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Here is what's happening in May!

4-18 Idaho Commission on Aging Public Input Comment Period. Public comments are being accepted for the Idaho Commission on Aging's (ICOA) Senior Services State Plan. This plan identifies the Older Americans Act and State Senior Services Act funding and senior programs available in the six planning and service areas in Idaho. View details on the website, contact ICOA at 208-334-3833, or request a copy by e-mail: ICOA@aging.idaho.gov. Written comments must be submitted to ICOA by May 18.

4 KRFY Morning Show. Topics of interest at 8 a.m. on 88.5 FM KRFY Radio. Podcast available afterwards at KRFY.org.

4 Crafternoon. A kids craft workshop will be held at 2 p.m., families welcome. At the East Bonner Co. Library Dist. Sandpoint branch, 1407 Cedar. 

4 Bonner County Republican Candidate Forum. The Bonner County Republican Central Committee hosts a Republican Candidate Forum from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Priest River Junior High School, located on Highway 2 in Priest River. Free and open to the public. 208-263-7188

4 Healing Voices. The Bonner County Human Rights Task Force and NAMI Far North invite the public to be part of a grassroots, non-theatrical release of Healing Voices, a social action documentary that asks the question "What are we talking about when we talk about mental illness?" -- followed by a community dialogue. Screening is held at 6 p.m. in the Bonner General Health classroom. HealingVoicesMovie.com.

5 KRFY Morning Show. Topics of interest at 8 a.m. on 88.5 FM KRFY Radio. Podcast available afterwards at KRFY.org.

5 Herbal Infused Oils. Winter Ridge Natural Foods, 703 Lake St., hosts a class at 6 p.m. - Medicine Making Series: Herbal Infused Oils. Learn how to make therapeutic herbal infused oils with instructor Laura Clemmons. Participants will leave with samples of oils made in class. Class supply fee of $10. 208-265-8135

5 Adult Grief Support Group. Bonner General Health Community Hospice hosts an Adult Grief Support Group, which meets from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the first and third Thursday of each month in the classroom at Bonner General Health, 520 N. Third Ave. For more information on this free community service, call 208-265-1179.

5-7 Grand Opening for the Embody Center for the Healing Arts. The public is welcome to attend the Grand Opening of the Embody Center for the Healing Arts May 5 through May 7. Plus, a Despacho Ceremony will be held May 5 at 7 p.m. Enjoy free classes all three days, including yoga and more. Visit EmbodySandpoint.com for more details, or contact Brietta Leader or Blissa Nizzoli at 208-304-3143.

6 SCRC New Volunteer Orientation. Come and learn how you can bridge the gap between people who care and people in need at the New Volunteer Orientation at noon in the Sandpoint Community Resource Center, 231 N. Third Ave., Ste. 101. SCRC has openings for resource specialists who are working directly with callers, and resource liaisons who are working directly with service providers. There are also administrative, fundraising and marketing projects for those with interest in more project-based opportunities. Visit the website for more information, or call 208-920-1840.

7 North Idaho Veterans Stand Down. The 2016 North Idaho Veterans Stand Down takes place from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds, 4056 N. Government Way in Coeur d'Alene. This is the 23rd year of the Stand Down and serves as a kickoff to a program created by St. Vincent de Paul to assist veterans and their families in the five northern counties with services throughout the year. Service organizations providing medical, dental, housing, clothing, clothing repair, food assistance, haircuts, massages and bike repair will be available. Employers who have immediate openings will be taking applications. A hot meal will be served to all veterans, plus there will be activities for the entire family. 208-664-3095, ext. 314.

7 Community Health & Safety Fair. The Greater Sandpoint Chamber's Health & Safety Committee hosts a Community Health & Safety Fair from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the parking lot of Bonner General Health, 423 N. Third Ave. All are invited to enjoy health, recreation and safety organizations and activities in one location. Events include but, are not limited to: free screenings, dental hygiene, a kids' bike rodeo, key speakers and other health, wellness and recreation services.

9 Seed Starting Workshop. Greentree Naturals Certified Organic Farm, 2003 Rapid Lightning Rd., hosts a Seed Starting Workshop from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Gain a solid understanding of seed starting, and in doing so create the best environment for seedlings to thrive; learn what crops should be direct sown and why; review optimal environmental considerations for seed germination; preparation of seed bed; seeding methods, seed depth and seedling care. Part of an organic gardening workshop series, cost is $25. Sign up for the entire series and save 10 percent, or pick and choose individual workshop topics. Sessions cover all aspects of organic production and management practices in a rural setting. GreentreeNaturals.com. 208-0263-8957

9 Bonner County Interagency Meeting. The public is invited to attend the Bonner County Interagency Meeting, held from noon to 1 p.m. on the second Monday of every month at the Panhandle Health District Community Room, 1020 Michigan St. Everyone welcome. Details: Bonner County Interagency Facebook Page.

9 Candidates Meet The Candidates. Enjoy breakfast for supper from 5 p.m. until whenever at Ardy's Cafe in Coolin during the Candidates Meet The Candidates event. Come and meet the District One county Democrat candidates: Kate McAlister for state senator, Jessica Chilcott and Stephen Howlett for state representative. They will be speaking about their ideas for the local folks in Bonner and Boundary counties. They will entertain a Q&A after their presentation. This is not a fundraiser, but if you like, you can make a donation to help pay for the meal.

10 KRFY Morning Show. Topics of interest at 8 a.m. on 88.5 FM KRFY Radio. Podcast available afterwards at KRFY.org.

10 Mother Goose. The Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., hosts the Mother Goose story/singing program at 10:15 a.m. every Tuesday for children ages 0 to 3 in the Children's Area. eBonnerLibrary.org.

10 Bonner County Republican Women Meeting. Ponderay Events Center, 401 Bonner Mall Way, hosts the Bonner County Republican Women Meeting. Social time with refreshments will be from 10:15 a.m. until 10:45 a.m., followed by guest speaker attorney Norm Semanko. He will give an update on Water Adjudication and how it impacts Idaho citizens. Fee of $5 is charged to cover refreshments and room rental. RSVP online or call 208-946-0510.

10 Preschool Storytime. The Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., hosts Preschool Storytime at 11 a.m. for children ages 2 to 5; held every Tuesday in the Children's Area. eBonnerLibrary.org.

10 Overeaters Anonymous Meeting. The Cocolalla Cowboy Church, 4281 Cocolalla Loop Rd. in Cocolalla, hosts the Overeaters Anonymous Meeting from noon to 1 p.m. every Tuesday. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins, no pressure. For more information, contact Linda G. at 612-599-1096 or e-mail randallinda1@juno.com.

10 Clark Fork Make It at The Library. East Bonner County Library's Clark Fork Branch, 601 Main St., hosts a Make It event from 2 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. Kids will make a variety of age-appropriate crafts.

10 Geezer Forum. All are welcome to attend the Geezer Forum, held from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Tango Cafe, 414 Church St. The Geezer Forum meets twice a month, on the second and fourth Tuesdays, to explore the issues of aging, and is hosted by Paul Graves of Elder Advocates. Free and open to the public.

10 Make It. East Bonner County Library, 1407 Cedar St., hosts a Make It program every Tuesday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in rooms 103 and 104. This program for teens/tweens includes Legos, robotics, needlework and other projects. eBonnerLibrary.org.

10 Citizen Scientist Informational Meeting. Join Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeeper to learn more about our long-term Water Quality Monitoring Program (WQMP) and how to volunteer as a Citizen Scientist with the program this summer, during an informational meeting at 4:30 p.m. in the LPOW office, 109 N. First Ave., Ste. B. Now in its fifth field season, the WQMP collects water quality data for our lake, river and other local waterways. Volunteer as an individual, family or group. Click to learn more, or call 208-597-7188.

10 The Ceremony Cards. Inquire Within, 516 Oak St., hosts a slide show and workshop with Jane English from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. The Ceremony Cards are a living introduction to the traditional teaching of the far north from Greenland. Free; donations gratefully accepted. InquireWithinSandpoint.com. 208-255-7903

11 Panhandle Forest Collaborative Meeting. The National Forest Foundation is sharing information about an upcoming Panhandle Forest Collaborative meeting from noon to 3:30 p.m. in the County Administration Building, 1500 Highway 2. The Panhandle Forest Collaborative is a collaborative group that actively seeks to involve representatives from diverse perspectives, needs, and expertise; it focuses on issues on the Idaho Panhandle National Forest, primarily within the Sandpoint, Priest Lake and portions of the Coeur d'Alene Ranger Districts. For more information, contact Liz Johnson-Gebhardt, Panhandle Forest Collaborative Chair, at lizjg35@hotmail.com or call 208-448-0210. Visit the website for more information.

11 Spring Sandwiches. Winter Ridge Natural Foods, 703 Lake St., hosts a class at 6 p.m. on how to make spring sandwiches. Instructor Raquel Kaelin will bring spring flavors together in delightful sandwich recipes for grilled portabello sandwich with artichoke tapenade and chickpea salad sandwich. Your taste buds and your energy levels will be bursting! Free and open to the public. 208-265-8135

11 Primary Candidates Forum. The Sandpoint Reader and Sandpoint Online host a Primary Candidates Forum from 5:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. in the Sandpoint High School auditorium, 410 S. Division St. All candidates are invited to give a statement; however, questions from the audience will only be taken for the contested races. The forum is free and open to the public. Learn more on the Sandpoint Online Election Central page. 208-263-3573

12 The Conversation with Jason Wiley. Come meet Jason Wiley of the Sandpoint Parks and Recreation Department, who will speak on how he is supporting our artist community via the Sunday Celebration during The Conversation, held from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Ivano's Ristorante, 102 S. First Ave. Take this opportunity to share your insights with him on how to make this a better event. The Conversation is a free monthy event that supports our artist community by cultivating conversations on and about the creative processes for all the visual, literary, and performing artists in and around Sandpoint. 208-263-1592

13 Teen Writers Club. Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., hosts the Teen Writers Club on the second and fourth Fridays of every month. Teens who write ... unite! Collaboration, peer reviews, brainstorming activities. Writing supplies and refreshments provided. 208-263-6930 ext. 1245.

14 Schweitzer Summer Job Fair. Want a great summer job with fun people in a beautiful place - plus a way to earn a free winter season pass for 2016-17? Join Schweitzer for their summer job fair to learn all the details and find that perfect summer job on the mountain! Held from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Lakeview Lodge at Schweitzer Mountain Resort. Hiring managers will be on-site to conduct interviews and answer questions. Learn more and apply in advance at Schweitzer.com/jobs. You can also apply in-person at the event! 208-263-9555

14 A Spiritual Continuum. Inquire Within, 516 Oak St., hosts a Breaking Spiritual Continuum into four segments of life, presented by Marsha Lord, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Class will cover the building blocks for healthy spiritual growth and development in four segments of life: ages 0-20, 20-40, 40-60, 60-80. Fee is $25. InquireWithinSandpoint.com. 208-255-7903

16 Downtown Dialogue. Downtown's BID team hosts a monthly local radio program, the Downtown Dialogue. BID's goal is to create a dialogue of what is happening downtown with businesses! The show airs on 1400AM/KSPT and 1450AM/KBFI at noon on the third Monday of every month, and is hosted by BID manager Kim Queen. 208-263-2161

17 Idaho Primary Election. Idaho holds a primary election for state and county seats. Polls are open from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. Learn more on the Sandpoint Online Election Central page. 208-263-3573

17 Cooking With Essential Oils. Winter Ridge Natural Foods, 703 Lake St., hosts a class on How to Cook With Essential Oils at 6 p.m. with instructor Penny Cosner. Make lavender lemonade and a couple of appetizers using essential oils. Free and open to the public. 208-265-8135 

17 Parent/Grandparent Grief Group. Bonner General Health Community Hospice hosts a Parent and Grandparent Grief Group, which meets from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of each month in the classroom at Bonner General Health, 520 N. Third Ave. A free community service, the support group is for parents and grandparents who have experienced the death of a child or grandchild. 208-265-1185

19 Cooking Gluten-Free. Do you or someone in your family have an allergy or sensitivity to gluten? Come join the Cooking Gluten-Free class from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. at the University of Idaho Extension at 4205 N. Boyer Ave. and learn how you can prepare gluten-free meals for your family while skipping the stress and frustration. This class helps navigate the world of gluten free cooking by providing helpful tips and strategies to avoid the common mistakes many beginners make when switching to gluten free cooking. Cost is $3; register by May 17 by calling 208-263-8511.

19 PFLAG Meeting. The Sandpoint Chapter of PFLAG holds a monthly meeting (every third Thursday of the month) from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at the Gardenia Center, 400 Church St. 208-718-2388

20-21 BioBlitz. Kaniksu Land Trust hosts a BioBlitz on the University of Idaho property on North Boyer. A BioBlitz is an event that focuses on finding and identifying as many species as possible in a specific area over a short period of time. A BioBlitz is also known as a biological inventory or biological census. The primary goal of a BioBlitz is to get an overall count of the plants, animals, fungi, and other organisms that live in a place. To get involved, contact Regan or Suzanne at 208-263- 9471 or e-mail regan@kaniksu.org or suzanne@kaniksu.org.

23 Planning Your Organic Garden Workshop. Greentree Naturals Certified Organic Farm, 2003 Rapid Lightning Rd., hosts a Planning Your Organic Garden Workshop from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The workshop will discuss preparing the soil for planting; direct seeding and transplanting; companion planting; intercropping and crop rotation; record keeping, garden maps and succession planting. Workshop fee is $25. Part of an organic gardening workshop series; learn more at GreentreeNaturals.com or call 208-263-8957.

24 Bonner County ARES/RACES Meeting. The amateur radio group Bonner County ARES/RACES hold a meeting at 5:30 p.m. in the Bonner County Administration Building, 1500 Highway 2, on the fourth Tuesday of every month. ARES stands for Amateur Radio Emergency Service, a function of the American Radio Relay League; RACES is short for the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service and is associated with the local government emergency management function. The group does emergency communications for the public; if you have your license, come check out the group. Even if you don't have your license and are thinking about it, come see what we are all about. No cost. Learn more at the website, or call 661-203-0335.

25 Wrangling Words Writers Program. Meet other writers, explore the writing craft and learn how to develop your own path as a writer at 5 p.m. Always a fun flash fiction activity and monthly theme. Free at the East Bonner Co. Library Dist. Sandpoint Branch, 1407 Cedar.

28 Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society: BLM Botany in North Idaho. The Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society hosts a presentation from 9:45 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. in Sandpoint Community Hall. LeAnn Abell, botanist in the Bureau of Land Management's Coeur d'Alene District Office will discuss recent projects. Free admission, public welcome. Sponsored by the Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society and Sandpoint Parks and Recreation. NativePlantSociety.org. 208-597-5469

28 7 Keys to Downsize Sugar Cravings. Talus Rock Retreat, 291 Syringa Heights Rd., hosts a 7 Keys to Downsize Sugar Cravings class with Sarah Rusnak at 1 p.m. Sugar offers a quick pick-me-up, but then you feel the crash and reach for more; the addictive cycle makes it hard to give up. This interactive class will make some "good for you" sweet treats to taste, with recipes to take home. TalusRockRetreat.com. $12 suggested donation; RSVP only at 208-255-8458

Here is what's coming up in June!

6 Fertilizing Organically Workshop. Greentree Naturals Certified Organic Farm, 2003 Rapid Lightning Rd., hosts a Fertilizing Organically Workshop from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Fertile soil is the first step in increasing yields; examine your soil and its needs; learn how to amend your soil and improve its structure; review organic amendments, compost, manures, organic matter and foliar feeding; learn how to take a soil sample.  Participants will test soil from their own garden to determine basic NPK and receive a composting chart. Workshop fee is $25. Part of an organic gardening workshop series; learn more at GreentreeNaturals.com or call 208-263-8957.

20 Natural Weed Control Workshop. Greentree Naturals Certified Organic Farm, 2003 Rapid Lightning Rd., hosts a Natural Weed Control Workshop from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. On any organic garden or farm, particularly newly cultivated ground, it is likely that weed control commands a major part of the gardener's time over the course of the season. We will look at using different types of organic mulches and weed prevention strategies used to control unwanted plants. Workshop fee is $25. Part of an organic gardening workshop series; learn more at GreentreeNaturals.com or call 208-263-8957.

Here is what's coming up in July!

11 Natural Pest Management Workshop. Greentree Naturals Certified Organic Farm, 2003 Rapid Lightning Rd., hosts a Natural Pest Management Workshop from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Learn to assess pro-active control practices, identification, natural pest formulas, trap/catch-cropping and plant-pest relationships for natural pest control. Learn how to make your own insect traps and natural insect sprays. Workshop fee is $25. Part of an organic gardening workshop series; learn more at GreentreeNaturals.com or call 208-263-8957.

25 Harvesting the Bounty Workshop. Greentree Naturals Certified Organic Farm, 2003 Rapid Lightning Rd., hosts a Harvesting the Bounty Workshop from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Discover techniques for optimum yields for vegetables, herbs, cut flowers and post harvest handling; how to get the most out of your garden harvest. We will also cover post-harvest handling to assure food safety guidelines are met. Workshop fee is $25. Part of an organic gardening workshop series; learn more at GreentreeNaturals.com or call 208-263-8957.

Here is what's coming up in August!

8 Seed Saving Workshop. Greentree Naturals Certified Organic Farm, 2003 Rapid Lightning Rd., hosts a Harvesting the Bounty Workshop from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. By saving seed from your garden, you can produce plants best suited to your specific site and micro-climate; we will discuss plant selection, hand pollination, seed cleaning and seed storage. Workshop fee is $25. Part of an organic gardening workshop series; learn more at GreentreeNaturals.com or call 208-263-8957.

10-17 International Theatre School. American Laboratory Theatre in association with The Eureka Institute presents International Theatre School, held Aug. 10-17 at the Eureka Center in Sagle. International artistic directors will use theater as a tool to lead participants on a journey of self discovery designed to uncover the unique and captivating qualities and creativity in each individual. For more information and to register, visit AmericanLabTheatre.com. Registration deadline is July 31.

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