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Santa and Mrs. Claus visit Ponderay residents during the 14th Annual “Santa Sack” Project

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Thanks to the generous donations received from the residents and business owners of Ponderay and  surrounding communities this year, Santa, Mrs. Clause and their elves were able to deliver about 550 “Santa Sacks” on Saturday, December 16th, to community members in need this holiday season. The “Santa Sacks” contain a variety of items including toys, books,  hats, gloves, food and holiday treats. In all about 475 sacks were prepared for children including special sacks for babies and toddlers as well as 75 sacks for local senior citizens. There are remaining sacks available to those that were unable to attend the event on Saturday. They can be obtained by stopping into Ponderay City Hall on Monday-Friday while supplies last.


The “Santa Sack” project, which has just wrapped up it’s 14th season, is organized each year by Ponderay city staff, city council members and community volunteers.  Donations are collected annually which are used to purchase the many items that are distributed to the community through this project.

Thank you

A special thank you to all of those who donated or volunteered your time and/or equipment this year.


If you would like to contribute to the annual “Santa Sack” project, donations are collected at Ponderay City Hall year round in person or by mailed at P.O. Box 500, Ponderay, ID 83852. Please make sure that you label your donation as the “Santa Sack” project.


Oh what fun we had!!! – Ponderay Neighbor Day 2017

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Fun was had by one and all at the Ponderay Neighbor Day event on Saturday, September 23rd, which was held behind the Hoot Owl Cafe. The ±6 acre parcel owned by the City of Ponderay came to life as a faux main street, designed to demonstrate a possible future underpass location, was lined by more than 50 vendors offering food, crafts, activities, retail items, live demonstrations, produce, as well as homemade jams and grains. Activities throughout the evening included hot air balloon rides, live music by the Miah Kohal Band, demonstrations by Northside Fire Department, kids crafts, carnival games, pony rides, face painting, bouncy castle and cornhole. Meanwhile the SPOT bus circulated Kootenai and Ponderay on a special one day route providing free transportation to and from the event. While we are unable to get a true count it is estimated that more than 500 people joined us for this free family friendly event.

A big THANK YOU to all of the sponsors, participating vendors and volunteer’s who made this event possible!

The feedback we have heard has been overwhelmingly positive, and many people are asking that we make this an annual event.

We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did and will consider participating again next year!

If you are interested in information about participating in Ponderay Neighbor Day 2018 as a vendor or sponsor, please contact KayLeigh Miller at Ponderay City Hall at (208) 265-5468 or via email at

Additionally, if you attended this event we’d love to hear your thoughts! Your comments and photos can be emailed to the address above or mailed to Ponderay City Hall P.O. Box 500, Ponderay, ID 83852


Click on the image above to watch this community mural take shape



Ponderay Neighbor Day, September 23, 2017

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Ponderay Neighbor Day – Celebrating Our Connections


Join your neighbors to celebrate our community at Ponderay Neighbor Day on September 23rd!

The sky’s the limit at this community celebration as we raffle off free tethered hot air balloon rides (weather permitting) throughout the afternoon. The event also features live music by the Miah Kohal Band, pony rides, carnival games, arts and crafts for kids, tasty food vendors, beer garden, jumpy castle and much, much more!

Celebrating our Connections is the theme of Ponderay Neighbor Day, and we have plenty to celebrate in our little community: Ponderay has an expanding trail and park system and a community transit system (the SPOT bus) that helps keep us connected. Give your feedback on how to improve these systems at the event.

While this family-fun event celebrates Ponderay and its immediate neighbors – everyone throughout the region is invited.

The gates open for Ponderay Neighbor Day from 3 to 7 p.m. in the field behind the Hoot Owl. Admittance is free. Parking will be off Emerald Industrial Drive and the SPOT bus will operate a special route in Ponderay and Kootenai to bring people to and from the site.

Ponderay Neighbor Day is sponsored by the City of Ponderay, Friends of the Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail, Selkirk-Pend Oreille Transit (SPOT Bus), Kaniksu Land Trust, P1FCU and the LOR Foundation, with additional support from local businesses and the Kootenai-Ponderay Sewer District.

A variety of additional sponsorships, booths and volunteer opportunities are still available –  Contact Jean Vorhies, Event Coordinator, for details on how to get involved in this great community event –


Click Here for additional information about the event.

WOW – Ponderay Community Clean-up 2017 was a huge success!!

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Here’s a summary of what we accomplished in the “Ponderay Village” during the clean-up event:

  1. Refuse Disposal
    • ±120 cu. yds of trash (3 huge 40 yard roll off dumpsters)
    • ±50 Tires
    • ±2 Ton of scrap metal
    • 1 Pallet of electronics
    • 3 Appliances (refrigerators, freezers and air conditioners only)
    • Miscellaneous paint and chemicals
    • Huge pile of brush and debris
  2. Painting
    • 1 House
    • 1 Snow roof
    • 1 Fence
  3. Construction
    • 1 Reconstructed wheel chair ramp
    • ±5 Fence repairs
    • Refaced one section of fence
    • Repaired soffit
    • Replaced house numbers
  4. Repaint fire hydrants
  5. Pressure washing
  6. Tree and Lawn Care
    • Trim trees
    • Brush and weed eat R-O-W to improve visibility
    • Raking
    • Mowing
    • Weeding
    • Weed Eating
    • Branch clean-up

A special thanks to all of the businesses and volunteers that made the 2017 Ponderay Community Clean-up event possible. We could not have accomplished so much without your generosity and dedication!

  • Participating Businesses
    • Sandpoint Church of Nazarene
    • Northwest Academy
    • Sandpoint Building Supply
    • Cedars of Idaho
    • North 40
    • In and Out Painting
    • Wray Plumbing
    • Pacific Steel
    • Bonner County
    • Waste Management
    • Northside Fire District
    • Yokes
    • Ponderay Police Department
  • Participating Volunteers
    • The Wray Family
    • Andres Tolosa
    • Katy Drake
    • Mike and Taylor Beauchene
    • Phil McNearney
    • Steve Fox
    • Lawson Tate
    • Debra Geiger
    • Val Syth
    • Allen Laude
    • Vicky Schilling
    • Sandpoint Church of the Nazarene Congregation
    • City Staff


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