Local thespians tried out monologues, scenes and songs at July’s Actors Forum. Held 7-9 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at the Boise Elks Lodge, the forum is open to anyone interested in acting. To learn more about the free event or volunteer to do a scene, visit IdahoAct.org/Actors-Forum. Photography by Patti O'Hara
The Boise Fire Department took top honors at July’s Second Annual TIP Fire Truck Pull. First responder teams competed to haul a fire engine 100 feet. Probation and Parole grabbed Second, with the Meridian Police Department netting Third. The event benefitted Trauma Intervention Program of Treasure Valley, Idaho, a nonprofit supporting tragedy survivors. TipTreasureValley.org Photography by … Continued
The Boise Valley Habitat for Humanity got a boost from A Village of Playhouses in May. The raffle event featured playhouse kits put together and decorated by local businesses. Styles ranged from whimsical to traditional—and who can resist a castle drawbridge?
The Idaho Gives event raised nearly $2 million in its 24-hour span May 2. More than 12,000 donors chipped in small and large amounts to benefit 589 different nonprofits throughout Idaho. Many nonprofits celebrated at events around the state by showing their missions and skills.
Boise's Alive After Five kicked off with crowds taking advantage of the sunshine, fountain and live music. The event, which started up its yearly season in June, continues through each Wednesday in August.
Anime Oasis marked its 18th year with four days of panels, contests, costumes, hologram concerts, merchandise and more. The annual convention gives fans the chance to show their appreciation for Japanese animation and other fandoms.
The NEST hosted an afternoon of celebration May 9. The event leaders served lunch with an iced tea and champagne bar and presented classes on flower arranging. They donated proceeds to the BCRF for breast cancer research.
Forts of every kind sprung up for the five-day Treefort Music Fest in March. Attendees could take their pick of forts, with options including Treefort, Storyfort, Alefort, Comedyfort, Hackfort, Kidfort, Filmfort, Foodfort and Yogafort. Photography by Matthew Wordell
The Boise Flower & Garden Show played host to a wide variety of flowers, trees and garden implements. The event also featured a flower show presented by the Southwest District Garden Clubs of Idaho, Inc. and the Treasure Valley Flower Show Judges' Council and a bonsai display from the Boise Bonsai Society. Photography by Jordan Gray
Across the Treasure Valley, those enjoying St. Patrick's Day were treated to drums, bagpipes and dancing by four squads of Boise Highlanders. This group performed at The Hideaway Bar & Grill in Meridian.
More than 90 local nonprofit organizations across the Treasure Valley and McCall received in February Community Health Improvement Fund grants from St. Luke’s Health System totaling more than $650,000. The grants will support health-related programs and events, including healthy activities for youth, suicide prevention services and transportation to medical care.
Sixteen teams from the United States and Canada took part in the 300-mile sled dog race in Adams and Valley counties in Idaho in late January. Students from local high schools attended the race to cheer on mushers and dogs alike. Photography provided by Jeff Riechmann
Author Elaine Ambrose was joined by 35 attendees for Entrepreneurs' Organization Idaho's Queens in the Castle December event. EO is a global network of 13,000-plus leading entrepreneurs. EO Idaho is looking to add members, especially women, who are ready to take their business to the next level and help make the local chapter even stronger. … Continued
Operation “Camouflage Christmas” brings revelry and merrymaking to the Idaho State Veterans Home each and every year. Members of the Idaho Air Guard, Idaho Army Guard, plus Navy and Marine Reserve units from Gowen Field delivered "wish list" gifts to residents at the home. Nearly 500 gifts were placed around the Christmas tree in the home's … Continued
The Andrus Center for Public Policy welcomed a sold-out crowd of 920 women and men to its sixth annual Women and Leadership Conference. The conference highlights women leaders across a variety of backgrounds to emphasize the importance of gender balance within America's leadership ranks and encourages both women and men to foster growth in themselves and … Continued
The Boise State Broncos hockey club took 15 people with special needs ice skating at the Manchester Ice and Events Centre in McCall. For some, it was their first time on the ice. Special equipment provided by Courageous Kids Climbing was available for those who faced physical challenges.
Gov. Butch Otter cuts the ribbon on his namesake auditorium at Idaho's new College of Osteopathic Medicine. ICOM President Dr. Tracy Farnsworth, Dean Dr. Robert Hasty, Student Doctor Jacob Boyd, Professor Dr. Dennis Rau and Professor Dr. Rodney Bates joined the governor and first lady Lori Otter for the ceremony.
Boise's Robert Comstock Store hosted the Peregrine Fund and the World Center for Birds of Prey on Aug. 25 and Sept. 15. Twenty-five percent of the proceeds from those events was donated to fight conservation problems faced by birds of prey around the world. Visitors fell in love with Oliver, a milky eagle owl; and Bob, a kestrel.
The annual gala was held on Oct. 12 at the JUMP Center. A delicious tapas buffet was prepared and served by staff and students from Life's Kitchen. Aurora Fisher was selected as the Davis Butler Student of the Year. The award was created in 2011 in memory of Davis, a former program graduate who was loved by … Continued
KBOI and the Idaho STEM Action Center hosted the third annual STEM Day the opening day of the Western Idaho Fair. The event featured a STEM scavenger hunt for prizes and the technology-packed STEMBusUSA was on site. Kids could build BristleBots, operate robots, construct LEGO creations, explore the world of virtual reality and more. Photos by Otto Kitsinger
The Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine, Idaho's first medical school, welcomed visitors and students alike as it readied for its first semester. The college aims to educate osteopathic medical students using the most current research in clinical and biomedical sciences and recruit those who are committed to serving in areas throughout Idaho, the region and … Continued
STEM educators from throughout the state convened at the College of Western Idaho for four days to study and network at a workshop staged by the Idaho STEM Action Center. The i-STEM professional development program offers educators high-quality, relevant, hands-on opportunities at six flagship locations throughout the state. Photos by Otto Kitsinger
The Red Cross of Greater Idaho celebrates humanitarianism with its annual Hometown Heroes Awards by bringing together community leaders, first-responders, emergency and safety personnel, businesses and others to acknowledge those who have saved the lives of others. Winners were honored in categories including water safety, fire safety, military, law enforcement, animal rescue and youth.
Local real estate professionals raised more than $29,000 at the 2018 Give-Back Golf Tournament benefiting the Realtors Community Foundation, whose mission is to improve the quality of life through housing-related projects and grants. Held at Shadow Valley Golf Course, 151 golfers and 47 sponsors participated. This year’s event raised more than $9,000 more than in 2017.
Mountain West Bank celebrated the grand re-opening of its newly remodeled branch at 16th and State streets in Boise at an open house May 18. Boise Chamber of Commerce executives and volunteers were on hand to cut a ceremonial ribbon.
Vallivue and Sage Valley Middle School students visited the University of Idaho-Boise for a STEM Day full of activities and hands-on experiments to encourage kids to pursue careers related to science, technology, engineering and math. About 140 students participated this year — double the amount from last year's event.
Members of the Seymour Johnson Military Affairs Committee visited Mountain Home Air Force Base to give both Mountain Home AFB personnel and Seymour Johnson MAC members the chance to discuss similar issues that both base communities encounter. The members learned better ways of working together to handle these situations.
The city of Boise and Friends of Zoo Boise leaders broke ground on the new Gorongosa National Park Exhibit, which will expand the zoo’s footprint by 1.5 acres. The exhibit will generate $2 million toward efforts in Mozambique to protect wild elephants, lions, zebras and more.
The College of Idaho’s longtime faculty and staff members were recognized at its annual Faculty and Staff Years of Service Appreciation Dinner. Those who have served 15 years or more include Kerry Hunter, Jasper LiCalzi, Bev Robinson, James Dull, Allan Laird, Ignacio Martinez, Amy Truksa and Deb Yates. Photography by Adam Eschbach.
The Idaho Business Review’s Women of the Year awards program recognizes women shaping Idaho’s economic and community well-being through leadership, mentoring and community involvement. The Women of the Year program, which featured keynote speaker Kristin Armstrong, supports workplace diversity and celebrates the accomplishments of exceptional female business leaders.
The Western Idaho FabSlam Showcase in downtown Boise began when the Digital Harbor Foundation trained, and the STEM Action Center equipped teachers from 19 organizations to assemble and coach teams for a 3-D printing competition. Each team identified a transportation-related problem in their community that can be addressed using 3-D printing, and then developed a … Continued
Hundreds of Idahoans converged on the state Capitol for STEM Matters Day to explore and celebrate innovations in science, technology, engineering and mathematics learning. The third annual event, organized by the Idaho STEM Action Center, attracted students, educators, elected officials, businesses and STEM advocates from across the state.
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis spoke with airmen during a town hall at Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho. Mattis' visit included a meeting with base leadership and a town hall where he answered airmen's questions. Photography by Staff Sgt. Jeremy L. Mosier.
The 11th Annual Hispanic Youth Leadership Summit was held in 2017 in Boise and featured 871 high school students. It focused on leadership building, civic engagement, college prep and STEM. More than $400,000 in scholarships was handed out. Organizers will have two summits, one in Twin Falls, and one in Boise, this year.
Students at Parkcenter Montessori hosted a food drive, donating 250 pounds of food to The Idaho Foodbank to demonstrate kindness throughout the community. They also partnered with the “I Believe” campaign, a local giving tree effort that provides gift boxes to local children in need during the holiday season.
For more than 30 years, the Idaho Foodbank has helped feed families in need across the Treasure Valley. The 7Cares Idaho Shares campaign helps the food bank to raise food and money during a time that can be tough for some families. Photography courtesy of Mike Sharp.
For the third consecutive year, Cascade Student Transportation team, which provides school transportation to the West Ada School District, took part in the Ada County Sheriff’s Employee Association’s annual Shop with a Sheriff event. The team of volunteers cooked for more than 200 people and transported the children to the event.
Business owners, executives and community leaders met November 9 at The Penthouse at the C. W. Moore building for a night of music and food from Zee’s Rooftop. All proceeds benefited Camp Hodia, supporting Idaho children living with Type 1 diabetes. Thanks to the many local businesses who donated door prizes worth more than $1,700.
The Idaho Technology Council Hall of Fame and Idaho Innovation Awards highlight the work that has been part of Idaho’s past and the great innovations that are defining its future. Barbara Morgan, former NASA astronaut and educator, and Burt Rutan, aerospace designer and engineer, were the 2017 inductees.
The Idaho Diabetes Youth Programs hosted A Night Under the Stars gala in September. The generous patrons of this cause enabled the organization to exceed its goal and raise more than $95,000 to send children with diabetes to camp.
The Junior Achievement's Spirit of Achievement Awards honor the educators, volunteers and business partners that contribute to the empowerment of Idaho students. Hundreds of distinguished guests attend to celebrate the many individuals who change the lives of students, inspire them to visualize their success and propel them to think big.
Ronald McDonald House is about keeping families close to their sick child and bringing comfort and care. That care will spread to the halls of St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital and Saint Alphonsus Pediatrics with the new Happy Wheels cart program, providing a moment of refreshment, support and comfort for families.
Hubble Homes worked with Charitable Assistance To Community’s Homeless to help Idaho’s homeless families through the sale of Hubble’s Hope, a home designed by and built by Hubble Homes. The team spent 30,000 hours on the project and worked with vendors and partners, who also contributed time and resources.
The Boise Police Department recognized its promoted officers and celebrated outstanding award recipients. Capt. Brian Lee, Lt. Charlie LeBar, Lt. Steve Butler, Sgt. Matt Miller and Sgt. Sean Stace were promoted. Others awarded include Detective Shelli Sonnenberg and officers Carly Bock, Annie Matheus, Dave Frederick and Jessica Fowler.
Molina Medicaid Solutions organized a special day for more than 150 local children as part of its fourth annual Kids in Motion Health and Fitness Fair. The event benefited the Boys & Girls Club of Ada County to teach kids about the benefits of good nutrition and physical fitness.