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NIFamily.com is the companion website to the North Idaho Family Magazine.

The Magazine, the North Idaho Charitable Events (N.I.C.E.) Calendar, and the comprehensive Services Directory are three tools used by the North Idaho Family Group, Inc. (an Idaho nonprofit, 501(c)(3) corporation) to promote a mission of “healthy families and lifelong learning” in the communities of North Idaho. Visit NIFG.org for more information.

The N.I.C.E. Calendar

For easy event-planning, the calendar below displays BENEFITS & FUNDRAISING EVENTS only.

View the full calendar with other family-friendly events.

Guardians Of the Children Mac & Cheese Cook-off @ The Falls Club
Jan 28 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Are You CHEESY Enough? Have you got what it takes to be the “MAC” Daddy or Momma?

Saturday, January 28th

At The Falls Club
611 E Seltice Way Post Falls, Idaho

$5 to Sample/Judge
Entries in 1:00pm-2:00 pm, all entries must by in by 2:00 pm

Sampling & judging from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Winner announced at 4:00 pm

All Proceeds Go To Inland Northwest G.O.C. Helping Local Kids

Live Goldfish Race @ 4pm!
Go head to head and race a live goldfish through an obstacle course and across the finish line!
Bracket style racing
$5.00 entry fee buys the fish of your choice for racing.
Win or lose, the fish you race is yours to keep!
Racing starts at 4:00pm shortly after the MAC-N-CHEESE Cook Off.

“Toast to Compassion” Hospice of North Idaho’s Annual Wine Taste @ Hayden Lake Country Club
Feb 4 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

32nd annual wine taste to support the mission of the community’s oldest and only non-profit hospice in providing excellent end-of-life care to all, regardless of their ability to pay.

Feast your palette on the most inspiring collection of food and wines in one place! This event features nearly 200 wines to sample paired with small bites from North Idaho’s finest restaurants. Combine this with unique auction items and the atmosphere of the Hayden Lake Country Club, and you have a recipe for a memorable evening in what would be an otherwise cold day in February.

Annual Wild Salmon Feast – Family Promise of North Idaho @ Trinity Lutheran Church
Feb 4 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Bring your friends and family to the 9th Annual Wild Salmon Feast – a benefit evening in support of Family Promise of North Idaho. The signature entrée is grilled, wild-caught salmon from the cold waters of Alaska. (A delicious baked chicken is the alternate entrée choice.) The Feast includes dinner, featured music, silent and live auctions and a delicious dessert auction. A no-host bar is also featured. Thank you, in advance, for ‘going wild’ for Family Promise of North Idaho, and giving a ‘hand up’ to families in crisis of homelessness.

Northern Regional Winter Games Special Olympics @ Silver Mountain
Feb 11 @ 9:00 am
Westminster Dog Show Viewing Party – Kootenai Humane Society @ Cricket's Restaurant
Feb 14 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us to watch the 141st Westminster Dog Show on the big screen all while enjoying howlin’ good deals on delicious food and drinks. Be sure to check out our raffle items. Proceeds benefit the homeless pets at KHS.

Krewe d’Alene Mardi Gras Celebration @ CDA Resort Plaza Shops
Feb 18 @ 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Feel as if you are strolling the streets of the French Quarter sampling New Orleans-style fare in a competition between local restaurants. Enjoy a drink in the oldest pub in the US, the famous pirate’s den, Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop Bar. Experience a variety of street entertainment, live music, and artists in action in the tradition Jackson Square. Bid on an artist-crafted mask in our live auction. And enjoy traditional Beignets and Café au Lait in our little street cafe.

Tickets are $50 each for a great evening of food, drink, fun, and dance. Or go in with friends on a Revelry Sponsorship for $250 which includes 4 tickets, name listed on signage at the event and in the event program, and a Mardi Gras gift package including specialty beads, masks, and traditional trinkets.

Trivia Night – Kootenai Humane Society Fundraiser @ Coeur d' Alene Shrine Club Event Center
Feb 18 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Put on your thinking caps and join us for a night of FUN and FRIENDLY competition at our Trivia Night. Doors open at 6 PM with the first round of questions starting at 6:30. Those willing to test their trivia knowlege can register online at www.kootenaihumanesociety.com or stop by the Shelter and purchase your tickets; $15 to play. Bring a group of friends and some food to share at your table and get ready for a night of fun. Beer and soda will be provided for free to all who come to play.

CDA Charter Soup/Chili Cookoff Fundraiser @ CDA Charter Academy
Feb 25 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Dozens of delicious soups & chilis made by teachers, parents, and community members. Local celebrity judges will vote as well as “People’s Choice” awards.

Matt’s Place Foundation Pub Crawl @ Downtown CDA
Mar 4 @ 3:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Founded in 2015, Matt’s Place Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization created to assist PALS (People with ALS) and their families during their battle with ALS. Its ultimate intention is to provide hope, housing and assistance to families dealing with the ailments of motor neuron disease like ALS, including Parkinson’s and SMA.

We hope to raise funds through sales of Matt’s Place Merchandise, fundraising events, and also by accepting cash and In-kind donation which will be used for the resources, technology and assistive items PALS may need.

Through collaborating with other ALS foundations and like-minded organizations, we also hope to bring greater awareness to ALS, and the need for better treatment options and at some point a cure.

Wine, Stein and Dine, Post Falls Education Foundation Fundraiser @ Greyhound Park & Events Center
Mar 4 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

2016 Info:

Over 85 participating wineries, microbreweries, and restaurants with professional judging. Also included will be a silent auction loaded with some fabulous items and also a wine tree raffle where some great wines can be won with raffle tickets. A splendid time is guaranteed for all.

Tickets include food, beverage, and a complimentary wine glass or beer stein.

Tickets available at:
Columbia Bank Branches, Post Falls at Super 1 Foods, Post Falls Chamber of Commerce & Enoteca – Fine Beer & Wine, Post Falls Trading Company Store

Gold Rush 2017 Presented by the Post Falls Senior Center @ Greyhound Park and Events Center
Mar 18 @ 5:00 pm

6th Annual Fundraiser for the Post Falls Senior Center and the Meals on Wheels Program

The Post Falls Senior Center presents Gold Rush 2017

Silent Auction Dinner and Entertainment

Price: $35 – $500
Individual Tickets $35.00 per person Table Sponsors $500.00 for 8 including 2 Drinks and Ad space
Holy Family Catholic School Annual Gala & Auction @ The Coeur d'Alene Resort
Mar 18 @ 5:00 pm

2016 Event info:

“Love Does” auction to benefit Holy Family Catholic School: Doors open at 5 p.m. at the Coeur d’Alene Resort. Enjoy dinner, live and silent auctions, raffles and dancing. Call 765-4327 to purchase tickets. Cost: $60/person.

Hauser Lake Icebreaker 10K Run – Fundraiser @ Hauser Lake
Apr 2 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm


Join us for this fun, Annual 10k Run around beautiful Hauser Lake in Hauser, ID on Sunday, April 2, 2017.

Race starts at 10AM and is one of the most gorgeous 10K you will ever have the pleasure of experiencing.

The course is a Bloomsday Second Seed Qualifier & USA Track & Field Certified!

This event benefits the special needs dogs in the care of Double J Dog Ranch located in Hauser. You can read more about the awesome work of DJDR at http://www.doublejdogranch.org/

Register TODAY at www.Race360.com/23264

Annual Cowboy Ball Fundraiser for the North Idaho Fairgrounds (TENTATIVE) @ North Idaho Fairgrounds
Apr 8 @ 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm


2016 Event info:

Join us in a fun-filled evening helping raise funds for capital improvements to The Kootenai County Fairgrounds and providing educational scholarships for area youth.

We are currently only selling table sponsorships for this event.

Featuring live performances

5 PM – Doors Open
5:15 PM – Line Dancing Lessons
5:30 PM – Buffet Dinner
6:30 PM – Sam Platts & The Kootenai Three
7:30 PM – Live Auction
8 PM – live music to be determined
9 PM – Best Dressed Winners Announced
Food, Beer & Wine Available • Must be 21
Reserved seating for sponsors still available. Info: 208.765.4969

Children’s Village Annual Spring Benefit @ Best Western Plus Coeur d'Alene Inn
Apr 14 @ 5:30 pm

Join us for an inspiring evening sure to warm your heart and delight your senses.This magical event will include a full service dinner, entertainment and live auction. More details to come!

April is Child Abuse Awareness Month and the pinwheel is the national symbol for Child Abuse Prevention.

All proceeds of this event benefit Children’s Village.

Leadman Triathlon at Silver Mountain (Tentative) @ Silver Mountain
Apr 22 @ 10:00 am

TENTATIVE – Based on previous years’ dates.

This ski, bike and run off-road triathlon is the perfect way to wrap up your winter season and a great fundraiser for local charities.

Spokane River Run @ Riverside State Park
Apr 23 @ 7:30 am

The 14th Annual Spokane River Run, a trail run through Spokane’s Riverside State Park, featuring 5K, 10K, 25K, 50K and 50K team relay courses. This family friendly event is open to all ages and levels of experience. The beautiful and challenging courses are primarily on single-track trails that wind through the thick pine forests of the park between rugged basalt cliffs and the roaring Spokane River. The proceeds benefit Spokane’s Garfield Elementary School APPLE program. Registration fees $19.00 – $67.00. Visit www.spokaneriverrun.com to register or for more information.

Annual Spring Dash – United Way of North Idaho @ McEuen Park
Apr 23 @ 9:00 am

The Annual Spring Dash is a five-mile run to kick off the North Idaho running season…walkers and wheelchairs are welcome! This year’s Spring Dash is a qualifier for Bloomsday’s second seeding. There’s also a Tot-Trot for the little ones.

Proceeds from Spring Dash benefit United Way of North Idaho. As a Spring Dash participant, you will help us build a community that works together to ensure children succeed in school, individuals live healthy lives, and achieve financial stability.

Annual Kootenai Co. Task Force on Human Relations Human Rights Banquet @ Best Western CDA Inn
Apr 28 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Save the Date!

2016 Information:

Featured Keynote Speaker John C. Stocks,
Executive Director of the National Education Association

Topic: Institutional Racism and Human Rights

Five Well known Idahoans will be inducted into Idaho’s Hall of Fame.

Human Rights Education Institute a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting human rights for all citizens in our community through our efforts to strengthen the voices of those who otherwise may not have a strong voice, by promoting human dignity, and by encouraging a more just society.

We provide cultural and historical educational opportunities for all age groups that promote embracing our differences. We teach that diversity is something we should value and not fear through exhibits, speakers, and educational programming. We also provide curriculum for teachers in our community that can be integrated into their daily classwork that promote dignity, compassion, and inclusion for all.

8th Annual Hearts for Homes Dinner and Auction @ Best Western Plus Coeur D'Alene Inn
Apr 29 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

We are asking for your support for the 8th Annual “Hearts for Homes” Dinner and Auction, which we will be hosting Saturday, April 29, 2017. The purpose of the “Hearts for Homes” Auction is to generate funds to support our Home Building Program and A Brush with Kindness, our home repair program. Our goal this year is to raise $75,000. This will only be possible with the help of generous area businesses and individuals like yourself who share a passion for our mission. We wish to thank you in advance for your continued support.

Habitat for Humanity of North Idaho is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing organization focused on building and preserving simple, decent affordable homes in partnership with families in need. We keep homes affordable through the use of donated time, materials, and money. Homeowners purchase their homes with a no-interest loan.

Habitat has helped more than 6.8 million people worldwide with improved living conditions since 1976. More than 1 million new homes have been built in 70 countries. Habitat for Humanity of North Idaho will complete the 41st new home in Kootenai County this year. Through our newest program, “A Brush with Kindness”, we have expanded our Housing Program to include exterior home repairs, weatherization, and preservation. Families who have repairs done repay the costs for materials, again at no interest. To date, we have completed over 113 repairs with this program. This enables more families to live in secure homes in our county.

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nice250The North Idaho Charitable Events (NICE) Calendar is a comprehensive listing featuring events and fundraising activities from area nonprofit agencies. Created in 2008, it’s your go-to source for promoting and planning fundraisers and all other events.

POST your events here as soon as your dates are confirmed.
USE it to plan your event, avoid duplication and get better attendance.