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Parks and Rec Spring/Summer 2015 Activities

The Sandpoint Parks and Recreation Spring/Summer 2015 Activity Booklet is available online - click to view! The booklet is packed with great spring and summer activities, with opportunities for both Youth and Adult Recreation. Find your faves!

Kaniksu Land Trust Trail Running Series :: 
July 28

Kaniksu Land Trust, in partnership with Outdoor Experience, hosts the final event in the 2015 KLT Trail Running Series at Western Pleasure Guest Ranch, featuring a 15k and a 5k fun run on July 28. Register at Outdoor Experience in downtown Sandpoint, or online at Active.com.
- Start time is 6 p.m.
- Registration is $25.
- Day-of-race registration begins at 5 p.m. at Western Pleasure Guest Ranch.

For more information, call 208-304-0477 or visit KaniksuLandTrust.org.

Intro to Lake Kayaking Skills :: July 29

An Introduction to Lake Kayaking Skills is being offered Wednesday, July 29 for students 14 years and up. Beginners or those seeking a refresher course are welcome. Students will learn to adjust a P.F.D. and kayak for fit and comfort, different safety equipment and proper use, getting in/out with style, basic paddle strokes, recovery techniques, and much more!
Participants will need to bring a paddle skirt, pump, paddle float and bring or rent their own boat. Boats should have at least one sealed compartment (preferably two). Class fee is $22 ($2 City discount). Class will be held at City Beach from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.; meet near the boat launch.
Pre-register by July 24 at Sandpoint Parks and Recreation, 1123 Lake St. For additional information, call 208-263-3613.

ICL Hike and Adventure Series :: Aug. 2-Sept. 27

Idaho Conservation League hosts a variety of outings as part of the Hike and Adventures Series. All events are free and open to the public, but registration is required at IdahoConservation.org. 208-265-9565

Aug. 2 Kayak the Clark Fork Delta. Join Kathy Cousins on a 10-mile paddle through the Clark Fork Delta for great views of the surrounding mountains and the chance to see a number of wildlife that call this area home including eagles, waterfowl, deer and moose. Hear why the delta is ranked one of the most important in Idaho, and learn about the alarming rate of erosion occurring on the delta's islands. Kathy will explain the restoration work that has begun this year and what yet needs to be done. Suitable for families with kids 10 or older who have kayaking experience. Must provide your own kayak and life vests.

Aug. 8 Hike to Two Mouth Lakes. Join Danya Rushmore on a difficult 8-mile roundtrip day hike into Two Mouth Lakes. The hike may tucker you out, but the end result is beautiful. Both lakes are exquisite, but the lower one is one of the jewels of the Selkirks. Also, lots of moose around this area so you may get a glimpse!

Aug. 16 Hike-n-Run to Trout and Big Fisher Lake. Jim and Sandi Mellen are leading a hike-n-run into Trout and Big Fisher Lake. Sandi will take the hikers on a moderately difficult 3 mile hike into scenic Trout Lake, while Jim will take the runners up to the ridge. Above 7,000 feet is a beautiful meadow where you get tremendous views down the valley, From there you descend to Big Fisher Lake, a total of 5.25 hard-earned miles. The effort is well worth it for the amazing mountain views!

Sept. 11 Hike to Pyramid and Ball Lakes. John Harbuck will lead a fun, family friendly hike into Pyramid and Ball Lakes. This 5-mile roundtrip route takes hikers to two lovely high mountain lakes: Pyramid Lake and Ball Lake. The trail travels through beautiful spruce and fir forest to the two rocky cliff encircled lakes. There are many scenic views to be had along the trail, including views of Pyramid Peak. Small cutthroat trout can be found in both lakes.

Sept. 12 Hike to West Fork Lake. Join ICL's own Susan Dumheller on a 7-mile roundtrip, moderately difficult hike into West Fork Lake with the possibility of going up to West Fork Mountain! Hike through magnificent forests of old-growth cedars, some as big as 8 feet in circumference. Once you reach the top of the hiking trail you will not be disappointed by the stunning views in every direction.

Sept. 20 Harrison to Beehive Lake Scramble. Join Rick Price on a 10-mile one-way scramble! This 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.

Sept. 27 Hike to Fisher Peak. Join ICL's Nancy Dooley on a 7-mile one-way hike up to Fishers Peak. The lengthy trail climbs through a variety of forest types eventually leading to beautiful forest with beargrass, grouse whortleberry, lodgepole pine and white pine. You will have views of the Kootenai Valley and Parker Peak as well as Creston, B.C. It is a strenuous hike but you will be glad you tagged along!

Session 2 Swimming Lessons :: Aug. 3-13

New this year, P&R will be taking early registration for swim lessons at the Parks and Recreation office located in City Hall at 1123 Lake Street. Registration for session 2 will be first come first serve between June 15th and the July 24 registration deadline. Kids need not be present at registration. Family rates and partial scholarships will be available. Session 2 lessons will take place August 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, and 13.
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 – Thursday for 2 weeks, with Fridays reserved for weather make-ups. All lessons are held in open water at City Beach.
Offerings include:
Parent and Tot Class for ages 1-3 begins at noon. Fee is $27 (25 minute class)
Perch Class for ages 3-5 begins at noon. Fee is $37 (40 min class)
Perch Class for ages 3-5 begins at 1 p.m. Fee is $37 (40 min class)
Rainbow Trout Class for ages 6-12 (beginner thru competent floaters) begins at 2 p.m. Fee is $37 (40 min class)
Kokanee Class for ages 6-12 (competent floaters thru advanced)/teen/adult begins at 3 p.m. Fee is $37 (40 min class)
- City of Sandpoint Residents will receive a $3/child discount from above listed fees.
A parent letter detailing procedure for classes canceled due to weather will be provided at registration.  For more information, please contact Sandpoint Parks and Recreation at 208-263-3613.

Intro to Lake Kayaking Skills - Part 2 :: Aug. 5

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 is 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 Shawna Kennaly 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 5 at City Beach from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Pre-register by July 31 at Sandpoint Parks and Rec, 1123 Lake Street, or call 263-3613 for more information.

FSPW Hike Series :: Aug. 5-Sept. 13

Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness is proud to present the Summer Hike Series. Winter and summer, FSPW has a hike for everyone! Group size is limited and registration is required; click to view hike contact information.

August 5 - Scotchman Peak for Unbelievers
August 20 - Annual Walk Up Blue Creek Canyon

Sept. 3 - West Fork Walk Home (experienced hikers only)
Sept. 12 - Mud Creek Mystery Hike Round 2
Sept. 13 - Scotchman Peak

Youth Golf League :: Through Aug. 25

Golf Youth League. Children ages 10-17 are eligible for the Golf Youth League, but must have their own clubs and have gone through an introduction clinic at the Elks (T-Level), or be capable of playing on their own. Youth League will run Tuesdays weekly from through August 25 from 7 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. Youth League will consist of 9 holes of golf for a cost of $5 per round, payable the day the youth plays. This league will have 36 available slots available each Tuesday.

Waterlife Discovery Center (Naturalist on Duty) :: Through Aug. 29

Come visit the Waterlife Discovery Center, located at the old Sandpoint Fish Hatchery on Lakeshore Drive in Sagle. Discover the pond stocked with trout and a fish viewing window, the grounds and dock on Murphy Bay, a self-guided trail in the attached wetland, and native plant displays. There will be a Naturalist on Duty and the display building will be open from noon to 4 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays - through Aug. 29. See the 1910 Naturalist cabin and other displays. There are picnic tables, a public dock, and a porta-potty. Pack it in/pack it out - no garbage facilities. Free admission. Sponsored by the Idaho Master Naturalists and Idaho Fish and Game. IdahoMasterNaturalist.org.

Shake, Rattle and Roll Golf Tournament :: Sept. 5

Sandpoint Elks Golf Course on Highway 200 in Ponderay hosts the Shake, Rattle and Roll Three-Club Golf Tournament from 9 a.m. until noon Saturday, Sept. 5. This fun tournament - where players can only use three clubs for the 9-hole challenge - is a fundraiser for Parkinson's Disease research.
- Entry fee: $35 per person + green fees/season pass; includes lunch, tee bag prizes, raffle prizes, KP prizes and more! Prizes for low net, low gross and high score!
- For more information, call 208-304-5756.

Bird Walk :: September 19

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

Dates in 2015September 19, October 17, and November 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.

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

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

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. 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.

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