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Bluegrass benefit. The Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave., hosts a KRFY Benefit Concert with the Lil' Smokies and special guests Doug Bond and Terry Ludiker at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) Friday, May 6. With their roots submerged in the thick buttery mud of traditional bluegrass, The Lil' Smokies are the 2015 Telluride Bluegrass Festival band winner who offer a unique blend of traditional bluegrass, newgrass, innumerable unique originals, sheer raw energy, and exquisite musicianship. Tickets are $15 in advance at Pedro's, Evans Brothers Coffee, Eichardt's, by calling KRFY at 208-265-2992, or purchase online at Panida.org. Proceeds benefit KRFY 88.5 Community Radio.
Benefit Plow Day. The Panhandle Antique Tractor and Engine Club holds a Benefit Plow Day, approximately Ĺ mile on Algoma Spur Road off Highway 95 in Sagle, Saturday, May 7. Plowing on 30 acres will begin at 9 a.m. The club will be selling burgers, hotdogs and drinks, and all proceeds and donations will help support the Bonner County Museum's future equipment display building in Kootenai. Watch for signs at Highway 95 as well as at the site. Come join the fun and help support your local museum in its effort to preserve Bonner County history! For more information, contact Lee at 610-5871 or Jim at 597-4335. See you there!
Here's what's happening in May!
5 Idaho Gives 2016. Idaho Gives is a special day for philanthropy across Idaho. A day for nonprofits to tell their stories and share the work that enriches communities throughout our state. A day for Idahoans to come together with one voice of support for our nonprofits, big and small. A day for you to find your passion, donate to your favorite causes and share in the excitement! Join in at IdahoGives.org on May 5, and make a contribution to the nonprofit you support. Last year Idaho Gives raised nearly $1.1 million for 660 nonprofit causes. How much more can we do together in 2016?! 208-424-2229
5 Idaho Gives at IPA! Join SOLE (Selkirk Outdoor Leadership and Education) for an Idaho Gives event from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Idaho Pour Authority, 203 Cedar St. Idaho Gives is an annual statewide giving day that takes place online. More than that, it's a day to celebrate the awesome work of Idaho's nonprofits like SOLE. Come enjoy selected craft beers, local music, and a rocking raffle with SOLE-ful goodies - all for good. SOLE board members and staff will be on hand to assist you with your online donation, which can be leveraged for additional funds for SOLE and those we serve! SoleExperiences.org. 928-351-7653
5 Cinco De Mayo Idaho Gives Party. Memorial Community Center, 415 Wellington Pl. in Hope, hosts the Cinco de Mayo Idaho Gives Party from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Join the MCC for this fun evening; volunteers will be available to answer questions and assist with online donations. Dinner includes a combination meal: two tacos, rice, beans, and water or lemonade to drink. A no-host bar will be available with wine, beer, soda, and water. Please join in on this special day for Idahoans to support non-profits. Dinner is free and open to the public. 208-264-5481
5 Monarch Open Mic with Scott Reid. Scott Reid hosts an Open Mic from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Monarch Mountain Coffee, 208 N. Fourth Ave. Held on the first and third Thursday of every month. All are welcome to attend!
5-6 Where to Invade Next. The Panida Little Theater, 302 N. First Ave., hosts screenings of the film Where To Invade Next at 7 p.m. Filmmaker Michael Moore visits various countries to examine how Europeans view work, education, health care and other issues. Learn more on the Sandpoint Movies page, or visit Panida.org.
6 IPA Music. Idaho Pour Authority, 203 Cedar St., hosts live music from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with Doug Bond. 208-597-7096
6 Winery Music. Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts live music from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. with Northpoint who plays both cover music and original material from the contemporary Latin jazz genre. With Barry on keyboards, Luisa on vocals, Roxy on bass, Lane on guitar and Brett on drums, this multi-national group will mix up the night with their unique blend of world and contemporary jazz music. POWine.com. 208-265-8545
6 First Friday Reception. A First Friday Reception for artwork by several local artists will be held from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Shibusa Studios, 525 Oak St. Featured artists include David Baranski, Nan Cooper, Carrie Scozzaro, Elana Westphal, Tom Woodward and Kevin Watson. This will be the last reception at the gallery, which is closing in mid-May. The Gallery at Shibusa Studios is open Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and is located in the former Darigold building in the Granary Arts District.
6 Geology of the Purcell Trench. Learn about North Idaho's fascinating geology from Dr. Mark McFaddan during a Geology of the Purcell Trench presentation at 6 p.m. in the Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge, 287 Westside Rd. in Bonners Ferry. McFaddan will explain how geologic upheaval and colossal forces formed the Purcell Trench, which connects the Purcell and Selkirk mountain ranges. His talk will be preceded by a short, outdoor walk so he can point out a few of the geologic features. Program will be at the KNWR Education Barn; $2 suggested donation. Learn more at FriendsofKootenaiWildlifeRefuge.org. 208-267-3888
6 Beer Hall Music. MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., hosts live music with Truck Mills from 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. An acclaimed Northwest guitarist and multi-instrumentalist, Truck Mills he has been hailed by critics as a master of the fingerpicked slide guitar. Critically acclaimed by blues and folk music reviewers, Truck's music has been described as "soul-stirring." Free and open to the public, 21+ years of age. Non-smoking, fun and games environment. 208-209-6700
6 Lil' Smokies Benefit Concert. At the Panida. See Hot Picks, above.
6 Ron Kieper Jazz Quartet. Eichardt's Pub, 212 Cedar St., hosts the Ron Kieper Jazz Quartet from 7:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. A local favorite jazz saxophonist, Ron Kieper brings his upbeat quartet back for a great evening of jazz! RonKieper.com.
7 Benefit Plow Day. Follow the signs in Sagle. See Hot Picks, above.
7 Sandpoint Farmers Market Opening Day. Enjoy the first Sandpoint Farmers Market of the season, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Farmin Park. Shop for plant starts, locally grown produce, browse vendor booths, and more. Live music featuring Musha Marimba. SandpointFarmersMarket.com. 597-3355
7 Free First Saturday at the Museum. The Bonner County Historical Museum, 611 S. Ella Ave., hosts a Free First Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., sponsored by Summit Insurance. Enjoy free admission and view Era III of the Tales from the Wardrobe featuring the 1940-1959 era. BonnerCountyHistory.org.
7 Brew Day BBQ. May 7 is National Home Brew Day. In honor of this glorious day, MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., hosts a Brew Day BBQ in the parking lot. The brew day will kick off at 10 a.m., followed by a potluck-style BBQ once we get the brew up and running. There will be a grill and some grillable meat and non-meat items. Please bring a food item to help with the potluck, such as veggies, chips and dips, fruit, or other side dishes. RSVP MickDuffs at 208-0209-6700.
7 KSAD Walk for a Cure. Kindred Spirits Against Diabetes Motorcycle Organization sponsors a Walk for a Cure at 1 p.m. This family friendly walk on the Long Bridge helps raise money for the American Diabetes Association. Cost is $10 per adult participant, with all proceeds going to the ADA. There will be gifts for all participants, and balloons for the kids. Furry walking friends are welcome! Meet in the parking lot of the Long Bridge Bar and Grill at 1 p.m. To donate refreshments for the event or gift certificates as prizes, contact Cindy at 509-995-6541. Visit the event's Facebook page for more info.
7 Winery Music. Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts live music from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. with Tom Catumull, who is visiting from Missoula to share his American-roots driven sound. POWine.com. 208-265-8545
7 IPA Music. Idaho Pour Authority, 203 Cedar St., hosts live music from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with Justin Lantrip. 208-597-7096
7 Beer Hall Music. MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., hosts live music from 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. with the Monarch Mountain Band. This high energy bluegrass, newgrass, folk-rock band has been performing at numerous local and regional venues, halls, festivals, fairs, clubs (you name it) for close to 25 years. Their high-stepping, toe-tapping progressive music is great entertainment, and is a must-see for music enthusiasts of all kinds who appreciate excellent technique and pure sound. Free and open to the public; 21+ years of age. Non-smoking, fun & games environment. 208-209-6700
7-8 Papa Hemingway in Cuba. The Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave., hosts screenings of the film Papa Hemingway in Cuba. Learn more on the Sandpoint Movies Page.
8 Mother's Day Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser. Boy Scout Troop 111 in Sandpoint is holding a Mother's Day Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser from 7 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the Elks Lodge on Highway 200. Enjoy all the pancakes and sausage you can eat, plus there will be coffee and juice. Mothers eat free; adults are $6 and kids under age 12 are $4. All proceeds benefit the troop.
8 Sunday Celebration at Farmin Park. Sandpoint Parks and Recreation and Brother Music host the second Sunday Celebration at Farmin Park, Third and Main, from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. Brother Music on his harp guitar, operating his one-man band, will also add the Native American flute to the afternoon festivities. Chris Hughes and other guest performers will also be featured. Visual artists will be in the park creating live art and displaying their talents, plus a challenge has been issued to the literary arts community for poetry about mothers and grandmothers in celebration of Mother's Day. Those wanting to recite their poems are welcomed, with a gift for participants. Family friendly, all ages! 208-265-9294
8 Cyclofemme de Sandpoint. CycloFemme is a Global Women's Cycling Day created to honor and encourage women to ride their bikes. Grab your mother, sister, grandmother, kids or BFF and join Greasy Fingers Bikes N Repair for a casual ride (any bike will do) on the bike path to Dover and back (less than 8 miles round-trip). Guys, or manbassadors, are also welcome! Meet at the Eureka Annex Parking Lot (next to Evans Brothers Coffee) at 2 p.m.; the group will end at Pend d'Oreille Winery for refreshments. Sponsored by Greasy Fingers Bikes N Repair; 208-255-4496.
-- Here's what's coming up this week through Sunday, May 15 --
9 Monday Night Blues Jam with Truck Mills. Weekly music at Eichardt's Pub, 212 Cedar St., at 7:30 p.m. 208-263-4005
10-12 Unplug and Be Outside. Step away from the TVs, computers, tablets, phones, and other devices. Join Sandpoint Parks and Recreation, plus many local clubs and organizations, for Unplug and Be Outside! These free programs feature fun, active, and outdoor activities such as lacrosse, hula hoops, bouldering, and much more during after-school hours! Each youth that collects event leader signatures on their passport by attending two or more events during the week is eligible for fabulous prizes! For a detailed schedule of events for all three days, visit SandpointIdaho.gov or call 208-263-3613 for more information.
10 Ales for Trails. Pend Oreille Pedalers Bike Club presents Ales for Trails: An After Hours to benefit the Watershed Crest Trail, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Idaho Pour Authority, 203 Cedar St. The event features Grand Teton Brewing Company, live music and raffle prizes. The 25-mile-long Watershed Crest Trail, currently under construction, will extend from Schweitzer Mountain Resort to Baldy Mountain and down the ridge to Sandpoint. Free admission. 208-920-9224
10 Beer Hall Open Mic Night. MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., hosts Open Mic Night with Ben & Cadie from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. Hosted by Ben & Cadie of Harold's IGA, all local artists over 21 years of age are welcome for a fun and open night of playing at the Beer Hall! Come out for a positive environment to share your passion or just come to take it all in! Every Second Tuesday, put it on your calendar! 208-209-6700
10 Trivia Night. MickDuff's, 312 N. First Ave., hosts Trivia Night starting at 7 p.m. every Tuesday. Arrive early for best seating! MickDuffs.com.
11 Magic Wednesday. Jalapenos Mexican Restaurant, 314 N. Second Ave., hosts Magic Wednesday from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. every Wednesday. Resident magician Star Alexander performs amazing sleight of hand magic right at your table. Fun for all ages! SandpointJalapenos.com.
11 Alexander Valley Wine Dinner. Forty-One South, 41 Lakeshore Dr. in Sagle, hosts an Alexander Valley Wine Dinner at 6 p.m. Enjoy a five-course dinner with complementary wine pairings. Cost is $65 per person, not including tax and gratuity. Alexander Valley Vineyards, established in 1975, is a leading winery in the development of Somona County, Calif. RSVP by calling 208-265-2000 and save your spot!
12 Chafe 150 Happy Hour. MickDuffs Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., hosts Happy Hour to support the Chafe 150 from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. All are welcome to enjoy raffles, drawings for great prizes, plus learn more about the event and have a beer to support children with autism in the Lake Pend Oreille School District. Free admission; sponsored by the Sandpoint Rotary. Chafe150.org. 208-946-3436
12 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 Thursday of every month. All players welcome! Sit in with a rhythm section, play solo ... or just 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
12 Totem Pole Journey Film Screening. The Idaho Conservation League hosts a screening of the film, "Our Sacred Obligation," at 7 p.m. in the Little Panida, 300 N. First Ave. The film depicts the 22-day-long journey members of the Lummi Nation made along the proposed Northwest coal-train path. The journeyers brought along a traditional hand-carved totem pole - a symbol of their support for First Nations' opposition to the expansion of crude oil and coal. Discussion after the screening will include an update on the upcoming May 26 hearing in Spokane for the proposed Millennium coal terminal in Longview, Wash., and more information. Free admission. IdahoConservation.org. 208-265-9565
12, 15 The 17th Animation Show of Shows. The Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave., hosts The 17th Animation Show of Shows with screenings at 7:30 p.m. May 12, and 3:30 p.m. May 15. Acme Filmworks presents 11 award-winning acclaimed animated shorts from around the world. Admission is $7 adult, $6 senior, $5 student, $4 child. Sponsored by the Panida Global Cinema Cafe. Panida.org. 208-255-7801
13 Late Night at the Museum: 1950s Movie Night. Bonner County Museum, 611 S. Ella Ave., hosts 1950s Movie Night as part of the Late Night at the Museum series. Stroll through the exhibits while enjoying cocktails and snacks of the '50s, starting at 5 p.m. Then watch the 1956 classic sci-fi thriller "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" after visiting the popcorn bar. Seating is limited, and the movie start at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $10, and $5 for museum members. BonnerCountyMuseum.org.
13 Winery Music. Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts live music from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. with Daniel Mills of the Coeur d'Alene-based band Son of Brad. Mill is an expert fingerstyle guitarist and singer-songwriter who performs hit music from every decade peppered with original music, utilizing live looping to underscore his vocals and masterful guitar work. POWine.com. 208-265-8545
13-14 The 17th Animation Show of Shows in the Little Panida. The Little Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave., hosts The 17th Animation Show of Shows. Acme Filmworks presents 11 award-winning acclaimed animated shorts from around the world. Admission is $7 adult, $6 senior, $5 student, $4 child. Sponsored by the Panida Global Cinema Cafe. Panida.org. 208-255-7801
13 Beer Hall Music. MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., hosts live music 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. with Feeding Leroy. The alt-country/folk band from Duluth, Minn., play acoustic, original tunes as well as some choice covers. Free and open to the public; 21+ years of age. Non-smoking, fun & games environment. 208-209-6700
13 Contra Dance. Sandpoint Parks and Recreation Department partners with Emily Faulkner and Lost Horse Press in offering a Contra Dance from 7 p.m. until 10 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 local and regional bands and lively callers. Held on the second Friday of each month. Finger food snacks at the break are much appreciated. $5 donation at the door suggested. 208-263-3613
13 John Craigie with Anna Tivel. The Pearl Theater. 7160 Ash St. in Bonners Ferry, presents John Craigie with Anna Tivel at 7:30 p.m. Craigie is a humorous story telling, serious folk singer whose true passion is connecting with people through shared experiences, stories, and song. Opening for John is Anna Tivel, a nationally touring artist with a deep love of quiet stories. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. ThePearlTheater.org. 208-610-2846
14 Bicycle Scavenger Hunt. The Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave., hosts a Bicycle Scavenger Hunt from 10 a.m. until noon. Gather at 9:45 a.m. at the Panida, then bicycle to over two dozen selected spots around Sandpoint, answer questions at each, and race back to the Panida for cookies. Fun for all ages! Cost is $5 single, $10 family. Sponsored by the Panida Theater Committee. 208-263-9894
14 Cornhole Classic Tournament (Rain or Shine). Every second Saturday, Cornholers take to the MickDuff's Brewery where three regulation courts are set up for your tossin' abilities in a double-elimination tournament! Last year, we had 19 teams compete in the WC Classic and we're expecting a full field (32 teams) - so do not show up last minute! Registration and practice starts at noon, first toss at 1 p.m. Cost is $5 per person, teams of two; cash and prizes awarded!
14 Beer Hall Live Music. MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., hosts live music from 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. with Brian Jacobs and Chris Lynch. The duo are teaming up for an exciting night of live music, and their great sound will have you on the dance floor. Come by to hear them, grab some pints, play some games, and enjoy the best place to be every 2nd Saturday of the month! Free and open to the public. 21+ years of age. Non-smoking, fun & games environment. MickDuffs.com.
14 Comedian Randy Liedtke. The Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave., hosts a show with comedian Randy Liedtke at 7:15 p.m. Liedtke is a Los Angeles-based stand-up comedian, actor, and writer. He delivers a silly mix of strangely smart childish jokes and creative unorthodox bits, and manages to make both the absurd and surreal hilarious and somehow logical. In 2015, L.A. Weekly named him one of "10 Comedy Acts to Watch in 2015" and the Village Voice said he's "maddeningly great." Learn more on his website. Tickets are $23 at Panida.org. 208-255-7801
-- Here's what's coming up this week through Sunday, May 22 --
18 Five Minutes of Fame. Writers, musicians, listeners ... all are welcome to the Five Minutes of Fame open mic at 6:30 p.m., held at Cafe Bodega inside Foster's Crossing, 504 Oak St. The open mic takes place on the third Wednesday of every month; arrive at 6 p.m. for dinner. 208-263-5911
19-22 Lost in the '50s. Sandpoint hosts the annual retro celebration Lost in the '50s, which includes a downtown car parade and show, music events at the Panida and the Bonner County Fairgrounds, plus a fun run, car rally, and much more! Click to get more details online; also, click to view the 2016 flyer (pdf).
19 Hop Valley Tap Take-Over. Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts this fun event to kick off Lost in the '50s. Join the winery and Hop Valley Brewery from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. for raffles, prizes, gifts and more! POWine.com. 208-265-8545
19 Distinguished Student Concert. The Music Conservatory hosts a Distinguished Student Concert featuring the school's highest achievers and hardest workers. The students showcased in this performance are truly inspired by music and this concert promises to be one of MCS's very finest. Held at 7 p.m. in the historic Panida Theater. Call MCS for more information at 208-265-4444.
20 Winery Music. Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts live music from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. with Justin Lantrip, a soulful singer/songwriter of folk rock who blends covers and originals. POWine.com. 208-265-8545
20 Third Fridays Live Music with Devon Wade. Sandpoint's Devon Wade is back in the MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., for the Third Friday of March from 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m! Devon is an independent country music artist with a strong love for what country music has always been - songs about real life. Come out and hear his fun, boot-tapping originals and classic covers! Free and open to the public; ages 21+ only. Non-smoking, fun & games environment. MickDuffs.com.
21 Bike Swap. Pend Oreille Pedalers host a Bike Swap at the Eureka Institute building at 513 Oak St. Those used bikes and bike accessories that are taking up space can be converted to cash! Plus, sell/buy other outdoor equipment such as kayaks, backpacks, sleeping bags, tents, etc. Check-in used gear from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. And a newer ride can be snapped up for a bargain at their sale from noon till 2 p.m. Pick-up time is from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Items under $10 will be considered donations.
21 The Alliance Band (Lost in the 1450s). The Alliance Band and Evans Brothers Coffee team up during Lost in the '50s to do a Live Medieval Rock Concert from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. in the outdoor area at Evans Brothers Coffee, 524 Church St. The theme is 'Lost in the 1450s' and there will be a bike swap meet in the morning, and a bike rodeo at 3 p.m. The Alliance will perform from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Come see the King and Queen, Dungeoneer, Wizard, Mad Dog, sword-fighting knights, and maidens. The Alliance will also be giving away an autographed Alliance guitar to some lucky person at the end of the show. For more about the live theatrical medieval performance, visit TheAllianceRockBand.com. Admission is $5. 208-946-7948 or 208-304-5665.
21 Winery Music. Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts live music from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. with Mike and Shanna. Enjoy this quick pickin', amped up guitar folk rock duo. They're local favorites! POWine.com. 208-265-8545
21 Beer Hall Music. MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., hosts live music from 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. with Harold's IGA. A little history: Harold's IGA was a grocery store that the poor people went to. It was bulldozed to the ground. Now it's an indie rock band with an ever-changing cast of characters. They play a ton of originals from their three albums and a few fun covers. Free and open to the public; 21+ years of age only. Non-smoking, fun & games environment. 208-209-6700
-- Here's what's coming up this week through Sunday, May 29 --
26 Yappy Hour. A tail-waggin' good time! Bring your dog and enjoy a Panhandle Animal Shelter benefit with live music, beverages and fun, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Taylor and Sons Chevrolet, 476751 Highway 95 in Ponderay. 208-265-7297
26 Beer Hall Music. MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., hosts live music from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. with Liam Kyle Cahill. Raw energy and passion is the fuel behind the driving sound of Cahill; there are few acoustic artists who can hold a candle to his powerful performances, contained within whip-smart lyrics and earnest guitar chops. Free and open to the public; 21+ years of age only. Non-smoking, fun & games environment. 208-209-6700
27 Winery Music. Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts live music from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. with Mike and Sadie Wagoner. This father-daughter duo sings and plays not only acoustic versions of many classic tunes but also churn out some interesting original songs. Mike plays the guitar while Sadie rounds things out on a djembe drum. Their professionalism is obvious; their harmonies are top shelf and they have a knack for playing that certain tune that often causes a crowd to want to sing along. POWine.com. 208-265-8545
27 Beer Hall Music. MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., hosts live music from 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. with Ron Greene, a dynamic musical presence as a professional musician and solo artist whose intimate stage presence has gained him a reputation as a passionate singer. Free and open to the public; 21+ years of age only. Non-smoking, fun & games environment. 208-209-6700
28 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
28-29 Priest Lake Spring Festival. The annual Memorial Day weekend Priest Lake Spring Festival is held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday in Coolin. Festivities include bake sales, food booths, a quilt display, an arts and crafts fair, a Saturday parade, the Lions Club Kids Carnival, the Priest Lake People Helping People dinner and auction (PriestLakeAuction.org), and Sunday's walk/run races (PriestLakeRace.com). Sponsored by the Coolin Civic Organization and the Priest Lake Chamber of Commerce. Drive north on Highway 57 from Priest River, turn right after milepost 22 toward Coolin on Dickensheet Road, and go about four miles. You can't miss it! PriestLakeSpringFestival.com. 888-774-3785
28 Summer Sounds. Downtown concert series takes place from 4 p.m. until 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. Monarch Mountain Band performs. 208-263-2161
28 Winery Music. Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts live music from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. with Nate Vernon and Carly Fetzer. Nate is a post-Western folk singer/songwriter based in Missoula. His songs describe a modern America populated with gas station attendants, alcoholics, oil workers and back-to-the-landers. As members of the band Wartime Blues, they have opened for the Decemberists, Bill Callahan, and Martha Scanlan. POWine.com. 208-265-8545
28 Beer Hall Music. MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., hosts live music from 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. with Scotia Road, Newport's four-piece family band made up of guitar, mandolin and upright bass mingling with the calming vocals and harmonies of the mother-daughter duo. Free and open to the public; 21+ only. Non-smoking, fun & games environment. 208-209-6700
Here is what's coming up in June!
3 Spring Serenade Instructors Concert. A classical concert with works by the great masters will be presented by the staff of the Music Conservatory. Please join the group for a hearty salad buffet to be enjoyed after the concert. All donations go towards scholarships for Conservatory students. Held at 5 p.m. in First Lutheran Church on Olive Street. Call MCS for more information, 208-265-4444.
4 Timberfest. After a 15-year hiatus, the Bonner County Fairgrounds is thrilled to bring back the Timberfest celebration! It's a sawdust-flyin' great time for the entire family, and features exhibitions at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. with skill-testing events such as the cross cut back, hot saw, axe throw, underhand cut, and more. Plus, check out the wacky wrestling competitions involving gelatin, and a dance at 7 p.m. with the Devon Wade Band. Bonner County, here's a chance to get back to your logger-lovin' roots! BonnerCountyFair.com.
4 Summer Sounds. Enjoy the sounds of Northern Exposure, performing as part of the Summer Sounds downtown concert series held from 4 p.m. until 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. 208-263-2161
4-5 Sandpoint Sojourn with Pancakes at a Mudhole. In celebration of Adventure Cycling's 40th anniversary and National Bike Travel Weekend, Greasy Fingers Bikes N Repair sponsors an overnight bike trip from Sandpoint to the Mudhole Campground in Priest River (approximately 30 miles). The group will ride from the shop on Saturday at 2 p.m., drink some beers around the campfire, camp overnight, enjoy a pancake breakfast, and return Sunday mid-day. If you have ever wanted to bike pack, learn more about it or join a group, this is a great opportunity. Reservations required; call Greasy Fingers Bikes N Repair at 208-255-4496.
7 Seniors Day. The Bonner Mall in Ponderay hosts Senior Day on the first Tuesday of each month from 9 a.m. until noon. Walk the mall, listen to speakers, learn health tips, enter drawings, play bingo and enjoy free refreshments. Sponsored by Bonner Mall merchants and Life Care Aging Better In Home Care. 208-263-4272
7 First Tuesday at Eichardt's. Monthly music event with featured guest at 7 p.m. in Eichardt's Pub, 212 Cedar St. 208-263-4005
11 Summer Sounds. Downtown concert series takes place from 4 p.m. until 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. Fiddlin' Red performs. 208-263-2161
12 Bay Trail Fun Run. Fourth annual 5K/10K benefits Pend d'Oreille Bay Trail. 265-9565
12 The Jordan World Circus. Boundary County Fairgrounds on Fifth Street in Bonners Ferry hosts The Jordan World Circus at 7 p.m. With three rings of affordable family fun, The Jordan World Circus will thrill fans of all ages. See the death-defying aerial acts, plus animal attractions including tigers and elephants. In addition to the performing acts, kids will have the unique opportunity to ride and pet different types of animals. Tickets are $18 adult, $14 child, available online or at the circus location one hour before the event. 702-456-2642
17 ArtWalk. Browse local venues and view art during opening receptions for the 39th annual event, sponsored by the Pend Oreille Arts Council. Exhibits remain on display through Sept. 9. ArtinSandpoint.org. 263-6139
18 Summer Sounds. Downtown concert series takes place from 4 p.m. until 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. Jake Robin performs. 208-263-2161
18 Chafe 150. Sandpoint Rotary sponsors annual benefit ride on a 150-mile route through Idaho and Montana, or opt for the 1/2 Chafe at 80 miles or the 30-mile fun ride. Enjoy incredible ride support and great rest stops, plus all proceeds benefit autism in the Lake Pend Oreille School District. Chafe150.org.
18 Battle of the Bulls. Annual bull riding and barrel racing contest at the Bonner County Fairgrounds. BonnerCountyFair.com. 208-263-8414
24 Late Night at the Museum: Trivia Night. Bonner County Museum, 611 S. Ella Ave., hosts Trivia Night as part of the Late Night at the Museum series. Teams of 4 to 6 people will first absorb as much information as possible by wandering through the museum for one hour, before competing as a team for for the title of "Best Local Historians." Enjoy snacks, drinks and a great prize! Admission is $10, and $5 for museum members. BonnerCountyMuseum.org.
25 Summer Sounds. Downtown concert series takes place from 4 p.m. until 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. Truck Mills performs. 208-263-2161
26 7B Sunday. Season opening celebration at Schweitzer Mountain Resort with free chairlift rides, family activities, plus beer and wine tasting. Schweitzer.com. 208-255-3081
30 Summer Sampler. Taste fine cuisine from area restaurants, plus enjoy cook-offs and live music in Farmin Park; sponsored by Greater Sandpoint Chamber. 263-2161
30 Yappy Hour. A tail-waggin' good time! Bring your dog and enjoy a Panhandle Animal Shelter benefit with live music, beverages and fun, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Pine Street Bakery, 710 Pine St. 208-265-7297
Here is what's coming up in July!
1 Live Music at Trinity. Trinity at City Beach, 58 Bridge St., hosts live music from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. with Running With Scissors. 208-255-7558
2 Summer Sounds. Downtown concert series takes place from 4 p.m. until 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. Mobius Riff performs. 208-263-2161
2 Live Music at Trinity. Trinity at City Beach, 58 Bridge St., hosts live music from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. with Arthur and Mia with Bright Moments. 208-255-7558
3 Live Music at Trinity. Trinity at City Beach, 58 Bridge St., hosts live music from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. with Bruce Bishop and Drew. 208-255-7558
7 Live Music at Trinity. Trinity at City Beach, 58 Bridge St., hosts live music from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. with Kevin Dorin. 208-255-7558
9 Summer Sounds. Downtown concert series takes place from 4 p.m. until 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. Back Street Dixie performs. 208-263-2161
16 Summer Sounds. Downtown concert series takes place from 4 p.m. until 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. Kathy Colton & the Reluctants perform. 208-263-2161
16 Hope's Bodacious BBQ Luau. Memorial Community Centerís 33rd Annual Bodacious BBQ Luau, starting at 4:30 p.m. in the Litehouse Beach House, 46242 Highway 200 in Hope. Enjoy a live auction, bucket raffle, appetizers, a bodacious bar, plus a roasted pig with all the fixin's catered by Two Lakes Catering. Sponsored in part by Litehouse Foods. Advance tickets are $50 each, or purchase a table for 8. Call 208-264-5481 for more information and to order tickets; or visit MemorialCommunityCenter.com.
22 Late Night at the Museum: Cinema in the Park. The Bonner County Museum, 611 Ella Ave., has been turning on the lights with their Late Night at the Museum monthly event series, and this summer there's a particularly special one called Cinema in the Park. Itís coming to Lakeview Park at 8:30 p.m., where moviegoers can enjoy a screening of the classic 1987 film 'A Princess Bride' while sitting under the stars. General admission is just $2; VIP seating is $10 ($5 for museum members) and includes food and drink. BonnerCountyMuseum.org.
23 Summer Sounds. Downtown concert series takes place from 4 p.m. until 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. The Wagoners perform. 208-263-2161
30 Summer Sounds. Special Crazy Days show for the downtown concert series, taking place on the Park Place Stage near the corner of First and Cedar. Bidadet performs at 10 a.m.; Bridges Home performs at noon; Northern Exposure performs at 2 p.m.; Hoodoo Two performs at 4 p.m. Sponsored by Sandpoint B.I.D. and the Holly Eve Foundation. 208-263-2161
Here is what's coming up in August!
26 Late Night at the Museum: Paint and Sip. Bonner County Museum, 611 S. Ella Ave., hosts a Paint and Sip from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. as part of the Late Night at the Museum series. It's easy and fun, even if you've never painted before! Infini Gallery and the museum partner to make this a great evening, which includes step-by-step instructions, plus food and wine to make the experience memorable! Fee is $40, which includes art supplies, food and drinks; $30 for museum members. RSVP required by calling 208-263-2344. BonnerCountyMuseum.org.