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“Palestinian-Israeli Conflict After Arafat,” lecture – 7:30 p.m. in the William P. Robinson Teaching Theatre, Weyerhauser Hall, Whitworth College, 300 W. Hawthorne. Presented by Raja Tanas, Ph.D., professor of sociology at Whitworth College. Call 777-3270 for more information.

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Sons of Norway April Fools Day Dinner Dance – Friday at the Sons of Norway Lodge, 6710 N. Country Homes Blvd. Happy hour begins at 5:30 p.m., dinner will be served at 6:30 followed by dancing. Admission is $8.50 per person. Call 326-9211 for reservations.

Humanist Focus Group meeting – Saturday, 8 a.m. at the Old Country Buffet, 5504 N. Division. Program will be presented by Charlie Mason, geologist; breakfast will be available for $7. Call 448-2516 for more information.

Whitworth Hawaiian Club, Na Pu’uwai o Hawai’i (the Heart of Hawai’i) annual Luau – This year’s theme will be “The Polynesian Islands,” and will include Polynesian food and cultural events and information, Saturday, 5 p.m., at the Whitworth Fieldhouse, 300 W. Hawthorne. Cost: $15/adults, $8/children ages 6-12, and free to children under age 5. Call 777-4233 or e-mail na_puuwai@hotmail.com for more information.

Elks Lodge Inaugural Ball – Saturday, 7 p.m. at the lodge, 2605 N. Robie Road, Spokane Valley. Includes prime rib dinner and dancing. Cost: $15. Call 926-2328 for more information.

St. John’s Lutheran Church of Sprague, Wash., 20th annual Sausage Feed – Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Sprague Community Hall. Includes smoked sausage, mashed potatoes, vegetable, sauerkraut, applesauce and dessert. Admission is $8.50/adults, $4/children ages 6-12, and free to children under the age of 5. Call (509) 257-2806 for more information.

Spokane Parks and Recreation Department Sausage Feed Trip – Sprague, Wash., Sunday. Along the way to the feast, the group will tour rock formations, scablands in Lincoln County as well as small Washington towns. Meet at Pioneer Park at 11 a.m. Cost is $25, includes meal and transportation. Call 625-6200 to register.

Sons of Norway Pancake Breakfast – Sunday and April 17 at the Sons of Norway Lodge, 6710 N. Country Homes Blvd. All the pancakes you can eat with sausage, eggs, juice and coffee. Admission is $4/adults, $2.50/children. Call 326-9211 for more information.

Compass Club luncheon and lecture – Tuesday at Prospector’s Bar and Grill, 12611 N. Highway 395. Program will be “Lewis and Clark’s Journey,” presented by Ed Lecter. Doors open at 11 a.m.; lunch will be served for $14 at 11:30 a.m. Reservations must be made by contacting Joyce Colclough at 927-4673.

Oceanography lectures – Two lectures Tuesday will be given by Deborah Kelley, Ph.D., associate professor of the School of Oceanography and the astrobiology program at the University of Washington: “Life Within the Endeavour System: One of the Most Extreme Environments on Earth,” 1 p.m., in the Eric Johnston Science Center Auditorium, Room 233 at Whitworth College, 300 W. Hawthorne; and “Discovery of the Lost City Hydrothermal Field: Implications for Life in the Oceans of Our Solar System,” 7 p.m., in the Globe Room at Gonzaga University, 502 E. Boone. For more information, call 777-4210 or 777-3265.

“Contemporary Muslim Thinkers and Islam: Exploring New Ways of Engagement with a Religious Tradition,” lecture – Presented by Carool Kersten, educator, researcher and freelance writer, next Thursday, 7:30 p.m. in the Robinson Teaching Theater in Weyerhaeuser Hall, Whitworth College, 300 W. Hawthorne. Kersten directs a study-abroad program, teaches history and lectures on Islam at Payap University in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and is a translator with the Dutch District Courts. For more information, call 777-3253.

Neighborhood meetings – Held by the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office to discuss neighborhood problems and terrorism. Call 477-3055 for dates, times and location.

Family identification plan – Presented by COPS Northwest, offers IDs for all children and other family members at risk. ID packets are available at COPS Northwest on the first Saturday of every month from 10 a.m. to noon. Participants will receive a computer disk copy of their photo and a fingerprint card. A $1 donation is requested to cover costs, but no one is turned away. For more information, call or visit COPS Northwest, 2215 W. Wellesley, Suite D, Shadle Park Mall, on weekdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Information: 625-3336.

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