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Here is what's happening in October!

Through Nov. 5 BGH Community Hospice Rose Event. Bonner General Health Community Hospice holds its annual Rose Event. Your donation provides Direct Client Support to families in our community using hospice services. As a gift, you will receive one dozen roses for every $20 donation. To order, please contact Lissa DeFreitas at 208-265-1185 or e-mail lissa.defreitas@bonnergeneral.org. Donations can be made up until pick-up day on Nov. 5 in the lobby of the hospital from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

30 Flowering Rush Dig. The Lakes Commission and the City of Sandpoint are holding a Flowering Rush Dig from 10 a.m. to noon at City Beach and Dog Beach. Help keep our public swim areas swimmable! Flowering Rush is an invasive aquatic plant that can fill in small bays quickly! Volunteers are to meet at the City Beach Pavilion; please wear warm clothes, rubber boots, tough gloves, and bring along a trowel and bucket if possible. Lakes-Commission.com. 208-263-5310 ext. 107

30 Ask the Waterkeeper. Eichardt's Pub and Grill, 212 Cedar St., hosts the Ask the Waterkeeper event from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Ask the Waterkeeper gives you the opportunity to enjoy a relaxed atmosphere and conversation with LPOW staff, who will happily answer questions and discuss any concerns you have regarding water quality or watershed issues. These conversations often become wonderful brainstorming sessions!

Here is what's coming up in November!

1-16 Wilderness First Responder Course. Whether your adventures taking you a few miles or a few days from road access, you should be prepared to be self-sufficient in the case of a medical emergency. Join Longleaf Wilderness Medicine for a 76-hour Wilderness First Responder course offered over the course of three weekends in November. Classes will be held from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Sandpoint. Attendance is required at all classes. Course tuition of $625 includes all materials and American Heart Association CPR for the Healthcare Provider course. For more information and to register, visit the website or call 208-274-3596.

1, 8 Family Learning Storytime. The Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., hosts a Family Learning Storytime program from 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Saturdays, Nov. 1 and Nov. 8. Learn how to teach literacy through reading, singing and more in a storytime environment. Receive free books, CDs and more. Parents can begin at birth to help children learn important pre-reading skills. The library can suggest what to read and how to read to young children so they get the most from the experience. Learn how to use books, programs and other resources at your library to prepare your children for reading success! There's no cost, but pre-registration is required by calling 208-263-6930, ext. 1211.

3 Diabetes Day Open House. Bonner General Health hosts a Diabetes Day Open House, held from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Brown House Conference Room, next to BGH. Event is free and open to the public. There will be fabulous door prizes; plus learn about insulin pumps, carb counting and more. Start the day with guest speaker A1C Champion Trudy Snawder at 10 a.m. in the BGH Classroom; an Insulin Pump Support Group meets at 1:30 p.m. in the Brown House Conference Room. Enjoy a free 10-minute foot massage, snacks and more. Don't miss it, for your health's sake! For more information, call the BGH Diabetes Educator at 208-265-1116.

4 Election Day. Idaho holds a general election for county and statewide offices. Area For information on voter eligibility, registering to vote, polling places and links to non-partisan voter information, visit the Sandpoint Elections Page.

4 Empowering Women in Business Conference. Panhandle State Bank hosts the Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce Empowering Women in Business Conference from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the auditorium. Cost is $60 Chamber members, $70 non-Chamber members. Pre-conference movie night starts at 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3 in the Panida Theater (a no-host bar opens at 5 p.m., with a "special movie" starting at 5:30 p.m. SandpointChamber.org. 208-263-0887

4 Overeaters Anonymous. There is a weekly Overeaters Anonymous Meeting from noon to 1 p.m. at the Cocolalla Cowboy Church, 4281 Cocolalla Loop Rd. in Cocolalla. For more information, contact Linda at 612-599-1096 or e-mail randallinda1@juno.com.

4 Inventors Association of Idaho Meeting. The Bird Aviation Museum and Invention Center, 325 Bird Ranch Rd. in Sagle, hosts the Inventors Association of Idaho Meeting at 2 p.m. The topic is "Greenlage: An Innovation in Animal Feed" by Dr. Paul Finman. Hear about Finman's process for production of what he calls "Greenlage" which he has been developing on his ranch in Bonner County, which produces algae and other single cell protein from animal waste to recapture nutrients that are normally lost. Open to the public; please RSVP inventorsassociationofidaho@gmail.com. Social time immediately follows the meeting to visit with inventors and entrepreneurs.

4 Introduction to Essential Oils Workshop. Are you new to essential oils? Learn the difference between therapeutic and non-therapeutic, where they come from, smell and use several everyday oils during this workshop taught by Penny Cosner, LMT, FCCI and Jennifer Brown. Held at 6:30 pm, 402 Cedar Street. Call Penny at 208-946-3692 for more information; $5 fee.

4 Parent Grief Group. Bonner Community Hospice hosts a Parent Grief Group, which meets from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. A free community service of Bonner Community Hospice, the support group is for parents who have experienced the death of a child. Call 208-265-1185 for additional information.

5 SCRC Volunteer Orientation. Are you looking to have a positive impact in your community? Sandpoint Community Resource Center has settled into a new space in town to help people in need connect with people who serve. We have assisted more than 100 individuals since the beginning of the year and are looking for committed and compassionate individuals to help us meet this growing need. Come learn about the important work we are doing at our Volunteer Orientation at noon, held in the Panhandle Community Plaza, 231 N. Third Ave. See how you might apply your skills to this vital service in our community. For more information, contact Becca Orchard at 208-304-2875, e-mail sandpointcommunityresource@gmail.com, or visit the website.

5-Jan. 7 Intermediate Bridge Classes. No longer a beginner but not quite ready for Duplicate Bridge? Then join instructor Mary Faux for Intermediate Bridge. This is an eight week set of classes held weekly on Wednesday nights beginning November 5 and running through January 7.  The class time is from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and will be held in Sandpoint Community Hall, 204 First Ave. Class fee is $30 ($1 City discount; $1 senior discount) and includes all essential class materials. Pre-register by Oct. 30 at Sandpoint Parks and Recreation, 1123 Lake St. 208-263-3613

6 Alzheimer's Support Group. Sandpoint Senior Center, 820 Main St., hosts an Alzheimer's Support Group at 1 p.m. Held on the first and third Thursdays of each month. Free respite care available during group session with advance reservations; contact Jan Griffitts for more information at 208-290-1973 or e-mail jan@looptravel.com.

6 Best of Asia Slideshow Presentation. Tina Friedman presents her Best of Asia Slideshow from 5:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. at the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St. Friedman will be sharing her photographs and stories of her travel through Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and Sri Lanka - blending them into one final show. Free admission.

6 NIFRW Meeting. The North Idaho Federated Republican Women hosts an informative meeting, Big Fish, Big Game and Puppy Tales, with Idaho Fish and Game commissioner Brad Corkhill and former commissioner Tony McDermott. All are welcome to attend this event from 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. in the Panhandle Health Building, 322 S. Marion Ave. RSVP appreciated: itmmatheson@live.com.

6 Consider the Conversation. The Little Panida Theater on First Avenue hosts a screening at 6 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.) of the film Consider The Conversation - a loving documentary about living life to its fullest to the very end. Free community event of Bonner General Health Community Hospice, sponsored by Lakeview Funeral Home and Cremation Service. 208-265-1179

6 Injectors Car Club Meeting. Di Luna's Cafe hosts the regular meeting of the Sandpoint Injectors Car Club at 7 p.m. (dinner is served at 6 p.m.). Call Gary Vanhorn for information at 208-263-9870.

6 Adult Grief Group. Bonner General Health hosts an Adult Grief Group meeting from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Page House (behind BGH) on the first and third Thursdays of every month. Call 208-265-1185 for more information and an application.

8 Dementia Support Group. The Bridge Assisted Living, 1123 N. Division St., hosts a monthly Dementia Support Group at 2 p.m. The group will focus on sharing stories of dementia caregivers. Please join us! Group meets the second Saturday of each month.

10 Sandpoint Lions Club Meeting. Join the Sandpoint Lions Club for their meeting night, held at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of every month at the Lions Den, 607 S. Ella. The Sandpoint Lions Club holds meetings to discuss club business and plan fundraisers for programs to support the community. The club is actively seeking new members to help out. Please contact us through e-mail, sandpointlions@gmail.com, or on our website if interested. 208-263-4118 (leave a message)

10 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. This month's topic is an informational presentation and Q&A session on the Bonner Partners in Care Clinic. Bring your lunch and learn about minimal cost health care services in Sandpoint for the uninsured. This is great information for social service providers and the public. Everyone welcome. Details: Bonner County Interagency Facebook Page.

10-Jan. 5 Bridge for Beginners. Join instructor Mary Faux to learn the Basics of Bridge, one of the world's most fascinating card games. Faux will provide the basics in eight easy classes held Monday evenings from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Nov. 10 through January 5. Now is your opportunity to learn this very popular card game or improve the basics you may already know. Class fee is $30 ($1 City discount; $1 senior discount) and includes all essential class materials. Bridge for Beginners will be held in the Sandpoint Community Hall, 204 S. First Ave. Pre-register by Oct. 30 at Sandpoint Parks and Recreation, 1123 Lake St., or call 208-263-3613.

11 Geezer Forum. Tango Cafe inside Panhandle State Bank, 414 Church St., hosts the Geezer Forum at 2:30 p.m. with Paul Graves. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by Elder Advocates, Inc. 208-610-4971

12 Family History Class. Finding your roots is easy at the Family History Center! Get started by registering at Sandpoint Parks and Recreation (due Nov. 7) for an introductory Family History Class offered by the Family History Center. Class will be held at the Family History Center (back of LDS church, 602 Schweitzer Rd.) from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and is free to attend. Though a wireless device is not required, Wi-Fi is available so bring your laptop or tablet if you'd like. 208-597-0641

13 Sandpoint Chamber General Membership Luncheon. The Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce hosts the General Membership Luncheon from noon to 1 p.m. at the Ponderay Events Center, 401 Bonner Mall Way in Ponderay. Cost is $15 Chamber members, $20 non-Chamber members. SandpointChamber.org. 208-263-0887

15 "Make and Take" Workshop. This workshop has been held for the last three years and is very popular to those that want to give "homemade" gifts for the holiday season. Attendees will be able to make three gifts and take them and the instructions home. Penny Cosner, LMT, FCCI and Jennifer Brown will instruct students how to make essential oil spritzers, aromatherapy diffusers, bath salts, exfoliating scrubs, massage oils and more. Cost is $15. Held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at 402 Cedar Street, (Raindrop Northwest Massage Therapy). Please call Penny at 208-946-3692 to pre-register for this class.

17 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

18 Parent Grief Group. Bonner Community Hospice hosts a Parent Grief Group, which meets from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. A free community service of Bonner Community Hospice, the support group is for parents who have experienced the death of a child. Call 208-265-1185 for additional information.

20 Alzheimer's Support Group. Sandpoint Senior Center, 820 Main St., hosts an Alzheimer's Support Group at 1 p.m. Held on the first and third Thursdays of each month. Free respite care available during group session with advance reservations; contact Jan Griffitts for more information at 208-290-1973 or e-mail jan@looptravel.com.

20 Adult Grief Group. Bonner General Health hosts an Adult Grief Group meeting from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Page House (behind BGH) on the first and third Thursdays of every month. Call 208-265-1185 for more information and an application.

22 Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society Presentation. The Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society presents "Pollinators, Predators, and Plant Grazers: The role of insects in home gardens" from 9:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Sandpoint Community Hall. Stephen Augustine will discuss the diversity and roles of insects in gardens, pollinators and the plants that benefit from insect pollination, habitat for native pollinators, and finally the crucial role played by hornets and wasps for healthy gardens. Free admission, public welcome. Sponsored by the Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society and Sandpoint Parks and Recreation. NativePlantSociety.org. 208-627-3292

24 Sandpoint Lions Club Meeting. Join the Sandpoint Lions Club for their meeting night, held at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of every month at the Lions Den, 607 S. Ella. The Sandpoint Lions Club holds meetings to discuss club business and plan fundraisers for programs to support the community. The club is actively seeking new members to help out. Please contact us through e-mail, sandpointlions@gmail.com, or on our website if interested. 208-263-4118 (leave a message)

Here is what's coming up in December!

1 Diabetes Support and Education Group Meeting. Bonner General Health hosts a Diabetes Support and Education Group Meeting from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Brown House (next to the hospital). This month's featured speaker is Audrey Buck, RD/CDE, who will discuss Holiday Eating. Bonner General Hospitalís Diabetes Support Group is available at no charge and serves to strengthen your diabetes knowledge so you can feel great and prevent complications. You will be meeting new friends who may struggle with some of the same issues as you. All people with diabetes and their families are invited. We hope to see you there!

4 Alzheimer's Support Group. Sandpoint Senior Center, 820 Main St., hosts an Alzheimer's Support Group at 1 p.m. Held on the first and third Thursdays of each month. Free respite care available during group session with advance reservations; contact Jan Griffitts for more information at 208-290-1973 or e-mail jan@looptravel.com.

18 Alzheimer's Support Group. Sandpoint Senior Center, 820 Main St., hosts an Alzheimer's Support Group at 1 p.m. Held on the first and third Thursdays of each month. Free respite care available during group session with advance reservations; contact Jan Griffitts for more information at 208-290-1973 or e-mail jan@looptravel.com.

Here is what's coming up in January 2015!

1 Alzheimer's Support Group. Sandpoint Senior Center, 820 Main St., hosts an Alzheimer's Support Group at 1 p.m. Held on the first and third Thursdays of each month. Free respite care available during group session with advance reservations; contact Jan Griffitts for more information at 208-290-1973 or e-mail jan@looptravel.com.

5 Diabetes Support and Education Group Meeting. Bonner General Health hosts a Diabetes Support and Education Group Meeting from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Brown House (next to the hospital). This month's featured speaker is a BGH pharmacist who will discuss What's New in Diabetes Medications. Bonner General Hospitalís Diabetes Support Group is available at no charge and serves to strengthen your diabetes knowledge so you can feel great and prevent complications. You will be meeting new friends who may struggle with some of the same issues as you. All people with diabetes and their families are invited. We hope to see you there!

15 Alzheimer's Support Group. Sandpoint Senior Center, 820 Main St., hosts an Alzheimer's Support Group at 1 p.m. Held on the first and third Thursdays of each month. Free respite care available during group session with advance reservations; contact Jan Griffitts for more information at 208-290-1973 or e-mail jan@looptravel.com.

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