Darrington Library Blog

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Walking in the Winter Wonderland

If you like to hike or walk, don't stop your enjoyable activity just because winter is approaching. Check out Best Winter Walks and Hikes in Puget Sound by Harvey Manning to find some great hikes in this area. In addition, visit the Washington Trails Association website for some hiking ideas and tips. One lowland hike near Darrington is the Boulder River Trail. You can enjoy the beauty of old growth trees and waterfalls as you hike this trail almost any time of the year. Before starting out, learn weather expectations, dress adequately for winter conditions, and proceed safely on any trails in the winter since weather conditions can change rapidly. Most importantly, have fun and be safe.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Act F.A.S.T.

The National Stroke Association has a simple test that can be used as a tool to help determine if a person displaying unusual symptoms may be having a stroke. The test uses the mnemonic, "ACT F.A.S.T" to help folks remember it.

Face - Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?

Arms - Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

Speech - Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Are the words slurred? Can he/she repeat the sentence correctly?

Time. If the person shows any of these signs, time is important. Call 911 or get to the hospital fast. Brain cells are dying.

You can also check out the American Heart Association website or the Mayo Clinic website for additional information.

A good resource regarding prevention and treatment related to strokes is the Stroke Sourcebook edited by Amy L. Sutton.

Be aware of stroke symptoms. If caught early, long term damaging effects from stroke can possibly be minimized or prevented.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Free Program: FLOWMOTION at the Darrington Library!

So what are the perks of being married to a professional musician? A couple obvious ones: no longer having to wait in lines for great shows, rarely having to pay ticket prices, meeting very talented people, traveling to festivals, and generally having a lot of live music in my life. Pretty awesome.

Another little perk is getting to perform a little “show and tell” with him at my library in Darrington. My husband, Eric Bryson, and Flowmotion’s lead vocal and guitarist, Josh Clauson, both grew up locally and know first-hand that pursuing your goals of becoming an artist in a small town can present challenges. With funding for the arts in dwindling supply, these two know the importance of utilizing available resources and finding your inner determination. In the past year, Flowmotion played some legendary venues, from the Great American Music Hall to the Fillmore to the High Sierra Music Festival in California to the Paramount in Seattle where they opened up for the Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir. In addition, they annually put on one of the fastest-growing, greenest music festivals every August called the Summer Meltdown. For all you aspiring musicians, or for those like me that just like to sit back and enjoy the great talents of others, come listen to Eric and Josh, Wednesday night from 7:00-8:00pm, for what is sure to be a stellar night. All ages.

**Speaking of stellar, don't miss the meteor shower beginning Tuesday morning and "visible" through the end of the week… that is if these clouds ever give us a break ;0)**