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Here is what's happening in February!

21 Bonner General Health Blood Drive. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the classrooms at Bonner General Health, 520 N. Third Avenue in Sandpoint. Go to Vitalant.org or call 877-258-4825 to schedule an appointment; walk-ins are also welcome.

21 Explore Virtual Reality. From 10 a.m. to noon in the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St. Reserve a 15-minute session in the VR room at eBonnerLibrary.org on the event listing. Info: Contact the Tech Desk at 208-263-6930 ext.1251. *Held every Friday.

21 M.A.C. (Manga/Anime Club) for Teens. Celebrate fandom during the Manga/Anime Club for Teens from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. in the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., Innovia Foundation Community Room B. Read, write, and watch your favorite manga and anime with other enthusiasts. 208-263-6930 ext. 1245 or [email protected]. *Held every Friday.

22 KNPS: Priest River Forest Reserve - Then and Now. The Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society and City of Sandpoint Parks and Recreation Department host a presentation, Priest River Forest Reserve: Then and Now, with guest speaker Jennifer Costich-Thompson, a botanist with the IPNF. The Priest River Forest Reserve, Idaho's first federal forest reserve, was established in 1897. What followed was the extensive evaluation and publication of the Reserve's characteristics and resources by John Leiberg in his 1899 report, 'The Priest River Forest Reserve.' Costich-Thompson's presentation will provide both historical context and comparison of Leiberg's work to current forest conditions. The program is held at 9:45 a.m. in Sandpoint Community Hall, 204 S. First Ave. Free and open to the public.

22 Explore Virtual Reality. From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St. Reserve a 15-minute session in the new VR room online at eBonnerLibrary.org or contact the Tech Desk 263-6930 ext.1251. *Repeats every Saturday.

24 Open Play. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Karen's Room at the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St. This is a drop-in STEM-inspired "What can you build?" challenge. Younger children should have a parent present. 208-263-6930 ext. 1211 or [email protected]. *Repeats every Monday.

24 Mended Hearts Support Group. A support group for cardiac patients is offered at no cost from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the classrooms at Bonner General Health, 520 N. Third Ave. The group provides education and support to cardiac patients, their families, and caregivers. Call 208-265-7480 for more information. *Held on the fourth Monday of every month.

24-March 18 USCGA Boating Safety and Seamanship. U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary offers a course covering navigation, charting, mechanics, rules of the road, courtesies and customs, seamanship, ropes and knots, sailing basics, boat part identification, safety procedures, signage, boat selection, trailering, weather, radios, and more. Certificates are presented upon completion of course examination. Most insurance companies offer a discount on boat insurance to policy holders who have certification. Course runs Feb. 24, 26, March 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, and 18 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the USFS Conference Room, 1602 Ontario St. Class fee is $35, and includes materials. For more details, call 208-946-3994 or 208-290-1286 or view online information.

25 Mother Goose. At 10 a.m. in the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St. in Karen's Room. Stories and singing for babies and toddlers 0-3 yrs. and their caregivers with stay & play until 10:40 a.m. Info: 208-263-6930 ext. 1211 or [email protected]. *Repeats every Tuesday

25 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

25 Conversations About Cancer. Community Cancer Services, 1205 Highway 2 Ste. 101B, hosts an open group at 2 p.m. on Conversations About Cancer. Free and open to the public. *Held on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month.

25 Geezer Forum. Columbia Bank, 414 Church St., hosts the Geezer Forum from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Geezer Forums are held on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month, presented by Elder Advocates. Free and open to the public. 208-610-4971

25 Trivia and Taco Tuesdays at the Teen Center. The Sandpoint Teen Center, 221 S. Division Ave., hosts Trivia and Taco Tuesdays after school from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. A volunteer reads trivia questions split up into different categories or rounds, and the questions are then answered by different groups of people in an audience. *Held every Tuesday.

25 Explore Virtual Reality. Drop-in sessions between 3 p.m. and 6 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.

25 Childbirth Education Classes. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Suite 101 of the BGH Health Services Building located at 423 N. Third Ave. Bonner General Health offers Childbirth Education classes to help parents-to-be learn what to expect both during and after pregnancy. Classes are free and no registration is required, refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Joann at 208-265-7484.

25 PFLAG Sandpoint. Meetings are held at First Presbyterian Church from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. PFLAG holds a support meeting on the second Tuesday of the month, and a game night and social event on the fourth Tuesday of the month. Free and open to the public. *Held on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month.

26 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.

26 Clark Fork Storytime. Clark Fork Library, 601 Main St., hosts stories, rhymes, and music geared to ages 3 to 6 starting at 11:30 a.m., followed by 20 minutes of playtime. For more information, call 208-266-1321. *Repeats every Wednesday.

26 Celebrate Leap Year. 2 p.m. in the Clark Fork Library, 601 Main St. Learn some fun leap year facts, join us on a scavenger hunt through the library, and take home a craft. Geared to ages 8-14, all welcome. 208-266-1321

26 3D Printing Community. 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., in the computer area. Drop by on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month if you're interested in 3D Printing. Collaborate with others or learn more from staff about 3D printing and design. Some computer space will be reserved for the program. Open to all ages and skill levels. 208-263-6930 ext. 1251 *Held on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month.

27 School Day Tour. Spend the morning, between 8:15 a.m. and 10:15 a.m., visiting Kindergarten through eighth grade to experience the rich curriculum offered at Sandpoint Waldorf School, 2007 Sandpoint West Dr. The curriculum includes Japanese, Spanish, music, strings/orchestra, woodworking, handwork, games, and more. Call 208-265-2683 to pre-register. RSVP: [email protected]. SandpointWaldorf.org.

27 Let's Talk About It: Our Earth, Our Ethics. Noon to 1 p.m. in the Sandpoint Library's Community Room B. Let’s Talk About It involves book reading and discussions that include a presentation by, and interaction with, a program scholar. This month's reading is 'Desert Solitaire' by Edward Abbey, who worked as a seasonal park ranger for a couple of years in the late 1950s. 208-265-2665

27 Girls Who Code. 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St. in the Young Adult Reading Area. In this 10-week program using immersive activities, you and your team will build a Girls Who Code project to solve a real-world problem. Girls Who Code Clubs are meant for girls to become part of a sisterhood of supportive peers and role models to join in the use of Computer Science to help change the world. For additional information on Girls Who Code, visit girlswhocode.com. *Held every Thursday.

29 Native Plant Society Presentation. The Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society and City of Sandpoint Parks and Recreation Department host a presentation at 9:45 a.m. in Sandpoint Community Hall, 204 S. First Ave. Free and open to the public. NativePlantSociety.org.

29 Infant Safety Day. Bonner General Health hosts an Infant Safety Day in the Health Services Building located at 423 N. Third Ave. At 10 a.m. is Safe Sleep 101: Learn the essentials of safe sleep for infants. From noon to 2 p.m. is car seat safety checks. Registration required; go to nwsids.org/safe-start or call 206-582-6191. Hosted by Litehouse Foods, Kinderhaven, and Bonner General Health.

29 Family Virtual Reality Day. 10 a.m. to noon, and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St. Reserve a 30-minute session with your family or small group of friends in the VR room at eBonnerLibrary.org on the events page, or contact the Tech Desk at 208-263-6930 ext.1251.

29 Teen Movie Night. The Sandpoint Teen Center, 221 S. Division Ave., hosts a movie night. *Held on the last Saturday of the month.

Here is what's coming up in March 2020!

3 General Meeting of the BCRWI. The Bonner County Republican Women, Inc. hold their general meeting at 10:15 a.m. in the Ponderay Events Center, 401 Bonner Mall Way. BCRWinc.com. *Held on the first Tuesday of every month

3 Idaho Native Tree Identification Class. Distinguishing between Idaho's trees can be a daunting task for beginners. Through a combination of images and live samples, this three-hour workshop will help participants quickly identify Idaho's most common native trees, including: lodgepole pine, ponderosa pine, western white pine, western larch, Douglas-fir, Engelmann spruce, grand fir, subalpine fir, western redcedar, western hemlock, pacific yew, black cottonwood, quaking aspen, paper birch, and red alder. Participants will also learn about the ecology, silviculture, and history of these species. Workshop is from 9 a.m. to noon at the University of Idaho Sandpoint Organic Agriculture Center, 10881 N. Boyer Rd. Pre-register at the Extension Office by Feb. 28; $10 registration fee covers handouts, materials, and refreshments. 208-263-8511

4 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.

5 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.

7 READY! for Kindergarten - Spring Session. Panhandle Alliance for Education provides free READY! for Kindergarten classes for parents of children from birth to age five. The nationally-recognized program includes a 30-minute orientation for first-time participants, followed by a 90-minute class with other parents of children the same age. In these fun, hands-on classes led by trained facilitators, parents are encouraged to talk, laugh, sing and play with fun, high-quality toys, games, books and activities. Parents then take home these free "tools" to enjoy with their children. READY! makes learning enjoyable for the whole family. Remember: Children who start school ahead, stay ahead… year after year! Register at ReadySandpoint.org.

7 Forestry Cost-Sharing Workshop. The University of Idaho Extension offers a Forestry Cost-Sharing Workshop that includes an introduction to the scope of forestry cost-share programs, a panel of Idaho Master Forest Stewards who have successfully made forest treatments using these programs, and presentations from agency personnel and contractors to help family forest owners navigate cost-sharing programs. Program is from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the UI Sandpoint Organic Agriculture Center, 10881 N. Boyer Rd. Pre-register by Feb. 28 at the UI Extension Office; $10 fee covers materials and refreshments. 208-263-8511

7 Paddlesports America Course. Join Sandpoint Parks and Recreation from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at City Hall, 1123 Lake St., for this free introductory course to meet the boater education needs for operating a paddle craft - specifically a canoe, kayak or paddleboard - and maintenance. All skill levels welcome; ages 12 to adult. The class will cover general information to make your paddle craft experience safer and more comfortable, tips on how to be a more courteous paddle craft operator, laws and regulations to which you must adhere. Pre-register by Feb. 26 online, stop by Parks and Rec at 1123 Lake St., or call 208-263-3613.

7 Sandpoint Friends of the Library Book Sale. Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., hosts the FOL Book Sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free and open to the public. eBonnerLibrary.org*Held on the first Saturday of every month.

7 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, this program features a different musical theme and is geared for families with young children. eBonnerLibrary.org. 208-263-6930. *Held on the first Saturday of the month.

10 Bonner County Democratic Women. A monthly meeting of Bonner County Democratic Women, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Jalapenos, 314 N. Second Ave. Free and open to the public; the group does not collect dues, but donations are accepted. For more information, email [email protected]. *Held on the second Tuesday of every month.

11 The Conversation. Ivano's Ristorante, 102 S. First Ave., hosts The Conversation from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Conversation is a free monthly event open to the public, with the intent to support the tenacity it takes to make and market art in the visual, literary, and performing fields in and around Sandpoint. 208-263-1592. *Held on the second Wednesday of the month.

12 LEAP Update. More than 1,800 Idaho loggers have taken the University of Idaho Extension program on forest ecology, silviculture, and water quality, titled Logger Education to Advance Professionalism or LEAP. The LEAP Update is an annual opportunity for LEAP graduates to build on that professional development in forestry. This year's topics include: mastication to treat forest vegetation; loggers and internet use; subalpine fir; conifer defoliating insects; drone use in logging; current management and research on the University of Idaho Experimental Forest; logging machinery updates; noxious weeds and other forest invaders; and a forest product markets update. Pre-register by March 3; $45 fee includes materials and refreshments. Lunch provided by Associated Logging Contractors of Idaho. For more information, contact the University of Idaho Extension office in Bonner County at 208-263-8511.

12 Cancer Support Group. Community Cancer Services, 1205 Highway 2 Ste. 101 B, hosts a new group for residents in Bonner and Boundary counties who have been affected by cancer. For more information, contact Cindy Maarx at 208-255-2301 or [email protected]. *Repeats the second Thursday of every month.

14 Stories and More. Under the guidance of Sandpoint Waldorf School's Early Childhood teachers, children, and their parent/caregiver will enjoy a puppet story, seasonal activities, imaginative play, and a light snack from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Sandpoint Waldorf School, 2007 Sandpoint West Dr. There will be two free classes offered during each session: one for 1- to 3-year-olds and one for 4- to 5-year-olds. Children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver in each class.To register, email [email protected] or call 208-265-2683.

14 Open Mic Writing Contest. The Idaho Writers League, Sandpoint Chapter, hosts an Open Mic Writing Contest from 9 a.m. to noon in the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St. For seven minutes, read your best poem, short story, a novel chapter, or whatever you choose; or just come and listen! Free brunch and beverages provided. This will be a warm, low-key, family event - children under 15 receive participation prizes. Adults 16 and over participate in published or unpublished author categories. Only those choosing to read their work will decide what author category they fall into. Members of the audience will decide the first, second and third place winners, and prizes will be awarded!

14 SHS eSports at The Library. 1 p.m. in the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., Rotary Teen Lounge. Making eSports available to high school gamers by facilitating healthy competition on a varsity level in a comfortable environment is the mission of the HSEL. The Library is partnering with the SHS eSports team to further that mission. Info: [email protected]. *Held on the second Saturday of every month.

Through March 20 Forrest M. Bird Charter School Open Enrollment. Enrollment is open for Forrest M. Bird Charter School - now through March 20 - for the 2020-21 school year. Aspiring new FBCS students for the upcoming school year may apply during this special time; limited spots are available for grades 6-12. Applications can be found online. Contact the school for more information by email [email protected] or call 208-265-9737.

21 Tree Planting Workshop. Promptly renewing a forest with tree seedlings is key to sustainable forestry, whether to replace harvested trees or those that died from fire, insects, or disease. This half-day workshop introduces participants to key elements of planting forest trees successfully. The program features indoor instruction on planted vs. naturally generated tree seedlings; site preparation; seedling stock types; seedling sources; planting tools and technique; responding to inadequate moisture, wildlife damage, and other threats to seedling survival; and financial and technical assistance to help forest owners plant trees. Field activities include opportunities to try different planting tools and stock types, an exercise on measuring planting success, and demonstrations of tools to reduce moisture competition and animal damage. Held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the University of Idaho Sandpoint Organic Agriculture Center, 10881 N. Boyer Rd. Pre-register by March 13 at the UI Extension Office or online; cost is $15, which covers materials and refreshments. Eligible for 3.5 Idaho Pro-Logger credits. 208-263-8511.

26 School Day Tour. Spend the morning, between 8:15 a.m. and 10:15 a.m., visiting Kindergarten through eighth grade to experience the rich curriculum offered at Sandpoint Waldorf School, 2007 Sandpoint West Dr. The curriculum includes Japanese, Spanish, music, strings/orchestra, woodworking, handwork, games, and more. Call 208-265-2683 to pre-register. RSVP: [email protected]. SandpointWaldorf.org.

27 Safely Using Herbicides in Forestry Workshop. A seven-hour workshop is designed to give forest owners and natural resource professionals an introduction to when and where herbicides can be considered as part of a forest management strategy and how to safely and effectively use herbicides in a forest environment. Held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the University of Idaho Sandpoint Center for Organic Agriculture, 10881 N. Boyer Rd. Pre-register at the University of Idaho Extension office in Bonner County; $20 registration fee ($22 for online registration with a credit card) covers handouts and refreshments. For questions, call 208-263-8511. Program is co-sponsored by U of I Extension, Idaho Department of Lands, and U.S. Forest Service.

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