Bird count starts Friday
For the first time, anyone anywhere in the world with Internet access can participate in the 16th annual Great Backyard Bird Count, set to begin Friday and continue through Feb. 18.
Participants watch birds at any location for at least 15 minutes, tally the numbers of each species they see and report their tallies at BirdCount.org. The GBBC is a joint project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Audubon, with Canadian partner Bird Studies Canada.
This year, anyone visiting the GBBC website may see bird observations from around the world and contribute their own tallies. Global participation will be possible through eBird, a real-time online checklist program Cornell Lab and Audubon are integrating into the GBBC.
The GBBC is open to anyone of any skill level and welcomes bird observations from any location, including back yards, national parks, gardens, wetlands and urban landscapes. The four-day count typically receives sightings from tens of thousands reporting more than 600 bird species in the United States and Canada alone.
For more information, visit BirdCount.org.
‘Perks’ to be shown at library
ASHLAND - The Boyd County Public Library will show the movie “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the main branch, 1740 Central Ave.
Some refreshments are provided, and additional snacks can be purchased.
In this 2012 film, based on the 1999 novel by Stephen Chbosky, an introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors who welcome him into the real world.
Lenten interfaith retreat set
ASHLAND - Spiritual directors Cindy Neely and Christina St. Clair will lead a lenten retreat for all denominations from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Calvary Episcopal Church.
The event will make use of texts from “God Speaks in Many Tongues” by Joan Chittister.
Registration is free.
Other such meetings are scheduled from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 21 and 28 and March 7, 14 and 21. Registration for those will be $25.
BCC bridge winners named
BELLEFONTE - Bellefonte Country Club bridge winners for Feb. 6 are: first (tie) — Jo Weller and Mary Jo Burton; second (tie) — Betty Cooper and Kay Memmer; third — Juanita Ditty; fourth — Maxine Brammer.
Fancy Nancy party offered
CANNONSBURG - Ages 4 through 12 are invited to dress in their fanciest outfits and come to a Fancy Nancy Party at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Kyova branch of the Boyd County Public Library.
Children will transform themselves with fancy, glitzy craft items, similar to Fancy Nancy from the books by Jane O’Connor. Grown-ups are invited to attend, but they should dress fancy, too.
Snacks will be served.
For more information, call the Kyova branch at (606) 929-5346.
Chalkboard craft class planned
CATLETTSBURG - A class at the Boyd County Public Library will demonstrate how to make a chalkboard out of an old photo frame.
The adult class will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Catlettsburg branch at 2704 Louisa St.
Registration is not required. Supplies will be provided for the first 10 to show up; others are welcome to stay and watch the demonstration. Library staff also will show some lettering techniques for creating beautiful displays on the chalkboard.
For more information about library programs and services, visit thebookplace.org.
'Call of the Wild' project set
WURTLAND - A free charcoal art workshop will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 18 at the Greenup County Extension Agency.
Attendees are encouraged to bring a photo of a favorite dog or choose a sled dog from Jack London’s book “Call of the Wild” the office can provide to create a charcoal portrait.
The three top pieces will become part of the traveling art exhibit in connection with the “Big Read” project from the National Endowment for the Arts as partnered with the Paramount Arts Center.
The workshop is open to all ages and all artistic abilities.
To register, call the office at (606) 836-0201.