For the week of September 30, 2014

Fall's so festive! Colorful leaves and cooler weather usher in favorite autumn activities such as the Hickey Farms U-Pick Pumpkin Patch, opening for the season this Friday, Oct. 3. As Sandpoint's only U-Pick Pumpkin Patch, located at 674 Hickey Rd. - five miles from Sandpoint on Highway 200 - it's open every weekend in October! Hours are 3 p.m. 'til dusk Fridays, 10 a.m. 'til dusk Saturdays and Sundays. Bring the family and have some old-fashioned harvest fun! Visit the Facebook page for details. Also in the spirit of harvest season, pull on your lederhosen and dancing shoes for the second annual Oktoberfest at Hope Memorial Community Center, 415 Wellington Pl., from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4. Everyone's invited to savor homemade brats and great brews, plus dance the night away with the Cougar Creek Band and the Rhythm Machine DJs. And now, on to the news!

Sandpoint haps! Colorful leaves and cooler weather usher in favorite autumn activities such as the Hickey Farms Pumpkin Patch and Hope's Oktoberfest! See all events going on this week, Sept. 30-Oct. 6

Entertainment Highlights:

• U-Pick Pumpkin Patch – Festive family fun at Hickey Farms off Highway 200, opens Friday

• OR7 - The Journey – Documentary about lone wolf screens at Little Panida, Friday

• Scotchman Peaks Plein Air Paintout – Food, art at Hope's Outskirts Gallery, Saturday

• Hope's Second Annual Oktoberfest – Brats, dancing, bonfire at MCC, Saturday

• Sandpoint Style – Fashion show, mini-spa, more fun at the Heartwood Center, Saturday

• Banff Radical Reels – High-adrenaline films screen at the Panida Theater, Saturday

• Marshall McLean and Justin Landis – Autism fundraiser at The Granary, Saturday

• Osprey Webcam Benefit Cruise – Cruise the four islands of Hope, help cause, Sunday

• Buddy Night! Square Dance Lessons – Hoedowners at Edgemere Grange, Sunday

  View ALL entertainment events»

Civic Happenings

What To Do With What You Grow Class in the Ponderay Events Center, Wednesday

• Kaleidoscope Volunteer Workshop – Art program training, Saturday

  See ALL civic events this week»

Coming up: BlueStreak
, Oct. 9; HarvestFest and Oktoberfest in downtown Sandpoint, Oct. 11; American Indian Film Festival, Oct. 11.

New in the classifieds: '96 Subaru Outback, $1,000 ... Lexington Forge gas fireplace, $1,800 obo ... 2-person Hobie kayak, $2,000.

Outdoor Almanac
The heavens: First quarter Moon Wed
• Rising and setting: Sunrise at 6:44 a.m., sets at 6:27 p.m. Daylight lost past 7 days: 24 minutes. Moon sets at 10:40 p.m.
• Air Quality Report: Good through Tue as a cold front moves through the area

• Lake Pend Oreille: Lake level 2,060.7 feet, down 0.42 feet past 7 days

• Wildfires: 16 active wildfires burning in Idaho; the 25-acre Wylie Fire in the Panhandle National Forest is expected to remain with some hot spots and occasional flame until completely extinguished by rain or snow

• Weather forecast: Sunny Wed-Thu with highs in upper 50s, lower 60s; partly sunny Fri-Sun with highs in mid-60s

Find links to details at Real-Time Outdoors.

New and neat online
Local Decision 2014. That's what community radio station 88.5 KRFY is calling the series of interview programs it's holding with candidates in the five contested local races every Tuesday from now till Election Day, Nov. 4. Listen live, or by podcast, to the candidates; see more at»

Osprey cam update. The birds have flown south, so it's time for the annual maintenance of the Memorial Field osprey webcam provided by Sandpoint Online, the City of Sandpoint, Avista, Northland Cable, Westside Fire and ... viewers like you. This year the partners are installing a new camera. Want to help? See more:»

Who's thinking snow? Slightly cooler temps are definitely fueling powder-filled slope dreams for skiers and snowboarders. Take a peek at this season's Schweitzer Magazine - or pick up a complimentary copy 'round town or on the mountain - for great stories, resort news and inspiration galore!

The Week's Top News, Sept. 24-30:
• Suspicious device shuts Highway 200
  Triggers response from bomb unit
• Slow wildfire season coming to an end
  Idaho's numbers lowest since '09
• Burglars stayed busy this summer
  Nearly 130 calls since start of June
• Teen pleads guilty in crash case
  Almeda was driving overloaded car
ITD: Plan is short-term compromise
  Street revision eyed for 10 years

• Railroad plan concerns City Council
  New line would add 10 trains per day

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