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Easter egg frenzy! The Sandpoint Lions Club sponsor the annual Easter Egg Hunt for children 0-12 years of age (parents can watch from the sidelines), starting at 10 a.m. sharp Saturday, April 19, in the Lakeview Park. Cadbury eggs will be scattered in the park, in different areas for different age groups. The hunt takes about 5 minutes - so don't be late! Free to attend. There may even be a fire truck for children to climb, and the Easter Bunny could make an appearance. Learn more about the club, or call 208-263-7796.
Here's what's happening in April!
18 Winery Music with Truck Mills. Pend d'Oreille Winery, 220 Cedar St., hosts live music from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. with Truck Mills. Rockin' the slide guitar, he also has many other instruments and musical talents up his sleeve. POWine.com. 208-265-8545
18 POAC Art Exhibit Opening Reception. The Pend Oreille Arts Council brings three different groups of artists to the Panhandle Bank Building venue in an exciting new exhibit, with an opening reception from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The show features 10 local masters whose work has achieved national and international recognition. Also featured will be the work of the six artists of the newly formed River Bend Artists Guild and of elementary school children in the Kaleidoscope Art Program. The exhibit will run through June 6. 208-265-4755
18 Hope Artist Series: Bonnie Shields. Join the fun during an evening of appetizers, a no-host bar, and lots of laughs as Bonnie Shields shares her life's work, "Tennessee Mule Art," during the Hope Artist Series event at 6 p.m. in the Memorial Community Center, 415 Wellington Pl. in Hope. Shields has been a full-time professional artist since 1973 with her main claim to fame being from her mule work. Her art has expanded over the years and she has enjoyed much success, especially being associated with Leanin' Tree, the largest publisher of Western greeting cards. Visit her website for more: BonnieShields.com. Tickets are $15 at the door. 208-264-5481
18 Wine Bar Music with Kari Marguerite & The 76. The Coldwater Creek Wine Bar, 311 N. First Ave., hosts live music with Kari Marguerite & The 76 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Enjoy this fun venue with great folks, delicious food, and a wine and beer list that will impress all! 208-263-2265
18 Voice of Triumph Worship Concert. The Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave., hosts the Voice of Triumph Worship Concert at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.). Voices of Triumph is a night of worship to celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, presented by Mountain Springs Church and Southside Community Church worship teams. Everyone is invited to join in, free of charge, for an exciting night of music and praise!
19 Earth Day Exploration with SOLE! The Waterlife Discovery Center on Lakeshore Drive in Sagle (about 1.5 miles down Lakeshore from Highway 95) will host this fun educational event from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. offered by Selkirk Outdoor Leadership & Education (SOLE). Learn about conservation through exploring the wonders of our local natural world while practicing Leave No Trace. Limited space; pre-registration required online. Admission is free, but a $7 donation is encouraged for teaching materials (not required); For more information, e-mail email@example.com or call Dennison Webb at 928-351-SOLE.
19 Sandpoint Lions Club Easter Egg Hunt. Annual holiday event for local children. See Hot Picks, above.
19 City Beach Flowering Rush Dig. The Lakes Commission and the City of Sandpoint are organizing a City Beach Flowering Rush Dig from 10 a.m. to noon. Meet at the City Beach shelter; volunteers will hand-dig flowering rush plants in the muddy areas exposed by winter drawdown, and debris will be carried to a safe disposal location. This effort keeps our high-use areas swimmable by removing a highly aggressive aquatic invasive plant. For more details, contact Erin Mader: firstname.lastname@example.org.
19 Annual Sand Creek Clean-up. Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeepers hosts the annual Sand Creek Clean-up -- meet at 10 a.m. at the City Beach Shelter for hot coffee and snacks! Help keep the area's swimming and boating areas beautiful by participating in LPOW's annual event to remove trash and debris from City Beach, Dog Beach and the downtown Sand Creek corridor. Event continues until noon. For more information, contact Kelsey Brassuer at email@example.com.
19 Life Care/Bridge Egg Hunt. Life Care Center and The Bridge Assisted Living campus, 1123 N. Division St., host their 2nd Annual Easter Hunt! The hunt will start promptly at 11 a.m. Children ages 1-4 will be in the Bridge; ages 5-12 will be out front of Life Care of Sandpoint. Free to attend, and the Easter Bunny will be available for photos. TheBridgeatSandpoint.com. 208-263-1524
19 Greasy Fingers Bikes Birthday Celebration. Greasy Fingers Bikes N Repair, 108 N. Third Ave., celebrates their birthday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Come see the newly remodeled shop, plus enjoy a barbecue, raffles and more. Receive $10 off any purchase of $50 or more from April 19-25. GreasyFingersBikes.com. 208-255-4496
19 Blend Your Own Bistro. Annual Earth Day event, where you can be your own winemaker and use a refillable bottle. This year the BYOB event will be held at the Pend d'Oreille Winery's production facility, located in a hangar just off the runway at the Sandpoint Airport, 2625 N. Boyer Ave. The first part of the hour is dedicated to sampling the grape varieties, tasting the characteristics and deciding what your palate likes, as well as spending time with our winemakers Steve Meyer and Jim Bopp. The second part is blending them to your unique taste. The third part is putting that blend in your own personal bottle! Cost is $45 including a filled bottle, $35 Wine Club members, $20 for tastings only. Reserve your spot by calling 208-265-8545. POWine.com.
19 Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Banquet. Selkirk Crest Chapter sponsors a dinner and auction starting at 4 p.m. in the Bonner County Fairgrounds. Visit the chapter online for more information. 208-263-0558
19 Sandpoint DYW Program. Participants of the 2014 Distinguished Young Women Program (formerly Jr. Miss Program) will compete for the title of Sandpoint's DYW beginning at 7 p.m. in the Sandpoint Events Center. The winner will have the honor to represent our community at the state competition in October. Come support your local girls while they compete in this scholarship program. Cost for adults is $15 at the door; students with ID and children is $10 at the door. 208-304-9328
19 Momenta. Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeeper (LPOW) celebrates Earth Day with a showing of the documentary film Momenta at 7 p.m. in the Panida. Named one of the 10 best documentaries of 2013 by EcoWatch, the film examines proposed coal exports in the Pacific Northwest and how communities such as Sandpoint will be directly impacted by increased train traffic carrying coal from Wyoming to be shipped off to China through the possible addition of new terminals in Washington, Oregon and British Columbia. Tickets available at the door beginning at 6 p.m.; admission is by donation to LPOW, which is a member of Waterkeeper Alliance, a global movement of on-the-water advocates. Learn more at LakePendOreilleWaterkeeper.org.
19 Fun in the '50s Square and Round Dance. Hoodoo Valley Hoedowners hold a Fun in the '50s Square and Round Dance from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Jewel Lake Barn, 3056 Jewel Lake Road, Sagle. Bob Amsbury is calling, and Claudia Amsbury is cuing. Phase III Pre-Rounds at 7 p.m.; Plus at 7:30 p.m.; Mainstream at 8 p.m.; Food and Fellowship from 10 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. (bring finger food). For more information, call Penny at 208-946-0741 or Randee at 208-946-8213 - or visit the group on Facebook.
19 Wine Bar Music with Cedar & Boyer. The Coldwater Creek Wine Bar, 311 N. First Ave., hosts live music with Cedar & Boyer from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Enjoy this fun venue with great folks, delicious food, and a wine and beer list that will impress all! 208-263-2265
19 Queen B. Drag Show. The Eagles Lodge, 1511 John Hudon Ln., hosts the Queen B. Drag Show beginning at 9 p.m. Phenomenal Queens and Kings line up to shake their stuff and liven up your weekend. $5 admission. 208-610-6527
-- Here's what's happening this week through Sunday, April 27 --
21 Monday Night Blues Jam. Eichardt's Pub and Grill, 212 Cedar St., hosts a Monday Night Blues Jam with Truck Mills. 208-263-4005
22 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.
22 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
22 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 Robert Beadling and Friends. La Rosa Club, 105 S. First Ave., hosts an open jam session at 6 p.m. every Wednesday with Robert Beadline and Friends. Light jazz, blues, classical, Broadway ... just bring yourself and let's have some fun! Bose PA supplied. Great food, great staff, and no charge to join in. 208-264-5319
25 Winery Music with The Powell Brothers. Pend d’Oreille Winery, 220 Cedar St., hosts live music from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. with The Powell Brothers. These brothers play covers and originals on various string instruments, of which they build themselves. POWine.com. 208-265-8545
25 Silver Ring Thing's One Night Stand Tour. First Christian Church, 201 N. Division St., hosts a live, concert-style event from 7 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. called Silver Ring Thing's One Night Stand Tour for high-school and junior high-aged students. In addition, there is a parent session from 7 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online for $6 at SilverRingThing.com, or at the door for $8. Groups of 25-plus are just $5 online. Sponsored by Life Choices Pregnancy Center.
25 Wine Bar Music with BareGrass. The Coldwater Creek Wine Bar, 311 N. First Ave., hosts live music with BareGrass from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Enjoy this fun venue with great folks, delicious food, and a wine and beer list that will impress all! 208-263-2265
25 Annual Wine Tasting, Dinner and Auction. Festival at Sandpoint holds a gala fundraiser from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Bonner County Fairgrounds. FestivalatSandpoint.com. 208-265-4554
25 Fly Fishing Film Tour (F3T). The Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave., hosts the Fly Fishing Film Tour (F3T). Brought to Sandpoint by Big R Fly Shop. Doors open at 6 p.m. so please come early for a pre-event social gathering. Film starts promptly at 7 p.m. All proceeds benefit the Panhandle Chapter of Trout Unlimited and the Pend Oreille Water Festival. Tickets are $12 in advance at the Big R Fly Shop, Eichardt's Pub, or by calling 208-255-5757; also available through F3T online for $14 and at the door on the night of the event for $15. Be sure to join us Saturday for a completely different show - The International Fly Fishing Film Tour (IF4)! Visit the Sandpoint Movies Page for more information.
25-26, May 2-3 The Bad Seed. Sandpoint Onstage presents the Broadway murder mystery hit The Bad Seed at the all-new Heartwood Center, 615 Oak St., with international guest director Jesus Quintero. Doors open at 7 p.m., and curtain is at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $14 general admission, seniors/students $12; available at Eve's Leaves, Monarch Mountain Coffee and online at SandpointOnstage.com. 208-263-9191
26 Annual "Shake the Sand Out" Downtown Spring Cleaning Event. Each year, more than 80 local volunteers come together to give Sandpoint's downtown Business Improvement District (including Sand Creek) a springtime spruce-up! This is a great opportunity for individual and volunteer teams to join together for a few hours and get it done for our community. The BID will provide donuts and coffee in the morning, gloves, bags and designated area maps for the clean-up, and a great lunch for everyone when we are finished. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to get signed up!
26 Get Your Spring On. The Sandpoint Shopping District host the 3rd Annual Get Your Spring On shopping extravaganza from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Enjoy in-store demonstrations, food and drink tastings, and kids' activities throughout the downtown area. Plus enter to win a $500 shopping spree at participating retailers. Free 2-hour parking at the City Parking Lot. Learn more at SandpointShoppingDistrict.com.
26 Demo Day and International Fly Fishing Film Festival (IF4). The Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave., hosts the International Fly Fishing Film Festival (IF4) brought to Sandpoint by the Big R Fly Shop. Doors open at 6 p.m. for a pre-event social gathering and door prizes, and the film starts at 7 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Panhandle Chapter of Trout Unlimited and the Pend Oreille Water Festival. Plus, join us before the show at the Big R Store in Ponderay for Demo Day. Try out the newest rods and reels, then show your stuff in the casting competition at 2 p.m. Tim Rajeff, one of the world's best casters, will be teaching Single hand Casting, Single Hand Spey Casting and more. Tickets to the film festival are $12 in advance at Big R, Eichardt's, or by calling 208-255-5757, also through IF4 online for $14 and at the door for $15. Visit the Sandpoint Movies Page for more information.
26 Wine Bar Music with Mike & Shana Thompson. The Coldwater Creek Wine Bar, 311 N. First Ave., hosts live music with Mike & Shana Thompson from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Enjoy this fun venue with great folks, delicious food, and a wine and beer list that will impress all! 208-263-2265
26 The Shook Twins. The Hive, 207 N. First Ave., hosts a concert with the Shook Twins. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and the Shook Twins perform at 8:30 p.m. All ages are welcome to attend. Tickets are $10 in advance, and $15 at the door; students with ID and children are $10. TheSandpointHive.com.
26-May 4 K&K Spring Fishing Derby. Lake Pend Oreille Idaho Club holds its annual spring fishing contest; kicks off with a fundraising auction April 25 at the Elks Lodge. LPOIC.org. 509-928-9245
-- Here's what's happening this week through Sunday, May 4 --
28 Monday Night Blues Jam. Eichardt's Pub and Grill, 212 Cedar St., hosts a Monday Night Blues Jam with Truck Mills. 208-263-4005
29 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
29 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
Here is what's coming up in May!
Every Saturday and Wednesday, May through Oct. Farmers Market at Sandpoint. This open-air market of fresh produce, garden starts, handcrafts, flowers, food and music runs for the season at Farmin Park. SandpointFarmersMarket.com.
1 Idaho Gives 2014 Online Event. Idaho Gives is a special day for philanthropy across Idaho. A day for nonprofits to tell their stories and share the work that enriches communities throughout the state. A day for Idahoans to come together with one voice of support for our nonprofits, big and small. A day to find your passion, donate to your favorite causes, and share in the excitement! Join in at IdahoGives.org May 1 to make a contribution to the nonprofit you support. Last year, the event raised $578,735 from 6,192 individuals who gave to 541 nonprofit causes. 208-424-2229
2 Laura Love and Orville Johnson. Di Luna's Cafe, 207 Cedar St., hosts a concert with Laura Love and Orville Johnson. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. (dinner served only before the concert), and the show begins at 7:30 p.m. Love’s career has taken her from the far fringes of folk, where the border runs into funk, and straight on back to her roots. Love is touring with Johnson, master of country blues guitar. Tickets are $15 in advance, and $18 on the day of the show. Call Di Luna's at 208-263-0846 for reservations.
2 More Than Frybread. The Idaho Mythweaver kicks off its 25th anniversary year with a benefit and showing of the Native American comedy movie, "More Than Frybread," at 7:30 p.m. in the Panida's Little Theater, 223 N. First Ave. The award-winning film has audiences across the West laughing until their bellies ache, and features Native actors from several tribes including Tatanka Means, son of famous actor and social activist Russell Means. The 93-minute feature film screening is a benefit fundraiser for the nonprofit educational organization, The Idaho Mythweaver, for its work with the Kalispel Tribe and its ongoing educational project in Bonner County elementary schools. Tickets are $10, available in advance at Pedro's, 223 N. First Ave., and Winter Ridge Natural Foods Market, 703 W. Lake St. Mythweaver.org.
3 Health and Safety Fair. Sandpoint Chamber and Bonner General Hospital host this 6th annual event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Bonner County Fairgrounds. Come meet Sandpoint's local health care community, explore their services, and learn how they can help you with your health care needs; plus participate in screenings. Speakers and workshop sessions topics include Dementia/Alzheimers by the Alzheimer’s Association, Get Fit Bonner County by Jane Hoover, MSN, of Feel Good Nutrition & Family Health Services, and Backcountry First Aid by Jason Luthy, Longleaf Medicine. SandpointChamber.org. 208-263-2161
3 40/60 Human Rights Banquet and Auction. Sandpoint Business and Events Center, 102 S. Euclid Ave., hosts the 40/60 Human Rights Banquet and Auction from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Forty percent of proceeds from this event will support the Sandpoint High School Human Rights Club during the 2014/2015 school year; the remaining sixty percent of proceeds will be donated to Angels Over Sandpoint. This event will include both a dinner and an auction featuring artwork donated by local artists and students. Tickets are $35; please direct ticket and sponsorship inquiries to: email@example.com. Sponsored by the Sandpoint High School Human Rights Club. Learn more on the club's Facebook page, or call 208-627-9836.
3-4 Silverwood Anniversary Opening Weekend. Celebrate Silverwood's opening in 1988 with $19.88 entrance fee per day, per person, when purchasing a ticket at Silverwood's front gate. SilverwoodThemePark.com. 208-683-3400
5 Cinco de Mayo Fundraiser. Enjoy a Cinco de Mayo party fundraiser beginning at 5 p.m. in the Trinity at City Beach, 58 Bridge St. This year's Leadership Sandpoint Class is on the fundraising trail for T.I.P.S (Transitions in Progress Services). There will be lots of great raffle items, food and fun at this Cinco de Mayo event -- for a great community cause! Visit the event's Facebook page for details.
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
7 Winemakers Dinner Series: Bridge Press Cellars. Priest River Hardwood Grill, 5634 Highway 2 in Priest River, hosts the fourth annual WineMakers Dinner Series. This month's featured winemaker is Bridge Press Cellars of Spokane. Enjoy an evening of fine food and wine in a communal dinner party setting. This is a great opportunity for guests to learn about different wines and winemaking processes from the winemaker themselves. Dinner is $35 per person, and include four tastings. Seating starts at 6 p.m., and dinner is served at 6:30 p.m. Reservations: 208-448-4489.
10 Annual VFW Gun Show. VFW Posts 10320 and 2453 host the Annual VFW Gun Show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the VFW Hall, 1325 Pine St. (at the corner of Division and Pine). Buy, sell and trade guns and accessories. Admission is $3. Tables available: 6' is $20, 8' is $30. For more information, call Rod at 208-610-8165 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
15-18 Lost in the ‘50s. Annual retro celebration includes a downtown car parade and show, music events at the Panida and the fairgrounds, fun run, car rally and more. Lostinthe50s.org. 265-5678
17 Sandpoint Classic Aircraft Show. Sandpoint Airport hosts the Sandpoint Classic Aircraft Show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come view restored planes; free admission and open to the public. Sponsored by Granite Aviation. For more information, e-mail email@example.com. 208-263-9102
17 Sandpoint Waldorf School's Spring Auction. The Heartwood Center, 615 Oak St., hosts the Sandpoint Waldorf School's Spring Auction at 5:30 p.m. "Fiesta Flamenca" is the theme of this year's fundraising event, featuring silent and live auctions with a costume contest for most memorable flamenco wear. Enjoy tapas by Eichardt's, plus there will be beer and wine from local breweries and wineries, flamenco lessons and live music. Join this evening of fun and party with a purpose! Tickets are $35 prior to May 1; $45 after May 1 - available at SandpointWaldorf.org. 208-265-2683
18 Spring Serenade Teacher's Concert and Scholarship Fundraiser. First Lutheran Church, 526 S. Olive St., hosts a Spring Serenade Teacher's Concert and Scholarship Fundraiser at 4 p.m. The classical concert is brought to you by the staff of the Music Conservatory of Sandpoint; a reception of wonderful food and drink will follow the concert. Suggested donation of $10 adults, $5 students; all proceeds benefit the MCS Scholarship Fund. 208-265-4444
20 LPOW Lunch and Learn Series. Common Knowledge Bookstore, Tea House and Cafe, 823 Main St., hosts the Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeepers' Lunch and Learn Series from 12:10 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. The series takes place on the third Tuesday of every month; all are invited to attend, and lunch is purchased separately. 208-597-7188
23 Master Guitarist Claude Bourbon. Di Luna's Cafe, 207 Cedar St., hosts a concert with master guitarist Claude Bourbon, featuring Medieval and Spanish blues. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the show begins at 7:30 p.m. (dinner served only before the concert). Born in France in the early '60s, Bourbon grew up in Switzerland, where he was classically trained for many years. This finger picking guitarist has performed and studied all over the world; he has crafted an unbelievable fusion of classical and jazz, with ethereal Eastern influences, Spanish and Latin elements with strains of Western folk. Tickets are $12 in advance, and $15 on the day of the show. Call Di Luna's at 208-263-0846 for reservations.
24-25 Priest Lake Spring Festival. The Coolin Civic Organization and the Priest Lake Chamber of Commerce sponsor the Priest Lake Spring Festival from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday in Coolin. Enjoy bake sales, an arts and crafts fair with 60 vendors, food booths, quilt display, a parade on Saturday, a Lions Club Kids Carnival, charity auctions, and four walk/run races on Sunday. Free admission. Check out more details at PriestLakeSpringFestival.com. Plus, visit PriestLakeAuction.org and PriestLakeRace.com. 208-443-3201
24-26 American Heroes Weekend. All military personnel, veterans, police officers and firefighters receive free admission to Silverwood Theme Park; plus family members are half price! SilverwoodThemePark.com. 208-683-3400
31 Boulder Beach Opening. Grab the swimsuits and head to Silverwood Theme Park as the Boulder Beach Water Park opens daily for the season beginning May 31! SilverwoodThemePark.com. 208-683-3400
Every Saturday, May 31 to Sept. 6 Summer Sounds. Free concert series at Arlo’s stage on First Avenue. DowntownSandpoint.com. 208-255-1876
Through May 31 Spring is Sprung! Art Exhibit. Put some spring in your life with the Art Works gallery's newest exhibit, Spring is Sprung! See works of local artists in all media inspired by the season - through May 31. Art Works Gallery is located at 214 N. First Ave. in downtown Sandpoint. ArtWorksSandpoint.com. 208-263-2642