If you’ve walked up Table Rock recently, you may have seen the signs listing all the features of the Rotary Club of Boise East’s restoration of the iconic site.
The club will unveil new, graffiti-proof benches atop Table Rock at a program at 10 a.m. on Sept. 18. The club has been working in partnership with the Idaho State Historical Society to upgrade the area and make it the local attraction it should be. The site has been the victim of an ongoing graffiti problem. The new benches, along with an Adopt Table Rock program, aims to solve the problem.
The Rotary Club of Boise East started working on the Table Rock project about two years ago. It relied on a Kickstarter campaign to get its initial investment. The Rotary organization — lots of individuals pitched in as well — to raise about $23,000 thus far. Club spokesman Steve Vugrin said the goal is to raise an additional $20,000 for interpretive signs. Project organizers welcome donations. Learn more at the Rotary donation site: tablerockproject.com.
Sector 17, local muralists, have also created murals on the famous hill.
Chinden Gardeners Club of Garden City shows its love for the bees
The garden club has recently received two awards for pollinator planter gardens members designed, planted and maintain at the Garden City Library/City Hall complex. They’ve earned other kudos, too, including an award for civic improvement from the Garden Clubs of Idaho and a regional award from the Pacific Region of Garden Clubs. The club has also partnered on projects with Rotary and Scout groups.
Members will meet at 10 a.m. Sept. 19 to formally dedicate the pollinator gardens. The public is invited to the celebration. The club members’ future plans include planting a demonstration and educational pollinator garden and getting Garden City designated as the first Bee City USA in Idaho.
For more information about the club, contact President Claudia Hambacker at 804-212-9380 or email email@example.com.
Change Your World Celebration
The Wassmuth Center for Human Rights hosts this special event Sept. 18 at the Grove Hotel. The keynote speaker and honoree is Eva Kor. Kor was 10 years old when her family was sent to the Auschwitz concentration camp. She and her twin sister became victims of Joseph Mengele’s infamous medical experimentation on twins.
Kor’s story of survival and forgiveness has been told in print and on screen. She will share it with the people of Idaho. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. The event is from 6 to 9:30 p.m. and includes a silent art auction and more.
Get tickets at wassmuthcenter.org.
Boise city seeks volunteers to survey foothills trail users
Volunteers will take to the trails Sept. 19 and 26 to talk to trail users. The seventh annual survey will help the city manage the 150 miles of trails and thousands of acres of open space.
Volunteers are needed in four-hour shifts from 7 to 11 a.m., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 3 to 7 p.m. at 19 trail heads throughout the Boise Foothills.
When possible, city staffers can assign volunteers to volunteers’ favorite trail heads. Signs will tell users about the survey project. Volunteers will distribute a one-page survey.
Sign up online for a volunteer shift. No trail hiking or running required. There is no age requirement for volunteers. The city will hold open houses before the event to help educate volunteers.
Contact Ulrich Kamm, survey coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 343-4151 or Jerry Pugh, community programs coordinator, at email@example.com or 608-7617.
Boise senior athlete breaks two USA track and field records
We always like to keep up with senior athlete William Platts, 87, who never ceases to inspire with his accomplishments. Platts recently won the gold medal and broke an American record at the USA Masters National Track and Field Championships Throws Pentathlon in Seattle. The Throws Pentathlon includes the hammer, javelin, shotput, discus, and heavy weight. Platts also competed in the Idaho Senior Games in August winning six gold medals and beating his previous record in the long jump by 6 inches.
With the summer track season over, Platts said he’ll be turning his attention to chasing chukars and blue grouse.
Learn more about the Idaho Senior Games at idahoseniorgames.org.
Animal lovers aim to cut pet overpopulation problem at second annual Grape Stomp
Spay Neuter Idaho Pets Inc. will host the event on Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m. at Crooked Flats (address: 3705 Idaho 16) in Eagle. All proceeds from the event will help SNIP fulfill its mission of reducing the overpopulation of cats and dogs in Idaho through low-cost spay and neuter programs.
The Grape Stomp will feature harvest hors d’oeuvres, one glass of wine or beer, live music, a grape-stomping contest, lawn games including bocce ball and Frisbee golf, live and silent auctions, and access to a no-host beer and wine bar. Tickets are $40 each or $300 for a pack of eight. They are available online at snipidaho.org or at Bark n’ Purr and H3 Pet Foods.
BarkAID’s 50 States Tour comes to Boise
Master hairstylist Patrick Lomantini will be in Boise on Sept. 17 as part of his 50 States National Tour to raise funds for local dog/cat rescue Fuzzy Pawz Rescue. Lomantini’s ultimate road trip will visit each of the 50 states. At each stop, he’ll offer his haircutting talents to residents for donations of $20. All proceeds from the haircuts support the cause. Lomantini will cut hair from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the unDONE Salon, 738 N. Benjamin Lane in Boise. Make your appointment by calling 287-2010 and mentioning the “50 States Tour.”
Second Annual Dining For Women yard sale
Dining for Women is a grassroots giving circle that raises money to benefit women around the world. Dining for Women is active in the Treasure Valley and will host another yard sale for the cause. The sale begins at 9 a.m. and ends around 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, at 1710 N. 11th St.
Last year’s sale raised $700.
For more about Dining for Women, visit diningforwomen.org.
Rock Party at the Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology
This always popular event, a benefit for the museum, offers a dozen hands-on activities for kids covering Idaho mining history, fossils and geology. Each child will take home a certificate and a free rock and enjoy hillside geology hikes, gold panning and more. Stop by on Sunday, Sept. 20, from noon to 4 p.m. at the museum, 2455 Old Penitentiary Road. The cost is $4 for adults, $2 for kids ages 5-14; free for ages 4 and younger and museum members. For more information call Shirley at 283-3186.
Free kids’ breakfast at McDonald’s Tuesday
Participating McDonald’s restaurants throughout southern Idaho are offering a free healthy breakfast to students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Breakfast, including an Egg McMuffin, apple slices and milk or orange juice, will be served from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15. An adult must accompany students younger than 13 years of age. One free breakfast per student.
This is an ongoing feature in the Helping Works column. If you have a story to share about your volunteering experience (good or bad) email it to awebb@idahostatesman. Include a photo (JPEG format) if possible, and your phone number in case we have questions.
From Hannah Sharp, Boise
I volunteer for the International Rescue Committee as a family mentor. My “family” is actually two single moms from Somalia. F. is 21 years old and has a 19-month-old son. H. is 34 and has a 17-month-old son. My own daughter, Mia, is 15 months old. Although they can both read and write in their native Somali, they speak very little English. I should probably add that I do not speak Somali.
The first time we met, a volunteer coordinator, a case manager and a translator joined us in a small classroom. I expected to feel crowded, overwhelmed and awkward. I’m sure F. and H. felt the same. But none of my predicted feelings came true. Our children immediately bonded and followed each other around the room, banging on chairs, crawling under tables and playing with toys.
By the end of our meeting, Mia was kissing and hugging the other children. It was incredible to see that for how much struggle I expected with the language barrier, the children had none. It completely opened my eyes to the fact that children are born with love, tolerance and the ability to communicate through gestures — without the need for verbal language. This experience has since helped me to get past the language barrier as well.
Our efforts matter, because in a place where you know no one, don’t speak the language and can’t easily get around by yourself, a family mentor becomes an automatic friend, tutor and guide. Moreover, the refugees in our community are a huge positive influence on our local culture. My daughter is not yet 2 years old and already she is being exposed to diversity, a culture from another part of the world and the idea that not everyone has the same privileges she does.
I am extremely thankful for the International Rescue Committee and the work they do to bring us all together.
To learn about volunteer opportunities with the IRC, visit the website at rescue.org or call 344-1792.
From John Treharne, Boise
I moved to Boise 60 years ago from Brooklyn, N.Y., where I was less than a productive citizen. This great city and its people taught me a proper way of life, something for which I will be forever grateful.
As a young businessman just starting my career, I realized I needed to do something to repay the community. That was the beginning of a lifelong need to volunteer. I spent 45 years as a volunteer. I spent 23 years on the board of the Better Business Bureau and was fortunate to be its president twice. I was honored to be business chair, campaign chair, then chairman of the board of United Way. I was president of the Boys and Girls Clubs, which was probably my highest honor. These are just a few over the years, and I can truthfully say I have never regretted the time spent.
My advice to those thinking of volunteering but not quite making the commitment: Do it. You have no idea how rewarding it will be. Don’t use the old excuse “I just don’t have the time!” I was the managing partner of the largest auto dealership in Idaho and was busier than most.
My advice to the nonprofits would be this: Stop depending so much on the people that you know are habitual volunteers. A month never went by without some nonprofit trying to sign me on. I realize that a small group usually does most of the work, but organizations still need to broaden their base. Everyone has a cause they are interested in.
From Terry McClellin, Caldwell
My favorite volunteering job is at Zoo Boise. This is my fifth year. Among my duties is giraffe feeding, which I help with in the afternoon. Volunteers give visitors lettuce so they can feed Julius, one of the zoo residents. I come in from rural Caldwell two days a week to do my “job.” I love it!
I am a senior, but what is age? I have volunteered at many other things over my life, Animals in Distress, animal shelters. I worked as a substitute teacher, foster parent, cheerleading coach and for the parks department in Boise. I am the mother of four, granny to 13, great granny to one. I adopted and raised the oldest grandson, Shea McClellin, who played football at Marsing High School, Boise State University, and now for the Chicago Bears.
To learn about volunteer opportunities at Zoo Boise, visit the website at zooboise.org or call 608-7760.