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Skiing, fireworks, and fun! Go enjoy the new snow, plus have a heck of a great time, during the MLK Weekend at Schweitzer over the long holiday weekend Saturday, Jan. 18, through Monday, Jan. 20. Lots of special activities are planned at the resort, including Saturday's Northern Lights fireworks show and torchlight parade, followed by live music in Taps. Plus, there will be twilight skiing - even on Sunday! See more plus find lodging at Schweitzer.com.

Here's what's happening in January!

17-19 Pain and Glory. The Panida's Little Theater on First Avenue hosts screenings of the film Pain and Glory. Nominated for two Oscars: Antonio Banderas for Best Actor, and Best International Feature Film. Visit the Sandpoint Movies page for film information and screening times/dates.

17-18 Official Banff Film Festival Pre-Party. Join Outdoor Experience and Matchwood Brewing Company for the official Banff Film Festival Pre-Party at Outdoor Experience's storefront location at 314 N. First Ave. from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. each night. In celebration of the annual community event at the Panida, Matchwood Brewing Company will set up an off-site location and serve craft beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages while guests enjoy music, games, deals, and giveaways.

17 Junior Starlight Series. Independence Racing Team hosts the Junior Starlight Series, kicking off Jan. 3 and continuing Fridays (through Jan. 24) at Schweitzer Mountain Resort. Register at IndependenceRacing.com.

17-19 Banff Mountain Film Festival. Now in its 24th year of showing breathtaking adventure films, the festival raises money for local and international good deeds. Tickets always sell out; get them at Panida.org.

17 IPA Live Music. Idaho Pour Authority, 203 Cedar St., hosts live music from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with the Turn Spit Dogs - a rockin' blues band that plays classic blues along with sweet ballads and originals.

17 Winery Live Music. Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts live music from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. with locals blues musicians Truck Mills and Carl Rey. The foundation of Truck Mills' and Carl Rey's music lies in the blues, specifically the country blues, but they are not afraid to rework and rebuild the classics of the genre. Truck Mills' guitar work and vocals are accompanied by Carl Rey's harmonica and vocals, together honoring American roots music. One fan wrote: "It's like Afro-Latin barrelhouse blues being played by Irish immigrants in a Turkish restaurant on Bourbon Street."

17 Brewery Live Music. Matchwood Brewing, 513 Oak St., hosts live music from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. with Colby Acuff - a Coeur d'Alene-based folk and country singer.

17 Uncorked Paint and Sip Sandpoint. Celebrate the new year painting and sipping at the Cedar Street Bistro and Wine Bar during a Paint and Sip. No experience needed to paint a beautiful Winter Cardinal. Cost is $35 or $65 couples; Paint Night includes all art materials and snacks. Feel free to BYOB. Sign up on the event calendar at UncorkedPaint.com.

17 Fireball Party and DJ Music. A&Ps Bar and Grill, 222 N. First Ave., hosts a Fireball promo party from 8 p.m. to midnight, plus DJ Shanner starting at 9 p.m. No cover.

17 Lounge Live Music. The 219 hosts live music with Crooked Tooth from 9 p.m. to midnight. Singer and songwriter Kevin Garrett brings his unpretentious, emotionally honest songs that draw equally from his deep love of soaring rock 'n' roll, acoustic music, and soulful songcraft to the Niner. Late night food from Shilla Korean BBQ food truck. No cover, ages 21+; non-smoking environment. 219.bar.

18-20 MLK Weekend at Schweitzer. Check out all the special activities over the holiday weekend at Schweitzer Mountain Resort, including Saturday's Northern Lights fireworks show and the torchlight parade, followed by live music in Taps. Schweitzer.com.

18 North Idaho Women's March 2020. The community is welcome to attend and participate in the North Idaho Women's March, starting at the Sandpoint Middle School with doors opening at 11 a.m. It is free to attend; register online at the North Idaho Women's Facebook page. "Take Action!" information for 2020's election year will be available from local organizations promoting human rights and equality. Three powerful speakers will ignite participants' energy to march and sing from SMS through Sandpoint. Bring a sign that expresses your passion (in PG-rated terms) for this difficult time in our nation's history. Yes, our good brothers are welcome to join!

18 Brewery Live Music, Fire & S'mores. Matchwood Brewing, 513 Oak St., hosts live music featuring Ken Mayginnes from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., plus a fire and s'mores from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

18 IPA Live Music. Idaho Pour Authority, 203 Cedar St., hosts live music from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with Larry Mooney.

18 Winery Live Music. Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts live music from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. with Justin Lantrip. Come in and grab a seat to listen to this favorite local singer and songwriter!

18 DJ Music. A&Ps Bar and Grill, 222 N. First Ave., hosts DJ Kevin from 9 p.m. to close. No cover.

18 Lounge Live Music. The 219 Lounge hosts live music with Nights of Neon from 9 p.m. to midnight. Sandpoint's rowdy five-piece brings all the fun with funk, hints of hip hop, reggae, and jazz. Whether it's playing covers or their original music, you'll be compelled to hit the dance floor by the funky rhythms and soulful vocals! Late night food from Shilla Korean BBQ food truck. No cover, ages 21+; non-smoking environment. 219.bar.

19 Piano Sunday. Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts Piano Sunday with Peter Lucht from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Jazz and blues will be filling the tasting room as Lucht plays on the grand piano for an entertaining and relaxing afternoon. Sunday is also the Apres' Ski Special - show your ski pass and receive a $5/glass of house wine or $6/glass of reserve wine!

-- Here's what's coming up this week through Sunday, January 26 --

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 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.

21 Sip and Paint. Join Holly Walker at Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., for an evening of painting and wine sipping. Ticket includes art supplies, instruction, and a glass of wine. Price is $35 per person. Call 208-265-8545 to make reservations or sign up at the tasting room.

22 Sandpoint Lacrosse Fundraiser Dinner. Burger Express on Highway 2 hosts a Sandpoint Lacrosse Fundraiser Dinner from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome!

22 SHS Dominican Republic Fundraiser at IPA. Help support our local youth when the Idaho Pour Authority at 203 Cedar St. hosts the SHS Science Class Trip to Dominican Republic fundraiser with Utara Brewing Co beer on tap. Enjoy live music by Marty Perron and Doug Bond, plus there will be lots of silent auction items and raffle prizes. Complimentary appetizers will be served.

22 Bike Movie Night. It's that time of year again! Bike Movie Night at Greasy Fingers Bikes N Repair features a broad range of bike-related films. Held on Wednesday nights in January at 6 p.m. (sharp), always free, and always fun! Feel free to bring your own chair (although there will be some). Bring your own snacks/beverages. 208-255-4496

22 Wind Down Wednesday. The 219 Lounge hosts live music from Truck Mills and Carl Rey 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.

23 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.

23-26 JoJo Rabbit. The Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave., hosts screenings of the Oscar-nominated film JoJo Rabbit. See the Sandpoint Movies page for movie information and screening dates and times.

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

24 Winery Live Music. Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts live music from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. with Mike Wagoner and Utah John - bringing back great folk, Americana and rock music to the winery!

24 Brewery Live Music. Matchwood Brewing, 513 Oak St., hosts live music from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. with Spring Tonic featuring songs and instrumentals of Appalachia, rockin' blues, and bluegrass breakdowns! Spring Tonic includes Dan Howard on guitar, Mike Bush on banjo, Sam Lyman on mandolin, and Cherie Lyman on bass. All the members of the band share in the vocals. Free and open to the public.

24 Thom and Coley Concert. DiLuna's Cafe, 207 Cedar St., host a concert at 7:30 p.m. with People's Choice Awards Duo of the Year Thom Shepherd and Coley McCabe Shepherd. Tickets are $18 in advance, and $20 on the day of the concert. Call 208-263-0846 for tickets and dinner reservations. The full-time traveling duo sing songs that make people laugh and cry, everywhere from Key West to Seattle and abroad. Their Lone Star Luau Music Festival is the TRMA Event of the Year, and their latest duet project is called "Shotgun," available on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, and Google Play. Coley's song "Grow Young With You" was featured in the Natalie Portman and Ashley Judd film "Where The Heart Is." Thom wrote two number one country hits, "Riding with Private Malone" and "Redneck Yacht Club." Learn more on DiLunas.com.

24 Lounge Live Music. The 219 Lounge hosts live music from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. with the J Bosley Band - Sandpoint locals bringing a little slice of Americana, drizzled with a splash of good ol' rock. First time at the Niner, come hang and make 'em welcomed! Late night food from Shilla Korean BBQ food truck. No cover, ages 21+; non-smoking environment. 219.bar.

24 DJ Music. A&Ps Bar andGrill, 222 N. First Ave., hosts DJ Shanner from 9 p.m. to close. No cover.

25 Winter Trails Day. Enjoy free access to snowshoe and Nordic ski trails at Schweitzer Mountain Resort. Schweitzer.com.

25 Fatty Flurry Fest. Round Lake State Park, located just off of Highway 95 on Dufort Road in Sagle, is the location for the 6th Annual Fatty Flurry Fest - a celebration of fat bikes in North Idaho! Everyone is welcome to attend, and there will be a free Fat Bike Demo from 10 a.m. to noon, featuring the Salsa Mukluk with wide 4.8" tires. Full size run available for ages 18 and older. Group rides start at 12:30 p.m., and fat bike rentals are available with reservations required. An Idaho State Park Pass is required, which can be purchase on-site for $5 - or get an annual pass at the DMV beforehand. Sponsored by Greasy Fingers Bikes N Repair. 208-255-4496

25 Brewery Live Music, Fire & S'mores. Matchwood Brewing, 513 Oak St., hosts with live music featuring Ken Mayginnes from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., and a fire and s'mores from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

25 IPA Live Music. Idaho Pour Authority, 203 Cedar St., hosts live music from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with Dustin Drennen.

25 Winery Live Music. Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts live music from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. with Echo Elysium. The Spokane-based acoustic and electric guitarist and singer/songwriter has been transporting audiences to alternate dimensions for over 10 years and his performances have been described as a 'magical and ethereal' experience.

25 Sandpoint ​USA Dance Event. Sandpoint's USA Dance Club celebrates their anniversary with a dance from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Sandpoint Community Hall. The fun begins from 7 p.m. to 8 p,m, with a Night Club 2-Step dance lesson taught by professional instructors. Following the lesson will be general dancing, refreshments, and door prizes until 10 p.m. Singles, couples, and all levels of dancers are welcome. Cost is $6 for USA Dance members, $9 non-members, $5 teens. USA Dance events are tobacco and alcohol free. 208-699-0421

25 Lounge Live Music. Making their debut at the Niner is Spokane's own The Uh Oh and the Oh Wells, performing from 9 p.m. to midnight. Blending aspects of 60's rock with a sprinkle of indie, a dollop of pop and a whole serving of fantastic.Come out and get down, should be a fun time! Late night food from Shilla Korean BBQ food truck. No cover, ages 21+; non-smoking environment. 219.bar.

25 DJ Music. A&Ps Bar and Grill, 222 N. First Ave., hosts DJ Kevin from 9 p.m. to close. No cover.

26 Piano Sunday. Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., welcomes back local favorite pianist Dwayne Parsons from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. for Piano Sunday. Parsons will be performing jazz, freestyle, and favorites, so stop on in! Plus it's Apres' Ski Special every Sunday - show your ski pass and receive a $5 glass of house wine or $6 glass of reserve wine!

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

29 Wind Down Wednesday. The 219 Lounge hosts live music from Truck Mills and Dennis Zwang from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Enjoy half-priced glasses of wine and craft cocktails. No cover, ages 21+; non-smoking environment. 219.bar.

29 Bike Movie Night. It's that time of year again! Bike Movie Night at Greasy Fingers Bikes N Repair features a broad range of bike-related films. Held on Wednesday nights in January at 6 p.m. (sharp), always free, and always fun! Feel free to bring your own chair (although there will be some). Bring your own snacks/beverages. 208-255-4496

30 TrustVets Monthly Meet-Up. Veterans receive $1 off beers at Matchwood Brewing, 513 Oak St., during the TrustVets Monthly Meet-Up from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

30 Gerry Mulligan All-Stars Concert. The Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave., hosts the third in the Festival at Sandpoint's Chamber Concert Series. Enjoy jazz music of the late great Gerry Mulligan, performed by the musicians who worked with him. The performance begins at 6:30 p.m., and tickets are $18 adults, $12 seniors and youth.

30 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.

31 IPA Live Music. Idaho Pour Authority, 203 Cedar St., hosts live music from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with Mike and Shanna Thompson.

31 Winery Live Music. Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts live music from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. with Nick Wiebe - a seasoned musical artist from the Pacific Northwest who has been influenced by many different styles of music. You'll hear everything from reggae, country, classic rock, '80s, '90s, and more.

31 Brewery Live Music. Matchwood Brewing, 513 Oak St., hosts live music from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. with Mobius Riff.

31 DJ Music. A&Ps Bar andGrill, 222 N. First Ave., hosts DJ Shanner from 9 p.m. to close. No cover.

31 Lounge Live Music. Another first at the Niner, The Jason Perry Trio is a funk and rock powerhouse that juxtaposes tight arrangements with explosive musical improvisations. Most performances are split between Perry's soulful original songs and exciting renditions of funk, rock, and soul classics. Performing from 9 p.m. to midnight. 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 February!

1 SYRCL Wild & Scenic Film Festival. Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness celebrate their 15th anniversary by hosting the SYRCL Wild and Scenic Film Festival On Tour Program, featuring 10 films screening at the Heartwood Center. The films echo the care for the wonders of nature and adventure that FSPW shows for the incredibly wild Scotchman Peaks. The event also marks the FSPW commitment to the future of Wilderness in the Scotchmans. Doors at the Heartwood Center open at 6:30 p.m. with the event starting at 7 p.m. The evening will also feature complimentary appetizers sponsored by Eichardt's and Williams, Schiller and Styer, a no-host bar from Eichardt's, a silent auction and raffle. Tickets are $15 in advance at Eichardt's Pub and ScotchmanPeaks.org, and $20 at the door. Local sponsors include Idaho Forest Group; Williams, Schiller and Styer, P.C., CPAs & Consultants; Pend Oreille Veterinarian Services; Eichardt's Pub; and Kochava. For more information, write to [email protected].

4 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.

5 Band of Drifters Dinner Concert. Di Luna's Cafe, 207 Cedar St., hosts a dinner concert with Band of Drifters. The show begins at 7:30 p.m., and dinner is served starting at 6 p.m. The Band of Drifters play modern American roots music, and encourage their audiences to dance! Their sets draw from country, folk, and blues traditions, with an emphasis on original songs done in the old style. Learn more at BandofDrifters.com. Tickets are $12 in advance, and $15 on the day of the concert. Call 208-263-0846 for tickets and reservations.

7 Student Art Show Reception. Pend Oreille Arts Council presents the 16th Annual Student Art Show Reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the POAC Gallery and the Powerhouse. Free and open to the public. ArtinSandpoint.org.

7-28 Starlight Racing on NASTAR. Four weeks of Friday night racing at Schweitzer, followed by fabulous parties in Taps. Schweitzer.com.

13-16 Love Letters. The Panida's Little Theater on First Avenue presents the Panida Playhouse Players stage production of A.R. Gurney's Love Letters. The play is a funny and emotional portrait about the powerful connection of love between friends who’ve exchanged notes, cards and letters for over 50 years. Performance times are 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15, available at the door and online at Panida.org.

14-23 Sandpoint Winter Carnival. Every winter, Sandpoint pulls out all the stops to celebrate the season that brings recreation and family fun to our area! Find it all continuously updated at SandpointWinterCarnival.com.

14 Ukulele Jam at Fiddlin' Red's. Bring your favorite uke and your favorite tunes and come hang out with other ukulele players from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Fiddlin' Red's, 111 Church St. No uke? No worries! A spare or two will be available. Don't know all the chords? Fear not! We'll figure them out. If the weather is iffy, email or text to be sure we're still on! Contact Mich at [email protected] or call 541-890-0595. *Held on the second Friday of every month.

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 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.

15-17 Schweitzer President's Weekend Celebration. The holiday weekend is packed with family fun including the Let it Glow! Night Parade and Fireworks Show, plus Sunday night skiing. Schweitzer.com.

20 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 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 Northern Stars Rising. Pend Oreille Arts Council presents the Northern Stars Rising showcase music competition at 7 p.m. in the Heartwood Center. Open to all ages, the competition aims to further the ability of local performers to pursue their careers. Performers audition (held in early January), and then compete for cash prizes. ArtInSandpoint.org.

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.

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.

Here's what's happening in March

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.

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