For your October to-do list

If your October calendar isn’t full yet, I think it’s about to be. Here’s info on three upcoming events you may want to take note of. But check back soon because I know there’s going to be more stuff to tell you about very soon!

Oct. 11, Gonzaga University: The Gonzaga University Institute for Hate Studies will honor Partners with Families and Children: Spokane (PFCS) and Mary Stamp, editor of The Fig Tree, at its third annual Take Action Against Hate Banquet, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Oct. 11 in the Cataldo Hall Globe Room. (Doors open at 5:45 p.m.) PFCS and Stamp will receive the Eva Lassman Take Action Against Hate Award presented annually to an Inland Northwest individual and organization committed to challenging hatred. Lassman, a Holocaust survivor and longtime, beloved friend of the Institute, received the inaugural award in 2009. PFCS has provided collaborative, multidisciplinary services to at-risk Spokane children, bringing safety, justice and healing to troubled families since 1988. Stamp has helped gird regional resolve against hatred. She started The Fig Tree to report on religion through the former Spokane Council of Ecumenical Ministries. The Fig Tree shifted to cover faith in action and to connect the faith and nonprofit communities. Stamp’s commitment to truth is reflected in every issue of The Fig Tree. Stamp was a close friend to Lassman, who died Feb. 9 at age 91. Tickets begin at $50 per person; tables start at $400. To buy tickets, visit the following For more information, contact the Institute at (509) 313-3665 or via email at

Oct. 20, Whitworth University: A lecture by Mark Braverman, a Jewish American psychologist and author devoted full-time to the Israel/Palestine conflict. He is co-founder and executive director of Friends of Tent of Nations North America, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting Palestinian land rights and peaceful coexistence in historic Palestine. The event will be Oct. 20, at 7 p.m. in the Robinson Teaching Theatre in Weyerhaeuser Hall at Whitworth. Free admission. Call (509) 777-4263.

Oct. 26, Whitworth: Adilah Barnes one-woman show, “I Am That I Am: Woman, Black.” A historical journey into the lives of seven renowned women, including Sojourner Truth and Harriet Tubman. Barnes is an award-winning actor with more than 40 years experience in television and film, and a co-founder of the L.A. Women’s Theatre Festival. The event will be Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. in Cowles Auditorium. Free admission. Call (509) 777-3707.


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