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Contents August 2016 Features Columns Sandy McDaniel: Parenting expert



Volume 4, Number 8 Publisher Sterling Media Ltd. Editor Gaye Bunderson 208-639-8301

6 For rainy days: A box of tricks

Kids & Divorce Part 2:

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Coping strategies

12 Manic Mothering: Shopping with kids


The Secret Life of Pets

14 moMENts:

The halfway point

Walk, hobble, slide:


Back to School GUIDE

22-32 Departments Crafts on a Dime: Make a bookmark

In Each Edition 3

Angel’s help?

Artkin’s In the Zone: Beach chair

Irene’s Insights: Event decorating

Editor’s Intro Do your homework?


Family Events Calendar: Family friendly activities & events for August & early September!

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Back to school, back to homework?


oesn’t it seem amazing that school will be starting up again soon? Seems the younger set just got out of school, and they’re already heading back in. Looking through the internet, I came across an article at where children, in their own words, talk about how they feel about heading back to class. Typical for things that kids say, there are some amusing comments. For instance, 8-year-old Katie said: “I’m looking forward to math. I like numbers. I’m not looking forward to lunch, especially the chicken nuggets. They’re usually burnt.” I sympathize. There’s nothing worse than burnt chicken nuggets. A couple of other entertaining comments included: • “I’m looking forward to math because it makes me smarter and smarter. I’m not looking forward to recess because I’m afraid I’ll be out of energy before I get home.” – Molly, 8 • “I’m looking forward to having good days at school and new friends — also having a nice teacher. I’m not looking forward to being bad and getting sent to the principal.” – Emily, 8 With only one exception, any of the children who commented on homework did so with a measure of displeasure. Such as: • “I’m not looking forward to homework because I have to stay up almost the whole night.” – Darian, 7 • “I’m looking forward to gym. We play games like ‘Cut the Cake.’ I’m not looking forward to homework. I just don’t like it.” – Taylor, 8 While I acknowledge that homework has been the bane of many a student for many a decade, there seems to be a kind of homework backlash going on, particularly among parents of elementary students who feel the burden of homework on their youngest children is just too much. Take heart, parents. There are experts who back up your point of view. In an August 13, 2015 article at parents/too-much-homework-study-shows-elementary-kidsget-3-times-t38491, titled “Too much homework? Study shows elementary kids get 3 times more than they should,” author Jordan Muto starts off by saying: “Parents, you aren’t imagining it. Your kids may be struggling with too much homework. Just in time for back-to-school season, a new study has revealed that elementary school students get three times more homework than is recommended for children their age. “The study, published in The American Journal of Family Therapy, explored issues of family stress by surveying nearly

1,200 parents. What came to light is this: Children in kindergarten, first grade and second grade may be hitting the books too hard in their after-school hours.” To provide some guidelines for how much children in the lower grades should be studying at home after school, the National Education Association and the National Parent-Teacher Association devised a “10-minute rule.” It’s easy to follow, but of course parents’ ability to adhere to the rule will depend upon cooperation from their children’s teachers. Parents and educators obviously need to partner in this effort. A teacher who demands too much homework of his or her students may need a non-confrontational conference with the child’s parents. For those of you not familiar with the rule, it basically goes like this: • No homework for kindergartners • 10 minutes of homework for first graders • 20 minutes for second graders • 30 minutes for third graders • Add 10 minutes to each grade level up to the 12th grade, when students should be able to adequately deal with 120 minutes of homework a night Experts contend — and rightly so — that elementary-age youngsters need time for activity, family, and even some chores. They also maintain — and studies back them up — that too much homework for children at this age really doesn’t make them smarter nor more inclined to get good grades. (However, that isn’t necessarily so for older children, as studying after school produces a more prepared student. … But don’t forget that students of all ages need a full night’s rest.) One of the best things parents can do for the youngest children is let them read, particularly a book they choose themselves. Stanford University education professor Denise Pope, in the above-cited “Too much homework” article, said: “The only type of homework that’s proven to be beneficial to elementary school students is free reading, and the fact that the kids can choose what they are reading makes the difference.” Cultivating a sense that school isn’t a place of drudgery is obviously essential, and encouraging children to find learning fun is all-important. Then, many youngsters may agree with 12-year-old Kian, whose returning-to-school comment was: “I’m looking forward to going back to school. It’s cool. There’s nothing I’m not looking forward to. I like it all.” n ID A H O FREE


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Sandy McDaniel

54 years of parenting advice (and counting) By Gaye Bunderson


andy Spurgeon McDaniel enjoys sharing her parenting views with others. She should, she’s a parenting professional. With more than 50 years of experience under her belt, people would do well to respect what she says about life’s toughest and most important job. McDaniel received a Bachelor of Arts degree in education from the University of Redlands in California and was a schoolteacher for five years. Prompted by her husband, she began seeking a different career and, with a co-author, wrote a book titled, “Project Self-Esteem,” described on sandymcdaniel. com as “a scripted, parent-taught curriculum for kindergarten through grade 6.” Following that, she began writing a column called “Parenting Solutions” for the Orange County Register in Santa Ana, Calif. Since publication of “Project Self-Esteem,” she has written other books, including “Don’t Feed the Dragon,” “Recipes from Parenting” and “Leave Your Baggage at the Door.” (More information about each book is available at books.) “I’m a researcher,” she said, describing the work that goes into everything she does. Along the way during her busy life, she had two children, who are now grown and have given McDaniel grandchildren. They live in the Treasure Valley, which is one of the reasons McDaniel moved here six years ago. She has been anything but idle since making the transition to Meridian from California.

She has written columns in area publications and, with much past experience as a public speaker, has given keynote addresses on such topics as “Sowing the Seeds of Self-Esteem” and “The 4 R’s of Parenting.” “I’m a child advocate. I’m not teaching parents to power over their children,” she said. One thing McDaniel hates is spankings, and one thing she highly promotes is kindness. Spanking children, she said, leads to deviousness and lying. She teaches parents disciplinary skills she feels work but don’t entail striking, criticizing or demeaning a young person in any way — it’s called the McDaniel Discipline System. She said she herself was raised with “Godzilla consequences” when she did something her parents didn’t like. As far as kindness, it’s a subject she has written about frequently. In an October 2013 issue of a newsletter called Network News, for instance, she wrote: “After working with families and many, many children for 51 years, I am convinced that our only route to stopping bullying, de-escalating the violence and creating a livable world is to create kind and caring children. You do that best by modeling.” In an article titled “Give the Gift of Kindness,” she addressed what it’s like to be around elderly people who sometimes tell the same stories over and over, and she offered advice on how children should deal with older family members. She said this is what to tell the very young ones in the family: “Grandpa is getting older. Sometimes he is not kind. Sometimes he talks forever about the same thing. Let’s play a game and love him no matter what he does. If something unkind comes out of his mouth, watch it (making a bomb exploding sound) blow up when it crashes into your love for him. Take a breath and listen to him. He’s just trying to be in our family circle — to be noticed, to be important, to be loved. No matter what he does, we will all be kind to him.” McDaniel offers a 30-day Parenting Boot Camp, private parenting coaching, and is a parenting educator at hospitals, as well as with prison families and military families. At 74, she’s been through personal trials, including dealing with her mother’s Alzheimer’s and suffering from her own heart problems that required surgery. Still, she believes she has a lot to offer in the way of continuing to educate parents; and though enjoying her grandchildren is a favored pastime, she hasn’t abandoned her desire to advocate for sound parenting skills. “I’m not done yet,” she said. n

Sandy McDaniel has years of experience as a parenting expert. She also knows a quite a bit about being a grandparent. She’s shown here with her own grandchildren, from left, Chelsea, Evan and Nick. (Courtesy photo)

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For more information, go to McDaniel’s websites, email her at sandy@sandymcdaniel. com or call her at 949-642-3605. Beginning in September, she will be contributing a parenting advice column to Idaho Family Magazine.

Indoor fun

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A box of tricks saved for a rainy day By Mary Ann Wilcox


Items include: • Construction paper • Scissors • Glue • Tape

• Finger paints • Water color paints • Play Dough • Bubbles • Crayons

and variety. Kids of all ages can find something fun in the box. Above is a list of ideas that you could print and tape in the lid of the box. Project ideas: 1. Build your own board game from construction paper, Legos, etc. 2. Thumbprint bugs: take a colored ink pad and have the child make thumbprints on a piece of paper. Then with crayons or markers they can draw eyes, legs, and antennae of each bug using the thumbprints for the heads or bodies of the bugs. 3. Whip up some soap powder or flakes in water to a foamy paste. Let the child finger paint on a small window or a Formica table top. 4. Make leaf prints by placing a leaf, veinside up, on a solid surface. Put paper on top of the leaf and run a crayon over the paper. This works for investigating any kind of item

• Puzzles • Flashcards • Science, craft, and idea books • Paint With Water books

that has a texture. 5. Weave paper by cutting slits in a piece of colored construction paper and using strips of other colors for the weaving. 6. Begin a picture gallery in the children’s rooms to display their creations. Suspend some twine along a wall, hang pictures with clothespins. 7. Do a science experiment together. 8. Make bubble prints. Have the child take a piece of construction paper and catch the bubbles you blow with it. The bubbles make little rings on the paper when they pop. 9. Make a piñata by covering a balloon with several layers of paper mache (strips of newspaper dipped in paste made from flour and water and placed on the balloon until it is completely covered). Let it dry and then paint a design or a picture on it. 10. Have puzzle races. See who can put a puzzle together the fastest. n


ummer is usually the time when kids get to play outside, get wet, and have outdoor adventures. However, sometimes the weather isn’t willing to cooperate with such plans. These are the days when video games and arguments ensue. May I suggest that we anticipate days like this by putting together a little “box of tricks” to help our kids pass the time? Every family needs a rainy day box of tricks. This is simply a box of simple supplies that can be used to encourage creativity when playing outside is not an option. Here are a few things you might want to have in your box. Art supplies: Fine motor skills are important in a child’s development. Providing a few materials will encourage creative play of all kinds — arts and crafts, drama, role-playing and game creation. Most of these items can be organized into a small container and kept on a high shelf until needed. Keeping adult control of these items will ensure longer life

• Pencils • Paintbrushes • Markers • Crayons • Chalk

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Irene’s Insights

Simple steps for decorating your next event By Irene Woodworth


ow do you decorate for a party or event when you are low on funds? Is it possible to have some décor that can really lighten up the mood for your party? Whether you are doing a birthday, graduation, or milestone event, there are some tips that I will share on how to make it fun, personal and festive for all. 1. Choose a theme for your event. What does the event signify and what does the person you are honoring enjoy? Do they have any special interests, hobbies or colors that are significant to them? I have been an event planner for family, friends and businesses in my career. I did a Mickey Mouse birthday party for my beloved nephew’s third birthday party and had a large card made with various guests and fellow coworkers who helped me color in the picture I found in a coloring book. Another time I did a tea party for a niece and another family friend and made the special teapot cake and a creamer and sugar set after seeing how to do it in a woman’s magazine. For one of my niece’s wedding we did a shabby chic design with a rustic twist, with lots of white flower pearls, jewels and burlap that were placed throughout the wedding site. Once your theme is decided you can move on to your next step. 2. How many people will attend your event? This will determine your menu and venue. Will you be having a full menu or just dessert and drinks? Depending on your choices, you will need to plan proper seating for your guests. For a child’s birthday party, a few table and chairs may be adequate in your home or backyard. If it is a milestone anniversary or retirement party, you may need more accommodations. If a larger place is needed, it is a great idea if you can plan this as early as possible to make sure you can rent your venue with adequate time to plan. Go online or ask friends for various locations that will meet your needs. 3. What kind of budget will you be having for your event? If you are limited on funds, then I advise you to do more do-it-yourself or shopping Color is one way to enliven an event venue. This photo shows some of the vivid choices that helped make a recent Toastmasters’ event a big success. (Photos provided by Irene Woodworth) at the dollar store to help you keep to your budget. However, for a larger event find a good event planner or someone in your family who is good with keeping on budget. stores like Walmart. You can also go to Pinterest online and 4. Invitations. How will you let your guests know about find a variety of ideas for the décor you will need, from simple your event? Will you purchase some invitations or make your do-it-yourself styles or more elaborate ideas that will require own? You also have the option of going online and inviting you to hire professionals to fulfill your needs. You can make your guests with some fun and stylish online invitations. A such beautiful décor with a little imagination and inexpensive website where you can make or custom make your invitations everyday items. There are a variety of free templates online is This is a wonderful site you can use for a that you could use. It just takes a little time and effort, and you variety of events. You can use their templates or custom make will be surprised what you will find. your own on this site. You may also order custom-made invitaIf possible, decorate the day before so that you will be able tions from this site and/or use as another to enjoy your event with as little stress as possible. If you will alternative for some special invitations. Make sure you carry be renting a venue, then go before, take some pictures of areas your theme with this all the way through. you will need to decorate and get some room measurements if 5. Decorate your event to match your theme. You can needed. find inexpensive party supplies at the dollar store or discounted 6. How will your event be recorded? Will someone in

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your group or family be taking pictures for you? Or will you need to hire this out? Pictures can be made into a video, or find someone who can do a scrapbook of your special day. 7. Will you be giving away any guest gifts or special reminders of your event? This is a wonderful way to say “thank you for coming” to your guests. You can put together some kids’ grab bags that match your theme, with candy, small prizes or mementoes that reflect the day. For a graduation party, you can do a picture of the graduate as a young child and another picture of his or her graduation. 8. Proper planning to enjoy your day. Do as much as possible before your event so that you and your guests can enjoy your special time together. Case study: Recently I was honored to be the chair for the Toastmasters Leadership Institute this summer in Boise. This event is held twice annually to equip new club officers, and other members, with creative leadership skills for their upcoming year of service. I had a team of fellow Toastmasters that assisted me in this. I do not know about you, but I do not like the same old thing. I like to add life and be creative in my various ventures. My mentor, Merilee Marsh, encouraged me to use my passion for color in my theme. So our theme became “Color Me Toastmasters through Innovation, Inspiration & Influence.” Our day first started with a potluck breakfast; we had a half hour to eat, see and network with old and new fellow Toastmasters. Then we went to another room for our keynote speaker. After that we had two breakout sessions of training for all. To conclude our day we came together to finish up with announcements and presentations. I decided to use our color theme in a variety of ways. There were some key places that I needed to infuse color to make an impact for our participants. I decided to use various types of paper from color consultation samples to tissue paper and colored card stock. The key areas that needed decorating were the entry and registration area, our breakfast room, some of the hallways, and of course, the large meeting room where we would all meet for our keynote and closing out our day. I decided to do a backdrop for our registration table. I printed up colored inspirational quotes on card stock and used some of the colored paper samples as a mat that matched each picture. I purchased some smaller clothespins and hung them on string we used with push pins to secure to the hallway walls. In the breakfast room we used inexpensive disposable colored tablecloths on all of our round tables. I made some colorful bunting banners throughout the breakfast room walls. I also made fun colorful tissue paper flowers in Mason jars that I had and completed my set from a thrift store. I used our theme on both sides of our centerpieces so all could see. In the main meeting room we made a “color quilt” from the various color paint samples in a quilt-like pattern that was visually stimulating and organized. We set up all of our décor the day before, which really helped reduce our stress level. We also made colorful name badges that matched the club officers and the rest of our members. The name tags matched the particular room for training. Some of our trainers used color in the titles of their training sessions, such as “Wiii Lead in Full Color,“ another called “Color Me Like You: What Is Good for the Mentor is Good for the Mentee,“ and “The Hue in your High Performance Leadership Project.”

In closing, I gave all our guests some handmade colored bookmarks that said, “Boldly dare to be a pop of color in a black and white world.” For gifts to some of our presenters, they were able to choose one of the colored inspirational posters that were used in the hallways. My mentor for this project, Merilee, wrote: “Color Irene vivid, creative, and organized.” In retrospect, I thought about how each color is different and concluded all colors should be welcome. Sand walls provided calmness and a safe background; drops of color made statements. Color brought focus to the TLI and made the space our own. The vivacious paper quilt backdrop, the circles of color, the signs of quotes and signs for each room, and bookmarks for each person enforced the inclusive theme of “Color Me Toastmasters.” n Irene Woodworth is known as “Idaho’s Color Lady” and is founder and CEO of Redesign Boise. She is a national redesign award winner, motivational speaker, certified redesigner and color consultant, and instructor on redesign and color. She has a degree in education and interior design. She has taught various decorating and color classes throughout the country. She may be reached at For more information, visit

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A simple, fun project for book addicts By Samantha Stillman


am a book addict, for sure, and enjoy a pretty bookmark. It never fails that I seem to lose them, or my little boy pulls one out of its place in my book. This craft allows for a sturdier hold and even easier onehanded reading if you like to sneak a few pages in during lunch or a workout. It’s also a good beginner project for teaching the kids simple sewing techniques. n


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1. Apply a thin layer of craft glue to the ends of the ribbon to keep them from fraying. Allow a few minutes for it to dry. 2. On the button end, sew a small ¼-inch straight seam to make a neat end. Sew the button onto this end ½ inch from the edge. Picture 2 3. On the other end, fold over another ¼-inch seam; but before sewing, place the hair tie in and fold again to create the loop end for the hair tie. Sew another straight seam to finish. Pictures 3,4,5

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Supplies needed: Picture 1 Ribbon (cut at 18 inches for normal books, measure and cut larger if for a larger book)



Sewing needle Thread Craft glue Hair tie Button Scissors


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Divorce and children

Strategies to help kids cope with divorce By Robert Rhodes


3. Consistent parenting between homes leads to the smoothest transition. Ideally, there would be Editor’s note: The following article little change in the structure and expectations between is the second in a two-part series on homes. We all know that this is unrealistic. However, if divorce and children. we believe that consistency will result in less stress for the children, then every effort should be made towards havDivorce can have an adverse impact on ing similar routines, chores, discipline, school expectachildren. Let’s consider the strategies which tions, bedtimes and mealtimes. may help avoid those harmful outcomes. 4. Never speak badly about the other parent. Whether recently divorced or you have been Universally, kids hate this. Children love each parent. apart for some time, raising your kids isn’t The goal is to have your child love and respect both easy. While your breakup will undoubtedly parents. And in so doing, you are modeling the behavaffect the children, they can and do survive ior you would like your children to take with them into divorce. With your help, they will emerge adulthood. competent, happy and self-assured. Let’s 5. Do not let guilt influence your parenting look at what works and some of the pitfalls to Robert Rhodes style. In the parenting world, guilt is like kryptonite to avoid during and after divorce. Here are nine Superman. Single-parent guilt may cause you to give in areas that deserve special attention: to your children, but what they need most is consistency and clear 1. Getting along and co-parenting with the other parguidelines. They also need to know that you are in charge. Have ent. This is the most important factor in a child’s post-divorce empathy for the children but do them a favor and remain in charge. adjustment. Children report that their parent’s inability to get along 6. Limit the amount of change in your children’s life. caused them the greatest amount of angst, and research has found Often a parent is tempted to pick up the pieces and move. Somethat the degree of parental conflict is the best predictor of a poor times there is no choice, but consider the immense stress divorce outcome. So what do you do? Firstly, think of your ex as an asset for alone causes the children. If we tack on a new school, a new home your children. Kids need both parents in their lives. Put aside your or a different neighborhood, then we are dramatically increasing the feelings for your ex and remember that when co-parenting, the kids stress a child faces. come first. Secondly, change your mindset. Think first about what is 7. Allow equal time with both parents. Every effort should in the best interest of your children and then generally you will find be made to allow children equal access to both parents unless there that supporting the other parent is paramount. is a profound reason against it. They deserve it. Custody battles 2. Never place the kids in the middle of you and your ex. are seldom about a child’s best interests. When one parent “preThere is a book I always recommend called “Caught in the Middle” vails” over the other, the children usually suffer. Children who have by Carla Garrity and Mitchell Baris. The authors outline errors to contact with and are loved and nurtured by both parents, are more avoid. Don’t ask the child to relay a message to the other parent. likely to successfully cope with the stress of divorce. Don’t ask your children what is going on at the other parent’s house. 8. Expect kids to act out at home/school or struggle acaDon’t ask your children to keep a secret from the other parent. demically. Some children will over-achieve while others may underDon’t ask your kids to take sides. Finally, avoid allowing children achieve. A decline in grades is common. Remember, if your child was to put themselves in the middle for the purpose of reducing the a “B” student before the divorce, then they will return to that level of conflict between the parents. functioning after the divorce. The same goes for behavior.

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If the child was compliant and respectful pre-divorce, then expect those behaviors to eventually return. Knowing this prevents the parent from over-reacting. 9. Make it clear to the kids that the divorce is not their fault and there is no wrong way to feel. Children search for answers as to why there is divorce and they will inevitably look within. As children, their beliefs usually stay inside, fester and/or become distorted. Do not assume that your child understands the causes for the divorce; they do not. Better to assume that children are confused, have a myriad of conflicting emotions and will default to self-blame. Whenever possible, seize the moment to validate feelings and clarify that the divorce is not their fault. Above all remember that when your every intention is to act in the children’s best interests, then most of the time you will. n



Robert Rhodes has a master of social work from the University of California, Berkeley. He obtained his license as a clinical social worker in 1989. Since then he has worked in multiple settings with children and adolescents. He has been in private practice for the past 16 years. He may be reached at, (208) 900-8500, or

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Manic Mothering

Oh, the joys of shopping with picky kids By Beth Markley


o you want to know what I enjoy more than clothes shopping for myself ? … That is to say, more than hauling my carcass to some monolithic mecca of commercialism smack in the center of an asphalt plane crowded with cars? More than wandering through crowds of gabby, smelly shoppers and their sticky progeny meandering four abreast at a rate one might compare to plate tectonics? More than perusing aisles crammed with textiles which, regardless of how they look on a mannequin, will transform me into something lumpy and wan in the warped dressing room mirror under fluorescent lighting not fit for a morgue? Want to know what I enjoy more than that? I enjoy taking my younger son shopping for clothing. That, my friends, is a real treat. Let me give you a sense of how this goes down: We argue about his need to tear himself away from his book or his computer, and then we argue about whether he has to shower first, brush his teeth or his hair or get a coat on, until I entice him with a trip to the convenience store for a Dr. Pepper on the way home. In the car I answer seven bajillion questions about how long this will take and when he can expect to be back. Because a man’s got things to do, apparently. If I’m lucky, he’ll forget about our errand midway to the mall and tell me something fun or interesting and we’ll have a spontaneous and enjoyable mother-son moment. Then the reality of our situation will come crashing back as we peruse the parking lot and finally take the very last spot in the very furthest lot from our destination because I am NOT going to be one of THOSE PEOPLE who drives around looking for the nearest, best and most auspicious space in the lot while others let their toddlers bolt back and forth across lanes of traffic and crisscross in front of me in a serpentine pattern, seemingly daring me to run over them.

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On the two-mile hike to the store, we will return to the subject of how long it’s going to be before someone gets his precious Dr. Pepper and gets home again. In the store, after looking for what seems a lot like an eternity, we will have picked out two or three reasonably priced, fashionable pieces that are simultaneously appropriate for the weather and also meet all of my kid’s known standards for clothing, which include: • No logos, cartoon characters or graphics of any kind (this includes stripes or other crazy patterns). • No collars, buttons or scratchy tags. • Big, mesh pants pockets that are neither too deep nor too shallow. • Side, cargo pants pockets that don’t stick out too much. • Fabric that doesn’t feel too slimy, doesn’t make too much of a swishy sound, doesn’t bunch up or slide down or otherwise make itself known in any way while it’s being worn. • No bright colors. No neon. Grey, beige, and navy are okay. Red and green are iffy. The suggestion of something yellow will get me a look of scorn and pity one would normally reserve for a publicly drunken hobo clown. • Sleeves and pants must reach all the way to the end of the wrist and ankle, respectively, and in fact, should bunch up a little in just the proper way. But not too much. • Fabric cannot be too heavy. Corduroy and denim are verboten. Jeans have been out of the question since kindergarten. Fleece is preferable in jackets. A light fleece. Not a heavy fleece. • Long sleeved shirts are only okay for occasions when it is seven thousand degrees below zero. And for orchestra concerts. At home, after disposing of tags and washing the new items of clothing, we will realize that two out of three of them are somehow unwearable due to criteria that have been developed just since the shopping expedition. I will at this point either shut myself in my bedroom and scream into a pillow or throw a box of plastic lawn bags at him, telling him that’s exactly what he can wear from now on as far as I care. I was out with a friend recently who relayed her own, sad shopping-with-kids story. Her daughter apparently imbues clothing with qualities reminiscent of an acid trip. Items are either “too swishy” or “sound wrong,” or can have any number of other qualities one wouldn’t normally ascribe to clothing. It is no small comfort to know someone else understands the desire to abandon her precious offspring in a shopping mall, to let protestations about too-straight pant legs or too-wide necklines fade as she ducks into Williams Sonoma, pretending she had been shopping for a sauce pan all along. We’re talking about starting a support group. We might call it something like Parents of the Inexplicably Picky in the Clothing Department, but probably need something catchier. We’ll meet just down the hall from the Parents of the Persnicketally Palated, just for the convenience of those who need multiple areas of support. There’ll be copious adult beverages. Bring your own scream pillow. Who else is in? n Beth Markley is a humor writer and fundraising consultant who lives in Boise with her husband and two sons. She publishes weekly stories about her misadventures in parenting in her blog, Manic Mumblings of a Mediocre Mom at


Secret Life of Pets: Original story, great jokes By Ranny Levy


The producers of Despicable Me, The Lorax and Minions bring us another family-friendly animated film, The Secret Life of Pets. This is a story about a terrier named Max whose quiet life is upended when his owner takes in Duke, a stray mutt whom Max instantly dislikes. With vibrant animation and a great cast, this is one you can share with your entire family.


Review by Gerry, age 14 hat do you get when you combine a fantastic cast, beautiful animation, an original story and hilarious jokes? You get the new animated masterpiece, The Secret Life of Pets. The Secret Life of Pets is predominantly a comedy; however, there is much more to this story than nicely delivered jokes. The film also dips into a cute romance story with a very strong sense of adventure. Some action is involved to spice things up, as well as some drama to keep viewers at the edge of their seats and help them see the relationship between the on-screen characters and their own pets. The adventure begins when Max (Louis C.K.), an ordinary house dog, gets a new doggy brother, Duke (Eric Stonestreet). The two don’t exactly become friends at first and when they end up at a park, they get separated and must go on a huge adventure where they meet many strange and interesting creatures as they journey back to

their owner. This film is a rare case where there is truly nothing to complain about. The comedy appeals to all ages. In the audience, kids were laughing throughout the entire film and so were adults. The story is entertaining and never gets boring or drags on. And, it keeps creating new fun ways to entertain the viewers. I also enjoyed many small references to other films. The whole movie has a very relaxed feel, which is perfect. The cast is legendary with Louis C.K., Kevin Hart (Snowball), Albert Brooks (Tiberius) and more — all making the characters truly come alive. Visuals of downtown New York are stunning and greatly enjoyable. It is also worth mentioning that I greatly enjoyed the classical soundtrack of the film, which is very unexpected for an animated family comedy. But, it elevates the jokes in many places and spices things up without going overboard. My favorite scene is when Duke and Max run into a sausage factory during their journey home. At the factory they, of course, eat many sausages and both overeat and imagine a heavenly sausage world. This goes back to the very relaxed feel of the whole film and the scene is completely random but seems to fit perfectly and made the audience laugh nonstop. This film is meant for kids, but it appeals to adults too. I recommend it for ages 6 to 18. Some of the scarier animals may be a bit much for younger kids. I rank it 5 out of 5 because of its original idea, fantastic casting, new and funny characters, wonderful soundtrack and great sense of humor. n

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That’s the breaks

Did guardian angel come to walker’s aid? By Diane Louise Smith


couple of years ago, I broke my right fibula. It was all quite by accident. That morning, it was a sunny day and I decided to go for a walk during my break at work. I tried to reach out to a couple of co-workers to join me but didn’t receive any responses. I figured, hey, I’m all grown up, I can go by myself ! As a mere precaution, I slipped my cell phone in my pocket since I was trekking out alone. As I walked along the block, I was enjoying the moment — the sun warming my face, the birds chirping, and the gentle breeze cooling

my arms. I was all alone. I ventured further, resetting my mind through nature. Staring at a computer all day tends to make you forget there is a world outside. I work in a business complex and there is a canal that cuts through the property. As I turned onto the gravel path, a runner jogged past me, ear buds divorcing her from all that surrounded her. I figured she, like me, was communing with nature. As I walked along the canal, apparently, I was looking everywhere but in front of me. Suddenly, I fell face first into the dirt. As I raised myself up with my hands, I looked down and saw my right foot was in a small hole.

Diane Louise Smith


Daughter makes halfway point of school 5th grade. Prior to driving Jessie to school, she rolled her book bag out to the driveway. Of course, I had to take a photo. Moments like this are meant to be captured. unscrewed the child safety cap Over the summer, I allowed Jessie to move from the rear from the white, plastic bottle seat to the front passenger seat when it’s just the two of us and turned the bottle upside in the vehicle. She loves to sit up front as it’s easy for her to down. A single Flintstones change the radio station to songs I can barely understand, but chewable vitamin, the last one in the that’s a different column. bottle, dropped into the palm of my As I drove Jessie to school for the first time with her as a left hand. Since Jessie turned 2, my front-seat passenger, it felt strange. I couldn’t help but think days have begun this way. This mornthat I was just buckling my baby in her car seat. I recalled the ing though, the empty pill bottle feels days I carried my little girl into the house when she fell asleep a bit more significant. It’s Jessie’s first in the car, or pretended to, which we called “playing possum.” day of 5th grade. This morning, however, I didn’t see my baby. I didn’t see Except for the early wake-up call, the little girl with the squished-tight eyes and smile playing Jessie says, “Hooray.” She likes school Patrick Hempfing possum, though Jessie would have enjoyed an extra hour or and is anxious to see her friends. After two of sleep. No, today I saw a girl who could easily pass for a a wonderful summer with lots of cherished moments, Dad says “hooray,” too. I have more quiet time to teenager. During the drive, I shared my standard lines, “give it your all,” write while Jessie is in school. It’s important that a writer writes. “keep a positive attitude,” and “tell the boys your dad has golf Last night Jessie said, “Dad, as a 5th grader, I’m at the halfway clubs” (to chase them away from my little girl). Reluctantly, I point.” I quickly did the math in my head. Pre-K plus kindergardropped her off at the carpool lane rather than holding her hand ten plus grades 1-12 totals 14, divided by 2 equals 7. Pre-K done. and walking her to class as we had done in previous years. The Kindergarten complete. Grades 1-4 in the books. When Jessie wheels of her coral-colored book bag hit the sidewalk, and she completes 5th grade, indeed, she’ll be at the halfway point. headed off to 5th grade. I mentally walked to the bedroom, grabbed a pillow for over I’m confident Jessie will have a great year in school. She’ll need my mouth, and yelled, “Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh!” I didn’t do it, but some more vitamins, though. On my way to pick up a bottle, I the thought definitely crossed my mind. How can Jessie be a 5th might need to stop at the donut shop for some “glazed comfort.” grader? I just read, “Children 2 to 3 years of age: Chew one-half Until next month, remember to cherish the moments. n tablet daily with food” on the back of the Flintstones bottle. We went from a half tablet to a full tablet to empty bottle after empty Patrick Hempfing had a 20-year professional career in banking, acbottle way too quickly. counting, and auditing before he became a father at age 44. He is now a Jessie chewed her vitamin, drank her orange juice, ate her full-time husband, stay-at-home dad, and writer. Follow him at www. yogurt and oatmeal, and then went to get dressed. While she and on Twitter @PatrickHempfing. His prepared for her big day, I packed her lunch and wrote a little first book, “MoMENts: A Dad Holds On,” is available on note to include in her lunch bag, wishing her a great first day of By Patrick Hempfing


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Suddenly, my nature walk wasn’t as inviting as it was in the beginning — the sun became unbearably hot, there were no friendly bird chirpings to be heard, and the air was ominously still. I was all alone. Before I started to go into a spiral of regret for my choice of walking, a clear thought in my head came into focus, “Get on your feet.” I actually answered out loud, “Okay.” As I rose, I found my left foot was able to hold my weight. However, from my right knee to my right ankle, it felt like someone shot me with Novocain. “This isn’t right!” I mumbled to myself. “You can’t walk back to the office; you’ll need to call someone.” Again, I was made aware of this thought in my head. It was like an instructional video, complete with a check off list. I reached into my pants pocket and took out my cell phone. I called my office and punched in the extension of my former supervisor. I chose her because she was crossed-trained as a nurse and was an analytic thinker. I knew in my current condition I didn’t need someone prone to panic. Thankfully, she answered on the first ring. I told her in a quavering voice what happened and my location. On the pathway, there was a grassy slope leading down to a parking lot behind a day care. She told me she was on her way and would meet me in the parking lot. Gingerly, I stepped on my right foot. Searing pain registered along with the weird numbness. “It’s only a few feet to the grassy knoll,” the thought reasoned. Again, I audibly agreed and hobbled to the spot. “She’s here

— you can hear her car engine. Slide down the hill.” I put my hands out at my side to balance myself. I scooted down the hill with my left foot, dragging my swelling right foot behind me. It was a wonderful sight to see her car door opened. Thought it maybe was a matter of a few hundred feet, I was glad to be back in civilization! On one hand, scientifically speaking, maybe the reason why I was able to hear the logical side of my brain so clearly was I was in survival mode pure and simple, right? True, that analysis makes sense, but looking back, I do detect a celestial flavor. For examples: my cell phone wasn’t broken in the fall; I was able to get to my doctor 20 minutes after my accident with no waiting; the fracture was on a nonweight-bearing bone (the fibula) and because the doctor was able to get my leg in a walking boot relatively quickly, the bone reset itself. A lot of circumstances seemingly beyond my control fell into place — so what if the thoughts I had heard were from my guardian angel? I like to think that it was all of the above. It gives me comfort that I know in a time of crisis, I can keep a cool head on my shoulders, and somebody up there is watching out for me. n Diane Louise Smith has been married for over 20 years and is a mom and bonus mom to three sons. She is a published author of “Eye of Leomander,” and her blog is She is currently working on her master’s degree. She is also working on another book of short stories.

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School Supply Drive for Foster Kids

KidsFest Idaho

August 6

This family fun festival starts at 9 a.m. and runs until 1 p.m. Saturday, August 6, at Kleiner Park in The Village at Meridian. There will be activities for all ages. Go to kidsfest-idaho-tickets-25898453973.

Through Sept. 4

Mattress Firm is holding its annual school supplies drive for foster children from now through Sunday, September 4. Donations of new school supplies may be dropped off at any Mattress Firm store; use the store locator at www.mattressfirm. com to find the store nearest you. The most requested items include backpacks, 3-ring binders, multisubject notebooks, and packs of pens and pencils.

Alive After Five Wednesdays

This year marks 30 years of the Alive After Five Summer Concert Series, now on the Basque Block in downtown Boise. The event begins at 5 p.m. each Wednesday through August. There are food vendors and live music. To see August’s lineup, go to http://www.downtownboise. org/index.cfm/events/dba_events/alive_after_five.

Kids Night Out at the Y Various dates

The Caldwell, West and Downtown YMCA’s offer a Kids Night Out at regular times throughout the month. There is a fee for the night of games, swimming, pizza and a movie; space is limited, and preregistration is required. Go to kids-night-out/.

Reading at the Refuge First and third Monday

Preschoolers, kindergartners and their families are invited to Reading at the Refuge every first and third Monday, with the exception of federal holidays, at 10 a.m. and repeating at 2 p.m. at the Deer Flat Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center near Lake Lowell in Nampa. There will be a wildlife-related story, craft-making, and exploring the Visitor Center and trails at the refuge. For more information, go to, email or call 467-9278.

Gazebo Concert Series Through September

The Gazebo Concert Series is a free concert presented by Eagle Parks & Recreation and Eagle’s Art Commission. It’s held the last Thursday of every month through September beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Heritage Park, 185 E. State St. Attendees should bring a chair or a blanket to sit on. They may also bring their own picnic basket or buy food from local businesses. For more information, go to, call 489-8763 or email

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Toy Town Game Extravaganza

August 7

Take the whole family to the Toy Town Game Extravaganza at the Cherry Lane branch of the Meridian library for a fun-filled afternoon featuring games and activities from the Toy Town store on Eagle Road. Many family-friendly board games will be available from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, August 7. (The event is held each first and third Sunday of the month.)

Masterpiece for Kids August 8

The Eagle Public Library will allow children to explore the works of artist Jackson Pollock from 2 to 3 p.m. Monday, August 8, and then create some of their own action-style paintings. It will be messy, so interested children should dress for a mess. Go to

Baby Bugs August 8 This is a fun and engaging program for children 0 to 18 months old and will be held from 11:30 to noon Monday, August 8, at the Cherry Lane branch of the Meridian library. Knowing that this is their first experience with the library, the program hopes to: Empower the parent, guardian, or caregiver with tips and tricks pertaining to early literacy; introduce babies to others in a welcoming and safe environment; and allow the adults to foster connections of their own. The program features songs, fingerplays, and books that the parents and children (siblings also) can do together at home. (The program is held every Monday. There are other programs at the library for children of all ages. Go to for more information.)

Kindergarten Readiness Mondays The Garden City Library has held a summer-long program to help prepare children ages 3-5 for kindergarten. The program takes place from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Mondays at the library’s location at 6015 N. Glenwood St. Take your child to the August 8 program and let him or her practice the tasks that will be expected in kindergarten. The program includes singing, talking, reading, playing and writing, all in a supportive atmosphere. Go to Visit the website for other programs presented by the library throughout the month.

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Young Discoverers August 10

The Discovery Center of Idaho holds a Young Discovers program on an ongoing basis. Check it out from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, August 10, at 131 W. Myrtle St. in Boise. The program is held other days of the week as well. Go to Now on display at the Discovery Center is “Zap – The Current Exhibition,” and it is all about energy. In a partnership with Idaho Power, the exhibit provides fun information about energy generation, transformation, distribution and use.

Food Trucks in the Park

45th Annual Pepsi Nightfire Nationals

The Silverstone branch of the Meridian library will hold different STEM activities for kids, tweens and teens from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, August 10. There are other days and times that feature STEM-related events; go to

August 11-14

This annual event at Firebird Raceway in Star takes place August 11-14. Billed as “Idaho’s Largest Motorsports Event,” it features funny cars, dragsters and other highlights. Tickets are available by calling 9388986. Go to firebirdonline. com for more details.

Special events at Roaring Springs August 8-27

4-H Week at Roaring Springs is set for August 8-12, with 4-H members, leaders and families getting full-day discounts. Military Appreciation Weekend is scheduled for August 13-14, with discounted full-day admission for military personnel and their families. Homeschool Week will be held August 15-19, with homeschoolers and their families getting a discount for full days of fun. Friday and Saturday Family Slide Nights are held from 6 to 10 p.m. through August 27. Families may enjoy unlimited access to water attractions as the sun sets; there is a fee to participate. Go to

Boise Hawks events August

The highlights for August at Boise Hawks ballgames include: $2 Tuesday, August 9, 16 and 30; Baseball Bingo, August 10 and 31; Military Appreciation Night, August 13; Kids Club Sunday, August 14; Feed Your Face Monday, August 15 and 29; and more. Go to http://

Movie Trivia August 9

Middle- and high school-age students who think they know their movie trivia are welcome to come prove it from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, August 9, in the meeting room of Eagle Public Library. Come show off your trivia expertise. Go to for more information.


A food truck rally is held every Wednesday evening from 5 to 8 in Meridian’s Settlers Park. Come and visit on August 10. For more information, go to

LABrary August 10

Harness the Harvest August 10

Anjel Griggs will teach participants all about food dehydration and preservation from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, August 10, at the Library! at Hillcrest at 5246 W. Overland Rd. in Boise. She will demonstrate techniques using a dehydrator and discuss sun drying, oven drying and other methods of preservation. Samples will be available for participants to taste the difference between home-dried and storebought foods. Go to online-calendar/#/?i=14. (Similar classes are held at other library branches; go to for more information.)

Tween Creative Writing Club August 10

Aspiring writers ages 9-12 are invited to come work on writing projects, learn writing techniques, and read and critique each other’s work in a safe and supportive environment from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, August 10, at the Cherry Lane branch of the Meridian library. All types of writing are encouraged, including stories, poems and scripts. (The club meets the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month.)

After School Adventures (are back!) August 12

Kids are welcome to go to the Library! at Hillcrest for after school fun from 4 to 5 p.m. Friday, August 12, as well as other days of the week. There will be board games, science, and arts and crafts. (Other area libraries hold similar events; check the website of the library nearest you for information.)

Sun Valley Arts & Crafts Festival August 12-14

The 48th Annual Sun Valley Center Arts & Crafts Festival is set for the weekend of August 12-14 at Atkinson Park in Ketchum. The popular community event also includes artist demonstrations, live music, food vendors and a children’s activity area. Go to

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Huckleberry Festival

Meridian Speedway events

This free event is a fun-filled weekend celebrating all things huckleberry. Highlights include street vendors, a rodeo, family activities, a parade, a pie eating contest and more. It will be held August 12-14 in the community of Donnelly near McCall. To see all the events and times, go to

A number of family-friendly events are still going on for summer at Meridian Speedway, including: the Allen Stroebel Open Show, August 13, and the Kendall Ford Hot August Cruze & Drag Night, August 20. Go to

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Concerts on Broadway August 13

This ongoing event will feature Precious Byrd from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday, August 13, at the Meridian City Hall Outdoor Plaza. Go to

Summer Alive Music Festival August 13

This third annual festival will be held from noon to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, August 13, at Hawthorne Park in Middleton. The free, family-friendly event will feature performances by Manic Drive, KJ-52, Scarlet White and 10 other artists. There will also be bounce houses, pony rides, food vendors and a classic car show. The festival is sponsored by Fill-My-Cup Church of the Nazarene, in association with Oregon Trail Church of God and Canyon Springs Church in Middleton.

Hidden Springs Youth Triathlon August 13

There are many healthy activities for everyone in the family out at Hidden Springs in Boise. The Hidden Springs Youth Triathlon begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, August 13, at South Meadow Pool, 12742 N. Humphreys Way. There are two youth categories, one for 12 and under and another for 13 and up. To register, or for more information, go to

30th Annual Nampa Festival of the Arts August 13-14

This 2-day community event celebrates diversity through art, music and dance and is set for 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, August 13, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, August 14, in Nampa’s Lakeview Park. Admission is free, and there will be live entertainment, food concessions, a kids’ art booth and many other highlights. Go to http://www.

The Main Auction Saturdays

On August 13, and every Saturday starting at 10 a.m., The Main Auction offers deals from estates and business liquidations, as well as tools, lumber, antiques, furniture and more. There are other auctions throughout the week, all held at 2912 W. Main in Boise (with the exception of an auto auction). For more information, go to

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August 13 & 20

82nd Annual Buckaroo Breakfast August 16

To help kick off the Caldwell Night Rodeo, the annual Buckaroo Breakfast will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 16, at O’Connor Field House on Blaine Street in Caldwell. The Caldwell Night Rodeo is set for August 16-20. (Buckaroo Breakfasts will be held each morning of the rodeo.) Go to

Splash Pedal and Dash August 17

Kids Triathlon — The 9th Annual Pulse Kids Splash Pedal & Dash will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, August 17, at Storey Park, 205 E. Franklin in Meridian, and will include a swim at the Meridian Pool, a bike ride around the Meridian Speedway, a run, and a slide down an inflatable waterslide. Parents may follow their kids on foot to encourage or photograph them. Everything takes place in a fun, relaxed atmosphere, and ice cream and medals are available for each participant. Packet pick-ups are available in various places, and online registration is at the-pulse-spd-kids-tri-2016.

Meridian Anti-Drug Coalition August 18

Anyone is welcome to attend these monthly meetings, especially if they have been negatively affected by drug use or know someone who has. Joining the coalition is an opportunity to take a negative experience and use it as the driving force to make a positive change. Come to the meeting from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, August 18, in the Meridian Police Department Public Meeting Room, 1401 E. Watertower Lane.

Quartet Extravaganza August 19

The Boise Chordsmen, along with B.A.R.Q. (Boise Area Registered Quartets), will perform some of their, and your, favorite songs beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, August 19, at St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, 1055 N. Curtis Rd., in the McCleary Auditorium. Cost is Inversion $5, with some of the proceeds going to the St. Al’s rehab unit. Children are welcome. Go to node/8898.

Western Idaho Fair August 19-28

The 2016 Western Idaho Fair is set for August 19-28 at the Fairgrounds in Garden City. Go to

Teen Burgers and Books 2016-2017 Kickoff Party

$4 for youth ages 5-12, and free for kids 4 and under. There will be plenty of fun activities. Go to

The Cherry Lane branch of the Meridian library is getting ready for the new school year and a new year of Teen Book Club. Come discuss your favorite books and suggest upcoming picks from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Friday, August 19. Highlights will include making posters to take back to school to advertise Burgers and Books. Come ready to talk, eat, plan and create. Go to

August 20

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The Boise River August 20

Whose Home Is It? — Go to the Boise WaterShed and get to know the Boise River and the creatures who call it home. Join staff at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 20, in the WaterShed theater for a presentation on local wildlife by Idaho Fish & Game educator Adare Evans. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. there will be fun crafts and activities that highlight life along the river, including an art event with local artist Renda Palmer who will show participants how to create a habitat with inks using fox and hawk stencils to make a one-of-a-kind monoprint. Go to

Spanish preschool 10-year party Puentes Spanish Preschool is marking its 10-year anniversary, and all interested parents with young children are invited. The celebration will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, August 20, at the preschool, 1605 S. Phillippi, on the corner of Overland and Phillippi in Boise. Come see how effective Spanish immersion is at developing creativity and diversity, and how it benefits the community. There will be lots of fun kids’ activities and a bounce house on Puentes’ huge playground. For more information, go to or email puentes@ The event is free.

The College of Idaho Alumni & Friends Choir August 20

Enjoy a free musical performance by the College of Idaho Alumni & Friends Choir from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, August 20, on the Nampa Smiles Terrace at Nampa Public Library in the downtown core of the city. This is part of the library’s Music on the Terrace program and will include works from Eugene Butler to Lennon and McCartney and Cat Stevens. Refreshments will be served. Go to

U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West August 21

This free concert of varied music from jazz to military marches will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday, August 21, at the Morrison Center on the Boise State campus. Go to

Tween Robotics & Tinkering Movies Under the Stars August 20

Families may enjoy a free, fun-filled evening of kids’ activities and great films in Boise. The fun begins at 7 p.m. with free games for kids provided by the Boise Parks & Recreation Mobile Recreation Van. Movies then begin at dusk. Remaining dates, movies and locations are as follows: August 20, “Inside Out,” Julia Davis Park; and September 9, “Zootopia,” Hobble Creek Park. Park addresses and other information are available at,-classes-and-sports/ movies-under-the-stars. Boise Parks & Rec has many activities, classes and sports for people of all ages. Go to

Seed Saver’s Workshop August 20

Learn to save seeds from your favorite summer vegetables and flowers from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, August 20, at the Eagle Public Library. The library has many events for people of all ages. Visit the website at to find out more.

Bug Day at the Botanical Garden

August 22

Join the staff at the Cherry Lane branch of the Meridian library and explore different robotic-based activities, as well as circuitry and tinkering, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Monday, August 22. This event for children ages 8-12 is held the fourth Monday of the month, and no signup is required. Just drop in. If you have questions, email trevor@

Navy Band Northwest Woodwind Trio August 23

The Navy Band Northwest Woodwind Trio will present a free concert from 3 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, August 23, in the hearth area at the Library! at Cole & Ustick in Boise. All ages are welcome.

Game Night August 24

Teens and adults are welcome to bring friends or come solo and meet new people during Game Night at the main branch of Boise Public Library from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 24. The library provides games, but participants are invited to bring their own. The library also provides snacks.

August 20

People are welcome to come learn about the exciting world of bugs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, August 20, at the Idaho Botanical Garden. The event is an “entomological extravaganza” and fun for the whole family. Cost is $4 for IBG members, $8 for adult non-members,

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Saturday, August 27, at the Cherry Lane branch of the Meridian library. Workshop presenter Lori Warren is a member of the National Association of College Admission Counseling and the American School Counselor Association. Her goal is to help families understand the college admission and financial aid process. Register for the workshop by calling Warren at 853-0332 or by email at

August 25-27

This popular Rodgers & Hammerstein favorite will be presented at the Nampa Civic Center at 7:30 p.m. August 25, 26 and 27, with a 1:30 matinee on August 27. The high-spirited musical is child-friendly. Tickets are $22 for adults, $20 for seniors, and $18 for juniors. All tickets purchased at the door will be $25. This is a production of Music Theatre of Idaho. Go to musictheatreofidaho.

McCall Mountain Bike Festival

Free Concert in the Park

August 27 & 28

August 26 & 27

This fundraiser for Advocates Against Family Violence will be held from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, August 27, at the Caldwell Memorial Park Bandshell, 618 Irving St. There will be music (a Canyon Acoustic Music Festival), lots of vendors, food and coffee, and more. (A musiconly event is set for 6 to 9 p.m. August 26 at the bandshell.) For more info, call 353-2678.

9th Annual Pooch Party Stroll & Splash August 27

Enjoy Nampa’s largest “dog festival” from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, August 27, at Lakeview Park. Bring dogs and family members and participate in a scenic, 1-mile walk around the park. Then, dogs will be allowed to splash in the swimming pool. There will also be contests, raffles, a canine cake walk, and pet-friendly vendor booths. Cost is $25* for one dog, with $10 for each additional dog (*$30 after August 23 for the first dog). Proceeds go toward the continued development of the Nampa Dog Park. Go to http://www.

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The McCall Mountain Bike Festival is set for 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, August 27, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, August 28, at McCall’s Depot Park, 1101 N. 3rd St. Event highlights include group rides, shuttles, biking clinics, free demos, food and drink, and music. Children are welcome.

Puppets: To Bee or Not to Bee

First Consecutive Friday/Saturday

Hamlet is an extraordinary piglet who loves to read. While his siblings tease him about his “unpiggish” ways (not eating garbage, for instance), his best friend Little Bee helps him realize his own unique powers. Puppet shows at the main branch of the Boise Public Library are generally held on the first consecutive Friday / Saturday of the month. Friday shows are at 10:30 a.m., and Saturday shows are at 2 p.m. This free, half-hour show will take place September 2-3 and is appropriate for families with children up to 6 years old.

1st Wednesday Patio Party in Eagle

7 Library Comic Con! September The last Patio Party of the season is set for 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. August 27

Go to the main branch of Boise Public Library for a fun-filled, family-friendly, free day of celebrating comics from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, August 27. Visit LibraryComicCon for related events and updates. And don’t forget to use the hashtag #BPLcomiccon16.

College Prep 101 August 27

Attend this free College Prep 101 workshop for parents and teens from 2 to 5 p.m.

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Wednesday, September 7, at the North Channel Center located just off Eagle Road at Highway 44, 600 S. Rivershore Ln. There will be live music, free wine tastings, prize give-aways, and showings of original artwork. The event is child-friendly.

Old Time Farm Days September 18

A day of old-fashioned fun for the whole family is set for noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, September 18, at the Hidden Springs Barn (off West Farm Court and located along Dry Creek in the Hidden Springs community). Visit a blacksmith as he works, tour the original farmstead, walk through an authentic sheep wagon, churn butter, pan for gold, or visit with farm animals in the petting area. In addition to a variety of historical demonstrations, there will be live music, crafts, games and local artisans selling goods. Food and beverages will be available for purchase from the Basque Market or the Dry Creek Mercantile. Price of admission is $3 per person, with kids 4 and under free. Go to

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On the next few pages enjoy a listing of local companies that will help your family get back to school! Advertisers in this section appear in bold. ACADEMIC ENRICHMENT

Brain Balance 3210 E. Chinden Blvd. Ste. #113, Eagle.................................. 377-3559

Coopalo Learning Center Specializing in Dyslexia ......................................... 484-3816

Chatterbox Pediatric Therapy Center 320 11th Ave. South, Nampa 7091 W. Emerald St., Boise........................... 466-1077

Learning RX 105 E. Idaho, Meridian 83642 ......................................... 258-2077

Tutor Doctor “We Make House Calls” ......................................... 922-6416


Aquarium of Boise 64 N. Cole Rd., Boise 83704....................... 375-1932


Music Lingua Foreign language for kids

................................... 571-1713

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Back to School GUIDE Aqua Tots 3116 E. State St., Ste. 108, Eagle 83616....................... 938-9300

Dance Allegro Academy 3015 W. McMillan Rd. Suite 105, Meridian...................... 949-0361

Ballet Idaho Academy 501 S. 8th St., Boise 83702....................... 343-0556

Dance Arts Academy 2989 Copper Point Dr., Meridian 83642.................. 345-4832

Bodies In Motion 729 W. Diamond St., .......... Boise 83706 381-0587

The Front Climbing Club 3235 W. Chinden Blvd., Boise 83714....................... 345-7625

Bronco Elite Arts and Athletics 1187 W. River St., Boise 83702....................... 389-9005

Girl Scouts of Silver Sage Council 1410 Etheridge Ln., Boise 83704....................... 377-2011 Idaho IceWorld 7072 S. Eisenman Rd.,

Idaho Kenpo Karate Club 10816 W. Alliance St., Boise 83713....................... 571-0275 FB: Idaho Kenpo Karate Club Idaho Tennis Association 1076 N. Cole Rd., Boise 83704....................... 322-5150 Irish Dance Idaho 1909 Wildwood St., #D, Boise 83713....................... 323-7590 Masters Academy Chess Cole & Ustick Rds., Boise 83704....................... 378-8022 Music Center Studios 12516 W. Fairview Ave., Ste. B Boise 83713....................... 861-6056


Capital City Ballet Center 8749 W. Hackamore Dr., Ste. 6 Boise 83709....................... 378-9752

Gem State Gymnastics Academy 5420 W. State St., Boise 83703................ 853-3220

Boise 83716....................... 331-0044

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Back to School GUIDE Musical Kids Nampa............................... 466-4560

We Can See The Future From Here!

Accepting children of all abilities and all incomes.

THREE BOISE LOCATIONS School Age Child Care available at

State St. Arbor Crossing • 954-5465 Infant/Toddler & Preschool

Empowering families

Ensuring school readiness

Three Areas of Impact:

9th St. • 342-1239 12th St. • 424-3387 TTY: Dial711

Pinz Bowling Center 1385 S. Blue Marlin Ln., eridian 83642..................... 898-0900 Treasure Valley Ballet Academy 1545 E. Leigh Field Dr., Ste. 150 Meridian 83646.................. 855-0167 Treasure Valley Children’s Theater 703 N. Main St., Meridian 83642................... 287-TVCT

Hablamos Espanõl USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer

Treasure Valley Family YMCA Youth Tri-Club: ....... 344-5501 ext. 223

Tumble Time Gymnastics 1379 N. Cloverdale Rd., Boise 83713....................... 375-0063 Wings Center 1875 Century Way, Boise 83709....................... 376-3641


A Step Ahead Preschool & Childcare 3348 N. Meridian Rd. Meridian 83646.................. 473-2420 Boiseko Ikastola-The Basque Preschool 1950 University Dr., Boise 83706....................... 343-4234



www.giraf felaugh.or g

Building strong futures

Pat Harris School of Dance/Broadway Dance Center 1225 McKinney, Boise 83704 893 E. Boise Ave., Boise 83706....................... 375-3255

Youth Sports: youthsports@ymcatvidaho. org Child Development, Before and After School Programs: 344-5502 ext. 414 Teen Leaders, Youth Government, Arts & Sciences:

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Back to School GUIDE Boise State University Children’s Center 1830 Beacon St., Boise 83706....................... 426-4404 Born to Succeed Early Care and Education Center 4770 N. Shamrock St., Boise 83704....................... 658-5561 Cooperative Preschool 1187 W. River St., Boise 83702....................... 342-7479 Gem State Gymnastics Academy 5420 W. State St., Boise 83703................ 853-3220 Giraffe Laugh Preschool and Child Care 9th St., Boise 83702................ 342-1239 12th St., Boise 83702... 424-3387 State St. Arbor Crossing.............. 954-5465 Leap Ahead Preschool 227 E. Fairview Ave., Meridian 83642.................. 378-6524 Kids Are Special People 717 N. 11th St.,

Boise 83702....................... 343-8441 Kids Choice Child Care Center and Preschool 2170 S. Broadway Ave., Boise........................... 343-7550 2210 W. Everest Lane, Meridian...................... 888-7540 Montessori Preschool 9626 W. Victory, Boise 83709....................... 562-1420 New Horizon Academy 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 Polaris Learning Center 1323 Iron Eagle Dr., Eagle .......................... 939-9830 1096 E. Fairview Ave., Meridian ..................... 629-7451 6224 Birch Lane, Nampa ....................... 466-1322 School Age Club also located in Eagle Puentes Spanish Preschool and Daycare

• Payment Plans Available • Insurance Accepted

Improving quality of life one patient at a time...





Treasure Valley Family YMCA Youth Tri-Club: ....... 344-5501 ext. 223 Youth Sports: youthsports@ymcatvidaho. org Child Development, Before and After School Programs: 344-5502 ext. 414 Teen Leaders, Youth Government, Arts & Sciences: Tumble Time Gymnastics 1379 N. Cloverdale Rd., Boise 83713....................... 375-0063 Wesleyan Preschool 717 N. 11th St., Boise 83702....................... 343-3778 Wings Center 1875 Century Way, Boise 83709....................... 376-3641

Therapy Services for Children & Adults

For more information, visit us at: 2nd clinic located in Mountain Home

A secularly focused classical curriculum infused with movement, music, and mindfulness. And now brain coaching! Located on the Bench at

are 8-2016


SandCastles Children’s Learning Center 3214 Acre Lane, Boise 83704....................... 376-7846

68 S. Baltic Pl. Meridian, ID


20 N. Latah, Boise 208-880-2615

Openings for 4th and 5th grades


No Waiting Lists Free Screenings Individual Therapy Therapy Preschool Monday—Thursday 9:00—11:30 12:30—3:00

R House Childcare 2185 Hill Rd., Boise 83702....................... 343-8188


Specializing in therapy for children and adults • • • •

1605 S. Phillippi, Boise 83705....................... 344-4270

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Back to School GUIDE SCHOOLS

Ambrose School Chinden & Locust Grove, Meridian 83646........... 323-3888 Anser Public Charter School 202 E. 42nd St., ..............Garden City 426-9840 Boise School District 8169 W. Victory Rd., Boise 83709....................... 854-4000 Caspari Montessori Institute Montessori Teacher Certification ......................................... 562-1420 Challenger School 5551 W. Bloom St., Boise 83703....................... 338-9500 2020 W. Everest Ln., Meridian 83646.................. 846-8888

Cloverdale Montessori School 12255 W. Goldenrod, Boise 83713....................... 322-1200 Cole Valley Christian Schools Elementary Campus: 8775 Ustick Rd., Boise 83704....................... 375-3571 Secondary Campus: 200 E. Carlton Ave.,... Meridian 83642 College of Western Idaho--CWI Early Childhood Education Program 6042 Birch Lane, Nampa 83687.................... 562-3483 Eagle Adventist Christian School 538 W. State St., Eagle 83616................ 939-5544 Eagle’s Wings Preschool and

Kindergarten 651 N. Eagle Rd., Eagle 83616....................... 939-1351 Idaho Digital Learning Academy ......................................... 342-0207 Idaho Distance Education Academy—IDEA 8620 W. Emerald, Ste. 190, Boise 83704....................... 672-1155 Idaho Virtual Academy (866) 339-9068 Inspire Connections Academy ................................ (800) 382-6019 Lakewood Montessori 2626 Gekeler Ln., Boise 83706................ 331-3888

Preregister now!

Opening Soon! Polaris Learning - School Age Club in Eagle. Located just doors down from our main Eagle campus.

MERIDIAN LOCATION NOW OPEN! 3 Treasure Valley Locations NAMPA 6224 Birch Lane 466-1322 8-2016

MERIDIAN EAGLE 1096 E. Fairview Ave. 1323 Iron Eagle Dr. 629-7451 938-9830

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Back to School Montessori Academy 1400 Park Ln., Eagle 83616................ 939-6333 Mount Parnassus Classical Academy 20 N. Latah, Boise 83706................ 880-2615

Nampa Christian Schools Elementary & Early Childhood Center: 505 W. Orchard Ave., Nampa 83651.................... 466-8451 Secondary Campus: 11920 W. Flamingo Ave., Nampa 83651.................... 466-8451


Music Lingua Foreign language for kids ................................... 571-1713


Northview Montessori Preschool and Kindergarten 7670 Northview, Boise 83704................ 322-0152

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Back to School ParkCenter Montessori 649 E. ParkCenter Blvd., Boise 83706............................................ 344-0004 Riverstone International School 5521 E. Warm Springs Ave., Boise 83716.......................................................424-5000 St. Joseph’s Catholic School 825 W. Fort St., Boise 83702............................................ 342-4909 The Preschool (and Kindergarten) at Ten Mile Christian Church 3500 W. Franklin Rd., Meridian 83642....................................... 888-3101

Village Charter .................................................



Treasure Valley Catholic Schools .........................................

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Chatterbox Pediatric Therapy Center 320 11th Ave. South, Nampa 7091 W. Emerald St., Boise ............................................................. 466-1077

Advanced Therapy Care 68 S. Baltic Place, Meridian 83642..................................... 898-0988


Anacker Clinic of Chiropractic 300 Main St., Ste. 103, Boise 83702 1560 N. Crestmont, Ste. E, Meridian 83642 ...................................................................... 288-1776


� Located in SE Boise, convenient to downtown and I-84 � Programs for children 18 months through Kindergarten � Summer Camp for elementary aged children

� Traditional Montessori method including: math, reading, science, geography, art, music, and foreign language � Call to schedule a tour 208.331.3888


Nurturing the Heart… Challenging the Intellect

Explore our website to discover our commitment to excellence in education of both mind and heart

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40 years of providing an “Exciting Learning Experience”

All Day Childcare & Pre-School

Back to School GUIDE Children’s Therapy Place Boise, Nampa, Emmett, Meridian/Eagle ......................................................... 323-8888 Community Connections, Inc. 1675 S. Maple Grove Rd., Boise 83709....................................... 377-9814 Emerge College Success Program Andrew Bryan Educational Consultant ......................................... 484-5835 Idaho Pediatric Therapy Clinic 13895 W. Wainwright Drive, Boise.................................. 939-3334 Kaleidoscope Pediatric Therapy

• All day child care Age 3 & up • Academic Preschool

Back to school

• Before and After Kindergarten Care • Before and After School Care • Experienced, licensed instructors • Appropriate student/teacher ratios • Creative academic curriculum • Check out our fabulous gymnastics program


Eagle Adventist Christian School

TUTORING PROGRAM AVAILABLE Call for more information

5420 W. State St. Boise, ID

Eagle’s only NAEYC accredited childcare!

Drop-off also available


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Phone & FAX 939-5544




Learn French with your child (ages 0-8)


Gem State Gymnastics Academy

“…where education meets application” • Elementary School (K - 8th Grade) • Pre-School, Full-Time/Part Time Child Care • Before & After School Care with Busing to Local Schools

538 W. State St. Eagle, ID 83616


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Two Locations:

Nampa Location: 320 11th Ave. South

Boise Location: 7091 W. Emerald Street

New Education Division! Chatterbox now offers special programs to remediate Dyslexia, Attention, Auditory Processing and other Learning Disabilities.

• Auditory Processing • Processing Speed • Logic/Reasoning • Organization • Reading/Spelling • Study Skills • Visual Memory

Find out what you can do this school year to help your child thrive!

• Sensory Motor • Attention/Focus • Memory Skills • Writing

Chatterbox offers the following therapies: • Speech • Language • AAC

• Occupational Therapy • Sensory Processing • Group Therapy

• Free Screenings • Medicaid / Insurance Accepted

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To schedule your appointment please call 208-466-1077

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