1. Author Sherman Alexie 7 p.m. Friday, Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. The National Book Award-winning author of such books as “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” “The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fist Fight in Heaven” and “War Dances” will read from his first picture book, “Thunder Boy Jr.” Presented by Auntie’s Bookstore. (509) 227-7638. Admission: $3
2. Rock the Block 6 p.m. Saturday, Beachcombers Beach Club, adjacent to the Liberty Lake boat launch at 23810 E. Third Ave. Free concert featuring music by the Mountain Brothers; part of the Summer Festival presented by Friends of Pavillion Park. http://pavillionpark.org/. Admission: FREE
3. Community Swim at Camp Dart-Lo 3 p.m. Monday-Friday, through Aug. 19, Camp Dart-Lo, 14000 N. Dartford Drive. Cool off at Camp Dart-Lo’s outdoor pools, including standard size and zero-entry wading pool with splash features, surrounded by forest. Age 13 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. (509) 747-6191. Admission: $4 per visit, $30 swim pass of 10 visits
4. Author Jack Castle 6:30 p.m. Friday, Barnes & Noble Spokane Valley, 15310 E. Indiana Ave. Book signing of his sci-fi “Europa Journal” and a writing workshop as he guides you through the ins and outs of getting published. (509) 922-4104. Admission: FREE
5. All-Breed Dog Show 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Kootenai County Fairgrounds, 4056 N. Government Way, Coeur d’Alene. The Inland Empire Kennel Association is holding its annual AKC-sanctioned all-breed dog show. (509) 456-3784. Admission: FREE (parking $5)
6. Riverstone Summer Concert Series 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Riverstone Park, 1805 W. Tilford Lane, Coeur d’Alene (across the pond from Bardenay). Free concerts every Thursday. This week, country music from the Robbie Walden Band; July 28 will feature progressive rock from the Maw Band. (208) 292-1629. Admission: FREE
7. Abandoned by Bears 8 p.m. Thursday, the Pin, 412 W. Sprague Ave. Swedish easycore band is touring the U.S. in support of their album “The Years Ahead.” With Save the Lost Boys and Bird Fight. (509) 368-4077. Admission: $8
8. Concerts Under the Pines 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Audubon Park, 3405 N. Milton Ave. 18th annual event presented by The Audubon-Downriver and Northwest neighborhood councils. Bring a chair, blanket and picnic. This week, it’s music from Atomic Jive. On Aug. 4, enjoy Men of Rhythm. (509) 326-4200. Admission: FREE
9. “Gulliver’s Travels” Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., through Aug. 26, Spokane Art School Gallery, 811 W. Garland Ave. Art show themed around “Gulliver’s Travels” features works by various artists, including Sister Paula Turnbull, Sondra Barrington, Tom Quinn and Scott M. Thompson. (509) 325-1500. Admission: FREE
10. Japanese Obon Festival 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Spokane Buddhist Temple, 927 S. Perry St. A Japanese cultural event, featuring Japanese/Hawaiian Food, Japanese music and crafts for kids. The highlights of the festival are the Bon Odori dancing at 6 p.m. each night), an audience participation dance, and Taiko drumming (11 a.m. on Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday). Also featuring a Japanese-inspired anime/manga cosplay group and Japanese folk singers and musicians. Food available for purchase includes Japanese small plates and the famous senbei crackers. Temple open house from noon-3 p.m. each day. (509) 534-7954. Admission: FREE
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