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Here is what's happening in May!

16 Aging America Discussion. A free discussion on programs and approaches for supporting older adults will be held at 10 a.m. in Bonner General Health, 423 N. Third Ave. It is worth 2.5 hours of Continuing Education credits for nurses, social workers, counselors, clergy, and more. Contact Lissa at 208-265-1185.

16 Alzheimer's Support Group. Sandpoint Senior Center, 820 Main St., hosts an Alzheimer's Support Group from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., for families, caregivers, and friends of those with Alzheimer's. Free respite care is available at the Day Break Center next door during group session with advance reservations (208-265-8127). For more information on the group, contact Jan Griffitts at 208-290-1973 or e-mail [email protected]. *Held on the first and third Thursday of each month

16 Thursday Movie Matinee in Sandpoint. Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., hosts free family-friendly movie screenings on Thursdays at 3:15 p.m. The film schedule includes: May 16, The Lion King; May 23, Indiana Jones; May 30, How to Train Your Dragon. Open to the public. 208-266-1321

16 Thursday Movie Matinee in Clark Fork. Clark Fork Library, 601 Main St., hosts free family-friendly movie screenings at 3:15 p.m. on Thursdays. Screening schedule includes: May 16, The Lion King; May 23, Indiana Jones; May 30, How to Train Your Dragon. Open to the public. 208-266-1321

16 Intro to MIG Welding. Learn proper use of a MIG welder with this class - a full introduction to MIG welding that will give you all of the basics to get started on your first project. Held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at MakerPoint Studio, C106-14 1424 N. Boyer Ave. Session is $71 ($2 city resident discount). Pre-register at 208-263-3613.

17 Explore Virtual Reality - Reserve Sessions. The Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., holds 15-minute sessions in the Virtual Reality room from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Contact the Tech Desk at 208-263-6930 ext.1251. *Held every Friday.

17 Clark Fork Mother Goose. Clark Fork Library, 601 Main St., hosts a special storytime for babies and toddlers at 10:15 a.m.; followed by 20 minutes of playtime. 208-266-1321 *Held every Friday. 

18 On-Farm Workshop: Planning Your Organic Garden. Greentree Naturals hosts an organic gardening workshop on Planning Your Organic Garden with a discussion on preparing the soil for planting; direct seeding and transplanting; companion planting; planting for beneficial insect habitat, intercropping and crop rotation; planning for seed saving; record keeping, garden maps and succession planting are all a part of planning for a successful harvest. Held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; cost is $25 per workshop and fee includes all materials and supplies needed. Email [email protected] or call 208-263-8957.

18 Book Theater. It's a new kind of book club: Theater games, acting, and your favorite books! For 3rd through 6th graders, starting at 11 a.m. in the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St. 208-263-6930 ext. 1211 or [email protected]

18 Explore Virtual Reality - Reserve Sessions. The Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., holds 15-minute sessions in the Virtual Reality room from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Contact the Tech Desk at 208-263-6930 ext. 1251. *Held every Saturday.

21 Bonner County Special Election. Bonner County voters head to the polls for a Special Election including trustee elections for the East Bonner County Free Library and Pend Oreille Hospital District, a Westside Fire budget increase request, plus the West Bonner County School District levy and more. Polling locations are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. To view your precinct's ballot and learn more, visit the Sandpoint Online Elections Page or the Bonner County Elections website.

21 Mother Goose. Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., hosts stories and singing for babies and toddlers ages 0-13 and their caregivers at 10 a.m. Plus, stay and play until 10:40 a.m. eBonnerLibrary.org. 208-263-6930 ext. 1211 *Held every Tuesday.

21 Preschool Storytime. Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., hosts stories and crafts for kids age 2-5 and their caregivers at 11 a.m. Free and open to the public. eBonnerLibrary.org. For more information, contact Suzanne Davis at 208-263-6930 ext. 1211 or [email protected]. *Held every Tuesday.

21 BCRWI Meeting. The general meeting of the Bonner County Republican Women, Inc. will be held at 10:15 a.m. in the Ponderay Events Center, 401 Bonner Mall Way. Open to the public; RSVP at bcrwinc.com. This month's speaker is Norm Semanko and the topic is North Idaho Water Rights Adjudication: What it means for your family, your business and your community. Semanko is a prominent water rights attorney with more than 25 years of experience. Raised in North Idaho, Norm has keen insights on what the adjudication could mean for all of us.

21 Explore Virtual Reality. Explore the world with Google Earth VR during drop-in sessions between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. in the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St. Under 18 must accompany parent consent form; under 10 must be accompanied by parent or legal guardian. For more information, contact the Tech Desk: 208-263-6930 ext.1251. eBonnerLibrary.org*Held every Tuesday.

21 Robotics. Explore STEAM with Lego Mindstorm robotics from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Clark Fork Library, 601 Main St. eBonnerLibrary.org. 208-266-1321 *Held every Tuesday.

21 MAGIC the Gathering. Teens meet in Community Room B to play the game MAGIC at 3:30 p.m. eBonnerLibrary.org. 208-263-6930 ext. 1245. *Repeats every Tuesday.

21 Parent Grief Support Group. For parents grieving the loss of a child, this monthly support group meets at 5 p.m. at Turning Leaf Counseling, 1205 Highway 2, Suite 304B. This is an ongoing, informal meeting that is open to all parents who have experienced the loss of a child at any age. These bereavement services are offered at no cost to parents who would like to receive support; grandparents are also welcome. Contact Lissa DeFreitas at 208-265-1185 for an application or more information. *Held on the third Tuesday of every month.

21 Away with Words. The Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., hosts a creative writing workshop for teens in the YA Reading Area from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. with Beth Weber. Whether you are a poet, penner of short stories, or working on the great American novel, make your literary endeavor come to life. For more information, e-mail [email protected] or call 208-263-6930 ext. 1245. *Held every Tuesday.

22 KRFY Morning Show. Morning Show hosts Suzy Prez and Chris Bessler discuss a current affairs topic. Tune in at 8 a.m.; or hear a podcast later in the day on the KRFY Podcast page. * Held every Wednesday.

22 Clark Fork Stories and More. Clark Fork Library, 601 Main St., hosts stories, crafts, prizes and snacks for kids ages 3-8 starting at 10:30 a.m. Free and open to the public. eBonnerLibrary.org.

22 Forest Thinning and Pruning Field Day. Local forest owners can learn how to implement thinning and pruning practices during this informative field day program, held from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the University of Idaho Sandpoint Organic Agriculture Center, 10881 N. Boyer Rd. Pre-register by June 14; $20 fee covers a field notebook of publications and refreshments. For registration questions, contact the U of I Extension Office in Bonner County at 208-263-8511. Registration forms can also be downloaded online.

22 3D Printing Club. Collaborate with others and learn more from staff about 3D printing and design from 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m., at the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St. A few laptops will be provided or you may bring your own device. Open to all ages and skill levels. 208-263-6930 ext. 1251 *Held on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month.

22 Science Café: Beauty and the Beak. The story of a beak-deprived bald eagle who was saved by 3D printing technology, as told by author Janie Veltkamp of Birds of Prey Northwest, is held from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St. Skype presentation and live discussion on raptor conservation by local expert Suanne Ellis. 208-265-2665

22 Local Entrepreneur-led Workshops and After Party. Creatives' Table presents collaborative and interactive workshops and after party featuring: Fresh Sunshine Flowers - learn a new skill and make your own beautiful flower crown that is stunning for any occasion, Blooming Event Design - discover the secrets to create memorable events that won't break the bank and learn to set an elegant, formal dining table, and Janel Gion Photography - learn photography and lighting tips in a styled shoot, no matter the camera. After party begins at 8:30 p.m.; win raffles and meet the creative community. Starts at 5:30 p.m., Pend Oreille Wellness Center, 30544 Highway 200 Suite 301, Ponderay. Tickets: creatives-table.com. Contact: [email protected], 208-946-7219.

23 Canine Companions for Independence Program. The public is invited to a program on Canine Companions for Independence at 12:30 p.m. in the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Lilly Mitsui will share her experience as a volunteer puppy raiser including an opportunity to meet one of the dogs in training. Free and open to the public. 208-263-1501

23 Afterschool Gardening. Come make seed tape … and help plant at 3:30 p.m. in the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St. You'll get some to take home, too. (Project may change depending on the weather and gardening needs). 208-263-6930 ext. 1211 or [email protected]

25 Home Improvement for Our Wild Neighbors. Sandpoint Parks and Recreation and Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society sponsor a free presentation at 9:45 a.m. in Sandpoint Community Hall, 204 S. First Ave., featuring Idaho Fish and Game's Kristina Boyd and Michael Lucid. They will be discussing 'From Bees to Bears, a Home Improvement Project for Our Wild Neighbors.' IDFG is improving habitat on the Boundary-Smith Creek Wildlife Management Area near Bonners Ferry for many kinds of wildlife, including bumblebees. This area happens to be at the center of where two imperiled bumblebees are found. Restoring wildflowers for bumblebee foraging can help their populations rebound. Learn how you can help by improving your gardens and collecting wildflower seeds that will be used in IDFG's project!

27 Ty Heth Horsemanship Clinic. The Bonner County Fairgrounds hosts the Ty Heth Horsemanship Clinic from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Learn horsemanship training with a great coach. For more information, contact Colleen at 208-290-2633. BonnerCountyFair.com.

28 Geezer Forum. Columbia Bank, 414 Church St., hosts the Geezer Forum from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. with Paul Graves. Presented by Elder Advocates; free and open to the public. 208-610-4971 *Held on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month.

28 PFLAG Sandpoint. Meetings are held at First Presbyterian Church from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. PFLAG holds a support meeting on the second Tuesday of the month, and a game night and social event on the fourth Tuesday of the month. Free and open to the public. *Held on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month.

30 Bees to Bears Climate Adaptation Project. The Pend Oreille Chapter of Idaho Master Naturalists sponsors a Bees to Bears Climate Adaptation Project starting at 1 p.m. in the Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge Education Barn, 287 Westside Rd. in Bonners Ferry. Learn about restoring lowland forests and flower seed collection for bumblebee habitats. Classroom is followed by field trip. Free and open to the public. Email [email protected].

30 Afterschool Gardening. Come help us dig in the garden… and plant herbs at 3:30 p.m. at the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St. (Project may change depending on the weather and garden needs). 208-263-6930 ext. 1211 or [email protected]

Here is what's coming up in June!

1 IMN Class and Field Trip. The Pend Oreille Chapter of Idaho Master Naturalists host a class and field trip in Coeur d'Alene that are free and open to the public. Learn about "Bats and their Benefits to the Public" and "Bird Identification" with Carrie Hugo and Rich Del Carlo. Class will be held from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Idaho Wildlife Center at the Coeur d'Alene Fairgrounds. It is followed by a field trip at noon to the Cougar Bay Nature Preserve, about 3 miles south of the Spokane River on Highway 95. Bring binoculars and bug spray. For more information, email [email protected].

1 Sandpoint Friends of the Library Book Sale. Sandpoint Library hosts the FOL Book Sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free and open to the public, so come browse around! eBonnerLibrary.org*Held on the first Saturday of every month.

1 On-Farm Workshop: Fertilizing Organically. Greentree Naturals hosts an organic gardening workshop on Fertilizing Organically. Fertile soil is the first step in increasing yields. When it comes to adding nutrients to your garden soil, there are many organic options. Cultural practices such as cover cropping, and composting will ensure balanced nutrition of your soil in the long run, and organic amendments will help your garden thrive. Learn about foliar feeding, which plants are heavy-feeders, and which ones are not, and how to take a soil sample. Held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; cost is $25 per workshop and fee includes all materials and supplies needed. Email [email protected] or call 208-263-8957.

1 Bella Note Musical Program. Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St., hosts the Bella Note Musical Program at 10:30 a.m. Part of a monthly series, this program features a different musical theme and is geared for families with young children. eBonnerLibrary.org. 208-263-6930. *Held on the first Saturday of the month.

5 3D Printing Workshop. The Clark Fork Library, 601 Main St., hosts a 3D Printing Workshop from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Design your own 3D printed object, and also learn some fascinating ways 3D printers are being used. Space is limited and pre-registration is required by calling 208-266-1321. *Held on the first Wednesday of every month.

12 3D Printing Club. Collaborate with others and learn more from staff about 3D printing and design from 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m., at the Sandpoint Library, 1407 Cedar St. A few laptops will be provided or you may bring your own device. Open to all ages and skill levels. 208-263-6930 ext. 1251 *Held on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month. 

12 The Conversation. Ivano's Ristorante, 102 S. First Ave., hosts The Conversation from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Free, family friendly, and open to the public. The Conversation aims to support the tenacity it takes to make and market art in the visual, literary, and performing fields in and around Sandpoint. 208-263-1592

15 On-Farm Workshop: Natural Weed Control. Greentree Naturals hosts an organic gardening workshop on Natural Weed Control. On any organic garden or farm, particularly newly cultivated ground, it is likely that weed control commands a major part of the gardeners’ time over the course of the season. We will look at using different types of organic mulches and weed prevention strategies used to control unwanted plants. Held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; cost is $25 per workshop and fee includes all materials and supplies needed. Email [email protected] or call 208-263-8957.

21-23 Annual Kids Grief Camp. A free camp for children in Bonner and Boundary counties who have experienced a loss will be held June 21-23 in Clark Fork. For more information and an application, call Lissa at 208-265-1185.

29 On-Farm Workshop: Natural Pest Control. Greentree Naturals hosts an organic gardening workshop on Natural Pest Control. In a diverse ecosystem pest populations are regulated naturally. Learn to assess pro-active control practices that minimize harm to pollinators  and beneficial insects; learn about insect identification, natural pest formulas, and plant-pest relationships for natural pest control. Learn how to make your own insect traps and natural insect sprays. Held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; cost is $25 per workshop and fee includes all materials and supplies needed. Email [email protected] or call 208-263-8957.

Here is what's coming up in July!

13 On-Farm Workshop: Harvesting the Bounty. Greentree Naturals hosts an organic gardening workshop on Harvesting the Bounty. After putting a lot of time  and effort into successfully growing your crops, you want to make sure you are harvesting at the correct time for peak flavor  and good storage. Discover techniques for harvesting optimal yields for vegetables, herbs, cut flowers and best practices for post-harvest handling to assure food safety guidelines are met. Held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; cost is $25 per workshop and fee includes all materials and supplies needed. Email [email protected] or call 208-263-8957.

29 On-Farm Workshop: Seed Saving. Greentree Naturals hosts an organic gardening workshop on Seed Saving. You can save vegetable, herb, and flower seeds from your garden to plant next year. Seed saving involves selecting suitable plants from which to save seed, harvesting seeds at the right time, and storing them properly over the winter. We will also discuss hand pollination, seed cleaning, and seed storage. Held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; cost is $25 per workshop and fee includes all materials and supplies needed. Email [email protected] or call 208-263-8957.

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