Who’s who are taking to the dance stage

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A year ago I declared there were two things I knew I’d never do; jump out of a perfectly good airplane or become a professional dancer. I’ve stayed true to my word. Last year’s debut of Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre’s Dancing with the Celebrities took me and the other non-dancers far, far outside the comfort zone.

The older we become, the less likely we are to do things that we’re not sure we can do well. We become known, and hopefully respected, in a particular field and branching out into the unknown in full view of our peers and the public is daunting. When the unknown involves being on stage that unease multiplies tenfold.

This year’s Dancing with Celebrities is set for May 6 with a new lineup of familiar faces who are stepping far outside their comfort zones. Mike Kennedy, Kiki Miller, Heidi Rogers, Steve Roberge, Amy Bartoo, Tom Torgerson, LaDonna Beaumont, Ben Tran, Michelle Johnson and Jeff Crandall are full-on in rehearsals — and from experience, I know are right about now also questioning their sanity.

After weeks of doubt mixed with glimmers of optimism when every step was as it should be and with sore muscles, feeling terrifically uncoordinated and ungraceful, the experience taught me that the largest obstacle to achieving anything is in our heads.

So here’s to the cast of the 2017 Dancing with Celebrities for donating their time to the benefit of the performing arts in our community. Tickets for the May 6 event at the Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort are available at www.cdasummertheatre.com or (208) 660-2958.

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Gonzaga super fans Joel and Christa Hazel have added a Corgi pup to the household. This is the short-legged breed favored by Queen Elizabeth. Millicent P. Hazel has a lot to live up to; Joel says the middle initial P. is for Przemek. As in 7-foot-1 Gonzaga center, Przemek Karnowski.

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The three-days-later April 18 deadline for filing taxes this year didn’t really do much to take the sting out of writing a check to the IRS.

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Places to go and things to do: Thursday morning at 7 a.m. is the Heritage Health “Bee in the Know” breakfast at the Coeur d’Alene Resort.

Thursday is a big opening night for two local productions: Coeur d’Alene High School presents The Wizard of Oz at 7 p.m. at the high school. The show runs through April 29. Tickets 769-2999 or www.chstheater.org. Also Aspire Community Theater’s “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” 7:30 p.m. at the Kroc Center, show runs through April 30.

Friday, 7 p.m. at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, “Woody Guthrie-Tunes and Tales of the Columbia,” presented by the Coeur d’Alene Library Foundation and starring Laura Sable and Bill Wiemuth.

Saturday the Coeur d’Alene Downtown Association’s sixth annual Wine Extravaganza will have several locations downtown. www.cdadowntown.com. Also on Saturday the Hayden Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet and Culinary Competition at StanCraft Boats. Info: 762-1185.

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Happy birthday today to Gerlinde Hamilton, Rich Piazza (70!), Angie Hannon, Rick Seymour, Petrina Spellman, Carolyn Beard, Rick Gonzalez, Steve Adams, Charlie Staples, BreAnna Brunton and Joe Bodman.

Thursday, my mother Alice Rankin (86!), Sherry Mundt (60!), Jerome Pollos, Scott Hough, Bill Hilbish, Sarah Gondo, Marcia Jimenez, Laura Warner, Sarah Myers, Blaise Koep and John M. Smith share a birthday.

On Friday Gunnar Amos, Brent Hostetler, Sandy Langston, Ali Taylor, Larry Bird and Janet Johnson are taking another trip around the sun.

Shirley Grimmett, Ron Strobel, Jeannette Peacock, Mark Nelke, Jim Barrett, Curtis Gregory, Dave Nordby, George Greenfield, Russell Thomas and Corey Beaver celebrate on Saturday.

Sunday birthdays belong to Shelly Enderud, Troy Speziale, Malika Mills, Kevin Bennett, Charlotte Brown, Tracey Singer, Don Kline, Kathleen Schmidt and Tracy Williams.

Putting on their party hats come Monday are Mary Watson, Dan Taylor, Pascale Cafferty, Hayley Gabriel, Dea Lenz, Lori Rogers, Mark McWhorter, Chris M Willoughby Sr., Mike Regusa, Eric Haakenson, Jordan Ketzenberg and Tim Ketzenberg.

Eating birthday cake on Tuesday are Cheryl Burchell, Lori Hess, Patricia Keller, Cathy Biby, Krystal Arthur, Eric Haynes and Joey Grunden.

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Kerri Rankin Thoreson is a member of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists and the former publisher of the Post Falls Tribune. Main Street appears every Wednesday in The Press and Kerri can be contacted on Facebook or via email mainstreet@cdapress.com. Follow her on Twitter @kerrithoreson.

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