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Northwest Briefs December 2, 2010

| December 2, 2010 8:00 PM

Press compiling Christmas program

If your church or school is planning a special program for Christmas - in addition to regular services or individual classroom projects - The Press would like to know about it.

The newspaper plans to publish a list of special programs that the public is invited to attend.

Please e-mail information about the event, including date, time, place, address, cost/donations, a description of the event, contact information and other important details to bwalker@cdapress.com.

ICF to celebrate grand opening

COEUR d'ALENE - The Idaho Community Foundation will celebrate the grand opening of its Coeur d'Alene regional office from 5-7 p.m. Thursday at the University of Idaho-Coeur d'Alene Harbor Center, 1031 N. Academic Way.

This office will help ICF better serve its members, donors, panel members and other supporters who live in North Idaho.

"We are very thankful to UI President Duane Nellis and the UI-CDA administration for their generosity and support in making this office a reality," ICF President Bob Hoover said.

In 2009, ICF gave more than $426,000 in grants, scholarships and distributions to 98 nonprofits, schools and other charitable organizations in North Idaho.

The event is open house style and all are welcome. Appetizers and beverages will be served. In order to help ICF plan its head count, please RSVP to (800) 657-5357 or bwhiting-looze@idcomfdn.org.

Community invited to after hours event

COEUR d'ALENE -

Friends supporting North Idaho Violence Prevention Center invites the community to the 8th Annual Friends After Hours event to benefit the NIVPC.

It will be Friday at the Painter's Chair from 5-8 p.m. in conjunction with the Art Walk. There will be wine and sweets while participating in a silent auction and raffle. Raffle tickets are $25 each.

The NIVCP, formally The Women's Center, was founded in North Idaho 33 years ago to assist victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

To help fill the financial gap and provide a stable source of funding, The Friends of The Women's Center, now Friends supporting NIVPC, was established in 2001.

Information: www.cdawomenscenter.org or 664-9303

SD 271 meetings tonight, Saturday

The Coeur d'Alene School District is holding the second in a series of Community Chats tonight at 5 at the Midtown Center, corner of Fifth and Linden streets.

The public meetings, in the form of informal dialogue sessions, provide a forum for school board trustees and Superintendent Hazel Bauman to hear from patrons and answer questions regarding the proposed supplemental levy the district will ask voters to approve March 8.

An additional chat meeting has been scheduled Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Hayden Kinder Center, 9650 Government Way, Hayden.

The first community chat-style meeting was held Nov. 15 and drew an audience of more than 100. Most came to speak on the levy but the Community Chats are open, informal meetings for the board, superintendent and other school district staff to hear what is on the mind of the district's patrons and be able to address issues and answer questions.

Fresh Start

event is Saturday

COEUR d'ALENE - It's going to be a packed house at Fresh Start on Saturday.

Pictures, haircuts, makeup and breakfast are all on the agenda at the center at 16th and Sherman dedicated to helping the homeless.

Bruce Twitchell's photography class at Coeur d'Alene High School is partnering with Fresh Start to provide portraits for the holiday season. The photography students will take pictures from 8:30-11 a.m. The portraits are free.

Staff with Fratelli Salon and Skin Care will provide free haircuts and makeup, and volunteers will also be serving a free hot breakfast.

There will be clothes available, too.

Information: Howard Martinson, 661-1524

Avalanche danger closes highway

WENATCHEE - The North Cascades Highway (SR 20) is officially closed for the season after a storm dumped 2 feet of new snow and significantly increased avalanche danger.

Avalanche experts and maintenance crews with the Washington State Department of Transportation found a foot of new snow at the closure gates and twice that at higher elevations when they took a trip up the highway Wednesday. Crews also found several snow slides across the highway.

With another snow storm forecasted for later this week, WSDOT determined that it would be too dangerous to try and reopen the highway.

The highway is closed between milepost 134, seven miles east of Diablo Dam on the west side of 4,855-foot Rainy Pass, and milepost 171, nine miles west of Mazama on the east side of 5,477-foot Washington Pass.

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