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Run, walk ... enjoy! With a route through charming downtown Sandpoint, along stunning Lake Pend Oreille with views of the mountains, no wonder our hometown's endurance event is called the Scenic Half. As an established race, it attracts hundreds of runners annually; participants can compete in a 13-mile, half marathon distance, 10k or 5k -- click to see the route (pdf). The event takes place Sunday, Sept. 21 at City Beach, and proceeds benefit the Greater Sandpoint Chamber as well as Community Cancer Services (CCS), to benefit women's health issues. The Chamber is giving $1 of every registered racer to CCS and registrants will also have the opportunity to donate more money to CCS when they register online. But hurry! The deadline for online registrations for the Scenic Half Marathon races is midnight, Monday, Sept. 15; the deadline for paper registrations is Friday, Sept. 19 at noon (paper registrations must be dropped off at the Chamber on this date to be accepted).
Mighty giants on display. If you've never attended the Idaho Draft Horse and Mule International, here's your chance to take in this unique event that'll entertain the entire family! The Northwest's largest draft horse and mule expo will be held Thursday, Sept. 18, through Sunday, Sept. 21, at the Bonner County Fairgrounds. Enjoy team competitions, pulling contests, and much more! View the full schedule of events plus ticket information at IdahoDraftHorseShow.com. 208-263-8414
Here's what's happening in September!
17 Five Minutes of Fame. Café Bodega, located inside Foster's Crossing at 504 Oak St., hosts the Five Minutes of Fame open mic event at 6:30 p.m. Enjoy music, poetry, prose, comedy -- everyone is welcome! Held the third Wednesday of every month. 208-263-5911
18 Delta Force - A Clark Fork River Delta Restoration Event. The Heartwood Center, 615 Oak St., hosts Delta Force - A Clark Fork River Delta Restoration Event from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Learn about the large restoration project underway in the Clark Fork Delta and how you can volunteer to be part of this exciting endeavor. Many volunteers will be needed to successfully complete this project - the goal of which is to restore and protect the delta, which is losing up to 15 acres of land a year due to erosion caused by hydroelectric operations. Hear presentations about the project, then browse the volunteer opportunities and sign up to help! Enjoy complimentary snacks and a no-host beer and wine bar. Learn more about the project at ClarkForkDelta.org. Sponsored by the Idaho Conservation League and Idaho Fish and Game. 208-265-9565
18-21 Idaho Draft Horse and Mule International. Largest expo of its kind in the Northwest. See Hot Picks, above.
18-19 Magic in the Moonlight. The Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave., hosts a screening of the film Magic in the Moonlight at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.). Learn more about the film on the Sandpoint Movies page, or visit Panida.org. 208-263-9191
19 Baubles and Bubbly. Common Knowledge, 823 Main St., hosts the Baubles and Bubbly event from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Enjoy a Sandpoint artists reception, sale and champagne tasting all in one fun event! Featured artists include Catherine Earle, Kirk Miller, Megan Riffe and many others. Sounds by DJ Mercury.
19 Winery Music. Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts live music from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. with the Monarch Mountain Band and their energizing bluegrass and folk. POWine.com. 208-265-8545
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.
20 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.
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 more. Now there's a great event to "give back" to the theater that gives so much! It's 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's Restoration Fund to help keep this local treasure its very best! Visit Panida.org to buy tickets online.
20 SHS Model United Nations Fall International Dinner & Silent Auction. Enjoy a night of international experiences - from food, costumes, decorations and entertaining student presentations - during the Sandpoint High School Model United Nations Fall International Dinner and Silent Auction at 6 p.m. in the Tango Cafe at Panhandle State Bank, 414 Church St. There will also be a silent auction filled with many generously donated items from our community, and all proceeds benefit the SHS Model United Nations class. Tickets are $20 each or $35 per couple. Come out and support the students! 208-946-7677
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 (all are welcome to join the LPOIC; membership fee is $40). Purchase tickets before 8 a.m. Sept. 20 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. See Hot Picks, above.
-- Here's what's happening this week through Sunday, September 28 --
23 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.
23 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
23 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
24 Painting Party. Join in the first sip and paint party by Indulging Artists LLC, held at 6:30 p.m. in the Cedar Street Bridge. Paint a picture in just two hours while having fun with friends. Visit our Facebook page for information and to see the painting we will be creating. Sip, paint, have fun! Cost is $35. Learn more on the Indulging Artists Facebook page. 208-597-0626
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
25 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.
26 Winery Music. Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts live music from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. with Ron Keiper, who brings some of the best jazz saxophone of both originals and covers. POWine.com. 208-265-8545
27 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.
27 Dover Bay 5k-9 Run/Walk. Register now for the Dover Bay 5k-9 sponsored by EzyDog! This non-competitive 5k run/walk in the park is for the entire family, including your dog! Happening in scenic Dover, the cost of the race is $25 for adults, $10 for kids. Click to register online. This is a family event with a kids activity booth, chili cook-off and beer garden after the race! Proceeds benefit the Panhandle Animal Shelter animals.
27 Head of the Pend Oreille Regatta. This is Idaho's only rowing regatta! Don't miss watching the 4th annual Head of the Pend Oreille Regatta, beginning at 10 a.m. in Bonner Park West, Priest River. There will be teams from universities, schools, and clubs around the western states and provinces competing in this unique event. The public is welcome to attend and the event is free. HOPRegatta.org.
27 100,000 Poets for Change. Lost Horse Press and the Bonner County Human Rights Task Force present 100,000 Poets for Change, a poetry and music open mic from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Evans Brothers Coffee for local artists to express their ideas for positive change in our community and in the world. Poets, artists and musicians around the world are planning individual events to take place simultaneously on Sept. 27 in conjunction with 100,000 Poets for Change in a demonstration/celebration of poetry, art and music to promote social, environmental and political change. To be considered for a spot as a featured reader or musician, contact Lost Horse Press at 208-255-4410 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Open-mic sign-ups are available on the day of the event.
27 Palettes Uncorked. Di Luna's Cafe, 207 Cedar St., hosts the Palettes Uncorked art event. Come in, get your free glass of wine, order a bite to eat, put on your smock and be ready to paint your masterpiece! Class is $35; art instructor is Randy Wilhelm. This is great fun for individuals, dates or a group of friends. Class size is limited, so be sure to reserve your place at a palette! 208-263-0846
27 Five Year Anniversary Bash. Evans Brothers Coffee, 524 Church St., hosts a Five Year Anniversary Bash from 7 p.m. 'til late. Opening the evening is acoustic classic rock with Nate and McCoy, followed by the RFB Band rocking fun covers from 8 p.m. until 10 p.m., and then get out on the dance floor with DJ Mercury and DJ Supasonic. Vendors include Eichardt's Bar and Jupiter Jane's Traveling Food Truck; enjoy free drip coffee all day long! EvansBrothersCoffee.com. 208-265-5553
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 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
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.
4 Hope MCC 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 to the masters of music, DJs Rhythm Machine, 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 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 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.
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
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.
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
18 Warren Miller Ski Film. Annual event at the Panida Theater, sponsored by The Alpine Shop. Panida.org. 208-263-5157
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.
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.
Here is what's coming up in November!
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. 509-928-9245
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
12, 14 Pend Oreille Orchestra and Chorale Classical Concert. The Pend Oreille Orchestra and Chorale presents Haydn's Third Mass and other classical pieces at 7 p.m. Friday, and 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church. Free admission.