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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The "new" Palm Court Grill at the Davenport

Cutline Palm Court Grill at The Davenport Hotel

The historic Davenport Hotel's Palm Court Grill is celebrating its reopening and renovation with special half off lunch, dinner and late night menus. The half off menus will be offered not only in the Palm Court Grill but also in the Peacock Room Lounge and Davenport Lobby thru November 23rd, 2011. Also, Happy hour is offered 4-6pm daily, with half priced drinks in the Palm Court's new bar.

Owner Walt Worthy described, "After almost 10 years in business it was time to update the dining room. We wanted to add additional seating, especially for large parties, as well as a bar right in the restaurant. We will offer only USDA prime grade steaks and prime rib, and will continue to focus on the highest quality for all menu items. It was important that we lower our menu prices and make it less of a destination for only special occasions, and turn it into a destination for everyday occasions."

Historic pictures, some never seen, were added throughout the restaurant to celebrate the rich history of Davenport dining throughout the nearly 100 years of the hotel's existence.

Reservations can be made on line at, or by contacting the restaurant directly at 509-789-6848.

The 8th Annual Red Shoe Event is this Friday

This year's festivities will be held at the Spokane Masonic Center Auditorium in downtown Spokane. Since starting the Red Shoe Event, AAF Spokane has awarded over $24,000 in scholarship awards to local students.

This one of a kind event benefits students, and the artists, who receive a portion of the proceeds for their work. The Toni Robideaux Scholarship Fund recognizes and rewards student achievements. The proceeds generated go directly to students currently enrolled in visual and performing arts, advertising graphic design, photography, music or marketing communication programs at accredited local and regional colleges and universities.

This year's event features a masquerade theme, with guests encouraged to wear red shoes and masks. It promises to be a fun evening of music, socializing, hors d'oeuvres, good beverages, and art. A live auction at 7:30 p.m. will feature fine art, embellished furniture art and experiential art.

Thank you to sponsors Don Herak & Family and North Idaho College Graphic Design Program. For tickets and more information go to .

Street Car stops in Coeur d'Alene

Lake City Playhouse in Coeur d'Alene presents A Streetcar Named Desire opening this Friday October 28 at 7:30 and running through November 13. Go to for tickets and information.

Aki Matsuri Fall Food Festival at Spokane Buddhist Temple

The Spokane Buddhist Temple has been making Japanese Yakisoba Bento Boxes for over 20 years at their temple in the South Perry neighborhood. They are hard at work again this year for the food fair November 6th.

It takes two days to make Yakisoba, which means "fried noodles". It is traditionally served in Japan on festival days. Yakisoba is prepared by stir-frying noodles with bite-sized chicken, vegetables (usually cabbage, onions or carrots) and flavored with yakisoba sauce, salt and pepper. A vegetarian variety will also be available. The bento box will be served this year with MISO SOUP, a traditional Japanese soup consisting of a stock called "dashi" into which is mixed softened miso paste, or Japanese Cabbage, called Tsukemono (pickled cabbage).

Also available will be Senbei (Japanese crackers), which are crunchy, salty and sweet, all at the same time. They are hand made at the temple.

Pre-orders are recommended as they sold out last year. Call 534-7954 to pre-order and they will return your call to confirm the order. The fair runs from 11 am 3 pm, Sunday, November 6 at the Spokane Buddhist Temple at 927 S. Perry Street. Eat In or Take Out

Spokane Tribe's Heritage Day, November 8

The Spokane Tribe of Indians will be hosting the 3rd Annual Heritage Day Celebration on Tuesday, November 8th, 2011 at the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center located at 404 N Havana Street in the Spokane Valley. Reservations are being taken now for all ages and classroom sizes. As always, this educational event is free to attend including free parking in the main parking lot of the Fairgrounds. There will be a spacious lunchroom provided to store sack lunches during the event and room for everyone to eat at their convenience.

Last year, The Spokane Tribe of Indians encouraged our youth, and the community to team together and make a difference by raising funds for the Chief Spokan Garry Monument. With the funds raised by local schools, businesses, and residents, The Spokane Tribe was successful in placing this monument in what is now called The Gathering Place at Chief Garry Park on Mission Avenue, between Cook and Regal Streets.

This year, the Spokane Tribe would like to bring a new focus of community partnership and improvement. They will be taking a collection of canned and non perishable food items at this year's Heritage Day Celebration and will give this donation to the 2nd Harvest Food Bank. If everyone who attends brings just one can of food to donate--that would be approximately 2,000 cans of food! With the cold weather upon us, they will be very grateful for your generous participation and donations!

If you have not yet made reservations to attend the 3rd Annual Heritage Day Celebration, you still have time, simply send your RSVP including the number in your group and requested lunch time to Jamie Sijohn with the Spokane Tribe at or call 509-458-6586. Or you can contact Bridgette at or call 509-777-1120.

Spokane's nightlife scene

The snazzy Sapphire Lounge in the Ruby Hotel at First and Lincoln is a must see place in Spokane. It showcases northwest breweries, boutique wineries and local artists.  This stunning new lounge is also available for private parties. Go to for more information.

Joan and Sheena, a good bet at Northern Quest

Joan Rivers with Sheena Easton will be performing at Northern Quest Saturday November 5th at 7:30 pm . Ticketswest has your seat. Call 800-325-SEAT or go to .

Spokane Central Lions Club breakfast and health fair

Spokane Central Lions Club is having a pancake breakfast and free health fair Saturday, November 5, 8 am to 11 am at the Southside Senior Center, 27th Ave and Ray Street.

The health fair is free and donations will be accepted for the breakfast. For more information call 509-328-6900.

Sunday Jazz at Genos

Drummer Mike Tschirgi heads a jazz trio that includes guitarist Nick Schauer and bassist Dave Turner, at the new Geno's on Hamilton every Sunday from 7pm until 10pm. They've also had some special guest musicians come down and sit in.

Leapin' Lizards! Here comes Annie!

CYT Spokane presents their Fall 2011 production, "Annie". The popular comic strip heroine takes center stage at the Bing Crosby Theater, in one of the world's best-loved musicals. Play dates are November 4, 5, 11, & 12 at 7:00 p.m. and November 5, 12, & 13 at 3:00 p.m.

"Annie" is a spunky Depression-era orphan determined to find her parents, who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan's evil machinations, befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and finds a new family and home in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary Grace Farrell and a lovable mutt named Sandy.

Cathy McKinney directs this student cast and crew of over 70 students who are currently enrolled in CYT's theater arts training classes. Go to to reserve your seats now or call the CYT box office at 509-487-6540. Tickets in advance are $11.00 for adults, $10.00 for children/seniors, $9.00 for Nov. 5 at 3pm. Advance ticket sales close at noon on the Friday of show weekend. Tickets can also be purchased at the door for $14.00 apiece and group rates are available for groups of ten or more people.

Nishinomiya Tsutakawa Japanese Garden says Sayonara for the season Oct 30

The Nishinomiya Tsutakawa Japanese Garden in Manito Park, a place of serene and natural beauty and a space where nature, tranquility and beauty come together is now in its full autumn glory. The garden is open daily from 8:00 am to one half hour before dusk and will close for the season October 30.

The Nishinomiya Tsutakawa Japanese Garden was completed in 1974 and symbolizes the friendship of Spokane for its sister city, Nishinomiya, Japan. A well-known Japanese landscape architect, Nagao Sakurai, who at one time was in charge of the Imperial Palace grounds, was enlisted to design the garden in 1967. Construction of the waterfall and pond began in 1970. Late in 1973, after Nagao Sukurai suffered a stroke, two landscape architects from Kobe, Japan, Shosuke Nagai and Hirohiko Kawai, were contracted to complete the garden, which was dedicated by both cities on May 17, 1974. In December 2007 the Garden was renamed to honor Ed Tsutakawa, founder of the Spokane Nishinomiya Sister City relationship and a champion of the Sister City movement in Spokane for 45 years until his death in October 2007. To visit the Official Web Site of the City of Nishinomiya please go to

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