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Week #2 of Winter Carnival! Hey, we're having so much fun, let's celebrate winter with another week of wintertime fun! The second week of Sandpoint Winter Carnival is packed with more events, including the Weird and Wonderful Beerfest and Bar Crawl Saturday, Feb. 22 - featuring Sandpoint's finest imbibing establishments - from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The beers will fit the theme of what's weird and wonderful, and hopefully your attire/costumes will too! Each location will have two beers on tap featured on the weird or wonderful tasting menu. And don't miss Eichardt's Annual K-9 Keg Pull from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, on Cedar Street (between First and Second avenues). Pre-registration at 10:15 a.m., featuring dogs of all sizes racing down a snow-packed course pulling anywhere from full-size kegs to beer cans amidst a pandemonium of cheering from the crowd. $10 donation entry fee goes to the Panhandle Animal Shelter. A great time for the entire family, dogs included! Awards to follow. Check out all the events below, or at SandpointWinterCarnival.com.
Here's what's happening in February!
21-23 Sandpoint Winter Carnival. Fun for all! See Hot Picks, above. SandpointWinterCarnival.com.
21 Wet'suwet'en Solidarity Action. Wild Idaho Rising Tide and fellow activists are hosting demonstrations in Spokane, Moscow, and Sandpoint in solidarity with five Wet'suwet'en Nation clans in west central British Columbia defending their sovereignty from Royal Canadian Mounted Police invasions imposing TC Energy construction of the Coastal GasLink fracked gas pipeline across their unceded territories. The action in Sandpoint is held at noon at Third and Oak (across from the Farmin Park clock), and is open to all. WildIdahoRisingTide.org.
21-28 Starlight Racing on NASTAR. Four weeks of Friday night racing at Schweitzer, followed by fabulous parties in Taps. Schweitzer.com.
21 Hope Tuesday Trivia and Happy Hour. Davis Grocery and Mercantile, 620 Wellington Pl. in Hope, hosts Tuesday Trivia and Happy Hour from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Play as a team or as an individual. There are prizes, knowledge and fun. *Held on the third Tuesday of every month.
21 Winery Live Music. Saxophonist Ron Kieper will be back at the Pend d'Winery at 301 Cedar St. with his sax and bass jazz duo to fill your Friday with soothing jazz from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Free and open to the public. POWine.com.
21 IPA Live Music. Idaho Pour Authority, 203 Cedar St., hosts live music from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with Harold's IGA.
21 Brewery Live Music. Matchwood Brewing, 513 Oak St., hosts live music from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. with The Groove Black.
21, 23 'Olympic Dreams.' The Little Panida on First Avenue hosts screenings of the film 'Olympic Dreams,' with showtimes at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21; and again at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23. Learn more on the Sandpoint Movies page.
21 Live DJ Music and National Margarita Day Party. A&Ps Bar and Grill, 222 N. First Ave., hosts DJ Shanner from 9 p.m. to close, along with a National Margarita Day Party sponsored by Casamigos with prizes and giveaways! No cover.
21 Lounge Live Music. The 219 Lounge hosts live rock 'n' roll music with the Miah Kohal Band from 9 p.m. to midnight. When have you not had a fantastic time seeing Sandpoint's classic outlaw rock band? Never! Late night food from Shilla Korean BBQ food truck. No cover, ages 21+; non-smoking environment. 219.bar.
22 Weird and Wonderful Beerfest and Bar Crawl. Let's be weird, let's be wonderful! Sandpoint Winter Carnival's 4th Annual Weird and Wonderful Beerfest and Bar Crawl featuring Sandpoint's finest imbibing establishments is the event to check out, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The beers will fit the theme of what's weird and wonderful, and hopefully your attire/costumes will too! Each location will have two beers on tap featured on the weird or wonderful tasting menu. Don't miss the fun! SandpointWinterCarnival.com.
22 Brewery Live Music and S'mores. Matchwood Brewing, 513 Oak St., hosts live music with Ken Mayginnes from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., plus fire and s'mores from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
22 SHS Grad Night Dinner and Auction Gala. The Ponderay Events Center, 401 Bonner Mall Way, hosts the 2020 Sandpoint High School Grad Night Dinner and Auction Gala starting at 5 p.m. This is the main fundraiser for the Class of 2020 Grad Night event, held in June for Sandpoint High School and Lake Pend Oreille High School graduates. Enjoy a catered dinner by Ivano's Ristorante, plus a no-host beer and wine bar, along with silent auction baskets to bid on and a fantastic silent auction filled with amazing items and experiences. Tickets are sold out.
22 Winery Live Music. Back by popular demand, Spokane's Spare Parts Trio performs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St. Fun and energetic, the trio will surely fill the tasting room so grab a seat early! Free and open to the public. POWine.com.
22 IPA Live Music. Idaho Pour Authority, 203 Cedar St., hosts live music from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with Dustin Drennen.
22 Lesson and Dance. 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Sandpoint Community Hall. The fun starts with a beginner Tango Lesson at 7 p.m., taught by professional instructors. Following the lesson will be General Dancing, refreshments, door prizes, and mixers. Singles, couples, and all levels of dancers are welcome! The cost is $9 for adults and $5 for teens. 208-699-0421
22 Roger Fisher of Heart. Presented by Human Tribe, the Panida Theater hosts a night of Heart classic rock favorites and new music from the Heart of the Blues album with Roger Fisher and a world-class band, and featuring the vocal talents of Carol Ann Wood, at 8 p.m. Learn more at RogerFisher.com. Tickets are $25 general admission, $20 senior/student, $15 child, $50 VIP meet and greet. Tickets available at the door, Eichardt's, Eve's Leaves, and Panida.org.
22 Live DJ Music. A&Ps Bar and Grill, 222 N. First Ave., hosts DJ Kevin from 9 p.m. to close. No cover.
22 Lounge Live Music. The 219 Lounge hosts live music with Mudslide Charlie from 9 p.m. to midnight. This Missoula powerhouse group provides an energetic music experience that will make you want to dance all night. Delivering house-rockin' roots music, Mudslide Charley weaves their blues foundation with Stax-era R&B, hip hop, and indie rock to perform original songs that bristle with vital relevance, emotional fervor and soul-drenched blues. Late night food from Shilla Korean BBQ food truck. No cover, ages 21-plus; non-smoking environment. 219.bar.
23 Get The Girls Out. Now in its fifth year at Schweitzer Mountain Resort, Get The Girls Out is an event aimed at connecting women who share a passion for the outdoors, welcoming those who are just starting to get their feet wet, and building the stoke of our younger generations to continue shredding. Learn more at Schweitzer.com.
23 Eichardt's Annual K-9 Keg Pull. One of Sandpoint Winter Carnival's most endearing and popular events, the Eichardt's annual K-9 Keg Pull is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Cedar Street (between First and Second avenues). Pre-registration at 10:15 a.m., featuring dogs of all sizes racing down a snow-packed course pulling anywhere from full-size kegs to beer cans amidst a pandemonium of cheering from the crowd. $10 entry fee goes to Panhandle Animal Shelter. A great time for the family, dogs included! SandpointWinterCarnival.com.
23 Piano Sunday with Dwayne Parsons. On the fourth Sunday of every month, the Pend d'Oreille Winery welcomes local favorite pianist Dwayne Parsons. His mix of jazz, freestyle, and favorites fill the tasting room as Parsons shares his talent on the grand piano from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Free and open to the public. Plus it's apres ski Sunday - show your ski pass and receive a $5 glass of house wine or $6 glass of reserve wine! POWine.com.
-- Here's what's coming up this week through Sunday, March 1 --
25 Pictionary. Utara Brewing Co., 214 Pine St., hosts Pictionary fun and games at 6 p.m. Winner snags a $10 gift card! Teams and individuals welcome. *Repeats every Tuesday.
25 Night-Out Karaoke. The 219 hosts Night-Out Karaoke with DJ Webrix 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.
25 Live DJ Music. A&Ps Bar and Grill, 222 N. First Ave., hosts DJ Kevin from 9 p.m. to close. No cover.
26 PAFE Fundraiser. IPA Live Music. Idaho Pour Authority, 203 Cedar St., hosts the Panhandle Alliance For Education fundraiser from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. with Grand Teton Brewing beer on tap. Enjoy live music with John Hastings and Friends, plus there will be a silent auction, raffle prizes, and complimentary appetizers. Free and open to the public.
26 Wind Down Wednesday. The 219 Lounge hosts live music with Truck Mills and Dennis Zwang, performing blues, folk, Americana, and jazz, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., plus enjoy half-priced glasses of wine and craft cocktails. No cover, ages 21+; non-smoking environment. 219.bar.
27 Brewery's Trust Vets Meet-Up. Matchwood Brewing, 513 Oak St., hosts the Trust Vets Monthly Meet-Up from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Members receive 20 percent off.
27 Live Trivia. Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts Live Trivia from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Create a team with friends and family or play solo. Questions are fun and challenging and always new! Prizes awarded for winning teams. Free and open to the public. POWine.com.
27 Paint and Sip. Join Uncorked Paint Sandpoint at the Cedar Street Bistro Wine Bar at 6:30 p.m. for an oil painting class/paint and sip of chickadees on porcelain tile. No experience needed. $35 includes instruction by artist Kem Hughes Davis and all materials for a fun evening. See the Uncorked Paint calendar for more information.
27-March 1 Uncut Gems. Showing in the Panida's Little Theater, Uncut Gems is a fast-paced, intense drama about a shady, gambling-addicted, jewelry store owner who makes a series of high-stakes bets searching for the windfall of a lifetime. Showtimes are Feb. 27 at 7 p.m.; Feb. 28 at 6 p.m.; Feb. 29 at 7 p.m.; and March 1 at 4 p.m. Learn more on the Sandpoint Movies page.
27 Open Mic Night. A&Ps Bar and Grill, 222 N. First Ave., hosts Open Mic Night with KC Carter from 9 p.m. to midnight. No cover.
28 Winery Live Music. Join the Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., for live music from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. with BOCA - an energetic and charismatic local musical duo featuring the talented Ben Olson and Cadie Archer from the Sandpoint indie folk rock band Harold's IGA. Free and open to the public. POWine.com.
28 IPA Live Music. Idaho Pour Authority, 203 Cedar St., hosts live music from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with the Ron Kieper Jazz Trio.
28 Brewery Live Music. Matchwood Brewing, 513 Oak St., hosts live music from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. with Colby Acuff.
28 Beatles vs. Stones Musical Showdown. The Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave., hosts the Beatles vs. Stones Musical Showdown at 7:30 p.m. Presented by La Jolla Booking, two tribute bands face off against each other in a musical concert showdown. It's Abbey Road (representing The Beatles) versus Satisfaction (tribute band for The Rolling Stones). Rated PG-13. See YouTube for more information. Tickets are $30 general, $40 VIP; available at the door, Eve's Leaves, Evans Brothers Coffee, and online at Panida.org.
28 Live DJ Music and Fireball Promo Party. A&Ps Bar and Grill, 222 N. First Ave., hosts DJ Shanner from 9 p.m. to close, along with a Fireball Promo Party with prizes and giveaways! No cover.
29 PAFE Mega Demo Day. It's pure genius when Schweitzer Mountain Resort hosts the annual MEGA Demo Day - a daylong event where representatives from major ski vendors bring their demo equipment for trial rides by ski enthusiasts. And the brilliant part is that the event has raised more than $45,000 over the past four years for Panhandle Alliance for Education, which benefits children in the Lake Pend Oreille School District. Now in its fifth year, it's all going down on "leap day" with a tent city of easy-up booths at the base of the mountain where skiers enjoy the camaraderie of like-minded skiers, the knowledge of certified equipment specialists, the opportunity of demoing multiple types of skis, and taking a first peek at next year's gear. The day culminates with music, beer, and munchies. Schweitzer.com.
29 IPA Leap Day Music. Idaho Pour Authority, 203 Cedar St., hosts Live Leap Day music from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with John Daffron.
29 Leap Year! Live Music at the Winery. Come enjoy a glass of Friday night wine and the sounds of local, talented, singer guitarist Chris O'Murchu from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St. Well-versed in blues, jazz, and Latin guitar, O'Murchu's musical prowess is a mosaic of genres and grooves, creating his own unique sound. Free and open to the public. Plus there will be Leap Year specials! POWine.com.
29 Brewery Live Music. Matchwood Brewing, 513 Oak St., hosts live music from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. with Birds of Play. A musical collaboration born from a mutual love of desert canyons, raging rivers, rocky mountaintops, and juice picnics, Birds of Play are multi-instrumentalists who bring together blues, bluegrass, folk, and funk in a glorious blend of humor, honesty, and harmony. Free and open to the public.
29 Leap Year Party. A&Ps Bar and Grill, 222 N. First Ave., hosts a Leap Year Party from 9 p.m. to close. No cover. Prizes and giveaways!
29 Lounge Live Music. The 219 Lounge hosts live music from 9 p.m. to midnight with Down South - a Spokane-based band that will have you up and dancing to the beat of their digital drums while playing a variety of Classic Rock, Southern Rock, Texas Blues, Country Rock and Americana. Don't let that make you think they are limited by genre because they play everything! Late night food from Shilla Korean BBQ food truck. No cover, ages 21+; non-smoking environment. 219.bar.
Here is what's coming up in March!
3 Bonner Mall Seniors Day. Bonner Mall in Ponderay hosts the monthly Seniors Day from 9 a.m. to noon. All are welcome to 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 Living Voices' Hear My Voice. Pend Oreille Arts Council presents Living Voices' Hear My Voice at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) in the Heartwood Center. Hear My Voice is the story of Jessie, a young woman introduced to the American suffrage movement by her great-aunt. They battle for their right to vote as World War I consumes their country. The fictional account is centered on a composite character inspired by true people and events, and is presented in recognition of the centennial of women's right to vote. This moving live performance is visually supported by a video presentation of historic documents and events. ArtinSandpoint.org.
6-7 The Follies. Angels Over Sandpoint's annual wild 'n' wacky fundraiser at the Panida benefits the charity's good deeds in the community. Tickets go on sale Groundhog Day (Feb. 2). AngelsOverSandpoint.org.
-- Here's what's coming up this week through Sunday, March 15 --
11 Concert with Terry Robb. Di Luna's Cafe, 207 Cedar St., hosts a concert with Terry Robb - an acclaimed fingerstyle guitarist, singer, composer, arranger and record producer. Robb's work is featured in Hollywood films, documentaries and biographies, such as Game of Thrones, The Horse Whisperer, and Dance of Death: The Life of John Fahey, American Guitarist. In his multi-decade career, Robb has released 15 acclaimed albums as a solo artist, and performed at festivals and concert halls across the United States, Canada and Europe. Visit TerryRobb.com/bio for more information.Tickets are $12 in advance, and $15 at the door. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the show begins at 7:30 p.m. DiLunas.com.
13 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 local and regional bands and lively callers. Contras, circles, and occasionally squares or long ways sets are taught, called and danced in a friendly atmosphere. Beginners and singles welcome; new dancers are encouraged to arrive in time for an introductory dance. Bring clean, soft-soled shoes and a water bottle; finger food snacks at the break are appreciated. $5 suggested donation at the door. *Held on the second Friday of every month.
14 IEA Children's Fund Huge Yard Sale. Attend the Idaho Education Association's Huge Yard Sale from 8 a.m. to noon at Sandpoint High School, 410 S. Division Ave. Every school in the Lake Pend Oreille School District will be represented with goods for sale; and from 11 a.m. to noon no offer is refused! All proceeds are donated directly to the IEA Children's Fund, which is dedicated solely to helping Idaho's most needy public school children. Every year hundreds of Idaho school children lack support to be successful in school. In most cases, their family cannot afford to provide for their basic needs. From providing warm clothing in the winter to purchasing new glasses for a child with reading difficulty, the Children's Fund annually makes hundreds of donations to help our state's students. To make donations for the sale, contact a teacher, local school, or email [email protected] or [email protected].
14 St. Patrick's Day Dinner Celebration. 'Top of the day to you!' Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at the First Presbyterian Church's fun/d/raiser dinner at 417 N. Fourth Ave. The dinner of corned beef and cabbage will start at 5:30 p.m., followed by fellowship, Irish songs, and skits! Tickets are available at the door for families ($15 donation) and individuals ($5 each). Yummy gourmet desserts, auction, and raffle tickets will also be available. For more information, contact the church office at 208-263-2047.
-- Here's what's coming up this week through Sunday, March 22 --
19 More Than A Woman Trivia. Join the fun on the third Thursday of each month at The Back Door, 111 Cedar St., for a night of laughter and female-focused trivia from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The aim is to educate and entertain with facts, connect women in the community, and offer something to look forward to each month with the girls. Trivia nights are in support of Return Retreats, a local nonprofit startup that brings restorative mindsets to women through retreat experiences as well as financial support to burdened women in the North Idaho Panhandle. Learn more at returnretreats.org/trivia. Suggested $5 donation. 262-914-2471 *Held on the third Thursday of each month.
21 Bluebird Nesting Box Sale. The Pend Oreille Chapter of Idaho Master Naturalists hold a Bluebird Nesting Box Sale from 9 a.m. to noon in the parking lot at Super Drug, 604 N. Fifth Ave. The cedar boxes were built by Idaho Fish and Game, and will be sold for $10 each. Also included is information on the best habitats for the mountain bluebird (Idaho's state bird). For more information, email [email protected].
22 Spafford with Yak Attack. Dig Beats Productions presents a concert in The Hive featuring Spafford, known for their astonishing improvisational ability, which they'll use to play live off-the-cuff extended jams. Yak Attack, who played in Sandpoint last August for the Aftival, is opening the show! This is an amazing night of music not to be missed! Tickets available online; doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show starts at 9 p.m. Ages 21-plus; IDs checked at the door.
-- Here's what's coming up this week through Sunday, March 29 --
24 G. Love and Special Sauce. The Hive and Dig Beats Productions welcomes back G. Love and Special Sauce! Life is good for G. Love these days, and he's not taking a moment of it for granted. He's on tour again and recorded an album - "The Juice" - with a slew of special guests including Robert Randolph, Marcus King, and Roosevelt Collier. Opening the show is Jontavious Willis. Tickets available online; doors open at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 8 p.m. Ages 21-plus; IDs checked at the door.
28 2,400 Feet of Schweitzer. Schweitzer Mountain Resort hosts world's longest GS race to benefit the Cystinosis Research Foundation. 24HoursforHank.org.
28 Fly Fishing Film Tour. The Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave., hosts the Fly Fishing Film Tour, presented by North 40 Fly Shop and the Panhandle Chapter of Trout Unlimited. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the show begins at 7 p.m. There will be lots of great raffles and door prizes! Tickets are $12, available in advance at North 40 Fly Shop, 208-255-5757 (ask for the Fly Shop) and Eichardt's Pub, and also online at FlyFilmTour.com; or at the door on the night of the event for $15. All proceeds from this event benefit Trout Unlimited and the Pend Oreille Water Festival, teaching Bonner County 5th graders about water quality and fisheries. For more information, contact Reg Crawford at [email protected], or Calvin Fuller at [email protected]. Visit PanhandleTU.org for details.
Here's what's happening in April
4-5 Schpring Finale. Celebrate the end of another great season at Schweitzer Mountain Resort featuring the Big LeBREWski and Rotary Ducky Derby. Schweitzer.com. 208-255-3081
18 Sand Creek Clean Up. Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeepers partners with Rock Creek Alliance and the City of Sandpoint for the Sand Creek Clean Up - an annual event that is a wonderful opportunity for everyone to volunteer and help the community clean up litter and garbage on the shores. Held from 10 a.m. to noon; meet at the City Beach boat launch. Gloves, garbage bags, and refreshments provided. Free and open to the public. 208-597-7188
25-May 3 K&K Spring Fishing Derby. Lake Pend Oreille Idaho Club holds 49th annual spring fishing contest; live auction held April 26. LPOIC.org.
Here's what's happening in May
30 The Gathering - Fine Art and Artisan Craft Show. One day, seven artists, unlimited creativity. A group of local artists - Lynn and Mark Gardner, Vickie Edwards, Joanne Walker, Lori Moore, Lisa Lund, and Ellen Pfalzgraff - join together their fine art and artisan crafts for a one-day art show called The Gathering. Located in the beautiful Selle Valley, The Gathering will feature eclectic art from these talented artists - from their hearts, to their hands, to your home. Everyone is welcome to attend, held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1420 N. Center Valley Rd. in Sandpoint. 208-920-1628