Classical QED is holding its Musical Kids competition for youngsters in grades 6 to 8. There are categories in vocal and instrumental music, and entries are accepted between Jan. 6 and Feb. 14. More here: http://www.wqed.org/fm/musicalkids/index.php
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After a day of rain, cold weather looms to the west. Before it hit, I went out to explore the beauty the garden has to share year round.
Pansies and flowering kale are my go to plants for winter, but there are other things to look at if you take the time to notice.
I hope it dries out at some point, I've still got plenty of leaves to get off the garden which you can see in some of the photos.
This time of the year gardeners have to search for beauty, take some time and find it in your garden.
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-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. "It's good to know that we can put together a good 60 [minutes] against the best team in the league right now. That's satisfying. But it's one game. Don't read too much into it." - Matt Niskanen.
-The San Jose Mercury News' recap. "You don't want to turn it over against these guys. They've got a lot of speed coming through the neutral zone, and their transition game is really, really good. Just little mistakes there, but it happens." - Sharks captain Joe Thornton.
-CSN Bay Area's recap. "They had their nose over the puck a lot more than we did. They fought for ice and they fought for loose pucks a lot stronger than we did.” - Sharks coach Todd McLellan.
-The Associated Press' recap. "I think what he does is underappreciated, especially in terms of how he does it at the net front. He plays in hard areas in hard minutes. He's not a big-body guy, but he's a force." Dan Byslma on Chris Kunitz.
-Mike Lange's goal calls.
-The Penguins paid tribute to Tyler Kennedy:
-Tyler Kennedy. San Jose Shark:
-Marc-Andre Fleury was all over this puck:
-Simon Despres fended off a stick check here from San Jose's James Sheppard:
-It was that kind of night for Thornton:
-Thirsty times for San Jose's Antti Niemi:
-Marc-Andre Fleury speaks:
-Sidney Crosby speaks:
-Sharks forward Logan Couture speaks:
-Evgeni Malkin sat out last night's game due to a "lower-body" injury.
-Will the Penguins loan Olli Maatta to Finland for the IIHF World Junior Championship?
-Is Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins captain/forward Tom Kotospoulos making a case to earn an NHL contract?
-Penguins forward prospect Oscar Sundqvist was selected for Sweden's roster for the IIHF World Championships. Erie Otters goaltender Oscar Dansk, a Blue Jackets prospect, was also selected.
-Happy 27th birthday to current Penguins defenseman Matt Niskanen. Acquired prior to the 2011 trade deadling along with James Neal in a deal which sent Alex Goligoski to the Stars, Niskanen has spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. He finished 2010-11 by appearing in 18 games and scoring four points. In seven postseason games, he contributed one assist. During 2011-12, Niskanen played in 75 games and scored 21 points. He played in four postseason games that spring and contributed three points. Niskanen played in 40 games last season and contributed 14 points. Last postseason, Niskanen appeared in 15 playoff games and recorded two assists. This season, he has played in 30 games and collected 11 points. In 163 regular season career games with the Penguins, Niskanen has scored 50 points. In 26 postseason games, he has scored six points.
-Today would have been the 81st birthday of former Penguins and Hornets goaltender Hank Bassen. Acquired from the Red Wings in exchange for Roy Edwards in the 1967 offseason, Bassen was literally the first goaltender in franchise history. He made 35 saves for the Penguins in the franchise's first game, a 2-1 loss to the Canadiens, Oct. 11, 1967. Bassen appeared in 25 games and went 7-10-3 that season with a 2.86 goals against average and one shutout. He retired following that season. Bassen passed away at the age of May 29, 2009 at the age of 76.
-After the Jump: Mt. Lebanon's Patrick Wey reaches the NHL.
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The 113th Congress is on track to being the worst Congress ever (with only 56 laws passed so far). They have only passed a fraction of the laws passed by previous lawmakers and they don't seem to be in a hurry to erase their "do-nothing" reputation. Even when Reagan was battling Tip O'Neill, the 99th Congress still passed 663 laws. I say we take away their working visas.