Living

Living

Spooky fun arrives, but there’s plenty more to do in October

Halloween is more than a month away, but the season of scaring is practically upon us. Spooky Movie Weekend is next Saturday at the Old Idaho Penitentiary, the same day that The Haunted World kicks off in Nampa. The entire month is chock full of ghoulish events, culminating in a Zombie Prom, Creepy Critters Encounter and annual performance of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” (practices start Oct. 1). If Halloween doesn’t light your fire, there’s the Fall Harvest Festival at the Idaho Botanical Garden, the Trailing of the Sheep Festival in the Wood River Valley and Gloria Steinem’s visit to Boise as part of The Cabin’s Readings and Conversations series.

Health & Fitness

FitOne races through downtown Boise

Thousands of runners and walkers participated in the 2016 FitOne 5K, 10K, and Half Marathon Saturday Sept. 24. The annual race, formerly the Women's Fitness Celebration, is organized by St. Luke's Health System. Money raised from the event goes to the institution's children's hospital in Boise.

Health & Fitness

FitOne 5K, 10K, and Half Marathon runs through Boise

Thousands of runners and walkers participate in the 2016 FitOne 5K, 10K, and Half Marathon Saturday Sept. 24, making their way from Downtown Boise, past the Boise Depot and into Ann Morrison Park. The annual race, formerly the Women's Fitness Celebration, is organized by St. Luke's Health System. Money raised from the event goes to the institution's children's hospital in Boise.

Religion

After turning 40 ... life was different

My first born had become a teenager, and because of the different ages of our children back then, 14, 9, 6 and 1, two decades have included forgiving the parents whom I had misjudged for their parenting skills. I still continue to experience the vulnerability of not knowing what to expect and the surprises that come from learning that your own fresh and blood is uniquely created beyond the physical resemblance that might exist.

Religion

Oasis Church welcomes refugees

Refugees from Congo, Rwanda and Uganda have found a spiritual home at Oasis Seventh Day Adventist Church. After the Saturday worship service together, refugees hold their own service in Kinyarwanda.

Religion

Worshipping in Swahili in Boise: African Fellowship

An enthusiastic and ardent congregation, consisting of mostly refugees, meets Sunday afternoons for worship in Swahili. While some congregation members go to Sunday morning English-speaking services, many do not understand enough English, so evangelist Jean Bangerere founded African Fellowship. The Fellowship is celebrating its second anniversary in November and includes a kids' program and choir that meets several times a week after school. "It's growing, by God's glory," says Bangerere.

Carolyn Hax: Advice

Travel creates couple problems

Dear Carolyn: My boyfriend and I were doing long-distance for a while, and a few months ago he moved to D.C. We live 20 to 45 minutes away from each other, depending on traffic. Currently, I spend about four or five nights a week at his place, while he has only been to my place to hang out a handful of times.

Travel

Thinking of a cruise in 2017? Find one just right for you

Whether your idea of a vacation is to sleep until noon and while away afternoons sipping margaritas by a pool or wake up early for a nonstop day of sightseeing, there is a cruise for you – one that fits your budget, too. “Cruises today cater to every kind of traveler,” said Judy Perl, a cruise specialist and the founder of the travel consultancy Judy Perl Worldwide Travel. Gone are the days, she said, when a cruise vacation was only about midnight buffets and spending a half-day at a port before moving on to the next one. Here, she shares her top tips for finding a trip to suit your travel style.

Food & Drink

Ada County food service inspections Aug. 30-Sept. 5, 2016

The Central District Health Department conducts annual inspections of all food-handling establishments in Ada County. Any listed item indicates items or practices out of compliance with Idaho Food Code. For details, go to cdhd.idaho.gov/EH/food/inspect.htm. The Southwest District Health Department makes similar inspections in Canyon County; its records are available at swdh.org/food-service.asp.

Videos

FitOne races through downtown Boise

Thousands of runners and walkers participated in the 2016 FitOne 5K, 10K, and Half Marathon Saturday Sept. 24. The annual race, formerly the Women's Fitness Celebration, is organized by St. Luke's Health System. Money raised from the event goes to the institution's children's hospital in Boise.
Darin Oswald doswald@idahostatesman.com
FitOne races through downtown Boise 1:27

FitOne races through downtown Boise

Oasis Church welcomes refugees 2:27

Oasis Church welcomes refugees

Worshipping in Swahili in Boise: African Fellowship 2:37

Worshipping in Swahili in Boise: African Fellowship

Meet John Cena: Pet of the week for Sept. 21 0:46

Meet John Cena: Pet of the week for Sept. 21