For the week of August 26, 2014

Three days of mountain fun! Schweitzer Mountain Resort's 22nd annual Fall Fest over Labor Day Weekend, Saturday, Aug. 30 through Monday, Sept. 1, celebrates the end of summer and all that wintry weather that's heading our way (well, skiers and boarders can appreciate that fact)! Enjoy a concert-like atmosphere featuring eight bands, including favorites such as the Miah Kohal Band and Hell's Belles, plus Schweitzer will be serving up regional wines, hard ciders, and more than 60 regional microbrews on tap! Kids can visit the soda tent and mix their own flavors. Plus, there's arts, crafts and food vendors throughout the village. It's a great event for all! And enjoy the natural talent of local artisans as Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge, 287 Westside Rd. in Bonners Ferry, hosts the 3rd annual Art in the Wild fine art show from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30. View art that's nature-themed or made with natural materials, plus listen to live music along with educational programs with Jack Nisbet. And now, on to the news!

The haps in Sandpoint! Schweitzer's Fall Fest includes activities for kids, lots of live music, and more than 60 microbrews on tap! Plus check out all events happening this week, Aug. 26-Sept. 1:

Entertainment Highlights:

• KPND Summer Pint Night – Prizes, fun, food and drink specials at Pend d'Oreille Winery, Wed

• Yappy Hour – Evans Brothers Coffee hosts social with pets and their owners, Thursday

• Poetry Open Mic – Monarch Mountain Coffee hosts monthly event for all, Thursday

• Begin Again – Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo star in film at the Panida, Thursday-Saturday

• tinyExpanse North Idaho Art Exhibit – Panhandle State Bank hosts reception, Friday

• Art in the Wild – Art, music, presentations at Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge, Fri-Sat

• Coaster Classic Car Show – 12th annual car event at Silverwood Theme Park, Sat-Sun

• Funky Junk Antique Show – Shopping, live music at Wood V-X Ranch, Saturday-Sunday

• Schweitzer Fall Fest – 22nd annual event with music, beer, family fun, Saturday-Monday

  View ALL entertainment events»

Civic Happenings

Business After Hours Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeepers hosts Chamber social, Wednesday

• Waldorf Open House – For parents of preschool and kindergarten students, Thursday

  See ALL civic events this week»

Coming up: Reverend Horton Heat
at The Hive, Sept. 3; The Fault in Our Stars film at Panida, Sept. 4-6;
Pend d'Oreille Winery Harvest Party, Sept. 5-7.

New in the classifieds: Men's and women's motorcycle coats, $35-$40 ... Shipping and packing position available, $10/hr. ... Chalet-style lakefront home, $1,250/mo.

Outdoor Almanac
The heavens: The Moon plops between orange Mars and pale Saturn on Sun; both planets have precisely the same magnitude 0.6 brightness
• Rising and setting: Sunrise at 5:55 a.m., sets at 7:39 p.m. Daylight lost past 7 days: 23 minutes. Moon sets at 7:51 p.m.
• Air Quality Report: Good through Wed; wildfires are still active in the western U.S. (be aware of the potential for rapidly changing air quality conditions)

• Lake Pend Oreille: Lake level 2,062.2 feet, down 0.14 feet past 7 days

• Streamflows: Priest River 636 cfs, down 12 cfs past 7 days; Moyie River 112 cfs, up 8 cfs

• Wildfires: 17 active wildfires burning in Idaho; one in the Panhandle National Forest. 18 large uncontained fires in the country, all in the West

• Weather forecast: Warm and sunny Wed-Fri with highs in the low 80s; chance of showers and thunderstorms Sat-Mon with highs in the low 70s

Find links to details at Real-Time Outdoors.

New and neat online
They're winners. The Sandpoint in Pictures monthly photo contest now has two winners each month - and for July, Steve Jamsa's Angry Birds took the Editors' Choice, while Happy Birthday America by Pete Comstock was the People's Choice winner. Go, have a peek - and better yet, send your own potential winner for this month's contest.

Speaking of neat photos. The Bonner County Fair wrapped up last week, and as always the animals and livestock were among the main attractions. Check some of the neat animal portraits from the fair, and add your own, on the Sandpoint Online Facebook page»

Wild weekend ahead. Celebrate 50 years of wilderness as Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness and Idaho Conservation League host two days of fun and learning Sept. 5-6. Info:

The Week's Top News, Aug. 20-26:
• Commissioners grilled on proposed budget
  Defend 2.66% property tax increase
• Businesses asked to leave center
  City OKs Lead-Lok as sole tenant
• Ex-dispatcher alleges discrimination
  Claim cites woman's ethnicity as factor
• Columnist: Signs of optimism at Idaho Club
  Encouraging developments taking shape

• Bulldogs seeking votes in Tom's Tailgate
  Knowles: Media coverage is big positive

• Localizer funds obtained for airport
  County will replace damaged equipment

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