For the week of December 16, 2014

Countdown to Christmas! The days are quickly dwindling down to December 25th, so if you're still perplexed about what to buy there are a couple of events to check out! First up is Men's Shopping Night, happening downtown Friday, Dec. 19. Enjoy late-night shopping, in-store events, refreshments and complimentary gift wrapping. It's a great way to check off those last few (or many) folks on your list! Sponsored by the Business Improvement District. Next up is the Procrastinators Holiday Craft Sale and Neighborhood Coffee Tasting from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, at Evans Brothers Coffee, 524 Church St. Shop for items created by local artisans, plus enjoy a complimentary coffee tasting! Christmas comes to life when Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1900 W. Pine St. (across from SWAC), presents the Living Nativity from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20 and Sunday, Dec. 21. As visitors drive into the parking lot, there will be three scenes to view: the first is the Wise Men traveling to Bethlehem, the second is the Angel coming to the Shepherds, and lastly Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus. The entrance to the Living Nativity will be from Pine Street, with the exit on Lincoln. All are welcome to enjoy the real Christmas Story, see live animals, hear Christmas carols, and receive a candy cane! And now, on to the news!

Sandpoint haps! Still searching for gifts? Check out the Men's Shopping Night downtown, plus a Procrastinators Holiday Craft Sale! Plus, see all events happening this week, Dec. 16-22:

Entertainment Highlights:

• Idaho Conservation League Holiday Party – At the Idaho Pour Authority, Wednesday

• AHWF Christmas Party – All welcome to attend at Pend d'Oreille Winery, Thursday

• Danceworks Christmas Show – Annual holiday recital at the Panida Theater, Thursday

• Pet Photos with Santa – Fun, charitable event at the Pend Oreille Pet Lodge, Friday

• Third Friday Live Music – Devon Wade performs at MickDuffs Beer Hall, Friday

• Men's Shopping Night – Late-night holiday shopping event downtown, Friday

• Procrastinators Holiday Craft Sale – Plus coffee tasting at Evans Bros., Saturday

• The Jazzy Nutcracker – Studio One's Christmas concert at the Panida, Saturday

• Living Nativity – Christmas scenes at Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Saturday-Sunday

• Painting Party – Indulging Artists hosts event at the Cedar Street Bridge, Sunday

  View ALL entertainment events»

Civic Happenings

Blood DriveInland Northwest Blood Center partners with Bonner General Health, Wednesday

• Community Nature Connection Day – Twin Eagles event at Travers Park, Saturday

  See ALL civic events this week»

Coming up: Arthur Christmas
, Dec. 22-23; Santa Skis at Schweitzer, Dec. 23-24; Sleigh Ride, Dinner and Concert, begins Dec. 26.

Outdoor Almanac
The heavens: New Moon Sun; Winter begins with the solstice at 3:03 p.m. PST Sun. This is the shortest day of the year — the time when the Sun reaches its southernmost point in the sky
• Rising and setting: Sunrise at 7:31 a.m., sets at 3:52 p.m. Daylight lost past 7 days: 5 minutes.
• Air Quality Report: Good through Wed as a weak system moves through the area
• Weather forecast: Chance of rain/snow Wed-Sat with highs in the mid 30s

Schweitzer snow report: 21" on the summit, 5" in the village. No new snow past 24 hours. Snow is in the forecast this week! See report»

Find links to details at Real-Time Outdoors.

Find restaurants and taverns. The Sandpoint Restaurants & Nightclubs Directory has every dining and drinking establishment in town. Go there now. (Advertisement)

New and neat online

Media shakeup. 'Twas quite a week in local media-land: First, longtime Daily Bee Publisher David Keyes leaves the Bee, then comes reports the alternative weekly Sandpoint Reader will launch anew in January under publisher Ben Olson and new editor Cameron Rasmusson. See more about that at»

Ring in 2015! There are several fun New Year's Eve parties planned in Sandpoint and up at Schweitzer to celebrate the arrival of 2015. Find ticket info and links on the events calendar.

Shop smart. Three shop owners from the downtown Sandpoint Shopping District took to the airwaves today for a pretty convincing discussion on the KRFY Morning Show about why to shop local this holiday season - along with some good gift ideas. Hear what they said in the KRFY Morning Show podcast»

The Week's Top News, Dec. 10-16:
• Agency helps families own homes
  BCHA sees work come to fruition
• F&G seeks info on moose poaching
  Carcass found in Bonner County
• Ponderay unveils big plans for future
  Design firm, officials discuss potential
• Public barred from rail issues meeting
  City denies violating open meeting law
• Open government workshop draws crowd
  Record turnout for Idaho attorney general
• BNSF hiring in Spokane, North Idaho
  Hired 100 and to add 50 more in 2015
• Response credited with saving life
  219 patron put knife in his own chest

Get stories from the Bonner County Daily Bee, River Journal, Spokesman Review and others at»

New in the classifieds: Yukon Charlie's Trail snowshoes, $55 ... New women's UGG boots, $100 ... Certified Safe Sitter available for the holidays. on Facebook Find us on Facebook    Follow on Twitter Follow us on Twitter

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