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Here is what's happening in December!

Toys for Tots Applications. Applications are now open for the Toys for Tots event. Stop by the Sandpoint Lions Club Den, 607 S. Ella, from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday through December to fill out an application for toys and food boxes. Free and open to the public. SandpointLions.com. 208-946-1367

1 Alzheimer's Support Group
. The Sandpoint Senior Center, 820 Main St., hosts a support group at 1 p.m. for families, caregivers and friends of those with dementia, Alzheimer's and any related disorder, sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association. Free respite care is available at Day Break during the group session with advance reservations. Contact Jan Griffitts for more information at 208-290-1973, or e-mail  jan@looptravel.com. * Held on the first and third Thursday of every month.

1 Idaho Family Reading Week with Little Critter. Meet Little Critter in person during this family-fun event, held at 3 p.m. in the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St. Enjoy stories, snacks and activities as part of the Idaho Family Reading Week. 208-263-6930 ext. 1211

2-3 Clark Fork Library's Annual Silent Auction. The Clark Fork Library's annual Autumn Reading Program culminates in a silent auction, held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 2 and Dec. 3, with some unexpected items up for bid. Read books, magazines and audio books and submit your list by Dec. 2 to exchange for bidding dollars. This year's auction is dedicated to the memory of Pete the Library Cat.

3 Computer Class: Basic Internet. The Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., holds a basic computer class at 8:15 a.m. sharp. The amount of information available on the internet is staggering -- learn how to sift through it efficiently to find useful information. Space is limited and preregistration is required by calling 208-263-6930.

3 Friends of the Library Book Sale: Christmas Edition. Support the Friends of the Library Book Sale by firing up your creative side with Christmas books on decorating, crafts and cooking, and browse books for gift-giving, art and fiction for your imagination. How about books as stocking stuffers?! Held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St. * Held on the first Saturday of every month.

3 Carousel of Smiles Unboxing Event. The Carousel of Smiles project is a unique effort to restore an historic antique carousel to its former glory. All are invited to view the unpacking of the trailer housing this treasure at 11 a.m. in the Granary District, 513 Oak St. Learn more about the project at TheCarouselofSmiles.com.

4 Holiday Essential Oil "Make and Take." Enjoy a free entry to an open house-style Holiday Essential Oil "Make and Take" party, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. in Sandpoint Community Hall, 204 S. First Ave. Create your own natural products and gifts for friends and family this holiday season. There will be DIY stations for room sprays, bath salts, roller bottle remedies, and more - made with essential oils. Additional essential oil products and accessories are on sale. Enjoy a kids' corner with crafts to keep little ones busy, plus free food and drinks for participants. Learn more on the event's Facebook page or call 404-376-1429.

5 Toddler Dance Party. Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., invites toddlers and caregivers to come dance their socks off at a family dance party starting at 10 a.m. Join the fun!

5 Free Family Movie: Polar Express. Join your friends at the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., for the kid-friendly holiday movie Polar Express, starting at 3 p.m.

6 Library Storytimes. The Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., hosts Mother Goose Storytime at 10:15 a.m. for children ages 0 to 3; and Preschool Storytime at 11 a.m. for children ages 2 to 5. * Held every Tuesday.

6 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. 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. * Held on the first and third Tuesday of each month. 208-265-1185

7 Inventors Association of Idaho Meeting. Columbia Bank, 414 Church St., hosts the Inventors Association of Idaho meeting at 2 p.m. Featured speaker will be JD Claridge, CEO and co-founder of xCraft, a leading drone company developing innovative vehicles for the UAV market. Claridge's passion for flight runs deeply through all of his pursuits. As a certified pilot, electrical engineer, airframe mechanic, and Designated Engineering Representative (DER) for the FAA, he has held key engineering roles at several aerospace OEMs and has founded aerospace consulting firm Aero Designworks. Meeting is free and open to the public. 509-675-7083

7 Clark Fork Stories and More. The Clark Fork Library, 610 Main St., holds a Clark Fork Stories and More program at 10:30 a.m. Kids ages 3 to 8 are invited to enjoy stories, crafts, prizes and snacks. * Held every Wednesday.

7 Clark Fork Make It At The Library. The Clark Fork Library, 610 Main St., holds a Make It At The Library program at 2 p.m. Kids are invited to come and make a variety of age-appropriate projects. * Held every Wednesday.

7 Lego Club. The Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., hosts a Lego Club at 2 p.m. Kids of all ages are welcome to come and create with open Lego play. * Held on the first and third Wednesday of every month.

7 3D Printing Workshop for Adults. The Clark Fork Library, 610 Main St., hosts a 3D Printing Workshop for Adults at 4 p.m. This beginner class explores the potential of 3D printing and designing a 3D printable object. Pre-registration required by calling 208-266-1321. * Held on the first Wednesday of every month.

7 Sandpoint Photo Club. The Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., hosts the Sandpoint Photo Club at 5 p.m. Learn and share with other photographers! * Held on the first Wednesday of every month.

9 Teen Writers Club. The Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., hosts the Teen Writers Club at 3:30 p.m. Teens who write ... unite! Enjoy collaboration, peer reviews, brainstorming activities; writing supplies and refreshments provided. * Held on the second and fourth Friday of every month.

10 Computer Class: Digital Library. Find out how to access downloadable books, music, magazines and much more - all available free to you as an EBCL patron - during this class at 8:15 a.m. in the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St. Space is limited and pre-registration is required by calling 208-263-6930.

12 Pajama Storytime. Bring the entire family to the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., for an evening storytime at 6:30 p.m. with bedtime snacks. PJs and cuddle toys welcome!

13 Geezer Forum. Tango Cafe inside the Sandpoint Center, 414 Church St., hosts the Geezer Forum from 2:30 p.m. until 4 p.m. This week's topic is "Growing Old Gay" featuring guest speaker Jim Healey. The Geezer Forum is held the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month, and is sponsored by Elder Advocates. 208-610-4971

13 Distinguished Young Women Parent/Daughter Orientation. If you are a girl in the class of 2018, involved in school and/or community activities, outstanding in academics, leadership, athletics or the arts and interested in earning scholarships for college, then the Distinguished Young Women program is for you! Distinguished Young Women of Sandpoint (formerly Jr. Miss) is part of a nationwide program which awards scholarships for young womens' achievement. Sign up online to join a Parent/Daughter Orientation at 6 p.m. in room #S4 in the Sandpoint High School. Call Julie at 208-255-2059 for more details.

14 Bonner County Administration Building: Temporary Closure. The Bonner County Administration Building, 1500 Highway 2, will be closed from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. for an Annual Holiday Employee Appreciation Luncheon. 208-265-1438

14 Crafternoon: Paper Cherubs. The Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., hosts free family fun making beautiful paper art starting at 2 p.m. All are welcome.

14 The Conversation. All artists from the Sandpoint area are invited to attend The Conversation, held from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. in Kyoko (Sushi on the Bridge) located at 334 N. First Ave. Featuring local artist Catherine Earle, who will share her search and inspiration within the fine arts. The intent of The Conversation is to enrich 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

15 Alzheimer's Support Group. The Sandpoint Senior Center, 820 Main St., hosts a support group at 1 p.m. for families, caregivers and friends of those with dementia, Alzheimer's and any related disorder, sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association. Free respite care is available at Day Break during the group session with advance reservations. Contact Jan Griffitts for more information at 208-290-1973, or e-mail  jan@looptravel.com. * Held on the first and third Thursday of every month.

15 Christmas Around the World. Bring the family to the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., for a fun time learning about Christmas traditions around the world. The program starts at 3 p.m. Contact Suzanne for more information at 208-263-6930 ext. 1211.

17 Computer Class: Basic Microsoft Word. Learn the basics of Microsoft Word, including toolbars, formatting and highlighting, during a Basic Microsoft Word computer class held at 8:15 a.m. in the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St. Space is limited and pre-registration is required by calling 208-263-6930. * Held on the third Saturday of the month.

17 Bella Note Performance and Class. Join Bella Note teachers for a holiday performance and participation class for young children, starting at 10 a.m. in the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St. Call Suzanne Davis for details at 208-263-6930 ext. 1211.

19 Free Family Movie: Elf. Join your friends at the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., for a kid-friendly screening of the holiday movie Elf, starting at 3 p.m. Contact Suzanne for more information at 208-263-6030 ext. 1211.

19 Night Sky Viewing Program. Enjoy a Night Sky astronomy viewing program for families at 6:30 p.m. in Great Northern Park. This is a weather dependent program and subject to cancellation. Contact Suzanne at the East Bonner County Library District for additional details, 208-263-6930 ext. 1211.

27 3D Printing Workshop for Adults. The Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., hosts a 3D Printing Workshop for Adults at 5 p.m. This beginner class explores the potential of 3D printing and designing a 3D printable object. Pre-registration required by calling 208-263-6930. * Held on the fourth Tuesday of every month.

27 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 (Amateur Radio Emergency Service) is a function of the American Radio Relay League; RACES (Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service) 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. And if you don't have your license, come see what we're all about. No cost. Learn more, or call 661-203-0335.

28 Crafternoon: Animal Tracks. Make animal track casts and learn how to identify animal tracks in the wild during a Crafternoon activity at 2 p.m. in the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St.

29 Winter Holidays Family Activity. Bring the family to the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., for a fun time learning about holidays such as Kwanzaa and Hannakkah with games and crafts, starting at 1 p.m. Contact Suzanne for more information at 208-263-6930 ext. 1211.

30 Computer Class: Basic Computers. Learn about the parts of a computer, computer terminology, memory, navigation and accessibility at 8:15 a.m. in the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St. Space is limited and pre-registration is required by calling 208-263-6930.

31 Used Book Sale. Come one, come all to the Bonner Mall's Used Book Sale, held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the last Saturday of every month inside the Bonner Mall in Ponderay. The public is welcome to bring books and sell them; there's no cost and tables are provided. Shoppers - this is a great chance to find books at a huge discount! 208-263-4272

Here is what's coming up in January 2017!

10 Geezer Forum. Tango Cafe inside the Sandpoint Center, 414 Church St., hosts the Geezer Forum from 2:30 p.m. until 4 p.m. The Geezer Forum is held the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month, and is sponsored by Elder Advocates. 208-610-4971

21 READY! for Kindergarten. Registration is now open for the free winter 2017 READY! for Kindergarten early childhood literacy workshops for parents, grandparents and primary caregivers of children from birth to age 5 (before kindergarten). Workshops are held the morning of Jan. 21; take home free, fun and educational toys, games, books, activities to use in play with a purpose. Free childcare for ages 13 months to 11 years (under 1 year may attend with parent). To register, go to ReadySandpoint.org or call 208-263-7040. Funded by the Panhandle Alliance for Education and endorsed by the Lake Pend Oreille School District.

28 What's Killing the Trees? Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society and Sandpoint Parks and Recreation present "What's Killing the Trees?" from 9:45 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. in Sandpoint Community Hall. Featured speaker is Tom Eckberg. Free and open to the public. NativePlantSociety.org.

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