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Fall's so festive! Colorful leaves and cooler weather usher in favorite autumn activities such as the Hickey Farms U-Pick Pumpkin Patch, which opens up for the season this Friday, Oct. 3. As Sandpoint's first and only U-Pick Pumpkin Patch, located at 674 Hickey Rd. - just five miles from Sandpoint on Highway 200 - it's open every weekend in October! Hours are 3 p.m. 'til dusk Fridays, and 10 a.m. 'til dusk Saturdays and Sundays. Bring the family and have some old-fashioned harvest fun! Visit the Facebook page for details.
German-inspired good times. Pull on your lederhosen and dancing shoes, and celebrate the second annual Oktoberfest at Hope Memorial Community Center, 415 Wellington Pl. It all happens from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, and everyone's invited! Savor homemade brats, sauerkraut, coleslaw, baked beans, and corn on the cob, plus there will be some great brews on tap, wine, and soft drinks. Dance the night away with the Cougar Creek Band from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., and the masters of music, DJs Rhythm Machine, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Or just hang with your friends at the bonfire -- there's something for everyone! Free admission. Sponsored by the MCC and the Hess Family. MemorialCommunityCenter.com.
Here's what's happening in September!
30 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.
30 Brian Jacobs Live Music. MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., hosts live music from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with Brian Jacobs. Come out to the new MickDuff's Beer Hall and hear the sounds of Sandpoint's Brian Jacobs, who plays lots of crowd favorites and is excited to bring tunes to the Beer Hall. Free admission; open to the public. MickDuffs.com. 208-209-6700
30 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
Saturday and Sundays through Oct. 19 Fall Hope Islands Tour. Enjoy a scenic tour around the four islands of Hope, and learn the colorful history of the area. The scenery is breathtaking in the fall, and the salon is heated for your comfort. Departs Kramer Marina, 46820 Highway 200 in Hope; Saturdays, Sundays, and some weekdays through Oct. 19. Fare is $23 general, seniors $21. LakePendOreilleCruises.com. 208-255-5253
Here is what's coming up in October!
Weekends in October U-Pick Pumpkin Patch at Hickey Farms. Sandpoint's first and only U-Pick Pumpkin Patch at Hickey Farms, located at 674 Hickey Rd. - just five miles from Sandpoint on Highway 200 - is open every weekend in October! Hours are 3 p.m. 'til dusk Fridays, and 10 a.m. 'til dusk Saturdays and Sundays. Bring the family and have some old-fashioned harvest fun! Visit the Facebook page for details.
3 Winery Music. Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts live music with Ruff Shod from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Enjoy these favorites, playing old-time mountain music with Appalachian and Celtic roots. POWine.com. 208-265-8545
3 OR7 - The Journey. The Panida's Little Theater on First Avenue hosts a screening of the documentary OR7 - The Journey at 7 p.m. The documentary, which follows the epic journey of a lone wolf from Oregon to California, is rated R. Tickets are $11. Learn more about the film and buy tickets at Panida.org. 208-263-9191
4 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.
4 Scotchman Peaks Plein Air Paintout and Show. The Outskirts Gallery, in the historic Hope Marketplace at 600 Wellington Pl., hosts the Scotchman Peaks Plein Air Paintout and Show. Artists Painters will be out all day, while The Outskirts will have quiche, coffee cake, salads, soup and beverages hot and cold all day long. A chili dinner will be served at dusk, and the show and sale begin at 7:30 p.m. A no-host bar will offer beer and wine. Artists, gallery and The Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness all benefit by this event, with a portion of each sale coming to the Friends. FSPW also traditionally buys the best of show — unless someone beats us to it! This is a great event for artists and patrons alike! Learn more at ScotchmanPeaks.org.
4 Hope's Second Annual Oktoberfest. Pull on your lederhosen and dancing shoes, and celebrate Oktoberfest at the Hope Memorial Community Center, 415 Wellington Pl. in Hope. It all happens from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Savor fabulous homemade brats (so good we sold out last year), sauerkraut, coleslaw, baked beans, and corn on the cob. We'll have some great brews on tap, wine, and soft drinks. Dance the night away with the Cougar Creek Band from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., and the masters of music, DJs Rhythm Machine, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Or just hang with your friends at the bonfire -- there's something for everyone! Free admission. Sponsored by the MCC and the Hess Family. Visit MemorialCommunityCenter.com for more information, or call 208-290-5486.
4 Winery Music. Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts live music with Mike and Shanna - a quick-pickin', amped-up guitar folk rock duo - from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. POWine.com. 208-265-8545
4 50/50 Bingo Night. Edgemere Grange, 3273 Bandy Rd. in Priest, holds a 50/50 Bingo Night at 7 p.m. on the first Saturday of the month (October through March). Snacks will be available for purchase. 208-660-6959
4 Sandpoint Style. The Angels Over Sandpoint are doing it again, creating a fun-filled event -- and this time only for the ladies! Sandpoint Style is a different kind of venue with a fabulous fashion show featuring local businesses, vendors selling a nice selection of items especially for women, live entertainment as well as a DJ, great music for dancing, a no-host bar, a delectable variety of food, a mini spa, live and silent auctions with unique items, and plenty of other surprises! Come dressed in your best Original Sandpoint Style. Fun prizes for "Dress to Kill," "Best use of Color," and "Most Original." Held at the Heartwood Center, 615 Oak St., from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets are $25 at Pedro's, Eichardt's, Petal Talk, Kokanee Coffee and Common Knowledge. All proceeds go back to our community. For more info, visit AngelsOverSandpoint.org.
4 Banff Radical Reels. The Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave., hosts a screening of the Banff Radical Reels Tour at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.). Enjoy the best high-adrenaline films from the Banff Mountain Film Festival. Tickets are $15 in advance at Burger Express, Eichardt's, Outdoor Experience and online at Panida.org.
4 Marshall McLean and Justin Landis at The Granary. The Granary hosts a fundraiser for autism at 7:30 p.m. featuring live music with Marshall McLean and Justin Landis. Plus, enjoy a raffle, beer, wine, and fun! Proceeds help families in Bonner County. Sponsored by Team Autism 24/7. Learn more on the event website or call 208-262-6997.
5 Hope Islands Cruise to Benefit Osprey Webcam. Cruise around the four islands of Hope, learn the history and geology of beautiful Lake Pend Oreille, and at the same time benefit the live webcam of the osprey nest at Memorial Field in Sandpoint. Half of the proceeds from the ticket sales will go to help fund the purchase of a new camera. Fare is $23 general, $21 seniors age 60-plus. Cruise departs from Kramer Marina, 46820 Highway 200 in East Hope, at 3:30 p.m. LakePendOreilleCruises.com. 208-255-5253
5 Buddy Night! First Square Dance Lesson Of The Year! Hoodoo Valley Hoedowners sponsor a Buddy Night! for the first square dance lesson of the year at 5 p.m. in the Edgemere Grange, 3273 Bandy Rd., Priest River. A potluck dinner begins at 5 p.m., followed by lessons from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. with instructor Don McPeak. This first lesson is free to the public; no prior dancing experience necessary! Lessons will continue every Sunday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Get you, your family and friends involved in a friendly and fun activity! Visit Facebook for info. 208-627-3261
- What's happening this week through Sunday, October 12 -
8 Ales to Put Youth on Trails. SOLE (Selkirk Outdoor Leadership and Education) hosts a fundraiser, Ales to Put Youth on Trails, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Idaho Pour Authority. Celebrate the changing of the seasons and our community while enjoying seasonal beverages and local music - all in an effort to raise awareness and critical funds to ensure that our local area youth have access to affordable and intentional experiential education programming. Proceeds donated will be ear-marked for SOLE's Youth Scholarship Fund. Learn more at SoleExperiences.org.
9 BlueStreak. The Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave., hosts a performance with Spokane's BlueStreak at 7:30 p.m. The Spokane bluegrass band includes five very talented musicians - Bob Asbury on banjo and vocals, Steve Bauer on mandolin, Terry Ludiker on fiddle, Dave Hackwith on bass and Sandpoint's own Doug Bond on lead vocals and guitar. These local musicians will be sure to draw an audience with their musical talent and comedic banter. They continue to entertain audiences with their "high lonesome" sounds of traditional bluegrass harmony on a foundation of rock-solid acoustic instrumentation. Concert sponsored by the Pend Oreille Arts Council. Visit ArtinSandpoint.org to buy tickets, and for more information.
10 Andy Hackbarth and The Wayward Tambourine. Di Luna's Cafe, 207 Cedar St., hosts a dinner concert featuring Andy Hackbarth and The Wayward Tambourine, with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. and the show beginning at 7:30 p.m. Imbuing the American folk tradition with innovative singer/songwriter sensibilities, Hackbarth and Wayward Tambourine create music bearing the stamp of the contemporary West. In an ever-growing industry of talented artists, Hackbarth distinguishes himself as a "triple-threat," that is, one who is not just a striking vocalist, accomplished songwriter or gifted instrumentalist, but all three. Hackbarth recently recorded his fourth CD, critically-acclaimed "Treadmill Horses." AndyHackbarth.com. Tickets are $12 in advance, and $15 day on the day of the show. Call for tickets and reservations: 208-263-0846
10 Winery Music. Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts live music with Ron Criscoine from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Out of Spokane, Criscoine plays an eclectic mix from the '60s to the present -- covers peppered with originals and obscure tunes you haven't heard in a long time. POWine.com. 208-265-8545
11 Harvest Fest. Sandpoint Farmers Market closes out the season with entertainment, food booths, activities, displays at Farmin Park. SandpointFarmersMarket.com. 208-597-3355
11 Oktoberfest and International Chef Competition. Downtown Sandpoint's annual fall fest happens from noon-5 p.m. at the old Granary at Fifth and Oak Street downtown. There's the beer, of course - featuring local brews from MickDuff's and Laughing Dog, plus wine from Pend d'Oreille Winery, but that's not all. Catch live entertainment with Nu Jack City, fantastic local food, arts and crafts vendors, kids' activities, plus, new this year: An international chef cook-off competition between Eichardt's own Reese Warren and All Seasons Cafe's Amanda Skidmore from our sister city of Nelson, B.C. Entry fee is just $5 -- or $3 if you bring a food item for the Bonner Community Food Bank. There will other "foodie" fun too - so come on out for a delicious taste of good-natured competition and a fun way to celebrate fall and kick off Sandpoint's sibling rivalry with Nelson! SandpointChamber.com.
11 American Indian Film Festival. The Idaho Mythweaver and Vision Maker Media, a Native American filmmaking nonprofit, present the American Indian Film Festival at 6 p.m. (doors open at 5 p.m.) in the Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave. Four films written and directed by Native filmmakers will be screened: Injunuity, Indian Relay, Grab, and This May Be the Last Time. Tickets are $12 general admission; after expenses, proceeds will benefit the Idaho Mythweaver's work with the Kalispel Tribe. Advance ticket outlets are: Winter Ridge Natural Foods and Pedro's in Sandpoint, Long Ears Music in Coeur d'Alene, Bonners Books in Bonners Ferry, and through Chet Bluff of the Kalispel Tribe. Tickets also are available at the door on the evening of the show. Panida.org.
11 Old Time Dancing. Edgemere Grange, 3273 Bandy Rd. in Priest River, hosts Old Time Dancing from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Dances are held on the second Saturday for the months of October through March. Live band, live caller, and no dance experience necessary! Please bring snacks. Admission is free for ages 5 and under, $2 ages 6 to 12, $3 ages 13 and older. Find us on Facebook "Edgemere Grange #355." 208-610-6512
- What's happening this week through Sunday, October 19 -
14 Sip and Shop Fundraiser. Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts a Sip and Shop Fundraiser for the Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society. Starting at 5 p.m., the event includes a brief meeting and presentation. All are welcome to come out and support this local nonprofit; 10 percent of all proceeds will be donated to KNPS. POWine.com. 208-265-8545
17 Winery Music. Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts live music with Garth Olson from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Enjoy Olson's Latin-inspired flamenco guitar sounds on covers and originals. POWine.com. 208-265-8545
18 Hoodoo Valley Hoedowners Haunted Barn Dance. Hickey Farms, 674 Hickey Rd., hosts the Hoodoo Valley Hoedowners Haunted Barn Dance from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Jonathan Wood from Meridian will be calling, and Nina Leisi from Cheney, Wash., will be cuing. Bring finger food; prizes for best costumes! Visit Facebook for more info. 208-946-0741
18 Playing It Forward. Sandpoint Events Center hosts the Playing It Forward dance from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. to "celebrate life" while helping others! Enjoy live entertainment, snack, a no-host bar with beer and wine. Dress up or dress down - and have some fun! Tickets are $20, available at Eve's Leaves, Eichardt's or online. Sponsored by Angels Over Sandpoint.
18 Halloween Drag Party. Kick off Halloween at Queen B.'s two year anniversary party in the Eagles Lodge. Compete for the cash prize with your best costume, enjoy fabulous drag performances from sizzling queens and kings, and dance the night away. $6 admission. Doors open at 8 p.m., and the show starts at 9 p.m. 208-610-6527
- What's happening this week through Sunday, October 26 -
23 Poetry Open Mic. Monarch Mountain Coffee, 208 N. Fourth Ave., hosts a Poetry Open Mic event at 6 p.m. No sign-up sheets or censors, and no microphones -- new poets are especially beloved and encouraged! Come share with us! Held on the fourth Thursday of every month. Free and open to all. Visit Monarch on Facebook for more information.
24 Winery Music. Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts live music from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. with Marty Perron, a solo singer and guitarist playing covers and some originals with his own sweet sound. POWine.com. 208-265-8545
24-25 Frankenstein. Mary Shelley's Frankenstein - a brilliant and highly acclaimed tale, directed by Jesus Quintero - will come to life in a visual and auditory feast for the senses in the perfect location, The Eureka Institute's Warehouse at the Granary, 513 Oak St. Presented by Sandpoint Onstage at 7:30 p.m. each night, prepare for a highly-charged production complete with original musical score and accompaniment by bassist Eddie McDonnell. Tickets are $12 general admission, $10 seniors; purchase tickets in advance at BrownPaperTickets.com or at the door on the night of the show.
25 Winery Music. Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts live music from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. with Justin Lantrip, a soulful singer and songwriter of folk rock blending covers and originals. POWine.com. 208-265-8545
25 Warren Miller Ski Film. 'No Turning Back' is this year's annual Warren Miller ski film, screening at 7 p.m. in the Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave. Tickets are available in advance at the Alpine Shop, online at Panida.org; or purchase at the door on the night of the event. Sponsored by The Alpine Shop. Panida.org. 208-263-5157
30-31 Frankenstein. Mary Shelley's Frankenstein - a brilliant and highly acclaimed tale, directed by Jesus Quintero - will come to life in a visual and auditory feast for the senses in the perfect location, The Eureka Institute's Warehouse at the Granary, 513 Oak St. Presented by Sandpoint Onstage at 7:30 p.m. each night, prepare for a highly-charged production complete with original musical score and accompaniment by bassist Eddie McDonnell. Tickets are $12 general admission, $10 seniors; purchase tickets in advance at BrownPaperTickets.com or at the door on the night of the show.
31 Winery Music. Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts live music from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. with Fresh Off The Vine. The unique folk and jazz trio's style ranges from earthy mood-setting improvisations, to groovy rhythms that feature tasteful electric guitar effects. POWine.com. 208-265-8545
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.
What's coming up in November!
1 50/50 Bingo Night. Edgemere Grange, 3273 Bandy Rd. in Priest, holds a 50/50 Bingo Night at 7 p.m. on the first Saturday of the month (October through March). Snacks will be available for purchase. 208-660-6959
11 Southern Soul Assembly. KPND presents a concert with Southern Soul Assembly in the Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave. An artist-in-the-round performance series, Southern Soul Assembly features JJ Grey, Marc Broussard, Anders Osborne and Luther Dickinson. Dishing up an easy-going blend of songs, Southern Soul Assembly debuted last spring to rave reviews. The Sandpoint concert is their first stop on their 2014 11-city tour. Come out and hear their passionate, authentic and deeply soulful homage to the rich Southern musical spirit. Tickets are $35, available in advance at Eichardt's and Winter Ridge Foods in Sandpoint.
22 Holly Eve. Holiday fashion show and gala benefit for the Panida and Festival at Sandpoint with champagne, hors d'oeuvres and entertainment. 208-263-9191
22-30 K&K Thanksgiving Fishing Derby. Lake Pend Oreille Idaho Club's annual fall fishing contest. LPOIC.org. 208-448-1365
23 MCS Fall Serenade. First Lutheran Church on Olive Street hosts the MCS Fall Serenade at 5 p.m. The classical concert performed by staff from the Music Conservatory of Sandpoint raises funds to support our scholarship and tuition assistance programs. Dinner will be served following the concert. $5 suggested donation, at the door. SandpointConservatory.org. 208-265-4444
28-Jan. 1 Holidays in Sandpoint. Tree lighting ceremony and caroling opens the holiday season in Sandpoint. Sponsored by Sandpoint's Business Improvement District. 208-255-1876
Here is what's coming up in December!
6 Classical Christmas Concert. The Memorial Community Center, 415 Wellington Pl. in Hope, hosts the Idaho Humanities Council's Classical Christmas Concert at 6 p.m. with pianist Del Parkinson. MemorialCommunityCenter.com. 208-264-5481
6 50/50 Bingo Night. Edgemere Grange, 3273 Bandy Rd. in Priest, holds a 50/50 Bingo Night at 7 p.m. on the first Saturday of the month (October through March). Snacks will be available for purchase. 208-660-6959
7 TLC Celebration. Sandpoint Events Center hosts the TLC Celebration at 5:30 p.m. Seventh annual Luke Commission gathering is open to the public, and includes dessert, Swazi store, and presentation by directors Dr. Harry and Echo VanderWal.
12, 14 Pend Oreille Orchestra and Chorale Classical Concert. The Pend Oreille Orchestra and Chorale presents Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass and other classical pieces at 7 p.m. Friday, and 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church. Free admission.