Creative Coding with Chatham
Jun
13
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.

Jul
8
10:00 am10:00

Clue: Mystery Theatre for Kids!

SAT. JUL. 8 // 10 AM - 12pm

GRADES K-2 // Someone has stolen a special cake from Spark Central. We need your help to solve the mystery! Become a detective, uncover clues and solve the puzzle with us. Come dressed in your favorite color. Register online.

Hobbit Immersion Summer Camp
Jul
11
Jul 21

Hobbit Immersion Summer Camp

TUE. - FRI. JUL. 11-14 & 18-21 // 2-4 PM

AGES 10-13 // Love reading, adventures, and breakfast? Join us for an online and in-person summer camp dedicated to JRR Tolkien's fantasy masterpiece The Hobbit.

Watch video talks and take part in live discussions, creative writing, and art projects exploring the world of Middle-Earth in the company of Gandalf the wizard, Thorin and the dwarves, Smaug the dragon, and of course Bilbo the hobbit.

Girls who Code
Jul
15
10:00 am10:00

Girls who Code

SAT. JUL. 15 // 10 AM-12 PM

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.

Jurassic Journalism: Broadcasting Camp
Jul
19
Jul 20

Jurassic Journalism: Broadcasting Camp

WED.-THU. JUL. 19-20 // 9-11 AM

GRADES 3-6 // Become a reporter and travel back to the time of the dinosaurs to find newsworthy stories! With help from real reporters, we'll create our own newscast using green screen technology and share breaking news from the land of giant lizards. No cost; registration required.

Make Your Own Podcast
Jul
22
9:00 am09:00

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.

Invention Connection for Kids
Jul
29
12:00 pm12:00

Invention Connection for Kids

Sat. Jul. 29 // 12-2 PM

Build an invention from your imagination. Tinker with electronics. Teach a robot new tricks. Drop in and play with paper circuits, Code-a-Pillar, Little Bits, Minecraft, Ozobots, Lego Mindstorm, Makey Makey, green screen kits, Lego bricks and more.No registration required.

Girls Rock Lab: Session 1
Aug
1
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.

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

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.

 

Girls Rock Lab: Session 2
Aug
8
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.

Write into College
Aug
15
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 and other need-to-know information for applying for college. Learn tricks of choosing the right college, how to pay for it without going deep into debt, and work with a skilled writer to compose a college entrance essay that will the door to your future. We'll provide the snacks and mentors; you bring the questions!

Cut Paper Comics
Aug
26
9:00 am09:00

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. 

Spark Salon 2018
Jan
20
1:30 pm13:30

Spark Salon 2018

Last year we launched Spark Salon, our annual fundraiser and paddle raise, to much success. We can't wait to share our 2018 plans! Stay tuned for a date and an announcement of special guests.


LEGO Robotics: WeDo 2.0
Jun
22
Jun 23

LEGO Robotics: WeDo 2.0

THU. - FRI. JUN 22 - 23 // 9-11 AM

GRADES 2-4 // Build and program your first robot using LEGO WeDo 2.0! This two-day camp offers a play-based introduction to robotics and computer programming. Registration required.

Learn to Play an RPG (That's Short for Role-Playing Game)
Jun
15
7:00 pm19:00

Learn to Play an RPG (That's Short for Role-Playing Game)

THU. JUNE 15 & 22 // 7 - 9 PM

Create your own character to travel through a world of fantastical creatures, battling for survival along the way with the roll of dice. This two-session workshop focuses on building a character, then diving in and playing the game of Pathfinder with experienced gamers.

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

Fort Party for Kids
Jun
10
10:00 am10:00

Fort Party for Kids

Sat. Jun. 10 // 10 AM

GRADES K-3 // Team up with friends to build the fort of your dreams before transforming your new dwelling into a colorful light party using glow-in-the-dark and light-up toys. No cost; registration required.

Building Your Career as an Artist: Artist Trust Workshop
Jun
8
6:00 pm18:00

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.

PIVOT Story Slam
Jun
3
7:00 pm19:00

PIVOT Story Slam

SAT. JUN. 3 // 7 PM

Pivot, a brand-new live storytelling series in Spokane, invites you to their second open mic story slam. This slam's theme is "Close Calls."

A Strength-Based Approach for Memory Loss
Jun
3
9:00 am09:00

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.

Girls Rock Lab Jam Session
May
30
6:00 pm18:00

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.

Book Release Party & Reading—Weird Sisters: Lilac City Fairy Tales, Vol. 3
May
27
6:30 pm18:30

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.

Performance: West Central Dial-A-Story
May
23
7:00 pm19:00

Performance: West Central Dial-A-Story

  • Spark Central

TUE. MAY 23 // 7 PM

Experience anonymous stories written by Spokane residents be performed by actors from the Spokane Civic Theatre. This event kicks off the West Central Dial-A-Story Project, a collaborative community project designed to share real stories about the West Central neighborhood.

Masterpieces Made by Two
May
20
10:00 am10:00

Masterpieces Made by Two

Sat. May 20 // 10 AM

AGES 2-7 // Parents, team up with your child to paint a masterpiece made by two. We’ll provide instruction and inspiration for a whimsical, imaginative collaboration you’ll be proud to hang in your living room. Registration required.

River Poetry Walk
May
16
5:30 pm17:30

River Poetry Walk

TUE. MAY 16 // 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.

Writing Your Story: A Memoir Workshop
May
1
7:00 pm19:00

Writing Your Story: A Memoir Workshop

MON. MAY 1 // 7 PM

Join Shannon Huffman Polson, veteran and author of North of Hope: A Daughter's Arctic Journey, for a workshop exploring the art of memoir. Beginning and experienced writers welcome. Come with a journal, ready to write, read, discuss and share! Register online // $15.

Storytelling Through Comics
Apr
25
Apr 27

Storytelling Through Comics

Tue. Apr. 25 & Thu. Apr. 27 // 6-9 PM

Create a story and bring it to life through illustration in this two-session workshop taught by local comic creator Derrick Freeland. Register online // $20.

Love & Outrage: Resistance! Zine Release Reading
Apr
20
6:30 pm18:30

Love & Outrage: Resistance! Zine Release Reading

THU. APR. 20 // 6:30 PM

Join the Love & Outrage collective and the local writers featured in our Spring 2017 issue, "Resistance", for a night of poetry, prose, song, love, and outrage. The new quarterly zine will be available for purchase for $7 and back issues of Love & Outrage will be available for $5 while supplies last. More information and call for submissions available at www.loveandoutrage.org

Finding Your Edge: How Teens Can Hone Their Writing
Apr
20
4:00 pm16:00

Finding Your Edge: How Teens Can Hone Their Writing

Thu., Apr. 20 // 4 PM

Young writers Lauren Gilmore (Outdancing the Universe), Ben Read, and Brittan Hart (editor of RiverSide Storybook) share how to go from good to exceptional in your writing craft. Topics include what useful workshopping looks like, how to find meaningful feedback and opportunities to grow your skills, how to keep writing when the "feeling" isn't there, and strategies to make time to write while balancing homework and extracurricular activities.