The city of Boise is looking for dozens of volunteers and cash donations for the annual kids shopping trip coordinated by Boise Parks & Recreation.
The program provides a shopping trip to Target, plus a $30 gift card and a volunteer shopper helper for kids who wouldnt be able to buy Christmas presents and other items otherwise.
More than 150 kids, all of whom attend free after-school programs operated by the city at low-income schools and other locations, are expected to participate this year.
The trip to Target is on Dec. 20. Organizers hope to receive donations by Dec. 10.
To volunteer or make a tax-deductible donation, visit the City Recreation Office, 110 Scout Lane; Fort Boise Community Center, 700 Robbins Rd.; or call 608-7680 or 608-7650.
ART GIVES BACK
Boise art lovers have a new treat. Wingtip Press recently opened in BoDo by artist Amy Nack. Named for Nacks fathers shoe of choice, the press offers all kinds of printmaking workshops in an airy, urban space.
In keeping with her recent award as a City of Boise Good Neighbor, Nack is helping out in another way. The Leftovers III Exhibit and Silent Auction at Wingtip will offer 144 prints contributed by artists from across the state.
Proceeds from the silent auction will benefit the Idaho Hunger Relief Task Force and its Cultivate Idaho initiative thats looking for sustainable solutions to hunger in Idaho beyond providing emergency food boxes to people in need.
Art lovers will be able to check out the available prints and make their bids beginning Monday, Dec. 3 at Wingtip, 500 S. 8th St.
The press also will be open First Thursday. Bidding will close at 7 p.m. on Dec. 8.
GIVING TREE BENEFITS WOMENS AND CHILDRENS ALLIANCE
An always-poignant sight: the scores of paper tags that hang each year from the Giving Tree in the Grove Plaza. They represent the gift wishes of the women and children seeking shelter from violence at the WCA.
If youd like to help, choose a wish tag from the tree and drop your new, unwrapped gift at the WCA, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, 720 W. Washington St. or at these Zions Bank branch locations: 890 Main St.; 7402 W. Fairview Ave.; 6176 N. Eagle Rd., all in Boise; 3715 E. Overland Rd., Meridian; 2121 W. Karcher Rd., Nampa; and 509 S. Kimball Ave., Caldwell.
HELP FILL CHRISTMAS BAGS FOR LOW-INCOME KIDS
Needed items: packets of hot cocoa and apple cider, candy canes, granola bars, small boxes of crayons, stickers, small stocking stuffers, and cash donations to help pay for photos with Santa and art supplies for kids to make an ornament to take home.
If you can help, drop items at the Childrens Home, 740 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, through Dec. 6. Call Judi Williams with questions: 343-7813, ext. 1232.
A COMMUNITY OF TEACHERS
TeachIdaho, the nonprofit that offers educational opportunities and idea exchanges for local teachers, hosts Project Based Learning and the Common Core, 4:30 to 6 p.m. Nov. 27 at Louies, 2500 E. Fairview Ave., Meridian.
Shearawn Reberry from the Idaho Leads Project at Boise State will share her expertise on project based learning which asks students to work on problems with real-world applications and technology. It is appropriate for all teachers of all grade levels.
DONT FORGET THE HUNGRY CATS
The Idaho Humane Societys Pet Food Pantry program delivers pet food to more than 260 home-bound seniors who would otherwise struggle to feed their companions.
The IHS pantry is putting out an urgent call for bags and cans of cat food (and dog food, too).
A little cash goes a long way just $12 can cover the cost of feeding one cat in the Pet Food Pantry program for one month. Twenty dollars can buy a 16-pound bag of cat food that will feed two cats for a month.
Donations are welcome at the shelter, 4775 Dorman St. in Boise, or at the IHS PetSmart Adoption Center at 130 N. Milwaukee St. in Boise.
Anna Webb: 377-6431