Local scout collecting coats for Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge visitors

NAMPA — A local coat drive organized by Joaquin Thomas of Boy Scout Troop 110 will benefit children visiting the Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge who arrive unprepared for inclement weather during their visit to the popular field trip site.

Clean, wearable coats, hats, scarves and gloves are being collected through the month of April. The collection is for children and youth sizes only; no adult or toddler sizes are needed. Drop-off locations are First Christian Church of Nampa, 619 12th Ave. South; the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 121 N. Canyon Street Nampa; First United Presbyterian Church, 400 Lake Lowell Ave.; Gentle Dental, 1601 12th Ave., Suite 103; and Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge, 13751 Upper Embankment Road. For more information call 208-250-1093.

Local C of I basketball player helps build ball court for children’s home

MARSING — Children living at the Hope House Home for Children now have a new basketball court to enjoy, thanks to the efforts of College of Idaho basketball player Gibson Berryhill.

Berryhill, along with his father, John Berryhill, founders of Bacon of Hope, saw the need at Hope House for an outdoor facility for the 67 children who reside there. “I have been involved and serving at the Hope House for the past four years through the College of Idaho and knew it was something we needed to improve,” Berryhill said. “These children have been through enough; they could use a place to be a kid and really have some fun.”

Conger Group donated their services and were assisted in the construction by Flatworks LLC, Ground Innovations, Guches Construction, Nampa Paving and Curtis Clean Sweep. Bacon of Hope isn’t stopping at the sport court, and is currently fundraising for phase two and accepting donations at its Go Fund Me Page, gofundme.com/bacon-for-hope-basketball-court.

Nampa Christian School presents Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella

NAMPA — The Nampa Christian Theater Arts Department, under the direction of Gene Lubiens, presents their spring musical “G2K Cinderella” April 11-13 at the NNU Little Theater.

Performances are at 7 p.m. each night with a matinee on April 13. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and students and children under age 5 are free.

Local Lego robotics team headed to nationals, hosts April 13 fundraiser

MERIDIAN — A team of local students known as The Galaxy Guys is headed to the FIRST championship in Houston after winning the south Idaho competition.

At the south Idaho championship held in Twin Falls in January, the team won the Champions Award, which earned their spot at the national competition, as well as the Innovative Solutions Award for their project. The challenge was to develop a device to help astronauts retrieve tools that get lost in space as they work outside the space station. The device the team invented is called the Magnedor Retriever.

The team members are Asher Reece, Ethan Reece, David MacKinnon, Nathan MacKinnon, Jonathan Compher, Nathan Compher, Zane Pomerans and Zane Kesl. The coaches are Doug and Nadine Reece.

To help fund their trip to the national tournament, which takes place April 17 – 20, the team is sponsoring a fundraiser at Chipotle, 2126 N. Eagle Road, Suite 100, Meridian, on Saturday, April 13, from 4 to 8 p.m. Mention the Galaxy Guys fundraiser and a portion of the sale will go to support the team.

College of Idaho Model UN delegation lauded

CALDWELL — The College of Idaho’s Model United Nations delegation recently was named “Outstanding Delegation” in New York City. Senior Sara Shockley and freshman Macee Carpenter teamed up for the event to earn an award for best position paper on climate change response. The College has now earned an award for 11 consecutive years at the Model UN. Twelve students, accompanied by Professor Ray Daley, represented the college.

Pet Expo features adoptions, vendors and animal expert Corbin Maxey

BOISE — The 14th Annual Family Pet Expo will be held April 27 at Expo Idaho, featuring vendors, petting zoos, adoptable pets and appearances by nationally-recognized animal expert and TV personality Corbin Maxey.

The Idaho Humane Society booth will have adoptable pets and other local rescue groups will have booths. Other vendors include pet food and clothing suppliers, groomers, vet clinics, microchipping, reptile exhibits and a new dog agility gym. Well-behaved pets are welcome to attend.

Corbin Maxey will make appearances at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. A Happiest Pet Photo Contest is part of this year’s expo. To participate in the contest, upload a photo of your happy pet to facebook.com/My1027FM/contest between April 10 and 24 for a chance to win $100 and a bag full of goodies.

The Pet Expo will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Single tickets are $5 and a family pass is available for $20.

Local builder kicking off fundraising for local cancer group

BOISE — CBH Homes raised over $125,000 for the Light the Night Walk benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Boise chapter in 2018 and is hoping to exceed that in 2019.

In 2015, CBH Homes was hit hard when a CBH family member was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. The CBH Team banded together and supports the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to help beat blood cancers.

“The first year we joined, it was for Kaylee, our CFO’s daughter and 2015 Light the Night Walk Honored Hero. We still walk for her but now we walk for all who have been affected by cancers.” said Holly Haener, CBH Homes Director of Sales &andMarketing. CBH has donated $25,000 as the Red Lantern Title Sponsor to start this year’s fundraising efforts. Buyers will be offered incentives for donating and other fundraising events will take place later in the year.

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