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Clark Fork Idaho

When coming in from Montana, Clark Fork Idaho is the port of entry to the Selkirk Loop via the gorgeous Pend Oreille Scenic Byway along Highway 200.
Established when the Northern Pacific pushed its main line through Northern Idaho in the 1880s. Located at the northeast end of Lake Pend Oreille on the Clark Fork River, this small but active community hosts a full range of outdoor activities, along with gift shops, restaurants, and lodging. In the background are the Cabinet range of the Rocky Mountains. The Cabinet Gorge dam is just upstream and supplies power to the area. Also upstream is the Cabinet Gorge fish hatchery, designed to handle 20 million Kokanee salmon annually. Clark Fork was named in honor of William Clark who along with Meriweather Lewis headed the expedition to the west in 1804.
Great fishing, wildlife and bird watching, Mountain Biking, Miles of National Forest Service Trails. As most of you know this is where I decided to make my home. I bought some of the most beautiful acreage

Sagle Idaho

How Sagle Idaho, got it’s name. When the village first got a Post Office, the postmaster submitted the name Eagle, Idaho, to the Postal Department. Eagle was already taken so he merely replaced the “E” with an “S” and Sagle was born.

Located just five miles South of Sandpoint, Sagle is the gateway to the communities of Bottle Bay and Garfield Bay. With its tree lined roads and beautiful scenery Sagle has become one of the areas prime locations to reside. Sagle school has been a long time favorite for the community and remains a centerpiece for family and community activities.

Hope Idaho

Picture perfect sunsets and expansive lake views dotted with islands, is how most people remember Hope. Just 12 miles from Sandpoint, n the North shore of Lake Pend Oreille. Hope was once a bustling railroad hub, which has since settled into two unique cities, Hope and East Hope and let not forget Beyond Hope on the David Thompson Game preserve on the Hope peninsula. Also found on the peninsula is the Sam Owen Campground, a highly prized area to camp. With over 80 campsites, a wonderful beach, and boat ramp, Sam Owen ranks as one of North Idaho’s finest settingsYou will always see herds of whitetail deer grazing. In the fall and winter Bald Eagles can often be seen resting in the trees along the shoreline.

Schweitzer Ski Resort

Schweitzer is a pristine jewel situated in the Selkirk Mountains in the Idaho Panhandle. Overlooking the town of Sandpoint and Lake Pend Oreille, Schweitzer Mountain has long been famous for its massive bows and breathtaking views. . This mountain boasts 2,500 acres of the most beautiful, breathtaking scenery imaginable, with views of Canada and two states. There are 2350 acres of skiable terrain, an average of 300 inches of snow.

New York Times, July 2007, Idaho: The Last Wilderness.

The last wilderness

CURIOUS it may be, but there is not a single national park in Idaho, a state with more public forest land, more wilderness, more white water than any other in the country outside of the superlative-trumping asterisk of Alaska. It has two dozen sites as part of a national historical park dedicated to the Nez Perce Indians, but nothing on the order of a velvet-roped shank of mega scenery.

So when people decide to go “Out West” for a visit, a phrase that always sounds quaint to a Westerner’s ear, they usually head for the canyon lands of southern Utah, or the fly-fishing streams of Montana or the aged chasms of Arizona. They fashion their trips around Yellowstone (to be fair, a mostly overlooked sliver is in Idaho), Zion or Grand Canyon ­- the iconic national parks, all worth a visit of course.

But just as there are good pastrami sandwiches to be had outside of the Carnegie Deli, there is so much to see, float, hike and absorb in what may be the most overlooked part of the West — the Big Empty of north-central Idaho.

I drove once until there was no more road, and then hiked, with two of my brothers, until there was no more trail. Like leprechauns at rainbow’s end, we found a deep pool at the base of a waterfall, hard by a grove of ancient cedars. We caught fish until our arms were tired, and then watched the night sky theatrics. There was river music, white noise for sleep. And I promised never to tell the exact location. This was in the upper reaches of the St. Joe River — that’s all I’m able to say.

But, there are other moments, other waterfalls, other pools of gin-clear trout water in the grip of the Idaho Panhandle. In many parts, the land is as wild today as it was 200 years ago, full of jumpy rivers kicking out of the Bitterroot Mountains and exotic surprises like the Turkish cook who serves lamb tahini deep in the folds of high country. Though much of this area is roadless, there are numerous landing strips for small planes inside the wilderness, and hundreds of trailheads and river put-ins for outbackers on horse or foot, and rafters or kayakers.

On the map, it is bounded roughly by the St. Joe to the north and the Middle Fork of the Salmon to the south. The names suggest wild mood swings, and a chance for some sublime risk-taking. You can camp at Heavens Gate, not far from Hells Canyon, and wonder about the cartographic argument. What, no Purgatory Flats? You can float without directions on the Big Lost River. Or eat a fine meal near Colt Killed Creek, the place where members of the Lewis and Clark expedition nearly starved. (And yes, they had to dine on one of their young transports.)

The crown jewel is the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, at 2.3 million acres the largest single protected wilderness area in the 48 states. River of No Return is what the natives told the American gold-seekers who headed upstream on the Salmon, and their name for the big river, 425 miles of twisty mountain water. But it may have been an inducement as well. Frank Church was the Idaho boy who loved the outdoors, and became that rarest of 20th-century politicians — a liberal Democratic senator from the Gem State.

One of the offbeat little towns in the middle of all this wild country, Orofino, still has a high school mascot, the Maniacs, which is, according to lore, named for residents of the neighboring state mental hospital. Call them crazy and insensitive, and they say, well, our boys played like maniacs long ago and the name stuck. The mental hospital came later. Sure. No problem. Cool T-shirt, though.

This part of Idaho, if known at all, used to have a reputation as a hideout for neo-Nazis and others of the far-right fringe. When it was black helicopter country in the mid-1990s, I sometimes thought the scariest part of any backcountry trip was in town, mixing it up with the locals. O.K., so tell me again how Hillary Clinton put the transmitter in your back molar? But now, the white separatists have been run out of their compound well to the north, and there’s a winery not far from where another extremist had a standoff with the federal government.

It may be safe to say that the wilds of the Idaho Panhandle, like much of the West, are deep into a new chapter — the microbrews and mountain bike phase. It has its hook-and-bullet enthusiasts, yes, and count me among those who get more excited chasing cutthroat trout with a dry fly than listening to Broadway show tunes.

But I no longer hear the soundtrack from “Deliverance” while floating its rivers. Actually, I stumbled upon a camp of fiddlers from Virginia while floating the Middle Fork of the Salmon not long ago; except for the occasional John Denver tune, it made for a wonderful evening.

When you expect nothing is when you find something.

The narrative of this land is built around timber, water and native people. The timber was western white pine, a legendary species that drew lumber barons who bought big tracks of forestland and tried to cut it all. What they couldn’t remove, disease did. Today, big, old-growth white pine forests in Idaho are almost as hard to find as those Democrats who used to vote for Frank Church. But the national forestland, largely a legacy of Teddy Roosevelt, is intact, and it has become one of the West’s biggest playgrounds.

In all there are 11 national forests in Idaho — more than 20 million acres. The peaks are not Matterhorn-craggy or even buff skyscrapers like the sentinels of the Sierra. The North Cascades, in Washington, are a small fraction of the size of Idaho’s mountain acreage, but have more glaciers and jaw-dropping vertical flanks.

What this part of the overlooked West has in abundance is a rich variety of forested river country. The big rivers are the St. Joe, the three forks of the Clearwater, the Lochsa, the Selway, the three forks of the Salmon and a half-dozen or so feeder streams, any one of which would be a national attraction if it were in, say, Texas. These rivers drain an amazing swath of real estate, owned by every American — a public land inheritance unseen by most of its owners.

Rare as it is to find an undammed river in the West, the Idaho Panhandle has a surfeit of free-flowing — indeed anarchic — waterways. The best white water, when the rivers are at full froth, tends to be in the spring through early July, as most of the snow melts.

The Middle Fork of the Salmon is a paradise float, through thick-waisted cedars, firs and pines, and open prairie turns, a Class III or better set of bumps almost every hour, sometimes more. But it’s no beer-swilling joy ride. At times, the river will back up with downed timber, requiring a portage around the new hazards.

On our summer trip a few years ago, midday temperatures were well into the 90s, with only a slight breeze. At night, we had a thunderstorm preceded by near-hurricane force winds. It knocked down trees and an outhouse held by guy wires. Our tent walls were flapping like flags on top of Everest. Overnight, the bears had their way with our coolers, even though we had lashed and secured them. That pesto chicken, apparently, had something over roots and berries.

At the other extreme are the natural showers, courtesy of hot-spring waterfalls along the way. Of course you can soak in deep-pocket boulders — nature’s hot tubs. But there is nothing like standing next to polished basalt under a cascade of 105-degree water at the end of a day.

By car, an easy way to see this wild country is along United States Route 12, which crosses the Panhandle. The road passes by the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, an area bigger than the state of Delaware, and follows or intersects three wondrous rivers: the Lochsa, the Selway and the river formed when those two streams merge — the Middle Fork of the Clearwater.

The three rivers in the Route 12 corridor are designated Wild and Scenic, a federal protection, and they live up to the name. The Lochsa, which means Rough Water in the Nez Perce language, is ferocious and explosive white water, for hard-core rafters. The major stretch has more than 40 significant rapids. By that I mean, bumps with names, bumps that are the focus of many a rafter’s dreams. One night in May over dinner at a river rat hangout, a couple of guides showed me photos from a busy day on the Lochsa. Every frame was solid froth, with a bouncing raft in the middle of it.

The Selway, which meets the Lochsa near the hamlet of Lowell, is a different character. Where the Lochsa is stirred and frenzied, the Selway is more meditative, deeper, moving at a much gentler pace for the most part. It is another one of the places here that reminds me of Alaska, mainly because of the wildlife. While hiking and fishing the Selway, I’ve seen moose, elk, black bears, every manner of raptor, and have come upon tracks of cougars, the most elusive of Rocky Mountain inhabitants.

The Selway has a couple of draws: Selway Falls, reached by a road that is paved for part of the way, and a little resort at the confluence of the three rivers, where Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton stayed, in cabin No. 4, in 1985. Hey, it’s the West: Washington or Jefferson never slept here.

I spent a night in a cabin downriver from the confluence, and was forced inside early by a storm. The morning was glorious, with eagles looking for chinook salmon in the swift Middle Fork of the Clearwater and the thinnest of mists holding to the trees.

A few words about the fishing: in the fall and winter months, this is steelhead country, drawing anglers from around the world trying to catch the most difficult of big trout. In the spring, there’s a brief season for salmon, the big kings, or chinooks, coming into the mountains from a long journey that began at sea.

The best trout fishing, in my experience, is on the St. Joe, reached by Interstate 90 from Missoula or Spokane, and then over the Bitterroots on gravel roads. I shouldn’t give this up; my two fishing brothers are going to kill me for this. But in sections of the St. Joe the trout are so easy to catch you want to give them pointers on dodging the cheap fly. They’re cutthroats, some as big as 18 inches. They don’t fight as much as rainbows, but they’re abundant, and rise on cue to any decently presented dry fly. Trout Unlimited called the St. Joe the best cutthroat trout fishery on the west side of the Rockies.

The Lochsa, Selway and Middle Fork of the Salmon are also great places for trout. My son caught a 17-inch cutthroat once when he wasn’t even fishing — his fly rod was dangling out the side of the raft, unattended, when a fish went for his Elk Hair Caddis.

The Clearwater, perhaps because the young salmon and steelhead take much of the food, is not as good for trout. But it’s the gateway to a land where people have lived for thousands of years. Following the main stem Clearwater and Route 12 west gets to the expansive heart of Nez Perce country. These natives impressed Lewis and Clark more than any other people they met along the way. Not only did the Nez Perce basically save the Virginia Men, as they were sometimes called, from starving, but they impressed them with what may be the finest breed of horse in the West — the appaloosa.

Unlike some tribes left with only a casino or a small reservation, the Nez Perce are not a mere passive presence in this part of the West. Their imprint is big.

There is the history, notably that surrounding Chief Joseph and his epic 1877 running battle that is commemorated at sites along the Nez Perce National Historic Park. And then the culture, through powwows and numerous festivals open to the public in reservation towns like Kooskia, Kamiah and Lapwai throughout the summer months.

For me, the most stirring of the Nez Perce sites is White Bird, along Route 95 south of the reservation. This is the Indian Gettysburg, where one of the few real pitched battles between natives and the American Army was fought. The army was routed at White Bird, while the Nez Perce did not lose a man. But it was bittersweet, as Chief Joseph’s people — about 750 men, women and children — were later chased more than 1,500 miles throughout the Rockies and finally gave up, hungry and cold, just short of the Canadian border.

It does not take much to look down into the canyon from the roadside historic site and imagine the battle unfolding, or to stare into the wilds of the Salmon River country, the mountains snagging wayward clouds, the River of No Return at its center, and see why they fought so hard to hold on to this place.

VISITOR INFORMATION

HOW TO GET THERE

It is not easy to get to north-central Idaho, but once you get there, transportation choices are numerous. Airlines, connected through Seattle or Salt Lake City, fly into Lewiston, Idaho, on the western end. Or you can approach from the east, through Missoula, which is also served by several airlines.

A good four-wheel-drive car is helpful, especially on national forest roads. But Route 12, the paved scenic route, can accommodate any vehicle.

If you want to float the Middle Fork of the Salmon, get in line, as permits are limited and are issued well in advance. But guided tours, out of gateway towns like Salmon or Riggins, are plentiful. Allow at least five days, and remember that the river runs through land that is mostly without roads.

There are small landing strips along the Middle Fork, but the planes won’t come unless contacted in advance.

WHERE TO STAY AND EAT

River Dance Lodge (208-765-0841; www.riverdancelodge.com), on Route 12, has new cabins with hot tubs and a chef who serves Turkish meals, among other offerings, on the Middle Fork of the Clearwater River. Cabin rates start at about $140.

Just up the road is the place where the Clintons stayed, Three Rivers Resort (208-926-4430; www.threeriversresort.com), with log cabins and motel, pool and Jacuzzi. It’s at the confluence of the Lochsa and the Selway. Motel rates begin at $69, and go up to $145 for the cabins.

In the backcountry of the St. Joe, via horseback or on foot, are rustic cabins and veteran fishing guides at St. Joe Outfitters and Guides (208-245-4002; www.stjoeoutfitters.com). Three nights in the cabins, with food and guiding, are about $1,500 a person.

Idaho is huckleberry country, and perhaps the best cobbler is at the Elk River Café, (208) 826-3398, in the hamlet of Elk River.

Lake Pend Oreille

Lake Pend Oreille (pronounced Pon-duh-ray), is Idaho’s biggest lake and is the fifth largest lake in the western United States. The name of the lake originated from French hunters from Canada, the French term meaning “looks like ear” because Pend Oreille is shaped like an ear, not that you can tell that when you are on the water. Lake Pend Oreille is approximately 65 miles long and 15 miles wide at the widest spot at the North end of the lake and it can create its own weather. With 111 miles of of breathtaking shoreline, Lake Pend Oreille boasts world class fishing, boating, and water sports.
In prehistoric times, Lake Pend Oreille was part of a massive inland sea called Lake Missoula, which was formed by an ice dam created by huge glaciers protruding down the Purcell Trench that extends down from Canada through the Kootenai Valley. An ice damm standing about 3,000 feet high formed at the cabinet gorge area holding back the waters of Lake Missoula. When the ice dam collapsed and in less than 48 hours Lake Missoula was drained. The force of the 2,000-foot wall of water shooting out of Clark Fork stripped away soil, moving large boulders, and creating deep canyons, or coulees, in the bedrock. There the rush of water was slowed by a narrow passage called the Wallula Gap. This narrow gap caused the waters to back up and a 1,200-foot lake was formed.
Lake Pend Oreille is presently 1,100 + feet deep and at 2,063 feet above sea level. During the Second World War the largest Navel Base in the World, Farragut was here an Lake Pend Oreille. Presently it is an acting Sonar Testing Navel Base and the 4,000 acres of the base ground is a Idaho State Park with many wonderful camping and recreation spots. For our bird lovers the lake is home to Bald eagles, osprey, herons, hawks, kestrals, and is an anglers paradise. Smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, crappie, sunfish, perch, northern pike, bullhead, Rocky Mountain whitefish, pygmy whitefish, squawfish, tench, longnose sucker, large-scale sucker, redside shiner, longnose dace, sculpin and peamouth. White sturgeon and burbot and Kamloops, also known as a Gerrard rainbow .
The Clark Fork river and Pend Orielle were once well revered for its kokanee — a land-locked subspecies of sockeye salmon native to the Pacific Northwest but not to Lake Pend Oreille. They arrived in 1933 when a spring flood swept them out of Flathead Lake in Montana. By the ’50s a commercial kokanee fishery evolved with 1 million fish harvested annually. In 1995, Jim Eversole caught the largest game fish ever taken from Lake Pend Oreille, a 43 lb. 6 oz. mackinaw also known as the lake trout. The lake also claims the world record for a rainbow trout, a 37-pounder caught in 1947 by Wes Hamlet. No matter where you fish in Lake
Pend Oreille, it’s a good bet you’ll have a great day on the water.

Welcome to the Idaho Panhandle

Welcome one and all!
This blog will introduce you to the Idaho Panhandle, one of natures prettiest places on earth. Truly a recreational paradise, our area offers beautiful pristine lakes, rushing rivers, world class sking on snowcapped mountains, camping, fishing, backpacking, and almost every other outdoor activity you can imagine. I will include information about Sandpoint, Clark Fork, Hope, Priest River, Priest Lake, Coeur d’ Alene. I will post about everything from real estate for sale, photos of the area, attractions, events and more.

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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