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Get out of your house and into the trees at the IMNH newest exhibit This exhibit includes fun, hands-on ways to explore the important roles that trees play in providing homes for all sorts of wild things, including people. Incorporating all of the senses, this popular exhibit engages forest explorers of all ages in indoor nature explorations and the ecology of sustainable harvesting of this important natural resource. In the exhibit, families can: • look for signs of animal tree dwellers as they walk through an indoor tree house and across a wobbly connecting bridge • play a computerized forest game where they can harvest trees without harming wildlife • watch how a forest becomes house • view the tree houses people have built around the world— even design

and build their own • see stereoscopic 3-D images of some of the smaller animals we can find living in New England’s trees • listen for animals inside the tree house and try to guess their sounds on an “animal dance floor” • peer down from inside a “crow’s nest” (and peer down at the folks “on the ground”) • revisit favorite fictional tree dwellers, from the Ewoks of “Star Wars” to “Winnie the Pooh” • wander through a “kitchen” to discover not-so-obvious tree connections in our own houses Tree Houses is now open to the public. The exhibit was produced by the Environmental Exhibit Collaborative, which is comprised by EcoTarium, Worcester, Massachusetts; ECHO

at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, Vermont; and the Children’s Museum of Maine, Portland, Maine. It also received major support from Jane’s Trust. Additional support was provided by Cabot Family Charitable Trust and the Institute for Museum and Library Services. It will be at the Idaho Museum of Natural History through May 6.

The Idaho Museum of Natural History is open six days a week, closed Mondays. The museum is located at 698 E. Dillon Street in Pocatello, and complimentary parking is provided for patrons in the General Parking Lot 01. For more information please call (208) 2823168 or visit www.imnh. isu.edu.

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WHEN Saturday, February 18, 2017, 8pm WHERE Jensen Grand Concert Hall in the Stephens Performing Arts Center EVENT TYPE Stephens Performing Arts Center AUDIENCE Alumni, Current Students, Faculty, Future Students, Staff, Other COST Ticket Prices are $32.50, $36.50 and $136.50 for limited amount of VIP tickets which includes premium seat, backstage meet-and-greet with Carbonaro and free photo. DETAILS Idaho State University will host magician Michael Carbonaro at the Stephens Performing Arts Center’s Jensen Grand Concert Hall Feb. 18 at 8 p.m., and tickets go on sale Dec. 9. This family friendly show features Carbonaro, the one-of-a-kind star of Tru-TV’s “The Carbonaro Effect.” This show is currently in its second season and is where Carbonaro has performed more than 500 comically perplexing and improbable feats of magic, baffling unsuspecting citizens he catches in otherwise everyday situations. His performance is jam-packed with bizarre antics, audience interaction, hilarious video clips and a whirlwind of mind-bending magic performed on stage. Ticket Prices are $32.50, $36.50 and $136.50 for limited amount of VIP tickets which includes premium seat, backstage meet-and-greet with Carbonaro and free photo. Tickets can be purchased at the Stephens Performing Arts Center Box Office by calling 282-3595. Ticket office hours are from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday Tickets can also be purchased at Vickers Western Stores in Idaho Falls and Pocatello or online at www.isu. edu.tickets. For more information on Carbonaro, visit michaelcarbonaro.com. LINK www.idahostatetickets.com

Spring Career Fair - Sponsored by Pilot Flying J This Career Fair focuses on helping students find full-time/part-time summer employment as well as parttime cooperative education and internship opportunities. It is also an excellent opportunity for students to gather information that will aid in planning their career. The fair will be held on February 15, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Pond Student Union Building in Pocatello.

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How chocolate became tied to Valentine’s Day Hershey bar. In 1907, Hershey launched production of tear-drop shaped “kisses.” (The chocolates were given their unusual name because of the “smooching” noise made by the chocolate when being manufactured.) The kisses became wildly popular and made for affordable chocolate gifts on Valentine’s Day. Many other chocolate manufacturers soon began packaging their chocolates in special boxes for Valentine’s Day. Russell Stover and Whitmans are two such manufacturers who have long specialized in heartshaped boxes or other decorative Valentine’s gifts. Traditionally, men have gifted women with boxes of chocolate for Valentine’s Day. However, that role is reversed in other areas of the world. For example, in Japan, women give gifts — namely chocolates — to the men in their lives to express love, courtesy or social obligation. This tradition first began in 1936 when confectioner Morozoff Ltd. ran the first ever Valentine’s Day ad in Japan through a local English newspaper. By the 1950s, other Japanese confectioners were following suit. Chocolate has long been tied to Valentine’s Day gifting. Whether one believes that chocolate symbolizes heightened status, acts as an aphrodisiac or is just a special treat, chocolates will likely always be associated with the day of love.

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Heart-shaped boxes filled with decadent treats are coveted gifts on Valentine’s Day. Chocolate lovers typically have a favorite type of chocolate, whether it’s creamy filled truffles or chocolate pieces with fruit or nut fillings. The tradition of gifting chocolate is anything but new. Chocolate and other sweet treats have been offered for centuries as prized gifts. Even ancient Aztecs and Mayans celebrated chocolate and saw it as a hot commodity. Drinks made of cacao beans would be given as presents to people of high status. Chocolate also would be offered to the gods as a token of appreciation. Cacao beans were even used as a form of currency at one point. During the 17th century, chocolate consumption grew considerably across Europe. Chocolate houses cropped up in London, and the French elite often indulged in chocolate. Chocolate’s popularity continued to grow, but the dessert was not linked to Valentine’s Day until nearly 200 years later. In the mid-1800s, an enterprising individual named Richard Cadbury was looking for a way to make chocolate even more popular than it already was. He sought out a method to make drinking chocolate more palatable and created “eating chocolates.” These chocolates were packaged in decorative boxes. Eventually, Cadbury saw the benefit of putting images of cupids and roses on the boxes. Cadbury even designed chocolate boxes in the shape of hearts that could be saved as mementos. These chocolates soon became intertwined with Valentine’s Day celebrations. On the other side of the Atlantic, Milton Hershey dabbled in commercializing chocolate as well. Hershey began as a caramel maker, but experimented with covering the caramels in chocolate in 1894. Hershey would go on to develop one of the most successful brands of chocolate in the United States, which included the famous

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Make the most of your night out this Valentine’s Day Chocolates and flowers may be staples of Valentine’s Day, but many couples take it one step further and dine out on February 14. According to the Retail Advertising and Marketing Association’s Valentine’s Day Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey, 34.6 percent of respondents indicated that dining out would be part of their Valentine’s Day agenda. A romantic dinner is an ideal capper for a day geared around love and affection. But Valentine’s Day is a busy night for many restaurants, so it pays to heed the following advice to ensure this special night is memorable for all the right reasons. • Make reservations well in advance. Dining out is especially popular on Valentine’s Day, so call several weeks in advance to secure your spot. Also, do not underestimate the draw of all types of restaurants on Valentine’s Day. People who were not

able to get a table at their first choices may trickle into chain restaurants or smaller establishments in search of an easy meal. If you think your lesser-known haunt will not be packed, think again. Always play it safe by making a reservation early. • Expect some crowding. Restaurants tend to add extra tables on Valentine’s Day, when they expect an influx of customers. Dining rooms may be more packed than usual, and you may not have a choice of where you will be seated. Even a reservation does not guarantee you won’t have to wait for a table. Be patient upon arriving at the restaurant, and consider wait time when factoring in childcare. • Be flexible with the menu. Price-fixed menus are commonplace on nights when there will be a large turnover of customers in a short amount of time. These menus allow restaurants to stock up on the necessary ingredients

and cook en masse. Diners may find that price-fixed menus offer a limited selection, and their favorite dishes may not be available. But knowing this in advance can reduce feelings of disappointment. Rest assured there should be several options that appeal to different palates. • Be patient with servers. Valentine’s Day is a busy night for staff at the restaurant, particularly servers who must be the liaison between the kitchen staff and diners. The sheer volume of customers can test the skills of even the most veteran servers. Many Valentine’s Day diners do not eat out regularly and will need extra guidance. Servers may be called on to snap photos of couples with cell phones or linger at certain tables. Use idle time at your table to engage in romantic conversation and plan the rest of the evening. • Consider your budget. Diners can expect to pay a premium for

dining out on Valentine’s Day. Select a lower-priced restaurant if your budget is on the smaller side. • Be on time. Being respectful of your reservation will not only benefit you, but also it is a courtesy to fellow diners who will be sitting at your table later in the evening. While you may want to linger over dessert, try not to linger too long. • Promptly store leftovers. If you take a doggie bag home from dinner, stash it in the refrigerator as soon as possible to prevent foodborne illnesses. If you will be going out dancing or to a movie after dinner, it may be best to skip the doggie bag altogether. Valentine’s Day is a busy night for dining out. Patience, courtesy and flexibility are traits that can keep your evening moving along smoothly.

Explore flower meanings for Valentine giving Come mid-February, florist delivery trucks can be seen making the rounds through neighborhoods all across the country. Such trucks are transporting thousands of bouquets, plants and other floral arrangements that serve as gifts on Valentine’s Day. According to the Retail Advertising and Marketing Association, florists take in around $400 million in revenue on Valentine’s Day. Roses may be the most popular flower come Valentine’s Day, but many other blooms find their way into the hearts of excited celebrants as well. Flowers can be used

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