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Get in the (competitive) spirit! 'Tis the season when the community gathers together ... and enjoys some good old-fashioned bingo! That's right, the Sandpoint Lions Club hosts their fun, open-to-all Turkey Bingo event as a fundraiser for their Toys for Tots drive - and it couldn't be a more perfect way to enjoy some laughs and good times! Hours are 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23 all at Bonner Mall. There will be nibbles, prizes, and more! Who knew supporting a great cause could be so much fun?
Here's what's happening in November!
19 Tuesday Trivia and Happy Hour. Davis Grocery and Mercantile, 620 Wellington Pl. in Hope, hosts Tuesday Trivia and Happy Hour from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Play as a team or as an individual. There are prizes, knowledge and fun. *Held on the third Tuesday of every month.
19 Night-Out Karaoke. The 219 Lounge hosts Night-Out Karaoke with DJ Webrix every Tuesday. Come out and sing to your heart's content, or just enjoy the show! Free and open to the public, ages 21+; non-smoking environment. 219.bar.
20 Wind Down Wednesday. The 219 Lounge, 219 N. First Ave., hosts with live music from Truck Mills and Carl Rey from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Half-priced glasses of wine and craft cocktails. No cover, ages 21+; non-smoking environment. 219.bar.
21 Girls Pint Out. Idaho Pour Authority, 203 Cedar St., hosts Girls Pint Out from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Cool chicks! Great beer! No dudes! Bring a snack to share and be prepared to pair with different beer styles.
21 Trivia Night. Create a team with friends and family or play solo during Trivia Night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St. Questions are fun and challenging and always new; prizes awarded for winning teams. Free and open to the public. POWine.com.
21 French Wine Dinner. Forty-One South, 41 Lakeshore Dr. in Sagle, hosts a French Wine Dinner at 6 p.m. featuring Joseph Drouhin. Celebrate the special release of this year's Beaujolais Nouveau with a five-course dinner and hearty wine pairings. Cost is $75 per person (does not include tax and gratuity). Reservations required by calling 208-265-2000.
21 More Than A Woman Trivia. Join the fun on the third Thursday of each month at The Back Door, 111 Cedar St., for a night of laughter and female-focused trivia from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The aim is to educate and entertain with facts, connect women in the community, and offer something to look forward to each month with the girls. Trivia nights are in support of Return Retreats, a local nonprofit startup that brings restorative mindsets to women through retreat experiences as well as financial support to burdened women in the North Idaho Panhandle. Learn more at returnretreats.org/trivia. Suggested $5 donation. 262-914-2471 *Held on the third Thursday of each month.
21-24 Hearthside Stories. Unknown Locals and the Panida Playhouse Players team up for two one-act plays to kick off the holiday season with Hearthside Stories. Playtimes are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 3:30 p.m. Sunday in the Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave. Tickets are $15 adult; $10 senior/student at the door, Evans Brothers Coffee, and online at Panida.org.
21 Open Mic Night. A&Ps Bar and Grill, 222 N. First Ave., hosts Open Mic Night with KC Carter from 9 p.m. to midnight. No cover.
22 IPA Live Music. Idaho Pour Authority, 203 Cedar St., hosts live music from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with Mike and Shanna Thompson.
22 Winery Live Music. Red Blend, a local talented trio made up of Brian Jacobs, Meg Turner, and Chris Lynch, are welcomed back to the Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. This trio offers an artistic blend of soul, pop, blues, and classic hits. Come early to grab a seat, then get up and dance! Free and open to the public. POWine.com.
22-23 Lions Club Turkey Bingo. The Bonner Mall in Ponderay hosts the Lions Club Turkey Bingo Kickoff Fundraiser for Toys for Tots, and everyone is invited to join the fun! Hours are 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, and from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday.
22 Beer Hall Live Music. Dynamic longtime Sandpoint local trio Groove Black is back in action at MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. And the trio now features Paz Rainbow on trumpet ... does it get any better? This team is up for the task - the task to make you dance! Free and open to ages 21+. Non-smoking, fun and games environment. MickDuffs.com.
22 DJ Night. A&Ps Bar and Grill, 222 N. First Ave., hosts dance music with DJ Night from 9 p.m. to close every Friday and Saturday night. No cover.
22 Lounge Live Music. The 219 Lounge, 219 N. First Ave., hosts live music with the Miah Kohal Band from 9 p.m. to midnight. Don't miss Sandpoint's favorite outlaw rock band. Bring your dancing shoes as they will have you up and dancing all night long as Miah rocks the 219. Late night food from Shilla Korean BBQ food truck. No cover, ages 21+; non-smoking environment. 219.bar.
23-27, 29-Dec. 1 K&K Thanksgiving Fishing Derby. Lake Pend Oreille Idaho Club's annual fall fishing contest. LPOIC.org.
23 Food Bank Fundraiser Party. The Sandpoint Lions Club hosts a Food Bank Fundraiser from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at A&Ps Bar and Grill, 222 N. First Ave. Everyone is invited to stop in and enjoy live music, plus there will be drink specials and hosted hors d'oeuvres.
23 IPA Live Music. Idaho Pour Authority, 203 Cedar St., hosts live music from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with Dustin Drennen.
23 Winery Live Music. The Spare Parts Trio returns to the Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., performing from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Spokane-based trio, featuring Joel Johnston, Kim Davis, and Scott Randall, perform a mixture of acoustic sounds, tight harmonies, and favorites spanning generations. Free and open to the public. POWine.com.
23 DJ Night. A&Ps Bar and Grill, 222 N. First Ave., hosts dance music with DJ Night from 9 p.m. to close every Friday and Saturday night. No cover.
23 Lounge Live Music. The 219 Lounge hosts live music with Dimestore Prophets from 9 p.m. to midnight. Founded in 2010, this 3-piece band from Moses Lake brings the heat with inspiration based in rock, reggae and groove. Total feel-good vibes. Come out and get down at the 219! Late night food from Shilla Korean BBQ food truck. No cover, ages 21+; non-smoking environment. 219.bar.
24 Piano Sunday with Dwayne Parsons. Join Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., for Piano Sunday with Dwayne Parsons from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Parsons plays the concert grand piano in a most unique way - he doesn't read sheet music and is a self-taught, free-form pianist who creates music as he plays. Free and open to the public. POWine.com.
24 Fall Serenade Concert. The Music Conservatory of Sandpoint hosts its annual Fall Serenade Concert and dessert auction to benefit all MCS scholarship programs (including tuition assistance, Music Matters! afterschool outreach, and Honors Programs) in the Heartwood Center, 615 Oak St. The concert will feature works by the great masters, performed by Music Conservatory artist instructors. Join the MCS for an appetizer and wine reception before the concert and bid on one of the outrageous desserts donated by local restaurants and pastry chefs; no-host bar. Event begins at 5 p.m. Tickets are $20 adult, $5 MCS student/faculty. SandpointConservatory.org.
-- Here's what's coming up this week through Sunday, December 1 --
26 Night-Out Karaoke. The 219 Lounge hosts Night-Out Karaoke with DJ Webrix every Tuesday. Come out and sing to your heart's content, or just enjoy the show! Free and open to the public, ages 21+; non-smoking environment. 219.bar.
27 Wind Down Wednesday. The 219 Lounge hosts with live music from Truck Mills and Denis Zwang from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Half-priced glasses of wine and craft cocktails. No cover, ages 21+; non-smoking environment. 219.bar.
28 Happy Thanksgiving!
28 Turkey Trot. Join Litehouse YMCA and Sandpoint Parks and Recreation for the 12th Annual Turkey Trot and food drive on Thanksgiving morning at 9 a.m. in the parking lot at Travers Park, 1202 W. Pine St. This low-key event features a 5k, 10k, or whatever distance you want to run or walk (no bikes or dogs). This fun run is free with your nonperishable donation to the Bonner Community Food Bank. Arrive early to drop off donations and to sign a participation waiver (minors need a parent or guardian signature). Best costume wins a pie! 208-263-3613
29 Schweitzer Opening Day. Schweitzer Mountain Resort opens for the winter season (weather permitting). Stay updated on the latest information at Schweitzer.com.
29 IPA Live Music. Idaho Pour Authority, 203 Cedar St., hosts live music from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with Harold's IGA.
29 Winery Live Music. Talented Spokane-based musician Echo Elysium, a nuanced and dynamic electric and acoustic guitarist, performs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St. Elysium has been "transporting audiences to alternate dimensions" for over 10 years in the Pacific Northwest with his R&B, soul, rock, and gospel, and his performances have been described as a magical and ethereal experience. Free and open to the public. POWine.com.
29 Tree Lighting and Santa's Arrival. Come one, come all to this festive annual holiday event! Enjoy the annual tree lighting ceremony at Jeff Jones Town Square and a visit from Santa, as downtown Sandpoint kicks off the Christmas season in hometown style. DowntownSandpoint.com. 208-255-1876
29 Thunderstruck. Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center presents a screening of the film Thunderstruck 18 - a spellbinding, mind-numbing ode to extreme snowmobilers - at 6 p.m. in the Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave. View the YouTube trailer. Tickets are $12 general, $8 youth (ages 18 and under) at the door, Eichardt's, and Panida.org.
29 RFB Thanksgiving Party. RFB's Thanksgiving Party (aka Right Front Burner) is back at MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., for their very own Thanksgiving Party from 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. RFB is Sandpoint's finest party band featuring funk, disco, rock and groovy tunes. Known as the Inland Northwest's funkiest band, RFB has the power to make your booty shake and get your groove on. Free and open to ages 21+. Non-smoking, fun & games environment. MickDuffs.com.
29 DJ Night. A&Ps Bar and Grill, 222 N. First Ave., hosts dance music with DJ Night from 9 p.m. to close every Friday and Saturday night. No cover.
29 Lounge Live Music. The 219 Lounge hosts live music with Devon Wade from 9 p.m. to midnight. Wade is a Sandpoint independent country music artist with a strong love for what country music has always been, songs about real life and things that matter most. He has become a favorite among country music fans everywhere. Late night food from Shilla Korean BBQ. No cover, ages 21+; non-smoking environment. 219.bar.
30 IPA Live Music. Idaho Pour Authority, 203 Cedar St., hosts live music from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with Turn Spit Dogs.
30 Live Music with Truck Mills. The Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts live music from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. with Truck Mills. The foundation of Truck Mills' music lies in the blues, specifically the country blues, but he's not afraid to rework and rebuild the classics of the genre. His guitar work and vocals are infused both with a deep knowledge and a deep love of American roots music, but he roves far and wide from this grounding. Free and open to the public. POWine.com.
30 Shook Twins 'Giving Thanks' Concert. The Shook Twins return to the Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave., at 7:30 p.m. for their annual Thanksgiving concert. 'Giving Thanks' has become an annual holiday tradition featuring Sandpoint natives Katie and Laurie Shook, and also includes performances by Honeysuckle and John Craigie. Tickets are available in advance at Panida.org, and also at the door on the night of the show.
30 DJ Night. A&Ps Bar and Grill, 222 N. First Ave., hosts dance music with DJ Night from 9 p.m. to close every Friday and Saturday night. No cover.
30 Pray for Snow Party. The 219 Lounge hosts live music with Dangerous Type during the Pray for Snow Party, 9 p.m. to midnight. The Spokane-based 4-piece will have you partying to classic rock and funk while 10 Barrel Brewing will be in the house showing their new ski/snowboard film with a chance at winning a new snowboard. Come kick off the 2019/2020 ski season at 219! Late night food from Shilla Korean BBQ. No cover; ages 21+; non-smoking environment. 219.bar.
Here is what's coming up in December!
3 Bonner Mall Seniors Day. Bonner Mall in Ponderay hosts the monthly Seniors Day from 9 a.m. to noon. All are welcome to walk the Mall, plus there will be a featured speaker or entertainment, free refreshments, games and a drawing. Bring a friend and join the fun -- 10 years and counting for this great local event! 208-263-4272 *Held on the first Tuesday of the month.
5-7 Festival of Trees. Kinderhaven hosts the 20th annual Festival of Trees fundraiser at the Bonner County Fairgrounds. Family Night is from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, and is open to the public and free of charge! Bring the family and enjoy hot cocoa, cookies, a visit with Santa, and view all the magically decorated trees. The Holiday Luncheon is from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, and includes a silent auction, lunch, and viewing of the decorated trees. And finally, the Grand Gala is at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, where guests will enjoy hors d'oeuvres and a no-host bar, a silent auction, catered dinner by Ivano's, and a live auction of the trees and packages. Purchase luncheon and gala tickets at KinderhavenSandpoint.com. All proceeds benefit Kinderhaven, a local group foster home and emergency shelter for abused and neglected children.
6 Backcountry Film Festival. Grab your backcountry buddies and have some serious fun while raising funds for Selkirk Outdoor Leadership and Education (SOLE) at the Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival in the Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave. SOLE helps underserved youth in our community unplug and explore the outdoors through their award-winning SnowSchool Experience program! Learn more on the Sandpoint Movies page or visit SoleExperiences.org.
6 Beer Hall Live Music. That's right, Devon Wade is back at MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., for the First Friday of November, performing from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Wade is an independent country music artist from Sandpoint with a strong love for what country music has always been, songs about real life. Free and open to the public, ages 21+. Non-smoking, fun & games environment. MickDuffs.com.
7 Free First Saturday at the Museum. Tour the Bonner County History Museum at no cost during the Free First Saturday at the Museum from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 208-263-2344. *Held on the first Saturday of every month.
7 Waldorf School Christmas Faire. Sandpoint Waldorf School, 2007 Sandpoint West Dr., holds their 28th annual Christmas Faire and Children's Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Shop unique handcrafted gifts created by local artisans, plus there will be delicious homemade food and desserts, puppet shows, a crystal cave, children's crafts, and much more! Open to the public.
7 Honeybee Celtic Winter Concert. The Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave., hosts the Honeybee Celtic Winter Concert at 3 p.m. Enjoy Celtic fusion with identical twin sisters Deby Benton Grosjean and Pamela Benton, and featuring Taylor Belotte on the drums. See more on YouTube. Tickets are $15 advance at Panida.org, or $18 at the door.
-- Here's what's coming up this week through Sunday, December 15 --
10 A Celtic Christmas. Award-winning Irish trio Affiniti performs A Celtic Christmas at 7:30 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.) in the Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave. This Irish trio of harp, violin, and voice bring a classical, Celtic feel to festive favorite holiday songs. Featuring special guest Howard Crosby, nephew of the great Bing Crosby. Tickets available in advance at Panida.org and Evans Brothers Coffee, 524 Church St.
11 Open Mic Night with Kevin Dorin. MickDuff’s Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., and Kevin Dorin welcome all local artists over 21 years of age for a fun and open night of playing from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Come out for a positive environment to share your passion or just come take it all in! All levels of performers welcome. The set will be recorded live and artists will have access to the audio! Also, this is an opportunity to work with a professional sound guy who will mic you up. Free and open to the public. Non-smoking, fun & games environment. MickDuffs.com.
13 Schweitzer Community Day. Lift tickets are just $10 when Schweitzer Mountain Resort hosts Community Day, a fundraiser for Community Cancer Services (CCS) and Bonner Partners in Care Clinic (BPIC). CCS is a nonprofit organization providing information and support to cancer patients and their families in Bonner and Boundary counties. BPIC provides health care to residents of Bonner County and adjacent communities who have no medical insurance and meet the clinic's eligibility criteria. All of the ticket revenue raised will be donated to these two organizations. Schweitzer.com.
13 Beer Hall LiveMusic. MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., is proud to welcome back The Other White Meat from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. This classic rock and roll band from North Idaho has been around since the early '90s, opening for such acts as G. Thorogood, Styx, and more. Featuring Kyle Swaffard on vocals, bass, and kazoo, Benny Baker on vocals and guitars, and Dana Peite on drums and percussion. Free and open to the public. Non-smoking, fun & games environment. MickDuffs.com.
13 Ukulele Jam at Fiddlin' Red's. Bring your favorite uke and your favorite tunes and come hang out with other ukulele players from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Fiddlin' Red's, 111 Church St. No uke? No worries! A spare or two will be available. Don't know all the chords? Fear not! We'll figure them out. If the weather is iffy, email or text to be sure we're still on! Contact Mich at [email protected] or call 541-890-0595. *Held on the second Friday of every month.
13 Contra Dance. Sandpoint Parks and Recreation partners with Emily Faulkner and Lost Horse Press for a Contra Dance from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. in Sandpoint Community Hall, 204 S. First Ave. Contra dancing is community dancing for all ages, in the New England tradition, featuring live music with local and regional bands and lively callers. Contras, circles, and occasionally squares or long ways sets are taught, called and danced in a friendly atmosphere. Beginners and singles welcome; new dancers are encouraged to arrive in time for an introductory dance. Bring clean, soft-soled shoes and a water bottle; finger food snacks at the break are appreciated. $5 suggested donation at the door. *Held on the second Friday of every month.
14 This Christmas Night. Suzuki String Academy and Allegro Dance Studio offer the Sandpoint community a collaborative holiday gala - This Christmas Night - celebrating music, dance and art. Featuring local musicians and dancers from the community in an enchanting winter performance, this is a formal event which will take place in the beautiful ballroom at the Sandpoint Business and Events Center, 102 S. Euclid Ave. Matinee performance at 2 p.m., with an evening performance and gala at 6 p.m. featuring a winter wine hour, auction of a hand painted original violin, and a hot chocolate and ornament-making station. Click to order tickets.
14 Jazzy Nutcracker. The Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave., hosts Studio 1 Dance Academy's holiday performance of the Jazzy Nutcracker at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 adult, $8 student, $5 child; available at the door, Studio 1 Dance Academy, and Panida.org.
-- Here's what's coming up this week through Sunday, December 22 --
18 Eugene Ballet's The Nutcracker. Clara's adventures through the Land of Sweets with the Nutcracker Prince come to life at 7 p.m. (doors at 6 p.m.) on the Panida Theater stage during this favorite holiday performance, presented by the Pend Oreille Arts Council. Keep an eye out for the Baby Mice, Bon Bons, Angels, and Party Children - they are all played by local dance students who have been rehearsing at Allegro Dance Studios! Tickets for the performance are sold out. ArtinSandpoint.org.
20 Beer Hall Live Music. Devon Wade is back at MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., for the Third Friday with his father Mac on the drums! The duo will be playing from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Free and open to the public, ages 21+. Non-smoking, fun & games environment. MickDuffs.com.
-- Here's what's coming up this week through Sunday, December 29 --
23-24 Santa Skis. Santa and Mrs. Claus ski the slopes at Schweitzer Mountain Resort. On Christmas Eve, all the kids can join them for a balloon parade followed by a visit in the Selkirk Lodge to hear last-minute wishes. Schweitzer.com.
25 Merry Christmas!
31 New Year's Eve Parties. Schweitzer Mountain Resort and The Hive in downtown Sandpoint host celebrations to ring in 2020. Tickets for Schweitzer parties go on sale Dec. 1 - learn more at Schweitzer.com. For more information on what's going on at The Hive, visit BeeswaxSystems.com/TheHive.
31 Angels Over Sandpoint New Year's Eve Party. Come one, come all to ring in 2020 with the jazz, funk, and psychedelic soul band Collectivity at The Hive, 207 N. First Ave. Presented by KPND and Dig Beats Productions, proceeds from the party benefit Angels Over Sandpoint and their charitable good deeds in the community. Originally formed in China and now based in the San Francisco Bay area, Collectivity is a high-energy, genre-blending ensemble of world-class musicians who bring the perfect vibe to bring in the New Year right! With confetti cannons and a balloon drop to top it all off, this is not a New Year's Eve show you want to miss! Tickets available online; ages 21-plus.
Here's what's coming up in January 2020
17-19 Banff Mountain Film Festival. Now in its 24th year of showing breathtaking adventure films, the festival raises money for local and international good deeds. Tickets always sell out; get them at Panida.org when they become available.
18-20 MLK Weekend at Schweitzer. Check out all the special activities over the holiday weekend at Schweitzer Mountain Resort, including Saturday's Northern Lights fireworks show and the torchlight parade, followed by live music in Taps. Schweitzer.com.
25 Winter Trails Day. Enjoy free access to snowshoe and Nordic ski trails at Schweitzer Mountain Resort. Schweitzer.com.