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Top billing. Two nationally known names perform at the Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave., this week -- making it the perfect opportunity to break out of your rut and enjoy our historical theater!
- First up is Gallagher's Last Smash Tour at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20. That's right -- Gallagher is coming to town and he's bringing his big stick! Gallagher's The Jokes On You Comedy Tour with special guest Artie Fletcher form a hilarious duo that will keep you doubled over all night long! The Ultra Splash Zone and Splash Zone have limited number seating, and they will go fast, so buy early! Tickets are available online only at
- Next up is a concert with pianist George Winston at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23. Inspired by the seasons and topographies, Winston's concerts feature a variety of styles including melodic folk piano, New Orleans R&B piano, and stride piano. He performs songs from his seasonal favorites Autumn, December, Winter into Spring, and Summer, as well as "Peanuts" pieces from his Vince Guaraldi tribute albums, and more. Tickets are $25.50 at

Here's what's happening in September!

28 Sandpoint Farmers Market. Farmin Park, at Third Avenue and Oak Street, hosts the Sandpoint Farmers Market from 3 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. Shop for seasonal produce, handcrafted goods, enjoy live music, and more.

28 Business After Hours: Chili Tasting. Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce presents a Business After Hours event featuring a fun chili tasting, sponsored by Summit Insurance. All are invited to attend this event, held from 5 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. at Summit Insurance, 301 Cedar St., Ste. 203 (inside the Belwood Building). Refreshments will accompany the chili, so bring a friend and your palate to this fun event! Plus, Summit Insurance will make a donation to Food for Our Children in honor of every person that attends. 208-265-9690

28 Food For Our Children Fundraiser. Idaho Pour Authority, 203 Cedar St., hosts a Food For Our Children fundraiser with Fremont Brewing Co. beer on tap from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Enjoy live music with Marty Perron and Doug Bond, plus there will be raffle prizes and a special raffle drawing to win a Surly Pacer bicycle compliments of Greasy Fingers Bikes N Repair.

29 Yappy Hour and Ambassadog Finalists. Enjoy a tail-waggin' good time! Bring your dog and enjoy a Panhandle Animal Shelter benefit with live music, beverages and fun, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Eichardt's Pub, 212 Cedar St. Plus this is the event when Sandpoint's Ambassadog will be chosen from five finalists, so don't miss the big event! 208-265-7297

30 IPA Live Music. Idaho Pour Authority, 203 Cedar St., hosts live music from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.

30-Oct. 2 Manhattan Short Film Festival. The world's first global film festival is coming back to the Panida Theater! The Manhattan Short Film Festival, where the audience gets to be the judge, was surprisingly popular in 2015 and the Panida expects it to be even better this year. The line-up covers 10 countries and includes two very unique animation films, making it a full-length masterpiece of shorts. Screenings are at 5:30 p.m. Sept 30, 3:30 p.m. Oct. 1, and 3:30 p.m. Oct. 2. Admission is $10. Learn more at or call 208-255-7801.

30 Music at the Winery. Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts live music with Old Sap from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Old Sap is at least a bearded man with a banjo; and at most, he's an old rocking chair creaking on a summer porch, the voice of a pine tree while the surrounding maples lose their rusty leaves. Fusing folk, Celtic traditional, Americana, old time blues, and drawing influence from contemporary songwriters, Old Sap's songs tell stories of loss, of finding joy in adventure and uncertainty, of learning to bear life's ugliness with grace, and  bowing humbly to the mystery at the center of all things, singing praise to our shared existence on this planet. 208-265-8545

30 Friday Night Fro Down. Evans Brothers Coffee, 524 Church St., hosts the Friday Night Fro Down. A latte art competition begins at 7:30 p.m., plus there will be espresso shots and cold brew on the house, coffee beer with MickDuff's Brewing, cash bar, food trucks, funky dance grooves by Avery Day, fire spinning and aerial performance.

Here is what's coming up in October!

Weekends in October - Scarywood. Silverwood Theme Park transforms into Scarywood, weekend evenings in October.

1 Sandpoint Farmers Market. Farmin Park, at Third Avenue and Oak Street, hosts the Sandpoint Farmers Market from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Shop for seasonal produce, handcrafted goods, and enjoy live music.

1-2 CrosstoberFest. Grab your bike, family and friends and head out to the University of Idaho Annex, 2504 N. Boyer, across from Sandpoint Airport, for the 5th Annual CrosstoberFest held from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. both Oct. 1 and Oct. 2, and sponsored by Sandpoint Cyclocross. A fundraiser for Autism Awareness 24/7, there will be different courses both days. If you don't want to race, come on out and cheer on the racers! There's free camping, plus food and drink will be available. Help support Team Autism 24/7's efforts to support families living with autism! Join us for Sandpoint's 5th Annual CrosstoberFest! Visit for more information or call 208-610-2106.

1 North Idaho Reads: Orphan Train. North Idaho Reads hosts a screening of the film Orphan Train, a PBS American Experience documentary, at 9 a.m. in the Columbia Bank auditorium, 414 Church St. Following will be a live presentation by train historian Aric Spence titled "A History of Train Travel in Sandpoint." Presented by the East Bonner County Library District.

1 Hope Oktoberfest. Come out to the Memorial Community Center, 415 Wellington Pl. in Hope, for the 4th annual Oktoberfest celebration from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m. Enjoy fabulous food featuring the Hess' homemade brats, plus wine and beer on tap, along with live music featuring the Miah Kohal Band -- a great time in a beautiful location! Free admission; all event proceeds benefit the MCC's programs and services such as preschool, Christmas Giving program, and high school scholarships. 208-290-5486

1 Remembering Their Legacy: Drs. Forrest & Pamela Bird. Remembering Their Legacy is a black-tie fundraising event held in the Bird Aviation Museum and Invention Center. Check-in begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by cocktail hour and mingling at 6 p.m. and plated dinner service at 7 p.m. Celebrate the evening with live music, a video presentation, delicious desserts and fine wines for tasting and for purchase. During dinner, there will be an auction and a chance to own a beautiful piece of artwork. Proceeds support local education and the Bird Aviation Museum and Invention Center in Sagle. Tickets are $125 per person, $250 per couple or a sponsorship table of 8 is $1,500. For ticket information and directions, call Kathy at 208-265-7967 or Rachel at 208-255-4321; click to purchase tickets online.

1 Jack Nisbet: The Longest Journey. The Bonner County History Museum and Friends of Scotchman Peaks sponsor an evening with historian and author Jack Nisbet at 7 p.m. in Oden Community Hall, 143 Sunnyside Rd. The topic of Nisbet's lecture will be The Longest Journey. In the fall of 1902, a Welsh farmer happened upon one odd rock perched on a slope above the Willamette River. It turned out to be a meteorite, and the slow unfolding of its story revealed links to Northwest mining, museum politics, human nature, and the deep history of the universe. Part of its appeal rests in the slow realization that it is also an ice-rafted erratic that was probably washed downstream through Lake Pend Oreille during the Lake Missoula Floods. Free admission and open to the public. 208-263-2344

-- Here's what's coming up this week through Sunday, Oct. 9 --

4 Seniors Day. The Bonner Mall in Ponderay hosts Senior Day on the first Tuesday of each month from 9 a.m. until noon. Walk the mall, listen to speakers, learn health tips, enter drawings, play bingo and enjoy free refreshments. Sponsored by Bonner Mall merchants and Life Care Aging Better In Home Care. 208-263-4272

4 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

7 Banff Radical Reels Tour. The best high-adrenaline films from the Banff Mountain Film Festival are coming to Sandpoint's Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave., at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.). Get stoked about skiing, biking, climbing and paddling by watching the 2016 edition of the Banff Radical Reels Tour featuring 11 new films! There are jaw-dropping bike jumps, nail-biting kayak drops, and mind-blowing powder. The Radical Reels Tour, presented by The Banff Centre, continues to push boundaries with the best action sports films from the annual Banff Mountain Film Festival. Tickets are available in advance at Eichardt's, The Alpine Shop, The Outdoor Experience and Burger Express in Sandpoint; in Bonners Ferry tickets are available at Zip's Drive-in. Any tickets left will be sold at the door the night of the show.

8 Plein Air Paintout. Whether you've never picked up a brush in your life or you've been painting for years, the Scotchman Peaks 9th Annual Plein Air Paintout returns this fall - and the format changes a bit from the past. Participants will be provided with a canvas and asked to create the best, most beautiful postcard possible. Painting will be done from dawn to dusk. At sunset, postcard canvases will be judged and posted for sale at the Outskirts Gallery, 620 Wellington Pl. in Hope. The top three images will be turned into reproduction postcards that will promote the great outdoors and Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness. Register with Kally Thurman at the Outskirts by calling 208-264-5696 or e-mail Cost is $25. Visit the Scotchman Peaks website for more information.

8 Cornhole Classic. MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., hosts the Cornhole Classic (Tournament), held rain or shine on the second Saturday of every month. Registration begins at noon, and first toss starts at 1 p.m. Three regulation courts are set up for tossers to compete in a double-elimination tournament. $10 buy-in per team; all registration fees will be paid out as cash prizes and MickDuff's will match the pot up to $100 in gift cards. 21+ years of age only. Non-smoking, fun & games environment. 208-209-6700

8 Beer Hall Live Music. MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., hosts live music from 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. with Brian Jacobs and Chris Lynch. This fun duo has a great sound that will have you on the dance floor. Come by to hear them, grab some pints, play some games, and enjoy the best place to be every second Saturday! Free and open to the public; ages 21+ years of age only. Non-smoking, fun & games environment. 208-209-6700

9 Music For Change - Tom Neilson In Concert. Di Luna's Cafe, 207 Cedar St., hosts an evening with award-winning singer and songwriter Tom Neilson as part of the Music For Change event sponsored by and Wild Idaho Rising Tide - two local groups that provide a gathering place for people to participate in addressing climate change. A longtime environmental activist, Neilson's music gives inspiration to effect change. Suggested donation $10. Dinner served by reservation at 208-263-0846.

-- Here's what's coming up this week through Sunday, Oct. 16 --

14 Sandpoint Contra Dance. All are invited to attend a community dance in the New England tradition - a Contra Dance - starting at 7 p.m. in Sandpoint Community Hall, 204 S. First Ave. All dances are taught and called with live music. Beginners and singles are welcome (new dancers are encouraged to arrive in time for the beginning to start with the basics). $5 donation; bring clean shoes and a water bottle. Held on the second Friday of every month. Sponsored by Lost Horse Press and Sandpoint Parks and Recreation. 208-263-6751

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

15 Free "First" Saturday at the Museum. The Bonner County Historical Museum, 611 S. Ella Ave., hosts a Free First Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., sponsored by Paul and Sue Graves, and Tim and Margaret Petersen.

16 Stabat Mater. Enjoy a performance of Stabat Mater, a classic Latin hymn, by instructors and students at the Music Conservatory of Sandpoint. This 13th-century Catholic hymn to Mary portrays her suffering as Jesus Christ's mother during his crucifixion. The title comes from its first line, Stabat Mater Dolorosa, which means "the sorrowful mother stood." This outstanding performance features Alyce Ispiricau and Brenda Rutledge, directed by John Fitzgerald, and accompanied by MCS Youth Chamber Orchestra. Performed in the Catholic Church sanctuary, 610 S. Lincoln St., at 3 p.m.; followed by a reception.

-- Here's what's coming up this week through Sunday, Oct. 23 --

19 Five Minutes of Fame. Writers, musicians, listeners ... all are welcome to the Five Minutes of Fame open mic at 6:30 p.m., held at Cafe Bodega inside Foster's Crossing, 504 Oak St. The open mic takes place on the third Wednesday of every month; arrive at 6 p.m. for dinner! 208-263-5911

21 Third Fridays Live Music with Devon Wade. Sandpoint's Devon Wade performs at MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., for the Third Friday event from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m! Devon is an independent country music artist with a strong love for what country music has always been - songs about real life. Come out and hear his fun, boot-tapping originals and classic covers! Free and open to the public; ages 21+ only. Non-smoking, fun & games environment.

-- Here's what's coming up this week through Sunday, Oct. 30 --

28 Museum Halloween Party. Bonner County History Museum, 611 S. Ella Ave., hosts a Halloween Party at 5 p.m. Join an evening of spooky and spectacular fun as the museum presents its October Late Night at the Museum. There will be games, food and drinks, and the museum will be decked out in its Halloween best! Tickets are $10/public, $5 BCHS members. 208-263-2344

29 Bonner County Citizens Preparedness Expo. Are you prepared for an emergency? A natural disaster? Severe weather conditions? All are welcome to attend the first annual Bonner County Citizens Preparedness Expo held from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. in the Bonner County Fairgrounds, 4203 N. Boyer Rd. There will be many local businesses and organizations participating. This all-day workshop includes tips, talks, vendors, and displays on food and water storage, alternative energy, secure homes, go bags, emergency communications, wilderness first aid, types of emergencies to be ready for, safe gatherings, essential oils, and more! Free admission. For vendor information, contact Penny Cosner at 208-946-3692.

29 Used Book Sale. Come one, come all to the Bonner Mall's Used Book Sale, held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the last Saturday of every month inside the Bonner Mall in Ponderay. The public is welcome to bring books and sell them; there's no cost and tables are provided. Shoppers - this is a great chance to find books at a huge discount! 208-263-4272

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

Here is what's coming up in November!

11 Annual Harvest Dinner. Hope’s Memorial Community Center hosts traditional turkey meal with trimmings. 208-264-5481

12 SARS Annual Ski Swap. Bonner County Fairgrounds, 4203 N. Boyer Rd., hosts the Schweitzer Alpine Racing School (SARS) Annual Ski Swap from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Kick off the ski season with great deals on snow gear – from skis and snowboards to a huge variety of winter recreational equipment and clothing. Admission is $2/person $5/family, and parking is free. To sell your extra or outgrown equipment and clothing, stop by between noon and 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11. The annual event benefits SARS's ski racing and freeride programs for more than 150 local and regional athletes ages 5 and up. Visit for more information. 208-263-1081

19 Holiday Boutique. Enjoy a day of fun and shopping during the Holiday Boutique, held from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the Sandpoint Community Hall, 204 S. First Ave. Shop for holiday gifts with local artisan vendors, plus check out incredible raffles and a delicious bake sale. Proceeds go toward Priest River Ministries Advocates for Women (PRMAFW) -- helping families affected by domestic violence, sexual assault and trafficking. Vendors are welcome to register by Oct. 15 via e-mail to

19-27 K&K Thanksgiving Fishing Derby. Lake Pend Oreille Idaho Club's annual fall fishing contest. 509-928-9245

20 Fall Serenade Instructors Concert and Harvest Buffet Fundraiser. Music Conservatory of Sandpoint hosts its annual Fall Serenade Instructors Showcase Concert and Dinner Reception at 5 p.m. in the First Lutheran Church. Come and enjoy an evening of classical music performed by MCS's talented instructors, followed by a harvest buffet dinner and dessert auction. Dinner music provided by MCS student musicians. This is a donation-based fundraiser, with a suggested donation of $10; all funds raised go directly back to students through scholarship programs.

25-Jan. 1 Holidays in Sandpoint
. Tree lighting ceremony at Jeff Jones Town Square and visit from Santa opens the holiday season in Sandpoint. 208-255-1876

30 SOLE-ful Meet and Greet: A Pre-Backcountry Film Festival Event. Idaho Pour Authority, 203 Cedar St., hosts a SOLE-ful Meet and Greet from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Kick off the winter season in style over a pint or two from Deschutes Brewery, with SOLE's Board of Directors. With the upcoming 12th Annual Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival on Dec. 2, this is a great chance to learn about the work Selkirk Outdoor Leadership and Education (SOLE) is doing to get local youth out into our area wildlands! This fun after-hours event will also include raffle prizes, so come on down! 928-351-7653

Here is what's coming up in December!

2 Backcountry Film Festival. SOLE (Selkirk Outdoor Leadership and Education) holds their annual fundraiser, the Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival, at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) in the Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave. This community favorite event aims to inspire winter adventurers to seek the snow less traveled, while raising critical funds and bringing awareness to SOLE's winter programs for our schools and local youth. With a series of award-winning and juried films (all which celebrate the human-powered experience), a great holiday silent auction with gifts from vendors, raffle prizes, brews, and special surprises -- this is a family-fun event that's worth supporting! Proceeds support SOLE's SnowSchool Experience Program at Schweitzer. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door, or purchase a $20 donation ticket which includes five raffle tickets! 928-351-SOLE

3 Holiday Ball. Semi-formal ballroom dance at 7 p.m. in Sandpoint Community Hall includes dance lesson, refreshments and door prizes. Sponsored by the Sandpoint chapter of USA Dance. 208-699-0421

15 Children Performing for Children Holiday Performance. Watch the talented Music Conservatory of Sandpoint Youth Orchestras and Choirs showcase their skills in a holiday performance starting at 5 p.m. in the First Lutheran Church on Olive Street. Also performing will be the LPOHS Choir. A cookie and cider reception will follow. Donations are taken at the door, but no ticket purchase is required.

18 Amahl and the Night Visitor. All are welcome to enjoy the Music Conservatory of Sandpoint's first children's opera production, Amahl and the Night Visitor, performed by the MCS's Young Classical Singers Troupe. Watch the story of a poor shepherd boy's encounter with three kings. This story has captured audiences around the world ever since its premiere in 1951. Then join a charming mix of song, dance, and delightful choruses. Matinee will be performed at 2 p.m., followed by an evening show at 5 p.m. in the First Lutheran Church on Olive Street.

23-24 Santa's Schweitzer Visit. Santa hits the slopes at Schweitzer Mountain Resort Dec. 23 and 24, handing out treats on the slopes. Enjoy a parade down the slopes on Dec. 24, followed by a stop in the Selkirk Lodge with Mrs. Claus to hear last-minute wishes. 208-255-3081

31 New Year's Eve. Schweitzer hosts festive parties Dec. 31 to usher in the new year at Taps and other locations at the resort. Tickets go on sale in the Activity Center on Dec. 1. 208-255-3081

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