March 21, 2010 in Idaho Voices

In brief: Dinner fundraiser for child’s surgery

From Local Reports

COEUR D’ALENE – A spaghetti feed, raffle and auction will be held for Anthony Thomas-Estello on Monday at the Best Western Coeur d’Alene Inn, 506 W. Appleway Ave., at 6 p.m.

Anthony was born in January 2009 with a rare vascular tumor on his face and neck. He will undergo surgeries at a children’s hospital in San Diego in April. The dinner and auction will help raise funds for his trip and medical costs.

Cost for the dinner is $20 and free for children 12 and younger.

A bank account has also been set up at US Bank under Anthony’s name. Donations can be made at any US Bank location.

For more information, call (208) 704-4771.

Music Walk downtown Friday

COEUR D’ALENE – The Arts and Culture Alliance will sponsor “Music Walk” on Friday, from 5-8 p.m., in downtown Coeur d’Alene.

Downtown restaurants, shops, businesses and galleries will present live music as part of this family-friendly event.

For more details visit

Fair housing training planned

COEUR D’ALENE – The Disability Action Center Northwest, the Intermountain Fair Housing Council and the city of Coeur d’Alene will conduct a fair housing training session on April 9 from 1 to 4 p.m., at the Coeur d’Alene Library, 702 E. Front St.

The event will cover topics such as fair housing basics, disability rights and responsibilities, reasonable accommodations and legal decisions. Featured speakers include: Richard Mabbutt, executive director of the Intermountain Fair Housing Council of Boise; and Ken Nagy, attorney for Fair Housing of Lewiston.

To register call the Disability Action Center Northwest at (800) 854-9500 or (208) 664-9896 by March 31.

Building offices closed Tuesday

COEUR D’ALENE – The building division of the Kootenai County Building and Planning Department will be in training on Tuesday.

No inspections will be performed and no permits will be issued. Builders are urged to plan ahead.

The department apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause.

‘Round up’ for Boys & Girls Club

COEUR D’ALENE – The J.C. Penney Co. at the Coeur d’Alene Silver Lake Mall is asking shoppers to support the Boys & Girls Club of Kootenai County by “rounding up” their purchases to the nearest dollar and donating the difference to the club to help with after-school programs.

Purchases made at J.C. Penney Wednesday through April 6 can be added to the roundup.

For more information call Ryan Davis, the club’s executive director, at (208) 457-9089 or visit

Buck Knives hosts angler Bill Lowen

POST FALLS – B.A.S.S. Elite Series pro angler Bill Lowen will visit Buck Knives, 660 S. Lochsa St. in Post Falls on Friday and Saturday.

Lowen will tour the facility, meet employees, sign autographs for fans and go fishing on Lake Coeur d’Alene with CJ Buck and the Buck Knives marketing team.

Buck Knives also will have a spring sale event, with discounts of up to 50 percent offered in the factory store, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lowen also will be at the store to sign autographs.

For more information, call (208) 262-0500.

Egg hunt Saturday at Four Seasons

COEUR D’ALENE – Seniors at Four Seasons Assisted Living, 840 E. Dalton Ave., will host an Easter egg hunt for children through age 12 on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

The event will include a visit from the Easter bunny, who will make his entrance on a fire truck.

Kids are encouraged to bring their own basket, but bags will be provided for those who need them.

Reservations are not required, but are suggested. Parking will be available at Coeur d’Alene High School.

For more information, call (208) 665-2100.

Steelworkers head to speak at dinner

COEUR D’ALENE – The Kootenai County Democrats will hold the eighth annual Democracy Dinner and Dance at the Coeur d’Alene Casino and Resort on April 10, beginning at 6 p.m., with a no-host social hour and speeches from local candidates. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m.

Leo Gerard, the United Steelworkers International president, will be the keynote speaker.

As president, Gerard launched a wide range of initiatives that brought more than 350,000 workers into the union’s ranks. Cost for the dinner and dance is $40 in advance or $45 at the door. Tickets may be purchased at Kootenai County Democrats Headquarters, 1124 E. Sherman Ave. in Coeur d’Alene, by calling (208) 765-0965 or at www.kootenai

Equine center hosting benefit

POST FALLS – On April 10, the Equine Therapeutic Learning Center will host a “Denim and Diamonds” fundraising event at the Highlands Golf Course, 4365 E. Inverness Drive.

The evening will start with cocktails and a silent auction at 6 p.m., dinner and a live auction at 7 and dancing at 9.

The dress code for the night is, of course, denim and diamonds.

Proceeds will help raise awareness and funds for Equine TLC.

For reservations e-mail denimanddiamondsevent For more information visit

Group presents ‘NewsHour’ host

COEUR D’ALENE – The North Idaho College chapter of Phi Theta Kappa will present “If You’re So Rich, How Come You’re Not Happier?” by Ray Suarez, author and senior correspondent for PBS’s The NewsHour, on Wednesday at 4 p.m. in Molstead Library at Todd Hall.

The seminar is part of the chapter’s exploration of this year’s Phi Theta Kappa honors study topic, “The Paradox of Affluence: Choices, Challenges and Consequences.”

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (208) 769-3249.

Swim program offered at Kroc

COEUR D’ALENE – The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Center Aquatics Program is offering a youth fitness swim program.

Children ages 12-18 can learn swim techniques with emphasis on conditioning and endurance, but without the pressure of competition. The program will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. and Saturdays from 7 to 8 a.m.

Registration will begin on April 3 and will be available at the front desk at the Kroc Center. Cost is $40. Scholarships are available for those unable to pay the fee.

For more information, call (208) 667-1865 or visit

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