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MARCH 2018

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ESSENTIALS

Feeling Cramped? Maximize your small space BY ANNIE NYE, INTERIOR DESIGNER, SELKIRK GLASS & CABINETS, A DIVISION OF PONDERAY DESIGN CENTER

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- Strategically place mirrors so that light is cast in many directions, making the room appear brighter and more open than it really is.

Clutter is only a distraction and makes you look disorganized and unkempt. Surfaces that are clean and well thought-out displays with limited things to trip over will make your space much larger. Trick your eye into thinking the space is larger than it really is. - Create the illusion that the window goes from floor to ceiling by mounting curtains or blinds above where the window

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- Use open furnishings like bookshelves, taller tables and skinnier items that aren’t bulky or boxy and take up a lot of surface area.

- Use items that have multiple purposes. - Things like murphy beds or sleeper sofas allow an office to become a guest room with little or no re-arranging. - Hassocks, ottomans or cubes can double as coffee tables, side tables or additional seating when needed.

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Clean, Crisp & Verticle - Floor lamps instead of table lamps allow additional counter space.

shelving units frees up floor space so you don’t lose much-needed square footage.

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- When they are part of the wall, you don’t feel like things are cluttered either because they are out of the way.

- Use bigger items that are necessities and forget trying to accessorize with smaller items. - Utilizing a small space with a few needed large-scale items provides good function (think large poster bed and nightstand), but aren’t distracted by small cluttered pieces (vase, end table, chair, etc).

Utilize vertical elements.

- Use neutral colors.

- Using vertical to your advantage will help elongate the space. Think tall storage units that take advantage of the whole floor-to-ceiling area. Don’t waste that space between your countertop and the wall cabinets if you don’t need the counter surface.

- Walls look further away with neutral color tones instead of bringing colors closer to you with bold in-your-face brightness.

- Using stripes to create the illusion of length in a space will also help draw your eyes upward and make the space feel more expansive.

- Choose even-toned paint colors such as taupes, tans, creams or light greens, blues or grays. Avoid oranges, reds or any bright patterns on wall surfaces.

If you can accomplish most of these things, your space will be bigger in no time. If you don’t have a lot of money to work with, that’s easy. Simply by de-cluttering, organizing the space and if you can eliminate the closed-in feeling by painting, that’s a great start. Then as you can afford it, replace bulky, underutilized items with more efficient ones.

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at house-soiling problems, most commonly called inappropriate elimination behaviors, are not only common but tremendously frustrating. It would be hard to think of anything more irritating than urine and feces in/on something other than the cat box. In many cases, cat-box errors can lead straight to the shelter. Fortunately, most of these problems are easily solved when pet parents look at life through a cat’s point of view, make a few changes and remain patient. The first step in getting a cat to use the litter box is to figure out why he/ she’s not! House soiling happens because the cat’s medical, physical or social needs are not being met. Medical problems include diseases like bladder or kidney infection, stone formation, diabetes and idiopathic cystitis. These conditions give cats a “sense of urgency” and often are downright painful. If your kitty checks out normally after a medical examination, pay attention to his/her physical needs: litter type, box cleanliness and location. Cats are fastidious and particular; different litter texture, smell or a poop-filled box can make a feline cranky! Place the box away from food, water, other cat’s boxes and in a place where he can access it safely. Oftentimes, cats are not the best of friends, and pet parents need to respect their need to exist and eliminate in privacy! Use enzymatic odor neutralizers in the “mistake” areas, try covering them with foil, plastic carpet runners or sheeting and block it off for a few weeks.

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The American Association of Feline Practitioners touts 5 Pillars of a healthy environment (AAFP guidelines, 2014). These tips will help keep the “pees” in your kitty’s box (and peace in the household): 1. Provide a safe place where he/she can withdraw if threatened. 2. Provide multiple and separated food, water, scratching, play, resting and toileting areas without being challenged by other cats. This decreases competition for resources in multi-cat houses. 3. Provide enrichment, opportunity for play and predatory behavior. Boredom stresses cats! 4. Provide positive, consistent and predictable human-cat social interaction. Figure out what your cat needs and deliver this to the best of your ability. 5. Provide an environment that respects the importance of the cat’s sense of smell. Cats use this to evaluate their surroundings, their sense of safety and comfort. Avoid smelly things (detergents, medications, foods) that compete with this to avoid problem behaviors. Although you still may need to address an underlying problem of why your cat isn’t eliminating where he/she should, ask your veterinarian for a treatment plan that includes medications to help in the short term while you are working on the medical, physical and social needs of your furry friend.

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he blues is a powerful form of music that can bring out a wide range of emotions. Horns, percussion, bass, sax, guitarists and vocalists will be coming together the weekend of March 23 through 25 for the ninth annual Coeur d’Alene Blues Festival. The Coeur d’Alene Resort is the primary host for the event with several different venues set up for live performances throughout the three-day festival. Familiar local and regional names will be in attendance as well as some of the most respected blues acts from across the nation. On Friday evening, you’ll find free admission to several performances beginning in the late afternoon. Sara Brown will play inside the Resort lobby, Robb Boatsman will be at Whispers Lounge, and Coeur d’Alene’s own Paul Mata and Don Chilcott will be performing down at Taphouse Unchained. There is also a special blues-themed lake cruise available on Friday night featuring several other performers. Tickets to get on the boat are just $25 each, and there

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will be an after party featuring even more live music at the Resort Plaza Shops following the evening cruise. Saturday features a rooftop event on the Resort’s terrace deck beginning just after noon, and the main festival gets underway inside the convention center at 4pm. Tickets for the main event are $39 and must be purchased in advance. You’ll hear great music from five artists on two stages with continuous performances from 4 to 11pm. The festival wraps up Sunday morning with brunch at Dockside restaurant and a blues cruise brunch out on the water. Tickets, VIP upgrade and overnight stay packages are all available through the Coeur d’Alene Resort’s website, CdAResort.com, or you can inquire at the front desk. If you’re a lover of the blues, this is a can’t-miss weekend. Get your tickets today!

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Saturday features a rooftop event on the Resort’s terrace deck beginning just after noon, and the main festival gets underway inside the convention center at 4pm.


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Sweethearts’ Ball A fundraiser gala for Camp Journey BY KIM ROTH

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acob Bonwell, Nick Leonard and Brandon Bunch are three friends who are unwilling to see a good thing come to an end. Six years ago, Camp Good Times, a summer camp for children with cancer, lost funding and had to close. The American Cancer Society had reallocated its money from children’s camps to cancer research, so there was no funding for Camp Good Times. Bonwell, Leonard and Bunch, however, could not accept this fate for the camp. As a boy, Bunch suffered with cancer. He attended this type of camp for several years and knew the life-changing affect it can offer young people battling cancer. He credits the summer camps he attended with having a lifelong positive impact on him. Because of these experiences, he felt a passion for providing this opportunity to others with similar struggles.

was born. It would be an annual gala event to raise funds for a pediatric oncology camp in Post Falls, newly named Camp Journey. This camp would provide summertime, childhood opportunities and experiences for children fighting cancer. With the appreciative support of Camp Director Kari Allen, Bonwell and his friends went to work organizing the Sweethearts’ Ball to raise money for Camp Journey.

The idea for funding an entire summer camp for kids with cancer began as just a dream for Bonwell, Leonard and Bunch. But as these three friends sat in Bonwell’s living room brainstorming, the idea of the Sweethearts’ Ball

The Sweethearts’ Ball is now in its sixth year and continues to raise funds solely for Camp Journey. Bonwell and his fellow founders say their goal is to raise $100K. This would cover nearly all costs of the camp. They have additional sponsors to

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The first Sweethearts’ Ball fundraiser event was held in 2012 and raised more than $36,000 for Camp Journey. With this success, the Sweethearts’ Ball became the main fundraising vehicle for the summer camp, keeping this opportunity alive for kids. Allen dubbed Bonwell, Leonard and Bunch her “Angel Boys” for saving the camp.


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help fund the camp but have grown incrementally closer to this target amount every year. Running the week-long camp is a huge expense because campers attend free of charge. Camp Journey costs $1,200 for each child and, although there are some outside grants and sponsors, the Sweethearts’ Ball currently provides most of the funding required for all 120 campers. They feel it’s crucial to keep the Camp Journey opportunity free for these children. The financial, emotional and physical burden of battling cancer is heavy enough! These “Angel Boy” founders of the Sweethearts’ Ball want summer camp to be financially carefree and a meaningful highlight of the year for these kids and their families.

and Leonard is Smiles for his ever-present grin at camp. Camp Journey is a week full of games, crafts, swimming and more. All activities at camp are designed to encourage campers to try new things and grow in their confidence. Camp Journey is a chance for kids who suffer from cancer to be able to forget their challenges and just be a kid for a week. This is a rare gift for them. Growth through leadership opportunities are also provided for campers who are 16 to 17 years old. These kids are considered Leaders in Training. They have leadership responsibilities during camp week and, one year after they age out of attending camp, they are eligible to return as camp counselors.

Both Bonwell and Sweethearts’ Ball co-founder, Leonard, volunteer as counselors at Camp Journey. They’re able to experience first-hand the value the funds they raise provide to these kids. Bonwell explains, “You get to see how these kids live their daily lives and the struggles they have. It makes you become more humble to know what you’ve been given and how you get to live. You see these kids smile, even though they have stage 4 cancer or are undergoing chemotherapy treatments. They’re laughing and smiling. They forget about their issues and are just full of joy to spend a week with their friends.” Camp Journey fosters this sense of friendship and community. Campers and counselors build relationships that continue and develop from year to year. “The kids know you and remember you. They come up and want to hug you. It is so rewarding to see the fruit of your labors. It’s motivating to keep going when you see how it benefits the kids,” says Bonwell. As counselors, they have camp nicknames: Bonwell, a chemical engineer by profession, is Science Guy,

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Although the Sweethearts’ Ball provides the majority of the funding for camp, Bonwell readily acknowledges that “many people from the community come together to make this a special week for these kids.” A full staff of oncology medical professionals is onsite during camp week to provide medical care for campers, and Ross Point, in Post Falls, donates its camp and lifeguards.

This year, the Sweethearts’ Ball will be held April 7 at the Coeur d’Alene Resort. It will be an exciting night of dinner and dancing, live and silent auctions, raffle prizes and speakers. The Sweethearts’ Ball is an opportunity to come together as a community to make a difference in the lives of cancer survivors. Visit their website, SweetheartsBall.com, to purchase tickets and learn how to volunteer.

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Across the nation, and especially in the Northwest, we watched prices and home values soar in 2017, and many want to know if they’ve missed out on affordable housing, when interest rates will rise or if they should finally put their current home on the market and upgrade. In this outlook, we sought out advice from realtors in North Idaho. As all markets are different, it is always best to work

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with a local agent who is most up to date on your community when making the life-altering choice of buying or selling. The following is meant as a general look at market trends, what buyers and sellers are most attracted to and advice from experienced agents. This is not intended as a crystal ball into the future! As of November 2017, the median home value in the United States is at $203,400, a 6-percent increase from this time a year ago, and a massive increase over a low of $151,000 in 2012. Home buying website Zillow recently polled a group of realtors, economists, lenders and professors who came to a collective agreement of a more modest 3-percent gain in 2018. As home values


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While other areas such as Seattle the market is seeing an influx of young buyers, retirees are often seeking a smaller community, which has been a recent boom to the market in North Idaho. “New construction and condominium sales in 2017 filled a large need for the retirement market,” said Jackie Suarez

of Century 21 in Sandpoint, Idaho. “While the residential median sales price in Bonner County is 9-percent higher this year to date than 2016, the majority of buyers are taking advantage of low interest rates, making sales contingent on appraisals. Appraisers look to the past for comparable sales data, which may not support agreed-upon sales prices. Pricing is important. Inventory is relatively low, and our job as agents is to help sellers realize the highest possible return while keeping in mind buyers are well-informed and not apt to overspend.” Coeur d’Alene has seen a consistent spike in out-of-state residents for much of the past two decades. People from larger communities in

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California, Colorado, Washington and Oregon are drawn to the small-town feel, relative affordability, outdoor recreation and as a safe place to raise a family. “Since mid-2011, home prices in all of North Idaho are up 67 percent and 83 percent since the bottom,” said Raniel Diaz of Professional Realty Services in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. This would be our seventh year of beyond healthy growth—an average of 11 percent year over year. The most common question I get on a daily basis is, ‘Are things slowing down?’ Short answer … nope.” What are buyers looking for?

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and listing prices shot up very quickly due to stability in the job market and interest rates under 4 percent, many sought to get in the action because of the fear of rising interest rates. Since many of those buyers have already settled, there is a persistently low inventory, which makes for a competitive market for those looking to purchase a home.


Each of us is different in our personal tastes, preferences and what is most important in our home. Location, location, location seems to be at the top of everyone’s list, but that, again, is very subjective. One buyer’s dream location is in the heart of the action downtown, another wants peace, serenity and a water view while others seek the comforts of a suburban setting. The so-called fixer-upper effect has helped influence some buyers away from new construction and instead finding an older home for cheaper and bringing it up to date with today’s trends. The myriad of home improvement shows are usually targeted toward young couples or families with small children who might not have the budget for a custom home but can afford some updates if the bones of the house are in good shape. This style of purchase, however, is not as appealing to many with older children or those who are looking to downsize and want something move-in ready and low maintenance.

To buy or to build?

“Flip homes are becoming harder to come by without the right connections as the normal buyer would rather invest and stay versus invest and profit which will drive the margin out of a fixer,” said Diaz. Buyers are still looking for open-floor plans, nice kitchens, main-floor master bedrooms and large garages as a general rule of thumb. “

Diaz echoes Suarez’ concerns about the lack of quality labor available in North Idaho and also sees builders being more selective on which projects they choose. “Cost per square foot to build a custom home has increased dramatically, and it’s surprising those who might have built in the past.”

“Many clients are targeting a move-in ready, high-quality home with new or updated kitchens and baths, low-maintenance exteriors and easy access. Guest quarters or room for extended family factor in as well,” said Suarez

While national forecasters believe there will be only small growth in prices for 2018, professionals in the Northwest aren’t seeing too many signs of the market slowing down. One factor that could could cause a slow down is the Federal Reserve raising interest rates, which, in all likelihood, will happen at least once if not more in 2018. A rise in rates would likely slow home values down, especially if there’s an uptick in available inventory.

While there are probably a few remodel projects out there, generally speaking, most buyers are looking for the work to be done already. For those who are considering selling, fresh paint is an easy way to brighten a dated home as well as spending a few hundred dollars on updated fixtures. Buyers tend to gravitate toward an updated kitchen as being high on the priority list, and while spending $20,000 or more on a kitchen you don’t plan on using for long might sound crazy, it will likely make your home much more appealing to buyers and fetch back a higher return.

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This age-old question continues to come up no matter the market condition. Am I better off building exactly what I want from scratch? Or will I find something suitable on the market so I don’t have to wait? Suarez also sees both pros and cons of building during the current housing market. “You get the floor plan and location you want, customizable for individual needs, and in many cases in the current market, instant equity when you close as overall home prices increase during the construction period. Drawbacks include the current shortage of highly qualified tradespeople in the industry. Many builders are challenged to find additional crews. Permitting with local municipalities is taking longer than expected.”

Whether it’s a downtown condo, lakefront playground, first home or last home, finding the right one is a difficult process. Work with a local agent that knows your specific market, what you’re looking for, what you can afford, and where you will be most happy. A home is one of the biggest decisions in our lives and one that should be thoroughly vetted. With a stable economy, now might just be right for you to make the move.

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BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

Lifestyle, Location and Livability COMMITMENT TO BUILDING A SENSE OF COMMUNITY BY JILLIAN CHANDLER

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eeking a lifestyle change in 2001, Dennis Cunningham came to Coeur d’Alene and has called it home ever since. A few years later, in 2004, Dennis opened ActiveWest Builders. Having been in real estate development since 1988, he has been raising the bar in subdivision design and building high-performance, healthy, green homes and buildings in Coeur d’Alene and the surrounding area. With a goal of respecting nature while ensuring quality, Dennis and the AWB team design and build their homes using the rigorous guidelines of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® third-party verification certification program. They use materials and construction practices that minimize contaminants and air pollution, striving to achieve LEED Platinum®, ENERGY STAR® and Indoor airPLUS® certifications. When it comes to what makes ActiveWest Builders unique to the area, Dennis says, “We are the developer and the builder. We primarily work on infill sites where we get a minimum of eight dwelling units per acre. We focus primarily on the 55+ age group.” ActiveWest is still committed to Coeur d’Alene but is also moving north this year with a new 55+ Residential gated community in Hayden.

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With 30 years of experience, Dennis has found his career has been very rewarding every step of the way. “We purchase the land, process the entitlements, finance the projects, design the subdivision, design the homes (both exterior and interior), and build to very stringent green and sustainable methods. ActiveWest Builders has received more than 20 national awards and many local awards in a variety of categories, which stands as a testament to the quality of their design and construction. Earlier this year, ActiveWest Builders was presented with three Best of 55+ Housing awards for the model homes at Riviera Court (located in Coeur d’Alene at Riverstone) and one home was awarded a Green Home Award at the 2018 National Association of Home Builders International Builders Show in Orlando, Florida. Over the years, ActiveWest Builders has seen continued success and growth. Dennis has credited this to his time in prayer and meditation. “These opportunities we have, and the success, is all based on God providing me the knowledge to be creative to implement all this. But, my success is not possible unless there are buyers, and for that I also acknowledge that God fertilizes our fields. I only need a bushel and he provides much more.”

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His faith has inspired Dennis’ commitment to international mission work, which, as Dennis says, “has become a key component of me.” He has built learning centers and churches in Honduras, churches in the Philippines and orphanages in Mexico. “This month [I will be] traveling to India to look at doing our first senior housing project for the very poor in Central Kerala,” he adds. Dennis also makes sure to give back to organizations in our community—a community that has supported him over the years. He is a financial donor to both North Idaho CASA and the Coeur d’Alene Salvation Army Kroc Center. He also just finished his chair position for the 55+ NAHB Housing Council and also is on the National Urban Land Institute (ULI) Residential Lifestyle Council, which he was a founding member. At ActiveWest Builders, they are committed to building a sense of community through lifestyle, location and livability. And they have succeeded. Dennis’ motto is: “Preserving the past and planning for the future.”

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Owen said he enjoys wrestling because it is something that challenges him both physically and mentally. “It’s a very tough sport, and being able to do it at a varsity level is pretty cool to be able to say about myself,” said Owen. He is grateful to his head coach, Corey Owen, who has a famous saying in the wrestling room. “He says, ‘Little things win matches,’” said Owen.

And it’s taught me that doing the small things right—like getting all the reps in a drill in practice or in life just doing homework or making your bed—it’s the little things that people do that others won’t is what makes them champions.”

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Kale Edwards is a 17-year-old junior at Coeur d’Alene High School. He has accomplished a great deal both in athletics and academics during his high school career. “I’m a varsity football and basketball player and an honor-roll student with a 4.0 GPA,” said Kale, who would like to play football at the collegiate level and is working hard toward that goal. His career interests are diverse with law enforcement and architecture at the top of his list. “I plan to minor in Spanish because of my awesome teacher, Ms. Bell,” Kale said.

a compound fracture and I wasn’t sure when I’d be able to play football again with my team,” he said. “Fortunately, I was able to make it back for the last part of the season, although we lost in the state championship.” Kale said he is thankful for his surgeon in Spokane, Soren Olson, and his Coeur d’Alene Vikings physical therapist, Justin Kane, for helping him in his recovery. Now that he is healed, Kale is enjoying being on the basketball court with his teammates. “The thing I enjoy most about this basketball season is hanging out with my friends on the team,” he said.

With many athletes, injuries are always a risk, and how one overcomes those obstacles says a great deal about their character. Kale is no different. “One of my biggest challenges happened this last summer when I broke my leg at Hoopfest; it was

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t wasn’t long ago that Northern Idaho was at the forefront of industry and new technologies. Thousands flocked here from all over to make a living in the emerging timber, mining and rail industries as the area’s natural resources were in high demand all across the country. While these industries will almost certainly always be a part of the landscape, they are vastly smaller in size and operation today, and a challenge to keep young people here in good-paying careers is something communities continue to grapple with. Organizations such as CDA 2030 and Gizmo see embracing new technologies and encouraging our youth to learn about these technologies is a way to help establish a drive for our future leaders to someday create their own impactful businesses. Many of the upstart and established technological companies in the area are excited to show local kids the power of science and engineering including an up-and-comer who you might not have heard of yet but might already be impacted by. Coeur Sustainable Resources was established in January of 2017 and operates several different platforms including Coeur Water, Coeur Solar, Coeur Power and Coeur Greens. The latter is having a direct impact on what we consume in our homes and in local restaurants. “Tom and Drew McNabb started Coeur Greens after ample market research showed the need for a produce supplier in this area during the

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‘off season,’” said Chief Operations Officer Kelly Lattin. “We are able to grow indoors all year round and provide fresh, high-quality produce for our community.” Since the inception of Coeur Greens, the company has contracted to supply 10 different restaurants across North Idaho and just last month started selling greens in four Super 1 Foods locations in Hayden, Post Falls, Rathdrum and Coeur d’Alene. Coeur Greens grows produce without soil in a hydroponic environment. The company purchased repurposed shipping containers from a company in Boston called Freight Farms (FreightFarms.com) in which all the materials from growing indoors are included. The so-called Leafy Green Machine (LGM™) can produce the same amount of greens inside a 320-square-foot unit as approximately 2 acres of farmland. The LGM™ is capable of growing lettuces, herbs and hearty greens at commercial scale in any climate or location. Container farming enables any individual, community or organization to grow fresh produce year round. “We also use very little water, less than 10 gallons per day,” said Lattin. “All of the lighting is LED and the water comes straight from the aquifer on our

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property, so there is complete traceability and cleanliness plus taste and nutrition.” Coeur Greens currently has two units that produce red and green salanova butter lettuce as well as basil. The seeds are planted in Peat Moss pods and get all of their nutrients in liquid form. This way of growing gives optimal cleanliness and utilization of space while producing clean, nutritious leafy greens for the community.

non-traditional education experiences available for all in the community. Local innovators are sharing their knowledge with these children, and Coeur Greens will also be participating by showing kids how vertical farming works and allowing them to interact with the technology that grows the foods.

“Outside of those units we also produce microgreens, which are just tiny versions of adult vegetables. They contain a lot of nutrition and powerful flavor. We grow radish microgreens, sunflower microgreens and pea shoots,” explained Lattin.

“Connecting with the school system has been a goal of ours from day one, and this will be a great way to start. With this program, children will be hands on in the process from beginning to end, giving them real-world experience in math, science, technology and agriculture. There are many studies that have proven the psychological and physiological benefits to growing your own food, and we want to share those experiences with our future leaders,” said Lattin.

As Coeur Greens continues to grow and produce more goods year round, the company is eager to share the process with local kids. A partnership between Coeur Greens and Gizmo-CDA will bring a new curriculum to the innovation center. Having already outgrown its original space on Fourth Street, Gizmo-CDA has expanded and is now located on the campus of North Idaho where there are additional tools, curriculum and

Coeur Sustainable Resources recently acquired 15 acres of land in Hayden at the corner of Hayden Avenue and Huetter Road. Here the company plans on building the Coeur Technology Campus, which will include its other divisions—solar, energy and water. While the company currently produces 48,000 heads of organic and non-GMO lettuce per year, expansion and creation of a new indoor farming facility will allow

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Coeur Greens to vastly increase that number as demand increases for fresh, locally grown greens. Coeur Power, a renewable resource company utilizing sun and wind power, plans on developing a Community Solar and Wind Farm to both power the Coeur Technology Campus in Hayden as well as sell power to those in the community interested in the use of renewable resources.

Established in 2015, Coeur Solar is a community-based company with plans to develop the local market for Solar Power Systems for schools and public facilities as it becomes more cost effective. It hopes to begin advancing on these projects during 2018 and 2019. Coeur Water acquired approximately 120 acre foot of water rights, roughly 39 million gallons per year at the Hayden site, in one of the purest aquifers in the world—the Rathdrum Prairie

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Aquifer, which was created more than 15,000 years ago as a result of the Glacial Lake Missoula floods. The vision for Coeur Water is to supply pure water for Coeur Greens’ production purposes, develop a local brand of bottled water and ice, and the company is currently supplying water to Kootenai Electric Cooperatives SubStation on Huetter Road. While the traditional growing season is shut down for months at a time here, Coeur Greens is operating 365 days a year in order to bring fresh


“Connecting with the school system has been a goal of ours from day one, and this will be a great way to start.”

local produce to our tables—even when we are blanketed by snow and cold. When harvested, even the roots are harvested meaning the plant is still living as it makes its way to local grocers and restaurants. Restaurants and stores partnering with local businesses such as Coeur Greens not only helps deliver fresher foods but also eliminates the environmental impacts from having to ship produce here. This partnership also helps the company reinvest in other local businesses and continue its mission to help teach the next generation about vertical farming and new technologies in agriculture. As the area continues to adapt to new professions, new professionals continue to be eager to help mentor the next generation of leaders in hopes that they will be able to continue to be part of this wonderful community instead of seeking gainful employment in a far-off city.

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North Idaho College VOLUNTEER TUTORS NEEDED FOR NIC ADULT EDUCATION STORY AND PHOTO BY TOM GREENE

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olunteer tutors are needed to help students with basic skill building for math, reading, writing and language at North Idaho College Adult Education centers.

The Adult Education program provides instruction for individuals 16 years of age and older, who have withdrawn from public school, and for adults who have graduated but still have a desire to upgrade their skills. The staff and instructors at the AEC meet with students to assess their needs and goals, determine their current educational level and create an education plan. Tuition and learning materials are provided at no cost. Adult education prepares students for success in postsecondary education, training or employment with the skills necessary to be successful in the 21st century. Volunteers should enjoy working with adult learners and possess good reading, writing or math skills. Volunteers must be available a minimum of two hours per week.

Those interested should contact one of these locations: Coeur d’Alene: 208.665.5099 Sandpoint Adult Education Center: 208.665.2796 Silver Valley Adult Education Center (Kellogg): 208.769.2770 For more information, visit NIC.edu/AEC or call 208.665.5099.

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HEALTH & LIFESTYLE

What’s in a Number? Focus on how you feel and look; not what the scale says

By Kenny Markwardt, CSCS, Owner, CrossFit Sandpoint “YOU’VE PROBABLY HEARD ANOTHER ITERATION of this story before, but my ear is to the ground, and the moral of the story doesn’t seem to be sticking, so I’m going to tell you my version here.

If you asked me, I’d say that her journey has been a rousing success. In fact, I’d imagine that she would agree 90 percent with that opinion. What’s the last 10 percent? That silly scale.

The other night, I had a conversation with a client about her progress. It’s a conversation I’ve had hundreds of times.

Though her clothes are fitting better, she is visibly leaner and more defined, the number on the scale hasn’t really changed that much.

In the six months that she has been working with me, she has completely and utterly transformed herself. She’s stronger, faster, more confident and has much less body fat. In addition, she carries herself with more confidence and has a presence about her that she knows that she can do whatever she puts her mind to.

Now, I understand it (as much as a 33-year-old male can understand the lifelong relationship with the scale that women are faced with). When you’ve spent your life determining your health by a number, if that number isn’t what you want it to be, or what you think it should be, it makes it seem fairly black and white.

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At what point does it not matter? If you look better, feel better and perform better, does that number still matter? Do you advertise that number to employers, friends, spouse or potential suitors? (I literally have no idea what my wife weighs. I know she’s physically fit though!)

miserable? Would you make that deal with the devil? Sadly, I imagine that answer isn’t as obvious as it should be on the surface. So, what’s the answer? Well, if we can agree that it’s far too simple of a solution to say to just not care about what the scale says, then we just need to abstain from it altogether. Just get rid of the scale and refuse to get on another one-period.

If you can identify 20 markers of progress, and you’re hitting 19 of all 20, but you put so much weight on the one that it completely depresses and unmotivates you, you should recognize that something isn’t valid about that one number.

If your doctor asks you to, tell him or her, “No.” If you absolutely have to for health insurance or other purposes, cover your eyes and put your fingers in your ears. There’s nothing that number will tell you that other things cannot.

To take it a step further, what if the opposite were true?

Take your psyche back and take control of how you feel about yourself. Move better, feel better, look better and be more confident. That success will breed more success, and you’ll stay motivated by how you feel rather than respecting the opinion of three integers.

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FIVE REASONS YOU SHOULD TRY A BARRE CLASS It’s not just for dancers

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ith the results barre workouts provide, it’s no wonder that barre is beginning to become a top choice for favorite workouts these days. Known most commonly as a dancer’s workout, with its high-intensity and low-impact focus, it’s beginning to be seen as much more than that. Barre fitness workouts are a fusion of dance exercise, yoga and Pilates; great for any age or fitness level. Here are five reasons why barre should be part of, if not the primary, everyday workout regimen. 1. Barre strengthens the glutes (a.k.a. “the seat”). A lot of workouts target the glutes, but not many are able to recruit all the muscles in the glutes simultaneously. During a barre workout, the isometric pulses, (a.k.a. “the shake), keep the work at a level where every muscle in the desired area is recruited. This is how the achievement of the lifted “seat” occurs.

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5. The fifth, and probably most important, is that barre workouts are fun! When fitness is involved, most have a love-hate relationship with it. It’s either something you do because it’s the only thing that keeps the shape or it’s something that is so amazingly fun that missing a workout would seem like a crime. Barre workouts are definitely the latter. In fact, at some studios, it’s where lifelong friends are made! With reasons like ‘seat’ strengthening, leg lengthening and tummy toning alone, barre is an amazing workout. But with the flexibility and fun pieces in store, barre becomes a workout that no other can light a candle too! Take advantage of the five and sign up for a class today.

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2. Lengthened legs are something everyone desires. If one isn’t born with ‘stilts for legs,’ one can achieve them by focusing on extensions. Barre workouts extend muscle fibers by focusing on lengthening first, strengthening second.

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INDIGESTION HEARTBRUN & REFLUX BY HOLLY A. CARLING, O.M.D., L.AC., PH.D, VITAL HEALTH CDA

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n the U.S., it is estimated that 60 to 70 million people suffer from digestiverelated diseases. Of these, an estimated 75 percent continue to suffer their symptoms, even after being “treated” medically for them! Doctors are writing $114 million in acid-reducing medication prescriptions. That doesn’t include over-the-counter sales. It’s big business. What’s worse is that taking acid-reducing medications to treat these issues can actually cause, or contribute to, many of the diseases we are suffering with today. Yet there are many remedies that actually fix the problem—not just cover them up. There’s no question that heartburn and reflux can be serious, especially when it gets into the esophagus where it doesn’t belong. That’s why it’s so important to treat the causative factor. Acupuncture and nutritional modifications are great ways to restore healthy digestive system function. Taking the medications to stop HCL just doesn’t make sense. Even the FDA issued a cautionary statement against the prolonged use of acid-stopping medications. These meds were

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Remedy the problem vs. just covering it up designed for short-term use in order for the stomach to heal. “Short term use,” when first introduced, meant two weeks. Why? Because they knew at the onset that to stop digestion meant people would suffer from malnutrition. The FDA cited risk of infection, bone fractures (including spontaneous hip fractures) and dementia as being the reasons for the caution, however, there are many other diseases linked to use of acid-reducing medications. Indigestion, heartburn and reflux are all being blamed on too much acid in the stomach. While this may be the case, the cause is not too much acid enzymes in the stomach. In fact, the main cause is too little of the acid enzymes— hydrochloric acid—in the stomach. Hydrochloric acid (HCL) is the primary, probably the most important, enzyme in the digestive system. Its pH runs around 1.0— almost the equivalent to battery acid! That’s pretty acidic! However, your body has natural protective mechanisms to prevent damage to the stomach’s lining. Hydrochloric acid has several functions, besides digesting your meal: These enzymes digest unwanted parasites, bacteria, viruses and other “bugs” that don’t belong in the body. It also is responsible for the breakdown or conversion of minerals, proteins and vitamins into a useful form, stimulates the release of other enzymes in the digestive tract and more. So why does stomach acid burn? I thought you’d never ask. When there is an insufficiency of HCL in the gut, food will rot instead of being enzymatically digested. When it rots (or ferments), acids are released as a byproduct, and that is what burns. A simple test is to take some betaine hydrochloride (an HCL precursor supplement). If your stomach burns, you are one of the rare ones who may have too much HCL, or you have gut damage such as an ulcer. Most will feel better. Once that’s been tried, and although HCL supplements will help, you need to go deeper and have the underlying reason why you have a HCL deficiency in the first place addressed. Dr. Holly Carling is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine, Licensed Acupuncturist, Doctor of Naturopathy, Clinical Nutritionist and Master Herbologist with nearly four decades of experience. She is a “Health Detective,” looking beyond your symptom picture and investigating why you are experiencing your symptoms in the first place. Dr. Carling is currently accepting new patients and offers natural healthcare services and whole-food nutritional supplements in her Coeur d’ Alene clinic. Visit Dr. Carling’s website at VitalHealthCdA.com to learn more about Dr. Carling, view a list of upcoming health classes and read other informative articles. Dr. Carling can be reached at 208.765.1994 and would be happy to answer any questions regarding this topic.


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Understanding Acne Your guide to clear skin By Bri Williams, RN, BSN, Refined Aesthetics Med Spa PLLC, Sandpoint, Idaho

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nyone who has ever struggled with acne knows that it can be crushing to someone’s self-esteem and confidence. There are more than 60 million cases of acne in America (20 percent of them being adults), so chances are you or a loved one has been affected by it. But what exactly is acne, what causes it and how can it be treated? We all have thousands of tiny holes in our skin; pores that connect to our oil glands beneath the surface of the skin through a follicle. These glands make an oily substance called sebum that travels through the follicle and excretes through the pore. The role of the sebum and follicle is to carry the dead skin cells to the surface of the skin so they can be removed from the body. When the follicle gets plugged from excess oil or dead skin cells, the following can occur: blackhead (open clogged pore), whitehead (closed clogged pore), pimple (pustules/papules with pus at their tips), nodule (large, solid painful lump beneath the surface of the skin) or cystic lesion (a pus-filled lump beneath the surface of the skin) can form. There are several factors that can contribute to the follicle becoming plugged. Hormonal changes can cause an increase in oil production. This most often occurs in older children/teenagers entering puberty and during pregnancy or while starting/stopping birth control. Other contributors to excess oil production include certain medications (such as corticosteroids, testosterone or lithium) and diet. While puberty isn’t something that can be avoided, and certain medications are necessary for health reasons, our diet is something that is well within our control. Eating a diet high in simple carbohydrates and sugar causes our blood-sugar levels to rise quickly. Our body then releases a hormone called insulin. As a result, there is increased inflammation within the body, causing our oil glands to produce more oil. The excess oil is the most common culprit of clogged follicles, leading to acne. Acne is categorized as either non-inflammatory acne or inflammatory acne, and the treatment varies depending on the type. Blackhead and whiteheads are categorized as non-inflammatory acne because they are clogged pores that do not allow bacteria to get inside the pore and thrive. Pimples, nodules and cystic lesions are categorized as inflammatory acne because the clogged pore has become infected with bacteria. Non-

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A Gift From the Heart Why one fa mily gave away $10,000 By Cathy Herholdt Photos Courtesy of World Concern

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e have a tradition at World Concern. When someone makes a large donation, we ring a cowbell. Everyone comes out of their offices and we gather to celebrate the gift.

I remember a particularly chilly Northwest afternoon last December when the cowbell rang. A man named Doug, a father of two young kids, had just dropped off a check for $10,000. We’ve certainly received other big gifts like this, but what made this one special was how it came about. It was a spontaneous gift, given from the heart of a dad. Doug and his wife Mindy had taken their kids to see a Nativity display in their North Seattle neighborhood. As their kids waited in line for hot chocolate, something caught Doug’s eye. It was a World Concern Global Gift Guide—a catalog of gifts people can give to those in need in honor of loved ones. The catalog is filled with photos of children and families served by World Concern in poor countries. “When I picked up the catalog and saw the pictures of those kids, it spoke to me,” recalled Doug. “I got really emotional. I remember crying ... just seeing those kids, I thought, ‘We need to do something to help them.’” That night, Doug talked with Mindy about his desire to help kids living

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in poverty. They’d been blessed with extra income that year from Doug’s job as a freelance director of photography and had set some money aside. Doug told Mindy he wanted to donate the money. “When I saw his reaction to the photos, I wasn’t surprised,” recalled Mindy. “I know his heart for kids and his compassion. But I didn’t know he was going to say anything about the money or giving. We had discussed what we were going to do for Christmas—giving in some way. This just felt right. As soon as he said it, I agreed.” Doug and Mindy shared their decision with their kids, 9-year-old Sophia and 7-year-old Elliott. “The pictures were sad because they didn’t have stuff we have here,” said Sophia. One of the photos showed a young boy drinking dirty water from a pond through his T-shirt. “He drank through his shirt because the water was bad and had a lot of germs and bacteria,” she explained. The kids enjoyed learning how their family’s donation would provide goats, chickens, clean water and other practical gifts to children in need. “We’ve never given a donation like that before,” said Doug. “I’m a freelancer, so some months there’s no work and other months I’ll be

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FEATURE STORY slammed. God has always been so faithful to us in terms of providing.” Mindy said they’d been holding onto the money for some time. “I wish I could say we were just waiting for the right time, but it was holding on for us—for our needs,” she said. “There are other things I know I wanted and could have got for Christmas gifts, but this donation filled that need, whatever it was. I can’t even think right now of what I wanted.” “We have such a good life. It just felt selfish not to do something more with our money,” said Doug. “Don’t get me wrong, I love stuff and buying new things, but we are called to be more than just consumers. It’s a test of faith. When our diligence with our money and work benefit someone besides ourselves, that feels good.” The Irvines have been tested in that faith this year. They have a new baby, 4-month-old Preston, and one of their cars recently broke down. The repairs are more than the car is worth, so they’ll have to get a new car. But they still feel the sacrifice was worth it. “When I see so much difficulty in the world ... neglect and hard conditions; it doesn’t take a lot of money to help a kid’s life. It feels cool that there are kids and orphans that I can be like a dad they’ll never meet—that I can provide for them in some way, help in some way,” Doug said.

“I got really emotional. I remember crying ... just seeing those kids, I thought, ‘We need to do something to help them.’”

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“There are people around the world who are human, and no different than me, except they were born into these countries and these situations. These families are real, and these problems are real, and these kids are real, and they have real needs and they need real help.” Doug admits he tried not to think about the sacrifice he was making when he brought the check in on that chilly December day. “It takes sacrifice, whether it’s a thousand dollars or ten thousand,” he said. “But, it narrows the gap pretty quickly when you realize you’re changing someone’s life.” Mindy agrees. “If someone was considering making a donation, knowing what I know now and the impact that a small amount can have, I would want to say to them, it’s a no brainer.

“When I see so much difficulty in the world ... neglect and hard conditions; it doesn’t take a lot of money to help a kid’s life. It feels cool that there are kids and orphans that I can be like a dad they’ ll never meet— that I can provide for them in some way, help in some way,”

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Yeah., do it,” she said. “Take the leap of faith. Knowing what I know now about how we’ve impacted families and children, yeah, it’s worth it.” This blog is part of the #GivingTuesday series, produced by The Huffington Post and the teams at InterAction, 92nd Street Y, United Nations Foundation, and others. Following Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday— which took place for the first time on Tuesday, November 27—is a movement intended to open the holiday season on a philanthropic note. Go to GivingTuesday.org to learn more and get involved.


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Outdoor remodeling ideas that will brighten your summer By Colin Anderson

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ou’ve made it through the holidays, and hopefully tax season hasn’t been too rough on you. Summer is right around the corner, and you’re already seeing many of the weekends fill up with trips, visits, parties and more. For many of us it’s the shoulder season where we aren’t quite as busy. If you’ve been considering home improvement projects or putting them off again and again, this is the time to get going and start bringing your plans to fruition. Why spend the summer doing projects when you could be enjoying the fruits of your labor instead? Your Deck and Patio – Snow, rain, cold and gray tend to keep us from utilizing these spaces during the darker months. Come summer, it’s the perfect place to relax and read, absorb some much-needed vitamin D or enjoy after-work beverages or an outdoor meal with the kids. Get summer barbecue season off right by getting a fresh coat of stain on your deck. While not always the most fun job, staining is a fairly simple task you can do to brighten your home’s exterior without having to drop big bucks on outside labor. Try a new shade this season to give your deck a new feel. Bold colors are also in style. If you want to save a little time in the future, consider acrylic deck restoration coating, available in several brands. Applying these products takes a little more time and effort but typically last longer than stain and helps smooth out splinters that might be emerging.

burners to assist with creating side dishes. Consider adding concrete countertops around your grill for a modern durable surface to prep and serve on. A mini fridge is an easy addition to keep from running in and out of the house for beverages, and a sink built into the countertops helps ease cleanup time. A truly unique addition is an outdoor pizza oven, where you can create your own wood-fired pizzas and quickly toast breads and appetizers. Backyard Pathways – After dinner it’s nice to get out and enjoy the backyard with the kids. A stone pathway linking your deck or patio area with your outdoor seating or fire pit creates a nice flow to the space. Landscaping around this pathway is entirely up to your tastes and preferences. If you enjoy growing plants, grasses and flowers, use smaller stones or pavers and line the walkway with your favorite plants, allowing the greenery to take center stage. Pea-sized gravel is an easy and cost-effective fill in but can be difficult to clean out debris and will need to be raked occasionally so bald spots don’t appear. Large pieces of slate or other solid rock also make for a great look, especially as they sink slightly down into the lawn. When designing your pathway, make sure it includes turns or a bit of a bend as curves and soft edges create a more natural look than perfectly straight lines. Designated Kids Area – Let’s face it, for those who like a lush green and wellmanicured looking lawn, kids can be a nightmare. Tackle football, slip ‘n slides and sprinklers, and the occasional off-road biking can wreak havoc on a lawn. Give the kids and yourself a break by setting up a designated play area for them. Easily separate the play area from the main lawn with a natural barrier of plants or mulch. To keep them in their special area, give them as many play options as possible including something to climb and swing on, a sandbox or area to build, and some green lawn as well for them to stretch out, run and roll around in. Have children help mow or pick weeds at a young age to show them how much work goes into keeping the lawn up and looking good, and perhaps they’ll think twice the next time they go digging for worms with a shovel. Hydroseeding the Lawn – If your lawn is in rough shape and has uneven color, and watering and sprinkling seed hasn’t seemed to help much, there are still solutions out there without having to fork over big bucks to re-sod. If you have a large yard, hydroseeding can save you a good amount of money as the amount of labor that goes in to it isn’t nearly as much as spreading out roll after roll of sod. Through hydroseeding

Outdoor Kitchen Space – Once you’ve gotten the surface of your deck looking fabulous, you’ll want to spend more time on it dining and entertaining family and friends. One of the hottest trends in home improvement today is creating outdoor cooking spaces. A lot of outdoor cooking revolves around the grill, and many higher-end models come with multiple cooking features including infrared grilling surfaces, separate smokers and attached

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you can also choose a specific style of grass or seed blend, which is especially helpful if you have difficult growing conditions. It can take up to two months for a hydroseeded lawn to take shape, and weeds will also sprout during this time, so keep that in mind if you have young children or pets, as they can’t go on the lawn for several weeks. Installing a Sprinkler System – If you plan on hydroseeding your lawn, you’ll need to install a sprinkler system before spraying the seed, and even if you don’t plan on creating a new lawn, underground sprinklers are a worthwhile investment. New systems can be controlled from smart phones and can be set to run virtually any time of day and for any length of time. You’ll have better control and consistency with a finely tuned system compared to constantly moving around hoses and portable sprinklers. Underground systems are again a bit of an upfront investment, but the time savings in the long run are well worth it. It is also a big added value if you eventually decided to sell your home. Power washing the siding – If your home is 20-plus years old, your siding probably is not looking as bright as it was the day you bought it. While it might just look like fading, most of the dullness on vinyl and other siding is caused by dirt and debris that’s built up over the years. Utilizing a power washer to remove that grit and grime will help your home ‘pop’ again, and you’ll be surprised how much more curb appeal is added with this simple weekend task. Pressure washers are available to rent at many local retailers, and you’ll also want to get a siding specific detergent, and if your home is two stories, spray tips and extensions to avoid using a ladder. Gently apply the detergent and wash the siding clean avoiding windows and exterior vents. She/he shed for entertaining – While the term ‘man cave’ is well established, the ‘he shed’ or ‘she shed’ is another trend in turning space usually used for storage into one meant for entertaining. A little spring cleaning and organizing might help you realize you no longer need your shed. While keeping the outside appearance of a typical storage shed, transform the interior into a walk-up bar, game room, sports bar or quiet reading nook. While you might need to call in a plumber, other projects like adding a bar top, shelving, wood or laminate flooring and interior decoration can typically all be done by homeowners with a little guidance from your local hardware shop. Your friends will be stunned the next time you take them to the backyard to relax in your shed.

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REMODELING THE INTERIOR OF YOUR HOME When to DIY vs. Hiring a Contractor BY: ANDREA JOHNSON

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our home is where your heart is, but it can feel a little less like love when you’re not crazy about its interior. Perhaps you loved it once, but time has aged it and dated it, leaving you wanting something a bit more fresh and modern. Maybe you prefer something a little different as your tastes have changed, or maybe you bought a home in a desirable neighborhood for an unbeatable price and need to put a little sweat equity into the home. Whatever your reasons for wanting an interior remodel, you can do it yourself or choose to hire someone to do it for you. Depending on your budget, you can have the entire interior of your home gutted and remodeled by professional contractors or you can hire contractors only for the most intricate details of your remodel. Whether to DIY or hire professionals is the biggest question you must ask before you begin this process. What Can You Do Yourself? The DIY process of your home remodel might depend entirely on your budget. If you have a lot of money to work with and want to go the route of hiring professionals, you can. However, if the amount of money you have to spend on the remodel is limited, you can do a lot of your remodel. It’s best to save your money to hire professionals to handle very specific things you aren’t qualified to do. The next most important question you can ask yourself is what kind of handyman experience do you have? Are you learning as you go? The Internet makes it easier for you to learn how to do things most people can’t do, and that might help you do a lot more on your own. Here are just a few things you can do yourself without spending a big chunk of your money in one area. - Your Kitchen Remodel: A kitchen remodel is one of the most expensive aspects of any home, but it’s not always as expensive as you might imagine. If the footprint is good, you need not move any electrical wiring or plumbing. That’s a huge savings. If the cabinets are nice but you’re not a fan of the color, there is no reason to spend tens of thousands of dollars on new cabinetry when you can spend a few hundred dollars on paint and give yourself a major upgrade. Updating your counters, your sink, your faucet and your handles and pulls are easy projects you can do on your own. - Floor Remodels: You might not know how to lay tile or hardwood, but there are instructional videos all over the Internet to help you learn. It’s not as difficult as it looks, and you can do it yourself to save significantly on the cost of new flooring. - Paint: Painting is one of the most dramatic changes you can make to a home without spending much money, and you can do it yourself without any prior experience. What You Can’t or Shouldn’t Do Yourself You can do a lot on your own if you have the experience, but there are some interior remodeling projects you simply shouldn’t

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tackle if you’re not properly trained or don’t have ample experience working with them. These are the things you might want to take your money and spend hiring a professional to ensure the job is done correctly, safely and as inexpensively as possible. If you try to do some of these things yourself without any experience, you might find it’s more expensive when you need someone to come out and fix your mistakes. - Plumbing: Plumbing is important, and it’s not something you want to tackle on your own. You can install a sink and exchange some fixtures without any help, but any plumbing upgrades, replacements or changes should be done by a professional. If you plan on changing the layout of your bathrooms or kitchen, you should hire a plumber to move the plumbing for you.

- Electrical: Unless you are a trained electrician capable of working electrical panels, there is no reason you should try this on your own. Electrical wiring, if done poorly, can cause significant damage to your home and life. You could electrocute yourself, cause a fire by wiring things incorrectly, or seriously damage your home or put your family at risk. It’s not worth it. - Roof Repairs: This might sound relatively easy compared to moving plumbing or handling electrical work, but roof repairs are dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing. Not only could you fall and end up seriously hurt without the proper equipment and knowledge, you might not do the job correctly and cause serious damage to your home in the meantime. The good news about remodeling your home is you can do so much of it on your own. You might not even need as much work as you think, which

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BACKYARD GARDEN Raised Beds Whether you consider yourself a gardener or not, raised beds can help you succeed in having a plentiful harvest. Here are just some of the advantages that gardening in raised beds offers:

Functional & beautiful BY PATTY HUTCHENS

A higher quality of soil – A raised bed, as opposed to supplementing the soil in your yard, allows you the ability to plant your vegetables with the perfect soil blend, something that will go far to achieving a plentiful harvest. Less weed growth – Raised beds are typically planted more densely than those that are planted in the ground. This means there is less room for weeds to grow, and if they do find the space, they are easier to pull from soil in raised beds. More growth in less space – Whether you use succession planting or vertical supports, you are able to plant more food in a small space, resulting in an abundance of fresh vegetables. Edible Landscapes Do you consider yourself more practical than creative? This is an opportunity for you to be both! Edible landscape techniques allow the integration of your plants into a decorative setting. Whether you plant herbs, seeds or berries, the result is not only beautiful but useful as well. A popular practice is utilizing onion and garlic chives as a perennial edging or border plant in an herb garden. Chives are part of the lily family and are grown in large part for their leaves and flowers. And the best part is they keep coming back year after year! When choosing a spot for the chives, keep in mind that they do best in full sun. When

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planting chives, start in early spring using soil that has much compost or a slowrelease fertilizer. For best results, plant them 8 to 12 inches apart and use rich, well-drained soil. If you choose to grow your chives near peppers, there is the benefit of deterring insects. It is also said that it can improve the flavor and yields of nearby plants. Planter Walls Creating a vertical garden offers an opportunity to add color and vibrancy to your yard. All you need to start is a blank wall or a bare fence. Plant edibles, annuals and even perennials for a burst of color. If you don’t have a place to create your planter wall, a wood palette makes a perfect starting point to construct one, and you can gain inspiration simply by logging onto Pinterest. Or if you simply want to order one, there are “living walls� that can be custom made. A couple starting points include LivingGreenPlanters.com or your local garden store. You can even make your wall portable by placing a planter box on wheels and attach vertical lattice to provide a place for plants. This is a great option if you want to use your wall as a privacy barrier or move it around to optimize sun exposure. Whatever you choose, take the opportunity to be creative!

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Randall J. Hodges Old-School Photographer BY MARGUERITE CLEVELAND PHOTOS BY RANDALL J. HODGES

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n the age of digital photography where any image can be manipulated in Photoshop or jazzed up with an Instagram filter, Randall J. Hodges stands apart as an old-school photographer. He uses a style referred to as “All in Camera.”

“I do all the work right in the camera without the use of Photoshop, Lightroom or any other post processing programs. This means I set up the color palette of my digital camera to mimic the old films I used to shoot with Kodak Ektachrome, Kodachrome and Elite Chrome films. What this means is, the image you see in my gallery, on social media or in calendars and magazines is exactly the same as what you would have seen in the back of my camera if you had been standing next to me when I shot it,” said Hodges. He takes great pride in the fact that his work is all his skill and technique and not the result of computer manipulation. “Walks Far” is his tagline, and it fits Hodges, who on New Year’s Eve 2015 hit 24,901 miles hiked, which is the equivalent of walking around the circumference of the earth. “Hiking is what got me into photography. I have always considered myself to be a hiking photographer. When I first started out I just carried a point-and-shoot film camera and would snap photos of the locations I hiked to. I would often backpack deep into the wilderness for many days, and then bring home my photos to show everyone. I found myself always explaining how much better the views were than my pictures could convey, so I decided to change that. I bought a real camera and learned how to use it, and soon I did not have to explain how amazing the places I visited were; my images could now do that on their own. When people started telling me they looked like postcards and I should do something with that, I decided to become a professional landscape photographer, and as they say, ‘the rest is history,’” he said. Hodges is just starting his 18th year as a full-time photographer, and he continues to hike between 1,000 and 1,300 miles a year. “I really love to hike,” he said.

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Hodges is a well-known regional photographer, and his work has been published in National Geographic, Outdoor Photography magazine, Nature Photographer Magazine, Photo Professional Magazine, Popular Photography, Seattle Met Magazine and many more. His work has been published more than 4,500 times. He recently fulfilled a long-term dream when he published a 208-page, full-color, coffeetable book, “Images of the West, Hiking Photographer’s Adventures in the Western United States and Canada.” Renowned photographer and conservationist Art Wolf wrote the foreword to the book. “I dedicated it to my hiking partner and gallery greeter, Shyla the dog and super hiker, who has hiked about 7,200 miles herself in her 13 years as a professional hiking dog. It covers all my favorite areas of the West with my inspirations for each region and some light photography tips techniques woven in. The book has received rave reviews, and I am very proud of it. This is the first book I have ever published that is all my work, but I have been published over 4,500 times worldwide in books, magazines, calendars, greeting cards, postcards and so much more. I always enjoy being published, but having my own book out is a real dream come true,” Hodges said. Hodges’ dog Shyla is a German shepherd mix and a loyal hiking companion. “We have never known what the mix is, so I have always said she is shepherd plus awesome,” he said. Shyla has hiked over 7,200 miles with Hodges carrying her own food, water and bedroll during many backpacking adventures. “At the age of 11, I retired her from that duty and now carry the load for her. At the age of 13, she can still put in an 8- to 10-mile day.” Hodges is very popular in the local area for his photography lessons, which are conducted out in the field. Many of his classes for 2018 are already sold out, especially his Tulip seminars. “My students can expect to learn everything needed to shoot like I do, right in the camera. I will help them get their camera set up correctly, teach them the “old school” techniques, and work with them on composition and light. Many of my students have told me they have learned more from me in four hours than they have learned in their entire life. I get a lot of repeat students. Many, who started with a local

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HODGES IS JUST STARTING HIS 18TH YEAR AS A FULL-TIME PHOTOGRAPHER, AND HE CONTINUES TO HIKE BETWEEN 1,000 AND 1,300 MILES A YEAR. “I REALLY LOVE TO HIKE,” HE SAID.

class, got their camera set up and learned how to use them, figured what kind of teacher I am, then come out for one of my bigger adventures. I have some students who have taken over 25 classes with me. Not only am I your teacher on my longer adventures, but I am also your tour guide, and I put you in the right place at the right time over and over again! We have so much fun out in the field,” he shared. Starting out as a photographer you have to pay your dues to build a following. Hodges spent 14 years on the Northwest Art Circuit doing 26 shows a year. A huge dream was to one day open a photography gallery. “I finally realized that dream when I opened the Randall J. Hodges Photography Gallery at 317 Main Street in beautiful Downtown Edmonds. We have now been opened for four years, and I absolutely love having and running the gallery. I have just signed a lease in Cannon Beach, Oregon, and am very excited to open my Second Gallery, Images of the West, the Randall J. Hodges photography Gallery,” he said. Hodges gallery in Cannon Beach is tentatively scheduled to open in March 2018. With his experience as a hiking photographer, Hodges has plenty of favorite places in the Pacific Northwest for photography and hiking. He breaks them up by the seasons. “My favorite areas in the Pacific

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Northwest can be divvied up into time of year. In the winter I love to shoot the Oregon and Washington beaches. In the early spring it’s tulips, tulips, tulips! Mid to late spring it’s forest trails, creeks and waterfalls, and the spring greens are alive and the water is flowing high. In the summer, the only place you will find me is up high in the alpine wilderness of the mountains searching for wildflowers and lakes. My favorite areas for fall color are the east side of the cascades and the Columbia River gorge. Some of my very favorite hikes are Shi-Shi Beach in Olympic National Park, The Wonderland Trail around Mt Rainier, The Enchantments in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, and Park Butte, Skyline Divide, Sahale Arm and Yellow Aster Butte in the North Cascades,” he said. Hodges’ gallery in Downtown Edmonds is open daily. To find more information on his artwork and to learn more about his photography classes, visit RandallJHodges.com.


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Corned Beef and Cabbage By Chef Troy Louis Chandler

Serves 4

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5 lbs. beef brisket (not corned) 2 quarts water 1 cup kosher salt 1/2 cup brown sugar 2 tbsp. saltpeter or curing salt 1 Mexican cinnamon stick, crushed (Mexican is flakier and stronger) 1 tbsp. onion powder 1 tsp. celery seed 1 tsp. mustard seeds 1 tsp. black peppercorns 8 whole cloves 8 whole allspice berries 12 whole juniper berries 2 bay leaves, crumbled 1/2 tsp. ground ginger

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Place the corned beef in your chosen weapon and add wine, black pepper, allspice, bay leaves and salt and fill to the shoulder of the beef with water. Follow the below cooking times. Thirty minutes before the oven and stove top methods are done, add your veggies and finish. One hour before the crock pot method is done, add your veggies and finish. When your Insta-pot timer is up, release steam, quickly add veggies and set timer for 5 more minutes. Serve with bread and whole-grain mustard like Inglehoffer.

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Place all of the ingredients in a large stock pot except the beef. Leave the beef on the counter to watch you perform your culinary magic. Bring all of this to medium-high heat for 10 minutes. Turn off and let cool. I throw a couple pounds of ice in because I’m impatient. It can still be warm just not hot. Dunk your little meat baby into the pool or use a Ziploc-type bag or plastic container. Place in the refrigerator or outside if it’s between 30°F and 40°F out. (no more than 41°F) and let your baby brisket relax for 10 days checking that it is submerged from time to time. You can weight it down or flip it. See you in 10 days!


MAX At Mirabeau By Jillian Chandler

The Valley’s Award Winning Eats Chef de Cuisine Michael Durbin and Executive Chef/Food and Beverage Director Shawn Matlock are serving up eclectic cuisine at MAX, located in Mirabeau Park Hotel in Spokane Valley. Shawn joined the MAX team in June 2015, having an extensive background in culinary management. Michael was hired at the restaurant in July 2017, bringing his widespread background in menu creation and plating design to the table. Both bring an overabundance of commitment to create only the best product to serve each and every single guest while developing the team from within. The MAX menu—five of them to be exact—offers eclectic cuisine, dishing out more than 100 menu items to choose from 20 hours a day. The team is constantly exploring new flavors and experimenting with new dishes and ingredients, along with perfecting existing menu items.

Take a seat and dine at MAX and see what chefs Michael and Shawn are up to in the kitchen.

The food is complemented by a warm and inviting atmosphere; an exciting place to relax and enjoy a good time, no matter what the occasion. The entire staff is committed to surpass guest expectations and creating a food experience that makes guests want to return again.

MAX at Mirabeau Park Hotel 1100 N. Sullivan Rd. 509.922.6252 MAXatMirabeau.com

THE PORCH PUBLIC HOUSE A beautiful golf-course view without the cost of joining the country club. They offer a full menu of sandwiches, salads, soups and specialties prepared from scratch without the high price of fine dining, and the region’s finest cocktails, microbrews and wines to accompany your meal. Feel at home in the comfortable pub-style dining room or the fantastic outdoor dining area. Open daily at 11am year round. Photo by Lauren Denos, Adventure Bound Media.

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MOON TIME Serving some of the best food around in a comfortable pub-style atmosphere. The menu offers soups, sandwiches, pastas, salads and other specialties prepared from scratch daily, along with a fantastic selection of micro-brewed beers and fine wines by the glass and bottle. Open daily at 11am, the kitchen is open late every night. Be sure to stop in Thursday night for live music featuring national and local artists. For more information including photos, menu, specials and directions, make sure to visit their website. Photo by Lauren Denos, Adventure Bound Media.

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MAX AT MIRABEAU Find eclectic cuisine, an award-winning menu, prime steaks, chops, seafood, salads, burgers and more than 100 other menu items at MAX, along with a wine list boasting more than 500 labels and 75 eclectic cocktails - a perfect match for everything on the menu. Enjoy two happy hours daily, an award-winning a la carte brunch featuring multiple benedicts, mimosas and the areas best bloody mary bar – starting at only $5 per person. Make your own at MAX! They offer live, rockin’ blues music on the weekends, private dining rooms, courtyard dining and more! Late night dining with a full menu is offered until close. Open daily at 6am. Photo by Lauren Denos, Adventure Bound Media.

1100 N. Sullivan Rd. | Spokane Valley 509.922.6252 | MAXatMirabeau.com


SWEET LOU’S RESTAURANT AND TAP HOUSE 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 TVs.

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CALYPSOS COFFEE 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!

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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 and chips, smoked fish, fresh sushi bar and fresh fish market with live shell fish and lobster.

Open 7 Nights a Week

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NATE’S NEW YORK PIZZA 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 an 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.

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FORTY-ONE SOUTH 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, Forty-One 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.

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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.

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MOONDOLLARS BISTRO Moondollars Bistro is known for their burgers, accompanied by scratch-made bread and soups. They uses only fresh ingredients, which are the backbone of this customer favorite. With a comfortable, friendly atmosphere, awesome food, great service, huge patio and full bar there is always something to keep customers coming back for more.

609 N. Syringa St. | Post Falls | 208.777.7040 5416 W. Village Blvd. | Rathdrum 208.687.5396 | MoondollarsBistro.com We serve our own freshly roasted specialty coffee.

“There is no substitution for quality. Our food is organic and 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 and 10 Bottles of Wine. Open 7 days a week from 4-10pm.

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TIM’S SPECIAL CUT MEATS Tim’s Special Cut Meats is your perfect, old-fashioned butcher shop. The friendly staff is ready to help you pick out the perfect cut. Tim’s carries only the finest natural meats and also handles custom orders, with an extensive line of house-made products from pickled garlic to specialty sauces, marinades, rubs and salsas. Mobile butchering and wild game processing are also available.

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Don’t Forget to Wear Your Green Coeur d’Alene’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade By Colin Anderson

The day in which we are all just a little bit Irish is right around the corner, and Downtown Coeur d’Alene will be celebrating once again. The annual St. Patrick’s Day parade, presented by Idaho Central Credit Union, has become a community favorite, a fun way to break up the often dreary weather this time of year. You can join up with your friends and neighbors for an evening of celebration on Saturday, March 17. The theme for this year is Irish Hearts Around the World. Participants will begin lining up around 3pm with the official start time slated for 4pm. The route begins at Eighth Street and Sherman Avenue, traveling down Sherman until First Street. A variety of local groups and businesses will be taking part, and you can expect the parade to last around 45 minutes. After the parade, downtown coffee shops, restaurants and bars will all be ready to welcome in the crowds, many featuring special menus and drinks to help keep the festive atmosphere alive. There is also a family friendly Irish celebration put on by the Coeur d’Alene Rotary and hosted by the Coeur d’Alene Resort. Funds raised at the Coeur d’Irish event will go in support of the Rotary’s service clubs and projects in the area. The event begins at 5:30pm and features authentic Irish dishes like corned beef and cabbage, Irish stew and soda bread. There will be Irish dancers and live bagpipe music, and The Rub will keep the live music going throughout the event. Irish whiskies and green beer is also available to those who are of age. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased at CoeurdAleneRotary.org.

HIGHLIGHT EVENT Take part in the parade, find your post-parade festivity and enjoy a fun celebration all evening long.

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Relax in a beautiful setting with home-cooked meals, spa time, professional massage therapists … they’ll even do the dishes for you! Refresh your spirit by zooming down the zipline, hike by the lake or simply laugh with friends. Enjoy speaker-led devotions, meaningful worship, a prayer room and fellowship with other women. Lutherhaven.com

The Children’s Village’s 28th Annual Spring Benefit dinner and auction takes place 4:30 to 9pm, at the Coeur d’Alene Casino. Join them for a special evening to include dinner, a live and silent auction, games and raffles. They need the community’s help to make a difference in the lives of children in crisis. Tickets can be purchased on EventBrite.com

Held at Lake City High School 9am to noon, the Leprechaun Scurry is a full 5K this year with timed, age group awards, raffles, expo, prizes and more! All proceeds benefit the Lake City High School Cross Country Team. Share with your friends and start training!!! Call Lake City High School at 208.769.0769 for details.

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Matt’s Place Foundation 3rd Annual Pub Crawl This year’s event will be bigger than ever and will take place 3 to 9pm at The Resort Plaza Shops. Bring your friends, family and coworkers to this fun event. There will be prizes, raffle items, auction items and live music. All proceeds will benefit families in our area battling ALS. Tickets can be purchased at EventBrite.com

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Winter Choral Concert at NIC Tuesday, March 13, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, the Cardinal Chorale and Chamber Singers will be performing at NIC’s Boswell Hall Schuler Performing Arts Center. This family friendly event is free and open to the community. For more information, call 208.769.3276 or visit NIC.edu/events.

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Wear your green and head downtown with family and friends for the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade beginning at 4pm on Sherman Avenue. Presented by Idaho Central Credit Union, this family friendly event is free to the public and is truly an event you won’t want to miss! CdADowntown.com

Join the Human Rights Education Institute for their Adult Book Club 5:15 to 7pm on Wednesday, March 21. This month’s meeting will discuss the book “Hillbilly Elegy: Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis” by JD Vance. For more information, call 208.292.2359. HREI.org

Blues Festival Hosted at The Coeur d’Alene Resort, this year’s festival will feature the best talent in local, regional and national blues artists. The invitation is open to all for a soul-swingin’ weekend celebrating the best of modern blues, featuring many of the most popular blues bands on the planet. For tickets, call 855.379.5478. Visit CdAResort.com to view this year’s music lineup.

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This year’s event will feature more than 100 health and wellness booths with free raffles and giveaways from 4 to 7:30pm at the Coeur d’Alene Resort! From fitness experts, local personal trainers, chiropractors, natural product vendors, skin and beauty, acupuncture providers, healthy food vendors and so much more! Admission is always free. Call 855.379.5478 to find out more.

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This Friday night and Saturday shopping extravaganza at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds promises shoppers some of the most unique vintage items under the Idaho sky. Friday night is early bird shopping (6 to 9pm) followed by Saturday’s general public admission (10am to 4pm). Tickets are $10 for both days, $5 for Saturday, and can be purchased online at RebelJunk.com or at the door. Kids under 12 get in free.

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Parents, businesses and the community will come together to embrace the creativity and distinction of a special little school! Held at the Coeur d’Alene Resort, this year’s theme is “The Wizard of Oz,” so while you mingle, enjoy a feast, libations and live music, you’re also paving a path to success for kids–their very own Yellow Brick Roads. Purchase tickets at SMPTO.org.

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Join Kootenai Health Careers and Kootenai Health 10am to 2pm on the main Kootenai Health Campus for their on-site job fair. Talk with recruiters about current and upcoming opportunities, meet hiring managers, review your resume and cover letter for tips and tricks, and enjoy some light refreshments while learning about options for your future at Kootenai Health! To view current openings, visit KH.org.

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March 2018 Coeur d' Alene Living Local  

March 2018 Coeur d' Alene Living Local

March 2018 Coeur d' Alene Living Local  

March 2018 Coeur d' Alene Living Local