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.


March – 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 2020 theme is Valiant Women of the Vote” celebrates the women who have fought for woman’s right to vote in the United States.
  • Visit this website for more information 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.
  • Visit this website for more information www.irish-american.org

Events In Spokane – February 2020

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 March Events In Spokane

  • KSPS: Every Child Reads Story time
    Includes reading, interactive stories, songs, crafts and free take-home educational resources. For children ages 3-5.
    Date: Monday, March 2, 2020 (first Monday of each month)
    Time: 10:30 am – 11:30 am
    Location: KSPS Studio. 3911 S Regal St
    Cost: Free, must register at www.ksps.org/storytime.
    For more information, call 509.443.7700 or visit their website.
  • Dr. Seuss’ Birthday party
    Make silly crafts and a Dr. Seuss themed hat to take home.
    Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2020
    Time: 11:30 am
    Location: Mobius Kids Children’s Museum, 808 W Main Ave
    Cost: $15.00 non-members, %10.00 members
    For more information visit Mobius Spokane.
  • Mount Saint Helens Symphony
    Featuring the EWU Symphony Orchestra. Performed with images.
    Date: Wednesday, March 4, 2020
    Time: 7:30 pm
    Location: Showalter Auditorium, 526 Fifth St, EWU, Cheney
    Cost: $10.00 general, $5.00 senior and students, free for EWU students
    For more information call 509.359.2241 or email jsmarshall@ewu.edu.
  • First Thursday Evening Coffee Discussion Meeting
    Charles Todd is going to lead a discussion on “What’s the difference: training, coaching, teaching, mentoring?” Subtle differences between the interactions of training, coaching, teaching, and mentoring can produce drastically different outcomes. Just as it is important to have a variety of leadership styles available to help you lead effectively in different situations, you must also be comfortable switching between development styles as appropriate.
    Date: Thursday, March 5, 2020
    Time: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm (doors open at 5:00 pm), program starts at 6:00 pm
    Location: 2112 W 5th St (Browne’s Addition)
    Cost: Free, bring your own drink, donation for pizza
    Please RSVP to email if you plan to attend.
    For more information email Bob Lloyd at rdlloyd@comcast.net.
  • Pride Foundation Fundraiser
    Proceeds will go to next year’s scholarship fund.
    Date: Thursday, March 5, 2020
    Time: 7:00 pm (doors open at 5:30 pm)
    Location: The Pin, 412 W Sprague Ave
    Cost: $5.00/21, $10/20 and younger
    For more information call 509.434.7000 or visit www.thepinevents.com.
  • Gender and the Episcopal Church: From Fixed to Fluid
    Why was the admission of women and gender variant persons to church leadership the right decision for the Episcopal Church? Bishop Rehberg shares her response to this question through the lens of her own journey as a woman called to apostolic leadership. Her glimpse into a church successful in making a gender inclusive approach work, gives incredible hope for a renewed understanding of sin and salvation for society and other faith traditions.
    Date: Thursday, March 5, 2020
    Time: 7:00 pm
    Location: Eric Johnston Science Center 233, Whitworth University Cost: Free
    For more information call 509.777.3391 or mail dstierwalt@whitworth.edu.
  • Lúnasa
    One of the most influential bands in the history of traditional Irish music, Lúnasa combines some of the top musical talents from members of Ireland’s greatest bands. Lúnasa’s inventive arrangements have steered Irish acoustic music into surprising new territory. their blend of intelligence, innovation, virtuosity, and passion has brought them to the forefront of Celtic music.
    Date: Thursday, March 5, 2020
    Time: 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
    Location: Myrtle Woldson Performing Arts Center, Gonzaga university
    Cost: $30-$$40-adults, $20.00 – student/youth. Discounts available.
    For more information visit their website.
  • 2020 Deepening Our Roots – Fig Tree Benefit Lunch
    The Fig Tree’s Annual Benefit Lunch is an opportunity to celebrate The Fig Tree monthly newspaper and Annual Resource Directory as they connect people and inspire action. Hosts and sponsors cover the cost of the lunch and invite guests to come, hear The Fig Tree story and donate to support the work that spreads hope and improves lives. The Fig Tree media promote media literacy, media responsibility and freedom of the press.
    Date: Friday, March 6, 2020
    Time: Arrive at 11:30 for buffet, program is noon to 1:00 pm
    Location: Cataldo Hall, Gonzaga University
    Cost: Lunch is complimentary, guests will be invited to donate to support The Fig Tree
    For more information and to rsvp, call 509.535.4112 or 509.535.1813
  • Diverse Voices Writing Group
    Date: Thursday, March 6, 2020 Time: 5:30 pm-6:45 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.
  • The Continuity of Life in African Traditional Religion: An Illusion?
    Dr. Itohan Idumwonyi from Gonzaga will present. John S. Mbiti, our grandfather, informed us long ago that:
    “Africans are notoriously religious” and have a heritage with its intrinsic values. These values are embedded in their Religion and its associated ritual processes that sustains life for them. Yet, some think that African Traditional Religion is an illusion? For them, Africans had no religion before the advent of the “imported” religions. How so? Does life end at death or there is a continuity? Is death the end of life? Where does one go at death? Is the belief in the continuity of life after death a product of “imported religions” or this belief has been part of the religious beliefs of African people in Africa? This talk focuses on the concept of rites of passage as it relates to life and its continuity in African context. It is relevant for providing a clear understanding of Africans values and its implication in fostering human relationship.
    Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020
    Time: 4:00 pm-5:00 pm
    Location: South Hill Library, 3324 S Perry St
    Cost: Free
    For more information visit the library’s website.
  • Holi: The Festival of Colors
    This major Hindu festival is celebrated across India and Nepal, signifying the victory of good over evil. Celebration will include free homemade Indian food, a brief performance by the youth explaining the holiday and two cultural dances. After, guests will be asked to move outside for the “throwing of the colors.
    Date: Sunday, March 8, 2020
    Time: 11:00 am-1:00 pm
    Location: FAVS Center, 5115 S Freya St
    Cost: Free
    For more information, call 509.448.1311 or visit www.shtcc.org/events.
  • International Women’s Day
    This major Hindu festival is celebrated across India and Nepal, signifying the victory of good over evil. Celebration will include free homemade Indian food, a brief performance by the youth explaining the holiday and two cultural dances. After, guests will be asked to move outside for the “throwing of the colors.
    Date: Sunday, March 8, 2020
    Time: 5:00 pm
    Location: Fowler United Methodist Church, 3928 N Howard
    Cost: Free
    For more information, call 509.325.3241 or email fowlerumc@yahoo.com.
  • Spokane Youth Symphony: 70 Years of Virtuosity
    Concert includes performances by all four orchestras of the Spokane Youth Symphony and ensembles Spokane Youth Strings, Spokane Youth Sinfonietta, Spokane Youth Philharmonic and Spokane Youth Symphony Orchestra.
    Date: Sunday, March 8, 2020
    Time: 4:00 pm
    Location: Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox, 1001 W Sprague Ave
    Cost: $14.00-$18.00
    For more information, call 509.624.1200 or visit their website..
  • 2020 Deepening Our Roots – Fig Tree Benefit Breakfast
    Date: Monday, March 9, 2020
    Time: Buffet starts at 7:00, 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 509.535.4112 or 509.535.1813
  • Floating Crowbar (Medical Lake)
    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: Monday, March 9, 2020
    Time: 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
    Location: Medical Lake Library
    Cost: Free and open to the public
    For more information click here.
  • Is Buddhism a Religion?
    Reverend Melissa Opel from the Spokane Buddhist Temple will discuss whether Buddhism is a religion or not and outline core beliefs and practices.
    Date: Monday, March 9, 2020
    Time: 6:30 pm-7:300 pm
    Location: South Hill Library, 3324 S Perry St
    Cost: Free
    For more information visit their website.
  • Floating Crowbar (Fairfield)
    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: Tuesday, March 10, 2020
    Time: 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
    Location: Fairfield Library
    Cost: Free and open to the public
    For more information, call 509.893.8250 or visit their website.
  • Floating Crowbar (Otis Orchards)
    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: Wednesday, March 11, 2020
    Time: 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
    Location: Otis Orchards
    Cost: Free and open to the public
    For more information, call 509.893.8250 or visit their website.
  • Hispanic Business Professional Association
    Sabes Que – Francisco Gutierrez, Financial Wellness
    Date: Wednesday, March 11, 2020
    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 www.hbpaspokane.net.
  • Thursday Matinee Movie Classic: Jacob the Liar (Jakob der Lügnar)
    This film is the only East German film (a GDR-Czech production) to be nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. In a Jewish ghetto in central Europe, 1944, Jakob Heym eavesdrops on a German radio broadcast announcing the Soviet Army is making slow by steady progress towards central Europe. Now that others know he has a radio in the ghetto (a crime punishable by death), Jakob must come up with more and more stories to hide his secret. Directed by Frank Beyer. 1974. 100 minutes.
    Date: Thursday, March 12, 2020
    Time: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
    Location: MAC, 2316 W First Ave
    Cost: $7.00
    For more information, call 509.456.3931 or visit www.northwestmuseum.org.
  • Spokane – Nishinomiya Sister City Society Meeting
    The mission of the Spokane-Nishinomiya Sister City Society is to promote goodwill between the people of Spokane and Nishinomiya, Japan. Registration at 6 p.m., followed by dinner, catered by Suki Yaki Inn, at 6:30 p.m. Meeting, voting and programming to follow. Adjourns at 9 p.m.
    Date: Friday, March 13, 2020
    Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, registration at 6 pm, dinner at 6:30 pm. Meeting, voting and programming to follow.
    Location: Japanese Cultural Center, 400 W Randolph Road
    Cost: $20.00/adults, $10/students, free for children 5 and younger.
    Catered by Suki Yaki Inn.
    For more information visit their website at www.spokane-nishinomiya.org.
  • 42nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade
    Grand Marshall – Matt Santangelo
    Date: Saturday, March 14, 2020
    Time: Noon
    Location: Downtown Spokane
    Cost: Free to the public
    For more information visit their website or email parade@friendlysonsofstpatrick.com.
  • Floating Crowbar (Airway Heights)
    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 15, 2020
    Time: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    Location: Airway Heights
    Cost: Free and open to the public
    For more information, visit their website.
  • NAACP General Membership Meeting
    Date: Monday, March 16, 2020
    Time: 7:00 pm
    Location: The Community Building
    Cost: Free, meeting open to everyone.
    For more information visit their Facebook or visit their website.
  • Floating Crowbar (Argonne Library)
    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: Monday, March 16, 2020
    Time: 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm Location: Argonne Library
    Cost: Free and open to the public
    For more information, visit their website.
  • Angus Scott Pipe Band
    The Angus Scott Pipe Band is one of the oldest continuing pipe bands in the Northwest. They were formed in late 1955 and are named after Pipe Major Angus Scott from Kimberley, BC. Each year you will find them at the front of the St. Patrick’s Day parade and at various venues around Spokane. The type of bagpipes played are the Great Highland bagpipes and we are accompanied by snare, tenor and bass drums. The performance today will be traditional Irish tunes in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. The Highland Dancers will dazzle with a few energetic dances during the music!
    Date: Tuesday, March 17, 2020
    Time: 4:30 pm – 4:45 pm
    Location: South Hill Library, 3324 S Perry St
    Cost: Free
    From more information, visit the library’s website.
  • Hate: Reflections and Action with panelist George Critchlow, J.D.; Michael DeLand, PhD; and Shannon Dunn, PhD
    This event is part of the Americans and the Holocaust Exhibit, March 19-April 27 in the Foley Library, Cowles Rare Reading Room, 3rd Floor. This lecture introduces the exhibit and explores why people will find it inspiring. The panel offers an interdisciplinary approach to examining the topic of hate from legal, sociological, and religious perspectives, engaging the collective memory and our understanding of the violence of the Holocaust.
    Date: Tuesday, March 17, 2020
    Time: Reception at 6:30 pm, program begins at 7:00 pm
    Location: Gonzaga University, John J. Hemmingson Center Auditorium, 004
    Cost: Free
    Organized by the Gonzaga Institute for Hate Studies with the Foley Library and in collaboration with the Spokane County Human Rights Task Force.
    From more information visit their website.
  • What is the Color of Compromise: The Role of Race in the Church Today
    Jemar Tisby, M. Div. is president of the Witness, a Black Christian collective. He is the author of The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism.
    Date: Tuesday, March 17, 2020
    Time: 7:00 pm
    Location: Weyerhaeuser Hall, Robinson Teaching Theatre, Whitworth University
    Cost: Free and open to the public
    For more information email dsoden@whitworth.edu.
  • Floating Crowbar (North Spokane)
    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: Tuesday, March 17, 2020
    Time: 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm Location: North Spokane Library
    Cost: Free and open to the public
    For more information, visit their website.
  • Women lead Spokane Conference 2020
    This conference, designed to educate and empower women both personally and professionally, will give you the tools you need to advance in the workplace. The conference offers dynamic speakers, stimulating skill-building workshops, coaching sessions, and plenty of time to build your network of like-minded professionals.
    Date: Wednesday, March 18, 2020
    Time: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Location: Hemmingson Center at Gonzaga University 702 E. DeSmet Ave.
    Cost: $179.00, includes breakfast, lunch and all speakers and workshops
    For more information, visit Gonzaga’s website.
  • US-Mexican Border: Humanitarian Consequences of Shifting Immigration Law and Policy
    This will be a panel discussion of lawyers, law faculty & law students who have performed pro bono work at the border in the 15 months prior to the event. Topics addressed will include the changes in asylum law in the US and what the impacts are on asylum seekers.
    Date: Thursday, March 19, 2020
    Time: 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
    Location: Barbieri Courtroom, Gonzaga University Law School
    Cost: Free and open to the public
    For more information call 509.893.8400 or visit Gonzaga’s website.
  • Baha’I Fireside Discussions
    The Baha’i faith believes the world’s major religions emerged from a common, divine foundation and that all the Prophets of God have been the agents of a single unfolding plan.
    Date: Thursday, March 19, 2020
    Time: 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
    Location: Spokane Valley Library, 12004 E Main Ave
    Cost: Free and open to the public
    For more information call 509.893.8400 or visit their Facebook.
  • Coeur d’Alene Tribal Cultural Lifeway Dinner
    Storytelling, dancing, drums and traditional Native American cuisine, including wild Nisqually salmon, venison stew, green salad with huckleberry vinaigrette and more.
    Date: Thursday, March 19, 2020
    Time: 6:00 pm
    Location: Coeur d’Alene Casino, 37914 S Nukwalqw St, Worley, ID
    Cost: $65.00
    For more information call 800.523.2464 or visit their website.
  • Computer Help in Spanish
    Spanish speakers: Get personalized help learning to use a computer.
    Date: Thursday, March 19, 2020 (3rd Thursday of the month)
    Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    Location: North Spokane Library, 44 E Hawthorne Rd
    Cost: Free and open to the public
    For more information, click here.
  • 11th Annual Peace & Justice Action Conference: Believing in the Yet to Be
    Presenter on Friday: Zach Norris, author of We keep Us Safe: Building Secure, Just and inclusive Communities.
    Date: Friday/Saturday, March 20-21, 2020
    Time: 6:00 pm-8:00 pm (Friday night Community Event), Saturday 9:00 am-5:00 pm Location: Unitarian Universalist Church, 4340 W Ft. George Wright Dr.
    Cost: $60.00 general, $40 PJALS members, $20.00 living lightly (low income, students, seniors, etc)
    Breakfast and lunch are provided on Saturday.
    For more information visit www.pjals.org.
  • Vedic Philosophy of Hinduism
    Himani Agrawal from the Spokane Hindu Temple & Cultural Center will share about Hindu values based on Vedic Philosophy and the practice of Sanatan Dharma, the Hindu way of life.
    Date: Saturday, March 21, 2020
    Time: 11:00 am – noon
    Location: South Hill Library, 3324 S Perry St
    Cost: Free and open to the public
    For more information visit the library’s website.
  • What It Means to be An Atheist
    Members of the Inland Northwest Freethought Society will share about their journeys as atheists and what it means to be one.
    Date: Saturday, March 21, 2020
    Time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    Location: South Hill Library, 3324 S Perry St
    Cost: Free and open to the public
    For more information visit the library’s website.
  • Bollywood and South Indian Dancing
    Natanam School of Bharatanytyam provides an authentic Bharatanytyam experience at an affordable price and supportive atmosphere for all ages. This ancient South Indian dance form originated in the temples of Tamil Nadu and is a form of storytelling through facial expressions, hand gestures and rhythmic foot work.
    They will also perform popular Bollywood songs using steps taken from a myriad of dance forms. Bollywood is largely known for its musical cinema, dance sequences and catchy beats.
    Date: Saturday, March 21, 2020
    Time: 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
    Location: Shadle Library at Northtown Mall
    Cost: Free and open to the public
    For more information visit the library’s website.
  • Flowers, showers, Political Powers: Brunch & Drag Show
    Proceeds go to Planned Parenthood.
    Date: Sunday, March 22, 2020
    Time: 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
    Location: nYne Bar & Bistro, 232 W Sprague Ave
    Cost: Free and open to the public
    For more information call 529.474.1621
  • Catholicism in Modern Society
    Dr. Wendlinder from Gonzaga will present this program.
    Date: Monday, March 23, 2020
    Time: 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
    Location: South Hill Library, 3324 S Perry St
    Cost: Free and open to the public
    For more information visit the library’s website.
  • Women Activists and the Legacy of Progressivism
    Veta Schlimgen, Associate professor of History, Gonzaga.
    Date: Tuesday, March 24, 2020
    Time: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    Location: Wolff Auditorium, Jepson Center, Gonzaga University
    Cost: Free
    For more information visit Gonzaga’s website.
  • Suffrage Parade – Special Event – Steps from Suffrage to Solidarity: Looking Back and Ahead
    A parade reflecting the marches that took place for women’s suffrage in the early 1900s, and modern-day movement toward equality for all.
    Date: Wednesday, March 25, 2020
    Time: 12:15 pm
    Location: Gonzaga Campus, “Bulldog Alley” (starts at Hemmingson Center and ends at Myrtle Woldson Performing Arts Center)
    Cost: Free
    For more information visit Gonzaga’s website.
  • Winning Women’s Suffrage: Celebrating Victories, Learning from Mistakes
    Nancy Unger, Ph.D., Professor of History – Santa Clara University (Gonzaga grad, ’78)
    Date: Wednesday, March 25, 2020
    Time: 3:30 pm
    Location: Wolff Auditorium, Jepson Center, Gonzaga University
    Cost: Free
    For more information visit Gonzaga’s website.
  • Pageantry of Protest: Making the Look Count
    Lenora Lopez Schindler, lecturer and artist, explains how the suffragists used banners, textiles and fashion as visual forms of protest, and their continued influence.
    Date: Thursday, March 26, 2020
    Time: 7:00 pm
    Location: Jundt Auditorium, Jundt Art Museum, Gonzaga University
    Cost: Free
    For more information visit Gonzaga’s website.
  • Daughters of Norway
    A group that offers local women an opportunity to share their Nordic heritage. Activities include Nordic cooking demonstrations, book club, language classes, writing class, sharing family histories, hardanger embroidery, bunad sewing clases, rosemailing classes, community events and luncheons.
    Date: Saturday, March 28, 2020 (fourth Saturday of each month)
    Time: 10:00 am Location: TBD
    Lodge outings replace formal meetings in July and August.
    For more information visit their website or contact (509) 926-8090 for location and time of monthly meetings.
  • Speed Faithing
    As a conclusion to the Religions and Philosophies Series, join us to dialogue with people from diverse faiths about things that matter. This is presented in collaboration with One Peace, Many Paths, “a diverse, spiritually-oriented peace group in Spokane.”
    Date: Sunday, March 29, 2020
    Time: 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
    Location: South Hill Library, 3324 S Perry St
    Cost: Free and open to the public
    For more information visit the library’s website.
  • “When Women Preachers are Assigned their Place”
    Rev. Andi Saccoccio is an innovative networker who thrives on empowering organizations and teams to be more effective by ensuring alignment of gifts and resources. The event offers a critical exploration of reasons why
    gender and race still hamper the development of women’s full potential in all kinds of ministry. It gives reasons for hope on how one can build a highly functional team out of sticks and still say : “Yes I can ! And I love doing it ! ”
    Date: Tuesday, March 31, 2020
    Time: 7:00 pm
    Location: Eric Johnston Science Center 233, Whitworth University
    Cost: Free
    For more information call 509.777.3391 or mail dstierwalt@whitworth.edu.

  • 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.
  • Holocaust-Inspired Art Work Exhibit
    • Middle School and High School art submissions to the Spokane Community Observance of the Holocaust 2020 Art Contest. Students were asked to study the Holocaust, choose someone worthy of the title “Superhero of the Holocaust,” and create an original piece of art inspired by the actions of their Superhero.
    • Dates: March 16-30, 2020
    • Location: Gonzaga University School of Law Building, First and Second Floors
    • Time: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
    • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • Americans and the Holocaust
    • Foley Library is one of 50 U.S. libraries selected to host Americans and the Holocaust, a traveling exhibition from s that examines the motives, pressures and fears that shaped Americans’ responses to Nazism, war and genocide in Europe during the 1930s and 1940s.
    • Dates: March 19 to April 27, 2020
    • Location: Gonzaga University, Foley Library, Rare Reading Room, 3rd floor
    • Time: Monday-Friday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Sunday 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    • Cost: Free and open to the
    • Americans and the Holocaust: A Traveling Exhibition for Libraries is made possible by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the American Library Association.
    • For more information visit their website.

Save the Date

  • 2020 Deepening Our Roots – Fig Tree Benefit Lunch
    The Fig Tree’s Annual Benefit Lunch is an opportunity to celebrate The Fig Tree monthly newspaper and Annual Resource Directory as they connect people and inspire action. Hosts and sponsors cover the cost of the lunch and invite guests to come, hear The Fig Tree story and donate to support the work that spreads hope and improves lives. The Fig Tree media promote media literacy, media responsibility and freedom of the press.
    Date: Friday, March 6, 2020
    Time: Arrive at 11:30 for buffet, the program is noon to 1:00 pm Location: Cataldo Hall, Gonzaga University
    Cost: Lunch 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
  • 2020 Deepening Our Roots – Fig Tree Benefit Breakfast
    Date: Wednesday, March 9, 2020
    Time: Buffet starts at 7:00, 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
  • 16th Annual YWCA Spring Fling Champagne Brunch and Silent Auction
    Date: Saturday, April 4, 2020
    Time: 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
    Location: Anthony’s at the Falls, 510 N Lincoln Street
    Cost: $60:00
    For more information call Kate at 509.789.9312 or visit their website.
  • 50th Earth Day Resource Fair
    The theme for Earth Day 2020 is climate action. The enormous challenge — but also the vast opportunities — of action on climate change have distinguished the issue as the most pressing topic for the 50th anniversary. Climate change represents the biggest challenge to the future of humanity and the life-support systems that make our world habitable.
    Join us in Celebrating Earth Month w/ a Sustainable Theme & Educational Activities. Recycle, Reuse, Restore, Replenish, Repurpose & Reduce
    Date:
    Saturday, April 4, 2020 at Northtown Mall BY Kolhs
    Saturday, April 18, 2020 Spokane Valley Mall by JC Penney Centercourt
    Time: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm Cost: Free
    For more information email Charity@thefamilyguide.org or call 509.928.9664.
  • Indian Classical Concert
    Melodies played with dual saxophones accompanied by Tabia. Deeply meditative ragas with intricate rhythms. Soaring flights of melodic exploration. Intuitive improvisational interplay. Masters of saxophone Phil Scarff and Priyank Krishna perform the intricacies of North Indian Classical Music along with Pandit Anoop Banerjee on Tabala, a percussion instrument.
    Date: Saturday, April 18, 2020
    Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm, Indian vegetarian dinner available for purchase starting at 5:00 pm
    Location: Unity Spiritual Center, 2900 S Bernard St
    Cost: $20.00 general, $15.00 students, children under 10 and under are free. Checks and cash only.
    Make checks payable to SACA and mail to 410 E Shiloh Hills Dr. Spokane, WA 99208
    For more information email sacaspokane@gmail.com.
  • 50th Earth Day Celebration
    Join us for birthday cake at Riverfront Park’s Sister City Garden. This is the closest location where the first Earth Day Spokane was hosted 50 years ago. The first Earth Day in 1970 mobilized millions of Americans for the protection of the planet. The first Earth Day is credited with launching the modern environmental movement and is now recognized as the planet’s largest civic event. Earth Day led to passage of landmark environmental laws in the United States, including the Clean Air, Clear Water and Endangered Species Acts..
    Date: Saturday, April 22, 2020
    Location: Riverfront Park’s Sister City Garden
    Time: 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
    Cost: Free
    For more information email Charity@thefamilyguide.org or call 509.928.9664
  • 24th Annual African American Graduation
    Celebration is a cultural salute for outstanding academic achievement to honor students of African American/Black descent graduating from K-12 schools, colleges, and universities from Spokane and the surrounding areas.
    Date: Saturday, April 25, 2019
    Time: 2:00 pm
    Location: Eastern Washington University, pence Union Building (MPR)
    Cost: Free, students must register here.
    For more information visit their Facebook.
  • 25th Annual Hispanic/Latino Graduate and Young Scholar Recognition Ceremony
    All Hispanic/Latino(a) graduating students from Spokane County high schools and colleges/universities are invited to attend with family members. In addition, Young Scholars, in grades 8-11 with a gpa of 3.00.
    Date: May 7, 2020
    Time: 5:00 pm
    Location: Lair, Spokane Community College and Johnson Gym, 1810 Greene Street
    Cost: Free
    For more information email hbpaceremony@gmail.com, visit their website at www.hbpaspokane.net.

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 vocalists/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 a 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 March

  • March 1
    • Martenitza – Bulgaria, Romania
      Bulgarians celebrate spring by exchanging red-and-white yarn designs to symbolize health. They wear the yarn designs on their clothing until they see a stork or a blossoming tree. They then either put the martenitsa on a tree branch to bring on spring or hide it under a rock to represent the wish that the evil spirits in nature (and humankind) will go to sleep.
    • St. David’s Day – Wales
      Celebrates Saint David, or known as Dewi Sant in Welsh, the patron saint of Wales who died on this day.
    • Chalanda Marz – Switzerland
      Children go from door to door singing and receive sweets in return.
    • Independence Day – Bosnia & Hetzegovina
      Yearly celebration of their independence from the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in 1992.
    • Alá – Bahá’Í
      19-day fast begins through March 19. The nineteenth and final month in the Baha’i calendar and the time of the 19-day fast in preparation of their new year, Nowruz. The English translation of Alá (Arabic) is loftiness.
  • March 2
    • Clean Monday (Great Lent Begins) – Christian-Coptic & Eastern Orthodox
      The beginning of the forty-day fast when Christians imitate Jesus’ withdrawal into the wilderness before this crucifixion.
  • March 6
    • Independence Day – Ghana
      Commemorates the date in 1957 when the Gold Coast became an independent member of the British Commonwealth.
    • World Day of Prayer – International
      Held on the first Friday of March, the World Day of Prayer is a movement of Christian women of many traditions who came together in 1927 to observe a common day of prayer each year. A movement initiated and carried out in more than 170 countries and regions bringing together women of various races, cultures and traditions in closer fellowship, understanding and action throughout the year.
  • March 8
    • International Women’s Day – UN
      Marks the 1857 revolt of women in New York City protesting conditions in the U.S. textile and garment industries. It acknowledges the contributions made by working women. The theme for International Women’s Day, 8 March, is “Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives”.
    • Daylight Savings Time Begins -USA
      The practice of advancing clocks in 48 of the USA states during summer months (mid-March-early November) so that evening daylight lasts longer. This act does sacrifice normal sunrise times.
  • March 9
    • Holi Sikh – Hindu
      According to myth, a tyrannical king’s son, PraHlad, refused to worship his father as God and was condemned to death by burning. However, the boy’s aunt, named Holika, transferred her own immunity from fire to Prahlad, and burned to death in his place. This festival of color celebrates Spring, where people play with liquid and powdered colors, light bonfires and blow horns to celebrate the destruction of Holika.
    • Hola Mohalla (Bikarami) – Sikh
      Mock battles are fought and martial arts are displayed in honor of Guru Gobind Sing, who took to armed struggle against tyranny.
    • Butter Lamp Festival (Tibet) – Buddhist
      To celebrate Shakyamuni’s victory over non-Buddhist opponents in 1409. Lord Neu Dzong, a noted patron of Tsongkapa, illuminated numerous butter lamps. The tradition has since then flourished.
  • March 10
    • Purim – Jewish
      Purim is known as the Feast of Lots, which celebrates the deliverance of Jews in Persia from the machinations of Haman. Jews dress in costume and give gifts of food to each other.
  • March 12
    • Girl Scout Day – USA, Canada
      Juliette ‘Daisy’ Gordon Low assembled 18 girls from Savannah, Georgia on March 12, 1912, for a local Girl Scout meeting. She believed that all girls should be given the opportunity to develop physically, mentally, and spiritually – with the goal of bringing girls out of isolated home environments and into community.
    • National Day – Mauritius
      Celebrates the day of independence from the UK in 1968.
  • March 15
    • Memorial Day – Hungary
      Commemorates the 1848 day of movement toward independence from the Austrian Empire.
  • March 16
    • Gahambar Hamaspathmaedem (March 16-20) – Zoroastrian
      This day celebrates the creation of human beings.
  • March 17
    • St. Patrick’s Day – N. Ireland/Ireland/USA
      Commemorates the patron saint of Ireland, who converted the island to Christianity in 432 AD. Tradition says that St. Patrick died on this date in 461 AD. He used the three-leaved shamrock to explain the Christian idea of the Holy Trinity, thus the idea of wearing a shamrock.
  • March 18
    • Flag Day – Aruba
      The flag of Aruba was officially adopted on March 18, 1976, along with the official anthem.
  • March 19
    • St. Joseph’s Day – Christian
      Celebrated throughout most of Italy and by the Italian communities in North America. He was the foster father of Jesus and is the universal patron of the Catholic Church. According to legend, when a severe drought struck western Sicily in the Middle Ages, the people of that area prayed to St. Joseph, asking him to intercede for them and send rain. Their prayers were granted and since then they honor St. Joseph by helping the needy in their community.
  • March 20
    • Spring Equinox – International
      In the Northern Hemisphere, spring begins today with the vernal equinox. In the Southern Hemisphere, today is the beginning of autumn. The daylight length is virtually the same everywhere today – 12 hours, 8 minutes.
    • Now Ruz (New Year) – Afghanistan, Iran, Bahá’Í, Islam, Ismaili, Zoroastrain
      Nowruz means “New Day” and is the traditional celebration of the ancient Persian New year. Persians (Iranians, Afghans and Tajiks) and other Indo-Iranian groups (Kurds, Armenians, Azarbaijanis and Balochs) start preparing for the Nowruz with a major spring-cleaning of their house and the purchase of new clothes to wear for the new year. They visit the elders of their family, then the rest of their family and finally their friends. On the thirteenth day families leave their homes and picnic outdoors.
    • Eostre – Wicca
      A fertility festival celebrating the birth of Spring. The word Easter is derived from the maiden goddess. Celebrations including lighting fires at sunrise, ringing bells, and decorating hard-boiled eggs, an ancient Pagan custom associated with the goddess.
    • Shunki-Sorei-Sai – Shinto
      Ancestors are given reverence at home altars and considered active members of the living family. Gravesites are cleaned and purified.
    • Shunbun no Hi – Japan
      During the time of the Spring Equinox, Buddhists meditate on the harmony in the universe.
    • Poutuerangi – Aboriginal/Maori, New Zealand
      From Aboriginal roots of the Maori in New Zealand Poutuerangi is celebrated. This is Fall season and Autumn Equinox in the Maori calendar when they harvest crops. Great feasting and celebrating go on this time of year.
    • Independence Day – Tunisia
      Celebrates the day in 1956 when the country was formally recognized as independent from France.
    • International Day of the Francophone
      Celebrates the French language and Francophone culture.
  • March 21
    • International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination – UN
      A day to promote efforts to eradicate racial discrimination worldwide and also to remember the killing of 69 protesters against injustice in Sharpeville, South Africa in 1960.
    • Harmony Day – Australia
      Harmony Day, which began in 1999, occurs on 21 March each year and celebrates Australia’s
      success as a diverse society united by a common set of values.
  • March 22
    • Emancipation Day – Puerto Rico
      Commemorates the abolition of slavery in 1873.
    • Mothering Sunday – UK
      The UK celebrates motherhood and takes place the fourth Sunday of Lent. Traditionally, children bring gifts of flowers and chocolates to their mothers. It originated with the Victorian practice of allowing servants to return home to visit their mothers on this day.
    • World Water Day – UN
      Each year, World Water Day highlights a specific aspect of fresh water. It provides an important opportunity to consolidate and build upon previous World Water Days to highlight the two-way relationship between water and the work agenda in the quest for sustainable development.
  • March 23
    • World Meteorological Day – UN
      Commemorates the 1950 day of the convention that created the World Meteorological Organization.
  • March 25
    • Feast of the Annunciation – Christian
      Nine months before Christmas, The Archangel Gabriel came to Mary of Nazareth and told her she would bear the Son of God, Jesus Christ.
    • Ugadi – India, Mauritius, Nepal
      Ugadi marks the beginning of the new Hindu lunar calendar. Celebrated mainly in the southern states of India, people awake before the break of day, bathe and decorate the entrance of their homes with mango leaves. They eat bitter Neem leaves with sweet jaggery to signify the bitter and sweet of life.
  • March 26
    • Birth of Prophet Zarathustra (Fasli) – Zoroastrian
      Zarathushtra (Zoroaster in Greek; Zarhosht in India and Persia) is the founder of the Zoroastrian religion dating back to sometime between 1500 and 1000 BC. He lived in Persia, modern day Iran.
    • Independence Day – Bangladesh
      Commemorates the independence of Bangladesh in 1971.
    • Kuhio Day – Hawai’i
      Prince Kuhio Day is in honor of Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole’s birthday. Prince Kuhio was dedicated to preserving and perpetuating the Native Hawaiian culture.

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!