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On the cover:

A dollhouse built by Nancy Larsen and Mike Stallcup. Growing up a self-proclaimed tomboy, Larsen never had a dollhouse. In fact, she can’t recall a time during her youth when she even thought about playing with one. Now the mother of two sons can’t get enough. “... I am definitely finding my artistic side,” Larsen says. “My friends tell me I have a gift. I don’t know, maybe I do and maybe I don’t.” Read more on Page 8. Photo by Eli Lucero/Herald Journal

From the editor


NLESS SOMEONE like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” Words of wisdom spoken from the greedy Once-ler in a land of bar-ba-loots, humming fish, swomee swans, truffula trees and thneeds (which, apparently, everyone needs!). No, my fingers aren’t on the wrong keys, I’ve just been reading a little Dr. Seuss this week with my buddy Cole. I found it interesting that there is a link between the beloved author and environmentalism, especially in his 1971 book, “The Lorax.” If you haven’t read it, Dr. Seuss, speaking through his character the Lorax, “warned against mindless progress and the danger it posed to the earth’s natural beauty,” according to A quick synopsis: A boy comes to a dark, abandoned part of town to visit the Once-

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ler and learn about the legend of the Lorax. After he pays the Once-ler “15 cents, a nail, and the shell of a great, great, great grandfather snail,” he tells the boy the story of how his greed grew from a small shop to a towering factory and the destruction of all the truffula trees, which resulted in the eradication of the area’s wildlife. You’ll have to read it to find out what happens in the end, and I highly recommend it. I’ve read a lot of Dr. Seuss over the years, but this was the first time I’d even heard of “The Lorax.” While Cole was enjoying the rhymes (“it’s pronounced bar-BA-loots, Jamie!”) I was enjoying the message that unless somebody cares, nothing will ever get done, and greed can go a long way to destroying someone’s peaceful way of life. I hope you’ll head to the bookstore this weekend and pick it up, especially before it’s made into a movie (which, according to Internet rumor, is in the process). Have a great weekend, everyone! — Jamie Baer Nielson Cache Magazine editor

Gear up for this weekend’s springtime gallery walk!

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pet photo of the week

This dog is available for adoption! Pet: Molly From: Cache Humane Society Why she’s so lovable: “My name is Molly. I am a pit bull/German shepherd mix. I am not aggressive. I am very friendly. I love to play with other dogs. I am friendly with cats. I am potty trained. I love people and am eager to please. I do pretty well off leash. I enjoy chewing on rawhide bones and am possessive with them around other dogs. I like playing tug-of-war. I need to be an inside dog. I love snuggling with people and prefer to sleep on the bed with my human. I would not do well being crated for extended periods, as I have a lot of energy. I will need daily walks. I do tend to jump on people due to my excitement and joy, so I will need to work on that. I also will need more leash training. My foster family thinks I am a treasure.” For more information or to meet Molly, visit the Logan Petsmart between noon and 3 p.m. this Saturday, April 17.

Slow Wave is created from real people’s dreams as drawn by Jesse Reklaw. Ask Jesse to draw your dream! Visit to find out how.

‘Curious Savage’ at the Heritage

“T Katie Jones as Little Red Riding Hood in Terrace Plaza Playhouse’s production of “Into the Woods.”

Cockeyed characters invade woods NTO THE WOODS” WILL “I play at 7:30 p.m. every Friday, Saturday and Monday, April 16

through May 29, at Terrace Plaza Playhouse, 99 E. 4700 South, Ogden. Tickets are $10 and $12 for adults and $7 and $9 for children and can be purchased by calling 801-393-0070. For more information, visit www.terrace An ambivalent Cinderella? A bloodthirsty Little Red Ridinghood? A Prince Charming with a roving eye? A witch who raps? They’re all among the cockeyed characters in the fractured fairy tale “Into the Woods.” When a baker and his wife learn they’ve been cursed with childlessness by the witch next door, they embark on a quest for the special objects required to break the spell. “Into the Woods” stars Brett Johnson of Layton and Jed Broberg of Harrisville as the baker; Sarah Johnson of Layton and Krista Fuller Baer of Clearfield as the baker’s wife; Sally Paskins of Ogden as the witch; and W. Derek Hendricks of Clearfield as the narrator. The rest of the cast includes Laura Stevenson of Ogden and Morgan Richards of South Weber as Cinderella; Lindsey Poll of Syracuse and Katie Jones of Hooper as Little Red Ridinghood; Casey Stratton of Layton and Matthew Richards of South Weber as Jack; and Scott Henderson of Logan as Cinderella’s prince.


Savage” will play at 7:30 p.m. every Monday, Friday and Saturday, April 16 through May 8, at the Heritage Theatre, 2505 S. Highway 89, Perry. A matinee will start at 2 p.m. April 24. Tickets are $9 for adults and $8 for seniors and children. For reservations, call 435-723-8392. “The Curious Savage” is a warm-hearted tale of Mrs. Ethel Savage, a slightly eccentric, extremely wealthy widow. Being the recipient of her deceased husband’s estate, she wants to make the best use of it despite her greedy stepchildren’s selfish attempts to get their hands on it. Mrs. Savage, however, has put her wealth into negotiable bonds in the hopes of establishing a fund to help others realize their hopes and dreams, much to the siblings’ chagrin. They then commit her to a “sanitarium” in hopes of shocking her to her senses. There she meets a variety of social

misfits, all needing exactly the kind of help Mrs. Savage can provide and who eventually appear more sane than those outside the walls of the institution. These individuals immediately endear themselves to Mrs. Savage and, with the help of her newfound friends, Mrs. Savage leads her stepchildren on a merry chase. This production’s cast includes Carolyn Abel of Brigham City as Ethel P. Savage, Mike Bennett of North Ogden as Hannibal, Allen Smith of Ogden as Jeff Meredith, Kajsa Nelson of Salt Lake City as Mrs. Paddy, Courtney Earl of Brigham City as Fairy May, Rachel Carling of Brigham City as Florence Williams, Angie DeGrazio of Salt Lake City as Lilly Belle, Brandon Green of Salt Lake City as Titus, Mike Fenton of Ogden as Samuel, Celeste Cragun of Ogden as Miss Willie, and Nic Velis of Ogden as Dr. Emmett. For more information, visit www.heritagetheatre

The “guests” eavesdropping in “The Curious Savage.”

Old Barn is doing Broadway their way “B

ROADWAY OUR WAY” will play at 7:30 p.m. every Monday, Friday and Saturday, April 16 through May 8, at the Old Barn Community Theatre, 3605 Bigler Road, Collinston. Matinees will show at 2:30 p.m. April 24 and May 1. For reservations, visit www. or call 435-458-2276. “Broadway Our Way” takes the audience on a two-hour trip to the footlights of the Broadway stage. Come experience some of your favorite musical numbers as you’ve never seen them before from shows such as “Singing in the Rain,” “Mame,” “Oklahoma,” “The Secret Garden” and “Guys and Dolls.” While you’re there, discover some new favorites among Broadway’s newer productions including “Hairspray,” “Footloose,” “Spamalot,” “Aida,” “Jekyll & Hyde” and many more.

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All mixed up

Where social issues fuse with theater


Actors John Belliston and Jessica Jackson rehearse a scene from “Do Not Hit Golf Balls Into Mexico.”

Craig Jessop to lead Cache Children’s Choir RAIG JESSOP, C newly named dean of the Caine College of the

Arts at Utah State University, is guest conductor for the Cache Children’s Choirfest and a performance at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, in the Kent Concert Hall of the Chase Fine Arts Center. Admission is free and everyone is invited. The voices of the Cache Children’s Choir will be joined by those from public school programs. Energetic fourth- and fifth-graders from Cache County will entertain

during the concert with a program featuring songs from around the world and closer to home, including a performance of a song written especially for the children’s choir by local composer Jay Richards titled, “My Blessed Canyon Home.” The Cache Children’s Choir provides music instruction and the opportunity for children to be a part of a choir. The CCC is designed to help participants grow through the skills taught in the preschool and four choirs that make up the CCC.

HE FUSION Theatre Project’s latest production, “Do Not Hit Golf Balls Into Mexico,” will play at 7:30 p.m. April 22-24, 28-30 and May 1 at the Caine Lyric Theatre, 28 W. Center, Logan. Tickets are $13 for adults, $11 for senior citizens and USU faculty, $9 for nonUSU students and free to theater faculty and USU students, and available at the Caine School of the Arts Box Office in the Chase Fine Arts Center, FA 138-B, by calling 797-8022 or online at In “Do Not Hit Golf Balls Into Mexico,” the play’s main character, Calvin Wesley, follows the compelling mystery behind the discovery of human bones from 12 Mexican migrants found in the southern Arizona desert. This is a fictional story for mature audiences only, inspired by actual life-and-death events. The characters in the production are based upon interviews conducted by company members during the spring of 2009 around the borderlands of Arizona and Mexico. Presenting the production is the Fusion Theatre Project, an experimental theater company

based at Utah State University that strongly emphasizes socially relevant themes in original progressive theater works. The idea for the production was chosen not because of the politics surrounding the topic, but rather the company’s wish to present the long-standing issue from a humanistic standpoint, said Fusion Theatre Project founder and playwright Shawn Fisher. John Belliston, a senior at USU majoring in theater who plays the main character, Calvin Wesley, hopes attendees gain an understanding of the complexity of the current United States and Mexico border issue. “It’s an exploration towards American attitudes,” said Fisher. “As Americans, we often look down on Mexican migrants because we think they’re lazy, but we fail to see these people have walked hundreds of miles through scorching desert to go to work so they can feed their families.” Cast members include USU students and several faculty members and professionals. While in the process of writing the play, company members from the Fusion Theatre Project gained inspiration by interviewing border patrol, Mexican

migrants, Arizona residents and people on both sides of the border while walking trails Mexican migrants had walked only minutes before. The play has nothing to do with golf. An actual sign at the Fort Brown Memorial Golf Course in Browning, Texas, states, “Do Not Hit Golf Balls Into Mexico,” and provided not just an eye-catching title, but a pervading metaphor for the production, the playwright said. Many Americans think of Mexico as their little playground, Fisher said. He believes Americans look down on others trying to accomplish what our ancestors did a long time ago. “We aren’t trying to convince anyone on a certain political view,” said Fisher. “We hope the audience walks away realizing, whatever their political point of view is, we are dealing with human beings and we need to understand and respect what they have to go through.” “Do Not Hit Golf Balls Into Mexico” is a funny, dark and emotionally provocative exploration of a current social issue by both the dynamic characters and audience. For information, visit caine

Unicorn Theatre opens new play NICORN PILLOW THEATRE WILL U present “Run to the Roadhouse Nellie! (He Can’t Corner You There)” at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 17 and 24, at the Unicorn Theatre in the Bullen Center, 43 S. Main, Logan. Admission is $2. In this melodrama set in the Wild West, the dastardly villain Hugo Swindle and his mysterious friend Sheila Baggage try to cheat the poor widow Harriet Gauge and her attractive young daughter, Nelli, out of their rightful property. Can Sterling Worth, our clueless hero, save the day? Come and find out! This show is full of popcorn throwing and booing and cheering!


County Courthouse S.E. Needham Jewelers

Federal Avenue The Studio The Art Center

100 North Main Street

Winborg Art Gallery

St. John’s Episcopal Church

Center Street

Utah Public Radio Fuhriman’s Framing AVA Gallery

100 South sans by providing tools and supplies to rebuild workshops. • Caffe Ibis Gallery Deli (52 Federal Ave.) will feature “Wallpaper: A Ceramic Installation” by Aurora Hughes Villa. • Mountain Place Gallery will display the first phase of the

former Logan Hotel renewal project at 123 N. Main, featuring art by Russ Fjeldsted. A variety of art will be on display including oils, watercolors and pastels depicting Cache Valley and the Bear Lake area along with western memorabilia.

Women’s Choir presents ‘Images’ will be available at the door. The group will also sing a contemHE UTAH STATE The concert will feature several porary number, “Java Jive.” T Women’s Choir, under the barbershop arrangements for the The Women’s Choir will join direction of Bonnie Slade, will present their popular “Images” spring concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 16, at USU’s Performance Hall. The concert will highlight the USU Women’s Choir performing a variety of American favorites including “Danny Boy,” “A Girl’s Garden” and “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” with Trevor Teuscher on trumpet. Tickets are $8 and

Women’s Choir and the A-Chords barbershop quartet. The newly formed A-Chords are comprised of USU vocal students Nathan Owens, tenor; James Harris, lead; Jaron Putnam, baritone; and Max Moreno, bass. They will perform standard barbershop selections such as “Under the Boardwalk” and “Classic Barbershop Medley.”

Caffe Ibis

The Sportsman

100 East

200 North

Global Village Gifts

werda’s “Finding ExtraorHE ANNUAL dinary in the Ordinary.” spring Gallery Walk Whitney is a local artist who will be held from 6 uses traditional photographic to 9 p.m. Friday, April 16, and oil painting techniques and will feature many talentas well as a unique digital ed artists at various galleries painting method in proand businesses in downtown ducing her pieces. She Logan. The walk is free and also incorporates different open to the public. For more materials such as metal and information, call 753-2970 stained wood to offer style or e-mail ava_gallery@ and original flavor to each Some participatwork of art. In her pieces ing locations include: she works to illustrate open• The Alliance for the Varended messages with both ied Arts (35 W. 100 South) By Kristy Jordan visceral and aesthetic appeal. will feature the artwork of • The Cache County Cache Valley high school By Richard Justis Courthouse (199 N. Main) students. This annual high will feature the permanent school art show will run exhibit of Cache Valley art from through May 14 and and photography. Enjoy has a wide variety of styles, turn-of-the-century photos mediums and creativity. of Shoshone Indians living • Fuhrimans Framing and in Cache Valley as well as Fine Art (75 S. Main) will contemporary and historic be featuring new coyote art by regional artists such cartoons by Jerry Fuhriman. as Minerva Teichert, Kent These beloved pieces are Wallis, Jerry Fuhriman, Ev fun to look at and instantly Thorpe and Lynda Burrus. recognizable. • Global Village Gifts • Utah Public Radio (43 (146 N. 100 East) will feaS. Main) will present part ture two types of Haitian of the Utah State University artwork during the gallery family — five emerging phoWalk. Using simple tools, tographers will present a col- By Whitney Ferwerda metal sculptures are created lection of works that reveal from recycled oil drums hidden truths in concealed These are local photographers that clutter the shores in Haiti. identities, chosen characters of all skill levels with varied These sculptures vary from simand veiled personalities. It’s a subject interest; their work ple designs to complex, threemasquerade of sorts, celebrating will vary from portraiture to dimensional pieces. River stone liberty of expression and modes landscapes to flowers to fighter carvings are the other feature of identity without the conseplanes. All are welcome to join — stones are carved and polquences of owning the persona. the group and bring submis• The Studio (106 N. Church sions. Some work will be avail- ished to make textured sculpSt.) will feature work from tures. A portion of the evening’s able for purchase. members of the Cache Valley sales will be donated to Haitian • The Sportsman (129 N. Photographers Meetup Group. Earthquake relief to assist artiMain) will present Whitney Fer-

the quartet in performing the standard “Lida Rose/Will I Ever Tell You?” from “The Music Man.” In addition, The Kingsmen, a local barbershop quartet that has been entertaining local audiences for 30 years, will make a guest appearance. All of the groups will join together for the final number, “How Can I Keep from Singing?”

The A-Chords

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Film New this week “Kick Ass” Rated R ★★★1⁄2 Director Matthew Vaughn has made a superhero action comedy so funny fans might need to see it again just to catch the gags they missed from laughing so hard the first time. The film is seriously, nastily violent, both satirizing the excesses of superhero flicks and showing genuine, hurtful consequences of the cartoon action Hollywood serves up. As an 11-year-old masked vigilante, supporting player Chloe Grace Moretz simply owns this movie, deliriously complemented by Nicolas Cage as her doting but dotty dad. They team up with a costumed comic-book geek (Aaron Johnson) to take on a crime boss (Mark Strong) and his son, a supervillain wannabe (Christopher Mintz-Plasse). Alternately sweet, savage and scary, Moretz makes you believe she really could beat the stuffing out of grown men two or three times her size. It’ll never happen, but she deserves a supporting-actress nomination come Academy Awards time. R for strong brutal violence throughout, pervasive language, sexual content, nudity and some drug content — some involving children. 118 min. “Oceans” Rated G (N/A) A review for “Oceans” was not available from The Associated Press. In lieu, please accept this synopsis from “Disneynature, the studio that presented the record-breaking film ‘Earth,’ brings ‘Oceans’ to the big screen on Earth Day 2010. Nearly three-quarters of the Earth’s surface is covered by water and ‘Oceans’ boldly chronicles the mysteries that lie beneath. Directors Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud dive deep into the very waters that sustain all of mankind — exploring the playful splendor and the harsh reality of the weird and wonderful creatures that live within. Featuring spectacular never-before-seen imagery captured by the latest underwater technologies,

New this week!

“Letters to God” Rated PG (10%) A review for “Letters to God” was not available from The Associated Press. In lieu, please accept this synopsis from www.rottentomatoes. com: “A heartfelt tale of inspiration, hope and redemption, ‘Letters to God’ is the story of what happens when one boy’s walk of faith crosses paths with one man’s search for meaning. The resulting transformational journey touches the lives of everyone around them. Tyler Doherty (Tanner Maguire) is an extraordinary 8-year-old boy. Surrounded by a loving family and community, and armed with the ‘Oceans’ offers an unprecedented look beneath the sea in a powerful yet enchanting motion picture.” Rated G. 100 min.

Still playing “Date Night” Rated PG-13 ★1⁄2 Steve Carell and Tina Fey’s night out is not so much a bad date as a sad date. These are two of the funniest people ever on television, yet this big-screen comedy is a dreary, uninspired waste of their talents — and those of the top-name cast inexplicably appearing in throwaway roles, including Mark Wahlberg, Mark Ruffalo and James Franco. The movie manages the barest glimmers of the droll humor of Carell’s “The Office” and the snappy wit of Fey’s “30 Rock.” Carell and Fey have an easy, affectionate rapport as run-down parents whose big

courage of his faith, he faces his daily battle against cancer with bravery and grace. To Tyler, God is a friend, a teacher and the ultimate pen pal — Tyler’s prayers take the form of letters, which he composes and mails on a daily basis. The letters find their way into the hands of Brady McDaniels (Jeffrey S.S. Johnson), a beleaguered postman standing at a crossroads in his life. At first he is confused and conflicted over what to do with the letters. But the decision he ultimately makes becomes a testament to the quiet power of one boy’s shining spirit and unshakeable faith.” PG for thematic material. evening out leads to mistaken identity and sets them on the run from crooks. The actors try hard to make it work, but the lowbrow sensibilities of director Shawn Levy (the “Night at the Museum” movies) leave them tottering through painful verbal exchanges, lame stunts and other dreadfully unfunny hijinks. PG-13 for sexual and crude content throughout, language, some violence and a drug reference. 88 min. “The Last Song” Rated PG ★★ Have you heard the one about the two photogenic kids who meet cute in a Southern beach town, overcome differences in class and temperament and fall madly in love only to find that, in this cruel, cruel world, tragedy finds a way of trumping hormones? Dear God, it’s “Dear John,” right? Yes. But

it’s also “The Last Song,” the second Nicholas Sparks movie to hit theaters in the past two months, a development only moonstruck teen girls and the facial tissue industry will welcome. Sparks wrote “The Last Song” at the behest of Miley Cyrus, the Disney Channel star who will soon end her run on the “Hannah Montana” TV series and wants to expand her brand into movies. Her young female fan base will likely be OK with her first try. Others might be tiring of Sparks’ use of death as a plot device. With Greg Kinnear and Liam Hemsworth. PG for thematic material, some violence, sensuality and mild language. 101 min. “Clash of the Titans” Rated PG-13 ★★ Who wants to be a god, anyway? That’s the principle twist inserted into the remake of the sometimes fondly recalled, technologically dated 1981 film about the fury of the gods of

Mount Olympus and the rise of the young, earthly demigod Perseus. This time, Perseus (Sam Worthington) bears a distaste for his godlike nature. He fights a serpentine Medusa, the sea monster Kraken and other mythical beasts for mankind, not for the deities. Liam Neeson plays the angry god Zeus, while Ralph Fiennes, in a cloud of black smog, plays Hades. Directed by Louis Leterrier (2008’s “The Incredible Hulk”), “Titans” will lure moviegoers chiefly by its digital effects (which are good but forgettable) and its promise of 3-D spectacle (which, having been converted from 2-D to 3-D in post, disappoints altogether). Worthington, the Australian star of “Avatar,” doesn’t supply the charisma the movie needs and the whole thing feels like a joyless slog. PG-13 for fantasy action violence, some frightening images and brief sensuality. 106 min. — All reviews by The Associated Press


EATH AT A Funeral” begins as a close-knit African American family prepares for their father’s funeral. Aaron (Chris Rock) is trying to hold the family together even though he’s unable to hold his own life together — he’s still living with his parents after all this time. Ryan (Martin Lawrence) is the rock-star novelist of the family; as a famous author, he only makes it out to see his family during times such as this. Other members of the family arrive including Elaine (Zoe Saldana), niece of the deceased, and her boyfriend, Oscar (James Marsden). Everyone’s got problems with everyone in the family. At least that’s what we surmise from the opening few minutes of the film. Aaron is being harped on by his wife to get to baby-making because she’s getting old; Aaron’s mom, while grieving for his father, still has time to jab him a few times that she has yet to see a grandkid enter her life; Ryan and Aaron are at each other’s throats because deep down Ryan is a deadbeat and Aaron is jealous of him and his published novels; Elaine is facing the heat from her father, who hates Oscar … and so on and so on. Tracy Morgan appears here as Norman, whose role in the family is never actually explained. No matter — there’s so much stuff going on you’ll end up forgetting half of it. When Aaron and Ryan end up being blackmailed by their father’s gay lover (don’t worry,

The Reel Place By Aaron Peck

★★ “Death at a Funeral” Rated R

this isn’t a spoiler; it’s spelled out in every trailer for the film), things really get out of hand. As a remake of the British version of the same name, director Niel LaBute revels in the mundane most of the time, with only a few comedic glimmers of hope here and there. During a misunderstanding, Oscar ends up taking a hallucinogenic drug. The results are the best thing about the movie. Marsden steals every scene he’s in. He’s the very best part of the film. In a part that could so easily end up being overacted, he plays it with such hilarity that it’s worth seeing the film just for his performance. Sadly, the rest of the film isn’t as interesting. It’s one gag after another, as the brothers,

Ryan and Aaron, run around the house trying to fix mess after mess so they can have a proper funeral for their dad. Chris Rock has a tough time not sounding like he’s going to break into a stand-up comedy monologue, while Martin Lawrence gives us all the creeps as he eyes an 18-year-old girl the entire movie. Morgan is even involved in a poop gag with Danny Glover that may actually induce gagging. It’s horrendous. From one end of the comedic spectrum with Marsden’s per-

formance, to the other end with disgusting, unfunny poop jokes — that’s how LaBute rolls here. The ending feels utterly contrived and predictable. We know how it will all turn out and the lessons that will be learned. Tolerance will overcome and they’ll all be better people because of their experiences. Even with Marsden’s brilliant performance, Morgan is still covered in poo. If I had to pick which one better defines the movie as a whole, it would be the latter.

Film critic Aaron Peck has a bachelor’s degree in English from USU. He also writes for, HighDefDigest. com, and is starting up a new movie Web site called He currently lives in Logan. He is among a number of freelance writers whose columns appear in The Herald Journal as part of an effort to expose readers to a variety of community voices. He is not an employee of the newspaper. Feedback at aaronpeck46@

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‘Death at a Funeral’ revels in mundane

A passion for dollhouses By Shawn Harrison


Photos by Eli Lucero

rowing up a selfproclaimed tomboy, Nancy Larsen never had a dollhouse. In fact, she can’t recall a time during her youth when she even thought about playing with one, or even dolls. That has changed in a big way. The mother of two sons can’t get enough of them. Perhaps she’s catching up for time not spent playing with a dollhouse. “I don’t know about that, but I am definitely finding my artistic side,” Larsen said. “My friends tell me I have a gift. I don’t know, maybe I do and maybe I don’t.” Larsen, who dabbles in many artistic endeavors from painting to arranging dried leaves in picture frames, has developed a true passion for dollhouses. While she admits to playing with them a little, the 52-yearold native of Erie, Pa., really enjoys building them. “I’m always working on something or playing with it,” Larsen said. “My sister and I played with it for several hours on Sunday.” With the help of neighbor and friend Mike Stallcup, the two can be found most evenings working on their latest creation in progress — a log cabin dollhouse. “It wasn’t supposed to be a log cabin,” Stallcup said. “It was going to be an old country house.” “We thought, let’s turn it into a log cabin,” Larsen said. “I’ve already started building the furniture. I’m going to make bunk beds.” Stallcup bought some wood dowels and started turning the house into a log cabin. “We just make it up as we go,” Stallcup said. “Once you get the walls up, the basics,

then you can modify it, whatever comes to mind.” Larsen and Stallcup then start listing all the ideas they have for their house under construction. The most recently completed house is for sale. Larsen and Stallcup haven’t added up all the hours spent in its construction, but it is many. It is also very special to both, who worked on it every day for nearly two months. “I wish I could live in it,” Larsen said with a laugh. She enlisted Stallcup, “who can build really good,” and Larsen continues to take care of decorating and other tiny details, like the pictures on the walls, the curtains, rugs and food (which includes fried eggs and hard-boiled eggs in the refrigerator), a pizza and a jar of pickles, to name just a few of the items. “It is just fun to do these,” Larsen said. “... My mind just never shuts off.” “She just goes absolutely nuts with this,” said Stallcup, who works construction during the day. “I just build it and she decorates it. I just put them together. She gets the ideas and I build it. “I made the fireplace and the picture frames. I did the hardwood flooring and stained that. I built the sewing table and put the stairs in. ... There is a lot of

Nancy Larsen and Mike Stallcup detail that goes into them.” He also did the roofing, which is individual wood shingles. Stallcup hand cut each shingle. Before moving to Cache Valley, the 48-year-old Stallcup lived in California where he built five dollhouses, which were given away as gifts. “I never got as in-depth as this,” Stallcup said. “I would just build them and paint them. Nancy decided, ‘Let’s furnish them.’ ... I wouldn’t have gone into all that detail and decorated it like she has.” Stallcup had broken his hand and was off work for a while, so Larsen decided to keep him busy and got him working on a dollhouse. Where do the ideas come from? “I don’t know,” Larsen said. “A lot of times I just dream of it. The toilet paper holder here

(pointing to the bathroom of the recently completed house), I thought of it just laying in bed. I just think of these things, it’s like a light bulb goes off. We put our heads together on a lot of it.” “She is so proud of that toilet paper holder,” Stallcup said. There is also a personal touch Larsen likes to add to each house — a golden retriever puppy. It is in honor of her own golden retriever, Annie. Larsen’s interest in building dollhouses actually started with shadow boxes. One shadow box, called “M&N Bakery,” is displayed above the oven in her kitchen. The “M&N” stand for Mike and Nancy. “Mike and I made the bakery shadow box first,” Larsen said. “I love making the food. The bread is real dough, then you put a gloss on it. I like making all the foods. It’s just so fun

with the clay they have these days.” A miniature store in Trolley Square in Salt Lake City inspired Larsen with the shadow-box idea. The store had all sorts of settings. “I would spend hours in there,” Larsen said. “Anything you can think of, they had it in miniature. It was just fascinating to me.” A shadow box is a scene. She and Stallcup recently finished a cabin scene for Larsen’s son, who loves the outdoors. It includes a stone fireplace, shelves full of books, skis and poles and elk antlers hanging on the wall. “It’s just like the inside of a cabin,” Larsen said. “You can do anything.” The bakery shadow box includes all sorts of foods, which are made from real dough, wood dowels, little pasta stuffed with cotton to resemble lady fingers and some “really old” Barbie doll cups. The floor is paper with magic marker. “We just think of all sorts of crazy things to do,” Larsen said. “We really had a good time with that.” They built their first shadow box five years ago and have continued to come up with ideas. Larsen has plans for “a big one” — a general store with

many shelves and a counter. Her vision is something similar to the general store from the television show “Little House on the Prairie.” The duo uses various items to decorate and build the houses. Two items that are used the most are glue and paint. They may take some dollhouses to November-

fest and perhaps enter them in the fair, if they haven’t sold by then. “It’s just turned into one big hobby,” Stallcup said. “I play golf and have other hobbies, but with this you can cut loose and be creative. It takes your mind off everything. I like it.” The two like to keep busy and would entertain any ideas people have.

They would love to do it and make money, but for now it’s something they enjoy after their day jobs. “If someone has an idea and would like us to build it, we would run with it,” Larsen said. “I would love to get orders with some sort of a theme or even ideas for the shadow boxes.” Nancy Larsen can be reached at 435-881-3155.

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All mixed up

Students show off years of work with BFA exhibit


The poster for the Senior BFA Exhibit draws elements from the wide array of art included in the exhibition.

T IS A BUSY TIME of year as graduating seniors at Utah State University prepare to meet the world. Papers are being written, exams taken and final projects completed. Included in those activities is the excitement of graduating seniors in USU’s department of art who are preparing their annual Senior Bachelor of Fine Art Exhibition. The students will present the best of their original artwork in the year-ending Senior BFA Exhibit, opening Monday, April 19, at the Twain Tippetts Gallery of the Chase Fine Arts Center at USU. Student organizers will host a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 23, at the gallery. There will be refreshments and live music, and everyone is invited. The exhibit will run through April 30.

Many of the students have spent their entire college education preparing for this event. “For art students, the Senior BFA Exhibition is the graduation ceremony,” said John Neely, professor in the ceramics program. “This is the students’ opportunity to show off their skills and present the best artwork they have created while earning their BFA degrees.” Printmaking student Kera Baker said the show is a way to celebrate what students have spent four or more years accomplishing through their training and study. The exhibit is the pinnacle moment in the young artists’ undergraduate careers. All fine art areas at USU are represented in the exhibit, including artwork from sculpture, painting, photography, ceramics, illustration and print-

making. Much of the artwork will be available for purchase. More than 20 artists will exhibit artwork this year. The students have created the art and orchestrated the exhibition, completing all planning, publication, organization and final installation. Organizers said the full preparation provides an opportunity to become ready for post-graduation careers. The students have also prepared résumés, artist statements and images to create professional portfolios. The BFA program in art is described as among the most demanding at USU. Earning the degree requires additional commitments of time, academic requirements and creative output. The BFA degree in art prepares students to become professional artists.

Meet the mysterious Leon Redbone HE CACHE T Valley Center for the Arts will present pop culture

icon Leon Redbone at 7:30 p.m. April 20 and 21 at the Ellen Eccles Theatre. Tickets are $16, $18, $20 and $22 and can be purchased at www. or at the CVCA Ticket Office, 43 S. Main, Logan. Redbone is one of the

world’s most mysterious and fascinating performers. He is known for his distinctive white fedora, dark glasses, mustache and scruffy baritone voice. This Neo-Vaudevillian crooner captivates audiences with a combination of pre-World War II ragtime, urban folk, jazz, blues and Tin Pan Alley classics. Accompanied by Paul Azaro

on piano, this performance blends lyrical satire, cynicism, comedy and skilled instrumentals. Though his iconic guise has been thoroughly satirized in mainstream media, it’s easy to overlook what a genuinely gifted artist he remains — a role he inevitably tries to downplay. “In some ways I’ve always been complacent

in my approach to music,” Redbone says. “So in some ways maybe I’m the pure definition of consistent.” The careers of performers who reside in the limelight are usually short-lived and overexposed. So it’s refreshing to encounter Leon Redbone, who has for decades remained so musically resonant and personally elusive.

Photo by Nancy Depra

USU guitar groups perform spring concert ULTIPLE GUITAR M ensembles at Utah State University will be fea-

tured in a spring concert and are ready to share their music with a year-ending event. Acoustic and electric guitar will be featured at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 20, at USU’s Performance Hall. Tickets are $8 for the general public

and free for USU students, available at the Caine School of the Arts Box Office in the Chase Fine Arts Center, by calling 797-8022 or online at USU’s Guitar Program has a loyal following, according to Mike Christiansen, director of the program and a faculty member

in USU’s Department of Music. Mike Christiansen will direct the acoustic ensembles for the concert and Corey Christiansen will direct the electric ensemble. Two acoustic groups will be featured, including a five-member group and a 13member group affectionately named “Guitarmageddon”

by its members. A sampling of selections include “Trio in D” by Mayeur, “Quiet Nights” by Jobim and “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” by the Beatles. A sampling of tunes by the electric ensemble includes “Take the A-Train” by Strayhorn, “Vitamin Q” by the Dixie Dreggs and “Skinny Big” by Corey Christiansen.


T HAS BEEN A BAD couple weeks. Let me try to explain. It was a normal Saturday afternoon and I was trying to catch up on the banquet of entertainment TiVo had recorded for my later viewing pleasure. I kept getting interrupted because I had to constantly adjust the volume because there was all this noise coming from somewhere outside. Apparently the Hispanic kids across the street were bouncing balls, riding bikes and playing games in their front yard. This went on for hours until I finally went out on the front porch and yelled, “Hey! Why don’t you go inside and play video games like the rest of the fat, sullen American kids in the neighborhood?” I mean, really, who do these immigrants think they are? Don’t they know playing outside annoys people who are trying to be sedentary? I don’t know, maybe they weren’t Hispanic; they might have been Polynesian or Indian, but they certainly weren’t Americans. The week kept getting worse. I was persuaded to leave the house go to this stupid Beat Poetry Night thing. There were hundreds of these young people seemingly ecstatic about words and reading stuff out loud. They had notebooks that were actually notebooks rather than small computers. They were writing stuff out in some strange font on paper. What they wrote looked like words on a computer screen only spaced differently and highly variable. It made my eyes hurt. Some of them were able to translate these etchings and read them into a microphone. A lot of the stuff they read didn’t rhyme, yet it still elicited applause. There were even gay people there not being mocked. This went on for 2½ hours and nobody left the room screaming. Shouldn’t these kids be at home updating their Facebook pages and texting each other? The Internet lost a lot of business that night. The very next Friday I was forced to photograph these teenage robot-building geeks. I love well-crafted malevolent robot movies and even think those little robot vacuum cleaners are sort of cute. However, these kids were spending hundreds of hours and thousands of

Slightly Off Center By Dennis Hinkamp

dollars building robots for what? Some college scholarship? Applause? Trophies? It’s not like you couldn’t accomplish the same goals by learning to throw something really, really far, fast or accurately. This robot contest was possibly the craziest thing I have ever seen. There were cheerleaders and parents dancing the Macarena there. It was like they were on drugs, only they weren’t. Stuff like Woodstock is petty predictable, but hundreds of smart kids dancing around and cheering for robots they actually made themselves? A rock concert, football-game atmosphere celebrating science? Stuff like this is going to ruin this country. We’re raising a small army of science nerds who may never buy a hunting license or attend a tailgate party. Like I said, it has been a rough two weeks. I’m not used to seeing what’s right with America. Dennis Hinkamp hates that he can’t hate all kids these days. He is among a number of freelance writers whose columns appear in The Herald Journal as part of an effort to expose readers to a variety of community voices. He is not an employee of the newspaper. Feedback at

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Kids these days!

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Fast food is tasty, but not always satisfying By Lael Gilbert



fast-food hamburger gave me pause. I was pondering utilitarianism, the idea that the right thing to do is what brings the greatest good to the greatest number of people. It is a fairly straightforward way to make decisions in life. Free speech? Good. Telemarketing? Bad. Libraries? Good. Looting? Bad. Monster truck rallies? Well ... Monster truck rallies make people happy, but the pleasure experienced attending a monster truck rally does not equal the pleasure of say … going to Utah Festival Opera. “Greater moral pursuits are those which engage our higher human faculties,” wrote John Stuart Mill, political philosopher and advocate of utilitarianism.

“Higher human faculties,” I thought, as I gorged the burger and washed it down with carbonated corn syrup. Why do I choose to eat this stuff, the culinary equivalent of a monster truck rally, when there is greater culinary “good” out there? I enjoy roasted garlic artisan bread, ripe tart cherries and prosciutto-stuffed baguettes, but sometimes I eat hamburgers. Not the made-athome-on-the-grill kind, but the kind that come wrapped in wax paper accompanied by skinny limp fries. The kind that carry little nutritional value, too much salt and make you fat. I’m not alone. If you count the number of prosciuttostuffed baguettes available for purchase in Cache Valley compared to the number of fast-food

hamburgers, the hamburgers win. We line up in our cars with fistfuls of bills to buy hamburgers, not prosciutto-stuffed baguettes. People choose them, so a utilitarian would say hamburgers must serve the greater good. I would argue that prosciutto-stuffed baguettes are the higher culinary experience, but the masses choose processed meat on deflated white bread. Food that is “good” could be defined in many ways. It could be broccoli because it is nutritionally good for our bodies. It could be steak because it tastes good (but in another country, that same category might include goat intestines). It might be what lifts our souls in a culinary sense, like key-lime pie, or it might be tofu — food that allows humans to continue living (and consuming) the earth on a large scale. It could be rice and beans, food that is fair to eat ... for us and for the people in Namibia, Uruguay and China. From a utilitarian standpoint, whatever “good” we value most will be the one we choose. You already know the detriments of fast food. Fast food holds partial blame for the obesity epidemic in the United States. It fills our bellies with fat and chemicals, but doesn’t provide vitamins and nutrients

Dance ensemble to present an evening of modern dance ALLEY DANCE V Ensemble will present an evening of modern

dance featuring original choreography at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 24, at the Ellen Eccles Theatre. Tickets are $12 for adults, $6 for students and children and $25 per family, and available at the Eccles Theatre box office, by call-

ing 752-0026 or online at “Moveable Parts” will feature Valley Dance Ensemble’s adult performing company and junior performing company, and highlight students from the community dance classes. Original choreography by Salt Lake-based guest choreographers Lori Higbee

and Amber T. Wade, and Valley Dance Ensemble company members, will be performed. Explore a range of movement possibilities inspired by paranoia, motherhood, the push/pull of decision making, the beauty of chaos and monsters under the bed. A reception will follow the performance.

necessary to stay healthy. Fast food doesn’t do great good for a great number of people, and yet we still choose that burger. A utilitarian would argue that we all benefit from cheap consumer goods, said Christy Glass, assistant professor of sociology at Utah State University. As Americans we value plentiful, cheap stuff. You could say fast food is the most democratic industry in the country because everyone can afford it. In every class, people defend what is accessible, she said. Americans also value convenience over quality. People work more jobs and longer hours. More households are becoming dual income, and yet wages are declining. People have less time to cook, and families feel cash-strapped. The cheapest food is the worst food, but it is easy to get your hands on, Glass said. So the reason we eat fast food is probably the same reason we watch “The Simpsons” rather than read “Hamlet” on Friday night. Although we know Shakespeare is a higher experience, “The Simpsons” is funny. We don’t have to tax our brain with vocabulary, understand historical context or challenge our moral system. Maybe we understand that Shakespeare

could lift our souls and intellects, but we value saving time over investing our time in the higher experience. But it isn’t satisfying. I watch “The Simpsons” and forget the plot as soon as the credits roll. I eat three fast-food hamburgers and still feel like I need more. I crave the higher experience, even though my current values allow me to choose the lower. “It is better to be a human being dissatisfied than a pig satisfied,” wrote Mill. “Better to be Socrates dissatisfied than a fool satisfied. And if the fool or the pig are of a different opinion, it is because they only know their side of the question.” I don’t think there is anything wrong with eating a fast-food burger, watching “The Simpsons” or attending a monster truck rally on occasion, as long as we understand the hunger we feel after these experiences is really a dissatisfaction, a signal to reach higher and invest ourselves in something greater, not to reach for the Pepto-Bismol.

Lael Gilbert is a food lover and freelance writer living in Logan. She is among a number of freelance writers whose columns appear in The Herald Journal as part of an effort to expose readers to a variety of community voices. Feedback at

Author Nibi Soto releases new fantasy By Sue Rakes


EGINNING IN chapter one, readers will relate to the characters in “Beyond the Map’s Boundary: A Timely Sort of Adventure,” a new fantasy by Nibi Soto. Who hasn’t fallen asleep on a blanket after a picnic lunch during a summer afternoon? This is where ordinary events end and readers are transported into a world of time travel and glowing-blue footprints, magic, divvys, trekkers, incantations, hidden staircases, romance and adventure. When Kash and Amber Bott awaken to the sound of thunder and the crack of lightning after falling asleep at their picnic, Amber knows she must run for her life or the lightning will kill her. As she and her husband


HIS IS A NOVEL on old-fashioned themes: mother’s love and, perhaps even deeper, mother’s grief. In the first half of Anna Quindlen’s “Every Last One,” the many characters, some lightly sketched, live ordinary lives in a contemporary atmosphere of mundane concerns: What can stop whole colonies of bees from disappearing? What wages should be paid to illegal Mexican immigrants? No tragedy looms. Almost all are educated, well-off people in a small American city. At least one family is prosperous enough to afford a Christmas gift of two round-trip tickets to Lon-

don for a literary daughter, still in high school. Only in the second half does the disaster artfully emerge, and the dimensions of the grief it evokes. This isn’t a novel of entertainment, though the first half has some wry and amusing comment on American family life with a dog named Ginger. Quindlen — her narrative style could make a page-turner out of a gas bill — won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary, and is the author of other novels and nonfiction books. There are also other kinds of love in this latest story, including a case of puppy love that develops into mindless, murderous rage. There may have been consequences,

About the author ...

ibi Soto grew up along the Wasatch mountains of Utah, in the Great Salt Lake valley. She’s a graduate of Weber State University, Brigham Young University and the Art Center College of Design. She has an undergraduate degree in communication design, a master’s degree in professional leadership and a specialized degree in industrial design. She was inducted into the WSC Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997,

holds the world women’s fast-pitch batting record, and has been a certified athletic trainer, intercollegiate coach, musician, industrial designer, artist, educator, author and professional speaker. Soto is the quintessential Renaissance woman; to her, the biggest thrills in life come from being with her family, acquiring more and more knowledge, discovering new skills and traveling the world. For more information, visit

Nibi Soto will host a reading and book signing from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 24, at the Logan Borders. She will be wearing her famous mask and there will be a drawing for signed posters.

ers struggling with the new and interesting words the author uses to tell the story. Soto has traveled the world since she was a young child.

‘Last One’ about mother’s love, grief for her family By The Associated Press


Kash, who is her Striker, try to find shelter, they know Amber’s only hope is to find a footprint — a glowing blue footprint. When she sees the footprint, someone else also sees it and with a harsh laugh covers it with his foot. It is then too late for Amber; lightning strikes her from behind and with a bright green light she is gone. Author Nibi Soto has written this novel as the first in a series of time-travel adventures. While aimed primarily at a young adult audience, like the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling, this series will likely appeal to readers of all ages. The author has thoughtfully added a dictionary of words and terms in the back of the book, which will be helpful to read-

too, from the whim of a sensitive woman who loves her husband — moderately — but falls into a short, meaningless affair. What she recalls from the affair most sharply is the livid brand on her thigh from a gypsum wallboard nail in an unfinished garage. That scar, at least, didn’t last. The second half is devoted almost entirely to the grief of a mother, Mary Beth. She tells the story herself, gradually revealing the disaster. Her mourning is never resolved, but that doesn’t make the story dull. If you pick up “Every Last One” to read a few pages after dinner, you’ll want to read another chapter, and another and another, until you get to bed late, feeling sad for her.

Her fascination with antiquities has led to her interest in time travel. “The novel came into being when I needed something fun in

my life,” she says. Readers will no doubt find this book fun and filled with adventure, causing them to look forward to the next trip!

* This week’s New York Times Bestseller List * HARDCOVER FICTION 1. “Silver Borne” by Patricia Briggs 2. “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett 3. “Caught” by Harlan Coben 4. “Deception” by Jonathan Kellerman 5. “House Rules” by Jodi Picoult HARDCOVER NONFICTION 1. “The Big Short” by Michael Lewis 2. “Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang” by Chelsea Handler 3. “The Pacific” by Hugh Ambrose 4. “Courage and Consequence” by Karl Rove 5. “Mount Pleasant” by Steve Poizner PAPERBACK NONFICTION 1. “Conservative Victory” by Sean Hannity 2. “Are You There, Vodka? ...” by Chelsea Handler 3. “The Blind Side” by Michael Lewis 4. “Eat, Pray, Love” by Elizabeth Gilbert 5. “My Horizontal Life” by Chelsea Handler HARDCOVER ADVICE 1. “Giada at Home” by Giada De Laurentiis 2. “Women, Food and God” by Geneen Roth 3. “Raquel: Beyond the Cleavage” by Raquel Welch 4. “Jamie’s Food Revolution” by Jamie Oliver 5. “The Kind Diet” by Alicia Silverstone

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Speakeasy Tiger coming to Why Sound


PEAKEASY TIGER will perform with IB and Beacon Hill (electro/pop) at 8 p.m. Friday, April 30, at Why Sound, 30 Federal Ave. Cover charge is $5. For more information, visit www. This Denver quintet has been described as “a danceable symphony of revolving doors, torrents of emotion and stories of exploding stars in the periphery of vision” (Denver Syntax). A most unlikely group of personalities and artistic direction united in their motivation and love of music, Speakeasy Tiger has bred a sound accessible to the masses as well as selective audiophiles. At the center of the band’s music are the vocals of Kyle Simmons. A professional recording artist since the age of

14, Simmons has pushed her voice in new directions to reflect her evolution as a frontwoman. Ranging from a purr to a roar, Simmons’ voice lays bare the emotions expressed in her lyrics. Long time collaborator and a friend of Simmons’ is Pete Schmidt. A classically trained pianist, he brings talent

and a passion for music to the keyboards. Acting as both a compliment and a lead to Schmidt’s synth are Tavis Alley’s delay-heavy guitars that are “primed for stadiums and airwaves” (Absolute Punk). Lucas Gordon, on drums, has a background in fast and aggressive music, which requires great technical skill on the drums. Lauren Gale, a selfconfessed “low-frequency addict,” is clearly in her element on the bass guitar. The joy she receives from the music is evident in her performance. With their debut album, “The Public,” Speakeasy Tiger is determined to carry their tunes to the people who inspired the album in the first place: the public. For more information, visit www.

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Answers from last week


race begins at 10 a.m. For more information or to register, visit

Bryce Wood will perform live music from 6 to 7 p.m. and Clay Summers will perform from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday at Pier 49 San Francisco Style Sourdough Pizza, 99 E. 1200 South, Logan. Everyone is invited.

The Western singing duo Tumbleweeds will perform from 6 p.m. to closing Saturday at LD’s Cafe in Richmond. Everyone is invited.

A USU Student Party will be held from 9:30 p.m. to midnight Friday at The Sports Academy. There will be tumbling, basketball, racquetball, dodgeball, wally ball, swimming and more. Cost is $10 and includes pizza and drinks. Stokes Nature Center invites kids ages 2-3 to Parent Tot Nature Hour from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday. Program is parent interactive and all toddlers must have a parent present. Cost is $3 ($2.50 for members). To register, call 755-3239. Everyone is invited to join a weekly peace vigil from 5:30 to 6 p.m. every Friday on the east side of Main Street between Center Street and 100 North in Logan. The Humane Society is offering low-cost spay and neuter clinics open to the general public every Friday in April. Walk-ins are welcome from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or call 792-3920 to reserve a spot. The Stratford Loosle Smithfield Health Days Young Musicians Competition will be held at 7 p.m. Friday in the Sky View High School auditorium. Admission is free. Deadline to participate in the Cache County Dairy Princess Pageant is at midnight Friday. Pick up and drop off applications at the Gossner Cheese Store on 10th West and 10th North. For information, call 787-8892. A Touch of Spring Boutique will be open from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Browse Around Antique Shop, 1200 S. 180 West, Logan. The boutique will feature Spirit Goat’s handcrafted soaps and lotions, polymer clay designs, fabric aprons, fused glass dishes and garden art, and antiques from more than 30 dealers. Swamp Donkey will perform with Autostigmatic and Gawdzeye (experimental/ metal) at 8 p.m. Friday at Why Sound, 30 Federal Ave. Cover charge is $5. For more information, visit Candi and Stacy from USU Food C will talk about which foods to eat for optimal health from noon to 1 p.m. Friday in the Providence Macey’s Little Theater. Seating is limited; call 753-3301 to reserve your spot.

Saturday J&L Jazz will perform live music from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Pier 49 San Francisco Style Sourdough Pizza. There is no cover charge, although tips are encouraged. CAPSA’s second annual “Run from Violence” 5K and one-mile walk will be held Saturday starting at the Logan Aquatic Center, 400 S. 500 West. Check-in is at 9 a.m.; the

The Utah State University Museum of Anthropology will host an “X-treme Sports Day” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. For more information, visit Author Marlene Bateman will be signing copies of her book, “Light on Fire Island,” from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at The Book Table. Everyone is invited.            The Bear River Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution will meet at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Logan Library, 255 N. Main. Featured speaker will be Katrina Rheinhart, family support coordinator for military family counseling in Utah. For more information, call 752-2076. Stokes Nature Center will host a virtual fossil dig with ASL interpretation from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday. Experience the sights and feel of a fossil dig with geologist Paul Jamison. Everyone is invited. Cost is $3 ($2.50 for SNC members). For more information, call 755-3239. Curves of Cache Valley will host a free weight-management class at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at their respective locations. Special topics this month include “Eating Out Healthfully: Tips for Restaurant Dining.” High Point Gymnastics All-Stars Cheer Team tryouts will start with a mandatory clinic from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday; tryouts will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 24 at High Point Gymnastics at the Sports Academy, 1655 N. 200 East, North Logan. For more information, call 753-7500 ext. 111. The Click in Time Cloggers will perform at 3 p.m. Saturday at Pioneer Valley Lodge, 2351 N. 400 East, North Logan. Everyone is invited. Campsaver’s I’ve Got a Thing for Spring will be held from 3 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Rockhaus, 1780 N. 200 East, North Logan. For more information, e-mail chet.gardner@aggie Auditions for “Footloose” will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Terrace Plaza Playhouse, 99 E. 4700 South, Ogden. All roles are open. Come prepared with 16 bars dance/ Broadway-style music. Accompanist and CD player will be available. No a cappella auditions. An audition form and more information can be found at 1Lump Sum will perform with The Sidekick and Feverstone (alterna/rock) at 8 p.m. Saturday at Why Sound. Cover charge is $5.

Sunday Caffe Ibis Gallery Deli will have live music Sunday. For more information, call 753-4777. The Post-Mormon Community Cache Valley chapter meets for dinner and socializing

every Sunday at 6:30 p.m. at a local restaurant. For more information, call 770-4263.

Monday Detective Denny Bird will present rules and suggestions to help keep your children safe with Internet precautions from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday in Logan Regional Hospital Classrooms 1 and 4 (for adults kids ages 12 to 18). To register, call 716-5310 or e-mail Participation is free.

Logan High School faculty and special guest. There will be fun time-out activities for prizes, plus a raffle. Admission is $2. “Jazz and Cocktails” — featuring the Jon Gudmundson Quartet — are served up from 8 to 10 p.m. every Wednesday at Le Nonne, 129 N. 100 East, Logan. For more information, call 752-9577.


Love and Logic Parenting classes will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. this Wednesday and next at the Logan Family Center, 50 S. 400 East, Logan. Class is free but space is limited; for more information or to sign up, call 755-5171.

The Cache Valley Gluten Intolerance Group will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Logan Regional Hospital Classrooms 2 and 3. For more information, e-mail cachevalleyGIG@

OPTIONS for Independence will play Bingo and eat pizza from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Cost for dinner is $2. For more information or to schedule transportation, contact Mandie at 753-5353 ext. 108.

USU Extension in Cache County will present its monthly Viva Vegetables classes at 11 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday in the Cache County Administration Multipurpose Room, 179 N. Main, Logan. For reservations, call 752-6263.


Common Ground Outdoor Adventures will lead a destination trip to Arches National Park on April 20-23. The group will be visiting several of the famous geological features at Arches and sleeping in tents at night. For more information, call 713-0288. Aggie Cat Services of USU will host “Controlling Feral Cat Populations” from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at St. John’s Episcopal church, 85 E. 100 North, Logan. Admission is free and everyone is invited. Shenandoah Davis will perform with Kaylee Cole, Chris Cullen and Kat Day (acoustic/alternative) at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Why Sound. Cover charge is $6. Chalene and Natalie from Camp Chef will share some new Camp Chef recipes from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Providence Macey’s Little Theater. Seating is limited; call 753-3301.

Wednesday Scott Bradley will lead a “To Preserve the Nation” Constitution class at 7 p.m. Wednesday at The Book Table. There is no charge. For more information, call 753-8844. The National Osteoporosis Foundation Northern Utah Support Group will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Smithfield Physical Therapy, 136 E. 800 South, Ste. B. Focus will be on education about osteoporosis and exercises. For more information, call 563-0750. The Blue Thong Society will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Nancy’s house, 1463 N. 1800 East, North Logan. There will be food and a presentation about local trails and outdoor recreation. The third annual Best Buddies Wheelchair Basketball Game will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Logan High School Crimson Gym. The NWBA Wheelin’ Wildcats from Weber State University will face off against the

Dr. Grover’s Chiropractic will celebrate its four-year anniversary at noon Thursday at 3935 N. 75 West in Hyde Park. There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony, food and drawings for prizes. For more information, call 563-9165. Auditions for Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple” will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at The Heritage Community Theatre in Perry. Cast requirements include six males and two females. Bring a resumé, wallet-sized headshot and list of conflicts for May 3 through Aug. 7. Auditions will include cold readings from the script. For more information, e-mail The Knotty Knitters meet from 6 to 8:30 p.m. every Thursday at the Senior Citizen Center in Logan. For more information, contact Cathy at 752-3923.

Upcoming events Little Bloomsbury will host its fourth annual Celebration of Art, Literature & Music with exhibitions and workshops from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. April 23 and 24 and from 1 to 9 p.m. April 25 at 181 N. 200 East in Logan. Celebration is free and open to all ages. For more information, call 787-1303. A Cache Valley High School Choir Festival will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 29, at the Logan LDS Tabernacle. Choirs from West Side, Preston High, Mountain Crest, Logan and Sky View will each sing alone, then Craig Jessop will bring them all together. The annual five-mile March of Dimes March for Babies will start at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 22, at Willow Park. Funds raised go toward research to prevent birth defects and premature births. For more information or to sign up, contact Cindy Duvall at 245-7966. Three-time Olympian and 2008 Beijing Olympic volleyball gold-medalist Ryan Millar will host his Next Level Volleyball Camp June 22-24 at the Smithfield Rec Center. Cost is $225. Space is limited, so register early. For more information, call 764-5618.

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