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Summer 2014 Parks & Recreation Activities

From summer camps to tennis lessons, the Spring and Summer 2014 Parks and Recreation Activity Booklet is jam-packed with great adventures for youth and adults alike. * View the edition online *

Summer SOLE Experiences :: July 30-Aug. 26

Below is a listing of Summer SOLE Experiences program offerings. Please contact SOLE for more information on these SOLE Experiences SM while our website is being updated.

Junior Naturalist Experiences SM. Our day-based outdoor science program for youth. Explore the natural world, with a focus on fun!
Dates & Times: July 30-August 1 (9 a.m. to 11 a.m. ages 4-6; 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. ages 7-10)
Location: Spokane, Wash.; Sandpoint
Ages: 4 through 10
Cost: $46 (drop-in rate also available)

Project LEAD – Leader of the Day Experiences SM. Our day-based outdoor leadership program for local area youth. Explore leadership through local stewardship projects!
Dates & Times: August 4-8 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day)
Location: North Idaho; Western Montana
Ages: 11-13
Cost: $150-$200

Project LEAD – Teen Trek Experiences SM. Our expedition-based outdoor leadership program for teens! Explore leadership as a member of an expedition and make a difference!
Cabinet Mountains Expedition & Missouri River Expedition
Dates: August 20-August 26
Location: Cabinet Mountains, Northwestern Montana; Missouri River, Western Montana
Ages: 14-18
Cost: $595-$795

SOLE Fieldwork Experiences – GAP Experiences SM. Our interdisciplinary expedition-based academic program for adolescents and young adults! Explore leadership, human and natural history, and other academic and outdoor skills in a novel and empowering manner!
Selkirk Mountains Ecosystem Expedition; Thompson, Lewis, & Clark Expedition
Date: August 11-24
Location: Selkirk Mountains & Priest Lake, North Idaho; Cabinet Mountains & Missouri River, Western Montana
Ages: 16-25
Cost: $1,750

Journey Experiences SM. Our expedition-based licensed adventure therapy program for adolescents and adults. Explore your journey of life in an empowering and intimate manner!
Dates: Open enrollment - contact us today!
Location: Cabinet and/or Bitterroot Mountains and/or Missouri River, Western Montana
Ages: 14-plus

LWM WFA – Wilderness First Aid. Prepare for the unexpected.  Perfect for outdoor enthusiasts or leaders!  Eligible for a WFR-Recert! College credit available.
Dates & Times: August 23-24 (8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day)
Location: Sandpoint
Ages: 16-plus
Cost: $175

Sandpoint High School Fall 2014
Sports Dates to Remember :: July 31-Aug. 25

- July 31: Sports Registration Day, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Register for all Sandpoint High School sports (Fall, Winter and Spring). Student athletes will receive their student ID cards; purchase their ASB ($40) sticker (required for sport participation) on this date. Yearbooks ($50) and Century Club cards ($125) will also be available for purchase.

- August 11: First day practice for: Girls Soccer and Football (9-12)

- August 12: First day practice for: Boys Soccer

- August 15: First day practice for: Volleyball, Cross Country, Swim

- August 16: Red/White Day (football) 

- August 25: Meet the Bulldogs, Memorial Field, 5:30 pm  

ICL Summer Hikes :: Aug. 2-Sept. 14

Idaho Conservation League hosts a series of summer hikes. Free to attend, but please register to participate via e-mail: icl@idahoconservation.org or call 208-265-9565.

  • Geocaching Along the Pack River, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., August 2. It's time for our annual treasure hunt! Join in the fun with a crash course in geocaching followed by a family-friendly hike along the Pack River Delta.
  • Mountain Bike in Sherwood Forest, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. August 9. ICL, the Kaniksu Land Trust and the Pend Oreille Pedalers team up to co-host a mountain bike ride on the recently protected Sherwood Forest trail, just west of Sandpoint. This fantastic ride takes you on rolling single track trails with lots of "not-too-difficult" climbs, twists and turns, and fun downhills. Participants will be rewarded with glimpses of the Pend Oreille River while traveling up and down through a pretty forest with a couple of bridged stream crossings. For intermediate mountain bikers with some past experience; hardy youth 12 years and older with mountain biking experience will enjoy this ride.
  • Fault Lake Hike, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., August 10. This 13-mile round trip hike climbs to a beautiful alpine lake and features views of the Selkirk peaks. Difficult hike, starting elevation is 3,200 ft and summit elevation is 5,980 ft for an approximate elevation gain of 2,780 ft.
  • Mickinnick Picnic Hike, 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. August 13. Enjoy a picnic at sunset after working up an appetite on Mickinnick trail. Sit down and enjoy the beautiful views of Sandpoint, Lake Pend d'Oreille and the distant Cabinet Mountains.
  • West Fork Lake Hike, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., August 17. This loop starts on the trail to West Fork Cabin before heading to West Fork Lake, with a push up to the ridge above West Fork Lake where breathtaking views await. 6-7 miles roundtrip.
  • Snow Lake Hike, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. August 31. Trail 185 runs wide over an old roadbed for about four miles before narrowing to a single track for the last mile. The wide route up Snow Creek, which crosses or parallels numerous creeks and drainage ditches, keeps your motor running cool even on a hot summer day. The trail is mostly soft dirt, which is relatively easy on your feet. Moderate difficulty with an elevation gain of 1,320 feet. If you like huckleberries, plan for this trip! Hikers inspired by the power of nature can see the impact of an avalanche that filled about 20 percent of the lake with timber and debris in 2012.
  • Chimney Rock Hike, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., September 6. Climb to the most well-known formation in the Selkirks on this fantastic 13-mile roundtrip hike. Chimney Rock is arguably the best known feature of the American Selkirks and hiking to it is a rite of passage for many here in North Idaho. Seen from a distance, the 500-foot vertical wall that rises from the Selkirk Crest is amazing up close it's jaw droppingly magnificent!
  • Thorofare Kayak from Lower to Upper Priest Lake, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., September 7. Priest Lake is linked to Upper Priest Lake by a narrow, 2½ mile long waterway termed the Thorofare - a "no wake" zone for all watercraft, making it an ideal waterway for canoeists and kayakers. Be on the lookout for bald eagles, ospreys, numerous duck species and the occasional moose which may decide to swim across the channel in front of your boat!
  • Big Fisher Lake Hike, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., September 12. John Harbuck leads participants to Trout Lake, 3 miles from the trailhead. This is a beautiful alpine lake bustling with trout and surrounded by terrific mountain views. Participants can then choose to enjoy recreation time at the lake or continue on a steeper path to the surrounding ridge line and then down a steep drop in elevation to Big Fisher Lake below. Fantastic views of the Kootenai valley and river, Selkirk Crest and two stunning lakes await hardy hikers.
  • Harrison to Beehive Scramble, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., September 14. This challenging route takes hikers past Harrison Lake and Beehive Lake, two of the most beautiful lakes in the Selkirks. Both lakes are surrounded by granite cirques and high alpine views. The route will involve a rugged but rewarding scramble across the Selkirk Crest and much travel across granite rubble and slabs. 10 miles roundtrip; 1,400-ft total elevation gain.
  • Lions Head Backpack, September 19-21. Much of this hike will take place off-trail towards the summit of Lions Head. There will be some bushwhacking, lots of boulder hopping and plenty of great views during three days of strenuous backpacking. Interested hikers should have backpacking experience and be prepared for varied terrain and considerable elevation gain. The husband and wife team of Jim and Sandii Mellen will lead this hike to the peak of Lions Head.

Session 2 Swim Lessons :: Aug. 4-14

Sandpoint Parks and Recreation swim lessons are designed to teach sound 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 – Thursday for 2 weeks, with Fridays reserved for rain make-ups. A parent letter detailing procedure for classes canceled due to weather will be provided at registration.  Please look for it, and review it before classes begin August 4. All lessons are held in open water at City Beach.
Offerings include:
- Parent and Tot Class for ages 1-3 begins at noon
- Perch Class for ages 3-5 begins at noon
- Perch Class for ages 3-5 begins at 1 p.m.
- Rainbow Trout Class for ages 6-12 (beginner thru competent floaters) begins at 2 p.m.
- Kokanee Class for ages 6-12 (competent floaters thru advanced) teen/ adult) begins at 3 p.m.
Session 2 will be held Monday – Thursday for 2 weeks August 4, 5, 6, 7 and 11, 12, 13, 14. Registration for Session 2 swim lessons will be held Thursday, July 31 and Friday, August 1 from Noon to 3 p.m. on the grass in front of Trinity at the Beach. (First come first serve.)
- The Parent and Tot class fee is $27 per session (25 minutes/day) or a family rate of 2 kids/$48, or 3 kids/$73.
- Perch, Rainbow Trout and Kokanee class fees are $37 per session (40 minutes/day) or a family rate of 2 kids $65, or 3 kids/$96.
City Residents receive a $3 discount per child from above listed fees. Partial scholarships will be available. Kids need not be present at registration. For more information, please contact Sandpoint Parks and Recreation at (208) 263-3613, or visit us at 1123 Lake Street.

Children's Intro to Taekwondo, Karate
and Self Defense :: Aug. 5-14

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 from 3:15 p.m. to 4 p.m. Each session will meet at Sandpoint Taekwondo, 218 Main St., in downtown Sandpoint. Call to make arrangements for your first lesson at 208-610-2577; register at Sandpoint Parks and Recreation, 1123 Lake St. 208-263-3613.
Session #2: Tuesdays and Thursdays, August 5 through August 14 
Registration deadline: Aug. 1
For more information, contact Sandpoint Taekwondo at 208-610-2577 or visit SandpointKarate.com. For more information or to pre-register, please contact Sandpoint Parks and Recreation at 208-263-3613, or visit us at 1123 Lake St. For other classes offered by Parks and Recreation visit CityofSandpoint.com.

FSPW Summer Hikes :: Aug. 10-Oct. 11

Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness holds hosted summer hikes. For more information, visit ScotchmanPeaks.org.

Aug. 10 - Scotchman Peak., via Southeast Ridge. This beauty starts with about 1/2 mile of really nasty bushwhacking, and heads to the SE ridge. Contact John Harbuck: harbuck@norlight.org

Aug. 20 - Scotchman Peaks Double Dip. Take a walk up the Blue Creek Canyon, a tradition begun 98 years ago on August 20, 1916 by the hike leader’s maternal grandfather. Contact hike leader Sandy Compton: sandy@scotchmanpeaks.org

Aug. 23 - Mystery Mud Creek Hike. The newly "reclaimed" Mud Creek (totally inappropriate name) trail heads up to a lovely ridge to the east of Lightning Creek. Contact hike leader Mary Franzel: zipperlee@gmail.com

Sept. 13 - South Fork Ross Creek Falls. Hike through the Ross Creek Cedar Grove and past to the Ross Creek Falls in the upper reaches of the South Fork of Ross Creek. Contact hike leaders Ann and Neil Wimberley: afwim@yahoo.com or neilwim@yahoo.com

Oct. 4 - Scotchman Peak. This is the classic hike up the namesake peak for our proposed wilderness. It’s short but steep! Contact hike leaders Phil Hough and Deb Hunsicker: 208-946-9127 or phil@scotchmanpeaks.org

Oct. 11 - Reading Maps, Compass, Tracks and Sign. Join us for a basic orienteering class with emphasis on traditional methods of utilizing a Silva Ranger Compass and topographical maps to layout your adventures and return home safely. Contact hike leader Brian Baxter: b_baxter53@yahoo.com

Intro to Lake Kayaking Skills - Part 2 :: Aug. 13

Introduction to Lake Kayaking Skills – Part 2 is designed for students 16 years and up who know how to paddle but want to refine their skills. It's a follow-up to our Part 1 Intro Class. Control and grace while kayaking equal energy saved. That's what this class is all about. Instructor Jason Wiley will briefly discuss what was covered in the Part 1 class, then participants will learn more advanced techniques such as: recovery techniques, balance and bracing, paddle stroke refinement, paddle smarter not harder, and much more. 
Participants will need to bring a paddle skirt, pump, paddle float and their own boat or rent one. Boats should have a least one sealed compartment (preferably two). Class Fee is $22 ($2 City Discount). Class will be held August 13 at City Beach from 5:30 – 8:30pm.
Pre-register by August 8 at Sandpoint Parks and Rec, 1123 Lake Street, or call 263-3613 for more information.

Spokane-To-Sandpoint Relay :: Aug. 15-16

Dubbed "the Scenic Relay Race," runners and walkers make teams and begin Aug. 15 atop Mt. Spokane, running 185 miles through 15 cities en route to the finish line at Sandpoint's City Beach on Aug. 16. The S2S has quickly become one of the Pacific Northwest's premier running events. Learn more at SpokaneToSandpoint.com.

Advanced Sailing :: Aug. 18-21

Sandpoint Parks and Recreation and the Sandpoint Sailing Association offers a second Advanced Sailing Lesson for ages 10 to adult from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 18 through Thursday, Aug. 21. Registration deadline is Aug. 13.
Personal flotation devices are required, and students should also be comfortable in deep water. Fee is $39 per person ($4 City discount); class fees are all-inclusive. Participants are to meet on Fred's Deck at the Windbag Marina.
For more information or to register, please contact Sandpoint Parks and Recreation, 1123 Lake St., 208-263-3613.

Habitat for Humanity Golf Tournament :: Aug. 22

The Idaho Panhandle Habitat for Humanity's annual Golf Tournment will be held Friday, August 22 at the Priest Lake Golf Course. Now seeking sponsors, players and donations for prizes to the winning teams, plus raffle drawing items! Space is limited so contact the group today for a sign-up form: Jennifer at 208-255-8485 or e-mail familyselection@iphfh.org.

Kaniksu Land Trust Guided Hike :: Aug. 23

Kaniksu Land Trust hosts its first guided summer hike series. Each outing will be held on a unique land trust-protected property and will feature a different ecological theme. Space is limited; please reserve your spot by calling 208-263-9471.

- Aug. 23, 10 a.m.: Gold Creek Ranch forest ecology tour; guided by a certified forester.

WaCanId :: Sept. 15-20

Registration is now open for the 2014 WaCanId Ride to be held Sept. 15-20, 2014!
The WaCanId is an annual bicycle tour taking cyclists on paved roads encircling the Selkirk Mountains of Washington, Canada and Idaho - hence the name WaCanId. The 6-day event covers 350 miles/560 kilometers and showcases the International Selkirk Loop's spectacular scenery - majestic mountains, beautiful lakes, rivers and North America's longest free ferry ride. We also have the best SAG support of any ride - so if you need a lift, no problem. There will be a few climbs to challenge you, but it will be the scenery that will take your breath away.
The ride is hosted by seven different Rotary Clubs around the Selkirk Loop and previous riders have told us that these Rotarians provide the best support of any ride they have been on. Space is limited so register today at WaCanId.org. 888-823-2626

Ultimate Frisbee League :: Through October 2014

Ultimate Frisbee is a non-contact active sport full of fast paced action and is very aerobic. This league is coed and all skill levels are encouraged to participate. The game is played on a field with two end zones to catch the final throw, which scores a point. New participants welcome to join at any point during the season. For more information, call the Parks and Recreation Department at 263-3613, or stop by Great Northern Field (entrance off of Lincoln) between 5-7 p.m. on a Monday or Thursday now through October 2014.

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.

Yoga, Dancing, Fitness and Wellness

Yoga at the Beach -- Summer 2014. Sandpoint Parks and Recreation and Downtown Yoga offer free Yoga at City Beach. Enjoy the many benefits of Yoga in a beautiful setting you can only get in Sandpoint! Weather permitting; participants are to meet at City Beach on Sundays from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on the east side of the basketball courts. This class is free; please bring a yoga mat! Please note in case of inclement weather, meet at Downtown Yoga, 119 N. First Ave. 208-255-6177

Free Introductory Aikido Class
. Natural Fitness, 1103 Superior St., hosts a free Introductory Aikido class every Tuesday and Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Come try a free class with master instructor Bob Batlia. 208-651-0125

Chi Lei Qigong/Tai Chi Exercise
. Blue Lake RV Resort in Naples hosts a Chi Lei Qigong class for health, and helps with mental clarity. The class will include the beginning of the 64 steps of Tai Chi. Participants are required to stand for 16 minutes to perform the exercise or, if you have a handicap, you may sit in a chair until you can become stronger. This is a great warm-up for the beginning of Tai Chi. One or two steps are taught at each class, with the next step added when the group is ready. Class is held every Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., and cost is $7 per session. Sponsored by Sandpoint Folk School. 208-267-7053

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.

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. Go to SandpointElksGolfCourse.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.

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