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TRADITIONS - THEY ARE WHAT MEMORIES ARE MADE OF IT’S THANKSGIVING TIME, which also marks the beginning of the holidays. Ushering in the season filled with shopping, holiday parties and spending time with family, Thanksgiving is a time to reflect; a time to give thanks for all that we have been blessed with. Personally, I love Thanksgiving because it represents so much more than a day of reflection. It means coming together as a family to carry on traditions that have been established throughout the years.

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THE LEAVES ARE QUICKLY FALLING TO THE GROUND, covering it with a blanket of golds and reds. Take the time to get outside and enjoy what time is left of autumn because, before you know it, winter’s cold, white, glistening snow will takes its place.




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echnology is becoming a bigger part of our lives every day, whether we want it to or not. One of the most common ways technology has affected our lives is how we purchase things.

However, online purchasing can be a slippery slope. For example, need a new mattress? A sofa? There are lots of online pop-ups just for that purpose. But, with a mattress or even a sofa, how do you know how it will feel? Is it supportive? Does it work for your bad back? There are certain things that just need to be tried before you buy, and I call these “inperson” purchases. After all, you will be sitting or sleeping on this item for years to come. If it is uncomfortable, smells weird or is just plain wrong, the purchaser is often stuck with it. The online store may offer free returns, but the purchaser is responsible for the return shipping. And shipping a sofa

across the country may be cost-prohibitive, to say the least! In the flooring industry, it is common for us to hear that someone found their dream flooring cheaper online. That may be true, but the buyer must beware. For example, the price per square foot might be less, but there may be hidden costs associated with shipping, etc. Also, if there is an issue, will the online store honor the manufacturer’s warranty? Often, the warranty is rendered void if the product is purchased through an online vendor. Other issues you might face include shipping logistics. Say you purchase 1,500 square feet of tile for your new home. You found a great deal online and have even done your due diligence, ordering yourself a sample first to make sure you like the actual color and texture. Then, a delivery driver calls;


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You'll never know until YOU try! the tile is scheduled for delivery. Do you have a shipping dock or a forklift? Are you on a dirt road? Are load limits in place? And, if they manage to get it to your home, how will you get it out of the truck? You are now the proud owner of two pallets of tile (weighing in roughly at a ton apiece) in the back of a delivery truck. We’ve had more than one call from a homeowner in distress who has faced that very situation. And the final, best reason to purchase something in person is because you know the dollars will stay in our community. Shopping local supports not only the owners of the business but the people who work there. And by shopping local, our dollars go to work in other local stores and into the community itself—to our churches, our schools, our nonprofits and community groups. And after all, isn’t that what made us all fall in love with this area in the first place? We live in a wonderful, giving, colorful, eclectic community. And you can’t buy that on Amazon.

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(NEWSUSA) - PETS ARE THE LIGHTS OF THEIR OWNERS' LIVES. AND KEEPING PETS HEALTHY IS KEY TO EXTENDING THE WARMTH AND LOVE FOR YEARS. Dr. Ernie Ward, nationally renowned veterinarian, pet author and founder of the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, offers his 'Top 5 Healthy Habits' for pet owners to help ensure pets stay happy and healthy throughout the year: 1. Healthy Eats and Treats. The most important decision you make each day regarding your pet's health is what you feed it. When choosing pet food, look for meat as one of the first few ingredients, and avoid byproducts, artificial flavors, colors and preservatives whenever possible. When it comes to treats, look for low-calorie options that confer some health benefit. Treats that help maintain healthy joints, clean teeth or ensure pills are taken are recommended. The Greenies Brand specializes in great-tasting treats individually formulated to deliver these benefits. If you're going to give treats, make them count! 2. Brain Boosters. Most people love puzzles—and so does your pet! One of the best ways to feed and treat pets is with a food puzzle. These clever devices hide your pet’s food or treats until they unlock the secret and get their goodies. These tools engage your pet's brain and bust boredom while you're away. Forget peanut butter-stuffed toys; these toys stimulate thought and don't pack on the pounds!


3. Power Play. Walking your dog and playing with your cat each day keeps them trim, healthy and mentally alert. Pets that don't receive enough physical activity ("lap potatoes") have the highest rates of weightrelated diseases such as arthritis and diabetes and suffer from behavioral problems. For dogs, 20 to 30 minutes of brisk walking each day benefits both ends of the leash. For cats, two or three five-minute play periods are plenty. And don't worry! Walking with your pet can be fun! Try programs like Greenies Wag & Walk 4 Life, and get active with your pet. 4. Paws Together. It's more fun to play with other dogs! Socialized dogs are simply better behaved and more fun. Visit a dog park, enroll in training classes or become active in serving your community. There are endless ways to get you and your dog to interact with other pet lovers. Share the fun and join a new pack! 5. Pets and Vets. Somehow pet owners started believing that the only time you need a vet is when something is wrong with your pet. The secret to a long and healthy life is vet visits when everything appears fine. A pet owner’s primary goal should be to prevent disease, not only treat it. Changes in diet or lifestyle, giving nutritional supplements and exercising more are straight-forward solutions. Sometimes you just need a prod; other times a push. Your veterinarian is your pet’s voice; let them speak for your pet by visiting once a year for young pets and twice yearly for those over age seven. Visit and for more best-care tips for pets.

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“One of the biggest challenges business leaders face today is how to manage at the speed of accelerating change.” - Rod Collins

These three simple steps, taken now, will help you experience greater joy when the pace picks up during November and December.

“Go slow to go fast” is an idea that’s been around for a long time. Augustus, founder of the Roman Empire, regularly used the phrase, “Festina Lente,” which translates to: “Make haste, slowly.” Certainly, the pace in Augustus’ day was much slower; nevertheless, human nature was not that different. Each person, in their own way, wants to win the day. In the world of business, isn’t our default approach to go faster, to be first and most profitable? Except for slow food, we don’t hear much “slow” talk.

First: Begin with the end in mind. What would you love to experience during your 2018 holidays? Take a moment to imagine that it’s January 1, 2019, and your holidays were the best ever. Tell the story of your holiday season and reflect on the moments you enjoyed the most. If you’re a business owner, include your business wins. Expand on the special times you shared with the people in your life.

As business owners, we live in an environment of accelerating change. Improvements in products and services aren’t enough. Those improvements need to be communicated in a very busy market place. Marketing and promotions that worked last year are obsolete. The technologies for delivering products and services need updated. Responding to customers, keeping up to date with changing laws, empowering and engaging employees and responding to the inevitable disruptions push us to respond faster and faster. Stress is on the rise. Paradoxically, stress comes from feeling we have to move faster just to keep up, but it also comes from feeling behind or that we’re missing out when we slow down. To this mix of “go, go, go,” we add the holidays, days intended for gratitude and to celebrate our accomplishments—and our faith—with family, friends, customers, employees and our community. Beginning with Thanksgiving and proceeding through the festivities of December, the pace picks up. On the business side, we’re trying to reach year-end goals—and possibly supporting some of the busiest times of the year. On the consumer side, we add shopping and party planning. No wonder holidays are stressful, and so many people feel they’re too commercial and that they’ve lost their meaning. Whether you celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or another holiday, now is the time to pause and decide on the meaning you’ll put into the holidays. Now is the time to go slow so that when you go fast, you create wonderful memories of your 2018 holidays. Enjoying your holidays matter. People matter. Creating memories matters. Your sense of satisfaction matters.


Who will you share your holidays with? What did you celebrate? What were your magical moments? Second: Ask the people who are most important to you to answer the same question—and listen. What would they like to experience in November and December? Perhaps there’s a mix of tradition—experiences you’ve had in the past—and new experiences you’d like to create. As much as possible, uncover what’s most meaningful and be selective about what you say “yes” to during the holidays. Quality over quantity. Finally: Pull out your calendar and schedule the “must haves.” This will help your holidays flow way easier—especially if you participate in a lot of activities. You plan your business. How about planning for your holidays? Go slow to go fast.




(BPT) - NAVIGATING THE INS AND OUTS OF MEDICARE can be an intimidating experience if you're not familiar with certain terms. Medicare Part D, which helps cover prescription drugs, has its own terminology. Medicare Annual Enrollment runs from October 15 to December 7, so now is the time for a refresher on key words to inform your coverage decisions for 2019. Deductible, copay and coinsurance - A deductible is the amount you pay out of pocket in a given year for eligible prescription drugs before your plan's coverage kicks in. The deductible can vary from plan to plan. Some plans charge a copay each time you fill a prescription. With coinsurance, you pay a set percentage of the cost of the drug instead of the flat fee associated with a copay. Formulary - Part D plans are offered by private insurance companies, and each plan has what's known as a formulary, a list of the prescription drugs covered under the plan. "When considering a Part D plan, review the formulary to make sure your medications are covered," said Kent Monical, senior vice president for Part D at UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement. Drug tiers - A Medicare Part D plan's formulary is made up of tiers, depending on the cost of the medications. The lower tiers generally include preferred generic drugs, and many plans cover these medicines with low or no copay or coinsurance.

Higher tiers generally include brand-name drugs and specialty medications and tend to have higher copays or coinsurance. Talk to your doctor to see if the brand-name prescription you take can be replaced with a generic version. Preferred pharmacy network - A Part D plan may designate a preferred network of pharmacies, and if you use these pharmacies, you can save money on prescriptions. "Make sure the plan offers access to pharmacies that are convenient for you," Monical said. "Some plans also have mail-order pharmacy benefits, and you may be able to get prescriptions delivered to your home for a lower cost than purchasing from a retail location." The donut hole - The majority of Part D plans have a coverage gap known as a "donut hole." For example, in 2019, you enter this donut hole once your out-of-pocket costs (including deductibles, copays and coinsurance) for prescription drugs reach $3,820. While you're in the donut hole, you will pay a percentage of the cost of the drugs. Once your out-of-pocket costs reach $5,100, you exit the donut hole and pay a smaller coinsurance. But, the days of the donut hole are numbered. Beginning in 2019, the maximum you will pay in the coverage gap for a branded drug is 25 percent of a drug's cost. For generic drugs, it is 37 percent. To learn more about Medicare or Medicare Annual Enrollment, visit


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Christmas tree lighting a Coeur d’Alene tradition BY PATTY HUTCHENS PHOTOS COURTESY KEITH BOE


hile many enjoy playing Christmas carols and getting ahead of their holiday shopping well before the Thanksgiving holiday, the true kick-off to the Christmas season is the day after Thanksgiving when the annual Lighting Ceremony takes place at The Coeur d’Alene Resort on the shores of Lake Coeur d’Alene.

bands, dancing, music and floats reflecting the holiday season.

A tradition that keeps growing and getting better with each passing year, the annual Lighting Ceremony is fun for the entire family. With one flip of a switch, 1.5 million Christmas lights turn the Coeur d’Alene Resort and downtown streets into a land of Christmas beauty.

In the true spirit of Christmas, crowds will then gather along the lakefront and sing Christmas carols while spending time with family and friends and others in this wonderful community we call home.

Free to the public, the festivities leading up to the lighting ceremony begin Friday, November 23 at 5pm with the 27th annual Lighting Ceremony Parade sponsored by the Coeur d’Alene Downtown Association. Gather along the streets as the parade entries light up Sherman Avenue and holiday spirit fills the streets with marching

Following the parade, gather on The Coeur d’Alene Resort lawn and await the lighting ceremony, which will take place at 6pm followed by one of the most amazing fireworks show in the Pacific Northwest hosted by Duane and Lola Hagadone.

With crowds topping over 40,000 last year, be sure to get there early and enjoy the celebration of the season! For more information on the parade, contact Coeur d’Alene Downtown Association or log onto their website at







Staying Warm Winter brings new challenges for the less fortunate BY COLIN ANDERSON


ith winter on the horizon and the nights becoming increasingly colder, everyday struggles become that much more difficult for those facing hardship in our communities. Despite a surging economy, many are still facing difficult decisions like whether to buy food or pay a heating bill. Thankfully, North Idaho is filled with generous and caring people who want to look after those most in need, and you will find many of them at one of the area’s longest standing beacons of hope. St. Vincent de Paul opened its doors 73 years ago to all people regardless of denomination, race or socioeconomic status. Those who work and volunteer here believe if someone is in need, they should do all they can, regardless of who that person might be. While Coeur d’Alene isn’t dotted with dozens of homeless encampments, it isn’t as if the problem doesn’t exist here. Children are sleeping in cars at night, and parents are struggling with difficult decisions. There is also a portion of the population that has a roof over their head, but that is about all they can currently pay for. “Most people think St. Vincent de Paul North Idaho offers direction and services to the homeless, which


is true,” said Barb Smalley. “However, the majority of the people we help, approximately 88 percent, are not homeless but struggling with some unforeseen circumstance which might make them homeless.” Smalley is the current development director and has been with the organization for seven years. She has seen demand for certain services rise and fall, and today, one of the biggest challenges is finding affordable housing. Development is moving forward across Coeur d’Alene at breakneck speed, which is excellent for the local economy but can also lead to increased rent—which many of St. Vincent’s clients cannot afford. St. Vincent de Paul of North Idaho offers different programs for those who are on the verge of losing their housing. Those who are in a crisis situation and have been served an eviction notice or a utility shutoff notice are eligible for rent and utility assistance. The rapid re-housing program helps both those who are currently homeless, living in shelters or on the verge of homelessness get into permanent housing. For those who are in need of additional services and shelter, St. Vincent de Paul is set up to accommodate many situations.


You can help support St. Vincent de Paul this holiday season by attending the ninth Annual Souport the End of Homelessness luncheon. This event will take place from 11am to 1:30pm at the Silver Lake Mall on Thursday, November 15.

“We have a shelter for women, a shelter for men—which is the only one in North Idaho, along with housing for seniors, families, people with cognitive problems, the chronically homeless and the low income,” said Smalley.

to helping them. There is a pancake breakfast, children’s activities, free haircuts and much more.

The HELP Center at 201 East Harrison Avenue in Coeur d’Alene is the entry point for anyone in need. Staff with St. Vincent de Paul is available to help, offer direction and coordinate services with other local nonprofit organizations. The HELP Center sees anywhere from 100 to150 guests per day. St. Vincent de Paul also has a dining hall which is open Monday through Friday and serves between 50 and 100 meals per night in order to meet demand. Among those seeking assistance through the HELP Center are veterans of our armed services.

Like many nonprofits, the mission and work of St. Vincent de Paul can only be accomplished through dedicated volunteers and generous financial donations. Donations big and small all add up in the end, and programs have a lasting impact in the local community. “Many people at some time in their life will need help. I am so thankful we have a place like our Help Center where people can come for direction and services,” said Smalley.

“We see many veterans who utilize the services we offer at our Help Center, dining hall, use our shower facility and wash and dry their clothing,” said Smalley.

You can help support St. Vincent de Paul this holiday season by attending the ninth Annual Souport the End of Homelessness luncheon. This event will take place from 11am to 1:30pm at the Silver Lake Mall on Thursday, November 15. You can sample over 45 soups made by local businesses and organizations for only $12. Proceeds from this event will benefit the winter warming shelter.

The shelter always keeps one bed available in both the men’s and women’s shelters for a veteran who needs a place to sleep. Additional services for veterans include transportation to the VA Clinic in Spokane, access to veteran-specific counseling and a layout of educational benefits and entitlements for veterans. St. Vincent de Paul also leads the charge each spring with the annual Veteran’s Stand Down. Held at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds, the event brings veterans together with services and organizations dedicated

As the temperature dips, St. Vincent de Paul wants to make sure that no one is left out in the cold at night. From November 1, 2018, to March 31, 2019, St. Vincent de Paul North Idaho offers a warming shelter for anyone in need when the temperatures reach 28 degrees or colder. There is typically a warm meal, blankets and warm clothing available as well.


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rtists are influenced and find inspiration in many forms. For Jeff ‘Capasso’ Williams, a life spent traveling the world is the primary factor when he touches brush to canvas. Capasso left his small Illinois town and joined the U.S. Navy at just 17. For 24 years he traveled the globe experiencing different military bases, cultures and conflicts. “I was all over the Middle East, Iraq, Afghanistan, Africa—specifically Rwanda, a lot of Asia, the Philippines, Thailand,” recalls Capasso. His experience as a naval aircrewman and sensor operator onboard the P-3C Orion aircraft allowed him a view of the world not many get to see. Capasso always loved drawing and sketching even as a young child and joined the Navy because he didn’t think he could carve out a living for himself on painting alone. His travels allowed him vantage points of dense forests and barren deserts, metropolises and quaint villages, all evident in his decades of work. His time in Italy during the Kosovo conflict was especially influential to the lifelong painter. “In what little time off I had, I went to some remote fishing villages and fell in love with them,” he says.


“I always had the gift, but this helped tremendously about the craft side of things, learning techniques, color patterns, things you really need from a university to help you along the way.” Capasso toured the country studying the incredible works of art Italy is known for. Having experienced many war and conflict zones, not all images of his travels were of beauty and light. Painting, however, helped provide an outlet to some of the difficult images that will always stick with him. “It was somewhat therapeutic in a way, and a way to exercise some demons,” he says. Capasso was stationed in Hawaii on several occasions and was continually inspired by the natural beauty of the islands. Here he met his wife Leilani and the couple raised five children together. When it was time to finally retire after 24 years, the naval vet, with a master’s degree in aeronautical science, took a two-year sabbatical to focus on his craft; enrolling in the Fine Arts Program at the University of Hawaii. “I always had the gift, but this helped tremendously about the craft side of things, learning techniques, color patterns, things you really need from a university to help you along the way.” While many would consider retirement to Hawaii the ultimate dream, it’s


North Idaho in which the Williams have found their personal paradise. Capasso was stationed alongside a man from Western Montana and another from near Bonners Ferry. “They would go on and on about how beautiful it was and I was like, ‘Really? Idaho? Isn’t that like Iowa?” he laughs. With Leilani at his side, they decided to take a trip to see Coeur d’Alene and were blown away. When they went further north to Sandpoint, they agreed, this was the place to finally call home. While Capasso has painted his fair share of landscapes, he is also inspired by more intimate surroundings in the area. Driving near Clark Fork, he came across a gathering of old non-running trucks. His initial impression eventually led to an entire series of paintings. “It reminded me about our lives. We start out shiny and new and, over the years, get kicked in the teeth and have the windows cracked, but even at the end there is a beautiful patina,” he says. Capasso’s next series will focus on small towns, like Sandpoint and Coeur d’Alene, and how so few are left across the country. You can find his works at the Artwork Gallery, and there is a display of his larger pieces at the Cedar Street Bridge Public Market.


t is an event that keeps people coming back year after year. The Parade of Homes is put on by the North Idaho Building Contractors Association (NIBCA) and showcases the craftsmanship of the area’s top builders, architects, interior designers, landscapers, home automations specialists, kitchen and bath designers and building product suppliers. This year’s event spanned two weekends in September and drew people from all over to view the beautifully constructed homes and provided inspiration to many. Aspen Homes and Development has been a part of the Parade of Homes for nearly 20 years, with up to three homes showcased in a given year.

“We love the Parade of Homes,” said Zetta Stam, an interior designer and co-founder along with her husband Todd of Aspen Homes. She said that many of the same people return year after year and have not only become friends but some of the company’s biggest cheerleaders. “It’s always fun to reminisce about their favorite homes of ours in the past and just to chat with a friendly face. It is a lot of work for our team to prepare for the crazy busy couple of weekends, but it is so worth it,” said Stam. “Our subcontractors and suppliers are always beyond amazing with helping us have the homes ready and looking great so the wonderful furniture companies like Tin Roof and Mountain Comfort can add the icing on the top. We so appreciate everyone’s dedication.”


This year Aspen Homes had three homes featured. Located at 408 Millview Lane in South Shore 7, a new subdivision on the Spokane River, The Retreat is a 4,325 square-foot home with five bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms. Designed by d’Zign Group Architecture out of Hayden, this was the first time that Aspen Homes has constructed The Retreat home. The second home that Aspen Homes featured this year is the Bayside, also designed by d’Zign Group Architecture. This 4,476 square-foot home features five bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms and is located at 10916 McCall Falls overlooking Hayden Lake in Hayden. In House Draftsman designed the third home that Aspen Homes featured and is one they have



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built in the past, only this time they changed it up a bit. The Brookside is a 2,967 square-foot home located in a new subdivision by Aspen Homes called Alpine Point. This home is located in Coeur d’Alene at 2272 East Thomas Hill Court and features four bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms According to Stam, any registered builder in good standing with the NIBCA can be a part of the Parade of Homes. “The NIBCA team does so much hard work behind the scenes to get ready for this event for the community along with so many volunteers like the Women in Business,” said Stam. “I applaud them for their tireless efforts and

hundreds of hours to put on this amazing event for the community to enjoy and so that we builders have an opportunity to showcase our products.” Todd and Zetta founded their company with the mission to provide people of all ages and economic backgrounds an opportunity to build their dream home. Todd shares that the company was given the People’s Choice Award and named the Best Custom Home Builder in Idaho from Home Builder Digest. They have been featured on HGTV’s Top Ten Amazing Kitchens and been featured in several publications. Dalton Cunningham of ActiveWest Builders said their company has had approximately nine homes


in the Parade of Homes over the years, including three in the Circuit @ Seltice, a small urban community in Coeur d’Alene where ActiveWest developed and built one of the phases. They have also featured three homes in Meadow Ranch—a premier 55 and older community featuring highperformance, healthy green cottage-style homes, three homes in Circuit and three in Riverstone. This year’s featured Parade of Homes location for ActiveWest is located at 3304 North Rosalia Road at The Circuit @ Seltice in Coeur d’Alene. It is a 1,107-square-foot home with two bedrooms and two bathrooms and has all main-floor living. Across from the Atlas Waterfront Project, the community is a private gated community with direct access to the Centennial Trail.

Dalton shares that what makes this home unique is that it is not only low maintenance but has quartz counters throughout, fill tile, a no-lip master shower, full height backsplash and is constructed higher than code. “It’s a healthy, energy-efficient home in a community with low Home Owners’ Association dues,” said Dalton. And as in all its homes, ActiveWest specializes in constructing energy-efficient and LEED certified homes. ActiveWest has been in business since they first began the Meadow Ranch development in 2006 and have completed construction in a total of eight communities with more in the works. Adding to the character of their custom homes includes unique requests such as home theaters and outdoor kitchens. Also featured in this year’s Parade of Homes was Architerra Homes, which had two homes showcased—one, The Gallatin, located at 6917 Hourglass in Coeur d’Alene, and the other, The Bighorn, featured at 4437 East Fennec Fox Lane in Post Falls. The Gallatin, which is one of Architerra’s most popular homes, features a two-story ceiling that goes from the foyer to the living room. An upper-level balcony is visible from the lower level and offers a midway focal point for the space. Adjacent to the vaulted living room are formal and informal dining areas which flank the kitchen. The kitchen layout is open and contains a large island with sink and closet pantry. The master suite has a shower, dualsink vanity with makeup desk, and walk-in closet. On the upper level are a bathroom and two bedrooms, which are located on opposite sides of the home for privacy. Located at The Trails in Coeur d’Alene, The Gallatin received the awards for best kitchen, best interior design and best exterior in its category. A single-level design, The Bighorn home features a design perfect for those who enjoy not only an open floor plan but also for those who enjoy entertaining. With a large kitchen that is open to a living room and dining room with high vaulted ceilings, one is also able to easily access the outdoors with double sliding doors.

“Our Bighorn model at Foxtail in Post Falls won for best kitchen, best master suite, best interior design, best exterior and most energy efficient in its category,” said Allen Dykes of Architerra Homes, which has been in business for four years. “I believe having a home that is intelligently designed really resonates with today’s buyer,” said Dykes. “Showcasing design and finishes shows buyers what we are capable of offering in our homes.” Next time you find yourself dreaming of the perfect home or remodel of your current residence, find some inspiration from these award-winning builders and others in our area.




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When it comes to athletics, senior Kelly Horning is passionate. As both a volleyball and basketball player for the Vikings, she was named Newcomer of the Year for basketball her freshman year and made All League for volleyball both her sophomore and junior years. “One of my absolute favorite things about volleyball is the competitiveness,” said Kelly. “A close second is the friendships you make. I love the girls on my teams. I’ve met some of the best people I know through sports.”

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CHERYL NICHOLS PHOTOGRAPHY She shared that one of the biggest challenges she faced was earning her spot on the varsity team. “Coming in as a freshman on varsity, I just remember having to prove every day that I deserve and want to be there just as much as anyone else on the team. I had to push, and I think even mature, a little faster than the rest just to fit in and look like I should be on that team. All around though, I enjoyed the competition, and it made me a better volleyball player and all-around athlete.” Looking back on her athletic career so far, Kelly said she has learned a very valuable life lesson. “You have to have a little bit of a competitive attitude to get through life.”

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Lake City High School senior Reilley Chapman has played competitive volleyball since she was 10 years old and softball since she was 8. And it is not just in the athletic arena where she excels; she also holds a 4.1 GPA. Looking ahead to her future, Reilley said she has struggled with the decision of whether or not to play sports at the collegiate level. “I have offers to attend different schools to play volleyball but have decided to focus on my career path and play sports for fun at the intramural level,” said Reilley. “Having to tell schools that were interested in me that I wouldn’t be playing for their program was difficult. I did not want to disappoint anyone, but I knew not playing was the right decision for me.” Reilley will attend Gonzaga University next fall where she will major in business.

successful businesswoman, and I think an education and degree from Gonzaga will put me on the right path,” said Reilley. While she said she loved all aspects of participating in both volleyball and softball, including the competition and being part of a team, she emphasizes that what she will miss most is playing alongside her best friends. Being an athlete has taught Reilley many valuable lessons, but one thing that stands out the most is that Reilley has learned to never take herself too seriously. “Once you do, your sport becomes more like a job and less like a fun ‘game’ you get to play with your friends,” she said.


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t’s the time of year when stores are filled with people shopping for the holiday season and children eagerly await their chance to tell Santa exactly what is on their wish list this year. But for many families, it is a stressful time as they lack the resources to provide much more than food and shelter for their families. Thanks to Toys for Tots, families in Kootenai County and around the country no longer have to deal with the stress of how to make their child’s Christmas magical. Anita Parisot is the local community organizer for Toys for Tots in Kootenai County and is responsible for the overall leadership, management and reporting for Toys for Tots in our county. She is the first civilian to take the position, as it was previously conducted by The Pappy Boyington Detachment #966 for many years. The National Toys for Tots foundation has been operating since 1947, with Kootenai County Toys for Tots being established over 20 years ago. Sponsored by the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, last year Kootenai County served 935 families, which included 1,932 children. It is a program for children 12 and younger who are from low-income families on public assistance or are members of active duty military families.

According to Anita, the biggest need locally is for boys and girls ages 8 to 12. However, there is a $30 limit, and many of the toys that age group desires are out of that price range. “We’re also struggling with the closing of Toys ‘R Us. They were our biggest supplier of toys,” said Anita of the obstacles they face this year. “I am hoping local toy stores in the area and stores such as WalMart and Target will step in to help.” She shares that last year, Figpickels Toy Emporium in Coeur d’Alene provided Toys for Tots with $5,000 of STEM toys for the 8- to 12-yearold girls, as they were aware Toys for Tots was running low. And they did that in just four short hours! When it comes to donations, Anita said Toys for Tots is only able to accept new, unwrapped toys. They cannot accept donations of clothing.



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One of the goals Anita and her group have for this year is to maximize the resources available in Kootenai County for families. “We would like to partner with other area charities and provide toys for the families they serve. This will allow them to spend the precious dollars they receive on necessities like clothes, boots, coats, food and more for their families,” she said. Another goal Anita envisioned when she took on her role as the local community organizer was to have the community, especially the kids, participate in the registering, packing and distributing of toys. “Toys for Tots is one of the few charities in which entire families can volunteer. Last year we had whole families who would arrive ready to help. Our youngest elf was only 3, and she worked harder than some of the grownups!” said Anita. “At times, we had babies sleeping in strollers lined up in the warehouse while their mamas packed toys. It was a sight I will never forget.”

Anita’s own three kids are a part of the campaign, from entertaining the kids while their parents are registering for toys to packing and handing out the toys. “It has been a very important lesson in humility and gratitude for all of us,” she said. And the intrinsic rewards one receives from donating their time or resources can be felt in the many wonderful stories that are shared. “On the last day of the campaign last year we got a call for help,” recalls Anita. “A mom was running from an abusive husband in Oregon. She and her five children arrived in Coeur d’Alene with only the clothes on their backs. We gave her a shopping cart and said, ‘Go have fun!’ By the time we were done, her front and back seat and trunk were full of toys and books. Lots of happy tears were shed that morning.” Information to Donate or to be a Recipient Whether you are a family in need or would like to donate to the local



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ootsteps clacked on the cobblestones behind them. They couldn’t make out the dark figure in the legendary London fog but, whoever it was, they were coming straight for them. There was nowhere to go—the figure was upon them. “Y’all ready for your tour?” said NIC student Peggy Gunther, originally from Georgia who now resides in Idaho.

NIC students who took part in the college’s first “Murder Mystery” class last May ham it up for a selfie in the United Kingdom. The students are, from left: Diona Morse, Nora Kennedy, Josh Imhoff, Victoria Robbins, Leonard Morse, Mary Cowin, Cassidy Livingston, Brett Janson, and Peggy Gunther.

Gunther is one of 16 North Idaho College students who took part in the college’s first Contemporary World Cultures (FLAN 207) class that focused on British murder mysteries and culminated in a two-week trip to London, Scotland and Wales last May. NIC English instructors Aaron Cloyd and Molly Michaud led the group, which was such a success they are planning another trip next spring. The three novels the class read for were “Even Dogs in the Wild” by Ian Rankin, set in Edinburgh, Scotland; “King Solomon’s Carpet” by Barbara Vine, set in London; and “Complicit” by Gillian E. Hamer, set in North Wales. To save on the price of tours and utilize experiential learning, students were paired together and assigned real geographic locations. The whole class read all the books, but then each partnered group would have their own murder mystery spot where they would give a real-life tour that related to the book. Students are able to juxtapose actual United Kingdom geography—towers, rivers, crypts, alleys, castles—with the literature. “Molly and I chose these books because they were so geography specific. We were able to walk through these areas and tour them from reading the book,” Cloyd said. He added that professional tour guides for these areas were costly, and this method was a learning experience for the students as well as allowing them to cut the expense in half.

“FLAN is a cultural awareness class. It taught the murder mystery, but it was also a bridge to cultural awareness,” Cloyd said. “We had students who had never been out of Idaho before. We had students sitting in the Seattle airport saying, ‘That was my first plane ride.’” There were surprises for everyone. The food was much better than billed. Learning to live with 19 people without break was an experience that took getting used to, and researching each murder mystery spot had its own unique challenges. Yet, reflecting on her experiences, NIC student Allison Gneckow described the course and time abroad as a “true gift,” an experience that has encouraged her to travel again.


Throughout the course and travel, a study of culture remained the focus. Student Diona Morse recalled one student who had never been further than Spokane before the United Kingdom trip but couldn’t get enough of the cultural exposure. “He just lit up,” Morse said. “He will forever be a traveler now.” For more information about the Spring FLAN 207, which is now open for registration, call or email Molly Michaud at 208.769.7878 or, or Aaron Cloyd at 208.769.7711 or

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Our first year trying to catch one, we scoured the Internet, read books, asked professionals and picked everyone’s brain we could. After three full days of casting out on the water, we went home empty handed. The second year, we did the same thing, thinking that the previous year’s experience would help us. If nothing else, we figured we’d paid our dues and would at least luck into a few. Nope.

Catching a steelhead can feel nearly impossible. They call them the fish of a thousand casts. They're not dumb. They can be found in thousands of miles of a river system and happen to run up these river systems during the coldest parts of winter. Thousands of fishermen try and catch them annually to no avail. Even the most seasoned angler will spend weeks on end trying to touch just one of them.

Over these first two seasons, we read stories of success, saw countless pictures on social media and went to seminars from people who proclaimed they had all the answers. Obviously it was possible. One day we realized that most of the pictures we were seeing and the stories we were hearing were from people who were fishing with professional guides. These guides usually run $250 to $300 a day, per person. Not a small amount

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What is this obsession with time, or lack thereof? More importantly, how can one get it back? It’s time to take back the gift of time and use it toward purposeful things. Instead of “getting things done,” let’s do things we desire or need to do—like breathe. Rather than losing time unwillingly, what would happen if one decides to be in charge of one’s time? That’s right. It sounds inconceivable to be in charge of our time these days but with a slight change of mind a possible concept. Becoming a slave to time by running after everything that happens to jump on the to-do list, defeats the purpose of having the gift of time in the first place. Lists are not what life is about. Life is about living, dreaming and breathing. Instead of running to the next thing on the list, imagine if you closed your eyes and focused on your breathing. Inhale. Exhale. Now, do it again and breathe deeper. It only takes a few seconds,

but the moments taken to do some of the smallest things—like breathing—create some of the most enlightened life changes or memories. Intention in action allows for a life lived more purposefully. Lists can be safe and comfortable, but choice in desire and slowing things down can be purposeful and life-changing. Remember, before those overwhelming feelings begin to sneak in, focus. Living more intentionally doesn’t need to start with much more than just a breath.

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trange as it seems, your body can actually attack itself. Well, your body doesn’t go crazy with a knife and start attacking in that manner, however, part of your body can. That part is the immune system. When the immune system goes haywire, goes on some crazy metabolic rampage and turns a supposedly healthy functioning immune system into a victim, so to speak, we call it an autoimmune disorder.


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An autoimmune disorder could be likened to the body becoming allergic to its own parts, its own tissues. It’s like it suddenly has amnesia and forgets about what its own tissue is and what an enemy is.

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Autoimmune disorders are so abundant that a vast number of our population has one of the many forms. In my research, I discovered 174 different autoimmune disorders. Fortyeight were classified as research-conclusive, whereas the rest were considered “suspect.” Autoimmune disorders range from psoriasis to rheumatoid arthritis, to lupus, autoimmune thyroid disease, blood disorders and even certain cancers.


The question that lingers in my mind is, “Why?” Why would the immune system mistake healthy tissue as an enemy? The body is always striving for normalcy. The makeup is specifically to protect itself. So why would it become confused, erratic and go on the “fritz”?


We can contribute to autoimmune disease by several lifestyle choices. We don’t choose to have a system in disarray, but we make choices that set the stage for it to happen. What are those choices? Our diet, for one. Hydrogenated and other trans-fats interfere with immune function, while healthy fats (the ones we were previously advised to avoid) support healthy immune function. Sugar suppresses normal immune behavior, as does alcohol (a refined sugar). Good hormonal health is a prerequisite for good immune health. But if our life is subject to stress, poor diet, inadequate sleep, environmental toxins and other factors, we suffer from hormonal imbalances that span many functions in the body. Hormones control hundreds of metabolic activities that are intricately connected to the forces mentioned above and play a role in the immune system. There are many substances that have an impact on immune health. Vitamins A, C and D are particularly critical to healthy immune fitness. Most people, when they consume those vitamins, consume the chemical versions, which not only are not as effective in supporting immune strength but can contribute to its breakdown. Certain medications have been shown to set the stage for immune dysfunction as well. Life-stress is also an immunosuppressant. We all have stress, but if we fall short of the elements needed to support us during stressful times, we will fall victim to this crazed immune mechanism. Fortunately, there is much that can be done to support healthy immune function. Acupuncture, herbs, good nutrition and resolution of bodily burdens that underscore healthy immune function are all excellent choices for immune restoration. Dr. Holly Carling is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine, Licensed Acupuncturist, Doctor of Naturopathy, Clinical Nutritionist and Master Herbologist with nearly four decades of experience.


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RESISTANCE IS NOT FUTILE Antibiotic overuse poses a deadly threat to health care BY MARC STEWART, HERITAGE HEALTH


he family of a woman living in an assisted living facility pleaded with a provider to order a prescription for an antibiotic for their beloved matriarch.

The woman had suffered from urinary tract infections in the past and her family was convinced she had another one. The provider felt the intense pressure from their demands, but she called a pharmacist to ask if it would be OK. The answer was no. “Upon evaluation, the patient didn’t have any symptoms of infection,” said Jolie Jantz, clinical pharmacist for Heritage Health. “It would have been a mistake to write a prescription. We have to say no sometimes because the consequences for inappropriate use of antibiotics are severe, including death.” And those consequences include superbugs that could kill thousands of people if an epidemic broke out. “Those superbugs already exist in some parts of the world,” said Jantz. “The medical community is striving to change the mindset of providers, patients and everyone that antibiotics are actually dangerous to use instead of being the first thing people want when they’re sick.” Antibiotics and similar drugs, together called antimicrobial agents, have been used for the last 70 years to treat patients who have infectious diseases. Since the 1940s, these drugs have greatly reduced illness and death from infectious diseases. However, these drugs have been used so widely and for so long that the infectious organisms the antibiotics are designed to kill have adapted to them, making the drugs less effective.

“The biggest issue with antibiotic misuse, or prescribing an antibiotic when it is not needed or indicated, is the development of antibiotic resistant bacteria; which makes it harder to treat serious infections when they do occur,” said Heritage Health’s Dr. Nicole Odom. During cold season, the pressure to prescribe antibiotics often comes from parents who want their children to get over a cold quickly. “The key is often time and patience, which can be difficult to watch your child be uncomfortable,” said Odom. “Most viral colds will self-resolve in 10 to 14 days, with a cough being the last thing to go. It is never a bad idea to keep in touch with your child’s doctor ,and if your child’s symptoms are worsening or not improving with a common cold, then it’s a good idea to have the child reassessed in the clinic. Ear infections or a true bacterial sinus infection can arise during a cold. Don’t be afraid to go back in after an initial visit if things are not getting better. If you can avoid an unnecessary course of antibiotics for your child, that is the safest option.”

“The medical community is striving to change the mindset of providers, patients and everyone that antibiotics are actually dangerous to use instead of being the first thing people want when they're sick.”

Each year in the United States, at least 2 million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics and at least 23,000 people die each year as a direct result of these infections. World Antibiotic Awareness Week is November 12 through 18. While seniors and children are most vulnerable to these infections, anyone can be infected with bacteria that won’t respond to antibiotics.

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Painful Memories Time does not heal wounds to the soul BY DAN AZNOFF


ifty years ago, I was an acne-faced teenager desperately trying to cling to the tail of the political unrest that had swept our nation.

While most of my junior high classmates spent their afterschool hours on ball fields, my days were filled with creating memorable catch phrases that could be painted on poster boards that I prepared for the next rally against social injustice or the bloody war in Vietnam. My lunch hours were filled with gatherings of like-minded young people who would take turns standing on tables outside the cafeteria delivering passionate speeches on the inequalities in our society. For a would-be student radical, the 1968 presidential elections were better than the World Series. The local elections in my community in Southern California provided my first opportunity to put words into action. My pockets were stuffed with leaflets as well as potholders and other promotional materials distributed by the various candidates. Election Day was spent standing on the median of a local highway waving a sign to encourage motorists to vote for my preferred candidate for state assembly. When the polls closed, volunteers gathered at the campaign office around the corner from my home to wait for the early returns. My passion was fueled in large part by the candidacy of Bobby Kennedy, who was engaged in a tight race for the Democratic presidential nomination against Sen. Eugene McCarthy. The contest for delegates had tightened the week earlier when the lawmaker from Minnesota had bested Kennedy in the Oregon primary. Kennedy was perceived by many as the only candidate who could unite the party (and the country) during a tempestuous time of unrest. Both senators had taken a strong stance against the war in the uphill contest against Vice President Hubert Humphrey. The VP had assumed the role of presumptive Democratic nominee when President Lyndon Johnson unexpectedly withdrew from the race at the end of March after

he had been upstaged by McCarthy in the New Hampshire primary. The crowd at the assemblyman’s campaign office was jubilant with the early returns that indicated their efforts had resulted in victory for their candidate. Many of those in the crowded office wanted to move the celebration from the suburban campaign headquarters to Downtown Los Angeles to join the festivities at the Kennedy campaign headquarters. The prospect of being a part of the Kennedy victory celebration at the Ambassador Hotel inspired me to deceive my parents about where I would be and to stay out past my curfew. We stuffed ourselves into a half-dozen cars for the short ride downtown. The throngs of people in the Embassy Ballroom at The Ambassador grew more enthusiastic as Kennedy’s lead in early returns indicated a much-needed victory en route to the nominating convention in Chicago. As an observer of history, I found myself positioned near a side door as victory grew near. My emotions were a mix of excitement coupled with guilt for being so far from home on a school night and for deceiving my parents. Just after midnight, almost without warning, I was shoved out of my safe haven near a side door by a surge of photographers and reporters.



FEATURE STORY A few steps behind the media were members of Kennedy’s staff, looking confident and mildly disheveled. Bobby walked into the room behind them, surrounded by an elite combination of celebrities and famous athletes. The candidate was wearing a freshly pressed suit over a crisp white shirt. He stopped to shake hands with as many people as he could reach through the barrier of humanity that had engulfed him. He stopped in front of me. With a sweep of one hand, he brushed the hair away from his face long enough to lean down and look straight into my eyes. I uttered some innocuous comment before Bobby asked me my name. “Danny, sir.” The noise was deafening, but I could hear the sincerity in his reply. “Well Danny, I hope I can count on your vote in November.” I did not want to tell him that I was still eight years away from being 21 and legally able to vote. In an instant, he was gone, headed toward the podium where he would claim victory in the winner-take-all California primary. He held up his fingers to symbolize V for victory and pledged to win the nomination at the convention in Chicago. The infamous gunshots from the kitchen a few moments later were as clear as if they had been fired in an empty room. A tight corridor

Robert Kennedy’s assassination on June 5, 1968, in a Los Angeles hotel came just months after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and less than five years after the assassination of Robert’s brother, President John F. Kennedy. Although he died the day after his shooting at the young age of 42, the young politician spent nearly half of his life in public service making a significant impact on American politics. • Robert Kennedy was the chief counsel of the Senate Labor Rackets Committee from 1957 to 1959 where he challenged Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa over the corrupt practices of the union. • Robert Kennedy served as the 64th United States attorney general from January of 1961 to September of 1964, serving under his brother, John F. Kennedy, until the president’s assassination in November of 1963. Bobby stayed on as attorney general until he resigned 10 months following President Kennedy’s death. • Following his brother’s death, Robert Kennedy was elected senator of New York, where he continued his mission to advocate for the poor and for human rights. He was known for his opposition to racial discrimination and the escalation of the United States’ involvement in the Vietnam War. • According to the Washington Post, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., who lost his father when he was 14 years old, visited with Sirhan B. Sirhan, the man convicted of killing his father, earlier this year at a correctional facility in California. After his visit, Robert Kennedy, Jr. said he believes there was a second gunman and that it was not Sirhan who killed his father.


For a wouldbe student radical, the 1968 presidential elections were better than the World Series. The local elections in my community in Southern California provided my first opportunity to put words into action.




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He stopped in front of me. With a sweep of one hand, he brushed the hair away from his face long enough to lean down and look straight into my eyes. I uttered some innocuous comment before Bobby asked me my name. “Danny, sir.�

opened in the sea of bodies that gave me a glimpse of Rosey Grier as he struggled to pry the gun away from the shooter. The gunman continued to pull the trigger after he had fired all six rounds from his .22 caliber handgun. The rest of the evening was a blur of sirens and news cameras. We made the 20-minute drive home in silence. My mind was filled with the horrific images I had witnessed, but I went to bed that night without admitting to my parents where I had been. I avoided any conversation with classmates until the next afternoon when our teachers informed us that Kennedy had died from his wounds.

I cried more that night than when my mother died eight years later. The man who had the ability to lead the nation out of the desperate times that began five years earlier when President Kennedy was gunned down in Dallas was gone. The future looked bleak without a man to lead us out of the darkness. Bobby was shot by Sirhan Sirhan, a Palestinian who believed killing the next president would prevent the sale of American jets to Israel. The site of the violence has changed dramatically over the last 50 years. The Ambassador Hotel fell into disrepair and has been replaced by a community of public schools named to honor the fallen senator dedicated to the ideals he championed.


The nation has not. The ideals of social justice Kennedy symbolized a half-century ago continue to be out of reach for a nation in search of its soul. That night changed my life forever. Being a witness to history inspired me to become a journalist who could provide objective information on the people responsible for the changes in our society. Bobby has been a part of my life every day for the past 50 years. I continue to be inspired by the ideals he advocated and mourn for the loss of where we could be as a nation if he had lived to fulfill his vision of equality.

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Make a Local Impact All Year Shopping locally has domino effect in the community BY PATTY HUTCHENS



t is the time of year when we start making our lists. What gift should we purchase for those special people in our lives this holiday season? After all, we want something that will be different from the rest; something that truly reflects the love we have for someone. This year, while making those lists, think about how you can also influence your local economy. And then consider making it a habit not just during the holiday season but year round. There are a few campaigns that have already been encouraging people to do so, and this is the story behind an impact of two of those. The 3/50 Project One such way to boost the local economy is by taking part in the 3/50 Project whose mission is “saving the brick and mortars the nation is built upon.” The concept of the 3/50 Project is simple: Pick three. Spend 50. Save your local economy. Organizers encourage people to choose three independently owned businesses that they know they would miss if they were to suddenly close down. Commit to spending $50 each month at one of these stores, whether it is a local health food store, gift shop,

restaurant, salon or clothing store, and locals will be doing their part to make a significant impact on their local economy. According to those behind the 3/50 Project, for every $100 spent in locally owned independent stores, $68 returns to the local community through taxes, payroll and other expenditures. On the contrary, if you spend your money at a “big box” store, only $43 stays local. And for online spending, well, it’s a big zero. Minneapolis resident Cindy Baxter is the driving force behind the 3/50 Project. She is the former owner of a successful retail store and is now a retail consultant and professional speaker with a mission to strengthen independent brick-and-mortar businesses. Baxter shares that she feels an obligation to pay forward the knowledge and expertise she has gained throughout the years. With a simple blog post back in 2009, following a week of news reports focusing on how consumer spending drives the economy, Baxter’s post suggesting the principles behind the 3/50 Project propelled people into action. Only a week later, she was handing out free flyers to businesses, and by the end of that month she had launched her website, Today, businesses can register and receive free marketing tools from the 3/50 Project at no cost. If you are a local business owner,



On one of the biggest shopping weekends of the year, the Saturday after Thanksgiving

go ahead and check it out. You will be surprised at the impact such a simple concept can have! Small Business Saturday

It was not too long ago when our economy was struggling and in the midst of a recession. For small businesses, that struggle was especially difficult. American Express sought to find a way they could help support those locally owned businesses that do so much to keep the local economy strong, funneling the money spent back into the communities they serve. It was in 2010 when American Express launched Small Business Saturday. On one of the biggest shopping weekends of the year, the Saturday after Thanksgiving, American Express’s campaign was aimed at bringing more holiday shopping to small businesses around the country. It was only one year later when the Senate unanimously passed a resolution supporting Small Business Saturday, and by 2012, all 50 states were participating. Now, eight years later, the campaign is going strong as more and more businesses are taking part in the quest, displaying Small Business Saturday signs in their windows and bringing people in who may not normally shop there. A report commissioned by American Express and the National Federation of Independent Businesses reports that in 2017 an estimated 108 million


As the holiday season approaches, think small, think local and feel good about the fact your shopping experience is helping your hometown. consumers shopped or dined at local independently owned businesses on Small Business Saturday. That number translates into approximately 43 percent of all Americans. And while we often think of Small Business Saturday and shopping local as being benefits to the business owner, the benefits to consumers are also significant. When one chooses to shop in his or her locally owned stores, they are not only saving themselves time by not traveling to other destinations, but they likely are also saving money. Traveling out of town for one’s shopping needs requires the cost of gas, time away from home or work and, depending upon where you go, could also mean a higher sales tax. If you are an Internet shopper, you may save time but not always money. After all, those shipping costs can quickly add up. And you may not realize it but making a conscious effort to shop locally as much as possible is also a benefit to friends and neighbors. Small business owners are known for their contributions to the many nonprofit agencies that in turn help our community members. In fact, statistics show those locally owned and operated stores are two-anda-half times more likely to donate to nonprofit agencies than the large chain stores. Small business owners are the ones who take the money they earn and reinvest it into their community with their own purchases of goods and services. Can the same be said for the big box stores? By shopping at locally owned stores you are not only helping to stimulate the local economy, but you may likely be helping other people in the community who rely upon several of our nonprofits during the down times in their lives.


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CONQUERING ONLINE How you can become successful BY COLIN ANDERSON


n today’s world, anything you need can be sent to you without ever leaving your couch. A myriad of online shopping options are out there from behemoths like Amazon and Ebay to specialty sites for very specific products. In many cities, the weekly grocery trip has changed completely. Shoppers can purchase everything from their phone or computer and it will be ready to pick up when they arrive at the store. In some cases groceries are even delivered. Removing the brick and mortar from a business can save thousands in associated costs, and those who want to turn their hobby into part- or full-time income have places to push their goods as well. Like in any market, the competition is fierce amongst online retailers big and small, and getting your products to the front of search results is no simple task. There are, however, several sites and techniques for those who are looking to make a small splash in this multi-billion dollar industry. Social Media Marketing Setting up a business-specific set of social media pages is vital to any business looking for maximum reach. Channels like Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter are all free to set up, and for many consumers these are the platforms in which they are influenced on fashion trends, news and upcoming events.


With these platforms you can post stories or content about your product, show photos of the piece from concept to finished product, and interact with current or potential customers. A jewelry designer might wish to hold a Twitter chat or livestream so followers can watch an item being made and speak directly to the artisan who is making it. Facebook allows you to open your own ‘Shop’ directly on its platform so followers can purchase your item while on the popular social media site. Placing ads on Facebook is also very affordable, and with its enormous database of users, you control who your message gets to. If your target is 30- to 40-year-old married women without kids and within 30 miles of your location, you can set the filters and choose how much you want to spend. Easy-to-read charts show you how many impressions your ad received and allow you to easily calculate your cost per lead or cost per sale. High-Quality Images

Channels like Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter are all free to set up, and for many consumers these are the platforms in which they are influenced on fashion trends, news and upcoming events.

While phones have come a long way, simply snapping a quick pic of your product and putting it online isn’t always the best method. Hiring a professional to shoot multiple views and angles will ensure better quality images in your online store. Professionals know proper lighting and the ins and outs of photo-editing software such as Photoshop. Consumers are becoming more and more visual, and the better your images the better response you will receive. If your startup doesn’t have the capital for a professional, there are some budget solutions as well. If your items are small like handmade crafts or jewelry, table-top sized photo studios are available. In many cases these bright white squares are already lit, but in some, the lighting is placed outside of the device. Larger sizes are available for those looking to model clothes or furniture. Price and quality vary greatly from basic models around $50 to larger higher-end studios reaching into the thousands.


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Know the Charges If you go with a well-established online marketplace like Etsy or Houzz, make sure you are aware of the costs to list your items and the commission that is paid when your item does sell. For example, Etsy charges 20 cents for each listing. When the item sells, the company takes a 5-percent commission and also charges a 3-percent payment processing fee to complete the order. Knowing what it costs to make a sale will help you price your items correctly. There are smaller sites that charge smaller fees and commissions but you are unlikely to receive the support, fraud protections and shipping options that the larger platforms offer. Be Creative and Mix it Up When you choose the platform that you feel is right for your product, do all that you can to learn everything about the site. These companies also make money off your product, so it is their goal for you to succeed. Each offers stories of users’ success and failures and provide step-by-step instructions on creating the right attentiongrabbing listings. Many have built-in communities which allow you to chat and brainstorm with other users or speak with company employees about issues you are having. If your items aren’t selling, don’t be afraid to mix things up. When listing an item, think about what descriptions and categories you want to utilize. There are a lot of ‘vintage chairs’ for sale, so look at narrowing down the search parameters. It can be tricky, but don’t be afraid to continually tweak your listings until you find the best results and response. Ecommerce is only continuing to grow, and whether you’re looking to have your product take over the globe or just sell a few pieces each year, there is a platform that will get your item exposure to those looking to buy it. Like any other business, have a plan, budget and goals when starting your online business—and be the boss!


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Set a budget. Before you leave the house for an afternoon of spirited holiday shopping, you must first set a firm budget—and stick to it! This is a time of year that should be joyful. Why ruin that feeling by ending the year with unnecessary debt? Figure out what you can reasonably afford and go from there. Allot an amount to each person you’ll be shopping for (your budget will help determine how many you are able to include on your personal “nice list”) and … you’re off!

A LIST IS A MUST. There’s no greater joy than seeing the smiles on your loved ones’ faces Christmas morning, but note, it is not imperative to shop for every family member or friend. Before you get a start on your holiday shopping, and taking into consideration your budget, make a list of family and friends and what you want to buy them. By sticking to a list of gift items you intend to purchase, it will dissuade you from buying more than you intend to. Remember, it’s the thought of the gift that counts—not the number of gifts. Stick to your guns, and your list, and you’ll leave the store with a smile.

IGNORE SALE SIGNS. Those sale signs and the tempting buy one, get one can send you on a shopping spree of no return—and a less than happy bank statement. We know, it can be difficult not to take a bite of one of the many sales happening throughout the holiday season. Yes, sales are great if it’s an item you had already planned on purchasing, but if it’s not, no matter how much you’re saving, you’re still spending. This is a reminder, again, to stick to that list and budget.


USE CASH, NOT CARDS. If you limit the amount of money you plan on spending, it makes it that much easier to avoid overspending! Entering a shop with cash in hand more easily allows you to keep track of how much you are spending while you’re shopping, and you won’t be surprised when you get to the checkout line to discover you’ve overblown your budget. And hey, if you finish the day off with a few extra bucks, treat yourself to a warm beverage. You’ve earned it!

Don’t procrastinate. It’s never too early to get a start on your holiday shopping. If you spread out the gift shopping over several months—yup, think summertime— you will avoid those last-minute shopping sprees where you’re more than likely to blow your budget. Allocating a set amount of money each paycheck to be used for your holiday shopping will help you get ahead of the game—and by taking this advice, it’s possible to have all of the gifts purchased, and wrapped, before Thanksgiving!

Get crafty. Especially for those with large families, too many friends to count on one hand and blessed with those kind neighbors you just have to include on your nice list, this is the time to do it yourself and stop in at your favorite crafts store. From buying ornaments in bulk and personalizing each one for those special people in your life to framing a family photo and decorating the frame to suit the style and taste of the lucky recipient, this is a great—and inexpensive—way to spread holiday cheer to all of those you cherish.

Donate to charity. Of course, there’s nothing more exciting than seeing a beautifully wrapped gift under the Christmas tree with our name written on the tag. What could it be? But, what if, instead of a gift you can hold in your hands, you receive a gift that makes its home in your heart. Making a financial donation to a local charity in a friend or family member’s name is a great way of spreading holiday cheer to others who may be less fortunate. Find out what causes are important to them, make a donation and send them a Christmas card sharing the news and what organization you contributed

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A Late Fall Getaway to the Oregon Coast Lincoln City’s Finders Keepers and Art Glass make a great theme for your trip STORY AND PHOTOS BY MARGUERITE CLEVELAND


ate fall is a wonderful time of the year to visit the Oregon Coast. The summer crowds are long gone and the area settles into a slower pace. Midway down the coast, Lincoln City makes a good centrally located base for all the seaside has to offer. When planning a getaway, it’s fun to design a trip around a theme. When visiting Lincoln City, it has to be the renowned Finders Keepers project and art glass. Finders Keepers Lincoln City’s Float Fairies are busy this time of year as they scurry to hide a super drop of the beautiful glass floats the town is well-known for before the Thanksgiving Holiday week. The Float Fairies are volunteers who pass a screening process, are sworn to secrecy and much like a superhero they remain anonymous. Each year they hide more than 3,000 floats on seven miles of beach from Roads End on the north to Siletz Bay on the south as part of Lincoln City’s Finders Keepers program. During the holiday week from November 22 through 25, they will hide an extra 50 floats. Finders Keepers began as a way to mark the millennium. A local artist recommended the idea of hiding the glass floats, and Lincoln City sponsored the project. The first season took place in 1999-2000 and was hugely popular. The Finders Keepers project is a perfect mix of history, art and the outdoors. Searching for glass fishing floats has long been a popular pastime on the Oregon Coast when floats can wash ashore from as far as Japan. Art Glass is a great medium for capturing the beauty of the area. For the 2018 season, eight different art studios make the brightly colored glass floats, and each are signed and numbered. Add in a nice stroll on the beach and you have a perfect activity. Learn about the history of the area at the North Lincoln County Historical Society Museum. The museum is in the midst of the Historic Taft District of Lincoln City. After visiting the museum, the district is an interesting area to explore with shops, restaurants



and art glass. Your stop at the museum is to view the spectacular collection of Japanese fishing floats donated by Jim Watson and Nick Simpson. The glass floats were used to hold up fishing nets and range in size from a few inches to 2 feet in diameter. There are many unique examples of floats made in Japan for their fishing industry. Somehow they made their way all the way to the Oregon Coast by wave and ocean currents. Many an Oregon native has combed the coast hoping to find one of these treasures. Nearby is the Lincoln City Glass Center. Stop by to just watch the talented artists working with the challenging molten glass or try your hand at glass blowing yourself and make your own glass float. The whole process is very interesting and even children can participate (height restrictions). The center also has a shop where the artists have exercised their creativity with a large variety of art glass. Insider Tips: Make a reservation and know that glass art takes 24 hours to cool down so allow time to create your piece and pick it up the next day. The center can also ship your piece to you. The SW 51st Street Beach Access is nearby and a great place to start your search for a glass float. There are some basic rules when you embark on your hunt for art glass. Floats are hidden above the high tide line and below the beach embankment. Float fairies hide the glass globes every day rain or shine, and they are placed only during daylight hours throughout the day, not just all at once. If you are lucky enough to find a float, call

541.996.1274 or text FLOATS to 24587 to register it. You will receive a Certificate of Authenticity as well as information about the artist who made it. During your trip to Lincoln City, plan a number of searches at different locations; you have 7 miles to choose from. Other Activities You won’t be bored spending a few days in the area. Begin your Christmas shopping at the Lincoln City Outlets or some of the many unique stores and shops that are along Highway 101. Make sure to stop at the Christmas Cottage, which has been a visitor favorite for 45 years. The store carries over 25,000 ornaments from around the world. The Lincoln City Culinary Center offers a variety of classes during the month of November. Relax and watch a demonstration class while learning about local foods or take a hands-on class. The center also offers custom classes. With enough notice they can arrange a class for you and your family. This is a good experience for extended family groups, a girls’ trip or a get together with your friends. Chef Donna Riani is tons of fun, and she knows how to find local experts for interesting culinary experiences. Siletz Bay is the place to crab, clam and fish. The bay is much calmer than the ocean, and everyone will enjoy the many sea birds and sea lions that frequent the area. Bill Paterek is a local resident expert. and although he



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WHERE TO EAT Vivian’s Restaurant – 1115 SE 1st St, Lincoln City, Oregon, 541.994.3367 The Wildflower Grill – Kyllo’s Seafood and Grill – KyllosSeafoodAndGrill. com Rogue River Steakhouse –

THINGS TO DO Crabbing on Siletz Bay – Lincoln City Glass Center – LincolnCityGlassCenter. com North Lincoln County Historical Museum – Lincoln City Culinary Center – attractions/culinary-center

Life is good at the beach only offers his free clinics during the spring and summer months, you can tap into his expertise at his website Learn how to use a folding crab trap by watching one of his videos. You can purchase his traps at local stores or online. His website also has links to all the websites you will need regarding “the rules” and local tides. Beach crabbing is much easier to do than fishing with a quicker reward. There is something so satisfying about yanking in a trap and finding it full of crabs. Where to Stay Lincoln City has a variety of Mom-and-Pop beachfront hotels, fancy resorts and chain hotels with many options to choose from and most are on the beach, near the beach or a short walk to the beach. The Chinook Winds Casino Resort is an out-of-the-box choice for a family stay, but it is a surprising family friendly option. Non-smoking rooms are available, and the suite building is located well away from the main casino building and is ocean front. The junior suites are equipped with an oceanfront balcony, fireplace, microwave and refrigerator, and have plenty of room for a family stay. There are stunning sunset views of the Pacific Ocean from the room’s spacious balcony, and a long stretch of beach provides miles of peaceful walking. Located across the parking lot is the Play Palace, which offers safe childcare for children 3 through 11. This is a nice option if you want to enjoy a meal without the kids. At $17.95 for four hours per child, it is a bargain.

Where To Eat Lincoln City’s dining scene is very eclectic. I love off-season because you find where the locals eat. Don’t miss breakfast at Vivian’s Restaurant and Bob’s Barbeque (but locals just call it Vivian’s). This hidden gem is tucked on a side street just past the “D” River Bridge. Enjoy your breakfast with views of the world’s shortest river. The Wild Flower Grill cooks made-toorder, and the food is well worth the wait. I am still thinking about the delicious white chocolate and huckleberry cheesecake. If you like seafood you will want to have dinner at Kyllo’s Seafood and Grill. Delectable dishes are made with fresh locally sourced seafood and grass-fed beef. The crab-stuffed halibut is a culinary masterpiece of halibut stuffed with Dungeness crab and ricotta, topped with a garlic sauce and garnished with wild large gulf shrimp. Plan ahead; they don’t take reservations, and you may have to wait—but oh so worth it. The Chinook Winds Casino’s premier restaurant is the Rogue River Steakhouse located at the top of the casino with 180 degree views of the Pacific Ocean. Their bone-in ribeye steak is one of the best I’ve ever eaten. The newly remodeled eatery definitely provides an upscale dining experience. The Oregon Coast is just what you need to relax and rejuvenate before the holiday season, and you can’t go wrong making Lincoln City your base.


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Ingredients: • 2 tbsp. olive oil • 1 clove garlic, grated • 1 cup cherry tomatoes • 1 box of pasta, your choice (I love grain-free Cappellos pasta, but you can choose fettuccine, spaghetti, whatever you’d like.) • 4 basil leaves (optional) Pesto Ricotta • 8 oz. ricotta (I use a dairy-free ricotta from Kite Hill, but you can use regular ricotta as well!) • 4 oz. frozen spinach • 1 tbsp. pesto • Juice of 1/2 lemon

Method: • Place skillet over medium heat with 2 tbsp. olive oil. Once heated, add the grated garlic. Cook until browned (1 minute). • Add 3/4 cup of the cherry tomatoes and cook until browned and they have burst (7-8 minutes). Be sure to cover with a lid, as they can be messy. • While the tomatoes are cooking, combine 8 oz. ricotta, 4 oz. frozen spinach (or 2 cups fresh), 1 tbsp. pesto and the juice of 1/2 lemon to a blender. Pulse until combined. Add salt to taste and pulse once more. • Add the pesto ricotta mixture to the cooked tomatoes and turn to low heat. Cook for 8-9 minutes until heated throughout. Stir occasionally. • In a large boiling pot, boil water and cook according to the instructions for the pasta of your choice. I suggest the grain-free fettuccine from Cappello's— my favorite! • Once pasta is cooked and drained, slowly add the pasta with tongs to the pesto tomato sauce. Mix together by tossing the pasta, not stirring. • Serve with fresh basil leaves if you’d like and … enjoy!


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A Taste of Italy in Hayden If you haven’t made your way to Hayden lately, it’s time. Opened March 2018, Radicci is a family owned Italian bistro dishing up authentic scratch-made pastas, pizzas, sandwiches, soups, salads and more using delicious family recipes with a modern twist. Radicci prides itself on their ability to accommodate vegetarian and gluten-free diners as well with nearly all menu selections. Soups and sauces, such as the marinara, are made fresh, and their pizzas are made with a sourdough crust. Chef Dan Morey is not new to the culinary world. A Corden Bleu - Pasadena graduate, he was the food service manager at Alpine Camp & Conference Center for more than 10 years, worked with CEC Walter Rippey, co-owner of Lake Arrowhead Sports Grille, and worked at US Foods for four years. “Any talents that I have come from God, and I use what he has given me to glorify him,” says Dan. Since opening, Radicci has been impressing guests one meal at a time. Located in the former Daanen’s Delicatessen, patrons are treated to simple food with Chef Dan’s own twists. Items are served family style, and they also offer small portions. You can expect quality and consistency with every dish. If you are looking to find a true taste of Italy in your own back yard, you will find it at Radicci. Stop in Sunday through Thursday, 3 to 9pm, and Friday and Saturday, 3 to 10pm. Buon Appetito!

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SWEET LOU’S RESTAURANT AND TAP HOUSE American fare with a twist. Ribs (pork or bison) smoked in house. Unique burger menu featuring burgers made from ground top sirloin, topped with pulled pork, hand-battered onion rings or jalapenos. 32 beers on tap to enjoy while watching the game on one of their 24, 4K TVs.

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CALYPSOS COFFEE At Calypsos you’ll find a combination of amazing coffee, which they roast on site, ice cream, fantastic food and live music on a regular basis. They display artwork from local artists, offer free Wi-Fi, have a play area for the kids and also offer a Smart Room for meeting rentals!

116 E. Lakeside Ave. | Coeur d’Alene 208.665.0591 |

MAX AT MIRABEAU All fall, enjoy a meal at MAX at Mirabeau on their 50-seat outdoor patio, where they’ve created a dining oasis with hanging flowers, plants and trees. You’ll be treated to eclectic cuisine, an awardwinning 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 pubstyle atmosphere. The menu offers soups, sandwiches, pastas, salads and other specialties prepared from scratch daily, along with a fantastic selection of micro-brewed beers and fine wines by the glass and bottle. Open daily at 11am, the kitchen is open late every night. Be sure to stop in Thursday night for live music featuring national and local artists. For more information including photos, menu, specials and directions, make sure to visit their website. Photo by Lauren Denos, Adventure Bound Media.

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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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NATE’S NEW YORK PIZZA Authentic New York-style Pizzeria in Post Falls. They serve up the biggest pies in town including the famous 36” pizza challenge. Stop by on Wednesdays for an 18” pepperoni pizza for just $17 and select bottled beers are only $1.50! Don’t forget to try some of the best hot wings and stromboli in town. Stay and enjoy a beverage of choice or call ahead and take your pizza to go.

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FORTY-ONE SOUTH A beautiful waterfront, fine-dining restaurant in a romantic lodge setting overlooking Lake Pend Oreille. Whether it is summer on the patio or cozying up to the fireplace in the winter, Forty-One South’s spectacular sunsets, innovative cuisine, full bar and extensive wine list are sure to make it a memorable night out. A variety of delicious food year round. Reservations recommended.

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SHOGA SUSHI BAR Delicious sushi and Japanese cuisine sure to delight anyone’s palate. Offering a wide variety of traditional and specialty rolls as well as salads, sweet and sour pork, grilled salmon and more! Beautiful waterfront dining with spectacular sunset views. Professional and courteous service. Enjoy a delicious meal while taking in the beautiful waterfront and spectacular sunset views.

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

609 N. Syringa St. | Post Falls | 208.777.7040 5416 W. Village Blvd. | Rathdrum 208.687.5396 |

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.

846 N. Fourth St. | Coeur d’Alene 208.765.2850 |

JUNIOR’S BBQ Enjoy North Idaho’s best barbecue at Junior’s, where guests are treated to big and 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. Post Falls | 525 N Graffiti St.

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It’s Going to be Ugly!

Ugly Sweater Run set for December 2 BY PATTY HUTCHENS

Who doesn’t love an ugly sweater party to ring in the holiday season? Not only does it take the pressure off on what holiday attire to wear, but the creativity of many is something to behold! Combine that with an opportunity to make a difference in the community, and it is even better! For the fourth year, Trail Maniacs, a group formed to promote trail running, mountain biking and off-road recreation, is hosting the Ugly Sweater Run to benefit those in need. While the event is free, they will be accepting gently used jackets, coats, sweaters, sleeping bags, hats, socks and blankets for those in need. According to Race Director Dave Dutro, last year they were able to fill an entire van with donated items, something for which many in the community were grateful. This year’s event will be on December 2 from 10:30am to 1:30pm. Depending upon the weather, it will be either a 3- or 4-mile route. Beginning at the parking lot of St. Vincent de Paul, located at 201 East Harrison in Coeur d’Alene, the route will include Second Street to Tubbs Hill and back, ending at Daft Badger Brewing. And the fun does not end there. Daft Badger Brewing will serve refreshments and host a contest for the best-dressed participant. The voting will begin at noon, and there will be a prize for overall male and female best ugly sweater. Be sure to wear your ugly sweater to the after party as there will be $1 off pints for anyone wearing an ugly sweater. According to Dutro, last year they had over 100 participants, and the event continues to grow. So mark your calendars and start shopping. It promises to be a fun family friendly event that will also make a difference to those in need in our community!








Give Hunger the Bird

The Culinary Stone’s 5th Anniversary Celebration

Oh Deer Advent Calendar Class

Join Post Falls Food Bank for their 11th Annual Give Hunger the Bird fundraiser. Held 5 to 9pm at StanCraft Boat Co, there will be live music by Sammy Eubanks, food, drinks, raffles and live and silent auction. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Call the Post Falls Food Bank at 208.773.0139 for more information.

Help The Culinary Stone celebrate five years in business Saturday, November 3, 4 to 7pm. Eat, drink and celebrate with live music, beer and wine tastings, gourmet hors d’oeuvres, meet the bakers and see chef demonstrations.

Reserve your spot today to attend the Oh Deer Advent Calendar Class at The Christmas Tree Trading Company in Post Falls 7 to 9pm and create your own unique Advent calendar this Christmas season. Tickets are $40 per person and can be reserved online. Complimentary hot cocoa, wine, water and a variety of snacks will be provided.

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2nd Friday Artwalk

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The Big Event: An Evening of EXCELlence

The second Friday of each month, April through December, stroll through beautiful Downtown Coeur d’Alene 5 to 8pm and experience the vibrant arts community and locally and nationally acclaimed artists in participating galleries. Just look for the official yellow Art Walk balloons! This is a free family friendly.

Hosted by Christian Youth Theater North Idaho, you won’t want to miss their production of Disney’s My Son Pinocchio Jr. at the Kroc. Disney’s My Son Pinocchio Jr. is filled with a magical mix of unique roles for all types of performers—from blue Fairies to Roustabouts and, of course, Geppetto and Pinocchio. Tickets are priced $12 to $15 and can be purchased online at

The EXCEL Foundation funds grants to teachers for innovative classroom projects in Coeur d’Alene School District 271. The EXCEL Foundation’s 2018 Big Event: An Evening of EXCELlence, will be held on Saturday, November 10 at the Best Western Plus Coeur d’Alene Inn 5 to 11pm. Tickets are $65 each or $520 for table of eight and can be purchased online at or by calling 208.929.2785.




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Don’t miss this year’s Gathering of the Bands, which will take place 7pm both nights at NIC’s Schuler Performing Arts Center. This year’s clinician is Dr. Gary Ciepluch, the former director of the bands at Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Institute of Music. This concert features the Gathering Band, full of local middle school students, A Percussion Ensemble, and the North Idaho College Wind Symphony directed by Bryan Hannaford. Call 208. 769.3300 to find out more.

Head to Silver Lake Mall 11am to 1:30pm for delicious hot soups and to help support the end of homelessness. Fifty area businesses will be creating the best soups even in hopes to become the victorious winner of the Best Soup trophy. Other awards include Chef’s Choice and Best Decorated Booth! Cost is $12 and includes unlimited soup, bread and water. All proceeds benefit the region’s only warming center.

Head to McEuen Park 9am to noon for the Dirty Bird Trail Run, an impromptu trail run for a good cause. The run starts at the McEuen Park Band Shell, continues to the Third Street entrance and around Tubbs Hill (counter-clockwise) and back to the Band Shell. This is a fun run (no cost). All that is asked is that participants bring non-perishable foods to donate to the Children’s Village. For more information, contact Dave Dutro at 208.457.2726.







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28th Annual Holiday & Gift Food Faire

Lighting Ceremony & Parade

30th Annual Festival of Trees

Celebrating its 28th year as one of Coeur d’Alene’s biggest and best holiday gift and food fairs, you won’t want to miss Coeur d’Alene High School’s Holiday Gift and Food Faire! It’s the perfect place to find unique and delicious gifts for friends and family. Shop 9am to 4pm. Due to the construction at Coeur d’Alene High School, this year’s crafts fair will be held at Canfield Middle School.

Each year, the day after Thanksgiving, locals and visitors alike head to Sherman Avenue in Downtown Coeur d’Alene for the lighting ceremony, parade and firework show. All ages will enjoy the Christmas parade followed by the incredible fireworks display. The event starts at 5pm, with the sky illuminated by the bright lights of fireworks at 6:15pm. This is truly a magical evening worth making an annual family event.

Christmas officially arrives in Coeur d’Alene the day after Thanksgiving. Join Kootenai Health Foundation at the Coeur d’Alene Resort as they ring in the 2018 holiday season with the 30th annual Festival of Trees, with all events held in the Convention Center. Events include Friday d’Lights, Festival Brunch, Festival Gala, Family Day, and Luncheon and Dinner Fashion Shows. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit







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