Thanks to chef Dustan Bristol, owner of the popular Brick 29 restaurant in downtown Nampa, internationally known blues star John Nemeth will perform at 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 21, at the Nampa Civic Center, 311 3rd St. S.
Tickets are $25, and since Bristol is covering expenses, all money raised will go toward the facelift of the historic movie house. Call 468-5500 for information or reservations.
Nemeth, who grew up in Boise, now tours the world, performing hundreds of shows each year. Nemeth has been described as a harmonica player of riveting intensity and virtuosity, and his singing is reminiscent of B.B. King, Ray Charles and Junior Parker.
With the Nampa Library Square project under way right across the street from the Pix, Bristol is pushing for a dramatic improvement to the building's facade and to make the public aware of the theater. Bristol is planning to open a new eatery in the library complex.
OUTDOOR CONCERT SERIES CONTINUES
Committed Events will sponsor a summer evening outdoor concert in Nampa with the melodious tunes of StoneSeed on Wednesday, Aug. 7.
This remarkable band has its roots in blues, folk, gypsy jazz, Americana and perhaps a little country flavored with a bit of funk. With Ty Clayton on guitar, mandolin and vocals, Lindsey Terrell on violin, guitar and vocals, and Bennett Barr on djembe, snare, accordion and vocals, the audience will be enthralled.
The public is invited to bring picnic baskets, blankets and low-backed lawn chairs. Please do not bring any alcoholic drinks. Sodexo will be selling beer and wine.
Gates open at 6 p.m.; music begins at 7. Tickets are $2, and children 10 and under are admitted free.
BAGHDAD-TO-BOISE STORY WINS PET HAVEN CONTEST
Canyon County Pet Haven Humane Society President Faye Yellen announced the winners of the organization's first Cat Story Contest. First place went to two Boise residents, Judy Kandler and Star Fitzgerald, who sent in a remarkable story about the rescue of a mama cat and her five kittens by two soldiers in war-torn Iraq. Called "Winnie Whiskers: From Iraqi Refugee to American Princess," the essay not only had an emotional impact but also paid tribute to the sacrifices our soldiers make in serving our country.
Second place went to Evelyn Cummings of Caldwell, who adopted a mother cat. What she couldn't foresee was that the cat would become a great companion and even save her life. Third place went to Bob and Sheryl Faller of Nampa and their "Tribute to Boots." They adopted him from a shelter, and their exceptional care of his health issues really touched the judges' hearts.
Honorable mentions went to Rita Ayala-Cota of Caldwell, Lura O'Daniel of Middleton and Carol Bachelder of Boise.
Special awards in the juvenile category went to Jacob Taylor of Nampa, first place, for his story on "The Nine Personalities of Black Jack Sparrow," and honorable mentions went to Makenzie Robinson of Middleton and Brock Spires of Caldwell.
The winners' essays will be printed in the Pet Haven monthly newsletters and its website, www.ccpethaven.org. The nonprofit society's operations are funded by donations, adoption fees, bequests and sales at the Pet Haven Thrift Store, at 619 Main St., Caldwell.
Yellen said there are more than 70 beautiful cats being cared for at the shelter at 333 W. Orchard Ave., Nampa. All cats, 1 year or older, may be adopted for half price ($25) until Aug. 31. For more information, call 466-1298.
Marie D. Galyean is a journalist and freelance writer who has lived in Canyon County for more than 38 years. Do you have any news about West Treasure Valley people, events and other subjects of interest? Email your ideas and stories to: firstname.lastname@example.org.