Helping Works

Wicked evening of wine for the WCA; Barktoberfest is for a doggone-good cause

Head down to the Witches Who Wine Benefit at Helina Marie’s next Wednesday, Oct. 24, for more than you can shake a broom at.
Head down to the Witches Who Wine Benefit at Helina Marie’s next Wednesday, Oct. 24, for more than you can shake a broom at. Courtesy of Helina Marie's

Do you like wine? Yes please!

How ‘bout shopping? Uhh ... yeah!

Well, then, grab the girls for a night that pairs the two together for a great cause.

And don’t forget your witch hat.

The Witches Who Wine Benefit is from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, at Helina Marie’s Wine Bar and Gift Shop, 11053 W. State St., Star.

In addition to socializing with fellow witches, you can sample wines from around the world, feast on an appetizer buffet and bid in the silent auction.

Is your witch hat wicked cool? Enter it in the witch hat contest for gift certificates and merchandise from Helina Marie’s.

There will also be specialty drinks, including a Witchy Wine-tini, and drawings and raffles for private tastings, bottles of wine and gift shop goodies.

The annual fundraiser benefits the Women’s and Children’s Alliance this year, which provides services to women, men and their children healing from domestic abuse and sexual assault.

Whether you go as part of a girls’ night, a double date or a group of friends, you’re sure to have a sinfully good time, because after all — witches be crazy!

Even round up some co-workers for a more laid-back atmosphere to network.

The cost is $15 per person. 21 and older only.

Reserve your seating by calling 208-286-7960.

Oktoberfest goes to the dogs

You and your best companion have a date to hang this weekend at Barktoberfest.

The dog-friendly event is from 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at Powderhaus Brewing Company, 9719 W. Chinden Blvd., Garden City.

There will be a silent auction from 5 to 8 p.m., tunes by Fall Creek String Band, and grub from Meshico food truck.

All proceeds from the silent auction go to West Valley Humane Society to benefit the 8,000-plus animals they care for each year.

Also, during the auction, 10% of Haus Beer sales (Powderhaus’ top-selling beer) will be donated to West Valley Humane Society.

Admission is free.

American Red Cross blood drive in memory of Kolton L. Hundersmarck

A Nampa family is honoring son, brother and fiance Kolton Hundersmarck by holding an American Red Cross blood drive on what would have been his 26th birthday.

The Red Cross and Hundersmarck family are encouraging the community to help remember his passion for community service by giving blood Friday, Oct. 19, from noon to 6 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints — Ruth Building, 927 Ruth Lane, Nampa.

While training with the Army for explosive ordnance disposal in Florida, Hundersmarck was in a car accident that left him with a traumatic brain injury. He was in a coma for nine days and received many blood products, but died on April 11, 2016, at 23 years old.

Even in death, Hundersmarck’s commitment to helping others was fulfilled when his organs were donated, including his liver, which went to a close family friend who likely would not have otherwise received one.

A blood donor himself, Hundersmarck believed strongly in the importance of giving blood. As an Eagle Scout, he hosted a blood drive where he encouraged community members to donate, many for the first time.

To make an appointment, visit, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or download the free Red Cross Blood Donor App and use sponsor code RUTHBLG.

Michelle Jenkins: 208-377-6451