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Things to Do Around Coeur d’Alene

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Christmas is next week! Are you frantically preparing for your holiday, or are you relaxing in the glow of having finished early? There are still a lot of things to do, and some have nothing to do with the holiday. Take a look at the events we’ve rounded up for this week’s Things to Do newsletter.


Gabriel Rutledge

Friday & Saturday @ Spokane Comedy Club – The Olympia-based comic mines his family life for genuinely hilarious material. He won the Seattle International Comedy Competition and the Laughing Skull Comedy Festival in Atlanta. He also appeared on Comedy Central, Nickelodeon and various other comedy outlets.

Comedy Open Mic

Friday @ Calypsos, Coeur d’Alene – Think you’ve got what it takes? Tell some jokes, share some laughs. Signups at 6, funnies start at 6:30.


A Christmas Carol: A Radio Play

Fri-Sun @ The Innovation Den, Coeur d’Alene – Before we spent our free time staring at our TV sets, American families got their entertainment from the living room radio. Coeur d’Alene Summer Theater is harkening back to that tradition this week, staging a live radio play of A Christmas Carol. As in the old days, it will feature just a few actors crowding around microphones to create the illusion of a sprawling cast of characters.

Traditions of Christmas

Friday @ The Kroc Center, Coeur d’Alene – Sometimes you need a little over-the-top entertainment to really get the holiday spirit moving. With a cast of 72 performers and 500 (!) costumes involved, there’s a lot going on. There are Rockettes-style kickline dances, a massive salute to the military, and a live Nativity scene. Santa’s workshop is involved, too. It takes some serious skills and work to get all that in one performance.


Spokane Symphony Holiday Pops with Vanessa Williams

Sat. & Sun. @ Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox, Spokane – Vanessa Williams stars in this season’s Spokane Symphony Holiday Pops, conducted by Music Director James Lowe. Vanessa sings selections from her two popular holiday albums, and other festive Christmas songs. Holiday Pops also features traditional carol singing and an appearance by Santa Claus.

Blue Christmas with Sammy Eubanks

Saturday @ The Knitting Factory, Spokane – Spokane blues guitarist Sammy Eubanks has been a local institution for years. Anyone who has paid even cursory attention to our music scene has seen him shred at least once. He tours the country pretty regularly, but we always relish a hometown concert. His now-annual Christmas concert is one you won’t want to miss.

Saturdays with the Symphony

Saturday @ Coeur d’Alene Public Library – Members of the symphony orchestra play classical music in a program just right for children. After the short program, children can get up close and personal with musicians to find out what it is like to play an instrument. This is a free, family-friendly program.


Free Ice Skating Lessons

Sundays @ Riverfront Park, Spokane – Learn to skate at weekly ice skating lessons at the Numerica Skate Ribbon! Your skate rentals are included. Registration is available on-site and lessons are on a first come, first served basis.

Hiking – The snow has melted away, so don’t be afraid to hit the trails. Join us in our 66 Day Challenge to get active and find a trail this weekend! We’ll be posting about our adventure next week. Stay tuned.

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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.