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A TIME OF RENEWAL AND HOPE IT HAS CERTAINLY BEEN AN UNUSUAL WINTER IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST. With record snowfalls on the coast and with what seemed to be a mild winter in the Inland Northwest had us fooled when February saw continuous snowfall blanketing our mountains and valleys. I hope you took time out of the hours of shoveling to sit back and enjoy the beauty of it all and get out and recreate in the winter wonderland with which God has blessed us. How lucky we are to live in such a beautiful place! With all this snow, it is hard to believe that this month will mark the official start to spring.


In this issue, you will find some great tips for growing your own vegetable garden and making the most of your outdoor living space through hiring a landscape architect. And as you begin your spring cleaning, you may be inspired to make some changes to your home, in which case you will find our article on hiring a contractor to be extremely helpful.

This month also marks the beginning of the Lenten season. While thoughts typically turn to "things to give up" during this sacred time, I like to think of it differently. While making sacrifices can be a type of cleansing for oneself, they typically only benefit that specific person. On the other hand, doing random acts of kindness is something that makes us feel good and also benefits another, bestowing a blessing on others. Either way, may you feel blessed in whatever way you choose to observe the Lenten season and Easter. Yes, spring is a time of hope and renewal, but don't be so quick to wish this winter away just yet. There is plenty to enjoy during the winter months, and the kids may just be looking forward to a few more snow days to make some wonderful childhood memories!

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nternational Women’s Day will be observed on March 8. Around the world, special events will celebrate the cultural, social, political and economic achievements of women. However, this last area—economic progress—is one that still causes concern, and rightfully so, because women still face gender-related challenges. How can you deal with them? To begin with, you need to recognize the nature of these challenges. While many factors are actually responsible for women facing more economic pressure than men, two stand out in particular: • Gender wage gap - It’s still around, despite some progress toward equality. The U.S. Census Bureau has found that full-time, yearround working women earn about 80 percent of what their male counterparts earn. Other studies show a slightly smaller gap. • Caregiving responsibilities - Women typically take more time away from the workforce than men, both to raise children and then, later in life, to take care of aging parents. These absences can result in lost wages, lower Social Security benefits and fewer contributions to 401(k) and similar retirement plans. So, given these realities, what can you do to improve your own financial outlook? Here are a few suggestions: • Increase your contributions to your retirement plan. Every time your salary goes up, increase the amount you contribute to your 401(k) or similar retirement plan. At a minimum, put in enough to earn your employer’s match, if one is offered. These plans offer potential tax-deferred earnings, and since your contributions are typically made with pre-tax dollars, the more you put in, the lower your taxable income. • Invest for growth. Some studies show that men may invest more aggressively than women—though not necessarily more successfully. However, while you do need to invest wisely, you can’t ignore the need for growth. Consequently, you should consider including a reasonable percentage of growthoriented investments in your retirement and other investment accounts, with the precise amount depending on your individual goals,


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Four ways female founders turbocharge their businesses (BPT) - WOMEN ARE STARTING BUSINESSES AT A RECORD PACE— motivated to pursue passions, financial independence and the flexibility that eludes most traditional jobs. In the U.S. alone, women entrepreneurs generate $1.1 million in revenue on average across retail, professional and personal service businesses that have operated for 11 years. This stat comes from Visa’s new State of Female Entrepreneurship report, which informed their recently announced program, She’s Next, Empowered by Visa, a global initiative to support and champion women in their efforts to grow their small businesses. That’s powerful stuff, highlighting the important role women entrepreneurs play in the prosperity and economic development of local communities. The typical entrepreneur is 42 years old and earns nearly $110,000 in household income a year, making a profound difference in building and supporting families in the community. Clearly, female founders are coming into their own. In fact, the Visa study found that 79 percent of American women entrepreneurs feel more empowered now than they did five years ago. Still, key challenges exist: 73 percent say funding does not come easily, and nearly two-thirds use their own funds to get started. Assembling a good team, finding the right tools and dealing with competitors are among the biggest challenges keeping women entrepreneurs up at night. For any entrepreneur, it can feel like there’s never enough time or resources to grow a business. To help other entrepreneurs and

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Heritage Health provides hope, inspires change and extends the lives of patients Article provided by Heritage Health


ance Yarwood defies medical science.

The former commercial pilot has survived eight strokes and a handful of mini-strokes. The 56-year-old man’s speech is fine, but his short-term memory is fuzzy. He walks without a cane, but his right arm is weak.

deserves from life thanks to counseling. Most importantly, he no longer has suicidal thoughts.

“I am permanently disabled now,” said Yarwood, who lives in Post Falls. “It’s a miracle I am alive and that I can walk.”

Jenn Romero, director of Restored Paths, said her team provides hope and deals with breaking the cycles of addiction through an array of services. Recently, Romero relays the story of a 33-year-old North Idaho woman who felt she was on the road to jail, a mental health institution or death due to 20 years of substance abuse. Today, this woman is sober and excited about the future.

He takes a multitude of medications for high blood pressure, diabetes and stroke prevention. Yarwood credits Heritage Health for keeping him alive after his 2017 stroke that nearly killed him.

Providing high-quality, affordable health care from the heart is our passion. Heritage Health served nearly 30,000 patients last year in Kootenai, Shoshone and Benewah counties.

“Under the watchful eye of Dr. Cameron and my clinical pharmacist Jolie Jantz, I haven’t had a re-occurrence,” said Yarwood. “They done good for me, and I am grateful.”

“Heritage Health exists for the sole purpose of delivering a health-care experience that provides hope, inspires change and extends the lives for our patients and our community,” said CEO Mike Baker. “Our amazing care teams deliver world-class health care utilizing a patient-directed, community-focused approach.”

His success story is one of many Heritage Health’s patients regularly share. Heritage Health is North Idaho’s premier provider of integrated medical, dental and behavioral health services. Below are a couple additional examples: Jodi Smith, the clinical director of Family Support Services, said one of Heritage Health’s clients was chronically suicidal following a divorce. Today, he has radically different beliefs about who he is and what he

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Coeur d’Alene High Student continues awareness campaign BY COLIN ANDERSON

He’s met and shared stories with sports legends, been featured on local TV and in print articles, and given presentations to congress and the governor of Idaho.


arson Magee has accomplished a lot. When we last checked in with him five years ago, he was inventing new technologies and watching a design of his whiz by on a formula one racing car. He’s met and shared stories with sports legends, been featured on local TV and print articles, and given presentations to congress and the governor of Idaho. Carson was diagnosed with Type I diabetes at 7 years old. Now 16 and a sophomore at Coeur d’Alene High School, Carson continues to use his platform to bring awareness about the disease and raise funds to ultimately find a cure. “A lot of people really don’t know the difference between Type I and Type II diabetes,” he said. “When I tell people at school, sometimes they say to me, ‘Well, you don’t look fat, how do you have diabetes?’” Questions like these drive Carson to get the word out about his condition. The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) defines Type I diabetes as “an autoimmune disease that occurs when a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, the hormone that controls blood-sugar levels. T1D develops when the insulin-producing pancreatic beta cells are mistakenly


destroyed by the body’s immune system.” Unlike Type II diabetes, which is often brought on by lifestyle choices, there is nothing you can do to prevent Type I diabetes—and there is currently no cure. More than 1 million Americans are currently living with Type I diabetes. Carson teams up with JDRF on many projects and fundraisers throughout the year, as the organization is dedicated to providing support for youth living with Type I and also handling research in the ways of finding a cure. When he was just 11, Carson traveled to Washington, DC, as part of the Children’s Congress to lobby for a bill that would provide $150 million annually in research funding. He spoke directly to Idaho’s delegation, who all voted to approve the bill. While that delegation can change from year to year, Carson continues to meet with senators and congressmen during follow-up Promise Meetings to make sure the annual funding continues. “We create fliers and fact sheets, and my friends and I will sit down with them at the local office and tell them


When he was just 11, Carson traveled to Washington, DC, as part of the Children’s Congress to lobby for a bill that would provide $150 million annually in research funding. He spoke directly to Idaho’s delegation, who all voted to approve the bill.

our story,” said Carson. “Sometimes when we come back, the poster will still be hanging up in the office, which is pretty cool.” Carson also helps lead an advocacy club of roughly 25 kids and teens from North Idaho and Eastern Washington who all have Type I diabetes. Some of the attendees are the same age Carson was when he received his diagnosis, and he feels rewarded when sharing his stories with a younger audience. “I show them that there is hope and tell them what I’ve done. After, a lot of them want to help out with raising awareness however they can.”

“I caught his attention with the unicycle, basically asked him for a day and he said ‘Great!’ He put me in touch with his communication manager and it just snowballed from there,” said Carson. While the day varies, each year Carson travels to Boise to be part of the ceremonies. A proclamation is read by the governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state or another prominent official, and networking and awareness takes place all day. New governor Brad Little continues to honor the day and give Carson yet another chance to speak with decision makers, share his story and spread awareness.

The JDRF research funding is already changing thousands of lives across the country. When Carson was diagnosed, he was initially having his blood checked every couple of hours day and night. He would have himself or his mother inject him with insulin shots usually eight to 10 times each day. Never getting a full night’s rest and being constantly poked is a nightmare for anyone but especially so for a developing child. Things are better today, however, thanks to research Carson helped fund. He now wears an insulin pump from a company called T-Slim. The tube is connected to his bloodstream and, when he needs a dose of insulin, he simply presses a button and it is delivered pain free.

Unfortunately this year, due to severe winter weather, Carson was unable to attend the ceremony in Boise last month. He made the commute as far as Tri Cities, but the interstate was closed. As he wrote on his blog, “We headed home disappointed but will reschedule in the late spring or summer when we get to partner with JDRF Mountain Valley Chapter!”

“I don’t feel much of anything when I dose now, just one poke about every three days when I have to change it out,” he said.

“Just letting people know I didn’t do anything to get Type I, and we can do anything everyone else can do.”

One of Carson’s biggest achievements is the creation of Diabetes Awareness Day across the state of Idaho. He was riding his unicycle (another incredible accomplishment) around Coeur d’Alene when he noticed Governor Butch Otter in the crowd. He decided to go up to him and share his story.

His positive outlook is contagious, but the pump at his hip is a daily reminder that he is not cured—something he hopes will happen in his lifetime. “I still have it,” Carson said. “It’s a constant reminder that there’s still research to be done.”

Carson maintains a typical teenage schedule: friends and after-school activities, playing bass in his youth group and making tentative plans for after graduation. It’s this normal life he wants to showcase to those living with Type I and those who might be misinformed.

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ou never know when the snow will actually stop falling in this part of the country, but for skiers and riders, sadly, the season must eventually come to an end. While there should still be plenty of great days here in March, it’s never too early to start planning the inevitable meltdown. Diehards are prepping their spring-condition skis and boards—the ones you don’t mind getting dinged by a suddenly exposed rock or fallen tree limb. While conditions might tend to deteriorate, that doesn’t mean there won’t be plenty of fun to be had. All of our area mountains enjoy celebrating another successful season by throwing family friendly end-of-the-season bashes. Costumes, contests, food and drink are all present, and

those who attend will find the last few days are more about camaraderie amongst fellow outdoor enthusiasts than searching for those last few secret stashes of powder on the mountain. Any day now, it might start looking like spring, but don’t forget there is still snow to be found and plenty of fun to be had on the mountain. Silver Mountain Kellogg, Idaho March 30 - Spring Carnival Kick off your spring break with a toboggan relay, pond skim, barbecue and outdoor party! Enjoy outdoor music and a barbecue starting at 11am on the Mountain House patio.


The Toboggan Relay is free to enter and will be held in front of the Mountain House. Teams of four race head to head in single-elimination rounds with one person towing another person in the toboggan to the hand-off point, where both people change out with the other half of their team. The team that crosses the finish line first wins a $100 gift card. Costumes are highly encouraged. The Pond Skim is free to enter and is held right next to the Mountain House, at the top of the bunny hill. There is a $50 gift card prize for the best male costume and best female costume, and $100 gift card for best crossing. Competitors have 45 minutes to put in their best crossing. Don’t forget your helmet.




April 20 - Leadman Triathlon The Annual Leadman at Silver Mountain Resort is an exciting individual or team competition for those who prefer a rowdy adventure course and might be a bit softer than the traditional Ironman athlete! The race begins at Kellogg Peak on Silver Mountain when the gun is fired! Competitors run about 200 feet to click into their gear for an approximate 1 mile ski/board to the mountain bike transition point. At that stage, competitors find their riding gear and mountain bikes and brave a mostly downhill dirt course to the city of Kellogg where the run initiates. After the 7to 11-mile bike ride, the runners take off for a

4- to 5-mile run to the finish line at Gondola Village at Silver Mountain Resort. The fastest times are under 50 minutes, and the last racers cross the finish line in about two hours. Onehundred percent of the net event proceeds benefit community projects sponsored by the Kellogg Rotary Club. Schweitzer Mountain Sandpoint, Idaho April 6 & 7 - Schpring Fling With the biggest village around, you’ll always find something going on at Schweitzer— including their awesome end-of-the-year party. Details are still being finalized, but


expect the Pond Skimming event to be back as well as the Cardboard Box Derby. Live music will be going on, and The Big LeBREWski beer fest will feature unique brews to sip on for those 21 and up. Lookout Pass Idaho/Montana Border April 14 - Hawaiian Luau Parrot heads will love the constant Jimmy Buffett background music at the lodge in this family friendly party. Bartenders will even have an outdoor Snow Bar serving classics and island cocktails. Kids always have a great time at the Coco Nut Bowling Contest, which

gets going at 2pm. The height of fun and entertainment is undoubtedly the Cardboard Box Derby. Couples, individuals and families parade down the hill in their own homemade cardboard box car. If you want to participate, sign up in advance. Remember, only cardboard and duct tape can be used in construction. Prizes will be handed out in several categories.

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In an always competitive yet fun event, 50 Easter eggs will be placed around the mountain. Most will have candy in them while some will have a special announcement indicating you won an additional prize, which you can then claim at 3pm on the back deck. One lucky winner will get a season pass provided that egg is indeed found. Other winners will get lift ticket vouchers for next winter or a Trail Pass for the Hiawatha for this summer. Others could win a T-Shirt or other fun prizes.

The final week of March you’ll find the lodge at Mount Spokane decorated up like an island paradise. The culmination of the week is the annual pond skimming competition on Saturday, March 30. Enjoy food and drink specials, as well as costume contests, live music and prizes. Pull up a seat and watch as brave skiers and riders try not to get soaked. Additional details can be found at

April 21 - Pond Skimming Competition Come and attempt to skip, surf and glide across the chilly pond. Icy Dips await those who do not possess the skill to navigate the water to safety. Bring a towel and change of clothes just in case! Beach music will be blasting all day, and everyone on the mountain is encouraged to put on their best island wear. Those with a Hawaiian shirt get a free lei or party beads. Mt. Spokane Mead, Washington

49° North Chewelah, Washington March 23 - Hawaiian Dayz Another beach-themed party will be held on Saturday, March 23, at 49° North. A special barbecue menu will be available, and you can watch or participate in the annual Slush Cup events. Costume contests, season pass specials and prize raffles are up for grabs as well, so dress the part! March 30 - Oyster Feed

March 24 – Free Ski Day As the season winds down at Mount Spokane, the mountain is teaming up with KREM 2’s Tom Sherry for a ski-for-free day benefiting the Mead Food Bank. All you have to do is bring eight cans of food to the ticket window,

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I’m ready for whatever happens next.” Devin plans to attend University of Idaho in the fall unless there is an opportunity to wrestle for a college team at another school. “After college I would like to be an architect. My dad is a general contractor, and I have grown up around construction sites and constantly fixing up houses. I really enjoy working with my dad and learning from him,” said Devin. Devin said he enjoys wrestling because it is a sport that anyone can do—no matter how tall, short or big you are. “What sets people apart is hard work and determination. I also love the rush that you get before a match. It’s exciting. In addition to that, I love competing and traveling with my team. They have become family to me,” he said. Going forward, Devin will take the things he has learned from wrestling and apply them to his everyday life: “You should always set high goals for yourself, live a healthy lifestyle and surround yourself with positive people.”

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oeur d’Alene High School senior Hailey Ocapan has been a cheerleader for the past four years and serves as one of the team’s captains this year. She said what she loves most about cheerleading is the camaraderie and closeness she has with her teammates and coaches. “The team and coaches have become family to me,” said Hailey. “We are all connected in some way, and the closer we are the better we perform. I am truly thankful for the team and coaches I have been involved with for my four years of cheer.” In addition to her devotion to cheerleading, Hailey is also a dedicated student. She has been on the honor roll all four years of high school and was recently awarded the Panhandle Kiwanis Club Student of the Month for January. And although she would love to continue to cheer at the collegiate level, Hailey is choosing to focus on academics.


“I intend on majoring in political science and hope to take that major and attend law school,” said Hailey, who will attend the University of Idaho in the fall. “I have been interested in the law field because I think that it’s important to stand up for others and speak your voice.” Hailey has learned a great deal from being involved in cheerleading. She shares that the biggest challenge she faced throughout her four years was finding her confidence. “When I first started cheer, I was shy and timid. As the year went on, I was able to improve my skill and develop confidence because of the support from my team and coaches.” It was the lesson she learned from her coach, Lisa Walker, that Hailey intends to carry with her as she continues her life journey. “The key to feeling accomplished is believing in yourself,” said Hailey.

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he final straw was a very large branch.

And when it fell on her son’s car, Sharalee Armitage Howard knew the centenarian tree in front of their Coeur d’Alene house had to go. “He had literally just won the Hayden’s Got Talent competition,” Howard said of her juggling, harmonica-playing son, “and within a half hour a branch fell on his car.” She and her husband had long figured they needed to remove the tree, but the most recent crash accelerated those plans. It was a daunting task: A few companies declined, telling them it was beyond their professional scope to remove it. Finally a company agreed to take it down, but Howard had a thought: Why not make it into a Little Free Library? That’s what they did, and the library she and her family created out of the base of the tree became an Internet sensation when it was discovered earlier this winter, with mentions on various local and national media,

including Oprah’s website and, and lengthy threads on Reddit and Facebook, where her original December 10 posting is up to 87,000 “likes,” another 13,000 comments and more than 103,000 shares. So yes, this project is her most noticeable yet. A little unexpectedly. “I’m really surprised by attention,” she said. “I am always making cool things, so I’m always posting pictures of what I have created. It’s normal to get 100 likes on something.” Not that Howard did this for attention. She works at the Coeur d’Alene Library, and a few years ago she started taking classes in Colorado to learn how to bind books “the way they were made 100 years ago,” she said, leather bound and as much an artform themselves as the stories they contain. For a school auction a few years ago she made a little library and even bid on it until she couldn’t afford to anymore.


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So when that cottonwood needed to go, her artistic bent took over, and she planned out how she might go about preserving a part of it. The result is like something you would read about in a story. On a street lined with trees of all ages, this one is now just 10 feet tall and about 4 feet across. Instead of a canopy of branches it is capped with a pointed roof, which is now insulated by a few inches of February snow. There is a light just below the roofline that, even on an overcast morning, was lit. The roof ’s trim is painted green to match the fence and the house behind it. Cut into the rugged bark is a bookcase with a blue door, hobbit-sized but rectangular and inlaid with glass. The door’s hardware is ornate, and a swinging, rotating latch holds it shut. Thirteen tiny wooden books line the smaller trim above the door. Each has a printed title, chosen by Howard, her husband and their four children. They range from older classics like “Moby Dick” and “Little Women” to modern titles like “Harry Potter” and “Percy Jackson.”

Inside the library, in which all three shelves are lit, are all manner of titles: “Dear John” by Nicholas Sparks, “The Silmarillion” by J.R.R. Tolkien and many children’s titles like “Garfield Listens to His Gut.” Those titles will rotate out as people ascend the stone steps—footprints in the snow attested that many had recently in addition to the dozens who came through before that—to take and trade books, which is entirely the point, of course. “There is really only so much room in a bookcase anyway, so when you finish it, what do you do with it?” she said. “This way you know it’s going to be free for the next person, and you’re giving them that thrill, like finding a treasure, a bit of unexpected goodness.” The library looks like it belongs and has been with the 110-year-old house for years, which, in effect, it has. Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization that intends to increase access to books and grow community connections. It lists more than 80,000 libraries on its website.


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There are a number of Little Free libraries in the area, including seven others in the 83814 zip code that are registered on the organization’s website, on which owners have shared a backstory. Another, for example, was inspired by a “rotted 100-plus-year-old basement window,” which is now the centerpiece of a library six blocks away from Howard’s. A different one, about a mile north, was built to match the house behind it, including an original pine cone rain chain. One owner has made a library as part of an entire makerspace where community members can experiment with and share tools and ideas. Many other owners write in their descriptions how much they love reading and how building these libraries has sparked new friendships with neighbors. It becomes, in effect, a way to build a social network through conversations initiated by the exchanging of books.

But still, this library has generated attention far beyond this block of A Street. “I think it’s a combination of factors,” Howard said of its popularity. “One, people like the commitment to preserve something, just like an old building. It’s harder, but it’s worthwhile, rather than tearing it down. And I think people just appreciate something for everybody else, for the neighborhood. And I think there are people who appreciate the magic of it, that it’s unexpected.” This isn’t the only project Howard has worked on. In the corner of her dining room is a dress she designed—and wore—made entirely out of old, unrepairable books. She donned with it a hat that has a caged bird on top of it, also made out of book parts. Those are just her more recent projects. She would also like to do more and more book binding. “It’s comforting to be able to see the mechanism in



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“So, creating a book from scratch, I like the antiquated form of it. There’s something very satisfying about creating something and understanding how it works.” There is still a bit more to do with the library, she said. Once spring comes, she would like to make it even more inviting by planting more vegetation around it, and there are spots where it needs more trim. She hasn’t ruled out building more little libraries someday, either. “It makes the world a fun place to live,” she said, “to have a surprise, to make life more interesting and fun.”



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erving the greater Coeur d’Alene and Spokane communities for more than four decades, Pool World opened its doors in 1976 by husband and wife Kerry and Lyla Henderson. Today, that commitment to service has been passed on to their son Mark Henderson.

area’s one-stop shop for the perfect backyard vacation. “Pool World loves being able to make someone’s vision become a reality. By providing a customer with their perfect backyard vacation, we’re able to provide them a place for many memories for many years, bringing friends and family closer,” says Haleigh Meacham, marketing director for Pool World.

The family owned local business has been—and continues to be— dedicated to superior quality products, services and personnel since day one. Formerly located on Sunset Avenue in Coeur d’Alene, they moved locations to Appleway (across from U-Haul) in 2018, holding their grand opening last August. Pool World offers a total of four showroom locations including Spokane Valley, North Spokane and Central Spokane.

Pool World prides itself on being more than a longstanding local family owned business—it is through their unwavering commitment to the community that they find true fulfillment.

“We are a growing company that is here for the long term,” affirms Mark. Providing the Inland Northwest with quality services, Pool World is the

“As a local company, we find it important to support our local community. We are active members of the community, supporting activities and charities with our Pool World Cares organization,” says Haleigh. Pool World Cares is a program in which Pool World sets aside $100 from each new hot tub sale, adding it to its Pool World Cares fund, with money


donated back into the community. Over the past six years, they have donated more than $10,000 to local charities in North Idaho. “As our business grows, we hope to give back more and more every year to our community,” says Haleigh. “We want to participate in our community and help as much as we can.” Everyone, at some point in their life, needs a little help, and she, Mark and the rest of the Pool World team see that. Whether it’s assisting to get meals delivered to the disabled, providing clothing and shelter to the homeless population—including animals—or helping families whose loved one is fighting a horrible disease, they are there to lend a hand. During the months of March and April, Pool World is raising money for Kootenai Humane Society (KHS) through its “Paws for Cause” program.

The community is invited to stop in at the store and donate money to KHS, and their name will be put on a paw which goes up on the wall. May through August, they hold a similar fundraiser, “Splash for Cystic Fibrosis,” with proceeds benefiting Providence Health Care Foundation’s Cystic Fibrosis Center. Those who donate can put their name on a water droplet, which will then be placed on the wall. In addition, each fall they have 2nd Harvest bins set up at their stores for food donations, with their employees participating as well. Come winter, you can find bins at each location to donate to Toys for Tots. “We believe that by supporting the people and local organizations here, we can help strengthen our community and give people the opportunity to thrive and be proud of the Coeur d’Alene neighborhood and surrounding areas,” adds Haleigh.



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North Idaho College was recently named one of 10 community colleges awarded a $100,000 Metallica Scholars Initiative grant funded by Metallica’s All Within My Hands Foundation (AWMH). “As NIC is the largest provider of career and technical education in North Idaho, we’re excited to leverage this generous grant to supply our community with a qualified workforce and help students along their career paths,” said NIC President Rick MacLennan. NIC’s grant will directly benefit students studying manufacturing-related subjects including welding, aerospace advanced manufacturing, machining, mechatronics, industrial mechanics and more, with funds being made available to students for 2019’s summer and fall terms. The programs provide skills and services to students who are looking to enter a traditional trade or

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By Kenny Markwardt, CSCS IT’S BEEN THREE MONTHS SINCE MY WIFE REARRANGED OUR KITCHEN (AGAIN). Plates, bowls, forks, knives, napkins, instruments, etc.—all in new homes. It’s like a bizarre Easter egg hunt every time I try and find something. So what? Just grab the stuff out of the new drawers and move on, right? I’m trying. Believe me. It’s not fun to make extra laps around the island while your food is doing its best to set itself on fire, especially when your 4-year-old comments on how amusing you look every time you reach in the placemat drawer when you’re actually just looking for a fork. “Daddy, that’s not where the forks are! You’re silly!”

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• For the last two years, at this point, I would walk over to the silverware drawer and grab a fork and knife; however, that is now where the placemats live. So that means I walk halfway across the kitchen to find that I’ve gone to the wrong drawer (again). I then curse my mistake and walk back to the new place where the silverware now lives. It’s literally been three months of this little routine, and I’m pretty excited if I can remember before I actually reach in the wrong drawer now. Did my loving mom drop me on my head a lot when I was a baby? She won’t answer me directly about this, so the jury is still out. But I don’t believe that has anything to do with this little conundrum of mine. It merely speaks to the power of habits, routine and how difficult it is to change, especially in times of lowered cognitive function (high stress, low sleep, fatigue, etc.). Think about your own life. How many things do you just do without thinking? Have you ever tried to change those things? Were you able to make those changes long term or was it more of a vacation from your normal habits until you went back to what you were used to? If you went back to being you after a period of time, you’d be quite normal. Change is hard. This is especially true when you don’t sleep or are stressed out. During these times, your brain has limited resources


to make actual decisions, so it just operates on autopilot. Studies have shown that you essentially have a set amount of capacity for decision-making. When the going gets tough, that capacity gets maxed out and you are forced to revert to old habits. So we’ve established that it’s difficult to reprogram your norms. Now what? Just don’t try? Nope, instead of giving up, just realize that it’s a process. Understand that you can’t just read a self-help book, do what it says tomorrow and be a new person. It takes time to rewire everything and lay the groundwork for your new habits. Instead, take the main points of where you want to be and celebrate every time you make a decision that goes against the routine you’re trying to reset. If you normally skip the gym when your day gets hectic, celebrate going to the gym on those kinds of days. You might not have your best training session ever, but you’re starting a new habit, not going for perfection. Over time, you’ll stop reaching into the wrong drawer. You’ll stop yourself halfway there and say, “Nope, that’s not what I want to do.” You’ll rewire your processes and make the new decision the one you make without thinking. And then your wife will move all your stuff—again.



onnecting mind to body remains to be the key ingredient to any fitness regimen. In the Pacific Northwest, winters can be brutal on our workouts. Looking out the window, wind-chill and snow stares back and all one thinks about is climbing back into bed and pulling the covers overhead. That may seem like the best place to be, but habits become us. Habits can be healthy or unhealthy to one’s body and life, so determining what is healthy is a great place to start. Keeping the mind motivated takes the body out of bed and out into our daily activities. Whether it’s working out or just moving, it’s important to keep motivation alive during these long winter months. Connecting mind-body is the best way to jumpstart motivation. Mind-body is a coined term the fitness industry uses to help people connect their minds to their bodies. This is ever so popular and true in circles of yoga, Pilates and stretching but also in cases where one needs to motivate their bodies to simply move. The basic foundation to a mind-body connection remains within the will. Willing the body to remain active, stay motivated and continue pursuing the activities that makes one happy keeps the body healthy. It starts with the mind and ends with the body. Be mindful of the winter blues and catch that connection before it starts. Winter blues actively become another stumbling block between the couch and change. Recruiting the mind-body connection will allow for one to continue hitting

those goals, get results and remain healthy. Phrases like “Summer bodies are made in the winter” and “Six months to fit and two weeks to lose it all” keeps that motivation alive. Of course, when someone speaks about the mind-body experience, it’s definitely easier said than done. How does one really commit to this practice when every time that window opens, the bed looks so much better than the active choice? Understanding how to recruit the mind-body connection doesn’t happen overnight. Like anything else, it takes practice. One must decide the big questions first: Do I want to get fit? Are my fitness goals realistic? How can I achieve the goals? Once these answers are present, one can focus on these to keep the mind motivated to take action on the body. Again, practice. If it is a foreign concept to connect mind-body, just doing it is a great start. Motivating muscles need the mind-body connection to really stay in it and get fitness results. Healthy, fit people understand that every day is a new day with new struggles and consequences. Setting the body up for success through mind-body creates a first step to success. Mind motivates the muscle, even when one stares out the window into the icy abyss. When your mind-body connection is there, the mind begins the day by telling your body “Get up. Let’s do this.” So next time you set a goal to get fit, think about starting with the mind.

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hen we are not feeling well, the first thing we often want to know is what is wrong and how can I feel better. The general focus is on getting a good diagnosis and treatment plan that can be implemented to get us back on the path to health.


This process works quite well at resolving the symptoms that make us feel sick or are part of an injury. It also is highly effective at coming up with medical interventions when something is really wrong.


Starting by addressing symptoms is an important step to feeling better. But this is also a good time to ask how did this situation arise? Asking such a question involves investigating the underlying contributing factors that lead to injury or disease. Sometimes the first answer to this question will come quite easily. Like knowing your arm is broken because you ran into a tree while skiing. But there are also other, more subtle, factors that can influence such an outcome. The medical system is not designed to address many of the other factors that could contribute to an injury, sickness or disease. In this example of a broken arm, there are many possibilities that we could consider.


This includes not getting enough sleep, being dehydrated and hungry, being too cold and not taking rest breaks. Also skiing aggressively early in the season before adequately strengthening and lengthening muscles could be a factor. It could be just plain showing off or not keeping your goggles clean enough to see the trees ahead. Some more long-term factors could include an imbalance of magnesium and calcium due to ongoing digestive issues that led to your bones being more brittle and prone to breaking. If we keep up this inquiry and look more deeply, we would have to start to consider environmental factors and genetics and their role in how the body detoxifies itself. In this case, how much animal protein you eat would play a role in the B vitamins you absorb that your liver uses to detoxify. Having methylation gene variations that won’t allow normal breakdown of the folic acid form of vitamin B9 or other forms of B12 could affect brain fog and memory. Your liver wouldn’t be able to keep up breaking down the flame-retardant chemicals off-gassing from the brand-new car you just bought and drove up the mountain. Thus, you simply forgot the trees were there, even though you saw them last week, and weren’t thinking straight. You also might not have quite recovered from breathing the mold coming out of the airconditioning system in the old car you were driving all winter. The environment, toxins, diet, genetics, attitude, sleep, lifestyle, movement, our social interactions, nutrient deficiencies and gut health all contribute to overall health and wellbeing. Each of these can be a factor in situations from a broken arm to more chronic diseases such as cancer and diabetes, cardiovascular problems, Alzheimer’s and even the expression of bacterial infections such as Lyme disease. Everyday illnesses like the cold or flu are also affected by such factors. I consider it important to address the underlying contributors to disease and illness. Looking at the complexities of subtle factors can support us in moving past just feeling good and actually getting to feeling great. Optimal health depends upon optimizing all areas of our life, especially diet and nutrition.


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HUNGRY FOR A CHANGE Heritage Health dietitian helps map out meals BY MARC STEWART, HERITAGE HEALTH


honda McQarrie had tried various diets for years without achieving her weight-loss goals. A pound lost was quickly found.

Then Rhonda met with Sarah Nave, a registered dietitian from Heritage Health, and her whole perspective about eating changed. “I learned from Sarah that my breakfasts were loaded with carbohydrates and sugar,” said Rhonda. “Now my breakfasts are high in protein and vegetables. Sarah taught me a whole new lifestyle, and I have lost 15 pounds. She is amazing.” Rhonda, who regularly travels for business, said the difference in losing weight was her own mindset. “I was hungry for a change,” said Rhonda. “You have to be open to eating the right way. It’s simple math. If you want to lose weight, you have to consume fewer calories or burn off more calories through exercise. I enjoy exercise as well, but the real difference was what I was eating. I now bring my boiled eggs and veggies on the road with me so I am not eating poorly when I am away from home.” Heritage Health dietitians work closely with patients as part of integrated health care, an approach to bring multiple experts in various fields together to help patients. “Originally, I met with Rhonda one on one for nutrition counseling and classes,” said Nave. “I think integrated medicine makes a difference when your doctor says that you need to eat healthy and then there is a dietitian showing you how to do that. It gets everyone on the same

page. There is more support this way because everybody goes through rocky times. “It has been fun to watch her through her journey,” she said. “She’s been a big success story from where she started to where she is today.” Nave said she tailors eating strategies to the individual. However, she is a big believer in the Mediterranean diet. She said that numerous studies have found the Mediterranean diet and its anti-inflammatory properties can reduce the risk for diabetes, high cholesterol, dementia, memory loss, depression and cancer. “What I like most about the Mediterranean diet is it’s not a diet,” said Nave. “It’s more of an eating style that teaches us what food and food groups should be included most often and which ones we should try and limit. US News and World Report named the Mediterranean diet as the best overall diet for 2019.” The Mediterranean diet features simple, plantbased cooking, with the majority of each meal focused on fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans and seeds, with a few nuts and a heavy emphasis on extra virgin olive oil. Say goodbye to refined sugar and flour, except on rare occasions. Fats other than olive oil, such as butter, are consumed rarely, if at all. Meat can make a rare appearance, usually only to flavor a dish. Instead, meals may include eggs, dairy and poultry, but in much smaller portions than in the traditional Western diet. Fish, however, is a staple. “This mindset helps us achieve the results we want in a more sustainable way and live the healthiest life possible,” said Nave.

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pon graduating high school we all face the same challenging question: What do I want to do with my life? One path is to continue your education at a traditional four-year university, community college or technical school. Many enter the workforce in a wide range of jobs or family owned business. Still others feel the need to serve their country through military service. And a few simply set out to explore the world while they aren’t tied down to a career, marriage or family. In 1961, another opportunity arose for young people across the country. Then presidential candidate John F. Kennedy wrapped up a day of campaigning and arrived on the campus of the University of Michigan at 2am. Though the press corps had all retired, 10,000 students were still assembled, waiting to hear from the candidate. From the steps of the Student Union Building, Kennedy issued a challenge to the assembled crowd; a challenge that would bring about a new path of service to the country once he was elected to the White House. "How many of you who are going to be doctors are willing to spend your days in Ghana? Technicians or engineers, how many of you are willing to work in the Foreign Service and spend your lives traveling around the world? On your willingness to do that, not merely to serve one year or two years in the service, but on your willingness to contribute part of your life to this country, I think will depend (upon) the answer to the question of whether a free society can compete. I think it can! And I think Americans are willing to contribute. But the effort must be far greater than we have ever made in the past.” In March of 1961, President Kennedy created the Peace Corps, and in the 58 years since, nearly a quarter of a million Americans have answered his challenge to serve their country by utilizing their skills in the developing world. Northwest resident Wayne Nishek was among the first batch to answer the president’s challenge. Wayne grew up on a farm but always wanted to see the world. He studied abroad in England in the late 1950s and was able to experience a different culture for the first time. He also recalls seeing the devastation from World War II still present in the likes of crumbled buildings and deep holes in the landscape where bombs had dropped. “I wouldn’t say I was draft dodging, but I didn’t want to go to Vietnam

like my three older brothers, but I still wanted to see the world and help people,” recalled Wayne, now 78. Wayne was at a farming conference in Denver when he first heard of the Peace Corps, and it didn’t take much selling for him to sign up. Wayne and his girlfriend signed up to be part of the first team of Peace Corps volunteers to enter southern Bolivia, but first a whole lot of life needed to happen. “We decided to get married before we left, so we scrambled and made it happen. We took a three-day honeymoon and then got on a plane to Miami to begin our training,” said Wayne. Their stay in Miami was short lived however, as the night they arrived coincided with the Bay of Pigs Invasion that set the region under immense tension. The newlyweds were instead flown to Vermont for months of training that included the Spanish language and militarystyle survival courses. “I remember them taking us out in a raft with our hands tied behind our back and pushing us out into the water,” said Wayne. Of the original 60 or so signups only about half made it through the training. After several months of training they were on their way to Bolivia. Once on the ground, Wayne used his farming background to help with a local rice co-op which was dealing with constantly brokendown machinery. He showed the Bolivians the mechanics of how an engine works on a combine and what was needed to maintain it. He




created manuals written entirely in Spanish and was able to help vastly improve their harvesting skills. Once that project was running smoothly, he moved onto helping out with local 4-H style programs where he helped the locals breed healthier animals such as hogs and chickens. What seemed like a few simple skills he had learned through his own upbringing ultimately changed and improved the lives of countless people in the region. “People say they don’t have anything to offer, but there are a lot of skills that translate in developing countries. A lot need help with simple mechanics, reading, bookkeeping and just developing plans,” he said. Wayne’s two years in Bolivia would evolve into a lifetime of service. He would spend 19 years in Africa building homes and schools in far remote villages and teaching locals how to create and patch clay stoves. He would eventually run the first Peace Corps training camp in India, where he would send new recruits out to a remote village for a week to teach them how to get by with very little. “They learned a lot about culture, surviving with almost nothing, and came back wanting to focus on learning the language,” he said. Of all the impact he made, it was one of the smallest things that might have gone the furthest. Back in Bolivia, the humidity and heat always attracted flies, and no one was using a screen door. Wayne showed them how to build a screen and, using old rubber bike tires, create a swinging screen door for a few of the homes. When he visited 15 years later it was still the talk of the town. As he looks back at his experience, he shares that he was only just trying to make some sort of contribution to the world but instead did so much to impact a community and make it a healthier place to live. It is something of which he is proud. Like Wayne, Pastor Andrew Hinderlie had studied abroad with his experience coming in Thailand. After graduating college in the Midwest in 1978, he thought he might go back to Asia and possibly

“People say they don’t have anything to offer, but there are a lot of skills that translate in developing countries.”



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a lot of times the locals would ask why they didn’t have the same freedoms and democracy in their country.

teach—until he met up with an on-campus Peace Corps recruiter. “After a lot of thought, I decided to do it,” said Andrew. With not a lot of building or farming background, the Peace Corps decided Andrew’s best fit was in planning and logistics. He went through language training and was taught survival skills as well (now a less intense version than Wayne’s). He was sent to the Togolese Republic, also known as Togo, in Africa to help oversee logistics and financial planning projects for the local government. “We would supply the expertise for the local masons, carpenters, architects, planners and problem solve with design teams,” he said. Andrew’s team built schools, outbuildings and large dry-storage buildings for grains. A self-described “Minnesota nice guy,” Andrew admits to being hesitant in some of his early decision-making as to not offend locals but learned how to be a confident leader by running many projects.

“We always worked as a team, and I didn’t always want to push hard, but I learned I often had to push people to really get stuff done.”

Wayne recalls spending time in Muslim villages as well and being treated with the same respects as the locals.

Andrew would facilitate many projects across Africa, but some of his most impactful messaging came through simple conversations. While he was learning about different cultures, Andrew was also sharing with locals the ideals of American Democracy.

“I would leave my shoes and all of my stuff on the beach when I went for a walk. When I came back an hour later my stuff was always still there. Where in America do you think that could happen?” asked Wayne.

“This would spur discussions about our system, and a lot of times the locals would ask why they didn’t have the same freedoms and democracy in their country,” he recalled.

While both men specialized in different areas, traveled to different lands and had different experiences, both Wayne and Andrew came back with a similar understanding of the world and themselves.

Andrew’s commitment to his faith is evidenced from his position of pastor at a Lutheran church, but he was never afraid to explore his beliefs and how they differ from those in other nations and religions. He went to all the different churches he could find and learned from practicing Buddhists as well.

Wayne still speaks monthly with a few of the folks from his original volunteer group; relationships that have stood more than 50 years. When Andrew returned home he quickly got involved with the international community, hosting students and having welcome parties in his parents’ home.

“I don’t see God as just in my denomination but in all places. I see God as a God that loves this world.”

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In Togo, Andrew was welcomed with a smile and, despite cultural difference, he maintains many were very similar to the Americans he grew up with. Strangers would open up their homes to serve him a meal and would often even put him up for the night, a courtesy Andrew utilizes in his own home today. Wayne recalls dining with families as well and the common theme of respect and understanding that can be shared over a meal. “Almost every country has unique things in their culture, but if you treat human beings like human beings, eat food and share drink with each other, you’ll be accepted into a family.” The impact the Peace Corps has on its volunteers like Andrew and Wayne is felt long after they’ve left. Spreading the democratic ideals of the United States has inspired people in developing countries to fight for additional freedoms and take political office. Many come

American until I came home,” said Andrew.

The impact the Peace Corps has on its volunteers like Andrew and Wayne is felt long after they’ve left.

here to work on college degrees or to become doctors to bring aid to their homelands. What might seem like common skills to us can be life altering for a group of people whose daily struggle often isn’t paying bills but finding enough food and clean water for their family. “I really didn’t realize the privileges I had as an


“You learn to do with what you can, and we can do so much with American ingenuity,” said Wayne. Both men share their experiences of keeping an open mind toward other cultures with those they encounter throughout the day. In a time of increasing division, both come back to sharing a meal and having a conversation. “People don’t learn how to speak face to face or to talk one on one anymore, which I hope will change,” said Wayne. “We are so afraid of those who are different, and I don’t think that’s who we are as Americans,” said Andrew. “I think we’ll grow through this because we are a country that celebrates diversity and (know) that we don’t all have to be the same to lead a wonderful life.”





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Tips for growing your own vegetable garden By Andrea Johnson


rowing your own vegetables can be an amazing experience, and it doesn't have to be difficult or complicated. Knowing when to start planting, how often to water and the basics of seasonal planting can keep you in fresh veggies year round. Nothing tastes fresher than a tomato or snap pea eaten right off the vine. Children who would never eat vegetables on their plate will happily pluck them out of a home vegetable garden and pop them in their mouths raw.

Growing vegetables at home is also a great way to teach kids where food comes from. Keep them by your side weeding and mulching, and they will learn about plants, animals, ecology and more. The following information provides lots of good tips for beginners in the Pacific Northwest, so dive in and have fun!

Preparing the Soil The most important step in vegetable gardening comes before a single seed is planted. Preparing your soil for vegetable planting is one of the most important tips for beginners. It all starts with determining what kind of soil you have. Basically soil comes in three forms: clay, sandy and loam. Take a handful of wet soil and squeeze. If the soil falls apart as soon as you open your hand, you have sandy soil. If it stays together but falls apart when you poke it, you have fertile loam. If the soil stays together even after you poke it, you have clay soil. Fertile loam is the best soil for growing vegetables. If that's what you have, you've lucked out. Simply work about an inch of compost or composted manure about six inches down and remove all weeds and clumps of grass. Sandy soil drains well but doesn't hold water well enough to support plants. Cover your garden patch with two or more inches of compost and work it in thoroughly. Don't skimp or rush through this step as your seeds will not germinate well.


Clay soil does not mix well with compost and won't support your vegetables. You can dig down three or more inches and replace the soil with good fertile loam and compost or build a raised bed out of lumber or railroad ties. Next, knowing when to start planting will get your garden off to a strong start. Choose Your Vegetables Now comes the fun part: choosing your plants. Most vegetables will grow well in properly prepared and watered soil, but some are easier to grow than others. The Pacific Northwest has a shorter growing season than most parts of the country, so choosing plants that mature quickly and knowing when to plant will help ensure your first vegetable garden is a success. Some favorite easy-to-grow vegetables are radishes, lettuce, spinach, beans, beets, snap peas, onions, scallions and tomatoes. Cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage and Brussels sprouts take a bit longer but like cooler weather. Brussels sprouts can even be harvested in the snow. Tomatoes are difficult to grow from seed, so unless you are an

experienced vegetable gardener, start with live plants from a reputable nursery. Look for tomato varieties with initials after the name, such as HR or IR. HR means the tomato is highly resistant to pathogens; IR means the variety has intermediate resistance. Choose several highly resistant patio tomatoes for an easy first try. Winter squash and pumpkins take a long time to mature and sprawl to cover a wide area. Summer squash is easy to grow and matures quickly but is also prone to sprawl. When to Plant On the back of your seed packets you will find a chart that tells you when to plant and how, including depth and spacing. In general, plant your peas first, in early March. In late March to early April, plant your beets, carrots, scallions and onions. Late April and early May is the time to plug in your carrots and cauliflower. In early May, plant summer squash, lettuces, beans and herbs. Cucumbers, corn and nursery plants should be planted in early June. This kind of seasonal planting helps to ensure you have a steady stream of veggies to harvest. Replant short-growing plants like radishes and lettuce often to keep them coming.


The most important step in vegetable gardening comes before a single seed is planted.


How Often to Water If you have prepared your soil well, deciding when to water is easy. Stick a finger into the soil to the depth of about an inch. The soil should feel moist but not soggy. If it feels dry, it's time to water. One easy way to keep your vegetable garden watered is to wind a soaking hose between the rows. This method also has the advantage of discouraging mildew or mold on the leaves of tomatoes, squash and cucumbers. Knowing how often to water also means paying attention to your plants. Some may take up more water than others and will need spot watering if they begin to droop. Tomatoes are especially thirsty. Fertilizer Resist the temptation to buy high nitrogen fertilizers. Nitrogen will cause the green parts of the plant to grow lush and thick but not the fruiting part. High nitrogen fertilizers also leach into the soil, and the runoff has a negative impact on local streams and lakes. When buying fertilizer, look at the numbers on the package. The first number is nitrogen, the second phosphorus and the third potash. Look for a fertilizer with a high middle number or simply work some compost into the soil around the plants several times during the growing season. Keeping Out Wildlife The Pacific Northwest is home to deer, groundhogs, ground squirrels and rabbits, and all of them love vegetables. Keeping out wildlife will always be a challenge, but a chicken-wire fence around your garden can help, and so can a dog—if you can train it not to dig up the produce. Some people swear by blood meal sprinkled around the garden border, and raised beds will help deter rabbits. Most importantly, enjoy your garden. Watching food grow is one of life's great joys, and eating it is even better!


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From Concept to Completion: Landscape architects create beautiful and functional outdoor areas BY PATTY HUTCHENS

hen it comes to designing or decorating our homes, we give so much thought to everything including colors, textures, countertops, cabinets and picking out fixtures. But how much effort do we put into planning and designing the exterior of our home—specifically the landscape? If you are like many, it is not much.


Whether you are building a new home or want to upgrade your current outdoor living space, a landscape architect can be an investment you may want to make. And you may be surprised to learn that by investing in a landscape architect, you can increase the value of your home up to 15 percent over comparable homes, and that value will grow over time, unlike traditional home remodels. So, what specifically are the advantages to hiring a landscape architect? One is that they are educated to look at each landscape as a system, analyzing the overall picture and determining problem areas. They can also assist the homeowner in selecting the right materials, styles, textures and colors for the plan. Whether you want low maintenance or love to dig in and maintain your own garden, a landscape architect can help you plan accordingly.

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While any project takes patience and planning, landscape design can be especially challenging, and hiring a professional can make the process much easier and help ensure a beautiful outcome. If you are part of a Homeowners Association, you may be required to present a landscape plan prior to developing or remodeling the area around your home. Also, for areas such as outdoor fireplaces and outdoor kitchens, you will need to take into consideration safety codes, an area in which a landscape architect can provide his or her expertise. Landscape architecture is a highly regulated occupation, and each state manages its own licensed landscape architects. To become licensed, one must have an accredited degree in landscape architecture and also work for a period of time under the supervision of a licensed landscape architect. They are also required to pass several technical exams before becoming licensed. Contrary to what many believe, landscape architects are the designers and planners of a project; they do not do the actual work. Instead, they partner with those doing the work to ensure that the project is done to the plan’s specifications. There are many benefits to hiring a landscape architect, some of which include creativity, budget and project management. Because of their education and licensing requirements, a landscape architect is able to help facilitate ideas that will be unique to your specific site. While you may have your own ideas, they can assist you in expanding on or making variations to that idea based on their experience and talent. While we may all look at the area we wish to landscape and think we know what may be best for certain areas, it’s not all about it being aesthetically pleasing to the eye. Taking into consideration the ecosystem of your land is vital to ensuring the design is sustainable. Of course, we all have a vision of what we would love our yards to look like, but often we think it may be out of reach when it comes



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Taking into consideration the ecosystem of your land is vital to ensuring the design is sustainable. to our budget. A landscape architect knows the costs associated with many aspects of the design and can design something that fits your budget but still enables you to realize a beautifully landscaped yard. They will assist in the bidding process with contractors and help you decide whether you should do your project in one year or do it in phases over time to make it more affordable. Because landscape architects work with installers all the time, they have the knowledge and the partnership with many to ensure you are getting contractors who are reliable and trustworthy. Before hiring a landscape architect, there are several steps you want to be sure to take. The first is to request proof that they are in fact licensed. Also, be sure to request references. While they may have a beautiful portfolio of their projects, speaking with someone who has employed their services can provide you with ease of mind. When it comes to creativity, this is likely what will set apart a good architect from an exceptional one. A landscape architect should be able to present you with ideas and outline the pros and cons of anything you or the architect proposes. Their experience should definitely shine through when it comes to this part of the process. Be sure to ask detailed questions and have everything in writing. What is the depth of work involved? What is the timeline for the various phases of the project? Are you being charged a flat fee versus hourly fee for the design proposal? Experts say that a guideline to follow when it comes to designing and implementing your landscape plan is to spend no more than 5 to 10 percent of your home’s market value. If you are spending more, you are likely being charged too much. Hiring a landscape architect on the journey from concept to completion will have you enjoying your newly landscaped living space in no time at all!





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If you are looking to make improvements on your current home or building a new home is in your future, it is imperative that you start of by hiring an experienced and reliable contractor who will be there from start to finish, bringing your dream to reality.

“Hiring a competent general contractor will save you from the headaches of construction and give you a great experience and a well-built home,” says Robert Carey, a retired general building contractor. “Securing some knowledge prior to starting your improvement project can give you an edge and prevent any frayed nerves or worse.” These six steps will aid in helping you determine the best man, or woman, for the job.

1. K N O W W H A T Y O U W A N T Before you even start researching contractors for your project, it is important that you, the client, know exactly what you want the end result to be. Spend some time thinking through exactly what you hope to accomplish; everything from look, style, amenities, etc. This is where a design consultant or design-build firm can be of service to help you put down in writing the desired end result.

2. D O Y O U R R E S E A R C H After narrowing down your search from the dozens, if not hundreds, of contractors in your area to just a handful or so, it is important to check credentials to ensure the contractors you’re reaching out to are licensed and registered, have insurance and are accredited by the Better Business Bureau. Knowing you are hiring someone you can trust will ensure the project will go as smoothly as possible.


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It is advised to get a minimum of three bids, as this allows the client a clearer idea of the various contractors and what they have to offer. And don’t let cost deter you. Though someone may bid the project lower than the rest, this could result in marginal work and disappointment. It is often recommended to immediately throw out the lowest bid on your project, as this could be a sign that the contractor is cutting corners, desperate for work or may end up costing you more than you had anticipated.

4. T R U S T Y O U R I N S T I N C T S You and your family will be spending a lot of time with the contractor and his crew over the duration of the project. After you’ve done your due diligence researching a number of contractors, looking to not only their positive ratings, qualifications and experience, taking into account their bids, now is the time to look past all that and ask yourself, “Am I comfortable with this person?” From their background to personality, communication skills (is everyone clear about the project and on the same page?) and beyond, the more at ease your contractor makes you feel, the greater chance for a successful outcome to your project.

5. S C O P E O F W O R K P R O P O S A L For larger projects, contractors are likely to prepare a "scope of work proposal." There is usually a fee for this, paid up front (then applied toward the project cost once the client accepts the bid). The document includes deliverables (the services the contractor will be responsible for), timeline (the expected duration of the project), tasks and milestones (to monitor the progress of the project to stay on schedule) and reports (a formal record of the project at hand). Agreed-upon contracts are extremely important to protect not only the client but contractor as well.

6. S E T U P A P A Y M E N T P L A N / S C H E D U L E It’s not just how much you will be paying that is important but how you plan to pay the contractor. It is recommended to pay the contractor no more than 30 percent up front. From there, make payment arrangements periodically as the contractor completes portions of the project—three separate payments is acceptable. The remaining 10 percent should not be paid until the completion of the project to guarantee it gets done right and to the client’s satisfaction.



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Visit New Orleans like a Local Spring is the best time to visit BY MARGUERITE CLEVELAND


iscover 300 years of history, culture and food on a visit to New Orleans—one of the oldest cities in the United States. When people think of New Orleans, thoughts turn to Mardi Gras and the crazy party that is Bourbon Street, but there is so much more to this city than the French Quarter, and I am going to share tips on visiting like a local. It may surprise you to know that many of the iconic tourist destinations are also favorites of local Louisianans. Where to Stay If you have your heart set on the French Quarter by all means stay there, but you will pay a lot more with many hotels having parking fees of up to $50 a night. I like to stay in Metairie, which is a short drive from the New Orleans airport and about a 10-minute drive to the French Quarter. It is New Orleans’ first suburb and has many family friendly hotels. The Courtyard Marriott Metairie has a very friendly staff that makes you feel at home. The nice thing about this area is that it is quiet at night, and it is very easy to schedule an Uber if you wish to go out in the French Quarter. Things You Must See and Do Louisianans were foodies before it was a thing. A whole day can revolve around food and drink from beignets and café au lait in the morning, po’boys or a muffuletta for lunch, a gourmet meal at one of the iconic restaurants and a flaming hurricane or other cocktail to finish off the night. You might even be able to fit in a bit of sightseeing in between. Here are the must sees and eats.




1. Beignets and Coffee in the French Quarter. There are other places to enjoy this treat, but the Café Du Monde in the French Quarter is the original. Established in 1862, this local treasure is open 24 hours a day. My family always plans a visit whenever we are in town, and on my last visit, I ran into my cousin. What makes this place so special? It never changes. The menu has consistently stayed the same serving only beignets—a light, puffy square French doughnut lavishly dredged in powdered sugar—and various beverages. The café’ au lait is coffee and chicory with hot milk and complements the sweetness of the beignets. Insider Tip: The café is insanely popular with crowds queued up down the street waiting for a table. You seat yourself and it is cash only. For the best experience, get up early. You will be able to easily find parking and a table no later than 7am. The French Quarter can smell a little ripe in the morning after the partying crowd has turned in, but the delicious smell of beignets cooking cleanses the air. 2. The French Quarter. The Café Du Monde is located in the French Market, which is filled with shops perfect for souvenirs. Make sure to pick up some Aunt Sally’s Pralines. Slightly down the street from the French Market is Jackson Square, and it is the No. 1 destination for visitors to New Orleans. This lovely landscaped square with a prominent statue of Andrew Jackson, Hero of the Battle of New Orleans, serves as an open-air artist colony. For more than 50 years, artists have presented their work on the wrought iron fence surrounding the square. Watch for the local street performers and listen to some great jazz right on the sidewalks.

You can spend a whole day in this area. Make sure to visit the St. Louis Cathedral as well as the Cabildo and Presbytère state museums. Once you are done exploring, hop on one of the carriages that line up in front of the square and take a tour of the French Quarter. What is unique about these carriage tours are they are pulled by mules that are more adapted to the extreme temperatures of the city. 3. Have a Sandwich. New Orleans has raised the lowly sandwich into a whole new level of deliciousness. Some vocab you need to know: A po’boy is what a sandwich is called and the favorites are shrimp, oyster or roast beef. You will be asked if you want it dressed. This means with lettuce, tomato and mayo or plain. A muffuletta is made on a whole round loaf of bread hollowed out and filled with deli-fresh sliced meats and cheeses and Italian olive salad. For muffulettas you need to go to Central Grocery, where this hearty sandwich was invented in 1906 by Salvatore Lupo. For a good po’boy ask the locals; there are shacks and bars around the city that specialize in po’boys, and usually the least appealing looking of places have the best po’boys. On my recent visit, a local recommended Bear’s Poboys at Gennaro’s, which is located right next to the interstate and collocated with a bar. On a busy Saturday, it was a constant rush of people dining in or picking up huge bags of po’boys to go. Bear’s specializes in slow-roasted beef po’boys, but we tried the shrimp and the oyster versions. They were so good. Ours were served dressed on a type of roll I’ve only had in Louisiana. It is soft but super sturdy and holds up to the sauces without falling apart.


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4. City Park. This 1,300-acre green space is one of the oldest parks in the United States, drawing millions of people each year to visit. There are trails surrounded by oak trees dripping with Spanish moss and many themed gardens to include two sculpture gardens and the New Orleans Botanical Garden. This is the site of the New Orleans Museum of Art, Storyland (which is a themed playground with 25 giant sculptures from your favorite fairy tales), an amusement park with a historic carousel and an 18-hole golf course and a mini golf course. There really is something for everyone, and the grounds are just stunning. Insider Tip: There is a 24-hour café called Morning Call that has been in the park for more than 142 years. 5. Eat at an Iconic Restaurant. Antoine’s and the Commander’s Palace are the Grand Dames of New Orleans dining. According to Teyonda Hamilton, a long-time New Orleans resident and assistant manager at the Metairie Courtyard Marriott who is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to the city, “The iconic restaurants really live up to the hype. Like most New Orleans’ families, we cook, and so when we go out to eat it needs to be not like what we cook at home. My family goes to Antoine’s or the Commander’s Palace for special occasions,” she said. Both restaurants have been around for over 100 years. Famed chefs Emeril Lagasse and Paul Prudhomme are alumni of the Commander’s Palace. Antoine’s is the

oldest restaurant in the country and still run by members of the original family. This is where Oysters Rockefeller was created, and the recipe is a closely guarded secret. 6. Frenchmen Street. Located just east of the French Quarter, this is where the locals go to enjoy a night on the town and is the heart of live music in New Orleans. Enjoy lower prices than Bourbon Street on drinks and food as well as just about any type of live music. There are over 20 bars, restaurants and other venues all within a two-block area. You can experience live music seven days a week all year long. Each has its own unique experience such as the dive Igor’s Checkpoint Charlie, which is a bar, a restaurant and a laundromat. The food, the people, the history and the culture of New Orleans all come together to create an unforgettable experience. Whether you plan a weekend getaway or an extended vacation, you will never run out of things to see, do and eat. If you love the cuisine, pick up a copy of “River Roads Recipes” cookbook, with its great collection of Louisiana food that has stood the test of time and makes a useful souvenir. For more information on the city, make sure to visit the official New Orleans tourism site at




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1 tbsp. olive oil 4-5 chicken thighs 1 head of celery 8 medium carrots 1 yellow onion 16 oz. butternut squash soup* 1 tsp. salt 1 cup arugula

2 cups flour 2 tsp. baking powder 3/4 tsp. kosher salt or pink salt 14 tbsp. unsalted butter, cold and cubed 1/4 cup whole milk 3/4 oz. chopped sage (1 clamshell at grocery) 1 large egg

METHOD: • Turn to medium heat and add olive oil to cover the bottom of a large pot. Add chicken thighs and sauté for 5 minutes, flip and continue for an additional 5 minutes. Remove the chicken from the pot, shred with a fork and set aside. • Using the same pot on medium-low heat, add chopped celery, carrots and yellow onion. Add more olive oil and salt if needed, stir occasionally. Cook until the onions are slightly transparent (7-8 minutes). • Add the shredded chicken to the sautéed vegetables, stir and add in the butternut squash soup. Cover, simmer on low for 20 minutes. Add and mix in arugula before removing from heat. • While the soup mixture is simmering, make the sage biscuits (adapted from Molly Yeh’s recipe). • Mix together the flour, baking powder and salt. Add the butter using a pastry cutter or your hands, incorporating the butter until the mixture is the consistency of oatmeal and the butter is the size of peas. • Mix in the milk and chopped sage until the mixture comes together to form a dough. I usually use my hands at this point to make sure it’s combined. • On a floured surface, pat the dough to 3/4” thick and then cut out round biscuits, re-rolling scraps as needed. • Add the biscuits to top of butternut chicken and vegetables if using an oven-safe pot. If not, transfer chicken and vegetable mixture to an oven-safe casserole dish or pan and then top with biscuits. • Brush the biscuits with the beaten egg and top with salt. Bake on 425°F until the biscuits are golden brown, 25- 30 minutes. Enjoy! *Note: I love using the Imagine Organic brand for my soup, or you can make it from scratch if you’re really feeling excited.


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MAX At Mirabeau The Valley’s Award Winning Eats By Jillian Chandler

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.

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!

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.

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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. 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 Join MAX at Mirabeau for an unforgettable experience. You’ll be treated to eclectic cuisine, an award-winning menu with more than 100 items, 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, a-la-carte brunch featuring multiple benedicts, mimosas and the area’s best Bloody Mary Bar—starting at only $5.90 per person! There’s live music on Friday and Saturday evenings, and late-night dining with a full menu is offered until close. Open daily at 6am. Photo by Keith Boe.

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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.

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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.

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315 Martinis and Tapas At 315, guests will be treated to a full dinner menu and tapas using fresh and seasonal food, more than 50 hand-crafted martinis using the best natural ingredients, great wine, beer and a variety of non-alcoholic beverages. Guests can choose to dine in the large dining room, comfortable lounge or at the bar during the cold winter months. 315 offers nightly specials and food and drink pairings weekly, and live music on Tuesday night! The Greenbriar Inn also offers getaway and elopement packages. Open Tuesday - Saturday 3:15pm - close.

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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. On Wedsnday nights it’s buy one Sushi Roll get one FREE! 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.

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ANGELO’S RISTORANTE “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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JUNIOR’S BBQ Enjoy North Idaho’s best barbecue at Junior’s, where guests are treated to bold backyard flavor. Whether you dine in, take out or need catering, you will not be disappointed, and ordering is simple. Choose a sandwich, taco or salad. Next choose your meat, then your choice of fixin’s, from Granny’s baked beans, Mamma’s mashed taters, smothered green beans, coleslaw or pig tail fries. Top it all off with Hillbilly Habanero or Junior’s Original sauce.

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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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Be a chef at home or dine with us! • Fresh Fish Market and Sushi Bar • Smoked Fish • 12 different kinds of fish and chips

208.664.4800 Mon-Sun 11am-8pm

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March Specials REFRESH & REJUVENATE TREATMENT - 2 HOURS - $150 30 minute Botanical Green Tea full body exfoliation, 30 minute Aloe Vera body wrap, 55 minute Full Body massage. **Includes Steam Sauna & Beverage of Choice. KOMBUCHA MASK HIGHLANDS FACIAL - 75 MINUTES - $70 Our Highlands Facial featuring a 20 Minute Kombucha Mask for extra moisture. Perfect for recovering from dry winter skin. **Includes Steam Sauna & Beverage of Choice. BROW TINT & WAX - $25 Get your brows looking bold & cut down on your morning routine! GEL POLISH PEDICURES - 75 MINUTES - $55 Get those toes ready for spring with a discounted Gel Polish Pedicure this month.

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March Events





10 Years Offering the Best in Blues Blues Festival returns to Coeur d’Alene


NAMED THE BEST BLUES FESTIVAL BY THE INLAND BLUES SOCIETY FOR THE PAST THREE YEARS, the Coeur d’Alene Blues Festival returns for another weekend of soul-swinging entertainment Friday, March 29 through Sunday, March 31. Music will fill the air all weekend long throughout the Coeur d’Alene Resort downtown. “It is the first Blues Festival of the year, and blues fans love to get together, and they love to party, so this gives them that first chance since last September,” says Craig Heimbigner of Too Far North Productions. “They are the best music fans in the world. They laugh, they eat, they drink and they dance.” Craig, along with Jim Volke of Impact Lighting and the management of The Coeur d’Alene Resort, take great pride in being able to bring this festival to Coeur d’Alene year after year, with 2019 marking its 10th anniversary. The weekend features several national touring acts and regional acts, with the rest being local from Montana, Idaho and Central Washington. From soul to delta, country to contemporary, to rock and even gospel, audiences will be delighted with the many genres of blues.


“This year’s headliners, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, are actually known for what most call Texas Roadhouse Blues that is raunchy, raw, rocking and fun,” says Craig. “Sara Brown hits on the classic R&B and country, but also original. Ben Rice has won awards for Best Contemporary Blues Band. Harlis Sweetwater rocks like a gravel road, and The Stepbrothers are big-sound sweet, funky soul with a capital S. We also have the guitar shredders, the horns, the acoustic delta music and a gospel quartet that performs at the Sunday Brunch.”


The blues music is kept alive in the Coeur d’Alene area thanks to the work of the Inland Empire Blues Society, who has awarded the Coeur d’Alene Blues Festival the Best Blues Festival title for three years running. To view the full three-day weekend lineup and to purchase tickets, visit CdAResort. com/play/events/blues-festival. For additional information, call the Coeur d’Alene Resort at 855.379.5478.






The Sorensen Auction & Soiree

NIBCA Home & Garden Show

7th Annual Sweethearts’ Ball: A Night in Wonderland

Lights, camera, action! Sorensen PTO is rolling out the red carpet for a star-studded soirée, old Hollywood style, celebrating the past, present and future stars of Sorensen. Don your finery for an evening of food, music and generosity celebrating kids and the arts. This will be a night to remember! Held at the Coeur d’Alene REsort 5:30 to 11pm, tickets can be purchased online at

When it comes to decorating ideas as well as products for your house and garden, you will find them at the 2019 NIBCA Home and Garden Show. Held at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds, this three-day event is sure to inspire as it presents unique ideas and products for the home and yard. Show hours are Friday, noon to 6pm; Saturday, 10am to 6pm; and Sunday, 10am to 4pm.

Join in celebrating the lives of children in the Greater Northwest who battle cancer-related illnesses. Held at The Coeur d’Alene Resort 5pm to midnight, the evening includes live and silent auction, DJ and dancing, guest speakers, raffle prizes and prizes awarded for best dressed! All proceeds benefit Camp Journey. For additional information and to purchase tickets, visit

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Matt’s Place Foundation 4th Annual Pub Crawl

Bee Your Best Self Breakfast

Class: Hunting for Wild Mushrooms

Join the community and Matt’s Place Foundation in Downtown Coeur d’Alene for an evening full of fun to raise money for local families battling ALS. Held Saturday, March 9, 3 to 9pm, visit participating establishments for food and drink, get your tickets stamped and meet back at the shops for live music, raffle and the grand prize drawing! Cost is just $25 to participate, and tickets can be purchased at

Heritage Health presents the 2019 Bee Your Best Self Breakfast Thursday, March 14, 7:30 to 8:30am. Held at the Hagadone Event Center, doors open at 7am. The community is invited to join them for an annual update, where they will share the impact they have on our community, what their goals are for the future and how you can be a part of it all. To attend, email Pam Houser at or register online at

Discover the basics of mycology, including the life cycle of fungi, macro identification techniques and overview of poisonous and popular edible mushrooms found in North Idaho and Eastern Washington in spring and autumn. Participants will learn the importance of having a solid knowledge base about fungi. Be sure to bring your tablet, paper notebook or field guide for taking notes. Registration and prepayment ($10) are required. Call UI Extension with questions at 208.446.1680.




Ray of Hope Luncheon



7th Annual Health & Wellness Fair

North Idaho CASA once again invites the community to attend the annual Ray of Hope Luncheon. This is a chance for community members to learn more about CASA’s growing number of volunteers and the vital role they play in the lives of the most vulnerable children in our community. The program begins at noon at The Coeur d’Alene Resort. To purchase tickets or to be an event or table sponsor, visit

Health, wellness, spa, fitness, nutrition and beauty will all be front and center at this year’s Health and Wellness Fair at The Coeur d’Alene Resort Wednesday, March 20, 4 to 7:30pm. Browse the more than 115 booths, from fitness experts and personal trainers to natural health and healing experts, acupuncture providers, skin and beauty and more! There will be raffle prizes and giveaways, too! Visit Facebook to find out more.

Voted time and again as one of the top traveling vintage markets in the U.S., this two-day shopping extravaganza, held at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds March 22 and 23, is where you will find hand-picked vendors who will be on site selling their best junkin’ goods. Shop vintage items, fun wood signs, jewelry, candles, garden art, antiques, industrial, farmhouse decor and more! Get your tickets today at







28th Annual Children’s Village Spring Benefit The community is invited to attend the 28th Annual Children’s Village Spring Benefit Saturday, March 23, 5 to 8pm, at the Coeur d’Alene Resort. Their biggest fundraiser of the year, guests will come dressed in their finest to be wined and dined during this beautiful evening of giving and hope. Attendees will also enjoy games, prizes, adventures, excursions and date nights, and bid on live auction packages including a trip to Maui! They’ll have fantastic silent auction items and a few surprises. Tickets can be purchased on


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Coeur d’Alene Blues Festival 10th Anniversary This soul swingin’ weekend celebrates the best of

modern blues, showcasing many of the most popular blues artists around. The popular Coeur d’Alene Blues Festival once again to the Coeur d’Alene Resort. Music lovers will be treated to the best talent from local, regional and national blues artists. Visit to see this year’s lineup, locations, pricing and to purchase tickets.

8th Annual Cowboy Ball Join the North Idaho Fair and Rodeo Foundation

for a wonderful evening of fundraising, dancing and great company. Held Friday, April 5, 5 to 11pm at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds, attendees will dinner and auction. Proceeds benefit the North Idaho Fair and Rodeo Foundation, which provides for capital improvements at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds and educational opportunities through scholarships to area youth. To renew your table or join the waiting list, call the Fairgrounds Office at 208.765.4969.












4th ANNUAL FAMILY FUN FAIR Saturday May 4th 2019, 11am - 4pm Silver Lake Mall 200 W. Hanley Ave., Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho

• Parenting Resources Scholarships, Summer Camps, Health, Education, Family Friendly Businesses and Information addressing Children’s Mental Health. • “Jump into Summer” Fashion Show w/ Special Needs Kids & Canine Models. • Live Performances from Marimba Cats, Lokahi Dance Academy, Lake City Highland Dancers, Christian Youth Theatre, Dance Theatre NW, and Spotlight Cheer Leading. • Photo-Ops w/ Spokane Indian’s Otto & Doris, Aqua Duck, & Cecil the Cardinal. • Pet Adoption Drive, Carnival Games, Bouncehouse, Arts, Crafts & Sensory Activities.

FREE ADMISSION | PRIZES | GIVEAWAYS | AND MORE! | 509.928.9664 | f nwfamilyfunfair

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