Along with the dog days of summer … short break here while I explain where the term “dog days of summer” came from — or should I say dog days of canicular? The origin dates back to those crazy Romans, of course, and Sirius, a star in the heavens also called “the Dog Star” or in Latin: “Canicula.” Sirius used to rise right around sunrise during the hottest days of the year and the Romans took to sacrificing a brown dog (what, did they run out of virgins?) to appease the rage of Sirius. In ancient Rome, Dog Days lasted from July 24 to August 24.
But what I was REALLY going to say is, along with the dog days of summer, comes the faint but audible clanging of not-so-distant school bells. Back-to-school sales are rampant, so if you’ve got a fetish for the smell of Elmer’s white glue (guilty) or swoon over a whiff of a fresh box of Crayola crayons (guilty), now’s the time to stock up.
On the other hand, I hear that plaid is the absolute IN, fashion-wise. And if you’re currently unemployed (guilty) and wondering which of the Treasure Valley post-secondary schools will help you get the training/education you need to get employed — well, you don’t have to look very far. One of the newest entries — and a big success, if you look at the enrollment, which is three times what it was last semester: College of Western Idaho (CWI).
And, even if you missed the boat and didn’t get enrolled this semester (guilty) — you can still celebrate the school’s success on Saturday with it’s rockin’ Aug. 29th back-to-school bash featuring Ned Evett “the world’s first fretless guitar rock star.” Evett, it seems, has a soft spot for the new school. He offered his song “Shine Like a Diamond” for a song so the school could use it in radio and TV commercials. And now, a free concert. Yep, that’s right. Ab-so-lute-ly F-R-E-E. Why?
“I come from a family of educators and I have to admit that I’ve always felt a little lazy being an entertainer,” said Evett. “This event makes me feel like I’m giving something back. CWI is an important addition to our community and I hope everyone comes out for the concert, which is sure to be a fun evening for the both the young and the young at heart.”
The concert will take place on the front lawn of the CWI’s main campus buildings. Get your free tickets NOW at www.cwidaho.cc — only 1,500 tickets will be passed out on a first-come, first-serve basis. And, BONUS: if you reserve tickets through CWI’s Web site, you will be automatically entered to win a concert prize package — and the winner will be announced during the event.
Seating at 6 p.m., music starts at 7. Food and non-alcoholic beverages available.