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October 2020 Coeur d'Alene Living Local

OCTOBER 2020

LIVING LOCAL

PROVIDING

RESOURCES

Coeur d’Alene Arts

& CULTURE ALLIANCE

FOR

FAMILIES

pg. 82 GET AWAY WITH A

Fall Visit to Lopez Island

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OCTOBER 2020

VOLUME 10 NUMBER 10

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Restaurant Trends Sweeping the PNW

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PUBLISHER’S

Note

A POWERFUL COMMUNITY

As families have begun the

transition into fall with the

return of school, fall sports

and other activities, many

of our neighboring communities are yet

again struggling with new hardships, as

fires have come in fiercely. From California

and Oregon to Washington and Idaho, our

safety is once again being threatened.

As devastating as this is, it again reminds

me of the true heroes that surround us

daily; those battling the fires first-hand,

sacrificing their safety for the welfare of

us all, as well as the officers ensuring that

those who are forced to evacuate from their

homes do so safely. And then there are those

in the community who have opened up

their homes for those who have lost theirs;

sharing what they have with those who have

lost so much.

Here at Like Media, we are fortunate to share

with our readers all the positive that can be

found around us, even when in the midst of

crisis. As you flip through the pages of this

month’s issue and read our uplifting stories,

we hope that you are inspired by the people

and organizations we highlight, while also

showing your support to our advertisers,

who help make it possible for us to bring you

Coeur d’Alene Living Local each month. We

pray that despite the negativity that you see

through to the positive that can be found.

Each day is a blessing, and it is up to us to

move forward and focus on—and create—a

brighter future for ourselves, our families,

our friends and neighbors.

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Each day comes with blessings as well as

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and no matter the battle, we will prevail and

come out with a new hope and a strength

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LIVING LOCAL

PROVIDING

RESOURCES

FOR

FAMILIES

OCTOBER 2020

Coeur d’Alene Arts

& CULTURE ALLIANCE

pg. 82 GET AWAY WITH A

Fall Visit to Lopez Island

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ABOUT THE COVER

FALL INTO FALL THIS MONTH, AS AUTUMN IS

HERE IN ALL OF ITS GLORY. From the cooler weather

to the deep reds and golden yellows that adorn the trees,

it’s truly a beautiful time here in Coeur d’Alene. And with

October comes pumpkin season. Shop local or choose a

you-pick pumpkin patch to find that perfect pumpkin for

Halloween. Enjoy all the season brings!

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CONTENTS

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ESSENTIALS

The latest tips and trends in home, garden,

finances and life

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SUPPORTING OUR

LOCAL TEACHERS

5 simple ways to show you care all year long

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LIFE & COMMUNITY

Providing resources for families: Community Library

Network announces homeschool resource exchange

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BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

Critter Apothecary: Keeping people and animals

healthy—naturally

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GOOD NEWS

30 Years of ADA: Coeur d’Alene celebrates equal

opportunities for those with disabilities

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IN FOCUS

Camp Out of the Box: Panhandle Forest provides

many unique locations

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BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

AquaGem Jewelry: Coeur d’Alene jeweler brings

five decades of experience to his craft

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ATHLETES OF THE MONTH

See who’s standing out from the rest and

representing our small town!

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LIVING LOCAL

Coeur d’Alene Arts & Culture Alliance: Cultivating a

thriving arts community here in North Idaho

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Contents Continued...

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HEALTH & LIFESTYLE

Tips and informational articles about living a

healthy, active lifestyle

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FEATURE STORY

Ride 4 Relief: PTSD survivor advocating for the

health and support of his peers

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FALL IS IN THE AIR

PNW restaurant tour, restaurant trends and

Halloween treats

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TRAVEL & LEISURE

Lopez Island: The most rural of the three major

San Juan Islands

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FOOD & DRINK

Your local guide to the tastiest hot spots

around town

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FEATURED RECIPE

Be a chef at home with out monthly seasonally

inspired recipe!

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Don’t miss out on these events and fun

community happenings

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Autumn Home Maintenance Checklist

KEEPING YOUR HOME WARM AND COZY ALL WINTER LONG

By Nikki Luttmann, Seven Bee Interiors

For Sandpoint Furniture, Carpet One and Selkirk Glass and Cabinets

Autumn has always been my favorite time of year. I love the

changing of the leaves, the deep reds and golds that brighten

up our landscape, and the thought of spending time indoors

beside a warm fire. This year, it seems that the signs are

pointing to a cold and snowy winter season. Berries are heavy on the trees,

the squirrels are extra busy stashing nuts and seeds, and it sounds like La

Nina might be showing her face this winter, meaning frigid temperatures

for us in the Pacific Northwest.

When it comes to home maintenance, we can take a lesson from nature.

Preparedness is the key to staying warm, cozy and worry-free all winter

long. The following checklist is a good refresher for those of you who are

long-time Idaho residents, and a must-do for those of you who are new

to the area. Though I’m an interior designer, I’ve seen my fair share of

damage caused by winter cold and storms. I’m often brought in after the

fact to help restore the home to what it was, but often the damage could

have been prevented with a little prep and some elbow grease (yours or a

professional’s) before the onset of winter.

1. If you have a crawl space, be sure to close your vents. This prevents

your plumbing and other utilities under the house from freezing. It’s

also a good idea to double check any insulation you might have in your

crawlspace and attic. Pests have been known to gnaw away at insulating

material around pipes and openings, creating a space where cold air can

get in and do damage.

2. Check your gutters. Having your gutters cleaned not only keeps water

flowing away from the house, where it should, but also keeps ice and

other material from clogging them further, creating a hazard that can

damage your roof.

3. Have a professional check your heating system, especially if you are

dependent in any way on wood heat for the winter, this is a must. Creosote

can build up in your flue, causing a possible fire hazard that many of us

are unaware of.

4. Have your exterior plumbing drained and turned off. Exterior plumbing

issues, such as frozen pipes, can cause interior and exterior damage when

the weather gets very cold, due to burst pipes when the ice expands inside.

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Preparedness is the key to staying warm, cozy

and worry-free all winter long.

5. If you leave for the winter, do not turn off your heat completely. I realize

that many people do this, but you are much better off turning the heat

to 55 degrees and leaving it there for the winter. Freezing temperatures

inside a home can damage drywall, flooring, cabinetry, plumbing, even

the framing of your home. Leaving the heat on at a low temperature keeps

your finishes from suffering damage and makes for a happy homeowner

in the spring when you return!

6. If you live in a location where power goes out frequently, it is a good

idea to invest in a generator. This ensures a safe and warm winter should

the power go out for an extended time.

7. Have your septic tank pumped before winter sets in. Not only is it very

difficult to locate and open a septic tank when it is under four feet of snow,

but a full septic tank is also more likely to back up in early spring when

the ground is saturated and more difficult to percolate the discharge into

the drain field.

8. Check your windows and doors for a good seal. Poor seals on doors and

windows are a leading cause of utility bill creepage in the winter months.

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9. If you have a basement with a sump-pump, do make sure the pump is

in working order. There is nothing worse than coming down the stairs to

your basement and finding it flooded. I’ve re-done countless basements

in the City of Sandpoint and throughout Bonner County, where the water

table is high after a failed sump-pump led to a flood situation. These are

never fun!

10. Finally, check the trees around your home. We’ve already had a few

tough windstorms this year, and trees can do major damage if they are

not in good health. Have dead branches removed, as well as any trees

that are deemed a hazard. I can only imagine the devastation and terror

that would accompany a tree coming down through someone’s home.

While this is not always preventable, proper maintenance at least limits

the possibility of this tragedy occurring.

While the above list may not be the most fun aspect of home ownership,

these are certainly necessary items to cross off your to-do list. While I

love working with people on remodeling their homes, I’d like it to

be on their terms, not because of an insurance claim or the wrath of

Old Man Winter!


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REDISCOVER YOUR PURPOSE

AND MOTIVATION

Releasing the kinetic power of strategic tension

By Trish Buzzone, Thinking Partner, Executive

Director, The John Maxwell Team

Recently, it’s been a struggle to find my motivation to get out and do

things—even things I love to do. Based on some conversations I’m

having, I’m not the only one feeling this way. Why are so many of

us struggling to get out and do the things we know bring us joy? Where

is this resistance coming from?

I thought about the near-constant stream of bad news. All the social and

political conflict. The threat of the virus pandemic and the economic

uncertainty; dwelling on all of that leaves me exhausted, thinking, “Why

shouldn’t I be struggling to get motivated? Look at everything that’s

going on!”

Those questions were a distraction and an easy way to stay confused

and uncertain. They were also a way for me to excuse myself from doing

anything about it. By projecting my current worries and frustrations into

the future, giving those questions all my energy, I was effectively excusing

myself from the responsibility of getting into action.

For me, doing what I love to do means cultivating relationships and

having transformative conversations. For you, it might be something

different. We all know what energizes us, what gets us flowing in our

gifts. The build-up of energy between thinking about doing something

and actually doing it causes tension in the space between imagining our

future and creating it. When we are not intentional about being in action,

doubt and negativity creep into that space. We hear it in the little voice

that whispers, “I don’t feel like it” and “I’m not ready,” or “This can wait,

do it tomorrow.”

Like all energy, this tension can be shifted from something that holds

us back to something that propels us forward. Physicists define this as

the transformation from potential energy to kinetic energy. That energy

transfer begins with a release, with giving up the excuses and getting into

action. When we do this, the tension holding us back becomes a mode of

action propelling us forward.

Sometimes, when we feel ourselves slipping into the cycle of thinking

about doing, we need a pattern interrupter, a thinking partner we trust

who has permission to help us pause that cycle and help us refocus our

thoughts so they become actions. Whether it comes from ourselves or

someone else, that pattern interrupt creates an opportunity to step away

from the questions that lead us in circles, all those “what abouts” and

“what ifs” that take us nowhere. As we make the shift from thinking

about what we’re going to do and start doing whatever it is that brings us

joy and helps us grow, the tension we feel, all that potential energy, begins

to transform into kinetic energy, becoming the momentum we need to

keep moving forward.

So, today, if you’re struggling to get going, finding excuses to keep

from turning your thinking into doing, reach out to a thinking partner

who will be a pattern interrupter for you, focus your intention, and do

the thing. Just get started, and you will feel the energy begin to build

and grow and change. Continue that mode of action, regardless of the

circumstances, and the momentum will continue to build. Do the thing,

and then you’ll get the energy to do the thing.

You can connect with Trish Buzzone at TrishBuzzone.com, Linkedin.com/

in/trishbuzzone or Facebook.com/trishbuzzone.

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SUPPORTING OUR LOCAL

TEACHERS

5 simple ways to show you care all year long

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SION FOR CHILDREN IS WHAT MAKES

TEACHERS SPECIAL. As COVID-19 impacted

schools across the country earlier this

year, teachers proved their agility in shifting

gears quickly to teach students as effectively as

possible. Now schools have begun the 2020-21

school year, and teachers again are critical in

shaping children’s education during uncertain

times.

Whether your community’s schools have

welcomed students back in person, online or a

mix of both, it’s the teachers who have the hard

work of making school a positive experience

no matter the circumstances. This year in

particular, it’s critical to support teachers to

position them for success so students can

thrive. Consider these five steps in supporting

teachers and showing you care.

1. Add extra supplies: Go beyond the supplies

list and buy extras for the teacher. This might be

adding extra glue sticks and pencils or making

a teacher’s care basket with personal items like

hand lotion, sanitizing wipes, tea and coffee,

stickers, etc. What’s more, remember that

supplies are needed all school year long. At the

start of school the supply closet is bursting, but

a few months later it might be sparse. A midyear

supply drop-off is sure to be appreciated.

You might even consider running a supply

drive to help teachers in need throughout the

year.

2. Ask about volunteer opportunities: Inperson

volunteer opportunities may be limited

or unavailable right now, so be proactive

and ask teachers about virtual or distance

volunteering options. You might be able to

lead a virtual story time, organize a book club,

help by checking digital papers, dropping

off items at students’ homes and much more.

Simply reach out to your teacher to show

your willingness to help, and you can discuss

volunteer opportunities that match your skills

and interests. Beyond the classroom, check out

volunteer opportunities at libraries, study halls,

community centers and more.

3. Vote to fund a cause: Whether it’s to support

a local schoolteacher or to fund a cause close to

your heart, a simple online vote can help make

a difference. SONIC’s Limeades for Learning

Fall Voting campaign takes place September

28 through October 25. During this four-week

campaign, visit LimeadesforLearning.com to

vote for teacher projects you want to support.

You can search by keyword or category to

choose projects that are meaningful to you.

At the end of each week, SONIC funds the

winning projects, donating a total of $1 million.

4. Stay up to date: Being informed not only

helps you understand what’s happening in your

student’s world, it helps you be a more engaged

partner in their education. Teachers appreciate

parents and caregivers who stay up to date by

reading grade newsletters promptly, checking

emails from the school often and visiting

classroom websites or social media pages

regularly. Additionally, consider attending

school board meetings, even if it’s virtually, so

you know what’s happening in the district.

5. Practice patience and understanding:

The 2020-21 school year contains a lot of

unknowns. Whether it’s in-person, virtual or

hybrid, remember to practice patience and

understanding with educators as they navigate

these new waters. Everyone is in this together,

and teachers are doing their best. Remember,

the attitude you project about school is what

your children will reflect, so make sure to stay

positive and make the best of any situation as

the year unfolds.

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Providing Resources for Families

COMMUNITY LIBRARY NETWORK ANNOUNCES HOMESCHOOL RESOURCE EXCHANGE

By Jillian Chandler

The school year is now in full swing, as students returned

to class full time, tackled remote learning from home, or a

combination of the two. There are also those parents who

have opted for homeschooling their child (or children) for

the 2020-2021 school year—and there is someone ready to help!

The Community Library Network at Hayden is providing a wonderful

service to homeschooling parents and their students through their

Homeschool Resource Exchange.

If you are a homeschool educator in need of workbooks or teaching

aids, or have materials in good shape that you no longer use, Hayden

Library is proud to introduce and be a part of an incredible resource

for you to utilize—the Homeschool Resource Exchange. Here, you

are invited to borrow the materials you need and return them when

finished, or donate items you no longer want or need. And there is no

checkout required!

“The idea was brought to me by a staff member, John,” says Jessica

Bowman, Hayden Community librarian and manager. “He noticed

a need that we could fill by providing materials for families who

homeschool.” As costs of materials can sometimes be a deterrent to

families who want to homeschool, John thought that if they were able

to provide some of those materials, which can be reused by multiple

families, it would be a great solution. John and fellow staff member

Betsy, who are both former teachers, brought in the initial materials.

“Although we’ve been getting ready to launch this program since

January, it’s timing couldn’t have been better with the influx of

homeschool families this fall,” says Jessica. “We are hoping that the

Homeschool Exchange enhances the homeschool experience for

families in our area.”

Currently the only library in the Community Library Network that is

providing this service, Jessica shares that they are looking to expand it

to their other libraries as well.

Funding for the program is through donations and grants, and as

Jessica says, “In order for this really cool resource to continue, we will

need families who actively participate in the exchange.”

They are currently offering online programs, which can be found at

CommunityLibrary.net. And Jessica is happy to share that they will be

opening the Little Discovery Center in the Silver Lake Mall this month.

Community Library Network at Hayden is located at 8385 North

Government Way and is open 10am to 8pm Monday through Thursday,

10am to 5pm Friday and Saturday, and noon to 5pm Sunday. For

additional information, please call the library at 208.772.5612. For upto-date

information and other available resources and activities, follow

the Community Library Network on Facebook at Facebook.com/

CommunityLibrary.net.

Let’s all do our part to help make this school year as successful and

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A Desire for

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Community

Keeping people and animals

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BY JILLIAN CHANDLER

CRITTER APOTHECARY

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“Nothing feels better than helping

another person or animal. I knew

from the time I was a small child that

I wanted to help people, and that

became my life’s journey.”

In 2016, Thomas and Darla Fletcher made the move to North Idaho.

Drawn to the mountains and the four seasons—which their home state

of Texas didn’t offer—the couple was seeking an agrarian lifestyle that

they so admired of generations past.

The appeal of the “simple” life that can be found in a small town, where

residents know their neighbors and are an integral part of the community, is

what ultimately brought them to North Idaho. Since day one, the Fletchers

have been dedicated to improving the local agricultural community, which

is why they created Only Local Farmers’ Market.

“When we realized the difficulty and challenges that face small farm and

ranch operations, we decided to open Only Local as another option for

local farmers and ranchers to sell their products. We farm and ranch

too, so we know firsthand the difficulties in getting products to market,”

says Thomas. “We offer our time and resources to local small producers

and give them an opportunity to market their products year-round. This

allows them to stay focused on their farming/ranching and not worry

about selling products.”

The Critter Apothecary is another way Darla, RN and Thomas, MD give to

the community they love. Opened July 1 of this year, the pair created this

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unique business catering to those seeking herbals, salves and tinctures

to promote the health and wellness for themselves and family, both two

legged and four legged.

“Organic herbal products are a healthy alternative that, along with

education, contribute to a healthier and happier population,” affirms

Darla. “Wellness begins with a healthy immune system. We want to keep

people healthy by teaching them to support their immune system.”

Located in Sagle, Idaho, customers will find a wide array of certified

organic remedies from Dr. Paul’s Lab and other local purveyors of holistic

products. In addition, the apothecary stocks organic holistic veterinary

products for cattle, horses, sheep, goats and poultry, along with a variety

of remedies for human use as well.

The Critter Apothecary was born from the tragic loss of one of Darla and

Thomas’ cows last winter. Darla recalls the event: “One of our cows came

down with pneumonia, and even with the vet coming to the farm on a

daily basis, we ended up losing her and the unborn calf. I was devastated

that we couldn’t save her. Out of desperation, I called my friend, a local

organic dairy farmer, for advice. That’s when I learned about Dr. Paul’s

products and the importance of building immunity before sickness sets

in. We still value traditional veterinarian care, but we now supplement all

our animals with Dr. Paul’s products.”

The reward for the work they do is immense, as customers return to

thank the Fletchers for the insightful information they have generously

offered along with the array of available products for purchase. “We are

proud to be offering the best certified-organic remedies available to our

customers,” says Darla. “Given our combined 65 years in traditional

medicine, we are impressed that the time to intervene is before anyone

gets sick. An ounce of prevention truly is worth a pound of cure.”

Darla and Thomas invite you to stop by their Critter Apothecary Sunday

through Friday from noon to 6pm and Saturday from 10am to 6pm. You

can find them in the Only Local Farmers’ Market on Highway 95, just

north of Cocolalla Lake.

“Nothing feels better than helping another person or animal. That’s why

I became a nurse,” smiles Darla. “I knew from the time I was a small

child that I wanted to help people, and that became my life’s journey. The

Critter Apothecary is another way that I can continue to help people and

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30 Years of ADA

COEUR D’ALENE CELEBRATES EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR THOSE WITH DISABILITIES

BY TAYLOR SHILLAM

This month, Coeur d’Alene celebrates progress, inclusion,

opportunity and equality.

October 2020 marks the 30th anniversary of the Americans

with Disabilities Act, a comprehensive piece of civil rights

legislation prohibiting discrimination against people with disabilities.

The ADA provides standards for the workplace and ensures equal access

to health care, social services, telecommunication and transportation.

On July 16, Coeur d’Alene Mayor Steve Widmyer signed a proclamation

celebrating the act and confirming the city’s commitment to providing

the most integrated, least restrictive environments possible for those

with disabilities and their families.

The local disability community is supported by the Disability Action

Center NW, the center for independent living that serves Coeur d’Alene.

With three offices in Idaho, the DAC-NW has used its collective power to

provide information and referral services while creating a compassionate,

accessible environment.

By promoting policies, environments and attitudes of freedom and

equality, the DAC-NW works to encourage people with disabilities to

take control, gain independence and live life to the fullest.

Most of the DAC-NW staff members and volunteers have a disability, so

they can directly empathize with the hurdles faced by those they serve.

DCA-NW Transitional Specialist Michelle Porter has devoted years to

making independent life more accessible for people with disabilities.

With seven years of experience with the DAC and 25 years of personal

experience using a wheelchair, Porter has worked to make homes,

transportation and parking more accessible in the Coeur d’Alene area.

Most recently, she has been working closely with the Coeur d’Alene Parks

and Recreation department to ensure the city is ADA accessible, such

as the creation of a ramp that enables a person in a wheelchair to enter

water and enjoy it comfortably.

“The ramp goes into the water, is new and represents years of work,”

said Disability Action Center NW marketing specialist Vicki Leeper. “It

enables a person in a wheelchair to actually get into the water—this way

a person with a wheelchair can toss a ball out into the water for their dog,

get into the water and more. We love working with the City of Coeur

d’Alene.”

From its humble beginning in 1993, the DAC-NW has come a long way

from a nonprofit struggling to maintain its grant funding. Now with

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office buildings in Moscow, Lewiston and Post

Falls, the nonprofit is strong and set to serve the

Inland Northwest.

Local independent living centers for the

Disability Action Center NW have provided

outreach, training and technical assistance to

promote voluntary compliance with the ADA.

Their efforts align with the founding purpose of

the ADA, ensuring people with disabilities have

better access to buildings, businesses, programs

and services, and employment.

Mark Leeper, executive director of DAC-NW, is

determined to keep the momentum going.

“Despite progress over the past 30 years, people

with disabilities still have higher poverty

rates and lower employment and educational

outcomes than those without disabilities,”

Leeper has stated, emphasizing that the work is

not over.

The DAC-NW has adapted their celebration of

the 30th anniversary to keep up with current

safety protocols. Although many meetings

have gone virtual this year, the organization

remains available to provide steady support.

Independent living advocates are staffed and

ready to take calls or messages to provide

supportive listening, suggestions and servicerelated

information.

Partnering with other independent living

centers around the state, as well as the

Northwest ADA Center - Idaho, they have

launched an online celebration that runs

through October to encompass the duration of

National Disability Awareness Month.

Chronicled on their Facebook page ADA

30 Idaho, the ongoing celebration has

included interviews with prominent “movers

and shakers” in the independent living

movement, the design and print of over 1,800

commemorative T-shirts, and a free mask

decorating contest.

This celebration builds on a summer of socially

distant community events, like the popular

ADA Rocks event in Moscow on August 26.

Staff members hid specially painted ADA rocks

around the community to highlight accessible

features. Those who found a rock could bring it

to the event for a free shirt, mask and hot dog.

Over 100 were served that day, and a summary

of the event will be presented to Moscow’s

Mayor Bill Lambert at the end of the month to

close the anniversary celebration.

For more chances to connect with the disability

community, you can opt online for more of

the DAC-NW’s virtual events, workshops and

educational opportunities.

On October 7 at noon, disability attorney and

advocate Stephanie Woodward will present

“Stop Telling Me I’m Pretty for a Girl in a

Wheelchair: How Your Words Can Contribute

to Domestic Violence Against Women.”

As a disabled woman herself, Woodward

has actively fought to advance the rights and

freedoms of the disability community. Part

of a series intended to provide a platform for

underrepresented voices within the disability

community, the virtual event is co-hosted by the

WSU Access Center and the Disabled Students

and Allies Club (DSAAC), and sponsored by the

WSU Women’s Center. The free series is offered

via Zoom, with live captioning included.

The series will continue with Black Disability in

Resistance and Creating on October 14 at noon.

Those participating socially distanced

live events can join the DAC-NW at the

Community Business Fair on October 7 at Post

Falls’ Greyhound Park and Event Center from

4 to 7pm. The DAC-NW will be one of several

businesses gathering to serve the local area.

The fair is a perfect chance to connect with

community members and learn more about the

services and staff behind the DAC-NW.

The world gets a little brighter as more of us

become able to experience it fully, and equally.

Follow along this month as Coeur d’Alene

celebrates equal opportunities and the ongoing

impact made by the American Disabilities Act

after 30 years.

Learn more about the DAC-NW’s events,

initiatives and volunteer opportunities at

DACNW.org or on their Facebook page, ADA

30 Idaho.

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2020

was the summer of camping.

Just about every RV sales lot

you drove by was nearly empty of inventory

as cooped up Idahoans fled to the woods.

Campgrounds all across the Panhandle where

one might typically pull in and easily find a

spot were suddenly in high demand, and those

who arrived late sometimes ended up driving

around in hopes of landing anywhere to park

a trailer or pitch a tent. It’s hard to predict

whether this will be a one-off or the new

normal in outdoor recreation.

While Idaho boasts many exceptional

campgrounds, when at capacity, noise from

other campers can detract from the sense of

peace, quiet and serenity in nature that many

campers seek. One place you are sure to find

solitude is by booking some of the Panhandle’s

more unique camping options, which can

include fire lookouts, outposts and decadesold

cabins. One such cabin is Red Ives, which

provides a fun and unique shelter far from

anything resembling a town.

The Red Ives cabin is located along the St. Joe

River about 75 miles from St. Maries, Idaho,

and 29 miles from the small town of Avery. The

cabin served as living quarters for the St. Joe

Ranger Station of the Red Ives Ranger District

in the St. Joe National Forest from the early

1930s up until 1984.

As one of the more unique wilderness rentals

available, it is extremely popular—and

reservations fill up quickly. For a long time

reservations were held on a lottery basis,

though recently this was switched over to

a first-come first-served basis; something I

learned in May when the thought of trying

to get into the lotto popped back in my head.

Red Ives, along with many other lookouts and

unique camping areas across the Panhandle,

can now be reserved through Recreation.gov.

Each cabin, campground or lookout opens up

for reservations 180 days before it opens for the

season. For example, if Red Ives cabin opens

May 30, 2021, then reservations can begin

being made November 30, 2020. This will vary

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CAMP OUT OF THE BOX

PANHANDLE FOREST PROVIDES MANY UNIQUE LOCATIONS

BY COLIN ANDERSON

opening day 2021 will be for your desired spot.

If you miss out on a prime weekend reservation,

don’t let it completely discourage you. Unlike

the previous lottery format, reservations

booked through Recreation.gov can be

canceled without fee, which is how my wife and

I ended up with a Saturday and Sunday night in

July despite waiting until May to see if anything

was available.

From St. Maries, the drive along the shadowy

St. Joe is incredibly scenic. The further you get

from town the steeper and narrower the river

canyon gets. When you reach Avery, you’re

about halfway to the cabin time wise. Once a

bustling railroad depot, the town is now home

to less than 100 people and is used as a fly

fishing outpost for those seeking west slope

cutthroat trout and also a place for campers in

the area to grab something they forgot or a slice

of pizza and a draft beer at the newly opened

TFP restaurant and bar. From Avery, you drive

another 29 miles to the clearly marked Red

Ives Road #218. The cabin is 10 miles up the

single-lane road. The road is hard packed, but

be aware of large potholes; a vehicle with good

ground clearance is highly recommended. It’s

a one-lane road with a surprising amount of

traffic, but there are typically turnouts every ¼

to ½ mile to let vehicles pass one another. The

cabin is located a short walk from the ranger

station, and keys are accessed in a lock box in

which the code is given to you by the forest

service before check-in.

The cabin contains two bedrooms: one with

a queen, another with two sets of bunk beds,

and also a queen futon in the living room. It

is surprisingly spacious for a nearly 100-yearold

structure. There is no electricity, but there

is hot and cold running water as well as a

propane refrigerator and stove/oven. Though

several large lanterns are provided, be sure to

bring additional flashlights or lamps, as the

cabin receives very little sunshine. There is an

outdoor fire pit and a front porch with chairs

to relax on.

The cabin is located at a junction where

backwoods campers and other recreationalists

can access hiking, mountain biking,

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Others take the road all the way into Montana for a scenic drive. The

huge increase in popularity of OHV and more stable ATVs have made

accessing these locations even easier for recreationalists. We saw a steady

stream of traffic throughout the day, which was a little surprising. Yet

when evening set in, the traffic subsided, leaving you with a sense of

true isolation. The river is directly across from the cabin, as is a large

meadow where Forest Service pack horses are held and cared for. We

watched a moose wander into the pen and, after dark, a deer crept into

our backyard, just 15 yards from our campfire. The sound of the water

and the brilliance of the night stars couldn’t have been more peaceful.

From the cabin you can see the area by vehicle or tackle one of the many

hiking trails of varying difficulty located in the area. Since implementing

catch and release only, the trout fishing on the St. Joe continues to

improve, and there are fishing holes within walking distance and a short

drive to wet your line. At a cost of $100 per night with the ability to sleep

up to eight, Red Ives provides a great wilderness experience with a few

extra creature comforts. To reserve Red Ives and other unique locations,

visit Recreation.gov and type in Panhandle National Forest.

A few additional camping destinations for your consideration:

Deer Ridge Lookout, 25 miles northeast of Bonners Ferry - 14x14

lookout with two twin beds and views of the Purcell Mountain range

in Idaho, Canada and Montana. A well-maintained road provides easy

access. Non-electric, and guests should bring plenty of water for drinking

and dishes. Fantastic hiking from the lookout, and fishing for brook and

rainbow trout is available in the Moyie River.

Magee Ranger Cabin, 60 miles from Kingston Exit, I-90 - One of the

larger cabins available for rent, this two-story facility was built in 1922

and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The cabin is similar

to Red Ives with no electricity but does contain a propane stove and

refrigerator. The cabin is located near the Independence Creek Trail

System, with 34 miles of trails suitable for hiking, motorcycle riding,

horseback riding and mountain biking.

Kalispell Island Boat-In Campground, Priest Lake - As the name implies,

the only way to get to the 264-acre island is by boat or paddle. There are

51 single sites available and one group site, which can all be reserved.

There are fire pits and picnic tables, but campers will need to bring their

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Diamonds, Gold

and Precious

Stones

Coeur d’Alene jeweler brings five

decades of experience to his craft

BY JILLIAN CHANDLER

AQUAGEM JEWELRY, LLC

3500 North Government Way, Suite 108

Coeur d’Alene, Idaho 83815

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While Theresa works behind the scenes

handling the business and office side of

AquaGem and continues to learn the art

of jewelry, Angelito puts his skills at the

forefront, creating custom pieces and

repairing customers’ cherished possessions.

First opened in January of 2019 in Sandpoint, Idaho, by owners

Angelito Marapao and his wife Theresa Drake, AquaGem Jewelry

pairs the finest in jewelry with unsurpassed craftsmanship and

decades of experience. In July of that same year, they purchased

Sandpoint’s long-established Sayers Jewelers.

“We moved to Idaho specially to buy the Sayers Jewelers store, which was

for sale. We have put our own touch in the store by automating everything

and doubling the inventory on display,” affirms Theresa.

The couple relocated to Coeur d’Alene this past summer after purchasing a

home and decided to move their AquaGem location with them. The store

has made its new home at 3500 North Government Way.

Master Jeweler Angelito was first introduced to the craft when he was just

13 years old while living in his native country of the Philippines. After

his mother passed away, he went to live with an aunt and uncle and their

family in Manila and began working at their jewelry store. This would be

the beginning of what would become not only a lifelong passion but career.

After graduating from college, Angelito continued to work as a master

jeweler, managing and training more than 100 jewelers in the Philippines

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efore making his way to the U.S. at age 38. “Coming to the United States

allowed him more opportunities to start his own business while he lived

and worked in Las Vegas, Nevada, before moving to Texas and then

North Idaho,” Theresa says.

At AquaGem, customers will find an unmatched selection of fine jewelry,

including gold and silver pieces, diamonds and precious gemstones,

as well as semi-precious stones. Angelito brings with him 51 years of

experience. Working in gold, silver and platinum metals, he can set all

precious stones and design your jewelry as a one-of-a-kind piece. He can

also repair and fix jewelry that others may have thought unrepairable. He

designs and casts his creations on-site—nothing ever leaves the safety of

the store.

While Theresa works behind the scenes handling the business and office

side of AquaGem and continues to learn the art of jewelry, Angelito puts

his skills at the forefront, creating custom pieces and repairing customers’

cherished possessions. If your favorite ring is in need of resizing, prong

repair or polishing, major repair or remounting services, Angelito will

get the job done, with satisfaction guaranteed to his clients. Though they

don’t offer watch repair services, they will be happy to assist in a battery

replacement when needed.

“Angelito enjoys seeing how happy his customers are when he has created

something unique for them or their treasured heirloom is restored to its

original beauty,” says Theresa.

They are joined by their wonderful staff. As Theresa says, many of them

are new to the jewelry business, but they all provide great customer

service and continue to learn more about the industry daily.

Though the pair find themselves busy working seven days a week as they

divide their time between the two stores, they agree that North Idaho

is truly a beautiful area and are grateful to be able to call Coeur d’Alene

home. “We have met a lot of nice people, and our new customers have

been welcoming to us,” smiles Theresa.

For that priceless pendant that needs new life brought to it or that new

one-of-a-kind bracelet you’ve been dreaming up, Angelito will bring his

artistic mastery to each and every piece he repairs or creates. Angelito

and Theresa invite you to stop by AquaGem Jewelry, open daily: 10am to

5pm Monday through Saturday and 11am to 4pm Sunday. If you happen

to be in the Sandpoint area, don’t miss the opportunity to visit Sayers

Jewelers, located at 300 Bonner Mall Way.

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He earned First Team All-League honors his

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“What I have learned from just playing

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throughout his career. Defenders are always

trying to get a shot in on the opposing

quarterback, something Chris knows very

well. “One of my biggest challenges I’ve had

while playing sports is getting injured and

always have the feeling of being hurt. I have

been able to overcome that by taking care of

my body pre and post practices/games and

doing all of the extra work to help prevent

any injuries.”

While winning as many games as possible is a

goal in his final season, Chris is also looking

to the future, in which he plans on playing for

a yet-to-be-determined four-year university.

He also feels that he’s well equipped to share

his knowledge of the game with others.

“I really want to coach football because I

love football. I feel that I have a very good

understanding of the game, and I love the

feeling of being a part of it and competing.”

Chris also wants to help others by entering

the medical field once his playing days are

over. “I like being able to know that I can

help people in any situation and to know

what’s going on with someone in my life,”

said Chris.

In His words....

“I really want to coach football because I love football. I feel that I have a very good

understanding of the game, and I love the feeling of being a part of it and competing.”

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BROUGHT TO YOU BY

ANGELA GOGGIN

Coeur d’Alene High School

A

standout volleyball player, 17-yearold

Angela Goggin is excited for her

final season with Coeur d’Alene High

School. Angela began high school at Lake City

but for academic reasons made the decision

to transfer to Coeur d’Alene High. This would

be a life-changing decision, as she would not

be allowed to compete at the varsity level for

one year due to local transfer rules. “Since

it was within the district, they didn’t let me

play varsity sports, which was very hard to

deal with. Although this did happen, I got to

improve my skills as a leader by playing with

the younger kids and become a better backrow

player,” she explained.

The youngest sibling with four older brothers,

Angela was used to a little competition and

used her junior season to gear up for one more

run at a championship this year. She’s been

awarded “Most Coachable” and “Team Player”

honors, and recently announced a verbal

commitment to play both beach and indoor

volleyball at Saint Leo University in Florida.

“I wanted to be at a college in Florida so that

I could live in an area that has warm weather

24/7 and be closer to my dad, who lives in

Miami,” she said.

In Her words....

Before heading for warm sands and sunshine

next fall, Angela will focus on doing her best

for the Vikings both on the court and in the

classroom. She loves the adrenaline rush

of making a flawless set or timing a block

perfectly, as well as being around a great bunch

of teammates. “It is such a good feeling, which

is what I absolutely love about the game. I also

love being part of a team that has so much

dedication. All of the girls have played with

each other for years, and we all put in so much

work to try and be the best.”

At Saint Leo, Angela is planning to study

criminal justice, as her career interests include

criminal investigation. Through not being able

to play her junior year to bad games and better

players, Angela says she’s realized that life isn’t

always fair, and she needs to continually work

for her place in the starting lineup and cheer

on her teammates if she’s pulled.

“That’s the way it is, and you either realize it

now or learn the hard way when it applies to

something more than volleyball, such as a job.

There will always be better people out there,

whether it applies to sports or jobs, and you

have to work extra hard to be able to compete

with them,” she said.

“There will always be better people out there, whether it applies to sports or jobs, and

you have to work extra hard to be able to compete with them.”

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COEUR D’ALENE ARTS &

CULTURE ALLIANCE

CULTIVATING A THRIVING ARTS

COMMUNITY HERE IN NORTH IDAHO

BY JILLIAN CHANDLER

is more than just a painting you might view in a museum.

Art is about fostering creativity, challenging convention and

“Art

inspiring new thinking.”

Dedicated to promoting, strengthening, embracing and elevating art

and culture here in North Idaho, with a vision to inspire and sustain

the community, The Coeur d’Alene Arts & Culture Alliance values

integrity and diversity; excellence, creativity and passion; stewardship;

and collaboration. A 501c3 nonprofit organization, A&C is dedicated

to providing events, programs and activities for the Coeur d’Alene

community and its artists, nurturing the arts and bringing a greater

awareness of the important role the arts play in all of our lives.

Ali Shute, who serves as executive director, has made it her life’s work

to ensure the arts are alive and thriving here in our town—and that is

exactly what she has done—and continues to do—through the Coeur

d’Alene Arts & Culture Alliance. “The arts have always been part of my

life, and is my passion, and it was a natural fit for me to participate in

helping promote and actuate the programming (for the alliance),” she

shares.

While growing up in Virginia, Ali’s mother, an artist, introduced her to

the world of art and creativity at a young age. Ali would go on to earn

a degree in commercial art and was responsible for starting the Art on

the Edge program at St. Vincent de Paul in the mid-1990s, which she

dedicated 15 years to.

In 2013, Ali was asked to join the Arts & Culture Alliance Board and

served as a board member for two years before accepting a new role—

as executive director. The only person on staff for the alliance, her role

involves everything involved in making the organization run and says

she is fortunate to have an incredible board of directors who stand

behind her efforts and support the organization’s programs through their

volunteerism.

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“THE ARTS ARE GOOD FOR

OUR SOULS, RENEWING OUR

ENERGY AND REPLENISHING

OUR JOIE DE VIVRE.”

“They inspire me as much as our community, who has shown their

appreciation for what the A&C provides,” smiles Ali. “Seeing the success

of the A&C over the last few years as we have grown and evolved has been

so rewarding.”

When Ali first joined the Arts & Culture Alliance, she says the

organization was relatively unknown at the time. “It wasn’t clear (to the

community) who was putting on ArtWalk and the other programs we

do,” she recalls. Her first mission was to help educate the public of who

A&C was and their purpose. “One of the tasks I started on was simply

making local businesses aware that the arts were a huge driver of the local

economy, and how their investment in the arts would be returned 10-

fold. We now have some power behind our organization, and that just

enables us to continue to further our mission.”

There is a definitive and undeniable economic impact as a result of the arts.

Statistics show that for every dollar invested in the arts, $10 is put back

into the local economy. Ali shares that according to the Economic Impact

Calculator by the Americans for the Arts, the Arts & Culture Alliance

alone impacts the Coeur d’Alene community by generating more than $1

million dollars for local businesses each year (AmericansForTheArts.org/

economicimpact).

Fostering creativity is good for communities, businesses and overall

quality of life, inspiring people to work together, encourage problem

solving skills and expand flexibility in thinking. “Workplaces are

beginning to understand how important it is to establish a creative

environment and hire employees who are thinkers and doers,” she states.

“As Coeur d’Alene continues to grow into a vibrant art culture, our

attraction to visitors grows, which is good for our local economy.

“But mostly the arts are good for our souls, renewing our energy and

replenishing our joie de vivre.”

A&C events include: 2nd Friday ArtWalk, Music Walk, Coeur d’Alene

Artist Studio Tour, Riverstone Summer Concert Series, Music for the Wise,

Kids Draw Architecture, Art from the Heart and Arts Buzz; information

about these events can be found online at ArtsandCultureCdA.org.

The A&C’s monthly Arts Buzz is a networking opportunity providing

a forum for artists to connect regularly with each other and art

organizations, according to Ali, keeping everyone current with art events

and opportunities. “This has contributed to the strength of our arts

community and is fairly unique to have so many organizations and artists

who work together and support each other.”

Over the past several months, COVID has especially impacted the visual

and performing artists in a variety of ways. And as Ali confirms, “Support

of the arts is critical right now, as we are all struggling.” The performing

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arts, in particular, are suffering, as there are

very few viable options during this pandemic.

“I would encourage everyone to choose their

favorite (performing arts organization) and offer

a donation in support of keeping the arts alive.

They are vital to our mental health, and we could

all use some positivity in this crazy time!”

Despite the difficult time we are all enduring,

there is a silver lining beneath it all.. “It has been

very satisfying to witness the re-invention of how

best to present art in this new arena. Utilizing

our technology to create online galleries, live

streaming concerts and performances, and

offering that connection when we are unable

to gather in person—there have been some

incredibly creative alternatives to what we are

used to, and they have worked, sometimes

outperforming the traditional. I believe art

organizations and artists have a responsibility

to lead by example and show how adapting with

innovative ideas can keep us going and thriving.”

Unfortunately, there are some who do not grasp,

or choose to ignore, the importance art brings to

one’s life and a community as a whole. “There are

those who still view art as the window dressing

and don’t realize the real value of art and the

creative process to our humanity, our economy

and our daily inspiration,” says Ali. “All we can

do is keep reaching out and trying to connect as

best we can. I believe there is some form of art

that will connect with everyone: performance,

visual art, music, dance …. There is something

there for everyone.”

Ali finds her work through the Coeur d’Alene

Arts & Culture Alliance one filled with passion,

inspiration and meaning; from the relationships

with artists, musicians, supporters and sponsors,

to those who simply appreciate the inspiration,

energy and vivacity that the arts bring to this

community. “I feel incredibly lucky, even through

the challenges, to be able to do this work. All this,

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106 DAYS AT SEA

THE MOST IMPORTANT LESSON LEARNED

BY JOSH MISNER, NORTH IDAHO COLLEGE

The World Odyssey rests in port in Dubrovnik, Croatia,

during the Misner family’s Semester at Sea.

As I worked on planning for Semester at Sea, I hunted for the

best deals, but I was dumbfounded by an annoying condition of

European travel: maximum bag weight. Yes, I was a naive and

unseasoned world traveler.

While our ship was generous about how much we could bring, airlines

restricted us to 20 kilograms per bag, and I read horror stories of others

being charged for only 500 grams overweight. Our tight budget didn’t

make room for that. I panicked.

We spent our summer reading packing tips from previous voyagers

and test-packing. After each weigh-in, we plugged the numbers into

a conversion app because the U.S. still resists converting to the metric

system, and yet, each time, we were consistently overweight.

We unpacked, reevaluated and repeated this until we finally found a

balance between what we packed and the weight limit. Our bags’ zippers

audibly begged for mercy the day we hopped a plane to Iceland, but in

Reykjavik, we realized overstuffing was a mistake, thanks to something

for which we neglected to consider: souvenirs. We jettisoned the slightlyless-necessary,

packing and repacking—again—and this scenario

repeated itself in four more countries before we even boarded the ship.

About midway through our voyage, a furiously competitive family Uno

game sparked an epiphany: the most profound lesson I learned from the

127th voyage of Semester at Sea. At only two words (odd for someone as

prone to verbosity as myself), that lesson is: Make room.

Make room for the unknown. When uncertainty strikes, and we feel

like there isn’t room to deal with it, imitate water. Finding its way around,

under, over or through obstacles, water makes room.

Make room to listen. Our brains are packed with endless to-do lists,

and our phones scream for attention, but many of life’s most influential

moments sneak up on us; moments where our attention is the most

valuable currency on the planet.

Make room for memories. I’m always preaching about being mindfully

present, and in doing so, I invoke the words of the immortal Ferris

Bueller, who said: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop to look around

once in a while, you might miss it.”

We’re all prone to the addictive nature of technology, and I am certainly

not immune. It’s far too easy to reach into my pocket and snap a pic or

video, but sometimes, absorbing life as it happens without succumbing

to the need to document every last second helps us experience those

moments and make room for more lasting memories.

As I disembarked at the end of an amazing voyage, I had learned the

value of making room.

Make room for the unknown. Make room to listen and observe the

moment. Make room for a lifetime of memories that will be around long

after all else fades. When we do, we discover a paradox: The more room

we make for possibility, the fuller our lives become.

And there isn’t an airline in the world that can overcharge for that.

Josh Misner, Ph.D., is a professor of communications at North Idaho

College. He and his family experienced Semester at Sea, a multi-country

study-abroad program on a cruise ship, in the fall of 2019.

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Transition to Stillness

Conscious living in autumn

By Jeff Pufnock L.Ac. Ph.D. and Jessica Youngs L.Ac.

Embodied Virtue Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine

We began our journey of living in alignment with the seasons

with winter in the December 2019 issue. This month, we

complete the cycle with the transition into fall. We currently

find ourselves having come through the expansive warmth

and the abundant growth of summer, and are entering the time when the

natural world begins preparations for winter. The fruits that we dreamed of

in winter, initialized in spring and grew throughout summer have reached

their ripe maturity. We have now reached the time of harvest, gathering

and storage. This gathering occurs not only within our gardens but also

occurs as a larger energetic movement in the entire environment that we

reside within.

In Chinese medicine, autumn is the energetic pivot into the Yin, or the

descending part of the year. The initiation of this movement actually occurs

at the summer solstice, when the sun begins to move lower in the sky, the

days become shorter and the rest of the world responds. Plants express this

gathering and storing energy with the movement of nutrients into their

roots and the production of seeds. We also begin the process of gathering

in ourselves as we feel our physical energy begin to slow, with more desire

for cozy time spent in personal reflection. Transitioning into a more calm,

subdued lifestyle is vitally important to facilitate our physical restoration

and continued good health during the winter months.

Fall in Chinese medicine is a time of letting go and surrender. The trees let

go of their leaves to conserve their resources and support their continued

survival through the cold winter ahead. While it is tempting to try to

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START YOUR DAY

WITH WARM WATER

WITH LEMON.

REDUCE

SALADS, COLD

SMOOTHIES, ICY

DRINKS AND

RAW FOODS,

WHICH ARE

HARDER ON

DIGESTION IN

THE COLDER

MONTHS.

hang onto the long summer days of outdoor play, it is

important to gently let this go and honor the seasonal

shift by winding the day down with the earlier setting

sun. This is also an optimal time for letting go of the

things that no longer serve us, to surrender the constant

drive to do more and to create a calm environment in

preparation for winter. The energetics of the season

invite us to begin to pull back and relax into stillness

and warmth, preparing for the dreamy hibernation of

winter.

Tips for a Healthy Fall:

• Begin the transition to more introspective, calm

activities.

• As the days begin to get shorter, go to bed in

accordance with the setting sun and avoid continuing

the summer schedule of staying up late.

• Physical exercises should be more gentle and mindful,

with a focus on linking breath with movement. Yoga,

Taiji and Pilates are good options.

• Do a gentle detox as you transition into more warming

foods.

• Start your day with warm water with lemon, and drink

warm miso soup before meals.

• Reduce salads, cold smoothies, icy drinks and raw

foods, which are harder on digestion in the colder

months.

• Incorporate more introspective self-care: Use

meditation and breathing exercises to keep the lungs

healthy and support descending energy in the body.

Jeff Pufnock and Jessica Youngs are the owners of

Embodied Virtue Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine,

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WHEN GOOD FOOD BECOMES BAD

HOW EATING TOO MUCH CAN LEAD TO

CHRONIC INFLAMMATION

BY SCOTT PORTER

I’m not your typical pharmacist focused

solely on dispensing prescription drugs.

While these are valuable and effective, I also

think it is important to emphasize a whole foods

diet and balanced nutrition. Many of the chronic

health conditions I encounter can be avoided by

putting more thought into what we eat.

Sometimes I hear people making certain foods bad.

But this is simply not the case. It’s more a matter of

how much we eat of these foods and how often we

eat them. And it’s also wise to consider what else is

in these foods.

Let’s look at one of my favorites—a sandwich.

I love the taste, smell, warmth and texture of a

nicely heated Italian hoagie with cheese and all the

toppings. This is not bad on its own. But I can tell

you if I eat too much at one time or indulge too

frequently, I just don’t feel well.

Not feeling well with something we eat can lead to

detrimental health consequences over a long period

of time. Inflammation is one of the first responses

our body initiates when we eat something it doesn’t

like. Chronic inflammation will contribute to heart

disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, cognitive decline,

and autoimmune disorders such as arthritis.

Inflammation is normally a healthy and important

immune response. But sustained inflammation

is damaging in many ways. When I eat half a

sandwich, regardless of what I put on it, my body

may not like some of it, but it will not be that big

of a deal. And over the next few days things will

settle down.

But when I eat a whole one or have one every day,

then my body cannot tone down the inflammatory

response. This is when food that tastes so good can

become so bad.

There are several things that trigger an inflammatory

response. Trauma, infections, nutrient deficiencies,

toxins and stress all play a role. In the case of my

sandwich example, my body could be responding

to several items—the small flour particles in the

bread feeding my gut bacteria, proteins from gluten

and dairy, refined oils in the dressings, or flavorings

and preservatives in the processed meats.

It can even go deeper than that when I look at

how the grains were grown and stored, or what

the animals were fed from which we got the meat

or milk for the cheese. This includes chemicals to

keep bugs and molds at bay or to enhance growth,

stabilizers to keep the bread from going bad too

quickly, thickeners and even the toxins from molds

that find their way in.

I have friends who can eat a sandwich every day

with a cold beer and not feel like it is a problem.

I’m jealous, but this is not me. Some people can’t

even have one bite of a sandwich without getting

diarrhea. We are all different in how we respond

to what we eat.

The main thing to consider is the long-term effects

of foods that we may be sensitive to. Go ahead and

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of how frequently you eat them and how much.

Eat whole foods, clean meats and fish if your beliefs

support that, good quality fats, some fruits and

grains, and lots of vegetables. And supplement with

the foundational nutrients we typically cannot get

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Dermaplaning

ALL YOUR QUESTIONS, ANSWERED

Bri Williams, RN, BSN

When it comes to spa services, we all want to get the most out

of our treatment and leave feeling relaxed and recharged, but

we also want to see a difference when we look in the mirror.

If you are looking for a quick, easy and affordable treatment that can help

to improve the health of your skin, you should consider dermaplaning.

Below we answer your most common questions!

What is dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning is a method of exfoliation, or skin resurfacing, using a

sterile surgical blade that gently sheds the top layer of dull, dead skin,

as well as temporarily removes fine peach fuzz hairs. This activates the

skin cells beneath to renew and freshen. The result is an immediately

smoother, brighter, healthier, glowing complexion.

The procedure works particularly well for smoothing the skin of those

with dry or coarse skin, for lessening acne scarring or uneven skin tone,

and for removing the buildup of dead cells for those with mature or

damaged skin.

After dermaplaning, the skin-care products you use at home can penetrate

deeper, making them more effective. Dermaplaning can be done on its

own, or added to other treatments like HydraFacials, chemical peels, light

therapy and more.

How much does dermaplaning cost?

Dermaplaning ranges in price depending on where you receive the

treatment. On average it is $30 to $100.

How long will my dermaplaning results last?

You will love your results immediately after your treatment and will notice

a decrease in fine facial hair (peach fuzz) and a glowing complexion for

approximately one month. A lot of clients choose to repeat this treatment

every month to keep a healthy cell turnover and see long-term results

such as a decrease in fine lines, hyper-pigmentation and scarring.

How long will my appointment take?

Your treatment will take approximately 30 minutes.

Will dermaplaning hurt?

No, not at all. Most clients report it feels very relaxing.

Is there any prep for this treatment?

Dermaplaning cannot be done on sunburned skin, open wounds, rashes

or active acne. You should discontinue the use of any retinols seven

days before your treatment. Other than that, it is a great treatment for

everyone, even pregnant and nursing mamas!

Is there any downtime or recovery?

There is no downtime after dermaplaning. It is important you wear

sunscreen after your treatment as you are more susceptible to burn, and

it is recommended you avoid any retinols for three to four days after your

treatment.

Are there any products I should be using at home?

Your results can be prolonged, and the health of your skin improved, with

the use of high-quality skin-care products at home. As mentioned above,

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FREEING THE MIND

New treatment method helps recover from trauma, PTSD

BY MARC STEWART, HERITAGE HEALTH

Debbie was skeptical of a mental health

therapy method called brainspotting to

help her heal from childhood traumas

that left her emotionally damaged.

The Silver Valley woman had gone through

counseling and other therapy treatments in the

past, and she was never overly impressed.

“Once it was explained to me, I thought it

was worth trying,” says Debbie. “It has had a

profound impact on my life. It’s incredible.”

Brainspotting is a powerful, focused treatment

method that works by identifying, processing

and releasing core neurophysiological sources

of emotional/body pain, trauma, dissociation

and a variety of other challenging symptoms,

says Karen Currie, a licensed clinical social

worker with Heritage Health.

“It promotes profound and quick healing to

trauma,” says Currie. “It’s incredible to know

how much the brain and body hold onto all of

our experiences from conception to the current

day. There are very few humans on the planet

who don’t have trauma. Any experience that

was so upsetting to you caused serious injury to

the mid-brain, even if we don’t realize it.”

Brainspotting can be used to treat trauma,

anxiety and general mental health wellness. The

treatment method locates points in the client’s

visual field that help to access unprocessed

trauma in the subcortical brain. Brainspotting

was discovered in 2003 by Dr. David Grand and

has been successfully used by therapists around

the world.

Debbie says she had no idea of the amount of

trauma she had buried inside herself.

“I have spent my entire life shoving down my

feelings and learning to control my feelings,”

says Debbie. “All of the sudden to have a process

that allowed my feelings free to be, it was very

profound and very powerful.”

Currie launched the treatment method for

Heritage Health earlier this year, and other

mental health professionals currently are being

trained to deliver brainspotting to patients.

“I see this treatment method as revolutionary

and empowering for clients who have issues

related to trauma or phobias, who have not

responded well to traditional talk therapy,” said

Jodi Smith, director of Family Support Services

for Heritage Health. “This method can—and

does—help people to feel better, faster, and

seems to be less dysregulating than some other

treatment methods. I’m so excited to see how

clients with trauma can and will work through

their challenges.”

Debbie is a believer. Each session is hard for

her, but she knows it’s making her a happier

person. She is allowing trust and growth

within her interpersonal relationships and

communication. She’s able to function on a dayto-day

basis more successfully. She’s also had a

significant reduction in medical visits.

“I am taking a big piece of garbage out of my

psyche and out of my body and putting it in a

landfill where it belongs,” says Debbie. “It no

longer has the power to affect my body, my

mind and my behaviors like they had before. I

am healing.”

To schedule a brainspotting appointment,

please call Family Support Services in Kellogg at

208.783.1454 or 208.769.4222 in Coeur d’Alene.

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RIDE 4 RELIEF

PTSD SURVIVOR ADVOCATING FOR THE HEALTH AND

SUPPORT OF HIS PEERS

BY TAYLOR SHILLAM

“PTSD IS NOT THE PERSON REFUSING TO LET GO OF THE PAST, BUT THE PAST REFUSING TO LET GO OF THE PERSON.”

Imagine a condition that continually brings pieces of your most traumatic experiences into your everyday life. For many individuals whose careers

place them in the line of crisis, that is the reality.

It’s estimated that 30 percent of first responders will develop behavior health conditions, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The daily duties

of their positions often require them to face traumatic stressors and situations that place them at high risk for both PTSD and ASD (Acute Distress

Disorder). Just as often, they are left unsure of how to recover and regain their lives following a traumatic incident.

At times, it can require a person who has experienced and recovered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder to be able to fully recognize and support

the condition in others.

One man has made it his cause to reduce first responder suicide and increase wellness support for police and fire fighters suffering from PTSD across

the country. Using the mode of transportation that brought him therapeutic relief throughout his own battle with PTSD—riding his motorcycle—Jeff

Shepard has taken his cause to cities across the country in a growing movement to raise awareness and support for his peers.

Ride 4 Relief is the movement. Organized by Shepard, a retired officer and PTSD survivor, the nonprofit organization is dedicated to generating a wide

community of support for first responders (including paramedics, firefighters, police and corrections officers) who have faced PTSD.

As his efforts have gathered more and more publicity, Shepard has partnered with charities, media outlets and various sponsors to highlight precincts

throughout the nation as they nurture the health and wellness of their teams. He has worked to connect first responders with the necessary support,

education and relief for their PTSD symptoms, while sharing his own story of recovery.

At the beginning of Ride 4 Relief, Shepard visited police and fire departments during the months of June (PTSD Awareness Month) and July, steadily

building momentum, recognition and awareness for his cause along the way. Shepard embarked on his first tour in 2017 and later followed up with

the larger 35-state tour.

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Taking a close, intimate approach at each department and

precinct along his journey, Shepard used his mounting publicity

to connect the media with members of the police and fire

departments. Working to shed light on the experiences faced

by real-life first responders, Shepard used his platform of press

conferences and media coverage to further advocate for PTSD

support. With his own set of hardships brought on by PTSD,

Shepard has taken every measure to have his message heard, and

he has been nothing but the ideal advocate for a cause hitting so

close to home.

Shepard first experienced PTSD following his involvement in an

ambush shooting in 2012, while working at a Seattle area police

department. He had been a police officer for 10 years and a

firefighter for eight.

At the time of the shooting, Shepard was attempting a simple

stop of a subject walking down the street, when the subject pulled

out a shotgun and began to fire while Shepard remained in his

patrol car.

While he wasn’t physically injured in the shooting, the incident

took a significant mental toll on Shepard, immediately impacting

his sleep patterns and emotional well-being. Days later, Shepard

was diagnosed with PTSD.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a mental health condition

triggered by either experiencing or witnessing a terrifying event.

According to Mayo Clinic, symptoms often include flashbacks,

nightmares, severe anxiety and uncontrollable, recurring

thoughts about the event. Additional symptoms can include

negative thoughts, hopelessness, detachment and depression.

Many traumatic events will result in a difficult, but temporary,

adjustment period—but when symptoms get worse or persist

for extended amounts of time, the cause is likely PTSD. Taking

the right coping mechanisms and emphasizing self-care are

critical in order to keep symptoms at bay and keep day-to-day

function improving.

Shepard went to therapy for his symptoms for almost a year

before returning to work. He was then able to focus on achieving

his lifelong goal of becoming a motor officer. From the moment

Shepard began working for the police, his dream had been to work

in the traffic unit and turn his passion for riding motorcycles into

his full-time career.

In 2015, Shepard passed the challenging two-week motor officer

training—an experience he has claimed to be one of the most

challenging feats of his life. At the time, he had returned to a

good place mentally, excited for the future and looking forward

to returning to work each day. However, Shepard’s battle with

PTSD was not yet over.

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Just three years after returning to work and two months after

becoming a motor officer, everything changed once again. While

on duty on July 4, 2015, Shepard was the target of an explosive

device. The explosive struck his right leg before exploding, leaving

him with a ruptured eardrum, burn injuries across his face and

body, and the return of his PTSD symptoms.

After another year of therapy and doctors’ visits, the incident

eventually led to his medical retirement.

“This had been a really hard time during my life, and I have really

felt like my identity was taken from me,” Jeff wrote in a statement

for Ride 4 Relief. “I have spent a lot of time thinking about my

condition. I knew that there were so many other police officers,

soldiers and first responders dealing with the same issues.”

Shepard realized that utilizing healthy outlets had made all the

difference in his progress toward recovery from PTSD. Riding

his motorcycle had become a form of therapy, a way to distance

himself from the stressors and triggers that could arise in everyday

life. Shepard has since made it his goal to bring that same feeling

of peace, relief and healing to first responders across the country.

The idea first came to him at an event, where participants were

creating dream boards that would help them visualize their goals

coming to life. Immediately, Shepard saw a motorcycle at the

center of his vision for the future. He also quickly recalled a recent

meeting with Leslie Mayne, founding director of the Permission

To Start Dreaming (PTSD) Foundation.

The PTSD Foundation is a registered nonprofit that supports

alternative therapy programs to aid soldiers in overcoming

symptoms of the condition and once again reach a life beyond

the service they provided their country. When Jeff met Leslie,

he was quickly moved by her story and the purpose behind

her foundation.

It all came together the moment he was tasked with creating his

dream board, and the seeds of inspiration were planted. Shepard

knew he wanted to build on his connection with Leslie to organize

a ride to support others who had suffered from PTSD. The ride

would reach first responders, soldiers, police officers, firefighters,

and those who were dedicated to assisting them.

Ride 4 Relief was organized, and Shepard set out to educate

communities across the United States. He also sought to highlight

the police and fire departments who were “doing good things”

on a national level, in terms of supporting their team members’

health, well-being and resiliency in the face of trauma.

Ignited by the idea and fueled by his experiences, Shepard took

to his motorcycle on a nationwide tour to accomplish his goal to

gather leaders and generate advocacy for PTSD support.

“That’s what our main goal is,” Jeff stated in an interview with the

Toledo, Ohio, Fire Department, “raising awareness and support

for the men and women putting their life out on the line every day

for their community.”

Eventually making worldwide news, Shepard took his ride to the

streets in June, during PTSD Awareness Month, stopping in major

cities from Seattle to Virginia to share his story.

His longest ride, through June and July of 2019, took him to 35

states around the nation, covering major cities in Washington,

Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota, Mississippi,

Florida and more, and included stops in New York City and

Washington, DC.

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All proceeds from the ride would benefit the

Permission To Start Dreaming Foundation;

the organization that inspired Shepard to start

it all. The foundation’s mission is providing

hope and healing to those who serve by finding

the best tools and training to enhance the

minds, bodies and spiritual well-being of the

nation’s first responders, veterans and their

family members.

Founded in 2011 and based in the Pacific

Northwest, the Permission To Start

Dreaming Foundation has supported local

organizations offering alternative therapies

to help soldiers and families readjust to life

at home. Their goal is to provide answers

and solutions that promote healing through

hosting events, creating connections and

growing a community of compassionate

allies and citizens.

The foundation has designed and delivered

workshops, leadership summits and

retreats that focus on growth and stress

recovery following PTSD. Foundation

leaders hold monthly huddles to “create

a life of meaning, consequence and joy”

through fostering lasting relationships.

Led by foundation members with first

responder, law enforcement and military

experience, and always directed by a mental

health professional, the monthly meetings

are meant to be a safe environment to share

experiences and camaraderie. Free to attend

and open to the community, the huddles are

held monthly in Gig Harbor, Washington, with

Tacoma and Bremerton communities to follow.

“That’s what our

main goal is,

raising awareness

and support for

the men and

women putting

their life out on

the line every

day for their

community.”

To aid in supporting future efforts by Jeff

Shepard and the Ride 4 Relief movement,

donations can be provided directly to the

Permission To Start Dreaming Foundation

online at PTSDFoundation.org.

When he’s not riding in support of his cause,

Shepard acts as the founder of Down

Range Baby, a manufacturer of tactical

diaper bags for dads. Boasting the popular

taglines “Strong enough to go to war” and

“Bottles to bullets,” Down Range Baby

gear is manufactured in a U.S. facility that

specializes in manufacturing products for

the military.

Shepard’s success as both an advocate

and company owner have led to features

in publications, television shows and

worldwide news. He uses his continued

publicity to provide greater support for

his peers whose lives have been affected by

PTSD, ASD and depression.

Above all, Shepard wants those suffering

PTSD to know that they are not alone.

“There is help and relief out there. I know

it, because I overcome my PTSD every day.”

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Variety is familiar to the Pacific

Northwest. The changing seasons

inspire adaptation throughout the

year, with Northwest residents

welcoming the change in routine, activity, attire,

and of course, cuisine.

Washington and Idaho are home to restaurants

that embrace the flavors of the ever-changing

Northwest, from its lush vegetation to the beautiful

landscapes that provide memorable mealtime

settings. Among countless Northwest-owned

restaurants, there are a few innovative menus,

breathtaking waterfront views and carefully

crafted atmospheres that stand out among the rest.

Foodies who thrive when eating local and making

each meal an experience can take in the full flavor

of the Northwest with these unique restaurants.

Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

MIDTOWN BLUEBIRD. A locally owned

restaurant with a bistro flair, offering creative

farm-to-table brunch, lunch and dinner, the

Midtown Bluebird is a favorite in the heart of

Coeur d’Alene’s rising Midtown neighborhood.

With menu items ranging from Cougar Gold

mac n’ cheese and tater tot poutine to po’boys

and burgers, the Bluebird is a warming, inviting

hotspot perfect for enjoying a comforting meal or

even a morning mimosa, if you happen to catch

their holiday weekend brunch. MidtownBluebird.

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315 CUISINE. Central to Coeur d’Alene’s

downtown core, the 315 occupies the main floor

of the Greenbriar Inn, listed on the National

Registry of Historic Places. Restored since its

build yet maintaining an elegant antique feel, the

setting provides space for guests to enjoy the best

of all seasons, with a deck overlooking a patio and

garden for the summer months and fireplaces

maintaining warmth throughout the winter.

Highlights of a visit to the 315 often include a

beverage from its unique martini bar, enjoying a

meal in a private garden setting, and a menu fit

for varying levels of appetite, featuring rich tapas,

entrées and salads. 315Cuisine.com

Sandpoint, Idaho

TRINITY AT CITY BEACH. Pair a prime

waterfront location on the shores of Lake Pend

Oreille with fresh, full-service dining and you have

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eakfast, lunch and dinner, Trinity provides experiences ranging from

prime rib and filet mignon in a private dining room to fish and chips

and poutine in the lounge, which often hosts live music and community

events. With a full bar overlooking their lakefront vista, Trinity provides

ample opportunity to take in the lake while enjoying a meal, a crafted

beverage and live entertainment. TrinityatCityBeach.com

41 SOUTH. Another option to dine alongside the gorgeous Lake

Pend Oreille is located in the romantic Lodge at Sandpoint. A fullservice

restaurant, bar and lounge with lakefront dining, wood-burning

fireplaces, an extensive wine list, Forty-One South prides itself on quality

and hospitality. Patrons can take in the sunset while enjoying cuisine like

chicken marsala, filet mignon, quinoa pilaf or shrimp risotto. With a

full bar and lounge, guests can treat themselves to a fun cocktail and a

memorable experience. Those taking a full day on the lake can feel free

to dock up before dining—the restaurant offers over 20 boat slips in the

summer months. 41SouthSandpoint.com

Bonners Ferry, Idaho

TWO TONE'S CAFÉ. This casual upscale restaurant can be found in

Bonners Ferry, just 30 minutes south of the Canadian border. At Two

Tone's, owner Tony Fleck, a veteran of the United State Marine Corp,

holds true to their motto to "love people, love food, love life." A world of

flavors abounds here, including those Northwest flavors so many love.

Think Huckleberry Crispy Chicken (huckleberries are Idaho's state

fruit!) or the Chipotle Barbecue Salmon.

Guests can choose to dine indoors, where each table features a different

local/national/international theme under the glass tops; or outside in

"The Secret Garden" on the patio, adorned with white lights hanging

overhead and koi pond with water fountain, where live music plays

weekends during the summer months, as well as the occasional outdoor

movie. The added touch of heaters allows for diners to enjoy a meal

outdoors throughout the fall and spring months. And if you didn't think

you could love this place any more, they offer a 10 percent discount for

veterans, law enforcement and school teachers. TwoTonesCafe.com

Gig Harbor, Washington

BRIX 25. Highlighting seasonal flavors, Brix 25 defines its menu as

“rustic and refined,” with an ever-changing Northwest-based menu

guided by the expertise of chef and owner Thad Lyman. With an

intimate space, the restaurant values experience, invention and variety.

Its stunning waterfront views allow visitors the opportunity to enjoy

its unique selections and handcrafted cocktails while taking in the

peacefulness of the harbor itself. HarborBrix.com

MARKETPLACE GRILLE. Marketplace Grille is a hidden gem with

Caribbean flare and cuisine you won’t find anywhere else. Here, guests

will enjoy exceptional service and small dining complemented by a view

of Mt. Rainier and the head of the bay. If you’re not looking closely, you

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Coffee and Crepes, don’t miss their seasonal Northwest specials paired

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The New Face of Dining Out

HOW NORTHWEST RESTAURANTS ARE REDEFINING THE FACE OF

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If COVID-19 has altered many things in our day-to-day lives,

perhaps one most noticeable in our social lives is the restaurant

scene. New laws and concerns over protecting the health of both

patrons and staff have completely changed the way we dine out,

perhaps forever. But this doesn’t mean the changes are all for the worse.

To face the challenges of the times, restaurants have had to adapt—in

many ways just to stay alive, but also to redefine and expand what we

traditionally think of as “going out.”

In many ways it has blurred the lines between cooking at home or dining

out. From more spacious dining rooms to expanded outdoor seating,

creative dining concepts and food trucks, our Northwest restaurateurs

have redefined the experience of eating out. Here are some of the ways

they’ve brought positive change to an industry that is currently facing so

many hurdles.

MEAL KITS - When restaurants completely closed down to dine-in

options during the pandemic, many responded with creative takehome

meal kit options for individuals and families to prepare meals

(or cocktails) at home. Addo in Seattle sold sought-after tasting menus

(booked in advance) before COVID-19. Owner and chef Eric Rivera

quickly pivoted to an innovative new meal kit delivery program: He’d

deliver the ingredients and groceries, and “diners” could jump on zoom to

learn how to prepare the meal together. The meal kit trend has continued,

and they still offer a Chef ’s Choice Five Course Dinner at Home option.

But it’s not just family or five course meal kits that are hitting the menu—

make-at-home cocktail kits have become standard for many restaurants

in the Northwest, particularly as restaurants experience early closing

hours or limited on-premise dining and alcohol consumption.

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FOOD TRUCKS - Food trucks have been having a moment for a

while, and COVID has only stoked that fire. With limited guest/staff

interaction and a naturally socially distanced outdoor environment,

food trucks provide the perfect option to dine out of home, typically

on the cheap. You can find them springing up everywhere throughout

towns and cities in the Northwest—like Prairie Pavilion in Coeur

d’Alene, Idaho, an outdoor food truck court where customers can

source everything from burritos and coffee to tacos, pizzas and

healthy eats.

Even drive-up food truck options became the solution for fair food

lovers looking to get their fix in face of a canceled North Idaho Fair:

Fair Food Fix allowed visitors to drive-up to all of their favorite fair

food vendors for a safe fill of their once-a-year fix.

DRIVE-THROUGH CONCEPTS FOR FINE DINING - In

many areas, fine dining establishments had to change their

offerings, and fast. But the results in many cases were (and still are)

positive. Canlis in Seattle shut down its dining room in March—

recognizing fine dining was not what Seattle needed. Instead,

they offered drive-through bagel and breakfast sandwiches in

the morning, and burgers, salads and ice-cream in the afternoon

and evenings.

Today, you can find family meal kits available from the beloved finedining

establishment, along with the Crab Shack—an outdoor restaurant

in their parking lot featuring buckets of crabs and “copious amounts of

hand sanitizer.”

PRE-ORDER AND MOBILE OPTIONS - Mobile has completely

transformed the way we transact business at restaurants—from

mobile ordering apps for everything from your favorite local coffee

(think the Joe Coffee app for all you Evans Brothers fans) to full

dinners, it’s never been easier to order food to go in advance. Even as

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Restaurants

will find a

way to

keep our

stomachs full.

restaurants have started opening in-house dining, the

mobile trend has carried into the establishment. Rather

than waste paper menus that have to be thrown away

after each use, many restaurants—like Pend d’Oreille

Winery in Sandpoint—are opting for digital barcode

menu options people only need a smartphone to access.

MERGED DINING CONCEPTS - A new concept of

dining that benefits a local nonprofit is taking center

stage in Spokane: Bark, a Rescue Pub was opened by

the owner of Nectar Catering and Events. Patrons can

enjoy a meal and a cocktail while meeting their future

best fur friend at the world’s first concept combination

restaurant with a pet adoption service, in partnership

with the Spokane Humane Society. This concept of

merging dining experiences with other experiences is

something people look for more and more: not just a

night out, but a unique experience.

OUTDOOR EXPANSION - Outdoor dining is having

a moment—a big moment. From expanding seating

into parking lots and vacant lots, to adding new outdoor

spaces, restaurants are looking for ways to keep the

experience outdoors—particularly in establishments

currently not offering indoor dining. At places like

Matchwood Brewing in Sandpoint, patrons came to

expect (and love) the large outdoor space that allowed

the brews and food to still flow while indoor seating was

still closed. With winter approaching, many restaurants

are finding ways to keep the outdoors alive: from

covered patios to heat lamps and igloos, and everything

in between.

TAKEOUT AND DELIVERY - Takeout and delivery

are here to stay. They’ve become a staple in our diet,

and even restaurants that didn’t used to offer takeout

options now offer some type of take-home, even if the

menu is more limited or ever-changing.

The dining experience we knew before has changed—

and still is evolving before our eyes. But with all of the

chaos, change and uncertainty, one thing is for sure:

Restaurants will find a way to keep our stomachs full

and our hearts happy, one way or another.

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Halloween Treats

THE SPOOKY SEASON SHINES THROUGH IN THESE EASY-TO-MAKE CREATIONS

In October, yards begin to brown and creepy decorations begin to pop up as the end of the month draws

closer. Many families look forward to creating a spooky environment both inside and out during the

Halloween season. Your treats, dinners and snacks can also be seasonally adjusted, giving some of the most

basic staples a Halloween twist.

by COLIN ANDERSON

Cookie Monsters

If you prefer cookies to caramel apples,

then creating your own cookie monsters

can be equally as fun. Sugar cookies are

probably the easiest if you want to draw

spooky faces in icing, but don’t be afraid

to think outside the box as well. Try

making a cookie sandwich with melted

chocolate forming a mouth and candy

corn for teeth. Add a couple of google

eyes to the top cookie, and you’re sure

to get a smile out of someone when

you start passing around these little

monsters.

Mummies in a

Blanket

What kid, or adult for that matter,

doesn’t enjoy the occasional pigs in a

blanket for breakfast, or lunch … or

dinner? The simple comfort food recipe

can be easily tweaked for the Halloween

season. Wrap your sausage or hot dog,

leaving a small amount of the meat

showing at one end. Place a tiny dab

of cream cheese or frosting to serve

as the eye socket and peppercorns,

chocolate chips, raisins or other small

round objects for the eyes. The kiddos

are sure to smile when you inform them

mummy is on the menu tonight.

Caramel Apples

Fall is apple season across our region,

and whether you get them from the

store or pick your own at one of the

many family friendly orchards, there

are countless ways to turn this tasty

fruit into a decadent dessert. A fun

afternoon with the kids involves setting

up a creation station of sorts. Lay

out the caramel and/or chocolate for

them to choose, then let them proceed

to the decorations. Crushed nuts,

spices, sprinkles, frosting, gummies

and ground-up candy bars can all be

applied. As these last many days, kids

can make several at a time and share

with family—or at least spread out the

sugar rush over a few days.

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Get your spooky on

this Halloween!

Mini Pumpkins/

Gourds

Sometimes overlooked, smaller

decorative pumpkins can also serve a

unique purpose other than a simple fall

decoration. Choose a mini-pumpkin

or gourd of your liking, one still large

enough to carve a face or decoration

into. When your mini jack-o-lantern

is complete, use it as a home office

decoration, seasonal pin cushion or pen

holder, or even pop the top off its head

and use it as a secret stash of your own

Halloween goodies. They also make

a great seasonal centerpiece for your

dining room table.

Mummy Crackers

If you need a slight break from the

sweets, take that charcuterie board up a

notch with these fun mummy crackers.

Use a background of pepperoni or other

cured meats, even a pepper jelly, on top

of your favorite party cracker. Use a

white or lightly colored cheese and layer

it on the cracker to look like bandages,

then melt them slightly. Finally, use

blueberries, olives or peppercorns

for the eyes and you’ve got yourself

one gourmet mummy. This method

can also be done if you make your

own homemade pizza, with each slice

serving as an individual mummy.

Slasher Cakes

For many, Halloween is the only time

of year where you gain enough courage

to sit through a classic slasher movie.

To help get you through, how about a

few mutilated cupcakes to help ease the

tension? Harkin your inner bad guy and

carve up that light colored frosting with

streaky red marks. Outline Jason’s mask

or Freddie’s fingers, the Texas chainsaw,

or Sidney Prescott’s stalker. As you dim

the lights and sit a little closer to that

person next to you, these little treats

will serve as a bit of comfort before the

scares start.

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GET AWAY WITH A FALL VISIT

TO LOPEZ ISLAND

The most rural of the three major San Juan Islands

By Marguerite Cleveland

The minute you board the Washington State Ferry in Anacortes heading toward Lopez Island, your stress begins to slip away.

Lopez Island is less visited than its larger neighbors Orcas and San Juan Island. Rolling farmlands, woods and open spaces with

views for miles draw visitors to the island who want to disconnect and relax. It is known as the friendliest of the San Juan Islands,

with a local custom of waving to passing cars. There are less restaurants, shops and businesses on Lopez Island, but the tradeoff

is worth it for less people. Plan to spend your time taking quiet walks with public access to beaches and forests, or just reading and relaxing.

To get to Lopez Island, take a Washington State Ferry from Anacortes, Washington. Make sure to make a ferry reservation—and note that

you cannot make a reservation for your return trip. Plan to allow time on your last day to wait in the ferry line. Weather in the fall can be

anywhere from warm and sunny to wet and cold, so be sure to plan accordingly.

Where to Stay

The best place to stay on the island, with the most amenities, is the Lopez Islander Resort, which overlooks the scenic Fisherman Bay. The

on-site restaurant offers waterfront dining and is known for its prime rib and fresh seafood dishes. There is a variety of lodging options

from hotel rooms to vacation home rentals. Camping is available at the resort as well as a full-service marina. All have access to the heated

swimming pool and jacuzzi. If you decide you don’t want to drive your car, you can park it in the resort’s parking lot and walk or bike onto

the ferry. You can arrange a complimentary shuttle pickup with the resort. The location is convenient to Lopez Village, which is home to

most of the shopping and restaurants on the island.

Where to Eat

There are a limited number of restaurants on the island, and the summer of 2020 was a tough one as COVID-19 wreaked havoc on their peak

season. The two well-known restaurants in Lopez Village only offer takeout at this time. The Islander Bar and Grill at the Lopez Islander

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Referred to as “The Heart of Lopez,” Lopez Hill

is a Pacific Northwest rainforest that gives you a

sense of being isolated from civilization.

Resort is open for dine-in or takeout, and is a good option if you prefer

a sit-down meal.

One restaurant that has adjusted is Ursa Minor. “When our dining room

was forced to close in mid-March, we knew that our survival depended

upon our immediate action. We quickly pivoted our business model

depending on what our customers needed at that exact moment in time.

We soon realized that our business would never be the same,” said coowner

Nova Askue. “Beautifully plated conceptual dishes just didn't

seem appropriate at the time, so we launched 'Comfort Food To-Go';

comforting meals for uncertain times. Something we had thought would

only be temporary lasted 16 weeks, and to this day we are still serving up

fried chicken to-go.”

They have also paired with Holly B’s Bakery, using her sweet corn cookies

with their Ursa Minor house-made ice cream to create the ultimate ice

cream sandwich. They strive to source locally and support island farmers

as much as possible.

Haven Kitchen and Bar has a lovely waterfront view from its location in

Lopez Village. It is known for its imaginative menu filled with a variety of

dishes to include local ingredients and fresh seafood with international

influences. They also offer fresh in-house baked goods.

What to Do

Lopez Village is the commercial heart of the island and has a grocery

store, pharmacy and an organic grocery. There are some cute shops,

galleries, a coffee shop and a bakery. Grab a coffee and wander through

the shops in this waterfront hamlet at a leisurely pace. Everything seems

to just slow down on island time.

Before you head out to Lopez, call and book a time to pick up some local

wine at Lopez Island Vineyards. At this time, the tasting room is closed,

but you can see the grounds when you pick up your wine. Owner Brent

Charnley is one of the original pioneers of Washington wine. The first

winery in the San Juan Islands, he and his wife Maggie have organically

grown grapes on their land for over 30 years. Don’t miss the Madeleine

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The Speci f ics

For more information, visit the San Juan Islands

Official Visitors’ site, VisitSanJuanIslands.com

or the Lopez Island Chamber of Commerce site,

LopezIsland.com for updates on COVID-19 and what

is open. Typically, many restaurants and some

businesses are closed early in the week. Make sure

to verify hours and make reservations for hotels and

restaurants.

WHERE TO STAY

Lopez Islander Resort - LopezFun.com

WHERE TO EAT

Ursa Minor - UrsaMinorLopez.com (take-out only)

Haven Kitchen and Bar - LopezHaven.com

WHAT TO DO

Lopez Island Vineyards - LopezIslandVineyards.com

Lopez Hill - LopezHill.org

Angevine and Siegerrebe varietals, both estate

grown. In 2017, the Madeleine Angevine made The

Seattle Times list of the top 50 wines of the year.

You can’t visit the island without planning to spend

some time outside. Lopez is popular to cycle, as it

offers some of the easiest terrain in the area. Think

sloping country lanes with no traffic and wide-open

spaces. In the fall, you will need to bring your own

bicycle, as no rentals are available outside of the

summer season.

Hiking is a joy with so many options. In addition

to a state park, there are a variety of local parks.

One must-do hike is the Shark Reef Sanctuary. It

is tucked away on the west side of the island. The

1-mile round-trip hike begins in a forest before

opening on a bluff overlooking a rocky shoreline

with absolutely stunning views. Seal and sea lion

sightings are common. It is well worth the short

trek.

Another great outdoor space is the Watmough Bay

Preserve. Park in the lot and follow the trail leading

right to the beach. The protected natural bay is

calm and secluded with a smooth, rocky beach

surrounded by natural stone cliffs. What strikes most people when they

visit is how quiet it is. It is a lovely space to explore, even on a rainy day.

Referred to as “The Heart of Lopez,” Lopez Hill is a Pacific Northwest

rainforest that gives you a sense of being isolated from civilization though

just a short distance to homes and roads. There are 4 miles of primitive

trails with limited signage, but it is pretty easy to keep on the trail. It is the

place locals visit to renew their spirits.

When traveling during the COVID-19 pandemic it is important to have

safe practices during this time. Make reservations for everything you can.

Check the Visitors’ websites for your destination for updates. Call your

lodging a day or two before you travel for specific information as well as

any business on your “must see” list. Wear a mask and wash or sanitize your

hands often. Travel with a few extra provisions in case the situation changes

so you will have something to ear. Lastly, spend what you can to help these

small local businesses survive.

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APPLE CRISP AND HOMEMADE

VANILLA BEAN ICE CREAM

Recipe Courtesy of Tina VanDenHeuvel, NTP

You can follow Tina @madebetterforyou on Instagram

INGREDIENTS: APPLE CRISP

10 cups apples, peeled and sliced (Granny Smith, Pink Lady or MacIntosh)

Juice from 1 lemon

1/2 cup Lakanto Maple Syrup or liquid sweetener of choice

1 tsp. vanilla

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. Himalayan salt

1 tsp. xanthan gum

1 1/2 cups almond meal

1 cup rolled oats

1/2 cup chopped pecans

1/2 cup Lakanto gold sweetener (brown sugar substitute)

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. nutmeg

1/4 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp. baking powder

1/2 cup melted ghee (clarified butter)

METHOD:

Apple Filling:

• Wash, core, peel and slice apples into a large bowl.

• Add lemon juice, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, salt and xanthan gum

to the apples and mix well.

• Pour apple mixture in a 9x13 baking dish.

Crisp Topping:

• In a separate mixing bowl, mix together the almond meal, oats, pecans,

Lakanto sweetener, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda and baking powder.

• Add melted ghee and mix until crumbly using a fork.

• Crumble the topping mixture over the apples in the baking dish.

• Bake in a 350˚ preheated oven for 45 minutes. Topping should be

golden brown. Remove from the oven and cool slightly before serving

warm.

INGREDIENTS: HOMEMADE VANILLA BEAN ICE CREAM

5 organic eggs, whipped

4 cups heavy whipping cream

13.5 oz. can full fat coconut cream

1/2 cup Swerve confectioners sweetener

5 tsp. vanilla

1/2 tsp. Himalayan salt

3 whole vanilla bean pods

METHOD:

• Slice the vanilla beans in half using a sharp knife lengthwise. Using the

tip of the knife, scrape out all the vanilla bean. Set aside.

• In a large bowl, whisk eggs until scrambled. Mix in whipping cream,

coconut milk, sweetener, vanilla, salt and vanilla bean.

• Pour mixture into an ice cream maker and freeze according to the

manufacturer's directions.

• When the ice cream is firm, place in a freezer-safe container and chill for

3 to 4 hours before serving over your warm apple crisp.

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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.

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Vine & Olive Eatery and Wine Bar

Your table awaits in the heart of Riverstone

By Jillian Chandler

The doors are open, and owner Naomi Boutz invites

you to pull out a chair and take a seat at the table.

With an atmosphere that is warm and inviting,

guests can feel the pride of ownership Naomi

exudes of the eatery she created in the heart of Coeur

d’Alene’s Riverstone less than three years ago.

“We keep things simple and soulful and as consistent as

possible,” she says.

Naomi is joined by Chef Josh Pebbles. An integral part of

the V&O family since August of 2019, his philosophy is to

highlight the best local ingredients with classic European

influences while infusing new-age techniques—creating a

memorable experience for each guest who walks through the

door.

SEASONS OF COEUR D’ALENE

At Seasons of Coeur d’Alene Fresh Grill, you will find a menu that is

delicious and always fresh! Whether you choose to dine in the intimate

dining room, at the vibrant bar or quiet fireplace lounge, it’s sure to be

an unforgettable dining experience. They also offer banquet and meeting

facilities. You can find Seasons in Downtown Coeur d’Alene just one block

off Sherman.

209 Lakeside Ave. | Coeur d’Alene

208.664.8008 | SeasonsofCdA.com

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“We are always finding new inspiration in food and wine to

share with our customers,” smiles Naomi.

From the staples of Escargot prepared in a classic French

execution, to the Pork Shank with Creamy Polenta and

the Acorn Squash Frites, the menu never disappoints. In

addition, menu offerings change every few months for

seasonality, with new popular menu items including The

Catch of the Day (served with wild mushroom risotto) and

the Niçoise Salad with seared Ahi.

Love and passion shine through in everything they do at Vine

& Olive, where your table awaits in the heart of Riverstone.

Naomi shares, “Now more than ever, I’m just grateful to run

my own business, for the ability to create and the opportunity

to succeed without limitations.”

2037 North Main Street | Coeur d’Alene

208.758.7770 | VineAndOliveCdA.com

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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


BEEF, PORK, CHICKEN, FISH, YOU NAME IT - WE GOT IT!

We are especially known for our prime rib & pork roasts - both bone in & boneless - as well as our delicious

housemade ham, bacon and fresh & smoked sausages. And don’t forget about our freezer meat packages!

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.

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Come hungry, Stay late, Eat well!

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Sweet Lou’s Restaurant & TAP HOUSE

601 Front Ave. 208.667.1170 | DOWNTOWN Cda

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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.

1658 E. Miles Ave. | Hayden Lake

208.772.7711 | 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 E. Sherman Ave. | Coeur d’Alene

208.667.2331 | WeDontHaveOne.com

FISHERMAN’S MARKET

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

staff, unbeatable atmosphere and phenomenal food. Find fresh

fish at Fisherman’s on the market side, while the grill offers everything

from fish and chips, specialty tartars, fish tacos, salads,

steamers, catfish, oyster po’ boys and more. Check out the sushi

bar and the offerings of beer, wine and sake.

215 W. Kathleen Ave. | Coeur d’Alene

208.664.4800 | FishermansMarketCdA.com

VINE & OLIVE EATERY

AND WINE BAR

Guests will be treated to European-inspired small plates using

simple, seasonal ingredients for simply good food served with

soul, executed with Northwest flair. Choose from the full wine

bar, which serves thoughtful wines by the glass and eight local

brews on tap, to complement your meal. Voted Best of 2019

Wine Bar and Girls Night Out.

2037 N. Main St. | Coeur d’Alene

208.758.7770 | VineAndOliveCdA.com

FORTY-ONE SOUTH

OPEN 7 NIGHTS A WEEK

208.265.2000

41SouthSandpoint.com

DELICIOUS FOOD & FUN COCKTAILS

41 Lakeshore Drive, Sagle, ID

Next to the Lodge at Sandpoint

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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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.

5416 W. Village Blvd. | Rathdrum

208.687.5396 | MoondollarsBistro.com

Shopping. Dining. Take-Out.

ANGELO’S RISTORANTE

Angelo’s is the local favorite with a taste of homemade,

authentic Italian cuisine! Join them for a fresh, organic,

hand-crafted menu of veal, steak, chicken, seafood, pasta

and gluten-free offerings. They also offer an extensive wine

selection and warm romantic décor. Catering and private

cooking classes available with Chef Angelo.

846 N. Fourth St. | Coeur d’Alene

208.765.2850 | AngelosRistorante.net

MONARCH RAMEN +

NOODLE HOUSE

Monarch Ramen + Noodle House in Coeur d’Alene’s

midtown opened in fall 2019 to eager diners. Specializing

in ramen and noodle dishes, as well as a variety of smallplate

options, guests will be treated to incredible cuisine

paired with great brews and service.

1401 N. Fourth St.| Coeur d’Alene

208.966.4230 | MonarchNoodles.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

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AN AFFAIR TO

TOAST TO!

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A MARTINI AFFAIR RETURNS TO BENEFIT SAFE PASSAGE

BY JILLIAN CHANDLER

7 OCTOBER

AN ANNUAL EVENT FOR SAFE PASSAGE, A MARTINI AFFAIR IS AN

EVENING OF FUNDRAISING COMPLETE WITH DELICIOUS FOOD,

great drinks and live music—with the goal of not only raising funds,

but awareness, for Safe Passage.

Get your tickets today to reserve your seat at A Martini Affair, which is

all set to take place Saturday, October 7, at Seasons of Coeur d’Alene

downtown. Due to social distancing and current health concerns, the

event will look a bit different this year, but as always, it’s sure to be

an event to remember and one you’ll want to support year after year.

For 2020, guests have the opportunity to reserve a dinner time at 4:30,

5:45, 7 or 8:15pm. You can either purchase a one-hour ($60) or twohour

($100) reservation. Each ticket includes dinner and a drink.

While you enjoy cocktails and dinner prepared by the Seasons’ chefs,

you’ll be able to socialize with friends and bid on auction items.

All silent and live auction items will be available online to bid on

throughout the night, so even after your time has come to an end at

the restaurant, you’ll still be able to follow the items you’re bidding on

and continue to bid.

All proceeds go directly back to Safe Passage Violence Prevention

Center, supporting the unique needs of survivors in our community.

Tickets to the event can be purchased online at SafePassageID.

org/Martini. (If you have specific seating requests, you are asked to

email anolting@safepassageid.org). For more information about

Safe Passage, services offered and how you can get involved, visit

SafePassageID.org.

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NORTH IDAHO’S GREAT

PUMPKIN FEST

OCTOBER 24 & 25

It’s time to celebrate the season with North Idaho’s Great Pumpkin

Fest, which makes its way to the Kootenai County Fairgrounds for

the first time ever October 24 and 25. Held 10am to 4pm both days,

this family friendly event includes a pumpkin patch, wagon and pony

rides, bounce houses, stein hoisting competition, great food and more!

General admission is $7, and kids 3 and younger are free! Mark your

calendars and don’t miss the first annual Great Pumpkin Fest! Be sure

to bring your wagon for all those pumpkins you plan on picking for

Halloween. For up-to-date information, you can find the event on

Facebook.

HALLOWEEN: A DRIVE-THROUGH

SPOOKTACULAR

OCTOBER 30 & 31

For two nights only, enjoy trick-or-treating, live performances,

favorite characters and more during Halloween: A Drive-Through

Spooktacular! Make this Halloween one to remember as you join 17

of the season’s spookiest characters for two nights of frightful fun—all

from the comfort of your car! Drive through the interactive trick-ortreat

stations before moving up to experience four different themed

pavilions featuring live performances from your favorite characters

including witches, villains and even the Pumpkin King himself. Get

your tickets today for this safe, fun-for-the-whole-family event! Hours

are 4 to 8pm Friday and noon to 8pm Saturday. Tickets, which are

priced per car of four, can be purchased online at DreamsAreForever-

Events/halloween-drive-through.

HARVEST MARKET & FESTIVAL

OCTOBER 31

The Coeur d’Alene Downtown Association invites the community,

friends and family to Kootenai County’s Downtown Coeur d’Alene

Farmers’ Market and Harvest Festival. Fall fun is waiting to be had

on Saturday, October 31, from 10am to 3pm along Fifth Street and

Sherman Avenue. Shop a selection of harvest produce, listen to live

music and enjoy great food from local vendors. And don’t forget!

Apple Palooza returns with apple-inspired creations ready for tasting

throughout downtown. Visit CdADowntown.com/Fall-Fest-Apple-

Palooza for more details.

* Please note, as of press time, these events were still scheduled to

take place as planned. Due to the current health crisis, there is

the possibility that event schedules may change or events canceled

completely. Be sure to visit event websites to stay up to date with

current information.

SUBMIT YOUR EVENTS ONLINE!

Want your event to appear on the largest event site in the

Northwest? Submit your events to us online at

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$1,375,000 | MLS # 20-8853

Your own waterfront oasis with a private

dock on Hayden Lake awaits you! This

custom 3 bedroom 3 bathroom home

is located in the desirable Hayden Lake

Country Club neighborhood next door to

Avondale Golf Course. Step into this well

designed 2,421 square foot home featuring

an open concept living, loft office space,

open patio with double sided gas fireplace,

large kitchen with granite counters and a

huge open deck to enjoy the amazing lake

views! Don’t miss this one of a kind home!

$285,000 | MLS # 19-12011

PRICE REDUCED VRBO Rental!! What a great

way to supplement your lake view getaway

with this very successful vacation rental

property. Enjoy breathtaking views of Coeur

d’Alene Lake from this home. This historic

home has been remodeled and has room

for everyone with 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, and

is just over 2,300 square feet. As a bonus it

comes completely furnished and is within

walking distance of downtown Harrison,

offering a creamery and fudge factory, wine

tasting, a great city park and the 73-mile

Trail of the Coeur D’Alenes!

$2,000,000 | MLS # 20-8498

UNPLUG AND UNWIND on your own secluded

100 acres of privacy and relaxation. This

property is 4 side surrounded by U.S Forest

Service land and truly offers you the ability

to detach from the rest of the world. There

is plenty of room to roam featuring a large

manufactured home with 5 bedrooms and 3

bathrooms and an updated guest home with

2 bedrooms and a half bath! Bring your toys

and equipment, this property also includes

an 80x40 barn with concrete floor, additional

73x40 barn and a huge 103x30 green house!

Don’t miss this rare opportunity!

$1,200,000 | MLS # 20-169

Elegance and grandeur abound in the

exclusive gated Wandermere Estates Golf &

Country Club community. This estates sits

on two Premium view lots nestled in the

hillside of one of Spokane’s most prestigious

55+ gated communities & features

beautifully landscaped grounds showcase

breathtaking views of the golf course. High

ceilings, oversized doors & windows &

custom Italian Tile flooring. Gourmet chef’s

kitchen is outfitted with Granite counters,

Viking stainless appliances and knotty alder

woodwork.

$589,000 | MLS # 20-6268

Your Private Lake Retreat or next Vacation

Rental opportunity awaits at Eagle’s Nest.

Enjoy endless sunsets and direct views

of the CDA Resort from this home that

overlooks Echo Bay and is located only

20-minutes via car and just 5-minutes

by boat from beautiful downtown Coeur

d’Alene. Recreation abounds by either hiking

the nearby trails or fishing in one of the

deepest bays on Lake Coeur d’Alene. It’s also

only 5 minutes from Gozzer Ranch, named

the 28th best golf course in America. This

community provides access to the water

with a private beach and also affords the

opportunity to lease your very own boat slip

at the community dock.

$850,00 | MLS # 20-7271

Timeless, contemporary one of a kind home

and 30x60 shop on 4.3 acre country setting

with territorial views. This home features

custom architectural details, wood &

Italian tile floors, 4 fireplaces, billiard room

combined with an entertainers dream yard

& patio creat this masterpiece. Has been

meticulously maintained & upgraded. Offers

natural light and grand finishes including

soaring ceilings, gourmet kitchen, paved

parking, generator, garden space with fruit

trees. This not to be missed home sits in an

area of great schools, a quiet neighborhood

and minutes away from golf , parks, and

shopping, and blue water lakes!

Proudly Selling North Idaho & Eastern Washington

208.818.3668 | Brenda@BrendaBurk.com

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