Thursday, February 28, 2008

Wow, That Was Fast!

OK, so it's time for the reveal of my new blog!

Please visit http://idahoexplorer.wordpress.com/ and check out the new site.

Leave a comment to let me know you dropped by.

I'll be deleting this blog after a bit.

Please change your bookmarks to the new site, and I'll soon have email subscriptions and feeds up as well.

Enjoy and thanks for visiting!

This Site is Under Construction!

I've got a new focus for this blog AND it's moving to WordPress. I have already started the new blog, but it's not entirely ready quite yet. I'll reveal it soon, so check back often for the new address!

Monday, February 25, 2008

Calendar

View the Calendar of Events every Monday. It can also be accessed by selecting Calendar from the right-hand column, and older calendars can be viewed there also. Check back for updates! If you have any events you would like to submit that compliment the sites content, please email them to pachaATcableoneDOTnet. Thanks!

March 3rd -9th

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008
*CSI Symphonic Band March Winds Concert
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Wednesday, March 5th, 2008
*The Comedy of Errors – Presented by the CSI Theatre Department
Hold your sides and rock in your seats with laughter as two sets of identical twins, separated at birth, throw the citizens of Ephesus into a comic uproar in a hilarious case of mistaken identity. Come enjoy the chortles, chuckles, giggles and guffaws, as servants mistake masters, doctors mistake patients, and wives mistake husbands, in Shakespeare’s funniest play! Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors or students, and free to CSI students.
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Friday, March 7th, 2008
*The Lowe Family
From bluegrass to Bach... a family variety program straight from Branson!
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Saturday, March 8th, 2008
*Twin Falls Music Club Festival
Sponsored by the Twin Falls Music Club, the Music Festival features over 700 students performing solos and ensembles on instruments and voice for critique from qualitifed judges. An Honors Concert featuring the top performers is held in the evening at the end of the event.
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*Golden Eagle Audubon Society Annual Banquet & Auction
The speaker will be DONALD KROODSMA, professor emeritus at the University of Massachusetts. Mr. Kroodsma has studied birdsong for more than thirty years. He was recognized as the "reigning authority on avian vocal behavior" in the citation for his 2003 Elliott Coues Award from the American Ornithologists' Union.
He has edited three scholarly volumes on the field of acoustic communication among birds, and authored more than one hundred articles in both scholarly journals and popular magazines such as Auk, Condor, Birder's World, Living Bird, and Natural History. Kroodsma is a sought-after speaker on bird vocalizations.

We are going to try something new for desserts. Rather than auctioning whole pies, cakes and cookies, we will have a dessert table and will sell each serving of pie, cake, cookies or cupcakes for $5.00. You will be able to purchase your choice when you arrive at the banquet and then take it to your table. So, if you want a piece of Suzanne’s chocolate decadence or Susan’s cheese cake or Sandy’s cookies, better get there early for your first choice. Please call Hope Denney (375-7207) if you can donate a dessert for the Banquet.

A registration form is available by clicking this link: Banquet Registration
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*Spring Walks @ Silver Creek Preserve
Discover the coming of spring with nature walks around the Silver Creek Preserve. Watch spring unfold by noticing changes in the abundant flora and fauna. Free.
10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Please call ahead to register 788-7910.

* Peregrine Fund Community Reading Program (in Boise)
Our environment is the focus of this year’s “Let’s Talk About It” community reading program hosted by the Ada Community Library and The Peregrine Fund’s World Center for Birds of Prey. The theme – Our Earth, Our Ethics – will be explored through five books that deal with the challenge of balancing human activity and the natural world. The drop-in discussions are free. No registration is required.

March 8: Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey (1968) Like many naturalists, Abbey celebrates the flora and the fauna he encounters in the desert but he also lashes out at the dangers of development and human impacts on wild places.
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Monday, February 18, 2008

Calendar

View the Calendar of Events every Monday. It can also be accessed by selecting Calendar from the right-hand column, and older calendars can be viewed there also. Check back for updates! If you have any events you would like to submit that compliment the sites content, please email them to pachaATcableoneDOTnet. Thanks!

Feb 25th – Mar 2nd

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008
*Flammulated Owl Research
Speaker - Keith Barnes, Flammulated Owl Research, BSU. Keith will report on his research on Flammulated Owls, conducted during the summer of 2005 and 2006 near Lowman, Idaho. These owls are a species of special concern because of the unknown impacts of human activities (mainly logging) on their mature ponderosa pine forest habitat. Because Flammulated owls are a relatively poorly known species, Keith will also present findings on the general ecology and detectability of these owls.

Come and enjoy this interesting presentation by Keith and partake of some delicious refreshments.
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Wednesday, February 27, 2008
*The Comedy of Errors – Presented by the CSI Theatre Department
Hold your sides and rock in your seats with laughter as two sets of identical twins, separated at birth, throw the citizens of Ephesus into a comic uproar in a hilarious case of mistaken identity. Come enjoy the chortles, chuckles, giggles and guffaws, as servants mistake masters, doctors mistake patients, and wives mistake husbands, in Shakespeare’s funniest play! Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors or students, and free to CSI students.
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Friday, February 29th, 2008
*Magic Valley Symphony Concert
On a day that comes but once every four years, the Symphony celebrates the unusual music of famous composers and the singular hits of some lesser known symphonists. Tickets: $7 each. Visit the Magic Valley Symphony website at http://www.mvsymphony.org/


*Brown Bag Lectures - Twin Falls Public Library

The Magic Valley Arts Council, the Twin Falls Public Library and the Magic Valley Reads! presents The Brown Bag Lecture Series. This is a series of free Lunch-Hour Lectures on topics of local interest from Noon to 1 PM in the Twin Falls Public Library's Program Room. Bring your lunch or call to pre-order a "Lunch To Go". For more information, call 734-ARTS (734-2787).

Annette Rousseau will speak about the Hagerman Fossil Beds' Unusual Fossils

Saturday, March 1st, 2008
*Magic Valley Youth Orchestra Spring Concert
performance from young musicians from throughout the Magic Valley. The orchestra is directed by Diane Davis, and the Chamber Ensemble by Carson Wong. Admission is free, but a $2 donation to the Magic Valley Youth Orchestra is suggested at the door.
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*Spring Walks @ Silver Creek Preserve
Discover the coming of spring with nature walks around the Silver Creek Preserve. Watch spring unfold by noticing changes in the abundant flora and fauna. Free.
10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Please call ahead to register 788-7910.

*Ski Tour

Harriman, Non-Motorized Trails

Harriman State Park is offering a guided ski tour on March 1st from 1:00pm-3:00pm starting at the Visitor Center. The tour will head up the River Trail to the Jones House and talk about natural history of the area. Tour is included with the motor vehicle and winter use fee.
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Sunday, March 2nd, 2008
*The Comedy of Errors – Presented by the CSI Theatre Department
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Saturday, February 16, 2008

Three Little Birds

Western Meadowlark's Silhouette


Well, I had meant to do this post a bit earlier, but with my unexpected trip to Florida - it's happening now instead. The Great Backyard Bird Count is currently underway - it began on the 15th and goes through the 18th. So if you haven't had a chance to get counting, there's still time! This is your chance to help the scientists and to give a representation of the birds in your area. Bird counts can be gathered by anyone - kids, adults, novices, and experts. It can be enjoyed by an individual or a group. It also makes for an excellent family activity and a possible tradition. Bird watching is a great way to experience nature and to get familiar with the avian residents who share our spaces. Kids can certainly benefit from this knowledge, which can help them get to know their surroundings and become good stewards. So get out a pair of goggles, gather round the window, step out into your backyard or your favorite nature space, and get counting!


How to Participate

Local GBBC Events


And here's a birdie song by Bob Marley to get you groovin:

Rise up this mornin,

Smiled with the risin sun,

Three little birds

Pitch by my doorstep

Singin sweet songs

Of melodies pure and true,

Sayin, (this is my message to you-ou-ou:)


Singin: dont worry bout a thing,

cause every little thing gonna be all right.

Singin: dont worry (dont worry) bout a thing,

cause every little thing gonna be all right!

Will you be participating in the count?

© 2008 SegoLily

Monday, February 11, 2008

Calendar

View the Calendar of Events every Monday. It can also be accessed by selecting Calendar from the right-hand column, and older calendars can be viewed there also. Check back for updates! If you have any events you would like to submit that compliment the sites content, please email them to pachaATcableoneDOTnet. Thanks!

February 18th - 24th

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008
*Snowshoe Classes
Anyone who would like to learn the winter sport of snowshoeing is encouraged to sign up for the one-credit class, Snowshoeing (PHYE 199 C12) at the College of Southern Idaho this semester.
Instructor Sandra Bosteder says the goal of this course is to introduce students to the lifelong physical activity and enjoyment of snowshoeing. She says the class will appeal to hiking enthusiasts who want to stay active and outdoor through the winter.

Snowshoeing itself is easy, Bosteder says. “If you can walk, you can snowshoe.” The class will also cover winter survival and preparation skills and help keep snowshoers out of danger from venturing out alone in unfamiliar territory or into avalanche prone areas. She stresses that safety techniques discussed in the class are minimal and will not provide the skills necessary for snowshoeing on your own.

Classes will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays from Jan. 19 to March 8. Sessions will take place at snowshoe sites within the Magic Valley. The first and last week’s sessions will take place in the CSI gym. Students are responsible for their own transportation and providing snowshoes they rent or buy for themselves.

For more information, contact Bosteder at 732-6300 or at sbosteder@csi.edu

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008
*Total Lunar Eclipse
Local sky watchers and staff at the Herrett Center’s Centennial Observatory are hoping for clear skies the evening of Wednesday, February 20. That will be the evening of a total eclipse of the moon that will be visible in Idaho.

Chris Anderson, manager of the observatory, says while there are two lunar eclipse seasons each year – about six months apart – many of them are either not visible at all to certain parts of the world or they pass almost without notice. The next total lunar eclipse visible from Idaho will occur on June 15, 2011. A partial, or penumbral, eclipse will occur on Aug. 16 of this year but will not be visible in Idaho. Two more will occur next year on Feb. 9 and July 7, but Anderson says they will be so slight that most people won’t notice them.

The Centennial Observatory at the Herrett Center for Arts and Science will be open the evening of Feb. 20 for people to watch as the moon rises at 6:06 p.m. The darkest phase of the eclipse will begin at 6:43 and end at 10:08. Mid-eclipse is at 8:26 p.m. Viewing will be free of charge.
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Thursday, February 21st, 2008
*Barrage! – Presented by Arts on Tour
Brace yourself for this high-octane fiddle-fest which is nothing short of explosive...a stunning theatrical spectacle with a visual and aural fusion of music, dance, theatre and song centered around an ageless and powerful instrument: the violin. This is Barrage!, an international group of young musicians who have taken the world by storm with their whirlwind show described by the Chicago Tribune as "STOMP! with strings attached." Fusing different styles and cultures, Barrage combines contemporary world music influences and rhythms with jazz, swing, Celtic roots, rock, klezmer, country, calypso and every musical style in between. It all comes together in a family-fun show to create an eclectic and electrifying assault on the senses. "Barrage is too WOW for words!" (Denver Post). This show is sure to sell out. If you would like to learn more about the artists, or get a taste of their music, visit their website at http://www.barrage.org/.
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Saturday, February 23rd, 2008
*Birding on Snowshoes – Hosted by the Environmental Resource Center
An adventure viewing birds in the Silver Creek area.
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*Winter Walks/ Cross country ski tours/ Snowshoe walks
Join the Silver Creek Preserve manager, Dayna Gross for snowshoeing, cross country skiing or walking around the Preserve (snow dependent). Please call ahead to find out what equipment you will need (or bring it all!!).
10:00 a.m.- 11:30 a.m

Winter is a magical place at Silver Creek. Come see the beautiful scenery and wildlife. Free. Please call ahead to register, 788-7910.
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* Peregrine Fund Community Reading Program (in Boise)Our environment is the focus of this year’s “Let’s Talk About It” community reading program hosted by the Ada Community Library and The Peregrine Fund’s World Center for Birds of Prey. The theme – Our Earth, Our Ethics – will be explored through five books that deal with the challenge of balancing human activity and the natural world. The drop-in discussions are free. No registration is required.
Feb 23: Solace of Open Spaces by Gretel Ehrlich (1985) The windswept landscape of Wyoming is the setting for this collection of essays about relationships, harsh solitude and the lessons learned from experiencing death, grief and love.
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*Rythym of Life - Celebrate Black History Month
The Black Student Alliance at the College of Southern Idaho will present a cultural entertainment program called “The Rhythm of Life” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 in the CSI Fine Arts Auditorium.

Featured performers will include Blaque Diamond, a stepping team/urban dance troupe from Boise and Quartier Afrique, a traditional African dance team from Pocatello. Headlining the program will be Collective Purpose, a spoken word group from San Diego. More information can be obtained about this group by going online to http://www.collectivepurpose.org/CollectivePurpose.html. Masters of ceremonies for the program will be students from CSI’s Black Student Alliance, one of the newest clubs on campus.
Admission is free of charge and the public is encouraged to attend.
This event is free to the public.
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Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Sunny Vacation!

Picture taken in FL: December 2006

Looks like I'll be leaving for Gainesville, Florida tomorrow! Just decided today, bought the tickets, and away we go! I'm very excited, a bit anxiety ridden, and can't wait to be in the warm Florida sun! Will post when I return next week.