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SPIRIT LAKE – Spirit Lake will have its second annual talent show on Sept. 6 at 1 p.m. at City Park as part of its Labor Day on the Grass celebration, Sept. 4 through 6.

Singers and musicians will have an opportunity to perform two songs. Other acts will be limited to 10 minutes. Contestants will perform in front of a panel of judges and a live audience who will vote for their favorites. The top three contestants will be awarded prizes. The grand prize will be $100.

Those interested in participating need to send a self-addressed stamped envelope, a $10 entry fee and a short description of the talent or performance to Spirit Lake Music, PO Box 343, Blanchard, ID 83804 or call (208) 263-3129.

Bloomsday seeks T-shirt designs

SPOKANE – The Lilac Bloomsday Association, in cooperation with The Inlander, is currently accepting designs for the 2011 Bloomsday finisher T-shirt. The Lilac Bloomsday Association will pay $1,000 for the design selected.

The deadline is Sept. 13. For more information visit

Child care centers earn star ratings

POST FALLS/COEUR D’ALENE – The Learning Garden in Post Falls and Christ the King Child Development Center in Coeur d’Alene recently earned a star rating through the IdahoSTARS Quality Rating and Improvement System. The child care centers are the first in the five northern counties to receive the rating.

With help from IdahoStars, Christ the King was able to complete a playground with new equipment and pea gravel for safety, add special doorknobs for children with disabilities and purchase dolls to help teach children diversity. The improvements helped its star rating.

The system is voluntary. Child care centers and homes that choose to participate conduct a self-study, create an improvement plan and work to implement the plan over time. During the process, they request grants for needed improvements and then earn a one to five-star rating.

IdahoStars is a collaborative effort among the University of Idaho, the Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children and the state Department of Health and Welfare, which supplies the funding from the federal Child Care Development Block Grant. The ratings with details are listed at under Family Resources.

Computer classes free at CdA library

COEUR D’ALENE – The Coeur d’Alene Public Library and North Idaho College will offer free classes to teach basic computer skills to local residents, beginning Sept. 15 at the library.

The ReToolbox program aims to help participants learn to use the Internet, fill out applications online, create cover letters and resumes and send and receive e-mails.

The first session will focus on basic computer operations and will be held Sept. 15 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The session will be repeated on Sept. 16, from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Additional classes include learning how to log in online, to be held on Sept. 21, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The class will be repeated on Sept. 22, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. On Sept. 29, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., participants can learn about Internet searches and job applications. The course will be repeated on Sept. 30, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. The program will cover resumes, cover letters and professional presentations on Oct. 5, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The session will be repeated on Oct. 6, from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

To register and for more information call (208) 769-2380 or visit