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The Christmas Light House will brighten N. Idaho Dec. 15-22

The Christmas Light House will brighten N. Idaho Dec. 15-22

 

People in Hayden, Idaho can enjoy some Christmas cheer by visiting The Christmas Light House, located on 1473 W. Cardinal Ave., now through December 22. The free event promises Christmas lights, carolers, treats, and pictures with Santa each night.

 

According to event coordinator, Jeremy Morris, decorations have been going up on this house since September. Morris also said a live camel, named Dolly, will be present this at the event Thursday through Saturday.

 

Additionally, each night at the 7:45 p.m., candles and Christmas song books will be distributed for community-wide candlelight caroling.

 

The event will run each night from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Visitors are asked to park their vehicles at North Star Baptist Church parking lot at 8415 Ramsey Rd. Hayden, Idaho 83835

 

4-year-old Idaho boy writes heartwarming letter to the Grinch

4-year-old Idaho boy writes heartwarming letter to the Grinch

Four-year-old Jacob was enjoying the Journey to the North Pole Holiday Lake Cruise in Coeur d'Alene Monday night with his family, that is, until the Grinch showed up.

According to Jacob's mother, Jodi Mogavero, Jacob is one of Santa's biggest fans.

“Every time Jacob sees Santa, he jumps up and yells, 'Santa, it's me, Jacob!',” Mogavero said.

Being the Santa supporter he is, Jacob became angry at the Grinch's naughty antics toward St. Nicholas during the cruise. In fact, the Grinch got him so worked up, he decided to write a letter to Santa right then and there. In his letter, Jacob told Santa that he should beat up the Grinch... and that he wanted a dancing Olaf toy for Christmas.

Mogavero said she helped Jacob put the letter in Santa's mailbox, and the family went on their way.

Cd'A Resort Holiday Light Show needs votes to earn national award

Cd'A Resort Holiday Light Show needs votes to earn national award

The Coeur d'Alene Resort Holiday Light Show now has the chance to be named the best public lights display in the nation.

To earn the title, a USA TODAY 10Best Readers' Choice award, the Coeur d'Alene light show needs votes.

The Lake City's display has already been honored by USA TODAY as one of the top 20 light shows in the United States. As a top 20 nominee, the light show is considered to be one of "the best, biggest and brightest" shows in the country.

To cast your vote, and make The Coeur d'Alene light show the best in the nation, cast your vote at www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-public-lights-display/holiday-lights-show-coeur-dalene-resort/.

People can vote online once per day, and voting will close Monday, Dec. 15 at 9:00 a.m. PST.

The Coeur d'Alene Resort Holiday Light show is currently in its 28th season.

A bed for AJ

A bed for AJ

After two years of mostly sleeping in his wheelchair, Anthony “AJ” Cada, a 21-year-old Rathdrum resident, is just $1,350 away from a new bed. However, the remaining balance must be met by Friday, November 23.

Cada suffered a spinal cord injury in a diving accident in Lake Coeur d'Alene in 2011. It left him paralyzed from the chest down.

The adjustable bed Cada hopes to get was recommended by his doctor. While a non-paralyzed person is able to move around during their hours of sleep, people with paralysis are unable to make these adjustments. Staying in one position for hours at a time can lead to complications like pressure sores. This new bed will provide Cada with the appropriate comfort and flexibility he needs to make adjustments for himself.

Local finalist in PETA's Sexiest Vegan over 50 contest

Local finalist in PETA's Sexiest Vegan over 50 contest

When you hear vegan, what's the first thing that pops into your head? It's probably not “sexy,” but that's what PETA is trying to change with their current competition for Sexiest Vegan over 50. The field has been narrowed down to just 14 men and women from around the US and one of them is from right here in Spokane.

Atania Gilmore is marking her two-year anniversary as a vegan this month. She's a runner and says it was another runner's book that encouraged her to make the change for what she calls selfish reasons.

“As a runner you're always looking for an edge,” she said.

Gilmore says it was “Eat and Run,” a book written by ultra-marathoner Scott Jurek that inspired her. In the book, Jurek explains that his record setting speeds to his vegan diet.

“I'm a turtle when I run,” said Gilmore. “I wanted to be faster so I thought it was worth a try.” So she decided to give it a try for the 30 days leading up to Thanksgiving and see if it made a difference.

Idaho food banks in need of milk

Idaho food banks in need of milk

Idaho's food pantries have a crucial need for more milk, and the Great American Milk Drive wants to make it easy to donate a gallon with the click of a mouse.

October is Idaho Hunger and Food Security Awareness Month, and United Dairymen of Idaho is encouraging people across the state to participate by making a $5 contribution for milk to their local food bank.

You can visit www.MilkLife.com/give and enter your zip code to ensure milk is delivered from the farm to a food bank in your community. You can also test “MILK” from your cell phone to 84465 to add a $5 donation to your phone bill.

According to Feeding America, the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief organization, milk is one of the most requested by food bank clients, yet there is a nationwide shortage because it is rarely donated.