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Snowshoes and shovels, area mountains become classroom for a day

Local high school students are ditching the classroom and heading to the mountains to learn about snowpack and its effect on water quality and drought. The Confluence Project takes STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education to the next level, exposing students to the applications of science as it relates to the watershed and their community through field-based experiments.

On Wednesday, January 28, students from Post Falls High School will travel to Mount Spokane and snowshoe a couple miles up the mountain to the Bald Knob shelter. Working in teams, they will dig large snow pits, collecting data about the snow pack and moisture levels.

On Friday, February 6, students from Lake City High School will conduct similar experiments at Lookout Pass, as will students from St. Maries High School on Wednesday, February 11.

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North Idaho College to hold play auditions Jan. 26 & 27

North Idaho College to hold play auditions Jan. 26 & 27

The North Idaho College Theatre Department is holding open auditions for the play “The Misanthrope,” at 6:00 p.m. January 26th and 27th in Boswell Hall Room 001.

“The Misanthrope” was written by Moliere and adapted by Timothy Mooney. This comedy focuses on the games people play with each other in order to increase their status.  

Production dates are April 16-19 and April 23-25. Rehearsals will be Monday-Friday from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. beginning February 2nd. Scripts will be available in Boswell Hall Room 214.

There are openings for five to eight men and three to six women of various ages – mostly 20s and 30s. The play will be directed by NIC Theatre Instructor Joe Jacoby.

The CD'A Public Library will host a magical night of events for Harry Potter fans

The CD'A Public Library will host a magical night of events for Harry Potter fans

Members of the Wizarding Community in North Idaho will gather Friday, February 6th, at 6:00 p.m., at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library to celebrate the stories and characters created by J.K. Rowling for the Harry Potter book series.

However, the library did note that muggles are also welcome to attend this event.

The Harry Potter Book Night, in the Community Room at the library, 702 E. Front Ave., will feature costume contests, crafts, games, and special wizarding snacks based on the popular seven-book series. A Harry Potter movie will be shown on the big screen beginning at 7:30 p.m.

The event is free, but participants are asked to register in advance at the Seagraves Children’s Library so the staff can plan to have enough craft and other materials on hand.

Bavarian Fest at Lookout Pass Jan. 25

Bavarian Fest at Lookout Pass Jan. 25

Lookout Pass will host a Bavarian Fest on Sunday, January 25th.

The ski are promises everything from live Bavarian music, beer tasting from local breweries, and classic brats that will be grilled outside.

Tri-State Outfitters will also be in attendance for a ski and snowboard demo at the bottom of chair 1.

 

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Home Safety Security Checks available to some Kootenai County residents

Home Safety Security Checks available to some Kootenai County residents

The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office “Home Safety Security Check” program hopes to make Kootenai County homes safer in 2015.

The program is the “Home Safety Security Check”. It is a supplement to the county's Neighborhood Watch Program and is designed for citizens residing within the unincorporated areas of the County as well the contract cities including Athol, Dalton Gardens, Fernan, Harrison, Hayden, Hauser, Huetter and Worley.

During the check, a member of the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office will come to the participant's home and conduct a Home Security Check. They will check the home's exterior, garage, sliding doors, and windows for security.

Other areas they will examine include outside security, outdoor/indoor valuables and personal property, security when away from home, and general security for the home and neighborhood.

After the Security Check is completed, participants will be given a copy of the report with our recommendations.

To schedule an appointment, please telephone Community Service Officer Gary Shults at 208-446-2121. Estimate time for the Home Security Check will be approximately one hour.

 

City of Post Falls to host open house on the City's Transportation Master Plan

City of Post Falls to host open house on the City's Transportation Master Plan

The City of Post Falls will host an open house at City Hall on January 27th, from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. to receive public comments regarding the update of the City’s Transportation Master Plan. This open house is the kick-off of the plan and the City said it is important that input is received from the community in regards to their view of the needs for the community’s transportation system.

The master plan will focus on the community’s need to improve traffic flow, safety, and other modes of transportation, including pedestrian, bikes and transit. An outcome of the master plan will be an updated capital improvement plan, as well as revised street and roadway standards.

The last update of the Transportation Master Plan was completed in 2004. Since that time, growth rates and patterns have shifted in the community, as well as the community’s desire to incorporate alternative modes of transportation into our standards.

Schools have until Jan. 21 to sign up for Fit for Bloomsday

Schools have until Jan. 21 to sign up for Fit for Bloomsday

Elementary schools from Eastern Washington and North Idaho have just a few more days to sign up for the Fit for Bloomsday...Fit for Life youth fitness program. After the entry deadline, over 60 schools are expected to have signed up, with more than 6,000 kids participating in the ten-week running and walking program.

“We’re really pleased with the support this program receives from principals, teachers, PE instructors and parent volunteers,” said Bloomsday Race Director Don Kardong. “They’re really making a difference in the fitness of kids in the community.”

Fit For Bloomsday...Fit For Life—dubbed Fit For Bloomsday for short—was developed by Bloomsday volunteers in cooperation with PE instructors, coaches and parents in the Spokane area. The Lilac Bloomsday Association provides information, materials, structure and incentives for the 8-10 week program, which is administered by school personnel and volunteers at participating schools. Now in its 30th year, the program prepares kids to run or walk Bloomsday while teaching them the importance of fitness, nutrition and safety.