Making Bird Connections virtual lecture series Tuesday nights through November 17

Puffin (photo by Cheryl Landes) If you're new to birding or an avid birder, the Making Bird Connections virtual lecture series has something for you. These free lectures start tonight and continue every Tuesday, except Election Day, through November 17. Here are the topics that will be covered. If you want to participate in the … Continue reading Making Bird Connections virtual lecture series Tuesday nights through November 17

See beautiful fall color on these 11 bicycle rides in the U.S.

Fall colors at the Androscoggin State Wayside along the Androscoggin River in Errol, New Hampshire (photo by Cheryl Landes) Looking for some trails or roads where you can enjoy the fall foliage from your bicycle? Here are 11 suggestions from Bicycle Magazine: The Erie Canalway Trail in Western New YorkFlash of Gold in Steamboat Springs, … Continue reading See beautiful fall color on these 11 bicycle rides in the U.S.

Find the peak color in New England on this live fall foliage map

Fall colors at Umbagog Lake in Cambridge, New Hampshire (photo by Cheryl Landes) If you're looking for the best spots for leaf peeping in the New England, check out this peak fall foilage map from Yankee Publishing. Select a date on the calendar to see which areas are before peak color, at peak, or past … Continue reading Find the peak color in New England on this live fall foliage map

BirdFest & Bluegrass celebrates the sandhill crane migration October 2-3

Sandhill cranes (photo by Cheryl Landes) BirdFest & Bluegrass is an annual celebration in Ridgefield, Washington, to welcome the sandhill crane migration to the local wildlife refuge. This year, because of the coronavirus, the festival is moving online on Friday and Saturday, October 2-3. The festival starts with a trivia night at 7 p.m. on … Continue reading BirdFest & Bluegrass celebrates the sandhill crane migration October 2-3

Watch the 2020 Moisture Festival from home

The Moisture Festival, the world's largest celebration of comedy, varietè, and vaudeville, usually comes to Seattle in the spring. But this year, because of restrictions from holding large events due to the coronavirus, the festival moved online. The festival features highly skilled performance, where the imagination is the limit. Shows are mixed with bizarre talent … Continue reading Watch the 2020 Moisture Festival from home

Fifth annual Dine the Couve coming in October

Thirty-four restaurants are participating in the fifth annual Dine the Couve event October 1-31 in Vancouver, Washington. Each restaurant has a special three for $25 menu. Most of these menus include an appetizer, entree, and dessert. A few include featured wines. Typically these menus are for dine-in only, but because of state regulations related to … Continue reading Fifth annual Dine the Couve coming in October

This map shows where you can and cannot travel in the U.S. during the COVID-19 pandemic

A scene in Boston's Seaport District. Massachusetts is among the U.S. states that have travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (photo by Cheryl Landes) Some U.S. states have travel restrictions because of the COVID-19 pandemic. If you must travel, United Airlines has created a handy map that shows which states have or do not … Continue reading This map shows where you can and cannot travel in the U.S. during the COVID-19 pandemic

Looking for new books to read? Washington State Librarian features 20 Books in 20 Minutes September 17

Photo by Cheryl Landes Updated September 17, 2020 One of the positive aspects of the pandemic for many of us, myself included, is that we've had more time to read for personal enjoyment. Some of us, like me, are catching up on a long reading list. Others want to explore new genres or new authors. … Continue reading Looking for new books to read? Washington State Librarian features 20 Books in 20 Minutes September 17

Watch concerts from the Couch By Couch West music festival

When the 2020 SXSW festival cancelled in Austin because of the panedmic, Alex Garnett went to work to produce a concert experience as close as possible to the big festival online. He called it Couch By Couch West (CXCW for short) and welcomed bands and vocalists to record their shows from the Triceratops Room, his … Continue reading Watch concerts from the Couch By Couch West music festival