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Holiday haps! With family in town, there's lots to check out post-turkey, including the opening weekend of skiing at Schweitzer, great concerts downtown, and of course the annual Tree Lighting and Santa's Arrival starting at 5 p.m. with refreshments and entertainment at Jeff Jones Town Square in downtown Sandpoint Friday, Nov. 23. The tree lighting and Santa's arrival follow at 6 p.m., plus there will be soup available from five local restaurants! Visit the Sandpoint Shopping District on Facebook to learn more (plus remember to Shop Small Saturday at retailers on Saturday, Nov. 24).

Here's what's happening in November!

20 Trivia Night. MickDuff's, 312 N. First Ave., hosts Trivia Night every Tuesday from 7 p.m. 'til 9 p.m. (Grab a seat early, they go fast!). MickDuffs.com.

20 Night-Out Karaoke. The 219 Lounge, 219 N. First Ave., hosts Night-Out Karaoke with DJ Pat every Tuesday from 9 p.m. to midnight. Come out and sing to your heart's content, or just enjoy the show! Free and open to the public, ages 21+; non-smoking environment. 219.bar.

21 Special Thanksgiving Eve Live Music and Community Event. Join Matchwood Brewing, 513 Oak St., for a special Thanksgiving Eve live music and community event featuring The Powers from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Based out of Coeur d'Alene, this featured band of the Festival at Sandpoint has a delightful mix of parts - from dynamic harmonies with acoustic guitar to banjos fighting with fiddles! Plus, neighbors, friends, and family are invited to create gratitude ornaments decorated with notes or depiction of things you are grateful for to hang on a seasonal "Gratitude Tree" through the holidays! Ornaments available to decorate at Matchwood with canned food donation for the Bonner Community Food Bank! Family-friendly, free event. MatchwoodBrewing.com.

21 Magic Wednesday. Jalapeno's Restaurant hosts Magic Wednesday with resident magician and all-around "fun guy" Star Alexander, every Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Enjoy close-up magic shows right at your table, with intrigue and amazing edu-tainment for all ages!

21 Wind Down Wednesday. Keep the week smooth and chilled out with an early evening at the 219, located at 219 N. First Ave. Featuring half-priced bottled wines, light snacks, and live music from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. with acclaimed Sandpoint musician Truck Mills and guest musician Mike Thompson, who entertain with great blues, folk, gospel, and jazz. Free and open to the public, ages 21+; non-smoking environment. 219.bar.

21 Beer Hall Karaoke. MickDuff's Beer Hall and Kevin Dorin are excited to welcome all Karaoke Kings and Queens over 21 years of age for a fun and open night of singing at the Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Free and open to the public, non-smoking, fun & games environment. MickDuffs.com.

22 Happy Thanksgiving!

22 Turkey Trot. Come join Sandpoint Parks and Recreation for the 11th Annual Turkey Trot and food drive on Thanksgiving morning. This low-key event features a 5K, 10K or whatever distance you want to run or walk (no bikes and no dogs, please). This fun run is free with a nonperishable donation to the food bank. Event starts at Travers Park parking lot, 1202 W. Pine St., at 9 a.m. Come early to sign a waiver (minors need a parent or guardian signature) and to drop off food donations. 208-263-3613

23 Opening Day at Schweitzer. Schweitzer Mountain Resort opens for the 2018/19 ski and board season, with limited operations Friday through Sunday. The Basin Express Quad will be running from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with full-day adult lift tickets at $45. The resort closes on Monday, but will re-open on Nov. 30 with the full 7-day-a-week operating schedule, weather permitting. Schweitzer.com.

23 OptOutside - Fat Bike Ride. Greasy Fingers Bikes N Repair will again be taking part in #OptOutside and heading to the Schweitzer Roundabout for a fatty ride. Ride leaves parking lot at 1 p.m.

23 Tree Lighting and Santa's Arrival Tree lighting and visit from Santa opens the holiday season in Sandpoint. See Hot Picks above, and see the Sandpoint Shopping District on Facebook to learn more.

23 IPA Live Music. Idaho Pour Authority, 203 Cedar St., hosts live music from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with Mostly Harmless.

23 Winery Live Music. Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts live music from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. with local favorites Mike and Shanna. It's always a treat to hear them play! Free and open to the public. POWine.com.

23 WSU Apple Cup Watch Party. The Apple Cup is a great Washington and Pac-12 tradition. Since MickDuff's is owned by two Cougs, we're a Cougar bar and have to cheer on the Cougs in this epic matchup on the Palouse! Starts at 5:30 p.m. at MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St. Brave Huskies fans welcome but not encouraged. All ages until the game is over. Free and open to the public, non-smoking, fun and games environment. MickDuffs.com.

23 Wine Bar Live Music. The Cedar Street Bridge Wine Bar hosts live music from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with Bob Beadling on piano - where classical meets contemporary.

23 Redhead Express 'Christmastime' Concert. The Redhead Express is an American country music band consisting of four sisters: Kendra, Alisa, LaRae, and Meghan Walker. And while some refer to their music as folk-pop, while others like the alternative country label, it seems that no matter what they sing it's uniquely their own! Come spend the holidays (uniquely!) with the Redhead Express' Christmastime concert at 7 p.m. in the Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave. Learn more about the band at RedheadExpress.com. Click to buy tickets (children under age 12 are free!) and view a performance on YouTube at Panida.org.

23 Devon Wade Thanksgiving Party with Mac Tibbetts. Back once again, it's the "Friday After Thanksgiving Devon Wade Show" from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St. Join Devon and his father Mac on drums and their closest friends for a fun holiday get-together at the Beer Hall. Devon is an independent country music artist out of Sandpoint with a strong love for what country music has always been - songs about real life. Free and open to the public, ages 21-plus. Non-smoking, fun & games environment. MickDuffs.com.

23 Live Music at the 219. From 9 p.m. to midnight, the 219 Lounge hosts live music with The Miah Kohal Band - a Sandpoint favorite classic rock, outlaw, and country band. Bring your dancing shoes as Miah will rock the Niner with upbeat music that is sure to get you on the dance floor and keep you there! Free and open to the public, ages 21-plus; non-smoking environment. 219.bar.

24 Holiday Arts and Crafts Festival. All are welcome to attend a Holiday Arts and Crafts Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Ponderay Event Center, 401 Bonner Mall Way in Ponderay. There will be local artists and vendors, featuring Mystic Farm Wildlife Rescue, plus in the kitchen there will be Green Goes Fusion Food ... so add lunch to your holiday shopping!

24 IPA Live Music. Idaho Pour Authority, 203 Cedar St., hosts live music from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with Brian Jacobs.

24 Winery Live Music. Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts live music from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. with Utah John and Mike Wagoner. Free and open to the public. POWine.com.

24 Brewery Live Music. Laughing Dog Brewing, 805 Schweitzer Plaza Dr. in Ponderay, hosts live music from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with Rick Price and Mark Remmetter - aka Crooked Fingers. Free and open to the public. Laughing Dog will also be starting their food drive for the Bonner Community Food Drive on this day, and will give any customer who brings in a non-perishable, non-expired food donation to the taproom $1 off one beer.
 
24 Wine Bar Live Music. The Cedar Street Bridge Wine Bar hosts live music from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with Jake Robin performing his smooth vocals and finger-picking guitar.

24 Brewery Live Music. Join Matchwood Brewing Company, 513 Oak St., for a live music show from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. featuring The Groove Black, Sandpoint's local trio playing a mix of funk, reggae, blues and a wide variety of original material. This is a family-friendly and free event. MatchwoodBrewing.com.

24 Beer Hall Live Music. MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St.. hosts live music with Browne Salmon Truck from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Comprised of Sandpoint locals Drew Browne on bass, Samantha Carston vocals, and Truck Mills on guitar, this trio plays vintage and contemporary blues, jazz, Latin, and more. They don't play often so don't miss a chance to hear their awesome sound. Free and open to the public, 21+ years of age only. Non-smoking, fun & games environment. MickDuffs.com.

24 Shook Twins: Giving Thanks. It's the concert that's become a Thanksgiving holiday tradition 'round Sandpoint! The Shook Twins come home to perform their Giving Thanks concert at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) in the Panida, 300 N. First Ave. Special guest John Craigie opens the show. Tickets sold out.

24 Live Music at the 219. The 219 hosts Spokane-based Dangerous Type, making its Sandpoint and 219 debut. This 4- piece rock band plays a wide variety of songs and styles ... songs that everyone loves! Free and open to the public, ages 21+; non-smoking environment. 219.bar.

Through Nov. 25 K&K Thanksgiving Fishing Derby. Lake Pend Oreille Idaho Club's annual fall fishing contest. Put on your longjohns for this exciting derby! Get more information at LPOIC.org.

25 Piano Music. Join Pend d'Oreille Winery in their tasting room at 301 Cedar St. from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. for an afternoon filled with live piano music played by Annie Welle, who performs a variety of genres from classical to popular and will have your feet tapping! Free and open to the public. POWine.com.

25-Dec. 9 The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. Playing at the Panida for two weeks! The Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave., hosts multiple screenings of the Disney adventure film The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. Adults $8, seniors $7, students $6, children $5, with proceeds benefitting the theater. Get more movie information plus a list of showtimes on the Sandpoint Movies page.

-- Here's what's coming up this week through Sunday, Dec. 2 --

27 Night-Out Karaoke. The 219 Lounge, 219 N. First Ave., hosts Night-Out Karaoke with DJ Pat every Tuesday from 9 p.m. to midnight. Come out and sing to your heart's content, or just enjoy the show! Free and open to the public, ages 21+; non-smoking environment. 219.bar.

28 KRFY Fundraiser at IPA. Idaho Pour Authority, 203 Cedar St., hosts a fundraiser for KRFY Community Supported Radio, with Iron Goat Brewing Co. beer on tap, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. All are invited to come enjoy live music by Marty Perron and Doug Bond, raffle prizes, and complimentary appetizers.

28 Eugene Ballet's The Nutcracker. The Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave., hosts a performance of Eugene Ballet's The Nutcracker at 7 p.m. (doors at 6 p.m.) as part of the 35th season of the Pend Oreille Arts Council Performance Series. Clara's adventures in the Land of Sweets come to life on the Panida stage during this favorite kick-off to the holiday season. Keep an eye open for the baby mice, bonbons, angels, and party children - they are all played by local dance students! Tickets are available in the POAC office at 334 N. First Ave. Ste. 212, or ArtInSandpoint.org.

28 Wind Down Wednesday. Keep the week smooth and chilled out with an early evening at the 219, located at 219 N. First Ave. Featuring half-priced bottled wines, light snacks, and live music from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. with acclaimed Sandpoint musician Truck Mills and guest musician Carl Rey, who entertain with great blues, folk, gospel, and jazz. Free and open to the public, ages 21+; non-smoking environment. 219.bar.

29-Dec. 1 Festival of Trees. Three days of festivities at the Bonner County Fairgrounds benefit Kinderhaven: Family Night on Thursday, Holiday Luncheon on Friday, and the Grand Gala on Saturday. KinderhavenSandpoint.com.

29 Trivia Takeover Live. Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts Trivia Takeover Live from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Free and open to the public. POWine.com.

30 IPA Live Music. Idaho Pour Authority, 203 Cedar St., hosts live music from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with Browne Salmon Truck.

30 Winery Live Music. Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts live music from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. with Adam Foote. Grab a glass of your favorite wine, sit back, and enjoy the music! Free and open to the public. POWine.com.

30 Wine Bar Live Music. The Cedar Street Bridge Wine Bar hosts live music from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with The Ronaldos. This crazy-popular Spokane duo plays songs from the '60s to today's hits.

30 Christmas Concert with Pianist Del Parkinson. Hope Memorial Community Center, 415 Wellington Pl., hosts a Christmas Concert with Pianist Del Parkinson at 6 p.m., sponsored by the Idaho Humanities Council and MCC. Parkinson will perform classical Christmas tunes as well as some other classics along with commentary. Cookies and beverages will be served immediately following the concert. Free and open to the public.

30 Keith Greeninger Concert. Di Luna's Cafe, 207 Cedar St., hosts a dinner concert with Keith Greeninger. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 on the day of the show. Greeninger is a seasoned troubadour and multi award-winning songwriter, who paints intricate portraits of the human condition with powerful melodic images, engaging guitar rhythms, and husky, heart-wrenching vocals. DiLunas.com.

30 Beer Hall Live Music. MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., hosts The Other White Meat from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. This classic rock and roll band from North Idaho has been around since the early '90s, opening for such acts as G. Thorogood, Styx, and REO Speedwagon. Featuring Kyle Swaffard on vocals, bass, and kazoo, Benny Baker on vocals and guitars, and Dana Peite on drums and percussion. Free and open to the public, 21+ years of age only. Non-smoking, fun & games environment. MickDuffs.com.

30 Backcountry Film Festival. SOLE hosts Winter Wildlands Alliance festival at The Hive to raise funds for SnowSchool Experience. View award-winning films that celebrate the human-powered experience, plus partake in raffles and auctions. SoleExperiences.org.

30 Annual Pray for Snow Party. The 219 Lounge, 219 N. First Ave., hosts the Annual Pray for Snow Party starting at 5 p.m. with snacks and ski videos, 10 Barrel Brewing's Pray for Snow beer specials, great prizes including custom 10 Barrel Brewing and Pabst Blue Ribbon snow boards, and more. Prize drawing will be at 10 p.m. and you must be present to win. Bring your dancing shoes as Bum Jungle will be playing from 9 p.m. to midnight. Free and open to the public, ages 21+; non-smoking environment. 219.bar.

Here is what's coming up in December!

1 Museum's Free First Saturday. The Bonner County History Museum, 611 S. Ella, hosts Free First Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Everyone is invited to enjoy the museum free of charge. BonnerCountyHistory.org.

1 Fill the UPS Truck. In its 7th year of Fill the UPS Truck, the local UPS employees will be at Walmart in Ponderay accepting donations for Toys for Tots and the Bonner Community Food Bank from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be two UPS trucks on hand, one at each door. UPS asks the community to help fill the trucks with food, new unwrapped toys, or a cash donation. This will go towards helping Bonner County neighbors in need this holiday season. UPS thanks everyone for making the previous six years of Fill the UPS Truck a huge success!

1 Movember Fundraiser with Selkirk Fire. No Shave November is more formerly known as Movember in Sandpoint with Selkirk Fire - so MickDuff's and Selkirk Fire are again partnering up to host a cornhole tournament fundraiser and benefit at the Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St. A $10 glassware package gets your first pint, plus $1 off pints until 5 p.m. There will be a 21-plus Cornhole Tournament starting at 1 p.m. - register now or day of between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. for $10/person, or $20/team. Music from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., plus a raffle and other fundraising items. In addition, a portion of the bar goes to the cause benefiting Community Cancer Services. MickDuffs.com.

1 Wine Bar Live Music. The Cedar Street Bridge Wine Bar hosts live music from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with Jake Robin performing his smooth vocals and finger-picking guitar. 

1 Beer Hall Live Music. Brian Jacobs and Chris Lynch team up for an evening of live music from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St. The two best-looking and hardest-working musicians in Sandpoint - Jacobs with his guitar and polished vocals paired with Mr. Piano Man Lynch bringing his key-pounding showmanship. They both play their hearts out, bring a smile to your face, and make you swing with your dance partner! Free and open to the public, ages 21-plus. Non-smoking, fun & games environment. MickDuffs.com.

1 Holiday Ball. Come dance from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the USA Dance Sandpoint chapter's Holiday Ball in the Ponderay Event Center, located above Selkirk Glass and Cabinets in Ponderay. Dance to Variety Pack Band - a great one! The fun begins with a waltz lesson taught by professional instructors. Attire is semi-formal so wear your holiday best. Singles, couples, and all levels of dancers welcome! Cost is $9 general public, $6 USA Dance members, $5 teens. Please bring an appetizer to share and a donation of food items for the Bonner Community Food Bank. 208-699-0421

1 Live Music at the 219. The 219 Lounge hosts live music from 9 p.m. 'til midnight with Richland, Wash.-based band Naughty Pine. Back by popular demand, Naughty Pine entertains by mixing irreverent innuendo with a tried-and-true blend of soulful reggae. Free and open to the public, ages 21-plus. Non-smoking environment. 219.bar.

2 Global Fat Bike Day +1. Greasy Fingers Bikes N Repair hosts Global Fat Bike Day + 1.

-- Here's what's coming up this week through Sunday, Dec. 9 --

4 Bonner Mall Seniors Day. Bonner Mall in Ponderay hosts the monthly Seniors Day from 9 a.m. to noon. All are welcome to come walk the Mall, plus there will be a featured speaker or entertainment, free refreshments, games and a drawing. Bring a friend and join the fun -- 10 years and counting for this great local event! 208-263-4272 * Held on the first Tuesday of the month.

4 Night-Out Karaoke. The 219 Lounge, 219 N. First Ave., hosts Night-Out Karaoke with DJ Pat every Tuesday from 9 p.m. to midnight. Come out and sing to your heart's content, or just enjoy the show! Free and open to the public, ages 21+; non-smoking environment. 219.bar.

5 Wind Down Wednesday. Keep the week smooth and chilled out with an early evening at the 219, located at 219 N. First Ave. Featuring half-priced bottled wines, light snacks, and live music from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. with acclaimed Sandpoint musician Truck Mills and guest musician Drew Browne, who entertain with great blues, folk, gospel, and jazz. Free and open to the public, ages 21-plus; non-smoking environment. 219.bar.

7 Wine Bar Live Music. The Cedar Street Bridge Wine Bar hosts live music from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with Rob Smitty - one of Sandpoint's most popular guitar and vocal soloists.

7 First Fridays with Devon Wade. MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., hosts live music with country singer Devon Wade from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Free and open to the public, ages 21+. Non-smoking, fun & games environment. MickDuffs.com.

7 Live Music at the 219. Get ready to party as Down South will have you up and dancing to the beat of their digital drums while playing a variety of rock, southern rock, Texas blues, country rock, and Americana from 9 p.m. 'til midnight at the 219 Lounge. Free and open to the public, ages 21+. Non-smoking environment. 219.bar.

8 Breakfast with Santa. Come support the Sandpoint Youth Center and have Breakfast with Santa from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Sandpoint Community Hall, 204 S. First Ave. Enjoy pancakes, scrambled eggs, ham, orange juice, coffee, and hot cocoa to start off your Saturday morning! Then, after your belly is full, get your photo taken with Santa! It's a great time for a great cause - with a raffle of amazing prizes! Tickets are $10 per adult, $5 per kid, with all proceeds going to the Sandpoint Youth Center. Tickets can be purchased online via Eventbrite or Washington Federal at 405 N. Second Ave. by Dec. 7.

8 LPOHS Christmas Fair. Lake Pend Oreille High School holds its 2nd annual Christmas Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The fair is held in the gym, in the back of the campus, at 1005 N. Boyer. Shop handmade arts and crafts, artwork, soap, ceramics, and more. Free admission.

8 Wine Bar Live Music. The Cedar Street Bridge Wine Bar hosts live music from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with Arthur Goldblum - Sandpoint's great trumpeteer playing jazz to contemporary hits.

8 Live Comedy. The 219 Lounge presents another great night of live comedy featuring JR Berard and headliner Ty Barnett with Morgan Preston as host. Barnett, a comedian and actor from Los Angeles, has appeared on the "Tonight Show with Jay Leno" and had an amazing run on NBC's "Last Comic Standing." Berard has been delivering his personal, tell-all brand of humor all over the West Coast for years. And Preston, back by popular demand, is one of the most outspoken in-your-face comedians working today. Tickets available at the 219 Lounge or call 208-263-5673; $20 in advance. $23 at the door. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 8 p.m. Seating is first come, first served. Ages 21+ only; non-smoking environment. 219.bar.

8 Live Music at the 219. The 219 Lounge hosts live music with Kevin Garrett and Brendan Kelty following the comedy show. Garrett began his music career in San Francisco in the late '90s, writing and performing emotionally honest songs that draw equally from his deep love of soaring rock 'n' roll, acoustic music, and soulful songcraft. Kelty will share the stage while performing indie, rock, folk, pop and mountain soul. Free and open to the public, ages 21+; non-smoking environment. 219.bar.

9 Brewery Live Music. Utara Brewing Company, 214 Pine St., hosts live music with Hellbound Glory at 6 p.m. Hellbound Glory is an American country and roots rock band, featuring singer-songwriter Leroy Virgil. The band was originally formed in Reno, Nev., in 2008 by Virgil. Describing the band's style as "Americana," Virgil credits his influences as "Hank Williams, Nirvana, and Hank Williams Jr." Come rock out and enjoy some great beer.

-- Here's what's coming up this week through Sunday, Dec. 16 --

11 Night-Out Karaoke. The 219 Lounge, 219 N. First Ave., hosts Night-Out Karaoke with DJ Pat every Tuesday from 9 p.m. to midnight. Come out and sing to your heart's content, or just enjoy the show! Free and open to the public, ages 21+; non-smoking environment. 219.bar.

12 Wind Down Wednesday. Keep the week smooth and chilled out with an early evening at the 219, located at 219 N. First Ave. Featuring half-priced bottled wines, light snacks, and live music from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. with acclaimed Sandpoint musician Truck Mills and guest musician Ali Thomas, who entertain with great blues, folk, gospel, and jazz. Free and open to the public, ages 21+; non-smoking environment. 219.bar.

12 Open Mic Night with Kevin Dorin. MickDuff’s Beer Hall and Kevin Dorin welcome all local artists over 21 years of age for a fun and open night of playing at the Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Come out for a positive environment to share your passion or just take it all in! All levels of performers are welcome. The set will be recorded live and artists will have access to the audio! Also, this an opportunity to work with a professional soundguy who will work to mic you up and get your levels to show the best version of you. Free and open to the public. Non-smoking, fun & games environment. MickDuffs.com.

14 Schweitzer Community Day. Schweitzer Mountain Resort hosts a fundraising benefit for Community Cancer Services (CSS) and Bonner Partners in Care Clinic (BPCC). Lift tickets are $10, with 100 percent of the ticket revenue donated to these two organizations! CCS is a nonprofit organization providing information and support to cancer patients and their families; BPCC provides health care to Bonner County residents and adjacent communities who have no medical insurance and meet eligibility criteria. Tickets available online, and also directly from the organizations and their outlets in Sandpoint; and at the Guest Services, Activity Center, and Snow Sports Center on the day of the event.

14 Wine Bar Live Music. The Cedar Street Bridge Wine Bar hosts live music from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with Bob Beadling on piano - where classical meets contemporary.

14 Contra Dance. Sandpoint Parks and Recreation partners with Emily Faulkner and Lost Horse Press for a Contra Dance from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. in Sandpoint Community Hall, 204 S. First Ave. Contra dancing is community dancing for all ages, in the New England tradition, featuring live music with great local and regional bands and lively callers. Beginners and singles welcome! $5 suggested donation at the door. *Held on the second Friday of the month. 

14 Live Music at the 219. Get your bluegrass and swing on as the 219 Lounge hosts live music with Muffy and the Riff Hangers from 9 p.m. 'til midnight. This Sandpoint acoustical bluegrass group will charm you with a variety of bluegrass, blues, newgrass, swing and country. Free and open to the public, ages 21+; non-smoking environment. 219.bar.

15 Learn to Ski Day. Schweitzer Club teams up with Schweitzer Mountain Resort to get folks skiing, most for the first time, during a free Learn to Ski Day at the Schweitzer Roundabout. Contact the Schweitzer Ski and Ride Center to reserve free gear and sign up for a one-hour beginner lesson.

15 Wine Bar Live Music. The Cedar Street Bridge Wine Bar hosts live music from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with Meg Turner and Chris Lynch - where great piano meets our favorite vocals!

15 Live Music at the 219. It's funk time as the 219 Lounge hosts live music with Right Front Burner from 9 pm 'til midnight.  Sandpoint's funk, disco, rock and groove band - arguably the funkiest trio you'll see in the Inland Northwest - has the power to make any booty shake! Free and open to the public, ages 21+; non-smoking environment. 219.bar.

-- Here's what's coming up this week through Sunday, Dec. 23 --

17 Brews for Benefits. Laughing Dog Brewing hosts a Brews for Benefits event from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. For every beer or glass of wine, $1 will be donated to the Sandpoint Community Resource Center. Enjoy live music with Jake Robins. Free and open to the public.

18 Night-Out Karaoke. The 219 Lounge, 219 N. First Ave., hosts Night-Out Karaoke with DJ Pat every Tuesday from 9 p.m. to midnight. Come out and sing to your heart's content, or just enjoy the show! Free and open to the public, ages 21+; non-smoking environment. 219.bar.

19 Wind Down Wednesday. Keep the week smooth and chilled out with an early evening at the 219, located at 219 N. First Ave. Featuring half-priced bottled wines, light snacks, and live music from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. with acclaimed Sandpoint musician Truck Mills and guest musician Carl Rey, who entertain with great blues, folk, gospel, and jazz. Free and open to the public, ages 21+; non-smoking environment. 219.bar.

21 Wine Bar Live Music. The Cedar Street Bridge Wine Bar hosts live music from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with Arthur Goldblum - Sandpoint's great trumpeteer playing jazz to contemporary hits.

21 Dark Beer Day. Celebrate the shortest and darkest day of the year and get your Christmas weekend started early at the 219 Lounge. From 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., the Niner will be featuring ten barrel-aged stouts and porters on draft from some of the top breweries in the region. Commemorative glasses, light snacks from Trinity at City Beach, and music by award-winning Bozeman, Mont.'s Laney Lou and the Bird Dogs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Combining a soaring four-part harmony and rock 'n' roll drive, the Bird Dogs will get you dancing and singing along to original tunes and covers alike. Ages 21+; non-smoking environment. 219.bar.

21 Third Friday with Devon Wade. MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St.. hosts Devon Wade from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. for the monthly Third Friday with Devon Wade. He's an independent country music artist with a strong love for what country music has always been - songs about real life. Come out and take in his tunes! Free and open to the public, 21+ years of age only. Non-smoking, fun & games environment. MickDuffs.com.

22 Wine Bar Live Music. The Cedar Street Bridge Wine Bar hosts live music from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with Bob Beadling on piano - where classical meets contemporary. 

22 Live Music at the 219. The 219 Lounge hosts live music with Bart Budwig and his band from 9 p.m. 'til midnight. Budwig, who grew up on the Idaho Palouse, doesn't write the big songs - he writes songs about places between the hills, in the draws and hidden canyons where truth is a little more in focus, and stories take their time being told. Free and open to the public, ages 21+; non-smoking environment. 219.bar.

23 Santa Skis! Santa will be on the slopes at Schweitzer Mountain Resort, practicing his turns and visiting with skiers. Schweitzer.com.

24 Santa's Balloon Parade. On Christmas Eve, Santa leads a balloon parade to the village from the top of the Basin Express chairlift. This is a great photo op and is free for the entire family! Schweitzer.com.

-- Here's what's coming up this week through Sunday, Dec. 30 --

25 Merry Christmas!

26 Wind Down Wednesday. Keep the week smooth and chilled out with an early evening at the 219, located at 219 N. First Ave. Featuring half-priced bottled wines, light snacks, and live music from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. with acclaimed Sandpoint musician Truck Mills and guest musician Bruce Bishop, who entertain with great blues, folk, gospel, and jazz. Free and open to the public, ages 21+; non-smoking environment. 219.bar.

28 Wine Bar Live Music. The Cedar Street Bridge Wine Bar hosts live music from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with Meg Turner and Chris Lynch - where great piano meets our favorite vocals!

28 Live Music at the 219. The 219 hosts the Zach Cooper Band from 9 p.m. to midnight. Enjoy music with Coeur d'Alene drumming legend Zach Cooper, who built a superstar band around himself to offer an experience that won't be forgotten! This five-piece progressive blues and rock band will leave you wanting more. Free and open to the public, ages 21+; non-smoking environment. 219.bar.

29 Wine Bar Live Music. The Cedar Street Bridge Wine Bar hosts live music from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with Jake Robin performing his smooth vocals and finger-picking guitar.

29 Live Music at the 219. The 219 hosts live music with Devon Wade from 9 p.m. 'til midnight. A Sandpoint independent country music artist with a strong love for what country music has always been, songs about real life and things that matter most in life. Wade has become a favorite among country music fans everywhere. Free and open to the public, ages 21+; non-smoking environment. 219.bar.

-- Here's what's coming up this week through Sunday, Jan. 6 --

31 New Year's Eve at Schweitzer. Schweitzer hosts festive parties to usher in the new year at Taps and other locations at the resort. Tickets go on sale Dec. 1. Schweitzer.com. 208-255-3081

31 Hive New Year's Eve Party. Come one, come all as The Hive at 207 N. First Ave. hosts a New Year's Eve Bash featuring the band Afrolicious. Doors open at 9:30 p.m., with the show at 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance, and $30 at the door; ages 21 and older. LiveFromTheHive.com.

31 Annual 219 New Year's Eve Party. Celebrate New Year's Eve with the Miah Kohal Band at the 219 Lounge from 9 p.m. 'til midnight. Bring your dancing shoes as Sandpoint's favorite classic rock outlaw and country band rocks the Niner with upbeat music that gets you on the dance floor. Party favors and more; free and open to the public ages 21+. Non-smoking environment. 219.bar.

Here is what's coming up in January 2019!

1 Happy New Year!

4-25 Junior Race Series. Schweitzer Mountain Resort hosts Friday night races in January on NASTAR, sponsored by the Independence Race League. Schweitzer.com.

11 Living Voices' Our Revolution. Presented by the Pend Oreille Arts Council, this is the story of one of many common citizens who fought to bring the words "All men are created equal" to life - words with even greater meaning to an African-American soldier in 1776. The live performance plus video presentation tells of an African-American soldier in 1776. Performance is at 7 p.m. (doors at 6:30 p.m.) in the Heartwood Center; supported by a video presentation of historic documents and events. ArtinSandpoint.org.

18-20 Banff Mountain Film Festival. A true gem in the midst of winter is the Banff Mountain Film Festival, back in the Panida Theater. Now in its 23rd year of showing breathtaking adventure films, the festival raises money for local and international good deeds. Festival proceeds continue to support the efforts of the Satipo Kids Project, which funds education opportunities for Peruvian children, plus the North Idaho Mountain Sports Education Fund that provides local kids the ability to enjoy wintertime sports at Schweitzer. Tickets always sell out; get them in advance (when they become available) at Panida.org.

19-21 MLK Weekend at Schweitzer. Check out all the special activities over the holiday weekend including Saturday night’s Northern Lights fireworks show and torchlight parade, followed by live music in Taps. Schweitzer.com.

26 Winter Trails Day. Enjoy free access to showshoe and Nordic ski trails at Schweitzer Mountain Resort, plus there are multiple hosted snowshoe hikes throughout the day. Schweitzer.com.

31-Feb. 3 Oscar Shorts. The Panida Theater screens Oscar-nominated shorts, live action, and animated, ahead of the Academy Awards. Panida.org.

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