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Here is what's happening in October!

Through Nov. 5 BGH Community Hospice Rose Event. Bonner General Health Community Hospice holds its annual Rose Event. Your donation provides Direct Client Support to families in our community using hospice services. As a gift, you will receive one dozen roses for every $20 donation. To order, please contact Lissa DeFreitas at 208-265-1185 or e-mail lissa.defreitas@bonnergeneral.org. Donations can be made up until pick-up day on Nov. 5 in the lobby of the hospital from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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. 208-263-2161

20, 22 Nonprofit Leadership Class. Forrest M. Bird Charter School hosts the University of Idaho Nonprofit Leadership Class from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. each night. The instructor is Jeff Conroy, executive director of St. Vincent de Paul. The classes will focus on building financial management skills for the nonprofit sector. Classes can be taken individually for professional/personal benefit, or they can be put towards earning a Nonprofit Leadership Certificate through U of I's College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences. Cost is $30. Visit the website to register.

21 Overeaters Anonymous. There is a weekly Overeaters Anonymous Meeting from noon to 1 p.m. at the Cocolalla Cowboy Church, 4281 Cocolalla Loop Rd. in Cocolalla. For more information, contact Linda at 612-599-1096 or e-mail randallinda1@juno.com.

21 Massage Therapy Open House. Raindrop Northwest Massage Therapy has moved! Come see their new office and classroom, where there is a room onsite for teaching up to 40 students! Penny Cosner, LMT, FCCI has been doing massage for over 12 years and teaching aromatherapy classes for over six years. There's a new storefront with essential oils, aromatherapy books and necklaces, supplements and diffusers available. Come and meet Penny and the gang at 402 Cedar Street. Enjoy refreshments and enter the drawing for a massage and other products that will be given away. Held from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Call Penny at 208-946-3692 for more information.

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.

23 Medicare Info Fair. About to become eligible for Medicare, have a family member who needs to decide on Medicare, or need to change your current coverage? Come to the Medicare Info Fair for information to help you through the Medicare maze. Sponsored by Summit Insurance, the fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Heartwood Center, 615 Oak St. Speak directly to providers one-on-one, ask questions, and get personalized answers. There is absolutely no cost to attend and no obligation to enroll! Learn more at SummitIRG.com. 208-265-9690

23 Lakes Commission Public Hearing. The Lakes Commission, Bonneville Power Administration, and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers will be taking public comment on Pend Oreille lake levels from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Panhandle State Bank, 414 Church St. Sponsored by the Lakes Commission; open and free to the public. Lakes-Commission.com. 208-263-5310 ext. 107

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.

25-Nov. 8 Family Learning Storytime. The Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., hosts a Family Learning Storytime program from 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Saturdays, Oct. 25, Nov. 1 and Nov. 8. Learn how to teach literacy through reading, singing and more in a storytime environment. Receive free books, CDs and more. Parents can begin at birth to help children learn important pre-reading skills. The library can suggest what to read and how to read to young children so they get the most from the experience. Learn how to use books, programs and other resources at your library to prepare your children for reading success! There's no cost, but pre-registration is required by calling 208-263-6930, ext. 1211.

27 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)

28 Overeaters Anonymous. There is a weekly Overeaters Anonymous Meeting from noon to 1 p.m. at the Cocolalla Cowboy Church, 4281 Cocolalla Loop Rd. in Cocolalla. For more information, contact Linda at 612-599-1096 or e-mail randallinda1@juno.com.

28 Geezer Forum. Tango Cafe inside Panhandle State Bank, 414 Church St., hosts the Geezer Forum at 2:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by Elder Advocates, Inc. 208-610-4971

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).

30 Flowering Rush Dig. The Lakes Commission and the City of Sandpoint are holding a Flowering Rush Dig from 10 a.m. to noon at City Beach and Dog Beach. Help keep our public swim areas swimmable! Flowering Rush is an invasive aquatic plant that can fill in small bays quickly! Volunteers are to meet at the City Beach Pavilion; please wear warm clothes, rubber boots, tough gloves, and bring along a trowel and bucket if possible. Lakes-Commission.com. 208-263-5310 ext. 107

Here is what's coming up in November!

1-16 Wilderness First Responder Course. Whether your adventures taking you a few miles or a few days from road access, you should be prepared to be self-sufficient in the case of a medical emergency. Join Longleaf Wilderness Medicine for a 76-hour Wilderness First Responder course offered over the course of three weekends in November. Classes will be held from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Sandpoint. Attendance is required at all classes. Course tuition of $625 includes all materials and American Heart Association CPR for the Healthcare Provider course. For more information and to register, visit the website or call 208-274-3596.

3 Diabetes Day Open House. Bonner General Health hosts a Diabetes Day Open House, held from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Brown House Conference Room, next to BGH. Event is free and open to the public. There will be fabulous door prizes; plus learn about insulin pumps, carb counting and more. Start the day with guest speaker A1C Champion Trudy Snawder at 10 a.m. in the BGH Classroom; an Insulin Pump Support Group meets at 1:30 p.m. in the Brown House Conference Room. Enjoy a free 10-minute foot massage, snacks and more. Don't miss it, for your health's sake! For more information, call the BGH Diabetes Educator at 208-265-1116.

4 Election Day. Idaho holds a general election for county and statewide offices. Area For information on voter eligibility, registering to vote, polling places and links to non-partisan voter information, visit the Sandpoint Elections Page.

4 Overeaters Anonymous. There is a weekly Overeaters Anonymous Meeting from noon to 1 p.m. at the Cocolalla Cowboy Church, 4281 Cocolalla Loop Rd. in Cocolalla. For more information, contact Linda at 612-599-1096 or e-mail randallinda1@juno.com.

4 Introduction to Essential Oils Workshop. Are you new to essential oils? Learn the difference between therapeutic and non-therapeutic, where they come from, smell and use several everyday oils during this workshop taught by Penny Cosner, LMT, FCCI and Jennifer Brown. Held at 6:30 pm, 402 Cedar Street. Call Penny at 208-946-3692 for more information; $5 fee.

6 Alzheimer's Support Group. Sandpoint Senior Center, 820 Main St., hosts an Alzheimer's Support Group at 1 p.m. Held on the first and third Thursdays of each month. Free respite care available during group session with advance reservations; contact Jan Griffitts for more information at 208-290-1973 or e-mail jan@looptravel.com.

6 Best of Asia Slideshow Presentation. Tina Friedman presents her Best of Asia Slideshow from 5:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. at the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St. Friedman will be sharing her photographs and stories of her travel through Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and Sri Lanka - blending them into one final show. Free admission.

6 Adult Grief Group. Bonner General Health hosts an Adult Grief Group meeting from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Page House (behind BGH) on the first and third Thursdays of every month. Call 208-265-1185 for more information and an application.

8 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.

10 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.

15 "Make and Take" Workshop. This workshop has been held for the last three years and is very popular to those that want to give "homemade" gifts for the holiday season. Attendees will be able to make three gifts and take them and the instructions home. Penny Cosner, LMT, FCCI and Jennifer Brown will instruct students how to make essential oil spritzers, aromatherapy diffusers, bath salts, exfoliating scrubs, massage oils and more. Cost is $15. Held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at 402 Cedar Street, (Raindrop Northwest Massage Therapy). Please call Penny at 208-946-3692 to pre-register for this class.

20 Alzheimer's Support Group. Sandpoint Senior Center, 820 Main St., hosts an Alzheimer's Support Group at 1 p.m. Held on the first and third Thursdays of each month. Free respite care available during group session with advance reservations; contact Jan Griffitts for more information at 208-290-1973 or e-mail jan@looptravel.com.

20 Adult Grief Group. Bonner General Health hosts an Adult Grief Group meeting from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Page House (behind BGH) on the first and third Thursdays of every month. Call 208-265-1185 for more information and an application.

Here is what's coming up in December!

1 Diabetes Support and Education Group Meeting. Bonner General Health hosts a Diabetes Support and Education Group Meeting from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Brown House (next to the hospital). This month's featured speaker is Audrey Buck, RD/CDE, who will discuss Holiday Eating. Bonner General Hospitalís Diabetes Support Group is available at no charge and serves to strengthen your diabetes knowledge so you can feel great and prevent complications. You will be meeting new friends who may struggle with some of the same issues as you. All people with diabetes and their families are invited. We hope to see you there!

4 Alzheimer's Support Group. Sandpoint Senior Center, 820 Main St., hosts an Alzheimer's Support Group at 1 p.m. Held on the first and third Thursdays of each month. Free respite care available during group session with advance reservations; contact Jan Griffitts for more information at 208-290-1973 or e-mail jan@looptravel.com.

18 Alzheimer's Support Group. Sandpoint Senior Center, 820 Main St., hosts an Alzheimer's Support Group at 1 p.m. Held on the first and third Thursdays of each month. Free respite care available during group session with advance reservations; contact Jan Griffitts for more information at 208-290-1973 or e-mail jan@looptravel.com.

Here is what's coming up in January 2015!

1 Alzheimer's Support Group. Sandpoint Senior Center, 820 Main St., hosts an Alzheimer's Support Group at 1 p.m. Held on the first and third Thursdays of each month. Free respite care available during group session with advance reservations; contact Jan Griffitts for more information at 208-290-1973 or e-mail jan@looptravel.com.

5 Diabetes Support and Education Group Meeting. Bonner General Health hosts a Diabetes Support and Education Group Meeting from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Brown House (next to the hospital). This month's featured speaker is a BGH pharmacist who will discuss What's New in Diabetes Medications. Bonner General Hospitalís Diabetes Support Group is available at no charge and serves to strengthen your diabetes knowledge so you can feel great and prevent complications. You will be meeting new friends who may struggle with some of the same issues as you. All people with diabetes and their families are invited. We hope to see you there!

15 Alzheimer's Support Group. Sandpoint Senior Center, 820 Main St., hosts an Alzheimer's Support Group at 1 p.m. Held on the first and third Thursdays of each month. Free respite care available during group session with advance reservations; contact Jan Griffitts for more information at 208-290-1973 or e-mail jan@looptravel.com.

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