Friday, August 27, 2010

Children's Intro to Taekwondo and Self Defense

(208) 263-3613


Sandpoint Taekwondo teaches children’s intro to Taekwondo, Karate, and Self Defense. This course teaches basic self-defense skills and highlights the importance of self-discipline in a child friendly setting.  Course fee is $22/child ($2 city discount) and includes 3 lessons and a uniform.  This class is open to children from 5-12 years of age and takes place at Sandpoint Taekwondo (675 Kootenai Cut Off Rd Suite A – located in Wal-Mart Shopping Center) from 3:00-4 pm. 
SESSION #5 will take place on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday September 13, 14, and 16.
Please register by Please register by September 9th at Sandpoint Parks and Recreation, 1123 Lake St. or call 263-3613 for more information.

Under the Freeway Flea Market

This is a reminder that the 6th Annual Under the Freeway Flea Market is right around the corner!
Labor Day weekend:  September 4-6, 2010
8am - 6pm Saturday and Sunday
8am - 4pm Monday
80+ vendors!  Rain or Shine!
For more information, Please contact Rick Asher of The Historic Wallace Preservation Society at 208-753-2911.

The Under The Freeway committee is getting ready for the Labor Day weekend and needs assistance.  Please remember that this 3 day event brings many visitors into our community.  In preparation of the event, the committee is looking to the good people of Wallace to extend a helping hand.  Unfortunately, not everyone who walks their dogs under the freeway always clean up after their pets and there seems to be an issue with the need to clean up droppings and trash from that area.  The committee will be meeting under the freeway on Tuesday August 31, Wednesday September 1 and Thursday September 2  between 5 and 7 pm.  If you can, please come volunteer a few minutes to help tidy the area where the vendors are setting up.  Thanks!

Historic Wallace Chamber of Commerce
10 River Street, Wallace ID 83873
(208) 753-7151

Support North Idaho College Sports

Booster Club Luncheon
Monday, Aug. 30 at noon.
The Coeur d’Alene Resort Dockside Restaurant
115 South 2nd Street
New head volleyball coach Coleen Frohlich will provide a tournament summary as the 11th ranked Lady Cardinals opened in the CSI Invitational which included six nationally ranked teams. Men and women soccer head coaches will also provide weekend tournament reports. The NIC Booster Club meetings are open to the public.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

NIC Hosting Coaching Clinic, Leadership Conference

The North Idaho Coaching Clinic and Leadership Conference will be held in North Idaho College’s Christianson Gym Friday. Sept. 24 – 25. Top coaches and industry leaders will share their success stories and motivational tactics during the two-day conference sponsored by Parker Toyota.
            The first day of the conference will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 24 with registration beginning at 6:15 p.m. On Saturday, Sept. 25, the conference will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lunch is included.
            The conference costs $65 or $115 for one University of Idaho college credit.
            A registration form is available at
Speakers include:

Don Verlin, University of Idaho, head men’s basketball coach
Max Goode, Loyola Marymount, head men’s basketball coach
Mike White, Parker Toyota, general manager
Kirk Earlywine, Eastern Washington, head men’s basketball coach
Ryan Looney, Seattle Pacific University, head men’s basketball coach
Matt Santangelo, Summit Capital, co-founder
Jerry Kraus, Gonzaga University, director of men’s basketball operations

Layers of Light and Lush Velvety Charcoal

The Art Spirit Gallery at 415 Sherman Avenue in downtown Coeur d’Alene will open a show of new work by Victoria Brace and Katherine Nelson on Friday, September 10 with a reception from 5-8 in conjunction with the Coeur d’Alene 2nd Friday Downtown ArtWalk.  This show runs September 10 – October 2.  Everyone is welcome at this family friendly event!
On Saturday, September 11, Katherine Nelson will give a charcoal demonstration from 1-3:00.
This show is sponsored by 315 Martinis, Tapas and Dinner at The Greenbriar Inn.  We thank them for their casual fine dining and support of the arts in our region.
Hours through September: Open 7 days a week from 11-6.
Call (208)765-6006 or visit our website at
Katherine Nelson  

Victoria Brace

Sculpting with layers of light and shadow…that’s what Victoria Brace does in her oil paintings, which for Katherine Nelson happens in her lush, velvety charcoal drawings.

“I need to be able to improvise at any stage of the process,” explains Brace, a native of Russia who has been exhibiting in the Northwest since 2004. “I tend to work on the entire canvas, so it’s more like layers upon layers of alla prima paintings, where shapes keep shifting and re-adjusting and colors may change dramatically, until I hit the right note.”

For Nelson, the process begins with photographs, especially the architecture of Europe, like Brussels where she’d been living for several years before returning home to her beloved Palouse. Nelson is well-known for her vivid images of Eastern Washington’s wheat fields, which have enough mystery to "let the viewer complete what may be happening," said Nelson. It’s a similar approach to her new work, which she describes as a film noir approach that expresses "something to do with the mystery of the night."

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Supporting Diversity in the Classroom: Panhandle Autism Society

Panhandle Autism Society
Supporting Diversity in the Classroom Conference
October 1, 2010

The Panhandle Autism Society (PAS) is presenting a training conference “Supporting Diversity in the Classroom”.  This one day conference will be held October 1, 2010 at the Kroc Center in Coeur d’ Alene, ID.  Clock hour credits and CEUs are available.  Teachers, therapists, parents, counselors and developmental agency staff are all encouraged to attend.

Dr. Tyler T. Whitney, Clinical Director for Intermountain Center for Autism and Child Development in Meridian, ID is the morning keynote speaker and will be speaking on Understanding and Supporting Older Teens with Asperger’s Disorder/Higher Functioning Autism.  Participants will increase their understanding of instruction in the student’s area of strength and improve their recognition of student differences, needs based programming and individualized instructional adaptations.

The afternoon breakout sessions include “Advocating for Diversity” by Elizabeth Mathes, MA, “Is Your Child the Target of Bullying?” by Suzie Sarcello-Depew of IPUL and “Behavior Supports in the School - What to Request for Your Student” by Dr. Beverly Benge.

Pre-registration cost is only $100 through September 17th and includes a box lunch.  For more information contact Denise at 208-704-3698 or send an email to  A complete conference brochure is also available at

Mine to Vine

Sandpoint Business After Hours

Enjoy an evening of "back to school" memories on August 25 at the Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event hosted on campus by Carden Academy-Sandpoint. Bring your #2 pencils and plenty of business cards to enter drawings for "Hall Passes".

Carden Academy-Sandpoint has been providing quality, classical education in a unique small class environment for ten years. Be the first to see thier newly remodeled classrooms and upgraded playground turf. Carden Academy’s spacious grounds and inviting classroms are the perfect setting for networking with your peers.

The get together will begin at 5:00pm at 320 South Lavina Ave. (near Washington School). Come on through the gate to discover a well hidden peaceful school setting. Refreshments will be served by students and staff.

Lake City Playhouse Needs Actors!

Elephant Man Auditions
6:30 p.m. September 6, 7, (8 - Call Backs)

411 North 15th Street
Coeur D Alene, ID 83814

Director: Marina Kalani
Production Manager: Bob McAdams

Cold Readings from the script.

Wear appropriate clothing for movement.

The Elephant Man is based on the life of John Merrick, who lived in London during the latter part of the nineteenth century. A horribly deformed young man, victim of rare skin and bone diseases, he has become the star freak attraction in traveling side shows. Found abandoned and helpless, he is admitted to London's prestigious Whitechapel hospital. Under the care of celebrated young physician Frederick Treves, Merrick is introduced to London society and slowly evolves from an object of pity to an urbane and witty favorite of the aristocracy and literati only to be denied his ultimate dream, to become a man like any other. Winner of numerous Tony Awards including Best Play.

9 Men and 5 Women
Playable Ages are 20 to 65

Tuesday, August 24, 2010


Want to take your tennis game to the next level? Then you need to join Sandpoint Parks and Recreation and James Knobbs for this great two day camp. James is a USPTR certified Professional, and has been teaching tennis for just shy of twenty years around the Northwest. This camp will cover various aspects of your game, for both singles and doubles play. This fabulous camp will be held on Saturday and Sunday September 18th and 19th from 9am-5pm (Lunch from noon- 2pm). The fee for these two days is $75/ person (City Residents $5 discount) Space is limited to 11, and it is first come first served. Register at Sandpoint Parks and Recreation, 1123 Lake St. or call 263-3613 for more information

Make a Birthday Card for Mudgy & Millie!

COEUR d’ALENE – Mudgy the Moose and Millie the Mouse are almost one year older and area children are invited to join in the celebration by creating birthday cards for Coeur d’Alene’s favorite pair of hide-and-seekers.

Kids can create a card, and bring to the Seagraves Children’s Library at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library – 702 E. Front Ave. – by Friday, Sept. 10. The cards will be displayed during the “Mudgy & Millie Birthday Party” on Sunday, Sept. 12, beginning at 1 p.m. in the Community Room.

The celebration will include a group read of “Mudgy and Millie” led by author Susan Nipp; an appearance of the characters, birthday cake, and singing “Happy Birthday.” Copies of the book and other “Mudgy & Millie” items will be for sale.

The book was created by Nipp, in part, to benefit the Library Foundation. All royalties from sales of the book and of related products go to the foundation. The book was illustrated by Charles Reasoner, the illustrations were the basis for five “Mudgy & Millie” statues created by local artist Terry Lee.

The bronzes are placed along the “Mudgy Trail” winding from the base of Tubbs Hill, through downtown Coeur d’Alene and City Park, and ending at the lakefront. The statues and informational signs depict scene from the hide-and-seek game described in Nipp’s book.

Anyone who needs accommodation to participate in a library program is asked to contact the staff prior to the activity by calling 208/769-2315. For more information about the birthday party, contact the Library Foundation at 208/769-2380. More news and information about the library is available online at News about the library and other city departments is also available on the City of Coeur d’Alene news blog:


The City of Sandpoint Police Department and Mountain West Bank (Ponderay Branch) bring you this free Safety Seat Check Up. You will learn to: Choose the right safety seat for your child, properly secure the safety seat in vehicle, properly secure child in safety seat, understand the dangers of airbags, graduate your child to a booster seat! This event will be held on Friday August 27th from 10am-2pm a the Ponderay Branch of Mountain West Bank. For more information, please contact either Kathleen Hughes or Mark Ogg at 263-3188 or Crystal Horvath at 265-4251.

To go to Sandpoint Parks & Recreation Sports now, click here.

NIC’s Outdoors Pursuits hosts Adopt-a-Crag event

North Idaho College Outdoor Pursuits is hosting an Access Fund Adopt-a-Crag event at Q’emiln Park in Post Falls on Sept. 11 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Participants will be cleaning and developing climbing sites, removing graffiti and maintaining trails. The Spokane Mountaineers will provide lunch for volunteers after the event.

Adopt-a-Crag, the Access Fund’s signature event, is a national commitment by the climbing community to natural resource stewardship and volunteerism. Activities often include litter clean-ups, visual impact mitigation, trail construction and restoration, erosion control, and wildlife monitoring. This year during the month of September, the Access Fund expects Adopt-a-Crag will produce trail restoration projects and crag clean-ups at over 100 climbing areas around the country. This is Access Fund’s 7th Annual Adopt-a-Crag, presented by sponsors Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI), W.L. Gore, and Clif Bar.

The Access Fund, non-profit advocacy and conservation organization, is the nation’s largest climbers’ organization, representing over 1.6 million technical rock climbers and mountaineers nationwide. The Access Fund's mission is to keep climbing areas open and to conserve the climbing environment.

The organization works in cooperation with climbers, other recreational users, public land managers, and private landowners to promote the responsible use and sound management of climbing resources throughout the United States.

Today is Vote for KTEC

The time is here to cast your vote for the Kootenai Technical Education Campus (KTEC). EVERY vote counts, so please don’t miss this opportunity!

By now, I hope you are at least somewhat aware of the partnership between the three local school districts and private business/industry to build a professional/technical high school on the Rathdrum Prairie that could open by fall 2013 - KTEC.

For KTEC to become a reality, each school district needs a 55% pass rate, which makes it very important that we have a solid turnout in support of the levy on August 24th. The attached brochure and the KTEC website,, provide details and additional information. You can also find KTEC on Facebook and help show your support and pass on information that way. Please disperse this information to your employees, family, and friends.

The polling places are listed in the attached brochure and are open tomorrow, August 24th, from 8am to 8pm.

If you cannot vote tomorrow, please go to your local school district office to fill out an absentee ballot. You must report to the office in the district where you reside. Here are the locations of those offices(these are not the polling places – just absentee):

Post Falls School Dist.

206 W Mullan Ave.

Post Falls, ID 83854

Coeur d'Alene School Dist.

311 N 10th Ave.

Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814

Rathdrum School Dist.

15506 N Washington St.

Rathdrum, ID 83858

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Historic Forest Cemetary Tour in Coeur d'Alene Idaho

COEUR d’ALENE – The Coeur d’Alene Public Library – in partnership with the City Parks Department – will lead a tour of the historic Forest Cemetery Sunday, Aug. 22, beginning at 10 a.m. at the cemetery.

The cemetery at 1011 Government Way was originally owned by the U.S. Army from 1878 to 1901, for use by Fort Sherman troops. The remains of about 100 soldiers and their families were moved to Ft. Wright near Spokane in 1901 when Ft. Sherman closed.

A proclamation by President Theodore Roosevelt deeded the original one-acre parcel and surrounding 19.7 acres to the City of Coeur d’Alene in 1905.

Forest Cemetery is the final resting place of Ed Pulaski, early day Forest Ranger and a hero of the Big Burn of 1910, and other historic local figures. At the gravesite, Forest Service historian Steve Coady will discuss Pulaski and the role of the Forest Service in responding to the great fire.

Sunday’s tour will last about an hour and will involve traversing grass and hilly areas in the cemetery. Parking in the cemetery will be limited and participants are encouraged to carpool, walk, or ride bikes to the site.

Anyone who needs accommodation to participate in a library program is asked to contact the staff prior to the activity by calling 208/769-2315. More news and information about the library is available online at News about the library and other city departments is also available on the City of Coeur d’Alene news blog:


A study of the Coeur d’ Alene Community, 1910-2010 Presented by Sons of Norway In Cooperation With Museum of North Idaho, North Idaho College Library,Coeur d’Alene Library,Human Rights Education Institute,Northwest Council of Boys Scouts of America,Area Scandinavian-Americans

In Recognition of 100 Years of Sons of Norway in CDA & the First International Sons of Norway Convention staged in Idaho. August 29-Sep. 1, 2010.


Apr 1-Oct 31 Nordic Roots Run Deep. Museum Of North Idaho. Local Scandinavian heritage on display. See information on back re dates for special demonstrations & exhibits.

Aug 02-Sep 03 Scandinavian Books & Cultture, CDA Public Library, Lower Level.

Aug 04, 11, 18, 25 Scandinavian Story Hour, August Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m., stories from Denmark, Finland, Norway & Sweden. CDA Library.

Aug 23-Sep 03 Window Into Norway. Display of Norwegian books and artifacts. Molstead Library, NIC Campus.

Aug 29-Sep 01 SONS OF NORWAY INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION 2010, CDA Resort. Only elected delegates speak at meetings or vote on issues. Several events open to public. They are listed in this publication.

Aug 29 A Century of Cars. Mini Car Show covering 100 years, Circular Parking Lot by Clock Tower, CDA Resort. Noon to 7 p.m. Museum open 1-3:30. Fjord Horses (back side)

Aug 30-Sep 1 Norwegian Folk Art Exhibit. CDA Resort, room near Dockside. Handmade crafts by Sons of Norway members including Rosemaling, woodcarving, Hardanger Embroidery and more. 8/30, noon to 7 p.m.; 8/31, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; 9/01, 8 a.m.-noon.

Aug 30 Hiking With Vikings: A Centennial Trail Trek.
Any distance along Lake CDA & Spokane River starting at CDA Resort. Joint Centennial Celebration for local Sons of Norway Lodge & Boys Scouts of America. Registration 6-7 p.m. or online at $5 fee includes patch featuring Viking Ship. Scout Alumni, Convention Delegates, friends and families all welcome.

Aug 31 Local Scandinavian Authors. Community Room , CDA Library, 2 p.m. Keith Dahlberg, Yvonne Deitz, Susan Hagen Nipp, Sheila Wood. Glimpse their lives & their stories. Children welcome; separate activities first half, all join in 2nd half. Scandinavian Coffee & Cookies follow. Books for sale.

Aug 31 Mudgy & Millie Walk, 3:45 p.m., Statue #2 outside CDA Library, Goody Bags and Moose Memos at statue stops with required registration (no fee).

Aug 31 Variety Show, CDA Resort, 7:30 p.m. Rod Erickson, Bressler Trio, Julie Powell. & more. $15. Reservations, 773-4401. Tickets at door if still available.

An Exhibit of Local Scandinavian Influence
Museum of North Idaho * April 1-October 30.
Tues.-Sat. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Special Hours noted
Special Scandinavian Demonstrations & Exhibits
Unless otherwise noted, all are Sat., 2-4 p.m.

8/07 Dennis Johnsons’ Norwegian Fjord Horses ( live, Mullan & NW Blvd.). Museum: Norwegian cookies and chilled fruit soup. Judy Stebbins.

8/29 Sunday, 1-3:30 p.m. Fjord Horses ( Mare & Foal, Mullan & NW Blvd.) Museum: Finnish Weaving, Johansen Textiles, Mullan, ID

8/30 Museum Open 5-8 p.m.

9/18 Bit ‘O Sweden. Swedish cookies, cloths, & costumes. Ebba Ostrom & Friends.

10/02 Lefse Baking. Jan Olsen.

10/09 LEIF ERIKSON DAY. Johnson Fjord Horses (Mullan & NW Blvd.)MUSEUM’S ART FROM THE HEART EVENT: Woven Hearts, Viking Magnet; Pamla Silk. Heart-shaped waffles, Rostads.

10/16 Abelskiver, the Danish Delight. Inger Olsen.

10/30 Krum Kake. Asbjorn Rostad.

Sandpoint Kiwanis Holds Annual Bazaar

Sandpoint, ID ― The 2010 All Bonner County Bazaar and Craft Sale will be held at the Sandpoint Community Hall in downtown Sandpoint, 204 S. First Avenue (across from the Courthouse), on Friday and Saturday, October 8-9. Hours for the traditional autumn event are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. There is no admission fee.

Quality craft vendors will present cottage crafts including jewelry, home d├ęcor, candles, clothing, artwork, holiday items, soaps and lotions, honey, candy, greeting cards, children’s books, chair massages and more. Kootenai Kountry Kettle & Dutch Bakery of Kootenai, ID will serve a lunch menu both days, as well as a variety of bakery items.

The event is sponsored by Sandpoint Kiwanis Club, an affiliate of Kiwanis International, a global service organization. Chartered in 1927, Kiwanis was the first service club in Sandpoint. Coined from an American Indian expression, “Nunc Kee-wanis,” the name Kiwanis means “we trade” or “we share our talents.” Kiwanians are volunteers dedicated to changing the world through service to children and communities. Proceeds from the Annual Bazaar will help to provide scholarships for area high school students.

For further information concerning the Bazaar or Sandpoint Kiwanis, please contact Bob Camp at 263-5809.

S.O.A.R.I.N.G Into Success!

S.O.A.R.I.N.G.,inc. continues to intrigue and fascinate our community with heart-felt stories and soul-lifting flights for our youth! How to survive with a parent deployed to Afghanistan or how to make healthy choices at home or in the community so that negative consequences of courts and probation don't occur.

Currently, we are finishing our group dealing with children of parents diagnosed with cancer and the ordeal of chemotherapy/radiation therapy. If you want to celebrate in their graduation day, come to the Coeur d'Alene airport on Saturday, September 11th at 10:00 am for great food, great flights, and great stories our kids and families will never forget.

We have been doing this for the past fifteen years and if you want to understand why just continues to "Soar", give the S.O.A.R.I.N.G. office or Joe a call for directions to Northern Skies Air Center at our airport.

Visit our web site:

S.O.A.R.I.N.G. Office: 208-758-0400

Joe McCarron: 208-661-0584

North Idaho College Holding Play Audtions

Who: NIC Theatre Department

What: Auitions for “The Laramie Project” by Moises Kaufman

When: Tuesday, Aug. 31 and Wednesday, Sept. 1 at 7:30 p.m. both nights

Where: Schuler Performing Arts Center

How: Open to the public. Information: (208) 769-3220.

North Idaho College’s Theatre Department is holding auditions for the play based on the murder of Matthew Shepard, “The Laramie Project” by Moises Kaufman on Tuesday, Aug. 31 and Wednesday, Sept. 1 at 7:30 p.m. both nights.

Four men and four women are needed to play a variety of characters of various ages and, sometimes, ethnicity. The play contains mature themes and language.

Performers who want to audition should prepare a one-to-two minute monologue (not required but preferred). There will also be cold readings. Scripts will be available for reading in Boswell Hall Room 214B beginning Aug. 23.

Rehearsals will be Mon.-Fri., 7-9:30 p.m.

Performances will be Oct. 21-23 and Oct. 28-30 at 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

NIC to Hold info Session for Radiography Technology Program

Who: Those interested in North Idaho College’s radiography technology program

What: Are encouraged to attend an information session guiding prospective students through the admissions process

When: at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 31

Where: in NIC’s Meyer Health and Sciences Building Room 102.

How: Free and open to the public. Information: (208) 665-4526.

North Idaho College will hold an information session guiding prospective students through the admissions process for the radiography technology program at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 31 in the Meyer Health and Sciences Building Room 102.

Students will be applying for spring semester 2011, which begins Jan. 10. The program is a five-semester associate’s degree program that prepares students for careers as radiologic technologists in settings such as hospitals, clinics and imaging centers.

The program has a selective admissions process and several course requirements. Program applications will be accepted through Oct. 1. NIC Health Professions and Nursing Division staff will walk students through the application process during the information session.

The session is free and open to anyone interested.

Applications are available in the Health Professions Office in the Meyer Health and Sciences Building Room 257, in the NIC Admissions Office in Lee-Kildow Hall or by calling (208) 676-7132. More information and an application can be downloaded at by clicking on the “Instructional Programs” link and selecting “Radiography Technology” from the drop-down menu.

Vice President Open Forums To be Held

North Idaho College is hosting four, open-session forums next week for the four finalists who have been selected for the vice president for the student services position formerly held by Eric Murray. The community is invited to attend the sessions and give feedback to the college search team.

Each of the four forums will be held from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Lake Coeur d’Alene Room of NIC’s Edminster Student Union Building. The four finalists and the day they visit campus are:

Monday, Aug. 23: Ron Shade

Tuesday, Aug. 24: Sheldon Nord

Wednesday, Aug. 25: Graydon Stanley

Thursday, Aug. 26: Sharon Kipetz

The vice president for student services manages the college’s enrollment and student services, the Children’s Center and the Schuler Performing Arts Center. The position is one of four vice president positions directly under NIC President Priscilla Bell. In June, Murray resigned from the NIC position to accept the position of president of Cascadia Community College in Washington state


Ron Shade – Shade is currently vice president of student development at Georgia Highlands College in Rome, Ga. He previously worked as dean of student services at Kingwood College in Kingwood, Texas as well as vice president for student services at St. Charles Community College in St. Peters, Mo. Shade graduated from Illinois State University with a doctorate in higher education administration.

Sheldon Nord – Nord was most recently the vice president for student affairs and then president/CEO of Universitas Pelita Harapan in Indonesia. He previously worked as dean of students at Weber State in Ogden, Utah and vice president of student affairs at Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls, Ore. Nord graduated from Indiana University with a doctorate in higher education

Graydon Stanley – Stanley is currently the dean of students at College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls. He worked previously as the assistant director of admissions and director of development at College of Idaho in Caldwell. Stanley graduated from the College of Idaho with a master’s degree in education counseling

Sharon Kipetz – Kipetz is currently vice president for student affairs at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, W.Va. She worked previously as dean of students at the University of Connecticut and as interim dean of students at the University of Massachusetts. Kipetz graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a doctorate in research, policy and administration.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Bonner County Fairgrounds Awarded Business of the Month by Greater Sandpoint Chamber

Rodeos, events, 4H exhibits and judging competitions – it’s all happening at the fair! For these and many other contributions to the community, The Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce recognizes the Bonner County Fairgrounds as the Business of the Month.

With the tireless efforts of Rhonda Livingstone, Fair Manager, and Robert “Bob” Snider, Head Groundskeeper, the Bonner County Fairgrounds provides a free educational opportunity for the residents of Bonner County to display ideas and articles from their areas of expertise as well as allowing local organizations and businesses an opportunity to present their products to the public.

Rhonda has been the Fair Manager for 10 years and volunteered her services for 7 years prior to becoming manager. Robert just recently oversaw the completion of their new RV Campgrounds this past May 2010. With 33 campsites, restroom facilities, showers, electric and water hookups and covered pavilion, the new campground provides comfortable RV stays whether camping or attending a horse show.

With the Bonner County Fair and Rodeo just around the corner, the new campground facilities will be well received. This year’s theme is “Fiesta at the Fair” and proves to be fun and educational for the entire family. From Tuesday, August 24 through Saturday, August 28 be sure to plan a day at the fair and see all there is to offer. There will be livestock exhibits, demolition derby, Horsin’ Around Expo and more.

The Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce is pleased to honor the Bonner County Fair as the recipient of the Business of the Month and wishes them continued success.

For more information, call the Fair office at (208) 263-8414.

King of Kongcrete in Sandpoint

King of the Kongcrete

The City of Sandpoint presents: King of the Kongcrete Skate competition will be held Sunday August 22nd 2010 from 12-? pm at the Concrete Lake skate park located at 2102 Pine Street in Sandpoint. Entry fee is $15! Helmets required for ALL competitors, knee, elbow & wrist pads are HIGHLY recommended. Registration is at the park, the day of the event starting at 10 am.

DATE: Sunday, August 22nd 2010

TIME: Registration from 10am - 12 pm Competition from 12 pm-?pm

LOCATION: The Concrete Lake Skatepark 2102 Pine St. Sandpoint Idaho

FEE: $15 to enter competition

Prevent Elder Abuse: 2 hour Training

Join us Friday, August 20th, 5:30pm to 7:30pm at the Boundary Community Hospital, for a 2-hour Elder Abuse training opportunity to view and discuss "A Mother Never Gives Up Hope: Older Mothers and Abusive Adult Sons". Please use the upstairs entrance and take elevator downstairs to the classroom.

Please share this with your folks who serve the older population. Good information for nurses, physical therapists, law enforcement, social workers, senior companions.

The video presents the stories of four older women who had been abused by their adult sons. Each individual describes their stories, touching on the emotions felt, as well as how they dealt with the abuse. The women are followed over the course of two years to see how their relationships with their sons have evolved. Each segment will be followed by a discussion & question period looking at the dynamics in each situation.

The training is hosted & facilitated by Callie Weatherford Ketner, North Idaho Violence Prevention Center and Tamina Boonisar, Area Agency on Aging of North Idaho.

Please RSVP by Wednesday, August 18th. Walk-ins welcome. For more information or to RSVP, contact Callie Weatherford-Ketner @ 208-946-1521 or

Second Annual Martini Mix-Off & Casino Royale for St. Vincent de Paul Art on the Edge

Fundraising Event to Benefit
St. Vincent de Paul
Community Art Program for Youth
Art on the Edge presents:

Event: Second Annual Martini Mix-Off & Casino Royale
When: Saturday September 18th , from 6:30 pm to 10 pm
Where: Coeur d'Alene Eagles, Downtown Coeur d’ Alene

• James Bond Casino Royale theme; costumes encouraged

• Martini Mix-Off martini mixing, food, contest, music, dancing, raffles, and live auction

• Martini mixers from Inland Northwest Venues, 315 Martinis and Tapas, The Porch Public House, The Eagles, The Elk Public House, Bardenay, Troy Chandler, The Coeur d’ Alene Casino (and others) will shake, not stir, their Martini best to the satisfaction of local

• Celebrity judges, Luke Baumgarten and Carrie Scozzarro of the Inlander, Gabriel Cruz, area top chef, Kathy Reed St. Vincent de Paul, Ali Shute of sixtwofourdesigns and founder of Art on the Edge. These fine judges will decide which libation reigns supreme at the 2nd annual Martini Mix-Off

• Proceeds, raffles and auctions to benefit Art on the Edge, a St. Vincent de Paul community art program for youth

• Tickets will be $35 pre event and $40 at the door and will go on sale on August 13th , 2010, at participating venues and are available at the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store, the HELP Center or online at

Art on the Edge: Providing local kids access to quality after-school, summer, and public art experiences. Art on the Edge has been working with youth in the Coeur d’Alene area for 16 years, helping thousands of local children. Many of these children live with tough challenges like poverty, homelessness, abuse, caregivers with drug and alcohol addictions and domestic violence. Art on the Edge provides opportunities for meaningful art experiences with mentor artists, which can offer solace and a positive outlet for children facing difficulties.

Ami Manning, Director
Art on the Edge, A Program of St. Vincent de Paul
cell: 208-704-8690 email:

Chamber After Hours Hosted by Carden Academy-Sandpoint

Enjoy an evening of "back to school" memories on August 25 at the Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event hosted on campus by Carden Academy-Sandpoint. Bring your #2 pencils and plenty of business cards to enter drawings for "Hall Passes".

“Carden Academy-Sandpoint has been providing quality, classical education in a unique small class environment for ten years. Be the first to see our newly remodeled classrooms and upgraded playground turf,” states Director, Cynthia Nielsen.

Carden Academy’s spacious grounds and inviting classroms are the perfect setting for networking with your peers. Plan to encounter some nostalgic memories and earn points toward prizes as you put on your “thinking caps” to recall simple grammar and multiplication trivia. Don’t worry, Carden Academy plans to use fourth grade workbooks!

The get together will begin at 5:00pm at 320 South Lavina Ave. in Sandpoint (near Washington School). Come on through the gate to discover a well hidden peaceful school setting. Refreshments will be served by students and staff.

For additional information, visit Carden Academy at or contact Cynthia at (208) 263-7767.

George Sibley to show film on the Fire of 1910

Film maker George Sibley will return to Bonners Ferry to show his most recent project “Ordeal by Fire”, a documentary commemorating the fires of 1910. The film will be shown on Thursday August 26 at 7 p.m. at the Museum Community Events Center next to the Museum on Main Street. Sibley will introduce the film and answer questions following the showing. A donation of $10 for museum education programs is suggested.

The fires which raged across the panhandle of Idaho and the mountains of western Montana in August of 1910 "blew up" into the biggest forest fire in US history. America had seen big fires before, but this was the first time that a serious effort to fight such fires was attempted. In 1910 the federal government, mostly in the form of the US Forest Service, was committed to conservation, and it sent a virtual fire army of 10,000 men into the woods. This massive campaign started out as hundreds of smaller efforts to fight fires kindled by lightning and steam locomotives and people across the Northern Rockies in July. There were bad fires everywhere that unusually dry year, but the mountain west was hit especially hard. Fires raged from St. Maries, Idaho across the Bitterroot Mountains and over to Glacier Park and the Blackfeet Indian reservation.

“Ordeal By Fire” is an important Idaho-Montana story with real national interest.

The hour-long film features interviews with historians and scientists as well as some fascinating family stories, illustrated with period newsreels and photographs. A famous Idaho component of the Big Burn is the story of how Ranger Ed Pulaski of Wallace saved most of his crew from being overrun by the fires by keeping them in a mine tunnel on the West Fork of Placer Creek. This is one of the highlights of Sibley’s film, which he recreated with local folks standing in for Pulaski’s crew.

George Sibley has been a film-maker for over 40 years, mostly making educational films and documentaries. Last year (2009) his film “Shadows of David Thompson” was shown in Bonners Ferry.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Classical Guitarist Peter Fletcher comes to Coeur d’Alene



EVENT: Award-winning Classical Guitarist Peter Fletcher comes to Coeur d’Alene, performing a diverse program of music from four centuries.

DATE: Thursday, October 7, 2010

TIME: 7:00 PM

LOCATION: Coeur d’Alene Public Library

702 E. Front Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho 83814

TICKETS: Free & open to the public

CONTACT: 208.769.2315 or

HIGHLIGHTS: This concert will feature selections from Fletcher’s 2008 CD release on Tower Hill Records: Music of the Baroque. Other repertoire will include Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring from Cantata No. 147 as well as the Chaconne in D minor by J. S. Bach; Usher-Waltz, an unusual and intense piece by Russian guitarist and composer Nikita Koshkin; two works from Maurice Ravel’s exquisite Mother Goose Suite, and music of Weiss, Albeniz, Villa-Lobos Ponce, Reusner, and Grieg.

The program will culminate with Koyunbaba, by composer/guitarist Carlo Domeniconi. This is one of the most unique and exciting works in the classical guitar repertoire.

Wrote Steven Rings of The American Record Guide: “He has a strong technique, a consistent tone, and a strong interpretive imagination.”

Proclaimed Peter Burwasser of Fanfare Magazine: “Fletcher plays it all with a gracious virtuosity that makes for a very pleasing hour plus of unaffected musical poetry.”

TGIF Workshop - Sales for the Non-Sales Professional

Sandpoint - The Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce's Business Development committee is pleased to offer the TGIF Workshop "Sales for the Non-Sales Professional" on Friday, August 20 at the Holiday Inn Express in Ponderay. Covering a variety of business topics, these workshops are designed to provide essential resources and skills to develop entrepreneurship and the community's workforce.

Launched in 2009 these 90-minute workshops provide instruction on niche topics of interest to area businesses. For this workshop, Instructor Bill Ezell - CEO and Founder of Client Success Group, will focus on basic selling skills for small business owners seeking to improve how to identify and generate revenue.

Bill brings over 30 years experience in various communication driven markets. His unique blend of tactical skills and strategic vision have developed and launched products and services generating millions in revenue. Here is a list of topics that Bill will cover in the workshop:

* Build a structured customer focused plan
* Plan sales calls and meetings
* Learn basic presentation skills
* Develop effective communications skills with buyers
* Acquire account management principles
* Achieve revenue and profit targets
* Acquire basic tools to improve your efficiency

The workshops continue throughout the year, with future workshops planned. The cost is $15 for Chamber members and $20 for non-members and includes a boxed lunch. Workshops are held once a month on Fridays from noon to 1:30 pm. To view the workshop series schedule or register online, visit or call (208) 263-2161.

The TGIF Workshop series is presented by the Bonner Business Center and provides business owners and professionals affordable, 90 minute workshops. The series is hosted by the Business Development Committee and sponsored by Horizon Credit Union, Holiday Inn Express & Suites, and Aaging Better In-Home Care.

Please join us at the next Historic Wallace Chamber of Commerce Luncheon

Date: Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Time: 12noon

Location: The Brooks Hotel @ 500 Cedar Street

Our guest speaker is Serena Carlson, conducting a discussion of Hecla's concerns with the EPA's proposed Upper Basin Clean-Up Plan and how interested individuals might best communicate their concerns to community leaders and elected officials.

If you would like to attend the breakfast, please RSVP by contacting the Chamber office at 753-7151 or you can email the office at

Many thanks to all of the businesses that donated items for the raffles at our last Chamber breakfast: a coffee mug from US Bank, a frisbee from American West Bank, a basket full of office goodies from First American Title, and a beautiful silver pulaski pin from Idaho Silver Shop.

Please contact Diane at the Chamber office if you are interested in donating towards our raffles to promote your business/service.

Diane Reifer
Chamber Coordinator
Historic Wallace Chamber of Commerce
10 River Street, Wallace ID 83873
(208) 753-7151

August 21 - Procession and Dedication of the Firefighter Memorial (Wallace)

Please join us in the dedication of the firefighter memorial at the Visitor Center in Wallace, Idaho. The Silver Valley 1910 Committee has worked hard and received numerous donations to make this commemoration of the lives lost in 1910 a reality.

0930 - Engine Procession: Engines from all over the Northwest will make their way though the Silver Valley, from Rose Lake to Mullan, then back to Wallace.

1100 - Walking Procession: A walking procession will make its way from exit 62 west along Bank St. to the visitors center. The procession will be comprised of the US Forest Service and Coeur d’Alene Fire Department Honor Guard, Coeur d’Alene Fire Department Pipe and Drum Corps, US Forest Service Pack String, Buffalo Soldiers, firefighters, and fire engines.

1230 - 1910 Memorial Dedication: Speakers include; Mayor of Wallace, Governor of the State of Idaho, Author Timothy Egan, and US Forest Service Director of Fire and Aviation Tom Harbour.

1400 - Numerous events in the town of Wallace. The Buffalo Soldiers will be doing a monologue and showing a historical video presentation. Along with the 1910 commemoration, the City of Wallace will also be holding their annual Huckleberry Heritage Festival; with live music, kids activities, food and craft vendors, a Huckleberry Bake-off, and much, much more…...

ReToolbox Program offers computer basics

The Coeur d’Alene Public Library and North Idaho College are part of a partnership to provide area residents the basic computer skills they may need to look for work on the Internet, create cover letters and resumes, fill out applications online or maybe just to send and receive e-mails with photos of their grandchildren.

The first free ‘help session’ for the ReToolbox program to be offered in the library’s Community Room, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 6:30-8 p.m., will focus on basic computer operations – using the mouse and keyboard, turning the computer on and off, opening windows, creating files, etc. The same session will be offered again on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2-3:30 p.m.

“The goal is not to make participants ‘computer experts’ but to help them be comfortable with the devices, especially if they have never used a computer before,” said Ruth Pratt, Executive Director of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library Foundation.

“We heard from the library staff that many patrons are coming to the library to use the Internet computers because they need to apply for jobs or to re-enter the job market,” Pratt said. “For whatever reasons, many of these patrons have few or no computer skills and are very frustrated. Their need to learn was exceeding the amount of time the staff can spend with individual patrons.”

The ReToolbox program will use a laptop lab made possible through a major grant from the Women’s Gift Alliance with funding also provided by the Idaho Community Foundation and Waste Management of Idaho.

Instruction will be provided by trained community volunteers and through NIC’s Adult Basic Education program.

Up to 19 people can participate in each help session. People can attend as many as they want and repeat sessions if they feel the need – all for free.

Additional sessions will include:

u Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2-3:30 p.m.: Going online, setting up and using e-mail. Session will be repeated Wednesday, Sept. 22, 6:30-8 p.m.

u Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2-3:30 p.m.: Internet searches; job applications. Session repeats, Thursday, Sept. 30, 6:30-8 p.m.

u Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2-3:30 p.m.: Resumes, cover letters, professional presentations. Session repeats, Thursday, Oct. 6, 6:30-8 p.m.

The four basic sessions will be repeated throughout the year. And as the need arises, special programs will be scheduled.

“The beauty of the laptop lab is that we can also offer small sessions using the library’s meeting rooms as participants let us know what their needs are,” Pratt said.

She noted that using the laptop lab avoids taking the library’s other Internet computers out of service when the daily demand for them is very high. The library staff is also looking at programs that can make use of the laptops when they are not needed for the ReToolbox project.

For more information or to register for a ReTool Box Help Session, call 208/769-2380. Participants who need ADA accommodations to participate in library programs are asked to contact the library staff prior to activities by calling 208/769-2315. More news and information about the library is available online at

Kootenai County Circles

Kootenai County Circles is an Initiative that engages the community in helping families move out of poverty, children to succeed in school, and for the community to work together to come up with solutions to systemic barriers that keep people in poverty. Kootenai County Circles is now in its 4th year and has seen scores of successes. In order to help pay for the training materials and ongoing needs, funds are needed.

On Saturday August 14th from 8:00 - 10:00, Applebee's at 280 West Hanley Ave, Coeur d’Alene will be hosting a pancake breakfast with all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage and juice to help be part of the solution for our families in poverty. Tickets are $7 for people 5 years and older, $3.50 for ages 1 - 4, and free for those under 1. Tickets may be purchased from any Circles participant or at the Community Action Partnership office. You can also contact me at to purchase tickets - I'll even deliver. Why not plan a breakfast party with friends, relatives, and co-workers at Applebee's while helping out Circles. You can buy as many tickets as you wish, knowing that your purchase result in one more person receiving the tools to assist them in getting out and staying out of poverty.

Writer to speak as part of 1910 Fire programs

COEUR d’ALENE – Stephen Pyne had his baptism of fire early. A few days after graduating from high school as an 18-year-old he joined a forest fire crew at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. He returned to work with the crew for the next 15 fire seasons.

Pyne says this experience has influenced his writing for the rest of his life.

Text Box: Stephen PyneThe Coeur d’Alene Public Library will host Pyne, author of “The Year of the Fires: The Story of the Great Fires of 1910,” Wednesday, Aug. 18, at 7 p.m. in the Community Room. He is in North Idaho for presentations commemorating the 100th anniversary of the fires.

Pyne did his undergraduate work at Stanford University and graduate school at the University of Texas at Austin. He has been at Arizona State University since 1985 – 10 years at ASU West, three in the History Department at the Tempe, and he has since been in the School of Life Sciences.

His writing includes a biography of G.K. Gilbert, a geologist and explorer in the region; books about wildland fire, its history and management; then about the Grand Canyon and comparable Earth features. The stories of exploration now include not only the Canyon but Antarctica and the planets. The survey of fire now includes all the continents, at least in parts, with separate histories for the U.S., Canada, Australia, and Europe including Russia.

His interest in writing has even led to a book about nonfiction writing.

His current projects continue to elaborate on these topics: a book on the Voyager mission to the outer planets; a fire history of America since 1960; a multi-authored replacement for “Introduction to Wildland Fire;” and a fire history of Mexico. He has also been co-writing with his daughter, Lydia V. Pyne, a book-length interpretive essay on the Pleistocene epoch, that they are calling “The Last Lost World.”

Pyne’s Coeur d’Alene program is free to the public and is funded in part by the Friends of the Library who will also provide refreshments.

Anyone who needs accommodation to participate in a library program is asked to contact the staff prior to the activity by calling 208/769-2315. More news and information about the library is available online at News about the library and other city departments is also available on the City of Coeur d’Alene news blog:

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

'Story of the Year' band to play at NIC's Schuler Performing Arts Center

World-wide touring band Story of the Year will play North Idaho College's Boswell Hall in the Schuler Performing Arts Center on Friday, Sept. 10. Tickets are already on sale for the punk/alternative rock band, which has sold over a million copies of its three albums.

Tickets are available at the NIC Box Office in Boswell Hall, and are $10 for students and $15 for the general public. Premier tickets (the stage/pit area) cost $12 for students and $17 for the general public. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the concert beginning at 7 p.m.

The hard-rocking band first formed in 1995 in St. Louis under the name 67 North. In 2003, with its current name, Story of the Year had its first commercial success with its major label debut Page Avenue. With the popular singles "Until the Day I Die" and "Anthem of our Dying Day," Page Avenue has sold over 900,000 copies.

The band's newest album, The Constant, was released earlier this year and contains the single "I'm Alive.

The band has toured with other groups such as Linkin Park, Flogging Molly and Hoobastank. Opening for Story of the Year is the five-piece, Seattle-based band Moneta.

NIC's Box Office in Boswell Hall is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased by calling (208) 769-7780.

Nominations Requested for Outstanding Idaho Volunteers

2010 Idaho Governor’s Brightest Star Awards

~ Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter and First Lady Lori Otter to Host November 10th Ceremony ~

Serve Idaho: The Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism, a division of the Idaho Department of Labor is requesting nominations for the 2010 Governor’s Brightest Star Awards honoring outstanding volunteers throughout Idaho. The Governor’s Brightest Star Awards Program recognizes Idaho’s “unsung heroes” whose volunteerism positively impacts the quality of life within their communities.

On November 10, 2010, Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter and First Lady Lori Otter will recognize nominees at an awards ceremony in Boise. If honorees are unable to attend the statewide ceremony, arrangements will be made for candidates to receive awards in their local communities.

Nominations will be accepted in six categories:
§ Individual
§ Student
§ School
§ Organization (Non-Profit or Service Club)
§ Small Business (Fewer than 100 Employees)
§ Corporation (More than 99 Employees)

The deadline for nominations is September 20, 2010. Nomination forms are available on-line at Nomination packets may also be requested through the mail by calling Serve Idaho at 208-332-3578 or 1-800-588-3334, within Idaho.

2010 Day of Caring September 23rd

2010 Day of Caring September 23rd

The day will kickoff at 8 AM with a free pancake breakfast at the

Idaho National Guard Armory, 5555 East Seltice Way Post Falls, ID

If your nonprofit is in need of volunteers to help with a project you may submit your project online through the Volunteer Action Center event link. or you may fill out and submit the attached form. Deadline for project submission is August 13th.

This is a great opportunity for your agency to not only get volunteer help on your projects, but to educate your volunteers on your organization and the impact you make in the community.

Projects submitted must be for a nonprofit, park, or school in Kootenai County, Completed within the eight hour work day.

If you want to volunteer as a business team, individual, or group, registration will be open August 13th. You will be able to register online through the Volunteer Action Center.

Sandpoint 3rd Annual Health and Wellness Fair

Booth Registration and Sponsorships Still Available for 3rd Annual Health & Wellness Fair

Sandpoint ­- The Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce's health and wellness committee in partnership with Bonner General Hospital and Association of Bonner County Employees announce the 3rd annual Community Health and Wellness Fair. The event will be held on Saturday, September 18th at the Bonner County Fairgrounds from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The event is an excellent opportunity to learn about the variety of health and wellness options available in northern Idaho at no or low cost, say event organizers. Free health screenings, product and service samplings, live demonstrations, and expert advice will be provided by area practitioners, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and other businesses offering health-related products and services. Participating exhibitors represent a full spectrum of the health industry including traditional and alternative medicine, recreation and fitness, insurance, skin care, mental wellness, financial fitness, and more.

"Individuals can learn about the multitude of health care options available in our area, and all ages will appreciate our family-friendly activities," says Jodie Corless of Pend Oreille Insurance & Financial Services and chairman of the health and wellness committee. Once again, the Association of Bonner County Employees has arranged for free infant car seat checks made available through the City of Sandpoint Fire Department. Idaho State Police will provide beer goggle demonstrations and Bonner General Hospital will provide blood sugar screenings, a drawing for a free digital mammogram, and other activities currently in the works.

"Financial Fitness" tests will be provided by STCU, Pend Oreille Surgery Center will be available to answer questions about sports health, along with other services and activities for all ages. Aaging In-Home care will provide free blood pressure checks and in-home care assessments. Additionally, kids will enjoy climbing aboard the fire truck, ambulance, and marine patrol boat while meeting local firemen, police officers and emergency medical personnel. Kids can also participate in the bike "rodeo" and learn about bike safety techniques.

OB/Gyn information from Sandpoint Women's Health, mini stress-relief acupuncture treatments from Green Mountain Medicine, free blood pressure and blood sugar checks from Luther Park @ Sandpoint, and information on safer products for the home environment from Melaleuca are among the free service offerings to be found at the Health & Wellness Fair. There will also be low cost and free medical care information from Bonner Partners in Care Clinic, online degree options from EWU, and outpatient surgery information from Pend Oreille Surgery Center.

The event is supported by partnering sponsors Association of Bonner County Employees and Bonner General Hospital and major sponsors AAging Better In-Home Care, STCU, Pend Oreille Health Care, North Idaho Spine Clinic, Bonner County Daily Bee, and K102.

To register for a booth or become a sponsor for this upcoming event, contact the Chamber at (208) 263-2161 or visit

Sandpoint/Ponderay State of the City Address

Chamber Power Luncheon, August 12th at 12:00noon

The Greater Sandpoint Chamber has invited Mayors, Gretchen Hellar and Carol Kunzeman to present the annual state of the cities address for Sandpoint and Ponderay. Get updates on this past year's accomplishment and upcoming developments.

Also come meet Kate McAlister, Chamber's New President/CEO!

This Power Luncheon will be held at the Community Room, located at 414 Church Street, and begins at 11:30 am with networking. The cost is $15 for Chamber members and $30 for non-members and those without a reservation and includes a lunch catered by Tango Cafe.

To reserve, register online or call 263-2161 for more information.
Date: August 12, 2010
Time: 11:30 AM - 01:00 PM
Website: Greater Sandpoint Chamber
Community Room, 414 Church St., Sandpoint
Contact: Greater Sandpoint Chamber
Date/Time Details:
August 12, 2010
11:30 - 12:00 check-in and networking
12:00 -1:00pm Luncheon
$15 members / $30 non-members and at the door

Thunderboats Returning to Coeur d'Alene

This has been posted in cooperation with the Museum of North Idaho.

The Thunderboats are returning to Coeur d'Alene in the First Annual Diamond Cup Regatta. The event celebrates the Diamond Cup Unlimited Hydroplane Races that were held on Lake Coeur d'Alene from 1958 to 1968 and benefits the Museum of North Idaho's building fund.

The public will have an opportunity to enter a raffle for a chance to ride in historic hydroplanes. Tickets are available for $10 each at Museum of North Idaho, Coeur d'Alene Chamber, Yacht Club, Interstate Office Supply, RDI Heating, Coeur d'Alene Eagles, Jiff-EE Mart on Lincoln Way, Lake City Ford, Tom Addis Dodge, Lyle's Fabric, Allsport Polaris at Liberty Lake, Appleway Quick Lube and Car Wash, Coeur d'Alene Tractor, Priano's Billiards & Backyards and Kootenai Lawn & Garden. The drawing will be held Saturday night Aug. 21 at the Diamond Cup Regatta Banquet.

The Regatta will be August 20 through the 22nd with the cooperation of the Hydroplane and Race Boat Museum in Kent, Washington. Four vintage unlimited hydroplanes will be displayed around the community and at the Museum of North Idaho. Tentatively scheduled to appear are the 1968 Miss Budweiser, the 1967 Miss Budweiser, the "Green Dragon" Miss Bardahl and the Miss Wahoo. Each of these boats competed in Diamond Cup racing including racing under different owner/sponsor teams. These boats were state of the art 40-50 years ago. They are powered by WWII fighter plane V-12 engines and capable of running at speeds in the 190 mph range.

Friday August 20 beginning at 4 pm, at least two of these boats will be displayed in front of The Coeur d'Alene with a no-host bar. Crewmembers will be available to discuss the boats and their rich history. One of the massive V-12's will be fired up, providing a sound like no other.

Saturday evening August 21 the Diamond Cup Regatta Banquet featuring Mira "The Flying Czech" Slovak, driving Harrah's Tahoe Miss won the 1966 Diamond Cup. Mira is also famous for crashing the Miss Exide during the 1963 Diamond Cup. The evening will also include Diamond Cup vintage films not previously seen in public and silent and live auctions of items including hydroplane ride-alongs.

Sunday morning August 22 8 am is the shot gun start of the Diamond Cup Golf Tournament at the world famous Coeur d'Alene Resort Golf Course. Entry fee of $250 includes water taxi ride from the Hotel, golf cart, fore caddy, unlimited floating practice balls, a pregame massage, golf club and bag cleaning, a signature name tag for your bag and 18 holes of unprecedented golf.

Saturday night at the banquet the winners of the Vintage hydroplanes ride-alongs will be announced. Rides will go from noon to 6 pm on Sunday August 22, weather permitting. Viewing of the 1.5-mile course is free from many vantage points on the northwest end of the lake.

The event is sponsored by RDI Heating & Cooling, HG Henry-Griffitts, Gropp Electric, The Coeur d'Alene, Coeur d'Alene Inn, Centennial Distributing, Hagadone Marine Group, Allsport Polaris, Kootenai Lawn and Garden. Proceeds from the sale of souvenir shirts, raffle tickets, banquet tickets, auction items, golf tournament entries, donations and hydroplane rides benefit the Museum of North Idaho's building fund. Contact the Museum of North Idaho for a registration form for the events or go to or


Friday Aug. 20 at 4 pm No-host bar on the front lawn of The Coeur d'Alene

Saturday Aug. 21 Banquet at The Coeur d'Alene.

6-7 pm No-host social hour at the Coeur d'Alene Convention Center

7-8:30 pm Banquet $100. Tables of eight are available. Guest speaker Mira Slovak.

8:30 pm Live auction for hydro rides and items to be announced

Sunday Aug. 22 8 am Diamond Cup Gold Tournament at Coeur d'Alene Resort Golf Course.

Sunday 12-6 pm Vintage Hydroplane rides. Tickets only available through live auction Saturday night and by raffle drawings.

For more info:

Doug Miller 208-691-1612

Dave Walker 208-277-8808

Dorothy Dahlgren 208-664-3448 or email