Though a library’s goal of providing open access to resources and information remains unchanged today, the ways in which information is given and received is constantly changing. You can see this first hand at the Sandpoint Library as the staff works toward finalizing the yearlong expansion. After breaking ground in July of 2017, construction is now all but complete and the finishing touches, additional furniture and bookshelves are on track to be fully installed by early October.
If you step into the library expecting rows upon rows of books and utter silence, you will soon find out that is not the case. There are still plenty of books and newspapers to read and check out as well as rooms for kids, teens, learning, Internet and an entirely updated department focused on emerging technology.
“This new department will manage 3D printing, virtual reality, drones and any other technology services we offer,” said Marcy Timblin, public relations director.
At just 10 years old, David DaVinci performed his first professional magic show, wowing audiences with his thrilling and unexplainable illusions. At age 18, he became the youngest magician in history to win the Gold Medal in the Pacific Rim Professional Stage Championship, making him a World Champion Magician before he graduated high school. Today, 25 years after his first performance, this Spokane native and Sandpoint resident is still impressing audiences across the globe.
“What attracted me to this unusual career path was the ability to entertain and amaze,” says David. “In a single moment, I can take someone’s mind off a bad day they’re having and suspend their disbelief.”
As there’s no real “school of magic,” David is mostly self-taught, honing each act through repetition. “It’s about getting up in front of an audience night after night and performing, then sitting back afterwards, no matter how painful it is, and critiquing the video of the show,” he says.
Just because summer is quickly coming to a close does not mean you have to wrap up your travel plans. There are opportunities to enjoy all the Pacific Northwest has to offer well into the fall. Whether it is a weekend of football, music, food festivals or Oktoberfest celebrations, fun awaits, so make your plans today.
Festival at Sandpoint
August 2 -12, 2018 Sandpoint, Idaho
Enjoy eight nights of incredible entertainment featuring a variety of genres under the stars and overlooking the water in a breathtaking setting at War Memorial Field. In its 36th year, The Festival at Sandpoint has played host to incredible entertainers drawing people from all over the Pacific Northwest to enjoy the 4,000-seat capacity venue. Intimate in its setting, attendees can choose to bring in their own food and drink or enjoy some of the fabulous food and beverages provided onsite. This year’s lineup includes Big Head Todd & The Monsters, Amos Lee, ZZ Top, a Family Concert featuring The Festival Community Orchestra and activities for kids, Greensky Bluegrass, Sublime with Rome, Gavin Degraw + Phillip Phillips and the Spokane Symphony. FestivalAtSandpoint.com
Miracles. While many equate them with acts of Jesus that we have read about in the Bible, there are those who are fortunate to witness them first hand. Just ask Bob and April Jacobson. Their lives were turned upside down in an instant when their son, Hunter, was critically injured in a motorbike accident on December 2 of last year.
Riding with a friend in Naples at a designated riding area at the time and outfitted in full, top-ofthe-line riding gear, Hunter was preparing for an upcoming race in Kalispell. While no one witnessed the accident, they do know that Hunter went off of a jump and did not land well.
He was transported to Kootenai Medical Center where he was diagnosed with critical head trauma, a ruptured spleen, 11 broken ribs, a broken collar bone, broken scapula and a collapsed lung. After the medical team at Kootenai Medical Center removed his spleen, Hunter was transported to Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane.
Rick Anderson is an avid re-user and recycler. When my brother and I were very young, I remember my dad taking us on walks to nearby construction sites where we would pick up soda and beer cans leftover from the workers. After a couple months we had several large trash bags full, which we loaded up and took to the recycling center. To my young amazement, we were given money for these old cans and our first lesson about the rewards of work were born as my dad split the earnings between the two of us to open our first savings accounts. As we grew, we would look forward to Saturday garage sales with Dad where we would find all kinds of fun stuff for pennies on the dollar. I learned to ski in several $2 to $3 pairs of boots, caught baseballs behind the plate with a $.25 catcher’s mitt and still carry around a cooler we’ve had in the family for more than 25 years. My dad, Rick, continues his conquest of finding great deals while keeping items of value out of the landfill and is most interested today in one main item—bikes.
Rick’s Bike Sale most likely got started when it was clear my brother and I wouldn’t be sticking around Minnesota for college.
EUREKA! It’s the audible exclamation for discovery. It represents the sudden, unexpected realization of the solution to a problem. The Eureka Institute in Sandpoint, Idaho, is aptly named. Committed to sponsoring life-long learning and community service opportunities, this organization is focused on helping residents of the Sandpoint area. The Eureka Institute is a nonprofit organization that began in 2011. Its purpose is to sponsor experiential and educational programming for all ages. In an effort to reach young people, including at-risk youth, the Eureka Institute has developed its Construction Basics Initiative. Through this program, the Eureka Institute helps young people explore new skills, expand their knowledge by learning valuable trades and enjoy the benefits of accomplishing something good in and for their community.
Steve Holt has been the director for the Construction Basics Initiative. He is a semiretired builder, and he has acknowledged for years that more vocational training opportunities are needed to help young people prepare for future careers.