When Lisa Zeiter began her job as the director of the Garden City Library seven years ago, she immediately recognized a potential asset right there on the library grounds a big open space behind the building, the perfect spot, she thought, for a patio.
Since then, Ive been figuring out how to make it a reality, said Zeiter.
I thought that if we could draw it up, people would fund it.
Zeiter and the staff are getting closer to that first vision. They just kicked off a campaign to raise $150,000 for the project. It has expanded considerably beyond a simple patio.
The current project features an open-air amphitheater with 91 seats, plus another 18 seats behind it. The amphi-theater stage will have enough room for a three-piece band. Shade coverings will shelter the space.
Other nice features: the amphitheater will be sunk slightly so it wont obstruct library patrons views of the Greenbelt. It will be wheelchair-accessible. It will even be pet-friendly. Amenities include a drinking fountain with a smaller fountain for dogs.
Zeiter hopes to raise the $150,000 in 18 months. Shes waiting on word about a $36,000 grant towards the amphitheater construction. If the library gets the grant, the librarys foundation will match it.
The community and library lovers can help the cause by buying a legacy brick for the project with their name on it for $75.
Other giving opportunities include donating trees for landscaping, contributing to the drinking fountain fund and more.
Find a donation link for the amphi-theater project through this column at idahostatesman.com, or call or write Lisa Zeiter at 472-2943 firstname.lastname@example.org.
On a related note the library serves an economically diverse clientele, everyone from well-off retirees to children who live in houses with cardboard on the windows, who have no shoes in the winter, said Zeiter.
The librarys mobile Bells for Books program serves the latter, bringing books and other items to Garden Citys underserved neighborhoods.
The library welcomes cash donations for Bells for Books as well as donations of mittens, hats, scarves and non-perishable, nutritious, individually-wrapped snacks for neighborhood kids.
Donors can drop items at the library, 6015 Glenwood St. Garden City, 472-2942.
CATCHING UP WITH CATCH
CATCH, Inc. is a nonprofit re-housing agency that assists families transitioning out of homelessness by helping them with their rent and other supports for up to six months.
CATCH is hosting a 5k fundraiser race that will benefit programs in Boise, Meridian and Nampa. The race is at 9 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 26, in Kleiner Park in Meridian. Register here.
CATCH, Inc. recently opened a new office in Nampa at 306 2nd St. S.
The CATCH of Canyon County program partners with local congregations, area businesses, the city of Nampa, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, and the United Way to provide services.
To date, CATCHs success rate of permanently re-housing families is consistently above 85 percent in Ada and Canyon counties.
LOCAL QUILTERS PREPARE TO DONATE HUNDREDS OF QUILTS
The Wednesday Quilters of the Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church are again preparing to donate their homemade quilts to charitable groups, as they do every year.
This year, the group made 431 quilts. The lions share is destined for worldwide distribution through Lutheran World Relief. Some of the quilts will stay in this community, warming residents at the Idaho Youth Ranch Hays Shelter Home and the City Light for Women and Children. One of the quilters also made 40 large tote bags for the young people at the Hays Shelter to carry their belongings when they leave the shelter for foster care.
The quilts will be on display on Sunday, Oct. 20, draped across the church pews. Its a lovely sight. Stop by and take a look, 3100 S. Five Mile Road (corner of Victory and Five Mile, just south of the Maverick gas station).
Note, the quilting group is open to everyone, not just church members. To learn more about joining the Wednesday Quilters, call Barb at 888-5867, Addie at 887-1178, or Jo-Ann at 376-1772.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN STUDENT COUNCIL RAISES MONEY FOR WCA
The Grizzlies have created a program called Purple Empowered to recognize October as Domestic Violence Prevention Month.
Students are selling purple bracelets for $1 apiece. All of the proceeds will go to the Womens and Childrens Alliance.
Bracelets are on sale during the lunch hour at Rocky Mountain through Friday, Oct. 18. They will also be on sale during halftime (about 8 p.m.) at the home game against Centennial, also on Friday.
Rocky Mountain is at 5450 N. Linder Road in Meridian. 350-4340.
CONCERT WILL HONOR TEACHERS
The Idaho Jazz Society and TeachIdaho host an evening of jazz with musicians Yves Evans and Paul Tillotson. A grant from the Multanen Family and Best Bath is providing free tickets for teachers for concerts on Oct. 23, 24 and 26. The concerts will take place at the Riverside Hotel, Sapphire Room, 2900 W. Chinden Blvd., beginning at 6:30 p.m.
TeachIdaho is distributing the free tickets for each concert, first-come, first-serve. Email: email@example.com.
Teachers will be able to buy tickets separately for their non-teacher friends.
Anna Webb: 377-6431