Wholesome Recreation Guide – Oct. 16-25

Green Bluff Apple Festival

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If you haven’t been to Green Bluff as the leaves turn color, now is the time to go. This celebrated collection of farms and orchards in north Spokane has been featured in numerous national publications including Town and Country, and is a traditional autumn favorite among tourists and locals alike. The Green Bluff Apple/Harvest Festival runs through Oct. 31, showcasing picturesque rural settings right out of a Winslow Homer painting. The landscape includes straw mazes, many varieties of apples, music, arts and crafts, pumpkins and more. Nearly three dozen orchards are featured as part of the “Green Bluff Loop.” To learn more, visit www.greenbluffgrowers.com.

“Meet the Mormons” at AMC Riverpark Square

A new film documentary called “Meet the Mormons” is currently being featured in Spokane at AMC RiverPark Square 20. The film tells the story of half-a-dozen members of the LDS Church with an emphasis on their diverse lives and shared faith. The movie premiered in 36 states across the nation last weekend. RiverPark AMC Square 20 is located at 808 W. Main Ave. in downtown Spokane. Showtimes are 1:45 p.m., 3:55 p.m., 7:20 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. For more information on “Meet the Mormons,” visit www.meetthemormons.com.

Fall Leaf Festival at Finch Arboretum

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The Finch Arboretum will host its annual Fall Leaf Festival on Saturday, Oct. 25 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This free event includes plenty of helpful advice about topics like ecology, composting and gardening while showcasing Spokane’s world renowned repository of trees and greenery now featuring an array of distinctive autumn colors. The 65-acre greenspace is located off the Sunset Highway on the way to the Spokane Airport at 3404 W. Woodland Blvd. For more information, call 509-363-5455 or visit www.spokaneparks.org.

BYU Management Society presents Jason Hewlett

The music, parodies, impressions and clean comedy of Jason Hewlett will be featured on Saturday, Nov. 15 at the Schuler Performing Arts Center on the campus of North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene. The event begins at 7 p.m. and is a fundraiser for the local chapter of the BYU Management Society with proceeds going toward scholarships for graduating high school seniors and returned missionaries. For tickets, go to www.byums.org or call 509-926-2660.

Colville Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch

The Colville Corn Maze features nearly a dozen acres of winding paths and a vast pumpkin patch. Hours are Monday to Thursdays, 4 p.m. to dark; Fridays, 4 to 9 and weekends, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The maze and patch are located at Knight Farms, 73 Oakshott Road, just a half mile west of the Flour Mill in Colville. To learn more, call 509-684-6751.

‘Fiddler on the Roof’ at Civic

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The timeless Broadway classic “Fiddler on the Roof” takes the stage at Spokane Civic Theatre through Oct. 19. Shows are Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 for adults; $28 for seniors and military and $22 for students. Spokane Civic Theatre is located at 1020 N. Howard St. in Spokane. For more information, visit www.spokanecivictheatre.com.

Gonzaga soccer

Gonzaga University may be known throughout the nation for basketball, but the Bulldogs field top-flight teams in a variety of other sports throughout the year. The Gonzaga University women’s soccer team will battle Loyola Maramount, Friday, Oct. 24 at 3 p.m. at Lugar Field on the Gonzaga campus near the Law School. The Gonzaga men’s team return home on Friday, Oct. 31 for a Halloween matchup against San Diego at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults and $4 for seniors and kids. Visit www.gozags.com for more information.

Quilt show at fairgrounds

The Spokane chapter of Washington State Quilters presents “My Heart Belongs to Quilting,” Oct. 17-19 at the Spokane County Fairgrounds, 404 N. Havana. Terry Engleman will be the featured quilter at this event that includes 600 quilts, the Merchant Mall, master quilter demonstrations, Hoffman Quilt exhibit and the Quilter’s Boutique. Hours are Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Scenic train rides

Plan ahead for a truly unique tour of Inland Northwest scenery, courtesy of the old-fashioned railroad. The North Pend Oreille Valley Lions Club presents the “Fall Colors Ride” each October as part of its annual fundraiser.This 90-minute, 20-mile round trip excursion takes you from Ione to Metaline Falls and back, winding above the beautiful Pend Oreille River with spectacular views of the autumn foliage. The excursion runs Oct. 18-19 with a special “Great Pumpkin Ride,” Oct. 25-26. Reservations are recommended. Visit http://www.lionstrainrides.com/ to purchase tickets.

“100 Stories” at MAC

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“100 Stories – A Centennial Exhibition” is now being featured at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture in Spokane. The exhibit takes a unique look into the Inland Northwest’s past, present and future while demonstrating the MAC’s role in maintaining, preserving and interpreting the region through themes of the American West. Throughout its two-year run, special programming will amplify 100 stories through art and traditional craft demonstrations, living history programs, film, lectures and symposia. Hours are Wednesdays through Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture is located at 2316 W. First Ave. in Spokane.

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.

Ferris Arts and Crafts Show

The 22nd annual Ferris High School Arts and Crafts Show will take place this weekend at the Ferris gym and commons, 1020 E. 37th on Spokane’s South Hill. Over 100 vendors will be featured. The show will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18. Admission is $2; free for kids 11 and under.

Amusement at Riverfront Park

Most of the carnival rides at Riverfront Park may have closed down for the season, but there is still no shortage of fun at the area’s most recognizable greenspace. The tour train, miniature golf, carrousel and SkyRide are all currently in operation. A day pass at Riverfront Park runs $17. For more information, visit www.spokaneriverfrontpark.com.

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