Here is what's happening in April!
27-28 Clark Fork Used Book and Media Sale. Leap into spring with some great deals to support the Clark Fork Friends of the Library, during a Used Book and Media Sale from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Clark Fork Library, 601 Main St. Call 208-266-1321 for more information.
27 Blood Drive. Bonner General Health hosts an INBC Blood Drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the hospital classrooms at 520 N. Third Ave. Go to INBCSaves.org to schedule an appointment or BonnerGeneral.org for more information. Walk-ins are welcome!
27 American Sign Language Course. The Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., holds an American Sign Language Course at 9:30 a.m. Learn ASL from certified instructor Susan Schaller. For more information, e-mail [email protected].
28 American Sign Language Course. The Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., holds an American Sign Language Course at 11:30 a.m. Learn American Sign Language from certified instructor Susan Schaller. For more information, e-mail [email protected].
28 Hope Pie Run. Memorial Community Center, 415 Wellington Pl. in Hope, hosts the annual MCC Pie Run at 9 a.m. Cost is $5 and a pie! 208-920-3410
28 KNPS: Climate Change and Native Plants. Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society and Sandpoint Parks and Recreation sponsor a presentation on the effects of climate change on native and introduced plants from 9:45 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. As the Earth continues to warm, the reproduction, survival, and distribution of plants will be affected. Different species will respond differently to these changes, resulting in new plant assemblages. Native and introduced species are likely to differ in how they react to the changing climate. Bertie Weddell, a specialist in natural resource conservation and faculty member in the Washington State University Department of Horticulture, will discuss current projections of how these changes will affect native ecosystems in our region. Free and open to the public. NativePlantSociety.org.
28 Organic Seed Saving. The Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., hosts Organic Seed Saving at 1 p.m. All are welcome to come and discuss organic gardening and seed saving. Bring food and seeds to share if you can (if you can't, come anyway!). For more information, contact Camisse Nitkowski at 208-263-6248. * Held on the fourth Saturday of every month.
28 Fake News: Media Literacy Series - The Future. The Heartwood Center, 615 Oak St., hosts the Fake News: Media Literary Series from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. This is the third of a three-part discussion series organized by the East Bonner County Library District. How can media consumers affect the future of information? What role can local/community media play in meeting the future needs of information consumers? Understand the role of local media in our community in serving the needs of citizens and their issues during this free workshop, conducted in a casual discussion format. This session's guests will be Suzy Prez, station manager at KRFY Community Radio, and Cameron Rasmussen of the Sandpoint Reader. For more information, contact Mike Bauer at 208-265-2665 or e-mail [email protected].
30 Free Teen Center Program. All teens are welcome to the Sandpoint Teen Center, 104 S. Division, for a library-sponsored game or STEAM activity at 3:30 p.m. Hosted by Morgan Gariepy, teen librarian with the Sandpoint Library. For this week's theme, call Morgan at 208-263-6930 ext. 1245 or e-mail [email protected]. * Held every Monday.
30 Sessions Confessions Tour. The Idaho Legislature is winding down after the busy 2018 session, which means that the ACLU will be traveling across Idaho for their 4th annual Sessions Confessions Tour. Join Policy Director Kathy Griesmyer from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Sandpoint Community Hall, 204 S. First Ave., as she provides a recap of the legislative session and answers your questions about the Statehouse. ACLU will share their legislative priorities and the highs and lows from inside the Statehouse, in addition to their 2018 legislative scorecard and report. Free and open to the public.
Here is what's coming up in May!
1 Mother Goose Storytime. Due to construction at the Sandpoint Library, Mother Goose Storytime is temporarily held at Creations on the Cedar Street Bridge. Stories and singing for babies and toddlers ages 0-3 and caregivers begins at 10:15 a.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Suzanne Davis at 208-263-6930 ext. 1211 or e-mail [email protected]. * Held every Tuesday.
1 Preschool Storytime. Due to construction at the Sandpoint Library, Preschool Storytime is temporarily held at Creations on the Cedar Street Bridge. Stories and crafts for kids age 2-5 and their caregivers begins 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.
1 Selkirk Realtors Candidates Forum. State legislative and Bonner County candidates attend a Candidates Forum from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Sandpoint Community Hall. Free and open to the public; sponsored by the Selkirk Realtors.
1 Parent Grief Support Group. Bonner General Health Community Hospice hosts a bi-monthly support group for parents who have lost a child. The meeting is held at 5:30 p.m. in the BGH Community Hospice conference room at the hospital, 520 N. Third Ave. This is an ongoing and informal support group meeting that is open to all parents who have experienced the loss of a child at any age. There is no cost; contact Lissa at 208-265-1185 for an application or more information. *Held on the first and third Tuesday of every month
2 KRFY Morning Show. Morning Show hosts Suzy Prez and Chris Bessler discuss a current affairs topic. Tune in at 8 a.m.; or hear podcast later in the day on the KRFY Podcast page. * Held every Wednesday.
2 Clark Fork Stories and More. Enjoy stories, crafts, prizes and snacks for kids ages 3-8 starting at 10:30 a.m. in the Clark Fork Library, 601 Main St. Free and open to the public. * Held every Wednesday.
2 Clark Fork Make It at The Library. Kids make a variety of age-appropriate projects, starting at 2 p.m. in the Clark Fork Library, 601 Main St. * Held every Wednesday.
3 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 [email protected]travel.com. * Held on the first and third Thursdays of each month.
3 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.
8 Geezer Forum. Columbia Bank, 414 Church St., hosts the Geezer Forum from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. with Paul Graves. The 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
8 Primary Candidates' Forum. Sandpoint Online and Sandpoint Reader host a Primary Candidates' Forum for all candidates for Legislative District 1 and Bonner County, held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Sandpoint High School auditorium. It will be a moderated format, with the public invited to hear the candidates speak and submit questions. Free and open to the public. Learn more about candidates and their positions on the Election Central page.
9 Bonner County Amateur Radio Club Meeting. BCARC is a nonprofit charitable organization promoting amateur radio, providing communications, and serving the interests of communities in Bonner County. BCARC meets at 7 p.m. in the Sandpoint VFW Hall on Pine and Division, and meetings are open to anyone with an interest in Amateur Radio Communications (ham radio). K7JEP.org. * Held on the second Wednesday of each month.
10 Better Breathers Club. Bonner General Health hosts the Better Breathers Club monthly support group for people living with chronic lung disease and their caregivers. This month's topic is "Navigating Insurance and Community Resources" and "The Effects of Second-hand Smoke." The facilitator is trained by the American Lung Association, and meeting is held at 1 p.m. in the hospital's east classroom, 520 N. Third Ave. RSVP by calling 208-265-1045 or simply attend the meeting. * Held on the second Thursday of every month.
11-19 The Law of Life. Why do we have stress, anxiety and more? Is disease a mistake of the genes? Can chronic diseases be healed and prevented? The answer is in understanding the mind-body connection through The Law of Life, presented by international speaker Dr. Horst Mueller, MD. This free event will be held at 6 p.m. May 11-19 at the Sandpoint Seventh-day Adventist Church, 2235 Pine St. For more information, call 208-907-1517 or visit the event's Facebook page.
12 North Idaho Veterans Stand Down. Kootenai County Fairgrounds, 4056 N. Government Way, hosts the 25th North Idaho Veterans Stand Down from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The annual event, created by St. Vincent de Paul to assist veterans and their families in eastern Washington and the five northern Idaho counties, provides a safe place for veterans and their families to engage with veteran community resources. Veterans can meet with VA health care and benefits representatives, plus organizations that provide medical, dental, counseling, assistance with wills, housing, clothing, clothing repair, food assistance, haircuts, and bike repair will be in attendance. Employers with job openings will be accepting applications and interviewing candidates. Breakfast and lunch will be served to all attendees, volunteers, and service providers. 208-664-3095
12 Stories and More. Presented by Sandpoint Waldorf School's Early Childhood Program, Stories and More is held on the second Saturday of every month from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Waldorf School, 2007 Sandpoint West Dr. Under the guidance of a Waldorf-trained and experienced Early Childhood teacher, this free event includes a puppet story, seasonal activities, play and a light snack. Open to 1-, 2- and 3-year-olds and one parent or caregiver. To RSVP, call 208-265-2683.
14 Diabetes Support Group: "Diabetes Review and Update." Bonner General Health hosts a monthly Diabetes Education and Support Group meeting, held at 10 a.m. in the Health Services Building at 423 N. Third Ave., Ste. 101. The meetings are offered at no charge and serve to strengthen knowledge about diabetes to prevent complications. All people with diabetes, their caregivers and families are invited. This month's topic is "Diabetes Review and Update" presented by Dr. Scott Dunn, MD, with Family Health Center. 208-265-6279
14 Parkinson's Support Group. Individuals affected by Parkinson's, family, caregivers, and friends are encouraged to attend the Parkinson's Support Group, held from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the BGH's Health Services Building, 423 N. Third Ave., Ste. 101. For more information, contact Elizabeth Neuder at 208-265-3325. * Held on the second Monday of each month.
15 Idaho Primary Elections. Voters in Idaho go to the polls to vote on numerous local and state races, as well as both seats in the U.S. Congress for the House of Representatives. Find more information on the Election Central page.
16 Transforming Loss: Finding Potential for Growth. Join Bonner General Health Hospice partnering with the Hospice Foundation of America for an inspirational program about positive change and action by the bereaved in the aftermath of loss, held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the BGH Health Services Building, 423 N. Third Ave., Ste. 101. Featuring expert panelists Patti Anewalt, PhD, LPC, FT; Kenneth J. Doka, PhD, MDiv; and Richard Tedeschi, PhD; and moderated by Frank Sesno; the program is 95 minutes in length with an additional 30-minute post-program discussion required for CEs. For more information, contact Lissa DeFreitas at 208-265-1185 or [email protected].
19 Argentine Tango Practica. Come enjoy dancing and receive guidance from instructor Muffy Nye to learn new skills and polish those you already have during a drop-in beginner lesson at 6 p.m., followed by practice and social dancing from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. No partner necessary. Held on the third Sunday of the month in May and June, Sandpoint Community Hall, 204 S. First Ave. $10/month per person; pay online or at the door.
22 Intro to 3D Printing Workshop for Adults. Learn what 3D printers are used for and how to design your own 3D printable object, during this beginner-level class at 5 p.m. in the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St. Space is limited and pre-registration is required by calling 208-263-6930. * Held on the fourth Tuesday of every month.
22 Intro to Woodworking. Design and build a hardwood cutting board set during this one-day Intro to Woodworking class from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at MakerPoint Studios, C106-14 1424 N. Boyer Ave. Learn how to use the jointer, planer and table saw to surface and prep raw lumber, then design your own boards with as much simplicity or complexity as you like! Lastly, enjoy the art of finishing your boards hands-on with planers, sanders and other tools. This class offers a truly pro-grade experience, plus you take home your own cutting board set! $71 fee ($2 city discount) includes materials. Register in advance at Sandpoint Parks and Recreation, 1123 Lake St., online, or call 208-263-3613.
23 IDL Train Bridge Public Hearings. The Idaho Department of Lands holds public hearings on the BNSF Railway Co. application to construct a second train bridge across Lake Pend Oreille and Sand Creek. The first is at 8 a.m. at the Ponderay Events Center, and the second is at 6 p.m. in the Sandpoint Middle School gym. BNSF must obtain a permit from IDL under the Idaho Lake Protection Act, which regulates activities on, in or above Idaho lakes. IDL extended the initial comment period for the proposal, which now ends the day of the hearings. Comments on BNSF's proposal can be e-mailed to [email protected], or submitted through the IDL website.
26 KNPS: Paleobotany and Geology of the Clarkia Area. The Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society and Sandpoint Parks and Recreation present The Paleobotany and Geology of the Clarkia Area, Idaho from 9:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in Sandpoint Community Hall, 204 S. First Ave. Featured speaker Bill Rember, an affiliate professor of Geological Sciences at the University of Idaho and director of UI's Tertiary Research Center, will discuss the geologic setting and the relationship of the ancient Lake Clarkia to the Columbia River Basalt. Free and open to the public. More info: NativePlantSociety.org.
Here is what's coming up in June!
9 Stories and More. Presented by Sandpoint Waldorf School's Early Childhood Program, Stories and More is held on the second Saturday of every month from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Waldorf School, 2007 Sandpoint West Dr. Under the guidance of a Waldorf-trained and experienced Early Childhood teacher, this free event includes a puppet story, seasonal activities, play and a light snack. Open to 1-, 2- and 3-year-olds and one parent or caregiver. To RSVP, call 208-265-2683.
Here is what's coming up in July!
9-12 Summer Youth Music Camp. The Festival at Sandpoint announces its first ever Summer Youth Music Camp at Sandpoint High School. The camp is open to ages 8-18 and all abilities, with participants' tuition underwritten by The Festival's educational mission - the only cost is a $25 registration fee! Camp director Dr. Jason Moody, a Sandpoint native who is currently First Violin with the Spokane Symphony, will lead four fun-filled days of music instruction with classes including symphony orchestra, choir, chamber music, jazz band, classical guitar, ukulele, piano, fiddle ensemble, flute ensemble, master classes and more! Registration is now open on a first come, first served basis - space is limited! Click to register online; for more information, contact Beth Weber at 208-263-1151.