Wine Tasting Wednesdays - Complimentary tasting with wines from around the world every Wednesday from 4-6 p.m., The Culinary Stone, 2129 Main St., Coeur d’Alene. (208) 277-4116.
Wednesday Wine and Cooking Demo - Every Wednesday, 4-6 p.m., enjoy a flight of wines paired with food prepared by chef Carol. Call to reserve a seat. Gourmet Way, 8222 Government Way, Coeur d’Alene. $15/per person; $10/per wine club member. (208) 762-1333.
Hoppy Holidays INW Girls Pint Out - Celebrate the end of year with a big bash. Bring a wrapped bottle of craft beer (under $10) to participate in the gift exchange. Price includes food and beers for tasting (additional bottles of beer, wine and spirits will be available for purchase). Register and get an extra raffle ticket for a chance to win some great giveaways. Today, 6 p.m., Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln St. $25. (509) 327-8000.
Beertopia with the Inland NW Ale Trail - Locally crafted beers, live music, pool contests and prizes, tasty appetizers and more. Make reservations on Yelp for pint glass, beer sample tickets and appetizer samples. Today, 6-9 p.m., The Black Diamond, 9614 E. Sprague Ave. $5. (509) 891-8357.
Food For Thought Book Club - Presented in partnership with the Inland Northwest Food Network, a discussion of “Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit,” by Barry Estabrook. Today, 6 p.m., Coeur d’Alene Library, Gozzer Room, 702 E. Front Ave., Coeur d’Alene. Free. (208) 769-2315.
Fire & Ice: Holiday Treats - Pastry Chef Bob Lombardi, the Food Network’s “Fire and Ice Mad Scientist,” will share his expertise utilizing liquid nitrogen to make holiday treats. Today, 6-8 p.m., INCA at SCC, 1810 N. Greene St., Bldg. 1. $59. (509) 279-6030.
3-D Printing Cookie Cutters - Learn how to create your very own cookie cutter using a 3-D printer. No 3-D printer experience necessary. Printed cookie cutters will be ready one week after the event. Registration required. Space is limited. Visit www.scld.org. Today and Monday, 7-9 p.m., Spokane Valley Library, 12004 E. Main Ave. Free. (509) 893-8400.
Friendship Kitchen - Community meal on Thursdays, 4-5:30 p.m., St. George’s Parish Center, 2010 N. Lucas St., Post Falls. Free. (208) 773-4715.
Tasteful Thursdays - Every Thursday, 4:30–7:30 p.m., through Dec. 18 the public is encouraged to enjoy live music and sample a variety of delicious wine, cider, beer, coffee and more. Plus special visits from local massage therapists for free chair massages, fun henna art, and seasonal offerings from the Co-op Kitchen. Moscow Food Co-op, 121 E. Fifth St., Moscow. Free. (208) 882-8537.
Dutch Bros. Buck-for-Kids - On Friday, all Dutch Bros. Coffee locations will donate $1 for every drink sold to support local youth organizations. For a full list of Dutch Bros. locations visit www.dutchbros.com/locations.
Cooking with Carol - Chef Carol will prepare her recipe of the week every Friday at 10:30 a.m. Visit www.facebook.com/ GourmetWayHayden to view the menu. Gourmet Way, 8222 Government Way, Hayden. Free. (208) 762-1333.
Vino! Wine Tastings - Tastings include: Friday, 3-6:30 p.m., Vino’s Wine of the Month Club, $10; Saturday, 2-4:30 p.m., Explore Mourvedres, $10. Vino! Wine Shop, 222 S. Washington St. (509) 838-1229.
Total Wine & More Tastings: Spokane Valley - Beer, cider and liquor tastings with experts. Friday, 4-7 p.m., Liberty Ciderworks Tasting; Dec. 12, 4-7 p.m., 2Bar Spirits Tasting; Dec. 13, noon-3 p.m., No-Li Brewhouse Tasting. Total Wine & More Spokane Valley, 13802 E. Indiana Ave. Free. (509) 922-1530.
Total Wine & More Tastings - Beer, cider and liquor tastings with experts. Friday, 4-7 p.m., Orlison Brewing; Saturday, noon-3 p.m., Liberty Ciderworks; Dec. 13, noon-3 p.m., No-Li Brewhouse. Total Wine & More, 9980 N. Newport Highway. Free. (509) 466-1644.
Bottles Holiday Wine Tasting - Sample wines that are great for gift giving or serving at your holiday dinner. Friday, 5 p.m., Bottles, 3319 N. Argonne Road. Free. (509) 443-4027.
INCA After Dark - Classes include: Friday, Small Bites, Big Nights; Jan. 9, Thai-ing to Cook; Jan. 14, Butterfly, Brunoise and Chiffonade; Jan. 17, There’s an App-etizer for That; Jan. 22, Serious Soups; Jan. 29, Artisan Bread Baking. All classes are 6-8 p.m. For more information or registration, visit incaafterdark.scc.spokane.edu or call (509) 533-8141. INCA at SCC, 1810 N. Greene St., Bldg. 1. $49/per class.
Northwoods Performing Arts Dinner Theatre - Performance of “Northwoods Christmas Chorale.” Friday is Gala Night and Garlic Prime Rib Dinner; Saturday and Tuesday, Beef Stroganoff Dinner; Dec. 11-13: Fried Chicken Dinner. Dinner at 6:30 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m. Circle Moon Theater, 3642 N. SR 211, Newport. Dinner and show: $25/person; $35/Gala night. Show only: $12. (208) 448-1294.
Family Dance and Potluck - Easy circle, line, contra, folk and novelty dances with live music for family fun. Designed to encourage young dancers and beginners to move to music and give families quality, crazy time together with lots of laughter. All of the dances are taught by Susan Dankovich, local contra caller and director of the Silver Spurs Youth Folk Dancers. The Band is Margie Heller, Ken Raymond and Paul Tapp. Potluck at 6:30 p.m. and dancing begins at 7 p.m. Friday and Jan. 2, 6:30 p.m., St. John’s Cathedral, 127 E. 12th Ave. Free. (509) 533-9955.
South American Wine Tour - Taste eight quality wines – two whites and six reds – from the neighboring nations of Chile and Argentina. Tasting includes cheese and Bouzie bakery bread. Friday, 7 p.m., Rocket Market, 726 E. 43rd Ave. $20. (509) 343-2253.
Breakfast with Santa - Enjoy a pancake breakfast, games, crafts and other activities for the entire family. Have your picture taken with Santa. Hosted by Spokane Valley Rotary Club. Proceeds benefit Rotary College Scholarships, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards and other Rotary service projects. Registration requested. Saturday, 8:30-11 a.m., CenterPlace, 2426 N. Discovery Place. $5/person. (509) 688-0300.
Mobius Kids Santa Breakfast Fundraiser - The 11th annual event. Breakfast, festive activities and a visit with Santa. Purchase tickets at Mobius Kids Children’s Museum or by calling. Benefits Mobius Children’s Museum in conjunction with Christmas Tree Elegance. Saturday, 9-11 a.m., The Davenport Hotel, Grand Pennington Ballroom, 10 S. Post St. $2/per person; free/age 12 months and younger. (509) 321-7121.
“Too Hot to Handle” - A special fundraiser for the Dahmen Barn’s commercial kitchen. Resident artists, friends from the community and talented board members created several hundred unique hotpads that will make their debut at the Ninth Annual Holiday Gift Gala, then will be for sale through the gift shop following the event as long as they last. Some hotpads are artistic creations, others follow traditional patchwork or a country theme and still others appeal to WSU and UI fans. Also, locally made specialty foods in addition to fine art and fine crafts, plus books and DVDs by Palouse authors will be for sale. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Artisans at the Dahmen Barn, 419 Park Way, Uniontown, Wash. (509) 299-3414.
48th Annual Holiday Crab Feed and Benefit Auction for Kids - The Exchange Club of Spokane Foundation Inc. will host its annual event, a benefit Spokane Child Abuse Network, Children’s Home Society of Washington, and the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery. A silent auction begins at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. $65/per person. (509) 448-1663.
12 Ales of Christmas - Annual event with food, prizes and beer. Wear your ugliest Christmas sweater. Ticket includes 12 tasters, a collector’s cup, buffet, T-shirt and a Coeur d’Alene-area taxi ride. Visit restaurant to purchase. Saturday, 6:30 p.m., Capone’s Pub and Grill, 751 N. Fourth Ave., Coeur d’Alene. $50. (208) 667.4843.
Budge Brothers Sunday Football Potluck - Bring munchies to Budge Brothers Brewery to enjoy while watching the Seahawks. Brewery opens at 1 p.m., or 15 minutes prior to kickoff for 10 a.m. games. Sunday, Budge Brothers Brewery, 2018 E. Riverside Ave. Free admission. (509) 426-3340.
Feed Medical Lake – Free meal, Monday, 5-6 p.m., St. John Lutheran Church, 223 S. Hallett St., Medical Lake. Free. (509) 714-1150.
Twelve String Potluck Monday Night Football - Bring a dish to Twelve String Brewing and enjoy some Monday Night Football fun with other fans while enjoying local craft beer. Monday, 5:30 p.m., Twelve String Brewing Company, 11616 E. Montgomery Drive, Suite 26. (509) 241-3697.
Vino! Professional Tasting - Taste eight wines from Bocelli Wines with wine professional, Susie Curnutte. Call for reservations. Monday, 6-7:30 p.m., Vino! Wine Shop, 222 S. Washington St. $15. (509) 838-1229.
Christmas Tree Elegance - A raffle of 18 unique prize packages – each of which includes a themed, custom-decorated tree and can include gift certificates, items and cash. Each raffle package is valued at approximately $5,000. Twelve trees and their gifts are displayed on the mezzanine of the historic Davenport Hotel and six are on the skywalk level at River Park Square. A Holiday Luncheon and Fashion Show will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m., cost is $50. The Tea and Fashion Show will also be on Tuesday, held at 3 p.m., cost is $35. Special prizes will be given to all guests age 12 and younger. Both events will be held in the Grand Pennington Ballroom at the Davenport Hotel, 10 S. Post St. Reservations required. Visit www.spokanesymphonyassoc.org. $1/per ticket. (509) 458-8733.
Sip & Shop Fundraiser - 10 percent of all proceeds from the tasting room, gift shop and Bistro Rouge will be donated to the Festival at Sandpoint. There will be a brief meeting and presentation. Come and support this local nonprofit. Tuesday, 5-9 p.m., Pend d’Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., Sandpoint. (208) 265-8545.
Vino! Small Plates Tasting Event - Dine on three small plate courses paired with two wines each from Bocelli Wines. Call (509) 838-1229 for reservations. Tuesday, 6-8 p.m., Spokane Club, 1002 W. Riverside Ave. $45. (509) 838-8511.
Brewers’ Dinner at Iron Goat - With 3 Ninjas. Five courses, one 12-ounce pour per course. Limited seating available. Tickets available at brewery. Note: Brewery will be closed to public during event. Dec. 10, 6 p.m., Iron Goat Brewing, 2204 E. Mallon Ave. $45. (509) 474-0722.
Make-A-Wish Season of Wishes Holiday Wine Tasting and Auction - This event benefits the Spokane branch of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Alaska and Washington. This year’s goal is to raise $15,000, which will allow three wishes to be granted to local children suffering from life-threatening medical conditions. Seating times are at 6-7:30 p.m. or 7:30-9 p.m. During the course of the meal, guests will be invited to sample four wines and a dessert. The full Boiler Room dinner menu will be available to guests at their own cost. Guests will have the chance to bid on six outstanding silent auction baskets, as well as the opportunity to purchase Mystery Gift Card Envelopes with values of $25, $50 and $100. Tickets can be purchased at https://givingcenter.bidpal.net/ Portal/bpe289863/tickets/preview.html. For more information, call or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Dec. 10, 6-9 p.m., The Boiler Room, 6501 N. Cedar St. $20/per guest. (509) 747-1418.
Season of Sharing Breakfast - Your business can partner with a member charity for the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce’s breakfast by sponsoring a display table at a cost of $100, which includes one breakfast for the charity representative. It is also customary to present the charity with a donation of $100 or more. Call the office at (509) 924-4994 to set up your company’s sponsorship of the charity you want to support. Visit http://spokanevalleychamber.org/?p=1056 for a full list of member nonprofits. A Toys for Tots collection will be held; please bring a new, unwrapped toy. The Fall 2014 NxLeveL entrepreneurs will also be recognized at this breakfast. Coffee and conversation at 7 a.m.; program begins at 7:30 a.m. Dec. 12, Mirabeau Hotel and Convention Center, 1100 N. Sullivan Road. $25-$40/per person.
Global Bubbly - Celebrate bubbles from around the world: Champagne from France, prosecco from Italy, as well as methode Champenoise bubbly from Washington state, California and New Zealand. Tasting includes eight wines, cheese and Bouzie bakery bread. Dec. 12, 7 p.m., Rocket Market, 726 E. 43rd Ave. $20. (509) 343-2253.
A Taste of Gingerbread - Come decorate gingerbread houses or gingerbread men and help support a local nonprofit. Cider, hot cocoa and coffee will be provided and you can take holiday photos in the fun photo booth. Proceeds benefit the ISAAC Foundation. Dec. 13, 10 a.m.-noon., West Central Community Center, 1603 N. Belt St. $20/gingerbread house; $10/gingerbread man. (509) 325-1515.
Breakfast with Santa - The 29th annual all-you-can-eat sausage and eggs, pancake, biscuits and gravy, with orange juice and coffee. Annual event hosted by the Hauser Lake Fire Department, with proceeds benefiting a child diagnosed with a serious illness. This year’s recipient is 7-year-old Serina, of Coeur d’Alene, who has leukemia. Dec. 14, 7 a.m.-1 p.m., Hauser Lake Fire Station, 10728 N. Hauser Lake Road, Hauser, Idaho. $3/person; or $10/family. (208) 659-4922.
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