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SPRING + EASTER = HOPE
IT HAS BEEN A LONG WINTER, and
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and Christmas is never the same unless it’s
a white Christmas, but after time we yearn
for the warmth of the sun as nature blooms
This month we will also celebrate Easter, a
season of hope, renewal and the promise
of eternal life. While we have our secular
symbols of Easter such as coloring Easter
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meaning of Easter is the celebration of the
resurrection of Jesus, giving the promise of
eternal life—the symbol of ultimate hope
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Sadly, there are many in this world who
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One of the best ways we can show the love
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For those of us who are blessed with an
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While coloring Easter eggs and other
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With spring comes an increase in the hours of
daylight, which is wonderful after our long
winter. However, the additional sunlight
can pose a problem for our home’s interiors.
UV rays can be damaging to wood, carpet, fabric and other
finishes in our homes, not to mention being hard on the eyes.
Not surprisingly, spring is a time when people start to think
about window coverings.
As a designer, one of the most frequent issues I encounter is
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view or not giving enough privacy. Luckily, there are many
One of my favorite go-tos are wood blinds. They come in
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Another popular window-covering application is cellular
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a cellular shade that matches the paint or trim color, but you
can play with contrast as well.
With cellular shades, be sure to talk to your sales person in
depth, as there are many options out there. From doublecelled
blinds, which allow for more insulation, to top-downbottom-up
options, which work well to allow light into a
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Mesh shades, which are mounted on a roller and
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rustic and modern looks but are not for those
who want complete privacy. If you are looking
at this option, something to keep in mind is that
light colors have a tendency to filter out views
more than dark colors. I know this sounds
counterintuitive, but the light colors reflect
more light inside, creating more of a box effect.
Dark colors tend to recede, making the view
Something that is seldom talked about today are
draperies, but I think they are a wonderful way
to add warmth and texture to a room. They can
be spare and modern or flouncy and traditional,
and they can definitely add personality should
you choose patterns or textures over simple
cotton or linen. Not to mention, I still believe
draperies to be one of the best and easiest ways
to cover sliding or French exterior doors, as they
can be completely opened to allow easy passage
during the day and quickly closed at night for
One thing for sure is that good window coverings
are an investment. To make sure you spend your
dollars wisely, do your research and find out
what options are right for you and your home.
The right window coverings can last a lifetime, so
a little education can go a long way! Should you
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They have the knowledge and experience to help
you solve any issues you might face with your
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TEACHER OF THE MONTH
By Patty Hutchens
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The math instructional
coach for Lake Pend Oreille
math teacher for 17 years, Kathy
Prummer says she delights in
seeing students’ attitudes toward
the subject transformed when they
are able to understand a mathematical concept.
“I love when students come in with a
preconceived notion that they ‘can’t do math,’
and then once they experience success, they feel
like they can do anything,” said Kathy. “When
we do hard things and kids are successful, this
motivates them to go back again and again to
problem solving situations.”
Kathy shares that most students don’t expect to
experience this kind of success in something
that is traditionally such a difficult subject. “I
love it when kids realize they are math people!
Experiencing success in math creates an
overflow effect into many other areas of their
lives because they were successful in that thing
that was the hardest,” she said.
Kathy’s current position with Lake Pend
Oreille School District is as the district’s math
instructional coach. It’s a position she has held
for the last three years and involves teaching
math with colleagues in grades kindergarten
through eighth at all seven elementary schools
in Lake Pend Oreille School District, and
grades seven and eight at Sandpoint Middle
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“Kathy models lessons with students so
teachers can see firsthand how to question and
probe students for answers and explanations,”
said Kathy Berget, principal of Sagle
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attitude and doesn't let anything stop her.”
Kathy Prummer has had many fulfilling
moments as a teacher, but one of the most
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teaching seventh grade.
“I saw major growth in one of my students
who had come in struggling. When I chatted
with him and his mom at our fall conference,
she told me that he had never experienced this
kind of success in math. The light bulb had
turned on and he was understanding things
that were formerly inaccessible to him.”
Kathy proposed that the student switch to
another one of her classes that moved faster
and would challenge him more. But the
student didn’t feel confident enough yet to
make that jump. “So, I told him, ‘OK, I will
honor your decision to stay where you are for
now. But when you think you’re ready to make
the switch, let me know and we’ll do it!’ I knew
he could handle the switch. But he didn’t know
it yet,” said Kathy.
A few months later the student approached
Kathy and requested to be transferred to the
more difficult class saying, “Ms. Prummer,
I was thinking it would be a good idea for
me to switch to that other class. This class
just doesn’t meet my career goals anymore!”
Kathy shares that her heart swelled with pride
and admiration for that young man. “I will
never ever forget the day his own confidence
changed the trajectory of his math life!”
Kathy said it's important to her that her
students know that in this culture of instant
gratification they should “expect the struggle.”
“Anything worth really having requires effort,
time and hard work. Rather than shrinking
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math work with kids is to nurture perseverant
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By Dr. Dawn Mehra, North Idaho Animal
One of the most dreaded words a family can hear is that
someone they love has cancer. Our furry companions, now
solidly part of our families, are living longer lives and are
more prone to developing cancer in their later lives. Cancer
is tough on everyone, and concerns regarding quality of life after a pet's
diagnosis are why I wanted to write about the various options for this
Cancer is the uncontrolled growth of a particular cell line and comes in as
many forms, types and degrees of pathology (danger to the body) as there
are different cell types in our bodies. There are many potential causes
for cancer development, from gene mutation to environmental toxins to
nutritional deficiencies and excesses. Several million cases of cancer in
dogs and cats are diagnosed each year, and about 50 percent of dogs over
10 years of age die from cancer. Cancer can be primary or secondary—
when it spreads from another area. Another way to categorize cancer is to
determine if it is benign or malignant. Benign tumors (growths) can be
cancerous or not and sometimes do not need treatment. An example of a
benign growth is a lipoma or “fatty tumor.” Sarcomas and carcinomas are
mostly malignant. Fortunately, with early
detection and advanced technology, pets can have a good quality of life
and even a cure with some cancers.
Needle aspirates (sucking up cells from a mass and then looking at
them with a microscope), biopsies and blood tests are often helpful in
yielding an accurate diagnosis. To complete and determine a prognosis
and treatment plan, we use radiography, ultrasound and endoscopy.
Sometimes more sophisticated techniques like MRI and CT scans are
Cancer treatment depends on the type, stage and severity of the cell
line involved. One of the best ways to cure “some” primary cancer is
to remove it surgically. When that isn't an option (too large, difficult
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Change in appetite
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of life for the most amount of time. Budget
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families that losing them is incredibly traumatic
and difficult. Cancer research is highly funded
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Let the hunting begin
By Jillian Chandler | Photo by Eric Kensbock
Easter is just around the corner, and that means the Great
North Idaho Life Easter Egg Hunt has begun!
The brainchild of Keith Boe, the event was started on
a “whim” two years ago to bring people of all ages some
excitement and fun.
“We live in such a beautiful area, and it’s great to see so many folks
out and about enjoying the outdoors and some fun adventure,” says
Keith. “I just thought it would be a fun, adventurous thing to do in
our local community while enjoying some sunshine, beautiful views
and cool areas.”
The Great North Idaho Life Easter Egg
Hunt ranges from Bonners Ferry to
the Silver Valley, Sandpoint and Coeur
Eggs have been hidden anywhere from
the grounds of the Old Mission; the
Spaceship in Wallace; the hiking trails of Mineral Ridge, English Point
and Farragut; Sandpoint City Beach; the beach and park at Q’emiln
in Post Falls; the floating boardwalk in Coeur d’Alene; Honeysuckle
Beach in Hayden; in flower pots outside restaurants and more! After
the eggs are placed, clues are then given via North Idaho Life on
Facebook of where to find them.
“IT IS AN ONGOING AND DAILY EGG
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LEADING UP TO EASTER, AND EGGS ARE
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avid hiker and outdoor enthusiast Eric Kensbock of Coeur d’Alene.
“We send our bunnies out in all directions sending them to local
parks, hiking trails and area landmarks,” says Keith. “It is an ongoing
and daily egg hunt throughout the weeks leading up to Easter, and
eggs are planted at all hours of the day or night.”
According to Eric, last year, he hid more than 1,200 eggs, which
included 700 filled with candy that he had scattered throughout
Tubbs Hill for the main event on Easter Sunday. The other 500-plus
eggs were hidden throughout the cities prior to Easter, all containing
gift certificates of some kind thanks to generous donations from
the community. Gift cards included
everything from local eateries and
food trucks, ice cream and coffee to
boat cruises, art, jewelry and local
crafts. “This year I'm hoping we can
get somewhere around 1,500 in total,
which would include the ones at Tubbs
Hill on Easter Sunday,” he says.
When it comes to what Eric looks forward to during this event, it’s
seeing families get outdoors and search for the eggs. “I've always
been a big promoter of getting people out of their house and doing
something since we live in such a great area,” he says. “I also enjoy
seeing the smiles it brings to the kids' faces on Easter Sunday and the
excited adults who find them as well."
Last year, hundreds of eggs were hidden the weeks leading up to
Easter, thanks to a group of volunteer ‘bunnies,’ the head of which is
Adds Ketih, “I look forward to this community event all year. It’s so
much fun and so good for our community.”
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ANNABY KANNING FINDS JOY IN COMPETITION AND GIVING BACK
By Kendall Lang
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LAST YEAR, ANNABY
WITH EARLY ONSET
Rise and shine! Race Day is on the horizon.
Routine begins. Two hours prior: Eat
breakfast. Arrive at race site. Thirty minutes
until the start: Time to put on the race skis.
Ten minutes and the countdown continues. Stretching
and running are the last to-dos on the checklist. Five
… 4 … 3… 2 … 1 … The gun blasts. Adrenaline rushes.
The race begins and all the nervous jitters liberate.
Annaby Kanning, a current sophomore at Sandpoint
High School, knows all too well what race day entails.
Currently on the Junior Nationals Team for Nordic
skiing, Annaby is a fierce competitor. She is one of only
34 racers on the PNW Junior Nationals Team. Out of
these 34 racers, their age brackets range from U16-U20,
with Annaby competing in the U16 bracket.
Traveling is appealing to many people and is one
aspect of her membership of the Junior Nationals Team
that Annaby enjoys as she loves seeing new places,
experiencing new mountains, meeting new people and
creating lasting relationships with the people she meets.
Annaby’s parents, Becky and Nathan Kanning, are able
to attend a few competitions, yet Annaby enjoys each
journey nonetheless and appreciates the opportunity
to gain independence while being around a team
she enjoys. Some of her finest memories of being
on the Junior National Team include her teammate
relationships. “I love how our team really came together
this past year,” Annaby expressed. “They are what make
it so fun!”
These connections don’t always come easy, however.
Her first year of competing in Nordic, it was difficult
to connect with her teammates. Nathan said, “When
she first started, there were always at least three to
four others skiers training with her. Then last year, she
ended up alone. It’s hard to stay motivated as an adult
to train hard by yourself, let alone as a 14-year-old
high school freshman.” Annaby portrayed her desire to
work through these struggles and make the best of her
abilities as an athlete. “She inspires us to be better. We
are proud of her hard work and perseverance.”
Annaby is also passionate about soccer and golf.
She began playing soccer when she was 8 years old.
She played soccer for the Sandpoint High School
Lady Bulldogs the past two fall seasons on the junior
varsity team and plays Strikers during the spring
season. Although skiing seems to be the most intense
commitment, soccer is the sport that Annaby has loved
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that lets most of her
decisions push her toward
Golf has also been on her radar since she was in the sixth grade. As a
Bulldog golfer last year, she was fairly consistent with her scores. “But
one game, my best game I got, I was blown away!” said Annaby.
“She knows she may not be the best, but if she’s giggling and having fun,
then she hasn’t stopped growing and keeps getting better,” said Becky.
Last year, Annaby was diagnosed with early onset distichiasislymphedema,
a genetic mutation that attacks the lymphatic system. This
mutation leads to swelling within the limbs. For Annaby, her swelling
invades her legs, which forces her to wear compression socks whenever
she is active. The bottoms of her feet are scarred from popping blood
The distichiasis portion of the incredibly rare mutation leads Annaby to
develop an extra row of eyelashes where oil glands would be. She must
pull this extra layer out, because if she doesn’t, she would be unable to see.
Do any of these hurdles disable her from her passions? Absolutely not.
When asked what her life motto is, Annaby responded with “Just do it.”
She models that nothing stands in her way of improving herself in all
aspects of life. Becky said that Annaby is “the athlete that may start at
the back but keeps showing up, keeps learning, keeps sweating and keeps
improving.” Becky said that no matter what the circumstances, “She
always wants more.”
Dedication and motivation are two words that just scrape the surface of
describing Annaby. Although she is humble, her older sister, Emerson,
praises her little sister for working incredibly hard to be where she is and
to further her skills and abilities. Annaby wakes up four days a week at
5:15am to make it to The Shed for her morning workout. “I think wanting
more and dreaming big is what pulls her from her cozy, warm bed four
days a week,” said Becky.
Annaby’s participation does not end with sports. She is also heavily
involved in the community. As a member of the National Honor Society,
she dedicates her volunteer hours to a multitude of organizations. “I like
volunteering because you get to understand more people and families
that you wouldn’t have met otherwise.” On Earth Day she picks trash
up at City Beach. During the summer, she volunteers at the PAFE
Gala. On Sundays, she provides childcare at her church. She also helps
with READY! For Kindergarten. “I love being around little kids, so
volunteering for these organizations is super fun in those situations!”
Through everything, there are two people in Annaby’s world that are her
rock. “My mom and dad are my idols,” she said. “My dad works all day
but still makes time for me at home. And my mom, well she totes me all
over the place! They encourage and support me every single day.”
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or just being a teenager, she proceeds with grace. “She has a sense of
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toward extraordinary goals,” Becky exclaims. “We are incredibly proud of
her growth, perseverance and attitude at such a young age.”
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Living in North Idaho, we are witness to
not only many nonprofit organizations
that are serving the needs of those
in our communities but also to the
countless number of people and businesses who
step forward to make a difference in the lives of
those who need it most. Whether it’s a food bank,
homeless shelter, an organization that helps
cancer patients or those who provide support
for neglected or abandoned children, the need is
These organizations rely heavily upon yearround
donations, but there is one day set aside
each year to make a conscious effort to do what
you can to contribute to those groups that mean
the most to you.
This year’s date for Idaho Gives is May 2, and for
those organizations who want to take part and
provide an online venue for people to donate,
they must register by April 15. Idaho Gives is a
program administered by the Idaho Nonprofit
Center and is designed to bring all Idaho residents
together to raise both money and awareness
for the countless 501(c)(3) organizations who
work to make Idaho a better place. The Idaho
Nonprofit Center provides a simple platform
where donors can search, support and donate.
Kristin Ludwig is the director of development for
CASA of North Idaho, which has participated
in Idaho Gives for the last several years. She
said they raise approximately $1,000 each year.
“As with any state-wide nonprofit promotion,
I see the value in being part of the community
of nonprofits,” said Ludwig. “They do provide
us social media ideas and other tools to help
promote giving locally.”
Idaho Gives is a great way to promote an
organization’s fundraising efforts and provides
eligible nonprofits the opportunity to reach
potential new donors with the visibility that only
a state-wide effort can generate.
With the abundance of nonprofit organizations
in North Idaho, it can be overwhelming for one
in need. Determining which organization would
best be able to serve them can be daunting.
Thankfully there is an organization in North
Idaho that can assist people with this search.
Sandpoint Community Resource Center (SCRC)
bridges the gap between those who serve and
A DAY TO MAKE A
IDAHO GIVES SET FOR MAY 2
BY PATTY HUTCHENS & COLIN ANDERSON
those in need in both Bonner and Boundary
SCRC will be participating in Idaho Gives
for the first time under the direction of new
Executive Director Linnis Jellinek. Through
the Volunteer Idaho Panhandle program,
SCRC helps other nonprofits find volunteers,
new board members and other services. The
organization also helps volunteers find a place
to share their passions in the community.
“Working with Idaho Nonprofit Center has
given me solid resources as a new executive
director in the area,” said Jellinek. “We are
participating this year because I trust their
recommendations, and this is going to be a fun
way for us to get the word out regarding the
broad scope of SCRC’s services.”
A donation to Sandpoint Community
Resource Center through Idaho Gives will go
to help support the local community in three
ways: The Resource Center where people get
connected to the resources they need in a time
of crisis; the Service Provider Information
Network (SPIN), a community of service
providers who can and will help those in need;
and the Volunteer Idaho Panhandle (VIP)
is where other nonprofits are supported and
volunteers find their perfect match.
For the past five years, The Pearl Theater in
Bonners Ferry has participated in Idaho Gives
and continues to meet or exceed its fundraising
goals each year. It’s now become one of the
theater’s largest annual fundraising events.
“Idaho Gives is easy; it provides the structure,
support and training for nonprofits to expand
their fundraising,” said Board Member Valerie
Thompson. “Since our organization depends
almost entirely on memberships, volunteers
and admissions to shows, we rely on donations
to make up the difference, especially on big
The ease of the program and being able to
market a small theater near the Canadian
border to the entire state are reasons The Pearl
continues its participation.
“Whether a person has been to The Pearl recently or ever, Idaho
Gives provides individuals, businesses and organizations the chance
to demonstrate that our dedication to fostering the performing arts
throughout Boundary County is important to them, too,” said Thompson.
For an organization to be eligible to take part in Idaho Gives on May
2, they must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization headquartered or
providing services in Idaho and registered and in good standing with the
Idaho Secretary of State. They must also register with Idaho Gives.
All organizations will be asked to provide the following:
• Primary contact information
• Mailing address
• EIN number
• Idaho Nonprofit Center Member number (if applicable)
• Banking information
• 990 document or postcard verification
While there is a fee involved to participate, it is nominal, and organizations
say it is well worth it for the exposure it provides.
The fee to participate in Idaho Gives depends on the size of the organization
and whether you are a member of the Idaho Nonprofit Center. Member
prices run from $50 to $100, and not-yet member prices range from $100
to $200. Costs are associated with annual operating expenses. The ‘Small’
category is up to $99,999, while ‘Large’ qualifies with operating expenses of
$500,000 and up. Medium falls in between the two.
Nonprofits interested in participating, or those looking to make a donation
themselves, should head to IdahoGives.org. This article mentions just a few
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relief to education, senior citizens and veterans.
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making their communities a better place. Volunteers spend countless hours
and personal sacrifices helping those in need, providing needed services,
being mentors or promoting the arts and outdoors. You can say thank you
with even a small donation during Idaho Gives. Set aside a few extra dollars,
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transfer student from Priest River
Lamanna High School, Natalie
Petit, a senior, plays basketball
and softball for the Bulldogs. She
had played both sports in Priest River since
her freshman year, and she said it was an
amazing experience that, once she came to
Sandpoint, both the Bulldog teams for which
she played ended up going to state.
Natalie shares that one of the biggest
challenges she has encountered was
transferring schools. “I came from a 3A
school and moved up to a 4A school in the
blink of an eye,” said Natalie, acknowledging
that it was more competitive at her new
school. “I overcame the challenges with the
help of my teams, family and coaching staff.
They played a big part in helping me get to
where I am now.”
Natalie said that she enjoys softball because
of the team and the challenges the sport has
brought her. “The team ends up becoming
my family, and that is something I can never
forget. And the challenges are that I have to
push myself in order to obtain and keep my
spot on the field.”
Natalie hopes to play softball in college, but if
not, she plans to attend North Idaho College
where she will study criminal justice. After
that, she plans to enlist in the army and
complete her education.
She is interested in a career in lawenforcement
and said she wants to be in a
position where she can help others.
Natalie is grateful for the coaches she has had
throughout her athletic career. She shares
a life lesson she learned from her former
basketball coach, Gary Stewart—to never
give up. “Even though he never directly said
that to me, it was implied in everything he
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“The team ends up becoming my family, and that is something I can never forget. And the
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Sandpoint has played at state in 12 years. Not
only a standout on the baseball field, Tyler
has been the starting outside linebacker on
the Sandpoint High School Bulldogs’ football
team since his sophomore year.
He shares that his biggest challenge has always
been learning to accept that he won’t be the
best athlete. “There will always be someone
bigger and faster that can throw harder and hit
further,” said Tyler. But that does not stop him
from striving to be the best he can be.
What Tyler loves about the game of baseball
is that it’s not all about athleticism. “It’s about
hard work. The mental side of the game is
so much more important than the physical,”
said Tyler. His post high school plans include
becoming a biochemical engineer. He hopes
to play baseball at the collegiate level, and
although he does not know where that will be
at this time, he prefers to be somewhere close
things such as how to cure cancer and how
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Tyler says being involved with sports has
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CRAVE! IS BROKEN DOWN INTO SEVERAL EVENTS OVER
THE COURSE OF THREE DAYS. YOU CAN PURCHASE
ADMISSION TO ALL EVENTS, A COUPLE OF EVENTS OR JUST
A SINGLE EVENT DEPENDING ON HOW MUCH YOU WANT
TO SPEND AND TASTE.
as three other recent contestants from the popular Food Network series.
Tu David Phu, a season 15 contestant, returns, bringing with him a near
unmatched expertise in Vietnamese-style cooking. Top Chef Canada
runner-up Mark Singson also returns to share his unique style. New to
the lineup this year is Brandon Rosen, who has worked in some of the
finest restaurants in New York and San Francisco and is now a privately
employed personal chef in Silicon Valley.
One of the more popular booths also makes a return as James Beard
Award-winners Felipe and June Hernandez of Los Hernandez Tamales
will be serving up their iconic dish. You’ll most likely find them with the
longest line during the tasting.
Crave! is broken down into several events over the course of three days.
You can purchase admission to all events, a couple of events or just a
single event depending on how much you want to spend and taste. Once
inside the festivities, you can safely put your wallet away as all the tastes
and beverages are included with your admission. Crave! is held mostly
outdoors with chef booths set up in the grassy area behind CenterPlace
Event Center. Live music and entertainment greets you during most
The Thursday evening kickoff is often one of the favorite events. Fresh
fish, scallops, shrimp, oysters and more take the stage during the Seafood
Bash. Cooks will come up with specialty bites and dishes you typically
won’t find on their menu. The Seafood Bash runs from 6 to 9pm.
On Friday, the smell of sizzling meats will be lingering in the air during
the Fire and Smoke event, also from 6 to 9pm. The challenge is to create
a barbecue dish you’ll not soon forget. There will be dozens of drink
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vendors offering beer and cocktail pairings for
many of the dishes, and you’ll have a chance to
vote on your favorites in the People’s Choice
awards for Best Dish and Best Beer. Members of
the Coeur d’Alene Tribe will also be on hand for
a very special night of entertainment including
traditional dances and music.
On Saturday, the education really begins with
demonstrations by regional and national chefs
during the Grand Tasting event from 1 to 4pm.
The demonstration kitchen is set up indoors
with seating and easy views of the presentation.
Local food purveyors will be offering up some
of their favorite small bites to which you
are entitled to unlimited samples. Wineries,
breweries and distilleries will all be offering
tastings and samples in the outdoor setting.
You’ll learn mixology tips from some of the
region’s best bartenders, cooking techniques
from renowned chefs and will walk away with
a full belly of delicious bites as well.
The final tasting is Saturday evening where the
theme is Foods from Around the World. With
an entire world of cuisines in which to choose
from, chefs often save their most unique and
innovative dishes for last. You might find
Vietnamese-inspired sliders, ingredients rarely
found in a taco, or beef tartare with a twist.
You really won’t know until you walk through
the doors. As with other events, the local craft
distillers, brewers and winemakers will be on
hand with all the best the area has to offer.
Your ticket gets you unlimited tastings, but
you might want to bring a few bucks in with
you just in case you want to take something
home. This year, even more artisans will have
booths available, featuring everything from
locally made barbecue sauces, cheeses, cakes,
caramels, craft sodas, oil and vinegar, and more.
The event wraps up with an after party that
includes a no-host bar, desserts and live music
under the stars.
Beyond just a wonderful and flavorful event,
proceeds from Crave! also benefit several
local nonprofits. Second Harvest brings
community resources together to feed people
in need through empowerment, education and
partnerships. Spokane Valley Partners provides
food, clothing and other basic needs to lowincome
families and offers a helping hand to
those making every effort to carve a stronger
path to a brighter tomorrow.
EAR, NOSE & THROAT
Bonner General Health’s full-time Ear, Nose & Throat clinic is
lead by Dr. Susan Anderson, a board-certified physician with
expertise in the medical and surgical treatment of issues
related to the ear, nose and throat.
Tickets are available now including full festival
packages, VIP packages and individual tasting.
Early Bird pricing is in effect, so buy in advance
to save a few dollars as well. Crave! also
partners with local hotels for those looking
for accommodations and special rates. To buy
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In the Inland Northwest we love our long,
warm summer days and cool evenings, and
what better way to spend a weekend than
sampling from the best of the best in food and
drink. Whether you choose a single event or
make it a whole weekend, you’ll leave Crave!
with a new-found appreciation for the many
talented cooks that call the Inland Northwest
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Sandpoint’s Hometown Medical Clinic
BY JILLIAN CHANDLER
PHOTOS BY BRAD FRERKSON
ALPINE FAMILY MEDICINE PLLC
1013 LAKE STREET, SUITE 102
SANDPOINT, IDAHO 83864
"I DECIDED TO ENGAGE IN A MORE
PRODUCTIVE FORM OF HEALTH CARE
WHERE PATIENTS LEFT MY OFFICE
FEELING HEARD, FEELING CARED FOR,
AND GETTING THE ANSWERS THAT THEY
SOUGHT AFTER WITH APPROPRIATE AND
“THERE ARE SO MANY ASPECTS TO MY WORK THAT ARE
REWARDING ON A DAILY BASIS,” says Katie Sweeney, board-certified
family nurse practitioner and owner of Alpine Family Medicine. “Creating
new patient relationships and fostering my long-term patient relationships;
getting to know my patients’ families and caring for their family members;
seeing my patients obtain the results of their treatments plans—these are the
Born and raised here in Sandpoint (as were her parents, grandparents and
great grandparents), Katie opened the doors of Alpine Family Medicine
to the Sandpoint community in August 2017; her office built on her great
grandmother and grandfather’s old house site where their garden grew each
Since day one of opening her business, Katie has dedicated herself to providing
exceptional, affordable care to her patients.
“I was inspired to start Alpine Family Medicine because I found that the
volume that was pushing health care was leading to subpar care and short
office visit times with long waits,” says Katie. “This was not the type of health
care that I believed in and decided to engage in a more productive form of
health care where patients left my office feeling heard, feeling cared
for, and getting the answers that they sought after with appropriate
and timely follow-up.”
Alpine Family Medicine is a fully equipped family practice. The clinic,
which accepts all major insurance carriers, including Medicare and
Medicaid, welcomes all ages, from children to geriatrics, women and
men. Services that are offered include wellness exams for the entire
family, work-related and sports physicals, as well as minor in-office
surgical procedures. In addition, they provide a full spectrum for
women’s health care including all forms of birth control available.
They routinely care for acute and chronic illnesses and do their best
to meet the needs of patients for same-day appointments. They offer
in-house lab processing and are able to order imaging and process
referrals to specialists when needed.
“At Alpine Family Medicine, we provide longer office visit times as
well as believing in a team approach to health care. We partner with
the patients to achieve their health-care goals,” says Katie.
She and her team utilize the most up-to-date research to educate
patients regarding their health-care needs while utilizing the approach
of “old time medicine” to allow time to listen to patients and hear their
concerns. “We believe in not letting patients ‘fall through the health
care cracks’ as many patients do in the very busy health-care system
that we have today. As a primary care provider, we provide needed
referral when appropriate to allow access to specialists when needed.
We work with our patients to keep their health-care costs low and
provide them with options to assist with keeping their out-of-pocket
costs at a minimum.”
Katie attributes the success of Alpine Family Medicine to the
Sandpoint community members such as the staff at Bonner General
Health and the Bonner General Outpatient Infusion and Wound
Clinic, Idaho Pain Clinic, Bonner General Immediate Care, Kootenai
Cancer Clinics, Selkirk Fire Rescue & EMS, Sandpoint’s great local
pharmacies and many more. “But most of all, our very hardworking
staff, Stephanie Wiens and Theresa Porter, here within Alpine Family
Medicine, who make each patient feel welcome and cared for.”
If you are looking for a health-care provider whose priority is
providing honest, quality care, Alpine Family Medicine is the answer.
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DON’T LET IT HOLD YOU HOSTAGE
Back pain should not be a life sentence
By Ryan Egan, Licensed Joint and Movement Specialist and Owner of MVMNT:GYM Sandpoint
Back pain is inordinately common, resulting in tens of millions of
doctor visits each year. Back pain is a deep societal plague not only
impacting the individual but everyone else as well. Everything from
work and recreation to relationships and responsibilities, back pain
has infiltrated and taken so many of us hostage that the opioid crisis we face
becomes pretty understandable. Back pain hurts. It is severely debilitating.
I myself have been the recipient of life-crippling back spasms and seizures,
after all I have broken three bones in my spine. Thankfully, pursuing a highly
intelligent training approach allows me to enjoy getting out of bed instead
of fearing it.
For starters, back pain is common, but back pain should not be considered
normal. Unfortunately, back pain has become such a typical part of life it’s
almost expected. Back pain is not a sentence you must carry out nor are you
a victim of it. If you suffer from back pain, the reason for its cause may not be
your fault, but it is your responsibility to resolve.
There are two types of people: those who own their stuff and begin the
process of intelligently training their body to heal and those who play victim
and never take ownership. Honestly, most people are creating their back
problems and then expect someone else to fix it through passive treatments
such as chiropractic, massage, acupuncture, etc. Even more substantial
“solutions” like surgery have an efficacy of less than 10 percent. Surgery is
never a guarantee; I have seen more people worse off after the knife.
Even worse, too many people create an identity and define themselves by
HEALTHY SELF CARE
If you're not having a great day, don't "reward" yourself with
food. Instead, take a bath, read a book, listen to music,
surround yourself with true friends or buy yourself something
that will make you smile.
Make sure your insurance
coverages are updated!
IF YOU SUFFER
FROM BACK PAIN,
THE REASON FOR
ITS CAUSE MAY NOT
BE YOUR FAULT,
BUT IT IS YOUR
their back pain—ultimately adding every “usedto-be-able”
activity into a pile of “I can’t do that
Pain is a huge multifactorial issue with
mechanical, biochemical and psychosomatic
underpinnings and very rarely has a singular
cause. However, we can find commonalities and
The first major contributor to back pain and
dysfunction is insufficient breathing and core
stabilization strategies. Learning to maintain
and create intra-abdominal pressure is the first
step to mastering your spine and taking control.
We did this sufficiently as very young children,
but as we economized our movement strategies
during aging we created preferential “hinges”
resulting in local areas of destabilization and
As a side note, “pulling your belly button to your
spine” is the absolute worst strategy you can
use. Creating adequate and appropriate “core”
stabilization is far more complex.
The second major contributor is the hips.
Limitations in the largest load-bearing joint in
the body result in compensation strategies at
the spine as you compromise spinal integrity
due to mobility limitations at the hip joint.
Developing active and usable hip range of
motion does wonders to remove those damaging
The third and most controllable factor is your
exercise and lifestyle. It’s important to exercise,
however, I have found “how” people execute
their exercise is a major player, because most
people are unprepared for the exercise they do.
Lastly is sitting. Sitting is the new smoking.
We all sit too much, and the health impacts are
Your back pain is a very big deal. Your spinal
cord deserves your undivided attention and
prioritization. My hope is that you invest in
learning how to move it before you lose it.
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CYCLE OF A
Breaking down the benefits
and how long the results
By Kristin Carlson, Medical Esthetician, Refined
Aesthetics Med Spa, PLLC
Did you know your skin cells shed and regrow
every 27 days? Sometimes skin cells need a
little help during the natural shedding process;
this could be due to dehydration or lack of
routine skin care. The skin will look dry and flakey. This is
when a facial is most beneficial.
There are many types of facials. There is the facial focused
on relaxation with cleansing, light exfoliation and a long
luxurious massage on your face, neck, shoulders, scalp
and even your arms, hands and feet. You walk out with a
luminous glow and your body feeling pleasantly like mush.
Then there is the facial solely focused on correction; it may
feel almost clinical, using a variety of modalities, medicalgrade
products and even chemical peeling agents to remedy
a specific skin condition. It has less “fluff ” and is more
results driven. Ideally, look for a facial falling somewhere in
between; one offering a relaxing facial massage and even the
option to have your hands or feet pampered, but the focus is
results. The facial can include the use of medical-grade skin
care, extractions, dermaplaning or chemical peels to ensure
you and your esthetician are working toward your best skin.
So, what is happening during a facial? Let’s break down its
life cycle and what to expect immediately after and in the
• Immediately post facial treatment: We have cleansed
your skin, exfoliated off all the dead skin cells and debris,
performed extractions if necessary, and pumped your
skin full of antioxidants and hydrating products. Not only
will you leave feeling relaxed, your skin will be radiating
a healthy glow. There may be slight redness post facial if
extractions were performed.
• Two to three days post treatment: Your skin is hydrated,
plump and glowing. There is an increase in blood flow from
Look and feel
the massage and manipulation of your facial
skin. This increase carries more oxygen to the
skin cells resulting in a healthy, hydrated postfacial
glow! The massage also stimulates the facial
muscles giving your face a lifted and more toned
• Twenty-eight to 48 days post treatment:
This is when the real work is done. Skin cells
are regenerating, creating long-term anti-aging
benefits and stimulating collagen re-growth.
With routine facials, long-term results can
include a reduction in fine lines, lightening of
pigmentation and more taut skin.
• Four to six weeks: Dead skin cells are starting to
build up again and impurities can clog the pores.
Therefore, it's time for another facial!
A few things to remember: Getting regular facials
alone will not transform your skin. Just like a diet
or exercise, consistency is key. Staying hydrated,
eating a clean diet, getting enough sleep and a
good at-home skin-care regimen all contribute to
the health of your skin. These factors, along with
regular facials, will maximize the life cycle of your
facial and provide long-term benefits for your
overall skin health. And remember: Taking an
hour every four to six weeks to pamper yourself
will not only contribute to your skin health but
your mental health as well. You are worth it!
Ask for a free consultation with your esthetician
or skin-care professional to discuss what type of
facial is most beneficial for you.
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DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING SERVICES
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Article provided by Bonner General Health
Bonner General Health’s mission is to serve our community
by providing excellent health care close to home. That is why
it is very important to us to provide as many health-care
services as possible. One way we achieve this is by providing
a multitude of diagnostic imaging tests at the hospital and in
our outpatient clinics.
Diagnostic imaging services offered at the hospital include computerized
tomography, commonly referred to as CT, which is used to diagnose issues in
the abdomen, brain, chest, arms, legs, head, pelvis and spine. CT is also used
to diagnose a stroke.
Our Nuclear Medicine Department is a branch of medical imaging that uses
small amounts of radioactive material to diagnose conditions and to see the
functions of organs and tissue within the body. This includes cardiac stress
tests and sentinel node exams.
Echocardiography is a test that uses high-frequency sound waves (ultrasound)
to make pictures of the heart; it is also called an echocardiogram or diagnostic
cardiac ultrasound. Your health-care provider uses an echo test to look at the
structure of your heart and to see how it is functioning.
Ultrasound, also called sonography, uses sound waves to produce precise
images to diagnose issues in the abdomen, aorta, breast, carotid artery,
kidneys and pelvis.
We also provide fluoroscopy, a procedure that studies moving body structures.
It is often performed while a contrast dye moves through the part of the
body being examined. Fluoroscopy allows health-care providers to look at
many body systems including the skeletal, digestive, urinary, cardiovascular,
respiratory and reproductive systems.
We are currently in the process of installing a brand new state-of-the-art MRI
machine. Our new machine delivers a more pleasant and faster examination,
resulting in our patients being in the scanner for shorter periods. The
table has the most comfortable memory-foam surface available, alleviating
pressure points. The expansive bore takes the fear out of MRIs by providing
more room and increased comfort during the scan. The new machine also
produces much less noise, making the whole process more enjoyable.
Our Imaging Services Department houses our mammography and bone
mineral density tests. 3-D mammography is the gold standard in breast cancer
screening. It uses virtually the same radiation dose as 2-D mammography
and it detects 41 percent more invasive cancers and results in up to 40 percent
fewer callbacks for rescreening. The DEXA bone mineral density test is the
most accurate test for osteoporosis.
We offer in-house ultrasound at Sandpoint Women’s Health to diagnose
medical conditions and to monitor pregnancy. X-ray is available in our
Emergency Department, Bonner General Immediate Care and Bonner
If your health-care provider orders a diagnostic imaging test for you, ask to
be referred to Bonner General Health. We provide quality, compassionate
care and help you heal close to home. Go to BonnerGeneral.org for more
information on our diagnostic imaging services and all of the services we
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If you suffer from arthritis,
water therapy can help
relieve your symptoms
By Amanda Thome,
Cornerstone Physical Therapy
THE USE OF WATER
HAS LONG BEEN A
TRIED AND TRUE
MEANS FOR THOSE
Did you know the leading cause of
adult disability in the United States is
arthritis? Fifty-four million adults have
been diagnosed with arthritis. Here
we will address knee and hip osteoarthritis (OA),
risk factors and how exercise through low-impact
means such as a pool can help.
Risk factors for developing painful osteoarthritis
at the knee include genetics, age, gender, being
overweight or obese, history of trauma, having
other chronic health conditions or doing a
significant amount of daily heavy lifting, bending,
kneeling or squatting. Many of the same are true for
hip OA in addition to previous hip injury or history
of hip developmental disorders, decreased hip
range of motion (especially turning the hip inward)
and presence of osteophytes.
The most common risk factors for developing
painful osteoarthritis at the knees/hips are age
and obesity. For every 1 pound of weight gained
it increases knee pressures by 3 pounds and hip
pressure by 6 pounds. Conversely, if you lose 5
pounds, that equates to losing 15 pounds of stress
at the knees and 30 pounds at the hips!
What can you do to help manage your symptoms?
One thing is to talk with your health-care provider
about ways to reduce stress on the joints, either
through weight loss, low-impact exercise or often a
combination of both.
The use of water therapy or water aerobics has long
been a tried and true means for those dealing with
painful arthritis. Why choose water for arthritis?
First, water can provide graded weight bearing. The
deeper you are, the less body weight your joints
experience. In this regard, a person can start in
deeper water and gradually progress back to land
as their strength and pain improves. Water also
provides trunk support, which is often an additional
issue that patients with knee and hip OA experience.
Water also decreases the stress on the tissue and
increases blood flow, which helps with oxygenation
of tissues and aids the removal of metabolic
waste. Water therapy/aerobics also reduces edema
(swelling). Did you know controlling edema is very
important? In fact, it only takes 20 milliliters of
extra fluid at the knee to reduce the ability of your
quadriceps muscle to appropriately fire.
The properties of water allow exercise to be passive,
active or resistive depending on what the goals are.
Water walking helps reduce antalgic (painful) gait
patterns and compensations. When walking at
identical land and water speeds, the important leg
muscles (called the vastus medialis, rectus femoris,
biceps femoris and gastrocnemius muscle) all show
more activity in the pool versus on land.
For many sufferers of painful hip and knee OA,
a joint replacement may be needed. What is
wonderful about the pool is it can be used to build
the person's strength, stamina and balance preoperatively
and can also be used post operatively
to recover after total hip or total knee replacement.
Multiple studies have found that post total knee and
total hip joint replacement outcomes in the pool
are just as good as those who did their therapy on
land. For many, being in the pool allows for better
If you suffer from osteoarthritis, you are encouraged
to talk with your health-care professional about
ways to manage your symptoms.
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A PROCESS OF ELIMINATION AND
BY SCOTT PORTER, SANDPOINT SUPER DRUG
Patterns of poor eating, stressful thinking and inactivity often
lead to undesired health issues or not achieving our full
wellness potential. Low energy and brain fog tend to arise
during these times. When left unchecked, these behaviors
lay the foundation for chronic diseases and disorders.
Even though the desire to change is there, it’s often difficult to get
out of the rut of overeating and break the pull of cravings to foods
we know aren’t the best. Inertia can have a strong hold where it’s
challenging to find the motivation to make changes in our daily level
This is when I like to do a health reset or restart. This includes a day or
two of fasting, eliminating foods and drinks that put a greater burden
on my health, and supporting my body’s natural detoxification
There are many factors that can contribute to a declining path of
optimal wellness. This includes demanding work schedules and
environment, family and social activities, unexpected changes to our
normal routine and even just letting ourselves go for a bit during a
special occasion or holiday.
While we can get set off course from our highest intentions, stepping
back from these patterns and giving ourselves time to reset can
support us to get back on track. The body is amazing at adjusting and
shifting, so why not take advantage of that when we want to shift away
from unhealthy routines.
Several things can happen during a reset. First, it’s easy to see how
our digestive system can get a break to cool down inflammation and
rebalance our gut microbiome. By eating less, drinking more water,
setting aside foods that contain flour and sweeteners, we can also
significantly reduce cravings and the desire for large meals.
Because we are consciously looking at what we are eating during this
time, there is a greater awareness of the quality and type of foods that
we are choosing. This awareness alone encourages selections that lead
toward the healthier side, even without having a specific list of what
not to eat.
Increasing the quality of sleep and activity levels are an important
part of restarting daily patterns. Both of these contribute to better
detoxification, and they encourage and allow the body the chance to
repair damage previously done.
During a reset, our liver gets a break and can catch up on breaking
down toxins and getting them out. Our body can release chronic
inflammation once it is given a break from the foods, activities and
thinking that cause stress.
Your body can’t detoxify itself without proper nutrition, water, sleep,
elimination and movement. Each of these is essential. A short fast
can stimulate the body to move into healthier states, but you cannot
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It started as
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Individuals making a big impact
in their local communities
BY COLIN ANDERSON
PHOTOS COURTESY OF CHAFE150 AND
RACE FOR A SOLDIER
Ideas are powerful. Something as simple as a passing thought
can become something huge that impacts our daily lives, or
something small impacting the people in our neighborhood.
When the idea is something that could positively impact a
community, others are usually quick to rally behind it. There are
examples all over the Northwest of how an idea can bring together
people from all backgrounds and walks of life to find common ground
and to better their surroundings; two of which you can be a part of and
make an immediate impact.
CHAFE 150, Sandpoint, Idaho, June 15. CHAFE150.org
It started as a simple idea from a local accountant, pitched to a small
group around a table; something fun that would help raise some funds
for the local school district. The Panhandle Alliance for Education
(PAFE) is a group that looks to raise additional private funds for public
schools in order to support programs that are either underfunded or
wouldn’t be available with the current budget. Current board president
Geraldine Lewis recalls the day board member Brad Williams pitched
the idea of a bike ride as both a way of generating donations and
bringing awareness to the cause.
“There really were only about eight or nine of us conversing about
ways to expand our group of private supporters for public education.
We decided we had the right amount of elements and connections to
make it work, so we decided to do it!” said Geraldine.
As with most initial events, PAFE was just hoping to break even the
first ride and really focus on getting the word out. A clever name,
CHAFE 150, an acronym for ‘Cycle Hard for Education’, was created,
and the group went to work utilizing their local connections in the
business community to seek out sponsorships and volunteers.
“Each of us was assigned a different task; someone in charge of the
route, the marketing, the logistics, the food, and we just sort of figured
it out as we went,” laughed Geraldine.
The first CHAFE 150 drew about 45 riders along with several volunteer
groups like local cycling clubs, Boy Scouts and other nonprofits
manning the aid stations. Brad’s idea was now realized, and with
the help of community members banding together, it would surely
More riders continued to sign up, and more volunteers offered their
time to help out. The event continued to grow—and so did the support
for the Panhandle Alliance for Education’s Ready for Kindergarten
program; a program to help parents get their children ready to attend
kindergarten from age 0 to 5. Money raised from this ride went directly
to the program and benefited dozens of families in the area.
After five years of running the event, PAFE decided to pass it on to the
Sandpoint Rotary, who would be better equipped and well connected
to manage and operate the suddenly large annual event.
“The transition was so smooth, everyone recognizes the rotary name,
the business support is already in place, and now it just grows and
grows each year, which is great,” said Geraldine.
Mel Dick is co-chair of the CHAFE 150 alongside Brad, who continues
to chair the event each year. Over the past seven years, the Sandpoint
Rotary has increased the ridership participation and helped bring in
title sponsors Timberline Helicopter and Ting, along with many other
organizations like the Lake Pend Oreille School District, Angels Over
Sandpoint, Friends of Scotchman Peaks and the YMCA.
“Well over 100 volunteers are involved day of the event, and our ride
organizing committee works on the ride year-round,” said Mel.
The Rotary also realized they could attract more cyclists by adding
additional ride distances. The first few years, only a 150-mile course
was provided. Organizers decided to put in an 80-mile ‘Half CHAFE’
and, not long after, a 30-mile distance. This year,
three more options are available including a 100-mile
ride, 40-mile ride and 4-plus mile family fun ride.
The CHAFE is a beautiful and challenging course
that was just named No. 3 Best Charity Ride in the
United States by Bicycling Magazine.
“Now the ride is a full Gran Fondo, with multiple
routes and an after-ride party open to all riders, their
friends, family and the community as a whole,” said
When the event was handed over to the rotary,
proceeds continued to be presented to the school
district. Over the past six years, $260,000 was
donated to programs in support of students on the
autism spectrum in the Lake Pend Oreille School
District. This money has a huge impact for both
students and families, as told by Sandpoint resident
“When my son Brett was in first grade, he was
diagnosed with sensory integration dysfunction.
It is a disorder that is on the autism spectrum.
Although he is not autistic, he had to have some
special accommodations in the classroom to help
him focus and reach his full potential. The principal
and the teacher had never even heard of this
disorder, although it is very common. I paid for his
speech and occupational therapists to come in and
educate the principal and the teacher on this so they
would have knowledge on the disorder and why
special accommodations were needed to help him
be successful. I often wondered what would happen
with those families who did not have the resources
to pay therapists to do that or just did not have the
knowledge of their rights.
“Since CHAFE 150 has been contributing funds to
the program in the school district, all teachers are
now aware of not only this disorder but so many
others related to autism and are also educated on
what they can do to help students. It has been a gift
to the community.”
The 2019-2021 rides will all continue to benefit the
local school district, this time in support of after-
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supported what it sees as
effective and sustainable
alternatives to the
present resources offered
for our veterans.
school literacy programs and a new reading
curriculum, according to Mel. The Sandpoint
Rotary Club has also used funds for various
community projects including a ‘teen room’ at
the local library, a swing set and jungle gym at
a playground, and funding for a book trust that
funds monthly book purchases by students.
Race for a Soldier, Gig Harbor, Washington,
September 15. RaceForASoldier.org
Born out of tremendous grief and a determined
desire to help other veterans after her son
overdosed in a Baltimore hotel room on March
7, 2009, just one day his discharge from the VA
hospital, his mother, Leslie Mayne, decided the
best way to honor Kyle’s memory and service
to his country was to recruit family, friends
and her community to help her create the first
Race For A Soldier in 2011 in Gig Harbor,
Kyle was 27 and had served as an infantryman
in Iraq. This was the beginning of a movement
that is bringing hope and healing for our
veterans that help them make peace with their
past by developing programs that foster “post
traumatic growth.” The Permission To Start
Dreaming Foundation’s (PTSD) other events,
Prayer Breakfast, Swing for A Soldier and Pull
for a Soldier, have helped to raise awareness
and support for the mission. Along the way,
the foundation discovered a comprehensive
wellness model that encompasses mind,
body and spirit for our combat veterans and
now includes our first responders. It is called
Warrior PATHH (Progressive and Alternative
Training for Healing Heroes). The goal is to
build a strong foundation of leaders here in
the Pacific Northwest for its own Northwest
Passage wellness retreat and programs.
Since 2011, the foundation has supported
what it sees as effective and sustainable
alternatives to the present resources offered
for our veterans. The foundation plans to
expand the impact and provide more of the
same programs to veterans and first responders
in the Pacific Northwest region. It is driven
to seek and provide unwavering support for
our returning warriors and first responders.
Presently, the foundation runs a monthly
huddle at the Heron’s Key retirement facility
in Gig Harbor, conducts quarterly Mind,
Body and Spirit workshops that focus on “post
traumatic growth,” and has begun to align itself
with the new Steven A. Cohen Military Family
Clinic in Lakewood, Washington. In 2019, the
foundation will continue to send veterans and
first responders from this area to strengthbased
and proven innovative retreat programs.
Leslie concentrates her energy and passion for
those who serve, strengthening relationships
and resources, as well as keeping her eyes
open for more compassionate allies to come
“After Kyle died, I felt the need to leave Gig
Harbor and search for some answers and
process my grief,” recalled Leslie.
That road trip ended up in South Texas, and
she lived with her aunt for six months, until
Memorial Day weekend, and she returned. Her
friend Kathy Davis Hayfield was the general
manager at the Tides at the time and hired
her to serve the patrons of that establishment.
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put Leslie in charge of “Buy a Soldier a
Lunch” day on October 15, 2010. It was such
a hit with the community and the 70 Green
Beret who showed up—all about to leave for
Afghanistan—that Leslie knew, after that day,
she needed to do something bigger and more
impactful that would speak to the needs of our
military when they return.
“The Race For A Soldier was born in my heart
that day,” she said.
She began to hit the streets, knock on doors
and introduce herself to the mayor, the city
leaders and anyone who would listen to her.
Sue Braaten, a good friend and owner of the
Wesley Inn Best Western Suites, advised Leslie
to introduce herself to Miguel Galeana. Miguel,
a renowned world-class runner and owner of
Route 16 Running and Walking, happily agreed
to help her organize and be the architect of the
first half marathon in the area.
Thirty or so friends and family met at a
conference room free of charge at the Wesley
Inn each month, planning for a year. Their
dedication paid off as almost 1,100 people
showed up for the first run. In addition to
This was the
beginning of a
movement that is
bringing hope and
healing for our
veterans that help
them make peace
with their past
the race inception, Leslie added an event
called the Prayer Breakfast, always two days
before the race, which allows soldiers to share
their inspirational and illuminating stories of
overcoming the struggles of post-traumatic
stress and making peace and finding purpose.
It was standing-room only the first year, and
continues to be each year since.
The number of runners is now close to double.
“I was more grateful than surprised, and I’ve
always known that the citizens of Gig Harbor
and beyond are generous and caring. They live
amongst our military, both active and retired.
They want to be a part of the solution. We just
had to find a way people could get involved in
a tangible way,” said Leslie.
From an initial run, the organization now
hosts four annual events, each benefiting the
Permission To Start Dreaming Foundation.
If you are a golfer, Swing for A Soldier is a
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These are the stories of two individuals with
an idea; one combining a passion for cycling
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Wanting to Update Your Kitchen?
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It’s been said that the kitchen is the most expensive room in the house to remodel. While
this can be true when it comes to purchasing new appliances, flooring, cabinets and
countertops, the good news is you can give your kitchen a fresh new look without having
to spend thousands of dollars.
The first step is to identify a design style that reflects you. Are you a minimalist who likes a
modern look? Or do you prefer a more layered, richly colored and accessorized space? Making
style choices and staying within your budget will be easier if you know what you want. Maybe
all your kitchen needs is a new wall color inspired by something you’ve seen online, in print
or in person.
A fresh coat of paint, new handles and drawer pulls or removing the cabinet doors altogether
can go a long way to providing a whole new look to the place where your family spends a great
deal of time and where you love to entertain.
"Changing out cabinetry hardware is one of the easiest and quickest updates," says HGTV's
Scott McGillivray, author of “How to Add Value to Your Home.” He advises to look for colorful
options or a brushed nickel finish.
Cabinetry, which has traditionally been fairly neutral in color, is also the place where people
can now be more creative and add a bit of their personality to their kitchen. After all, our
kitchen cabinets set the tone for the rest of the kitchen and can also have a big impact on the
overall design of your home, especially if you have an open floor plan.
Thankfully painting, as opposed to the much more expensive option of replacing cabinets, has
been much easier with the development of new paint products.
But before you begin, remember this project can be a lengthy process, so plan accordingly.
You will need to remove and store everything in your cabinets, and the doors and drawers will
also need to be removed. And before you begin, all the surfaces which will be painted must
be thoroughly cleaned.
Many people are opting to use two different colors when redoing
cabinets—one color for the upper cabinets and another for the lower
ones. You can also choose to paint a kitchen island a different color for
After you are done with painting, consider replacing existing doors
with glass-paneled ones, something McGillivray says looks like a major
upgrade. "Opt for frosted glass if you feel like your shelves aren't displayworthy,”
he advises, “Or ditch the doors all together to create the effect of
open shelving. I've done this in kitchens to create a lighter space. Display
your favorite dishes and bowls to add a bit of interest to the room.”
Another way to freshen up your kitchen is by painting an accent wall. If
all your walls are a light color, designers recommend painting your accent
wall at least two shades deeper for the best effect.
A fresh coat of paint, new handles and drawer pulls or removing the
cabinet doors altogether can go a long way to providing a whole new look.
Sometimes giving your kitchen a new look can be as simple
as cleaning out the clutter. Remove everything from the
walls, countertops, windows and tops of cabinets so you
can see the kitchen as a clean slate. Then you can begin by
accessorizing with a few well-proportioned, carefully placed
items to reinvigorate the room with a fresh style. This is
also a way to add a pop of color either through countertop
appliances or decorative items.
Other inexpensive ways to give your kitchen a new look
include changing out your lighting. With so many options
available when it comes to color and style, especially when
you are looking to utilize pendant lights, you can significantly
change the look of your kitchen with this simple upgrade.
Kristy Kropat, an interior designer based in San Francisco,
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Adding a backsplash, bold or simple, can do much to add
some contrast and style. Most kitchens do not have a lot
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contractor, you shouldn’t have to spend an exorbitant amount of money.
If your home is like most, the kitchen is the place where people love to
gather. How about making some room for a nice window bench to offer
additional seating when entertaining? Do you find that you have a dining
area separate from your kitchen that is seldom used? Consider removing
your kitchen table and making your dining room area the place where
you eat each evening as a family and where you entertain friends and
family. I know one family that did this and replaced the kitchen table
area with two easy chairs near a bay window. They find they spend much
more time together while preparing dinner and are able to enjoy what
was once their formal dining area much more often.
Lastly, make the most of your resources! Another sure way to keep your
costs of upgrading at a minimum is to call upon friends and family
members who have special talents. Maybe ask them to help out in
exchange for you providing some services to them. Do you have a friend
who is exceptionally good at painting who maybe could use help with
watching her kids on occasion? Is installing a backsplash a skill you think
would be fun to learn? By participating in the process, you will not only
save money and learn a new skill, but you’ll have fun and have a sense of
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When it comes to our homes, we like to do what we can to
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What better way to do that than through the art we choose
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painting of a special place with fond memories, photos
of our family and friends or even something as simple as our children’s
There aren’t a lot of “dos and don’ts” when it comes to decorating your
walls, unlike when choosing furniture and paint color. Art is a place to
express yourself through color, content and texture. And remember, art
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Before you begin, decide what “look” is most appealing to you. Do you
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on the type of arrangement you would like, then you can decide upon
your starting point. This will be the focal point, or the anchor, to your
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throughout the room. Perhaps it is a piece of art you have had a long
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Some of the best art is often the least expensive and provokes a
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But what good is it if you stick it away in a box only to discover it
years later when cleaning out storage boxes or getting ready to move?
Preserve their artwork in a frame for all to enjoy!
There are also several inexpensive ways to display your favorite
photographs. Groupon frequently offers coupon deals to turn your
digital photos into canvas prints. It’s a great way to preserve memories
and display photos of family trips, senior pictures and photos of
grandparents and other loved ones.
Interior Designer Nikki Luttmann, owner of Seven Bee Interiors,
states that for gallery walls, try to group “like with like.”
“Black-and-white prints look great with other black-and-white
prints. Gold-framed oil paintings look great with other goldframed
oil paintings. If, however, your collection is a little more
eclectic, that's OK too,” she says. But whether you choose a more
formal arrangement with symmetry and
a coordinating theme or an informal
arrangement with an eclectic blend of
artwork displayed randomly, be sure
to space out the different elements
equally on your gallery wall, paying close
attention to how far apart things are.
Nikki recommends a sure-fire way to
guarantee everything will look good is to
lay it all out on the floor ahead of time.
“Another trick is to use blue painter's tape
to mask where items go on your walls.
This lets you clearly see the layout even
before getting out your hammer.”
Also, the right tools are important. For
art hanging, you will need nails, hooks,
a hammer, a pencil, blue tape, a tape
measure and—most importantly—a level.
“There's nothing worse than hanging a
heavy piece of art or a mirror on your
walls only to find out it hangs two inches
too high on one side,” says Nikki.
She shares that she recently learned of
Command wall-hanging solutions, a 3M
product, which rely on a high-powered
adhesive to adhere your art to the walls.
“Because you are not putting actual holes
in your walls, it can feel a little less daunting to do a gallery wall if
you use Command strips.” It can also be helpful if you are one who
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One of the most common mistakes Nikki sees is artwork that is hung
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if possible,” recommends Nikki. “If you are very petite or very tall, this
can be a little hard to determine, but figure the center of the piece to be
at about 5 feet off the ground for a professional look.”
Other ways you can group things together is to incorporate a picture
ledge onto your wall. It’s a simple and inexpensive way to display your
art collection. Whether you opt for a single ledge or decide to group
them, they're the perfect solution to fill a blank space.
If you are trying to brighten up a smaller room, hanging a mirror
can catch light and help “expand” the room. There are many different
decorative mirrors available, allowing you to find most anything to fit
the style you are looking for!
When decorating your walls, don’t forget about greenery. By placing
a tall potted plant next to a piece of large-scale wall art, it can help
bring the outside indoors and add interest to a specific area you wish to
Whatever you choose, the goal is to find something that makes you
“The best way to decide if something is right for your walls is if you love
it. Remember, your home is a reflection of who you are—your likes and
dislikes," says Nikki. “Artwork is very personal and evokes emotion like
nothing else in your home, so by hanging art you truly love, your space
will feel uniquely ‘you.’”
Spring is near, and the urge to get into the garden is hard to resist. If you don’t have a greenhouse, spend this time
getting tools ready and take a look at those bulbs and tubers you dug up last year to save and replant this season.
If you saved Dahlia tubers, inspect them for new growth and get them potted. Just put some high-quality peat
moss in the bottom of the pot, lay the tuber in “bud” up and toward the center of the pot. Run a little stake down
near the tuber for later tying, tag the plant with color and species information, then cover the tuber with peat
moss. Water it thoroughly, and set it in a cool room. Be patient as it will be a while before the plant comes up. This
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Take a tour of your home both inside and out.
You are going to be packing everything for your
move anyway, why not get a jump start on it!
Take inventory and scrutinize everything. Pack
up items that are not in use and don’t add to
the overall appeal of your home; rent a storage
unit if you have to. The goal is to minimize
the personal effects while maximizing your
home. Pay attention to your furnishings.
Oversized or too much furniture shrinks the
appearance of your home. You want potential
buyers to imagine their stuff in the home rather
than yours. Photos of your home are going
to be showcased all over the Internet, and
strangers are going to be going through your
home on a regular basis. Stay safe and pack up
valuable jewelry, firearms and other precious
Now that you have gotten the excess stuff out of
your way, it is time to spring into a deep clean.
Get into all the nooks and crannies; clean,
polish and organize everything. Take time to
clean the forgotten, such as inside and under
cabinets, windows (inside and out), ceiling
fans, light fixtures, closets, garage, storage
sheds and the yard. Check light bulbs and
Now that your home is sparkling, it is time
to invite the professional. Schedule an on-site
consultation with a neighborhood Realtor.
Your home is an asset and should be treated
as such. You need a professional on your side.
Your Realtor’s job is to sell your home at the
best possible price and make that process easy
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will advise you on repairs or upgrades that will
yield the best return and help you price your
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Do not settle for poor photographs.
Now that you have your house on the market
and ready for showings, you can relax, grab
a glass of wine (or cup of coffee) and revel
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showing appointments: Tidy up, replace
bathroom and kitchen linens, turn on all of the
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and finally leave the house and take Fido with
you. Let your Realtor do his/her job and wait
for the offers!
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Cannon Beach was named by National Geographic as one of the world’s 100 Most Beautiful Places
in June 2013 as well as the staff ’s pick for Best Beach Towns in July 2014. With the Oregon icon,
Haystack Rock, dominating the beach, it is easy to see why it earned these monikers. The village
of Cannon Beach manages to have a sleepy, small-town vibe yet has all the amenities that visitors
desire. Its architecture is reminiscent of East Coast island beach towns like Martha’s Vineyard. With scenery
this lovely, plan your trip around time exploring the beach and coastline views, meandering through local
shops, art galleries and restaurants, and throw in a day trip along the coast.
There are many lodging options in Cannon Beach, but I just love a good beach house. During my stay I called
the Baker Beach Cottage home, conveniently located within a short walk to the beach and Haystack Rock. Or
head the other direction and you are a few houses down from town. This cute cottage offered all the comforts of
home and had some fun extras like an outdoor fire pit with Adirondack chairs and a separate bunkhouse with
two sets of bunk beds to sleep four in addition to the three-bedroom cottage. Beachcomber Vacation Homes
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trip. There are usually warning signs posted near the beach; when visiting
Oregon beaches, always make sure to read the warnings about sneaker
waves and tsunamis. The beaches can also be chilly even in the warmer
months, so dress in layers to stay warm.
Start with the almost 4 miles of beach surrounding Haystack Rock.
Familiarize yourself with a tidal chart. Low tide is the best time to see
tidal pools and to get a closer look at the “Rock.” From February to April,
the Haystack Rock Awareness Program has volunteers that set up each
day to provide visitors with printed resources and knowledge about
Haystack Rock. In April you can see the cute Tufted Puffins nesting.
For a great overlook of the village and Haystack Rock, drive up to Ecola
State Park which has panoramic views of Cannon Beach and the historic
Tillamook Rock Lighthouse, as well as scenic hikes.
You don’t want to miss Hug Point State Recreation Site, which is 3 miles
south of Cannon Beach. Make sure to visit around low tide for the best
experience. Enjoy the sounds of rushing water at the beachside waterfall.
There are sea caves and rounded rocks covered with bright green seaweed
which make this a great place for photos. Arcadia Beach State Recreation
Site, a short two-minute drive south of Cannon Beach, offers a long beach
walk that connects to Hug Point. It is worth a stop on its own merits and
provides a unique beach with great views.
The area has a bounty of Pacific Northwest culinary delights from craft
distilleries and breweries to local farmers markets. One place you don’t
want to miss is the Ecola Seafoods Restaurant and Market, a favorite with
locals and visitors alike. After recovering from a fire last July in the midst
of their peak season, they are back in business in a beautiful space which
serves as a market and restaurant. The Beckmans run a family owned
enterprise with husband Jay operating two fishing boats to provide fresh,
local seafood and wife Cindy who runs the market and restaurant. They
succeed through word of mouth.
“People come because they are getting fish from boat to table, sustainably
line-and-hook caught with no gill nets. Our seafood is not farm raised
and that makes a big difference,” said Cindy. It really does make a huge
difference in taste. You can purchase a variety of fish, crab or shrimp to
take home or order from the counter and enjoy on site. Two must-haves
are the halibut fish and chips and an Oregon shrimp and Dungeness crab
boat. This melding of two allows you to have both, and it is so good and
fresh. You can enjoy with the Beckman’s homemade cocktail sauce but
that crab with a squirt of lemon is to die for.
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North Coast Food Trail
The village is such a fun place to stroll around. At the end of Taft Street
(where the Baker Beach Cottage is located) sits the EVOO Cannon Beach
Cooking School. This fun business offers cooking shows where you watch
a chef prepare a gourmet meal and you get to eat it too. Check their
calendar for availability. If not, make sure to stop by and visit their shop
with a variety of cooking-related merchandise. Bruce’s Candy Kitchen is
always a hit with house-made candy as well as a great selection of what
I call ‘vintage candies,’ which are those fun products you grew up with.
There is a local market for groceries. I always love a good wine shop of
which there are two. The area is a nice easy stroll with art galleries and
lots of other cute shops.
You may want to drive from this side of town further north to the
Cannon Beach Hardware & Public House. This cool, kitschy place is a
local favorite and is known as Oregon’s first hardware store to serve beer
and wine. Yes, you can enjoy a brew while you shop the aisles. This is one
of those stores that have a little bit of everything. While in the area make
sure to visit The Sleepy Monk for coffee. This place was recommended
over and over by locals, and it is a popular joint.
Plan to take a day and drive down the coast to Tillamook to tour the
cheese factory and have some of their great ice cream. Grab a North
Coast Food Trail guide, which has some great suggestions for things to
see and do. The little towns of Manzanita, Wheeler, Rockaway Beach and
Garibaldi are so quaint and worth a stop for coffee or lunch. On my trip I
drove straight to Tillamook with a stop in Manzanita for lunch and then
slowly worked my way back to Cannon Beach with numerous stops along
the way. Many of the marinas you will pass sell seafood and will cook
crab for you when in season. A short detour from the coast is Nehalem.
Stop into the Nehalem Bay Winery and enjoy a glass of wine on the deck
overlooking farmlands before heading back to Cannon Beach for the
sunset. If you are running late, as the sun comes down fast, there are
plenty of scenic overlooks to stop at.
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RECIPES LOCAL FLAVOR SPOTLIGHTS
Trinity at City Beach
Sandpoint’s premier waterfront dining offers an
extensive menu of American cuisine with an
impressive wine list. Featuring a full-service bar
and beautiful view of Lake Pend Oreille. Serving
breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week,
Trinity at City Beach is ready to become your
new favorite restaurant.
56 Bridge St. | Sandpoint
Restaurant & Bar -
Sweet Lou’s Restaurant and Bar proudly offers
something for everyone, with specialties
including chicken fried steak, smoked prime
rib, bison ribs and grilled PB&J and bacon
sandwiches. All menu items are reasonably
priced, fresh and made to order. Full bar.
477272 Hwy 95 | Ponderay
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. The bar
and restaurant menu changes with the season
offering a variety of delicious food year round.
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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!
Shoga Sushi sits on the shores of Lake Pend Oreille
and offers breathtaking views of the mountains
and water with sunsets that beautifully color the
sky. Owner Cassandra Cayson and her staff pride
themselves on building relationships with the locals
and tourists alike, focusing on accommodating each
guest’s tastes and preferences.
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Fresh & unique, Jalapenos Mexican Restaurant
in Downtown Sandpoint has been a favorite of
many for over 25 years. Whether it’s Margarita
Monday, Taco Tuesday or Magic Wednesday, there
is something for everyone here, and its newlyexpanded
menu has brought even more choices
to diners. If you are looking for family fun, a date
night or even a place to host a party in their private
dining room, Jalapenos Mexican Restaurant will
keep you coming back for more!
314 North Second Avenue, Sandpoint, Idaho
Authentic Mexican cuisine prepared fresh daily. Fiesta Bonita’s
menu is full of many unique and authentic recipes. They have
a full bar at their Ponderay location and outdoor seating. Open
daily at 11am. Bring the family or make it a date night. There is
something for everyone at Fiesta Bonita!
700 Kootenai Cutoff Rd. | Ponderay
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CEDAR STREET BISTRO
Experience tasty food and great coffee in a truly unique setting.
Exceptional coffee drinks and delectable pastries, handcrafted
Gelato (Italian ice cream), grilled gourmet sandwiches and
wraps, stone-baked pizzas, dessert and savory crepes, fresh
salads and homemade soups. Something for everyone from
7am - 5pm daily.
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CITY BEACH ORGANICS
City Beach Organics offers top-notch, made-fromscratch
organic food and drinks in a recently renovated
downtown location. They serve homemade soups daily!
Conveniently located, they can also make your order to go!
Sun: 9am-6pm | Mon-Fri: 7am-7pm | Sat: closed for REST.
117 N. First St. | Sandpoint
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Enjoy farm-fresh, seasonally inspired food. Brunch is served
daily and menu items include fresh apple doughnuts, chicken
and waffles and more! Dinner items include fresh meatloaf and
smoked steelhead trout. Silo Bar open daily at 11am. Learn
more at FarmhouseKitchenAndSiloBar.com
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Northern Country Cuisine,
featuring house smoked
barbecue, smoked chicken and
farm to table comfort foods.
MILLER’S COUNTRY STORE
They now have homemade pies on Thursday! Come experience
the sensational smells of fresh baking bread, cinnamon rolls,
pies and pastries. Pick up a deli sandwich on their homemade
bread and hot bowl of soup with a fresh baked roll or cornbread.
Open Monday-Friday 8:30am - 5:30pm.
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• Once the jam begins to bubble, bring down to medium-low and,
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It is one of the community’s favorite events
each summer, and there is no doubt that
the Festival at Sandpoint has presented
another fabulous lineup of performers
for 2019. This year organizers of the annual
summer concert series chose to announce
performers earlier, rolling out the names
week by week adding to the anticipation and
It is no secret that the Festival at Sandpoint
draws people from all over, thus having a great
impact on our local economy. But to put on
such a spectacular event requires a tremendous
fundraising effort, and what better way to give
back to the festival than attending their annual
fundraiser where you will be wined and dined!
On Saturday, April 27, at 5pm at the Bonner
County Fairgrounds, come and enjoy unlimited
tasting of premier wines, a five-star gourmet
dinner, and exciting raffle opportunities
including a special selection of silent and live
auction items. You will also be treated to the
music of Brown Salmon Truck, a local trio
that is known for its vintage and contemporary
blues, jazz, Latin and more. Here, they will also
announce the artist for this year’s Festival at
In addition to their annual summer concert
series, The Festival at Sandpoint is passionate
about its year-round educational mission in the
community. The Festival works cooperatively
with other organizations and schools in the
region to present a variety of educational
programs to inspire, educate and assist area
youth. In an effort to further that mission, there
will be a special “raise the paddle” for their
music educational mission at the April 27 event.
The cost to attend is $95 per person. There are
also opportunities to reserve a premier table
for eight which comes with certain sponsor
benefits. The cost of the premier table is $1,200,
and the memories made are sure to be priceless!
For tickets to this extravaganza, go to
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
It's Schweitzer's Schpring Finale! Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7. Head to
the mountain for two days of fun including the Ponderay Rotary Duck Derby, Kid
scavenger hunt in the village and yellow snow eating contest, Pond Skimming
event, "Over the Line!” Duct Tape and Cardboard Derby and live music. The fun
kicks off at 9am Saturday and 10am Sunday. Schweitzer.com
Home & Garden Show
2019 Mad Hatter Tea
Sandpoint Parks and Recreation partners with Emily
Faulkner and Lost Horse Press for a Contra Dance from 7 to
10:30pm at Sandpoint Community Hall. Held on the second
Friday of each month, the community is invited to attend
(all ages welcome). The dance features live music with
great local and regional bands and lively callers. Beginners
and singles welcome! There is a $5 suggested donation at
the door. For more information, call 208.263.6751 or email
Head to the Bonner County Fairgrounds for this year's
Home and Garden Show. This three-day event is
brought to you by the Panhandle Building Contractor
Association. New to the event this year is the addition of
boats, RVs and motorsports. For additional information,
including showtimes and admission, call 208.263.8414.
Join Community Cancer Services for the annual Mad
Hatter Tea 11:30am to 2pm at the Heartwood Center.
Dress as your favorite Mad Hatter character, wear a crazy
hat or just come as you are and enjoy a couple hours in
Wonderland! The afternoon includes a fashion show,
mimosas, tea sandwiches, tea, dessert, live and silent
auction, raffle and best hat contest. Tickets are available
online at CommunityCancerServices.org or by calling
Pianist Peggy Reich
Concert pianist and piano teacher Peggy Reich returns
to Sandpoint for her second performance, hosted by the
Music Conservatory of Sandpoint. Join her as she presents
Jewish Musical Reflections at the Heartwood Center 5:30
to 6:30pm. Tickets are available at MCS and at the door on
the night of the event. SandpointConservatory.org
Upcoming Events in MAY
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Through the Looking Glass
Enjoy beautiful shared accomodations at luxurious Talus
Rock Retreat set on 18 acres with endless amenities such
as a beautiful hot tub for under the sun or stars and a detox
sauna. This is a weekend of pampering with delicious food,
cocktails and wine paired with wellness activities like singing
bowl meditations, yoga, nature adventures, drumming jam
sessions and cooking therapy. Find the event on Facebook
and message to book your spot.
LOST IN THE ‘50S
Missoula Children's Theatre's
What starts as a lazy day at the beach quickly turns into
mystery and adventure when the search for Blackbeard's
treasure begins! Missoula Children's Theatre and more than
60 local students present an original musical adaptation of
"Blackbeard the Pirate." Held at the Panida Theater, there will
be two performances, 1pm and 3:30pm. Tickets are $15 for
adults and $5 for youth 18 and younger.
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Spring Soiree: Havana Nights
Mark your calendars for Selkirk School's Annual Spring Soirée on April 20 at the
Heartwood Center! Friends, family and the community are invited to join them
for a wonderful evening to help raise funds for the school. Dine on Cuban-inspired
appetizers and a tapas-style dinner, and enjoy craft beer, local wine, local kombucha
and more! There will be silent and live auctions, wine pull and raffle drawings. Tickets
are on sale now at CharityAuction.bid/2019SelkirkSchool.
Carter Country Farm & Feed
Stop by Carter Country Farm and Feed Friday, April 26,
8am to 6pm, and Saturday, April 27, 9am to 4:30pm, for
their Spring Sale. From berries to bushes and fruit trees,
and all the things you need to have them grow, this is your
one-stop to get a start on your planting and gardening. Call
208.263.8236 with questions.
The Wine Festival
Join the Festival at Sandpoint at the Bonner County
Fairgrounds for their annual fundraising extravaganza
Saturday, April 27, at 5pm. Ticket holders will be treated to
wine tasting, 5-star gourmet dinner, musical entertainment,
raffle opportunities, silent and live auction and more.
Tickets can be purchased online at FestivalatSandpoint.
Devon Wade & Pamela
Join The 219 Lounge for a great evening of live music by your
favorite local country artists as Devon Wade and Pamela
Jean take the stage. The show kicks off with Pamela Jean at
8pm with Devon performing 9pm to midnight. The show is
free and open to the public. Must be 21 and older to attend.
Rise Together: Next Level
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Cinco de Mayo at Trinity
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7pm for their annual Cinco de Mayo Fundraiser. There
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4-bedroom, 3-bath, 1571 sq with main
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3-bedroom, 2-bath, 1381 sq SINGLE
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convenient to downtown. $289,000
A rare property for your most discerning clients. 50 of the most gorgeous wooded acres available
on the market. Conveniently close to town. Easily accessed off Hwy 95N. A 4 acre spring
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the full length of the property. Community water nearby. Check out the several possible building
sites. Bring your house plans and your imaginaaon. You won’t be disappointed! $325,000
Peace and quiet, lots of wildlife and views that go
for miles on this 20.15 acres just south of Sandpoint,
ID. Seppc installed and electricity is to the
property corner, ready for you to complete the building
vision. Elk, deer, and other mature wildlife
abound here among varied terrain, rock outcroppings,
mature trees and abundant sunshine behind a
locked gate. $135,000
TWO HOMES ON SEPARATE PARCELS, a
shop, guest cabin/studio & RV parking on
4.14 acres less than 10 miles to Sandpoint.
Main home is a 2644 sq manufactured on
2.9 acres with shop. Second home is a
mobile home on 1.24 acre. $464,900
Rural heaven close to town! Just west of
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Excepponal 1 acre building lot in Swan
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waterfront. Filtered water views from the
treed building site. Community water and
sewer hookups included. $110,000.
399 Larch Street, Priest River, Idaho - Impressive waterfront estate comprised of 3.74 acres and 380 feet of gentle frontage. Approached by land
on paved roads and by boat with safe harbor, you'll find this impeccable 5,200 sq home built for generaaons to come. Craaed with the
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Outside gathering areas include covered porch and paao, a new dock, fabulous landscaping and rock work with water feature & heirloom
apple orchard. There is room for an addiional dwelling to be built. All in a very private seeng approximately 20 minutes' drive to Sandpoint.
Ski Resort Heaven! Rise to the top and enjoy
absolutely stunning views that span from Schweitzer
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Overlooking Lake Cocolalla in the Panhandle of
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Come to Ridgehaven for absolute privacy on
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