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Here is what's happening in December!

18 Health Insurance Made Easy Breakfast Chat. Summit Insurance, 301 Cedar St., Suite 203 in the Belwood Building, hosts a Health Insurance Made Easy breakfast chat every Thursday at 8 a.m. Whether first time or renewal, the process and available plans have changed dramatically for 2015. Summit Insurance's informal Breakfast Chats make it easy to navigate the health care maze. Free and open to the public. Call 208-265-9690 for more information or visit SummitIRG.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.

18 EDM Christmas. Can your Christmas dream come true? Join Cedar Hills Church, 227 McGhee Rd., at 7:07 p.m. for an hour-long production, called EDM Christmas, that includes: music, dancing and a light show. Cedar Hills will explore the topic of "Never giving up on your dreams," in a story of a special Christmas wish that all the North Pole comes together to make true. This event is for High School and Middle School students only. Free admission. CedarHillsChurch.com. 208-265-8500

20 Community Nature Connection Day. Twin Eagles Wilderness School sponsors a Community Nature Connection Day from 9 a.m. until noon. Connect with nature and explore the land; the event offers experiences in a variety of different skill sets. Such possibilities might include wildlife tracking, basketry, fire making and more. The group will meet in the Travers Park parking lot, and head into the woods from there. Free and open to the public. TwinEagles.org. 208-265-3685

23 Overeaters Anonymous Meeting. The Cocolalla Cowboy Church, 4281 Cocolalla Loop Rd. in Cocolalla, hosts a weekly Overeaters Anonymous Meeting from noon to 1 p.m. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins; meeting is held every Tuesday. For more information, please contact Linda at 612-599-1096 or e-mail randallinda1@juno.com.

23 Geezer Forum Birthday Celebration. Tango Cafe inside Columbia Bank (formerly Panhandle State Bank), 414 Church St., hosts the Geezer Forum at 2:30 p.m. with Paul Graves. Celebrate the Forum's 3rd birthday party with live music featuring the Bill Reid Trio! Enjoy wonderful tunes from the '30s, '40s and '50s plus some Christmas music. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by Elder Advocates, Inc. 208-610-4971

24 Christmas Eve Gathering. Come celebrate Christmas Eve with Cedar Hills Church, 227 McGhee Rd. Times are 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. Families will enjoy: Reading of the Christmas Story, candle lighting, and holiday music classics including Carol of the Bells, Noel and many others. Childcare will be provided for infants and toddlers. CedarHillsChurch.com. 208-265-8500

26-27 Finding Neverland Camp. Explore Neverland, pixies, fairies, and discover our inner Lost Boys and pirates during a Finding Neverland Camp from 9 a.m. until noon Dec. 26 and Dec. 27 on the Cedar Street Bridge. This camp is for kids who want to use every inch of imagination to go on a journey to where it's OK to be who you are, to find a place of acceptance and friendship, and enjoy the last days of holiday break. Camp will serve a free feast each day at noon for kids who want to stay. Cost of the camp is $90 for the two days (including lunch); sponsored by Gebardi Foods. Visit the website for more information, or call 208-597-2457.

30 Overeaters Anonymous Meeting. The Cocolalla Cowboy Church, 4281 Cocolalla Loop Rd. in Cocolalla, hosts a weekly Overeaters Anonymous Meeting from noon to 1 p.m. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins; meeting is held every Tuesday. For more information, please contact Linda at 612-599-1096 or e-mail randallinda1@juno.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.

2 Acting/Improv Classes. Cedar Street Bridge hosts Acting/Improv Classes for ages 9 and up. The six weeks of classes begin Jan. 2, and are held on Fridays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. with instructors Duncan Heaney and Christine Heneise. Activities include audition skills, breathing technique, scene work and more. Cost is $90. Sponsored by Gebardi Foods and Creations. Visit the website for more information, or call 208-597-2457.

2 Intro to Acting and Improv. Cedar Street Bridges hosts Intro to Acting and Improv classes for ages 5 to 8. The six weeks of classes begin Jan. 2, and are held on Fridays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. with instructors Christine Heneise and Duncan Heaney. Mom and Dad - take a date night out once a week. Grab dinner for your student at the Cedar Street Bridge right before class and then drop them off with us for two hours of fun. Includes warm-up exercises, imagination games and more. Cost is $15 per class. Visit the website for more information, or call 208-597-2457.

3 Family Acting and Improv Class. Cedar Street Bridge hosts Family Acting and Improv Class from 1 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. on Saturdays, starting Jan. 3 with instructors Duncan Heaney and Christine Heneise. Come in any Saturday ... moms, dads, aunts, uncles, cousins ... as a whole family or any family members that need bonding time. This is better and cheaper than taking the family to a movie! And, as always, special needs are welcome. Learn character development, role reversals, improv and lots of fun games. Individuals are welcome to come alone or bring a friend. Cost is $20 per class for the entire family (up to 4); $5 for each additional family member. Visit the website for more information, or call 208-597-2457.

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 Hospital’s 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!

Through Jan. 5 Sandpoint Youth Orchestra. The Festival at Sandpoint's Youth Orchestra is registering young musicians for the 2015 semester. This string orchestra is looking for young people from the greater Sandpoint area who are interested in participating. There is no fee, and no age limit. Beginners through advanced violin, viola, cello, bass players and a percussionist are welcome. The orchestra is in its seventh year and is conducted by Beth Weber. Rehearsals begin Jan. 5. Interested? Call Weber at 208-263-1151.

6 Overeaters Anonymous Meeting. The Cocolalla Cowboy Church, 4281 Cocolalla Loop Rd. in Cocolalla, hosts a weekly Overeaters Anonymous Meeting from noon to 1 p.m. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins; meeting is held every Tuesday. For more information, please contact Linda at 612-599-1096 or e-mail randallinda1@juno.com.

6 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.

8 Health Insurance Made Easy Breakfast Chat. Summit Insurance, 301 Cedar St., Suite 203 in the Belwood Building, hosts a Health Insurance Made Easy breakfast chat every Thursday at 8 a.m. Whether first time or renewal, the process and available plans have changed dramatically for 2015. Summit Insurance's informal Breakfast Chats make it easy to navigate the health care maze. Free and open to the public. Call 208-265-9690 for more information or visit SummitIRG.com.

8-29 7B Colossal Clash. Are you a big ballin', high-scoring sports champ? If so, come check out the 7B Colossal Clash held every Thursday this January at 6:30 p.m. at Kootenai Elementary School. Five different teams will compete in four different sports over the span of four weeks to see "Who is the Best in the B!" Get your game face on and come out to the Kootenai Gym every Thursday night in January to battle it out! Sponsored by Cedar Hills Church. 2080-265-8500

10 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.

12 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.

13 Overeaters Anonymous Meeting. The Cocolalla Cowboy Church, 4281 Cocolalla Loop Rd. in Cocolalla, hosts a weekly Overeaters Anonymous Meeting from noon to 1 p.m. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins; meeting is held every Tuesday. For more information, please contact Linda at 612-599-1096 or e-mail randallinda1@juno.com.

13-May 5 NIC Business Writing Class. North Idaho College at Sandpoint offers an opportunity to brush up on business communication skills this winter with the new course, English 272 (Business Writing). This course offers instruction in the practical application of business writing principles including strategies for memos, letters, reports, and résumés. The hybrid class taught by Amy Flint will meet weekly on Tuesdays from 4 p.m. until 5:15 p.m. at the Sandpoint Center, Jan. 13 through May 5. This course is also required for several business and accounting degree programs. NIC.edu/Sandpoint.

14 Community Forum on Coal and Oil Train Issues. The City of Sandpoint sponsors a community forum on coal and oil train issues at 5:30 p.m. in Council chambers at Sandpoint City Hall, 1123 Lake St. This will be an opportunity to hear current information about coal trains, oil trains, safety for our citizens and communities, and actions that may be taken. The public is invited, along with federal, state, and local representatives. Railroad representatives from Burlington Northern-Santa Fe, Montana Rail Link, and Union Pacific are also invited. Please bring your questions, comments, and concerns. For more information, call the mayor's office at 208-263-3310 or e-mail cityclerk@ci.sandpoint.id.us.

15 Health Insurance Made Easy Breakfast Chat. Summit Insurance, 301 Cedar St., Suite 203 in the Belwood Building, hosts a Health Insurance Made Easy breakfast chat every Thursday at 8 a.m. Whether first time or renewal, the process and available plans have changed dramatically for 2015. Summit Insurance's informal Breakfast Chats make it easy to navigate the health care maze. Free and open to the public. Call 208-265-9690 for more information or visit SummitIRG.com.

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.

17 READY! for Kindergarten Workshop. Panhandle Alliance for Education hosts the READY! for Kindergarten free early childhood literacy workshop. The winter focus is on Literacy; Math, Logic & Reasoning. Open to parents and grandparents of children from birth up to age 5. Register at ReadySandpoint.org or call 208-263-7040.

19 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

20 Overeaters Anonymous Meeting. The Cocolalla Cowboy Church, 4281 Cocolalla Loop Rd. in Cocolalla, hosts a weekly Overeaters Anonymous Meeting from noon to 1 p.m. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins; meeting is held every Tuesday. For more information, please contact Linda at 612-599-1096 or e-mail randallinda1@juno.com.

20 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.

Through Jan. 21 Distinguished Young Women Program Sign-Ups. Stop by the Sandpoint High School counseling office, or visit DistinguishedYW.org to sign up for the DYW 2015 Program now through Jan. 21. All Junior young women are encouraged to participate in this amazing scholarship opportunity.

22 Health Insurance Made Easy Breakfast Chat. Summit Insurance, 301 Cedar St., Suite 203 in the Belwood Building, hosts a Health Insurance Made Easy breakfast chat every Thursday at 8 a.m. Whether first time or renewal, the process and available plans have changed dramatically for 2015. Summit Insurance's informal Breakfast Chats make it easy to navigate the health care maze. Free and open to the public. Call 208-265-9690 for more information or visit SummitIRG.com.

23 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. SCRC has assisted more than 150 individuals last 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 in the Columbia Bank Community Plaza, 231 N. Third Ave. See how you might apply your skills to this vital service in our community.  Learn more at SandpointCommunityResource.com or contact Becca Orchard at 208-304-2875.

24 Landscaping for Birds, Bees and Butterflies. The Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society presents Landscaping for Birds, Bees, and Butterflies from 9:45 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. in the Sandpoint Community Hall. Gail Bolin, owner of Earth Wise Northwest, will discuss ways to encourage birds, bees, and butterflies in our gardens by providing them with what they need to live and reproduce. Free admission, public welcome. Sponsored by the Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society and Sandpoint Parks and Recreation. For more information, visit NativePlantSociety.org or call Gail Bolin at 208-627-3292.

27 Overeaters Anonymous Meeting. The Cocolalla Cowboy Church, 4281 Cocolalla Loop Rd. in Cocolalla, hosts a weekly Overeaters Anonymous Meeting from noon to 1 p.m. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins; meeting is held every Tuesday. For more information, please contact Linda at 612-599-1096 or e-mail randallinda1@juno.com.

28 Clark Fork Delta Presentation. The Memorial Community Center, 415 Wellington Pl. in Hope, hosts a presentation at 6:30 p.m. Kathy Cousins from the Idaho Fish and Game will discuss the Clark Fork Delta, featuring a Power Point presentation. Free and open to the public. MemorialCommunityCenter.com. 208-264-5481

29 Health Insurance Made Easy Breakfast Chat. Summit Insurance, 301 Cedar St., Suite 203 in the Belwood Building, hosts a Health Insurance Made Easy breakfast chat every Thursday at 8 a.m. Whether first time or renewal, the process and available plans have changed dramatically for 2015. Summit Insurance's informal Breakfast Chats make it easy to navigate the health care maze. Free and open to the public. Call 208-265-9690 for more information or visit SummitIRG.com.

30-31 The Wintery Poetry Workshop and Reading. Lost Horse Press and the Sandpoint Library present The Wintery Poetry Workshop and Reading featuring Seattle poet Thomas Aslin. The workshop takes place from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, and 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31. A reading by Aslin, and an open mic open for students of the workshop, follow at 3:30 p.m. Reservations required; suggested donation of $50 covers supplies. Saturday's reading is free and open to the public. All events take place in the Rude Girls Room of the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St. To register for the workshop or for additional information, contact Lost Horse Press at 208-255-4410 or e-mail losthorsepress@mindspring.com.

Here is what's coming up in February 2015!

3 Overeaters Anonymous Meeting. The Cocolalla Cowboy Church, 4281 Cocolalla Loop Rd. in Cocolalla, hosts a weekly Overeaters Anonymous Meeting from noon to 1 p.m. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins; meeting is held every Tuesday. For more information, please contact Linda at 612-599-1096 or e-mail randallinda1@juno.com.

3-24 Tuesdays with Gene. The Memorial Community Center, 415 Wellington Pl. in Hope, hosts Tuesdays with Gene. Every Tuesday in February, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m., participants will be making papier-mâché masks. Cost is $35, which includes supplies. Class is limited, so e-mail mccmail@frontier.com or call 208-264-5481 to register. MemorialCommunityCenter.com.

3 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 Health Insurance Made Easy Breakfast Chat. Summit Insurance, 301 Cedar St., Suite 203 in the Belwood Building, hosts a Health Insurance Made Easy breakfast chat every Thursday at 8 a.m. Whether first time or renewal, the process and available plans have changed dramatically for 2015. Summit Insurance's informal Breakfast Chats make it easy to navigate the health care maze. Free and open to the public. Call 208-265-9690 for more information or visit SummitIRG.com.

5 Sandpoint Area Seniors Raffle Drawing. The Sandpoint Senior Center is holding a raffle for a chance to win a "Staycation" or "Vacation" - and winners will be drawn at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 5! Raffle tickets are available for a 10-day condo in Hawaii for $20 each, or an overnight stay at the La Quinta hot tub suite in Sandpoint for $5 each (or five for $20). Tickets are on sale at the Senior Center, 820 Main St., and will also be sold by board members at Yoke's Jan. 6 and 20; and Super 1 Jan. 2 and 23. For more details, call 208-263-6860 or stop by the center weekdays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

5 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.

17 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.

19 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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