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FSPW Family Hikes :: July 21, Aug. 11

Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness (FSPW) offers two hike series this summer to encourage families to get outdoors. The hikes will be in both the Idaho and Montana portions of the Scotchmans.
- Community Kids Hikes take place on the Ross Creek Cedars Nature Loop July 21, and Big Eddy Trail #999 Aug. 11. FSPW partners with Bonner Homeless Transitions for the fourth year in a row to promote children enjoying the great outdoors. Families with children 13 and under are invited to participate.
For more information or to sign up, visit ScotchmanPeaks.org or e-mail britta@scotchmanpeaks.org.

Walk with Jane :: July 22-Oct. 28

Jane Hoover has been a nurse practitioner for 21 years, and her experience has shaped her unique perspective on health and what matters. Exercise, connecting with others, and experiencing nature are top on her list of what really matters in the big picture of life. Join her for an educational and enjoyable walk at various locations throughout our community. Walks are every 4th Saturday of the month, with a different theme or focus for each month. The walk starts with a few minutes of conversation and education, the remainder in walking and meeting new people in a relaxed, non-judgmental, fun atmosphere. No fee or pre-registration required! Grab a friend and join us.

July 22 Topic is Strength. Walk is at Sand Creek Trail.
Aug. 26 Topic is the Art of Curiosity. Walk is at Pend d'Oreille Bay Trail.
Sept. 23 Topic is Posture and Walking Mechanics. Walk is at Travers Park.
Oct. 28 Topic is Don't Be Afraid of Fall(ing). Walk is at Sand Creek Trail.

Register online at SandpointIdaho.gov/parksrecreation or at 1123 Lake St. Call 208-263-3613.

Sunday Morning XC Bike Races :: July 23, 30

Schweitzer hosts cross country bike races Sunday mornings through July 30, beginning at 10 a.m. (check-in begins at 9 a.m.). The courses vary each week, but each course will be a loop between six and 10 miles long with the option of racing one or two laps. This is a fun, semi-competitive series and races are open to anyone with a mountain bike.
- Entry fee is $15/race through EventBrite; on-site registration is available beginning at 9 a.m. Sundays in the Activity Center for $20/race.
- Awards and raffle take place immediately after the races. For more information, contact the Schweitzer Activity Center at 208-255-3081 or e-mail activityinfo@schweitzer.com.

SAFL Football and Cheer Camp :: July 28-29

Sandpoint Affordable Football and Cheer League hosts its second Free Football and Cheer Camp, open to kids in grades 3 to 8. Camp will be held at Sandpoint Middle School from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. each day, July 28-29. Returning for the football camp will be "Coach Red," who was the favorite guest coach among the players in the league's June camp. Coach Red played and coached at the collegiate level and is excited to return to Sandpoint, said director of coaching Andre Johansen. Johansen will also be introducing the league's coaching staff at this camp. As an adjunct to the football camp, SAFL is excited to announce the addition of the cheer program and is looking forward to its first cheer camp.

Both camps are free; SAFL's motto is "No kid left behind!" To register, go to AffordableFootball.com. For more information, call 208-290-1888. SAFL is an all-volunteer non-profit organization and is a 2017 USA Football Grant Recipient.

Camp Kaniksu :: July 31-Aug. 25

Come out and have some fun this summer at Camp Kaniksu, located at the University of Idaho Extension, 2105 N. Boyer. The camp is open to all children; session 2 is 8 a.m. to noon on Mondays and Wednesdays for ages 7-9, and Tuesdays and Thursdays for ages 10-12 -- July 31-August 25. Cost is $80 per four-week session. Register at Sandpoint Parks & Recreation, or online at SandpointIdaho.gov/parksrecreation.

Summer Adventure Camp :: Through August

Sandpoint West Athletic Club provides fun-filled days, loaded with activities to keep kids aged 10-12 safe and happy. SAC has been providing opportunities for kids to explore and be creative for 18 years! Camps run through the week of Aug 11. Camp hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Space is limited; cost for the entire week is only $70 and includes lunches. Scholarship assistance available. Each week is centered on a different theme. Additional information at SandpointWest.com. Special thanks for funding support from SWAC, Community Assistance League, Bonner County Juvenile Probation, and Sandpoint Parks & Recreation.

Sandpoint Parks & Rec :: Summer 2017

Sandpoint Parks and Recreation fills the summer calendar with lots of activities; go to the Sandpoint Parks & Recreation website to register and pay fees -- or visit 1123 Lake St.

July 22: Gold Hill Trail #3; Aug. 19: Mickinnick Trail. Part of the Teen Summer Hike Series for ages 15-18.
- July 24, 26, Aug. 2 Lacrosse Clinic. Grades 5-6 (register by July 7). Held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Great Northern Park.
- Through July 27: Beginner and Intermediate adult tennis lessons.
- Through July 27: Youth tennis lessons.
- Aug. 1: Children's Intro to Taekwondo. Ages 5-14; held Tuesdays and Thursdays for two weeks. Register by July 25.
- Through October: Ultimate Frisbee League. Ages 16 and older; 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays at Travers Park.

WaterLife Discovery Center :: Through August

The WaterLife Discovery Center is open from noon to 4 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays now through Aug. 26. Staffed with volunteers from the Pend Oreille Chapter of the Idaho Master Naturalists, the grounds are open daily until dusk. 208-610-6784

Rhythmics and Acrosport :: Sept. 6-Oct. 11

Rhythmics is a beautiful activity that combines elements of ballet, gymnastics, dance, and manipulation of 5 apparatus; ball, clubs, hoops, ribbon and rope into skills and routines to music.

Acrosport uses partners and groups working together to perform acrobatic skills of tumbling, lifts, balances, tosses and catches of partners in combination with dance. Gymnasts of all sizes are needed. Bases are bigger and strong. Tops are petite.

Session 2 is Sept 6 through Oct. 11 at Community Hall, 204 N. First Ave., on Wednesdays. Beginners meet from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Intermediate (with instructor approval) meet from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Fees are $40/session ($5 city discount). There is a minimum of 5 and maximum of 12 participants needed. Pre-register by Aug. 30 at Sandpoint Parks and Recreation, 1123 Lake St. or go to the online registration.  

Yoga, Dancing, Fitness and Wellness

Every Sunday - Yoga at the Beach. Sandpoint Parks and Recreation and Downtown Yoga offer this great program. Come on down Sundays from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and enjoy the many benefits of yoga in a beautiful setting - City Beach! Bring your own yoga mat. Meet on the east side of basketball courts. In case of inclement weather, meet at Downtown Yoga. Best of all, it's free!

Every Saturday - Yoga & Beer at the Brewery. Join Danielle Spillman every Saturday at MickDuff's Beer Hall, 220 Cedar St., from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. for an hourlong Vinyasa Flow yoga class. This class is catered to students of all experience levels and will be conducted outside the brewery with mats. Bring their own mat or blanket along with class fee of $12 which includes a beer (afterwards) or a root beer. Class is weather dependent; any cancellations will be posted on Facebook (visit day of the event). 208-209-6700

Downtown Yoga, 301 Cedar St., Ste. 106, behind Pend d'Oreille Winery, hosts the following yoga classes:
- Yin Yoga and the Chakras. Every Monday, 4 p.m. to 5:10 p.m., $14 drop-in or class pass. In this class we will use Yin Yoga to liberate the chakras and create new promise in the energy body.

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. Call Mike at 208-360-9647 for more information, or to sign up for the class. $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.

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. SandpointElks.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 outgrown their red and white youth league jerseys? Put them to great use by donating laundered, gently used jerseys back to Sandpoint Parks and Recreation. Each year, Sandpoint's P&R 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. Help keep more money in the scholarship fund for kids to access for recreation program fees by donating jerseys when your children finishes the youth leagues.

- Drop off your jerseys from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at Sandpoint P&R, 1123 Lake St. in City Hall. Questions? Call 208-263-3613. Thanks!

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