Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Art Spirit Gallery Presents: Earth Machines

The Art Spirit Gallery at 415 Sherman Avenue in downtown Coeur d’Alene will open EARTH MACHINES, a show of new work by Michael Horswill, on Friday, October 8 with a reception from 5-8 in conjunction with the Coeur d’Alene 2nd Friday Downtown ArtWalk.  This show runs October 8 – November 6.  Everyone is welcome at this family friendly event!
On Saturday, October 9, Michael will give an encaustic demonstration from 1-3:00.
This show is sponsored by Creative Element and Spokane Art Supply.  We thank them for their support of the arts in our region.
NEW FALL HOURS: Tuesday-Saturday from 11-6.
Call (208)765-6006 or visit our website at www.TheArtSpiritGallery.com


This will be an eclectic show of approximately 50 new works including drawings, wall hung sculpture (steel, encaustic, mixed media, etc) and some free standing steel and mixed media pieces. 

Michael is a tenured art professor at North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene and has inspired students there for the past 12 years. We have had the pleasure of representing him since 2002.

He is also a featured artist this month in the Drawn to the Wall IV exhibit at the Jundt Art Museum. I highly recommend this exhibit if you have not already seen it.

This exhibition will be part of Art from the Heart, the annual fall arts celebration brought to you by The Coeur d’Alene Arts & Culture Alliance.

Brad Richter Educates, Inspires and Entertains During His Week-Long Guitar Residency at the JACC

Rachel Dodge
Executive Director
Jacklin Arts & Cultural Center
405 N William Street
Post Falls, ID  83854
(208) 457-8950

Brad Richter Educates, Inspires and Entertains During His Week-Long Guitar Residency at the JACC
Visiting area alternative schools and conducting workshops with our at-risk youth population, Brad Richter will be featured at a week-long guitar residency at the Jacklin Arts & Cultural Center (the JACC) from September 27th through October 1st. Richter finishes his residency at the JACC in concert with cellist Viktor Uzur on Friday, October 1st at 7 pm. Tickets are $20 for adults; $15 for students. Please call (208) 457-8950 for more information and to purchase tickets. Richter will also be featured on the National Public Radio’s Guitar Hour on Thursday, September 30th at 11 am for an interview and special live, on-air performance.
Education and Background
Brad Richter (b. 1969, Enid, OK) began teaching himself to play guitar and compose at age 12. At 19, having had no formal musical training, he was awarded the Presidential Scholarship to the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago where he studied with guitarist Paul Henry and began performing, composing, and eventually teaching professionally. After completing his undergraduate degrees in performance and composition, Brad accepted a scholarship to the Royal College of Music in London where he studied with Carlos Bonell. He became the first guitarist in the college’s history to win the coveted Thomas Morherr Prize for voice accompaniment, and went on to win the Royal College of Music’s guitar competition before completing his Master’s degree and returning to the US to continue his concert career.
Career Highlights
Brad has performed around the globe as a soloist, with renowned chamber ensembles, and in duos with artists such as David Finckel, cellist of the Grammy-winning Emerson String Quartet and director of chamber music at Lincoln Center. Brad’s concerts, and those of The Richter Uzur Duo (with cellist Viktor Uzur), are featured frequently on NPR broadcasts of American Public Media’s Performance Today as well as NPR’s Classical Guitar Alive. Festival appearances include The World Youth Guitar Festival, The Guitar Festival of Great Britain, The London International Guitar Festival (where he was a co-headliner with Carlos Bonell, Alirio Diaz and John Williams), The Aspen Music Festival, Festival Dr. Alfonso Ortiz Tirado (Mexico) and the Walnut Valley Festival, where he won the National Finger-picking Championship in 1999, a competition that features some of the world’s finest guitarists from all genres.
In addition to his collections of concert music for solo guitar (published by Mel Bay, Acoustic Music Records and GSP), Brad is an avid composer of his own particular brand of chamber music—combining genres such as world music, Native American music, pop and classical. He is a winner of the International Composer’s Guild Competition, he wrote and performed a score for the Emmy award-winning PBS television series, The Desert Speaks and a High Definition Audio CD of his most ambitious chamber work, Navigating Lake Bonneville—a concert length work for soprano, guitar, cello, percussion, narrator and choir commissioned by Weber State University, which was released in 2008. String Theory, the Richter Uzur Duo’s new CD featuring original compositions and arrangements for guitar and cello by Brad and Viktor, was released in January 2010.
While at home in Tucson, Brad focuses on his work as Artistic Director of Lead Guitar, a not-for-profit he co-founded in 2006, which establishes guitar programs in schools around the US with large populations of at-risk youth. In 2009/2010, Lead Guitar programs are teaching 850 kids to play the guitar and training 40 public school teachers to teach guitar.
Richter Uzur Duo
Since October of 2008, the Richter Uzur Duo has appeared regularly on NPR broadcasts of American Public Media’s Performance Today.
Viktor Uzur and Brad Richter met in 2005 when Brad was commissioned by Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, where Viktor is a cello professor, to write a concert-length chamber piece (Navigating Lake Bonneville). The piece prominently featured cello and guitar, and as it developed, so too did a close friendship and a deep mutual respect that became the foundation for this collaboration.
Viktor and Brad are each classical musicians of the highest caliber with successful international solo careers and intensive training from two of the world’s most lauded musical institutions: The Moscow Conservatory and The Royal College of Music, respectively. Their musical interests and abilities, however, are far from limited to classical music. In their teens and twenties, while developing into classical virtuosi, they cut their teeth in rock bands—Viktor as an electric guitarist and Brad as a guitarist and singer. They also delved into folk and world music, but eventually put those interests aside as they pursued their classical concert careers.
The Richter Uzur Duo may be unique in their fusion of classical, rock, folk music and themes into truly original new compositions—as well as in the way they collaborate. Because they live almost 1,000 miles apart, they do a great deal of composing over phone and internet. They will write parts separately, then combine and re-develop them while on concert tours together. It is rare that two successful classical composers come together to co-write music of such distinction. The fun and friendship Viktor and Brad share in this partnership are obvious on stage and in their music.

Art-A-Boundary County Perspective

Boundary County Historical Society
Contact Gini Woodward, President

other contact: Colet Allen 267-8130

Title: Art- A Boundary County Perspective

Thirty local artists jumped in and quickly assembled an exciting art show of nearly one hundred pieces including paintings, sculpture, pottery, photography, quilts, fiber, and mixed mediums as part of the Community Review, September 21-23.

The show, in the Museum Events Center, was conceived to present the works and talents of local artists to the review committee on Sept 22 as part of the Recreation, Arts, and History portion of the project.

The art exhibit will continue through October 2, providing the community an opportunity to view the work of some well known and some obscure, but all local artists. The showing is for viewing only, with artists’ contact information available. The art show is free and open to the public.
Plan to attend George Sibley’s 1910 fire film 7 p.m. on September 24 and the third annual history walk October 2, both at the Museum Events Center. The exhibit will also be open Tuesday –Saturday 11-3 through October 2.

Friends of Scotchman Peaks third Annual Plein Air Paint-Out scheduled for September 24-26.

For the third September in a row, painters from around the Northwest will converge on North Idaho and Western Montana for a unique opportunity to capture on canvas the proposed Scotchman Peaks Wilderness . . . from inside and out. “Plein air” is a French term meaning, “open air,” and plein air paintings are produced in a short time, generally, in the out of doors. This creates interesting challenges and complications for the painters, but also renders some beautiful and unique works of art.
The paintings will then be displayed at Kally Thurman’s Outskirts Gallery in Hope on the last day of the event. In addition to the “pictures du jour” produced by the Paint Out, paintings captured during the second annual “Extreme Plein Air,” a five-day, four-night pack-and-paint affair held in July will also be hung at the gallery..
Extreme Plein Air painters Jared Shear (L) and Aaron Johnson painting in the wild of the proposed wilderness.
Extreme Plein Air painters Jared Shear (L) and 
Aaron Johnson painting in the wild of the proposed wilderness.

The Scotchman Peaks Plein Air Paint Out begins Friday night, September 24, with an opportunity for the artists to get acquainted or reacquainted, an artist’s reception hosted by Thurman. Some of the artists will also be housed at the Outskirts, where “camping space” will be provided on the gallery floor.

Saturday, the 25th is Paint Out Day, as the artists will take their tools and tubes and tripods and head out for a view of the western Cabinet Mountains, the Scotchman Peaks. Painters will work from many different vantage points in Montana and Idaho. They will spread out into the Lightning Creek, Bull River and Clark Fork River valleys, as well as to various viewpoints around Pend Oreille Lake, looking for a fresh perspective, a different angle, a moment of light.

On Sunday, the 26th, Thurman’s gallery, which resides within the Hope Marketplace in East Hope, will be incredibly busy in the morning as painters get the work of the day before ready to hang for a show that begins at 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon. Judging will be done by both the public and fellow artists between 1 and 2 p.m. A “Best of Show” award will be presented at 3 p.m.

“This annual show is a great way to showcase the Scotchmans,” said FSPW coordinator Sandy Compton. “A good number of people come to see the art, and even better, buy it. Sales benefit the artist, the gallery and the Friends, so it’s a good investment in the community and the art itself.”

Thurman has invited dozens of artists to take part in the Paint Out, but there is room for more. If you are an artist who would like to participate, call 208-264-5696 or write to info@scotchmanpeaks.org

If you are an art lover, plan to attend the show at the Outskirts Gallery, 15 miles east of Sandpoint on Highway 200, located in the Hope Marketplace on the 200 Business Route next door to the Hope Post Office and the old Hope School. For more information, write to info@scotchmanpeaks.org or neil@scotchmanpeaks.org

‘Thank You for Firing Me’ talk at Cd’A library

COEUR d’ALENE – Candice Reed, co-author of “Thank You for Firing Me! How to Catch the Next Wave of Success After You Lose Your Job,” will speak Wednesday Sept. 29, at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave.
Reed's successful writing career has spanned more than 20 years. Before her career in journalism, she lost jobs as an insurance salesperson, a funeral director, a singing/dancing waitress and an ice-cream binging weight-loss counselor.
Currently, she is a freelance journalist, creates blogs for credit unions, dabbles in copywriting and speechwriting, and once owned her own successful public relations firm. She has also been a ghostwriter for a former president. She has published more than 5,000 business features, personal essays and travel articles in newspapers and magazines including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and The Christian Science Monitor.
Reed recently took her own advice and sold her expensive California home and moved to a cabin on Lake Chelan in Washington so she could enjoy life in the new economy.
Copies of the book – co-authored with Kitty Martini – will be available for purchase and signing. A portion of proceeds benefits the Friends of the Library.     
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 cdalibrary.org. News about the library and other city departments is also available on the City of Coeur d’Alene news blog: cdacity.blogspot.com.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Historical Society Collecting Oral History of 1970's County Immigrants

Boundary County Historical Society
Contact Gini Woodward, President

other contact: Susan Kemmis, 267-7720

Title: Historical Society Collecting Oral History of 1970s County Immigrants

Volunteers from the Boundary County Historical Society are interviewing and archiving oral history stories of several people from a large population influx into Boundary County in the 1970s. The pilot project is partially funded by a grant from the Idaho Humanties Council in conjunction with the recent Smithsonian Journey Stories exhibit at the museum.

According to U.S. Census reports, the population of Boundary County slipped from 5,809 people in 1960 to 5,484 in 1970, followed by a 32.9 percent increase to 7,289 in 1980. Although the population continued to increase by 2000 to 9,871, the greatest influx of new people occurred in the 1970s. Overall 70s growth in the state of Idaho was similar at 32.4 percent.  However neighboring Bonner County experienced 55.3 percent growth, Kootenai County 69.2 percent, and Ada County 54.3 percent. Only Clearwater and Shoshone counties experienced declines in population during the 70s.

In addition to the current interview process, The Boundary County Historical Society is collecting names and contact information of people who came to live in Boundary County during the 70s. Were you involved in the survey? Were you already here and impacted by the influx of newcomers?  Who came and stayed? Who came and left? And came back? Do you have stories to preserve and share?

Archiving of oral history interviews is part of the ongoing process of preserving and documenting significant events in Boundary County. The last major oral history interview project was conducted to collect information for the Boundary County History Book in the 1980s. As part of the current project, the cassette tapes from those interviews are being digitized and transcribed. If you wish to volunteer for any part of this project, please contact Sue Kemmis at the museum 267-7720 or e-mail bcmuseum@meadowcrk.com

Entree Gallery "Famous People and Familiar Places"

Currently on display though October 10th at The Entree Gallery at Reeder Bay is “Famous People and Familiar Places”, a selection of vintage black and white photography from The Ross Hall Collection, by Dann Hall.
Ross Hall received national attention as a wildlife and scenic photographer by the New York Times, National Geographic and Life magazines. In the 1940’s, Eastman Kodak recognized him, along with Ansel Adams, as one of the top ten scenic photographers in the country. His collection, now managed by his son Dann Hall, recorded the early days of Priest Lake and the development of the local logging industry.

Included in the exhibit are photographs of 1940’s era entertainers Gypsie Rose Lee and Patrice Mansel, both photographed on area lakes. Many gallery visitors will be familiar with images  of a River Pigs resue, Bartoo Island, the Thorofare, Jim Lowe’s Resort/Kanisku, The American Falls, Paul Jones Beach, and The Roosevelt Grove of Ancient Cedars.

The Entree Gallery, now at two locations, invites the public to view the work of these and over 120 regional artists on display. Fall hours for the Reeder Bay Gallery are Thursday-Sunday, 10am-4pm, and Friday-Saturday 10am-5pm . The Reeder Bay gallery will close for the season on October 10th. Contact the gallery at 208 443-2001.The Coolin Bay gallery will closed for the season on September 19th.

Leveraging Technology to Grow Your Business

Sandpoint's own Charles Manning, President and CEO of Playxpert, will speak on driving attention and audience to your product or service utilizing technology.
Learn to optimize your business processes and differentiate yourself in the larger market.
Topics include:
  • What social media means to you as a business owner
  • How to gain more exposure
  • Understanding your customer better
  • Using data to drive decisions to support your business
  • Gaining 5 simple steps to optimize your business technology.
About the Instructor:
Since 2007, Manning has been the CEO of PLAYXPERT, an innovative platform for gamers to multi-task through a universal overlay system and an open widget framework. After founding PLAYXPERT and MetaXpert, Manning participated as the executive chairman for MetaXpert from 2007 until 2009 and has taken a more active role since October 2009 to enhance customer delivery and drive more strategic initiatives for the consulting business.
Prior to PLAYXPERT, Manning was the VP of Product Management at Managed Objects. Managed Objects was the industry leader in Business Service Management and was later acquired by Novell. Under Manning’s product leadership, the Managed Objects platform was used by global 2000 companies like Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank, Fidelity and others. Manning came to Managed Objects when it acquired M-Code Software, an Application Performance Management (APM) company founded by Manning in 1998.
Mr. Manning has his headquarters for PLAYXPERT right here in Sandpoint, ID.   About TGIF Workshop Series
The TGIF Workshop series presented by Bonner Business Center 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.
Register Now
Register online with a Visa or MasterCard or stop by the Chamber offices located at 231 N. Third in downtown Sandpoint.  The cost is $15 for members and $20 for non-members.  Advanced reservations and pre-payment required.  Refunds not available without a 48-hour notice due to catering and limited seating.
Date:   September 24, 2010
Time:   12:00 PM - 01:30 PM
Website:   Bonner Business Development
Holiday Inn Express & Suites
477326 Hwy 95 N.
Ponderay, ID 83852
Contact:   Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce
Email:   denise@sandpointchamber.com
Date/Time Details:  
September 24, 2010
11:30 - 12:00 Check-in
12:00 - 1:30pm Workshop
Members: $15 - Lunch included
Non-members: $20 - Lunch included

Friday, September 10, 2010

Bring Your Family to the 3rd Annual Health & Wellness Fair

Sandpoint ­– The third annual Community Health & Wellness Fair will be held Saturday, Sept 18 at the Bonner County Fairgrounds from 10am to 2 pm. Admission is free and open to the general public. Get EXPERT medical advice and be sure to take advantage of the Free and Low Cost health care options available at the fair such as:

v     Free health screenings
v     Free limited lipid profiles        (Fast before testing for best results)
v     Free blood pressure checks
v     Mini massages, acupuncture
v     Low cost bone density testing
v     Low cost thyroid function
v     Low cost glucose testing         (Fast before testing for best results)
v     Free Body composition measurements
v     Gift certificates for massages, DVD’s, holistic chiropractic and more.

Besides free health care services and great giveaways, kids can learn about bike safety and enjoy the Bike Rodeo. Youngsters will also enjoy climbing aboard the fire truck, ambulance, and marine patrol boat and meeting local firemen, police officers, and emergency personnel.      

Again this year, try to walk the line with beer goggles from the Idaho State Police and visit “X-ray Dude” at Bonner General Hospital.  The Sandpoint Fire Department will perform infant car seat checks to keep little ones safe on the road. 
The Inland Northwest Blood Mobile is scheduled to be at the Fairground from 9:00am to 1:00pm that day. 7 year old Sandpoint resident, Amber Staffiero, requires a transfusion every 3 weeks to battle a deadly disease. Donate to help save her life and countless others. Participants will be entered to win a raffle prize!
The event will be held at the Bonner County Fairgrounds, located at 4203 N. Boyer in Sandpoint.  Organized by the Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce’s health & wellness committee with partnering sponsors Association of Bonner County Employees and Bonner General Hospital. Major sponsors include Aging Better In-Home Care, STCU, Pend Oreille Health Care, North Idaho Spine Clinic, Bonner County Daily Bee, and K102.

For more information about this upcoming event, contact the Chamber at (208) 263-2161 or visit SandpointChamber.com. 

Cardinal Athletics Showcase includes highlights, previews of NIC sports

The North Idaho Athletics Department is hosting its 2nd Annual Cardinal Athletics Showcase Tuesday, Sept. 28 at 11:30 a.m. in the Coeur d’Alene Resort. The event will include presentations from award-winning members of the NIC coaching staff with preseason regional and national predictions for all NIC sports as well as status reports for fall sports.
            Presentations include comments from team captains with a question and answer session. There will also be prizes, giveaways and a highlight video. 

            Please note the early start at 11:30 a.m. This event will be held in place of the usual end-of-the-month Booster Club Luncheon. Tickets for lunch can be purchased in advance for $12 from either the athletic department or the NIC Booster Club. Call (208) 769-3348 for reservations and payment information by Sept. 24. Tickets can also be purchased at the door for $15. 

            Scheduled to appear: Wrestling coach Pat Whitcomb, (three national championships, 2007 wrestling man of the year, three-time regional coach of the year), men’s basketball coach Jared Phay (three-time regional coach of the year, back-to-back SWAC championships); men’s soccer coach Scott Moorcroft (three-time regional coach of the year, three-time Region 18 championships); women’s soccer coach Dan Hogan (two-time regional coach of the year, 2008 NJCAA third-place finish); softball coach Don Don Williams (2007 district coach of the year, 2007 national runner-up); women’s basketball coach Chris Carlson (back-to-back regional championships, North Idaho Hall of Fame Coach of the Year, 2010 NJCAA eighth-place finish); volleyball coach Colleen Frolich (2010 preseason NJCAA No. 11 ranked); men’s and women’s golf coach Derrick Thompson (2010 NJCAA 13th place finish -- women, 2010 NJCAA 17th place finish – men) and cheerleading coach Dawn Smith.


Sandpoint, ID - National chart newcomer and local favorite 18 Shades, will be joining Seattle-based Fridrich and Vance Bergeson for a “Musical Road Trip” through “acoustic rock” on Saturday, September 18th at 7PM at the Panida Theater. Local guitar-maker Bergeson is opening the concert with an earthy set of acoustic folk.  Shifting gears, Fridrich brings their blend of Afro-Cuban rock and harmonica blues to the stage.  18 Shades finishes with a foray into their polished rock blending taut melodies with 4-part harmonies.
Opening the show, Vance Bergeson will perform a set reminiscent of 1970’s folk rockers in a style similar to the raw, beautiful guitars that he builds.

Recently erupting out of the volcanic Seattle scene, Fridrich (recently dubbed “Seattle’s new supergroup”) follows Vance with a sizzling set culled from city streets around the world, incorporating Afro-Cuban, blues, rumba, and jazz influences.  The band members boast combined musical careers of over 200 years and have played with greats such as the Jackson 5, Garth Hudson (The Band) and Gloria Estefan.
Headlining the concert, northern Idaho band 18 Shades is on the fast track to superstardom, recently wrapping an album with the team behind Korn and Katy Perry.  Front-man, Jesse Bennett's intense and melodic vocals top off the band's larger than life style. Cory Howard's hard hitting guitars and infectious bluesy solos blend perfectly with the thunderous boom that is the rhythm section provided by Jason Stoddard on bass and KC Carter on drums.

NW-based Dave’s Killer Bread will be giving away a free loaf of their bread for every ticket sold, from 12PM – 2:30PM in Sandpoint (details at website).

All-ages show.  Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at the door.  You can purchase tickets on-line at http://www.savorthesound.com/sandpoint or at the following ticket outlets: 7B Board Shop, Mick Duff’s (Sandpoint) and Calypso’s Coffee (Coeur d’Alene).

For additional information contact: Nate Wright, nate@savorthesound.com

Friday, September 3, 2010

Family Promise of North Idaho Newsletter

Hello Family Promise of North Idaho Friends!

This is our September News Update to keep friends, volunteers and supporters informed and up-to-date on all that is happening at Family Promise of North Idaho.  FPNI is a busy place!  We have 11 wonderful people staying with us and working on achieving their independence. We have a new baby (!) born 14 days ago and one on the way!

Click HERE to view this month’s FPNI News Update in webpage. Here are the stories in this month’s issue:

Executive Director Cindy Wood talks about our ‘latest addition’ to the FPNI family, and celebrates another young family graduating to their own home in her Director’s Report.

We are having a Farewell to Summer BBQ fundraiser on September 18. Won’t you join the fun?

Setting up a new household can be expensive, so our network of churches is putting together Housewarming Kits for families as they graduate to independence.

Windermere Realty donated $1,000 to Family Promise of North Idaho! See the details.

We offer thanks to folks like Lois and David Bjerkestrand and the many others who help keep FPNI’s Day Center and Office a pleasant place to ‘live.’

We asked and you gave! Thank you to all the donors who have stepped up to help FPNI in our effort to keep our ship afloat.

Welcome to Tim Frahm, CPA, our newest member of the FPNI Board of Trustees. Tim has a message for everyone about Giving Results and Challenges in a Slow Economy.

We are proud to have been featured in the National Family Promise Newsletter, ‘Hospitality’, this summer with the article ‘Sowing the Seeds of Hope’.

FPNI is excited to be among the many agencies to be helped with the United Way Day of Caring on September 23.

The 2nd Annual Cardboard Box City is Coming October 8th.  We have high hopes for another fun and consciousness raising event.

BABY Pictures!!! Little Melanie is beautiful and the entire FPNI family is celebrating her arrival.

Click on in and see the important, exciting mission of Family Promise of North Idaho.

Family Promise of North Idaho
Public Relations Committee
Bev Moss
Jill Dougherty
Kate Zubaly

Free Museum Day in Kellogg

Free Museum Day
and Pie Social
Sunday, September 12th
at The Staff House Museum
820 McKinley Ave. – Kellogg
Museum open 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Pie Social  MCj04046390000[1] 11:00am-2:00pm
Please join us for the museum’s oldest fund raiser and social event.














Panhandle Health District: Press Release on Immunizations

This information is being forwarded in cooperation with the Panhandle Health District and the North Idaho Public Information Network.

Panhandle Health District
                                  8500 N. Atlas Road         Hayden, Idaho  83835

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                   Date:   September 2, 2010
Contact:                                                                Released by: Jeanne Bock, Director
Cynthia Taggart
Public Information Officer
(208) 415-5108
(208) 818-7288 (cell)

Immunization Can Slow Whooping Cough Surge

Hayden – The recent hospitalization of two northern Idaho infants with whooping cough is a clear call to people of all ages to get their pertussis immunization.
       So far this year, 57 cases of whooping cough have been reported in the five northern counties. Last year, only six cases of whooping cough were reported in the same area for the entire year. The number of cases so far this year (through August) is eight times higher than average.
       Both infants recently diagnosed are in intensive care. The pertussis bacteria, which is pervasive, is particularly dangerous for children younger than 6 months old.
       Pertussis is a highly contagious disease recognized by severe coughing spells that can cause vomiting and lack of breath. Untreated, pertussis can develop into pneumonia, seizures and encephalitis.
It’s been surging in this area since last November, indicating community-wide transmission. Children and adults in group settings, such as school, are at the highest risk for catching and spreading whooping cough, and vaccination increases the likelihood of avoiding or minimizing the effects of the disease.
       “Immunization is our best tool,” said Randi Lustig, epidemiology program manager for the Panhandle Health District. “The pertussis vaccination isn’t just for babies. Adolescents and adults need to be revaccinated, even if they were vaccinated as children.”
The effectiveness of the pertussis vaccine fades with time. National health officials recommend a booster for children at age 11 or 12. Adults who didn’t get the vaccine as a pre-teen should get one dose.
        Babies and children don’t benefit from the vaccine’s maximum protection until age 5. It’s important for anyone around them to have a current pertussis vaccination.
Whooping cough typically starts with a runny nose, but a cough quickly takes over. People spread pertussis by coughing or sneezing while they’re in close contact with others, who then breathe in the pertussis bacteria.
People with pertussis are contagious before the cough starts and stay contagious for up to three weeks. Doctor-prescribed antibiotics can kill the infection and prevent it from spreading.
Whooping cough is frequently misdiagnosed as bronchitis or allergies. North Idaho’s medical community has been advised to consider pertussis a possibility when patients have a cough illness.
PHD has immunizations with the pertussis vaccine for babies, adolescents and adults. For an appointment in your county, call:

 *   Kootenai County – 415-5270
 *   Bonner County – 263-5159
 *   Boundary County – 267-5558
 *   Benewah County – 245-4556
 *   Shoshone County – 786-7474

Youth Flag Football in Sandpoint

(208) 263-3613



Youth Flag Football registration forms are now available at Sandpoint Parks & Rec. and on our web site http://www.cityofsandpoint.com (link to Parks and Rec.) Games will begin for youths in grades 3-6 September 25th thru October 30th. Play will be spilt into 3rd/4th grade (Nerf Balls) and 5th/6th grade (Junior Rubber balls) teams.  Practices will be held once a week with games played on Saturday mornings at Travers Park in the softball outfield.

 Adults interested in coaching the philosophies of FUN, fundamentals, and sportsmanship are needed. Circle YES on the registration form attached to this e-mail.

REGISTRATION MUST BE RETURNED TO PARKS & REC. BY 5 PM FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 10TH.  Fees for 1 Player are- $35 County/ $30 City; 2 Players- $60 County/ $50 City; 3 Players- $80 County/ $70 City.  Jerseys are $12 and can be purchased at Parks and Rec.  Scholarships are available on a need basis.  Register at City Hall, 1123 Lake St. or call 263-3613 for more information.

As part of our ongoing effort to improve our programs, please supply your e-mail on your registration form for an end of season survey.

See you soon!
Parks and Rec

Click here to link to the "YthFFBreg_10.pdf" file included with this communication.

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

Rails to Resort: Sandpoint



(208) 263-3613


Rails To Resort (Schweitzer Hill Climb)
The fall Rails to Resort Race (Schweitzer Hill Climb) is brought to you by Sandpoint Sports and Sports Plus.  It will be held on Satruday September 18, 2010.  This race gives you three division for you to choose from, Roady, Mt. bike on Road, and Dirt.  Pre-Register by Sept. 10 for $20 to guarantee you get a t-shirt, after Sept 10, it is $25 and no guarantee on a shirt.  If you competed in the spring Rails to Resort, you get a discount of $10 on your racer fees.  Registration and Pre-registration check in willb e from 9:30-10:30am at the Red Barn parking lot.  10:45-11:00am is the Racer's Meeting.  Race starts at 11am!  For more information contact Sandpoint Sports (you can download the registration form online. Sandpoint Sports - 265-6163

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

Fall Reading programs start at library Sept. 21

COEUR d’ALENEFall Reading programs in the Seagraves Children’s Library of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave., begin Tuesday, Sept. 21.
Text Box: Library closed Sept. 5&6 for Labor Day holiday
  The library will be closed Sunday and Monday, Sept. 5 and 6, for the Labor Day holiday. Normal hours resume Tuesday, Sept. 7 at 10 a.m.
  The library's databases -- with a wide variety of information resources are available 24 hours a day through the library website - cdalibrary.org. To access the data bases from home, contact the library during open hours at 208/769-2315 to obtain passwords and user names.Programs are free and no registration is required. Each session includes age-appropriate stories, songs, poems, crafts and other activities. The schedule is:
¢ Book Babies Lapsit: For children ages newborn to 2 accompanied by a parent or caregiver, Tuesdays 10:15-10:45 a.m. and Fridays 10:30-11 a.m.
¢ Tales for Twos and Threes: For ages 2-3, Tuesdays, 11-11:30 a.m.
¢ Preschool Storytime: For ages 3-5, Wednesdays, 10:30-11 a.m. and 1-1:30 p.m.
¢ LEGO Club: Thursday, 4-5 p.m. Free building time for ages 5-10 with our giant tubs of LEGOs.
The library will be closed until 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 6, for staff in-service training and there will be no reading programs that day.
Children under 6 visiting the library need to be supervised by an adult or a person who is at least 14 even during programs. Children ages 6-9 should be accompanied by someone who is at least 14 who will remain in the building.
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 cdalibrary.org. News about the library and other city departments is also available on the City of Coeur d’Alene news blog: cdacity.blogspot.com.

Half a Marathon in Sandpoint



(208) 263-3613


The Scenic Half
This is the second year for the Scenic Half.  You can choose to run a 1/2 marathon, 10K, or 5k.  This great event will be held on Sunday September 19th.  Pre and Post race activities will be held at City Beach.  Early registration ended on September 1, but you can still register.  Contact the Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce for more information at 231 N Third Ave, Sandpoint - 263-2161 or on the web here.