Wednesday Jul 18 2012
Write those poems; it's rhyme time again in Lincoln
By: Kathy Dorsey and Jeeves
Scene to be Seen column
Alan Lowe reports that there are just nine days left to submit entries to the eighth annual Voices of Lincoln Poetry Contest. All poets are invited to submit a maximum of three poems but no more than one in each of three of the five contest categories, which include ?What Money Can?t Buy,? ?Unbelievable but True,? ?A Very Special Year,? ?Reaching for the Stars? and ?My Most Embarrassing Moment.? Poets who are 18-years-old and under will compete in a special ?Young Poets? category. In addition to poems from Lincoln residents, the contest has already attracted poets from cities throughout California, including Auburn, Dublin, Modesto, Pacific Grove, Pollock Pines, Rocklin, Roseville, Sacramento, Salida, San Ramon, Santa Rosa, Saratoga and Sheridan. And the contest has attracted poets from out of state, including New York and Pennsylvania. This year, the contest hopes to attract more entries than last year when 75 poets submitted 148 poems Entry forms and contest rules are available at the front desk at Twelve Bridges Library, 485 Twelve Bridges Drive or may be downloaded from libraryatlincoln.org. All entries must be received no later than Saturday, July 28. The Voices of Lincoln Poetry Contest is presented by the Poets Club of Lincoln and sponsored by the Lincoln Library and the Friends of the Lincoln Library. For more information, call Alan at 408-1274 or visit libraryatlincoln.org. Point and click ... Lincoln Public Library has a chance to win $5,000. Friends of Lincoln Library President Karen Jarrell encourages all Lincoln residents to help by visiting readbuildplay.com. Until Oct. 1, the LEGO Group is accepting on-line nominations for its ?Read Build, Play? campaign that will award $5,000 to the library with the most votes. In addition, the top 200 libraries will receive literacy education kits from LEGO. To participate, visit readbuiltplay.com and use the drop-down menus to select California, Lincoln and then Lincoln Public Library. Trail mix ... Lincoln Area Archives Museum volunteers are ready for this year?s Placer County Museums Tour, ?The Heritage Trail.? Kathy Freeman reports that 18 museums, from Roseville to Tahoe will offer free admission on Saturday, Aug. 11 and Sunday, Aug. 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. For the first time, Lincoln Area Archives Museum at 540 Fifth St. will be part of ?The Heritage Trail.? Museum visitors can travel to each museum in their own vehicles and on their own schedules or they can make reservations to take advantage of ?Hop on the Bus.? The bus will take visitors on a different route each day from Gold Country Fairgrounds in Auburn. Reservations are required. For information about the ?The Heritage Trail, all 18 participating museums and ?Hop on the Bus,? call (530) 889-6500 or visit the heritagetrail. blogspot.com. Aloha ... Don?t forget Knights of Columbus? fourth annual Hawaiian Luau on Saturday, July 28. The evening will start at 5 p.m. with a no-host bar. Mai tai?s and pina coladas will be available, along with dance hits of the ?50s and ?60s. An authentic Hawaiian buffet will be available at 6:30 p.m. In addition to hula dancers performing at 7:30 p.m., there will be a silent auction plus draw prizes. Grand prize is a seven-night Hawaiian Vacation Luau tickets are $25 per person or through two family tickets plans. Plan 1 costs $55 per family and covers two adults and one child. Plan 2 costs $60 per family and covers two adults and two or more children. Visit kofcsj.com or call Dave Luci at 543-4748 for information and tickets. Just in from Jeeves... Jeeves knows that school?s out for summer. He wonders if learning ends when school stops. Jeeves also wonders how much learning depends on schools. Except for an occasional visit to Fruitvale School, Jeeves receives no formal education. Yet he considers himself a full-time student. Jeeves tries to learn something new every day. He learns most everything from the Downtown Dogs when they meet around the fountain in Beermann Plaza. They are his best source of learning. Their approach to education is ?Socratic,? named after the Greek philosopher Socrates. The dogs learn by debating. Sometimes, one or more of the dogs will deliberately contradict the others to expand the views of all. When this happens, the dogs know its better to listen before they bark. Even though Jeeves is a little dog, his size doesn?t matter to the others. For them, good breeding is based on good manners rather than size, gender or status in the American Kennel Club. The dogs try to come away from their debates with more wisdom, with greater trust and with their friendships intact. Jeeves wonders if he could learn without the dogs. He wonders if he could rely on ?street smarts.? According to various websites, Jeeves learned that these smarts are based on practical knowledge. This knowledge is gained through everyday experiences rather than through formal education. Some refer to ?street smarts? as common sense. Because of his small size, Jeeves is already close to the street. Yet, he has enough common sense to know that standing close to the ground won?t make him street smart just as standing in a front of classroom won?t make him a teacher and attending City Council meetings won?t make him a leader. Jeeves has also heard the expression ?teachable moment.? He wonders if he could rely on teachable moments. The website Ask.com defines a teachable moment as ?an unplanned opportunity that arises in the classroom where a teacher has an ideal chance to offer insight to his or her students. A teachable moment is not something that you can plan for; rather, it is a fleeting opportunity that must be sensed and seized by the teacher.? Last month, Jeeves read about an unplanned opportunity that gave rise to a teachable moment. Alas, the moment was missed. Ironically, it was missed by the Western Placer Unified School District. The moment concerns the district?s response to Lincoln High School teacher Alex Joe, who was referred to as ?token? during a lunch with other teachers (Lincoln News Messenger June 21, ?Token teacher remark does not set good example). As reported, ?Mary Boyle, the school district?s deputy superintendent of educational services, has another take on the ?token? comment. She said that the unnamed teacher did ?not use token racially-intended.? Instead, Boyle said token was meant ?as in a token male...? Jeeves and the Downtown Dogs were appalled when they read the response by the deputy superintendent of our school?s education services. Just as size shouldn?t matter, the dogs believe gender, race or religion shouldn?t matter either. Based on her response, deputy director of educational service Boyle doesn?t share their belief. Worse, she missed a teachable moment for herself and for other educators within our school district. As someone who is entrusted with the education of Lincoln?s children, Boyle still has a lot to learn. Jeeves wonders if the dogs should invite her to spend time with them around the fountain in Beermann Plaza. Jeeves knows that her gender and her position would mean nothing to them. As Socrates said, ?I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think.? Neither Jeeves nor the dogs would expect to teach Boyle. Instead, they would expect her to debate with them. And through debate, they would hope that Boyle could learn something new. They would also hope that Boyle could learn to sense and seize a teachable moment. Most importantly, the dogs would hope that Boyle could learn to think differently about Joe. About him, there?s no debate. Joe is a teacher. If you have upcoming events that you wish to appear in Scene to be Seen, please call Kathy Dorsey at 645-0660 or e-mail JustInFromJeeves@gmail.com. This column may or may not necessarily express the opinions of The Lincoln News Messenger.