Time is running out for you to register for Boise’s best scavenger hunt. The sixth annual Tour of Boise takes place Sunday, Sept. 27. The festivities begin at 1 p.m. in Julia Davis Park Shelter No. 1.
The deadline to apply is 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24.
The event challenges teams and individuals to walk, stroll or run to find answers to questions about Boise architecture, history and art. Proceeds will benefit refugee members of the tour sponsors, the Bogus Basin Nordic Team.
This is an all-ages event. It lasts around 90 minutes. Costumes are optional, though organizers will award prizes for creative costumes as well as to the fastest teams and individuals finishing with the most correct answers.
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Sponsors include Shu’s Idaho Running Company, Foot Dynamics, World Cycle and XC Ski, and REI.
The nonprofit Bogus Basin Nordic Team (Boise Nordic Foundation) has trained youth in fitness and cross-country skiing since 1989.
Idaho Peace Coalition gets active: Nonviolence week 2015
This week offers an array of events to support nonviolence and community. Here’s the Idaho Peace Coalition’s line-up.
• Walk to Protect Idaho from Nuclear Waste: Snake River Alliance co-host hosts. Meet at noon, Tuesday, Sept. 22, on the corner of 8th and Bannock streets.
• “Shadows of Liberty”: This film explores the news media and questions of censorship, cover-ups and corporate control. 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 22, IBEW Local 291, 225 N 16th St., Suite 110, Boise, Free.
• Vigil to Abolish the Death Penalty: Meet at noon, Wednesday, Sept. 23, on the corner of 8th and Bannock streets.
• Walk for the Climate: Idaho 350.org co-hosts. Meet at noon, Thursday, Sept. 24, on the corner of 8th and Bannock streets.
• Walk to Add the Four Words: Meet at noon, Friday, Sept. 25, on the corner of 8th and Bannock Streets.
• “Bloodsworth — An Innocent Man”: Kirk Bloodsworth, the first death-row inmate in the U.S. exonerated by DNA, hosts a preview screening of the new documentary about his life. This one-night-only showing will be followed by a Q&A with Bloodsworth and the film’s director, Gregory Bayne. The event starts at 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 25, at the Boise State University Special Events Center.
• Practicing Nonviolence Ceremony: Join the coalition for a family-friendly ceremony at 9 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 26, at Memorial Park on the corner of 6th and Fort Streets.
Mental Health Awareness March
Meet at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26, at the Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial, 777 S. 8th St. in Boise behind the main branch of the Boise Public Library. There is no cost to participate, but donations are welcome. The walk is meant to raise awareness of mental health issues and to raise money and support for those efforts. There are many ways to participate, including creating a fundraising page or gathering a team of walkers. Get more information and ideas online at namiboise.org.
Museum Comes to Life
The Idaho State Historical Museum’s always popular living history event marks its 42nd year. Museum Comes to Life takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26, at Julia Davis Park.
The event is free and packed with fun activities, including demonstrations of historic trades and crafts, music and dance performances held throughout the day at the Gene Harris Bandshell, Civil War re-enactors and more. The Summerwind Skippers of Boise, the 2015 National Jump Rope Champions, will also show off their skills.
For more information, contact Kim Taylor at 780-5192, email email@example.com, or visit the website, history.idaho.gov.
‘Planning for my Future’ is open to public school students grades 7-12
The Idaho State Department of Education hosts this art contest in which students can use their visual skills to capture visions of what it means for schools and students to achieve, and to visualize their college or career goals for the future showing persistence, determination and grit.
Aspiring artists need to follow specific instructions when it comes to the size, labeling, subject matter of their work and more. Find criteria and submission instructions online or call Portia Flynn at 332-6815 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submissions must be postmarked by Dec. 1. The winning entry will be displayed on a future Idaho State Department of Education publication, and online.
Art sale will benefit city artists, programs
The Boise Parks and Recreation Art Center hosts a pottery sale, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 2, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3, in the pottery studio at Fort Boise, Robbins Road.
Work by current or past students of the Art Center as well as employees of the City of Boise will be available, representing a wide range of styles . Seventy-five percent of each sale will go to the artist. The remainder will benefit the city’s Guest Artist Program. Contact Chris Kranz, art program director, at email@example.com for more information.
Film will highlight homelessness, poverty
“Homeskillet,” one of the offerings in the Boise Film Festival (Sept. 25-27), tells the story of homelessness and motherhood and shows at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26, at the Cathedral of the Rockies, 717 N. 11th St. in Boise.
Attendees are invited to bring diapers and baby wipes to be donated to local homeless families. The screening is included in the festival pass, or $5 at the door.
Recent Scentsy fundraiser raises big bucks
The Scentsy Rock-a-Thon on Sept. 11 raised $252,816 for the Idaho March of Dimes. The event also collected more than 12,000 diapers and sleep sacks for Idaho babies.
A Volunteer’s Story
This is an ongoing feature in the Helping Works column. If you’d like to share your own story about volunteering, email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. If possible, include a photograph of yourself during your volunteer shift (JPEG format).
From Spencer Martin, Meridian
I have been volunteering for the Meridian Police Department for about four years since I retired. I help relieve staff members from having to spend time on low-level, time-consuming tasks. My shifts take place during the day as well as during special events. I choose to do this as a way of repaying the community of Meridian for being such a great place to live. I expect nothing in return other than the personal gratification of giving something back, regardless of how simple it may seem to be. I was quite surprised at what this experience has given me. Not only is there the gratification of doing something helpful, there is purpose and interaction with a diverse group of individuals.
During my time as a volunteer, I have seen a general improvement in my overall health and am convinced that my volunteer efforts have had a considerable impact. As an added bonus, I’m able to contribute my volunteer hours to the city as a member of the American Legion Post 113 of Meridian. I have thoroughly enjoyed these years as a volunteer and plan to carry on as long as I am able.
To learn more about volunteer opportunities with the Meridian Police Department, call Barbara Hatch at 846-7340 or visit meridiancity.org.