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Events for April 21, 2018   (view all events)
Stunning Barn Photog
Colfax Branch Library
Saturday, Apr. 21 (During regular library hours)

Stunning photographic images of Palouse area barns will be on exhibit from April 3-27 at The Center in downtown Colfax. Photographer George Bedirian shares a breathtaking collection of black and white images, while Ken Carper contrasts with beautiful color images. As a bonus, Steve Van Vleet will exhibit a number of the barn images he’s taken, some of which have been included in the popular Barns of Whitman County calendars.

George Bedirian chose the images for this exhibit from photos he took during the 1980s. He found the eighties to be a time of intense photographic exploration.  George was enthralled by the beauty of the Palouse and made it his mission to document not just the landscapes, but also the built environment, which included towns, grain elevators and barns.  This effort culminated in the publication of Palouse Country: An Essay in Photographs in 1987, followed by a revised WSU Press edition in 2000.

Of the 18 barns George will include in the show, at least half have disappeared.  Another is on the verge of collapsing.  Seven of the images have appeared in one or both editions of Palouse Country while eight are being shown for the first time.

Most of Ken Carper’s photographs feature the unique landscapes found in the Palouse, a place he sees as one of the world’s most beautiful environments.  For this exhibit, Ken has selected images of some of his favorite agricultural structures because they have been integral to the region’s economy and history.  Unfortunately, many of these historic agricultural buildings are being lost each year to deterioration, and are being replaced by pre-engineered metal and reinforced concrete buildings that are totally lacking in character.  It is costly to preserve our heritage so Ken hopes the images that he and George present for this exhibit will contribute to the legacy of Palouse memories.

George Bedirian has been photographing the Palouse since 1969 with a goal of revealing the uncommon in the commonplace, or in the words of Joseph Conrad, "to make you see." George has exhibited throughout the Pacific Northwest, on the East Coast, and as far afield as the Republic of Armenia. His photographs have appeared in The Living Wilderness, Landscape Journal, American Land Forum, Incredible Idaho, Northwest Edition, Washington Magazine, and other journals.

Ken Carper is a registered Architect and Professor Emeritus of Washington State University, where he taught students in Architecture & Construction Management for 38 years.  He has always enjoyed photography, especially of Palouse landscapes and barns, where the changing colors and shadows offer unlimited opportunities throughout the year. Ken’s work has been featured in regional publications, calendars, and in international travel websites.  He has received regional awards, and in 2014 his photograph, “Palouse Falls: Early Spring Sunset,” took first place in an international competition with more than 3,000 entries. Ken’s photography website is:

Steve Van Vleet is the WSU / Whitman County Extension Educator in Agriculture & Natural Resources. Steve has photographed most of the county’s barns while traveling around the county for work. Each year, he compiles and donates the Barns of Whitman County calendar that has raised thousands of dollars for Whitman County Library programs and services.

The Center is an annex of the Colfax Library at 102 S. Main Street. Exhibit hours are Monday through Wednesday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursdays through Fridays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays 1 to 5 p.m. For more information, contact Whitman County Library at 509-397-4366.

Intensati, Center in
Colfax Branch Library
Saturday, Apr. 21, 9 a.m.
Intensati comes to the Colfax Library's The Center Saturday mornings beginning April 7 at 9 a.m. with instructor Aubrey Aguilar. Come dressed in your workout gear for a morning of fun. Train your body, mind and spirit with this powerful invigorating practice. Classes are for all fitness levels.
Intensati is a combination of high energy aerobics, martial arts, strength conditioning with spoken affirmations and meditation. For the month of April, cost is FREE! Contact Aubrey for additional information at (509) 553-3752.
Kundalini Yoga, Cent
Colfax Branch Library
Saturday, Apr. 21, 10 a.m.

Kundalini Yoga comes to the Colfax Library's The Center Saturday mornings beginning April 7 at 10 a.m. Come dress in your workout gear for an evening of uplifting blend of spiritual and physical awareness. Kundalini incorporates movement, dynamic breathing techniques, meditation and chanting of mantras with the goal to build physical vitality and increase consciousness.

For the month of April cost is FREE! Contact Aubrey at (509) 553-3752 for additional information.

All Locations
Saturday, Apr. 21
National Library Week (April 8-14) kicks off the 11th annual WCL Penny Drive from April 8-25. The funds collected benefit programming or special projects at each library branch location. Call the Colfax Library at 509-397-4366 for details.    
Volksmarch, Colfax
Colfax Branch Library
Saturday, Apr. 21, 1 p.m.
A guided 5K (3.1 miles) or 10K (6.2 miles) walk that begins at the Colfax Library and highlights some of Colfax’s most historic sites such as the Perkins House and St. Ignatius Hospital is set for Saturday, April 21 at 1:00 p.m. Stick around afterward for German goodies! 

This January, Colfax became an official site for a walking tour from the American Volkssport Association (AVA). The year-round six mile walk guides participants to some of the most historic sites of Colfax including the Perkins House, St. Ignatius Hospital, and the unique architecture of the downtown core. Guides for the walk are found at Colfax Library! More details on the Colfax walk can be found at the Lilac City Chapter of AVA at

The Colfax walk is be open to the general public and begins at the Colfax Library where participants pick up an official AVA guide. The walk can be completed for fun by the general public or can be recorded by AVA members to meet their exercise goals. Those wanting official AVA points must conclude their walk at the library to record their completion.
The unique aspect of volkssporting is the achievement awards program whereby participants are recognized for the number of events completed and for the distance accomplished. Record books are stamped when the events are completed and incentives given to members as motivation for further activity.

AVA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting personal physical fitness and good health by providing fun-filled, safe exercise in a stress-free environment through noncompetitive walks and hikes, bike rides, swims, and in some regions cross-country skiing and snow shoeing. This movement, called volkssporting, began in Europe in 1968 and today has spread to 28 countries worldwide. 

For additional information, contact Shirley Cornelius at Whitman County Library 509-397-4366.  For additional information about the club and other local walks visit or the national AVA website address is 
Tea Party Luncheon -
Oakesdale Branch Library
Saturday, Apr. 21, 1:00 p.m.
Spring tea luncheon with Dolores Haley as your host. Learn the art and history of tea parties. There is limited seating. Please call and reserve a spot for you and a friend. 509-285-4310
This event has been rescheduled for May 19th at 1:00p.m.
Garfield Branch Library
Saturday, Apr. 21, 2:00 p.m.
Are you an DoTerra essential oil lover? Are you curious about the business side of things? Maybe you just want to get your oils paid for or supplement your income? Come to the Garfield library and ask your questions, get info on how to start your DoTerra business. For more information, please contact the Garfield Library at 509-635-1490.
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