Webb: Annual Idaho City home tour raises money for kids’ camp

awebb@idahostatesman.comSeptember 10, 2013 

The “Closer to Heaven” home tour of Idaho City on Saturday will raise money for a free children’s camp. Pictured here is the 1867 home of Judge Halley, restored by the Idaho City Historical Foundation. The historic site is included on the tour.


The “Closer to Heaven” tour of mountain homes in the Idaho City area offers visitors a look inside off-the-beaten path residences as well as a couple of historic sites that are rarely open to the public.

Besides all of that, the tour raises money for the Isaiah Foundation. The nonprofit hosts Mountain Kids Day Camp each year in Idaho City.

The weeklong day camp is for kids ages 6 to 11 from the Idaho City area. The camp is faith-based, but is nondenominational. All are welcome. Campers, most of whom would not have other opportunities for similar summer pastimes, attend for free.

This June, 72 campers and about 100 volunteers took part in healthy outdoor activities.

The upcoming home tour will raise money for the 2014 camp.

The self-guided driving tour is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday. The tour headquarters and meeting point is the Idaho City Senior Center, 102 Bear Run Road in Idaho City.

The tour includes seven homes and two historic sites, the 1865 Masonic Hall and the 1867 Idaho World building, which still houses historic printing equipment.

Tickets are $10 per person, available at BoiseStateTickets.com, Nampa and Meridian Bronco Shops, and the Idaho City Visitor’s Center, or $15 on tour day at the senior center.

The tour is not appropriate for very young children or pets. A potato bar lunch and apple crisp will be sold during the tour as a fundraiser for the senior center.

If you can’t attend the tour, but would like to donate to the camp, send checks to: The Isaiah Foundation, Mountain Kids Day Camp, P.O. Box 777 Idaho City, ID 83631.

Questions? Call 392-9992.


St. Vincent de Paul’s Re-entry Conference has a worthy goal: helping ex-offenders make a good, healthy transition back into mainstream life after leaving incarceration.

The conference is a Christian group that includes people from various religious backgrounds.

The group helps ex-offenders who don’t have the resources or family support that are key for a successful transition.

Leaders of the local conference say they’re focusing on employment, transportation, housing and building a relationship with the Idaho Department of Corrections. The group is coordinating its work with the IDOC’s probation and parole, and re-entry programs.

If you’re interested in learning more, or donating to help men and women who are starting a new chapter in their lives, visit the conference website (find a link through this column at idahostatesman.com), email re-entry@svdpid.org or call 870-9598.


The Idaho Fallen Soldier Memorial Coalition will hold its fourth annual memorial service at 10 a.m., Wednesday at the Idaho Fallen Soldier Memorial on the grounds of the Old Ada County Courthouse, 514 Jefferson St. The service will include the unveiling of the engraved names of the three Idaho soldiers who lost their lives in the last year.

Gov. Butch Otter and first lady Lori Otter will recite the names of all 66 fallen soldiers with a special presentation to the families of Mitchell Daehling, Octavio Herrera, Thomas Murach and Shane Wilson.


The Morrison Center Volunteers group holds a Hawaiian-themed fall kick-off social for all prospective, new, and current volunteers, 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Morrison Center Plaza.

Learn more about volunteering for the 2013-2014 performance season in a variety of capacities. Contact Pat Yorke at 286-7822 for more.


Girl Scouts of Silver Sage in Boise is accepting applications for 2013-14 now through October. For many girls who want to be part of the program, the modest annual fee of $25, is out of reach for their families. Nearly a quarter of the local girls in the program receive some kind of financial assistance to participate.

This year, Silver Sage, which receives no federal or state funding or money from Girl Scouts USA, is trying to raise $30,000 to support more memberships.

The organization welcomes donations. A $25 donation will pay for one membership. A $100 donation will pay for four memberships. Donate online (find a link through this column at idahostatesman.com) or send a check to 1410 N. Etheridge Lane, Boise, ID 83704. Note on your check that your donation is for memberships.


Boise Parks and Recreation is looking for volunteers to conduct surveys of Greenbelt users on Tuesday, Sept. 17 and Saturday, Sept. 21.

Data collected by volunteers will help city leaders make management decisions for the 25 miles of Greenbelt.

Teams of 2 or 3 volunteers are needed in four-hour shifts at a variety of locations.

Sign up online (link through this column at idahostatesman.com) or contact Jerry Pugh, Boise Parks and Recreation Community programs coordinator, via email at jpugh@cityofboise.org, or by calling 608-7617.


The Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology hosts its annual Rock Party fundraiser — the 15-year-old museum’s major fundraiser of the year. The event celebrates the state’s mining and geologic history in a hands-on way.

It supports education programs at the volunteer-run museum, as well as workshops, and museum improvements.

Kids can enjoy projects at several activity stations. Families can check out a variety of exhibits, presentations, demonstrations, a hillside geology hike, gold panning, our gift shop, special vendors, and more.

This event is sponsored in part by a grant from the Idaho Humanities Council: Noon to 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the museum, 2455 Old Penitentiary Road in Boise.

Adults $4/seniors $3/ kids $2/kids under 5 are free. 283-3186.

Anna Webb: 377-6431

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