Friday, June 29, 2012


2012 SUMMER KID SERIES - June 7th start date
    Stay cool with us this summer and enjoy our 2012 Summer Kid Series! Ten weeks of summer fun every Thursday for only $2.

$2 Movie Combo includes: drink, popcorn, and admission.

Here's our cool lineup:
June 7 - Puss in Boots
June 14 - Chicken Run
June 21 - Over the Hedge
June 28 - Kung Fu Panda
July 5 - Shark Tale
July 12 - How To Train Your Dragon
July 19 - Madagascar 2
July 26 - Bee Movie
August 2 - Monsters vs. Aliens
August 9 - Megamind

Events for Saturday, June 30, 2012 in the Sault

50th Anniversary International Bridge Walk

Jun 30, 2012
Time: 09:00 AM
Location: LSSU Norris Center
Contact: Allan Case or Joanne Bartunek
Phone: 906-632-3301
Young and old, physically fit or fitness challenged, all enjoy the fantastic views and the resultant pictures that will last a lifetime. Best of all, there’s no admission fee, no long waits, and no sweltering heat to contend with, since the walk steps off at 10am sharp. There will be a bike ride that starts at 9am. Please see attached file for a map of the LSSU Norris Center.
Sponsored by the International Bridge Authority and the Chamber of Commerce from both cities, organizers remind walkers to bring a passport or other approved I.D. found at the Soo Area Info, International Bridge Customs section of this site. (PLEASE, contact the Sault Ste. Marie Area Chamber of Commerce for more details at 906-632-3301). Bus transportation is available to bring walkers from Ontario to the starting point or, afterward, return those with vehicles waiting to the Norris Center for a small fee of $2. Visitors will find plenty to do back on the Michigan side, with a full offering of museums, boat tours, beaches, parks and more open to the public. For more information please e-mail the Sault Area Chamber of Commerce at or call (906)632-3301.

Coast Guard Sector Engineers Day Celebration

Jun 30, 2012
Time: 09:00 AM To 03:00 PM
Location: 337 Water Street Sault Ste. Marie MI
Contact: Sault CVB
Phone: 800-647-2858

Coast Guard Sector Sault Sainte Marie will be celebrating Engineers Day Saturday June 30, 2012. From 9am-3pm the Coast Guard will open its gate to the public and offer tours and information. The Coast Guard will have stations providing water safety information and a firsthand look at the equipment that it takes to do their jobs. Officers will be present to educate and answer questions. This event is intended for all ages. Look for the large tent. The Coast Guard boat will also be available for up-close viewing.
The Coast Guard exchange will be open to the general public, all items except alcohol, cigarettes and electronics will be avail for purchase.
This event coincides with the International Bridge Walk.

U.P. Book Tour 2012 (Julie Brooks Barbour, Keith Taylor, Jennifer Burd, Sue Harrison, Ron Riekki)

Jun 30, 2012
Time: 07:00 PM
Location: Bayliss Public Library
Contact: Susan James
Phone: 906-632-9331
U.P. Book Tour 2012: panel discussion featuring authors Julie Brooks Barbour, Keith Taylor, Jennifer Burd, Sue Harrison, and Ron Riekki.

A book sale and signing opportunity will follow the presentation/panel discussion. This event is free and open to the public.

Laz of "Gemini" will be playing music tomorrow at the Bayliss Public Library at 1 p.m.

“Dream Big—Read!” is the Theme for 2012
Summer Reading Program

Calling all dreamers! Readers of all ages will explore the night
this summer as Bayliss Public Library presents “Dream Big—
Read!,” their summer reading program. The 2012 Summer Reading
Program is open to young people, preschool through grade six, with
programs, prize drawings, art activities, and more. Four weekly
sessions will be offered beginning June 13.
Preschoolers are invited to attend on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. or at
1 p.m. Elementary students are encouraged to attend on Thursdays
at 1 p.m. or Saturdays at 1 p.m.
A special musical guest this year will be Laz of “Gemini” on Saturday,
June 30, at 1 p.m. Laszlo Slomovits is one of the twin brothers
in Ann Arbor’s nationally known musical duo Gemini. Gemini
has won numerous awards from
American Library Association,
Music Web. Laz jokes that when he plays music alone, not
as part of Gemini, “It’s just a Gem of a show!”
Summer Reading will run for six weeks. Children may be enrolled
by calling Debbie Lehman at 632-9331, emailing her at debbiel@ or by stopping by the library
Parents Choice Magazine, theEarly Childhood News and the Children’s


A new festival will be coming to Sault
Ste. Marie this summer and will be offering
free activities and family fun for children
of all ages. The Superior Children’s
Book Festival will be held July 21, from
10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at venues across the
Soo, including Bayliss Public Library, the
atrium in the Avery Center, and the campus
of LSSU. According to Janice Repka,
the festival coordinator, this will be the
first children's book festival ever held in
Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. “This is a
huge undertaking” says Repka. “But I'm
confident the community will come together
to create a festival that children,
parents and educators can really look forward
Events planned include a picture book
party, a graphic novel celebration, art activities,
writing opportunities, and even a
poetry slam.
The picture book party will coincide
with the finale of Bayliss Public Library’s
Summer Reading Program and will be
held on July 21, at noon, in the Community
This event is open to all area children
and is free of charge. Children need not
be enrolled in Summer Reading to attend.
At 1 p.m. attendees are invited to join
summer readers in their Ice Cream Social
and prize drawings in the Children's
Room of the library.
Anyone interested in helping with the
festival should contact Janice Repka at
906-635-2448 or

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Poems With Autumn and Alaina: Robert Louis Stevenson

Today we biked to the Brimley State Park to visit Grandma and Grandmpa Eles, who are camping there for the weekend. We stopped at a few garage sales, ate ice cream at the Bear's Den, met their new dog Misty, walked on the beach, and recited some poetry. This week the girls worked on learning poems by Robert Louis Stevenson. This task was made easier by listening to some of the music by Ted Jacobs that we absolutely adore. You can find and even listen to his music at this website:

ted jacobs CDs

Or, you can click on the video below to here one of his songs....we highly recommend these CDs. Everyone in our family enjoys them, so they are great for both young and old, and you can learn wonderful poetry just by listening to the music. (I want the artist to write more songs using other poets materials so I am giving him a little plug in hopes of boosting his sales so he will keep on creating!)


                           Here is Autumn reciting "My Shadow" by Robert Louis Stevenson

                  Here are Autumn and Alaina singing "The Swing" by: Robert Louis Stevenson

This is Autumn reciting "The Slide". It was written by her! It is a play on R.L. Stevenson's "The Swing."

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Self-Esteem Rising

For my birthday our friend, Jon, brought over a wonderful homemade loaf of bread that our family devoured. It was so delicious! He sent me the recipe after I commented that my attempts at making bread have always failed. Yesterday it was cold and windy here (it went from too hot to too cold overnight!) and I told the girls that it was the perfect weather to try out this new recipe. I pulled it up on the computer screen and then let Autumn and Alaina set to work gathering all of the ingredients while I busied myself folding laundry. I had planned on checking their ingredients and helping them combine them but before I came back out to check on them they had already mixed together the ingredients and begun kneading the dough!

We placed it in a greased bowl and waited for it to rise and then punched it down, shaped it into a loaf and cut slices into the top. Then I asked Autumn to get the egg white and water to brush on top.

"Egg white? Why would I do that? I already put it in?"

Autumn read back through the recipe and realized her mistake and we decided that the loaf would probably be fine with a little egg white...

 Well, it turned out better than fine! What a delicious bread is the first one that we have ever had work! And to think that the girls did it all on their own! I could tell when they were taking their first taste that their self-esteem rose a bit with that yummy dough.

Thanks Jon for the fantastic recipe....the girls are really proud of themselves! Yum, Yum, Yum !



1 package active dry yeast
1 cup warm water (hot tap water seems to work fine)
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 egg white
1 teaspoon cold water


In large mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the sugar, oil salt and 2 cups flour. Mix until blended. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a stiff dough.

Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl (I use about a tablespoon of olive oil) turning once to grease top. Cover (I use plastic wrap) and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about an hour. Punch dough down. Cover and let rise for 30 minutes.

Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface. Shape into a loaf 16 inches long by 2.5 inches wide with tapered ends. Sprinkle a greased baking sheet with cornmeal. Place bread on baking sheet. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 25 minutes.

Beat egg white and cold water; brush over dough. With a sharp knife, make diagonal slashes 2 inches apart across top of loaf. (Actually, I do this before brushing on the egg white/water mixture.) Bake at 375 F for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pan to a wire rack to cool.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Memorizing With Music

Last week I played Yakko's "Nations of the World" on YouTube for Autumn to watch, and after watching it a few times (and a 3 year old who could recite the whole song) we decided that we should be able to memorize it as well. We wrote down all of the lyrics, and then staring at the long list of countries it looked like it was going to be an impossible task. But, we found a YouTube video that played the song in slow motion and  another one that displayed the lyrics on the screen and we began to sing it over and over with the video. Then we moved on to singing it during bike rides and hikes. After a week of singing everywhere we went, Autumn and I have finally mastered the entire song, and Alaina has already learned most of it just by listening to us. This is a perfect example of the power of music to help us memorize difficult things. Learning with this song made the process of studying the map far more enjoyable, and even though it was still a challenge and took practice, the practice was less work.
We learned, and are still learning, so many things about geography from studying this song.
We are now moving on to the next part of the challenge: seeing who can identify all of the countries on the map the fastest while singing the song. Then we are going to move to labeling the countries on a blank map. Hopefully by the time we end our study we will feel confident in our knowledge of world geography. But, we already feel much more confident after meeting this challenge. Learning this song is well worth the effort, and we recommend you try it as well! Below are a few videos that might help you.

 Here is a video of Autumn singing the "Nations of the World":

Here is a slow motion video of Yakko singing. If you want to learn the "Nations of the World" song like we did then we highly recommend using this video:

Here is the other video that we used with the lyrics on the screen:

Monday, June 4, 2012

Poems With Autumn and Alaina # 3

Autumn reciting "Trees" by: Joyce Kilmer

Alaina Reciting "At The Sea-Side" by: Robert Loius Stevenson

Science Discoveries With Autumn # 6 ( The Owl Pellet, and A Dragonfly Birth)

                                                                      OWL PELLET

This is the awesome website that Autumn referred to in her video. Click on the link below to virtually dissect an owl pellet. Or, you can click on the website's homepage to learn more about owls. We highly recommend this site!

                                                            DRAGONFLY BIRTH