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Moonlight Snowshoe Hikes :: March 6, April 4

Moonlight Snowshoe Hikes are back for the 2014-15 winter season. Join the Schweitzer Mountain Resort's Activity Center staff and snowshoe through majestic old growth forests with the moon to light the way. You'll find that you can see very well as the moonlight reflects off the snow. Capture a great view of Sandpoint and the surrounding area from picturesque points along the trail system.

Dates (weather permitting)
- Friday, March 6, 2015
- Saturday, April 4, 2015

Time: 6 p.m. (approximately 3 hours)
Sign Up: Advance reservation required at the Activity Center; please sign up at least 1 week in advance
Distances: Approximately 3 miles round-trip
Level: All ability levels welcome, but geared toward beginner-intermediate
Fees: $30 includes snowshoe rental, trail fee, hosted hike, head lamp/flashlight rental, snacks, and hot chocolate upon return.
Information: Contact the Activity Center at 208-255-3081

Winter Recreation Class :: March 14

North Idaho College at Sandpoint is offering a one-day winter recreation class called Winter Birds of Prey on Saturday, March 14.

- To register, contact the NIC Workforce Training Center at 208-769-3333 or request more information at workforcetraining@nic.edu or visit NIC.edu/wtc.

Bird Walk :: March 21

Enjoy a Bird Walk on Feb. 21 at Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge. Bird Walks are held on the third Saturday of the month at 9 a.m.

Dates in 2015Mar. 21, Apr. 18, May 16, June 20, Sept. 19, Oct. 17, and Nov. 21 (no Bird Walks in July, August and December).

Bird Walks are led by expert birders. Find out what species are out and about at the Refuge! Sometimes we see mammals, too. Gather at the Education Barn. Everyone is welcome, but children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Bring binoculars and a field guide if you have access, and please dress for the weather -- we expect to be out for about 2 hours.

Winter Hike Series :: March 21-April 18

Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness presents the Winter 2015 Hike Series. Come join us for one of our organized hikes and see first hand why the Scotchmans deserve the protection of wilderness designation. Group size is limited and registration is required. Learn more at ScotchmanPeaks.org.

March 21: Star Peak Equinox Hike. As spring arrives in the Scotchmans, the group will chase winter up the mountain by whatever means necessary: boots, snowshoe and perhaps even AT skis. Goal is Star Peak Lookout, at about 6,200 feet, via the new Trail #999. Rated moderate to strenuous. Contact hike leader Sandy Compton and sandy@scotchmanpeaks.org.

March 28: Goat Mountain Hop. This will be the 9th Annual Goat Mountain Hop. Gaining 4,000 feet vertical, this is one of the steepest trails in the region. Although you don't have to be crazy to sign up, it does help! Round trip: 7 miles; elevation gain around 4,000 feet. Rated strenuous. Contact hike leader Jim Mellen at jimnsandii@gmail.com.

April 18: Scotchman Peak Snow Bound. Snowshoe, ski, or snowboard the tallest peak in the Scotchmans. This is the 10th annual Scotchman Peak winter hike. The trailhead is often inaccessible this time of year, adding 2.5 miles each way and 500 feet elevation gain. This is for the extremely fit adventurers only! Round trip: 12 miles, Elevation gain: 4,200 ft. Rated strenuous-plus! Contact hike leaders Jim and Sandii Mellen at jimnsandii@gmail.com.

Youth Open Gym Basketball :: Through March 15

Sandpoint Parks and Recreation partners with the Lake Pend Oreille School District to offer free Open Gym Basketball at Sandpoint High School. Gym availability permitting, open gym will be held from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m on Sundays through March 15, 2015. This time period is reserved for youth grades 3 through 12. (No open gym Feb. 1). Although a gym monitor will be present, this is not a supervised activity.
Please contact Parks and Recreation with any additional questions: 208-263-3613 or CityofSandpoint.com.

Adult Open Gym Basketball :: Through March 15

Sandpoint Parks and Recreation partners with the Lake Pend Oreille School District to offer Adult Open Gym Basketball at Sandpoint High School, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays through March 15, 2015. Entry fee is $2 per player, payable at the door to the Gym Coordinator.

Please contact Parks and Recreation with any additional questions: 208-263-3613 or CityofSandpoint.com.

Fit & Fall Proof Class :: Through May 22

Fit & Fall Proof Classes are held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays through May 22, in Hope's Memorial Community Center. These classes are free and sponsored by Panhandle Health District. Designed for older adults who want to become more active, improve their health and reduce their risk of falling. For all ability levels, from active seniors to those having mobility/balance problems. Exercises are designed to improve flexibility, mobility, balance and strength. To register, call Karen Mosiman 208-597-4889 or e-mail k.mosiman@wow-tel.net.

Twilight Ski and Snowboard

The Schweitzer Mountain Twilight Ski and Snowboard Special is back! Sandpoint Parks and Recreation will sell $8 ticket vouchers for twilight skiing or boarding. These vouchers are fully transferable and good any night of night skiing. Ticket vouchers must be redeemed for a valid ticket at the Ski & Ride Center or a ticket window.

- Purchase tickets at Sandpoint Parks and Recreation, The Dairy Depot, Yoke's Fresh Market (customer service desk), or Larson's Department Store (Sandpoint and Bonners Ferry). All proceeds from ticket sales at these locations go toward the Sandpoint Parks & Recreation Youth Scholarship Program. The annual Schweitzer Twilight Ski ticket sale at 7B Boardshop, 210 N. Second Ave., benefits Girl Scout Day Camp.
- Twilight skiing is from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m.
- Coupons will not be available at the Schweitzer ticket office; they must be purchased before driving up.
- $8 ticket vouchers are available for skiers and boarders of all ages.
- Participants can get a special ski or snowboard rental package for $15 plus tax and fees when showing your ticket at the sales desk. Note: A rental waiver signed by a legal guardian must accompany a minor for the first rental.

Parks and Rec Fall 2014/Winter 2015 Activities

The Sandpoint Parks and Recreation Fall 2014/Winter 2015 Activity Booklet is available online - click to view!

The booklet is packed with great fall and winter activities, with opportunities for both Youth and Adult Recreation. You'll find your favorite annual Parks and Recreation Activities like: Adult and Youth League Sports, the Friday and Saturday Night Ski and Board Special, and the Babysitting Training Course!

CHAFE 150 Registration

CHAFE 150 registration is now open! The 2015 ride is set for SaturdayJune 20. Go to CHAFE150.org to register. Presented by Sandpoint Rotary.

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

Soul Motion Spring Dance Odyssey. Downtown Yoga hosts a Soul Motion Spring Dance Odyssey from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 21, 2015. This is a conscious dance practice that uses the body as a doorway to the soul's flow. Open to every body! Admission is on a sliding scale, from $20 to $10. Sponsored by Moondance Movement and Massage.

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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