Sunday, December 2, 2012

Murder Mystery at the Deadwood Saloon

On Nov. 30, 2012, JoAn Dilweg and a crew of hardworking, talented helpers transformed room 162 into a saloon in the Old-West town of Deadwood.  There, a high-stakes poker tournament was ending and a celebration party was just getting started when suddenly the room went dark and a shot rang out!

At this interactive "party" all the guests became sleuths to solve the fictitious murder. 

"For weeks people have been pouring into this small western town of Deadwood for the biggest poker tournament this side of the Mississippi. 

From outlaws to marshals and saloon girls to southern belles,

everyone has made this small western frontier town THE place to be."

What happens in Deadwood, stays in Deadwood.

Line Dance Party

On November 28, 2012, NKA members from the Starter, Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, and Latin Line Dance classes met at the Green-T for their annual winter dance.  They enjoyed a wonderful lunch, chances to win great door prizes, and hours of line dancing led by Marjean Waford, Barbara Jackson, Lucy Bonman, Martha Collins, and Joyce DeGarlais.  A good time was had by all!


Monday, November 19, 2012

Carroll John 'CJ' Lammers

Carroll John 'CJ' Lammers passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 10, 2012, at a local care center surrounded by his loving family.  Mr. Lammers will be remembered by many in the NKA community as the First president of New Knowledge Adventures and a long time member.  A plaque in his honor was presented by NKA to his son, Tim Lammers. 

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Hiking Our Local Trails

A group of hearty souls met each Friday to hike trails in our area, such as City Creek, Gibson Jack, and the Boundary Trail at Pebble Creek.  Hikers met at the Continuing Ed. parking lot to car pool to the trail head.  Once there, each person went at his or her own pace, enjoying the scenery and companionship. 

Monday, November 12, 2012

Southeast Idaho Senior Games

The South East Idaho Senior Games are held each summer in Pocatello, Idaho.  People aged "50 and better" compete in a variety of activities including golf, running, bridge, swimming, baseball, billiards, track & field, etc. 

Here are some pictures of the NKA dancers from line dance and latin line dance classes.  Each year they put together teams to compete in beginner, intermediate, advanced, round, and latin dances. 

For more information about the SE Idaho Senior Games go to

Waiting anxiously to perform.

A Scottish inspired round dance

Rock Around The Clock

The advanced team is always a crowd favorite.

Las Amigas dancers are members of the NKA Performance Dance Group

Book Exchange

   A Wonderful Class for Book Lovers

                      submitted to the NKA blog by Joan Juskie

Today I went to a wonderful class, Book Exchange, #38 in the fall catalog. Each of us brought up to 5 books that we talked about briefly, had all the books put into a large exchange pile, and then we each picked one round at a time from the pile, going home with the same number of books we had brought in for the exchange. What a wonderful way to gather reading for fall and winter! Plans are being made for a second book exchange next semester.

     Here is a partial list of the books people brought in to exchange: Chocolat (Harris), Snow Falling on Cedars, The Namesake (Lahiri), Cane Runner (Tademy), The Mexican Cookbook, No Ordinary Time (Doris Kearns Goodwin) , Poetry 180, A Midwife’s Tale (Ulrich), Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas the American Slave, The Social Animal (David Brooks), Passages (Gail Sheehy), Chutzpah, Oprah Winfrey the Real Story, Archangel Raphael, Happy Birthday (Danielle Steele), Better than Chocolate, Friends Forever (Danielle Steele),  Centennial (James Michner), the Pelican Brief (John Grisham), The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold), Continental Drift (Russell Banks), Cottage Style (Better Homes and Gardens), The Flows (Will Peterson), Keeping Life Simple (Karen Levine), The Solace of Open Spaces (Gretel Ehrlich), Food Rules (Michael Pollan), Two Little Girls in Blue (Mary Higgins Clark), Visions of Sugar Plums (Janet Evanovich), The Gold of Friendship, Deadwater (Ngaio Marsh), The Vig (John Lescroat), Breath, Eyes and Memory, The Boy Next Door (Megan Cabot), The Night Sky, The Dream Keeper, Pigs in Heaven (Barbara Kingsolver), Angela’s Ashes, The Books of Rachel (Joel Gloss), The Snowman, A Trick of the Life (Louise Penny), Forgotten Garden (Kate Morton), To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee), The Greatest Generation (Tom Brokaw, The Truth As I See It (Craig Bosley, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet (Jamie Ford), and more. It was amazing how varied the books were.

     It was fantastic to leave a class with some great new to us books to read. We also heard about a lot of titles and authors that we can check the library for. Start setting aside books for the spring book exchange now.  

International Cuisine

 Marjean Waford, resplendent in Native American garb, welcomes International Cuisine participants to the Lewis and Clark dinner.  The event was held at the Pocatello Senior Citizen Community Center.  Participants prepared dishes or paid a $6.00 fee. 

JoAn Dilweg presents information about the Lewis and Clark expedition to the Cultural Cuisine dinner attendees. 

Thursday, October 25, 2012

NKA Radio Theatre Presents

Jean Anderson's "Lit Aloud" group produced a version of live radio called "NKA Radio Theatre Presents." The performance included vintage radio mysteries, comedies, soap operas, and commercials from the 1930s-1950s.
The performance began with the "Good Morning, Breakfast Clubbers" welcome song from Don McNeill's famous "Breakfast Club."
Jane Riley, Jean Anderson, and Ron Gill served as announcers.
 Janet and Stanley Matsuura performed a 
George Burns and Gracie Allen comedy sketch.
 Cheryl Lyda and Donna Jordahl reprised Abbott & Costello's famous "Who's on First?" routine.
Mystery Theatre included snippets from The Shadow, The Whistler, The Fat Man, Boston Blackie, and Dragnet. Above, Alma Tilley, Lillian Moore, Ron Gill, and Jane Riley listen as Audene Campbell uses an empty glass to produce an echo-ing "Ha, ha, ha" for her role as The Shadow.
 Rosa Mena headed up the Props and Sound Effects Department, assisted by Karen Behning.
 One of the props was a large "On Air" sign.
Stanley Matsuura introduced "Frankenstein," with Carol Nelson, Rosa Mena, and Ron Gill in the title role. I played the monster. My lines: "Arr!" "Aaarrr!!" and "AAARRR!!!"
 Carole Hagler and Ron Gill were Fibber McGee and Molly.
 "Don't open that closet!"
Jean Anderson read snippets from three of her favorite vintage soap operas: Our Gal Sunday, Helen Trent, and Ma Perkins.
 The performance ended with an audience sing-along to
 "Grandma's Lye Soap."
Carole Hagler and Lois Wellard rehearse their parts for 
The Jack Benny show.
Carol Nelson eagerly waits for the audience to arrive.
 Alma Tilley checks the program's line-up.
We had such a good time that we plan to do more next semester. Watch for the "Readers Theatre" offering in the Spring catalog and sign up if you're interested in joining us for more fun!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

NKA Coffee Kicks Off Fall 2012 Semester

The NKA Coffee on August 15th at The Clarion officially began the Fall 2012 semester of classes and activities.
Bob Bieda, this year's President, welcomes member Audene Campbell.
NKA members turned out in recording-breaking numbers to get re-acquainted and pick up the Fall semester's catalog of offerings. Above, JoAnn Dilweg alphabetizes the registrants' nametags.
This semester, NKA members have 119 classes and activities from which to choose. The $40 NKA membership fee offers unlimited opportunities for participation.  Mary Anne Hoffmann (above) peruses her catalog, deciding which classes will best fit her schedule.
Pat Bystrom, NKA Communications Chair, and Donna Jordahl, a regular presenter of classes, discuss this year's selections.
NKA members Audene Campbell and Carol Nelson get some welcome advice about their choices.

Friday, August 3, 2012

New NKA Communications Chair: Pat Bystrom

As out-going NKA Communications Chair, I'm pleased to introduce you to the new Communications Chair, Pat Bystrom. Pat's very active in NKA. She's a member of the Latin Line Dance group, she's been on several of the NKA excursions, and she is Lady Macbeth in our "Evening of Shakespeare, Mah Jongg Style" one-act play. You'll see Pat at more NKA classes and activities this coming year, so don't hesitate to introduce yourself to her, if you haven't already met her. 

Thanks to all of you who sent photos and stories to me this past year. The NKA blog has quickly grown in readership since the first posts last November. As of this date, the blog has received 2,223 views ("hits") from online readers across the United States and an additional 728 hits from other countries, ranging from Russia to Australia.

As the year progresses, if you have news and photos of NKA activities, please share them with Pat, so they may be posted here. Her email address appears in the sidebar to the right of this screen. And please, when you email photos to Pat, be sure to include information such as people's names and a brief description of the activity.

Have a great year with NKA!
--Cheryl Lyda