Arrowrock Dam, which turns a century old this October, was once known as Idaho’s Eighth Wonder of the World. When Idaho and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Service celebrated the dam’s construction in 1915, it was the tallest dam in the world.
The Bureau of Reclamation has created special exhibitions about the dam that are open to the public at the Boise Public Library, Garden City Library, Boise Watershed Environmental Education Center, and Idaho State Historical Museum. Check the online calendar for details.
A guided video tour and historical photos are also available on the Arrowrock Dam Centennial website. And if that’s not enough and your love of historic engineering wonders runs even deeper, check out a video about the history of the famous dam on YouTube.
Arrowrock, located on the Boise River, 42 miles downstream of Anderson Ranch Dam and 22 miles upstream from Boise, provides support for irrigation, flood control, hydropower and recreation.
The Jesse Tree seeks volunteers
The Jesse Tree of Idaho is a nonprofit organization run mostly by volunteers that provides emergency rental assistance to low-income residents of Ada County who have a home and have income, but who are facing eviction because of a temporary financial crisis.
Jesse Tree is open three days a week, three hours a day for families who want to apply for help. The nonprofit hopes to increase its hours of operation and is looking for more volunteers, especially those who are interested in conducting screenings, taking applications and conducting home inspections. Other opportunities for volunteers include helping with community awareness activities, fundraising, grant writing, office work and making follow-up phone calls to clients.
If you think this is a volunteer fit for you, email email@example.com or call 587-4806 and leave a message.
Garden City goes to the bees
Garden City’s City Council recently passed a unanimous vote to make the city a “Bee City USA” — the first in Idaho. Bee City USA is a national nonprofit that advocates for city leaders to raise awareness of bees and other pollinators and adopt practices to support healthy pollinator communities. The Chinden Gardeners Club led the charge to get the certification.
Judy Snow, a spokeswoman for the Gardeners Club, said a number of local organizations took part in the Bee City discussions, including the North End Organic Nursery, The Vineyard Church and the Boys & Girls Club of Garden City. The club will plant a public pollinator habitat behind City Hall in Garden City. This habitat will include a native bee observation booth, butterfly houses, bat houses and more. The garden will act as an outdoor classroom. Being designated as a Bee City also means that Garden City will take on the responsibility of hosting public awareness activities and an annual celebration.
Note, Garden City residents are welcome to join the pro-pollinator efforts. The Bee City USA committee meets the third Tuesday of each month at 11 a.m. in the Garden City Library. For more information about the Garden City Bee City USA program, contact Judy Snow at 208-371-4140 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Boise High School orchestra is once again hosting its always popular Tiny House Tour, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 10. The self-guided tour gives attendees a look inside some of the city’s smallest, but most creative and lovely homes. Tickets are $20 in advance at Goody’s, 1502 13th St. in Boise’s North End. Ticket holders can pick up their tour booklets and maps next to Goody’s on the day of the event.
All proceeds benefit the orchestra. For more information, email email@example.com.
Writing creative family and local history
Steve Barrett, an Idaho State Historical Society archivist and family history and local records specialist, presents this special history series in partnership with the Idaho State Historical Archives.
The free workshops, which are of interest to researchers and writers of all levels, are held on the second Thursday each month, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Main Library Marion Bingham Room. They do not require reservations.
On Oct. 8, the workshop will explore finding records and narrative. Future topics include “Show and Tell — Family Surprises” on Nov. 12; “Character and Setting in Local History” on Dec. 10; and “Our Ancestors as ‘Round’ Characters” on Jan. 14. The final workshop is on Feb. 11, “Writing Fiction Based on Historical Fact.”
The main branch of the Boise Public Library is at 715 S. Capitol Blvd. 972-8255.
Happy birthday, Yotes!
The College of Idaho celebrates Founders Day and the official 125th anniversary of the first day of classes on Oct. 7. College spokesman Jordan Rodriguez said the college will be celebrating the anniversary throughout the year.
Check out the special anniversary website for more details.
Howl-O-Ween is here
And that means that your friends at SNIP, aka Spay and Neuter Idaho Pets, are hosting their free annual Howl-O-Ween Dog Walk. The spooky canine festivities begin at noon on Sunday, Oct. 11, in the east parking lot of the Ram, 709 E. Park Blvd. in Boise. Prizes will go to the most creative costumes, funniest costumes, smallest and largest dogs in costume, and many other categories.
SNIP, recognized by the Idaho Nonprofit Center last year as one of the top nonprofit organizations in the state, provides low-cost vouchers to spay and neuter cats and dogs.
Local company helps out the Interfaith Sanctuary
Orkin’s Idaho office has been working with the Interfaith Sanctuary, a shelter for men, women and families in Boise’s River Street neighborhood, to exterminate bed bugs. The shelter recently got the good news that Orkin would donate its services to the cause, saving the shelter thousands of dollars.
A volunteer’s story
This is an ongoing feature in the Helping Works column. If you’d like to share your volunteer story, email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include a photo of yourself in JPEG format.
By Lisa Underwood, Boise
I volunteer because I know there’s the brightness of hope in the face of having bipolar. Living with mental illness can be difficult and I will do whatever I can to share hope with others experiencing mental illness.
I volunteer with National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Boise because they share that hope with me and others affected by mental illness through their many programs, including Connection Recovery Support Group, Family to Family and Peer to Peer Classes, In Our Own Voice Speakers, Family Support Groups, and a monthly Education Night.
I volunteer as the Connection Recovery Support Group Program Coordinator for NAMI Boise. The group is free, and peer-led for adults living with mental illness. Attending a peer-led support group helps me manage bipolar and I know it helps my friends. At Connection, we share experiences and use them as learning opportunities for ourselves and others. There is hope in learning you are not alone in your struggles. There is peace in finding out someone else understands. There is power in rejecting stigma and recognizing the individual first, not the illness.
NAMI is the nation s oldest grass-roots organization dedicated to supporting individuals with mental illness and the families of individuals experiencing mental illness. The Boise chapter seeks to shine a light on mental illness to provide help and break down the stigma.
NAMI Connection Groups in the Treasure Valley take place:
1-2:30 p.m. at the Veterans Administration Medical Center, Building 114, Group Room 2, 550 W. Fort St., Boise.
•Every first and third Wednesday:
5:30-7 p.m. at Omega Mental Health System, 5985 W. State St., Boise.
6:30-8 p.m. at First United Methodist Church of Nampa, 2717 12th Avenue Road, Nampa.
5:30-7 p.m. at the PEER Wellness Center, 963 S. Orchard St., Boise.