Friday, December 31, 2010

Sara's Baby Shower

It's a boy for Jim and Sara Hickman! Come help us celebrate Friday, January 14th 6:30pm at Rosemarie's house. We will be doing a baby quilt for Sara and refreshments will be served.

All Hickman, Hunsaker, and Gibbons girls are invited. Please let your families know.

I have sent out evites. If you did not get one it is because I do not have your email address. If I do not have your email address please send it to me at nachista @ yahoo . com (take the spaces out when you type it). I will be giving paper invites to Rosemarie, Marion, and Ann to hand out to their families.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Fundraiser for the Ferguson Family

The Ferguson family lost 2 children in a tragic accident one week before Christmas. The same night their basement flooded. They have 7 remaining children, little health insurance (Jace, the father, is a self-employed Chiropractor), and no life insurance.

If you would like to help there is an online auction going on at the following blog.

There are tons of great items and services. The auctions end Dec. 31st at midnight, so...HURRAY! There are also instructions on how to make donations. Don't forget to click "Older Posts" when you get to the bottom of the page, it will take you to even more items.

Friday, December 24, 2010




















This poem was written by a Marine stationed in Okinawa Japan. The following is his request. I think it is reasonable.....

PLEASE. Would you do me the kind favor of sending this to as many people as you can? Christmas will be coming soon and some credit is due to our U.S. service men and women for our being able to celebrate these festivities.

Let's try in this small way to pay a tiny bit of what we owe. Make people stop and think of our heroes, living and dead, who sacrificed themselves for us. Please, do your small part to plant this small seed

Ed Herrman with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Longfellow's Christmas

Charlie Brown Christmas

Muppet Christmas Carol - One More Sleep Til' Christmas

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

One last Christmas Movie...

I have one last suggestion for a Christmas movie to watch this week.

Joyeux Noel

I'm going to Hastings now to see if they still have it to rent.

Christmas Songs

I've posted about Christmas movies already. Today I was reading a friend's blog and she was writing about Christmas music.

What music do you HAVE to hear during the holiday of your choosing? I phrased it that way because everyone reading may not celebrate Christmas and I've noticed 3 things about most religions I have come in contact with...

#1 - They almost all have a winter holiday

#2 - Those winter holidays almost all involve a celebration of light (candles, fireworks, oil lamps, bonfires, etc)

#3 - The winter holidays almost always have special music associated with them

Whether it is Diwali, Hanukkah, or Christmas...what music makes your holidays special?

Here are some of my holiday music thoughts:

I love music and christmas music can be divine.

I do however loathe hearing the same kitchy 20 songs over and over again ad nauseum. I may hurt someone if I have to hear any more Christmas songs sung by Beyonce, TLC, Mariah Carrey, Backstreet Boys, The Jackson Five, Hootie And The Blowfish, Bare Naked Ladies, etc.

Oh and Santa, if you are reading, whoever wrote the "I want an alien for christmas" song needs to get coal in their stocking, that song drives me bonkers.

Some of the pop christmas songs and albums are O.K. but in general I gravitate towards carols and more spiritual holiday music.

That being all time favorite Christmas album is by Seven Nations and it is just called Christmas EP. They do two covers that I think are better than the originals "2000 Miles" and "Rebel Jesus".

"Rebel Jesus" by Jackson Brown nails down exactly how I feel about Christmas. If you love the holiday and the true meaning of CHRISTmas and detest crass commercialism, hypocrisy and the ugliness that appears around this time of year, then you might want to take a listen.

My second favorite Christmas Album is "The Forgotten Carols". The music is stunning and the story is very touching. This is a musical that needs to be put on the big screen. It is impossible to pick a favorite song from that play.

Some of the more traditional songs I like are:

*Ding Dong Merrily On High
*Stille, Stille, Stille
*O Holy Night (My favorite to play on the piano)
*Bring A Torch Jeanette Isabella
*Nunc Dimitis
*The Holly & The Ivy (There are 2 different tunes associated with this song and I like one more than the other but I don't know the names of the tunes.)
*Good King Wenceslas
*God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
*I Saw Three Ships
*Vom Himmel Hoch
*Noelle Nouvelet
*Il Est Né Le Divin Enfant
*Ihr Kinderlein Kommet
*Mary's Lullaby
*Oh Hush Thee My Baby
*Once Within A Lowly Stable
*Picture A Christmas
*When Joseph Went To Bethlehem (My favorite song from the Primary Children's Songbook)
*Stars Were Gleaming
*The Nativity Song
*There Was Starlight On The Hill
*Prayer Of The Children

One day I hope Santa brings me an accoustic guitar (and lessons!) so I can learn to play Silent Night as it was originally written. Piano is lovely but there is something really special about hearing it on a guitar.

Other holiday songs that I always enjoy are:

*I'll Be Home For Christmas
*Carol Of The Bells
*White Christmas
*The Christmas Song
*Deck The Boughs
*I've Got Your Love To Keep Me Warm (Billie Holiday or Ella Fitzgerald sing it best)
*the song the Whos sing in the original How The Grinch Stole Christmas cartoon.
*Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
*Happy Xmas (The War Is Over)
*Silver & Gold
*We Need A Little Christmas
*Merry Christmas Waltz

And while it may not be traditional and not all the songs are directly related to Christmas, I LOVE the soundtrack from "A Muppet's Christmas Carol". "Bless Us All" and "One More Sleep Til Christmas" really get me in the holiday spirit.

There is one song that I am still looking to find piano music for. It is called "The Gift" and was written by Mark Wilson, Jane Foster Knox, A. Knox, and Buddy Knox. These are the lyrics:

One bright star in a desert night;
Trav'lers led by it's wondrous light;
Wise men seeking a baby boy Cradled in love and joy.

And the gifts they brought to welcome Him
Incense and gold and myrrh
were the rarest gifts that men could bring;
Treasures to honor a newborn King.

Light to brighten the darkest life;

Prince of Peace in a world of strife;
Still we seek him,
Like kings of old,
led by the star above

And the gifts we bring to welcome Him,
Music and love and joy,
are the simple gifts a child might bring;
Treasures to honor the newborn king.

There are hundreds and hundreds of different Christmas songs out there...why on earth do the radio stations that play seasonal music feel like they have to replay the same worn out "classics" repeatedly? A little variety would be refreshing.

So tell me...what are you listening to? Please leave a comment I really want to know.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Family prepares to bury two sons killed in accident -

The link below is to the KSL story about the Ferguson family from Mendon, UT. Last week they suffered a horrible tragedy and they need all the love, support, and financial help they can get right now. The funeral was today. There is information on how to help in the article.

Family prepares to bury two sons killed in accident -

Muppets- Bless Us All

It is cheesey but this is my favorite song from my favorite Christmas movie. I am such a dork but it still makes me cry.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Friday 12/17/10 Events

Tabernacle Concert
Cache Valley's famous womens group "Lilium" and the amazing Barbershop Quartet, "Out of Cache" will be performing December 17th at 7pm at the Logan Tabernacle in downtown Logan! This will be a wonderful concert! Please come and enjoy! Cost - FREE!

Holiday Home Tour
Tour six of the valley's finest homes, magically decorated and filled with live seasonal music. Then, come to St. John's for a Thank You performance by CCC's Cantate Choir and warm refreshments. This is a fundraiser for Cache Children's Choir's auditioned performance choir; Cantate Choir. Founded in 1987, CCC Academy of Singing is a non-profit organization.
Contact: Barbara Moon 435-752-6260 Eleanor Wellings 435-512-1677 Website: Date: Friday December 17, 2010. Location: Logan, No. Logan, Hyde Park. Cost: 10

Parent Tot Nature Hour
Stokes Nature Center invites curious toddlers, ages 2 – 3, to join them for Parent-Tot Nature Hour – Friday morning from 10 to 11a.m. Explore animals, plants and nature through music, crafts and games. This program is parent-interactive and all toddlers must have a parent present to participate and explore along with their child. The program fee is $3 ($2.50 for SNC members). To register, call (435-755-3239) or email

Live Music
Friday, December 17th - Tracing Yesterday w/ Antiem, The Never Ending Summer (Alternative/Rock). Contact: Tim Moes 435-363-4700 Website: Time: 8:00 pm. Location: Why Sound, 30 Federal AveLogan, UT 84321. Cost: $5 - $6

Thurday 12/16/2010 Events

Baby Mason Heart Week Lunches
Thursday, Dec 16 - 11:00AM to 2:00PM. Please join the Aviation Program for lunch, Monday through Thursday, during finals week in our AV Maintenance Lab (TECH 109) between 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM. This fund-raiser to help one of our Aviation Maintenance students with medical bills from their baby Mason's open heart surgery. Thursday: Ray's Albondigas Soup salad, and Nolan's rolls. Open to: Students Alumni Faculty Staff Public. Admission Info: Minimum $5 donation for lunch each day. Contact: Ray Zelenski (435)890-8829

A Holiday Event with USU Bookstore
Thursday, Dec 16 - 5:00PM to 8:00PM. Come join us for A Holiday Event. A fun night filled with goodies, pictures with Santa and great discounts! All USU employees are encouraged to bring family and friends to this event. Door prizes for the first 50 people. USU Bookstore will be closed 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm to prepare for the event. Location: USU TSC, Bookstore. Open To:
Students Alumni Faculty Staff Public. Admission Info: FREE. Website: Celestyn Hollingshead 435-797-1645

Habitat For Humanity Fundraiser
Global Village Gifts is having a community shopping night to benefit Habitat For Humanity on Thursday, December 16 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Habitat for Humanity will receive 20 percent of proceeds. 146 N 100 E, Logan, UT 84321.

Jazz Kicks Band
Thursday, Dec 16 - 7:30PM to 9:30PM. Jazz Kicks Big Band will perform a concert featuring the music of Buddy Rich. Location: The USU Performance Hall. Open To: Students Alumni Faculty Staff Public. Admission Info: $5 and free for USU students and faculty Website: Courtney Lewis 435-797-9203

Public Art Opportunity
Thursday December 16th. The Utah Public Art Program is calling for letters of interest and qualifications for artists or artist teams interested in creating art for the new College of Agricultural Science on the campus of Utah State University. Applications are due by February 10. For information and application instructions, go to .

Live Music
Concert at Why Sound (30 Federal AveLogan, UT 84321), Thursday December 16th 8pm. Tracing Yesterday w/ Antiem, The Never Ending Summer (Alternative/Rock). Cost $5-$6. For more information contact Tim Moes 435-363-4700 Website:

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Shop Fair Trade or Charity and let your money do double duty

Shopping is good.

Giving to charity is good.

But shopping and giving to charity at the same time is great.

Since you probably have to buy a few gifts this time of year please consider buying something fabulous from one of these organizations that either donate a portion of the purchase price to charity or they sell fair trade goods that help support third world artisans.

Ten Thousand Villages / Global Villages

Novica - by National Geographic

Global Goods Partners

Shop Housing Works

Shabby Apple


TOMS Shoes

All of these sites have fantastic products at fair you are getting something beautiful and helping change the world with each purchase. Whether you buy it for yourself or as a gift you can feel good about spending with these organizations.

PS-Here in Logan we have an actual Global Village store, you can walk in and buy what they have in stock. It is a great place to get nativity sets, holiday decorations, treats, instruments, toys, textiles, and other holiday neccesities.

Monday, December 13, 2010

The gift of silence...

The cold that won't quit strikes again. I can finally breathe through my nose again, but now all of the sudden I have lost my voice. If you call my phone and I don't pick up, it is because you wouldn't be able to hear me. Just stick with text messages until the end of the week.

These are the days that I wish American Sign Language was a required course in school. I know a handful of signs and the alphabet but that is about it...even that doesn't do me any good because no one I work with knows what any of it means. If anyone out there knows of a good ASL class in Cache Valley please let me know, I really need to learn more.

Wednesday 12/15/10 Events

Live Music at Why Sound
Music & The Spoken Word Open Mic (Music/Poetry) at 8pm, cost $5. Location: Why Sound, 30 Federal Ave., Logan, UT). For more information contact Tim Moes 435-363-4700 Website:

USU Film Night
Utah State Film presents "The Fountain"n come hang out - discuss - meet & greet - free admission - Utah State Film Location: Eccles Science Learning Center Auditorium Room: 046. Open To: Students Alumni Faculty Staff Public Website: Contact: Tyler Woodbury 970-275-6706

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Unicorn Theatre presents "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" December 15th though December 18th at 7:30pm (2pm matinee on Saturday) in the Caine Lyric Theatre in downtown Logan. General Admission is $10 for adults and $3 for children 3-17. One Child will be admitted free of charge with the purchase of two adult tickets.

LHS Orchestra Concert
Logan High School Orchestra is presenting their Christmas Concert 7:30pm at the LHS Auditorium, admission is free and open to the public.

Joyful Noise Holiday Concert
Joyful Noise Music Groups, under the instruction of Skyla Christison, are in their debut season and will be performing pieces in Latin and Hebrew as well as a modern pop Christmas music. Event is open to the public and free of charge. Come enjoy this lovely holiday evening with us! December 15th, 6pm-7pm at the Whittier Center in Logan.

Tuesday 12/14/10 Events

Fundraiser For Max Allen
On December 3rd, local resident Max Allen was broadsided on his way to work and suffered major injuries. By way of Life-flight, Max remains in McKay Dee Hospital. Family, friends, the managers of Westates Theaters and Firehouse Pizza are having a fundraiser for Max on Tuesday night at 6p.m. at the University Stadium Six Theaters. Enjoy Firehouse Pizza and the new ‘Chronicles of Narnia’ movie – all for just $10 dollars. Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling (764-1757). Help support Max Allen – Tuesday night at 6p.m. at University 6 Stadium Theaters.

Cache Children's Choir Concert
CCC's annual winter concert featuring CCC's Orff group and choirs for ages 3-15 in the USU Morgan Theatre in the Chase Fine Arts Center at 4pm. Season's Greetings brings the spirit of the holidays like only children's voices can. Special guest, Sassafrass Folk String Band. Sponsored in part by Logan City. Free and open to the public.

LHS Band Concert
Logan High School Band presents its Christmas Concert December 14th, 7:30pm in the LHS Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public.

Monday 12/13/10 Events

Family Movie Night
The Whittier Community Center and the Cache Valley Volunteer Center are hosting a family friendly holiday movie night featuring “The 12 Dogs of Christmas” on Monday, Dec. 13, at the Whittier Center, 290 N. 400 East. Caroling and a service project at 6:30 p.m.; the movies begins at 7 p.m. Bring your blankets and pillows and a suggested donation of $1 per person. For more information contact The Whittier Center at 753-9008 or The Volunteer Center at 554-8270.

Family Night Ice Skating
The Eccles Ice Center offers Family Night from 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. on Mondays at the center, 2825 N. 200 East, North Logan. Up to eight people can skate for $30, including skates. Call 752-1170 for an updated, daily schedule as times are subject to change. For more information, call 787-2288.

Logan High Christmas Choir Concert
Logan High School Choirs will be presenting a Christmas Concert Monday, December 13th, at 7:30pm in the LHS Auditorium. Admission is free.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Friday Night Christmas Fantasy

This season make Christmas Fantasy a part of your holiday celebration! Christmas Fantasy is a band/orchestra performance of Christmas music set to an imaginative play for children. The event will take place Thursday and Friday, December 9th and 10th at 7:00pm in the Mountain Crest auditorium.

It is a great first-time introduction of instrumental music which will delight all children, young and old. Will Rudolph's cold go away before Christmas Eve? Who will guide Santa's sleigh? Come find out! Ticket prices are $2.00 Children, $3.00 Adults, $12.00 Family

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Cool Etsy Shops

Here are 2 Etsy Shops that you should visit.

The first is Sweet Kiwi Crochet. This shop features whimsical hand crocheted hats, headbands, and other items by a Cache Valley native. She is regularly adding items so check back frequently. I have the owl hat in purple and I love it!

The second is Tricia Scheele. She is a wyoming artist who works in many mediums. Right now she has earthenware necklaces but she also does pool tiles, kitchen tiles, paintings, and much more. Her horse pieces are my favorite (I own a blue pendant with an arabian on it) but I love everything she does.

Saturday 12/11/10 Events

Voice Male Concert
Voice Male comes home to Cache Valley for their annual Christmas tour. They'll sing beautifully, dance poorly, joke extensively, and spread Christmas cheer. Smile. Laugh. Enjoy! Saturday, December 11th @ 1:30 pm and 7:00 pm. Location: Ellen Eccles Theatre (43 S Main, Logan, UT ) Tickets are $8-$12. For more information Contact:
Cache Valley Center for the Arts 435-752-0026 or visit their Website:

Christmas Concert at the Tabernacle
Logan Tabernacle Christmas Concert Series 2010 presents Good Tidings of Comfort and Joy. All concerts are free to the public and begin at 7:00 pm. Saturday, December 11, Handel’s Christmas Messiah • Ushers: Ross & Darlene Smart.

Winter Wonderland On Ice
Saturday, December 11th 7pm at the Eccles Ice Center (2825 N 200 E, North Logan, UT). Celebrate the season with the Cache Valley Figure Skating Club! Skaters will perform to holiday favorites in the 9th annual Winter Wonderland on Ice Figure Skating Show & Recital. After the ice show, spectators are invited to stay and "Skate with the Stars" at a public skate session. Cost is one non-perishable food item to be donated to the food bank, per person. Contact: Eccles Ice Center435-787-2288, Kim C Larson 435-760-1778 Website:

Playing With Bells!
Music for the Small and Tall presents Playing with Bells! Musical fun for everyone! Musical stories, games songs, and instruments for the whole family. Music activities and musical crafts. Saturday, December 11th, 2010 Noon - 1:30 pm at the Book Table in downtown Logan. Only $4 per Child! $10 Family! * 4 and more children $12 For more information, contact Ewa Wilczynski at: 755-0853.

Japanese New Year explored at Anthropology Museum The Utah State University Museum of Anthropology invites everyone to learn about the traditions of Japan's biggest celebration of the year: the Japanese New Year on Saturday, December 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The family-friendly event will explore the culture and history behind the Japanese New Year. Patrons will have the opportunity to participate in many different activities throughout the day and view a variety of educational displays on the Japanese New Year. You can learn how to play Fukiwarai, a traditional Japanese New Year children's game, write a New Year's postcard, learn the story behind and craft peace cranes and get recipes for traditional Japanese New Year's foods. Program planner Kimberly Buckner says the Japanese New Year is a time for peace and resolution, deeply rooted in tradition. She says it is exciting to offer the community a chance to explore the history and culture behind Japan's biggest celebration of the year.

Friday 12/10/2010 Events

Holiday Boutique
The Holiday Boutique features the Spirit Goat (goat's milk soaps, lotions, and unique gifts), Shirl Girl Designs (handcrafted aprons and quilts), and polymer clay artist, Sharon Ohlhorst (jewelry, home decor), and Butchers jams. The festivities will be held at the Browse Around Antique shop in the Emporium building in downtown Logan which houses over 30 primitive and antique dealers. Find that special gift for those close to your heart. Friday, December 10, from 3-7 p.m. and Saturday, December 11, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Specialty items for the holiday season include gingerbread men soaps, lumps of coal, Iced Lavender products, Three Tree Soaps, Christmas aprons and quilts, warm felt wraps, Alice in Wonderland hand-felted pin cushions with decorative polymer clay dishes, jewelry, unique outlet covers, a multitude of scrumptious jam flavors, and much more! For more information call 435.757.6283 email or visit

Christmas Concert at the Tabernacle
Logan Tabernacle Christmas Concert Series 2010 presents Good Tidings of Comfort and Joy. All concerts are free to the public and begin at 7:00 pm. Friday, December 10, Westminster Bell Choir • Ushers: Blythe & Anne Ahlstrom.

Live Music
Friday December 10th at 8pm, Concert at Why Sound (30 Federal Ave, Logan, UT) featuring Tom Lachmar w/ Liz Lachmar (acoustic). For more information contact Tim Moes 435-363-4700 or visit their Website:

Holiday Films

So there are a million and one holiday films. Aside from the standards (White Christmas, Miracle on 34th, It's A Wonderful Life, The Grinch, and all the Rankin and Bass animation) what are you favorite holiday movies? Or movies that at least have a holiday scene in it even if it isn't a traditional holiday flick?

Some of my favorite winter/holiday movies are...

A Muppet Christmas Carol
Better Off Dead
Sun Valley Serenade
Holiday Affair
The Bishop's Wife (the Cary Grant one, not the awful Whitney Houston remake)
Little Women
Auntie Mame

There are a lot more but those are the ones that I am always happy to watch. So what are yours?

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Thursday 12/09/2010 Events

Instructional Technology & Learning Sciences Brown Bag Presentations
Thursday, Dec 09 at 12:00PM in Room EDUC 282 . Come along with your brown bag and join us every Thursday at noon, where students, faculty or a guest speaker will talk about a topic of interest in the field of Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences. Open to USU Students, Alumni, and Faculty. For more information contact Launa Julander 797-2694

Art & Copy Documentary
Thursday, Dec 09 - 7:00PM to 9:00PM in FAV 150 in USU Chase Fine Arts Center. Inside Advertising's Creative Revolution TRAILER: Art & Copy (2009) (NR). Open to USU Students, Alumni, Faculty, Staff, and Public. Admission: Free! For more information contact Tyler Woodbury 970-275-6706

Free Legal Help
The Cache County Bar Association sponsors a pro bono legal program each month, this month on December 9th from 5:30-7:30pm at the Historic Cache County Courthouse (199 N MainLogan, UT 84321). This free service is designed for those who cannot otherwise afford an attorney. Services will be provided on a first come, first serve basis. Contact: Rand Henderson Law Offices 435-713-0660

Basic Avalanche Safety Class
December 9th from 6-8pm at the USU Outdoor Rec Building. This is a basic avalanche awareness class. We will spend one evening and one field day discussing and practicing rescue, safe travel protocols, and general awareness. Please sign up at the USU ORP. Call 757-2794 for more information. Cost: $90

Christmas Concert at the Tabernacle
Logan Tabernacle Christmas Concert Series 2010 presents Good Tidings of Comfort and Joy. All concerts are free to the public and begin at 7:00 pm. Cache Chamber Orchestra • Ushers: Tom & Sylvia Westre.

Annual Art Ceramic Sale

Annual Art Ceramic Sale: Opening Reception 5:00-9:00 p.m., Fine Arts Visual room 123, USU Chase Fine Arts Center.

All work is handmade by students. All art work is food and dishwasher safe. Prices begin at $8. Cash or check only. Proceeds support USU Ceramics Guild and local artists/students. Fri.-Sat. 9 a.m.-8 p.m.

This is a great opportunity to get a unique gift for someone on your Christmas list, or pick up a few decorative pieces for your home, and support USU students and programs at the same time. We have several bowls from the USU Ceramics guild and we use them all the time and love them!

Wednesday 12/07/2010 Events

Guitars For Christmas
USU Accoustic Guitar Ensemble and selected soloists will perform an evening of Christmas music Wednesday December 8th from 7:30-9pm in the USU Performance Hall.

Christmas Concert at the Tabernacle
Logan Tabernacle Christmas Concert Series 2010 presents Good Tidings of Comfort and Joy. All concerts are free to the public and begin at 7:00 pm. Wednesday December 8th, Millennium Choir, Lex de Azevedo• Ushers: Blythe & Anne Ahlstrom.

Hawaiian Holiday Recipe Class
Relda Sandgran will share recipies for a Hawaiian Holiday from 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 8, at Macey’s in Providence. Learn to make Kalaua pork, coconut rice bowls and teriyaki chicken. Admission is free and open to the public.

A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a wacky Shakespearean comedy about love. The play is set in an enchanted forest where humans and fairies come together under the mischievous light of the midsummer moon.

December 8-11 at 7:30pm in the Morgan Theatre in the USU Chase Fine Arts Center; matinee at 2pm on December 11. $13 for reserved seating, $11 for USU faculty/staff, $9 for all non-USU students and free for USU students with student ID . For more information visit or contact Courtney Lewis 435-797-8022

Monday, December 06, 2010

Tuesday 12/7/10 Events

OPTIONS For Independence Movie Night And Gift Exchange
OPTIONS for Independence will hold a movie night and gift exchange at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 7, at OPTIONS, 1095 N. Main St. This activity is part of the Community Integration Program at OPTIONS for Independence which encourages people with disabilities to take part in activities. Please bring a wrapped $1 gift to exchange and $2 for food. To sign up, schedule transportation or for more information, contact Mandie at 753-5353 ext. 108.

Late Night Comedy
December 7th at 10pm in the USU Performance Hall The Antics will be providing Late Night Comedy. The Antics are a short- and long-form improv troupe based out of Logan, UT. The troupe will be joined by Ogden -based Mission Improvible. A few of the Antic's better known improv games are Bad Advice,an advice panel with improvised characters and Will Smith Rap, where members make up a rap abouta movie chosen from the audience.The audience is involved in most segments, which are usually created and improvised on the spot.Another game, Read Between the Lines, uses an audience member where two cell phones' text message inboxes are used as lines for the scene.The Antic's have performed for USU's the Howl and on-campus housing among other venues, mostly in Cache Valley. Most the troupe members are local Utahns. The Antic's have become one of the leading troupes in Logan for bringing top comediens to the valley. Admission $5, $3 w/ student ID

German Club Christmas party! It will be held in the Caine Home (which is right at the bottom of old main hill on 500 North) on Tuesday Dec. 7th from 7-9pm. We have a delicious menu of cheese and chocolate fondue, hot artichoke dip, crostini, fruits and veggies, and delicious bread.The event will consist of socializing as well as some musical performances by local high school students, dramatic scene interpretations from Goethe's Faust, and lastly some Christmas caroling we can all participate in and enjoy! Everyone is welcome to attend regardless of speaking level/ability. Hope to see you there! Open To: Students Alumni Faculty Staff Public Admission Info: FREE. Contact: Sadie Crabb (775) 397-2808

Tabernacle Concert
Tuesday, December 7, at 7pm Paul Berte Organist, Ushers: Ross & Darlene Smart. All concerts are held at the Logan LDS Tabernacle in downtown Logan, admission is free.

Chili Sale
Tuesday, December 7th from 11:00-1:30 p.m. Location: USU TSC Patio. Chili and rolls for $2. Fundraiser for HASS Student Council, both meat and vegetarian chili.

Monday 12/6/10 Events

Nuncrackers, The Nunsense Christmas Musical
The Franklin County Theater Arts Council is excited to announce “Nuncrackers, the Nunsense Christmas Musical” – TONITE (Friday) and Saturday and Monday night @ 7p.m. in the Worm Creek Opera House, 70 S State in Preston. Box office opens at 630p.m. Tickets range from $5 to $7 dollars (3 & younger – FREE) and can be purchased in advance at True Value Mart, 46 S State in Preston. For more information: (208-221-3518).

Live Nativity
3rd Annual Live Nativity benifit at the Morgan Farm at 2800 South 800 West Nibley, Utah , about 2 miles south or Renegade Sports ,on Friday December 3rd, Saturday the 4th and Monday the 6th from 5-9PM . We are suggesting a donation of $1 per person or $10 per family and one canned food item per person. However donate only what yiou can afford or donate. The proceeds will be going to one of the food banks in Cache and or Franklin Counties. Moses the Camel will be back this year and there will be a Hay ride and other farm animals.. Come and enjoy the warmth of the season at the Nativity re-creaton and spend some time with frends and family around our fire barrels listening to Christmas Carols. For information call Richard Eversull at 435-213-0033.

Habitat For Humanity Fundraiser
Join us for dinner at Texas Roadhouse on Monday, Dec 6 from 4-10pm for a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity Cache Valley. Mention you are there to support Habitat and 10% of your purchases will be donated to us.

The 5th Annual Winterfest Dance Invitational will be held on Monday, Dec. 6th at 6:30 p.m. at the Logan Rec. Center ( 195 S 100 W). The cost is $2 at the door. There will be performances by the Logan HiLos, Mt. Crest Caprielles, Sky View Vistauns,Angie's Dance Academy,Rhythm Connection, Tueller School of Dance and USU's Velocity and Full Circle. The public is invited.

Guitar Recital
Alejandro Cortes Senior Recital: Guitar 7:30-9:00 p.m. USU Performance Hall Alejandro Cortes, talented guitarist from Chile and Utah State University senior, performs a guitar recital in the USU Performance Hall.

Friday, December 03, 2010

Saturday 12/04/2010 Events

St. Thomas Aquinas Annual Christmas Boutique
The annual Christmas Boutique will be held from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 5, at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 725 S. 250 East, Hyde Park. Enjoy shopping for handmade items including figurines, holiday decor, children’s gifts and photographs. Antique and collectible items will also be available.

Papermaking Class
Stokes Nature Center invites all ages to join them for Holiday Crafts: Papermaking from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4, at the center, located in Logan Canyon. Drop in anytime and learn how to make paper with natural materials in festive holiday colors. Cost is $5 or $4 for SNC members. For more information, call 755-3239 or visit

Very Unique Christmas Boutique
A Very Unique Christmas Boutique will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4, at the Child & Family Support Center, 380 W. 1400 North. All proceeds from this fundraising event will benefit the 24-Hour Crisis/Respite Nursery. This event is being hosted by the Circle of Friends Supporting Children organization. For more information, call 752-8880.

BYU Young Ambassadors
The Brigham Young University Young Ambassadors will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4, at Sky View High School, 520 S. 250 East, Smithfield. The event is a fundraiser for Encore, a Sky View performing group. Features Broadway tunes, international hits and dancing from all eras. Tickets are $15 and are available at

Saturdays At The Museum
An event on the history and folklore of vampires is on slate from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4, at USU’s Museum of Anthropology Saturday at the Museum Series. The USU Museum of Anthropology is on the USU campus in Old Main building room 252. A vampire costume contest for adults and children will be held at 1 p.m., with prizes to the winners donated by local businesses. Admission is FREE!

Cache Children's Choir's Cantate and Concert choirs with special guest, Salt Lake Young Choral Artists Society will perform at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4, at the Logan LDS Tabernacle. Free and open to the public.

Contra Dance
The Cache Valley Folk Dancers and The Bridger Folk Music Society are hosting their monthly "first Saturday" contra dance at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4, at the Whittier Community Center, 290 N. 400 East. This month live music will be provided by contra musicians, “The FourPotatoes Three,” with calling by local callers. Beginners and families are welcome, all dances are taught. A $5 donation is suggested at the door. For more information call 753-2480 or 753-5987 or visit

Peter Breinholt
Songwriter Peter Breinholt brings "A Peter Breinholt Christmas" to Utah State University to kick off his Christmas concert series. This heart-warming, bright, and entertaining performance will take place in the world class USU Performance Hall, 4 and 7:30 p.m., December 4, 2010. This is a charity event, and all proceeds go to Bear River Mental Health. $10 general, $8 w/ USU student ID

First Aid Class
First Aid Certification Training - 1 day class Sign up in HPER 122. Location:
HPER Building, Room: 114. Open To: Students Alumni Faculty Staff Public.
Admission Info:
$30.00 Cash or Check Contact: Carolyn Brooks 435-797-1495

Violin Recital
Dec. 4th, 2010: Laura Grimany, featuring works by Bach, Paganini and Mendelssohn. Location: St. John's Episcopal Church. Time: 3:00 pm. Contact: Laura Grimany, 786-837-4664, Cost: Free

Anniversary Inn Christmas Open House

Christmas At The Inn
Where: Anniversary Inn, Logan UT
When: Thursday, December 9th, 4:00pm-8:00pm
Santa arrives at 6:00pm for Free Pictures
Drawings for Free Night Stays
Tour the Inn and view all the theme rooms
Live Music
Book Any Suite for the Next Year (through Dec. 9th, 2011) for $159
Bring a Food Donation for The Utah Food Bank for an additional saving on your reservation.
Check in after 9:00 pm on
Thursday, December 9th
and choose
ANY suite for


Thursday, December 02, 2010


To any jewish friends who might be reading...Happy Hanukkah!

My mom had 2 briskets in her freezer and I've been craving latkes for months, so it was the perfect time to host a Hanukkah dinner, even thought no one there (including myself) was Jewish.

  • Braised Sweet And Sour Brisket
  • Braised Veg (carrots, celery, tomatoes, onions)
  • Latkes (potato pancackes) with sour cream and applesauce
  • Kugel (it is sort of like rice pudding but with egg noodles instead of rice)
  • Camel Spit (Squirt mixed with a large can of pineapple juice)
  • Gelt (for the dreidel game)

Kristeen read a Hanukkah story while I got the latkes ready and then we all chowed down. After dinner and dessert the kids and I spun the dreidel...Caden didn't understand the concept of the game and kept getting really excited when he got Nun or Shin, and he kept randomly giving away his gelt.

This success has bolstered my resolve to host another Hanukkah feast next year which will include knishes, matzo ball soup, sufganiyot, loukoumades, rugalach, and challah.

While cruising the interwebz for recipes I found that Food Network has a whole Hanukkah section with about 45 recipes. What was ironic is that I noticed one of the latke recipes had bacon in it...Goyim Fail.

Toys For Tots & Magical Moon Toys are teaming up!

This Saturday (Dec. 4th) Magical Moon Toys in Logan (South East of Walmart) will be having their annual Toys For Tots Drive at the store! Our bad guys doing good from the Alpine Garrison (that is Star Wars speak in case you didn't know) will also be here to take photos with.

A $5 donation to TFT will get your picture taken with stormtroopers, Darth Vader and the likes!! This is a great event and all proceeds will be kept to help local families in need. Toy donations are gladly accepted and will be donated Monday afternoon. I know things are tight for everybody but every little bit will help out somebody a little less fortunate than you. Please come out and support this drive! or friend them on Facebook!
Unreasonable people are unreasonable...disapproving rabbit disapproves.

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

A Christmas Carol

The Old Barn Community Theatre presents “A Christmas Carol” at 7:30 p.m. on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays, Dec. 3 through Dec. 18. Matinees at 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 11 and Dec. 18. The theater is located at 3605 Bigler Road, Collinston.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $7 for children and seniors. Family ticket packages are now available for performances on Dec. 3, 4 and 6. Family packages are $25 for up to 6 family members. For more information, go to

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever!

Heritage Theatre presents “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever!” at 7:30 p.m. on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays, Dec. 3 through Dec. 18 at 2505 S. Hwy 89, Perry. Matinees at 2 p.m. on Dec. 11 and 18. Tickets are $9 for adults; $8 for children. Call for reservations Monday and Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 723-8392.

Friday 12/03/2010 Events

Santa's Smithfield Workshop; Craft, Gifts & Food Boutique
Come enjoy the many vendors from: homemade items, food, AVON, jewlery, Pampered Chef, Massage, wood crafts,baby items,etc and much much more. (We are also do drop off boxes for community help for the Cache Valley Food Pantry and Sub for Santa.) We are looking for all items:cloths, food, toys, diapers,,jackets, gloves, socks, hats,etc.) Thank you for your Help. Hope to see you there. Location: 102 North 380 East, Smithfield, UT. Price: Free. December 3rd from 10am-10pm.

JF Price Christmas Gallery Show
Prince Gallery is holding their first annual Christmas Show with an eclectic mix of local artists. Included are many USU art professors both current and retired along with many artists from the community. The exhibition will be a unique opportunity for residents of Cache Valley to view works by some of the greatest artistic talent Utah has to offer. Join us for an opening reception on Dec 3rd from 6-9PM. The show will run through Christmas. Location: 2600 N Main Ste. 106, North Logan, UT.

Humane Society Alternative Gift Sale
Rather than giving a traditional gift this year, consider a donation that will sponsor a service at the Cache Humane Society. Choose what service you would like to donate in your recipients name, pick one of the cute holiday/seasons greetings cards, and get an insert reflecting the "gift" you purchased. Give it to that friend or family member who doesn't need a traditional gift and feel great about helping the critters at the Cache Humane Society during the holiday season. December 3rd 6-9pm, December 4th 10am-6pm. Location: Utah Public Radio Downtown Station (Bullen Center, 43 S. Main Logan).

Holiday Flutes and Voices
A high-voiced tradition continues this Holiday Season at Utah State University. The USU Flute Choir and USU Women's Choir present a concert of Treble Clef Holiday music. Special Guests, the Cantate Cache Children's Choir will also perform. Listeners of all ages will love hearing this rare combination of voices and sounds -- the clear song of silver flutes, and the ringing sound of treble voices. December 3rd 7:30pm-9:30pm. Price: $8 GA; Free for USU students. Location: USU Performance Hall.

Live Nativity
We will be hosting the 3rd Annual Live Nativity benifit at the Morgan Farm at 2800 South 800 West Nibley, Utah , about 2 miles south or Renegade Sports ,on Friday December 3rd, Saturday the 4th and Monday the 6th from 5-9PM . We are suggesting a donation of $1 per person or $10 per family and one canned food item per person. However donate only what you can afford to donate. The proceeds will be going to one of the food banks in Cache and or Franklin Counties. Moses the Camel will be back this year and there will be a Hay ride and other farm animals. Come and enjoy the warmth of the season at the Nativity re-creaton and spend some time with frends and family around our fire barrels listening to Christmas Carols. For information call Richard Eversull at 435-213-0033.

Paint Portraits Presentation
Doc Christensen will give a presentation on drawing the painting portraits at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3, at the Art Center (25 W. 100 North) in conjunction with the Gallery Walk. For more information, call 890-9854. Price: Free.

Holiday Culture Fest 2010
On Friday, December 3rd, 2010 we are hosting our 1st Annual “Holiday Culture Fest 2010”. A fundraiser that will showcase dance, art, and music from countries and cultures from around the world at the historic Whittier Center in Logan UT. Hopefully, you and your family can join us for this event to benefit the Multicultural Center and Union Bilingual Preschool. Time: 6pm. Location: Whittier Center (290 N 400 E, Logan UT). For more information call 435-753-8486.

Ellen Eccles Theatre Christmas Concert
Celebrate the season with heart-warming holiday favorites performed by the American Festival Chorus and Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Craig Jessop. This multifaceted celebration will include the First Presbyterian Church's interfaith Westminster Bell Choir; the women's chorus from Mountain Crest High School; the Full Circle Dance Company, under the auspices of Utah State University; and special musical guest Jennifer Welch Babidge. Showing: Dec. 3 @ 7:30 pm & Dec. 4 @ 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm. Price: $12,$16,$18 ($5 seniors). Location: Ellen Eccles Theatre (43 S Main, Logan, UT)

Thursday 12/02/2010 Events

Reconciling One's Self with Nature: Traditional Chinese Paintings and the Late Ming Literati Scholars.
Liyan Shen, a professor at the Department of Languages and Literature at the University of Utah, will present and discuss paintings and literary texts selected from the late Ming period in China. Shen will give a review of how the literati scholars at the time depict and describe their connection to nature, and their experience of reconciling themselves with the external world. Also she will discuss inter-arts relationships in traditional Chinese painting by showing how different artistic forms are integrated in a single work of art and demonstrate multiple dimensions of emotional expression. This event is sponsored by the Department of Languages, Philosophy, and Speech Communication at USU as a part of the series named “Windows to Asia and Beyond.” Price: free. December 2, 3:30PM-4:30PM; (Arrive 5minutes earlier). Venue:USU Merrill-Cazier Library 101

Wintersongs 2010
Wintersongs is the annual holiday choral concert presented by the USU Chamber Singers and USU Chorale, directed by Cory Evans. This year's concert will feature Christmas carols from the Renaissance, colonial America and Great Britain time periods as well as music from the holiday movies "Home Alone" and "The Snowman." Wintersongs will also be rebroadcast on Utah Public Radio throughout the holiday season. Price: $8 GA; Free for USU students. December 2, 7:30pm-9:30pm. USU Performance Hall.

Holiday Treats Recipes at Macey's
Shauna Flammer will share recipes for holiday treats from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 2, at Macey’s in Providence.

Food Drive
Join Dr. Keith Hammond and Dr. Celeste Mortenson in donating non perishable food items to our Cache Valley Food Bank. Starting December 1st through December 22nd bring your donations into our office located at 290 N. 200 E. in Logan. Your generosity helps others have a Merry Christmas.

A Midsummer Night's Dream
A Midsummer Night?s Dream is a wacky Shakespearean comedy about love. The play is set in an enchanted forest where humans and fairies come together under the mischievous light of the midsummer moon. Free for USU students with ID. For more information please call 435-797-8022.

Logan Tabernacle Christmas Concert
Dean Kaelin Christmas, Ushers: Paul & Lorna Larsen. Price: Free and open to the public. Concert begins at 7pm. Located at the Logan Tabernacle (50 N Main
Logan, UT 84321)

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Gallery Walk/Christmas Festival

The Logan Downtown Alliance is sponsoring a Hometown Christmas Festival, Friday December 3rd from 6 to 9pm in historic downtown Logan Utah. Events are listed below:
  • CVCA Gallery Walk, featuring the work of local artists for viewing and for sale.
  • Live concerts and nativities at the LDS Tabernacle.
  • 11th Annual Parade of Gingerbread Homes. (remember to vote for your favorite)
  • St. John's Episcopal Church will display nativity sets from around the world.
  • The CVGM Winter Gift Market at the Bullen Center.

Head downtown Friday night to get in the Christmas mood.

8th Annual Winter Gift Market

The Cache Valley Gardener's Market is hosting the 8th annual Winter Gift Market. December 3rd 6-9 p.m. and 4th 10 a.m.-6 p.m., at the Bullen Center, 43 S. Main St., Logan UT. This is THE premier gift market for the holidays in Northern Utah, and the best part is that admission is FREE! (Unlike some other gift fairs). Come get your christmas shopping done in one place and support the amazing local talent. This is one of the funnest events I go to all year round.

They will have live music both days:
6pm: The What – Woodwind Quintet
7:30pm: Sarah Olsen – Folk Acoustic
10am: Hot Flashes Band
12pm: Bagpipes, Drums - Tyler Johnson
2pm: HiFalutin’ Flute Choir
4pm: Cool Fusion & Friends – Funk, Samba, World Music

Here is a list of vendors that will be there:

Carole Thayne Warburton - Paradise Pottery
Daniel Bialkowski

Unique Gifts
Becky Yeager - whimsical pin cushions
Mary Ann Hubbell - dolls, puppets, more
Sunshea Products - sandstone art, candles
Brianna Isaacson - decorative displays

Art Glass/Polymer Clay
Andrew Duncan - dichroic glass
Sharon Ohlhorst - Just SO Creations
Christina Bailey - The Busy Bead

Ed and Ollie Stamps - A moment in time
Brooke Snow - Photography
Andrew P. Rayburn - Long Light Photography

Myra Lynch/Lois Sorensen - Glitz Biz
Jo K Brown - Katona Designs
Gayle Knapp – Keletica
Joy Brisighella
Christian Williams
Carie Toone - Elegant Expressions
MaryAnn Montour
Carrie Kropf - C&T Unique Jewelry Designs
Lindsey Enright - Desert Dancer Jewelry
Charlene Peterson

From the Earth
Melinda Petro – gourd art and more
Mary Laine – giftable plants and florals
Christina Bailey - gourd art and more
Odell and Bill Bodrero – knives and wood
Monte McCulloch - wood
Reggie Jennings - wood

Bath & Body
Becky Yeager - The Spirit Goat
Evelyn Rust - Sunshea Products/Swell Art
Laura Mae Miller - Jewel Soap (One of my all time favorite vendors!!!)
Lee Derbyshire LMT - Massage Therapy
Dawn Hansen LMT - Massage therapy

Fiber Arts
Peggy Neuber - Northern Utah Fiber Artisans
Kandice Oster - Sweet Kiwi Crochet (She made my awesome purple owl hat!!!)
Shirley Joffs - Shirl Girl Designs
Arrin Brunson/Corinne Thul: Felted Wooly Goodness
Tamra Roe - Teez Sportswear
Chantel Hockstein
Lucy Watkins - Over the Top Christmas Socks
Sharon Ohlhorst
Charlene Peterson
Melissa Cannon

Edible Gifts and Treats
Liz Kennard Butcher - Butcher's Bunches
Kami Huntzinger - Bees Brothers
Elizabeth Pratt - Beth's Bakery
Peewee's Sweets (This shop is owned by Mike's uncle and their treats are great!!!)
Caffe Ibis

AWHC Country Christmas Feast

The American West Heritage Center is hosting a Country Christmas Feast. December 3rd from 6-9pm. Feast includes wagon rides, dutch oven dinner, dancing, and "A Wild West Christmas Carol". Call 435.245.6050 to make reservations.

The AWHC also has christmas trees and poinsettias for sale, check out their website for more info

Food Fail

Since I share the highlights here I should probably also share the lows.

I didn't make the top 4 in the holiday recipe contest...*sigh* Epic Fail. You can see the winners here...

Now I'm bummed and need to console myself with massive quantities of bad food.

Here is my submission, in case you want to try my unfamous, non award winning recipe yourself.

1 can pumpkin (I like Libby's)
2 small pkgs
vanilla pudding mix
1 c. cold milk
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 c. brown sugar
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp. ginger
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
1 c. chocolate chips
pinch of salt

~Whipped Cream~
1.5 pints heavy cream
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 c. powdered sugar
dash of ground cinnamon
dash of ground cloves

1/2 pint cream
1 T. butter
12 oz. chopped chocolate

2 graham cracker pie crusts

Mix the filling ingredients together until well blended, Chill. Whip the cream with all its ingredients together until stiff peaks form, divide in half. Fold half of the whipped cream into the pumpkin mixture, reserve the other half for topping, refrigerate both.

In a double boiler over medium-low heat scald the cream and butter until simmering, remove from heat and add chopped chocolate. Stir until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth. Spoon ganache into the bottom of the pie crust so that it covers it entirely.

Fill pie crust with pumpkin mixture. Freeze or refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.

Top with whipped cream. Drizzle more ganache over the top and serve.

*There is another variation on this that my family really likes: Carmel Pecan. You can make a simple carmel syrup (cream, butter, sugar, karo, vanilla) or just use store bought carmel sauce. Replace the ganache with the carmel. Mix chopped pecans into the filling in place of the chocolate chips and sprinkle some on top.

Grill Problem

Does anyone have any experience fixing gas grills? Ours started struggling back in mid October. The first burner would light but I could get the flame to go to high. When the knob was set to high the flame was at low level, if I turned the knob down it put the flame out altogether. I cannot get the second or third burners to light at all.

We switched out the gas tank and even with a new/full tank the same thing keeps happening. I have cleaned the grill and blown it out with compressed air. Is there something I am missing? Is there anything else I should try? I really don't want to have to buy a new grill.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Sweetly Divine Deal

Mark at Sweetly Divine is running a promotion this week. Every 20 transactions he gives a customer 50% their order.

Check out his website

Stop by and be lucky # 20 or 40 or 60 or 80...

Pickville Playhouse Presents: Santa's Elves

Pickleville Playhouse’s new musical “Santa’s Elves: A North Pole Musical,” will be staged at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 26, continuing through Dec. 1, 3, 4, 7, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 20, and 23 with a 3 p.m. matinee on Dec. 23. The show will be at USU’s Eccles Conference Center. An optional holiday buffet meal catered by The Copper Mill is available before each performance.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 755-0968. Show-only ticket prices are $16 for adults; $10 for children 11 years and under. Dinner and show prices are $32 and $19 respectively. Discounted pricing available for company/office groups and groups of 25 people or more.

Wednesday 12/01/2010 Events

Big Band Jazz Concert
Wednesday, Dec 01 - 7:30PM to 9:30PM. This concert features the USU Jazz Orchestra and the USU Jazz Ensemble as they play swingin' pieces like Billy Strayhorn's arrangement of the overture to Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker Suite," a feature for the saxophone section called "Cruisin' For a Bluesin'," that includes dueling alto saxophones, and more! Location:
The Performance Hall. Open To: Students Alumni Faculty Staff Public. Admission Info: $8 general admission, $5 faculty, and Free for USU students. Website: Contact: Courtney Lewis 435-797-9203c

The Forgotten Carols Performance
"The Forgotten Carols" is a Christmas concert for the whole family with songs written by and starring Michael McLean. Start the season off right with a beautiful story of the true meaning of Christmas. Enjoy a night of wonderful music and the spirit of the holidays!
It's the story of Constance, a rigid yet competent nurse, too practical to be bothered by Christmas. She is assigned to care for an aged gentleman with alleged psychiatric tendencies over the holiday season. But this unlikely patient, John, is nothing like the senile “crazy” she expected. With warmth and spunky kindness, John eventually breaks through Constance’s iron-clad exterior as he walks her through the untold carols of the more “forgotten” characters in the Christmas story and guides the young nurse to the Christmas carol waiting to be sung inside her own heart.
Contact: Kate Pridgen 866-832 8211 Website: Time: 7:30 pm. Date:
Wednesday December 1, 2010. Location: Kent Concert Hall (4030 Old Main HillLogan, UT 84322). Cost: $25, $18.50, $13.

Christmas Concert Series at the Tabernacle
Logan Tabernacle Christmas Concert Series 2010 presents Good Tidings of Comfort and Joy. Willow Valley Singers• Ushers: Ron & Mary Lou Kallinger. All concerts are free to the public and begin at 7:00 pm. Contact: Cache Community Connections 435-716-9002. Website: Location: Logan Tabernacle (50 N MainLogan, UT 84321).

Pray For Snow Party
The Friends of the Utah Avalanche Center in Logan will be holding it's Annual "Pray for Snow" Party and Fundraiser on Wednesday, Dec. 1 at 6:30 pm at the Italian Place . We'll have light fare, raffle, silent auction, and a slide show. Suggested donation is $20. For more info call 757-2794.

11/30/2010 Events

College Republicans Movie Night- Indoctrinate "U"
Tuesday, Nov 30 - 7:00PM to 9:00PM. Indoctrinate "U"Speech codes. Censorship. Enforced political conformity. Hostility to diversity of opinion. Sensitivity training. We usually associate such things totalitarian regimes, not with the American universities that nurtured the free speech movement. "When we think of going to college, we think of intellectual freedom. We imagine four years of exploring ideas through energetic, ongoing, critical thinking and debate," Maloney said. "But the reality is very far from the ideal. What most of us don't know is that American college students check their First Amendment rights and individual freedom at the door." Location: TSC, Auditorium. Open To: Students Alumni Faculty Staff Public. Admission Info: Free!. Website: . Contact: Terry Camp 435-512-1326

Logan Tabernacle Christmas Concert Series 2010.
November 30th @ 7pm, The Logan Institute Choirs present Good Tidings of Comfort and Joy. Admission: Free!!! Location: Logan Tabernacle (50 N MainLogan, UT 84321). Contact: Cache Community Connections 435-716-9002.

Logan Canyon Winds Concert.
The Logan Canyon Winds featuring USU's faculty wind quintet, opens its 19th season with an exciting program of standard and new works. Contact: CCA Box Office435-797-8022. Website: Time: 7:30 pm. Location: Performance Hall (Utah State University Logan, UT 84322) Cost: $8, Free w/ USU ID

Final night of the Nutcracker Ballet

Tonight, November 29th, is the last night to catch the CVCB performance of The Nutcracker. Time: 7:30 pm. Location: Ellen Eccles Theatre (43 S Main Logan, UT 84321). Cost: Tickets range from $8 to $18.

Contact: Cache Valley Center for the Arts

Cache Valley Civic Ballet


Sunday, November 28, 2010

Dear Santa, just one more thing...

...please find a loving home for BG.

She was starved and mistreated by her original owner and is now at the Cache Humane Society. They had a booth set up at Anderson's Seed & Garden yesterday and BG was with them. Her story broke my heart and I feel in love with her. I would have taken her home if I could but we aren't allowed to have any more dogs here. She is sweet, playful, and loves kids.

If anyone other than Santa is reading this, please consider adopting or fostering animals from your local Humane Society. Here in Cache Valley they have almost twice as many dogs as they have space for, they are quickly running out of resources to care for them all and some may have to be put down. These animals need patience, exercise and training...but they will pay you back 10 fold in love. They deserve a warm and loving home, no pet should be abused and abondoned like these have been.

If you have a pet already please get them spayed or neutered.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Herald Journal recipe contest

Here is my official entry into the Favorite Holiday Dessert Contest sponsored by the Herald Journal and Kitchen Kneads...

So far, including mine which I just uploaded, there are only 6 entrie...pretty good odds of winning one of the 4 $100 gift cards. If you want to enter, hurry up and submit your photo and recipe by Sunday night.

Wish me luck!

Dear Santa...

In case you were wondering what I want for Christmas you can check out my wishlist here

Santa if you don't want to worry about shipping, you could always get me a gift card to Lowe's or Home Depot. It would come in handy for all the stuff we need to do around the house (paint, dress up the bathroom, organize, etc). If a gift card isn't your speed we need stackable storage containers for the closets and really sturdy shelving for the garage.

Oh and Santa, CASH...everyone loves cash, it is truly the one size fits all gift and you will never hear a recipient ask "does this make me look fat?".

...and a pony...

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


The annual Hickman Nieces & Nephews Sleepover has been moved from Christmas to Thanksgiving, so that the Seattle nieces and nephews can attend. Tonight is the big night, 6:30pm at grandma & grandpa Hickman's house.

Pizza and treats will be served Wednesday night, breakfast will be served Thursday morning.

Please bring all your sleepover stuff (sleeping bag, pillow, pjs, change of clothes, etc). If you have a movie you would like to watch let me know and I'll try and get it when I go to Books Of Yesterday after I get off of work today at 4pm. I am going to try and find Mayflower Mouse and Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


Well the blizzard finally hit. Hope everyone stays safe and gets the day off of work tomorrow. I will take photos and post them when I get home from work tonight in about an hour...but until then stare at a blank sheet of copy paper and you'll get the idea.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

A few more photos

Here are the rest of the edited photos of Holly's family. I haven't done this in a while and there were a LOT of frames where stuff was going on that I should have noticed and corrected before continuing to shoot. *sigh* oh well, live and learn.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Fall Photos

A couple weeks ago I took some family photos for my sister Holly. Here are some of the good ones. When you have 3 kids between the ages of 1 and 6 it can be hard to get a good group photos but I kind of like them when they aren't perfect.

Thursday, November 18, 2010


The Novemberfest Arts and Crafts Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 26, and Saturday, Nov. 27, at the Logan Recreation Center, 195 W. 100 South. Admission is $1; children 5 and under free. Christmas and home decor will be on display and for sale, as will food and candy. Entertainment provided by local dancing and singing groups. For more information, call 752-8142 or 512-9745.

Saturday 11/20/2010 Events

Bear River High School Musical

Bear River High School in Garland proudly presents Agatha Christie’s “Ten Little Indians” Friday and next Monday (Nov 22nd) at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m. Buy your tickets online and reserve a seat at where tickets are $3 for children/ $4 for a student w/ ID card/ $5 for adults. Or pay at the door where all tickets are $6.

Cache Valley Food Pantry Food Drive

As I'm sure you are all aware, the Cache Food Pantry is suffering from an all time high demand and is lower than normal on food stuffs. This time of year always brings holiday food drives and there will be many this year, so many that it is entirely possible we will all suffer food drive burnout. But it is important to make an effort to help where and when we can so I am sharing this opportunity with you.


Second-annual credit union food drive to benefit Cache Community Food Pantry

Credit unions in Cache County are asking for your help this holiday season.

The second-annual Cache Valley Credit Union Food Drive is now underway to gather nonperishable items for the Cache Community Food Pantry to serve a growing need among valley residents.

Food can be dropped off through December 20 at any area branch of Deseret First, America First, Mountain America, USU Charter, Logan Medical Federal, or Logan-Cache-Rich credit unions.

“Helping to make the holiday season a little brighter and less stressful for those in need is one way we as credit unions and other organizations can give back to our community which supports us throughout the year, “ said Daniel Brownell, manager of the Logan branch of Deseret First Credit Union and organizer of the food drive.

In addition to credit union branches, you can donate at any of the following:

 Utah State University Hockey Beehive Showcase
Eccles Ice Center, 2825 N. 200 East, North Logan
Bring a can of food and receive $1.00 off admission to games on Nov, 18, 19, and 20 at 7 p.m.

 Cache Valley Figure Skating Club’s “Winter Wonderland”
Eccles Ice Center, 2825 N. 200 East, North Logan
Admission is free, but the donation of a can of food is requested for the club’s performance on December 11, 7 p.m.

 Cache Valley Morning Rotary Club

Watch for a donation day at local stores.

For more information, call Deseret First Credit Union at (435) 787-0991.

Display Cases For Sale - Salt Lake City

McGrew Studios in Salt Lake City is selling 2 display cases. They are revamping the studio and they don't have room for them any more. They are asking for $200 per case. If you are interested call 801.593.2210 or for online contact info go here

The glass/chrome case is 60"w x 38"T x 22"deep.
The glass/wood case is 72"w x 38.5"T x 19"deep.
Both have working lights with new bulbs and the glass/chrome case has an adjustable shelf!

Case 1...

Case 2...

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Spider Masters

Here are 2 of my nieces with their spider creations. I know this is from Halloween but I just barely got this photo and I wanted to share the creative masterminds behind these spooky spiders...