Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Festival of Trees

NKA was well represented this year in the Festival of Trees, an annual community fund-raising project. All the proceeds from the festival help provide classroom and teaching tools for Idaho's School District 25, whose Superintendent extended a personal thanks for our donations.
NKA donated a centerpiece (above), wreath, and tree, all decorated with the theme "Gateway to the Great Outdoors." 
NKA's wreath
 NKA's tree won the "Sponsor's Choice" award.
NKA donated a second tree, decorated with 
"Mad for Plaid" theme. 
Many NKA members volunteered to help with the festival this year, and our organization received a lot of positive publicity through this effort. Thanks to all who participated!  
Happy Holidays!

To learn more about the Festival of Trees, go to: http://www.d25.k12.id.us/festivaloftrees/

Friday, November 7, 2014

Rag Rugs

In just four class sessions, instructor Linda Lindley taught NKA participants how to turn their old sheets into crocheted rag rugs--just like grandma used to make!
Using old, worn sheets and a simple crochet stitch, class members crafted cozy, quaint rugs of different sizes and shapes.
Beautiful rugs make great Christmas gifts!
Photos provided by Linda Lindley

Friday, October 31, 2014

Readers Theatre: "Close Encounters of the October Kind"

A full-house audience helped the Readers Theatre group usher in Halloween with "Close Encounters of the October Kind," a series of comic skits. Dawn Keller and Ron Gill shared director duties, and sound effects were provided by Rosa Mena, our expert sound technician.
Two new RT members, Linda Crockford (below left) and Nancy Ellis (below right), joined Lois Wellard, Grant Thomas, and Ron Gill in "The Strip Teaser and the Space Warp" written by Joseph Slotkin.

Other new Readers Theatre members this semester are Ruth Stevens and Linda Scott. "Og Announces Drift Theory" written by Ron Gill, featured Jim Mariani, Lois Wellard, Linda Lindley, and Linda Scott. 
Reading duties for "The Widow's Broom," written by Chris Van Allsburg, were shared by several RT members: 
From left: Audene Campbell, Linda Crockford, Ruth Stevens, Dawn Keller, and Linda Scott.
The reading was accompanied by spooky graphics projected behind the Readers. Above, from left: Dawn Keller, Linda Scott, Jane Riley, Donna Jordahl, and Carol Nelson.
"Madcap Monster Inn," by Frank V. Priore, gave the Readers an opportunity to don costumes and access their "inner monsters." Above, from left: Linda Scott, Grant Thomas, Donna Jordahl, and Jim Mariani.
Donna Jordahl, as the mysterious desk clerk of the Inn, welcomes Count Dracula (Dawn Keller, above) and a Witch (Linda Lindley, below).
Rounding out the afternoon's performance, was "The Three College Professors," written and directed by Ron Gill. The skit was a re-imagining of the stereotypical alien encounter tale, with an academic (and musical) twist.
From left: Aliens Jim Mariani, Linda Crockford, and Nancy Ellis greet Professors Audene Campbell, Linda Lindley, and Linda Scott. Grant Thomas was the narrator.
Once the professors decoded the basis for alien communication (golden oldies), they sang, "Give Peace a Chance," and the NKA audience joined in.
Happy Halloween, everyone!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Bear Education and Safety

Did you know that the color and size of black bears and grizzly bears can be misleading?  Grizzly bear numbers are increasing, and the areas where they may be encountered are expanding, so, for safety's sake, it's important to know your bears!
Ken Olson is a Certified Idaho Master Naturalist who volunteers for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. He described bear features and safety measures during an up-date of his popular educational presentation. 
The audience learned how to properly identify our native black, brown, and grizzly bears, as well as how to react when encountering them in the wild. (Putting one's arm around them is discouraged.)
Ken arrived with the Fish and Game Bear Trailer, which is loaded with examples of taxidermy bears, pelts, and skulls. The presentation also included a discussion of the purchase, transport, storage, and proper use of bear spray.
Ken sported a bear-themed belt buckle and cell phone cover.
These photos were submitted by Marilyn Ames, who writes: "The two-hour class was jam-packed with information including maps, videos, displays, demonstrations, and handouts. These presenters bring a real Wow! factor to a terrific presentation."

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

International Cuisine Dinner

NKA's International Cuisine committee shared lots of fun in planning and hosting a special dinner commemorating the 75th anniversary of the movie The Wizard of Oz
Attendees in costume, left to right: Jim Mariani (The Wizard), Kathy Kratz (Tin Man), Marjean Waford (Dorothy), Sally McHargue (Scarecrow), Matthew Barker (Cowardly Lion), Liz Meske (Auntie Em), Catherine Cessna Barker (Dorothy), JoAn Dilweg (Rainbow), and Jeanne Davis (Wicked Witch of the West).
Catherine Cessna Barker and Matthew Barker delighted the crowd with a medley of hit songs from The Wizard of Oz. They had performed lead roles as high school theater students of JoAn Dilweg. JoAn also presented a list of fun and interesting facts about the movie and actors.
Guests dined on a multitude of specially-prepared dishes including Emerald salad, Wicked Witch Waldorf salad, horse-of-a-different-color jello salad, Munchkin riblets, Kansas cattle roast beef, no-brainer pumpkin soup, have-a-heart sausage skillet dinner, cowardly corn casserole, Auntie Em crullers, yellow brick road cornbread, and flying monkey berry pie.
The banquet room was lively with decorations and props, thanks to the dinner committee members. A large screen on the stage played the movie during dinner. A tiny pair of ruby red slippers, which also served as a book marker, adorned the cupcakes.

Photos and text submitted by Marilyn Ames.