Christmas Decor announces nominations open for 2019 Decorated Family Program benefiting a local military family

MERIDIAN—Meridian-area residents are urged to nominate a local military family to become this year’s “Decorated Family” at the holidays. Professional holiday and event decorating company Christmas Decor sponsors the program, which decorates the home of an active duty military family whose loved one is deployed outside of the country for the holiday season.

To nominate a family for this distinction, Meridian-area friends and family of deployed, active-duty military may go to Christmas Decor’s Facebook page at, click on the Decorated Family Program link and complete a form. Christmas Decor corporate will review all the shared stories and select from the nominated families in each community. The deadline for nominations for the 2019 holiday season is Veteran’s Day, Monday, Nov. 11.

Idaho Youth Barbershop Festival set for Sept. 23 – 25

BOISE—The 12th annual Idaho Youth Barbershop Festival will be held Sept. 23 – 25 at the Morrison Center. The event, produced by the Boise Chordsmen, will feature evening performances at 6:30 each night, which are free and open to the public.

Over 1,000 students are registered for the festival, which will be led by Deke Sharon and Rich Lapp. On Monday night, Meridian, Timberline, Nyssa, Homedale, Mountain View, Caldwell and Centennial high schools will perform. On Tuesday night, Nampa, Boise, Mountain Home, Borah, Marsing, Parma, Skyview, Ontario and Vallivue high schools will perform. On Wednesday night, Sawtooth, Mountain Home, Les Boise, Marsing, North, Nyssa, West, Homedale and Parma middle schools will perform.

Celebrate Idaho Family Dinner Night on Sept. 26

BOISE—Be The Parents, the underage drinking prevention campaign of the Idaho Office of Drug Policy (ODP), has kicked off an Idaho Family Dinner Night campaign to encourage families across the state to make and enjoy a meal together on Thursday, Sept. 26.

According to the Center on Addiction, teens who have frequent family dinners are more likely to have high-quality relationships with their parents, and teens with high-quality family relationships are much less likely to use alcohol, marijuana and tobacco. Frequent family dinners are also linked to positive benefits for youth, such as, decreased stress, higher self-esteem and increased achievement in school.

To help parents celebrate, Be the Parents is offering a free printable recipe guide and placemat with fun activities. The recipe guide contains easy, budget-friendly meal ideas from chefs and nutritionists from around Idaho.

Over 17,000 hard copy recipe guides and placemats are being distributed through the Idaho Foodbank and other partners, including ODP grantees. Be the Parents encourages participating families to share their family dinner photos on social media with the hashtag #IdahoFamilyDinnerNight. To learn more about Be the Parents visit

Community Volunteers needed to Rake-Up Nampa Nov. 9

BOISE—The City of Nampa is gearing up for its annual Rake-Up Nampa event and is seeking applications from both Nampa residents who need help and volunteer teams to assist them for the event, which will be held Saturday, Nov. 9.

Rake-Up Nampa begins with a volunteer kick-off party in Historic Downtown Nampa in the parking lot in front of the old Train Depot. The event kicks off between 8-9:30 a.m. and teams are usually done raking before 11 a.m.

Rakes are available as needed and leaf bags are provided. For this event, Rake-Up Nampa will be using paper leaf bags as they move toward a more environmentally friendly program. Once filled, these paper bags will be picked up on participating resident’s regular trash day by Republic Services for recycling.

Applicants to have their yards raked must be at least 60 years old or disabled and unable to rake up their leaves and reside within city limits. Applications are due Oct. 28. Each volunteer team should have at least eight participants with a team leader and should register by Oct. 31. For more information call 208-468-5430 or email or visit

B’Arc & Brew coming to you Sept. 28

“Idaho’s largest dog-friendly brew festival,” hosted by Highland’s Hollow, is slated for noon to 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 28 at Highland’s Hollow Brewhouse, 2455 Harrison Hollow Lane in Boise.

There will be live music with hourly changes, including bands such as Hot Dog Sandwich and Shiny Shoe Bob.

Attendees can sample great beers from 16 local and regional breweries. There will be dog related vendors and a dog parade and costume contest. Silent auction items will be available for bid. Food will be provided by Highlands Hollow Brewhouse. Dog parade and costume contest start at 3 p.m.

Admission is $20 and includes a taster mug and eight beer tickets.

All proceeds go to support employment for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities at The Arc.

Be sure to keep your dogs on a leash.

Bishop Kelly National Merit Semifinalists recognized

BOISE─Bishop Kelly High School announced that three of their students were named National Merit Semifinalists recently: Elsa Durcan, Avery Hormaechea and Beau Nelson. These students are among the 16,000 semifinalists nationwide and represent less than one percent of U.S. high school juniors.

Former Marines sought for participation in veterans’ group

MERIDIAN─If you are a Marine living in the Treasure Valley, there is a Veterans Service Organization specific to you. Marines who served any length of honorable service are invited to join the regular meetings at the American Legion Hall in Meridian every third Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. and every Saturday at 8:30 a.m. at Quinn’s Restaurant in Boise. For more information, contact Post Commandant Walt Modler at 208-941-1390.

Idaho Fitness Festival Oct. 5 to include Plank Off Challenge fundraiser

MERIDIAN─The Idaho Fitness Festival will be held Oct. 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Expo Idaho. The event will include over 100 exhibitors demonstrating the latest in sports and fitness clubs, nutrition, supplements, physical therapy, rehabilitation resources, sports equipment and apparel.

Zumba Boise will sponsor a Plank Off Challenge with all proceeds benefiting Because International and Tomorrow’s Adventure Foundation. Other activities include hands-on activity zones and seminars. Fore more information visit

Saturday Market to be held in Star Oct. 5

STAR─A Saturday Market will be held at Blake Park, 11225 W. Blake Drive, on Saturday, Oct. 5 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The market, hosted by Southwest Idaho Business Alliance, will feature over 30 vendors including produce, local service organizations, handcrafted goods, retail and nonprofits. Live music will be provided by local band Red Light Challenge from 10 a.m. to noon.

Spend an evening in conversation with author Marie Lu Oct. 2

NAMPA─Rediscovered Books and the Idaho Library Association welcome Marie Lu to Nampa Civic Center on Wednesday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. to discuss her new book, “Rebel.” This event is a fundraiser for the Idaho Library Association.

For tickets call the Nampa Civic Center Box office at 208-468-550 or order online at Use promo code REBEL for $4 off the regularly priced ticket (which includes a copy of “Rebel”). A companion ticket is available for $10 with purchase of a regularly priced ticket.

Marie Lu is the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of the “Legend” series, “The Young Elites” trilogy, “Batman: Nightwalker” and the “Warcross” series. “Rebel” is the final installment of the series.

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