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Bike Trails

BIKE TOURS. Sandpoint has long enjoyed the Long Bridge as a bike path; it’s a 2-mile long, flat bike ride that starts downtown behind the Old Power House. The path has been extended south four miles to Sagle to create an easy, rolling scenic ride through the countryside along Highway 95. There’s a second bicycle path, beginning at Larch and Fifth in Sandpoint and heading about two miles west to Dover, built upon an abandoned railroad track. A route has also been extended from that path’s terminus at Larch to Boyer then west about .5 mile to E. Mountain View Drive and then down to Sand Creek, where riders can cross the Popsicle Bridge over Sand Creek.

Before Selling Your Home

Certain important steps need to be taken before you put your house on the market.These simple steps will better prepare you to sell your home and make the task easier.

Home Loan Approval for your next Home

It is never a good idea to sign a contract to sell your home before you are fully sure of your ability to buy a new home. Circumstances may have changed since your last purchase not allowing you to qualify for your desired loan amount. To get a good idea of what you can afford you will need pre – approval before selling the house. Having gained this information, you can make a more reasonable decision on whether or not to sell your home at the time.

Determine Fair Market Value of your House

The ideal situation for any seller is to get the best price for the property in the shortest time period possible. However, over – pricing may cause you to lose on potential buyers and under pricing the lot may land you a raw deal. An agent or an appraisal service can guide you in determining the fair market value of your home. Another way of judging the appropriate price is by determining the value of the other houses in the vicinity. Irrespective of which method you use, make sure it’s the right price and is sold in good time.

Estimate Cost of Selling

Even when selling your home you will have certain expenses and it is very important that you know this to be able to keep a check on it. The first and most obvious cost is that of an agent and the real estate agency. But if you do choose to sell the house on your own then advertising will be a major expense. Professional fees of the attorney, closing agent etc will have to be taken into account. Other expenses will include various taxes, home owner association fees etc.

Make Necessary Repairs

This is probably the best time to make all the necessary repairs and amends to your home. A visible repair that is unattended to may turn a potential buyer away. A well tended to house makes for a better sale.

Get the House Ready to Show

Apart from making repairs, it is very essential that your house is sparkling clean, organized and attractive. It should be able to give the buyer a sense of well – being and good health. This will add more value to the property.

These are some of the necessary steps to be taken to make the selling process easier and more effective. This will ensure a good and quick sale.

 

Before Selling Your Home
By Anjana Appanna
ChoiceOfHomes.com

July in Sandpoint

 Every Saturday and Wednesday: Farmers Market. This open-air market of fresh produce, garden starts, handcrafts, flowers, food and music runs for the season at Farmin Park, on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and on Wednesdays from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. 208-290-3088

9 Monday Night Blues Jam. The Blues Jam, hosted by Truck Mills, has been an ongoing Sandpoint music tradition for more than 12 years. Weekly at Eichardt’s, 212 Cedar Street. Starts at 8 p.m., no cover charge. 208-263-4005

9-13 Schweitzer Adventure Day Camp Session 1. Every week Schweitzer day camps offer a different adventure theme from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, for kids entering grades 1st to 5th.  208-263-9555

10-12 Girl Scouts Day Camp.  Unit 402 Girl Scouts presents the Windy Willows Girls’ Camp at Mud Hole State Park in Priest River themed “Native American Fun.” Day camp hours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the overnight stay starts at 4 p.m. on Thursday to 9 a.m. the following morning. All campers under 10 years of age must be accompanied by an adult for the overnight stay. Prices are $25 for registered girl scouts, $35 for non-registered girls and $5 for the overnighter. All girls attending must be registered by June 9. Contact Heather Bunty for more information. 208-265-9893
10 Five Minutes of Fame. Join other blossoming or seasoned poets, musicians and songbirds for monthly open mic night at Cafe Bodega in Foster’s Crossing. Sign up to perform from 6:15 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Show begins promptly at 6:30 p.m. No cover charge and open to all ages. Five Minutes of Fame happens the second Tuesday of each month. 208-263-5911

10 Trivia Tuesday. Test your knowledge and win prizes at MickDuff’s weekly trivia night from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., at 312 N. First Ave. Play solo or with a team. 208-255-4351

11 Pizza, Wine and Jazz Jam. Stage Right Cellars, 302 N. 1st Ave., offers a slice of pizza and a glass of wine or domestic beer for $5 starting at 5 p.m. each Wednesday, followed by a Jazz Jam hosted by Ken Rickicki from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. 208-265-8116

11 Open Mic Night. This weekly open mic for poets, songwriters, comics and performers of all kinds at Downtown Crossing starts around 9 p.m. 208-265-5080

12 Music Lab. Downtown Crossing, 206 N. First Ave., hosts this weekly open jam session for musicians starting at 8 p.m. All musical styles and instruments welcome. 208-265-5080

12 Open DeeJay Nite. Spin tunes at Synergy during Open DeeJay Nite every Thursday. Bring and play anything you please, beginning at 8 p.m. Any music mediums accepted. Live beat matching not required. Open to those 21 and older. No cover charge. 208-255-4412

12 Art Unveiling. The Festival at Sandpoint’s 25th season art poster by local artist Janene Grende is unveiled during a celebration from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Seasons at Sandpoint. Light refreshments and appetizers will be served. This event is free and open to the public. 208-265-4554

12 Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Deadman’s Chest. In celebration of the upcoming boat show, the Wooden Boat Festival and the Downtown Sandpoint Business Associaton sponsor a free showing of the swashbuckling sequel at 7 p.m. in the Panida Theater. 208-263-9191

12-15 Sandpoint Wooden Boat Festival. This 5th annual event makes a splash with a classic wooden boat show and more at Sandpoint Marina and City Boardwalk. Sponsored by the Inland Empire Antique and Classic Boat Society and Downtown Sandpoint Business Association. Click here for the entire event schedule. See Hot Picks above. 208-255-1876

13 Artist Reception. The Timber Stand Gallery, 225 Cedar St., will host an artist reception for Sandpoint artist Janene Grende and her sister Montana artist C.A. (Carol) Grende from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Carol Grende has been diagnosed with Acute Lymphatic Leukemia so a portion of every sale will go to support her medical expenses while she fights this life threatening disease. Janene Grende, a professional painter and the 2007 Festival at Sandpoint poster artist, has been painting for over 25 years. 208-263-7748

13 Wine Tasting. Stage Right Cellars, 302 N. 1st Ave., offers five flights of Pend d’Oreille Winery’s wines for $5 and a chance to meet Steve Meyer, winemaker and proprietor of Pend d’Oreille Winery at 5 p.m. 208-265-8116

13 Cellar Music. Stoney and Laura perform live folk music from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Stage Right Cellars, 302 N. 1st Ave. No cover charge. 208-265-8116

13-14 Away from Her. This Global Cinema Cafe film directed by Sarah Polley follows a couple married for over 40 years when the wife, played by Julie Christie develops Alzheimer’s Disease. Showings at 7:30 p.m. each night. Click here for more information or see reviews and ratings. 208-263-9191

14 Pancake Breakfast. In conjunction with the Wooden Boat Festival, the Bonner County Historical Society hosts a pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Sandpoint Community Hall. The breakfast including some sides and beverages is $5 per person. 208-263-2344

14 Artist Coffee Talk. The Outskirts Gallery in Hope presents an Artist Coffee Talk at 10 a.m. with Val Carter and Glenn Grishkoff at the Hope Market Cafe. This event is free and open to the public. 208-264-5696

14 Arts Alliance Stash Swap. The Arts Alliance hosts an event for those who want to trade or sell art supplies or are looking for a source of affordable art supplies. This benefit for the Arts Alliance will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the courtyard of the Mountain View Plaza at Stitchin’ Sisters, Sandpoint Outfitters and Sandpoint Music, with live bluegrass music, a BBQ and lots of art supplies. There is no charge for admission. To set up a table, bring $5, your supplies, table and chairs between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. 208-255-5273

14 Summer Sounds at Park Place. POAC hosts this free concert series at Park Place stage, corner of First and Cedar, from noon to 2 p.m. every Saturday through Labor Day Weekend. Doug and Kim Bond perform. See ArtinSandpoint.org for more information. 208-263-6139

14 Winery Music. Larry Mooney performs eclectic guitar and vocals, featuring standards, brazilian and classical, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Pend d’Oreille Winery, located downtown at 220 Cedar St. No cover charge. 208-265-8545

14 Cellar Music. Josh Hedlund performs live music from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Stage Right Cellars, 302 N. 1st Ave. No cover charge. 208-265-8116

14 Bow Wow Boogie. Friends of the Shelter, Exit Realty and Charlie Parrish, owner/broker of Evergreen Realty, sponsor the 2nd annual Bow Wow Boogie Dance and Auction at the Dover Bay Homestead Barn starting at 7 p.m. Event features an silent auction and live music by Carl Rey and the Blues Gators, with dancing starting at 8 p.m. Tickets $15 per person. Visit PasIdaho.org for more info. See Hot Picks above. 208-255-4152

14 Tea with Ben Franklin. Round Lake State Park, on Dufort Road in Sagle, hosts this tea with Dr. Benjamin Franklin from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the campground’s program area. Veteran actor Tim McNeil will portray the renowned inventor and founding father as he reminisces about his life during the year 1788. Vehicle entrance fee for the park is $4.00 without a pass. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Idaho Humanities Council. 208-343-2189

14 The Sandpoint Airport Fly-In has been rescheduled. Please check Aug. 11 (scroll down) to learn more about this event at Sandpoint Airport.

14-15 Spots of Fun Horse Show. The Bonner County Fairgrounds hosts the Spots of Fun Appaloosa horse show, sponsored by the North Idaho Appaloosa Club. Event takes place in the Outdoor Arena. 208-263-8414

14-15 Summer Hike. The Friends of the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness sponsors this moderate overnight hike to Little Spar Lake as part of its 2007 summer hike series. One-day trip option available. For more details visit Scotchmanpeaks.org. Contact hike leader Bill Martin to reserve a spot. 406-295-5258
14 Art Workshop. The Arts Alliance holds a one-day workshop on Mosaic Birdhouses led by instructor Lynn Guier at The Studio, 518 Oak St., from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Fee $45 adults, $35 youth ages 10 and up. Visit ArtsAlliance.info for more information or to register for a class. 208-255-5273

14 Art Workshop. The Arts Alliance holds a one-day workshop on Stained Glass Dragonflies led by instructor Sara McEvily at Skeleton Key Art Glass, 1223 Michigan St. Suite B, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Experience cutting glass preferred; Fee $50. Visit ArtsAlliance.info for more information or to register for a class. 208-255-5273

14 Life Workshop. The Gardenia Center hosts a workshop titled “Becoming an Alchemist: Practicing the Art of Personal Transformation” by professional life coach Katrina Mikiah from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Rose Room. The workshop will focus on gaining personal control and fulfillment in everyday life. Cost $65; registration deadline is Friday, July 6. Visit GardeniaCenter.org or click here for more information. 208-882-1198 or 208-265-4450

14-15 Artists in Residence Workshop. The Outskirts Gallery in Hope presents the Artists in Residence Summer Workshop Series in the Hope Circle Classroom behind the Hope Market Café. Val Carter and Glenn Grishkoff lead the lecture and class “Clay, Paint, Brush and Paper” from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. Class fee $175, lab fee $75. Call to register; University of Idaho credit available. 208-264-5696

15 Jacey’s Race. Sandpoint High School hosts a 5k and 1k walk and run to benefit local children with cancer or other life threatening illnesses starting at 8:15 a.m. Event will feature prizes, food, drinks, massage, clowns, face painting, a jumping castle and a free concert with Nina Storey at 10 a.m. Fee $25 to participate in the 5k and $10 for the 1k. Children 12 and under are free, as well as all observers. For additional information or to register online visit Jaceys-race.com. 208-610-6480

15 Sunday Concerts on the Lawn. The POAC hosts this free live concert series featuring regional musicians on the lawn in front of Edgewater Resort at City Beach from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. every Sunday. Sol’Jibe performs. See ArtinSandpoint.org for more information. 208-263-6139

15 Jazz on a Sunday Afternoon. Di Luna’s Cafe hosts the band, A Touch of Jazz, every Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. 208-263-0846
16 Monday Night Blues Jam. The Blues Jam, hosted by Truck Mills, has been an ongoing Sandpoint music tradition for more than 12 years. Weekly at Eichardt’s, 212 Cedar Street. Starts at 8 p.m., no cover charge. 208-263-4005

16 Greentree Naturals Workshop. The workshop “Harvesting the Bountiful Garden” starts at 10 a.m. at the Greentree Naturals Farm, 2003 Rapid Lightning Rd. Class covers harvesting techniques for optimum yields. Cost of class $25. Visit GreentreeNaturals.com for more info. Call to reserve a space. 208-263-8957

16 Water Adjudication Workshop. The North Idaho Water Adjudication Workshop will be held at the Sandpoint High School Gymnasium, 410 S. Division, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sponsored by the Idaho Farm Bureau Federation and the Idaho Groundwater Appropriators, the informational workshop features Idaho Water Resources Director Dave Tuthill, Idaho legislators, and members of the Idaho Water Resources Board, as well as legal and technical experts who will help explain Idaho water rights adjudication, groundwater hydrology and aquifers, how water adjudication will be conducted in the northern Idaho river basins and who will be affected. This workshop is free and open to the public. 208-301-3394

16-20 Schweitzer Adventure Day Camp Session 2. Every week Schweitzer day camps offer a different adventure theme from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, for kids entering grades 1st to 5th. Cost per week $175, with $15 off for Season Pass holders; includes transportation from the bottom of the mountain to the village and back to the bottom each day, snacks and souvenirs. This week’s theme “Wild about Woods and Wildflowers” features fun facts about the plants, wildflowers and trees found in Schweitzer’s woods. 208-263-9555

16-20 Vacation Bible School. Northside Christian Fellowship Church, 4400 Colburn-Culver Rd., offers Vacation Bible School from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Dinner will be served for children and their families at 5 p.m. each day. Classes for children in kindergarten to 6th grade will include Bible stories, crafts, songs, skits and games. Registration starts on Monday, but children are welcome any day. R.S.V.P. for evening dinners. This is a free event. For more info visit NorthsideChristianFellowship.org. 208-263-4991

17 Trivia Tuesday. Test your knowledge and win prizes at MickDuff’s weekly trivia night from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., at 312 N. First Ave. Play solo or with a team. 208-255-4351

18 Open Mic Night. This weekly open mic for poets, songwriters, comics and performers of all kinds at Downtown Crossing starts around 9 p.m. 208-265-5080

19-21 Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles. This Global Cinema Cafe films follows a Japanese fisher man who embarks on a life-changing journey to help his ailing son, a documentay filmmaker. The 107-minute film is in Mandarin and Japanese with English subtitles. Click here for reviews and ratings. 208-263-9191

19 Music Lab. Downtown Crossing, 206 N. First Ave., hosts this weekly open jam session for musicians starting at 8 p.m. All musical styles and instruments welcome. 208-265-5080

19 Open DeeJay Nite. Spin tunes at Synergy during Open DeeJay Nite every Thursday. Bring and play anything you please, beginning at 8 p.m. Any music mediums accepted. Live beat matching not required. Open to those 21 and older. No cover charge. 208-255-4412

19 Blood Drive. Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1900 W. Pine St., holds a Sandpoint Community Blood Drive from noon to 6 p.m. The donated blood will help patients in Bonner General Hospital, Boundary Community Hospital, Kootenai Medical Center and over 30 other medical facilities in North Idaho and Eastern Washington. Sponsored by Inland Northwest Blood Center, Northern Lights, Inc. and Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church. Visit inbc2.org for more info. 208-667-5461

20 Cellar Music. The Shook Twins perform live music from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Stage Right Cellars, 302 N. 1st Ave. No cover charge. 208-265-8116

20-22 Artists’ Studio Tour. Visit 40 artists and 28 locations in the 5th annual free, self-guided driving tour with special events planned for July 20-22 and July 27-29. Many studios open June 1-Sept. 4. Visit ArtTourDrive.org for more information. 208-597-6394

20-22 Centennial Celebration. Bonner County Fairgrounds hosts a three-day event celebrating Bonner County’s centennial. A variety of activities, demonstrations and exhibits will pay tribute to our history. On Friday, the Sandpoint Battle of the Bulls starts at 8 p.m. On Saturday, author Marianne Love gives a reading from her latest memoir Lessons with Love at 11 a.m. and Bonner County 4-H Livestock Committee hosts a dance and old fashioned Pie Social at 8 p.m. On Sunday, a nondenominational church service is followed by a Pancake Breakfast provided by the Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce. Click here for more details. 208-263-0887

21 Art Workshop. The Arts Alliance holds a one-day workshop on Fabric Boxes and Bowls led by instructor Terrie Kralik of Moose Country Quilts at The Studio, 518 Oak St., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Fee $50. Visit ArtsAlliance.info for more information or to register for a class. 208-255-5273

21 Milfoil March. Panhandle Environmental League sponsors “March for Responsible Milfoil Management” starting at 2 p.m. All are welcome to walk or dance through downtown Sandpoint to the accompaniment of drums and flute. Sign making activities start at Farmin Park after the Farmers Market. 208-263-2217

21-22 Artists in Residence Workshop. The Outskirts Gallery in Hope presents the Artists in Residence Summer Workshop Series in the Hope Circle Classroom behind the Hope Market Café. Sally Machlis and Glenn Grishkoff lead the lecture and class “Handmade Journals: Drawing from the Land” from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. Class fee $175, lab fee $75. Call to register; University of Idaho credit available. 208-264-5696

21 Artist Coffee Talk. The Outskirts Gallery in Hope presents an Artist Coffee Talk at 10 a.m. with Sally Machlis and Glenn Grishkoff at the Hope Market Cafe. This event is free and open to the public. 208-264-5696

21 Summer Sounds at Park Place. POAC hosts this free concert series at Park Place stage, corner of First and Cedar, from noon to 2 p.m. every Saturday through Labor Day Weekend. Bridges Home with Tami and Dave Gunter performs. See ArtinSandpoint.org for more information. 208-263-6139

21 Schweitzer Bluegrass Festival. The Monarch Mountain Band, Bluegrass Conspiracy and others perform live music on the lawn at Schweitzer Mountain, with an outdoor barbecue and beer, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Visit Schweitzer.com for more details. 208-263-9555

21 Piedmont Region Dinner. Di Luna’s, 207 Cedar St., hosts a five course dinner at 6:30 p.m. featuring six wines and food from the Piedmont region of Northern Italy. The Piedmont region is famous for Barolo, Barbaresco, Barbera and Dolcetto wines and home to the slow food movement. Cost is $75 per person, inclusive. Reservations required. 208-263-0846

21 Comedian Rick Reed. Stage Right Cellars, 302 N. 1st Ave., presents “Rick Reed for President” at 9 p.m. Comedian Rick Reed launches his 2008 presidential campaign. Tickets $10 advance purchase, $8 for Wine Club Members or $15 at the door on the evening of the show. 208-265-8116

22 Sunday Concerts on the Lawn. The POAC hosts this free live concert series featuring regional musicians on the lawn in front of Edgewater Resort at City Beach from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. every Sunday. Coeurimba performs. See ArtinSandpoint.org for more information. 208-263-6139

22 Sunday Afternoon Tea. Greentree Naturals Certified Organic Farm, 2003 Rapid Lightning Rd., hosts a Delightfully Decadent Sunday Afternoon Tea at 4 p.m. followed by a tour of the farm. The tea features scrumptious organic sweet cakes and pastries along with something fresh from the garden created by chef Sora Huff. Local “music farmer” Kathi O’Leary will play traditional Celtic folk music. Cost of event $25. Visit GreentreeNaturals.com for more information. 208-263-8957

22 Jazz on a Sunday Afternoon. Di Luna’s Cafe hosts the band, A Touch of Jazz, every Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. 208-263-0846

23-27 Schweitzer Adventure Day Camp Session 3. Every week Schweitzer day camps offer a different adventure theme from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, for kids entering grades 1st to 5th. Cost per week $175, with $15 off for Season Pass holders; includes transportation from the bottom of the mountain to the village and back to the bottom each day, snacks and souvenirs. This week’s theme “Animal House” features watching for insects and wildlife (and the clues they leave behind) to learn more about the creatures that prance, crawl and buzz over the mountain. Bring binoculars for better viewing. 208-263-9555

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