EVENTS ROUNDUP: Nature, books and last-minute shopping top list for coming days

We’ve gathered a few options for this weekend into next week, and readers can sign up for more curated events in our weekly email newsletter on our homepage.

The Palouse-Clearwater Environmental Institute’s Winter Soirée, from 2-5 p.m. Saturday, is a chance to support and learn more about the Moscow nonprofit.

Institute staff and board members will join visitors in the institute’s Thomas O. Brown Learning Greenhouse, 1040 Rodeo Drive, for tapas, wine and hot cide r, live music, a silent auction and crafts, according to an email from the institute.

Palouse Roots Nature School coordinator Ariel Mack will lead a spiral walk for both students and adults at 4 p.m. in the Nancy Taylor Pavilion.

End-of-the-year gifts will be matched by a local donor up to a total of $3,700, for 37 years of the Palouse-Clearwater Environmental Institute. Donations can be made at the soirée or at

The Moscow Public Library, drawing on an Icelandic tradition known as Jólabókaflóðið, will give away several hundred new and donated books starting at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

The Christmas Book Flood continues at the library, 110 S. Jefferson St., until all the books have been distributed.

This tradition began during World War II after Iceland gained its independence from Denmark, according to a library news release.

“Paper was one of the few commodities not rationed during the war, so Icelanders shared their love of books even more as other types of gifts were in short supply. This increase in giving books as presents reinforced Iceland’s culture as a nation of bookaholics,” according to the news release. “A study conducted by Bifröst University in 2013 found that half the country’s population read at least eight books a year.”

More information about the tradition is at

Craft fairs and holiday markets have been ubiquitous around the region since late fall, and they continue right up until Christmas for last-minute shoppers.

The new Lewiston Center Christmas Market is back for three more days after it debuted last month, with hours set for 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 23 and 10  a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Local vendors will be on hand at the Lewiston Center Mall, 1810 19th Ave., with a variety of gift-giving options.

More information is at

Moscow’s Tuesday Market presents a holiday version of its event from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday at the Latah County Fair & Event Center, 1021 Harold St.

Baked goods, holiday gifts, artwork, local produce and a dinner option will be available in the Large Room.

More information is at

Additional holiday shopping options are in the calendar