As of Tuesday, September 4, 2018
CLEARWATER VALLEY I spent last Saturday afternoon amidst happy chaos at the youth zone at Kamiah Barbecue Days. I volunteered at the obstacle course, a large brightly colored inflatable feature with two lanes. Kids of all ages attempted to leap from one large ball to the next landing on their feet, their bellies, however they could manage, making their way across the course, then climbing out and shooting down the slide at the far end. My role, trying to keep some semblance of order, was an interesting challenge. It was great to see so many young people running, jumping, climbing, yelling, laughing and otherwise active outdoors. I even had a group of cool-looking “post teenage” guys who tried it. The Upriver Youth Leadership Council, Chamber of Commerce and partners provided all of the youth zone activities at no charge. Lots of happy, excited children ran from one feature to the next throughout the afternoon.
If you need dinner on Friday night (Sept. 7) from 5 to 7 p.m., you are welcome to check out the Navajo taco feed at the Big Cedar Schoolhouse site. For only $5, you get a dinner taco, soft drink and dessert taco. It can be a cheap date or a family outing, and you won’t have to do the dishes! The event, hosted by the Big Cedar Homemakers, raises funds to maintain this National Register historic building from 1920. Though many of the one-room rural schoolhouses scattered throughout the county are gone, this one remains, a reminder of the days when kids walked or rode horses to school.
It’s a great little building that retains much of its original historic character in a rural, wooded setting. The building, along with an adjacent picnic shelter, can be rented for private or community events. I participated in a yoga and meditation retreat there earlier this summer. Last year more than 200 people attended the Taco event which is open to anyone. If you haven’t been to the schoolhouse, it’s located at 947 Red Fir Road, up in the timbered hills about 9 miles from Kooskia. Head up the Clear Creek road, about two miles, then left on Leitch Creek Road, right on Big Cedar Road, left on Red Fir Road immediately on the right.
The Big Cedar Homemakers is a local service organization founded in 1967. Dawn Stryhaas currently leads the group which has donated $25,000 to community organizations including the Tahoe QRU, the Ridge Runner Fire Department, Kooskia Library and the Kooskia Food Bank during the last 20 years. Their other main fund-raiser is making and selling the festive holiday swags that adorn many of the Kooskia businesses and homes each December. Stryhaas notes that she and the others would welcome new members to their group.
I visited with April Blankenship, library manager at the Kamiah library the other day. She was excited to share a new brochure on Media Literacy-How to Spot Fake News that the Prairie River Library district (PRLD) recently developed. Many of us are inundated with information from television, print and Internet sources and it can be difficult to discern fact from fiction and to spot wildly false claims. It can be dangerous, too, with people incited to action based on false claims. Media literacy is learning how to evaluate the sources of information. Though all news may have some degree of bias, this can vary widely based on the source, subtle in some cases and extreme in others. April shared the concepts of media literacy and fake news with a group of elementary school students this summer who found it helpful. April would be happy to share what she has learned and discuss the concepts of media literacy and fake news with groups of any age that are interested. You can also pick up a copy of the free brochure at any PRLD library (Kooskia and Kamiah libraries).