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Norma Staaf 208-993-0689

— After last weekend’s Easter Services, egg hunts, family dinners, etc. the Easter season isn’t quite over. There’s one more chance to hear some inspirational Easter music. The Valley Singers will have our final performance of our Easter Cantata at St. Gertrude’s Monastery chapel at 3 p.m., on Sunday, April 7. It’s a beautiful, peaceful place to go, and if the weather’s nice a chance to go for a stroll behind the monastery. St. Gertrude’s will provide cookies and coffee afterwards. The concert is free to the public.

Jody Dow, Kamiah High School teacher, is excited about Kamiah High School’s spring play, How the West was Won… or Black Hat Optional that is coming up at the end of April. The play is a parody of westerns and promises to be fun and entertaining. Dow tells me the students had so much fun doing the last play Let’s Hang Him and Read the Will, in February, that they wanted to do another one. I have to agree, I got some good laughs at the last play. More information on performance times and dates later.

Harpster gets yoga classes

Great news for Harpster. Carly Decker will be offering a series of Wednesday evening yoga classes in April and May at the old Harpster school house. Decker, who lives in the Harpster area, teaches yoga in Kooskia, but she decided to add a class closer to home. Classes will run 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. each Wednesday from April 4 to May 30. If you sign up for the full nine-class session, cost is $45, or you can just come on a class-by-class for $6 a time. I’ve heard good things about Decker’s Kooskia classes, so looking forward to trying the Harpster version. The Harpster Community Building is a great historic building, glad to see it being used for new and different activities. If you have questions, contact Carly by e-mail at

A few weeks ago, I had lunch with Lauren Paterson of Muse Media. With spring coming it would be fun to do something outdoors for kids in Kamiah. We pitched the idea to City Council last week and they graciously helped us come up with a downtown block to close and gave us approval and encouragement to proceed. We’re planning an Earth Day celebration Friday, April 20, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., on 5th Street in Kamiah (between Main and the alley towards Idaho Street.) We will offer fun and educational activities for children such as creating art from recycled materials, games or displays about forests, soils, the hidden costs of water, cultural history, fires, recycling, local foods and agriculture, gardening and composting and face-painting. We’ve contacted a number of potential partners, but are looking for more. If you or your organization would like to host an activity or display booth or sponsor a project, we would love to hear from you. All activities will be offered free of charge, with no booths selling items. Call Lauren Paterson at 208-935-5251 or e-mail Norma Staaf at

The Heart of the Monster Nez Perce National Historic Park will be the site of the “From the Heart” cultural event from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday, April 27. This is a great chance to learn about the importance of the site to local Nez Perce cultural history.


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