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Fish on! Prizes, bragging rights and time on the lake - that's what the Lake Pend Oreille Idaho Club's K&K Spring Fishing Derby is all about. The competition begins Saturday, April 26 and continues through Sunday, May 4, with cash prizes for rainbow, mackinaw plus a new kokanee division in addition to youth categories. Kick things off with the LPOIC Derby Pin Auction at 7 p.m. Friday, April 25, at the Elks Golf Course in Ponderay. Learn more at LPOIC.org.
And while we're talking fishing: Also on tap for this weekend in the Fly Fishing Film Tour on Saturday, April 26, starting 6 p.m. in the Panida Theater. It's a fundraiser for the Panhandle Chapter of Trout Unlimited; read down the calendar for details.
Hometown musical heroines. Native Sandpointers who have broken out on the Portland music scene, the Shook Twins will play a coming-home concert Saturday, April 26, at the Hive in downtown Sandpoint. Look for some tunes from their new album, "What We Do," a sterling musical treat that has prompted USA Today to declare that the twins are "ready to rattle the music world." 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, or $15 at the door; students with ID and children are $10. TheSandpointHive.com.
Here's what's happening in April!
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
24 Yappy Hour. 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 Laughing Dog Brewing, 1109 Fontaine Dr. in Ponderay.
24 Andrew Gromiller and the Organically Grown Band. The Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave., hosts a concert at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.) featuring Andrew Gromiller and the Organically Grown Band. The group performs rhythm and funky blues, rockin' gospel and soul music, plus original songs from their newly released CD. Tickets are $22 in advance at AndrewGromiller.com, and $25 at the door. 208-263-9191
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 9 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 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.
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
1 Importance of Pollinator Gardens. The Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., hosts a presentation at 6:30 p.m. on the Importance of Pollinator Gardens. Presented by Jennifer Costich, who will share simple steps toward creating your pollinator-friendly garden. Join us for this one-hour program -- your garden will thank you! Free and open to the public. 208-263-6930
1 PAWS to Dine at Bricks and Barley. Gather your friends, bring your family or go out on a date and enjoy exceptional food during the PAWS to Dine at Bricks and Barley, 202 N. First Ave. By dining at Bricks and Barley, patrons will help support the Panhandle Animal Shelter. Proceeds from a selected beer and a portion of the food sales that night will go back to help homeless dogs and cats. Follow the shelter on Facebook.
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
-- Here's what's happening this week through Sunday, May 11 --
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.
9 An Evening With Global Grandmother Margaret Behan. The Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave., hosts An Evening with Global Grandmother Margaret Behan starting at 7 p.m. This is an offering of wisdom from the Heart of the Grandmother through prayer, story, song and film - featuring Cheyenne Elder, well-known for her work with the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers International Council. Cost is $10. 509-690-7303
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.
-- Here's what's happening this week through Sunday, May 18 --
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
-- Here's what's happening this week through Sunday, May 25 --
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
21 Dine Out for a Cause with LPOW. Enjoy delicious Mediterranean fare while supporting a healthy lake! On May 21, The Little Olive Restaurant in downtown Sandpoint hosts Dine Out for a Cause with Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeeper. From 3:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., The Little Olive will donate 25 percent of the evening's profits as part of this wonderful event series created to support local non-profits. Dine Out with LPOW is a wonderful occasion to gather friends, a healthy appetite and lots of laughter to celebrate grassroots advocacy and community stewardship for our incredible watershed. Join us to order that bottle of wine, enjoy the friendly Little Olive atmosphere and delight in the lively dinner menu filled with tasty offerings! LPOW.org. 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
29 Yappy Hour. 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 Taylor & Sons Chevrolet, 476751 Highway 95 North in Ponderay.
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
Here's what's coming up in June!