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'Fangs, Fur and Feathers' at the Museum

The Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture's new summer exhibit, 'Fangs, Fur & Feathers: The Art of Animals,' is on now and runs through September 4. Visitors will see more than 300 specimens, from leaches to terrestrial giants, grouped together in a spectacular 3,000 square foot display.

In this engaging exhibit, animal-themed works of art from the 13th through the late 20th century will be featured, including art with tigers, birds, horses, sheep, monkeys, bears and more. The paintings, etchings, engravings, sculptures, watercolors, oils, bronzes and lithographs, which mainly come from the Reading (Pennsylvania) Museum's collection, will be interspersed with an amazing array of taxidermied animals from the Museum's natural history collection.

Each weekend, throughout the run of this exhibit, there will be community animal and pet events at the Museum. Visitors are also invited to bring in a baby picture of a family pet to post in the 'Hall of Babies'--a gallery dedicated to baby pictures of many different species.

Go to for all the details.

Catherine Earle and Cary Weigand show at The Art Spirit Gallery

Join The Art Spirit Gallery, at 415 Sherman in downtown Coeur d'Alene this Friday, July 8, from 5 to 8pm for ArtWalk and the Opening Reception for Cary Weigand and Catherine Earle. Meet the artists and be the first to view their stunning new work. An artist talk and demonstration will be held at The Art Spirit Gallery on Saturday, July 9 beginning at 1pm. The show runs through August 6.

Sculptor Cary Weigand of Bandon, Oregon and acrylic painter Catherine Earle of Sandpoint, Idaho, share more than a friendship. The two artists possess a connectedness to the earth and those that inhabit it as reflected in their work, which creates a fine harmony in the gallery with Earle's paintings on the walls and Weigand's sculptures perched on pedestals. Weigand, well-known for her intriguing mythical porcelain sculptures and Earle, who specializes in compositions of flora and fauna, have been represented by the gallery full time since 2011 and 2012 respectively.

The gallery is open every day during the summer from 11am to 6pm. Go to for more information and to see the show online

Mozart in Manito Park July 12 & 13

Don't miss Connoisseur Concert's Mozart on a Summer's Eve, in Manito Park, East of the Duncan Gardens, on Tuesday, July 12 and Wednesday, July 13 starting at 7pm. Enjoy the music of Mozart in the beautiful setting of Manito Park.

The first half of the program presents Connoisseur Concerts' Wind Ensemble directed by Verne Windham, Music Director of Mozart On A Summer's Eve, with soprano soloist Madeline McNeill performing selections from Mozart to Edith Piaf. The second part of the program features strings with Northwest Bach Festival Artistic Director Zuill Bailey, back by popular demand, accompanied by three rising stars in cello from his Sitka Cello Seminar in Alaska performing pieces by Elgar and Haydn.

For tickets, visit For more information on the performances, visit

Spokatopia Outdoor Adventure Festival

The 2nd annual Spokatopia Outdoor Adventure Festival is this Saturday, July 9 from 10 am to 6 pm, where can try can try stand up paddleboarding, rock climbing, kayaking, slacklining, canoeing, geo-caching, SUP yoga, disc golf, mountain biking, yoga and other outdoor activities.

The fun, festive atmosphere includes 40 exhibitors, live music, a beer garden and food trucks, a mountain bike jump jam with riders performing high-flying bike stunts, free bike shuttles to the top of the trail system at Camp Sekani, a trail run/walk, and the biggest bike demo and sales event of the year.

The festival kicks off in the morning with a 5k or 1.5 mile Up Chuck Challenge trail run or walk (9 am) or a free yoga lesson (10 am). Bike demos, paddleboard demos, slacklining and many other activities happen all day long and are free, although there is a cost to sign up for the outdoor adventure clinics ($10-20 per person) offered through the City of Spokane Parks and Recreation. These clinics all sold out last year.

It's at Camp Sekani Park and Boulder Beach on the Spokane River, just east of downtown. Get details at

Gulliver's Travels display at Spokane Art School

Spokane Art School at 811 W. Garland presents 'Gulliver's Travels' this Friday, July 8 through Friday, August 26, with work from 20 artists. There's a reception Friday from 5-8 pm. Go to for details.

James Taylor coming to Arena July 16

Enjoy an evening with James Taylor and his All Star Band, 8 pm on Saturday, July 16 at the Spokane Arena. Ticketswest has your seats at or 800-325-SEAT.

Buckethead at the Bing this Monday

Buckethead is back after a brief hiatus from the road appearing the Bing Crosby Theatre on Monday, July 11 at 7:30 pm. Buckethead is best known for his electric guitar playing and is considered one of today's more innovative guitarists. He has been voted number 8 on a list in GuitarOne magazine of the 'Top 10 Greatest Guitar Shredders of All Time' as well as being included in Guitar World's lists of the '25 all-time weirdest guitarists' and is also known for being in the '50 fastest guitarists of all time' list.

Ticketswest has your seats at or 800-325-SEAT.

YMCA of the Inland Northwest Hosts Kids Xtreme Fun Run Sunday

On Sunday, July 10, the YMCA of the Inland Northwest will be hosting a kids fun run. This event will be held at the North Spokane YMCA at 10727 N Newport Hwy. Children between the ages of 4 and 14 are invited to join. Fees for Y members are $15. Fees for Program Members are $20 per child. The event is free for 90 Days of Summer Youth Participants.

Run, jump and slide your way to victory as you participate in our 500 yard obstacle course. Complete with tires, mud pit, giant slip-n-slide and many other fun and exciting obstacles, the Kids Xtreme Fun Run is sure to be a day to remember.

For this event, there will be two heats: the first heat will start at 9:30am; the second heat will start at 11am. For more information visit

Nitro Summer Nationals this weekend at Spokane County Raceway

This Friday through Sunday, July 8, 9 and 10, enjoy explosive racing action at Spokane County Raceway. Nitro Funny Cars, Outlaw Top Fuel and Jet Cars. Check out the video at

Tickets are available at the gate. Friday, adults $20; Saturday, adults $30; and Sunday, adults $12. Kids 12 & Under, free. Weekend Pass is $52. Weekend Camping in Pits is $30.

Go to for all the details.

CdA Summer Theatre presents The Music Man

There's trouble in River City when a fast-talking salesman gets his heart stolen by the town librarian. By turns wicked, funny, warm, romantic and touching, The Music Man, presented by Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre, July 14-31 at the Kroc Center Theater in Coeur d'Alene, is family entertainment at its best.

Meredith Wilson's six-time, Tony Award winning musical comedy has been entertaining audiences since 1957 and is a family-friendly story to be shared with every generation.

Go to or call 208-660-2958 for your tickets.

Fiddler on the Roof next week

Fiddler on the Roof, winner of a special Tony for becoming the longest-running Broadway musical, is playing in Spokane Valley just months before it returns to Broadway. Christian Community Theater North Idaho, part of CYT North Idaho, is bringing Fiddler on the Roof to University High Theater, 12420 E. 32nd Ave., Spokane Valley, from July 14-17. CCT casts children and adults in their shows. Fifty local actors are busy in final rehearsals for this family classic.

Tickets are now on sale at the CYT North Idaho website, or by calling the Box Office at 208-277-5727.

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