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September 18
Spiritsong, Boundless to perform 'Draw the Circle Wide:' An international choral festival in Cuba in November and a performance at Carnegie Hall in April make this a banner year for the "Spiritsong" and "Boundless" choral ensembles under the direction of Vicki Blake Thompson. Come celebrate with them at their performances of “Draw the Circle Wide” at 7 p.m. Friday October 20 and 3 p.m. Saturday, October 21 at the Historic Pearl Theater.
September 13
Spool Effect to play benefit for new skate park: Spool Effect will be playing a benefit you won't be able to sit still for from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, September 30, at the Pearl Theater, 7160 Ash Street, Bonners Ferry. And your suggested $5 admission donation will go right back to the community, helping the the Skatepark Alliance of Bonners Ferry build a new skate park. Spool Effect is made up of three musicians with a love for diversity in musical styles and openness for improvisational music.
September 10
Fit and Fall Proof class going to three days a week: The Fit and Fall Proof® exercise class for seniors has been going strong all summer. Beginning the week of September 18, the class will resume its three times a week schedule. The class is held at the VFW Hall at the Senior Hospitality Center, 6635 Lincoln Street, Bonners Ferry. This hour-long class will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:45 a.m. and Fridays at 9:30 a.m.
September 9
WaCanId ride will bring 130 bicyclists to region: With its 395 miles/635 kilometers of breathtaking scenery and vibrant communities, the International Selkirk Loop is becoming a popular destination for cyclists who wish to participate in a unique six-day cycling adventure September 11-16. Now in its 15th year, this annual Rotary supported event takes cyclists on paved roads encircling the Selkirk Mountains of Washington, Canada and Idaho –hence the name WaCanId.
September 7
Thrillusionist to perform benefit for the Panida: Thrillusionist David DaVinci will put on his amazing show to benefit the Panida Theater in Sandpoint at 7 p.m. Saturday, October 7, going beyond reality and stopping just short of insanity! DaVinci is not a magician and not just an illusionist, but a thrill-seeking, mind-bending master of prestidigitation who creates an alternate world of fascination.
Boundary County Bear Fair coming: Our beautiful region is home to the majestic bear, and what better way to honor our shared space than by coming together to learn, share and grow, and the Kootenai Resource Initiative has curated a special day for our tight-knit community, the Boundary County Bear Fair, kicking off at 10 a.m. Saturday, September 30, at the Boundary County Fairgrounds.
August 30
Pearl season opens September 8 with 'Songwriters in the Round:' Tickets are on sale now for the Pearl Theater's 2023-24 season kick-off, "Songwriters in the Round," a live music performance featuring John Hewitt, Abigayle Kompst and Hannah King, and the first person to buy their tickets is going to score a VIP upgrade: early entry, free drinks and appetizer and a few other sweet treats!
August 25
Free Young Eagle flights offered Saturday: Discover the wonder of flight! EAA Chapter 757, along with the Experimental Aircraft Association Young Eagles program, is offering free airplane flights around the county for anyone eight to 17 years old this Saturday, September 2, at the Boundary County Airport.
August 15
McCourys travelin' to the Panida: This ain't your father's bluegrass band! The Travelin' McCourys will be at the Panida Theater in Sandpoint at 7:30 p.m. Friday, August 25. Yes, they won the Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album in 2019, but the sons of legend Del McCoury have turned bluegrass on its head performing with Dierks Bentley, Tyler Childers and doing jam band collaborations with Phish and String Cheese Incident.
August 7
Guitarist Richard Thompson to play the Panida: Richard Thompson holds the coveted spot as Rolling Stone's top 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time and he'll be performing for one night only at 8 p.m. Wednesday, August 9, at the Panida Theater in Sandpoint. This live show will be a spectacular, powered by evocative song craft, jaw-dropping guitar playing, and indefinable spirit. Thompson has created a standout body of work.
June 26
One last laugh before Pearl closes for renovations: The Historic Pearl Theater, 7160 Ash Street, Bonners Ferry, will be closed July and August for some much-needed renovations, but not before "The Last Hurrahahaha," a night of laughs featuring three of the funniest comedians of the Pacific Northwest, taking the stage at 7 p.m. Friday, June 30.
June 5
David & Teesha bringing their ministry of illusions to town: David and Teesha Laflin will be in Bonners Ferry to present free, family-friendly performances at 7 p.m. June 30 and July 1 in the Becker Auditorium at Bonners Ferry High School. The internationally recognized illusionists' visit is sponsored by Limitless Church, which holds Sunday services in the Becker Auditorium and maintains the Limitless Outpost, 6690 Main Street, Bonners Ferry.
May 30
Second Harvest food truck coming Friday: The fourth Boundary County Second Harvest free food distribution will be happening from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, June 2, at the west end of the Boundary County Fairgrounds. All people who want help with their food needs are welcome. No sign up or registration is necessary.
'2 the Border Bike Rally' coming to Porthill: Tony Wade, Bonners Ferry, and Troy Olson, Naples, love motorcycles, love North Idaho and love motorcycle rallies. But, in North Idaho there aren't any rallies, so they found a great location and decided to just do it ourselves. The "2 the Border Bike Rally" is a three-day event taking place July 28-30 at Jake's Landing in Porthill offering motorcyclists of all stripes to enjoy riding the majestic Selkirk Mountains of North Idaho.
May 28
Big Sky Bash returning after three-year hiatus: The Big Sky Bash concert event, a popular music festival in Libby, Montana, is back after a three-year hiatus due to the pandemic. The event, sponsored by the Center for Asbestos Related Disease, celebrates its 10th anniversary this year and will be held at J. Neils Park on Saturday, August 5.
May 18
Bonners Ferry High School Art Walk 2023 coming soon: The Bonners Ferry High School art program is proud to present the 2023 “Art Walk,” taking place from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 2, in downtown Bonners Ferry. "Our students have been creating amazing artwork all year long and the time has come for them to share their efforts with the community," said BFHS art teacher Josh Knaggs.
May 12
Local Peace Officers Memorial ceremony takes place Tuesday: This year's combined Bonner/Boundary County National Officers Memorial ceremony will take place at 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 16, at Bonner County Sheriff’s Office, 4001 N Boyer Avenue, Sandpoint. All in both counties are invited and encouraged to attend.
May 10
'The Spitfire Grill' at the Pearl this week: Provident Theater’s incredible musical production of "The Spitfire Grill," based off of the award winning movie, takes to the stage at the Pearl Theater this Thursday, Friday Saturday. An almost continuous flow of singing and live music brings you through the story of redemption and forgiveness in a small town setting.
May 4
Farm tour 2023 just around the corner: The Boundary Soil Conservation District and Boundary County Farm Bureau are happy to announce the upcoming annual community agricultural/industry tour on Friday, May 19. This year, only 50 seats are available. There is a small fee of $10 for the tour. You must call to reserve your seat!
April 24
Double header at Boundary County Museum: When is the last time you have heard "The White Caribou Bar" a poem written by Professor O'Dell, or "Our Towns That Are," a poem written by F.B. Camp? Have you ever sung "The Bonners Ferry Special" (writer unknown)? When you come to the program offered in Portrait Hall on Saturday, May 6, you are in for a treat. A robot is arriving for a visit and Gary Eller is returning!
Celebrate Arbor Day Friday: The Idaho Department of Lands invites the public to celebrate Arbor Day with them from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, April 28, in the parking lot at the Bonners Ferry Super 1 Foods, 6425 Main Street. Free seedlings will be offered while supplies last. People will be able to meet firefighters and take a close-up look at the fire engines. There will also be a lot of giveaways and fun activities!
Minda Lacy coming to the Pearl: The Historic Pearl Theater is pleased to welcome Minda Lacy to the stage from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 24. Minda is a Pacific Northwest singer songwriter who toys with the balancing act of silliness and seriousness, and often approaches topics like mortality and suffering from a place of light hearted wit. She creates from a genuine place of curiosity about the minds of the people she loves, and the mysteries of the universe.
April 15
A trivial miracle rocks the Pearl Theater: A miracle happened in Bonners Ferry tonight, as a near full house turned up for the Pearl Theater's first Trivia Night and turned the place out! Team DSM 5 took first place, Team Earl Grey took second and the Sherlock Homies placed third in a raucous and oh so fun battle of wits and intelligence.
April 13
Claude Bourbon bringing guitar magic to the Pearl: Claude Bourbon is known throughout Europe and America for amazing guitar performances that take blues, Spanish, and classical stylings into uncharted territories. He'll bring his incredible virtuosity to the Pearl Theater on Saturday, May 6. His inimitable style incorporates all five digits on each hand dancing independently but in unison, plucking, picking and strumming at such speed and precision that his fingers often seem to melt into a blur.
March 28
Free traumatic brain injury seminar offered: Veterans and first responders often pay a heavy price for their service to their country and communities. The physical and emotional toll can range from the frustrating to the catastrophic. And sometimes, the answer to the question of “why?” can be elusive. But it does not have to be that way. For many, part of the cause of their symptoms may very well be traumatic brain injury, a condition that is still misunderstood or unknown by the average person.
March 24
Bellydance at The Historic Pearl Theater: Three fabulous bellydance events are happening at the Historic Pearl Theater, 7160 Ash Street, Bonners Ferry, on Saturday, March 25; a "Locks and Shimmies" workshop with Ashley Lopez at 10 a.m., a "Turns and Traveling Steps" workshop with Nefabit at 11:30 a.m. and a Bellydance Extravaganza performance on the Pearl stage at 7 p.m.
March 23
Jehovah's Witnesses holding in-person conference: Downtown Coeur d’Alene is welcoming more than 2,700 attendees to the Boswell Hall as a semi-annual event returns to the North Idaho College campus. This will be the first in-person conference held by Jehovah’s Witnesses in nearly three years and is open to the entire community. The full-day program will be delivered on March 25 and again on the 26th, beginning at 9:30 a.m.
March 20
Sci-Fest coming to the Panida: The first ever Sci-Fest will be at the Panida Theater, 300 N First Avenue, Sandpoint, at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 1, with a presentation on NASA's Dragonfly Mission to Jupiter's moon, Titan, followed by a big screen showing of "Star Wars: Rogue One."
March 15
Polish your sweet tooth, BCH pie and dessert sale is coming: The Boundary Community Hospital Auxiliary invites all dessert enthusiasts to participate in their annual pie and dessert sale, scheduled to take place at the VFW Hall, 6635 Lincoln Street, on Thursday, March 16. The event will kick off at 9 a.m. and run until 1 p.m. or until all items have been sold.
March 14
'Scheherazade/Aladdin' to light up the Becker stage: Everyone knows the tale of Aladdin and most have at least heard of the “Arabian Nights,” but how often are the two shown together in their original context? The classic story of Aladdin and his rise from street-rat to prince was actually one the 1001 stories that the queen Scheherazade told her husband in order to change his heart to save not only her own life, but countless others across the kingdom.
March 7
Jim Messina bringing band to Sandpoint: Jim Messina and his band will be performing a one-night-only concert at the Panida Theater in Sandpoint on Sunday, May 21. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, March 10, at panida.org. “The last few months there have been murmurs that Jim Messina might be playing here in Sandpoint and we couldn’t be more excited that his show is coming to life at the Panida,” said Lauren Sanders, the Managing Director for the Panida.
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