Helping Works by Anna Webb: Be a Meridian parks ambassador

Anna Webb.
Anna Webb.

The Meridian Police Department has put out a call for volunteers to become park ambassadors in Julius M. Kleiner Memorial Park. Citizen volunteers will receive training in customer service, security issues and liability matters.

The program operates seven days a week from May through October. Shifts are in three-hour increments throughout the day from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Volunteers can sign up for as many shifts as they like.

Volunteers get around the park on foot, bike, or with an electric Gem car. Volunteers will act as the “eyes and ears” for law enforcement, and will be available to answer visitors’ questions about the park’s amenities and other Meridian attractions.

If you’re interested, call Meridian Police Volunteer Coordinator Barbara Hatch at 846-7340. Or apply as a volunteer online. Volunteers must be 18 or older and pass a criminal background check.

• On a related note for Kleiner Park lovers, the Treasure Valley Kite Festival will take place in the park from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday, April 18. The event, sponsored by Rocky Mountain Roll, Idaho Independent Bank and Solar Concepts, is free. Free kites will be available while supplies last.

Nominate someone for the American Red Cross Hometown Heroes Awards

The Idaho office of the American Red Cross is looking for Idahoans who have risked their own safety to help others. Staff is asking for nominations from the public. Nominations are due by May 1.

The Red Cross will honor 10 finalists at a luncheon on June 16 in Boise.

The Red Cross is looking for nominees in the following categories:


Youth Hero:

Presented to a youth (17 and younger) who applied lifesaving skills to save the life of another.


Animal Rescue Hero:

Presented to a person who saved an animal’s life or to an animal that saved a person’s life.


Fire Safety Hero:

Presented to a professional or volunteer firefighter, or an ordinary citizen involved in a fire-related incident, whose lifesaving action went above and beyond the call of duty.


Military Hero:

Presented to a member of the Armed Forces (active or retired) whose lifesaving action went above and beyond the call of duty.


Medical Hero:

Presented to a medical professional whose lifesaving actions went above and beyond the call of duty.


Law Enforcement:

Presented to a member of law enforcement or a 911 dispatcher whose lifesaving action went above and beyond the call of duty.


Workplace Safety Hero:

Presented to an ordinary citizen who saved a life at the office, a construction site, or any other workplace environment.


Water Safety Hero:

Presented to an ordinary citizen or professional rescuer for saving a person in a water environment.

To nominate a hero, find a submission form on the Red Cross website. The deadline is May 1.

Questions? Contact spokeswoman Anna Fernandez Gevaert via email.

Happy birthday, Foothills Learning Center!

Join the City of Boise’s celebration to mark the 10th anniversary of the Jim Hall Foothills Learning Center, 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, at the center. To get there, take 8th Street north to Hull’s Gulch Reserve. The center is located 1/3 mile past the pavement.

The celebration will be an evening of music and activities, a chance to share stories and memories about the area. Idyltime, a Boise acoustic string band will be on hand to play old-time, classic country and Americana. Activities will be available for visitors of all ages.

The Jim Hall Foothills Learning Center is an environmental education facility operated by Boise Parks and Recreation. The center provides free programs for more than 8,000 kids and adults annually. Find more information online (link through this column) or call 493-2530.

Idaho Komen affiliate awards community grants for cancer screening

The Idaho Affiliate of Susan G. Komen has awarded grants totaling $155,000 to 13 Idaho cancer programs. In the Treasure Valley, grants total $94,500 to the following organizations:


Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center Breast Care Center:

$35,000 for early breast cancer detection for poor and underserved women, especially those living in rural areas.


Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center Cancer Care Center:

$7,000 for the Breast Cancer Patient Assistance Fund. The fund helps patients with a breast cancer diagnosis pay for basic household needs, including healthy food and the means to keep in touch with their medical teams and support networks.


St. Luke’s Breast Care Services Funding Program:

$35,000 for services including screening, diagnostics, surgery, treatment, education and navigation, reconstruction and survivorship.


Terry Reilly Komen for the Cure:

$17,500 for breast cancer screening mammography vouchers to low-income, medically underserved women.

For more information on the specific grants awarded, visit the Komen website.

On a related note, the Party in Pink, a local event, will help raise money for mammograms, treatment and early detection for people who would not otherwise be able to afford it. The event, from 5 to 9 p.m. on Sunday, April 19, at Winding Creek Grill and Cyclose Lounge, 1065 E. Winding Creek Dr. in Eagle, will also raise money for research and grants to fight breast cancer.

Tickets are $35 for singles, $60 per couple. Fee includes appetizers and two drink tickets. The event includes a raffle, silent auction, music and more.

The power of a crowd: Start your training now

On May 3, regardless of time zones or location, people from all over the world will simultaneously start running the 2015 Wings for Life World Run. Runners can participate from anywhere worldwide by registering for a Selfie Run, monitored by the Wings for Life World Run app.

The run supports research to cure spinal cord injuries. All proceeds go to the cause. Register and get more information online.

Kudos to local students

The Rotary Club of Boise will present 2015 Century Scholars Awards to 100 top students in Boise in a ceremony, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 14 at the Jordan Ballroom at the Boise State University Student Union Building. Also note the special insert in Tuesday’s Idaho Statesman announcing the names of the award-winning students. Find it online.

Important stuff for you to know about: College admissions and living wills

• The Pacific Northwest Association for College Admission Counseling hosts its annual Treasure Valley College Fair, 3 to 6 p.m., Saturday, April 18, at the Boise State University Student Union Building. Free parking is available at the Lincoln Parking Garage.

• Free class: Living wills and power of attorney: 3 to 4 p.m., Thursday, April 16, at Diamond View Assisted Living & Memory Care, 3570 E. Amity Road in Meridian. Attendees will be able to complete their living wills and power of attorney documents during this workshop hosted by Honey Goodman, LSW and Treasure Valley Hospice. Call 888-7030 for more information.

Astronomy Day at the College of Idaho

Join the Whittenberger Planetarium and The College of Idaho for an evening filled with a variety of astronomical activities beginning at 8 p.m. on April 18. Programming will include: how to use and read a sky chart; planet and stargazing through telescopes; photo opportunities with replicas of the Eagle and re-entry capsule; and a variety of additional indoor and outdoor activities, weather permitting.

Astronomy Day activities are free and open to the public. Donations are welcome. Events will take place in and near Boone Science Hall on the C of I campus in Caldwell. Free parking for Whittenberger Planetarium patrons is available in the lot between Boone Science Hall and Jewett Auditorium on the corner of 20th Avenue and Fillmore Street.

Lace up your shoes for Walk MS

The annual walk to raise money to fight MS, the disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain and between the brain and body, will take place at 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 18, at Julia Davis Park in Boise. Register, donate or volunteer online. Email for more information: