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Second annual suicide prevention benefit to be held in Middleton Sept. 19-20

Strength 2 Thrive is designed to help people struggling with suicidal thoughts to know they are not alone, event organizers stated in a press release. It’s a walk-a-thon, concert, and gathering that will bring people together to raise awareness about suicide and build a community of support.

The event will feature an overnight walk-a-thon that will take place during the hours suicide rates are at their highest, 8 p.m. to 8 a.m., according to the website. This event will follow southwest district health guidelines around COVID-19.

General festivities will begin 7 p.m. Sept. 19 at Forge International School, 208 S. Hartley Lane in Middleton. Local musicians Sons of Country, Max Clark & Kyler Daron will be performing. Also, Project 88.7 will be live and on-site. Testimonials and stories from people who have been impacted by suicide will also be shared. Food trucks will also be on-site.

This event, organized in partnership with Rhythm and Grace Counseling, will be held outside with over 3 acres of space for plenty of social distancing, according to the release. Masks will be provided and recommended. Participants are encouraged to bring their own tents, chairs and snacks. For more information or to donate visit For helpful resources and information about suicide prevention call the hotline at 208-398-4357 and visit

Oktoberfest moves to the Ford Idaho Center

“Springen” over to the Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater on Friday, Sept. 25 and Saturday, Sept. 26 for music, games, food and fun during Oktoberfest. Celebrations are 4–11 p.m. both days.

The event, which is normally held at the Nampa Civic Center, was moved to the Ford Idaho Center to ensure better safety during COVID-19, venue managers with Spectra stated in a press release. By using Ford Idaho Center’s large outdoor amphitheater, Spectra can offer a socially distanced event and keep the community tradition going, according to the release.

There will be a surprise local Headlining talent both nights providing live music and entertainment — more information to come. Distinct Oktoberfest beers will be on tap, traditional Oktoberfest food will be available and game favorites like the Brat Shot, Mug Holding Contest, Beer Stein Race and more will be offered. Come in your best Lederhosen, Dirndl, or other traditional German attire and bring your best bier stein to enter event contests.

Reserved tables and lawn access will be available for purchase. Reserved tables can be purchased in advance for groups of four or six people. For more info on table options, and to purchase tickets, please visit Tickets will be available at the door, though the reserved tables are expected to be purchased very quickly, according to the release. Free parking is available for all ticket purchasers.

Who’s your local star?

Broadway In Boise at the Morrison Center for the Performing Arts announced it is looking for local stars who have gone above and beyond for the community and their neighbors. Your nomination could be a nurse, doctor, first responder, teacher, grocery worker, delivery driver or another person working hard to help us all.

The nominees will be reviewed and five winners will be chosen, who will each receive four tickets to an upcoming show when Broadway returns to the Morrison Center. Sponsored in part by Zions Bank.

To nominate your local star, complete the form by 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25. More information is available at

Free All Girls Coding Camp to be hosted by Discovery Center, AT&T

The Discovery Center of Idaho announced it is partnering with AT&T to host All Girls Coding Camp, and applications are now open. The AT&T All Girls Coding Camp (valued at $500) is offered at no cost to participants, according to a press release, and will be offered in a modified format for safety during COVID-19.

Girls in grades 9-12 can apply, and no coding experience is necessary. Due to the current climate with COVID-19, the camp has been reduced to 10 spots for in-person training. Face coverings will be required. The training will be made available for an additional 10 students to participate virtually.

The deadline to apply is Wednesday, Sept. 30. Applications consist of a short essay, short answer questions, teacher recommendation, contact information and parent or guardian signature, according to the release.

The camp will be held over six sessions which take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays Nov. 7 to Dec. 12. More information is available at