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From New York to Coeur d'Alene, Avenue Q opening this Friday

From New York to Coeur d'Alene, Avenue Q opening this Friday

The fur was flying Tuesday night at Coeur d'Alene's Lake City Playhouse as one of the final dress rehearsals got underway for this Friday's opening of Avenue Q.

The smash hit first debuted on Broadway in 2003, taking home Tony awards for Best Musical, Best Book and Best Original Score, and the cast of Lake City's production does their best to keep up the wild spirit of the show.

With a large cast, but only three human characters, many of the actors take a back seat to their puppet partners – providing a voice, but blending into the background.

“The biggest challenge is just finding the balance between the people and the puppets. If the actor is pushing too hard, you're focusing on them and not the puppet. So it's finding the right balance where you feel like you're watching the puppet but getting emotion from the person. It's a tricky little thing, but when it's right it's lovely,” said Director Troy Nickerson. It's an art form that took weeks to perfect.

Celebrate Parks Day in Coeur d'Alene

Celebrate Parks Day in Coeur d'Alene

This weekend is perfect for being outside, and what better way to spend it than at the newest park in Coeur d'Alene?

Saturday, July 12th marks the 7th annual Parks Day celebration with all-day festivities at McEuen Park and the adjacent Tubbs Hill.

From 9 am to 10 pm, take advantage of free food, activities and entertainment.

The event begins with a free pancake breakfast at 9am cooked by the Panhandle Kiwanis. At 9:15 a.m., there will be a dedication of the Dog Park by the Kootenai County Dog Park Association. There will be many fun dog related activities and information booths to go along with it including free photos with your dog from 29k Productions.

Family Carnival fundraiser to welcome home returning soldiers

Family Carnival fundraiser to welcome home returning soldiers

You can enjoy the sun this weekend and support local troops at the same time with a Family Carnival in the Spokane Valley.

Penny Horst is a military spouse and group coordinator for family readiness, working with the families of soldiers on deployment to keep them updated on their loved ones status and eventual return date.

She says the next group of soldiers coming home are from across the inland northwest, and all stationed at the Hayden Army Reserve Station in north Idaho. She's organizing Saturday's carnival to help cover their welcome home party.

“We want to make sure family members aren't responsible for the costs,” Horst said.

The carnival is being held at the Combat Vet Riders clubhouse in the Spokane Valley from 11 am to 4 pm, and the riders are donating their time and services to help pull of the afternoon of fun.

 

Family Carnival

Saturday, July 12

North Idaho seniors honored by White House for volunteer work

North Idaho seniors honored by White House for volunteer work

In the back corner of a north Idaho diner, a small but important group of people were quietly honored for their work. You may have seen them behind the counter at your local animal shelter or food bank, filing papers at the hospital or helping tutor students. They're the everyday heroes who help out through the Retired Seniors Volunteer Program, or RSVP.

RSVP was founded in 1965 and later placed under the umbrella of Senior Corps by Congress in 1973. “Congress wanted to harness the experience and extraordinary work ethic of seniors who, at the time, were retiring at the age of 55,” said RSVP Director Bob Small. “So by starting this program they were able to tap into that wealth of knowledge and experience and get seniors to start helping by tutoring, working in food banks and virtually all non-profit agencies in our community.”

Kootenai County Sheriff's Office thanks 911 dispatchers

Kootenai County Sheriff's Office thanks 911 dispatchers

Press Release from the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office:

The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank their 911 Center dispatchers for a job well done on the 4th of July.

Throughout the year, the 911 Center receives and dispatches thousands of calls for service. Typically a summer day can produce an average of 350 calls for service, 160 911 calls and 400 non-emergency calls.

This 4th of July, the Kootenai County Sheriff’s 911 Center dispatched 551 calls for service, received 216 911 calls and received 663 non-emergency calls.

Even though one day produced an average of 60% more work for the dispatch center, they handled the extra load flawlessly and ensured the safety of the first responders and citizens alike.

The hard-working staff of the 911 Center are truly an asset to the county and deserve recognition for their service and dedication.

Ben Wolfinger, Sheriff

By: Lieutenant Stu Miller  

North Idaho 4th of July Celebrations

North Idaho 4th of July Celebrations

Looking for 4th of July celebrations in your community? Check out the list we've compiled for you:

 

Bonners Ferry – Parade at 5:00 pm on Main Street, activities all day and fireworks at dusk at Boundary County Fair Grounds.

Clark Fork – Fourth of July Celebration, 7:30 am, fireworks at dusk at the baseball field.

Coeur d'Alene - 4th of July Festival, 10:00 am at City Park, fireworks at dusk.

Harrison – Fourth of July Fireworks, dusk on the waterfront.

Hope – Fireworks at dusk over the lake.

Laclade - 32nd Annual Family Days Fourth of July, 7:00 am at the Community Center, fireworks at dusk at Riley Creek Recreation Area.

Moscow – Independence Day Celebration, Noon at Friendship Square.

Fourth of July Festival in Coeur d'Alene

Fourth of July Festival in Coeur d'Alene

Fourth of July festivities in Coeur d'Alene kick off in less than 24 hours, with all-day fun for kids and kids at heart.

The 4th of July Festival presented by Numerica begins at 10:00 am with vendors, live music and activities lasting all day at City Park and the Band Shell.

The American Heroes Parade starts at 11:00 am, so make sure you get there early to claim your favorite spot along Sherman. The parade begins at Sherman Ave and finishes at Government Way just outside the Coeur d'Alene Resort.

And make sure you don't miss North Idaho's largest fireworks display downtown over Lake Coeur d'Alene. The show starts at dusk and can be seen for miles along the lake shore.

And while you're down there, keep an eye out for the roller derby girls! They'll be collecting donations all day for the pyrotechnics. The city says they're about $10,000 short on this year's show, so make sure to show your appreciation by dropping a couple bucks in the bucket.