A Book of Backyard Chickens and Beautifying Ugly Boxes

Arts News

| April 13, 2011
Raising your own chickens is no yolk.
Raising your own chickens is no yolk.

There was once a time when the only chance you had of being awakened by the sound of a rooster crowing was if you were spending a long weekend on a farm. You know ... a place with animals bigger than the people who live there and edible things that grow from the ground. It's where everyone gets up so early they probably wake the roosters.

Oh, how times have changed. Now there's a chance that even in your North End bungalow, your neighbors have a flock of little chickadees chirping away at morning's first light. And you can't take issue with the fact that the birds wake you up or with the aroma in the air, because by raising chickens, your neighbors are going green. So what do you do?

Embrace it. Maybe work out a deal to get some of the eggs those fowl produce for your own family. And read The Backyard Chicken Fight by local author Gretchen Anderson. Who knows? By the time you're done reading, you might decide that chickens of your own are eggs-actly what you need.

Anderson will be signing copies of her book on Saturday, April 16, at the Garden City Zamzows at 545 E. Chinden Blvd. from noon-2 p.m., and on Saturday, April 30, at the Meridian Zamzows at 136 E. Watertower from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., and the State Street Zamzows at 6208 W. State St. from 2-4 p.m. The book will be available for purchase at the signings or you can get it online at amazon.com.

If you're more into being a part of the urban landscape than reading about it, then you might be interested to know that the Boise City Department of Arts and History has put out a call to artists interested in designing the ACHD traffic control boxes in Boise. Up to 16 artists will be selected to turn the boring gray boxes into visionary visions (artists not selected will be added to a registry for possible involvement in future box plans). The project is being paid for by the Mayor's Neighborhood Reinvestment Program, Capital City Development Corporation and the city. The deadline to submit an application is 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 5. Artists will be asked to include 10 examples of their work, so if you're interested, you'd better hurry. Just don't run any red lights.

Application info is available at artsandhistory.cityofboise.org.

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