Webb: Spoooooky! Lend a hand as a volunteer for Frightened Felons

awebb@idahostatesman.comSeptember 24, 2013 

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Halloween will be here before you know it, and will include opportunities to volunteer as a Frightened Felon at the Old Pen and to be part of the volunteer dance troupe that performs Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” each year at various venues (including the Old Pen). Read this column for the former, check out Thrill the World Boise on Facebook for the latter. The first “Thriller” rehearsal is 2 p.m. Saturday at the Downtown Y, 11th and State streets.

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Love Halloween? And old, drafty, creepy spaces? And local history? And scaring the socks off unsuspecting people? Then the Old Idaho Penitentiary wants your help for its 5th annual Frightened Felons event, to take place on Friday, Oct. 25, and Saturday, Oct. 26.

Volunteers are needed for a variety of roles, including acting as game attendants (teaching visitors to play prison-themed games); creeping people out in the Haunted Cell House; or roaming the grounds, portraying inmates from the past and sharing their woeful tales with visitors. There are both interactive and noninteractive roles.

If you think this is a fit for you, take note:

• Potential volunteers must attend informational meetings on Oct. 1 (either at noon or 5:30 p.m. at the Old Pen, 2445 Old Penitentiary Road) and Oct. 22 (same times and place).

• They must fill out a volunteer application form and work at least a two-hour shift on Oct. 25 or Oct. 26.

• Oct. 25 is family night. Volunteers must be at least 15 years old. Oct. 26 is adult night. Volunteers must be at least 18.

• Inmate “actors” will have additional rehearsals in October.

Questions? 334-2844.


The Library at Hillcrest invites the community to learn about the Javanese folk song tradition and the Muslim faith in Indonesia, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, in the Lemhi Room.

Dr. Ery Djunaedy will present Singing My Faith: Indonesian Javanese Folksong. Folk songs are the traditional way to teach religion in Indonesia, where more than 80 percent of the population is Muslim.

The Library at Hillcrest is located in the Hillcrest Shopping Center at Orchard Street and Overland Road. For more information, call 562-4996.


Frightened Felons not for you? Here’s something completely different. St. Luke’s is looking for volunteer help with sales of gift items, sundries, flowers and more in its hospital gift shops.

The work pace is steady. The environment is social. Proceeds from the hospital’s shops support St. Luke’s and St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital.

Shifts are available every day of the week, from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Volunteers who can commit to a weekly shift are particularly needed.

Volunteers can work at the Boise or Meridian location. St. Luke’s Boise is located at 190 E. Bannock. St. Luke’s Meridian is located at 520 South Eagle Road.

For more information on volunteering, go to the hospital’s website (link through this column at idahostatesman.com) or call the volunteer office at 381-2265.


Now here’s something cool. Trailhead ABC and students in the kinesiology department at Boise State are offering free dance classes for people with disabilities.

The first class is at 6 p.m. Monday at the Boise State Kinesiology Building Gym Room, 315.

Classes will last an hour and will take place every Monday (no class Oct. 7). On the roster: line dancing, break dancing, tap, square dancing and more.

Vouchers for free parking will be available.

Questions? margaretklawiter@yahoo.com.


The Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge in Nampa needs volunteers to help feed the birds this winter (those sparrows, finches, towhees and chickadees that winter in the area).

The refuge also welcomes donations of bird seed and cash to buy seed.

Come to a volunteer orientation at 1 p.m. Saturday at the visitors center, 13751 Upper Embankment Road, Nampa.

Questions about donating or volunteering? Contact Noreen Tripp at 249-8162 or tonotripp@cableone.net.


The Boise Basin “Rising Stars” quilt show runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Expo Idaho, 5610 N. Glenwood St.

This year’s show features a special Boise and Idaho Territory sesquicentennial theme and includes vintage quilts and antique sewing equipment. The show also features hundreds of judged and nonjudged quilts; vendors; lectures; door prizes and more.

Cost is $6 for adults, additional fee for classes. Find the full lineup at boisebasinquilters.org.


The bank invites the community to help it reach its goal of 1 million meals donated to food banks in Idaho and Utah since 2003. The bank’s food drive runs through Sept. 27 in conjunction with Hunger Awareness Month.

Zions Bank will match cash donations up to a collective $140,000 in honor of the bank’s 140th anniversary this year. Every dollar donated to the Idaho Food Bank can be converted to $6 in food, or three nutritious meals.

All Zions Bank financial centers will accept cash, checks or canned and nonperishable food donations (no glass, please).

According to FeedingAmerica.org, one in six adults and one in five children in Idaho are food insecure, which means they do not always know where their next meal will come from.


This free series is open to the public. All events take place at the Ada Community Library Victory Branch, 10664 W. Victory Road.

• Worlds Connect, a Bosnian dancing and food celebration, 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 8.

The concurrent Muslim Journeys “Let’s Talk About It” reading series, focused on a selection of books, also takes place at the library through the end of the year.

• “Persepolis,” by Marjane Satrapi, 6:30 p.m., Oct. 1.

• “House of Stone,” by Anthony Shadid, 6:30 p.m., Oct. 22.

• “Broken Verses,” by Kamila Shamsie, 6:30 p.m., Nov. 12.

• “Dreams of Trespass,” by Fatima Mermissi, 6:30 p.m., Dec. 3.

Call the library for more details or questions: 362-0181.


The mission of Semilla Nueva (new seed) is developing farmer education programs that increase the income, rebuild the soils, and improve the food security of rural poor in Guatemala.

To hear more about Semilla Nueva’s work and how to become involved, attend the group’s annual event, Sharing the Bounty, at the Red Lion Downtown on Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m.

The event will feature local beer and wine, food, music, a gift market of Guatemalan artisan products, a drawing and a blind auction sponsored by Idaho businesses. Tickets are $20 at SemillaNueva.org/events. All proceeds go to Semilla Nueva programs.


• The Caldwell Senior Center wants to get the word out to the public about its various programs.

The center, at 1009 Everett St. in Caldwell (459-0132), hosts Bingo on Tuesdays from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The jackpot, take note, is $500. Games are open to the public. The center serves lunch at noon on weekdays. Live bands frequently play during lunch. Other activities include Friday night dances, exercise classes, line dancing, pinochle, pool and more.

Reasonable fees for these and other activities help the nonprofit center stay afloat and continue to offer its programs. Find the center at caldwellseniors.com or on the city of Caldwell website. Click on “community.”

• The Parma Senior Center, 410 N. 8th St. in Parma, hosts a brunch on the second Sunday of every month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The next brunch, Sunday, Oct. 13, will offer all-you-can-eat ham, bacon, eggs, hash browns, gravy and sweet rolls for $8.

The best part: The brunch is a regular fundraiser for the nonprofit center. The center also raises money through a dance on the third Saturday of every month (Oct. 19), 6 to 9 p.m. for $5 a person.

The center is also hosting its fourth annual Honors Banquet, with entertainment and a fundraising auction, at 6 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $15.

Proceeds from the events, as well as a recycling program, keep the center’s doors open, say organizers. The center offers a place for seniors to meet. It serves lunch to patrons five days a week. Call 722-5421 for more.


The Nampa Art Guild holds its Centennial 28 Juried Art Show at the Nampa Civic Center, 311 3rd St., Nampa, Oct. 22 through Oct. 30.

The organization invites artists to submit up to three original entries each for consideration by juror James Blankenship, a professor emeritus from Boise State University.

A $10 fee for each entry helps support the guild’s mission to promote the fine arts. The deadline to apply is Oct. 2.

Find more details, an entry form and more online at nampaartguild.org, or call 362-2228 or 938-5741.

Anna Webb: 377-6431

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