More info on food banks & meals provided in Bonner, Boundary, Benewah & Shoshone counties can be foundHERE.
Everyone should have a FREE library card, & getting one is easy! Gain a source for unlimited knowledge & opportunities.
Our community has 8 beautiful libraries - Coeur d'Alene, Hayden, Post Falls, Rathdrum, Athol, Spirit Lake, Pinehurst & Harrison. Although CdA Library is separate from the 7 community libraries which make up the Community Library Network, one card still connects all of them.
Don't miss out on the "smartest" of cards, a CIN card. Apply for one today.
INFANT SLEEP SACKS
Babies must sleep safely, & on the back is best, in a crib. "Halo Sleep Sacks" help eliminate the likelihood that a baby can get entangled with clothing or loose bedding.
Developed by a father who lost his baby, Haley, to SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), participants who attend a FREE class, "Safe Sleep 101" will receive a FREE sleep sack.
"Safe Start" evening classes are held monthly. Mothers, fathers, grandparents, caregivers or medical professionals are welcome to attend. Registration is easy onlineHERE,or call 206-548-9290.
SAFE STARTis located at 1130 N. 4th St., Coeur d'Alene.
spring tree planting
Two cities provide FREE trees for residents of Coeur d'Alene & Post Falls each Spring.
City of Coeur d'Alene offers street trees through its "Re-Leaf Program". Trees are planted at no cost to the homeowner to beautify neighborhoods. Residents or homeowners must be willing to provide care, including watering & protection from mowers/trimmers.
To sign up for a tree, contact the UrbanForestry Division of CdA Parks Department or call 208-769-2266. Trees are provided on a first-come, first-served basis.
Post Falls hosts an "Annual Tree Giveaway" each Spring. (Limited to 3 trees/shrubs per household.)
vegetables & fruit
Children ages 5-12 learn how to choose healthy foods by joining Power of Produce Club "PoP Club" (FREE of charge), which entitles them to receive tokens worth $2 to buy fresh fruit, vegetables or a plant at Kootenai County Farmers Market booths each week in Hayden.
Tokens can also be saved for purchase of a larger item, such as a fruit tree.
Children love PoP Club interactive booths which feature age-appropriate cooking & gardening activities.
The program runs June - August.
For special patriotic occasions, these area businesses have provided FREE American flags to the public. For current flag distributions, check back.
Receive FREE chewable multi-vitamins monthly for each child in your family, ages 2-12, from "Good Neighbor" pharmacies in CdA, Hayden, Post Falls (4 "Medicine Man" pharmacies) & Kellogg's "Sunnyside Drug".
Offers FREE skiing/riding lessons for ages 6-17. Check it out online or call 208-744-1301, ext. 19. For 78 seasons, "Lookout Pass Free Ski School" has introduced 75,000+ kids to the world of skiing & riding. There is a registration deadline in January.
See event calendar for more special dates -- teachers, military, EMT, police officers, firefighters & nurses. Birthday? Ski FREE! Octogenarian (80+ years old)? Ski FREE!
To honor veterans &/or active military for Veterans' Day, 2019, complimentary meals, programs or services were provided by these local businesses/organizations:
Sweet Lou's, CdA
Generations Dental, CdA
Woodland Family Dental, Post Falls
Human Rights Education Institute, CdA
LAM Christian Academy, CdA
Kroc Center, CdA (for members)
North Idaho College, CdA & Rathdrum (for students & employees)
City of Hayden
Spirit Lake Elementary School
Roy Racy VFW Post, Spirit Lake
Wallace HS Gymnasium
Kellogg HS Gymnasium
Silver Valley Veterans Memorial, Kellogg
Athol Chamber of Commerce
Post Falls Senior Center
The City of Coeur d'Alene offers FREE compost for Spring planting. Take shovels & buckets because it's a self-loading event.
Residents line up to load compost in April at 3500 N. Julia St, CdA. Info - 208-769-2281.
October bursts with Fall Festivals & Halloween! For 2019, over 35 FREE Halloween events & harvest celebrations were held.
To stay up-to-date on happenings, & to discover more FREE items, events, services, support groups & ways to volunteer in our community, please join our Facebook group, "Coeur d'Alene Insider".
Christmas tree-cutting permits for the Idaho Panhandle Nat'l Forests are (almost) FREE - they cost $5, & are available at any ranger station, or the supervisor's office, 3815 Schreiber Way, CdA. 208-765-7223.
However, 4th graders can get a FREE tree permit through the "Every Kid in a Park" program. Complete an activity, print the voucher & take to any forest service office. Then head out to the trees - a great family activity!
Did you know students (& their families) receive FREE admittance to national parks with the "Every Kid in a Park" pass?
Local utility companies provide FREE wood chips (good for mulch, weed control & composting) to their customers when crews are pruning neighborhood trees nearby.
Delivery of the low-grade chips is FREE when ordering a minimum of 8 cubic yards from AVISTA. Call 1-800-227-9187 & provide name, location & contact info.
Firewood cutting - how to get FREE permits, where to cut (or not), how much to take, best types of wood, forest maps, safety tips & more - is available from our Idaho Panhandle Nat'l Forest Service offices.
Read & learn HERE or stop by an area office (CdA, Fernan, Smelterville, St. Maries, Avery, Sandpoint, Priest River or Bonners Ferry).
backpacks, food & school supplies
Each year, "back-to-school" supplies, including food items, are provided FREE of charge by various organizations in North idaho:
TCC's 8th annual "School Rocks Backpack Giveway" was held in July, 2020. Backpacks filled with school supplies were distributed FREE on a first-come, first served basis.
idaho trail maps & vacations
Experience the grandeur of Idaho wilderness areas! For outdoor recreation - ATVs/UTVs & motorbikes - trail maps from the State of Idaho can be found HERE.
For more Idaho adventures, order an official highway map of Idaho & other guides (to be mailed) HERE,or download them from "Visit Idaho".
Originally developed for use by persons with limited income to represent themselves in civil court, interactive "fill in" Idaho legal forms are now available FREE to all. Forms include: divorce, eviction, name change, living will, small claims, identity theft, powers of attorney, collections & protection order petition.
These are available on the website of idaho Legal Aid Services.ILAS is located at 610 W. Hubbard Ave., Ste. 219, CdA. Ph- 208-667-9559.
Read "self-help" warning. Attorney services may be a wiser choice, especially in court cases.
vegetable & flower seeds
Gardeners can find FREE home-grown vegetable/flower/herb & heirloom seeds in the CdA Library.
Open to everyone in the North Idaho area, "True To Seed", a non-profit group, shares resources & provides tips for growing & saving seeds.
Library cards are not needed to "check out" seeds; however, library cards are FREE as well. Coeur d'Alene Library is a beautiful downtown facility which offers a multitude of FREE community activities.
The "Annual Seed Swap" in January of each year begins the season. Take seeds to exchange - home-saved or purchased. Learn from experts how to be a successfuul North Idaho gardener & which varieties to plant.