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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!

Volunteer Project on English Point Trail :: May 30

The Idaho Trails Association is looking for volunteers to help do maintenance work on May 30 on the English Point Trail #80 in the Idaho Panhandle National Forest. We will be cleaning out water bars, cutting back brush, cleaning mud off bridges, and doing other "spring cleaning" chores. The English Point trail system includes easy loops through forest terrain on the west side of Hayden Lake. The Idaho Trails Association will be doing the maintenance work to help make this popular trail more enjoyable for the hikers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders who come here. Volunteers will use hand tools provided by the Association to do light work.

- Everyone should bring work gloves, sturdy shoes, lunch, and water. We will meet at 8 a.m. at the trailhead on English Point Road just off of East Lancaster Road. Volunteers do not need to sign up ahead of time.
- If you would like additional information before May 30, e-mail the leader at tomdabrowski@yahoo.com or call at 208-263-6854.
- More details about the Idaho Trails Association can be found on our website at: IdahoTrailsAssociation.org.

Youth Golf :: Summer 2015

Hook A Kid On Golf. The Sandpoint Elks Lodge #1376 is offering a superb youth golf program: Hook A Kid On Golf 2015. Sign-up begins at 9 a.m. May 30 and takes place at the Elks Lodge, 30196 Highway 200 in Ponderay Idaho. Signups will be first come first serve.
- It will be mandatory that a parent or guardian or grandparent sign up their child; non-guardians will not be permitted to sign up other families' children. Be prepared for registration; guardians will need to know whether the student is right or left handed, and their height. If possible bring your youth participant to the sign-up. For more information, contact the Elks at 263-4321 or 263-3811.

Tee-Level Clinic. A free Tee-Level Clinic, paid for by the Elks Foundation and Sandpoint Elks Lodge #1376, has 25 available slots per session for kids age 8 thru 15 who have never played golf and do not own clubs. First come, first served. Both sessions run 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. daily at the Vandal Driving Range on Boyer Ave.
- Tee Level Clinic session 1 will be held July 13-17.
- Tee Level Clinic session 2 will be held July 27-31.

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 July 7 through August 25 from 7 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. Sign-ups will be the first day, July 7. 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) :: June 4-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 - June 4 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.

Tennis Block Party :: June 6

Sandpoint Parks and Recreation hosts a free Tennis Block Party Saturday, June 6. Use this free opportunity to try your hand at a great life sport. Participants will enjoy fun games such as: hit the target for prizes, ralleyball tennis, and beat the pro, as well as gain playing tips, networking, and lesson information for the summer. Adults are encouraged to attend! If you don't have a racket, loaner rackets and balls will be provided. No need to pre-register; just show up at the Travers Park Tennis Courts at the appropriate age specific time and get your game on!
- Ages 6 to 9 participate 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
- Ages 10 to 12 participate 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
- Ages 13 to 17 participate 11 a.m. to noon
- Ages 17 and up participate noon to 1 p.m.

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.

Lady Bulldogs Basketball Camp :: June 8-11

The Sandpoint High School Basketball players and coaches hosts a girls' basketball camp and are now accepting registration.
- Camp #2 is for girls grades 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 (fall of 2015), June 8-11 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at SHS.
- Camp fee is $40 and checks are to be made out to "Girls Basketball - Sandpoint High School." Each participant will receive a basketball and a shirt!
- Registration forms available at Sandpoint Parks and Recreation in City Hall, 1123 Lake St.

Fry Foundation's 7th Annual
Golf Tournament :: June 12

The Fry Healthcare Foundation's 7th Annual Golf Tournament takes place Friday, June 12, at the Mirror Lake Golf Course in Bonners Ferry. Sign-in begins at 11 a.m. with the shotgun start occurring at noon, kicking off a fun-filled afternoon of golf interspersed with various contests throughout the duration of play. The finale to the event will be a fabulous cook-out dinner with the presentation of prizes for the various contests. All proceeds benefit the Foundation's annual campaign in support of Boundary Community Hospital and its current project of an M-Turbo ultrasound system for the emergency room.
- Fee: $50
- To register, call 208-267-4851 or visit BoundaryCommunityHospital.org.

FSPW Hike Series :: Summer 2015

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.

June 13 - Morris Creek Ecological Mysteries Hike
June 21 - Bee Top Round Top Traverse
June 27 - Near Solstice Star Peak Hike

July 12 - Star Peak Yoga Hike
July 19 - Ross Creek Old Growth Hike
July 25 - Little Spar Lake Hike

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

Daughters Day at the Range :: June 13-14

The Bonner County Sportsmen Association hosts their Daughters Day at the Outdoor Shooting Range on Baldy Mountain Road June 13-14. To register for this free event, call 208-266-0141.

Kaniksu Land Trust Trail Running Series :: 
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 10k on June 16, and a 15k on July 28. Register at Outdoor Experience in downtown Sandpoint.
- Start time is 6 p.m.
- Registration for single race 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.

CHAFE 150 :: June 20

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

Bird Walk :: June 20

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 2015June 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.

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.

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 Dance Odyssey. Downtown Yoga, 301 Cedar St., hosts a Soul Motion Spring Dance Odyssey from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. May 31, 2015. This morning's movement is an invitation to listen to the body's intelligence, practice being present, be moved by the live music raw expression and creative flow. Open to everybody! No steps to follow and nothing to memorize. Cost is $15; sponsored by Moondance Movement. MoondancerMoves.com. 208-304-3143

Embody Flow. Our bodies are made of fluid systems that seek balance, encourage expansion and invite self-healing. Embody Flow is a one-day immersion to somatically sense the flow within the form and forming within the flow, held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 27, 2015. Developing a dynamic dialog between our inner fluid landscape and that of environment, relationships and community, expressing qualities of flow in our everyday dance of life. Open to everybody! Cost is $60 before June 15, $75 after. Held at the Moondance Sanctuary, 130 Pinecrest Loop. Sponsored by Moondance Movement. MoondancerMoves.com. 208-304-3143

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. 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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