Webb: YMCA hosts 'Healthy Kids Day'

awebb@idahostatesman.comApril 23, 2013 

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The Y wants to get kids moving in all kinds of healthy ways. Don’t miss Healthy Kids Day, April 27. The Y’s doors are open to all.

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So, the Y has a great policy - never turning any kid away because of an inability to pay.

But Healthy Kids Day, April 27, takes that to a whole new level.

Kids will have free access to the entire Y for the entire day.

Healthy Kids Day is part of Activate America, the YMCA's national program to help kids, adults and families who are trying, sometimes struggling, to lead healthier lives.

Anyone who comes to the Y on Saturday will be able to learn more about summer youth programs and try a slew of fun stuff, including rock climbing, swimming, Jedi camp, basketball, not to mention a demonstration by a freestyle hackysack champion. For more, call Jeff Davies, 344-5502, ext. 222.

FREE IDAHO SEEDS FOR COMMUNITY GARDENS

The Idaho Eastern Oregon Seed Association is partnering with Idaho Community Gardens, a program of The Idaho Foodbank, to provide garden seeds to gardeners who grow food to help feed hungry families in the community.

If you are part of a school or community garden in Idaho, you're eligible to receive free seeds for your effort.

Submit your request to Roger@amgidaho.com. Include the amount and type of seeds you need for your garden, as well as the name of your organization, a contact name, your mailing address, phone number and an email address.

KUDOS TO VETERAN BIKE DONOR

Army Veteran Robert Fleming, a participant in the Canyon County Veterans Treatment Court, completed his community service requirement in a creative way - rehabbing a bike (in red, white and blue, of course), and auctioning it off to raise money for the court.

He raised $1,300 that will help pay for small gifts and incentives for court program participants.

The raffled bike was the 100th bike Fleming has rehabbed. He's on course to complete the Veterans Treatment Court in July.

He will be among the first graduates of the program, one of several problem-solving courts in the county.

PROGRAM LOOKS AT HEALING IN RWANDA

Boise State University and the Institute of Peace present a free, public two-day program: "Healing Wounded Hearts: Reconciliation in Communities after Violence in Africa."

The entire program will be offered twice: once on April 24 at the Red Lion Hotel, 1800 W. Fairview Ave., and again on the Boise State University campus April 24-25.

Here's the line-up at the Red Lion:

• 12:30-2:30 p.m. April 24, Main Ballroom - filmmaker Patrick Mureithi will introduce and show a screening of the documentary "Icizere: Hope."

The film chronicles the genocide in Rwanda and follows a group trying to find reconciliation after the violence in their community.

• 3-5 p.m. April 24, Main Ballroom - William Jacobsen from Friends Peace Teams will discuss routes to rebuilding communities in Africa.

Jacobsen is a professor of practice at Arcadia University in the International Peace and Conflict resolution Program.

Theoneste Bizimana will discuss his experiences as a team leader conducting reconciliation workshops in Rwanda and around the world.

The workshops help people who have experienced trauma. Bizimana is co-author of "After the Guns Have Stopped: Searching for Reconciliation in Burundi."

Here's the line-up for Boise State (parking available with advance registration; call 426-1568):

• 6-8 p.m. April 24, Student Union Hatch A Ballroom - filmmaker Mureithi will introduce and show a second screening of the documentary.

• 6-8 p.m. April 25, Student Union Hatch B Ballroom - Jacobsen and Bizimana will reprise their presentations on Rwanda and Burundi.

The event is supported by Boise State's Dispute Resolution Program and Department of Social Work, the U.S. Institute of Peace Public Education for Peacebuilding Support Initiative, and the African Great Lakes Initiative of the Friends Peace Team.

If you're interested in knowing more about Friends Peace Teams or in becoming a trained reconciliation facilitator, contact anndusseau@clearwire.net to find out more.

SERVICE DOGS ARE ELIGIBLE FOR FREE EYE EXAMS

Participating veterinary ophthalmologists are offering the exams. Interested service dog owners should register by April 30.

Register and get more details about times, places, locations online www.ACVOeyeexam.org. Exams will occur throughout the month of May.

OATHS HAS A FUNDRAISER

OATHS, the student organization that began at Bishop Kelly High School in Boise to raise money to help homeless students in the community, is hosting its third annual spring fundraiser.

When you dine at either branch of the Westside Drive-In, 1939 W. State St. or 1113 Parkcenter Blvd. on Sunday, April 28, Chef Lou and the rest of the Westside staff will donate a portion of the sales to OATHS.

Kudos also go to Larry Alder and Lamar Advertising for donating billboards to help get the word out about the fundraiser.

PROGRAM WILL ADDRESS RACISM, SEXISM

This year's Music Week production is "South Pacific," a story dealing with racial prejudice and attitudes from the 1940s.

The Music Week organization is partnering with the Idaho Human Rights Education Center to look at these issues head-on through a special program, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Thursday, April 25 at the Boise Public Library main branch, 715 S. Capitol Blvd.

Performers from the cast will sing and share their thoughts, along with a panel of experts on human rights.

Anna Webb: 377-6431

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