As of Tuesday, January 30, 2018
CLEARWATER VALLEY Lolo Pass is a bit of a drive, at the outer limits of Idaho County, but it is lovely up there, especially in wintertime. If you miss the snow and want to enjoy a full moon, the Lolo Pass Visitor Center will have their warming hut open from 4:30-8:30 p.m. (Pacific Time) on Friday, Feb. 2. They’ll have a fire going and hot chocolate and coffee. People are encouraged to cross-country ski or snowshoe on the trails there. You can rent snowshoes for $4 in both kids and adult sizes. Full moon skiing can be a thrill if you haven’t done it! Bring a headlamp to guide you when you’re in the trees. You will also need a winter recreation pass to park in the lot.
Head up to Lolo Pass on Feb. 3 or 4 (Saturday and Sunday) for winter skills demonstration days. Saturday will focus on motorized recreation with Missoula Snowgoers and various vendors demonstrating their equipment. Sunday is non-motorized recreation with cross-country ski clinics, snowshoe lesson, winter camping demo. Both days include avalanche safety and run from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (Pacific Time). If you have questions about either event, call the visitor center at 208-942-3113 or check out their Facebook page for updates.
The 55th Annual Clearwater Groundhog Day Feed will be held at the Oddfellows Lodge on Sunday, Feb. 4. An all-you-can-eat sausage and pancake breakfast will be served from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children. It’s a great tradition and a popular event which includes a raffle for a lovely quilt and other items. Last year, 444 people attended and went through 3,540 pounds of sausage. Money raised from the event goes to support building maintenance for this historic Clearwater landmark.
Ready to try oil painting?
KAMIAH — Are you ready to try something new this year? How about oil painting? I’m intrigued by the one night “painting parties” that Candice Short teaches. The next adult event is on Monday, Feb. 5, from 5:30 -8:30 p.m., at the Kamiah Hotel Bar and Grill. Each person will paint a lovely piece called Universal Love from start to finish in one session. Cost is $35 per person for instruction, and all supplies. People need to prepay by Feb. 4 to participate. Check out her Facebook Page @ “Art and soul canvas parties by Candice” to see the image. Questions, call Candice at 208-861-6637.
While you’re in Clearwater stop at the Grange Hall for a craft bazaar and yard sale from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The Friends of the Elk City Wagon Road history museum in the Grange will be open that day, too. If you haven’t been to Clearwater, just turn on to Sally Ann Road from Highway 13 (between Stites and Harpster). The road ends at a T-intersection in scenic downtown Clearwater about four miles up. Turn right for the Oddfellows Lodge and left for the Grange Hall.