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Here is what's happening in September!

20-21 Annual Writers' Conference. Best Western Edgewater hosts the Annual Writers' Conference, sponsored by the Idaho Writers League. Learn more at SandpointWritersOnTheLake.com.

20 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 eBonnerLibrary.org on the event listing. Info: Contact the Tech Desk at 208-263-6930 ext.1251. *Held every Friday.

20 Teen Role-Playing Games. Teens play Magic the Gathering, Dungeons & Dragons, and other RPGs from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., in The Innovia Foundation Room. Info: 208-263-6930 ext. 1245 or [email protected]. *Held every Friday.

21 Global Climate Strike Events. 350 Sandpoint, Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), and allies are hosting North Idaho community activities in solidarity with the Global Climate Strike and in resistance to the ongoing pollution, climate impacts, and regional risks of BNSF Railway's present and proposed fossil fuels pipeline-on-rails across Lake Pend Oreille and North Idaho. At 1 p.m., a Lake Pend Oreille Climate Strike public rally will be held at Farmin Park in downtown Sandpoint. At 2 p.m., a BNSF Bridges Coast Guard EA Protest March will begin from Farmin Park. The public is welcome to attend. 208-301-8039

21 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 eBonnerLibrary.org or contact the Tech Desk 263-6930 ext.1251. *Repeats every Saturday.

23 Open Play - Keva and Tegu Blocks. This is a drop-in STEM-inspired "What can you build?" challenge, held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Karen's Room at the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St. Younger children should have a parent present. 208-263-6930 ext. 1211 or [email protected].

23 Teen Center's Get a Job! Program and Monday Milkshakes. The Sandpoint Teen Center, 221 S. Division Ave., serves up milkshakes after school. Plus they will host a Get a Job event for teens, with help from the Idaho Department of Labor. Come over after school and start your job search checklist.

24 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

24 Clark Fork Mother Goose. Clark Fork Library, 601 Main St., hosts stories, rhymes, and music for toddlers and their caregivers starting at 10:15 a.m., followed by 20 minutes of playtime. For more information, call 208-266-1321. *Repeats every Tuesday.

24 Idaho Commission on Aging Town Hall. The Idaho Commission on Aging (ICOA) would like to hear what you have to say! ICOA plans and oversees services in Idaho designed to keep seniors living independently. Citizens have the opportunity to comment on Idaho's four-year Senior Services State Plan when the ICOA holds a town hall at the Sandpoint Senior Center, 820 Main St. Everyone is invited to be part of the solution! Services that ICOA funds through local Area Agencies on Aging include home-delivered and congregate meals; homemaker, respite, senior transportation, chore, and minor home modification; and legal assistance, adult protection, and ombudsman services. ICOA staff will also present how funds are distributed and budget parameters. Tell us your area's strengths, weaknesses, and unmet needs! Schedule includes information tables with ICOA staff starting at 10:30 a.m., lunch at 11:30 a.m., followed by community input and brainstorming from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. RSVP by Sept. 23 by calling 208-263-6860. Lunch is by donation for ages 60 and older; $8 for under 60 (includes tax).

24 Preschool 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. eBonnerLibrary.org. For more information, contact Suzanne Davis at 208-263-6930 ext. 1211 or [email protected]. *Held every Tuesday

24 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.

24 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

24 Explore Virtual Reality. 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. eBonnerLibrary.org*Held every Tuesday.

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

24 Trivia Tuesdays at the Teen Center. The Sandpoint Teen Center, 221 S. Division Ave., hosts Trivia Tuesdays after school. A volunteer reads trivia questions split up into different categories or rounds, and the questions are then answered by different groups of people in an audience. These groups, also known as "teams" or "tables," typically consist of 2 to 12 people. At the end of each round, a representative from each team turns in its answers to the volunteer, who then calculates the scores for each team. The teams compete against one another with the top two or three teams or individuals receiving prizes.

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

24-Oct. 3 Loom Knitting. Registration is required for this four-part series, held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. in Karen's Room at the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St. Free family fun for 3rd-6th graders, and they'll make a knitted hat to keep! 208-263-6930 ext. 1211 or [email protected].

24 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.

25 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.

25 Crafts in the Garden. Free family fun with a different garden-inspired craft each week, held at 2:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St. 208-263-6930 ext. 1211 or [email protected]. *Held every Wednesday.

25 Teen Lounge Passive Pop-Up Programs. Teen-driven art, engineering, robots, and science projects and workshops are held every Wednesday at 3 p.m. in the Rotary Teen Lounge at the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St. Info: 208-263-6930 ext. 1245 or [email protected]. *Held every Wednesday.

25 Sandpoint Teen Center Bowling/Pool Tournament. Huckleberry Lanes, 120 S. Division Ave., hosts the Sandpoint Teen Center bowling and pool tournaments - open to all STC teens! The STC tournaments are non-qualifying tournaments, which means teens do not have to have a certain average. Simply put: if you are checked in at STC, you can bowl in the STC tournaments.

25 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. 

25 Saving Seeds From Your Garden. Bonner County Gardeners Association hosts a fall class from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Ponderay Events Center, 401 Bonner Mall Way in Ponderay. Taught by Manuela Eiring, discover how to save seeds from those special plants and how to store them for best results. You will learn some important considerations in selecting plants for saving seeds. Tickets and more information available at BCGardeners.org.

26 Teen Center: Adulting 101 and Italian Soda Thursdays. The Sandpoint Teen Center, 221 S. Division Ave., serves up Italian sodas after school. Plus, the center hosts an Adulting 101 program that endeavors to explore and demystify the obscure reality of being an "adult." This aims to give young adults the tools necessary to achieve financial independence and time management or variety of other subjects. There will also be arts and crafts, as well.

26 The Public: Film Screening and Discussion. Join the Sandpoint Library at 5:30 p.m. for a free screening of the film "The Public," written and directed by Emilio Estevez, about a public library occupied by a large group of homeless library patrons. What begins as a nonviolent, Occupy-style sit-in and ragtag act of civil disobedience quickly escalates into a standoff with local riot police. This film raises important questions regarding the issue of homelessness in our community, which will be addressed in a discussion following the film. Discussion guests will include Ann Nichols, director of the East Bonner County Library District, and Joanne Barlow, program manager of the Bonner County Homeless Transitions. Information: Mike Bauer, 208-265-2665.

27 Teen Special Programming - Selkirk Fire Rescue & EMS. Emergency staff from Selkirk Fire Rescue & EMS will present information and experiences geared to teens, starting at 4 p.m. in the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St. 208-263-6930 ext. 1245 or [email protected].

28 KNPS Presentation. The Sandpoint Parks and Recreation Department and the Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society present a free presentation at Sandpoint Community Hall, 204 S. First Ave. September's presentation will be at the Sandpoint Organic Agriculture Center, 10881 N. Boyer Rd. The monthly presentations cover a variety of natural resource-related topics ranging from wildflower identification, to forest tree management, to mushroom gathering, and much more. Presentations take place from 9:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. No need to pre-register. *Held on the fourth Saturday of every month.

28 Teen Movie Night. The Sandpoint Teen Center, 221 S. Division Ave., hosts a movie night.

30 Open Play - Roller Coasters. This is a drop-in STEM-inspired "What can you build?" challenge from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Karen's Room at the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St. Younger children should have a parent present. 208-263-6930 ext. 1211 or [email protected].

30 Teen Book Group and Monday Milkshakes. The Sandpoint Teen Center, 221 S. Division Ave., serves up milkshakes after school. Plus pick a book and join the book group!

Here is what's coming up in October!

2 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.

2 How to Grow Your Own Garlic. Bonner County Gardeners Association hosts a fall class from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Ponderay Events Center, 401 Bonner Mall Way in Ponderay. Garlic is one crop that is planted in the fall. Janae Dale will teach the class what soil conditions are needed for wonderful garlic, when and how to plant and the calendar of "garlic growing." Tickets and more information available at BCGardeners.org.

3 Teen Center's Italian Soda Thursdays. The Sandpoint Teen Center, 221 S. Division Ave., serves up Italian sodas after school.

3 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.

3 Let's Talk - Adolescent Mental Health and Suicide Prevention. Forrest Bird Charter School partners with Lake Pend Oreille School District, Bonner General Health, and the East Bonner County Public Library to host a expert panel discussion on adolescent mental health and suicide prevention. All parents, families and community members are welcome. Clinicians from Kaniksu, North Idaho Children's Mental Health, Bonner General Hospital, and the Idaho Lives Project will be discussing how to support our youth. Starts at 5:30 p.m. in the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St. Light refreshments provided. For more information, contact [email protected].

5 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! eBonnerLibrary.org*Held on the first Saturday of every month.

5 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. eBonnerLibrary.org. 208-263-6930. *Held on the first Saturday of the month.

6 Blessing of the Hunters. Cover all your bases this year by attending the 2nd Annual Blessing of the Hunters at 11:30 a.m. at Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church on Pine Street (across from the Litehouse YMCA). The service is a short 15 minutes on the front lawn, and you will get to see Pastor Steve Heinsen preach from his tree stand! Come and receive your blessing for a safe and successful hunt this year. No collection will be taken, and all hunters are welcome. 208-305-0945

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, and is held at City Council Chambers, 1123 Lake St. Online registration deadline is Oct. 3. For more information, call 208-263-3613 or visit Sandpoint Parks and Recreation at 1123 Lake St.

8 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.

9 The Conversation. Ivano's Ristorante, 102 S. First Ave. hosts The Conversation from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Bill Collier will be sharing insights about the upcoming Idaho Writers' Conference, which will be interesting, informative, and memorable, as well as guaranteed to help push your writing, publishing, and marketing efforts to the next level. The Conversation is a free monthly event with the intent to support all creatives and their tenacity it takes to make and market art in the visual, literary, and performing fields. For more information, contact Mary at 208-263-1592. *Held on the second Wednesday of the month.

9 Season Extenders. Bonner County Gardeners Association hosts a fall class from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Ponderay Events Center, 401 Bonner Mall Way in Ponderay. Your garden does not have to end with the first frost! There are ways of prolonging the garden season with a few simple tools; presented by Nancy Hastings. Tickets and more information available at BCGardeners.org.

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

15 General Meeting of the BCRWI. The Bonner County Republican Women, Inc. hold their general meeting at 10:15 a.m. in the Ponderay Events Center, 401 Bonner Mall Way. RSVP at BCRWinc.com.

17 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.

Here is what's coming up in November!

4 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, and is held at City Council Chambers, 1123 Lake St. Online registration deadline is Oct. 30. For more information, call 208-263-3613 or visit Sandpoint Parks and Recreation at 1123 Lake St.

Here is what's coming up in December!

2 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, and is held at City Council Chambers, 1123 Lake St. Online registration deadline is Nov. 26. For more information, call 208-263-3613 or visit Sandpoint Parks and Recreation at 1123 Lake St.

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