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Paddlesports America: April 25

Join Sandpoint Parks & Recreation on Saturday, April 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the City Hall Council Chambers for Paddlesports America - an introductory course to meet the boater education needs for operating a paddle craft (specifically a canoe, kayak or paddleboard). The class will cover general information to make your paddle craft experience safer and more comfortable, tips on how to be a more courteous paddle craft operator, laws and regulations to which you must adhere. Program is free but space is limited; all skill levels are welcome.

- NOTE: You must pre-register by the Monday, April 13 so that there is enough class materials for everyone. Please contact Parks and Recreation to register or for any additional questions at 1123 Lake St.; 263-3613.

Confidence in Boating :: May 2

The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary presents Confidence in Boating, held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 2. This boating safety introduction class is designed especially for women interested in boating or those not normally at the helm. The course will provide hands-on practice about what to do in an emergency, e.g., if the operator becomes ill, gets injured, or falls overboard. It will also give women a chance to ask question and share ideas about how women can assist in planning and carrying out a safe voyage by improving personal communication between you and your boating partner. Class will be held at the United States Forestry Building, 1500 Highway 2 in Sandpoint. Class registration fees are $35 per person, and includes materials, drinks, snacks and lunch. Contact Beverly Hannibal, VDCR USCGA, at 208-683-1863 to register. Space is limited.

U.S.C.G.A. Boating Safely Course :: May 9

Join the U.S. Coast Guard Auxilary for this single day course. It will cover: Knowing Your Boat, Emergencies and What To Do, Operating Your Boat, Legal Requirements of Boating, Courtesies and Customs, Seamanship, Boat Parts Identification, Safety Procedures, and More. Certificates are presented upon completion of the course examination. Most insurance companies offer a discount on boat insurance to policy holders who have this certification.

This course will be Saturday, May 9 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Forest Service Building, 1602 Ontario St. Cost is $35 (make checks payable to U.S.C.G.A.). The fee includes text and test materials, snacks and lunch. For detailed class information, contact Al Kremer at 208-290-1787.

Pre-register by May 4 at Sandpoint Parks and Recreation, 1123 Lake St. For registration information call 208-263-3613.

Boundary Community Hospital Fun Run: May 9

Boundary Community Hospital hosts a Hospital Fun Run Saturday, May 9. Registration opens at 7 a.m., and the races start at 8 a.m. There is no cost to run; races include a 3K, 5K and 10K. Walkers welcome!
- The first 70 registrants will receive a free T-shirt.
- All races start at 8 a.m. in front of Boundary Community Clinics, across from the front door of the hospital.
- Early registration is encouraged. E-mail a request for the pre-registration form to run@bcch.org.

For information about the races, be sure to check out the FAQs on our website at BoundaryCommunityHospital.org, or call 208-267-6912.


Doubles and Singles Tennis League 2015 :: Registration deadline May 14

Quickly approaching is a fantastic new season of tennis; the Doubles or Singles League is the perfect way to make sure you get your games in. Players must be 16 years or older. Singles play is May 24 through July 4 and Doubles regular season is Tuesdays and Wednesdays, May 19 through August 5, Doubles extended is Tuesdays and Wednesdays August 11 through September 30. You will only play one night a week. Registration forms are available at the Parks & Recreation office, 1123 Lake St., or online.

- Registration deadline is Thursday, May 14. For more information please contact the Parks & Recreation Department, 1123 Lake St, 263-3613

Bird Walk :: May 16

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 2015May 16, June 20, September 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.

Sailing Improvement Workshop: May 16

Sandpoint Parks and Recreation and the Sandpoint Sailing Association combine to offer a FREE Saturday Sailing Workshop!
- May 16: New Sailor Workshop from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. will provide an introduction to sailing for the beginner and veteran: basic techniques, theories, knots, terminology, and other neat stuff all while staying warm and dry.
Held at the Sandpoint Community Hall, 204 First Ave., and open to the public. Adults and youth at least 10 years old are encouraged to attend. Please check the Sandpoint Sailing Association website for more information, or contact: SSA Secretary Bruce Robertson, e-mail: twolabs1cat@frontier.com, phone 263-3610 (h), 255-1877 (w), or Sandpoint Parks and Recreation 263-3613.

Kaniksu Land Trust Trail Running Series ::
May 19, June 16 and July 28

Kaniksu Land Trust, in partnership with Outdoor Experience, hosts the 2015 KLT Trail Running Series at Western Pleasure Guest Ranch. Featuring a 5k on May 19, 10k June 16 and 15k July 28. Registration begins April 14 at Outdoor Experience in downtown Sandpoint.
- Start time is 6 p.m.
- Registration for single race is $25; registration for the three race series is $60. Registration includes a T-shirt if registered for the series by May 5. (Registration is limited to first 200 races per day)
- Day of race registration begins at 5 p.m. at Western Pleasure Guest Ranch (no Ts will be available).

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

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.

Bay Trail Fun Run :: June 7

Registration is now open for the Bay Trail Fun Run, which benefits the Friends of Pend d'Oreille Bay Trail and the Idaho Conservation League.

The fun run/walk takes place along the shores of Lake Pend Oreille and Sand Creek. This mostly flat route starts at Sandpoint's City Beach, and takes you out and back on the region's newest unpaved trail, the Pend d'Oreille Bay Trail. It features stunning views of the lake, creek and white capped mountains. 5K competitors return to where they started, in front of the Best Western Edgewater Resort on Sandpoint's City Beach. Before returning to the finish line, 10K competitors continue for an additional out-and-back leg on the paved byway trails that curve along the east shore of Sand Creek.

- Online registration is open now through June 6 for $25/person ages 13 years or older. Children 12 and under are free but must register. Mail-in registration is available until June 1 for $25/person, 13 years or older. (Registration forms are available at locations throughout the region or call 208-265-9565.)
- Race day registration opens at 7 a.m. Sunday, June 7 and is $30/person.

  • 5K and 10K racers start jointly, promptly at 9 am.
  • Awards ceremony is at 11 am.
  • Runners' lunch specials are offered by Trinity at City Beach from 11:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.
  • All runners, walkers, strollers and lovers of the trail are welcome to join in the fun of the Bay Trail Fun Run!

Sponsorship opportunities are still available; call 208-946-7586 or email us at friends@pobtrail.org to sponsor this year's Bay Trail Fun Run.

Scotchman Peak Trail #65
Realignment Kickoff :: June 26

Help the Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness get started on making Trail #65 more user friendly! Join the FSPW Friday, June 26 in the task of realigning the lower mile of Scotchman Peak Trail #65, a huge step in making the user experience on this trail more enjoyable. We are aiming for better views, a more manageable slope for hikers and a more sustainable, more erosion-resistant tread. FSPW staff and volunteers are committed to a minimum of 6 days on this project. Other dates will be announced as summer plans come together.
- All equipment, including Personal Protection Equipment, will be provided by FSPW. Training will be provided by FSPW and USFS personnel. Click to sign up online.

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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