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Contents

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pg.26 Good News

Free Night Activities program seeks to teach wilderness, relational skills

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Essentials

Spring Sunshine and Window Coverings

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Financial Focus

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Living Local

Crave! Returns for third annual event

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Time for Some Financial Spring Cleaning

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Life & Community

Some of the community’s finest young women take part in scholarship program

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Athletes of the Month Dance Team Shines at State

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In Focus

Idaho Gives set for May 2

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Business Spotlight

Carter Country Farm & Feed: Serving Boundary and Bonner County Communities

Wanting to Update Your Kitchen?

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Travel & Leisure

Cannon Beach: Beach walks, fresh local seafood and luxurious lodging make for a perfect vacation

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Free Night Activities program seeks to teach wilderness, relational skills By Dan Thompson

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hen Rob and Kathy Wenzel first came through North Idaho about four years ago, it seemed like they had entered a time warp.

aims to “enable participants to re-learn necessary skills and concepts of accountability to function on a more respectful level at home, in school and in the community.”

“Meeting the people, we thought, ‘Oh my gosh, this is like going back 50 years into a beauty where people are respectful and loving and neighborly,’” Kathy said.

Currently they have eight families and 12 children involved in the program, which meets Fridays at 7pm, Kathy said.

They moved to Bonners Ferry from Colorado Springs, Colorado, in 2015 and set up a counseling practice, Art of Redirection. They found ways to invest in their community, volunteering with the fire department and doing some counseling at the Boundary County jail as well. As they got to know the community, they saw that the same problems that affect the rest of the country were also in Bonners Ferry, and they wanted to do what they could to address these issues. Enter their Night Activities, a free program for teens and their families. “While we were volunteering at the detention center, we found out that the similarities here to the (bigger) cities is the kids are doing drugs, they’re drinking, they’re caught up in pornography, so they’re hitting what we call the four major food groups: drugs, alcohol, sex, electronics,” Rob said. “They’re pretty high numbers. Bonners Ferry is just a reflection of what’s happening across the U.S.” So Rob and Kathy approached school superintendent Gary Pflueger with the Night Activities, which mirrored a program they had led in Colorado. The school board approved it, and the Wenzels have hosted the program at the Bonners Ferry Middle School since January. Night Activities focuses on wilderness emergency response, survival games, search and rescue, and emergency services, according to their program description online. It is a 10-week program that facilitates “reinforcement of appropriate structure, limits and expectations,” which

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As the weather gets nicer, Rob said they will get outside and show participants how to start fires, set up shelters and teach some nighttime skills. For now, he said, they are playing games and doing activities to teach them about the value of rules, limits and expectations. They hope the program grows, and with it they will need more adult volunteers who already possess such wilderness survival skills—or who are at least willing to come out into the woods along with them. Gus Jackson, fire chief of North Bench Fire District, has worked with the Wenzels through the fire department and said he also recognizes the need that Night Activities is trying to address. Jackson grew up in Bonners Ferry and said the variety of activities teens can get involved with has decreased since he was young. “Aside from (4-H) and the school programs, there’s not a lot outside of that,” Jackson said. “It just seems like there’s less and less to do that’s constructive, especially for teenagers.” Besides simply giving teenagers something more to do, learning wilderness skills could also lead them to explore and pursue related professions, according to Jackson. Rob agrees, adding that Night Activities will also be a way for students to meet law enforcement, search and rescue experts and other professionals. “It might change their mind and give them a career goal so they push through high school,” Rob said.

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The Wenzels love the wilderness and want to share that with young people. They hope by equipping families with these skills— both wilderness and relational—that the community as a whole will benefit.

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The Wenzels emphasized as well that the children and families involved with the program are not necessarily already involved with the “four major food groups” as they called them. They would just like to prevent kids from going down those paths. “The kids that do sports, that keeps them out of trouble, (as do) the kids who do a lot with church,” Rob said. “We’re catching the kids that are in between there who don’t do either one. These kids are great. They’re cool. ... Any kid is at risk if they don’t have adults to speak to them.” One basic motivation for the program is that the Wenzels love the wilderness and want to share that with young people. They hope by equipping families with these skills—both wilderness and relational—that the community as a whole will benefit.

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It is a community the Wenzels want to be a part of for awhile. They bought some land by Smith Lake and plan to build a tiny house on it this summer. So far they said the program is doing well and attendees are enjoying it. “These kids are liking it a lot,” Rob said. “At first they don’t want to come because Mom’s bringing them, but they’re having fun and looking forward to going into the woods.” But, the Wenzels said, they need more help to keep the free program going—and growing. “We have gotten some people to get involved as volunteers, but we gotta get more. We gotta surround these kids, because as kids hear about it more will want to come in.”

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S PR I N G S U NSHI NE AND WINDOW COVERING S

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ith spring comes an increase in the hours of daylight, which is wonderful after our long winter. However, the additional sunlight can pose a problem for our home’s interiors. UV rays can be damaging to wood, carpet, fabric and other finishes in our homes, not to mention being hard on the eyes. Not surprisingly, spring is a time when people start to think about window coverings. As a designer, one of the most frequent issues I encounter is how to cover specific windows without either blocking the view or not giving enough privacy. Luckily, there are many options available. One of my favorite go-tos are wood blinds. They come in a variety of colors, both painted and stained, a couple of different widths, and are available with decorative trim to add a little color. There are light-weight wood blinds for larger windows, motorized options for hard-to-reach areas, and they come in a selection of price points for all budgets.

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With wood blinds, my suggestion is for the blind to match your window trim exactly, creating a seamless look. This way, whether the blind is open or closed, it looks like it belongs there, sitting snugly in your window. Another popular window-covering application is cellular shades. These come in hundreds of colors, sizes and transparencies, allowing for a custom look. I typically enjoy a cellular shade that matches the paint or trim color, but you can play with contrast as well. With cellular shades, be sure to talk to your sales person in depth, as there are many options out there. From doublecelled blinds, which allow for more insulation, to top-downbottom-up options, which work well to allow light in to a room while maintaining privacy, you need to be sure what is right for you. There are also room-darkening options that work well for a bedroom or media room. And cellular shades can be motorized as well for those tall picture windows.

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The right window coverings can last a lifetime, so a little education can go a long way! Mesh shades, which are mounted on a roller and provide some privacy while still allowing light and views to filter in, are becoming increasingly popular. These tend to look fantastic with both rustic and modern looks but are not for those who want complete privacy. If you are looking at this option, something to keep in mind is that light colors have a tendency to filter out views more than dark colors. I know this sounds counterintuitive, but the light colors reflect more light inside, creating more of a box effect. Dark colors tend to recede, making the view more visible.

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Something that is seldom talked about today are draperies, but I think they are a wonderful way to add warmth and texture to a room. They can be spare and modern or flouncy and traditional, and they can definitely add personality should you choose patterns or textures over simple cotton or linen. Not to mention, I still believe draperies to be one of the best and easiest ways to cover sliding or French exterior doors, as they can be completely opened to allow easy passage during the day and quickly closed at night for privacy. One thing for sure is that good window coverings are an investment. To make sure you spend your dollars wisely, do your research and find out what options are right for you and your home. The right window coverings can last a lifetime, so a little education can go a long way! Should you need help deciding which application is right for you, don’t hesitate to ask your sales person. They have the knowledge and experience to help you solve any issues you might face with your particular windows and ensure a beautiful and functional outcome.

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of your existing investments, too. Suppose, for instance, that some of your stocks are paying you dividends, which you take as cash. If you don’t really need this income to support your lifestyle, you might consider reinvesting the dividends so that you can own more shares of the dividend-paying stocks. Over the long run, increased share ownership is a key to helping build your portfolio. • Establish new habits. Spring cleaning doesn’t have to be just about physical activities—it can also involve a new set of habits on your part. For example, instead of placing your unread magazines in an ever-expanding pile, try to read and recycle them quickly. You can also develop some positive habits as an investor, such as “paying yourself first” by regularly putting some money in an investment account each month, even before paying all your bills. You can also avoid some bad habits, such as overreacting to market downturns by selling investments to “cut your losses,” even though those same investments may still have strong growth potential and may still be suitable for your needs. Doing some spring cleaning can make you feel better about your living space today. And applying some of these techniques to your financial situation can help you gain a more positive outlook for tomorrow.

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“The community is extremely generous with the program, and we could not have the caliber of program we have without that support,” said Andrakay.

s a former participant in the America’s Junior Miss program, now known as Distinguished Young Women (DYW), Andrakay Pluid is happy to give back to the program that gave her so much more than a decade ago.

There are 11 girls participating in this year’s DYW program—Serenity Fahey, Nadia Fleck, Dina Cook-Petty, Katie Summerfield, Emily “The program left an indelible mark on my life. I feel strongly that Holman, Reianna Brooks, Bailey Owens, Lillian Goad, Josie Leyden, this program is a transformative experience for young women, and Mia Hosterman and Kylee Olson. I volunteer as part of the program because of how firmly I believe in what the program does for young women as well as because of “The girls are involved in the Be Your the impact it made on my life,” said Best Program, which is a tenant of the Andrakay, who, along with Kelly “THE COMMUNITY IS EXTREMELY DYW Program,” said Andrakay. “It Hinthorn, co-chairs this year’s DYW encourages participants to be active program, the theme of which is "Life is GENEROUS WITH THE PROGRAM, AND in their community through the ‘5 Bs’: a Highway." Be Healthy, Be Studious, Be Involved, WE COULD NOT HAVE THE CALIBER Be Ambitious and Be Responsible.” As The program is a scholarship program OF PROGRAM WE HAVE WITHOUT part of this, they mentor other young and is judged based on five categories: girls in the community and also give interview (25 percent), scholastics THAT SUPPORT.” of their time to various nonprofits in (25 percent), talent (20 percent), selfBonners Ferry. expression (15 percent) and fitness (15 percent). This year's program will be on April 27 at 6:30pm at Becker Auditorium. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Monday, Last year the local DYW committee raised over $15,000 in cash April 8, at 10 am at Mountain Mike's Health Food Store in Bonners scholarships—one of the highest in the state and even across the Ferry. Tickets typically sell out, so it is important to get tickets early! nation.

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CELEBRATING 10 YEARS OF GROW! Supplying garden plots for the Bonners Ferry community since 2009 By Jillian Chandler

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ardeners for Regional Wellbeing (GROW!) has been committed in promoting a vibrant local food system through education and a public garden. This has allowed the entire community access to healthy, organic produce and a local organic garden where they can rent plots that are all ready to plant. “I encourage everyone to join this organization, whether or not you want to rent a plot, as it provides access to local organic produce,” says Kate Painter, president of Gardeners for Regional Wellbeing. “GROW! is committed to supporting our local food system through access and education.” January 30 marked their membership meeting, in which they elected their GROW! officers. They include Kate Painter, president; George Bevan, vice president; Gerry Ann Howlett, treasurer; and Julie Newcomb, secretary. Board members include Deanna Lauber, Judith Nissen and Marciavee Cossette. All of the officers and Board members are active UI Extension Master Gardeners. This past winter, GROW! initiated a monthly community potluck and speaker series. Held the second Wednesday of each month at the Memorial Hall in the Boundary County Fairgrounds, the community is invited to listen to speakers discussing their local businesses supplying heritage fruit trees, organic vegetables, flowers and dried fruit. GROW! also introduced a Children’s Garden, working with the staff at the Trinity Lutheran Church’s Children’s Center (located next to the GROW! garden) to arrange a field trip to the garden every two weeks. They brought one or two groups from the daycare to the garden to observe the progress at the garden and sample the produce. This year Gardeners for Regional Wellbeing is celebrating its 10th anniversary! “In addition to our regular events, including a garden-themed spring raffle, booths at the Boundary Community Hospital Health Fair in May and the Boundary County Fair in August, and our annual Farm to Table Fundraising Dinner, we will be creating Little Free Gardens to place around the community,” says Kate. Bonners Ferry will be have the first Little Free Gardens in Idaho, modeled after the popular and ever-growing Little Free Libraries across the country, where you can borrow or leave books at neighborhood kiosks. “The goal of the Little Free Garden project is to foster communities committed to growing, sharing and cultivating food in small gardens placed in residential and public

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spaces,” says Kate. (You can find out more about this national organization at LittleFreeGarden.com.) If you would like to help support this wonderful local organization, you can become a member! Annual dues are just $20 for an individual, $35 for a family and $100 for a business, with funds used to pay the garden manager; buy compost, plants and seed; and pay utilities like water and rental for a portable toilet. Membership benefits include access to organic garden plots and the opportunity to support our local food system, either through volunteering at the garden or one of GROW!’s fundraising events. In addition, it supports the beautiful public garden space that is open to all. “The Bonners Ferry community is remarkable in their support for organizations such as these,” smiles Kate. “I continue to be amazed at the generosity and attitude of self-sufficiency by the citizens of this county.” You can find out more about GROW! and sign up for membership online at GROWBoundaryCounty.org

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s head coach of Bonners Ferry High School’s dance team, Lisa Dirks could not be more proud of her squad.

“The team works hard all year round gaining strength, flexibility, confidence and, of course, dancing,” said Coach Dirks, who has been coaching dance at the school for five years. “In a couple of the routines, all of the girls do their splits!” This year’s dance team is comprised of nine young women: Lindsey Christopherson, a senior and team captain; Adrianne Brown, a junior; sophomores Lily Blackmore, Alisa Hannaman, Rilynn Henslee, Bridget Olson and Avery Pluid; and freshmen Melanie Campbell and Reagan Fairchild. For such a young team, their dedication and hard work has already netted them great success. They received first place at the district competition in all competing categories, which earned them a trip to state on March 15 where they competed at the Idaho Ford Center in Nampa with their military, kick, dance and hiphop routines. “The girls did great representing Bonners Ferry to the best of their ability, leaving everything they could on the court,” said Coach Dirks of

the March 15 competition. “The day was long and the competition killer, but we took seventh overall out of the 10 3-A teams that qualified. After being at the Idaho Ford Center from 7:30am to 9pm and performing our military, hip-hop, kick and dance routines, we left exhausted and proud! I am thankful for an awesome season with these nine lovely ladies and their supportive parents!” In addition to their rigorous practice schedule, which starts in mid-August and lasts nine months, the dance team performs at every varsity football home game, and the squad is divided for both boys’ and girls’ varsity basketball games. “We perform at as many games as we can,” said Dirks. “We also perform at evening home wrestling matches.” The squad performs at the Dig Pink Volleyball game as well and attends a camp each July. Being a coach to this group of young women is something Coach Dirks finds very rewarding. “I love working with the girls, seeing them grow and improve. We are truly a family by the end of the season,” she said. Try outs are tentatively scheduled for the third week in May. And while they do have some informal practices during the summer, once school starts, they have early morning practice from 5:45 to 7:10am Tuesday through Friday.

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iving in North Idaho, we are witness to not only many nonprofit organizations that are serving the needs of those in our communities but also to the countless number of people and businesses who step forward to make a difference in the lives of those who need it most. Whether it’s a food bank, homeless shelter, an organization that helps cancer patients or those who provide support for neglected or abandoned children, the need is great. These organizations rely heavily upon yearround donations, but there is one day set aside each year to make a conscious effort to do what you can to contribute to those groups that mean the most to you. This year’s date for Idaho Gives is May 2, and for those organizations who want to take part and provide an online venue for people to donate, they must register by April 15. Idaho Gives is a program administered by the Idaho Nonprofit Center and is designed to bring all Idaho residents together to raise both money and awareness for the countless 501(c)(3)

organizations who work to make Idaho a better place. The Idaho Nonprofit Center provides a simple platform where donors can search, support and donate. Kristin Ludwig is the director of development for CASA of North Idaho, which has participated in Idaho Gives for the last several years. She said they raise approximately $1,000 each year. “As with any state-wide nonprofit promotion, I see the value in being part of the community of nonprofits,” said Ludwig. “They do provide us social media ideas and other tools to help promote giving locally.” Idaho Gives is a great way to promote an organization’s fundraising efforts and provides eligible nonprofits the opportunity to reach potential new donors with the visibility that only a state-wide effort can generate. With the abundance of nonprofit organizations in North Idaho, it can be overwhelming for one in need. Determining which organization would best be able to serve them can be daunting. Thankfully there is an organization

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in North Idaho that can assist people with this search. Sandpoint Community Resource Center (SCRC) bridges the gap between those who serve and those in need in both Bonner and Boundary counties. SCRC will be participating in Idaho Gives for the first time under the direction of new Executive Director Linnis Jellinek. Through the Volunteer Idaho Panhandle program, SCRC helps other nonprofits find volunteers, new board members and other services. The organization also helps volunteers find a place to share their passions in the community. “Working with Idaho Nonprofit Center has given me solid resources as a new executive director in the area,” said Jellinek. “We are participating this year because I trust their recommendations, and this is going to be a fun way for us to get the word out regarding the broad scope of SCRC's services.” A donation to Sandpoint Community Resource Center through Idaho Gives will go to help support the local community in three ways: The


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For the past five years, The Pearl Theater in Bonners Ferry has participated in Idaho Gives and continues to meet or exceed its fundraising goals each year. It’s now become one of the theater’s largest annual fundraising events. “Idaho Gives is easy; it provides the structure, support and training for nonprofits to expand their fundraising,” said Board Member Valerie Thompson. “Since our organization depends almost entirely on memberships, volunteers and admissions to shows, we rely on donations to make up the difference, especially on big ticket items.” The ease of the program and being able to market a small theater near the Canadian border

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to the entire state are reasons The Pearl continues its participation. “Whether a person has been to The Pearl recently or ever, Idaho Gives provides individuals, businesses and organizations the chance to demonstrate that our dedication to fostering the performing arts throughout Boundary County is important to them, too,” said Thompson. For an organization to be eligible to take part in Idaho Gives on May 2, they must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization headquartered or providing services in Idaho and registered and in good standing with the Idaho Secretary of State. They must also register with Idaho Gives. All organizations will be asked to provide the following: • Primary contact information • Mailing address • EIN number • Idaho Nonprofit Center Member number (if applicable) • Banking information • 990 document or postcard verification While there is a fee involved to participate, it is nominal, and organizations say it is well worth it for the exposure it provides. The fee to participate in Idaho Gives depends on the size of the organization and whether you are a member of the Idaho Nonprofit Center. Member prices run from $50 to $100, and not-yet member prices range from $100 to $200. Costs are associated with annual operating expenses. The ‘Small’ category is up to $99,999, while ‘Large’ qualifies with operating expenses of $500,000 and up. Medium falls in between the two.

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Meeting All Your Farm, Feed, Garden and Pet Needs Serving Boundary and Bonner County Communities BY JILLIAN CHANDLER

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CHARLIE CARTER HAS CALLED NORTH IDAHO HOME SINCE 1992. Growing up, he was surrounded by dogs, chickens and rabbits, along with a variety of other animals, beginning a lifelong love of animals and wildlife. In addition, his grandfather owned the local feed store. After moving to the area, Charlie was looking for something that allowed him to draw from that childhood experience that he longed for. In September 1999, his dream came to fruition. Quality Farm & Garden in Sandpoint had put their business up for sale. Charlie saw an opportunity to continue to support the farm and garden needs of the community and seized it. After purchasing Quality Farm & Garden, he renamed it Carter Country Farm & Feed. Following the success he and his business found in Sandpoint, Charlie saw the need for something similar in Bonners Ferry. In 2014, Carter Country Farm & Feed opened its second location, and since day one, Charlie has enjoyed being able to help the community with all their farm, feed, garden and pet needs.

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that their customers’ pet and farm animal needs are met with the assurance of quality, fair pricing and a great selection. “One of the key focus areas of our business is providing high-quality, fairly priced pet food. We make sure that the foods we sell are healthy, sourced from reliable and proven areas and backed up by the manufacturers,” Charlie says proudly. “NutriSource, Stella & Chewy and Nulo are three of our most relied upon brands. They offer our customers guarantees and opportunities of savings as well as in-depth information about their brands and ingredients.” If you are raising pets, farm animals or providing for the wild animals, you’ll find plenty of options to choose from. Want to try your hand at gardening or small-scale farming? You’ll find everything you need to get started from seeds, sprays, tools, fencing and more. Once the winter snows melt, gardeners want to sink their fingers into the rich local soil. This makes spring the busiest season for both Carter Country stores as they offer plenty of seeds, plants and tree stock on hand. Be sure to stop in for their Spring Sale, which will be taking place Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27. This is the perfect opportunity for shoppers to take advantage of great

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sales on all of their gardening needs. “As a way of saying ‘Thanks!’, we will be having our customer appreciation day celebration May 31 and June 1 in Bonners Ferry and on June 7 and 8 in Sandpoint,” says Charlie. Carter Country Farm & Feed is more than a store providing the best to its customers; it proudly supports the efforts of youth involved in 4-H and FFA (or any other community effort that is educational), offering youth 10 percent off any product they need to complete a project. Charlie is nurturing future generations for a passion and love for animals, such as he had growing up—a passion that continues to this day. When it comes to the success Charlie has found at Carter Country Farm & Feed, he credits it to his father and grandfather, and by following their lead. “My grandfather and father were examples of hard work, dedication and customer service. I believe my grandpa would be proud of where I am today.” If you are looking for a locally owned business that will meet all of your farm, feed, garden and pet needs, look no further than Carter Country Farm & Feed. Both locations are open Monday through Friday, 8am to 6pm and Saturday, 8:30am to 4pm.

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nce a meat-and-potatoes town with only a handful of highquality restaurants, Spokane is now a culinary delight filled with choices to satisfy and challenge any pallet. You can still find a great steak, but choices in seafood, wood-fired pizza, small plates, gourmet burgers, world cuisine and an emerging vegetarianoption scene are bringing the Lilac City to the forefront of dining in the West. Even the most dedicated diners would have a tough time hitting all of Spokane’s best spots over the course of a year, but lucky for you, there’s an upcoming event where you can sample from dozens of the area’s best chefs and restaurants over the course of a summer weekend. Crave! returns July 11 through 13 to the CenterPlace Event Center in Spokane Valley. Now in its third year, the event brings together many of the top names in local cuisine as well as guest chefs from all over the country. Crave! is spearheaded by Eat Good Group’s Adam Hegsted, owner of many popular regional restaurants including Wandering Table, Incrediburger, Honey Eatery and Social Club and the Gilded Unicorn. A James Beard Award semi-finalist and decorated cooking innovator, Hegsted’s travels around the country attending dinners, tastings and food festivals inspired him to create a one-of-a-kind experience in the Northwest.

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Crave! brings together dozens of chefs, brewers, vintners and artisans from the greater Spokane and Coeur d’Alene area, along with a few special guests as well. Top Chef contestant and owner of Zona Blanca and the recently opened High Tide Lobster bar, Chad White, will be on hand, as well as Luna Executive Chef Joe Morris and Cochinitio Taqueria’s Travis Dickinson, serving up unique dishes along with many of the region’s best local chefs. Surprise guests will be announced as the event draws near. These chefs will not only be serving up delicious bites to eat but also offering cooking demonstrations and techniques—an added bonus to learn from the best while you are also tasting the best. Crave! is broken down into several events over the course of three days.

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CRAVE! RETURNS JULY 11 THROUGH 13 TO THE CENTERPLACE EVENT CENTER IN SPOKANE VALLEY. NOW IN ITS THIRD YEAR, THE EVENT BRINGS TOGETHER MANY OF THE TOP NAMES IN LOCAL CUISINE AS WELL AS GUEST CHEFS FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY.

You can purchase admission to all events, a couple of events of just a single event depending on how much you want to spend and taste. Once inside the festivities, you can safely put your wallet away as all the tastes and beverages are included with your admission. Crave! is held mostly outdoors with chef booths set up in the grassy area behind CenterPlace Event Center. Live music and entertainment greets you during most sessions. The Thursday evening kickoff is often one of the very favorite events. Fresh fish, scallops, shrimp, oysters and more take the stage during the Seafood Bash. Cooks will come up with specialty bites and dishes you typically won’t find on their menu. The Seafood Bash runs from 6 to 9pm. On Friday, the smell of sizzling meats will be lingering in the air during the Fire and Smoke event, also from 6 to 9pm. The challenge is to create a barbecue dish you’ll not soon forget. There will be dozens of drink vendors offering beer and cocktail pairings for many of the dishes, and you’ll have a chance to vote on your favorites in the People’s Choice

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awards for Best Dish and Best Beer. Members of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe will also be on hand for a very special night of entertainment including traditional dances and music. On Saturday, the education really begins with demonstrations by regional and national chefs during the Grand Tasting event from 1 to 4pm. The demonstration kitchen is set up indoors with seating and easy views of the presentation. Local food purveyors will be offering up some of their favorite small bites to which you are entitled to unlimited samples. Wineries, breweries and distilleries will all be offering tastings and samples in the outdoor setting. You’ll learn mixology tips from some of the region’s best bartenders, cooking techniques from renowned chefs, and will also walk away with a full belly of delicious bites. The final tasting is Saturday evening where the theme is Foods from Around the World. With an entire world of cuisines in which to choose from, chefs often save their most unique and innovative dishes for last. You might find Vietnamese-inspired sliders, ingredients rarely found in

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a taco or beef tartare with a twist. You really won’t know until you walk through the doors. As with other events, the local craft distillers, brewers and winemakers will be on hand with all the best the area has to offer. Your ticket gets you unlimited tastings, but you might want to bring a few bucks in with you just in case you want to take something home. This year, even more artisans will have booths available featuring everything from locally made barbecue sauces, cheeses, cakes, caramels, craft sodas, oil and vinegar, and more. The event wraps up with an after party that includes a no-host bar, desserts and live music under the stars. Beyond just a wonderful and flavorful event, proceeds from the event also benefit several local nonprofits. Second Harvest brings community resources together to feed people in need through empowerment, education and partnerships. Spokane Valley Partners provides food,

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clothing and other basic needs to low-income families and offers a helping hand to those making every effort to carve a stronger path to a brighter tomorrow. Tickets are available now including full festival packages, VIP packages and individual tasting. Early Bird pricing is in effect, so buy in advance to save a few dollars as well. Crave! also partners with local hotels for those looking for accommodations and special rates. To buy tickets and for even more information, you can visit CraveNW.com. In the Inland Northwest we love our long, warm summer days and cool evenings, and what better way to spend a weekend than sampling from the best of the best in food and drink. Whether you choose a single event or make it a whole weekend, you’ll leave Crave! with a newfound appreciation for the many talented cooks that call the Inland Northwest home.

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pril is, among many other things, Occupational Therapy Month. Most people have never heard of occupational therapy, or if they have, they assume it has something to do with employment. Occupational therapy was founded over 100 years ago with the idea that hospital patients deserved better treatment and more meaningful lives. It has grown and developed over the years to something pretty amazing. Occupational therapy focuses on getting you back to your life! These can be activities such as taking care of yourself, gardening, playing cards with friends or any other activity that is important in your life.

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Occupational therapists (OT) can work with people from birth to death. An OT can work with children in hospitals, outpatient clinics, schools and homes. They have become notorious for working with children with Autism, so it is no surprise that April is also Autism Awareness Month! They can work with children struggling with development, sensory processing, learning and so much more. You can often find OTs playing with children and calling it therapy, but children learn through play, so there is no better way to engage them in learning. Occupational therapists are also known for working with sensory processing disorder (SPD). This is when a child’s senses are either over or under responsive to information. SPD happens in approximately 20 percent of the general population and can be as common as 88 percent of children with any other diagnosis.

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When it comes to the adults, OTs can be seen treating people with shoulder issues, people who have suffered a stroke, had hand surgery or even for bladder leaks. OTs can treat adults on an outpatient basis, in hospitals and in homes. If someone has a hobby or role in life they can no longer do, OTs can help either retrain them to get back to what they love or even teach coping strategies to make the task/ hobby easier to do. Adaptations are sometimes the best way to return to what you love, and OTs are amazing at teaching those methods.

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Older adults are another group of people who occupational therapy can help. This is seen in hospitals, homes, outpatient clinics and nursing homes. Whether it is arthritis, lower tolerance to activity, surgery or illness, many older adults want and need to be able to be self-sufficient as long as possible. It can be depressing to lose the independence we’ve had all our lives, and as much as we love our families and friends, nothing surpasses independence. Overall, maintaining independence is physically and mentally healthier. Occupational therapists can help you get back to living the life you want to live and doing the activities you want to do. This therapy is based on your needs and desires first and foremost. So when someone says, “I am an occupational therapist,” you can now tell them you know a bit about what they do. Happy Occupational Therapy Month and Autism Awareness Month everyone!

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REMODELING ON A budget

Wanting to Update Your Kitchen? The good news is it doesn't have to cost much!

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t’s been said that the kitchen is the most expensive room in the house to remodel. While this can be true when it comes to purchasing new appliances, flooring, cabinets and countertops, the good news is you can give your kitchen a fresh new look without having to spend thousands of dollars.

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A fresh coat of paint, new handles and drawer pulls or removing the cabinet doors altogether can go a long way to providing a whole new look.

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the place where your family spends a great deal of time and where you love to entertain. "Changing out cabinetry hardware is one of the easiest and quickest updates," says HGTV's Scott McGillivray, author of “How to Add Value to Your Home.” He advises to look for colorful options or a brushed nickel finish. Cabinetry, which has traditionally been fairly neutral in color, is also the place where people can now be more creative and add a bit of their personality to their kitchen. After all, our kitchen cabinets set the tone for the rest of the kitchen and can also have a big impact on the overall design of your home, especially if you have an open floor plan. Thankfully painting, as opposed to the much more expensive option of replacing cabinets, has been much easier with the development of new paint products. But before you begin, remember this project can be a lengthy process, so plan accordingly. You will need to remove and store everything in your cabinets, and the doors and drawers will also need to be removed. And before you begin, all the surfaces which will be painted must be thoroughly cleaned.

Many people are opting to use two different colors when redoing cabinets—one color for the upper cabinets and another for the lower ones. You can also choose to paint a kitchen island a different color for some contrast. After you are done with painting, consider replacing existing doors with glass-paneled ones, something McGillivray says looks like a major upgrade. "Opt for frosted glass if you feel like your shelves aren't display-worthy,” he advises, “Or ditch the doors all together to create the effect of open shelving. I've done this in kitchens to create a lighter space. Display your favorite dishes and bowls to add a bit of interest to the room.” Another way to freshen up your kitchen is by painting an accent wall. If all your walls are a light color, designers recommend painting your accent wall at least two shades deeper for the best effect. Sometimes giving your kitchen a new look can be as simple as cleaning out the clutter. Remove everything from the walls, countertops, windows and tops of cabinets so you can see the kitchen as a clean slate. Then you can begin by accessorizing with a few well-proportioned, carefully placed items to reinvigorate the room with a fresh style. This is also a way to add a pop of color either through countertop appliances or decorative items.

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Other inexpensive ways to give your kitchen a new look include changing out your lighting. With so many options available when it comes to color and style, especially when you are looking to utilize pendant lights, you can significantly change the look of your kitchen with this simple upgrade. Kristy Kropat, an interior designer based in San Francisco, recommends AllModern.com, YLighting.com and LampsPlus.com to begin your search for inexpensive and unique lighting options. Adding a backsplash, bold or simple, can do much to add some contrast and style. Most kitchens do not have a lot of backsplash area, so whether you choose to do it yourself or hire a contractor, you shouldn’t have to spend an exorbitant amount of money. If your home is like most, the kitchen is the place where people love to gather. How about making some room for a nice window bench to offer additional seating when entertaining? Do you find that you have a dining area separate from your kitchen that is seldom used? Consider

removing your kitchen table and making your dining room area the place where you eat each evening as a family and where you entertain friends and family. I know one family that did this and replaced the kitchen table area with two easy chairs near a bay window. They find they spend much more time together while preparing dinner and are able to enjoy what was once their formal dining area much more often. Lastly, make the most of your resources! Another sure way to keep your costs of upgrading at a minimum is to call upon friends and family members who have special talents. Maybe ask them to help out in exchange for you providing some services to them. Do you have a friend who is exceptionally good at painting who maybe could use help with watching her kids on occasion? Is installing a backsplash a skill you think would be fun to learn? By participating in the process, you will not only save money and learn a new skill, but you’ll have fun and have a sense of pride when you look at the finished product!

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hen it comes to our homes, we like to do what we can to personalize it and make it a true reflection of ourselves. What better way to do that than through the art we choose to place on our walls? Art, in any form, can evoke strong emotions and can bring joy to our lives—whether it is a painting of a special place with fond memories, photos of our family and friends or even something as simple as our children’s artwork.

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There aren’t a lot of “dos and don’ts” when it comes to decorating your walls, unlike when choosing furniture and paint color. Art is a place to express yourself through color, content and texture. And remember, art is not just about choosing wall hangings; it can include sculptures and rugs as well. Before you begin, decide what “look” is most appealing to you. Do you like to display your art in neat rows? Or do you want it to be eclectic with no real rhyme or reason to how it is presented? Once you decide on the type of arrangement you would like, then you can decide upon your starting point. This will be the focal point, or the anchor, to your other pieces, so pick something that reflects a feeling you want to echo

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throughout the room. Perhaps it is a piece of art you have had a long time, or you may want to purchase something new. Many people choose to have one large piece of art as opposed to other smaller pieces around an anchor piece. This can make a large impact when displayed in a prominent area. Some of the best art is often the least expensive and provokes a sentimental feeling. Kids’ artwork is something that parents love to save. But what good is it if you stick it away in a box only to discover it years later when cleaning out storage boxes or getting ready to move? Preserve their artwork in a frame for all to enjoy! There are also several inexpensive ways to display your favorite photographs. Groupon frequently offers coupon deals to turn your digital photos into canvas prints. It’s a great way to preserve memories and display photos of family trips, senior pictures and photos of grandparents and other loved ones. Interior Designer Nikki Luttmann, owner of Seven Bee Interiors, states that for gallery walls, try to group “like with like.”

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“Black-and-white prints look great with other black-and-white prints. Gold-framed oil paintings look great with other gold-framed oil paintings. If, however, your collection is a little more eclectic, that's OK too,” she says. But whether you choose a more formal arrangement with symmetry and a coordinating theme or an informal arrangement with an eclectic blend of artwork displayed randomly, be sure to space out the different elements equally on your gallery wall, paying close attention to how far apart things are. Nikki recommends a sure-fire way to guarantee everything will look good is to lay it all out on the floor ahead of time. “Another trick is to use blue painter's tape to mask where items go on your walls. This lets you clearly see the layout even before getting out your hammer.” Also, the right tools are important. For art hanging, you will need nails, hooks, a hammer, a pencil, blue tape, a tape measure and—most importantly—a level. “There's nothing worse than hanging a heavy piece of art or a mirror on your walls only to find out it hangs two inches too high on one side,” says Nikki. She shares that she recently learned of Command wall-hanging solutions, a 3M product, which rely on a high-powered adhesive to adhere your art to the walls. “Because you are not putting actual holes in your walls, it can feel a little less daunting to do a gallery wall if you use Command strips.” It can also be helpful if you are one who likes to change things up often. One of the most common mistakes Nikki sees is artwork that it is hung too high. “When placing your art, the rule of thumb for galleries and art museums is that the center of the piece hangs at about eye-level, if possible,” recommends Nikki. “If you are very petite or very tall, this can be a little hard to determine, but figure the center of the piece to be at about 5 feet off the ground for a professional look.” Other ways you can group things together is to incorporate a picture ledge onto your wall. It’s a simple and inexpensive way to display your art collection. Whether you opt for a single ledge or decide to group them, they're the perfect solution to fill a blank space. If you are trying to brighten up a smaller room, hanging a mirror can catch light and help “expand” the room. There are many different decorative mirrors available, allowing you to find most anything to fit the style you are looking for! When decorating your walls, don’t forget about greenery. By placing a tall potted plant next to a piece of large-scale wall art, it can help bring the outside indoors and add interest to a specific area you wish to accentuate. Whatever you choose, the goal is to find something that makes you happy. “The best way to decide if something is right for your walls is if you love it. Remember, your home is a reflection of who you are—your likes and dislikes," says Nikki. “Artwork is very personal and evokes emotion like nothing else in your home, so by hanging art you truly love, your space will feel uniquely ‘you.’”

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IMPROVE YOUR HOME SIMPLE TIPS TO

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Take a tour of your home both inside and out. You are going to be packing everything for your move anyway, why not get a jump start on it! Take inventory and scrutinize everything. Pack up items that are not in use and don’t add to the overall appeal of your home; rent a storage unit if you have to. The goal is to minimize the personal effects while maximizing your home. Pay attention to your furnishings. Oversized or too much furniture shrinks the appearance of your home. You want potential buyers to imagine their stuff in the home rather than yours. Photos of your home are going to be showcased all over the Internet, and strangers are going to be going through your home on a regular basis. Stay safe and pack up valuable jewelry, firearms and other precious collectibles.

Now that you have gotten the excess stuff out of your way, it is time to spring into a deep clean. Get into all the nooks and crannies; clean, polish and organize everything. Take time to clean the forgotten, such as inside and under cabinets, windows (inside and out), ceiling fans, light fixtures, closets, garage, storage sheds and the yard. Check light bulbs and smoke detectors.

Now that your home is sparkling, it is time to bring in a professional. Schedule an on-site consultation with a neighborhood Realtor. Your home is an asset and should be treated as such. You need a professional on your side. Your Realtor’s job is to sell your home at the best possible price and make that process easy for you. Your Realtor is good at his/her job and will advise you on repairs or upgrades that will yield the best return and help you price your home for the market. Never trust some vague online valuation when pricing your home. Your home deserves the personal attention and expertise of your area Realtor. Your home will get the most attention in the first couple weeks of listing, so it is important to get it right from the start.

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Are first Impressions important? You bet your pocketbook they are! You only get one chance to make a great impression. When you decide to sell your home, it is no longer your private family abode but rather a “new listing” to be showcased to the most scrutinizing homebuyers and their real estate agents. Here are some simple, cost-effective tips to assist you in making the greatest impact on potential buyers while achieving top dollar for your home.

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You can hire a home inspector for a presale inspection for a couple hundred dollars, and this is money well spent. The inspector will inform you of any potential issues, many of which can be repaired quite inexpensively if done at this stage. Consider hiring a handyman to correct issues found by the inspector. If you wait for the buyer to request repairs, you will likely be required to hire a licensed contractor, plumber or electrician, possibly costing more money than necessary.

“A picture is worth a thousand words,” so it’s important to get your home picture perfect. Frequently your Realtor will arrange this for you. Thanks to Internet marketing, your photos will reach the four corners of this round earth. Buyers spend countless hours looking at homes on their smart devices long before they actually plan any visits. You want yours to be a favorite. Do not settle for poor photographs.

Now that you have your house on the market and ready for showings, you can relax, grab a glass of wine (or cup of coffee) and revel in your hard work. However, there are a few things you should do before your scheduled showing appointments: Tidy up, replace bathroom and kitchen linens, turn on all of the lights and open the blinds, remove litter boxes, and finally leave the house and take Fido with you. Let your Realtor do his/her job and wait for the offers!

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Cannon Beach

Stunning Coastline and Charming Seaside Village Beach walks, fresh local seafood and luxurious lodging make for a perfect vacation STORY AND PHOTOS BY MARGUERITE CLEVELAND

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annon Beach was named by National Geographic as one of the world’s 100 Most Beautiful Places in June 2013 as well as the staff ’s pick for Best Beach Towns in July 2014. With the Oregon icon, Haystack Rock, dominating the beach, it is easy to see why it earned these monikers. The village of Cannon Beach manages to have a sleepy, small-town vibe yet has all the amenities that visitors desire. Its architecture is reminiscent of East Coast island beach towns like Martha’s Vineyard. With scenery this lovely, plan your trip around time exploring the beach and coastline views, meandering through local shops, art galleries and restaurants, and throw in a day trip along the coast. There are many lodging options in Cannon Beach, but I just love a good beach house. During my stay I called the Baker Beach Cottage home, conveniently located within a short walk to the beach and Haystack Rock. Or head the other direction and you are a few houses down from town. This cute cottage offered all the comforts of home and had some fun extras like an outdoor fire pit with Adirondack chairs and a separate bunkhouse with two sets of bunk beds to sleep four in addition to the three-bedroom cottage. Beachcomber Vacation Homes offers a variety of rentals in various sizes and price points. The Beach North Coast beaches are a wonder to behold with sandy beaches speckled with rocks and cliffs. Whether you pull off at viewpoints or walk for miles on the beach, you will want to make beachcombing a big part of your

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THE AREA HAS A BOUNTY OF PACIFIC NORTHWEST CULINARY DELIGHTS FROM CRAFT DISTILLERIES AND BREWERIES TO LOCAL FARMERS MARKETS. ONE PLACE YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS IS THE ECOLA SEAFOODS RESTAURANT AND MARKET, A FAVORITE WITH LOCALS AND VISITORS ALIKE.

trip. There are usually warning signs posted near the beach; when visiting Oregon beaches, always make sure to read the warnings about sneaker waves and tsunamis. The beaches can also be chilly even in the warmer months, so dress in layers to stay warm. Start with the almost 4 miles of beach surrounding Haystack Rock. Familiarize yourself with a tidal chart. Low tide is the best time to see tidal pools and to get a closer look at the “Rock.” From February to April, the Haystack Rock Awareness Program has volunteers that set up each day to provide visitors with printed resources and knowledge about Haystack Rock. In April you can see the cute Tufted Puffins nesting. For a great overlook of the village and Haystack Rock, drive up to Ecola State Park which has panoramic views of Cannon Beach and the historic Tillamook Rock Lighthouse, as well as scenic hikes. You don’t want to miss Hug Point State Recreation Site, which is 3 miles south of Cannon Beach. Make sure to visit around low tide for the best experience. Enjoy the sounds of rushing water at the beachside waterfall. There are sea caves and rounded rocks covered with bright green seaweed, which make this a great place for photos. Arcadia Beach State Recreation Site, a short two-minute drive south of Cannon Beach, offers a long beach walk that connects to Hug Point. It is worth a stop on its own merits and provides a unique beach with great views.

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Food The area has a bounty of Pacific Northwest culinary delights from craft distilleries and breweries to local farmers markets. One place you don’t want to miss is the Ecola Seafoods Restaurant and Market, a favorite with locals and visitors alike. After recovering from a fire last July in the midst of their peak season, they are back in business in a beautiful space which serves as a market and restaurant. The Beckmans run a family owned enterprise with husband Jay operating two fishing boats to provide fresh, local seafood and wife Cindy who runs the market and restaurant. They succeed through word of mouth. “People come because they are getting fish from boat to table, sustainably line-and-hook caught with no gill nets. Our seafood is not farm raised and that makes a big difference,” said Cindy. It really does make a huge difference in taste. You can purchase a variety of fish, crab or shrimp to take home or order from the counter and enjoy on site. Two must-haves are the halibut fish and chips and an Oregon shrimp and Dungeness crab boat. This melding of two allows you to have both, and it is so good and fresh. You can enjoy with the Beckman’s homemade cocktail sauce but that crab with a squirt of lemon is to die for.

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The Specifics VISITOR INFORMATION Cannon Beach Visitors Information CannonBeach.org

WHERE TO STAY Beachcomber Vacation Home BeachComberVacationHomes.com

WHERE TO EAT Ecola Seafoods Restaurant and Market EcolaSeafoods.com

THINGS TO DO North Coast Food Trail NorthCoastFoodTrail.com

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The village is such a fun place to stroll around. At the end of Taft Street (where the Baker Beach Cottage is located) sits the EVOO Cannon Beach Cooking School. This fun business offers cooking shows where you watch a chef prepare a gourmet meal and you get to eat it too. Check their calendar for availability. If not, make sure to stop by and visit their shop with a variety of cooking-related merchandise. Bruce’s Candy Kitchen is always a hit with house-made candy as well as a great selection of what I call ‘vintage candies,’ which are those fun products you grew up with. There is a local market for groceries. I always love a good wine shop of which there are two. The area is a nice easy stroll with art galleries and lots of other cute shops.

Plan to take a day and drive down the coast to Tillamook to tour the cheese factory and have some of their great ice cream. Grab a North Coast Food Trail guide, which has some great suggestions for things to see and do. The little towns of Manzanita, Wheeler, Rockaway Beach and Garibaldi are so quaint and worth a stop for coffee or lunch. On my trip I drove straight to Tillamook with a stop in Manzanita for lunch and then slowly worked my way back to Cannon Beach with numerous stops along the way. Many of the marinas you will pass sell seafood and will cook crab for you when in season. A short detour from the coast is Nehalem. Stop into the Nehalem Bay Winery and enjoy a glass of wine on the deck overlooking farmlands before heading back to Cannon Beach for the sunset. If you are running late, as the sun comes down fast, there are plenty of scenic overlooks to stop at.

You may want to drive from this side of town further north to the Cannon Beach Hardware & Public House. This cool, kitschy place is a local favorite and is known as Oregon’s first hardware store to serve beer and wine. Yes, you can enjoy a brew while you shop the aisles. This is one of those stores that have a little bit of everything. While in the area make sure to visit The Sleepy Monk for coffee. This place was recommended over and over by locals, and it is a popular joint.

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GENERATIONS AT THE HEMLOCKS

Reopening March 29. Come out to Generations at the Hemlocks' newly renovated restaurant where you'll enjoy fine dining with the best service in a beautiful setting. Their diversified menu features locally grown produce, meats and wild game, as well as fresh herbs harvested from their own garden. Open for dinner Friday and Saturday 4 to 9pm, Saturday brunch 9am to 1pm.

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FEIST CREEK RESTAURANT At Feist Creek Restaurant the delicious smells and warm atmosphere make you feel right at home. Serving lunch and dinner daily, customer favorites range from their smoked prime rib and 25 oz. rib-eye steak to catfish and hushpuppies, homemade fish and chips, burgers, sandwiches and more. Full bar, pool table, outdoor seating, fish pond and their own private waterfall make this a destination spot to remember. Their winter hours are Wednesday - Sunday noon - 9pm.

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CHIC-N-CHOP At this Bonners Ferry diner, you’ll be treated to wonderful service and an inviting, homey atmosphere where the staff treats you like family. Known for their large portion sizes and customer favorites like the broasted chicken, omelets, pies and more, they’re open Tuesday through Saturday 4:30am to 8pm and Sunday 6am to 2pm.

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SOUL SHINE Step into SoulShine, where you’ll discover different daily housemade specials at this cozy bistro. They are committed to using local and ethically sourced ingredients as much as possible, so by choosing to dine at SoulShine, you’re supporting our local farmers as well! Now serving breakfast along with their sandwiches, wraps, salads, soups and baked goods. Sit back, relax and treat yourself to their delicious fare.

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BADGER'S DEN CAFE AND LATTE

At Badger's Den Cafe and Latte, you'll be greeted with fast, friendly service with a smile. On the menu you'll find hearty and delicious breakfast and lunch items, a variety of specialty coffee drinks, smoothies and more! In a hurry? There's a drive-up window for your convenience. A stop at this restaurant is a must for locals and visitors alike!

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TWO TONES CAFE Two Tones Cafe is a brand new restaurant where guests will enjoy flavors from around the world in dishes made using the freshest ingredients. With menu options ranging from Asian salads and nachos, to unique beef and chicken entrees, burgers, salads and desserts, there's something for everyone! Indoor and patio seating available. Open daily 11am to 9pm.

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KOOTENAI RIVER KITCHEN KRK, the newest little café in town, offers organic foods made in-house, fruit smoothies, fresh squeezed juices, ice cream and gluten-free baked goods! Featuring Kat's original garden burger and daily specials, it's not just a café—it's a great place to meet friends and get local artwork. Pick up delicious food to go or stay and visit awhile. Now featuring flavors of the week from around the world! Call for details. Open Wednesday - Saturday 11:30am- 5:30pm.

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Since 1980, the Bonners Ferry Farmers Market has provided a weekly place for fresh foods, handmade goods, and fun interaction with neighbors and friends. With a long, cold and snowy winter behind us, the season opening is a refreshing sign of the warm summer months ahead. The weekly market opens for business on Saturday, April 27, and will run from 8am to 1pm. The central location in the downtown City Parking Lot makes for a convenient place for both vendors and shoppers alike. The Bonners Ferry Farmers Market is more than just a place to pick up fresh vegetables; it’s also a place for local entrepreneurs to get their feet wet in starting their own businesses. In fact, one of the main goals of the nonprofit organization is “to give local growers and producers of farm-related products alternative marketing opportunities by providing consumers and local farmers an opportunity to interact directly with one another.” These interactions over the years have not only created friendships but spurred new businesses as well. The market also serves as a place where local farms, artisans and producers can test and refine their products and marketing skills. The market opens at 8am each Saturday and runs through October 5. Eggs, produce, meat, wood working, gifts, artwork, jams, herbs and handmade furniture are just a few of the items you’ll find each week. Expect to see upwards of 30 different vendors weekly, giving you just about all the ingredients you’ll need for great fresh home-cooked meals every night. There are special events throughout the season, and you can find them on the calendar at BonnersFerryFarmersMarket.org or by following the market on Facebook. You’ll find fresh food and fun every Saturday at one of the longest running Farmers Markets in the region. Don’t miss out!

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Grow Community Garden Meeting Join Bonners Ferry’s Gardeners for Regional Organic Wellbeing (GROW) for their meetings, which take place at 5pm in the Extension Office on the first and third Wednesdays of each month (except for July, August, November and December in which they meet on the first Wednesdays only). Come out and join the community in supporting your community garden. Please contact Kate Painter via email at kpainter@uidaho.edu or call UI Extension at 208.267.3235 for more information.

Rod Benders Monthly Meeting Join the Bonners Ferry Rod Benders the second Wednesday of each month at 5:30pm in the Chic-N-Chop Restaurant. Each month you'll find several club members gathered to enjoy the strong camaraderie that prevails in our club at the Chic-N-Chop or some other spontaneous cruise site. IdahoRodBenders.com

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The Pearl Presents.. Featured Event:

The Empty Pockets - Saturday, April 13, showcasing multiple lead singers, rich harmonies, skilled instrumentalists, and an old-school sensibility built on classic Americana and rhythm and blues. The show kicks off at 7:00pm.

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Open Mic Night at 6:00pm - Singers, musicians, writers, poets, comedians, Open Mic night is for you! Great way to show off or watch local talent.

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Backstage at Pearl - 5:30pm - 7:00pm - Come be a part of the monthly volunteer group that keeps things going behind the scenes. Come for the work and stay for the food!

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International Fly Fishing Film Festival - 7:00pm - Doors 6:00pm. Awesome raffles and door prizes; tickets available at Far North Outfitters. This going to be an awesome event, don’t miss it!

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Performer’s Circle at 6:00pm - Come join or watch a lively circle of performers playing original or cover music. Always an entertaining evening with neighbors and friends.

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CommUNITY Breakfast & Silent Auction The Empty Pockets The Empty Pockets are live in Bonners Ferry at the Pearl Theater Saturday, April 13, where they will showcase multiple lead singers, rich harmonies, skilled instrumentalists, and an old-school sensibility built on classic Americana and rhythm and blues. The show kicks off at 7pm. You can find the link to purchase tickets on Facebook; search The Empty Pockets.

The Bonners Ferry Rotary Club invites you, your family and friends to a morning of food, fun and fundraising 7 to 10am at the Boundary County Fairgrounds. You will have the chance to bid on silent auction items, visit with family and friends and enjoy a scrumptious breakfast prepared for you. All proceeds go back to the community in the form of community assistance and scholarships. For more information, call 208.290.4401.

KVRI Monthly Board Meeting Join the Kootenai Valley Resource Initiative April 15 at 7pm at the Boundary County Extension Office for their monthly board meeting. These meetings are held to inform the public about current interests and projects that affect the natural resources of the Kootenai Valley, as well as regular subcommittee updates. Those with questions, please call Rhonda at 208.267.3519 or email rvogl@kootenai.org.

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20 Join The Friends of Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge 9 to 11am for their monthly Bird Walk. The group will meet at the Refuge Education Barn at 9am. Be sure to come prepared and dressed for any weather: wear warm clothes and boots, bring water, binoculars, scope (optional) and Bird ID book. For additional information, call the Refuge office at 208.267.3888. FriendsofKootenaiNationalWildlifeRefuge.org

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Join Mt. Hall Elementary School, 1275 ID-1 in Bonners Ferry, for the Busy Bee-vers 4-H Annual Easter Egg Hunt and Raffle April 20 at 10am. This long-standing event is always a fun time; kids of all ages are invited to come join lots of other local families in starting new traditions and adding to generations of memories.

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On the fourth Friday of each month, grab that guitar, drums or fiddle, warm up that voice, find that poem, story or act and head to the Pearl Theater at 6pm for a creative open jam session. Performers gather to share their talents and favorites. Entry is free, but donations are accepted. For more information, call 208.610.2846 or visit ThePearlTheater.org.

The Distinguished Young Women program is a scholarship program and is judged based on five categories: interview , scholastics, talent, self-expression and fitness. This year's program will be on April 27 at 6:30pm at Becker Auditorium. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Monday, April 8, at 10 am at Mountain Mike's Health Food Store in Bonners Ferry. Tickets typically sell out, so it is important to get tickets early!

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Join the Pearl Theater for the screening of International Fly Fishing Film Festival's IF4™. Doors open at 6pm, with the film starting at 7pm. Tickets can be purchased at Far North Outfitters, Bonners Books, Mountain Mike's, online at ThePearlTheater.org and, if available, at the door for $15 on the day of the event. For information about this screening, contact the Pearl Theater via email at info@thepearltheater. org.

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27MAY 5 72nd Annual Spring Fishing Derby Lake Pend Oreille Idaho Club presents its 72nd annual Spring Derby, which will take place April 27 through May 5 on Lake Pend Oreille. Come one, come all, for a great time and a chance at an incredible prize package! $50 entry fee for adults and $20 entry fee for juniors ages 14 to 17, free for youths through age 13. For more information, email president@lpoic.org or visit LPOIC.org.


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