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Holiday Pulse Food

The arrival of FIRE (816 W. S a • a a a. in Spokane around this time last year was quite an event, and it’s not hard to see why. The hip restaurant’s artisan pizza is handtossed, fastidiously topped and wood-fired as though every pie were a work of art. Alongside the build-your-own options, there are a few set toppings like the Billy (goat cheese, roasted red pepper, Kalamata olives, fresh arugula), the Crimini (mushrooms, thyme, garlic olive oil, mozzarella) plus an always intriguing daily special. Like Fire, MACKENZIE RIVER

Events

PIZZA & MORE PIZZA CO. ( 1 W. • a a. recently added a downtown location to complement its Northside and South Hill franchises, which ought to make it easier for holiday shoppers to enjoy a menu that prides itself on unique flavor combinations. Play it safe and traditional with the Bear Tooth Sausage (hot Italian sausage, diced tomatoes, red onions, red peppers) or go adventurous with the Caribbean chicken (spicy jerk chicken, sweet Caribbean sauce, pineapples, topped with fresh cilantro). Even their Buffalo Wing pizza features tempting, out-of-

THIS HOLIDAY SEASON, DOWNTOWN SPOKANE IS THE PLACE TO BE. COME VISIT THE INLAND NORTHWEST’S MOST EXCITING DESTINATION.

the-ordinary toppings like celery and bleu cheese. A wide range of pastas, salads, burgers and steaks rounds out the menu. EUROPA (125 S. Wall • a . a. a a is renowned for its delicious Tuscan-style pies, but it’s a lot more than that. A full range of salads like the Steak Tenderloin and Harvest Pear, along with pastas, calzones and pastries, makes for a menu that can sate any appetite. Overwhelmed by choice? The chicken marsala gets consistent five-star praise.

ICE SKATING

Now Open - Riverfront Park’s Ice Palace is now open through March 2, Tue-Sun from 11 am-5 pm, and also Tue-Thu from 7-8:30 pm and Fri-Sat from 7-10 pm. Extended holiday hours TBA. Adults $4.50; kids age 3-12, military and seniors (62+) $3.50. Skate rental $3.50. (Free admission coupons available from participating downtown retailers & downtownspokane.org, good from Nov. 22-Dec. 19, excludes skate rental.) spokaneriverfrontpark.com (625-6601)

OUR TOWN

Runs through Dec. 14 - See this classic play telling the story of small-town America at the turn of the 20th century. Performances held Wed-Sat at 7:30 pm; select Sat and Sun matinées at 2 pm. $12-$28. Interplayers Theatre, 174 S. Howard St. interplayerstheatre.org (455-7529)

THE CHRISTMAS SCHOONER

Runs through Dec. 22 - A holiday musical telling the true story of the ships that transported Christmas trees across the Great Lakes. Performances held weekly Thu-Sat at 7:30 pm and Sun at 2 pm. $22-$30. Spokane Civic Theatre, 1020 N. Howard St. spokanecivictheatre.com (325-2507)

TREE OF SHARING

Through Dec. 12 - Spokane’s Tree of Sharing, the largest organization of its kind in the U.S., provides holiday gifts to thousands of low-income children, women and men in the Inland Northwest each year. Donated gifts are distributed to 50 community service agencies serving those in need. River Park Square, 808 W. Main Ave. treeofsharing.org (290-0002)

SANTA EXPRESS

Through Dec. 23 - Youth (ages 4-12) can shop for affordable Christmas gifts ranging from 50 cents to $8. Proceeds benefit the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery. Open Mon-Sat from 10 am-8 pm and Sun from 11 am-6 pm. Crescent Court skywalk level, 707 W. Main Ave. vanessabehan.org (535-3155)

FESTIVAL OF FAIR TRADE

Nov. 29-Dec. 1 from 10 am-5 pm - The 29th annual event features local vendors offering globally made gift items from jewelry and pottery to clothing and more, all handmade in sweatshop-free environments. Free admission. Community Building, 25 W. Main Ave. festivaloffairtrade.com (448-6561)

CHRISTMAS TREE ELEGANCE

Dec. 3-15 - Eighteen elaborately decorated holiday trees are displayed and available to win as part of a fundraiser raffle benefiting the Spokane Symphony. Trees are located on the mezzanine of the Davenport Hotel, 10 S. Post St., Dec. 3-14 from 10 am-9 pm, and at River Park Square, 808 W. Main Ave., on the second floor, Dec. 3-15, from 10 am-mall closing each day. Cost: Free to view, raffle tickets $1 each. spokanesymphonyassoc.org

POPOVICH COMEDY PET THEATER

Dec. 5-6 at 7:30 pm, Dec. 7 at 11 am - The world-famous Popovich Comedy Pet Theater returns to Spokane, with all its four-legged principals in tow. See 15 cats and 10 dogs — all rescued from shelters — perform cute tricks. $9-$22. Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. bingcrosbytheater.com (227-4704)

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THE NUTCRACKER

Dec. 5-8 Thurs-Sat at 7:30 pm and Sat-Sun at 2 pm - Santa Barbara, Calif.’s State Street Ballet dances to the music of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, performed by the Spokane Symphony Orchestra. $25-$75. Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox, 1001 W. Sprague Ave. spokanesymphony.org (624-1200)

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