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Here is what's happening in January!

17 Bonner County Republican Women Monthly Meeting. Join the Bonner County Republican Women in the Ponderay Events Center, 401 Bonner Mall Way. Social time with refreshments will be from 10:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., followed by guest speaker Wayne Hoffman who will discuss the Governor's 2017 Agenda. Hoffman is president of Idaho Freedom Foundation and is one of Idaho's leading experts on public policy, the Idaho Legislature and the practice of journalism. This is a great opportunity to get informed about the 2017 Idaho Legislative session. $5 fee covers refreshments and room rental. RSVP online or call 208-946-0510.

17 Library Storytimes. The Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., hosts Mother Goose Storytime at 10:15 a.m. for children ages 0 to 3; and Preschool Storytime at 11 a.m. for children ages 2 to 5. * Held every Tuesday.

17 Robotics with Lego Mindstorm. Learn to build or code; open to boys and girls (ages 8+) starting at 3 p.m. in the Clark Fork Library, 601 Main St. Held every Tuesday. * Held every Tuesday.

17 Make It at The Library. Kids and families create with robotics, Arduinos, needlework, Legos and other projects during Make It at the Library, held at 3 p.m. in the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St. * Held every Tuesday.

17 Beginner Rally Obedience Dog Training. Pend Oreille Pet Lodge, 895 Kootenai Cut Off Rd. in Ponderay, hosts a Beginner Rally class at 5:30 p.m. Learn the basics of rally, a sport in which the dog and handler complete a course of designated stations (10- 20 stations). Dogs must be current on veterinarian-administered vaccines. This 6 week class is $75. For more information call Monica at 208-651-0008 or the Pend Oreille Pet Lodge at 208-255-7687.

17 Parent/Grandparent Grief Group. Bonner General Health Community Hospice hosts a Parent and Grandparent Grief Group, which meets from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the classroom at Bonner General Health, 520 N. Third Ave. A free community service, the support group is for parents and grandparents who have experienced the death of a child or grandchild. * Held on the first and third Tuesday of each month. 208-265-1185

18 Clark Fork Stories and More. The Clark Fork Library, 610 Main St., holds a Clark Fork Stories and More program at 10:30 a.m. Kids ages 3 to 8 are invited to enjoy stories, crafts, prizes and snacks. * Held every Wednesday.

18 Puppy Power Hour. Pend Oreille Pet Lodge, 895 Kootenai Cut Off Rd. in Ponderay, hosts a Puppy Power Hour from noon to 1 p.m. Puppies enjoy an hour of supervised play and socialization during Power Hour, which is open to puppies 8 weeks to 6 months of age. Puppies must be current on veterinarian-administered vaccines. Power Hour is $5 per session or 5 for $20. For more information call the Pend Oreille Pet Lodge at 208-255-7687. * Held every Wednesday in January.

18 Clark Fork Make It At The Library. The Clark Fork Library, 610 Main St., holds a Make It At The Library program at 2 p.m. Kids are invited to come and make a variety of age-appropriate projects. * Held every Wednesday.

18 Lego Club. The Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., hosts a Lego Club at 2 p.m. Kids of all ages are welcome to come and create with open Lego play. * Held on the first and third Wednesday of every month.

19-26 Super Kids Preschool Playgroup. Children ages 0-5 are invited to join the Super Kids Preschool Playgroup with Jessica Heart, an early childhood educator who has a strong passion for working with children. This playgroup provides an opportunity for children to socialize with others in an enriching environment that supports communication, social-emotional development, cognitive development and fine and gross motor skills. Session 2 is held from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. Thursdays until Jan. 26, at Sandpoint Community Hall, 204 S. First Ave. $4 drop-in rate per child.

19 Alzheimer's Support Group. The Sandpoint Senior Center, 820 Main St., hosts a support group at 1 p.m. for families, caregivers and friends of those with dementia, Alzheimer's and any related disorder, sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association. Free respite care is available at Day Break during the group session with advance reservations. Contact Jan Griffitts for information at 208-290-1973, or e-mail jan@looptravel.com. * Held the first and third Thursday of every month.

19 Downtown Streets Open House. The City of Sandpoint is holding an open house from 4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. in the Columbia Bank building, 414 Church St., as the city moves ahead with the reversion of downtown streets to two-way traffic, coming in April. The public is invited to learn more about this sweeping project and provide input at the open house.

21 Computer Class: Basic Microsoft Word. Learn the basics of Microsoft Word, including toolbars, formatting and highlighting, during a Basic Microsoft Word computer class at 8:15 a.m. in the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St. Space is limited and pre-registration is required by calling 208-263-6930. * Held on the third Saturday of the month.

21 Puppy Power Hour. Pend Oreille Pet Lodge, 895 Kootenai Cut Off Rd. in Ponderay, hosts Puppy Power Hour from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m.  Puppies enjoy an hour of supervised play and socialization during Power Hour, which is open to puppies 8 weeks to 6 months of age.  Puppies must be current on veterinarian-administered vaccines. Power Hour is $5 per session or 5 for $20. For more information call the Pend Oreille Pet Lodge at 208-255-7687. * Held every Saturday in January.

21 READY! for Kindergarten. Registration is now open for the free winter 2017 READY! for Kindergarten early childhood literacy workshops for parents, grandparents and primary caregivers of children from birth to age 5 (before kindergarten). Workshops are held the morning of Jan. 21; take home free, fun and educational toys, games, books, activities to use in play with a purpose. Free childcare for ages 13 months to 11 years (under 1 year may attend with parent). To register, go to ReadySandpoint.org or call 208-263-7040. Funded by the Panhandle Alliance for Education and endorsed by the Lake Pend Oreille School District.

22 Rally Obedience Dog Training. Pend Oreille Pet Lodge, 895 Kootenai Cut Off Rd. in Ponderay, hosts a Rally Obedience Dog Training class at 3:30 p.m. Rally is a sport in which the dog and handler complete on a course of designated stations (10-20 stations). Dogs must be current on veterinarian-administered vaccines. Drop-in class is $10 per session or 4 for $35. For more information, call Glenna at 208-610-2171 or the Pend Oreille Pet Lodge at 208-255-7687. * Held every Sunday in January.

23 Fit and Fall Proof Class. Cedar Hills Church, 227 McGhee Rd. in Ponderay, hosts the Fit and Fall Proof class from 11 a.m. until noon. This new fitness class for seniors is sponsored by the Panhandle Health District, and is designed for older adults to improve flexibility, mobility, balance and strength. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Vicki Longhini at 612-987-3802 or e-mail vicki.longhini@gmail.com.

23 Puppy Power Hour. Pend Oreille Pet Lodge, 895 Kootenai Cut Off Rd. in Ponderay, hosts a Puppy Power Hour from noon to 1 p.m. Puppies enjoy an hour of supervised play and socialization during Power Hour, which is open to puppies 8 weeks to 6 months of age. Puppies must be current on veterinarian-administered vaccines. Power Hour is $5 per session or 5 for $20. For more information call the Pend Oreille Pet Lodge at 208-255-7687. * Held every Monday in January.

23 Teen STEAM. Free fun for teens from the East Bonner County Library District, held at 3 p.m in the Sandpoint Teen Center. A different STEAM (science, tech, engineering, art, math) adventure each month! Contact Young Adult Services Librarian Morgan Gariepy at 208-263-6930 ext. 1245 or e-mail morgan@ebonnerlibrary.org for details.

23 Musical Theatre Class with Debra Douglas. The first rehearsal for the live performance of Aesop's Fables starring 2nd and 3rd graders takes place at 3:15 a.m. in the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St. The performance will be held March 6. For more information, contact Suzanne Davis at 208-263-6930 ext. 1211 or e-mail suzanne@ebonnerlibrary.org.

23 Pajama Story Time. Bring the whole family to the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., for a bedtime story, songs and activities during Pajama Story Time at 6 p.m. PJs and stuffies are welcome!

24 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 second and fourth Tuesday of every month.

24 Geezer Forum. Tango Cafe inside the Sandpoint Center, 414 Church St., hosts the Geezer Forum from 2:30 p.m. until 4 p.m. The Geezer Forum is held the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month, and is sponsored by Elder Advocates. 208-610-4971

24 3D Printing Workshop for Adults. The Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., hosts a 3D Printing Workshop for Adults at 5 p.m. This beginner class explores the potential of 3D printing and designing a 3D printable object. Pre-registration required by calling 208-263-6930. * Held on the fourth Tuesday of every month.

24 Bonner County ARES/RACES Meeting. The amateur radio group Bonner County ARES/RACES hold a meeting at 5:30 p.m. in the Bonner County Administration Building, 1500 Highway 2. ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service) is a function of the American Radio Relay League; RACES (Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service) is associated with the local government emergency management function. The group does emergency communications for the public; if you have your license, come check out the group. And if you don't have your license, come see what we're all about. No cost. Learn more or call 661-203-0335. * Held on the fourth Tuesday of every month.

25 Crafternoon - Cute & Owly. Enjoy free family fun making owl crafts to take home during Crafternoon at 2 p.m. in the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St. * Crafternoon is held on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month.

26 Toddler Dance Party. Kids and caregivers dance their socks off at 10 a.m. in the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St. Geared for ages 12-36 months, but all welcome!

27 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.

28 Computer Class: Basic Microsoft Publisher. Learn to create professional looking brochures, newsletters and other documents during this free computer class at 8:15 a.m. in the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St. Space is limited and pre-registration is required by calling 208-263-6930.
 
28 What's Killing the Trees? Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society and Sandpoint Parks and Recreation present "What's Killing the Trees?" from 9:45 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. in Sandpoint Community Hall. Featured speaker is Tom Eckberg. Free and open to the public. NativePlantSociety.org.

28 Used Book Sale. Come one, come all to the Bonner Mall's Used Book Sale, held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the last Saturday of every month inside the Bonner Mall in Ponderay. The public is welcome to bring books and sell them; there's no cost and tables are provided. Shoppers - this is a great chance to find books at a huge discount! 208-263-4272

30 Musical Theatre Class with Debra Douglas. Rehearsal for the live performance of Aesop's Fables starring 2nd and 3rd graders will be held at 3:15 p.m. in the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St. The performance takes place on the evening of March 6. For more information, contact Suzanne Davis at 208-263-6930 ext. 1211 or suzanne@ebonnerlibrary.org.
 
30 Night Sky - The Moon & The Planets with Astronomer Sandy Nichols. View the night sky through telescopes at the viewing location on Great Northern Road, starting at 6:30 p.m. Completely weather-dependent and organized by the East Bonner County Library District. Contact Suzanne Davis for details at 208-263-6930 ext. 1211 or e-mail suzanne@ebonnerlibrary.org.

Here is what's coming up in February!

1 3D Printing Workshop for Adults. The Clark Fork Library, 610 Main St., hosts a 3D Printing Workshop for Adults at 4 p.m. This beginner class explores the potential of 3D printing and designing a 3D printable object. Pre-registration required by calling 208-266-1321. * Held on the first Wednesday of every month.

1 Sandpoint Photo Club. The Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., hosts the Sandpoint Photo Club at 5 p.m. Learn and share with other photographers! * Held on the first Wednesday of every month.

1 Puppy Class Dog Training. Pend Oreille Pet Lodge, 895 Kootenai Cut Off Rd. in Ponderay, hosts a Puppy Class Dog Training for three weeks (held Wednesdays and Saturdays at 6 p.m.). Learn the basics of socialization, heel, sit, down, stay, recall, greeting people and potty training. Class is open to puppies 8 weeks to 6 months of age. Puppies must be current on veterinarian-administered vaccines. Class is $75.  For more information call Lindsey at 208-304-2097 or the Pend Oreille Pet Lodge at 208-255-7687.

4 Sandpoint Friends of the Library Book Sale. The January highlights of the Sandpoint FOL's monthly book sale are self-help, exercise, New Year's Resolution and a Naval Warfare collection. Also find great deals on mysteries, nonfiction and youth/children's books. Music CDs are four for a dollar! Held from 10 a.m. 'til 2 p.m. at the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St. All are welcome! * FOL book sales are held on the first Saturday of every month.

4 Animal Tracking and Sign Interpretation. Join expert tracker and wildlife researcher Brian Baxter for a day of learning to "read signs" during an Animal Tracking and Sign Interpretation class, starting with a morning session in the Heron Community Center, 6 Upriver Dr. in Heron, Mont., and then transitioning to the field for some "eyes, ears, nose and hands-on" tracking experience. Baxter's classes are informative and entertaining. Click to sign up.

15 Being Mortal. Bonner General Health Community Hospice in partnership with Hospice Foundation of America hosts a screening of PBS Frontline's film "Being Mortal" - which explores patients and families facing terminal illness and their relationships with the physicians treating them. The event will be held from 10 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. in Suite 101 of the BGH Health Services Building located at 423 N. Third Ave. Lunch will be provided by Life Care Center. RSVP: 208-265-1185.

Here is what's coming up in March!

3 Women of Wisdom Lifetime Achievement Nominations Deadline. Women Honoring Women seek nominations for outstanding women who are deserving recognition. The deadline is earlier than in years past, as the WOW committee wants to get the word out so deserving women of our community will be nominated. Candidate must be 65 years or older; for full details, visit the WOW website. 208-264-5637

18 Family History-Discovery Day. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 602 Schweitzer Cut-Off Rd., hosts a Family History-Discovery Day from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. All are wecome to attend this free public event to learn how to preserve your family history records, pictures, etc. There will be many classes offered. Also, the Family History Center will be open for drop-ins to help you with your online family history research. Lunch is provided. Visit the website for more information.

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