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Warm Up with a Good Book

ArtsWarm up with a Good Book at Your Big Lake Library! The 2014 Family Winter Reading Program is on.

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Learn about Drum Making

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In the first in our "Focus on Local Arts" series, we'll take a brief look at an upcoming Drum Making Workshop. It will be on Saturday, 22 Feb 2014 from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. at 3261 S. Big Lake Road.

"Join us for a beautiful day of teachings, songs, and the ceremonial art of Drum Making with Alaskan DrumKeeper Shasenaye' Elliot.

Make a North American Hoop Drum and find balance for your own path. Learn a traditional trade and design your own instrument that speaks directly to the heart. Three sizes of drums are available, 16, 18, or 20 inch, your choice of Elk or Buffalo hide, and each drum includes a drum stick."

Preregistration 907.715.4411 or 907.892.5562

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Poems Sought that Celebrate Southwest Alaska, Mat-Su State Parks

ArtsThe Poems in Place Project, a collaboration of Alaska State Parks, the Alaska Center for the Book, and a steering committee of Alaskan writers and poets, this week issued its second public call for poems celebrating the natural beauty of Alaska’s state parks.

Over a three-month period, the Poems in Place Project will gather poems celebrating the Aleknagik State Recreation Site/Wood Tikchik State Park near Dillingham and Independence Mine State Historical Park near Palmer.
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How the Colors Got Their Names

ArtsThere's an interesting article posted over on the gizmondo website about how the colors got their names.

There was a time when there were no color-names as such . . . and that not very remote in many cases, when the present color-words were terms that could be used in describing quite different qualities [including] gay, lively, smart, dashy, loud, gaudy . . . dull, dead, dreary . . . tarnished, stained, spotted, dirty, smeared . . . faint, faded [and feeble].

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"The Mystery of the Cache Creek Murders-A True Story"

ArtsBook Review by Dennis Garrett (Used with permission):

"The Mystery of the Cache Creek Murders-A True Story" by Roberta Sheldon. 336 pages, illustrated."

In late 1939, the bodies of four miners were found in the northern part of what was called the Cache Creek district, at the end of what is today the Petersville Road. Wild rumors surrounding the murders swirled around the area, and news of the still-unsolved murders and buried treasure pushed the war in Europe off the front pages of the newspapers for weeks.



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