The North Central Idaho Small Business Development Center at Lewis-Clark State College will be offering a workshop on the basics of accounting and record keeping on Jan. 18 at 9-11:30 a.m. at the SBDC office, located at 406 Main St. in Lewiston.

The workshop will cover records, decision-making, language of money, report analysis, building wealth, taxes, and financial tools. The cost of the workshop is $20, and it will be taught by Barbara Leachman.

Preregistration is required for the workshop. To preregister or for more information on the workshop call 208-792-2465, e-mail, or visit the web site

I am hoping everyone had a blessed and Merry Christmas and was able to spend time with family and friends. It’s now time to look toward 2019!

Don’t forget, The Trails (formerly Oscar’s), 101 East Main Street, will be host to a New Year’s Eve party Monday, Dec. 31, 7 p.m.

Dinner menu includes shrimp cocktail and dinner salad and choice of steak, salmon or chicken cordon bleu, choice of baked or mashed potato or rice pilaf, vegetables with cheese sauce and dinner roll. Dessert will be served at 10:30 p.m. and champagne at midnight. Chips and dips will be available throughout the evening.

Costs for the whole night are $40 each or $75 per couple. For dinner only, 7-9 p.m., $25 each. Music and dancing only, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., $25. Live music will be by Vintage Youth. Reserve a table with ticket purchase by calling 208-983-2106. Super 8 is also offering special room prices for those wishing to stay over. Call 208-983-1002.

There are dinner options for New Year’s Eve at a variety of places, including in White Bird at both Hoot’s Café and Red’s.

Hoot’s Cafe will be hosting the annual New Year’s Party on the 31st. Dinner will be served from 5-8 p.m, with your choice of New York steak, prime rib, or baby back ribs, all with salad bar included. There will be a charge for this. Then join them for music provided by Joaquin, Verna and Dave starting at 8 p.m. Drinks will be available at the back bar. Remember to call for your reservations at 208-839-2265.

Red’s Cafe will also be hosting a New Year’s Eve dinner, prime rib so call 208-839-9977 for more details.

Are you looking for a nice getaway destination that’s not too far away from home? Try the Hearthstone Elegant Lodge in Kamiah. This is nestled in the pines close to the river and has Jacuzzis, fireplaces and beautiful views. Call 208-935-1492 for details or log onto

Did you know poet Robert Burns penned the words to the famous New Year’s Eve song Auld Lang Syne in 1788? The title literally means, “old times past.”

Have a safe and happy New Year and many blessings in 2019!

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