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Things to do

Tuesday

Nurture by Nature - Discover easy ways to create a healthy and safe home for you and baby. You’ll find smart, earth-friendly choices from cleaning to food to clothing and more. Reservations requested. 7-8 p.m., Babies R Us, 6104 N Division St. Free. (509) 842-5020.

Parenting Workshop for Veterans - Topic will be “The Holidays: How Much is Enough?” The workshop is offered to parents/caregivers who are veterans and/or active duty military personnel. 6-8:30 p.m., Veterans’ Outreach Center, 100 N. Mullan Road, Suite 102. (509) 444-8387.

Wednesday

“The Nutcracker” - Presented by Eugene Ballet. Sponsored by Pend Oreille Arts Council. 7 p.m., Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave., Sandpoint. $22/adults, $8/youth. (208) 263-6139.

Spokane Chiefs Hockey - Vs. Calgary, with Player Magnet Giveaway, sponsored by TicketsWest and 105.7 The Peak. 7 p.m., Spokane Arena, 720 W. Mallon Ave. $9-$17. (800) 325-SEAT.

Friday

Coeur d’Aleers Christmas Concert - Holiday concert presented by the 3-C’s Coeur d’Aleers. Directed by Rose Dempsey; accompanist, Mary Lou Dion. 7:30 p.m., Lutheran Church of the Master, 4800 N. Ramsey Road, Coeur d’Alene. Free will offering. (208) 765-1002.

Teddy Bear Teas - Bring your favorite bear and join in the fun during storytime. 10 a.m., Preschool storytime; 10:30 a.m., Toddler storytime. Library locations include: Shadle, 2111 W. Wellesley Ave.; East Side, 524 S. Stone St. Free. (509) 444-5331.

Saturday

Baby-sitting Basics - For children ages 10-15. Learn about infant and toddler care, care of older children, CPR and first aid for infants and children, and more. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Holy Family Health & Education Center. $40; registration required. (509) 232-8138.

Breakfast with Santa - Pancakes, eggs, bacon and orange juice, 9 a.m.-noon; rummage sale, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. CenterPointe, 1408 N. Washington St. $5/adults, $4/seniors and ages 5-12, $3/age 4 and younger. (509) 325-5451.

Christmas Faire and Children’s Festival - Annual event at the Sandpoint Waldorf School includes a puppet show, crafts, vendors, live music and gourmet lunch and dessert. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 2007 Sandpoint West Drive, Sandpoint. Free. (208) 265-2683.

Mobius Kids Santa Breakfast - Fifth annual event benefits Mobius Kids children’s museum, in conjunction with Christmas Tree Elegance by Spokane Symphony Associates. Breakfast, visit with Santa, and festive holiday crafts. Pictures available with Santa at an additional charge. 8-10 a.m., Davenport Hotel, Grand Pennington Ballroom, 10 S. Post St. $25. (509) 624-KIDS.

Winterfest - Presented by The Friends of Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge. Tours to see elk on the refuge, a presentation by a local raptor rehab and education program, a chili feed and live music. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge, 26010 S. Smith Road, Cheney. Donation. (509) 245-4531.

Sunday

“Wings over Wolf Lodge” Cruise - Fundraiser for Birds of Prey Northwest includes a live appearance by Liberty the bald eagle. Cruises depart at 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. from the Coeur d’Alene Resort dock. $20/adults, $14/kids, available at (800) 423-2849. (208) 641-9165.

Sixth Annual Holiday Dog Party - All small breeds welcome, to benefit Dachshund Rescue Northwest. Christmas dog costume contest, dog game bobbing for hot dogs and lots of prizes. Bring potluck dishes; plates, drinks and utensils provided. No large dogs. Please pick up after your own dog. 1-5 p.m., Lilac City Dog Training Club, 1612 E. Houston Ave,. $5/person. (509) 796-2140.

Ongoing

“A Christmas Story” - Christian Youth Theater-Spokane presents this 1983 Christmas classic involving Ralphie and his Red Ryder BB gun, a leg lamp and other family antics. Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday and Dec. 13, 3 and 7 p.m.; Dec. 14, 3 p.m. Trent Elementary, Adamson Auditorium, 3303 N. Pines Road. $9/adults, $8/children and seniors, $7/group, $6/discount matinee Saturday (509) 487-6540.

“Christmas Everyday” - A Theater Arts for Children production. Performances Fridays and Saturdays, 7 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Through Dec. 21. Spokane Valley Partners, 10814 E. Broadway Ave. $7/general, $5/ages 12 and younger. (509) 325-SEAT or at the door.

Christmas Tree Elegance - Benefits the Spokane Symphony Orchestra, presented by the Spokane Symphony Associates. Tree lighting ceremony in the lobby, Friday, 6 p.m., free; Free viewing of 12 trees and gifts on the Davenport Mezzanine, Saturday-Dec. 13; raffle drawing in lobby, Dec. 13. Davenport Hotel, 10 S. Post St. $1/raffle tickets for trees. (509) 458-TREE.

Christmas Tree Sale - A fundraiser for the nonprofit Hutton Settlement, which houses children. Hours are Tuesday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hutton Settlement, 9907 E. Wellesley Ave. $5-$60. (509) 926-1027.

“Journey to the North Pole” Holiday Lights Cruises - 40-minute lake cruises to see holiday lights and visit Santa’s North Pole Toy Workshop. Reservations required. Boat leaves daily at 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. (boards 30 minutes prior to departure). Through Dec. 31. The Coeur d’Alene Resort, east side of the Boardwalk Marina, Coeur d’Alene. $14.75/adults, $13.75/seniors, free/ages 10 and younger (maximum of two children per adult). (208) 664-7268.

“Madeline’s Christmas” - Presented by Spokane Children’s Theatre. Saturday, 10 a.m., 1 and 4 p.m.; Sunday, 7 p.m.; Dec. 13, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Spokane Community College, Lair Auditorium, 1810 N. Greene St. $10/adults, $8/age 18 and younger. (509) 325-SEAT.

Santa Express - For ages 4-12. Kids can find fun, inexpensive gifts (50 cents to $7.50) with the help of volunteers who also will help with wrapping the gifts. Benfits the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery. Mondays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sundays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Through Dec. 23. Crescent Building in the skywalk level at corner of Main and Wall streets. (509) 535-3155.

Women’s and Children’s Free Restaurant - Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 4:15-5:45 p.m., and Fridays, 12:30-2:30 p.m., take-out 1-3 p.m. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 1620 N. Monroe St. (509) 324-1995.

Send information about events at least two weeks in advance by e-mail to features@spokesman.com; by fax to (509) 459-5098; by mail to Our Kids Calendar, Features Department, P.O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210; or submit online at www.spokane7.com/events/submit.
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