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Spokane Valley This week

Rummage Sale – Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. and Sunday, noon-3 p.m. at Opportunity Presbyterian Church, 202 N. Pines Road. Walgreens will be administering flu shots on Friday and Saturday. (509) 924-9750.


Christmas/Fall Bazaar and Rummage Sale – Oct. 11, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Otis Orchards Community Church, 23304 E. Wellesley Ave. Also offering a free car care pre-winter safety check-up and Awana carwash, weather permitting. (509) 928-1979.

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Sharing the Dharma Day – Sunday, 9:45 a.m.-3 p.m., includes meditation, discussion and vegetarian potluck at Sravasti Abbey, 692 Country Lane, Newport.

Mennonite Country Auction and Relief Sale – Saturday; begins with breakfast from 7-9 a.m., vendor booths open at 10 a.m., auction begins at noon at Menno Mennonite Church Grounds, 1378 N. Damon Road, Ritzville. Pastors will present “Who Are the Mennonites,” in the church sanctuary at 10:30 a.m. Auction includes quilts, pro and college football tickets, and more. Kids’ activities include bounce house, booths and basketball shoot. A penny/change drive will benefit the Philippines Typhoon Haiyan Relief Project. Free parking. (509) 659-0926.

Spokane This Week

Dance and Potluck – For all ages, Friday, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at St. John’s Cathedral, 127 E. 12th Ave. (509) 838-4277.

Kol Nidre Service – Friday, 6 p.m. at Temple Beth Shalom with Congregation Emanu-El, 1322 E. 30th St. (509) 714-3123.

Alms Bowl Rummage Sale and Pet Blessing – Accepting donations Friday, 4-6 p.m. in the north parking lot at Unity Church, 2900 S. Bernard St. Sale Saturday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., pet blessing 9-11:30 a.m. at Unity Church. Proceeds benefit the food fund at Sravasti Abbey.

Yom Kippur Service – Saturday, 9 a.m. at Temple Beth Shalom with Congregation Emanu-El, 1322 E. 30th St. (509) 714-3123.

Oktoberfest at CLC – Saturday, 2 p.m. at Central Lutheran Church, 512 S. Bernard St. Featuring home-brew beer tasting contest (for ages 21 and older) and homemade German-style food. Adults, $15/in advance, $20/at the door. Free/ age 12 and younger. Advance tickets available online at Scroll down to Oktoberfest item. Proceeds benefit local food banks and soup kitchens.

Apple Festival Craft and Bake Sale – Saturday-Sunday and Oct. 11-12 and Oct. 18-19 at Green Bluff United Methodist Church, 9908 E. Green Bluff Road. Featuring apple dumplings with hot vanilla sauce, food vendors, crafters and entertainment. The kitchen is open Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays, noon-5 p.m. Free admission. (509) 238-9100 or email

Oktoberfest at St. Charles Parish – Saturday, 9 a.m. and Sunday after Masses at 8 and 10 a.m., runs until 6 p.m. Featuring a beer garden, food, desserts, crafts, fresh produce, jewelry and a quilt raffle. (509) 327-9573.

“Come On Over” Worship Service – Sunday, 11 a.m. The Rev. Don Ott presents a sermon from the Book of Acts 16:6-15 at Central Baptist Church, 19 W. Shannon Ave. (509) 327-9322.

Blessing of the Animals at St. Mark’s – Sunday, 10:45 a.m. service at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 316 E. 24th Ave. Sit with your pet during worship and then come forward for a blessing. The Spokane Humane Society will also be on site with pets available for adoption. (509) 747-6677.

St. Francis Day Pet Blessing – Sunday, 10:30 a.m. service at St. John’s Cathedral, 127 E. 12th Ave. Stuffed animals or pet pictures are also welcome. Please contain difficult to control pets and those that may become prey for other animals. (509) 838-4277.

“Living with an Open Heart” Buddhist Meditation Class – Mondays, Oct. 6-Nov. 15, 6:30-8 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Church, 4340 W. Fort Wright Blvd. (509) 325-6383 or contact Susan,

“Companioning” Adult Formation Series – Holy Eucharist will be offered Wednesdays at 6:15 p.m., prior to speaker sessions at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday’s speaker is Jim Hunt; Oct. 15 is Linda Hunt; and Kent Hoffman presents on Nov. 12 and Jan. 7, at St. John’s Cathedral, 127 E. 12th Ave. (509) 838-4277.


“Losing our Religious Liberties” Conference – Oct. 9, 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m. at Red Lion River Inn, 700 N. Division St. Featured speaker is Joseph Backholm of the Family Policy Institute of Washington. $17. RSVP to Ponderosa Republican Women; Gretchen at (509) 624-2562.

“Better Me, Better Moms” Women’s Parenting Conference – Now registering for the event Oct. 14, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Family of Faith Community Church, 1504 W. Grace Ave. Featuring keynote speaker Judge Debra Hayes, a resource fair, lunch, workshops on stress, career choices, health and parenting. Limited child care available. (509) 838-6092, ext. 322.


Buddhist Teachings and Meditation Practices – Saturdays, 7-8 p.m. with Tibetan Buddhist Monk Geshe-La Thupten Phelgye at 122 W. Euclid Ave. Contact Lori at

Dharma in Spokane – Unitarian Universalist Buddhist Meditation Group meets Mondays, 6:30-8 p.m. in the chapel at 4340 W. Fort Wright Drive. (509) 447-5549.

“Feed Medical Lake” Free Meal – Each second Monday of the month, 5-6 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 223 S. Hallett St., Medical Lake. (509) 714-1150.

Spokane Inter-Faith Council – Meets second Tuesday of each month, 6:30 p.m. at Center for Spiritual Living, 2825 E. 33rd Ave. (509) 534-1011.

Help for Homeless Meal Prep – Help is needed each Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 1703 N. Washington St. Volunteers will prep sandwiches, cookies and chips for weekly lunch distribution to the homeless. Donations of sandwich cookies, baggies, snack-size bags of chips and bottled water are appreciated. (509) 328-9310.

Friday Celebrate Recovery at Mt. Spokane Church – Fridays, men’s and women’s addictive and co-dependency recovery groups, dinner at 6 p.m. followed by short message then small group break out at the church, 6311 E. Mt. Spokane Drive, Mead. Child care provided. Contact Mike C. at (509) 599-4716.

To include church news in this column, please submit items at least two weeks in advance and include a contact phone number to publish. Send to Sherry Adkins by email at, or by fax at (208) 765-7149, phone (208) 765-7120.

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