Reading and running (or walking) are all the rage this week, with a detailed look at the summer sky and a safety fair thrown in.May 30
True crime tales are the topic of a talk by a Moscow author from 5:30 to 6:30p.m. May 30 at the Moscow Public Library.
Stuart Scott will share stories from his book, “Gritty, Grisly and Greedy: Crimes and Characters Inspired by 20 Years as a Fed,” during the presentation at the library, 110 S. Jefferson St.
Scott was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay area, and has worked at a variety of careers in his life including custodial staff in a juvenile detention facility, adult probation, federal probation and parole, according to a news release. He has lived in Moscow since 1981.
May 31 and June 2
“Summer Skies,” a planetarium preview of sky highlights for this summer, will be shown at 7 p.m. May 31 and 5 p.m. June 2 at the Washington State University planetarium on the Pullman campus.
The highlights will include a solar eclipse in Chile, and views of Jupiter, Saturn and Venus.
The planetarium is in Room 231 of Sloan Hall. Cost is $5 per person (cash or check only) and free for ages 6 and younger.
The 15th annual Officer Newbill Kids Safety Fair is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 1 at Moscow’s Eastside Marketplace, 1420 S. Blaine St.
The event is free and features a variety of activities and giveaways. Free bike helmets and fitting are available to all children 16 and younger, and free reflective helmet stickers also will be provided. Bike tuneups will be offered, and at the bike rodeo, children can bring their bikes, ride the course and earn a free bike light/reflector.
Tours of a Lifeflight helicopter, ambulance and firetruck will be conducted, and car seat safety checks will be done. Hot dogs and snacks will be provided as well.
The fair is named for Moscow Police Officer Lee Newbill, who was killed in the line of duty in 2007.
Prepare to be more colorful: The second annual YWCA Embrace Race Color Run begins at 10 a.m. June 1 at Lewiston’s Kiwanis Park.
Cost is $25 for members and $30 for nonmembers. Online registration may be completed at ywcaidaho.org/events/embrace-race-color-run-2019.
The park is at 806 Snake River Ave.
The Maniac: the Best Dam Race in Idaho, with both a 3K and a 5K, begins at 10 a.m. June 1 at the Dworshak Dam viewpoint.
Check-in begins at 7 a.m. at the viewpoint.
Cost in advance is $20 for adults, $15 for ages 6 to 10, and free for ages 5 and younger. All participants must have a photo ID. Online registration may be completed at www.orofino.com.
A book launch party for the latest offering from Winchester author Janet Chester Bly will begin at 1 p.m. June 1 at And Books Too in Clarkston.
Bly’s latest novel is “Beneath a Camperdown Elm,” Book 3 in the “Trails of Reba Cahill” series, a contemporary western romance/mystery. Prizes and treats will be given to all attendees.
Bly has published more than 30 fiction and nonfiction books for adults and children. She also co-wrote books with her husband, the late Stephen Bly.
The store is at 918 Sixth St.
A Kooskia woman will give a free presentation about her and her family’s imprisonment in Indonesia during World War II at 2 p.m. June 2 at the Welcome Center in Kamiah.
Pearl Barden was a teenager growing up in Bogor, Indonesia, when the Japanese forces invaded in March 1942, and most of its civilian residents were sent to prisoner work camps. Barden will talk about her years of captivity with her family in the camp until they were liberated by the Allies in 1945. The family then lived in Jakarta until coming to the United States when Barden was in her early 20s.
The center is at 518 Main St.