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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

2015 Christmas Tree Elegance is Dec. 1-13

Two of Spokane's outstanding destinations, the historic Davenport Hotel and River Park Square shopping and entertainment complex, will host Christmas Tree Elegance December 1-13. Christmas Tree Elegance is a raffle of 18 themed custom-decorated trees with prizes which include gift certificates, items and cash valued at $5,000 and a Father Christmas sculpture and a custom doll house. The chance to win one of the fabulously decorated trees and all its themed gifts has been a Spokane holiday tradition for more than 30 years.

Twelve decorated trees and a Father Christmas sculpture by Elizabeth Raol will grace the mezzanine of the historic Davenport Hotel. Sales for the Davenport trees and Father Christmas will end on Dec. 12 with the drawing for winners at 9:30 pm.

Six holiday trees and a three-story custom doll house will line the second floor corridor at River Park Square. Sales for the River Park Square trees and the doll house will end on Dec. 13 with the drawing at 5 pm.

This year, two of Christmas Tree Elegance's popular events have been combined to create a blockbuster Holiday Luncheon with Eckart and Friends at 11 am on December 9. Spokane Symphony Music Director Eckart Preu and 10 members of the orchestra will present a program of popular favorites. Door prizes and other fun activities will be included. Tickets for the luncheon in the Davenport's Grand Pennington Ballroom are on sale now. Reservations are required by calling 509-458-8733.

The annual extravaganza is created and sponsored by Spokane Symphony Associates, a 300-member volunteer organization that raises more than $250,000 in support of the Spokane Symphony each year.

For more information, visit www.symphonyassociates.org.

Alex Boye is at the INB Performing Arts Center this Monday

Alex Boye will bring his electrifying show to the INB Performing Arts Center this coming Monday, November 30, at 7pm. Boye's music has been described as Africanized-Pop and his recent appearance on 'America's Got Talent' has certified him as a dynamic future star. He has nearly 200,000,000 views on you tube and will be appearing at Carnegie Hall, on December 6, with Kate Winslet and Sarah McLachlan.

The $5 discount is available online and over the phone using the promo code CHOIR. Discount not applicable on previously purchased tickets. Contact Ticketswest at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

Ornament and Small Works Holiday show

See the work of more than 30 artists at the Annual Spokane Art School Ornament and Small Works Holiday Show this Friday, November 27 from 10am to 5pm and Saturday, November 28 from 10am to 4pm. Spokane Art School is at 809 W. Garland Avenue.

Spokane's Winter Glow Spectacular Lighting Ceremony This Friday

The Lighting Ceremony for Spokane's Winter Glow Spectacular will be this Friday, November 27 at 6pm. A million bulbs will light up Riverfront Park, transforming the park into a winter wonderland of light and music. Come see an animated animal zoo, Santa's North Pole, light shows choreographed to favorite holiday tunes, and much more. Be sure to attend this special event to kick off the Winter Glow Spectacular this Friday, on Spokane Falls Boulevard.

For more information, visit www.spokanewinterglow.com. The event is free and open to the public.

Fireside Music at Arbor Crest this Friday

Treat yourself or your out-of-town visitors to a trip to the Cliff House estate this holiday week. The frosty views are magical and the Arbor Crest Wine Bar offers tasty food choices, beer on tap and wine by the flight, glass, bottle or case. Live music will be performed by Jordan Whitlock this Friday, November 27 from 5:30 to 7:30, the tasting room is opened from 12-8 on Friday, 12-5pm on other days, closed Thanksgiving Day.

Family Holiday Photo Opportunity in Campbell House Library November 28

The lighted Christmas tree in the turn-of-the-century Campbell House Library is a charming backdrop for a family holiday photo or fun family memory. On one day only, this Saturday, November 28 there are about 30 spots available to book a family photo taken by a talented photographer from the Spokane Falls Community College Photo Arts Club. Hours are 10:30 am to 4 pm. Cost is $50 per group (up to 8 people; sorry--no pets), and includes the photographer and your digital files. Proceeds support ongoing restoration work at the Campbell House. Don't miss this rare opportunity to create a cherished family photograph in one of Spokane's great historic homes. Reservations are recommended: 509-363-5355, or reserve online at www.northwestmuseum.org. This event is made possible by the Campbell House Committee.

Traditions of Christmas at CdA's Kroc Center

The 2015 Traditions of Christmas show, is Thursday, December 10 through Wednesday, December 23 at the Kroc Center Theatre in Coeur d'Alene. This year, they've added new songs and scenes, a wonderful military tribute, kick line dancers and live Nativity.

Tickets are selling fast, get yours at traditionsofchristmasnw.com.

Coeur d'Alene Symphony Holiday Concert, December 3 & 4

Join the Coeur d'Alene Symphony in a magical evening at the annual Christmas Concert, 'Realm of Ice and Snow'. Performances will be at the Salvation Army Kroc Center Theatre, Thursday & Friday, December 3 & 4, starting at 7:30 pm.

The Orchestra will start the show with Tchaikovsky's First Symphony, 'Winter Dreams.' This symphony cost the composer more labor and anguish than any other work. This is perhaps not surprising considering it was his first major effort as a professional composer, and he was one of the first Russian composers to complete a symphony.

After intermission, the second half of the concert will feature Alfred Reed's 'Russian Christmas Music'. Reed takes us to Old Russia during the jubilant Christmas season, using an ancient Russian Christmas carol, with elements derived from the liturgical music of the Eastern Orthodox Church, and original material.

The program continues with several popular Christmas tunes, arranged by North Idaho native arranger and composer Nick Thorpe. This portion of the concert will feature Mackenzie Ross, backed by the Saint George's School Symphonic Choir.

Tickets are available now by calling 208-660-2958, or online at www.cdasymphony.org.

Hereeee's Johnny

The iconic Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson will begin airing on Antenna TV (28.2) (Formerly ThisSpokane) starting January 1. This is the first time the Carson show will air in a strip since he went off the air in 1992. Johnny Carson remains one of TV's most popular late-night talk show hosts. Episodes include celebrity guests like David Letterman, Jerry Seinfeld, Ellen DeGeneres and Jay Leno. The 60-minute episodes will air weeknights at 8pm, with a rebroadcast at 11pm. 90-minute episodes air on weekends at 7pm, with a rebroadcast at 10:30pm.

Pat Schilling's 2016 Calendar is spectacular

There are a variety of photographic subjects to shoot in and around Spokane. Sometimes, the subject lends itself to vertical (portrait) format. The 2016 calendar by photographer Pat Schilling shows 12 images presenting Spokane's landmarks in that view.

One of the first things one notices about the city is its park system. You can start with Riverfront Park, in the heart of the City. You have the Clock Tower, the Looff Carrousel, and Spokane Falls, all within a short walking distance. The other major park is Manito, about 5 minutes from downtown. There, you'll also find the Nishinomiya Japanese Garden, and the Duncan Garden, both true photographic treasures. Each landmark of Spokane offers something unique. Each month on this calendar offers a unique view of Spokane.

Calendars are $14 each (plus sales tax for WA residents), includes shipping. Order your calendar at www.patschilling.com/pages/calendar.html.

Schauer with Friends at Left Bank Wine Bar this Friday

This Friday, November 27 Schauer With Friends will be performing at the Left Bank Wine Bar from 7 to 10pm. Renowned jazz vocalist, Julia Keefe will be featured.

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