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Clearwater Valley News: Taste of Clearwater on tap for Jan. 14


Norma Staaf 208-993-0689

— Square dancing lessons start on Saturday, Jan. 7, 5:30 p.m., at the Clearwater Valley Middle School. Phil Rowan of Harpster invites people of any age to join in. The first three lessons are free so people can try it out. It’s good to bring a partner, but you can come by yourself and get matched up with a dance partner. After the free lessons, cost is $3 for adults and $1 for kids. It’s a fun way to get some exercise. Give Phil a call at 983-1125 if you have questions.

Are you ready to get out of your snowdrift and socialize? A couple of big community events are coming up in January: the Taste of Clearwater in Kooskia on Jan. 14, and the Crab Feed in Kamiah Jan. 26, 27 and 28. The Chamber of Commerce invites you to the Sixth Annual Taste of the Clearwater Saturday, Jan. 14, at the Outpost (main floor at the opera house) with two seatings at 5 and 7 p.m. Area restaurants and grocery stores will be there with specialty dishes for you to try. Betty Cloninger will have a selection of wines to taste with your food. Area businesses and individuals contribute gift baskets that will be raffled off at each seating. Once you’ve paid your $15 the food and wine are included. Guests will vote on their favorite foods with awards for the most popular. This is one of two big events that the Kooskia Chamber of Commerce puts on each year. The other is Kooskia Days. Since Kooskia Days is free to participants, the Chamber uses the proceeds from the Taste of the Clearwater to help pay for Kooskia Days. You can buy tickets in advance at Clearwater Building Supply, Kamiah Flower Shop, Umpqua Bank and Kooskia Café. The three dynamic chamber of commerce women- Sunnie at 935-7870, Louise at 926-4236 or Fern at 553-2106 will be happy to answer any questions you have about the event.

The Crab Feed in Kamiah has become so popular over the years that organizers offer the event for three consecutive nights, Jan. 26-28. In addition to a great dinner, there is an entertaining talent show. This event is a fund-raiser that helps keep the Kamiah City Pool open, so dream about summer and swimming and plan on attending this event.

Are you ready to try something new in 2017? How about volunteering? If you’re looking for a fun opportunity, Idaho County recycling-Kooskia site is looking for a few new people to add to their team. Contact Bonnie Schonefeld by e-mail at if you’d like to be added to the volunteer list.

Speaking of trying something new, I was in the mood for a different kind of pizza last weekend so I ordered the “Tuscan Sun” pizza at the Silver Dollar Bar and Grill in Stites. We enjoyed a tasty pesto, grilled chicken, artichoke heart and cashew pizza. Although they have more mainstream pizzas, this is one of their specialty pizzas. (Dare I say gourmet and Stites in the same sentence?)

Happy New Year and see you at one of the upcoming events!


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