Here is what's happening in December!
14 Find Your Perfect Match. Sandpoint Community Resource Center, 231 N. Third Ave., hosts the Find Your Perfect Match event from noon to 1 p.m. Volunteer with one of our local non-profits and find out what opportunities are available for volunteerism in our community. Free and open to the public. SandpointCommunityResource.com.
14 Holiday StoryWalk™ at McNearny Park. Ponderay Area Seniors lead local elementary school students on a special holiday StoryWalk™ at 10 a.m. in McNearny Park, behind Panhandle Animal Shelter. The event is a partnership of Kanisku Land Trust, the library, City of Ponderay, Ponderay Seniors, and Panhandle Animal Shelter. For more information, call Kaniksu Land Trust at 208-263-9471.
15-16 Clark Fork Friends of the Library Holiday Sale. Find great deals on used books and media at this special sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Clark Fork Library, 601 Main St. 208-266-1321
19 Mother Goose Storytime. Due to library construction, Storytimes are temporarily held at Creations on the Cedar Street Bridge in downtown Sandpoint. Enjoy stories and singing for babies and toddlers 0-3 years of age and caregivers, starting at 10:15 a.m. For more information, contact Suzanne Davis at 208-263-6930 ext. 1211 or [email protected]. * Held every Tuesday.
19 Preschool Storytime. Due to library construction, Storytimes are temporarily held at Creations on the Cedar Street Bridge in downtown Sandpoint. Enjoy stories and crafts for kids ages 2-5 years and their caregivers, starting at 11 a.m. For more information, contact Suzanne Davis at 208-263-6930 ext. 1211 or [email protected]. * Held every Tuesday.
19 Memory Cafe. Kokanee Coffee, 509 N. Fifth Ave., hosts the Memory Cafe of Sandpoint from 2 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. This casual gathering provides socialization, interaction, and fellowship for persons diagnosed with Alzheimer's or other related dementia and their care partners. The only cost is what you order at the bakery and coffee bar. For more information, contact P.J. Christo at the Alzheimer's Association, 208-666-2996 ext. 8314, Liz Price at 208-263-7889 or Lissa DeFreitas at 509-951-2310. * Held on the first and third Tuesday of every month.
19 Robotics with Lego Mindstorm. Learn to build or code during this Robotics class at 3 p.m. for boys and girls age 8-plus. Held at the Clark Fork Library, 601 Main. * Held every Tuesday.
20 Clark Fork Stories and More. Enjoy stories, crafts, prizes and snacks for kids ages 3-8 at 10:30 a.m. in the Clark Fork Library, 601 Main. * Held every Wednesday.
20 Crafternoon: Ornament Making. Come to the Sandpoint Library lobby, 1407 Cedar St., for Crafternoon. Enjoy free family fun with an artistic ornament craft to take home. 208-263-6930 ext. 1211
21 Alzheimer's Support Group. Families, caregivers and friends of those with Alzheimer's, dementia and any related disorder are welcome to attend this support group from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the Sandpoint Senior Center, 820 Main St. Free respite care at the Day Break Center next door is available during the group session with advance reservations, 208-265-8127. Contact Jan Griffitts for more information at 208-290-1973, or e-mail [email protected]. * Held on the first and third Thursdays of each month.
21 BGH Community Hospice Adult Grief Support Group. The Adult Grief Support Group meets to share stories and feelings, and support one another in an understanding and caring environment. Group members frequently find solace and comfort in the recognition that there are others going through similar experiences. An application is required, but attendance is flexible. Meeting starts at 6 p.m. in the Bonner General Health classroom at 520 N. Third Ave. Contact Lissa at 208-265-1185 for an application. * Held on the first and third Thursday of every month.
22 Teen Writers Club. The Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., hosts the Teen Writers Club at 3:30 p.m. Teens who write ... unite! Enjoy collaboration, peer reviews, brainstorming activities; writing supplies and refreshments provided. * Held on the second and fourth Friday of every month.
23 Organic Seed Saving. Come and discuss organic gardening and seed saving at 1 p.m. in the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St. Bring food and seeds to share if you can (if you can't, come anyway!). Held on the fourth Saturday of every month. For more information, contact Sandpoint Seed Library volunteer Camisse Nitkowski at 208-263-6248.
26 Intro to 3D Printing for Adults. The Sandpoint Branch Library, 1407 Cedar St., hosts a free workshop at 5 p.m. to learn about 3D printing and design your own 3D printable object with our new printer! Pre-registration is required by calling 208-263-6930.
Here is what's coming up in January 2018!
3 3D Printing Workshop for Adults. Explore the potential of 3D printing and design a 3D printable object in this beginner class at 4 p.m. in the Clark Fork Library, 601 Main. Pre-registration required by calling 208-266-1321. * Held on the first Wednesday of every month.
8 Organic Seed Saving. Come and discuss organic gardening and seed saving at 1 p.m. in the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St. Bring food and seeds to share if you can; if you can't, come anyway! 208-263-6248 * Held on the second Monday of each month.
8 GED and College Prep Classes. North Idaho College's spring session for free GED and college preparatory classes starts Jan. 8 in the NIC Sandpoint campus, 515 Pine St. NIC is currently registering students for this session. Offices are closed Nov. 20-24, 2017, and also Dec. 25-Jan 2, 2017. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. 208-263-4594
9 Geezer Forum. Columbia Bank, 414 Church St., hosts the Geezer Forum from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. with Paul Graves. The Geezer Forum is held on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month, and is presented by Elder Advocates. Free and open to the public. 208-610-4971
10 Bonner County Amateur Radio Club Meeting. BCARC is a nonprofit charitable organization promoting amateur radio, providing communications, and serving the interests of communities in Bonner County Idaho. BCARC meets at 7 p.m. in the Sandpoint VFW Hall on Pine and Division on the second Wednesday of each month. Meetings are open to anyone with an interest in Amateur Radio Communications (ham radio). K7JEP.org.
13 Starting Your Sustainable Small Farm. The Bonner County Extension Office, 4205 N. Boyer Ave., hosts a Sustainable Small Farm Workshop Series beginning Jan. 13 with a combination of online assignments, three full-day in-class sessions, and an end-of-class potluck March 29, plus at least two farm tours. This course helps new and aspiring farmers take the first steps toward setting goals, assessing resources available (physical, financial, and personal), and exploring enterprises that are the best fit for you and your land. You'll leave the course with a better understanding of how to make your farm a success. More information available online.
20 READY! For Kindergarten Workshop. Registration is now open for the Winter 2018 READY! For Kindergarten Workshop held Jan. 20. These free early childhood literacy workshops for parents of children birth to age 5 are held three times a year in Sandpoint. Parents learn how to "play with a purpose" and the importance of reading to your child in order to develop the important skills they will need for success in school. National program paid for locally by Panhandle Alliance for Education. Free workshop, toys, activities, books and childcare! Register in advance at ReadySandpoint.com or 208-263-7040.
30 Idaho Master Gardener Program. The Bonner County Extension Office, 4205 N. Boyer Ave., hosts an Idaho Master Gardener Program, with classes held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. until noon Jan. 30 and continuing through mid-April. Are you interested in learning more about gardening while helping out other gardeners in the community? The Idaho Master Gardener Program serves as an educational and volunteer organization. The program's purpose is to provide technical assistance and information in the area of home horticulture to people in all Idaho communities through qualified volunteers. To pick up an application, stop by 4205 N. Boyer Ave.
Here is what's coming up in February 2018!
20 Turf Tree and Landscape Conference. Red Lion Templin's Hotel on the River, 414 E. First Ave. in Post Falls, in partnership with the Idaho Nursery and Landscape Association and UI Extension, is offering a regional training opportunity for green industry businesses in North Idaho and eastern Washington. The full-day conference will consist of a general session with a speaker of interest to all attending, followed by 3-4 hour-long breakout sessions with presentations tailored for landscaper, pesticide applicators, and tree care providers. For more information please visit inlagrow.org.