For the week of April 15, 2014

Folk finesse. Described as 'part Vaudeville, part cabaret, part punk and part folk,' Maria in the Shower has a musical approach that marries traditional folk and jazz with lyrics that explore fundamental human questions, and deliver it all with pure fun and energy. Check out this band's performance at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 17, in the Panida, 300 N. First Ave., as part of the Pend Oreille Arts Council's Performance Series. And it's an Easter egg frenzy when the Sandpoint Lions Club sponsors the annual Easter Egg Hunt for children 0-12 years of age (parents can watch from the sidelines), starting at 10 a.m. sharp Saturday, April 19, in Lakeview Park. Candy eggs will be scattered in the park, in different areas for different age groups. The hunt takes about 5 minutes - so don't be late! There may even be a fire truck for children to climb, and the Easter Bunny could make an appearance. No cost to attend. And now, on to the news!

What's going on in Sandpoint! Showmen revel in making old music feel new during POAC's presentation of Maria in the Shower. And see what else is happening, April 15-21:

Entertainment Highlights:

• CHAFE 150 Happy Hour – All welcome to social event at Idaho Pour Authority, Thursday

• Fossil Fuel Free: ICL After Hours – Guest speakers at Panida's Little Theater, Thursday

• Maria in the Shower – POAC presents folk jazz and fun in the Panida Theater, Thursday

• Hope Artist Series: Bonnie Shields – Laughs, appetizers at Hope's MCC, Friday

• POAC Art Exhibit Opening Reception – In the Panhandle State Bank building, Friday

• Sandpoint Lions Easter Egg Hunt – Dash for treats at Lakeview Park, Saturday

• Blend Your Own Bistro – Pend d'Oreille Winery hosts annual Earth Day event, Saturday

• Momenta – LPOW celebrates Earth Day with documentary screening in the Panida, Saturday

  View ALL entertainment events»

Civic Happenings

Writers League – Guest speaker Mary Jane Honegger at DSS Construction offices, Saturday

• Annual Sand Creek Clean-up – LPOW hosts event to clean up trash and debris, Saturday

• City Beach Flowering Rush Dig – Lakes Commission, city host hand-dig event, Saturday

  See ALL civic events this week»

Coming up: Annual Wine Tasting, Dinner and AuctionApril 25; Fly Fishing Films, April 25-26; The Bad Seed play at Heartwood Center, April 25-26; Get Your Spring On downtown shopping gala, April 26; K&K Spring Derby, begins April 26.

New JOBS in the classifieds: ATI West seeks administrative assistant, $34,000/year ... Hope-area full-time housekeeper needed, $14/hour ... Forty-One South hiring servers. View all jobs, and more, in the

Outdoor Almanac
The heavens: Full Moon today (Tue); Did you see this morning's total lunar eclipse? Read the story and view images from this rare celestial event
• Rising and setting: Sunrise at 5:56 a.m., sets at 7:37 p.m. Daylight gained past 7 days: 24 minutes
• Air Quality Report: Good through Wed with cooler temperatures and unsettled conditions

• Lake Pend Oreille: Lake level 2,053.36 feet, up 0.82 feet past 7 days

• Streamflows: Priest River 2,440 cfs; Moyie River 1,000 cfs
• Weather forecast: Showers Wed-Fri with highs in mid-50s; mostly sunny Sat with high of 64 and Easter Sunday is expected to be sunny with high of 66

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, plus powerful new search features for type of cuisine, price, location and more. Go there now. (sponsored)

New and neat online

See, hear … vote. The Daily Bee-Cedar Post forum for candidates last week was a test of ideas and elocution. And pretty darned informative. If you missed it, see the podcasts:»

The ospreys arriveth. The first ospreys of the season were spotted at the Memorial Field osprey nest this past weekend (photographed at right) - and there's already been a report of active nest-building, fish catching, and at least one run-in with geese. Sandpoint Osprey cam»

Celebrate for a cause! Leadership Sandpoint hosts a raffle fundraiser to benefit TIPS, a local non-profit - with the drawing held during a fun Cinco de Mayo event at Trinity. Check out the event on Facebook»

The Week's Top News, April 9-15:
• Litehouse to buy CWC building
  CEO: It's a 'new era' for company
• Charter elementary plan advances
  Women hope to create new school

• Coldwater Creek files for bankruptcy
  CEO Dean: Impact is 'devastating'

• Loss of CWC a blow to local economy
  Ripple effect expected in Sandpoint

• County, state candidates speak out
  Forum hits on health care, trains
LPOSD eyes $825,000 in budget cuts
  Woodward aims to maximize resources

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