Events

Upcoming Events:

Ponderay Neighbor Day!

Join us Saturday, September 23 for a rousing community celebration in the little city by the lake – Ponderay.

Celebrating our Connections is the theme of Ponderay Neighbor Day — and we have plenty to celebrate in our little community: Ponderay has an expanding trail and park system and a community transit system (the SPOT bus) that helps keep us connected. Attendees will be asked to give feedback on how to improve these systems in exchange for a chance to win a ride on the hot air balloon.

That’s right! The sky’s the limit! Tethered hot air balloon rides will be raffled off (weather permitting) throughout the event! Rising 75 feet above Ponderay, the balloon will give riders a birds eye view of the Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail and the area of future expansion for an underpass from the trail under the railroad into Ponderay.

The event also features live music by the Miah Kohal Band, pony rides, carnival games, arts and crafts for kids, tasty food vendors, beer garden, jumpy castle and much, much more! This will be an extraordinary event with free admission for all!

While this family-fun event celebrates Ponderay, our cherished community trail and its immediate neighbors – everyone throughout the region is invited.

The gates open for Ponderay Neighbor Day from 3 to 7 p.m. in the field behind the Hoot Owl. Parking will be off Emerald Industrial Drive and the SPOT bus will operate a special route in Ponderay and Kootenai to bring people to and from the site.

Ponderay Neighbor Day is sponsored by the LOR Foundation, City of Ponderay, Friends of the Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail, Kaniksu Land Trust, Selkirk-Pend Oreille Transit (SPOT Bus), P1FCU

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 Past Events

Bay Trail Fun Run 2017 Results

Thank you to all who participated in the 5th annual Bay Trail Fun Run! We had another wonderful event thanks to all of our participants, volunteers and sponsors! Thank you for supporting our community trail!

Here are the official Bay Trail Fun Run Results!

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 Bay Trail Fun Run 2017

Don’t miss the wonderful community spirit at our biggest event of the year! The event takes place on Sunday, June 11 at 9 am.

Sign up today!

Last years run was a huge success with over 350 runners and walker participating. This years Fun Run promises to be another great event. Festivities includes t-shirts, water bottles and other freebies for all participants, great awards for top finishers in each age group, a special racers lunch menu at Trinity Restaurant, and the chance to win fantastic silent auction items.

The Bay Trail Fun Run benefits the Friends of Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail and the Idaho Conservation League—and ourcourse map w insert2 efforts to preserve and enhance our region’s treasured waterfront trail.

The fun run/walk takes place along the shores of Lake Pend Oreille and SandCreek. This mostly flat route—which starts at Sandpoint’s City Beach—takes you out and back on the region’s newest unpaved trail, the Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail. It features stunning views of the lake, creek and white capped mountains. 5K competitors return to where they started, in front of the Best Western Edgewater Resort on Sandpoint’s City Beach. Before returning to the finish line, 10K competitors continue for an additional out-and-back leg on the paved byway trails that curve along the east shore of Sand Creek.

Event schedule and times

  • Online registration is now open!
  • Online registration is open until June 10 for $25 a person 13 years or older. Children 12 and under are free but must register.
  • Mail-in registration is available until June 5 for $25 per person, 13 years or older. (Registration forms are available at locations throughout the region or call 208.265.9565.)
  • Race day registration opens at 7 am Sunday, June 11 and is $30 a person.
  • 5K and 10K racers start jointly, promptly at 9 am.
  • Awards ceremony is at 11 am.
  • Runners lunch specials are offered by Trinity at City Beach, 11:30 am–2:30 pm.

All runners, walkers, strollers and lovers of the trail are welcome to join in the fun of the Bay Trail Fun Run. Leave the pooch behind for this event but bring them back any other time – the trail is dog friendly.

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Earth Day Celebration with Neighbor John and the Atomic Blues Band

We’ll be rocking the house at a special Earth Day event featuring the fabulous tunes of Neighbor John Kelley and the Atomic Blues Band.Neighbor John Kelley

Come join us to celebration Earth Day and support the Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail!

The festivities take place at Di Luna’s Cafe, 207 Cedar Street, in Sandpoint on Saturday, April 22. Come early and enjoy a great dinner at Di Luna’s then hang around for the show. Doors open at 5:30 pm and the tunes begin at 7:30.

Neighbor John has been playing the music scene in North Idaho for over 40 years and always draws a large, appreciative crowd.

Tickets to this special show are limited so be sure to get yours in advance. Tickets are now on sale at Di Luna’s for $13 each. Any tickets not sold in advance will be available at the door on the night of the show as supplies last.

Proceeds from the event will help fund efforts to steward, improve and expand the Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail.

 

Toast the Trail – A Celebration of the Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail

It’s been another great year on the trail!

Thousands of residents and visitors have enjoyed the recreational opportunities and the beauty of the trail, we’ve added a few more badly needed parking spaces at the trail head and  thanks to the generosity of the Sandpoint Rotary, several awesome benches have been installed that offer wonderful chances for respite along the trail.

It’s all cause for a celebration! So come join us to “Toast the Trail” at our fifth-annual, year-end celebration of the Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail. The festivities take place from 4-7 pm, Thursday, December 8th at the Pend d’Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar Street in Sandpoint.

The Friends of the Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail and supporters have been busy this year working on ways to extend the trail into Ponderay via an underpass under the railroad tracks. This extension project will require substantial planning studies and this year’s “Toast the Trail” event will help raise revenue to fund these studies.

The event includes awesome silent auction items including a season pass to the Festival at Sandpoint, a beautiful framed print, a spa basket and much more.

The event will also include live music by Doug Bond ansds Marty Perron, great locally crafted beer and wine and unique holiday gift shopping opportunities.  A portion of all the sales the night of the event will benefit the Friends and their work to improve, steward and expand the trail.

So come on out on the 8th and eat, drink and be merry with fellow trail lovers.

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 Ales and TrailsBiking trail

Come give input on future plans for the Pend d’ Oreille Bay Trail at “Ales and Trails” at Laughing Dog Brewing in Ponderay. This fun community event takes place from 5—8 pm on Tuesday, March 24. Public input is being sought to complete a master trail and interpretive plan project. Feedback is needed on ideas for expanding the trail, parking solutions, trailhead designs, water and boat access, locations of underpasses into Ponderay, possible trailside amenities, and interpretive storytelling along the trail corridor. Harmony Engineering and Design, the design firm contracted to create a master plan for the trail, will be on hand with interactive displays designed to gather input from local residents and trail users. The evening includes great locally brewed beer from Laughing Dog Brewery and hot slices of pizza from Pappa Murphys. Free admission. For more information visit www.pobtrail.org or call 208-946-7586.

The Bay Trail Fun Run benefits the Friends of Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail and ICL—and our efforts to preserve and enhance our region’s treasured waterfront trail.

The fun run/walk takes place along the shores of Lake Pend Oreille and Sand

Bay Trail Fun Run Course MapCreek. This mostly flat route—which starts at Sandpoint’s City Beach—takes you out and back on the region’s newest unpaved trail, the Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail. It features stunning views of the lake, creek and white capped mountains.

5K competitors return to where they started, in front of the Best Western Edgewater Resort on Sandpoint’s City Beach. Before returning to the finish line, 10K competitors continue for an additional out-and-back leg on the paved byway trails that curve along the east shore of Sand Creek.

Event schedule and times

  • Online registration is open until June 6 for $25 a person 13 years or older. Children 12 and under are free but must register.
  • Mail-in registration is available until June 1 for $25 per person, 13 years or older. (Registration forms are available at locations throughout the region or call 208.265.9565.)
  • Race day registration opens at 7 am Sunday, June 8 and is $30 a person.
  • 5K and 10K racers start jointly, promptly at 9 am.
  • Awards ceremony is at 11 am.
  • Runners lunch specials are offered by Trinity at City Beach, 11:30 am–2:30 pm.

All runners, walkers, strollers and lovers of the trail are welcome to join in the fun of the Bay Trail Fun Run.

– See more at: http://www.idahoconservation.org/events/events/bay-trail-fun-run#sthash.OIxmgtKz.dpuf


Toast the Trail – A Celebration of the Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail

It’s been another great year on the trail!

Thousands of residents and visitors have enjoyed the recreational opportunities and the beauty of the trail, we’ve added a few more badly needed parking spaces at the trail head and  thanks to the generosity of the Sandpoint Rotary, several awesome benches have been installed that offer wonderful chances for respite along the trail.

It’s all cause for a celebration! So come join us to “Toast the Trail” at our fifth-annual, year-end celebration of the Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail. The festivities take place from 4-7 pm, Thursday, December 8th at the Pend d’Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar Street in Sandpoint.

The Friends of the Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail and supporters have been busy this year working on ways to extend the trail into Ponderay via an underpass under the railroad tracks. This extension project will require substantial planning studies and this year’s “Toast the Trail” event will help raise revenue to fund these studies.

The event includes awesome silent auction items including a season pass to the Festival at Sandpoint, a beautiful framed print, a spa basket and much more.

The event will also include live music by Doug Bond ansds Marty Perron, great locally crafted beer and wine and unique holiday gift shopping opportunities.  A portion of all the sales the night of the event will benefit the Friends and their work to improve, steward and expand the trail.

So come on out on the 8th and eat, drink and be merry with fellow trail lovers.

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Bay Trail Fun Run, 2015

Save the date! Sunday June 7th  for the third annual Bay Trail Fun Run. Don’t miss the wonderful community spirit at our biggest event of the year.

Registration for the run opens March 15!racers start, Chris Bessler photo

Last years run was a huge success with over 300 runners and walker participating. This years Fun Run promises to be another great event. Festivities include live music, t-shirts and swag for all participants, great awards for top finishers in each age group, a special racers lunch menu at Trinity Restaurant, and the chance to win fantastic silent auction items.

The Bay Trail Fun Run benefits the Friends of Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail and ICL—and our efforts to preserve and enhance our region’s treasured waterfront trail.

The fun run/walk takes place along the shores of Lake Pend Oreille and SandCreek. This mostly flat route—which starts at Sandpoint’s City Beach—takes you out and back on the region’s newest unpaved trail, the Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail. It features stunning views of the lake, creek and white capped mountains. 5K competitors return to where they started, in front of the Best Western Edgewater Resort on Sandpoint’s City Beach. Before returning to the finish line, 10K competitors continue for an additional out-and-back leg on the paved byway trails that curve along the east shore of Sand Creek.

Event schedule and times

  • Online registration opens March 15 at 8 am. First 10 people to register will win a prize.
  • Online registration is open until June 6 for $25 a person 13 years or older. Children 12 and under are free but must register.
  • Mail-in registration is available until June 1 for $25 per person, 13 years or older. (Registration forms are available at locations throughout the region or call 208.265.9565.)
  • Race day registration opens at 7 am Sunday, June 7 and is $30 a person.
  • 5K and 10K racers start jointly, promptly at 9 am.
  • Awards ceremony is at 11 am.
  • Runners lunch specials are offered by Trinity at City Beach, 11:30 am–2:30 pm.

All runners, walkers, strollers and lovers of the trail are welcome to join in the fun of the Bay Trail Fun Run.

Last year’s event was a huge success, with over 300 runners and walkers participating. Event festivities include live music, t-shirts and swag for all participants, great awards for top finishers in each age group, a special racers lunch menu at Trinity Restaurant, and the chance to win silent auction items.

The Bay Trail Fun Run benefits the Friends of Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail and ICL—and our efforts to preserve and enhance our region’s treasured waterfront trail.

The fun run/walk takes place along the shores of Lake Pend Oreille and Sand

Bay Trail Fun Run Course MapCreek. This mostly flat route—which starts at Sandpoint’s City Beach—takes you out and back on the region’s newest unpaved trail, the Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail. It features stunning views of the lake, creek and white capped mountains.

5K competitors return to where they started, in front of the Best Western Edgewater Resort on Sandpoint’s City Beach. Before returning to the finish line, 10K competitors continue for an additional out-and-back leg on the paved byway trails that curve along the east shore of Sand Creek.

Event schedule and times

  • Online registration is open until June 6 for $25 a person 13 years or older. Children 12 and under are free but must register.
  • Mail-in registration is available until June 1 for $25 per person, 13 years or older. (Registration forms are available at locations throughout the region or call 208.265.9565.)
  • Race day registration opens at 7 am Sunday, June 8 and is $30 a person.
  • 5K and 10K racers start jointly, promptly at 9 am.
  • Awards ceremony is at 11 am.
  • Runners lunch specials are offered by Trinity at City Beach, 11:30 am–2:30 pm.

All runners, walkers, strollers and lovers of the trail are welcome to join in the fun of the Bay Trail Fun Run.

– See more at: http://www.idahoconservation.org/events/events/bay-trail-fun-run#sthash.OIxmgtKz.dpuf


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Trail Dedication and Cairn of Thanks Unveiling

A noon dedication ceremony for the Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail is slated for Thursday, November 13—marking the official opening of the almost 1.5 mile shoreline trail to the public.

The public is invited to attend the ceremony that will take place about a 1/4 of a mile down the trail on the symbolic property line between the cities of Sandpoint and Ponderay. These two cities, with support from the Friends of the Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail, the Idaho Conservation League and others, collaborated to create the trail that now provides fantastic recreational opportunities, safe access to Lake Pend Oreille and an alternative non-motorized greenway.

Short speeches by local elected officials from Sandpoint, Ponderay and Bonner County will be followed by a guided walk down the length of the trail by Friends of the Pend d’Oreille Bay Board members. Additionally, the Friend’s “Cairn of Thanks” will be unveiled and the trail’s many supporters will be recognized and thanked.

Following the dedication, a “Toast the Trail” celebration at the Pend d’Oreille Winery will take place from 5—8 pm the same afternoon—see below.


Toast The Trail Celebration

Join the Friends of the Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail for their 3rd annual “Toast the Trail Celebration” from 5—8 pm, Thursday, November 13. This year’s party will be especially festive since the first phase of the trail has now been officially completed!

With the city of Ponderay’s final payment to the original landowners, 1.5 miles of waterfront trail is now, and will remain, open for public nonmotorized use.

This accomplishment comes after a 3-year successful fundraising and outreach campaign, and the efforts and financial support of hundreds of individuals, businesses, public officials and foundations.

So put on your party hats and head over to the Pend d’Oreille Winery in its new location—301 Cedar Street in Sandpoint. The Friends want to thank all of you for making this trail a lasting legacy for generations to enjoy.

The evening includes live music by Harold’s IGA, reduced drink prices, great locally sourced food and an update on trails in North Idaho. Admission is free.

You also have a chance to weigh in on future plans for our community’s trails and open spaces.

Can’t make it to the event? Show you care and take a few minutes to complete the survey.

 


Bay Trail Fun Run

Our second annual Bay Trail Fun Run was held June 8, and it was a great success – made all the more wonderful by absolutely gorgeous weather. A total of 314 participants signed up to run or walk, with 296 recorded finishers. This year we used Across The Line automated timing to get accurate results.

Top finishers: Fastest woman overall in the 5K was Amy Scott at 21 minutes, 40 seconds. Fastest man in 5K was Patrick Goodman, at 19:49. In the 10K, fastest woman was Shaunavee Dick at 42:56 and fastest man was Jon Harding of Sandpoint at 41:11.

Go see all times at Across The Line Timing»
Of course, many participants took a slower pace, just to enjoy the day and support the trail. If you couldn’t make it, or even if you could, you can relive the moment in photos:

Go see Sandpoint Online’s Fun Run photo album on Facebook»
Once again, thank you to all our volunteers, sponsors and especially the runners and walkers that made the Fun Run such a fine event.