Wholesome Recreation Guide – April 9-16

Symphony celebrates Strauss

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The Spokane Symphony will pay tribute to German composer Richard Strauss this Saturday, April 12 in “Celebrating Strauss – The Beginning and the End” at the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox. The concert, also featuring internationally acclaimed soprano Amber Wagner, will begin at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $15. For more information, visit www.spokanesymphony.org.

Northwest Guitar Festival

The 23rd annual Northwest Guitar Festival will take place April 11-13 at various venues throughout the Spokane area, including Eastern Washington University, Spokane Falls Community College and Holy Names Music Center. Featured artists will include James Reid, Michael Partington, Giacomo Flore, Mak Grgic and others. Tickets are $12 for adults and $7 for students and seniors. For a complete schedule of concerts and venues, visit www.hnmc.org.

East Stake presents Handel’s ‘Messiah’

The Spokane East Stake will present George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah” on Sunday, April 13 at 7 p.m. at the East Stake Center, 13608 E. Belle Terre Ave. off Highway 27. Handel composed the oratorio in 1741 with a text by Charles Jennens drawn from the Bible and the Psalms included in the Common Book of Prayer. Handel’s masterpiece was first performed in Dublin on April 13, 1742. The concert is free and open to the public. To learn more, visit http://rejoiceinsongthemessiah.blogspot.com.

Gonzaga baseball


The Gonzaga University baseball squad hosts Santa Clara this Friday, April 11 and Saturday, April 12 at 6 p.m. at Patterson Baseball Complex on the GU campus near the Law School. The defending WCC champs welcome Washington State on April 17 and WCC rival Portland on April 18-19 with all games at 6 p.m. Tickets are a bargain at $5 for adults and $3 for seniors and students. For a complete schedule, visit www.gozags.com.

Special concert at Steinway

The Steinway Piano Gallery in Spokane Valley will host a special concert featuring the CanAm Piano Duo on Monday, April 21 at 7 p.m. The CanAm Piano Duo consists of internationally acclaimed artists Karen Beres and Christopher Hahn. The CanAm Piano Duo won the Silver Medal at the 2008 International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition in Boston and received a Distinguished Ranking at the 2009 IBLA Grand Prize Competition in Ragusa, Italy. The Duo recently released a CD on the Albany Records entitled “This Is The World” featuring their commissioned work for two pianos and percussion by David Maslanka. The program on April 21 will showcase music by Schubert, Corigliano, Dvorak, Shostakovich, and more. For information or to RSVP, call the Steinway Piano Gallery at 509-32-PIANO (327-4266) or email joyce@steinwayspokane.com.

Home Improvement Show

The Spokane Home Builders Association will host the Premier Home Improvement Show this weekend at the Spokane Fair and Expo Center. The event will feature over 200 vendors specializing in areas like landscaping, flooring, decks, patios, kitchens, windows, doors and more. Times are Friday, noon to 7 p.m. and Saturday, 10 to 7. Tickets are $8; free for kids 12 and under.

The Dust Bowl: A Documentary

On April 16-17, the Spokane Valley and North Spokane libraries will host the two-part series, “The Dust Bowl: A Documentary” chronicling the ecological and agricultural devastation that swept across the U.S. and Canadian prairie lands in the 1930s. Ken Burns’ acclaimed retrospective features interviews with over two dozen Dust Bowl survivors. Both screenings will take place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. For more information, visit www.scld.org.

Coeur d’Alene history

Presentations in a monthly series on “Coeur d’Alene in the 20th Century” take place on the fourth Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of the Coeur d’Alene Library, 702 E. Front Ave. Hosted by Robert Singletary, the 12-part series began in January, covering the decade from 1900 to 1910. The program will be held on the third Thursday in November and December.

Remembering Generations

The Spokane West Stake will host its annual symposium on family history – “Remembering Generations” on Saturday, April 26 at the West Stake Center, 10405 W. Melville Road in Cheney. The event will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and include 30 classes. For more information or to register, go to www.rememberinggenerations.com or call 509-838-6489.

BYUMS presents Beyond 5

The local chapter of the BYU Management Society is sponsoring an appearance by the musical group Beyond 5 on Saturday, May 3 at 7 p.m. at the Schuler Performing Arts Center on the campus of North Idaho College. Tickets are $12 and $15 with proceeds supporting scholarships for returned missionaries and local LDS high school students. To purchase tickets, visit this link: http://spokane.byums.org/event?event_id=466.

Campbell House at MAC

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Take a trip back in time to the early 20th century when the height of technology included dial-up radios, electric toasters and the quartz clock. The Campbell House – on the grounds of the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture in Spokane – features a perfectly preserved mansion from 1910 with guided tours Wednesday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $7 for adults; $5 for seniors and students. To learn more, call 509-456-3931.

Recycle Fun Run

The Recycle Fun Run will take place on Thursday, April 24 at the Fish Lake Trail Head. This four-mile run benefits the Bloomsday Road Runner’s Club volunteer program. Used shoes and clothing in good condition will be donated to local high school athletes. Harshly used shoes can be donated to the Nike shoe recycling program. Cost for the run is $8 or $17 with a T-shirt. To register, go to www.brrc.net.

LDS Single Adult events

The Regional LDS Single Adult (31 and over) sponsors a variety of activities and firesides each month. For information on single adult events, call the Spokane info line at 509-459-1072 or the Coeur d’Alene line at 208-664-1223. The Spokane Single Adults website is http://spokaneldssa.org/index.php.

Learn basics of pottery

Learn or review the basics, refining techniques and individual development of pottery at the Spokane Potter’s Guild this winter. The class includes the ability to use the venue during open hours, one 25-pound bag of clay, glazes and firing costs. Class size limited to eight students. Monday classes are 4 to 6 p.m. and Thursday classes are 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. The Guild is located at 1404 N. Fiske St. in Spokane. For more information, call 509-532-8225.

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