FSPW - August 2020 Trail Work
August is one of the most active times of the year for Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness trail maintenance. Why not lend a hand to make our wild backyard open for everyone? Trail volunteers enjoy a day in nature that ends with the satisfaction of a job well done. To keep everyone safe this summer, FSPW staff have implemented strong social distancing and safety procedures. So come on out and enjoy the outdoors without worry!
The following are dates scheduled for August and September trail work.
- Star Gulch Trail: Aug. 6, Sept. 18. Trail work to help rehab a burned area from 2015 wildfire.
- Goat Mountain Trail #135: Aug. 14; Sept. 11. A focus on tread work to maintain a degraded trail. Itís a nice hike with exposed uphill climbing.
- Ross Creek Trail #142: Aug. 21. Building tread to a new creek crossing. A women-only trail day!
- Ross Creek Trail #142 Reroute: Aug. 28-29. Trail building, tread digging and some brushing to relocate a trail away from the creek.
- Morris Creek: Sept. 26. National Trails Day. We will be focusing on heavy brushing along a creek.
There are other ways to pitch in, too. You can adopt a trail to make maintenance a shared project with friends or family. Or become a Trail Ambassador to help hikers keep their distance from the wildlife - especially those iconic goats. We especially need hike leaders who can share their love of and knowledge of trails with a small group. To learn more about volunteer opportunities or to sign up, visit Scotchmanpeaks.org/volunteer. Or send an email to [email protected].
Area Golf Courses
Elks Golf Club. This nine-hole course is closest to town, just outside the Sandpoint city limits off Highway 200 East. 208-263-4321. SandpointElks.com.
The Idaho Club. 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course caters to all ability levels and awes all who set foot upon its fairways. Firs and colorful native shrubs frame expertly laid holes, all with striking views of the surrounding mountains. Nearby, the Lower Pack River meanders throughout, as its expansive wetlands provide a pristine and unparalleled links experience. The newly built clubhouse is the central gathering spot with restaurant, deck dining, and plenty of room for private events and celebrations. TheIdahoClub.com.
StoneRidge Golf. Located about 40 minutes southwest of Sandpoint off Highway 41 in Blanchard, StoneRidge has 19 holes on a scenic course with a par-72 layout. StoneRidge hosts a variety of specialty events; for a current schedule call 208-437-4653, or visit StoneRidgeIdaho.com.
Priest Lake Golf Course. Par-72, 6,500-yard course is located at 152 Fairway Dr. in Priest Lake amidst mountains, forests and wetlands on the west side of Priest Lake. Call 208-443-2525 or visit PriestLakeGolfCourse.com.
Yoga, Dance, Gymnastics, Fitness & Wellness
Tai Chi at City Beach :: Summer 2020. Mark Evans invites all to this free offering of Tai Chi at City Beach. Tai Chi helps reduce stress and anxiety, and increase flexibility and balance. It is low impact and puts minimal stress on muscles and joints, making it generally safe for all ages and fitness levels; it may be especially suitable if you're an older adult who otherwise may not exercise. Meets at Sandpoint City Beach basketball court every Saturday at 8 a.m.; all welcome! If the weather is bad, group will not meet. 208-263-3613
Pilassage. Pilates, yoga, and massage combined keep you healthy, happy, and reform your body with a gentle approach. Message and stretch to soften muscles, then train your core and inner muscles. Bring your own mat and a rolling pin - yes, a rolling pin. Ages 15 to adult; your well-behaved young children are welcome to accompany you. Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Community Hall, 204 S. First Ave. $44 fee ($4 city discount). Pre-register online or at Sandpoint Parks and Rec Office, 1123 Lake St. Call 208-263-3613 for more information.
Salsa in Sandpoint. Salsa is an energetic and fun Latin dance. Unlike some partner dances, it is a very sociable dance. Call 208-263-3613 for more information.
Ecstatic Dance. Embody, 823 Main St., holds an Ecstatic Dance class from 10 a.m. to noon every second and fourth Sunday of the month. Ecstatic Dance is a freeform all-ages silent dance meditation where music is your teacher. Cost is $8 to $15 (sliding scale fee); learn more on Facebook/Sandpoint Ecstatic Dance.
Downtown Yoga, 301 Cedar St., Ste. 106, behind Pend d'Oreille Winery, hosts Yin Yoga and the Chakras every Monday, 4 p.m. to 5:10 p.m., $14 drop-in or class pass. In this class we will use Yin Yoga to liberate the chakras and create new promise in the energy body.
Hope Health Fitness Class. The Memorial Community Center, 415 Wellington Pl. in Hope, hosts Health Fitness Classes with Mike Ehredt every Monday and Wednesday from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Call Mike at 208-360-9647 for more information, or to sign up for the class. $5 per session.
Zumba classes. Zumba is a Latin-dance based fitness class that is fun and highly aerobic (but non-impact). Choose from two class days: Thursdays from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., or Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Classes are held at the InBody Pilates Studio; 208-290-2600. 66210.zumba.com.
International Folk Dance for Seniors. Luther Park, 510 S. Olive St., hosts classes on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. The public is invited to attend, and class fee is $5.
Mindful Yoga. Every Monday and Thursday from 5:15 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Gardenia Center, 400 Church St. Deep, mindful yoga weaving dharana and pranayama throughout the sadhana with Maria Alberg. 208-263-2084
Pranic Healing Clinic. The Gardenia Center hosts a free Pranic Healing Class upstairs in the library at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on the last Sunday of every month with one of the following practitioners: Teri McDonald, Mesha Edwards, Gloria Waterhouse or Kelly Navaro.
IdaHOPE Classic :: June 2021
Sandpoint Community Resource Center holds its first annual IdaHOPE Classic at The Idaho Club in June 2021. The format will be a four-person scramble with contests and prizes galore! The day includes on-course refreshments donated by popular restaurants and beer provided by local microbreweries. The new Idaho Club Clubhouse will be the gathering place for dinner and silent auction to follow.
- Registration fee is $800 per team and is a tax-deductible donation. Sponsorships are also available. Contact 208-255-4025 for more information.
Walk With A Doc
This walking program is for everyone interested in taking steps for a healthier lifestyle. It is now being offered in Sandpoint and Clark Fork. Local medical practitioners will be leading the walks in both locations.
- Clark Fork: Dr. Heather Margaret will be leading walks in Clark Fork every Monday and Thursday at 12:15 - these walks are located at the grassy area behind the Clark Fork High School.
- Sandpoint: Walks begin at the bear statue before the City Beach entrance and go along the Sand Creek Trail. Jane Hoover, Nurse Practitioner from Family Health Center, leads walks every Tuesday evening at 5:15 p.m. In addition, every other Saturday morning a different medical provider will lead the walk beginning at 8 a.m.
All walks are free and walkers of all ages and abilities are invited to participate. It's a great way to get out, get active and enjoy good conversation. For more information, call Nanci Jenkins at Bonner County Coalition for Health / Panhandle Health District 208-263-5159
Laoshi Mark Duffner is a certified Tai Chi instructor and self-avowed Tai Chi geek. Duffner will be sharing his enthusiasm for the Tai Chi arts at the Black Bear Martial Arts Center, 114 N. Boyer. Drop-in classes are $10, and will be offered Mondays from noon to 1 p.m., and Thursdays from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Classes will include instruction on basic Tai Chi and Qigong forms and principles. Advanced students will receive training to an increasing level of depth and complexity in accordance with their readiness and willingness to learn more. To register or for more information, contact Black Bear Martial Arts Center directly at 208-255-1111.
Youth Sports Jersey Recycling Program
Have your kids outgrown their red and white youth league jerseys? Put them to great use by donating laundered, gently used jerseys back to Sandpoint Parks and Recreation. Each year, Sandpoint's P&R gives out approximately $2,000 in scholarships to youth programs, generously donated by various organizations. That money covers jersey costs as well as program fees - unless we have previously used, donated jerseys we can offer those who can't afford to purchase them. Help keep more money in the scholarship fund for kids to access for recreation program fees by donating jerseys when your children finishes the youth leagues.
- Drop off your jerseys from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at Sandpoint P&R, 1123 Lake St. in City Hall. Questions? Call 208-263-3613. Thanks!