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Rockin' around the tree! Come one, come all to an old-fashioned community Kickoff to the Holidays event at Jeff Jones Town Square, located at the corner of Main Street and Third Avenue! Festivities begin at 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28, with a traditional tree lighting ceremony and caroling, along with cookies and cider. Santa arrives around 6 p.m., and will spend time visiting with children before departing on his merry way. 'Tis a festive event that really puts the community in the Christmas spirit! Free and open to everyone; sponsored by Sandpoint's Business Improvement District. 208-255-1876

Hometown holiday music. They're taking the world by storm, and now Sandpoint's phenomenal musical duo - better known as The Shook Twins - are in town this week to perform a very special Thanksgiving weekend concert, Home for the Holidays with the Shook Twins, at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) Saturday, Nov. 29, in the Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave. Come out and hear this very fun pair, along with special guest John Craigie. Tickets are $12 in advance at Pedro's and Eichardt's, and at Panida.org ($1 online fee applies); $15 on the night of the show. 208-263-9191

Here's what's happening in November!

Through Nov. 30 K&K Thanksgiving Fishing Derby. Lake Pend Oreille Idaho Club's annual fall fishing contest. LPOIC.org. 208-448-1365

25 Trivia Night. MickDuff's, 312 N. First Ave., hosts Trivia Night from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Prizes and bragging rights to the winning team -- arrive early as tables fill up fast! MickDuffs.com. 208-255-4351

27 Happy Thanksgiving!

27 Turkey Trot. Join Sandpoint West Athletic Club and the Sandpoint Parks and Recreation Department for the 7th Annual Turkey Trot and food drive on Thanksgiving morning. This low-key event features a 5k, 10K or whatever distance you want to run or walk (no bikes, please). This fun run is free with your nonperishable donation to the food bank. Event starts at 9 a.m. in the Travers Park parking lot, 1202 W. Pine St. Come early to sign a waiver (minors need a parent or guardian signature) and to drop off food donations. 208-263-3613

28 Kickoff to the Holidays: Tree Lighting and Santa's Arrival. Jeff Jones Town Square. See Hot Picks, above.

28 Friday Night Live Music. Join Idaho Pour Authority and celebrate the end of the work week with live music featuring Marty Perron and Doug Bond from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. IdahoPourAuthority.com.

28-Dec. 24 Santa at the Mall. The Bonner Mall in Ponderay welcomes Santa Claus every weekend, through Dec. 24. 208-263-4272

28 Winery Music. Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts live music from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. with Marty Peron, and from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. with the Flying Mammals. Peron is a solo singer and guitarist who plays covers and some originals with his own sweet sound; Flying Mammals is an Inland Northwest-based trio of brothers whose earnest and melodic songs have been striking a huge chord with audiences everywhere! Sip, shop, and relax with some music for Red Friday! POWine.com. 208-265-8545

28 The Shook Twins in Bonners Ferry. Enjoy a fabulous evening of live folk music with the Shook Twins, performing at 7:30 p.m. in the Pearl Theater. Identical twins Laurie and Katelyn Shook have spent the last eight years pursuing their passion for music and winning fans over by playing their unique style of quirky folk throughout the Northwest and beyond. Cost is $17 in advance, $20 at the door. ThePearlTheater.org. 208-610-2846

29 Small Business Saturday. Shop and support local small businesses during the Small Business Saturday event in downtown Sandpoint. Sponsored by the Sandpoint Business Improvement District. DowntownSandpoint.com. 208-263-2161

29 Bonner County 4-H Holiday Bazaar and Craft Fair. The Bonner County 4-H holds their second annual Holiday Bazaar and Craft Fair from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Sandpoint V.F.W. Hall. 208-263-8511

29 Santa on the Cedar Street Bridge. Bring the kids to visit Santa Claus, and stop by Creations on the Bridge to create your own free holiday ornament, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Cedar Street Bridge, 334 N. First Ave. Sponsored by the Sandpoint Business Improvement District. DowntownSandpoint.com. 208-263-0887

29 Saturday Night Live Music. Idaho Pour Authority hosts live music featuring Justin Lantrip from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. IdahoPourAuthority.com. 208-290-2280

29 Home for the Holidays with the Shook Twins. In the Panida. See Hot Picks, above.

Here is what's coming up in December!

1-4 Bonner General Health's Volunteer Parade of Trees. Come in to see - and bid on - 25 beautifully decorated Christmas trees in various themes during the 15th annual BGH Volunteer Parade of Trees. Daily viewing in the BGH classrooms is open to the public, and will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; bidding ends at 4 p.m. on Dec. 4. There will also be a drawing for a specially decorated tree with a gift basket; tickets are $1 each, or 6 for $5. Proceeds go to the BGH Auxiliary Council Education Fund. 208-304-6374

1 KPND Football Party. MickDuff's, 312 N. First Ave., hosts the KPND Football Party at 5:30 p.m. with host Bob Witte. Featuring the Miami Dolphins at New York Jets.

2 KRFY Morning Show. KRFY Community Radio 88.5 FM airs the Morning Show with hosts Suzy Prez and Chris Bessler from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Can't catch the Morning Show at its 8 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday airing? Hear the recorded podcast at KRFY.org.

2 Trivia Night. MickDuff's, 312 N. First Ave., hosts Trivia Night from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Prizes and bragging rights to the winning team -- arrive early as tables fill up fast! MickDuffs.com. 208-255-4351

3 Pints for Peaks! Idaho Pour Authority hosts a Pints for Peaks! beer-tasting fundraiser from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. for the Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness mission. Purchase a pint of Stone Brewing beer and help support FSPW's work. ScotchmanPeaks.org. 208-627-2448

4 KPND Football Party. Laughing Dog Brewing, 1109 Fontaine Dr., hosts the Thursday night KPND Football Party at 5:30 p.m. with host Tracy Bell. Featuring Dallas at Chicago.

4-6 Festival of Trees. Sandpoint Business and Events Center hosts the three-day Festival of Trees event including Family Night on Dec. 4, from 4 p.m. until 6:30 p.m., for the community with decorated trees, music, cookies and visits with Santa; the Holiday Luncheon follows on Dec. 5 with a silent auction (tickets for the luncheon are sold out); and finally, the Progressive Gala held Dec. 6 at 5:30 p.m. featuring a silent auction with hors d'oeuvres, followed by a catered dinner and live auction of trees (tickets are $75 per person, or a table sponsorship is $1,000 for 8 people). Proceeds benefit Kinderhaven, a group foster home and emergency shelter for children. For more information, visit KinderhavenSandpoint.com. 208-610-2208

5 Santa's Workshop Craft Fair. Bonner General Health hosts a Santa's Workshop Craft Fair from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the Brown House conference room. Shop for great Christmas gifts, plus there will be door prizes! Free and open to the public; proceeds benefit the BGH Employee Assistance Program. For more information, call Mara Lei at 208-265-1090.

5 Winery Music. Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts live music from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. with Spumoni Blues. Enjoy three different flavors combined into one great taste! Introducing Doc Dana on electric guitar, Wes Ribeiro on bass, and their lead singer, Sigi Koefod Ribeiro. A total of 103 years of experienced musicianship gives this trio a mature flavor, like a quality aged cheese or wine. Combining styles of blues, rock, folk, country, jazz and pop, this trio exudes an eclectic but classic vibe that audience members from many generations can appreciate. POWine.com. 208-265-8545

5 Backcountry Film Festival. Immersing local kids in outdoor education is what SOLE (Selkirk Outdoor Leadership and Education) is all about. So the Backcountry Film Festival is always a natural fit - and this year's 10th annual event in the Panida features award-winning winter backcountry films which celebrate the human-powered experience. Plus there's a great silent auction and raffle, updates from key stakeholders, and good ol' community fun! Proceeds help fund the developing SnowSchool Experience program at Schweitzer. Tickets available online at SoleExperiences.org, Evans Brothers Coffee Roasters, Eichardt's, and the Alpine Shop.

6 Christmas Fair. Bonner County Fairgrounds hosts festive shopping event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. featuring local craftspeople, food vendors, live entertainment and a visit from Santa. 208-263-8414 

6 Santa on the Cedar Street Bridge. Bring the kids to visit Santa Claus between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on the Cedar Street Bridge, 334 N. First Ave. Plus, stop by Creations on the Bridge to create your own free holiday ornament. Held every Saturday through Dec. 20. Sponsored by Sandpoint Business Improvement District. DowntownSandpoint.com. 208-263-2161

6 Author Program with Bill Collier. The Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., hosts an Author Program with Bill Collier at 3:30 p.m. Collier, USMCR, is a local author who shares his Vietnam experiences in his newly published book "The Adventures of a Helicopter Pilot." Free admission; open to the public. Sponsored by the East Bonner County Library. eBonnerLibrary.org. 208-265-2665

6 Winery Music. Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts live music from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. with the quick-pickin', amped-up guitar folk rock duo of Mike and Shanna. POWine.com. 208-265-8545

6 Classical Christmas Concert. The Memorial Community Center, 415 Wellington Pl. in Hope, hosts the Idaho Humanities Council's Classical Christmas Concert at 6 p.m. with pianist Del Parkinson. MemorialCommunityCenter.com. 208-264-5481

6 Holiday Ball. The Sandpoint Chapter of USA Dance holds a Holiday Ball from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. at the Ponderay Event Center (next to Sandpoint Furniture). At 7 p.m., a Fox Trot lesson will be taught by an experienced ballroom dance instructor. Attire for this event will be semi-formal. Singles and couples, and all levels of dancers, are welcome. Cost is $6 USA Dance members, $9 non-members, $5 teens. Please bring an appetizer to share and a donation of food items for the Bonner Community Food Bank. USA Dance events are alcohol and tobacco free. USADanceSandpoint.org. 208-699-0421

6 50/50 Bingo Night. Edgemere Grange, 3273 Bandy Rd. in Priest, holds a 50/50 Bingo Night at 7 p.m. on the first Saturday of the month (October through March). Snacks will be available for purchase. 208-660-6959

6 Jeremy Jones' Higher: A snowboard film. Witness the journey of one of the greatest Big Mountain snowboarders of our time during a screening of the film Higher, starting at 8 p.m. in the Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave. Tickets are $10, and $1 per ticket goes to Protect our Winters. Teton Gravity Research is also having a raffle to benefit the North Idaho Mountain Sports Education Fund. Read more on the Sandpoint Movies page or visit Panida.org. 208-263-9191

7 Christmas Home Tour. Bonner General Health hosts the Christmas Home Tour from noon to 4 p.m. The tour features a look inside the following homes: Sally & Bill Transue, 623 Lakeview Blvd.; Nancy & Lenny Hess, 502 S. Marion St.; Dr. Brent & Barb Leedle, 1709 Westwood Dr.; Teresa & Kenny Stevens, 915 Lower Syringa Heights Rd.; Cary Childress & Denise Travis, 227 Lakeshore Ave.; plus Mark & Susie Kubiak's The Heartwood Center, 615 Oak St. Tickets are $20, available at the BGH Information Desk, Eve's Leaves and Sharon's Hallmark; proceeds benefit the Healing Garden.

7 TLC Celebration
. Sandpoint Events Center hosts the TLC Celebration at 3:30 p.m. Seventh annual Luke Commission gathering is open to the public, and includes dessert, Swazi store, and presentation by directors Dr. Harry and Echo VanderWal.

7 Tree of Memorial Lights Service. Bonner General Health Community Hospice invites the community to the annual Tree of Memorial Lights Service at 4 p.m. This is an opportunity to join together to acknowledge and to celebrate the life of those loved ones that we have lost. For information about adding to the list of names to be read at the memorial, please contact Lissa DeFreitas, 208-265-1185.

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8 KPND Football Party. MickDuff's, 312 N. First Ave., hosts the KPND Football Party at 5:30 p.m. with host Bob Witte. Featuring the Atlanta Falcons at Green Bay Packers.

9 KRFY Morning Show. KRFY Community Radio 88.5 FM airs the Morning Show with hosts Suzy Prez and Chris Bessler from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Can't catch the Morning Show at its 8 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday airing? Hear the recorded podcast at KRFY.org.

9 Sip and Shop Fundraiser. Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts a Sip and Shop Fundraiser from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. The event benefits the Festival at Sandpoint, and includes a brief meeting and presentation. Come out and support this great local nonprofit -- 10 percent of all proceeds from the tasting room, gift shop and Bistro Rouge will be donated to the Festival! POWine.com. 208-265-8545

9 Trivia Night. MickDuff's, 312 N. First Ave., hosts Trivia Night from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Prizes and bragging rights to the winning team -- arrive early as tables fill up fast! MickDuffs.com. 208-255-4351

10 Rock Creek Alliance's Annual Party. Idaho Pour Authority, 203 Cedar St., hosts the Rock Creek Alliance's Annual Party from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Enjoy a no-host bar with beer and wine, complimentary appetizers, cool raffle prizes, a silent auction, plus live music with Baregrass featuring Jared Johnston, John Edwards and Chris Park. Baregrass blends blues, bluegrass, reggae, jazz and country into a high-energy show that keeps the audience wanting more. Event is free and open to the public! Help celebrate Rock Creek Alliance's successes in defense of clean water and wilderness. For more information, call Sandy at 208-610-9987.

11 KPND Football Party. Laughing Dog Brewing, 1109 Fontaine Dr., hosts the Thursday night KPND Football Party at 5:30 p.m. with host Tracy Bell. Featuring Arizona at St. Louis.

12 Winery Music. Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts live music from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. with Nicole Lewis. This pop country artist is emerging as a fresh, creative voice, and Lewis shows up with captivating honesty and effortless fluency. POWine.com. 208-265-8545

12 Sandpoint Contra Dance. Enjoy community dancing in the New England tradition during the Sandpoint Contra Dance, held from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. in Sandpoint Community Hall, 204 S. First Ave. All dances taught and called to live music. It's fun, aerobic, and friend! Beginners and singles welcome; new dancers encouraged to arrive on time for the beginning! Bring a water bottle, clean shoes and a smile. Suggested donation $5; sponsored by Sandpoint Parks and Recreation and Lost Horse Press. 208-263-6751

12 Women's Shopping Night. Enjoy late-night shopping, in-store events, refreshments and complimentary gift wrapping during the Women's Shopping Night. Sponsored by the Sandpoint Business Improvement District. DowntownSandpoint.com. 208-263-2161

12-14 Holiday Arts and Crafts Show. 'Tis the season to enjoy this annual shopping event at the Bonner Mall in Ponderay, featuring 25 vendors offering a variety of handcrafted and unique items. 208-263-4272

12, 14 Pend Oreille Orchestra and Chorale Classical Concert
. The Pend Oreille Orchestra and Chorale presents Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass and other classical pieces at 7 p.m. Friday, and 3:30 p.m. Sunday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church. Free admission.

12-13 ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. Allegro Dance Studio’s Christmas recital in the Panida Theater. Panida.org. 208-263-9191

13 Santa on the Cedar Street Bridge. Bring the kids to visit Santa Claus between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on the Cedar Street Bridge, 334 N. First Ave. Plus, stop by Creations on the Bridge to create your own free holiday ornament. Held every Saturday through Dec. 20. Sponsored by Sandpoint Business Improvement District. DowntownSandpoint.com. 208-263-2161

13 Author Program with Dr. Robert West. The Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., hosts an Author Program with Dr. Robert West from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. West served for many years as the coroner for North Idaho, and will discuss his newly published book "It Can (And Does) Happen Here!" West is from Coeur d'Alene, and his other library author programs have been well attended. He is a real CIS doctor! Free admission; open to the public. Sponsored by the East Bonner County Library. eBonnerLibrary.org. 208-265-2665

14 Sandpoint Christmas Bird Count. Join the 115th annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count! Sponsored by the National Aububon Society, counters will meet at 5th Avenue Restaurant (corner of Larch and Highway 95) at 6 a.m. for breakfast and to assign groups and leaders. Folks will split up into groups and spend the day counting birds within a 15-mile circle around Sandpoint. Reconvene for a tally rally around 4 p.m. at Connie's lounge. Please plan for any type of weather and bring a lunch. If you can't make it the entire day, that's fine. No experience required. Feeder watchers are also welcome to participate. Visit the Facebook page for more info, or call 208-290-1405.

- What's happening this week through Sunday, December 21 -

Through Dec. 15 Holiday Raffle
. Panhandle Special Needs sponsors a Holiday Raffle now through Dec. 15. Tickets are $5 each, or 3 for $10, and prizes are worth more than $100! The raffle includes a 4-foot lit Christmas tree, $70 in gift cards, and a $20 gift certificate from The Cottage Thrift Store. Drawing will be held Dec. 15. 208-263-7022

15 KPND Football Party. MickDuff's, 312 N. First Ave., hosts the KPND Football Party at 5:30 p.m. with host Bob Witte. Featuring the New Orleans Saints at Chicago Bears.

15 Eugene Ballet’s The Nutcracker. Enjoy Clara's journey with spirited party children, mischievous mice, elegant skaters and dancers from around the globe – in the dazzling fantasy world of the Land of the Sugar Plum Fairy - during the Eugene Ballet's The Nutcracker performance at 7 p.m. in the Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave. Presented by the Pend Oreille Arts Council, Toni Pimble's exquisite choreography, Don Carson's colorful and magical sets, the Company joined on stage by local dance students, and the magic of live music are masterfully orchestrated to create the perfect tradition for everyone on your holiday list. This performance is always a sellout – get your tickets early! Adults, $25; POAC members, $20; youth, $10. ArtinSandpoint.org.

16 KRFY Morning Show. KRFY Community Radio 88.5 FM airs the Morning Show with hosts Suzy Prez and Chris Bessler from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Can't catch the Morning Show at its 8 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday airing? Hear the recorded podcast at KRFY.org.

16 Trivia Night. MickDuff's, 312 N. First Ave., hosts Trivia Night from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Prizes and bragging rights to the winning team -- arrive early as tables fill up fast! MickDuffs.com. 208-255-4351

18 AHWF Christmas Party. The American Heritage Wildlife Foundation will be holding a Christmas Party from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St. All are welcome to stop by and enjoy live music -- it's AHWF's way of thanking the community for their continued support in helping to rehabilitate local injured or orphaned wildlife. AHWF.org. 208-266-1488

18 KPND Football Party. Laughing Dog Brewing, 1109 Fontaine Dr., hosts the Thursday night KPND Football Party at 5:30 p.m. with host Tracy Bell. Featuring Tennessee at Jacksonville.

18 Danceworks Christmas Show. Annual holiday dance recital at the Panida Theater. Panida.org. 208-263-9191

19 Winery Music. Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts live music from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. with Truck Mills. Rockin' the slide guitar, he also has many other instruments up his sleeve. POWine.com. 208-265-8545

19 Men's Shopping Night. Enjoy late-night shopping, in-store events, refreshments and complimentary gift wrapping during the Men's Shopping Night. Sponsored by the Sandpoint Business Improvement District. DowntownSandpoint.com. 208-263-2161

20 Santa on the Cedar Street Bridge. Bring the kids to visit Santa Claus between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on the Cedar Street Bridge, 334 N. First Ave. Plus, stop by Creations on the Bridge to create your own free holiday ornament. Held every Saturday through Dec. 20. Sponsored by Sandpoint Business Improvement District. DowntownSandpoint.com. 208-263-2161

20 Winery Music. Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts live music from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. with Devon Wade. An independent country music artist out of Sandpoint, Wade has a strong love for what country music has always been -- songs about real life and things that matter most. POWine.com. 208-265-8545 

20 The Jazzy Nutcracker. Studio One hosts performance of its Christmas concert in the Panida Theater. Panida.org. 208-263-9191

- What's happening this week through Sunday, December 28 -

22 KPND Football Party. MickDuff's, 312 N. First Ave., hosts the KPND Football Party at 5:30 p.m. with host Bob Witte. Featuring the Denver Broncos at Cincinnati Bengals.

23 KRFY Morning Show. KRFY Community Radio 88.5 FM airs the Morning Show with hosts Suzy Prez and Chris Bessler from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Can't catch the Morning Show at its 8 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday airing? Hear the recorded podcast at KRFY.org.

23 Trivia Night. MickDuff's, 312 N. First Ave., hosts Trivia Night from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Prizes and bragging rights to the winning team -- arrive early as tables fill up fast! MickDuffs.com. 208-255-4351

23-24 Santa Skis at Schweitzer. Santa delivers treats on the slopes and leads a balloon parade from Basin Express with Mrs. Claud on Christmas Eve, followed by cookies and last-minute wishes at the Selkirk Lodge. Schweitzer.com. 208-255-3081

25 Merry Christmas!

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

30 KRFY Morning Show. KRFY Community Radio 88.5 FM airs the Morning Show with hosts Suzy Prez and Chris Bessler from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Can't catch the Morning Show at its 8 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday airing? Hear the recorded podcast at KRFY.org.

30 Trivia Night. MickDuff's, 312 N. First Ave., hosts Trivia Night from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Prizes and bragging rights to the winning team -- arrive early as tables fill up fast! MickDuffs.com. 208-255-4351

31 Winery Music. Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts live music from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. with Ron Criscoine for a New Year's Eve Special Music event. Criscoine plays an eclectic mix - from the '60s to present. Covers are peppered with originals along with obscure tunes you haven't heard in a long time. POWine.com. 208-265-8545

31 New Year's Eve Bistro Rouge Prix Fixe Dinner. Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts a New Year's Eve Bistro Rouge Prix Fixe Dinner. First reservation is at 6 p.m., and second reservation is at 8 p.m. Enjoy live music featuring Ron Criscoine from 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. in the Tasting Room.  Call 208-265-8545 for reservations. POWine.com.

31 New Year's Eve Costume Ball. Celebrate 2014 with an incredible dance mix, photo room, fortune teller, and prizes for the best costumes during the New Year's Eve Costume Ball, held from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. at the Pearl Theater in Bonners Ferry. Tickets are $25 per person, and include hors d'oeuvres, a champagne toast, music, dancing, and a no-host bar. We will be celebrating Eastern Standard Time! For more information, visit ThePearlTheater.org or call 208-610-2846.

31 New Year’s Eve Parties at Schweitzer. Parties for all ages at Schweitzer Mountain Resort, including the rockin’ party at Taps. Tickets go on sale Dec. 1 in the Activity Center. These parties sell out every year, so buy your tickets early! Schweitzer.com. 208-255-3081

31 New Year's Eve Extravaganza. The Hive, 207 N. First Ave., hosts a New Year's Eve Extravaganza with The Earful and DJ Logic. Tickets for this Angels Over Sandpoint benefit are available starting Dec. 1 at 7B Boardshop, Eichardt's, TicketsWest.com and at The Hive box office on the day of the show. LiveFromTheHive.com.

Here is what's coming up in January 2015!

6 Seniors Day
. The Bonner Mall in Ponderay hosts a Seniors Day event from 9 a.m. until noon. This monthly get-together for seniors includes "walking the mall," plus speakers, games, prizes and refreshments. Held on the first Tuesday of every month, it's free and open to the public. Sponsored by Bonner Mall merchants and Life Care.

9-30 Starlight Junior Race Series
. Local race series at Schweitzer takes place on Friday nights in January. Sponsored by the Independence Race League. Schweitzer.com. 208-255-3081

9 FSPW 10th Anniversary Gala. Join the Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness for their 10th Anniversary Gala at 6 p.m. in the Sandpoint Center atrium. It will be a fine, fun evening full of stories, entertainment, great food catered by Tango Café, plus there will be a silent auction and a "limited edition" live auction featuring a few rare items from FSPW history. ScotchmanPeaks.org.

10 Winter Trails Day. Schweitzer hosts cross-country and skate ski lessons. Schweitzer.com. 208-255-3081

17 Northern Lights at Schweitzer. Fireworks and torchlight parade at Schweitzer Mountain Resort, followed by a party in Taps. Schweitzer.com. 208-255-3081

22-24 Banff Mountain Film Festival. Panida Theater hosts three-day screening event of world’s best mountain and culture films. Proceeds benefit Satipo Kids Project. 263-4283

24-25 Stomp Games. Banked slalom and slopestyle competitions for all ages at Schweitzer. Schweitzer.com. 208-255-3081

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