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FEBRUARY 22, 23 & 24
SATURDAY | Feb. 23 from 9 am-4 pm | $30/individual; $150/team
Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park is teaming up with the American Cancer Society with the goal to raise $25,000 toward efforts to eliminate cancer. Teams and individuals skiers and riders are invited up to the mountain to partake in a day full of fun that’s all for a good cause, with a scavenger hunt and some competitive rivalry. The event will focus around competitions in two categories: the most vertical feet skied throughout the day and the largest sum of money raised for the cause. Prizes will be raffled off during the day, and the participant with the most vertical feet skied will win a new pair of K2s. It’s not only a great day to be out on the slopes with friends and family, but a meaningful way to give back since all pledges raised help support cancer patients and their families and to fund potentially life-saving cancer screenings and cancer research.
FRIDAY | Feb. 22 at 7:30 pm | Free
Join the Gonzaga University Choir for its 100th birthday concert for Benjamin Britten, one of the brightest and busiest composers in 20th century music. Don’t know a lot about Britten? Many outside the art world don’t, but the concert will feature a smorgasbord of the composer’s work, spanning genre and style. Gonzaga’s combined choirs, paired with organist John Bodinger, will perform the musical “Happy Birthday” under the direction of Timothy Westerhaus. This party to honor the late artist will also be going on around the globe in a number of cities.
SUNDAY | Feb. 24 at 4 pm | $10 minimum donation
Watching the Oscars is fun. Watching the Oscars with friends — and dressing up — is even better. Come to the Bing and watch the Academy Awards in style, but don’t just sit there, get involved. If you think you know how to dress like a Hollywood star, enter one of several categories for best-dressed attendees. The prizes range from tickets to a Gonzaga men’s basketball home game to a gift basket stuffed full of goodies. All ticket donations will benefit three local nonprofits: KYRS, SpIFF and The Lands Council.
We at The Inlander, along with Visit Spokane, are excited to introduce our community to the inaugural Spokane Restaurant Week. The 10-day event (yeah, that’s longer than a week, but that’s a good thing) is aimed at getting people out to eat at some of area’s most amazing culinary spots. Menus are fixed at either $18 or $28 per person and can be found at a wide range of destinations throughout the greater Spokane area. Pick up this week’s issue of The Inlander or click the link above for more details. Then, eat up!
Through SUNDAY | Feb. 20-23; times vary | $25-$40; students $7-$45
In Moscow, jazz is no joke. For the past 46 years, the University of Idaho has hosted the Lionel Hampton Jazz Fest – hooking up notable pros with youth musicians from around the Northwest by day, and putting on big-time shows at night. This year’s festival features workshops and performances by jazz stars like Maceo Parker (James Brown’s sax man), Sara Caswell, Regina Carter, Bruce Forman, Fred Hersch, Take 6 (a band with 10 Grammys on its shelf) and Brazilian stars Trio da Paz — all showcasing the very best of what the jazz world has become today.