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It's the literary event of summer! Visit and hear from many of the community's authors during the Sandpoint Summer Bookfest and Prose Slam, happening from 5 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 9, inside the street-level Bernd Building, 311 N. First Ave. This first-ever community event is free and open to the public, and offers the chance to visit with at least a dozen authors. They will give short readings from their books; in addition, photographer Jerry Pavia will present a slideshow featuring photography from his "Selkirks Spectacular" book about the International Selkirk Loop. The Bernd Barrel will be offering a no-host bar, and there will be light refreshments provided. Books will be available for purchase during the event. Click to see participating authors. Presented by local publishers Keokee Books, Blue Creek Press and Lost Horse Press. 208-263-3573

Boats on display. The 13th Annual Antique and Classic Boat Show runs from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday, July 11, at Sandpoint Marina and Boardwalk, including the annual Parade of Boats on Sand Creek. View more than 50 classic and antique boats, coming from as far away as San Diego. While many of the popular models of Century and Chris-Craft will be represented, there are also some unusual brands not often seen such as a 1928 Dodge Water Car as well as a 1930 Dee-Wite. Boat owners will be on hand to answer questions. Cruising for a Cure is this year's theme to promote cancer awareness and inspire hope that someday this disease will be cured. In addition to the boat activities, the always popular Children's Boat Building section gives kids the opportunity to construct and decorate their own custom boat at no cost. The Sandpoint Antique and Classic Boat Show is put on each year by the Inland Empire Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society. For more show information, contact chairman BK Powell at bk@officetechusa.com.

Here's what's happening in July!

6 Monday Night Blues Jam with Truck Mills. Weekly music event at Eichardt's Pub, 212 Cedar St., at 7:30 p.m. 208-263-4005

7 Cider Night at the IPA. Join Idaho Pour Authority, 203 Cedar St., for an evening with Finnriver Cidery. Enjoy complimentary appetizers and a wide range of cider to taste from this Western Washington organic farm and cidery. 208-597-7096

7 First Tuesday at Eichardt's. Monthly music event with featured guest at Eichardt's Pub, 212 Cedar St., at 7 p.m. 208-263-4005

8 Sandpoint Farmers Market. Shop for locally grown fresh produce, baked goods, and handcrafted arts and crafts from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Farmin Park. Enjoy live music featuring Möbius Riff. SandpointFarmersMarket.com.

8 Music on the Patio. The Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts summer Wednesday Music on the Patio featuring David Lane Walsh from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. every Wednesday in July! Walsh will share his Latin-inspired music with his flamenco guitar. It's perfect for dinner and wine on the patio! POWine.com. 208-265-8545

8 KPND Pint Night. Willow Bay Marina, 520 Willow Bay Rd. in Priest River, hosts the KPND Pint Night with fun and prizes!

8 Wednesday Music on the Patio. The Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts summer Wednesday Music on the Patio featuring David Lane Walsh from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. every Wednesday in July! Walsh will share his Latin-inspired music with his flamenco guitar. It's perfect for dinner and wine on the patio! POWine.com. 208-265-8545

8 Jazz 'n' Java. Monarch Mountain Coffee, 208 N. Fourth St., hosts a Jazz 'n' Java jazz jam and open mic night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month. All players welcome! Sit in with a rhythm section, play solo ... or just come to listen! The event features some of the area's best players. Hosted by Larry Mooney, jazz vocalist and guitarist; amps and PA provided. SandpointGuitar.com. 208-290-2632

8 Bingo Night. MickDuff's Brewing Company Beer Hall & Brewery, 220 Cedar St., hosts Bingo Night every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. It is free for everyone and the longer you are there, the more game cards you get! MickDuffs.com. 208-209-6700

9 KRFY Morning Show. Hosts Jack Peterson and Diane Newcomer host the KRFY Morning Show from 8 a.m. until 9 a.m. every Thursday. Listen live at 88.5 KRFY.

9 Sandpoint Summer Bookfest and Prose Slam. In the street-level Bernd Building. See Hot Picks, above.

10 IPA Music. Idaho Pour Authority, 203 Cedar St., features live music from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with Marty Perron and Doug Bond. 208-597-7096

10 Winery Music. The Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts live music with Britchy from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Missoula's acoustic Americana duo features fine pickin' and timeless songwriting by Richie Reinholdt and Britt Arneson. POWine.com. 208-265-8545

10 Sandpoint Contra Dance. Sandpoint Parks and Recreation and Lost Horse Press sponsor a Sandpoint Contra Dance from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Sandpoint Community Hall, 204 S. First Ave. Enjoy live music with Out of the Wood, with dances called by Emily Faulkner, while community dancing in the New England tradition! All dances are taught and called, and beginners and singles are welcome! It's fun, aerobic and friendly -- new dancers are encouraged to arrive promptly at 7 p.m. Please bring a water bottle, comfy shoes and a smile. $5 suggested donation. 208-263-6751

10-12 Sandpoint High School Class of 1985 Reunion. The SHS Class of 1985 30th class reunion celebration includes an  All-year Reunion Event Friday night at MickDuff’s Brewing Co. Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St. in Sandpoint, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday Family Ice Cream Social at Sandpoint City Beach from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Dish catered dinner Saturday night at 6 p.m. followed by an after-dinner dance with a DJ and classmate Hilber Blair performing live music. RSVP by July 1 and purchase tickets by July 5. Tickets purchased online are $43.50 each or $41 if purchased by mail: 3603 W Hillcrest Cir., Coeur d’Alene, ID 83815. Go to the reunion websiteClick to see a news release. 208-704-6943

10-11, 17-18, 19 Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins. The pugnacious Texas columnist specialized in a kind of dead-serious humor designed to afflict the comfortable within an inch of their lives. Ivins was one of journalism's happy warriors, a quality adeptly captured by Miriam Robinson, who delivers a winningly assured performance in Lyric Stage Company's generally satisfying production of Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins, directed by Ron Ragone. The play celebrates Ivins' courage and tenacity – even when a complacent America wasn't listening. This Panida Playhouse production will take place in the Panida Little Theater; showtimes are at 7:30 p.m. all days except July 19, which is a matinee at 3 p.m. beer and wine available. Tickets available online at Panida.org, and in town at the POAC office and Eve's Leaves.

11 Antique and Classic Boat Show. 13th annual event. See Hot Picks, above.

11 Sandpoint Farmers Market. Shop for locally grown fresh produce, baked goods, and handcrafted arts and crafts from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Farmin Park in downtown Sandpoint. Enjoy live music, plus browse the always-changing variety of fresh, locally grown produce, garden starts, and annual and perennial plants all season long! SandpointFarmersMarket.com.

11 Great Sandpoint Flatwater Regatta. Sandpoint Rotary hosts canoe, kayak and paddleboard "fun run" in Sand Creek, starting at 10 a.m. at the Bridge Street bridge. 208-946-6079

11 Free First Saturday. Enjoy free admission at the Bonner County History Museum, 611 S. Ella, during the Free First Saturday held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. This month's Free Saturday is generously sponsored by Hay's Chevron in Clark Fork.

11-12 The Selkirk Antler Expo. It's everything antler during the Selkirk Antler Expo, held at Hickey Farms, 674 Hickey Rd., and presented by the Idaho Big Game Foundation. Happening from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, browse public antler display tables. All are invited to bring favorite sheds and racks for everyone to admire. Antlers can be scored, then safely displayed for all to view! In addition, there will be antler art vendors, including lamps, knife handles, jewelry, even hand-blown glass antlers! Enjoy seminars on Shed Dog Training, Antler Repair, Antler grading ETC, plus kids' activities with a bounce house, games and more! Food, ice cream and beer garden all offered! On Saturday night only, enjoy a Barn Dance/Dinner from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. Dance the night away to the tunes of the Devon Wade Band, plus dinner will be served along with an auction fundraiser. Proceeds go to local wildlife conservation projects. For more info, call 208-610-4455 or e-mail idahobiggame@gmail.com. Cost is $10 admission ($5 with membership), free 10 years and younger, one-day admission plus barn dance/dinner $25, full weekend pass $35. IdahoGigGame.org.

11 2nd Annual Sandpoint Beerfest. The Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce hosts the 2nd Annual Sandpoint Beerfest, held from noon to 4 p.m on the lawn outside Trinity at City Beach. Enjoy live music featuring Doug Bond and Marty Perron, plus there will be local and regional craft beers and ciders on tap. Come out and enjoy! Ages 21 and older only. SandpointChamber.org. 208-263-2161

11 King of the Cornhole Tournament. MickDuff's Brewing Company Beer Hall & Brewery, 220 Cedar St., sponsors a King of the Cornhole Tournament every second Saturday of the month with registration starting at noon. Rain or shine, inside the brewery or outside, the tournament kicks off at 1 p.m. Cost is $10 buy-in per team; all registration fees are paid out as cash prizes, and MickDuff's matches the pot up to $100 in gift cards. Winners get complimentary Mug Club Memberships until the next monthly tournament champions are crowned. Space is limited, so show up early to sign your team up! MickDuffs.com. 208-209-6700

11 Summer Sounds. Downtown concert series with Folk Remedy from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the Park Place Stage, near the corner of First and Cedar. Sponsored by Sandpoint B.I.D. and the Holly Eve Foundation.

11 IPA Music. Idaho Pour Authority, 203 Cedar St., features live music from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with David Walsh. 208-597-7096

11 Winery Music. The Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts live music with Frank Moore from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Enjoy a wide variety of instruments and styles; it's an eclectic fusion. POWine.com. 208-265-8545

11 Polly O'Keary and The Rhythm Method. Di Luna's Cafe, 207 Cedar St., hosts a concert with Polly O'Keary and The Rhythm Method. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with the concert beginning at 8 p.m. Dinner is served by reservation only before the show. Polly O'Keary, award-winning and world-touring bass player, vocalist and songwriter, is back in the Northwest with a brand new band, Polly O'Keary and the Rhythm Method. She has had a long career in blues, and brings 25 years of experience to the stage. Enjoy the band's catchy songwriting, scorching vocals and riotous bass. Tickets are $10 in advance, and $12 day on the day of the show. DiLunas.com.

11 Bright Moments Jazz. Trinity at City Beach hosts Bright Moments Jazz from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.

12 Jacey's Race. Sandpoint High School hosts competitive 5k race for runners and walkers, and 1k fun run for kids benefits local children with cancer or life-threatening illnesses. The 5k run/walk begins at 8:30 a.m., and the 1k run/walk begins at 9:15 a.m., in the Sandpoint High School parking lot, 410 S. Division Ave. Awards, drawings, and introductions of child beneficiaries begins at 9:45 a.m. The expo and silent auction are open from 7:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m., and the cake walk begins at 8 a.m. Come out and enjoy this fun morning with food and water stations, popcorn and sno-cones, a jumping castle, face painting and more! Race registration is $25 adult (5k), and $10 adult (1k); all children ages 12 and under are free. Same-day registration opens at 7 a.m.; registration is $5 extra. Jaceys-Race.com.

12 Bright Moments Jazz. Ivano's del Lago in Hope hosts Bright Moments Jazz from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m.

- What's happening this week through Sunday, July 19 -

14 Sip and Shop Fundraiser. The Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts a Sip and Shop Fundraiser from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m to benefit the Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeeper.Ten percent of all proceeds from the Tasting Room, Gift Shop and Bistro Rouge will be donated to this organization. LPOW is a non-profit organization whose mission is to protect water quality in the Clark Fork/Pend Oreille Watershed so our magnificent waterways remain swimmable, fishable and drinkable for future generations. POWine.com. 208-265-8545

15 Lift a Pint for the Panida. Idaho Pour Authority, 203 Cedar St., hosts Lift a Pint for the Panida from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Enjoy fine beer, live music, raffles for great brewery swag and a silent auction. All proceeds benefit the historic 86-year-old community-owned Panida Theater. 208-263-9894

15 Wednesday Music on the Patio. The Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts summer Wednesday Music on the Patio featuring David Lane Walsh from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. every Wednesday in July! Walsh will share his Latin-inspired music with his flamenco guitar. It's perfect for dinner and wine on the patio! POWine.com. 208-265-8545

15 KPND Pint Night. The 219, located in downtown Sandpoint at 219 First Ave., hosts the KPND Pint Night with fun and prizes!

15 Five Minutes of Fame. Cafe Bodega at Foster's Crossing, 504 Oak St., hosts the Five Minutes of Fame open mic at 6:30 p.m. Writers, musicians, listeners ... all are welcome to attend. Come at 6 p.m. for dinner! Held on the third Wednesday of every month.

16 Festival at Sandpoint Art Unveiling. The Festival at Sandpoint holds their annual fine art poster unveiling at Dover Bay with live music. Free and open to the public. 208-265-4554

17 Winery Music. The Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts live music from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. with Tom Catmull -- visiting us from Missoula to share his American-roots drivien sound. POWine.com. 208-265-8545

18 Schweitzer Mountain Trail Run. Schweitzer Mountain Resort hosts the Schweitzer Mountain Trail Run, featuring 3.5 and 10 mile trail runs on challenging and scenic trails. Race registration begins at 8:30 a.m. on race day, and the race begins at 10 a.m. Learn more at SMTrailRun.com.

18 Schweitzer Mountain Music Festival and Northwest Winefest. Come on up for a day on the lawn at Schweitzer Village. Three great bands are lined up for a fun-filled day of live music, barbecue, arts and crafts vendors and everyone's favorite fruit beverage - wine! Twenty Northwest and regional wineries will be offering 80 wines for sampling and purchase, plus there will be souvenir glasses and tasting tokens. Simply buy a glass and tokens at the sales tent, and then visit "Wine Alley" to sample the wines. Other summer activities will be available including the Monkey Motion™ air jumper, Zip Line, arts and crafts vendors, hiking, biking, chairlift rides, climbing wall, disc golf and more! Live music includes Owen and McCoy at 11 a.m., Milonga at 1:30 p.m., and Strictly Business at 4 p.m. Get all the info at Schweitzer.com.

18 Foundation for Wildlife Management BBQ Fundraiser. The Foundation for Wildlife Management invites the community to attend an evening of fun at the 3rd Annual Fundraising BBQ in the Dover Homestead Barn, 701 Railroad Ave. in Dover. Doors open at 3 p.m.; enjoy dinner, libations, auctions, games, raffles, and fun for everyone! It's a great night out while supporting Idaho's deer, elk and moose populations through predator management! Learn more at F4WM.org. Meal ticket only is $25, but more options (including memberships) are available - contact Justin Webb at 208-610-4455 or e-mail jwhunt76@yahooo.com.

18 Summer Sounds. Downtown concert series with Larry Mooney from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the Park Place Stage, near the corner of First and Cedar. Sponsored by Sandpoint B.I.D. and the Holly Eve Foundation.

18 Winery Music. The Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts live music with Dave Hannon from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Hannon has been playing music since he was six years old, and has developed and carved out his own individual sound and work ethic. POWine.com. 208-265-8545

18 Bodacious BBQ. 32nd annual fundraiser features a luau at the Litehouse Beach House to benefit Hope’s Memorial Community Center. 208-264-5481

- What's happening this week through Sunday, July 26 -

22 Wednesday Music on the Patio. The Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts summer Wednesday Music on the Patio featuring David Lane Walsh from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. every Wednesday in July! Walsh will share his Latin-inspired music with his flamenco guitar. It's perfect for dinner and wine on the patio! POWine.com. 208-265-8545

23 Winery Music. The Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts live music with Nate Vernon and Carly Fetzer of Wartime Blues from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Vernon is a singer/songwriter based in Missoula, and has penned over 50 original songs. Fade Magazine called his music "new roots hybrid." His songs inhabit the lonely and vast expanse of rural middle America. Carly Fetzer is a musician and artist from Salt Lake City. She sings with Wartime Blues and is known to play the banjo on occasion. POWine.com. 208-265-8545

24-26 The Garden of Artistry Invitational Fine Art Show. Ponderay Garden Center on Highway 95 North in Ponderay, hosts the Garden of Artistry Invitational Fine Art Show. This exceptional quality fine art show features regional and guest professional artists; hours are 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Free admission. For more information, click to read a press release. 208-265-9613

24-26 Northwest YogaFeast. Eureka Institute in Sagle hosts weekend of enrichment for the body, mind, and spirit. 208-263-2217  

24 Winery Music. The Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts live music with Justin Lantrip from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. The soulful singer and songwriter of folk rock blends covers and originals. POWine.com. 208-265-8545

25 Crazy Days. Downtown merchants offer big deals in annual sidewalk sale. 208-255-1876

25 Sam Owen Fire Department Pancake Feed. Join the firefighters at the Sam Owen Fire Department for a tasty pancake breakfast, including pancakes, eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy, juice, coffee and tea, from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. Plus, enjoy informative fire station tours where your kids' imaginations become a reality as they sit in a real fire truck and try on real firefighters gear. Handouts will be available for the kiddos as well! Cost for the pancake feed is $5 adults, $2.50 kids under 12. For information on the SOFD volunteer program, contact Chief Wathen at 208-264-5745. For information about Saturday's pancake breakfast, call the station at 208-264-5101.

25 Used Book Sale. Come one, come all to the Bonner Mall's Used Book Sale, held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the last Saturday of every month inside the Bonner Mall in Ponderay. The public is welcome to bring books and sell them; there's no cost and tables are provided. Shoppers - this is a great chance to find books at a huge discount! 208-263-4272

25 Summer Sounds. Downtown concert series' Special Crazy Days edition: Backstreet Dixie performs at 10 a.m.; Carl Rey and the Blues Gators perform at noon; Northern Exposure performs at 2 p.m.; Hoodoo Two performs at 4 p.m. On the Park Place Stage, near the corner of First and Cedar. Sponsored by Sandpoint B.I.D. and the Holly Eve Foundation.

25 Winery Music. The Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts live music from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. with fhe Electric Cole Show. This show is performed as guitar melodies and solos blended with a new age touch through the genres of Jazz, Latin, Rock, Blues, Funk and World. Cole also covers a wide repertorie of tunes from the '70s, '80s, and '90s to present. POWine.com. 208-265-8545

29 KPND Pint Night. Laughing Dog Brewing, 1109 Fontaine Dr. in Ponderay, hosts the KPND Pint Night with fun and prizes!

29 Wednesday Music on the Patio. The Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts summer Wednesday Music on the Patio featuring David Lane Walsh from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. every Wednesday in July! Walsh will share his Latin-inspired music with his flamenco guitar. It's perfect for dinner and wine on the patio! POWine.com. 208-265-8545

29 Full Moon Cruise. Lake Pend Oreille Cruises hosts a Full Moon Cruise from 7:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. in conjunction with Pend d'Oreille Winery. Call the Tasting Room for reservations at 208-265-8545. POWine.com.  

30 Yappy Hour. A tail-waggin' good time! Bring your dog and enjoy a Panhandle Animal Shelter benefit with live music, beverages and fun, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Trinity at City Beach, 58 Bridge St. 265-7297

31 Winery Music. The Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts live music from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. with Owen & McCoy. Enjoy talented vocals and guitar from the acoustic duo, who performs folk rock and rock -- specifically Neil Young, Cat Stevens and originals. POWine.com. 208-265-8545

31 Full Moon and Hors d'oeuvres Cruise. Enjoy a variety of excellent complimentary hors d'oeuvres while cruising through eagle territory aboard the Shawnodese. To cap off the evening, watch the full moon slowly rise above the spectacular Cabinet Mountains before returning to port. Departs Sandpoint City Beach at 7 p.m. Fare is $36 per person. LakePendOreilleCruises.com. 208-255-5253

Daily through Sept. 15 Daily Lake Cruises
. Lake Pend Oreille Cruises' Shawnodese departs on two daily cruises from Sandpoint City Beach, running through Sept. 15. The Lake History Cruise departs at 1:30 p.m.; learn about the history and geology of our magnificent lake. The Lake, River and Birds of Prey Cruise departs at 3:30 p.m.; view osprey nests and their chicks, along with bald eagle sightings. For fare information, plus details on the Sunset Dessert Cruises (every Monday, Friday and Saturday evening) and the Dinner and Eagle Watching Cruises (every Tuesday and Thursday evening), visit LakePendOreilleCruises.com or call 208-255-5253.

Here is what's coming up in August!

1 Long Bridge Swim. The Northwest's premier open-water event, the Long Bridge Swim is 1.76 miles across Lake Pend Oreille. Join as a participant, volunteer or spectator! This event is great for any age or fitness level; it's fun for the whole family! LongBridgeSwim.org.

1 Clark Fork Valley Quilters Quilt Show. Clark Fork Valley Quilters hold the annual CFVQ Quilt Show from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Hope Memorial Community Center, 415 Wellington Pl. in Hope. Come see what the group has been doing for the past two years - loads of beautiful new quilts on display, all handcrafted items in the boutique, and lots of fresh-baked goods for sale. View the Secret Pal creations, vote on the color wheel challenge and pick your favorites for the Viewer's Choice awards. There will be a special area set up for featured quilter Connie Wells (in memorium), who was a member of the guild since its inception. $2 admission. 208-264-5375

1 Free First Saturday. Bonner County History Museum, 611 S. Ella, hosts the Free First Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All are welcome to visit the museum free of charge. BonnerCountyHistory.org. 208-263-2344

1 Summer Sounds. Downtown concert series with Ruff Shodd from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the Park Place Stage, near the corner of First and Cedar. Sponsored by Sandpoint B.I.D. and the Holly Eve Foundation.

2 Schweitzer Huckleberry Festival and Color Fun Run. Schweitzer Mountain Resort celebrates all things huckleberry during the 9th Annual Schweitzer Huckleberry Festival. Enjoy a huckleberry pancake breakfast, live music for the family, huckleberry crafts and treats, a huckleberry pie-eating contest and all kinds of family fun! Check out the summer activities, too, including the Cranky Jennings Mining Company, Monkey Motion air jumper, Zip Line, hiking, biking, chairlift rides, climbing wall, disc golf, and more! Hosted hikes and shuttles to the ripe huckleberry picking areas (depending on availability) will take place throughout the day, so plan on picking 'til your fingers turn purple! Learn more at Schweitzer.com. Plus, the Huckleberry Color Fun Run & Ride is a great way to start your day at the Huckleberry Festival! Run, walk or ride through the forest and get covered with color tossed by the forest urchins. This is a great family event and is marked for 5K and 2.5K participants. Click to learn more, plus register, at Schweitzer.com.

6 Festival at Sandpoint: Arlo Guthrie. Opening night of the Festival at Sandpoint celebrates American folk music treasure Arlo Guthrie at Memorial Field; opening is Jonatha Brooke. Tickets are $44.95; plus, the Festival's popular Brew Tasting tickets are available for $10, which includes a commemorative pilsner glass and premium microbrew tastes. Brew Tasting starts when the gates open at 6 p.m.; the concert starts at 7:30 p.m. FestivalatSandpoint.com. 208-265-4554

7 Festival at Sandpoint: Ziggy Marley. The Festival at Sandpoint presents Grammy Award-winning reggae and world music icon Ziggy Marley in concert at Memorial Field; opening is the Maw Band. All tickets are $59.95, with an additional $1 for each ticket sold going towards Ziggy's charity, U.R.G.E., a non-profit organization that benefits a wide range of charitable children's causes in Jamaica, Ethiopia and other developing nations. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the concert starts at 7:30 p.m. FestivalatSandpoint.com. 208-265-4554

7 Aftival: funky METERS. The Hive, 207 N. First Ave., hosts funky METERS as part of their Aftival concert series lineup. Doors open at 8:30 p.m., and the show starts at 10 p.m. funky METERS tap into their roots, taking the sound well into the future. Their trademark sound blends funk, blues, and dance grooves with a New Orleans vibe. With over 31 years of musicianship, this will be a show not to miss! Tickets are $40 per show, or $120 for all four shows. VIP tickets are also available. Buy tickets at TicketsWest.com, and locally at 7B Boardshop, Eichardt's, and on show days at The Hive. All shows are ages 21 and older; IDs will be checked at the door. Sponsored by Low Country Boil Productions and KPND. LiveFromTheHive.com. 208-457-2392

8 Celebrate Life Fun Run/Walk. The Celebrate Life Fun Run/Walk across Sandpoint's scenic Long Bridge is a gathering of family, friends and neighbors doing just that - celebrating life! In 10 years, $185,000 has been raised for Sandpoint and surrounding communities through unique and meaningful ways to help our friends, family and neighbors affected by cancer. The event begins at 9 a.m. at Dog Beach, then across Sandpoint's signature Long Bridge and back to Dog Beach. Early registration is $25 adults, $20 youth ages 6-16 until July 31; after that date, registration fees increase by $5. Registration on the day of the event starts at 8 a.m. To be a sponsor or learn more, visit CelebrateLifeFunRunWalk.org or call 208-255-9628.

8 Summer Sounds. Downtown concert series with Broken Whistle from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the Park Place Stage, near the corner of First and Cedar. Sponsored by Sandpoint B.I.D. and the Holly Eve Foundation.

8 Festival at Sandpoint: Vince Gill. Country Music Hall of Fame singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Vince Gill headlines the Festival at Sandpoint's Super Country Saturday show at Memorial Field with special guests The Barefoot Movement and Troy Bullock. All tickets are $54.95. Gates open at 4:30 p.m., and the music starts at 6 p.m. FestivalatSandpoint.com. 208-265-4554

8 Aftival: Yonder Mountain String Band. The Hive, 207 N. First Ave., hosts the foot-stomping bluegrass of Yonder Mountain String Band as part of their Aftival concert series lineup. Doors open at 8:30 p.m., and the show starts at 10 p.m. With more than 17 years of redefining bluegrass, this progressive bluegrass band will leave you wanting more! This show will feature Jerry Garcia's Takamine E360s - the first time this guitar has been played in public since the famous and historic Jerry Garcia Band Lunt Fontanne run in 1987. Tickets are $40 per show, or $120 for all four shows. VIP tickets are also available. Buy tickets at TicketsWest.com, and locally at 7B Boardshop, Eichardt's, and on show days at The Hive. All shows are ages 21 and older; IDs will be checked at the door. Sponsored by Low Country Boil Productions and KPND. LiveFromTheHive.com. 208-457-2392

8-9 Arts and Crafts Fair. The Pend Oreille Arts Council's annual juried art exhibit at Sandpoint City Beach, with more than 120 artists' booths, kids' activities, hourly live entertainment and more. Free admission. ArtinSandpoint.org. 208-263-6139

8-9 Bonner County PRCA Rodeo. Annual rodeo at 7 p.m. each night at the Bonner County Fairgrounds. 208-263-8414

9 Family Concert with the Festival Community Orchestra. Enjoy musical fun for the young and young at heart as the Festival at Sandpoint presents its Family Concert themed Seasons' Greetings (not as in holiday music but rather as in Vivaldi's Four Seasons!) featuring the Festival at Sandpoint's Community Orchestra and Studio One Dancers. Favorite pre-concert activities include the popular Instrument Petting Zoo, an animal petting zoo, and more. All tickets are $6. Activities begin when the gates at 2:30 p.m.; the performance starts at 5 p.m. FestivalatSandpoint.com. 208-265-4554

11-15 Bonner County Fair. Enjoy a great lineup of entertainers and bands, livestock barns and exhibitors' booths, plus fun contests and a carnival. The Challenge of Champions Tour Bull Riding event will be held in the outdoor arena at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 14, followed by a dance featuring Devon Wade. Plus, the fair ends with crashes and thrills at the Demolition Derby, 7 p.m. Aug. 15. BonnerCountyFair.com. 208-263-8414

13 Festival at Sandpoint: Lake Street Dive. The Festival at Sandpoint presents indie pop, jazz and soul band Lake Street Dive in concert at Memorial Field; opening is the Ballroom Thieves. "Dive Bar specials" will be featured in the Festival's bar - Conlan's - and the Lakeside Lounge. All tickets are $36.95. Gates open at 6 p.m., and the concert starts at 7:30 p.m. FestivalatSandpoint.com. 208-265-4554

14 Festival at Sandpoint: The Devil Makes Three and Trampled by Turtles. A double dose of the hottest progressive bluegrass music is coming to the Festival at Sandpoint, with Americana band The Devil Makes Three and bluegrass/folk-rock band Trampled by Turtles performing in concert at Memorial Field. All tickets are $44.95. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the concert starts at 7:30 p.m. FestivalatSandpoint.com. 208-265-4554

14 Aftival: Melvin Seals and JGB. The Hive, 207 N. First Ave., hosts Melvin Seals and JGB as part of their Aftival concert series lineup. Doors open at 8:30 p.m., and the show starts at 10 p.m. This is a special treat that no one should miss, featuring a two-night run of music featuring Jerry Garcia's Travis Bean TB500 #11 - the same guitar Jerry played with JGB and the Grateful Dead from 1975-1976. Tickets are $40 per show, or $120 for all four shows. A limited number of VIP tickets will also be available for these performances. VIP tickets include admission to a special meet and greet with Melvin Seals and JGB, plus attendees will have an opportunity to get up close and personal with three of Jerry Garcia's guitars - the Travis Bean TB500 #11, Travis Bean TB500 #12, and Takamine EF360s. Buy tickets at TicketsWest.com, and locally at 7B Boardshop, Eichardt's, and on show days at The Hive. All shows are ages 21 and older; IDs will be checked at the door. Sponsored by Low Country Boil Productions and KPND. LiveFromTheHive.com. 208-457-2392

14-15 Spokane-to-Sandpoint Relay Race. Runners and walkers begin atop Mt. Spokane, and teams make their way 185 miles through 15 cities en route to the finish line at Sandpoint's City Beach. S2S has become one of the Northwest's premier running events. 541-633-7174

14-16, 21-23 Artists' Studio Tour. The 11th annual self-guided driving tour of working studios through North Idaho. 800-800-2106

15 Summer Sounds. Downtown concert series with Mobius Riff from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the Park Place Stage, near the corner of First and Cedar. Sponsored by Sandpoint B.I.D. and the Holly Eve Foundation.

15 Festival at Sandpoint: Wilco. The Festival at Sandpoint's Super Saturday stars experimental folk and alternative art rock band Wilco, plus folk/jam band Vetiver to support their summer tour; opening is Owen & McCoy. All tickets are $59.95. Gates open at 4:30 p.m., and the music starts at 6 p.m. FestivalatSandpoint.com. 208-265-4554

15 Aftival: Melvin Seals and JGB. The Hive, 207 N. First Ave., hosts Melvin Seals and JGB as part of their Aftival concert series lineup. LiveFromTheHive.com. See details above on Aug. 14 listing.
 
16 Festival at Sandpoint Grand Finale: Viva Italia! The Festival at Sandpoint's season culminates with the Grand Finale Concert: Viva Italia! featuring the Spokane Symphony Orchestra, conducted by maestro Gary Sheldon. The classical portion of the program will include a Roman Carnival Overture by Berlioz, Dance of the Hours by Ponchielli and Mendelssohn's Italian Symphony. Festival fans are also in for a special treat - a world premiere by jazz pianist Vadim Neselovskyi, who will perform at the concert. The traditional fireworks finale closes the Festival at Sandpoint's 33rd season in spectacular fashion. Gates open early at 4:30 p.m. for the annual Taste of the Stars Wine Tasting, the largest wine event of its kind in the state of Idaho. The wine tasting is complimentary for all concertgoers over the age of 21 years. Concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $39.95 adults, $10.95 youth. FestivalatSandpoint.com. 208-265-4554

19 KPND Pint Night. The 219, located in downtown Sandpoint at 219 First Ave., hosts the KPND Pint Night with fun and prizes!

20 Cyrano de Bergerac. Montana Shakespeare in the Park, 6 p.m. (MDT) at the Trout Creek Park in Trout Creek, Mont. 406-827-3226

21 The Taming of the Shrew. Montana Shakespeare in the Parks performs Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew during its summer tour throughout Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, North Dakota and Washington. The Sandpoint performance will be held at the Bonner County Fairgrounds. Audiences are encouraged to arrive early with chairs, blankets, and picnics. Gates open at 2 p.m., with the play starting at 6 p.m. Entertainments of a medieval flavor will be presented before the performance, including a medieval village, belly dancers, strolling musicians, and various other activities. Admission is free, and the event is open to the public. In its 43rd season, Montana Shakespeare in the Parks features 10 professional actors selected from national auditions who tour without technical assistance to bring live theater to mostly rural communities. Sandpoint's performance is sponsored locally by Lost Horse Press, an independent nonprofit poetry press. Learn more about the event at ShakespeareintheParks.org, or call 208-255-4410.

21-22, 28-29 No Service. The Heartwood Center, 615 Oak St., hosts the Unknown Locals production of an original play by Chris Herron, No Service, with doors opening at 7 p.m. and curtain at 7:30 p.m. No Service is a darkly humorous story about life, death, and the complications of family. Anne is dying of an unknown illness. Her best friend, Kim, travels to Anne's remote cabin to see her one final time. Upon learning that Anne has become estranged from her daughter, Kim does her best to put her nose where it doesn't belong and reunite mother and daughter before it's too late. Admission is $12 general, $10 seniors/students. 208-610-8005

22 Summer Sounds. Downtown concert series with Bridges Home featuring Dave and Tami Gunter from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the Park Place Stage, near the corner of First and Cedar. Sponsored by Sandpoint B.I.D. and the Holly Eve Foundation.

26 KPND Pint Night. MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., hosts the KPND Pint Night with fun and prizes!

27 Yappy Hour. A tail-waggin' good time! Bring your dog and enjoy a Panhandle Animal Shelter benefit with live music, beverages and fun, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Evans Brothers Coffee, 524 Church St. 265-7297

29 Summer Sounds. Downtown concert series with Kathy Colton and the Reluctants from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the Park Place Stage, near the corner of First and Cedar. Sponsored by Sandpoint B.I.D. and the Holly Eve Foundation.

29 Full Moon and Hors d'oeuvres Cruise. Enjoy a variety of excellent complimentary hors d'oeuvres while cruising through eagle territory aboard the Shawnodese. To cap off the evening, watch the full moon slowly rise above the spectacular Cabinet Mountains before returning to port. Departs Sandpoint City Beach at 7 p.m. Fare is $36 per person. LakePendOreilleCruises.com. 208-255-5253

Here is what's coming up in September!

5 Summer Sounds. Downtown concert series with Triolet from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the Park Place Stage, near the corner of First and Cedar. Sponsored by Sandpoint B.I.D. and the Holly Eve Foundation.

5-6 Funky Junk Antique and Craft Show. It's back for the 15th year! The biggest and longest-running antique and craft show in Idaho, the Funky Junk event will be in full swing over Labor Day Weekend from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Bonner County Fairgrounds! Funky Junk will be bursting with all sorts of wonderful treasures and amazing crafts - everything from salvage to retro and everything in between. Enjoy live music both days and good food too! Admission is $5 for the entire weekend; children 12 and under are free. FunkyJunkAntiqueShow.com.

5-6 Coaster Classic Car Show. Nostalgic cars at Silverwood Theme Park. 208-0683-3400

5-7 Fall Fest. Get ready for the main event of summer, as Schweitzer Mountain Resort hosts the 23rd annual Fall Fest! Bands will be playing over three full days while Schweitzer serves up several regional wines, hard ciders and over 60 regional micro beers on tap! The ever-popular souvenir mugs, glasses and steins will be on sale all weekend as well as several other Fall Fest souvenirs. For the kids, there's a soda tent where they can mix their own flavors and create wild concoctions. Enjoy arts, crafts and food vendors throughout the village, plus the chairlift will be open for sightseeing, hiking and mountain biking. Learn more at Schweitzer.com.

12 Injectors Car Show. The 16th annual Powered by the Past Injectors Car Show is sponsored by the Sandpoint Injectors Auto Club, and helps raise funds for local charities. The corner of Second and Main is Car Show Central - and extends several blocks in each direction. View 100-plus classic cars, plus get in on the fun-spirited action with a Frozen T-Shirt Contest, trivia events with prizes, plus drawings and silent auctions. All proceeds benefit Bonner Community Hospice, Bonner Community Food Bank, Community Cancer Services, Lions Club Toys for Tots, and senior lunch programs. SandpointInjectors.com.

12 Dover Bay 5k-9 Fun Run. Dover Bay hosts the 5k-9 Fun Run to benefit the Panhandle Animal Shelter. 265-7297

12 Harvest Party. Pend d'Oreille Winery's annual event with grape stomping, live music, fall wine release and deals. POWine.com. 208-265-8545

14-19 WaCanId Ride. Tour two states and one province on the seventh annual 350-mile/560-kilometer WaCanId. 888-823-2626

20 Scenic Half. Presents by the Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce, this seventh annual event features a half marathon, plus 10k and 5k fun runs. 208-263-2161

24 Yappy Hour. A tail-waggin' good time! Bring your dog and enjoy a Panhandle Animal Shelter benefit with live music, beverages and fun, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Eichardt's Pub, 212 Cedar St. 265-7297

25-27 Idaho Draft Horse and Mule International. The Northwest's largest draft horse and mule expo at the Bonner County Fairgrounds. 208-263-8414

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