Thursday, May 26, 2016

Annual End-of-Year Meeting

This NKA year culminated in an annual meeting combined with a picnic, play-day, and party. Pocatello's historic Meridell Park was the venue. 
 Attendees socialized before the meeting.
 President Audrey Cole (below) summarized the accomplishments of her 2015-2016 tenure.
Class show-and-tell displays included a Readers Theater outdoor presentation of a play written by Jim Mariani titled, "Human Chess Match"...
...belly dancing...
...a line-dance performance...
...barn quilts, alcohol-ink tiles, and projects from the knit & crochet class. 
A special feature was a birthday celebration of our "90 and Better" members.*
Above photos and text submitted by Marilyn Ames. 
*Watch for separate posts as "90 and Better" members are added to this blog.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Fall Walk

On October 30th, six NKA members braved temperatures in the lower 30s and walked the Abraszewski/Simplot trail. They reported that the autumn sky and sunshine, as well as the area and local water fowl, made a great start to their day.  
Photos and text submitted by Liz Benson.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Field Trip: Plant Breeding and Genetics

NKA members visited the USDA's National Small Grains Germplasm Research Facility in Aberdeen. Research leader Mike Bonman and his staff described the agricultural research conducted there. 
The NKA visitors learned about how potato breeders produce nutritious new spud varieties, the eco-friendly trout feeds developed by scientists, methods for combatting new plant diseases threatening global production, and our agricultural heritage present in the facility's National Small Grains Collection.
Photos submitted by Jim Mariani.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Line Dancing Beginners

Sue Cramer and Kay Elsathagen teach "Line Dancing Beginner 1" at the United Congregational Church.  "Guys and gals, come enjoy the FUN of line dancing and get some exercise, too!"
Photos submitted by Jim Mariani.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Tour of Gipsy Garden

A large group of NKA members braved a light rain to tour Gipsy Garden on South Grant in Pocatello. 

The tour was led by owner Camille Hanks (above left), who started the garden in 1997 and still lives in the small home on the property. 

The attendees were impressed by how lovely the garden was, even this late in the season. 

Camille not only gave names to some familiar and many exotic plants, but also explained how she accomplished so much at very little expense on her plot of a little less than a half-acre.

For several years Camille operated a nursery on the site, but lately has just kept up the garden for her enjoyment and the pleasure of her many friends.  She amazed the class by pointing out that with the way she has organized the plantings and the irrigation system, maintenance of the garden has only required some 23 hours of her time this year. That will increase somewhat as she brings inside for the winter several types of plants and the pet doves in the large cages around her yard.
Above photos and text submitted by Roger Harrer.
Photos and text below submitted by Marilyn Ames.
Camille gave us some of her personal history in gardening, shared many tips and ideas, and was very generous with her time. We all had a great time.
Everything in her garden shows Camille's love of design and nature. Her repurposing of everyday objects adds whimsy and delights all visitors to her garden.
The cool, damp weather did not dampen our enthusiasm as we explored the fascinating layout of lovely, unique, and sometimes rare trees and plants interspersed with Camille's own creative sculptures.