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Wampus Cat Marathon :: July 30

Runners, walkers, Wampus Cats and old Cats, enjoy North Idaho at its best during the Wampus Cat Marathon from Sandpoint city limits to Clark Fork city limits - a total of 26.2 miles; in addition, there will also be a half-marathon at 13.1 miles. Run the shores of Lake Pend Oreille and meet super people along the way on this great fun run! Proceeds benefit the Clark Fork Wampus Cats Sports at Clark Fork High School. Walkers start at 5:30 a.m., and runners start at 6:30 a.m. Saturday, July 30. Entry fee is $35; e-mail emoryjp@msn.com for more information, including forms and maps. 888-857-8746

Swimming Lessons :: Aug. 1-11

Registration for Sandpoint Parks and Recreation swim lessons is now open at the P&R office located in City Hall at 1123 Lake St. Registration will be first come, first served. Kids need not be present at registration. Family rates and partial scholarships will be available.
- Session 2 lessons will take place August 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, & 11. Registration deadline is July 22.
Sandpoint Parks and Recreation swim lessons are designed to teach basic swimming skills to students of all abilities with special emphasis on water safety. Parents must get in the water with their child for the Parent Tot class. Class is held Monday through Thursday for 2 weeks, with Fridays reserved for weather make-ups. All lessons are held in open water at City Beach.

FSPW Summer Hike Series :: Aug. 5-Sept. 24

Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness presents the summer hike series. All are welcome to join in one of FSPW's organized hikes and see first-hand why the Scotchmans deserve the protection of wilderness designation. Group size is limited and registration is required. Visit ScotchmanPeaks.org to sign up.

Aug. 5: Community Kids Hike East Fork of Blue Creek
- Aug. 26: Community Kids Hike Bid Eddy Trail #999
- Aug. 27: East Fork Peak
- Sept. 24: Mary's Mystery Hike

Ladies Golf Clinic :: Aug. 8-29

Join Mike Deprez on Monday nights this summer for a Ladies Golf Clinic. Fee includes range balls, fees and one round of golf at Stoneridge. Ladies are to meet at the U of I Driving Range on S. Boyer Avenue from 5:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. August 8 through August 29 (4 weeks). Class fee is $90 ($5 city discount).
- Register at Sandpoint Parks and Recreation by August 1 or call 208-263-3613 for more information.

Deer Hunt Blind Reservations for HWD :: Aug. 10

Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge constructed a Deer Hunt Blind specifically for disabled big game hunters. The Refuge will conduct a random drawing on Aug. 10, 2016, to award 10 hunters a Deer Hunt Permit for the use of the disabled hunter blind. Hunters must provide proof of an Idaho Fish and Game "Disabled Hunting License" prior to the drawing. All hunting under this special deer hunt permit will be conducted from a blind located in the northwest corner of the Refuge where the Myrtle Creek and Kootenai River dikes merge. Selected hunters are required to have a helper, if necessary, to assist with retrieving/caring for down game.
- For more information or to submit your name for the Disabled Hunter Deer Hunt Permit drawing, contact the Refuge Manager at 208-267-3888.

Advanced Sailing :: Aug. 15-18

Sandpoint Parks and Recreation and the Sandpoint Sailing Association offer Advanced Sailing lessons for ages 10 to adults, held from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. Aug. 15-18. Registration deadline is Aug. 10.

- Personal flotation devices (PFDs) are required for this class, but students should also be comfortable in deep water.  Class fee is $39 per person ($4 city discount) and class fees are all-inclusive. Participants are to meet at the Windbag Marina. For more information or to register, contact Sandpoint Parks and Recreation at 1123 Lake St. 208-263-3613

ICL Summer Outings :: Aug. 20

Idaho Conservation League hosts a variety of summer outings. RSVP is required by e-mailing Nathan at ndooley@idahoconservation.org or call 208-265-9565. More details will be provided when you register.

Aug. 20: Pack River Delta Paddle. Join volunteer Kathy Cousins on an adventure into the beautiful Pack River Delta starting at 9:30 a.m. Paddlers can expect to see a wide range of wildlife and stunning scenery on this fun exploration of the delta. This is only a half-day trip but paddlers are welcome to keep exploring around the delta on there own time after a lunch on an island of their choosing.

Aug. 27: Clark Fork Delta Paddle. Join volunteer Kathy Cousins on an adventure into the beautiful Clark Fork River Delta at 9:30 a.m. Paddlers can expect to see a wide range of wildlife and stunning scenery on this fun exploration. This is only a half-day trip, but paddlers are welcome to keep exploring around the delta on their own time after a lunch on one of the islands in the delta.

Note: Kayakers must provide their own kayaks, life vests and whistles. Also bring lunch, snacks, sunscreen, sunhat and plenty of water. Remember to pick up the 2016 aquatic species sticker and post it on your kayak. The sticker can be purchased online, at an Idaho State Park, or selected vendors.

Waterfowl Hunter's Workshop :: Sept. 17

Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge, 287 Westside Rd. in Bonners Ferry, hosts a Waterfowl Hunter's Workshop from 9 a.m. to noon. Saturday, Sept. 17. The workshop is open to anyone interested in learning more about waterfowl hunting. No prior experience is necessary. Topics include waterfowl calling, retriever demonstrations, decoy placement, ammo, waterfowl identification, and more. Cost is $15 and includes lunch, coffee, and snacks. Lots of free door prizes. Space is limited to 30 participants, so don't delay - sign up today! Registration and pre-payment is required. For more information, contact the Refuge at 208-267-3888. Sponsored by Far North Outfitters, North 40 Outfitters, Cheri's Taxidermy, and Friends of Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge.

Sandpoint Grid Kids Tackle Football 2016

Sandpoint Grid Kids Tackle Football is now open for registration through the Spokane YMCA and Spokane Youth Sports Association (SYSA).
- 3rd through 6th grade athletes will register through the Spokane YMCA. Registration is open from June 1 through July 31: Click to learn more or call 509-777-9622.
3rd and 4th grade costs and schedule - $180 / 6 games beginning Sept. 17
5th and 6th grade costs and schedule - $230 / 8 games beginning Sept. 10

- 7th through 8th grade athletes will register through SYSA. Registration is open from June 1 through July 28. Get registration details online or call 509-536-1800.
Costs and Schedule - $235 / 8 games beginning Sept. 10

Interested in coaching? Contact sandpointfootball@gmail.com to receive an application.

Ultimate Frisbee :: Summer/Fall 2016

Enjoy the fast-moving, fun, non-contact, Olympic-grade sport of Ultimate Frisbee -- arrive between 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. every Monday and Thursday, now through late fall, at Great Northern Field off Lincoln Street. Teens and adults welcome!

Yoga, Dancing, Fitness and Wellness

Hope Health Fitness Class. The Memorial Community Center, 415 Wellington Pl. in Hope, hosts Health Fitness Classes with Mike Ehredt every Monday and Wednesday from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Please call Mike at 208-360-9647 for more information, or to sign up for the class. Cost is $5 per session.

Zumba classes. Zumba is a Latin-dance based fitness class that is fun and highly aerobic (but non-impact). Choose from two class days: Thursdays from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., or Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Classes are held at the InBody Pilates Studio; 208-290-2600. 66210.zumba.com.

International Folk Dance for Seniors. Luther Park, 510 S. Olive St., hosts classes on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. The public is invited to attend, and class fee is $5.

Mindful Yoga. Every Monday and Thursday from 5:15 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Gardenia Center, 400 Church St. Deep, mindful yoga weaving dharana and pranayama throughout the sadhana with Maria Alberg. 208-263-2084

Pranic Healing Clinic.
The Gardenia Center hosts a free Pranic Healing Class upstairs in the library at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on the last Sunday of every month with one of the following practitioners: Teri McDonald, Mesha Edwards, Gloria Waterhouse or Kelly Navaro.

Yoga Class. Sandpoint Yoga Studio, 1309 Ponderosa Dr., Ste. 202, offers a free yoga class every month. Aimed to help melt away stress, all levels and ages are welcome. Donations go to a charitable lottery.

Tai Chi

Laoshi Mark Duffner is a certified Tai Chi instructor and self-avowed Tai Chi geek. Duffner will be sharing his enthusiasm for the Tai Chi arts at the Black Bear Martial Arts Center, 114 N. Boyer. Drop-in classes are $10, and will be offered Mondays from noon to 1 p.m., and Thursdays from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Classes will include instruction on basic Tai Chi and Qigong forms and principles. Advanced students will receive training to an increasing level of depth and complexity in accordance with their readiness and willingness to learn more. To register or for more information, contact Black Bear Martial Arts Center directly at 208-255-1111.

S.T.E.P. Training Centre

S.T.E.P. (Seeking To Encourage People) is a non-profit gymnastics and sports training center, offering gymnastics for all abilities and ages. S.T.E.P. Training Centre is the 2014 Xcel Program of the Year in Idaho, as well as a top 3 finisher at the 2014 Idaho State championships. S.T.E.P. has many classes, clinics, and camps throughout the year.
- Classes run Monday-Friday, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. (times vary by day)
- Fees begin at $40 per month (scholarship programs are available)

Program offerings include:
- Summer Camp
- Summer Clinics
- Competitive dance,tumbling training
- Preschool and introductory classes
- Circus arts classes
- Corporate/Event silk perfomances
- Cheerleading
- Aerial awareness
- Competitive team levels
- Open Gym

For more information, call 208-290-4513 or e-mail steptc1017@hotmail.com. Located at 101 McGhee Rd.

Area Golf Courses

Elks Golf Club. This nine-hole course is closest to town, just outside the Sandpoint city limits off Highway 200 East. 208-263-4321. GolfSandpointElks.com.

StoneRidge Golf. Located about 40 minutes southwest of Sandpoint off Highway 41 in Blanchard, StoneRidge has 19 holes on a scenic course with a par-72 layout. StoneRidge hosts a variety of specialty events; for a current schedule call 208-437-4653, or visit StoneRidgeIdaho.com.

Priest Lake Golf Course. Par-72, 6,500-yard course is located at 152 Fairway Dr. in Priest Lake amidst mountains, forests and wetlands on the west side of Priest Lake. Call 208-443-2525 or visit PriestLakeGolfCourse.com.

Youth Sports Jersey Recycling Program

Have your kids grown out of their red and white youth league jerseys? Sandpoint Parks and Rec. is looking for laundered, gently used Youth Sports Jerseys. You can put those jerseys to great use by donating them back to Parks and Rec.

Each year Sandpoint's Recreation department gives out approximately $2,000 in scholarships to youth programs, generously donated by various organizations. That money covers jersey costs as well as program fees - unless we have previously used, donated jerseys we can offer those who can't afford to purchase them.  Keep more money in our scholarship fund for kids to access for recreation program fees by donating jerseys back to us when your children finish the youth leagues.

- Drop off your jerseys during regular business hours, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Sandpoint Parks and Rec, 1123 Lake St. in City Hall. We appreciate your help!

For more information, please call Sandpoint Parks and Recreation at 263-3613.

Children's Intro to Taekwondo, Karate
and Self Defense :: April 12

Sandpoint Taekwondo offers children ages 5 to 14 an introductory session to Taekwondo, Karate, and Self Defense. Session will teach basic self-defense skills and highlight the importance of self-discipline and character building in a child-friendly setting. 

Session fee is $49 ($2 City discount), and includes a uniform and 2 weeks of lessons on Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning April 12, 2016, from 3:15 p.m. to 4 p.m. Each session will meet at Sandpoint Taekwondo, 218 Main St., in downtown Sandpoint.
For more information, contact Sandpoint Taekwondo at 208-610-2577 or visit SandpointKarate.com. Pre-register at Sandpoint Parks and Recreation, 1123 Lake St.

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