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Here is what's happening in August!

27 Gratefulness Blessing. The Sandpoint Senior Center parking lot project is due to be completed this fall, and small ponderosa and larch trees at the west end of the parking lot are being removed. A Gratefulness Blessing will be held before this takes place at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27.  It will be an opportunity to express feelings about the trees and learn more about the entire parking lot project. It is also a time to see the "SASi Elder Tree" which will not be removed. For more information, contact Ellen Weissman at the Senior Center, 208-263-6860.

27 Be Bear Aware - Bonners Ferry. Learn from experts about grizzly bears, traveling safely in bear country, and how to use bear spray as one tool in bear conflict avoidance during the Be Bear Aware presentation at 5:30 p.m. in the Bonners Ferry Ranger Station, 6286 Main St. Brian Johnson, grizzly bear conservation officer with Idaho Fish and Game, and Lydia Allen, Idaho Panhandle National Forests wildlife program manager, will present a brief history of grizzly bear population declines, grizzly bear ecology, grizzly bear versus black bear identification, and food storage requirements on national forest lands. They will also discuss the use of bear spray, followed by an opportunity for participants to practice using a training canister. Registration is required - sign up at IdahoConservation.org or call 208-265-9565. Free, but $5 suggested donation appreciated.

30 Local Food Production Field Day. Greentree Naturals Certified Organic Farm, 2003 Rapid Lightning Rd., hosts a Local Food Production Field Day. Season extension is paramount to enhancing local food production in Idaho; this project is providing research using high tunnel season extension technologies, comparing production yields and crop trials between hoop houses, high tunnels, and black plastic mulch. This is the second year of a three-year field study with University of Idaho to determine if there are specific differences in production yields between these techniques. Greentree Naturals hosts the field day to share their on-farm research with local producers and agricultural professionals. Cost is $15 and includes a catered lunch; pre-registration required by contacting Jennifer Jensen at 208-263-8511. The event begins at 10:30 a.m. and ends by 2 p.m. Sponsored by the U of I, Western SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education).

Here is what's coming up in September!

1 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.

1 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.

1 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.

1 Inventors Association of Idaho. Shanda Lear Baylor is speaking at the Inventors Association of Idaho meeting at 2 p.m. in the Bird Aviation Museum, 325 Bird Ranch Rd., Sagle. With the same entrepreneurial spirit that made Learjet a household name, Shanda Lear, daughter of world-renowned inventor Bill Lear, has followed in her father's footsteps and launched a new product of her own along with husband/designer Terry Baylor - a new breed of electric boat called the Lear 204. It incorporates several unique features, among them a retractable hard top and patent-pending propulsion system. To attend, RSVP to inventorsassociationofidaho@gmail.com. A social time immediately follows the meeting.

1 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.

1 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.

2 Crafternoon. East Bonner County Library, 1407 Cedar St., hosts a crafts program from 2 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. every Wednesday. 

3-6 Couple's Workshop. Are you ready to be inspired and rejuvenated with Julie Hutslar's method of 'you can do no wrong because you are the perfect expression of creation energy just the way you are?' Join teacher, speaker, author and personal growth/self-esteem specialist Hutslar in a weekend that will enrich your life and offer some new tools too! Interpret the lessons you find in relationships and how to relate to and experience your partner based on those important roles. Be heard and acknowledged for the importance of your story. Deeply profound and life changing, leave with a greater appreciation for your own story and that of your partner. $1,800 per couple includes accommodation in the retreat center, meals and all supplies. For more information, e-mail Julie@JRHutslar.com or call 208-263-1448.

8 Coping with Grief (Application Deadline). Bonner Community Hospice holds Coping with Grief meetings from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 14 through Nov. 2, at the Brown House, 520 N. Third St. Free to participants; applications are due Sept. 8 by contacting Lissa DeFreitas at 208-265-1185.

8 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. Featured speaker Gina Maus, a local clinical social worker, will provoke the group's thinking about how brains are adaptable and flexible. Her primary reminder will be that brains can move us to be more positive. 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.

10 The Conversation. Kevin Watson, owner of Shibusa Studios art studio and gallery at 525 Oak St., is the featured speaker at The Conversation, starting at 6 p.m. in Ivano's Ristorante, 102 S. First Ave. Watson focuses primarily on assemblies, an artistic medium usually created from found objects. All artists from the Sandpoint area are invited to attend this free event; 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. Sponsored by Creations for Sandpoint, a nonprofit located on the Cedar Street Bridge. 208-263-1592

11-13 Watercolor Workshop. Are you ready to be inspired and rejuvenated with Julie Hutslar's method of 'you can do no wrong because you are the perfect expression of creation energy just the way you are?' Join teacher, speaker, author and personal growth/self-esteem specialist Hutslar in a weekend that will enrich your life and offer some new tools too! Learn a simple approach to painting, basic watercolor methods and how to engage your heart in creating. Julie is a watercolorist with many styles and much passion. She is also a seasoned teacher who can bring out the best in any learner. $425 fee includes accommodation in the retreat center, meals and all supplies. For more information, e-mail Julie@JRHutslar.com or call 208-263-1448.

14 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.

15 Panida Theater Committee Annual Meeting. The annual meeting of the Panida Theater Committee will include year-end reports, bylaws amendment proposal, nomination and election of new board members. The public is invited to attend. Held at 6 p.m. in the Little Panida, 302 N. First Ave. For more information, visit Panida.org or call 208-255-7801

15 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.

18 North Idaho Nonprofit Retreat. The University of Idaho and community partners hosts a North Idaho Nonprofit Retreat at the Lodge at Sandpoint. This educational experience features classes taught by 14 instructors, plus catered food by 41 South, outdoor activities and more. Cost is $115 per person, or $90 per person for groups of 3 or more from one organization. Click to register online and learn more.

21 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

22 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. Featured speaker Dr. Diana Brewer, a chiropractor, will focus on neuroscience - and how brains work both positively and negatively to impact our bodies. 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.

26 Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society Presentation. The Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society sponsors a presentation called "When Money Grew on Trees: How Industrial Capitalism Transformed the Ecology of Western Forests" from 9:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Sandpoint Community Hall. Dr. Greg Gordon, author and assistant professor of Environmental Studies at Gonzaga University, will discuss his newest book, a biography of one of the Pacific Northwest's most infamous lumbermen. 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.

Here is what's coming up in October!


2-4 Ethnic Vegetarian Cooking Workshop. Are you ready to be inspired and rejuvenated with Julie Hutslar's method of 'you can do no wrong because you are the perfect expression of creation energy just the way you are?' Join teacher, speaker, author and personal growth/self-esteem specialist Hutslar in a weekend that will enrich your life and offer some new tools too! Learn to cook with many spices, many combinations and surprising flavors and vegetables - Indian, Mexican, Mediterranean, Thai, fusion, Ethiopian, and Caribbean. Leave with a new palette, recipes that are delicious, easy and fun and a new enthusiasm for experimenting. $450. Price includes accommodation in the retreat center, meals and all supplies. For more information, e-mail Julie@JRHutslar.com or call 208-263-1448.

13 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. Today's topic is Medicare, and features SHIBA's Jessica Jans and Angie Mackin - who will discuss changes in how Medicare will impact our health care. 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.

27 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. 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.

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