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awebb@idahostatesman.comMarch 11, 2014 

A volunteer puts sagebrush into the ground at Hammer Flat in 2011. People are needed to take to the hills and plant.

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Idaho Fish and Game seeks volunteers to plant thousands of sagebrush and bitterbrush seedlings during March at locations across southern Idaho.

Volunteer planting projects will take place over three Saturdays: March 15, 22 and 29. The department will provide planting tools and transportation.

For more information regarding the planting project or to learn about other volunteer opportunities with Fish and Game, contact coordinator Michael Young at 327-7095 or Volunteer information is also available online. Link through this column at

Native bitterbrush and sagebrush provide essential food sources for deer, elk and other wildlife. The shrubs provide cover and protection from the elements and predators while providing nesting habitat for birds and small mammals. Even large animals shelter in mature stands of sage and bitterbrush during winter storms. The native plants also stabilize soil with thier deep roots, reducing erosion.

The department said that over the past 24 years, volunteers have planted nearly three quarters of a million seedlings in Southwest Idaho. The volunteer effort has saved the agency hundreds of thousands of dollars in addition to restoring hundreds of acres.


This is the fifth year that a group in New Plymouth, Idaho, will hold Artists for Kids.

The silent auction, April 25 in New Plymouth, is a fundraiser for a scholarship in memory of Robert Manwill, the boy who died at the hands of his mother and her boyfriend in 2009. Organizers plan to raise money and keep it in trust until 2019, the year Robert would have graduated from high school.

So far, the group has collected $17,000. The money will be awarded in 2019 to one of the children in Robert’s class to help them continue their education. Had he lived, Robert would have entered the seventh grade this year.

Organizers are looking for artists willing to donate their work for the auction. If you have a piece to give, contact Katy Belanger at Homedale High School: 337-4613.

Watch this column for more event details, including the run on the morning of April 26, closer to the date.


For more than three decades, Preservation Idaho has hosted the Orchids and Onions Awards to celebrate individuals and organizations that have made a positive contribution to historic preservation, as well as to bring awareness to projects that have shown insensitivity to the state’s cultural history.

PI grants Orchids in a variety of categories: excellence in historic preservation; contribution to historic preservation; distinguished preservationist; friend of preservation; cultural heritage preservation; heritage stewardship; preservation-sensitive new construction.

Find a nomination form and more information here. Deadline for nominations is March 21.


Boise Bench Lions Club is offering local U.S. veterans a special opportunity to serve their community. A new national program allows qualified veterans to join the club without paying the $30 entrance fee.

In addition, the Boise Bench Lions Club will waive all club and other dues for any qualified veterans who join before June 30.

The Boise Bench Lions Club has been active in the community since 1951. Service projects include vision and hearing screenings, providing eyeglasses, and working with other social assistance groups, including the VA.

To learn more, visit the Lions’ website or e-mail

The club meets every Wednesday at noon at Casa Mexico, 10332 Fairview in Boise.


The organization welcomes applications for its 2014 program. Areas of focus include youth development, literacy, public health, and assistance to disadvantaged populations in Boise and the Treasure Valley. The deadline is March 31.

To be eligible for a grant, the applicant organization must be tax-exempt and must complete an application, which can be found at

Each year the club makes approximately $10,000 to $20,000 in awards with a typical grant award of $500 to $1,000.

Funds for the grant program come from a variety of sources, including the club’s annual Lobster Fest, its charity golf tournament, and member dues.


Fuzzy Pawz is looking for foster homes for cats and dogs awaiting adoption. Foster families are able to specify the kind of animal they want to foster: dog/cat, size, breed, etc.

Foster families offer shelter and kindness, but also help animals get adopted by offering insight into animals’ personalities.

Fuzzy Pawz supplies food, crates, bedding, collars, leashes, cat litter, and any necessary veterinary care.

The organization has foster homes across Southern Idaho — not just the Treasure Valley. Many foster animals find homes within a week. Others take longer. The organization works to make foster stays no longer than two months.

If a foster animal isn’t working out in a home, Fuzzy Pawz asks for up to a week to find a new placement.

Find more on the Fuzzy Pawz website.


Here’s a chance to see the 1922 classic, “Robin Hood,” with Douglas Fairbanks, accompanied by live organ music, and help a good cause.

All proceeds from the screening at 7 p.m., March 20, at the Egyptian Theatre will benefit the Kiwanis International Eliminate Project to end neonatal tetanus in developing countries. Proceeds will also help the local Boys and Girls Clubs and the Assistance League’s program that provides new school clothes for kids.

Get your tickets at the theater box office, 700 W. Main St. ($12 adults, $10 youth and seniors, $5 kids younger than 13), or contact Elsa Bennett at 375-2794 or


The 6th annual “Spay”-ghetti No Balls, hosted by Spay Neuter Idaho Pets Inc., is from 5 to 9 p.m. March 16, at the Riverside Hotel, 2900 W. Chinden. Tickets to this upscale spaghetti meal (adults only) are $40 each, or $300 for a table of eight. All proceeds benefit SNIP’s spay/neuter programs. The evening includes live music and dessert dash. Tickets are available online at or at H3 Pet Foods, 1801 W. Cherry Lane, Meridian.

For more information on this event or to donate items for the live and silent auctions, contact SNIP at


Beginning March 11, Ustick Elementary first- and second-graders can receive free dental sealants and fluoride varnish to help prevent cavities. Delta Dental of Idaho, a nonprofit organization, provides these clinics on-site at schools serving low-income families as part of its Community Outreach program.

To receive these free cavity-prevention treatments, children must attend Ustick Elementary and have a parent or guardian sign a health history and permission form. Permission forms will be available through the school.

For more information, contact Delta Dental Community Outreach at 489-3541.


This six-hour workshop from the Idaho Nonprofit Center will help you learn to create an executive giving campaign plan, make effective videos with your smart phone, improve your fundraising strategies and develop smart techniques for Idaho Gives. The day of online giving on May 1.

Registration is $99 for nonmembers of the INC, $65 for members. The workshop is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., March 18, at the Courtyard by Marriot in Meridian. Call 424-2229 for registration and details.

Anna Webb: 377-6431

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