Thursday, September 24, 2009

Carden Academy Celebrates 10 Years

Teaching children to think is the goal at Carden Academy-Sandpoint, a private Kindergarten through Fifth grade school which recently celebrated 10 years of providing academic excellence. Director Cynthia Nielsen announced at the anniversary that they are not celebrating buildings, but celebrating the 105 students who have passed through Carden Academy.

On average the school receives 10.5 new students every year, and it is no wonder the program is so successful. The teaching method is highly individualized to meet the distinct needs of each student. The teachers are trained to identify and meet those needs and to be fair and just managers of the classroom. Through the Carden approach students strive to understand, not memorize. Additionally, they accept responsibility for learning, apply and incorporate constructive suggestions, develop strong work habits, improve social relationships, as well as build and guide their own character development.

The Chamber congratulates Carden Academy-Sandpoint and thanks them for their continued service to provide education to develop future generations.

For more information, contact Carden Academy at 263-7767 or visit

Photo Caption: Pictured is Director Cynthia Nielsen cutting the ribbon accompanied by the Carden Academy students and Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors as they celebrate their 10th anniversary.

Chamber Welcomes Miller Handyman Services

Miller Handyman Services, “Sandpoint’s Hometown Mover,” celebrated with new owner Rod Miller as the business continues ‘delivering’ customer satisfaction. They provide both residential and commercial, local and long-distance moving services and handyman work including yard clean up, snow removal, painting, maintenance, and any project, big or small. Additionally, they offer contract services and provide clean, secure heated storage. Miller Handyman Services and their professional staff are dedicated to providing every job on time and with care and provide a 1-year workman satisfaction assurance on their workmanship. Pictured are the Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors celebrating with the Miller Handyman Services team alongside family and friends at their long-standing location at 1606 Baldy Mountain Road. For more information, call 265-5506 or visit

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Chamber Celebrates New Trade-N-Post Pawn & Coin

The Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce, family, and friends gathered to celebrate the opening of the new Trade-N-Post Pawn & Coin, located at 880 Kootenai Cut-Off Road in Ponderay. “A step above the rest,” the new pawn shop is owned by second generation pawn broker Scott Sawyer and offers collateral loans. buys gold and silver, and buys and sells gently used tools, instruments, sporting goods, electronics, coins, collectables, jewelry, firearms, and loans on most any item of value. DVD, CD, and game disc repair is also available, and DVDs can be purchased at highly competitive lower prices. The store is open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 6 pm and Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm, and during the winter months they will open 9 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday and maintain the same Saturday hours.

The Chamber congratulates owners Scott and Lisa Sawyer on the opening of their new business and wishes them much success in the years to come.

Photo Caption: Pictured are the Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, Mayor Carol Kunzeman, Ponderay Development Coporation’s Marcella Nelson, business partners, staff, family, and friends celebrating with owners Scott and Lisa Sawyer for their new Trade-N-Post Pawn & Coin business located in Ponderay.

Chamber Celebrates New Sandpoint Center for the Arts

The Sandpoint Center for the Arts, once known as the red building on the corner of 6th and Oak, is the hub for arts education and local arts and is home to the Arts Alliance and Red Tail Gallery.

The Arts Alliance is a nonprofit organization founded in June 2006 to fill a niche in the greater Sandpoint area’s arts community for arts education. The first three years were dedicated to establishing the art center, and the organization hosted classes in a room at a local school. After a year, they found a home at the historic building which is now The Sandpoint Center for the Arts.

The Arts Alliance began fall classes on September 28th, and new this year youth can drop in for a one day class. Instructed by artists in the area, the classes cover a vast scope of the arts including drawing, photography, papier mache, pottery, water color and oil painting, jewelry making, basket weaving, stained glass, and more. Youth classes are conveniently available after school from 3:30 pm to 5 pm, making for an excellent extra curricular activity.

The organization additionally offers an ongoing Artists Salon comprised of intermediate to advanced artists who work collaboratively to exchange ideas and technique. And those looking for a flex schedule will appreciate the pottery wheel studio pass and stained glass studio pass which allows artists access to the studio to work on their pieces on their own time.

Arts education has proven to be a worthwhile investment to improve student performance in language and math, and the Arts Alliance is always seeking volunteers and currently is recruiting board members. On Thursday, September 24th from 6 to 8 pm, they will host an open house. Those interested in volunteering or becoming board members are welcome to attend, and a brief presentation will begin at 7 pm. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be provided.

Their next upcoming event at the center is the Holiday Soiree on December 11th and 12th featuring locally made holiday gifts, live music, art activity for all ages, and other scrumptious delights.

The Sandpoint Center for the Arts is open Monday through Friday from 10 am to 5 pm and on Saturdays from 12 to 5 pm. The public is welcome to tour the gallery and view the studio.

For more information, call 265-ARTS (2787) or visit

Photo Caption: Pictured is the Arts Alliance executive director Lizzy Hughes cutting the ribbon with board president Barry Barush and the Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors celebrating the new Sandpoint Center for the Art .