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Here is what's happening in December!

17 Toys for Tots - Final Day of Registration. Sandpoint Lions Club is accepting applications from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for Toys for Tots at 609 S. Ella (by the big yellow caboose). If you need some help getting Christmas toys for your children, ages 1-12, then stop by and apply. Older children ages 13-18 will receive a gift certificate. The Lions also provide food boxes to that families can enjoy a nice Christmas dinner. For more information, call 208-263-4118 (message phone only) or visit SandpointLions.com.

17 Hot Cocoa in a Jar. Kids can make free hot cocoa kits for Christmas presents during this workshop at 3:30 p.m. in the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St. Supplies are limited, so come early! For more information, e-mail [email protected].

17 Teens' Support Group. The Human Connection, 2023 Sandpoint West Dr., hosts a Teens Support Group from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Connect with other teens, learn, share, and have fun! Facilitated by master's level counselor Keely Brannigan. All are welcome, so just drop in! Donations welcome. Learn more on the Facebook page or call 208-265-5412. *Held every Monday.

18 Mother Goose. Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., hosts stories and singing for babies and toddlers ages 0-13 and their caregivers at 10 a.m. Plus, stay and play until 10:40 a.m. eBonnerLibrary.org. 208-263-6930 ext. 1211 *Held every Tuesday.

18 Preschool Storytime. Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., hosts stories and crafts for kids age 2-5 and their caregivers at 11 a.m. Free and open to the public. eBonnerLibrary.org. For more information, contact Suzanne Davis at 208-263-6930 ext. 1211 or [email protected]. *Held every Tuesday.

18 Robotics. Explore STEAM with Lego Mindstorm robotics from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Clark Fork Library, 601 Main St. eBonnerLibrary.org. 208-266-1321 *Held every Tuesday.

18 Intro to Virtual Reality. Explore the world with Google Earth VR during these drop-in 20-minute sessions between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. in the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St. Swim in the deep sea, go on a virtual tour, play arcade-style games, or walk a plank suspended from an 80-story building - all from the safety of the library! First come, first served. Under 18 must accompany parent consent form; under 14 must be accompanied by parent or legal guardian. eBonnerLibrary.org. For more information, contact the Tech Desk: 208-263-6930 ext.1251. *Held every Tuesday.

18 Seventh and Eighth Grade Math Homework Help. Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., hosts drop-in math help with tutors from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Teen Lounge. Free and open to the public. 208-265-2665 *Held every Tuesday.

18 MAGIC the Gathering. Teens meet in Community Room B to play the game MAGIC at 3:30 p.m. eBonnerLibrary.org. 208-263-6930 ext. 1245. *Repeats every Tuesday.

18 3D Printing Workshop. Design your own 3D printed object and learn some fascinating ways 3D printers are being used, starting at 5 p.m. in the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St. (upstairs in the computer bank). Space is limited and pre-registration is required for this beginner-level class. Free registration at Eventbrite.com. 208-263-6930

18 Cup of Soup and Connect. This is a special gathering for grieving parents who have lost a child. Join together for a time of connection, a "Cup of Soup," and an opportunity to create a holiday ornament in remembrance of your loved one. Held at 5 p.m. in the Cedar Street Bridge in downtown Sandpoint. Come be nourished with art, music, and informal connection and fellowship. Hosted by Creations of Sandpoint and BGH Community Hospice. For additional information or to RSVP, contact Lissa DeFreitas at 208-265-1185.

19 KRFY Morning Show. Morning Show hosts Suzy Prez and Chris Bessler discuss a current affairs topic. Tune in at 8 a.m.; or hear a podcast later in the day on the KRFY Podcast page. * Held every Wednesday.

19 Clark Fork Stories and More. Clark Fork Library, 601 Main St., hosts stories, crafts, prizes and snacks for kids ages 3-8 starting at 10:30 a.m. Free and open to the public. eBonnerLibrary.org. *Held every Wednesday.

19 Seventh and Eighth Grade Math Homework Help. Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., hosts drop-in math help with tutors from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Teen Lounge. Free and open to the public. 208-265-2665 *Held every Wednesday.

19 Intro to Virtual Reality. Explore the world with Google Earth VR during these drop-in 20-minute sessions between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. in the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St. Swim in the deep sea, go on a virtual tour, play arcade-style games, or walk a plank suspended from an 80-story building - all from the safety of the library! First come, first served. Under 18 must accompany parent consent form; under 14 must be accompanied by parent or legal guardian. For more information, contact the Tech Desk: 208-263-6930 ext.1251. eBonnerLibrary.org*Held every Wednesday.

19 Christmas Crafts. The Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., hosts a Beaded Ornaments Craft for kids at 2:30 p.m. Free and open to the public.

19 Lake Pend Oreille Toastmasters Club Meeting. The Lake Pend Oreille Toastmasters Club meets at 6 p.m. in the Forrest Bird Charter High School, 614 S. Madison Ave. The Toastmasters experience is centered on helping those interested in developing public speaking and leadership skills in a mutually supportive and fun environment. Guests welcome. For more information, contact Debbie at 208-283-9008 or [email protected]. *Held every Wednesday.

13 Seventh and Eighth Grade Math Homework Help. Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., hosts drop-in math help with tutors from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Teen Lounge. Free and open to the public. 208-265-2665 *Held every Thursday.

20 Seventh and Eighth Grade Math Homework Help. Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., hosts drop-in math help with tutors from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Teen Lounge. Free and open to the public. 208-265-2665 *Held every Thursday.

20 Alzheimer's Support Group. The Sandpoint Senior Center, 820 Main St., hosts an Alzheimer's Support Group at 1 p.m. for families, caregivers, and friends of those with Alzheimer's, dementia and any related disorder. Free respite care is available next door at the Day Break Center during group session with advance reservations (call 208-265-8127). For more information, contact Jan Griffitts at 208-290-1973 or e-mail [email protected]. For more information about Alzheimer's, visit alzwa.org, or call the 24/7 helpline at 800-272-3900. *Held on the first and third Thursday of every month.

22 Intro to Virtual Reality. Explore the world with Google Earth VR between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. (reserve a 15-minute session) in the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St. Swim in the deep sea, go on a virtual tour, play arcade-style games, or walk a plank suspended from an 80-story building - all from the safety of the library! Under 18 must accompany parent consent form; under 14 must be accompanied by parent or legal guardian. For more information, contact the Tech Desk: 208-263-6930 ext.1251. eBonnerLibrary.org*Held every Saturday.

27 Special Family Storytime. The Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., hosts a special family storytime at 11 a.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, e-mail [email protected].

Here is what's coming up in January 2019!

2 3D Printing Workshop. The Clark Fork Library, 601 Main St., hosts a 3D Printing Workshop from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Design your own 3D printed object, and also learn some fascinating ways 3D printers are being used. Space is limited and pre-registration is required by calling 208-266-1321. *Held on the first Wednesday of every month.

5 Sandpoint Friends of the Library Book Sale. Sandpoint Library hosts the FOL Book Sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free and open to the public, so come browse around! eBonnerLibrary.org*Held on the first Saturday of every month.

5 Bella Note Musical Program. Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., hosts the Bella Note Musical Program at 10:30 a.m. Part of a monthly series running through December, this program features a different musical theme and is geared for families with young children. eBonnerLibrary.org. For more information, call 208-263-6930 *Held on the first Saturday of the month.

8 Geezer Forum. Columbia Bank, 414 Church St., hosts the Geezer Forum from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. with Paul Graves. Presented by Elder Advocates; free and open to the public. 208-610-4971 *Held on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month.

11 Adult WildCrafting. Kaniksu Land Trust hosts a WildCrafting event from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Winter Ridge Education building. Participants will be able to try their hands at several crafts, including birch bark sheaths, yucca and dogsbane cordage and black walnut buttons. Class fee is $25 and includes snacks and beverages. Ages 21 and over only. Register at Kaniksu.org.

12 Stories and More. Presented by Sandpoint Waldorf School's Early Childhood Program, Stories and More is held from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Waldorf School, 2007 Sandpoint West Dr. Under the guidance of a Waldorf-trained and experienced Early Childhood teacher, this free event includes a puppet story, seasonal activities, play and a light snack. Open to 1-, 2- and 3-year-olds and one parent or caregiver. RSVP: 208-265-2683. *Held on the second Saturday of every month.

14 Parkinson's Support Group. Individuals affected by Parkinson's, family, caregivers, and friends are encouraged to attend the Parkinson's Support Group, held from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the BGH Health Services Building, 423 N. Third Ave., Ste. 101. For more information, contact Elizabeth Neuder at 208-265-3325. *Held on the second Monday of each month.

15-Feb. 13 Youth WildCrafting. Kaniksu Land Trust hosts a WildCrafting program for youth - designed to teach participants how to use their hands to create a variety of nature-based crafts - during this 5-week session. Previous sessions have explored salmon-skin and deer-hide tanning, wild food preparation, arrow making, coal burned bowls and more. Session costs $35 - visit Kaniksu.org or call 208-263-9471.

15 Parent Grief Support Group. For parents grieving the loss of a child, this monthly support group meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 5 p.m. at Turning Leaf Counseling, 1205 Highway 2, Suite 304B. This is an ongoing, informal support group meeting that is open to all parents who have experienced the loss of a child at any age. These bereavement services are offered at no cost to parents who would like to receive support; grandparents are also welcome. Please contact Lissa DeFreitas at 208-265-1185 for an application or for more information. *Held on the third Tuesday of every month.

16 The Big Carbon Fix: An Evening with Climate Scientist Steve Ghan. Citizens Climate Lobby hosts an event with Steven Ghan, a world-renown climate scientist, IPCC contributor, and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Fellow (retired), from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Sandpoint High School auditorium. Dr. Ghan will address common misconceptions about the human role in climate change and - with the help of local students - explore how we can move beyond them to find common-ground solutions. Free and open to the public. 208-290-1349

19 READY! For Kindergarten Parent Workshops. Registration is open for the Fall 2018 READY! For Kindergarten Workshop held Oct. 13. These free early childhood literacy workshops for parents of children birth to age 5 are held three times a year in Sandpoint. Parents learn how to "play with a purpose" and the importance of reading to your child in order to develop the important skills they will need for success in school. National program paid for locally by Panhandle Alliance for Education.  Free workshop, toys, activities, books and childcare! Register in advance at ReadySandpoint.org or 208-263-7040.

28 Mended Hearts Support Group. Bonner General Health's Cardiac Rehab team is partnering with Mended Hearts, a national and community-based nonprofit organization, to host a monthly support group for heart patients, their families, and caregivers. Together they will offer education, and emotional and practical support. Meetings are held from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the classrooms at Bonner General Health, 520 N. Third Avenue. Call 208-265-7480 for more information. *Held on the fourth Monday of every month.

Here is what's coming up in February 2019!

26-March 27 Youth WildCrafting. Kaniksu Land Trust hosts a WildCrafting program for youth - designed to teach participants how to use their hands to create a variety of nature-based crafts - during this 5-week session. Previous sessions have explored salmon-skin and deer-hide tanning, wild food preparation, arrow making, coal burned bowls and more. Session costs $35 - visit Kaniksu.org or call 208-263-9471.

27 Digital Disconnect: How Capitalism is Turning the Internet Against Democracy. The East Bonner County Library sponsors a showing and discussion of this one-hour documentary, starting 6 p.m. in the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St. Adapted from the book by Robert W. McChesney, the film takes a look at how the Internet has revolutionized communication and whether it has been the egalitarian platform for thought and information envisioned when it began. How has the sheer volume of information and discourse provided by the Internet affected the way we think? What about the quality of that information, i.e., fake news? In what ways have the potent forces of capitalism and the free market changed the Internet's development and how it is likely to develop in the future? Following the showing, Chris Bessler of Keokee media and marketing, and publisher of SandpointOnline.com, will lead a discussion. Free; everyone is invited.

Here is what's coming up in March 2019!

9 READY! For Kindergarten Parent Workshops. Registration is open for the Fall 2018 READY! For Kindergarten Workshop held Oct. 13. These free early childhood literacy workshops for parents of children birth to age 5 are held three times a year in Sandpoint. Parents learn how to "play with a purpose" and the importance of reading to your child in order to develop the important skills they will need for success in school. National program paid for locally by Panhandle Alliance for Education.  Free workshop, toys, activities, books and childcare! Register in advance at ReadySandpoint.org or 208-263-7040.

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