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Start the week with Mardi Gras, end with fresh market

From Mardi Gras events early in the week to the Yokes Outrageous Air Show at Schweitzer Mountain Resort Friday and next Saturday, there is something for everyone in Sandpoint during the upcoming days.

On Sunday, the Cedar Street Bridge in downtown Sandpoint will host the Mardi Gras Family Day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be mask-making, spam-carving, Oreo-cookie stacking contests and a guess-the-beads competition.

On Monday the fun continues with the Mardi Gras Poker Run from 3 to 6 p.m. The event will end at Mick Duff’s Brewing Co., with an awards presentation at 6 p.m. On Tuesday the Mardi Gras finale will take place throughout downtown with restaurant and pub specials at various locations.

For more information about any of the events, contact the Downtown Sandpoint Business Association at 255-1876.

For skiing and boarding enthusiasts, or anyone who enjoys watching experienced riders and skiers tackle the mountain, Yokes Outrageous Air Show will run on Friday and next Saturday at Schweitzer Mountain Resort.

The spectacular hour-long event begins at 6 p.m. each night and will feature former Olympians as well as national and world-champion skiers and boarders, including professional aerialists Brad Suey and Jean Marc Rozon. Included in the list of participants are local competitors including Matt Gillis, Brennen Chasse, Tyler Wahlin, Dash Kamp, Chad Warren and Terry Goslin. Some of the stunts they will perform include synchronized flips and flying through fire.

“Every year the event gets bigger and better,” said organizer Bob Legasa. “The show arena is located in the village of Schweitzer Mountain Resort, so visibility and accessibility are easy.”

During the afternoon, bring the kids to an arts and crafts adventure. Pottery in Motion visits the resort from 2 to 5 p.m. each Saturday bringing many projects for kids and adults to paint. Located in the Bark Beetle Room next to Pucci’s Pub, Pottery in Motion will help you craft a unique piece of pottery, fire it in their kiln and ship it to you.

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Six Rivers Market hosts fundraiser

Living in North Idaho, locally grown fresh produce is difficult to come by several months of the year. But thanks to a new business venture that keeps the farmers market concept up and running throughout all four seasons that will no longer be a problem. Six Rivers Market is North Idaho’s first online local food market. It will offer fresh produce, bread, jams, honey, eggs, meat and locally made crafts, all produced within 250 miles of Sandpoint. Set to open April 3, the nonprofit member-based cooperative market will charge customers and vendors a $100 annual membership fee to help cover operating costs.

All of the items will be available on a weekly basis. Customers will place an order online and producers will deliver the products to Sandpoint Business and Events Center at 515 Pine St. where they will be separated and bagged. The customers will be able to pick up their orders Wednesdays from 3:30 to 6 p.m. In an effort to simplify the process, payment for all the items ordered will be made directly to Six Rivers Market.

Sandpoint resident Meadow Summers came up with the concept for Six Rivers while enrolled in a sustainable agriculture course. She has performed extensive research and modeled Six Rivers after a highly successful program in Oklahoma.

To help raise money for the new venture, Summers and her volunteers are hosting a potluck and fundraiser at Sandpoint Community Hall March 1, from 5 to 8 p.m. It is a good chance to not only support Sandpoint’s first year-round farmers’ market but also to learn more about Six Rivers. Summers said that any member who signs up by March 1 for the April to April 2010 season will receive a reduced rate of $75 for the year.

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