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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.

Canines vs Cancer

Canines vs Cancer

Do you love your pet pooch? Here’s the perfect family fun event that benefits two worthy causes. Canines vs. Cancer is an annual fund raising event, which focuses on our canine companions and also raises funds for the American Childhood Cancer Organization of the Inland NW and our local animal shelters. The event is FREE and should be of interest to all members of any pet loving family.

Mark your calendar for Saturday July 19th, from 10 am – 3 pm at the Greyhound Park Event Center, just off I-90 in Post Falls. 5K run/walk begins at 9 am, please register at: caninesvscancer.org.

Canines vs Cancer hopes to bring awareness about the needs of children fighting cancer in our community. Plus, the event will honor canines of all types - from family pets to therapy dogs and working dogs.

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

Kootenai County Sheriff promoting child safety

Kootenai County Sheriff promoting child safety

The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office Crime Prevention Section will be at the Silverlake Mall in Coeur d'Alene this Friday, July 11 to help promote child safety.

As part of their “ID-A-KID” program, deputies will be on hand from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm to fingerprint and photograph your child or children. All the information will be given back to the parents for safe keeping – none will be kept by the Sheriff's Office.

The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office says fingerprints and a current photo van be vital tools for law enforcement if a child ever goes missing.

There is no charge for the event or ID kits.

Hiring event draws 20 employers to Post Falls Wednesday

Hiring event draws 20 employers to Post Falls Wednesday

A heads up for anyone on the hunt for a job – 20 employers are participating in a hiring event Wednesday at the Idaho Department of Labor's office in Kootenai County.

The event runs from 10 am to noon at the office on 600 N. Thornton St. in Post Falls. Job seekers are encouraged to bring their resumes and be prepared for interviews.

You can find interview tips and other information here.

Companies participating in the event are:

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.