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This time of year is baby (called cria) birthing season at Alpacas at Morning Star Ranch in Ravensdale.
The other day, I thought of a new law that ought to be enacted.
Fifth annual Black Diamond Miner Days: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. July 11; 10 a.m.-11 p.m. July 12; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. July 13. Features merchants’ sidewalk sale Friday-Sunday. Saturday activities include Eastern Star Lunch, barbecue cook off, chili cook off, wine tasting and casino night. Vendor booths available; call for details. Location: Downtown, including Black Diamond Lodge, 32523 Third Ave., and Black Diamond Elementary School, 25314 Baker St. MikeD37@gmail.com or email@example.com.
The last week in June is the time to get snippy.
It seems everyone I know is trying to de-clutter their homes, including me. And for those of us with school-age children, a lot of our clutter comes directly from our kids’ backpacks. From spelling tests to art projects, if we kept it all, we soon wouldn’t be able to find our children amongst the towering stacks of paper.
Looking for a new friend? So are cats at King County’s animal shelters, where officials hope to match the furry occupants with new owners as part of a nationwide campaign. June is national Adopt-a-Shelter Cat Month. King County Animal Control will host its third annual Super Pet Adopt-a-thon today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at its shelter in Kent. Twenty animal-adoption groups will have adoptable pets at the location.
WaterWise Demonstration Garden: Self-guided tours showcase plants and gardening methods that conserve water. Plant list available at garden or from Web site. Guided tours available for groups of 12 or more with advance registration. Hours: Dawn-dusk daily. Covington Water District, 18631 S.E. 300th Place, Covington. 253-631-0565, ext. 170, or www.covingtonwater.com.
Visitors to Morning Star Ranch in Ravensdale can get up close and personal with alpacas during tours today.
Dava Sobel has been known for her books such as “Longitude and Galileo’s Daughter.” She has been very successful in her efforts to increase the layman’s awareness and understanding of science. “The Planets” is no exception. For those of us who came from the generation that remembers standing out on the lawn at night watching for Sputnik to dance across the sky, this book is a jewel.
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A newspaper story recently quoted a Texas A&M University professor as saying, “Unquestionably, they’re as ugly as sin.” Good thing buzzards can’t read. Their self-esteem would be shattered by that remark. When I read about the buzzards, it brought to mind that I had a dog like that once. His name was Fred. He, too, was “as ugly as sin,” although since he didn’t eat road kill, he had better breath than most buzzards.
One of Green River Community College’s biggest supporters isn’t an alumnus. In fact, he didn’t even go to college. Dan Zgolinski, 94, is a longtime friend of Green River. A scholarship he started has helped 36 students pay tuition there, and his years (1991-98) on the college’s fund-raising arm, the GRCC Foundation Board of Directors, have helped garner important funds.
The third week of June has summer annual plants filling in the beds, perennials putting on a show – and everyone wishing they had planted a vegetable garden.
For several months, students at Rock Creek and Glacier Park elementary schools checked their heart rates, monitored their eating habits and tracked their exercise time regularly. They wrote down how many times they jumped rope, what they ate for dinner, and how fast their heart beats when resting and running.
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