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Things to Do Around Coeur d’Alene

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The cold weather isn’t slowing anyone down this weekend. While it’s officially a couple weeks until the first day of winter, everyone’s gearing up for it. Whether you’re the skiing/snowboarding type, the shopping type, or the hunkering down type, you’ll find a fun event going on this weekend that’s right up your alley.



Saturday @ Millwood Brewing Company, Spokane Valley – Not all of us look forward to flurries and blizzards, but skiers and snowboarders practically pray for the white fluffy stuff. That’s exactly what Millwood Brewery’s upcoming SnowJam Party is for, a gathering of winter sports junkies ushering in the snowiest season. They’ll be screening ski clips, pouring some of Millwood’s delicious beers, and raffling off premium winter gear and Mt. Spokane season passes, with all proceeds going directly to the resort’s ski race team.

15th Annual Backcountry Film Festival

Friday @ The Panida Theater, Sandpoint – Selkirk Outdoor Leadership & Education (SOLE)’s annual fundraiser screening event supports getting under-served youth in our community unplugged and connected to their winter wildlands.


Ellen Travolta Presents: Christmas Miracles

Thurs-Sun @ The Coeur d’Alene Resort – The Travolta Christmas show at the Coeur d’Alene Resort is a local holiday tradition. Starring Ellen, sister Margaret Travolta, daughter Molly Allen and featuring Abbey Crawford, and directed by Troy Nickerson with accompaniment by Jennifer Twitchell on piano and Eugene Jablonsky on Bass.

A Christmas Story

Thurs – Sun @ Lake City Playhouse, Coeur d’Alene – Set in the 1940s in the fictional town of Hohman, Indiana, the musical follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker and his quest for the Holy Grail of Christmas gifts — an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle.


Jazz at the JACC: Holiday Edition

Friday @ Jacklin Arts & Cultural Center, Post Falls – Michael Jaramillo and a new group of accomplished musician friends ring in the season with jazz. Doors open at 6:30 for art viewing, hot cider, wine and refreshments served.

Coeur d’Alene Symphony: A Festive Celebration

Friday & Saturday @ Kroc Center, Coeur d’Alene – Mozart’s majestic “Prague Symphony” opens the Symphony’s December concert this year. Following that is his popular “Overture to Le nozze de Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro).” In keeping with the season, the program includes selections from Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite.” Musicians from North Idaho Youth Symphony join the Orchestra for the second half of the program playing holiday favorites, concluding with the annual singalong.

Sounds of Christmas

Saturday & Sunday @ NIC, Coeur d’Alene – Featuring the North Idaho College Wind Symphony under the direction of Bryan Hannaford, with the Cardinal Chorale and North Idaho College Chamber Singers.


Band Dance Night ft. Tuxedo Junction

Friday @ We Care, Helping Heroes, Hayden – We Care, Helping Heroes is a nonprofit supporting local veterans. They’re hosting this early holiday dance party to kick off the season with local big band Tuxedo Junction. The event includes a silent auction, non-alcoholic drinks, appetizers, music and dancing.

Holly Jolly Craft Market

Saturday @ Rathdrum Senior Center – Shop from 20+ local artisans and 10 direct sales vendors. Bring a can of food or non-perishable item to help support the local Rathdrum Food Bank. After the event, stick around Rathdrum for the Tree Lighting Ceremony in the evening.


Beadwork Bazaar

Saturday @ Nez Perce National Historical Park, Spalding – Each year the park fills the Spalding Visitor Center with dozens of local Nez Perce artisans who demonstrate and sell their art. Artwork ranges from traditional to contemporary. Intricate beadwork as well as weavings, paintings and sculptures can all be bought from local Nez Perce artists. Not only do visitors help support Nez Perce artists, they also have a chance to ask them questions and learn about their crafts.

Hayden Lights

Saturday @ McIntire Park, Hayden – Join the city of Hayden for its annual Christmas parade followed by a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in McIntire Family Park.



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Desiree Janke

Desiree brings 23 years Real Estate Industry experience to The Bennett Realty Group. She is enjoying a long career in Real Estate, which began with a position at an appraisal group that valued all types of residential real estate in North Idaho. Later she assisted in a commercial real estate office which evolved into an administrative and management role for over a decade at one of the area's largest brokerage firms. Desiree received her Idaho Real Estate license in 2010 and loves to assist buyers and sellers achieve their goal. "I'm always excited to help new buyers and work to ensure their home-buying experience is positive and fulfilling. I take the time to explain every small step along the way and am eager to answer any questions as this will be one of their most important lifetime decisions." Professional Designations: REALTOR®: a real estate professional who is member of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® and subscribes to its strict Code of Ethics. CNE®: Certified Negotiation Expert Desiree has lived in North Idaho the last 30 years, graduated from Coeur d'Alene High School and attended North Idaho College. She, and her husband Jared, enjoy raising their daughter in Coeur d'Alene. Desiree is a wealth of knowledge for anyone looking to learn more about what North Idaho has to offer.