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The Herald Journal
May 1-7, 2009
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‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’ reviewed
(Page 7) Logan Canyon’s beauty on display
“Move over Sundance. Utah is now home to another, albeit more modest, cinema fest. While the USU-Tube Short Film Festival may lack stars, swag and red carpets, it makes up for it with innovation.” — Read more on Page 8. Photo illustration by Eli Lucero
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From the editor
EVERAL YEARS AGO there was a New Age self help book that was all the rage titled “The Secret.” I’m not much into New Age thinking or into self-help books, so I had never read the book. I was only dimly aware it existed until one night a good friend told me she had watched a movie based on the book and was convinced that it worked. According to my friend, the idea behind “The Secret” is that if a person focuses really hard on thinking positively about something they want, then the universe or fate or something will make sure that person gets it. Being a skeptic, I was skeptical, but she eventually convinced me that there would be no harm in trying. She told me to pick something I really wanted and spend the next day focusing on it in a positive way. As I went to my classes at USU, I dutifully focused on how much I’d like to find a date for that weekend. I thought about how pretty girls are and how a date might lead to a romantic relationship,
There ain’t no party like a Victorian tea party
firstname.lastname@example.org which would be great. As I strolled through the USU bookstore I saw a pretty young woman looking at some books on a shelf. I pulled to the shelf as well and struck up a conversation with her. For some guys, this would be no big deal, but I’ve never been the type who approaches a lot of girls out of the blue and gets a date. Maybe “The Secret” was working! As I talked to her, the conversation seemed to be going well. She was clearly interested in me and I was feeling good. I was getting up the courage to ask for a phone number when I asked this question: “How long have you been at USU?” “Oh, a couple days,” she responded. This was in the middle of a semester. I was confused. Then I realized. It was Scholars Day, when all the high school students who got scholarships to attend USU the next year come to campus. Sure enough, further conversation confirmed that this girl I was hitting on was in high school. I wrapped up the conversation and walked away, wondering if the universe or fate or whatever had just played a big joke on me.
— Devin Felix, fill-in Cache Editor
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ulti-talented star Donny Osmond will headM line a Memorial Day tribute concert at 8 p.m. Monday, May 25, at the Kent Concert Hall of the Chase Fine Arts Center at USU. Tickets are on sale now for $48, $40 and $35 (depending on the location of the seats) through the Caine School of the Arts Box Office (http://boxoffice.usu.edu). The event is a benefit concert for USU’s departments of music and theater arts and is being coordinated by department head Craig Jessop. Osmond will perform his solo segment from the “Donny & Marie” show now in the midst of its sold-out, twoyear run at The Flamingo Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip. In addition to Osmond, the benefit concert will include the American Festival Chorus and Orchestra and Jessie Clark Funk, a performer Jessop calls one of Utah’s young, rising pop stars. Following the opening portion of the concert, the stage will be turned over to Osmond, who will travel to Logan with his band and dancers from the Flamingo Hotel show. All performers, under Jessop’s direction, will share the stage to conclude the concert with patriotic selections to commemorate Memorial Day. A pre-concert benefit dinner, “Dinner with Donny,” attended by Osmond and hosted by USU President Stan Albrecht, is also planned. Cost is $250 per person or a table for eight is $2,000. Those attending the dinner will receive a priority, reserved-seat ticket to the concert. Details for the dinner, including location, are in the final planning stages. Dinner will begin with a social hour at 5 p.m. and dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m., with courtesy transportation to the concert venue. Tickets for the dinner are also available through the Caine School of the Arts Box Office at USU. For more information, call the box office at 797-8022.
Bel Canto Chorus Spring Concert
HE BEL CANTO CHORUS WILL present its annual spring concert, “Sacred Anthems of Praise,” at 7 p.m. Friday, May 1, at the Logan LDS Tabernacle. Admission is free and everyone is invited. The chorus was founded in the 1930s and sang under the direction of USU professor Walter Welti for many years. Currently under the direction of Laurel Maughan with Deanne Vanderford at the piano, the chorus consists of women from the Cache Valley and Northern Utah area who enjoy singing. The chorus performs two or three concerts per year and at other venues as invited and appropriate. For this spring concert the chorus has prepared sacred anthems from the past as well as the present. The chorus will sing anthems such as “Beside Still Waters,” “Come, Ye Blessed,” “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing,” “Consider the Lilies of the Field,” “Where Love Is,” “With a Voice of Sing-
ing,” “A Gaelic Blessing” and others. Featured guest artists for the evening will be Julie Huppi on cello, Karen Teuscher on flute, Tehawna Moore on piano, and Deanne Vanderford on organ.
WhySound’s May line-up Thursday, May 7, 8 p.m. Silence InSight w/Jesse Frayne, KA 7, Xavier (Alternative Rock) Friday, May 8, 8 p.m. Riots of Eighty w/ Dethrone the sovereign, Xavier (Rock/Metal) Cost: $6 Saturday, May 9, 8 p.m. Mean Molly’s Trio w/Hawking Takes the Stairs, TBA (Garage/Blues/Rock) Thursday, May 14, 8, p.m. Thursday Gods Revolver w/True Blue, Nick Crossley (Southern/Blues/Rock) Friday May 15, 8 p.m. The Upcollar$ w/Chucks, American Attic (Fusion/Other/Rock)
Wednesday May 20, 8 p.m. Agent Ribbons w/Libbie Linton, Katie Lewis (Lyrical/Concrete/Minimalist) Friday May 22, 8 p.m. The Untold w/Double or Nothing, Cousin Drew (Rock/Acoustic) May 23, 8 p.m. Saturday Love Puppets w/True Blue, TBA (Alternative/Rock) Thursday May 28, 8 p.m. The Sideshow Tragedy w/TBA (Rock) May 29, 8 p.m. Friday Exploding Hybrid w/Bleary, Burnin Lurks (Experimental/Rock)
May 30, 8 p.m. Saturday May 16, 8 Saturday Never Cast p.m. Anchor w/Hotel on Baltic, Flatline Tragedy w/Never Double or Nothing Again, And Embers Rise, (Indie/Rock/Pop) Killfloor (Metal) — All shows $5 unless othewise indicated
WhySound looks forward to year two FTER A YEAR IN OPERATION, A WhySound is happy to have made it this far as an independent music venue in Logan and is
looking to the future. April 25 marked the venue’s one-year anniversary. Owner Tim Moes said he plans to open a professional recording studio in the venue within the next two weeks. “May should be a good month for shows,” said Robert Linton, who books acts at the venue. The venue will feature many local bands, as well as some from out of town. Linton said he especially looks forward to Agent Ribbons, a two-member Sacramento that has toured with Scotland band Camera Obscura. God’s Revolver, a Salt Lake hardcore rock band with a strong following in Logan, is also slated to play this month. “I hope that we’ll continue to do what we’re doing and be open another year,” Linton said.
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Cats seeking reading pals HE CACHE HUMANE T Shelter’s Reading With Cats program will continue this summer
but with a new schedule. Starting May 5, reading sessions will be held every Tuesday at 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday reading sessions will be held at 3 , 4 and 5 p.m. No reading sessions will be held on Saturdays. Groups are welcome but please call ahead for group reservations. Reading with cats helps people learn to enjoy reading. The cats are there to motivate and comfort. They don’t nag, judge or criticize. They don’t care about speech problems, strong accent or missed words. The program is for children as well as adults and those who need to practice English as a second language. A Spanish-speaking volunteer helps with the reading program on Tuesdays. Cats are available to come read at schools, churches or civic groups. Call Lynda Esplin at 471-2378 or email lynda.cachehumane@hotmail. com for more information or to schedule a time. Visit www.cachehumane.org/Reading_with_Cats for more information on the program or to see photos of the reading cats. The five reading cats are not available for adoption, but there are lots of other cats and dogs at the shelter who need homes, though. You can see all the adoptable pets at www.cachehumane.org. The Humane Society is located at 2370 W. 200 North, Logan.
Auction to raise funds for Mendon school trails CITY M ENDON will hold an
online art auction from May 2 to May 11 to raise money to build trails for students to use as they walk to and from school. Since Mountainside Elementary School opened last fall, parents have been concerned about children’s safety as they walk to school on busy streets without sidewalks. A committee formed in hopes of raising money to pay for trails to be built on major school walking routes has earned some grant money, but estimates it will need to raise another $100,000. To help with the fundraising, Wellsville artist Mike Malm has donated his painting “Washington’s Prayer” to
be auctioned, with proceeds going toward the trails. The 20-by-30-inch painting depicts George Washington praying at Valley Forge. Bidding on the painting at the auction site eBay. A link to the auction will be found at www.mendoncity.org. Malm’s painting will be displayed at the Mendon Station during the city’s annual May Day celebration on Saturday, May 2. It will also be displayed at a school open house at Mountainside Elementary the evening of Thursday, May 7. Both events will also feature photos and other art for sale by other local artists. To view Mike Malm’s artwork, visit www.mikemalm. com.
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Smithfield to celebrate 150 years RANDON JOHNSON, B director of grants and historical programs at the Utah Humanities Council, will
HE AMERICAN T West Heritage Center will present its annual
Mothers and Daughters Tea Party, an authentic Victorian experience, Friday, May 8 at 6:30 pm. The event features a plethora of treats and goodies, entertainment, crafts, games, and more in an old-fashioned setting. Best dress is recommended, and Victorian clothing is optional. The event is for mothers and/or daughters ages 6 and up. Reservations are required. The cost is $12 for adults and $8 for children 6 to 12. The Heritage Center, a nonprofit organization, is located at 4025 S. Hwy 89/91 in Wellsville. “We are always seeking new and fun ways to access the past,” said Lorraine Bowen, programming coordinator. “Our tea parties during the summer have always been so popular and exciting, so we thought we’d put on a really nice one for Mothers Day.” Of course, putting on a nice tea party has its challenges.
“First, we had to really research how tea parties were held back in Victorian times (about 1850 - 1900),” said Jennifer Bailey, Programming Coordinator. Then there’s the food. The Heritage Center promises an array of cakes, cookies, goodies, and more. “Tea time wasn’t all sweets and goodies,” Bowen said, “It was often a small meal to help ladies last until dinner because the meals were so far apart — but they made these times pleasant and fun. It was a time to gather together with one’s friends and simply while away the time on a personal level.” Among other activities will be stained glass crafts, period games, old photos and a presentation on using loose teas. Even though this is a tea party, lemonade and other drinks will mostly be served, and most teas used will be herbal teas. For more information about the event or to make reservations, contact the American West Heritage Center at 245-6050.
deliver a speech “What is Oral History?” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 6 at the Smithfield Senior Citizens Center, 379 E. Canyon Rd, Smithfield. The event will be part of Smithfield City’s 150th anniversary celebration. An open house will be held at 5 p.m. at the center, where collections of visual arts from Smithfield’s history and writing instruments through 150 years will be on display. The event will be hosted by the Clark and Gladys Thornley Foundation, which was set up to promote the preservation of histories both written and oral. In 2008, the foundation received a grant from the Utah Humanities Council to transcribe a collection of oral histories from the Smithfield Historical Society’s collection. The collection consists of 82 hours of cassette tapes recorded from 1977 to 1984, covering a wide range of Smithfield residents interviewed about their lives in Smithfield.
“Robert and Annie Thornley coming to Smithfield” by Jeremy Winborg
The foundation is in the process of transcribing and digitally recording the collection to make more readily available and is seeking donations from anyone hoping to aid in the transcribing process. The average interview costs between $175 and $200 per hour to transcribe, digitize, record, proof-read, summarize print and bind.
AVA celebrates 40 years of fine art HE ALLIANCE FOR THE T Varied Arts plans to celebrate its 40th year with a day of art Saturday, May
9. Art workshops and classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. taught by locally and nationally known artists who work in ceramics, water colors, dance, photography, writing and other media. There will also be a dinner that night to recognize and honor the artists. The keynote speaker will be Eric Dowdle, nationally known local Americana artist
who loves to paint the Logan and Cache Valley area. An artist reception will begin at 6:30 pm and dinner will be served at 7:00 pm. The cost is $50 per plate which includes a year membership to the AVA. For more information or to reserve your seat today, visit www.avaarts.org or call 435-753-2970. The Alliance for the Varied Arts plans to continue a long-standing tradition of providing high quality arts programs to the community.
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Film New this week “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past” Rated PG-13
★ You will be shocked — shocked! — to learn that Matthew McConaughey plays an arrogant womanizer who coasts on his looks and charm but eventually realizes that love does matter after all. Call it laziness, call it finding your niche. You’ve seen McConaughey in this kind of role before, usually with Kate Hudson as his costar. (Jennifer Garner stands in as the voice of reason this time.) You’ve also seen “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past” before, in countless variations of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” But you won’t see Dickens credited anywhere here, even though the plot finds McConaughey, as playboy photographer Connor Mead, reluctantly revisiting the myriad women he’s wronged with the ghosts of girlfriends past, present and future as his guides. Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, who also were behind the overbearing “Four Christmases,” wrote the screenplay; Mark Waters, who’s enjoyed better material with the Tina Fey-scripted “Mean Girls” and the 2003 remake of “Freaky Friday,” directs. You can count the jokes that work on one hand; the rest is pratfalls and predictability. Connor is forced to attend the wedding of his younger brother Paul (Breckin Meyer). While there, the ghost of his Uncle Wayne (Michael Douglas), an old-school player, warns him not to waste his life without love. As he endures a litany of exes — all of whom are depicted as malleable sluts — he eventually realizes he misses childhood friend Jenny (Garner), the one who got away. PG-13 for sexual content throughout, some language and a drug reference. 100 min.
Still playing “The Soloist” Rated PG-13
★1⁄2 Inspiring, relevant and real, the story of Nathaniel Ayers — a schizophrenic but wildly talented Juilliard-trained cellist living on the streets of downtown L.A. — captivated Los Angeles Times readers in 2005. The fact that columnist Steve Lopez didn’t just ignore him like most people would — that he not only spoke to Ayers but befriended and wrote movingly about him — added
to the unexpected humanity of the tale. “The Soloist” takes all those innately engaging details and turns them into what is essentially a made-for-Lifetime movie, albeit one populated by Oscar winners and nominees. Robert Downey Jr. stars as Lopez, with Jamie Foxx playing opposite him as Ayers. Wunderkind Brit Joe Wright (“Pride & Prejudice,” “Atonement”) is the director, working from a script by Susannah Grant (“Erin Brockovich”). On paper, you can see how this project had major promise. In execution, it’s an awkward mix of gritty city visuals and mawkish sentiments in which even actors the caliber of Downey, Foxx and Catherine Keener seem to have had difficulty finding nuance. PG-13 for thematic elements, some drug use and language. 116 min.
“Earth” Rated G
★★★1⁄2 It’s fundamental, cycleof-life stuff that happens all day, every day, year-round, worldwide. Seasons change. Animals give birth and die. They migrate to find food. Some are hunters, some are hunted. But all these basic, familiar occurrences are photographed and edited with such striking scope, clarity and ingenuity in the documentary “Earth,” you’ll feel as if you’re learning about them for the first time. And for the children who are the targets of much of this material, “Earth” offers colorful entertainment with, thankfully, a not-too-heavy-handed message about the perils of climate change. The debut from the Disneynature label, directed by Brits Alastair Fothergill and Mark Linfield, follows three species of mothers and babies over a year — polar bears in the Arctic, elephants in Africa’s Kalahari Desert and humpback whales near the Equator — with a variety of wondrous creatures mixed in between. Narrator James Earl Jones provides the necessary gravitas to accompany these majestic images, and the score composed by George Fenton and performed by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra is appropriately sweeping and grand. Many of the aerial shots — of sand dunes and waterfalls, of caribou traveling across the tundra or birds taking flight against a bold sunset — will take your breath away. Yet the more intimate images will make you wonder, how’d they do that? G. 89 min.
“17 Again” Rated PG-13 ★★ This is one of those mov-
ies that requires you to suspend all disbelief and assume that someone who looks like Zac Efron could, in 20 years, turn into someone who looks like Matthew Perry. Can’t do it, you say? Well, that detail is just about as implausible as the film’s premise itself: Mike O’Donnell (Perry), a miserable father of two on the brink of divorce, gets a chance to relive his high-school days and improve his future by becoming 17 in the present day, all thanks to the powers of a mystical janitor. There are a lot of elements of “17 Again” that feel awfully familiar. Director Burr Steers takes you places you’ve been before in more charming movies like “Big,” “13 Going on 30,” “Freaky Friday,” “Never Been Kissed” and even “Back to the Future.” But rather than changing his decision to abandon his dreams of basketball stardom and marry the high-school girlfriend he knocked up, Mike realizes his true purpose is to reconnect with his wife (played as an adult by Leslie Mann) and teenage kids (Michelle Trachtenberg and Sterling Knight). Efron maintains the dreamy presence that made the tweens scream in the “High School Musical” series, and he gets a couple of amusing scenes as a grown-up delivering uptight diatribes in a boy’s body, but he still seems too pretty and lightweight to be a persuasive leading man capable of carrying a film. PG-13 for language, some sexual material and teen partying. 98 min.
New at the Art Cinema “Sunshine Cleaning” Rated R ★★★ It has become a genre all its own: the dysfunctionalfamily indie comedy, a staple of film festivals and art-house theaters alike. Done wrong, and these movies can seem too self-consciously quirky (and by now, “quirky” feels like a word that was created especially to describe this kind of film). Done right, and you’ve got a “Little Miss Sunshine” or a “Juno” on your hands. “Sunshine Cleaning” falls into the latter category — and its producers happen to have been behind “Little Miss Sunshine,” as well. Both films share an Albuquerque, N.M., setting and Alan Arkin as a lovably outspoken father and grandfather. But really, that’s where the similarities end; despite its perky title, “Sunshine Cleaning” is much darker as it ventures simply and realistically into suicide, adultery and loss. Amy Adams and Emily Blunt have great chemistry as Rose
and Norah Lorkowski, underachieving sisters who stumble into the crime-scene cleanup business. Once a high-school cheerleader, thirtysomething Rose is now a single mom working as a maid. Younger sister Norah is even more of a screw-up, partying hard, getting fired from waitressing jobs and still living at home with dad (Arkin). All that changes — somewhat — when Rose’s married lover (Steve Zahn), a cop, suggests that she try the lucrative world of mopping up messy crime scenes. Megan Holley’s unsentimental script and the performances help keep director Christine Jeffs’ film from turning too predictably feel-good; besides Adams and Blunt, with their subtle sibling dynamic, Clifton Collins Jr. is lovely in just a few scenes as the gentle soul who runs a cleaning-supply store. R for language, disturbing images, some sexuality and drug use. 98 min.
AY YOU’RE immortal, and you’ve served in the battlefields of the Civil War and the trenches of World War I. Wouldn’t you eventually want to sit out World War II and Vietnam? Yet Hugh Jackman’s mutant Wolverine and his brother (Liev Schreiber) serve in all four wars during a prologue for “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.” The battles set a predictable tone for “Wolverine” from which director Gavin Hood rarely deviates. The prequel telling the back story of one of the “X-Men” trilogy’s favorite heroes is all about tough guys fighting with every trick and weapon imaginable. This check-your-dramatic-exposition-at-the-door spectacle is lean, mean and not terribly interesting unless you’ve always wondered how many different materials Wolverine could cut through with those handy retractable claws (They slice, they dice, they skewer and tenderize. They should have their own late-night infomercial). Hood, whose quietly gripping drama “Tsotsi” won the 2005 Academy Award for foreign-language film, here presents one duel after another, with a brief respite for sappy romance so Wolverine can get really mad and hellbent on vengeance over his dead girlfriend (Lynn Collins). Bryan Singer’s first two “X-Men” flicks delivered well on a far more daunting
task, herding a large ensemble and delving into big ideas (big for a comic-book adaptation, at least) about racist fear of mutants with superhuman powers. “Wolverine” is a story on a straight and simple trajectory, landing a lot of rungs below Singer’s tales but a notch above the mutant muddle Brett Ratner made of the trilogy’s finale. Jackman’s Logan and Schreiber’s Victor Creed,
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★★ “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” Rated PG-13 who possesses a savage disposition and catlike claws, make the most of their seeming immortality and ability to heal. After battling through a century of warfare, they join a military strike team of fellow mutants led by William Stryker (Danny Huston), who eventually hatches a plan to create an ultimate weapon with the powers of every mutant he can round up. The script is credited to novelist David Benioff (whose screen credits include “The Kite Runner”) and Skip Woods. Based on the all-action, all-the-time results, you have to figure the bigger contribution to the finished product came from Woods (“Hitman,” “Swordfish”). It’s a string of episodes where Logan fights Victor,
Logan fights eventual ally Gambit (Taylor Kitsch), Logan fights Victor some more, Logan fights Deadpool (the super-mutant created from a mouthy swordsman played in an early scene-stealing role by Ryan Reynolds). As part of Stryker’s mutant experiments, Logan chooses the nickname Wolverine and undergoes a nasty outpatient procedure to graft indestructible metal on his skeleton, including his claws, so becoming the semi-man of steel Jackman played in the “X-Men” trilogy. Jackman and Schreiber
manage fine if superficial rapport as brothers at odds. The supporting cast, including Will.i.am as a teleporting mutant, are engaging enough given how little they get to do beyond beat on one another. But there’s never much real
sense of adventure. Unlike the upcoming “Star Trek” prequel, which truly casts the starship Enterprise crew into an uncharted future, “Wolverine” is a setup for stories fans already have seen. We know Logan’s going to take his lumps but come out OK (though minus his memories) by the time the credits roll (and stick around after the credits for a bonus scene). So it’s the journey, not so much the destination, that’s supposed to grab us. Sadly, Wolverine’s journey is one long run-the-gauntlet scenario, with people pounding on him from all sides until he emerges at the other end as the lone-wolf amnesiac bound for membership in the “X-Men” gang. “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” a 20th Century Fox release, is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action and violence, and some partial nudity. Running time: 107 minutes.
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‘Wolverine’ offers action, action and action
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USU theater professor Kevin Doyle officiates at the first USU-Tube film festival.
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ove over Sundance. Utah is total of $1,500 in prize money. now home to another, albeit Director Madison Pope said she was more modest, cinema fest. thrilled and surprised by the results. While the USU-Tube Short The Utah State University art major Film Festival may lack stars, swag and began making films as a hobby during red carpets, it makes up for it with inhigh school and viewed the festival as a novation. chance to have fun improvising with her According to Sally Okelberry, marketfriends. ing director at Utah State University’s “I laughed the whole time,” Pope said Caine School of the Arts ticket office, the of the one-day shoot. “I picked the right contest is YouTube’s first and only film people to be in it.” festival. The film follows several athletes who “We wanted to be unique and not have speak about the benefits of exercising in people spend as much jeans with the earmoney,” said Okelnestness of infomerberry, who organized cial hosts. Among the event. “I think we them are a New Age accomplished that.” yoga practitioner Entries in the and an exuberant USU-Tube Short aerobics instructor. Film Festival had to Also a winner was be four minute or less the film “Friday and and incorporate two Love,” which earned — Jeannie Thomas, festival random items — red the Highest Hits committee member shoes and an alarm. award. It features The competition a single actor who was announced in calls a girl he met February, and generated a number of on Facebook trying to score a date and inentries from across the state. Fifteen of cludes the great line, “I posted six things them were posted on YouTube, a popular to your wall and wanted to make sure you video sharing Web site. got them.” “We are really excited by the diversity USU associate professor of English and uniqueness of each film,” said JeanBrian McCuskey said that both of the nie Thomas, associate dean in the College winning films were fun and original. of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences “It was interesting to see how, like and a festival committee member. “The figure skating routines, each of inspiration came from the Apple Insomthese played the rules nia Film Festival. We thought we could of the game to do the same thing here at Utah State. produce something We’ve been really pleased by the recompletely differsponse and the creativity of the films.” ent,” said McCusNearly all the entries took a comedic key, who served as approach to the assignment, using gags one of seven festival from the classic slip on a banana peel to judges. “mockumentary” styles similar to “Spinal He added that he Tap” and “Best in Show.” hopes USU-Tube conOne of the latter ended up winning tinues and grows over three out four of the festival’s awards dur- the years. ing an April 24 celebration at the Caine Okelberry promised the festival will be Lyric Theatre. back for 2010 with a similar format. The film “Feeling the Dream: Exercis“We want anyone who is interested to ing in Jeans” took Voter’s Choice, Judges participate,” she explained. “The point Choice and the Overall award, netting a was to open things up to everyone.”
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New novel delights, despite foul mouths
NNIE HARPER, slightly kooky third grade teacher in Tacoma, Wash., is glib, caring, compassionate, endearing and foul-mouthed. I started the book concentrating too much on the last attribute and REALLY, REALLY didn’t like this book through the first eight chapters — maybe even more than that. But then a funny thing happened, her loveableness started shining through, and by the end of the book I embraced her — but still wished she’d clean up her language. Another thing that didn’t work for me in this book — footnotes! I hate reading footnotes, they break up the flow of my reading, and a lot of the funny stuff is found in the footnotes of this book — can you believe one runs four pages? Annie Harper is waiting for her boyfriend David to return from Iraq. Berentson writes the book as a draft of a memoir yet to be written. This too irritated me for a while, but I finally came to realize that part of the charm is the stream of consciousness in which the book is written. No doubt it actually took a lot of planning for the writing to flow in such a seemingly scattered, intimate and current fashion. During the course of her waiting, waiting, waiting for David, she comes to examine herself as a person–often coming up short in her own eyes. But the more she sees herself as a “bad ass ... black hearted ... failure ... I totally suck at everything” person, the more endearing she becomes. Twenty-somethings will no doubt see themselves or their friends in this book and love it start to finish. During her wait, she surrounds herself with zany but loveable supporting actors: Gus, her sometimes goofy, but always there and supportive, platonic buddy from childhood; Loretta, her 92-year-old nursing home project who fills Annie with romantic tales of her own WWII waiting, waiting, waiting for her beloved Ron; the children in
Regional Reads By Charlene Hirschi
her third-grade classroom; and Helen, the chicken she adopts to keep her company and provide fresh eggs for breakfast during David’s absence. The unnecessary foul language aside, Berentson’s writing is delicious. It’s kind of like your favorite casserole that has those yucky green peppers in it — you have to pick out (read over) that part and savor the parts you do like. I’m reminded of what Roberta Stearman used to say in our fiction writing classes at USU — use profanity sparingly or it loses its effect. Berentson would have benefitted from that bit of advice. Here are some of the goodies: Annie preparing for the arrival of Helen: “I downloaded the building plans from this Web site about having pet chickens and then tweaked the plan a bit to suit my tastes. Future Unnamed Chicken of Mine will reside in a stately A-frame dwelling complete with a sunroom (the front section is just wire) and a more private bedroom suite (ideal for discreetly entertaining guests and sleeping late into the weekend mornings). The sunroom has a flapping, doggie-style door that can be latched shut by Chicken’s landlady (me!) so Chicken’s housekeeper (me!) can easily remove waste, change the sheets, fluff the pillows.
Now all my chicken coop needs is some decorative flair, which I will wait on until I’m familiar with Chicken’s personal style and coloring.” Annie fears David is dead: “I wake up to the sound of my cell phone chirping from the living room. It’s my mother, and I feel guilty for ignoring it again. I flip on the television, and nothing much has changed. They suspect that the bomber was one of the camp’s contracted Iraqi barbers who had managed to hide his allegiances and involvement with the Ansar al-Sunnah Army. I wonder if he had ever buzzed the hair of any of the now-slain soldiers. I try to plan out my day. I need to do laundry. Pay some bills. Go grocery shopping. Should one do these things whilst her boyfriend’s life is in the air? I really don’t feel like doing much of anything. Lying on the couch, staring at the walls for minute after wretched minute, seems like all I can manage.” Annie imagines David’s Christmas gift’s fate in Iraq: “The package toppling out of the back of some large truck and getting run over by a tank. Sand grinding into the soft cotton of the black size-large boxerbriefs. The shattered screen of the mini DVD player. The . . . smudge of my homemade fudge destroying the flawless white of the brand new, tagless undershirts. “All this package disaster fantasizing isn’t helping me at all. The anxiety of his smashed gift evolves into the anxiety
of his smashed body and then dips into a series of guilt waves because I’m worrying about a stupid package and not the future of a tumultuous country. Or all countries. Or innocent slaughtering. Or the future of democracy. Or all the women in the world who will lose their lovers tonight. But isn’t there still such a chance it could be me? Oh, how the holidays stink in self absorption!” So Annie opens a box of chocolates, lights a candle “and indulges by recounting the lovely holidays that I, Annie Harper, have shared with my darling lover, David Peterson. And it’s going to make me feel so lavishly consoled. I just know it.” And the last day of school:
“I sigh. Look at the clock. The class follows my gaze, and we watch the last ten seconds pass together. When the bell rings, I stand by the door, accepting thank yous, hugs, and a few homemade cards. I love the hugs. They’re so full of energy and excitement, nothing like the wimpy boyfriend-in-Iraq hugs that I’ve received so many of. Those pity embraces, damp and flat like a wet ponytail. These hugs — the on-to-fourth-grade hugs — are hugs with potential, hope, and future. Hugs powered by Popsicle sugar and revved by a baseball card clipped to the shiny spoke of a bicycle.” In brief, to know Annie Harper is to love her!
* This week’s New York Times Bestseller List *
HARDCOVER FICTION 1. “Turn Coat” by Jim Butcher 2. “Just Take My Heart” by Mary Higgins Clark 3. “Long Lost” by Harlan Coben 4. “The Host” by Stephenie Meyer 5. “Fatally Flaky” by Diane Mott Davidson HARDCOVER NONFICTION 1. “Liberty and Tyranny” by Mark R. Levin 2. “Always Looking Up” by Michael J. Fox 3. “Outliers” by Malcolm Gladwell 4. “House of Cards” by William D. Cohan 5. “A Lion Called Christian” by Anthony Burke & John Rendall PAPERBACK ADVICE 1. “The Love Dare” by Stephen & Alex Kendrick 2. “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” by Heidi Murkoff 3. “Naturally Thin” by Bethenny Frankel w/Eve Adamson 4. “Skinny Bitch” by Rory Freedman & Kim Barnouin 5. “The Five Love Languages” by Gary Chapman CHILDREN’S BOOKS 1. “Listen to the Wind” by Greg Mortensen & Susan L. Roth 2. “Gallop!” by Rufus Butler Seder 3. “Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy” by David Soman & Jacky Davis 4. “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle 5. “Cat” by Matthew Van Fleet
Aggie alum wins prestigious book award
ARED FARMER, A 1996 Utah State University graduate, recently won the prestigious 2009 Francis Parkman Prize from the Society for American Historians for his book “On Zion’s Mount: Mormons, Indians, and the American Landscape” (Harvard University Press, 2008). The award honors the literary value of the work in addition to the book’s historical significance. During his time at USU, Farmer earned his undergraduate degree in history and was an undergraduate intern at the “Western Historical Quarterly,” working with its editor at the time Clyde Milner. David Lewis was a faculty member in the history department at that time and
is now the journal’s editor. “Jared was one of those rare undergraduates who come along once or twice in a professor’s career,” Lewis said. “Very early, it became clear he was an exceptional student.” According to Lewis, Farmer studied broadly during his time at USU, with a distinct focus on Utah, Western, environmental and folklore topics. “His latest book, ‘On Zion’s Mount,’ is the culmination of his fascination with Utah, Western history and folklore that started during his undergraduate career at USU,” Lewis said. Upon graduation from USU, Farmer earned a master’s degree in history, working with environ-
mental historian Dan Flores at the University of Montana, then completed a doctorate in history at Stanford University in 2005, where he worked with pre-eminent Western and environmental historian Richard White. He followed up with a post-doctoral fellowship at the HuntingtonUSC Institute on California and the West, then accepted a position as assistant professor of history at SUNY-Stony Brook, where he currently teaches. “On Zion’s Mount” is Farmer’s second book. His first, “Glen Canyon Dammed: Inventing Lake Powell and the Canyon Country,” was published in 1999 by the University of Arizona Press.
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Photo by Tyler Rickenbach
Photo by Sarah Hadsell
Photo by Mike Fox Photo by Kimberly Velasquez
Photo by Bracken Berger Photo by Sandra Todd
EEPLY CUT, NEARLY vertical limestone walls, spectacular fall foliage and free-flowing Logan River make Logan Canyon a well-loved and highly visited destination in Northern Utah. The Logan Canyon scenic byway offers access to hiking, fishing, hunting, skiing and many other activities. Stokes Nature Center is located in the canyon among the amazing scenery and recreational opportunities that inspired the idea for a photo contest. With so much photogenic potential, surely Logan Canyon deserved a photo contest all its own. So, beginning in fall of last year, Stokes Nature Center and the Logan Canyon National Scenic Byway Organization teamed up to create, sponsor, and run the Logan Canyon Photography Contest. The two organizations sought to stimulate interest among photographers and nature lovers to capture various aspects of this natural treasure. And the public responded. More than 300 photos poured in from photographers of all different ages, skill levels, and artistic backgrounds. Subjects included animals, plants, landscapes, geographic and water features and human use. The photos were judged by three local professional photographers. The criteria used choose winners included lighting, color, composition and relevance to theme.
First, second, and third place winners were chosen in adult and youth divisions, along with honorable mentions in both divisions. The top three adult and youth photos and some honorable mentions were displayed at Caffe Ibis Gallery Deli (52 Federal Ave. in Logan) during the Downtown Gallery Walk. The photos will be on display until May 13. All of the photos on display are for sale, and all proceeds go to support Stokes Nature Center, a non-profit organization that provides opportunities for students to explore and develop appreciation and for the natural world. The center provides elementary school and community programs with a wide range of topics for all age groups. Visit www.logannature.org or call 755-3239 for more information on the center. Stokes Nature Center would like to thank Caffe Ibis and all of the photographers who agreed to donate the proceeds from sales. They would also like to thank the Utah Office of Museum Services for funding for the contest; Logan Canyon National Scenic Byway Organization, Fuhriman’s Framing and Fine Art, Staples, and Inkley’s for donating prizes and printing, Sam Crump and Bracken Berger for donating their printed and framed photos, and everyone who entered the contest. — Annalisa Paul
Photo by Sam Crump
Networking: good, bad or neither?
S SOCIAL NETworking a bad thing? No, it’s just a thing. The only difference is that more things are coming at us a lot faster than they used to. Honestly, haven’t you always wanted to come across of pile of diaries lying on the sidewalk and waste an afternoon reading them? How about spending a few hours flipping through someone’s intimate photo album accidentally left in your mailbox? Does anyone remember “pen pals?” Now you can have thousands. All this and more is available to anybody with a fake name, an Internet account and the tech skills of a price labeler at the dollar store. You can look at it as a cause or result. Maybe the reason we need social networking is because most people’s family and friends have scattered across the world. Or, maybe the reason people have scattered is that they feel they can still keep in touch in a variety of ways other than living in the same ZIP code. Is that bad or good? Yes. Whether it is chain letters, phone trees or plain old face-to-face visiting, social networking still fills a need. When each of my parents died I was able to able to contact dozens of their friends and relatives with photos and written memories much faster than if I were forced to send out mortuary cards. And, in turn, I felt like I was able to receive sympathy and well wishes from a much larger circle or people than if the Internet had not been available. Last week I learned that a friend had committed suicide. This was someone I had known for five years but had only met in person twice. Within 24 hours I was able to get details of the last days of his life, view galleries of his artwork and really share grief with dozens of other people who had known him “virtually” just like me. Without some of our modern social networking it probably would have been weeks before anyone would have made a connection between the two of us and sent me a letter or given me a call.
Slightly Off Center By Dennis Hinkamp
We, for the most part, are not complete idiots. Look how quickly call waiting went away; notice how seldom you hear a cell phone go off during a movie or meeting. People still do conform to social norms and can be reasonably polite when peer pressure asserts itself. If there is any danger it’s that all these things are or soon will be available on the our tiny telephone screens causing people to run into each other on sidewalks and roadways even more than they do now. Twitter, text and Facebook til you drop, just don’t do it while you drive. I have no idea how all this is going to end up, but I sure wish I had invested $10,000 in company with the silly name of “Google” 10 years ago. If I had I’d be sending this column in from a tropic island somewhere. Dennis Hinkamp exists on a number of social networking planes of existence; you just have to try to find him. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Logan Canyon photo contest winners on display at Caffe Ibis
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“Heavenly Bodies” by Myles Mellor and Sally York Across 1. Regis and Kelly, e.g. 5. Minimal 10. Talon 15. Business org. 19. Automatic 20. “Enigma Variations” composer 21. Sprite flavor 22. Biblical shepherd 23. Came down 24. Dior creation 25. Take up space 26. “Brave New World” drug 27. Ballpoint, e.g. 28. Cherry Boone O’Neill title 31. Whipping winds 33. Free from, with “of” 34. “Beau ___” 35. Building block 37. Heirloom location 40. Group bound by gravity 43. Secretly desire 44. Deck out 45. Euros replaced them 46. Convene 47. Flora and fauna 48. Broadcasting 50. “Monty Python” airer 53. “To ___ is human ...” 54. Barfly’s binge 55. Irascible 56. “La Bohème,” e.g. 58. Autocrats 60. Bank 62. Feliciano’s instrument 63. Started the race 69. Ancient debarkation point 70. Back 71. Rakes
72. Little rascal 73. Bust’s opposite 75. Bombay and Gordon’s 76. Bauxite, e.g. 79. Actor Arnold 80. Pest bird 82. Accused’s need 84. Falling flakes 85. Bad day for Caesar 86. Theoretical physicist 87. Waiting line 88. Inner ear bones 93. Pacify 94. Parvenus 95. Bailiwicks 96. Ugly emission 97. Flooded 99. Line from a nursery rhyme 106. “Look here!” 109. Asian nurse 110. Touches up 111. Kenyan tribesman 112. New couple 113. Anatomical network 114. Kindled anew 115. Divided 116. ___ mortals 117. Steams 118. Preserves, in a way 119. Loudly laments 120. Marshall, for one Down 1. Mouth, in slang 2. Mouselike animal 3. Lennon hit 4. Gel 5. Bequeath 6. ___ Island National Monument 7. Not “fer” 8. Caroled 9. Not kosher
10. Divine 11. Group of six 12. Give off, as light 13. At sea 14. A chip, maybe 15. Classes 16. Double-reed player 17. Slight 18. Power tool 28. Hollywood wanna-be 29. Ethnic group in western India 30. S.C. Baptist college 32. “Not on ___!” (“No way!”) 35. Top of the top 36. Live wire, so to speak 37. Melodic 38. Bring (out) 39. Sylvester, to Tweety 40. Gazing intently 41. Computer company 42. “Fantasy Island” prop 44. Cancel 45. Bright heavenly body 49. Blush 50. ___ carotene 51. No angel 52. Provide treatment (with “for”) 54. Drawn tight 55. At all 57. Gluttons 58. Course 59. Lucci, for one 60. Check 61. “Bingo!” 62. Lions’ prey 63. Actors 64. “Giovanna d’___” (Verdi opera) 65. “Yes, ___” 66. They croak until they croak
67. Of a clan 68. Charged, in a way 73. Dwell 74. Aces, sometimes 75. Demoiselle 76. Dive 77. Beat badly 78. ___ milk 81. Ceiling 82. Scorched 83. Deception 84. Banquets Librarian’s Pick:
New titles “The wettest county in the world” A novel based on a true story by Matt Bondurant; published by Scribner, 2009. “Honolulu” by Alan Brennert; published by St. Martin’s Press, 2009.
87. Pustule 88. ___ Books, digital library 89. Certain molecule 90. Freshen 91. Infatuations 92. Time zone 93. Searches 96. Small, legally 97. “Encore!” 98. Smidgens 100. First pitchers
“The various flavors of coffee” by Anthony Capella; published by Bantam Books, 2009. “Agincourt” by Bernard Cornwell; published by Harper, 2009.
“Barefoot Heart : Stories of a Migrant Child” by Elva Treviño Hart; published by Bilingual Press/Editorial Bilingüe, 1999.
New popular books at the Logan Library
Library Picks A monthly look at what’s flying off the shelves of the Logan Library.
“Rain Gods” by James Lee Burke “Daniel X: Watch the Skies” by James Patterson “Rules of Vengeance” by Christopher Reich “Black Hills” by Nora Roberts “Defector” by Daniel Silva “Plague of Secrets” by John T. Lescroart “Wildfire” by Sarah Micklem
FICTION BURKE FICTION PATTERSON SCI-FIC FANTASY REICH FICTION ROBERTS FICTION SILVA FICTION LESCROART SCI-FI/FANTASY MICKLEM
101. Bright thought 102. Window ledge 103. Trans-Siberian Railroad city 104. Hair can be raised here 105. Capri is one 107. Bickerer in the “Iliad” 108. Black cat, maybe 112. Babysitter’s handful
Answers from last week
Ongoing events Mountain Place Gallery Opening, Fridays and Saturdays 1 to 5 p.m. or by appointment. Paintings, plants, posters of the great American South-West. Located at 129 N. Main on the second floor. Call 752-0211 with questions. The Multicultural Center of Cache Valley is looking for food vendors to participate in its Cache Valley Cinco de Mayo Festival on Saturday, May 2, from noon to 10 p.m. at Willow Park. Anyone interested should contact Peg Chanson at p.chanson@comcast. net or Evelyn Sardinas at 764-7504 or evelyn. email@example.com. The 10th annual performance of the Easter Cantata, “Love’s Greatest Gift,” will take place at 7 p.m. April 11 and 12 at the historic Logan LDS Tabernacle. Practices start at 7 p.m. every Sunday at the Mount Logan Stake Center, 600 E. Center, Logan. Choir and orchestra participants are needed. Orchestra members need to be high school age or older. Children’s Choir rehearsals will begin March 29. For more information, visit www.lovesgreatestgift.com. Terrace Plaza Playhouse (99 E. 4700 South, Ogden) will present “Damn Yankees” at 7:30 p.m. every Friday, Saturday and Monday through June 5. Tickets are $11 and $9 for adults or $8 and $6 for children; seniors and students receive $1 off regular ticket price. For more information, call 801-393-0070 or visit www.terraceplayhouse.com.
Four Paws Rescue will be participating in PetSmart’s “Spring National Adoption Weekend” Friday - Sunday. Rescued cats will be available for adoption at the Logan PetSmart from 6 to 8 p.m. Homeless dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens will be available Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cats and kittens will be available Sunday from 2 p.m to 4 p.m. Adopters will receive free pet care guides, food, and other items. Mountain Place Gallery Opening, Fridays and Saturdays 1 to 5 p.m. or by appointment. Paintings, plants, posters of the great American South-West. Located at 129 N. Main on the second floor. Call 752-0211 with questions. All are invited to participate in a Peace Vigil every Friday between 5 and 6 p.m. on the east side of Main Street between Center Street and 100 North in Logan. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday The Cache Valley Veloists will take a Saturd bike ride. Meet at 10:30, Merlin Olsen Park (on 200 East between Center and 100 South). Moderate pace for about 30 miles through Nibley, Hyrum, and Mendon. www. cvveloists.org.
The USU Anthropology Museum will hold its usual “Saturdays at the Museum” series with a lecture and tour of exhibits highlighting “Rites of Passage.”
and Thursday throughout the summer. Themes include “Bugs,” “Camping,” “A Day at the Beach,” “Happy Birthday America,” “Pond Life,” “Bubbles” and “Oh My Stars!” Camps are for children ages 3-8. Cost is $20 per
The first community-wide Cinco de Mayo celebration will be held at the Cache County Fairgrounds. The free event runs from noon to 9 p.m. and includes performances from Latino bands, clowns, a magician, dancing and professional wrestlers. For more information see mccutah.org. If weather is good the event will be outside and in case of rain it will move indoors.
A “first Saturday” Contra Dance will be held from 7:30, going until 10:30 or 11 at the Whittier Community Center, 290 N. 400 E., in Logan. Sponsored by the Cache Valley Folk Dancers and the Bridger Folk Music Society. For more information, call Kay at 753-2480. Community Reading Time With Cats takes place at 1 p.m. every Saturday at the Cache Humane Society Shelter, 2370 W. 200 North, Logan. This program is designed to get children excited about reading. For more information, contact Lynda Esplin at email@example.com.
Sunday The Post-Mormon Community is a nonsectarian organization of individuals and families who have left Mormonism. The Cache Valley chapter meets every Sunday at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 770-4263.
Monday Booklore will meet Monday at :30 p.m. at the home of Barbara Olson, 1147 N. 600 East Logan. Marjorie Simard will give the program.
Tuesday Utah Bioneers, Aggie Blue Bikes and Logan High LEAF are sponsoring Utahpia NOW, a bicycle-band touring group from San Franciso. They will be performing at the USU amphitheater on Old Main Hill at 5:45 pm, Monday, May 4th and again Tuesday, May 5th at 10:20 a.m. at Logan High Little Theater. This peddle-powered group, has a message on sustainability. You can see them at http:// www.shakeyourpeace.com/visual.htm A Macular Degeneration Support Group will meet at 10 a.m. at OPTIONS for Independence, 1095 N. Main Street, Logan. Call Aimee at 753-5353 for more information or to schedule free accessible transportation. A Low Vision Support Group will meet at 11 a.m. at OPTIONS for Independence, 1095 N. Main Street, Logan. Call Aimee at 7535353 for more information or to schedule free accessible transportation. The Grow With Me Preschool in Hyde Park will be offering summer camps every Tuesday
OPTIONS for Independence weekly Community Integration Program activity will be a trip to Cracker Barrel Café for lunch and shopping at Deseret Industries. Call Mandie at OPTIONS at 753-5353 for prices, more information or to sign up. Thomas Edison Charter School will present “The Pinocchio Show” at 7 p.m. at 1275 W. 2350 South Nibley. A “To Preserve The Nation” Constitution class will be held featuring a lecture by Scott N. Bradley at 7 P.M. at the BookTable (upstairs). Call 753-2930 or 753-8844 for information. A quarterly arts summit will be held at noon in the Bullen Center, 43 S. Main. Those who plan arts events meet to coordinate their calendars, share best practices and discuss issues of common concern. For more information, contact Tricia at 753-6518 x 11. Old Barn Community Theatre auditions for “Man of La Mancha,” Wed. May 6 and Thurs. May 7at 6 to 9 p.m. Auditions at the theatre. All roles are open and include parts for men and women ages 15-65. Please prepare to sing 16 measures of a Broadway song. Visit www.oldbarn.org for additional info or to schedule an alternative audition time. Free self-empowerment/stress relief classes are offered by the Cosmic Nudge every Monday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.; every Wednesday from 2 to 3 p.m.; and every Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Whittier Community Center, 290 N. 400 East, Logan. For more information, call 563-1188 or 435363-7173. The American West Heritage Center hosts a children’s storytime every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.awhc.org. The Cache Valley Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol meets from 6:30 to 9 p.m. every Wednesday at the Military Science building on the campus of USU. CAP is the auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force and runs a JROTC program for students ages 12 to 19. For more information, visit www.CacheValleySquadron. org, call 770-4862 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday The Autism Spectrum Disorders Support Group will meet at 7 p.m. at Logan Regional Hospital. The meeting focus will be on providing emotional support and will include an open forum for questions and sharing. Call Laura at OPTIONS at 753-5353 for more information.
Equaleyes will perform at 9:30 p.m. at The White Owl. Check out their music at www. equaleyeslive.com. There will be an AARP driving class on May 7. It will be held at Logan Regional Hospital Room #4. The cost is $12 for members and $14 for non-members. Please be early to fill out paperwork. For more information and to register call Gayle at 764-0834. The Grow With Me Preschool in Hyde Park will be offering summer camps every Tuesday and Thursday throughout the summer. Themes include “Bugs,” “Camping,” “A Day at the Beach,” “Happy Birthday America,” “Pond Life,” “Bubbles” and “Oh My Stars!” Camps are for children ages 3-8. Cost is $20 per theme. For more information, contact Nicole Robinson at 563-3484. The Eccles Ice Center (2825 N. 200 East, North Logan) offers public skating Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; Saturdays from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.; and Sundays from 2 to 4 p.m. Public skating is also available in the evening but dates and times vary. For a complete and up-to-date schedule, call 752-1170 or visit www.ecclesice.com.
Upcoming Events Friends of the Bear River Refuge hosts storytime at 1 p.m. the second Saturday of every month at the Avocet Corner Bookstore inside the visitor center at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, 2155 W. Forest St., Brigham City. There will be a different topic each month. For more information, visit http:// bearriver.fws.gov. The Society for Creative Anachronism hosts an evening of courtly dancing of the Middle Ages every third Wednesday of the month from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Whittier Community Center, 290 N. 400 East, Logan. Beginners and families of all ages are welcome; all dances will be taught and pot-luck soup will be served. There is no cost. For more information, contact Karen at 755-0173. Latin American culture workshops for all ages and levels take place at the Spanish Learning Center, 172 N. 300 West, Logan. For more information, e-mail spanish_4you@ hotmail.com or call 787-4508. Logan High School’s Class of 1969 will host its 40th reunion July 17 and 18. Organizers need to know who’s coming and is requesting help locating lost classmates. Anyone interested can RSVP or get details of what is going on at http://loganhighclassof1969.googlepages.com. For more information, e-mail Kathy (Lewis) Watts and email@example.com or contact Jim Vanderbeek at 435-881-1203.
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