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Rock’n the Rails concert Sept. 19 at Nampa Train Depot Museum

NAMPA—The Nampa Train Depot Museum’s last event in its Third Thursdays summer concert series Rock’n the Rails will be held Sept. 19 from 5 to 8 p.m.

The free event will feature music by “Stray Cats,” NNU’s Summer Jazz Band. Food and drink will be available for purchase from the Something Different food truck and Crescent Brewery.

Children to celebrate International Day of Peace with games and crafts Sept. 21

NAMPA—Children are invited to celebrate the International Day for Peace by playing games and doing crafts at the Nampa Public Library on Saturday, Sept. 21 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The games and crafts will be led by teens who are part of Play for Peace, a club formed this past summer during “Learning Peace: A Camp for Kids” in Nampa. “Play for Peace gives me hope that when the children we teach are older, they will have grown up playing peace games—so there will be less conflict in the world,” said Sierra Armbrust, a youth facilitator in training.

Treasure Valley Tomato Taste Off to be held Sept. 21 at Indian Creek Festival

CALDWELL—Did you grow a tasty tomato variety this summer that you would like to share with others? The community is invited to bring in their favorite tomato varieties for a tasting competition as part of the Indian Creek Festival Sept. 21 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

University of Idaho master gardener volunteers and master food safety advisors will present information on growing, canning and freezing tomatoes at home. Prizes will be awarded for the best tasting slicer, paste and cherry tomato. Preparation for tomato judging will begin at 9 a.m. with public tasting at 11 a.m. For more information contact the Canyon County Extension Office at 208-459-6003.

“Dammed to Extinction” documentary to be screened Oct. 1 at The Flicks

BOISE—The documentary “Dammed to Extinction” will be shown at The Flicks Oct. 1 at 7 p.m.

This new film from Peterson-Hawley Productions tackles the issue of rapidly declining populations of Puget Sound resident orcas, the plummeting numbers of Pacific Northwest wild salmon and steelhead, the link between the two crises and a solution — removal of the four Lower Snake River dams.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online or at the box office. After the screening, a talkback session will be held with the producers of the film.

Daughters of the Revolution announce essay contest for 2019-2020

CALDWELL—The Idaho Pocahontas Caldwell chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution announced the DAR essay contest for 2019-2020.

The contest is nation-wide and open to all fifth through twelfth graders. For the American history contest for fifth through eighth graders, the topic is “The Voyage of the Mayflower.” For the Christopher Columbus contest for ninth through twelfth graders, the topic is “A Sailor’s Experiences as part of Christopher Columbus’ First Expedition to the Americas.” At the chapter level, one essay for each grade will be selected.

All requirements on the instruction sheet must be followed, which can be obtained from Nancy Baxter at nbaxter@q.com. The deadline for the essays to be received is Wednesday, Dec. 18.

Idaho Conservation League earns top rating from charity evaluator

BOISE—The Idaho Conservation League has earned a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. This is the fifth consecutive time the environmental nonprofit has earned a top distinction.

According to a press release, a four-star rating is Charity Navigator’s highest possible rating and indicates ICL adheres to sector best practices and executes its mission in a financially efficient way. According to Charity Navigator, only 13% of the charities it evaluates have received at least five consecutive four-star evaluations.

“It’s important that our members and supporters trust that we’re using our funds wisely to accomplish our mission to protect Idaho’s environment,” said Jenny Estes, ICL development director. “Our fifth consecutive four-star Charity Navigator rating demonstrates that we take our fiduciary and governance responsibilities very seriously.”

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