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August Events around Boise

August is finally here and we still have no shortage of great activities and events here in the Treasure Valley. As usual, we have put together a list of some of the more interesting, events you can see going on this month.  These activities, and many others, are waiting for you in and around the Boise area, making it the center for all sorts of fun. August is seen by many as the traditional end of the summer season (though summer doesn’t actually end until late September); so, if you are looking for a fun way to enjoy the last full month of summer, then be sure to check some of these activities out.

Spay Neuter Idaho Pets Benefit, 

August 3rd, 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM

Edge Brewing Company

We here in Idaho love animals, especially our pets. So, it is natural that we would have activities and events to help support the health and safety of our furry friends. To help cut down on the number of strays in the State of Idaho, the Spay and Neuter Idaho Pets (coincidentally known as S.N.I.P.) is on a mission to contain the population of dogs and cats.

If you want to support them on this mission, be sure to swing by Edge Brewing Company on the 3rd of August and enjoy an adult beverage— a portion of the proceeds will be given to S.N.I.P.

Free Movie in the Park

Fridays in August through the 18th, 8:30 PM

Optimist Park

There are few things as fun as a movie night under the stars on a lovely summer evening. Luckily for Treasure Valley residents, there are many opportunities to do that this summer. One of those opportunities for those living in the Nampa area is at Optimist Park. If you swing by Optimist Park on Fridays through the 18th of August at 8:30 PM, you are sure to stumble upon some great choices for entertainment. Be sure to check the website for more information about what movies will be shown on which days.

Tour de Fat

August 12th, 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Anne Morrison Park

On the 12th of August, be sure to check out the Tour de Fat show that will be put on by New Belgium Brewing Company. This event combines music, performances, and so much more to mystify and astound you. Their website explains that the show will include circus performers, comedians, musicians, and even the Blackberry Smoke band.  Be sure to dress up if you enter the ride!

The Tour de Fat is a benefit show for many of the Treasure Valley’s local bicycle groups including Southwest Idaho Mountain Bike Association, Boise Bicycle Project, and so on.

Tickets can be found on the Tour de Fat website.

Western Idaho Fair

August 18th to August 27th, Times Vary

Idaho Fair Grounds

The Western Idaho Fair is one of the most looked forward to events of the year. Whether you are excited about the rides, the shows, the vendors, or just the great fair food, you are not going to be disappointed at this Treasure Valley Fair. It is the largest fair in the area and attracts acts, patrons, and events from all over the country.

Not to mention, there are also thousands of agriculture events like the traditional judging of crops and animals. Be sure to check out the fair at some point during the 9 days they are in town so you too can take part in this great Treasure Valley tradition.

Solar Eclipse

August 21st, 11:27 AM to 11:35 AM

Central Idaho

There are few things as exciting, and nearly universally captivating as a total solar eclipse, and we here in Idaho are lucky enough to enjoy one this month! On the morning of August 21st at 11:27 AM, the total solar eclipse will cross the Idaho Oregon border near Weiser. Between 11:27 AM and 11:35 AM, said eclipse will pass through the center of Idaho. The best viewing places will be around Garden Valley, Sun Valley, and Rexburg (approximately).

If you venture to see the solar eclipse, be sure to get a pair of glasses to watch it with. Though the sun will be covered by the moon, it will still be bright enough to damage your eyes. So, be sure to get a hold of some devise that is safe for solar eclipse viewing.

As you can probably tell, the month of August is going to be quite exciting for those living in or visiting the Treasure Valley. We are lucky to have these, and hundreds of other activities to enjoy as we start to wrap up the summer months. Be sure to take advantage of all these great activities— you won’t be disappointed.

March Events around Boise

March Events

Now that Valentine’s Day and February have passed, it is time to turn our attention to springtime and all the fun activities we have to look forward to in the month of March. Spring is right around the corner, so hopefully the snow and ice are behind us so we can enjoy some amazing activities. Here are 5 of the things you can look forward to this month in the Treasure Valley.

A Streetcar Named Desire:  March 3 – 11th, various times

http://boiselittletheater.org/current-season/

This is an amazing play by Tennessee Williams that was successful on Broadway and on the road.  Featuring the character of Blanche du Boise, who shuns the reality of life in favor of romantic illusions.   This play was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1948 and continues to be popular in theaters today.  I’m especially excited to go because I have a friend in the play!

More about the Boise Little Theater from their website:   “ Boise Little Theater (BLT) is an all volunteer, non-profit organization with an unwavering dedication to amateur theatrical quality. For over 65 years we have produced plays in all genres: contemporary and classical, comedy, drama and musicals. BLT is one of the longest running community theaters in America”.

Jeff Dunham

March 11th, Doors Open at 4:00 PM/ Show Starts at 5:00 PM

Jeff Dunham’s mixture of puppetry and stand-up comedy is legendary, making him one of the most popular comedians of his time. Lucky for us, on the 11th of March, he is bringing his special brand of comedy and storytelling to Boise’s Taco Bell Arena to show off for the whole Treasure Valley.

It is sure to be a great show, so be sure to grab your tickets fast! Tickets are between $47.50 and $35.50. Doors open at 4:00 PM, the show starts at 5:00 PM.

Simply Cats “Catsino”

March 17th

Simply Cats is a great organization that specializes in feline adoption. They are a no-kill adoption center which means that they won’t put a cat down if no one adopts them. While helping out our furry feline friends is awesome, it doesn’t always pay the bills. So, to keep this place going they have to ask for donations and host fundraisers. Catsino is one of those fundraisers.

Catsino is a fun Las Vegas style gambling event, however, instead of a big casino getting a lot of money, money goes to supporting the cats that they try to save. To register for this event be sure to check out their website!

Treefort Music Festival

March 22nd to 26th

Treefort is a Music Festival like none other. This multi-day, multi-locational event is one of Boise’s most anticipated events. It brings together musicians, artists, and enthusiasts from all over to enjoy the sweet sound of local music. There are hundreds of events going on during the week of Treefort so you should definitely check out their website for a full list because Treefort has so many great local deals and events. Some of these include art shows, local food, and much more.

FIRST Robotics Competition Regional

March 30th to April 1st 

The FIRST Robotics Completion Regional is a competition for high school aged robotics fans where they can show off their wildest creations. Builders can test their robots skills, get insights from other builders, and so much more at FIRST Robotics.

First Robotics Competitions are an attempt to inspire a new generation of people to pursue science, technology, engineering, and math. Check out their website for more information about locations, times, teams, and donations.

 

Boise is a wonderful place to be during the early springtime. Aside from the events that we listed above, there are more and more outdoor opportunities popping up with the warming weather. So, no matter what you like to do, no one is going to go away bored this month!

Supporting those who Battle Blood Cancers

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This is a duplication from my real estate blog since not everyone follows both blogs:

Last week, was the birthday of one of my close friends, Charline Cvecich.  Although she fought a hard fight, she lost her battle with leukemia in August.   What occurred to me during that time of diagnosis and treatment is how many people who fight and still lose their battle with blood cancers.  AND how much more needs to be done to fight this battle.

Did you know:

  • Every four minutes, someone new is diagnosed with blood cancer.
  • Every 10 minutes, someone dies
  • Nearly a million people in the US are living with or are in remission from, leukemia, Hodgkin lymphoma, non-Hodgkin lymphoma or myeloma.

ENTER – Stage Left….My beautiful friend Patty Johnson. Patty ran in the Team in Training race events last year in support of her friends and family afflicted with this disease. Who would know that she would be diagnosed with Lymphoma in August shortly before Charline passed away. Patty is a fighter and has completed treatment. That, however, is not good enough for her.  She is again supporting and raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society by participating in the Team in Training triathlon in Sun River, OR on June 30, 2013.

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Go Patty!

Patty’s goal is to raise $10,000 for this cause.  Please see the link to her page, to:

  • Learn more about Blood Cancers
  • Learn more about Team in Training
  • Donate to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

http://pages.teamintraining.org/oswim/paccrstr13/PattyJohnsonTriathlon2013#

If you have a cause that is ‘near and dear’ to your heart – let me know.  I woud love to find out more detail and share your cause with others!

Bone Marrow Drive Friday June 29! Boise, ID

Simple cheek swab, some paperwork and you are on your way.

I think a lot of us in the Treasure Valley could tell personal stories about family or friends that have or are suffering from leukemia, an immune disease or other genetic disorder that may require a bone marrow or cord cell transplant.

After conquering and beating breast cancer, my dear friend Charline was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia.  Looking for a donor for a bone marrow transplant, the doctors immediately went to her sister and she was not a match.  Although many extended family members and friends were willing to be tested, a patient must go through the transplant registry to be in line for a donation.  For instance, even if I was a match to Charline, I could not donate directly to her.  You have to be in the registry and your donation goes to whoever is the next match in line.  This is a VERY important thing to understand.  We need more people on the registry so the people who need transplants move up the line quickly!  Charline waited two months for a match and is currently being monitored after her transplant.  We are cheering her on as she continues to battle through this horrible disease.

Bone Marrow Drive: 

Time:  11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Place:  McCleary Auditorium at Saint Alphonsus, Boise (Curtis Rd – go in main entrance)

Age:  18 to 60

Katy Moeller wrote an article about this yesterday June 25 in the Statesman.  Please see the link below to read the story:

http://www.idahostatesman.com/2012/06/25/2167389/want-to-help-save-a-life-its-easier.html

What happens if you join the registry and you match someone needing a transplant?  You will be interviewed to make sure you still want to donate.

There are two ways now that you may be asked to donate;

1.  Peripheral Blood Cell donation – involves removing blood from the donors arm with a needle, taking out the PBSC’s and returning your own blood to you.

2.  Bone Marrow donation – a surgical procedure where a needle is used to withdraw marrow from you pelvic bone.  Anesthesia is used.  If you match a patient, you will be asked to donate either bone marrow or cells from circulating blood (known as PBSC donation). Understanding the donation process will help you be ready to donate.

To find out more about the process, please visit www.marrow.org

A Way to Help our Military Service Members PLUS have Fun!

If you are looking for something fun to do on Saturday, April 28 the CW2 Joshua M. Tillery Memorial Fund is having a clay shoot and Cajun Theme Benefit Auction.  The fun starts at 9:00 (until 4:00) at the Boise Gun Club.  There are events for men, women and children.  After the clay shoot, at 6:00 at Alpine Ponds in Meridian, there will be a Cajun benefit dinner and auction.  Both live auction and silent auction items available, plus great food and music.

Here is a link to the flyer:  http://tilleryfund.org/newsletter_132_849210673.pdf

More about theCW2 Joshua M. Tillery Memorial Fund (taken off of the website):

The CW2 Joshua M. Tillery Memorial Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works in partnership with the local community to help “bridge the gap” between what our veterans, active duty members, and their families need and what is actually provided. These young men and women and their families face the challenges of multiple deployments, mounting unemployment, and increasing medical and psychosocial needs.

 Your donation will help in the following ways:

  • Providing free lodging for families to be close to wounded
    loved ones.
  • Aiding wounded or disabled veterans while they wait for benefit payments to begin.
  • Helping provide for educational and job reintegration.
  • Assisting financially needy young military families
    during deployments.

For on-line registration and more about the Tillery Memorial Fund visit:  http://www.tilleryfund.org/

 

Lock Up a Local Celebrity and Fight Hunger in Idaho

I think this sounds like an excellent event supporting two charities that need it – The Idaho Foodbank and a scholarship fund for Idaho Schools Field Trips.  This post comes directly off of the history.idaho.gov website.  Check it out:

 Escaping Hunger Event

As part of MAKE HUNGER HISTORY, on Friday January 13th from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., the ISHS support organization The Friends of the Historical Museum will present the first ever “Escaping Hunger Celebrity Lock Up”; a free community event held at the Old Idaho Penitentiary. Special drawings, tours, prizes and giveaways will occur all day long. While there is no charge to attend, food and monetary donations are encouraged! All proceeds will be divided between the Idaho Foodbank and a scholarship fund for Idaho school field trips. Local celebrities will be locked up from 6:00-7:00 p.m. Their goal will be to get the most food and monetary donations. The winning celebrity will be presented with the “Warden’s Cup” and bragging rights for the year!

Celebrities includes: Blue (Idaho Steelheads’ mascot), Niccole Blaze (musician), Ty Brennan (KTVB Channel 7), Bill Coffey (musician), Nate Fowler (musician), Natalie Hurst (KBOI Channel 2), Mix 106 Team, Rick Moorten (Wild 101.1), Ryan Peck (Boise Rock School and Anna Webb (Idaho Statesman).   See Mug Shots: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150439572651669.358935.94920681668&type=1

 

More information on:

 

http://history.idaho.gov/old-idaho-penitentiary-events

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

This is the time of year when we all think about donating to our favorite charities.

I have donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in the past and I am so happy that I did.

Leukemia is a type of cancer that affects the blood and bone marrow, the spongy center of bones where our blood cells are formed. The disease develops when blood cells produced in the bone marrow grow out of control.  I now have a very close friend in a battle with leukemia.  The treatment is intense and difficult, but my friend is a fighter.  We are thankful for the medical progress that non-profit charities like the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society have help make.

Here is the website to learn more:

http://www.lls.org/

In addition to donations, there are events that take place throughout the year that can help raise money.  There are also volunteer positions that are greatly needed.  AND on the site you can click through to stores that donate a portion of sales to this worthy charity.

Another way to help and super simple is to register for the national bone marrow transplant registry.  Take some time to read some success stories on the site.  Click here for more information:

http://registry.marrow.org/site/MessageViewer?em_id=7601.16&dlv_id=12904

Together we can help even more people with blood and bone marrow cancer.

I would love to research your favorite charity too.  Please send links and information to me!

 

 

 

 

 

Idaho Food Bank Needs Us

Although we are seeing a light at the end of the tunnel with the local job market (unemployment rates are gradually getting lower), many families are still faced with the difficulty of putting healthy, consistent meals on the table for their families.

The Idaho Foodbank is a non-profit organization with warehouses in Boise, Lewiston and Pocatello.  They are the largest hunger relief organization and the largest distributor of free emergency food in Idaho.

“Food distribution is made possible by generous donors, thousands of volunteers and a network of more than 200 nonprofit partners that receive food from IFB’s warehouses and distribute it directly to people in need. Our partners include food pantries, senior centers, rescue missions, soup kitchens and other feeding sites. The organization also provides direct service through programs such as the Mobile Pantry, the Backpack Program and Picnic in the Park”.  http://www.idahofoodbank.org website

It’s important for us to know that the shelves at the Idaho Foodbank are looking a bit bare right now.  Struggling families that are going into winter have to pay to keep their families warm and sheltered and make sure they are fed.

Helping can be as simple as donating food, money or time to the Idaho Foodbank programs.  So many people are now couponing, and could help by donating some of their pantry stable stockpile foods.  Protein items are especially needed.

See this link for how you can help:  http://www.idahofoodbank.org/?page=get-involved

Together we can help feed families in need in Idaho!