Thursday, July 29, 2010

"Bubbles" end of Summer Reading Program

A special program around the theme of "bubbles" was presented by Rene Stroud of the Sac County Conservation Commission. Rene always presents an informative and fun "hands on" program for children. This was the final event of this year's Summer Reading Program and because of windy weather we stayed in the library instead of meeting at the beach. Pictured are two of the science experiments and one of the outdoor games played. Winners were announced and prizes were given to all participants which included a free pass to our local beach "miniature golf" course. Had we held the program at the beach the kids could have "golfed" while done there.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Water Parade Floats -2010

After an uncertain beginning to this year's annual Parade of Water Floats, here are a few examples of what can be accomplished when a town unites. The production of these unique water floats was started back in the 1950's by a handful of creative residents and businessmen. The floats were originally built by individual groups and several years later one person would be in charge of building ALL the floats with financial help from the various sponsors. It didn't take long for the overwhelming task of this job to cause "burn out". I say thank you to all those who "took up the cross" so to speak this year to see that this fabulous and very unique feature to Lake View's Summer Water Carnival would not "pass away"! I hope that next year we will continue to see a return to a united community support of this wonderful tradition.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

unique architecture

Unique architecture is prevalent in the town of Santa Fe as well as Carlsbad, New Mexico. I am especially fond of the adobe look found throughout Santa Fe as seen in two of these pictures. One is of the famous "La Fonda" hotel from the Fred Harvey days when the railroads were first built. The other is a building in down town Santa Fe. The white building is actually a unique private home in Carlsbad, N.M. (not California) and the first picture is of the Carlsbad Court House

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Trip to New Mexico

This sign is not far from a very, very steep mountain decline!!! The kind of ride you hope your brakes will hold..... and I was certainly glad to reach the bottom near the town of Raton, N.M. I have now returned from a most pleasant visit in Santa Fe with a fellow teacher friend. The picture of the outdoor fireplace is one of many I took of her lovely 1920's true adobe country home. Other pictures are scenes of the Santa Fe area including a native dancer in the historic plaza area of downtown Santa Fe. I did some shopping and even visited all 3 of the libraries in Santa Fe before heading out of the cool mountain temperature into the hot south - Carlsbad. Now that isn't in CA but is the town with the famous Carlsbad Caverns. They are worth seeing at least once if you are ever in that part of the country. I lived in this area for close to 30 years. I enjoyed seeing many friends from the church I attended there as well as another teacher friend at whose house I stayed before returning to hot and muggy Iowa with two of my precious grandkids.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Pool Splash!

Splashes and more splashes were evident at this "pool party" at the Wall Lake Pool for participants in the summer reading program for both Wall Lake and Lake View. This was the final BIG event for Wall Lake but Lake View readers can continue to earn prizes throughout the month of July. The BIG FINALE for Lake View will be held Wednesday, July 28 at 1:00 p.m. It will probably be held at our Camp Crescent Beach area. Rene Stroud of the Sac County Conservation Dept. will again be presenting one of her hands on event around a theme of "Bubbles". Final prizes and special awards will also be given at this time and of course, refreshments of some kind will be available.