Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Things To Do In Logan: Wednesday 02/08/12 Events

CGOA SKI DAY
Common Ground Outdoor Adventure is having a Ski Day this Wednesday, February 8 @ 7:30am. Come ski at Beaver Mountain with CGOA staff and Beaver Mountain ski staff. Adaptive equipment is available. Cost is $25 for a half day of skiing. Common Ground is a non-profit organization that provides outdoor recreation for people with disabilities. To sign up for this activity, request transportation or to learn about other activities, call 713-0288

FORGOTTEN PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD
The exhibit, assembled by Special Collections and Archives Photograph Curator Daniel Davis, explores the history of the Union Pacific Railroad through photographs of A. J. Russell. The exhibit presents several of the well-known and idealized scenes of the railroad’s construction (1868-69) as photographed by Russell while under the commission of the Union Pacific Railroad. In addition to the well-known images, the exhibit presents examples of stereo-views taken by Russell and other photographers that offer a more complete and less sanitized version of the railroad’s history. A reception for the exhibit is planned Feb. 15 in conjunction with a lecture by Davis for the Friends of Merrill-Cazier Library. Where: The Merrill-Cazier Library. When: January 23rd through February 17th, All Day. Cost: Free!

MARION R. HYDE EXHIBIT
This exhibition will highlight the most recent work of Utah State’s emeritus professor of art, Marion R. Hyde. Professor Hyde retired from the Department of Art in 2002 after more than 33 years of dedicated service that included 12 years as department head. Since retirement, Professor Hyde has been working in oil and pastel to create images that both represent and abstract the Utah landscape. We're pleased to present a wide selection of his best works to you during this opening exhibition of the 2012 season. An opening social will be held Jan. 18 at 4:30 p.m. in the Tippets Exhibit Hall. Location: Twain Tippetts Exhibition Hall. Open To: Students Alumni Faculty Staff Public. Admission Info: Free. Contact: CCA Box Office, 435-797-8022, ccatickets@usu.edu When: January 17th through February 9th, 10am to 5pm.

BANG! THWACK! PLOP! COMICS: AN INFLUENCE ON CONTEMPORARY ART
This exhibition explores the intersection of comics and art with specific attention on how certain themes and stylistic forms have crossed over from the genre of comics into the world of visual art. The exploding popularity of comics, mostly through animation and graphic novels, shows us the graphic or comic impulse has become a compelling means of artistic communication. This exhibition helps point toward a growing interdisciplinary trend in the arts that allows for a flow of ideas between media and form, creating a liberation of high art. Location: Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art. Open To: USU Students Alumni Faculty Staff and the General Public. Admission Info: The Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art is open Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m, exhibit runs February 4th through March 1st. Admission is free. Website: http://artmuseum.usu.edu Contact: Deb Banerjee, (435) 797-8207, deborah.banerjee@usu.edu

FRAGMENTS OF TERROR: DRAWINGS BY JIM STARRETT
With 27 drawings and paintings in this exhibit, the USU community gets a rare look at the work of this contemporary artist. The viewer is taken through a jungle of symbols filled with religious and historical meanings all arranged in meticulous geometric puzzles that are at once clear while also carrying some ambiguous mystery. Location: USU Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art. Open To: USU Students Alumni Faculty Staff and the General Public. Admission Info: The Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art is open Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m, exhibit runs from February 4th through March 1st. Admission is free. Website: http://artmuseum.usu.edu Contact: Deb Banerjee, (435) 797-8207, deborah.banerjee@usu.edu

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. Location: 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 http://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 EDUCATION AND HUMAN SERVICES WEEK: TEAL CARNIVAL
Take a break from classes and stop by the little carnival. Get a face painting, win dessert at the cupcake walk or catch a prize at the fish pond. Sponsored by the TEAL students. Location: TSC, Sunburst Lounge. Open To: USU Students Alumni Faculty Staff and the General Public. When: Wednesday from 11am to 1pm. Cost: Free! Website: http://www.cehs.usu.edu/index.php/about-us/news/125-education-and-human-services-week Contact: Beth Foley, 435-797-1473, cehs@usu.edu

USU REGIONAL ART EXHIBIT
Come view the USU Regional Art Exhibit. Featuring student work from Brigham City, Eastern and Eastern San Juan Campuses. Location: USU Chase Fine Arts Center - Room: 102. Open To: USU Students Alumni Faculty Staff and the General Public. Admission Info: Free. When: Feb. 6th through Feb. 10th 12pm to 4pm. Website: http://arts.usu.edu Contact: CCA Box Office 435-797-8022 ccatickets@usu.edu

FINANCIAL PLANNING FOR WOMEN
Financial Planning for Women (FPW) is a free monthly educational workshop designed to help women take control of their financial future. The mission of Financial Planning for Women is to educate women about personal finance and investing and motivate them to take responsibility for their financial future. The seminar meets the 2nd Wednesday (except December) at two times: 12:30-1:30 PM at the USU Taggart Student Center room 335 (bring your lunch); and 7:00-8:30 PM at the Family Life Center, 493 North 700 East, Logan (bottom of Old Main Hill). Contact: Jean Lown, 435-797-1569, jean.lown@usu.edu ~OR~ Diana Burk, 801-230-3734, di.allen@aggiemail.usu.edu Website: http://www.usu.edu/fpw Date: Every 2nd Wednesday. Location: Family Life Center and Taggart Student Center, Utah State University, Logan, UT 84322. Cost: Free.

COOKING CLASS @ KITCHEN KNEADS
Come learn from our in-store instructor how to make delicious wheat bread using freshly ground wheat flour. Instructor will also demonstrate how to make our cinnamon/currant variation. Includes pan and one loaf of bread to take home. When: Wednesday, February 8, 2012 @ 1:00 p.m. Menu: Wheat Bread Cinnamon/Currant Variation. Price: $25.00. Contact: 435-752-9220 chris@luvtocook.com Where: 1211 N Main, Logan.

CGOA SNOWSHOE
Common Ground Outdoor Adventure will have a snowshoeing activity on Wednesday February 8th at 2:00pm. Cost is $3. Common Ground is a non-profit organization that provides outdoor recreation for people with disabilities. To sign up for this activity, request transportation or to learn about other activities, call 713-0288

USU EDUCATION AND HUMAN SERVICES WEEK: 5 ON 5 BASKETBALL TOURNEY
Registration at the TSC information booth and HPER Cage. Faculty and students battle it out on the basketball courts. Sponsored by the HPER students. Location: USU HPER Building. Open To: USU Students & Faculty. When: Wednesday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm. Website: http://www.cehs.usu.edu/index.php/about-us/news/125-education-and-human-services-week Contact: Beth Foley, 435-797-1473, cehs@usu.edu

MARVELOUS HANDS: PAPER CRAFT CLASS
Learn how to make amazing crafts made of paper at the “Marvelous Hands” classes at the Multi-cultural Center of Cache Valley (290 N 400 East). Paper crafts classes on Wednesdays from 5p.m. to 7p.m. (Cost is $35 includes materials). Register at the Multi-cultural Center at the Whittier Center or call (435-753-8486).

FAMILY NIGHT AT CHICK-FIL-A OF LOGAN
Family Night at Chick-fil-A at Logan is FUN and FREE! Kids (12 and under) who come to Chick-fil-A at Logan wearing their jammies get a FREE 3-count Chick-fil-A Chick-n-Minis! We'll also have story time with the Chick-fil-A Cow with free books, balloon animals and crafts! Also, bring extra jammies to donate to local shelters who are in need. All events at Chick-fil-A at Logan are free unless otherwise noted. When: Wednesdays from 5pm to 8pm.

HUNTER EDUCATION COURSE
A Hunter Education Course will be held the evenings of Feb 6, 8, 13 & 15 from 6p.m. to 9p.m. at the Cache Valley Hunter Education Center. Instructor is Verl Hanchett. Register at Cache Valley Public Shooting Range (2851 W 200 North) in Logan. For more information: (435-753-4600).

MASTER GARDENER COURSE
Come ‘Grow’ with Cache County Master Gardeners! Do you enjoy gardening and working with people? Volunteer and be trained by Utah State University Extension to offer information and assistance to home gardeners in Cache County about healthy gardening practices. The 14 – week course begins Feb 1st (from 6p.m. to 9p.m.) in the County Administration bldg. Multi-purpose room (179 N Main, Logan). Applications available online at: www.cachemg.org or call (435-752-6263). When: Wednesdays from Feb 1st through May 2, 6pm to 9pm. Cost: $95 registration fee ($40 refunded after service hours completed) includes binder and class materials.

LIVING WITH ALZHEIMERS
BRAG (Bear River Association of Governments)and the Alzheimer’s Association presents ‘Living with Alzheimers’ (For Caregivers)- an education program by the Alzheimer’s Association every Wednesday night from 6p.m. to 7p.m at 170 N Main in Logan (BRAG office southeast entrance). Contact: Deborah Crowther @ 435-713-1462

INTERNET CAFE AT LOGAN ARTHOUSE & CINEMA
Come and enjoy our cozy atmosphere, free wi-fi and custom specialty drinks! You can snack on all our regular concessions, too! When: Wednesdays from 6pm until midnight. http://www.loganarthouse.com/

FREE COOKING CLASS @ MACEYS
Snacks! Jamie Sagers returns to share such yummy snacks as cookies, crackers & hummus dip, and chips & salsa...but with a healthy twist! You and your kids won't believe the health benefits packed into these tasty treats! When: Wednesday @ 6pm. Cost: Free! Seating is limited, so reserve a seat today at the service desk or call 435.753.3301. Where: Macey's Grocery Store in Providence - the Little Theatre. Open to ages 10 & up.

USU SNOWBOARD CLUB MEETING & MOVIE
USU Snowboard Club is having a quick informational meeting and then having a free movie showing after! The film is Defenders of Awesome, a snowboard movie by Capita. We hope to see you there! When: Wednesday @ 7pm. Location: USU Biology & Natural Resources building - Room: 278. Open To: USU Students only. Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/161597220618611/ Contact: Amanda Lewis, 720.320.1857, amandaproudfit@gmail.com

USU EDUCATION AND HUMAN SERVICES WEEK: SPELLING BEE
Sign up on USUCEHS Facebook page is www.facebook.com/usuCEHS. Great prizes, so sign up now!!!! Co-Sponsored by Sustainability Students. Location: TSC, Sunburst Lounge. Open To: USU Students. Admission Info: Sign up by posting your name on facebook.com/usuCEHS Website: http://www.cehs.usu.edu/index.php/about-us/news/125-education-and-human-services-week Contact: Beth Foley 435-797-1473, cehs@usu.edu

TO PRESERVE THE NATION CLASS
Scott Bradley hosts a weekly class on the Constitution titled “To Preserve The Nation” at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays upstairs at The Book Table. There is no charge. For more information, call 753-2930 or 753-8844.

FINANCIAL PLANNING FOR WOMEN
Financial Planning for Women (FPW) is a free monthly educational workshop designed to help women take control of their financial future. The mission of Financial Planning for Women is to educate women about personal finance and investing and motivate them to take responsibility for their financial future. The seminar meets the 2nd Wednesday (except December) at two times: 12:30-1:30 PM at the USU Taggart Student Center room 335 (bring your lunch); and 7:00-8:30 PM at the Family Life Center, 493 North 700 East, Logan (bottom of Old Main Hill). Contact: Jean Lown, 435-797-1569, jean.lown@usu.edu ~OR~ Diana Burk, 801-230-3734, di.allen@aggiemail.usu.edu Website: http://www.usu.edu/fpw Date: Every 2nd Wednesday. Location: Family Life Center and Taggart Student Center, Utah State University, Logan, UT 84322. Cost: Free.

PAIN MANAGEMENT SUPPORT GROUP
Pain Management Support Group (Soakers Club) meets every Wednesday night at 7:15p.m. and Sundays at 2p.m. in the parking lot of Square One Printing (630 W 200 North, Logan) to car pool over to Crystal Hot Springs for a few hours of soaking in the warm mineral pools. This is a great way to help alleviate pain and promote optimal health. For more information and to RSVP your space in a car pool call Beverly (435-755-3206).

COUNTRY SWING DANCING
Come country swing dancing at the Cache Valley Fun Park. When: Wednesdays from 9pm until close. Cost: $4 per person. Visit their website for more information: http://www.cachevalleyfunpark.com/

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Things To Do In Logan: Tuesday 02/07/12 Events

FORGOTTEN PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD
The exhibit, assembled by Special Collections and Archives Photograph Curator Daniel Davis, explores the history of the Union Pacific Railroad through photographs of A. J. Russell. The exhibit presents several of the well-known and idealized scenes of the railroad’s construction (1868-69) as photographed by Russell while under the commission of the Union Pacific Railroad. In addition to the well-known images, the exhibit presents examples of stereo-views taken by Russell and other photographers that offer a more complete and less sanitized version of the railroad’s history. A reception for the exhibit is planned Feb. 15 in conjunction with a lecture by Davis for the Friends of Merrill-Cazier Library. Where: The Merrill-Cazier Library. When: January 23rd through February 17th, All Day. Cost: Free!

MARION R. HYDE EXHIBIT
This exhibition will highlight the most recent work of Utah State’s emeritus professor of art, Marion R. Hyde. Professor Hyde retired from the Department of Art in 2002 after more than 33 years of dedicated service that included 12 years as department head. Since retirement, Professor Hyde has been working in oil and pastel to create images that both represent and abstract the Utah landscape. We're pleased to present a wide selection of his best works to you during this opening exhibition of the 2012 season. An opening social will be held Jan. 18 at 4:30 p.m. in the Tippets Exhibit Hall. Location: Twain Tippetts Exhibition Hall. Open To: Students Alumni Faculty Staff Public. Admission Info: Free. Contact: CCA Box Office, 435-797-8022, ccatickets@usu.edu When: January 17th through February 9th, 10am to 5pm.

BANG! THWACK! PLOP! COMICS: AN INFLUENCE ON CONTEMPORARY ART
This exhibition explores the intersection of comics and art with specific attention on how certain themes and stylistic forms have crossed over from the genre of comics into the world of visual art. The exploding popularity of comics, mostly through animation and graphic novels, shows us the graphic or comic impulse has become a compelling means of artistic communication. This exhibition helps point toward a growing interdisciplinary trend in the arts that allows for a flow of ideas between media and form, creating a liberation of high art. Location: Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art. Open To: USU Students Alumni Faculty Staff and the General Public. Admission Info: The Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art is open Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m, exhibit runs February 4th through March 1st. Admission is free. Website: http://artmuseum.usu.edu Contact: Deb Banerjee, (435) 797-8207, deborah.banerjee@usu.edu


FRAGMENTS OF TERROR: DRAWINGS BY JIM STARRETT
With 27 drawings and paintings in this exhibit, the USU community gets a rare look at the work of this contemporary artist. The viewer is taken through a jungle of symbols filled with religious and historical meanings all arranged in meticulous geometric puzzles that are at once clear while also carrying some ambiguous mystery. Location: USU Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art. Open To: USU Students Alumni Faculty Staff and the General Public. Admission Info: The Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art is open Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m, exhibit runs from February 4th through March 1st. Admission is free. Website: http://artmuseum.usu.edu Contact: Deb Banerjee, (435) 797-8207, deborah.banerjee@usu.edu

USU EDUCATION AND HUMAN SERVICES WEEK: PUTTING CONTEST & FACULTY MINGLE
Come to the Lillywhite building to test your putting skills. A Hole-in-One gets you a FREE CEHS t-shirt! Grab some grub and mingle with the ComDDE Faculty. Sponsored by the ComDDE students. Open To: USU Students Alumni Faculty Staff and the General Public. Cost: Free! When: Tuesday, February 7 from 12pm to 1pm. Website: http://www.cehs.usu.edu/index.php/about-us/news/125-education-and-human-services-week Contact: Beth Foley, 435-797-1473, cehs@usu.edu

USU REGIONAL ART EXHIBIT
Come view the USU Regional Art Exhibit. Featuring student work from Brigham City, Eastern and Eastern San Juan Campuses. Location: USU Chase Fine Arts Center - Room: 102. Open To: USU Students Alumni Faculty Staff and the General Public. Admission Info: Free. When: Feb. 6th through Feb. 10th 12pm to 4pm. Website: http://arts.usu.edu Contact: CCA Box Office 435-797-8022 ccatickets@usu.edu

TEEN TUESDAY: SO CRAFTY!
Looking for something fun to do after school? Then come to the library for Teen Tuesdays. We'll be doing something fun every Tuesday at 4:00 pm. If you like to create things or show off your artistic skills, this activity is for you. On the first Tuesday of each month we'll make a different craft. Some months we'll recycle cereal boxes into pencil cases. Other months we'll make wallets out of duct tape. Every month we'll have fun, and you'll get a creation to take home. Contact: Rachel Anderson - Teen Services Librarian, 435-716-9134 or Logan Library, 435-716-9123. Website: http://library.loganutah.org/teens/teentuesday.cfm Time: 4PM 1st Tuesday of each month Location: Logan Library - Jim Bridger Room, 255 N Main, Logan, UT 84321. Cost: Free

COLLEGE NIGHT AT CHICK-FIL-A
Did you know Tuesday night is now College Night at Chick-fil-A at Logan? Show your college ID from 5pm-9pm and get two #1 adult meals for the price of one! That's 2 Original Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwiches, medium Potato Waffle Fries and medium beverages! Don't forget your favorite sauce! Logan location only.
Valid only on Tuesdays between the hours of 5pm-9pm, for #1 adult meal. No substitutions, customer responsible for payment of any add-ons (i.e. lettuce, tomato, bacon, upsize, etc.). Valid ID from any college acceptable. Expired ID's are not acceptable. Available for a limited time.

OPEN TABLE NIGHT @ BEADLES ORIGINAL BEADS
Instructor: Mystee Shauers. Skill Level: Beginner and up. This time has been set aside for all you beaders who need a chance to get out of the house and get your beading on! We will stay open from 6 - 9 pm on Tuesday and there will be tasty treats and great company. Come play and enjoy an evening with the bead chixs! Cost: Admission is free, you can bring your own materials or purchase some at the store!

COOKING CLASS @ KITCHEN KNEADS
Dinner For Two! Of course when Valentine's Day comes around we all start thinking of what plans we should make. This year, stay in and cook for yourselves! Ted Mathesius has a menu that will create a perfect evening...without the crowds! What could be better than a delicious, gourmet meal cooked right in your own home! When: Tuesday, February 7, 2012 @ 6:30 p.m. Menu: Snow Crab Bisque, Peppercorn & Espresso Crusted NY Strip, Cauliflower & Onion Puree, Cranberry & Red Wine Risotto, Flourless Chocolate Cake with Creme Anglaise. Price: $20.00. Contact: 435-752-9220 chris@luvtocook.com Where: 1211 N Main, Logan.

USU EDUCATION AND HUMAN SERVICES WEEK: GUEST SPEAKER DAN JOHNSON
Dan has been a principal and associate superintendent for many years. He will talk about what it’s like to work in a public school setting and what he looks for in potential hires. Refreshments! Sponsored by the CEHS Dean’s Office. Location: USU TSC, Auditorium. Open To: USU Students Alumni Faculty Staff and the General Public. When: Tuesday @ 7pm. Admission Info: Free, Door Prizes! Website: http://www.cehs.usu.edu/index.php/about-us/news/125-education-and-human-services-week Contact: Beth Foley, 435-797-1473, cehs@usu.edu

CHARLES DICKENS BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
Join the Logan Library in celebrating the 200th birthday of one of the greats! USU English Professor Dr. Brian McCuskey will present on Dickens' life and works. Enter NOW at the library to win a Barnes and Noble NOOK with all 20 Dickens novels! Contact: Logan Library 435-716-9123. Time: 7PM. Date: Tuesday February 7, 2012. Location: Jim Bridger Room (Logan Library), 255 N Main, Logan, UT 84321. Cost: Free.

ASL CLUB: ALL ABOUT ILY!
All About ILY! Valentine’s Activity, Lilywhite Room 003, $2 for club members/$3 for non-members. Where: USU campus - Room: LILY003. Open To: USU Students Alumni Faculty Staff and the General Public. When: Tuesday @ 7pm. Admission Info: $2 Club Members/$3 Non-Members. Contact: ASL CLub, 435-797-1385 aslclub@aggiemail.usu.edu

OPEN MIC NIGHT @ LOGAN ARTHOUSE
Open Mic Night at the Logan Arthouse and Cinema. Come watch or perform music, stand up comedy, and poetry. Come early or sign up on Facebook to perform. Cost: $2 at the door. Free for performers. When: Tuesdays from 7-9pm. Website: http://www.loganarthouse.com/

OLD SKOOL SKATE NIGHT
The Cache Valley Fun Park hosts Old Skool Skate Night! It starts at 9pm -11 pm. This day is also $2 Tuesday, so any activity this day costs only $2! Befriending the Fun Park on Facebook can give you great deals (especially on Old Skool Night) if you check their page before heading in.

WHITTIER CENTER SALSA DANCING
Join us for weekly Salsa Dancing: Tuesdays, 9:30-midnight, $3 per person, Beginning and Intermediate Class 9:30-10:30 p.m at the Whittier Community Center, 290 N. 400 E., Logan, UT.

TRUE AGGIE NIGHT
Whenever the full moon arrives, so does Student Alumni and True Aggie Night! Be at the 'A' just before midnight. Wear your SAA shirt and get a "fast pass" to the front of the line. To become a True Aggie, you must kiss someone who already is one. Everyone come! Location: Stone "A" on the Quad. Open To: USU Students Alumni Faculty Staff and the General Public. Cost: Free! When: Tuesday night starting at 11:45pm. Contact: Megan Allen, 435-797-7399 megan.allen@aggiemail.usu.edu

On Being A Rock Star

Henry Rollins being a rock star: Doing it right actually...



I actually think that if you tweak the wording a little this could and should be posted at the entrance of every work place...both as a reminder to employees and customers: BE NICE! The world could do with a bit less selfishness and bit more thoughtfulness.

Thanks to Tammy for posting this to Facebook.

Things To Do In Logan: Monday 02/06/12 Events

FORGOTTEN PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD
The exhibit, assembled by Special Collections and Archives Photograph Curator Daniel Davis, explores the history of the Union Pacific Railroad through photographs of A. J. Russell. The exhibit presents several of the well-known and idealized scenes of the railroad’s construction (1868-69) as photographed by Russell while under the commission of the Union Pacific Railroad. In addition to the well-known images, the exhibit presents examples of stereo-views taken by Russell and other photographers that offer a more complete and less sanitized version of the railroad’s history. A reception for the exhibit is planned Feb. 15 in conjunction with a lecture by Davis for the Friends of Merrill-Cazier Library. Where: The Merrill-Cazier Library. When: January 23rd through February 17th, All Day. Cost: Free!

MARION R. HYDE EXHIBIT
This exhibition will highlight the most recent work of Utah State’s emeritus professor of art, Marion R. Hyde. Professor Hyde retired from the Department of Art in 2002 after more than 33 years of dedicated service that included 12 years as department head. Since retirement, Professor Hyde has been working in oil and pastel to create images that both represent and abstract the Utah landscape. We're pleased to present a wide selection of his best works to you during this opening exhibition of the 2012 season. An opening social will be held Jan. 18 at 4:30 p.m. in the Tippets Exhibit Hall. Location: Twain Tippetts Exhibition Hall. Open To: Students Alumni Faculty Staff Public. Admission Info: Free. Contact: CCA Box Office, 435-797-8022, ccatickets@usu.edu When: January 17th through February 9th, 10am to 5pm.

BANG! THWACK! PLOP! COMICS: AN INFLUENCE ON CONTEMPORARY ART
This exhibition explores the intersection of comics and art with specific attention on how certain themes and stylistic forms have crossed over from the genre of comics into the world of visual art. The exploding popularity of comics, mostly through animation and graphic novels, shows us the graphic or comic impulse has become a compelling means of artistic communication. This exhibition helps point toward a growing interdisciplinary trend in the arts that allows for a flow of ideas between media and form, creating a liberation of high art. Location: Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art. Open To: USU Students Alumni Faculty Staff and the General Public. Admission Info: The Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art is open Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m, exhibit runs February 4th through March 1st. Admission is free. Website: http://artmuseum.usu.edu Contact: Deb Banerjee, (435) 797-8207, deborah.banerjee@usu.edu

FRAGMENTS OF TERROR: DRAWINGS BY JIM STARRETT
With 27 drawings and paintings in this exhibit, the USU community gets a rare look at the work of this contemporary artist. The viewer is taken through a jungle of symbols filled with religious and historical meanings all arranged in meticulous geometric puzzles that are at once clear while also carrying some ambiguous mystery. Location: USU Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art. Open To: USU Students Alumni Faculty Staff and the General Public. Admission Info: The Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art is open Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m, exhibit runs from February 4th through March 1st. Admission is free. Website: http://artmuseum.usu.edu Contact: Deb Banerjee, (435) 797-8207, deborah.banerjee@usu.edu

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. Location: 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 http://www.ecclesice.com/ for more information.

ELLEN ECCLES THEATRE TOUR
Tours commence at 10:30 Am every Monday & Friday, except for show days & holidays. CVCA tours are free and take about 30 minutes. Groups larger than 15 should make reservations by calling the CVCA Ticket Office at 435-752-0026.\

USU EDUCATION AND HUMAN SERVICES WEEK: TEST YOUR MEMORY
Come test your short-term memory and learn tools to increase your memory ability. Interact with Psychology faculty and possibly earn Psychology lab credit. Psychology 1010 students get extra class credit for attending! Sponsored by the Psychology students. Location: USU TSC, Sunburst Lounge. Open To: USU Students Alumni Faculty Staff and the General Public. Website: http://www.cehs.usu.edu/index.php/about-us/news/125-education-and-human-services-week Contact: Beth Foley, 435-797-1473, cehs@usu.edu Cost: Free! When: Monday, February 6, 11am to 1pm.

USU REGIONAL ART EXHIBIT
Come view the USU Regional Art Exhibit. Featuring student work from Brigham City, Eastern and Eastern San Juan Campuses. Location: USU Chase Fine Arts Center - Room: 102. Open To: USU Students Alumni Faculty Staff and the General Public. Admission Info: Free. When: Feb. 6th through Feb. 10th 12pm to 4pm. Website: http://arts.usu.edu Contact: CCA Box Office 435-797-8022 ccatickets@usu.edu

CGOA ICE FISHING
Common Ground hosts ice fishing on Monday, February 6th at 2:00 pm. Cost is $3. We will be ice fishing at Hyrum Dam. Common Ground is a non-profit organization that provides outdoor recreation for people with disabilities. To sign up for this activity, request transportation or to learn about other activities, call 713-0288.

VALENTINES DAY CRAFT CLASS
Learn how to make amazing crafts made of paper and knitting at the “Marvelous Hands” classes at the Multi-cultural Center of Cache Valley (290 N 400 East). They are going to have an exclusive class for Valentines Day on Feb 6th from 5p.m. to 7p.m. Register at the Multi-cultural Center at the Whittier Center or call (435-753-8486).

ROCKHAUS FAMILY NIGHT
Monday is Family Night $7.00/person minimum of 2 after 5:00 PM. Must be immediate family. 1780 NORTH 200 EAST NORTH LOGAN, UTAH 84321 Contact: Rockhaus Climbing Gym phone: 435.713.0068 fax: 435.713.0069

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.

HUNTER EDUCATION COURSE
A Hunter Education Course will be held the evenings of Feb 6, 8, 13 & 15 from 6p.m. to 9p.m. at the Cache Valley Hunter Education Center. Instructor is Verl Hanchett. Register at Cache Valley Public Shooting Range (2851 W 200 North) in Logan. For more information: (435-753-4600).

USU EDUCATION AND HUMAN SERVICES WEEK: AGGIE SPEED DATING
Speed dating includes short (three to nine minute) 'dates' where one speed dating participant will meet with another for a face-to-face conversation any topic. It’s a great way to meet lots of new people in a hurry. Remember, first impressions count! Sponsored by the FCHD students. Location: USU TSC, Sunburst Lounge. Open To: USU Students only! Cost: Free! When: Monday @ 7pm. Website: http://www.cehs.usu.edu/index.php/about-us/news/125-education-and-human-services-week Contact: Beth Foley, 435-797-1473, cehs@usu.edu

COSMIC BOWLING
The Cache Valley Fun Park offers Cosmic Bowling every Monday from 7pm until close. Bowling prices start at 3pm. Location: 255 E 1770 N, North Logan.

COUNTRY SWING DANCING
Come country swing dancing at the Cache Valley Fun Park. When: Monday and Wednesdays from 9pm until close. Cost: $4 per person. Visit their website for more information: http://www.cachevalleyfunpark.com/

BBQ Food Truck



Logan has a new BBQ food truck in town. Say hello to Rollin' West Bar-B-Que!





Today they are parked in the Aaron's Appliances Parking lot on Main street. If you don't know where that it is, it is on the West side of North Main, inbetween the new Expercom building and Al's Sporting Goods. Here is a shot of today's menu:



And their regular menu:



So Logan's BBQ-less streak is over, at least while the good weather holds out. I talked to one of the owners and she said they will be in that same location all week as long as the weather stays nice.



This is a local family run operation from right here in the valley; mom & dad and their son and his wife. They were friendly, knowledgeable and fast. They also do catering and concessions, give them a call for your next event!



I opted for the Carolina style sandwich with pulled pork and tangy slaw (they also offer creamy slaw)



They toasted the bun and it was a nice mix of tender and juicy meat, crisp and tangy slaw, and soft bun with a slight crunch where it had been toasted. On the whole it was a pretty darn good sandwich. They have 3 sauce offerings: a traditional smokey bbq, a mustard based sauce with a nice kick, and a tangy and slightly sweet Carolina vinegar sauce.



The first sauce is top left, the second is top right and the third is on the sandwich. I am a sucker for vinegar based "pig juice" style sauces and I really liked this one, but right now I'm craving more of the mustard sauce, both of these sauces are made fresh in house.

"Like" them on facebook to find out where they will be next!

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rollin-West-BBQ/276530569064374?ref=ts

After seeing the most recent photo on their facebook page I'm thinking that as much as I enjoyed the sandwich, DANG! I should have gotten the ribs.

Try them out and let me know what you think.

One of those days...

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Things To Do In Logan: Saturday 02/04/12 Events

FREE AEROBICS WEEK
The Logan Recreation Center is sponsoring a FREE Aerobics Week – Monday thru Saturday(Feb 4-th). Try any class, any time, for a whole week free. Bring a friend, work out together, and get motivated. For more information: (435-716-9250) or visit www.loganutah.org

CO-ED 6 ON 6 VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT
Shake off the cold and bring the heat to the 6 on 6 Co-Ed Tournament. 3 men and 3 women per team. This is a fundraiser for the men's team. Registration begins at 5 p.m., pay at registration. Cost: $15 Students; $20 Non-Students. Coaches meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 3, play starts immediately afterwards. 16 team limit. Team Organizers can register by contacting milesmaynes@gmail.com Location: HPER Building - Rooms: 201, 213. Open To: USU Students Alumni Faculty Staff and the General Public. Admission Info: $15 students/$20 non-students. Website: http://www.facebook.com/events/330210720341301/ Contact: Miles Maynes, 804-243-8149, milesmaynes@gmail.com When: Saturday, All Day.

FORGOTTEN PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD
The exhibit, assembled by Special Collections and Archives Photograph Curator Daniel Davis, explores the history of the Union Pacific Railroad through photographs of A. J. Russell. The exhibit presents several of the well-known and idealized scenes of the railroad’s construction (1868-69) as photographed by Russell while under the commission of the Union Pacific Railroad. In addition to the well-known images, the exhibit presents examples of stereo-views taken by Russell and other photographers that offer a more complete and less sanitized version of the railroad’s history. A reception for the exhibit is planned Feb. 15 in conjunction with a lecture by Davis for the Friends of Merrill-Cazier Library. Where: The Merrill-Cazier Library. When: January 23rd through February 17th, All Day. Cost: Free!

CGOA SKI DAY
Common Ground hosts Ski Day Saturday, February 4th at 7:30 am. Come hit the slopes with our great ski staff. Adaptive equipment is available. Cost is $25 for a half day of skiing at Beaver Mountain. Common Ground is a non-profit organization that provides outdoor recreation for people with disabilities. To sign up for this activity, request transportation or to learn about other activities, call 713-0288.

RAIL JAM & HAITIAN BBQ BENEFIT
PROVIDE is sponsoring the Rail Jam (raffle and Haitian Barbecue) – Saturday at Beaver Mountain! Warm-up from 9 to 10a.m. / Contest is at 10:30a.m./ Raffle-BBQ-prizes @ 2:30p.m. Registration in advance at Directive for $10 dollars / day-of at the Beav - $15. Different divisions. Contest located at Beaver Mtn Yurt in upper parking lot. Provide is a non-profit organization providing relief to disaster areas across the globe. Proceeds will go to helping Haiti get back on their feet. To learn more or make a donation please check out www.PROVIDE4LIFE.org For more information: 435-752-0155.

EDUCATORS CREATIVITY WORKSHOP
Texas artist, Beverly Mangham will present a free creativity workshop for educators from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, February 3 at the Cache County School District Offices, and continuing Saturday 9 a.m. to noon in the Fine Arts Building Room 108 at USU. Workshop participants will learn how to challenge their imagination, be inspired and learn how to utilize urban cast-offs to combine and redefine ordinary objects into works of art. Participants will learn how to integrate art into the core curriculum and make meaningful connections between art and the core subject areas. For more information, contact Cache County School District Arts Coordinator, Aurora Hughes Villa at aurora.villa@ccsdut.org or 435.752.3925 ext. 2067.

KAILING FAMILY FUNDRAISER
Come help support a good family and enjoy shopping of all kinds from accessories to home decor to delicious treats and so much more! 10% of all sales will be donated to the Kailing family as well as 100% of any donations from vendors, local retailers, friends and family. Lunch (Sandwhich, chips, drink and cookie) will be available for $5/ person. Mark Kailing is a dear friend to everyone he meets, a loving father of 5 children and wonderful husband. He is the definition of pure love. About 2 years ago, Mark was diagnosed with Sarcoma, a rare form of Cancer. It is now at stage 4 and he is considered terminal. Since diagnosis, he has been through two major surgeries, 11 weeks of highest-dose radiation, and 5 rounds of chemotherapy. Through all of this, he and his family continue to serve the community around them faithfully. This is our opportunity to give back and help ease their burdens. To donate or become a vendor: Contact Katie 801-682-0057 (Text, call or e-mail) Where: The Providence Inn, 10 S Main St, Providence. Cost: $2 suggested donation. When: Saturday from 10am to 3pm.

BANG! THWACK! PLOP! COMICS: AN INFLUENCE ON CONTEMPORARY ART
This exhibition explores the intersection of comics and art with specific attention on how certain themes and stylistic forms have crossed over from the genre of comics into the world of visual art. The exploding popularity of comics, mostly through animation and graphic novels, shows us the graphic or comic impulse has become a compelling means of artistic communication. This exhibition helps point toward a growing interdisciplinary trend in the arts that allows for a flow of ideas between media and form, creating a liberation of high art. Location: Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art. Open To: USU Students Alumni Faculty Staff and the General Public. Admission Info: The Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art is open Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m, exhibit runs February 4th through March 1st. Admission is free. Website: http://artmuseum.usu.edu Contact: Deb Banerjee, (435) 797-8207, deborah.banerjee@usu.edu

FRAGMENTS OF TERROR: DRAWINGS BY JIM STARRETT
With 27 drawings and paintings in this exhibit, the USU community gets a rare look at the work of this contemporary artist. The viewer is taken through a jungle of symbols filled with religious and historical meanings all arranged in meticulous geometric puzzles that are at once clear while also carrying some ambiguous mystery. Location: USU Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art. Open To: USU Students Alumni Faculty Staff and the General Public. Admission Info: The Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art is open Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m, exhibit runs from February 4th through March 1st. Admission is free. Website: http://artmuseum.usu.edu Contact: Deb Banerjee, (435) 797-8207, deborah.banerjee@usu.edu

MARION R. HYDE EXHIBIT
This exhibition will highlight the most recent work of Utah State’s emeritus professor of art, Marion R. Hyde. Professor Hyde retired from the Department of Art in 2002 after more than 33 years of dedicated service that included 12 years as department head. Since retirement, Professor Hyde has been working in oil and pastel to create images that both represent and abstract the Utah landscape. We're pleased to present a wide selection of his best works to you during this opening exhibition of the 2012 season. An opening social will be held Jan. 18 at 4:30 p.m. in the Tippets Exhibit Hall. Location: Twain Tippetts Exhibition Hall. Open To: Students Alumni Faculty Staff Public. Admission Info: Free. Contact: CCA Box Office, 435-797-8022, ccatickets@usu.edu When: January 17th through February 9th, 10am to 5pm.

SATURDAYS AT THE MUSEUM
Ancient Greece is the topic at the next ‘Saturdays at the Museum” activity provided by the Museum of Anthropology at Utah State University. Activities take place from 10a.m. to 4p.m. at the museum. The USU Museum of Anthropology is on the USU campus in the south turret of the historic Old Main building, Room 252. Activities for children will be provided throughout the day. Visitors can make copies of constellations named by Greeks or make up their own constellations. Contact: USU Museum of Anthropology, (435) 797-7545, anthro.museum@usu.edu Website: http://anthromuseum.usu.edu/ Time: 10AM-4PM. Date: Saturday January 21, 2012. Location: USU Museum of Anthropology, Old Main, Room 252, Logan, UT 84322. Cost: Free and open to the public, all ages welcome.

BABY FAIR
All you moms to be need to check out In Due Time: Baby Fair! Our focus on Feb. 4 is to bring together those who sell the necessities, offer goods and services, make or do for the sweet little ones of Cache Valley (we can’t forget mommies and daddies, grandmas and grandpas, and everyone associated with having a baby). We'll have booths, exhibits, and displays offering all types of things for babies in relation to the world of a baby. We will be having door prizes to be given away throughout the day. The admission fee will earn customers a ticket to be placed in the drawing of their choice. As you shop you will be able to earn more tickets. For every vendor you buy from you will receive another ticket (one per booth; no minimum purchase). This is Cache Valley's first baby fair. Come join us. When: Saturday from 10am to 7pm. Cost: $2 per person. Where: River Woods Conference Center, 615 S Riverwoods PKWY, Logan.

FANCY NANCY VALETINE'S PARTY
This event is a fundraiser for Girl Scout Troop 29. Our goal is to attend the 2012 100th Anniversary Camporee in Savannah, Georgia. Additional donations accepted. Ooh la la! Celebrate Valentine's Day like Fancy Nancy would, in splendiferous style. We’ll have a delectable tea party, make a fabulous valentine, play fun games, and have a glamorous red carpet fashion show at the end. Be sure to dress in your best finery, just like Fancy Nancy! Parents will need to sign-in/sign-out their children. For ages 4-8. Maximum of 25 registrants. To register call 435.753.5049 or email flute_studio@hotmail.com Wher: Smithfield (exact location given upon registration) When: February 4th @ 11am. Cost: $5 Pre-registered, $8 at the door

COOKING CLASS @ KITCHEN KNEADS
Handmade Valentine's Chocolates and Candies. Nothing says "I Love You" like chocolate. In this class with chocolate expert and cookbook author Ruth Kendrick, you'll learn to make beautiful, perfect, handmade candies. Whether you want to do something special for the neighbors, friends, or your sweetheart, everyone loves to receive chocolates on Valentine's Day! Don't miss out on the expert tips and tricks you'll learn in this class to make chocolates dipped with love! Saturday, February 4, 2012 @ 11:00 a.m. Menu: Valentine's Day Popcorn, Hot Fudge Sauce, Quick Penouche, Toffee, Oreo Truffles, Chocolate Bowls, Chocolate Tempering, Storage, Dipping & More! Price: $25.00. Contact: 435-752-9220 chris@luvtocook.com Where: 1211 N Main, Logan.

SNC SNOW ART COMPETITION
Grab some friends and get creative in the snow! Decorate the River Trail with mythical snow beasts, stoic snowmen, and whatever else you can dream up. Prizes will be awarded for the best of the best. For snow-art ideas, google 'snow sculpting'. Not enough snow? We'll do everything in miniature... Cocoa and some tools provided. *Can't make it? Walk the River Trail to see masterpieces in the days after! Registration requested. Call or email for more information or to register. Contact: Stokes Nature Center, 435-755-3239, nature@logannature.org Website: http://www.logannature.org Time: 1PM-4PM. Date: Saturday February 4, 2012. Location: Stokes Nature Center, 2696 E Hwy 89, Logan, UT 84323. Cost: Free.


THE JOLT WORKSHOP
A master jump rope workshop. Come see and learn from the 20 Cache Valley kids on Utah's only competitive jump rope team. Contact: Patrice Winn, 435-755-6046 patricewinn@thejumpinco.org bmoon8@gmail.com Website: http://justjumpin.org Location: Smithfield Recreation Center, 315 East 600 South, Smithfield, UT 84335. Cost: $20. When: Saturday from 1pm to 4pm.

LIVE MUSIC @ PIONEER VALLEY LODGE
Carvin Anderson will entertain residents and the public at the Pioneer Valley Lodge, 2351 N. 400 East, North Logan. The event is free and everyone is welcome. When: Saturday at 3pm. For more information, call 435-792-0353.

THE JOLT EXHIBITION
A master jump rope exhibition with special guest star from "America's Got Talent." Come see the 20 Cache Valley kids on Utah's only competitive jump rope team. Contact: Patrice Winn, 435-755-6046, patricewinn@thejumpinco.org bmoon8@gmail.com Website: http://justjumpin.org Date: Saturday February 4, 2012, silent auction @ 5:30pm, jump rope show @ 6:30pm. Location: Smithfield Recreation Center, 315 East 600 South, Smithfield, UT 84335. Cost: $5 per person or $20 per family.


YOUTH CONSERVATORY MONSTER CONCERT
The USU Department of Music is proud to present a Monster Concert by the Youth Conservatory. Close to 500 students ages 5 to 18 will participate in this year's concert. Unlike a typical piano recital, the students will perform in rotations of 20 students on 20 pianos, playing their parts in unison. When: Saturday @ 6pm. Cost: $3 single ticket, $10 family group ticket, USU students get in free with ID. Where: USU Kent Concert Hall, Chase Fine Arts Center.

LIVE MUSIC @ PIER 49 PIZZA
Guitarist/vocal​ist Christina Johnson will perform at Pier 49 San Francisco Style Sourdough Pizza in Providence from 6 to 8pm Saturday. Christina is a USU student who is in the top tier choral group, The Chamber Singers. This promises to be a great show! There will be no cover charge, but tips are appreciated.

INTERNET CAFE @ LOGAN ARTHOUSE & CINEMA
Come and enjoy our cozy atmosphere, free wi-fi, and custom specialty drinks! You can snack on all our regular concessions, too! 6PM until midnight. Website: http://www.loganarthouse.com/

SOAK-N-CHAT
A Soak-n-Chat to learn more about essential oils will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Kirk residence in Providence. Participants are invited to soak their feet in relaxing oils and share ideas on how to help nurture and heal naturally. Contact Carrie Kirk at carrie@livingdoterra.com or 435-757-1444 for more information. Cost: Free!

VALENTINE CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL
Participants may sample delightful treats whipped up by local amateur and professional chefs. A silent auction of all entries begins at 6:30PM. A live auction of the winning desserts and other valuable items donated by local merchants follows at 8PM. Everyone can participate! Amateur and professional dessert makers are welcomed to submit entries in any of the following categories: cakes, pies, cookies, brownies, and chocolates. Those craving an alternative non-chocolate challenge, we have reserved a special category called "potpourri." Entry forms and more information can be found on our website. Judges will award the best entries in each category including best amateur and best professional chef. Other awards will include best teen and best parent/child collaboration. The public will award their favorite desserts with the "People's Choice Award." Contact: Colleen O'Neill, 435-770-6813, oneill.colleen@gmail.com Website: http://www.thechocolatefestival.org Time: 6:30PM-10:30PM. Date: Saturday February 4, 2012. Location: Accolade @ Hamilton's, 2427 N. Main Street, Logan, UT. Cost: $10.00 per adult, $5.00 per child 12 and under.

TEDDY BEAR TOSS
the Aggie Blue Booster Club and Utah State Hockey we be having a teddy bear toss at the Eccles Ice Center. Here is how It works, fans are asked to bring a teddy bear or stuffed animal to the game on February 4th when the first goal is made by the home team all fans through their teddy bear onto the ice. All of the teddy bears collected will be delivered to sick or hospitalized children by the players. Please join us for this event and help support your community and you favorite AGGIE team! When: February 4th at 7pm. Website: http://www.aggieblueboosterclub.com

USU HOCKEY MATCH
Come cheer on the Aggies as they take on Northern AZ on home ice. Tonight is also Teddy Bear Toss, $1 off ticket price when you bring a teddy bear to donate. Where: George S. Eccles Ice Center, North Logan. Open to: Everyone! Website: http://usu.edu/hockey Contact: alys Staten, 435.938.8451, alys.staten@usu.edu When: Saturday at 7pm.

2012 USU CHINESE NEW YEAR BANQUET
The CSSA (Chinese Students & Scholars Association) hosts a traditional banquet to celebrate the Chinese New Year on Feb. 4, this Saturday, at the TSC Ballroom. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for VIP tickets, Show starts at 7 p.m. TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT TSC CARD OFFICE (Second Floor, Next to Marketplace) on Jan.31. Three kinds of tickets: Adult VIP Dim Sum, Drinks+Show, $9; Adult Show Only, $5 (Drinks included); Children (6-12 years old), Show $3. All children under age 6 are free for Show. Dim Sum menu: Traditional Chinese Dumplings (Pot-stickers), Chinese Candies, Puddings. We will have drawings and coupons awarded throughout the event! Grand Prize: Wii Console; First Prize: Chanel Chance EAU TENDRE; Second Prize: Apple Ipod Shuffle; Third Prize: $20 Gift Card. You will see a big live show: IF YOU ARE THE ONE, as well as some traditional and modern Chinese dancing, singing, and talk shows. PLEASE BRING YOUR FRIENDS, FAMILIES TO JOIN US. Location: USU TSC, Evan N. Stevenson Ballroom. Open To: USU Students Alumni Faculty Staff and the General Public. Admission Info: Adult VIP $9, Adult $5, and Children $3. Website: http://www.usu.edu/cssa Contact: Chao Guo, 435-881-9083, guochao37@hotmail.com

DANCING AT ELITE HALL
This is a big-band swing dance complete with lessons before the dance! We're able to do this on an awesome spring loaded dance floor at Elite Hall. Everybody dresses up in best dress and we dance the night away. You're bound to see some great Lindy Hop and Charleston! Where: 83 W Main, Hyrum. Contact: Mark Lindsey, swing.usu@gmail.com Website: www.usu.edu/swing When: 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month at 7pm. Cost: $3.

CONTRA DANCE
The Cache Valley Folk Dancers and Bridger Folk Music Society are hosting their monthly "first Saturday" contra dance at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Whittier Community Center, 290 N. 400 East in Logan. Will Aoki, from Salt Lake City, will be our caller. A $6 donation is suggested at the door, $3 for children under 12. Beginners and families are welcome and all dances are taught. For more information about contra dancing, call 753-2480 or 753-5987.

SOME GIRLS
USU Theatre Student Association presents: Some Girls. Your career as a writer is blossoming, your beautiful, young fiancee is waiting to get married and rush off to Cancun by your side—so what is your natural reaction? Well, if you're a man, it's probably to get nervous and start calling up old girlfriends. And so begins a single man's odyssey through four hotel rooms as he flies across the country in search of the perfect woman (that he's already broken up with). This outrageously funny and deadly serious portrait of the artist as a young seducer casts a truthful, hilarious light on a typical young American male as he wanders through the heart of darkness that is himself. Where: The Black Box Theatre, USU Chase Fine Arts Center. When: Saturday @ 7:30pm. Cost: $5.

SQUARE DANCING LESSONS
If you want to have a lot of fun, find a new way to exercise and hang out with the craziest bunch of people you’ve ever met, you need to try Square Dancing with us! We dance most Saturday nights from 7:30 until 10:00 The first two lessons are FREE and singles are welcome. Contact: Jerry Andrews 435-890-2397 jerryanda1@live.com Location: 1650 E 1600 N, North Logan, UT


THE 39 STEPS
The Heritage Theatre in Perry presents Alfred Hitchcock's thriller "The 39 Steps". Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have The 39 Steps, a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre! This 2-time Tony® and Drama Desk Award-winning treat is packed with nonstop laughs, over 150 zany characters (played by a ridiculously talented cast of 4), an on-stage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers and some good old-fashioned romance! Where: 2505 S Hwy 89, Perry, UT. When: Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays from January 13th through February 4th at 7:30pm with a matinee on January 21st at 2pm. For tickets and more information please call 435.723.8392 or visit their website at http://www.heritagetheatreutah.com/index.html

IMPROV COMEDY @ LOGAN ARTHOUSE & CINEMA
Logan Out Loud is a local comedy group, that has some of the best talent that we've seen in the valley! Come enjoy the MC "Blaydor", a centacorn (unicorn+centaur), with his atrociously hilarious comments, and PG-13 humor. When Sat 9pm – 10pm. Cost: $5

Ganache



Since I used a cheater's version of ganache in my cookie recipe post last week, I thought I'd do a post about this lovely substance.

Ganache is one of the basic building blocks in the dessert world. It is a versatile ingredient that can elevate a mundane offering into a sought after delicacy. Plus it is just plain fun to say, GA-NOSH!

You can use ganache as a frosting on cookies or a filling in cakes or garnish on pies. Ganache can also be used as a basic jumping off point for making fudge or truffles...just add sugar, flavoring, extra butter and anything else you want to create your own signature dessert. I like to drizzle it into batch of vanilla ice cream when it is almost finished churning to make stracciatella.

So what is Ganache? Ganache is basically scalded cream pour over chopped chocolate, that is then beaten into a smooth consistency. Without further ado, here is my go-to recipe for ganache...

GANACHE




1/2 pint heavy cream
2 T unsalted butter
12 oz. semisweet chocolate

Place a double boiler over medium heat and add the cream and butter, slowly bring it to a simmer. While you are waiting for the cream mixture to simmer, chop up the chocolate and place it in a heat-proof bowl. When the cream begins to boil turn off heat and pour the cream over the chocolate. Allow the mixture to stand for 5 or 6 minutes to give the chocolate time to melt, then beat the mixture by hand until you have a smooth and slightly glossy ganache with no streaks or chunks.

Any unused ganache can be kept in an airtight container for up to a month in the fridge. To re-melt, place container in the microwave for 10 seconds at a time, stirring in between each interval until fully melted.

See, that was easy wasn't it? Here is a link to my recipe for Double Chocolate S'more Brownies which have a wonderful layer of ganache in them...

http://tastykitchen.com/recipes/desserts/double-chocolate-se28099more-brownies/

Here is a more advanced ganache recipe from the "ganache guru" Marcel Desaulniers of The Trellis restaurant in Williamsburg, VA, and host of the PBS show "Death By Chocolate".

Chocolate Caramel Ganache



8 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped into 1/4-inch pieces
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped into 1/4-inch pieces
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/8 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

Place the chopped semisweet and unsweetened chocolate in a 4-quart bowl. Set aside.

In a 1 1/2-quart saucepan, combine the heavy cream and butter over moderate heat and bring to a simmer. Lower the heat to keep the cream hot but not simmering, until needed.

In a 3-quart saucepan, combine the sugar and the lemon juice. Whisk to combine; the sugar will resemble moist sand. Caramelize the sugar for 7 to 8 minutes over moderately-high heat, stirring constantly with a whisk to break up any lumps. The sugar will become clear as it liquefies, then it will brown as it caramelizes. Remove the saucepan from the heat.

Carefully pour about 1/3 of the hot cream into the caramelized sugar. Whisk the caramel until it stops bubbling, then whisk in the remaining cream until smooth. Immediately pour the hot caramel over the chopped chocolate and let stand for 5 minutes, then whisk until very smooth. Serve immediately.

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This Easter try using one these recipes to make your own chocolate eggs...in real egg shells! I got this idea while thinking about this post and thinking about my mom. My mother LOVES ganache and uses it every chance she gets. She also LOVES to hollow out chicken eggs for dying at Easter, instead of hard boiling them first and then dying, because then you can store the hollow eggs and reuse them year after year.



This method involves a little bit of work but the end result is an impressive dessert that you can serve as a grown up treat or as a child's Easter basket goodie that will surprise everyone.


*For Becca R...this shot makes me think of "towel tests" from Zone System class for some reason, I'm pretty proud of my blacks, whites, and mid-ranges in this. Do you think photo majors these days even KNOW what a densitometer is?!?*

Chocolate Easter Eggs

Half dozen white chicken eggs
Egg dye or paints or markers
1 pin, aul, or thumb tack
1 batch of ganache
12 stickers

Dye the uncooked eggs as you would a regular Easter egg*. Let them dry thoroughly. Once the dye is completely dry take your sharp pointy object (pin, aul, or thumb tack) and carefully create holes in the tops and bottoms of the eggs. Make holes large enough for a small pastry bag tip to fit into them.





Use a long T-pin or straight pin to slightly scramble the yolk. Then blow out the inside of the egg. To do this place a bowl in front of you, hold the egg over the bowl with one hole pointing up at you and the other hole pointing down towards the bowl. Put you lips to the upper hole and carefully blow until all the yolk and whites have been blown into the bowl. Repeat with all the eggs. You can then save the egg whites/yolks for another recipe or to make scrambled eggs.



Run very hot water through each hollow eggshell until the water runs clear and no more egg white/yolk runs out. Place the hollow eggs on a silpat covered baking sheet and bake in a 350F oven for 10 to 12 minutes to kill any bacteria that may be lingering inside the shells. Remove tray from oven and allow the eggshells to cool completely.





While the eggshells are cooling prepare your ganache. While the ganache is still very warm pour it into a pastry bag fitted with a small straight tip.



Once the eggshells are completely cooled place one sticker on each of the bottom holes of the eggs then place them in an egg carton to hold them upright.



Place the tip of the pastry bag into each of the top holes and fill the eggs. As you fill the eggs, gentle tap the egg carton up and down on the counter to release and air bubbles that might be inside so that you can fill the eggs up to the top and have as few voids as possible. Once all the eggs are filled place the remaining stickers over the top holes and then place the eggs in the refrigerator or freezer over night.



Remove the eggs from the fridge at least 2 hours before serving so they warm up to room temperature. Cut off the top of each egg and allow your guests to eat the ganache with a small spoon like they would a soft boiled egg.




*If you do not want to dye the eggs you could skip this step and once the eggs are filled you can use markers or paint to decorate the outside of the egg. Also, DO NOT put glitter or glitter glue on the outside of the eggs, it will get in the chocolate and give it an unpleasant gritty texture. I used sharpies to do some simple Valentine's day motifs on my test batch.



Try adding layers of caramel or whisking in some flavored extract to the ganache to individualize the eggs.

Diligent Joy is having a Giveaway



Abby over at Diligent Joy is having a hair care giveaway. Hurry the entry period is today through Wednesday.



Click over to her blog for the details.

http://joyfullyabby.blogspot.com/

Snowshoeing Bunchgrass Creek Trail

Yesterday I had the opportunity to go snowshoeing with a good friend of mine (and frequent summer hiking companion), who provided the equipment for me. I jumped at the chance because I love my friend's company and I love winter sports but rarely have the time or the funds to participate in them.

We decided on Bunchgrass Creek Trail in Logan canyon. This trail is not open to motorized vehicles so we didn't have to worry about dodging snowmobiles. It is also not in a dangerous area for avalanches, there are no steep slopes, cornices, or overhangs rising above the trail. It is a very gradual uphill slope that follows a small creek bed. For those of you who have never used this trail, but are familiar with the canyon, the trailhead is just North of the Tony Grove turnoff.

Here is an excerpt about this trail from the 2004/revised 2006 edition of "Cache Trails" by Jim Sinclair. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in hiking, snowshoeing, or cross-country skiing in the Cache Valley area. It is an excellent resource.



"Destination: Access to White Pine Lake, Tony Grove, or Franklin Basin. Distance/Rating: Easy to moderate. 3.8 miles to the White Pine Creek Trail; 7.5 miles to White Pine Lake; 9.5 miles to Tony Grove; 7 miles to Franklin Basin. Elevation change: +1540 / -230 feet to White Pine Creek Trail, +2750/-1000 feet to Tony Grove. USGS Maps/Trail Number: Tony Grove Creek, Naomi Peak /051. This route provides easy to moderate hiking, cross-country skiing, mountain biking and horse riding from the Logan Canyon Road. Most of the trails here are old wagon roads, with occasional steep and rocky sections. Water can usually be found in sections trickling down Bunchgrass or White Pine Creek. Route: To get to the trailhead, drive about 20 miles up Logan Canyon, near mile marker 481, to a parking area on the right (east) side of the highway 0.5 miles past the Tony Grove Lake turnoff. The starting elevation is 6320 feet. The trail starts across the road 100 yards South of the parking area and behind the highway guardrail. There is an old gate where the trail starts and 0.2 mile up the trail there is another gate and a stream crossing. Mountain bikers have put up a sign showing the possible routes."
We made it safely to the trailhead parking area, pulled on our layers, got out the gear, and got ready to go. A cross country skier that pulled up around the same time as we did was apparently a lot quicker and a lot more eager to be going, as you can see in this shot we were still milling around the car and he was already up on the trail and heading out.



After we crossed the highway we stopped and got our snowshoes on before climbing the first hill.




In case you can't read that sticker it said "User & Gear, Up To 200 lbs", nothing worries a slightly overweight girl more than doing the math in her head to try and determine if her winter clothing, camelbak, and gear are over 45 lbs. Luckily the shoes took the weight just fine so I guess I managed to come in under 200 lbs with everything.

The day was crisp, clear, and perfect for snowshoeing. The trail was popular but not overcrowded. We passed a few other outdoor enthusiasts but we mostly had the trail to ourselves. The only drawback to snowshoeing with a friend is that it can be difficult to hear what the person in front of you is saying. We solved that dilemma by traveling side by side whenever the trail was wide enough to do so, since at least half of our enjoyment of these activities are the conversations we have. Here are a couple photos near the trailhead, the first one is looking Southeast towards the highway from the trail and the second one is looking North from the trail.




There were a few rest/water breaks and the occasional stop to create snow art.















OK I lied when I said "occasional" stop to create snow art, we stopped a lot. We didn't make it all the way to the White Pine trailhead but these trips aren't really about the destination. Anytime we go hiking or skating or snowshoeing it is about enjoying the scenery, getting a little exercise, and spending quality time together in the good weather. I mean when else are you going to be able to spot the elusive giant snow mushroom!


We heard more than saw the wildlife but we did manage to spot a few tracks, although there weren't as many as there were on this same trail last year. I will make a batch of my chocolate cookies for the first person who leaves a comment telling me what animals made these sets of tracks, just leave your answers and an email address where you can be contacted in your comment. The first one is really easy, the second one is difficult.

Animal tracks 1:




Animal tracks 2:




After we turned around and headed back I only took a few photos. For the most part I was just enjoying the relatively easy downhill slope and the forest around us. The sun was getting lower and the shadows were getting longer.








We made it back to the trailhead in better time than we made it to the turnaround. It got quite cold once we stopped moving so we booked it back to the car as quickly as possible.


We decided on the spur of the moment to stop at Rick Springs and take a look around. If you look closely at the last photo you can see the splashes from the water dripping from the icicles on the roof of the cavern down into the pool below.






















The funny thing was that after I got back to my car and started to head home I noticed a flock of birds running across the road between the "golden toaster" and the USU nutrition building. It was more wildlife than I'd seen on the outing in the canyon. These birds are Chukar Partridges. I admit that I didn't know what they were off hand and my husband had to identify them for me.
















If you want to take advantage of the snow this winter make sure to check in with the rangers at the station at the mouth of the canyon. They can give you advice on which trails to take but they can also provide valuable information about snow pack and avalanche conditions. Always let someone know where you are going and when you will be back, just in case something happens while you are in the backcountry. In case you've been living under a rock lately, we are experiencing prime avalanche conditions right now, better safe than sorry!

USU Outdoor Rec has avalanche transmitters available for rent, in addition to the regular winter sports gear. Check out their rentals here: http://www.usu.edu/camprec/htm/orp/gearrentals