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VW club’s Bugfair to aid food bank in the Valley

River City Volkswagen Club is hosting its 21st annual Bugfair next Sunday at the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center.

Admission is $5, or $3 with a canned food donation. Children ages 12 and under are free but must be accompanied by an adult.

The goal of the event is to collect more food than the club’s Herbie VW weighs to be donated to the Spokane Valley Food Bank.

Gates open at 10 a.m.

Other highlights of the fair include valve cover racing, a swap meet with a variety of Volkswagen items and games.

Racing will be held soapbox derby style. Participants are encourage to dig out their own Volkswagen valve covers, clean them up, fit axles and wheels, paint them and race them. Racers will be available for purchase for those who are unable to build their own.

Trophies will be handed out for the fastest air-cooled valve cover, fastest water-cooled valve cover, best in show and best engineered.

For more information, contact Troy at 927-1031 or send e-mail to

‘Raceway’ dinner and auction

A silent auction and dinner benefit to raise awareness and funds for underprivileged and homeless area youths will be Tuesday.

The NASCAR-themed event will be hosted by the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary at the Red Lion Inn at the Park beginning at 6 p.m.

Auction items include a 2006 Las Vegas Speedway vacation package, autographed NASCAR memorabilia and wine.

Tickets are $45 and may be purchased by calling Christy at 329-2732 or sending e-mail to Christy_Markham@usw.

Proceeds will benefit Camp Gifford, a Salvation Army summer camp for disadvantaged children; Sally’s House, the only emergency foster-care facility in Eastern Washington; and the Clothe-A-Child program, a winter shopping spree hosted by J.C. Penney for needy children in the Spokane School District.

Dinner will be served at 7 p.m., followed by a live auction at 7:30.

For more information, visit

Junior Achievement Golf benefit

More than 100 Spokane and Coeur d’Alene business executives will golf to raise money for economic education programs for Inland Northwest students on Monday.

The annual Junior Achievement Golf Benefit helps sponsor area schools with the Junior Achievement curriculum.

Junior Achievement is a nonprofit organization dedicated to encourage students in grades K through 12 to value free enterprise, business and economics to improve the quality of their lives.

Everyone is encouraged to participate; cost is $225 per player.

The golf extravaganza will be held at the Spokane Country Club, 2010 W. Waikiki Road, beginning with a barbecue lunch at 11:30 a.m.

Shotgun start will begin at 1 p.m., and a dinner, live auction and awards ceremony will start at 5:30.

Silent auction items will be up for bid throughout the day and include a seven-night stay in Palm Springs, Calif., or Lake Tahoe, sports memorabilia, a group Mediterranean dinner, artwork, golf packages, vacation packages and furniture accents.

For more information, call 624-7114 or send e-mail to

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