A sultry saxophone fills the hall of the refurbished movie palace, playing rich Christmas-themed melodies amid a backdrop of painted landscapes and gilded relief carvings. Directed by Tom Molter, Spokane Jazz Orchestra’s 17-piece big band features woodwinds, trumpets, trombones, rhythmic guitar, and drums in a combination that resounds with fire. Vocalist Jennifer Madson, the voice of CBS’s Cold Case, will croon alongside the bright blare of trumpets during the show.
Housed in the historic Flour Mill on the north bank of the Spokane River, The Kitchen Engine is a locally owned and operated specialty kitchen store that hosts cooking classes taught by local chefs and edibles enthusiasts. The schedule features a bevy of upcoming instructional opportunities, with hands-on classes allowing students to make and eat food and presentation-style classes equipping students with recipes and samples of the finished fare. Emerge from the cocoon of your sleeping bag to wrap yourself around the 90-minute sushi-making session ($40), with a sushi kit included, or take a break from penning your opera about the Marianas Trench to learn the spiced-up secrets of barbecue ribs with the 90-minute Bone-Suck’n Ribs! class ($35), taught by chef Landon Dalessi of G.W. Hunters. Members of the clean-plate club can skip straight to dessert with a 90-minute Apple Tarte Tatin class ($25), where fresh local Greenbluff apples will be smothered into cinnamon-y and sugary submission inside a flaky pie crust.
The Lincoln Center is a 29,000-square-foot art-deco facility housing ballrooms and meeting halls ideal for weddings, galas, awards ceremonies, and other events. The center has six varying and multifunctional rooms, ranging from 200-person ballrooms to libraries and art galleries.
For weddings, the staff can take care of floral arrangements and catering, while corporate event planners use stage lighting, audio-visual services, and Ozzy Osbourne to make quarterly profit reports more exciting. The stylish ballrooms are put to good use with events such as the Bling! in the New Year party and a beer showcase sponsored by New Belgium Brewery.
Apple Spice Junction doles out nutritious deli fare to diners in its cozy sandwich shops, baking fresh loaves of sourdough, honey-wheat, and 13-grain bread from scratch daily. Favorite flavors from its box-lunch menu include oven-roasted turkey breast and avocado ($8.49) and sugar-cured ham ($7.49), each of which comes neatly packed in eco-friendly boxes with a freshly baked cookie, after lunch mint, and potato chips or a choice of pasta or potato-salad side. Homestyle soups such as the baja tortilla ($3.95/cup, $5.95/bowl) steam with savory flavor, and the candied-walnut and apple salad ($7.99) gratifies inner 8-year-olds scheming to eat dessert before vegetables. Apple Spice Junction offers free delivery with any purchase of five or more lunches.
With six aquatic centers scattered across town, Spokane Parks and Recreation champions summertime fun with well-equipped hydro-havens. With an adult (18 years old or older) or youth (3–17 years old) pass, swimmers can take advantage of unlimited recreational pool access. Most of the aquatic centers boast zero-depth entry for toddlers to safely wet their feet, as well as waterslides, separate lap pools, and the entire cast from Law and Order: Pacific Ocean Unit as lifeguards. Accompanying the maritime merriment, each facility also includes a large deck for lounging outside of the pool as well as adjacent parks and shaded areas for hiding from falling sunbeams.