Here is what's happening in May!
24 Jump Up To Kindergarten Day! Sandpoint Christian School, 477954 Highway 95 in Ponderay, hosts Jump Up To Kindergarten Day from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Is your child going into kindergarten in September? Here's a great way to preview the school's amazing Kindergarten program. Come and join teacher Mrs. Osborn as she welcomes pre-K grads to join her in circle time, center time, and Bible time, as well as snack and play time on the beautiful green private playground. Stay with your child the entire time. Bring your questions and ask about the generous tuition assistance program!
24 Clark Fork Make It At The Library. The Clark Fork Library, 610 Main St., holds a Make It At The Library program at 2 p.m. Kids are invited to come and make a variety of age-appropriate projects. * Held every Wednesday.
24 Crafternoon: Magnetic Slime. Enjoy free family fun during Crafternoon, making crafts to take home at 2 p.m. in the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St. * Held on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month.
24 Hiawatha Drum Circle. Memorial Community Center, 415 Wellington Pl. in Hope, hosts the Hiawatha Drum Circle class on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. Jack Green leads this drum circle where spirit and fun collide. A drumming for peace, abundance, and the healing of Mother Earth. A journey through the spirit world! Free and open to all ages. For more information, contact Green at 208-304-9300 or e-mail email@example.com. * Takes place every Wednesday.
27 Basic Computer Class. The Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., hosts a weekly computer class at 8:15 a.m. Subjects rotate each week: Computer Basics, Internet, Digital Library, Microsoft Word and Microsoft Publisher. Space is limited and preregistration is required by calling 208-263-6930. Visit the calendar page at eBonnerLibrary.org for details. * Computer class is held every Saturday; subjects rotate weekly.
27 Finally Home! Homebuyer Education Class. Learn how to navigate the home-buying process, find the right lender, avoid costly mistakes, get a better interest rate, and more during a Finally Home! Homebuyer Education Class from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Bonner Community Housing Agency, 819 Highway 2, #204. Finally Home! is a program of Idaho Housing and Finance Association. Cost is $20; pre-registration is required at FinallyHomeIdaho.com. 208-263-5720
27 KNPS Presentation: 20th Anniversary Celebration. Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society celebrates its 20th anniversary this year during a presentation at 9:45 a.m. in the Sandpoint Community Hall. Focusing on its history and accomplishments, Rae Charlton, immediate past president of KNPS, and others will review the creation of the Native Plant Arboretum adjacent to the Bonner County History Museum; the creation of the book "Landscaping With Native Plants in the Idaho Panhandle," and native plants' relevance to current land use challenges. Join us to celebrate and enjoy a piece of 20th birthday cake! Sponsored by KNPS and Sandpoint Parks and Recreation. NativePlantSociety.org.
27 3rd Annual Clark Fork Community Plant Swap. Bring your plants and starts to share and adopt some new ones during the Plant Swap from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., held at the Clark Fork Library, 601 Main St. Talk gardening with fellow gardeners and learn about the Sandpoint Seed Library!
27 Used Book Sale. Come one, come all to the Bonner Mall's Used Book Sale, held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the last Saturday of every month inside the Bonner Mall in Ponderay. The public is welcome to bring books and sell them; there's no cost and tables are provided. Shoppers - this is a great chance to find books at a huge discount! 208-263-4272
27 Organic Seed Saving. Come and discuss organic gardening and seed saving during an Organic Seed Saving class at 1 p.m. in the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St. Bring food and seeds to share if you can. If you can't, come anyway! For more information, contact Sandpoint Seed Library volunteer Camisse Nitkowski at 208-263-6248. * Held on the fourth Saturday of every month.
30 Library Storytimes. The Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., hosts Mother Goose Storytime at 10:15 a.m. for children ages 0 to 3; and Preschool Storytime at 11 a.m. for children ages 2 to 5. * Held every Tuesday.
30 Robotics with Lego Mindstorm. Learn to build or code; open to boys and girls (ages 8+) starting at 3 p.m. in the Clark Fork Library, 601 Main St. * Held every Tuesday.
30 Make It at The Library. Kids and families create with robotics, Arduinos, needlework, Legos and other projects during Make It at the Library, held at 3 p.m. in the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St. * Held every Tuesday.
30 Water Quality Volunteer Program Orientation. Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeepers hosts a volunteer orientation for those interested in joining the Water Quality Monitoring Program as a Citizen Scientist. The meeting will take place at the LPOW office located at 100A Cedar St. in Sandpoint at 5:30 p.m. No experience is necessary, just a passion for our local waterways and the means to get out on the lake and river with our water collection gear. Questions? Contact LPOW's Executive Director, Shannon Williamson, at 208-597-7188 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
31 Dinosaurs! The Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., hosts dino dig, dino trivia and dino fossils for kids starting at 2:30 p.m. Free and open to all!
Here is what's coming up in June!
1 Alzheimer's Support Group. The Sandpoint Senior Center, 820 Main St., hosts a support group at 1 p.m. for families, caregivers and friends of those with dementia, Alzheimer's and any related disorder, sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association. Free respite care is available at Day Break during the group session with advance reservations. Contact Jan Griffitts for information at 208-290-1973, or e-mail email@example.com. * Held on the first and third Thursday of every month.
1 BGH Diabetes Support Group Pool Party. This month's meeting for kids and young adults with diabetes is a pool party at the Quality Inn, 807 N. Fifth Ave., from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Kids are encouraged to bring a friend and their meter as information on blood sugar will be provided. 208-265-6279
1 BGH Community Hospice Adult Grief Support Group. The Adult Grief Support Group meets to share stories and feelings, and support one another in an understanding and caring environment. Group members frequently find solace and comfort in the recognition that there are others going through similar experiences. An application is required, but attendance is flexible. Meetings starts at 6 p.m. in the Bonner General Health classroom at 520 N. Third Ave. Contact Lissa at 208-265-1185 for an application and for more information. * Held on the first and third Thursday of every month.
3 Sandpoint Friends of the Library Book Sale. The Sandpoint FOL monthly book sale is held from 10 a.m. 'til 2 p.m. at the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St. All are welcome! * FOL book sales are held on the first Saturday of every month.
5 Fertilizing Organically Workshop. Greentree Naturals Certified Organic Farm, 2003 Rapid Lightning Rd., hosts a Seed Starting Workshop from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Fertile soil is the first step in increasing yields; examine your soil and its needs; learn how to amend your soil and improve its structure; review organic amendments, compost, manures, organic matter and foliar feeding; learn about cover cropping to replenish the soil; learn how to take a soil sample. Cost is $25. Visit GreentreeNaturals.com or call 208-263-8957.
5 BGH Diabetes Education & Support Group Meeting. Bonner General Health's Diabetes Support Group is available at no charge and serves to strengthen your diabetes knowledge so you can feel great and prevent complications. Meet new friends who may be struggling with some of the same issues as you. All people with diabetes and their families are invited. All meetings are held on Mondays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Health Services Building at 423 N. Third Ave., Suite 101. 208-265-6279
5 Fit and Fall Proof Class. Cedar Hills Church, 227 McGhee Rd. in Ponderay, hosts the Fit and Fall Proof class from 11 a.m. until noon in the Selkirk Wing of the church. This fitness class for seniors is sponsored by the Panhandle Health District, and is designed for older adults to improve flexibility, mobility, balance and strength. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Vicki Longhini at 612-987-3802 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. * Held every Monday and Thursday.
5 Homework Help. The Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., hosts Homework Help starting at 3 p.m. Geared for high school and middle school students, there is quiet study space with peer to peer collaboration and help from library staff. * Held every Monday.
5-9 Citywide Cleanup. The City of Sandpoint has scheduled its annual Citywide Cleanup for the week of June 5-9. City crews will assist Sandpoint City residents (no commercial) by hauling away appliances, furniture, household items, etc. upon phone request only. To schedule a pick up, residents must call Dyan at the City Shop before June 4 at 208-263-3428, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
6 Memory Cafe. Kokanee Coffee, 509 N. Fifth Ave., hosts the Memory Cafe of Sandpoint from 2 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. This casual gathering provides socialization, interaction, and fellowship for persons diagnosed with Alzheimer's or other related dementia and their care partners. The only cost is what you order at the bakery and coffee bar. For more information, contact P.J. Christo at the Alzheimer's Association, 208-666-2996 ext. 8314, Liz Price at 208-263-7889 or Lissa DeFreitas at 509-951-2310. * Held on the first and third Tuesday of every month.
6 Scotchman Peaks Open House. The Office of U.S. Sen. Jim Risch hosts a Scotchman Peaks open house from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Hope Elementary, 255 Hope School Rd. Information about a potential wilderness proposal will be on display, and staff from Risch and officials from the U.S. Forest Service will be available to answer questions and seek constituent input related to Scotchman Peaks. 202-224-2752
7 Lego Club. The Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., hosts a Lego Club at 2 p.m. Kids of all ages are welcome to come and create with open Lego play. * Held on the first and third Wednesday of every month.
7 3D Printing Workshop for Adults. The Clark Fork Library, 610 Main St., hosts a 3D Printing Workshop for Adults at 4 p.m. This beginner class explores the potential of 3D printing and designing a 3D printable object. Pre-registration required by calling 208-266-1321. * Held on the first Wednesday of every month.
7 Sandpoint Photo Club. The Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., hosts the Sandpoint Photo Club at 5 p.m. Learn and share with other photographers! * Held on the first Wednesday of every month.
9 Teen Writers Club. The Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., hosts the Teen Writers Club at 3:30 p.m. Teens who write ... unite! Enjoy collaboration, peer reviews, brainstorming activities; writing supplies and refreshments provided. * Held on the second and fourth Friday of every month.
12 Escape Room. The Sandpoint Teen Center, 104 Division Ave., holds an Escape Room starting at 4 p.m. on the second Monday of every month. Test your logic, problem-solving, and collaboration skills in this fun group event. You'll be "locked in" the room and will have 45 minutes to find hidden items and solve clues to escape. A partnership of the East Bonner County Library District and Sandpoint Teen Center. For more information, contact Morgan at 208-263-6930 ext. 1245. * Held on the second Monday of every month.
19 Natural Weed Control Workshop. Greentree Naturals Certified Organic Farm, 2003 Rapid Lightning Rd., hosts a Natural Weed Control Workshop from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. On any organic garden or farm, particularly newly cultivated ground, it is likely that weed control commands a major part of the gardeners' time over the course of the season. We will look at using different types of organic mulches and weed prevention strategies used to control unwanted plants. Cost is $25. Visit GreentreeNaturals.com or call 208-263-8957.
24 Wild Mushroom Gathering Presentation. The Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society and Sandpoint Parks and Recreation present Wild Mushroom Gathering in North Idaho from 9:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in Sandpoint Community Hall. Guest speaker is Arthur Church, a local mushroom gatherer and native mushroom orchardist. A field trip to Trestle Creek in the afternoon will also take place. Free admission, public welcome. NativePlantSociety.org. 208-597-5469
26 Teen STEAM. Sandpoint Teen Center, 104 Division Ave., hosts Teen STEAM at 4 p.m. There will be a different activity each month, with a focus on fun with science, technology, engineering, art and/or math. A partnership of the East Bonner County Library District and the Sandpoint Teen Center. For information, contact Morgan at 208-263-6930 ext. 1245. * Held on the fourth Monday of every month.
27 3D Printing Workshop for Adults. The Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., hosts a 3D Printing Workshop for Adults at 5 p.m. This beginner class explores the potential of 3D printing and designing a 3D printable object. Pre-registration required by calling 208-263-6930. * Held on the fourth Tuesday of every month.
27 Bonner County ARES/RACES Meeting. The amateur radio group Bonner County ARES/RACES hold a meeting at 5:30 p.m. in the Bonner County Administration Building, 1500 Highway 2. ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service) is a function of the American Radio Relay League; RACES (Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service) is associated with the local government emergency management function. Learn more or call 661-203-0335. * Held on the fourth Tuesday of every month.
Here is what's coming up in July!
10 Natural Pest Control Workshop. Greentree Naturals Certified Organic Farm, 2003 Rapid Lightning Rd., hosts a Natural Pest Control Workshop from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. In a diverse ecosystem pest populations are regulated naturally. Learn to assess pro-active control practices that minimize harm to pollinators & beneficial insects; learn about insect identification, natural pest formulas, and plant-pest relationships for natural pest control. Learn how to make your own insect traps and natural insect sprays. Cost is $25. Visit GreentreeNaturals.com or call 208-263-8957.
13 A Conversation About Conflict. Columbia Bank, 414 Church St., hosts a talk by international mediator Kenneth Cloke titled "A Conversation About Conflict: What Causes It, What It Means, and How to Handle it Better" from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the community room. Cloke is a resident of Hope, and founded the Center for Dispute Resolution in California and the globally based Mediators Beyond Borders. He is the featured interview subject in the Summer 2017 issue of Sandpoint Magazine. The event is free and open to the public; sponsored by Sandpoint Magazine and 88.5 KRFY Community Radio.
20 Reclaim Idaho Campaign Kickoff. The Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave., hosts the Reclaim Idaho Campaign Kickoff featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Sandpoint native Marilynne Robinson. Reclaim Idaho is an initiative being organized by Luke Mayville and Garrett Strizich, 2003 graduates of Sandpoint High School, and is aimed at reclaiming local values that both Mayville and Garrett believe are in danger of being lost. Robinson is an eloquent advocate for public education, a Pulitzer Prize winner and best-selling author of essays and novels including "Housekeeping," set in a fictional version of Sandpoint that drew upon her childhood experiences. Learn more in the Summer 2017 issue of Sandpoint Magazine (p. 63) or visit ReclaimIdaho.org.
24 Harvesting the Bounty Workshop. Greentree Naturals Certified Organic Farm, 2003 Rapid Lightning Rd., hosts a Harvesting the Bounty Workshop from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. After putting a lot of time and effort into successfully growing your crops, you want to make sure you are harvesting at the correct time for peak flavor and good storage. Discover techniques for harvesting optimal yields for vegetables, herbs, cut flowers and best practices for post-harvest handling to assure food safety guidelines are met. Cost is $25. Visit GreentreeNaturals.com or call 208-263-8957.
Here is what's coming up in August!
7 Seed Saving Workshop. Greentree Naturals Certified Organic Farm, 2003 Rapid Lightning Rd., hosts a Seed Saving Workshop from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. You can save vegetable, herb, and flower seeds from your garden to plant next year. Seed saving involves selecting suitable plants from which to save seed, harvesting seeds at the right time, and storing them properly over the winter. We will also discuss hand pollination, seed cleaning, and seed storage. Cost is $25. Visit GreentreeNaturals.com or call 208-263-8957.