For the week of October 28, 2014

Happy Halloween! It's almost spooky how many seasonal events are on the calendar, starting with the Haunted Forest, held at the U of I Extension Center, 1925 N. Boyer Ave., from 8 p.m. 'til midnight Thursday, Oct. 30, Friday, Oct. 31 and Saturday, Nov. 1. Sponsored by the Idaho Alpha Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi, tickets are $10 (sold on-site only), with proceeds benefitting the local Love INC. charity. Not recommended for children under age 10. Pets can get in on the fun during a Howl-O-Ween Pet Costume Contest at the Pend Oreille Pet Lodge, 895 Kootenai Cut-off Rd. in Ponderay, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31. Activities include bobbing for tennis balls, a pet costume photo booth, and candy for the kids. Plus, there's good ol' fashioned Trick-or-Treat events at public venues: visit the Events Calendar for a full rundown. Also this weekend, the Sandpoint Film Festival includes a large selection of filmmakers' works at the Panida with film blocks starting at noon, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, plus there will be a Lifetime Achievement Award presented to actress Patty Duke at 8 p.m. And now, on to the news!

Sandpoint haps! Haunted events galore celebrate the frights and delights of Halloween! See all events happening 'round town this week, Oct. 28-Nov. 3:

Entertainment Highlights:

• Frankenstein – Sandpoint Onstage presentation at the Granary, Thursday-Friday

• Haunted Forest – Evening thrills at the U of I Extension on Boyer, Thursday-Saturday

• Howl-O-Ween Pet Costume Contest – Festivities at Pend Oreille Pet Lodge, Friday

• Trick-or-Treating – Sandpoint City Hall, Lions, Museum host Halloween events, Friday

• Halloween Carnival – Family fun with games, prizes, candy at The Bridge, Friday

• Halloween Bash with Sir Mix A Lot – Plus costume contest at The Hive, Friday

• The Rocky Horror Picture Show – Classic film screens at midnight in the Panida, Friday

• Learn to Homebrew Day – Demonstrations and fun outside MickDuff's Beer Hall, Saturday

• Sandpoint Film Festival – Local filmmakers' works at the Panida Theater, Saturday

  View ALL entertainment events»

Civic Happenings

Flowering Rush Dig Volunteers welcome to help at City Beach and Dog Beach, Thursday

• Diabetes Day Open House – Guest speaker, door prizes, info at BGH Brown House, Monday

  See ALL civic events this week»

Coming up: Teton Gravity Research Film
, Nov. 7; SARS Ski Swap, Nov. 8; Spokane String Quartet
, Nov. 9.

New in the classifieds: AKC Lab puppies, $500-$550 ... Eco-friendly one-bedroom apartment, $655/mo. ... Russian blue cat found in Ponderay.

Dances with Winter. The new Winter 2015 Sandpoint Magazine hits the streets Friday. How can you tell it from the cheap imitations out there? Look for the fancy dancers on the cover ... that is, the fancy dancers, Sandpoint-winter style. They just might make you smile. Get it at 250-plus locations around the region.

Outdoor Almanac
The heavens: First quarter Moon Thu; Daylight Savings Time ends at 2 a.m. Sun - remember to set your clocks back one hour!
• Rising and setting: Sunrise at 7:25 a.m., sets at 5:33 p.m. Daylight lost past 7 days: 23 minutes. Moon sets at 9:35 p.m.
• Air Quality Report: Good through Wed with moderate winds and a warm front passing through

• Lake Pend Oreille: Lake level 2,052.46 feet, down 1.9 feet past 7 days

• Weather forecast: Rain Wed-Sat with highs in the upper 40s and low 50s

Find links to details at Real-Time Outdoors.

Sandpoint Community Resource Center. Are you looking to have a positive impact in your community? Sandpoint Community Resource Center will hold a Volunteer Orientation at noon Wednesday, Nov. 5 in the Panhandle Community Plaza, 231 N. Third Ave. Come see how you might apply your skills to this vital service in our community! (Advertisement)

New and neat online

The Northwest's playground. Our Sandpoint Chamber is part of a regional tourism marketing group called the North Idaho Tourism Alliance, and NITA has just launched a neat new website featuring 100-plus activities and scores of upcoming events in North Idaho - the better to attract visitors to our mighty fine area. Go see it:

Where's the best place to ski? Powder Magazine is looking for a national Ski Town Throwdown champion - and Schweitzer faces Mount Hood tomorrow, Oct. 29, for a shot at the conference finals. Set an alarm clock, then visit and vote!

Election: One week from today. Do you know how you're voting in next Tuesday's general election? Check candidates' bios, websites, links to podcasts and much more at the Sandpoint Online Election Central»

The Week's Top News, Oct. 22-28:
• Reality Party a sobering event
  Offers glimpse into teen parties
• Mammoth skeleton found in E. Idaho
  ISU staff, students uncover skull, tusks
• Ruby Ridge: American Standoff
  N.Y. Times Retro Report
• Gay marriage tab tops $80,000
  Idaho racks up big legal bill
• SHS girls win soccer championship
  Goalie DuMars makes 'play of the day'
• MOA changes alleviate drawdown fears
  Drawdown won't begin before Labor Day
• State kudos for Idaho Forest Group
  Wins inaugural Pacesetter Award
• Man arrested in home invasion
  Allegedly entered Northshore home

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