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This Week

Stone Soup Cafe - The Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist and St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church are offering Stone Soup Cafe, a vacation Bible school for children 3-14. Two free meals will be served to children 18 and younger: breakfast from 8:30-9:30 a.m. and lunch from 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. For more information or to volunteer, contact Tracey Waring at or (509) 481-1167 or St. Andrew’s at (509) 325-5252. Mondays-Fridays through Aug. 28, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 2404 N. Howard St.

Pioneer Day - The celebration of the Mormon pioneers entering what is now Salt Lake City in 1847 begins with a pioneer parade, followed by a free breakfast, games and activities. Today, 8:45 a.m., Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Spokane Valley, 13608 E. 40th Ave.

Obon Japanese Cultural Festival - Two-day event with Japanese-Hawaiian food, Japanese art and music, and crafts for kids. The highlight of the festival is the Bon Odori dancing at 6 p.m. each night, which are audience participation dances. An anime/manga group will be dressed in costumes doing a live chess game. Entertainment includes Taiko drummers and Japanese folk singers and musicians. Today, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Spokane Buddhist Temple, 927 S. Perry St. Free (charge for food). (509) 534-7954.

Catholic Singles Mingle - A barbecue potluck. Open to single adults of all ages. Bring your own meat to grill with a dish to share. Please RSVP. Today, 3 p.m., Liberty Lake County Park, 3704 S. Zephyr Road. (509) 226-1380.

Pope Francis’ Message: Hope and Joy - The Rev. Robert McNeese will lead this day of prayer on the joy of the Gospel. The day begins with a rosary at 9 a.m., includes two conferences, lunch, the sacrament of reconciliation, Mass, and closes with the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Call (509) 448-1224 or visit for more information. Tuesday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Immaculate Heart Retreat Center, 6910 S. Ben Burr Road. $35, $45 for a room for the day.

Summer VBS Enrichment - Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays through Aug. 27, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Greenbluff Community United Methodist Church, 9908 E. Green Bluff Road, Green Bluff. (509) 238-9100.

Community Dinner - Free family-friendly dinner for anyone who would like to have a meal in fellowship with others. Reservations are helpful but not required. Call the office at (509) 926-7966. Tuesday, 6 p.m., Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 2511 S. Pines Road, Spokane Valley. Free.

POP Summer Concert - Family-friendly outdoor concert on the hillside lawn. Darin Hildebrand performs original songs and covers. Wednesday, 7-9 p.m. Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 8441 N. Indian Trail Road. Free. (509) 465-0779.

“The Art and Practice of Living with Nothing and No One Against You” - Create the life you desire. Wednesdays through Sept. 2. Call (509) 838-6518 to register. Wednesday, 6:30 p.m., Unity Spiritual Center, 2900 S. Bernard St. $25. (509) 389-7290.

Canada’s Double Portion - Concert by family singing group at 7 p.m. Thursday at Valley Assembly, 15618 E. Broadway Ave. Free, donations accepted.


John Nilsen in Concert - Award-winning concert pianist Nilsen performs an average of 240 dates annually and has appeared in all 50 states as well as in Europe and Asia. He has appeared with Jose Feliciano, Jesse Colin Young, David Foster, Alex De Grassi, Kenny G and many others. His musical style covers folk, jazz, classically woven compositions, some boogie-woogie, a few classics and traditional hymn arrangements. Refreshments will be served afterward, and Nilsen’s CDs will be available for purchase. Aug. 2, 4 p.m., Spokane Valley United Methodist Church, 115 N. Raymond Road, Spokane Valley. Free. (509) 924-7262.

Feed Medical Lake - A free meal the second Monday of the month, 5-6 p.m. Aug. 10, St. John Lutheran Church - Medical Lake, 223 S. Hallett St., Medical Lake. (509) 714-1150.

Global Leadership Summit - The Global Leadership Summit is designed for business and community leaders, board members, pastors, teachers, civil servants, politicians – anyone, soccer mom to CEO, who has the opportunity to influence and the desire to positively impact their world. This event will offer insights, developmental tools and inspiring perspectives from leaders all over the world who are committed to making lasting, positive change in the spheres they influence. Register at Special pricing available for military, students and groups of 25 and more. Aug. 6-7, Life Center Foursquare Church, 1202 W. Government Way. $89-$209. (509) 327-4422.

Victory Over Violence: Building a Culture of Peace for the Children of the World - This exhibit brings together people and organizations dedicated to finding a path to lasting peace. Leave with renewed confidence that a culture of peace is possible and a necessity for life on Earth. This is a presentation commemorating the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. For more information, call Richard Anderson at (509) 435-5626 or Michael Collum at (208) 446-4328. Aug. 9, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Soka Gakkai International - Spokane Buddhist Center, 1717 W. Sixth Ave. (509) 315-4185.

Idaho This Week

Men’s Saturday Breakfast - Community United Methodist Church welcomes men of all ages for fellowship and no-host breakfast on the fourth Saturday of each month. Today, 7:30 a.m., Elmer’s Restaurant, 290 W. Appleway Ave., Coeur d’Alene.

Dolce Canto and Monroe Crossing Choral and Bluegrass Concert - An evening of choral and energetic bluegrass music, performed with soul and inspiration. Both groups will perform individual sets, followed by a joint presentation of Minnesota composer Carol Barnett’s “The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass.” Today, 7 p.m., First Presbyterian Church - Coeur d’Alene, 521 Lakeside Ave., Coeur d’Alene. $15/adults, $10/students. (406) 544-4923.

Summer Youth Groups - Groups meet each Wednesday. Jr. Youth Group for kids entering first-fifth grades is 6-7:45 p.m. Dinner is served and the family is welcome to eat with the group. There will be a different themed activity each week. Youth Group for kids entering sixth-12th grades will meet at 2 p.m. with specially planned activities each week. For more information, call (208) 765-8800. Wednesday, Community United Methodist Church, 1470 W. Hanley Ave., Coeur d’Alene.

Brown Bag Studies - Held each Wednesday in the church library. All men and women welcome to participate in a wide variety of Bible and book/video studies. Wednesday, 11:30 a.m., Community United Methodist Church, 1470 W. Hanley Ave., Coeur d’Alene. (208) 765-8800.

Youth Group - Dinner followed by activities for youth groups (grades 3-5 and 6-12) are held each Wednesday. Join the fun and bring a friend. Wednesday, 6-7:45 p.m., Community United Methodist Church, 1470 W. Hanley Ave., Coeur d’Alene. (208) 765-8800.

Friendship Kitchen - Community meal on Thursdays, 4-5:30 p.m. Thursday, St. George’s Parish Center, 2010 N. Lucas St., Post Falls. Free. (208) 773-4715.


Sunday Brunch - Community United Methodist Church welcomes all for fellowship and no-host brunch on the first Sunday of each month. For more information, call (208) 765-8800 or visit Aug. 2, 10:30 a.m., JB’s Restaurant, 704 W. Appleway Ave., Coeur d’Alene.

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