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. To better support our community, we will be posting community events and updating this page weekly, so stop by to learn more about the educational, social justice oriented, and family-friendly events happening every week in Spokane!

Events that support our mission to eliminate racism and empower women will be featured here. Please submit events that align with YWCA Spokane’s mission statement: “YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.” To get your event featured on this page, please fill out our submission form! Thank you!

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Racial & Social Justice Events

March is Women’s History Month!

National Women’s History Month began as a single week and as a local event. In 1978, Sonoma County, California, sponsored a women’s history week to promote the teaching of women’s history. The week of March 8 was selected to include “International Women’s Day.” This day is rooted in such ideas and events as a woman’s right to vote and a woman’s right to work, women’s strikes for bread, women’s strikes for peace at the end of World War I, and the U.N. Charter declaration of gender equality at the end of World War II. This day is an occasion to review how far women have come in their struggle for equality, peace, and development. In 1981, Congress passed a resolution making the week a national celebration, and in 1987 expanded it to the full month of March. The 2019 theme is Visionary Women: Champions of Peace and Nonviolence” honoring women who have led efforts to end war, violence, and injustice and pioneered the use of nonviolence to change society. For more information visit http://www.nwhp.org/.

Irish American Heritage Month

A month to honor the contributions of over 44 million Americans who trace their roots to Ireland. Celebrations include celebrating St. Patrick’s Day (March 17th) with parades, family gathering, masses, dances, etc. For more information visit the Irish-American Heritage Month website at http://irish-american.org/.

 

Navigating Racism: Looking beyond your Perspective

  • Join Equity Educators for an educational workshop on navigating racism! As a predominantly white campus, it is important for us to find ways to educate ourselves on racism and find ways to be there for our fellow students. This workshop will help you to do things and further understanding racism, privilege, and identify ways that you can contribute to anti-racist efforts.
  • Date: Tuesday, March 12, 2019
  • Time: 11:00 am- 12:00 pm
  • Location: MCC, PUB 329, EWU
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • For more information contact the Multicultural Center at mcc@ewu.edu or call 509.359.4004.

 

Diverse Voices Writing Group

  • Date: Thursday, March 14, 2019
  • Time: 5:30 pm
  • Location: Spark Central, 1214 W Summit Parkway
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • For more information call 509.279.0299 or visit their website at http://www.sparkwestcentral.org/.

 

Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise Documentary

  • Watch a compelling documentary about Dr. Maya Angelou (1928-2014). She was a singer, dancer, activist, poet, and writer who inspired generations with lyrical modern African-American thought that pushed boundaries. Best known for her autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, she gave people the freedom to think about their history in a way they never had before. This documentary sheds light on the untold aspects of her life through never-before-seen footage, rare archival photographs and videos, and her own words.
  • Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019
  • Time: 2:00 pm – 3:55 pm
  • Location: South Hill, 3324 S Perry Street
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • For more information, visit their website
  • In collaboration with the local chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

 

NAACP General Membership Meeting

  • Date: Monday, March 18, 2019
  • Time: 6:00 pm
  • Location: The Native Project, 1803 W Maxwell
  • Cost: Free, meeting open to everyone.
  • For more information visit their Facebook or visit their website.

 

Diverse Voices Writing Group

  • Date: Thursday, March 21, 2019
  • Time: 5:30 pm
  • Location: Spark Central, 1214 W Summit Parkway
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • For more information call 509.279.0299 or visit their website.

 

Diverse Voices Writing Group

  • Date: Thursday, March 28, 2019
  • Time: 5:30 pm
  • Location: Spark Central, 1214 W Summit Parkway
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • For more information call 509.279.0299 or visit their website.


 

Educational Events

“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.

 

Introduction to Shin Buddhism

  • A three-week course about Jodo Shinshu Buddhism.
  • Date: Sunday, March 10, 17, & 31, 2019
  • Time: Follows the 10:30 am Sangha Service
  • Location: Spokane Buddhist Temple, 927 S Perry St
  • Cost: Free, donations accepted. All are invited to attend the service and lecture.
  • For more information call 509.534.7954 or visit their website at www.spokanebuddhisttemple.org

 

The Great Folk Scare: American Folk Music Revival

  • Explore the folk singers and songwriters of the late ’50s and ’60s. Brad Keeler and Linda Parman perform music celebrating this moment in American history.
  • Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019
  • Time: 2:00 pm
  • Location: North Spokane Library, 44 E Hawthorne Rd
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • For more information and or to purchase tickets, call 509.893.8350 or visit their website

 

Walk Through Poverty, a 30-minute Documentary, and the Accompanying Art Exhibit

  • By artist Cameron Day, explores the plight and complexity of poverty in the Inland Northwest. This documentary and exhibit show that poverty is a topic of critical importance and touches all of us in one form or another, even when it seems we are invincible.
  • Date: Thursday, March 21, 2019
  • Time: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Location: Spokane Valley Library, 12004 E Main Ave
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • For more information and library hours, visit their website.
  • Brought to you in partnership with Rogue heart Media and Hemmingson Philanthropy.

 

Wide Open Panel: Conversations about Israel

  • Panel participants will vary and represent a wide range of political perspectives on the history and current events of Israel. Moderated by Rabbi Tamar Malino and Education Director Iris Berenstain.
  • Date: Sunday, March 24, 2019
  • Location: Temple Beth Shalom, 1322 E 30th Ave
  • Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Cost: Free
  • For more information. call 509.747.3304 or visit their website.

 

The Great Folk Scare: American Folk Music Revival

  • Explore the folk singers and songwriters of the late ’50s and ’60s. Brad Keeler and Linda Parman perform music celebrating this moment in American history.
  • Date: Sunday, March 25, 2019
  • Time: 2:00 pm
  • Location: North Spokane Library, 44 E Hawthorne Rd
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • For more information and or to purchase tickets, call 509.893.8350 or visit their website.

 

Community Building Events

“Inuit Art of Povungnituk”

  • The artists in Povungnituk, located in Arctic Quebec, have been recognized for over a quarter of a century for the quality of their printmaking and their distinctive style. The Povungnituk sculptures and prints present a cross-section of tribal life and chronicle the history and legends of a people. They are occasionally humorous, often joyous and sometimes tragic. Characterized by crisp images of native animals and human figures set against stark backgrounds, many of the artworks reveal the rituals that have allowed the Inuit people to survive.
  • Dates: February 16 through May 12, 2019
  • Time: Tuesday-Sunday, 10:00 am-5:00 pm
  • Location: Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, 2316 W. First Ave
  • Cost: $10.00 adult, $8.00 seniors, $5.00 children ages 6-17, $8.00 college students with ID.
  • For more information, visit their website or call 509.456.3931.

Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote

  • Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, this display explores the sometimes-complex history of the amendment’s ratification, women’s voting rights before and after ratification, and the 19th amendment’s impact today.
  • Date: Friday, March 8, 2019, through Wednesday, May 8, 2019
  • Time: Library Hours
  • Location: Spokane North Library
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • For more information and library hours, visit www.scld.org
  • Brought to you by National Archives Display and Hemmingson Philanthropy.

 

Leadership Institute

  • The Institute provides content based on the philosophy and practices developed by the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF). Topics include: Why to Organize, Fundamental Organization Skills, Strengthening our Institutions, and Problems vs. Issues.
  • Dates: Friday, March 1, 2019, and March 15, 2019
  • Time: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
  • Location: Girl Scouts, 1404 N Ash St
  • Cost: $100 if not a Spokane Alliance member organization. Lunch provided, requesting $10.00 donation
  • For more information and to register visit their website or email katie@spokanealliance.org.

 

2019 Deepening Our Roots – Fig Tree Benefit Breakfast

  • Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2019
  • Time: Buffet starts at 7:15, the program is 7:30 am to 8:30 am
  • Location: Cataldo Hall, Gonzaga University
  • Cost: Breakfast is complimentary, guests will be invited to donate to support The Fig Tree
  • For more information and to RSVP, call 509.4112 or 509.535.1813

 

Hispanic Business Professional Association

  • Sabes Que – Jennifer Macias Morris, 1st grade Spanish Immersion Teacher with Spokane Public Schools
  • Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2019
  • Time: 6:00 – 7:30 pm, social/networking & dinner with speaker/program
  • Location: Mexicana Fiesta, 1227 S Grand Blvd
  • Cost: Around $10.00–$15.00 if you order dinner.
  • For more information regarding the luncheon meeting, contact Isabel Mazcot de Torres, HBPA President at hbpaspokane@gmail.com or visit their website at www.hbpaspokane.net.

 

41st Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade

  • Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019
  • Time: Noon
  • Location: Downtown Spokane
  • Cost: Free to the public
  • For more information, visit their website or email parade@friendlysonsofstpatrick.com.

 

Breakfast with the Chief

  • The Spokane Police Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation formed by local community leaders to support the mission of the Spokane Police Department.
  • Date: Wednesday, March 20, 2019
  • Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Location: The Davenport Hotel
  • Cost: $500 to $5000
  • From more information, email info@spokanepolicefoundation.org to set up a meeting.

 

Floating Crowbar

  • Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the rhythmic sounds of Irish pipes, flute, whistle, banjo, mandolin, as well as fiddle and guitar. Floating Crowbar plays a high energy mix of Irish instrumental music and songs drawn from traditional and contemporary sources.
  • Date: Sunday, March 17, 2019
  • Time: 3:00 pm
  • Location: Airway Heights Library, 1213 S Lundstrom St, Airway Heights
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • For more information, call 509.893.8250 or visit their website.

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, March 23, 2019 (fourth Saturday of each month)
  • Time: 10:00 am
  • Location: TBD
  • For more information, call 509.926.8090 or visit their website.

 

East Central Wellness Carnival

  • Free blood pressure, cholesterol glucose, immunizations, and food
  • Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2019
  • Time: 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
  • Location: Sheridan Elementary School, 3737 E 5th Ave
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • Presented by Spokane WSU Health Sciences.

 

Welcome Home Vietnam Vet Event

  • All Veterans and their families are welcomed to this event and BBQ.
  • Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2019
  • Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Location: 13109 E Mirabeau Pkwy, Spokane, WA
  • Cost: Free, meeting open to everyone.
  • For more information visit their Facebook.
  • Sponsored by the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs

 

11th Annual Engaging Fatherhood Conference & Resource Fair

  • Date: Friday, March 29, 2019
  • Time: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
  • Location: Spokane Community College, 1810 Greene St, Lair Student Center
  • Cost: Free admission and lunch
  • From more information, and to register, go to their Facebook.

The Gonzaga 5th International Conference on Hate Studies (theme: Building Peace through Kindness, Dialogue, and Forgiveness)

  • Date: April 2-4
  • Location: the John J. Hemmingson Center at Gonzaga University
  • Registration (FREE options)  
    Tuesday, April 2, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm / Wednesday, April 3, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm / Thursday, April 4, 8:45 am – 3:00 pm
  • There are free registration options and the conference is intended for academics, students, professionals, and volunteers. Below is additional information about the conference that may be valuable.
  • Featured Sessions from among more than four dozen presentations and workshops: 
    • Centers for the Study of Hate Consortium: Bard Center for the Study of Hate, the University of California San Bernardino Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, the UOIT Centre on Hate, Bias and Extremism, and the International Network for Hate Studies, April 3, 9:00 am – 9:50 am (Ballroom). These centers work to increase the study of human hatred and ways to combat it, working to advance awareness, understanding, and prevention of bias and extremism by informing policies and practices to promote a just and equitable society for all.
    • Gonzaga University Student 10 minute Play: Ruby Bridges and Discussion, April 3, 1:30-2:00 (Auditorium 001). Ruby Bridges was the first African-American child to desegregate an all-white school in Louisiana in 1960. Following the performance, there will be a talkback session including a conversation with a person with relevant lived experience. The play is a product of a class by Kathleen Jeffs.
    • Human Rights and Hate Studies Digital Archive Design Charrette, Thursday, April 4, 10:50-12:05 (Hemmingson 314). Collaborate on the design of Phase II of the Gonzaga Foley and North Idaho College Molstead Libraries world-class digital archives on the study of hate and human rights. See Phase I at  https://researchguides.gonzaga.edu/hatestudies and jhs.press.gonzaga.edu.
    • Dr. Ann Dinan. Closing Plenary, April 4, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Auditorium 001): Ann Dinan, Ph.D., is active in the emerging field of Peace Leadership, presenting her work at Oslo Peace Week, sanctioned by the Nobel Institute.
  • All conference session timing aligns with regularly scheduled class times, and we encourage people to attend the sessions of interest that fit their schedule (feel free to come and go). This registration option includes all sessions from Tuesday evening through Thursday afternoon, NOT including the Wednesday banquet and evening performance. (The banquet and evening performance ticket can be purchased separately for $50.) People who qualify for this registration type include:
    • People with a current student ID
    • People willing to serve as an Ambassador (being a room host and calling Gonzaga’s IT/GUEST if there are concerns with computers, etc.), and
    • Staff and faculty who are bringing students (interns, workstudies, whole classes) to the conference.
    • NOTE: $25 Community pass option is open for those wanting a lesser conference fee, no hosting responsibilities and attendance to the Tuesday – Wednesday conference sessions (not the Wednesday banquet and performance). Full conference and banquet registration is $250.
  • TO REGISTER, GO TO www.gonzaga.edu/icohs 
    • On the right menu, click on registration information
    • Scroll down and click on “Click here to register for the conference”
    • Click “Registration” and complete the form and payment.

 

As Grandmother Taught: Women, Tradition and Plateau Art

  • Coiled and twined basketry and beaded hats, pouches, bags, dolls, horse regalia, baby boards, and dresses alongside vintage
    photos of Plateau women wearing or alongside their traditional, handmade clothing and objects, with works by Leanne Campbell, HollyAnna CougarTracks DeCoteau Littlebull and Bernadine Phillips.
  • Dates: August 2018 through December 2019
  • Time: Tuesday-Sunday, 10:00 am-5:00 pm
  • Location: Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, 2316 W. First Ave
  • Cost: $10.00 adult, $8.00 seniors, $5.00 children ages 6-17, $8.00 college students with ID.
  • For more information, visit their website or call 509.456.3931