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ALL IS CALM, ALL IS BRIGHT
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CELEBRATE THE JOY OF TODAY …
and every day
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
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.
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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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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
transformed into a cozy oasis you’ll enjoy all winter long.
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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
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.”
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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.
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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
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.”
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
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
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The Holiday Hustle
SLOWING DOWN AND RECLAIMING HOLIDAY JOY
By Jenny Wiglesworth
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
miss it. Take in the magic, slow down and reclaim holiday joy.
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New Orchestra Comes to North Idaho
INAUGURAL CONCERT DECEMBER 17
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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,
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By Jillian Chandler
Buck Knives® started with a dream back in 1902,
when Hoyt Buck sought to craft high-quality,
industry-defining knives and tools—and it’s been
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
is fully determined by the passion that our customers and
employees carry for the brand and the products that we
create,” says CJ Buck. “Without them, we would not be
For generations, Buck Knives® has been making the most
reliable tools a person can carry; tools built with pride for
120 years; tools you can always count on when, and where,
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Nestled in an area that is rich in hunting, fishing, hiking,
camping, and other outdoor recreational opportunities,
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
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Specialized Needs Recreation
CREATING ENGAGING OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL ABILITIES
BY TAYLOR SHILLAM
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.”
SNR offers an evening group that meets three to four times per month.
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Each meeting serves to promote friendship and
fellowship among peers.
“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
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
reached over $23,000 by the end of summer
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
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,
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A Focus on Wellness and Mental Health
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
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
and taken anywhere you go,” shares Heather. “With my training
and education as a trauma informed therapist, I have made sure
all techniques are well researched and safe for daily use.”
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.”
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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,”
“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.
Lake City’s Walker Jump recently
wrapped up an impressive soccer
career that proved you can always
continue to get better through hard
work, no matter the setbacks. “One life lesson
that has stuck with me is: ‘Hard work beats
talent when talent fails to work hard,’” said the
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
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
and you have a
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,
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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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
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
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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can be enjoyed not only within its many beautiful
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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
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.”
Left unclaimed, Dicey was officially installed in
its Independence Point location in the spring
O RT HOPAED I C
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
“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
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BRIGHT FUTURE AHEAD
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
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
“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
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,
“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
looking to offer a larger heavy equipment operation program.”
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
vacation and health insurance.
“At NIC Workforce Training Center, we offer students a safe and positive
learning environment that prepares them for a variety of jobs in commercial
truck driving,” Mobbs said. “It can lead to health benefits, a career, a better
future for you and your family.
For more information on the NIC Workforce Training Center CDL, visit
NIC.edu/CDL or call 208.769.3333.
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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.
5. Be careful getting out of your car. Plant both feet firmly on the ground
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As December is a month filled with celebration, it is also the time to start
reflecting on what habits you want to improve on come the new year. Throughout
the month, note those bad habits you want to overcome, and whenever an
opportunity arises where you can choose healthy over impulse, do it! Slow
progression is the best way to achieve long-lasting results, and once January 1
arrives, you will already be on your way to a happy, healthier you!
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WEAR SNOW AND ICE-
WITH GOOD TRACTION.
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!
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!
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!
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
shake at home before you go.
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.
8. Try not to rush; give yourself extra time for errands
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
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
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
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
“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
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
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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
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.
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BE A PLACE
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
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
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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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
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
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
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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KEY POINTS OF ADVICE FOR STARTING A NEW BUSINESS
by RACHEL KELLY
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.
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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
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
HAVE THE MAKINGS
OF A LASTING
will know what to do because your experience means you’ve
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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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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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
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.
Create a will.
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!
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SUNNY PALM SPRINGS IS THE
PERFECT DESTINATION FOR A
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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WINE TASTE & AUCTION
WHERE TO STAY
Renaissance Esmeralda Resort and Spa, Indian Wells-
JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa- Marriott.com
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
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.
FEBRUARY 5TH, 5 PM | THE COEUR D’ALENE RESORT
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Recipe Courtesy of Tina VanDenHeuvel-Cook
You can follow Tina on Instagram @madebetterforyou
2 tbsp. instant coffee
1 tbsp. Lakanto or Swerve brand sweetener
2 tbsp. boiling hot water
½ oz. chocolate liqueur
1 cup unsweetened coconut or almond milk
½ oz. Frangelico (hazelnut) liqueur
1 tsp. dark chocolate, shaved
• To make the whipped coffee, add the instant coffee,
sweetener and hot water to a medium-sized bowl, and whip
on high speed with a hand-mixer until stiff peaks form, about
• To layer the drink, pour chocolate liqueur into a glass,
add ice then milk and Frangelico liqueur. Top drink with the
whipped coffee and garnish with shaved dark chocolate. Stir
whipped coffee into the drink before drinking.
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pulled pork, hand-battered onion rings or jalapenos. 32 beers on tap to
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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!
1602 East Sherman Avenue #116
Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
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
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
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
Shopping. Dining. Take-Out.
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 +
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
why use rocket fish for food?
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
208.772.3327 | fTimsSpecialCutMeats
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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
Be a chef at home or dine with us!
• Fresh Fish Market
• Smoked Fish
• 12 different kinds of fish & chips
Moondollars Bistro is known for their burgers, accompanied
by scratch-made bread and soups. They uses only fresh
ingredients, which are the backbone of this customer favorite.
With a comfortable, friendly atmosphere, awesome food, great
service, huge patio and full bar there is always something to
keep customers coming back for more.
5416 W. Village Blvd. | Rathdrum
208.687.5396 | MoondollarsBistro.com
215 W. Kathleen, Coeur d’Alene
Locally Owned & Operated
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WINTER MARKET PROVIDES
SEASONAL GOODS AND
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!
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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
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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the acreage for your own private retreat. Electricity
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wildlife you’ll see from your own slice of North Idaho.
Stunning Lake Coeur d’Alene and Carlin Bay views
from every room! This 3+ bedroom 2 bathroom home
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Close to Carlin Marina, boat slips, public boat launch
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