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Gift an art piece to your sweetie or yourself to support SNAP

Bid on one-of-a-kind pieces created by established and emerging artists at Valentine for AIDS held Feb. 8-18 at Flying M Coffeehouse. The silent art auction benefits Safety Net for AIDS Program, which helps people living with HIV and AIDS with everyday expenses. Pictured: “Morse code for love” by Tracie McBride.
Bid on one-of-a-kind pieces created by established and emerging artists at Valentine for AIDS held Feb. 8-18 at Flying M Coffeehouse. The silent art auction benefits Safety Net for AIDS Program, which helps people living with HIV and AIDS with everyday expenses. Pictured: “Morse code for love” by Tracie McBride. Provided by Flying M Coffeehouse

The holiday that revolves around cards, chocolate, flowers and even jewelry is next week. What have you got planned?

Sometimes the days get away from us and we find ourselves searching last-minute for the best looking bouquet at the local grocery store.

So consider this a heads up for those still debating on candy, flower delivery, stuffed animal or all of the above.

Why not give art this year — a little token of love that the receiver would proudly display and get butterflies with every glance. (Because you know that traditional pink or red stuffed animal is going right in the closet.)

The 25th annual Valentine for AIDS kicks off this Thursday, Feb. 8, at Flying M Coffeehouse, 500 W. Idaho St., Suite 100, Boise.

The silent art auction continues daily through Sunday, Feb. 18, with viewing hours from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday (bidding ends at 4 p.m. Feb. 18).

More than 250 local artists create and donate pieces of art to be displayed and available for bidding with proceeds benefiting SNAP (Safety Net for AIDS Program). SNAP provides assistance in housing, utility bills, groceries and medical insurance payments for clients living with HIV/AIDS.

For more information on the auction, email Kent Collins at boise@flyingmcoffee.com.

For questions regarding SNAP, email Jamie Strain at jaime.strain@fmridaho.org.

Last year, Valentine for AIDS raised over $26,000.

Join the Idaho Master Naturalist Deer Flat Chapter

Calling all you nature buffs! Do you dig nature and interested in learning more about it?

Then consider registering for the Deer Flat Chapter of Idaho Master Naturalists, an adult education and volunteer program with the aim to develop a corps of well-informed volunteers who actively work toward the stewardship of Idaho’s natural environment.

To become a Certified Master Naturalist, participants must attend 40 hours of classes, field trips, and hands-on experiences and volunteer 40 hours with local agencies and organizations to teach children about nature, help biologists collect data, monitor wildlife, improve habitat and more.

A series of weekly classes are held from 2 to 5 p.m. Fridays, Feb. 9 through May 18, at the Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 13751 Upper Embankment Road, Nampa.

Participants will learn about Idaho’s ecology, plants, animals and natural systems.

There is a $100 registration fee with a $50 refund upon completion of certification. Space is limited.

Sign up by emailing mndeerflat@gmail.com. Or call Nic Carlson or Susan Kain at 208-467-9278 for more information.

Treasure Valley comes together to explore The Underground Railroad

Read Me Treasure Valley, which kicked off last week, features Colson Whitehead’s award-winning novel, “The Underground Railroad.”

February into March, the community is invited to read the book and come together for a wide variety of events: presentations that enlighten and encourage civic dialog, lively book discussions, documentary screenings, blues music and youth activities, all in libraries and other area venues across the Valley.

The author will visit on Tuesday, Feb. 13, as part of The Cabin’s Readings and Conversations series.

Younger readers and families are encouraged to participate by reading “Unspoken” by Henry Cole and/or “Elijah of Buxton” by Christopher Paul Curtis.

“We have great events and activities for all ages,” says project coordinator Mary DeWalt. “Read Me 2018 will be absorbing and thought provoking, designed to bring the community together and build a community of readers.”

View the full calendar of events for Read Me Treasure Valley at readmetv.com.

One-day conference offers family caregivers training, resources and support

The 7th annual Family Caregiver Conference designed to support family caregivers will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at the Student Union Building, Boise State University.

This unique event provides practical information that helps family caregivers, those supporting loved ones of all ages, navigate the challenges of providing care.

The day includes a keynote address by caregiver advocate and author Anne Tumlinson, hands-on learning through the use of a care map, and an expo of more than 40 community resource organizations.

Cost is $20, and includes lunch and parking. Registration is required by Friday, Feb. 9, at hs.boisestate.edu/csa or by calling the Center for the Study of Aging at 208-426-5899.

Michelle Jenkins: 208-377-6451

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