The Idaho Botanical Garden is aiming to raise $150,000 to build a 1,800-square-foot education center on the garden grounds. The indoor classroom will mean more room for garden-lovers to participate in popular classes and camps. The new space, according to the staff, could double the number of spaces in the Botany Camp youth program.
The good news is that through grants and proceeds from the Grow the Garden Party event, the garden has raised $105,000. If you’d like to contribute and help this beloved place grow, donate online at idahobotanicalgarden.org or send your check to 2355 Old Penitentiary Road in Boise, 83712.
A nice follow up on the Moon Tree at Lowell Elementary
A recent Statesman story told of families at Lowell Elementary in Boise’s North End, working to help the school’s struggling “Moon Tree” and save it from dehydration, compacted soil and an insect infestation. One parent, Pattie Hennequin, a longtime school volunteer, has been leading the effort.
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The tree is one of many planted around the U.S. and throughout the world from seeds that went into space on Apollo 14 in the 1970s. The seeds were in the care of astronaut Stuart Roosa, command module pilot of Apollo 14, and a former U.S. Forest Service smoke jumper. He died in 1994.
Roosa’s son, Col. Christopher Roosa, currently deployed to Afghanistan with the U.S. Marine Corps., heard about the story and contacted the Statesman.
“I was forwarded the article you wrote by a friend of mine. I have been contacted by other entities that are caring for their Moon Trees. In the past, I have been able to help guide them to experts. However, it sounds like much of the community is involved at this point. We are coming up on the 45th anniversary of my father’s launch. I know that my father would be happy that his simple act of taking tree seeds to the moon would still be bring communities together 45 years later. From halfway around the world, if you can, please let Ms. Pattie Hennequin know that on behalf of the Roosa family, we appreciate all her efforts to save my father’s Moon Tree.”
Read the Moon Tree story at idahostatesman.com and learn how to help.
Good at repairing kids’ bikes? Boise Bicycle Project needs you
The Boise Bicycle Project is one of the city’s favorite nonprofit organizations. It’s known for its generous bike giveaways, educational programs and general festivities of the two-wheeled variety. Lots of young bike recipients don’t have the tools and know-how to fix their own bikes and keep them running, so Boise Bicycle Project opens up its shop on the third Thursday of every month for an evening of volunteer-assisted kids’ bike repair.
“We’ll replace lots of bald tires, fix lots of flats and share lots of high fives with some awesome kids,” say organizers. If you’d like to help, show up at the shop, 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 22, 1027 S. Lusk St. in Boise. No need to sign up, but you can call 429-6520 for more information.
Women’s and Children’s Alliance Wish List
The organization updates its list of needed items monthly. Here’s the latest. If you’d like to help, drop new items at the WCA lobby, 720 W. Washington St., from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday:
Notebook-sized day planners for 2015 and 2016, allergy medication (five needed), bath towels (10 needed), bath loofah (20 needed), boys’ bicycle helmets (2-5 years, five needed), diapers size 5 (five boxes needed), diapers size 6 (five boxes needed), girls’ bicycle helmets (2-5 years, five needed), pot and pan sets (15 needed), seasonal children’s outfits all sizes, snacks (fruit snacks, trail mix, nuts, jerky, crackers, etc.)
Fundraiser walks: Jesse Tree of Idaho/ALS Association
• The Jesse Tree comes through for low-income people in need with assistance to keep them in their homes. This benefit walk, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24, will raise money for the Jesse Tree of Idaho’s Emergency Rent and Mercy Assistance Program. Walkers will meet in the parking lot of the East Wind Church, 4650 Surprise Valley. The cost to participate is $5 for individuals or $10 for families, regardless of size. For more information, call 383-9486.
• The ALS Association Evergreen Chapter’s Boise Walk to Defeat ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease) will take place at Veteran’s Memorial Park, 930 N. Veterans Memorial Parkway in Boise. Registration/check-in for the walk starts at 9 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 24. The opening ceremony begins at 10 a.m.
A volunteer’s story
By Shannon Squires, Boise
When I retired in 2009, I began volunteering in the community in order to help my self worth. I was already on the board of the Idaho Peace Officers’ Memorial Fund (resigned from that position after 10-plus years). For many years I said that when I retired I was going to rock babies at the hospital. Since that was not available at Saint Alphonsus, I volunteered in the gift shop, but have “worked” in day surgery, in the emergency department, and as a floater delivering flowers. Because I volunteered in the hospital in Lewiston when I was in high school (and my mother volunteered at the hospital well into her 80s), it was just a given that I would, too.
But I still wanted to do something with babies or toddlers, so for the past five years I have rocked babies at the Marian Pritchett School at Booth Memorial through Giraffe Laugh 3. Giraffe Laugh offers child care at four locations, including at the school.
Marian Pritchett is a high school for pregnant and parenting teens. They bring their children to the daycare and they attend classes right on site. You learn a lot about the girls after listening to their speeches at graduation. The babies come to daycare as young as 2 weeks old and can stay until they are 2 years old or until their mothers graduate.
The staffers at GL3 are very nurturing and loving. They treat the children in their care like they are their own. Besides attending regular academic classes, the students have a choice of taking a child care class. They come help out in the day care. Some have never changed a diaper, fed a baby, or even held a baby before their own child was born. It is just a very rewarding experience and gives me that baby fix since my grandchildren live in Colorado!
• Read more about the school and how you can help on the Boise School Districtwebsite
• Read more about volunteer opportunities online atgiraffelaugh.org