Friday, September 4, 2015

Celebrate Mudgy & Millie Sept. 19

Event Marks Seventh Annual Birthday for library’s Moose & Mouse
Nobody knows for sure how old Mudgy & Millie are, but they were born out of a love of books, active living, public art, and the community of Coeur d’Alene.
And every year since 2008 their birthday has been celebrated at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library. “Mudgy & Millie” fans of all ages are invited to the party, Saturday, Sept. 19, at 11 a.m. in the Community Room, 702 E. Front Ave.
The brainchild of children’s author Susan Nipp – nationally known as the co-creator of the Wee Sing books and music – the book was illustrated by Charles Reasoner. Nipp, who is a member of the Library Foundation Board, signed over all royalties from the sale of the book and related merchandise to the foundation.
“Mudgy &Millie” follows the adventure of its moose and mouse characters as they play hide and seek along a route that leads from Tubbs Hill, to the library, downtown, around the boardwalk, to City Park and finally to Independence Point.
The author, a strong proponent of families staying active together, worked with the City of Coeur d’Alene to create the Mudgy Trail, which follows this same route.
Inspired by the bronze statues in Boston created for the book “Make Room For Ducklings,” Nipp worked with local sculptor Terry Lee for the creation of five life-size bronze statues installed along the Mudgy Trail. 
The Sept. 19 celebration will include a reading of the book by Nipp, a special appearance by Mudgy Moose and Millie Mouse, a sing-along of the “Mudgy & Millie Song,” book signing by Nipp and Lee, and, of course, birthday cake compliments of The Coeur d’Alene Resort.
There is no charge to attend the party. Copies of the book will be available to purchase as will Mudgy & Millie plush animals. All proceeds benefit the Library Foundation.

Patrons who need accommodation to participate in library programs or services are asked to contact the staff prior to the activity by calling 208-769-2315. For more library information visit cdalibrary.org. The library is a department of the City of Coeur d’Alene and a member of the Cooperative Information Network, cinlibraries.org. Library Director, Bette Ammon. Library hours: Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m./Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m./Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. For regular updates follow the library on Facebook and Twitter.


NIC Film Club to Screen ‘Taxi Driver’

The North Idaho College Film Club will screen Martin Scorsese’s gritty “Taxi Driver,” as the group resumes movies at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library.
The R-rated film will be shown in the Community Room at the library, 702 E. Front Ave, and will be preceded by a film club-produced short. Activities begin and 6 p.m. Snacks are provided and a discussion will follow the main feature.
The free screening and discussion are open to the public.
Release in 1976, the film was directed by Scorsese, produced by Julia and Michael Phillips, and written by Paul Schrader. The movie starred Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Albert Brooks, Harvey Keitel, Leonard Harris, Peter Boyle, and Cybill Shepherd. It was distributed by Columbia Pictures and has a running time of 113 minutes.


Patrons who need accommodation to participate in library programs or services are asked to contact the staff prior to the activity by calling 208-769-2315. For more library information visit cdalibrary.org. The library is a department of the City of Coeur d’Alene and a member of the Cooperative Information Network, cinlibraries.org. Library Director, Bette Ammon. Library hours: Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m./Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m./Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. For regular updates follow the library on Facebook and Twitter.


Thursday, September 3, 2015

Library Closed Two Days for Labor Day Holiday

The library will be closed Sunday and Monday, Sept. 6 and 7, for the Labor Day holiday. When the library is closed many services are still available through the library website -- www.cdalibrary.org. You can manage your library card account and place holds, download e-books and music, and use several online resources. Some resources do require a username and/or password. Obtain these in advance by calling or visiting the library during open hours.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Cd’A seeking student reps to volunteer on boards



There are currently several openings on city boards, commissions and committees for student volunteers. Any high school student living within School District 271 and who is between the ages of 14 and 18 is welcome to apply. The deadline is September 30.

Volunteering on a city panel is a fulfilling community commitment, looks great on job applications, provides invaluable learning experiences and is an opportunity to give back. Student volunteers DO make a difference.

Students can serve on the:
·         Childcare Commission
·         CDA TV Committee
·         Natural Open Space Committee
·         Parking Commission
·         Parks & Recreation Commission
·         Ped/Bike Committee
·         Library Board
·         Urban Forestry Committee
·         Arts Commission
Visit goo.gl/oEA9AA for an application form or contact amyf@cdaid.org. Applications are also available at City Hall, 710 Mullan Ave.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Fire danger level reaches extreme



Windy weather forecast for Saturday, along with extremely dry conditions, has put local firefighters on high alert as they brace for the worst over the weekend.

“This is extremely critical fire weather,” Coeur d’Alene Deputy Fire Chief Glenn Lauper said Friday. The Coeur d’Alene Fire Department is urging people to use extreme caution outdoors when conducting any activity that could cause a fire.

Free pamphlets explaining fire danger and how to protect your home and property are now available at Coeur d’Alene City Hall, the Public Library, each of the city’s three fire stations and local grocery stores.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

ADA accessible ramp dedicated at Independence Point


from left: Jon Ingalls, Panhandle Kiwanis, Dave Kilburg, Kiwanis president, Virgil Edwards, of the Disability Action Center, Coeur d’Alene parks and recreation director Steve Anthony, Jeffrey Mahon with the Sunrise Rotary. Seated, Michelle Porter, left, and Don Waddell.

Thanks to generous donations from the Panhandle Kiwanis, Sunrise Rotary and Avista Utilities, a wheelchair-accessible ramp leading to the water at Independence Point will soon be installed. Project cost is $14,000 and made possible by these organizations.

“This will allow people that couldn’t get into the water to enjoy the lake with the families to have access,” said Virgil Edwards of the Disability Action Center. “It provides another level of independence.”

Two ramps will provide access to the lake, according to parks and recreation director Steve Anthony. One will run into the water and the other along the shoreline.

Top, from left: Jon Ingalls, Panhandle Kiwanis, Dave Kilburg, Kiwanis president, Virgil Edwards, of the Disability Action Center, Coeur d’Alene parks and recreation director Steve Anthony, Jeffrey Mahon with the Sunrise Rotary. Seated, Michelle Porter, left, and Don Waddell.

Bottom: Michelle Porter.

City recognizes 610 years of public service



Steve Anthony, right, is congratulated by Coeur d’Alene Mayor Steve Widmyer. Center is city administrator Jim Hammond. At left is the city’s human resources director Melissa Tosi.

From 5 years to an impressive 40 years, city of Coeur d’Alene employees on Thursday recognized the milestones of numerous public servants who dedicate their time to make the city a better place to live. During a lunch at the Avista Pavilion at McEuen Park, long-time employees were recognized for their service. The city’s longest-serving employee, parks and recreation director Steve Anthony, was congratulated for his 40 years of service with the city.