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.


November Is American Indian Heritage Month

In 1976 Congress authorized a week in October as Native American Awareness Week in celebration of American Indians. In 1990, President George Bush designated November as “National American Indian Heritage Month,” to celebrate the history, arts, and traditions of the American Indian and Alaska Native peoples.

In 2014, the State of Washington designed the fourth Friday in November as Native American Heritage Day, a state and school legal holiday, as under state law, states offices and schools are already closed the day after Thanksgiving (fourth Thursday of the month).

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November 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!

Print Event

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 at https://www.northwestmuseum.org or call 509.456.3931.

“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.


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.


Local Events In Spokane

5th Annual Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)
This is a Mexican holiday observed throughout Mexico and parts of the U.S. honoring those that have passed. Feel free to bring photos of family and friends that have passed for the altar. There will be activities for the children (face painting, piñatas, arts/crafts, the movie Coco etc.), Mariachi Las Aguilas, Danza Mexica – Aztec Dancing Baile Folkoric and more.
Date: Friday, November 1, 2019
Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Hazen & Jaeger Valley Funeral Home, 1306 N Pines Rd
Cost: Free and open to the public. There is a cost for food if you wish to purchase it from the Taco Trucks. For more information visit www.hbpaspokane@gmail.com. Sponsored by Hispanic Business/Professional Association (HBPA) and Hazen & Jaeger Valley Funeral Home.

A Place to Call Home: A Play about the Hutton Settlement
In honor of Hutton Settlement’s Centennial year.
Dates: Friday-Sunday, November 1-3, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm (Saturday/Sunday) and 2:00 (Sunday) Location: Spokane Civic Theatre, 1020 N Howard St Cost: $25.00
For more information call 509.325.2507 or visit www.spokanecivictheatre.com to purchase tickets.

History of Hutton Settlement
Hutton Settlement came into being from one man’s dream to build a home for children. In its 100-ywear history, the children’s home has partnered with countless families to help nurture, educate, and prepare children in need for life as an adult.
Date: Saturday, November 2, 2019
Time: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Location: Argonne Library, 4322 N Argonne Rd Cost: Free and open to the public.
For more information visit https://scld.evanced.info/signup/calendar.

Kimchi Making Class
The only Kimchi more authentic than this is still in Korea!
Date: Monday, November 4, 2018
Time: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Location: Shadle Public Library, 2111 W Wellesley Ave Cost: Free
For more information visit their website at www.spokanelibrary.org.

Pen & Ink: Native American Comic Book Drawings with Emma Noyes
Artists and craftspeople share a visual demonstration for you to observe.
Date: Saturday, November 2, 2019
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Location: Spokane Valley Library, 12004 E. Main Ave., Cost: Free and open to the public.
For more information visit https://scld.evanced.info/signup/calendar.

Tsinta Mani Choling Buddhist Meditation Center
Tibetan Buddhist teachings and meditation with Lama Lakshey Zangpo.
Dates: Sunday, November 3, 10, 17, &24, 2019
Time: 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Location: Tsinta Mani Choling, 2311 N. Monroe St. Cost: Free
For more information, visit https://tsintamani.org/.

Navajo Blue Corn Mush – Navajo Creation Story
Join us for this demonstration about how to prepare Navajo Blue Corn Mush along with a Navajo creation story about the cooking utensils used in everyday Navajo traditional cooking. Also, a short discussion about the nutritional value of Juniper Ash which is used in the Blue Corn Mush dish. Blue Corn Mush is made with ground blue corn, hot water and juniper ash. The dish can be eaten cold or warm.
Date: Monday, November 4, 2018
Time:6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Location: Shadle Public Library, 2111 W Wellesley Ave Cost: Free
For more information visit their website at www.spokanelibrary.org.

Crypotozoology: Magic or Myth
Learn about creatures like Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster and others studied in cryptozoology with Kelly Milner Halls, author of “Cryptid Creatures: A Field Guide.” Ages 8 and older
Date: Tuesday , November 5, 2019
Time: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Location: Argonne Library, 4322 N Argonne Rd Cost: Free and open to the public.
For more information visit https://scld.evanced.info/signup/calendar.

Tibetan Meditation Class with Lama Lakshey
Dates: Wednesday, November 6. 13, 20, & 27, 2019
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Location: Tsinta Mani Choling, 2311 N. Monroe St. Cost: Free
For more information, visit https://tsintamani.org/.

Crypotozoology: Magic or Myth
Learn about creatures like Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster and others studied in cryptozoology with Kelly Milner Halls,
author of “Cryptid Creatures: A Field Guide.” Ages 8 and older.
Date: Thursday, November 7, 2019
Time: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Location: North Spokane Library, 44 E Hawthorne Rd Cost: Free and open to the public.
For more information visit https://scld.evanced.info/signup/calendar.

A Historic Evening with Anne Frank’s Stepsister Mrs. Eva Schloss
Eva Schloss, now 92, is a survivor of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp. Hear her story of survival against all odds, and learn how out of the darkness and destruction she rebuilt her life and was able to smile again.
Date: Thursday, November 7, 2019
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: First Interstate Center for the Arts, 334 W Spokane Falls Blvd
Cost: $25-general, $150 – preferred seating, $180 – VIP. Purchase tickets at www.jewishspokane.com.
For more information visit here or call 509.443.0770.

Jubilee International Marketplace
Unique shopping of fairly traded handicrafts from around the world. These items support women in difficult circumstances who are starting businesses, adults with disabilities gaining new life skills, and communities who want to share their culture and make a fair wage.
Date: Friday & Saturday, November 8-9, 2019
Time: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Location: First Presbyterian Church, 318 S Cedar St Cost: Free to attend
For more information call 509.747.1058.

Crypotozoology: Magic or Myth
Learn about creatures like Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster and others studied in cryptozoology with Kelly Milner Halls, author of “Cryptid Creatures: A Field Guide.” Ages 8 and older.
Date: Friday, November 8, 2019
Time: 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Location: Deer Park Library, 208 S Forrest Ave, Deer Park Cost: Free and open to the public.
For more information visit https://scld.evanced.info/signup/calendar.

Women of Suffrage
Meet one of the first women to obtain a doctorate in women’s studies and begin college-level women’s studies programs, Dr. Sally Roesch-Wagner, and learn more about the heroic and often untold stories of the suffrage movement. Her latest book unfolds a new intersectional look at the 19th century women’s rights effort. The discussion and book signing event is free and open to the public.
Date: Monday, Nov 11, 2019
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: Gonzaga University, Hemmingson Center Ballroom, 502 E Boone Ave, Spokane, WA 99258
For more information about how Gonzaga University is recognizing the centennial of the 19th Amendment, visit www.gonzaga.edu/womenvote.

Navajo Rug Weaving – Children’s Storytime
Join us for this Navajo rug weaving demonstration, along with the Navajo creation story of Spider-Woman. Children will learn about the story behind the tools and designs that are used to make a Navajo rug. Rugs will be made on a cardboard loom and kids will be able to take them home.
Date: Saturday, November 9, 2019
Time: 10:30 am – 11:15 am
Location: Indian Trail Library, 4909 W Barnes Rd Cost: Free
For more information visit their website at www.spokanelibrary.org.

Spokane Fall Folk Festival
Two-days of family fun aimed at the preservation and appreciation of folk music and culture. Featuring various performers such as dancers, musicians, storytellers and more. Food vendors available.
Dates: Saturday and Sunday, November 9-10, 2019
Time: 11:00 am-10:00 pm (Saturday) and 11:00 am-5:00 pm (Sunday) Location: Spokane Community College, 1810 N Greene St Cost: Free
For more information and a full list of performers and activities will be available at www.spokanefolkfestival.org. Hosted by the Spokane Folklore Society.

2019 Salmon Tales Gala – Salish School of Spokane Annual Fundraiser
The evening includes three-course salmon dinner (with chicken and vegan options), student performances and family testimonials.
Date: Saturday, November 9, 2019
Location: Gonzaga Preparatory School Student Center, 1224 E Euclid Ave Time: 6:00 pm
Cost: $100.00. To purchase tickets go to http://salishschoolofspokane.org.
For more information visit here.

HBPA/Latinx Business Workshops – 3rd workshop
HBPA, in collaboration with SCORE and AHANA, is offering 3 business workshops. 3rd Workshop (11/10): Already have a business. This workshop will be focused on operations management and growing the business. Human Resources, Customer retention, Import/Export, Marketing, Bookkeeping/Taxes) for the Latino/a community. All three workshops will be offered by various professionals in our community. For anyone who is thinking of opening a business or plan to expand their business. Workshops will be held in Spanish.
Date: Sunday, November 10, 2019
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Location: St. Joseph Church, 1503 W Dean Ave.
Cost: Free, must register at https://tinyurl.com/talleresHBPA For more information visit www.hbpaspokane.net.

Faces of Valor
Faces of Valor is a preservation project dedicated to memorializing the legacy of the “Greatest Generation” through the collection of oral history accounts from the last veterans of World War II and the Korean War. In commemoration of Veterans’ Day, Scott Davis, the project creator and a GU history student, shares inside story of his efforts and video highlights of his collected stories of our local war heroes
Date: Sunday, November 10, 2019
Time: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Location: Shadle Public Library, 2111 W Wellesley Ave Cost: Free
For more information visit their website at www.spokanelibrary.org.

Honoring Those Who Served: Veterans Day Ceremony
Join the Spokane VA medical Center and members of the Veterans of Foreign War Post 51 for the annual Veterans Day Ceremony.
Date: Monday, November 11, 2019
Time: 10:00 am, doors open at 9:00 am
Location: Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena, 720 W Mallon Ave Cost: Free
For more information visit http://www.spokanearena.com/event.php?eventID=1185.

The Lakota of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation
The Pine Ridge Reservation is located among some of the poorest counties of the United States and has the lowest life expectancy and highest infant mortality rate of anywhere in America. Gail Lesperance of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa will speak about the assistance she has been able to provide to the Lakota on the reservation. Date: Monday, November 11, 2019
Time: 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Location: Shadle Public Library, 2111 W Wellesley Ave Cost: Free
For more information visit their website at www.spokanelibrary.org.

The Warrior Tradition Documentary
Learn the heartbreaking, inspiring and largely untold story of native Americans in the United States military. This film relates the stories of Native American warriors from their own points of view – stories of service, pain, courage, and fear.
Date: Monday, November 11, 2019
Time: 9:00 pm
Location: PBS- Channel 7 Cost: Free
For more information visit. https://www.ksps.org/.

2nd Annual Greater Spokane Progress Benefit Mixer – Equity Justice Community
Heavy hor d’oeuvres, not host bar. Date: Tuesday, November 12, 2019 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm
Location: nYne Bar & Bistro, 232 W Sprague Ave Cost: Free, must RSVP
Must RSVP, for more information contact them at RSVP@SpokaneProgress.org.

Unaccompanied Refugee Minor Informational Night
Become A Foster Parent to a Refugee or Migrant Minor Lutheran Community Services is seeking individuals and families interested in learning about and/or fostering Refugee youth. The Unaccompanied refugee Minor Program will allow for youth to be placed in foster homes around the Spokane Area.
Date: Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Time: 5:30 pm-7:30 pm
Location: Lutheran Community Services NW, 210 W Sprague Cost: Free and open to the public
For more information call 509.343.5018 or visit their website at http://lcsnw.org or call 509.624.1200.

Why the Black Press is More Important Now Than Ever
This presentation looks at the role that Black newspapers, like Spokane’s Black Lens, play in addressing media bias and racism.
Sandra Williams is an activist, lecturer, filmmaker, and entrepreneur, with an extensive background addressing issues of discrimination, equity, and social justice.
Date: Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Location: East Side, 624 S Stone St Cost: Free
For more information visit their website at www.spokanelibrary.org.

Crypotozoology: Magic or Myth
Learn about creatures like Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster and others studied in cryptozoology with Kelly Milner Halls,
author of “Cryptid Creatures: A Field Guide.” Ages 8 and older.
Date: Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Time: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Location: Otis Orchards Library, 22324 E, Wellesley Ave Cost: Free and open to the public.
For more information visit https://scld.evanced.info/signup/calendar.

Hispanic Business / Professional Association (HBPA) Monthly Meeting
Speaker (Sabes Que): Dennis Mitchell, Inspirational Speaker and Hanncel Sanchez of MiA.
Date: Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm social/networking, lunch and speaker/program Location: Fiesta Mexicana, 1227 S Grand Blvd
Cost: Around $10.00-$15.00 if you choose to order lunch.
For more information regarding the luncheon, contact hbpaspokane@gmail.com.

Crypotozoology: Magic or Myth
Learn about creatures like Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster and others studied in cryptozoology with Kelly Milner Halls,
author of “Cryptid Creatures: A Field Guide.” Ages 8 and older.
Date: Thursday, November 14, 2019
Time: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Location: Airway Heights, 1213 S Lumdstrom St, Airway Heights Cost: Free and open to the public.
For more information visit https://scld.evanced.info/signup/calendar.

Harlem Globetrotters 2019 World Tour
Date: Thursday, November 14, 2019
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena, 720 W Mallon Ave Cost: $25.50-$103.50
For more information call 509.279.7000 or visit their website at http://www.spokanearena.com/.

Community Resource Exchange
Will provide a day of services to anyone seeking housing, education, employments, food, and healthcare resources to assist immediate and long-term needs.
Date: Saturday, November 16, 2019
Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Location: Spokane Resource Center, 130 S Arthur St Cost: Free
For more information visit https://www.unitedwayspokane.org/.

Letter from Masanjia Documentary
From a SOS plea found in a child’s toy by a mother in Oregon, comes this harrowing true story of one man’s desperate journey for freedom. Peabody-winning Canadian filmmaker Leon Lee chronicles the series of events that ultimately led to the closure of one of China’s most notorious modern-day labor camps.
Date: Saturday, November 16, 2019
Time: 12:30 pm (pre-show talk) – documentary from 1:00 – 2:00 pm. Location: Shadle Public Library, 2111 W Wellesley Ave
Cost: Free
For more information visit their website at www.spokanelibrary.org.

KPBX Kids Concert: Spokane Area Youth Choirs (SAYChoirs) and Le Donne Choir
Hosted by SPR’s Verne Windam. Hear these choirs raise their voices during this show called Open Doors. SAY Choirs provides a joyful and challenging musical experience through the study, rehearsal, and performance of choral music and Le Donne, is a choir for adult women.
Date: Saturday, November 16, 2019
Time: 1:00 pm
Location: Westminster Congregational United Church of Church, 411 S Washington St Cost: Free and open to the public
For more information call 509.328.5729.

Crypotozoology: Magic or Myth
Learn about creatures like Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster and others studied in cryptozoology with Kelly Milner Halls,
author of “Cryptid Creatures: A Field Guide.” Ages 8 and older.
Date: Saturday, November 16, 2019
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Location: Moran Praire Library, 6004 S Regal St Cost: Free and open to the public.
For more information visit https://scld.evanced.info/signup/calendar.

That Dam Issue! Grand Coulee Dam, the Spokane Tribe, and the Equitable Compensation Act
The construction of Grand Coulee Dam, completed in 1943, profoundly changed the culture of the surrounding tribes, who centered their life on the seasonal runs of salmon. Dr. David Beine will discuss the current status of the Equitable Compensation Act that would compensate the Spokane Tribe for losses incurred with the building of the dam.
Date: Saturday, November 16, 2019
Time: 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Cost: Free
Location: South Hill Library, 3324 S. Perry St.
For more information visit their website at www.spokanelibrary.org.

The Devil We Know Film
When a handful of West Virginia residents discover DuPont has been pumping its poisonous Teflon chemical into the air and public water supply of more than 70,000 people, they file one of the largest class action lawsuits in the history of environmental law.
Date: Sunday, November 17, 2019
Time: 5:45pm
Location: Magic Lantern Theatre Cost: Free and open to everyone.
Sponsored by Meaningful Movies Spokane with UUCS. They hold free screenings of films related to social justice, environmental issues, on the 3rd Sunday of the month. Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/3532349293449414.

Ancient Native American Traditions Still Practiced Today
Many traditional Native American practices are still enacted today. Among them are funeral rites and the smudging and sweat lodge ceremonies performed for purification, cleansing, and healing. Tosha Kristensen from the Cowlitz Tribe in southwest Washington will discuss the significance of these observances.
Date: Monday, November 18, 2019
Time: 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm.
Location: Shadle Public Library, 2111 W Wellesley Ave Cost: Free
For more information visit their website at www.spokanelibrary.org.

NAACP General Membership Meeting
Date: Monday, November 18, 2019
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Community Building, 35 W Main Ave or community venue, check their Facebook page Cost: Free, meeting open to everyone
For more information contact spokanenaacp@gmail.com or visit their Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/spokane.naacp/.

Salish School of Spokane
Students and faculty from the Salish School of Spokane will present stories and songs in the Interior Salish language and discuss successful revitalization efforts. You’ll also learn some words in Salish!
Date: Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Time: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm.
Location: Shadle Public Library, 2111 W Wellesley Ave Cost: Free
For more information visit their website at www.spokanelibrary.org.

Crypotozoology: Magic or Myth
Learn about creatures like Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster and others studied in cryptozoology with Kelly Milner Halls,
author of “Cryptid Creatures: A Field Guide.” Ages 8 and older.
Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Time: 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Location: Medical Lake Library, 321 E Herb St, Medical Lake Cost: Free and open to the public.
For more information visit https://scld.evanced.info/signup/calendar.

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, November 23, 2019 (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.

Spokane Tribe of Indians
Join Warren Seyler, former Chairman of the Spokane Tribe, as he walks through 250 years of Plateau history. We will follow the footsteps of Spokane tribal people as they encounter traders, missionaries, soldiers and others arriving from distant lands.
Date: Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:45 pm.
Location: Shadle Public Library, 2111 W Wellesley Ave Cost: Free
For more information visit their website at www.spokanelibrary.org.

The Festival of Fair Trade
Unique Handcrafts from around the world.
Dates: Friday-Sunday, November 29, 2019 – December 1, 2019
Time: 10 am-5:30 pm daily
Location: Community Building, 35 W Main Ave Cost: To attend, Free
For more information visit their website at http://www.festivaloffairtrade.com/.

Winterfest, A Celebration of Holiday Traditions – Grand Opening at Northtown Mall
View multi-cultural Christmas trees, meet and greet representatives from local cultural organizations, live performances and sample Christmas cookies from around the world.
Date: Saturday, November 30, 2019
Time: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Location: Northtown mall Cost: Free
For more information contact charity@thefamilyguide.org or call 509.928.9664.


Save the Date

  • Winterfest, A Celebration of Holiday Traditions:
    The events listed below are free and open to the public.
    Christmas Lights Fest at Mirabeau Park Hotel
    Complimentary appetizers, live performances and a magical Christmas Light Fest at the Mirabeau Park Hotel Courtyard
    Date: Wednesday, December 4, 2019
    Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
  • Caroling Competition and Scandinavian Christmas at Northtown Mall
    Meet and greet representatives from the Scandinavian Community, live performances and cash prizes (1st -3rd place) caroling contest winners.
    Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019
    Time: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Feliz Navidad at Northtown Mall
    Find out why the Philippines and Mexico celebrate the holiday season starting in September and ending around January 6th, making it the longest Christmas celebration in the world.
    Date: Saturday, December 14, 2019
    Time: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • SantaCon and K-Pop at Northtown Mall
    Dress up, wearing a Santa hat alone is not enough. You don’t have to dress like Santa, but the theme is red. Cash prizes for the top 3 plus swag bags for all contest participants.
    Date: Saturday, December 21, 2019
    Time: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • A Celebration of New Year Traditions at Northtown Mall
    See how various cultures ring in the new year. Meet and greet representatives from local cultural organizations, live performances, and sample holiday cookies from around the world.
    Date: Saturday, December 29, 2019
    Time: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Kwanzaa Festival at Northtown Mall
    Kwanzaa is a week-long annual celebration held in the U.S. and other nations of the African diaspora in the Americans to honor African heritage in the African-American culture.
    Date: Sunday, December 29, 2019
    Time: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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


International/National Cultural Celebrations In November

  • Nov. 1 All Saints’ Day – Christian
    A day for honoring saints, known and unknown.
  • Independence Day – Antigua & Barbuda
    Gained independence from Great Britain on November 1, 1981.
  • Liberty Day – USA Revolution Day – Algeria
    Nov. 2 All Souls Day – Christian
    Catholic Christians’ day of prayers of intercession for the dead. Prayers of the faithful are seen as helping to cleanse the souls of the departed.
  • Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) – Mexico
    Celebrated in parts of the U.S. and Central America. Families build altars in their homes surrounded with flowers, food and burning candles.
  • Dia de Finados – Portugal & Brazil
    This holiday is celebrated by people visiting the deceased. They bring hearts and crowns made of flowers to the graves.
  • Nov. 3 Bunka No Hi (Culture Day) – Japan
    A national holiday dedicated to the love of freedom and promotion of Japanese culture.
  • Nov. 3 Independence Day – Panama
    Honors Panama’s independence from Columbia in 1903.
  • Independence Day – Dominica
    On this day in 1978, Dominica gained independence from Britain as it became a member of the Commonwealth. It is celebrated as a national holiday for three days.
  • Daylight Savings Time Ends – USA
  • Nov. 4 Qudrat (13th month) – Baha’i
    The first day of the thirteenth Baha’i month. The English translation of Quadrat (Arabic) is Power.
  • Nov. 5 Guy Fawkes Day – UK
    This is also known as Bonfire Night. Guy Fawkes was a leader of a group of Catholic men who were plotting to blow up the King and Parliament but were arrested in time. The English and Irish burn bonfires topped by a figure known as the guy. West Indians from the Bahamas and Barbados celebrate it as well.
  • Election Day – USA
  • Nov. 6 Constitution Day – Dominican Republic
    Marks the approval of the constitution in 1966.
  • Take Our Kids to Work – Canada
    Parents encouraged to take their daughters (and/or sons) to work on this day, and to use this opportunity to educate their children on the nature of employment.
  • International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment – UN
    On November 5, 2001, the UN General Assembly declared November 6th of each year as the International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict. The United Nations attaches great importance to ensuring that action on the environment is part of conflict prevention, peacekeeping and peacebuilding strategies – because there can be no durable peace if the natural resources that sustain livelihoods and ecosystems are destroyed.
  • Nov. 8 Independence Day – Cambodia
    Celebrates independence from France in 1953.
  • Nov. 9 Birthday of the Báb – Bahá’l
    Born Siyyid ‘Ali Muhammad in Southwestern Iran in 1819. His title, in Arabic, means ‘The Gate’.
    Work is suspended and Bahá ‘is come together for prayer and festivities.
  • Nov. 10 Birth of Bahá’u’lláh – Bahá’l
    Born Mirza Husayn ‘Ali into one of the leading noble families of Persia in 1817. His name is a title, in Arabic, meaning ‘The Glory of God’.
  • Eid-Maulad-un-Babi – Islam
    Anniversary of the birth of Prophet Muhammad. Some Muslims mark this occasion by special prayers, whilst other Muslims may mark the occasion by dedicating more time to reading the Koran.
  • Nov. 11 Veterans Day – USA
    First proclaimed as Armistice Day in 1919 to commemorate the termination of WWI on November 11, 1918. Now honors all who served in the military.
  • Remembrance Day – Canada, Australia, UK
    This day commemorates the soldiers killed in WWI and WWII and in remembrance for all who have given their lives for freedom and in service of their country.
  • Armistice Day – France
    This day commemorates the signing of the armistice between the Allies and Germany at Compiègne, France, which ended hostilities on the Western Front of World War I.
  • Independence Day – Poland
  • Nov. 12 Guru Nanak’s Birthday (Bikarami) – Sikh
    Born in 1469 CE, he was the first of the Ten Gurus of the Sikh faith and founded Sikhism. An accomplished poet, 974 of his hymns are in the Sikh scriptures, the Sri Guru Granth Sahib.
  • Lokashah Jayanti – Jain
    This day commemorates the birth of a famous 15th century reformer, Lonka Saha, who opposed temple worship and use of Images.
  • Nov. 13 International World Kindness Day – International
    The spark for World Kindness Day was lit at the Second Conference of the World Kindness Movement in November 1997 in Japan. Starting as random acts of kindness, the movement now has members in over 17 countries including the US and Canada. They are committed to building a global organization dedicated to inspire and promote kindness.
  • Nov. 14 World Diabetes Day – UN
    Diabetes awareness campaign.
  • Nov. 15 Shichi-Go-San (Seven-Five-Three Festival) – Japan
    Prayers are offered for children’s growth. The ages of three and five for boys and three and seven for girls are celebrated. Children dress up in their gala dresses and go with their parents to a Shinto shrine to pay a visit to the tutelary deity. Children are given thousand-year candy which is red and white (auspicious colors) with crane and turtle illustrations (symbols of long life).
  • National Day – Palestine
    A Palestinian Declaration of Independence was written by poet Mahmoud Darwish and then declared by PLO leader Yasser Arafat on 15 November, 1988,
  • Republic Day – Brazil
    Commemorates the 1889 proclamation that disposed Emperor Dom Pedro II and instituted a republic.
  • Nov. 16 International Day of Tolerance – UN
    A day to advance human welfare, freedom, and progress everywhere, as well as to encourage tolerance, respect, dialogue, and cooperation among different cultures.
  • Nov. 18 Independence Day – Latvia
    Commemorates independence of the Republic of Latvia from German and Russian occupation on November 18, 1918.
  • Nov. 18 Fete de l’ Independence (Independence Day) –Morocco
    Commemorates independence from France in 1956.
  • Nov. 19 Discovery Day – Puerto Rico
    Celebrates the day Christopher Columbus encountered Puerto Rico on his second voyage to the New World in 1493.
  • World Toilet Day – UN
    No laughing matter! A day to raise awareness and inspire action to tackle the global sanitation
    crisis. 2.4 billion people of the world’s 7 billion do not have access to clean water and sanitation, and they struggle to stay well.
  • Nov. 20 Transgender Day of Remembrance – LGBT
    Begun in 1999, vigils, services and a variety of other events held to mark this day set aside to memorialize those killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice.
  • Universal Children’s Day – UN
    Observed since 1954, a day to honor the needs of children and to make those needs known to governments. Observed on different days in over 120 countries.
  • Nov. 21 World Television Day – UN
    In 1996, the UN General Assembly proclaimed this day “in recognition of the increasing impact television has on decision-making by alerting world attention to conflicts and threats to peace and security and its potential role in sharpening the focus on other major issues”.
  • Nov. 22 Independence Day – Lebanon
    Celebrates the declaration of independence from France in 1943.
    Nov. 23 Qawl (14th month) – Baha’i Kinro Kansha No Hi – Japan
    The Japanese labor Thanksgiving Day when people express gratitude to each other for their labors throughout the year.
  • Nov. 24 Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur – Sikh
    This day commemorates his martyrdom (1621-75). He was the ninth of the Ten Gurus and executed in Delhi by the Mughal emperor. He died for the Sikh faith and also for religious liberty.
  • Nov. 25 St. Catherine’s Day – Canada, France
    The patron saint of virgins and philosophers lived in Alexandria in the 4th century AD and was martyred after being tortured on a spiked wheel. At one time match-making balls were held on this day.
  • National Day – Bosnia
    Marks the 1943 declaration of statehood within the federation of Yugoslavia.
  • Nov. 25 International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women – UN
    The Secretary General’s Campaign “Unite to End Violence Against Women” has proclaimed the 25th of each month as Orange Day. Among other actions, the Orange Day invites us to wear something orange to highlight its calls for the eradication of violence against women without reservation, equivocation or delay.
  • Nov. 26 Day of Covenant – Bahá’i
    The eldest son and appointed successor of Baha’u’llah, Abdu’l-Baha, referred to this day as the Centre of the Covenant, which was established to safeguard the unity of the community.
  • Nov. 27 National Sovereignty Day – Argentina
    Commemorates the Battle of Vuelta de Obligado, when a small Argentine army stood against an British and French navy on November 20, 1845. Although the battle itself ended with an Argentine defeat, the losses of Britain and France in the whole military campaign were so high that both countries were forced to the bargaining table and signed a treaty with Juan Manuel de Rosas.
  • Nov. 28 Thanksgiving Day – USA
    Early American settlers gave thanks for good harvests by decorating their churches with fruits and vegetables and celebrated dinner with venison and waterfowl.
  • Ascension of Abdu’l-Bahái – Bahá’i
    After years of serving his father and safeguarding the unity of the faith, Abdu’l-Bahái passed away in Haifa, Israel in 1921.
  • Independence Day – Albania
    Celebrates both the declaration of independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1912 and the
    country’s liberation from the Nazis in 1945.
  • National day – Panama
    Celebrates independence from Spain in 1821.
  • Nov. 29 Native American Heritage Day – USA
    “The Native American Heritage Day Resolution 2009” by the U.S. Senate designated the Friday after Thanksgiving as a day of heritage for Native Americans.
    International Day of Solidarity with Palestinian People – UN Nov. 30 St. Andrew’s Day – Scotland
    This day commemorates the life of the patron saint of Scotland.
  • Independence Day – Barbados
    Barbados achieved independence from the British in1966. The British had controlled Barbados as a colony since 1627.

Source: With permission from Creative Cultural Communications, Multicultural Calendar 2019.