Wholesome Recreation Guide – Dec. 19-Jan. 2

Christmas carriage rides

Downtown carriage ride

Take a break this busy holiday for a free horse-drawn carriage rides through downtown Spokane and downtown Coeur d’Alene through Dec. 24. In Spokane, carriages depart from the Rotary Fountain, 573 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. In Coeur d’ Alene the rides take off from First and Sherman. For days and times, visit www.stcu.org/news/carriage.html.

Gingerbread house construction

Drop in and help the Spokane Library District construct and decorate a large-scale gingerbread house made out of cardboard at the South Hill branch, 3324 S. Perry St. in Spokane. The building project will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 22 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The house will be on display through Dec. 23. The library will provide the materials; you bring the creativity. For more information, visit www.spokanelibrary.org/south-hill/.

Santa Express

Santa Express, a fundraiser for Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery, is a holiday retail store for kids. With the help of Santa’s elves, young shoppers ages of 4-12 choose gifts for everyone on their list and wrap each gift so it is ready to go under the tree. All gifts are priced from 50 cents to $8. Santa Express is open through Dec. 23. Vanessa’s Village, located across from Santa Express, is a boutique for all ages of specialty items perfect for gifts for family, friends or secret Santa. Hours are Mondays-Fridays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery is a safe haven for children, established in 1987. For more information, visit www.vanessabehan.org.

Journey to the North Pole

Take a festive holiday lake cruise across the sparkling waters of Lake Coeur d’Alene. View more than 1.5 million twinkling holiday lights and visit Santa Claus and his elves at his waterfront toy workshop. Boarding is at the Boardwalk Marina, 15 minutes prior to the cruise departure time. The 40-minute cruise departs nightly at 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 p.m., from the North Pole Cruise Terminal at The Coeur d’Alene Resort Plaza Shops. Reservations required by phone or at www.cdalakecruises.com. Tickets are $20.75 for adults, $19.75 fore seniors, $6 for ages 6-12 and free for age five and younger.

Vocal Point at INB Feb. 20

The BYU Management Society brings the magic of Vocal Point with Gonzaga’s Big Bing Theory as the opening act to the INB Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. Vocal Point is Brigham Young University’s premier nine-man a cappella ensemble. Directed by McKay Crockett, the group wows audiences everywhere with their vocal firepower, innovative arrangements and captivating choreography. Known for their top 5 performance on NBC’s The Sing Off, and first place in the international Championship of Collegiate A Cappella, Vocal Point combines pop, jazz, R&B, and classics from the 1950s. Proceeds from ticket sales go toward scholarships for returned LDS missionaries and local LDS high school students. Tickets are available at www.ticketswest.com.

Campbell House holidays

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Explore the Campbell House this holiday season, an architectural gem that has perfectly preserved in turn-of-the-century detail. The home, currently decked out in seasonal splendor, is on the grounds of the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, 2316 W. First Ave. in Spokane. Tours take place at your own pace from Dec. 19 through Jan. 2, noon-4 p.m. daily (closing at 3 p.m. on Dec. 24). There will be an activity, a craft and four living history interpreters. You can chat with them about their lives and local history. Admission to the MAC includes the Campbell House. Cost is $10 for adults, $7.50 for seniors, $5 for ages 6-17 and college students with ID and free for ages 5 and younger

Spokane Watercolor Society Juried Art Show

Peggy Conrad is the featured artist for the 2015 version of the Spokane Watercolor Juried Art Show at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture. The exhibit features nearly 70 works of art by local and national watercolor artists, through December. Hours are Wednesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The MAC is located at 2316 W. First Ave. in Spokane.

Riverfront Park Ice Palace

The Ice Palace at Riverfront Park in Spokane has begun the winter recreation season with a full slate of ice skating lessons, discount specials, drop-in hockey and general ice skating fun. The Ice Palace is open each day other than Monday, through March 1. Cost for admission and skate rental is $5 for adults; $3.50 for students, seniors and military. The venue includes a covered rink and seating as well as daytime and evening sessions. For more information, visit www.spokaneriverfrontpark.com.

“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. For more information, visit www.northwestmuseum.org.

Jundt Art Museum

Located on the campus of Gonzaga University, the Jundt Art Museum features nearly 5,000 square feet of space housing a layered permanent collection as well as a variety of rotating exhibits. The museum is free to the public and open Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays, from noon to 4. To learn more, visit www.gonzaga.edu.

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.

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