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Old 07-30-2007, 12:31 PM
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For those of you wondering about film festivals in Idaho, welcome to Spud Fest Take II Spudfest. It's hard to believe it's already time for Spud Fest which has grown each year.

It starts this week. Check the link for what may interest you or your family members.
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Old 07-31-2007, 03:42 AM
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Lightbulb Last Day of July, Things to do Now and Others for which to Plan.

What to do in Idaho Falls on the last day of July poses some questions and obstacles for some. There is a lot going on, like always, and at some point parents are going to have to get their kid ready to go back to school.

Yes, school - hard as it may seem to believe will start in about a month.
So in these remaining days, have some fun.

On 7/31, the EIRMC-sponsored concert series, on the Greenbelt, continues at 7:00 p.m.

Those who haven't made it to the Museum of Idaho's "Blood and Ink," display of the Dead Sea Scrolls may want to plant to do so in the near future as it ends on 8/24. The Museum of Idaho.

Also, the "Idaho International Dance & Music Festival," continues through 8/4.

The Idaho Falls Youth Arts Countre continues working on "The Little Mermaid" held at Rocky Mtn. Middle School. While I wrote briefly about this last week, as a reminder for this and next year, it is for kids ages 6-17. Besides acting and the common roles on things of for theatre, the kids will also be exposed to Make-up for the Stage, building a Set, Voice and Dancing. Other backstage positions are also taught. This should be interesting to see how this group does. More info is available at: Idaho Falls Youth Arts Council Home.

If anyone has attended the Idaho Internationa Dance & Musical Festival, or had children participate in the Idaho Falls Youth Arte Coutre productions, please post here to share your experiences.

Additionally, I was recently reminded that a summertime activity for many families is to visit West Yellowstone to attend the Playmill Theatre. They serve dinner and very famous fudge. The Playmill Theatre™. This year, the Playmill in West Yellowstone has added a Playmill Theatre in Jackson, WY. The link to the Premiere Season is: The Playmill Theatre™ Jackson Wyoming.

Idaho Falls is an excellent place to stay and drive to these theatres. But, the hotels are mostly full, so if you are thinking about doing this and don't live locally, make sure you secure your lodging ahead of time.

The Art Museum of Eastern Idaho continues with the Colored Pencil Society of America display.

Don't forget the Disc Golf Course Idaho Falls Disc Golf, Freeman Park, Idaho Falls...COME TOSS! and other sporting events such as getting signed up for Lacrosse AYSO Region 102 Home Page and Youth Hockey-www.ifyha.org- and Youth Soccer - AYSO Region 102 Home Page
- for the various times of the year.

SpudFest Take II, hosted by Dawn Wells originally, has grown to show screenings in Idaho Falls and Pocatello. The focus is on independent and family films. It starts this week.

And finally, The Collector's Corner Museum - http://www.idahofallsidaho.net/splas...link_id=26501- display of over 90 collector's items of "Toy Planes, Trains and Cars" ends today. The Barbie collection starts tomorrow. http://www.idahofallsidaho.net/splas...?link_id=26501

So many areas, like the Southeast Idaho Game Boarders -www.goicon.org/blog; I.F. Custom, Stock and Iron Car Club - idahofallscsi.com; I. F. Community Garden - www.srv.net/~klack/com_gard.htm; (broken link) and Grand Targhee Resort - Grand Targhee Resort :: Wyoming Vacation Guide haven't even been mentioned.

A lot to do, plus family and school reunions. And taking time to just go fish in our the famous streams is relaxing for many.

Whatever YOUR Tuesday brings, have some fun. Let us know if any if you or any family members of friends of yours have participated in any of these activites.
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Old 08-01-2007, 12:11 PM
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Thumbs up Rainy Day Fun

Sometimes when it rains, regardless of all of your best planning and intentions, nothing (or little) can be done outside. What do do on those days with kids who are bored?

Well, for those who are school age, there's always that swell subject to talk about and for which to prepare.........

For those who might want to have a positive day, then here are a few suggestions that might help kids of all ages entertained.

Green Belt Cam in Idaho Falls:

The city of Idaho Falls keep a Web Cam operating 24/7/365 so you can see different views of the Snake River going through downtown Idaho Falls. You will see the man-made falls, different buildings on the east bank of the falls. In a few shot you may see a white building that is very different than others in the area. This is the LDS (Mormon) Temple in Idaho Falls. I wish someone would put a webcam in front of the Temple so you can see how beautiful is really is for newlyweds to emerge from the Temple with the Snake River as a back drop.

The City of Idaho Falls literally has had thousands of people download and saved this Web Cam on their computers.

ENJOY the beauty of eastern ID and our natural wonders!

Green Belt Web Cam (http://www.ci.idaho-falls.id.us/main/index2.asp?PageId=1175 - broken link)

http://www.ci.idaho-falls.id.us/main/webcam/wcimg.jpg (broken link)

Old Faithful at Yellowstone National Park:

A live pic of "thee" most famous Geyser in Yellowstone National Park, the oldest National Park. Get the link and let your family prepare to watch it erupt. Especially, if you are planning a trip that way, it helps kids and adults see how far away that water can spray.

On the way to Old Faithful, is a place a lot of people like to take a break before they go much more north, called Island Park. Also, very famous floating trips for fishermen (some who have been U.S. and International Government Leaders) often launch around here.

Henry's Fork River at Island Park:

Henry's Fork - Island Park, Idaho Webcam (http://cams.jacksonholewebcams.com/islandpark/index.php - broken link)

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Changing Directions from the north of Idaho Falls to the ast - allows access to everything from Heise, Targhee, the Tetons, Driggs and Jackson Hole, Wy, (plus many other attractions/sites I didn't name). If you like to fish, buy a license, get your rod and head either north or east.

If you can't see this, search "Henry's Fork" + "Island Park" or just "Island Park" in a general search engine.

The Tetons:

I'm unable to post it here, but if you go to this link, J. Pat Neeley has provided some wonderful photos and a live webcam of the Tetons. They are east of Idaho Falls and on the way to Jackson, WY.

Also, for those who don't know the name of every peak, see the key below to the names of the talest mountains.

Teton Cam (http://www.srv.net/%7Ejpat/teton.html - broken link)

Please notice where Driggs is I had this map go between Idaho Falls and Driggs on purpose for another post.

And this is the Web Cam for Teton Pass

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However, assuming you might want tonsuggestion one of my friends likes to do with his little ones: Look at famous pics on a computer or local pics of you area and see how many they can correctly name. Some may even want to draw or paint pictures of what was the best pic they saw on the computer.

To get you jumpstarted and because we are so fortunate to have these natural beauties in our area, and for you who may never have seen pics like these before, here are some treats for kids of all ages. Plus, you can keep them on your computer and look at them whenever you wish.

Sorry! When printing directly from the browser your map may be incorrectly cropped. To print the
entire map, try clicking the "Printer-Friendly" link at the top of your results page.

From Mapquest - this let's you see the general direction and roads from Idaho Falls to Driggs.

--Notice Swan Valley, ID, where the famous square scoops of ice cream CWallace, mentioned earlier are found.

--Jackson Hole - -see how to get to Jackson, WY (AKA) Jackson Hole, WY from Driggs or Swan Valley, ID.

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Old 08-02-2007, 09:29 AM
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Thumbs up WBR and Spudfest Take II

Today in Aug. 2. So many acitivities start today, it is to be hoped you are on vacation or blocked time to participate in some. Here are two of the biggest events in eastern ID.

1. For starters, there is the oldest professional rodeo in Idaho, the War Bonnet Roundup (War Bonnet Roundup) starts today. It appears tickets can no longer be purchased online. You can be find tickets at the outlets listed on the website.

Also, 1,000 extra tickets are available for the concerts only.

2. Spudfest Take II - read about what Dawn Wells has planned for this year, strting today: Spudfest. All films are either Independents, Documentary or Short Films all family friendly.

For a local link to a local drive inn theatre playing some of the films, here is the one in Driggs: Spud Theatre Driggs Idaho.

Not many Idaho business sell "spud" memorabilia. However, Ms. Wells has made that a theme for other activities in the film fest. So if you want some unusual potato collector items, Driggs is your place.

I'm wondering if someone can post more information about Spudfest, as it was my understanding it had grown so much that theaters in Idaho Falls and Pocatello have to be utilized as well. Is this a semi-annual event now?

Has anyone been to Spudfest? What can you tell us?

Those who have been to the War Bonnet Roundup, please feel free to post your comments about that event as well. My understanding the entertainers brought in the last few years have are better known with hits on C And W radio.

Have fun no matter what you do today.
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Old 08-02-2007, 03:45 PM
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Smile The Barbie Collection

I mentioned earlier the Barbie Collection going on display at the local Collector's Corner Museum. There are about 100 different displays, but this is the first time Barbie has gone on display.

KPVI reporter Suzanne Hobbs shows you what she saw and learned the first day the Barbie Collection was on display.

From NewsChannel6 - Home

Reporter: Suzanne Hobbs
Barbie Collection Goes on Permanent Display

Aug 1, 2007 05:28 PM MDT

(For the video, see NewsChannel6 - Home, select: "Barbie Collection Goes on Permanent Display," )

Every second, two Barbie dolls are sold somewhere in the world. For decades, Barbie has been the most popular fashion doll and is a hot item for collectors.

One woman's dream came true Wednesday as she opened a Barbie room at her Idaho Falls business: Collector's Corner Museum.

In 1959 Barbie Millicent Roberts first hit store shelves and has remained the most popular fashion doll in the world.

Nida Gyorfy: "Barbie came out the same time I graduated from high school, which is a long time ago because she's past her 45th birthday."

This display room is a dream come true for Nida Gyorfy, a life-long Barbie fan.

Nida: "She is something that we can pretend. We can live vicariously through her."

Nida only collects what she likes, making this collection at her museum very personal. And there's a lot to see, including Barbie's boyfriend Ken, introduced in 1961. Barbie miniatures, a tea set, some of her many pets, many of her famously tiny shoes, books, holiday Barbies and the many changing faces of this popular girl. She even has two original boxes along with many of the vintage dolls.

Nida: "We have everything that goes way back to the beginning right up 'til today. As many as we fell in love with."

By opening this room, she hopes to share the passion of doll collecting with others.

Nida: "I would certainly hope that moms who love Barbie and grew up with Barbies and children who love Barbie would come and see and share their stories with us because they love Barbie just like we do."

No doubt, Barbie -- no matter how she looks -- will continue to be an outlet for girl's dreams, at any age.

The Collectors Corner Museum is located at 900 John Adams Parkway. It's open Tuesday through Saturday from 10-5.

The Barbie display is one of over 95 different collections to see.
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Old 08-03-2007, 05:23 PM
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Thumbs up IFYAC's "The Little Mermaid"

Along witht the WBR, Spudfest and lots of live music etc. happening around town, tonight is the night about 80 kids, ages 11-19, having been working on for several days. They perform "The Little Mermaid" at Rocky Mtn. Middle School."

These are the teenagers (and pre-teens) that have spent about the last 10 days working on building the set, costumes, singing, acting and the behind the scenes work of a play. You might want to check it out: Idaho Falls Youth Arts Council Home.

Tonight is one of the bigger concerts at the War Bonnet Round-UP. Only those selling the tickets know if there are any left.

What ever you do - be safe!
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Old 08-04-2007, 08:53 PM
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Lightbulb Take a Drive to Mesa Falls, Get Your Kids "Zooed," Local Art Galleries

Saturdays always bring the farmers market downtown. Along with the fresh produce, the music other booths and socialization make this an even many look forward to each week.

The Art Museum of Eastern Idaho has a display entitled, "The River Remembers." It features two artists who, "Idaho Falls artists Roy Reynolds and Larry Blackwood explore memories and remnants of historic Idaho Falls in an intimate insiders view of the past." This display is open Tuesdays - Saturdays.

The Regional Colored Pencil Artists Show also continues at The Art Mueseum of Eastern Idaho.

Of course, the War Bonnet Roundup and either Fireworks or concert continue tonight. And Spudfest Take II, shows more independent, short and family films.

People have asked me about activities for their kids. Please - feel free to look yourself and share here so others can learn as well. Besides the usual summer baseball leagues, teenage golf leagues, the swimming lessons and attempts at learning to make s'mores at camp outs, some may not have appreciated what our zoo offers for the little ones ot the teenagers in your house. Here are a few activites and the link so you can check the costs, time and age restriction yourself:

Tat[U]uphaus Park Zoo EdZOOcation Classes and Camps[/u]

Tautphaus Park Zoo has special programs all summer long for children of all ages, accompanied by one parent. Check the link at www.IdahoFallsZoo.org

First, for those who are 2 y.o. to pre-K (the little ones):

1. Hear a story and spend 45 minutes on the Barynard Buddies Tour. Eadh small child must be accomplanied by an adult. Strollers may be encouraged, depending on the age of your child.

2. A second event for 2- pre-K year olds, is titled, "Walk, Wiggle or Hop Walk," where the little ones will learn how different animals in the zoo move.

For Those in Kindergraden - 3rd Grade:

1. For those who are enrolled in K up to 3rd Grade, a different educational program called "The Nose Knows Noses," teaches children about the many uses animals have for their beaks, muzzles and snoots.. Each child mustg be accompanied by and adult.

2. Other programs for children these ages include: "Unforgettable," "Hide and Seek," and "Never Home Alone," are all programs for K-3rd graders with one parents.

Grades 4-7

For the older children, the activities get a bit more exciting.

Leader of the Pride - allows older children to see the new male lion.

Nature is Yucky - -read about this one.

Animal Cafe Calling - - spend 3 hours with an animal "chef" learning what which foods the animals eat and how they must prepared them.

The Lion is King - - meet the new male Lion

Read About all the Various Programs at the Zoo this Summer and into fall for children old enough to walk, through those old enough to particpate in a camp or even a sleepover. All the details are at www.IdahoFallsZoo.Org.

This is a good link to have for day or longer trips when you want to see more of Idaho and who very different some areas of the state are: Scenic Byways.

Mesa Falls-

You may want to go for a drive to see some of the beautiful area we have easy access from Idaho Falls. If you don't have a camera, you may want to buy a cheap one for this trip.

A local favorite - - - including a wedding this summer, and also a favorite for those visitors who can find their way to this beauty, is a trip to Mesa Falls.
A favorite Sunday trip, including a treat at Mack's Inn or elsewhere in famour Island Park.

Mesa Falls is close to Ashton, this link will allow you to read all about lower and upper Mesa Falls, Harriman State Park and other interesting natural beauties or landmarks along your way. Mesa Falls - Idaho Scenic Byway

There is also an Overlook where you can view the Tetons. There are so many things to see, if you do it all in one day, I don't know how you'll be able to do so (especially wigh li If you can, pack a picnic lunch or at least make sure you take plenty of fluids to keep hydrated on your drive.

See pictures of all of the above, and plenty more, along with maps and estimated time it takes to go to various Historica and favorite Beautiful Landmarks.


Unfortunately, some tourists and local residents have lost their lives in the last 48 hours because of head-on collisions.

PLEASE, PLEASE take the time to enjoy our area and drive to and from your destination safely! We would like to have you come back again as future guest (when some of our new mid-rise hotels will be built) and even more activities are occurring. And if you live here, you know we need you to set a good example by others, who may noy nr familiar with the area!

Enjoy the beautiful safely away from the road or in designated parking spots.

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Old 08-04-2007, 09:21 PM
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Talking Catch You Tube to see what you Missed at SpudFest!

Unable to make SpudFest and see any of the Independent, Short or Documentary Family Friendly Films. Idaho Business Review has alerted us to the winners to each category. Each winner of the various categories can be access via You Tube.

ITuber: YouTubes winners for potato contest
POSTED: 07:54 MDT Friday, August 3, 2007

by Robb Hicken

"All across the country Idaho Spuds are making a comeback. Check out the winning videos beginning today. The best Itube are now on YouTube. These Tater producers are outta control

"The winners are:

"Paul Searle's video Grown In Idaho gives viewers a peek into life on an Idaho Potato farm. He shows how many Idaho Potato growing operations are family-owned and run, and how these families take pride in growing their potatoes and in being "grown in Idaho" themselves. Paul's video is unique as he created it using only still shots, mainly family photographs. Click here to view Grown In Idaho,
YouTube - Grown In Idaho - iTuber.org Contest.

"DJayMoney, aka Jay Alan Meier, produced an exciting rap song called I.D.A.H.O Potato to let the world know how great Idaho Potatoes are. Using original music and lyrics that he wrote just for the contest, DJayMoney touts the nutritional aspects of Idaho Potatoes, along with various ways to prepare them. Click here to view I.D.A.H.O Potato,
YouTube - DJayMoney - I.D.A.H.O. Potato.

"The third winning video, Opera Singing Spud by John Hill, features an Idaho Potato recipe that's easy enough for anyone to prepare. John used his computer animation talents to create a dancing, Opera singing Spuddy Buddy, the Idaho Potato Commission's own mascot. His original lyrics play perfectly against a well-known opera song, turning this simple recipe demonstration into fun entertainment. Click here to view Opera Singing Spud, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pij0BoAjvvk."

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Old 08-07-2007, 10:32 AM
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Thumbs up EIRMC - Free Tuesday Concert Series continues, ??? - New Botanical Garden to be discussed today?

Busy, busy day. I will have to post more (or hope my colleagues do too). Along with another the next Tuesday concernt by the River, hosted by EIRMC, there is a special treat for those who can attend.

Mr. Lorrin Walker, one of the two Walker Brothers who are the owners of McNeil Corporation, is speaking today at the Chamber of Commerce Luncheon. His topic is something I have never heard of going in at Taylor's Crossing previously, "The New River Gardens at Taylors Crossing."

Does this mean there will be a Botanical Garden of sorts in Taylor's Crossing? Maybe. Or maybe something else. We'll all be a lot wiser in about 12 hours. Nonetheless, this is a new development in Taylor's Crossing. It sounds like this garden will be close to the 13 story condo medium rise and the Marriott Residence Inn.

So if you are visiting this year, or new to the area, one more reason to check downtown at something Idaho Falls' currently doesn't offer but will probably within a year. Hotel rooms should be much easier to get next year (well, maybe, depending on the tourists and needs at INL). But, certainly those looking at next year's summer vacation will have many more choices in hotels and in restaurants than even exit today.

Plus, a brand new E-Bay store. For those who loves shopping, welcome to one of the new stores that is probably becoming you favorite. For those wishing to sell merchandise, you have a local help that presents the goods in the most positive light possible for the world to see.

Remember the Snake River Roaring Youth Jam starts tomorrow. And with that I have to return to work.

Please, anyone who attended the War Bonnet Roundup, SpudFest Take II or any of the many playhouses in Yellowstone and Jackson, if you see this, please post some of your experiences this year. And add what you might do differently, given what you know now compared to your trip (if anything).

So many other things to write about.........
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Old 08-08-2007, 02:17 AM
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Talking Getting Ready for the Snake River Roaring Youth Jam (adults can come too).

I guess I was one day ahead of myself. There are NO HOTEL rooms available in Idaho Falls. Part are tourists, part are people in town for the Snake River Roaring Youth Jam. This will be it's 3rd year and the list of activities looks much more comprehensive to me.

From the Idaho Falls Arts Council website you can see the cost, "YOUTH JAM EVENTS AND FUN FOR KIDS, TEENS, AND ADULTS!
Though some vendors offer activities for a nominal charge, participation at any or all of the Arts Council's art tents are free of charge."

Most people don't believe they can see theater, arts of all kinds, battle of the bands and end with the Kiwanis Club releasing their Duckies for little to no money, but they can at this festival. This year is a bit different. Check it out at: Idaho Falls Arts Council

Don't want to participate and want peace and quiet, you might want to visit the Ucon Branch of the Idaho Falls Library. The downtown branch will be too much in the middle of all the activities.

Anyone who participated last year in any activities, music, art, theater, #1 cheerleader of those who performed etc., please share your expierences with us here.

Any recommendations of what to pack or not? Is there a better time to go?

Rest up, you are going to need it the rest of this week
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