LIVING DECEMBER-JANUARY EVENTS DONATE BLOOD | Give blood at the Inland Northwest Blood Center, which requires up to 200 donors each day to ensure that the blood bank is adequately stocked. Donors can schedule an appointment online or donate during walk-in hours at the Spokane, North Spokane, Spokane Valley, Coeur d’Alene, Lewiston, Moscow, Pullman and Moses Lake collection centers. Hours and addresses at inbcsaves.org.
INBODY 570 TESTS | INHS Community Wellness has a machine available to the public which provides a complete picture of body composition, including weight, body mass index, body fat mass, basal metabolic rate and more. Appointments available on Dec. 7, 14, 20 and Jan. 3, 9, 19, and 24. $20/test. INHS Community Wellness Center, 501 N. Riverpoint Blvd., Suite 245. wellness.inhs.org
SECOND HARVEST FOOD SORTING | Join other volunteers to sort and pack produce and other bulk food items for delivery to emergency food outlets. Ages 14+. Shift dates and times vary; sign up at inland. volunteerhub.com/events. Second Harvest Food Bank, 1234 E. Front (252-6267)
CELEBRATE THE SEASON | An event to raise awareness and support for local Salvation Army programs to help our community’s most vulnerable children and families. $75/person; $750/table of 10. Fri, Dec. 8 from noon-1 pm. Northern Quest, 100 N. Hayford Rd., Airway Heights. spokane.salvationarmy.org (329-2721)
UNION GOSPEL MISSION VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION | Learn about volunteer opportunities and services offered through the local homeless ministry. Sessions in Spokane are held the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 6 pm, and in CdA on the second Tuesday of the month at 6 pm, and the fourth Tuesday of the month at 10 am. uniongospelmission.org/events (535-8510 x 2 or 208-665-4673) TREE OF SHARING | Community members can help provide holiday gifts to Spokane’s often-forgotten residents. Pick up gift tags at Tree of Sharing tables located at River Park Square, NorthTown and Spokane Valley malls. Collection runs through Dec. 17; all tables are open during regular mall hours. treeofsharing.org (808-4919) SANTA EXPRESS | The annual holiday store offers items at allowance-friendly prices (50 cents to $8) for area children (ages 4-12) to purchase for their friends and family, with proceeds supporting the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery. Open through Dec. 23 during mall hours. River Park Square, 808 W. Main (2nd level). santaexpress.org CAR SEAT INSPECTIONS | On-site technicians will make sure families’ car seats are safely installed, offer safety tips and discuss passenger safety laws. Appointments available on Dec. 4-7, Dec. 11-14 and Dec. 18-21. Free. Before your appointment, email Renee.Witmer@providence.org with your child’s age, weight, height, your vehicle year and model, and the reason for your inspection. At the Providence Heart Institute Receiving area on Seventh Avenue between Browne and Division. (844-1854) HEALTH CARE FOR ALL | Healthcare for All Washington hosts a video lecture on Single Payer Health Insurance. The lecture covers the broad implications of a single-payer system, and the ways in which employers and employees would benefit. Free. Mon, Dec. 4 from 6:30-7:30 pm. Shadle Library, 2111 W. Wellesley. (747-0659) ADVANCE CARE PLANNING | A session covering how to complete an advance directing in the event that an illness or injury leaves you unable to speak for yourself, and direct your care. Tue, Dec. 5 from 11:30 am-noon. Sacred Heart Medical Center, 101 W. Eighth Ave. (in the 6 North Day Room). washington.providence.org (474-2296)
CHRIST KITCHEN GINGERBREAD BUILDOFF | The annual gingerbread house buildoff features teams competing to build the most elaborate gingerbread house, as voted by the public. Families and kids can also make their own gingerbread houses ($7), take photos with the Gingerbread Man and watch the houses being constructed. Sun, Dec. 10 from 10 am-4 pm. Free to watch. Davenport Grand Hotel, 333 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. christkitchen.org (325-4343) BLESSINGS UNDER THE BRIDGE WINTER EVENT | The local nonprofit hosts its 11th annual event to serve the community’s homeless population, offering a free hot brunch, hot drinks, holiday treats, distributions of winter clothing, blankets and gifts. Sat, Dec. 16 from noon-3 pm. At Fourth Avenue and McClellan Street. To serve, sponsor, bake or give during this annual event visit the organization’s website or email email@example.com. butb.org MEDICARE 101 | A class designed to help attendees understand options in the Medicare program in order to make informed choices about enrollment and coverage. Tue, Dec. 26 from 1-3 pm. $5 donation. Kroc Center, 1765 W. Golf Course Rd., CdA. kroccda.org (208-667-1865) PLANNING MEALS FOR NUTRITION & SAVINGS | A session covering tips and tricks to plan ahead for your meals and grocery shopping, while helping you stick to healthy choices and avoid impulse buys. Educators from Second Harvest also share how to menu-plan for nutritious meals and how to find quality, affordable food. Free. Offered Jan. 10 (South Hill); Jan. 17 (Downtown), Jan. 24 (East Side) and Jan. 29 (Shadle); all sessions begin at 4 pm. spokanelibrary.org BABYSITTING BASICS | Youth ages 10 to 15 can learn skills to be safe and successful babysitters in this course covering how to care for infants, CPR and first aid, personal safety, discipline issues and more. Offered Sat, Jan. 13 and Sat, March 17 at 9 am. $45. St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute, 711 S. Cowley. wellness.inhs.org NORTHWEST FEST & SALMON FEAST Family Promise of North Idaho’s 11th annual dinner begins at 5:30 pm with silent auction items, followed by a catered dinner of salmon, chicken, side dishes and more.
The 1965 film version of Cactus Flower starred Ingrid Bergman, Walter Matthau and Goldie Hawn.
Stage for Schools
pend a night at the theater to help local students stay in school as the Spokane Civic Theatre hosts a benefit performance of the farcical romance Cactus Flower in support of Communities in Schools of Spokane County. With a mission to aid local youth at risk of dropping out of the public education system, Communities in Schools last year helped more than 6,800 students stay on track toward high school graduation and a bright future. By bringing resources and volunteers into local schools, CIS not only aids individual students at risk of dropping out, but also provides schoolwide programs to address issues like bullying, along with offering afterschool enrichment programs for all students. The upcoming benefit production of Cactus Flower, the Civic’s first main stage show of 2018, includes a pre-show auction and cocktail hour. For those not familiar with this classic comedy, it premiered on Broadway in 1965 with an original cast that included top names such as Lauren Bacall, Barry Nelson and Brenda Vaccaro. Cactus Flower was also adapted into a 1969 romantic comedy starring Ingrid Bergman, Walter Matthau and Goldie Hawn, who won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance. Without giving away too much of the plot, its essence is a dramatic love triangle filled with misconceptions and plenty of humor. — CHEY SCOTT
CISSC Benefit: Cactus Flower • Sat, Jan. 13 at 6 pm • $40 • Spokane Civic Theatre • 1020 N. Howard • Tickets: bit.ly/2hzleI7 • spokane.ciswa.org $50. Fri, Jan. 26 at 5:30 pm. Coeur d’Alene Eagles, 209 Sherman Ave. familypromiseni.org (208-777-4190) LEADERSHIP LIGHTS THE WAY GALA | The annual gala celebrates local community leaders, and raises funds to support scholarships for local youth and adult programs. Evening includes a champagne reception, gourmet dinner, auctions, networking opportunities, award presentations and more. Sat, Jan. 27 at 6 pm. $75/ person; $750/table of ten. Northern Quest
Resort & Casino, 100 N. Hayford Rd., Airway Heights. leadershipspokane.org TASTE SPOKANE | The annual event benefiting the Wishing Star Foundation hosts local food and drink purveyors, sharing samples. Proceeds help Wishing Star grant wishes to area children with life-threatening conditions, and to support their families. $65. Fri, Feb. 16, from 7-10 pm. Northern Quest Resort & Casino, 100 N. Hayford Rd., Airway Heights. wishingstar.org (744-3411) n DECEMBER 2017 - JANUARY 2018