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Christmas cheer is in full swing with lots of festive events, so put on your Santa hat and enjoy! Highlights for the week include the Girls Night Out shopping event in downtown Sandpoint Friday, Dec. 7, when participating retailers stay open 'til 8 p.m. and host a variety of specials and demonstrations. And on Saturday, Dec. 8, treat the kiddos to Breakfast with Santa while also supporting a charitable cause! The event is held from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Sandpoint Community Hall, 204 S. First Ave. Enjoy pancakes, scrambled eggs, ham, orange juice, coffee, and hot cocoa, and then get photos taken with Santa! It's a great time for a great cause - with a raffle of amazing prizes! Tickets are $10 per adult, $5 per kid, with all proceeds going to the Sandpoint Youth Center. Tickets can be purchased online via Eventbrite or Washington Federal at 405 N. Second Ave. by Dec. 7.

Here's what's happening in December!

Daily through Dec. 23 PSNI Christmas Market. Panhandle Special Needs hosts a Christmas Market daily, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the greenhouse at 1424 N. Boyer Ave. Come support the community and adults with disabilities by shopping local in a festive atmosphere. Over 20 vendors are selling handmade gifts, retail items, and holiday decor. Free admission. PanhandleSpecialNeeds.org.

6 BGH Parade of Trees
. The annual Bonner General Health Parade of Trees silent auction is held this week through Thursday, Dec. 6., and is open to the public. Come browse and bid on beautifully decorated trees, which are donated to raise money for the Bonner General Health Volunteer Council Education Fund. Trees are on display in the hospital classrooms located at 520 N. Third Ave. from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The auction closes at 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6. Go to BonnerGeneral.org/parade-of-trees for more information.

6-9 The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. The Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave., hosts screenings of the family-friendly fantasy-adventure film from Disney. Visit the Sandpoint Movies page for showtimes, or Panida.org.

6 Jazz Thursday. Matchwood Brewery, 513 Oak St., hosts Jazz Thursday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. with Bright Moments Jazz. Free and open to the public.

6, 8-9 Wildlife. The Panida's Little Theater on First Avenue hosts screenings of the film Wildlife. Get more movie information and showtimes on the Sandpoint Movies page.

7 Toys for Tots Registration. Sandpoint Lions Club is accepting applications from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, for Toys for Tots at 609 S. Ella (by the big yellow caboose). If you need some help getting Christmas toys for your children, ages 1-12, then stop by and apply. Older children ages 13-18 will receive a gift certificate. The Lions also provide food boxes to that families can enjoy a nice Christmas dinner. For more information, call 208-263-4118 (message phone only) or visit SandpointLions.com.

7 Girls Night Out. The Sandpoint Shopping District hosts the Girls Night Out downtown shopping event. Retailers downtown will host specials and later hours, with participating stores staying open 'til 8 p.m. Learn more on the Facebook page.

7 IPA Live Music. Idaho Pour Authority, 203 Cedar St., hosts live music from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with Bright Moments Jazz.

7 Winery Live Music. Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts live music from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with Baregrass. Come in for an evening of wine, bluegrass, and folk. Plus, it's Ladies Night Out shopping ... stop by and check out the new items in the tasting room's gift shop, plus shop with a friend and enjoy two glasses of house wine and cheese plate for $20. POWine.com.

7 ICL Holiday Party and Artist Reception. Come celebrate the year with Idaho Conservation League during a Holiday Party from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Columbia Bank Community Plaza building. ICL will recap their accomplishments and discuss current and future work; enjoy tasty appetizers, hearty drinks, and lovely company! Plus say hello to ICL's artist in residence Jessica L. Bryant, and view her end-of-year exhibit with the help of Pend Oreille Arts Council. Free and open to the public.

7 Wine Bar Live Music. The Cedar Street Bridge Wine Bar hosts live music from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with Rob Smitty - one of Sandpoint's most popular guitar and vocal soloists.

7 Christmas Paint and Sip. Join Uncorked Paint at The Pottery Bug at 6 p.m. for the Christmas Paint and Sip. Create a Christmas wine bottle centerpiece for the holidays! All embellishments (pearls and ribbons), bottle, paints, cork mini lights and instruction are included; bring your besties and something to sip! $35 each or $30 if two sign up together. RSVP with Gena at The Pottery Bug before the event.

7 Swing and Line Dancing. The Panida's Little Theater on First Avenue hosts line dancing lessons and practice from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., followed by country swing from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Ongoing lessons will be held in the Panida's Little Theater every other Friday night. Cost is $14 for both classes, $8 for one class; pay at the door or online at www.panida.org

7 First Fridays with Devon Wade. MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., hosts live music with country singer Devon Wade from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Free and open to the public, ages 21+. Non-smoking, fun & games environment. MickDuffs.com.

7 Live Music at the 219. Get ready to party as Down South will have you up and dancing to the beat of their digital drums while playing a variety of rock, southern rock, Texas blues, country rock, and Americana from 9 p.m. 'til midnight at the 219 Lounge. Free and open to the public, ages 21+. Non-smoking environment. 219.bar.

8 Breakfast with Santa. Support the Sandpoint Youth Center and have Breakfast with Santa from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Sandpoint Community Hall, 204 S. First Ave. Enjoy pancakes, scrambled eggs, ham, orange juice, coffee, and hot cocoa to start off your Saturday morning! Then, after your belly is full, get your photo taken with Santa! It's a great time for a great cause - with a raffle of amazing prizes! Tickets are $10 per adult, $5 per kid, with all proceeds going to the Sandpoint Youth Center. Tickets can be purchased online via Eventbrite or Washington Federal at 405 N. Second Ave. by Dec. 7.

8 LPOHS Christmas Fair. Lake Pend Oreille High School holds its 2nd annual Christmas Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The fair is held in the gym, in the back of the campus, at 1005 N. Boyer. Shop handmade arts and crafts, artwork, soap, ceramics, and more. Free admission.

8 Art Works Holiday Reception. Come mingle with local artists and browse Sandpoint's premier art gallery during Art Works' holiday reception from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 214 N. First Ave. All art will be discounted 10 percent during reception hours! 208-263-2642

8 Saturday Art Reception. Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts a Saturday Art Reception featuring Patricia Ragone with live music by pianist Dwayne Parsons from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Ragone creates brilliant and colorful images with acrylics and watercolor. Her works vary from landscapes to movement through bright and fluid color schemes. Parsons on the piano is the perfect accompaniment to Patricia's unique style. POWine.com.

8 IPA Live Music. Idaho Pour Authority, 203 Cedar St., hosts live music from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with John Firshi.

8 Wine Bar Live Music. The Cedar Street Bridge Wine Bar hosts live music from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with Arthur Goldblum - Sandpoint's great trumpeteer playing jazz to contemporary hits.

8 Beer Hall Live Music. Two of the best-kept secrets of the Inland Northest, Truck Mills and Carl Rey of the Blues Gators, are gracing MickDuff's Beer Hall at 220 Cedar St. as a duo - performing from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The duo's danceable blend of jump, blues, and swing are uniquely their own. Free and open to the public, ages 21-plus. Non-smoking, fun & games environment. MickDuffs.com.

8 Live Comedy. The 219 Lounge presents another great night of live comedy featuring JR Berard and headliner Ty Barnett with Morgan Preston as host. Barnett, a comedian and actor from Los Angeles, has appeared on the "Tonight Show with Jay Leno" and had an amazing run on NBC's "Last Comic Standing." Berard has been delivering his personal, tell-all brand of humor all over the West Coast for years. And Preston, back by popular demand, is one of the most outspoken in-your-face comedians working today. Tickets available at the 219 Lounge or call 208-263-5673; $20 in advance. $23 at the door. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 8 p.m. Seating is first come, first served. Ages 21+ only; non-smoking environment. 219.bar.

8 Live Music at the 219. The 219 Lounge hosts live music with Kevin Garrett and Brendan Kelty following the comedy show. Garrett began his music career in San Francisco in the late '90s, writing and performing emotionally honest songs that draw equally from his deep love of soaring rock 'n' roll, acoustic music, and soulful songcraft. Kelty will share the stage while performing indie, rock, folk, pop and mountain soul. Free and open to the public, ages 21+; non-smoking environment. 219.bar.

9 International Human Rights Day 70th Anniversary Celebration. On the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, join representatives from Bonner County press organizations including the Bonner County Daily Bee, The Reader, KPND, KRFY and the SHS Cedar Post for a discussion about the role of journalism in our community starting at 1 p.m. in the Sandpoint High School auditorium. Opening speeches will be given by Brenda Hammond, president of BCHRTF, and Shelby Rognstad, mayor of Sandpoint. Sponsored by the Bonner County Human Rights Task Force and the Foundation for Human Rights Action and Advocacy (FHRAA). Free and open to the public. Following the presentations from panel members, there will be an hour of coffee, cookies, and conversation in the Commons from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

9 Piano Sunday. Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts Piano Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. with Bob Beadling. Bring in your ski pass and receive a $5 glass of house wine or $6 glass of reserve wine for the Sunday Solutions Special. POWine.com.

9 Brewery Live Music. Utara Brewing Company, 214 Pine St., hosts live music with Hellbound Glory at 6 p.m. Hellbound Glory is an American country and roots rock band, featuring singer-songwriter Leroy Virgil. The band was originally formed in Reno, Nev., in 2008 by Virgil. Describing the band's style as "Americana," Virgil credits his influences as "Hank Williams, Nirvana, and Hank Williams Jr." Come rock out and enjoy some great beer.

-- Here's what's coming up this week through Sunday, Dec. 16 --

10 Toys for Tots Registration. Sandpoint Lions Club is accepting applications from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, for Toys for Tots at 609 S. Ella (by the big yellow caboose). If you need some help getting Christmas toys for your children, ages 1-12, then stop by and apply. Older children ages 13-18 will receive a gift certificate. The Lions also provide food boxes to that families can enjoy a nice Christmas dinner. For more information, call 208-263-4118 (message phone only) or visit SandpointLions.com.

10-11 Auditions: Drinking Habits. Auditions for Drinking Habits, a comedy written by Tom Smith, will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. each night in the Panida's Little Theater by the Panida Playhouse Players. Men and women older Drinking Habits is a play about two nuns at the Sisters of Perpetual Sewing, who have been secretly making wine to keep the convent's doors open. However, two reporters are hot on their trail. Performance dates are in February 2019. Panida.org.

10 Paint and Sip. Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts a Paint and Sip with Kem Hughes-Davis. Learn how to create an enchanting winter scene on a wine bottle filled with twinkling lights. $35+ tax per person price includes instruction, art supplies and materials, and a select glass of wine. Call the Pend d'Oreille Winery tasting room to reserve a seat at the art table: 208-265-8545. POWine.com.

11 Holiday Beer Craft Night. Idaho Pour Authority, 203 Cedar St., hosts a Holiday Beer Craft Night from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. All are welcome to bring your favorite project, or make one with our craft beer holders, and have a beer with Samantha at the Big Table. Cheers!

11 Trivia Night. MickDuff's, 312 N. First Ave., hosts Trivia Night every Tuesday from 7 p.m. 'til 9 p.m. (Grab a seat early, they go fast!). MickDuffs.com.

11 Jerry Joseph and the Jackmormons. KPND and Low Country Boil Productions present Jerry Joseph and the Jackmormons, returning for their second live musical performance at The Hive, 207 N. First Ave. Doors open at 8 p.m., and the show begins at 9 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door, and are available at Eichardt's and online at LiveFromTheHive.com; VIP tickets and booths available including early entry and cocktail service! 208-457-2392

11 Night-Out Karaoke. The 219 Lounge, 219 N. First Ave., hosts Night-Out Karaoke with DJ Pat every Tuesday from 9 p.m. to midnight. Come out and sing to your heart's content, or just enjoy the show! Free and open to the public, ages 21+; non-smoking environment. 219.bar.

12 Toys for Tots Registration. Sandpoint Lions Club is accepting applications from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, for Toys for Tots at 609 S. Ella (by the big yellow caboose). If you need some help getting Christmas toys for your children, ages 1-12, then stop by and apply. Older children ages 13-18 will receive a gift certificate. The Lions also provide food boxes to that families can enjoy a nice Christmas dinner. For more information, call 208-263-4118 (message phone only) or visit SandpointLions.com.

12 Rock Creek Alliance Fundraiser. Idaho Pour Authority, 203 Cedar St., hosts the Rock Creek Alliance fundraiser with Double Mountain Brewing beer on tap from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Enjoy live music by Marty Perron and Doug Bond, plus there will be raffle prizes and complimentary appetizers. Free and open to the public.

12 Magic Wednesday. Jalapeno's Restaurant hosts Magic Wednesday with resident magician and all-around "fun guy" Star Alexander, every Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Enjoy close-up magic shows right at your table, with intrigue and amazing edu-tainment for all ages!

12 The Conversation: Gingerbread Houses. Come create edible architectural masterpieces for adults, kids, and grandkids for only $5, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Creations for Sandpoint on Cedar Street Bridge. Great family fun as part of The Conversation (a monthly gathering for community arts); open to the public.

12 Wind Down Wednesday. Keep the week smooth and chilled out with an early evening at the 219, located at 219 N. First Ave. Featuring half-priced bottled wines, light snacks, and live music from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. with acclaimed Sandpoint musician Truck Mills and guest musician Ali Thomas, who entertain with great blues, folk, gospel, and jazz. Free and open to the public, ages 21+; non-smoking environment. 219.bar.

12 Open Mic Night with Kevin Dorin. MickDuff’s Beer Hall and Kevin Dorin welcome all local artists over 21 years of age for a fun and open night of playing at the Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Come out for a positive environment to share your passion or just take it all in! All levels of performers are welcome. The set will be recorded live and artists will have access to the audio! Also, this an opportunity to work with a professional soundguy who will work to mic you up and get your levels to show the best version of you. Free and open to the public. Non-smoking, fun & games environment. MickDuffs.com.

13 Grateful Dead Jam Night. Idaho Pour Authority, 203 Cedar St., hosts a Grateful Dead Jam Night from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Contact Scott Taylor for more information at 618-843-2567.

14 Toys for Tots Registration. Sandpoint Lions Club is accepting applications from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, for Toys for Tots at 609 S. Ella (by the big yellow caboose). If you need some help getting Christmas toys for your children, ages 1-12, then stop by and apply. Older children ages 13-18 will receive a gift certificate. The Lions also provide food boxes to that families can enjoy a nice Christmas dinner. For more information, call 208-263-4118 (message phone only) or visit SandpointLions.com.

14 Schweitzer Community Day. Schweitzer Mountain Resort hosts a fundraising benefit for Community Cancer Services (CSS) and Bonner Partners in Care Clinic (BPCC). Lift tickets are $10, with 100 percent of the ticket revenue donated to these two organizations! CCS is a nonprofit organization providing information and support to cancer patients and their families; BPCC provides health care to Bonner County residents and adjacent communities who have no medical insurance and meet eligibility criteria. Tickets available online, and also directly from the organizations and their outlets in Sandpoint; and at the Guest Services, Activity Center, and Snow Sports Center on the day of the event.

14 Toys for Tots Spaghetti Dinner. Hoot Owl Café on Highway 200 in Ponderay hosts the Toys for Tots Spaghetti Dinner from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., sponsored by the Sandpoint Lions Club. Cost is $7 per person. 

14 IPA Live Music. Idaho Pour Authority, 203 Cedar St., hosts live music from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with Mike and Shanna Thompson.

14 Winery Live Music. Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts live music from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. with Mike and Sadie Wagoner who captivate with their Americana musical harmony. Arrive early for a seat and a Friday night glass of wine. POWine.com.

14 Wine Bar Live Music. The Cedar Street Bridge Wine Bar hosts live music from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with Bob Beadling on piano - where classical meets contemporary.

14 Live Jazz Music. Eichardt's Pub, 212 Cedar St., hosts live jazz music from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. with Bright Moments.

14 Beth Pederson and Bruce Bishop CD Release Concert. Di Luna's, 207 Cedar St., hosts a CD Release Concert at 7:30 p.m. featuring Beth Pederson and Bruce Bishop. Tickets are $14 in advance, and $17 on the day of the concert. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with dinner served before the concert. Call Di Luna's at 208-263-0846 for tickets and reservations. DiLunas.com.

14 Beer Hall Live Music. Ron Greene is heading north for a special night at MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., performing from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. with Brian Burke. Greene has been a dynamic musical presence as a professional musician and solo artist, spending the last decade performing throughout the Northwest and West Coast. As a soloist, Greene's intimate stage presence has gained him a reputation as a passionate singer and talented performer. Edelwagen food truck will be onsite. Free and open to the public, ages 21-plus. Non-smoking, fun & games environment. MickDuffs.com.

14 Pend Oreille Chorale and Orchestra Christmas Concert. St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 601 S. Lincoln Ave., hosts the Pend Oreille Chorale and Orchestra's annual Christmas Concert at 7 p.m. This year's performance of uplifting classical music will include some familiar carols as well as conductor Mark Reiner's own Meditation Mass. The Selkirk Brass will also join the ensemble for several pieces. A reception with refreshments will follow the concert.

14 Ski Movies: Hoji and All In. Matchstick Productions presents two ski movies at the Panida Theater, 301 N. First Ave., on one night: 'Hoji' is a biopic of ski athlete Eric Hjorleifson, while 'All In' is a traditional ski movie full of jokes and ripping skiing. Both are rated G, and the films begin at 7 p.m. (doors at 6 p.m.). Tickets are $12 in advance, $14 at the door, or buy online at Panida.org. Learn more on the Sandpoint Movies page.

14 Contra Dance. Sandpoint Parks and Recreation partners with Emily Faulkner and Lost Horse Press for a Contra Dance from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. in Sandpoint Community Hall, 204 S. First Ave. Contra dancing is community dancing for all ages, in the New England tradition, featuring live music with great local and regional bands and lively callers. Beginners and singles welcome! $5 suggested donation at the door. *Held on the second Friday of the month. 

14 Live Music at the 219. Get your bluegrass and swing on as the 219 Lounge hosts live music with Muffy and the Riff Hangers from 9 p.m. 'til midnight. This Sandpoint acoustical bluegrass group will charm you with a variety of bluegrass, blues, newgrass, swing and country. Free and open to the public, ages 21+; non-smoking environment. 219.bar.

15 Learn to XC Ski Day. The Sandpoint Nordic Club and Schweitzer Mountain Resort have teamed up to offer free cross-country skiing lessons on groomed beginner trails at "The Roundabout" on the road up to Schweitzer. Free rentals are available on a reservation basis and free beginner Classic Skiing and Skate Skiing instruction will be offered. Call 208-255-3070 or e-mail [email protected] to sign up. Love what you learned? Sandpoint Nordic Club will be offering seasonal rentals following the lessons to enjoy Nordic skiing all winter long!

15 December Doubles Cornhole Tournament. Cornhole kings and queens will be taking to the four regulation indoor brewery courts, or outside if no rain, to test tossin' abilities in a double elimination tournament at MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St. Sign up by calling 208-209-6700 or show up day of between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. -- first toss is 1 p.m. $20 per team, or $10 per person. Cash and prizes! Free and open to the public, ages 21-plus. Non-smoking, fun & games environment. MickDuffs.com.

15 IPA Live Music. Idaho Pour Authority, 203 Cedar St., hosts live music from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with the Ron Kieper Jazz Trio.

15 Wine Bar Live Music. The Cedar Street Bridge Wine Bar hosts live music from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with Meg Turner and Chris Lynch - where great piano meets our favorite vocals!

15 The Jazzy Nutcracker. Studio 1 Dance Academy performs The Jazzy Nutcracker at 6 p.m. in the Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave. Tickets for the local dance studio's holiday performance are $15 adult, $8 student, available at the door, at Studio 1 Dance Academy, and Panida.org. Learn more at 1AcademySandpoint.com.

15 Beer Hall Live Music. Brandon Watterson on guitar, Jason Stoddard on bass, and KC Carter on percussion are the dynamic longtime Sandpoint local trio - The Groove Black - in action at MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Does it get any better? This team is up for the task ... the task to make you dance! Free and open to the public, ages 21-plus. Non-smoking, fun & games environment. MickDuffs.com.

15 Live Music at the 219. It's funk time as the 219 Lounge hosts live music with Right Front Burner from 9 pm 'til midnight.  Sandpoint's funk, disco, rock and groove band - arguably the funkiest trio you'll see in the Inland Northwest - has the power to make any booty shake! Free and open to the public, ages 21+; non-smoking environment. 219.bar.

16 Pend Oreille Chorale and Orchestra Christmas Concert. St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 601 S. Lincoln Ave., hosts the Pend Oreille Chorale and Orchestra's annual Christmas Concert at 2 p.m. This year's performance of uplifting classical music will include some familiar carols as well as conductor Mark Reiner's own Meditation Mass. The Selkirk Brass will also join the ensemble for several pieces. A reception with refreshments will follow the concert. 

16 Piano Sunday. Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts Piano Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. with Peter Lucht. Bring in your ski pass and receive a $5 glass of house wine or $6 glass of reserve wine for the Sunday Solutions Special! POWine.com.

16 Festival Youth Orchestra Holiday Concert. The Festival at Sandpoint sponsors two string orchestras for local youth, and their holiday concert is an opportunity for the musicians to share their talents and music with the community. Come support local students and listen to beautiful string music - from Carnival of the Animals to the Nutcracker - starting at 4 p.m. in the First Presbyterian Church, 417 N. Fourth Ave. Special guests The Red Shirt Fiddlers will open the concert program. Free admission and open to the public. FestivalatSandpoint.com/education. 208-597-6717

-- Here's what's coming up this week through Sunday, Dec. 23 --

17 Toys for Tots Registration - Final Day. Sandpoint Lions Club is accepting applications from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for Toys for Tots at 609 S. Ella (by the big yellow caboose). If you need some help getting Christmas toys for your children, ages 1-12, then stop by and apply. Older children ages 13-18 will receive a gift certificate. The Lions also provide food boxes to that families can enjoy a nice Christmas dinner. For more information, call 208-263-4118 (message phone only) or visit SandpointLions.com.

17 Brews for Benefits. Laughing Dog Brewing hosts a Brews for Benefits event from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. For every beer or glass of wine, $1 will be donated to the Sandpoint Community Resource Center. Enjoy live music with Jake Robins. Free and open to the public.

18 Mixed Media Art Class. Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts a Mixed Media Art Class with Staci Schubert. who creates leather bracelets, one-of-a-kind purses, and mixed media artwork. Schubert will be providing instruction on mixed media art just in time for the holidays! Class price includes instruction, supplies, and a select glass of wine. $35+tax per person; reservations required by calling 208-265-8545. POWine.com.

18 Music Conservatory of Sandpoint Concert. The Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., hosts a concert at 5:30 p.m. with the Music Conservatory of Sandpoint. Free and open to the public. For more information, e-mail [email protected].

18 Night-Out Karaoke. The 219 Lounge, 219 N. First Ave., hosts Night-Out Karaoke with DJ Pat every Tuesday from 9 p.m. to midnight. Come out and sing to your heart's content, or just enjoy the show! Free and open to the public, ages 21+; non-smoking environment. 219.bar.

19 Wind Down Wednesday. Keep the week smooth and chilled out with an early evening at the 219, located at 219 N. First Ave. Featuring half-priced bottled wines, light snacks, and live music from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. with acclaimed Sandpoint musician Truck Mills and guest musician Carl Rey, who entertain with great blues, folk, gospel, and jazz. Free and open to the public, ages 21+; non-smoking environment. 219.bar.

20 Girls Pint Out. Idaho Pour Authority, 203 Cedar St., hosts Girls Pint Out from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Cool chicks, no dudes, great beer! Bring your favorite snack dish to share and pair with beer.

20 'Elf' Sing-A-Long. State Farm Insurance presents a community sing-a-long and screening of the classic holiday film 'Elf' starting at 6:30 p.m. in the Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave. Buddy (played by Will Ferrell) was raised as an elf by Santa Claus. When Buddy realizes he's not a real elf, he heads to New York City in search of his birth family. Rated G. Free admission! Find more movie information on the Sandpoint Movies page or visit Panida.org.

21 IPA Live Music. Idaho Pour Authority, 203 Cedar St., hosts live music from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with BareGrass.

21 Winery Live Music. Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts live music from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. with the upbeat jazz of Ron Keiper. POWine.com.

21 Wine Bar Live Music. The Cedar Street Bridge Wine Bar hosts live music from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with Arthur Goldblum - Sandpoint's great trumpeteer playing jazz to contemporary hits.

21-24, 26-Jan. 4 Welcome to Marwen. The Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave., hosts the film Welcome to Marwen - starring Steve Carell - with multiple showtimes. Find more information on the Sandpoint Movies page or visit Panida.org.

21 Dark Beer Day. Celebrate the shortest and darkest day of the year and get your Christmas weekend started early at the 219 Lounge. From 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., the Niner will be featuring ten barrel-aged stouts and porters on draft from some of the top breweries in the region. Commemorative glasses, light snacks from Trinity at City Beach, and music by award-winning Bozeman, Mont.'s Laney Lou and the Bird Dogs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Combining a soaring four-part harmony and rock 'n' roll drive, the Bird Dogs will get you dancing and singing along to original tunes and covers alike. Ages 21+; non-smoking environment. 219.bar.

21 Third Friday with Devon Wade. MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St.. hosts Devon Wade from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. for the monthly Third Friday with Devon Wade. He's an independent country music artist with a strong love for what country music has always been - songs about real life. Come out and take in his tunes! Free and open to the public, 21+ years of age only. Non-smoking, fun & games environment. MickDuffs.com.

22 Sandpoint Christmas Bird Count. All are welcome to partake in the Sandpoint Christmas Bird Count. Plan on a full day of birding - dress warm, and bring food and drink for yourself. Group will meet at 6:30 a.m. to organize leaders and groups. To join this annual outing, contact Rich Del Carlo at 208-290-1405 or e-mail [email protected].

22 IPA Live Music. Idaho Pour Authority, 203 Cedar St., hosts live music from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with Brian Jacobs and Chris Lynch.

22 Wine Bar Live Music. The Cedar Street Bridge Wine Bar hosts live music from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with Bob Beadling on piano - where classical meets contemporary. 

22 Beer Hall Live Music. MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., hosts live music from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. with the newly formed North Idaho local band The Wow Wows featuring a self-described alternative indie psych rock featuring Hunter Jones, Casey Calhoun, Dyllan Darrington and Jen Javana. Ben Olson said their sound lives in a comfortable place somewhere between surf rock, indie pump, and alt-rock. Free and open to the public, ages 21-plus. Non-smoking, fun & games environment. MickDuffs.com.

22 Live Music at the 219. The 219 Lounge hosts live music with Bart Budwig and his band from 9 p.m. 'til midnight. Budwig, who grew up on the Idaho Palouse, doesn't write the big songs - he writes songs about places between the hills, in the draws and hidden canyons where truth is a little more in focus, and stories take their time being told. Free and open to the public, ages 21+; non-smoking environment. 219.bar.

23 Santa Skis! Santa will be on the slopes at Schweitzer Mountain Resort, practicing his turns and visiting with skiers. Schweitzer.com.

23 Piano Sunday. Bob Beadling will put everyone in the holiday spirit with his lively and interactive holiday piano tunes at Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Bring the family and enjoy cookies, hot cider, and mulled wine while listening to favorite Christmas songs. Kids encouraged! POWine.com.

24 Santa's Balloon Parade. On Christmas Eve, Santa leads a balloon parade to the village from the top of the Basin Express chairlift. This is a great photo op and is free for the entire family! Schweitzer.com.

-- Here's what's coming up this week through Sunday, Dec. 30 --

25 Merry Christmas!

26 Wind Down Wednesday. Keep the week smooth and chilled out with an early evening at the 219, located at 219 N. First Ave. Featuring half-priced bottled wines, light snacks, and live music from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. with acclaimed Sandpoint musician Truck Mills and guest musician Bruce Bishop, who entertain with great blues, folk, gospel, and jazz. Free and open to the public, ages 21+; non-smoking environment. 219.bar.

27 Trivia Takeover Live. Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts Trivia Takeover Live from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Join this fun evening for live, interactive trivia and a glass of wine. Perfect for the entire family or a group of friends -- arrive early to get a bite to eat and a seat! POWine.com.

28 Winery Live Music. Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts live music from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. with Chris Murphy.

28 IPA Live Music. Idaho Pour Authority, 203 Cedar St., hosts live music from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with Browne Salmon Truck.

28 Wine Bar Live Music. The Cedar Street Bridge Wine Bar hosts live music from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with Meg Turner and Chris Lynch - where great piano meets our favorite vocals!

28-30 Free Solo. Sponsored by La Chic Boutique, and playing in the Panida’s Little Theater on First Avenue, National Geographic Documentary Films presents "Free Solo" which follows rock climber Alex Honnold as he becomes the first person to ever free solo climb Yosemite's El Capitan Wall. Learn more on the Sandpoint Movies Page.

28 Beer Hall Live Music. MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., is proud to welcome back The Other White Meat - performing from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. This classic rock 'n' roll band from North Idaho has been around since the early '90s, opening for such acts as G. Thorogood, Styx, REO Speedwagon, The Doobie Bros, Ted Nugent, Rail, and Cracker. Featuring Kyle Swaffard on vocals, bass and kazoo, Benny Baker on vocals and guitars, and Dana Peite on drums and percussion. Plus the Edelwagen food truck will be onsite. Free and open to the public, ages 21-plus. Non-smoking, fun & games environment. MickDuffs.com.

28 Live Music at the 219. The 219 hosts the Zach Cooper Band from 9 p.m. to midnight. Enjoy music with Coeur d'Alene drumming legend Zach Cooper, who built a superstar band around himself to offer an experience that won't be forgotten! This five-piece progressive blues and rock band will leave you wanting more. Free and open to the public, ages 21+; non-smoking environment. 219.bar.

29 Winery Live Music. Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts live music from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. with Mostly Harmless - a high-energy Denver-based band who promises to perform your favorite songs for a memorable, entertaining evening. POWine.com.

29 IPA Live Music. Idaho Pour Authority, 203 Cedar St., hosts live music from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with John Hastings.

29 Wine Bar Live Music. The Cedar Street Bridge Wine Bar hosts live music from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with Jake Robin performing his smooth vocals and finger-picking guitar.

29 Beer Hall Live Music. RFB (aka Right Front Burner) is back at MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., for the first time in four years, performing from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. RFB is Sandpoint's finest party band featuring funk, disco, rock, and groovy tunes. Known as the Inland Northwest Funkiest Band, RFB has the power to make your booty shake and get your groove on! Free and open to the public, ages 21-plus. Non-smoking, fun & games environment. MickDuffs.com.

29 Live Music at the 219. The 219 hosts live music with Devon Wade from 9 p.m. 'til midnight. A Sandpoint independent country music artist with a strong love for what country music has always been, songs about real life and things that matter most in life. Wade has become a favorite among country music fans everywhere. Free and open to the public, ages 21+; non-smoking environment. 219.bar.

30 Piano Sunday. Join Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., in their tasting room for an afternoon of holiday fun, wine, a bite to eat, and the piano music of the talented Dwayne Parsons from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Bring in your ski pass for a $5 glass of house wine or $6 glass of reserve wine during our Sunday Solutions special. POWine.com.

-- Here's what's coming up this week through Sunday, Jan. 6 --

31 New Year's Eve at Schweitzer. Schweitzer hosts festive parties to usher in the new year at Taps and other locations at the resort. Tickets go on sale Dec. 1. Schweitzer.com. 208-255-3081

31 Hive New Year's Eve Party. Come one, come all as The Hive at 207 N. First Ave. hosts a New Year's Eve Bash featuring the band Afrolicious. Doors open at 9:30 p.m., with the show at 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance, and $30 at the door; ages 21 and older. LiveFromTheHive.com.

31 Annual 219 New Year's Eve Party. Celebrate New Year's Eve with the Miah Kohal Band at the 219 Lounge from 9 p.m. 'til midnight. Bring your dancing shoes as Sandpoint's favorite classic rock outlaw and country band rocks the Niner with upbeat music that gets you on the dance floor. Party favors and more; free and open to the public ages 21+. Non-smoking environment. 219.bar.

Here is what's coming up in January!

1 Happy New Year!

4-25 Junior Race Series. Schweitzer Mountain Resort hosts Friday night races in January on NASTAR, sponsored by the Independence Race League. Schweitzer.com.

5 Museum's Free First Saturday. The Bonner County History Museum, 611 S. Ella, hosts Free First Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Everyone is invited to enjoy the museum free of charge. BonnerCountyHistory.org.

11 Living Voices' Our Revolution. Presented by the Pend Oreille Arts Council, this is the story of one of many common citizens who fought to bring the words "All men are created equal" to life - words with even greater meaning to an African-American soldier in 1776. The live performance plus video presentation tells of an African-American soldier in 1776. Performance is at 7 p.m. (doors at 6:30 p.m.) in the Heartwood Center; supported by a video presentation of historic documents and events. ArtinSandpoint.org.

18-20 Banff Mountain Film Festival. A true gem in the midst of winter is the Banff Mountain Film Festival, back in the Panida Theater. Now in its 23rd year of showing breathtaking adventure films, the festival raises money for local and international good deeds. Festival proceeds continue to support the efforts of the Satipo Kids Project, which funds education opportunities for Peruvian children, plus the North Idaho Mountain Sports Education Fund that provides local kids the ability to enjoy wintertime sports at Schweitzer. Tickets always sell out; get them in advance (when they become available) at Panida.org.

19-21 MLK Weekend at Schweitzer. Check out all the special activities over the holiday weekend including Saturday night’s Northern Lights fireworks show and torchlight parade, followed by live music in Taps. Schweitzer.com.

26 Winter Trails Day. Enjoy free access to showshoe and Nordic ski trails at Schweitzer Mountain Resort, plus there are multiple hosted snowshoe hikes throughout the day. Schweitzer.com.

31-Feb. 3 Oscar Shorts. The Panida Theater screens Oscar-nominated shorts, live action, and animated, ahead of the Academy Awards. Panida.org.

Here is what's coming up in February 2019!

2 Cirque Zuma Zuma. Pend Oreille Arts Council's Performing Arts Series presents the Cirque Zuma Zuma, featuring performers from Kenya and Tanzania, starting at 7 p.m. The show combines the mystique of Africa with the excitement of theatrical cirque performance. There will be live music, percussionists, Egyptian limbo dances, Gabonese tumbling, South African gumboot dances, and contortionist feats. Tickets are $25 adult, $12 youth (18 and under), at the door, Eve's Leaves, Eichardt's, Winter Ridge Natural Foods, POAC's website at ArtinSandpoint.org or their office in the Cedar Street Bridge, and Panida.org.

5 Bonner Mall Seniors Day. Bonner Mall in Ponderay hosts the monthly Seniors Day from 9 a.m. to noon. All are welcome to come walk the Mall, plus there will be a featured speaker or entertainment, free refreshments, games and a drawing. Bring a friend and join the fun -- 10 years and counting for this great local event! 208-263-4272 * Held on the first Tuesday of the month.

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