Australian Chamber Orchestra & ARC

March 19, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

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The upcoming performance of the Australian Chamber Orchestra in Ames was the focus of Wednesday’s Local Talk program. Peter Riley, a board member of the Ames International Orchestra Festival (AIOFA), which is sponsoring the ensemble’s visit to Ames, said the group is comprised of relatively young musicians, most of whom perform standing up. The curtain goes up Monday, March 24, at 7:30 p.m. in C.Y. Stephens Auditorium. Also on Wednesday’s Local Talk show, KHOI reporter Roxanne Thompson talked to Kathy Schnable about the work of the ARC of Story County, which provides support and services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

An interview with ACLU honoree Dan Johnston originally scheduled for Wednesday will be aired at a later date.

KHOI Studios Nearing Completion

March 18, 2014 - 5:00pm -- ron

A platoon of volunteer Rembrandts spent a weekend in March turning KHOI’s nearly completed suite of studios into colorful spaces. The painters were recruited and supervised by KHOI board member Chris Lyng, who rolled his share of stem green onto studio walls while coordinating the efforts of the volunteers.
Pictured above: Chris Lyng and Zach Nizzi

Ostara

March 18, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

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Spring is here at last!  Thursday, March 20, is the first official day of Spring, the Vernal Equinox. Equinox comes from  the Greek language and means “equal night”, it is the day when there are 12 hours of day and 12 hours of night, the whole world over.  There are 2 equinoxes each year, one in the Spring and one in the Fall. The Vernal Equinox is the one where the balance between day and night is tilting toward the day, and the days are getting longer.

Earth centered traditions celebrate the Vernal Equinox as the holiday Ostara.  Reverend Selena Fox of Circle Sanctuary in Wisconsin describes the holiday thusly, “Vernal Equinox, also known as Ostara, occurs in the middle of March. It marks the beginning of Spring and the time when days and nights are of equal length. The colors associated with the Ostara festival are yellow, for the strengthening sun and the celebration of this holiday at dawn, and green because it represents the sprouting of new plant life. This is a festival of rebirth and reawakening from Winter’s slumber: the first official day of spring!

Bees and the Uillean Harp

March 17, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

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On St. Patrick's Day we talked to Glen Stanley, 5th-generation beekeeper and former state apiarist, and to ISU extension entomologist Donald Lewis, about the crisis with honey bees and how Iowans can provide flowers for bees to help them survive. Music by Tim Britton of Fairfield, Iowa on the Uillean harp, and Black 47 of New York.

Woodruff Construction, Savannah Studio, Rachel Corrie

March 14, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

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Peregrine Falcons with Pat Schlarbaum.

Woodruff Construction's skilled laborer  Carlos Torres Sanchez.

Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at ISU Michael David Martin describes the Savannah Studio program.

We commemorate the 11th anniversary of the death of Rachel Corrie.

Birds, Drones and Zoning

March 12, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

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Wednesday’s Local Talk show covered a broad range of topics, starting with KHOI's phenology reporter Pat Schlarbaum telling us about three harbingers of spring: killdeer, turkey vultures and red winged blackbirds. Then the question of limiting the use of drone aircraft was discussed by drone hobbyist Scott Dearinger, who reported on an Iowa State Senate hearing he attended recently. The mission of the Iowa Air National Guard unit in Des Moines is being changed from flying F-16 aircraft to piloting drones, and that has generated concerns by members of the Catholic Worker House in Des Moines. David Goodner talked about the 2014 Midwest Catholic Worker Faith and Resistance Retreat, scheduled for March 14-17 in Des Moines, which will focus on drone warfare and the new Des Moines Drone Command Center. Finally, Ames resident Sharon Guber (pictured) described plans to develop land around the former Ames Middle School, and why she and others in the College Creek Old Middle School Neighborhood Association object to the proposed housing project.

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