It seems to be a week to listen and learn. But if nothing here piques your interest (which I find impossible to fathom, but whatever), more events can be found in the calendar.

Oct. 11

Chad Goller-Sojourner, a Seattle-based writer and performer, will give a multimedia solo performance beginning at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 11 in the pavilion of the Museum of Art/Washington State University in Pullman.

click to enlarge Chad Goller-Sojourner
Chad Goller-Sojourner

Goller-Sojourner’s performance is titled “Marching in Gucci: Memoirs of A Well-Dressed Black AIDS Activist” and marks National Coming Out Day. The oral history is set in New York City during the height of the AIDS health crisis, and explores the paradoxical and precarious relationship between fighting AIDS while engaging in self-harming behaviors, according to a news release.

He is a recipient of a distinguished Washington State Arts Commission Performing Arts Fellowship, and most recently he served as the 2013 Ohio University Glidden Visiting Professor. Others of his solo performances include “Riding in Cars with Black People & Other Newly Dangerous Acts: A Memoir in Vanishing Whiteness” and “Sitting in Circles with Rich White Girls: Memoirs of a Bulimic Black Boy.”

Oct. 11

Penny Bennett Casey will give a presentation about the old Florence Cemetery at 7 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Monastery of St. Gertrude in Cottonwood.

Casey’s talk is part of the 19th annual Historical Museum at St. Gertrude Fall Lecture Series, and will focus on the cemetery located in the old Idaho County ghost town that got its start in 1861 with a gold rush. Her presentation will focus on some of the people buried there as well as some of its mysteries. She is an Idaho County native who, as a child, spent summers in Florence, and is a member of the Idaho County Historic Preservation Commission and the Idaho County Genealogy Society.

A question-and-answer session will follow the free lecture, and refreshments are provided. The lecture will be in the Johanna Room at Spirit Center at the monastery, 465 Keuterville Road.

The series continues on with Phil Wimer’s “Hiking Idaho” next Thursday and author Cort Conley’s odyssey of Idaho characters Oct. 25.

Oct. 12 and 14

“Doctor Who” fans, this one’s for you: The next planetarium show at Washington State University in Pullman Friday and Sunday will focus on the show about the time-traveling Doctor with presentations at 7 p.m. Oct. 12 and 5 p.m. Oct. 14.

“Time for ‘Doctor Who’ ” will answer questions of how much of “Doctor Who” is real and how much might be real, according to a news release. Attendees who dress up as a favorite character can compete in a costume contest.

The planetarium is in Room 231 of Sloan Hall. Cost is $5 regular price (cash or check only) and free for ages 6 and younger.

Oct. 13

A family friendly Oktoberfest will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 13 at Pullman’s Gladish Community and Cultural Center gymnasium.

The event will feature live music from Auf Gehts and Soulstice, food and beverages, games, a children’s activity area, raffles, a dessert walk and a silent auction. The dinner menu includes bratwursts, sauerkraut, pretzel rolls, German hot potato salad, red potatoes, green salad and apple cake. Cost in advance is $25 for adults, and $15 for children 12 and younger. Cost will be $35 at the door. Hot dogs for children will be available for purchase for $5.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Gladish office, Neill’s Flowers and Gifts, or by contacting Sue Hinz,

Oct. 13

Retired nurse and author Esther Barnett Goffinet of Lewiston will sign copies of a biography she wrote about her father’s life from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 13 at Valley Collective in Lewiston.

Goffinet self-published “Ripples of Lie” in 2011, and it tells the story not only of Eugene Barnett’s life in this region, but gives an account of his part in the controversial and infamous 1919 Centralia Massacre.

The signing will be in Booth 7 at the collective, 419 Snake River Ave.

Oct. 13

A daylong bus tour of historic churches and cemeteries in central and southern Latah County led by Genesee historian Earl Bennett will take off from Moscow at 8 a.m. Oct. 13.

The tour is a fundraiser for the Latah County Historical Society, and lunch for participants is included in the cost of $50 for society members and $60 for nonmenbers. Guest speakers will give presentations at select stops, which include Moscow Cemetery, Cordelia Church, Fix Ridge Cemetery and Bethel Church. The bus will return to Moscow about 5 p.m.

Reservations may be made by calling the society office at (208) 882-1004, or by emailing

Oct. 15

The fourth annual Lewis-Clark Valley Pumpkin Patch opens for the grabbing of gourds at 10 a.m. Oct. 15 on the front lawn of Lewiston First United Methodist Church.

The patch, featuring more than 3,000 pumpkins and gourds of all sizes, will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through Halloween.

Proceeds from the patch will support church causes such as the United Methodist Committee on Relief, and a donation of two cans of food to be given to a food bank will get $1 off the cost of a pumpkin.

The church is at 1906 Broadview Drive.

Oct. 16

The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” Woodwind Quintet will give a performance at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 16 in the University of Idaho’s Haddock Performance Hall in Moscow.

The quintet is comprised of Sgt. 1st Class Robert R. Aughtry of Gaffney, S.C., on flute, Sgt. 1st Class Meredeth Rouse of Boston, Mass., on oboe, Staff Sgt. Aaron D. Scott of Pittsburgh on clarinet, Staff Sgt. Patricia D. Morgan of Glenn Dale, Md., on bassoon and Sgt. 1st Class Aaron K. Cockson of Foley, Ala., on horn.

The hall is at 1010 Blake Ave.

Oct. 17

“The Spanish Influenza of 1918” is the subject of a talk by David Pierce given at 6 p.m. Oct. 17 at the American Legion Cabin in Moscow.

The influenza pandemic of 1918 spread worldwide and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports it is estimated about 500 million people became infected with the virus, and there were at least 50 million deaths.

The talk is the first in the fall series of Cabin Conversations presented by the Latah County Historical Society. The cabin is at 317 S. Howard St.

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