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Lash Laker wins national I-Cubed invention challenge

Lash Laker wins national I-Cubed invention challenge

An 8-year-old boy from Coeur d'Alene wants to be a scientist when he grows up, and it looks like he's already well on his way.

Lash Laker was recently announced the winner of the 2014 I Cubed (I3) Challenge, impressing judges from three different states with his response to their “Sustainability” challenge. His invention, called SeedBoard, is patent pending and helps solve the problem of keeping soil moist enough to sprout seedlings, especially in areas of drought.

SeedBoard is made from recycled cardboard covered in composted coffee grounds, egg shells and wood ash for added nutrients.

“I first noticed the corrugation in the cardboard was the perfect shape for seeds,” Lash explained. SeedBoard comes rolled up in long, thin strips, ready to be filled with the seeds of your choice and planted.

“What you do is dig a little whole, lay some of this down and cover it back up with dirt. Then just water it and watch it grow,” he said.

Sue the T-Rex takes over Mobius Science Museum

Sue the T-Rex takes over Mobius Science Museum

Few things will ever be as cool or awe-inspiring as dinosaurs, and today is the first day you can meet one up close and personal at Mobius Science Museum. Not just any dinosaur either, but Sue – the largest and most complete fossil of a T-Rex ever discovered.

Sue's trip to Spokane began as a whirlwind affair, with an empty stretch in her schedule the options were to either be shipped back to Chicago for storage or find a museum who would be willing to take her.

“Sue is what we call, in the business, a last minute booking,” said Mobius CEO Phil Lindsey. “Some of our board members had been reaching out to the Field Museum in Chicago about her availability and we reached a point where we thought we were going to be able to get her out here. From the booking to the shipping, everything was about six weeks.”

Libraries adding Rosetta Stone to online services

Libraries adding Rosetta Stone to online services

The Community Library Network and Coeur d'Alene Public Library want to help you expand your horizons by expanding their online learning resources.

Starting October 1, patrons will be able to access Rosetta Stone learning resources through the libraries' websites. The service offers more than 50 hours of foundational instruction using an interactive immersion approach to build skills in 30 languages. Core lessons will build reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. Mobile apps are also available to reinforce language learning on the go.

“Both the Community Library Network and the Coeur d'Alene Library have received multiple requests for us to provide the Rosetta Stone language CDs,” said Coeur d'Alene Library Director Bette Ammon. “We feel this online resource is a better investment, because it allows for multiple users at the same time and covers more languages than we could otherwise provide.”

Burleskival ready to tease and tantalize Spokane

Video credit: Perfechter Productions

A one-of-a-kind festival is making it's debut at the Bing Crosby Theater in downtown Spokane next week, promoting the arts and highlighting the beauty of the female body.

Burleskival will walk the line between classy and provocative with local burlesque performers, tantalizing fashion show featuring local designers, live music acts and go-go dance competition.

“We wanted to bring something fresh and new to the Spokane area,” said Nancy Bates, one of the event organizers. “We're here to elevate the arts and showcase that women are beautiful in these art forms. There's a lot of tough critics out there about what burlesque is and go-go dancing is, and we want something positive to come out of this event.”

Nancy's co-organizer Dale Strom says he has high hopes for the festival and the impact it could have on Spokane's future as well.

Moscow Mayor's Arts Awards nominations open

Moscow Mayor's Arts Awards nominations open

Nominations for individuals or organizations are now open for the Moscow Mayor's Arts Awards 2014.

The Moscow Arts Commission presents the awards to recognize individuals and organizations who have shown substantial support of the arts.

Recipients will be honored at the 1912 Center on October 16 at 7 pm. Artist Rebecca Rod will be creating unique pottery vases for the awards recipients this year in the following categories:

  • Individual Excellence in the Arts
  • Lifetime Achievement in the Arts
  • Outstanding Achievement in Arts Education
  • Arts Advocacy
  • Arts Excellence in a Business

Nominees should be those individuals or organizations that have made a significant contribution to the arts and cultural climate of the City of Moscow through distinguished support and service or creative accomplishments. The deadline for submissions is Friday, September 26, 2014 by 5 pm.

Remembering Robin Williams

Remembering Robin Williams

About three months after my heart attack. I was asked the go and introduce Robin Williams at the Fox when he came to town. I got there an hour early because I wanted to make sure that everything went well. After meeting David Steinberg he asked if I would you like to meet Robin. Of course, I said.

We went to Robin Williams room made introductions, some small talk. I told him that I had spent time growing up in Denver, Colorado and also in Boulder, where the Mork and Mindy house was. He explained how the owner of the house had sued the production company  several times never really winning because as the show became so popular. People come by it at all hours screaming for Mork or Mindy to come out.

I talked about how the food in his room was heart healthy and he said he had open heart surgery sometime before that and was trying to eat healthy. I said I had a heart attack and I died and he immediately shot back " show off !".

David said let's go back to my room and go over  the script .

Local game designer looking for success with Kingdoms in Peril

If you're a board game enthusiast who's always on the lookout for a new addition, you may want to check out local Spokane designer Thomas Kaufman and his fast-paced, highly competitive card game Kingdoms in Peril.

I had the chance to sit down and learn Kingdoms recently, and picked it up almost immediately. Set in the ancient middle east (the cards themselves designed with historical carvings from 700 BC, featured in the British museum), each player builds their own kingdom of villages and towns with their capital as the crowning jewel.

Once set-up is complete, players then go to work building a hand of cards that houses their armies, equipment and defensive tactics before turning on each other in an ancient battle royal. To the victor go the spoils, and with a two-hour time limit the winner is declared by either a tally of points (each village, town and city has a numbered value when captured) or when one kingdom emerges victorious.