I see in the Standard-Examiner today that the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge is holding an open house on Saturday (October 17th) from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. to celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week. Events include bird viewing, photo contest winner displays, wildlife films, mural unveiling, family activities, discount book sales and free posters. Sounds like fun!
While I was searching the web to find out more about the open house, I see an update on the progress of the road out there. They say that the road is open and nearly all work on the county road which provides access to the Refuge and its auto tour route is complete for this year. A few remaining work items will not necessitate a road closure. The road will remain open through the end of 2009. Work on the sidewalk and bike trail at the wildlife education center is also complete. This trail connects them with hikers and bikers coming from Brigham City. Phase II of the road project will likely begin in early spring, and will require the county road to once again be closed to the public through the summer. The closure will begin approximately 1.5 miles west of the wildlife education center. Plans are to continue offering guided tours to Refuge visitors during Phase II of road construction. You can read more at http://www.fws.gov/bearriver/
I'd also like to remind everyone about the Concert in the City series at the Brigham City Fine Arts Center. This series starts again Friday (October 16th) at 7:30 p.m with the Red Desert Ramblers. This outstanding 5 person group plays blue grass, old country and swing music, taking traditional harmonies and adding smoking instrumental breaks. Members include Steve Hewson on guitar and mandolin and providing lead vocals, David Bates on Bass, Joe Farmer on guitar and mandolin, Sharon Mitchell on Hammered Dulcimer, and Rick Martinez on 5 string banjo. These concerts are the 3rd Friday of each month with a different group performing each month. The cost is $8 per person and is well worth the price; the quality of the performances is excellent. You can check out the Fine Arts Center web page at http://www.bcfineartscenter.org/