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Men's and Women's Softball Leagues :: 
April 6 (registration deadline)

Hey folks, here is your reminder ... another exciting season of adult softball is on the way. Rosters for both men's and women's softball leagues are attached to this e-mail, available at the Sandpoint Parks and Recreation Department and online at TeamSideline.com/Sandpoint (click on the "download forms" tab).

The registration deadline for both Menís and Womenís League is Monday, April 6.  Rosters must be "in hand" at the P&R office along with $20 non refundable (applied to players' fees) to reserve your teams place in the league! Men's League will play Monday and Wednesday, early May thru early July. Women's League will play Tuesday and Thursday, early May thru early July. All fees are due at the Captains Meeting, held Thursday, April 16, at 5:30 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers.

For more information contact the P&R at 1123 Lake St. or call 263-3613.


Children's Intro to Taekwondo, Karate
and Self Defense :: April 7

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 7, 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. For more information or to pre-register, please contact Sandpoint Parks and Recreation at 208-263-3613, or visit us at 1123 Lake St. For other classes offered by Parks and Recreation visit CityofSandpoint.com.


Intro to Bike Maintenance :: April 14, 16

Sandpoint Parks and Recreation partners with Sports Plus to offer an Introduction to Bike Maintenance class.
 
A bicycle provides transportation and exercise. A bicycle itself consists of numerous levers, bearings, pivots, and parts that require proper care and maintenance. Without a basic understanding, these parts and how they all work together can be intimidating. This introductory class will teach you how to keep those parts running and operating like they were brand new.
 
Two class dates are available: Tuesday, April 14 or Thursday, April 16. Both classes will take place at Sports Plus from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and both classes cover the same material; pick the one that fits into your schedule best and bring your own bike.
 
Class space is limited to 8 per night, pre-register by April 10 at Sandpoint Parks and Rec located at 1123 Lake St. Fee is $22 ($2 discount is available for participants who reside inside Sandpoint City limits).
 
For more information call 263-3613. For other classes offered by Parks and Recreation visit CityofSandpoint.com.


Winter Hike Series :: 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.

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.


Bird Walk :: April 18

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 2015April 18, May 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 Workshops: April 18, May 16

Once again, Sandpoint Parks and Recreation and the Sandpoint Sailing Association combine to offer FREE Saturday Sailing Workshops!
 
- April 18: Race Management Workshop from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. will cover the basics of how to set up a sailboat race course, race committee tasks, and how to make it all go smoothly.
 
- 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.
 
All workshops will be held at the Sandpoint Community Hall, 204 First Ave., and are 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.


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 Ė call 208-946-7586 or email us at friends@pobtrail.org to sponsor this yearís Bay Trail Fun Run.


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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