Fall For Sandpoint: Just do it

By Ben Olson
Reader Staff

Let’s face it, the holidays are going to come up and bite you sooner than you are ready for them. Get a jump on your holiday shopping while also helping regional nonprofits with the annual Fall For Sandpoint shopping event this weekend.

Hosted by the Sandpoint Shopping District, Fall For Sandpoint pairs downtown retailers with area nonprofits for a day of sales, fun events, refreshments and good times.

Head downtown on Saturday, Oct. 14 for an all-day event at 16 different downtown retailers, including Larson’s, Great Stuff, Understory Coffee, Zany Zebra, Alpine Shop, Azalea’s Handpicked Style, Cedar St. Bistro, Eve’s Leaves, Finan McDonald, Meadowbrook, Northwest Handmade, Outdoor Experience, Santosha, Sharon’s Hallmark, Zero Point and La Chic Boutique.

Each participating retailer will donate a portion of their day’s sales to the following nonprofit organizations: Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness, Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeeper, Panhandle Animal Shelter, Bonner/Boundary Co. CASA, Panhandle Alliance for Education, Bonner Partners in Care Clinic, Bonner Gospel Mission, Bonner Community Food Bank, Selle Valley Carden School, Special Olympics, Sandpoint Community Resource Center, Rock Creek Alliance, Life Choices Pregnancy Center, Panida Theater, Selkirk Outdoor Leadership and Education and NAMI Far North.

Representatives from each nonprofit will be on hand at their companion retail store to answer any questions about how they serve the community.

In addition to sales, there will also be a host of great activities for shoppers of all ages.

To take part in Fall For Sandpoint, pick up a passport at any of the participating retailer. Shoppers will receive stamps at each store they visit (no purchase required) and those who gather at least eight stamps will be entered into a drawing for three prizes totaling $400 in local gift certificates.

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