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TABLE OF CONTENTS 14 Essentials
The latest tips and trends.
21 Life & Community Great local events and stories.
24 Good News
Bringing joy to the lives of others.
28 Coeur d’Alene In Focus Stay active with unique winter opportunities.
34 Hometown Experts The best local businesses.
21 36 Health & Lifestyle
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42 This Is My Wish
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52 Travel & Leisure Boise, Idaho.
56 Food & Drink
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62 Arts & Entertainment
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GOING COASTAL COOL COLORS OF THE PAST ARE WARMING UP
IT WAS ONLY A MATTER OF TIME before the cool grays that have been popular over the last few years started to warm up. Now trending are blue hues of color, not only in paint, tiles, carpet and window coverings, but also in cabinetry. Colors like cadet, larkspur, indigo and limestone are making their way to the forefront. Itâ€™s almost like our trends are following the natural ebb and flow of Mother Nature. Once the stormy, gray, rain clouds have passed, the sunshine comes out and we see blue sky! Specifically, the newest trends are finding inspiration from coastal regions. Along the coast, not only do we see tranquil shades of blues in water and sky, but thereâ€™s warmth in the sand and neutral beach palettes. Paint color trends also are shifting from grays and, although professionals still feel that gray is important, they have seen significant efforts to warm it up. The cool tones of grays are being mixed with blues and even stronger hints of taupe.
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Benjamin Moore’s color for 2017 is called “Shadow.” Their creative director, Ellen O’Neill, describe this color as “Royal amethyst fading into a soft lilac-gray of distant mountains…” Benjamin Moore’s 2017 color palette also boasts colors such as Sea Star, Sea Life, Guacamole, Cloud Cover and Iceberg.
As you can see, (pun intended), color trends for 2017 are definitely following coastal inspiration and turning into blues and neutral nature-inspired tones. Along with those color inspirations, the sterile, flat shiny surfaces are transitioning to become more inviting and less institutional with the use of different finish options and textures.
The industry is dubbing this “New Modern” and it’s appealing to people because it has the same elegance, little to no maintenance, yet is more comfortable and liveable. The texture helps hide the “use” of these products because most of our homes are not the pristine uncluttered look we see with those sleek, modern pictures. We have kids, pets, dirty laundry, and tend to spend more time in our homes. We need something that looks good, holds up well, and doesn’t require a lot of time to keep it that way. Finishes that have texture tend to mask scratches, dents or wear patterns, which all generations find appealing. For example, tile that looks like wood won’t gouge, scratch or have to be refinished like real wood. Textured laminate cabinets won’t wear like real wood, and countertops that are quartz, but look like natural stone, don’t have to be sealed. All these are low-maintenance options that started out with the sleek modern feel, but are now warming up with textures and colors that are inspired more in line with Mother Nature.
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WHEN A HUMAN IS INJURED or sick in the United States, they can expect to receive a minimum standard level of care from every health care provider in the country. This care is regulated by federal, state and private agencies and ensures that every person entering the system is protected from dangerous medical or surgical practices. It also means that every facility has the equipment and the training to deliver at least this minimal level of care . In the world of veterinary medicine and surgery, setting and enforcing an absolute minimum standard of care is impossible and impractical. Across the country, various state Boards of Veterinary Medicine work towards protecting the public from antiquated or negligent methods of delivering animal care, however, this is very different than requiring a minimal standard overall. If a dog’s fractured leg is repaired with an unacceptable technique and the repair fails, or if an improper and harmful dose of medication is
dispensed for a client’s pet, the Board of Veterinary Medicine may become involved. However, since there is no minimal requirement regarding the delivery of overall care, it is impossible for the public to judge the quality of various veterinary facilities and their delivery of care. The public can only see what is contained within the walls of the reception area. Does the facility have a dental x-ray or do they simply guess at which teeth need to be extracted? Do they pursue methods to reduce the stress and anxiety of their patients? Do they use high-quality anesthetics and monitoring devices to ensure patient safety? How can one tell? The American Association of Animal Hospitals (AAHA) is an association that holds rigid requirements for their member veterinary hospitals. A mere 15 percent of Veterinary Hospitals in the U.S. are admitted and thus a pet owner looking for a facility that has the latest equipment and training can be assured that an AAHA hospital will deliver quality care. Additionally, it is important to realize that a veterinary hospital that can deliver high-quality care can always reduce diagnostic and medical
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Having just moved to Coeur d’Alene this fall, the Butte natives had little difficulty finding community organizations to get involved in. “I am a committed Rotarian and as such the first thing I did was join the Coeur d’Alene Rotary Club. I also joined the Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce, The Heart of Business and Networking Coeur d’Alene,” said Ed. The couple loves to sing as they both take part in the music department at Lake City Church and Ed has also joined the Lake City Harmonizers. Ed and Kay see the value in young people putting forth an effort in business and also operate their own 501(c)(3) called Business Incubators for Kid Entrepreneurs (BIKE). “B.I.K.E. is an education program for high school aged students to help them create, organize, start and run their own business. We teach the kids how to organize their business, write a business and financial plan, provide solid customer service, and then help connect them with investors who will help fund their business start-up,” said Ed
What started as a professional trade show marketing company in 2005, Zenith Exhibits has expanded to handle sales consulting and training, website, internet and social media marketing. Zenith also specializes in putting together quality websites for business owners that simply don’t have time to learn, build and maintain a site. “Being tradeshow marketing and sales experts, we approach website development from the perspective of closing the deal and converting visitors to customers,” said Ed. “Also, with 30 years business experience, including executive levels, we are able to help business owners fine tune their sales funnel to maximize visitor conversions.”
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LA VIE EN FLEURS BRINGING JOY TO THE LIVES OF OTHERS Article By Teresa Pesce “SAY IT WITH FLOWERS” is more than an advertising slogan. Flowers are an ancient and eloquent form of expression—the floral equivalent of calligraphy.
here or a visiting family member, what kind of comfort would I want to receive from the garden?’ That drove my design.”
Shawn Chamberlain, owner of The Flower Bar Company and founder of the Full Bloom nonprofit organization, speaks fluent flora. “I feel as if anything I want to say, I can say with flowers,” said Chamberlain. And that is where her amazing story begins.
Proceeding with equal parts practicality and emotion, Chamberlain designed with “heirloom plants that you could cut, that a grandma could grow in her garden. I wanted the Hospice residents to be able to cut anything that they wanted, so I created every season with something of interest to see or smell. It was a neat process!”
“I grew up around gardening, so I have a close connection with flowers instilled in me from a young age,” said Chamberlain. “I kept nurturing that within myself, going into landscaping. I love to see all that God has given us in our beautiful area and earth, then to take what He has already created and use it as an expression to bless someone’s life.” Appropriately enough, the moment that changed Chamberlain’s life occurred in a garden setting. She was offered the opportunity to design a three-acre garden for the Hospice House in Coeur d’Alene. Her approach to the project was totally typical of her: insightful, intuitive and very tender-hearted. “I thought, ‘If I were a patient
Before that time, Chamberlain had no experience with Hospice. “I came to learn what an amazing organization Hospice is, the workers, nurses, caretakers, and to have a great admiration for their service to others.” She continued to tend the Hospice gardens for the first year, and one day she glanced up from her work to see a young mother with her children in one of the rooms. “At that time, my kids were as young as hers were, and I felt a distinct connection with her.” The feeling deepened and intensified. “I wondered what her family’s life would be from then on. I wondered if she was scared, if she felt alone, and I just felt compelled to do something for
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Full Bloom has blossomed into a resounding success. “There are some really touching breakyour-heart experiences among these individuals that fuel my resolve to take this work into the world.” this sweet young mom. I had flowers, so that was my gift,” she concludes simply.
with 15 brothers and sisters and how wonderful our family dinners were. Friends would join us and we’d extend the table. So I thought, ‘I’m going to gather the community around the dinner table!’” And she did. She christened it Dinner En Blanc and the event promptly sold out. She orchestrated a farm-to-table fundraiser dinner where local vendors, farmers and growers donated produce, time and talent, and served pass-the-platter, family style a five-course meal prepared by five local chefs. Everyone dressed in white and gathered at long, white tablecloth-covered tables in the warm evening air to dine and then enjoy dancing in the street! She chose white as the dressing theme because, “I know without a shadow of a doubt we are all in common here, this will affect us all some day, so I wanted everyone to wear the same beautiful bright, pure, clean color.”
She made a beautiful bouquet with her heart and her hands and gave it to a nurse, asking the nurse to tell the young mother someone had noticed her and was thinking about her. “I felt so emotional—it was a tender moment for me that changed my life. I just wanted to make sure she knew someone was thinking about her, and to change that instant of receiving the flowers from sadness to happiness,” said Chamberlain. She also realized something more was happening than one bouquet being given to one young mother. This was a call to greater action. She launched Full Bloom, a nonprofit organization, and began where she was with what she had.
Full Bloom has blossomed into a resounding success. “There are some really touching break-your-heart experiences among these individuals that fuel my resolve to take this work into the world. Several cities in the U.S. have asked us to bring it, and a dozen other countries have asked us if they can do it, too. It’s not just for Coeur d’Alene and Spokane.” She recently traveled to Dallas to give weekend training to a local crew, and soon will be doing the same in North Carolina. “I’m finding loyal, dedicated people in these other cities, networking with florists, and training volunteers,” said Chamberlain. “There is a lot of energy around this—people are drawn to this cause and how it serves their community.”
“I had an excess of flowers because I was just getting into floral design on the side, working in my garage on the flowers for a friend’s wedding,” explained Chamberlain. She began with those, but knew she’d need more, so she began working with florists, event venues and hotels to give her their “leftovers.” Then she began gathering volunteers. “I told them this is a very cool thing and assured them they would love it.” She was right. “It is so fulfilling to work with your hands, creating something beautiful, anonymously, just for the joy and the fun of it. Some volunteers have no experience in arranging, and you can see their confidence grow as they realize they have accomplished this awesome thing. I love seeing that transformation within someone,” she shared.
“It has done wonderful things to my life to be part of something so loving, giving, and selfless,” said Chamberlain. “This is exactly what I need to be doing and who I need to reach. That always confirms to me, ‘Keep on, reach on.’ That’s the energy behind it.”
Now thousands of bouquets have been delivered to patients.
Long may it bloom!
The entire project was originally funded by Chamberlain, but as the single mother of five children she soon realized the growing nonprofit needed to ask the generous Coeur d’Alene community for support. She reached back into a sunny place in her own life to find light to guide her new enterprise. “I remembered growing up
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THANKSGIVING TYPICALLY MARKS the beginning of winter here in North Idaho. While we are never sure just how intense the season will be, one thing is for certain—we are usually in store for five months of cold, ice and snow. Some choose to burrow in their homes watching TV, reading books and sipping hot coffee with their only experience in the winter elements being a trip to and from the car for work and errands. Others on the opposite spectrum simply can’t get enough of the cold. They move here for six months to operate lifts, teach ski lessons and explore the legendary deep backcountry powder. For most of us, it’s probably somewhere in the middle. We can’t shut down our active bodies and minds for five months, but we aren’t ready to fully suit up and brave the cold each day either. We are weekend skiers and snowboarders, occasional ice skaters, and still take the dog for a walk as long as it’s tolerable. There’s nothing wrong with this, but if you’ve been in the same
winter rut for the past few seasons and are looking at trying something different, there are plenty of playgrounds out there to potentially find a new hobby. Here are some ideas to get you started. Fat Bikes Mountain biking season used to come to an end when the first snow and ice showed up, but thanks to a new design, the season can continue throughout the year. Fat bikes are pretty much what they sound like, mountain bikes adapted with large, heavy-duty tires, capable of navigating ice and snow. The large surface area on the tires creates a stable riding experience. Seasoned riders and cyclists are able to get to places in winter they had never been before. Even if you’ve been on a trail dozens of times in the summer, it looks completely different with the foliage covered by snow.
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There are several popular companies selling fat bikes, and a mid-level model will likely put you over the $1,000 mark. Check with your local bike shop to see if they have rentals available. If they don’t have any for rent, they can usually point you in the right direction. Hit your favorite backcountry trail, snowmobile trail or even take a ride along the frozen beaches of our beautiful lakes. Don’t forget a helmet and layered clothing as you’ll work up a sweat climbing and a chill as you rush downhill.
There are more than 400 miles of connected trails around Priest Lake alone, meaning the path you choose will probably lead you to some pretty amazing places of solitude.
Snowmobile Touring Snowmobiles are the perfect way to get far away from it all without having to exert maximum energy. There are more than 400 miles of connected trails around Priest Lake alone, meaning the path you choose will probably lead you to some pretty amazing places of solitude. Over the past couple decades, snowmobile technology has grown leaps and bounds, and newer models are much more responsive, giving more control to the operator. Tours can be arranged through companies like Selkirk Powder in Sandpoint. Guides tailor a route based on your experience and comfort level and how long you would like to be on the trails. Anyone 15 or older can operate a snowmobile on guided trips and children 5 and up can ride as a passenger. Snowmobiling is one of the best ways to see as many places as you can in a day. Advanced riders have the ability to charge up mountain sides and ride powder untouched all season. New riders, however, will want to stick with groomed trails until they get plenty of experience in handling these powerful machines. Be careful, as many who get on the first time end up becoming lifelong riders. Skijourning If that big dog of yours is restless, why not go for a fun run with him doing most of the work. If you’ve attended the Sandpoint or Whitefish Winter Carnival, there’s a good chance you’ve seen the skijourning event where skiers are pulled behind a horse through an obstacle course. This is a variation on the Scandinavian activity
as some of the original skijourning was done using dogs as the muscle. All you need is your cross country skis, a harness for yourself and a harness and lead for your dog. Many skijourners find that rock-climbing harnesses work great and give you good control of the excited pup pulling you along. It might take a little encouragement and training while establishing how fast to go, but once you have it dialed in you will be sharing a great outdoor experience with your dog. If your dog is a bit slower paced, skiers can stay in the classic track; if you need to help your dog a bit, run one ski in the classic track and the other outside in the freestyle area in a skating motion. With some practice, many who skijourn are able to let the dog do 90 percent of the work and simply balance themselves behind the animal as they are pulled. By the time you’ve circled back to the start, you’ll both have had a happy day and you’ll be even happier with a worn out dog. Leadman Triathlon Your typical triathlon consists of a swim, bike and run. As winter comes to an end in April, Silver Mountain puts a twist on the traditional tri and hosts the annual Leadman Triathlon. The event is somewhat competitive, but most show up just to have a good time. The race starts at the top of Kellogg Peak where participants run about 200 yards, strap into their skis or
snowboard, and slide about a mile down the hill. Their first transition is to kick off the ski boots and hop on a mountain bike to continue their descent. The trail is often slick and muddy and usually goes about 7 to 10 miles, depending on conditions. Once racers get to the bottom, they switch to a four-mile run through Kellogg and finish with an awesome party at the end. If you enjoy skiing, biking and jogging, this will soon become the race you most look forward to. Winter is here, but don’t worry as there is still plenty to do. There are a dozen incredible mountains all within in a half-day drive, but we also don’t have to go far to experience all the winter adventure we can find. Have you skied for decades but never tried heli-skiing? Make this the winter to finally give it a shot. Instead of watching another movie at home, take the kids on a horse-drawn sleigh ride. The days may be short and the temperature cold, but you’ll forget all about that as you try something new and exciting outside in our winter paradise. Keeping active all winter will help you look and feel better, and you’ll be ready to get back out there this spring when the last of the snow has melted. We can complain about winter all we want, but it’s not going away anytime soon. Get out there and make the best of it. Have fun on your next adventure!
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ALEX WALDE: Coeur d’Alene High School ALEX WALDE, A 17-YEAR-OLD senior at Coeur d’Alene High School, has no shortage of accolades. He’s been twice nominated as a Booster Athlete of the Month and was nominated as a District 1 Cross Country Runner of the Year. As a student, he was an Idaho Top Scholar and won a Distinguished Student Award. The honors student is drawn to the field of engineering and plans to study it in college next year. “Engineering is something I am most likely going to pursue because I’ve always liked math and science and knowing how things work,” he said.
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The active senior has always participated in sports, playing soccer, basketball and running cross country and track. But something had to give as his schedule got busier with school and wanting time with friends. Choosing the sports to drop was a challenge.
“I was overwhelmed, so I made a decision to stop playing two sports so I could focus more on school and my social life. I chose (to continue) cross country and track because I felt my running coaches believed in me the most, and I also thought it is the sport I could be most successful in,” Alex said. Cross country is both an individual and a team sport, something he appreciates. Everyone does their part and there is a camaraderie that makes it fun and worthwhile. “One lesson I’ve learned from a coach is to never doubt yourself and always believe that you can do better,” Alex said. “Never let one setback ruin your whole season because there is always something better at the end.”
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KENDELIN MCLUSKIE: Lake City High School LAKE CITY HIGH SCHOOL senior, Kendelin McLuskie, is a varsity cheerleader who has lettered in the sport for the past three years. The 17-year-old has her sights set on attending Arizona State University to become a nurse practitioner and hopes to continue as a cheerleader while at college there. As a cheerleader, she’s had to learn new skills fast and quickly develop a comfort level with them for games and competitions. Being adept in a fast-paced environment is something that will likely help her in the health field.
about being part of the cheerleading team is becoming close with all the other girls and becoming a family,” she shared. When she graduates though, she’ll take the words of her coach with her to remind her of how to overcome any obstacles that may come her way. “One lesson I have learned from my coach is to never give up but know when to walk away,” Kendelin said.
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KIMBERLY ENOS HAS KNOWN PAIN. Years ago, when she was in a dark place, she landed in a behavioral health unit, with a nurse at her bedside to monitor her. The nurse listened to Enos, empathized with her, encouraged her—and it turns out, that’s exactly what Enos needed. “She brought me hope,” Enos said. That hospital stay was a turning point in her life. Fast forward to today, and Enos can be found doing for other people what that nurse did for her. She’s been a certified nursing assistant for 10 years; before that, she worked in home healthcare. Currently, she works in the adult behavioral health unit at Kootenai Health.
Training Center. The course prepares healthcare professionals to provide care for the unique needs of people with mental illness, dementia and developmental disabilities. The course was offered as part of an Idaho Department of Labor sector strategy grant, in partnership with Kootenai Health, Northwest Hospital Alliance and Valley Vista Care. Advanced training in mental health can open the door for CNAs to enter the mental health field. “We want to have 100 percent of our CNAs go through this course,” said Claudia Miewald, director of Kootenai Health’s Behavioral Health Services. “It’s that beneficial.”
“I love taking care of people,” she said. “I still go to work and say, ‘I can’t believe I get paid to do this.’ It goes beyond words.”
In general, Miewald said, the CNA training period isn’t very long, and mental health isn’t part of the curriculum; however, many patients have mental health needs. The certified mental health assistant course is designed to teach CNAs to meet those needs.
Recently, Enos received advanced training in behavioral and mental health and achieved certification through the Certified Mental Health Assistant course offered by the NIC Workforce
As a CNA, Enos said she spends more time with her patients than anyone else. Mental health training allows her to better advocate for her patients and better serve their needs. She’s also
gained new skills to help her work, such as how to look for medication side effects and how to discern the subtle differences between patients who are displaying symptoms of mental illness or symptoms of drug use. Enos believes in treating patients as a whole—not just their bodies, but also the wounds that can’t be seen. The mental health training she received through the NIC Workforce Training Center helps her do that for her patients, just as a nurse once did for her. “It’s important that people are validated. It’s okay to feel your feelings. It’s okay to be human,” Enos said. “I enjoy the process of bringing hope to people who are suffering.” For more information about the Certified Mental Health Assistant course, contact the NIC Workforce Training Center at 208.769.3333 or visit www.workforcetraining.nic.edu.
CNA KIMBERLY ENOS STANDS ABOVE THE NEW LOBBY IN KOOTENAI HEALTH RECENTLY. ENOS TOOK THE CERTIFIED MENTAL HEALTH ASSISTANT COURSE OFFERED BY THE NIC WORKFORCE TRAINING CENTER TO ENHANCE HER WORK SKILLS. THE COURSE WAS MADE POSSIBLE BECAUSE OF THE COLLABORATIVE EFFORTS OF KOOTENAI HEALTH AND NIC. PHOTO BY TOM GREENE.
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By Susan Moore, Better Gym, Gig Harbor. ‘TIS THE SEASON FOR THE COMMON cold, flu, respiratory infections and general nasty ailments. ‘Tis also the season for honoring traditions through food with our loved ones. This year we aren’t having all of our usual family members visit, and I thought about taking a break from my made-from-scratch Christmas Day meal due to our hectic schedule this year. I suggested to my teenage daughters and husband that we order meals from Whole Paycheck and give Mom a break this year. I was not prepared for the upheaval this idea apparently caused. I had no idea how much my family looked forward to these holiday meals until I unknowingly threatened their disappearance. I will admit that it actually
made me pretty happy. I always take days to prepare the holiday meals, mainly to make them as nourishing as humanly possible and because I love to see everyone together. I really had no idea how much they were actually enjoyed. The first ingredient in every holiday meal? Bone broth. Bone broth is as the name implies, broth made from bones. Ideally, they are cooked in a large stainless pot at a temperature below boiling for a few days. Or, in my case, in my pressure cooker for about an hour and a half. They can be made with poultry, beef, lamb (not my favorite), pork or any bones you like. If the bones are raw, I suggest roasting the bones
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Bone broth contains high levels of dietary glycine, which may help with regulating the immune system and reducing inflammation, which helps you to heal from infection. Glycine is also known to promote better sleep, increase memory, mental clarity and more. before preparing your broth. I like to mix my bones with my favorite, being turkey. I keep the bones from the Thanksgiving turkey and add it to whatever other bones I have for several batches throughout the year. Add some veggies, seasonings, a tablespoon or two of apple cider vinegar and you’re in business. People of most cultures have their own version, but it’s been a part of culinary history since the beginning of time. Why would you want to add bone broth to your diet? For one, it’s delicious. I had someone tell me that the name bone broth was gross. I think maybe I’ve had it as a staple for so long I don’t get it, but if this is how you feel, think again. Bone broth has been reported to be somewhat of a super food. The following beneficial side effects have been reported: helps repair leaky gut, increase in joint health, better skin, hair and nails, anti-aging, reduces the effects of food intolerances, stronger bones and more energy. Bone broth contains high levels of dietary glycine, which may help with regulating the immune system and reducing inflammation, which helps you to heal from infection. Glycine is also known to promote better sleep, increase memory, mental clarity and more. The broth also contains collagen, magnesium, phosphorus, glucosamine and other nutrients and minerals most of us take in supplemental form. The broth is simply a super food that is nutrient dense, packed with flavor, healing and easy to digest.
There haven’t been many studies because you don’t need a prescription for this medical marvel, but a study from October of 1978 concludes, “Hot chicken soup, either through the aroma sensed at the posterior nares or through a mechanism related to taste, appears to possess an additional substance for increasing nasal mucus velocity.” Meaning it breaks up mucus so it is easier to get rid of. And in another study published in October of 2000, “The present study, therefore, suggests that chicken soup may contain a number of substances with beneficial medicinal activity. A mild anti-inflammatory effect could be one mechanism by which the soup could result in the mitigation of symptomatic upper respiratory tract infections.” If you are someone who absolutely refuses to cook, or simply doesn’t have enough time in the day, there are some online companies that sell some great quality broth. Just make sure it’s from pasture raised, grass fed and ethically raised sources. The stuff that is shelf stable is not what you are looking for. You want it frozen or chilled and should be the consistency of jello. Don’t worry, as you slowly heat your broth, it will thin out as you would expect. So do yourself a favor and find or make yourself a mug or bowl of this time honored and delicious elixir.
It’s Baking Season! With the holiday season approaching it’s hard to not munch on all of the goodies surrounding you and we aren’t here to tell you not to! We’re here to give you a solution. Cut the fat in your baked goods with these butter substitutes. You can’t even tell the difference! Avocado: Substitute half the amount of butter in a baking recipe with mashed avocado
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LOOK HOW FAST THIS YEAR has gone by. We are embarking on 2017, and we can’t even remember our New Year’s Resolution we set for this past year. , However I’m not a big fan of setting a New Year’s resolution. Why? I like to set goals throughout the entire year. For me, they are much more manageable and realistic. And I get that sense of accomplishment when I reach my goal, cross it off my list and set another goal.
BY NATALIE DREGER I’ve heard that people set health and wellness goals as their New Year’s Resolution more than anything; especially weight loss goals. Wouldn’t it be great if we could turn that little statistic around and simply not have to worry about weight? How exhausting that must be to continue to worry about the same ten pounds, the same 25 pounds, the same 50 pounds that keeps following us around. Easier said than done as you roll your eyes with a “Yeh, right Nat.”
It is okay to enjoy dinner and family time. That’s what the holiday season is all about. But what if we tweaked things up just a bit this year? Instead of that second helping, what if we stop at one serving?
Especially this time of year. It is the holiday season, and we are surrounded by home baked pies, Grandma’s fudge, Aunt Martha’s famous oatmeal and raisin cookies, uncle Chuck’s incredible lasagna made with his venison, garlic, onion, homemade sauce and smothered in cheese. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. And, oh, don’t forget about the pumpkin spice flavored coffee drinks that we can’t seem to get enough of from the numerous little coffee stands around town. Oh….don’t get me started on the eggnog. Yum. It is okay to enjoy dinner and family time. That’s what the holiday season is all about. But what if we tweaked things up just a bit this year? Instead of that second helping, what if we stop at one serving? Instead of a huge serving of Uncle Chuck’s incredible lasagna, what if we take a smaller serving and dish up a little more broccoli? Instead of two pieces of pumpkin pie with whipped cream, what if we just have one piece? Dishing up smaller portions would be more manageable and realistic than saying “no” and only putting salad on your plate, right? And I’m certain those small changes would save you a lot of additional calories.
Something to consider as you head into the holidays and are surrounded by food, food, food, glorious food everywhere. Okay. Okay. I will stop talking about food and give you some simple exercises that you can do to burn off those unwanted calories. You can get a jump-start on your own health and wellness goals and not have to wait until January. No gym? No problem. These are all options that you can do right in your own home where it’s warm and FREE. So, lace up your favorite sneakers and do a few of these: Ready. Set. Go: Jumping Jacks, Knee Ups, Leg Raises, Sit-ups, Planks, Squats, Lunges, Push Ups, Tricep Dips, Calf Raises. Put on a jacket and walk around the block. Grab a family member and incorporate these simple exercises into your day. You will be excited when January comes and you already have a jump-start on your fitness goals. Good luck! Natalie Dreger is a Certified Fitness Professional and can be reached at nataliedreger.com.
ARTHRITIS IN YOUR HANDS? YOU CAN BE HELPED! BY VIRGINIA TAFT, COEUR D’ALENE HAND THERAPY & HEALING CENTER N -YF RT E EI P H E A LPA TI H
HANDS THAT ARE STIFF or swollen can be painful and debilitating. If you think there is little that can be done, think again! One of the most common causes of joint pain in the hands is osteoarthritis (OA) which is caused by injury or wear and tear of the joints. It is often characterized by enlarged joints that are knobby in appearance and can out of alignment, appearing deformed. Finger joints are commonly affected, especially the thumb carpometacarpal (CMC) joint. This is the joint at the base of the thumb where it meets the wrist. This joint is especially prone to injury as it needs to be stable and take a lot of force to allow you to pinch, hold, lift and twist. Pain and less use of their hands in daily activities is usually the reason people seek help. While “use it or lose it” does apply to arthritic joints, there needs be a balance of stability and mobility. Just exercising the hands to build strength is not enough. If the ligaments are loose, you may need a splint to support the joint and prevent further inflammation or injury. Some people need supportive splinting long term, but splinting is generally recommended
full time for three to four weeks or until pain is minimal. Then the splint is used at night and during forceful or repetitive activities. Heat, ultrasound or other modalities may be used along with massage of the soft tissue to help reduce pain and swelling, as well as improve blood flow. Elasticized gloves are often used to provide warmth and reduce swelling, which adds to comfort and function. Exercises are recommended to strengthen weakened muscle groups, but joints should not be forced into pain. You can be shown pinch and grip patterns that help to avoid additional stress on the joints. It is very important to protect your joints by modifying activities or using adaptive equipment such as larger handles, different types of scissors, etc. There are many catalogs and online resources you can Google under adaptive equipment and self-care aids. If you do order, make sure there is a good return policy as something may look good, but it may not be functional for you when you try it a t home. Many people who have OA also have other
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Heat, ultrasound or other modalities may be used along with massage of the soft tissue to help reduce pain and swelling, as well as improve blood flow.
joints in the body that may be affected. Your therapist can make recommendations about further treatment and community resources. Although you cannot cure the arthritis, your therapist can help you to develop a plan for pain relief, increasing your function and learning ways to protect the joints from further damage. You can find additional information through the Arthritis Foundation.
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With a thorough assessment and a treatment plan that meets your needs and goals, you can keep those hands moving for a long time!
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7 ways TO POSITIVELY IMPACT YOUR COMMUNITY By Colin Anderson Giving back to our community not only benefits those around us, but it also gives us a sense of satisfaction knowing we are making a difference. While many may think they donâ€™t have the time or resources to make an impact, here we offer several simple ways to support your friends and neighbors.
Recycle Recycling goods and materials reduces waste by reusing items that might otherwise end up in a landfill. While it varies community to community, glass, plastic, paper, cardboard, cartons and aluminum can all be easily recycled. If your community doesnâ€™t offer recycling pick up, store your old bottles and cans and bring them with you on the next visit to someplace that does. Many places will pay for your recycling, especially if you make it to Oregon where you will get five cents for each glass or plastic bottle you bring in. Not ready to haul that much? Try reusing old bottles as flower vases or funky string lights; each time you reuse or recycle youâ€™re keeping more out of our landfills.
The vast majority of community organizations and nonprofits would not exist in this country without the help and dedication of passionate volunteers. The fun part of volunteering is getting to choose a worthy organization about which you feel passionate and to which you can provide the most help. This can be anything from tutoring children after school, cooking meals in the church basement, organizing a community event, mentoring, transporting patients and so much more. When you give a little of yourself to help others, you are not only helping to better your community but the satisfaction you receive on a personal level can go a long way to make you a happier and healthier person.
Community gardens are sprouting up all over the country as neighborhoods see the benefit of carving out some green space. Neighbors come together to plant herbs, vegetables, flowers and fruit. The garden is taken care of by all, and all who support it get to reap the benefits of fresh produce. A community garden is another great way to teach kids about sharing, responsibility and working with others. Talk with your neighborhood this winter so youâ€™re ready to get planting when the spring comes around again.
Mentor or Tutor Children’s view of the world is shaped at a very young age, and having a positive adult influence in their lives can help them make more positive choices down the road. It’s never a child’s fault if they are brought up in a broken home, and they are often the ones in need of the most emotional support during crisis situations. Help with homework, taking them to the park so a single parent can go to work, or passing on your knowledge of music, cars or sports can have a huge impact in their lives.
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Most of us can think back on childhood and remember a coach or team that had a great impact on our lives. Maybe the team didn’t go undefeated, but you learned valuable lessons about accepting defeat, perseverance, sportsmanship, dedication, adversity, leadership and working as a team, many lessons we apply later on in life in our work and family lives. Coaching allows you to pass these lessons on to the next generation. We don’t all grow up to be professional athletes, but ask most kids who played sports and they’ll tell you they learned just about as many life skills on the field as in the classroom, and they have good coaches to thank for it.
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Make your way through long winding roads and tunnels of Zion National Park’s red rocks to the Zion Narrows where you can hike the Virgin River, admire the other worldliness of the natural hanging gardens lush in comparison to the surrounding desert and sandstone cliffs. Hike the native and pioneer trails or drive the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive. Check weather conditions ahead of your visit though as the park is prone to extreme weather conditions, in particular the extreme heat experienced there as well as flash floods during rainstorms. With preparation though, you can’t go wrong in visiting this park as one of our country’s natural wonders.
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Iceland is referred to as a “country of contrasts.” It’s home to the northern lights, volcanoes, breath-taking waterscapes and massive glaciers. The country is divided into four regions. The East holds much vegetation and has many fishing villages and harbors. It also has “magma chambers” full of mineral deposits. There are mountains to the North as well as lava fields. Here, the sun never sets in the summer and visitors can play a game of golf at midnight if they wish. The South is famous for their seafood, waterfalls and glaciers, and the Highlands are relatively untouched because of accessibility and are known for their hot springs. A good place to start your exploration is in Reykjavík, and don’t visit without planning ahead. A little known online visitor’s fact is that Iceland is also known as a land of books, claiming more books published per capita.
Fjords & Hills It is known as the Land of the Vikings with a midnight summer sun and a winter that is a perpetual night. Norway’s drastic seasons give us a surreal spin to what we’re accustomed. In the summer, name the summer sport and you can do it at any time of day as the sun never sets. In the winter, it’s not completely dark either as impressive auroras light the sky. Past visitors recommend making the summit to “The Pulpit,” a massive rock table in Ryfylke. Hike to the top and drink in the gorgeous view of the fjords and rock formations. Or visit the ancient glaciers still present from the ice ages in the west. To take a break from the outdoors, visit the chic museums and cafes in Oslo. Norway abounds in scenery to experience and definitely requires repeat visits.
Athabasca Falls Plan your trek to this Canadian wonder of Jasper National Park. There’s no outdoor activity you can’t do here from camping in the summer to sleigh riding in the winter. The falls are 75 feet high and nearly 60 feet wide. In the summer months, the Athabasca River flows white with “rock flour” which is the fine silt of mountain remains released as the glacier melts. In the winter, the river takes on an icy blue hue from infinitesimal pieces of rock reflecting blue or green. The park has protected and accessible walkways. Visitors are strongly cautioned to respect the majesty by staying on these trails for safety.
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BOISE By Jesse Wurm
HEN YOU’RE IN THE MOOD to get out of town, or the snow, rain and slush of the winter is getting you down, look no further than Idaho’s own state capital, Boise, for the perfect weekend getaway without blowing the bank. Located in the southern end of our state and just a quick (and relatively cheap) flight out of Spokane, or eight hours by car, Boise is a destination that is worth the distance. Between the Idaho State Capitol building, Boise State University campus, Boise Factory Outlet mall, Bogus Basin, and the vibrant downtown area there is plenty of shopping and activities guaranteed to make every member of the family happy this December. Outdoor Activities Bogus Basin Look no further than Bogus Basin for all of your skiing and snow sport needs. Topping at 7,582 feet in elevation, and with 78 named runs and over 2,600 acres of skiing, there’s plenty of room to let out your inner speed demon. Open between the first week of December through early April, this is the place to go for fun all winter long. Nordic skiing and snowshoeing is also available at Bogus, they have
miles of trails, plus you can head out day or night, which is the perfect opportunity to get in a full moon experience out on the snow. If you’re not a skier or snowboarder, the Pepsi Goldrush Tubing is the place for you. The 800 ft. downhill slide has the beautiful convenience of a paddle tow back to the top so you can ride again and again. This is the perfect activity for large groups, friends and family looking for a fun and exciting activity outdoors. The season should open on December 10 but be sure to check out the Bogus Basin website to check available times or to make a reservation: www.bogusbasin.org. Julia Davis Park The city’s oldest, and arguably the most iconic, park, Julia Davis Park is known as the cultural and historical heart of the city. The 89.4-acre park is the home of Zoo Boise, Boise Art Museum, Idaho State Historical Museum, Discovery Center of Idaho and Idaho Black History Museum. The park also features a formal Rose Garden, two pavilions for summer events, a six-court tennis complex, playground, duck pond, restrooms and a view of a section of the Boise River Greenbelt. The history of the park’s founder is intriguing. Founder Tom Davis was an early Boise pioneer and helped layout the blueprint of the city and owned and developed thousands of acres of agricultural property. Julia,
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The Discovery Center If the family needs a break from the snow activity, or if you’re an avid museum goer, the Discovery Center is a wonderful choice and a big hit with the kids. The Discovery Center inspires lifelong interest and learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics with their interactive exhibits and educational program.
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This winter, check out their new exhibition: Matter Splatter! Matter Splatter is a one of a kind 3,000 square foot exhibition full of handson exhibits and experiences where kids can learn about all kinds of ooey-gooey material without you having to clean up the mess. For more information and for exhibit hours, be sure to visit their website: www.dcidaho.org. Jump Time Idaho Another option for an indoor activity, and one that will help get all of your kid’s energy out, is Jump Time Idaho. With over 14,000 square feet of trampolines, foam pits, slam dunk basketball, and fun for the whole family, this is a great option for when you need a break. Check out their website for prices and daily hours: www.jumptimeidaho.com.
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Idaho State Capitol Dubbed the Capitol of Light, our state capitol building is a must see if you’re in the
area. Originally designed by architects John E. Troutellotte and Charles F. Hummel, the capitol is nestled in the heart of downtown on West Jefferson St. With carefully crafted design, natural light floods the interior of the building, reflecting light from the white walls and light colored (floor to ceiling) marble – but it’s definitely something that you will need to see first hand. Visiting hours are open every weekday, and on the weekends, be sure to check the state’s website for hours, since they change with Legislative sessions: www.capitolcommision. idaho.gov. Dining Juniper, downtown, is a brick-walled space with old-timey cocktails and seasonally inspired New American cuisine. I walked here for Saturday brunch during a visit with my sister in September and we both devoured our Mole Huevos Rancheros and OG Bloody Marys. With strong ties to sourcing local, non-GMO, organic ingredients, as well as cage free chicken and grass fed beef, Juniper truly pays homage to not only the region, but to the state we are so lucky to call home. (211 N. 8th Street) Another great farm to table restaurant, Fork, happens to be just across the street. With mouth watering eclectic eats like the Boise chopped salad, dubbed the B.C.S. with smoked Idaho trout, voodoo chicken, and the cast iron buttermilk fried chicken and cheddar waffle, this is a “Loyal to Local” establishment that you won’t want to miss. (199 N. 8th Street) For grab-n-go options before a day on the hill or out playing in the snow, visit the Boise Co-Op in one of their two locations. They have daily hot bar items and soups, a beverage bar with fresh squeezed juices, smoothies, coffee and tea, plus local and regional brews and kombucha on tap. The Boise Co-Op is a community-owned food cooperative and marketplace that not only educates but also connects the community to high quality, natural, organic foods. Since their start in 1973, they’ve established a community of more than 24,000 coowners and have become a reliable source for fresh, delicious foods in Boise. Nightlife Since Boise is a college town, the options for bars and nightlife outings are endless. On any given Friday or Saturday night, while school is in session, the downtown area is the place to be. Just keep in mind that any dive bar that sells cheaper cocktails will be inundated with young people. One of my personal favorites was the Spacebar Arcade. Serving beer and wine, and packed with every retro arcade game and pinball machine imaginable, this place is all about fun and is guaranteed to bright out your inner child. (200 N. Capitol Blvd.) If you’re looking for artisan cocktails and a laid-back atmosphere, head over to Press & Pony. Established just last year and conveniently located downtown, the Press & Pony offers fresh handmade juices, tonics and syrups their cocktails and also hand carve all of their ice cubes. Trust me when I say that you’ll want to see their mixologists in action.
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Nate’s New York Pizza
A local favorite for an array of reasons, including the friendly staff, unbeatable atmosphere, and phenomenal food. Voted best seafood in Coeur d’Alene 2012, 2013, and 2014. Their menu includes salads, fishwiches, taste of baja, fish & chips, smoked fish, fresh sushi bar and fresh fish market with live shell fish and lobster. 215 West Kathleen | Coeur d’Alene | 208.664.4800 FishermansMarketCdA.com
“There is no substitution for quality. Our food is organic & prepared from scratch.” Authentic Italian Cuisine. Guaranteed best steaks in town. Catering and private cooking classes available with Chef Angelo. DINNER FOR 2 & A BOTTLE OF WINE $65. Choose from 15 Entrees & 10 Bottles of Wine. Open 7 days a week from 4-10pm. 846 North Fourth Street | Coeur d’Alene | 208.765.2850 AngelosRistorante.net
Authentic New York style Pizzeria in Post Falls. They serve up the biggest pies in town including the famous 36” pizza challenge. Stop by on Wednesdays for a 18” pepperoni pizza for just $17 and select bottled beers are only $1.50! Don’t forget to try some of the best hot wings and stromboli in town. Stay and enjoy a beverage of choice or call ahead and take your pizza to go. 920 N Hwy 41 | Post Falls | 208.773.6697
A beautiful waterfront, fine-dining restaurant in a romantic lodge setting overlooking Lake Pend Oreille. Whether it is summer on the patio or cozying up to the fireplace in the winter, FortyOne South’s spectacular sunsets, innovative cuisine, full bar and extensive wine list are sure to make it a memorable night out. A variety of delicious food year-round. Reservations recommended. 41 Lakeshore Drive | Sagle, ID 208.265.2000 41SouthSandpoint.com
Calypsos Coffee Wine Grotto Cafe
Fine wine. Prime rib. Delicious deli sandwiches. This is just some of what you will find at the Wine Grotto Cafe located inside the Hayden Corner Store. The Wine Grotto menu offers a wide variety of delicious European food that includes schnitzel, German sausages, goulash, sauer braten as well as a wide variety of German sausages meats and bread. If we don’t have it, we will order it. Reservations recommended. 702 East Prairie Ave | Hayden, Idaho | 208.762.3123
At Calypsos you’ll find a combination of amazing coffee, which they roast on-site, ice cream, fantastic food and live music on a regular basis. They display artwork from local artists, offer free wi-fi, have a play area for the kids and also offer a Smart Room for meeting rentals! 116 E Lakeside Ave. | Coeur d’Alene 208.665.0591 CalypsosCoffee.com
Sweet Lou’s Restaurant & Taphouse
American fare with a twist. Ribs (pork or bison) smoked in-house. Unique burger menu featuring burgers made from ground top sirloin, topped with pulled pork, hand battered onion rings, or jalapenos. 32 beers on tap to enjoy while watching the game on one of their 24, 4K televisions. Free Wifi. 601 E. Front St. Ste. 101 | Coeur d’Alene 208.667.1170 | SweetLousIdaho.com | f SweetLousCDA
Everyone loves a good barbecue, and that is exactly what you will find at Junior’s Barbecue restaurant. With menu items that include tri-tip, brisket, pulled pork, chicken, deep pit beef and BBQ tacos, there is something for everyone. Stop in today at this hip and fun casual restaurant in the Prairie Shopping Center in Hayden. 85 W. Prairie Shopping Ctr | Hayden JuniorsBarbecue.com
Anthony’s, located in the Riverstone community featuring a scenic waterfront setting, offering two outdoor fireplaces and a spectacular view of Riverstone. They offer the freshest seafood, from their own seafood company, great steaks, pasta and salads, all complemented by fresh-from-the-farm local produce, Northwest wines and microbrews. 1926 W. Riverstone Dr. | Coeur d’Alene 208.664.4665 | Anthonys.com
UVA Italian features Italian recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation. They take pride in serving food from scratch, using only the freshest ingredients and utilizing organic and locally sourced products. They can accommodate both large and small groups. Stop in for lunch or supper. 309 Lakeside Ave. | Coeur d’Alene 208.930.0573 | UvaCdA.com
Tony’s is a landmark in Coeur d’Alene, serving Italian-inspired cuisine. A beautiful five-minute drive from the Sherman Avenue Exit off I-90, they offer a full-service bar, extensive wine list, outdoor seating, docks for boaters and art by Terry Lee. Visit the website for complete menu and seasonal hours. 6823 Coeur d’Alene Lake Dr. Coeur d’Alene 208.667.9885 | TonysOnTheLake.com
Shoga Sushi Bar
Delicious sushi and Japanese cuisine sure to delight anyone’s palate. Offering a wide variety of traditional and specialty rolls as well as salads, sweet and sour pork, grilled salmon and more! Beautiful waterfront dining with spectacular sunset views. Professional and courteous service. Enjoy a delicious meal while taking in the beautiful waterfront and spectacular sunset views. 41 Lakeshore Dr. | Sagle, ID 208.265.2001 | ShogaSushi.com
Abi’s Artisan Ice Cream
Gourmet, small batch ice cream made-on-site each day. You will see and taste the difference at locally owned and operated Abi’s Ice Cream. Abi’s is also tree nut and peanut free and offers non-dairy options. Seasonal flavors abound: pumpkin pie and peppermint. Or try the gourmet hot chocolates and classic espressos with a homemade chocolate chip cookie. 112 N. 4th St. | Coeur d’Alene 208.930.0699 | AbisIceCream.com
Prana Juice Bar & Eatery
With a menu complete with options for those on Paleo, vegetarian or vegan diets, Prana Juice Bar & Eatery has something for everyone. Locally-sourced produce, organic ingredients and everything made to order are just part of what makes their menu items delicious, healthy and affordable. You will enjoy the menu and the warm atmosphere as well. Mention Living Local for 10% off! 212 W. Sunset Ave. | Coeur d’Alene 720.495.0424
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SAVORY SCALLOPED POTATOES Gather Ingredients • • • • • • • •
6-8 Yellow Finns Potatoes 2 T. unsalted butter 1 Large yellow onion, thinly sliced. 4 C. Milk or 2 C. Milk & 2 C. Vegetable Broth 2-3 Garlic cloves, smashed 1 t. Dijon mustard (or substitue dry mustard powder) 1 1/2 C. shredded cheddar cheese 3/4 C. heavy cream
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Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Slice potatoes into 1/8 inch slices and set aside.
In a large sauce pan, melt butter over medium heat. Add the thinly sliced onion and sauté for about 5 minutes until they are softened.
mixture to a gentle boil. Add salt and pepper for desired taste. 5.
Add the sliced potatoes to the mixture and allow to simmer until the potatoes are almost tender, (approximately 10 minutes). The potatoes should have some resistance when poked with a fork.
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Scoop in remaining potatoes and cover with the remainder of the cheese. Pour the cream evenly over the potatoes and cheese. Discard remaining milk/broth mixture. Bake until the top becomes crisp (approximately 1 hour). Potatoes will be very hot when removed from the oven.
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Now through January Holiday Light Show From Thanksgiving to New Year’s, bring the family to see The Coeur d’Alene Resort Holiday Light Show, a wonderland of over 1.5 million lights and the largest on-the-water holiday light display in America. Our signature “Journey to the North Pole” Holiday Lake Cruise visits Santa’s North Pole Toy Workshop where America’s tallest floating Christmas Tree towers above the lake with thousands of twinkling lights. This season, Santa’s elves have a special fireworks show waiting for each visit to the North Pole. Photo by Keith Boe.
The Christmas Show
Now through December 18. The Travolta sisters, Ellen and Margaret, are back together again starring with Jack Bannon, Katherine Strohmaier and Scott Steed. Directed by Troy Nickerson. Don’t miss a night filled with music, laughter and stories celebrating the holiday season. Performances take place Thursday Saturday, 7:30pm & Sunday 5pm at The Coeur d’Alene Resort.
Dickens Carolers Enjoy the Christmas melodies of the Harmonizers and the Sweet Adeline’s strolling through the lobby of the Resort. Taking place every Wednesday through Sunday from 6 to 9pm.
Caroling of the Belles
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Come to the Kootenai County Fairgrounds to see this holidays season’s handmade gifts for the occasion. There will be live music, cookies and coffee. Vendors include farm and craft goods.
Come join us at the Assembly of God Church at 2200 North 7th St. in Coeur d’Alene from 7:30 to 8:30pm. Performers include The Coeur d’Alene Sweet Adelines, a local children’s choir, Q-Topia, Kaleidoscope and Accent quartets.There will be a small admission charge at the door. For more information, visit www.cdachorus.com.
Shop through a variety of local vendors, artists and crafters during the 2nd Annual Christmas Bazaar at 545 N. Garden Plaza Ct. in Post Falls. Meander through the halls & enjoy live Christmas music. Mark off everyone on your shopping list all in one spot this year!!
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HIDDEN GEMS OF IDAHO SPARKLE UNDER STAGE LIGHTS An unexpected Idaho theatrical production reveals more than Christmas joy By Amy Voeller
don’t need to be nervous,” Jaron whispers to himself, “All that matters is that I do my best.”
I’m still caught off guard by my 9-year-old son’s confidence and wisdom, though by now I should expect it. All is in order. Curtain call comes over the speaker. I give him a big hug, remind him to break a leg, and he rushes backstage. I wait for Jaron’s entrance as I anticipate the opening scene of Traditions of Christmas. My thoughts wander back two years, to a cast party where Jaron first met Anna “Patty Duke” Pearce. Upon arriving, Jaron dashed up to Anna and promptly introduced himself. “Are you nervous about your first performance in Traditions of Christmas?” Anna asked Jaron. “No, I’m not at all,” he casually replied. “Are you?” “Yes, actually, I’m very nervous,” she admitted. “Why? You’ve been performing your whole life!” he exclaimed. “But, I have to sing in Traditions of Christmas, and I have never had a part where I had to sing.” “Oh? I’m sure you’ll be great!” responded Jaron with enthusiasm as he shook her hand. “It was nice to meet you.” We moved to a nearby table. A minute later, Jaron jumped up and raced back over to Anna, blurting out, “Patty Duke, I just want to tell you that you don’t need to be nervous. All you have to do is your best.”
Anna pondered for a moment as she looked intently into his eyes, and replied, “That is the best advice anyone has ever given me.” My mind returns to tonight’s performance. With a cast of over 70 people and 400 costumes, the quality of Traditions of Christmas would more likely be found in a large metropolitan location. This spectacular performance has now become a tradition in its own right, drawing local residents and visitors annually to experience Christmas joy through time and heritage. Soon comes one of the most poignant moments during the show, the USO scene. Tears well up in my eyes as my grandfather, father-in-law, step-father and others stand to be honored for their military service. It is moving to recognize that their sacrifices, and those of so many men and women, have been crucial in allowing us to freely celebrate Christmas today. Most dear to me is the grand finale Nativity scene. The marching kings entrance me as they journey to the stable. I imagine myself, 2,000 years ago, joined by an angelic choir, shepherds, and sheep, paying homage to the infant King. Just as the scene climaxes, my sweet Jaron, the Little Drummer Boy, enters stage right. As the youngest cast member in this powerful scene, I fear all sorts of mishaps. I imagine Jaron dropping his drum, being chased by a goat, or stumbling as he climbs the stairs to the manger. Yet, with unshakable poise, he carefully finds his way to the Baby and purposefully presents his gift. As a weary but satisfied “Little Drummer Boy” wanders back into the dressing room, he flashes me a smile. “I feel so cheerful inside. I shared Christmas joy with so many people in the audience tonight. And I wasn’t nervous, Mom. I just did my best!”
December 10-11. Go grab the deals or check out the latest gadgets at Sports Connection’s annual gun show at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds, Building 25. Visit www.scishows.com for more information.
Stroll through the downtown Coeur d’Alene galleries from 5 to 8pm every second Friday from April through December. Visit new artist shows and beautiful displays. This is the last Art Walk until April 2016! Have a relaxing evening and visit featured gallery, the Blackwell Gallery. For information, visit www.artsincda.org.
KC and the Sunshine Band
KC and The Sunshine Band put Miami, FL on the map as the hottest music city on the planet with their feel good, happy music that gets audiences on their feet! Their first album Blow Your Whistle made the top 15 on the R&B charts, and they followed up with their second album KC and The Sunshine Band that went triple platinum in 1975. You don’t want miss the biggest dance party in town at the Northern Quest Resort & Casino! For more information, go to www.northernquest.com.
Santa’s Schweitzer Visit
December 23-24. Santa will be delivering treats on the slopes both days before leading a balloon parade on Christmas Eve with Mrs. Claus from Basin Express. Meet up at the Selkirk Lodge afterwards for cookies and last-minute wishes before he heads back to the North Pole. Visit Schweitzer.com for more information.
Upcoming Events - January 20
CDA SYMPHONY FAMILY CONCERT
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Traditions of Christmas December 9-23. Bring in the joy of the season listening to the Traditions of Christmas at the Kroc Center. This holiday spectacular includes Rockette-style tap dancing, a visit to Santa’s workshop, and a live Nativity. For more information, go to www.traditionsofchristmasnw.com.
The Spin Doctors Come ring in the New Year with the Spin Doctors at Northern Quest Resort & Casino! The Spin Doctors made their major debut in 1991 with the release of the album “Pocket Full of Kryptonite”. With hit songs Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong, Two Princes, Jimmy Olsen’s Blues, What Time Is It? and Forty or Fifty, the album positioned the dynamic group as both a musical and cultural phenomenon. For more information, go to www.northernquest.com.
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