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Get your game on! In the spirit of Superbowl Sunday (go Broncos!), our own area enjoys competitive events this weekend, as well, such as the start of the Starlight Race Series held Friday nights in February. Presented by the Schweitzer Mountain Community Association, the four-week adult (ages 21+) race series is open to teams of skiers, snowboarders and telemarkers. The first race is Friday, Feb. 5, and continues through Feb. 26. With races, parties, prizes, music, and beer, it's all capped off with an epic Starlight Finale Party at the end of the month. See more competitive action at the Priest Lake Sled Dog Races, sponsored by the Inland Empire Sled Dog Association from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6 and Sunday, Feb. 7, at the intersection of Highway 57 and Ravin Ranch Road in Priest Lake. The race classes feature sprint, mid-distance, and skijoring. Cost for spectators is $5 per car, each day. To learn more, visit IESDA.org or call 208-683-2387.
Here's what's happening in February!
4 Singles Meet and Greet. Single and feeling "sorta lonely and tired of doing things alone?" Come together for a fun "meet and greet" gathering and perhaps find a new friend in the same boat. No agenda. No pressure. No expectations. No age limit. Mark your calendar and come hang out for an evening of friendship! Held from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at Talus Rock Retreat, 291 Syringa Heights Rd. What to bring? If your last name is A-L: Bring a bottle of wine to share. Last name M-T: Bring an app or dessert to share. Last name U-Z: Bring a bottle of juice to share. Share this invite. Tell a friend. Make someone's day! Free; sponsored by Talus Rock Retreat. 208-255-8458
4 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!
4, 6-7 Youth. The Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave., hosts screenings of the film Youth. Nominated for an Oscar for Best Achievement in Music for its original song "Simple Song #3," the film's all-star cast includes Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, and Golden Globe nominee Jane Fonda. Screenings are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Learn more about the film on the Sandpoint Movies page; buy tickets in advance at Panida.org.
5 Live Music at the Winery. Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts live music from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. with The Flying Mammals. This Inland Northwest-based trio of brothers perform earnest and melodic songs that have been striking a huge cord with audiences everywhere! POWine.com. 208-265-8545
5 IPA Music. Idaho Pour Authority, 203 Cedar St., features live music from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with Marty Perron and Doug Bond. 208-597-7096
5 Emerging Artists Reception. The Pend Oreille Arts Council Gallery, 302 N. First Ave., hosts an Emerging Artists Reception from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. Free and open to the public. ArtinSandpoint.org.
5 Calling All Lizard Lovers! Join acclaimed wildlife educator Beth Paragamian and her slithering friends for a memorable Calling All Lizard Lovers! presentation on reptiles and amphibians at 6 p.m. in the Wildlife Building at the Bonner County Fairgrounds. Sponsored by Kaniksu Land Trust, attendance to the free event is limited to the first 65 who RSVP by calling 208-263-9471.
5 Live Music with Devon Wade. That's right, Devon is back in the MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., for the first Friday of February from 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. Devon is an independent country music artist from Sandpoint 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 and games environment.
5-26 Starlight Racing. Schweitzer Mountain Resort hosts four weeks of evening racing on Friday nights, followed by fun and fabulous parties in Taps. Schweitzer.com. 208-255-3081
6 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. This month's Free First Saturday admission is sponsored by Bob and Marian Rust. BonnerCountyHistory.org.
6-7 Priest Lake Sled Dog Races. The Inland Empire Sled Dog Association sponsors the Priest Lake Sled Dog Races from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the intersection of Highway 57 and Ravin Ranch Road in Priest Lake. The race classes feature sprint, mid-distance, and skijoring. Cost for spectators is $5 per car, each day. To learn more, visit IESDA.org or call 208-683-2387.
6 AHWF Cheesecake Tasting Fundraiser. The American Heritage Wildlife Foundation holds a Cheesecake Tasting Fundraiser at 1 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of the Clark Fork Methodist Church. Each ticket allows two samples of gourmet cheesecake; flavors include Key Lime, White Chocolate, Orange Sherbet, Huckleberry, Caramel Macchiato, German Chocolate, Caramel Apple, Oreo Cookie, Chocolate, New York, and many more! Tickets are $5, or $15 for a family (up to four people); available in advance at AHWF, Evergreen Supply, Burnt Offerings, and Monarch Market, and at the door. Hot coffee or tea provided. 208-266-1488
6 Live Music at the Winery. Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts live music from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. with the Rouge Audio Mechanics, an acoustic/electric band of friends sharing their passion wherever they play! POWine.com. 208-265-8545
6 IPA Music. Idaho Pour Authority, 203 Cedar St., features live music from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with Justin Lantrip. 208-597-7096
6 Mark Holt Live at the Beer Hall. Mark Holt is heading north for what is sure to be the first of many trips into the MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St. Holt will be wielding his guitar and singing his original tunes into the microphone from 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. Ages 21+ only. Non-smoking, fun and games environment.
-- Here's what's coming up this week through Sunday, February 14 --
8 Mia Dyson Concert. Local favorite Josh Hedlund opens the show for Mia Dyson in the MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the show starts at 7 p.m. Dyson is an award-winning guitarist and singer/songwriter, who has toured with the likes of Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, Chris Isaak and many more. $5 cover charge; ages 21+ only. Non-smoking, fun and games environment.
8 Monday Night Blues Jam with Truck Mills. Weekly music at Eichardt's Pub, 212 Cedar St., at 7:30 p.m. 208-263-4005
9 Art on the Go. Idaho Pour Authority, 203 Cedar St., hosts Art on the Go with Jules from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Join Julie Ellis for a few fun hours creating art from recycled materials. 208-597-7096
9 Open Mic Night. MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., hosts Open Mic Night from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. Held on the second Tuesday of the month, Open Mic Night is hosted by Crooked Fingers, Rick Price and Mark Remmetter. All local artists over 21 years of age are welcome for a fun and open night of playing at the Beer Hall! MickDuffs.com. 208-209-6700
10-21 Sandpoint Winter Carnival. Sandpoint celebrates its 42nd annual Winter Carnival Feb. 10-21 with a great lineup of favorite events. Enjoy the downtown Parade of Lights and Bonfire, the K-9 Keg Pull featuring dogs big and small, plus an entire week's worth of events in town and up at Schweitzer Mountain Resort -- capped off with the Winter Carnival 'Let It Glow' Fireworks Finale. See all events at SandpointWinterCarnival.com or call 208-263-2161.
10 KPND Ski and Board Party. Trinity at City Beach, 58 Bridge St., kicks off the Sandpoint Winter Carnival by hosting the KPND Ski and Board Party featuring prizes, specials and fun.
10 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 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 (previously held on Wednesdays). 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
11, 13-14 Brooklyn. Nominated for Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Actress (Saoirse Ronan), and Best Writing, the film Brooklyn is a must-see! The Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave., hosts screenings over Valentine's Weekend for this romantic film, which tells the story of an Irish immigrant who lands in 1950s Brooklyn, and must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within. Screenings are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Saturday, with a special Valentine's Day showing on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. with free chocolates! Learn more about the film on the Sandpoint Movies page; buy tickets in advance at Panida.org.
11 G. Love and Special Sauce. KPND and the Kochava Mobile Summit are proud to host G. Love and Special Sauce for a very special first appearance at The Hive, 207 N. First Ave. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show begins at 8:30 p.m. In support of the new album "Love Saves The Day," G. Love is a road dog who "will be touring until I fall off the earth." Using the approach of "keeping it raw, keeping it immediate, keeping it real," G. Love has amassed an amazing fan base that likes to get down. Tickets are $15 and now on sale. Ages 21 and older only; IDs checked at the door. LiveFromTheHive.com.
12 Hope Mardi Gras Party. Memorial Community Center, 415 Wellington Pl. in Hope, hosts a Mardi Gras Party from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Bring your friends and family, and enjoy live music featuring the Cougar Creek Band! There will be snacks, chili, nachos, wine, beer and non-alcoholic beverages available for purchase. $5 admission. MemorialCommunityCenter.com. 208-264-5481
12 Live Music at the Winery. Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts live music from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. with Northpoint, which plays both cover music and original material from the contemporary Latin jazz genre. With Barry on keyboards, Luisa Tabora on vocals, Roxy McDaniel on Bass, Lane Sumner on guitar and Brett Depew 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
12 Sandpoint Winter Carnival Parade of Lights and Bonfire. The wild 'n' crazy Sandpoint Winter Carnival Parade of Lights arrives in downtown Sandpoint with its legions of zany floats, marching groups, and snow-shovel brigades! The parade starts at 5:30 p.m. in the City Parking Lot, down Church to First, along First to Cedar, up Cedar to Fourth, and back to the City Lot (Awards Ceremony immediately following parade, near staging area). Calling all greater Sandpoint businesses, organizations and groups who want to get out there, show some local pride, have some fun and light up the night! It's free to participate in the parade, but you must register by Feb. 5. Sponsored by the Sandpoint Business Improvement District. For more information, contact Kim at 208-263-2161 or e-mail email@example.com.
12 Harold's IGA Live at the Beer Hall. Harold's IGA is gracing the MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., from 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. for a fun night of live music, cheers and beers! 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; ages 21+ years only. Non-smoking, fun and games environment.
12 Sandpoint Throwdown Ski and Snowboard Rail Jam. The jaw-dropping Sandpoint Throwdown Rail Jam offers a glimpse at some of our area's most skilled skiers and snowboarders, as they "Throw Down" for cash, prizes and bragging rights! The event features a giant urban downhill rail set up straight from the Mountain Mafia and 7B Board Sports, with music and sound provided by The Hive. As always, there will be a bonfire on site to keep folks toasty during the festivities, thanks to the efforts of local volunteer firefighters. The Rail Jam contest starts at 7 p.m. in Jeff Jones Town Square, right after the Parade of Lights. Both events are family-friendly, so bring the gang for a fun night out. SandpointWinterCarnival.com.
12 Starlight Racing. Schweitzer Mountain Resort hosts four weeks of evening racing on Friday nights, followed by fun and fabulous parties in Taps. Schweitzer.com. 208-255-3081
12 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. Comfortable clothing suggested; bring clean, soft-soled shoes and a water bottle. Finger food snacks at the break are much appreciated. $5 donation at the door suggested. 208-263-3613
12 Sleigh Ride, Dinner and Concert with Devon Wade. This memorable evening at Western Pleasure Guest Ranch, 1413 Upper Gold Creek Rd., begins with a nostalgic horse-drawn sleigh ride powered by one of the ranch's draft teams. After the ride, enjoy the beauty and comfort of the lodge where you will be served a scrumptious ranch dinner. Conclude the evening with live music featuring with Devon Wade, a country music artist out of Sandpoint with a strong love for what country music has always been, songs about real life, and things that matter most in life. Most recently opening for such acts as Jerrod Niemann, The Josh Abbott Band, and Roseanne Cash, Wade has become known for his strong country voice coming from such influences as George Strait, Clint Black, and Garth Brooks, as well as his lively shows. Call 208-263-9066 or visit WesternPleasureGuestRanch.com for more information.
12-13, 19-20 Cold Feet. Unknown Locals presents their newest original comedy, Cold Feet, in the Heartwood Center at 615 Oak St. Jack anxiously awaits his nuptials, with appearances and pep talks - some helpful, mostly not - from everyone but the best man, who forgot the rings and is now M.I.A. Pray Jack's feet don't succumb to frostbite as he ponders whether he's getting married for the right reasons. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the curtain's up at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $12 general, $10 seniors and students. 208-946-6174
13 Seniors Valentine's Dance. Sandpoint Area Seniors host a Valentine's Dance from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Senior Center, 820 Main St. Enjoy a potluck lunch, and music with Country Plus. Dress in red for this fun event! $1 donation at the door. 208-263-6860
13 Winter Carnival Cornhole Classic Tournament (Rain or Shine). That's right ... the Winter Carnival Cornhole Classic is about to get it on! Every second Saturday, Cornholers take to the 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!
13 Sleigh Ride, Dinner and Concert. Western Pleasure Guest Ranch, 1413 Upper Gold Creek, hosts a Sleigh Ride, Dinner and Concert with Just Plain Darin from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. An accomplished musician, a powerful vocalist, and a prolific songwriter, Just Plain Darin has a full list of eclectic, original material. His lyrics range from deeply inspirational and thought-provoking to just plain silly. Darin has a warm and appealing stage presence, a gifted sense of humor, and a knack for meaningful interaction with his audience. Sleigh rides are scheduled at either 5 p.m. or 6 p.m., and dinner is served at 6:30 p.m. Cost for the evening is $68 per person. Beer and wine can be purchased at the ranch for an additional cost. No outside alcohol, please. Call for more information or to make reservations: 208-263-9066.
13 Brian Jacobs Live Music at the Beer Hall. Brian Jacobs is excited to play for Sandpoint and is getting his guitar out for three hours, from 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m., at the MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St. Come on down and enjoy his tunes! Ages 21+ only; non-smoking, fun and games environment.
13-15 Presidents Weekend Celebration. Schweitzer Mountain Resort hosts special activities featuring a Laser Light Show on Sunday with night skiing. Schweitzer.com. 208-255-3081
14 Valentine Dinner at the Ranch. Western Pleasure Guest Ranch, 1413 Upper Gold Creek, hosts a special Valentine Dinner event starting at 6 p.m. Enjoy favorite soft jazz classics performed by Maria Larson throughout the evening, and make it complete by scheduling a sleigh ride for two in a one-horse open sleigh. Make it an overnight getaway by reserving a log cabin or a bed-and-breakfast stay in one of the lodge's six guest rooms. Cost for the dinner is $39.50; beer and wine can be purchased at the ranch for an additional cost. No outside alcohol, please. Call for more information or to make reservations at 208-263-9066.
14 Quarter Monkey Live at Schweitzer! This Valentine's Day, the original rock band Quarter Monkey will be performing live in the Taps Lounge at Schweitzer Mountain Resort from 8 p.m. until 11 p.m. Music will be following the Laser Light Show in the Schweitzer Village. Come on up and enjoy! Schweitzer.com. 208-255-3065
-- Here's what's coming up this week through Sunday, February 21 --
17 True North Treks/Eureka Institute Fundraiser. Idaho Pour Authority, 203 Cedar St., hosts Slate Creek Brewing Company of Coeur d'Alene for a fundraising event from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. benefiting True North Treks and the Eureka Institute. Come sample what Slate Creek is brewing and help support two great non-profit organizations who are collaborating on a backpacking trip for young adult cancer survivors (ages 18-39) in our very own Selkirk Mountains this July! Prizes provided by IPA, Slate Creek Brewing Company, TNT, the Eureka Institute, Breakwater Expeditions and Zest Inspired Living! Great beer, good friends, hump day fun ... hope to see you there! 208-627-8628
17 KPND Ski and Board Party. The 219, located at 219 First Ave., hosts the KPND Ski and Board Party featuring prizes, specials and fun.
17 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
17 Beer Hall Bingo. MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., hosts Beer Hall Bingo from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. every Wednesday. Free to play, plus fun and prizes are awarded for the lucky attendees. MickDuffs.com. 208-209-6700
18 Indulging Artists Painting Party. Cedar Street Bridge, 334 N. First Ave., hosts an Indulging Artist Painting Party at 6:15 p.m. for Sandpoint Winter Carnival! Fee of $35 pays for all supplies, a complimentary glass of vino, and step-by-step instruction. To sign up online for the painting event, go to SquareUp.com. You can also sign up and pay at Creations in the Cedar Street Bridge or call Becky at 208-597-0626. Visit the event's Facebook page for all the details.
19 Live Music at the Winery. Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts live music from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. with Tom Catmull, visiting from Missoula, Mont., to share his American roots-driven sound. POWine.com. 208-265-8545
19 2:19 Party. The 219 Lounge - Sandpoint's 'Five Star Dive Bar!' - hosts their annual 2:19 Party, beginning at 2:19 p.m. at the 219 Lounge at 219 First Ave. The 219 will have food from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. and live music from 9 p.m. to midnight. All draft beers will be $2.19 a pint and various drink specials for $2.19.
19 Starlight Racing. Schweitzer Mountain Resort hosts four weeks of evening racing on Friday nights, followed by fun and fabulous parties in Taps. Schweitzer.com. 208-255-3081
19 Third Fridays with Devon Wade. That's right, Devon is back in the Beer Hall for the Third Friday of February, from 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. Devon is an independent country music artist out of Sandpoint 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 and games environment.
20 Let It Glow Day and Fireworks at Schweitzer. Schweitzer Mountain Resort celebrates the Sandpoint Winter Carnival by hosting the grand finale "Let it Glow!" day. Start out by getting your Neon Ski-On! That's right, break out all your old retro neon gear and tear up the slopes in style with your similarly attired fashionista buddies! At 6 p.m., join the Day Glow Night Show by wrapping yourself in the most outrageous battery-powered lights you can find and then join the electric light parade down Ridge Run. This is an all-ages parade; battery powered LED "torches" for the kids will be provided (sign up in advance at the Activity Center). Wrap it up with a special fireworks show at the end of the parade. Then, 21+ partiers can dance the night away in neon flower-power gear at the Taps Neon Party! Schweitzer.com
20 Foosball Tournament. MickDuff's Beer Hall with Infini Gallery & Art Studio hosts a Foosball Tournament starting at 1 p.m. Cost is $5 per person, with cash and prizes for top teams. Sign up early at the Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., or starting at noon on the day of the tournament.
20 Live Music at the Winery. Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts live music from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. with Mike & Shanna, a quick-pickin', amped up, guitar folk/rock duo. POWine.com. 208-265-8545
20 The Holy Broke. Come out to see the special Spokane talent grace Sandpoint and the MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., from 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. It's a free show, so why wouldn't you come out to enjoy great tunes? Free and open to the public; ages 21+ only. Non-smoking, fun and games environment.
20 Hunting Film Tour. View some of the coolest films and best cinematography the hunting industry has ever witnessed during the Hunting Film Tour, starting at 7 p.m. in the Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave. Learn more about the film on the Sandpoint Movies page; buy tickets in advance at Panida.org.
20 The New Mastersounds. As part of the Sandpoint Winter Carnival festivities, The Hive, 207 First Ave. in downtown Sandpoint, hosts a concert featuring The New Mastersounds. Originating in Leeds London, The New Mastersounds will surprise you with masterfully delivered music spanning rock, funk and soul genres. Doors open at 8 p.m., and the concert starts at 9 p.m. For more info and tickets, visit LiveFromTheHive.com or SandpointWinterCarnival.com.
21 Eichardt's K9 Keg Pull and Evans Brothers Family Faire. One of Sandpoint Winter Carnival's most endearing and popular events, the Eichardt's annual K-9 Keg Pull is held at the Granary to combine with Evans Brothers Coffee Neighborhood Coffee Tasting and Family Faire, making for one big event not to be missed! The Keg Pull starts at 10 a.m., with dogs of all sizes racing down a snow-packed course pulling anywhere from full-size kegs to beer cans amidst a pandemonium of cheering from the crowd. $5 entry fee goes to the Panhandle Animal Shelter. Enjoy a free Neighborhood Coffee Tasting at Evans Brothers Coffee from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., with hot chocolate for the kids and live music. Plus, Evans Brothers partners with Waldorf School in sponsoring a Family Faire with felt soap making, face painting, candle making and other crafts and activities. A great time for all, dogs included! SandpointWinterCarnival.com.
-- Here's what's coming up this week through Sunday, February 28 --
24 Sip & Shop Fundraiser: 24 Hours for Hank. Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts a Sip & Shop Fundraiser from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. to benefit 24 Hours for Hank. Ten percent of all proceeds from the winery Gift Shop, Tasting Room and Bistro Rouge will be donated to this organization, which raises money for cystinosis research. The rare, genetic disease affects approximately 2,000 people, mostly children, worldwide. Research is aimed at helping Sandpoint's Hank and children like him who are living with this disease. POWine.com.
25 Sandpoint Poetry Open Mic. Welcome all poets, spoken word artists, flash fiction writers, travelers, babblers, scribblers and scrawlers to the Sandpoint Poetry Open Mic, held at 6 p.m. in Monarch Mountain Coffee, 208 N. Fourth Ave. It's an uncensored, supportive environment to speak your mind. Free admission; plus there will be food and drinks available for purchase. Learn more on the Sandpoint Poetry Open Mic Facebook page.
26 Starlight Racing. Schweitzer Mountain Resort hosts four weeks of evening racing on Friday nights, followed by fun and fabulous parties in Taps. Schweitzer.com. 208-255-3081
26 Live Music at the Winery. Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts live music from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. with The Powers. Based out of Coeur d'Alene, The Powers play a delightful mix of parts, from vocal harmonies with acoustic guitar, to banjos fighting with fiddles! Don't miss this indie folk/country sound! POWine.com. 208-265-8545
26 The Groove Black. MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., hosts live music from 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. with The Groove Black featuring longtime Sandpoint local Brandon Watterson on guitar and lead vocals. The Groove Black plays an eclectic mix of jazz, funk, blues, reggae and alt rock. Free and open to the public; ages 21+ only. Non-smoking, fun and games environment.
27 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
27 Rumpelstiltskin. Missoula Children's Theatre presents Rumpelstiltskin, an original adaptation of the classic children's story, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave. Part of the Pend Oreille Arts Council's Performance Series, this heartwarming tale about a strange little gnome who spins straw into gold (for a price!) is filled with mischief and friendship -- and answers more questions than just 'what is that little man's name?' Adult tickets are $10, youth $5. ArtinSandpoint.org.
27 Live Music at the Winery. 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 sing and play 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 Ron Greene Live at the Beer Hall. Ron Greene is heading north for what is sure to be the first of many trips into the MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., from 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. "Ron Greene has an impressive set of pipes, plain and simple ... a voice with a phenomenal range and register." Jeff Echert - The Inlander. Don't miss a chance to see him!
27 The Patrice Webb Trio. Di Luna's Cafe, 207 Cedar St., hosts a concert featuring The Patrice Webb Trio. Patrice Webb is an award-winning singer and songwriter whose life takes her from the backroads of the Sierra Nevadas to the hills of northern Idaho where she lives with her husband and a family of four-legged critters. Webb's songs tell of the lives of those whose stories make up the vibrant tapestry known as Americana. Webb's music swings to the beat of 1940s Western swing, lingers a bit on what might be called barefoot gypsy jazz, then veers off into honky tonkin' country and bluegrass before it rests on the sweet sounds of quiet storytelling folk. Learn more at PatriceWebb.com. Tickets are $10 in advance, and $12 on the day of the show. Doors open for dinner at 5:30 p.m.; make reservations and buy tickets by calling 208-263-0846.
27 Ballroom Dance. Sandpoint's Chapter of USA Dance, a local ballroom dance club, meets monthly at Sandpoint Community Hall. Ballroom dance lessons at 7 p.m., followed by general dancing, refreshments, and door prizes at 8 p.m.
28 'An Enchanted Wedding' Dinner Theater. It's a special event for a special cause! First Presbyterian Church, 417 Alder St., raises funds for Habitat for Humanity by hosting 'An Enchanted Wedding' Dinner Theater starting at 5 p.m. 'An Enchanted Wedding' portrays a true account of a woman who came to Sandpoint alone, in 1943, with plans to marry her fiance who was training at Farragut Naval Training Station. Join us as we step back in time for a traditional meal, set in the time period of 1943, and be a part of the celebration of a church and community that embraces a stranger. Proceeds help Habitat for Humanity build a fence for a new family's recently completed home. Tickets are $25, and includes dinner. Seating is limited. For more information, call 208-263-4047.
Here is what's coming up in March!
1 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, Life Care Aging Better In Home Care, and Comfort Keepers. 208-263-4272
1 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
4-5 The Follies. Angels Over Sandpoint host their annual zany, raunchy, and risqué variety show in the Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave. Warning: The Follies show is definitely not for the easily offended! And you must be 21 years or older to attend. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show begins at 8 p.m. (doors open for VIP ticket holders at 6:30 p.m.). Tickets are now on sale, and are going quickly! General admission tickets are $25 at Eichardt's, Petal Talk, Panida.org (Friday only), and Keokee General Store ($2 online handling fee applies to each online ticket sold). VIP tickets are $50 (sold only on the Keokee General Store) and include a coupon for a free drink, reserved seating, early entry and a gift. All tickets are non-refundable. Proceeds benefit a variety of local charities. Learn more at AngelsOverSandpoint.org or visit their Facebook page.
5 Vertical Express for Can Do MS. Vertical Express for Can Do Multiple Sclerosis, the only national event series that combines skiing and fundraising to empower people with MS, will hit the slopes of Schweitzer Mountain from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. One of seven stops in a nationwide event series, the Schweitzer Mountain event supports Can Do MS's lifestyle empowerment programs for people with MS and their support partners. Skiers of all ages and abilities are invited to join in the fun for only $25. Join an on-mountain poker run, compete in the Vertical Express Cup, raise awareness of MS at the Jimmie Heuga Memorial Ski Down and have some apres fun at an awards party. Want VIP treatment and great prizes? Fundraise to earn perks and outdoor goods your gear closet is missing. Don't miss out on the fun! Visit mscando.org/schweitzer or call 1-888-Do-It-4-MS to register.
10 Umphrey's McGee. The Hive, 207 N. First Ave., hosts a concert with cutting-edge rock band Umphrey's McGee at 9 p.m. (doors open at 8 p.m.). Presented by SiriusXM, JamOn, and Low Country Boil Productions, Umphrey's McGee is one of the hottest bands on the planet - super-serving their fans with a dynamic blend of original music and rock favorites. Tickets are $30 in advance, and $35 on the day of the show. VIP tickets also available. LiveFromTheHive.com.
11 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. Comfortable clothing suggested; bring clean, soft-soled shoes and a water bottle. Finger food snacks at the break are much appreciated. $5 donation at the door suggested. 208-263-3613
14 The Secret Life of Bees. Pend Oreille Arts Council presents Literature to Life stage performance at the Heartwood Center. ArtinSandpoint.org. 208-263-6139
27 Ballroom Dance. Sandpoint's Chapter of USA Dance, a local ballroom dance club, meets monthly at Sandpoint Community Hall. Ballroom dance lessons at 7 p.m., followed by general dancing, refreshments, and door prizes at 8 p.m.
Here is what's coming up in April!
9-10 Spring Celebration and Rotary Duck Derby. Season-ending festival at Schweitzer Mountain Resort includes Pond Skimming and Rotary Duck Derby on Saturday, and Downhill Dummy Derby on Sunday. Schweitzer.com. 208-255-3081
16 Shake the Sand Out! With spring just around the corner, Sandpoint's Business Improvement District gears up for the annual Shake the Sand Out downtown clean-up event. Teams of business owners and community volunteers join forces and put the sparkle back into downtown Sandpoint. Volunteers will gather at 8:30 a.m. in Jeff Jones Square to receive sector assignments, gloves and garbage bags, as well as coffee and a light breakfast to get started. This project takes just a few hours, and is a great way for individuals and service groups to jump in and provide much-appreciated sprucing up of our downtown! To volunteer as an individual or as a team, contact Kim Queen: firstname.lastname@example.org.
23-May 1 K&K Spring Fishing Derby. Lake Pend Oreille Idaho Club's annual spring fishing contest kicks off with the annual pin auction and fundraiser April 22. LPOIC.org. 208-448-1365 or 208-290-3249
27 Dakhabrakha. Pend Oreille Arts Council presents concert with Ukrainian "ethnic chaos" band, in the Panida Theater. ArtinSandpoint.org. 208-263-6139
29 Annual Wine Tasting, Dinner and Auction. The Festival at Sandpoint hosts its annual fundraising gala at the Bonner County Fairgrounds. FestivalatSandpoint.com. 208-265-4554