July 7LEWISTON — Amanda Van Lanen, Lewis-Clark State College history professor, will speak on “Beyond Rosie the Riveter: Propaganda in Popular Women’s Magazines during WWII” at 5:30 p.m. July 7 at the Lewis-Clark State College Center for Arts & History, 415 Main St.
The free talk is in conjunction with the “WWI & WWII Pride and Propaganda” poster exhibit on display at the center through July 16.
The gallery is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
POTLATCH — Railroad history in Potlatch will be on display July 9 at the 12th annual History Day & Speeder Rides.
The event takes place at the restored Washington, Idaho and Montana Railway Depot in Potlatch and features train displays, vendors, food, live music and the chance to ride in a vintage speeder car.
Speeder rides depart from the depot every hour from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rides cost $30 for adults and children older than 13, and $15 for children ages 5 to 12. People are advised to purchase tickets early as rides often sell out.
The Washington, Idaho and Montana Railway History Preservation Group owns the depot and has been restoring it for the last 15 years. The project reached completion with the renovation of the second floor this spring, which is now a business cooperative with 12 offices for rent. The first floor of the depot holds the Blackbird at the Depot gift shop, the preservation group’s company store and museum, and a small events venue that will feature Lionel trains for the public to operate.
Live music will be at the Bennett Boxcar Stage — a former railroad boxcar converted to an outdoor stage.
Music starts at 10:30 a.m. with the Potlatch Junior Jammers, followed by the 9 Pint Coggies at 11 a.m. and Erik Bowen Trio at noon.
COLFAX — “Professional zaniac” Alex Zerbe, who has appeared on TV’s “America’s Got Talent” and “Last Comic Standing,” will perform at 4 p.m. July 12 at the Whitman County Library here.
The self-described “human cartoon” has been voted Seattle’s Funniest Prop Comedian and the city’s third best air guitarist, according to his website. “With the energy of 1,000 suns” he bounces around stage performing feats like juggling bowling balls and flaming torches and slicing vegetables in half with a flying playing card. The show is free.
PULLMAN — The Community Band of the Palouse will present the first concert of the summer in Reaney Park from 6 to 7:30 p.m. July 13.
The band, comprised of area musicians, plans to play a variety of music, including show tunes, marches and patriotic tunes. Food will be available for purchase from Subway from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
People are advised to bring blankets for seating.