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Pig Out in the Park - Today. 30th annual food and music festival with food booths and beverage gardens. 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Riverfront Park. Free admission. (509) 921-5579.

Peach Festival - Today. Visit for map of growers. Green Bluff.

Spirit Lake Labor Day on the Grass - Wine tasting, live music, vendors, mountain bike ride, talent show, salmon dinner, and 5K fun run, car show, children’s activities, antique gas engines, talent show finals. Proceeds benefit Spirit Lake Parks and Recreation Commission. Labor Day Parade on Main St., live entertainment and foot race, Spirit Lake City Park off state Highway 41, Spirit Lake, Idaho. Free. (208) 623-5130.

Eat-In Community Potluck - Sponsored by Slow Food Spokane River in support of the “Time for Lunch” national campaign, promoting the need to provide healthy food to school children. Bring a dish to share, a reusable plate, cup and utensil and a blanket or chair. Water and lemonade will be provided as well as hands-on activities for children. 4-6 p.m., Comstock Park, picnic area. (509) 869-9438.

Spokane Symphony Outdoor Concert - Join the Spokane Symphony for a free concert at the park. Bring a picnic dinner, blankets, chairs, and enjoy a mix of classics, show tunes, and patriotic marches. 6-7:30 p.m., Comstock Park, 29th Ave. at Howard St. Free. (509) 624-1200.


Sacred Encounters Visitor Center Open House - Hosted by the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation in conjunction with the Coeur d’Alene Tribe and the Sacred Encounters Association. Ribbon-cutting ceremony begins at 3 p.m., events continue until 5 p.m., Old Mission State Park, Cataldo. Free. (208) 514-2254.


Child Car Seat Technician Certification Course - Gain hands-on experience installing various kinds of child safety seats. Become certified and volunteer with two Safe Kids programs and get your $60 class fee. Course held today-Saturday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Newly certified technicians will help out at a car seat safety inspection on Saturday from 10 a.m.-noon at Brian Goetz State Farm Insurance, 840 W. Kathleen Ave., in Coeur d’Alene. Post Falls Health Park, 1300 E. Mullan Ave., Post Falls. (208) 666-2511.

Lewiston City Library Mural Dedication – Dedication of the summer reading mural teens created as part of the 2009 Express Yourself at Your Library Teen summer reading program. 3 p.m., Lewiston City Library, 428 Thain Road, Lewiston, Idaho. (208) 743-6519.

Veradale Street Fair - Inflatable slides and bounce houses for children and games. Vintage cars, antique bicycles and a homemade airplane will be on display. Live music will be performed by the Central Valley High School Chamber Orchestra, the Craig Catlett Jazz Trio and others. There will also be free hot dogs, snow cones and popcorn. 5-8 p.m., Valley Assembly of God Church, 15618 E. Broadway Ave., Spokane Valley. (509) 924-0466.


After School Specials - “Get Slimed.” Decide whether various slimy objects are liquid or solid. A different science project will be presented each month. Library locations include: Otis Orchards, 22324 E. Wellesley Ave. (509) 893-8390; Cheney, 610 First St. (509) 893-8280. 4 p.m., Free.


Celebration of Life - Featuring bands London Get Down, The Back Row Kings and Ron Greene and the Right. All proceeds to go to Candlelighters of the Inland Northwest, a nonprofit dedicated to helping families who have children with cancer. 7 p.m., Knitting Factory, 919 W. Sprague Ave. $15. (509) 325-SEAT.


Main Street Fair and Sustainable Uprising - A community block party featuring four bands on two stages, jugglers and other performers. Games and activities including a giant bouncy castle and face painting for children. Sponsored by the Community Building. Street fair along Main Ave. between Browne and Division streets is 3-8 p.m. Downtown Spokane. Free. (509) 869-9438.

David Thompson Bicentennial Commemoration - An exhibit and living history demonstration will be held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Bonner County Historical Museum in Sandpoint. Events include Dutch oven cooking at 1 p.m., presentation by Jack Nisbet at 2 p.m., followed by an evening showing of the documentary, “Shadows of David Thompson” at the Panida Theater, film admission is $7, $6 /students and seniors. Bonner county Historical Museum, 611 S. Ella, Sandpoint. (208) 263-2344.

Military Family Fun Day and Warrior Olympics - Public is invited to participate in climbing wall, military equipment displays, entertainment, sumo wrestling, bouncy house and food. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., City Park downtown, Coeur d’Alene. Free. (208) 272-7592.

Rathdrum Mountain Adventure Race - Second annual Bike, Boat and Bolt Adventure Race, a three-legged race that entails mountain biking, kayaking and running. Festivities all day at the city park with vendors, food, games and activities for the family. Rathdrum, Idaho. (208) 687-2866.

St. Paschal’s Fall Festival - Second annual event with beer and wine garden, Polish sausage, burgers, hot dogs, nachos, breakfast on Saturday morning. Games for all ages, prizes, bingo, face painting, silent basket auction, cake walk and crafters. Music Saturday afternoon by the “Country Jammers.” 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 2523 N. Park Road, Spokane Valley. Free admission; tickets are $1 each. (509) 924-5090.

Spokane Instrument Swap - Swap will include buying and selling of band or orchestra instruments for musicians of all skill levels. Instruments can be donated to help local students and music programs. Today from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Spokane Community College Lair Auditorium, 1810 N. Greene St. $4/general admission, free/children under 17 years old. (509) 994-6700.

Mudgy and Millie Birthday Party - Hosted by the Coeur d’Alene Public Library. Event will attempt to set a world record as the largest children’s book read-in. Participants are encouraged to dress up as Mudgy or Millie and bring a copy of their “Mudgy and Millie” book. 11 a.m., Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave., Coeur d’Alene. Free. (208) 769-2380.

Canoe Family Fun - For ages 8 and older. Sponsored by REI. Enjoy a float down the Little Spokane River. Pre-registration is required. 1-5 p.m. $27 for two people, $17 each additional person; $23/$13 for REI members. (509) 625-6200.


Lightning Creek Hike - Easy Bonner County hike up Lightning Creek Road. Contact hike leader for start time and location. Bonner County. Free. (208) 266-1107.

Group Health Kids Bike Race - For children 13 years of age and younger. Race times: Noon, ages 5 and younger; 12:30 p.m., age 6; 1 p.m., age 7; 1:30 p.m., age 8; 2 p.m., age 9; and 2:30 p.m., ages 10-13. Please arrive 30 minutes early for your race. Event will also include a Bike Rodeo, warm-up exercises with Group Health physical therapists, games, crafts and pizza. Pavillion Park, 727 N. Molter Road, Liberty Lake. Free. (509) 241-7130.

Send information about events at least two weeks in advance by email to; 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
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