Feed Medical Lake – Each second Monday of the month, 5-6 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 223 S. Hallett St., Medical Lake. (509) 714-1150.

To include church news in this column, please submit items at least two weeks in advance and include a contact phone number to publish. Send to Sherry Adkins by e-mail at sherrya@spokesman. com, or by fax at (208) 765-7149, phone (208) 765-7120.