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Additional work days planned

More than 20 people showed up at Spirit Lake’s City Park on May 2 to clean up the town’s skate park.

The event was the first of several monthly work days planned by the Spirit Lake Parks and Recreation Commission to address parks projects and areas in need of improvement throughout town.

New rules for skate park use are now in effect. The rules approved by city council require all users to wear helmets and every person inside the skate park must have an operable skateboard in their possession.

Mayor Roxy Martin said she is hopeful that skate park users will follow and respect the rules so the city can keep it open. Those who don’t follow the rules can be banned from the park for up to a year, she said.

This summer the city plans to install surveillance cameras officials and the police department better monitor activity and deter vandalism and other crime.

Proceeds from this year’s Big Back-In Lawnmower Street Drags, set for 11 a.m. June 21, will be used to purchase the cameras and for other parks projects.

For information on future work days and volunteer opportunities, or The Big Back-In, contact Marc Kroetch at (208) 623-5130 or Taryn Hecker at (208) 661-3891.

Coeur d’Alene

NIC music for Mother’s Day

NIC’s musical and choral groups will perform their annual “Mother’s Day Concert in the Park” today at 2 p.m. in the Coeur d’Alene City Park bandshell.

The NIC Wind Symphony and the NIC Madrigal Singers will come together to perform pieces including “America the Beautiful” and “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.” NIC music instructor Andrea Dawson will sing “Vissi d’arte, vissi d’amore” from Tosca by Giacomo Puccini as well as “Habanera” from Carmen by Georges Bizet.

The event is free. For more information, call Derinda Moerer at (208) 769-3276, Ext. 3276.

Koerner buys benefit charity

Koerner Furniture, Highway 95 and Dalton Avenue in Coeur d’Alene, will donate 5 percent of sales to the Kootenai Health Foundation to benefit the Kootenai Cancer Center, now through next Sunday.

For more information, call (208) 666-1525 or go to

Community flu panel planned

The Coeur d’Alene Library, 702 E. Front Ave., will host “The Flu and You: Steps to Assure Community Health” on Wednesday at 6 p.m. to help the Coeur d’Alene community educate themselves on the prevention of spreading illnesses such as swine flu, along with other health issues.

The event is a panel discussion and will include representatives from the science community and local agencies involved in protecting the health of the community and responsible for responding to health emergencies. Audience members will have the opportunity to submit questions to the panel members.

The informative discussion is sponsored by the library and the Northwest Association for Biomedical Research.

For more information, go to or call (206) 465-4691.

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