Lloyd Winetsky, who teaches in Wapato and lives near Moxee, will discuss his novel Grey Pine at the NorthTown Barnes & amp; Noble on Friday from 4-6 pm. It's about the aftermath of the 1980 Mount St. Helens eruption in the life of a young teacher -- his struggles with his alcoholic father, his uncooperative neighbors, and society's post-Vietnam malaise are all symbolized by the ash that keeps falling everywhere. Call 482-4235.
Junior Lilac: Saturday at 9 am, downtown. Lilac Festival Torchlight Parade: Saturday, May 17, at 7:45 pm.
At the KPBX Kids' Concert on Saturday at 1 pm at the Bing, five Spokane guys calling themselves Sidetrack will make you hear that lonesome whistle blow. There will even be an "I've Been Livin' on the Railroad" sing-along. Call 328-5729.
Belbin & amp; Agosto
Tanith and Ben, that is. That's who won the ice dancing competition in 2006 in St. Louis, the last time the U.S. Figure Skating Championships were held right before the Winter Olympic Games. And next time? Right here in the 'Kan: Jan. 14-24, 2010. The first several days of the USFSC are filled with novice and junior competitions, but then come the big guns: men's and ladies' singles, pairs, and ice dancing (both short programs and free skates). That means 10 hours of coverage on NBC -- and best of all, we beat Portland! (For the hosting rights, that is. San Jose and Providence, too.)