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Free admission Oct. 25 at Museum of North Idaho

Free admission Oct. 25 at Museum of North Idaho

Saturday October 25 will be the end of the season free admission day at the Museum of North Idaho from 11 am to 5 pm. This will be one of the last days to see the feature exhibit Power to the Farm which explores how Kootenai Electric Cooperative (KEC) brought electricity to North Idaho’s rural areas beginning in 1939 and the impact it had on everyday lives. The exhibit, made possible by a grant from the Idaho Humanities Council and assistance from Kootenai Electric Cooperative, will run through October 31st.

University of Idaho accepting submissions for "F-Word" Poetry Slam

University of Idaho accepting submissions for "F-Word" Poetry Slam

The University of Idaho Women's Center is currently seeking submissions for the “F-Word” Live Poetry Slam in early November.

This event is meant to showcase spoken word and visual art pieces. The slam and exhibit are open to poets and artists of all skill levels, abilities and genders.

To submit visual pieces, email a photo of your piece to bekahm@uidaho.edu. To submit spoken word pieces, visit this link here. The deadline to submit is October 17, and artists who are chosen will be notified by Monday, October 27.

“F-Word” Live was created to form a space in which anyone can express their feelings and experiences related to the “other f-word” - namely, feminism. “F-word” Live is a safe space for all to showcase spoken word and visual art pieces or to come and watch as others perform.

There is no charge to perform in this event. The event is free to all students with a valid student ID. General admission for non students is $5.

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.