How Will You Spend the Rest of Your Summer? We Have Some Great Ideas

Posted on July 19, 2022 at 6:00 am

Our new SCLD Online Authors Series has four author talks for you to see in August, discussing their fiction and nonfiction titles. We think this is a wonderful way to spend some of your summer hours.

Businesses, startups, and entrepreneurs can check out the SCORE workshop to learn the tools for measuring different kinds of business risk and when to apply them to different situations.

Our programs for adults offer variety in August, with learning how to prepare nutritious meals and no-oven meals, trying out Tai Chi, hearing about new picture books, getting started with Medicare, and more.

SCLD Online Authors Series

Author Talk with Historian & Pulitzer Prize Winner Dr. Marcia Chatelain

We’re having a conversation with Dr. Marcia Chatelain to discuss her Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America.

Dr. Chatelain set out to answer the question of how fast-food restaurants so thoroughly saturate black neighborhoods. McDonald’s has often been blamed for the rising rates of obesity and diabetes among black Americans. In Franchise, Chatelain uncovers a surprising history of cooperation among fast-food companies, black capitalists, and civil rights leaders, who—in the troubled years after King’s assassination—believed they found an economic answer to the problem of racial inequality.

Registration is required.

Wednesday, Aug 3, 11am–12 pm | REGISTER

Long Bright River: Author Talk with Liz Moore

Enjoy an evening with New York Times bestselling author Liz Moore as she discusses her international bestseller, Long Bright River. The novel takes place in Philadelphia, where Moore has lived for a decade. She traces the story of two sisters estranged from each other but bonded by their choices. Mickey is a cop, and Kacey lives on the streets in the vice of addiction. When Kacey disappears, Mickey panics over her sister’s safety—obsessed with finding the culprit and her sister before it’s too late.

Drawing on deeply personal volunteer work, Liz Moore spins a story that is both graphically honest and dignified. Long Bright River puts a very human face on the effect that addiction can have on generations of families and communities.

Registration is required.

Tuesday, August 9, 6–7 pm | REGISTER

The Beauty in Breaking: Author Talk with Michele Harper

This author talk with Michele Harper will cover many of the lessons she’s learned on her inspiring personal journey and the success of her New York Times bestselling memoir, The Beauty in Breaking.

Michele Harper is a female African American emergency room physician in an overwhelmingly male and white profession. Brought up in Washington, D.C., in a complicated family, she went to Harvard, where she met her husband. They stayed together through medical school until two months before she was scheduled to join the staff of a hospital in central Philadelphia when he told her he couldn’t move with her. Her marriage at an end, Harper began her new life in a new city, in a new job, as a newly single woman.

As Harper learned to become an effective ER physician in the ensuing years, bringing insight and empathy to every patient encounter, she understood that each of us is broken—physically and emotionally. How we recognize those breaks, how we try to mend them, and where we go from there are all crucial parts of the healing process.

Registration is required.

Monday, Aug 22, 6–7 pm | REGISTER

Impact Players: Author Talk with Liz Wiseman

We’re having a conversation with Liz Wiseman, New York Times bestselling author, researcher, and executive adviser. Liz talks about her latest book, Impact Players: How to Take the Lead, Play Bigger, and Multiply Your Impact, and her other books.

In Impact Players, Liz asks the question: “Why do some people break through and make an impact while others get stuck going through the motions?” In every organization, impact players are indispensable colleagues who can be counted on in critical situations and consistently receive high-profile assignments and new opportunities. Managers know who these top players are, understand their worth, and want more of them on their team, whether on center stage or behind the scenes.

Wiseman reveals the secrets of these stellar professionals who play the game at a higher level. Drawing on insights from leaders at top companies, Wiseman explains what the most influential players are doing differently, how small and seemingly insignificant differences in how we think and act can make an enormous impact, and why—with a little coaching—this mindset is available to everyone who wants to contribute at their highest level and do more meaningful work.

Registration is required.

Thursday, Aug 25, 9–10 am | REGISTER

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For Businesses

Calculating Risk for Small Business

Learn the tools for measuring different kinds of business risk and when to apply them to different situations with the help of a SCORE business mentor. Types of business risk can include strategic, financial, compliance, operational, and reputational risk. Adults

Registration is required.

Thursday, Aug 18, 12–1 :30pm | REGISTER

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For Adults

Expanded Food & Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)

Prepare or taste a nutritious recipe, such as skillet lasagna, cowboy caviar, or fish tacos, in nine lively, interactive Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program classes. You’ll learn about healthy eating for you and your family, stretching your food dollars, keeping food safe, and being physically active. Receive a water bottle, measuring cups and spoons, a cookbook, a graduation certificate and more for participating. Adults

You are eligible for the free EFNEP program if you have children at home and are eligible for programs such as School Lunch, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Basic Food), WIC, or Head Start/ECEAP. If you have questions about the program, please contact Brandi Henry or Brenda McGuire at 509.477.2049.

WSU Extension programs and employment are available to all without discrimination. Evidence of noncompliance may be reported through your local WSU Extension office.

Registration is required.

Tuesdays & Thursdays, Aug 2–25 & Monday, Aug 29, 10–11:30am | REGISTER

Tuesdays & Thursdays, Aug 2–25 & Monday, Aug 29, 1–2:30pm | REGISTER

Drop-in Hours at The Studio

Stop by to familiarize yourself with The Studio and its available equipment and software. The space is equipped with two 4K video cameras, lighting, backdrops, microphones, one Nikon D3400 DSLR camera, and a ring light. The Studio is also home to computers loaded with editing software, which include Final Cut Pro, Adobe Creative Cloud, iMovie, Audacity, and GarageBand.

Tuesdays & Thursdays, Aug 2–30, 12–4 pm

3D Printing Drop-In Hours

Stop by to see a 3D printer in action near the first-floor service desk. Learn how to use Tinkercad, the software used to create 3D renderings, and get answers to your 3D printing questions.

Thursdays, Aug 4–25, 3–5pm

Medicare: Getting Started

Learn the ABCDs of Medicare. A trained SHIBA volunteer presents the following Medicare topics: Medicare Parts A, B, C; how and when to enroll; prescription drug coverage (Part D); Medigaps; Advantage plans; financial assistance; and Medicare fraud. You will be able to ask questions and get answers during the presentation. Adults

This free, unbiased presentation is presented by ALTCEW and SHIBA.

Registration is required.

Thursday, Aug 4, 1–2:30pm | REGISTER

Wednesday, Aug 24, 1–2:30pm | REGISTER

Master Gardeners Plant Clinic

Need assistance identifying a garden pest or determining why a plant is not thriving? The Master Gardeners can help with a wide variety of horticulture issues, including plant selection, installation, and maintenance; plant problem diagnosis and treatment; environmentally sound gardening practices; pest identification* and management; and effective landscaping practices. All ages

Presented by the Spokane Master Gardeners

*Due to limited space, please bring samples for pest identification in a 1-gallon plastic zipper bag or smaller. For additional information about preparing a sample for pest identification, contact Master Gardeners at 509.477.2181 or by email at

Friday, Aug 5 & 19, 1–5pm

Outdoor Tai Chi

Tai Chi Chuan is an ancient Chinese exercise of simple, easy to learn postures and movements that support balance and relaxation and promote health and wellbeing. Tai Chi is gentle enough for anyone to enjoy. An instructor from the School of Tai Chi Chuan, Spokane, offers a beginner’s introduction to Yang style short form of Tai Chi. Adults

Event subject to cancellation due to smoke, rain, excessive heat, or changes to CDC guidelines for outdoor gatherings.

Saturday, Aug 6, 9–10am

Easy No-Oven Meals

Making a healthy meal with the stresses of everyday life and the summer heat to contend with can be difficult. Chef Aaron Nowitzi offers recipes and demonstrates nutritious options that are quick, easy, and don’t require an oven. Adults

Registration is required.

Tuesday, Aug 16, 6:30–7:30pm | REGISTER

Picture Book Chat

Discover new picture books that children will enjoy with librarians Mary Ellen and Sheri, as they chat about recently released titles in our collection. Hear and see what they like about these wonderful books for toddlers, preschoolers, and emergent readers. They also share some book-inspired activities you can try with the children in your lives. Adults

View Picture Book Chat on our Facebook page. Or if you miss this program on Facebook, you can see it and previous episodes on our YouTube playlist.

Wednesday, Aug 17, 1–2pm

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