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8:02 PM

Coeur d’Alene’s Old Mission State Park

The Coeur d’ Alene’s Old Mission State Park spotlights the oldest building in Idaho. The Mission of the Sacred Heart was constructed between 1850 and 1853 by Catholic missionaries and members of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Sacred Heart Mission and the Coeur d’Alene’s Old Mission State Park provide an educational experience not found anywhere else, giving visitors an opportunity to examine the dynamics and complexities between Jesuit missionaries and the tribal people among whom they settled in a beautiful park setting. The park features the Sacred Heart Mission church, a restored Parish House and a historic cemetery.

The visitor center includes a gift shop and a new award-winning exhibition “Sacred Encounters: Father De Smet & the Indians of the Rocky Mountain West” to help tell the fascinating story of the Mission, the Tribe and the missionaries.

Located near the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes, one of the most spectacular biking trails in the western United States, the Mission is an excellent place to stop for the day while on the trail, a wonderful place to view Idaho history and architecture and one of the most beautiful locations for a wedding and reception.

Information:
ParksandRecreation.idaho.gov
208-682-3814

8:46 AM

Sandpoint – Winter Carnival – Eichardt’s K-9 Keg Pull and Get The Girls Out

EICHARDT’S K9 KEG PULL

One of Sandpoint’s most endearing and popular events, the Eichardt’s annual K-9 Keg Pull.  The event will be on CEDAR STREET, between 2nd and 3rd Avenue.  Pre Registration at 10:15 AM, races from 11 AM – 1 PM.   With dogs of all sizes racing down a snow-packed course pulling anywhere from full-size kegs to beer cans amidst a pandemonium of cheering from the crowd. $10 donation entry fee goes to the Panhandle Animal Shelter.  A great time for the entire family, dogs included!  Awards to follow.

GET THE GIRLS OUT AT SCHWEITZER MOUNTAIN

GET THE GIRLS OUT PRESENTED BY SHE JUMPS! 8:00AM-5:00PM
It’s the 5th anniversary of Get the Girls Out at Schweitzer Mountain Resort!

Once again they’ll be donning leis, shaking grass skirt tutus, and bringing the spirit of the luau to the mountain. There will be activities for all ages & abilities including crowning a ‘Queen of the Greens,’ hunting for the elusive Golden Girafficorn, runs down the NASTAR course, an over-the-top raffle, and so much more. Come and join in celebrating the joy of gliding on snow, the warmth of each other’s company, and the enormous power of sisterhood. Aloha!

SheJumps welcomes all women and girls (transgender and cisgender) as well as non-binary people who identify with the women’s community.

Each registrant will receive one raffle ticket. Additional 5 tickets can be purchased for $20. And an ‘arms length’ for $40 which will INCLUDE a t-shirt!

For more information visit  www.shejumps.org .

FEES: $10
Your participation helps SheJumps fund low-cost educational and social events for women and for providing free youth programs including Wild Skills, a day camp for girls ages 5-14. Register at Eventbrite!

LEVEL: All ability levels welcome

AGES: All!

Fundraiser Proceeds:
Proceeds from the event will go to SheJumps.org to help to fun low-cost educational and social events for women and providing free youth programs including Wild Skills, a day camp for girls ages 5-14. SheJumps.org is a 501c(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to increase the participation of girls and women in outdoor activities.

3:47 PM

The Sprag Pole

Created in 1933 by Walt Almquist when he purchased the Murray building, the unique Sprag Pole Museum began with an old whiskey jug and exploded from there. Walt, joined by brother, Harry Almquist, turned the operation into a nonprofit corporation in 1982. Known as the Cradle City of the Coeur d’Alene’s in the late 1800’s, Murray was a base for prospectors seeking their fortunes. It is now the final resting place of Maggie Hall, an Irish woman who went by the name “Molly Burdan.” When she spoke with her strong native accent, the name was heard as Molly B’Damn and the name stuck. The museum boasts of 12 special exhibits which include: an acclaimed mining exhibit, blacksmith and barber shop, old fashioned school room, furnished parlor, doctors office, 1900 kitchen, post office, the Cataldo Mission – native Indians, logging/forestry/firefighting, expansive rock and mineral display and Molly B’Damn’s bedroom.

11:37 PM

Priest River

Priest River flows due south out of Priest Lake to its confluence with the Pend Oreille River at the town of Priest River. The river includes a pair of Class III whitewater sections – the short Dickensheet run just below the outlet, and the Eight Mile section along the lower Priest into town. In between, the river meanders along offering excellent canoeing or kayaking as well as fine swimming, fishing and just lazing on the river bank.

Parks and recreation sites: Just two miles below the outlet from Priest Lake, the Dickensheet unit of Priest Lake State Park is a fine small campground nestled along the river. At the river’s confluence with the Pend Oreille River is another fine campground and park managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. It’s called Mudhole Campground, but with camping, picnicking, sandy beaches and marked swimming area it’s anything but. Also on the river is Chipmunk Rapids Trail, an 10.4-mile trail with frequent moose, deer and waterfowl to be spotted.

Fishing: The river holds brown, brook and cutthroat trout as well as mountain whitefish and smallmouth bass.

More information
Activities and info: Priest River Chamber of Commerce
Dickensheet park: Idaho Department of Parks and Rec
Mudhole park: Army Corps of Engineers
Fishing: Idaho Fish and Game

8:26 PM

The Pearl Theater

The Pearl Theater is a delightful small venue in a converted church, offering  quality performing arts in an intimate historic setting.

Artfully renovated from an old church, the theater is just a few blocks from downtown Bonners Ferry. The Pearl’s bustling calendar includes music, theatre, dramatic readings, informative talks and community events of all types; the facility is also available for rent to groups.

A nonprofit group operates the theater with the mission to foster and develop the artistic talents and skills of community members of all ages, to serve as an outreach to encourage and facilitate social activities, and to nurture excellence in the performing arts through the presentation of performing artists from the local area as well as national and international arenas.

More information
The Pearl Theater website

7:46 PM

Post Falls Historical Society Museum

The museum is in a building that was built in 1923 and originally housed Chapin’s Drugs. Exhibits include Post Falls historical artifacts and three rooms of special displays featuring household items, a school room, and military uniforms.

Regular admission is $2 for adults, $1 for children. Historical Society Members have free admission. Parking is available in the City Hall’s parking lot or across the street between French Cleaners and Rosa’s Italian Market and Deli.

Open mid-April to mid-October; Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

7:37 PM

The Museum of North Idaho

The Museum of North Idaho collects, preserves and interprets the history of the Coeur d’Alene Region. to foster appreciation of the area’s heritage. Discover the rich history of the region: sawmills, logging, agriculture, steamboats, railroads, recreation, Playland Pier, Diamond Cup Hydroplane Races, the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, the Coeur d’Alene Name, the Cataldo Mission and more.

The Museum of North Idaho is located in front of the Coeur d’Alene’s City Park.

Hours
Spring: Tuesday – Saturday, 11 am – 5 pm
Summer: Daily, 11 am – 5 pm
Fall: Tuesday – Saturday, 11 am – 5 pm

Admission: Adults $5; Children $1.50.  Discounts available for veterans/active duty military and EBT cardholders.

Members are admitted free and receive 10% off in the Museum Store. The Museum Store features a wide selection local history books, locally made silver jewelry, souvenirs and gift items.The Museum is wheelchair accessible.

Information:
MuseumNI.org
208-664-3448

2:03 AM

Historic Panida Theater

Right in the heart of downtown is one of Sandpoint’s most treasured gems, the Panida Theater. Built with distinctive Spanish Mission styling and opened as a vaudeville and movie house in 1927, the theater’s name was derived from the PANhandle of IDAho. After almost three generations delivering great live and cinematic performances for the town, the theater sadly declined and faced demolition in the mid 1980s – a fate that the town could not accept. A group of citizens launched a fundraising drive to save it, ultimately reclaiming the historic old theater in 1985. It is now operated by a nonprofit organization as a vibrant performing arts venue, albeit one that is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Blessed with a friendly stage and unusually fine acoustics, on any given week you might catch performances ranging from dance recital by a local studio to a fine art film, to internationally renowned artists. Bonnie Raitt, Arlo Guthrie, Wynton Marsalis, Taj Majl, Joan Baez, Mitch Miller, conductor Gunther Schuller and the Spokane Symphony, the San Francisco Opera, Cavini String Quartet and the Paris Chamber Ensemble are just some of the acts that have graced its stage.

Visitors can wander in to see the theater when it’s open, but to experience the “warm heart of Sandpoint,” try to catch one of the many live performances that occur there each month.