June 2019 Around Town

Boise Kind Aims to Make a Kind and Welcoming City

Boise Mayor David Bieter launched the Boise Kind initiative at the Treefort Music Fest in March. The community-wide collaboration is aimed “to protect and promote the core values that make Boise a kind and welcoming city.” Part of the initiative includes the Kindness Count, which encourages Boiseans to share stories about acts of kindness they see or offer at BoiseKind.CityOfBoise.org. According to the city, community interest in the initiative has been high, and a wide variety of community leaders have pledged their support. Since the initiative’s announcement in December, a steering committee of community members has been helping to refine the initiative’s scope. More Boise Kind events are planned and will be on the Boise Kind website. In the meantime, you can participate on social media channels using #BoiseKind or take the Boise Kind pledge, which encourages generosity, caring and graciousness.

Patrick Rice Earns Spirit of Hospitality Award

As part of the annual Recognition of Service Excellence (ROSE) Awards, Patrick Rice received the 2019 Spirit of Hospitality Award. Patrick is the executive director of Boise Centre and the Greater Boise Auditorium District. He was selected by a panel of tourism judges as a person who “consistently and positively contributes to the betterment of our community, its organization and the hospitality industry.” The ROSE Awards, presented by the Boise Convention and Visitors Bureau, honor employees in the service and hospitality industry who enhance visitor experiences with their enthusiasm and exemplary service. In addition to the Spirit of Hospitality Award, the public voted on the ROSE Awards in six categories: accommodations, attractions, behind the scenes, dining and bar, retail and transportation. All award winners were honored at a celebration April 16.

Fish and Game Encourages Beginners with ‘Take Me Fishing’ Trailers

In order to encourage new anglers, Idaho Fish and Game’s “Take Me Fishing” trailers are traveling the state. The trailers contain a wide variety of gear, including fishing rods, tackle and bait. Staffed by expert anglers, the trailers are offering events through July. Most events will be preceded by a visit from a trout-stocking truck. Equipment can be checked out on a first-come basis, and a fishing license isn’t required during the event. Since schedules can change, call the regional office for details. For the Southwest Region, call 208.465.8465.