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A night on the town. The Angels Over Sandpoint present Puttin' on the Glitz from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, in the Ponderay Event Center. Enjoy a fashion show, a no-host bar, local cuisine, live and silent auctions, shopping, entertainment, dancing, and plenty of other surprises! All of the proceeds go back to the community through Angels Over Sandpoint's charitable good works. Tickets are $25; available in town at Eichardt's, Eve's Leaves, and online in the Sandpoint Online General Store ($2 online processing fee will be charged per ticket). AngelsOverSandpoint.org.
Shop and give! 88.5 KRFY - Panhandle Community Radio - hosts its Annual Online Auction from Oct. 16 through Oct. 23. Local businesses and individuals have donated a wide variety of interesting and unique auction items in support of community radio in North Idaho. Check out the auction at BiddingForGood.com/KRFY. Bidding is now open, and will close Oct. 23. 208-265-2992
Here's what's happening in October!
Through Oct. 23 KRFY Community Radio Annual Online Auction. 88.5 KRFY - Panhandle Community Radio - hosts its Annual Online Auction from Oct. 16 through Oct. 23. Local businesses and individuals have donated a wide variety of interesting and unique auction items in support of community radio in North Idaho. Check out the auction at BiddingForGood.com/KRFY through Oct. 23. 208-265-2992
21-23 Mia Madre. The Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave., hosts a screening of the film Mia Madre at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 21, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22, and 3:30 p.m. Oct. 23. Learn more about the film on the Sandpoint Movies page.
21 Music at the Winery. 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 Arenson. POWine.com.
21 Third Fridays Live Music with Devon Wade. Sandpoint's Devon Wade performs at MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., for the Third Friday event from 7 p.m. until 10 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 IPA Live Music. Idaho Pour Authority, 203 Cedar St., hosts live music from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. with Marty Perron and Doug Bond.
22 Harvest Day at Dover Bay. Enjoy a fall-themed Harvest Day festival to celebrate the harvest season, community, Dover Bay Resort and Washington Elementary School PTA. Held from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the barn in West Dover, located at 701 Railroad Ave. (in West Dover, drive towards the Marina at Dover Bay, take a right at Ames Way, and follow the signs to the Barn). Events include vendors from the farmers market, food trucks, adult beverages, arts and crafts, live music from Devon Wade and Mr. E, plus Selkirk Fire, Bonner General Health and others. Family-friendly activities all day inside the Barn are sponsored by the Washington School PTA. Rain or shine! 208-263-5493
22 64th Annual Northside Harvest Dinner. Do you dream of the traditional homemade turkey dinner with all the time-honored side dishes? Come savor a mixture of good cheer, conversation and toe-tapping music and more during the 64th Annual Harvest Dinner at Northside Elementary, 7881 Colburn Culver Rd. This community event has been a success since 1952 because of the incredible community support, Northside staff and PTO, student council and family volunteers. All are invited to attend! Dinner is served from 4:30 p.m. until 7 p.m., and all proceeds stay at Northside Elementary. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $6 per adult; children under 5 are free. A silent auction for themed baskets filled with goodies will be raffled off, plus more fun! 208-290-1479
22 Puttin' on the Glitz. The Angels Over Sandpoint present Puttin' on the Glitz from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. in the Ponderay Event Center. Enjoy a fashion show, a no-host bar, local cuisine, live and silent auctions, shopping, entertainment, dancing, and plenty of other surprises! All of the proceeds go back to the community through Angels Over Sandpoint's charitable good works. Tickets are $25; available in town at Eichardt's, Eve's Leaves, and online in the Sandpoint Online General Store ($2 online processing fee will be charged per ticket). AngelsOverSandpoint.org.
22 IPA Live Music. Idaho Pour Authority, 203 Cedar St., hosts live music from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. with John Firshi.
22 Music at the Winery. Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts live music with Bridges Home from 5:30 p.m until 8:30 p.m. Bridges Home will be hitting the stage with multiple instruments, including guitars, ukulele, octave mandolin, clawhammer banjo, Celtic harp, Irish whistles, bass, and percussion. Plan on a fun night of American, Celtic, and roots originals, with Paul Gunter joining on bass. POWine.com.
22 4-H Family Fun and Enrollment Night. All are welcome to attend the 4-H Family Fun and Enrollment Night event to meet the 4-H Clubs in Bonner County and discover which projects are offered by each club. Held from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Bonner County Fairgrounds' Main Exhibit Building at 4205 N. Boyer; pizza and refreshments will be provided. Each 4-H Club will host games and activities in addition to information about their club. Learn how to enroll in 4-H and join a club in your area. 4-H Projects offer something for everyone! Free and open to the public. 208-263-8511
22 Toney Rocks Concert. The Pearl Theater, 7160 Ash St. in Bonners Ferry, hosts a concert at 7 p.m. featuring indie guitarist and blues musician Toney Rock. Currently touring the U.S. in support of his latest album, No Road Too Long, Rocks sits somewhere between folk, blues and rock with engaging songwriting that touches on subjects from love and family to personal liberation, addiction, and homelessness. In solo concerts, his show is rich in diversity, featuring his soulful singing supported by acoustic guitars, ukulele and piano. Tickets are $12 in advance at ThePearlTheater.org, $15 at the door, and $10 students. 208-610-2846
22 Live Music at the Beer Hall. MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., hosts the Riff Hangers from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. This local band describes themselves as "an acoustic band with traditional bluegrass/folk instruments. However, our style is an amalgam of many genres including country, blues, and swing." Free and open to the public. Non-smoking, fun and games environment.
22 Boo Bash Costume Ball. Sandpoint Community Hall, 204 S. First Ave., hosts the Sandpoint USA Dance chapter's Boo Bash Costume Ball from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. The fun will begin with a one-hour Tango lesson taught by professional instructor Diane Peters. Following the lesson will be general dancing, refreshments, door prizes, mixers, prizes for the best costumes, and a drawing for a month of free dance classes. Singles, couples, and all levels of dancers are welcome! Cost is $6 adults, $5 teens. Sponsored by USA Dance; tobacco and alcohol free. Costumes are optional. 208-699-0421
23 Peace Among Black Hills. The Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave., hosts a screening of the film Peace Among Black Hills at 6 p.m. Learn more about the short film, which is followed by a Q&A, on the Sandpoint Movies Page.
-- Here's what's coming up this week through Sunday, Oct. 30 --
26 Nordic Tap Night. The Sandpoint Nordic Club welcomes Firestone Walker Brewing to Idaho Pour Authority, 203 Cedar St., for the Nordic Tap Night from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. All are welcome to attend and support cross country skiing in our community. There will be several raffle drawings throughout the evening for great prizes, specially selected Firestone beer, food and music. Learn more at SandpointNordic.com.
26 Magic Wednesday. Jalapenos Mexican Restaurant, 314 N. Second Ave., hosts Magic Wednesdays with resident magician Star Alexander from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Star amazes guests at the dinner table and in the bar with up-close, interactive magical entertainment for all ages! * This event takes place every Wednesday.
26 Browne Wine Dinner. Forty-One South, 41 Lakeshore Dr. in Sagle, hosts a wine dinner featuring the Browne Family Vineyards. Built from a team of exceptional viticulturists, winemakers and cellar masters in the Columbia Valley, Browne Family Vineyards is known for their premium Washington wines. Cost is $70, not including tax and gratuity. Seating is limited; make your reservation now by calling 208-265-2000.
27 FSPW & KNPS - 2 Events, 1 Night. Come join the Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness for an evening of great beer and live music at MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., for a special Blacktop Brown Ale Debut (and the rest of MickDuff's great beer lineup!) from 5:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. Plus, enjoy live music with John Hastings! A portion of the proceeds benefit FSPW. And right across the street at Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., the Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society hosts a Sip and Shop from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. The winery will have full-service dinner starting at 4 p.m. plus appetizers. KNPS receives a portion of all proceeds from the evening, including from the gift shop! The raffle will have multiple prizes, including a sleigh ride for 5 at the Western Pleasure Guest Ranch. Click to learn more about both great events!
27 Red Power Energy. The Idaho Mythweaver and Wild Idaho Rising Tide host a screening of Red Power Energy, a new documentary film by Vision Maker Media and Rocky Mountain PBS, at 7 p.m. in the Panida Little Theater. The documentary offers rare insights into the ideological battle shaping modern Indian Country. Following the one-hour film, members of the Kalispel Tribe of Indians will speak about their time at the Standing Rock gathering. The event will also serve as a fundraiser to support the Standing Rock Sioux's Legal Defense Fund with a suggested donation of $5 as theater admission.
Through Oct. 28 BGH Hospice Rose Event. Bonner General Health Community Hospice's 19th Annual Rose Event is here! Donors will enjoy one dozen roses for each $20 donation. Contact Lissa at 208-265-1185 to reserve roses by Oct. 28; roses will be available for purchase and pick-up on Wednesday, Nov. 2 in the lobby of the hospital from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
28 Museum Halloween Party. Bonner County History Museum, 611 S. Ella Ave., hosts a Halloween Party at 5 p.m. Join an evening of spooky and spectacular fun as the museum presents its October Late Night at the Museum. There will be games, food and drinks, and the museum will be decked out in its Halloween best! Tickets are $10/public, $5 BCHS members. BonnerCountyHistory.org. 208-263-2344
28 Music at the Winery. Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts live music with One Street Over from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. One Street Over's musical talent features Bridgett Lewis on vocals and guitar wonder Michael Lewis on vocals and guitars. A dynamic father-daughter duo from Nashville, they're now located in Washington State. These two offer a knock-down show with world-class talent. POWine.com.
28 Halloween Bash at the Beer Hall. Still Tipsy and the Hangovers are back at MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., for a Halloween Bash from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m.! This will be a fun evening with great tunes from the local trio. #DressUp and #DrinkUp. Free and open to the public. Non-smoking, fun & games environment.
28 Hive Monster Mash. Calling all girls and ghouls age 20 and under! The Hive at 207 N. First Ave. hosts its second annual underage Monster Mash. Doors open at 8 p.m., and the show begins at 9 p.m. This year's show features the music of Flusk (DJ Camrin Hess). So get your best costume together and get on down to The Hive where it promises to be a Thriller! Prizes will be awarded for funniest, scariest and best couples/group costume. Tickets are $10, available locally at 7B Boardshop and online at TicketsWest.com. This is a non-alcohol event. LiveFromTheHive.com. 208-457-2392
29 Bonner County Citizens Preparedness Expo. Are you prepared for an emergency? A natural disaster? Severe weather? All are welcome to attend the first annual Bonner County Citizens Preparedness Expo held from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. in the Bonner County Fairgrounds, 4203 N. Boyer Rd. There will be many local businesses and organizations participating. This all-day workshop includes tips, talks, vendors, and displays on food and water storage, alternative energy, secure homes, go bags, emergency communications, wilderness first aid, types of emergencies to be ready for, safe gatherings, essential oils, and more! Free admission. For vendor information, contact Penny Cosner at 208-946-3692.
29 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
29 Howloween Party. Celebrate Halloween at North Idaho Animal Hospital, 320 S. Ella, during the Howloween Party from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. All animals are welcome - even the human kind - dressed in their Halloween best for a costume contest, bobbing for kongs, goody bags, pumpkin carving for kids and special baked Halloween cookies for your K9 companion. Join us for a howling good time! Free and open to the public. IdahoVet.com. 208-265-5700
29 7th Annual Zumbathon. The Heartwood Center, 615 Oak St., hosts the 7th annual Zumbathon from 10 a.m. until noon. Zumba instructors from around the area will be on hand for this fun event; no experience necessary! Cost is $25 at the door, and all proceeds go to the Community Cancer Services. Dance as much as you want, or not at all - just enjoy!
29 Live Music at the Beer Hall. MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., hosts live music from 7 p.m. until 10 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. A must-see for music enthusiasts of all kinds who appreciate excellent technique and pure sound. Free and open to the public. Non-smoking, fun & games environment.
29 Halloween "Kostume Karaoke" and Dance. The Sandpoint Area Senior Center, 820 Main St., hosts a Halloween "Kostume Karaoke" and Dance from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. Wear costumes! Admission is $10 donation at the door. 208-263-6860
29 Hive Halloween Bash. KPND and Low Country Boil Productions present the third annual Halloween Bash. Doors open at 8 p.m., and the show starts at 9 p.m. Don't be scared! Featuring DJ YNot, put on your scariest Halloween costume and Git on Down to The Hive, 207 N. First Ave. Prizes will be awarded for scariest costume, funniest costume and best couples/group costume. Admission is $15; get tickets at 7B Boardshop, Eichardt's Pub, Evans Brothers Coffee, and online at TicketsWest. LiveFromTheHive.com. 208-457-2392
31 Toddler Dance Party with Costumes! Toddlers and caregivers dance their socks off at a special costume party edition of the monthly dance party, happening at 10 a.m. in the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St.
31 "Howl-O-Ween" Pet Costume Contest. Pend Oreille Pet Lodge, 895 Kootenai Cut-Off Rd. in Ponderay, hosts the 3rd annual "Howl-O-Ween" Pet Costume Contest from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Enter to win Best Pet Costume or Best Pet/Owner Costume. Grand prize wins a free night stay at the Pet Lodge. Toy and treat awards for runners-up. Free treats for pets and their humans during the contest! Call the Pend Oreille Pet Lodge at 208-255-7687 for more information.
31 Trick-or-Treat at the Museum. Join the Bonner County History Museum and the Lions Club of Sandpoint as they host their 4th Annual Trick-or-Treat from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. There will be lots of treats for the kids at the museum, 611 S. Ella Ave., in a fun and festive atmosphere -- with cocoa and cider to warm you up at the Lions Den! Free and open to the public. 2082632344
31 Free Kids' Carnival: Light Up The Night. Sandpoint Church of the Nazarene, Highway 95 north of Walmart on the left, hosts a free Kids' Carnival from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Kids of all ages are welcome to enjoy a free dinner, family photos, plus games for every age. There will also be a cake walk, bounce house, plus tons of door prizes! Enjoy a safe, warm, trick or treating experience! Bring your friends! 208-597-6233
Weekends in October
- Scarywood. Silverwood Theme Park transforms into Scarywood, weekend evenings in October. SilverwoodThemePark.com.
- U-Pick Pumpkin Patch. Hickey Farms, located at 674 Hickey Rd. (just off of Highway 200 heading east out of Sandpoint), hosts the annual U-Pick Pumpkin Patch open weekends in October. Check out the fun, festive atmosphere and choose a pumpkin from the patch! Click to visit the Facebook page.
Here is what's coming up in November!
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 and Life Care Aging Better In Home Care. 208-263-4272
1 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
2 Candidates' Forum. The Sandpoint Reader and Sandpoint Online host a Candidates' Forum at 5:30 p.m. in the Sandpoint High School auditorium. Free and open to the public. To view candidates information and more election information, visit Sandpoint Online Election Central. 208-263-3573
4 First Fridays Live Music with Devon Wade. MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., hosts First Fridays Live Music with Devon Wade from 7 p.m. until 10 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 tunes! Free and open to the public. Non-smoking, fun and games environment. 208-209-6700
4 Comedy Night at the Panida. The Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave., hosts Comedy Night at the Panida starting at 8 p.m. Michael Glatzmeier has been playing guitar since the age of 8 and improvising comedy since high school. Mostly Improvise is a musical comedy show that takes suggestions from the audience and turns them into songs on the spot. Michael's material is based on life stories of being the youngest of 5 boys, awkward relationships, and not being the brightest tool in the shed - or sharpest light on the porch. Click to view the YouTube video. Tickets are $12. Panida.org. 208-255-7801
5 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. BonnerCountyHistory.org.
5 Sandpoint Film Festival. The Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave., hosts the Sandpoint Film Festival with Block One starting at 11 a.m., Block Two at 3 p.m., and Block Three at 6 p.m. The festivities kick off Friday night with a Filmmakers Welcome at Trinity at City Beach, beginning at 4:30 p.m. and hosted by Sandpoint Films and all Festival sponsors. Festival morning starts with "Meet the Filmmakers" at 8 a.m., at Creations on the Cedar Street Bridge. After the award ceremonies on the Panida mainstage, Trinity once again welcomes the filmmakers at a no-host bar and after-party celebration. Details, ticket info: SandpointFilmFestival.com.
5 SASi Harvest Dinner. The Sandpoint Area Senior Center, 820 Main St., hosts a Harvest Dinner at 5 p.m., featuring locally raised pork, salad, potatoes, beans and dessert. This is a fundraiser for SASi and tickets are $20; available now at the SASi office. 208-263-6860
5 Bluestreak. The Pearl Theater, 7160 Ash St. in Bonners Ferry, hosts a concert featuring Bluestreak at 7 p.m. The band represents a veteran lineup of players with a considerable arsenal of instrumental chops and special attention to those "high lonesome" harmonies. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door, and $8 students. ThePearlTheater.org.
8 Open Mic Night. MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., hosts Open Mic Night from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. Hosted by Doug Bond, all local artists over 21 years of age are welcome to attend this 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! Free and open to the public. Non-smoking, fun & games environment. * Held on the second Tuesday of every month.
11 Annual Harvest Dinner. Hope’s Memorial Community Center, 415 Wellington Pl. in Hope, hosts its Annual Harvest Dinner. Appetizers, a no-host bar, and bucket raffle fun begins at 5:30 p.m.; a traditional turkey dinner meal with all the trimmings is served at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 each (purchase prior to Oct. 31 and receive three free bucket raffle tickets!) by calling 208-264-5481. Plus, bring non-perishable food donations for the Christmas Giving Program and receive six free bucket raffle tickets! All funds raised benefit the MCC and their charitable programs. MemorialCommunityCenter.com.
11 Sandpoint Contra Dance. All are invited to attend a community dance in the New England tradition - a Contra Dance - starting at 7 p.m. in Sandpoint Community Hall, 204 S. First Ave. All dances are taught and called with live music. Beginners and singles are welcome (new dancers are encouraged to arrive in time for the beginning to start with the basics). $5 donation; bring clean shoes and a water bottle. Held on the second Friday of every month. Sponsored by Lost Horse Press and Sandpoint Parks and Recreation. 208-263-6751
12 SARS Annual Ski Swap. Bonner County Fairgrounds, 4203 N. Boyer Rd., hosts the Schweitzer Alpine Racing School (SARS) Annual Ski Swap from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Kick off the ski season with great deals on snow gear - from skis and snowboards to a huge variety of winter recreational equipment and clothing. Admission is $2/person $5/family, and parking is free. To sell your extra or outgrown equipment and clothing, stop by between noon and 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11. The annual event benefits SARS's ski racing and freeride programs for more than 150 local and regional athletes ages 5 and up. SARS.net. 208-263-1081
12 Cornhole Classic. MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., hosts the Cornhole Classic (Tournament), held rain or shine on the second Saturday of every month. Registration begins at noon, and first toss starts at 1 p.m. Three regulation courts are set up for tossers to compete in a double-elimination tournament. $10 buy-in per team; all registration fees will be paid out as cash prizes and MickDuff's will match the pot up to $100 in gift cards. 21+ years of age only. Non-smoking, fun & games environment. 208-209-6700
16 Train Depot 100th Anniversary Celebration and Fundraiser. The Sandpoint Historic Preservation Commission invites the community to celebrate the 100th birthday of the Amtrak Sandpoint Train Depot, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Idaho Pour Authority, 203 Cedar St. Activities include a silent auction and raffle. Enjoy delicious cake donated by C is for Cake plus featured drinks by Laughing Dog Brewing. Proceeds from the event go towards creating a new Historic Walking Brochure for Sandpoint. Click to learn more, or call 208-263-3370.
16 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 Holiday Boutique. Enjoy a day of fun and shopping during the Holiday Boutique, held from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the Sandpoint Community Hall, 204 S. First Ave. Shop for holiday gifts with local artisan vendors, plus check out incredible raffles and a delicious bake sale. Proceeds go toward Priest River Ministries Advocates for Women (PRMAFW) -- helping families affected by domestic violence, sexual assault and trafficking. Vendors are welcome to register by Oct. 15 via e-mail to email@example.com.
19 Golden Age of Hollywood. Don your finest vintage wear for the Panida Fundraiser Gala, starting with Little Theater Black Box Speakeasy at 5 p.m. for drinks and hors d'oeuvres, followed by the Golden Age of Hollywood musical celebration from 7:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. in honor of our historic Panida Theater.
19-27 K&K Thanksgiving Fishing Derby. Lake Pend Oreille Idaho Club's annual fall fishing contest. LPOIC.org. 509-928-9245
20 Fall Serenade Instructors Concert and Harvest Buffet Fundraiser. Music Conservatory of Sandpoint hosts its annual Fall Serenade Instructors Showcase Concert and Dinner Reception at 5 p.m. in the First Lutheran Church. Come and enjoy an evening of classical music performed by MCS's talented instructors, followed by a harvest buffet dinner and dessert auction. Dinner music provided by MCS student musicians. This is a donation-based fundraiser, with a suggested donation of $10; all funds raised go directly back to students through scholarship programs.
24 Happy Thanksgiving!
25-Jan. 1 Holidays in Sandpoint. Tree lighting ceremony at Jeff Jones Town Square and visit from Santa opens the holiday season in Sandpoint. DowntownSandpoint.com. 208-255-1876
25 Shook Twins at the Pearl Theater. Katelyn and Laurie Shook, our "homegrown stars" who were born and raised in Sandpoint, lead an Indie folk-pop band that brings down the house each year in their concerts at The Pearl Theater, located at 7160 Ash St. in Bonners Ferry. Central to the Shook Twins' sound is their wide range of instrumentation; enjoy their eccentric blend of folk, roots, groove and soul starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $17 in advance, and $20 at the door. ThePearlTheater.org.
26 The Shook Twins - Giving Thanks. Sandpoint natives The Shook Twins return home for a holiday performance at the Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave. Tickets for the Giving Thanks concert are $15 in advance at Eichardt's, Pedro's, and online at Panida.org; $20 at the door. Sponsored by the Sandpoint Reader and the Panida Theater.
30 SOLE-ful Meet and Greet: A Pre-Backcountry Film Festival Event. Idaho Pour Authority, 203 Cedar St., hosts a SOLE-ful Meet and Greet from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Kick off the winter season in style over a pint or two from Deschutes Brewery, with SOLE's Board of Directors. With the upcoming 12th Annual Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival on Dec. 2, this is a great chance to learn about the work Selkirk Outdoor Leadership and Education (SOLE) is doing to get local youth out into our area wildlands! This fun after-hours event will also include raffle prizes, so come on down! SoleExperiences.org. 928-351-7653
Here is what's coming up in December!
1-3 Festival of Trees. Family Night Dec. 1, Holiday Luncheon Dec. 2, and Grand Gala Dec. 3 at the Bonner County Fairgrounds. Proceeds benefit Kinderhaven. 208-610-2208
2 Backcountry Film Festival. SOLE (Selkirk Outdoor Leadership and Education) holds their annual fundraiser, the Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival, at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) in the Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave. This community favorite event aims to inspire winter adventurers to seek the snow less traveled, while raising critical funds and bringing awareness to SOLE's winter programs for our schools and local youth. With a series of award-winning and juried films (all which celebrate the human-powered experience), a great holiday silent auction with gifts from vendors, raffle prizes, brews, and special surprises -- this is a family-fun event that's worth supporting! Proceeds support SOLE's SnowSchool Experience Program at Schweitzer. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door, or purchase a $20 donation ticket which includes five raffle tickets! SoleExperiences.org. 928-351-SOLE
3 Holiday Ball. Semi-formal ballroom dance at 7 p.m. in Sandpoint Community Hall includes dance lesson, refreshments and door prizes. Sponsored by the Sandpoint chapter of USA Dance. 208-699-0421
11 High Tea Fundraiser. The Sandpoint Area Senior Center, 820 Main St., hosts a High Tea Fundraiser to benefit the DayBreak Center. Tickets are $25; tea will be held in the dining room at 2:30 p.m. 208-263-6860
15 MCS Youth Orchestra and Choir Holiday Concert. Watch the talented Music Conservatory of Sandpoint Youth Orchestras and Choirs showcase their skills in a holiday performance starting at 6 p.m. in the First Lutheran Church on Olive Street. Also performing will be the LPOHS Choir. A cookie and cider reception will follow. Donations are taken at the door, but no ticket purchase is required.
16-18, 22-23 'Christmas Carole' - The Musical. The Panida presents Dickens' age old story with a twist and a kick! Musical theater performances at 8 p.m. Dec. 16-17, 22-23; 3:30 p.m. matinee Dec. 18. Panida.org.
18 Amahl and the Night Visitor. All are welcome to enjoy the Music Conservatory of Sandpoint's first children's opera production, Amahl and the Night Visitor, performed by the MCS's Young Classical Singers Troupe. Watch the story of a poor shepherd boy's encounter with three kings. This story has captured audiences around the world ever since its premiere in 1951. Then join a charming mix of song, dance, and delightful choruses. Matinee will be performed at 2 p.m., followed by an evening show at 5 p.m. in the First Lutheran Church on Olive Street.
23-24 Santa's Schweitzer Visit. Santa hits the slopes at Schweitzer Mountain Resort Dec. 23 and 24, handing out treats on the slopes. Enjoy a parade down the slopes on Dec. 24, followed by a stop in the Selkirk Lodge with Mrs. Claus to hear last-minute wishes. Schweitzer.com. 208-255-3081
31 New Year's Eve. Schweitzer hosts festive parties Dec. 31 to usher in the new year at Taps and other locations at the resort. Tickets go on sale in the Activity Center on Dec. 1. Schweitzer.com. 208-255-3081
31 3rd Annual Hive New Year's Eve Ball. It's gonna get funky and loud ... but that's OK when you're ringing in 2017! The 3rd Annual Hive New Year's Eve Ball is a party for the ages, featuring the Pimps of Joytime and a New Year's Eve countdown with confetti and a balloon drop. Not only is this the Inland Northwest's biggest and best New Year's Eve celebration, a portion of each ticket benefits our local non-profit Angels Over Sandpoint! Ages 21 and older only. Ticket info at LiveFromTheHive.com.