Community Events

Stay in the know about what’s happening around Spokane! Stop here to find family-friendly, educational, or racial & social justice oriented events going on in or around the area.


January – Happy New Year!

National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month
  • Beginning in 2010, by Presidential Proclamation, each January has been designated National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.   Following the start of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, with the help of non-government organizations, National Human Trafficking Day began and is observed annually on January 11 (#WearBlueDay).
  • Per The Washington Anti-trafficking Response Network (WARN), Human Trafficking is the use of force, fraud, coercion to compel a person into any form of labor against their will. This can occur in an industry.  Human Trafficking is also described as a modern-day slavery or involuntary servitude.  For more information, visit the website listed above.
  • Consider also reaching out to Lutheran Community Services Northwest for information and resources local to Spokane.
National Mentoring Month
  • Acknowledging mentoring and the positive impact it can have on young lives is the goal of this month-long celebration.  First observed in 2002, spearheaded by the Harvard Mentoring Project and the MENTOR/National Mentoring Partnership.  This celebration draws national attention to the need for mentors, as well as how individuals, businesses, government agencies, schools, faith communities, and nonprofits can work together to ensure healthy and productive lives for young people.
  • Also visit http://www.mentoring.org/ for more information.

January 2019 – Events In Spokane

The below list of Spokane area diversity/cultural events and activities were compiled and provided by Yvonne C. Montoya Zamora. If you know of a diversity/cultural event open to the public that you would like added to this diversity monthly calendar, please e-mail Yvonne C. Montoya Zamora at yvonnecmz04@gmail.com with event details. Thank you!

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Local January Events In Spokane

  • Diverse Voices Writing Group
    Date: Thursday, January 2, 2020
    Time: 5:30 pm
    Location: Spark Central, 1214 W Summit Parkway
    Cost: Free
    For more information call 509.279.0299 or visit their website at http://www.sparkwestcentral.org/.
  • Beauty in the USA
    Phyllis Stephens speaks on the natural landscapes and man-made wonders of the USA.
    Date: Thursday, January 2, 2020
    Time: 6:30 pm
    Location: CenterPlace, 2426 N Discovery Place, Spokane Valley
    Cost: Free
    For more information call 509.535.8434 or visit their website at http://www.tieg.org.
  • Peace with Our Neighbors
    Interfaith speakers on Judaism, Buddhism, Islam, Native American faiths.
    Date: Sundays, January 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2020
    Time: 10:00 am
    Location: 1612 N Dalke
    Cost: Free
    For more information call 509.327.7852.
  • Hispanic Business / Professional Association Monthly Luncheon
    Speaker: Patrick Blum, Disability Advocate/Awareness
    Date: Wednesday, January 8, 2020
    Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm (6:00 pm- social/networking and dinner; 6:30 speaker/program, 7:00 pm business meeting)
    Location: Fiesta Mexicana, 1227 S Grand Blvd
    Cost: Free, appetizers will be provided to those attending
    For more information regarding the meeting, contact hbpaspokane@gmail.com.
  • Showing Up for Racial Justice Committee Book discussion on White Fragility.
    Date: Thursday, January 9, 2020
    Time: 5:30 pm
    Location: 35 W Main Street
    Cost: Free
    For more information call 509.838.7870. Hosted by PJALS.
  • Women’s March – Auction for Action
    (Resource Fair – CANCELLED Women’s March community fair.)
    Date: Saturday, January 11, 2020
    Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    Location: West Central Community Center, 1603 W Belt
    Cost: Free
    For more information call 509.993.3051 or email womensmarchspokane@gmail.com.
  • 2020 Human Trafficking Awareness Month Reception
    Join Lutheran Community Services Northwest for light refreshments on the third-floor stage of the Downtown Public Library overlooking the beautiful Spokane River falls. Visual Storytelling with our Silhouette Project, and art created by foster children who have experienced human trafficking in the US and in other nations. Acknowledgment of efforts addressing human trafficking in the Inland Northwest. Networking and community time.
    Date: Tuesday, January 14, 2020
    Time: 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
    Location: Spokane Public Library, 906 W Main Ave
    Cost: Free, please register here.
  • Women+s March Spokane and Rally – “What is Your Vision for 2020”
    Date: Saturday, January 18, 2020
    Location: Spokane Red Wagon in Riverfront Park
    Time: 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm Cost: Free
    For more information, visit their Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MarchOnSpokane/.
  • MLK Community Celebration
    Commemorative Celebration
    Date: Sunday, January 19, 2020
    Time: 4:00 pm – 600 pm
    Location: Holy Temple Church of God in Church of God in Christ, 806 W Indiana
    Cost: Free and open to the public
    For more information contact MLK Jr. Family Outreach Center at 509.868.0856 or visit their website at www.mlkspokane.org.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration 2020: Annual Unity March and Resource Fair
    Date: Monday, January 20 2020
    Time: 10:00 am (Unity Rally and March), noon to 2:00 pm (Resource Fair)
    Location: Unity March starts downtown at the Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd
    Community Resource Fair from 11:00 am-2:00 pm, at the Spokane Convention
    Cost: Free and open to the public
    For more information contact MLK Jr. Family Outreach Center at 509.868.0856 or visit their website at www.mlkspokane.org.
  • NAACP Monthly Membership Meeting
    Date: Monday, January 20, 2020
    Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
    Location: 35 W Main
    Cost: Free, meeting open to everyone
    For more information contact spkncpbr@gmail.com or visit their Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/spokane.naacp/.
  • Eastern Washington Legislative Conference – “Making It Happen”
    Date: Saturday, January 25, 2020
    Time: 8:30 AM – 3:30 pm
    Location: Spokane Valley United Methodist Church, 115 N Raymond
    Cost: Suggested donation of $20.00
    For more information and/or to RSVP, call 509.535.1813, 509.535.4112, or email event@thefigtree.org.
  • Daughters of Norway
    A club to unite women who wish to preserve their Nordic heritage by exploring its rich history, culture, folk arts and native languages. Meetings involve sharing Nordic tales, cooking, arts and tips on retracing family roots. Date: Saturday, January 25, 2020 (fourth Saturday of each month)
    Time: 10:00 am
    Location: TBD
    For more information call 509.926.8090 or visit www.daughtersofnorwayfreya.org or contact (509) 926-8090 for location and time of monthly meetings.
  • Chinese New Year Celebration
    Year of the Rat
    Date: Saturday, January 25, 2020
    Time: 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm (1:00 pm cultural fair, 3:00 pm storytelling, 4:30 performances
    Location: University High School, 12420 E 32nd Ave, Spokane Valley
    For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/pg/spokanechineseassociation/photos/. Hosted by the
    Spokane Chinese Association
  • KPBX Kids Concert – The Zonky Jazz Band
    The Roaring 20’s to WWII music, will be performed by The Zonky Jazz Band Date: Saturday, January 25, 2020 Time: 1:00 p.m.
    Location: St John’s Cathedral, 12th Ave. and Grand Blvd
    Cost: Free
    For more information visit their website at https://www.spokanepublicradio.org/post/kpbx-kids-concert-zonkyjazz-band-saturday-january-25.
  • Robert Burns Night
    Enjoy an evening of Scottish culture.
    Date: Saturday, January 25, 2020
    Time: Doors open at 5:00 pm, event begins at 6:00 pm, dinner served at 6:30 pm
    Location: Mukogawa Fort Wright Institute, 4000 W Randolph Rd
    Cost: Adults $55.00 plus $2.00 processing fee, Children (ages 12 and under) $30.00 plus $2.00 processing fee For more information, visit their website at https://www.inlandnwscots.org/calendar.html.
  • Ghanaian Night
    International dinner featuring guest chefs Dorcas and Yvonne from Ghana. The menu includes Jolof Rice with Chicken, Waache (rice and beans) with Beef, Kelewele (fried ripe plantains) with roasted peanuts, Coleslaw, and Meat Pie.
    Date: Saturday, January 25, 2020
    Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    Location: Women’s Center Club, 1428 W 9th St
    Cost: $25.00 a person, $5.00 for kids from 5-12, purchase tickets here.
    For more information visit their website at www.inlandcurry.com.
  • Spokane Jewish Cultural Film Festival
    Featuring documentary Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles (1/30/2020), The Light of Hope (La llum d’ Elna) in Spanish, Catalan and French with English subtitles (2/1/2020); and The Unorthodox in Hebrew and Yiddish with English subtitles (2/2/2020).
    Date: Thursday, January 30, 2020 and Saturday/Sunday. February 1-2, 2020
    Time: 1/30/20-6:30 pm – 9:30 pm with light appetizers, 2/1/20-7:00 pm, 2/2/20, 2:00 pm
    Location: Jepson Center, Gonzaga University
    Cost: $10.00 each film or $20.00 package for all three films
    For more information visit their website at http://sajfs.org/our-programs/sjcff/.
  • Esperanza
    An evening of Flamenco and Celtic Music Dance featuring An Dochas. Esperanza, meaning “hope” in Spanish and
    An Dochas means“hope” in Gaelic. Live performance of Flamenco presented by the Spokane based organization Quiero Flamenco. This year’s show will showcase two diverse but complimentary styles of music and dance. The show will fuse both Flamenco and Celtic music and dance to achieve a unique and inspiring demonstration of blending cultures and styles. Date: Friday, January 31, 2020
    Location: Bing Crosby Theatre
    Time: 7:30 pm
    Cost: $25.00 Advance plus $2.00 processing fee, $30 at the door
    For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.bingcrosbytheater.com/.

  • Mount St. Helens: Critical Memory Film, photography, recordings and firsthand accounts examining how the 1980 Mount St. Helens eruption advanced humankind’s understanding and perceptions of volcanoes.
  • “Sacred Encounters: Father De Smet and the Indians of the Rocky Mountain West” Exhibit The exhibit tells the story of how Jesuit missionaries (Father De Smet) came to the interior Northwest at the invitation of the Coeur d’ Alene and Salish tribes and the profound effects this sacred encounter had on both cultures.
    • Date: Open, no end date at this time
    • Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm daily April through September, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm October through March, (closed holidays)
    • Location: Old Mission State Park, Cataldo, ID (I-90, exit 39 – 60 miles east of Spokane) Cost: $5.00 park entrance fee, exhibit $5.00 per person/$10.00 per family.
    • For more information visit their website at https://parksandrecreation.idaho.gov/parks/coeurdalenesoldmission.

Save the Date

  • 14th Annual Viva Vino & Brew (Scholarship Fundraiser)
    Wine, craft beer, hard cider tasting. Food provided by De Leon’s, with EWU’s Mariachi Las Aguilas, silent and live auction to be followed by dancing. Scholarship fundraiser for scholaships for Spokane County high school seniors and undergraduate college/university students.
    Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020
    Location: Shriner’s Event Center, 7217 W Westbow Blvd (Geiger Exit off I=90)
    Time: 6:00 pm
    Cost: $45.00 HBPA member, $50.00 non-member
    For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.hbpaspokane.net or email hbpaspokane@gmail.com.
  • WSU College of Education’s 169th Annual International Globalization, Diversity and Education Conference.
    Theme “(Re)Imagining Education for Liberation”
    Dates: February 27-28, 2020
    Location: Northern Quest Casino & Resort, 100 North Hayford Road, Airway Heights, Cost: see their website
    For more information, visit their website at http://education.wsu.edu/globalization/

If you know of diversity/cultural events open to the public that you would like added to the monthly calendar, please e-mail Yvonne C. Montoya Zamora at yvonnecmz04@gmail.com with event details.

For other general events in Spokane, visit visitspokane.com or spokane7.com.


Radio

KYRS Radio Programs For Your Consideration. To Learn more visit www.kyrs.org.

Can You Queer Me Now?
Day: Tuesday
Time: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Hear voices directly from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer, and Questioning community right here in the Inland Northwest. You will hear more about current events, local groups, and perspectives directly from the queer youth community. Hosted by Ian Sullivan on KYRS 92.3 FM or 88.1 FM.

Democracy Now
Day: Monday-Friday
Time: 8:00 am – 9:00 am & 5:00 pm-6:00 pm
A national, daily, independent, award-winning news program hosted by journalists Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez. Pioneering the largest public media collaboration in the U.S. Link https://www.democracynow.org/. KYRS 92.3 FM or 88.1 FM.

Democracy Now! Headlines in Spanish
Date: Saturday
Time: 7:00 am – 8:00 am
Democracy Now! is a national, daily, independent, award-winning news program hosted by journalists Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez on KYRS 92.3 FM or 88.1 FM www.democracynow.org.

Detention
Day: Monday
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Variety music/talk show for teens by teens. This show is produced by the students of West Valley City School. Hosted by Kade, KYRS 92.3 FM or 88.1 FM.

Dragonflies on Thin Air
Day: Sunday
Time: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
One of the few elementary age children’s radio shows produced by kids for kids in the country. The program is fun and educational for children and adults, and includes a mix of jokes, music, guests, stories, poetry, trivia and more. Hosted by Trevor, Zoe, Eva and Selena, KYRS 92.3 FM or 88.1 FM.

Irish Music on Tap
Day: Wednesday
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Music from Ireland, Scotland and England. Hosted by Don and Rick, on KYRS 92.3 FM or 88.1 FM.

Latin Lounge
Day: Monday
Time: 6:00 pm-8:00 pm
A wide spectrum of Latin music. Hosted by “Corazon” on KYRS 92.3 FM or 88.1 FM.

Layali Arabia
Day: Saturday
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Arabic songs from a multitude of different genres to come out of the Arab World. Hosted by Rahmi on KYRS 92.3 FM or 88.1 FM.

Queens of Noise
Day: Wednesday
Time: 8:00 pm-10:00 pm
You will hear best in female vocalist/musicians. Hosted by “Queen of Mean” and “Luscious Duchess”, KYRS 92.3 FM or 88.1 FM.

QueerSounds
Day: Thursday
Time: 6:00 pm-8:00 pm
QueerSounds is radio show dedicated to playing music by and for LGBTQ people. Music, interviews, community events and forums. Hosted by bob, KYRS FM 92.3 or 88.1 FM. Join the hosts on Facebook at www.facebook.com/qsounds, or email them at queersounds@kyrs.org.

The Persian Hour
Day: Saturday
Time: noon – 1:00 pm
The Persian Hour’s consists of a variety of Iranian music from hip hop to traditional, Jazz, blues, rock and roll and the usual. Also, they will share stories, recipes, and interviews. Hosted by Shahrokh, KYRS 92.3 FM or 88.1 FM.

The Science of Poverty
Day: Saturday
Time: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Explores the topic of poverty. Hosted by Jesse Quintana, official Facebook site https://www.facebook.com/TheScienceOfPoverty, KYRS 92.3 FM or 88.1 FM.

Sounds of Science
Day: Sunday
Time: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Lively discussion of what’s happening in the world of science, from how it is affecting our lives to the ways we are
shaping it. Hosted by Chole, Blake, and Amaya. KYRS 92.3 FM or 88.1 FM.

Women’s Media Center Live
Day: Wednesday
Time: noon – 1:00 pm
WMC Live with Robin Morgan tackles today’s hottest topics; whether it be sex, politics, art, humor, religion, culture, or news stories that go unreported, each is engaged regularly, insightfully, and intelligently. KYRS 92.3 FM or 88.1 FM.


International/National Cultural Celebrations In January

  • January 1
    • New Year’s Day – International The first day of the New Year according to the Gregorian calendar is probably the most widely observed event in the world, marked by most nations, religions, and cultures.
    • St. Basil’s Day – Greece The Greeks call New Year, St. Basil’s Day. Traditionally, gifts are exchanged.
    • Gantan-Sai – Japan, Shinto Gantan-sai, also referred to as Shogatu, is the Shinto New Year holiday. The faithful visit shrines, often at midnight, praying for renewal of heart, health, and prosperity. During the seven-day holiday, people wear their best clothing and visit the homes of friends and family to express their wishes for the coming year.
    • Independence Day- Haiti Haiti gained its independence from France in 1804. Haiti made history by being the first Black Country to gain its independence. According to Haitian custom, whatever happens to someone on New Year’s Day is indicative of what will happen during the coming year, thereby motivating people to put on new clothes, visit friends, and exchange gifts in the hope that these efforts will be rewarded.
    • Independence Day – Sudan Egypt and Britain signed a treaty guaranteeing Sudanese independence in 1956.
  • January 2
    • Berchtold’s Day – Switzerland This day honors Duke Berchtold V, who founded Bern, the capital of Switzerland. He promised to name the city after the first animal he killed on a hunt. The bear (bern in German) then provided the city’s name.
  • January 4
    • Independence Day – Myanmar (Burma) Commemorates independence from Great Britain in 1948.
  • January 5
    • Guru Gobind Singh’s Birthday – Sikh He was the 10th and last living Guru of the Sikh faith. He founded the “Khalsa” brotherhood where the initiated adopted the five ‘K’s: Kangha (wooden comb), Kara (steel bracelets), Kipan (sword), Kaccha (pair of shorts), and Keah (long hair).
  • January 6
    • Christmas – Armenia Christian Armenian Christmas is celebrated on January 6th around the world (except in Jerusalem) placing more emphasis on the Epiphany.
    • Epiphany – Christian In the Western church, this day celebrates the journey of the Three Wise Men to Bethlehem to offer gifts to the infant Jesus. In the Eastern Church, it is associated with the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist. On this day as well, the Armenians celebrate Christmas.
    • Three Kings’ Day – Christian In South America, Latin America and parts of Europe, the end of the Christmas season is a traditional time for gift giving.
  • January 7
    • Christmas – Christian- Coptic and Eastern Orthodox On this day, some Eastern churches celebrate the birth of Jesus according to the Julian calendar, which is currently 13 days behind the Gregorian and Western calendar.
  • January 11
    • National Human Trafficking Awareness Day | #WearBlueDay Beginning in 2010, by Presidential Proclamation, each January has been designated National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Following the start of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, with the help of non-government organizations, National Human Trafficking Day began and is observed annually on January 11.
  • January 13
    • Lohri – Hindu – Sikh Bonfires are lit to mark the change from the decrease to the increase of the sun.
    • Seijin No Hi – Japan This day celebrates Coming-of-Age of the youth of Japan who are twenty years old. They wear traditional clothes and visit the shrines where the family announces their adulthood to the spirits. This is a national holiday.
    • St. Knut’s Day- Finland, Sweden King Knut who ruled Sweden from 1080-1086 is honored as a saint for his virtue and generosity. He had declared that Christmas should be celebrated for twenty days, officially ending the season on January 13th. The days between Christmas and Saint Knut’s Day are filled with parties for children and adults. After this day, trees are taken down to mark the official close of the season.
  • January 14
    • New Year – Eastern Orthodox Christian-Coptic and Eastern Orthodox The Eastern Orthodox Christians include Bulgarian Orthodox, Georgian Orthodox, Greek Orthodox, Macedonian Orthodox, Russian Orthodox, Romanian Orthodox, and Serbian Orthodox.
    • Makar Sankranti – India, Hindu The transition of the Sun from Sagitarius to Capricorn during the winter solstice in the northern hemisphere is known as Makar Sankranti. The days gradually lengthen in the northern hemisphere.
    • Pongol – India A three-day rice harvest festival in South India is celebrated with a cultural evening of song and dance.
  • January 17
    • Kitchen God Celebration – China The custom is based on the traditional farewell ceremony for T’sao Wang. Prince of the oven, before he leaves for his annual trip to heaven to report on families’ good behavior during the year.
  • January 19
    • Sultan (17th Month) – Baha’i Sunset – The first day of the seventeenth Baha’i month. The English translation of Sultan (Arabic) is Sovereignty.
    • Timkat/Theophany – Christian- Coptic & Eastern Orthodox The Eastern Orthodox Church Associates’ Theophany with the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist.
  • January 20
    • Martyrs’ Memorial Day- Azerbaijan Honors the citizens killed by Soviet troops on this day in 1990 as they fought for independence. Also called Black January. As the date falls on a weekend, it will be celebrated on January 22, 2018.
    • Martin Luther King Jr. Day – USA This day commemorates the leader of the ‘Civil Rights’ movement in USA. People of all races and religions have benefited from the sacrifices and accomplishments made by this great man. He was a Nobel Prize winner (Peace Prize 1964) and a prominent advocate of nonviolent protest. He was assassinated on April 4, 1968.
    • Anniversary Day- Wellington, New Zealand Celebrate the founding of the province of Wellington in New Zealand.
  • January 25
    • Robert Burns’ Night – Scotland Robert Burns Night honors Scotland’s national poet, born in 1759. The night is celebrated by the Scots with a sit down ‘Burns Supper’ and with speeches, poetry and song.
    • Chinese New Year – Buddhist-China, Hong Kong Taiwan, Vietnam The year of the Rat. This is the year 4718 in the Chinese Lunar calendar and the most important holiday. It is a three-day holiday in China and Hong Kong. The Chinese clean and decorate their homes with the 5 lucky signs of happiness; new clothes are worn and even the poorest buy new shoes, for it is considered bad luck to step down on the ground in old shoes. Vietnamese call it ‘Tet’ Festival.
  • January 26
    • Australia Day – Australia Commemorates the anniversary of the first Britain settlement in 1788, which was a penal colony established to help relieve overcrowding in British prisons.
    • Republic Day – India Marks India’s severed ties from Great Britain in 1950.
  • January 28
    • Great Prayer Festival – Tibet Monks from the Three Great Monasteries of Tibet assemble in Jikhang to pray to Shakyamuni’s image as if it were the Living buddha. Philosophical debates are held among the candidates for the Doctor of Metaphysics. Pilgrims come from every corner of Tibet.
  • January 30
    • Sadeh – Iran, Zoroastrian Sadeh in Persian means “hundred” and refers to one hundred days and nights past the end of summer in ancient Persia/Iran. Sadeh is a mid-winter festival where bonfires are lit to honor fire and to defeat the forces of darkness, frost, and cold. People gather and pray, and then they will hold each other’s hands, form a circle and dance around the fire.
    • Basant Panchami – Hindu Northern India heralds the approach of spring and yellow-colored clothes are symbolically worn. Even the food is colored yellow by using saffron. This festival honors Saraswati, the Goddess of learning, Wisdom and the Creative Arts.

Source: With permission from Creative Cultural Communications, 2020 Diversity Calendar.


Thank you again to Yvonne C. Montoya Zamora for providing this list of diversity/cultural events. If you know of a diversity/cultural event open to the public that you would like added to this diversity monthly calendar, please e-mail Yvonne C. Montoya Zamora at yvonnecmz04@gmail.com with event details. Thank you!