For the week of June 30, 2015

Sandpoint celebrates the red, white and blue! Enjoy the Fourth of July festivities all day in Sandpoint as the Sandpoint Lions Club hosts a spectacular day of fun and festivities Saturday, July 4, starting with the children's parade at 9 a.m. in downtown Sandpoint. Following is the Grand Parade at 10 a.m.; this year's theme is "Honoring Our Heroes" featuring the students of Sandpoint High School as the grand marshals. In the afternoon, there will be children's games at City Beach at 2 p.m., along with free ice cream and live music by Frank Moore and Friends, and Fiddlin' Red. Raffle tickets will on sale all day long at the entrance to City Beach - first place prize is a John Deere Gator! Proceeds help pay for the day's fun, including the spectacular fireworks show at dusk. Now, on to the news!


Salute the red, white and blue! It's a grand ol' holiday as Sandpoint celebrates the Fourth of July with downtown parades, concerts, family fun and fireworks at dusk! Check out all the events happening 'round town this week, June 30-July 6.



Entertainment Highlights:

• Music on the Patio – Pend d'Oreille Winery hosts David Lane Walsh Wednesday, Ron Criscoine Saturday

• Full Moon and Hors d'Oeuvres Cruise – Cruise eagle territory aboard Shawnodese, Wednesday

• Fourth of July Celebration – Sandpoint Lions Club hosts parades, fun, music and fireworks, Saturday

• Fireworks Extravaganza at Silverwood – Theme park celebrates with music and fireworks, Saturday

• 4th of July Fireworks Cruise – View fireworks over the lake aboard the Shawnodese, Saturday

• Old Galvi Warehouse Antique Sale – Fun cache of fresh finds next to Evans Brothers, Saturday-Sunday

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Civic Happenings

• Albeni Falls Presentation: Lakes, Rivers and Fish – At the East Bonner County Library, Thursday

• Be Bear Aware – Presentation with wildlife experts at the Sandpoint Ranger Station, Thursday

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Coming up: Sandpoint Summer Bookfest and Prose Slam, July 9; Classic Boat Festival, July 11; Great Sandpoint Flatwater Regatta, July 11; Jacey's Race, July 12


New in the classifieds: Black barstools, $120 ... AKC chocolate lab puppies, $500 ... Operators needed at Unicep in Sandpoint.

Outdoor Almanac
The heavens: Full Moon Wed; Observe a conjunction of Jupiter and Venus in the western sky after sunset Tue, when the two brightest celestial objects after the Sun and Moon will come very close together in the night sky to form a brilliant "super star"
• Rising and setting: Sunrise at 4:48 a.m., sets at 8:50 p.m. Daylight lost past 7 days: 4 minutes
• Air Quality Report: Good through Wed

• Lake Pend Oreille: Lake level 2,062.18 feet, down .04 feet past 7 days
• Streamflows: Priest River 570 cfs, down 18 cfs past 7 days; Moyie River 241 cfs, down 98 cfs

• Fire Watch: One active fire in Idaho; none in the Panhandle
• Weather forecast: Sunny all week with highs in the 90s over the holiday weekend.

Find links to details at Real-Time Outdoors.

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Schweitzer Mountain Resort just announced plans to build a $3.8 million Summit Lodge at the top of the Great Escape Quad (and we're pretty sure the views will be epic). Work is set to begin this summer, and is scheduled for completion in 2016. Read the full story»

Sandpoint Bookfest on tap. Local authors converge at the Bernd Building in downtown Sandpoint for the first-ever Summer Bookfest and Prose Slam -- a social event that's all about Inland Northwest books! Everyone is welcome to stop in and enjoy readings, a slide show, a no-host bar and complimentary appetizers from 5 p.m. 'til 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 9. If you have company in town, this is a fabulous way to show them what our area has to offer! Click to see authors and details»

The Week's Top News, June 24-30:
• Schweitzer to build Summit Lodge
  Scheduled to be completed in 2016
• Arrest made in Bloom Lake shooting
  Chisholm charged with felony offense
• Hope pilot killed in Alaska crash
  Krill, eight others were on plane
• Study finds county is resilient
  Economy overcoming challenges
• Panel: More exports, more trains
  Oil train forum examines issues

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