Spokane Home & Garden Show
It's time to get serious about making your backyard oasis a reality. The annual Spokane Home & Garden Show offers plenty of ideas and resources to get you inspired, including a presentation from this year's celebrity guest speaker: HGTV and DIY Network star Matt Blashaw (pictured). The host of Yard Crashers and Vacation House For Free is scheduled for two presentations about designing your dream backyard, followed by meet-and-greet sessions, during Saturday and Sunday of the show.
April 13-15: Fri noon-8 pm, Sat10 am-7 pm and Sun 10 am-5 pm. $8/adults; $6/seniors, military; free/kids 12 and under. Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. spokanehomeshows.com
Mindful Self-Compassion for Pre-Teens
Self-mindfulness is strongly linked to emotional well-being, lessened anxiety, depression, stress and the continuation of healthy habits. This course for children ages 11-13 is intended to teach young people key components of self-mindfulness. Weekly meetings utilize activities such as meditation, short talks, group discussion and tips for home practice. Read more about the course and its goals online; adult classes also offered.
April 11-May 30; meets Wed from 6-7:30 pm. $175 for series. Plum Tree Center for Mindfulness, 520 E. 20th Ave. plumtreemindfulness.org (747-1040)
Chocolate & Champagne Gala
This annual gala pairs two delightful treats into one classy evening to benefit the important programs offered through Lutheran Community Services Northwest's Sexual Assault & Family Trauma Center (SAFeT). Now in its 34th year, the Chocolate & Champagne gala allows LCSNW to continue operating services such as its 24-hour sexual assault crisis lines, which are staffed with volunteer advocates who provide medical and legal to support to callers during moments of trauma and vulnerability.
Sat, April 21 at 6 pm. $95/person. Historic Davenport Hotel, 10 S. Post. lcsnw.org/ccgala (343-5078)
Inland Empire Gardeners' Expo
"Garden Fiesta — Let's Party!" is the theme for the 19th annual Inland Empire Gardeners' expo, set to feature hundreds of local and regional vendors of plants, seeds, landscaping supplies, home and garden decor and more, as well as plenty of helpful seminars and demonstrations from local experts on a variety of topics. See the website for this year's presentation schedule.
Sat, May 12 from 9 am-5 pm. Free admission. Spokane Community College, 1810 N. Greene St. tieg.org
The local series of family-friendly bike rides kicks off the 2018 season for Summer Parkways and Kidical Mass in the Chief Garry neighborhood of Spokane. Head out to the three-mile ride on anything that rolls: bikes, trikes, scooters, tandems and more. Don't forget your helmet! This ride is co-hosted by Summer Parkways and Christ the King Church, and begins/ends at the park.
Sat, May 12 from 1-3 pm. Free. Chief Garry Park, 2701 E. Sinto Ave. summerparkways.com