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Monday, 01.28 - Saturday, 02.02

The nation's greatest celebration of the American West, its people, culture and traditions will celebrate its 29th year January 28 to February 2, 2013, in Elko, Nevada. Every winter for the last 28 years, cowboys, ranchers, rural and urban people have traveled en masse to this small high desert community, to join with friends, family and others who care about the rural West. Together, they listen to poetry and music, learn about cowboy culture in the U.S. and around the world, experience great art, watch western films, learn a craft, and gather to eat, drink and swap stories.

Website: http://www.westernfolklife.org/National-Cowboy-Poetry-Gathering-General-Info/national-cowboy-poetry-gathering-home-page.html

Elko, Nevada

Thursday, 01.31 - Saturday, 02.02

Building industry experts, vendors, community builders, building owners, students, researchers, municipal leaders, lawmakers, and advocates will convene at The Building Conference, Jan i - FEb. 2, 2013 in Morgantown, WV. Speakers include Cameron Sinclair, co-founder of Architecture for Humanity; Scot Horst, US Green Building Council senior vice-president for LEED; Matthew Miller, co-founder of Studio H; Stephen Ritz, educator and founder of the Green Bronx Machine; and Ted Reiff, founder of the ReUse People of America. Register through the website www.thebuildingconference.com

Website: http://www.thebuildingconference.com

Waterfront Place Hotel, Morgantown, WV

Friday, 02.01 - Saturday, 02.02

Keynote presenters are Mike Wiggins, Chair, Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, and Sharon Adams, Program Director and Co-founder, Walnut Way Conservation Corps. From the 2013 summit website: "The 7th Annual Wisconsin Local Food Summit brings us north to the Chequamegon Bay region of Wisconsin. This region has a vibrant local food and sustainability community and we are very pleased to be able to learn more about their exciting efforts, make connections with the individuals involved and to share ideas and develop opportunities for collaboration around the entire state of Wisconsin. "A broad range of local food system development stakeholders will attend, including farmers, agricultural educators, health care providers, school food service staff, USDA and WiDATCP employees, tribal representatives, community gardeners, food co-op members, chefs, students and more."

Website: http://wilocalfood.wordpress.com/summits/summit-2013/

Ashland, WI

Saturday, 02.02

Step back in time at Hanford Mills Museum. On Saturday, February 2, from 10 am – 4 pm, the Ice Harvest Festival recreates a winter activity that was essential to rural communities a century ago. Children and adults can walk out on the frozen mill pond and help cut blocks of ice using vintage ice saws. The ice will then be hauled by horse-drawn sled and packed in a traditional ice house. “Before refrigeration, here at Hanford Mills and in many rural communities, ice would be harvested and stored until it was needed to keep food cold in the warmer months,” explains Liz Callahan, executive director of Hanford Mills Museum. “Farmers would use the ice to keep milk and other agricultural products cold, and also sell ice.” The Ice Harvest Festival features horse-drawn sleigh rides, kids’ activities, ice hockey on the mill pond featuring the SUNY Oneonta hockey team and ice fishing demonstrations. Area restaurants, including Alfresco’s Italian Bistro, Applebee’s, Autumn Café, Denny’s, Fiesta Mexican Grill, Humphrey’s, Jackie’s Restaurant, Neptune Dinner, Simply Thai, Undercover Eggplant, and the Yellow Deli, will provide delicious soup for the Hot Soup Buffet. In the Hanford House, which recreates home life in the 1920s, interpreters will cook candy on a woodstove. There also will be screenings of films showing ice harvest from the 1930s. In addition to warming up with a cup of hot soup, visitors can gather by bonfires. The Oneonta World of Learning will offer outdoor activities for children from 11 am – 1 pm, and Native American craft expert Barry Keegan will show visitors how to play the Haudenosaunee game “Snow Snake.” Vendors will be selling baked goods, hamburgers and fries, fresh roasted peanuts and maple products as well as hand-knit mittens and hats. The Museum’s gift shop will be open, offering Mill-made crafts, traditional toys, sweets, books and local products. The ice harvested at the event will be used to make ice cream at the Hanford Mills Independence Day Celebration.

Website: http://www.hanfordmills.org/

East Meredith, New York

Monday, 02.04 - Wednesday, 02.06

Billed as the "largest rural advocacy event in the country," the National Rural Health Association's Rural Health Policy Institute features policy sessions, advocacy workshops, and visits to Capitol Hill. Early registration ends December 30, 2012. The institute will be held at the Capital Hilton, on 16th Street, NW.

Website: http://www.ruralhealthweb.org/pi

Washington, D.C.

Monday, 02.04

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will host a Rural Health Stakeholder Call on Monday February 4th at 3:30 pm ET to discuss new steps that HHS is taking to help reduce the regulatory burden faced by rural hospitals, clinics and clinicians who play a key role in ensuring access to high-quality health services in rural America. These measures are part of ongoing efforts by President Obama’s White House Rural Council, which is chaired by Secretary Vilsack. Dr. Patrick Conway, Chief Medical Officer at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Director of the CMS Center for Clinical Standards and Quality will also join the call to provide further details about the new regulatory changes and to answer your questions. What: Call with HHS Secretary Sebelius and Agriculture Secretary Vilsack for Rural Health Stakeholders When: Monday, February 4th at 3:30pm ET Call-in: 888-455-2963 Passcode: Rural If you are not able to join us at 3:30pm on Monday – you can hear a replay of the call by calling 1- 888-568-0502 within the following 30 days. For those attending the National Rural Health Association Policy Institute, the call will be broadcast for participants during the meeting.

Website: http://www.raconline.org/news/details.php?news_id=19382&utm_source=health&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=update013113


Tuesday, 02.05 - Thursday, 02.07

Wipfli's Rural Health Clinic (RHC) and Critical Access Hospital (CAH) workshops. For RHC, topics include billing, cost reporting, and reimbursement optimization. For CAH, topics include "surviving health care reform in a rural setting," achieving integrated, health care analytics, and others. A second set of workshops will be offered in Branson, MO, April 30-May 2, 2013.

Website: http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/191489/fe7eee28ba/540208249/fc90373424/

Bloomington, MN

Wednesday, 02.13

The Department of Health and Human Services has announced funding for the Telehealth Network Grant Program (TNGP). The objective of the program is to demonstrate how telehealth programs and networks can improve access to quality health care services in rural, frontier and underserved communities. TNGP networks are used to: (a) expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of health care services; (b) improve and expand the training of health care providers; and/or (c) expand and improve the quality of health information available to health care providers, patients and their families for decision-making.

Website: https://grants3.hrsa.gov/2010/Web2External/Interface/FundingCycle/ExternalView.aspx?&fCycleID=b2fb77c1-487e-4ea3-a19c-96359b4588e3&txtAction=View+Details&submitAction=Go&ViewMode=EU

Northern Arizona's STAR School and its 3-to-3rd Project will be the focus of the sixth Rural School and Community Trust webinar in the 2012–2013 Rural School Innovations Webinar Series. The STAR School serves students in pre-school through grade 8 who live in the Southwest corner of the Navajo Nation and the surrounding rural area. The STAR Model of Early Math Education is a combination of strategies beginning in preschool that effectively and reliably assure that low-income Native American children enter school at or above grade level, and then continue that success through grade 3. This webinar will discuss the research behind the STAR 3-to-3rd Project and highlight the training films which show other schools serving rural, low-income students how educators can implement this innovative program. If you are a rural educator or an aspiring educator, community-based activist, policy analyst, faith-based organization, or education advocate for underserved and rural children, please register for this free webinar. Rural School Innovation Network (RSIN) members and i3 rural priority grantees are especially encouraged to participate.

Website: http://www.ruraledu.org/articles.php?id=3015&utm_source=Rural+Trust+Constituent+List&utm_campaign=b5970beab2-Sept_2011_Webinar_08-30-2011&utm_medium=email


Thursday, 02.14

Jefferson Keel, President of the National Congress of American Indians, will deliver the annual State of Indian Nations Address on February 14, 2013 from the Newseum in Washington, DC. The speech will also stream live and be archived online (www.NCAI.org).

Website: http://www.ncai.org/events/2013/02/14/2013-state-of-indian-nations-address

Washington, DC
Julie Fox offers a popular session on what's new in social media. This fast moving session goes beyond the latest statistics to demonstrate what's working and show you how to benefit from the latest social media trends and tools. Connect to webinar - https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/etc-cop

Website: https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/etc-cop


Friday, 02.15

Entries for the ninth annual Amateur Rural Photography Contest are due on Feb. 15. Sponsored by the Small Business and Rural Development Division, the Rural Photography Contest is part of the annual South Carolina Rural Summit conference, which will be held in Aiken on March 4, 2013. The contest is open to the public, and entries should reflect the unique features of rural life in the Palmetto State. Fifteen finalist photos will be chosen by S.C. Department of Commerce staff and displayed at the Rural Summit. Attendees of the Rural Summit will vote, and the winning photo will be announced at the end of the program on March 4th.

Website: http://sccommerce.com/events/2013-rural-summit-and-photo-contest


Wednesday, 02.27

Investing in a variety of transportation options -- like public transportation, vanpooling, bicycling, walking and safe roads and bridges -- are crucial for stronger, more resilient communities in our nation's rural areas. It's important to know how our new federal transportation bill (MAP-21) has changed the way communities can access transportation dollars and what these funds can be used for. Our panelists for this discussion include: - John Robert Smith, President and CEO, Reconnecting America and Former Mayor of Meridian, MS (moderator) - Charles W. Fluharty, President and CEO, Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI) - Chris Zeilinger, Director of Policy Development, Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA) - Georgia Gann, Deputy Director of Government Affairs, Transportation for America

Website: https://cc.readytalk.com/cc/s/registrations/new?cid=6juzywy9fcvo