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North Idaho fandom convention. The second annual sci-fi, fantasy and anime event -- dubbed Sandemonium -- offers something for everyone, and it's coming to the Forrest Bird Charter School on Saturday, Aug. 27. Presented by the Sandpoint Library, this comic con event starts at 10 a.m. -- all are invited to come out and enjoy even more vendors, cosplay, expert panels, prizes, performances food and more! For more information, visit Sandemonium7B.com, the event's Facebook page, or e-mail email@example.com.
Here's what's happening in August!
23 Cinema Paradiso - A Retro Reel. The Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave., hosts a screening of the film Cinema Paradiso - which won an Academy Award in 1990 for Best Foreign Language Film - at 7:30 p.m. Learn more about this film on the Sandpoint Movies Page. Cost is $5 for the movie, or $10 for movie plus an Italian dessert! Go to Panida.org to purchase tickets.
24 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, and more. Enjoy live music featuring Folk Remedy. SandpointFarmersMarket.com.
24 KPND Pint Night Party. The 219, at 219 First Ave., hosts the KNPD Pint Night Party from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Justin Klumb from Seattle will be playing live music, so come on out!
24-26 Sandpoint Filmmakers Network Auditions for Winter Musical. Sandpoint Filmmakers Network is holding auditions Aug. 24 through Aug. 26 for an upcoming musical theater production. Auditions start at 5 p.m. with time slots every 15 minutes until 9 p.m. A variety of roles are available - acting, vocals and some dancing, dependent upon role requirements. Men, women, and youth ages 12 and above are encouraged to audition. The musical will be performed on the main stage of the Panida in December. To audition, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, phone number, head shot, bio, and preferred audition date. 208-263-3278
25 Yappy Hour. 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 Evans Brothers Coffee, 524 Church St.
25 Trinity Live Music. Trinity at City Beach, 58 Bridge St., hosts live music from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. with Doug Bond and Marty Perron. 208-255-7558
25 Music at the Winery. Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts live music on the patio from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. with David Lane Walsh playing some of the best Latin-inspired flamenco guitar in the area. POWine.com. 208-265-8545
25 Beer Hall Music. MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., hosts live music from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. with Kevin Dorin. Come on down to hear his great voice and a slough of his awesome originals! Free and open to the public. Non-smoking, fun & games environment. 208-209-6700
26-27 Spokane-to-Sandpoint Relay Race. The 9th annual "Scenic Relay Race" where runners and walkers begin atop Mt. Spokane, and teams make their way 185 miles to the finish line at Sandpoint's City Beach. SpokanetoSandpoint.com.
26-28 International Fjord Horse Show. Norwegian Fjord horse owners from Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Montana, and British Columbia come together for the 29th Annual International Fjord Horse Show, held from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily at the Bonner County Fairgrounds. Fjord horses are known for their versatility, and this three-day show features English, Western, Trail, gymkhana, single and Multiple driving. Event is open to the public and free of charge. Come and see this beautiful strong breed doing what they do best! On Friday, Aug. 26, enjoy the many adventures of the Lady Long Rider Bernice Ende with a presentation at 7 p.m. Since 2005, Bernice has been on a grand adventure - criss-crossing Canada and the U.S. on horseback. Bernice has covered 28,000 miles in this time and is still planning new adventures. Don't miss this opportunity to listen as Bernice shares her journey. Sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Fjord Promotional Group. 509-993-6257
26 Late Night at the Museum: Paint and Sip. Bonner County Museum, 611 S. Ella Ave., hosts a Paint and Sip from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. as part of the Late Night at the Museum series. It's easy and fun, even if you've never painted before! Infini Gallery and the museum partner to make this a great evening, which includes step-by-step instructions, plus food and wine to make the experience memorable! $40 fee includes art supplies, food and drinks; $30 for museum members. RSVP required by calling 208-263-2344. BonnerCountyMuseum.org.
26 IPA Live Music. Idaho Pour Authority, 203 Cedar St., hosts live music from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. with Ben Olson and Cadie Archer.
26 Music at the Winery. Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts live music with Tom Catmull from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Catmull is visiting from Missoula, Montana, to share his American-roots driven sound. POWine.com. 208-265-8545
26 Trinity Live Music. Trinity at City Beach, 58 Bridge St., hosts live music from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. featuring Running With Scissors. 208-255-7558
26 Beer Hall Music. MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., hosts live music from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. with Mobius Riff. This band hosted MickDuff's St. Paddy's party and are back for a victory lap concert! They play an eclectic mix of jazz, rock, Celtic, classical, Middle Eastern and originals featuring Tom Duebendorfer, Larry Higgins, John Sarchio and Larry Guldberg. Free and open to the public. Non-smoking, fun & games environment. 208-209-6700
27 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 more. Enjoy live music featuring Arthur and Mia. SandpointFarmersMarket.com.
27 Bikes, Blues and Brews Motorcycle Show and Rally. MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., hosts the First Annual Bikes, Blues and Brews Motorcycle Show and Rally from 9:30 a.m. 'til 6 p.m. This new event kicks off with a rally ride along the Bull River Loop, beginning and ending at the MickDuff's Beer Hall. Once you've completed the ride, enjoy a bike show and live music from the Miah Kohal Band from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. plus food from Mandala Pizza. More info: email@example.com or call 208-209-6700.
27 Sandemonium! Comic con craze is on! See Hot Picks, above.
27 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
27 MCS Grand Expansion Celebration. The Music Conservatory of Sandpoint celebrates their expansion into the entire building at 110 Main St. with an all-day event starting at 10 a.m. All are welcome to attend, and there's something for everyone: children's activities such as face painting and an instrument petting zoo, an afternoon of Repertoire Program performances including a theater performance; and at 4 p.m., there will be a Tribute to Bill Reid with a ribbon-cutting for Bill's Grand Piano, donated in his memory. Afterward, enjoy performances by MCS instructors in the new auditorium, and take in an art show featuring various local artists plus appetizers and beverages from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.
27 Summer Sounds. Downtown concert series takes place from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. on the Park Place stage, near the corner of First and Cedar. Sponsored by Sandpoint B.I.D. and the Holly Eve Foundation. Selkirk Society Band performs.
27 IPA Live Music. Idaho Pour Authority, 203 Cedar St., hosts live music from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. with John Firshi.
27 Farm to Table Dinner. Di Luna's Cafe hosts a Farm to Table Dinner at 5 p.m. on the Shingle Mill Blueberry Farm. Begin with a tour and talk by the Omodts about their great adventure into the blueberry business. Those attending the dinner will have a chance to pick some delicious blueberries. After picking, sit down to a meal from locally sourced ingredients. Of course berries will be featured, as well as the bounty of this season. Ticket price is $40 and includes non-alcoholic beverages. Wine will be available to purchase. Please bring cash or check for purchasing blueberries and wine, as credit card processing will not be available. Call Di Luna's at 208-263-0846 for tickets and more information.
27 Music at the Winery. Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts live music with Truck Mills from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Rockin' the slide guitar and more, his musical talents will entertain us all! POWine.com. 208-265-8545
27 Trinity Live Music. Trinity at City Beach, 58 Bridge St., hosts live music from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. featuring Arthur and Mia of Bright Moments. 208-255-7558
27 Beer Hall Music. MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., hosts live music from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. with Harold's IGA -- gracing the Beer Hall for a fun night of live music, cheers and beers! 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. Non-smoking, fun & games environment. 208-209-6700
27 Drag Karaoke. Dress to kill or impersonate your favorite singer and show us what you've got during Drag Karaoke, starting at 8 p.m. in the Eagles Lodge, 1511 John Hudon Ln. Pick a song to sing from our books or lip sync a song from your phone - and bring the house down. We've got something special for the best entertainer! Points awarded for costume and on-point performance, participation optional. Free admission. Visit the event's Facebook page. 208-263-3514
28 Lummi Totem Pole Tour. The 2016 totem pole tour of the Lummi Nation's House of Tears Carvers is underway and will make a special stop at Sandpoint City Beach from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. For the past three years, the group has handcrafted a special totem pole and hauled it along the route of the coal exports, stopping in communities along the way to raise awareness about the risks to the tribe's way of life, as well as to communities along the route, if coal terminals are built on the West Coast. A blessing ceremony takes place at 9 a.m. with special guest speakers; the 22-foot pole will be on display until 11 a.m. before continuing the journey to Winnipeg, Manitoba, their final destination. Co-sponsored by Idaho Conservation League and Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeepers.
28 Trout and About Festival. The Granary District, 513 Oak St. next to Evans Brothers Coffee, is the location for Panhandle Chapter of Trout Unlimited’s fun and educational event – the Trout and About Festival - featuring musical guests The Whizpops and The Kitchen Dwellers. The festival is where parents and their kids can socialize, listen to great music, learn some fun facts about trout, dance it up and have fun! Food and beverages available for purchase from Jupiter Jane Café and Eichardt’s Pub. Doors open at 11 a.m., and the Whizpops start at noon, followed by The Kitchen Dwellers at 3:30 p.m. Cost is $3 per adult; free for kids. More information at PanhandleTU.org.
28 Trinity Live Music. Trinity at City Beach, 58 Bridge St., hosts live music from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. featuring Bruce Bishop and Drew. 208-255-7558
31 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, and more. Enjoy live music featuring John Firshi. SandpointFarmersMarket.com.
* Daily: Lake Cruises. Lake Pend Oreille Cruises hosts daily cruises aboard the Shawnodese. The Lake History Cruise departs daily at 1 p.m., and includes a delightful 10-mile loop near the shores of Lake Pend Oreille. And the Birds of Prey Cruise departs daily at 3 p.m., and includes viewing of osprey nests and their chicks, plus cruises by an area known for good bald eagle viewing. Daily all summer, through Sept. 12. LakePendOreilleCruises.com. 208-255-5253
Here is what's coming up in September!
3 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., courtesy of Sandpoint Super Drug. Enjoy free admission and view Era III of the Tales from the Wardrobe featuring the 1940-1959 era. Note: This will be the last chance to see Tales from the Wardrobe before it closes Sept. 16. BonnerCountyHistory.org.
3-4 Funky Junk Antique Show. The biggest and longest running antique and craft show in Idaho is back for its 16th season as a Labor Day Weekend tradition! Enjoy an unforgettable weekend at the Bonner County Fairgrounds; hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both Saturday, Sept. 3, and Sunday, Sept. 4. Check out all the wonderful treasures and amazing crafts - everything from salvage to retro and everything in between. There will be a special tribute this year to our Lumber Jack heritage in the region! Live music both days and good food, too! Admission is $5 (good all weekend!); children 12 and under free. FunkyJunkAntiqueShow.com.
3-4 Coaster Classic Car Show. Classic cars from across the Northwest converge at Silverwood Theme Park for the 14th annual Coaster Classic Car Show. SilverwoodThemePark.com. 208-683-3400
3-5 Schweitzer Fall Fest. Schweitzer Mountain Resort hosts the 24th annual Fall Fest -- an outdoor brews and music festival with performances, chairlift rides, kids' activities and microbrews. Eight bands will be playing in the Schweitzer Village over three days, plus enjoy cider tastings and over 60 microbrews on tap. Plenty of family activities during this final weekend of summer operations, including chairlift rides (20 percent discount this weekend), mountain biking from the summit, and much more. Visit Schweitzer.com for more information. 208-263-9555
4 Walk for H.O.P.E. Underground Kindness is supporting Walk for H.O.P.E. (Hold On Pain Ends) - a Long Bridge walk held to promote suicide awareness, hope and healing. The walk begins in the Dog Beach area at the beginning of the Long Bridge at 5 p.m.; there will be music and food at the end of the walk for connection time. T-shirts will be given to all registered walkers. Cost is $25 adult, $20 youth, and $5 off registration before Aug. 20. Help support our movement and prevent suicide in North Idaho! Learn more at WalkForHopeSandpoint.org or call 208-290-8391.
-- Here's what's coming up this week through Sunday, September 11 --
6 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
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
10 September Tailgate at MCC. Don't miss your chance to score some great deals at the September Tailgate, held from 8 a.m. until noon at Hope's Memorial Community Center, 415 Wellington Pl. For more information on renting a table, call 208-264-5481. Donations for the MCC Sales Table may be dropped off Monday through Thursday, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. (no clothing, please).
10 Injectors Car Show. The Injectors Car Club hosts the 17th Annual Powered by the Past Injectors Car Show from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. in downtown Sandpoint. Enjoy live music featuring the 7 Bee Band, comprised of local, amateur musicians who perform '60 through '80s rock 'n' roll music. Registration for the car show is from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m., with an entry fee of $20 benefitting Bonner County community organizations. SandpointInjectors.com. 208-263-9780
10 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
10 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. 21+ years of age only. Non-smoking, fun & games environment. 208-209-6700
11 Weathering the Elements 3K/5K. Kaniksu Land Trust sponsors a Weathering the Elements walk/run at 10 a.m. Get out and run or walk a 3K or 5K, all while having fun navigating through, under, or over obstacles from Mother Nature. Learn more and register at KaniksuLandTrust.org.
-- Here's what's coming up this week through Sunday, September 18 --
12-17 WaCanId Ride. Tour two states and one province on the 8th annual 350-mile/560-kilometer WaCanId Ride, presented by the International Selkirk Loop and Rotary International. WaCanId.org. 888-823-2626
16 Third Fridays Live Music with Devon Wade. Sandpoint's Devon Wade performs at MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., for the Third Friday of June event from 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 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.
17 Comedy Night for Wildlife. American Heritage Wildlife Foundation hosts a Comedy Night for Wildlife fundraiser at 6 p.m. in the Sandpoint Center. Seattle comedian Kermet Apio will be providing a full hour of laughs, and there will be gift baskets prepared by sponsors in a silent auction. Tickets are $20, available at Sandpoint Super Drug, Fry Creek Vet Clinic, North Idaho Animal Hospital, Evans Brothers Coffee, Monarch Market and AHWF. Seating is limited - get your tickets while they last! AHWF.org. 208-266-1488
18 Scenic Half. Presented by the Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce, this 8th annual event features a half marathon (13.1 miles), plus 10k and 5k fun runs. A portion of the race registration proceeds benefits the nonprofit Community Cancer Services organization. ScenicHalf.com. 208-263-2161
-- Here's what's coming up this week through Sunday, September 25 --
20 Gallagher's Last Smash Tour. You heard it 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 arrives at the Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave., at 8 p.m. Come help benefit the Panida and join in the laughs of this 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 Panida.org.
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; arrive at 6 p.m. for dinner. 208-263-5911
23 George Winston in Concert. The Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave., hosts a concert with George Winston at 8 p.m. 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. Panida.org. 208-255-7801
23-25 Idaho Draft Horse and Mule International. The Northwest's largest draft horse and mule expo at the Bonner County Fairgrounds. IdahoDraftHorseShow.com. 208-263-8414
23-24 6th Annual Head of the Pend Oreille Regatta. Idaho's only regatta! The 6th annual Head of the Pend Oreille Regatta (HOP) will be held in Priest River with a start time of 8:30 a.m., featuring rowers from Canada, Washington and Idaho plus representatives from WSU and Gonzaga universities. The Regatta has 6-9 Masters (post collegiate and over-18 rowers). Activities begin Sept. 23 with a 1K sprint race at 4:30 p.m. at the Priest River Boat Club, followed by a Friday evening barbecue from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. ($10 over 12 years of age, $7 under age 12). Following Saturday's rowing events, rowers and spectators are welcome to attend the annual Oktoberfest in downtown Priest River starting at 11 a.m. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is what's coming up in October!
Weekends in October - Scarywood. Silverwood Theme Park transforms into Scarywood, weekend evenings in October. SilverwoodThemePark.com.
15 Harvest Fest. Sandpoint Farmers Market closes out the season with entertainment, food booths, activities, displays at Farmin Park. SandpointFarmersMarket.com. 208-597-3355
Date TBA - Warren Miller Ski Film. Annual event at the Panida Theater, sponsored by The Alpine Shop. Panida.org. 208-263-5157
Here is what's coming up in November!
19-27 K&K Thanksgiving Fishing Derby. Lake Pend Oreille Idaho Club's annual fall fishing contest. LPOIC.org. 509-928-9245
25-Jan. 1 Holidays in Sandpoint. Tree lighting ceremony at Jeff Jones Town Square and visit from Santa opens the holiday season in Sandpoint. DowntownSandpoint.com. 208-255-1876