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“DamNation” Spokane Premiere - Join Save Our Wild Salmon, Spokane Falls Trout Unlimited, EarthJustice and Emerald Valley Anglers for this award-winning film on the national movement to restore rivers and remove outdated dams. Voted People’s Choice for Documentary at SXSW. To view the trailer go to Tickets available at: All proceeds go to efforts to restore wild salmon and steelhead in the Snake River. There will be a Q&A after the screening. Doors open at 6 p.m., program at 6:45. Wednesday, Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln St. $10. (509) 327-8000.

16th Annual HOME Childcare Scholarship Fundraiser Tea - Dig out your pearls, black gloves, tiaras and boas, or wear some provided by HOME for this year’s “Downton Abbey”-themed fundraiser. Presented by Women’s Studies Center. Make checks payable to the EWU HOME Scholarship Foundation. RSVP with a check mailed to H.O.M.E., Women’s Studies Center, 207 Monroe, Cheney, WA 99004. All but $5 of your donation is tax deductible. Wednesday, 2-4 p.m., Eastern Washington University, Monroe Hall, Room 207, Cheney. $20/door. (509) 359-2898.

Fifth Annual Murder Mystery Dinner & Silent Auction - Benefits OutSpokane. Enjoy a three-course dinner while actors mingle with guests to try to solve who committed the crime. Prize for guessing right. April 24, 6 p.m., Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln St. $35. (509) 720-7609.

Thanks for the Memory: Spokane Songbirds Sing a Tribute to Mildred Bailey - An evening featuring jazz vocalists Julia Keefe and Heather Villa, local group Mama Doll and the Mukogawa Women’s Ensemble. The event will highlight local participation in National and International Jazz Appreciation Month, with proceeds from the show supporting the work of the Holy Names Music Center in Spokane. Jazz legend Mildred Rinker Bailey, a member of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, was raised in Spokane, where her brother Alton Rinker played in a local band with Bing Crosby. Thursday, 7 p.m., Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. $20/adults, $15/seniors and students. (800) 325-SEAT.

Reigning Cats and Dogs Auction - The event will include a pet pageant, silent and live auctions, treasure hunt, raffle and appetizers and desserts. Proceeds from the event go to the SCRAPS Hope Foundation’s Animal Medical Fund, which provides medical assistance to animals injured or suffering from abuse. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Purchase tickets at Friday, Spokane County Fair and Expo Center, 404 N. Havana St., Spokane Valley. $25/advance; $30/door.

23rd Annual Festival of Wine - Hosted by the St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute, this event will feature Washington wines, with live and silent auction items including wines, wine tasting packages, entertainment and more. Benefits the creation of St. Luke’s Stroke Rehabilitation Center of Excellence. Friday, 6:30 p.m., Manito Country Club, 5303 S. Hatch Road. $125. (509) 473-6370.

Friends of the Liberty Lake Library Annual Spring Tea - Fundraiser for the Summer Reading Program and other items for the library with food and a silent of auction. Local author Dawn Nelson will share experiences she had growing up on a ranch. Keyboardist Seth Loman will play ’50s and ’60s classics. If possible, bring your favorite teacup and share its history. Tickets are available at the library. Saturday, noon-2 p.m., Meadowwood Technology Center, 2100 N. Molter Road, Liberty Lake. $20. (509) 954-6933.

Sip, Swirl, Savor: An Evening in the Vineyard - The Wine and Gourmet Gala features the best-of-the-best students from Spokane Community College’s Inland Northwest Culinary Academy working alongside professional chefs to prepare a four-course meal paired with fine wines from a guest winemaker. Silent and live auctions support SCC’s Inland Northwest Culinary Academy and the Community Colleges of Spokane Foundation. Saturday, 5 p.m., Spokane Community College, Lair Student Center, 1810 N. Greene St. $125/person. (509) 434-5123.

St. Michael’s Academy Benefit Auction Gala - 18th annual fundraiser to support academic programs including technology and science programs. This year’s theme is “Once Upon a Time” and there will be a contest for Best Fairytale costume, along with live and silent auctions. Saturday, doors open at 4:30, dinner served at 6, live auction starts at 7 p.m. St. Michael’s Academy, 8500 N. St. Michael’s Road. $25. Reservations deadline is Monday. (509) 993-6255.

Beside the Green - Wine tasting, dinner and auction to benefit Gift of Golf. Saturday, 5:30 p.m., Spokane Country Club, 2010 W. Waikiki Road. $50/person; $90/couple.

Dancing with the Celebrities - Seventh annual benefit where local celebrities are paired with professional dance instructors to raise funds for Christian Youth Theater. The audience votes for their favorite contestant by placing dollars into the basket designated for that couple ($1/vote). Votes can be cast prior to the event through the CYT office. Semi-formal event will also have auction items. Saturday, 7 p.m., Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. $15/advance, $20/door. (509) 487-6540.

Spokane Choral Artists FriendRaiser - Spokane Choral Artists invites you to raise a glass with us as we toast to five years of music making. Catering provided by The Roost Bakery. April 27, 4 p.m., Holy Names Music Center, McNally Hall, 3910 W. Custer Drive. $25. (509) 979-4656.

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