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Here is what's happening in July!

Through July 29 Special Coverage of National Political Conventions. Tune in to Sandpoint's community radio 88.5 KRFY for special coverage of the Republican and Democratic national conventions hosted by Democracy Now. Tune in Monday and Friday from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., and Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m., and 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Join 88.5 KRFY and Democracy Now for this Special Report. Learn more on the KRFY Facebook page or KRFY.org. 208-265-2992

27 KRFY Morning Show. Tune in at 8 a.m. to listen live at Sandpoint Community Radio KRFY 88.5, or hear the recorded podcast that afternoon at KRFY.org.

27 Puppy Power Hour. Pend Oreille Pet Lodge, 895 Kootenai Cut-Off Rd. in Ponderay, hosts Puppy Power Hour. Puppies enjoy an hour of supervised play and socialization between noon and 2 p.m. Power Hour is open to puppies 8 weeks to 6 months of age. Puppies must be current on veterinarian-administered vaccines. Power Hour is $5 per session or 5 for $20. For more information, call the Pend Oreille Pet Lodge at 208-255-7687. 

27 Crafternoon: Paracord Bracelets. Make a free bracelet to take home during this class at 1:30 p.m. in the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St.

27 Clark Fork Game Night. Play some board or card games, or bring some to share, during Game Night at 7 p.m. in the East Bonner County Library District's Clark Fork Branch, 601 Main St. This free Teen Summer Reading activity will help you Get In The Game and Read!

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

28 Hammered Ring Making Workshop. Learn to make a beautiful metal ring for yourself or for a gift during this free class at 10:30 a.m. in the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St. It's free family fun!

28 Panhandle Health District Grand Opening. Panhandle Health District welcomes the public to celebrate the grand opening of their new Bonner County location in Sandpoint, 2010 Pine St., from 11 a.m. until noon. There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a tour of the new facility. All are welcome to attend.

28 Youth Photography Seminar. 7B Drug Free hosts a youth photography seminar with acclaimed photographer Monte Stiles starting at noon in the University of Idaho Extension Office at the fairgrounds. This free event is for youth ages 12 to 18 years old; it includes a brief photography workshop, sack lunch, an afternoon photographing wildlife at Round Lake State Park, and a photography contest. Kids should bring snacks, a water bottle, appropriate weather gear and a camera (camera phone is fine). Seminar ends at 5:30 p.m. Reserve a seat by calling Erika McCall at 208-699-0919 or e-mail erikamccall@lposd.org.

28 Rally Obedience Dog Training. Pend Oreille Pet Lodge, 895 Kootenai Cut-Off Rd. in Ponderay, hosts Rally Obedience Dog Training starting at 1 p.m. Rally is a sport in which the dog and handler complete a course of designated 10 to 20 stations. Dogs must be current on veterinarian-administered vaccines. Drop-in class is $10 per session or 4 for $35. For more information, call Glenna at 208-610-2171 or the Pend Oreille Pet Lodge 208-255-7687.

28 Moon Pie at Clark Fork. Eat moon pie and look at the moon through telescopes at 7 p.m. with astronomer Sandy Nichols in the East Bonner County Library District's Clark Fork Branch, 601 Main St.

29 Building a Better Community Seminar. 7B Drug Free hosts a free seminar for community health and reliency for local leaders called Building a Better Community, from 7:30 a.m. until 9 a.m. in the Ponderay Events Center. Please join 7B for this interactive presentation from nationally recognized, motivational speaker Monte Stiles as he addresses the importance of health and resiliency in this great community. Light breakfast provided. Reserve a seat by calling Erika McCall at 208-699-0919 or e-mail erikamccall@lposd.org.

29 Teen Lock-In and Nerf Battle. Enjoy a night of fun and games with teens from libraries across the country during a Lock-In and Nerf Battle starting at 8 p.m. in the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St. Join live web chats with authors, stay overnight in the library, and have pancakes in the morning. A free Teen Summer Reading program.

30 Computer Class: Basic Computers. Learn about computer tools such as printers, DVDs and flash drives, decipher the computer keyboard and learn how to use a mouse during this free class at 8:15 a.m. sharp in the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St. Pre-registration required by calling 208-263-6930.

30 Puppy Power Hour. Pend Oreille Pet Lodge, 895 Kootenai Cut-Off Rd. in Ponderay, hosts Puppy Power Hour. Puppies enjoy an hour of supervised play and socialization between noon and 2 p.m. Power Hour is open to puppies 8 weeks to 6 months of age. Puppies must be current on veterinarian-administered vaccines. Power Hour is $5 per session or 5 for $20. For more information, call the Pend Oreille Pet Lodge at 208-255-7687.

31 Rally Obedience Dog Training. Pend Oreille Pet Lodge, 895 Kootenai Cut-Off Rd. in Ponderay, hosts Rally Obedience Dog Training starting at 4:30 p.m. Rally is a sport in which the dog and handler complete a course of designated 10 to 20 stations. Dogs must be current on veterinarian-administered vaccines. Drop-in class is $10 per session or 4 for $35. For more information, call Glenna at 208-610-2171 or the Pend Oreille Pet Lodge 208-255-7687.

Here is what's coming up in August!

1 Silver Sneakers Class. Lee and Lea Soltis bring their Silver Sneakers class to the Sandpoint Senior Center, 820 Main St. The Richard Simmons videotape is a great 40 minute workout, and it's held Monday mornings at 8:15 a.m. Wear comfortable clothing and sneakers (of any color!) for this gentle stretching and movement class! 208-263-6860

1-5 Show Camp. Youth ages 7-14 are invited to Show Camp from Aug. 1 through Aug. 5 at Lakeview Park. Show Camp is under the direction of Darla Dreyer, a former Disney choreographer/director. Camp participants will work on acting, dancing, comedy routines and skits, an opening production number and song presentation. Camp will end with a performance for family and friends. Donít miss the fun! Participants should bring a sack lunch, water bottle, and wear comfortable shoes. Class runs daily from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Class fee is $95; residents inside Sandpoint city limits receive $5 discount and scholarships are available. Register by July 25 at Sandpoint Parks and Recreation, 1123 Lake St. 208-263-3613

2-4 Youth Choir Camp. The Pearl Theater, 7160 Ash St. in Bonners Ferry, encourages fun-loving singers ages 8-18, with a passion for performance, to join us for three days of professional instruction - from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. each day - during Youth Choir Camp. This grant-sponsored camp provides this experience for only $30 per student. Camp teaches sight-reading, ear training, stage presence, and breath control. Bring a sack lunch, your enrollment fee, and your best singing voice! Cost is $30 for all three days. ThePearlTheater.org. 208-610-2846

2 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.

2 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.

2 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.

2 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.

2 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.

2 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

4 Clark Fork Crafternoon. The Clark Fork Library, 601 Main St., hosts Crafternoon with Enchanted Bubble Wands starting at 1:30 p.m. Kids and families will make bubble wands to take home. Free family fun!

4 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.

8-12 Vacation Bible School. First Baptist Church, 1230 Michigan St., hosts Vacation Bible School from 9 a.m. until noon Aug. 8-12. Each day, kids will explore what lies below the surface in the deep sea through Bible stories, crafts, games, snacks, singing, and learning about missions. Free and open to children ages 3 through 6th grade. A program and family picnic will be held Aug. 14 at 10 a.m. Register online at SandpointFBC.org or contact the church office 208-263-3625.

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.

8 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.

10 Crafternoon. The Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., hosts Crafternoon with Splatter Painting starting at 1:30 p.m. Kids and families bond with free family fun!

10 Intro to 3D Design Using Sketchup Make. MakerPoint Studio, C106-14 1424 N. Boyer Ave., hosts an Intro to 3D Design Using Sketchup Make. If you're new to 3D design, this class can show you how to use Sketchup Make (free download and use at home) to create 3D designs that can be printed in 3D, used for layout and even custom laser-cut items. Class participants will be taken through building a 3D design for exporting, to a laser cutter or CNC machine and given the opportunity to do the design yourself. Walk away feeling more comfortable with 3D design using this program. Pre-register by Aug. 9 at Sandpoint Parks and Recreation, 1123 Lake St. Fee is $61, with a $2 discount for Sandpoint city residents. 208-263-3613

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.

11 Toddler/Preschool Dance Party. The Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., hosts a Toddler/ Preschool Dance Party at 10 a.m. Get active and show off your moves! Kids and families love these dance parties!

11 Knot Tying for Kids. The Clark Fork Library, 601 Main St., hosts Knot Tying for Kids at 1:30 p.m. Learn to tie a variety of styles of knots!

12 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.

13 Live Farm Animals for Kids. The Clark Fork Library, 601 Main St., hosts Live Farm Animals for Kids at 2 p.m. Meet and learn about life on the farm.

15 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

15 Fifties Fun. The Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., hosts Fifties Fun at 10:30 a.m. Kids and families get moving with Summer Reading! For more information, contact Suzanne at 208-263-6930 ext. 1211.

17 "Mr. Lemoncello's Library" Book Discussion. The Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., hosts a book discussion at 2 p.m. for 4th through 6th graders and their parents about the book "Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library."

17 End of Teen Summer Reading Party. The Clark Fork Library, 601 Main St., hosts an End of Teen Summer Reading Party at 7 p.m. Games, pizza and prizes for teens who participated in the Clark Fork Summer Reading Challenge.

18 Extreme Science: Final Drawing. The Clark Fork Library, 601 Main St., hosts the Extreme Science: Final Drawing at 2:30 p.m. Radical Rick does awesome science. Explosions? Yes ... if you're lucky! Followed by the end-of-summer reading grand prize drawing.

18 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

18 Radical Rick Science Show. The Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., hosts Radical Rick at 6 p.m. This super fun science show is open to kids and families. For more information, contact Suzanne at 208-263-6930 ext. 1211.

18 End of Teen Summer Reading Pizza Party. The Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., hosts the End of Teen Summer Reading Pizza Party at 8 p.m. This is for teens who turned in reading logs over the summer at the library. Come see if you won that shiny set of books you've been eyeing all summer long! For more information, contact Morgan at 208-263-6930 ext. 1245.

23 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. Even if you don't have your license, come see what we are all about. No cost. Learn more, or call 661-203-0335.

27 Sandemonium! The Sandpoint Library presents the 2nd annual Sandpoint comic con, Sandemonium!, taking place at 10 a.m. in the Forrest Bird Charter School campus. Enjoy even more vendors, cosplay, expert panels, prizes, performances food and more! For more information, visit Sandemonium7b.com, facebook/sdptsandemonium, or e-mail marcy@ebonnerlibrary.com.

Here is what's coming up in September!

Now through Sept. 2 Coping With Grief (Registration). Bonner General Health offers a free support group called Coping with Grief. Topics covered include: expressing feelings, remembrance, role changes, social support, stress and coping, and understanding grief. Meetings are held in the BGH conference room, 520 N. Third Ave., from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday evenings starting Sept. 12th, running through Oct. 31. Meetings are free to participants, but completion of a screening/application is due by Sept. 2. For more information and to complete the screening/application process, contact Lissa DeFreitas at 208-265-1185, or e-mail LissaDeFreitas@bonnergeneral.org.

17 Waterfowl Hunter's Workshop. Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge, 287 Westside Rd. in Bonners Ferry, hosts a waterfowl hunter's workshop from 9 a.m. to noon. The workshop is open to anyone interested in learning more about waterfowl hunting. No prior experience is necessary. Topics include waterfowl calling, retriever demonstrations, decoy placement, ammo, waterfowl identification, and more. Cost is $15 and includes lunch, coffee, and snacks. Lots of free door prizes. Space is limited to 30 participants, so don't delay - sign up today! Registration and pre-payment is required. For more information, contact the Refuge at 208-267-3888. Sponsored by Far North Outfitters, North 40 Outfitters, Cheri's Taxidermy, and Friends of Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge.

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