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December 2019 Coeur'd Alene Living Local

DECEMBER 2019

LIVING LOCAL

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DECEMBER 2019

VOLUME 6 NUMBER 12

inside

To Give Instead of Get

Lasting joy from meaningful holiday giving

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Big Things Come in Small Boxes

Give the gift of experiences

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Picking the Perfect Tree

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The end of the year is always one of

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sharing beautiful meals prepared with heart,

as Thanksgiving took to the stage. Now, as

December has arrived, there are the holidays

of Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa that

all look forward to.

Celebrations of our cultures and beliefs,

passed down from generation to generation,

are truly fulfilling in themselves. It is

important to not focus on the secular aspect

of these holidays but the meaning behind

each and their importance to you and your

family.

In this issue, we offer ideas of how you can

focus on giving rather than receiving, and

the joy that true selflessness can bring to

both young and old alike. From assisting

your neighbor with their outdoor holiday

decorating or simply purchasing that cup of

coffee for a stranger, your act is sure to leave

a smile on their face. If you’re struggling on

finding the perfect gift for your child, we’ve

compiled a list of wonderful experiences you

can gift them. From music lessons to theater

tickets, a weekend getaway and more, give

a gift that will allow for memories to be

made and the soul left fulfilled. You will

also find some wonderful activities taking

place around the community, filled with the

season’s spirit. Attending one of these family

friendly events is a great way to spend time

together during the holidays. And if you’re

in search for that perfect Christmas tree, it’s

time to get out to that local tree farm or lot!

As this time of year can be joyful, albeit

stressful, our travel story takes you to warm

and sunny Arizona—the perfect retreat

from the cold and to recoup from all the

holiday excitement.

Happy Holidays to all of you from our Living

Local family. May blessings abound not only

this season but always.

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DECEMBER MARKS THE OFFICIAL START

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the cold sets in, now is the time to take advantage of

this magical season by spending time with your loved

ones. It’s not what’s in the box under the tree that is

important but the joy of sharing and giving to others.

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ESSENTIALS

The latest tips and trends in home, garden,

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LIFE & COMMUNITY

An Evening of Remembrance: 38th annual

Tree Lighting Ceremony set for December 12

GOOD NEWS

Holiday Match: Community helping military

families though the holidays

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IN FOCUS

Out of the Shadow: Local theater company

brings talented actors into the spotlight

LIVING LOCAL

Guide to Holiday Happenings: Events to

celebrate the season

HEALTH & LIFESTYLE

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Tips and informational articles about living

a healthy, active lifestyle

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Your local guide to the tastiest hot

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Calendar of great local events, music,

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Add Comfort and Style to Your Home

HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT AREA RUG

BY NIKKI LUTTMANN, SEVEN BEE INTERIORS

While many of us have made the switch to hard-surface

flooring, or perhaps would like to, bare floors can

seem hard and uninviting—especially in the winter

months. One easy way to add comfort and style

underfoot is with an area rug. Some of the most common concerns

with area rugs include sizing and fiber content.

Area rugs come in a variety of sizes, but most commonly, these sizes

are (in feet) 2x3, 3x5, 5x7, 8x10 and 9x12. Different manufacturers

have different size variations, depending on their looms, but these

are typical sizes found throughout the industry—even in handloomed

rugs.

Determining the size of your area rug is relatively easy, if you know

how to approach it. In a living room, I like to have the area rug

extend 6 to 10 inches behind the front legs of the sofa or chairs.

This not only helps anchor the room and create a defined seating

area, it also helps keep the furniture from skidding across the floor

by adding some friction under heavier pieces. In a bedroom, I like

to have the area rug centered widthwise and then extend at least

halfway under the length of the bed, so that your feet have a cozy

place to land on those cold mornings.

I’m not a huge fan of hallway runners, as they have a tendency to

wander and bunch underfoot without any furniture pieces to weigh

them down. However, I do like entry mats and highly recommend

them to keep exterior dirt and dust from finding its way further

indoors. The entry mat should be large enough to accommodate the

width of your front door and extend to within 6 inches of the entry

walls on either side.

As far as materials go, area rugs are commonly made from wool, silk

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One easy way to add comfort and style

underfoot is with an area rug.

and cotton for natural fibers, and olefin, polyester, nylon and Smartstrand

for synthetics. Wool area rugs are durable and naturally flame retardant,

and are often of the highest quality. They can be machine or hand woven

and come in a variety of styles and textures. With the quality, however,

comes a higher price tag. Silk area rugs are less common, though silk

can be blended with other fibers—chiefly wool—to create a rich, varied

texture. As you might expect, silk is definitely not the workhorse like

wool or synthetics but better suited to less trafficked areas. Cotton is a

lighter, less durable fiber than wool as well but far more affordable than

wool or silk. Cotton matting is popular for kitchens and bathrooms, or

any place that might require machine washability.

Regarding synthetic area rugs, these are usually far less expensive than

their natural fiber counterparts and therefore more readily available

in the American market. Polyester is a shorter-staple fiber (think faux

wool) and is known for its softness and colorfastness. Nylon is a longerstaple

synthetic that is known for durability, which is great in high-traffic

areas. Olefin is a less expensive material and is typically what berber

carpeting is made of. Smartstrand is a newer synthetic, made popular for

its stain-blocking ability and softness. Karastan, for example, is a wellknown

carpet and area rug brand that has adopted Smartstrand in the

manufacture of many of its area rugs.

If you’re looking for a new area rug or two, it is extremely helpful to be

able to see and feel them in person before purchasing. Though online

shopping is easy and convenient, online returns are not, and it is very

difficult to tell the quality of your area rug from a picture. With that in

mind, many stores have swatches available for color matching at home.

And some will even allow you to take the area rug home and see how it

looks in the space before purchase.

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TAKE CHARGE

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Take Greater Control of Your 401(k)

This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones

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If your employer offers a 401(k) or similar

plan, you’ve got a powerful retirementsavings

tool at your disposal. And yet, how

well you do with your 401(k) depends greatly

on your choices and actions. What steps can you

take to maximize the benefits of your plan?

For starters, be aware that your 401(k) may come

with what might be called “standard” features,

which you should review to determine their

applicability to your situation. These features

include the following:

• Default deferral rate - When you take a job,

your employer may automatically enroll you in

the company’s 401(k) plan and assign a “default”

contribution rate—the percentage of your salary

you will put in to your 401(k). Many companies

choose a default rate of 3 percent, although,

in recent years, there has been a move toward

higher rates, even up to 6 percent. Unfortunately,

too many people don’t question their default rate,

which could be a problem, especially if it’s at the

lower end. If you want your 401(k) to ultimately

provide you with as many financial resources

as possible, you will likely need to contribute

as much as you can afford. So, be aware of your

default rate, and, if you can possibly afford it,

increase that level. And every time your salary

goes up, consider boosting your contributions.

• Investment mix - When you’re automatically

enrolled in your 401(k), the amount you

might initially contribute isn’t the only “off the

shelf ” feature—you also might be assigned

a default investment option. One common

default investment is known as a target-date

fund, which generally includes a mix of stocks,

bonds and cash instruments. Your 401(k) plan

provider, or your human resources area, will

typically base this mix on your age and projected

retirement date. Usually, this fund will grow

more conservative over time, reflecting the

need to reduce the portfolio’s risk as you get

nearer to retirement. However, you may not be

obligated to stick with the default option. Most

401(k) plans usually offer several options from

which to choose. Ideally, you’d want to spread

your investment dollars among a mix of these

investments to give yourself the greatest growth

potential, given your risk tolerance and time

horizon. And always keep in mind that your

401(k) is a long-term vehicle, designed to help

you prepare for a retirement that may be decades

away. Consequently, try to discipline yourself to

look past the inevitable short-term drops in your

portfolio.

• Matching contributions - If your employer

offers a 401(k) matching contribution, you

should certainly take advantage of it. Consider

this: If you employer matches 50 cents for every

dollar you contribute, up to 6 percent of your

pay, and you contribute the full 6 percent, you

would, in effect, be receiving a 3 percent pay

raise (50 percent of 6 percent). That’s like a 50

percent rate of return even before you invest this

added money.

Taking control of your 401(k) in the ways

described above can help go a long way toward

getting the most from your plan—and, as a

result, may help get you closer to supporting the

retirement lifestyle you’ve envisioned.

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Financial Financial

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is great, but who says veggies are for vegans

only? Add more holiday shine to your table

with a veggie side dish such as roasted Brussels

sprouts with a maple balsamic glaze. It’s made

with Plant Butter that features oils from olives,

avocados and almonds so everyone gets to

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Holidays are a wonderful time of the year to make

everyone at the table happy. Whip up delicious

dishes to make meals that all your loved ones

can enjoy. Whether keeping up time honored

traditions or starting new ones, with a little

planning and preparation, it’s easy to manage the

dietary needs and desires of everyone—and that’s

the best gift of all.

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COUNTRY GIRL

BARKING

DOG

Dogs use their voices around me every

day. They whine, growl, howl—and

yes, bark—in the examination room,

hospital treatment area, in the boarding wards,

and my neighborhood! As a trained veterinarian

and wildlife biologist, I know that dogs use

barking to communicate amongst themselves

and to their pet parents. Problems occur when

the barking becomes excessive and repetitive.

This behavior creates a nuisance for the families

and their surrounding neighbors. I am not

alone in feeling my blood pressure soar when

one of my patients, or my own dog, barks and

barks. We cannot forget, however, that persistent

“shouting” signals that something may not be

right.

If your pooch barks excessively, the first step is to

figure out the cause so you can efficiently address

the problem. Just as we use our voice for different

things (gift of gab), the reasons that dogs bark are

numerous. I listed several below and offer some

general tips to dissuade the triggers. Redirecting

your dog takes creativity, practice, consistency

and patience! It won’t happen overnight, but

with time and effort, things can improve.

Territorial/Fear/Alarm: Visitors, human or

other, approaching their “space” can trigger

an unduly response from your pet in an

effort to protect/alert. Consider changing the

environment to help limit what he/she sees and

hears. Create visual and auditory barriers outside

or keep pets inside. Place treats in the hands of

an approaching outsider to help your canine

relax and associate the “stranger” as something

good and that there’s no need to protect.

Boredom: Dogs are pack animals. Left alone

for long periods, whether in the house or in the

yard, they become bored or sad and often will

When you’ve

heard enough!

By Dr. Dawn Mehra,

North Idaho Animal

Hospital

bark because they are unhappy. Exercise and

enrichment are key to solving this case. Spend

an hour in the morning and evening walking,

playing or running your pets. Offer treat-filled

puzzles and chewy toys to play with while you’re

missing.

Anxiety: Besides non-stop barking,

separation anxiety can also be associated

with destructiveness, pacing, inappropriate

elimination and depression. These pups suffer

greatly when left alone. Please seek veterinary

care for this type of problem; a combination of

behavioral therapy and medication will help.

Attention Seeking: Dogs bark to greet, express

excitement, to alert you when they need to

go outside, as well as for many other reasons.

Try and modify your response to barking for

attention by rewarding good behavior and

ignoring bad behavior.

Senility: Older pets can become disoriented and

confused, and dementia can set in. Considered

neurologic (brain) disease. Veterinarians should

be consulted for treatment options.

The more compassion you can muster

toward the aggravating problem of incessant,

inappropriate barking, the greater likelihood

you will achieve a positive training outcome.

You will also strengthen the bond between you

and your pooch. Good luck! And check in with

your veterinarian for more advice and treatment

suggestions.

Dr. Dawn Mehra, North Idaho Animal Hospital,

320 South Ella Street, Sandpoint, Idaho 83864.

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AN EVENING OF

REMEMBRANCE

38th annual Tree Lighting

Ceremony set for December 12

By Jillian Chandler

Photo by Denna Grangaard

Since 1982, Hospice of North Idaho has held an annual

tradition during the holiday season—their Tree Lighting

Ceremony. This year marks the 38th year of the event, which

takes place Thursday, December 12, from 5:30 to 7:30pm

at Hospice of North Idaho, located at 2290 West Prairie Avenue in

Coeur d’Alene.

This inspired event provides those grieving with

a way to honor their loved ones and to recognize

the deceased during the holiday season. Hospice

of North Idaho gives a space for any community

member to express their grief and to see that they

are not alone.

The Tree Lighting Ceremony incorporates live

music, guest speakers and meaningful rituals

like a candle lighting, along with refreshments

afterward. Last year’s event saw 230 in attendance and they are

expecting the same turnout this year.

“The Tree Lighting Ceremony provides attendees an opportunity

to pause for an evening in the midst of a busy and emotionally

draining season,” says Kaylee Kron, bereavement coordinator. “It

provides a space to reflect, grieve and recharge.”

“THE TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY

PROVIDES ATTENDEES AN

OPPORTUNITY TO PAUSE FOR

AN EVENING IN THE MIDST

OF A BUSY AND EMOTIONALLY

DRAINING SEASON.”

When it comes to what the staff at Hospice find most fulfilling

about this annual event, it’s the energy in the room that is created

by the more than 200 individuals in attendance, along with

the encouragement that allows them to express their grief in a

supportive environment.

“It truly means a lot to me both personally and

professionally,” says Cindy Reed, director of the

Schneidmiller House. “When my dad died, it

was a way for me to still feel the warmth of the

holidays while still realizing that he wasn’t going

to be here. Professionally, it is a way for me to

recognize all of the death we witness. It gives me

space to pause and honor what we do and why

we do it.”

Renee Kauffman, bereavement assistant, adds, “I

think about the people who attend this event and how they often

come out of it feeling grateful for the peace and calm they have after

having shared this experience.”

Hospice of North Idaho provides free grief support groups for

all ages and for all community members, not just families cared

for by Hospice. For those interested, schedules can be found at

HospiceOfNorthIdaho.org/news.

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Holiday Match

COMMUNITY HELPING MILITARY FAMILIES THOUGH THE HOLIDAYS

BY COLIN ANDERSON

PHOTOS COURTESY OF

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For some it’s a pair of warm socks while for

others a new play set for their children. Maybe

it’s a surprise date night or help with food for

a holiday meal. The holiday requests come in to

Newby-ginnings from many different people and

situations, and remarkably they are all met thanks to

the generosity of this community.

When Theresa Hart started Newby-ginnings in

October of 2013, her mission was to provide any

kind of help she could to local veterans, military

families and Gold Star families, all to honor her son

Nick Newby, who was killed by an IED while in Iraq

on July 7 of 2011. From that immeasurable tragedy,

near countless impactful acts of kindness, support

and generosity have ensued, something that has

undoubtedly been beyond anything Theresa could

have initially imagined.

From a couple of small cramped spaces to a now

nearly 6,000-square-foot warehouse, Newby-ginnings

is a place not just for military families and veterans

to receive needed household items and clothing but a

place for them to come and meet others who are all

connected through service to the country.

“We have some vets that come by the shop every day,

it’s part of their routine,” said Theresa. “It’s about the

least threatening place on the planet.”

Volunteers staff the center Monday through

Wednesday. It’s filled with clothing, kitchen appliances,

electronics, furniture and just about anything they

can procure that can help a military family in need

of assistance. More than the items, it’s a community

where those military affiliated can be matched with

other services or to simply just meet up and chat.

When Theresa started Newby-ginnings, she was only

beginning to collect donations. Just weeks after the

doors were open, the holidays were on and so were the

requests for help providing a memorable Christmas to

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local military children. “I didn’t have much stuff at the time, so I put a call

out to the community and of course got an amazing response,” recalled

Theresa.

That first year, Newby-ginnings was able to match 12 families with local

sponsors who were willing to help make these families’ holiday season a

little brighter. Last year that number rose to 64 families sponsored with

even more local families, groups, businesses and clubs ready to help. “I

always tell them (the sponsors), you’re not creating Christmas for them,

you are just making it better and brighter,” said Theresa.

Each year in November, families can begin reaching out to Newbyginnings

with holiday requests. Theresa has the families fill out a

survey which includes their basic information as well as clothing sizes

and a line for special requests for both adults and kids. She then goes

to her database of sponsors and finds a match for each family. Unlike

some other organizations where you don’t get to see or hear from the

recipient, Theresa encourages each sponsor to call up their family once

matched and says once the match is made she steps away and lets things

play out between the two. “A big part of our overall mission is building

relationships,” she said.

Sponsors include individual community members, families, local

businesses, groups and clubs. Most have no preference when it comes to

being matched with a family, and some take on several families at once.

Newby-ginnings has families with up to 12 children, and Theresa likes to

see if she can find something the sponsor and military family might have

in common when matching them up. “I had a local family with a special

needs child want to be matched up with another family with a special

needs child. We made it happen, and they are still friends to this day,”

said Theresa.

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The only qualifiers for families to receive a sponsor are that they are a

military family with at least one child under the age of 18 living in the

home. Newby-ginnings is accepting sponsors through December 11.

If sponsorships are filled up, there are several other ways community

members are able to help. Newby-ginnings is taking new toy donations

to fill up its Santa’s Workshop. The boardroom is transformed into a toy

store where young children can come and pick out items they would like

to gift their siblings and parents for Christmas. New in-box donations are

accepted on-site through December 19.

As the cold weather moves in, Newby-ginnings is also in need of warm

clothing in all sizes including coats, gloves, hats and scarves. Space

heaters are also in high demand.

For Theresa and the more than 50 volunteers who align themselves with

her mission, it’s just another way of honoring the memory of her son Nick

and honoring the service and sacrifice of military members and families

throughout the Northwest.

“I just want to express my gratitude to the overwhelming support of our

military families in this community. We are just the conduit, and I can’t

imagine Newby-ginnings would be so well-supported anywhere else in

the country,” said Theresa.

If you would like to inquire about becoming a sponsor or would like

to donate items to Newby-ginnings, they are open Monday through

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AND TRYING TO FIND A WAY TO CREATE A

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I find most rewarding about the work we do is that

we’re making a difference on a personal level; this is

where people live,” says Ryan. “The problems we’re

“What

solving are real and personal.”

Ryan Martin, an Idaho native, is the owner and CEO of Boardwalk

Association Management, an HOA management service company based

in Meridian, Idaho. A decision to expand into the Coeur d’Alene/Spokane

market was sparked by the request of one of Ryan’s customers, who had

experienced Boardwalk’s service in Southern Idaho and asked that the

company expand north—and they did!

“I compare our service to our customers,” says Ryan. “We’re not looking to be

unique. We want to provide great service to customers. We’re focused on the

customer, not on our what our competition is doing.”

When partnering with Boardwalk Association Management, you will gain

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Boardwalk team will create a sense of community while taking a proactive

approach to HOA management, paying attention to the details, all to

preserve an increase in property values.

They take care of everything! From fiscal and administrative services to

maintenance, you are guaranteed to be in qualified hands with Boardwalk.

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status report, inventory of association property, service order recording

and processing, supervision of on-site personnel and contractors, contract

awarding, and records and files maintenance. They truly handle it all so that

your HOA board doesn’t have to. And you can be assured that Boardwalk

Association Management will get the job done right.

“What I fell in love with about the business is the diversity of people and

situations,” according to Ryan. “No neighborhood is the same. I love the

mix of managing people that live close together and trying to find a way to

create a community—not just a subdivision.”

When it comes to what Ryan believes has made Boardwalk Association

Management effective, he says, “I attribute the success of my business on

focusing on what the customers are saying about what services are desired.

We’re paying attention to what they’re saying and feeling—and actually

listening to what is being said. I also attribute the success of my business to

all of our team members who show up every day and are looking to make

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If you are seeking a business that specializes in HOA management with

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Each November, for the past four years,

a group of actors has come out of the

shadows and into the spotlight as

they take the stage at the Kroc Center

community theater in Coeur d’Alene.

Out of the Shadows Theater is not your typical

theater company. The brainchild of Wendy

Carroll, Out of the Shadows brings members of

the community together who have special needs

and creates an outlet for them to showcase their

talents and abilities to a broad audience—on

stage! The only theater of its kind in the Pacific

Northwest, this unique nonprofit community

theater company is changing theater and

expanding its reach.

“Our objective is to create the opportunity for

actors with special needs to finally come out from

the shadows and fully experience the delight of

performance art—as participants and not as

audience members,” affirms Wendy, who is not

only the founder of the theater company but the

artistic director and producer. Her son, who has

specials needs, was her inspiration behind this

endeavor. “When we give our actors the chance,

they dig deep and find the courage and talent

to overcome limitations others may have set for

them. Watching someone come out of their shell

and bask in the audience response is magical.”

Each actor has a “shadow” actor who stands

behind or nearby to offer support and

encouragement both behind the scenes and up

on stage. “We are very proud to have created a

passion for theater and provide the opportunity

to individuals who had no means to access it,” she

says.

Wendy says that the actors have fallen in love

with theater—and the audience in love with

them. “We have become a highly anticipated

November event in Coeur d’Alene; we have a

loyal audience following. I have been in theater

for many years, and I have never experienced

anything like the audiences this theater draws,”

smiles Wendy. “When an actor drops a line, you

can literally feel 400 people lean forward in their

seats, silently coaching, ‘You can do this!’ It’s

positively heartwarming.”

Established in 2016, their first production was

“Beauty and the Beast Jr.,” which sold out for

both performances at The Kroc Center. The

show featured 24 actors, accompanied by the

same number of shadow actors. “Our actors were

virtually inexperienced—some had never been

in a performance theater before, let alone acted!

We didn’t know how they would manage with a

demanding rehearsal schedule and performances,

so we settled on only two performances.”

2017 brought “Fiddler on the Roof Jr.,” followed

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NORTH IDAHO

IN FOCUS

OUT OF THE

SHADOW!

LOCAL THEATER COMPANY BRINGS

TALENTED ACTORS INTO THE SPOTLIGHT!

BY JILLIAN CHANDLER

PHOTOS BY ALEX THOMAS OF WINGED PHOTOGRAPHY

by Mary Poppins Jr.” in 2018. This year, the

theater stage came alive as Out Of The Shadows

presented “The Music Man Jr.” For the first

time, they offered audiences six shows over two

weekends, and the actors themselves couldn’t

have been more thrilled!

“They (the actors) were terrific!” smiles Wendy.

“They really came alive that second weekend.”

When the discussion initially came up about

whether to add more performance dates to

this year’s production, all quickly agreed to the

idea. “When you work so hard and so intensely

for two months, then hell week, then three

performances and it’s all over, it’s a pretty abrupt

ending,” states Wendy. With the additional

weekend of performances, it allowed for the cast

to have a little break and then take the stage for

another three performances. Wendy said that

many parents and families agreed that when all

was said and done, they were some of the best

performances their sons and daughters had done

that second weekend!

Thirty-two actors took to the stage for “The Music

Man Jr.” last month, which means 32 shadow

actors as well. Though there were 33 actors for

this season’s show, one unfortunately became ill

and was unable to perform. Though bittersweet,

Wendy says she still sat in the audience for several

of the performances to show her support to her

fellow cast members.

Over the years, there is so much more that goes

on behind the scenes that audiences will never

see. From the actor who was never without her

noise cancelling headphones, even having a wig

specially designed to work around them for the

show. Yet she removed them for the first time (as

her mother says, in five years!) as she took to the

stage. Or the actor who was never without paper

in her hand, who had held onto it tightly during

each rehearsal. Come opening night, she set the

paper down and walked out on stage. There’s the

actor who has been in a wheelchair all of her life

and decided she would walk onto the stage, and

with hard work, determination, and a little help

from a walker, she did just that! And today she

can walk onto the stage with no assistance at all.

There have been love stories in the making as

well! As one of the actors and her shadow actor

(the two had previously met at church), wed last

December. He has been her shadow actor in the

last three productions.

One especially touching story is one between

Wendy and one of the actors, who is nonverbal

and wheelchair bound. She is able to communicate

via email and does so with Wendy regularly.

During one of their many conversations, Wendy

recalls her saying: “‘The thing I love most about

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“Our objective is to create the

opportunity for actors with

special needs to finally come

out from the shadows and

fully experience the delight of

performance art—as participants

and not as audience members.”

COURTESY OF OUT OF THE SHADOWS THEATER

the theater is when I get to dance. When I dance I’m free.’ In her heart and

mind she’s dancing and singing on that stage,” Wendy says.

“There are so many stories behind the scenes.”

As my 10-year-old son and I were fortunate to witness this production

firsthand, it was truly amazing to see all of the support from not only family

members and friends of the actors, but from the community as a whole

who were in attendance. I even overheard, during intermission, two women

talking about the performance, and one said to the other something similar

to, “It’s like an opera. You don’t need to understand every word they’re saying

to feel the emotion and understand the story.”

Wendy has truly brought something incredible to the Coeur d’Alene theater

community with Out of the Shadows, and with the support of our local

community, it, along with these remarkable actors, will continue to thrive

for many years to come.

The 2020 performance has yet to be determined, but you can mark your

calendars for the first and second weekend of November (November 6

through 8 and 13 through 15, 2020) as once again these special actors will

come out of the shadows and light up the stage for what is sure to once again

bring smiles, tears, joy and laughter to audience members, families and

friends.

Out of the Shadows is a 501 (c) 3 and relies on grants, donations, box office

sales and goodwill. All funds received are invested in the production—and

it shows. “We have some of Coeur d’Alene’s and Spokane’s most talented

theater folk: professional director, musical director, set designer, lighting

designer, costume designer, stage manager, props mistress, choreographer,

producer … who all volunteer, often year after year,” affirms Wendy. “We like

to joke about how addictive OTS is.”

For those interested in participating in their next production, whether as an

actor, shadow actor, stagehand and more, you can reach out to Wendy before

production gets underway next summer. To find out more about Out of the

Shadows Theater, you can visit OutoftheShadowsTheater.org.

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and when she entered high school, she knew

she wanted to keep at it. Only a few months

into her freshman year, her mother became

the school’s head cheer coach, and Jessica

knew that she would have to work extra

hard to prove to her teammates her spot was

deserved—not just given.

“Not only did I want to prove myself to my

team, but I wanted to prove myself to my

school because of the many stereotypes

surrounding cheer, such as it not being a real

sport or the stereotypical cheerleader type. I

felt the need to prove to my school that what

we do is not easy, and we work hard just like

every other sport in order to be the best we

can be,” she said.

To overcome these challenges, Jessica said

she had to work extra hard and always do

what was best for her team, “whether that

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to a spot I wish I wasn’t in but accepting it, or

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never giving up on a stunt,” said Jessica.

A captain for her senior season, Jessica sets an

example for the younger members and works

at keeping everyone on the same page. Unlike

seasonal sports, the competitive cheer team

stays together from May through March, so

having everyone focused on the same goal,

and being together so often, creates a unique

environment. “It’s impossible to not become

friends with your teammates,” she said. “And

unlike some other sports, ours doesn’t work

unless our whole team is working together.

I’ve made my best friends from cheerleading.”

Jessica is a National Honor Society member

and senior editor of the yearbook. She is also

dual enrolled at NIC and U of I, where she

is working on earning college credits while

still in high school. Upon graduation she

plans on finishing her associate degree at

NIC and then pursuing a bachelor’s degree

at either Idaho or Washington State. She

also hopes to continue to cheer when she

enrolls. As someone who enjoys children, a

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Jack Courtney developed his passion for

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senior offensive lineman started playing

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he was in third grade. Jack believes it was the

early instruction that helped him become the

player he is today.

“I owe a great deal of my success in football

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decision because he knew his coaches needed

him there, and the move would ultimately

make the team better.

Jack’s team has come together like a family,

and part of that is what they do off the field

together. Each year the team participates in

“Operation Gratitude,” which takes place

at the Coeur d’ Alene Fourth of July Parade

honoring current and past military, law

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“I will always be grateful to these coaches and

my teammates for this time in my life,” said

Jack.

From third grade to his senior season, Jack

experienced the highs and lows of winning

and losing, as well as what it takes to commit

oneself to a program that has endured

continual success. “Coach Amos’ leadership is

about more than just playing football. He and

all the coaches have pushed us to think about

more than ourselves,” said Jack.

One of the more challenging moments in

Jack’s football career was when he was asked

by the coaching staff to move to play center

for his senior season, having never played

the position. “I said yes, even though there

was a part of me that wanted to let someone

else deal with all the hard work and pressure,

but I knew I couldn’t do that.” Jack made the

In his words....

Jack is undecided on a college but is

considering a future in law enforcement or

criminal investigation. His ideal career would

be working to reveal the origins of criminal

behaviors and finding strategies for their

prevention and detection.

Now that Jack’s Viking football career has come

to an end, he can reflect on his experiences

and how they will continue to shape his

future. “The experience of playing high school

football may not seem life changing to some,

but to me these last four years have changed

the way I view myself,” said Jack. “I have

been tested, and I know I am able to face any

challenge that is presented to me with strength

and fortitude.”

“I will always be grateful to these coaches and my teammates for this time

in my life.”

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There will be no shortage of holiday cheer this season in the area

encompassing Coeur d’Alene, Hayden and Post Falls. Events

catered to all ages and interests are lined up during December

through New Year’s Day, allowing the region to thrive in celebration of

the most festive time of year. There is guaranteed to be something for

everyone on the schedule for Coeur d’Alene’s holiday happenings!

On Friday, December 6, take a break from the holiday shopping rush to

enjoy a few laughs at the “Ha-Ha-Halidays Improv Show,” a production

by the Drama Club at North Idaho College. The show is new to the Drama

Club this year, resulting from a brainstorm session among department

members that took place earlier this school year. “The improv team has

been growing and practicing for this show once a week, and we are super

excited to present our art to those who attend,” stated event leader Grant

Benjamin. The hour-long show will be held 6 to 7pm in the basement

of NIC’s Student Union Building. While free to attend, Drama Club

donations are encouraged and appreciated.

Saturday, December 7, will provide ample opportunity to get in the

holiday spirit with local events scheduled throughout the day, beginning

with the Boys & Girls Club of Kootenai County’s third annual Breakfast

with Santa. During the pancake breakfast designed to welcome the entire

family, there will be raffle prizes, crafts and the opportunity to have a

photo taken with Santa, with photo magnets available for sale. Attendees

will be invited to send their wishes to Santa from the letter writing

station, and the Boys & Girls Club reports that Santa Claus will indeed

read the letters and send a response to each child before Christmas. Full

proceeds from the event will benefit the Christmas For Kids program,

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Hayden will ignite its holiday glow with the Hayden Lights parade

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sponsoring families in need for the holiday season. The cost to attend

will be $3 per child and $5 per adult. Families can enjoy the pancake

breakfast from 9 to 11am. For more information, visit NorthIdahoBGC.

org or Facebook.com/NorthIdahoBGC.

The Coeur d’Alene Downtown Association will partner with First

Presbyterian and Trinity Lutheran for a Live “Neigh-tivity” scene at

Sherman Square Park on December 7 from 1 to 4pm. The scene will

feature a full-size manger, photo booth, and live animal petting stable

with a camel, donkey, cow, goats and sheep. Evans Brothers Coffee

Roasters will provide hot chocolate and coffee to keep attendees warm

as they take in the experience. Following the “Neigh-tivity” portion of

the event, Santa will ride in on the Fire Department’s vintage fire truck,

decked out in lights, to take photos and visit with children until 6pm.

Canned food donations to the Fire Department will be accepted during

Santa’s visit. For more information, visit CoeurdAlene.org.

Hayden will ignite its holiday glow with the Hayden Lights parade held on

December 7 at 5pm, beginning at Hayden Avenue and proceeding along

Government Way to Honeysuckle Avenue. The parade will conclude

with the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at McIntire Family Park

and a visit from Santa Claus in the Council Chambers. Games, arts and

crafts provided by event sponsor P1FCU will be available for children to

enjoy while they wait to greet Santa. The experience will be tied together

with holiday music from Hayden Meadows and Atlas elementary school

choruses, to be enjoyed with free warm drinks and cookies. Donations

for Toys for Tots will be accepted by the USMCR throughout the event.

For more details, contact 208.209.1080.

The Coeur d’Alene Makers began with a goal of hosting a single market

to introduce the community to the small businesses of the area. Now,

the Makers host markets every quarter, and on Sunday, December 8,

they will provide the opportunity to treat yourself and your loved ones

to handmade gifts at their Holiday Market. Hosted at the Coeur d’Alene

Resort, the market is free to attend and will run from 10am to 4pm. It

will feature local business owners who create jewelry, soaps, decorations

and much more. Attendees will enjoy food samples and Christmas

music as they support local businesses.

“Traditions of Christmas,” a musical in the style of Radio City Music

Hall, will run from December 13 through 23 at the Kroc Center

in Coeur d’Alene. The show will include delicately choreographed

kick-line tap numbers, a heartfelt military tribute performance and a

grand nativity conclusion, featuring a cast of 70 people, spectacular

sets, live animals and over 40 costumes. For more information, visit

TraditionsOfChristmasNW.com or contact 208.292.8750.

The Coeur d’Alene Resort is renowned for its spectacular holiday

traditions, including its annual theatre production and famous

Holiday Light Show cruises. This year’s holiday-themed theatre show

is “Christmas Miracles,” a production by Ellen Travolta and directed

by Troy Nickerson. Performances are Thursdays through Saturdays

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at 7:30pm and Sundays at 5pm through December 22. Ticket

information can be found at CdAResort.com.

The famous Coeur d’Alene Resort Holiday Light Show also returned

after Thanksgiving. Praised by “Good Morning America” as one

of the nation’s best holiday destinations, the Resort’s cruise boats

dazzle guests every year with trips across Lake Coeur d’Alene

to a breathtaking waterfront North Pole. Each cruise enjoys an

impressive view of more than 1.5 million lights. The 40-minute

cruises will board near the Resort Plaza Shops, running multiple

nightly cruises through the first of the year. For more information,

visit CdAResort.com.

Those seeking fitness in the new year can begin on day one with

the annual Hangover Handicap Fun Run. Proceeds from the run

will benefit local, private nonprofit organization Tesh, Inc., with the

purpose of providing opportunities to people with disabilities of

all ages. Since 1976, Tesh has served over 8,000 children and adults

with disabilities and their families. Locals can start the year strong

while supporting a great cause by joining the 5-mile run, beginning

at 9:30am at 203 East Coeur d’Alene Lake Drive. To register, visit

TeshInc.com.

On New Year’s Day, locals will also have the opportunity to start

the year with a splash at the annual Polar Plunge on Sanders Beach.

Locals can dive headfirst into 2020 by joining the infamous, crowddrawing

event in its 41st year. Participants have been known to

arrive in outfits ranging from bikinis and board shorts to elaborate

costumes and leave with the invigorating adrenaline rush only a

winter swim could evoke. Check in with CoeurdAlene.org for more

details.

There’s a reason Coeur d’Alene has been named a top destination for

the holidays. With an array of opportunity to celebrate everything

this season has to offer, it’s sure to be a spectacular December. Grab

a loved one and your favorite cozy beverage, and join the community

in making the most of the season.

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INBRE

A SPRINGBOARD FOR ASPIRING SCIENTISTS | ARTICLE BY MAUREEN DOLAN | PHOTO BY JEROME POLLOS

North Idaho College INBRE student John Sanchez discusses his thirdplace

winning scientific poster at the Idaho INBRE conference in July.

RESEARCH. EDUCATION. OPPORTUNITY.

The Idaho IDeA Network of Biomedical Excellence, better known as

Idaho INBRE, offers all that and more for students training to be the next

generation of biomedical scientists.

Idaho INBRE is a statewide scientific network of research and educational

collaborators—including North Idaho College and the state’s other public

higher education institutions—focused on strengthening the capacity of

biomedical research and education in the state.

Microbiology Professor and INBRE Coordinator Rhena Cooper helped

establish INBRE at NIC in 2003. With a grant from the National Institutes

of Health, an internship program was developed that connects NIC students

with labs throughout North Idaho and offers students a chance to earn while

they learn.

“INBRE was an open door that just continues to open more doors and

opportunities,” said Heidi Sellman, a 2019 NIC graduate. “It was inspiring,

mind-blowing, eye-opening, motivating and influential.” And, Idaho

INBRE at NIC promotes student success. There is a 98 percent program

completion rate for participants, with many moving on to bachelor-level

degree programs and beyond.

“Transferring works really well because INBRE helps them find a lab home

or advisor at their new institution,” Cooper said. “Even if they go to work

after earning their associate degree, they all go back for more education.”

NIC INBRE student Kirah Aldinger-Gibson said the program helped her

develop her research skills, and also her professional skills.

“Getting to interact with graduate students, doctors and other undergraduate

students gave me the opportunity to explore paths for my own future as

well as learn about incredible research projects going on at my regional

universities,” Aldinger-Gibson said.

Sellman and Aldinger-Gibson were among six NIC students who presented

scientific research posters at the statewide INBRE conference last July

in Moscow, Idaho. A total of 92 posters were presented by students from

universities and colleges throughout the state.

Sellman, whose INBRE internship was at Accurate Testing, a water test lab

in Coeur d’Alene, won second place with the poster “Arsenic in Drinking

Water: The Issue Lies Beneath the Surface.” To develop her presentation,

Sellman studied data from previously tested water samples. She determined

the addresses of the wells the samples were taken from, looking for

concentrations that correlated with the well addresses.

“Then I got to do research and figure out why the patterns may be the way

they are,” Sellman said.

With help from NIC Geology Associate Professor Bill Richards, she was

able to use a computer program that studies the geology of the surface

underground and make some interesting connections.

Another two NIC students tied for third place at the conference: Parker Fife,

with the poster “Distribution of Off-Bipolar Cells in the Mouse Retina,” and

John Sanchez, with the poster “The Synthesis of Mucin 7 Tandem Repeat.”

Most INBRE students, according to Cooper, are majoring in biology,

microbiology or chemistry, although they generally complete their associate

degrees as general studies.

Sellman is now studying at Lewis-Clark State College. Fife and Sanchez have

transferred to the University of Idaho.

“My INBRE experience definitely accelerated my academic experience,”

Sanchez said. “It gave me a great outlook on what research projects entail.

I made connections with various students and, especially, professors who I

might consider working with in the future.”

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I TORE MY MENISCUS. NOW WHAT?

Answer: Save the meniscus!

By Joanne Halbrecht, MD, Coeur d’Alene Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

If you have intermittent knee pain with squatting, running, sudden turns

or even simply kneeling, you may have a meniscus tear. Symptoms

typically wax and wane depending upon activity. Walking straight

ahead or cycling? No pain. Impact activity or pivoting? Ouch! You may

also have swelling, popping, catching or even locking.

What is a meniscus?

This c-shaped cartilage is a shock absorber between the shinbone (the

tibia) and thighbone (femur). There are two menisci: medial and lateral.

The medial meniscus is on the inside of the knee joint, the lateral meniscus

on the outside.

Healthy meniscus, happy knee

The cushioning that is provided by the meniscus helps keep the cartilage on

the ends of your leg bones (tibia and femur) in the knee joint healthy. When

there is a tear, the shock absorption provided by the meniscus is decreased.

Depending on the size and orientation of the tear, loads or stress on the

knee cartilage are increased. This can lead to osteoarthritis or make an

already arthritic knee even worse. If the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)

is torn, the knee becomes more unstable when the meniscus is also torn.

Double trouble.

Yes, you should see the doctor

Early diagnosis and treatment are key to the best long-term outcome

when you have a torn meniscus. If you continue to do impact and pivoting

activities with a meniscus tear, it can tear more. This increases the stress on

the knee cartilage. Most meniscus tears are small and, if treated in time, can

be removed (like trimming a fingernail) or repaired.

Ideal treatment

To restore the normal cushioning properties of the meniscus, meniscus

tears should be repaired. In the past, we determined whether or not a

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SAVE THE MENISCUS!

EARLY DIAGNOSIS

AND TREATMENT

ARE KEY TO THE

BEST LONG-TERM

OUTCOME WHEN

YOU HAVE A TORN

MENISCUS. IF

YOU CONTINUE

TO DO IMPACT

AND PIVOTING

ACTIVITIES WITH A

MENISCUS TEAR, IT

CAN TEAR MORE.

meniscus should be repaired based on the location of

the tear and orientation. In 1982, a study was published

showing that the meniscus only had a good blood supply in

the outer third. This is called the “red-red zone.” The inner

third of the meniscus is the “white-white zone” since there

are no blood vessels found in this area. In between is the

“red-white zone.” Tears can have a variety of orientations

such as horizontal, vertical, radial and bucket handle. The

best candidates for repair were young patients with vertical

tears in the red-red zone that were less than eight weeks

old. Meniscus surgery was rarely performed with patients

who were older than 40. It was thought that older patients

or certain types of tears would not heal due to the blood

supply, but recent studies show that meniscus repair

success rates are the same, regardless of age.

Innovation provides more options

Meniscus repair techniques have improved significantly

since they were first described over 100 years ago. The

advent of arthroscopy and minimally invasive techniques

has sparked invention of new instruments that allow us to

repair meniscus tears previously thought to be irreparable.

We have also discovered that blood supply has a significant

influence on meniscus healing, but so does the fluid in the

knee joint, known as synovial fluid. If the gap in the tear is

closed tight enough so that the synovial fluid cannot enter

the tear, healing rates increase.

Can all tears be repaired?

Tricky question. Most tears can be repaired, but many

will not heal. Why? If the knee is arthritic, rough cartilage

surfaces will abrade the meniscus and prevent it from

healing. Failure rates are also higher if the tear is older than

eight weeks, is shredded or degenerative.

Do some tears heal on their own?

Yes, they can heal. These tend to be small vertical tears

less than 1 centimeter in length in the red-red zone in a

younger patient.

My meniscus is torn, should I have surgery?

If there is significant arthritis, surgery is unlikely to relieve

symptoms unless they are mechanical. Arthritis, even if

severe, may not be symptomatic until there is an injury.

Typical scenario: sudden pop in the knee when squatting

down. New onset of pain and popping or catching with a

meniscus tear in an arthritic may warrant surgery to clean

up the unstable portion of the meniscus, but six weeks of

physical therapy may improve symptoms and avoid the

need for surgery. Without a history of sudden onset of pain

particularly with squatting, kneeling, pivoting or swelling,

a meniscus tear in an arthritic knee is not the major source

of symptoms and does not need surgery.

If a horizontal tear cannot be repaired, it’s best to leave

it alone unless there are mechanical symptoms, as it still

serves as a shock absorber. Large radial and bucket handle

tears result in an increase in load on the joint and should

not be left alone. It’s best to repair them.

How is a meniscus tear diagnosed?

A thorough history, physical examination, X-ray and MRI

is the only sure way to diagnose the nature of your pain,

and ultimately, the most effective treatment.

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HYPERPIGMENTATION AND MELASMA

Definition, difference, and how to decrease the effects

By Kristin Carlson, Medical Esthetician

Sunspots, age spots, liver spots, ruddy

complexion, pregnancy mask; all are

terms used to describe any darkening

of the skin. It can appear on any part

of the body but is most common on the face and

hands. Hyperpigmentation and melasma are

two conditions with this characterization. They

are similar in look yet can be caused by different

conditions, one even being a symptom of the

other. Let’s break them down and learn the ways

to decrease and even eliminate their effects.

Hyperpigmentation is when the body is triggered

to produce more melanin, thus causing the

skin pigment to darken. It can be caused by

prolonged sun exposure, skin injuries, acne scars,

inflammation and some skin-care products or

medications. Darker skin tones are more prone to

hyperpigmentation. It is harmless, yet annoying to

most people, even causing insecurities about one’s

appearance. Some aesthetic treatments—chemical

peels, laser treatments, microneedling and even

some facials—can lead to hyperpigmentation if

the skin is not properly accessed. Your skin-care

provider will talk to you about your skin type and

ethnic background to determine what treatments

are right for you.

This leads us to melasma. More commonly

called the pregnancy mask, it is defined as brown

patches, larger than those caused by sun damage,

typically on the cheeks, forehead, nose, upper lip

and chin. It is believed to be caused by hormonal

changes and sun exposure. It is more common in

women and appears for many during pregnancy

and when starting a new form of birth control.

Hyperpigmentation is a symptom of melasma.

Melasma is a frustrating condition as its causes

are difficult to determine and avoid.

Hyperpigmentation and melasma can be treated,

but it will require some patience. Although

some skin-care treatments pose a risk for

hyperpigmentation, if used properly, many of

the same treatments will lighten pigment over

time. For example, a series of chemical peels,

microneedling with platelet-rich plasma or laser

treatments, along with a good home-care regimen

and limited sun exposure, can do wonders

for lightening discolorations. Incorporating a

lightening agent into your routine will make

a drastic difference! Some lightening agents

include hydroquinone, kojic acid, azelaic acid,

niacinamide, and bearberry extract.

Melasma often fades after pregnancy or when a

woman switches her birth control method. The

same type of treatments and lightening agents

used to treat hyperpigmentation will also help

with melasma. Make sure you discuss any course

of treatment with your health-care provider if you

are nursing or become pregnant.

Minimizing your sun exposure and wearing a

proper SPF daily is your best bet for avoiding

many skin conditions. Talk to your skin-care

provider about how to avoid, minimize and treat

your skin discoloration, and remember to disclose

all medications, previous medical history and

ethnic background when discussing any type of

skin-lightening treatment.

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STOP!

Drop the weight

By Ryan Egan, Owner of

MVMNT:GYM and Licensed Joint &

Movement Specialist

UNFORTUNATELY,

FAD DIETS, FITNESS

TRENDS AND

NOVELTY WIN OUT

WHERE BIOLOGY

SHOULD REIGN

SUPREME.

The fitness world can be incredibly

confusing, and it's understandable.

Before we get into the discussion

of context, intent and ultimately

prerequisites, I’ll clarify my honest position

about how most people have no business doing

the things they are doing to their body to get in

shape. I say this lovingly, and objectively, from

the first-hand experience of the thousands of

assessments I have personally completed.

Last month, I quickly enumerated three areas

that are common to most fitness endeavors:

weight lifting, high intensity interval training

and yoga, which are common fitness pursuits

that have shown to actually create problems

and cause injuries.

Health is not rocket science but is still very

much science. Unfortunately, fad diets, fitness

trends and novelty win out where biology

should reign supreme. You are a wildly

complex biological organism; to ignore the

basic scientific tenets required to make your

organism healthy, fit and sexy is stupid—not

to mention makes you very unsuccessful,

ultimately killing all motivation and hope, and

imprisons you in a body you know deep down

can be better.

The CDC showed that one out of two people

hurt themselves exercising, and based on the

surgical rates, your weightlifting is accelerating

arthritis.

After all, getting injured exercising, then

going to the physical therapist to get exercises

to heal your exercise injury, is the definition

of insanity; let alone getting a knee replaced

because you wore it out “gettin’ in shape bruh.”

Here are a few reasons why you should reevaluate

the weights you are lifting:

First, it’s likely you lack the requisite joint

range of motion needed to load your body

in positions that the joints involved should

move. You need to assess whether you have the

joint range of motion prerequisites before you

introduce the challenge of load.

Secondly, it’s vital to know why you’re doing

the exercise you’re doing. Furthermore, intent

and context are crucial to knowing how to load

a specific joint, or movement, before assuming

that it’s good for you. A peanut to a person who

has a peanut allergy is deadly, and knowing

whether or not the exercise you have chosen is

good, or bad, for you could make or break you.

Lastly, body control. I find it odd that people

who can’t touch their toes think doing deadlifts

is good for them, or putting an abnormal

amount of weight on their backs for squats,

when they can’t even squat down to look

under the sink, will end up positively. It’s

vital you understand the fundamental skill

components to elicit the benefits of what you

are doing to create the adaptations you seek.

Even running has fairly tame prerequisites, yet

seven out of 10 people get hurt trying to get

into shape running, simply because they lack

the basic fundamentals key to joyful, injuryfree

running. After all, you don’t run to get in

shape, you have to be in shape to run.

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ALMOST OUT

Heritage Health helps a homeless woman with medical care, support

BY MARC STEWART, HERITAGE HEALTH

Charlee can see the light at the end of the

tunnel.

The light is her future life, filled with hope and

the warm promise of better days. But the dark

corners of the streets are still tugging at her,

beckoning her to return to a vortex of drugs,

violence and hatred.

Charlee has lived in the grips of addiction for

most of her life. She said her downward spiral

toward homelessness began when a windstorm

knocked over a tree onto her trailer that she

lived in four years ago. She narrowly missed

being severely injured, but her home was gone.

As her situation worsened, she used drugs and

alcohol as an escape. Eventually, she hit rock

bottom when she lost custody of her children.

She left an abusive marriage that she says

contributed to her substance abuse. She vows to

never live like that again.

“I have been clean and sober 13 months and

counting,” says Charlee. “I am still homeless,

living in a motel now. We’re working on getting

into a house very soon.”

Charlee says she’s motivated to transform her

life because she wants to raise her 10-year-old

daughter, who is currently living in foster care

in the region. Her other two children have been

adopted and live in the area.

“My daughter is my everything,” says Charlee.

“She is my reason for being, and I want to do

things for her. She is my mini-me! I love her so

much.”

Achieving sobriety is the first step in her

journey, but one she is committed to achieving.

It hasn’t been easy.

“I am not doing meth anymore. I am not getting

drunk or high,” she says, wiping away tears. “I

was scared to reach out for help. I discovered

there are a lot of people and organizations out

there that can help.”

She credits Heritage Health for saving her life.

“I am so grateful to Heritage Health,” Charlee

says. “I don’t know where I would be without

Heritage. During the winter last year, I had

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It was awful.”

Heritage Health’s Street Medicine program,

which serves hundreds of at-risk patients

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helped her access other resources to assist her.

“Charlee has been through a lot,” said Elise

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manager. “Unfortunately, Charlee’s story is

not unusual or unique. A lot of people in this

community are struggling in their lives.”

Charlee says she now volunteers with local

agencies to help other at-risk individuals, and

she is striving to be a loving mother.

“My daughter says we’re the loving family now,”

says Charlee. “She grew up with so much hate

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RIDING

SHOTGUN

Tacoma man had front-row

seat on first successful crosscountry

automobile trip

BY DAN AZNOFF

The concept of driving across the country today is no small

undertaking. It can take weeks of planning, stacks of road

maps and an unquenchable thirst for the road.

The first passage by automobile more than a century ago—

in 1903 to be exact—was a challenge to both the vehicle and the brave

individuals who tested the limits to travel from sea to shining sea.

A bicycle racer who made his home in Tacoma, Washington, was half

of the duo to successfully make the first journey by motorcar across the

country more than 115 years ago. His name and the vehicle he and his

partner drove have been featured in documentaries and honored with a

display at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in

Washington, D.C.

But Sewall K. Crocker is almost unheard of in his adopted hometown.

Crocker was born in 1883 in Walla Walla, Washington, and lived in

Tacoma until he was invited to join doctor and businessman Horatio

N. Jackson on the historic drive starting from San Francisco on a

transcontinental trek across the continent to New York.

The 29-year-old self-taught mechanic first met Jackson when the doctor

approached him with hopes of receiving instructions on how to drive a

horseless carriage. The cross-country quest was the result of a $50 wager

($1,200 today’s dollars) the doctor accepted after a lively conversation

with fellow members of the San Francisco Gentlemen’s Club. Jackson

accepted the challenge to traverse the expanse of America by automobile,

in part, to prove the automobile was “more than just a mere toy.”

The drive was only part of the challenge. The 31-year-old doctor was an

auto enthusiast who did not know how to drive and did not even own an

automobile. Without any mechanical experience of his own, Jackson was

convinced to hire Crocker to serve as his travel companion, mechanic

and relief driver.

The doctor invested $8,000 of his own money in the venture, the

equivalent of more than $200,000 in today’s dollars.

The daring duo left the shores of the California coast on May 23, 1903,

in Jackson's Winton, loaded down with coats, rubber protective clothing,

sleeping bags, blankets, canteens, an axe, a shovel, a telescope, tools,

spare parts, cans for extra gasoline, a Kodak camera, a rifle, a shotgun

and a pair of pistols.

At the last minute, they wisely decided to stow a block and tackle in the

vehicle to use in the eventuality they had to pull the automobile out of

ruts and muddy spots along the way.

What they did not have with them were any maps to help chart a proper

route.

Without any published material to study and without any qualified

individuals to provide personal recommendations to help Jackson

and Crocker determine an actual route across the vast continent, the

mechanic advised his partner against following a southern route for fear

the pair may become stranded or lost in the desert.

Jackson agreed to follow dirt roads and wagon trails that paralleled trails,

rivers, mountain passes and crossed alkali flats on a course that roughly

followed the route forged by the Southern Pacific Railroad.

The two drivers planned to pass through the Sacramento Valley and

followed the Oregon Trail to avoid the highest passes through the Rocky

Mountains. Crocker was primarily responsible for making the necessary

repairs of the vehicle during the trip, which broke down frequently,

especially on the harsh, unpaved roads of the West.

The Drive

The pair quickly became national celebrities as news of their quest made

the pages of newspapers across the country.

The trip got off to an ominous start when the Vermont, the name given

to the Winton by Jackson in honor of the state where he was born, blew a

tire only 15 miles after they had off loaded from a ferry that carried them

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COURTESY OF DIVISION OF WORK AND INDUSTRY, NATIONAL

MUSEUM OF AMERICAN HISTORY, SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION

COURTESY OF DIVISION OF WORK AND INDUSTRY, NATIONAL

MUSEUM OF AMERICAN HISTORY, SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION

COURTESY OF UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT, SPECIAL COLLECTIONS

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and their vehicle on the first leg of the journey across

the San Francisco Bay to Oakland. Crocker replaced

the tire with the only spare they brought along. That

one spare was reportedly the only tire they could find

in the entire city of San Francisco.

The second night out Crocker stopped in Sacramento

to remove the side lanterns after both men agreed they

were too dim. The lamps were replaced with a single

spotlight mounted on the front of the vehicle. It was

at that point of the trip that a pair of bicyclists offered

Jackson road maps. The maps were crude, but Jackson

and Crocker decided the basic maps were better than

making the drive without any sort of written plan.

COURTESY OF DIVISION OF WORK AND INDUSTRY, NATIONAL

MUSEUM OF AMERICAN HISTORY, SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION

Unable to find a new tire for the Winton, the pair

decided to purchase some used bicycle inner tubes

in case of an emergency before they left Sacramento.

Noise from the road and the engine were apparently so

loud that neither Crocker nor Jackson noticed that all

of their cooking gear had been tossed from the Winton

at some point along one of the bumpy roads.

The pair entertained the locals in the California town

of Alturas with free rides in what was described as a

carnival atmosphere while Jackson and Crocker waited

for three days for replacement tires. They made the

seemingly misguided decision to go ahead without

the spare parts when the shipment did not arrive as

scheduled.

Somewhere near Caldwell in rural Idaho, Jackson

fulfilled his desire to have a dog join them for the ride.

Various stories reported that that pit bull named Bud

was either stolen or purchased for the sum of $15.

Jackson wrote to his wife that he had wanted a dog

since he had left Sacramento.

The round expression of the small dog became the face

of the well-publicized adventure. Bud’s face appeared

on magazine covers from coast to coast.

In early June, the men were forced to ask a cowboy to

tow the car after a fuel leak had drained their gas tank.

COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN HIS-

TORY, SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION

The pair quickly

became national

celebrities as news

of their quest

made the pages of

newspapers across

the country.

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Crocker was forced to rent a bicycle (which had its own flat tire) while

they waited for replacement parts and peddled 25 miles to purchase four

gallons of gasoline for the “outrageous” price of $20.

At one point of the trip, the crew of the Vermont ran out of supplies and

went 36 hours without food. They were rescued by a farmer who fed them

stew while Crocker convinced the generous man to give them the wheel

bearings out of his mowing machine for an emergency repair.

The good news is that newspapers across the country had made the

motorists into national celebrities. Local newspaper reporters greeted

them at virtually every stop.

Sometime in mid-June, Jackson’s coat, along with every penny of their

cash, fell off the Winton. Jackson was forced to wire his wife to send them

more money.

The pair followed the sage advice of locals in Mountain Home, Idaho,

to avoid a stretch of the Oregon Trail and changed course through the

Sawtooth Mountains. In Hailey, Idaho, Jackson agreed to wire the Winton

Company for more spare parts.

The list of lost items continued to grow. While using the block and tackle

to cross a river, Jackson lost the new money his wife had wired to him

as well as his glasses. It was at that point that a greedy landowner forced

them to pay $4 ($105 now) to cross, as Jackson described the acreage as

“bad, rocky, mountain road.”

Crocker’s ingenuity came in handy when he used rope to wrap around

the wheels when they suffered another flat tire.

The trip became much easier beginning on July 12 when they reached

stretches of paved roads beginning in Omaha, Nebraska. The only

recorded mishap from that point of the trip reportedly took place just

outside Buffalo, New York, when the Vermont hit a “hidden obstacle” in

the road and threw Jackson, Crocker and Bud out of the moving vehicle.

The trio arrived in New York on July 26, crossing the country in a

respectable 63 days, 12 hours and 30 minutes to claim the title of the first

automobile to go coast-to-coast. The Vermont had consumed 800 gallons

of gasoline along the way.

Following the hero’s welcome at the end of their adventure, Jackson joined

his wife for the drive home while Crocker headed West. Newspapers

reported that the Vermont broke down again shortly after Jackson was on

the road without a mechanic and that the car’s drive chain snapped at the

threshold of his own garage.

The drive chain was one of the few parts that had not been changed over

the two-month drive across the country.

More importantly, Jackson scoffed at the reality that he was never able to

collect his $50 wager.

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AMERICAN HISTORY, SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION

The Man

Despite his acclaim as a national celebrity,

Crocker returned home to Tacoma in relative

obscurity. There were no parades, no newspaper

reporters or magazine photographers lined up

at his door like Jackson had when he returned

to New England.

Following the adventure, Crocker attempted to

capitalize on his newfound fame by launching

a search for sponsors for an around-the-world

auto tour. With his fame and his health failing,

Crocker finally settled down in Tacoma where

he died just two weeks after he turned 30 years

old. Newspapers at the time reported that the

once famous mechanic died of depression after

suffering a nervous breakdown.

Not only was he not honored by the residents

of Tacoma, he died without any family or

many friends at his bedside. The people in his

hometown quickly turned their attention to the

latest news of the day.

More than a century later, his name has not

been used for the name of a street or any

public venue associated with his pioneering

achievements. To some people, like former

The trio arrived in

New York on July 26,

crossing the country

in a respectable 63 days,

12 hours and 30 minutes

to claim the title of the

first automobile to go

coast-to-coast.

Tacoma Mayor Bill Baarsma, that is a fact that

still needs to be corrected.

A film by documentary filmmaker Ken Burns

was produced to mark the 100th anniversary of

the historic crossing during the time Baarsma

served as mayor. In addition to his duties as

mayor, Baarsma had hoped he could use his

elected position to raise the image of the city’s

forgotten luminary.

“He was lost in the pages of history,” Baarsma

reflected when contacted for this article.

“Renaming a street in his honor on his birthday

(April 7) would be a fitting and proper way to

recognize his remarkable accomplishment.”

One possibility, he said, was the small road

from I-5 that leads to the LeMay - America's

Car Museum. The former mayor said Crocker

would be a more appropriate name than its

present name, East D Street. Mike Bush, the

newest spokesperson for the auto collection,

was confident that Renee Crist, the curator of

the museum, would support the name change.

“It is amazing to me that we have nothing in the

Museum that recognizes Crocker as a resident

of Tacoma,” said Bush. “In fact, I am not even

sure we have a Winton in our collection. You’d

think we would have something that honors the

triumph of a local citizen who contributed to

automotive history.”

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the author of three books that document colorful

periods of history in Washington. He can be

reached at directly da@dajournalist.com.

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TO GIVE INSTEAD

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As we approach the

holiday season, the

opportunities for giving

are all around us. We

have charities getting our

attention, food drives,

fundraisers and more.

But how do we prioritize? We know that “to

give is better than to receive,” but how do we

know what to give?

Give the gift of time

To many of our closest friends and family

members, our own time is much more

meaningful than anything a stocking or a

box under the tree could contain. We can

share our time with our kids by building a

snowman together or driving around looking

at Christmas lights. Consider the things

you find yourself saying, such as “This year,

we have to …,” and ask your kids if they are

looking forward to the same things. Giving

the gift of time will probably mean a sacrifice

of some of our own preferences, but that is

probably one of the things that will make

it the most meaningful to the recipient.

Because honestly, what kid looks forward to

being dragged to the mall only to stand still

forever and then sit on a stranger’s lap while

manufacturing a fake smile?

Well-spent family togetherness

Spending time with family is likely the thing

that is most long-lived, long-lasting, but it’s

not always easy to accomplish a peaceful gettogether.

Often, the stress of the details of

keeping traditions alive can leave everyone

feeling drained. Make a point of practicing

some of these suggestions as a family, as well

as turning the focus outward. Take the time

to work together volunteering in any number

of ways. Many food banks need volunteers to

sort donations, stock shelves, load food to be

delivered and distribute these goods.

Take the time to sing some unsung heroes

Instead of buying your kids’ teachers a candle

or mug, take a moment to write a heartfelt

note expressing your appreciation. This is

one of those things that it is easy to claim we

don’t have time to do, yet we would easily

spend a minimum of 10 minutes, if not more,

shopping for a gift. And honestly, if you were

the one devoting your time to a classroom

full of demanding students, knowing that

you were making a difference in even one

of their lives would be an unforgettable gift

to receive. This could be applied to your

pastor, coworkers, boss or employees, family

members and friends. Think about ways your

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life is better with them in it—and

tell them. List things you appreciate

about their personalities and point out

the things they do that help make the

world a better place.

Lend a hand to help a neighbor

Of course, shoveling snow for neighbors is an obvious way to help

out physically, but what about some less obvious ways to lend

a hand? We might only think to assist the elderly or those with

physical limitations, but there are all kinds of opportunities that

surround us each day. Maybe you aren’t into inflatable Santas, and

you don’t set up mechanical reindeer or a sleigh in your yard every

year. Or perhaps you don’t have the means to line every roofline

of your house with icicle lights, especially once the electric bill is

factored in, but you love that the neighbors do so much to brighten

up the neighborhood. Why not offer to help set it up and/or break

it down with them?

Perform random acts of kindness

There are a variety of ways to show kindness to others, and really,

there is no wrong way. You could do just about anything for it to be

a random act of kindness! One way that is a lot of fun is to choose

someone in a store (randomly!), follow them to the checkout,

and then tell them that you would like to pay for their purchases.

An alternative to this is buying things and handing them out to

strangers. Either way, kids love a good surprise and generally have

so much fun getting to participate in random acts of kindness.

The possibilities are endless, ranging from covering someone’s

baggage cart at the airport to paying for someone’s coffee at the

drive through or meal at a restaurant, even covering the cost for

someone’s cart full of gifts in a department store. The sky’s the limit!

Operation vicarious kindness

Studies reveal that the pleasure centers in the brain show more

activity when giving a gift than when receiving a gift. So, if I want

to make someone happy, why not give the gift of gift-giving? Again,

it could be someone random, and you could do this with your

kids: Give cash to the person with the instruction to spend it on

someone other than themselves, and then talk about how it went.

This could potentially have a profound impact on the way they

understand their ability to make someone happy.

Recreating memories

Think of someone in your life who has told the same story over and

over, from when they were a child, newly married, or some other

past era. Do they have a fond memory of helping their mother bake

a particular Christmas Eve meal or dessert? Ask other relatives until

you find the exact recipe, then collect ingredients and incorporate

as many details as you can into recreating the experience for them.

Did your dad take your mom to the Nutcracker every year but has

recently passed away? Team up with your siblings to all take your

mom to the Nutcracker together this year to keep the tradition

alive.

At the end of it all, we should also remember to be thankful. Saying

“thank you” is usually automatic when we receive something, but

we should also be grateful for the joy that we get when we give.

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BY JILLIAN CHANDLER

The holidays are a time of sharing and giving; a time of joy and

happiness. While shopping for that perfect gift for a loved one,

you are already anticipating the excitement of its recipient as

they untie the ribbon and tear the wrapping paper to uncover a box

holding that treasure you picked out just for them! But what if this year

was different. What if, rather than a tangible present that over time will

break, be outgrown or forgotten about, you try something new?

Now is the time to give the gift of experience.

Today, children of all ages tend to want the next biggest and greatest

thing. And with technology ever evolving, it is nearly impossible—and

expensive—to keep up with what’s trending right here and now. Rather

than purchasing that new game or entirely new game system, why not

invest in something that can never be replaced or forgotten? If your

child is one who is interested in gaming and technology, have you ever

thought about signing them up for a workshop where they can learn

coding, and in turn, create their own games? Not only is it educational,

but these workshops are sure to engage your child and have them eagerly

awaiting the next session.

If your child wants the newest cell phone because of its camera qualities,

why not purchase them a “real” camera and enroll them in a photography

course? Photography is a wonderful hobby for any age, and who knows?

It could be the beginning to a future career.

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Do you find your child to be the center of attention,

always singing, dancing and performing for anyone

who will pay attention to them? Help nurture their

interest by enrolling them in voice, dance or acting

lessons—or maybe all three! Before you know it,

they could be auditioning for a role in a local theater

performance or choir group! Purchasing tickets to one

of the upcoming productions put on by one of the local

children’s theater is another great way to provide an

experience for your child that you can share together.

You can make an entire afternoon or evening of it by

enjoying lunch or dinner prior to the show, or a special

after-show dessert!

If you find you have a young one who enjoys music, now

may be the ideal time to explore different instruments

and private music instruction. This will allow them

to learn a valuable skill while also instilling a creative

outlet. And, children who learn to play an instrument

tend to do better in their academics as well.

Find yourself constantly running out of drawing paper,

markers, paint, tape, glue and all other art-related

materials thanks to your kiddo’s insatiable desire to

create? You may have an artist in the making in your

home! An introduction to art class could make for a

wonderful gift, as they take their creativity to paper

while also learning the proper techniques. You could

also register to attend a paint night with your child and

create works of art side by side while making memories

as well.

Another idea would be to head to an area museum

or art gallery and watch as your child takes in the art

that surround him or her. You may be amazed by the

questions they have or the art that most attracts and

Hit

THE ROAD

Jack...

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Collars

Toys

Treats

Gifts

Clothes

Pillows

A fun, unique and original dog shop.

It is for all dog lovers!

210 E. Sherman Ave., Ste. 143 | Coeur d’Alene

Resort Plaza Shops • 208.664.0414

www.thelabradorstoreandmore.com

Creative Soul Collective

LIKE “KYMS” ON FACEBOOK FOR

COMMUNITY EVENTS & MORE!

· Workshops

· Classes

· Group & Private Sessions

For schedules & details:

Alison Henslee | Artist & Creative Coach

208.610.8806 | aghenslee@gmail.com

Bonners Ferry | Sandpoint | Coeur d’Alene

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CHOOSE A

LOCATION THAT

IS JUST A SHORT

DRIVE A W A Y

WHERE YOU CAN

DISCONNECT FROM

WORK, SCHOOL

AND TECHNOLOGY

AND SPEND TIME

TOGETHER AS A

FAMILY.

inspires them. You may learn a little something about yourself as well.

Some of the greatest memories can be made when sharing a meal. If you

have a child who enjoys trying new foods, seek out a local cooking class!

Afterward, head to the market to buy the ingredients and allow your child

to help prepare the meal at home for the entire family to enjoy together! You

can also plan a special date night with your child and let them choose a new

restaurant to try.

Does your child take a special interest in animals? Surprise them with a family

trip to the nearest zoo or aquarium, where they can see these creatures up close and

perhaps discover something new.

With the busyness of everyday life, from school and work to extracurricular activities,

a weekend getaway might just be the answer. Choose a location that is just a short drive

away where you can disconnect from work, school and technology and spend time together

as a family. Whether you choose to rent a home or stay in a hotel, plan to spend a couple

days exploring, engaging, laughing and creating memories that won’t soon be forgotten.

There is much more to the holiday season than material items. It’s the spirit of giving and the

joy in spending quality time with those you hold most dear. This year, plan to give the gift of

experience—the gift to last a lifetime.

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PICKING

THE

Perfect

TREE

1.

SCOTCH PINE

If vacuuming needles is your least

favorite part about having a tree in

the home, consider a Scotch or Scots

Pine. This common Christmas tree

holds its needles longer than most

and is also sturdy enough for heavy

ornaments and long light strings.

Longer needles make hanging

ornaments easier. This type of tree

does not give off a strong smell

when compared to most fir trees. Its

color is typically a very bright green,

and they are very full so the main

trunk will hardly be visible once

fully decorated. Scotch Pines are

also on the more affordable end of

the spectrum.

WHICH VARIETY IS RIGHT FOR YOU?

BY COLIN ANDERSON

The focal point of just about any indoor

holiday decorating is the Christmas

tree. Most are put up shortly after

Thanksgiving and don’t come down

until right around New Year’s Day. They

can be pint sized for apartments or

grand spectacles in homes with vaulted

ceilings. How you decorate says a lot

about your family, and there is truly no

wrong way to do it. When picking out

the perfect tree there is more that goes

into it than how it looks on the lot. Take

into consideration the differences in

some of the most popular styles when it’s

time to settle on your family’s tree.

2.N OBLE

FIR

Most consider the Noble Fir the

best all-around Christmas tree. This

tree grows especially well in the

Northwest and can reach heights

of over 200 feet (if you have a

really really big house). The Noble

Fir branches tend to rise upward

and are sturdy, again allowing for

heavier ornaments without creating

too much of a sagging look. Evenly

spaced branches and short needles

allow for the decorations to really

stand out. This tree grows very

symmetrical and, when given

enough water, will hold needles well

through the entire holiday season.

Its fresh cut smell is not offensive

and will last for many weeks. Noble

Firs are also popular choices in

making wreaths and garland due to

their strength.

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3.

GRAND FIR

The Grand Fir has a few

differences from its relatives,

mostly within the needle

coloring—which tends to be

more yellow-green instead of

blue-green but also very shiny.

Grand Firs tend to run thicker

than Noble Firs, but they also

give off an even stronger smell

for longer than some of its

counterparts. Hanging heavy

objects is also usually not

a problem, and trunks also

tend to be very straight in this

classic Christmas tree.

Many will scoff at this, myself

included, but artificial trees

have come a long way since

their inception. They are

made to mimic all the popular

varieties of trees, and if you

invest in a quality product,

many look exactly like the

real thing—from a distance.

People use artificial if their

tree is styled to match a room

while others simply enjoy the

convenience of easy setup

and takedown. Those with

sensitivity to smell or who are

unfortunately allergic to certain

trees can also enjoy the holiday

spirit this way.

5.ARTIFICIAL

4.

DOUGLAS FIR

If allowed to grow, Douglas Firs

can reach heights of over 300

feet! They grow well in many

climates, making them one of the

most common varieties across the

nation. The shape of a Douglas is

unique in that it is typically more

uniform and can even take up the

appearance of a pyramid. It gives

off one of the strongest, albeit

pleasant, scents of any tree, so

if you enjoy that fresh cut smell

throughout the holiday, this is

likely your best bet.

6.

SHOP LOCAL

You can get your tree from a

number of places including

big box stores. While there

is convenience in this, we

encourage you to support local.

Search for a local scout group

or organization selling trees as

a fundraiser, or stop by some of

our favorite local spots and grab

a tree raised and cared for by a

community member.

Rusty Gate Tree Farm

12000 East O’Gara Road,

Harrison, Idaho

RustyGateTreeFarm.com

Land of Christmas

579 Upland Drive

Sandpoint, Idaho

LandofChristmas.com

Johnson’s Christmas Trees

330 Geenen Road

Cocolalla, Idaho

JohnsonsChristmasTrees.com

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EXPLORE THE FOODIE TRAIL

A warm-weather winter getaway that’s family friendly

Story & Photos By Marguerite Cleveland

Phoenix and Mesa are the perfect holiday location for a winter getaway. Mild temperatures and resort

hotels that are destinations in themselves and a short flight via Alaska Airlines (so you can utilize the

free bag check for a case of Arizona wine) make this an easy trip to enjoy. This is foodie heaven with

an up-and-coming wine region, farm-to-table restaurants, year-round fresh produce and agritourism

attractions.

Where To Stay

The Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort is a desert oasis with a 4-acre waterpark that makes it a great choice for

families. Room options are all suites, which gives families more room to spread out. Casitas with one or two

bedrooms are also an option. There is a kids’ camp giving parents with younger ones a childcare option. They

have dinner sessions so you can have a date night on your vacation. Amenities abound with a full-service spa and

multiple dining options.

For more economical options, consider lodgings in Mesa like the Residence Inn by Marriott, which has larger

accommodations with kitchens—a great way to save money while traveling. A substantial breakfast is offered each

morning and included in the room rate. If money is no object, you can step it up to the super luxurious AAA Five

Diamond Phoenician Resort, which has a three-story spa. The resort began an extensive renovation in 2016 that

was recently completed. It is lovely with a fresh, contemporary vibe throughout the resort.

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THE FOODIE SCENE IN MESA AND PHOENIX

HAS REALLY EVOLVED WITH LOCAL

RESTAURANTS SERVING FARM-TO-TABLE

FOOD INSPIRED BY THE VIBRANT CULTURAL

DIVERSITY IN THE AREA.

Where To Eat

The foodie scene in Mesa and Phoenix has really evolved with local

restaurants serving farm-to-table food inspired by the vibrant cultural

diversity in the area. The Bario Café is s smaller restaurant, so be sure

to make a reservation. Chef Silvana Salicido is a five-time James Beardaward

nominee. Her food is authentic traditional Mexican food and

utilizes local producers as much as possible. It is subtle little things

like adding pomegranate seeds to a fresh simple guacamole made from

avocados left in big chunks, tomatoes, red onions, a hint of cilantro

and lime that turns this dish into something special. Chiles En Nogada

is a roasted stuffed poblano pepper filled with chicken, apple, pear,

dried apricots and pecans covered with a delicate almond cream sauce

garnished with cilantro, pomegranate seeds and queso fresco. It is an

unusual dish packed with flavors that just meld together. Perfection.

On the other end of the spectrum is Jalapeno Bucks, a dive joint built in

old shipping containers nestled in the midst of an orange grove. Don’t

wear good clothes because you are here to try the ooey, gooey, extremely

messy peanut butter and jelly brisket sandwich. OMG! So good. Words

can’t describe how something that sounds so strange can be so delicious!

Don’t miss the excellent salsas concocted by Buck. It’s how he started and

earned the nickname Jalapeno. Pick the size salsas that you want and

order a bag of chips, served in a paper bag. The medium was grocery-bag

sized! The mango salsa is a favorite and has a sweet and slightly spicy

taste the goes well with the freshly made tortilla chips.

What To Do

The Fresh Foodie Trail is a great way to spend a day or two traveling

to urban and rural destinations for those who love food. There are 11

stops on this culinary journey, and each will give you an insight into how

food is produced. Visit everything from a vertical urban farm at True

Garden to the Hayden Flour Mills at Sossaman Farms. The Windmill

Winery is one of the furthest stops and is in the town of Florence. The

drive gets you out in the Sonoran Desert with lots of old growth Saguaro

Cacti. The farm is beautifully landscaped with a lovely wine tasting room.

After the drive through the desert, it feels like an oasis. Most grapes are

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The Speci f ics

WHERE TO STAY

Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort

SquawPeakHilton.com

The Residence Inn Mesa

Marriott.com/Mesa

WHERE TO EAT

The Bario Café

BarioCafe.com

Jalapeno Bucks

JalapenoBucks.com

WHAT TO DO

Fresh Foodie Trail

VisitMesa.com

The Phoenician Spa

Phoenician.com

Desert Botanical Garden

DBG.org

Musical Instrument Museum

MIM.org

sourced from Wilcox, Arizona, but owner

Harold Christ can grow Barbera grapes on

his farm. Arizona currently has two AVAs,

and the quality of the wine is very good.

A case of Barbera can fly free if you fly on

Alaska Airlines.

The Desert Botanical Garden has more than

50,000 desert plants on five thematic trails.

The plants come from deserts all over the

world, and the unique displays are so lovely.

Plan your day to arrive when the gardens

open so you can enjoy strolling before

the heat of the day. For great views of the

mountains, the gardens and Phoenix, you’ll

want to hike to the top of the Sonoran Desert

Nature Loop Trail. There are two shops, one

a garden shop and the other a gift shop, that

are worth a visit. A grow-your-own cactus in

a box makes a perfect souvenir or gift.

The Musical Instrument Museum is an

unexpected treasure. Rather than just statically display the more than

6,800 musical instruments that come from all over the world, the

museum uses state-of-the-art audio and visual technologies to enhance

the experience. Each visitor is given a headset with an audio tour; as you

step up to each display you begin to hear a musician performing with

the instrument and can observe the video as well—a truly immersive

experience with incredible performances. Visit the Experience Gallery

for a hands-on opportunity to play instruments from around the world.

Music buffs will love the Artist Gallery with icons such as Elvis Presley,

Johnny Cash, John Lennon and more modern artists such as Maroon 5.

A spa day at the Phoenician is a luxurious experience that will have you

relaxed for days. Treatments are available for both men and women in the

new three-story building which is home to the spa. Soothing music and

soft lighting helps set the mood before your treatment. Arrive at least 45

minutes before your appointment so you can indulge in the Personal Spa

Ritual, a 30-minute hot-and-cold contrast hydrotherapy which improves

the benefits of your treatment. There's no need to rush after your spa

treatment, as you'll want to take advantage of all the amenities such as an

adult-only pool deck, where you can enjoy an alfresco lunch.

The greater Phoenix and Mesa area will have you feeling relaxed and

refreshed after a nice winter break. Infusions of vitamin D from all the

sunshine will chase away your winter blues. With amenity-filled resorts,

an eclectic food and craft beverage scene, and tons of family friendly

activities, it is the perfect destination.

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YUM

Your local Dining Guide

PRESENTED BY

www.northwestsizzle.com

RECIPES LOCAL FLAVOR SPOTLIGHTS

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THAI YELLOW

CURRY SOUP

Recipe Courtesy of Chef Lesa Lebeau

This is a very comforting winter soup, and a

protein such as chicken may be added!

Serves 4 - 6

INGREDIENTS:

3 tbsp. oil

1/2 cup Mae Ploy yellow curry paste

3 cloves of minced garlic

2 tbsp. grated fresh ginger

2 tbsp. minced lemongrass

4 tbsp. fish sauce

3 tbsp. sugar

2 cups cubed butternut squash

2 cups chopped carrots

2 cups cubed gold potatoes

1 large white onion, sliced

2 15-oz. cans of Mae Ploy coconut cream

3 cups stock (chicken or vegetable)

TO GARNISH:

Chopped cilantro

Toasted pumpkin seeds

Toasted coconut

METHOD:

• In large stockpot, add oil and heat on medium high. Sauté

curry paste for 5 minutes to open up spices.

• Add onion, garlic and ginger plus one cup of stock. Simmer

8 minutes.

• Add fish stock and sugar. Now add remaining stock,

vegetables and simmer 10 minutes.

• Add coconut cream and simmer soup 45 minutes.

• Garnish with cilantro, coconut and pumpkin seeds.

• Serve and enjoy!

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Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Waterfront Views

Live Music

An Experience

58 Bridge Street at City Beach | Sandpoint, Idaho | 208.255.7558 | TrinityAtCityBeach.com

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SWEET LOU’S RESTAURANT

AND TAP HOUSE

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

burger menu featuring burgers made from ground top sirloin, topped with

pulled pork, hand-battered onion rings or jalapenos. 32 beers on tap to

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

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

208.667.1170 | SweetLousIdaho.com

f SweetLousCDA

A Longstanding Coeur d’Alene Favorite

By Jillian Chandler

Photos by Owen Aird

Offering great food at a reasonable price, paired with

excellent service and a familiar face, has always been

the goal at Moon Time in Coeur d’Alene. And guests

get what they have come to expect.

The menu, from the start, has featured unique and upscale

pub food bringing a variety of items from many different

cultures together, paired with a carefully selected 19 beer

handles and a wide variety of wines, which complement the

food. From the Grilled Pork Tacos to the Mediterranean

Lamb Burger and Sun-dried Tomato Ravioli, their food

is sure to satisfy. Chris Schultz, chef and general manager

for the past 23 years, has been invaluable to the restaurant

almost since its inception. He was hired when Moon Time

was just three months young and has been with them ever

since. An essential asset, he runs the show.

As Chris says, “It’s very nice to have that tight-knit group of

awesome people [to work with] for laughter and support. It

means a lot to me.”

When in Coeur d’Alene and looking for a great neighborhood

pub, pull up a chair at Moon Time, where the staff is ready to

serve you the best!

Moon Time

East Coeur d’Alene

1602 E. Sherman Ave. #116

208.667.2331

WeDontHaveOne.com

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CALYPSOS COFFEE

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

on site, ice cream, fantastic food and live music on a regular basis. They

display artwork from local artists, offer free Wi-Fi, have a play area for the

kids and also offer a Smart Room for meeting rentals!

116 E. Lakeside Ave. | Coeur d’Alene

208.665.0591 | CalypsosCoffee.com

MAX AT MIRABEAU

Join MAX at Mirabeau for an unforgettable experience. You’ll be treated

to eclectic cuisine, an award-winning menu with more than 100 items, a

wine list boasting more than 500 labels and 75 eclectic cocktails—a perfect

match for everything on the menu. Enjoy two happy hours daily, a-la-carte

brunch featuring multiple benedicts, mimosas and the area’s best Bloody

Mary Bar—starting at only $5.90 per person! There’s live music on Friday

and Saturday evenings, and late-night dining with a full menu is offered

until close. Open daily at 6am.

1100 N. Sullivan Rd. | Spokane Valley

509.922.6252 | MAXatMirabeau.com


LIFE’S TOO SHORT TO EAT BAD MEAT

Make it your New Year’s resolution to eat the highest quality of meat ... because you deserve it!

Stop in for all of your home cooking essentials from Wood Chips for Home Smokers,

Select Sauces, Rubs and everything in between! Large selection of American-Made

Smokers, Grills and Locally Made Fire Pits.

Tim’s Special Cut Meats, Inc

.

Come see us at our NEW LOCATION!

525 N. Graffiti St. • Post Falls, ID 83854 • 208.772.3327

YOUR OLD-FASHION BUTCHER SHOP...

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THE PORCH PUBLIC HOUSE

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

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

soups and specialties prepared from scratch without the

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

microbrews and wines to accompany your meal. Feel at home

in the comfortable pub-style dining room or the fantastic

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

Lauren Denos, Adventure Bound Media.

1658 E. Miles Ave. | Hayden

208.772.7111 | WeDontHaveOne.com

MOON TIME

Serving some of the best food around in a comfortable pub-style

atmosphere. The menu offers soups, sandwiches, pastas, salads

and other specialties prepared from scratch daily, along with a

fantastic selection of micro-brewed beers and fine wines by the

glass and bottle. Open daily at 11am, the kitchen is open late

every night. Be sure to stop in Thursday night for live music

featuring national and local artists. For more information

including photos, menu, specials and directions, make sure to

visit their website.

1602 Sherman Ave. | Coeur d’Alene

208.667.2331 | WeDontHaveOne.com

FISHERMAN’S MARKET

DELICIOUS FOOD & FUN COCKTAILS

41 Lakeshore Drive, Sagle, ID

Next to the Lodge at Sandpoint

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

staff, unbeatable atmosphere and phenomenal food. Voted best

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

salads, fishwiches, taste of baja, fish and chips, smoked

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

and lobster.

215 W. Kathleen | Coeur d’Alene

208.664.4800 | FishermansMarketCdA.com

315 MARTINIS AND TAPAS

At 315, guests will be treated to a full dinner menu and tapas

using fresh and seasonal food, more than 50 hand-crafted

martinis using the best natural ingredients, great wine, beer

and a variety of non-alcoholic beverages. Guests can choose

to dine in the large dining room, comfortable lounge, at the

bar our outdoors on their expansive patio. 315 offers nightly

specials and food and drink pairings weekly, and live music

on Tuesday night! The Greenbriar Inn also offers getaway and

elopement packages. Open Tuesday - Saturday 3:15pm - close.

315 Wallace Ave. | Coeur d’Alene

208.667.9660 | 315MartinisandTapas.com

FORTY-ONE SOUTH

OPEN 7 NIGHTS A WEEK

208.265.2000

41SouthSandpoint.com

A beautiful waterfront, fine-dining restaurant in a romantic

lodge setting overlooking Lake Pend Oreille. Whether it

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

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

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

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

Reservations recommended.

41 Lakeshore Dr. | Sagle

208.265.2000 | 41SouthSandpoint.com

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SHOGA SUSHI BAR

Delicious sushi and Japanese cuisine sure to delight

anyone’s palate. Offering a wide variety of traditional

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

grilled salmon and more! Beautiful waterfront dining

with spectacular sunset views. Professional and courteous

service. On Wedsnday nights it’s buy one Sushi Roll get one

half off! Enjoy a delicious meal while taking in the beautiful

waterfront and spectacular sunset views.

41 Lakeshore Dr. | Sagle

208.265.2001 | ShogaSushi.com

Shopping. Dining. Take-Out.

MOONDOLLARS BISTRO

Moondollars Bistro is known for their burgers,

accompanied by scratch-made bread and soups. They

uses only fresh ingredients, which are the backbone

of this customer favorite. With a comfortable, friendly

atmosphere, awesome food, great service, huge patio

and full bar there is always something to keep customers

coming back for more.

609 N. Syringa St. | Post Falls | 208.777.7040

5416 W. Village Blvd. | Rathdrum

208.687.5396 | MoondollarsBistro.com

ANGELO’S RISTORANTE

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

and prepared from scratch.” Authentic Italian cuisine.

Guaranteed best steaks in town. Catering and private

cooking classes available with Chef Angelo. DINNER FOR

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

and 10 Bottles of Wine. Open 7 days a week from 4 to 10pm.

846 N. Fourth St. | Coeur d’Alene

208.765.2850 | AngelosRistorante.net

JUNIOR’S BBQ

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

are treated to bold backyard flavor. Whether you dine in,

take out or need catering, you will not be disappointed,

and ordering is simple. Choose a sandwich, taco or salad.

Next choose your meat, then your choice of fixin’s, from

Granny’s baked beans, Mamma’s mashed taters, smothered

green beans, coleslaw or pig tail fries. Top it all off with

Hillbilly Habanero or Junior’s Original sauce.

85 W. Prairie Shopping Ctr. | Hayden

JuniorsBarbecue.com

TIM’S SPECIAL CUT MEATS

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

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

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

and also handles custom orders, with an extensive line

of house-made products from pickled garlic to specialty

sauces, marinades, rubs and salsas. Mobile butchering and

wild game processing are also available.

525 N. Graffiti St. | Post Falls

208.772.3327 | fTimsSpecialCutMeats

TimsSpecialCutMeats.com

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Happy

Holidays!

Be a chef at home or dine with us!

• Fresh Fish Market and Sushi Bar

• Smoked Fish

• 12 different kinds of fish and chips

208.664.4800

Mon-Sat 11am-8pm

215 W. Kathleen, Coeur d’Alene

Locally Owned & Operated

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ENTERTAINMENT

DEC

13-23

Keeping the Tradition Alive

The magic continues this holiday season

BY JILLIAN CHANDLER

PHOTO BY RICK TAYLOR

This year, Laura has brought in co-producers Daniel and Marie Hunt of Red Bird

Theater to join the Traditions family.

Tickets are priced $34 for adults, $27 for seniors (ages 62+) and military, and $21

for children (ages 4 through 12). To find out showtimes and to purchase tickets,

visit TraditionsOfChristmasNW.com or call the Box Office at 208.292.8750.

It’s become a Coeur d’Alene tradition. Now in its eighth year, Traditions of

Christmas, a Radio City Music Hall-style holiday show presented by Laura Little

Productions, returns to the Salvation Army Kroc Center December 13 through

23, and it’s sure to once again delight audiences of all ages.

“Because Traditions of Christmas is essentially a variety show, there is truly

something for everyone. Many love the comedic acts, while others love the

beautiful dancing or the alluring vocalists,” says Laura Little, producer and artist

director. “I think it is very special that we end the show with a perfect reminder

of the true ‘reason for the season.’ Everybody leaves the theater filled with the

spirit of Christmas.”

This year, Laura is excited to announce that they will be bringing back two of her

favorite scenes that were cut a few years ago. “While it is always difficult to pull

some of the scenes, it is important that we don’t do they exact same show year

to year,” she says.

The show’s USO Tribute continues to fill Laura, as well as audiences alike, with

joy. “We honor each branch of service in such a heartfelt way that I still get

choked up at every performance,” Laura says. “Our veterans and active duty

military patrons stand when their branch is represented, and you can see the

pride on their faces and in their tears.”

Laura adds that they will be adding a new “visually stunning and emotional

piece” tied to the USO scene as well. “It is certainly the most artistically

challenging scene we have ever attempted,” she says. “I wish I could tell you

more, but it’s a secret.”

HIGHLIGHT EVENT

DEC

7

Post Fallidays Tiny Tree Festival

Join the Post Falls Chamber of Commerce for Post Fallidays Tiny Tree Festival. Held at

Red Templin’s on the River from 10am to noon, enjoy a delicious brunch with a mimosa

bar while perusing the beautifully decorated 4-foot tiny trees during the silent auction.

Tickets are $30 per person or $240 for a table of eight. There will also be a raffle for your

chance to win a full-size decorated “A North Idaho Christmas” super tree, delivered to

your home or business. Festival tickets and raffle tickets can be purchased online at

PostFallsChamber.com, by emailing val@postfallschamber or calling 208.773.5016.

DEC

14

Winter Market

The Kootenai County Farmers Market invites the community to head over to the

Kootenai County Fairgrounds’ Jacklin Building, where they’ll be hosting their Winter

Market Saturday, December 14, from 10am to 3pm. Don’t miss this amazing winter

version of the farmers market, with more than 60 vendors selling produce, honey,

jams and jellies, breads, meat, eggs, milk and cheese! Plus there will be loads of gift

items from artisans and crafters, plants and Christmas decorations, and live music too!

Parking and admission are free, along with free homemade cookies and beverages.

KootenaiFarmersMarkets.org

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5-MILE FUN RUN

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December 30

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Silver Lake Mall

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5:00 to 8:00pm

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MAC & CHEESE FESTIVAL

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