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December 2021 Coeur d'Alene Living Local

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PREPARING FOR THE SEASON

DECEMBER 2021

VOLUME 11 NUMBER 12

ASPEN HOMES

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How to Holiday

Happily: The

best ways to stay

organized and

stick to a budget

72

PREMIUM BUILDERS. PREMIUM MATERIALS.

Shop Local this

Season: Check out

these local businesses

for your holiday

shopping needs

Our home designers, interior designers and project

managers are all cut from the same cloth:

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New

Year, New Business?

How to form a business plan

80

Future

Spending: Think now

on your 2022 financial goals

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PUBLISHER’S

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CELEBRATE THE JOY OF TODAY …

and every day

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It’s the most magical time of year, as the

streets and trees, businesses and houses

are adorned with lights and holiday

décor, creating a feeling of warmth, hope

and excitement!

As you stroll through town, and the

brightness of whites, blues, greens and

reds reflect all around you, look to these

lights as a symbol that amidst the darkness,

and those difficult times we face, there is

a shining glimmer of hope and brighter

future that awaits.

This month, immerse yourself in what’s

around you; take in the joy; engage in the

smiles and the laughter. Despite the chaos

and stress that the holidays can bring, focus

on those simple, small, everyday things that

continue to bring you contentment—not

just today, but every day.

During the month, amidst the holiday

decorating, shopping and celebrations, find

time to give back to those less fortunate:

donating toys and warm clothing to those

children in need; making a monetary gift to

an organization that provides warm meal

to the less fortunate; donating your time

ringing that bell for the Salvation Army;

or by attending a local holiday fundraiser,

where proceeds go directly to benefit those

in your own community.

As we get ready to close this chapter and

open up the next in 2022, count your

blessings, and recognize the blessing you

have been to others, and others to you.

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season and joyous new year.

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CONTENTS

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Say hello to your little elves.

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ESSENTIALS

The latest tips and trends in home, garden,

finances and life

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BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

Buck Knives: Post Falls’ company dedicated to products

that last

30

LIFE & COMMUNITY

New Orchestra Comes to North Idaho: Inaugural

concert December 17

34

GOOD NEWS

Specialized Needs Recreation: Creating engaging

opportunities for all abilities

44

ATHLETES OF THE MONTH

Recognizing those standout athletes in our local

high schools

32

BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

Kalm Learning: Tools to help create calm in your life

38

IN FOCUS

Five Percent for the Future: Immense transfer of wealth

on the horizon

46

LIVING LOCAL

Celebrating Art: Coeur d’Alene’s public art is an essential

piece of local culture

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HEALTH & LIFESTYLE

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SHOP LOCAL THIS

HOLIDAY SEASON

Check out these local businesses for your

holiday shopping needs

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NEW YEARS ADVICE

New Year, New Business: Key points of advice

for starting a new business

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FOOD & DRINK

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FEATURE

Decorating for the Holidays: Ancient traditions bring

holiday cheer

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STRESS-FREE HOLIDAY

How to Holiday Happily: The best ways to stay

organized and stick to a holiday budget

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BUDGET WISELY

Future Spending: Think now on your 2022

financial goals

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TRAVEL & LEISURE

Sunny Palm Springs: The perfect place to chase

away the winter blues

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Cold-Weather Comfort

SIMPLE ITEMS TO TRANSFORM YOUR HOME INTO A COZY WINTER RETREAT

By Jillian Chandler

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Our home is our sanctuary, and that could not be truer than

during the long, cold winter months we experience here in

the Northwest. As the coolness of fall has settled in, with the

official start to winter right around the corner, now is the

time to focus on what’s inside, creating a warm winter oasis that leaves

us—and our guests—wrapped in warmth and comfort.

Whether you are on a budget or the sky’s the limit when it comes to your

financial resources, you can create an inviting, warm and comfy space to

beat the winter blues. All it really takes is a handful of items woven into

your current home design style and décor.

One of the first rooms most see when entering a home is the living room

or family room. Here is where one will usually find a sofa, coffee and

end tables, fireplace with mantel, and an entertainment setup with a

TV cabinet, shelving, etc. This is the room that will most likely leave a

first impression and is also the room that gets a lot of use—especially

during these colder months. Warming this room up with throw pillows

to complement the season, such as neutral whites, off-whites and tans,

each showcasing different materials (think furry, soft, fluffy, silky, ribbed,

sequined, etc.) will automatically create a feeling of luxury and comfort,

and you don’t have to break the bank! From inexpensive big box stores to

those unique upscale local shops, throw pillows can be found anywhere

you look. It’s up to you to decide the color and style to reflect what the

winter season means to you while also choosing comfort. And … it’s easy

to have both comfort and style showcased in your throw pillows.

To accompany the pillows, a warm blanket or two will do just the trick. A

throw over your favorite chair or the back of the couch not only adds to

the look of the space with its color and texture, but creates warmth for the

space—and for you when you feel a chill! A great and extremely popular

choice—and a bit glamorous—for the cold season is a faux fur throw.

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MAKING YOUR HOUSE DREAMS A REALITY.

Now is the time to focus on what’s inside, creating

a warm winter oasis that leaves us—and our

guests—wrapped in warmth and comfort.

Other options include wool, fleece and Sherpa blankets. These are

also great to keep on hand in other rooms throughout the house, such

as at the bottom of the bed or laid across or folded on an ottoman.

That brings us to carpeting. As more of us are opting for hardwood,

tile or laminate flooring through our homes, which is great to help

keep things cool in the summer months, it tends to be a bit cold on

our feet once the harsher weather has arrived. But there’s a quick—

and stylish—fix! Adding area rugs throughout your home, if you

don’t have them already, is just the solution and adds warmth to our

home. Not only are they a great accent piece, they can be changed out

to go with the season. For winter, opt to choose a lush shag rug for

your living room and bedrooms. And be sure it coordinates well with

your décor and throws! You can also add runners throughout your

home as well in entryways and hallways.

With a set budget and some thoughtful planning, your home can be

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SHIFTING

TRADITIONS

Change can bring newfound joy

By Trish Buzzone

Thinking Partner, Executive Director

The John Maxwell Team

TEACHER OF THE MONTH

As we approach the holiday season, for

many of us, plans look a bit different.

Sometimes, those differences threaten to

steal our joy. A recent conversation with a friend

encouraged me to be mindful and not to let

shifting traditions get in the way of sharing joy this

season.

and I could feel that big empty space where the

wreath should be. I woke up the next morning, and

my first thought was ‘Go buy a new wreath.’ Before

that, though, I had another errand; I promised to

drop off some brownies at the elementary school.

So, I pull up to the front office and—you’re not

going to believe this—there it was.”

By Colin Anderson

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“We were decorating the house,” she said. “It

felt so great, so normal, and you know, I needed

normal after how things have been going. This

was really nice though, reminiscing every time

we found a handmade ornament or a souvenir

from a holiday vacation we took when the kids

were little. Everything else was up, and the house

looked beautiful. That’s when I realized we forgot

to hang the big wreath on the front door. I went

back into the garage, pulled the case down off the

shelf, opened it, and ….”

“No wreath?” I suggested.

“No wreath,” she confirmed. “I walked back in

from the garage, and that’s when I fell apart. Didn’t

even feel it coming. Just leaned against the kitchen

counter, started sobbing. I felt like Jamie Lee

Curtis in ‘Christmas with the Kranks’ toward the

end of the movie where she’s lying in the parking

lot throwing a fit over a canned ham. I remember

laughing at that scene, thinking how silly it is to

get so upset over a canned ham. And there I was,

crying over an old wreath. We’ve had that wreath

since the kids were small, but it’s just a wreath.”

I thought about how events in the past two years

had shifted some of my own holiday traditions

and said, “It wasn’t just about the wreath, was it?”

She sighed, “No, not really. Putting up decorations

is always emotional. So many of our decorations

are tied to a special moment or memory that

means a lot. That makes the time we spend

together putting them up even more special. The

last thing I always do is hang that wreath on the

front door. Over the years, that wreath came to

signify the beginning of the Christmas season for

me. Without it, I didn’t see all the other beautiful,

meaningful decorations. I just saw a big empty

spot in the middle of my front door. All I could

think about was what was missing. And that made

me think about all the other things that have been

missing the last couple years.”

She paused, and we both took some time to think

back quietly over the last year. After a moment, she

added, “Eventually, I composed myself, poured

hubby and me a glass of wine, put some music

on, and we sat by the fire. I didn’t say a word. He

didn’t either, bless him. The decorations all around

us sparkled … they still felt incomplete. I felt

incomplete. It’s weird. I couldn’t even see the door,

“The wreath?” I guessed.

She laughed, “Yep. Hanging right there on the

front door. I’m standing by my car, about to drop

my big tub of brownies, because I’m laughing

hysterically. The resource officer comes over, asks

if I’m all right. I could barely talk, managed to

say, ‘That’s my wreath,’ handed him the brownies,

added, ‘For the bake sale, Happy Holidays,’ and got

back in my car.”

“How did the school get your wreath?”

“Last year, I donated it for the Christmas play.

Completely forgot. It had been looking a bit

worn, but I thought it would look fine as part of a

backdrop on the stage. Now, there it was, hanging

on the office door. Someone had added a shiny

red ribbon to dress it up. It looked perfect hanging

there. Like it belonged.”

“Did you end up getting a new wreath?”

“Made one,” she said, joy filling her voice. “Driving

home from the school, I passed a tree lot, you

know, the one they put up on the corner across

from the grocery? I pulled in, asked for some

clippings, went home, watched a couple YouTube

videos, got some things from the wrapping paper

box … and the result is hanging on my front door.

It’s not as big as the old one, definitely not as perfect

… but it’s pretty, and I had fun. Told the hubby I

may have found a new Christmas tradition.”

Have you shifted or created new holiday traditions

this year? Share them with Trish at: TrishBuzzone.

com, Facebook.com/groups/streamingleaders or

LinkedIn.com/in/trishbuzzone.

A

2007 University of Idaho graduate,

Larissa Newton took her first

teaching job out of college at Dalton

Elementary. She’s now in her 14th year at

the school and still loving every minute of

the profession.

While she initially taught a year of fourth

grade, she moved down to younger-aged

children and has been in

kindergarten and firstgrade

classrooms ever since.

Larissa loves seeing young

children develop multiple

skills coupled with the

silliness and the strange

things that often come

out during class. “Kids

are hilarious! There is a

lot of laughter with 5-, 6-

and 7-year-olds around.

Not too long ago we were

naming the seasons, and one kiddo says,

“Spring, summer, fall, winter, Thanksgiving

... all the seasonings!” she laughed.

Over her career, Larissa has seen that kids

learn in many different ways and, while some

grasp things quickly, it takes others a bit

longer or a different method to understand a

“I love watching them

work so hard to grasp

a concept, and that

moment that they get it

is pure magic.”

Larissa Newton

Dalton Elementary School

Kindergarten/First Multi-Age Class

concept. When each student does finally “get

it,” it’s still one of her favorite parts of the job.

“Seeing the amazing growth that these littles

make! I love watching them work so hard to

grasp a concept, and that moment that they

get it is pure magic.”

In each of her classrooms, Larissa encourages

her students to choose kindness no matter

what. As someone who

grew up in Hayden and

whose family still loves

to hike and play at the

lake, Larissa is thankful

that her career continues

within the community

that is so near and dear to

her heart.

She also wants those in

the community to know

that even after the school

bell rings and the school

day comes to a close, she and her peers

continue to be a place of support however

they are needed. “Our class becomes our

kids, and we lose sleep over these kids. We

think about them constantly, worry not only

about their learning, but their well-being and

their families.”

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The Holiday Hustle

SLOWING DOWN AND RECLAIMING HOLIDAY JOY

By Jenny Wiglesworth

CENTENNIAL

Holidays create magic in all sorts of ways. From the familiar

Christmas songs to the decked-out décor to the celebratory

gatherings, there is something about this season that sets it

apart from all the others. Along with the beauty and magic,

however, comes busy. Sometimes busy can be great, but too often than

not it takes away from the richness and beauty of this beautiful season.

When the focus becomes checklists and less on the “reason for the

season,” it’s easy to simply say “Yes” to everyone and everything and just

get through. Filling the season with doing takes away the magic of the

holidays, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

Challenge yourself to slow down this season. This doesn’t mean cutting

out celebrating via parties and events, but it does mean saying “Yes” to the

best of what brings you joy during this time. Whether it lies in attending

a child’s Christmas play, participating in holiday caroling, donating at

a local charity or simply participating in snowman building, pick the

things that truly bring joy.

Memories of favorite Christmas songs playing on the family record player,

sledding at the nearest hill with friends and sharing delicious “holiday”

food remain within and exude joy. These experiences were felt, and held

on to, and continue to be passed down as treasured traditions. Within

the laughter of a sister, a smile of a mother and stories from a grandma,

these are the memories that keep. The best memories of holidays past lie

in the relationships of those we love, sharing in experiences that become

joyful holiday traditions.

One of the best ideas circling traditions lies in the power that they are

created. We choose whether sledding or skiing, singing or volunteering,

or even cookie decorating become part of our holiday each year. These

become memories, treasured or not, within and around those partaking

in it. Children, grandparents, friends, neighbors and co-workers define

the framework in which these holiday traditions are created.

As the season creeps upon us, begin to re-think what holiday means. Is

it the season of busy or the season of joy? Does it take away or fill up?

Is it something to look forward to or simply get through? Whatever the

answer, it isn’t too late to re-think what it could be. With words like “joy,”

“peace” and “most wonderful time of the year,” there is definitely space to

allow for this season to be one to look forward to, year after year.

There truly is something magical about this time of year. It would be

absolutely shameful to allow busyness to divert attention away from it.

I think Julie Andrews said it best when she sang, “Snowflakes that stay

on my nose and eyelashes … silver white winters that melt into springs,

these are a few of my favorite things.” It’s such a short season—let’s not

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Conductor Jan Pellant has traveled the world to work with

some of the top professional musicians. He’s led more

than 30 orchestras in his native Czech Republic, Germany,

Thailand, Japan, and many stops throughout the United

States. He was most recently the artistic director of the Coeur d’Alene

Symphony and is now founder and director of the North Idaho

Philharmonia, the newest ensemble in the region. “We are aiming to

create a very unique sound. It’s not just about playing all the notes

perfectly, and it will definitely be unique,” he explained.

Jan teamed up with local professional musician Marcy Hogan just this

past October to begin recruiting musicians for their new orchestra.

“There are a lot of great professional musicians in our region that are

hungry to play,” she said. “The distance between our communities can

make it tough, but we really feel we can bring them all together.”

You can get the first look at the inaugural group of North Idaho

Philharmonia musicians at its debut performance on Friday, December

17, at the historic Panida Theater in downtown Sandpoint. The show

begins at 7:30pm and will be a mix of European classical composers

including a piece from Bach. You will also hear a very special piano

solo from a very talented young performer from the community and a

festive surprise encore to round out the night. Tickets will be available

at the box office the night of the performance.

Jan envisions four to six shows per season that will feature a variety

of classical works from all centuries. He also wants to include small

chamber performances and even operas to the future schedule. Right

now he continues to invite regional musicians to participate and has

begun reaching out to top international conductors and composers,

encouraging them to find their way to beautiful North Idaho to lead

the orchestra and share their talents. At the same time, The North

Idaho Philharmonia will be a place where young and emerging talents

can find an outlet to share their works. “We will have opportunities

for all kinds of musicians, soloists, young talents, emerging artists and

young composers,” said Jan.

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Buck Knives® started with a dream back in 1902,

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their mission ever since.

After more than a century in business, in 2005, to better

align the Buck Knives® brand and their employees’

lifestyle with the beauty and activities offered by the

Pacific Northwest, Buck Knives®, along with many of its

employees, relocated from San Diego, California, to Post

Falls, Idaho. Today, you will find Lori Buck at the helm as

owner and director, with CJ Buck as CEO and chairman.

With the manufacturing capacity to build thousands of

knives a day, Buck proudly employs over 320 employees

in their Post Falls facility, each possessing a shared interest

and commitment to quality and reliability. “Our success

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Nestled in an area that is rich in hunting, fishing, hiking,

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combined with the unwavering support of the community,

are what have contributed to the overall success of Buck

Knives®. “For many loyal Buck customers, the ‘Made in the

USA’ stamp on our blades is just as important as the Buck

logo beside it. As a fourth-generation American company,

we understand that,” CJ attests.

The dedication to producing products that will last is

another aspect that sets Buck Knives® apart. They believe

in the integrity of their products, paired with superior

quality and detailed craftsmanship, and guarantee their

knives forever. It was the philosophy of Buck’s founder,

Hoyt Buck, who pioneered the Forever Warranty, which

continues to be passed down with each generation.

“We are inspired by our customers and what they are able

to achieve using our products,” says CJ. “Talking with our

customers and listening to their adventures and stories of

how our knives fit into their lives is something we take

great pride in. Knowing that our knives are a part of

different family traditions—and in some cases have been

passed down from generation to generation—makes our

focus on craftsmanship that much more rewarding.”

If you’re interested in touring the facility, Buck Knives®

offers factory tours, which allow visitors in the Inland

Northwest and beyond to see the knives being made by

hand and the opportunity to speak with the employees. There

is also a museum upstairs in the building showcasing some

of the most historical pieces in Buck’s storied history. “Our

tour ends at the Factory Store, where visitors are welcome to

purchase knives, accessories and apparel—all of this is in Post

Falls, just minutes from downtown Coeur d’Alene,” shares CJ.

As a proud local business that is always looking for ways to

strengthen the community and the bond that holds it together,

Buck Knives® is a proud supporter of the local community and

events held within it.

With the holiday season upon us, gift that someone special—or

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The mission behind Coeur d’Alene’s Specialized Needs

Recreation is to champion opportunities for people of all levels

of abilities. “We believe every individual can live a joyful,

active and fulfilling life, provided the opportunity,” their

mission statement reads. At SNR, participants of all abilities engage in

recreational and socialization activities designed to include individuals

with special needs.

SNR started when a group of parents came together in 1984. They then

started operating as Specialized Needs Recreation, a branch within the

city’s Parks and Recreation Departments. Today, SNR continues to grow

and currently has 300 people participating in its programs.

“In the past two years, we have experienced more than 100 percent

growth within our four program offerings. The demand for services for

this underserved population is tremendous and continues to grow with

the surrounding community growth,” shared SNR Executive Director

Lindsay Patterson. “We provide a space for our participants to fill their

lives with joy through recreation and socialization.”

Located in a 1,000-square-foot facility on Government Way, SNR is

a 501c3 nonprofit organization that relies on donations to fund its

programming, which includes seasonal camps and year-round activities.

Without state or federal funding, SNR relies solely on community

support, grants, fundraising and sponsorships.

The SNR programs have something to offer for a wide range of participants

aged 8 and older. SNR Sports includes mini sports sessions offered for

all ages and abilities periodically throughout the year, including soccer,

basketball and flow boarding.

Its centralized location has allowed the facility to be a “launchpad” for

its many programs and activities, with two 12-passenger vans used to

transport groups on every outing.

Its Camp All-Stars provides engaging activities for campers aged 8 to 19

in sessions held over winter, spring and summer breaks. Camp All-Stars

allows participants to enjoy field trips and engage in daily activities like

games, crafts, bowling, themed days and more.

The Winter Break Camp All-Stars 2021 will be held from December 28

through December 30. The camp is scheduled to include an indoor day

featuring board games, movies and baking; an outdoor day for eagle

watching, sledding and hot cocoa; and a day of play at Triple Play’s

Raptor Reef Water Park.

The SNR Teen Squad is geared toward middle and high schoolers.

“It serves as a pipeline for future adult SNR participants,” Patterson

said. “As families prepare for the ‘after high school’ stage, we hope they

will find opportunities at Specialized Needs Recreation to connect, get

involved, and become active individuals, independently, without the

assistance of a primary caregiver present. These are vital components

that can lead to a joyous life.”

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Each meeting serves to promote friendship and

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“Our Evening Group enjoys dinner with

friends, game nights, movie nights, dances,

talent shows and live theater productions,” SNR

states. The group’s December plans include

a holiday party, a trip to see a production of

the “Traditions of Christmas Musical,” and a

bowling night at Triple Play.

Designed for adult participants, the SNR

Life Group is a life skills program where

they work on social interactions and skills

that promote independent living. The group

engages in exercising, community outings,

volunteer opportunities and various special

projects. They also take educational tours and

are provided opportunities to practice skills

including cooking, budgeting and more.

To be able to offer its long list of services and

opportunities to a wide range of people, SNR

has designed its programming to be available

and accessible for all participants. Because

90 percent of SNR participants are in low- to

moderate-income households and qualify for

government assistance, program fees are kept

low, and scholarship programs are implemented

to allow every person who wants to participate

the ability to do so.

SNR seeks to empower each of its participants to

live a joyful, active and fulfilling life. Its program

coordinators help choose the best programs for

each participant in order to successfully serve its

hundreds of annual participants.

They facilitate these opportunities for

individuals with special needs in the areas

surrounding Coeur d’Alene, including

participants hailing from Kootenai County,

Boundary County, Shoshone County and

Spokane Valley—yet operate with just a

handful of employees. They welcome help from

the community in making this possible.

“It is our goal to provide recreational

opportunities to all people with disabilities

regardless of their ability to pay, and with

donations like yours, we are able to accomplish

that goal,” the organization states. “We sincerely

appreciate your generous donations.”

Those interested in joining SNR can contact the

facility directly at 208.755.6781 or visit their

website, SNRIdaho.org, for more information.

For those looking for ways to support Coeur

d’Alene’s Specialized Needs Recreation

programming, in addition to opportunities

to donate, volunteer or become a sponsor,

information can be found online on their

website as well. SNR volunteers help the

organization run in a variety of ways including

fundraising, marketing, public relations,

and hands-on interactions with participants.

Those interested in volunteering can visit

their website to get in touch with the executive

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FIVE PERCENT FOR THE FUTURE

IMMENSE TRANSFER OF WEALTH ON THE HORIZON

BY COLIN ANDERSON

The numbers in what’s being called the

greatest wealth transfer in history

are simply staggering. The Silent

Generation and Baby Boomers

have spent a lifetime accumulating retirement

savings, assets, properties and other forms of

wealth. According to research and analytic

firm Cerulli Associates, nearly 45 million U.S.

households will transfer a total of $68.4 trillion

in wealth to heirs and charity over the course

of the next 25 years. About $30 trillion of that

could come in just the next 15 years.

It is truly a difficult number to comprehend,

and this transfer will have far-reaching effects

on just about every aspect of our daily lives.

Here, in the more sparsely populated Inland

Northwest, billions of dollars in assets will also

be inherited over the next two decades. Some

will decide to pass their wealth directly to

Gen Z or Millennial children, while others are

setting up college or savings funds for young—

or even yet to be born—grandchildren. Others

will give to their place of worship, alma mater,

nonprofit, or other organizations that have

touched their lives. Estate planning is a very

personal decision, but when deciding where

the assets you’ve accumulated will go, just about

everyone wants to make sure it’s something

that will make an impact most near and dear

to their heart.

For more than 40 years, the Innovia

Foundation has been encouraging generosity

from the community in order to transform

lives and communities so that every person

has the opportunity to thrive. It was formed

by three women who were inspired by the

impact the World’s Fair had on greater Spokane

and wanted to see that impact continue for

future generations. Today, Innovia works on

civic engagement, building scholarships and

learning opportunities, enriching communities

through arts and culture, and keeping the

quality of life so many in Eastern Washington

and Northern Idaho enjoy.

As the community foundation for Eastern

Washington and North Idaho, Innovia partners

with people who want to make our world

better. Innovia works to address and solve our

region’s problems, help those in need, identify

and respond to our greatest opportunities, and

leave a lasting impact. Last year, the Innovia

Foundation invested over $10 million into our

communities through grants and scholarships

to nonprofit organizations and local students.

Another large focus of the organization is

pairing community members willing to

donate with organizations that align with their

beliefs and passions. “Flexibility is the number

one reason that donors want to work with

us,” explained Chief Strategy Officer Aaron

McMurray.

Though we are one region, the priorities of

residents can vary greatly from those settled in

small communities near the Canadian border

to apartment dwellers in downtown Spokane.

Innovia has created volunteer leadership

council teams across the 20-county region that

gathers the pulse of their designated region

and what’s most important to its community

members. As awareness of the greatest transfer

of wealth became more apparent, a campaign

idea was created by the Kootenai County

Leadership Council, an endowment called the

Kootenai Forever Fund.

“The Kootenai Forever Fund resonates with

the needs people see in our community today,

while being nimble enough to serve the needs

20 years from now and beyond,” Jan Tymesen,

Leadership Council member, shared. “This

flexibility secures that this ‘community chest’

will forever be available to meet the everchanging

needs of our county.”

When strategizing for this campaign,

McMurray says they landed on a 5 percent of

wealth ask as contribution to the fund. “When

you think of end-of-life planning, you want

your generosity to make the biggest impact.

This does that while you are still able to donate

to your church, university, and other charities

you are passionate about,” he explained.

Innovia believes that the wonderful part about

the fund (which new funds have been created

in both Boundary and Bonner counties,) is the

flexibility of it. By contributing 5 percent to

the fund, the donor knows that money will go

directly to their community and have an impact

on what’s most needed, not just today, but in

the future as well. “What is the issue five, 10,

even 15 years from now?” asked North Idaho

Regional Engagement Manager Amy Voeller.

“Needs vary significantly, from food insecurity

to affordable senior housing, as identified by

those who live in these communities.”

The Kootenai County Leadership Council

members launched this fund with a $5,000

matching gift challenge from Jan and

Troy Tymesen. With generous gifts from

Leadership Council members and members

of the community, the Kootenai Forever Fund

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and continues to grow as word spreads. “Our

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fund benefits everything they’ve previously supported, and a group of

local volunteers will always be here to gauge the most important needs

of each of these communities,” said McMurray.

While the vast majority of us don’t have incredible wealth and assets in

which to pass on, 5 percent of even smaller estates multiplied by many

donations will quickly add up to a very large sum. This is another pitch

from Innovia, that even if you don’t feel that you will leave a great sum

of money, what you do contribute will stay directly in your community

and, through an endowment, can grow to a much larger sum than your

original donation.

Boomers and those coming up on retirement likely have an estate plan

started, but that can easily be updated. Innovia is also looking to reach out

to those in their 40s and early 50s to encourage them to begin planning

for the future, even though it seems like a long way off. “It’s never too

early to start doing end-of-life planning, especially if you want to make

sure that something from your estate goes back into the community that

you care most about,” said Voeller.

While Innovia does not employ estate planners, accountants, or other

financial advisors, they do partner with well-established and reputable

financial professionals throughout their entire service area and can

recommend professionals based on a potential donor’s needs and

priorities. It also is set up to take unique assets such as life insurance

policies, shares, retirement accounts and properties. These donations

can bring down potential capital gains and other tax savings while the

gifts are invested and allowed to grow even further in value.

The Leadership Council encourages all those who are invested in

ensuring the needs of their community are sustainably met to consider

giving to this fund. “What will build this fund is the estate planning, but

you can gift to the fund now as well with a one-time donation. We hope

to inspire generosity from our community members, as the more we can

obtain now the better off the fund will be in the future,” said Voeller.

If you would like to learn more about these various funds or would

like to volunteer on a leadership council in your community,

visit Innovia.org.

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Tools to help create calm in your life

By Jillian Chandler

2021 has been a busy year for therapist Heather Hart. With a

passion to serve her clients, not only in her office but outside

her doors, she has created a wellness brand with a focus

on mental health. And this month, she is officially launching

Kalm Learning.

As a therapist, Heather continued to notice a disparity between

teaching mindfulness skills and the use of those skills once clients

were immersed back into their daily lives. “One day I thought,

‘What if there was a way to remind clients in those moments to

use the mindfulness skills we practiced in sessions.’” This idea

manifested itself, and Kalm Learning was born.

Blending neuroscience and somatic wellness, Heather has

created a kit that focuses on teaching individuals how to meet

their daily stress differently. “With tangible items to use, as well

as activity cards that pair with each item, it can be individualized

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The small kit comes with three handmade items, which all fit

into a handmade wallet. Each item acts as a supportive tool

with directions for an activity to direct people in learning how

to use each item for its calming benefits. Items are small and

discreet, allowing them to be taken and used anywhere at any

time. “These items aim in helping to remind folks to breathe,

ground, or use guided imagery, calming their bodies and brains,

moving through to the next moment,” says Heather. “I believe

every person deserves a choice in experiencing calm throughout

their busy days.”

The biggest help and support in using the tools and learning the

skills, according to Heather, is that with every box purchase you

gain access to the Kalm community forum—a place for you to

share your experience with others, what works, what doesn’t,

your successes and frustrations. “The most important part of

this process is to know you are not alone on your journey of

remapping your brain and learning how to calm your nervous

system, but there are others struggling too, ready to support in

a healthy way. The Kalm community offers education, social

support and a feeling of success in those stressful moments.”

Kalm Learning is about empowering individuals to feel confident

and successful in learning and changing the way they perceive

the idea of success during stress. “The reward is seeing the shift

in how people hold healthier relationships with themselves,

being able to manage stress by making small choices that develop

healthier bodies and brains,” affirms Heather.

She and her husband Ethan have called the Inland Northwest

home for the past six years. After living out of an old motorhome

the couple had refurbished, and visiting all of the National

Parks from San Diego to Washington, it was time to settle down

as Heather began her practicum for her master’s degree. With

family in the area, they decided to settle in Spokane—and have

loved every moment. “There is something so charming about the Spokane and

Coeur d’Alene area that makes it feel like home.”

Over the years, Heather says it’s been incredible to witness the support shown

to small businesses, and the emphasis on buying local that is unlike anywhere

else. “Being a part of such a supportive, tight-knit community has helped build

confidence and comfort with this idea of creating my own brand,” she smiles.

Heather is grateful for the community in which she lives and the support she’s

been shown by the people around her, from the encouragement of her husband

to the women entrepreneurs who have helped her navigate the beginnings of

being a small business owner. “There is no way I could have done this alone,

and I am so grateful to the community that has made Kalm what it is.”

If you are seeking some calm in your busy, stressful life, let Heather guide you

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BY COLIN ANDERSON

BROUGHT TO YOU BY

EVAN LOWDER

Senior

Evan Lowder has been kicking around a soccer ball for about as

long as he can remember. It’s by far his favorite sport, and for

Evan, the thrill of seeing the ball hit the back of the net never

gets old. “The thing that I love most

about soccer is the adrenaline rush I get when

my team scores a goal, or when I make a perfect

play. As a defender, I don’t get as much credit

when my team scores, but I know that I’m a

game-changer on the defensive side of the field,”

he stated.

“I was nervous to lead a

young team this year, but we

worked extremely hard over

the summer and into the fall,

Evan started playing competitively early on

and can recall a specific instance that taught

him the importance of hard work and learning

from defeat. As a freshman, he was playing for

a club team in a State Cup final. It was one of

the closest matches Evan has ever witnessed.

It ended up going to a penalty kick shootout,

which Evan’s team would lose. “When the other

team was receiving their first place trophy, my coach told our team to

pick our heads up and burn the picture of them lifting the trophy into our

memories. He wanted to give us some motivation for the next year. This

taught me to learn from my shortcomings and work hard to come back

stronger,” he recalled.

and ended up with an 11-3

record. I was so proud of how

far the team had come since the

beginning of the summer.”

Evan took this memory with him and continued to work hard and

improve each season. He was named captain for his senior year and was

given a lot of responsibility for the team, which had lost 12 seniors from

the year before. “I was nervous to lead a young team this year, but we

worked extremely hard over the summer and into the fall, and ended up

with an 11-3 record. I was so proud of how far the team had come since

the beginning of the summer.” Evan was also

honored by the Inland Empire League coaches as

an All-League selection.

Evan has been in contact with a couple of

programs about continuing his soccer career at

the college level but hasn’t yet made a decision.

He would like to end up at a school that has

courses available that will eventually lead him

to dental school. “I have always been interested

in becoming a dentist. My mom is a dental

hygienist, and this career path has always been

interesting to me.”

Whether he continues to play competitively or

not, Evan is thankful for the lasting impact the

game has had on his life. “Another thing I love

most is getting to bond with one of the best groups of guys that I’ve ever

had the opportunity to play with,” he said.

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high school senior. “Throughout my career, I

have seen many players with so much talent,

yet they don’t put in

the work. I hate seeing

wasted potential and

talent. I can attribute

most of my success to

working hard when

nobody’s watching.”

Walker always displayed

talent as evidence of not

only making the varsity

team from his freshman

year on but lettering in

each of his four seasons.

He earned his coach’s

trust and was named captain both his junior

and senior seasons. As a junior he earned an

All-League award. He worked even harder in

preparation for his senior season—and that

work paid off, as Walker was named MVP of

the 5A Inland Empire League.

One of Walker’s biggest challenges in his

sports career was when he tore the meniscus

in his knee. The injury required surgery, and

he was unable to play for months. “During

my setback, it took a lot of perseverance to get

back to full strength. I ended up getting to full

strength two weeks earlier than the expected

return time,” he explained.

While Walker is unsure if he will pursue

college sports, his 4.0+ grade point average

should help him find a school that will fit

his future fields of study and career interests

such as the medical field or becoming a sports

physician. “I love being around sports, and

being able to travel and help out the team

would be a very

fun career. I also

see coaching as

a future career. I

love teaching and

inspiring youth,

and you have a

different passion

as a coach versus

being a player.”

“Throughout my career,

I have seen many players

with so much talent, yet they

don’t put in the work. I can

attribute most of my success

to working hard when

As he reflects on

his soccer career,

Walker remembers

not just the wins and losses but the bus rides

and forming relationships with teammates.

He’s met players from all over the region and

keeps in touch with others he’s met along the

way from places like Hawaii, California and

Arizona. Most of all, he enjoyed the ability

to exercise the mind while competing on the

field. “Soccer gives me a way to express myself

on the field. There is so much creativity and

freedom that I get when I play.”

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Celebrating Art

Coeur d’Alene’s public art is an essential piece of local culture

BY TAYLOR SHILLAM

“I characters Mudgy and Millie, and historically themed

believe that public art defines a city,” said Coeur d’Alene

artist Terry Lee. Lee is the creator of several of Coeur

d’Alene’s beloved public statues, including the storybook

figures lining Front Avenue near McEuen Park. He is not alone in his

belief; public art has been supported and celebrated in Coeur d’Alene

for decades.

The city is home to a thriving arts community that can be enjoyed not

only within its many beautiful galleries, but along its streets, within

parks and public areas. Part of Coeur d’Alene’s charm is in its beautiful

landscapes and lakeside views. Locals and visitors are encouraged to

explore and enjoy Coeur d’Alene’s collection of public art on foot, on

a bike ride, and in any way they best enjoy the city itself.

In partnership with the Coeur d’Alene City Council, the Coeur d’Alene

Arts Commission describes its driving vision as a commitment “to

build an exceptional collection of public art—art that defines the

community and distinguishes it from others.”

The Commission was designed to enhance the city’s cultural environment

and growth. The commission partners with various organizations to

oversee the public art program, including placement of public art,

donations of artwork to the public collection, and the integration of

art that represents a diverse range of artistic disciplines, communities

and perspectives.

In June of 1999, Coeur d’Alene became the first Idaho city to provide

a funding mechanism for public art. Since then, a long list of unique

pieces have found their home in Coeur d’Alene.

Many of those pieces are located near McEuen Park, the 20-acre space

boasting a long list of features including the city’s largest playground,

the Avista Pavilion, Veterans Memorial, a trailhead for Tubbs Hill, a

piece of the Centennial Trail, and most recently, a pop-up ice skating

rink. McEuen Park was dedicated in the spring of 2014, and with it

brought the opportunity to create space for some of the community’s

finest public art.

Lee’s participation in Coeur d’Alene’s public art scene began with his

participation in the “Moose on the Loose” Auction, where 30 artists

were provided large fiberglass moose to paint. The moose were sold as

a fundraiser for the Excel Education Foundation, and his contribution

led to his recruitment from author Susan Nipp to create the statues of

Mudgy and Millie. Nipp’s “Mudgy & Millie” is a children’s book about

a moose and mouse. The story takes readers on a trip around Coeur

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Their statues’ creation was a project sponsored by the Coeur d’Alene Public

Library Foundation that received a mix of donations and fundraising that

totaled over $120,000, according to the Arts Commission. Today, those

who take the Mudgy and Millie trail covering downtown Coeur d’Alene,

Independence Point and more can enjoy Lee’s five life-size sculptures of

the charming characters.

Lee was then commissioned to create a life-size bronze carpenter, later

known as the “Working Man,” followed by a life-size farmer holding a

scythe. The “Idaho Farmer” was donated to the City of Coeur d’Alene

in recognition of North Idaho farmers. Commissioned by the Jacklin

Family and dedicated in October of 2017, the statue was placed at Sixth

and Front near McEuen Park and the “American Worker” statue.

“This gave me the idea to create a History Walk of North Idaho,” Lee

shared. “I went after a donor to commission a life-sized lumberjack.”

According to the city, Lee’s “Idaho Lumberjack” was commissioned by

the Idaho Forest Group in tribute to Idaho’s loggers working to enhance

the health of forests and preserve the precious resources that sustain rural

economies. Located alongside Lee’s increasingly popular other figures,

the “Idaho Lumberjack” was dedicated in August 2019.

Lee’s creation of the detailed 1930s-era figures continued and sparked the

curiosity of locals who asked, “Where’s the woman?” He set out to create

a Navy nurse, in tribute to Farragut State Park being the training grounds

for the Navy during World War II, but when he learned that 2020 was the

100-year anniversary of the woman’s right to vote, his direction changed.

Lee created “The Suffragist” statue, made possible by the donations of

Coeur d’Alene citizens and dedicated in August of 2020.

Next to be placed in Lee’s collection is “The Miner,” a clay sculpture

sponsored by the Hecla Mining Company. Headquartered in Coeur

d’Alene, Hecla is the largest silver producer in the United States. “The

Miner” is set to be placed downtown in the spring of 2022.

Now, Lee is starting work on a life-sized WWII Army soldier,

commissioned by a Coeur d’Alene local. “It will be installed along

the History Walk at Sixth and Front Avenue,” he shared. When

the soldier is complete, he will return to his vision for the WWII

Navy nurse.

Lee is proud of where the funding for his creations has come from.

“Everything I have created has been with privately donated money,” he

shared. “None of the funds have come from the city. I’m very pleased

with that! The city’s art money can be used for other public art projects.”

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In June of 1999, Coeur

d’Alene became the first Idaho

city to provide a funding

mechanism for public art.

In addition to Lee’s sculptures, a long list of

public art can be appreciated near McEuen Park,

the shores of the lake, and beyond. The “Allium

Spring Chorus” greets visitors from McEuen’s

Third Street entrance, a sculpture resembling

a collection of dandelions reaching toward

the sky. Artist David Tonnesen was chosen by

the commission’s Selection Committee, and

described the stainless steel piece as “dramatic

fireworks frozen in time.”

The park’s 21-foot-tall sundial on Front Avenue is

accompanied by signage outlining a short history

of sundials and how to read them.

Closer to the lake, there’s the lovingly named

“Dicey,” a steel die estimated to weigh over 1,000

pounds, that washed up on the shore near Coeur

d’Alene City Park in March 2017. Its plaque reads,

“A gift from Lake Coeur d’Alene Spring 2017.”

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For new projects, artists are most often selected

through open calls from the city that provide

the opportunities to apply for specific public

art projects, to ensure “the broadest possible

access to the city’s public art opportunities.”

And for each new public art project, artists are

recommended by a panel that includes artists

and arts professionals, as well as city staff and

representatives of the community.

Coeur d’Alene residents are invited to participate

in the public art process in a variety of ways,

including monthly Arts Commission meetings

held on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 4pm at

City Hall.

“People that visit our little jewel in North Idaho

will remember that we care about art and culture,”

Lee said. “The History Walk educates people on

what the city of Coeur d’Alene was all about. I

grew up in this town. I remember we had five

lumber mills within city limits, and the mining

industry was so very important to our economy.”

Lee believes art becomes education. Thanks to

his contributions, and those of the many talented

artists that inhabit Coeur d’Alene, pieces of

history are preserved across the city, ready to

support the enjoyment and education of all who

pass by.

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CDL CAN LEAD TO BETTER PAY, FLEXIBLE HOURS

By Tom Greene | North Idaho College

Turn on the news or pick up a paper and you’ll see similar headlines:

Commercial drivers are needed at a record-setting rate. In the U.S,

there is an 80,000 deficit in the number of Commercial Driver’s

License holders needed to keep the country’s supply chain moving

smoothly. The demand for licensed drivers has never been this high.

“NIC Workforce Training Center is meeting the massive need for drivers

by increasing training opportunities in the region, particularly with the new

federal guidelines that require drivers to complete training in a registered

training program,” said Kary Wells, NIC WTC Workforce Development

coordinator. “Given that we have the equipment and the infrastructure,

we see it as an opportunity to serve more people in the area looking for

quality training.”

It takes one month to earn a CDL, and several scholarships—some that will

pay the entire cost of the training—are available to everyone.

“Idaho learners looking to change careers can take advantage of Idaho

Launch funds to pay for some or all of their tuition,” Wells said. “The

NIC Workforce Training Center also offers several other funding options

including a limited scholarship fund. In this environment, some employers

are willing to pre-hire them, paying for some or all of their training. There

are a ton of funding options available now for people who want to work.”

Travis Mobbs earned his CDL in 2008 and is now a CDL instructor for NIC

Workforce Training Center.

“Obtaining my CDL opened up opportunities for me—an increased income

and a better schedule,” he said.

Long-distance trucking is one way to go, with a great paycheck and

the adventure of the open road. For others, driving trucks locally is the

best choice.

“It really depends on what you want,” Mobbs said. “With local, you know

your territory, you know where you’re driving, and you get to come home

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Students engage in convenient and comprehensive training through a selfpaced

online theory program and three weeks of full-time training with

industry veterans—who will never instruct more than three students at a

time. The goal of the program is to train students to become safe, capable,

entry-level drivers.

“We expect to offer Class B training in early 2022 that will allow a driver to

operate vehicles such as straight-side, concrete, dump, garbage and delivery

trucks,” Wells said. “Long-term, the Workforce Training Center is also

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Mobbs said commercial driving is an opportunity that is tough to beat. In

just four weeks, drivers can step into a $50,000-a-year job, typically with paid

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By Mindy Murray, OTR

Most of us have heard the news by now that the 2021 Old

Farmers Almanac Winter Weather Forecast / Prediction for

Northern Idaho is that we will be experiencing “one of the

longest and coldest that we’ve seen in years.”

With the arrival of winter weather, we start seeing numerous people of all

ages come into our physical therapy clinic due to falls resulting in painful

injuries such as sprains, breaks and fractures. They fall from not being as

active due during the winter months to slipping on ice and snow, sometimes

taking all the precautions in the world but, in a blink of an eye, they are on

the ground. We want to stress the importance of being careful this winter. Try

to avoid these falls during this inclement weather by applying a few tips listed

below. Be safe everyone!

Things you can do to limit falls:

1. Wear snow and ice-appropriate footwear with good traction (add spikes

for more traction).

2. Walk on marked paths and avoid shortcuts, and don’t walk between

parked cars. Remember that grassy slopes can be as slippery as snowy steps.

3. Walk with deliberate steps by focusing on your footing and taking short,

slow and flat-footed steps.

4. Avoid uneven surfaces if possible. Avoid steps or curbs with ice on them.

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HEALTHY HOLIDAYS

Tips for staying healthy through Christmas and beyond

BY JENNIFER MILLER | THE WELLNESS BAR

The holiday season is upon us, and while it is truly a magical time

of year, full of yummy food, get-togethers and my favorite music

(don’t try to convince me otherwise), it can be tough for many.

Whether you’re trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle or wanting

to get a jump start on the new year, the holidays don’t have to send your

personal Polar Express off the rails. Below are my favorite tips and tricks for

not ending up on the naughty list this year!

Manage Stress

High stress levels can influence your sleep schedule, how much you eat

and drink, and other health factors like blood pressure. It’s no secret that

the holidays can be stressful, but it can be managed. Don’t overcommit. It’s

tempting to want to be at every celebration you’re invited to, but remember,

it’s okay to say no. Set the boundaries early, either with yourself or your

family, commit to a certain number of celebrations or events, and hold that

line. Take time for yourself and what brings you peace—like watching your

favorite Christmas movie!

Stay Hydrated

Eggnog, mulled wine and seasonal beer, oh my! During the holidays, most of

us consume more alcohol than normal. But don’t forget your water! Between

each of your favorite seasonal beverages, drink at least 8 ounces of water.

Your body will thank you in the morning.

At the party, eat slowly and savor your favorite holiday foods. That special

eggnog coffee cake your mom makes won’t make another appearance until

next year, so enjoy it!

Eat your Veggies First

When loading up your plate at the holiday buffet table, make your veggie

portion bigger than the rest. I like to eat my vegetables first, since they are

usually the first to cool down, and no one wants to eat lukewarm green beans,

right? Also, this will help fill you up so you’re not as likely to overeat.

Commit to your Movement

Commit to getting your 30 minutes of exercise daily. With kids home from

school and busier days, it can be difficult but the perfect time to get creative.

Suit up in snow gear and challenge your kids to a snowball fight. Spend the

day at your favorite local ski hill. Even sledding at your local sledding hill

counts. You can’t get to the top of the hill without walking up it first.

Most importantly, do not forget to enjoy yourself. The holidays come around

once a year and are meant to be enjoyed with your family and friends. Don’t

be so strict with your “rules” that you forget to just be in the moment and

delight in the season. Now, please pass the eggnog!

Eat Mindfully

Before heading out to a Christmas party, eat a little something first. Arriving

at a party on an empty stomach leads to overeating. Make yourself a protein

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before moving. Steady yourself on the door

frame until you have your balance.

6. Have your vision checked. We make sure

to get our car and tires checked out before

winter sets in, but we also need to make

sure our eyes are addressed with any vision

problems or updated prescription.

7. Keep one hand free while carrying loads, i.e.

transporting groceries.

8. Try not to rush; give yourself extra time for errands

and work.

9. If you have a walker or cane, use it! Don’t risk it when

it is snowy and/or icy).

10. Stay active. Maintaining physical activity is critical

in helping to prevent falls. Balance may be improved

with exercises that strengthen the ankle, knee and hip

muscles, and with exercises that improve the function

of the vestibular (balance) system. Thus, it is important

to remain active, and it is never too late to start a safe

exercise program.

Things a physical or occupational therapist can do

now to limit falls:

A therapist’s job is to analyze the body and come up

with treatment plans for patients to do at home that will

help them manage pain and weakness all while staying

safer. This can be done by devising a personalized home

exercise program. These exercises focus on increasing

strength, improving balance, safety, and building

endurance, so that not only may a patient feel less pain,

but re-injury may be prevented and confidence may be

increased. The patient is given the knowledge and the

tools to facilitate healing and reach their physical goals.

Don’t wait until an injury occurs to seek therapy. If you

think you, a friend or family member may be at risk of

falling, see a physical or occupational therapist sooner

than later to begin this regimen of self-improvement.

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Diet and Aging

WHY SUGAR IS YOUR WORST ENEMY

FUNDRAISING IN THE COVID-19 ERA

Community steps up to help nonprofits

BY MARC STEWART, HERITAGE HEALTH

By Bri Williams, RN, BSN

With obesity rates near 80 percent in America, and the rate

of metabolic disease, heart disease, dementia and diabetes

climbing annually, there are a lot of reasons to choose a

healthy, whole-food diet. But did you know that high sugar

and processed diets also contribute to premature aging of the skin, leading

to more wrinkles, sagginess, lost volume and poor texture? A process called

glycation is to blame, and below we break down all the details and how you

can stop premature aging, inside and out.

What is glycation?

Glycation is a process that happens on a cellular level in the body when

sugar molecules attach to either protein or fat molecules. One of the protein

molecules that they attach to is collagen, the primary structural protein in

the extracellular matrix of the body’s connective tissue, and together they

produce harmful free radicals called advanced glycation end products

(AGEs). The more AGEs that accumulate from the sugar consumption, the

more collagen proteins are damaged. Therefore, an excess of sugar in the

body breaks down collagen and elastin more rapidly than the natural aging

process, resulting in premature aging.

Can glycation be reversed?

Unfortunately, glycation cannot be reversed, and it is best to prevent it in

the first place. However, if years of high sugar consumption have left you

with loose skin and wrinkles, you can make some dietary changes to prevent

further damage. Swap out sugary treats for nature’s dessert of fresh berries,

and be sure to consume enough water (roughly half your body weight in

ounces) daily. Water is essential for collagen and elastin production, and

proper hydration can improve your body’s ability to counteract the negative

effects of glycation. Additionally, a diet rich in antioxidants can help to combat

free radicals that break down collagen. Broccoli, spinach, sweet potatoes

and asparagus are just a few foods that help to brighten the complexion and

halt glycation.

What other foods cause glycation?

While sugar is the biggest culprit for producing AGEs, other foods can

also trigger glycation and premature aging. Meat, especially red meat, fried

foods, vegetable oils and processed foods also contribute to the breakdown

of collagen. Steer clear of these offenders and opt for lean white meats, fresh

produce and whole foods to preserve your health and skin.

A diet that helps you to age gracefully on the outside will also help to

preserve your internal health. Your skin is your largest organ and reflects the

cellular processes occurring internally. Nurturing your skin and body with

whole foods and avoiding processed and sugary foods will improve your

appearance, but more importantly, will make you healthier!

It’s safe to say American society has had to

reinvent many things during the coronavirus

pandemic.

How we work, how we play and how we celebrate

milestones are all different now. Few things

have been immune to the effects of COVID-19,

including philanthropy and giving.

Traditional fundraising events such as golf

tournaments, galas and other events are rarely

held anymore due to health concerns. The impact

of losing thousands, if not tens of thousands of

dollars, is being felt by local nonprofits.

Local charities have turned to technology to help

raise money, including holding online auctions

or virtual events via Zoom or Skype.

“Some of our local charities have had great

success with online auctions and virtual events,

yet many are struggling due to lack of resources

and/or inadequate bandwidth to pull off an

online fundraiser,” says Pam Houser, VP of

Community Relations and Communications at

Heritage Health. “So, for those organizations,

donations are down.”

Heritage Health canceled its annual “Friend

Raiser” breakfast the last two years and pulled

the plug on its late summer golf tournament this

year due to the Delta variant.

“These events are as much about telling our

story as they are about raising money for our

Mary Ellen Scholarship Fund, which helps

patients who have no insurance,” says Houser.

“We are, perhaps, more fortunate than others

because, thankfully, we have several donors who

consistently give each year, whether they attend

an event or not.”

Houser believes people can make a difference by

becoming an annual giver to organizations who

need funding.

“When we host an event, we want you to come,

participate and have fun because you want

to network or meet your neighbors, but give

because you want to make a difference, and you

believe you can provide hope to someone who

may have lost theirs,” she says. “For example,

100 percent of contributions to the Dirne

Foundation (Heritage Health) go directly to the

Mary Ellen Fund. This fund is overseen by board

members who review applications each month

from patients in need of financial assistance with

medical, dental and mental health services. No

patient is turned away based on their inability

to pay for services. Your donations could save a

life with a small gift that covers an office visit or

a co-pay.”

Many local churches have stepped up to meet

those needs of the community with donations of

cash or material things to help.

Lake City Church in Coeur d’Alene recently

donated 160 sleeping bags to Heritage Health’s

Street Medicine Program, which serves the

homeless and at-risk populations.

“We know the needs are still there, regardless

of the pandemic,” says Joyce Dexter, director of

Serve at Lake City Church. “We believe in coming

alongside organizations and helping them do

what they do. We have a heart and passion to

help the homeless and underprivileged. Heritage

Health does an outstanding job of helping

those populations.”

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DECORATING FOR

THE HOLIDAYS

ANCIENT TRADITIONS BRING HOLIDAY CHEER

BY RACHEL KELLY

The simple beauty of Christmas décor is steeped in

ancient tradition, as well as providing frivolous

beauty. Here in the Northwest, our holiday cheer

and decorations hold special significance because

of our long and dark winters. Though they’re not as cold

as some, the days are certainly short. A little snow goes a

long way toward brightening up the landscape, but in the

meantime, a few evergreen boughs, candles and Christmas

lights bring cheer during the (seemingly) everlasting winter.

It’s thought that bringing evergreen boughs into the home

originated as long ago as ancient times, even dating back to

the Vikings. Before there was electricity, and food was made

in a hearth, the everlasting green of the branches served as

a symbol of hope that spring would come again; that the

sun would shine again in the mornings and evenings; and

that the trees would once again fill with songbirds. It goes

without saying that decorating the home, and decorating

with neighbors, was an excuse to connect with nature and

friends during a time when the weather kept everyone

indoors. Today that tradition lives on in our long ropes of

evergreen, tinsel, and in our rich Christmas colors.

The modern Christmas tree, versus evergreen boughs, came

much later. In the late 1500s in Germany, it was a common

tradition to decorate bare trees with nuts and fruit. The

ornamentation filled up the empty space left by the absent

leaves and was a fun source of entertainment. However,

it wasn’t until 1605 that a fir tree was brought inside and

decorated with paper flowers and treats. The idea spread

across Germany for obvious reasons and flourished for a

couple hundred years. In the 1800s, German immigrants

brought the tradition with them, where it became popular in

the United States. Decorations expanded to include whatever

the decorator had on hand: popcorn, cranberries, streamers

… and often weren’t too extremely extravagant.

Lights were a common theme when decorating the tree and

the home. Long before electric lights came along, trees were

decorated with candles adorned with foil, which was used to

reflect the light around the room. The family would nightly

re-ornament and light the worn-down candles to bring a bit

of cheer to the early evening.

It wasn’t until the 1800s that ornamentation on the tree

became more extravagant. During that time, Hans Greiner in

Germany began making glass “baubles,” which were sculpted

glass balls of various colors. The simple glass ornaments

reflected the light and added a certain flair to the humble

Christmas tree. While popcorn necklaces and cranberries

were still used, the ornament certainly upped the decorating

game. In the late 19th century, F.W. Woolworth brought the

idea to America, and it quickly caught on. The ornaments

were available in department stores across the country.

Eventually the ornaments were injected with molten glass

to make new shapes. At some point ornaments began to

be made with moldable plastic to allow for an even greater

variety of shapes and variations, resembling the ornaments

that we have today.

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Still more of our Christmas décor originates with

Christian and Jewish traditions. The lighting of the

menorah is meant to be a testament of God’s provision,

symbolizing the miracle of the oil that lasted for eight

days instead of one. The menorah is not traditionally

used as a practical light, such as something to read

or write by. It is only ornamental and is placed in

Jewish windows to stand as a reminder of God’s

blessing to the temple and his people. The Christmas

star on the top of the Christmas tree is a symbol of

the star that led the three wisemen to Jesus after he

was born, an event that Messianic Jews also celebrate

in their homes. The very popular candy cane was

originally created as a clever treat that was used to

bribe children to sit during Christmas services. The

simple “J” shape was chosen because it was the shape

of a shepherd’s crook. It was a perfect accompaniment

to the story of Jesus’ birth, whose first witnesses were

shepherds. Originally the candy was made without

stripes or peppermint flavoring, simply being sugar

sticks. It wasn’t until later that the red stripes and

peppermint flavoring were added with the intention

of the red being the color of hope and peppermint

symbolizing cleansing.

Today our ornamental decorations, as well as our

favorite candies, are personal expressions of our

faith, our families and our hopes for the future in

the midst of winter—much like they always have

been throughout history. However, we have the

luxury of being considerably more versatile. Often

glass ornaments commemorate births of loved ones

or wedding anniversaries. Some ornaments might

remind us of special places such as a memorable

vacation, a faraway home, or dear friends that we

once knew and hope to see again. During Christmas

we use our decorations to remind us of moments

of past joy and symbols of hope for the future. Our

ornaments, lights, stars, trees, candy and evergreen

wreaths are used as remembrances of birth, life and

peace. In this season we find our strength in our

intentional dwelling on all that is good. Decorations

seem almost frivolous at times, and yet they are part

of a deeper ritual that keeps us focused on all that is

right and new.

Festive holiday decorations

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of the season into

your home or office.

Decorations seem

almost frivolous at

times, and yet they

are part of a deeper

ritual that keeps us

focused on all that

is right and new.

CHRISTMAS TREES

Winter Nights happening now, with

fresh cut Christmas trees and living trees,

and flocking services for any of our fresh

cut trees.

BEAUTIFUL HOLIDAY DÉCOR

Inside the garden center, shop wreaths,

garlands, ornaments, home décor, holiday

centerpieces, and the cutest gnomes

you’ve ever seen!

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THIS

SEASON, MAY

YOUR HOME

BE A PLACE

WHERE ALL

YOUR HOPES,

CHEER AND

JOY FIND

RESIDENCE.

This year, there are all sorts of places to go and memories to

be had in our community. We honor the age-old tradition

of decoration and celebration by venturing out to be with

our neighbors, and coming together to celebrate. There are

a lot of special places to find just what seems right in our

homes, and on our trees. There are some businesses where

“baubles” can be made with family and friends, and some

places where they can be bought. Whatever you plan on

doing, there are some great places to look for things that

serve as reminders of some of our favorite local memories.

This season, may your home be a place where all your

hopes, cheer and joy find residence. As we enter into long

nights, and occasional rough storms, may your home be a

place of respite. May it be a place of lights, baubles, candles,

warmth, comfort, hope and greenery. And when you go

out to shop, or just to be with friends, may it be an activity

that brings you joy rather than stress. This year is a year

of new and old traditions, and of faith in the coming year.

MAY IT BE AN

ACTIVITY THAT

BRINGS YOU JOY.

If you’re looking for unique holiday décor

and ornaments this holiday season, there are

several stops you’ll want to make right here in

the Coeur d’Alene area.

One of the first that comes to mind for festive

home décor is The Culinary Stone in Riverstone.

The Culinary Stone doubles not only as a perfect

place for unique, high-quality Christmas items

but as a culinary dream. They offer cooking

classes, wine, a deli, and kitchen supplies. The

area is set up as an Old-World market with all

its charm, and is a must see even if you’re not

interested in Christmas décor.

Also in Coeur d’Alene is the downtown boutique

Christmas at the Lake. It is an obvious choice

for Christmas décor that sells year-round,

displaying hundreds of varieties of glass and

whimsical ornaments.

For holiday flowers, there’s no place like

Holiday’s Hallmark and Florist, where in

addition to greenery you can also find a few

holiday decorations and ornaments.

Let New Leaf Nursery in Hayden help you in

bringing the magic of the season into your

home with their festive holiday decorations.

You can shop beautiful holiday décor inside the

garden center, where you can shop for wreaths,

garlands, ornaments, home décor, holiday

centerpieces and more!

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WISHING YOU A VERY

Merry Christmas

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HOW TO

holiday happily

THE BEST WAYS TO STAY ORGANIZED AND STICK TO A BUDGET

by TAYLOR SHILLAM

Wondering how to keep the holidays happy without breaking the bank? While it can be easy to overdo

holiday shopping, it’s just as easy to implement a few quick tips for staying organized and preventing

excess spending. This season, you can keep both a joyful heart and a balanced budget!

Don’t let your love for the holidays be dimmed by pressure to spend. Here are a few ways to maintain a happy holiday

without breaking the bank.

Know your holiday expenses. The list of holiday expenses can be long, reaching far beyond shopping for gifts. Depending

on your plans for the festive season, expenses can include decorations, food and drink for parties and gatherings, travel

costs, and much more. While you plan your budget, outline every anticipated expense and determine where you can

afford to save or skimp in each category.

If you’re set to host holiday gatherings this year, consider where you

can reuse decorations and get crafty. Save on dining expenses by

suggesting a potluck or keeping your menu light with a happy hour

or dessert-based menu. Take time to consider where you can stretch

your dollar and enlist the help of guests.

Keep your budget simple and realistic. The more clear and simple

it is, the easier it will be to stick to—this statement holds true for

many habits, and creating holiday budgets is no exception. Keeping

your spending expectations clear and concise will make it easier to

meet them.

This may look like setting a specific spending limit per person on

your shopping list or per holiday expense category, using categories

like gifts, travel, food and so on. Staying organized from the start

with parameters that are easy to meet helps ensure you don't stray

from your budgetary goals.

Learn from years past. Don’t let ghosts of holiday shopping seasons

past scare you into repeating the same patterns this year. Before

finalizing your 2021 budget, look back at your spending and gifting

habits over previous holiday seasons.

If you made choices that sent you into an expensive last-minute

spending spree or brought on debt you’re still paying off, make the

necessary changes to avoid repeating the situation.

Think back to the responses you received. Were all the gifts

enjoyed and appreciated? What smaller or least expensive gifts made

the biggest impact, and can you replicate a similar idea this year?

What about last year’s spending could be condensed or changed?

Asking yourself these questions to decide if last year’s spending was

overdone or appropriate can help you create the best budgetary

approach to this holiday season.

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Streamline your shopping list. Santa may be responsible for delivering

a long list of gifts, but you don’t have to be. If your giving spirit is

outweighing your budget this year, consider a few ways to shorten your

shopping list.

Suggesting a Secret Santa or White Elephant gift exchange among your

friend group or at a gathering of extended family members is a great way

to engage your loved ones without having the need to shop for every

single one. Often, the memory of the shared gifting experience will

matter more than the gift itself.

Use your planned budgetary limits to create a list of what you plan to

give each person on your list, then stick to it! You can organize this down

to the specific store or site you’ll shop from to streamline not only your

spending but your total shopping time.

Track your spending. Documenting your spending will be key to

staying on track this season! Thanks to mobile banking and free financefocused

apps, tracking your expenses is easier than ever. Download your

specific bank or credit card’s app and set up your account as you begin

your holiday shopping. Keep your credit monitoring turned on to detect

and eliminate any potential fraud right away.

Assess your travel expenses. Traveling for the holidays? Take time to

determine the most budget-friendly ways to get to your destination.

If your trip is drivable, consider the advantages of road-tripping over

flying. You could not only save on the airline costs that tend to skyrocket

during peak holiday times, but additional expenses like rental cars,

checking bags and dinners out.

If you are flying to your destination, take the time budget for the

associated expenses and do your pre-travel research to cut costs where

you can.

Shop smart. As much as you can, shop smart, and shop early! Keep

an eye out for the inevitable sales and deals that lead up to the holiday

itself. If you’re shopping online, put your orders in before the shipping

deadlines so you aren’t scrambling in nearby stores at the last minute.

The more you can get done ahead of time, the more time you have to

relax and enjoy the season.

Consider spending time over money. Think back to the holidays you

most clearly remember. Was it the gifts or the time spent that meant the

most? Sometimes, giving shared experiences can not only save you money

on buying trendy gifts, but can surprise you with a more memorable

outcome. Gift-able experiences include tickets to an event, admission to

a class to learn a new skill, the means to try a new outdoor activity, and much

more. Tailor the experience to what matters most to the recipient, and your

gift will be sure to make a lasting impact this holiday season.

While so much of the holiday season is centered on the theme of giving,

that doesn’t have to bring with it a major financial setback. This season, the

joy of giving can stay joyful—with a little less stress and a little more in your

pocket—simply by implementing a few budget-friendly habits. The key is to

stay organized, plan ahead, and remain focused on what matters most.

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Croc Coatings

4290 W. Riverbend Ave., Post Falls, ID

208.244.0694 | CrocCoatings.com

Holaday & Co

1109 E. Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene, ID

208.966.4371 | HoladayandCo.com

The Culinary

Stone

2129 N. Main St., Coeur d’Alene, ID

208.277.4116 | CulinaryStone.com

The Spa by CDA

Plastic Surgery

1875 N. Lakewood Dr. #103, Coeur d’Alene, ID

208.758.0486 | CDAPlasticCurgery.com/the-spa.php

Pool World

745 W. Appleway Ave., Coeur d’Alene, ID

208. 765.5220 | PoolWorld.biz

Pilgrim’s Market

1316 N. Fourth St., Coeur d’Alene, ID

208.676.9730 | PilgrimsMarket.com

Custom Truck

254 W. Kathleen Ave., Coeur d’Alene, ID

208.765.4444 | CustomTruck.info

Shop Local

Blue Lizard

100 B Cedar St., Sandpoint, ID

208.255.7105 | BlueLizardNativeGallery.com

Honey and Sage

Beauty

318 N. Spokane St., Post Falls, ID

208.981.8004 | f/honey.sage.beauty

~Holiday Guide~

Mountain Madness

Soap

310 E. Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene, ID

208.918.0667 | MountainMadnessSoap.com

Panhandle Red

13506 W. Bodine Ave., Post Falls, ID

208.755.7503 | PanhandleRed.com

The Dinner Party

3510 N. Government Way, Coeur d’Alene, ID

208.765.5653 | TheDinnerPartyShop.com

Ultimate Concrete

Coatings

7946 W. 4th St., Rathdrum, ID

208.640.6768 | UltimateConcreteCoatings.com

Kalm Learning

Online Only

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NEW YEAR,

NEW BUSINESS?

Dine with us or Call for Takeout

KEY POINTS OF ADVICE FOR STARTING A NEW BUSINESS

by RACHEL KELLY

A

lot of things have happened over the past few years

that have people re-imagining their priorities:

where they want to go in life, what they want

to do, and what they want to have time

for. As the new year is fast approaching, you may

find yourself brainstorming a new business idea.

Here are some key points of advice for all you

entrepreneurs out there as you consider

starting the new year out fresh.

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The first thing to do when starting a new

business is to develop a business plan.

This can often take some time—and

some brainstorming. Do you want

to sell online? Have a storefront?

How do you advertise? Who are

you looking to sell to? Are you even

selling anything? A lot of times the

answers to these questions can be

found by who you know. And if

you don’t know anyone, now is

the time to find your niche of likeminded

people. Knowing other

business owners in similar spheres

can help to find clients, create new

work, develop what you have to

offer, and facilitate advertising.

There are online groups, local

business fairs, clubs, events and

galas meant to facilitate bringing

people together. Use these things

to meet people, connect, and allow

for organic relationships. The

people who meet as a new business

owner are the people who will hold

you up if you make a mistake, and

advise you if you’re not sure which

direction to go.

TAKE YOUR HOLIDAY COOKING TO THE

NEXT LEVEL

AT THE CULINARY STONE

FINEX is a small team of Portland-based craftspeople, cooks

and designers dedicated to crafting cookware that will stand

the test of time.

Our work is inspired by the hardworking history of American

cast iron and grounded in our belief that cooking should be

genuine—an experience you value and share with others.

It’s these simple ideals that guide us as we reinvent cast-iron

cookware with modern design to enhance the life of every cook.

School Your Taste Buds

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Mentors in similar spheres of influence will help you

flesh out your business plan and give you advice as you

venture out into providing concrete documentation.

It’s really quite easy to apply for a business license

through the state, and relatively inexpensive. But!

Before applying for that legal paperwork, you must

decide on a name, one that you won’t be able to change

once you apply for your license. It’s also a good idea

to run this idea through a group of your peers to see

if the name is catchy, simple, showcases what you do,

and communicates what you’re trying to say. A name

can go through many drafts before it’s just right. Once

you have that down, you can go ahead and apply for

your business license.

The next step in this day and age is to establish an

online presence. If your business is online, this may

mean establishing your revenue sources through the

people that you have already connected with. Or this

may mean that you start a web page and open up

various social media accounts. Regular posts mean

more attention to what you do and allows for further

networking. A website gives people somewhere to go

to learn more. You can even make a QR code for free

online and attach it to your website. This makes access

to your website that much easier. Regardless of what

you’re doing, having an online presence makes you

taggable and pingable. This makes your business

more accessible.

Once your ideas have been developed, and you have

all the necessary paperwork, it’s time to put yourself

out there. While you may not have much business

quite yet, it’s important to be confident in your ability

to deliver. This means that you know what you want

and what you offer. You have to be willing to share this

with people and follow through with what you say,

learning along the way as to how to be more and more

efficient. Ultimately, this is where you gain valuable

experience that gives birth to concrete ideas and

growth. Experience will allow you further confidence

as to what you’re capable of and will spur creativity

toward new deliverables. It allows you to gauge what

people want or what they may need, and how you want

to go about providing it. It’s a boots-to-the-ground

sort of approach, that allows you to be a good boss to

yourself and a good manager to your employees. You

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ONCE YOU HAVE

PEER CONNECTION,

LEGAL CONTRACTS

AND TRIED

EXPERIENCE, YOU

HAVE THE MAKINGS

OF A LASTING

BUSINESS.

will know what to do because your experience means you’ve

been there.

Once you have that foundation of peer connection, legal

contracts and tried experience, you have the makings of

a lasting business. From here you can only go up. You can

hire more employees, buy more space, consolidate work and

simplify production. Whatever it is you need for growth, now

is when you go about acquiring it. Or maybe you like where

you are, and you would like to continue in that vein. So you

can. That’s the beauty of starting your own business—its time

on your terms. You can shape your business after what it is

that you want and need, versus readjusting your schedule and

family around the needs of your boss. Whatever you decide

to do here is up to you. Because, after all, it’s your business.

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FUTURE

Spending

HANDMADE IN IDAHO, USA

THINK NOW ON YOUR 2022 FINANCIAL GOALS

by COLIN ANDERSON

After holiday expenses of meals, travel and gifts, the checking account is often slim, and the credit card balances slightly inflated.

During this annual spending splurge, we can often lose sight of the budgets we’ve worked hard to maintain throughout the rest

of the year. After the dust has settled, it’s a good time to take a look at your financials, see if there are expenses you can eliminate,

and set your spending, saving and payment goals for a new year.

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TURQUOISE, JEWELRY, GIFTS & MORE.

Krista Panerio, local designer, maker and owner of

Panhandle Red Leather Goods Company, is reining in

the holidays with her locally made handcrafted luxury

leather goods and custom jewelry. Here is where your

American Christmas gift shopping begins ... Idaho, USA.

Come visit the Panhandle Red Silo Studio, which is

open daily!

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Outline expenses.

Knowing precisely how much you spend each month is a key to both establishing

financial goals and finding ways to save money. Consider creating a simple excel

spreadsheet with all of your monthly expenses. You can divide them into necessities

(mortgage, rent, utilities, insurance, car payment, child care, etc.) and fluctuating

expenses (groceries, entertainment, fuel/vehicle maintenance, dining out, extracurricular

expenses). Add up the totals from each column, combine them with

your after-tax monthly income, and see what you should have remaining each

month. From here you can make adjustments to monthly budgets to suit your

financial goals.

Analyze monthly auto-pays.

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It might cost $8 per month for a streaming service, $15 a month for satellite radio

and $30 a month for in-home personal fitness subscriptions. On their own, each

expense doesn’t seem like very much, but when they’re all added up, monthly

auto-pays can turn into a rather large number. Do you really need five streaming

services? Can you downgrade any meal-delivery memberships? Does the gym

membership even get used? Take a look at each of your monthly services and

decide which ones you will continue to use and those you can live without. If you

eliminate just $60 each month in services, you’ll put $720 back in your pocket by

the end of the year.

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Where your office can feel like a

Consider a financial planner.

Setting goals on your own is important, but professional financial planners can

help you prioritize what’s important now, in a few years, and on into retirement.

Is it better to pay down $40,000 in remaining student loan debt? Or is that large

monthly payment better off being invested long term? If you have a retirement

age in mind, professional planners can analyze your current savings and, based on

your age, determine how much you should be committing each month in order to

hit your goal. Many can also help answer both business and personal tax situations

or refer you to a tax professional that might save you thousands.

WEEKEND GETAWAY!

Create a will.

PROFESSIONAL BUILDING

We don’t like to think about our end of life, but it will eventually happen to all of

us. It is never too early to create a will –even if you don’t feel you have many assets

or nothing bad will happen to you. Families squabbling over cash, properties,

heirlooms and other possessions after a loved one’s death tarnish their memory.

Having a clear and concise will allows the estate holder to pass on their assets how

they best see fit. If a life event changes things, or you acquire a new asset, your will

can be altered relatively easily, again as you see fit.

Check your 401(k).

Most working Americans rely upon a 401(k) for their retirement savings. Your

contribution likely comes out of your monthly paycheck and into an account you

rarely monitor. Take a moment to see what your current savings status is. First

and foremost, if your employer offers a match to your contributions, take the

maximum available to you. This is the closest thing to free money you’ll ever find.

If you increase the pre-tax amount you are contributing, you might actually save

money down the line by paying less in taxes and having your funds go to work

in the market instead. Finally, what stage of life are you in? If you are early in

your career, perhaps consider a more risky portfolio. If you are on the verge of

retirement, perhaps it’s best to move into lower-return but lower-risk investments.

Set your goals.

Visualizing your entire financial well-being is the first step to setting your 2022

financial goals big or small. If you want to pay down that last $2,000 in credit card

debt, perhaps skip a meal out a week and instead put that $50 toward the principal.

A college savings account for your 5-year-old can start with just $50 per month

contributions that will grow greatly over the next 15 years. Put $100 a month away

in your sock drawer or safe place, and you’ll have $500 to $600 in spending cash

for that summer vacation. Analyze your monthly expenses, find your available

savings, and apply those funds toward your goals.

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It’s important to have a balanced plan in which you can handle your current debt

load while also enjoying the lifestyle you would like to live. Be smart with money,

but don’t forget to cut yourself a check for fun every now and then—after all, you

worked hard to earn it!

Contact Paul Bielec for your tour today!

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SUNNY PALM SPRINGS IS THE

PERFECT DESTINATION FOR A

WINTER GETAWAY.

SUNNY PALM SPRINGS

The perfect place to chase away winter blues

By Marguerite Cleveland

Sunny Palm Springs is the perfect destination for a winter getaway. Luxury destination resorts abound with exotic pools and renowned

golf courses. Art and architecture aficionados will love the mid-century modern aesthetic and vibe. This is foodie heaven, with the

agricultural bounty of the Coachella Valley inspiring local chefs. Activities abound, or you can just relax by a pool. It really is the perfect

destination for a winter getaway.

Where to Stay

There are so many beautiful resorts in the area that it can be tough to decide where to stay. These two Marriott properties are very family

friendly, and both recently completed extensive multimillion dollar renovations and upgrades.

The Renaissance Esmeralda Resort and Spa celebrates the 10 Days of Esmeralda from December 23 to January 2, 2022. There are special

activities each day for couples, friends and families. Christmas Brunch with Santa on December 25 is a highlight. Gingerbread house

decorating, family fun train rides in the lobby terrace, and cookie decorating at Camp Esmeralda are just a few of the many activities

planned. Adults will enjoy a paint hour, caricature artist and a New Year’s Eve Dinner Buffet. When booking, look for the 10 Days of

Esmeralda Package, which includes festive extras the whole family will love.

Indian Wells is a beautiful location for this stunning resort. The refreshed rooms are some of the largest in the Palm Springs area with midcentury

modern design and vivid colors common in the Southern California landscape. The 23-acre grounds include lush Mediterraneaninspired

gardens, waterfalls and lakes. The pool has a beach entry, literally with a sandy beach flowing to the walk-in pool.

The holidays are a special time at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa.

What makes the resort so unique is it has 18 acres of lakes and waterways. Electric

boats pick you up in the lobby for rides throughout the resort. Look for special Boat

Rides with Santa. Winterland meets the desert in over-the-top decorations sure to

get you in the holiday spirit. The JW takes family friendly to a whole new level with the incredible JW Entertainment Zone featuring an arcade game

room with supersized classic games like Pac-Man. You’ll also find skee-ball, duck bowling and virtual reality games, as well as seasonal activities.

The newly designed resort rooms have a calming aesthetic with hardwood floors and soothing shades of blue, grey and crisp white for the décor.

Plush bedding, quartz vanities and rain-style showers add to the opulence. In addition to golf, there are so many other activities to participate in such

as tennis, volleyball, bike rentals, a variety of lawn games, a putting green and multiple pools.

Pro Tip: When you arrive, make sure to pick up a copy of the Passport Family Activities, which lists family activities held each day at the resort.

Where to Eat

Maybe the question should be where not to eat, because there are just so many options! Wilma & Frieda is located in the El Paseo shopping

district known as the greater Palm Springs area’s Rodeo Drive. Serving up comfort foods with a twist, you will find jazzed-up dishes from your

childhood with a grown-up flare. Where the restaurant really shines is with brunch. Start with a house-made Poptart—which in no way resembles

the cardboard-textured ones of your childhood. Flaky pie pastry stuffed with a triple berry filling then drizzled with icing is a wonder to behold.

Bennies, the restaurant’s take on Eggs Benedict, steps up the game with house-made English muffins and other fresh, local ingredients. Well worth

the stop and super popular, so you will want to arrive early to snag a table.

For a splurge meal, head over to the La Quinta Resort and Club to dine at Morgan’s in the Desert, the resort’s signature dining venue. The restaurant

is beautiful inside with the feel of a hacienda, and outside in the courtyard, the twinkling lights help to create a magical atmosphere. Dine on

contemporary American cuisine sourced from the bounty of the Coachella Valley. Traditional cooking methods highlight the region’s best ingredients

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WHERE TO EAT

Wilma & Frieda - WilmaFrieda.com

Eight4Nine Restaurant & Lounge - Eight4Nine.com

La Quinta Resort & Club Dining - LaQuintaResort.com/dining

WHAT TO DO

Shields Date Garden - ShieldsDateGarden.com

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway - PSTramway.com

The Living Desert and Garden - LivingDesert.org

and products. Eat a composed dish highlighting

the chef ’s skills, or order your choice of protein

à la carte, add toppings or sauces and pick your

sides for a meal tailored to your taste. The La

Quinta Resort is lovely at night. After dinner,

head over to one of the other venues to enjoy a

cocktail and live music in the Plaza.

Located on North Palm Canyon Drive in Palm

Springs, a trendy street in the Uptown Design

District with shops, galleries and sidewalk

cafés, Eight4Nine Restaurant & Lounge is one

that stays busy. The food is fantastic, but the

presentation adds so much to the experience.

Try the signature Watermelon Gazpacho, a

chilled watermelon soup with piquillo peppers,

lime, garlic, burrata cheese and micro mint.

Poured tableside and so good. Another highlight is the Brandini Toffee

S’Mores Fondue. This is such a delicious dessert. Skewer a house-made

marshmallow garnished with locally made Brandini Toffee and lightly

torched, dip in the decadent chocolate, then roll in crushed graham

crackers. So memorable with the light fluffy texture of the marshmallows.

What to Do

Shields Date Garden is a kitschy ‘50s-style tourist stop which charms

with its vintage vibe. Stroll the date garden to see the vignettes on the

life of Christ. In the Romance Theater, watch the original movie, “The

Romance & Sex Life of the Date,” quite a racy title when it originated in

1953. There is a cute café in a courtyard overlooking the garden, or you

can grab a Date Shake at the soda counter.

The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is a must stop while in the area. Take

the rotating tram as it follows the cliffs of Chino Canyon to the Mountain

Station with an elevation of 8,515 feet. Head outside to enjoy the stunning

views and explore the pristine wilderness found in Mt. San Jacinto State

Park, which offers more than 50 miles of hiking trails. Inside are two

restaurants, a natural history museum, two theaters and a gift shop. Note

the temperature is much cooler than the desert below, so bring a jacket

or sweater for your visit.

Even adults will love going to the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens; one

of only two zoos in the United States that specializes in deserts. The

newly opened Rhino Savanna is the closest you will get to experiencing

an African safari without leaving the United States. In addition to the

animals, explore the immersive botanical gardens which flow throughout

the zoo. Just gorgeous. The zoo owns 5 miles of private hiking trails into

the desert for use by visitors. Make sure to stop by the San Andreas Fault

line exhibit.

The greater Palm Springs area has so much to see and do—but don’t

underestimate the relaxation factor of nestling into a poolside cabana

and sipping a craft cocktail far away from the winter blues.

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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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Come see us at our POST FALLS LOCATION!

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

YOUR OLD-FASHION BUTCHER SHOP...

By Jillian Chandler

Offering great food at a reasonable price, paired with

excellent service and a familiar face, has always been

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

get what they have come to expect.

From the beginning, it has provided the community a warm

and comfortable atmosphere where guests feel at home

and are provided an exceptional experience—every time.

Twenty-five years later, their philosophy has never wavered,

and Moon Time continues to provide their guests with

familiar faces, great service, a comfortable atmosphere, and

great food and drink at a reasonable price.

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

pub food, bringing a variety of items from many different

cultures together, paired with a carefully selected 19 beer

handles and a wide variety of wines, which complement the

food. From the Grilled Pork Tacos to the Mediterranean

Lamb Burger and famous Roasted Corn Pasta, their food is

sure to satisfy.

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

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

serve you the best!

Moon Time

1602 East Sherman Avenue #116

Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

208.667.2331

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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

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

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THE PORCH PUBLIC HOUSE

ANGELO’S RISTORANTE

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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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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

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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

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COMMUNITY EVENTS

WINTER MARKET PROVIDES

SEASONAL GOODS AND

HOLIDAY TREATS

Get shopping December 11

By Jillian Chandler

For those of you who are already missing the seasonal Kootenai

County Farmers Market, don’t fret! As the Winter Market is

coming to the Kootenai County Fairgrounds for three Saturdays

during the month of December.

From 10am to 3pm on December 11, you won’t want to miss this

holiday event, which promises customers the opportunity to shop for

all of their holiday needs.

With more than 75 of your favorite market vendors, market-goers can

shop local meats, eggs and seasonal produce, along with locally made

honey, jams, salsa and cheeses—perfect for those holiday gatherings.

Find hand-crafted gifts for those holiday gift exchanges and company

parties, wreaths to decorate your home for the holiday, and more!

Some wonderful holiday vendors onsite will include H-Brand Plants,

who will have house plants, hanging baskets, living Christmas tree

ornaments and more to brighten your home this winter. Rustic Glory

Flags will have handmade wooden ornaments, while Living Earth

Naturals will be selling seasonal soap scents and four new fabulous

bath salts, along with their body-care goodies—a perfect stocking

stuffer for yourself or that loved one.

If you’re looking to be the talk of that holiday gathering, pick up a

pie from Lil’ Punkin’ Pie for dessert, or pasture-raised and grass-fed

hams, turkeys, beef roasts from Ramstead Ranch as your Christmas

Eve dinner highlight. You can visit KootenaiFarmersMarkets.org to find

out more about the vendors who will be at this year’s Winter Market.

While shopping, enjoy free cookies and coffee during your visit. And

be sure to enter the raffle drawing for your chance to win a beautiful

market basket filled with a variety of goodies thanks to local vendors.

Shopping for the holidays, while supporting local vendors, doesn’t get

much better than this!

What’s happening

in December

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HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS

DECEMBER

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6TH ANNUAL POST FALLIDAYS TINY TREE FESTIVAL

The Post Fallidays Tiny Tree Festival returns for its sixth year on Saturday,

December 4. From 10am to noon, you can take part in the event online or

in person at Red Lion Templin’s Hotel on the River (414 East 1st Avenue

in Post Falls). This is a mid-morning event filled with fun and festivities!

Guests who attend in person will enjoy a beautiful brunch (with mimosa

bar!) while perusing the tiny trees—all decorated by local community

leaders, nonprofits and businesses—up for silent auction bidding. Be sure

to purchase a raffle ticket for your chance to win a full-size decorated tree,

donated by Seright’s Ace Hardware! Tickets are $30 per person. You can

register online at PostFallsChamber.com.

TRADITIONS OF CHRISTMAS

Traditions of Christmas: A Musical Spectacular returns to Coeur d’Alene

this month and once again hits the stage at the Salvation Army Kroc

Center. This Radio City Music Hall-style show is sure to inspire the hearts

of audience members of all ages, as your favorite Christmas classics are

brought to life with song and dance throughout the show. Show dates are

December 10 through 12, 17 through 19, and December 22. Tickets are

priced $23 to $36, plus tax and processing. To view dates and showtimes,

and to purchase your tickets today, visit TraditionsofChristmasNW.com.

TRAIL MANIAC’S UGLY SWEATER RUN

& FUNDRAISER

You can show your support to St. Vincent de Paul’s H.E.L.P. Center this

holiday season by taking part in Trail Maniacs’ annual Ugly Sweater Run!

Scheduled for Sunday, December 12, it’s time to get outdoors in your ugliest

of Christmas or holiday sweaters and join others in the community for this

4.5-mile run beginning at 9:30am. After the run, all are invited to Trails

End Brewery from 11am to 1:30pm for the ugly sweater competition, with

voting to begin at 12:30 and prizes awarded shortly after. The event is free

to participate, but Trail Maniacs will be accepting gently used jackets, coats,

sweaters and blankets for those in need. For additional details, you can find

the event online at Facebook.com/TrailManiacs.

* Please note, as of press time, these events were still scheduled to take place as planned. Due to the

continuing pandemic, 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.

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