By Jeanne M. DePaul
Obsessed with the unseasonable weather? Good. So am I.
Over the next week, there are a bunch of events planned throughout our region, some indoors and some outdoors. Keep this handy guide nearby so you’ll know what to do when the sun shines, and when the rain falls.
More events can be found in the calendar.
CLARKSTON — The literary discussion, Book Night @ Your Library, will begin at 7 tonight at the Asotin County Library here.
The conversation will be about “A Man Called Ove,” a novel by Fredrik Backman.
The library is at 417 Sycamore St.
MOSCOW — Author Pamela Royes of Joseph, Ore., will give a presentation at 7 tonight at BookPeople of Moscow.
Royes will read from her memoir “Temperance Creek” and give a presentation during the event which will be followed by a signing.
Royes and her husband raise cattle and hay, and have two children and three grandchildren.
BookPeople is at 521 S. Main St.
The Chamber Choir of the Palouse Choral Society will perform two concerts of work inspired by spring Friday in Moscow and Sunday in Lewiston.
Friday’s performance is at 7:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Moscow, 405 S. Van Buren St. Sunday’s performance begins at 4 p.m. at Episcopal Church of the Nativity in Lewiston, 731 Eighth St.
The concert, “Sing Into Spring,” will include a variety of spring-themed music, including madrigals, global music, and pieces by Morten Lauridsen, Eric Whitacre and PDQ Bach.
The 22 member Chamber Choir is a select ensemble within the Palouse Choral Society. Sarah Graham is the artistic and music director for both.
Cost is $15 for adults and $8 for students with no charge for children ages 12 and younger. Advance tickets may be purchased at www.palousechoralsociety.org and will be available at the door.
MOSCOW — Dancing with the Stars of the Palouse, a fundraiser presented by Festival Dance, will open at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre here.
The dance competition will feature performances by Moscow residents from various facets of the community, in a wide range of dance styles.
The event also will include a paddle raise and raffle drawings along with delicious finger foods, beer and wine.
Contestants will include Heather and Tony Niccoli; Natalie Greenfield and Wesley Petersen; Kelli and Nate Barham; Aaron Couch with a troupe of Festival Dance ballerinas; and Kelly Schiavoni and friends.
Choreographers for the competitors include Belle Baggs, Melanie Meenan and Diane Walker of the UI Dance Program; Colleen Bialas of UI Dance and Festival Dance; and Tanya Volk, a Festival Dance board member. Shelley Bennett, Desiree Gould and Tim Helmke will judge the competition.
All funds generated through ticket sales, paddle raise, and raffle will support Festival Dance performing arts outreach programs for area youth, according to a news release.
Tickets for Dancing with Stars of the Palouse are general admission and can be purchased at BookPeople and the Festival Dance office in Moscow, and Neill’s Flowers and Gifts in Pullman. Tickets will also be sold at the door if available. Single tickets are $35 each and $60 for a pair of tickets.
PULLMAN — The Palouse Discovery Science Center here will hold its sixth annual benefit, “Wine Under the Stars; A Taste of Wine, A Taste of Science,” from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Schweitzer Engineering Laboratory Event Center here.
The evening will pair wine and beer tasting, food, jazz music, with science lessons and planetarium shows and exhibits, according to a news release. A dessert auction has been added this year.
The hands-on science lessons and programs offered throughout the evening include exploring static electricity, nanotechnology and robots. Planetarium shows will be featured throughout the night and members of the Palouse Astronomical Society will be on hand with telescopes, providing guided outdoor star gazing.
The benefit is the science center’s primary fundraiser. Cost is $60 each and tickets are available at the science center or online at www.palousescience.net.
The SEL Event Center is at 1825 Schweitzer Drive.
CLARKSTON — Julie Davis Kooch of Enterprise, Ore., will sign copies of her books “My Life in Joseph Creek” and “Riding the Canyons” from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at And Books Too in Clarkston.
The autobiographies tell of her life working on Wallowa County cattle ranches. The first book deals with her pioneer-influenced childhood while the second book details her adult life working on the ranches.
Sunday and Monday
MOSCOW — The University of Idaho’s Kino Short Film Festival is Sunday and Monday at the Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre here.
The festival, celebrating the art of short filmmaking, will screen more than 20 films beginning at 1 p.m. Sunday and again at 7 p.m. Monday.
The films, all 10 minutes or less in length and in a variety of genres, are from filmmakers in Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Student films represent work from Lena Whitmore Elementary School in Moscow, Central Washington University in Ellensburg and the University of Idaho in Moscow. Regional films include submissions from Lewiston, Pocatello, Portland and Spokane.
Admission to the festival is free but donations will be accepted at the door to support the center.
Audience members in attendance will vote for the people’s choice award for best student film and best overall film, with the winners receiving an engraved plaque. Question-and-answer sessions will follow each screening.
The Kino Short Film Festival was founded in 2001 to showcase short film work from students in UI’s School of Journalism and Mass Media. Beginning in 2016, the festival opened to other filmmakers, producers and directors.