Summer Tech Support
Aug
1
to Aug 31

Summer Tech Support

The entire  month of August // Tue. - Sat., 12 - 5 PM 

We are thrilled to be working with a crew of Computer Science majors from Whitworth University this summer. They're here to help you tinker with tech! They can introduce you to our interesting menagerie of gadgets or help you solve problems with your own computer or electronic device. Noon to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, all summer long! 

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Birthday Celebration
Aug
1
to Aug 22

Birthday Celebration

August is our birthday month and we’d like to spend the month celebrating the Spark Central community—and that means you! Come in during the month of August for creative activities, like paper circuits, card making, and mono-printing. Enter to win raffle prizes, like a family pass for Raptor Reef Water Park or dinner for two at the Wandering Table.

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Drop-in & RPG // Tabletop Roleplaying Games (RPGs) for All Experience Levels
Aug
18
5:00pm 5:00pm

Drop-in & RPG // Tabletop Roleplaying Games (RPGs) for All Experience Levels

FRI. AUG. 18 / / 5 - 7 PM

AGES 6 - 17 / / Bring your curiosity, imagination, and thirst for adventure, and we will supply the rest! If you have ever been curious about role-playing games, join us to experience this unique form of game-playing — we'll build a shared narrative using cooperative problem solving, exploration, imagination, and rich social interaction. 

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Cut Paper Comics
Aug
26
9:00am 9:00am

Cut Paper Comics

SAT. AUG 26 // 9AM - 12PM

Adults & Teens 16+ // Create a simple comic book by cutting paper to make characters and scenes! Script your story and transform it into a polished mini-book — all in this three-hour session. Materials and inspiration provided. Registration required // $10. 

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Writing Workshop // Against Forgetting: The Grief of Witness
Sep
17
3:00pm 3:00pm

Writing Workshop // Against Forgetting: The Grief of Witness

Taught by Montana poet Natalie Peeterse, this workshop is intended to address the grief some of us feel at witnessing injustice, be it across the table, across street or in another country. What is the role of the witness? When is saying something more important than saying nothing? What does it mean to observe? How do we put into words what we think and feel as violence unfolds before us? How do we do that well? There will be a discussion on the politics of witness and point of view. Later in the evening, you're invited to join Natalie for a reading at Central Food. Register online // $10.

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PIVOT Story Slam
Sep
21
7:00pm 7:00pm

PIVOT Story Slam

THU. SEP. 21 // 7 PM

Pivot, a live storytelling series in Spokane, invites you to their second open mic story slam. Are you eager to tell a story of your own? Community members are invited to tell a true story from their own lives (up to 5 minutes long) in front of an audience. If you'd like to tell a story, show up a little early to throw your name in a hat, and as many storytellers as time allows will have an opportunity to share. 

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Artist Trust Workshops
Sep
23
9:00am 9:00am

Artist Trust Workshops

Sat. Sep. 23 // 9am - 12pm 

Hosted by Artist Trust, a nonprofit dedicated to helping Washington State artists of all disciplines thrive.

This workshop will help you develop an effective communication strategy for selling your artwork.  We will explore brand archetypes and the psychological factors that impact buyer behavior.  You will learn how to develop a comprehensive marketing plan that is in alignment with your authentic self.

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TAROT TIME: A Book Project with Elissa Ball
Sep
26
7:00pm 7:00pm

TAROT TIME: A Book Project with Elissa Ball

Tarot cards are mysterious and often misunderstood. In this creative writing class, you'll learn how the Tarot tradition shares similarities with poetry and creative writing. Each participant in this class will pick one of 22 (Major Arcana) Tarot cards to explore through writing. By the end of this two-week project, you'll take home a beautifully bound book of Tarot cards and the words they've inspired.

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Zine-Making Workshop
Oct
3
7:00pm 7:00pm

Zine-Making Workshop

TUE. OCT 3 // 7 PM

Adults & Teens 16+ // Taught by Spokane Zine Fest organizers Chelsea Martin and Ian Amberson, this workshop will introduce the tools and techniques of zine making. Attendees will learn the basics of compiling images and text to make compelling zines, as well as booklet layout for easy reproduction. Zines started in class will have the opportunity to be featured at Spokane ZineFest.

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Girls Code @ Spark
Oct
7
10:00am10:00am

Girls Code @ Spark

SAT. OCT. 7 // 10 AM

GRADES 4-7 // Learn to create their own story-choose a setting, characters, and action- using core computer coding concepts. Create, collaborate, code! We value diversity and we welcome girls and girl-identified kids of any background to participate. No cost; registration required.

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River Poetry Walk
Oct
17
5:30pm 5:30pm

River Poetry Walk

TUE. OCT. 7 // 5:30 PM

Meet at Spark Central and walk to the riverbanks in search of inspiration to create short poems. We will learn a simple form to help focus our expression, and then create image poetry that reflects the nature surrounding us. The class will conclude at the overlook near the Herb Hamblin Overlook in Kendall Yards. Register online // $10.

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Oct
30
7:00pm 7:00pm

TAROT TIME: Performance & Book Release

Tarot Release

Listen to community members share writing based on the Major Arcana Tarot cards at this Halloween-themed book release party and performance complete with spooky surprises and weird delights. Don't miss your chance to buy a beautiful, limited edition Tarot book that benefits Spark Central (while supplies last). Free & open to the public. Books available for $13.

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Write into College
Aug
15
to Aug 17

Write into College

TUE. & THU. AUG. 15 & 17 // 7-9 PM

Teens 16 + // A crash course for juniors and seniors in essay writing for college applications. Work with skilled writers to compose a college entrance essay that will open the door to your future.

This workshop is taught by Rachel Toor, author of Write Your Way In: Crafting an Unforgettable College Admissions Essay. A copy of the book is included with class participation.

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Girls Rock Lab: Session 2
Aug
8
to Aug 11

Girls Rock Lab: Session 2

TUE. - FRI. AUG. 8-11 // 3-5:30 PM @ THE DOWNTOWN SPOKANE LIBRARY

GRADES 3-8 // Join a band, write your own music and play in a concert! Girls Rock Lab camp provides workshops, mentors and a space where girls are empowered leaders and collaborators. We value diversity and we welcome girls and girl-identified kids of any background to participate!

Girls Rock Lab is generously sponsored by Global Credit Union and held in partnership with the Spokane Library.

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Micro:bit Basics
Aug
5
10:00am10:00am

Micro:bit Basics

SAT. AUG. 5 // 10AM - 12PM

Got a few hours to tinker? That's just enough time to get the hang of micro:bit, an adorable and beginner-friendly tiny computer! In this workshop, you'll learn the basics of using sensors and simple code to make the micro:bit do your bidding. (Taking over the world comes later.) $10 // Registration required.

 

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Girls Rock Lab: Session 1
Aug
1
to Aug 4

Girls Rock Lab: Session 1

TUE. - FRI. AUG. 1-4 // 3-5:30 PM @ The Downtown Spokane Library

GRADES 3-8 // Join a band, write your own music and play in a concert! Girls Rock Lab camp provides workshops, mentors and a space where girls are empowered leaders and collaborators. We value diversity and we welcome girls and girl-identified kids of any background to participate!

Girls Rock Lab is generously sponsored by Global Credit Union and held in partnership with the Spokane Library.

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Make Your Own Podcast
Jul
22
9:00am 9:00am

Make Your Own Podcast

SAT. JUL. 22 // 9 AM - 12 PM (Open lab time from 12 PM - 5 PM)

Conceptualize, record and edit your first podcast using free audio editing software Audacity. Sign up with a friend, fly solo, or recruit a co-host when you arrive. After the class, you can use our drop-in hours as "lab time" to complete your project.

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Real-Time Collective Social Hour + Game Jam Planning
Jun
27
6:00pm 6:00pm

Real-Time Collective Social Hour + Game Jam Planning

Tue. June 27 // 5:30 - 7 PM

Spark will host the June meeting of Real-Time Collective, an open-to-everyone meet-up group about game development, virtual reality, interactive digital art and lots more. This is a social hour for people to meet each other and talk about what they're working on and/or what they're curious about. 

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Creative Coding with Chatham
Jun
13
to Jun 27

Creative Coding with Chatham

TUE. JUNE 13, 20 & 27 // 7 - 9 PM

Want to take your digital art to the next level? Join Alan Chatham, director of the interactive art residency program Laboratory Spokane, and learn how to harness the power of code to make awesome, interactive visuals. No previous coding experience is necessary, so it's also a great way to learn programming fundamentals in an artistic way.

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No Guts, No Glory: Performance Poetry with Imani Sims
Jun
10
to Jun 11

No Guts, No Glory: Performance Poetry with Imani Sims

SAT. JUNE 10 // 5 - 7 PM

No Guts, No Glory is a performance poetry workshop designed to empower students to put their most vulnerable and honest stories on stage.

Students will watch mentor text videos from poets like Danez Smith, Angel Nafis, and many more. Also, students will draft a new poem, receive peer feedback, edit their poem, and spend time practicing before the Open Mic night following the workshop.

Each student will leave with at least one piece of edited writing, best practices for performances, and the experience of performing their poetry in front of a live audience.

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Building Your Career as an Artist: Artist Trust Workshop
Jun
8
6:00pm 6:00pm

Building Your Career as an Artist: Artist Trust Workshop

THU. JUN. 8 // 6 PM

Is your art also your career — or do you wish it were? Learn the basics of running a successful art business from photographer and career-planning instructor Ira Gardner. You'll learn how to develop a mission and vision, how to create a sustainable financial model, and then how to implement your business through branding, marketing, and networking.

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A Strength-Based Approach for Memory Loss
Jun
3
9:00am 9:00am

A Strength-Based Approach for Memory Loss

Join dementia care expert Judy Cornish JD and Gerontologist Debby Dodds MS for a hands-on practical workshop on living well with dementia. (Bring your iPad or borrow one of ours.)

This three-hour course is designed for care partners and people helping a loved one or friend who has memory loss. The session will help you identify and work with their existing strengths, especially the ability to fully experience moment-to-moment joys. You can increase their happiness and augment their personal memories with the help of iPad apps.

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Girls Rock Lab Jam Session
May
30
6:00pm 6:00pm

Girls Rock Lab Jam Session

Tue. May 30 // 6 PM

DOWNTOWN LIBRARY, GROUND FLOOR CONFERENCE ROOM

GRADES 3-7 // Kids of all musical abilities are invited to jam with their friends and experiment with sound in an encouraging environment. Registration required.

This event is made possible by our Girls Rock Lab sponsor, Global Credit Union and our partnership with the Spokane Public Library.

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Book Release Party & Reading—Weird Sisters: Lilac City Fairy Tales, Vol. 3
May
27
6:30pm 6:30pm

Book Release Party & Reading—Weird Sisters: Lilac City Fairy Tales, Vol. 3

SAT. May 27 //  6:30 PM

Come one, come all to the official book release party for Weird Sisters: Lilac City Fairy Tales, Volume 3! More than seventy authors—some newly published, some well-established—contributed to this year's anthology. The book is filled with wolves and witches, spells and wonders, and is beautifully designed by local artist Keely Honeywell.

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