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Creation kits give kids another reason to visit local libraries

Creation kits give kids another reason to visit local libraries

 

Parents in many Washington communities will soon have another reason to take their kids to the local library.

 

More than 30 local libraries throught Washington will receive educational invention kits for children to use for a limited time, courtesy of the Washington State Library.

 

The State Library will send the libraries 32-piece Cool Creations challenge kits by Lego and Makey Makey in late April.

 

Area libraries that will benefit from the program include Davenport, Palouse,  Ritzville,  Spokane County, Sprague, Stevens County, St. John, and Whitman County.

 

State Librarian Rand Simmons said the STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) and STREAM (science, technology, reading and writing, engineering, art, math) educational kits will benefit librarians that don't have the resources to buy and provide for their own youth patrons.

 

Hamilton Indoor Recreation Center new Spring/Summer hours begin April 1

Hamilton Indoor Recreation Center new Spring/Summer hours begin April 1

 

The hours at Moscow's Hamilton Indoor Recreation Center will be adjusted to accommodate the spring and summer schedules of the city's residents.

 

On April 1st, hours will be adjusted to 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays in addition to the regular Saturday hours of 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday hours of 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

 

For more information on the Hamilton Indoor Recreation Center, call 208-883-7084.

 

Washington State Parks to offer two free days in April

Washington State Parks to offer two free days in April

 

Looking to go explore some Washington State Parks, but don't yet have a Discover Pass? Well, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will offer two free days in April.

 

Visitors will not need to display a Discover Pass for day-use visits to any of Washington's State Parks on April 4th, a springtime free Saturday, and Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22nd.

 

Free days are in keeping with legislation that created the Discover Pass, a $30 annual or $10 one-day permit required on recreation lands managed by Washington State Parks, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). This legislation provided that State Parks could designate up to 12 free days each year when the pass would not be required to visit state parks. 

 

A Discover Pass is still needed to access WDFW and DNR lands on State Park free days.

 

Pesticide to be applied to trees in Downtown Moscow

Pesticide to be applied to trees in Downtown Moscow

 

The Moscow Parks and Recreation Department will apply Quil-Pro Imidacloprid 75 WSB insecticide as a soil drench to certain trees in the downtown area in order to control aphids and scale. They'll also apply Surflan at the same time for weed control purposes.

 

These application will be made in the early morning, commencing on or around March 2, 2015, and continuing through the week of March 20, 2015 depending on weather conditions. Trees to be treated will be marked with white flagging tape and areas marked with signs. According to the Park Department, the Quil-Pro Imidacloprid 75 WSB product is mixed with water for application directly into the soil around the tree trunks. The Surflan will be sprayed on top of the same soil. The department said there is no risk of danger to humans or pets after the application is dry, but it is recommended to keep children and pets away from the treated areas until they are dry.

 

Questions or concerns should be directed to Tom Grudin, Parks & Facilities Manager at (209) 883-7098.

Colfax State of the City Address to take place March 17

Colfax State of the City Address to take place March 17

 

Colfax Mayor Todd Vanek will join the Colfax Chamber of Commerce's monthly luncheon lecture series for the annual State of the City Address at noon on Tuesday, March 17th at the Colfax Library.

 

The State of the City Address is the most popular of the Colfax Chamber of Commerce's monthly guest lecture series. During the address, Mayor Vanek is expected to go over the current city economy, work plans, and updates that will affect the city. The Mayor and city administrator Mike Rizzitiello have additionally just returned from the capital. 

 

This meeting is free and open to the public. However, lunch can be purchased for $12.60 on eventbrite.com, colfaxchamber.org, or $11 in person at the Chamber office. The Colfax Library is hosting the event and lunch will be catered by the Palouse Hyde Out featuring a baked potato bar. Attendees should RSVP to the event by March 13th.

Moscow Farmers Market seeks musicians and performers

Moscow Farmers Market seeks musicians and performers

The Moscow Farmers Market is seeking musicians and performers for the 2015 Market season.

To apply for a non-paid performance time slot at the Market please return a completed application by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 17, 2015. Applications are available at Moscow City hall, or can be obtained by emailing DJ Scallorn at dscallorn@ci.moscow.id.us.

Performers should note that this time slot can only accommodate solo / duo performers or performance groups who require minimal equipment set-up. Tip jars and CD sales will be allowed in lieu of payment. The Moscow Farmers Market runs every Saturday, May – October and the non-paid performance time slot is 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Those who have any questions or would like to obtain an Application can contact DJ Scallorn, Arts Assistant at dscallorn@ci.moscow.id.us or 208-883-7000 ext. 7204.

 

Local girls have chance to code national Christmas trees in D.C. with Google

Local girls have chance to code national Christmas trees in D.C. with Google

Google and the National Park Foundation are teaming up for a program that gives girls in Washington state the chance to have their work on display in Washington D.C. for the White House's annual tree lighting ceremony.