Discussion on autism, volunteer with River's Wish Animal sanctuary, and KSPS painting benefit

Do something: How to get involved in your community this week

click to enlarge Dr. Temple Grandin
Dr. Temple Grandin

Temple Grandin, Ph.D., (above) is one of the the most accomplished and well-known adults with autism in the world. She is an autism advocate, best-selling author and animal welfare and behavior expert. Dr. Grandin speaks on the topic of autism and different ways of thinking. $25. Fri, Nov. 16 at 6 pm. Schuler Performing Arts Center at NIC, 1000 W. Garden Ave., CdA. nic.edu

Kootenai Democrats Luncheon

"Troll Racism: How White Supremacists Use Subversion to Spread Hate" is the topic of this week's meeting, with guest Cameron Rasmusson, editor of the Sandpoint Reader. He'll give an account of how the paper was targeted by an anonymous harassment campaign and then illustrate how this fits into a popular tactic of modern white supremacy. Free. Fri, Nov. 16 from noon-1 pm. Iron Horse Bar, 407 E. Sherman Ave., CdA. kootenaidemocrats.org (208-763-3361)

Celebrate Bob Ross: Paint 'n' Sip Event

Join KSPS for an evening celebrating public TV's favorite painter: the lovable, soothing Bob Ross. Ticket sales benefit KSPS Public TV. PBS Nerd apparel and Bob Ross memorabilia is also available for purchase, with prizes for Bob Ross trivia and other contests. Ages 21+. $54. Tue, Nov. 20 from 6:30-8:30 pm. Pinot's Palette, 319 W. Sprague. ksps.org/bobross (443-7700)

Black Sheep Friday

Skip the chaos of shopping and come volunteer at the animal sanctuary northwest of downtown Spokane. The event also includes a toast to the farm's oldest goat, Oliver, who is turning 18 years old in December. Free. Fri, Nov. 23 from 11 am-2 pm. River's Wish Animal Sanctuary, 11511 W. Garfield Rd. bit.ly/2qGCQT4 (951-3650)

Mount St. Helens: Critical Memory @ Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture

Tuesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through July 31
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