In brief: Pickleball begins today in Lake City

COEUR D’ALENE – The Kootenai Pickleball Players and the City Recreation Department will begin their first session of the year today, from 2 to 5 p.m. in the gymnasium at Project Coeur d’Alene School, 1619 N. Ninth St. Sessions will also be held on Friday evenings, from 6 to 8.

Pickleball is generally played as a doubles game. All levels of play, from beginners to expert, are welcome to play. Paddles and balls will be provided.

The session will run through the end of February. Players will need to fill out a registration form at City Hall. Cost is a $15 session fee.

For more information, call Steve Sharp at (208) 818-2555.

Smokers offered help to quit

COEUR D’ALENE – Panhandle Health District will offer a free presentation on Tuesday to help smokers who want to quit succeed, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the St. Vincent de Paul HELP Center, 102 E. Harrison Ave.

The event will provide information on free quit-tobacco classes, individual consults, telephone and online support, support groups and free and reduced-cost medications. It will cover the benefits of quitting, including the economic savings, mental health and substance use recovery.

To reserve a space, call (208) 415-5143. Seating is limited.

For information on Panhandle Health’s tobacco prevention and cessation program visit www.phd1.idaho.gov/ preventative/tobacco.cfm.

Computer skills classes offered

COEUR D’ALENE – The Coeur d’Alene Public Library and North Idaho College will offer free classes to teach basic computer skills to residents, beginning Jan. 11. The series of sessions, a part of the “ReToolbox” program, will be repeated through June to allow participants to attend as many help sessions as they want and need.

The first course will focus on basic computer operations and will be held Jan. 11, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Additional classes include keyboarding skills, Jan. 13, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. On Jan. 18, from 12:30 to 2 p.m., participants can learn about searching for information online.

The series will continue through February.

The library will also offer free workshops, to teach interested residents about Microsoft Office.

Workshops include Basics in Excel, held from 10:30 a.m. to noon, on Monday and will cover parts of a spreadsheet, basic formulas, basic formatting and editing. Classes will continue through February.

To see a complete list of classes offered, to register, or for more information, call (208) 769-2380 or visit www.cdalibrary.org.

Winter programs begin at library

COEUR D’ALENE – The Coeur d’Alene Library, 702 E. Front Ave., will begin its winter story programs on Jan. 11. The programs are free and no registration is required.

On Tuesdays, from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m., and Fridays, from 10:30 to 11 a.m., children up to age 2 can participate in Book Babies Lap-sit with mom, dad or a caregiver.

Tales for Twos and Threes is held on Tuesdays, from 11 to 11:30 a.m., for children age 2 to 3. Preschool storytime is for children ages 3 to 5 Wednesdays, from 10:30 to 11 a.m. and again from 1 to 1:30 p.m.

On Wednesdays, from 4 to 5:30 p.m., Game Cafe, gives kids age 8 to 12 a chance to try their hand at chess, checkers and other nonelectronic board games. The LEGO Club, held Thursdays, from 4 to 5 p.m., provides ages 5 to 10 building time with the library’s giant tubs of LEGOS.

And on Fridays, from 4 to 5 p.m., ages 9 to 13 can participate in the Ocarina Club. Kids can learn about the ancient musical instrument and how to play it. Club size is limited and registration is requested. To register, call at (208) 769-2315, ext. 438.

For more information, go to www.cdalibrary.org.

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