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Pickle Ball :: June 23-July 28

Sandpoint Parks and Recreation and Sandpoint West Athletic Club partner to offer a Pickle Ball League! Join the fun and be a part of one of the quickest growing sports across the country; a paddle sport created for all ages and skill levels. Pickle ball combines many elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong.
The league will play Thursdays, June 23 through July 28 from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at SWAC, 1905 Pine St.. SWAC has two outdoor courts complete with lights for evening play. League fee is $26 ($2 city discount); register by June 17 at Sandpoint Parks and Recreation.

* If league play is not for you, contact SWAC at 208-263-6633 to learn more about Free Pickle Ball on Wednesdays from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Stop by to learn the game, meet other pickle ball enthusiasts, and schedule games for more times in your week. For non-members outside of Free Wednesday Pickle Ball, the rate is $4/person for use of the outdoor courts.
For more information call 263-3613. For other activities offered by P&R, visit SandpointIdaho.gov.

FSPW Summer Hike Series :: June 24-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.

June 24: Community Kids Hike – Regal Creek & Morris Creek
- June 29: Scotchman for Non-believers
- July 9: Dry Creek Fire Ecology Hike
- July 14: Extreme Plein Air V. 6.0
- July 15: Community Kids Hike – Ross Creek Cedars
- July 20: Goat Peak/Scotchman Biathlon
- 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

Stand Up Paddle Board Class :: June 27

Try out the hottest trend on the water as Action Water Sports (AWS) offers a Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP) Class for youth ages 12-18. Class will take place June 27 at AWS from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Paddle boards are a great way to get some exercise, improve your balance, and take in the sights. All participants must be advanced swimmers. Bring swimwear, as you might go for a dip! Participants are to meet at Adventure Water Sports, 100 N. First Ave., 30 minutes before the class starts. Class fee is $12; pre-register by June 25 at Sandpoint Parks and Recreation, 1123 Lake St., 208-263-3613.

Ladies Golf Clinic :: June 27-Aug. 1

Join Mike Deprez on Monday nights this summer for a Ladies Golf Clinic. $105 fee includes range balls, fees and one round of golf at Stoneridge. Ladies will meet at the U of I Driving Range on S. Boyer Avenue from 5:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m., June 27 through August 1 (five weeks, skipping July 4). Register at Sandpoint Parks and Recreation by June 20 or call 208-263-3613 for more information. For other activities offered by P&R, visit SandpointIdaho.gov.

Aikido :: July 5-27

Aikido for Kids: Kids ages 7-14 are invited to join Aikido Idaho for a 6 week intro program held Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m., July 6 through July 27. Fee is $80/child and includes uniform.
Aikido for Teens: Teens ages 14-plus are invited to join Aikido Idaho for an intro program held Mondays and Thursdays, July 7 through July 28. Monday classes will meet 5:15 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursday classes will meet 4:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. Fee is $90/participant and includes a uniform.
Aikido for Adults: Adults are invited to join Aikido Idaho for an intro program held Tuesdays and Wednesdays, July 5 through July 27 from noon to 1:30 p.m. Fee is $89/participant and includes a uniform.

Aikido Idaho and Takayama dojo
bring over 30 years of authentic Japanese martial arts experience to Idaho. Aikido Idaho teaches a non-competitive, nonviolent martial art which focuses on flexibility, body awareness, balance and stability in motion. Students learn to grow both internally and externally through experiencing formality, discipline, sharing and challenge. With time students learn what it means to be a responsible member of a safe and caring community.

- Pre-register at Sandpoint Parks and Recreation, 1123 Lake St. 208-263-3613. Partial scholarships are available. For other activities offered by P&R, visit SandpointIdaho.gov.

Junior Lifeguarding Class :: July 6-18

The Junior Lifeguarding Class provides participants with opportunities to learn water safety and guarding basics while improving swimming ability and stroke mechanics. Junior Lifeguarding is tailored for 12 to 15 year olds that are both strong swimmers and comfortable in deep open water. Classes take place at City Beach from 9 a.m. until 10:30 p.m. July 6, 8, 11, 13, 15 and 18. Fee is $27; register by June 29 at Sandpoint Parks and Recreation, 1123 Lake St. For other activities offered by P&R, visit SandpointIdaho.gov.

Swimming Lessons :: July 18-28; 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 1 lessons will take place July 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, & 28. Registration deadline is July 8.
- 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.

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.

Sand Volleyball Clinics :: Wednesdays through July 13

Looking to stay sharp over the summer, but tired of dark, hot, smelly gyms? Need to up your sand volleyball game or just want to brush up on your skills? Sand Volleyball Clinics for ages 8 and up are just what you’ve been looking for. Learn tips and strategies to help you move, set, dig, and become a better all-around player in the sand.
- Clinics take place at the City Beach Sand Volleyball Courts from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m., Wednesdays June 15 through July 13. Fee is $65 for all six weeks ($5 city discount) or $12/day for drop in. For more information call 208-263-3613. For other activities offered by Parks and Recreation, visit SandpointIdaho.gov.

Youth Tennis :: Summer 2016

Registration for 2016 Youth Tennis has begun! Each age group listed below has multiple sessions offered.  Sessions will fill fast so register early!  For more information call or stop by Sandpoint Parks and Recreation, 1123 Lake Street, 263-3613. Partial scholarships are available on a need basis.
- Tennis for Tiny Tots (Ages 4-5)
- Tennis for Hot Hitters (Ages 6-7)
- Hot Hitters (Ages 6-7)
- Tennis for Beginner Youth (Ages 8-12)
- Tennis for Intermediate Youth (Ages 8-12)
- Tennis Teen Skill Development (Middle School and High School JV Players)
- Tennis Intensive Skill Development (High School Varsity Players)

Adult Tennis Lessons :: Summer 2016

Registration is being taken for Beginner and Intermediate Adult Tennis Lessons at Sandpoint Parks and Recreation. Fee is $25 per session (city $3 discount.) Participants are to meet on class days at the Lakeview Park tennis courts from 5:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m., June 13 through July 28. Beginner lessons focus on teaching sound fundamentals. Intermediate lessons expand on fundamentals, strategy, and play.  Each session has a 12-person maximum, so pre-register early by calling 208-263-3613, or visit 1123 Lake St.

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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