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For the week of July 21, 2015
Love a bargain? Downtown Sandpoint's merchants converge on a one-day shopping extravaganza during the Crazy Days giant sidewalk sale Saturday, July 25. If you haven't attended the event before, this is the day when Sandpoint's streets are truly wild 'n' crazy, with extreme deals and savings offered on seasonal gear and many unique, hard-to-find items. Many of the sales start at 7 a.m., so get out there early for the best deals! Plus this weekend: Musician Joni Harms writes songs about all the things she's experienced over the years: "Rodeo, cowboys, and the ranch way of living shows through a lot in my music." So the venue at Western Pleasure Guest Ranch is a perfect fit for the Joni Harms Concert at the Ranch - a country western concert on the lawn Sunday, July 26. Concert packages including a wagon ride, dinner and concert are $58 adults, $18 kids ages 6-12 (reservations are required for this package by calling 208-263-9066). If you prefer to only attend the concert, tickets are $15 at the gate. Wagon rides begin at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m., and concert is at 7:30 p.m. It's on the lawn, so be sure to bring a blanket or chair for seating. Beer and wine will be available for purchase.
What's happening in Sandpoint!  Downtown Sandpoint goes crazy during the annual sidewalk shopping sales event. And check out all the events happening 'round town this week, July 21-27.
Entertainment Highlights:
'Mighty Mermaids' Lake Relay Swim – From Buttonhook Bay to Sandpoint City Beach, Wednesday
Garden of Artistry Invitational Fine Art Show – At the Ponderay Garden Center, Friday-Sunday
Northwest YogaFeast – Weekend of enrichment at Sagle's Eureka Institute, Friday-Sunday
Nell Shipman Film Event – Wine reception, documentary screening in Priest River, Friday
Crazy Days – Annual open-air sidewalk sales event in downtown Sandpoint, Saturday
Sam Owen Fire Department Pancake Feed – Breakfast fundraiser with family fun in Hope, Saturday
Sandpoint City Beach Dance – Dance lessons, potluck dinner and fun for all at City Beach, Saturday
Joni Harms Concert – At the Western Pleasure Guest Ranch, Sunday
View ALL entertainment events»
Civic Events:
• Real Life Animal Heroes - Author Kelly Milner Halls at Clark Fork, Sandpoint libraries, Wednesday
• Wise Women Workshop - Retreat with Julie Hutslar, Friday-Sunday
Coming Up: Long Bridge Swim, Aug. 1Clark Fork Quilters Show, Aug. 1; Schweitzer Huckleberry Festival and Color Fun Run, Aug. 2. See full calendar»
New in the classifieds: Vintage dental/tattoo chair, $200 ... Liquid Force wakeboard, $299 ... Barista position open. SandpointClassifieds.com
Outdoor Almanac
The heavens: First quarter Moon Thu; Moon hovers to the right of Saturn Sat, which has been retrograding into Libra since May
Rising and setting: Sunrise at 5:07 a.m., sets at 8:36 p.m. Daylight lost past 7 days: 16 minutes
• Air Quality Report: Good through Wed; fire safety burn bans are in effect
Lake Pend Oreille: Lake level 2,062.22 feet, down .08 feet past 7 days
Streamflows: Priest River 203 cfs, down 120 cfs past 7 days; Moyie River 109 cfs, down 22 cfs
Fire Watch: Five active fires in Idaho, 4 of which are in the Panhandle National Forest.
Weather forecast: Mostly sunny all week, with highs in the upper 70s and lower 80s. Perfect!
Find links to details at Real-Time Outdoors.
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New and neat online 
Not all who wander are lost.
Check out the all-new Visit Post Falls website, where you'll discover a treasure trove of great activities and attractions. So close to Sandpoint, it's a perfect day trip! Check it out here: VisitPostFalls.org.
'Mighty Mermaids' Relay Swim. A team of six women will attempt to swim the length of Lake Pend Oreille in a relay swim set to begin at 5 a.m. Wednesday in Buttonhook. Keep updated on the local event action via the Sandpoint Online Facebook Page.
Guide to Lake Pend Oreille. Sandpoint Online's exclusive guide to the history, the towns, the places to boat, sail, fish, hike around and enjoy our big, beautiful lake. Visit it here.
The Week's Top News, July 15-21:

• Quest to double Sandpoint factory space
Construction set to begin next month
• Search continues for missing man
 Dogs detect scent in lake, on shore
• Lakes endure rise in temperature
 Stress fish, threaten oxygen level
• Injured boy, teen rescued
  Group was scaling Talache hillside
• 'Out of the world' poster unveiled
  Festival wows crowd with artwork
• Possible cause identified in blast
  11 recovering; Newport business a loss
• Two-year-old dies in motorhome fire
  Child was alone inside vehicle
• Bayview emerging from the smoke
  Rallies to help residents, responders
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