One of the best local landmarks for creative inspiration is right outside our back door: The Spokane River. The precious natural resource is also the prompt — and beneficiary — of this year’s third annual reading and fundraiser for the Spokane Riverkeeper. Local readers include beaver expert and award-winning author Ben Goldfarb, poet Ellen Welcker and author/naturalist Jack Nisbet. In recognition of the river’s important role in regional tribal culture, the evening also hosts the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, bringing traditional sturgeon-nose canoes for viewing, along with a student reader from the Salish School of Spokane. Most importantly, perhaps, guests can learn more about the crucial work of the nonprofit Spokane Riverkeeper, currently Jerry White, and how they can support his work.
Thu, Oct. 24 from 6-8 pm • $50/person; $350/table • Mukogawa Institute • 4000 W. Randolph Rd. • spokaneriverkeeper.org • 838-5211
— Chey Scott