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Engineers Forum of Spokane – The latest on SIRTI, a presentation by Peter Mowery, the group’s director of commercialization, today at noon, Holiday Inn Airport, 1616 Windsor Drive; lunch, $12; 244-3467.


Park Board public meeting – The Spokane Park Board Finance Committee will host a public meeting to get input on the proposed 2006 budget, Tuesday, 5:30 p.m., in City Hall, Room 5A, 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.; 625-6297.

Farmers’ Market – Spokane Falls Community College hosts an outdoor farmers’ market and fair, Tuesday, 11:30 a.m., south lawn in front of library at the SFCC campus, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Drive; 533-3586.

Uzbekistan Fulbright Scholar speaks – Nodira Azimova, professor of sociology and anthropology at Taskent University, will speak on Uzbek women’s role in their society, Tuesday, noon-1 p.m., Monroe Hall, Room 207, Eastern Washington University; 359-2898.

Library public meetings – The Spokane Public Library plans a series of public meetings to get input on a plan to increase library branch hours of operation. Meetings are set for 7-8 p.m. Wednesday, East Side Library, 524 S. Stone; noon-1 p.m. Friday, downtown library, 906 W. Main; 7-8 p.m. Oct. 18, South Hill Library, 3324 S. Perry; 7-8 p.m. Oct. 19, Indian Trail Library, 4709 W. Barnes Road; 444-5300.

Political discussion – The Jane Jefferson Democrats will host a political discussion, Wednesday, 11:30 a.m., Old Country Buffet, 5504 N. Division; 535-0171.

Author lecture – James Howard Kunstler, author of “Long Emergency; Surviving the Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-First Century,” will speak as part of SFCC’s Sustainability Symposium, Wednesday, 11:30 a.m., SFCC Music/Performing Arts Building, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Drive. 434-5149.

Transitions breakfast – A breakfast to benefit the Transitions programs for women and children with guest speaker Sen. Lisa Brown, Wednesday, 7:30 a.m., Red Lion Inn at the Park, 303 W. North River Drive; donations will be accepted; 455-4249.

Preserving the Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge – The Audubon Society hosts guest speaker Harvey Brown Wednesday, 7 p.m., Riverview Retirement Home, 1801 E. Upriver Drive. 533-3661.

Marine fisheries documentary – The film “Empty Oceans, Empty Nets” will be shown as part of SFCC’s Sustainability Symposium, Friday, 11:30 p.m., SFCC Sub Lounges A and B, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Drive. 434-4149.

Trail ride benefit – The Rambo Rider 4-H Club will host a trail ride to benefit the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Saturday, 10 a.m., at the Busy Bee Ranch, 14910 W. Craig Road; register in advance by calling 327-1899 or 328-8358.

Cancer benefit concert – Musician David Bailey, a brain tumor survivor, will perform in a concert to benefit Cancer Care Northwest Foundation, Saturday, 7 p.m., Rendezvous, 1003 E. Trent; $10; tickets are available at 605 E. Holland, 602 S. Sherman and 12615 E. Mission or call 228-1009.

Fall Leaf Festival – The annual festival is a free family event featuring a giant leaf pile for playing, arts and crafts projects, displays and demonstrations; Saturday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Finch Arboretum, Sunset Highway and F Street; 624-4832.

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