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Here is what's happening in January!

15 Fit and Fall Proof. A free fitness class for seniors, Fit and Fall Proof is held from 11 a.m. to noon in the Cedar Hills Church, 227 McGhee Rd. in Kootenai. Sponsored by the Idaho Panhandle Health District, this fitness program is designed for older adults to improve flexibility, mobility, balance and strength.  All are welcome, and there is no cost. For more information, contact Vicki Longhini at 612-987-3802 or [email protected]. * Held on Mondays and Thursdays.

15 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.

16 Mother Goose Storytime. Due to library construction, 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 [email protected]. * Held every Tuesday.

16 Preschool Storytime. Due to library construction, Storytimes are temporarily held at Creations on the Cedar Street 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 [email protected]. * Held every Tuesday.

16 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.

16 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.

17 KRFY Morning Show. Morning Show host Chris Bessler and guest host John Rohyans will discuss a current affairs topic. Tune in at 8 a.m.; or hear podcast later in the day on the KRFY Podcast page.

17 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.

17 Clark Fork Make It at The Library. Kids are welcome to come and make a variety of age-appropriate projects, starting at 2 p.m. in the Clark Fork Library, 601 Main St. * Held every Wednesday.

17 Panhandle Forest Collaborative Meeting. Technical advisors, members of the public, and media are invited to a Panhandle Forest Collaborative meeting at 1 p.m. in the Bonner County Administration Building's first floor conference room. 406-830-3369

18 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]. * Held on the first and third Thursdays of each month

18 Clark Fork Crafternoon. Enjoy free family fun and make a craft to take home, starting at 3 p.m. in the Clark Fork Library, 601 Main St. 208-266-1321

18-Feb. 1 Backyard Beekeeping. Three lecture-style classes on Backyard Beekeeping will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursdays, Jan. 18, 25, and Feb. 1, at the NIC at Sandpoint Center, 102 S. Euclid St. Learn the fundamentals of beekeeping, year-round hive management, and products of the beehive. $42 fee. To register, contact the NIC Workforce Training Center at 208-769-3333 or request more information via e-mail [email protected] or visit the NIC website.

18 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.

20 READY! For Kindergarten Workshop. Registration is now open for the Winter 2018 READY! For Kindergarten Workshop held Jan. 20. These free early childhood literacy workshops for parents of children birth to age 5 are held three times a year in Sandpoint. Parents learn how to "play with a purpose" and the importance of reading to your child in order to develop the important skills they will need for success in school. National program paid for locally by Panhandle Alliance for Education. Free workshop, toys, activities, books and childcare! Register in advance at or 208-263-7040.

23 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

23 Intro to 3D Printing for Adults. The Sandpoint Branch Library, 1407 Cedar St., hosts a free workshop at 5 p.m. to learn about 3D printing and design your own 3D printable object with our new printer! Pre-registration is required by calling 208-263-6930.

23 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! Monthly sessions are held in January, March, and May; $71 fee ($2 city discount) includes materials. Register at Sandpoint Parks and Recreation, 1123 Lake St., online, or call 208-263-3613.

24 Crafternoon: Winter Luminaries. Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., hosts Crafternoon at 2 p.m. Enjoy free family fun with an artistic lantern craft to take home. For more information, contact Suzanne at 208-263-6930 ext. 1211 or [email protected].

24 Intro to CNC Plasma Cutter and Design. Join instructors at MakerPoint Studio, C106-14 1424 N. Boyer Ave., for an Introduction to CNC Plasma Cutter and Design. Participants will learn a basic understanding of how to run the CNC plasma and how to design projects on the machine. Class is held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; fee is $71 ($2 city discount). Register by Jan. 21 at, visit Parks and Recreation at 1123 Lake St., or call 208-263-3613.

26 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.

27-Feb. 21 Visual-Verbal Event. Writers and artists united for this free three-part event, open to high school ages and adults that will stimulate the imagination and stir your creative juices. Limited to the first 20 artists and 20 writers, so pre-register online. Event includes an Exchange, Presentation, and Exhibition. For more information, contact Sandpoint Parks and Recreation at 208-263-3613.

27 Organic Gardening and 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!). Held on the fourth Saturday of every month. For more information, contact Sandpoint Seed Library volunteer Camisse Nitkowski at 208-263-6248.

27 Jack Nesbit Presentation: A Taste for Roots. The Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society and Sandpoint Parks and Recreation offer a free presentation of "A Taste for Roots" by Jack Nesbit from 9:30 a.m. until noon at Community Hall, 204 S. First Ave. Biscuitroots of the genus Lomatium have confused naturalists and ethnobotanists ever since the Corp of Discovery first tasted shap-el-lel bread in the fall of 1805. This slide presentation by Nesbit, a teacher, naturalist and author from Spokane, will explore some of the many aspects of the genus, with a particular focus on Plateau tribal use and north Idaho species collected by John Leiberg in the late 1800s. Free and open to the public.

30 Idaho Master Gardener Program. The Bonner County Extension Office, 4205 N. Boyer Ave., hosts an Idaho Master Gardener Program, with classes held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. until noon Jan. 30 and continuing through mid-April. Are you interested in learning more about gardening while helping out other gardeners in the community? The Idaho Master Gardener Program serves as an educational and volunteer organization. The program's purpose is to provide technical assistance and information in the area of home horticulture to people in all Idaho communities through qualified volunteers. To pick up an application, stop by 4205 N. Boyer Ave.

30 Find Your Perfect Match - Volunteer Event. Sandpoint Community Resource Center, 231 N. Third Ave., hosts a VIP Find Your Perfect Match volunteer event from noon to 1 p.m. All are welcome to stop by! Organizations will be present to share their needs with you, to help you decide which opportunity it right for you! 208-255-4025

31 Business After Hours. Area businesses and residents are invited to join the Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce and Williams & Parsons PC, CPAs at 708 Superior St. for a Chamber Business After Hours networking event from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. This is an opportune time to meet local business professionals and make valuable connections for the future. Learn more about Williams & Parsons services and meet many friendly faces, including the newest addition to their team of CPAs, Jesse Raynor. There will be beer, wine and appetizers catered by Eichardt's Pub, so come celebrate the New Year and the beginning of the 2018 tax season - their time of year!

Here is what's coming up in February 2018!

6-27 Art Classes with Gene Merica. Hope's Memorial Community Center hosts art classes with Gene Merica, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. every Tuesday in February. Cost is $40. Explore Zentangle, portraiture, a review of art basics, media expansion to compressed chalk on charcoal paper, etc. Suggestions welcome. Call 208-264-5481 or [email protected] to sign up.

6-27 Perspective Drawing Class. Sandpoint Parks and Recreation offers a Perspective Drawing Class on Tuesdays, Feb. 6-27, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Sandpoint Community Hall, 206 S. First Ave. Fundamentals in depth perception, line, contour, value, and texture will be explored; students need to bring an 8" x 10" or larger drawing pad, at least 3 pencils or charcoals of different grades, and an eraser. Class fee is $40/person ($5 city discount). Ages 10 to adult. Registration deadline is Feb. 2 online or 1123 Lake St. 208-263-3613

12 Organic Gardening and 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.

14 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 Idaho. BCARC meets at 7 p.m. in the Sandpoint VFW Hall on Pine and Division on the second Wednesday of each month. Meetings are open to anyone with an interest in Amateur Radio Communications (ham radio).

20 Turf Tree and Landscape Conference. Red Lion Templin's Hotel on the River, 414 E. First Ave. in Post Falls, in partnership with the Idaho Nursery and Landscape Association and UI Extension, is offering a regional training opportunity for green industry businesses in North Idaho and eastern Washington. The full-day conference will consist of a general session with a speaker of interest to all attending, followed by 3-4 hour-long breakout sessions with presentations tailored for landscaper, pesticide applicators, and tree care providers. For more information please visit

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