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Here is what's happening in February!

27 Inland Northwest Blood Center Blood Drive. Bonner General Health hosts an Inland Northwest Blood Center blood drive. Sign up for a time to donate online at INBCSaves.org (use code: BonnerHospital) or call 800-423-0151. Everyone who presents to give blood will be entered to win a Date Night Package including suite accommodations for two at Mirabeau Park Hotel in the Spokane Valley, a $50 gift certificate to MAX Restaurant, a bottle of champagne or sparkling cider, and chocolate-dipped strawberries. Should you choose to venture out, a $50 Hay J's Bistro (located just 5 miles away) is also included! For questions, contact Robin at 208-265-1123 or e-mail robin.hanson@bonnergeneral.org.

28 iRest At Ease Workshop. Integrative Restoration (iRest) is a deeply relaxing, evidence based, transformative practice that uses a series of 30-40 minute guided visualizations as well as body sensing and breath awareness techniques that lead to psychological, physical and spiritual healing. Research has shown that iRest effectively reduces PTSD, fear, depression, anxiety, insomnia, chemical dependency, chronic and acute pain. The workshop will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the cost is $90 for first time and $70 for repeating participants. An 8 week class will be offered beginning April 13. Dr. Gabrielle Duebendorfer, naturopathic physician, has been teaching iRest classes since 2013 and can be reached at 208-265-2213 for registration and location. 

28 Tracing Native Plants Presentation
. The Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society presents Survivors: Tracing the Story of Native Plants in our Region, at 9:45 a.m. in Sandpoint Community Hall. Spokane-based teacher and naturalist Jack Nisbet will trace the stories of several different native plants from our region. Beginning with their first collections by David Douglas in the 1820s and '30s, and following them across a surprising variety of times and places. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by KNPS, Sandpoint Parks and Recreation, Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness, and the Pend Oreille Chapter of Idaho Master Naturalists. NativePlantSociety.org. 208-627-3292

28 Habitat for Humanity Dedication. The Idaho Panhandle Habitat for Humanity dedicates its 16th home built in the Sandpoint area. The dedication will held at 2 p.m. at the home, located at 25 Keegan Court in Kootenai. The public is invited to view the home, meet the family, and learn more about our Habitat for Humanity affiliate. Families are required to have at least 500 sweat equity hours before the home is sold to them on a 20-year, principal-only mortgage. All payments from the homeowners go back into the general fund to build the next home. Other funding comes from individual and corporate supporters, the ReStore, and the annual golf tournament. IPHFH.org. 208-946-3210

Here is what's coming up in March!


1 The Secret Art of the Performer Workshop. American Laboratory Theatre presents the dynamic workshop, "The Secret Art of the Performer," with International Theatre director Jesús Quintero from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Hope Marketplace, 620 Wellington Pl. in Hope. During this intensive workshop, Quintero will draw from his decades of theatrical research and studies abroad to work closely with participants in the core of their craft. This workshop will concentrate on the necessity for participants to get to know themselves, their sensorial skills and imagination, feelings, memories, and creativity. Cost is $125; pre-register at AmericanLabTheatre.com. 208-610-0187

2 Puppy Class. The Pend Oreille Pet Lodge, 895 Kootenai Cut Off Rd. in Ponderay, hosts a three-week puppy class course on Mondays and Fridays at 6 p.m. for $65. All puppies from the ages of 8 weeks old to 6 months with licensed veterinarian vaccines are welcome to join. Give instructor Lindsey a call at 208-304-2097 or the Pet Lodge at 208-255-7687 for more information.

3 Inventors Association of Idaho Meeting. The Inventors Association of Idaho hosts a live video teleconference with Ken Tarlow, a product engineer and designer from California, starting at 2 p.m. in the Forrest Bird Charter School, 614 S. Madison Ave. Tarlow will be interviewed by IAOI's Bill Hertzberg, who has worked on product projects with Tarlow over the past 20 years. Tarlow has 81 patents and has developed more than 500 products. Widely recognized in the field of product design, Tarlow is the author of "Mind To Money, a guide to the product development process." The meeting is open to the public; RSVP to tgr4evr@earthlink.net. Hors d'oeuvres and social time will follow.

3 7B Hop Heads HomeBrew Club Meeting. Calling all Hop Heads! The 7B Hop Heads HomeBrew Club holds a meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St. All are welcome!

3 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.

4 Where The Wild Things Are. East Bonner County Library, 1407 Cedar St., hosts a Where The Wild Things Are presentation at 6:30 p.m. Have you ever marveled at moose on your street? Or wondered why wild things seem to be everywhere here in northern Idaho? Join the American Heritage Wildlife Foundation and Kaniksu Land Trust for a fun slideshow presentation and discussion about wildlife, wild lands, and why it matters to you. Free admission and open to the public. Kaniksu.org. 208-263-9471

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 or e-mail jan@looptravel.com.

5 Cambodia Travel Slide Show. This fundraiser for a water wells and education project (FWE-Cambodia.org) will be presented by Gabrielle Duebendorfer from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Quaker Meeting House, 1025 Alder St. The presentation covers travels in Bangkok by bicycle, Southern Cambodia and Rabbit Island, Phnom Penh, Angkor Wat, Cambodian Culture, Khmer Rouge history and Development Aid issues. $10 donation is suggested.  208-265-2213

7 Distinguished Young Women 2015 Rock the Runway Fashion Show. See new spring fashions featured from local Sandpoint retailers and bid on amazing gift baskets in the silent auction. And don’t leave without dessert for you and a friend after bidding the old fashioned way during our live dessert auction! This is the biggest fundraiser of the year. Come support your local DYW participants at 12:30 p.m. (doors open at 11:45 a.m.) in the Sandpoint High School Cafeteria. Purchase tickets through a DYW participant or at the door. 608-937-5256

7 Forest Edibles Workshop. Most northern Idaho residents are aware of food available in forests, picking huckleberries in summer and hunting for morels in spring. But many may not be aware of other edible plants and fungi in our forests, or know about the potential economic value of these foods or how to harvest them sustainably. A half-day University of Idaho Extension workshop titled Forest Edibles, featuring Washington State University forester Jim Freed, will introduce participants to the range of edible non-timber products that can be harvested. Workshop will be held from 8 a.m. to noon at the Ponderay Events Center, 401 Bonner Mall Way, Ste. E in Ponderay. $15 fee; pre-register at the U of I Extension Office by Feb. 27; or download a form online. Programs co-sponsored by UI Extension and Idaho Department of Lands. 208-208-263-8511 

9 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. Everyone welcome. Details: Bonner County Interagency Facebook Page.

10 LPOSD Levy Election. Lake Pend Oreille School District holds a replacement, two-year levy in the amount of $15.7 million. Polls are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Learn more about the levy at VoteOurSchools.org; the Bonner County Elections page; or Sandpoint Online Election Central.

10 Geezer Forum. All are welcome to attend the Geezer Forum, held from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Tango Cafe, 414 Church St. The Geezer Forum meets twice a month to explore the issues of aging, and is hosted by Paul Graves of Elder Advocates. Free and open to the public. 

10-11 LEAP Logging Workshop. The University of Idaho Extension hosts a program on forest ecology, silviculture, and water quality, titled Logger Education to Advance Professionalism or LEAP. This year's topics include: ecology and silviculture of western hemlock, class 1 stream crossing installation, logging costing models, the new Idaho forest water quality video, Idaho FPA rule changes and BMP updates, new GPS technology to improve communications in logging, working around class 2 streams, and small scale wood pellet manufacture. Pre-register by March 3; $45 fee includes resource materials and refreshments. 208-263-8511

11 Family History Class. Finding your roots is easy at the Family History Center! Get started by registering at Sandpoint Parks and Recreation for an introductory Family History Class offered by the Family History Center; registration deadline is March 6. Class will be held at the Family History Center (back of LDS church at 602 Schweitzer Rd.) from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Free to attend; 208-263-3613.

12 North Idaho Federated Republican Women Meeting. The North Idaho Federated Republican Women hold a monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. in DiLuna's Cafe, 207 Cedar St. This month's meeting features guest speaker Jerry Clemons, Bonner County's tax assessor. Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month. For more information, contact Charlene Matheson at 208-265-8773 or visit NIFRW.org.

13 SCRC Volunteer Orientation. Are you looking to have a positive impact in your community? Sandpoint Community Resource Center has settled into new space in town to help people in need connect with people who serve. SCRC assisted more than 180 individuals last year and are looking for committed and compassionate individuals to help us meet this growing need. Learn about the important work we are doing at our Volunteer Orientation at noon in the upstairs conference room of Columbia Bank Community Plaza, 231 N. Third Ave. See how you might apply your skills to this vital service. Visit SandpointCommunityService.com, contact Becca Orchard at 208-304-2875, or e-mail volunteer@sandpointcommunityresource.com.

14 Family History Fair. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 602 Schweitzer Cutoff Rd., sponsors a Family History Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The public is welcome to join in these classes on Death Records, Military Records, Family Home Evening, Indexing, Photo Sharing, Tells a Story, Roots Tech Videos and hands-on help with your family research. Guest speaker Stacie Julian will talk about Creating and Preserving Family Traditions and Memories at 11 a.m. and again at 1 p.m.; and Journals/Pictures Made Easy and Fun at noon. There will also be a photo booth and a lunch bar! Free and open to all; children welcome. Learn more on our Blog. 208-265-6771

14-15 Wilderness First Aid Certification Course. Wilderness First Aid is an introductory level course and is perfect for outdoor adventurers, people who hunt and fish, Scouts and their parents, and anyone who would like to increase their ability to respond to emergencies when help is more than just a phone call away. During the Longleaf Wilderness Medicine First Aid Certification Course, held for two days from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., participants will learn how to assess patients, treat common injuries and illness, provide long-term patient care, and decide when to call for more help. Learn strategies for prevention of injuries, as well as hands-on skills like splinting, wound care, and managing spine injuries. Cost is $175; learn more at LongleafMedical.com or call 208-274-3596.

14-16 Wilderness First Responder Recertification Course. Wilderness medicine skills deteriorate over time and certification expires. The Longleaf Wilderness Medicine First Responder Recertification Course is three days long, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., and uses scenarios, case studies and lectures to refresh the skills needed to keep your certification current and increase your comfort in providing quality medical care to the injured or ill while in remote environments. The LWM WFR recertification course provides participants with the opportunity to recertify their Wilderness First Responder certification and American Heart Association BLS for the Healthcare Provider certification (CPR). Cost is $225; learn more at LongleafMedical.com or call 208-274-3596.

14 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.

17 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.

18 Master Mind: Genius Evening. Jalapenos, 314 N. Second Ave., hosts the Master Mind: Genius Evening gathering of like-minded business colleagues to share tips, knowledge and advice in a positive atmosphere. There's no charge to attend the forum, and it's open to all. Be a part of solutions to propel local businesses forward and thrive economically! This evening's focus is on the Value of Design. Featuring Justin Westphal of Lonetree Creative, learn about what kind of role design plays in the world's most successful companies, how to measure it's impact, and what you can do to set yourself apart from the crowd. Mingling begins at 5 p.m., and the presentation is at 6 p.m.

19 Spring Cleanse Class. A two-week Spring Cleanse class meets from 5:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. starting March 19. Cost is $95 for new students and $75 for returning students.  Supplements for $69.75 are optional. This unique, informative and experiential class offers the structure of a supported individualized cleanse to increase awareness and sensitivity of the body/mind for re-alignment with wellness and increased vitality. Dr Gabrielle Duebendorfer, naturopathic physician, has been teaching cleansing classes for 20 years and can be reached at 208-265-2213 for more information and class registration.

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 or e-mail jan@looptravel.com.

21 Verbal Equinox. The Sandpoint Idaho Writers League is sponsoring a writing contest, Verbal Equinox, at 9:30 a.m. in the East Bonner County Library. Bring an original entertaining story or poem to read no longer than 5 minutes, or come and judge. There will be food, prizes and fun (for free!) to celebrate the league's 75th anniversary. 208-589-7337

21 Amateur Radio Club Testing Session. The Bonner County Amateur Radio Club hosts a testing session for those who wish to obtain their Amateur Radio License for the first time, or for those who wish to upgrade. The testing session will be held at 10 a.m. in the Panhandle Health Agency, 1020 Michigan St. $15 fee; to register for the test, or for questions, e-mail AA2HL@ARRL.net or call 208-610-8892. Sorry, no walk-ins.

24 Geezer Forum. All are welcome to attend the Geezer Forum, held from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Tango Cafe, 414 Church St. The Geezer Forum meets twice a month to explore the issues of aging, and is hosted by Paul Graves of Elder Advocates. Free and open to the public. 

28 Kootenay Camas Project Presentation. The Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society presents Kootenay Camas Project: Ecology and Distribution of Camas, from 9:45 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at Sandpoint Community Hall. Eva Johansson and Valerie Huff will discuss the Kootenay Camas Project, the ecology and distribution of camas, lessons learned from our citizen science and school projects, and show beautiful pictures.  Free admission, public welcome. Sponsored by the Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society, Sandpoint Parks and Recreation, and the Pend Oreille Chapter of Idaho Master Naturalists. For more information, visit NativePlantSociety.org or call 208-627-3292.

Here is what's coming up in April!


6 Puppy Class. The Pend Oreille Pet Lodge, 895 Kootenai Cut Off Rd. in Ponderay, hosts a three-week puppy class course on Mondays and Fridays at 6 p.m. for $65. All puppies from the ages of 8 weeks old to 6 months with licensed veterinarian vaccines are welcome to join. Give instructor Lindsey a call at 208-304-2097 or the Pet Lodge at 208-255-7687 for more information.

9 North Idaho Federated Republican Women Meeting. The North Idaho Federated Republican Women hold a monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. in DiLuna's Cafe, 207 Cedar St. Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month. For more information, contact Charlene Matheson at 208-265-8773 or visit NIFRW.org.

13 iRest At Ease 8-Week Class. Integrative Restoration (iRest) is a deeply relaxing, evidence based, transformative practice that uses a series of 30-40 minute guided visualizations as well as body sensing and breath awareness techniques that lead to psychological, physical and spiritual healing.  Research has shown that iRest effectively reduces PTSD, fear, depression, anxiety, insomnia, chemical dependency, chronic and acute pain. This 8-week class will take place on Mondays from 5:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. starting April 13. Dr. Gabrielle Duebendorfer, naturopathic physician, has been teaching iRest classes since 2013 and can be reached at 208-265-2213 for registration and location.

16 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

18 Shake the Sand Out! Sandpoint's Business Improvement District holds the annual Shake the Sand Out downtown clean-up. Volunteers gather at 8:30 a.m. in Jeff Jones Town Square to receive assignments, glove and garbage bags, as well as coffee and pastries to get started! Teams of business owners and community volunteers join forces for a few hours and put the sparkle back into the downtown core and Sand Creek. To volunteer, either as an individual or a team, contact Kim Queen at kim@sandpointchamber.com.

18 READY! for Kindergarten Workshops. Registration is open for the Spring 2015 session of READY! for Kindergarten Saturday morning workshops, held April 18. These free early childhood literacy workshops for parents, grandparents and caregivers of babies, toddlers and preschoolers are held three times a year in Sandpoint. Parents learn how to "play with a purpose" with their children to boost the skills needed for success in school. This nationally recognized program provides research-based curriculum as well as free educational toys, games, activities and books. Sponsored by Panhandle Alliance for Education. Register at READYSandpoint.org.

18 Distinguished Young Women 2015 Final Program. Three months of hard work and dedication culminate in this one evening. Come support your Sandpoint DYW participants while they compete for college scholarships. More than $15,000 has been awarded the last two years during this program. Event is held at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) in the Sandpoint Events Center. Purchase tickets through a DYW participant or at the door. 608-937-5256

Here is what's coming up in May!

4 Puppy Class. The Pend Oreille Pet Lodge, 895 Kootenai Cut Off Rd. in Ponderay, hosts a three-week puppy class course on Mondays and Fridays at 6 p.m. for $65. All puppies from the ages of 8 weeks old to 6 months with licensed veterinarian vaccines are welcome to join. Give instructor Lindsey a call at 208-304-2097 or the Pet Lodge at 208-255-7687 for more information.

9 North Idaho Veterans Stand Down. The 2015 North Idaho Veterans Stand Down, a day of appreciation for all veterans, takes place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds, 4056 N. Government Way in Coeur d'Alene. The event is held annually to provide services to homeless and disadvantaged veterans in the five northern counties. The St. Vincent de Paul event is supported by American Legion Post 143, VFW Post 889, Elks Lodge and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Services from organizations that provide medical, dental, housing, clothing, food assistance, haircuts, massages and bike repair will be available. Plus, a hot meal will be served to all veterans, volunteers and service providers. For more information, call Eric Swanbeck at 208-664-3095, ext. 314.

14 North Idaho Federated Republican Women Meeting. The North Idaho Federated Republican Women hold a monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. in DiLuna's Cafe, 207 Cedar St. Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month. For more information, contact Charlene Matheson at 208-265-8773 or visit NIFRW.org.

Here is what's coming up in June!

6-14 Wilderness First Responder Certification. When you venture miles or days into remote locations you must be prepared to be self sufficient for any medical situations which arise. Longleaf Wilderness Medicine's First Responder Course builds on the fundamental medical training of a Wilderness First Aid course. This course delves into the "why" and "how" behind the injuries and illnesses that happen in the backcountry. The breadth of information and skills gained during the course prepare participants to take on challenging medical conditions in remote locations. Longleaf uses a WFR curriculum developed using evidence-based, field tested research. Our curriculum combined with our instructor's passion for teaching  provides a course which will prepare you to step up as an emergency medical provider. Cost is $625; learn more at LongleafMedical.com or call 208-274-3596.

11 North Idaho Federated Republican Women Meeting. The North Idaho Federated Republican Women hold a monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. in DiLuna's Cafe, 207 Cedar St. Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month. For more information, contact Charlene Matheson at 208-265-8773 or visit NIFRW.org.

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