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Sandpoint High Fall 2015

* View THIS WEEK'S Sports Schedule *

Varsity Schedules:
Boys' Soccer
Girls' Soccer

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.

Women's Volleyball League :: Sept. 8 (deadline)

Another exciting season of Women's Volleyball League is almost upon us. Rosters are now available at the Parks & Recreation Department and online at TeamSideline.com. Play dates start Oct. 5-6 through Dec. 14-15. All sponsor and players' fees are due at the mandatory captains meeting on Sept. 22 at 5:30 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers. Sponsor fee is $225 and players fee is $250, for a total of $475/team. To register, turn in a $20 registration fee (applied to players fees) and your completed team roster to Parks & Rec. by Tuesday, Sept. 8. League is limited to the first 24 teams to register.

For more information, contact Parks & Recreation 1123 Lake St. or call 263-3613.

Youth Flag Football :: Sept. 8 (deadline)

Youth Flag Football registration forms are now available at Sandpoint Parks & Recreation and online (click on the “download forms” tab).  Now expanded, this fun league is for youths in grades 3 through 8. Play will be split into 3rd/4th grade (Nerf Balls) and 5th/6th grade and 7th/8th grade (Junior Rubber balls) teams. Practices will be held once a week with games played on Saturday mornings at Travers Park. Adults interested in coaching the philosophies of FUN, fundamentals, and sportsmanship are needed.

- Games begin Sept. 26 and play through Oct. 31. Registration is due Sept. 8 by 5 p.m. Fees for 1 player are $35 County/$30 City; 2 Players $60 County/$50 City; 3 Players $80 County/$70 City. Jerseys are $14 and can be purchased at Parks and Rec. Scholarships are available on a need basis. Register at City Hall, 1123 Lake St. or call 263-3613 for more information.

Aikido for Kids :: Sept. 14-Oct. 21

Aikido Idaho and Takayama dojo bring over 30 years of authentic Japanese martial arts experience to children age 6-14 in Aikido for Kids.
- Session 2 takes place Mondays and Wednesdays, Sept. 14 through Oct. 21, at 521 Cedar St. (rear entrance of Studio One). Ages 6-7 participate from 3:15 p.m. to 4 p.m., and ages 10-14 participate from 4:15 p.m. to 5 p.m. Each session teaches a non-competitive, non-violent martial art which focuses on flexibility, body awareness, balance and stability in motion. Class fee is $82/person and includes a training uniform. Partial scholarships available.
Formality, discipline, sharing, and challenge will encourage both internal and external learning. With time students learn what it means to be a responsible member of a safe and caring community.
Pre-register at Sandpoint Parks and Recreation, 1123 Lake St., 263-3613, by Sept. 10.
Looking for more Aikido class offerings? Visit Aikido Idaho at AikidoIdaho.com.

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.

ICL Hike and Adventure Series :: Cancelled

Idaho Conservation League ICL's North Idaho Summer Hikes Have Been Cancelled. Due to increased wildfire activity in the Idaho Panhandle National Forest, the U.S. Forest Service is encouraging the public to avoid recreating in the Panhandle National Forest until fire conditions improve. This is to protect the public from the dozens of fires burning in the area and to avoid potential accidents with firefighting equipment on forest roads.

The ICL's  North Idaho office is therefore cancelling the remainder of the hikes planned for this summer. ICL's kayak outing on Lake Coeur d'Alene will continue and there are still a few more spots available on this excursion. Thanks for your cooperation. The hikes will be back next year!

- See more at ICL's website.

FSPW Hike Series :: On Hold

Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness Summer Hike Series is currently on hold due to wildfires - click to view the latest hike updates for information.

Yoga, Dancing, Fitness and Wellness

Aug. 27, 2015 - Soul Motion: Replenish What You Need. A Soul Motion: Replenish What You Need offering will be held at 7 p.m. in the Moondance Sanctuary, 130 Pinecrest Loop. This offering will support you in replenishing what you need and guide you back to being and living from your center. Inspired from 'Tending the Heart Fire' by Shiva Rae, we will dance through the stages of a Puja offering, invoking and balancing our inner and outer alters. As a guide of this offering, Brietta Leader will translate this sequence of a puja into a conscious dance movement practice focused on the body as our temple. Cost is $15; call 208-304-3143 or e-mail moondancermoves@gmail.com.

Sept. 11, 2015 - Nia: Jammin with the Bri's. Nia is a fitness and lifestyle practice that uses the Body's Way to develop conditioning, promote self-healing and expression. Join Nia Trainer Britta vonTagen and Brown Belt Brietta Leader in this fun, sweaty evening event, held at 7 p.m. in the Sandpoint West Athletic Club, 1905 Pine St. No experience necessary; cost is $15. 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.

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.

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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