There will be no shortage of holiday cheer this season in the area encompassing Coeur d’Alene, Hayden and Post Falls. Events catered to all ages and interests are lined up during December through New Year’s Day, allowing the region to thrive in celebration of the most festive time of year. There is guaranteed to be something for everyone on the schedule for Coeur d’Alene’s holiday happenings!

On Friday, December 6, take a break from the holiday shopping rush to enjoy a few laughs at the “Ha-Ha-Halidays Improv Show,” a production by the Drama Clu...

October is a favorite of many Northwesterners. A sunny day with a bit of a bite in the air but no snow on the ground makes for a lot of smiles. It’s also the last chance to get out and enjoy dry ground before the November rains and December snows start to fall. All around the region there are fall activities, many culminating around Halloween. You can sample seasonal foods and drinks, select that perfect pumpkin, enjoy carnivals and entertainment or be scared completely out of your mind. Check out some of our favorites, and enjoy the last breat...

Let’s talk opera.

When you think of opera, do you envision an elegant evening of spectacle and emotion presented by some of the most gifted artists on earth? Then you’re thinking of Inland Northwest Opera, and your season tickets are one of your most treasured possessions.

Or do you think of opera as two portly people in slightly musty costumes and horned Viking helmets (which the Vikings never wore by the way) standing two feet apart and bellowing Wagner at each other for several loud hours?

If you are best described in the second paragraph above...

As she pointed out inventions, airplanes and photos spanning more than a century of United States history, Rachel Riddle Schwam found herself apologizing for mixing up the dates on a few displays at the new location of the Bird Aviation Museum and Invention Center.

The double-checking was understandable. There are a lot of dates for her to keep track of. Some items go back at least 150 years.

“You’ve got old airplanes, new airplanes, antique inventions to modern day inventions,” Schwam said the morning before the museum’s June 1 opening at the Co...

As a child growing up in small-town California, Gary Watson liked to bury treasure.

The treasures he buried were rocks, ones he painted with paint from his parents’ auto body shop. But one thing about the paint—specifically the lid of the paint can—always bothered him: It just never looked shiny.

“At a very young age I noticed that the silver and gold paint cans had a shiny top, but the paint that came out didn’t look like that. It’s still like that today,” Watson said from his home in Spirit Lake, Idaho. “I was always disappointed with the way m...

Mac Miltz really just needed to borrow a trailer, and he knew Ben Spinney had one. Simple enough.

But once the two got to talking on their drive from Sandpoint to Spokane, ideas began to churn.

“We started talking about this concept and idea, and between other jobs we kept working on it,” Miltz said. “Then Grey (Whittier) came on board, and within a year, a year and a half, we ended up finding the right piece of property, and that’s how it all jumped off.”

And so born was Mountain Mafia Entertainment, a company “deeply rooted in outdoor adrenaline...

Once a meat-and-potatoes town with only a handful of high-quality restaurants, Spokane is now a culinary delight filled with choices to satisfy and challenge any pallet. You can still find a great steak, but choices in seafood, wood-fired pizza, small plates, gourmet burgers, world cuisine and an emerging vegetarian option scene are bringing the Lilac City to the forefront of dining in the West. Even the most dedicated diners would have a tough time hitting all of Spokane’s best spots over the course of a year. Lucky for you, there’s an upcomin...

The final straw was a very large branch.

And when it fell on her son’s car, Sharalee Armitage Howard knew the centenarian tree in front of their Coeur d’Alene house had to go.

“He had literally just won the Hayden’s Got Talent competition,” Howard said of her juggling, harmonica-playing son, “and within a half hour a branch fell on his car.”

She and her husband had long figured they needed to remove the tree, but the most recent crash accelerated those plans. It was a daunting task: A few companies declined, telling them it was beyond their profes...

Food has always been the centerpiece of just about any society. When ancient cultures would meet and introduce themselves, an exchange of each culture’s delicacies and staple foods was typically at the forefront. Europe’s demand for spices from India and China during the spice trade opened up all kinds of new trade routes and continued the sharing of cultures and goods. As our world continues to become more and more connected, these ingredients that were once incredibly difficult to accrue are now readily available at our grocery stores and in...

We all know that we are truly blessed to call Coeur d’Alene our home. Not just because of its natural beauty but because of the community in which we live. It is a community made up of the young, the young at heart and everyone in between. We are from all walks of life, financial status, retirees and those with aspirations yet to be fulfilled. The hospitality, kindness and generosity of those who live here can be seen not only this holiday season but throughout the year.

We all have busy lives, and many of us can find it difficult to find time o...

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