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Here is what's happening in April!

Through May 10 Flower Basket Fundraising Campaign. The Sandpoint Shopping District is gathering sponsors for the summer flower baskets, which are hung on the lampposts throughout downtown just prior to the Lost in the '50s celebration. The goal is to raise enough funds for 110 baskets, and the cost to sponsor a basket is $75. Checks can be made out to the Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce, which is helping with the administration of the fundraiser. Mailing address is Sandpoint Chamber, P.O. Box 928, Sandpoint, ID, 83864; or just drop it off at their office on Fifth Avenue.

18 Earth Week VR Experience - Chasing Coral and Fire: Climate Change. Experience these two short films in immersive, spectacular virtual reality, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St. 208-265-2665

18 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

18 Why Journalism Matters. The Bonner County Human Rights Task Force, 88.5 KRFY, and Sandpoint Reader host a public talk titled "Why Journalism Matters" at 6 p.m. in the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St. Everyone is welcome to attend this informed discussion with David Barsamian, the nationally syndicated radio host of Alternative Radio. Free and open to the public. For more information, email [email protected] or call 208-265-2992. KRFY.org.

19 Explore Virtual Reality - Reserve Sessions. The Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., holds 15-minute sessions in the Virtual Reality room from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Contact the Tech Desk at 208-263-6930 ext.1251. *Held every Friday.

19 Clark Fork Mother Goose. Clark Fork Library, 601 Main St., hosts a special storytime for babies and toddlers at 10:15 a.m.; followed by 20 minutes of playtime. 208-266-1321 *Held every Friday. 

19 Cooking for College. You will (probably) be broke and you (most likely) won't have a kitchen. So how can you prepare awesome meals on the cheap and with only small electrical appliances? To find out, join the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. for a college dorm room culinary journey. Permission slip required. Info: [email protected] or 208-263-6930 ext. 1245.

19 Kootenai Valley After the Glaciers. The Kootenai Valley has changed considerably since the end of the Pleistocene (12,000 years ago). The fluctuating advances and retreats of the Purcell Lobe of the Cordilleran Ice Sheet determined what was available to Native Americans for food, tool manufacturing, and shelter. Join Carla Burnside, zone archaeologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, for a slide presentation at 7 p.m. in the Education Barn at Kootenai Wildlife Refuge, and explore the expanding use of the area of by Native Americans and cover landscape and climate changes that influenced resource availability. Open to the public; suggested donation $3 per person. Click for more information or call 208-267-3888.

20 Paddlesports America Course. Join Sandpoint Parks and Recreation from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in City Hall Council Chambers, 1123 Lake St., for an introductory Paddlesports America course. Meet the boater education needs for operating a paddle craft - specifically a canoe, kayak or paddleboard – and maintenance; the class will cover general information to make your paddle craft experience safer and more comfortable, tips on how to be a more courteous paddle craft operator, laws and regulations to which you must adhere. Free; pre-register at 208-263-3613.

20 Earth Week Film Screening - Saving Snow. Saving Snow, a feature documentary on how ski towns are coping with warmer winters, screens at 10 a.m. in the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St. The film was made to educate audiences about the impacts of climate change on the winter economy and build support for mitigation and adaptation efforts across the country. It is the second film created by independent filmmaker Diogo Castro Freire as part of the Adaptation Now documentary project. Panel discussion to follow. Panel members are Kevin Davis, Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center - U.S. Forest Service; and hydrologist Danny Tappa, Natural Resources Conservation Service - SNOTEL Survey. 208-265-2665

20 Explore Virtual Reality - Reserve Sessions. The Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., holds 15-minute sessions in the Virtual Reality room from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Contact the Tech Desk at 208-263-6930 ext.1251. *Held every Saturday.

21 Easter Morning Service. A nondenominational Easter Morning Service sponsored by Regeneration Calvary Chapel will be held at 10 a.m. in the Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave. Childcare is provided.

22 #TrashTag Challenge. Teens, meet at the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., for Earth Day to pick up trash along Division Street and post your #TrashTag Challenge achievements on social media. 208-263-6930 ext. 1245

23 Mother Goose. Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., hosts stories and singing for babies and toddlers ages 0-13 and their caregivers at 10 a.m. Plus, stay and play until 10:40 a.m. eBonnerLibrary.org. 208-263-6930 ext. 1211 *Held every Tuesday.

23 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.

23 Geezer Forum. Columbia Bank, 414 Church St., hosts the Geezer Forum from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. with Paul Graves. Presented by Elder Advocates; free and open to the public. 208-610-4971 *Held on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month.

23 MCS Youth Orchestra Concert. Enjoy a free community concert in the lobby of the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., with the Music Conservatory of Sandpoint's Youth Orchestra at 3 p.m. For more information, call 208-263-6930 ext. 1211.

23 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. eBonnerLibrary.org*Held every Tuesday.

23 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.

23 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.

23 3D Printing Club. Drop in the second and fourth Wednesday of the month, between 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m., at the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., for the 3D Printing Club. Collaborate with others and learn more from staff about 3D printing and design. 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

23 Away with Words. The Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., hosts a creative writing workshop for teens in the YA Reading Area from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. with Beth Weber. Whether you are a poet, penner of short stories, or working on the great American novel, make your literary endeavor come to life. For more information, e-mail [email protected] or call 208-263-6930 ext. 1245. *Held every Tuesday.

23 PFLAG Sandpoint. Meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month 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.

24 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.

24 Clark Fork Stories and More. Clark Fork Library, 601 Main St., hosts stories, crafts, prizes and snacks for kids ages 3-8 starting at 10:30 a.m. Free and open to the public. eBonnerLibrary.org. *Held every Wednesday.

24 Kids Dance Party. Dancing fun with children's music for 2-4 year olds (everyone is welcome) at 10:30 a.m. in the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St. 208-263-6930 ext. 1211

24 Arts, Crafts, and Creations. Celebrate this year’s Earth Day global theme, Protect Our Species, by building pollinator habitats at 4:30 p.m. in the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St. Every Wednesday, the group will tackle a new project to support bees, bats, butterflies, and birds. 208-263-6930 ext. 1245

27 KNPS Presentation: Permaculture and the Ecologies of a Positive Future. The Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society and Sandpoint Parks and Recreation host Jason Smith's presentation on Permaculture and the Ecologies of a Positive Future at 9:45 a.m. in Sandpoint Community Hall, 204 S. First Ave. Smith will provide an introductory view into the ecology-based agricultural models described by the systems-arranging design science called permaculture, and articulate the positive solutions it offers to the global challenges we will face in the future with climate and social changes. The program will highlight the most common and relevant applications of permaculture in the Idaho Panhandle. Smith is a designer and consultant specializing in cold temperate climate agroforestry systems, and lives off-the-grid in Boundary County. NativePlantSociety.org.

27 Book Theater. A new kind of "book club." Come share your favorite books … puppets and performance included, at 11 a.m. in the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St. Geared to 3rd-5th graders. Email [email protected].

30 SPIN Meeting. The Sandpoint Community Resource Center will be leading and facilitating a community SPIN (Service Provider Information Network) meeting from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St. The quarterly topic being addressed is Mental Health Crisis Intervention, Treatment and Support.  Community members and mental health providers are welcome to join this networking event; RSVP online. For more information, or to get involved as a mental health provider, contact Gwen at SCRC, 208-255-4025.

30-May 2 Kids Sewing Class. Third-fifth-graders will learn to hand sew, making a pillow to take home for free, starting at 3:30 p.m. in the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St. Space is limited; register at 208-263-6930 ext. 1211 or [email protected].

30 After School Science - Build A Roller Coaster. Build a roller coaster marble track at 2:30 p.m. in the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St. 208-263-6930 ext. 1211 or [email protected].

Here is what's coming up in May!

1 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.

3 Lost and Found: Nonprofit Leadership Seminar. Forty-One South, 41 Lakeshore Dr. in Sagle, hosts a one-day University of Idaho professional nonprofit leadership class titled Lost and Found: Building Boards That WILL Make a Difference. This full day, reality-based, interactive seminar will focus on critical, core elements for building boards that will make a difference. Instructors are Bob Over and Kristine Meyer; a continental breakfast and full lunch will be served. Learn more about this and other workshops, and register.

4 On-Farm Workshop: Seed Starting. Greentree Naturals hosts an organic gardening workshop on Seed Starting. Gain a solid understanding of basic seed biology and the basics of planting seeds and how to create the best environment for seedlings to thrive; learn what crops should be direct sown and why; review optimal environmental considerations for seed germination; preparation of the seed bed; seeding methods, seed depth and seedling care. Held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; cost is $25 per workshop and fee includes all materials and supplies needed. Email [email protected] or call 208-263-8957.

4 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

4 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 running through December, this program features a different musical theme and is geared for families with young children. eBonnerLibrary.org. For more information, call 208-263-6930 *Held on the first Saturday of the month.

7 Dragonfly Art Class. Memorial Community Center in Hope hosts a Dragonfly Art Class, with a light lunch at 11:15 a.m. followed by Dragonfly Art at noon. All supplies along with instruction are provided to complete two dragonfly art pieces. Cost is $25 - and 40 percent of the sales benefit MCC! Click to register.

11 Master Naturalists Event. All are welcome to a two-segment class in the Sandpoint Organic Agriculture Center (SOAC), 10881 N. Boyer Rd. From 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Chris Schnepf, Area Extension Educator - Forestry and Professor, will talk about changes in forest fire management over the last century and show a film on the Big Burn. Following from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. is the Pend Oreille Chapter of Idaho Master Naturalists' class on tree identification. Free and open to the public. Email [email protected] with any questions.

16 Aging America Discussion. A free discussion on programs and approaches for supporting older adults will be held at 10 a.m. in Bonner General Health, 423 N. Third Ave. It is worth 2.5 hours of Continuing Education credits for nurses, social workers, counselors, clergy, and more. Contact Lissa at 208-265-1185.

18 On-Farm Workshop: Planning Your Organic Garden. Greentree Naturals hosts an organic gardening workshop on Planning Your Organic Garden with a discussion on preparing the soil for planting; direct seeding and transplanting; companion planting; planting for beneficial insect habitat, intercropping and crop rotation; planning for seed saving; record keeping, garden maps and succession planting are all a part of planning for a successful harvest. Held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; cost is $25 per workshop and fee includes all materials and supplies needed. Email [email protected] or call 208-263-8957.

21 BCRWI Meeting. The general meeting of the Bonner County Republican Women, Inc. will be held at 10:15 a.m. in the Ponderay Events Center, 401 Bonner Mall Way. Open to the public; RSVP at bcrwinc.com.

21 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.

30 Bees to Bears Climate Adaptation Project. The Pend Oreille Chapter of Idaho Master Naturalists sponsors a Bees to Bears Climate Adaptation Project starting at 1 p.m. in the Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge Education Barn, 287 Westside Rd. in Bonners Ferry. Learn about restoring lowland forests and flower seed collection for bumblebee habitats. Classroom is followed by field trip. Free and open to the public. Email [email protected].

Here is what's coming up in June!

1 On-Farm Workshop: Fertilizing Organically. Greentree Naturals hosts an organic gardening workshop on Fertilizing Organically. Fertile soil is the first step in increasing yields. When it comes to adding nutrients to your garden soil, there are many organic options. Cultural practices such as cover cropping, and composting will ensure balanced nutrition of your soil in the long run, and organic amendments will help your garden thrive. Learn about foliar feeding, which plants are heavy-feeders, and which ones are not, and how to take a soil sample. Held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; cost is $25 per workshop and fee includes all materials and supplies needed. Email [email protected] or call 208-263-8957.

15 On-Farm Workshop: Natural Weed Control. Greentree Naturals hosts an organic gardening workshop on Natural Weed Control. 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. Held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; cost is $25 per workshop and fee includes all materials and supplies needed. Email [email protected] or call 208-263-8957.

21-23 Annual Kids Grief Camp. A free camp for children in Bonner and Boundary counties who have experienced a loss will be held June 21-23 in Clark Fork. For more information and an application, call Lissa at 208-265-1185.

29 On-Farm Workshop: Natural Pest Control. Greentree Naturals hosts an organic gardening workshop on Natural Pest Control. In a diverse ecosystem pest populations are regulated naturally. Learn to assess pro-active control practices that minimize harm to pollinators  and 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. Held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; cost is $25 per workshop and fee includes all materials and supplies needed. Email [email protected] or call 208-263-8957.

Here is what's coming up in July!

13 On-Farm Workshop: Harvesting the Bounty. Greentree Naturals hosts an organic gardening workshop on Harvesting the Bounty. 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. Held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; cost is $25 per workshop and fee includes all materials and supplies needed. Email [email protected] or call 208-263-8957.

29 On-Farm Workshop: Seed Saving. Greentree Naturals hosts an organic gardening workshop on Seed Saving. 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. Held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; cost is $25 per workshop and fee includes all materials and supplies needed. Email [email protected] or call 208-263-8957.

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