The oldest civic club in Nampa recently announced that it is awarding two $1,000 scholarships to local students. Formed in 1900 with the goal of starting a public library, the Woman’s Century Club obtained a grant for the construction of a Carnegie Library, and E.H. Dewey donated a lot on 2nd Street South.
After this success, the club continued to be a friend of the library, as well as a donor to many projects in the community.
This year’s scholarships committee — Chairwoman Wilma Anderson, Judy Lucas, Ardelle O’Bryan and JoAnn Brown — presented scholarships to C’Line Sterling Rivers Duff from Nampa High School and Audrey Jeanne Ashcraft from Columbia High School.
Duff, the daughter of Keith and Christle Duff, was ranked 18 out of 355 students in her graduation class, and she already has earned 30 college credits. She is a National Honor Society member, a volunteer for many community service projects and a Future Farmers of America member, as well as Student Council president.
She participated in swim team, soccer and drama productions, and was yearbook editor and photographer for two years. She plans to attend the College of Western Idaho.
Ashcraft, the daughter of Darren and Leti Ashcraft, was ranked 14th out of a class of 288. She plans to attend Dixie State University in St. George, Utah, and major in nursing, eventually getting a master’s degree as a physician assistant.
She is a National Honor Society member. She also has volunteered for many charities and works at a middle school helping students to complete assignments and improve their grades.
The Century Club also sponsors an annual spelling bee for fourth-graders, and a contest for art, poetry and photography open to all Nampa students. The club holds a book club at the Nampa Library once a month. For details, call Judy Lucas at 615-0675.
The club recently sold its historic clubhouse, owned since 1929, and now meets at the Fleet Reserve building.
For more information, contact newly elected President Peggy Shaver at email@example.com.
OUTDOOR FARMERS MARKETS ARE SWINGING
The Caldwell Farmers Market opens Wednesday and runs from 3 to 7 p.m. on Arthur Street between Kimball and 7th Avenue.
More than 40 vendors are expected, selling produce, crafts, honey and baked goods. Call Kathy May at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to become a vendor.
The Canyon County Co-op is offering an outdoor market in its parking lot at 1415 1st St. S., Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be snacks for sale, plants, produce and crafts.
The Nampa Farmers Market is in its new location in the Longbranch parking lot at 13th and Front streets, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. David Zink, market manager, says new vendors are welcome.
PARADE AMERICA STILL ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
This will be an exciting year for Nampa’s Parade America, as the Exchange Club notes its 50th annual organization of this patriotic celebration.
According to Mayor Bob Henry, the event is free to spectators and participants, and applications are due by May 16. A variety of prizes will be awarded for entries. The theme will be Liberty and Justice for All, Henry said.
The parade will take place Saturday, May 21, beginning at the corner of Lake Lowell Avenue, near Nampa High School. The parade proceeds along 12th Avenue South to 7th Avenue South, and then heads to 16th Avenue South, ending near Northwest Nazarene University at Holly Street and East Colorado.
For questions, call Brittany Sullenger at 468-5401.
There will be floats, marching bands, horses, rodeo queens, antique cars, dancers, clowns and more, with sponsors such as churches, clubs, banks, schools and nonprofit groups. Usually thousands of folks turn out to cheer friends and neighbors in the march, and to collect candy for the kids.
Marie D. Galyean is a journalist and freelance writer who has lived in Canyon County for more than 40 years. Do you have any news about West Treasure Valley people, events and other subjects of interest? Email your ideas and stories to: email@example.com.