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Fourteen-year-old Maddie Ash of Chattaroy picks strawberries at Knapp's in Greenbluff. Recent rainy weather has helped the strawberry crop. 
 (Holly Pickett / The Spokesman-Review)
Fourteen-year-old Maddie Ash of Chattaroy picks strawberries at Knapp's in Greenbluff. Recent rainy weather has helped the strawberry crop. (Holly Pickett / The Spokesman-Review)
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Iris Society – Town and Country Iris Society meets the first Friday of each month. 7 p.m., Main Valley Library, 12004 E. Main St. 926-4225.

Cherry Festival – Enjoy country cookin’, music, crafts and lots of family fun. Tree-ripened cherries available, u-pick or ready-picked. July 9-10 and July 16-17. July 9 - 10. Green Bluff.

Lavender Festival – Featuring members of the Spokane Symphony Quartet, Loren Swan, Native American flutist, juried artists, gourmet foods and specialty beverages and desserts. July 9, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., July 10, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. LeClerc Creek Lavender Farm, 13 miles north of Usk Bridge, or 20 miles south of Ione Bridge on LeClerc Road, Pend Oreille County. $5/adults, under age 12/free. 445-0359.

2005 Coeur d’Alene Garden Club Tour – “A Garden Serenade” is the theme. Annual event raising money for Coeur d’Alene Charities. Tickets available at participating garden centers in Spokane, Post Falls, Coeur d’Alene and Othello. July 10. Coeur d’Alene. $10. (208) 699-6864.

Garden Tour – Sponsored by Inland Empire Gardeners, featuring six beautiful local gardens. Tickets at participating nurseries or on the day of tour at the gardens. July 16. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., various locations in Spokane. $7. 535-8434.

8th Annual Pond Tour – Self-guided driving Tour of Ponds sponsored by the Inland Empire Water Garden & Koi Society. Tour is of eight ponds belonging to members. Resident club members will be at each pond to answer questions. Tickets available Koi Gardens, Blue Iris, Smart Gardens, Ritter Nursery, Jared Family Greenhouse, Greenacres Ponds & Plants, Northwest Seed & Pet, Stillwater Gardens in Cheney and Animal House in Hayden Lake. Also available at all homes on day of tour. July 17. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., throughout Spokane. $5/person. 466-2082.

Peach Festival – Try some peach ice cream, cobbler, cakes or pies. Live music and family entertainment Aug. 20-21, 27-28. Green Bluff.

Friends of Manito Fall Perennial Plant Sale – Open to the public. September 10. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Manito Park maintenance yard, east of Gaiser Conservatory. free admission. 456-8038.

Apple Festival -– Harvest festival is held over seven weekends, Sept. 17-Oct. 30. Enjoy a large variety of apples, fresh pressed cider and other produce, live music, craft booths, corn and straw mazes and animals. Green Bluff.

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