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Here is what's happening in August!

15 Downtown Construction Phase II Kickoff Meeting. Downtown business and property owners, employees and the general public are invited to attend the Downtown Construction Phase II Kickoff Meeting from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. in the Little Panida Theater on First Avenue. City staff and its prime contractor for this project, Sonray Enterprises LLC, will be discussing the project schedule, detour routes, parking options and other impacts at this meeting. The project is scheduled to begin immediately after Labor Day on Sept. 3. For more information about the project and to view past presentation materials, visit the project website at

15 Thursdays in the Garden. 10 a.m. in the Sandpoint Library Garden. Learn about planting, growing, and harvesting. Enjoy a different project theme each week such as Insect Safari, Scavenger Hunt, Wind Chimes, and Garden Wildlife Habitat Houses. Geared to ages 6-9 and families. Learn how to qualify for a metal watering can! Info: 208-263-6930 ext. 1211 or [email protected].*Held every Thursday (cancelled Aug. 22)

15 Alzheimer's Support Group. Sandpoint Senior Center, 820 Main St., hosts an Alzheimer's Support Group from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., for families, caregivers, and friends of those with Alzheimer's. Free respite care is available at the Day Break Center next door during group session with advance reservations (208-265-8127). For more information on the group, contact Jan Griffitts at 208-290-1973 or e-mail [email protected]. *Held on the first and third Thursday of each month.

15 Celebasin. The Sandpoint, Priest Lake and Priest River communities are invited to attend the Selkirk Conservation Alliance Annual Membership Meeting, Celebasin from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Coolin Community Center. Felipe (Phil) Cano, Priest Lake District Ranger, will speak about the Kaniksu Community Forest Restoration Project, and Dr. Jan Boll with Washington State University will present an update on the Priest Lake Aquatic Vegetation Study. Presentations are followed by a potluck dinner. The nonprofit Selkirk Conservation Alliance has been active in protecting the Priest Lake and the Selkirk Basin for over 30 years. For more information, call 208-448-1110 or email [email protected].

16 Explore Virtual Reality. From 10 a.m. to noon in the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St. Reserve a 15-minute session in the VR room at on the event listing. Info: Contact the Tech Desk at 208-263-6930 ext.1251. *Held every Friday.

16 Manga/Anime Club for Teens. 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., in the Teen Lounge. Celebrate fandom at the Library! Read, write, and watch your favorite manga and anime with other enthusiasts. Info: 208-263-6930 ext. 1245 or [email protected]. *Repeats every Friday in August.

17 Little Mozarts Music Class. 10:30 a.m. at the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St. Register for this class through the Music Conservatory of Sandpoint. Program runs through August 3. For more information call 208-263-6930 ext. 1211 or [email protected]. *Repeats every Saturday.

17 Explore Virtual Reality. From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the East Bonner County Library in Sandpoint, 1407 Cedar St. Reserve a 15-minute session in the new VR room online at or contact the Tech Desk 263-6930 ext.1251. *Repeats every Saturday.

17 Remembering Jeanetta Riley. An informal gathering to share and remember the life and death of Jeanetta Riley, wife and mother of three, will be held at 5 p.m. Look for the large white memorial pole at 419 Third Avenue in downtown Sandpoint. Open to the public.

18-25 Church on the Water. Pastor Jim Grassi will deliver a short but meaningful message at the new Willows Club Marina, 520 Willow Dr., Priest River, every Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Dr. Grassi is an author and international speaker with a timely message about culture, family, and faith. Country-western singer and local performer Tommy Petrie will lead the worship's music support. Petrie's comfortable country style and warm personality will set up Grassi's practical messages from the top of a floating suite. 208-660-2550. *Repeats every Sunday.

19 Master Naturalist Nature Hike. A Master Naturalist will hike Round Lake State Park's trails at 9 a.m. and explore the flora and fauna that may be encountered. The hike is about 1 to 2 hours depending on your interest. *Repeats every Monday.

20 Clark Fork Mother Goose. Clark Fork Library, 601 Main St., hosts stories, rhymes, and music for toddlers and their caregivers starting at 10 a.m., followed by 20 minutes of playtime. For more information, call 208-266-1321. *Repeats every Tuesday.

20 Clark Fork Storytime. Clark Fork Library, 601 Main St., hosts stories, music, and crafts geared to ages 3 to 8 starting at 11 a.m. All welcome. For more information call 208-266-1321. *Repeats every Tuesday.

20 Explore Virtual Reality. Explore the world with Google Earth VR during drop-in sessions between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. in the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St. Under 18 must accompany parent consent form; under 10 must be accompanied by parent or legal guardian. For more information, contact the Tech Desk: 208-263-6930 ext.1251.*Held every Tuesday.

20 Robotics. Explore STEAM with Lego Mindstorm robotics from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Clark Fork Library, 601 Main St. 208-266-1321 *Held every Tuesday.

20 Teen Role-Playing Games. 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St. in Community Room A. Teens play Magic the Gathering, Dungeons & Dragons, and other RPGs. Info: 208-263-6930 ext. 1245 or [email protected]. *Held every Tuesday.

20 MAGIC the Gathering. Teens meet in Community Room B to play the game MAGIC at 3:30 p.m. 208-263-6930 ext. 1245. *Repeats every Tuesday.

20 Parent Grief Support Group. For parents grieving the loss of a child, this monthly support group meets at 5 p.m. at Turning Leaf Counseling, 1205 Highway 2, Suite 304B. This is an ongoing, informal meeting that is open to all parents who have experienced the loss of a child at any age. These bereavement services are offered at no cost to parents who would like to receive support; grandparents are also welcome. Contact Lissa DeFreitas at 208-265-1185 for an application or more information. *Held on the third Tuesday of every month.

21 KRFY Morning Show. Morning Show hosts Suzy Prez and Chris Bessler discuss a current affairs topic. Tune in at 8 a.m.; or hear a podcast later in the day on the KRFY Podcast page. * Held every Wednesday.

22 Cancer Support Group. Community Cancer Services, 1205 Highway 2 Ste. 101 B hosts a new group for anyone in Bonner and Boundary counties affected by cancer. For more information, contact Cindy Maarx at 208-255-2301 or [email protected]. *Repeats the second Thursday of every month.

26 Ready, Set, Suzuki! Violin Course. Join the Suzuki String Academy's Ready, Set, Suzuki! class starting August 26. This introductory violin course for children and their parents will instill foundational skills and inspire the joy of music. Learn more at or call 208-304-9085.

27 PFLAG Sandpoint. Meetings are held at First Presbyterian Church from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. PFLAG holds a support meeting on the second Tuesday of the month, and a game night and social event on the fourth Tuesday of the month. Free and open to the public. *Held on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month.

28 Optical Illusions. 1 p.m. at the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St. in Karen's Room. Build and experiment with optical illusions. Info: 208-263-6930 ext.1211 or [email protected].

28 3D Printing Club
. Collaborate with others and learn more from staff about 3D printing and design from 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m., at the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St. A few laptops will be provided or you may bring your own device. Open to all ages and skill levels. 208-263-6930 ext. 1251 *Held on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month. 

31 Suzuki String Academy Open House. Join the Suzuki String Academy for an open house from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Sandpoint Business and Events Center, 102 S. Euclid Ave. Enjoy refreshments, live music, a free rhythm and movement class at 11 a.m., games, face painting, and more. Learn more at or call 208-304-9085.

Here is what's coming up in September!

3 Mother Goose. At 10 a.m. in the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St. in Karen's Room. Stories and singing for babies and toddlers 0-3 yrs. and their caregivers with stay & play until 10:40 a.m. Info: 208-263-6930 ext. 1211 or [email protected]. *Repeats every Tuesday

3 Family Storytime. Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., hosts stories and crafts for kids age 2-5 and their caregivers at 11 a.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Suzanne Davis at 208-263-6930 ext. 1211 or [email protected]. *Held every Tuesday

4 3D Printing Workshop. The Clark Fork Library, 601 Main St., hosts a 3D Printing Workshop from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Design your own 3D printed object, and also learn some fascinating ways 3D printers are being used. Space is limited and pre-registration is required by calling 208-266-1321. *Held on the first Wednesday of every month.

6 Wildlife Trivia Raffle. The American Heritage Wildlife Foundation hosts a wildlife trivia raffle fundraising event at Matchwood Brewery hosts for from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Come by to enjoy great local brews, join with your friends and test your knowledge of Sandpoint’s wild species and spaces. $1 raffle tickets or $10 for 12 to enter the raffles and your answers to the trivia questions. Appetizers will be provided upstairs as well as information about AHWF. 

7 Sandpoint Friends of the Library Book Sale. Sandpoint Library hosts the FOL Book Sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free and open to the public, so come browse around!*Held on the first Saturday of every month.

7 Bella Note Musical Program. Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., hosts the Bella Note Musical Program at 10:30 a.m. Part of a monthly series, this program features a different musical theme and is geared for families with young children. 208-263-6930. *Held on the first Saturday of the month.

9, Oct. 7 CPR/AED Course. American Health & Safety Institute's CPR/AED with optional 1st Aid is a general community course for persons with little or no medical training, who need CPR/AED and/or 1st Aid card for work OSHA requirements, school or personal knowledge. The course meets American Heart Association Guidelines. All sessions held at City Council Chambers, 1123 Lake St. Online registration deadlines: Session 2 - Sept. 4; Session 3 - Oct. 3. Class dates: Session 2 - Sept. 9, Session 3 - Oct. 7. 208-263-3613 or visit Sandpoint Parks and Rec, 1123 Lake St.

10 SPIN Substance Abuse Meeting. Meet with SPIN at the Library from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and enjoy breakfast and coffee while discussing awareness, treatments and recovery solutions for substance abuse. For more information email [email protected] or call 208-255-4025. RSVP.

10 Geezer Forum. Columbia Bank, 414 Church St., hosts the Geezer Forum from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. with Paul Graves. Note: This is the first forum of the season following a summer break. Geezer Forums are held on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month, presented by Elder Advocates. Free and open to the public. 208-610-4971

10 Bonner County Democratic Women. A monthly meeting of Bonner County Democratic Women, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Jalapenos, 314 N. Second Ave. Free and open to the public; the group does not collect dues, but donations are accepted. For more information, email [email protected]. *Held on the second Tuesday of every month.

11 The Conversation. Ivano's Ristorante, 102 S. First Ave. hosts The Conversation from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Free and open to the public. 208-263-1592 *Held on the second Wednesday of the month.

14 4th Annual Clean Comedy Show. The American Heritage Wildlife Foundation hosts the 4th Annual Clean Comedy show and silent auction at The Memorial Community Center in Hope Chase Mayers will perform an opening act for Gabriel Rutedge. Auction items include handcrafted blankets, Schweitzer Mountain Resort passes, jewelry, and more. $20 tickets for the show are found at local businesses and eventbrite. Beer and Wine will be available. Complimentary appetizers will be provided. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

15 12th Annual Patriotic Golf Scramble. The Sandpoint Elks will be hosting their 12th Annual Patriotic Golf Scramble on Sunday, September 15 starting at 9 a.m. All proceeds from this event will support Bonner & Boundary county Veterans. Sponsored by Sandpoint Elks Lodge #1376. Ticket cost is $60/player. For more information contact Linda Tatlock at 208-255-1405 or [email protected] or go online

Here is what's coming up in October!

4 Samantha Carston at the Farmhouse Kitchen & Silo. Samantha Carston won’t be singing for her supper, she’ll be singing to support local wildlife. American Heritage Wildlife Foundation is honored to have such community support. You can help our wild native neighbors by enjoying a great meal, beverage and listening to an amazing local talent.

4-20 Hickey Farms 4th Annual Scarecrow Contest. Create a scarecrow which represents your business, your group or your individual creativity. Entry form with specifications and details will be provided by contacting American Heritage Wildlife Foundation. $10 entry entitles your scarecrow to be seen by hundreds of patrons each week! Contest will run for the first three weekends in October.

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