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Fun on, and off, the slopes. Schweitzer Mountain Resort is measuring new snow by the feet as storms continue to roll through. In addition to the great skiing and boarding conditions, the resort has a few big events coming up this month. Up first is the MLK Weekend festivities Jan. 15-18, when the resort hosts its annual Northern Lights fireworks show at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, plus check out the snow bar set up in the village all weekend long. And the following week, more good stuff is coming along including the Toyota Free Ski Friday event. Check everything out plus latest info on Twilight Skiing restrictions at Schweitzer.com.
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Here's what's happening in January!
14 Live Trivia. Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts trivia like you've never played before! Enjoy a fun-filled game where point-wagering questions and musical clues lead to an interactive, educational trivia experience. Wine specials and prizes as well. Play solo or bring a team! Held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. POWine.com.
15-29 Junior Starlight Series. Independence Racing hosts the Junior Starlight Series at Schweitzer Mountain Resort. This series is a low-cost ski racing opportunity for both experienced and new racers, and it offers kids a chance to meet others with the same interests. The emphasis is on introducing the fun of ski racing to our youth. Racers will meet at 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8, for the first session. During this first session participants will receive coaching, get to practice in a race course, and take two timed NASTAR runs. Subsequent sessions are 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Jan. 15, 22, and 29. To register or for more information, call 208-263-3552, email [email protected], or visit IndependenceRacing.com.
15 Winery Live Music. Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts live music with Berx Records Duo from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Berx Records Duo will be back at the winery for a fun-filled Friday evening, performing family-friendly acoustic music with favorites that you know as well as original jams. Come down for music and a glass of Merlot, the Friday night wine! Free and open to the public. POWine.com.
15-18 MLK Weekend at Schweitzer. Light up your weekend with the Northern Lights fireworks show starting at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, plus check out the snow bar set up in the village all weekend long. A reminder that this year, daily lift tickets must be purchased ahead of time at Schweitzer.com.
16 Suzuki String Academy Open House. Try a stringed instrument, check out the instrument petting zoo, and learn more about the Suzuki philosophy and method from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This is a free event. Located at 102 S. Euclid Ave., Suite #106 in Sandpoint.
16 Free Cello Workshop. Come discover the cello during this fun free one-hour workshop with Bianca Prado at the Suzuki String Academy. For ages 5 and up; all levels welcome. No previous experience on instrument needed. Prado has a master's in cello performance and string pedagogy; she has taught Suzuki cello for 7 years. To register, email [email protected] or call 208-304-9085. Workshop takes place at 10 a.m., 102 S. Euclid Ave., Suite #106 in Sandpoint.
16 Winery Live Music. Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts live music with Sara Brown from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Brown is returning to grace us with her signature powerhouse vocal style, but also displays subtle nuance and versatile stylizations as the unique mood of each song demands. Her voice is one of the most recognizable and sought after in the Inland Northwest. Free and open to the public. POWine.com.
16 Live Jazz. Bright Moments Jazz performs from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at The Back Door on Cedar Street. Free and open to the public. 208-263-9687
17 Piano Sunday. Join Pend d'Oreille Winery for a Piano Sunday afternoon from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., and enjoy the sounds of pianist Peter Lucht. A local favorite pianist, Lucht promises a pleasant Sunday afternoon. Share an artisan pizza or chicken poletta and a glass of Merlot! Or settle in with an individual pot of French press coffee. Apres Ski Special: $5 glass of Bistro Rouge or Bistro Blanc when you show your ski pass! Free and open to the public. POWine.com.
* Here's what's happening this week through Sunday, January 24 *
19 Paint and Sip with Lisa Maus. Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts a Paint and Sip with their Artist of the Month Lisa Maus. Create a wintery scene painted on canvas; cost is $35 per person and includes supplies, instruction, and a glass of house red or white wine. Come early and grab a pizza or snack before painting! Instruction begins at 5:30 p.m. Call 208-265-8545 or stop by the winery to sign up. POWine.com.
20-23 Ready, Set, Suzuki! Parent Workshop. An introduction to Suzuki violin and cello is held during this five-hour workshop. The Suzuki philosophy will be explained in detail and parents will learn correct set up: how to place a bow properly, how to hold the violin/cello and the seven basic Suzuki rhythms so they can help their child with successful practice at home. Cost: $150 including materials, binder, bag and practice bow. Space is limited. Workshop offered by Suzuki String Academy located at 102 S. Euclid Ave., Suite #106 in Sandpoint. Space is limited for this class. Register online at SuzukiStringAcademy.com or email [email protected]
22 Toyota Free Ski Friday. Drive your Toyota, Scion, or Lexus to Schweitzer Mountain Resort, and get one free lift ticket for the day! Schweitzer.com. *Note: Event is subject to change depending on Covid protocols in place.
22 Winery Live Music. Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts live music with Cris Lucas, singer-songwriter from popular Spokane band The Rub, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Lucas will perform a solo set, featuring a wide variety of genres including pop, alternative, rock originals, and favorites. Come early for a seat - this is sure to be a great performance! POWine.com.
22 Winter Paint and Sip. Uncorked Paint hosts a Winter Paint and Sip at 6:30 p.m. in the Cedar Street Bridge. Paint "Bird's Eye View," bring your sip, and enjoy some munchies while you paint. $35 per guest; reserve your spot online or call Kem Hughes Davis at 208-219-7915.
23, 29 FSPW Winter Hikes. Hiking in wintertime is a fun, rewarding experience. And now Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness has launched its winter hiking season, so there are plenty of great outings to add to your calendar! The scheduled free hikes provide a chance to explore our wild backyard on snowshoe with fellow nature lovers. FSPW volunteers lead the snowshoe hikes, which include: Ross Creek Cedars Snowshoe on Jan. 23; and Round Lake Stewardship Hike on Jan. 29. Visit the FSPW Winter Hike page to sign up!
23 Winery Live Music. Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts live music from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. with Daniel Mills of Son of Brad. Mills returns to the winery for a memorable night of music, as he puts his whole soul, body, mind, and effort into each performance. POWine.com.
24 Piano Sunday. Dwayne Parsons is a local favorite musician who brings a story to his music during his Piano Sunday performance from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St. Come in for a glass of wine, pizza, and an entertaining performance! Parsons' hands hold the secret to making the grand piano sing! Apres Ski Special: $5 glass of Bistro Rouge or Bistro Blanc when you show your ski pass! POWine.com.
* Here's what's happening this week through Sunday, January 31 *
29 Winery Live Music. Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts live music with Okay, Honey from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Okay, Honey is Spokane's premier brewery and winery band, featuring a singer-songwriter folk-inspired male and female duo performing guitar, fiddle, and dynamic harmonies. Come down for a glass of Friday night wine! POWine.com.
30 Winery Live Music. Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., hosts live music with Kevin Gardner from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Gardner of Spokane band Spare Parts will be back performing a solo set that will have you singing along and swaying in your seats. Join this fun-filled Saturday night at the winery! POWine.com.
30 Wild and Scenic Film Festival. Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness will be virtually hosting one of the largest outdoor recreation film festivals in the country - the Wild and Scenic Film Festival. Join for a premiering of nine awe-inspiring outdoor films from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.. You'll also have the chance to win outdoor gear and speak with local artists (like Erik Daarstad) in a live Q&A session. FSPW is partnering with Utara Brewing Co. to offer ticket and dinner bundles for the night. Don't miss this special night in, with films, food, beer, and a celebration of wild places. Tickets are limited - buy online.
31 Piano Sunday. Athena Robinson returns to the Pend d'Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., playing all the classical favorites from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Robinson's extensive background and outstanding display of skill will fill the tasting room. Come enjoy a glass of Merlot, a handcrafted meal, and a room filled with an inspiring piano performance. POWine.com.
Banff Mountain Film Festival - Virtual Edition. For 2021, Banff Mountain Film Festival's primary intent is to keep patrons safe. This year's films, which are new and current for 2021, are offered online this year -- and there are two individual programs available of 8 to 9 films each. Films are only available through an internet connection, and cannot be downloaded. To give as a gift, there will be an option that appears on the Checkout Page. Programs cost $15 each, or bundle both for $28. Get your tickets online.
All month - Schweitzer Skiing. A limited number of tickets are available to purchase. If you are a non-passholder itching to make some turns, now is your chance! Tickets must be purchased at Schweitzer.com before heading to the ticket window. Face coverings are required both when inside the lodges and also when waiting in lift lines.
Here is what's coming up in February!
6 Free First Saturday at the Museum. Enjoy free admission at the Bonner County History Museum, 611 S. Ella St., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This month's event is sponsored by Elizabeth Wargo and Jason Welker. BonnerCountyHistory.org.
14 Let It Glow Fireworks Show. Schweitzer Mountain Resort hosts fireworks over the village during Presidents' Day Weekend! Free and open to the public. Schweitzer.com. *Note: Event is subject to change depending on Covid protocols in place.
Here is what's coming up in March 2021!
6 Free First Saturday at the Museum. Enjoy free admission at the Bonner County History Museum, 611 S. Ella St., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This month's event is sponsored by Jack and Colleen Filipowski. BonnerCountyHistory.org.
6 Mega Demo Day. Join Schweitzer Mountain Resort as they help raise money for Panhandle Alliance for Education (PAFE) - while getting to sample 2022's newest skis and boards! Try out new gear all day long. Schweitzer.com. *Note: Event is subject to change depending on Covid protocols in place.