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Sweet rides benefit local veterans

Don’t forget your shades when you check out all the beaming cars at Meridian Automotive’s annual Show and Shine Car Show on Saturday, July 29.
Don’t forget your shades when you check out all the beaming cars at Meridian Automotive’s annual Show and Shine Car Show on Saturday, July 29. Play of Light Photography

If the sun gleaming off of a freshly waxed hood gets your motor running, then keep your Saturday open.

Meridian Automotive is hosting its 7th annual Show and Shine Car Show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 29, at 505 N. Main St., Meridian. Car owner registration starts at 9 a.m.

Feast your eyes on custom and restored cars, trucks and street machines.

Bang on the Wall Burgers and the Rusty Dog food trucks will be on site to feed your face, and a DJ will provide some tunes.

Trophies will be given out for “Best of” in each category, in addition to two new awards this year: “People’s Choice” and “One-of-a-Kind.”

The event is free for spectators and $25 for car show exhibitors.

Every penny from car-show entry fees and raffle ticket sales will benefit Operation Homefront. When service members come back from their military service, many face financial hardship, especially wounded service members. Operation Homefront helps by providing funds to pay for utilities or for keeping a roof over their heads.

Register your ride at

Last year the event raised almost $2,000, which Operation Homefront used to purchase 100 backpacks filled with school supplies for children of local veterans. The goal this year is to raise $5,000.

Canyon County Fair offers music, exhibits and free health screenings

When someone mentions the Canyon County Fair, you think of barn animals, carnival rides and, if you’re me, funnel cake!

And the fair does offer all those things, in addition to national acts like Old Dominion (July 29, I’m so there).

But the fair takes care of you in other ways, too. The Canyon County Fair has partnered with St. Alphonsus to provide free health screenings all four days of the fair, such as bone density and blood pressure screenings. There will also be car seat safety checks and CPR demonstrations.

And ladies, the St. Alphonsus Mobile Mammography Coach will be on site the entire duration of the fair as well, located just inside Gate 1. Not only can you be in and out in no time, but you will also receive a special gift if you get your mammogram while at the fair. And financial assistance will be available for those who may need it.

Fair hours are noon to midnight Thursday-Saturday, July 27-29, and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday, July 30, at Canyon County Fairgrounds, 111 22nd Ave., Caldwell. Admission is $5 general, $3 seniors and children 6-12, free for ages 5 and younger, at the gate. Go to

Save the 1912 Old Opera House; own a piece of Idaho history

The Old Opera House in the north-central Idaho town of Kooskia is for sale and in need of your help.

The more than century-old icon once resonated with traditional music and classic period dramas, but has been largely forgotten for nearly two decades, according to a group that hopes to return music and drama to the Old Opera House stage. These theater-arts loving Idahoans have formed a corporation and are working to raise funds to purchase the historic building.

The value of the Old Opera House, historically speaking, is immeasurable. Its stage, for instance, was once graced by jazz great and blues singer-songwriter Lee Morse and is one of Morse’s earliest-known performance venues still in existence. The Old Opera House also fulfills requirements to be placed on the state’s historical registry.

You can help by buying one or more shares to own part of this legacy. The deadline to meet the purchase price goal of $199,000 is Sept. 1 or the building will likely be sold to other buyers who want to convert the building and property for other uses, organizers says.

Shares are $500 each. All funds are held in trust and will be returned if the goal is not met.

For more information, contact Norma Pfaff, treasurer, at (208) 816- 2691 or email

Michelle Jenkins: 208-377-6451