Join the celebration of the Americans with Disabilities Act, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, July 17, at the Idaho state Capitol. The goal is to get 1,000 people to circle the Capitol in support of the law, as well as American servicemen and women.
Line-up begins at 11:20 a.m. The daylong event will also include giveaways of free Americans with Disabilities Act swag, a talk from keynote speaker Kelly Buckland, live music and more than 40 booths dedicated to community organizations. The Capitol will also be open and will offer demonstrations of an accessible voting machine. Capitol tours will also be available all afternoon.
The U.S. Congress enacted the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990.
Idaho Humane Society throws its 25th annual Lawn Party
Sign Up and Save
Get six months of free digital access to The Idaho Statesman
The society’s annual fest is one of the Valley’s most popular events. Yappy hour and a silent auction start at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 16, at the home of Frances and Roy Ellsworth. The rest of the evening will be packed with dinner, live music and strolling on the lawn with fellow animal lovers. Tickets are $150, available online (idahohumanesociety.org) with all proceeds benefiting the shelter.
Idaho Humane Society spokesman Will Spearman said that as important as the party is, the society and its staff are equally eager to acknowledge the Ellsworths and their decades-long support of animals in need. That support includes giving their house and grounds over to the cats and hounds for the annual fundraiser fete.
According to Vangie Osborn, a longtime local animal advocate and society board member, she was met with the Ellsworths and other shelter supporters 25 years ago to brainstorm fundraising ideas. Frances Ellsworth suggested a lawn party in her own backyard. That sounded good to everyone, so that first year, the Ellsworths, Osborn and their friends planned and threw the party — even cooking all the food themselves. A quarter of a century later, the annual lawn party is one of the city’s favorite charitable events, and the society’s largest annual single fundraiser.
Said board President Susan Norby, “For the past 25 years the Ellsworths have selflessly given up their back yard and many days of their time for the Idaho Humane Society Lawn Party. The shelter is what is it is today because of their tireless efforts.”
Spearman said that one of the shelter’s favorite taglines is “friends for life,” a reminder to adopters that taking an animal into their families is not a capricious decision, but one of commitment, responsibility and longevity. “Friends for Life” is also a category for high-level donors to the society’s capital campaign.
“Lately, however, we’ve used it to describe Frances and Roy,” said Spearman. “The best local advocates of abandoned, abused and adoptable pets they are, thankfully, our ‘Friends for Life.’
2015 Idaho Nonprofit Excellence Awards
The Idaho Nonprofit Center is accepting applications to honor outstanding nonprofits from across the state.
A panel will evaluate nominated nonprofits in several areas, including impact and inspiration. The Idaho Nonprofit Center will give awards to small (organizations with operating budgets of less than $250,000) and large nonprofits in each of three geographic areas across the state.
Nominate your favorites online (idahononprofits.org). The deadline to nominate an organization is Aug. 12. Any 501c3 organization based in Idaho is eligible. The Nonprofit Excellence Awards will be presented at the 12th annual Statewide Nonprofit Conference in September.
Last year, Family Advocates took the prize for top large nonprofit in Southwest Idaho. Spay and Neuter Idaho Pets (SNIP) was the small nonprofit award winner.
Read a past feature in the Idaho Statesman’s Business Insider magazine about Family Advocates and Spay and Neuter Idaho Pets, and the strategies they use to raise money, inspire volunteers and help their causes.
Boise Basque preschool gets a new home
Join the families, friends and students at Boiseko Ikastola, Boise’s Basque preschool, for a special ribbon cutting, 6 p.m. on Monday, July 20.
The year-round school that teaches the Basque language to some of Boise’s youngest language enthusiasts, is moving into its own building at 1955 S. Broadway Ave. in Boise.
Quick takes on a cool events, including wild horses, fossils and crowdfunding for local art projects
•Meet a real life wild equine:
America’s Mustang: Lovers of Western tradition, open spaces, and wild equines, take note. The America’s Mustang tour is coming to Idaho and offering two free events to educate the public about wild mustangs, where they live, the best way to manage the breed or even adopt one.
The first event, a trail ride, takes place in Murphy on July 18. The second event, the Extreme Mustang Makeover adoption, takes place in Nampa on July 24-25 at the Idaho Horse Park. The documentary, “Unbranded,” will also be shown. Get more details and register online at Americasmustang.com.
•Fossils and steampunk at your community library:
Looking for something fun, free and enlightening? Look no further than the Ada Community Library Victory branch at 10664 W. Victory Road in Boise.
On Wednesday, July 22, at 6:30 p.m., mineralogist and geologist Phil Neuhoff will present “How Plants and Animals Become Fossils.” Neuhoff, president of the Idaho Gem & Mineral Club, will talk about the mineralogy of fossils and the chemical processes that preserve them.
On Saturday, July 25,between 2-5 p.m. the library hosts Steampunk Elemental Blaster Build. Come make clockwork rubber band blasters with your fellow “alternate technologists of the world” age 13 and up. Feel free to bring materials to decorate your blaster. David Ultis of Citizens Scientific Workshop hosts. Call 362-0181 with questions. or check the library’s website.
•Crowdfunding for local creatives:
Writer Meredith Messinger has written a book about a boy who lives in a rainy place, but collects sunshine in a jar and shares it with his neighbors. Messinger has started a Kickstarter campaign to get it published. She intends to donate 90 percent of any sales proceeds to Make-A-Wish Idaho. Check out the book and, should you be inspired, donate online (meredithfernillustration,com).
The Idaho Comics Group is publishing its second comic book anthology this year, “Tarzan and the Comics of Idaho #2.” The group has turned to Indiegogo in hopes of crowdfunding the project.
This comic book anthology features comic book writers and artists from the state of Idaho and celebrates the Gem State’s ‘sequential art’ heritage. Project organizer Albert Asker said the group is focusing on Tarzan because Edgar Rice Burroughs, the man of the jungle’s creator, lived in Idaho for a time.
All the proceeds of the comic book will benefit the Boise Public Library. Donate online (indiegogo.com)
•Benefit for Warm Hearts, Inc:
Warm Hearts is a nonprofit that provides heating and cooling sources for senior citizens in need, including firewood, propane, air conditioners, maintenance, etc. The group hosts a Pig Roast Tail Gate Party, 6 p.m., Saturday, July 18, in Griffiths Park in Caldwell. Suggested admission is a $20 donation, $10 with student ID. Bring utensils and drinks and take part in a softball tournament. Need more information? Call Bryce at 608-6128.