Wholesome Recreation Guide – Sept. 15-30

Free Steinway concert

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Louis Landon, pianist, composer and Steinway Artist, will visit Spokane for his fourth concert at Steinway Piano Gallery on Saturday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m. The performance will feature all original compositions. Landon’s career has taken him around the world playing a variety of styles of music with some of the most recognized names in the entertainment industry. He has released 20 CDs on the LCI record label. His latest is entitled “Ebb and Flow – Solo Piano.” This event is free to the community. The Steinway Gallery is located at 13418 E. Nora Ave. (I-90 south frontage between Pines & Evergreen) in Spokane Valley. For more information, contact Steinway Piano Gallery at (509) 327-4266 or joyce@steinwayspokane.com. Learn more about Steinway at www.steinwayspokane.com.

Fun at the Fair

Fair warning: It’s that time of year again. The one-and-only Spokane County Interstate Fair and Expo Center runs through Sept. 18 at the fairgrounds, 404 N. Havana, Spokane Valley. This year’s lineup features award-winning animals and produce, top-flight musical entertainment and the usual array of fun to slightly-scary carnival rides. The fairgrounds are located at 404 N. Havana in Spokane Valley. Tickets are $10 for adults; $7 for ages 7-13 military and seniors; no cost for kids under 6. For information on tickets and other fair information, go to www.spokanecounty.org/interstate-fair.

Valleyfest 2016

Spokane Valley’s signature community celebration has been a late summer staple since 1990. This year’s fun kicks off Friday, Sept. 23 with the Hearts of Gold Parade down Sprague Avenue and goes through Sept. 25. The weekend lineup includes music, food, a vintage car show, pancake breakfast, 5K/10K run and much more. Most Valleyfest events are free and take place at Mirabeau Point Park and CenterPlace. For more information and a schedule of all events and how to register, go to www.valleyfest.org.

Southeast Spokane County Fair

The schedule for this traditional community festival runs Sept. 23-25 and includes food, music, contests, farm animals, produce, parades, a pancake breakfast, 3-on-3 basketball tournament and more. Admission is free. To learn more, go to www.sespokanecountyfair.com.

Green Bluff Apple Festival

If you haven’t been to Green Bluff as the leaves turn color, now is the time to plan your visit. 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.

Liberty Lake Farmers Market

Now in its 15th year, the Liberty Lake Farmers Market takes place each Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Oct. 8 at Town Square Park, 1421 N. Meadowwood Lane in Liberty Lake. The market features local food and farm vendors, artisan crafts and baked goods, live music and more. For more, visit www.libertylakefarmersmarket.com.

ACT 2 senior classes

Affordable classes offered by Community Colleges of Spokane to those who are retired or planning to retire. A wide range of courses from geology and history to exercise and art are offered at CenterPlace, 2426 N. Discovery Place, as well as other locations throughout the area. More at www.sccel.spokane.edu/ACT2.

Senior pickleball

On Monday through Thursday, the HUB Sports Center in Liberty Lake hosts a sport that resembles a hybrid of tennis, badminton and ping pong. Pickleball got its start in Washington state in 1965 and is now a popular racquet sport played recreationally and competitively throughout the world. Games are set on a court about one-third the dimension of a tennis court. Drop-in pickleball at the HUB takes place from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. on the days listed above. Cost is $2 for seniors or $4 for non-seniors. For more information, call 509-927-0602.

New chapter of LDS writers’ group for women

The newly-formed local chapter of the American Night Writers Association (ANWA), a writers’ group for LDS women, will meet every second Saturday at 10 a.m. at The Brass Plates, 15704 E Sprague Ave. in Spokane Valley. This group is for anyone who is a published author, aspiring author, wants to write, writes poetry, is working on their family history, memoirs or is just an avid reader. Every stage of writer is welcome. You can learn more about this group by going to www.spokane-anwa.com or by visiting ANWA’s website at www.ANWA-LDS.org. For more information on the local chapter, email Susan Allred at acbouquet.webmaster@gmail.com.

Palouse Discovery Science Center

The Palouse Discovery Science Center in Pullman promotes science, math, and technology literacy through educational programs, exhibits, teaching collections, and activities emphasizing practical learning. The center provides special programs for different age groups and has available space for birthday parties as well as a calendar full of special events. The PDSC is open Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit www.palousescience.net or more information.

Pure Flix offers family-friendly entertainment

Pure Flix (formerly IAMFlix) provides family-friendly movies, documentaries, educational features, children’s programs and more. You won’t find profanity or inappropriate content on this site, just wholesome, reliable entertainment for the entire family. It’s available via iPad, tablet, laptop or your TV. The Pure Flix team believes that given a choice, people want to be able to stream Christian titles that carry a great message while being entertaining. Go to www.pureflix.com to find out more.

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