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Three days of mountain fun! Schweitzer Mountain Resort's 22nd annual Fall Fest over Labor Day Weekend, Saturday, Aug. 30 through Monday, Sept. 1, celebrates the end of summer and all that wintry weather that's heading our way! Enjoy the concert-like atmosphere as eight bands play over the course of three days, including favorites such as the Miah Kohal Band and Hell's Belles - an all-female AC/DC tribute band. Schweitzer will be serving up regional wines, hard ciders, plus more than 60 regional micro beers on tap! The ever-popular souvenir mugs, glasses and steins will be on sale as well as other Fall Fest souvenirs. Kids can visit the soda tent and mix their own flavors. Plus, there's arts, crafts and food vendors throughout the village. It's the final weekend of summer operations, and the chairlift will be open for sightseeing, hiking and mountain biking at a discounted rate. Schweitzer.com.

Natural talent. Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge, 287 Westside Rd. in Bonners Ferry, hosts the 3rd annual Art in the Wild fine art show from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30. View art that is nature-themed or made with natural materials while enjoying live music including The 4 Saxes from Bonners Ferry and Strings Attached from Creston, B.C., plus great food! Each day features a free educational program with well-known author and naturalist Jack Nisbet. For more information, visit the Friends of Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge website. Supported by the Idaho Humanities Council. 208-627-2062

Here's what's happening in August!

28-30 Begin Again. The Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave., hosts a screening of the film Begin Again at 7:30 p.m. each night. Learn more about the film, starring Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo, on the Sandpoint Movies Page, or visit Panida.org. 208-263-9191

29 Live Music with David Walsh. Idaho Pour Authority, 203 Cedar St., hosts live music from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with David Walsh. IdahoPourAuthority.com. 208-290-2280

29 Winery Music. Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts live music from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with Tom Catmull, visiting from Missoula to share his American-roots driven sound. Visit the winery's Facebook page. 208-265-8545

29 tinyExpanse North Idaho Art Exhibit. Panhandle State Bank, 414 Church St., hosts the tinyExpanse North Idaho Art Exhibit from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Celebrate Idaho's stunning landscapes at an opening art reception for the Idaho Conservation League's Artist in Residence, Rachel Teannalach. Teannalach's plein air paintings interpret the Idaho landscapes that the ICL works to protect, today and for future generations. A portion of the event's proceeds will support ICL's conservation work. The evening includes complimentary wine/beer and appetizers; free and open to the public. Hosted by the ICL, Pend Oreille Arts Council and Panhandle State Bank. IdahoConservation.org. 208-265-9565

29-30 Have You Explored the Waterlife Discovery Center? Visit the Waterlife Discovery Center, located at the old Sandpoint Fish Hatchery on Lakeshore Drive in Sagle. Discover the fish viewing window and pond stocked with trout, the grounds and dock on Murphy Bay, a self-guided trail in the attached wetland, and native plant displays. There will be a naturalist on duty to answer questions from noon until 4 p.m. both days. There are picnic tables, a public dock, and porta-potty. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by IDFG and Idaho Master Naturalists.

29-30 Art in the Wild. At the Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge. See Hot Picks, above.

29, 31 Art at the Lake. As part of its Labor Day Weekend events, The Entree Gallery presents Art at the Lake, featuring demonstrations by two favorite gallery artists, Tom Wakeley and Terry Tee. The work of both artists can be found in prominent galleries, and in private and corporate collections throughout country. On Friday, Aug. 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Priest Lake artist Tom Wakeley will demonstrate his contemporary style. On Sunday, Aug. 31 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., internationally recognized wildlife artist Terry Lee will demonstrate his personal style of oil painting, with music provided by Mike Wagoner from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The gallery is located on Reeder Bay Road, two miles east of Nordman. 208-443-2001

30 Sandpoint Farmers Market. Open-air market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in downtown's Farmin Park features fresh produce, garden starts, handcrafts, flowers, food and live music featuring Kathy Colton and the Reluctants. SandpointFarmersMarket.com.

30 Summer Sounds. Sandpoint Business Improvement District presents a performance with Kathy Colton & the Reluctants as part of the Summer Sounds concert series, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Park Place Stage, corner of First and Cedar. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by Sandpoint's BID, Holly Eve Foundation, Eve's Leaves, and Arlo's. DowntownSandpoint.com. 208-255-1876

30 Live Music with Ben Olson and Cadie Archer. Idaho Pour Authority, 203 Cedar St., hosts live music from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with Ben Olson and Cadie Archer. IdahoPourAuthority.com. 208-290-2280

30 Marshall McLean Band in Concert. Here's a score for local music lovers: This Spokane based band is forging a new "NW Americana rock" sound with the help of Sandpoint bassist Justin Landis. They play with special guest Bart Budgwig at the Heartwood Center, 615 Oak Street at the wonderfully remodeled former Catholic Church, 8-11 p.m. Get tickets for $20 at the door, $18 in advance at Eichardt's or Eve's Leaves downtown. MarshallMcleanBand.com

30-31 Coaster Classic Car Show. Silverwood Theme Park hosts the Coaster Classic Car Show, featuring classic cars from across the Northwest. The 12th annual event is one of the biggest of its kind in the Inland Northwest. If you like cars that go fast, look good, or just remind you of the good ol' days, you've gotta be there! Each driver and one passenger will get free admission into the theme park! SilverwoodThemePark.com.

30-31 Funky Junk Antique Show. Back for its eighth year, Funky Junk Antique Show will be in full swing at the historic Big Red Barn on the Wood V-X Ranch (just 7 miles north of Sandpoint at 480987 Highway 95). Shop for wonderful treasures in the farm yard, silo, barns and more! Everything from salvage to retro and anything in between. Enjoy live music both days and good food, too! Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. $5 admission; 12 and under free. Learn more at FunkyJunkAntiqueShow.com.

30-Sept. 1 Schweitzer Fall Fest. 22nd annual event. See Hot Picks, above.

Daily through early Sept. - Lake Pend Oreille Cruises. Enjoy a delightful 10-mile loop Daily Cruise departing City Beach at 1:30 p.m.; learn about the colorful history of Sandpoint and the story of how Lake Pend Oreille was created from the Ice Age Floods! Plus check out the Sunset Dessert and Eagle Watching Cruise, departing at 6:30 p.m. Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays. Fare info: LakePendOreilleCruises.com. 208-255-5253

Tuesdays in August - Pints for a Cause. In support of National Water Quality Month (August), MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., is donating 50 cents of every pint sold from 5:30 p.m. to close every Tuesday in August, to the Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeeper. MickDuffs.com. 208-209-6700

Here is what's coming up in September!

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 Tuesdays with Ray. Trinity at City Beach, 58 Bridge St., hosts Tuesdays with Ray featuring live music along with a special guest. TrinityatCityBeach.com. 208-255-7558

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 Reverend Horton Heat. The Hive, 207 N. First Ave., hosts a concert with Reverend Horton Heat. Tickets are $15 in advance, available at Eichardt's, 7B Boardshop and TicketsWest.com, and $20 on showday at The Hive's ticket booth on Second Avenue. LiveFromTheHive.com.

4-6 The Fault in Our Stars. The Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave., hosts a screening of the film The Fault in Our Stars at 7:30 p.m. each night. Learn more about the film, starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort, on the Sandpoint Movies Page or Panida.org. 208-263-9191

5-6 Wild Weekend for Wilderness. Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness and Idaho Conservation League hold a Wild Weekend for Wilderness celebration, beginning with a panel discussion on "Why Wilderness?" from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, in the Panhandle State Bank. Learn about the historical and cultural significance of wilderness in America, the history of wilderness politics in North Idaho, the Forest Service's role in identifying lands suitable for wilderness and more. The panel includes ICL conservation associate Brad Smith, Sandpoint's district ranger Eric Walker, University of Idaho history professor Adam Sowards, and FSPW executive director Phil Hough. Next, partake in a One Wild Night celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at Evans Brothers Coffee. In addition, there are two guided hikes in the wild -- click for more info at ScotchmanPeaks.org.

5-7 Harvest Party. Annual event at Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., with family-friendly activities, food sampling, wine tasting and live music. POWine.com. 208-265-8545

6 Seniors' Day at the Mall. The Bonner Mall, 300 Bonner Mall Way in Ponderay, hosts the Seniors' Day at the Mall from 9 a.m. to noon with free games and prizes, complimentary coffee and treats! Seniors' Day takes place the first Tuesday of every month. 208-263-4272

6 Summer Sounds. Sandpoint Business Improvement District presents a performance with Devon Wade as part of the Summer Sounds concert series, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Park Place Stage, corner of First and Cedar. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by Sandpoint's BID, Holly Eve Foundation, Eve's Leaves, and Arlo's. DowntownSandpoint.com. 208-255-1876

-- Here's what's happening this week through Sunday, September 14 --

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 Tuesdays with Ray. Trinity at City Beach, 58 Bridge St., hosts Tuesdays with Ray featuring live music along with a special guest. TrinityatCityBeach.com. 208-255-7558

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 Wild West Winds Concert. Enjoy the versatility of the Wild West Winds, part of the U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West from Travis Air Force Base in California, as they showcase a wide range of musical styles such as marches, patriotic, popular, jazz, and classical. With such riveting diverse sounds, the ensemble offers something for everyone. Concert is free and open to the public, but a ticket is required for entry (available in the POAC office on First Avenue). This concert is co-sponsored by the United States Air Force (USAF), American Legion, Marine Corps League, Vietnam Veterans of America, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, and Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho.

12 Open Your Purse For Kids. Tango Cafe, inside the Panhandle State Bank, hosts the Open Your Purse For Kids fundraising event from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. to benefit the Sandpoint CASA. Purses, bags, jewelry and more will be for sale and auction. $5 admission buys a raffle ticket. Appetizers will be provided with no-host wine available. Have fun shopping with an amazing selection and bargains galore!

13 End of Summer Tailgate. Memorial Community Center in Hope hosts the End of Summer Tailgate from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Spaces are $10 each; to reserve a space, call 208-264-5481 or download a registration form at MemorialCommunityCenter.com.

13 Injectors Car Show. The Injectors Car Club hosts the 13th Annual Injectors Car Show in downtown Sandpoint. Registration is from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., and show entry is $20. Learn more at SandpointInjectors.com.

13 AHWF Benefit Dinner. The American Heritage Wildlife Foundation holds a Benefit Dinner at the Squeeze Inn in Clark Fork. Enjoy live music in addition to the wonderful food! The fundraiser assists in the rehabilitation of local injured or orphaned wildlife. Find more information about the foundation at AHWF.org or call 208-266-1488.

14 Hawaiian Bar-B-Q Fundraiser. 24 Hours for Hank sponsors a Hawaiian B-B-Q fundraiser from noon to 4 p.m. at Laughing Dog Brewing, 1109 Fontaine Dr. in Ponderay. All food proceeds, as well as a portion of beer proceeds, will go to 24 Hours for Hank and cystinosis research. Enjoy live music, games with beer, soft drinks and yummy Hawaiian food for sale. Come out and support a local family and hang out with good friends!

-- Here's what's happening this week through Sunday, September 21 --

15-20 WaCanId Ride. Six-day bicycle tour, 344 miles around the Selkirk Mountains, presented by the International Selkirk Loop and Rotary International. WaCanId.com. 888-823-2626

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 Tuesdays with Ray. Trinity at City Beach, 58 Bridge St., hosts Tuesdays with Ray featuring live music along with a special guest. TrinityatCityBeach.com. 208-255-7558

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

18-21 Idaho Draft Horse and Mule International. The Northwest’s largest draft horse and mule expo held at the Bonner County Fairgrounds. Enjoy team competitions, pulling contests, and much more! IdahoDraftHorseShow.com. 208-263-8414

19 Acoustic Americana: Kelley McRae. Di Luna's Cafe, 207 Cedar St., hosts a concert with Kelley McRae at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.). McRae grew up in Mississippi but called Brooklyn home before teaming up with guitarist Matt Castelein; since then, they've toured coast to coast, drawing comparisons to Lucinda Williams and Gillian Welch. The duo's music is wide ranging - comprising haunting ballads, tender love songs, and energetic guitar-driven songs full of hope. Kelley McRae's 40-date tour kicks off this fall with shows in 15 states, from Tennessee to California! Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door; purchase by calling 208-263-0846 or go to DiLunas.com.
 
19-20, 26-27 7-10 Split. Sandpoint Onstage presents this hilarious comedy, Sept. 19-20 and 26-27, in the Panida's Little Theater. SandpointOnstage.com. 208-263-9191

20 Autumn Fest Auction. Sandpoint's historic Panida Theater holds a special place in the hearts of residents and visitors alike. The downtown venue is home to numerous plays, concerts, ballet performances and so much more. Now there's a great event to "give back" to the theater that gives so much! It's called the Autumn Fest Auction, held in the Ponderay Events Center. Enjoy live and silent auctions, along with beer and wine tastings, hors d'oeuvres, desserts and live entertainment. All proceeds go to the Panida Theater's Restoration Fund - to help keep this local treasure its very best! Visit Panida.org to purchase tickets online.

20 The Nth Power. The Hive, 207 N. First Ave., hosts a concert with The Nth Power. Tickets are $15 in advance, available at Eichardt's, 7B Boardshop and TicketsWest.com, and $20 on showday at The Hive's ticket booth on Second Avenue. LiveFromTheHive.com.

20-21 LPOIC Members-Only Derby. The Lake Pend Oreille Idaho Club hosts a Members-Only Derby, with cash prizes in rainbow and mackinaw trout divisions. Entry fee is $40, and all entrants must be a member of the LPOIC (all are welcome to join the LPOIC; membership fee is $40). Purchase tickets before 8 a.m. Sept. 20 at Hope Marine Services, Holiday Shores Resort, Odie's Bayside Grocery, Captn's Table, MacDonald's Hudson Bay and The Captain's Wheel. Awards will be held at the Captn's Table in Garfield Bay at the conclusion of the derby on Sept. 21. More information at LPOIC.org and LPOIC on Facebook.

21 The Scenic Half. Sixth annual 5K/10K and half marathon around scenic Sandpoint, sponsored by the Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce. Register and learn more at ScenicHalf.com. 208-263-2161

-- Here's what's happening this week through Sunday, September 28 --

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 Tuesdays with Ray. Trinity at City Beach, 58 Bridge St., hosts Tuesdays with Ray featuring live music along with a special guest. TrinityatCityBeach.com. 208-255-7558

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

25 Yappy Hour. It's a tail-waggin' good time! Bring your dog and enjoy a relaxing evening with friends and Panhandle Animal Shelter residents, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Eichardt's Pub, 212 Cedar St. 208-265-7297

25 Poetry Open Mic. Monarch Mountain Coffee, 208 N. Fourth Ave., hosts a Poetry Open Mic event at 6 p.m. No sign-up sheets or censors, and no microphones -- new poets are especially beloved and encouraged! Come share with us! Held on the fourth Thursday of every month. Free and open to all. Visit Monarch on Facebook for more information.

26-27 7-10 Split. Sandpoint Onstage presents this hilarious comedy in the Panida's Little Theater. SandpointOnstage.com. 208-263-9191

27 Dover Bay 5k-9 Run/Walk. Register now for the Dover Bay 5k-9 sponsored by EzyDog! This non-competitive 5k run/walk in the park is for the entire family, including your dog! Happening in scenic Dover, the cost of the race is $25 for adults, $10 for kids. Click to register online. This is a family event with a kids activity booth, chili cook-off and beer garden after the race! Proceeds benefit the Panhandle Animal Shelter animals.

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 Tuesdays with Ray. Trinity at City Beach, 58 Bridge St., hosts Tuesdays with Ray featuring live music along with a special guest. TrinityatCityBeach.com. 208-255-7558

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

Saturday and Sundays, Sept. 7-Oct. 19 Fall Hope Islands Tour. Enjoy a scenic tour around the four islands of Hope, and learn the colorful history of the area. Breathtaking scenery in the fall; salon is heated for your comfort. Departs Kramer Marina, 46820 Highway 200 in Hope; Saturdays, Sundays, and some weekdays starting Sept. 7 and running through Oct. 19. Fare is $23 general, seniors $21. LakePendOreilleCruises.com. 208-255-5253

Here is what's coming up in October!

4 Hope MCC Second Annual Oktoberfest. Pull on your lederhosen and dancing shoes, and celebrate Oktoberfest at the Hope Memorial Community Center, 415 Wellington Pl. in Hope. It all happens from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Savor fabulous homemade brats (so good we sold out last year), sauerkraut, coleslaw, baked beans, and corn on the cob. We'll have some great brews on tap, wine, and soft drinks. Dance the night away to the masters of music, DJs Rhythm Machine, or just hang with your friends at the bonfire. There's something for everyone! Free admission. Sponsored by the MCC and the Hess Family. Visit MemorialCommunityCenter.com for more information, or call 208-290-5486.

4 CrosstoberFest Autism Fundraiser. Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts the CrosstoberFest Autism Fundraiser at 7:30 p.m. Enjoy live music featuring the Marshall McLean Band, plus a raffle, beer, wine, and fun! Proceeds help families in Bonner County. Sponsored by Team Autism 24/7. Learn more on the event website or call 208-262-6997.

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

11 Oktoberfest and International Chef Competition. Sister cities Sandpoint and Nelson, B.C. (Canada), are putting their sibling rivalry to the test with an International Chef Competition held during Sandpoint's Oktoberfest celebration from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Eureka Institute building. Entry fee is just $5 -- or $3 if you bring a food item for the Bonner Community Food Bank. There will other "foodie" fun -- so come on out for a delicious taste of good-natured competition and a fun way to kick off Sandpoint's sibling rivalry with Nelson! SandpointChamber.com.

18 Warren Miller Ski Film. Annual event at the Panida Theater, sponsored by The Alpine Shop. Panida.org. 208-263-5157

23 Poetry Open Mic. Monarch Mountain Coffee, 208 N. Fourth Ave., hosts a Poetry Open Mic event at 6 p.m. No sign-up sheets or censors, and no microphones -- new poets are especially beloved and encouraged! Come share with us! Held on the fourth Thursday of every month. Free and open to all. Visit Monarch on Facebook for more information.

31 Sir Mix A Lot. The Hive, 207 N. First Ave., hosts a concert with Sir Mix A Lot. Tickets are $15 in advance, available at Eichardt's, 7B Boardshop and TicketsWest.com, and $20 on showday at The Hive's ticket booth on Second Avenue. LiveFromTheHive.com.

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