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Here is what's happening in February 2019!

19 BCRWI Meeting. The general meeting of the Bonner County Republican Women, Inc. will be held at 10:15 a.m. in the Ponderay Events Center, 401 Bonner Mall Way. The speaker for this month is Don Bradway, vice-chairman of the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee and precinct committeeman since 2014. Bradway is a Life Member of the NRA, a competitive shooter, and a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment! Open to the public; RSVP at bcrwinc.com.

19 Basic Computer Class. The Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., hosts a Basic Computers Class from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the upstairs computer lab. This is a computer class for the beginning beginner in a small-group setting. Registration is required by calling 208-263-6930. *Held every Tuesday.

19 Intro to Virtual Reality. Explore the world with Google Earth VR during drop-in sessions between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. in the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St. Under 18 must accompany parent consent form; under 10 must be accompanied by parent or legal guardian. For more information, contact the Tech Desk: 208-263-6930 ext.1251. eBonnerLibrary.org*Held every Tuesday.

19 Robotics. Explore STEAM with Lego Mindstorm robotics from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Clark Fork Library, 601 Main St. eBonnerLibrary.org. 208-266-1321 *Held every Tuesday.

19 Basic Hand Sewing. Master the blanket stitch and make a small pillow during a Basic Hand Sewing class at 3:30 p.m. in the Sandpoint Library. 208-263-6930 ext. 1211

19 Seventh and Eighth Grade Math Homework Help. Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., hosts drop-in math help with tutors from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Lifelong Learning Center, Room 202. Free and open to the public. 208-265-2665 *Held every Tuesday.

19 3D Printing Workshop. Design your own 3D printed object and learn some fascinating ways 3D printers are being used during this beginner-level class at 5 p.m. in the Sandpoint Library. Register online or call 208-263-6930.

19 MAGIC the Gathering. Teens meet in Community Room B to play the game MAGIC at 3:30 p.m. eBonnerLibrary.org. 208-263-6930 ext. 1245. *Repeats every Tuesday.

19 Parent Grief Support Group. For parents grieving the loss of a child, this monthly support group meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 5 p.m. at Creations of Sandpoint on the Cedar Street Bridge, 334 N. First Ave. This is an ongoing, informal support group meeting that is open to all parents who have experienced the loss of a child at any age. These bereavement services are offered at no cost to parents who would like to receive support; grandparents are also welcome. Contact Lissa DeFreitas at 208-265-1185 for an application or for more information. *Held on the third Tuesday of every month.

19 Away with Words. The Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., hosts a creative writing workshop for teens in the YA Reading Area from 5:15 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. with Beth Weber. Whether you are a poet, penner of short stories, or working on the great American novel, join us at the library to make your literary endeavor come to life. For more information, e-mail [email protected] or call 208-263-6930 ext. 1245. *Held every Tuesday.

20 KRFY Morning Show. Morning Show hosts Suzy Prez and Chris Bessler discuss a current affairs topic. Tune in at 8 a.m.; or hear a podcast later in the day on the KRFY Podcast page. * Held every Wednesday.

20 Clark Fork Stories and More. Clark Fork Library, 601 Main St., hosts stories, crafts, prizes and snacks for kids ages 3-8 starting at 10:30 a.m. Free and open to the public. eBonnerLibrary.org. *Held every Wednesday.

20 Marble Mania. Learn marble games and build marble runs at 2:30 p.m. in the Sandpoint Library. 208-263-6930 ext. 1211

20 Cooking for College. You will (probably) be broke and you (most likely) won't have a kitchen. So how can you prepare awesome meals on the cheap and with only small electrical appliances? To find out, join this college dorm room culinary journey at 4:30 p.m. in the Sandpoint Library. Permission slip required. 208-263-6930 ext. 1245.

20 Science Cafe: Craft Beer 101. Beer has come a long way in the past 30 years. What was once your dad's standard American lager has evolved into an interesting craft beer that surprises and delights the palate. Guest experts Mack Deibel and Cooper Balke from MickDuff's will discuss what goes into their beer, how it's brewed, how it affects its qualities, and what all those words on the beer menu mean to the beer drinker in this new age, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Sandpoint Library. Bring your questions and tastebuds! 208-265-2665

21 Alzheimer's Support Group. Sandpoint Senior Center, 820 Main St., hosts an Alzheimer's Support Group from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., for families, caregivers, and friends of those with Alzheimer's. Free respite care is available at the Day Break Center next door during group session with advance reservations (208-265-8127). For more information on the group, contact Jan Griffitts at 208-290-1973 or e-mail [email protected]. *Held on the first and third Thursday of each month.

21 Origami for Kids. Free family fun with an origami box craft to take home at 3:30 p.m. in the Sandpoint Library. 208-263-6930 ext. 1211

21 LGBTQ+ Support Group. The Human Connection, 2023 Sandpoint West Dr., hosts a weekly gathering for LGBTQ+ youth, friends, family, and allies from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. This free weekly support group is a great opportunity for community members ages 15-25 to get together and share their stories, their commonalities, and their love. 208-265-5412 *Held every Thursday.

22 Explore Virtual Reality - Reserve Sessions. The Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., holds 15-minute sessions in the Virtual Reality room from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Contact the Tech Desk at 208-263-6930 ext.1251. *Held every Friday.

22 Clark Fork Mother Goose. Clark Fork Library, 601 Main St., hosts a special storytime for babies and toddlers at 10:15 a.m.; followed by 20 minutes of playtime. 208-266-1321 *Held every Friday. 

23 The Publishing Workshop - Part III. Lost Horse Press and the Sandpoint Literary Collection host a Publishing Workshop - Part III in the Winter Creative Writing Series from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Sandpoint Library Rude Girls Room. Literary magazine and book editors/publishers Christopher Howell, founding director of Lynx House Press; Polly Buckingham, editor of Stringtown and Willow Springs magazines; Jonathan Frey, editor of NIC's Trestle Creek Review, Matt Holloway, fiction editor of the Whitefish Review, and Christine Holbert, founding director of Lost Horse Press, answer your most pressing questions about publishing in this one-day workshop intended for experienced as well as emerging writers and poets. Topics under discussion will be primarily directed by participants' questions, but will also address various topics of import and interest to writers who intend to publish their writing. Free and open to all writers; register at [email protected] or 208-255-4410. The Winter Creative Writing Workshop Series is sponsored in part by a grant from the Idaho Commission on the Arts.

23 Selkirk Grizzly Bear DNA Project. The Kinnickinnick Native Plant Society in conjunction with Sandpoint Parks and Recreation presents the Selkirk Grizzly Bear DNA Project with guest speaker Don Gay from 9:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Sandpoint Community Hall, 204 S. First Ave. Since 2015, this project has been collecting grizzly bear hair in the Selkirk Mountains for DNA analysis from scent trees that bears rub on and at sites where they are attracted by a lure. The information is used to determine the minimum number of grizzly bears in the U.S. portion of the Selkirk Recovery Area, and if that number is approaching the numerical goal for recovery. Information collected also yields information on grizzly bear reproduction and gene flow with other recovery areas. Gay is a retired U.S. Forest Service wildlife biologist, and spent time working in the Kootenai, Deschutes, Fremont, and Mount Baker-Snoqualmie national forests. Free admission, public welcome. NativePlantSociety.org.

-- What's coming up this week through Sunday, March 3 --

25 Monday Movie - Bolt. From the creator of Cars and Finding Nemo, meet Disney's newest hero, Bolt, and his faithful hamster sidekick Rhino, in the fully-awesome comedy-adventure event of the year! Starts at 3:15 p.m. in the Sandpoint Library. 208-263-6930 ext. 1211

25 Mended Hearts Support Group. Bonner General Health's Cardiac Rehab team is partnering with Mended Hearts, a national and community-based nonprofit organization, to host a monthly support group for heart patients, their families, and caregivers. Together they will offer education, and emotional and practical support. Meetings are from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the classrooms at Bonner General Health, 520 N. Third Avenue. Call 208-265-7480 for more information. *Held on the fourth Monday of every month.

26 Mother Goose. Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., hosts stories and singing for babies and toddlers ages 0-13 and their caregivers at 10 a.m. Plus, stay and play until 10:40 a.m. eBonnerLibrary.org. 208-263-6930 ext. 1211 *Held every Tuesday.

26 Preschool Storytime. Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., hosts stories and crafts for kids age 2-5 and their caregivers at 11 a.m. Free and open to the public. eBonnerLibrary.org. For more information, contact Suzanne Davis at 208-263-6930 ext. 1211 or [email protected]. *Held every Tuesday.

26-March 27 Youth WildCrafting. Kaniksu Land Trust hosts a WildCrafting program for youth - designed to teach participants how to use their hands to create a variety of nature-based crafts - during this 5-week session. Previous sessions have explored salmon-skin and deer-hide tanning, wild food preparation, arrow making, coal burned bowls and more. Session costs $35 - visit Kaniksu.org or call 208-263-9471.

26 Basic Computer Class. The Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., hosts a Basic Computers Class from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the upstairs computer lab. This is a computer class for the beginning beginner in a small-group setting. Registration is required by calling 208-263-6930. *Held every Tuesday.

26 Geezer Forum. Columbia Bank, 414 Church St., hosts the Geezer Forum from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. with Paul Graves. This week's topic is Boxing for Parkinson's: A Guy With Parkinson's and His Angel, featuring AC Woolnough, Ambassador of the World Parkinson's Congress 2019, and Pamela Woolnough (the Angel). Presented by Elder Advocates; free and open to the public. 208-610-4971 *Held on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month.

26 Poetry for Kids. Learn about and write shape poems at 3:30 p.m. in the Sandpoint Library. 208-263-6930 ext. 1211

26 3D Printing Workshop
. The Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., hosts a 3D Printing Workshop at 5 p.m. Design your own 3D printed object, and also learn some fascinating ways 3D printers are being used. Space is limited and pre-registration is required by calling 208-266-1321. *Held on the fourth Tuesday of every month.

26 Away with Words. The Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., hosts a creative writing workshop for teens in the YA Reading Area from 5:15 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. with Beth Weber. Whether you are a poet, penner of short stories, or working on the great American novel, join us at the library to make your literary endeavor come to life. For more information, e-mail [email protected] or call 208-263-6930 ext. 1245. *Held every Tuesday.

27 T-Shirt Painting for Kids. Paint your own design on a T-shirt at 3 p.m. in the Sandpoint Library. Shirts and paints provided; free and open to 3rd through 5th graders. Call Suzanne to register: 208-263-6930 ext. 1211

27 Teen Zine Creation. Teens, make a mini-magazine about whatever interests you (small, personalized, and so much fun!) at 4:30 p.m. in the Sandpoint Library. 208-263-6930 ext. 1245

27 3D Printing Club. Collaborate with others and learn more from staff about 3D printing and design from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Sandpoint Library. A few laptops will be provided or you may bring your own device. Open to all ages and skill levels. 208-263-6930 ext. 1251 *Held on the fourth Wednesday of the month.

27 Digital Disconnect: How Capitalism is Turning the Internet Against Democracy. The East Bonner County Library sponsors a showing and discussion of this one-hour documentary, starting 6 p.m. in the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St. Adapted from the book by Robert W. McChesney, the film takes a look at how the Internet has revolutionized communication and whether it has been the egalitarian platform for thought and information envisioned when it began. How has the sheer volume of information and discourse provided by the Internet affected the way we think? What about the quality of that information, i.e., fake news? In what ways have the potent forces of capitalism and the free market changed the Internet's development and how it is likely to develop in the future? Following the showing, Chris Bessler of Keokee media and marketing, and publisher of SandpointOnline.com, will lead a discussion. Free; everyone is invited.

Here is what's coming up in March 2019!

2 Sandpoint Friends of the Library Book Sale. Sandpoint Library hosts the FOL Book Sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free and open to the public, so come browse around! eBonnerLibrary.org*Held on the first Saturday of every month

2 Bella Note Musical Program. Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., hosts the Bella Note Musical Program at 10:30 a.m. Part of a monthly series running through December, this program features a different musical theme and is geared for families with young children. eBonnerLibrary.org. For more information, call 208-263-6930 *Held on the first Saturday of the month.

5 Mother Goose. Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., hosts stories and singing for babies and toddlers ages 0-13 and their caregivers at 10 a.m. Plus, stay and play until 10:40 a.m. eBonnerLibrary.org. 208-263-6930 ext. 1211 *Held every Tuesday.

5 Preschool Storytime. Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., hosts stories and crafts for kids age 2-5 and their caregivers at 11 a.m. Free and open to the public. eBonnerLibrary.org. For more information, contact Suzanne Davis at 208-263-6930 ext. 1211 or [email protected]. *Held every Tuesday.

6 3D Printing Workshop. The Clark Fork Library, 601 Main St., hosts a 3D Printing Workshop from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Design your own 3D printed object, and also learn some fascinating ways 3D printers are being used. Space is limited and pre-registration is required by calling 208-266-1321. *Held on the first Wednesday of every month.

7 Alzheimer's Support Group. Sandpoint Senior Center, 820 Main St., hosts an Alzheimer's Support Group from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., for families, caregivers, and friends of those with Alzheimer's. Free respite care is available at the Day Break Center next door during group session with advance reservations (208-265-8127). For more information on the group, contact Jan Griffitts at 208-290-1973 or e-mail [email protected]. *Held on the first and third Thursday of each month.

9 READY! For Kindergarten Parent Workshops. Registration is open for the Fall 2018 READY! For Kindergarten Workshop held Oct. 13. 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.org or 208-263-7040.

12 LPOSD Supplemental Levy Election. Voters in the Lake Pend Oreille School District are being asked to vote on a Replacement Maintenance and Operations Supplemental Levy. The $25.4 million two-year levy replaces the expiring levy, and it is not a permanent levy. Learn more on the Sandpoint Elections page.

12 Geezer Forum. Columbia Bank, 414 Church St., hosts the Geezer Forum from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. with Paul Graves. This week's topic is Out-of-the-Box Ways to Get Out of the Box of Depression, featuring Ginna Maus, LCSW, Private Practice Counselor. Presented by Elder Advocates; free and open to the public. 208-610-4971 *Held on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month.

16 VolunteerMatch Live! Sandpoint Community Resource Center invites the public to a VolunteerMatch Live! event from 10 a.m. to noon at Starbucks in Ponderay. Everyone's invited to come match your organization's passions with people wanting to volunteer for your community! And match your passions with an organization needing passionate people! It's like the "dating game" of the volunteer world! For more information, call JoAnna Quick at 208-255-4025.

19 BCRWI Meeting. The general meeting of the Bonner County Republican Women, Inc. will be held at 10:15 a.m. in the Ponderay Events Center, 401 Bonner Mall Way. Open to the public; RSVP at bcrwinc.com.

20 Panhandle Forest Collaborative Meeting. A meeting will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Bonner County Administration Building's first floor conference room at 1500 Highway 2. 406-830-3369

21 Alzheimer's Support Group. Sandpoint Senior Center, 820 Main St., hosts an Alzheimer's Support Group from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., for families, caregivers, and friends of those with Alzheimer's. Free respite care is available at the Day Break Center next door during group session with advance reservations (208-265-8127). For more information on the group, contact Jan Griffitts at 208-290-1973 or e-mail [email protected]. *Held on the first and third Thursday of each month.

26 Geezer Forum. Columbia Bank, 414 Church St., hosts the Geezer Forum from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. with Paul Graves. Thriving vs. Surviving: Building Resiliency After Trauma, featuring Keely Brannigan, LPC, Somatic Therapist. Presented by Elder Advocates; free and open to the public. 208-610-4971 *Held on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month.

Here is what's coming up in April!

13-14 Wilderness & Remote First Aid and CPR/AED Certification Course. Do you know what to do if you're out in the Scotchmans (or anywhere an hour or more from help) and part of your group gets sick or injured? Let Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness help! FSPW is offering a 2-day Red Cross Wilderness & Remote First Aid Certification course in Sandpoint. The course is $60, just enough to cover the cost of materials and certification. Because this course would normally cost over $200, they do ask that you donate 2 days of volunteer time back to FSPW. This volunteer time can be trail work, working an outreach booth, participating in a citizen science project or a multitude of other opportunities. Register on FSPW's website. Space is limited.

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