December 2018 Coeur d'Alene Living Local

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December 2018 Coeur d'Alene Living Local

DECEMBER 2018

LIVING LOCAL

The Holiday Season

Coeur d’Alene Style

Good News

Every Little Bit Helps

Give the Gift

Of Memories

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DECEMBER 2018

VOLUME 8 NUMBER 12

features

Holiday Entertaining Made Simple

Tips and tricks for the season

68

Give the Gift of Memories

Unique gift ideas that last a lifetime and don't

break the budget

Celebrate the Holiday Season

Coeur d’Alene style

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We also realize it would not be possible

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You have likely noticed that our

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stories of those people, organizations and

businesses who are working to make this

community a place people love to call

home. Here you will not find anything

political or controversial; those stories are

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We love to bring stories that are

unique; ones you will not find in other

publications. In a world that finds

many struggling, we enjoy bringing

to the forefront the work of nonprofit

organizations that work tirelessly to bring

blessings to those who may be facing

challenges in life.

Our goal is to not only connect people

in the community but also to inspire one

another, perhaps provide ideas of how

each one of us can give of our time and

talents to make our home an even better

place.

As another year closes, we at Living Local

reflect on how fortunate we are to connect

with amazing people in the communities

we serve. Thank you for sharing your

stories with us as we continue to strive to

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December is here, and with it comes winter and

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Contents

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pg. 28

16 Get Social

Join our Facebook group Coeur d’Alene Living

for a chance to get your photos, recipes and

ideas featured and much more!

20 Essentials

The latest tips and trends

28 Life & Community

An Event Worth Making A Holiday Tradition: Laura

Little Productions presents Traditions of Christmas

30 Good News

Every Little Bit Helps: So many ways to give this

holiday season

34 Business Spotlight

United Way of North Idaho:: Local nonprofit changing

lives in our community

36 In Focus

The Key To Powering Future Innovation: Inland

Northwest Technology Pros Association and IT/OT

convergence

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42 Living Local

A Blessing to the Community: Locals making a

positive impact year round

52 Health & Lifestyle

Tips and informational articles about living a

healthy, active lifestyle

60 Feature Story

My MS: Coping with multiple sclerosis has reflected

the rest of my life

82 Travel & Leisure

Quiet Season on Orcas Island: The perfect

antidote to all the holiday commotion

85 Food & Drink

Your local guide to the tastiest hot spots around

town and local recipes.

93 Arts &

Entertainment

Calendar of great local events, music, sports

and shows!

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Taking Stock of Your Kitchen

BY NIKKI LUTTMANN, DESIGNER AT SEVEN BEE INTERIORS, EXCLUSIVELY FOR PONDERAY DESIGN CENTER

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With the holidays in full swing, our attention

at home naturally turns to the kitchen. The

center of our homes, the kitchen is often

the busiest room in the house. So it’s only

natural that if we look to make any home improvements this

time of year, our first thought is that our kitchens could use

a little “sprucing up.”

So many people are redoing their countertops these days.

Granite and even quartz countertops are growing more

affordable, and their durability can’t be beat. However, I

often caution people against adding new countertops if their

cabinetry is in sad shape, as eventually the cabinets will

have to be replaced as well, and it just does not make sense

to spend the money on counters if their cabinetry will not

last for at least another 10 years. If this is the case with your

kitchen, then my advice is to wait, do it properly and save

for both new cabinets and countertops. You will not regret

spending the extra money to have a whole new kitchen, even

if it means a year or two longer with the old one!

However, if the cabinetry is solid and still functions properly

(i.e. doors and drawers open and close nicely and the overall

layout is acceptable), then a countertop upgrade is merited.

If the cabinets still function and are solid but appear worn

or dirty, then sometimes it can be a good idea to have them

painted or refinished. However, if they are in good shape

and clean but just “dated,” often just the addition of pretty

hardware is all that’s needed to bring the cabinetry up to our

current standards.

Another upgrade option might include cabinets and

laminate countertops that are still in relatively good shape

but a worn, water-stained wood backsplash that we find in

so many houses from the ‘80s and ‘90s. In this case, an easy

fix would be to remove the old wooden splash and replace

it with some great hard-wearing tile that doesn’t break

the bank and ties the whole look together. A qualified tile

installer can have this done in as little as a day or two with

minimal disturbance to the rest of the kitchen.

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Often just the addition of pretty

hardware is all that’s needed.

Flooring works especially hard in a kitchen, taking a

beating from spills, dishes dropping, trash going in

and out, dish water, etc. There are some great new LVP

(Luxury Vinyl Plank) products out there that can go right

over existing sheet vinyl, worn hardwood or even tile, that

can add a layer of durability and beauty to any decorating

scheme. They usually go in quickly and easily, and this is

an upgrade that can be done in as little as a day!

My advice: Take stock of your kitchen, look around

honestly and ask yourself what needs to be replaced,

what can stay and what needs a little tweak to make it

just right for you and your loved ones this holiday season.

And always, if in doubt, contact a professional. Most of us

are trained to take stock of what you already have while

taking your wish list into account and come up with a

game plan to make your dream kitchen a reality.

Take stock of your kitchen, look

around honestly and ask

yourself what needs to be

replaced, what can stay and

what needs a

little tweak.

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BUILDING YOUR

CREATING

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d’Alene Luxury Home or a Rustic

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Meaningful Connections

Bringing together different generations during the holidays

(BPT) - DURING THE HOLIDAYS, FRIENDS AND FAMILIES

GATHER TO CELEBRATE AND SPEND TIME TOGETHER. This

is a wonderful opportunity to create meaningful connections between

people of different ages. However, it’s not uncommon to struggle with

how exactly to do this when those of different generations, political and

cultural beliefs, and religious backgrounds often seem worlds apart.

If you’re looking for thoughtful ways to connect all generations of your

family, from the youngest to the oldest, and bypass divisive topics, these

smart ideas will inspire.

Passing Down Trades and Traditions

Older generations have wisdom, experience and many traditions to share

with those willing to learn. Talk with loved ones about their favorite

traditions and then ask which ones they can teach to the family. You

might be surprised what older generations cherish as traditions.

For example, consider organizing a time for everyone to bake a time -

-honored recipe together. Perhaps it’s learning a holiday tradition that

provides a cultural experience that younger generations have never done.

Keeping an open mind and trying something new together is guaranteed

to be a bonding experience.

Storytelling and Archiving

One of the most meaningful ways people of different generations can

connect is through sharing stories. Sometimes you just need a little

help getting the conversation started. That’s why Atria Senior Living,

inspired by its residents, created Atria StoryWise, a curated collection of

cards featuring thoughtfully selected topics and cues designed to spark

memories and fuel conversation.

You can spur conversation with loved ones in a similar manner with the

Atria StoryWise companion app, available free to everyone. Instantly

access intriguing topics to encourage meaningful conversation, plus the

app allows you to record, share and keep the stories—and voices—of

family and friends forever. Learn more at AtriaStoryWise.com.

Flip Through Photo Albums and Scrapbooks

There’s nothing like a nostalgic image to get people talking. Whether it’s a

photo featuring childhood friends, a school portrait or wedding images, a

picture is truly worth a thousand words. Dig out those old photo albums

and flip through them with the entire family.

Another worthwhile activity that brings generations together is making

a scrapbook. You can use old images or focus on recent pictures, but

collaborating on a craft is time well spent. If you prefer, use a digital

scrapbook program to organize photos. Whatever path you choose, take

notes of who is in the image and any fun stories that go along with them.

This is what turns a typical photo album into a cherished keepsake.

Use these ideas to transform your next holiday into one filled with

memories. You’ll inspire new connections between family members as

you laugh, love and live life to the fullest.

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CREATE MAGIC DURING

THE SEASON OF GIVING

DAILY ACTIVITIES TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

By Deborah Olive

WHAT’S YOUR PERSPECTIVE ON THE HOLIDAYS? Are they

magical or overwhelming? Do you look forward to participating or

are they emotionally draining? You may experience any or all of these

perspectives—depending on the day.

When I was a kid, the holiday season was magical. The adults in my

life intended to make them special—and they did. Today, it’s not up to

someone else to create the magic. Instead, I realize that my perspective

shapes my experience of the holidays. As an adult, and a business owner,

I have an opportunity to create a bit of magic for others. Of course, that’s

my perspective and my intention. What’s yours?

This is a season of giving.

Though it may seem counterintuitive, the businesses that give more

value than they receive are the businesses that thrive. For example, an

accountant who prepares taxes for $1,000 and saves their client $5,000

gives more than they receive. The client is pleased with the value delivered

by their accountant and tells others. Word of mouth, Facebook and Yelp

reviews are powerful tools in growing a thriving business.

How do you give more than you receive? It’s not always financial. In fact,

many times it’s not. It’s how your client feels after interacting with you.

Have you added a little magic in their day? Do your clients or customers

feel welcome? Have you eased their pain? Solved a problem? Are your

interactions personal? In a world that’s busier every year than the last,

a personal touch can be powerful—for both of you. What value do you

deliver? Do you provide more than expected?

When you set the intention to give and you see the world from the

perspective of a giver, you become one of the people who creates a bit of

magic. Here are a few ideas that you can work into your daily activities

that won’t break the budget—but they do create a little magic:

1. Smile. When you share a genuine smile and intentionally want

someone to feel welcome, you can make their day.

2. Intentionally create an experience. I recently attended an open house

filled with conversation, laughter, hot beverages, prizes and opportunities

to admire the wares of the business owner. It was a “win” for everyone.

3. Select your favorite charity and give back.

4. Offer an unexpected compliment and start a conversation.

5. Give a gift personalized to your recipient. For example, give a gift with

“their” logo on it, rather than yours.

6. Give a note of appreciation, sharing specifically what you appreciate

about that person.

7. Provide the gift of patience. In the hustle and bustle of the season,

giving someone the time they need can be more welcome than you know.

8. Provide a drawing for a grab bag or a gift to a charity on someone’s

behalf.

9. Extend an invitation to a special event or meet someone there.

10. Tap your creativity.

Your perspective and how you walk through the world makes all the

difference in what you create during this giving season. You decide.

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FINANCIAL FOCUS

NEED MONEY MANAGEMENT?

FIVE WAYS A PRO CAN HELP

(BPT) - WHILE MANY BELIEVE ONLY

THE WEALTHY NEED FINANCIAL

PROFESSIONALS, the truth is that hiring

such key advisors may help pay for itself

financially and bring you peace of mind—

regardless of your economic status.

Consider how these five life stages can be

important times to seek professional guidance

and advice about your financial future.

You’re saving for college tuition - It’s no secret

today’s college costs can be astronomical, but

of course most parents want to provide their

children as many advantages as possible. The

earlier in your kids’ lives you begin investing,

the faster their college fund(s) can accrue.

A professional can help decipher the best

methods for helping make that happen.

You’re getting ready to retire - Now what?

Only 50 percent of Americans have stocked

away more than $10,000 for retirement so far,

reports the American Payroll Association.

But even if you're nearing 50 and have a

minimal amount in your retirement fund, it’s

not too late to start building wealth for your

future. Whether you plan for lifetime income

via an annuity or opt for another savings

vehicle as part of your retirement strategy,

a professional can assess your situation

and develop a strategy with the goal of a

comfortable retirement in mind.

and bills may be an added burden you’re not

prepared to address. That’s when a session

with a financial professional may ease your

mind and even be a preemptive strike against

future money troubles.

You want to start investing - Finding a

financial professional who understands your

situation and can design solutions for your

day-to-day financial concerns can go a long

way toward financial peace of mind, says

Salene Hitchcock-Gear, president, Prudential

Individual Life Insurance and Prudential

Advisors. You might be tempted to DIY, but a

financial professional can see the big picture

and work with you to create a strategy based

on your timeline, risk tolerance and goals.

Bottom line? You don't need to be a

millionaire to benefit from the services of a

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An Event Worth Making A

LAURA LITTLE

PRODUCTIONS

PRESENTS TRADITIONS

OF CHRISTMAS

BY JILLIAN CHANDLER

The seventh annual Traditions of Christmas

once again makes its way to the Salvation

Army Kroc Center in Coeur d’Alene. This

Radio City Music Hall-style show runs

December 7 through 23 and is sure to inspire the

hearts of audience members both young and old.

During the performance, the audience will be

treated to beautiful Dickens vocalists, a heartfelt

military tribute, kick-line dancers, Santa and his

elves and so much more. “The audience doesn’t have

time to get bored or restless, as there is so much to

take in,” says Laura Little, producer and artistic

director.

“It feels a bit like the Radio City Music Hall’s

Christmas performance,” she says. “It’s grand and

colorful, and there are moments that will make you

laugh and moments that will touch your heart.” The

show’s cast features 70 people and 400 costumes! “It

really is a spectacular!” Laura adds.

What really sets Traditions of Christmas apart from

other Christmas theatrical performances is its pace,

variety and educational aspect. In addition to the

dancing and singing fanfare, they talk and sing

about different ways people celebrate Christmas

internationally and other historical facts about

Christmas.

2018 marks the shows seventh year, and it has been

woven into families’ Christmas celebratory schedule

as Laura had hoped from the show’s debut. “I think

they enjoy the fact that while we keep some of the

key elements the same, we change out other scenes

so they don’t see the exact same show year after

year,” she says. “I have had the pleasure of hearing

stories from families about how they go home after

the show and discuss their favorite scenes or how

they want to audition in years to come. As a matter

of fact, we have many families that have auditioned

together and being in the show has become a

tradition within itself.”

For show dates and times and to purchase tickets,

visit KrocCdA.org/tickets.

“It brings me great joy to have found a way to help

fill so many people with the Christmas spirit,” says

Laura.

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Every Little Bit Helps

So many

ways to give

this holiday

season

BY COLIN ANDERSON

The holiday season means many things to

many people, but the true spirit of the

season is the generosity and kindness

shared among family, friends and even

strangers. There is a constant need for those who are

less fortunate, and December is a time where you

can really make an impact in your community. You

don’t have to be a huge financial donor to make a

difference, as there are so many ways you can help

improve the lives with simple acts of kindness, an

extra purchase or a few hours of your time.

KROC Ring the Bell Campaign

The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign is in

full swing, and you’ve likely heard the bells going in

and out for groceries and at other retailers. Grab the

loose change from your car and drop it in the bucket

as you pass by. The Salvation Army Kroc Center

relies on the money raised in the Red Kettles—in

coins, dollars and credit card gifts—to help our

neighbors in need in Kootenai County at Christmas

and throughout the year. Bell ringers are also always

needed. You can sign up for a two-hour shift by

visiting KrocCdA.org. Donations are accepted

through Christmas Eve.

Amazon Smile

Many of us prefer to do our shopping online,

especially if you are sending packages to loved

ones spread out across the country. Now, even your

Amazon purchases can help impact local nonprofits

through the Amazon Smiles program. Simply log

in to your account or create a new one at Smile.

Amazon.com, and 0.5 percent of your eligible

purchase can be directed to a nonprofit of your

choice. Click the “Supporting” link under the search

bar and look up a nonprofit of your choice by name

or location. To date, the program has generated

more than $105 million in donations.

CASA Kidz Closet

The CASA Kidz Closet is a place for CASA advocates

and foster families to go to receive necessary support

and supplies for children in the program. During

December, the Kidz Closet is in need of Christmas

toys for children ages 3 and older. Gifts are presented

to children in the program so they can share in the

happiness of the season. Additional items are always

in demand and include stuffed animals, baby clothes

and diapers, toiletries, books, school supplies and

warm winter clothes.

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Toys for Tots Drop-off Locations!

For a full List go to:

coeur-d-alene-id.toysfortots.org/local-coordinator-sites/lco-sites/default.aspx

Lake City High School

North Idaho College

CDA Fire Stations 1,2,3,4,

Super 1 Foods

Edward Jones

Peak Health and Wellness

Idaho Independent Bank

Capone's

Parkside Condominiums

Orvis

Goodwill’s Holiday Décor Event

Hospice of North Idaho Tree Lighting Ceremony

You’ve got your tree and are always on the search for new and unique

decorations. Stop by your local Goodwill donation center and you might

be surprised to find a very impressive collection of decorations. Staff at

each location decorates trees inside the store, highlighting the unique

new and used items that come through the door. If you are helping

decorate a tree for an auction event, this is a great place to start. You

purchase helps fund programs that include rapid re-housing, veterans’

support, job training and more. Eighty-five cents of each dollar spent at

Goodwill goes into these local programs.

Nadine’s Mexican Kitchen Children’s Village Fundraiser

This Rathdrum favorite will be serving breakfast on December 15 with

100 percent of the proceeds going to buy Christmas gifts for the kids

who live at the Children’s Village. Gifts will be wrapped, and the kids

will come out the following Saturday to open them. Tickets are $25 per

person and include a mimosa or a glass of fresh juice. Breakfast will also

include fresh fruit gazpacho. Tickets can be purchased at the restaurant

during business hours.

Menu items include: pork or grilled veggie verde hash; huevos divorciado

with pork, chorizo or grilled vegetables; machaca; horchata french toast;

huevos rancheros with pork, chorizo or grilled veggies.

Gather your family for an evening of music and calm reflection in

remembrance of those we grieve this holiday season. Hospice of North

Idaho will be holding a tree lighting ceremony on Wednesday, December

12, at its Prairie Avenue location. Each household will receive a special

keepsake ornament for their tree. Enjoy refreshments after the ceremony

at the Hospice Community Building. All are welcome to this communityoriented

ceremony. The lighting runs from 5:30 to 7pm, and there will be

a similar event in Kellogg the following evening.

Serve a Senior a Hot Meal

The Lake City Center serves hundreds of seniors each month inside their

building, but many in our area are homebound and are unable to make

the trip in. The Center operates the local Meals on Wheels food delivery

program and is always in need of additional volunteers. The homedelivered

meals program services Coeur d’Alene, Hayden and Dalton

Gardens Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Right now the center is serving

an average of 110 clients each month. If you have an extra hour or two

in your week, help bring a hot meal and share a nice conversation with

a local senior.

Whether it’s a small gift, your spare change, an online purchase or a bit of

your time, your small act combined with others in your community can

go a long ways toward making the holidays brighter for those in need.

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Six Decades of Service

Local nonprofit changing

lives in our community

BY JILLIAN CHANDLER

UNITED WAY OF NORTH IDAHO

501 EAST LAKESIDE AVENUE, SUITE 3

COEUR D’ALENE, IDAHO 83814

208.667.8112

UNITEDWAYOFNORTHIDAHO.ORG

WHEN IT COMES TO THE LONGEVITY

OF UNITED WAY NORTH IDAHO, MARK

ATTRIBUTES ITS SUCCESS TO THE NORTH IDAHO

COMMUNITY, INDIVIDUALS AT ALL LEVELS,

WHO HAVE JOINED TO LIVE UNITED WHETHER

BY GIVING TO THE CAMPAIGN, VOLUNTEERING

THEIR TIME OR ADVOCATING FOR IMPORTANT

CAUSES.

With a mission to create a world in which all individuals and

families can achieve their full potential through education,

financial stability and healthy lives, United Way of North

Idaho is continuing to lead the way in engaging community

leaders in charitable giving campaigns to help advance the common good of

our local communities.

Established in 1957 as the United Crusade organization so that more

funds would remain here in North Idaho, United Way of North Idaho is a

501c3 nonprofit organization which invests in direct services and systems

to strengthen the community, collaborating with community partners and

connecting volunteers with their passions.

“Many people are familiar with the United Way model of providing

opportunities to invest in local nonprofits through workplace contributions.

But we do much more than that, too!” says Mark Tucker, executive director.

“In order to be good stewards of community donations and make progress

toward goals that improve our citizens’ quality of life, we must first understand

the unique needs of our area. We engage citizen volunteers, partner agencies,

research and community conversations to continually keep a pulse on what

the most pressing issues are for North Idahoans.”

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According to Keri Stark, director of community impact, volunteer councils

of approximately 30 people with expertise in education, financial stability or

health guide their grant investments, which are made in local not-for-profit

agencies and schools through the Community Care Fund—pooled funds

created through workplace contributions and corporate matches

“We have developed and are currently implementing a data reporting

framework that includes a limited, core set of indicators that measures

and proactively conveys United Way’s aggregate impact,” she says. “This

will show the shared return on investment to companies and donors, and

provide meaningful data that illustrates the difference that we are making in

education, financial stability and health.”

The United Way’s ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed)

project is a grassroots movement that seeks to redefine financial hardship

by providing comprehensive, unbiased data to help inform policy solutions.

The term ALICE was coined to shed light on those essential workers often

overlooked by other economic indicators and policy discussions.

The local Community ALICE Task Force focuses on a range of system changes

that both support ALICE in the short term and become more financially

secure in the long term. Subgroups are currently working on solutions in

childcare, financial education and housing/transportation. (Details can be

found online by visiting UnitedWayofNorthIdaho.org/ALICE.)

“The most rewarding thing is recognizing and appreciating the connections

among people in our community,” Keri says. “The thing that the ALICE

report has shown is there isn’t ‘us and them’—it’s just us. We all have a stake

in a healthy community. The organizational model of United Way is a good

model—it works with all sectors to build strong communities.”

When it comes to the longevity of United Way North Idaho, Mark attributes

its success to the North Idaho community, individuals at all levels, who have

joined to live united whether by giving to the campaign, volunteering their

time or advocating for important causes.

“We encourage volunteerism and network with businesses, community

organizations and individuals to connect people with their volunteer

passions,” he says. At United Way, they can connect you or your group with a

great volunteer project, out at an agency site, on location at your business or

even remotely. Call them to learn more!

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Looking forward, successful convergence

of information technology (IT) and

operational technology (OT) will be a

driving force behind business-growth

initiatives. Through the integration of these

two disciplines, companies can utilize real data

to drive efficiencies and productivity that will

accelerate product-to-market times and boost

demand while reducing costs and risks. It also

creates opportunities for economic growth that

strengthen communities.

While operational technology brings value to

the manufacturing industry through sensors and

devices, information technology supports the

software used to process the required information

to manufacture products and run the business.

Overcoming challenges posed by the traditionally

competing priorities of the two groups is crucial

to successful convergence; these include merging

strategies, governance and protocol, as well as

security and data.

Two Inland Northwest companies are leading the

charge with significant examples of how IT/OT

convergence creates competitive advantages and

fuels innovation.

Litehouse, Inc.

For Litehouse, a longtime food and beverage

manufacturer, necessity was the mother of

invention. In order to meet customer demands

and increase sales positioning, the company

needed to improve the quality and accuracy of

package labeling by utilizing data and reducing

manual processes. Other contributing factors

included numerous variations in labeling

requirements for individual customers as well as

bridging the skills gap at their five manufacturing

plants in Idaho, Michigan and Utah.

In the previous methods, workers did not have

access to a single source of data and had to

rely on manual processes. For shipping-box

labeling, customer-specific information was

manually punched into a kiosk at the end of the

production line and labels were spray coded onto

each box. Pillow prints required changing out

plates on a system similar to an old-style letter

press for proper embossing. This was both time

consuming and prone to errors that ultimately

drove up costs and limited product distribution.

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FOCUS

THE KEY TO

POWERING FUTURE

INNOVATION

INLAND NORTHWEST

TECHNOLOGY PROS ASSOCIATION

AND IT/OT CONVERGENCE

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Solutions proposed by printing-equipment

manufacturers were costly and inefficient,

requiring the creation and maintenance of a

combined 900-plus label images and templates,

as well as the purchase of additional equipment

and software licenses.

According to Derek Christensen, senior

director of information technology, the

company decided to assemble an in-house IT/

OT team to define the project’s requirements.

Through this collaboration, the team found

they were able to build and deploy an affordable

print-and-apply labeling system for two forms

of packaging by combining capabilities of

existing IT and OT systems. Christensen

says this plan was also scalable and highly

maintainable, taking only five months to fully

implement.

The new system utilizes Litehouse’s ERP

program to pull customer-specific job data to

generate labels that pass through centralized

security firewalls as they are sent to the plant

printers. Production workers now have the

flexibility to edit labels before packaging is

complete to ensure accuracy.

The implementation of this print-and-apply

label system through IT/OT convergence has

resulted in overwhelming benefits, not just

for Litehouse’s business operations but for

employees as well, according to Christensen.

With the means to automatically print labels

directly on the production line, operator setup

times have decreased from 10 minutes to

10 seconds for every job run. This new smartmanufacturing

environment has expanded the

company’s sales positioning by giving them

the ability to meet the demands of existing

customers and gain new ones more effectively.

Immediate cost savings included tens of

thousands of dollars in equipment purchases

and a 50-percent reduction in software-license

fees. Most importantly, the new system created

consistency and accuracy that increased

Litehouse’s credibility, thereby generating

greater product demand by demonstrating their

ability to meet exact customer requirements

for how the product arrives.

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Litehouse’s leadership was instrumental in fostering an inclusive

environment of open communication that bridged the relationships

between IT and OT. Short-term benefits were presented to all

stakeholders early in the process to inspire the group. Conscientious

management of the team and their tasks resulted in an innovative

solution that would positively impact the entire business going

forward.

Hecla Mining Company

Hecla Mining Company’s IT/OT convergence was motivated by their

commitment to improving safety while creating efficiencies and

reducing costs to stay competitive. Hecla needed the ability to perform

mining tasks remotely to enhance the well-being of their workers while

increasing productivity. Controlling equipment and related maintenance

costs were also vital to achieving business objectives.

Brock Tenney, IT operations supervisor, says the convergence team

worked together, pulling from their areas of expertise to identify off-theshelf

components that were robust enough to handle industrial equipment

operations and suitable to the harsh underground environment. Their

solution required almost no intervention from IT for deployment, and

most importantly, allowed for local decisions underground.

Battery-powered distribution points were daisy-chained from Hecla’s

existing network with powered fiber cabling throughout the mines to

relay data and pull power from their main distribution points. Wireless

access points using Power over Ethernet (PoE) technology minimized the

number of cables that had to be strung.

Hecla can now perform autonomous and tele-remote mining, as well as

execute network-based remote blasting from within offices on the surface.

Personnel, along with environmental conditions, such as temperature

and gas levels, are monitored in real time, optimizing safety and reducing

risks. Equipment is tracked and scheduled for routine maintenance based

on actual data to decrease costs and create efficiencies.

Tenney, who led the convergence team, believes leadership must be

willing to be bold, try new solutions and demonstrate how they can

improve work processes to create a global benefit. He says curious people

ask questions that can be a catalyst for change. Underground-worker

concerns about the level of monitoring were quickly alleviated once they

were able to use the tools and see the benefits for themselves. In fact,

former employees who stay in touch with Tenney have expressed that

without these types of tools and technology at their new jobs, they are less

productive and feel less empowered. He also credits the project’s success

to setting and managing expectations, along with open communication

that promotes an environment of contribution and collaboration to make

better products and improve lives.

With attrition trends widening the skills gap, businesses must turn

to technology and automated processes to grow effectively. IT/OT

initiatives, by design, will create new roles that help businesses attract

employees, as well as advance and retain current staffing, while driving

innovation that encourages economic progress.

Inland Northwest Technology Pros Association is making a difference in the

IT industry by enabling competitive advantages that act as a cornerstone of

economic development in the community. Learn more about how you can

get involved at INWTechPros.io.

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Germany where his father was stationed in

the U.S. Army. His natural talent was quickly

discovered and, through a great deal of hard

work, Karter was soon traveling around

Europe to various meets and placing well in

his events.

“I really started to enjoy the exhilaration,”

said Karter. He recently experienced that

again when he placed first in the 100-yard

breaststroke and third in the 200-yard

individual medley at the Idaho High School

State Championship Meet in Boise.

“I originally hadn’t planned to compete in

the breaststroke because freestyle has been

my best stroke for the past few years, but I

wanted to switch it up a bit,” said Karter, who

is also a member of Coeur d’Alene Area Swim

Team with whom he swims year round.

“One of my accomplishments during the

club swim season is qualifying for Senior

Sectionals in Seattle for the past three years.

This is a very large and fast meet with some

difficult qualifying times,” he said.

Still undecided as to where he will attend

college, Karter says he is considering

becoming a mechanical engineer or possibly

an anesthesiologist.

While training can be grueling at times,

Karter said he really enjoys the competition.

“There’s no better feeling than when I touch

the wall, look at the board and see either

first place or the time I was aiming for,” said

Karter. “With swimming, I like how I know

exactly what I’m training for. It’s not like a

football game where other people determine

the win or loss. If I work hard and do my

best, then the end result was based solely on

whether I achieved what I was working for

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THE MONTH

BROUGHT TO YOU BY

Toriana Wilson

LAKE CITY HIGH SCHOOL

Hard work and dedication have

led Lake City High School

senior Toriana Wilson to be

ranked fourth in her class of

374 seniors and maintain a 4.287 GPA. Her

course load is nothing less than challenging

with honors, advanced placement and dualcredit

courses. In addition to a challenging

academic schedule, Toriana has been a

member of the Lake City High School

varsity swim team for the past four years,

serving as captain this year.

“This year our LCHS women’s team won

the Idaho Fall Sports Academic State

Championship with an average GPA of 3.9,”

said Toriana of her team’s accomplishment.

Toriana is also a senior squad member of

the local year-round club Coeur d’Alene

Area Swim Team where she serves as cocaptain.

She describes herself as a people person who

especially enjoys working with children. “I

also have a passion for math and science, so

a degree in nursing seems to be my calling,”

said Toriana, adding that she hopes to

solidify a specialty study such as oncology,

pediatric or neonatal nursing but is yet

undecided as to what college she will attend.

“I am also very interested in exploring

travel-abroad experiences in college and

may also pursue similar opportunities in

the first few years of my career as a nurse.”

Toriana experienced an injury her freshman

year that set her back when it came to

swimming. She shares that the biggest

challenge was learning how to heal herself

mentally following her injury.

“Fixing your body is mechanical—it’s easier.

It’s external. But fixing your mentality is

exhausting and difficult. There’s a formula

of patience and determination and self-love

that is used to heal people’s broken minds,”

said Toriana.

Toriana is grateful for the experiences and

life lessons that swimming has taught her.

The most important one, she said, is how

much one’s attitude can influence another

person, something she learned in her role

as a team captain.

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We all know that we are truly blessed to call Coeur

d’Alene our home. Not just because of its natural beauty

but because of the community in which we live. It is a

community made up of the young, the young at heart

and everyone in between. We are from all walks of life, financial status,

retirees and those with aspirations yet to be fulfilled. The hospitality,

kindness and generosity of those who live here can be seen not only this

holiday season but throughout the year.

We all have busy lives, and many of us can find it difficult to find time

outside of work and family life to dedicate time to things we enjoy. But

there are people who are not just taking time for themselves—they are

dedicating their time to numerous causes and organizations to make a

positive difference in our local community.

“I grew up in a home that taught me to give back,” says Tabitha Wiltse.

“I love that I have the ability to give my time and talent to different

organizations. I am fulfilled by connecting and helping others.”

Originally from Harrison, Idaho, the 32-year-old had moved around

until her path brought her back to the Coeur d’Alene area five years ago.

The executive director for the North Idaho Trail Foundation and PR

consultant, Tabitha firmly believes in the importance of giving back to

her local community. You will find her spending time at the Children’s

Village working as a gift coordinator, in donor relations and fundraising.

As the BikeCDA Board president, she does much of the outreach. She

also does fundraising for the Kootenai County Police and Fire Memorial

Foundation and is involved with creating nonprofit nights at Cosmic

Cowboy.

During the holiday season, she says, BikeCDA has teamed up with

community members to raise money for bike lights for kids riding their

bikes during the winter months. Children’s Village is helping connect

past residents needing things for the holidays and community members

who have left the Children’s Village.

“I have never felt more fulfilled than when I am connecting people

together in our community,” Tabitha says. “I love seeing nonprofits,

organizations and even businesses succeed. Knowing I had a small part

in that is the best.”

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“I grew up in a home that taught me to give back.”

Thirty-five-year-old Shane Greenfield, a realtor at Coldwell Banker

Schneidmiller Realty, moved to Coeur d’Alene when he was just 5 and

has called Coeur d’Alene home ever since. A graduate of the 2016 CDA

Leadership class, Shane currently sits on the committee. He is also a

member of The Coeur Group, a young men’s entrepreneurial organization

developed for service projects in the Coeur d’Alene area, in which he

helps with social media, their Locker Program and is a representative to

Make A Wish.

When it comes to what he enjoys most about being part of the local

community, he says it’s the people. “Our area has changed so much in

the past 15 years, and it has brought all sorts of ideas. Beyond that, the

community is the most giving you will find. Whether it be The Coeur

Group’s Locker Program, Children’s Village or another fantastic charity,

people always want to help, and we always have a good time doing it.”

The Coeur Group became involved with Make A Wish, as they didn’t

have many North Idaho representatives, according to Shane, and are

currently helping two children and look forward to continuing to help

children in our area. “One of my favorite events of the year to work at

is the North Idaho Youth Ranches Wine, Women and Shoes. It is a blast

benefiting a fantastic local charity,” he says.

During this holiday season, The Coeur Group joined Community Action

Partnership in handing out meals to those in need. They are also helping

with the Salvation Army’s bell ringing and Books for Tots.

Shane firmly believes that being active in your local community inspires

change. “We can’t affect change unless we contribute. Helping others

should be a priority. I believe the better your community is, the better you

are, as we all benefit from a healthy community,” he says. “We get so tied

up in our own lives that we forget how fortunate we are. It’s nice to be able

to go to bed and know you did something that made someone else’s day.”

Another local who encourages community involvement is Matthew

Higgins. Originally from Montana, Matthew came to Coeur d’Alene to

attend North Idaho College, and as he says, “I made every effort possible

to stay and make this my home.”

A private banker at Idaho Trust Bank, the 38-year-old is a board member

with The Coeur Group. When asked what drew him to become involved

with TCG, he says, “I only wanted to play my part in a community that

I very much care for, and the people here. I wanted to grow, learn and

develop as much as I could also, and this has drastically helped.”

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The Coeur Locker Program, supported

by The Coeur Group and Matt Anderson

at Tapley Cabinets, builds and supports

lockers in the area schools for children who

are in need of clothing, school supplies and

additional necessities. The Coeur Group

builds and installs these lockers and donates

$2,000 for an initial grant to purchase items.

These items are then placed in the locker for

those kids in need.

“We have done a great job with our Coeur

Locker Program, building and installing

lockers in every school in the 271 district,

and we are also branching out of this district

to Post Falls and north,” says Matthew.

Brian Babb, 35, is another young individual

who is helping make a difference in local

communities. Born and raised in Coeur

d’Alene, he attended Ramsey Elementary,

Lakes Middle School, Lake City High School

and Gonzaga University. Owner and financial

advisor at White Pine Wealth Management,

he serves on the Board of Director for The

Coeur Group as well as the local Alumni

Association Chapter.

“The perspective gained by working with

those less fortunate makes me a better person

and parent. And it’s fun!” he says. “Some of

the most memorable projects I’ve worked

on have included organizing military care

packages, weekend construction projects in

local schools and distributing Thanksgiving

dinners to families in need.”

Brian also works with Idaho Make A Wish

as a wish granter helping match eligible

kids with their one true wish. “Helping

put a smile on a kid’s face that is fighting a

critical illness is a joyful experience,” he says.

Brian and his wife Jodi also host an annual

fundraiser, Grown Up Prom, where attendees

dress up like proms of the past for dancing

and merriment. Donated items are raffled off

with all money raised going directly to local

teachers for use in their classrooms.

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He encourages those in the community,

especially those with kids and grandkids,

to reach out to their teacher, counselor or

principal. “They are always in touch with

the needs of their school and their local

neighborhood,” says Brian. “And it often only

takes a small commitment to make a tangible

impact.”

We as a community are blessed to have these

individuals among us. If you are inspired to get

involved in your local community and looking

to give back this holiday season, follow Tabitha’s

lead. “Find something you are passionate about

and do it. Find something that you get excited

about and give.”

Shane concludes, “Find what you’re good at

and figure out how your puzzle piece fits.”

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North Idaho College

VOGT RETURNS TO NIC

VOGT’S EXHIBIT ‘ENDLESSLY REWINDING’ TO

SHOW IN THE NIC CORNER GALLERY

ARTICLE PROVIDED BY NORTH IDAHO COLLEGE

North Idaho College Boswell Hall

Corner Gallery founder Allie

Kurtz Vogt will exhibit her art

entitled “Endlessly Rewinding” in

the gallery from November 13, 2018, through

February 1, 2019. She will hold a slide lecture

Wednesday, January 23, from 4 to 5m in Boswell

Hall Room 146.

Vogt began teaching at NIC in 1980, continuing

until her retirement in 2014, for a grand total of

34 years. She guided the art department through

this time, received the faculty achievement award,

served on committees across campus, served as

both division chair and assistant division chair,

and participated actively in arts organizations and

schools in the community. She started the gallery

at North Idaho College in 1985, originally titled

the Union Gallery and located in the full lower

floor of the Edminster Student Union Building

until 1996 when the building’s remodel resulted

in moving to the Boswell Corner Gallery in 1997.

She directed the gallery until she retired in 2014.

Vogt is a visual artist whose work is a fusion

of imagination, memory, observation and

glimpses of reality. Her work is often shaped

and influenced by autobiographical details.

Childhood recollections and observations have

extended her internal and external conversations

and provided a rich visual inheritance for the

formulation of her images.

The Corner Gallery is open Monday through

Thursday from 10am to 4pm and Friday 10am

to 2:30pm. Admission to the gallery is free. For

more information, call 208.769.3202.

She started the gallery at

North Idaho College in

1985, originally titled the

Union Gallery.

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Caramel Kitchen

Welcome to Caramel Kitchen, where this family owned

business specializes in hand-crafted caramel sauce. Located

in the Silver Lake Mall, Caramel Kitchen makes their caramel

sauce the old-fashioned way using only all-natural ingredients:

cane sugar, cream, butter, sea salt and vanilla. Each sauce they

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The Big Picture

Global Kitchen

Serving the community for 26 years, The Big Picture specializes

in senior, family, children and business photography. Both

outdoor and indoor (studio) sessions are available, allowing

them to capture the perfect photo year round. Combined with

owner/photographer Mark Huender’s expertise in lighting,

posing and re-touching techniques, he can capture just what

you’re looking for. Choose from photographic prints, canvas

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Located in Downtown Coeur d’Alene, discover unique flavors

and modern cuisine offered in a wide variety of small plates.

Focused on locally sourced produce, seasonal cooking and

healthy eating, the menu offers elevated simplicity with

fresh, flavorful foods that shine. Pair your meal with a glass

of wine from their extensive wine list or a regional craft brew.

Open daily at 3pm.

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Collective Kitchen Public House

A modern restaurant with a retro vibe, the menu features a wonderful

selection of plates perfect for sharing and fresh entrees. “Social Plates” like

the bacon-wrapped figs, ahi sashimi and poutine to avariety of sandwiches,

burgers and street tacos are complemented by a wide selection of wine and

51 brews on tap. Open for lunch and dinner daily 11am to 9pm.

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Do Your Homework

Know what your fitness or nutrition coach’s credentials really mean

By Kenny Markwardt, CSCS

YOU MAY HAVE READ MY RECENT ARTICLE REGARDING THE

IMPORTANCE OF FINDING A COACH to help you achieve your fitness

and nutrition goals. But did you know that the fitness and nutrition industry

is one of the worst when it comes to qualifications?

Literally, in less than a few hours, you could look up and find an online

certification, skim through their material, pass their online test and call

yourself a trainer. You could buy insurance and hang up the sign on your

personal training studio by this afternoon.

Compare that to our brothers and sisters in body mechanics and physical

training. Physical therapists require three years of specialized school in

addition to their initial college degree. Chiropractors are similar.

You may be thinking to yourself, “Yeah, but those are medical professionals,

trainers are just trainers.”

Right, and that mindset and situation is exactly how we’ve gotten to the place

we are in. Trusting that a trainer or coach knows what they are doing has

gotten a whole lot of people hurt. An exercise professional should lie on the

continuum of health and wellness professionals, not be an outlier.

Where an orthopedic surgeon makes repairs to the body via surgery and

manually returning things back to the way they should be, a physical therapist

establishes corrective movements and manual therapy externally to restore

proper range of motion and pain-free function to those joints. A qualified

exercise professional should continue that path and strengthen those parts,

allowing them to be used optimally and prevent further injury.

Outside the context of rehabilitation, this continuum still exists, but the

starting point differs. In my field, we should be evaluating “healthy” people

to make sure they are in fact moving in ways that will provide them the best

vehicle for success long term, fixing the things that fall within our scope of

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AN EXERCISE

PROFESSIONAL

SHOULD LIE ON THE

CONTINUUM OF

HEALTH AND WELLNESS

PROFESSIONALS

IN MY FIELD,

WE SHOULD BE

EVALUATING

“HEALTHY” PEOPLE

TO MAKE SURE

THEY ARE IN

FACT MOVING IN

WAYS THAT WILL

PROVIDE THEM

THE BEST VEHICLE

FOR SUCCESS LONG

TERM.

practice, like limited range of motion, strength

imbalances and glaring weaknesses, then leading a

person down the path toward their best physical version

of themselves.

Unfortunately the state of affairs and regulation within

fitness and nutrition does not allow for the professional

coach to be differentiated from the trainer. The online

trained coach is seen on the same plane as the pro

who has been through schooling and has legitimate

credentials.

How are you as the consumer supposed to navigate

that landscape to ensure you don’t end up in the wrong

hands? You just need to do your homework.

If you are interested in hiring a fitness or nutrition

coach, you should:

• Interview them, ask them questions. You’ll get a feel.

• Do your research on their credentials. Just look up the

letters or credentials they have listed on their website.

• Do your research on their experience. You don’t want

to be their crash-test dummy. Make sure they’ve done

this before.

• Ask around. Reputations can tell you a lot.

*A quick note on credentials, certifications, seminars,

etc. There are a ton of fantastic weekend certifications

out there. That’s somewhat the nature of this industry.

These just require an objective eye. Understand that

there are two sides to that story. One side is that they

spent about 16 hours learning something that they

may or may not use as a tool. That’s good. The other

side is that it was really only 16 hours and that one of

those should really just be one of their tools. I tend to be

skeptical of the one-trick ponies, where they’ve only got

a series of certifications from one body. It’s important to

be well rounded and know other approaches to fitness.

On a similar note, another way to look at this industry is

as a self-guided post-graduate program. Someone who

has taken a class on Shakespeare does not mean they

are qualified to instruct you on how to be a playwright.

However, if someone took the initiative to say, “Hey,

there really isn’t an established way to do that, so I’m

going to do it on my own by taking as many courses and

reading as many books as I can,” that’d be someone you

might look to, respect and value their opinion.

The takeaway from all of this is to understand that not

all fitness and nutrition coaches are equal, that it’s up to

you do to your homework, and that it’s time to demand

more from the people in this industry.

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Fitness Challenges Equal

Lifelong Changes

IT’S ALL IN THE APPROACH

BY JENNIFER WIGGLESWORTH, BARREU, COEUR D’ALENE

If fitness challenges create lifelong changes,

why do we find the same people joining

these challenges time after time? When

thinking of a fitness challenge, most believe

it to be a competitive drive of will against

other competitors. The reality, however, is it’s a

competition within themselves. When joining a

fitness challenge, one typically sacrifices certain

food cravings, favorite treats and possibly even

social situations to stay “on top.” Workouts

tend to be “brutal,” maintaining the mindset

that whatever needs to be done can be done to

get to the ultimate goal. But then, what? With

the challenge complete, one may have gained

achievements of strength, possibly weight loss,

but what has been given up in the process? And,

more importantly, are these changes sustainable

over time?

Think of today’s “yo-yo” dieting—a most

popular cliché that is pertaining to a society

of people continuing to entertain one diet or

fitness challenge after another, only to achieve

short-term results. Quick weight loss is great, at

first. Building muscle is great, if it’s sustainable.

Eating better is great, if it makes sense with

your lifestyle. Of course, the error in all of these

lies in the fact that the body is ultimately not

changing long term. Instead of challenging our

bodies to truly change, one changes for a time to

go back to where they started. Every time one

begins a new challenge, thoughts of that one

being the life changer occurs. More often than

not, whether it is two weeks, two months or two

years, one usually diverts back to right where

they were. Whether weight loss, muscle gain,

mental awareness or a number of other goals are

present, lifelong change can only occur with a

shift in approach.

How does one begin to shift their approach

when society’s pressure dictates quick fixes?

In order to re-focus one’s attention on long

term, one must retrain the brain to think long

term. Although seemingly unnatural initially,

developing new skills and “listening” to the

body will provide the future gains one desires.

Rather than opting for a quick fitness and/or

weight challenge that promises quick results,

focus on ways to change things simply and

slowly. For example, instead of working out

two times a day, seven days a week on a strict

macro-based diet, for eight weeks, take a look

at your lifestyle. Does weighing out everything

one eats and working out multiple times a day

fit into your current life schedule? Is it practical

to achieve ultimate goals within an eight-week

time frame? If not, rethink it. Maybe work out

once a day, three to five days a week, over the

course of a year, on a health-focused eating plan,

instead. There are a multitude of options. The

point lies within shifting the mindset to think

long term and setting goals that make sense with

one’s personal lifestyle.

Fitness challenges can create lifelong changes.

The operative is within the approach. The

good news is everyone gets to decide that for

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Those

crazy

cravings

CURBING THEM MAY BE EASIER

THAN YOU REALIZE

BY HOLLY A. CARLING, O.M.D., L.AC., PH.D

The holidays always bring with it an abundance of sugar

and cravings that can be out of control. Stress during

this time of year worsens all cravings—cravings for

sugar, tobacco, drugs, alcohol and others.

So, what can we do to reduce our cravings for sugar and other

addictive substances, especially this time of year? Try to get a

handle on why you grab for sugar or other addictive substances

in the first place.

One reason many eat sugar is because they are dehydrated. Sugar

is moistening, and we tend to confuse the need for moisture for

the craving for sugar. Drinking a large glass of water instead will

curb many cravings.

Eating good, wholesome foods leads to satiation. The brain is

satisfied that it has enough nutrients that it no longer craves

other things. A nutrient-rich diet can turn off the hunger signals

because the brain is happy.

If you have to have something, choose a healthier version. Most

desires for sugar are satisfied with a piece of fruit or a date or a

healthier version of a cookie. Be careful with the latter. It’s still

sugar and still has health-damaging effects.

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Avoid artificial sweeteners. Most people believe because they

are low on a glycemic scale that you can eat whatever you want.

Not so. Some artificial sweeteners are 200 times the sweetness of

sugar. When that message is relayed to the brain from the tongue,

the brain thinks so much more sugar is coming than actually

does, and the response is generally the opposite of what we were

hoping for. They tend to make blood sugar more unstable and do

nothing to cut sugar cravings.

Educate yourself. Understanding what sugar or other addictive

substances do to the body sometimes helps. For every one time

you decide to choose health over satisfying a small piece of meat

in your mouth (your tongue), it counts.

When you understand that sugar suppresses the immune

system, that it has been linked to mental disorders such as

anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, OCD, bipolar and others;

that it erodes the enamel on your teeth; that it contributes to

cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancer and other devastating

diseases, it helps.

One of the best ways to control cravings is through acupuncture.

Acupuncturists use specific points on the body and on the ear

that help suppress cravings. Much research has been done on

acupuncture’s effectiveness in treating alcohol, drug, tobacco

and other substance abuse (including sugar and overeating in

general).

What’s great about acupuncture and its effectiveness in controlling

cravings is that it also helps to control the withdrawal symptoms.

These include agitation, anger outbursts, irritability, cravings for

other substances, loss of energy, emotional instability, anxiety,

depression, restlessness, headaches, etc. When a person comes in

for treatments, the known withdrawal symptoms are immediately

treated, and other symptoms get treated as they pop up. It is such

a fantastic way of subduing addictions that it is one of the most

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A HEART FOR

HEALING

North Idaho woman overcomes adversity to care for others

“I knew it was something I wanted to do,” she

said. “I wanted to help people.”

BY MARC STEWART, HERITAGE HEALTH

Penny Smith never planned on becoming

homeless, it just happened. About 12

years ago, her marriage disintegrated,

and she found herself living on the

streets with her three young children. With her

life on the skids, she was scared and ill-prepared

to join the workforce.

“I was a stay-at-home mom and I had done a

few fast food-type jobs, but that was it,” said

Smith. “I knew I wanted something more for

myself and my kids.”

In those dark moments, Penny found an inner

strength to improve her life. The North Idaho

native was drawn to the medical field, primarily

because she had always been intrigued by

caregivers for her family members.

“I knew it was something I wanted to do,” she

said. “I wanted to help people.”

She initially started working in home health

care, providing care for the elderly, but she

wanted to be able to do more. Determined, she

went back to school to get the necessary skills

to achieve her goals. Today, Penny is a medical

assistant with Heritage Health. She started with

Heritage Health four years ago as a volunteer

and then was hired on full time.

Penny is empathetic toward people struggling

to make ends meet. She knows what it’s like to

be poor and struggling to put food on the table

or worrying about affording medical care for

children.

“I have been where many of my patients are

right now,” she said. “I know how hard it can be.

Being homeless with three children taught me a

lot about who I wanted to be.”

Heritage Health delivers medical, dental and

behavioral health care to about 30,000 patients

across North Idaho. The federally qualified

health center is able to help low-income

individuals access affordable care.

“Penny is one of our stars,” said CEO Mike

Baker. “She truly brings her best self every day

to ensure our patients are treated with dignity

and respect.”

Penny plans on continuing her education and

hopes to be a registered nurse in the future.

“I am hooked on this profession,” she said.

“Making people feel better is an amazing feeling.

I love seeing patients every day.”

Penny interacts with about two dozen patients

every day, taking their vitals, entering the

medical history into the computer, ordering

prescriptions and making patients feel at ease.

She also assists providers as needed.

“I’ve always been a caregiver,” she said. “I want

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My

MS

Coping with multiple sclerosis

has reflected the rest of my life

BY DAN AZNOFF

My first impulse was to slug the doctor.

Not because he had just diagnosed me with the chronic

disease known as multiple sclerosis. It was his bedside

manner and an apparent lack of compassion.

My neurologist was probably being practical when he suggested that

my wife and I stop on our way home to buy a cane and insisted that we

purchase as much life insurance as possible “while I still could.”

This could not be happening to me. Not now. I had just started to live my

dream. Susan and I had two beautiful children. We had just completed

the construction of the home of our dreams nestled in the woods.

I can remember carrying my infant son down the stairs and holding

the rail to steady myself from what I assumed was pure exhaustion.

I needed two hands to grasp the container as I poured milk into his

bottle. But it was the trip back up the stairs (pun intended) that worried

me most. I remember literally crawling up the stairs to keep my infant

son and his bottle above the carpet.

After Joshua was fed and safely tucked back into bed, I found my way

back under the covers. It was not cold, but my body shivered as if I were

standing outside naked in a snowstorm.

After I reluctantly admitted that something was wrong, Susan (as she

has done a million times since) jumped into action. In a time before

the Internet, she spent Sunday researching doctors and gathered

information to cope with my unknown ailment.

By the time we got home from the doctor on that Monday morning, she

had a dietary regiment that eliminated processed foods, reduced carbs

and practically eliminated all sugar. Susan also ended my “pity party”

by urging me take an active role in protecting my health for the sake of

our family.

Multiple sclerosis is a disease that attacks the central nervous system

by blocking messages from the brain to every part of your body. It can

cause vision problems, muscle weakness, issues with coordination,

numbness and lapses with memory.

However, I seemed to be an exception to the rule. The vast majority of

individuals diagnosed with MS are women. Most of these women spend

their youth in areas in higher longitudes, like the Pacific Northwest, the

upper Midwest or Scandinavian countries. My wife and I both grew up

in Southern California. We did not move to Washington until I was 25.

Our son was born when I was 30.

Doctors diagnosed me with the relapsing/remitting form of MS, which

meant my body would suffer exacerbations and (theoretically) get

back about 80 percent of the senses and capabilities that had been lost,

presumably over two or three weeks. When my symptoms subsided

after my first episode, I was left with zero balance and had lost my

ability to type. The senses that disappeared came back very slowly.

My writing for the past 30-plus years has been done with two-finger,

hunt-and-peck. The running joke has been that I have the ability to type

at 24 words per minute, per finger.

The one thing that was clear from the start is that MS impacts each

person differently. For me, my left side was left completely numb, and

my slurred speech made many people presume I had imbibed in too

much alcohol.

Reality struck over the next few years after I was convinced to sell my

beloved bicycle and abandon my routine of playing tennis three to four

times per week. I had made my way through college playing competitive

tennis, so it was a major blow when I finally agreed to sell my rackets

at a garage sale. (I did keep my first racket. There is only so much one

person can be asked to sacrifice.)

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At first, I tried to hide my physical limitations

from employers and colleagues. But I have

since learned to accept my situation as the new

normal. Friends accept the fact that I may not

be able to join them on aggressive treks, but I

can still enjoy a relaxed stroll.

We love to play games in our house, so I have

been relieved of my turn to shuffle a deck of

cards or pick up small tokens from a smooth

surface.

Over the first several years, my exacerbations

hit me every four years like clockwork. Usually

during times of high stress, like when I started

a new job, when relatives flew in to celebrate

my son’s Bar Mitzvah and when my wife

surprised me by flying in my buddies from

college to celebrate my 40th birthday.

Gratefully, multiple sclerosis has been on the

cutting edge of medical research. I was selected

by lottery to receive the first medication

available. However, my insurance company was

hesitant to cover the cost of the first medication

that promised to reduce the frequency and

severity of exacerbations. It took my doctor to

get on the phone with the insurance company

to explain they could choose between covering

the cost of the injections or be forced to pay

for repeated expensive trips to the emergency

room.

I am still not sure how my lovely wife

maintained her demeanor a few years later

when a representative from the insurance

company made the decision to no longer cover

the $6,500 monthly cost of my medication

because I had not had an episode. Calmly and

logically, she explained to the paper-pusher

that the medication could be responsible for

the lack of relapses.

My coverage was renewed.

Over the years, my doctors have prescribed

three separate injectable medications for me.

I’ve been on Copaxone since 1999 after a major

exacerbation left me unable to walk. Despite

the temporary disability, I refused to buy a

This could

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The purpose of

life is to

contribute in

some way to

making

things better.

- Robert f. Kennedy

Gratefully, multiple

sclerosis has been

on the cutting edge

of medical research.

I was selected by

lottery to receive

the first medication

available.

cane. But I did use an old baseball bat to help

me get around the house.

Truth is, I am luckier than most. Unlike most MS

sufferers, I am still able to drive. I am not able

to work 40 hours every week, but I am still able

to maintain a major portion of my professional

duties and my domestic responsibilities. That

is probably because I work at my computer at

home and not in a factory or on a construction

site. When driving, I always carry a small card

in my wallet next to my driver’s license that

explains to law enforcement officers that my

erratic driving may have been caused by a

chronic brain disorder. Thank goodness I have

never been forced to pull out my “Get out of jail

free” card because I cannot walk a straight line

even on my best days.

Thanks mostly to my wife’s ability to cover

the major portion of our income and secure

health care through her employer, finances

have never been a major concern. Susan made

certain our health care was covered last year

when she created her own consulting firm. We

are not looking forward to dealing with the

bureaucracy when it comes time to transition

to Medicare.

According to the National Multiple Sclerosis

Society, there are 2.3 million people worldwide

who suffer with MS. Research has been unable

to determine any cause for the disease, and

there are no cures. Medical advancements in

the last few years have helped patients cope with

symptoms, but there has been little progress

toward reversing the loss of myelin around the

nerves that transmit messages from the brain.

Many people have symptoms that are not

identified as MS for many years. In fact, until

the widespread acceptance of MRI imaging,

the method for diagnosing the condition was

the elimination of other conditions through a

series of brutal tests.

For myself, I can think back to a time in

college when I was even clumsier than normal,

dropping my books, stumbling and forgetting

important dates. Doctors hospitalized me at the

age of 19 for a spinal tap to determine the cause

of my awkward lack of balance. The diagnosis

at that point was a pinched nerve. But those

warning signs were quickly forgotten in a few

weeks when I appeared to find my equilibrium.

Many people are quick to dismiss some of the

early warning signs, like the feeling of pins and

needles in your feet similar to when your legs

are crossed too long or being tired all the time.

Naps are a good thing, and I’ve learned to listen

to my body and enjoy losing my eyes in the

afternoon. But that is not by choice.

Issues with speech and swallowing are also

common symptoms that people do not suspect

as being a symptom for something more

serious. For me, damaged portions of my brain

have caused slurred speech. Ironically, my

degree is in broadcast journalism. I would have

been on disability 20 years ago if my career had

taken me into radio or television.

A speech therapist taught me to slow my speech

to help me enunciate. She also taught me to

speak louder to help me articulate. But that

did not work because people thought I was just

yelling all the time.

Pain is a common complaint of people with

MS. One lady I knew through a support group

actually thought of having her legs amputated

to eliminate the constant pain. Thankfully she

did not follow through with her plans.

I was never much of drinker, but one cocktail

is now more than enough for me to pass the

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car keys. I have also given up attempting to

calculate the proper amount needed for a tip.

Many of my fellow patients have utilized

prescriptions from their doctor to return to

the altered state of mind they enjoyed during

the ‘60s. Now that cannabis is legal, the thrill is

gone but high times remain the norm.

My wife has always accused me of not being

able to multitask, but I honestly cannot say

if that is a result of MS or just not being very

detail oriented. Lists have become an important

part of my daily life, from a Honey-do list for

chores around the house to simple trips to the

grocery store.

There was a time that I would stand up

on tables to voice my opposition to social

injustice. Now I cannot trust myself to stand on

the table or climb a ladder. My loss of memory

is something else that can be blamed on either

age or MS. Or both.

There have been numerous times when my

daughter will blame my MS for my lack of

control over my emotions. I’ve tried to explain

to her that I am just a mean old man.

Anybody who knew me before I was diagnosed

has not been surprised when I have tried to

make light of the bleak prospects for my future.

For example, I take great pride in the fact that I

do not get seasick anymore. When I am aboard

a boat filled with people turning green at the

gills, I simply welcome them to the world that

In one way I am

thankful to MS. My

wife and I made the

decision to travel

while I am still able to

get around without a

wheelchair. That has

been a blessing.

I live in every day. After my initial diagnosis,

I realized that I could reach into a boiling

pot of water to drain pasta without any pain.

However, I forgot to realize that my skin would

still turn red and form blisters.

When the director of the Washington Chapter

of the national Multiple Sclerosis Society

approached me and a friend about establishing

monthly meetings for a self-help group, I was

reluctant to participate until we agreed to

name our little group the No Whiners. We now

meet once a month at a local hospital to hear

speakers who help us enhance the quality of

our lives.

In one way I am thankful to MS. My wife and I

made the decision to travel while I am still able

to get around without a wheelchair. That has

been a blessing.

When my doctor explained that a majority of

my sensory losses would occur in the first five

years after my diagnosis, I went out that day

and purchased a sports car with a five-speed

transmission. That was an expensive mistake.

When it came time to buy a new house when

the kids were in high school, Susan and I limited

our search to homes with a master bedroom on

the main floor. Since then we have moved to a

home filled with stairs and grandkids.

Modern medicine has limited the progression

of my disease and healthy habits have given

increased my chance to lead a long (and

somewhat normal) life.

More importantly, I have been surrounded

by an incredible support system, beginning

with the self-help group organized by the

National MS Society, understanding friends,

compassionate children and a loving wife who

never fails to amaze me. And I never did buy

that cane.

Dan Aznoff is a freelance writer based in

Mukilteo, Washington. He was a finalist for

a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the toxic

waste crisis and has received acclamation for

his work in the areas of sustainable energy and

the insurance industry. He is the author of three

books that document colorful periods of history

in Washington. He can be reached at da@

dajournalist.com.

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Tips and tricks for the season

HOLIDAY ENTERTAINING MADE

BY TROY LOUIS CHANDLER

As I hit the snooze button for the umpteenth time, something came over me. A slight

chill that was not emitted from the “white noise” fan that I keep on at night to quiet life’s

random choir of neighborhood noises. I peered out of my bedroom window and noticed

that it was slightly open and that all of the trees outside are naked. It is winter. I shut the

window, grabbed my cozy robe, put on a pot of coffee, sat back and let the warmth of

holiday cheer take over. This is my favorite time of year as a chef and as a house dad. This

is the time for holiday entertaining. Holiday entertaining can be a chaotic and stressful time,

but it does not have to be. I have come up with seven holiday tips to guide you through

your holiday entertaining.

• Keep It Simple, Go Nuts

Most modern grocery stores have amazing bulk food sections. Visit these bulk

food aisles to gather various roasted nuts. Mix your holiday bounty and place

into a decorative bowl accompanied with a few nut crackers. Stand back

and watched your friends and family gather ‘round, cracking and enjoying

roasted nuts and talking about this holiday season. This has become a

wonderful tradition at my house that is easy and inexpensive.

• Mulled Wine

I like to keep this holiday libation on the kitchen counter in a crockpot

on a low setting just enough to fill the house with holiday “spirit.” As

guests come over, they are greeted with a little holiday goodness! Here is

an easy recipe that will kick off all of your holiday soirées.

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“This is the time for

holiday entertaining.

Holiday entertaining can be a

chaotic and stressful

time, but it does not

have to be.

Ingredients:

4 cups apple cider

1 bottle of red wine

1/4 cup honey

2 Mexican cinnamon sticks

The juice and zest of one orange

4 cloves

3 star anise

Method:

Place all into a stainless steel or non-reactive

pot and bring to just before a boil. Turn down

to warm and watch the magic begin.

• Holiday-Themed Movies

There is no shortage of great holiday movies out

there. I gathered my favorites and put them on an

external hard drive so that I can have them play on a

loop. You can stream them to your TV from a laptop.

My top picks are A Christmas Story, Home Alone, Elf,

Christmas Vacation and … It’s a Wonderful Life.

• White Elephant Gift Exchange

Most of us have experienced this phenomenon at work.

But trying it at home is more fun than a bag full of

ferrets. Invite your friends and family to join you in

your freshly holiday-decorated abode for a new

comedy-packed tradition. A fun touch is to add

in a ridiculous gift that can be passed on year

after year. You can also give awards for best

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gift, worst gift, funniest gift, etc. A good friend of mine wanted to win the

worst gift category so he gave a card that read, “Your gift is a classic car.” The

recipient was awarded with an old junker that they had to figure out what

to do with. Funny?

• Be Cheesy

A great way to impress holiday guests is with a cheese platter. This

is an easy way to “wow” your friends with little effort. Grab four to

five types of cheese. Cut some into cubes, slice some and crumble

some. Arrange them on a tray and place strands of grapes for

garnish. On a separate tray, arrange various crackers to pair with.

Don’t be afraid to throw that weird holiday red almond cheese ball

in the mix as a centerpiece.

• Potluck

Why slave away in the kitchen this year? Let your guests know

of the masterpiece that you are going to create and then allow

them to create everything that will go with it. So that you don’t

end up with 12 types of artichoke dip, make a list of items that you

would like your guests to bring. You can create a group email and

check items off as your guests accept each challenge. As an added

bonus to your genius, you will have a week’s worth

of awesome leftovers!

• Be Entertained

All right, all right, you have been the host of many

holiday get-togethers. It just might be time for you

to be holiday entertained. It’s time that you finally

accept that offer to go to the neighbor’s or a coworker’s

house or … a family member’s house for

the holidays. Make your favorite dish, show up and

just have a nice time. As a chef, I am going to take

this advice, let someone else drive the bus and have

a great holiday season. I will see

you at your house!

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GIVE THE

GIFT OF

MEMORIES

Unique gift ideas that last a lifetime

and don’t break the budget

By Patty Hutchens

The Christmas season is a joyful time full of family, fun and

joy. But the reality is, that for many, it also brings with it a

great deal of stress. “How will I afford to buy all these gifts for

the people on my list?” It makes one dread what is supposed

to the season of hope. So why not try something new this year? Instead

of watching your credit card balance increase over the holiday season,

why not think of creative ways to provide a gift to someone on your

list that does not cost much—or possibly nothing at all. Purchase just a

small gift that also provides an opportunity to spend valuable time with

one another. Shared experiences are something that will last a lifetime,

unlike toys that will soon be forgotten, or even broken.

As adults, how often do we find ourselves “spring cleaning” no matter

what time of year. We get tired of the clutter and seek to rid ourselves of

the abundance of things we have in the hope that it will help not only

our physical environment but also our emotional well-being. “Cleaning

house” externally can help calm us internally.

So, the gift of spending time with someone or providing an experience

to them makes sense when it comes to gift giving to the adults in our

lives. But it is not just adults who benefit from time spent together;

shared experiences are important for children, too, as it helps contribute

to their psychological development. Those children who spend time

sharing experiences with others have been found to have a stronger

sense of identity, higher rates of academic success and a greater sense

of security. Grandparents and grandchildren who spend time together

also can learn a great deal from one another’s generation.

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Here are a few suggestions for

those who may be on your list

this year.


Homemade gift certificates

can be a wonderful way

to tailor a gift for that special

person in your life, whether it is a child

or an adult. Make a gift certificate to take

that person to their favorite restaurant

for some special one-on-one time.

This way, the recipient can

choose the place and you get

the opportunity to share time

with that special person.

Spending time as a family is

something that is increasingly difficult

in this day and age. Both parents often work

outside the home and kids’ schedules are packed

with extra-curricular activities and homework.

So, consider giving gifts to your children that can help

facilitate a family game night. Buy one game for each child

this Christmas and increase your game collection. Then, set

aside one night each week to gather as a family and spend time

interacting with one another and trying out the new games!

Do your children enjoy working with their hands and creating new things? A

“craft bucket” full of supplies is a wonderful gift for them (and you!) to explore

their creative side. Fill a bucket with scissors, paper, glue, painting kits and more to

inspire them. If you are particularly crafty, take the time to teach your child your

special skills.

For seniors on a fixed income, it may be especially difficult to make ends meet over

the holidays. After all, often times they have the largest list of all with children and

grandchildren to buy for. Instead of purchasing gifts, why not offer your children the

gift of babysitting your grandchildren so your child can enjoy some time with their

spouse. And you get to spend that cherished time with your grandchildren as well!

feliz the

Dads. They are frequently much more difficult to buy for, especially when it comes to

gifts of experience. Does your dad or husband enjoy a particular hobby? Home beer

brewing has become increasingly popular over the last several years, and more and

more men (and women) are creating their own concoctions at home. It’s something

people can do together, and both can learn a new hobby as well. Visit a local home

brew store to investigate what supplies and ingredients are necessary.

Does your dad enjoy outdoor activities? Plan a spring or summer camping trip for

entire family (as the best camp sites must be reserved months, if not a year, in

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“Homemade gift certificates

can be a wonderful way

to tailor a gift for that

special person in your life,

whether it is a child or

an adult.

advance) and let him know he’ll be enjoying the

outdoors again soon enough. Even better, his

Christmas gift will carry over into the new

year, and he’ll cherish the opportunity

to spend time with his family creating

memories.

Moms are typically much easier

to shop for when it comes to

giving the gift of an experience.

Pampering gifts are especially

popular, whether it is a

massage, pedicure or simply

time alone to soak in a hot

bath while Dad takes the

kids out for a movie or sweet

treat.

For a man seeking to give

the gift of an experience to

his wife, simply planning

a date night and making

all the arrangements,

including the babysitter,

will go a long way. Women

often are the ones who

schedule and plan all the

family’s activities, so this

will truly be one you want to

repeat for special occasions!

Whatever you choose to

purchase or create for those

on your “nice” list this year, it is

important to remember the true

meaning of Christmas and to carry

the spirit of Christmas in your heart

all year long!

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the Holiday Season

Coeur d’Alene Style

The holidays are a magical time of year, and Coeur d’Alene, and the

surrounding area, is bringing unique opportunities for local families to

get out and enjoy the Christmas season with some wonderful community

activities. Mark your calendars for these events you won’t want to miss!

Journey to the North Pole Cruises

Kids 5 and younger ride free on this magical Journey to see 1.5 million

lights, with a visit to the North Pole to meet Santa and his Elves, The

Grinch, Rudolph, the Giant Animated Christmas Tree … and much more!

Children are amazed to find out that Santa pulls out his “nice” list and

calls each one out by name! The North Pole also has dancing elves and

prancing reindeer. The 40-minute Journey to the North Pole cruise departs

every night from the day after Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day. Please call

208.765.4000 for cruise times. CdAResort.com

2018 Winterfest Community Celebration

Kick off the holiday season with your family and community friends at Post Falls Parks

and Recreation’s winter festival of fun. Held Friday, December 7, 6 to 8pm, the City

Hall Campus will be bustling with holiday festivities for all ages. The evening festivities

will begin by sending out holiday magic to light up the community tree. Those in

attendance will enjoy the sounds of caroling choirs, warming up by the outdoor

campfires while sipping hot cider and roasting a marshmallow or relishing in a treat

from Mrs. Claus’ kitchen. There will be crafts to keep the little ones occupied. Santa

will be in his workshop throughout the evening excited for his annual visit with all of

his friends. All are asked to bring non-perishable food items, unwrapped new toys,

blankets and gently used coats as a donation for the local food bank’s holiday needs.

Traditions of Christmas

In tune with the Christmas Season, Laura Little Productions once again presents

Traditions of Christmas at the Salvation Army Kroc Center. Performances take place

December 7 through 23 and feature a grand, colorful Radio City Music Hall-style

show has been entertaining audiences of all ages for the past six years, and 2018 will

be no exception. Traditions of Christmas features 70 cast members and 400 costumes!

There are moments that will have you laughing and others that are sure to be heartfelt.

For many, the military tribute is their favorite part of the show, but others adore the

live nativity scene or comedic pieces. If you haven’t yet, make 2018 the beginning of a

new tradition by attending Traditions of Christmas at the Kroc. KrocCdA.org

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Christmas for Kids

Saturday, December 15, join The Vine Church, 9407 North Government

Way in Hayden, 10am to noon for their Christmas for Kids event. Families

with children 3 to 12 years old are invited to attend this morning of holiday

cheer. It’s a fun day of Christmas activities, crafts, songs, creative learning

activities, cookie decorating, Christmas video, the Christmas story and

a special birthday party for Jesus! There is no cost, but space is limited.

Those wanting to attend can pre-register online at TheVineIdaho.org/

events or by calling 208.449.2080. Everyone is welcome!


Downtown Live Neigh-tivity

& Santa Visit

Once again, the Coeur d’Alene Downtown Association is partnering

with First Presbyterian and Trinity Lutheran to recreate the Nativity in

Downtown Coeur d’Alene with their Live Neigh-tivity. Join them Saturday,

December 8, 1 to 6pm, at Sherman Park Square, where the young and

young at heart will find enjoyment with the live animal petting stable

(featuring a camel, donkey, cow, goats, sheep and handlers dressed in

Nativity attire). Carolers, hot cocoa and coffee, gifts and manger scene

photo booth round out the event. And of course, Santa will make his way

on the Coeur d’Alene Fire Department’s vintage fire truck, all lit up with

Christmas lights just for the occasion. He’ll be taking children’s Christmas

requests 4 to 6pm. During the event, canned food donations will be greatly

appreciated.

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14th Annual Jingle Bell Run

Join Fleet Feet and the community by hitting the streets and sidewalks

of Downtown Coeur d’Alene for the 14th Annual Jingle Bell Run!

Held Thursday, December 20, 5:30 to 7pm, be sure to don your most

festive attire adorned with ringing bells. During this free run (or walk),

participants will have the chance to spread good cheer to onlookers while

taking in the glittering displays of holiday lights throughout downtown.

Along the way, the Jingle Bell runners will make a stop at the Coeur d’Alene

Press, where they’ll drop off donations for the paper’s Christmas For All

campaign. Everyone will then head to Fleet Feet for cocoa and cookies and

a costume contest for the best-decorated individuals!

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Quiet Season on

Orcas Island

The perfect antidote to all the holiday

commotion

STORY AND PHOTOS BY

MARGUERITE CLEVELAND

You know you have stumbled upon a hidden gem when the guests, finding out you are

a travel writer, ask you not to write about the location because they don’t want anyone

else to discover this special experience. So shhh, don’t tell anyone about the Smuggler’s

Villa Resort on Orcas Island; it will be our secret. You will want to visit sooner rather

than later as rumors abound on the island about Oprah’s recent extensive real estate purchases on

the island.

Mike Stolmeier has managed the property for almost 30 years and is also an owner. The resort has

individually owned townhouses that are offered as vacation rentals. “We get a lot of regulars. I am

now seeing kids who I watched take their first steps now bringing their own kids here. This is a

place of firsts—first step, first time swimming or making s’mores. That’s what makes my day here,”

he said. “We say we like kids and tolerate adults.” The resort is very family friendly.

Quiet season is a special time in the San Juan Islands, and Orcas Island is a perfect location to

unwind before or during the holiday season. “Guest coming here love there are no malls. Families

will visit to do holiday baking and spend time enjoying each other’s company,” said Stolmeier. “One

of the popular things we do each night is our fire pit. Typically there are three shifts which begin at

sunset. The first is parents with younger children, followed by families with older kids, and then you

will get adults sitting around the fire until 1 or 2 in the morning.”

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HIDDEN GEM WHEN THE GUESTS, FINDING

OUT YOU ARE A TRAVEL WRITER, ASK YOU

NOT TO WRITE ABOUT THE LOCATION

BECAUSE THEY DON’T WANT ANYONE ELSE

TO DISCOVER THIS SPECIAL EXPERIENCE.

Located on the North Shore of the island, the pebble beach affords

breathtaking views of the San Juan Islands, Mount Baker and lovely

sunsets. The outdoor swimming pool is unheated but open year round.

Many guests try a European spa experience by jumping in the icy water

and then getting into the hot tub or sauna. Kids will love the menagerie

of animals from parrots and guinea pigs to aquariums. Cuddles, a super

friendly bird, greets everyone with a hello when they pass by her cage.

The resort also has a marina and kayaking, and fishing charters or whale

watching tours are available adjacent to the villas.

As the quiet season slips on to Orcas Island, the summer crowds fade

away and some businesses close. Make sure to visit the Orcas Island

Chamber of Commerce website (see The Specifics). Each week they post

a “Blast” which gives you a schedule for all the activities taking place

on the island, and they also have a listing of what is open. A must see

during your visit is the little town of Eastsound with its quaint shops and

restaurants. You can walk from Smuggler’s but it is about a mile or so.

This time of year it is easy to find parking in town. Stop at Brown Bear

Baking for good coffee, fresh pastries and hot-out-of-the-hearth bread—

all baked daily. The baking kitchen is open so you can watch the masters

at work. With a very friendly staff, you will find yourself a regular during

your stay on the island.

Plan to spend a day on the other side of the island. Moran State Park

with its pristine lakes and lush forests is the jewel of Orcas Island. It is

much larger than you would expect and is actually the fourth largest

state park in Washington. Drive up to the top of Mount Constitution,

which rises nearly a half mile above Orcas Island, or plan to park and

hike up. There are a couple of options for shorter or longer hikes. At

the top of the mountain is a watch tower, constructed by the Civilian

Conservation Corps in the 1930s. From the top of the tower is the best

view of the San Juan Islands. Locals call it one of the top water views in

the world. Although that is not verifiable, it is pretty incredible. On a

clear day you can see Mount Baker and Mount Rainier and all the way

into Canada.

After spending time in the park you are sure to have worked up an

appetite. The Rosario Resort is not far away and is a beautiful location

to enjoy a late lunch at the Mansion Restaurant. (Note this time of year

lunch is only Friday through Sunday.) The restaurant is in the historic

Moran Mansion in what was once the veranda overlooking Cascade

Bay. The hotel also has a free museum with information about the

historic mansion and the Moran family. A former mayor of Seattle and

a shipbuilder, Robert Moran donated much of the land, which became

Moran State Park, to the State of Washington.

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The Speci f ics

GETTING THERE

For peace of mind, make a ferry reservation and

note that you will need to make a westbound and

eastbound reservation. Make sure to arrive 30

minutes prior to departure or you will lose your

reservation. TakeaFerry.com

VISITOR INFORMATION

Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce -

OrcasIslandChamber.com

Visit the San Juan Islands - VisitSanJuans.com

WHERE TO STAY

Smuggler’s Villa Resort - Smugglers.com

WHERE TO EAT

The Brown Bear Baking Company -

Facebook.com/BrownBearBaking

Boat House Ciderworks - BHCider.com

THINGS TO DO

Outer Island Excursions - OuterIslandX.com

The Rosario Resort - RosarioResort.com

Moran State Park - MoranStatePark.com

Quiet season is a special time in the

San Juan Islands.

If you are lucky enough to visit on a Saturday, you can experience the

unique performance by musician Christopher Peacock. He regales the

audience with tales of the mansion’s history interspersed with musical

interludes on the 1900 Steinway Grand Piano and the 1914 Aeolian organ

with 1972 pipes and a slide show of historic photos. The grand finale is

the original silent film version of “The Phantom of the Opera” featuring

Lon Chaney in the title role. The silent movie is accompanied by Peacock

on the organ. It is mesmerizing. The presentation is free and takes place

at 4pm on Saturdays.

The San Juan Islands Scenic Byway has a portion on Orcas Island. This is

a great way to explore and points out all the highlights of the island. The

self-guided drive begins at the Orcas Island ferry landing in the cute little

Orcas Village. There is an eclectic market with upscale groceries, a few

shops and Boathouse Ciderworks. It will take two to three hours to drive

around the island. The byway will take you through small hamlets and

scenic bays. The views really open up this time of year after the fall foliage

is gone. Deer Harbor has a nice public sandy beach which is worth a visit.

For more information on the byway, check out the Visit San Juan Islands

website (See The Specifics).

Orcas Island really shines in the quiet season where one can relax and

unwind without the crowds of the summer. Winter weather is very mild

with average temperatures of 46 to 48 degrees Fahrenheit and a lot less

rain than the mainland—in December you are likely to see a sunny day

during your visit! After touring the island, enjoy some downtime at the

Smuggler’s Villa Resort. Disconnect from technology and reconnect with

your family or friends. Stroll the quiet beach or take a private charter

with Outer Island Excursions located on site. You can schedule a fishing

charter or go see some of the lighthouses from the water. Bundle up,

throw some steaks on the grill and enjoy the views from your deck.

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Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Waterfront Views

Live Music

An Experience

Christmas Eve Dinner

December 24th, 2018 - 4:30pm-9pm

Pan Fried Oysters, Prime Rib, Filet Mignon,

Glazed Quail, Shrimp Scampi, Chocolate

Bourbon Pecan Pie and more!

Ring in the New Year with TCB

December 31st, 2018 - 4:30pm-Close

Surf & Turf, King Crab Legs, Chilean

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Radicci Italian Bistro

By Jillian Chandler

A Taste of Italy in Hayden

If you haven’t made your way to Hayden lately, it’s time. Opened March 2018,

Radicci is a family owned Italian bistro dishing up authentic scratch-made

pastas, pizzas, sandwiches, soups, salads and more using delicious family recipes

with a modern twist. Radicci prides itself on their ability to accommodate

vegetarian and gluten-free diners as well with nearly all menu selections. Soups

and sauces, such as the marinara, are made fresh, and their pizzas are made with

a sourdough crust.

Chef Dan Morey is not new to the culinary world. A Corden Bleu - Pasadena

graduate, he was the food service manager at Alpine Camp & Conference

Center for more than 10 years, worked with CEC Walter Rippey, co-owner of

Lake Arrowhead Sports Grille, and worked at US Foods for four years.

“Any talents that I have come from God, and I use what he has given me to

glorify him,” says Dan.

Since opening, Radicci has been impressing guests one meal at a time. Located

in the former Daanen’s Delicatessen, patrons are treated to simple food with

Chef Dan’s own twists. Items are served family style, and they also offer small

portions. You can expect quality and consistency with every dish.

If you are looking to find a true taste of Italy in your own back yard, you will

find it at Radicci. Stop in Sunday through Thursday, 3 to 9pm, and Friday and

Saturday, 3 to 10pm. Buon Appetito!

8049 N. Wayne Dr. | Hayden

208.635.5821

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SWEET LOU’S RESTAURANT

AND TAP HOUSE

American fare with a twist. Ribs (pork or bison) smoked in

house. Unique burger menu featuring burgers made from

ground top sirloin, topped with pulled pork, hand-battered

onion rings or jalapenos. 32 beers on tap to enjoy while

watching the game on one of their 24, 4K TVs.

601 E. Front St. Ste. 101 | Coeur d’Alene

208.667.1170 | SweetLousIdaho.com

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CALYPSOS COFFEE

At Calypsos you’ll find a combination of amazing coffee,

which they roast on site, ice cream, fantastic food and live

music on a regular basis. They display artwork from local

artists, offer free Wi-Fi, have a play area for the kids and

also offer a Smart Room for meeting rentals!

116 E. Lakeside Ave. | Coeur d’Alene

208.665.0591 | CalypsosCoffee.com

MAX AT MIRABEAU

Join MAX at Mirabeau this holiday season for

an unforgettable experience. You’ll be treated to

eclectic cuisine, an award-winning menu with more

than 100 items, a wine list boasting more than 500

labels and 75 eclectic cocktails—a perfect match for

everything on the menu. Enjoy two happy hours

daily, a-la-carte brunch featuring multiple benedicts,

mimosas and the area’s best Bloody Mary Bar—

starting at only $5.90 per person! There’s live music

on Friday and Saturday evenings, and late-night

dining with a full menu is offered until close. Open

daily at 6am. Photo by Keith Boe.

1100 N. Sullivan Rd. | Spokane Valley

509.922.6252 | MAXatMirabeau.com

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THE PORCH PUBLIC HOUSE

A beautiful golf-course view without the cost of joining the

country club. They offer a full menu of sandwiches, salads,

soups and specialties prepared from scratch without the

high price of fine dining, and the region’s finest cocktails,

microbrews and wines to accompany your meal. Feel at home

in the comfortable pub-style dining room or the fantastic

outdoor dining area. Open daily at 11am year round. Photo

by Lauren Denos, Adventure Bound Media.

1658 E. Miles Ave. | Hayden

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MOON TIME

Serving some of the best food around in a comfortable pubstyle

atmosphere. The menu offers soups, sandwiches, pastas,

salads and other specialties prepared from scratch daily, along

with a fantastic selection of micro-brewed beers and fine

wines by the glass and bottle. Open daily at 11am, the kitchen

is open late every night. Be sure to stop in Thursday night

for live music featuring national and local artists. For more

information including photos, menu, specials and directions,

make sure to visit their website. Photo by Lauren Denos,

Adventure Bound Media.

1602 Sherman Ave. | Coeur d’Alene

208.667.2331 | WeDontHaveOne.com

(208) 265-2000

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Open 7 Nights a Week

2 Separate Restaurants

to Satisfy any Craving

Delicious Food & Fun Cocktails

41 Lakeshore Drive, Sagle, ID

NEXT TO THE LODGE AT SANDPOINT

FISHERMAN’S MARKET

A local favorite for an array of reasons, including the friendly

staff, unbeatable atmosphere and phenomenal food. Voted

best seafood in Coeur d’Alene 2012, 2013 and 2014. Their

menu includes salads, fishwiches, taste of baja, fish and chips,

smoked fish, fresh sushi bar and fresh fish market with live

shell fish and lobster.

215 W. Kathleen | Coeur d’Alene

208.664.4800 | FishermansMarketCdA.com

NATE’S NEW YORK PIZZA

Authentic New York-style Pizzeria in Post Falls. They serve

up the biggest pies in town including the famous 36” pizza

challenge. Stop by on Wednesdays for an 18” pepperoni pizza

for just $17 and select bottled beers are only $1.50! Don’t

forget to try some of the best hot wings and stromboli in town.

Stay and enjoy a beverage of choice or call ahead and take

your pizza to go.

920 N. Hwy 41 | Post Falls

208.773.6697 | NatesNYPizza.com

FORTY-ONE SOUTH

(208) 265-2001

ShogaSushi.com

Open Wed-Sun Nights

A beautiful waterfront, fine-dining restaurant in a romantic

lodge setting overlooking Lake Pend Oreille. Whether it is

summer on the patio or cozying up to the fireplace in the

winter, Forty-One South’s spectacular sunsets, innovative

cuisine, full bar and extensive wine list are sure to make it a

memorable night out. A variety of delicious food year round.

Reservations recommended.

41 Lakeshore Dr. | Sagle

208.265.2000 | 41SouthSandpoint.com

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SHOGA SUSHI BAR

Delicious sushi and Japanese cuisine sure to delight

anyone’s palate. Offering a wide variety of traditional

and specialty rolls as well as salads, sweet and sour pork,

grilled salmon and more! Beautiful waterfront dining

with spectacular sunset views. Professional and courteous

service. Enjoy a delicious meal while taking in the

beautiful waterfront and spectacular sunset views.

41 Lakeshore Dr. | Sagle

208.265.2001 | ShogaSushi.com

Fisherman’s

Market

Shopping. Dining. Take-Out.

MOONDOLLARS BISTRO

Moondollars Bistro is known for their burgers,

accompanied by scratch-made bread and soups. They

uses only fresh ingredients, which are the backbone

of this customer favorite. With a comfortable, friendly

atmosphere, awesome food, great service, huge patio

and full bar there is always something to keep customers

coming back for more.

609 N. Syringa St. | Post Falls | 208.777.7040

5416 W. Village Blvd. | Rathdrum

208.687.5396 | MoondollarsBistro.com

ANGELO’S RISTORANTE

“There is no substitution for quality. Our food is organic

and prepared from scratch.” Authentic Italian cuisine.

Guaranteed best steaks in town. Catering and private

cooking classes available with Chef Angelo. DINNER

FOR 2 & A BOTTLE OF WINE $65. Choose from 15

Entrees and 10 Bottles of Wine. Open 7 days a week from

4-10pm.

846 N. Fourth St. | Coeur d’Alene

208.765.2850 | AngelosRistorante.net

JUNIOR’S BBQ

Enjoy North Idaho’s best barbecue at Junior’s, where

guests are treated to big and bold backyard flavor.

Whether you dine in, take out or need catering, you will

not be disappointed, and ordering is simple. Choose a

sandwich, taco or salad. Next choose your meat, then

your choice of fixin’s, from Granny’s baked beans,

Mamma’s mashed taters, smothered green beans, coleslaw

or pig tail fries. Top it all off with Hillbilly Habanero or

Junior’s Original sauce.

85 W. Prairie Shopping Ctr. | Hayden

JuniorsBarbecue.com

TIM’S SPECIAL CUT MEATS

Tim’s Special Cut Meats is your perfect, old-fashioned

butcher shop. The friendly staff is ready to help you pick

out the perfect cut. Tim’s carries only the finest natural

meats and also handles custom orders, with an extensive

line of house-made products from pickled garlic to

specialty sauces, marinades, rubs and salsas. Mobile

butchering and wild game processing are also available.

525 N. Graffiti St. | Post Falls

208.772.3327 | fTimsSpecialCutMeats

TimsSpecialCutMeats.com

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• Fresh Fish Market and Sushi Bar

• Smoked Fish

• 12 different kinds of fish and chips

208.664.4800

Mon-Sun 11am-8pm

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WHAT’S GOING ON

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

JAN

01

Run in the New Year

Tesh Fundraiser always a blast

BY COLIN ANDERSON | PHOTOS COURTESY OF TESH

STAYING UP PAST THE STROKE OF MIDNIGHT on New Year’s Eve can make it

difficult to rise early in the morning, but if you can peel open your eyes and get

yourself together by mid-morning, you can start your 2019 off with a fun-filled

community run.

Tesh’s 42nd annual Hangover Handicap fun run will take place at 9:30am on New

Year’s Day. Around 300 runners gather at Michael D’s Eatery, bundled up against

the cold and ready for a good time for a good cause.

“Tesh provides life skills and employment training to youth and adults,” said CEO

Frances Huffman. “The fees assist us in filling in the gap between our governmentfunded

activities and the cost of providing the service.”

That fee is simply a $15 run registration cost in which the proceeds go to the many

programs that Tesh provides for its clients and the community.

You can register online by clicking on the Handicap Hangover banner at TeshInc.

com. You can also call in your registration (208.765.5105), drop by the office at

3327 West Industrial Loop in Coeur d’Alene or sign up the morning of the run.

T-shirts and beanie hats will be for sale, and there will be music blasting before the

run to help get you pumped up.

The course is 5 miles in length—a 2.5-mile out and back on the Centennial Trail

alongside beautiful Lake Coeur d’Alene.

Runners are encouraged to dress for the weather, and many come in costume to

this non-competitive fun run. If you aren’t feeling like an early morning run, in-kind

donations are also accepted, and volunteers are also needed at the registration

desk from 8am to 9:30am. For additional information, visit TeshInc.com.

HIGHLIGHT EVENT

DEC

07

Northwest BachFest Winter

Classics

Presented by Northwest Bach Festival, the Winter Classics

concert will take place Friday, December 7, 7 to 8:30pm,

at the Hagadone Event Center. The evening will include

piano quartets by Brahms and Schumann performed by

Ben Breen, violin; Martin Sher, viola; Zuill Bailey; cello;

and Awadagin Pratt. Tickets can be purchased online at

BrownPaperTickets.com.

DEC

7-23

Traditions of Christmas 2018

The seventh annual Traditions comes to the Salvation Army

Kroc Center December 7 through 23. This Radio City Music Hallstyle

show will inspire the hearts of audience members both

young and old. Tickets are $24 for adults, $27 for senior (age

62 and older) and military, $21 for children 12 and younger and

can be purchased at the Box Office at The Salvation Army Kroc

Center, by calling 208.763.0681 or online at KrocCdA.org/tickets.

DEC

08

Breakfast with Santa

Join the Boys & Girls Club for Breakfast with Santa. Back

by popular demand, everyone is welcome to attend.

Enjoy breakfast, raffles, Santa pictures and write letters.

All of the proceeds will go to benefit the Boys & Girls

Club’s Christmas For Kids program. Cost is just $5 for

adults, $3 for kids and $5 to get your picture taken with

gool ol’ St. Nick. NorthIdahoBGC.org

Upcoming Events in January

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08

Holiday Sing-Along with

Mudgy and Santa

Held at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library downtown,

join in the fun Saturday, December 8 starting at

11am. Mudgy and Millie author and Wee Sing cocreator

Susan Nipp will lead songs with children,

joined by Mudgy, Millie and Santa. Be sure to bring

your cameras, as there will be photo opportunities

with Santa, Mudgy and Millie! For more information,

call 208.769.2315.

DEC

08

Live Neigh-tivity & Santa

Visit

Saturday, December 8, 1 to 6pm, head to Sherman

Park Square in Downtown Coeur d’Alene for the

annual Live Neigh-tivity, where kids of all ages will

enjoy a live animal petting stable, carolers, hot

cocoa and coffee, gifts, manger scene photo booth

and a visit from Santa (4 to 6pm). Canned food

donations will be accepted during the event.

DEC

8-9

Sounds of Christmas

Concert

Hosted by the North Idaho College Music

Department, join them for the annual Sounds of

Christmas Concert at NIC’s Schuler Performing Arts

Center. There will be two performances: Saturday,

December 8 at 7:30pm and Sunday, December 9 at

2pm. Featuring the NIC Cardinal Chorale, Chamber

Singers and NIC Wind Symphony, the concert is

free for all to attend. And Santa is expected to

make an appearance. 208.769.3300

DEC

09

The Holiday Market

Support local while getting some of your Christmas

shopping done! Held at the Coeur d’Alene Resort’s

Convention Center 10am to 4pm, The Holiday

Market is a community gathering of Inland

Northwest artists, jewelers, bakers and crafters.

Enjoy shopping, food samples and holiday music.

DEC

14

Holiday Pajama Jam

Join Jacklin Arts and Cultural Center in Post Falls

for a first ever Holiday Pajama Jam! Open to kids

ages 6 through 15 and their parent, dress in your

favorite onesies, Christmas pajamas or anything

festive and comfy to boogie in. There will be kidfriendly

tunes and dancing, holiday treats and

some optional activities. Space is limited so get

your tickets now! Ticket prices are $15 for the

first parent/child couple, $6 for each additional

kiddo, and $10 to add additional parents.

TheJacklinCenter.org

DEC

12

Hospice of North Idaho Tree

Lighting Ceremony

All are welcome to attend Hospice of North Idaho’s

Tree Lighting Ceremony: A Remembrance of Loved

Ones. Held 5:30 to 6:30pm, this is an evening of

music and calm reflection in remembrance of those

we grieve this holiday season. Each household

will receive a special keepsake ornament. There

will be refreshments after the ceremony. For more

information, call 208.772.7994.

DEC

15

Christmas for Kids

All are welcome to join The Vine Church in Hayden

10am to noon for their annual Christmas for Kids

event. Families with children 3 to 12 years old are

invited to attend this morning of holiday cheer filled

with Christmas activities, crafts, songs, creative

learning activities, cookie decorating, Christmas

video, the Christmas story and a special birthday party

for Jesus! And the event is free! Pre-register online at

TheVineIdaho.org/events or by calling 208.449.2080.

DEC

14

Holiday Art Reception

The Art Spirit Gallery unveiled its 20th annual

holiday exhibition featuring small artworks by over

30 local and regional artists on November 16. But

you’re in luck! A second reception will be held in

conjunction with ArtWalk Friday, December 14, 5 to

8pm. New work will continue to rotate through the

holiday season. Everyone is welcome. Meet the

artists and enjoy the holiday cheer. The show runs

through January 5, 2019. TheArtSpiritGallery.com

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NYE: A Diamond Soiree

Join the Coeur d’Alene Resort for their New Year’s

Party: A Diamond Soiree! The evening features a

gourmet dinner buffet with a live pianist, aerial

performers, live music from The Sara Brown Band,

a best-dressed contest, DJ Epic Vibes, dancing and a

hosted champagne toast at midnight with fireworks.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 855.813.8796 or

online at CdAResort.com.

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