Six Daggers Tattoo is hosting a unique fundraiser for SPAN Idaho to help the nonprofit’s suicide prevention efforts.
From Sept. 12 to Oct. 12, Six Daggers will donate $10 for every semicolon they tattoo on their clients to SPAN.
The semicolon — the grammatical mark used to continue a sentence rather than end it — has become a symbol for those who have considered ending their lives and chosen another path.
The fundraiser kicks off with a celebration from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sept. 12 at Six Daggers, 1400 S. Broadway in Boise. Guests will have a chance to see artwork, meet tattoo artists and learn more about the significance of the semicolon tattoo and suicide prevention. They can also donate to the cause.
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The shop will also be tattooing semicolons on that day from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis.
Call Candice Evans at 315-9806 for more information.
Statistics from 2013:
• Idaho consistently ranks among states with the highest suicide rates. In 2013, Idaho had the eighth highest rate, 44 percent higher than the national average.
• 308 people committed suicide in Idaho. Between 2009 and 2013, 79 percent of suicides were men.
• 59 percent of Idaho suicides involved a firearm. The national average is 51 percent.
• 15.8 percent of Idaho youth attending traditional high schools reported seriously considering suicide in 2013, with 7 percent reporting making at least one attempt.
• There were 41,149 deaths by suicide in the United States, an average of one person every 13 minutes.
Are you in need of help? Idaho’s Suicide Prevention Hotline is staffed 24/7: (800) 564-2120.
Sign up for the annual Boise River Sweep
Show your love for the iconic and much-beloved Boise River during this annual volunteer effort. The last day to register is today, Sept. 8.
Hundreds of volunteers will meet on Saturday, Sept. 12, to pick up trash along the river. The effort is a partnership between the City of Boise, Partners for Clean Water, Idaho Rivers United, Idaho Power, City of Caldwell, Idaho Department of Fish & Game, Boise Aquatics Sciences Lab, Boise State University and Boise WaterShed.
To help in the Boise area, preregister by calling Jerry Pugh at Boise Parks & Recreation at 608-7617 or by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For Caldwell, Nampa, Eagle and Star, preregister with Michael Young at the Idaho Department of Fish & Game by calling 327-7095 or emailing email@example.com.
‘Let’s Talk About It’
The Ada Community Library Victory Branch, 10664 W. Victory Road, will again host its free, public book discussion series. This time the theme is “Growing Older, Growing Wiser.”
Discussions, led by local scholars, will take place at 1 p.m. on Tuesdays beginning Sept. 15 with a discussion of “Crossing to Safety” by Wallace Stegner.
Here are the other titles and dates:
Oct. 6, “Jackalope Dreams” by Mary Clearman Blew; Oct. 27, “Passages West” by various authors; Nov. 17, “The Memory of Old Jack” by Wendell Berry; Dec. 15, “The Stone Angel” by Margaret Laurence.
Readers can check books out at the front counter. No library card is needed and it is not necessary to have read the entire book to attend the discussion. Sponsors include the Idaho Commission for Libraries and Idaho Humanities Council. Call 362-0181 ext. 135 for more information.
Concert to benefit Vietnamese orphans
Kevin Kirk and Onomatopoeia will headline the second annual Benefit Concert for Children of Vinh Son Orphanage on Sept. 12 in the Sapphire Room at The Riverside Hotel in Boise, 2900 E. Chinden Blvd.
Doors open at 6 p.m., music starts at 7. This is an all-ages show. Proceeds will benefit the children living in the orphanage in Kontum, Vietnam. Note: contributions are tax deductible (the nonprofit’s tax ID number is 90-0762278). Advance tickets cost $25 for general seating and $35 for preferred seating and are available online at brownpapertickets.com or by calling (800) 838-3006.
Learn more about the orphanage online at vinhsonorphanage.org.
Here’s a creative fundraiser for the Idaho chapter of the March of Dimes. Local company Scentsy will have 70 rocking chairs lining Eagle Road on Sept. 11. People will be rocking from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. to generate donations of diapers and money. Come check it out, in front of Scentsy Commons at Eagle Road and Pine Avenue in Meridian.
Don’t miss the crepe feed from 6 to 8 a.m., or the fireworks at the end of the day, around 9:30 p.m.
Moments & Memories Silent Art Auction
The auction will raise awareness and money for the Alzheimer’s Association and will feature art by those who have been affected by Alzheimer’s disease and local artists who want to help the cause. The auction will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 11, at Willow Park Assisted Living, 2600 N. Milwaukee. The evening will include wine, hors d’oeuvres and guest speakers. For more information call Chelsea Feil, Community Outreach Director at 373-1234.
A Volunteer’s Story
This is an ongoing feature in the Helping Works column. If you’d like to share your experiences as a volunteer for a local organization, email your story to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include a photo (JPEG) format of yourself volunteering, if possible.
From Susan Melvin Hill, Meridian
Now that I am retired, I am honored to volunteer at the Warhawk Air Museum in Nampa. My husband (John C. Hill), an Air Force veteran, and I donate many hours each month to the museum.
My husband has technical background in aviation, so he offers his expertise in a variety of areas. My background in education and publishing affords me opportunities to use those skills in support of the museum through writing, editing and other related activities.
The WAM is a very special place whose “lifeblood” is its volunteers. With 60 active volunteers and an equal number of folks who help with large events, WAM runs very smoothly. As volunteers, we feel that we are part of a wonderful family of people with the same goals: to honor and serve our veterans, to keep our military history alive and to educate all age groups through our unique education program.
The WAM volunteers serve a variety of roles depending on their strengths and interests. We are tour guides, writers and editors, visitor support staff, coffee-makers, cookie bakers, technical resource people, record-keepers, etc. We all feel appreciated and valued for our efforts.
It is extremely rewarding to be part of a group that works to honor our veterans from WWII through present conflicts and, on the other end of the spectrum, to help school-age children understand that our veterans secured our freedoms. The vast array of historical memorabilia and personal memories help all visitors appreciate and respect the relationship between the freedoms we have today and the sacrifices made to preserve them.
The “family” of volunteers as well as the WAM staff have always been so welcoming of new volunteers and supportive of continuing volunteers. Some of our volunteers have been with the museum since its founding 25 years ago.
Interested in becoming a Warhawk volunteer? Download an application at warhawkairmuseum.org or call 465-6446. The museum is at 201 Municipal Drive in Nampa.