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Here is what's happening in September!

18-19 Mental Health First Aid Training Sessions. Optum Idaho hosts Mental Health First Aid Training Sessions from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 18, and 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at 520 N. Third Ave. For more information or to sign-up for the training, contact Amanda Lehto at 208-914-2013 or e-mail amanda.lehto@optum.com. Space is limited, so participants must register to reserve a spot.

22 Sandpoint Lions Club Meeting. Join the Sandpoint Lions Club for their meeting night, held at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of every month at the Lions Den, 607 S. Ella. The Sandpoint Lions Club holds meetings to discuss club business and plan fundraisers for programs to support the community. The club is actively seeking new members to help out. Please contact us through e-mail, sandpointlions@gmail.com, or on our website if interested. 208-263-4118 (leave a message)

23 Geezer Forum. Elder Advocates sponsors a Geezer Forum from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Tango Cafe, located inside Panhandle State Bank. The meeting's topic is Moving from Personal Isolation to Connecting with Others, presented by licensed clinical professional counselor Eric Ridgway. The Geezer Forum meets every other week, exploring the issues of aging that concern us! All are welcome; free and open to the public.

23 Journey to Asia Presentation: Sri Lanka. Travel into Sri Lanka through the eyes of international photographer Tina Friedman, who returned from a 5-month photo journey through Asia. Slide show will be held from 5:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. at the Bonner County Library, 1407 Cedar St. Free and open to the public.

24 Shade Gardens Workshop. Bonner County Gardeners Association sponsors a Shade Gardens Workshop, presented by Robert Karr, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Ponderay Event Center, 401 Bonner Mall Way, Ponderay. Owner of  Newport Naturals Iris Gardens, Karr has been growing iris there since 1998 -- increasing to more than 3,000 varieties. Karr started phasing out the iris garden and growing hostas in 2000, and now has 140 varieties. He will help you make your shady spots beautiful and inviting! Fee is $10; part of the 2014 Fall Home Horticulture Workshop Series presented by the BCGA. Visit us on Facebook or call 208-265-2070 (leave message).

25 DayBreak Center Open House. The DayBreak Center, an adult day care and family support center for caregivers of loved ones with dementia-related diseases located at 820 Main St., hosts an Open House for the community from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Stop by and check out the center's new look, plus enjoy wine and hors d'oeuvres, raffles and prizes, and music by Peter Lucht. This is also the kickoff of the DayBreak Devotee Scholarship Program. Stop by on your way home!

26 VITAL Northwest Acting 101 Class. VITAL Northwest sponsors an Acting 101 class from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays, starting Sept. 26, in the Cedar Street Bridge. The six-week class is for ages 8 to 13,  and encompasses audition skills, script reading and more. Cost is $90 for the session. Call 208-597-2457 or visit the website for more information.

26 VITAL Northwest Improv 101 Class. VITAL Northwest sponsors an Improv 101 class from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays, starting Sept. 26, in the Cedar Street Bridge. The six-week class is for ages 8 to 13, and includes improv games and vocal exercises. Cost is $90 for the session. Call 208-597-2457 or visit the website for more information.

26 VITAL Northwest Acting 201 Class. VITAL Northwest sponsors an Acting 201 class from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays, starting Sept. 26, in the Cedar Street Bridge. The six-week class is for ages 12-21, and includes scene works, character development and more. Cost is $90 for the session. Call 208-597-2457 or visit the website for more information.

26 VITAL Northwest Improv 201 Class. VITAL Northwest sponsors an Improv 201 class from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Fridays, starting Sept. 26, in the Cedar Street Bridge. The six-week class is for ages 12-21, and includes a "Friday Night Live" at the Bridge! Come out and play. Cost is $90 for the session. Call 208-597-2457 or visit the website for more information.

27 READY! for Kindergarten Workshop. READY! for Kindergarten early childhood literacy workshop for parents will be held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (with a 9:30 a.m. orientation for parents new to READY!) at Farmin-Stidwell Elementary. Parents will receive a free curriculum, educational toys for their children, plus games and activities. Free childcare for ages 13 months to 11 years (infants may stay with the parent during the workshop). Workshop is for parents, grandparents and other caregivers of infants, toddlers and preschool children (birth to age five). Fall's focus is on Learning and Literacy: Development of Early Reading Skills. Pre-registration required at ReadySandpoint.org or call 208-263-7040. Funded by Panhandle Alliance for Education.

27 KNPS Presentation: An Introduction to Aquatic Plants. The Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society presentation, An Introduction to Aquatic Plants, will be held from 9:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Sandpoint Community Hall. Aquatic Program Manager Thomas Woolf of the Idaho State Department of Agriculture, will discuss aquatic plants, their role in the ecosystem and identification of both native and invasive species. Specimens will be available for hands-on identification. Free admission; public welcome. Sponsored by the Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society and Sandpoint Parks and Recreation. NativePlantSociety.org. 208-627-3292

27 100,000 Poets for Change. Lost Horse Press and the Bonner County Human Rights Task Force team up to present 100,000 Poets for Change, a poetry and music open mic from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for local artists to express their ideas for positive change in our community and in the world. Poets, artists and musicians around the world are planning individual events to take place simultaneously on Sept. 27 in conjunction with 100,000 Poets for Change in a demonstration/celebration of poetry, art and music to promote social, environmental and political change. Join Sandpoint poets and musicians as they connect with artists all over the world! To be considered for a spot as a featured reader or musician, contact Lost Horse Press at 208-255-4410 or e-mail losthorsepress@mindspring.com. Sign-ups for open mic are available on the day of the event. Space is limited; register early.

29 Love & Logic Class. Love & Logic Parenting Facilitator Nicole Rust will teach parents simple solutions, tips, and techniques to parent more effectively during a Love & Logic class at 6 p.m. in the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St. Love and Logic is a philosophy founded in 1977 by Jim Fay and Foster Cline, F.D. It is the approach of choice among leading educators, parents, and other professionals worldwide for advice, guidance, parenting tips, and techniques. eBonnerLibrary.org. 208-263-6930

Here is what's coming up in October!

1 VITAL Northwest Creative Writing 101 Class. VITAL Northwest sponsors a Creative Writing 101 class from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays, starting Oct. 1, in the Cedar Street Bridge. The six-week class is for ages 8-13, and includes writing exploration and story development. Cost is $90 for the session. Call 208-597-2457 or visit the website for more information.

1 VITAL Northwest Creative Writing 201 Class. VITAL Northwest sponsors a Creative Writing 201 class from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, starting Oct. 1, in the Cedar Street Bridge. The six-week class is for ages 12-21, and includes writing exploration and story development. Cost is $90 for the session. Call 208-597-2457 or visit the website for more information.

1 What To Do With What You Grow Workshop. Bonner County Gardeners Association sponsors a What To Do With What You Grow Workshop, presented by Katie Crill, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Ponderay Event Center, 401 Bonner Mall Way, Ponderay. Crill will present an overview of methods (waterbath and pressure canning, soft spreads, pickles, dehydrating and freezing), plus ideas of what to do with these methods. Fee is $10; part of the 2014 Fall Home Horticulture Workshop Series presented by the BCGA. Visit us on Facebook or call 208-265-2070 (leave message).

4 Kaleidoscope Art Program Volunteer Workshop. If you are a parent or a grandparent of a Bonner County child in grades 3 through 6, how about becoming a volunteer? The Kaleidoscope Art Program has a great curriculum, and will give you all the training you need to teach the lessons. You don't need to be an artist! The first semester workshop will be held Oct. 4 -- call Lynda Patalano at 415-722-3167 for more information!

4, 17 Angelspeake Class. Inquire Within hosts an Angelspeake Class from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Learn to communicate with your angels! Class is based on the book "Angelspeake" by Barbara Mark and Trudy Griswold. Attendees will learn how to receive written messages from your angels and participate in an exercise to actually receive a message. Class is led by Ginger Campbell, and the Oct. 17 class is a repeat of the Oct. 4 class. Donations will be accepted but are not expected. InquireWithinSandpoint.com. 208-255-7903

7 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 Home Orchards Workshop. Bonner County Gardeners Association sponsors a Home Orchards Workshop, presented by Jim Clements, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Ponderay Event Center, 401 Bonner Mall Way, Ponderay. We all want productive fruit trees, and Clements can help you achieve that goal.  He will cover fall orchard care, harvesting your fruit, and putting your trees to bed for the winter. Clements will also share some pruning tips. Fee is $10; part of the 2014 Fall Home Horticulture Workshop Series presented by the BCGA. Visit us on Facebook or call 208-265-2070 (leave message).

11 Usui Reiki First Degree Class. Inquire Within, 516 Oak St., hosts the Usui Reiki First Degree Class from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Attune to Universal Life Force Energy. Learn to energetically work with self, others and animals. Class taught by Laurinda Cook-Baile,y an Independent Usui Reiki Master since 1996. Cost is $125. 208-263-1728

11 Maximizing Your Potential. Inquire Within, 516 Oak St., hosts a Maximizing Your Potential class from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Class will include lecture, meditation, visualization, and other tools to help make your life prosper. Presented by Marsha Lord, who has a combined 35 years of spiritual study and experience. Lord has traveled the world lecturing and has appeared on ABC, NBC, and CBS, as well as several radio shows. Admission is $20. InquireWithinSandpoint.com. 208-255-7903

11 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.

13 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.

14 Geezer Forum. Tango Cafe inside Panhandle State Bank, 414 Church St., hosts the Geezer Forum at 2:30 p.m. The group will have their fall discussion on Medicare insurance programs, just before the Oct. 15 enrollment period begins. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by Elder Advocates, Inc. 208-610-4971

15 Candidates Forum. The Bonner County Daily Bee and the Sandpoint High School Cedar Post host a Candidates Forum for candidates in local races at 6 p.m. in the Sandpoint High School auditorium. The public is invited to attend, and bring questions for the candidates. To see a list of candidates, visit the Election Central Page.

15 Landscape Design Workshop. Bonner County Gardeners Association sponsors a Landscape Design Workshop, presented by Valerie Ripley, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Ponderay Event Center, 401 Bonner Mall Way, Ponderay. With an eye for color, texture and size, Ripley can help you make your landscape look the way you want it to. Learn how to plan, design, and implement your beautiful yard. Improve curb appeal and reduce maintenance. Fee is $10; part of the 2014 Fall Home Horticulture Workshop Series presented by the BCGA. Visit us on Facebook or call 208-265-2070 (leave message).

20 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 and Greater Sandpoint Chamber Communications Manager Mack Deibel. 208-263-2161

21 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.

25 Native Plant Landscaping for a Sandpoint Home Presentation. Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society presents Native Plant Landscaping for a Sandpoint Home from 9:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Sandpoint Community Hall. Molly O'Reilly will discuss the pleasures and challenges of landscaping with native plants in an urban setting. 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.

29 Hardscape in Your Landscape Workshop. Bonner County Gardeners Association sponsors a Hardscape in Your Landscape Workshop, presented by William Friedmann and Ryan Daly, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Ponderay Event Center, 401 Bonner Mall Way, Ponderay. Let the experts from Pend Oreille Gardens help you figure out how to do that pathway or wall you want in your landscape. Fee is $10; part of the 2014 Fall Home Horticulture Workshop Series presented by the BCGA. Visit us on Facebook or call 208-265-2070 (leave message).

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