Friday, January 30, 2009

Mail Your Valentines from Loveland, CO!

From the Loveland, CO post office. I am doing this for my daughter this year. You can mail your pre-addressed valentines - in a separate envelope - and they will cancel it with a unique LOVELAND cancellation and Valentine cachet!

Kick-off for Valentine Re-mailing Program

The program will run through February 13th with volunteers hand-stamping a message of love on Valentine cards sent to Loveland from all 50 states and more than 100 countries. Once they receive this special care, they are mailed on to the recipient. About 200,000 cards are re-mailed each year.

To receive a unique Loveland cancellation and Valentine cachet, enclose your pre-addressed envelopes affixed with the proper postage in a larger 1st Class envelope.

Mail to: Postmaster
Attention Valentines
446 E. 29th St.
Loveland, CO 80538-9998

Your valentines will be removed from the larger envelope at the Post Office. To ensure delivery by Valentine’s Day, U.S. destined mail must be received in Loveland by February 9, February 12 in-state, and foreign mail must be received by February 4. Proper postage must be affixed, especially foreign.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Land of Lincoln - 200th Birthday Celebration

I have reposted a blog from the archives. I thought that it was worth reposting, because of the huge Lincoln 200th birthday celebration happening throughout January and February in Springfield, Illinois.

In February, there are many events, culminating on February 12th. Check here for more events:
http://www.visit-springfieldillinois.com/
http://www.lincoln200.net/



Abraham Lincoln's 200th Birthday Party and Banquet
Crowne Plaza Hotel February 12, 2009 - 6pm



A Once In A Lifetime Celebration! Abraham Lincoln's 200th Birthday Party on the evening of February 12, 2009 in the Grand Ballroom of the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Springfield.

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This is an enjoyable (if a bit chilly) trip during Spring Break.

My daughter went through that ubiquitous childhood phase of loving Lincoln. (To me, it seems to follow the I-love-dinosaurs phase.) Last year, we took advantage of her fascination to learn more about our 16th president.


Located a mere 4 1/2 hour drive from Waunakee lies history-rich Springfield, IL. Last spring break, we traveled there to investigate this land of Lincoln. Lincoln said of Springfield, "To this place...I owe everything." It was one of the most fascinating trips we've ever experienced. Here are our personal recommendations.

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.


There are 2 shows held at the Museum which are mandatory during your visit:
  • Ghosts of the Library - A magical presentation which addresses the question, "Why save all of this stuff?" The Lincoln historian/narrator is joined by Civil War ghosts and Abraham Lincoln, himself. We viewed it twice and were mesmerized both times.
  • Lincoln's Eyes in the Union Theater - This is a multi-screen presentation showing the Civil War through Lincoln's eyes. Unexpected special effects!
Mrs. Lincoln's attic is a place for children to play dress-up with period clothing and to play with toys from Lincoln's time. The Treasures Gallery contains many of Lincoln's personal artifacts and one of five existing copies of the Gettysburg address.

Info here:
http://www.alplm.org/


Lincoln's Ghost Walk: Legends & Lore.
"Using the Lincoln sites as the backdrop for the ghostly & strange stories about Lincoln's life and his death. History, mystery, séances, sanity & ghosts! This 90-minute tour is heavy on factual history, but plenty of lore as well." This ghost walk is a tour with a costumed guide after dark and it is plenty spooky! My daughter kept asking if I thought that we were going to see any ghosts. :)

Information on Ghost Walks here:
http://www.springfieldwalks.com/


Your visit wouldn't be complete without a stop at Lincolns' Tomb.

The 117-foot tall granite tomb contains the bodies of Lincoln, his wife Mary, and three of his four sons -- Edward, William and Thomas (Tad). Inside the building, there are several Lincoln statues and some of his most famous speech excerpts on display.

Other sites to visit in downtown Springfield:
  • Lincoln's home
  • Lincoln Depot
  • Lincoln church pew
  • Lincoln law office
  • Old State Capitol
If you can spare the time during your visit to the area, I highly recommend spending a day at Lincoln's New Salem Village, which is a reconstruction of the village where he spent his young adulthood.

Information here:
http://www.lincolnsnewsalem.com/

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Groundhog Day Celebration in Sun Prairie, WI

After talking about it for several years, we are finally going to see Jimmy prognosticate on Groundhog's Day. We will preview our perennial favorite movie, aptly titled "Groundhog Day," prior to attending the festivities. (Fabulous movie with Bill Murray!)

January 31, 2009: Celebration and Community Breakfast
St. Albert the Great Church, 2420 St. Albert the Great Drive 8:00 am - Noon

Celebration and Community Breakfast

The free celebration will be held on January 31st, 8 a.m. to noon. The event features booths, entertainment, a birthday party for "human groundhogs" who celebrate their birthdays on February 2nd, and lots of fun!

Breakfast: 8:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Price: $6.00 for adults, $3.00 for children 10 and under; pancakes, sausage or bacon, applesauce, milk, juice & coffee
Birthday cake for "Human Groundhogs": cake cutting at 8:30 a.m.
Booths open: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Entertainment: 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

February 2nd, 2009: Prognostication
Cannery Square, 7:00 a.m.

Prognostication
Jimmy makes his appearance at 7:00 a.m. on Monday February 2nd at Cannery Square Plaza, Sun Prairie. At 7:10 a.m., he predicts either an early spring or 6 more weeks of winter. His accuracy rate is 80%! Jimmy always arrives in style with a fire truck escort. "Human Groundhogs" born on February 2nd will be recognized, so please come and celebrate with Jimmy in the Groundhog Capital of the World! Beans 'n Cream Coffeehouse and Market Street Diner, downtown, will be offering specials that morning.

Wild Rumpus Winter Circus, Mt Horeb, WI 1/31/09

This event features our fave husband & wife juggling team: Cheney & Mills!

Wild Rumpus Winter Circus
Special Events
With performers including Cheney & Mills, Cycropia Aerial Dance Stiltwalkers, Madison Unicyclists, Mazo Flyers & Trolltown Clowns

3 & 7 pm, 1/31, Mount Horeb High School.

When: 01/31/09
Call: 669-6403
Web: www.mazomac.com

Join us at the Mount Horeb High School auditorium on Saturday, Jan 31, to enjoy the antics of exotic acrobatic monkeys (and their pursuers) who have escaped into nearby Donald Park! Featuring Cheney and Mills, Cycropia Aerial Dance Stiltwalkers, the Madison Unicyclists, the Mazo Flyers, and the Trolltown Clowns, this will be our first full-scale circus involving youth, professional and community performers, and is bound to brighten up your winter!

Shows are 3 and 7 p.m.; the suggested donation is $5 for children, $10 for adults. A portion of proceeds will benefit Clowns Without Borders, South Africa. Please help us spread the word! See our website for more information.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Celebrating Youth 2/14/09

Wisconsin Youth Company presents CELEBRATING YOUTH 2009!

From the website: "2009 will mark the 10th anniversary of Wisconsin Youth Company’s annual showcase of youth arts and performance. It’s a day to let young people know how much we value their contributions to our communities. It’s a celebration of the youth in our region and the diversity of their cultures, talents, and interests. We highlight the amazing talent and dedication of our youth, and give them a chance to shine and share their passions. Enjoy multiple stages of youth performances, a visual art exhibit, hands-on activities, and exhibit booths with resources on programs and services for youth and families. It's a day filled with fun for all ages!

This year’s theme is “Up in the Air.”
The sky is the limit in 2009! The day will showcase all things that fly and float. We'll incorporate the beauty, color and captivating nature of kites as well as trapeze, juggling, aviation, birds and much more! Come see what the soaring free spirit of youth looks like. Join us for an outstanding day of creative fun your family won't soon forget. A youth event like no other - by youth, for youth. Interactive, experiential, fun for all ages!

Don’t miss the Madison Winter Festival, taking place around the Capitol square all weekend! It is the community leader in developing, promoting and expanding winter sports and outdoor recreational activities."

Performer listing and schedule of events here:

http://www.celebratingyouth.org/cy-performers.php

My daughter will be singing with Ken Lonnquist and the Kenland Band during Kenland Karaoke. They are always a crowd favorite!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

New Olbrich Gardens classes for Kids

The new Olbrich Gardens classes for kids have been updated. Sign up early, as some classes fill up fast!

Info here:
www.olbrich.org


Nighttime in the Jungle:

Scents of the Rainforest

Let your senses tke over and explore the many scents in the Bolz Conservatory. Learn about how important different smells can be to plants, animals, and people, especially in the dark. Make your own scented rainforest plant to take home. Bring a flashlight for your after-dark tour! Ages 5 and up.

Thursday, January 29, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline: January 22
Cost: $6 member/$8 public | Course Number: 60-10

Thursday, February 5, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline: January 29
Cost: $6 member/$8 public | Course Number: 60-11

d explore the many scents in the Bolz Conservatory. Learn about how important different smells can be to plants, animals, and people, especially in the dark. Make your own scented rainforest plant to take home. Bring a flashlight for your after-dark tour! Ages 5 and up.


January 29
ost: $6 member/$8 public | Course Number: 60-11

wild west cactus garden
Cactus plants are colorful and crazy. Learn about cacti and their cousins, and create a wild west cactus garden of your own to take home. Ages 5 and up.

Saturday, February 14,1-2:30 pm

Registration Deadline: February 5
Cost: $9 member/$11 public | Course Number: 60-05

Nighttime in the Jungle:

Rainforest animals
Explore the Bolz Conservatory at night and learn about the countless animals that live in the rainforest. Make your own rainforest friend to take home. Bring a flashlight for your after-dark tour! Ages 5 and up.

Thursday, February 19, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline: February 12
Cost: $6 member/$8 public | Course Number: 60-13

Thursday, February 26, 6:30-8 pm

Registration Deadline: February 19
Cost: $6 member/$8 public | Course Number: 60-14

Dinosaur Domes
Create a jungle terrarium with miniature plants that lived when dinosaurs roamed the earth, complete with dinosaur track fossils and a mini dinosaur inhabitant. Explore the prehistoric world of ancient reptiles and plants. Ages 6 and up.

Saturday, March 14, 10-11:30 am

Registration Deadline: March 5
Cost: $10 member/$12 public | Course Number: 60-20

Fairy Terrariums (we did this one - very fun!)
Create a tiny world just right for an imaginary flower friend! Plant and decorate your own miniature landscape with natural furnishings from the gardens and hear a story about the magic of flower fairies. Ages 6 and up.

Saturday, March 21, 10-11:30 am

Registration Deadline: March 12
Cost: $10 member/$12 public | Course Number: 60-21

gardening is for the birds
Take a stroll through Olbrich's children's garden to look for birds and other backyard wildlife. Then, head inside to assemble and decorate your own birdhouse to take home. Ages 5 and up.

Sunday, March 29, 10-11:30 am

Registration Deadline: March 19
Cost: $15 member/$18 public | Course Number: 60-02

Garden Baskets
Make your own Easter basket and decorate it with garden materials. Then plant real grass that will grow right in your basket. Ages 5 and up.

Sunday, April 5, 1-2:30 pm

Registration Deadline: March 26
Cost: $8 member/$10 public | Course Number: 60-19

Flower Pot Wind Chime
Welcome the spring breeze with a wind chime for your garden. Assemble and decorate your own wind chime made from clay pots. Ages 5 and up.

Saturday, April 18, 10-11:30 am

Registration Deadline: April 9
Cost: $8 member/$10 public | Course Number: 60-16

Papermaking in the Garden
Papermaking is a great way to creatively recycle scrap and waste paper - and the end result is a beautiful piece of usable paper. Join us at Olbrich as we create several pieces of paper to take home, decorated with natural materials from the garden. You'll also receive simple instructions to continue the papermaking fun at home! Ages 5 and up.

Saturday, April 25, 1-2:30 pm

Registration Deadline: April 16
Cost: $7 member/$9 public | Course Number: 60-03

Fabulous Flower Pots
Join Olbrich to create a beautiful growing gift for Mother's Day or for someone special. Pot a beautiful blooming plant into a container that you decorated yourself. Ages 5 and up.

Saturday, May 9, 10-11:30 am

Registration Deadline: April 30
Cost: $10 member/$12 public | Course Number: 60-08

Grow a Salad Bowl
Join Olbrich to grow a bowl full of salad. Plant a container garden full of different greens that you can munch on as they grow. Ages 5 and up.

Sunday, May 24, 1-2:30 pm

Registration Deadline: May 14
Cost: $8 member/$10 public | Course Number: 60-22

little sprouts gardening
Summer is just around the corner and that means it's time for little sprouts to learn the basics of gardening! Join Olbrich for down-in-the-dirt fun as we work with real tools, prepare a garden bed, and plant some seeds to take home. Come prepared to get messy! Ages 2-5. Class will be cancelled in inclement weather.

Tuesday, June 2, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline: May 26
Cost: $4 member/$5 public | Course Number: 50-10

Thursday, June 4, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline: May 28
Cost: $4 member/$5 public | Course Number: 50-11

Saturday, June 6, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline: May 28
Cost: $4 member/$5 public | Course Number: 50-12

Tuesday, June 9, 10-11 am

Registration Deadline: June 2
Cost: $4 member/$5 public | Course Number: 50-13

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Olbrich Gardens - Polar Dash

We haven't been to this event, but it sounds like great fun!

Saturday, January 17, 2009 Olbrich Gardens - 10 a.m. to Noon

From Olbrich & Physician's Plus websites:

Physician's Plus and Olbrich Botanical Gardens partner to host this fun family event to keep kids active and healthy during the cold winter months.

Children 12 and under can give sled rides to plush polar bears from 10 a.m. until noon as they dash around Olbrich’s outdoor course. Participants in the plush polar bear sled dash will be entered in drawings to win great prizes, including the sleds used to tow their toy companions, plus one family of up to five will win a weekend stay at the Grand Geneva Resort & Spa in Lake Geneva. Since even the biggest outdoor enthusiast needs to take the chill off eventually, Olbrich Botanical Gardens will offer indoor activities, and healthy treats will be provided by Bluephies.

After the Polar Dash, it's time to warm up inside with hot cider, healthy snacks, games, and a trip through the tropical Bolz Conservatory. A great outing to encourage kids to get out, get active, and get healthy.

Friday, January 2, 2009

School's OUT - Vacation Day SnowShoe CLASS at Aldo Leopold in Madison!

Your children can learn to Snow Shoe at Aldo Leopold! Two Classes are offered for the school breaks on 1/19/09 and 1/23/09.

SNOWSHOE THE WINTER LANDSCAPE

Monday, January 19, 2009
1 - 4 pm (Add a lunch bunch option for $5 extra!)


Join us for a “Snowshoeing 101” course at ALNC! Learn the Native American history of snowshoeing and try out snowshoes for yourself in this winter exploration. We’ll practice some snowshoe “calisthenics,” have a snowshoe race and take a hike by snowshoe to observe winter animal activity. If no snow is present, we’ll hike to observe animal signs on foot. This program is presented in partnership with REI; all snowshoes will be provided. Appropriate for children ages 5 and older. Limit: 20 participants. YOU MUST SPECIFY YOUR CHILD’S WEIGHT WHEN REGISTERING.

ALNC Members: $10/participant; Non-Members: $12/participant
Registration Deadline: Friday, January 16, 2009

OR

TRACKING ON SNOWSHOES

Friday, January 23, 2009
1 - 4 pm (Add a lunch bunch option for $5 extra!)


Some animals in nature have “built-in” snowshoes, but humans have had to invent their own! You’ll learn how to put on and take off snowshoes, fall down, get up, turn around and all around have fun! We’ll move like bobcats on the trails through the prairie, forest and savanna in search of animal signs, learn how animals are adapted to walk through snow and the different tracks they leave behind. If no snow is present, we will hike to observe animal signs on foot. This program is presented in partnership with REI; all snowshoes will be provided. Limit: 20 participants. YOU MUST SPECIFY YOUR CHILD’S WEIGHT WHEN REGISTERING.

ALNC Members: $10/participant; Non-Members: $12/participant
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, January 21, 2009

To register click here:
https://site420.mysite4now.net/alnc/naturenet/secure/GeneralProgReg.asp

Thursday, January 1, 2009

The Wonder of Physics UW Madison - FREE tickets

The Wonder of Physics Annual Show

From the Website:
"Never has there been a time when an understanding of science has been more important to the well-being of individuals and to the nation than the present. Yet many recent studies have documented a lack of interest in science and hence a decline in science literacy in the United States.

To address this problem, the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 1984 began a program called The Wonders of Physics aimed at generating interest in physics among people of all ages and backgrounds. The heart of the program is a fast-paced presentation of physics demonstrations carefully chosen to be entertaining as well as educational.

The show has been presented by Professor Clint Sprott on the Madison campus over 200 times to a total audience of about 70,000. In addition a traveling show has been developed and presented by physics graduate students and staff over a thousand times to audiences of all ages throughout Wisconsin and the nation.

Annual Presentation

Scheduled presentations of The Wonders of Physics and tours of the Physics Department laboratories are given on the UW-Madison campus for the general public in mid-February each year. Free tickets are recommended and are available after January 1st using the On-Line Ticket Form. Alternately, you may call (608) 262-2927 or e-mail wonders@physics.wisc.edu. The next public presentations of The Wonders of Physics are scheduled as follows:
        February 7,  2009 at 1, 4 and 7 pm
February 8, 2009 at 1 and 4 pm
February 14, 2009 at 1, 4 and 7 pm
February 15, 2009 at 1 and 4 pm
These presentations will be held in 2103 Chamberlin Hall, 1150 University Avenue, Madison, WI. "

Website:
http://sprott.physics.wisc.edu/wop.htm

Request your free electronic tickets here:
http://sprott.physics.wisc.edu/cgi-bin/tickleft.exe