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For the week of December 8, 2015
Ski, board, donate! Enjoy the new snow at Schweitzer - plus help out two great local causes - during Community Day this Friday, Dec. 11, at Schweitzer Mountain Resort. All lift tickets are $10 on Community Day as a fundraiser for Community Cancer Services, which provides support to cancer patients, and Bonner Partners in Care Clinic, which provides health care to those in need. All ticket revenue raised will be donated to these two organizations! Don't ski? You can still donate $10 by purchasing a ticket online. On-mountain lift tickets will be available starting at 8:30 a.m. Friday at Guest Services, the Activity Center, and the Snow Sports Center. Still shopping for the perfect gift? Check out the Bonner Mall's annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Show featuring more than 25 arts and crafts vendors. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, and Saturday, Dec. 12, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13. Plus, Santa Claus will be in attendance, as well, ready to hear children's wishes and pose for photos!
This week in Sandpoint. Enjoy the new snow - plus help out two great local causes - during Schweitzer's Community Day this Friday. See all events happening 'round town this week, Dec. 8-14.
Entertainment Highlights:
• Sip & Shop – Fundraisers at Pend d'Oreille Winery to benefit local nonprofits, Tuesday and Thursday
Community Day - Schweitzer lift tickets are $10 to benefit two local nonprofits, Friday
Holiday Arts and Crafts Show - Bonner Mall hosts shopping event, visits with Santa, Friday-Sunday
Pend Oreille Orchestra and Chorale Concert - Classical pieces at St. Joseph's, Friday and Sunday
Friends of Scotchman Peaks Holiday Party - All welcome to Outskirts Gallery in Hope, Saturday
Super Smash Bros. Tournament - All skill levels, all ages at Evans Brothers Coffee, Sunday
View ALL entertainment events»
Civic Highlights:
The Conversation: Create Artist Community – At Kyoko on Cedar Street Bridge, Thursday
Reel Injun: On the Trail of Hollywood Indian – Film, discussion at Sandpoint Library, Saturday
View ALL Civic events»
Coming Up: 'Through the Lens of History' Erik Daarstad Book Signing, Dec. 15; Star Wars Premiere Costume Party, Dec.17; The Lil' SmokiesDec. 18. See full calendar»
New in the classifieds: Men's new Dalbello ski boots, $285 ... Bed with pop-up TV, $4,500 ... Ride-share to Bozeman.
Local books for holiday gift-giving. If the holiday shopping rush leaves you a little dazed, check out for a wonderful array of local books about our area -- and most of the books are published right here in Sandpoint!
Outdoor Almanac
The heavens: New Moon Fri; This year brings a rare second fabulous meteor shower, when the Geminids blaze Sun starting around 8 p.m.
Rising and setting: Sunrise at 7:23 a.m., sets at 3:51 p.m. Daylight lost past 7 days, 11 minutes 
• Air Quality Report: Good through Wed
Weather forecast: High Wind Watch Wed with gusts to 36 mph; Flood Advisory through Thu; Heavy rain and high of 46 Wed, rain/snow through the weekend 
Schweitzer Snow Report: 42" on the summit, 27" in the village. 19" new snow past 72 hours. Schweitzer weather forecast: Rain/snow mix Wed, snow Thu-Sun
Find links to details at Real-Time Outdoors.
Hungry? Thirsty? Sandpoint Online Eats and Drinks site includes all local places where you can grab a bite to eat, or sip on something refreshing! (Advertisement)
Africa by Tuk Tuk. Sandpoint local Matt Krabacher and pal Sam are driving a tuk tuk, aka motorized rickshaw, the length of Africa from now 'til April - traveling through hazardous areas of the continent. They arrived Sunday in South Africa and are blogging the adventure. Go read The Tuk Tuk Diaries»
The soul of skiing. For all things Idaho and skiing, bookmark for current conditions on all of Idaho's ski resorts, plus find great deals and need-to-know info. It's time to hit the slopes! And check out what the Boston Globe had to say about Schweitzer.
Pend Oreille to Paris update. Sandpoint's Gary Payton posted his third entry of the Pend Oreille to Paris blog, from the U.N. climate change summit happening now in France. He Skyped (photo above) with about 75 Sandpoint attendees today. Read the blog». Payton and others are starting a local group,, to act on climate change.
The Week's Top News, Dec. 2-8:

• City buying land behind Panida
  $275k coming from sewer fund
• Twin Lakes rallies for storm victim
  Remodel home for accessibility
• Idaho declares disaster for region
  Paves way for state, federal funds
• City firm on food bank's sewer bill
  Council denies request for reduction
• Van Dyk announces retirement
  Serves as Public Works director
• County backs Otter's refugee call
  Kelly: Resettlement a 'huge problem'
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