Cooking with Chef Colomba - Enjoy a cooking class with the chef from Cafe Carambola, “The Indigenous Flavors of Southern Mexico.” Today, 5:30 p.m., Jacklin Arts and Cultural Center, 405 N. William St., Post Falls. $50. (208) 457-8950.
Vino! Wine Tastings – Tastings include: Friday, 3-7:30 p.m., Vino’s Wine of the Month Club Selections, $10; Sept. 12, 3-6:30 p.m., Sun River Vintners, $15. Vino! Wine Shop, 222 S. Washington St. (509) 838-1229.
Springs of Hope Raw Creamery Farm Tour - Free tour at Springs of Hope Ranch (3649 Perkins Lake Road, Moyie Springs, Idaho) on Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Meet at 9 a.m. to carpool from Pilgrim’s Market. Carpool drivers get Pilgrim’s Market Gift Card. Reservations required. Pilgrim’s Market, 1316 N. Fourth St., Coeur d’Alene. Free. (208) 676-9730.
Hop Picking Party - Join Iron Goat Brewing for their third annual hop picking party. Bring your homegrown hops or help harvest hop cones at Iron Goat that will help create a one of a kind fresh hop beer, Spo Hop Fresh Hop Community Ale. Volunteers will get $2 off Spo Hop pints in the Iron Goat taproom while beer lasts. Saturday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Iron Goat Brewing, 2204 E. Mallon Ave. Free. (509) 474-0722.
Hopped Up on Art, Music and Beer - Outdoor walk-thru art gallery with more than 20 local artists. Live performances by a spray can graffiti artist and fire dancers in the evening. Food by Azars. Hopped Up beers on the patio for age 21 and older. Saturday, 2-10 p.m., Hopped Up Brewing, 10421 E. Sprague Ave. Free admission. (509) 413-2488.
Country Breakfast - Breakfast is open to the public and is supported by donations in any amount that you feel you can afford. Held Mondays, 7-11 a.m., Blanchard Community Center, 685 Rusho Lane, Blanchard, Idaho. (208) 437-1037.
Inland Northwest Permaculture Convergence - “Back to the Roots” is the theme of the Inland Northwest Permaculture Guild’s 2014 Convergence, which features four days of fun, interconnection and love of the Earth. Workshops and demonstrations include beekeeping, kimchee making, garden mushroom inoculation, plant and mushroom walks, goat husbandry and cheesemaking, medicinal herbs, food forest installation, food and nutrition education, natural building, biochar and mycology. Admission is by donation. No one is turned away for lack of funds. Space is limited; registration requested at www.inlandnorthwestperma culture.com. Sept. 11-14, Heartsong Retreat Center, 7034 Highway 291, Tum Tum, Wash. (509) 725-0712.
Sours ’n September - Sept. 11-13. Lantern Tap House Sourfest with more than 20 featured sour beers, live music, outdoor beer garden and food specials during the Perry Street Shakedown. On Sept. 13 at 10 p.m. there will be music by The Hoot Hoots and The Jesus Rehab. Sept. 11-12, 11 a.m., Lantern Tap House, 1004 S. Perry St. Free admission. (509) 315-9531.
Dirty Martinis for Clean Water - Enjoy food, drinks, music and a silent auction to support Spokane Riverkeeper. Tickets may be purchased at www.cforjustice.org/river/ dirty-martinis-for-clean-water. Food and drinks by London’s Ultimate Catering and Dry Fly Distillery and River City Brewing; music by Milonga Trio, the Inland Northwest’s premier Latin band. Sept. 12, 6-11 p.m., Riverside Event Center, 1108 W. Riverside Ave. $45/advance; $50/door, includes heavy appetizers and two drink tickets. (509) 835-5211.
Fall Winemakers Dinner featuring Thurston Wolfe Winery - Thurston Wolfe Winery was declared the Northwest Winery of the Year in 2012. This dinner will feature some of their wines paired with fine foods. Sept. 12, 6-10 p.m., Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln St. $55. (509) 327-8000.
INCA After Dark - Classes include: Sept. 12, Mouthwatering Mediterranean Small Plates; Sept. 20, Thai-ing to Cook. All classes are 6-8 p.m. For more information or registration, visit incaafterdark.scc.spokane.edu or call (509) 533-8141. INCA at SCC, 1810 N. Greene St., Bldg. 1. $49/per class.
Cider Appreciation Class - Local cider maker, Rick Hastings of Liberty Ciderworks, will present his and other local ciders during this informational and tasty lesson. Reservations requested. Sept. 12, 7 p.m., Rocket Market, 726 E. 43rd Ave. $20. (509) 343-2253.
I'll be a little late in starting my blog report today due to a dentist appointment. I'll be here as soon as I can.
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