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Contents May 2015
Features Columns Soccer & kids: Enthusiasm unrivaled
Bottomless pits: Feeding teens
Mom, daughter, braids
Every little bit: Helping other families
4 10 15 17
Ang’s Antics: The grace of children
12 Irene’s Insights: Decorating a nursery
19 Family Business with Daphne: Expert’s advice
CAMPS Guide II 25-33 Mouthguards Blowing Bubbles
Social Skills: Dating etiquette
Crafts on A Dime: Lost-sock holder
18 All in Good Taste: Bow Tie Pasta with Zucchini Sauce
34-40 In Each Edition
Family photos: A hospital display
Editor’s Intro Giving birth
Family Events Calendar: Family friendly activities & events for May & early June!
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Volume 3, Number 5 Publisher Sterling Media Ltd. Editor Gaye Bunderson firstname.lastname@example.org 208-639-8301 Sales & Marketing Melva Bade email@example.com 208-631-3779 Cover Photo Brianna Chaves Graphic Design Denice King Contributors Andrea Amestoy, Susan Evans, Angela Hayes, Genny Heikka, Patrick Hempfing, Daphne Mallory, Diane Louise Smith, Samantha Stillman, Claudia Weathermon Tester, Maggie Williamson & Irene Woodworth Distribution Specialists Idaho Distribution Services
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Giving birth is always a miracle By Gaye Bunderson When I was born — not quite back in the Dark Ages but close — women generally gave birth in the hospital. Fathers were not in the birthing room. Instead, they spent a lot of time in the waiting room, where, as in my father’s case, they eagerly anticipated the birth of a son. (Surprise!) My mother said she spent 30 hours in labor. I’ve always been a tad tentative about new adventures, so I ultimately had to be dragged out by forceps. Be it because of the women’s movement or whatever, women now give birth in a variety of ways. They are free to choose. Fathers are close by — “coaching,” of course — and sometimes other family members as well. My mother’s mother gave birth with the help of a midwife. How things come back around, as many modern women are opting to use midwives nowadays. I was once awakened at 1 a.m. and asked if I wanted to come take photos of a water birth. I groggily said yes, as I had arranged in advance with an obstetrician’s office to write a story, with photos, of a woman giving birth to a baby inside a pool of water. The obstetrics clinic had to get permission from a mother willing to let me come in and take photos of the birthing process. Some women are a lot less shy than me, I have to say; so there I was, complete with bed head and a Canon, looking into a large, warm tub of H2O as a woman struggled to give birth. The dad was there, as well as the obstetrician, a close girlfriend of the mother, and me — a sleepy, snoopy journalist. As I watched the baby’s head eventually pop out after a lot of effort on the mom’s part, the obstetrician said, “OK, the head is out. Now the shoulders need to come.” I thought, “Shoulders? No way.” But come out they did; and before you know it, the entire baby was all the way out and laying underwater like it was no big deal — undaunted and unaware she was not a fish. Did I think it was amazing? I did. Was it kind of messy? Yes. Was it embarrassing? No. If it didn’t bother the mother, it didn’t bother me. After all, I had a bad case of bed head, so who was I to talk? A lot has changed in the world of birthing babies, from technology to pain relief. They (meaning that anonymous mass of talkers we always refer to) used to say that Vietnamese women gave birth while out in the rice paddies and then went on working. I seriously doubt it. I’m guessing that was
just something THEY said to make American women feel weak and over-pampered. But the mothers of the world are strong in so many ways. They keep on having children, no matter the circumstances, be it in war and poverty or peace and plenty. Most mothers raise their children with a lot of love, doing the best they can. Ultimately, it seems that no matter how it’s done — in water or on a bed, with a midwife, a doctor or a doula, in the First World or the Third — the whole process of birth (and life) is pretty darn miraculous.
In this edition, we offer our annual “Idaho Babies” section. Two special contributors are featured: Maggie Williamson, who wrote on mom guilt, and Andrea Amestoy, who wrote on discovering two of her three children were born with a hearing impairment. Williamson addresses a mother’s many roles — “nurturer, caretaker, provider, homemaker, emotional compass, spiritual guide, logistical director, and sometimes breadwinner” — and how to wrestle with the guilt monster and beat it. Amestoy extols the value of early intervention in detecting hearing difficulties in newborns. May is Better Hearing and Speech Month, and in conjunction with a program called Idaho Sound Beginnings, Amestoy hopes to promote the value of diagnostic evaluations and getting help if it is needed. She brings a lot of heart to the story, and her children’s successes are touching as well. Also make sure to take a look at the baby photos taken by Brianna Chaves. The newborns are only days old — and yes, we all started out THAT cute (even my sister). Someday those precious little bundles will worry about gaining weight and losing hair like the rest of us. But until then, even if they’re just sleeping, oblivious to all around them, they warm your heart and make you say something like, “Ah, that’s just adorable.” Happy Mother’s Day to all our moms, including my own! n Gaye Bunderson, Editor
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Mother Sabrina Coley, father Brandon Coley, daughter Bristol and newborn Gavin (photo by Brianna Chaves)
Idaho Family Magazine | May 2015
SOCCER numbers rising
Sport still a big kick for area youth
By Gaye Bunderson Someday in the future, the U.S. will field a top men’s soccer team that will be a force to be reckoned with, just the way the U.S. women’s team has become a topnotch contender. “America is such a vast country, at some point it will be the best in soccer, a world-class team,” Craig Warner, executive director of the Idaho Youth Soccer Association, said. “If the numbers continue to grow — it’s the sheer numbers.” By “numbers” Warner means the increasing volume of young people — in Idaho and beyond — who are taking up the sport. “We’re still seeing the numbers rise,” he said. “It’s growing and has not plateaued.” Warner started working with Idaho Youth Soccer in 2007. A native of Oxford, England, he played the sport commonly referred to as “football” in other countries. He played at school recess and then played after school with friends near his home. “In Europe, soccer is a culture and has been for hundreds of years. America doesn’t have a soccer culture yet, but it’s building one,” he said. One of the major changes in soccer in recent years is the number of parents who played the game in their youth, and that includes both mothers and fathers. Even though the term “soccer mom” has been widely used to denote a suburban mother in a minivan, many mothers nowadays played soccer in their own youth — even in college at a competitive level — and that is helping to fuel the interest.
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IYS is part of the national U.S. Soccer association that is divided into two groups: youth and adult. In the former category, there are 3.2 million youngsters involved in 55 state associations. Thousands of young people in the Treasure Valley participate in the game. One organization alone — Idaho Rush Soccer Club — has 3,000 children currently enrolled in its programs, from kids as young as 3 and up to age 18. There are also soccer classes offered through the YMCA and city parks and recreation departments. Both male and female volunteers and professional coaching staff are actively involved in soccer, as well as referees. IYS oversees 30-40 clubs in the state (including Idaho Rush) and has 1,350 coaches statewide — 80 to 95 percent of whom are volunteers. According to Warner, the five main functions of IYS are: 1. Keeping the kids safe while playing soccer 2. Enforcing background checks on coaches 3. Offering secondary medical insurance 4. Overseeing local leagues 5. Making sure the rules are obeyed and that people “behave nicely” (in Warner’s words) Warner explained there are two categories in youth soccer: recreation and competitive. Seventy-five percent of young people are in the recreation side and 25 percent are in the competitive side. The two top reasons the competitive side was formed are that soccer started becoming a big business and parents began to demand better coaching and more skills-based programs. “Ninety-nine percent (of participants) just want to have fun, but 1 percent emphasizes winning,” Warner said. “There are now avenues for parents who want to see their kids play at a higher level.” Plus, there are scholarship opportunities for skilled young soccer players. Idaho Rush Soccer even offers college camps and on its website at idahorush.com highlights players who’ve won scholarships. Gina Waddell, who works in administration at Idaho Rush, said more than 60 of its players, both male and female, have committed to play for college teams since 2006. It was due to the need for a competitive level that Idaho Rush Soccer formed in 2006. It operates as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit also known as Capitol Youth Soccer Association and is affiliated with the national association of Rush Soccer. “We had a recreation side. We needed a competitive level,” Waddell said. Now, Idaho Rush Soccer offers three levels in a kind of “something for everyone” approach. Levels include: 1. Recreation: For children as young as 3 and up to age 9 “It’s for beginners and is for fun and exercise,” Waddell said. 2. Select: For children ages 7 to 18 “This is the middle or development tier.” 3. Competitive: For youth ages 9 to 18 “They vie for a state cup, then the state winners go on to regional.” The 2015 U.S. Youth Soccer Region IV Far West Championships will be held June 22-28 at the Simplot Sports Complex in southeast Boise near Columbia Village. The complex boasts 22 fields where soccer can be played, and they will all be full when teams from 14 states come to compete. Each
team garnered the top award in their respective states, qualifying them for the regional tournament, so competition will be firstrate. “There will be 242 teams in town for a week, with 4,000 players and 10,000 visitors,” Warner said. “It will bring $4 million into valley communities.” The Idaho Youth Soccer Association will run the event, in conjunction with U.S. Soccer as part of the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championship Series. Concussion awareness has become central in soccer, as it is in other (Creative Outlet) sports. Idaho Rush encourages, but does not require, a pre-season, pre-injury baseline test through STARS at Saint Alphonsus Health System, Waddell said. Results of this test can be used in a side-by-side comparison to determine symptoms of concussion should a child suffer a blow to the head during play.
This fall, the Idaho Youth Soccer Association will require its coaches to attend HEADS UP Concussion in Youth Sports training offered through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to Warner. Coaches will be taught to recognize the signs of concussion and follow procedures for the safety and well-being of a player who may have been injured. There are five full-time staff members at IYS and seven at Idaho Rush. Warner said clubs throughout the state are a close-knit family. Still, there’s an ongoing, spirited battle among the clubs to see who can build the best teams. IYS enforces the rules and regulations. “We make sure they all play well together,” Warner said. n For more information, go to idahoyouthsoccer.org or idahorush.com. Idaho Rush Soccer Club accepts applications in May for its fall soccer program.
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Grace gets Mom through tough days Because then what happens? You become By Angela Hayes even more jaded, impatient, and burnt As I sit here, I want to grumble about out as a mom trying to keep up with how how difficult my day has been with my you “think” you’re supposed to be by cerkids. How much laundry there was to tain standards. We’re human, ladies; we wash, dry, and fold; the pile of dishes in make mistakes every time we turn around. the sink; the thought of doing it all over We don’t always have it all together the again tomorrow. Then I remind myself way society says we should or even the that I chose this profession. way we desire for ourselves. Being a mom is hard work some days. I have embraced one word that turns There’s a constant to-do list we’re exmy mistakes around and gives me that pected to complete. Our offspring rely on stamina to pull through yet another day us for their every need, practical or not. that seems extra rough: grace. Yes, we Dinners need to be planned out and exereceive more grace from our children than cuted; McDonald’s is not an option seven Angela Hayes is a resident of Eagle. we realize. That’s what keeps us going, nights a week. The house needs to be kept She’s a stay-at-home mom to five in order, faces need wiping, lunches need children and married to one lucky man. along with their beloved smiles. That gets Visit her family’s blog at: us back on track again. packing, homework needs tending to, thehayesfamily6.blogspot.com. I know that I was put on this earth to stories need to be read, baths need to be be my kids’ mom. My job is tough some given, Band-Aids need to be applied with days; what job isn’t? But knowing I was kisses to soothe the hurt, and hair needs specifically chosen to raise, love, and nurture my babies? to be brushed. The mere thought of my “mom’s duties” That’s priceless. So priceless I welcome another day, and overwhelms me some days to the point where I want to question why I chose this position as CEO of The Hayes another day after that one too. All bellyaching aside, I love being a mom. I have a fervor knowing I am trying Family. my best every single day to raise little humans who will After my list is completed for the day, the babes are grow to be productive, respectful, loving, larger beings. I bathed, the toys picked up and put into the toy bin for am the one called for this CEO position and through the the 40th time, and I’m able to sit down for a moment, clutter, confusion, and chaos, I smile every day realizing I look around. Quiet surrounds me, except for the soft how blessed I truly am to have the title of MOM. breaths I can hear in the background of my children As I pull the sheets up over my head to close out my sleeping the night away. I re-live the day’s events in my day, I hear, “Momma, I need a drink.” In the silence of mind: the night, I drag myself out of bed and fill my son’s SuGetting frustrated at my 2-year-old for wanting me to perman cup with water. I walk him back into his room, hold him yet again. “Can’t I have some alone time?,” I tuck him snuggly into his Spider-Man blankets, kiss his howl at him as if he’ll understand my annoyance. soft, sweet-smelling head, and say, “Thanks for the grace Impatiently telling my 4-year-old to hurry up and get today, Buddy. I really needed it. Goodnight, I love you.” his shoes on for pre-school. I even recall skipping several Moms, you are doing a wonderful job at this thing pages when it came to story time because I was just too called “motherhood.” I know you get discouraged at worn out to read the entire book…again! times, question if you’re doing the right things for your As my mind continues looking back on my day, guilt babes, and even beat yourselves up more than you creeps in. should. But know grace is all around you, whispering to I have often questioned my ability to be the true defiyou, “You are impeccable and superb, Mom; thanks for nition of a mother: to bring up (a child) with care and all you do.” affection. Sure I can bring up a child; I’m doing it every As Mother’s Day is approaching, remember to honor single day, but with care and affection? That’s where I feel as if I’m failing. Too many of my days are defined as the woman who created life for you. Maybe it’s even your a momma who’s worn out and weary. All too often those grandma, aunt, or step-mom who helped raise you and needs the honor too. Honor her for her weary and worn days are followed by bouts of guilt as to why they were out days. Show her grace overflowing, without hesitation. executed in a fashion that doesn’t grant me a Mom of I know I will honor my own mom come the second Sunthe Year award. day of this month. I only wish I could tell her in person. I have these days more than I want to admit. And the But until we meet again, the gratitude and abundance of comforting thought? I know you do too, fellow moms. I grace in my heart will have to do. know you get overworked, exhausted, pooped and out Happy Mother’s Day to every mother reading this. May of gas as well; we all do as moms. But somehow putting you know how valued and loved you really are, through on our, “I’m June Cleaver, it’s nice to meet you” face to all the glorious days of your mothering…and beyond. n the outside world makes the cover-up OK. Well, it’s not. 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Dating etiquette for those ‘dating again’ By Susan Evans Searching for love and companionship? It is time to start dating...again…?! High school and college students seem to have this figured out. They have an advantage over older folks since they live for this with their friends on a daily basis. As an older adult just getting back into the scene it can be a bit more difficult. In any event, everyone needs to understand the general rules when it comes to dating: how to ask for, behave and follow up if you are interested in pursuing a relationship.
If you are frustrated with using singles’ hangouts, there are alternative ways to meet people. Being active in your community doing the things you love to do will provide the best chance to find someone like-minded. However, some of us just don’t have enough time and so we turn to technology and the personal advertisement. This can prove to be fruitful, but one must proceed with caution. Here are a few pointers: • Place your ad in a publication or website that you read most and that you see your imaginary intended reading. • Your ad should include your age, general physical traits, interests, pet peeves and what you are seeking in a potential mate. • Do not lie! Or even stretch the truth — emotions are at stake.
• Meet in a public place for coffee or a drink and a limited amount of time. You can tell in a few minutes if the person is worth pursuing. Continued on page 9
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CRAFTS On A Dime
Make a versatile lost-sock holder Supplies needed: Picture 1
By Samantha Stillman
This craft is something I have wanted to do for a while now. It never fails that after laundry is done, there are a few stragglers with no pairs. This craft will help keep those stragglers near my laundry room for the next washday, with the hope that their “partners” haven’t been eaten by the dryer. However, if you don’t need a lostsock holder, then this craft is versatile enough to be used for anything else you need organized. The Internet can be your best friend if your creative juices are low like mine are sometimes. Happy crafting! n
1. Begin by painting your yardstick whatever color you choose. I decided on a black center on the front, and black on the edges and back as well. The beauty of this craft is you can be as creative as you like. You can use fabric or ribbons to cover the yardstick; just make it yours. Picture 2 2. While the paint was drying, I began measuring and cutting my paper. Most paper is 12x12 so I only needed two strips for the front ends. Once the paint was dry, I used the Mod Podge to glue the paper on the front of the stick. I also applied a coat to the front to ensure it stayed on near the edges. Pictures 3 and 4 3. Lastly, I painted my clothespins and used glue to apply them evenly on the front. Using a chalkboard marker I wrote Lost Socks on mine, but you can use your yardstick for anything you want. Some examples could include an art holder for your child’s masterpieces, a chore list organizer, or a homeschool schedule holder. Using a bit of string, you can hang it wherever you like. Picture 5
Yardstick Scrapbook paper Scissors Paint Paintbrushes Clothespins Mod Podge or hot glue Samantha Stillman is a Treasure Valley crafts instructor and freelance writer. She may be reached at email@example.com.
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The first date
er than under dressed. Women should opt for demure rather than something overtly sexy or outlandish that might intimidate. Men should think neutral and not overdo the cologne or share chest hairs! • By long-standing custom, the person inviting another out on a date should be picking up the tab. That does not give one free range to order the most expensive thing on the menu. Best to opt for the middle ground. It is polite, however, to offer to pay your share when the bill arrives if you think the situation calls for it.
Nowadays, women as well as men can take the initiative to ask for a date. Expect the worst and hope for the best. Remember that getting turned down for a date is not a major rejection — it happens to everyone at one time or another. • The objective is to get to know the person one on one so the first date should have some sense of ceremony to it. If you initiated it, put some thought into what you are going to do. Some great options include: a play, museum, a movie…some- Susan Evans owns Social Essence, thing where you will have some peace an Eagle-based company serving and quiet together as well as fun so you can the Treasure Valley. She offers youth The second date and on culture and adult culture programs Take time to relish the little things and focus on each other. designed to help participants improve savor everything that goes along the way. • Topics for discussion should be limited their professional and personal lives. Don’t push things too much; let your story She may be reached at to a pleasant exchange regarding each others’ activities, characteristics and future firstname.lastname@example.org, 631-0576, unfold on its own. or www.socialessence.com. After the first date, the couple can split objectives. Ask questions, be inquisitive, the cost of dining and entertainment as and keep the conversation moving forward. they see fit. Nothing prevents a couple from agreeing Take care, when talking with your date, to be present and attentive. This is where you should drop any distrac- beforehand to split expenses. This practice is common from students to older folks on fixed incomes. tions, including your phone. Avoid talking about your Finally, if things are not working out and you’ve been ex, the intricacies of your family’s dysfunctions, financial going out with someone for at least a couple of dates, you situation, diseases or inflictions…you get the gist. owe them a phone call. Do not break up via a text mes• Good grooming and the appropriate attire will go a sage. It is the coldest form of communication and it says, long way toward a great first impression. Take care to dress for the occasion. It is always better to be over rath- “I am a coward.” You don’t want to be that person! n
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‘FEED the Beast’
Creating nutritious snacks for a teen
Carson Tester, the teenage son of Claudia Weathermon Tester and Dave Tester, set a personal record for shot put at a track meet held April 11. At 6’4” and still growing, he requires a lot of “fuel.” His mother tries to make sure most of what he eats is nutritious. (Courtesy photo)
By Claudia Weathermon Tester Teenagers, especially boys, are notorious for being hungry all the time. “Feed the Beast” is the mantra for many a mother. Just considering the sheer volume a teenager can consume, it’s no wonder families often look for cheap, filling options. The problem is that those lowcost offerings are often highly processed with unhealthy fats, corn or sugar additives for volume, artificial colors and flavorings and preservatives. Generally, the further a food deviates from its original form, the less nutrition it has. And QUALITY, not just quantity, should be a top consideration in feeding your teens. It’s what their bodies NEED to create healthy bones, blood and new tissue. What is meant by processed food? The Academy of Nutrition says to look on the ingredient list. If you can’t pronounce one of the ingredients, it is probably something that enhances flavor, texture or shelf life. However, sometimes foods are enhanced with vitamins (example: added vitamin D in milk), so get educated about the difference. The culprits in households with famished teenagers usually include crackers, chips, granola and 10 May 2015 | Idaho Family Magazine
deli meat. It may take a few more minutes at the grocery store to read the labels, but aren’t your kids worth it? Also be especially wary of frozen, pre-made snacks. They may be easy to zap in the microwave after school, but they carry more empty calories than nutrition. And finally, soda pop and ‘energy’ beverages are a huge source of calories devoid of nutrition but full of additives. Get your kids hooked on ice cold water by adding a few berries or lemon slices for flavor. If energy is an issue, green tea sweetened with honey would be a good option. If you’re looking for low-cost options, remember that whole grains, fruits and vegetables will make your kiddo ‘feel’ full and protein will help them stay full. Both have plenty of key nutrition without the additives notorious for causing inflammation in our systems. Buy plenty of seasonal fruits. They are nature’s original fast food. Apples, oranges and bananas can always be eaten whole and easily toted in a backpack. Separate grapes from the stem, place in a serving size baggie (about 1 cup) and freeze. Again, a grab and go option. Do the same thing with sliced mangoes. www.idahofamilymagazine.com
You wonâ€™t freeze veggies, but they can certainly be prepared and stowed in baggies. Good options: cherry tomatoes, edamame (also high in protein), cucumber slices, small sweet peppers, snap peas, carrots and celery sticks. When it comes to adding protein, think of these as your staples: peanut butter, edamame, hummus, nuts, boiled eggs and Greek yogurt. A serving size of peanut butter or hummus is 2 tablespoons and can be used as a dip or spread on a slice of whole wheat bread or 5 crackers. Buy unsweetened or honey sweetened Greek yogurt and add a tablespoon of fresh fruit or nuts. Greek yogurt also freezes well for an ice cream-like treat. Nuts can be purchased in bulk for lower cost. Roasted for flavor is fine, but added salt is not a good idea. Pistachios and almonds are the lowest in fat and walnuts have key essential oils. Make sure to portion these in snack baggies serving sizes of one-quarter cup. And finally, a naturally made granola made with fruits, grains and nuts can be used many ways for snacking teens. A bowl with low-fat milk any time of day can be very satisfying. If you canâ€™t make your own granola, which would be least expensive, read the label to avoid extra sugar and preservatives. n Claudia Weathermon Tester is a former TV news anchor, mother of two teenagers and certified health coach devoted to helping end the obesity epidemic among our children. If you have an idea or question for her column, send an email to email@example.com.
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Oh, baby! Decorating a nursery
Decorating a nursery first requires choosing a theme. Themes may include safari animals, butterflies, fairy tales, or other things that appeal especially to little ones. (Photo from roomzaar.com) Irene Woodworth is known as “Idaho’s Color Lady” and is founder and CEO of Redesign Boise. She is a national redesign accent wall with accents By Irene Woodworth of red and white can bring award winner, motivational speaker, certiFor new parents, decorating a nursery can seem like an fied redesigner and color consultant, and “spice” to a nauticaloverwhelming task. After the shock wears off from accepting instructor on redesign and color. She has themed nursery. There will a degree in education and interior design. the fact a baby is on its way, some wait while others use the time to plan on the special room for their upcoming heavenly be lots of color inspiraShe has taught various decorating and tions from your theme. gift. color classes throughout the country. When you paint your The following steps will help you select your theme to deShe may be reached at nursery, choose eco-friend- Irene@RedesignBoise.com. For more intermine your decorating direction. What is your unique style formation, visit wwwRedesignBoise.com. ly or “green” paint forthat you would like to incorporate into the room? Do you
have a memorable design or memory you would like to incorporate into your design? If you learn the sex of the child before it is born, that will also influence your decorating theme. Some themes to consider are: safari animals, insects, tropical or local birds, butterflies and bumblebees, floral designs, fairy tale designs, farm animals, or a nautical theme. There are also classic styles you can choose from beloved books such as Beatrix Potter’s “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” or A.A. Milne’s “Winnie the Pooh.” Color is a wonderful way to add some life to the room. Pastels can be used to create a cheery space for your newborn, but that does not limit your color choices. Sometimes a dramatic bold color on an accent wall can set the stage for some drama and decor in a room. For example, a navy blue
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mulas that will cut down on the paint odor. If you paint, make sure that the painting is done at least eight weeks before your due date. This way any fumes will be gone before your precious little bundle comes home. If you decide to wallpaper your nursery, the eight-week rule will also apply. There is a newer product called “temp wallpaper” that is just that. It is a peel and stick paper that you can use in a variety of styles to add drama to the room. This is a great solution for those living in rentals. When you are done or want to change it, you just peel it off and there is no mess. Consider your furniture pieces. You will need a crib, a changing table, a dresser, a chair or rocking chair, a side table, curtains and lighting. (Make sure when you select your chair
Putting a baby’s name above his or her crib is a great idea. Whatever you do, don’t forget to add vibrant colors throughout the nursery. (Photo from projectnursery.com)
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or rocker that it is comfortable for you. You will spend lots of time there holding, rocking and reading to your baby.) You will also need lots and lots of storage. You will be amazed how much storage you will need for all of those diapers, clothing, blankets, toys and more…oh my! The layout of the furniture in the room will be important. Do not put the crib where the light comes into the room. This will disrupt the baby’s sleep. Make sure to put the crib in a shadier area. You can always turn on a lamp near the crib for softer lighting nearby. If you have an overhead light, it is a good idea to install a dimmer switch to dim the light as needed. After you have selected your theme, remember to incorporate décor that is colorful, interesting and stimulating for your baby to see and experience. Wall art, lighting, mobiles above the crib and/or the changing table will be wonderful additions for your little one. Remember to include a CD (compact disc) player to put on those soothing lullabies for your baby. You will learn how much babies like music and you will also stimulate their senses with sound. Incorporate your baby’s name in the décor. You can purchase the initial of his or her first name or letters for the entire name. Be creative by using paint, scrapbook paper, fabric, yarn, buttons, beads, or crayons, etc. The sky is the limit. You can order the name from a vinyl lettering company to add the personalized piece into the décor. An area rug is also a great idea for a play area as a child gets older. If you have hardwood floors or tile, it is a good idea to put a non-slip pad under your rug to prevent any falls. You can use double stick tape to mount it onto your hard floors. You would not want Mom to slip while holding the precious little one. Most of all have fun when decorating your nursery. It will be the beginning of a new life in a special new place for you and your infant. n For more baby stories & tips see our Idaho Babies Section on pages 34-39
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Changing roles, taking care of Mom arms for my daughter, Jessie, to prevent my By Patrick Hempfing toddler from falling. Now my ailing mom Thank you — two words, only eight letneeded the assistance. How did the years go ters. “Thanks” could cut it to a single word. so fast? Heck, sometimes words aren’t even needed. One day, after Mom had finished her A warm embrace, held hand, or gentle unappetizing lunch, I headed to the hospital forehead kiss are effective nonverbal ways to cafeteria. As I walked down the hallway, I show appreciation. Of course, it’s even more saw an elderly man with a cane who looked special when “Thanks” is followed by “I love familiar. I stopped and hesitantly asked, “Mr. you.” Furhman?” Last July, I drove 15 hours to Pennsylvania “Yes.” for my mother’s serious operation. It hasn’t “I thought that was you. You haven’t seemed that long since Mom combed my changed a bit. Patrick Hempfing, class of hair to get me ready for school. Luckily, since 1978. I had you for typing in high school.” she drove the school bus (for 42 years), my After I exchanged pleasantries with the chances of missing it were miniscule. SomePatrick Hempfing had a 20-year teacher I hadn’t seen for 36 years, I asked, how those school days had long passed and professional career in banking, account“Guess what I do for a living?” Before he now my tough, energetic mother was frail. ing, and auditing before he became a The words “stressed, fatigued, and worried” father at age 44. He is now a full-time could answer I blurted out, “I’m a writer. I can still type 70 words a minute.” To be summed up my emotional week. I pondered husband, stay-at-home dad, and honest, this may have been a slight overthe role reversal from my younger years as writer. Follow him at www.facebook. statement, though I am proficient with the I brushed Mom’s hair and fed her ice chips, com/patricklhempfing and on Twitter @PatrickHempfing. keyboard. broth, and Jell-O. Mom just peeled and cut bananas for my morning cereal. Now I had I filled Mr. Fuhrman in on all the jobs I’ve to excite her about the tray of clear liquids performed since I took his class. He smiled delivered to her hospital room. All the times she held a tissue when I told him that, a few weeks earlier, I thought about him to my nose and said, “Blow,” pinching, in my opinion, too when I instructed my daughter, Jessie, to “place her fingers hard, came to mind when I became the holder of the tissue on the home row keys.” I’ve been trying to teach her to type and issued the command. instead of peck. As our meeting concluded, I thanked him for The “Fall Risk” sign posted outside her hospital room took making a difference in my life. I’m not sure which of us enme back to the days when I held my outstretched joyed our chance meeting in the hospital more, but I know we both cherished the moment. Months have passed since that week-long visit to the hospital, and I am thankful that Mom is doing better. She turned 80 in November and is as feisty as ever. After her hospital stint, she spent three weeks in rehab. Much to her dismay, she had to re-take her driver’s test before she could drive again. She set a goal, took the test, and passed. Thank you, Mom, for the great lesson on perseverance. Jessie, the next time you’re faced with a challenge and feel like saying, “I can’t,” think of your Mom Maw and her driver’s test. You can do it. I also want you to always keep a thankful heart and express your gratitude with warm hugs and kind words, spoken, written in cursive, or typed, regardless of how fast you can press the keys. We can’t all have Mr. Furhman as our typing teacher. Happy Mother’s Day, Mom. I’m grateful you’ve been here for 80 years. Thank you for the lessons you taught me, and drive safely. Maybe one day, you’ll bump into your road test examiner — not with your car, I hope — and have a chance to thank her for putting you at ease as you took your first driving test in decades. Until next month, remember to cherish the moments. n
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Bonding over braiding hair I nodded and listened, and smiled, loving By Genny Heikka the details she was sharing, loving the fact My daughter was 12 at the time, and that she still told me so much about her feelstood almost eye to eye with me. With each ings and her life, and hoping that wouldn’t day, she was becoming taller, more indepenchange, at least not too quickly. dent, and more sure of herself. She liked “Braid it neatly,” she said, running her reading and painting, swimming and fashhands over her head to check how I was ion. She didn’t like spiders or scary movies doing. I laughed inside, remembering how or going to bed early. It seemed like the I used to tell my mom the same thing when moments had been speeding up into days she braided my hair. and weeks, each one passing more quickly I finished one side and reached for the than I wanted it to. hair band. And I smiled again. Because they And with each tick of the clock, I felt it: weren’t matching; one was blue and one was she was growing up, this pre-teen of mine. pink… It was so her: artsy, whimsical, fun. She had just volunteered (on her own) I looked at her fingernails as I twisted the to be a special needs buddy at a camp at hair band around the end of her braid. Four one of our local churches. She loved it so of her fingers on each hand were painted much, she volunteered at our church to do Genny Heikka is a mom, author, green, and one — her ring finger — was the same thing. It was beautiful to see her speaker and coffee lover. Stop by her painted pink. I loved the fact that she was nurture and care for the younger kids that blog at gennyheikka.com and share a comfortable doing something out of the she helped — a first grader and a 4-year-old. cup or connect with her on Twitter It wasn’t long ago she was that age. (At least at @GennyHeikka. For more tips on ordinary and different like that, because I being a more joyful mom, check out her never was. that’s how it seemed to me.) latest book, “Finding Mommy Bliss “Your nails look pretty,” I said. She held But even though she was growing up, almost every night she came and found me, – Discovering Unexpected Joy in Ev- both hands up and smiled. “Thanks.” eryday Moments,” available wherever I started on the second braid, slowing and sat down next to me, handing me her books are sold. down, not wanting these few minutes to end. brush and two hair bands. Finally, I wove the last three strands together and twisted “Can you braid my hair?” she asked. (She liked it wavy the pink hair band around the end. “There you go,” I said, the next day.) kissing the top of her head. I brushed her hair and parted it down the middle. As I She ran her hands over both of the braids. “Thanks, started my own version of a French braid (because I’ve never been able to do a good one), we talked… She told me Mommy,” she said. “You did good.” Then she popped up and ran out of the room. how much fun she had at the water park the week before I picked up the brush and cradled it in my hands, realizing that, and how she hoped she would get into the broadcasthow much I loved this time with her, these few minutes each ing class at her school. She told me she wanted to call her night… these few minutes of braiding her hair, that were friend Katherine when she got back from vacation so she really much more than that. n could have her over to swim. IDAHO
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A discarded futon
Every little bit helps some families
their first-floor apartment. As my husband’s By Diane Louise Smith eyes became accustomed to the interior, he In the first year of my marriage, before saw there was not one stick of furniture in our son was even a thought, my husband’s their home. The man said this futon would be employment involved us moving to different perfect for his little girls to sleep on. apartment complexes. Our latest uprooting As my husband finished his story, my cheeks was to a smaller square foot apartment. I was were burning and it wasn’t from sun exposure. so weary from hauling all of our belongings in I felt ashamed that I had complained about the scorching Las Vegas heat. My arms ached having too many items. I was lamenting we from carrying boxes and my legs were burnhad so much to move and here was a family ing from climbing up and down the stairs. If I grateful for one piece of our discarded furninever saw any sort of packing material again, ture. it would be too soon! Unfortunately, our paths never crossed again As we were moving our belongings into our new home, it was becoming painfully obvious Diane Louise Smith has been married with that family. Due to the large apartment for over 20 years and is a mom and complex, people tended to stay around their that our futon couch wasn’t going to fit. Out of a place of frustration, I told my husband to bonus mom to three sons. She is a pub- own buildings. lished author (“Eye of Leomander”), Nevertheless, that incident was a turning just take it to the dumpster. contributor to examiner.com under point in our lives. From that point on, we made When he returned 20 minutes later, he had a Meridian Parenting section, a conscious effort never to throw away unwantstricken look on his face. I asked him what was and a columnist for the Middleton ed household items. To this day, we donate to wrong. He told me as he was placing the futon Gazette. Her blog is by the dumpster, a man was throwing out some www.writingsbydiane.blogspot.com. our local charities. Changing lives in the community can seem trash. He asked my husband if he could have the futon. My husband agreed and offered to help him take it overwhelming, almost impossible. It can feel like it takes moto his apartment. The man thanked him profusely. He said he mentous efforts since a community involves so many people. However, I believe you can make a difference, no matter how lived a few buildings down from the trash receptacle. small, which causes a ripple of goodwill, eventually affecting When my husband walked through the door, he saw the an entire community. n man’s wife and his two small children sitting on the floor of
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ALL In Good Taste
Bow Tie Pasta with Zucchini Sauce Serves 6, 2/3 cup per serving
Ingredients 2 cups whole wheat bow tie pasta 1 small clove garlic 2 medium zucchini
(10 ounces by weight, about 2/3 of a pound)
1 Tablespoon canola oil ½ cup Parmesan cheese, grated ¼ teaspoon salt Pinch ground black pepper
Materials Box grater Colander Cutting board Knife Large bowl Large pot Large skillet
1. Cook pasta according to package instructions. Prepare zucchini sauce while pasta is cooks. 2. Peel and mince garlic.
3. Rinse and grate zucchini. Measure 2 cups grated zucchini.
4. In a large skillet over medium heat, heat oil. Add zucchini and minced garlic. Cook until mixture softens and zucchini yields some liquid, about 5 minutes.
5. Drain pasta, reserving ½ cup cooking liquid. 6. Add 1-2 teaspoons cooking liquid to zucchini mixture. Add drained pasta. Stir, coating pasta evenly with sauce. Add more pasta water as needed. 7. Transfer pasta to large bowl for serving. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan. Season with salt and pepper. Toss to combine.
• Use yellow squash in place of the zucchini. Or, use a mix of both. • For faster cooking, grate zucchini in advance. Refrigerate until you are ready to cook. • Make a simple pasta salad. Mix raw grated zucchini with cooked and cooled pasta, canola oil, mint, basil, or other herbs. • Add more veggies in step 4 if you like. Try diced carrots or tomatoes, peas, or corn. • Try using different pasta shapes.
Cooking Matters teaches low-income individuals and families in Idaho how to identify, shop for, and prepare delicious, simple, healthy meals on a budget. They are always looking for volunteer support to help teach these cooking-based nutrition courses. If you would like to get involved, contact Cooking Matters at (208) 577-2692.
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FAMILY Business with Daphne
Advice from a family business expert By Daphne Mallory
Don Schwerzler has been studying and advising family business entrepreneurs since 1967. He is the founder of the Family Business Institute, based in Atlanta, Ga., and organized one of the first college programs to help entrepreneurs who were interested in starting a family business. The institute is a mentoring and consulting resource for family-owned businesses. Here is some advice from Don to help you grow your family business.
No cookie cutter solutions
Bridge generation gaps
You have to be aware of the way the generations in your family business view both problems and opportunities. Don has seen firsthand how feuds develop if families are not intentional about bridging the gap between the generations. For example, conflict can arise if the next generation has different ideas or strategies from the generation currently running the business. “Planning for the succession is crucial to the survivability of the family busiDaphne Mallory is a family business ness,” explains Don. His advice is that expert, owner, speaker and trainer. She runs family business challenge families should manage the succession groups to help families and coaches process effectively and work to understart or grow a business. She blogs at daphnemallory.blogspot.com. For more stand all of the individual points of view.
“If there is any one lesson I have learned in working with many hundreds of family businesses, it is that every family business is unique and complex in its own way,” Don information, call her at says. 208-731-4292 or email Make family a priority email@example.com. Don’t make the mistake of building your The mistake that some families make is family business based on a standard approach to prioritize the business over the family. to running a small business. Organize your family business The day-to-day activities and struggles of the busiaround your values and your family identity. Your indiness drive some family members to operate in reacvidual circumstances combined with your business idea and tive mode. Don proposes a better way to handle the industry may lead you on a path that looks and feels differrelationship between the family and the business. “If a ent from what others are doing. family business is going to create a mission statement “A strategy that works well for one family business will be for the business, we suggest they first develop a mission a disaster for another family business,” Don explains. statement for the family,” he says. “If they are going to develop a strategic plan for the business, first develop a Share the wealth strategic plan for the family.” You want family members to have a stake in the growth This empowers families to have a business that serves of your family business. One way to ensure this is to give them, rather than the other way around. them shares or a percentage of the business ownership. “Based on 40 years of working with family businesses, I would recommend that shares in the business only go to the Don’t ignore problems There are challenges associated with running any kids who are working full time in the business,” Don says. type of business. Problems are often compounded in He doesn’t suggest that you exclude family members who a family business because of the underlying family choose not to work in the business from any inheritance. He relationships. It’s important to dedicate time to work recommends other ways to transfer family wealth for those on your relationship as well as the business. “Family family members. business problems rarely go away by themselves. The longer the problems persist, the more destructive they Leverage outside help You will experience difficult moments when running your become,” Don explains. He advises families to tackle problems as they arise, so that they can work towards family business. Some families experience a total breakbuilding successful relationships, rather than destroydown in communication, which often results in hurt feelings. A therapist may not be the best solution if the tension ing them. Don is a pioneer who has helped family businesses is based on daily activities of the business, because she may lack the business building experience. A family business ad- succeed while maintaining healthy relationships. viser or team of advisers will have the business training and “Assisting a family business resolve and/or avoid the mistakes that can wreck the business and/or ruin the knowledge to help families improve their communication skills as well as offer solutions that address the sales or other family relationships makes all the work worthwhile,” he says. n business growth problems. www.idahofamilymagazine.com
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Every Friday in May
Every Friday from 4:30 to 8 p.m., a rotating dinner is held at the Basque Market, 608 W. Grove St. in Boise. There is a starter, entree and dessert from seasonally and locally sourced chefs’ menus. Cost is $25 per person, and reservations may be made by calling 433-1208.
Rock Gym Open Climb Time Each Saturday in May
An open “climb time” is held each Saturday through May from 6 to 9 p.m. at Wings Center, 1875 Century Way in Boise. This is a great opportunity for climbers and non-climbers to enjoy an evening working their way up various challenges. The gym is designed for the average person and for kids. Beginners are welcome; staff is available to help get you trained. Cost is $10 per person, and a harness and metal are included. Tennis shoes are recommended. For more information, go to wingscenter.com.
“Dig into Idaho Geology” Open House Friday, May 8
A free event to kick off a summer of fun will be held from noon to 9 p.m. Friday, May 8, at the Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology, 2455 Old Penitentiary Rd. There will be hillside geology hikes and museum tours, with experts on hand to answer questions. A free mineral will be given away to every child. Gary Eller of the Idaho Songs Project will play the banjo and sing historic Idaho mining songs starting at 7 p.m. Entrance to the Idaho Botanical Garden will be free that day also, and IBG will open its back gate so visitors may stroll between both venues. For more information, go to idahomuseum.org.
Snooze at the Zoo Friday - Saturday May 8 - 9
Families may experience a different kind of camp-out when they sleep under the stars at Zoo Boise’s Safari Camp beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, May 8, and continuing through 9 a.m. the next day. There will be hands-on animal encounters and many other activities. For costs and other information, go to zooboise.org.
Bueno Lingo Preschool Spanish Classes
“Garden Blooms Photo Frame” Craft
Fridays through May 22
Saturday, May 9
Parents, bring your little ones, ages 3-6, to this fun, energizing Spanish class on Fridays all month through May 22. Lessons are taught through interactive stories, music, movement, Spanish play, and more. Each class includes an inspired art project for an at-home practice tool and Spanish play stations for vocabulary learning. The classes will be held from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Hope Lutheran Church in Eagle. Cost is $56. Pre-registration is required at cityofeagle.org/recreation.
A “Free Crafts for Kids” program is offered each Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lakeshore Learning Store in the Westpark Towne Plaza at 417 N. Milwaukee St. in Boise. On May 9, kids may create a keepsake picture frame to put their favorite photos in. For more information, call 377-1855.
Kids Film Festival
Boys and girls ages 2-5 will have fun trying yoga through games and stories each Tuesday through May 26. Children will explore their own strength, balance, flexibility, and movement while learning poses through imaginative play. The classes will be held from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. at the Eagle Performing Arts Center. Cost is $36. Pre-registration is required at cityofeagle.org/recreation.
Boise Public Library will showcase the talents of valley kids who write, direct, produce and/or act in their own movies, during its first-ever Kids Film Festival. The festival will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 9, in Hayes Auditorium in the main branch of the library on Capitol Boulevard. Snacks will be provided.
Little Learners: Jobs!
Saturday, May 9
Tuesday through May 26
Thursdays through May 28
This spring, Little Learners will be all about jobs each Thursday through May 28. Children ages 3-5 will explore grownups at work, including the people who keep us safe, people who work with animals, people who make our food, and other exciting positions. The classes will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at various locations in Eagle; a schedule will be mailed to all participants. Cost is $36. Pre-registration is required at cityofeagle.org/recreation.
Preschool STEAM Storytime Friday, May 8
Nampa Public Library presents a free Preschool STEAM Storytime Wednesdays and Fridays at 10:15 a.m. The next storytime will be May 8.
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Saturday, May 9
Family Fun Nights Kickoff Ridgecrest Golf Club in Nampa will kick off its Family Fun Nights summer program from 3 to 6 p.m. May 9 on the Wee-9 at the club. The event is free, and there will be free range balls for kids, a bounce house, food, and games. After the kickoff, there will be discounted green fees on the Wee-9. The whole family is welcome. Call 468-5888 for more information.
Family Fun Saturday Saturday, May 9
From 10 a.m. to noon May 9 at the brand new Nampa Public Library, Deer Flat Wildlife Refuge will present “Touch Trunks,” with a presentation on wildlife during Family Fun Saturday. The entire family is welcome to attend for free.
of Events Waterpark Opening Day Saturday, May 9
Weather permitting, Roaring Springs Waterpark will mark its opening day for summer 2015 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 9. The waterpark is located at 400 W. Overland Rd. in Meridian. For more information, go to roaringsprings.com.
Mom’s Day Cupcakes Saturday, May 9
Teens may make a special cupcake for their mothers at 2 p.m. May 9 at Eagle Public Library. For more information, go to cityofeagle.org and click through to library activities.
National Train Day Open House Saturday, May 9
The Caldwell Model Railroad Club & Historical Society will hold a National Train Day Open House beginning at 11 a.m. May 9 at 809 Dearborn St. in Caldwell. For more information, call 342-8695 or go to cmrchs.org.
Spring Birds in Hulls Gulch Saturday, May 9
The Jim Hall Foothills Learning Center presents a Second Saturday Series. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 9, families may attend the drop-in event for free and learn about spring bird migration in Boise. Spring is a great time to look for birds in Hulls Gulch. Participants may also create a hummingbird feeder, attempt some cool bird art, and other activities. The Learning Center is at 3188 Sunset Peak Rd. (No pets, please.) For more information, go to bee.cityofboise.org/bee/events/ calendar-of-events/.
International Migratory Bird Day Saturday, May 9
International Migratory Bird Day will be marked from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 9 at the World Center for Birds of Prey, 5668 W. Flying Hawk Ln., Boise. There will be a variety of bird-related activities for families, including viewing of live raptors and a bird migration game. Food trucks will be on hand from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost of admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children.
Thunder Mountain Line Mother’s Day Saturday, May 9
Thunder Mountain Line will have special Mother’s Day-related train rides at noon on May 9 and at 1 p.m. on May 10 in Horseshoe Bend. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to thundermountainline.com.
Boise Bike Week
Saturday, May 9 - Saturday, May 16
Boise Bike Week will be held May 9-16. The celebration of cycling has been set to coincide with National Bike to Work Day on May 15. For more information, go to boisebikeweek.org or contact the Treasure Valley Cycling Alliance through biketreasurevalley.org.
Month of May & Early June Please send family-related calendar items to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Throughout the Month of May - June
The Fish and Game’s “Take Me Fishing” trailer makes more than 30 appearances at local ponds throughout the region to promote fishing as part of a healthy lifestyle. A so-called “kid magnet,” the trailer is brightly illustrated with fish on the outside, with fishingrelated equipment and information on the inside. The trailer’s schedule for May and June includes: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, May 9, Weiser Pond, Weiser 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 13, McDevitt Pond, Meridian 4 to 8 p.m., Thursday, May 14, Sego Prairie Pond, Kuna 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 16, Williams Pond, Boise 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 20, Wilson Ponds, Nampa 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 21, Kleiner Pond, Meridian 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 23, Eagle Island Pond, Eagle 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, Settlers Pond, Meridian 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 28, McDevitt Pond, Meridian 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 30, Gotts Point, Lake Lowell, Nampa 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 3, Williams Pond, Boise 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, June 4, Mill Pond, Horseshoe Bend 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 6, Settlers Pond, Meridian 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 13, McDevitt Pond, Meridian 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 17, Settlers Pond, Meridian 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, June 18, Kleiner Pond, Meridian 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 20, Wilson Ponds, Nampa 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 24, McDevitt Pond, Meridian 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, June 25, Williams Pond, Boise 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 27, Sawyer’s Pond, Emmett. A fishing license is not needed for the duration of each day’s event by any participant who registers at the trailer, regardless of the participant’s age or residency. For more information, contact the Fish and Game Nampa office at 465-8465 or go to http://fishandgame. idaho.gov/public/fish/?getpage=80.
Mother’s Day at Zoo Boise Sunday, May 10
On May 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., all mothers get into Zoo Boise at a discounted rate, plus receive one complimentary ride on the zoo’s Conservation Cruise. There will be special animal presentations and zookeeper talks celebrating extraordinary zoo moms throughout the day.
Inspiring author presentation Monday, May 11
Kara Richardson Whitely hiked Mount Kilimanjaro three times while weighing as much as 300 pounds. Her inspiring and empowering memoir, “Gorge: My 300-Pound Journey Up Kilimanjaro,” will be published this spring. She will deliver a talk designed to help audience members move mountains in their own lives at 7 p.m. Monday, May 11, at Boise Public Library.
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CALENDAR of Events Discovering iPads with Your Child Tuesday, May 12
Introduce your youngster to the newest technology. Bring your iPad and your toddler and learn about and explore different educational apps that will help stimulate your child’s development. This event will begin at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 12, at the Library! at Collister. Parents with children ages 0-4 are welcome, but registration is required. Contact Tamra Hawley-House at email@example.com or call 972-8320.
Kids Bowl Free
Daily May 15 through September 30
Kids ages 15 and under can get two free games of bowling per day from May 15 through September 30 at Pinz Bowling Center when they sign up at kidsbowlfree.com/pinzwahooz. Pinz is located at 1385 Blue Marlin Ln., Meridian.
“Fly Away Hot Air Balloon” Craft
Reptile Adventures Wednesday, May 13
The Silverstone branch of Meridian Public Library will hold a “Reptile Adventures” program for children at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 13. For more information, visit the library’s calendar at mld.org.
Twitter for Beginners
Wednesday, May 13
Adults who are unfamiliar with Twitter and what it is used for may attend a Twitter for Beginners class at 2 p.m. May 13 at Eagle Public Library. For more information, go to cityofeagle.org and click through to library activities.
Tween Program Thursday, May 14
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Saturday, May 16
A “Free Crafts for Kids” program is offered each Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lakeshore Learning Store in the Westpark Towne Plaza at 417 N. Milwaukee St. in Boise. Imaginations take flight on May 16 when kids create their own one-of-a-kind hot air balloon. For more information, call 377-1855.
Bike Rodeo Saturday, May 16
Children and their parents are welcome to attend a Bike Rodeo from 2 to 3 p.m. May 16 at the Library! at Cole & Ustick. There will be a closed parking lot with 8 obstacles, supervised by two uniformed Boise police officers who will teach proper cycling techniques. This is a great way to participate in Boise Bike Week.
Nampa Public Library will hold a Tween Program for 8- to 12-yearolds from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 14. This month’s topic will be 3-D printing.
Zamzows Small Animal Presentation
Teen Make It
Nampa Public Library will host a “Meet the Critters” event from 4:15 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 19. All ages are welcome.
The Cherry Lane branch of Meridian Public Library holds a weekly maker program as part of Idaho’s Make It project, allowing young people in grades 6-12 to explore a range of topics from music to robotics. The drop-in program will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. May 14 and 21. For more information, visit the library’s calendar at mld.org.
Idaho Diaper Bank Open House
Thursday, May 14
Autism Inclusion through Music fundraiser Friday, May 15
A newly launched project called AIM, Autism Inclusion through Music, will hold a fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 15, at the Elks Lodge at 1116 1st St. S. in Nampa. The event, called “Ready, Set, AIM,” will include an art auction and a charter school youth orchestra concert. Donations are also being sought for a large community auction. To donate, or for more information, contact AIM founder Thomas Duncan, owner of Canyon West Guitars, at 615-4725.
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Tuesday, May 19
Thursday, May 21
The Idaho Diaper Bank Board of Directors will host an open house of the IDP warehouse at 621 E. King St., Ste. 100, Meridian, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 21. There will be a tour of the warehouse, as well as appetizers and beverages, and participants will learn about the vision and mission of the Idaho Diaper Bank. Free tickets are available at http://idb.eventbrite. com, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 503-863-1084.
KIDZ BOP Make Some Noise Tour Friday, May 22
The KIDZ BOP Kids will take the stage to perform family-friendly versions of today’s biggest hits during an energetic and interactive live show at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 22, at the Knitting Factory Concert House, 416 S. 9th St. in Boise. For more information, call 367-1212.
“Memorial Day Flag” Craft
Youth Workshop – Earth’s Magnetic Field
A “Free Crafts for Kids” program is offered each Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lakeshore Learning Store in the Westpark Towne Plaza at 417 N. Milwaukee St. in Boise. Children may make a patriotic flag craft on May 23, honoring the men and women who served our country. For more information, call 377-1855.
The Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology, 2455 Old Penitentiary Rd., will sponsor a workshop for children in grades 4-12 from 10 a.m. to noon Sunday, May 31. Hands-on activities will include making simple instruments (with cardboard and balsa wood), as well as determining the direction of “true north” using observations of the sun. This will involve making a simple magnetic compass and dip meter to determine local magnetic declination and inclination. The instructor will be Michael Morrison, Ph.D. Cost is $10 per youth, and pre-registration is required by May 25 by calling Shirley Ewing at 2833186 or by going to idahomuseum.org.
Saturday, May 23
Preschool Party: Bubbles! Saturday, May 23
Parents looking for some kid-free time on Saturday mornings may bring their children ages 3-6 to an engaging, hands-on bubble party from 10 a.m. to noon May 23 at the Eagle Senior Center. There will be bubble fun with liquid bubbles and bubble wrap. Cost is $25. Preregistration is required at cityofeagle.org/recreation.
Natural Home DIY Class Tuesday, May 26
People often associate “going green” with a major expense or sacrificing quality in order to be non-toxic and environmentally friendly. Participants can learn to make their own all-natural, nontoxic frankincense night cream and all-purpose home cleaner the affordable way from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, at the Eagle Senior Center. Pre-registration is required at cityofeagle.org/ recreation.
Teen Anime Club Thursday, May 28
Nampa Public Library hosts a Teen Anime Club for youngsters in 7th through 12th grades on the fourth Thursday of each month. The club will meet from 5:30 to 7 p.m. May 28. This is a teen-led group.
“Hello Sunshine! Mobile” Craft Saturday, May 30
A “Free Crafts for Kids” program is offered each Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lakeshore Learning Store in the Westpark Towne Plaza at 417 N. Milwaukee St. in Boise. Children may make a heartwarming mobile on May 30. For more information, call 377-1855.
Summer SPLASHTACULAR Saturday, May 30
Kick off the 2015 summer swim season at Lakeview Waterpark or Lincoln Pool in Nampa from 1 to 4:45 p.m. Saturday, May 30. There will be free entry all afternoon, with fun and safe swimming activities and water safety educational booths. Participants who complete all safety stations will be entered to win an outdoor pool punch pass, a free session of swimming lessons, or other prizes. The event is sponsored by the Nampa Parks & Recreation Department.
KFWK Junior Golf Tournament Saturday, May 30
A girl named Hannah will host her 2nd Annual Junior Golf Tournament to raise funds for Make-A-Wish Idaho, with a shotgun start at 6 p.m. May 30 at Banbury Golf Course, 2626 S. Marypost Pl., Eagle. She’d love your support. For more information, go to idaho.wish.org.
Sunday, May 31
FitOne Registration Launch – National Running Day Wednesday, June 3
June 3 is National Running Day, and FitOne is marking the day by holding an open registration for its 5K, 10K and Half Marathon in September. This is a oneday-only special pricing event from 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, June 3, at The Village in Meridian. For 24 hours, spin bikes and treadmills will be set up, and people may “take the pledge to be healthy.” There will also be hourly giveaways. Visit fitoneboise.org for more information.
Full Moon at the Dunes Wednesday, June 3
This trip to the Bruneau Sand Dunes is geared toward young people ages 12-16 who might enjoy cruising downhill on a sand board at twilight during the moonrise. The adventure will take place from 6 p.m. to midnight June 3, with departure and return at the Nampa Recreation Center. Cost is $30, and transportation, snacks, admission and rentals are included. For more information, contact the Nampa Rec Center at 468-5858.
Gatsby and Gangsters
Friday, June 5
The Friends of the Historical Museum and Old Penitentiary will hold a fundraiser from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, June 5, at the Old Penitentiary in Boise. The theme is “Gatsby and Gangsters,” and the event will include a live band, car show, casino, dance contest, games, prizes, food, wine and beer. Only people 21 and over will be admitted. Cost is $15 per person or $25 per couple. For tickets, go to brownpapertickets.com.
Idaho Homeschool Convention Friday, June 5 - Saturday, June 6
The 17th Annual Idaho Homeschool Convention will be held from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 5-6 at the NNU Johnson Sports Center in Nampa. Keynote speakers include Steve Scheibner and Rachael Carman. There will be 42 different workshops. Cost is $50, but preschoolers’ parents may attend for free, as well as grandparents and spouses. For more information, contact Linda Patchin at email@example.com.
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Walk for Wishes
Art & Roses Art Sale
The first annual Boise Walk for Wishes will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 6, starting at Axiom Fitness Parkcenter. This event is a nationwide fundraiser for Make-A-Wish and celebrates the thousands of wishes that have already been granted, while raising funds for future wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. Participants have the option of walking either 1 or 2.5 miles. More information is available by contacting Nikki Hanson at 345-9474 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or by going to boisewalkforwishes.kintera. org.
The Idaho Centennial Art Group, along with the Boise Parks and Recreation Department, will hold an Art & Roses Art Sale from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 7, in Julia Davis Park. This is a benefit for the Rose Garden in Julia Davis. Roughly 60 local artists will have booths featuring original fine art (no crafts). There will be live music, and food will be available. Admission is free. There are spaces left for painters; entries close May 29. For more information or an application, call 938-5741.
Saturday, June 6
Sunday, June 7
eARThwork classes for all ages Tuesdays & Thursdays, June 9 - July 7
The 70th anniversary of Mission Aviation Fellowship will be marked from 8 a.m. to noon June 6 at MAF Global Headquarters, 112 N. Pilatus Lane in Nampa. MAF will be selling rides in one of its planes that is specifically designed for remote flying. Those in attendance will also be invited to build their own breakfast of pancakes, eggs and bacon for only $1 an item. Everyone is welcome.
Students ages 5 through adult will have the opportunity to take creative inspiration from the science of the Boise WaterShed and make artwork from a variety of mediums. The series will be held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from June 9 through July 7 at the WaterShed, and will be free. There is a limit of two classes per person, and children need not be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration is required by calling 608-7300 or emailing BW@cityofboise.org. A complete class schedule is available on the BEE calendar at BoiseEnvironmentalEducation.org.
Climbing for Hope
Rattlesnake Avoidance Training for Dogs
Courageous Kids Climbing will be partnering with Climbing for Hope for a climbing event for people with spinal cord injuries, as well as Wounded Warriors, from 9 to 11 a.m. June 6 at Urban Ascent at 308 S. 25th St. in Boise. The event is free. Event coordinator is Ashley Poole Zumbrunnen, a local woman who speaks out against distracted driving. For more information, email email@example.com.
Dog enthusiasts may attend the 20th annual Premier Rattlesnake Avoidance Training for Dogs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 14, at Veterans Memorial Park, corner of State Street and Veterans Parkway in Boise. Idaho Fish and Game will be holding a trap awareness seminar as part of the dayâ€™s events. Cost of the rattlesnake avoidance training is $50, but the trap awareness seminar is free. The seminar is designed for anyone who regularly takes his or her dogs in the Boise foothills, other outlying areas, and even the Boise Greenbelt. To learn about the training event, go to snakeavoidance.org or contact organizer Heidi Funke at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 463-2304; for more information about the seminar, call the Idaho Fish and Game Nampa office at 465-8465.
Mission Aviation Fellowship Open House Saturday, June 6
Saturday, June 6
Renaissance Festival Saturday, June 6 & Sunday, June 7
The Treasure Valley Renaissance Festival, featuring the Sawtooth Renaissance Players, will be held June 6-7 at Rotary Pond Park in Caldwell, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Highlights will include Vikings and pirates, battling knights and belly dancers, games and crafts for children, a magical tunnel maze for kids, a Renaissance marketplace, and lots of living history.
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Boise State University Department of Kinesiology Summer Youth Sports Program 1910 University Dr., Boise 83725........................426-1509 kinesiology.boisestate.edu
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Boise Art Museum 670 Julia Davis Dr., Boise 83702........................345-8330 boiseartmuseum.org Boise Dance Alliance Junior and Senior Summer Camp 2475 S. Apple St., Ste. 104, Boise 83706...................................... 703-4627 boisedancealliance.com Boise Hawks Baseball Camp 5600 N. Glenwood St. Boise 83714...................................... 322-5000 boisehawks.com Boise Parks and Recreation ........................................................ 608-7680 cityofboise.org/parks
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CAMPS Guide II Boys & Girls Clubs of Ada County 911 N. Meridian Rd., Meridian 83642................................. 888-5392 610 E. 42nd St., Garden City 83714............................ 376-4960 1670 N. Linder Ave., Kuna 83634...................................... 954-5034 adaclubs.org Broadway Dance Center 893 E. Boise Ave., Boise 83706...................................... 342-6123 patharrisdance.homestead.com Bronco Elite Summer Day Camp 1187 W. River St., Boise 83702...................................... 389-9005 broncoelite.com
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Dance Arts Academy 2989 Copper Point Dr., Meridian 83642................................. 345-4832 danceartsboise.com
Capital Educators FCU, Camp Millionaire 275 S. Stratford Dr., Meridian 83642................................. 884-0150 capedfcu.org/camp
Dance Unlimited 11489 Fairview Ave., Boise 83713...... 322-8082 danceunlimitedstudios.com
Cascade Raft & Kayak Kids Camp Fun Main Payette River ............................. 800 292-7238 or 793-2221 cascaderaft.com
Danik Gymnastics 547 S. Locust Grove Rd., Meridian 83642................................. 846-8311 danikgym.com
Cathedral Pines Summer Camps Ketchum 83340.................................. 726-5007 cathedralpines.org
Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center 13751 Upper Embankment Rd., Nampa 83686................................... 467-9278 fws.gov/deerflat
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Ceramica 1002 S. Vista Ave., Boise 83705......... 342-3822 ceramicaboise.com
Discovery Center of Idaho 131 W. Myrtle St., Boise 83702.......... 343-9895 dcidaho.org
Bullbots Lego Robotics Summer Camps Mountain View High School 2000 S. Millennium Way, Meridian 83642................................. 855-4059 bullbots.org
Challenger School 2020 W. Everest Lane, Meridian 83642................................. 846-8888 5551 W. Bloom St., Boise 83703........ 338-9500 challengerschool.com
Dream River Ranch (Horse Camp) 8894 Martha Ave., Mountain Home 83647....................... 796-2228 dreamriverranch.org
Cabin, The 801 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise 83702...................................... 331-8000 thecabinidaho.org
Club Kid Summer Camp at Wings Center 1875 Century Way, Boise 83709........ 376-3641 wingscenter.com
Caldwell Recreation 618 Irving St., Caldwell 83605............ 455-3060 cityofcaldwell.com
Cross of Christ Soccer Camp 11655 W. McMillan Rd., Boise 83713...................................... 375-3992 cocboise.org
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Eagle Parks & Recreation Multi-Sport Summer Camp Survivor Camp Detective Camp Junior Veterinarian Camp Star Wars Camp Little Eagles Nature Camp Itâ€™s a Small World Camp All camps located in Eagle City Parks ........................................................ 489-8763 Cityofeagle.org/recreation Eagle Performing Arts Center 1125 E. State St., Eagle 83616........... 338-4633 epacdance.com
Edu-tainment Engineering & Robotics Camps NNU Campus, Nampa ....................... 855-445-3942 Camps.discovertechnology.org Edwards Greenhouse 4106 Sand Creek St., Boise 83703...................................... 342-7548 edwardsgreenhouse.com Especially Me! Self-Esteem Classes For Young Women 350 N. 9th St., Boise 83702............... 424-5011 jlboise.com Environmental Resource Centerâ€™s EcoCamp 471 N. Washington Ave., Ketchum 83340.................................. 726-4333 ercsv.org
Fellowship of Christian Athletes Camp NW Nazarene University, Nampa ..............................697-1051 fcaidaho.org Fine Arts Camp 3901 Cassia, Boise 83705................. 344-8311 artsthroughtime.weebly.com First Tee of Idaho Treasure Valley................................... 938-3411 TheFirstTeeIdaho.org Foothills Learning Center 3188 Sunset Peak Rd., Boise 83702...................................... 493-2530 bee.cityofboise.org Framework Learning ........................................................ 890-0008 frameworklearning.com Friends For Life Camp 4775 Dorman St., Boise 83705........... 377-1716 idahohumanesociety.org
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CAMPS Guide II Friendship Celebration Preschool 765 E. Chinden Blvd., Meridian 83646................................. 288-2404 friendshipcelebration.org
Idaho Martial Arts 1580 E. State St., Suite 102, Eagle 83616...................................... 863-3673 IdahoMartialArts.com
Galena Lodge Youth Adventure Camp Ketchum 83340.................................. 726-4010 galenalodge.com
Idaho Museum Of Mining & Geology Geo-Camp for Kids 2455 N. Old Penitentiary Rd., Boise 83712...................................... 740-0937 idahomuseum.org
Girl Scouts of Silver Sage Council Camp Alice Pittenger, McCall............... 377-2011 girlscouts—ssc.org Hall International Academy Camps Fine Arts Day Camps Natural Science Day Camps ................................................. 208 957-7024 www.hallacademy.org HSBCamps Treasure Valley ........................................................ 720-1904 hsbcamps.com Idaho Botanical Garden Botany and Saturday Camps 2355 Old Penitentiary Rd., Boise 83712...................................... 343-8649 idahobotanicalgarden.org Idaho IceWorld 7072 S. Eisenman, Boise 83716.......... 608-7716 idahoiceworld.com
Idaho Performing Arts 175 S. Rosebud Lane, Eagle 83616...................................... 326-5099 idahoarts.org
Kids On The Keys Pre-Piano Camp Esther Simplot Academy...................... 466-4560 musicalkidsonline.com
Idaho Shakespeare Festival Boise...................................336-9221 idahoshakespeare.org
Kindermusik/Music Center Studios 12516 W. Fairview Ave., Ste. B., Boise 83713........................861-6056 MusicCenterStudios.com
Idaho Tennis Association 1076 N. Cole Rd., Boise 83704.........................322-5150 ext. 202 idtennis.com Idaho Youth Soccer LLC 1802 N. 12th St., Boise 83702........... 866-9592 soccertots.net/treasurevalley Juniper Mountain Outfitters Inc. Stolle Meadows.................................. 454-1322 junipermountainoutfitters.com Just For Kids/Boise School District 8169 W. Victory Rd., Boise 83705...... 854-6723 jfk.school.boiseschools.org Key Leader Camp Utah-Idaho District Kiwanis Foundation Trinity Pines in Cascade....................... 431-3604 keyleaderidaho.org
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Kids in Action Day Camp Nampa Recreation Center 131 Constitution Way, Nampa 83686................................... 468-5777 nampaparksandrecreation.org
Lakewood Montessori Art & Science Camp 133 E. Linden St., Boise 83706............ 331-3888 lakewood-montessori.com Lee Pesky Learning Center 3324 Elder St. Boise 83705................ 333-0008 LPLearningCenter.org Luther Heights Bible Camp Near Ketchum.................................... 886-7657 lutherheights.org Marianne’s Swim School 1542 W. Sandy Court Meridian 83642................................. 939-8248 MDT Workshop Located at Cole Valley Christian School 200 E. Carlton Ave., Meridian 83642 .................................... 283-9207 or 871-3634 mdtworkshop.com
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Gem State Gymnastics Day Camp 5420 W. State St., Boise 83703........................853-3220 gemstategymnastics.com
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CAMPS Guide II Meadowood Springs Camp PO Box 1025 Pendleton, Oregon....................... 541 276-2752 Meadowoodsprings.org Meridian ATA Martial Arts 2240 E. Franklin Rd., Meridian 83642................................. 888-1855 meridianata.com Meridian Music and Arts Summer Camps 934 E. 5th St., Meridian 83642................................. 412-4748 meridianmusicandarts.com Meridian Parks & Recreation 33 E. Broadway Ave., Meridian 83642................................. 888-3579 meridiancity.org/parks_rec Meridian Police Activities League (PAL) 250 N. Baltic Place, Ste. A., Meridian 83642................................. 888-6030 meridianpal.org
Mountain West Gymnastics 60 N. Cole Rd., Boise 83704.............. 869-1693 mountainwestgymnastics.com Nampa ATA Martial Arts 2108 Caldwell Blvd. Ste. 117, Nampa 83651................................... 546-9282 NampaATA.com Nampa Civic Center Summer Arts 311 Third St. South, Nampa 83651..... 468-5500 nampaciviccenter.com
Nampa Recreation Center 131 Constitution Way, Nampa 83686.....................468-5858 nampaparksandrecreation.org Natural Resources Camp Sun Valley.......................................... 736-3634 extension.uidaho.edu/nrc
Morrison Center Summer Performance Camps BSU Campus...................................... 426-1110 MorrisonCenter.com
New Horizon Academy-Camp Discovery 1830 N. Meridian Rd., Meridian 83646................................. 887-3880 12692 W. LaSalle St., Boise 83713...................................... 376-2690 11978 W. Ustick Rd., Boise 83713...................................... 323-8900 155 E. Boise Ave., Boise 83706..................................... 386-9108 newhorizonacademy.net Northview Montessori Elementary Summer Camp 7670 W. Northview St., Boise 83704...................................... 322-0152 Northviewmontessori.com Opera Idaho Summer Camp 513 S. 8th St., Boise 83702............................345-3531, ext. 2 operaidaho.org/childrens-programs Operation Military Kids Summer Camp University of Idaho 4-H .................................... 334-2328 or 334-2332 uidaho.edu/extension/4h/programs/omk/omkcamps Ore-Ida Boy Scout Council 8901 W. Franklin Rd., Boise 83709..... 376-4411 oreida-bsa.org
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Quaker Hill Camp & Conference Center McCall 83638................................... 634-2083 quakerhillcamp.org
Paradise Point Camp 2755 Eastside Dr., McCall 83638.................................. 345-4440 paradisepointcamp.org
Reuseum, The 108 W. 33rd St., Garden City 83714............................ 375-7507 educate.reuseum.org
Parkside School 1017 E. Park Blvd., Boise 83712...................................... 283-2777 parksideschool.boise.com
Rising Stars Performing Arts Camps 11505 W. Fairview Ave., Boise 83713...................................... 921-6651 idahorisingstars.com
Pat Harris School of Dance 1225 McKinney St., Boise 83704........ 375-3255 patharrisdance.homestead.com
Riverroots Ltd. Whitewater Summer Camps Boise River......................................... 850-7637 riverrootskayak.com
PCS Edventures Lab 345 Bobwhite Ct. Ste. 200, Boise 83706........... 343-3110 ex. 101 94 N. Fisher Park Lane, Eagle 83616........... 343-3110 ex. 102 EdventuresLab.com
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Pilgrim Cove Camp & Conference Center 1075 Plymouth Rd., McCall 83638................................... 634-5555 pilgrimcovecamp.org Pinewood Camp Retreat & Conference Center 300 Mission St., McCall 83638........... 634-5598 camppinewood.org
Sacajawea Interpretive, Cultural & Educational Center 2 miles east of Salmon Idaho, Hwy. 28 ........................................................ 756-1188 sacajaweacenter.org Salvation Army Nampa Youth Center 403 12th Ave. S. Nampa 83631......................467-6586 ext. 205 thesalvationarmynampa.org
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CAMPS Guide II Shiloh Bible Conference (Shiloh Bible Camp) 13165 Gestrin, Donnelly 83610................................. 325-8239 shilobibleconference.com
Treasure Valley Children’s Theater 703 N. Main St., Meridian 83642................... 287-TVCT treasurevalleychildrenstheater.com
Social Essence—Modern Manners For Kids Treasure Valley ........................................................ 631-0576 socialessence.com
Treasure Valley Family Signing ........................................................ 559-6042 treasurevalleyfamilysigning.com
Stepping Stones Children’s Center 12228 Bridger Bay Drive, Star 83669........................................ 286-9362 steppingstoneschildcenter.com Super Kids’ Quest Camps & Skill Thrill Grade School Camp The Little Gym of Eagle/Meridian 3210 E. Chinden Blvd. Ste. 120, Eagle 83616...................................... 938-6185 thelittlegym.com/eaglemeridianid Treasure Valley Ballet Academy Summer Dance Camps 1545 E. Leigh Field Dr., Ste. 150, Meridian 83646................................. 855-0167 tvballet.com
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Summer fun: bubbles are here to stay (NAPSI) — From the 17th century, we’ve seen paintings that portray children blowing bubbles with clay pipes. And since the 18th and 19th centuries, it has been commonplace for mothers to give their children leftover washing soap to blow bubbles for fun. Moving into the Machine Age during the 20th century, street peddlers were among the first to sell bubbles as a toy. These days, bubbles are mass-produced by companies such as Funrise Toys and more, and reintroduced each year on shelves during the spring. Today, bubble solution is the best-selling toy in the world, year after year, with hundreds of millions of bottles sold. Spring is now here. And with spring come flowers, warmer weather and children playing outside. While National Bubble Week was celebrated in March, “Bubble Season” goes on all summer. So how can you celebrate the season of bubbles?
First: Get some bubbles
Many brands can be found on shelves at all major retailers.
Next: Try out some bubble tricks
• The Bubble Snake: Cut the bottom off of a plastic bottle. Slip a sock over the cut end of the bottle. (If you like, you can secure it with a rubber band.) Squirt dishwashing liquid into a bowl or plate. Pour some bubble solution onto a plate. Dip the sock end of the bottle into the solution. Blow through the mouth of the bottle to make a bubble snake. Want to make a bubble rainbow? Stripe the sock with food coloring and repeat the trick. • The Unpoppable Bubble: Put a container lid on the table face up. Pour in your bubble solution and dip in a straw so that it’s wet halfway up the straw. Touch the straw to the lid and blow a bubble on the lid. Slowly pull the straw all the way out of the bubble. Now, poke the scissors through the wall of your bubble. What happens?
• The Square Bubble: Take four pipe cleaners and form them into a square with a wand. Dip the wand in your bubble solution and see what happens.
Finally: Become a bubble master
• How a bubble gets its color: As waves of light pass through the bubble, they get distorted by reflecting off different layers of soap film and are called iridescence. • Can you freeze a bubble? A bubble’s shell is composed of a layer of water molecules surrounded by two thin layers of soap. Technically, a bubble will freeze below 32 degrees Fahrenheit like all water. The only problem is that bubbles tend to burst after a few seconds, so in order to truly see a bubble freeze, the temperature needs to fall to about 23 degrees for bubble staying power. • Why do bubbles burst? Anything that fractures the tenuous layer of water molecules can cause a bubble to burst. For example, a gust of wind or an object (like your finger) will easily cause a bubble to burst. Bubbles also burst by simply drying out. Moisture within a bubble causes the molecules to draw closer together, enabling the bubble to stay formed for a longer period of time. This is why bubbles tend to work best in high-humidity environments. Essentially, bubbles are loved the world over by people of all ages. There are even university studies focused on them. For kids, bubbles are pure fun for spring and summer outdoor frolic. For adults (who sometimes find bubbles at events such as dances, weddings and more), they symbolize peace, harmony and beauty. You can share your bubble memories by entering the Gazillion Bubbles annual photo contest, with prizes monthly through August 30 at facebook.com/funrisetoys.
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BEWARE the monster
Some tips for coping with mom guilt that perhaps it’s just us...that we are By Maggie Williamson Being a healthy mom in our society can somehow flawed or lacking. The reality is, be a huge challenge these days. Not just we see the outer facade but not the inner physically but mentally, emotionally, and struggle. logistically. There are many hats we wear To add insult to injury, women aren’t as moms: nurturer, caretaker, provider, always supportive and gracious to one homemaker, emotional compass, spiritual another. Rather than taking a communal guide, logistical director, and sometimes perspective of being in the struggle tobreadwinner. Undoubtedly, it’s hard to gether, we sometimes judge one another balance all these roles and expectations and prey on one another’s imperfections. and even harder (I would argue imposThis furthers our isolation and sense that sible) to do them all as well as we’d like. we aren’t up to par at the mom ‘balancHowever, as women we are often exing act’. pected to prioritize meeting the needs of our family before our own. When we pay We may embark on a cycle of trying attention to our own needs, we feel selfish harder, falling short, and then confirmand/or guilty. As a result of this guilt, Maggie Williamson is a health coach, ing our suspicions of insufficiency. As a many of us suspend meeting our own National Academy of Sports Medicine result, we chip away at our own sense of needs. Quite often, the first thing to go is certified personal trainer, fitness nutrition self-efficacy. our physical self-care and general wellbe- specialist, and weight loss specialist. So what can we do as women to opt holds a master’s degree in social ing. We drastically reduce the amount of She work and a bachelor’s degree in psychol- out of this cycle? The following are a few physical activity we get, we socialize less, ogy. Her business, BoiseStrongMom. and we eat less than optimally (snack on com, specializes in working with women suggestions for working toward a healthier balance as a mom. seeking to improve their overall health your kids’ leftovers lately?). 1. Focus on what is most important and Certainly there are times when we each and wellbeing. prioritize accordingly. Begin to consciousneed to place our desires on the back burner or delay our own gratification, but how frequent- ly channel your energy toward the things that you want ly are you doing so? Is it balanced, or do you find yourto do well. (Need an app for that? Try “Jamie’s To Do,” self constantly ‘taking one for the team’? designed to help you prioritize). It’s likely to be an ongoThere seems to be a common thread or motivating ing process, but work towards getting your values and factor behind many of our decisions as moms: namely, time investments to match up as closely as possible. avoiding the experience of guilt. I have found that 2. Be real with friends and/or family members about amongst the women I work with and know personally, the struggles of being a mom and support other women guilt seems to be so pervasive among moms. Perhaps this in your words and deeds. Hopefully it will come back to is a result of the competing and unrealistic expectations you! that are placed on moms in our society today. For ex3. Admit that as women, we too are human; we can’t ample: we stay home with our kids and feel guilty for not do it all and do it well. We should work to re-shape our bringing home a paycheck. We work outside the home and feel guilty for being away so often. We split our time expectations of ourselves to fit with reality. 4. Be on alert for the ‘guilt monster’ that wants to scare between home and work and feel guilt in both environments because we aren’t able to give each our full atten- you into believing you aren’t good enough or that you’re tion. somehow falling short. Feel the guilt monster creeping Motherhood can become an exercise in our awareness up on you? Call it out and tell it to get out of your head! of our limitations as humans. We aren’t able to do it all, 5. Remind yourself that you cannot be a healthy be it all, stay on top of everything, and be everywhere at example to your kids and family if you aren’t caring for the same time. I’ve witnessed many moms existing in a yourself. It’s the old oxygen mask analogy: put yours on constant state of tension over trying to balance so much at once...all the while feeling like it’s never quite enough. first before attempting to assist those you love. Perhaps the goal in defeating mom guilt is to do our (OK, so if I’m honest I experience this myself from time best to live in accordance with our own sense of balance. to time.) Look past what those around you or society at large We may look to other women and compare ourselves, tell you to conform to and focus on your own integrity. perhaps thinking “she’s got this all figured out and she Think of it as investing in a healthier set of expectations works” or “why can’t I have my kids in five different activities and still have my house look like something out for yourself as well as modeling a realistic approach to of Better Homes and Gardens?” We might conclude life for your little ones. n 34 May 2015 | Idaho Family Magazine
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Idaho BABIES TINIEST family members
Newborns take center stage in display
Talix- 10 days old (Brianna Chaves)
By Gaye Bunderson Brianna Chaves loves babies and likes to combine her fondness for newborns with her passion for photography. She negotiated a deal with St. Luke’s Health System to display her photos in the hallways, waiting rooms and patient rooms in both its Boise and Meridian birthing centers. She’s donating all the materials for the long-term, ongoing project and said the idea is to create a fine art wall display of newborn, maternity and family portraits, providing a sense of warmth, calm and inspiration to patients, new parents, staff and visitors. “The Boise campus actually does not have any images of families on our walls,” Dixie Weber, administrator of Women’s and Urological Services at St. Luke’s, said in a phone interview. “We did an evaluation of our surroundings and decided we wanted to bring images of the community into the hospital.” When a baby is born at St. Luke’s, parents (including adoptive parents) will be given a gift certificate to BC Photography and then may decide if they want to apply the certificate toward a photo session with Chaves. Some of those photos may ultimately be chosen for display in the hospital, at the parents’, the hospital’s, and Chaves’ discretion and choosing. “The display is an exclusive project that will grow over time using images of local families who have special or unique stories. I plan to photograph deserving families to provide the gift of custom portraiture for these hand-selected families who wish to be part of the display,” Chaves said. Yes, she gains visibility through the project, but Chaves has other motivations as well. Not only does she want to give back to the community she, her husband and two children moved to in 2014, but she also wants to help new moms deal with something she went through as a first-time mother herself: postpartum depression. She said it would have been nice to
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have a precious photo of her and her newborn so that she could have seen a visible reminder of the wonder of the experience rather than just struggling through difficult, post-birth emotions. “I would have liked to have had an image,” she said. “This is something I can give other mothers. … The photos are a way to cherish this amazing time in your life when your family is growing into something so beautiful.” Babies’ photos are taken within 3 to 21 days of birth. Mothers, fathers or both may pose with the infants; siblings are also welcome. Chaves said that when moms come to a photo session, they frequently come makeup-free or nearly makeup-free. “They’re at their most beautiful when they’re just raw. They just naturally glow in that moment,” she said. One of the mothers she photographed late last year, Melani Brown, admits that after a C-section, she didn’t much want to be part of a photo shoot. But she was ultimately pleased that she was. Her newborn daughter, Bentleigh, was only 5 days old when the photos were taken. “We had some fertility problems, so she’s kind of our little miracle baby,” Brown said. Bentleigh slept through the entire photo session. Brown explained that Chaves asks mothers not to feed the infants until just prior to the shoot. Then she puts the babies in a beanbag with a heating pad, so they’re very calm. First-time mother Ivy Hemenway said Chaves captured the beauty of new life during her and her husband’s photo session with their newborn daughter, who is now 8 months old. “I remember being told that this moment wouldn’t last, but as new parents we didn’t completely understand what that meant. And I must say now, I’m so happy with our decision. We have beautiful pictures of our little baby and those tiny hands and feet. I also love seeing my baby cuddled in her dad’s arms — my two loves.”
Katie Leach with Andrew-7Days Old (Brianna Chaves)
Idaho BABIES Chaves, 30, got the idea for a hospital display of photos from a mentor, Julia Kelleher of Bend, Ore. Chaves learned photography from Kelleher through a CreativeLive online course. She said she really only got serious about photography three years ago but added, “I’ve had a camera in my hand a long time.” She originally started out acting and modeling in Los Angeles and learned a lot about studio lighting during that time. In fact, she found herself drawn to the lighting crews, frequently asking them questions about lighting techniques and becoming more knowledgeable about that than either how to act or model. She also felt a greater self-confidence about her skill as a photographer, she said, than she ever felt about her previous careers in front of the camera. She realized she was called to be pointing the camera and not posing for it. With help from Kelleher, she honed her craft. She said of Kelleher: “She helped me find my why.”
Lindsey & Ben Colter with Kendall - 20 days old. (Brianna Chaves)
Now, the hospital is allowing her to help others through what she’s learned. April 20 was the first installment of a multi-installment project and took place at the Boise birthing center, with planned installation at the Meridian center early next year. “I just think it’s a great partnership opportunity where we can create an environment for families that they will love and that utilizes local talent,” Weber said. n
Corbin-14 Days Old (Brianna Chaves)
For more information, visit BriannaChaves.com or call 818-4426.
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Idaho BABIES EARLY intervention
An account of newborns’ hearing tests a few sensors on his head. My baby peacefully slept throughout the entire process. Editor’s note: May is Better Hearing and When the non-invasive procedure Speech Month. The 2015 theme is “Early was completed and I was given the Intervention Counts.” Below is a first-perdiagnosis, I felt like my world quickly son narrative from a mother who was told collapsed. Ryder was diagnosed with her newborn son — and later, her daughter a moderate-severe sensorineural hear— had a hearing challenge. ing loss in both ears. He would need hearing aids to assist him in acquiring “Your son has a hearing loss,” the language skills needed to speak the audiologist gently told me on and learn. The reason he startled to March 12, 2007. Those spoken loud sounds is that the frequencies words seemed to have an inexplicable were such that he could access them power. They hit me full force out of with what hearing he had. nowhere, blindsiding me in their unHearing loss, I learned, is not like expectedness and unleashing a tidal a light switch that is either off or wave of confusion, shock and pain. on but more like a dimmer switch You see, Ryder was born full-term. with different types of loss ranging A wonderful pregnancy and uncomfrom mild to moderate to severe or plicated birth led to a 9 lb.-15 oz. profound. Hearing loss can occur in healthy baby boy. He “referred” on Ryder, above, and Riley, below, do the kinds of things that one or both ears. It can happen later his newborn hearing screen at birth. all kids do, despite their hearing losses. Ryder is involved in on in life even if a baby passes his or (If a baby does not pass the hearing sports and loves animals. Riley, according to her mom, is a her newborn hearing screen. There screen, he is referred for more testchatterbox and likes to dance and ski. (Courtesy photos) are risk factors such as family history ing.) I was a bit perplexed when this and certain syndromes that can cause happened but initially attributed it hearing loss as well. to his being a big baby and perhaps Once diagnosed, we entered into having fluid in his ears. As a former unchartered terrain that I was not pediatric and neonatal intensive care accustomed to. Initially rocky, the unit nurse, I wasn’t aware of hearing ground became more navigable as loss. I attended nursing school before I learned more about hearing loss, the advent of universal newborn joined Idaho Hands and Voices and hearing screening. received wonderful services from the When I took Ryder home, I was Idaho Infant Toddler Program and tuned in to observing his reaction to the Idaho Educational Services for sound. He startled when I clapped the Deaf and Blind. my hands and literally jumped when The best part about this story was I was lovingly nursing him and the that my baby received a newborn dog barked from outside. My own hearing screen at the hospital. I had concoction of “hearing assessments” a wonderful nurse explain the imporfor Ryder seemed to indicate no reatance of a diagnostic evaluation, and son that there was a hearing loss. At Ryder was quickly scheduled to have that time, I erroneously believed that one. Upon diagnosis, he was immedihearing was either off or on, black or ately enrolled into early intervention. white. Was I ever wrong. Not all babies are as fortunate. … To further assuage my belief that Please let your baby be one of those. the referral on the hearing screen was “nothing to worry about,” when I spoke with other moms, they assured me their Screening at birth, diagnostic evaluation by 3 months, and children referred on their hearing screens at birth and were being enrolled in early intervention soon after created a recipe fine. for success that produced the amazing and inspiring child that I diligently followed up with Ryder’s pediatric audiology ap- Ryder is today. When he received his first pair of hearing aids pointment. When I arrived, I lightly breezed in with my hefty at 8 weeks of age, a huge jubilant smile burst across his face newborn and wasn’t concerned at all about the possibility of when he was able to clearly hear and distinguish our voices him having a hearing loss. For the evaluation, the audiologist for the first time. I’ll never forget that moment. gently inserted foam earbuds into Ryder’s ears and placed By Andrea Amestoy
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With early intervention, Ryder acquired language and listening skills and achieved milestones that I never imagined nor dared dream were possible. The hearing loss was not the huge nightmare it initially appeared to be. I learned that everything I worried about with Ryder and his diagnosis never came to pass, as we immediately enrolled him into early intervention. My husband and I decided to have one more child. When Kylie was born, she too referred on her hearing screen at birth. Knowing then that the hearing loss had to be genetic, the weight of the world on my shoulders was gone. I no longer felt like the Greek god Atlas. Genes, like so many facets of life, are completely out of our control. Since this wasn’t my first rodeo, I knew the ropes well. I didn’t shed a tear with Kylie’s identical hearing loss diagnosis in comparison with the moat I created when Ryder was identified. Our family underwent genetic testing, and as it turns out, my husband and I both carry a recessive gene that was the cause of two of our three children’s hearing status. Ryder is in second grade now. He reads, snowboards, plays basketball, baseball and is on swim team. He loves animals and thrives in school. Conversing with him, one would not know he has a significant hearing loss save for the hearing aids attached to his green camouflaged ear molds. Ryder himself touts the benefits of early intervention (“gives his pitch”) on the Idaho Sound Beginnings Facebook page under Videos. Kylie is 4 and attends River Valley, a preschool for the deaf and hard of hearing. She adores her sparkly pink ear molds and retrieves and puts in her hearing aids by herself. She is a chatterbox, enjoys music and singing and keeps up with her brothers at all times. Kylie loves being read to, performs in Basque dancing and started skiing this winter. Hearing loss is not an insurmountable obstacle. What is an impediment is a wait-and-see attitude should a newborn refer on his or her hearing screen at birth or if there are any parental concerns. If your newborn refers on a hearing screen, please visit EHDIPALS.org (from EHDI-PALS, Early Hearing Detection & Intervention – Pediatric Audiology Links to Services) to find a pediatric audiologist near you. Make an appointment for a diagnostic evaluation. Much can be done when babies are diagnosed early. n For more information, visit the Idaho Sound Beginnings website at idahosoundbeginnings.dhw.idaho.gov or call 334-0983.
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