Greenbelt Magazine September-October Issue

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SPOKE Hello Greenbelt Readers! This September marks a special occasion and what better way to celebrate it, than with the Boise Boys on the greenbelt! Happy 50th Anniversary Boise River Greenbelt! It's been a busy couple of weeks collaborating to make this issue extra special. A cosmic run-in with Woodlab resulted in a beautifully handcrafted table replicating a greenbelt look. Then to Telaya and Savory n Sweet for the wine and charcuterie board for a great cover shot, and to the contributors that piece each article together, thank you! Throughout the pages, you'll notice greenbelt themed content intermixed with our regular touting entrepreneurs and events. Events like BOSCO, and entrepreneurs like Mike Skinner, founder of Redbox, and filmmaker and Emmy winner Eric Becker who's film Mount Kennedy releases on demand November 5th. A variety of stories for all to enjoy! A special thanks to Idaho River United for keeping our water clean and to the Wildland Firefighters that risk their lives to save our lands and homes, we appreciate you. Tia Markland-Crabtree 8












Asian Inspired Bei Lounge Brings a New Flare

A Physician Explains CBD Oil

Return to Mount Kennedy

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rom the grassroots efforts to clean up the river’s edges and create public access along the river in the 1960s, to the local

modern makers who are helping us celebrate the Greenbelt’s 50 years, it’s the people with vision and ambition who make our vibrant community a place we love to call home. The 50th anniversary of the Greenbelt inspired WoodLab, a modern woodshop in Eagle, to craft this one-of-a-kind coffee table from urban rescued Russian olive wood. The design is an ode to the Greenbelt: a celebration of water and greenery. The ponds invoke Riverside Park’s expansive waterway, while the abundant green is a nod to the multitude of trees and parks along the treasured trail. 13

WOOD LAB co-owner David Gosse and an inkind donation of the wood from Russ, graphic design renderings by Matt Heim of John Ralph Furniture and Forge Signworks’ expert routering of the layered ponds and parks, along with the team at WoodLab, where eco-friendly resin was masterfully mixed, poured and sanded into the functional art piece it is today.


Last spring, a line of merchandise for the Greenbelt was created through the minds of the Greenbelt Magazine staff and Jennie Kilcup, a well-known watercolor artist, to benefit the non-profits keeping the greenbelt and rivers clean. The whimsically stickers and coffee cup designs symbolize activities along the greenbelt and Idaho life. The stickers are found at Re-pop Gifts downtown and the Boise Airport Greenbelt store, and the coffee cups at Idaho Made on 6th.

THE CHOCOLAT BAR is another collaborator who created an artisan Idaho chocolate shaped cookie cutter filled with mint-infused white chocolate lovingly decorated with fun Greenbelt and Idaho inspired designs. The iconic chocolate store takes pride in high quality organic and local ingredients and these are delicious.


THE STIL Owners Kasey Allen and Dan Sell are all about community. Both were eager to help celebrate by creating this delicious recipe for the 50th Anniversary of the Boise River Greenbelt. A local ice cream favorite, is celebrating with a blackberry and salted dark chocolate combination. The blackberry vanilla swirled base with chunks of chocolate representing the wild blackberries that are along the Greenbelt path, the bark of the trees (dark chocolate) and the river rocks (salt).

TELAYA WINE MAKER The wine company was a natural fit as a stylized contributor for the photoshoot. Family-owned, near the greenbelt, and producing award winning wines from both the Columbia Valley and the Snake River Valley. SAVORY N SWEET Known for their Shakespeare charcuterie boards and catering, this company came through with an incredible assortment. Kimberlee Miller Photos: The Stil Ice Cream, Greenbelt Stickers and The Chocolat Bar


THE GREENBELT IS BORN The idea for the Greenbelt originated in Boise’s first comprehensive plan. The plan, completed in 1963, recognized that “Boise City has been favored by nature. Scenic surroundings of rivers, mountains, and dramatic civic beauty form an essential part of the Boise City heritage.” The plan recommended that the City acquire land along the Boise River to “create a continuous green belt of public lands stretching along the river throughout the entire length of the community.” Soon after, Greenbelt planning gained momentum. The U.S. Department of the Interior awarded $100,000 toward the efforts, and a newly formed Boise Greenbelt Committee began purchasing land along both banks of the Boise River. Concurrently, Boise City Parks & Recreation, the Army Reserves, individual volunteers, and local clubs and community organizations started 16

the process of cleaning up the river and clearing land donated to or purchased by the city.

THE GREENBELT BECOMES REALITY The Greenbelt and Pathways Committee formed in 1969, which was tasked to oversee the development of the Greenbelt and ensure that the interests of both the public and the city were maintained in the path. This ushered in a pivotal moment for the pathway’s development; there was now a group dedicated solely to the Greenbelt. They experienced many wins and losses throughout the years, but eventually realized the dream of the Greenbelt. In 1998 they disbanded, the pathway at a point where it was engrained in city policy and in the psyche of Boiseans. One of the committee members, Tom Baskin, remarked in 1998, “Well, the Boise Greenbelt is, you know, a unique thing

to Boise and it needs to be cared for and pampered like any living thing. It’s going to require our constant attention, devotion.” The major stretches of the Boise River Greenbelt path developed incrementally between 1969 and 2016; the last unfinished portion in Boise was only finished three years ago. Ongoing maintenance continues to this day. The Greenbelt was a forward-thinking and monumental community effort, for which we owe our gratitude to those who made it happen. We all have a responsibility to maintain its valued place in the community and can help by commemorating its fifty-year anniversary this year.

WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT FROM THE COMMEMORATION IN SEPTEMBER? Join the City of Boise for a variety of activities September 19-21, 2019, commemorating the history of the Greenbelt.

The festivities will kick-off at the Egyptian Theatre on Thursday, September 19, at 6:30 PM with an event hosted by Mayor Bieter. On Friday, September 20, a time capsule buried 25 years ago will be unearthed at Shoreline Park at 11 AM. Following the opening of the time capsule, walking and biking tours exploring the Greenbelt’s past will be hosted in the afternoon. To cap off the commemoration, on Saturday, September 21, there will be a fun run, a food truck rally and party, and then a free evening concert at the bandshell in Julia Davis Park. The Greenbelt was not created overnight, and it can’t be celebrated in a single event! ¢ To learn more about the history of the Greenbelt or other aspects of Boise’s history, contact the author, 17


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The greenbelt got a little more beautiful this summer, with the installation of four new benches designed and built by local artists. The newly formed Garden City Arts Commission has placed the benches along the greenbelt and in City parks. “We have few places to sit and enjoy the Boise River. Having artistic benches along the greenbelt gives everyone a visually pleasing bench to enjoy,” explained Arts Commission member and Garden City Councilwoman Elfreda Higgins. The local artists selected are no strangers to contributing to the Idaho arts community, and several own or manage their studios in Garden City’s Live-Work-Create District. Each of the benches is a unique perspective on life along the greenbelt. Each piece features bright colors and pulls inspiration from the natural expression of the local landscape. The installations provide an opportunity for greenbelt fans to explore different spaces along the river and beyond. Councilwoman Higgins hopes the benches will become destination spots and add a positive economic impact for the City. "The greenbelt along the Boise River is a fabulous place to enjoy the river corridor including the various activities associated with the river,” she noted. The Garden City Arts Commission plans to have five additional benches installed by next summer. For more information about the Garden SITy Bench Project, as well as current and future bench installations, visit

Artist: Susan Madasci Bench Name: Trio Location: East 40th Street and the greenbelt, Garden City (installation scheduled for September 12th)

Artist: Ken McCall Bench Name: Heron Bench

About the Bench: Featuring a contemporary threeleaf structure is Trio by Susan Madasci. “Trio is a functional artwork piece consisting of 3 brightly colored leaf forms. I wanted the “benches" to draw the interest of passersby with a playful inviting concept that people can casually lean, sit or play on. I wanted to work out of the box with the bench concept the city had presented to the artists they chose for the Garden SITy Bench Project. It was an honor to be chosen and to contribute to the entrepreneurial and artistic vision of the Garden City Arts Council. Their mission to support working artists and regard them as small businesses that are helping to build this evolving community in the Live Work Create District. It’s exciting to see all the energy being created here,” Madasci said of the piece.

Location: Heron Park, 3858 Reed Street, Garden City

Artist Information: Susan is an artist and blacksmith who works with steel in the traditional forging manor of a blacksmith, yet challenges traditional aesthetics by redefining the boundaries and definition of blacksmithing, making work that is colorful and contemporary. he owns and manages Madasci Studios, LLC in Garden City, Idaho, a workshop and creative space, which is part of a community of local artists and businesses, operating on the LiveWork-Create District in Garden City.

About the Bench: Ken McCall’s Heron Bench is inspired by the park's namesake and the natural beauty of the river. “It's in a cool location right next to the river. So, I wanted to create something that didn’t look like a bench. It’s more artistic and more natural-looking,” McCall noted. Artist Information: Most of Ken McCall’s childhood was spent exploring various art mediums alongside his grandmother in her art studio, where Ken’s passion for sculpture emerged. Ken studied sculpture and metalwork before embarking on a 20-year career in precision fabrication for the aerospace industry. In recent years Ken has returned to his first love, designing and building beautiful metal sculptures. Working primarily in metal allows the flexibility to produce both delicate and monumental objects of art that can live in almost any space. He founded his studio, McCall Studios, with a focus on meticulous construction methods that give a seamless quality to the art to emphasize the elegant lines of the design. The finished project is a combination of artistic vision, solid craftsmanship, and careful integration of the piece in the natural setting. McCall Studios specializes in custom, high-quality artwork. In addition to designing and building Ken's original works, McCall Studios has collaborated with local artists on countless public art installations. 19


Artist: Derek Hurd Bench Name: Blue Bench Location: Mystic Cove Park on the greenbelt, Garden City About the Bench: Derek Hurd's Blue Bench has a more angular presence than the other bench pieces. The unique portal hole provides a scope from the woods toward the river from a standing position and a frame of the sky from the seated position. “The bench is sculptural and functional. Blue Bench provides users an opportunity for sitting and a standing lunch table as well. Both points of use have a framed view through a portal on the bench. Framing the sky, and framing the landscape river view will be a picture that changes through the seasons and location of the user. The bench is situated on the location of a previous bench, which is marked and celebrated in the concrete pad to honor all the lunches, cigarettes, and kisses that occurred there,” Hurd explained. Artist Information: Derek Hurd has designed custom furniture and residences for over 20 years in the Treasure Valley. He is a residential architect at Gravitas where he designs contemporary homes for discerning clients, ranging from new construction on infill and foothills sites to large scale remodels. He is also a furniture designer at Studio1212. He works and plays out of sPacePort, a vibrant community of creative entrepreneurs in the heart of the Surel Mitchell Live-Work-Create District in Garden City.



Artist: Reham Aarti Bench Name: Greenbelt Sherbet Location: End of 50th Street on the greenbelt, Garden City About the Bench: Reham Aarti’s mosaic bench is a celebration of color and light. “I wanted to make something fun and silly and ridiculously colorful that would make people stop and smile when they went by,” explained Aarti. Artist Information: Reham Aarti is a Kuwaiti-born mosaic artist known for her bold use of color and her love of unusual textural inclusions when creating her art. She favors a less traditional style, opting for a more modern, playful look. Reham continues to develop her technique while taking classes to enhance her work and expand her mosaic palette of materials. She published a book - Mosaics for the First Time. In 2003, Reham established Mosaic Essential, a full-service mosaic walk-in workshop, and studio. Through the classes and mentoring programs at the studio, Reham has been able to nurture new mosaic artists in her community, teach at area schools, and assist various organizations, schools, care facilities to create their own pieces of art to keep or auction for fundraisers, and has begun helping a local chapter of the Livestrong Foundation that creates art with cancer survivors & Parkinson’s Disease patients. Most recently, Reham established Door #3 studios as an artist co-op in Garden City to create space for artists to collaborate and create. ¢


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he Treasure Valley has always had a rich tradition of celebrating the arts; with local classics such as Art in the Park and First Thursday, residents have been provided many opportunities to enjoy the Idaho art scene. However, another lesser-known group is giving Boiseans a different avenue to consume the arts. Boise Open Studios Collective Organization, better known as Bosco, is on a mission to connect the community with its talented and diverse artists. Founded in 2003, Bosco is a non-profit volunteer organization aimed at providing the public maximum exposure to local artists and their work. Not only does Bosco host showcase events at a central location, primarily the second weekend in October, it also provides the com-

munity chances to visit the studios of particular artists, none of whom will offer you the same experience. One artist, Susan Rooke, says that getting involved with Bosco has increased her ability to iron out new ideas through working alongside other artists. “As I like to say, I’ve found my flock,” Rooke says. Her work is largely based around ideas relating to the human condition. “I love to distort both faces and bodies, along with birds and animals, in order to illustrate an idea, a dream, or a thought.” Rooke’s current projects deal primarily in stunning free standing sculptures and 3-D tiles. Rooke fell in love with art during her time in college when working with clay. “I feel as if I've been an artist my whole life although I did surprise many by doing so.” After college, she taught art in public schools in both Denver and Connecticut. When she made up her mind to fully immerse herself in creating art with clay, she would frequent the Potters Guild in Denver at 7 p.m. and plug away at her creations. “[I would} work with my cat at my side, until 4 a.m. learning and working and making every mistake in the book,” she describes. To make ends meet, Rooke would teach in various community centers and sell some of her pieces when possible. Her passion for this particular art form is clearly evident in all she does. “Art is a language that is necessary to a full life.” Lynn Fraley is another talented member of Bosco. To her, Bosco’s unique style of hosting within a studio causes the art to come alive. “Don’t get me wrong, I love to see work…presented in a gallery. But there it can be almost more of an artifact,” Fraley describes. “In the studio, art is clearly an extension of an individual’s life experience, whatever that may be,” Fraley said. To her, the Bosco allows the public to see an artist’s true style and sources of inspiration by observing his or her workplace. Whether it is piles of books or Post-it notes with scribbles of brainstorming, the heart and soul of the artist will resonate with all attendees. And that goes for fellow artists as well. “Artists


“In the studio, art is clearly an extension of an individual’s life experience, whatever that may be.” Lynn Fraley of Bosco

are often collectors too — of things that inspire them, of other artists’ work… let’s face it, you just get to see some cool stuff, [which] can certainly inspire one to take a creative leap in your own life. It did for me.” Fraley didn’t set out to be an artist. In fact she began going to school for architecture and ended up with a advertising and marketing degree. However, she doesn’t regret her educational path—in fact, it has been

a very valued in her adult life. “As a full-time working artist I am, by practical definition, an entrepreneur.” Her life as a professional artist began about 25 years ago, specializing mostly in equine art. Initially, she thought art as merely a hobby. It wasn’t until she visited the studio of Nita K. Sunderland in her Illinois hometown did she have the epiphany that art could be a full-time profession. 25

“I vividly remember her opening the door from her kitchen to her studio space. Wow. Walking down three steps and out onto the floor of a roomy sculpture studio with various large-scale sculptures in all stages of process.” It was then understood that these creative techniques could be learned and incorporated into Fraley’s own life. Aside from the upcoming October Bosco show, Fraley has been spending much of the summer preparing for her first solo exhibition called “Reality Check.” For those wanting to check out her new project, you can do so at the Friesen Gallery, in the Brandt Center on the campus of NNU from Aug 27 - Oct. 31, with an opening reception on September 10, 4 - 6 p.m. While veteran artists such as Fraley are a large part of the Bosco tapestry, newer artists are just as important to what makes the organization so unique. Everett Smith quit is full time job about a year ago to wholeheartedly pursue art, his true passion. However, Smith describes making art his entire life; as a child, he found himself constantly copying illustrations out of fantasy books. His interest followed him through high school and college where he discovered his affinity for photography and other mediums. Smith completed his Fine Arts degree at Boise State University in 2016. Much of Smith’s inspiration for his gorgeous oil paintings and photographs come from being in the great Idaho outdoors. “Magnificent and endless inspiration is available so close to us,” says Smith. “Many of my paintings are created with a specific place in mind. I love the 26

light that radiates off the sky before the sun has fully risen. [It] makes for some of the most beautiful and unique natural colors that you can’t find anywhere else.” Currently, he continues to expand on his landscape series, his largest collection to date. This ambitious project blends natural locations with a psychedelic assortment of spirals without overly abstracting the subject matter. “Every time that I go somewhere new I get a rush of inspiration to make a piece based on the place.” Smith joined Bosco on the recommendation of his mentor, Jerry Hendershot. Since then, the organization has been a valuable stepping-stone in his young career as an artist. “Bosco gives an awesome opportunity…to get some stuff out there for people to see and fall in love with,” Smith explains. “As an artist, it can be hard to find that outreach to get some eyes on your work.” Smith will be showcasing new additions to his stunning landscape series and an array of limited addition prints at the upcoming October Bosco studio weekend tour. Furthermore, you can check him and other Bosco artists out at the Riverside Hotel in Garden City on August 31st showing and selling his art. With such an eclectic group of fantastic artists, Bosco is sure to provide a one-of-a-kind, interactive experience for all. The next weekend tour is October 11-13, and all other information about Bosco events can be found on their Facebook page and at Rest assured, this is something you aren’t going to want to miss. ¢


WHERE EAST MEETS WEST— IN A MARTINI GLASS Asian inspired Bei Lounge brings a new f lare BY ANDREW COUSSENS


The word “bei” in Chinese means “cup,” a perfect signifier for Boise’s new Asian fusion lounge adjacent to Yen Ching, a longtime traditional Boise favorite. I’ve known Jeremy and Keri Chou, the owners of Bei Lounge, for several years now, so I was enthused to hear about their new establishment. I guessed that the lounge would offer a modern twist (on the rocks) to the revered culinary legacy that the Chou family started in 1986 with the restaurant Yen Ching. My first visit to Bei Lounge exceeded my expectations. As its Chinese name implies, Bei is an ideal place to enjoy an après work Asian-inspired signature martini or cocktail accompanied by a savory appetizer or two. 28

When Yen Ching first opened for business, Boise only had a handful of restaurants in the greater downtown area. My, how times have changed! Most Boiseans can probably instantly name their favorite Yen Ching dish: My all-time favorite was and is the spicy General’s Chicken. Boise has come a long way in three decades—and the restaurant scene is now much more competitive. I knew that if the Chou family waited this long to open a lounge attached by a door to their family’s restaurant, they had something truly special planned. It didn’t take long for my suspicions to be confirmed. When I walked in the door, I instantly felt myself relax. The lounge itself is an inviting

modern space with an open and airy feel. The colors are soothing with bamboo accented walls and surfaces. Light streams in through the large windows facing Ninth Street, and the décor has clean simple lines with a minimalist Asian theme. It’s a relaxed and relaxing place to wait for a table at Yen Ching next door, or to visit as a destination on its own. Bei Lounge prides itself on crafting signature martinis and cocktails, often with a local theme. One of the bartenders, Annemarie, developed a gin martini called the Greenbelt in honor of the 50th anniversary of the construction and unveiling of Boise’s treasured river paths. Just like the name, the drink is green, earthy, and quite refreshing. It’s made

with Bombay Gin, celery and lime juice, house made simple syrup, and mint strained into a martini glass. In addition to specialties like the Greenbelt, Bei has eight other martinis and cocktails, each exhibiting their own unique and exciting flavors. A full bar allows patrons to enjoy their favorite drink, even if it isn’t on the menu. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that some of the dishes on Bei’s menu were inspired by old family recipes. The appetizers on the menu were very distinctive, which made it hard to choose just one. When I visited the lounge, Keri recommended one of her favorites called the Bibimbap Bowl. She told me that Jeremy’s mother, affectionally called Nai Nai by her family (which also is Chinese for “grandmother”), inspired the dish. When the server brought the bowl to my table, it was clear that this wasn’t your ordinary appetizer. The bowl is a wonderful blend of hot and cold ingredients including vegetables, tasty bulgogi, and a fried egg all stacked around the rim of the bowl and presented over white rice. The best part of the Bibimbap Bowl was the fermented red bean sauce, which added the perfect amount of heat to the dish. At the end of my time at Bei, I was sure that I would be back to try everything else on the menu—and next time, I plan to bring my friends to share a unique cup of Asian-inspired goodness. ¢ Bei Lounge is located in the Yen Ching Building at 315 N 9th St, Boise, ID 83702



“In between confidence and commitment, lies character.” – Christopher Kennedy THE DIRECTOR The ability to pursue our passions is one of the greatest aspects of human life; yet for many, there is a distinct difference between passion and career. For Eric Becker, who spent his college years studying public health, he lived vicariously through friends who chose their paths in art and film. “It [film] always looked so fun,” Becker muses, recalling his undergrad days. But he pressed on in the world of public health. Combining his desire for art with his college education, Becker decided to pursue his film potential through publ ic he a lt h works in Nicaragua. Prior to finishing his graduate degree, he moved to Maine and spent time working miscellaneous jobs in order to afford film 30

and equipment to take on the trip. Once he raised enough money, he spent a period of time in Nicaragua and realized that public health and film could go hand-in-hand. It was this mindset that enabled him to launch into the world of directing. With now a master’s degree in public health and some filming experience under his belt, Becker set out to make a difference, directing incredible documentaries like Honor the Treaties and A Higher Crawling. Following graduate school, Becker continued to travel to places like Sierra Leone, exploring the worlds of film and health. In 2007, he moved to Seattle and by 2008 was working in the film industry. “I focused constantly on evolving my craft.” Now living in Boise with his wife, Marissa, and their child, Becker is a full-time director and producer, complete with his own in-home garage studio, which serves as the perfect space to both create film and show it off. THE FILM I sat in the converted garage/office with a half-full glass of Pinot, happily nibbling on popcorn and garden-plucked blackberries, scrawling notes in the dark. Return to Mount Kennedy was drawing to a close and I was now fully incapable of controlling the tears. A summer storm flashed lightning in the background and my fingers ached from taking notes so furiously. How else was I going to capture the many nuances of this film, the inter-weaving of life and death and friendship and family, the joys and hardships that conveyed themselves across Becker’s projected screen?

This film is a testament to human strength and a familial bond that spanned across generations. Return to Mount Kennedy tells the story of Bob Whittaker and his own pursuits to reenact a famous climb that his father, Jim Whittaker (CEO of REI), had taken 50 years earlier with Robert F. Kennedy, brother of the recently assassinated John F. Kennedy. Bob, along with his brother Leif, and Christopher Kennedy (RFK’s son), ascend the heights of the rugged Mount Kennedy, a 14,000-foot summit in the Yukon, named in honor of JFK. Bob enlists the help of Eric Becker to accompany them and direct a film to commemorate the event that almost no one was prepared for (Leif is the only one with any real climbing experience). Return to Mount Kennedy is a prime example of the evolution of film— more than just your typical climbing documentary, Return to Mount Kennedy shines a light on family, friendship, and our often underestimated ability to overcome. The time lapses are beautifully interspersed between 1965 and 2015, fully capturing the bond between Jim and Bobby [Kennedy], which is something untouchable by time or death. Becker has undeniably succeeded in his pursuit of passion and was able to pack 50 years of legacy into a 71-minute film. With a distinct ability to tell a story, Becker peeled away the layers of history and humanity.

Bob Whittaker, who takes his name from the late Bobby [Robert] F. Kennedy, played an integral role in getting the Seattle grunge movement off the ground. Managing bands like Mudhoney and REM, it was unlikely that his pursuit of passion would be found in the frozen wilderness mountains of the Canadian Yukon. And yet, he was driven by an urge to honor his father [ Jim] and his namesake [RFK], proving that our pursuit of passion is truly one of the greatest things about the human experience. “Three men with little to no climbing experience, one significantly more experienced, and two guides who had never climbed that particular mountain were digging holes in the snow to sleep. And we set off on the ascent,” says Becker. “I was terrified. But it’s good to do stuff where you’re a little freaked out. That’s where you grow.” Becker’s film tells the story of two families—the Whittakers and the Kennedys—in a truly beautiful blend of fatherhood, brotherhood, friendship, and grunge music. Return to Mount Kennedy helps transform the outdoor genre, evolving it beyond the traditional “alpha-male achievement” and into something that is both emotionally captivating and inspirational. ¢ To learn more about the film and to check out upcoming screenings, visit

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A person looking to farmstead usually isn’t interested in buying land with a creek that goes dry, but in the early 1860s, New Yorker Phillip L. Schick did just that. He paid a $10 filing fee for a 160 acre land title by Boise in Dry Creek Valley using President Lincoln’s Homestead Act. Homesteading in the 1860s was a hard life, but it helped people build to a better life by migrating west, and, in Idaho, it laid the groundwork for modern Boise. To learn just how hard 19th Century farming was and how it contrasts with today, attend the Dry Creek Historical Society Old Time Farm Day event on Sunday, October 6, from noon to 4 p.m. At the event, you will see Phillip’s remarkably preserved house with its original sandstone foundation; square, handmade nails; the kitchen in a separate build34

ing; an outhouse; a root cellar; several farm buildings (some barely standing); and old horse tack. And yes, you will see the dry creek. The farm, now called the Schick-Ostolasa Farmstead, was home to Phillip, his wife Mary, and their daughter, Clara. As required by the Homestead Act, they improved the land and house, growing to nearly 400 acres with fields, orchards, cattle, sheep and horses. Eventually a local newspaper said it was one of the most valuable ranches in the valley. The Schicks built a school nearby so that Clara and area children could get an education. In their home, they built a top floor apartment for the teacher to live in part of the year. They were politically active and provided their home and the schoolhouse for election polling. Phillip was admired and popular according to the local newspaper. He died at the age of 64 in his farmhouse from burns suffered from an accident that might have involved his tobacco pipe and a careless moment after purchasing lamp oil. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the farm house is one of Idaho’s oldest homes. Schick family members lived on the ranch until 1920 when it was purchased by a prominent Boise banker and cattleman, Frank Parsons. He hired Basque farmers to manage the farm. In 1927, the family of Costantino and Lucia Ostolasa moved in to manage the property. Their descendants continued to work the farm and lived there until 2005.

In 2006, Ada County became the owner of the current property, which is 1.75 acres. The county leases it to the Dry Creek Historical Society to preserve and promote the history of early Idahoans. A living history museum, the farmstead offers field trips for third graders who learn how Phillip, Mary, and Clara lived day-to-day life. They learn about the root cellar that acted as a refrigerator and food pantry. They use slate chalkboards to solve math problems from an 1895 arithmetic book and make an 1800s toy called a whirligig. Old Time Farm Day will be held at the farmstead at 5006 W. Farm Court. A celebration of Idaho’s farming past, there will be children’s activities; 19th century re-enactments such as gold panning, soap making and goat herding; live music; food; and an auction in the Hidden Springs Community barn next door. The event is a fundraiser for the Dry Creek Historical Society, a 501c3 that uses proceeds to support the farmstead and preserve Boise’s farming past. Phillip Schick’s creek is still most often dry all these years later, but now thanks to the efforts of the Dry Creek Historical Society volunteers, his and his wife Mary‘s farm is a living testament to life in 1860s Idaho. ¢ Schick-Ostolasa Farmstead:





Have you ever wondered about the Boise River Greenbelt? Has a lack of information ever stopped you from exploring the area and all it offers? Local business owner Nannette Nelson has launched a mobile app designed to make this beautiful resource accessible to everyone in the Treasure Valley. “I always thought there should be a way to learn more about the Greenbelt. I felt that someone needed to develop an app for this and I decided to take that on.” The app launched a month ago, and has great information for Greenbelt newbies and locals who have lived along the Greenbelt for years. “I’ve had people who have been working on the Greenbelt for years, but they never play on it - because they don’t really know how to. It’s like opening up their backyard, and they’re really excited about it,” explained Nelson. While the City of Boise does provide information on the Boise Greenbelt, Nelson’s app takes things a few steps fur-

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ther for a more comprehensive live view. Users can f ind infor mat ion on closures, bike flat repair stations, picnic areas, and more. It’s also now easier for Treasure Valley residents to see the full Greenbelt – from Eagle to Lucky Peak. The free version of the app i s cu r rent ly available, and Nelson has plans to launch a premium version in the future. The premium version will offer features like the ability to set up a profile, save your places and routes, and participate in groups. Nelson also has a concept to create a scavenger hunt style game for app users to encourage exploration along the Greenbelt. Businesses along the Greenbelt from Eagle to Boise can share their services and products on the app in the coming weeks. Up to now, businesses on the Greenbelt in Eagle have been limited as the city does not allow any signage or advertising next to the Greenbelt. The Greenbelt app helps users know what restaurants and shops are nearby and how to find them. Nelson reports that the app has already been very positively received by the community, many of whom appreciate the way the app makes the parks more usable for people. App users won’t have to guess where one park starts and another begins. They can also find helpful rental services that already exist along the Greenbelt – like bike rentals and surf shops. Planning a picnic? You can find delectable restaurants to satisfy any palate along the Greenbelt – and they’re all on the app! “The Greenbelt really offers something for everyone. When I’m out there, I see senior citizens, millennials, and families with strollers and dogs and kids. It’s amazing the variety of demographics that enjoy the Greenbelt. So, one of my goals is that the app can enhance each of their experiences,” Nelson added. ¢ The app is available for Apple products on the App Store and for Android products on Google Play. For more information, please visit

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Oh, Baby! September is Baby Safety Month and while many of you may be thinking about electrical outlet plugs and kitchen cabinet locks, I’m thinking about oral health. That’s right, your baby’s oral health is about long term safety. I can hear some of you now, “Babies don’t even have teeth!” That’s true, but your baby does have gum tissue and their first teeth are preparing to come through at around 6 months of age so oral health is important. Obviously brushing and flossing don’t apply before your baby has teeth, but breastfeeding does. Studies show breastfeeding helps with teeth alignment. While all babies are different, in general, breastfeeding helps prevent cross bites, open bites, and overbites. Breastfeeding a newborn won’t 100% prevent the need for braces in a pre-teen, but the studies show it helps. Once teeth make an appearance there’s more to consider. Do you need to stop breastfeeding due to teeth? That’s a personal choice, but one of the benefits of breast milk for new teeth is the reduction in risk for Baby Bottle Tooth Decay, also known as Baby Bottle Rot. This occurs most often when a baby is put to bed with a bottle filled with fruit juice, formula, or even milk. Essentially the teeth are swimming in sugar. If you really want to give your baby a bottle at bed time, water is best. Breastfeeding moms need to remember to take care of themselves, too. Your nutrition impacts your baby’s nutrition. When it comes to teething, please, stick to the basics, not the fads. Amber teething rings and necklaces seem to be all the rage, but they are not recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Besides having no scientific data to back up any medicinal claims, these necklaces pose very real choking and strangulation risks. Numbing gels that contain benzocaine are not recommended either. Instead, solid rubber teething rings, damp washcloths, and gentle massage with a clean finger are tried, true and safe. A good oral health routine for your baby is something you can start just a few days after their birth. Wipe your baby’s gums with a clean, moist cloth after each feeding to discourage bacteria buildup and have them seen by a dentist by their first birthday. Good oral health will give your child a good head start on their overall health.




Mike Skinner knows a thing or two about mentoring. An Idaho native, this managing partner and principal at The Advisory Group (TAG) has built a long and successful career as a leader in consumer product and retail services organizations, and he now shares his expertise with CEOs of mid-level Northwest companies. I first met Mike when he visited Boise with his former colleague Gregg Kaplan, and they shared the hilarious story of the birth of RedBox, those now- ubiquitous DVD on demand rental kiosks. Mike was then president of Coinstar, and Gregg was spinning up RedBox. Some of the major motion picture studios were skeptical about the business model at first, so RedBox had to start small. They had to stock the RedBoxes manually by loading their carts up with new releases at local big box stores to get the DVDs as soon as they came out. The image seems hilarious, but most of the audience missed Mike’s and Gregg’s real point: Start small, figure out the customer price point, and get the product right before investing a lot of money in the business. Getting the unit economics right will always make the difference in your long-term success. Mike brings that same spirit to The Advisory Group (TAG), a consulting firm that works primarily with privately-held, often family-owned businesses with a median $70 million in revenues. TAG serves as your advisory board, helping to drive growth and profitability while supporting the CEO as he or she expands the capabilities 38

of the organization’s leadership teams. Mike told me “It’s not us doing the work, but us empowering the CEO to do it.” TAG has been remarkably successful, on average raising a company’s return on investment (ROI) by 10+ percent. As an entrepreneur, I keep Mike at the top of my personal go-to list for advice, even if he does nudge me gently in hard directions now and then. I sat down with Mike to talk to him about the importance of mentoring in business success. GB: What makes a good mentor? MS: Good mentors stay in their lane and don’t oversell their expertise/experience. Good mentors find the right help for the CEO even if it’s not them.

GB: What should I know/ask/do to see if a mentor is right for me? MS: Fit. Look for relevant experience–what does your venture need, really? Do your homework on potential mentors and start with a deep look inside the firm. There’s a lot of free advice out there, but you will listen more and act more if it’s a paid engagement. TAG is fee-for-service firm, not an equity partner, as we want the long-term upside to belong to the client, not us. Accountability. It’s up to the CEO and his/ her leadership team to implement the strategic plan, so accountability is imperative. With your mentors, build an accountability process. It’s okay to pivot when needed, but don’t drift. That means finding a patient mentor who’s in it for the long haul.

GB: How do we grow good mentoring in Boise and in Idaho? MS: Build the talent pool broadly. The “bench” here in Boise is very shallow: How many people have serious executive experience in any domain? Also, there are relatively few people who have actually lived the CEO life. We need to take better advantage of the executives and proven business leaders moving here. GB: What’s one thing that we can do to grow the ecosystem for businesses here? MS: Many companies spend a lot of money before getting their unit economics and business model right. You should spend a little to learn a lot (see the RedBox story). How many

leaders actually understand the dynamics of their competitive arena? It’s important to hold everyone accountable, especially yourself. GB: What would you like to do to help Idaho and how can we help you? MS: This is TAG’s intent, to work with people where we can have material effect on them and on the local economy. We want to build TAG further and find experienced leaders who appreciate and “get” our model. And, of course, one way to help is to provide introductions to the firms in our wheelhouse! ¢



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Idaho is a treasure trove of natural resources. From the towering mountains in which we love to hike and emerald forests full of wildlife in which we love to camp, to the 100,000 miles of waterways that provide us with endless sporting possibilities, Idaho rivers truly are the gem of the state. The ample rivers in Idaho provide us with an abundance of precious resources that are easy to take for granted. From energy to power our homes to drinking water and food to keep us alive, it’s safe to say that Idaho relies on its rivers. After speaking with Anna Buschbacher with Idaho Rivers United (IRU), I was able to gain a new understanding on 42

this lifeline for our beautiful state. Idaho Rivers United is dedicated to maintaining the health of the rivers for our state through water testing, conservation education, and events with river supporters. To someone who isn’t familiar with the conservation process, it can be difficult to know where to start. In order to know what action needs to be taken, tests are performed throughout the year to monitor water quality levels and create viewable data. By working with an Idaho based water testing facility, IdaH2O, IRU makes constant efforts throughout the year training staff to understand water quality using the IdaH20 database. We may be able to look forward to new information as a community as “Boise State intern Stephen Ritter built the logistics for an Adopt-a-River program, something we are working to implement as a citizen science/ training course in conjunction with IdaH2O's online database.” This leads directly into the crux of IRU, conservation awareness. Growing awareness within the community allows us to understand the direct impact of the rivers on our home state. It affects not only our recreational bike rides down the greenbelt, but the food we grow and the animals with which we coexist. Anna so beautifully states, “We educate, advocate and work to promote knowledge and understanding of the conservation issues happening around the state about our Idaho rivers. We are focusing in on making sure our communities know that our rivers need our protection – daily. We as humans haven’t always taken good care of our rivers, no one wants to see our precious waters misused or polluted but often there is a dramatic imbalance between the desires of use and the sustainability of our rives and native fisheries. As we continue our conservation and education programs we seek to teach about the importance of natural resources, water quality needs, use impacts, and promote river stewardship.” For many Idaho residents, this knowledge begins at a young age. Between programs with Anser Charter, Riverstone, Foothills and Hillside Junior High among other local schools IRU is working to increase education on a multitude of conservation topics including water quality observation surveying, salmon, Endangered Species Act, Idaho river history, and conservation efforts in the state. Anna states that “We are continually trying to connect younger generations to our river systems and encourage them to take an interest in the water quality, plummeting salmon populations, and how to be a part of the solution for all our rivers in Idaho.” They are also working to build an online education library as a resource for teachers. In addition to educating some of Idaho’s youngest residents, IRU partners with business across the state. By doing so, they are creating a united

front dedicated to keeping Idaho a beautiful place to be. “Our IRU supporters are young and young at heart, from all areas of Idaho and from around the US - they are businesses, business leaders, students, families, individuals, and they are river and fish lovers. Some have been with us since the very beginning, some brand new but all of them have been touched by Idaho’s rivers and waterways and want to make sure these precious resources are protected now and for future generations. Our supporters are dedicated, informed, caring, and determined – they are loyal and they are what make up IRU!” Some of the Boise River Greenbelt partners include Payette Brewing, Idaho River Sports, and Generation Wild. Together, they’ve been able to organize fantastic events including the Boise River Clean up, Payette Brewing Happy Hour donating to IRU, and auction nights. These partners are vital for spreading the word beyond the school environment to Idaho residents for all ages; reminding us once again that our rivers are the life blood of our communities. Be on the lookout for events year-round that provide opportunity for volunteer work as well as donations to Idaho Rivers United. “We have an amazing group of members. Our IRU supporters come from 39 states and 2 countries. We involve volunteers, members, and students in our work with opportunities for river clean-ups, event and outreach assistance, building grassroot conservation campaigns, and asking supporters to share their voices and work with us to promote effective advocacy and education to our leaders.” ¢ For more information regarding volunteer information and getting involved with protecting Idaho’s rivers, visit




The human body is a tireless machine fueled by many biological functions and like any machine, it can malfunction in countless ways. Healthcare options and treatments are expanding every day as new research becomes available to help with these malfunctions. One such option is the utilization of CBD. Recently the FDA has approved three new CBD drugs, to be used for serious diseases such as pediatric epilepsy, wasting syndrome and nausea.The FDA ruling combined with the recent Federally approved Farm Bill, (allowing farmers to 44

grow hemp) has catapulted CBD to the forefront of medical interest. Being a skeptic, I asked myself, How are we able to use this plant based substance in a non plant based system? So as a researcher, I set out to make sense of this CBD craze. What I found was amazing. CBD is commonly confused with its cousin, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). CBD is an abbreviation of cannabidiol and is found in the stalks of hemp or cannabis plants. Hemp plants produce a significantly higher volume of CBD

than the flowering part of the cannabis plants and have very low levels of THC, the active component in marijuana. In short, CBD does not have the euphoric or ‘high feeling’ associated with THC, while providing an array of potential health benefits. CBD’s history goes back several centuries, and is rooted in treatment of a variety of uses and ailments. Archeologists have discovered the plant in tombs of the ancient Egyptians. It was also commonly grown across European fields (champs de cannabis) as early as the 13

century and the stalks or fibers were used in the manufacturing of ropes for ships because of its durable strength. The plant was also crushed up into salves and used for pain management, epilepsy, anxiety, mood and digestive disorders. In 1990 and 1993 the first endogenous (our own) receptors were discovered. CBR1 that binds THC, and CBR2 that binds CBD. We actually have our own naturally occurring Endocannabinoid System (ECS)! And these cannabinoids are present in all major body systems! Your ECS works by communicating with the receptors for mood, pain, sleep, anxiety etc. Think of cannabinoids like a lock and key mechanism. Exactly like your hormone system. When a cannabinoid connects to a receptor, a door opens causing a reaction in the body and naturally produces endocannabinoids. However, as we age these cannabinoids, just like hormones, decrease. CBD binds to receptors allowing the body to work more efficiently. And taken in the right doses can have amazing results. After conducting our own clinical studies, we found that some products worked well, especially for pain, anxiety, and sleep, while other products were found lacking. Sourcing and extracting CBD is an incredibly vital aspect to successful results. Purchasing options are growing rapidly as the benefits become more scientifically apparent. Credibility of products is not something to be taken lightly. At Simply Simon, we developed our own CBD products based on our findings. QR codes are displayed on all our products, meaning you can scan each individual item for lab results. Each product is extracted organically and is only harvested from mature hemp stalk, In addition, third party testing ensures that our products are indeed 0% THC free. Both these steps are necessary to be compliant under Idaho’s strict CBD definition and drug policy laws.If you’re curious about availability or have additional questions, email or check out Dr. Simon does not endorse recreational or medical use of THC products. ¢

Eagle Art Walk | Thursday September 26th 5:00pm to 9:00pm The Eagle Art Walk brings art lovers and community members to Downtown Eagle on the last Thursday of September. With exciting and unique offerings around every corner, Eagle celebrates local arts and culture with area artists and musicians set up in galleries and shops located in the center of downtown along State Street. The event is free to the public and is sponsored in part by the Eagle Arts Commission. To begin the walk, pick up your map to locations at Finer Frames. Visit each artist and have them initial your card, when complete return your card to Finer Frames before 9pm to be entered to win one of our fabulous door prizes. Featured artists include Rob Hart, Suzanne Chetwood, Toby Davis, Laurie Ashara, David Day, Kevin McCain, Cory W Berish, Beverly Chick, Oleg Strekachev and Lauren Kistner.




STRENGTHENING YOUR FOUNDATION Consider this analogy: You wouldn’t build your house on a weak foundation. You’d ensure the foundation was strong enough to support it. The same logic applies to our bodies,where the skeletal system is the foundation that supports us physically in everything we do.

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o understand the importance of the skeletal system, it’s important to understand the role of the central nervous system in regulating your body’s strength. The central nervous system regulates the physical strength of your body based upon the strength of the skeletal system. As your skeletal system declines with age, your physical strength declines as well. Your central nervous system will not allow your muscles to become stronger than what your skeletal system can handle. If you have ever reached a plateau in your strength training or experienced strength loss as you age, a likely reason is the

Your central nervous system will not allow your muscles to become stronger than what your skeletal system can handle.

Since the 19th century, the medical community has been looking at the relationship of bone to muscle. Dr. Julius Wolff, a German anatomist and surgeon, made the discovery that bone, in a healthy person or animal, adapts to the load under which it is placed. This pressure stimulates the development of healthy new bone tissue, creating healthier and stronger bones. Now known as Wolff’s Law, he also stated that the reverse of this was true. Bones exposed to decreased pressure, or load, would become less dense and weaker. A century later, in 2012, a research study on osteogenic loading discovered the minimum amount of pressure required to stimulate bone development is 4.2 times a person’s body weight. From this research a unique robotic musculoskeletal development system was designed to safely deliver the proper stimulus to just about anyone at any age. This proprietary system for osteogenic loading, called Spectrum, specifically develops the foundation of your physical body, the skeletal system, both efficiently and without risk of injury.

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Wildland Firefighters are the unsung heroes of our community. They protect our public lands from raging wildfires. Wildland firefighters are truly family which makes the Wildland Firefighter Foundation (WFF) an integral part of the wildland firefighter community. Founded in 1994, the WFF takes care of firefighters with serious injuries and families of fallen heroes. The number one priority of the Wildland Firefighter Foundation is to help families of wildland firefighters killed in the line of duty and to assist injured wildland firefighters and their families. “Over the years we have developed many programs that ensure Wildland Firefighters and their families are honored and never forgotten.” Says Burk Minor, Outreach Director of the Wildland Firefighter Foundation. From humble beginnings in a kitchen to now, the Wildland Firefighter Foundation has revolutionized the care of our Wildland Firefighters. Helping thousands of families nationwide, the WFF works closely with federal, state, local, county and private firefighting agencies. Nationwide, they work with burn centers to ensure that proper care is given to these brave individuals. I had the opportunity to speak with Katy O’Hara regarding her experience and the way that the foundation helped her family through a very difficult time. “My husband David Gray and I are both wildland firefighters. David was starting his 17th fire season as an Assistant Engine Operator with the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest in Baker City, Oregon when he was killed in a drunk driving accident in eastern Oregon (April 22, 2018). The nature of the accident and some of the information leading up to the accident are probably more for another day, but it does play a role in why I am okay speaking out about the support we have received from the Foundation and speak on behalf of other families”, she said. A trauma counselor was with Katy and her family within hours to help support them, “Between the Agency, the WFF and the wildland firefighting community, arrangements were made for David’s family to come from around the country and have lodging and meals. The kids were not forgotten either. “6-foot-tall giant Teddy Bears [were] delivered to each of my three kids which put a smile on their faces.” Katy also spoke of the mental health crisis among our Nation’s first responders, including wildland firefighters. The numbers are staggering and it is especially unclear within this smaller firefighting community.” As a nonprofit organization, community involvement is vital. Burk states that, “We would jump on the opportunity to be invited to speak or comment at business functions to incorporate community fundraisers

ROOTS in order to support our Wildland Firefighters. We offer tours and would love more visitors to stop by our office. The faces on the wall on their own tell the story behind the job hazards of being a Wildland Firefighter.” The Wildland Firef ighter Foundation website provides a variety of information from upcoming fundraisers as well as an opportunity to donate, join the 52 club, view the Fallen, purchase WFF items and view the programs available to the firefighters and their families. If you are a corporation and would like to partner or form a sponsorship, please contact Burk. You can see the mark that this amazing foundation has left on Idaho through the nine-foot-tall bronze wildland firefighter statue that is located at the Boise Airport. This statue is to honor all wildland firefighters past, present, and future. Burk said that, “The WFF has worked tirelessly to help install and maintain a national fallen wildland firefighter monument: the only one of its’ kind at the National Interagency Fire Center here in Boise. We are also proud members of the Boise City Chamber of Commerce.” In additional to all of this, the Wildland Firefighter Foundation works with congress to make sure that the firefighters “get a fair shake”. Katy sums it up beautifully, “The key here is that the foundation makes sure that we know we are not alone in this journey, that we are continuously surrounded by our Fire Family for support, comfort, and care when needed.” ¢


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Proving that Boise’s Greenbelt is for all ages and abilities, some senior citizens who live next door to the Greenbelt in the Veranda Senior Living community in Barber Valley, can be seen jaunting about each day on a Blessing Bike, a Boise-invented cargo style, threewheeled bike that can transport two people while a staff member pedals from behind. Ninety-two year-old Ramona Morrell says, “Riding the bike is thrilling for me. I get to enjoy the Greenbelt and get some fresh air while being out in nature. The Greenbelt is peaceful, not crowded, and I enjoy meeting people along the path.”


Adds 79-year-old Tim Brown, “My office of 28 years was on the Boise River so going out on the bike with staff reminds me of my days at work watching a bald eagle swoop down and catch his breakfast. I used to do a lot of road biking so this is a good way for me to still get out and enjoy nature.” Bike passengers have their own bell. No one can vouch that they ever ring it to shout, “Passing on your left,” but the bell does come in handy for teasing and waving at their adult children who live in the nearby townhomes. In fact, several newly retired people around

the country have purchased homes in the Barber Valley and Harris Ranch with the idea of bringing their elderly parents to live in Veranda Senior Living to keep them close by. It makes sense that Veranda, a home for seniors and people needing memory care that opened in March, would provide a Blessing Bike, because their aim is to provide a cruise-like experience for their residents. The elegant Veranda lobby sports this quote: “Our residents do not live in our workplace. We work in their home.” The bike is stored in the lobby for easy access to the Greenbelt that is only five minutes away. It


sits by a grand piano, TV, hair and pedicure salon, exercise room, and is steps from spacious hallways leading to dining rooms. “We selected this location, because we wanted open views of the mountains and access to the Marianne Williams Park and the Greenbelt,” says Linsay Wallace, Veranda executive director. “We bike on the Greenbelt 10-12 times a week.” Staff takes advantage of the natural setting by placing bird feeders by residents’ windows. Considering that there are as many as 200 bird species that appear along the Boise River, the bird feeders invite variety. Veranda has an advantage, because it is also by Walling Creek. Residents have spotted humming birds, robins, starlings and ducks and geese with their offspring. A bed turn down service, housekeeping and laundry services and activities such as a senior prom, visits from therapy dogs and monthly themed luncheons are all part of the experience. “We are fortunate to be located in this beautiful, quiet neighborhood, surrounded by nature and the Greenbelt. Living here makes it easier for our residents to make the transition and feel at home,” says Linsay. ¢ For more information contact Linsay Wallace, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR 208.616.1150, Located at 3266 East Barber Valley Drive, Boise, ID 83716 and 6280 North Fox Run Way, Meridian, ID 83646.

Over three million copies of Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens, were sold in the last year. The novel has been on the New York Times Best Sellers list for 48 weeks, including 28 weeks in the #1 spot. The book was selected as a Hello Sunshine Book Club pick by Reese Witherspoon, and the movie rights were purchased by Fox 2000. Where the Crawdads Sing has captured the hearts and minds of people around the world. The novel combines a coming-of-age story, romance, and murder mystery. Woven throughout the tale is the beauty of nature. It’s a story about a forgotten girl, Kya, in the marshes of North Carolina who grows up abandoned and alone. As a child, her isolation leads her to establish a deep connection with nature. When she grows older, she longs for meaningful relationships with other people. As in life, those relationships lead to unexpected complications. Delia Owens’ own story is as impressive as her book. Where the Crawdads Sing is Delia Owens debut novel, published at age 58. Originally from rural Georgia, Delia now lives on a ranch in a remote area of Idaho. Between Georgia and Idaho, Delia spent decades in Africa as a wildlife scientist studying elephants, brown hyenas, and lions. Her experiences living isolated in nature and communing with wildlife are what prompted her to write this novel. Where the Crawdads Sing is a beautifully written novel. The stor y transports you to the coastal marshes of North Carolina’s Outer Banks and captures your interest with amazing depictions of nature. Kya’s struggle to f ind her way in the world elicits compassion. The compelling love story engages you emotionally, and the gripping murder mystery keeps you guessing.



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There is beauty in a finely-crafted meal with a nice, complimentary wine. But to indulge in the decadence of Barbacoa is to also be placed firmly within a rotating art gallery—where everything (and I mean everything) is for sale. Originally opened in 2008 by Martine and Robert Castoro, Barbacoa sought to bring something unique to the Valley. With their Latin American fusion that boasted tantalizing flavors in a beautiful setting, their restaurant was immediately a hit. However, in January of 2010, the building tragically burned down and the Castoros were forced into a second shot. They had reopened the restaurant in December of that year, and with it came new opportunity. A chance to bring more local food and art to the table. While the original building, too, was filled to the hilt with jaw-dropping artwork, Barbacoa has really stepped up their game and work with several local artists and distributors to keep their walls and countertops creative and unique. Nikolai Castoro, who is now the General Manager of the restaurant, speaks highly of their dedication to the community of Boise and the Treasure Valley as a whole. “We wanted to bring something unique to Boise, something that it didn’t have yet. Barbacoa is more than just a restaurant; it’s a museum. It’s an art gallery. It’s a chance to explore 56

and see new things, from around the world and right in our backyard.” A portion of their artwork comes from local art distributors, Impact Imports, who have curated a massive selection of art from all around the world. And each tells their own unique story. The hand-crafted hostess stand from Bali; the limestone coral pots on the front patio, each spending at least six months in the world’s largest kiln; the Indonesian onyx sink—all share their history and beauty with the diners of Barbacoa. A lot of what you’ll find in Barbacoa was crafted by local glass artist, Filip Vogelpohl (Boise Art Glass), enamel-artist Delia Dante (Fire Fusion Studio), and Ken Kirk, a talented ironsmith (Precision Iron Work). Filip’s intense glass chandelier is comprised of more than 3,000 individual pieces wired to a case. While Delia’s impressive Medusa sculpture, that lords majestically over the bar, is guaranteed to keep you coming back for more. There are many more artists that deserve recognition, but I would be remiss if it did not mention the fabulous oil-paintings (and more) by partial owner, Martine Castoro. Her paintings are one of the most highly purchased pieces of art in the restaurant. Barbacoa has truly succeeded in creating an atmosphere of flavor—for both our palette and our senses. They stand behind their motto: Stimulate your senses; elevate your mind.

“We really want to support the growth of Boise and give something to the community as often as possible,” Nikolai praises. “And we want people to know that Barbacoa is for everyone.” Be sure to stop by their rooftop patio for a happy hour cocktail with an amazing lakeside view. And while you’re there, explore the art gallery/ museum that Barbacoa has brought to the Treasure Valley. ¢ Find them at 276 Bobwhite Court in Boise off Parkcenter! Or online at


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GARDEN CITY Resembling the improv practice of “Yes, and…” where the performer is challenged to build off of a foundational story and make it their own, Hancock’s early career was a series of professional opportunities that he hadn’t expected. Hancock said “Yes, and…” to these opportunities, such as being asked to start an improv theater in England then participate in an internship program in Spain where, as luck - or fate - would have it, Hancock met his wife, Colleen. Through his “Yes, and…” professional journey, Hancock has traveled the world teaching and performing in over 10 countries including Edinburgh, Scotland at the world's largest performance arts festival, The Fringe Festival. In 2012, the couple returned to Idaho and established Recycled Minds Comedy (RMC), located in Garden City. With a mission to “bring joy and transformation to people, using the principles of improv as a catalyst for creativity and community”, RMC offers three services: 1) Classes and Workshops The objective of the classes and workshops is to “cultivate joy, freedom, discovery and childlikeness, while being in a safe space to fail gloriously, learn and win.” Hancock says most students are individuals who have reached a new phase in their life, such as people who are new to the area and looking to meet some friendly faces, professionals looking to develop a skill or trait like public speaking or conf idence, or empty-nesters and retirees who want to revisit a passion they set aside years ago.

RECYCLED MINDS COMEDY Breaking down walls, between and within BY MONICA PIERCE


Initially, improv was just a way for Sean Hancock to get his acting fix. As a young performer, he was energized by the laughter and applause from the audience. But when he moved from Idaho to Los Angeles and was asked to teach with Monkey Butler Comedy, teaching improv gave Hancock a whole new appreciation for the artform. He was inspired watching his students work through personal challenges and was mesmerized by the way improv broke down walls between people, and within them. Hancock’s love for improv evolved from making people laugh to changing people’s lives. 60

Hancock describes the importance for the teacher and students themselves to understand why they have chosen to be there, so the entire group can support and encourage each other to reach their goals. Fall classes start the week of September 9th, with different levels and programs available to suit the interests of all students. 2) Public Performances Featuring RMC staff, students, and other local performers, these family-friendly shows are a great way to experience the joy of improv first hand!

The next performance is September 14th and kicks-off a month of Harry Potter-themed improv shows! 3) Corporate Learning & Entertainment Leveraging improv principles such as thinking outside the box, active listening, elevating others, building confidence, and improved communication, Hancock helps transform businesses and teams of all shapes and sizes who want to increase their professional and personal inf luence.

enthood. The two welcomed their first child, Grayson Winfield Hancock, on August 6th. Young Grayson will undoubtedly benefit from the teachings of his parents and the supportive community they have built here in the Treasure Valley. ¢ To learn more about Recycled Minds Comedy, sign up for classes, buy tickets for performances, or inquire about corporate events or space rental, visit

“Many of us spend more time with our co-workers than we do our families,” observes Hancock. “I want people to connect as individuals - to care about the person to their right and to their left. Really, we use improv to foster humor and humanity in the workplace.” From team-building offsites to holiday parties, the unique improv experience is a great activity for any organization. RMC’s headquarters - lovingly referred to as “The Creative Space” - is located in Garden City. With a state-of-the-art theater for performances, the venue also houses several classrooms and “creative spaces” that are available for rent for a multitude of uses. For staunch improv fans, Hancock also hosts a podcast called “The Improv Lifestyle” where he shares how the joy-filled principles of improv can be applied in our everyday lives. Having already made such an impact on the world of Improv, the Hancocks are now taking on the greatest role of their lives: par-





2.5 BATH

2245 ASQ


2.5 BATH

1980 ASQ

Welcome to your dream home in North East Boise! The Gemini, designed by Blackrock Homes, is a brilliant single level home in stylish Warm Springs Village. Part of the community’s Homestead Collection, The Gemini includes a traditional front-facing garage, backs up to the Foothills, has a nicely sized backyard, and features mid-century modern architecture. The community is situated in the perfect North East Boise location: across from the Greenbelt + Boise River and a short drive from Downtown. It doesn’t get much better than that!

The Winslow is a charming single-level home in exclusive Warm Springs Village. This stunning and upgraded home is part our Carriage Lane Collection of designer homes in North East Boise. Homes in this collection look out over the Greenbelt, include back alley load garages, and feature low-maintenance functionality. The Winslow’s charming design by Blackrock Homes is stylish, inviting, and is filled to the brim with upgraded designer details. We can’t wait to welcome you home!

Kami Brant 208.713.1933

Kami Brant 208.713.1933

O2 Real Estate Group

Sutton 8/13


2.5 BATH

O2 Real Estate Group

3999 Parkcenter


2122 ASQ


2.5 BATH

2390 ASQ

This corner unit townHOME at The BLVD in Harris Ranch was designed with YOU in mind! The Sutton is stylish, functional, livable, and lovable. This home features ultra-cool brick detailing in the spacious open concept great room, which is flooded with natural light. The East-facing patio makes the perfect spot to spend a relaxing evening after a fun-filled day enjoying the amazing amenities in Harris Ranch. The Sutton is practically perfect in every way; all that’s missing is you!

You won’t want to miss out on the chance to live in an upgraded designer townHOME in the heart of exciting East Boise! Located at The BLVD in Harris Ranch this home is modern, livable, and lovable. This corner-unit townHOME features a coveted master suite on the main floor, as well as a versatile bonus room! We think you’ll love the thoughtful design which includes built-in shelving in the spacious living room, gorgeous custom cabinetry, and a functional tech-center.

Kami Brant 208.713.1933

Kami Brant 208.713.1933


O2 Real Estate Group

O2 Real Estate Group

5518 W Cruzen St, Boise, ID

17 Old Mill Rd, Boise, ID

6875 S Talasi Ave, Boise, ID

Stylish mid-century home in the Mountain View/Cruzen Sub. Updated w/SS appliances, quartz countertops, refinished hardwood floors, renovated kitchen & bathrooms, new carpet & paint. Great room concept in main living area w/fireplace, built-in shelves, bright windows, large slider opening to covered patio & garden area. Master suite on main level w/en suite bath. Huge family room in the basement complete w/wood burning stove. This is a Top 5 home in this neighborhood!

Year round living in the Boise National Forest w/almost 62 acres to roam! Main house is an entertainers dream featuring a large great room w/a beautiful chef's kitchen including custom cabinetry. Retreat to the master bedroom w/a luxurious 5 piece bath. Steps out to a 360 wrap around deck where you can enjoy an early morning cup of coffee while taking in the view. A wood working shop in the basement as well as a private guest rm, bath, & flex space.

Home built by Ted Mason Signature Homes in Boise. This single family home has an open floor plan, natural lighting, large kitchen, and great room that flows into the kitchen and dining areas. Hardwood floors in the living areas and carpets in the bedroom. The large covered patio area and fully fenced backyard are perfect for entertaining. Hazelwood Village Amenities include a large club house, resort style pool, dog park, and summer concerts in the park.

T.J Pierce 208-297-5162

Alissa Minegar 208-672-9000 Keller Williams Realty Boise

Mark Riggs 208-343-5412

2552 S Trailwood Way, Boise, ID

4008 W Edgemont St, Boise, ID

7617 W Baron Ln, Boise, ID

Beautiful chef's kitchen with granite counters & double ovens make for the perfect spot for entertaining. Larger fully fenced Harris Ranch yard. Fantastic views of the foothills from your balcony, large master suite with an even better master bath & closet. Double AC/furnace. Main level fourth bedroom or great office space.Short walk to community pool, easy foothill/greenbelt access for hiking & biking, & close to Bown Crossing.

This fully renovated home overlooks the Boise River and Kathryn Albertson Park, with views including Bogus Basin, Downtown Boise with gorgeous sunrise and sunsets. You are just steps away from downtown Boise and the Greenbelt yet tucked away in a secluded neighborhood just on the edge of the Central Rim. Open modern home with stunning views outside yet lives comfortably and efficiently on the inside with all you want.

Step into this stylish two-story home with room to play! Quiet location at end of lane. Front porch overlooks a small park. Easy living in upgraded home includes: granite, kitchen fridge, washer/dryer, water softener & Ecobee smart thermostat. Large back yard. Private master suite with foothill views. Jack-nJill bath. Bonus landing space. Cute-Cute-Cute! Hike the foothills or walk the Greenbelt. Walk to shopping & restaurants. Quick access to mountain adventures. Live the NW Boise lifestyle!

Susan Weaver 208-377-0422

Barb Crowell 208-377-0422

Mila Basabe 208-377-0422

Moniker Real Estate

Silvercreek Realty Group

Silvercreek Realty Group

Windermere Professionals

Silvercreek Realty Group

3953 S Middlesex Pl, Boise, ID

8276 W Tarp Dr, Boise, ID

12444 W Muir Ridge Dr, Boise, ID

Welcome home to this lovely 1750+ sf, 4 bedroom, 2 bath home with 2 car garage. It's rare to find this kind of value with upgrades like the stunning spa-like bathroom and new roof, windows, garage door and tankless water heater! Flexibility abounds - the large room downstairs is perfect for a family room, and would also make a great 1st or 2nd master suite, complete with gas fireplace, walk-in closet and en-suite bathroom. Get ready to enjoy the fall weather from your new backyard and patio!

This home is a rare find in Boise. 1.5 Acres minutes from Downtown. Country feeling surrounds this home as the space between properties provides views and open space. Full city services, water, and sewer. One owner home with utilities in place for future expansion. 2 electrical boxes, 2 separate RV hookups, RV dump, wired for hot tub, pressurized irrigation system covers whole property. Large patio runs full length of house. 2 garden areas, extra water bibs, gas fire pit and fully fenced!

Desirable Muir Ridge sub-division, a fashionable west side neighborhood noted for its well-manicured lawns, a people friendly private park and meandering pathways! Contributing to the beauty of an elegant design with its compliment of formal living and dining, great room, four bedrooms plus bonus room, three full baths and over-sized triple garage with the 3rd being a drive through. In addition, enjoy a fully finished oversize 2nd garage for two cars, with workshop and a large carpeted upstairs storage.

Carissa Cleveland 208-377-0422 Silvercreek Realty Group

Barbara Malmstrom 208-853-1444

Tami Mckenzie 208-949-6738 Equity Northwest Real Estate

Woodhouse Group


DINING GUIDE Bacon $$$ American 121 N 9th Street Boise 208.387.3553 |

Mazzah $$$ Mediterraen 404 E Parkcenter Blvd, Boise 208.333.2223 |

Fork $$$ American 199 N 8th St, Boise, ID 83702 208.287.1700 |

Lucky 13 $$$ American 23662 South Eckert Rd, Boise 208.344.6967 |

Bittercreek $$$ Ale House American 246 N 8th St, Boise 208.429.6340 |

Boise Fry Company $$$ American 3083 S Bown Way, Boise 208.965.1551 |

Waffle Me Up $$$ European American 204 N Capitol Blvd, Boise 208.412.7253 |

Café Olé Restaurant & Cantina $$$ Mexican Boise Towne Square | 208.322.0222 3284 E Pine, Meridian | 208.887.3888

Piper Pub $$$ American 150 N 8th St Ste 200, Boise 208.343.2444 | Juniper $$$ Contemporary Fusion 211 N 8th St, Boise 208.342.1142 | Bardenay $$$ American 610 W Grove St, Boise 208.426.0538 | Goldy’s Breakfast Bistro $$$ European American 108 S Capitol Blvd, Boise 208.345.4100 | Cottonwood $$$ Grille Fine Dining 913 W River Street, Boise 208.333.9800 | Asiago’s $$$ Italian 1002 W Main St, Boise 208.366.5552 | Fresh Healthy Café $$$ Healthy Eating 860 W Broad St, Boise 208.332.9800 | Parilla Grill $$$ Mexican 1512 N 13th St, Boise 208.323.4688 | Capitol Cellars $$$ Fine Dining 110 S 5th St, Boise 208.344.9463 |


Bella Aquila $$$ Italian 775 S Rivershore Ln, Eagle 208.938.1900 | The Griddle $$$ American 404 E Parkcenter Blvd #200, Boise 208.297.7615 | Rice Contemporary $$$ Asian 228 E Plaza St. Suite Q, Eagle 208.939.2595 | Sa-wad-dee Thai Restaurant $$$ Thai 1890 E Fairview Ave, Suite B, Meridian 208.884.0701 | Richard’s $$$ Italian 500 S Capitol Blvd, Boise 208.472.1463 | Taj Mahal $$$ Indian 150 N 8th St, Suite 222, Boise 208.473.7200 | Joe’s Crab Shack $$ Seafood and American 2288 N Garden Street 208.336.9370 l Mai Thai $$$ Asian Fushion 750 W Idaho St, Boise 208.344.8424 l BACQUETS $$$ European Cuisine 1117 E Winding Creek Dr #150, Eagle 208.577.6238 |

Tree to Table Sustainable


Sockeye Grill and Brewery

3 Horse Ranch Vineyards

3019 Cole Road, Boise | 208-658-1533 12542 W Fairview Boise | 208-322-5200

5900 Pearl Road, Eagle 208-863-6561 |

Crooked Fence Brewing Co. Tasting Room - 5242 Chinden Blvd. Garden City Crooked Flats - 3705 Hwy 16, Eagle 208-258-6882 |

High Hollow Brewhouse 2455 Harrison Hollow Lane, Boise 208-343-6820 |

Boise Brewing Tasting Room - 521 W Broad St, Boise 208-342-7655 |



Telaya Wine Co. 240 E 32nd St., Garden City 208-557-9463 |

Cinder Wines 107 E 44th Street Garden City 208-376-4023 |

BodoVino 404 S. 8th Street Boise 208-336-8466 |

Neurologist Stephen Asher, MD paired his love of music and his awe of the human brain to help create the “Music & Movement” program.

Great Care for Kids! St. Luke’s cares for children of all ages, with specialists, spaces and technology to meet their unique health needs. At the new St. Luke’s Idaho Elks Children’s Pavilion, most of our pediatric specialties are now under one roof, making visits easier for children and their families. Because kids heal faster and feel better in a warm, friendly place designed just for them.

Idaho Elks Children’s Pavilion Now open at 305 E. Jefferson Street in Boise

208-706-KIDS (5437)

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