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Blue ribbon FUN! As summer draws to a close, it's time enjoy our community's rural roots during the annual Bonner County Fair, happening Tuesday, Aug. 19 through Saturday, Aug. 23 at the Bonner County Fairgrounds. This old-fashioned country event includes livestock viewings, abundant exhibitions, tasty fair food, crazy contests, live music and so much more! The fair is open daily, and an annual Demolition Derby on Saturday night rounds out the fun. Visit the new website, BonnerCountyFair.com, for calendar details and more information.

A social event for kids ... and parents! The Eureka Center Annex, 513 Oak St. (the Granary), hosts the first ever Trout and About Festival starting at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24. Enjoy this event 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 are available for purchase from Jupiter Jane Café and Eichardt's Pub. Featuring special musical guests The Whizpops, who will be debuting a song written just for the event! Admission is $3 adults, free for children. Presented by the Sandpoint Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Avista, Idaho Fish and Game, and the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. For more information, visit PanhandleTU.org.

Here's what's happening in August!

20-23 Bonner County Fair. Old-fashioned country event at the Bonner County Fairgrounds includes livestock viewing, exhibitions, and fair food! Open daily; an annual Demolition Derby on Saturday night rounds out the fun. Visit BonnerCountyFair.com for details. 208-263-8414

21-23 Chef. The Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave., hosts a screening of the film Chef at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $7 general, $6 seniors and students, available in advance at Pedro's in downtown Sandpoint, or online at Panida.org (a 50 cent processing fee applies). Learn more about the film on the Sandpoint Movies Page, or visit Panida.org.

22 Beer Hall Live Music. MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., hosts live music from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. with Holly McGarry. MickDuffs.com. 208-209-6700

22-23, 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. on the following dates -- August 2, 22, 23, 29, 30. There are picnic tables, a public dock, and a porta-potty (no garbage facilities). Free and open to the public. Sponsored by IDFG and Idaho Master Naturalists.

22-24 Artists' Studio Tour. The 11th annual self-guided driving tour of working studios through North Idaho. ArtTourDrive.org. 800-800-2106

22 Winery Music. Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts live music from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. with Nicole Lewis. This pop country artist is emerging as a fresh creative voice - come on out and enjoy! Visit the winery's Facebook page. 208-265-8545

23 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. SandpointFarmersMarket.com.

23 Laughing Dog Anniversary Party. Hard to believe this terrific local brewery is celebrating its ninth year, but there you have it. The party runs from noon-7 p.m. with live music, barbecue, fun and games and prize giveaways - including a free beer a day for a year. Now that's a prize. They're at 1109 Fontaine Dr., in Ponderay. 208-263-9222 or LaughingDogBrewing.com

23 Wylie and the Wild West Show. Help celebrate 50 years of the Wilderness Act with the Wylie and the Wild West Show in Libby, Mont. Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness (FSPW), Montana Wilderness Association (MWA), the Forest Service and Cabinet Resource Group are bringing Wylie and The Wild West to Libby for a free family concert as part of a continuing celebration of the Wilderness Act anniversary. Montanan Wylie Gustavson and the Wild West Show are known for good, old-fashioned entertainment focusing on Western music with rope tricks, humor and some dandy yodeling thrown in for good measure. Enjoy a full afternoon and evening of activities that begin at Libby’s Riverfront Park at noon. At 2 p.m., Wayne Kasworm, biologist with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, along with bear expert Kim Annis will give a presentation on grizzly and black bears in the Cabinet-Yaak ecosystem; at 4 p.m., Montana Wild Wings Recovery will make a presentation featuring wild raptors; Wylie begins playing at 7 p.m. All events are free and open to the public. 208-290-1281

23 Summer Sounds. Sandpoint Business Improvement District presents a performance with Broken Whistle 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

23 Music and Pork Rib Feed. Squeeze Inn Restaurant in Clark Fork hosts a Music and Pork Rib Feed event from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Enjoy music by Johny Knapp and Dan Thomason, plus delicious pork ribs and more. Cost is $35 per person. Learn more at SqueezeInnCookingVacations.com or call 208-946-0536.

24 Trout and About Festival. The Eureka Center Annex, 513 Oak St. (the Granary), hosts the first ever Trout and About Festival. Doors open at 2 p.m., and music begins at 3 p.m. Enjoy this event 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 are available for purchase from Jupiter Jane Café and Eichardt's Pub. Featuring special musical guests The Whizpops, who will be debuting a song written just for the event! $3 adults, free for children. Presented by the Sandpoint Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Avista, Idaho Fish and Game, and the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. For more information, visit PanhandleTU.org.

24 Winery Music. Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts live music from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. with David Gerald. This blues-pop talent is visiting from Detroit, Mich., where he grew up to the sounds of the blues and R&B. Gerald started playing guitar at the age of 16 and writing songs in his early 20s. Gerald's blues have been receiving widespread radio play, along with recognition in the blues community. This show is a Sandpoint treat! Visit the winery's Facebook page. 208-265-8545

-- Here's what's happening this week through Sunday, August 31 --

26 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.

26 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

26 Dinner Cruise and Eagle Watching. Enjoy casual dining with a delicious buffet-style dinner catered by Pend Oreille Pasta. Cruise by several bald eagle nests and enjoy the eagles! Departs Sandpoint's City Beach dock at 5:30 p.m., and returns at 8 p.m. Fare is $42 general, $40 seniors, $36 children; includes cruise, dinner (with meat entrée), dessert, and tax. LakePendOreilleCruises.com. 208-255-5253

26 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

27 Sandpoint Farmers Market. Open-air market from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in downtown's Farmin Park features fresh produce, garden starts, handcrafts, flowers, food and live music featuring Scott Reid. SandpointFarmersMarket.com.

27 KPND Summer Pint Night. Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts the KPND Summer Pint Night from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Enjoy food and beer specials, plus have a chance to win prizes such as golf passes, restaurant coupons, a KPND new music CD sampler, concert tickets and so much more! Come on out and join in the fun!

27 Winery Music. Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts live music from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with 7Horse - featuring rock 'n' roll duo Joie Calio and Phil Leavitt. These two joined together to discover rock 'n' roll's ground zero and chewy center while finding and channeling their own personal identities. These two have done just that! Check out their own get-down! Visit the winery's Facebook page. 208-265-8545

28 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 Evans Brothers Coffee, 524 Church St. 208-265-5553

28 Thursday Night Farmers Market in Hope. Hope Memorial Comunity Center, 415 Wellington Pl. off Highway 200, hosts the Thursday Night Farmers Market from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Enjoy the evening sun in Hope's open air farmers market with good music, great food and awesome people! For more information, e-mail: hopefm2014@gmail.com.

28 Dinner Cruise and Eagle Watching. Enjoy casual dining with a delicious buffet-style dinner catered by Pend Oreille Pasta. Cruise by several bald eagle nests and enjoy the eagles! Departs Sandpoint's City Beach dock at 5:30 p.m., and returns at 8 p.m. Fare is $42 general, $40 seniors, $36 children; includes cruise, dinner (with meat entrée), dessert, and tax. LakePendOreilleCruises.com. 208-255-5253

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 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 Art in the Wild. 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, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. 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 FriendsofKootenaiNationalWildlifeRefuge.org. Supported by the Idaho Humanities Council. 208-627-2062

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

30-31 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. Come on up to Schweitzer Mountain Resort for the 22nd annual Schweitzer Fall Fest - a three-day outdoor music festival featuring free performances, chairlift rides, kids' activities and a wide variety of microbrews on tap. Schweitzer.com. 208-263-9555

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!

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

5-7 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 Wilderness Act Celebration. Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness and Idaho Conservation League hold a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act at Evans Brothers Coffee.

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

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 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.

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

18-21 Idaho Draft Horse and Mule International. The Northwest’s largest draft horse and mule expo held at the Bonner County Fairgrounds. 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. Purchase tickets before 8 a.m. Sept. 20, available 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. TheScenicHalf.com. 208-263-2161

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

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

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!

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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