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Mountain films on the big screen. Adventure, action, humor ... the outdoor films shown at the Banff Mountain Film Festival, Thursday, Jan. 19, through Saturday, Jan. 21, feature an exciting range of topics that include something for everyone. A different selection of films are shown each night; visit Panida.org to view the lineup. Advance tickets are $16 (each night), available at Eichardt's, Burger Express (Sandpoint and Bonners Ferry), Outdoor Experience, and the Alpine Shop. While this festival usually sells out, any extra tickets will be sold at the door on the night of the show. Proceeds benefit two great causes -- the Satipo Kids Project and NIMSEF (North Idaho Mountain Sports Education Fund). 208-661-3857
Here's what's happening in January!
25 Bike Movie Night. Greasy Fingers Bikes N Repair, 108 N. Third Ave., hosts Bike Movie Night featuring a broad range of bike-related films. Held at 6 p.m. sharp on Wednesday nights in January, always free, and always fun! Feel free to bring your own chair (although there will be some) and your own snacks/beverages. GreasyFingersBikes.com. 208-255-4496
25 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!
26 Sandpoint Weavers Art Opening. Idaho Pour Authority, 203 Cedar St., hosts a Sandpoint Weavers art opening event from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Enjoy complimentary appetizers and unique local art on display and for sale.
26 Woodland Empire Ale Craft Brewing Release Party. Idaho Pour Authority, 203 Cedar St., hosts a Woodland Empire Ale Craft Brewing Release Party from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. featuring six unique delicious handcrafted beers from this eclectic Idaho brewery.
26 7B Hope "Cyberbully" Movie Event. 7B Hope will be showing the movie "Cyberbully" at 5:30 p.m. (doors open at 4:30 p.m.) in the Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave. 7B Hope is a group of volunteers who provide an opportunity for awareness of what's going on in our town and a place to talk about it. 7B Hope is interested in supporting kids and ways to help them. This is a free evening, featuring a free movie, free drink and popcorn. For teens only, there will be a free raffle - prizes include three iPad Minis and Schweitzer day lift passes. Sponsored by Summit Insurance and 7B Drug Free. 208-290-2457
26 Five-Course Wine Dinner. Forty-One South, 41 Lakeshore Dr. in Sagle, hosts a Five-Course Wine Dinner at 6 p.m. Mike Berghan of Gifford Hirlinger, a family-owned estate winery in the Walla Walla Valley, will be hosting this special event. The five-course dinner includes hearty wine pairings with each course, and there will be exclusive discounts on wine orders. Cost is $65 per person (not including tax and gratuity); reservations are required by calling 208-265-2000.
26 Beer Hall Thursday Night Solo Series. Come out to MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., for the Thursday Night Solo Series featuring longtime local and talented musician Justin Lantrip from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. Join him for a great night of tunes from one of Sandpoint's favorite talents. Free and open to the public, 21+ only. Non-smoking, fun & games environment.
27 Junior Race Series. Schweitzer Mountain Resort hosts Friday night races in January on NASTAR. Schweitzer.com. 208-255-3081.
27 IPA Live Music. Idaho Pour Authority, 203 Cedar St., hosts live music from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. with Marty Perron and Doug Bond.
27 Winery Music. Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts live music from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. featuring One Street Over. This musical talent features Bridgett Lewis on vocals and guitar wonder Michael Lewis on vocals and guitars. A dynamic father-daughter duo from Nashville, Tenn. and now located in Washington state, these two offer a knock-down show with world-class talent. POWine.com.
27 'Twelve Years After' FSPW Celebration. It will be a mere dozen years in January since somebody had the bright idea of forming the Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness, and FSPW will celebrate the fact at the Little Panida Theater with a Midwinter Movie and Music night, plus a little food, some appropriate beverages and a small silent auction of cool stuff. Click to purchase tickets.
27 Bright Moments Jazz. Enjoy an evening of live jazz featuring Bright Moments Jazz, performing from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. at Eichardt's Pub, 212 Cedar St.
27 Beer Hall Music. MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., hosts live music with the Riff Hangers from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. This local band describes themselves as an acoustic band, with traditional bluegrass/folk instruments. "Our style is an amalgam of many genres including country, blues, and swing." Break out the dancing shoes! Free and open to the public; ages 21+ only. Non-smoking, fun & games environment.
27 Certain Women. The Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave., hosts a screening of the film Certain Women at 7:30 p.m. Go to the Sandpoint Movies Page for more information.
28 Western Pleasure Snowshoe Roundup. Western Pleasure Guest Ranch, 1413 Upper Gold Creek Rd., invites all snowshoers to join the 4th Annual Western Pleasure Snowshoe Roundup from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Races include 5k and 10k distances for ages 13 and up, and a Buckaroo Race short distance snowshoe for kids 12 and under (great fun to watch!). Races are sanctioned by the U.S. Snowshoe Association. No experience necessary, and everyone is invited to participate! Form available at WesternPleasureRanch.com or contact Dennis at 208-946-1455. $25 fee for 5k and 10k (on race day, it's $35); the Buckaroo Race is free.
28 Cedar Street Bridge Public Market. The Cedar Street Bridge Public Market. 334 N. First Ave., is open Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Come enjoy indoor shopping on the bridge spanning Sand Creek. Free and open to the public.
28 Fatty Flurry Fest. The Fatty Flurry Fest is a celebration of fat bikes in North Idaho, and if you've never tried a fat bike and always wanted to, here's the chance ... for free! The 4th Annual Fatty Flurry Fest is held at Round Lake State Park on Dufort Road in Sagle. And if you already have a fatty, come hang with fellow fat bikers and ride some cool trails. A Free Fat Bike Demo is from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. (sorry, no kids' bikes or riders under 18), and group rides start at 1 p.m. (rental bikes available, but reservations recommended). Post-ride, enjoy some socializing and sled-pulling with refreshments around the fire. Sponsored by Greasy Fingers Bikes N Repair. 208-255-4496
28 IPA Live Music. Idaho Pour Authority, 203 Cedar St., hosts live music from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. with Bright Moments Jazz.
28 Beer Hall Music. MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., hosts live music with Still Tipsy and The Hangovers from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. Enjoy great tunes from this local favorite trio! Free and open to the public; ages 21+ only. Non-smoking, fun & games environment.
28 Annual Anniversary Dance. The Annual Anniversary Dance is held from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. in Sandpoint Community Hall, and begins with a one-hour beginning Waltz lesson taught by a professional instructor. Following the lesson will be general dancing, refreshments, mixers, door prizes, and a drawing for one month of free dance classes. Singles, couples, and all levels of dancers are welcome! Cost is $9 for adults and $5 for teens. USA Dance events are alcohol and tobacco free. For information, call 208-699-0421.
29 Certain Women. The Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave., hosts a screening of the film Certain Women at 3:30 p.m. Go to the Sandpoint Movies Page for more information.
29 The Nth Power. KPND and Low Country Boil Productions present The Nth Power in concert at The Hive, 207 N. First Ave. Proving that soul music can be exponentially greater than the sum of its parts, The Nth Power is on a mission to share the light. Formed during an impromptu late-night jam in New Orleans, the relentlessly funky and soulful band believes in music as a higher power tapping into an energy that is simultaneously sexy and spiritual. Do not miss this one! Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance at LiveFromTheHive.com, and $15 at the door. Ages 21 and up; IDs checked at the door.
-- Here's what's coming up this week through Sunday, Feb. 5 --
Here is what's coming up in February!
3-24 Starlight Racing. Schweitzer Mountain Resort hosts four weeks of evening racing on Friday nights, followed by fun and fabulous parties in Taps. Schweitzer.com. 208-255-3081
3 First Fridays Live Music with Devon Wade. MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., hosts live music with Devon Wade from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. Devon is an independent country music artist from Sandpoint with a strong love for what country music has always been - songs about real life. Come out and hear his fun boot-tapping tunes! Free and open to the public. Non-smoking, fun and games environment. * Held on the first Friday of every month. 208-209-6700
4-5 Priest Lake Sled Dog Races. The Inland Empire Sled Dog Association sponsors the Priest Lake Sled Dog Races, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. The race features sprint and mid-distance classes and skijoring. Classes include mid-distance races, dog sprint classes, advanced skijor, novice sled and novice skijor, and two classes for junior mushers based on age. All events begin from the Hannah Flats Snow Park, at the intersection of Ravin Ranch Road and Highway 57 at Priest Lake. IESDA.org. 208-683-2387
4-5 Fat Bike Takeover at Western Pleasure Guest Ranch. Western Pleasure Guest Ranch, 1413 Upper Gold Creek Rd., hosts a Fat Bike Takeover! This weekend package includes lodging in a guest room, breakfast, trail fee, sleigh ride and dinner. There will be a group bike ride both days, plus enjoy a sleigh ride Feb. 4 at 5 p.m., and dinner to follow at 6:30 p.m. Fat bike rentals are available from Greasy Fingers for $40. Weekend package is $215 double occupancy, $165 single occupancy. Reservations required by calling 208-263-9066. WesternPleasureRanch.com.
4 Comedy for a Cause. The Panida Little Theater on First Avenue hosts Comedy for a Cause at 7:30 p.m. Phil's stand-up is fun and easy to relate to, as he often dissects marriage, small town life, all while trying not to make too much fun of his kids. He placed second at the Colorado Springs World Series of Comedy Satellite 2016, and had 'em in stitches to take first place at the Valleyfest Clean Comedy Competition in 2015. Phil will be joined by another great comedian that will surprise our audience! Come and join in the laughs. $14 admission. Panida.org. 208-255-7801
4 Lights! Camera! Murder! Talus Rock Retreat, 291 Syringa Heights Rd., hosts a party to die for ... Lights! Camera! Murder! is an interactive "whodunit" murder mystery dinner and downtown scavenger hunt. As the night unfolds, lies and scandals will reveal a path to a killer, but it's up to you to uncover the clues. Grab your friends and start placing the blame! The Red Carpet Murder Mystery extravaganza includes a pre-party social hour, fun-filled scavenger hunt, and a delectable tableside dinner! Cost is $69. Extend the fun by booking a stay in one of the retreat's rooms. Visit SandpointRetreat.com/MurderMystery for more info or call 208-255-8458. Event also held March 4 and April 1.
-- Here's what's coming up this week through Sunday, Feb. 12 --
7 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
7 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
8 Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas. The Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave., hosts Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.), as part of the Pend Oreille Arts Council's Performance Series. Fraser, long regarded as Scotland's finest fiddler, and the sizzingly-talented California cellist Haas once again unleash their dazzling teamwork and shared passion for taking the infectious melodies and grooves of Scottish music on an exciting new journey. Tickets are $25 adults, $16 POAC members, and $10 youth (ages 18 and under), available in advance at the POAC offices, 302 N. First Ave., Eve's Leaves, Eichardt's Pub, and Winter Ridge, online at ArtinSandpoint.org; also at the Panida box office on the night of the performance.
10-11 Stomp Games Banked Slalom. Competition at Schweitzer. Schweitzer.com. 208-255-3081
11 Foundation for Wildlife Management Fundraising Banquet. Bonner County Fairgrounds, 4203 N. Boyer Rd., hosts the Foundation for Wildlife Management Fundraising Banquet starting at 4 p.m. There will be dinner, auctions, games, raffles, and fun for all! With more than 400 in attendance last year, many proclaimed it to be the greatest banquet Sandpoint had ever hosted - and this year will be even better! Klondyke Café will be serving their famous prime rib dinner; libations available. Pick up ticket applications at North 40 Outfitters, Army Surplus, and Sand Creek Schweitzer Conoco. Enjoy a great night out, while supporting Idaho's ungulate population through predator management. Visit the website for more information, or call 208-610-4455.
11 Sleigh Ride, Dinner and Concert. Come out to Western Pleasure Guest Ranch, 1413 Upper Gold Creek, for a Sleigh Ride, Dinner and Concert Package. Rye River Band will perform, featuring four young powerful musicians -- Trevor Beeching, Aaron Castilla, Drew Miller and Justin Sherfey, each award-winning musicians who perform upbeat bluegrass favorites with a modern twist. Cost is $68 per person and $58 for children ages 6 to 12; children ages 5 and under are free. No-host bar available for beer and wine. Reservations required by calling 208-263-9066. WesternPleasureRanch.com.
11 "Love Me Tender" Elvis Tribute. The Pearl Theater, 7160 Ash St. in Bonners Ferry, hosts a "Love Me Tender" Elvis Tribute, featuring Brad Mitchell, at 7 p.m. Bring your Valentine for a night of fun and romance, or friends to reminisce about the King, as impersonator Brad Mitchell from Spokane gives the audience a chance to experience the music of Elvis Presley with a show that includes back-up singers and costume changes. Admission is $18 at the door, $16 in advance, and $5 student. 208-610-2846
11 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
11 Beer Hall Live Music. Brian Jacobs and Chris Lynch team up for an exciting night of live music from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. at MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St. They are a fun duo with 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 of the month! Free and open to the public. Non-smoking, fun & games environment. 208-209-6700
11 McManus in Love. The Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave., hosts McManus in Love at 7:30 p.m. This hilarious one-man show, written by nationally recognized and Sandpoint-grown humorist Patrick F. McManus, starring Pat's indentured actor, Tim Behrens. Tickets are $17 adults, $10 ages 18 and under, available at Eichardt's and Panida.org. 208-255-7801
14 Lotus. KPND and Low Country Boil Productions present the Sandpoint Winter Carnival opening concert with Lotus at The Hive, 207 N. First Ave. Jamtronica giants Lotus make their debut visit to The Hive for a special Valentine's Day performance that is the Sandpoint Winter Carnival opening concert. This show will be a feast for the senses as Jam Band meets EDM. Grab someone special and get to this show because Lotus is for Lovers on Valentine's Day! Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20. Ages 21 and up; IDs checked at the door. LiveFromTheHive.com.
-- Here's what's coming up this week through Sunday, Feb. 19 --
15-26 Sandpoint Winter Carnival. Snowy good times featuring concerts at The Hive, a lights show at Schweitzer, a wacky downtown parade, and the beloved K-9 Keg Pull. SandpointWinterCarnival.com. 208-263-2161
15 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
17 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. MickDuffs.com.
18-20 Presidents Weekend Celebration. Schweitzer Mountain Resort hosts special activities featuring Laser Light Show on Sunday with night skiing. Schweitzer.com. 208-255-3081
-- Here's what's coming up this week through Sunday, Feb. 26 --
22 Rebelution. KPND and Low Country Boil Productions present a Sandpoint Winter Carnival event, Rebelution with Passafire at The Hive, 207 N. First Ave. Making their Hive debut, Rebelution will be bringing some California reggae to Sandpoint - so grab your board, your skis, wax up, get down, have a brew or two, and catch some Rebelution at The Hive! Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance, and $30 at the door. Ages 21 and up; IDs checked at the door. LiveFromTheHive.com.
23 Annual FSPW Sip and Shop. FSPW will be sipping great wines, enjoying wonderful food from Bistro Rouge, and shopping for unique and lovely housewares during a Sip and Shop starting at 4 p.m. in the Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St. All are welcome to attend; part of every sale goes towards the effort to have the Scotchman Peaks designated wilderness by Congress. Plus, it's always great fun!
23 Rob Verdi's Take 5. The Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave., hosts Rob Verdi's Take 5 at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.) as part of the Pend Oreille Arts Council's Performance Series. Glimpse some of the most unusual saxophones ever made and enjoy a tribute to the legendary artists who gave the sax its unique voice in jazz. A local student choir joins the stage with legendary saxophonist Rob Verdi for a night of Vaudeville jazz! ArtinSandpoint.org. Tickets are $20 adults, $13 POAC members, and $10 youth (18 and under), available at the POAC offices, 302 N. First Ave., Eve's Leaves, Eichardt's Pub, and Winter Ridge, online at ArtinSandpoint.org; also at the Panida box office on the night of the performance.
25 History Mystery Fundraiser: A Vaudeville Review. Join the Bonner County History Museum for its Third Annual History Mystery Fundraiser: A Vaudeville Review, held at 6 p.m. in the Ponderay Events Center, 401 Bonner Mall Way in Ponderay. Guests will be transported to the Rink Opera House in 1909, for an evening of Vaudeville-style entertainment and intrigue including opera, dancers, magic, music, Shakespeare, drama, juggling, acrobats and of course a mystery! Tickets are $50 ($45 for BCHS members) and include dinner by Skeyes the Limit Catering, and the evening's entertainment. BonnerCountyHistory.org. 208-263-2344
Here is what's coming up in March!
1-2 Umphrey's McGee. KPND and Low Country Boil Productions present Umphrey's McGee with Spafford at The Hive, 207 N. First Ave. The boys are back in town ... for a two night run of mind-melting jams. Bring your Hot Doggin' ski posse because this will be a ski and jam event. Let it snow! Doors open at 8 p.m. each night, and the show gets started at 9 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance, and $35 at the door. Ages 21 and up; IDs checked at the door. LiveFromTheHive.com.
3-4 The Follies. Angels Over Sandpoint's annual wild 'n' wacky fundraiser at the Panida. Tickets go on sale Groundhog Day (Feb. 2). 208-290-5895
10-11 Big Something. KPND and Low Country Boil Productions present Big Something at The Hive, 207 N. First Ave. Not since the Allman Brothers has it gotten passed around like these guys pass it. No bogarting in this crew. Just freshies all around. Jam on! Doors open at 7 p.m. each night, and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, and $12 at the door. Ages 21 and up; IDs checked at the door. LiveFromTheHive.com.
22 Yonder Mountain String Band. KPND and Low Country Boil Productions present Yonder Mountain String Band with the Lil' Smokies at The Hive, 207 N. First Ave. This is Yonder Mountain's second visit to The Hive and everyone's buzzing! For nearly 18 years, Yonder Mountain String Band has redefined bluegrass music, expanding the traditional acoustic genre by steadily pushing the envelope into the realms of rock 'n' roll and improvisation. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance, and $30 at the door. Ages 21 and up; IDs checked at the door. LiveFromTheHive.com.
24-25 24 Hours of Schweitzer. Schweitzer Mountain Resort hosts the 9th annual 24 Hours of Schweitzer charity ski and snowboarding team event for participants of all ages. Proceeds from the 24-hour relay help fund research for the Cystinosis Research Foundation. Come join the fun! 24HoursforHank.org.
24 Women of the World. Pend Oreille Arts Council presents Women of the World, starting at 7:30 p.m. in the Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave., as part of the 2016-2017 Performance Series. Women of the World is an ensemble of musicians from different corners of the globe. In the spirit of friendship, they celebrate the beauty of diversity. They sing not just for tolerance, but wisdom, respect and joy. Tickets are available in the POAC office, 302 N. First Ave., and also at Eve's Leaves, Eichardt's Pub, and Winter Ridge Natural Foods. ArtinSandpoint.org.
25 Bullets and Belles. The Pearl Theater, 7160 Ash St. in Bonners Ferry, hosts the Bullets and Belles at 7 p.m. Tight harmonies in unique vocal arrangements describe this Neo Doo Wop band out of Portland via Salt Lake City. Think Amy Winehouse and Dion and The Bellmonts, but also Simon and Garfunkel and Taj Majal. Bullets and Belles' performance effortlessly glides from hard-hitting blues, to soulful doo-wop, to traces of country folk. 1950s-'60s rock 'n' roll feel in three-part vocal harmony. Tickets are $15 in advance, $17 at the door, and $5 student.
Here is what's coming up in April!
20 Season Bender: The Motet. KPND and Low Country Boil Productions, in conjunction with Jambase, present the third annual Season Bender with The Motet at The Hive, 207 N. First Ave. It's always a little sad when the ski season ends, but let's all get together and get down one last time! No matter how you choose to express funk, you can’t fake it - and the Motet are FO REAL. The recent addition of singer Lyle Divinsky, who joined the band in early 2016, fans the flames of this already hot band. Tickets are only $10 for this special Schweitzer Mountain appreciation show. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 8 p.m. Ages 21 and up; IDs checked at the door. LiveFromTheHive.com.
22 Swing Dance with Carl Rey and the Blues Gators. The Pearl Theater, 7160 Ash St. in Bonners Ferry, hosts a Swing Dance with Carl Rey and the Blues Gators at 7 p.m. A local band from Oldtown, Carl Rey and the Blues Gators are known for their strong vocals and clean harmonica sound. Enjoy a danceable blend of jump, blues and swing out of the 1930s and '40s that insist you get up on your feet! Tickets are $16 in advance, $18 at the door, and $5 student.