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Clearwater Valley News: Join committee to save Opera House


Norma Staaf 208-993-0689

— I talked to Gloria Taylor of Harpster about the newly formed Old Opera House (Kooskia) Cultural Committee. She is excited that 25 people came to the initial meeting in early March, with lots of great ideas. They plan to buy this lovely historic building and use it as a community center, artist studios, art gallery and performance space for children through adults. Gloria’s daughter, Misty Dawn Taylor, got her start singing and acting at the Opera House as a teenager and her family has wonderful memories there.

The Kooskia Opera House was built in 1912 back when Kooskia was called Stuart. Marcia and Mike Graves restored it to a theater in 1994 and it has been used for many great community events over the years. They have offered to sell it, hoping it will continue to be used as a theater. The committee is exploring options to buy it, looking at the model used successfully in Craigmont to rebuild the bowling alley. This entailed people or businesses buying shares so it is owned by the community. Cindy Lane also of Harpster has joined Gloria is pursuing funding for this endeavor. If you would like to get involved with this project or to pledge donations, call Gloria Taylor at 983-0314.

Kamiah Library

The Kamiah Library is looking for volunteers to help with their “Building a Better World” program. This is designed to encourage children to read during summer months to keep their skills up. It may include crafts, sports and other programs depending on the interest and skills of the volunteers. April, at the library would like people to sign up by April 1, so they can start making plans for summer.

There’s a one-page interest form for volunteers to fill out, with lots of ways to help, whether registering children, tracking books, reading stories, creating a display for the community room, leading or helping with a craft program, games or sports. They also need people to provide refreshments or asking local businesses for incentive prizes. Sounds like a fun way to help children in the community without a long-term time commitment. Contact the library at 935-0428.

Wednesdays during the school year are a great day for children at the Kamiah Library. It begins with pre-school story hour at 10:30 a.m. It’s a nice opportunity for parents to bring their children for stories and fun, plus a chance to meet other parents of preschoolers. At 3 p.m., the library offers after-school movies on their new 65” TV. Stop by the library at 505 Main Street, call 935-0428 or check out Facebook calendar at for the upcoming movie.

Also at the library, local glass artist Denna Riffel will do a stained-glass demonstration on Friday, March 24, from 1-3 p.m. This is geared for adults. There will be a drawing for the stained-glass pieces. Contact the library to sign up.

Looking for something to do Saturday night? Remember the ICARE barn dance is this weekend, Saturday, March 25, at the American Legion Hall (621 Main St) in Kamiah. It starts at 5 p.m., with dinner at 6 p.m., and country music by Beargrass with a jam session to include other musicians. (ICARE stands for cancer assistance and recovery). All proceeds from the evening will go to help local people going through cancer treatments.


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