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Today

Canning Workshop - Class will focus on the pressure cooker technique. For age 14 and older. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Southside Senior Activity Center, 3151 E. 27th Ave. $27; preregistration required. (509) 625-6200

Tuesday

Co-op Kids - Children and their caregivers are invited to enjoy free activities, with snacks and materials donated by the Moscow Food Co-op. Meet at the Moscow Food Co-op Cafe to make herbal teas. 9 a.m., Moscow Food Co-op Cafe, 121 E. Fifth St., Moscow, Idaho. Free. (208) 882-8537

Wednesday

Books and Blocks (East Side) - Appropriate for school-age children. Listen to stories about building and then build bridges out of paper and blocks. 4 p.m., East Side Library, 524 S. Stone St. Free. (509) 444-5331

Thursday

After-School Specials (Moran Prairie) - “Catch a Crook,” learn about crime-solving techniques including fingerprinting and secret codes. 4 p.m., Moran Prairie Library, 6004 S. Regal St. Free. (509) 893-8340.

Friday

Spokane Chiefs Hockey - vs. Portland. Magnet schedule giveaway night. 7 p.m., Spokane Arena, 720 W. Mallon Ave. (509) 325-SEAT

“Living a Life of Joy” - Fundraising luncheon featuring Dr. Hunter “Patch” Adams (of Robin Williams movie fame), to benefit Children’s Miracle Network. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Northern Quest Casino, 100 N. Hayford Road, Airway Heights. $50/minimum donation; student tickets available for $20. (509) 473-6372

Dads Helping Dads - Group meets to discuss the important roles fathers play in their children’s lives. 7 p.m., Fowler United Methodist Church, 3928 N. Howard St. (509) 290-6494

Saturday

27th Annual Fallen Leaf Run - 5K run to benefit Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Mirabeau Meadows Park, by Spokane Valley Mall, Spokane Valley. $20/preregistration, $25/day of event (free for ages 12 and younger); includes long-sleeve T-shirt, raffle ticket and refreshments. (509) 456-0505

Festa Italiana - Live family entertainment, food and cooking demonstrations, wine and beer garden, artisan and business vendors, farmers market, Spokane Italian Car Club show and Bolla Grape Stomp Contest. Free carnival games, jumping castles and hands-on activities for children. Today, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Grape Stomp 12:45-4:45 p.m. both days. Kootenai County Fairgrounds, 4056 N. Government Way, Coeur d’Alene. Free admission; parking is $1, proceeds benefit local youth/school groups. (208) 773-8522

Third Annual 24-Hour Comic Book Day - Artists and writers are invited to create a 24-page book in 24 hours. Bring supplies and money for food, drinks and comics. Today-Sunday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Merlyn’s, 19 W. Main Ave. (509) 624-0957

National Weather Service Open House - Meet the weather forecasters, watch a weather balloon launch, tour the facilities, see how a weather forecast is created and more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 2610 N. Rambo Road. Free. (509) 244-6395

“Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” Storytime - Hear the story that inspired the movie. Also listen to Judi Barrett’s latest, “The Marshmallow Incident,” as well as some other food stories. All ages. 11 a.m., Auntie’s Bookstore, Children’s Section, 402 W. Main Ave. Free. (509) 838-0206

Cowboy Music and Poetry - KPBX Kids Concert with Western Reunion and a craft project from Mobius Kids. Enjoy campfire tunes, Western songs, sing-alongs and cowboy poetry. 1-2 p.m., River Park Square Atrium, 808 W. Main Ave. Free.

“Curious George” - Family movie. 2 p.m., South Hill Library, 3324 S. Perry St. Free. (509) 444-5386

Parent and Child Little Potters Class - For age 3-5. Make basic clay structures with your child. Pre-registration is required. 2-4 p.m., Clay Connections, 714 E. Sprague Ave. $16/parent and child; $5/additional child. Preregistration required. (509) 625-6200.

Sunday

Kayak Horseshoe Lake - For age 14 and older. Sponsored by REI. Paddle to a 50-foot waterfall. 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m., Horseshoe Lake Public Boat Launch. $24 ($21/REI members); preregistration required. (509) 625-6200.

Bicycle Geology Trip - Rock Lake - For age 8 and older. Enjoy an 11-mile ride while learning about lava flows, floods, cultures and more. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Cheney Library/City Hall, 609 Second St., Cheney. $18/adults, $11/children age 16 and younger. Preregistration required. (509) 625-6200.

Ongoing

“Amaizing” Corn Maze - More than 12 acres of family fun. Food court and free parking. Fridays, 4-11 p.m., Saturdays, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. and Sundays, noon-5 p.m. through Oct. 31. Beck Road just off Highway 53, Hauser, Idaho. $8/adults, $5/seniors and children ages 5-12, free/age 4 and younger (no pets/purses/backpacks). (509) 242-CORN

Apple Festival - Weekends through Oct. 25, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Green Bluff north of Spokane. Visit www.greenbluffgrowers.com for map of growers.

Donations Needed for Community Baby Shower - Community Health Education and Resources is collecting new and gently used baby items for the organization’s annual Community Baby Shower on Saturday. Items needed include: diapers, clothes sizes 0-2T, bathing items, blankets, toys and baby gear. No car seats please. For more information, contact Samantha Roberts at (509) 242-4255. West Central Community Center, 1603 N. Belt St.

MobiusLab - Preview of Mobius Science Center - A sneak peek for visitors age 8 and older with opportunity to interact and learn about science and technology. Through Wednesday during mall hours, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. NorthTown Mall near Barnes & Noble on the street level. Free. (509) 444-2350

Mother Mentors Needed - Volunteers are needed to participate as mentors to young, single, pregnant women for the Childbirth and Parenting Alone Program of Catholic Charities Spokane Doula Project. Volunteers must be a parent, have a high school education or GED, be at least 26 years of age and commit to spending two hours a week with their young mother for a year. Training will begin this fall. CCFSC Office, 12 E. Fifth Ave. (509) 455-4970

Silver Spurs International Folk Dance Youth Group - For children in grades 3-12. No experience is required. Learn dance and performance basics with folk traditions from around the world. Monthly fees: $25/grades K-2, $30/grades 3-6 and $40/grades 7-12. For more information see www.silverspursyouthfolkdancers.org or call (509) 533-9966

Spokane Parks and Recreation Classes - A variety of children’s classes and family activities will be offered throughout October, including: Pend Oreille Train Ride - Autumn Colors, Skyhawks Beginning Basketball, Yoga for Kids, Vertical Climbing for Parent and Child and more. For more information or to register, visit www.spokaneparks.org. $29-$49. (509) 625-6200

Women’s and Children’s Free Restaurant - Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 4:15-5:45 p.m. and Fridays, 12:30-2:30 p.m. with take-out from 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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