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Clearwater Valley News: UYLC to bring in children’s theater

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Clearwater Valley


Norma Staaf 208-993-0689

— The Kooskia Farmers’ Market begins this week, Thursday, June 7, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Kooskia City Park. Homegrown and handmade items only. Check it out if you’re in town. Call Melissa Knapton at 208-739-1602 for questions.

Saturday, June 9, is Free Fishing Day for kids up to age 12. In the Clearwater River area, there’s an event at Fenn Pond, along the Selway River right in front of the Fenn Ranger Station. Although the river is still flowing high, the pond is off-channel, with a boardwalk, fishing piers and easy access. It’s less than five miles off Highway 12, from where the bridge crosses the Middle Fork Clearwater at Lowell. Each youth needs to be with an adult and bring a fishing pole and tackle. In addition to fishing, the Nez Perce Clearwater National Forest has a booth about the 50th Anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. (The Selway is one of the first and most premiere rivers designated in the whole country.) Kids can design a rubber duck and participate in a duck race. The event is from 9 a.m. to noon. Contact Moose Creek Ranger Station for questions at 208-926-4258.


Free Press / Norma Staaf This mangled pipe after ditch cleaning on Lee Road, looked kind of monstrous at dusk.

Saturday is also the day for the Clearwater Community Yard sale, in scenic “downtown” Clearwater, Idaho both at the Grange and other private houses in the area. For questions, call Carol at 208-926-7465. If you’re heading up to Clearwater, the main road up Sally Ann is closed after the wild weather we had last week, which left a big hole in the road. Traffic is currently detoured up the Wall Creek Road.

I’ve heard some more exciting news from the Upriver Youth Leadership Council (UYLC). They just received grant money to bring Missoula Children’s Theater (MCT) to the Kamiah Schools next fall. In case you’re not familiar, MCT is a professional non-profit travelling theater. They will show up in town with a truck full of costumes and props and two actor/directors. They hold auditions on a Monday, practice with the kids all week and perform a play by Saturday of the same week with up to 60 students participating. It’s a great program, I worked with them when I volunteered for the Salmon Arts Council. It’s amazing what they can do in a week! It’s mostly geared for elementary to middle school with a few parts for older students. KHS teacher/coach Janna Privette remembers acting in MCT shows as a kid and describes it as “an experience I will never forget!” It will be good to get some younger kids excited about acting and theater to get them primed for the high school drama program. KHS teachers Taylie Hopkins and Jody Dow have done a wonderful job directing the “Kamiah Characters” plays this year.

Candice Short is leading one of her “painting” parties at the UYLC office on Tuesday, June 12, 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. She does a great job with kids at these events, bringing all canvas, brushes, oil paints and instruction. Each child will walk out with a completed painting in three hours. Everyone paints the same image, but ends up with a slightly different twist. Usually these events cost $35 to participate, but this one is free. It’s a great chance to try it. Call Jasmine at 208-743-0392 or stop by UYLC at 413 Main Street to sign up. Pizza is also provided, yeah! Candice has developed a great small business combining her art and teaching skills, leading both children and adult painting parties several times a week from Kooskia to Orofino to Pierce (and wherever else). To learn more and see examples of her paintings and classes, find her on Facebook at Art and Soul Canvas Parties by Candice. I haven’t tried a “party” yet, but it sure looks like fun.


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