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Celebrate our differences. Equinox for Equality, a coalition of community organizations, hosts a Community Diversity Celebration from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22 at Farmin Park, corner of Third and Main. This is a gathering to celebrate North Idaho's vibrant community and to welcome our differences through music, speakers and informational booths from community organizations. Free and open to the public. More info on the Equinox for Equality website.

Ponderay Neighbor Day: Celebrating Our Connections. It's a first-ever community celebration for Ponderay on Saturday, Sept. 23, with a plethora of fun that includes a raffle for free tethered hot air balloon rides throughout the afternoon, plus live music by the Miah Kohal Band, pony rides, carnival games, arts and crafts for kids, food vendors, a beer garden, jumpy castle and more! "Celebrating our Connections" is the theme, and there's plenty to celebrate including an expanding trail and park system, and a community transit system, the SPOT bus. Everyone in the region is invited. Gates are open from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the field behind the Hoot Owl just off Highway 200. Free admission; parking is off Emerald Industrial Drive. More info on the Neighbor Day Facebook page or call 208-946-6466..

Here's what's happening in September!

21 SoupTember. Come sample the tastiest soups from Sandpoint-area restaurants during the SoupTember fundraiser from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Farmin Park. Sponsored by Sandpoint Community Resource Center, tickets are just $10 and include soup tasting, rolls and dessert. There will also be a live auction, silent auction, and raffle. Let's see if DISH can defend their title! SCRC is a local non-profit connecting those in need with those who serve. Please come and support this great cause! Learn more at SandpointCommunityResource.com or call 208-290-6840.

21 Girls Pint Out Night. Cool chicks, great beer! Join Vicki from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Idaho Pour Authority, 203 Cedar St., for an evening tasting of Oktoberfest and pumpkin beers!

21 Free Movie Night: "Paper Tigers." Lake Pend Oreille School District and North Idaho Community Mental Health host a Free Movie Night at 6 p.m. in the Sandpoint High School, 410 S. Division. The family documentary "Paper Tigers" chronicles a year in the life of Lincoln High School in the community of Walla Walla, Wash. The kids who come to Lincoln have a history of truancy, behavioral problems and substance abuse. After Lincoln's principal is exposed to research about the effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), he decides to radically change the school's approach to discipline. Free and open to the public. 208-265-6798

21 End of Summer Paint and Sip Party. Uncorked Paint Sandpoint and The Pottery Bug host an End of Summer Paint and Sip Party at 6 p.m. Bring a friend, beverage and snacks, and paint the night (and summer) away and enjoy the therapeutic effects of creating your own art or just getting your brushes messy! Open to the public and held at The Pottery Bug. RSVP online.

21 Rooted in Peace. From the U.S. to Costa Rica to India, award-winning filmmaker and environmental activist Greg Reitman traveled to visit such luminaries and activists as Deepak Chopra, music legends Donovan, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and many others for the documentary Rooted in Peace, screening at 7 p.m. in the Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave. Learn more on the Sandpoint Movies page, or visit Panida.org.

22 Equinox for Equality: A Community Diversity Celebration. At Farmin Park. See Hot Picks, above.

22 Winery Live Music. Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts live music from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. with Ron Kieper. Come hang out with this talented instrumental crew! POWine.com.

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

22 Visions of a Bigger World Art Reception. Sandpoint Center, 414 Church St., hosts an opening reception from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. for the Visions of a Bigger World group art exhibit and North Idaho Plein Air Painters. Presented by the Pend Oreille Arts Council; free and open to the public.

22 Wine Bar Live Music. The Cedar Street Bistro Wine Bar at 334 N. First Ave. hosts live music from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. with Brian Jacobs. Enjoy a glass of wine, a cheese plate, and music on the Bridge! Free and open to the public. 208-597-6530

22 Beer Hall Live Music. MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., hosts Harold's IGA from 6:30 p.m. to 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. Free and open to the public; 21-plus years of age only. Non-smoking, fun and games environment.

22 Rock the 219. The 219 Lounge, at 219 First Ave., hosts a trio of Pacific Northwest rock bands - Von the Baptist, Van Eps and Trash Dogs - from 9 p.m. 'til midnight. Von The Baptist, a Spokane favorite with a broad-based Northwest following, creates swirling psychedelic rock with dynamics that range from whisper quiet to ear-blisteringly loud. Van Eps, a mainstay in the Seattle rock scene, has a unique sound often described as having a classic feel with a modern edge. Trash Dogs is a Seattle band that combines a love for '80s punk and '70s country. Free and open to the public. Ages 21 and older only; non-smoking environment. 219.bar.

23 Sandpoint Farmers Market. The Sandpoint Farmers Market is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Farmin Park. Enjoy locally grown produce, baked goods, arts and crafts, and music. SandpointFarmersMarket.com.

23 Holistic Fair. Inquire Within, 516 Oak St., hosts a Holistic Fair from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Readings are $20 for 15 minutes; take your pick of palm reading, intuitive reader, tarot readings, numerology, astrology, past-life regression, marconic energy healing. Plus a crystal vendor! Biographies are posted on InquireWithinSandpoint.com. Free admission. 208-255-7903

23 3G Tour. This spectacular cruise offers an opportunity to see many parts of the lake. From Hope, cruise to Green Bay, then on to Garfield Bay where there's a great view of the south end of the lake, then on to the amazing cliffs of the Green Monarchs and finally returning through the islands of Hope. A history talk is included and lunch is available for purchase. Departs at 12:30 p.m. from Kramer Marina in East Hope. Fare is $39 general, $37 senior 60-plus. Call 208-255-5253 or visit LakePendOreilleCruises.com.

23 Ponderay Neighbor Day - Celebrating Our Connections. Join the fun with neighbors to celebrate Ponderay Neighbor Day, a community celebration that includes a raffle for free tethered hot air balloon rides throughout the afternoon, plus live music by the Miah Kohal Band, pony rides, carnival games, arts and crafts for kids, food vendors, a beer garden, jumpy castle and more! Celebrating our Connections is the theme of Ponderay Neighbor Day, and there's plenty to celebrate including an expanding trail and park system, and a community transit system (the SPOT bus). Everyone in the region is invited. Gates are open from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the field behind the Hoot Owl. Free admission; parking is off Emerald Industrial Drive. 208-946-6466

23 Hope Oktoberfest. Memorial Community Center, 415 Wellington Pl. in Hope, hosts the 5th annual Oktoberfest from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Enjoy a festive dinner featuring brauts with all the fixin's, sauerkraut, coleslaw and more, plus there will be beer on tap and a wine bar. Wear your dancing shoes with musical entertainment by Dennis Wilson and German Polkas by the Swing Street Band. Free admission; dinner is $20 for one person or $30 for two.

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

23 Let's Dance! Angels Over Sandpoint celebrates 20 years of giving back to their community with Let's Dance, held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Dover Bay Homestead Barn. It's a fun, funky, fabulous evening with live music featuring the Atomic Blues Band, plus there will also be a silent auction. Tickets are $20 at Eichardt's and Eve's Leaves, or purchase online via Sandpoint Online's Keokee Books store ($2 online processing fee per ticket applies).

23 Beer Hall Live Music. MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., hosts The Teccas from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The Teccas are made up of Scott and Kayla, a father-daughter duo with a country and rock sound! They're known as a rocking duo with an original twist, so don't miss your chance to see this Montana family band! Free and open to the public; non-smoking, fun and games environment. 21-plus years of age only.

23 Celebrate National Ballroom Dance Week. USA Dance hosts a Celebrate National Ballroom Dance Week event from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Sandpoint Community Hall, 204 S. First Ave. Enjoy a waltz lesson taught by a professional instructor, followed by general dancing, mixers, refreshments, and door prizes. A drawing will be held to win one month of free dance lessons. Singles, couples, and all levels of dancers welcome. $6 USA Dance members, $9 non-members, $5 teens. USA Dance events are alcohol and tobacco free. Call for info: 208-699-0421.

23 Stand-Up Comedy Show. Come enjoy stand-up comedy featuring Nathan Brannon at the 219 Lounge, 219 N. First Ave., on tour from Los Angeles with Fred Bowski and Morgan Preston for one night only of hilarious stand-up comedy and stories you won't want to miss! Brannon is a Portland native who recently relocated to Los Angeles, and was the winner of the prestigous Seattle International Comedy Competition in 2014. He was also one of six performers selected for call backs for NBC's "Last Comic Standing." Tickets are $10 in advance at The 219, and $12 at the door. Show starts at 8 p.m.; doors open at 7:30 pm. DJ Josh will be spinning tunes on the outdoor patio immediately after the show 'til midnight. Ages 21 and older only; non-smoking environment. 219.bar.

24 Game Night with Racheal. Come in to the 219 Lounge, 219 First Ave., for Game Night with Racheal from 7 p.m. 'til close. It's a fun night of games, beers and cocktails with one of Sandpoint's favorite bartenders. Ages 21 and older only; non-smoking environment. 219.bar.

Weekends through Oct. 22 Hope Islands Cruise. Enjoy a scenic tour around the four islands of Hope and learn the colorful history of the Hope area during this Lake Pend Oreille Cruise aboard the Shawnodese. Tour departs at 4:30 p.m. from Kramer Marina weekends (and some weekdays) through Oct. 22. The tour includes a cruise by Pearl Island, a bald eagle sanctuary, plus enjoy breathtaking scenery and spectacular fall colors. Salon heated for comfort. Fare is $23 general, $21 seniors 60-plus. Call 208-255-5253 or visit LakePendOreilleCruises.com.

-- Here's what's coming up this week through Sunday, Oct. 1 --

25 KPND Football Party. It's football season and time to party! KPND and Bob Witte host Monday Night Football at 5:30 p.m. in the 219 Lounge, 219 N. First Ave.  Bob will have tons of prizes to give away from area restaurants, concerts tickets, WSU football tickets, KPND new music samplers, beer mugs, gift certificates from area businesses and much more. Sign up for the end-of-season prizes -- a bike from Greasy Fingers Bikes & Repair, a TV from 7BTV, and more. The Niner will be serving up Grand Teton beer and other drink specials. Mandala Pizza will be serving up pizzas. Ages 21 and older only; non-smoking environment. 219.bar.

26 Tuesday Backgammon Tournament. Laughing Dog Brewing, 805 Schweitzer Plaza Dr. in Ponderay, hosts a Tuesday Backgammon Tournament at 5 p.m. The tournament takes place every Tuesday with beer specials and prizes. Sign up on Facebook and join the fun!

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

27 Healthcare Educational Symposium. Auburn Crest Hospice hosts a Healthcare Education Symposium from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Columbia Bank, 414 Church St., on the second floor hallway and in the auditorium. There will be great speakers and booths to visit, plus Sandpoint Senior and DayBreak centers will have informational tables in the hallway along with the Alzheimer's Association and all the local Elder Care Centers. Presenters include Dr. Burgstahler, and Denise Stewart from ELTC Law Group who specializes in elder law. Topics include veterans' services, hospice care, diabetes and pharmaceuticals/opioid abuse. Enter for a chance to win prizes! Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Healthcare Educational Committee. For more information, e-mail vanetten@auburncrest.com.

27 Kokanee Spawning Presentation. The Pend Oreille Chapter of Idaho Master Naturalists sponsors a Kokanee Spawning Presentation at noon in the Avista Day Use Area at Trestle Creek. Fisheries regional manager Andy Dux will give a presentation on the Kokanee that are spawning now. The Trestle Creek Road Day Use is on the right, not far from Highway 200. Free and open to the public. 208-610-6784

27 Sandpoint Farmers Market. Shop for local produce, baked goods, arts and crafts, plus enjoy live music at the Sandpoint Farmers Market from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Farmin Park. SandpointFarmersMarket.com.

27 Open Mic. SKaL Taproom in Ponderay hosts an open mic from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Musicians and comedians welcome! Open mic is held every Wednesday.

27 Magic Wednesday. Jalapeno's 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!

28 Yappy Hour. A tail-waggin' good time for people and pooches alike! Bring your dog and enjoy a Panhandle Animal Shelter benefit with live music, food and beverages available for purchase, plus a fenced-in area for dogs. 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Eichardt’s Pub and Grill. Held on the last Thursday of the month (locations vary monthly). Free admission; donations welcome! 208-265-7297

29 Fundraiser for Bryn Ballenger. Greasy Fingers Bikes N Repair hosts a Fundraiser for Bryn Ballenger from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. All are welcome to enjoy a silent auction, beer and snacks to benefit our friend Bryn for her fifth eye surgery this year. If you want help, but are unable to attend, visit the GoFundMe Page.

29 Winery Live Music. Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts live music from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. with Riff Hanger. This band will make your feet stomp with their folk tunes. POWine.com.

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

29-Oct. 1 Sandpoint's Weekend-Long Oktoberfest Celebration. MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., hosts a Weekend-Long Oktoberfest Celebration with lots of great events. Check below for details on a Devon Wade CD Release Party on Friday, the 4th Annual Hoptoberfest on Saturday, and the Boobs 'n' Beer Garden on Sunday.

29 Devon Wade CD Release Party. MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., hosts the Devon Wade CD Release Party from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Debuting his self-titled album "Devon Wade," MickDuff's Beer Hall is excited to welcome the Devon Wade Band for a Brewery Bash! Cost to attend the CD Release Party is $5 at the door and you’ll get to hear his new hits "Beer Me," "Boots, Bullets and Jack" and "Show Me The Cash." First 50 tickets sold will be entered into a drawing for CDs and swag. Tickets available now; ages 21-plus years of age. Non-smoking, fun & games environment.

29 Live Music at the 219. The 219er, at 219 N. First Ave., hosts live music with Right Front Burner from 9 p.m. 'til midnight. This is Sandpoint's funk, disco, rock and groove band -- arguably the funkiest trio you'll see in the Inland Northwest whose years of music experience shines through with every glistening note. With the power to make any booty shake, Right Front Burner is here to help you get your groove on! Free and open to the public. Ages 21 and older only; non-smoking environment. 219.bar.

30-Oct. 1 Crosstoberfest. Sandpoint Cyclocross hosts the Crosstoberfest at the UI Extension, 2501 N. Boyer. First race is at 9 a.m.; last race starts at 2:45 p.m. each day. Cyclocross is a unique form of bike racing. Racers ride over dirt, gravel, sand, water, hills and dales - much like a running steeplechase race. Super fun and great for spectators! Races all day Saturday and Sunday, plus there will be beer and food from Jupiter Jane available. This event benefits Team Autism 24/7. WildWestCXSeries.com. 208-262-6997

30 Head of the Pend Oreille Rowing Regatta. Crews from the Inland Northwest and Canada will converge for Idaho's only rowing Regatta located in Priest River. The weekend event features rowing competition, fun, and a barbecue on Saturday. Attendance is free, with the exception of the pre-purchase of BBQ tickets. More information available at HOPRegatta.org or call 208-255-8862. 

30 100,000 Poets for Change. Lost Horse Press and the Bonner County Human Rights Task Force team up for the fifth year to present a poetry and music open mic for local writers, musicians, artists and students to express their ideas for positive change during 100 Thousand Poets for Change. Join Sandpoint poets and musicians as they connect with artists all over the globe to express their aspirations for a better world. Held from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. at Evans Brothers Coffee. 208-255-4410

30 4th Annual Hoptoberfest. MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., is geared up for the 4th Annual Hoptoberfest celebration of harvest and annual crops of barley and hops starting at 11 a.m. To celebrate, we brewed up a couple Wet Hop IPAs and will also be featuring our annual Mashing Pumpkin Ale and the collaboration RoggenFest Ale with Paragon Brewing on tap, plus more to come. Games will be played: Cornhole, Hammerschlagen and more! Plus, we'll be rocking out with Kevin Dorin from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and The Other White Meat from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. 21-plus years of age after 7 p.m.; free and open to the public. Non-smoking, fun & games environment.

30 3G Tour. This spectacular cruise offers an opportunity to see many parts of the lake. From Hope, cruise to Green Bay, then on to Garfield Bay where there's a great view of the south end of the lake, then on to the amazing cliffs of the Green Monarchs and finally returning through the islands of Hope. A history talk is included and lunch is available for purchase. Departs at 12:30 p.m. from Kramer Marina in East Hope. Fare is $39 general, $37 senior 60-plus. Call 208-255-5253 or visit LakePendOreilleCruises.com.

30 Winery Live Music. Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts live music from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. with Monarch Mountain Band. Come hang out with this local favorite! POWine.com.

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

30 The Doors Experience and The Premier Tribute to Credence Clearwater Revival. One night, two great bands at the Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave. featuring The Doors Experience and The Premier Tribute to Credence Clearwater Revival. Starts at 7 p.m., with pre-show at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20 general admission, and $30 VIP seating at Panida.org.

30 Live Music at the 219. The 219 Lounge, 219 N. First Ave., hosts live music from 9 p.m. to midnight with Folkinception, voted Best Original Band in the 2017 Inlander Readers Poll! Folkinception has been a Spokane favorite since forming in 2011, blending rustic Americana with the kind of slick, melodic pop-folk you might hear on a Top 40 station. They're also a hell of a lot of fun to watch live. The band Kickstarted its 2014 debut LP Tower Mountain, and they're set to release a new album later this year. Ages 21 and older only; non-smoking environment. 219.bar.

Now through Nov. 30 Eat, Drink & Be Local. Who wants to support local restaurants that carry Litehouse products ... and potentially win $3,000 or even $5,000? Just "Eat, Drink & Be Local" and collect stamps at participating restaurants Sept. 1 through Nov. 30. Collect 15 stamps, and enter into a drawing for $3,000; go to all restaurants and enter into a drawing for $5,000. If Litehouse is mentioned on a menu at a participating restaurant, get two stamps with one visit. Drawing is open to the public and all Litehouse employees. Return completed cards to Litehouse's corporate office or a participating restaurant. Pick up a stamp card today from a participating restaurant, corporate front desk, Ella front desk, Kootenai front desk, or the Litehouse Cheese Store. Get a list of participating restaurants at LitehouseLocal.com.

Here is what's coming up in October!

Weekends in October:
U-Pick Pumpkin Patch. Fifth year of festive family fun at Hickey Farms, 674 Hickey Rd., with a pumpkin patch, games, local artisan products and more. 208-263-3782

Scarywood Haunted Nights. Silverwood Theme Park transforms into Scarywood, weekend evenings in October. Experience five haunted attractions, seven scare zones, and most of Silverwood's signature rides in the dark. SilverwoodThemePark.com. 208-683-3400

1 Sandpoint Oktoberfest and Boobs 'n' Beer Garden. MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., has teamed up with the 7B Women's Boobs 'n' Beer 5K Fun Run for their beer garden and Sandpoint family-friendly Oktoberfest, raising funds for Celebrate Life and Community Cancer Services. From noon to 4 p.m., enjoy live music with local favorites Harold's IGA, multiple local food trucks, and a Kid's Zone featuring face painting and more! If you want to participate in the run, you'll get your first beer for free! More information online at 7BWomen.com. Free and open to the public; non-smoking, fun & games environment.

6 First Fridays with Devon Wade. MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., hosts First Fridays with Devon Wade from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Come out and hear his fun boot-tapping country tunes! Plus the Old Tin Can food truck will be onsite dishing up awesome burgers! Free and open to the public 21+ years of age; non-smoking, fun & games environment.

7 Museum's Free First Saturday. The Bonner County History Museum, 611 S. Ella, hosts Free First Saturday. Everyone is invited to enjoy the museum free of charge! BonnerCountyHistory.org.

7 3G Tour. This spectacular cruise offers an opportunity to see many parts of the lake. From Hope, cruise to Green Bay, then on to Garfield Bay where there's a great view of the south end of the lake, then on to the amazing cliffs of the Green Monarchs and finally returning through the islands of Hope. A history talk is included and lunch is available for purchase. Departs at 12:30 p.m. from Kramer Marina in East Hope. Fare is $39 general, $37 senior 60-plus. Call 208-255-5253 or visit LakePendOreilleCruises.com.

12 Pigeons Playing Ping Pong in concert. Live at the Hive in downtown Sandpoint, PPPP brings end-of-the-world enthusiasm to their high-energy psychedelic electro-funk grooves. Based out of Baltimore, Maryland, this animated quartet has a rabid fanbase known as "the Flock" growing exponentially. Playing here with special guest Flamingosis. More info and tickets at LiveFromTheHive.com.

13 Second Fridays with Ron Greene. MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., hosts the Second Fridays with Ron Greene from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Greene has been a dynamic musical presence as a professional musician and solo artist, spending the last decade performing throughout the Northwest. As a soloist, Greene's 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.

13 The Dustbowl Revival. The Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave., hosts a show featuring The Dustbowl Revival at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.). Playing a vibrant mix of vintage Americana sounds, the Los Angeles-based ensemble is always evolving and refining its music. Their always-joyous sound now reveals a more soulful, funky side that exudes deeper emotions and taps a more modern vibe. Check out DustbowlRevival.com to learn more. Tickets are $20. 208-263-9191

13 Sandpoint Contra Dance. All are invited to attend a community dance in the New England tradition - a Contra Dance - 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. Sponsored by Lost Horse Press and Sandpoint Parks and Recreation. * Held on the second Friday of every month. 208-263-6751

14 Harvest Fest. Sandpoint Farmers Market closes out the season. Entertainment, food booths, activities, displays at Farmin Park. SandpointFarmersMarket.com. 208-597-3355

14 3G Tour. This spectacular cruise offers an opportunity to see many parts of the lake. From Hope, cruise to Green Bay, then on to Garfield Bay where there's a great view of the south end of the lake, then on to the amazing cliffs of the Green Monarchs and finally returning through the islands of Hope. A history talk is included and lunch is available for purchase. Departs at 12:30 p.m. from Kramer Marina in East Hope. Fare is $39 general, $37 senior 60-plus. Call 208-255-5253 or visit LakePendOreilleCruises.com.

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. 208-263-5911

21 3G Tour. This spectacular cruise offers an opportunity to see many parts of the lake. From Hope, cruise to Green Bay, then on to Garfield Bay where there's a great view of the south end of the lake, then on to the amazing cliffs of the Green Monarchs and finally returning through the islands of Hope. A history talk is included and lunch is available for purchase. Departs at 12:30 p.m. from Kramer Marina in East Hope. Fare is $39 general, $37 senior 60-plus. Call 208-255-5253 or visit LakePendOreilleCruises.com.

21 Andy Sydow. The Pearl Theater in Bonners Ferry hosts Andy Sydow at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.). Opening the show is Paul Bonnell and Friends. Tickets are $12 in advance at Mountain Mike's, Bonners Books or online at ThePearlTheater.org; $15 at the door; students $5. 208-610-2846
 
21 GRiZ in Concert. Sax man GRiZ - or Grant Kwiecinski, as he's known to his mom - is coming off a massive 2016 with no signs of slowing down. His latest release, "Good Will Prevail," debuted at No. 1 on the electronic charts and just this year alone, he's released six singles that all claimed the coveted No. 1 spot on Hype Machine’s most popular charts. More info and tickets at LiveFromTheHive.com.

22 A Musical Journey Featuring Pianist Peggy Reich. Join Peggy Reich, concert pianist and piano professor from New York, in this Music Conservatory concert offering at 2 p.m. in the Heartwood Center, 615 Oak St. Presenting A Musical Journey through Latin America and beyond with the spicy "sounds of Habanera" presented in different approaches from around the world. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for faculty and students of MCS. SandpointConservatory.org.

22 Visions of a Bigger World Art Reception. Sandpoint Center, 414 Church St., hosts an opening reception from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. for the Visions of a Bigger World group art exhibit and North Idaho Plein Air Painters. Presented by the Pend Oreille Arts Council; free and open to the public.

28 Halloween Bash with Sir Mix-A-Lot. The rapper who laid down the hit "Baby Got Back" and a favorite every time he plays Sandpoint, Sir Mix is back for The Hive's Fourth Annual Halloween Bash and Costume Contest ... that the Hive is promising to be the biggest and scariest Halloween party in the Inland Northwest! Prizes for costumes. More info and tickets at LiveFromTheHive.com.

29 Arts Grow Learning Opening Reception. Columbia Bank Community Plaza, 231 N. Third Ave., hosts an opening reception from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. for the Idaho Commission on the Arts' presentation of Arts Grow Learning. Free and open to the public.

Here is what's coming up in November!

3-4 Walden: The Ballad of Thoreau. Pend Oreille Arts Council partners with Unknown Locals Productions to present Walden by Michael Johnathon, at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) in the Heartwood Center as part of POAC's 2017/2018 Performance Series. Equal parts charmingly funny and sincerely serious, the two-act play discusses our relationship with the environment through the banter between Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson during Thoreau's last days at Walden Pond. The performance will feature local actors, as well as student set and costume designers. Tickets available in the POAC office, 302 N. First Ave., online at ArtinSandpoint.org, also at Eve's Leaves, Eichardt's, and Winter Ridge Natural Foods. Performance is ADA accessible. 208-263-6139

4 A Night to Remember. All are welcome to attend A Night to Remember, a fundraiser for Community Cancer Services in partnership with Ponderay Rotary, held at 5:30 p.m. in the Bonner County Fairgrounds, 4203 N. Boyer Rd. The evening includes a wine tasting, a dinner paired with wine from several local wineries, live and silent auctions, and so much more. Cost is $95 per person, or $1,500 per sponsor table. Check out the event on Facebook for teasers about what wines, food and auction items will be featured! CommunityCancerServices.com. 208-255-2301

10 Santa's Workshop Craft Fair. Bonner General Health hosts a Santa's Workshop Craft Fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the BGH classroom next to the cafeteria. Come check out the homemade crafts featuring crochet, quilted items, stocking stuffers, candles, soaps and more. Enjoy a glass of complimentary hot chocolate or apple cider while you look around. Vendor booth fees go towards supporting Food for Our Children.

18 Empty Bowl Fundraiser. All are welcome to attend the Empty Bowl Fundraiser, held from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. in the Columbia Bank, 414 Church St. This event benefits the Bonner Community Food Bank, and features Judy's famous Potato Leek Soup! Come and enjoy soup, bread, truffles, beer and wine, games, raffle, entertainment and live music. Cost is $20 per person. 

19 Fall Serenade Concert. The Music Conservatory hosts its annual Fall Serenade Concert and dessert auction in the Heartwood Center, 615 Oak St., to benefit all MCS scholarship programs, including tuition assistance, Music Matters! after school outreach, and honors programs. The concert will feature works by the great masters, performed by Music Conservatory artist instructors. Join us for an appetizer and wine reception before the concert and bid on one of our outrageous desserts (donated by local restaurants and pastry chefs). Reception begins at 6 p.m., concert begins at 7 p.m., and appetizers are included in the price of the ticket. No-host bar will be available. Tickets are $20 adults, $5 MCS students and faculty, available at the MCS or at the door on the night of the concert. 208-265-4444. SandpointConservatory.org.

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12 Hansel & Gretel Performance. Join the Sandpoint Music Conservatory for a wonderful holiday show that both children and adults will enjoy, featuring children from the Music Matters! after school outreach programs as well as many other student performers. Show will begin at 5 p.m. and is followed by a holiday cookie reception, held at the First Lutheran Church, 526 S. Olive St. Suggested donation $10. SandpointConservatory.org.

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