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Par-tay in Ponderay! Everyone's invited to join the City of Ponderay and Friends of Pend d'Oreille Bay Trail, along with local business sponsors, for Ponderay Community Day from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29. The event celebrates our communities' connections, and is held on city property located behind the Hoot Owl Cafe on Highway 200. Ponderay Community Day is family friendly and fun for all ages, with scheduled activities including kids' crafts, pony rides, a petting zoo, inflatables, food and retail vendors, farmer vendors, carnival games, tastings, demonstrations, and live music by the Miah Kohal Band! Plus, share your input on the Field of Dreams planning efforts and enter to win raffle prizes! Click to learn more.
Here's what's happening in September!
24 'Stars Over Latin America' Book Reading and Signing. Lost Horse Press and the Sandpoint Literary Collective present a free reading and book signing by M. Earl Smith at 5:30 p.m. in the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St. Smith will be reading from his recently released children's book - appropriate for ages 9 to 12 - titled "Stars Over Latin America," a book that shares the story of Che Guevara and Alberto Granado's journey across South America. The story is accompanied by vivid illustrations by South American artist Gustavo Ferrés. Event is free and open to the public. 208-255-4410
25 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.
25 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! Ages 21-plus; non-smoking environment. 219.bar.
26 Sandpoint Farmers Market. Shop for locally grown produce, artisan wares, and more from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Farmin Park, corner of Third and Main. Enjoy great live jazz music featuring Oak Street Connection. SandpointFarmersMarket.com.
26 Wind Down Wednesday. Keep the week smooth and chilled out with an early evening at the 219 Lounge, the perfect place to relax together with friends and colleagues. Enjoy half-price bottled wines, light snacks, and live music from 5 p.m. to 8 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.
26 Crosstoberfest Cyclecross Fundraiser. Idaho Pour Authority, 203 Cedar St., hosts the Crosstoberfest Cyclecross fundraiser with Ballast Point Brewing beer on tap from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Everyone's welcome to come enjoy live music with Marty Perron and Doug Bond, plus there will be raffle prizes and complimentary appetizers.
26 Magic Wednesday. Jalapeno's Restaurant hosts Magic Wednesday with resident magician and all-around "fun guy" Star Alexander, every Wednesday night 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!
26 Bad Reputation. The Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave., hosts a screening of the documentary Bad Reputation at 7:30 p.m. One night only, this event includes merchandise giveaways! Bad Reputation is an official selection at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, and is a documentary film about Joan Jett and the burgeoning 1970s punk music scene. Tickets are $10 at the door or online at Panida.org.
27 Yappy Hour. A tail-waggin' good time! Eichardt's Pub, 212 Cedar St., hosts Yappy Hour from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Bring your dog and enjoy a Panhandle Animal Shelter benefit with live music, beverages, and fun.
27 Right for Bonner County Concert in Support of Steve Lockwood for Commissioner. All are welcome to attend a concert at the Heartwood Center from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in support of Steve Lockwood for Commissioner. The Right for Bonner County Concert features Harold's IGA, The Paranormal Daves, Folk Remedy, and Doug Bond. Come meet Steve, enjoy some music, and get active in this year's election. Admission is free; however, a $10 donation is appreciated. Reserve your space.
28 IPA Live Music. Idaho Pour Authority, 203 Cedar St., hosts live music from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with Bright Moments Jazz.
28 Winery Music. Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts live music with the Riff Hangers from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Come see Muffy and the Riff Hangers perform their country, blues and swing -- they always show everyone a good time! Free and open to the public. POWine.com.
28 Golden Ages of Transportation - Art Exhibition. Travel through time on a visual discovery with the Golden Ages of Transportation art exhibition from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Pend Oreille Arts Gallery, 334 N. First Ave. This exhibition honors the past, present, and future of transportation in our society. Free and open to the public. ArtInSandpoint.org.
28-29 Scarywood Opens. Silverwood Theme Park transforms into Scarywood, continuing weekend evenings in October. SilverwoodThemePark.com.
28 Oktoberfest Bash with RFB. MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., hosts an Oktoberfest Bash from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. RFB (aka Right Front Burner) is back at the Beer Hall for the first time in four years, and is Sandpoint's finest party band featuring funk, disco, rock and groovy tunes. Known as the Inland Northwest's funkiest band, RFB has the power to make your booty shake and get your groove on. Free and open to the public, ages 21+. Non-smoking, fun & games environment. MickDuffs.com.
28 Live Music at the 219. Enjoy live music with the Joseph Hein Band from 9 p.m. to midnight at the 219 Lounge, 219 N. First Ave. On tour and hailing from the Palouse of eastern Washington, Hein sings honestly about good times and the bad and his music bears witness to the road unkempt and a winding trail. He has released a number of solo albums with arrangements that create dreamy harmonious sounds with an energetic uptempo rhythm influenced by songs of yesteryear's AM country and R&B gold. Don't miss this rare opportunity to hear one of our region's finest musicians! Free and open to ages 21+; non-smoking environment. 219.bar.
29 Head of the Pend Oreille Regatta and BBQ. Head of the Pend Oreille Regatta starts at 8:30 a.m., and runs until 5 p.m. in Priest River. In addition, a Saturday BBQ featuring the Klondyke's smoked ribs and chicken begins at 1 p.m. at The Mudhole. Purchase BBQ tickets (adults are $15, 12 and under $7.50) before Sept. 23 at the following locations: The Klondyke in La Clede, Mac's Conoco on Highway 57, and Bonner Saw in Priest River, plus Seeber's Drug and Country Lane in Newport, Wash.; tickets also available through PayPal at PORPA.org under the Regatta tab. Bring your appetite and come prepared to enjoy some exciting rowing!
29 Sandpoint Farmers Market. Shop for locally grown produce, artisan wares, and more from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Farmin Park, corner of Third and Main. Enjoy live jazz music featuring the Oak Street Connection. SandpointFarmersMarket.com.
29-30 Crosstoberfest. Now in its 7th year, Crosstoberfest is the major fundraiser for Team Autism 24/7. Held at the UI Annex, 2404 N. Boyer Ave., a different course is featured each day of the weekend, and there will also be excellent food, liquid refreshments (and beer, as usual), plus music. Camping will be available onsite (donations accepted to help cover the cost of porta-potties). Learn more on the event website.
29 3G Tour. Explore spectacular parts of Lake Pend Oreille while seeing a variety of birdlife, private coves, towering cliffs, the islands of Hope and more aboard the Shawnodese, from noon to 3:30 p.m. leaving from Kramer Marina, 46820 Highway 200 in Hope. A history and geology talk is included; lunch available for purchase. Reservations required; $45 fare, seniors 60-plus $43. LakePendOreilleCruises.com. *Runs Saturdays (and some weekdays) through Oct. 15.
29 Ponderay Neighbor Day. Back by popular demand! The City of Ponderay and Friends of Pend d'Oreille Bay Trail host the second annual Ponderay Neighbor Day community carnival from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. behind the Hoot Owl on Highway 200. Contact KayLeigh at the City of Ponderay, 208-265-5468, for information regarding participation in this event. CityofPonderay.org.
29-30 Hope Islands Cruise. Enjoy a scenic tour around the four islands of Hope while learning the colorful history of the area aboard the Shawnodese, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. leaving from Kramer Marina, 46820 Highway 200 in Hope. The tour includes a cruise by Pearl Island, a bald eagle sanctuary. Call 208-255-5253 for further information (including some weekday cruises) and reservations. Reservations required; $24 fare, seniors 60-plus $22. LakePendOreilleCruises.com. *Runs weekends (and some weekdays) through Oct. 15.
29 Musical for Life Sip & Shop. Pend dOreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts a Sip & Shop from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Musical for Life is a Sandpoint nonprofit organization whose goal is to provide lessons and instruments to kids in need. With generous sponsorships, they can help provide music lessons and instruments to children who desire to learn music. Pend d'Oreille Winery will donate a portion of sales from the event. Come on down! POWine.com.
29 IPA Live Music. Idaho Pour Authority, 203 Cedar St., hosts live music from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with Brian Jacobs.
29 Hoptoberfest! The 5thAnnual Hoptoberfest is happening at MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St. New this year, two fall seasonal taster trays featuring Wet Hop beers, plus fall festivities like Pumpkin and Oktoberfest. Live music starts at 2:30 p.m. with Harold's IGA playing their original indie-rock tunes, and the night ends with The Other White Meat from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. It will be a day of fun and games with cornhole, hammerschlagen and more! Free and open to the public (ages 21+ after 7 p.m.). Non-smoking, fun & games environment. MickDuffs.com.
29 Sadie Sicilia in Concert. Local musician Sadie Sicilia returns to the Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave., for a concert starting at 7 p.m. Learn more on the event's Facebook page. Tickets are $15 general; $12 student; available at the door, Eichardt's, Beet & Basil, The Human Connection, SHS and online at Panida.org.
29 Live Music at the 219. The 219 Lounge hosts Missoula, Mont.-based Mudslide Charley from 9 p.m. to midnight. This five-piece powerhouse provides an energetic music experience that will make you want to dance all night. Drawing inspiration from an era when Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker first fused the rough and rural vibes of southern acoustic blues with modern electric instruments. 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. Free and open to the public, ages 21+; non-smoking environment. 219.bar.
30 Sandpoint Oktoberfest and Boobs 'n' Beer Garden. MickDuffs Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., has teamed up with the 7B Women's Boobs and Beer: 5K Fun Run for their beer garden and family-friendly Oktoberfest from noon to 4 p.m., raising funds for Celebrate Life and Community Cancer Services. Live music with 20 Grand, an amazing band from Whitefish, Mont., plus multiple local food trucks and a Kid's Zone! Run participants get their first beer free! For more information, visit the 7B Women site on Facebook. Free and open to the public.
30 Piano Sunday with Peter Lucht. Join Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., for an afternoon filled with live piano jazz from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. with Peter Lucht! Free and open to the public. POWine.com.
Here is what's coming up in October!
2 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.
3 Beer Hall Bingo. Bingo is back at MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., starting at 6:30 p.m. - and don't forget, it's free, just like the popcorn! The longer you stay, the more cards you get. Bring markers (not dobbers) like M&Ms, Skittles, pennies, etc. Every game is different and last game starts at 8 p.m. Prizes for the lucky winners. Free and open to the public, ages 21+. Non-smoking, fun & games environment. MickDuffs.com.
4 ICL's 3rd Annual Scott Reed Conservation Lecture and Dinner. The Idaho Conservation League hosts the third annual conservation lecture and dinner in honor of the late Scott Reed, one of ICL's founders, at 6 p.m. in the Hayden Lake Country Club. Rod Gramer, president of Idaho Business for Education, is the featured speaker. Click here to register for the event; and to learn more about the ICL visit IdahoConservation.org or call 208-265-9565.
5 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.
6 Sandpoint Farmers Market. Shop for locally grown produce, artisan wares, and more from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Farmin Park, corner of Third and Main. Enjoy live music featuring Musha Marimba. SandpointFarmersMarket.com.
6 Southside Harvest Festival. Southside Community Church, 251 Cocolalla Loop Rd. in Cocolalla, hosts the Southside Harvest Festival from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be fun children's activities, including a pumpkin patch, bouncy castle, mini golf and face painting. In addition to talented local artisans, growers and small businesses, there will be representatives from community organizations and a fire engine! The purpose of the event is to create opportunities for community members to interact and celebrate what's great about Cocolalla and the surrounding areas. For more information, visit the event website.
6 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.
6 Brewery Music. Laughing Dog Brewing, 805 Schweitzer Plaza Dr. in Ponderay, hosts live music with Patrice Webb from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Free and open to the public. LaughingDogBrewing.com. 208-263-9222
6 Beer Hall Live Music. MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., hosts live music from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. with Josh Field, touring coast to coast this fall to announce his new album "Reasons for Change." Come hear the gruff, yet tender, sounds of singer-songwriter Josh Field and Brother Nothing. Free and open to the public, ages 21+. Non-smoking, fun & games environment. MickDuffs.com.
7 Hunters Blessing. It is a known fact that many hunters do most of their praying, for the year, on Opening Day of hunting season. Why not get a jump on it this year and attend a special Hunters Blessing at 11:30 a.m. in front of Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church on Pine Street. This is a special 15-minute service to bless all the hunters before they take to the field this year for success and safety. All hunters welcome; come as you are, camo and blaze orange.
10 Walk to School Day. Lake Pend Oreille School District Safe Routes to School invites local families to join students for Walk to School Day to help raise awareness of the need to create safer routes for walking and biking and emphasize the importance of issues such as increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, traffic congestion, and concern for the environment. There will be walking groups from the Bonner County Administration Building on Highway 2, the Sandpoint Library, and Brittany Loop Trail. For more information, contact [email protected] or visit WalkBikeToSchool.org.
10 Sandpoint Farmers Market. Shop for locally grown produce, artisan wares, and more from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Farmin Park, corner of Third and Main. Enjoy great live jazz music featuring Oak Street Connection. SandpointFarmersMarket.com.
10 Open Mic Night with Kevin Dorin. MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., and Kevin Dorin are excited to welcome all local artists over 21 years of age for a fun and open night of playing at the Beer Hall from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Come out for a positive environment to share your passion or just come to 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 for you 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.
10 Girls' Night Out: The Show. Ladies, call your friends and make a date with the #1 'Girls Night Out Show' in the U.S. The Show has quickly become the hottest ticket for ladies' entertainment on the road today! The legendary touring male review troupe is known for their fully choreographed performances and elaborate costumes. Catch them all on stage for the biggest, most exciting ladies' night event of the year. IDs will be checked; alcohol will be sold at this event. VIP $50 front row tickets; $40 general seating (you still get all the goodies!). Learn more at Panida.org.
12 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.
12 Roosevelt Dime with BareGrass. The Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave., hosts a concert featuring Roosevelt Dime at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.). This event kicks off the 35th season of the Pend Oreille Arts Council's 2018/2019 Performance Series! Roosevelt Dime blends syncopated New Orleans rhythms, boogie woogie banjo, swinging blues guitar, and searingly soulful vocals. Put on your dancing shoes and join Roosevelt Dime and local favorite BareGrass for an earth-shaking show, presented in partnership with Mattox Farm Productions. Tickets are available in the POAC office at 334 N. First Ave. Ste. 212, and ArtInSandpoint.org.
13 Harvest Fest. Sandpoint Farmers Market closes out the season with entertainment, food booths, activities, displays at Farmin Park. Enjoy live music with the must-see duo Browne Salmon. SandpointFarmersMarket.com. 208-597-3355
13 Brewery Music. Laughing Dog Brewing, 805 Schweitzer Plaza Dr. in Ponderay, hosts live music with Son of Brad from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Free and open to the public. LaughingDogBrewing.com. 208-263-9222
20 Brewery Music. Laughing Dog Brewing, 805 Schweitzer Plaza Dr. in Ponderay, hosts live music with Groove Black from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Free and open to the public. LaughingDogBrewing.com. 208-263-9222
20 Squirrel Butter. The Little Panida on First Avenue hosts a concert featuring Squirrel Butter at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.). The Seattle-based husband and wife duo perform traditional Appalachian, gospel, early blues, and country music with guitar, banjo, flatfooting, and harmony vocals. Squirrel Butter has been featured on "A Prairie Home Companion" as well as numerous regional festivals and events. SquirrelButter.com. Tickets are $10 in advance at Panida.org, and $12 at the door; seniors are $8 and kids 12 and under are free.
27 Day of the Dead Party. Evans Brothers Coffee and Matchwood Brewing Co. host the first annual Day of the Dead party at The Granary. The event opens with a Community Altar - bring pictures, candles, and offerings to honor and celebrate our ancestors and loved ones. From 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Matchwood Brewery hosts a full food menu, face painting, sugar skulls, kids arts and crafts, and a screening of the movie Coco. The Los Flacos Band from Seattle performs their Latin music from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Matchwood, followed by a community procession from Matchwood to Evans Brothers with dance performances. A Dia De Los Muertos DJ Dance Party is from 9 p.m. 'til late at Evans Brothers with a full bar by The Hive. Limited pre-sale tickets are $15 at MatchwoodBrewing.com, and includes a commemorative Day of the Dead 16-oz. pint glass. Sugar skull face painting is $5 at the door (kids are free).
Here is what's coming up in November!
2 Hive Halloween Bash. All you gals and ghouls, come on out for the 5th Annual Hive Halloween Bash presented by KPND and Low Country Boil Productions. This event is always a thriller, and the Polyrhythmics will scare the funk out of everyone! As always, The Hive will have a costume contest like no other with prizes for funniest costume, scariest costume, and best couples costume. Doors open at 8 p.m., and the show starts at 9 p.m. Purchase tickets at LiveFromTheHive.com.
3 Sandpoint Film Festival. Regional and national films screen at the Panida Theater during daylong event. SandpointFilmFestival.com.
3 A Night to Remember. Community Cancer Services fundraiser at Heartwood Center with dinner, auctions and music. CommunityCancerServices.com.
10 The Forrest Harvest Bazaar. Forrest Bird Charter School, 614 S. Madison Ave., hosts The Forrest Harvest Bazaar from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event is sponsored by the school's economics class, and features local artisans, crafters, food vendors, farms and their produce, and the Forrest Bird Charter School economic students' booths. Come and enjoy shopping for local handmade gifts while picking up fall produce from local farmers. Free admission! 503-812-8754
Here is what's coming up in December!
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.