Thursday, April 28, 2016

Coeur d'Alene Arbor Day Celebration - April 30th




The City of Coeur d’Alene will hold an Arbor Day celebration on Saturday, April 30th at McEuen Park (520 Front Ave). The festivities will begin with a tree planting at 10:00 a.m., hikes on Tubbs Hill with the Native Plant Society followed by an Arbor Day Ceremony and free lunch sponsored by Sun Valley Tree Service at 11:30 a.m. Door prizes are also being awarded, and free tree seedlings and Arbor Day stickers will be given to attendees.

There will be a ceremony at 11:30 a.m. where City Officials will receive Coeur d’Alene’s 32nd consecutive Tree City U.S.A. award. The Tree City U.S.A. award is given by the National Arbor Day Foundation to communities who meet four criteria in the care of public trees. In 2015, 477 public trees were planted throughout the city and an additional 300 seedlings were planted on Tubbs Hill.

Coeur d’Alene has been awarded a 2016 Arbor Day Grant of $300 from the Idaho Nursery and Landscape Association which assists in purchasing trees for planting at the Arbor Day event. The Arbor Day grants are sponsored by the Idaho Nursery and Landscape Association in cooperation with the Idaho Department of Lands, Avista, Idaho Power, and Rocky Mountain Power.

For more information about any of these events, contact Katie Kosanke at 769-2266 or see the website at www.cdaid.org/parks

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Make Yarn!



Openings for this Saturday at Emerge!

Instructor:  Sue Tye
April 30th, 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Ages 13 and Up
FREE – Sponsored by the Coeur d’Alene Arts Commission

To register, email Jeni at emergecda@gmail.com.

Learn to spin wool into yarn on a Turkish spindle.  Learn an ancient craft in this class and take home your own spindle and wool to practice on.  Materials will be provided for each student so plan on a fun-filled few hours making your very own yarn.

Bring a sack lunch or snacks & drink.  Plan on taking notes and you can use your phones to take pictures and notes too.


Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Library Celebrates Arbor Day; Free Seedlings

Celebrate Arbor Day with a program at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave.
The Seagraves Children’s Library will have a special program Wednesday, April 20, 10-10:45 a.m.
Free tree seedling will be available for families to take home.
For information contact the Coeur d’Alene Parks Dept. at 208-415-0415.
 
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 or lcplibrary.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. Main 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. Lake City Branch Hours: Monday through Thursday, 3-6:30 p.m. For regular updates follow our libraries on Facebook and Twitter.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Volunteers Plant 400 Seedlings on Tubbs Hill


Student and adult volunteers rolled up their sleeves this week to plant 400 tree seedlings on Tubbs Hill. Urban forestry coordinator Katie Kosanke said the project was a great success thanks to the city’s Urban Forestry Committee, Community Canopy volunteers, the Tubbs Hill Foundation as well as students from Coeur d’Alene High School’s biology class. A combination of larch and ponderosa pine tree seedlings were planted in areas where brush was has been removed for fuel reduction purposes. The new trees will provide canopy and shade which will help reduce the density of the shrubs (ladder fuels) naturally, making Tubbs Hill a safer place for recreation.

Students Bryan Riddle and Bella Klein from CDA High School plant a larch tree on Tubbs Hill

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Workshop Helps Free You From Debt

As Part of Money Smart Week at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, STCU will offer and evening program, “Become Debt Free” in the Community Room at the library, 702 E, Front Ave., on Wednesday, April 27, 6-7 p.m.
The free program will include a light meal for participants.
The workshop is intended to help participants to determine where their finances are now and where they want them to be, using tools to make debt-free living possible, and the importance of celebrating milestones.
The next STCU workshop will be “Protect Your Credit Score” on Wednesday, May 11, at noon.
To participate register online at www.stcu.org/workshops or call 855-753-0317.
 
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 or lcplibrary.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. Main 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. Lake City Branch Hours: Monday through Thursday, 3-6:30 p.m. For regular updates follow our libraries on Facebook and Twitter.

Second Story Book Spring Cleaning Sale

Second Story Books, the used book store in the lobby of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, is having a Spring Cleaning Sale Sunday, April 24, noon to 4 p.m.
Tables will be set up in front of the store, at 702 E. Front Ave. Hardback books will sell for 50 cents apiece.
Second Story Books is operated entirely by volunteers to benefit the Friends of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library. Proceeds go to support adult and youth programs at the library, special additions to the collection, and purchases of furnishing and equipment. Most recently the Friends funded the installation of diaper changing tables in the men’s restrooms.
The library accepts donations of gently used books, DVDs, and music CDs. Items not added to the library collection become available for sale in the book store.
 
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 or lcplibrary.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. Main 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. Lake City Branch Hours: Monday through Thursday, 3-6:30 p.m. For regular updates follow our libraries on Facebook and Twitter.


Monday, April 11, 2016

Benefit Concert Features Patsy Cline Music

Laura Sable as Patsy Cline.
A biography concert featuring the music of Patsy Cline will benefit the Coeur d’Alene Public Library Foundation Friday, April 29.
Tickets are $25 per person or a table for eight can be sponsored for $300. Ticketing is through brownpapertickets.com.
“The Life and Music of Patsy Cline” will feature the talents of singer Laura Sable accompanied on the piano by her husband, Bill Wiemuth. The doors of the Community Room will open at 6 p.m. and the concert begins at 7.
Often called country music’s greatest female singer, Cline made her first national appearance on Arthur Godfry’s “Talent Scouts” in 1957 and became and overnight sensation.
She was the first female performer to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and is remembered for such hits as “Crazy,” “Walkin’ After Midnight,” “I Fall to Pieces,” “She’s Got You,” “Sweet Dreams,” and many others. In addition to singing her songs, Sable relates the stories of Clines’ life and tribulations.
Sable and Wiemuth live in Coeur d’Alene but for the past 17 years, they have performed at theatres, aboard hundreds of cruises, and at almost a thousand corporate events. They have performed for
Sable was born in Coeur d'Alene and grew up in Newport, Wash. She has worked as a professional singer and actress since the age of 18 when she got her first professional gig with the Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre in the chorus of “Oklahoma!” Over the past two decades she has performed locally with the Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre, Spokane Civic Theatre, the Lake City Playhouse, and she and Wiemuth were most recently seen in Ellen Travolta's production of “Christmas with Friends” at the Coeur d'Alene Resort. 
The couple met while working as "showboat entertainers" onboard the Grand American Queen Steamboat in 1998 and have since produced and performed countless custom duo shows for audiences across the globe.
For more information contact the Library Foundation at 208-769-2380 or by e-mail at cdalibraryfoundation@gmail.com.
Bill Wiemuth and Laura Sable.
audiences from New York to Alaska to the Mississippi River to the United Kingdom to Australia.

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 or lcplibrary.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. Main 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. Lake City Branch Hours: Monday through Thursday, 3-6:30 p.m. For regular updates follow our libraries on Facebook and Twitter.


FBI Street Agent to Do Library Author Talk

A former FBI street agent will share stories from his investigations of extremist organizations on the left and right and other criminal groups during an author talk Thursday, April 21, at 7 p.m. at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library.
Wayne Manis, author of “The Street Agent,” will speak in the Community Room at the library, 702 E. Front Ave.
On the extreme left of the political scale Manis went underground with a faction of the The Weather Underground. On the right he investigated the KKK and the Aryans. He also targeted the Mafia and related organized crime families.
As a team leader of an FBI SWAT Team,  he engaged bank robbers, fugitives, and terrorists in armed confrontations.
Near the end of his career, Manis spearheaded the FBI’s largest domestic terrorism investigation prior to the Oklahoma City Bombing. The case was directed at a white supremacist group known as “The Order.”  He led a team of agents in the search for these domestic terrorists who threatened the members of the U. S. Congress and sent them a formal “Declaration of War.”
The group’s members assassinated their enemies, committed multiple bombings, and robberies, including a $3.6 million robbery of a Brink’s armored truck. With their stolen money, they purchased ‘state of the art’ weaponry to engage the FBI in armed confrontations.
 
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 or lcplibrary.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. Main 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. Lake City Branch Hours: Monday through Thursday, 3-6:30 p.m. For regular updates follow our libraries on Facebook and Twitter.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Program Features Job-Seeking Resources

The Coeur d’Alene Public Library and the Idaho Department of Labor are partners for a program designed to help people who want to improve their job-hunting and career skills.
On Tuesday, April 19, 10:30 a.m. to noon, Lance Kaldor, Workforce Consultant for the Idaho Career Information System (CIS) will be in the Community Room at the library, 702 E. Front Ave, to share information about the Resume Builder available through the Department of Labor website. He will also discuss the resources that can be accessed through the CIS site that is linked to the library’s website.
No advanced registration is required for this free, one-time-only class.
The CIS site can be found under the EXPLORE link at cdalibrary.org. It provides information for all levels of career development. The site also includes current job postings from the Department of Labor’s online system of education and careers information, interactive help with interviews and resumes, games and activities for younger jobseekers.
Users can create a CIS account with a username and password to return to the site from any Internet-linked device.
 
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 or lcplibrary.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. Main 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. Lake City Branch Hours: Monday through Thursday, 3-6:30 p.m. For regular updates follow our libraries on Facebook and Twitter.

Library Adds Grants Database

An online resource for nonprofits and individuals seeking grants has been added at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library in partnership with United Way of Kootenai County (UWKC).
“Foundation Center” has been installed on the library’s database and catalog computers. Unlike the library’s other online resources that can be accessed from any Internet-linked device, “Foundation Center” can only be used at the library, 702 E. Front Ave.
 “Foundation Center” includes a directory of foundations, foundations making grants to individuals, maps showing who is funding what around the world, and a list of print publications about applying for grants.
 
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 or lcplibrary.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. Main 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. Lake City Branch Hours: Monday through Thursday, 3-6:30 p.m. For regular updates follow our libraries on Facebook and Twitter.

Chief Morris Antelope Dedication has been CANCELED.

Due to inclement weather, today's dedication of the Chief Morris Antelope sculpture has been CANCELED.  The dedication will be rescheduled.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Spring Street Tree Pruning Information



Spring is in the air and many of you are out working hard in your yards and may just have the urge to use those sharp pruning tools. Before you make any cuts on street trees, please know that the City of Coeur d’Alene has tree care requirements and standards for pruning public street trees. These requirements ensure that trees are pruned properly which helps to avoid improper cutting that can lead to a decline of tree health, rapid weak growth, decay and can even create potential street side hazards. “Topping,” “hat-racking,” “rounding over,” or “cutting back” are all harmful to the health and safety of trees, and are not acceptable practices to use on any tree.

Public trees include those growing within the City rights-of-way (street trees), such as in the grassy area between the sidewalk and curb.  If there is no sidewalk along your property, the planting area could be anywhere from 2 feet to over 20 feet back from the curb and any trees planted within that area may be considered public trees.  Right-of-way widths vary from street to street.  To determine whether a tree is growing within the public right-of-way, contact the city’s Urban Forestry section of the Parks & Recreation Department.

Before working on street trees, a tree permit is required.  The permit is free, but comes with valuable information on how to do the work in a way that enhances tree health and function. Removal of public street trees is only allowed only if the tree is in deteriorating condition, poses a hazard, or is causing a traffic or sidewalk problem.  All requests for a tree removal permit are reviewed by the city’s Urban Forestry Committee.

Abutting property owners can choose to hire a city-licensed tree service to do necessary work on public trees. A cost-share program is available for single-family residential locations that can assist with public tree maintenance costs. Through the licensing process, the tree service assures that they are familiar with city standards, have a certified arborist on staff, and are adequately insured.  A list of city-licensed tree services is available, along with multiple resources and brochures on the care and maintenance of public trees, from the Urban Forestry division of the Parks & Recreation Department.  Stop by City Hall (710 E. Mullan Avenue) to pick them up; or check out the list of resources in the Urban Forestry section of the city’s web site at www.cdaid.org; or contact Katie Kosanke, Urban Forestry Coordinator at 208/769-2266.



Tuesday, March 29, 2016

City of CdA Announces Northwest Boulevard Road Closure




Contractors for the City of Coeur d’Alene will be closing the Northwest Blvd. between Garden Ave. and the Four Corners Intersection to replace the City’s deteriorated public sewer main.  This section of Northwest Blvd. will be closed Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 4:00 PM local time and reopen Monday, April 4, 2016 at 5:00 PM.  As shown in the accompanying document, detour routes will be provided which may influence daily commuting times.  We apologize in advance for this inconvenience.   For more information, please call Michael Becker, Utility Project Manager, Wastewater Utility Department, (208) 769-2268. 




Food for Fines, Drawings, Programs Highlights of National Library Week

In honor of National Library Week patrons will have the opportunity to clear overdue charges from their library accounts that may be preventing them from using services.
April 1-16 a donation of nonperishable food for people or pets will erase late fees from your account at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library and Lake City Public Library. Food for Fines does not apply to charges for lost items. The Community Library Network, Osborn Library and the St. Maries Library are also participating, but will have their own rules. Donated food will be given to local food banks and animal shelters.
National Library Week is April 10-16 and will be celebrated with special exhibits in Coeur d’Alene and drawings for four gift baskets by participating in Book Spine Poetry.
Free movies are scheduled in the Seagraves Children’s Library

Drop Everything And Read (DEAR)
This special event is scheduled for 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12. Our guest readers will include Mayor Steve Widmyer, Police Chief Lee White, and Fire Chief Kenny Gabriel.
DEAR will be offered to families in the Shirley Parker Story Room in the children’s library.

Poetry Slam
The poetry theme continues with the library’s third annual Poetry Slam on Wednesday, April 13, at 7 p.m. as part of National Poetry Month.
Doors will open at 6:30 pm for sign-ups. Poetry “Slams” are a gathering where poets are welcome to perform their work and compete for prizes given out at the end of the night. Judges are selected randomly from the audience and given the difficult task of assigning scores to poets’ performances.
But as is emphasized in slams all over the world, “The points are not the point; the point is the poetry.” The goal of every slam is to spread a love of poetry to people from all audiences and backgrounds.
    At the Coeur d’Alene Library Poetry Slam, poets sign up to perform and are given the mic for 3 minutes. Those 3 minutes belong to the poet, and the poet can read one or multiple poems of his/her own construction. Though it is sometimes called “performance poetry,” poets at our slam aren’t allowed to use props, costumes, or musical instruments in their performance.
Looking for more info on slams or some examples of slam poetry? Check out Sarah Kay’s poetry collection, No Matter the Wreckage (Write Bloody Publishing, 2014), or watch the documentary “Louder Than a Bomb” (Virgil Films, 2012), which covers the annual Chicago event Louder Than a Bomb, the largest youth poetry slam in the world. 
Head to YouTube, a fantastic resource for slam poems from amateur and professional poets alike. Some favorites include Roundhouse Poetry Slam, YOUTHSPEAKS, and Poetry Slam Inc., but thousands of other examples await your discovery.
 
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 or lcplibrary.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. Main 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. Lake City Branch Hours: Monday through Thursday, 3-6:30 p.m. For regular updates follow our libraries on Facebook and Twitter.

Library Hosting Model Train Open House

Who doesn’t like trains? The Coeur d’Alene Public Library will host the free Spring Open House for the Inland Northwest Free-mo-N model railroad group.The group boasts the largest operating modular train layout in North Idaho and it will be set up in the Community Room for the public to enjoy on Friday and Saturday, April 15 and 16, during the library’s regular open hours.
The exhibit will also include a LEGO train layout.
The Inland Northwest Free-mo-N group was begun in March 2015 and Models in the n scale – 1:160 inches. The group is looking for new members and is planning to begin modeling scene from the Inland Pacific Northwest.
 
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 or lcplibrary.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. Main 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. Lake City Branch Hours: Monday through Thursday, 3-6:30 p.m. For regular updates follow our libraries on Facebook and Twitter.