by Inlander Staff & r & 10 Years Gone & r & Time flies when you're having fun. That might explain how 10 years have gone by since the Spokane Arena really was new. OK, you can stop calling it "our new Arena" now. But you can celebrate, too, as the Arena is hosting a birthday bash on Wednesday at the Arena from 5-9 pm. There will be games to play, prizes to win and -- of course -- cake.

Discover History's Core & r & The National Park Service's Corps of Discovery II, a mobile exhibit that celebrates our Lewis and Clark heritage and is housed in a long-haul truck painted a really neat shade of blue, is making stops in Kamiah, Idaho (Sept. 16-26); Clarkston, Wash. (Oct. 1-9); the Tri-Cities (Oct. 14-17); Umatilla, Ore. (Oct. 21-24); and The Dalles (Oct. 28-31).

All of which proves that a) compared to the keelboats of 200 years ago, today's big rigs aren't one bit faster, and b) the National Park Service must think that Kamiah, Idaho, has twice as many people as the Tri-Cities.

Anyway, down in Clarkston, Oct. 8-9 will bring the storytelling and canoe-building hilarity of "Lewis and Clark Days." Call (509) 758-3126. And on Oct. 15 -- with that big blue truck still driving around Kennewick and refusing to ask directions -- there will be a "Down to the Great Columbia" Heritage Festival, recalling the time, 200 years ago to the day, that Bill and Meri traded goods with more than 200 Indians and learned for the first time that they had indeed taken the correct route. Yes, they really were on their way to the mouth of the Pacific -- where, the Indians informed them (by the use of some incredibly detailed sign language) that there was a really cute B & amp;B with taupe linens and scones that were to die for. Call (800) 254-5824.

Big Hairy Deal & r & Guy in upstate New York has three-inch eyebrow hair. Turns out it's a record.

"It's crazy how much people want to know about this," Frank Ames said last week. "I could build children's hospitals all across the world, and this is what I would still be known for."

Ames' record appears in the "Body Parts" section of the 2006 edition of The Guinness Book of World Records.

Where does Ames get off, suggesting that we don't have our priorities straight? We know that charity is important. We wouldn't waste our time looking at some of the stuff that's in that Body Parts section, probably. What page was that on?

It's Our Can-Do Attitude & r & On Thursday, Sept. 22, bring three cans of stuff like tuna, chili, stew, soup or fruit to the Regal Cinemas at either NorthTown Mall or the Spokane Valley Mall and you'll not only get in free, you'll receive a small bag of popped corn kernels. It's all part of the 25th annual Cans Film Festival supporting the Second Harvest food bank. Visit or call 534-6678.

American Inheritance: Unpacking World War II @ Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture

Tuesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through May 23
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