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Women’s retreat – Friday-Sunday at Girl Scout’s Camp Four Echoes on Lake Coeur d’Alene; for women over age 21; $145; to register, call 747-8091, ext. 206.

United Nations discussion – The United Nations Association, Spokane will host a discussion of the “U.N. Millennium Development Goals,” next Monday, 7 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 4340 W. Fort George Wright Drive; 624-3608.

Job expo – Sept. 13, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Lair Student Center at Spokane Community College, 1810 N. Greene; presented by Worksource Spokane with representatives in health care, hospitality, construction and government; 532-3092.

Jane Jefferson Democrat meeting – Sept. 14, 11:30 a.m., Old Country Buffet, 5504 N. Division. Discussion of issues of concern to all voters; contact Irene at 535-0171.

Quilters meeting – Spokane Chapter of the Washington State Quilters will meet Sept. 15, 1 and 7 p.m. at the Mukogawa Fort Wright Institute’s Commons, 4000 W. Randolph Road; with guest speaker fiber artist Nancy Elliott MacDonald; $7; 467-6480.

Free cycling event – Nine-mile ride across eight bridges in downtown Spokane sponsored by the Spokane Bicycle Club and the Friends of the Centennial Trail in celebration of the reopening of the Monroe Street Bridge. Meet on north side of Monroe Street Bridge, Sept. 18, at 8:30 a.m. Includes snacks donated by Bumble Bar, coffee donated from Starbucks, and live music performed by Dead Man’s Pants; 624-7188.

TrailFest – Sponsored by The Friends of the Centennial Trail, Sept. 25, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Mirabeau Meadows. Includes 5k run, inline poker skate, cyclist scavenger hunt, interactive booths, lunch, prize drawings, and more; $20, $5 late fee after Sept. 10;; 624-7188.

Host families needed – The Foundation for Intercultural Travel is matching international students ages 15-18 with host families; contact Maryann at (877) 439-7862.

Host families needed – The Pacific Intercultural Exchange is in need of families to host high school students for various countries for this upcoming school year. The students will attend Shadle, North Central or Rogers High Schools; (800) 631-1818.

Host Families Needed – Council Educational Travel USA is looking for host families for foreign exchange students. Students must pass an English proficiency test, will come with their own spending money and are fully insured. For information, call Gina Polignoni at 362-4549.

Adult literacy programs – Education services provided by Rural Resources Community Action for Ferry, Pend Oreille and Stevens counties include English as a second language, adult basic education, GED preparedness, individual tutoring, family literacy and homeless/institutional education. For more information, call Jackie Henderson at (509) 685-6132, or Alva Palin at (509) 685-6133 or (800) 776-2178.

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, 10 a.m.-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.; 625-3336.

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