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Here is what's happening in September!

Fall READY! For Kindergarten Registration. Registration is now open for the free Fall 2017 READY! For Kindergarten early childhood literacy workshops for parents, grandparents and primary caregivers of children from birth to age 5 (before kindergarten), held in the morning on Oct. 14. Take home free, fun and educational toys, games, books, activities to use in play with a purpose. Free childcare for ages 13 months to 11 years (under 12 months may attend with parent).  To register or for more information, visit ReadySandpoint.org or call 208-263-7040. Funded by the Panhandle Alliance for Education and endorsed by Lake Pend Oreille School District.

19 Mother Goose Storytime. Due to construction at the Sandpoint Library, Storytimes are temporarily held at Creations on the Cedar Street Bridge in downtown Sandpoint. Enjoy stories and singing for babies and toddlers 0-3 years of age and caregivers, starting at 10:15 a.m. For more information, contact Suzanne Davis at 208-263-6930 ext. 1211 or suzanne@ebonnerlibrary.org. * Held every Tuesday.

19 Preschool Storytime. Due to construction at the Sandpoint Library, Storytimes are temporarily held at Creations on the Cedar St. Bridge in downtown Sandpoint. Enjoy stories and crafts for kids ages 2-5 years and their caregivers, starting at 11 a.m. For more information, contact Suzanne Davis at 208-263-6930 ext. 1211 or suzanne@ebonnerlibrary.org. * Held every Tuesday.

19 Free Food Distribution. Living Water Lutheran Church and Bonner County Thrivent members host a free food distribution from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Clark Fork High School, 121 East Fourth Ave. and Highway 200 in Clark Fork. All families in need of food assistance are welcome to pick up free produce, nutritious perishable products, and other groceries. No appointment or documentation needed; held rain or shine. 509-252-6270

19 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.

19 Robotics with Lego Mindstorm. Learn to build or code during this Robotics class at 3 p.m. for boys and girls age 8-plus. Held at the Clark Fork Library, 601 Main. * Held every Tuesday.

20 Clark Fork Stories and More. Enjoy stories, crafts, prizes and snacks for kids ages 3-8 at 10:30 a.m. in the Clark Fork Library, 601 Main. * Held every Wednesday.

20 Idaho Department of Labor Hiring Event. The Idaho Department of Labor office at 613 Ridley Village Road, Ste. C, hosts a hiring event with multiple employers all under one roof from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This event is a great opportunity for job seekers to meet directly with multiple employers about their immediate openings. Attendees are encouraged to dress prepared for a job interview, bring updated resumes, and come prepared to complete employment applications. The following employers are scheduled to attend: Quest Aircraft, Lake Pend Oreille School District, Valley Vista, Unicep, Schweitzer Mountain Resort and Idaho Forest Group. To find out more, contact Bridgette Bradshaw-Fleer at 208-263-7544 or e-mail sandpointmail@labor.idaho.gov.

20 Clark Fork Make It at The Library. Kids make a variety of age-appropriate projects at 2 p.m. in the Clark Fork Library. * Held every Wednesday.

20 Fall Home Horticulture Series: Cover Crops and Fall Gardening. The Bonner County Gardeners Association hosts a Fall Home Horticulture workshop titled Cover Crops and Fall Gardening with Jennifer Jensen. Held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Ponderay Event Center, 401 Bonner Mall Way in Ponderay. Class fee is $10; to learn more and register, visit BCGardeners.org or call 208-265-2070.

21 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 vicki.longhini@gmail.com. * Held every Monday and Thursday.

21 Alzheimer's Support Group. Families, caregivers and friends of those with Alzheimer's, dementia and any related disorder are welcome to attend this support group from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the Sandpoint Senior Center, 820 Main St. Free respite care at the Day Break Center next door is available during the group session with advance reservations, 208-265-8127. Contact Jan Griffitts for more information at 208-290-1973, or e-mail jan@looptravel.com. * Held on the first and third Thursdays of each month.

21 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. Meeting 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. * Held on the first and third Thursday of every month.

22 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.

23 Computer Basics Class. The Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., hosts a beginner's class on computer basics at 8:15 a.m. Space is limited and preregistration is required. 208-263-6930 * Held every Saturday; topics rotate on a monthly basis.

23 KNPS Presentation: Two of Idaho's Rarest Plants. The Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society and Sandpoint Parks and Recreation present "Natural History of Two of Idaho's Rarest Plants: Water howellia (Howellia aquatiilis) and Idaho phlox (Phlox idahoensis)" from 9:45 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. in Sandpoint Community Hall. Featured speaker is Juanita Lichthardt, who is part of the Idaho Natural Heritage Program. Free admission, public welcome. NativePlantSociety.org. 208-597-5469

24 AHWF's Adopt a Highway Cleanup. For more than a decade American Heritage Wildlife Foundation has been providing rehabilitative care for the injured or orphaned local wildlife. AHWF.org has also made it a part of their focus to keep a three-mile section of Scenic Highway 200 clean from litter - twice annually. Many hands make for light work, so please join us starting at 9:30 a.m. for the Adopt A Highway Cleanup; let's keep North Idaho wild and litter free! Call for details: 208-266-1488.

26 Geezer Forum. Columbia Bank, 414 Church St., hosts the Geezer Forum from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. with Paul Graves. The Geezer Forum is held on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month, and is presented by Elder Advocates. Free and open to the public. 208-610-4971

26 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.

26 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.

27 Healthcare Educational Symposium. Auburn Crest Hospice hosts a Healthcare Education Symposium from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Columbia Bank, 414 Church St., on the second floor hallway and in the auditorium. There will be great speakers and booths to visit, plus Sandpoint Senior and DayBreak centers will have informational tables in the hallway along with the Alzheimer's Association and all the local Elder Care Centers. Presenters include Dr. Burgstahler, and Denise Stewart from ELTC Law Group who specializes in elder law. Topics include veterans' services, hospice care, diabetes and pharmaceuticals/opioid abuse. Enter for a chance to win prizes! Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Healthcare Educational Committee. For more information, e-mail vanetten@auburncrest.com.

27 Fall Home Horticulture Series: Garden Weeds. The Bonner County Gardeners Association hosts a Fall Home Horticulture workshop titled Garden Weeds with Marrion Newsom-Banks. Held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Ponderay Event Center, 401 Bonner Mall Way in Ponderay. Class fee is $10; to learn more and register, visit BCGardeners.org or call 208-265-2070.

30 Trail Work Day on Morris and Regal Creek Trails. Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness very often ends the trail season with a National Public Lands Day project on Morris Creek Trail #132 and then a picnic at the East Fork Creek trailhead just up Lightning Creek Road. FSPW might even sneak over to Regal Creek Trail #556 for some tread work and brushing. FSPW will provide a late barbecue lunch and beverages to volunteers. Starts at 9 a.m. and finishes up around 4 p.m. for more information, e-mail Sandy Compton at sandy@scotchmanpeaks.org or call 208-290-1281.

Here is what's coming up in October!

2 Diabetes Education & Support Group Meeting. Bonner General Health hosts a monthly Diabetes Education and Support Group Meeting, held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Health Services Building, 423 N. Third Ave., Ste. 101. This month's featured speaker is Angie Mackin, a Senior Health Insurance Benefit advisor and volunteer, who will answer questions about health insurance. Free and open to the public. Call 208-265-6279 with questions.

4 3D Printing Workshop for Adults. Explore the potential of 3D printing and design a 3D printable object in this beginner class at 4 p.m. in the Clark Fork Library, 601 Main. Pre-registration required by calling 208-266-1321. * Held on the first Wednesday of every month.

4 Fall Home Horticulture Series: Straw Bale Gardening and Greenhouse Building. The Bonner County Gardeners Association hosts a Fall Home Horticulture workshop titled Straw Bale Gardening and Greenhouse Building with Janene Grende and Brenda Hill. Held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Ponderay Event Center, 401 Bonner Mall Way in Ponderay. Class fee is $10; to learn more and register, visit BCGardeners.org or call 208-265-2070.

4 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.

7 Pushing the Limits: Community. This is the second of three sessions involving discussion about how our communities are adapting to fires, floods and other extreme weather events caused by climate change. Held at 1 p.m. in Monarch Mountain Coffee, 208 N. Fourth Ave., the series is presented by the East Bonner County Library District. We'll develop ideas about how families and communities can be better prepared for the future by working together, and discuss the book Heat by Arthur Herzog, which is available free to program participants, but not required reading for the program. Pre-register by calling 208-263-6930. For more information, contact Mike Bauer at 208-265-2665 or e-mail mike@ebonnerlibrary.org.

9 Organic Seed Saving. Come and discuss organic gardening and seed saving 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! 208-263-6248 * Held on the second Monday of each month.

9-31 Wildcrafting. Kaniksu Land Trust sponsors an out-of-school program, Wildcrafting, with outdoor educational specialist Dave Kretzschmar. Held Mondays and Tuesdays, sessions are 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. for ages 8 to 12, and 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. ages 13-18, in the Winter Ridge Educational Building. Projects may include tanning hides, weaving baskets and mats, making archery bows and arrows, working with clay, fiber, stone, wood and natural cordage. Cost is $20 per session (scholarships available). Second session is Oct. 9-31; third session is Nov. 6-28. Call 208-263-9471 for more information.

11 Fall Home Horticulture Series: Micro-Climates. The Bonner County Gardeners Association hosts a Fall Home Horticulture workshop titled Micro-Climates with Sean Mitzel. Held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Ponderay Event Center, 401 Bonner Mall Way in Ponderay. Class fee is $10; to learn more and register, visit BCGardeners.org or call 208-265-2070.

18 Fall Home Horticulture Series: Pesticides in the Garden. The Bonner County Gardeners Association hosts a Fall Home Horticulture workshop titled Pesticides in the Garden with Bob Wilson. Held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Ponderay Event Center, 401 Bonner Mall Way in Ponderay. Class fee is $10; to learn more and register, visit BCGardeners.org or call 208-265-2070.

28 KNPS Presentation: Invasive Weeds. The Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society and Sandpoint Parks and Recreation sponsor a presentation on "Biological Control of Invasive Weeds - Newer Agents Being Reared" from 9:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in Sandpoint Community Hall. Featured speaker is Paul Brusven, coordinator of the Nez Perce Bio-Control Center. Free admission, public welcome. For more information, visit NativePlantSociety.org. 646-270-1607

Here is what's coming up in November!

4 Pushing the Limits: Strategy. In this third and final session of the Pushing the Limits program, we'll discuss adaptive strategies for managing environmental challenges that affect our homes and communities. Held at 1 p.m. in Monarch Mountain Coffee, 208 N. Fourth Ave., the series is presented by the East Bonner County Library District. With long-term improvements in mind, we'll generate ideas that can take root from your backyards to your community. We'll be discussing the book, The Thinking Person's Guide to Climate Change by Robert Henson, which is available free to program participants, but not required reading for the program. Pre-register by calling 208-263-6930. For more information, contact Mike Bauer at 208-265-2665 or e-mail mike@ebonnerlibrary.org.

6 Diabetes Screening Day. Bonner General Health hosts a Diabetes Screening Day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Health Services Building, 423 N. Third Ave., Ste. 101. This is a fun-filled day for people with or without diabetes. There will be lots of information on diabetes including exams, blood tests, and door prizes. Free and open to the public. Call 208-265-6279 with questions.

Here is what's coming up in December!
 
4 Diabetes Education & Support Group Meeting. Bonner General Health hosts a monthly Diabetes Education and Support Group Meeting, held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Health Services Building, 423 N. Third Ave., Ste. 101. This month's featured speaker is Nathan Carter with Medtronic Diabetes on the topic of "Technology is Terrific!" Free and open to the public. Call 208-265-6279 with questions.

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