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Here is what's happening in April!

24 Blood Drive. Bonner General Health is hosting an Inland Northwest Blood Center Blood Drive from noon to 5 p.m. Please sign up for a time to donate at the BGH Information Desk, make an appointment online at INBCSaves.org (use promo code: BonnerHospital), or call 800-423-0151. Everyone who presents to give blood will be entered to win two nights' stay at the Red Lion Templin's Hotel in Post Falls and four tickets to Silverwood Theme Park! Sandpoint was named the community in Idaho with the most donations to mobile blood drives in 2014 - thank you to everyone who donated! For questions, e-mail robin.hanson@bonnergeneral.org.

24 Anime Club. East Bonner County Library, 1407 Cedar St., hosts an Anime Club every Friday. Anime enthusiasts unite! Anime movie screening and refreshments will kick off the pilot program that will become what the participants make it. For details, contact the library's Teen Programs at 208-263-6930 ext. 1245.

25 Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society. The Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society presents The Idaho National Laboratory and Its Sagebrush Steppe Ecosystem, from 9:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Sandpoint Community Hall. Roger Blew, ecologist for a Department of Energy contractor at the Idaho National Laboratory, will tell the story of the Sagebrush Steppe Ecosystem, which has experienced a 98 percent decline since European settlement in the American West and was listed as critically endangered by the National Biological Service in 1995. Free admission, public welcome. Sponsored by the Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society and Sandpoint Parks and Recreation. For more information, visit NativePlantSociety.org. 208-627-3292

25 Library Book Sale. The Friends of the Clark Fork Library host a used book and media sale at the Clark Fork Library, 601 Main St., from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

25 Children's Poetry Workshop. East Bonner County Library's Sandpoint Branch, 1407 Cedar St., hosts a Children's Poetry Workshop. Local children's poet Ken Nesbit will conduct a poetry workshop for elementary school-aged kids at 1:30 p.m. and a poetry reading at 3 p.m. Preregistration is required by April 23; contact Suzanne at 208-263-6930 ext. 1211.

28 Mother Goose. East Bonner County 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.

28 Preschool Storytime. East Bonner County Library, 1407 Cedar St., hosts Preschool Storytime at 11 a.m. for children every Tuesday ages 2 to 5; held in the Children's Area.

28 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.

28 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. This week's topic is Losing Sleep over Sleep Disorders. The Geezer Forum meets twice a month to explore the issues of aging, and is hosted by Paul Graves of Elder Advocates. Free and open to the public. 

28 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.

28 Magic: The Gathering. East Bonner County Library, 1407 Cedar St., hosts Magic: The Gathering - a strategic card game enthusiast group every Tuesday. 208-263-4263

29 Course in Miracles. East Bonner County Library, 1407 Cedar St., hosts a study in a spiritual belief system called Course in Miracles, held every Wednesday. Call Karen for details at 208-263-8949.

29 Home Orchards. Ponderay Event Center, 401 Bonner Mall Way in Ponderay, hosts a workshop at 6 p.m. titled Home Orchards. Presented by Jim Clements, this workshop is part of the Spring Home Horticulture Series sponsored by Bonner County Gardeners Association. Clements helped us put the orchard to bed last fall; this class will concentrate on spring and summer issues -- location of your orchard site, varieties that do well here, and pruning fruit trees.  Cost is $10; for more information call 208-265-2070 (leave a message), visit BCGardeners.org, or go to the BC Gardeners' Facebook page.

Here is what's coming up in May!

1 SCRC New Volunteer Orientation. Are you looking to have a positive impact in your community? Sandpoint Community Resource Center is establishing itself as the "go to" place in town to help people in need connect with people who serve. SCRC assisted more than 180 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 the New Volunteer Orientation, held at noon in the upstairs conference room at 231 N. Third Ave., Columbia Bank Community Plaza. Learn more at SandpointCommunityService.com or contact Becca Orchard at 208-304-2875 or e-mail volunteer@sandpointcommunityresource.com.

1 Teen Writers Club. East Bonner County Library, 1407 Cedar St., hosts a Teen Writers Club from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Writing supplies and snacks provided. Held every other Friday. Registration not required. 208-263-6930 ext 1206.

2 Fly Tying Group. East Bonner County Library, 1407 Cedar St., hosts the Fly Tying Group on the first and third Saturdays of every month (through May). Fly tying enthusiasts of varying levels of expertise are welcome; please bring your own supplies.

4 Puppy Class. The Pend Oreille Pet Lodge, 895 Kootenai Cut Off Rd. in Ponderay, hosts a three-week puppy class course on Mondays and Fridays at 6 p.m. for $65. All puppies from the ages of 8 weeks old to 6 months with licensed veterinarian vaccines are welcome to join. Give instructor Lindsey a call at 208-304-2097 or the Pet Lodge at 208-255-7687 for more information.

5 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.

6 SEL Career Fair. Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL) hosts a career fair at the Sandpoint Department of Labor, 613 Ridley Village Rd., Suite C. Informational sessions will be held at 8 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., followed by opportunities to speak with HR representatives. SEL is an employee-owned company that invents, designs and builds systems to protect power grids around the world, and is hiring for positions in Pullman, Wash., and Spokane Valley, Wash., in a variety of fields including finance, marketing, IT/IS, engineering, manufacturing, web design, human resources, sales, and more. Learn more at SELinc.com/careers. To be considered for an interview during the career fair, send your resume and cover letter to sandpointcareerfair@selinc.com by May 4; indicate which position you are applying for in the e-mail subject line.

6-7 Delta Force Volunteer Effort. Be a part of "Delta Force" - the superhero-style volunteer crew that's taking on one of the largest environmental restoration projects in our region - the Clark Fork River Delta! Idaho Fish and Game has 100,000 native plants to put into the delta's soil and volunteers are needed to accomplish this massive planting initiative. No experience needed - just a willingness to get your hands dirty and enjoy the spectacular scenery. A boat ride aboard the "Delta Queen" to the worksite is provided! Volunteer dates are May 6, 7, 13, 14, 19, 27, 28, June 1, 2. Go to ClarkForkDelta.org for more information and to sign up, or call Idaho Conservation League at 208-265-9565.

6 Cooking with Spring Greens. Ponderay Event Center, 401 Bonner Mall Way in Ponderay, hosts a workshop at 6 p.m. titled Cooking with Spring Greens. Presented by Vicki Johnson, this workshop is back by popular demand and is part of the Spring Home Horticulture Series sponsored by Bonner County Gardeners Association. Johnson will share many ways to enjoy your early spring garden harvest; eat your greens fresh, juiced, grilled, stir fried, baked or in soups; as always recipes will be tasted and enjoyed in class.  Cost is $10; for more information call 208-265-2070 (leave a message), visit BCGardeners.org, or go to the BC Gardeners' Facebook page.

7 Idaho Gives 2015. Idaho Gives is a special day for philanthropy across Idaho. A day for nonprofits to tell their stories and share the work that enriches communities throughout our state. A day for Idahoans to come together with one voice of support for our nonprofits, big and small. A day for you to find your passion, donate to your favorite causes and share in the excitement! Join in at IdahoGives.org on May 7 to make a contribution to the nonprofit you support. Last year, Idaho Gives raised $782,862 from 7,566 individuals who gave to more than 660 nonprofit causes. How much more can we do together in 2015? Sponsored by the Idaho Nonprofit Center. 208-424-2229

7 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.

8 Evidence of the After Life Show. Inquire Within, 516 Oak St., hosts Evidence of the After Life with Bonnie Whiting from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Bonnie communicates with loved ones that have crossed over. Cost is $10. Bonnie will also be doing private readings prior to the show; cost of a private reading is $20 for 20 minutes. To make an appointment for a reading contact Inquire Within. For more information on Bonnie, see BonnieWhiting.com. 208-255-7903

9 North Idaho Veterans Stand Down. The 2015 North Idaho Veterans Stand Down, a day of appreciation for all veterans, takes place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds, 4056 N. Government Way in Coeur d'Alene. The St. Vincent de Paul event is held annually to provide services to homeless and disadvantaged veterans in the five northern counties, and is supported by American Legion Post 143, VFW Post 889, Elks Lodge and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Services from organizations that provide medical, dental, housing, clothing, food assistance, haircuts, massages and bike repair will be available. Plus, a hot meal will be served to all veterans, volunteers and service providers. For more information, call Eric Swanbeck at 208-664-3095, ext. 314.

9 Boundary Community Hospital Health Fair and Fun Run. Visit with health advocates at more than 50 booths during the Health Fair held at Boundary Community Hospital, 6640 Kaniksu St. in Bonners Ferry. Representatives knowledgeable about medical equipment, aging issues, dementia issues and more will be present. The fair is sponsored by BCH; free and open to the public. In addition, there will be a Fun Run in the morning at 8 a.m. with 3K, 5K and 10K distances. Walking is permitted! E-mail run@bcch.org for a pre-registration form, visit BoundaryCommunityHospital.org, or call 208-267-6912.

9 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.

11 Consumer Fraud Forum. Ponderay Events Center, 401 Bonner Mall Way in Ponderay, hosts a Consumer Fraud Forum from 8:30 a.m. until 1:45 p.m., sponsored by AARP Idaho.  Every day another older Idahoan is ripped off by a telephone, Internet or mail scam. Aggressive con artists are targeting folks across the country to the tune of billions! Find out how you can recognize fraud, protect yourself and avoid becoming the next victim. AARP Idaho invites you to a free informational presentation about the latest scams and how to identify and prevent a loss. Join us for presentations and discussions featuring the University of Idaho, Idaho Department of Insurance, Bonner County Sheriff's Office, as well as former Idaho Representative George Eskridge. Reservations required, lunch is free. Click to register. For more information, call 1-877-926-8300 or visit AARP.org.

11 Starting Seeds Workshop. Greentree Naturals Organic Farm, 2003 Rapid Lightning Rd., hosts a Starting Seeds Workshop from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. as part of their on-farm summer workshop series with Diane Green. 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. Cost is $25; call 208-263-8957 or visit GreentreeNaturals.com.

11 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.

12 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. This week's topic is Medication Interactions. The Geezer Forum meets twice a month to explore the issues of aging, and is hosted by Paul Graves of Elder Advocates. Free and open to the public. 

12 Water Quality Informational Meeting. The Lake Pend Oreille Water Quality Monitoring Program kicks off its fourth field season with an open, informational meeting for anyone interested in being trained as a water quality Citizen Scientist in 2015. Volunteering with Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeeper's long-term monitoring program is both a meaningful stewardship experience and an important scientific effort. Meeting will be held from 5 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. at the LPOW office, 109 N. First Ave., Ste. B. Join us to learn how you can be a part of this amazing citizen science effort to protect and preserve our beautiful lake and river!

13 Family History Center Open House. Have you found your ancestors gravestones yet? How would you like to index obituaries so others can read their ancestors' obituaries for free? At the Sandpoint Family History Center Open House, come discover how to find gravestones online or learn how to index obituaries. Held from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Sandpoint Family History Center, in the north entrance of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints building at 602 Schweitzer Cut-Off Rd.

13 Crafternoon. East Bonner County Library, 1407 Cedar St., hosts a whimsical windchime crafts program from 2 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month.

14 North Idaho Federated Republican Women Meeting. The North Idaho Federated Republican Women hold a monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. in DiLuna's Cafe, 207 Cedar St. Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month. For more information, contact Charlene Matheson at 208-265-8773 or visit NIFRW.org.

15 Teen Writers Club. East Bonner County Library, 1407 Cedar St., hosts a Teen Writers Club from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Writing supplies and snacks provided. Held every other Friday. Registration not required. 208-263-6930 ext 1206.

16 Mulch Day. Patrick Properties and Sandpoint Storage sponsor a free Mulch Day, starting at 8 a.m. at the mulch pile next to Lignetics on Highway 200. Bring your truck and load up with mulch - a tractor will be on the premises that day to help with loading; donations will be accepted for Kootenai Elementary School to help purchase new sports equipment (balls, jump ropes, etc. for the playground).

16-17 Wilderness First Aid Certification Course. Wilderness First Aid is an introductory level course and is perfect for outdoor adventurers, people who hunt and fish, Scouts and their parents, and anyone who would like to increase their ability to respond to emergencies. During the Longleaf Wilderness Medicine First Aid Certification Course, held from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. for two days, participants will learn how to assess patients, treat common injuries and illness, provide long-term patient care, and decide when to call for more help. Learn strategies for prevention of injuries, as well as hands-on skills. Cost is $175. LongleafMedical.com. 208-274-3596

18 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

21 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.

23 Update on the Proposed Scotchman Peaks Wilderness. The Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society presents An Update on the Proposed Scotchman Peaks Wilderness from 9:45 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at Sandpoint Community Hall. Phil Hough, a founding board member and executive director of the Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness, will discuss the current state of the campaign for wilderness protection for the 88,000-acre Scotchman Peaks Roadless Area. Free admission, public welcome. Sponsored by the Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society and Sandpoint Parks and Recreation. For more information, visit NativePlantSociety.org or call 208-627-3292.

26 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. This week's topic is "Alive Now" - Music Therapy and Dementia. The Geezer Forum meets twice a month to explore the issues of aging, and is hosted by Paul Graves of Elder Advocates. Free and open to the public. 

Here is what's coming up in June!

1 Planning the Garden Workshop. Greentree Naturals Organic Farm, 2003 Rapid Lightning Rd., hosts a Planning the Garden Workshop from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. as part of their on-farm summer workshop series with Diane Green. The group will discuss preparing the soil for planting; direct seeding and transplanting; companion planting; intercropping and crop rotation; record keeping, garden maps and succession planting are all a part of planning for a successful harvest. If you can't make this workshop, check out the Planning the Garden Workshop on CD available for sale on the website! Cost of the workshop is $25; call 208-263-8957 or visit GreentreeNaturals.com.

6-14 Wilderness First Responder Certification. When you venture miles or days into remote locations you must be prepared to be self sufficient for any medical situations which arise. Longleaf Wilderness Medicine's First Responder Course builds on the fundamental medical training of a Wilderness First Aid course. This course delves into the "why" and "how" behind the injuries and illnesses that happen in the backcountry. The breadth of information and skills gained during the course prepare participants to take on challenging medical conditions in remote locations. Longleaf uses a WFR curriculum developed using evidence-based, field tested research. Our curriculum combined with our instructor's passion for teaching  provides a course which will prepare you to step up as an emergency medical provider. Cost is $625; learn more at LongleafMedical.com or call 208-274-3596.

10 Private Pilot Ground School. Granite Aviation sponsors Private Pilot Ground School, meeting twice a week for three weeks, at 1101 Airport Way in Sandpoint. Course includes 8.5 hours of ground instruction, one flight lesson in a Cessna 172, and pilot materials. Total cost is $350. To sign up, call 208-263-9102 or e-mail info@granite-aviation.com.

11 North Idaho Federated Republican Women Meeting. The North Idaho Federated Republican Women hold a monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. in DiLuna's Cafe, 207 Cedar St. Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month. For more information, contact Charlene Matheson at 208-265-8773 or visit NIFRW.org.

12-14 Kids' Camp: Helping Children Cope with Grief. Bonner General Health Community Hospice hosts a 2-day Kids' Camp to help children cope with grief. Camp is held in Clark Fork, and begins at 2 p.m. Friday, and ends at noon on Sunday. A young person may not realize the feelings that they experience at different times during the grieving process are common, natural and normal. The purpose of camp is for young people to meet other boys and girls their own ages who have experienced death in their families, and also to run, play, laugh and have fun. Camp activities are supervised by trained adults and geared to the age level of campers. Open to children ages 8 to 17 years old; free of charge to youth in Bonner and Boundary counties. For information and an applications, contact Lissa DeFreitas at 208-265-1185.

15 Fertilizing Organically Workshop. Greentree Naturals Organic Farm, 2003 Rapid Lightning Rd., hosts a Fertilizing Organically Workshop from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. as part of their on-farm summer workshop series with Diane Green. 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. Cost is $25; call 208-263-8957 or visit GreentreeNaturals.com.

29 Natural Weed Control Workshop. Greentree Naturals Organic Farm, 2003 Rapid Lightning Rd., hosts a Natural Weed Control Workshop from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. as part of their on-farm summer workshop series with Diane Green. 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. Cost is $25; call 208-263-8957 or visit GreentreeNaturals.com.

Here is what's coming up in July!

13 Natural Pest Management Workshop. Greentree Naturals Organic Farm, 2003 Rapid Lightning Rd., hosts a Natural Pest Management Workshop from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. as part of their on-farm summer workshop series with Diane Green. 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. Cost is $25; call 208-263-8957 or visit GreentreeNaturals.com.

27 Harvesting the Bounty Workshop. Greentree Naturals Organic Farm, 2003 Rapid Lightning Rd., hosts a Harvesting the Bounty Workshop from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. as part of their on-farm summer workshop series with Diane Green. 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. Cost is $25; call 208-263-8957 or visit GreentreeNaturals.com.

Here is what's coming up in August!

10 Seed Saving Workshop. Greentree Naturals Organic Farm, 2003 Rapid Lightning Rd., hosts a Seed Saving Workshop from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. as part of their on-farm summer workshop series with Diane Green. 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. Cost is $25; call 208-263-8957 or visit GreentreeNaturals.com.

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