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Here is what's happening in April

21 Downtown Dialogue. The downtown 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, and is hosted by BID manager Kim Queen and Greater Sandpoint Chamber Communications Manager Mack Deibel. The show takes place at noon on the third Monday of every month. 208-263-2161

22 Insurance Q&A Session. Affordable Insurance Solutions holds a weekly Q & A session at 8:30 a.m. every Tuesday in the upstairs conference room at Panhandle State Bank, 414 Church St. (just follow the signs as you get off the elevator to 205C). Lots of answers, plus coffee and tea are available. For further information, contact Affordable Insurance Solutions at 208-255-1234 or visit AffordableInsuranceSandpoint.com.

22 Geezer Forum: Alzheimer's Association Town Hall. The Geezer Forum hosts an Alzheimer's Association Town Hall from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Panhandle State Bank Community Room, 414 Church St. Joel Loiacano, executive director of the Inland Northwest Alzheimer's Association, will lead the discussion about a large effort to develop an Idaho State Plan to develop public policies. Loiacano is eager for folks from Sandpoint to be a big part in developing that plan. This is your chance to directly influence policies and programs that will impact the life of your loved one with Alzheimer's or other type of dementia. All are invited to attend; event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by Elder Advocates.

22 Kids Alive! First Lutheran Church hosts the Kids Alive! after-school youth program on Tuesdays from 2:45 p.m. to 5 p.m. Held in conjunction with United Methodist and First Presbyterian churches of Sandpoint. Open to all students in kindergarten through 6th grade. For more information, contact program director Claudia Samargis at 208-290-2117.

22-23 Panhandle SEEP Course. A Panhandle SEEP course is available to anyone in the construction industry and related disciplines who wants to improve their skills, understanding, and marketability in the stormwater and erosion control field. Course will be held in the Northern Lights Conference Room, with the classroom session from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 22, and Field Day and Exam from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 23 -- participants in SEEP courses have the option to take a voluntary exam for certification. To register, go to PanhandleSEEP.org or call Marie Pengilly at 208-292-2540.

23 Apps for Autism Training. Join Team Autism 24/7 and Mike Mann for an "Apps for Autism" Training, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Farmin-Stidwell Elementary, 1626 Spruce St. Bring iPads and learn student-focused apps and task-focused apps. Question and answer session to follow. Free and open to the public; childcare provided. Visit TeamAutism247.com for details.

24 Progressive Women's Coffee. Are you disappointed by the inaction and bickering during the legislative session? Are you ready to see real change on women's and family issues in the state of Idaho? Join the Progressive Women's Coffee for a cup of coffee with like-minded women at Tango Cafe inside Panhandle State Bank to discuss what's wrong and what we can do about it. Learn more on the Facebook page or call 208-301-8390.

24 Kinderhaven Open House. The community is invited to take a tour of Kinderhaven from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., plus meet the staff, board and volunteers who've helped to keep alive Sandpoint's healing place for children since 1996. More than 1,300 children have benefitted from Kinderhaven, and many more will pass through the doors in the future! Located at 900 Spruce St. in Sandpoint, three blocks west of Boyer Avenue.

25 Ask the Waterkeeper. Your issues. Your questions. Your watershed. Join Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeeper and Executive Director Shannon Williamson for this monthly Q & A about the Lake Pend Oreille watershed and the issues currently affecting its communities. Join us on the last Friday of the month at 9 a.m. in Di Luna's Cafe, 207 Cedar St., for this open topic discussion fueled by your questions and a little caffeine! LPOW.org. 208-597-7188

26 Annual "Shake the Sand Out" Downtown Spring Cleaning Event. Each year, more than 80 local volunteers come together to give Sandpoint's downtown Business Improvement District (including Sand Creek) a springtime spruce-up! This is a great opportunity for individual and volunteer teams to join together for a few hours and get it done for our community. The BID will provide donuts and coffee in the morning, gloves, bags and designated area maps for the clean-up, and a great lunch for everyone when we are finished. Contact kim@sandpointchamber.com for more information and to get signed up!

26 Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society: Plants and Clean Water. Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society presents "Plants and Clean Water: Rain Gardens and Protecting Aquifer and Surface Waters" from 9:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Sandpoint Community Hall. University of Idaho Extension Water Educator Jim Ekins will discuss rain gardens, riparian buffers and other ways to manage rain runoff on-site (in the yard) to protect aquifer and surface water. Free admission, public welcome. Sponsored by KNPS and Sandpoint Parks and Recreation. NativePlantSociety.org.

26 READY! for Kindergarten. Registration is now open for the READY! for Kindergarten's free, research-based early childhood literacy workshops which will be held Saturday, April 26, in Sandpoint. The workshops are for parents and grandparents of children ages birth to 1 year, 1 to 2 years, 2 to 3 years, 3 to 4 years, and 4 to 5 years. Free childcare will be provided. Enjoy free and fun educational toys, games, books and activities to teach your little one important literacy skills through "play with a purpose." Pre-registration required at ReadySandpoint.org or call 208-263-7040. Funded by the Panhandle Alliance for Education and sponsored this year by BVG Construction/Seasons at Sandpoint.

28 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)

29 Kids Alive! First Lutheran Church hosts the Kids Alive! after-school youth program on Tuesdays from 2:45 p.m. to 5 p.m. Held in conjunction with United Methodist and First Presbyterian churches of Sandpoint. Open to all students in kindergarten through 6th grade. For more information, contact program director Claudia Samargis at 208-290-2117.

Here is what's coming up in May

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.

1 Maximize Your Spring Detox! Join Stacy Jenkins, founder of Return To Radiance, for a free evening workshop from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Wildflower Spa & Apothecary, 815 Pine St. Learn a simple, powerful model for cleansing your mind. Jenkins is on a mission to help others regain their vibrant health, and will share her insights, realizations and priceless gems that made it possible for her to heal after 30 years with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Space is limited, RSVP by April 28 at 208-263-1103, 208-265-0203, or via e-mail at ReturnToRadiance@gmail.com.

1 Adult Grief Group. Bonner Community Hospice hosts an Adult Grief Group, which meets from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays of each month. A free community service of Bonner Community Hospice, please call 208-265-1185 for additional information.

6 Conversations with Carrie Logan. Tango Cafe, inside the Panhandle State Bank building at 414 Church St., hosts Conversations with Sandpoint Mayor Carrie Logan from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on the first Tuesday of every month. Free and open to the public; bring your questions and comments!

6 Pend Oreille Pedalers Meeting. The Pend Oreille Pedalers holds a monthly member meeting at 7 p.m. in the Laughing Dog Brewing, 1109 Fontaine Dr. Meetings will be held on the first Tuesday of each month, April through September. For those interested in joining the Pend Oreille Pedalers, e-mail info@pendoreillepedalers.com.

6 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.

10 Sailing Workshop. Sandpoint Parks & Recreation and the Sandpoint Sailing Association offer a free New Sailor Workshop from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for sailors of all skill levels (basic information about sailing, sail boats, cruising Lake Pend Oreille, and racing). The workshop will be held at Sandpoint Community Hall, 204 S. First Ave., and is open to the public; adults and youth at least 10 years old are encouraged to attend. Check the Sandpoint Sailing Association website for more information or contact SSA's Bruce Robertson via e-mail: twolabs1cat@frontier.com or call 208-263-3610; or Sandpoint Parks & Recreation at 208-263-3613.

10 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.

12 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! Find more information on the Bonner County Interagency Facebook Page.

13-June 24 Feel Good Nutrition Course. Jane Hoover offers her Feel Good Nutrition course as four two-hour workshops devoted to helping you improve your overall health and feeling of wellness. Get ready to explore new ways of thinking about life, food and movement. The course starts with a one-hour wellness visit to obtain baseline information; the rest of the course will be given in four group workshops. You will learn to pay attention to what makes your body feel its best! Cost is $120, plus the cost of the wellness visit. Session begins May 13, and continues through June 24. Learn more at FeelGoodSandpoint.com or visit 304-4133.

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.

22 Journey to Asia Presentation. Traveler and local resident Tina Friedman will share stories and photos from her five-month journey to Asia at the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St. Free and open to the public.

24 Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society: Life Cycle of Bees. Sandpoint Community Hall hosts the Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society presentation Life Cycle of Bees from 9:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Megan Taylor will discuss some of the research that has been conducted on neonicotinoids, the importance of understanding the developmental life cycle and foraging habits of bees, and the multifaceted issues they face regularly, concluding with how we can help bees and other essential pollinators. Free admission, public welcome. Sponsored by the Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society and Sandpoint Parks and Recreation. For more information, visit NativePlantSociety.org.

Here is what's coming up in June


5 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.

19 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.

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