First August weekend signals summer’s homestretch

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For as far back as I can remember, the first weekend of August — with Art on the Green, Taste of Coeur d’Alene and the downtown Street Fair — has signaled the homestretch of summer. In the 1960s, with JC Penney between First and Second on Sherman, back-to-school shopping began in earnest at the sidewalk sales and there was a sense of urgency to soak up the sunshine while we could.

This year, Art on the Green on the North Idaho College grounds celebrates a half century of shining the light on the creative, with nearly 200 artists displaying and selling their artistic expressions in every form.

The lazy dog days of summer are anything but. So take time my friends to enjoy the incredible place we’re blessed to call home!

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My little sister Ronna is home from Blackfoot for her 40th Coeur d’Alene High School reunion and a family vacation that includes her husband, two daughters, a son-in-law and two granddaughters. Lodging for such a large group is challenging in a resort town this time of year, so Ronna went the Airbnb route. What are the odds an available home to rent would be the same home our sister Janna and her husband owned from 1979 to 1983?

Janna’s third son was born when they lived in the house and Ronna’s wedding reception was at the house in 1980.

My husband and I lived just a few blocks away, so our daughters and Janna’s sons had some memorable “cousin time” at Harding Elementary School and back and forth between our houses, until we moved to North Dakota and Janna and Rick moved to North Carolina.

Now 42 years later, another generation of cousins are making memories in Coeur d’Alene with that house as the backdrop.

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My response to a Facebook rant about the traffic congestion and placing the blame on Californians ... if it takes me a few minutes longer to get from Point A to Point B in the summer, I’m OK with that. I get to LIVE here.

Full disclosure: my parents moved here with the five of us Rankin kids in 1965, from California.

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Things to Do Highlights:

On Thursday is the annual Post Falls Community Picnic at Q’emiln Park in the Lions Grand Pavilion. Come have a barbecue dinner starting at 5 p.m. with the Post Falls Community Volunteers and dance to Kelly Hughes and his band.

Also on Thursday, Night Under the Stars, 5:30-9 p.m. at Elk Point, to benefit Inland Northwest SIDs Foundation.

On Friday Christian Youth Theater (CYT North Idaho) opens Disney’s “Newsies the Musical” at Lake City Playhouse. The play runs through Aug. 12. cytnorthidaho.org

Friday through Sunday, the annual Blake Webb MX Safety Foundation rummage sale is at the big shop on the corner of Church Road and Highway 53 (between Hauser and Rathdrum). Noon to 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Art on the Green, Taste of Coeur d’Alene and the Downtown Street Fair come to Coeur d’Alene Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Ride for ALICE to help low income families in North Idaho with child care. Saturday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Motorcyclists contact www.unitedwayofnorthidaho.org for details.

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Happy birthday today on the first day of August to Rich Houser, Tatiana Harrison, Bev Moss, David Noordam, Duane Oliver, Patricia Kaufman, Dennis Harlan and Dodge Gonzales. Tomorrow Austin Viles, Mandy Averill and Matt Odd will celebrate. On Friday Ronda Smithson and Jessica Hendricks are the birthday girls. On Saturday Amy Evans, Vic Eachon (the pickle man), Jennifer Custer, Ben Fairfield, Jack Glinski, Ruthie Johnson, Sara McDrummand, Toni Caywood, Joel Bertsch, Michele Wood, Erin Delaney and Amy Ford take another trip around the sun.

On Sunday Kristin Kilmer, Doris Weaver, Dave Holinka, Jonathan Thomas Burnett and Danna Ziegler will blow out the candles. Tracey Fouché, George Evjen, Brenda Knight, Rick Marshall, James Fulton, Shirleen Jacobs, Christine Maiani, Kelli Aiken, Tom Wood, and best buddies Lyle Ekness and Don Larsen will toast to another year on Monday. On Tuesday Bill Kinder, Cindi Wimmer, Greg Delavan, Bob Nonini, Billie Collins and Dan Dahl are putting on their party hats.

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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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