Thursday, February 24, 2011

Free Boot Camp Class!

Body Rebellion Boot Camp in Nibley is just finishing up the first session of 2011. They are getting ready to start a new session in 2 weeks. If you are interested you can attend a free trial class. Free classes will be held:

Monday February 28th at 5:30 a.m. or 6:30 a.m.
Tuesday March 1st at 7 p.m. or 8 p.m.

You do not need to register for the free class, just show up ready to work out! For more information check out their website www.bodyrebellion.com

This is a great program and I've loved attending. The meal planning and nutrition guidebook has tons of quick, easy, healthy recipes to help you get your eating on track. The classes are high energy and a lot of fun, you won't be bored with these workouts!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Krazy Dayz

The Krazy Dayz sale is going on now through Saturday at Smithfield Implement. Need canning supplies, dutch oven supplies, household cleaning supplies, farm supplies, pet supplies, clothes, garage supplies, etc? The Implement is the place and this sale is the biggest of the year.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

EK Ekcessories Store Closing

EK Ekcessories is closing their store at 565 N. Main, Logan, UT. Everything is at least 55%. For more information about EK products check out their website http://www.ekusa.com/

Monday, February 21, 2011

Happy Birthday Caden!

It was my nephew Caden's birthday today. He chose McDonald's for his birthday lunch and then we went to Sweetly Divine for birthday dessert. Funny, I couldn't talk him and Mike into going to Krazy Days at Smithfield Implement.



Happy President's Day!

When I have a weekday off of work I like to bake something special and take it to the Bluebird Coffee Club. My dad is one of the members and I think the average age is about 87. They meet in the mural room at the local Bluebird Restaurant every weekday morning to drink coffee (or coke for the non-coffee drinkers) and talk.

Today is President's Day here in the USA and so I made Mary Todd Licoln's (Mrs. Abraham Lincoln) White Almond Cake recipe (You can find the recipe in my February 2011 blogs). It was a hit and one of the guys asked me to go steady, they're so sweet!

This cake had a nice crust on the outside and was soft and fluffy on the inside. I served it with lemon cream sauce and mixed berries. If I make it again I am going to grind the almonds finer next time, but other than that it was good.



Saturday, February 19, 2011

T-Shirt Design Contest




DESIGN A BODY REBELLION BOOT CAMP T-SHIRT!

They want to see your depiction of what you go through at Boot Camp! ANYONE CAN ENTER! The winning design will be printed on the next Body Rebellion T-Shirt. Just think, that could be YOUR design! So get those creative juices flowing and start designing, they'll do the rest! Contest begins February 18th, and ends March 18th so hurry- Good Luck!

What you GET if you WIN:
•Your design on our Body Rebellion T-shirt
•Free T-shirt for yourself
•Free 6 week Boot Camp session
•Total bragging rights

For more information click here http://www.bodyrebellion.com/?p=401

Friday, February 18, 2011

CJ

Please excuse me while I have a Squeeeeeeeeee! moment of being an indulgent auntie.

Here are a couple photos of the newest member of our extended family, C.J. He's got a lot of dark hair and doesn't like to open his eyes, but he seems like a good baby so far, I think he's a keeper.




See that was painless and now I have to look at photos of your babies or nieces or nephews or grandkids when you want to show me...it's a win win situation!

As I was leaving the maternity ward I passed a little girl and her dad in the waiting room and the girl jumped up and ran over to me and asked "Are ya gonna go on da alligator?". I was a little confused and asked her "What alligator?". Her dad explained that she meant Elevator. I said "Yep, I'm going in the elevator and going home". The little girl waved and said "Ok, bye!" and I walked to the elevators.

I pushed the button and the little girl jumped up and squeaked "Wait, wait you forgot your baby! Daddy she forgot her baby!" She was so concerned she started crying. Of course I can't just be a heel and sneak out so I walked over and said it was O.K. because I was visiting someone who had a baby and I didn't have a baby to take home. "You don't have no babies?" I said no, then she said "Why not?", her dad looked horrified but I just laughed and said "because I just don't, but that's ok".

It was funny, I should have known better than to allow myself to be trapped in a game of "But, why?" with a little kid.

Kids really do say the darndest things.

#13

I am an auntie, again! Lucky #13, Carter James, arrived at 1:18am today. 7lbs 3oz., 20", healthy baby boy. Mom and baby doing great.

Congratulations Jim & Sara!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

New Event Calendar for Logan, UT

There is a new collective event calendar for the Cache Valley/Logan, UT area. Check it out at

http://nothingtodoinlogan.blogspot.com/

They have tons of links to local organizations and businesses and their event calendar is very detailed.

Friday 2/18/2011 Events

USU Hockey
Last home game for USU Hockey! Utah State Hockey vs. University Of Utah. Adults $7 Students $5 HURD w/ card $4 Kids 5 & Under - Free. Location: George S. Eccles Ice Center, 2825 N. 200 E. North Logan, Ut 84341. Website: http://www.usu.edu/hockey Contact: Terry Camp 435.512.1326 terry.camp@aggiemail.usu.edu

Our Country's Good
A Utah State theatre production. $13 general admission, $11 USU faculty/staff, $9 non-USU students, and free for USU students. Location: Morgan Theatre, Chase Fine Arts Center, 4030 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT 84322. Website: arts.usu.edu

Banff Mountain Film Festival
The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour comes to Logan – Thursday and Friday nights at 7 p.m. in the USU Kent Concert Hall. The festival, a program of the Banff Centre, is the largest and one of the most prestigious, mountain festivals in the world. Experience adventure on the big screen. Explore the world’s last great wild places. The festival will include films ranging from rock climbing, skiing, biking, environmental issues and more. For more information, contact the USU Outdoor Recreation Program (435)797-3264. Ticket prices are $10 dollars for one night and $16 for 2 nights for USU students and $12 for one night and $18 for two nights for the public.

Center Stage: Music By Women Composers
Friday, Feb 18 - 7:30PM to 9:30PM. Enjoy a night of listening to music composed by women to honor Women's History Month. Location: USU The Performance Hall. Open To: USU Students/Alumni/Faculty/Staff and the General Public. Admission Info: $8 for general admission and $5 for USU students and faculty. Website: http://arts.usu.edu Contact: CCA Box Office 435-797-8022 ccatickets@usu.edu

USU Gymnastics
USU Lady Aggie Gymnastics returns to the USU Spectrum: Friday night vs Boise State at 7p.m. For tickets: www.utahstateaggies.com or call (435-797-0305 or 1-800-U-STATE-1).

Live Music
Concert at Why Sound. Friday, February 18th - Emme Packer w/Matthew Quen Nanes, Made in Spain, Sarah Olsen (Acoustic). Contact: Tim Moes 435-363-4700 info@whysound.com Website: http://www.whysound.com Time: 8:00 pm. Location: Why Sound, 30 Federal Ave, Logan, UT 84321. Cost: $5 - $6

SNC - Parent Tot Nature Hour
Stokes Nature Center invites curious toddlers, ages 2 – 3 to join them for Parent Tot – Friday 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 apparent present to participate and explore along with their child. The program fee is $3 ($2.50 for SNC members). Phone: (435)755-3239. Link: http://www.logannature.org

Live Band
Come kick up your hills or just set back and listen to the live music of “The Justus Band”. Featuring the sounds of your favorite Country and Old Rock & Roll music. If you want an evening of great entertainment, don’t miss this event. Friday February 18th at the Hawn’s Lounge located at 84 West Main Street in Hyrum. Performance starts at 8:30pm.

Utah State's Design Star SIGN-UPs DUE
Friday, Feb 18 - 7:00AM. Sign-ups for the first Design Star are due to the Interior Design Offices in Family Life 320. All competitors must enter their waiver and pay the $10 fee per team member. Teams of up to three are welcome. Design Star event is Feb. 28. Location:
Family Life Building - Room: Suite 320. Open To: USU Students Alumni Faculty Staff and the General Public. Admission Info: Entry: $10 per team member. Contact: Interior Design Program - Kylee Groskreutz (435) 797-1557 usuasid@gmail.com

ICS 200.b (FEMA) - Incident Command System and Single Resources
Friday, Feb 18 - 9:00AM to 11:30AM. Presentation on the Incident Command System and Single Resources. Location: Merrill-Cazier Library - Room: 204. Open To: USU Students/Alumni/Faculty/Staff and the General Public. Admission Info: No cost. Contact:
Judy Crockett 435.797.0807 judy.crockett@usu.edu

Recent Alumni Art Exhibit
Rated M for Mature! Friday, Feb 18 - 10:00AM to 5:00PM. Featuring drawing and painting from 2002-2008 graduates. Featured aritsts include: Namon Bills, Shelly Card Coleman, Jennifer Marie, Suflita Coon, Chad Crane, David Roholt, Steven Stradley, Justin Wheatly and Andrew Williams. Location: Twain Tippetts Exhibition Hall. Open To: USU Students/Alumni/Faculty/Staff and the General Public. Admission Info: Free and open to the public. Website: http://arts.usu.edu Contact: CCA Box Office 435-797-8022 ccatickets@usu.edu

Dean's Convocation
Friday, Feb 18 - 1:30PM to 3:00PM. Dean's Convocation - Mark James, senior vice president of human resources and communications at Honeywell will be speaking in the Orson A. Christensen Auditorium (Room 215) in the George S. Eccles Business Building from 1:30 – 3 p.m. The topic will be "Succeeding in Your Career and Career Derailers." Location: George S. Eccles Business Building - Room: 215. Open To: USU Students/Alumni/Faculty/Staff . Contact: Steve Eaton 435-797-8640 steve.eaton@usu.edu

Areíto Fundraising Dinner
Friday, Feb 18 - 7:00PM to 11:05PM. Come enjoy the event of the year! We are having Dominican dinner, performances and an after party! Areíto is a fundraising banquet done every year to raise money for charity. This time, the proceeds will be used to help the education in the Dominican Republic. Come support this noble cause. Location: TSC, Evan N. Stevenson Ballroom. Open To: USU Students/Alumni/Faculty/Staff and the General Public. Admission Info: USU: $13, Non-USU: $15; Children: $5. Get them at the TSC Card Office. Website: http://www.usu.edu/dsa Contact: Ivan Jimenez 435-512-7601 ivan.jimenez@aggiemail.usu.edu

Deaf Education Student Association Presents their Winter Conference
Friday, Feb 18 - 7:00PM. Focus on improving education for people who are Deaf. ASL movie: "The Legend of the Mountain Man" ASL Films (a Deaf-owned production company) presents their highly acclaimed movie 7 p.m. ~ ESLC 130 - FREE admission! Movie will be presented without Closed Caption and without Audio to enhance receptive skills. Encountering Excellence Winter Workshops 8:00 a.m. ~ Check in is ESLC 130, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. ~ COST: Regular rate: $60.00 Student rate: $50.00 (includes shirt, catered lunch, certificate of attendance, professional development, CEU/CEH credits). Workshop location: Utah State University, Logan, UT Building ESLC 130 Certificate of Attendance will be given to everyone at the workshop. Open To: USU Students/Alumni/Faculty/Staff and the General Public. Website: http://www.usu.edu/desa/workshop.html Contact: James Smith 435-797-1000 desa@aggiemail.usu.edu

Jazz Night at the Sky Club
Friday, Feb 18 - 7:00PM to 10:30PM. Join us for a 1930s jazz nightclub experience as the Skyroom Restaurant is transformed into the Sky Club for the Seventh Annual Jazz Night at the Sky Club. A sultry lounge singer starts off the evening with a selection of smooth jazz numbers while guests enjoy a delicious spread of elegant cuisine provided by University Catering. Following dinner, the Utah State University Jazz Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble and their Vocalists will kick off the evening with a set list packed with live Big Band songs made famous by such legendary crooners as Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Bobby Darin. The dance floor will become a hot spot for the Lindy Hop, Charleston and more! Proceeds benefit the Larry Smith Jazz Scholarship. Tickets are $46 per person, available at the USU Spectrum Ticket Office: 435-797-0305 or online. Entree and appetizer choices required at the time of ticket sale. Overnight packages available at the University Inn & Conference Center: http://jazznightpackages.usu.edu/ Location: TSC, Skyroom Restaurant. Open To: USU
Students/Alumni/Faculty/Staff and the General Public. Website:
http://www.jazznightattheskyclub.blogspot.com Contact: Ann Marie Wallace 435-770-4963 annmarie.wallace@hotmail.com

TRUE AGGIE NIGHT!!
Friday, Feb 18 - 11:55PM. Meet at the Block "A" at midnight to fulfill one of the university's longest standing traditions!! Location: Old Main. Open To: Students Alumni Faculty Staff and the General Public. Admission Info: free. Website: http://usu.edu/saa Contact: Tessa Goodall 801-655-3391 t.a.good@aggiemail.usu.edu

Lost mp3 Owner Found At Long Last!

Contain your excitement boys and girls, the owner of the mp3 player I found in the street has been located.

Thanks in part to my totally rad flyers that I posted along the sidewalk of 1000 North by Old Farm Apartments (which someone has taken the liberty of graffiti-ing with the phrase "New Farm"), Carlos came forward and was able to identify it by serial number and description.

I can now reveal that it was a blue 1GB iPod shuffle with white head phones. I know you were all waiting with bated breath. Sadly now that Carlos has claimed it I am no longer the proud new owner of this spiffy gadget, I was really looking forward to getting to know a complete stranger's taste in music (which included Adam Lambert, Nightmare Before Christmas, and Eminem...pathetically enough on my part, my coworkers had to identify all the songs for me because I had no idea what any of them were)

Here is sad, lost ipod...


...pining away for its owner.


Here is happy ipod reunited with owner, Carlos...



Yes I asked to take his photo, to his credit he didn't bat an eyelash. I think I let him off easy, I should have held it ransom for a weekly donut drop or something.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Snowshoe Hike!

Last Saturday Mike and I went on the Stokes Nature Center's snowshoe hike. It was a sunny, warm, and crystal clear sky kind of day.

We met the group at the trailhead to Bunchgrass. After a short orientation we all strapped on the snowshoes and headed up the hill and on to the nonmotorized trail. After about 10 minutes you couldn't hear the highway traffic or the snowmobiles on the other trails.

We learned a little about the science of snow and were able to spot some animal tracks, mostly deer and snowshoe hare (if you don't count the tracks left by cross country skiers, their dogs, and other snowshoers).

It was 2 hours round trip and a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon. I'm really grateful we went because I think those skills are going to come in handy when I have to snowshoe to work in the morning. Oh wait, I don't have a pair of my own, *sigh*. My camera is dead and I left my cell phone in the car so unfortunately I don't have any photos from the hike but here are some from when we arrived back at the parking area.







I think that mark on his back looks like an exclamation point, that's how you know he had fun ;)


On our way home we stopped at the enormous snowman near the Tony Grove turnoff. When we pulled up there was a whole family climbing on the thing. I have no idea who made it or how they did it, but it was impressive.


On Working...

Who among us hasn't grumbled about work assignment, gossiped about a colleague, grumbled about a boss, rolled our eyes when the phone rings, or wanted to shake some sense into a customer? Work is work, otherwise we'd call it fun, "bye honey I'm off to fun, see you at 5 o'clock".

When I have a rough day and feel tempted to slack off, pass the buck to someone else, or complain about my job I like to keep the following quotes in mind. I really am grateful for my jobs, my bosses, ,y coworkers, ,y customers, and the ability and opportunity to work hard. Even on those days (like I'm guessing tomorrow is going to be) when I don't want to get out of bed, let alone go to work and be cheerful and helpful. To be able to work for a fair wage in a safe environment is a gift.

So the next time you are feeling work related apathy, read these. Heck print them out and tape them inside your drawer for quick inspiration.

"If you work for a man, in heavens name work for him! If he pays you wages that supply you your bread and butter, work for him, speak well of him, think well of him, stand by him and stand by the institution he represents. I think if I worked for a man I would work for him. I would not work for him a part of the time, and the rest of the time work against him. I would give an undivided service or none. If put to the pinch, an ounce of loyalty is worth a pound of cleverness."
~Elbert Hubbard

"When you work for a man, work for him. Give him your dedication, honesty, sincerity and 100% of your skills. If you must damn him, do so from without; quit and then damn him to high heaven if that is your wish. But while you are in his employ, do nothing or say nothing negative about him, or to him."
~James Ellis Dolan

"When you work for a man, work for him. Give him your best. Do not spend time checking personal emails, creating listings for single’s personal web sites, or doing your Internet shopping at work. The workday belongs to the man or the company that pays you, and you are paid to perform a job, not to do your personal business. Company phones, copiers, fax machines and computers are there for company business. If you must speak on the phone, please do so on your lunch time or coffee break."
~ Marilyn Mackenzie

“It is not the employer who pays the wages. Employers only handle the money. It is the customer who pays the wages.”
~Henry Ford

Lastly, from me. Remember that everyone (this includes you!) is a customer at some point in their lives, treat your customers the same way you expect to be treated when you patronize a business and you will never go wrong. Some people just can't be pleased, but if you tried your best no one can fault you. Attitudes are infections, if you hate your job, chances are your boss and your customers are going to hate the job you are doing...if you like or love your work (even if it isn't a dream job), well you get the picture.

GO FLY A KITE!




It is a perfect day to fly a kite! Sunny and windy. A storm is moving in so get outside today and fly a kite while you still can.

When we were kids it was an annual spring ritual to go to King's and pick out a kite. King's always had a great selection of cheap kites that lasted just long enough to get your $2 worth of fun out of them before the sticks broke. Unfortunately King's in Logan is now closed for good.

Fortunately there is also Magical Moon Toys. Mike's uncle Steve owns this local toy store and they sell a huge selection of kites. They have all shapes, sizes, and styles. There are kites for beginners and small children...all the way up to trick kites for old pros.

You can check them out at their brick and mortar store at 1451 N 200 E, Ste. 190, in Logan (Southeast of the Walmart) or online at their facebook page http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/Magical-Moon-Toys/109006189635 or at their Amazon storefront http://www.amazon.com/b/qid=1297886575?ie=UTF8&me=A1WI0GNUKW66FK .



(Images courtesy of Magical Moon Toys Facebook page)

Don't forget they also own Peewee's Sweets on the Northwest corner of Main and Center in Logan. That shop has all their candies, ice cream, fudge, and chocolate dipped potato chips...in addition to a selection of toys.





Thursday 2/17/11 Events

Knotty Knitters
The Knotty Knitters meet from 6:15 to 8:30 p.m. every Thursday at the Senior Citizen Center in Logan. Everyone is invited to work on their crochet, knitting, needlework, cross-stitch projects and more. For more information, contact Cathy at 752-3923.

Cooking Class @ Kitchen Kneads
Getting to know your BOSCH. Resident Chef, JaDene Denniston, will share her knowledge and experience with the Bosch Mixer to get you acquainted with your new mixer, or to discover new possibilities with an old one! Thursday, February 17, 2011, 6:30 p.m. Menu: Whole Wheat Bread, Basil Pesto, No-Bake Cheesecake. Price: $15.00. Location: Luv To Cook At Kitchen Kneads, 1211 N Main Logan, UT. For more information call 435-752-9220 or email christ@luvtocook.com

Cooking Class @ Macey's
Crock Pot Mindy Merrill will share wonderful Crock Pot Cooking ideas with us. If you don’t have a lot of time—but you still gotta feed the family, then this class is for you! 7-8pm. Seating is limited, so reserve a seat today at the Service Desk or call 753-3301.

Our Country's Good
Thursday, Feb 17 - 7:30PM to 9:30PM. A Utah State theatre production. Location:
Chase Fine Arts Center, Morgan Theatre.
Open To: USU Students/Alumni/Faculty/Staff and the General Public. Admission Info: $13 general admission, $11 USU faculty/staff, $9 non-USU students, and free for USU students. Website: http://arts.usu.edu Contact: CCA Box Office 435-797-8022

Mighty Me Workshop
Sunshine Terrace Wellness Center and BRAG are offering “Mighty Me” workshops on brain health from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Thursdays at SST Wellness Center, 209 W. 300 North. Classes are free of charge. Call Allison at 713-1468 or the Wellness Center at 752-9321 with any questions.

Recent Alumni Art Exhibit
Rate M For Mature! Featuring drawing and painting works from 2002-2008 graduates. Featured artists include: Namon Bills, Shelly Card Coleman, Jennifer Marie, Sufilta Coon, Chad Crane, David Roholt, Steven Stradley, Justin Wheatly and Andrew Williams. Location:
Twain Tippetts Exhibition Hall
. This event runs through March 4th. Open To: USU Students/Alumni/Faculty/Staff and the General Public. Admission Info: Free and open to the public. Website: http://arts.usu.edu Contact: CCA Box Office 435-797-8022 ccatickets@usu.edu

Banff Mountain Film Festival
The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour comes to Logan – Thursday and Friday nights at 7p.m. in the USU Kent Concert Hall. The festival, a program of the Banff Centre, is the largest and one of the most prestigious, mountain festivals in the world. Experience adventure on the big screen. Explore the world’s last great wild places. The festival will include films ranging from rock climbing, skiing, biking, environmental issues and more. For more information, contact the USU Outdoor Recreation Program (435)797-3264. Ticket prices are $10 dollars for one night and $16 for 2 nights for USU students and $12 for one night and $18 for two nights for the public.

The Kiger Hour
Join us at Hamilton's Steak and Seafood (Accolade Room), on Thursday, February 17, from 5:15 - 7:00 pm, for good food, intellectual conversation, and a Timepiece by Camille Litalien, from the Department of Theatre Arts, entitled "Dance Theatre as a practice of Embodiment." Cost is $6.95 per person (plus tas and gratuity) which includes an appetizer buffet, dessert, and a soft drink, which will be billed on an individual basis. Guests will also be able to order off the regular menu if desired. Kiger Hour is hosted by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Caine College of the Arts at Utah State University. Phone: (435) 797-2796 Email: natalie.archibald@usu.edu Link: http://www.hass.usu.edu/page19204122.aspx

Children's Justice Center's Annual Dinner & Auction Fundraiser
The Friends of the Cache County Children’s Justice Center are hosting the 11th annual Dinner & Auction – Feb 17th at the Coppermill Restaurant. A silent auction and social will start at 630p.m. and dinner will begin at 7p.m. A live auction will follow dinner. Tickets are $35 per person or $60 per couple. You may also purchase a table of 8 seats for $240 dollars. All proceeds will go directly to the Children’s Justice Center and benefit abused children in our area. Come and have fun and help someone in need at the same time. For ticket information: Janna (435-890-8596) or the CJC at (753-7017).

Swing Dancing
USU Big Band Swing Club Dances. Everyone is invited to come Big Band Swing Dance the night away. We dance every week and provide lessons till 7:50 PM. $15 for club membership for the semester and get a free T-shirt or $2 a week. Location: USU HYPER building room 215 7th North, Logan, Utah. Email: swing.usu@gmail.com Link: http://www.usu.edu/swing

Neighborhood Nonprofit Housing Workshop
Having problems with your mortgage? Free and confidential help is available. Neighborhood Nonprofit HUD-approved and certified housing specialists can help you: Understand modifications, short-sales, and re-payment, Determine your best option, Negotiate with lenders & servicers, Avoid Scams, Know the foreclosure process and timeline. Workshops are held every 1st Tuesday (9-10:30am), every 2nd Saturday (9-10:30am) and every 3rd Thursday (6-7:30pm). Please call now to sign up for a free workshop. Contact: Neighborhood Nonprofit Housing Corporation 435-753-1112 ext. 115. Website: http://www.nnhc.net
Location: Neighborhood Nonprofit Housing Corporation, 195 W Golf Course Rd Suite 1, Logan, UT 84321. Cost: Free

NPR Reporter - Mandalit Del Barco
Thursday, Feb 17 - 12:00PM to 1:30PM. MANDALIT DEL BARCO, a West Coast reporter for National Public Radio, comes to Utah State University. Her address, “Haiti, Hemp & Hollywood: Stories for Our Times,” will reflect some of del Barco's recent assignments, which include covering the 2010 Haiti earthquake and its aftermath, California's failed effort to legalize marijuana, and her upcoming assignments at the Grammy Awards and the Oscars. Del Barco's visit to USU is sponsored by Utah Public Radio and the Department of Journalism & Communication, with support from the Provost's Office. For more information, contact Nora Zambreno at UPR nora.zambreno@usu.edu or 435-797-9507, or Ted Pease in the JCOM Department ted.pease@usu.edu 435-797-3293. Location: Eccles Conference Center Auditorium. Open To: USU Students/Alumni/Faculty/Staff/Public. Website: http://hardnewscafe.usu.edu/?p=3891

Rocky Rockwell Lecture
Rocky Rockwell will give a lecture titled "Lesser snow geese - ecoterrorists of the tundra?" in the USU Natural Resources Building room 105 on Thursday, February 17 at 3:00 PM.

Body Image Fair
Thursday, Feb 17 - 10:00AM to 2:00PM. Every BODY Rocks, a Body Image Fair, is dedicated to developting healthy body image and acceptance. With 10 million females and one million males currently fighting an eating disorder in the United States, this issue must be addressed. The event provides resources to help those suffering from the pressures of body image. More than a dozen booths, offered by organizations such as Student Health Consortium, Avalon Hills and the Access Center will host educational activities and present information relating to this overwhelming concern. Participants have the opportunity to sample food, take pictures with a life-size Barbie and learn about ways to love their body. Attendees can receive information on how to help friends with eating disorders or body image distress, and how individuals unconsciously contribute to negative body perception. The risks of dieting, how to dress for any size and male body image concerns will also be addressed. Come find out how you can can help change a life. Location: TSC, International Lounge. Open To: USU Students/Alumni/Faculty/Staff and the General Public. Contact: Eri Bentley 425-797-1012 eri.bentley@usu.edu

Instructional Technology & Learning Sciences Brown Bag Presentations
Thursday, Feb 17 - 12:00PM. 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. Room: EDUC 282. Open To: USU Students/Alumni/Faculty. Contact: Launa Julander 797-2694 launa.julander@usu.edu

Executive Leadership Speaker - Tom Jensen
Thursday, Feb 17 - 5:00PM to 6:00PM. Tom Jensen is the founder and principal of Architectural Nexus. It is one of the largest architecture firms in the intermountain west. This won't be one to miss! Location: George S. Eccles Business Building - Room: 322. Open To: USU Students/Alumni/Faculty/Staff and the General Public. Website: http://usuiec.com Contact: Trevor Fullwood 801-598-3282 usu.iec@gmail.com

Clinical Pharmacist Guest Speaker
Thursday, Feb 17 - 6:30PM to 8:00PM. Liz Williams, PharmD, has agreed to come speak about pharmacy as a career and the pharmacy school/application experience! She graduated from Creighton University School of Pharmacy in 2007 and afterward completed her residency in clinical pharmacy. She is currently working as a clinical pharmacist in the inpatient pharmacy in Logan Regional Hospital. Room: EDUC 131. Open To: USU Students & Faculty. Contact: MaLaura Creager 435-225-6646 usu.pharmacy.club@gmail.com

Women in Science and Medicines' Health for Yourself Workshop
Thursday, Feb 17 - 7:30PM to 8:30PM. Take some time to do something just for yourself. We're doing a work-out so come wearing appropriate attire and be prepared to have a ton of fun!!! It will be in the LLC Building A multipurpose room. Location: Utah State University Campus. Open To: USU Students. Contact: Heather Jones (801) 664-6761 wismusu@gmail.com

Friends of Merrill-Cazier Library Lecture
Thursday, Feb 17 - 7:00PM to 8:30PM. Friends of Merrill-Cazier Library spring lecture with William Logan Hebner and Michael L. Plyler, discussing their book "Southern Paiute: A Portrait," published by USU Press and based on interviews and portraits of the Southern Paiute. Winners of the 2010 Arrington Mormon History Lecture Writing Contest will be announced as well. Friends of Merrill-Cazier Library is a community-based support group that promotes awareness of the library's resources, facilities and personnel. Its mission is to enrich library resources and sponsor outreach activities throughout the year. Members receive a card that allows circulation privileges for one year at Merrill-Cazier Library. Location: Merrill-Cazier Library - Room: 101. Open To: USU Students/Alumni/Faculty/Staff and the General Public. Admission Info: Free and open to all. Contact: John Alley 435-797-1642 john.alley@usu.edu

Q&A with Prof. Johnson - Concerning Crisis in Egypt/Iran
Thursday, Feb 17 - 7:30PM to 9:00PM. The College Democrats and the Middle Eastern Studies Club are cosponsoring a Q&A session with international studies professor J. Johnson, this is an open discussion and we welcome anyone who would like to learn more about the current situation unfolding in the Middle East right now. Themed food such as pita and hummus will be provided. The event will be in the Center Colony Room in the TSC (this is the middle room down the hallway between the auditorium and the Market Place) and will go from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Come, ask questions, eat, and learn about this event as it is happening. Feel free to bring friends, this is an issue that all political parties would benefit from knowing more about. Location: Taggart Student Center. Open To: USU Students/Alumni/Faculty/Staff and the General Public. Admission Info: Free. Contact: Laura Anderson-president, USU College Democrats 801.420.8125 laura.anderson@aggiemail.usu.edu

Jazz Night at the Sky Club Student Dance Only Night
Thursday, Feb 17 - 8:00PM to 8:00PM. The Skyroom will be transformed into the Sky Club, a 1930s jazz nightclub for the seventh annual Jazz Night at the Sky Club benefiting the Larry Smith Jazz Scholarship. This dance only night for students features the live Big Band music provided by the talented Utah State University Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Orchestra and their vocalists bringing back the hot sights and sounds of the Big Band Era. Enjoy numbers made famous by Benny Goodman, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington and more! The dance floor will become a hot spot for swing dances, including the Lindy Hop and Jitterbug. The USU Big Band Swing Club will also perform some entertaining group routines. Free swing dance lessons provided by the USU Big Band Swing Club one hour prior to the dance. Location: TSC, Skyroom Restaurant. Open To: USU Students/Alumni/Faculty/Staff and the General Public. Admission Info: Tickets are $7 per single or $10 per couple and available at the USU Ticket Office: 435-797-0305. Website: http://www.jazznightattheskyclub.blogspot.com Contact:
Ann Marie Wallace 435-770-4963 annmarie.wallace@hotmail.com

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Ellis Valentine's Dance 4

Ellis Valentine's Dance 3

Ellis Valentine's Dance 2

Ellis Valentine's Dance 1

Valentine's Day Dance

My niece had a Valentine's Day Dance at her school on Monday and the kids were performing several dances they had learned. I stopped in to watch and I took some photos and videos.

The principal (Sue is awesome!), teachers, parents, and helpers at her elementary school did a fantastic job planning, decorating, and coordinating this. Each grade had a set time when they were in the gym to do their dances and they all learned different dances.

It was a lot of fun to watch the kids, who looked like they were having fun (especially during the Michael Jackson song!). The kids got to go up on the stage and have treats while other classes in their same grade were performing their dances.

The pics are not very good because I used my cell phone camera (see blog about poor dead pentax) and the videos were taken with my little flip video camera. Handy to keep in your purse but not the greatest quality images and sound.







Christmas Day Football 9

Christmas Day Football 8

Christmas Day Football 7

Christmas Day Football 6

Christmas Day Football 5

Christmas Day Football 4

Christmas Day Football 3

Christmas Day Football 2

Christmas Day Football 1

Normally the family gets together on Thanksgiving and then after dinner we head outside and have a friendly game of football. But last year on Thanksgiving there was a lot of snow and football wasn't really an option. But lucky for us there wasn't really any snow on the ground this Christmas so the Thanksgiving game was moved back about a month.

It was sunny but cold.


Family Christmas Party Nativity Play

Here is a video of the nativity play that we have been doing at our cousin Christmas party forever. My sister is narrating and the small children are the "actors". I'm playing the organ, but in my defense I didn't know I'd be playing until about 2 minutes before this started and I've never played an organ before...it took me those 2 minutes to figure out how to turn it on and it was several songs before I figured out how to change the volume.

Cousins Christmas Party

For all of my relatives out there, here are the photos from the cousins annual Christmas party...pretty exciting stuff. Rachel got the best white elephant ever, in case you can't see it the chef's hat says "Come N Get It", with matching apron made from a circa 1960's tea towel, all of which apparently was given to my dad when my parents got married. How have I not seen this stuff until now?!?
















For all of you not familiar with my family, this was a small turnout.

Monday, February 14, 2011

More Christmas Catch Up

My nieces and nephews in Seattle made christmas gifts for their aunts and uncles and cousins here in Utah. Here is the wreath they made for me and Mike.








And the ornaments that they made for some of their cousins.











What is there to do in Logan, UT?

Looking for something to do in Logan, UT? As you can tell by my posts there is, contrary to popular belief, a ton of stuff to do in the Cache Valley and Logan area.

As soon as the snow melts in the canyon you can add hiking, mountain biking, rock climing, camping, rock hounding, four wheeling, and trips to Bear Lake to the list.

Until then, there is still some good skiing at Beaver Mountain and snowmobiling in the rest of the canyon. Plenty of local businesses rent snowshoes and cross country skis for you to use on the non-motorized trails in the canyons around the valley.

In addition to the great outdoors, we have a state university and 3 high schools that sponsor a lot of events throughout the year for both students and the general public.

We have art and history museums. We have a performing arts center that offers music, dance, and art lessons, in addition to the visiting artists and productions they bring to the valley. We have a nature center and a living historical farm. We have fun B&Bs, good hotels, a public swim park, a small zoo, lots of great parks and playgrounds. We have several annual events promoting arts, history, and the community. We have 2 farmer's markets in the valley now.

I don't post every single sporting event, festival, play, and activity, but I try to get most of them. I especially like to highlight smaller events that might not get as much publicity as things like Summerfest, the county fair, USU Men's Basketball, etc.

Scroll down the blog for things to do today, tomorrow, and (the most recent blog, closest to the top) Wednesday.

Every week I'll scan through local websites and compile lists (organized by days of the week) of planned events and activities. I try to have Monday thru Wednesday events posted by noon on Monday, and Thursday thru Saturday events posted by Tuesday at noon.

If you want to check out the schedules ahead of time yourself, please bookmark the following websites...

http://www.awhc.org/
http://news.hjnews.com/calendar/
http://www.cachevalleydaily.com/community
http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/upr/events.eventsmain
http://www.usu.edu/calendar/index.cfm?day=10&month=1&year=2011&show=today
http://www.luvtocook.com/products/products.asp?category=17
http://library.loganutah.org/local/events/
http://www.centerforthearts.us/
http://www.logannature.org/

I also find a lot of events on bulletin boards at businesses around the valley (Cache Valley Bank, Caffe Ibis, Lee's Marketplace, Macey's, USU TSC, Fuhriman's Framing, etc.)

If you have a Logan area or Cache County event, activity, club, group, fundraiser or any other local happening that you want to share feel free to email me at: nachista @ yahoo. com (take the spaces out) or leave a message here. You can email me fliers in almost any format. I use a free online conversion service at http://www.zamzar.com/ to convert them to jpeg to post to the blog.

There are fun things to do in Logan almost every day of the week. A lot of these postings are free or fairly inexpensive, some things can be pricey, I like to post everything so that people can pick and choose what they want to do. If I participate in any of the activities I try to post photos and a review. If you would like to review local events, restaurants, shows I'd be happy to post them here or link to your website or blog so that others could see it.

We also have a surprisingly large variety of cuisine. Do yourself a favor and try an experiment...every time you eat out try a different local restaurant. For one year I ONLY ate at local restaurants when I went out to eat and I NEVER got bored with the food!

Besides the standard Utah and National chains we have locally owned restaurants serving food from

*India (Tandoori Oven, Indian Oven)
*Japan (Takara Sushi, Happy Sushi, Black Pearl)
*China (Formosa, Mandarin Garden, Black Pearl)
*Korea (Korea House BBQ Restaurant)
*Thailand (Kamin Thai)
*Italy (Gia's, Le Nonne)
*France & Poland (Sweetly Divine)
*Chile (Yah Poh!)
*El Salvador (Pupseria El Salvador)
*Brazil (Gaucho Grill)

In addition there many great local mom and pop eateries like:

*Juniper Take Out,
*Logan's Heroes,
*Logan Burger & Sandwiches,
*Jack's Wood Fired Pizza,
*Papa Kelsey's & Henry
*El Sol
*Rancherito's Mexican Food
*Big J's Burgers
*Center Street Grill
*Charlie's Supreme Malts & Ice Cream
*The Factory Pizzeria
*Firehouse Pizzeria
*Fredrico's Pizza
*The Italian Place Sandwiches
*LD's Cafe
*La Beau's
*Pounder's Hawaiian Grill
*Smokey Joe's Pizzeria
*True Aggie Cafe
*The Roof at the White Owl
*Temptation Cupcake
*Pizza Villa
*Wok On Wheels
*Casper's Ice Cream
*La Ranchera Taqueria
*Shaffer House Bakery

And our local family and fine dining restaurants:

*Aggy's Sports Grill
*Angie's
*Beehive Grill
*Bluebird Restaurant
*Burgerz Exprezz
*Cafe Sabor
*Caffe Ibis (great breakfast, lunch, and vegetarian items)
*Callaway's Bistro
*The Coppermill
*Cracker Barrel Cafe
*Crumb Brothers Bread
*El Toro Viejo
*Elements
*Hamilton's Steak & Seafood
*Iron Gate Grill
*Savannah's BBQ

You could eat out once a week for an entire year and never hit the same restaurant twice. This doesn't include the great local restaurants in the Bear Lake, Preston ID, and Brigham City areas.

Wednesday 2/16/2011 Events

Mom or Dad & Me Ice Skating
Mom or Dad & Me sessions are held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays at the Eccles Ice Center, 2825 N. 200 East. For $6 a session, pre-school age children skate for free with a paying adult and receive a complimentary hot chocolate. Call 787-2288 or visit www.ecclesice.com for more information.

Ye Olde Tyme Quilters
Ye Olde Tyme Quilters meet at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays at OPTIONS for Independence, 1095 N. Main St. Lunch will follow. Prices will vary. For more information or to schedule free transportation, contact Royella at 753-5353 ext. 105.

USU Extension Cooking Class
Wednesday, February 16th at 7pm the USU Extension Office in Cache County will present a cooking demonstration/nutrition class in the Cache County Administration bldg Multi-purpose room at 179 N Main in Logan. The topic is Heart Healthy Eating. The class is free. We’ll teach you which fats are best for your heart and how to replace the fat in some of our favorite recipes. For reservations – (435-752-6263).

Rocky Rockwell Lecture
Rocky Rockwell will give a lecture titled "The early bear gets the goose: climate change, polar bears and lesser snow geese" in the USU Engineering Building room 101 WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 16 - 6:00 pm.

USU Powder Wagon
Ski bus to Beaver Mountain. Return trip $5. The bus leaves the TSC parking lot at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, February 16th. Space is limited so please sign up in advance at the ORP shop (east of Romney Stadium), call 797-3264 or e-mail: usuorp@usu.edu for more information. Arrives back at the TSC parking lot around 5 p.m. Open To: USU Students. Contact:
Brian Shirley 435-797-0551 brian.shirley@usu.edu

Hunger Banquet
Wednesday, Feb 16 - 6:00PM to 8:00PM. An "Oxfam America Hunger Banquet" where guests are served a mystery dinner and also enjoy entertainment to raise awareness about global and local poverty. Location: TSC, Evan N. Stevenson Ballroom. Open To: USU Students/Alumni/Faculty/Staff and the General Public. Admission Info: $8. Contact: Sadie Crabb 775.397.2808 sadie_crabb_1@yahoo.com

Live Music
Concert at Why Sound, Wednesday, February 16th - The Material w/Tracing Yesterday, Antiem (Alternative/Rock). Contact: Tim Moes 435-363-4700 info@whysound.com Website:
http://www.whysound.com Time: 8:00 pm. Location: Why Sound, 30 Federal Ave, Logan, UT 84321. Cost: $5 - $6

Financial Workshop
The Nuts & Bolts of nickels and dimes is a financial management workshop that takes you back to the basics. It discusses budgeting, credit, increasing income, decreasing expenses and more! Call to be put on the list of attendees! Contact: Glenna Payne 435-797-7224. Time: 6:45 - 9:00 pm. Date: Every 1st & 3rd Wednesday. Location: The Family Life Center, 493 N 700 E, Logan, UT 84321. Cost: $15 per household.

Tuesday 2/15/11 Events

Vienna Piano Trio
The Chamber Music Society of Loan presents: Vienna Piano Trio. The New York Times has said, “The Vienna Piano Trio plays with the energy of a college ensemble just discovering the power and passion built into the big repertory works, but with the polish of long acquaintance.” Tuesday, Feb 15 - 7:30PM to 9:30PM. Location: The Performance Hall. Open To: Students/Alumni/Faculty/Staff and the General Public. Admission Info: $24 general admission. Website: http://arts.usu.edu/Contact: CCA Box Office 435-797-8022 ccatickets@usu.edu

The Music Man
Music Theater West presents “The Music Man” at the Ellen Eccles Theatre beginning Thursday and continuing thru Saturday (and next Monday and Tuesday, Feb 14th & 15th). Show time is 730p.m. (with a matinee at 130 p.m. on Saturday). The performance stars Vanessa Ballam as Marian and TJ Davis as Harold Hill. The show brings together some of your favorite actors and actresses from Music Theater West, Cache Regional Theatre, Old Barn, Pickleville Playhouse and Utah Festival Opera Company. The show will be performed with a 25-piece orchestra. For tickets call the box office: (435-752-0026) or go to http://www.centerforthearts.us/

Whole Grain Goodness Cooking Class
Whole grains are so beneficial to our bodies in many ways. Joy Ercanbrack has learned just about everything there is to know about them. In this class she will share information about different types of grains and the benefits of them as well as how to cook with them. Whether you're just a beginner or you're just looking for some new recipes, if you've been interested in cooking using whole grains, don't miss out on this great class! Tuesday, February 15, 2011, 6:30 p.m. Menu: Multi-Grain Rolls, Quinoa Veggie Burritos, Fresh Fruit and Grain Salad with Peach Dressing & Cinnamon Croutons, Pumpkin Bread. Price: $15. Location: Luv To Cook At Kitchen Kneads, 1211 N. Main, Logan, UT. Contact: 435.752.9220 / 1.888.gadgets or email: chris@luctocook.com

Macey's Cooking Class
Radical Root Veggies! OK, don’t let the name scare you away from this class! The Food $ense girls will share wonderful, low-cost Vegetable recipes that are sure to please! Join us for great food & healthy ideas. 7-8pm. Seating is limited, so reserve a seat today at the Service Desk or call 753-3301. When: Tuesday, February 15 7pm – 8pm. Where: Macey's in Providence.

Recent USU Alumni Art Event
Tuesday, Feb 15 - 10:00AM to 5:00PM. Featuring drawing and painting from 2002-2008 graduates. Featured aritsts include: Namon Bills, Shelly Card Coleman, Jennifer Marie, Suflita Coon, Chad Crane, David Roholt, Steven Stradley, Justin Wheatly and Andrew Williams. Rated M for Mature. Location: Twain Tippetts Exhibition Hall inside the Chase Fine Arts Center. Open To: USU Students/Alumni/Faculty/Staff and General Public. Admission Info: Free and open to the public. Website: http://arts.usu.edu/Contact: CCA Box Office 435-797-8022 ccatickets@usu.edu

Monday 2/14/2011 Events

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. Eccles Ice Center 2825 N. 200 East, North Logan, UT 84341

Richmond Valentines Concert
Cache Valley’s most romantic tenor – Jeremy Threlfall will be in concert Monday, Feb 14th (Valentines night) at 7p.m. in the Richmond City Theater (6 W Main) in Richmond. Appearing with Jeremy will be guest pianist Andrew Reed Morrill. Cost is $10 admission. Tickets available at Cache Valley Bank, Arctic Circle in Preston and @ http://www.Jeremysmusic.com. Tickets will go fast – also you can get tickets over the phone- (435-213-7944).

Get Some Honey For Your Honey!
This Valentine's Day say it with Bee Vomit! Monday, Feb 14 - 9:00AM to 3:00PM. The USU Entomology and Beekeeping club will be selling fresh local honey! This will be on the 1st floor of the TSC. We will also sell Valentine Packages and caramels! How Sweet it is! Open To: USU Students/Alumni/Faculty/Staff and the General Public. Admission Info: prices vary from 25 cents to $20 Contact: Joel Smith 208-680-4965 joelsmithemba@yahoo.com

Vagina Monologues
Monday, Feb 14 - 7:30PM to 9:30PM. A benefit reading of the Vagina Monologues. All proceeds to be donated to CAPSA. Tickets available in TSC 316 (LGBTQA Center), at the Persian Peacock, or at the door. Location: TSC, Auditorium. Open To: USU Students/Alumni/Faculty/Staff and the General Public. Admission Info: $5 with USUstudent ID $8 without USU student ID. Website: http://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/event.php?eid=198622083488701 Contact: Hanah Gillman 435-760-3186 hanah.gillman@aggiemail.usu.edu

The Wizard Of OZ
Join the magic at Sky View High School as we 'click our heels' in anticipation of this year's musical, The Wizard of Oz. There may be 'no place like home', but that is not where you want to be on February 10-12 and 14, 2011. We invite you to accompany Dorothy 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow' in the dazzling land of Oz; a dream-come-true world with witches and monkeys that really fly (with some help from ZFX, the same company that does the flying for Wicked and the new Spiderman on Broadway ), enchanted forests, a singing scarecrow, a tap dancing tinman, a comedic cowardly lion, and, of course, that famous Yellow Brick Road. Shows begin each evening at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Tickets: $6 Online or $7 in person or on the phone. Group rates $4 available for groups of 20 or more. Phone: 435-563-6273. Email: nan.wharton@ccsdut.org Link: http://www.skyviewtix.org

The Music Man
Music Theater West presents “The Music Man” at the Ellen Eccles Theatre beginning Thursday and continuing thru Saturday (and next Monday and Tuesday, Feb 14th & 15th). Show time is 730p.m. (with a matinee at 130 p.m. on Saturday). The performance stars Vanessa Ballam as Marian and TJ Davis as Harold Hill. The show brings together some of your favorite actors and actresses from Music Theater West, Cache Regional Theatre, Old Barn, Pickleville Playhouse and Utah Festival Opera Company. The show will be performed with a 25-piece orchestra. For tickets call the box office: (435-752-0026) or go to www.centerforthearts.us

Friday, February 11, 2011

Dirty Dash

FINALLY, a race I can get down with. This makes me laugh,

http://www.thedirtydash.com/

Turkey Dinner

Sunday I will be cooking my first turkey (complete with stuffing INSIDE the bird). Keep your fingers crossed that I don't kill anyone with food poisoning. I've done whole chickens before but this is a much larger bird and slightly intimidating.

Saw a sign...

...that said...

"This Valentine's Day, say it with Bee Vomit!"

This was at the USU Entymology/Beekeeping Club honey sale on campus. College kids are SO romantic!

Saturday 2/12/2011 Events

Saturdays At The Museum
Saturday Frebruary 12th, 2011 from 10am to 4pm at the USU Anthropology museum in Old Main, second floorRoom 252. "Gara Cloth: The colors of Sierra Leone, Africa". Guest Speaker Sara Jordan at 1pm. Learn how the dying of Gara cloth is socially, ecologically, and economically influencing the country of Sierra Leone. Free cloth dying for adults and children. Paper weaving for children. Admission and parking are free! Visit the website for more information http://www.anthromuseum.usu.edu/ or call 435.797.7545 or email anthro.museum@usu.edu

Macey's Cooking Class For Kids
FREE Kids Activity - Bring you kids (ages 3-up) to Maceys for Valentine’s Day Cookie Decorating in the Little Theater …while you do your shopping in peace! Drop-in any time on Saturday, February 12th between 12-3pm.

Bald Eagle Day
The Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge will host Bald Eagle Day with a free showing of the film AMERICAN EAGLE from the PBS Nature series on Friday, February 11 at 7 PM. On Saturday, February 12 from 11 AM to 4 PM, the celebration will continue with Family fun activities and a free digital photography workshop from Terry Halbert--call 435.734.6444 to register. The Wildlife Education Center is located at 2155 W. Forest St. in Brigham City.

Ag College Chili Cook-Off
Saturday, Feb 12 - 5:00PM Dust out your dutch-ovens and warm up your crockpots, it’s time once again for the (4th or 5th?) annual USU College of Agriculture Chili Cook-Off. This year the event is at the Lundstrom Student Center located at 1295 E 1000 N Logan. The event is open to everyone (students, faculty members, community members, potential students, visitors, EVERYONE) to participate or just to come and get a great meal. If you are interested in participating in the cook-off there is a $5 entrance fee, and we ask that you please contact Lisa Allen in the College of Agriculture at 435-797-0454 for additional information about the contest. Doors will open to the public at 5 p.m. with tickets costing $3 per person, $5 for couples, or $8 for families. Corn bread and water will also be served along with quality entertainment provided by the Sagawich Basin Boys. Contact: Lisa Allen 435-797-0454 lisa.allen@usu.edu

TEDx Webcast brought to you by Slow Food Cache Valley
We will be streaming the Manhattan TEDx event. You can see the schedule at http://tedxmanhattan.org/event/ Times listed are Eastern, so subtract 2 hours. We will also have a diverse group of growers, consumers and cooks there to talk about OUR food community. Price: Free *. Dates and Times: February 12, 8:30AM-4:00PM; (There will be food, sessions, and discussions all day. Come and go as you're able.) For more info call 435-755-2888

Mardi Gras
Saturday, Feb 12 - 8:00PM. This year Marcus Wing as well as mentalist Crag Karges, and The FreakShow Delux from Los Angeles will be performing! There will also be a casino and mind readers! Location: Utah State University Campus. Open To: USU Students/Alumni/Faculty/Staff and the General Public. Admission Info: $5 students, $7 non-students. Website: http://arts.usu.edu/Contact: Lacey Nagao 801-540-3154 lacey.saxton@aggiemail.usu.edu

SNC Sweetheart Snowshoe
(This program is full but call and see if they have any last minute cancellations)
This Valentine's day tell your sweetheart to take a hike...a snowshoe hike with you, of course! Join Stokes Nature Center for a beautiful winter trek along Bunchgrass Creek Trail near Tony Grove. For ages 16+. Carpool from First Dam leaves at 12:30, or meet us at the trailhead parking area. Snowshoes, cocoa and treats provided. Space is limited, registration is required. For more info or to register, please call 435-755-3239 or visit http://www.logannature.org/

USU Mens Lacrosse VS. Montana
Saturday, Feb 12 - 7:00PM to 9:00PM USU Aggie Lacrosse will be hosting its season opener at home against Montana. This will be the first game for new coach John Atwood. Game will be in the Stan Laub Practice Facility located directly south of the womens soccer field. Admission is free. Open To: USU Students/Alumni/Faculty/Staff and the General Public. Admission Info: Free. Contact: Kyle Hardy 801-656-9989 k.hardy@aggiemail.usu.edu

Cooking Class
Luv To Cook at Kitchen Kneads presents: Grinding All Your Grains in the Nutrimill. February 12th come learn about the Nutrimill Wheat Grinder. With Joy Ercanbrack you will learn all of the important information you need to mill all your own flours at home as well as a basic understanding and introduction of the different types of whole grains. The Nutrimill will surely become your best friend in the kitchen! 11:00 a.m. at Kitchen Kneads in Logan. Menu: Multigrain Cornbread, Kamut Cake, Additional Recipes Included. Price: $15.00

The Wizard Of OZ
Join the magic at Sky View High School as we "click our heels" in anticipation of this year's musical, The Wizard of Oz. There may be "no place like home", but that is not where you want to be on February 10-12 and 14, 2011. We invite you to accompany Dorothy "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" in the dazzling land of Oz; a dream-come-true world with witches and monkeys that really fly (with some help from ZFX, the same company that does the flying for Wicked and over 400 other titles annually), enchanted forests, a singing scarecrow, a tap dancing tinman, a comedic cowardly lion, and, of course, that famous Yellow Brick Road. Tickets: $6 Online or $7 in person or on the phone. Group rates $4 available for groups of 20 or more. Phone: 435-563-6273. Email: nan.wharton@ccsdut.org Link: http://www.skyviewtix.org

Neighorhood Nonprofit Housing Workshop
Having problems with your mortgage? Free and confidential help is available. Neighborhood Nonprofit HUD-approved and certified housing specialists can help you: Understand modifications, short-sales, and re-payment, Determine your best option, Negotiate with lenders & servicers, Avoid Scams, Know the foreclosure process and timeline. Workshops are held every 1st Tuesday (9-10:30am), every 2nd Saturday (9-10:30am) and every 3rd Thursday (6-7:30pm). Please call now to sign up for a free workshop. Contact: Neighborhood Nonprofit Housing Corporation 435-753-1112 ext. 115. Website: http://www.nnhc.net/
Location: Neighborhood Nonprofit Housing Corporation, 195 W Golf Course Rd Suite 1, Logan, UT 84321. Cost: Free

The Music Man
Music Theater West presents “The Music Man” beginning Thursday and continuing thru Saturday (and next Monday and Tuesday, Feb 14th & 15th). Show time is 730p.m. (with a matinee at 130 p.m. on Saturday). The performance stars Vanessa Ballam as Marian and TJ Davis as Harold Hill. The show brings together some of your favorite actors and actresses from Music Theater West, Cache Regional Theatre, Old Barn, Pickleville Playhouse and Utah Festival Opera Company. The show will be performed with a 25-piece orchestra. For tickets call the box office: (435-752-0026) or go to http://www.centerforthearts.us/

Green Canyon Ski/Snowshoe Trip
Cache Hikers will host a cross-country ski/snowshoe trip in Green Canyon. This is a moderate activity, about 7 miles round trip. Bring lunch and extra clothing. Make sure your equipment is adequate and you have the skill and stamina necessary for the trip. Contact: Jim Kingsland 435-760-5049 brmhjimk@gmail.com Time: 10 am. Date: Saturday February 12, 2011. Location: Southwest corner of Smith's parking lot, 700 North and Main, Logan, UT 84321. Cost: Free

All About Rabbits - Chinese New Year
The Little Bloomsbury Foundation presents “All About Rabbits” (a Chinese New Year Celebration) at the North Logan Library (475 E 2500 North) Saturday morning from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Featuring: storytelling, music, magic shows, diversity and culture. Wear something RED as your ticket to this festival. For more information: (435)787-1303 or visit http://www.littlebloomsbury.blogspot.com/ for coloring pages and full event schedules.

Live Music
Concert at Why Sound, Saturday, February 12th - Street Def Presents Logan Hip Hop Series.
Contact: Tim Moes 435-363-4700 info@whysound.com Website: http://www.whysound.com/ Time: 8:00 pm. Location: Why Sound, 30 Federal Ave, Logan, UT 84321. Cost: $5 - $6

Book 'N Bake Sale
You’re invited to the Hyrum Library’s annual Book ‘n Bake Sale. Saturday, Feb 12th from 12 noon to 5pm. at the Hyrum Library Café (50 W Main). They will be selling lots of used books and baked goodies – so come and grab a treat and a book for your sweetheart. For more information: (245-6411)

Breakfast With Your Legislators
Cache Valley state legislators would like to invite all interested citizens, business and community leaders to join them for breakfast and discussion of critical issues affecting Cache Valley. These meetings provide a unique opportunity for citizens to affect the legislative process during the 45-day session. It will be an informal town hall format. Food will be provided. All are welcome. Location: Cache County Administration Building Multi-Purpose Room 179, North Main in Logan. Phone: 435-757-3322. Email: curtwebb@utah.gov

Author Signing
Author Jewel Adams will be signing her books at The Book Table on February 12th from 1-3pm. A couple of her books are The Quicksilver Project and Of Blessings and Dreams: The Legacy. She is a very talented author and would love it if she had lots of new people to meet and share her books with! Phone: 435-752-3055. Email: loganbooktable@gmail.com

Helicopter Ride Packages
Romance is in the Air over Downtown Logan! Choose one of the packages below.

Platinum Package- Helicopter Flight, Hotel stay, Dinner & Roses $249. This package includes a helicopter flight over Downtown Logan, Dinner voucher for your choice of Dinner at one of our many Downtown Restaurants listed below, a Luxurious night stay at Best Western Weston Inn and a half Dozen roses. This package also includes a special goodie bag put together by the business's of downtown.

Gold Package- Helicopter Flight, Hotel stay & Roses $219. This package includes a helicopter flight over Downtown Logan, a Luxurious night stay at Best Western Weston Inn and a half Dozen roses. This package also includes a special goodie bag put together by the business's of downtown.

Silver Package- Helicopter Flight, Dinner & Roses $195. This package includes a helicopter flight over Downtown Logan, Dinner voucher for your choice of Dinner at one of our many Downtown Restaurants listed below, and a half Dozen roses. This package also includes a special goodie bag put together by the business's of downtown.

Titanium Package- Helicopter Flight & Roses $160. This package includes a helicopter flight over Downtown Logan, and a half Dozen roses. This package also includes a special goodie bag put together by the business's of downtown.

Add-ons: Persian Peacock Gift Certificate-$30.
Additional Details about Packages: Flowers provided by The Flower Shoppe. Participating Restaurants for the Dinner Voucher: Iron Gate Grill, Gia's, Beehive Grill. Reservations at http://www.mtnridgeheli.com/ Questions call 435-752-3828

Tumbleweeds
The country duo Tumbleweeds will be performing live at the Cracker Barrel Cafe in Paradise.

Happy Friday

#1-It's Friday!
#2-The sun is out!
#3-There are bagels and cream cheese!

It is going to be a great day. Who wants to go to the USU student art print sale with me? It is at the Taggart Student Center and I am heading up there on my lunch break.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Healthy Bran Muffin Recipe

These are moist and delicious bran muffins your whole family will love. I couldn't find just one recipe that I liked, so this is a combination of three different recipes.

Dry Ingredients:
1 1/2 cup Wheat Bran
1 3/4 cup Whole Wheat Flour
1 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1 1/2 Baking Powder
1/2 cup chocolate chips

Wet Ingredients:
1 1/2 cup Skim Milk
1/2 cup Raw Honey
1 cup Applesauce or sugar-free apple puree
1 Ripe Banana (mashed)
2 TBSP Oil
2 Eggs (beaten)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400F. Combine dry ingredients and set aside. In a separate bowl add the wet ingredients and blend until thoroughly mixed. Fold all dry ingredients into the wet mixture until just barely mixed and moistened. Fill greased or lined muffin tins and bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Makes 18 muffins.

You can replace the chocolate chips with nuts or raisins or craisins. For a fall/winter variation I like to subsitute pumpkin puree for the applesauce, and add 1 TBSP Cinnamon and a pinch of ground cloves.

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

BLAH!

Today I feel like a frog in a blender.

It hasn't been a great day, it hasn't been horrible, just not good. If the brownie/cookie/pie/cake/pastry fairy decided they REALLY wanted to bring me something I definitely wouldn't say no. I would even accept a Cheetohs fairy visit.

Friday 2/11/11 Events

Healthy Marriage Coalition
The Weber County Healthy Marriage Coalition invites you to come and learn how to create a marriage filled with greater connection, fulfillment, and fun by attending a fun date night for individuals and couples who want to prepare for or strengthen their marriage. It will be at Weber State University Union Building on Feb. 11, 6 - 9:30 p.m. (bonus workshops from 4-5 p.m. and entertainment from 5- 6 p.m). Tickets available through any SmithsTix location, see http://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.utahmarriage.org&ust=1297288085504000&usg=AFQjCNGBr9IOWr7gWvx3m1XGvNEUni_GVw under Events for additional information.

ICS Class
Friday, February 11th from 9am to 11am ICS 100.b (FEMA) - Incident Command System Class. Learn the basics of the incident command system. Location: Merrill-Cazier Library - Room: 204. Open To: USU Students/Alumni/Faculty/Staff and the General Public. Admission Info: No cost. Contact: Judy Crockett 435.797.0807 judy.crockett@usu.edu

'Get Some Honey For Your Honey!'
Friday, Feb 11 - 10:00AM to 2:00PM The USU Entomology and Beekeeping club will be selling fresh local honey! This will be on the 1st floor of the TSC. We will also sell Valentine Packages and caramels! How Sweet it is! Location: Taggart Student Center. Open To: USU Students/Alumni/Faculty/Staff and the General Public. Admission Info: prices vary from 25 cents to $20 Contact: Joel Smith 208-680-4965 joelsmithemba@yahoo.com

Skyroom Valentine's Dinner
This special offer includes dinner for two at the USU Skyroom, all for $20 plus tax. Friday, February 11th from 5pm to 9pm. The evening features an all-you-care-to-eat buffet with Red Hook Ale battered shrimp and carved prime rib, full soup & salad bar, your choice of dessert and a rose for each couple. Dinner is by reservation only. Call 435-797-1767 to make reservations. Location: USU TSC, the Skyroom Restaurant on the top floor. Open To: USU Students/Alumni/Faculty/Staff and the General Public. Website: http://www.usu.edu/dining/htm/skyroomContact: Jaime Bradford 435-797-1767 jaime.bradford@usu.edu

USU Speaker
Friday, Feb 11 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM Aggie alumnus John Dimick (USU '90) returns home to his alma mater as a guest of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences to reflect on his start as a student radio anchor at USU and his rise to VP for radio for Lincoln Financial Media in Atlanta. Dimick says "You can take the Boy Out of the Country..." as he discusses his life lessons from USU and the radio business. Co-sponsored by the JCOM Department's Morris Media & Society Lecture Series. Location: Haight Alumni Center. Open To: USU Students/Alumni/Faculty/Staff and the General Public. Admission Info: Free. Info: Natalie Archibald, College of Humanities & Social Science, 435-797-1195. Website:
http://hardnewscafe.usu.edu/?p=3858Contact: Ted Pease 435-797-3293 ted.pease@usu.edu

USU Study Abroad French Language Information Session
Friday, Feb 11 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM Learn about an exciting summer (2011) of studying abroad in France at the Study in France Information Session on Friday, Feb. 11, in the Taggart Student Center, Room 335 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Program Leader: Professor Christa Jones(christa.jones@usu.edu). Open To: USU Students Alumni Faculty Staff Public. Admission Info: free. Website: http://www.usu.edu/studyabroad/programs/prgm.cfm?prog_id=39Contact: Office of Study Abroad 435-797-0601 studyabroad@usu.edu

That '70s Concert
Friday, Feb 11 There will be two performances of That '70s Concert. The first is offered at 6 p.m., with the second beginning at 8 p.m. Call the Caine College of the Arts Box Office for details. Location: The Performance Hall. Open To: USU Students/Alumni/Faculty/Staff and the General Public. Admission Info: $8 general admission, Free for USU students. Website:
http://arts.usu.edu/Contact: CCA Box Office 435-797-8022 ccatickets@usu.edu

Racquetball Tournament
Friday, Feb 11 - 6:00PM Men and women of all skill levels are welcome to play in this tournament. Entry fee is $10 and will support USU's racquetball team. Participants will enjoy free food and the chance to meet and compete against other racquetball players on campus. Come support the team and have a great time! Location: HPER Building - Room: Courts. Open To: USU Students/Alumni/Faculty/Staff and the General Public. Website:
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=106354096106416Contact: Becky Drebin (541)760-8850 becky.drebin@aggiemail.usu.edu

AWHC Evening of Elegance & Magic
Spend a romantic evening with your valentine at the American West Heritage Center’s Evening of Elegance and Magic. An exquisite menu and the magic of world-traveling deceptionist Richard Hatch will make for a night to remember. Arrive at 5:45pm for a wagon ride, Dinner @ 6pm, Show @ 7:30pm. $50 per couple dinner & show; $24 per couple show only. Contact the AWHC for more info 435-245-6050 or visit http://www.awhc.org/

Live Music
Concert at Why Sound. Friday February, 11th - Knots in a Cherry Stem w/ Rooftop Bandits Priory Cherry Strip (Rock/Pop). Contact: Tim Moes 435-363-4700 info@whysound.com Website: http://www.whysound.com/ Time: 8:00 pm. Location: Why Sound, 30 Federal Ave, Logan, UT 84321. Cost: $5 - $6

Logan Tabernacle Valentine Program
Friday evening in the Logan Tabernacle – enjoy a special Valentine program presented by Dean Kaelin and his daughter Anna Kaelin. The concert committee is delighted to have such great musical talents perform an evening of romantic music. Dean is a singer, songwriter, arranger, performer, musician, teacher and the Voice Coach for American Idol finalists. He has opened for George Strait, Dave Matthews, Train and many others. He has recorded 7 CDs of his own, and produced many for others. Anna shares her father’s talents and has performed throughout the world. She was most recently seen on American Idol: Season 8, where she qualified as a semi-finalist. Her self-titled debut album was released this past summer and her debut music video was released in October. Come enjoy this free Valentines program at 7p.m. in the Logan Tabernacle. The program is free to the public.

Book 'N Bake Sale
You’re invited to the Hyrum Library’s annual Book ‘n Bake Sale – Friday, Feb 11th from 10a.m. to 7p.m. at the Hyrum Library Café (50 W Main). They will be selling lots of used books and baked goodies – so come and grab a treat and a book for your sweetheart. For more information: (245-6411)

Green Canyon Overnight Yurt Trip
Common Ground Outdoor Adventures is sponsoring a ‘Green Canyon Overnight Yurt Trip’ on Feb 11th & 12th . It’s one of Cache Valley’s own wonderful yurts. They will be snowshoeing up Green Canyon and staying the night. This is a great trip for those who don’t want to travel far. Cost is $40 dollars per person. The mission of Common Ground is to provide outdoor recreational opportunities for youth and adults with disabilities. Phone: (435)713-0288
Link: http://www.cgadventures.org/

Helicopter Ride Packages
Romance is in the Air over Downtown Logan!Chose one of the packages below.

Platinum Package- Helicopter Flight, Hotel stay, Dinner & Roses $249. This package includes a helicopter flight over Downtown Logan, Dinner voucher for your choice of Dinner at one of our many Downtown Restaurants listed below, a Luxurious night stay at Best Western Weston Inn and a half Dozen roses. This package also includes a special goodie bag put together by the business's of downtown.

Gold Package- Helicopter Flight, Hotel stay & Roses $219. This package includes a helicopter flight over Downtown Logan, a Luxurious night stay at Best Western Weston Inn and a half Dozen roses. This package also includes a special goodie bag put together by the business's of downtown.

Silver Package- Helicopter Flight, Dinner & Roses $195. This package includes a helicopter flight over Downtown Logan, Dinner voucher for your choice of Dinner at one of our many Downtown Restaurants listed below, and a half Dozen roses. This package also includes a special goodie bag put together by the business's of downtown.

Titanium Package- Helicopter Flight & Roses $160. This package includes a helicopter flight over Downtown Logan, and a half Dozen roses. This package also includes a special goodie bag put together by the business's of downtown.

Add-ons: Persian Peacock Gift Certificate-$30. Additional Details about Packages: Flowers provided by The Flower Shoppe. Participating Restaurants for the Dinner Voucher: Iron Gate Grill, Gia's, Beehive Grill. Reservations at http://www.mtnridgeheli.com/ Questions call 435-752-3828

The Music Man Performance
Music Theatre West presents The Music Man. Friday, February 11th at 7:30pm at the Ellen Eccles Theatre. Contact: Cache Valley Center for the Arts 435-752-0026. Music Theatre West - Jay Richards 435-881-0594. Website: http://www.musictheatrewest.org/ Time: 7:30pm Date: February 2011. Location: Ellen Eccles Theatre, 43 S Main, Logan, UT 84321. Cost: $14-18

All About Rabbits - Chinese New Year
the Little Bloomsbury Foundation presents “All About Rabbits” (a Chinese New Year Celebration) –again this weekend- Friday night from 6p.m to 8p.m at the North Logan Library (475 E 2500 North) and Saturday morning from 1030a.m. to 1230p.m.at the Logan City Library. Featuring: storytelling, music, magic shows, diversity and culture. Wear something RED as your ticket to this festival. For more information: (435)787-1303 or visit http://www.littlebloomsbury.blogspot.com/ for coloring pages and full event schedules

The Wizard Of OZ
Join the magic at Sky View High School as we 'click our heels' in anticipation of this year's musical, The Wizard of Oz. There may be 'no place like home', but that is not where you want to be on February 10-12 and 14, 2011. We invite you to accompany Dorothy 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow' in the dazzling land of Oz; a dream-come-true world with witches and monkeys that really fly (with some help from ZFX, the same company that does the flying for Wicked and the new Spiderman on Broadway ), enchanted forests, a singing scarecrow, a tap dancing tinman, a comedic cowardly lion, and, of course, that famous Yellow Brick Road. Shows begin each evening at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Tickets: $6 Online or $7 in person or on the phone. Group rates $4 available for groups of 20 or more. Phone: 435-563-6273. Email: nan.wharton@ccsdut.org Link: http://www.skyviewtix.org/

USU Print Sale
USU student artists will be selling hand printed t-shirts, cards, and bags on the main floor of the USU TSC. Thursday, February 10th from 10am to 4pm.

Cache Valley Stargazers
Friday, 11 February 2011, 7:30pm-9:00pm Utah State University, Science Engineering Research (SER) Building, Room 244. Parking in lot just west of Performance Hall.
"Here Comes the Sun, There Goes the Sun: Tracking the Sun's motion in the sky", Michelle B. Larson, Utah State University. Tracking the Sun's motion through the sky can prove both useful and fun! Come learn how to find geographic north by making a shadow plot, hear how a variety of sundials translate celestial time into clock time, and see how the sun's path in the sky changes with the seasons. Following the presentation everyone will be invited to build a working sundial to amaze your neighbors, or give to that special valentine. Join us for a hands-on evening of solar fun!
http://www.cachestargazers.org/

Scholastic Trap Club
A meeting for the Scholastic Trap Club will be TONITE (Friday) at 6p.m. at the Cache Valley Hunter Education Center for kids under age 18. Anyone welcome – new shooters. Contact Robert Blanchard or Verl Hanchett (753-4600 or 245-4132).