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Clearwater Valley News: Singers, bell ringers to perform next week


Norma Staaf 208-993-0689

— The Valley Singers & Bell Ringers and the Children of God singers (COGS) are providing two free concerts to inspire people for the Christmas season. Concerts are at 7 p.m., on Wednesday, Nov. 29 and 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 3. Both performances will be held at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church at 407 7th Street in Kamiah. People are welcome to stay afterwards to meet the musicians and enjoy cookies, punch and coffee.

The group began in 1953 as a musical theater group, morphing into the Valley Singers and Bell Ringers, comprised of people from many walks of life. Carrie Bain, director of the Singers and Bell Ringers, grew up in Kamiah, singing with the group while she was in high school in the 1970s. Carrie’s mom, Dixie Humphrey, organized the group for a while and played piano. Carrie and her husband George, a bell ringer, recently moved back to the area. Reverend Luann Howard leads the COGS. I am having a lot of fun singing in the choir for the first time this year. I am inspired by both Carrie’s and Luann’s joy for Christmas, music and people!

Kids' Christmas events upcoming

A couple of exciting kids’ activities will happen in Kooskia next week. Artist Candice Short is leading a kids oil painting class to create an image called “Tis the season” on canvas. The “painting party” is on Wednesday, Nov. 29, from 3:30- 6:30 p.m. It is open to kids ages 8 through high school as well as teachers. Sign up and prepay by the 28th at the CV elementary school office at 306 Pine Street. Cost is $35 per person for Candice’s instruction and painting supplies. One cool thing about Art and Soul events is that everyone paints their own version of the same image. She chooses small paintings, so kids can amazingly go home with a finished oil painting after a three-hour session. At the end of class, she takes a photo of all of the artists holding their paintings. Great fun! To see images from past and future “paint parties” or to sponsor a student, check out Art and Soul canvas parties by Candice on Facebook.

Carly Decker and Stacy McCusker are offering the Kids Winter Festival including yoga, art projects, mindfulness and wreath-making. The event begins after school (2:45 -6:30 p.m.) on Friday, Dec. 1, at the CV Middle School Gym in Kooskia. The cost is $20 per student (K-8th grade welcome) and dinner is included. Parents can join the wreath-making and dinner portion at 5:30 p.m. for $5 each. To sign up or for questions call or text Carly at 208-451-3538. I enjoy weekly yoga classes with Stacy; she makes yoga fun!

The Upriver Youth Leadership Council (UYLC) is hosting a holiday open house at their new office at 413 Main Street in Kamiah. The place will be decked out with Christmas trees and refreshments will be served. Stop by between 9 a.m.- 5 p.m., from Nov. 27-Dec. 2, to meet the staff and learn more about UYLC and their goal to “empower our youth to create a healthy drug-free community”. For information call 208-743-0392.

The Kooskia Library staff invites people to the library open house on Wednesday, Nov. 29, from 2-5:30 p.m., to see the great changes they have made. Connection to Airbridge Broadband has sped up their internet and WiFi. Also new is the Talking Books Service. This technology can help people who can’t read standard print, hold a book, or turn pages. The Service has titles for all age groups with 85,000 audio books, 70 magazine titles and 200 newspapers.

Lara Smith at the CV elementary school library tells me it is book fair week Nov. 27-Dec. 1st. New children’s books are on sale as a fund-raiser for the school. Stop by 8 a.m.-5 p.m., during the week, ending at 2 p.m., on Friday. It’s a great chance to buy some books for the young people in your life. Books make great Christmas presents!


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