Demystifying whole foods, Spokane Bike Swap and Farm chicks fair and other events


Whole foods, demystified

An ongoing healthy cooking series at Main Market Co-op, in collaboration with two local nutrition experts, aims to take the "mystery out of whole foods cooking" through education, discussion, a cooking demonstration and tastings. The biweekly series kicked off in February, but continues through May, with upcoming sessions covering topics such as organic produce (April 9), clean protein (April 23) and fermentation (May 7 and 21). Don't wait to register for the sessions that interest you, as they're bound to fill up quickly. April 9 and 23; May 7 and 21 from 6-7 pm. $18/class, Main Market Co-op, 44 W. Main. facebook.com/mainmarketcoop (458-2667)

Spokane Bike Swap

Get ready for a season filled with adventures on two wheels at the annual Spokane Bike Swap. The regional expo and sale offers hundreds of new and used bikes, with 60 exhibitors on site to make it a one-stop shop. Local cyclists with extra or unused wheels can register to sell ($5/bike), or donate their old bikes. Other reasons to go: helmet fittings, tire repair and simple maintenance, road safety resources and more. Proceeds support Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Inland Northwest. Sat, April 13 from 9 am-5 pm. $5; kids 12 and under free. Spokane County Fair & Expo Center, 404 N. Havana. spokanebikeswap.com

35th Annual Chocolate & Champagne Gala

Recognized as one of the best local charity events and going strong for 35 years, the mission of Lutheran Community Services' annual gala is more than a great experience; it supports an important mission. The local office of the regional nonprofit, which serves the greater Northwestern region of Washington, Idaho and Oregon, is a critical resource for victims of sexual assault and family trauma in our community. At the formal gala, guests are treated to chocolate samplings from several area chocolatiers, along with champagne, a plated dinner, auctions and other fun activities. Sat, April 27 at 6 pm. $100/person. Historic Davenport Hotel, 10 S. Post. lcsnw.org (343-5078)

The Farm Chicks Vintage & Handmade Fair

A perennial favorite of home decorators and treasure hunters of all ages, the Farm Chicks show returns for its 17th year. The shopping event brings together more than 150 vendors from around the U.S. and thousands of excited shoppers, all eager to stumble across an unexpected find; a piece of antique furniture, a vintage painting or piece of handmade jewelry. While many locals and visitors alike make a weekend of it, those who can only shop on one of the two days can rest assured that vendors will bring out new inventory each day. Still, it's advised to shop early if you're hunting for something special and don't mind the crowds. Sat, June 1 from 9 am-6 pm and Sun, June 2 from 9 am-4 pm. $8 admission (cash only). Spokane County Fair & Expo Center, 404 N. Havana. Thefarmchicks.com

Into the Arctic @ Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture

Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through May 12
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