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We made it to the unofficial start of summer -- Memorial Day Weekend! There's lots going on 'round town to enjoy, including lake cruises and live music at local hangouts in Sandpoint. Or hit the road and check out the Priest Lake Spring Festival held Saturday, May 27 and Sunday, May 28. Held over Memorial Day Weekend every year, the Spring Festival features fun activities in Coolin including an arts/crafts fair, pancake breakfasts, a quilt show and bake sale, a parade on Saturday, plus food and specials. The People Helping People Dinner and Auction is held at Elkins Resort to raise money to help the area nonprofits. Plus on Sunday, take part in the annual races at Coolin – several different lengths of races, ranging from a 5K fun walk/run to a half marathon.

Here's what's happening in May!

25 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 Taylor & Sons Chevrolet. Held on the last Thursday of the month (locations vary monthly). Free admission; donations welcome! 208-265-7297

25 Ales for Trails. Idaho Pour Authority, 203 Cedar St., hosts an Ales for Trails fundraiser from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Enjoy a cold beer with Boise Brewing Beer Co. on taps, and benefit local trail building efforts by the Pend Oreille Pedalers. It's a free event, but raffle tickets will be on sale for great prizes! PendOreillePedalers.org. 208-920-9224

25 Sandpoint High School Band Concert. The Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave., hosts an SHS Jazz and Concert Band Spring Concert at 7 p.m. General admission is $5 at the door. Panida.org. 208-255-7801

25 Thursday Night Music with Brian Jacobs. The 219 Lounge, 219 N. First Ave., hosts live music with Brian Jacobs from 9 p.m. 'til midnight. One of Sandpoint's favorite singers with a style that encompasses folk, rock and soul, come out and enjoy! Free and open to the public. Ages 21 and older only; non-smoking environment. 219.bar.

25, 27-29 Colossal. The Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave., hosts screenings of the rom-com Colossal, starring Anne Hathaway and Jason Sudeikis, with screenings at 7:30 p.m. May 25, 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. May 27-29. Learn more on the Sandpoint Movies Page.

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

26 Winery Live Music. Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts live music from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. with Jake Robin. Come jive with original acoustic rock sounds, a pop culture, and lyrical charisma. POWine.com.

26 Friday Night Music on the Bridge. The Wine Bar on the Cedar Street Bridge, 334 N. First Ave., hosts live music from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Free and open to the public. 208-597-6530

26 Live Music at the 219. Enjoy live music at The 219 Lounge, 219 N. First Ave., with Harold's IGA from 9 p.m. to midnight. This Sandpoint favorite multi-instrumental trio plays folk rock originals and off-the-beaten track covers from artists like Ween, Talking Heads and Violent Femmes. Free and open to the public. Ages 21 and older only; non-smoking environment. 219.bar.

27 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, and handcrafted arts and crafts, plus live music featuring Arvid Lundin and Deep Roots. SandpointFarmersMarket.com.

27-28 Priest Lake Spring Festival. Two-day event in Coolin. See Hot Picks, above.

27 3G Tour. Explore beautiful parts of Lake Pend Oreille while seeing a variety of birdlife, private coves, towering cliffs, the islands of Hope and more during a 3G Tour aboard the Shawnodese, departing Kramer Marina in East Hope at 12:30 p.m. This tour will take you to Glengarry Bay, then on to Green Bay, across the lake to the Green Monarchs and end at the Islands of Hope. Optional lunch available. Also available on some weekdays. Call for reservations and information at 208-255-5253. Fare $39, seniors 60-plus $37. LakePendOreilleCruises.com.

27-28 Hope Islands Cruise. Enjoy a scenic tour around the four islands of Hope while learning the colorful history of the Hope Peninsula and islands aboard the Shawnodese, departing at 4:30 p.m. from Kramer Marina in East Hope. The boat is salon-heated for your comfort. Fare $23, seniors 60-plus $21. LakePendOreilleCruises.com. 208-255-5253

27 IPA Four-Year Anniversary Party. Idaho Pour Authority, 203 Cedar St., hosts their four-year anniversary party! Enjoy live music with John Firshi from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., and live music with Browne Salmon Truck from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. This will be a fundraiser for the Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeeper with complimentary food served all day long with raffle prizes and some very special beer on tap. Help IPA celebrate four years in business!

28 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.

-- Here's what's coming up this week through Sunday, June 4 --

30 ICL After Hours: Coal Divestment. Eichardt's Pub and Grill, 212 Cedar St., hosts an ICL After Hours event from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Idaho Conservation League's energy associate Ben Otto will give a presentation on how we can work towards coal independence in North Idaho. Learn about recent successes and what you can do to help. Get some dinner, enjoy a drink, and learn about coal divestment! Free and open to the public. 208-265-9565

30 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.

31 Sandpoint Farmers Market. The Sandpoint Farmers Market is open from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Farmin Park. Enjoy local produce, baked goods, arts and crafts, plus live music. SandpointFarmersMarket.com.

31 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.

31 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!

Here is what's coming up in June!

1 Corner Bookstore Grand Re-opening. It's back! The Corner Bookstore hosts a grand re-opening at their new location - 405 N. Fourth Ave. (previously occupied by the liquor store). During the re-opening event, which continues for the following two weeks, shoppers will enjoy an additional 20 percent off all books. Stop by and say hello to Jim! 208-265-2886

1 Ice Age Floods Presentation
. The Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., hosts a free presentation from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. titled An Overview of the Most Recent Ice Age Floods in the Pacific Northwest. Gary Ford, president of the Ice Age Floods Institute, will lead the discussion. All are welcome to come follow the trail of the Ice Age Floods from Western Montana to the Pacific Ocean, viewing some truly amazing sites along the way.

1 Thursday Night Solo Series. Come out to MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., for the Thursday Night Solo Music Series featuring Ben Olson from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. He's a longtime local with a great sound you've probably heard with his band Harold's IGA ... tonight, you'll hear him and his guitar and you'll like it! Free and open to the public. Non-smoking, fun & games environment.

1 SHS Choir Spring Fling. Panida hosts Sandpoint High School's final concert of the school year at 6 p.m., featuring four choirs and many soloists. Tickets sold at the door only. Panida.org.

1 State of the Scotchmans. Forrest Bird Charter School, 614 S. Madison, hosts the annual State of the Scotchmans event at 6 p.m. This Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness event features keynote speaker Rick Johnson, executive director of the Idaho Conservation League. All are invited to attend; there will be free appetizers and no-host beer and wine from Eichardt's, FSPW volunteer recognition, and an update on the status of the wilderness proposal and impending legislation.

1 Live Music at the 219. The 219 Lounge, 219 N. First Ave., hosts Thursdays with Brian Jacobs from 9 p.m. 'til midnight. Jacobs is one of Sandpoint's favorite singers with a style that encompasses folk, rock and soul. Free and open to the public. Ages 21 and older only; non-smoking environment. 219.bar.

2, 4 Dancer. The Panida Theater, 300 N. FIrst Ave., brings the documentary 'Dancer for movie showings at 5:30 p.m. June 2, and 1 p.m. June 4. Learn more on the Sandpoint Movies page, or go to Panida.org. 208-255-7801

2 First Fridays with Devon Wade. MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., hosts Devon Wade from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on the First Fridays series. Devon is an independent country music artist out of Sandpoint with a strong love for what country music has always been about - songs about real life. Come hear his fun boot-tappin' tunes! Joining the fun this night is the Old Tin Can food truck, dishing up awesome burgers onsite for your appetite! Free and open to the public. 21+ years of age only. Non-smoking, fun & games environment.

2 Live Music at the 219. Get ready to party at the 219 Lounge, 219 N. First Ave. Kick off the evening with the Truck Mills Trio from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mills, one of the region's most talented performers, leads a trio performing blues with a jazz gospel flair. At 9 p.m. the party starts! Celebrate Sandpoint's favorite DJ's birthday -- it's DJ Josh's birthday and he'll be spinning his and your favorite tunes 'til midnight. Free and open to the public. Ages 21 and older only; non-smoking environment. 219.bar.

3 Paws for a Cause. Come support the local Community Cancer Services at Paws for a Cause from 8 a.m. to noon on the Balto Dog Walk at Dover Bay. Bring your dog or just walk with friends and have some fun while supporting our community's cancer support group. There will be prizes and a silent auction along with the fun. Sponsored by the Community Assistance League. To sponsor a watering hole, call Sherry Ennis at 208-290-6004. Free to participate; donations greatly appreciated! 208-290-6004

3 Native Plant Sale. Enjoy Arbor Day in Sandpoint with a Native Plant Sale, held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Lakeview Park (next to the Bonner County History Museum). The event is open to the public, and presented by the Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society. NativePlantSociety.org. 208-597-5469

3 Touch-A-Truck. Sandpoint Christian School, 477954 Highway 95, hosts a free community event - called Touch-A-Truck - that gives 3- through 8-year-olds the opportunity to climb, steer, and observe some interesting trucks like a semi truck, ambulance, a sanitation truck, and more! Held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., bring some cash for the ice cream truck and concessions and enjoy this eye-opening experience! Free and open to the public. 208-265-8624

3 Yoga & Beer at the Brewery. Join Danielle Spillman every Saturday at MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. for an hourlong Vinyasa Flow yoga class. This class is catered to students of all experience levels and will be conducted outside the brewery with mats. Yoga students are asked to bring their own mat or blanket along with the class fee of $12 which includes a beer (afterwards) or a root beer for underage friends. Class is weather dependent; any cancellations will be posted the Facebook Event Page (please visit this page on the day of the event). 208-209-6700

3 Museum's Free First Saturday. The Bonner County History Museum, 611 S. Ella, hosts Free First Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Everyone is invited to enjoy the museum free of charge! BonnerCountyHistory.org.

3 3G Tour. Explore beautiful parts of Lake Pend Oreille while seeing a variety of birdlife, private coves, towering cliffs, the islands of Hope and more during a 3G Tour aboard the Shawnodese, departing Kramer Marina in East Hope at 12:30 p.m. This tour will take you to Glengarry Bay, then on to Green Bay, across the lake to the Green Monarchs and end at the Islands of Hope. Optional lunch available. Also available on some weekdays. Call for reservations and information at 208-255-5253. Fare $39, seniors 60-plus $37. LakePendOreilleCruises.com.

3 The Art Party. Columbia Bank, 414 Church St., hosts The Art Party at 5:30 p.m. All are invited to join Pend Oreille Arts Council for this 2nd annual fundraiser! Enjoy a gourmet dinner by Tango Cafe and learn
about POAC's education programs and next year's events schedule. Appreciation Awards will be handed out,
and local students will perform during the program. Come join the fun! Cost is $75 per person. ArtinSandpoint.org. 208-263-6139

3 Allegro Dance Studio Spring Showcase. The Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave., hosts the Allegro Dance Studio's ballet and dance recital at 6:30 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.). Tickets available at the door, and in advance at Eve's Leaves and Allegro Dance Studio. Panida.org.

3 Beer Hall Live Music. MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., hosts live music from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. with Moses Willey. Born deep in the heart of the Great North Woods, high on the peak of a musical note, Moses Willey form a special place where the lines between traditional bluegrass, folk, and Appalachian mix together in a mist of stylistic and idiosyncratic interpretations. Free and open to the public. 21+ years of age only. Non-smoking, fun & games environment. 208-209-6700

3 Live Music at the 219. The 219 Lounge, 219 N. First Ave., hosts live music with Bare Grass from 9 p.m. 'til midnight. Get your fun and funky bluegrass and jam groove on with this Sandpoint bluegrass trio. Free and open to the public. Ages 21 and older only; non-smoking environment. 219.bar. Burgers out back by The Old Tin Can. 

4 Sweet Serenade Benefit Concert. Hear accomplished Music Conservatory of Sandpoint staff performing pieces by great masters during the Sweet Serenade Benefit Concert at 5 p.m. in the First Lutheran Church, 526 Olive St. Afterwards, enjoy a chocolate feast and spend time talking to the musicians. All proceeds benefit the scholarship program! Recommended donation is $15. 208-265-4444

4 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.

-- Here's what's coming up this week through Sunday, June 11 --

6 Seniors Day. The Bonner Mall in Ponderay hosts Seniors 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

6 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

6 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.

8 Open Mic with Kevin Dorin. MickDuff's Beer Hall and Kevin Dorin welcome all local artists over 21 years of age for a fun and open night of playing at the Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St.! Held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., enjoy a positive environment to share your passion or just come take it all in! All levels of performers are welcome. The set will be recorded live and artists will have access to the audio. Also, this an opportunity to work with a professional sound guy who will mic you up and show the best version of you. Free and open to the public. 21+ years of age only. Non-smoking, fun & games environment. 208-209-6700

9 SHS Class of 2017 Graduation. The Sandpoint High School Class of 2017 holds their graduation at 6:30 at War Memorial Field.

9 Second Fridays with Ron Greene. Heading north for another special night at MickDuff's Beer Hall at 220 Cedar St., Ron Greene has been a dynamic musical presence as a professional musician and solo artist, spending the last decade performing throughout the Northwest and West coast. As a soloist Greene’s intimate stage presence has gained him a reputation as a passionate singer. Held from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., it's free & open to the public. 21+ years of age only. Non-smoking, fun & games environment.

9 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. Sponsored by Lost Horse Press and Sandpoint Parks and Recreation. * Held on the second Friday of every month. 208-263-6751

9 Live Music at the 219. The 219 Lounge, 219 N. First Ave., hosts live music with The Incredible Flying Dookie Brothers from 9 p.m. 'til midnight. It's time to dance to this incredible Sandpoint rock group who will be playing a range of classic rock songs. Free and open to the public. Ages 21 and older only; non-smoking environment. 219.bar. Pizza out back by Mandala Pizza.

10 Yoga & Beer at the Brewery. Join Danielle Spillman every Saturday at MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. for an hourlong Vinyasa Flow yoga class. This class is catered to students of all experience levels and will be conducted outside the brewery with mats. Yoga students are asked to bring their own mat or blanket along with the class fee of $12 which includes a beer (afterwards) or a root beer for underage friends. Class is weather dependent; any cancellations will be posted the Facebook Event Page (please visit this page on the day of the event). 208-209-6700

10 'Chasing Thoreau' Book Signing. Vanderford's Bookstore, 201 Cedar St., hosts a book signing with Jim Payne at noon. His new book, Chasing Thoreau: An Adventure in Paddling and Philosophy, describes Payne's effort to trace a rowboat trip taken by Henry David Thoreau and his brother in 1839 on the Concord and Merrimack rivers. Rather surprisingly, this effort to track Thoreau's physical trip connected with Thoreau's ideas in an exciting and personal way. The book makes a fitting celebration of Thoreau's bicentennial this year. For more information, visit ChasingThoreau.com.

10 3G Tour. Explore beautiful parts of Lake Pend Oreille while seeing a variety of birdlife, private coves, towering cliffs, the islands of Hope and more during a 3G Tour aboard the Shawnodese, departing Kramer Marina in East Hope at 12:30 p.m. This tour will take you to Glengarry Bay, then on to Green Bay, across the lake to the Green Monarchs and end at the Islands of Hope. Optional lunch available. Also available on some weekdays. Call for reservations and information at 208-255-5253. Fare $39, seniors 60-plus $37. LakePendOreilleCruises.com.

10 Beer Hall Live Music. Marty Perron and Doug Bond are back at MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., for a special Saturday night tunes session from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. This Sandpoint acoustic duo plays the guitar and mandolin and sing their originals with passion. Come out and enjoy. Free and open to the public; ages 21+ years of age only. Non-smoking, fun & games environment. 208-209-6700

10 Live Music at the 219. The 219 Lounge, 219 N. First Ave., hosts live music with Mama Doll from 9 p.m. 'til midnight. One of Spokane's top bands, Mama Doll plays a variety of indie-pop originals and covers. Free and open to the public. Ages 21 and older only; non-smoking environment. 219.bar. Burgers out back by The Old Tin Can.

11 Bay Trail Fun Run. Registration is open for the 4th annual Bay Trail Fun Run, held along the stunning shores of Lake Pend Oreille! Sign up for the 5k or 10k distances on mostly flat, mostly waterfront courses. The Bay Trail Fun Run is both a competitive race, with awards for top finishers in each age group, and it's a family fun run or walk open to all. Register by May 26 to guarantee your commemorative racer T-shirt and water bottle and assorted cool freebies. Sponsorship opportunities are still available -- contact the Friends of Pend d'Oreille Bay Trail at 208-946-7586 to be a part of this wonderful community event and to support efforts to improve the trail and expand it into Ponderay with a passageway under the railroad. POBTrail.org.

11 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.

-- Here's what's coming up this week through Sunday, June 18 --

13 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.

15 Bikes & Beers Benefit with Idaho Walk Bike Alliance. MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., partners with the Idaho Walk Bike Alliance and Pend Oreille Pedalers to host a fun night of Bikes & Beers from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. During the event, $2.50 of every beer sold - plus proceeds from raffle items - will go to the IWBA. Representatives will be in town to discuss all the things happening to support bikers and walkers, as well as keeping them safe! Free & open to the public. 208-209-6700

15-16 Music of Love and Inspiration. Pend Oreille Chorale and String Orchestra presents their spring concert at 7 p.m. each night in the First Lutheran Church, 526 S. Olive St. "Music of Love and Inspiration" is the title of the program, which includes composers such as Brahms, Tallis, Riener, Thompson and Rutter.  Instrumental composers are Scarlatti, Elgar, Turina, Riener and Saint Saens. Performers are all volunteer musicians from Sandpoint and surrounding areas. Under the direction of Mark and Caren Riener, these groups have been providing free classical music concerts for 23 years. Riener will feature two of his pieces in the concert, which is always a big crowd pleaser. These pieces have all been chosen to thrill and inspire! 208-290-2644

15 Live Music at the 219. The 219 Lounge, 219 N. First Ave., hosts Thursdays with Brian Jacobs from 9 p.m. 'til midnight. Jacobs is one of Sandpoint's favorite singers with a style that encompasses folk, rock and soul. Free and open to the public. Ages 21 and older only; non-smoking environment. 219.bar.

16 ArtWalk Opening Receptions. POAC sponsors the 40th annual revolving art exhibit starting with Friday evening opening receptions at 20-plus downtown galleries; art exhibits remain on display through Sept. 7. ArtinSandpoint.org. 208-263-6139

16 Third Fridays with Devon Wade. That's right, Devon Wade is back at MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., for the Third Friday of June. Devon is an independent country music artist out of Sandpoint Idaho with a strong love for what country music has always been, songs about real life. Come out and here his fun boot tapping tunes! Joining the fun this night is the Old Tin Can food truck who will be onsite dishing up awesome burgers for your appetite! Free and open to the public. 21+ years of age only. Non-smoking, fun & games environment. 208-209-6700

17 CHAFE 150. Sponsored by Sandpoint Rotary, this annual benefit ride takes bicyclists on a 150-mile route through Idaho and Montana - or opt for the 1/2 CHaFE at 80 miles, or the 30-mile fun ride. CHaFE150.org.

17 Yoga & Beer at the Brewery. Join Danielle Spillman every Saturday at MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. for an hourlong Vinyasa Flow yoga class. This class is catered to students of all experience levels and will be conducted outside the brewery with mats. Yoga students are asked to bring their own mat or blanket along with the class fee of $12 which includes a beer (afterwards) or a root beer for underage friends. Class is weather dependent; any cancellations will be posted the Facebook Event Page (please visit this page on the day of the event). 208-209-6700

17 Injectors Car Club BBQ Fundraiser. Come celebrate summer at the annual Injectors Car Club BBQ Fundraiser on Father's Day weekend! The club is hosting a barbecue at the Sandpoint Senior Center parking lot, 820 Main St., from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $5 per plate, which includes a hamburger or hot dog and lots of side dishes and dessert. Sodas and other drinks will be available for $1. Classic cars will be on display! Fun and yum for the entire family while you support our local seniors! 208-263-6860

17 Challenge of Champions. Annual bull riding and barrel racing contest at the Bonner County Fairgrounds. BonnerCountyFair.com.

17 Beer Hall Live Music. Harold's IGA is gracing the MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., for a fun night of live music, cheers and beers from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. 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+ years of age only. Non-smoking, fun & games environment. 208-209-6700

17 Live Music at the 219. The 219 Lounge, 219 N. First Ave., hosts live music with The Miah Kohal Band from 9 p.m. 'til midnight. Get your dancing shoes on! One of the area's best bands will "Rock the House." Free and open to the public. Ages 21 and older only; non-smoking environment. 219.bar. Burgers out back by the Old Tin Can.

18 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.

-- Here's what's coming up this week through Sunday, June 25 --

20 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.

21 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

22 Thursday Night Solo Series. MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., hosts the Thursday Night Solo Series, featuring Kevin Dorin, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. "One of the most original voices you may ever hear ... Kevin Dorin sounds like no one but Kevin Dorin" says everyone, and that includes your grandmother. Join Kevin for the fourth Thursday of the month; he might even invite a friend in for a song or two! Free & open to the public. Non-smoking, fun & games environment. 208-209-6700

22 Live Music at the 219. The 219 Lounge, 219 N. First Ave., hosts Thursdays with Brian Jacobs from 9 p.m. 'til midnight. One of Sandpoint's favorite singers with a style that encompasses folk, rock and soul. Free and open to the public. Ages 21 and older only; non-smoking environment. 219.bar.

23 Beer Hall Live Music. MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., hosts live music from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. with the Beat Diggers. Made up of all locals, The Beat Diggers share cool tunes, ear candy harmonies, and epic rock and roll. This band of innovators includes lead guitarist and vocalist Benny Baker, drummer Ali Maverick Thomas, Christine Kester, Mike (Big Dog) Poulin, Rob Smith, and whoever may stoke the stage to instigate true musical treats. Joining the fun this night is the Old Tin Can food truck, which will be onsite dishing up awesome burgers for your appetite! Free and open to the public. 21+ years of age only. Non-smoking, fun & games environment. 208-209-6700

23 Live Music at the 219. The 219 Lounge, 219 N. First Ave., hosts live music with The Devon Wade Band from 9 p.m. 'til midnight. Get your dancing shoes on for one of the area's best country rock bands! Free and open to the public. Ages 21 and older only; non-smoking environment. 219.bar. Pizza out back by Mandala Pizza.

24 'June Blooms in Hope' Quilt Show. Clark Fork Valley Quilters holds their 'June Blooms in Hope' Quilt Show from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the Memorial Community Center, 415 Wellington Pl. in Hope. Come see our colorful new "blooms" in a display of quilts, plus handcrafted boutique items, fresh-baked goods, a raffle quilt, and raffle prizes to be given away that day. View the guild's Secret Pal creations, vote on the ugly fabric block challenge, and pick your favorite for the Viewer's Choice awards. $2 admission. Clark Fork Valley Quilters is a small community service guild that has donated hundreds of beautiful quilts to various charities as a way of providing comfort to those in need. 208-264-5375

24 Yoga & Beer at the Brewery. Join Danielle Spillman every Saturday at MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. for an hourlong Vinyasa Flow yoga class. This class is catered to students of all experience levels and will be conducted outside the brewery with mats. Yoga students are asked to bring their own mat or blanket along with the class fee of $12 which includes a beer (afterwards) or a root beer for underage friends. Class is weather dependent; any cancellations will be posted the Facebook Event Page (please visit this page on the day of the event). 208-209-6700

24 WaterLife Discovery Center Open House. The Pend Oreille Chapter of Idaho Master Naturalists invite residents and visitors to discover or re-discover the treasure of the WaterLife Discovery Center with an open hour from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the center, located at 1591 Lakeshore Dr. Take in science exhibits, activities, nature trails, a trout pond with viewing window, and much more. Refreshments will be served. Free and open to the public. 208-610-6784

24 Beer Hall Live Music. MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., hosts live music from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. with Brown Salmon Truck. Comprised of Sandpoint locals Drew Browne on bass, Samantha Carston vocals, and Truck Mills on guitar, this trio plays vintage and contemporary blues, jazz, latin and more. They don't play often so don't miss a chance to hear their awesome sound. Free and open to the public. 21+ years of age only. Non-smoking, fun & games environment. 208-209-6700

24 Live Music at the 219. Get your rockabilly on with live music at the 219 Lounge, 219 N. First Ave., featuring Still Tipsy and the Hangovers from 9 p.m. 'til midnight. Enjoy great music by one of Sandpoint's favorite trios featuring swing, jazz and rockabilly. Free and open to the public. Ages 21 and older only; non-smoking environment. 219.bar. Burgers out back by The Old Tin Can.

25 7B Sunday. Season opener at Schweitzer Mountain Resort with chairlift rides, family activities and wine tasting. Schweitzer.com. 208-255-3081

25 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.

-- Here's what's coming up this week through Sunday, July 2 --

27 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.

29 Summer Sampler. Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce hosts the annual Summer Sampler at Farmin Park. Taste fine cuisine from area restaurants, plus enjoy cook-offs and live music. SandpointChamber.org. 800-800-2106

29 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 Greasy Fingers Bikes N Repair. Held on the last Thursday of the month (locations vary monthly). Free admission; donations welcome! 208-265-7297
and older only; non-smoking environment.

29 Summer Kick-Off Music Festival. Kick off summer at the 219! From 8 p.m. 'til 11 p.m. the 219 Lounge, 219 N. First Ave., will be hosting its annual Summer Kick-Off music festival on the outdoor patio featuring Bart Budwig, Planes on Paper and Christopher Paul Stelling. Come out and listen to three incredibly talented groups perform a medley of original folk and Americana songs. $10 cover charge.  Ages 21 and older only; non-smoking environment. 219.bar. Pizza out back by Mandala Pizza.

29 Thursday Night Solo Series. MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., hosts the Thursday Night Solo Series with Benny Baker from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Baker rocks and rolls, and can be seen in many of your favorite bands: Miah Kohal, Beat Diggers, Other White Meat ... and is a true treat to take in on his own. Don't miss his killer tunes and sounds. Free and open to the public. Non-smoking, fun & games environment. 208-209-6700

30 Beer Hall Live Music. MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., hosts live music with Scotia Road from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Newport's Scotia Road is a four-piece family band made up of guitar, mandolin and upright bass, mingling with the calming vocals and harmonies of the mother-daughter duo. You might just fall in love with Scotia Road. Joining the fun this night is the Old Tin Can food truck, which will be onsite dishing up awesome burgers for your appetite! Free and open to the public. 21+ years of age only. Non-smoking, fun & games environment.

30 Live Music at the 219. The 219 Lounge, 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. Pizza out back by Mandala Pizza.

All summer long - Lake cruises. Lake Pend Oreille Cruises hosts a variety of cruises aboard the Shawnodese, including the Daily Cruise and the Sunset Dessert & Eagle Watching Cruise departing from Sandpoint City Beach. Learn more at LakePendOreilleCruises.com or call 208-255-5253.

Here is what's coming up in July!

1 Yoga & Beer at the Brewery. Join Danielle Spillman every Saturday at MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. for an hourlong Vinyasa Flow yoga class. This class is catered to students of all experience levels and will be conducted outside the brewery with mats. Yoga students are asked to bring their own mat or blanket along with the class fee of $12 which includes a beer (afterwards) or a root beer for underage friends. Class is weather dependent; any cancellations will be posted the Facebook Event Page (please visit this page on the day of the event). 208-209-6700

1 Beer Hall Live Music. MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., hosts live music with Harold's IGA from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. 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. Joining the fun this night is the Mandala Pizza food truck, which will be onsite serving up slices of their wood-fired pizza and more for your delicious delights! Free & open to the public. 21+ years of age only. Non-smoking, fun & games environment.

4 Fourth of July Celebration. Sandpoint Lions Club sponsors parades downtown in the morning; stage performances and a raffle follow at City Beach in the afternoon, plus a fireworks show at dusk. 208-263-4118

4 Silverwood Fireworks Extravaganza. Celebrate the 4th of July at Silverwood Theme Park with patriotic music and fireworks at dusk. SilverwoodThemePark.com. 208-683-3400

7 Sense the Wind. Sandpoint Sailing Association sponsors a screening of the inspirational documentary 'Sense the Wind' at 7 p.m. The film tells the story of blind sailors learning to race sailboats, and it will be followed by a Q&A with the film's director and producer. Panida.org.

7-9 Sandpoint SummerFest. Eureka Institute's annual weekend festival of family music, arts and culture with a focus on sustainability. Tickets are on sale at Eureka-Institute.org. All proceeds fund the Construction Basics Initiative for young adults. 208-263-2217

8 Classic Boat Festival. Wooden boats, water-themed activities, contests and more along Sand Creek; sponsored by Inland Empire Antique & Classic Boat Society. 208-255-1876

8 Beerfest
. Sample local brews and enjoy a festive block party, sponsored by the Sandpoint Chamber. SandpointChamber.com. 208-263-2161

8 Shangri La at the Lake. Underground Kindess's 5th annual fundraiser, Shangri La at the Lake, is held from 5:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. at the Shangri La, 116 Bella Circle in Sagle. Enjoy live music, dinner and dancing on the shores of Lake Pend Oreille. Underground Kindness supports programs in the public schools, the Juvenile Justice Center, and The Afterschool Project. In the 2016-17 school year, UK presented more than 400 classes! All are welcome for this fun, family-friendly evening. UndergroundKindness.org. 208-255-8082

8 Full Moon and Hors d'oeuvres Cruise. Enjoy a variety of hors d'oeuvres while cruising through eagle territory during a two-hour boat cruise aboard the Shawnodese, departing from Sandpoint City Beach. To cap off the evening, watch the full moon as it rises above the spectacular Cabinet Mountains before returning to port. With any luck, you will actually observe two or possibly even three moonrises! Reservations required; fare is $36. LakePendOreilleCruises.com. 208-255-5253

9 Jacey's Race. Competitive 5k race for runners and walkers, and 1k fun run for kids benefits local children with cancer or life-threatening illnesses. Jaceys-Race.com.

13 Festival at Sandpoint Art Unveiling. Fine art poster for the Festival at Sandpoint is unveiled at Dover Bay. FestivalatSandpoint.com. 208-265-4554

15-16 Northwest WineFest. Outdoor concerts, wine tasting, plus family activities, at Schweitzer Mountain Resort. Schweitzer.com. 208-255-3081

15 Schweitzer Mountain Trail Run. Schweitzer Mountain Resort hosts 3.5 and 10 mile trail runs. 10 a.m. start time; racers receive Patagonia race shirts. SMTrailRun.com.

15 Bodacious BBQ. Hope's Memorial Community Center holds their annual Bodacious BBQ fundraiser at the Litehouse Beach House on Highway 200. The event features amazing appetizers, beer, wine, mixed drinks, silent auction fun, tri-tip and all the fixin's, live music and dancing with local bluegrass band The Riff Hangers, and more! This is the MCC's biggest and best fundraiser of the year! Tickets are $60 each, or $560 for a table of 8 which includes 8 meal tickets, 2 bottles of wine, and the gorgeous centerpiece. Buy tickets online at MemorialCommunityCenter.com or call 208-264-5481.

21-23 Northwest YogaFeast. Eureka Institute's 8th annual experience that frees the spirit, feeds the soul, and nurtures the tummy! Eureka-Institute.org. 208-263-2217 

27 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 Trinity at City Beach. Held on the last Thursday of the month (locations vary monthly). Free admission; donations welcome! 208-265-7297

29 Crazy Days. Downtown merchants offer big deals in annual sidewalk sale. DowntownSandpoint.com. 208-255-1876

Here is what's coming up in August!

3-13 Festival at Sandpoint. Sit under the stars and enjoy this 34th annual internationally renowned outdoor concert series on the lawn at Memorial Field. FestivalatSandpoint.com. 208-265-4554

3 Festival at Sandpoint: Pink Martini. The 34th annual Festival at Sandpoint kicks off with a concert featuring Pink Martini, a 12-musician band that performs its multilingual repertoire on concert stages and with symphony orchestras throughout the world. Martini specials in colorful glasses will be featured at the Festival Bar. Gates open at 6 p.m., and the concert starts at 7:30 p.m. FestivalatSandpoint.com. 208-265-4554

4-5 PRCA Rodeo. Evening action at the Bonner County Fairgrounds. BonnerCountyFair.com.

4 Festival at Sandpoint: The B-52s. Performing at the 34th annual Festival at Sandpoint, the B-52s are considered "The World's Greatest Party Band" and remain one of rock music's most beloved musical groups. This is a dance concert, so there will be increased dancing and standing areas in front of the stage. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the concert starts at 7:30 p.m. FestivalatSandpoint.com. 208-265-4554

4 Aftival: Karl Denson's Tiny Universe. The Hive, 207 N. First Ave., hosts annual Aftival concert series at 10 p.m. (doors open at 9 p.m.), following the Festival at Sandpoint. Ticket info: LiveFromTheHive.com.

5 Long Bridge Swim. Hundreds compete in a 1.76-mile swim across Lake Pend Oreille during this 23rd annual event. LongBridgeSwim.org. 208-265-2615

5 Festival at Sandpoint: Jake Owen. Country superstar Jake Owen takes the stage at the Festival at Sandpoint, playing his growing number of hit songs including "Barefoot Blue Jean Night" and "Beachin'" among many others. Opening the show is Mitchell Tempenny. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. FestivalatSandpoint.com. 208-265-4554

5 Aftival: Jerry Joseph and the Jackmormons. The Hive, 207 N. First Ave., hosts annual Aftival concert series at 10 p.m. (doors open at 9 p.m.), following the Festival at Sandpoint. Tickets and more info: LiveFromTheHive.com.

6 Schweitzer Huckleberry Color Fun Run. Join the crazy, colorful fun at Schweitzer Mountain Resort -- a perfect outing for the entire family! Schweitzer.com. 208-263-9555

6 Festival at Sandpoint: Family Concert. Round up the kids and head to the Festival's Family Concert, The Frog Prince, featuring the Spokane Youth Orchestra conducted by Gary Sheldon. Fun activities for the kids, including an Instrument Petting Zoo and an Animal Petting Zoo, help round out the always-popular family concert. FestivalatSandpoint.com. 208-265-4554

7 Full Moon and Hors d'oeuvres Cruise. Enjoy a variety of hors d'oeuvres while cruising through eagle territory during a two-hour boat cruise aboard the Shawnodese, departing from Sandpoint City Beach. To cap off the evening, watch the full moon as it rises above the spectacular Cabinet Mountains before returning to port. With any luck, you will actually observe two or possibly even three moonrises! Reservations required; fare is $36. LakePendOreilleCruises.com. 208-255-5253

8-12 Bonner County Fair. Old-fashioned country event at the Bonner County Fairgrounds, concluding with a Demolition Derby on Saturday night (Aug. 12) to round out the fun. BonnerCountyFair.com. 208-263-8414

10 Festival at Sandpoint: The Head and The Heart. American indie folk band The Head and The Heart return to the Festival at Sandpoint stage, with a sound that's influenced by Americana, country-rock and classic Beatlesque pop. The six-piece Seattle band reached No. 1 on Billboard's Top Rock Albums and Alternative Albums charts for the first time with its latest studio album "Signs of Light." Opening the show is Roman Candles. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Arrive early for the Brew Tasting! FestivalatSandpoint.com. 208-265-4554

11-13, 18-20 Artists' Studio Tour. 13th annual self-guided driving tour of working studios through North Idaho. ArtTourDrive.org. 800-800-2106

11 Festival at Sandpoint: Iration/The Wailers. Iration is a deep-rooted indie band whose reggae influences are fused with elements of pop and rock to create a smooth original sound. Double billed with The Wailers, formed by the remaining members of Bob Marley & The Wailers after Marley died in 1981. Get ready to groove! This is a dance concert, so there will be increased dancing and standing areas in front of the stage! Doors open at 6 p.m., and the concert starts at 7:30 p.m. FestivalatSandpoint.com. 208-265-4554

11 Challenge of Champions. Annual bull riding and barrel racing contest at the Bonner County Fairgrounds. BonnerCountyFair.com.

11 Aftival: Beats Antique. The Hive, 207 N. First Ave., hosts annual Aftival concert series at 10 p.m. (doors open at 9 p.m.), following the Festival at Sandpoint. Ticket info: LiveFromTheHive.com.

12 Wings Over Sandpoint Fly-In. Regional pilots fly into Sandpoint Airport, or Dover Bay for seaplanes, during the 12th Annual Fly-In featuring a breakfast and aircraft display. Sponsored by the Sandpoint EAA Chapter 1441. 208-255-9954

12-13 Schweitzer Downhill Enduro Jam. Schweitzer Mountain Resort hosts a downhill bike event, with practice course open Aug. 12 and the race held Aug. 13. Schweitzer.com.

12-13 Arts & Crafts Fair. Pend Oreille Art Council's popular 45th annual Arts & Crafts Fair at Sandpoint City Beach, held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, includes artist booths, food vendors, live entertainment, and a youth art area, and draws a crowd of over 5,000 people annually. All jury and booth fees directly benefit POAC's programs in visual and performing arts, and art education for the benefit of our community. ArtinSandpoint.org. 208-263-6139

12 Festival at Sandpoint: George Thorogood and the Destroyers. It's gonna be a rock party as George Thorogood and the Destroyers bring their "high-energy boogie-blues" sounds to Memorial Field. A staple of 1980s rock radio with hits like his original songs "Bad to the Bone" and "I Drink Alone," Throrgood also helped popularize older songs by American icons such as "Move It on Over" and "Who Do You Love?" Opening is The White Buffalo. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. FestivalatSandpoint.com. 208-265-4554

12 Aftival: The New Mastersounds. The Hive, 207 N. First Ave., hosts annual Aftival concert series at 10 p.m. (doors open at 9 p.m.), following the Festival at Sandpoint. Ticket info: LiveFromTheHive.com.

13 Festival at Sandpoint: Spokane Symphony Orchestra. Maestro Gary Sheldon conducts the Nordic Nights Grand Finale featuring soloist Tien Hsieh on piano. Fireworks cap off the concert. Arrive early for Taste of the Stars complimentary wine tasting at 4:30 p.m. FestivalatSandpoint.com. 208-265-4554

18-19 Spokane-to-Sandpoint Relay Race. The 10th annual "Scenic Relay Race" where runners and walkers begin atop Mt. Spokane, and teams make their way 185 miles through 15 cities en route to the finish line at Sandpoint's City Beach. It's one of the Pacific Northwest's premier running events. SpokanetoSandpoint.com. 541-633-7174

20 MacBeth. Montana Shakespeare in the Parks performance at 6 p.m. in the Bonner County Fairgrounds. Opening act features Shakespeare Theater students from the Music Conservatory of Sandpoint. Bring a picnic and enjoy! Free admission. Sponsored locally by Lost Horse Press.

21 Solar Eclipse Cruise. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience an almost complete solar eclipse while out on the lake! Lake Pend Oreille Cruises hosts a Solar Eclipse Cruise from 9 a.m. until noon. The Shawnodese will take passengers out towards the islands of Hope while watching the sun (with complimentary eyeware to protect eyes) slowly disappear; mid-cruise will be in virtual darkness at the peak of the eclipse. Light brunch and lunch items available for purchase. This will be a popular cruise so book early! Cost is $41 per person. 208-255-5253 or visit LakePendOreilleCruises.com.

31 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 Evans Brothers Coffee. Held on the last Thursday of the month (locations vary monthly). Free admission; donations welcome! 208-265-7297

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