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Registration now open for the Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids' Sake Campaign

Registration now open for the Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids' Sake Campaign

 

Those interested in helping area Big Brothers Big Sisters program now have the opportunity raise money through the Bowl for Kids' Sake Campaign.

 

Participants of the campaign are asked to register their teams with Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS), and then recruit their bowling team. Every team is asked to raise or donate a minimum of $100 to the BBBS program.

 

Once that money is raised, teams are invited to a celebratory bowling party that will include free bowling, pizza, soda, and prizes. Additionally, each participant will receive a limited edition 2015 BFKS t-shirt, that was designed by a Chase Middle Schooler.

 

BBBS says 100% of the money raised from this program will stay in the team's community. That money will carry out the work of matching the 80 children BBBS has on their waiting list with adult mentors, and provide ongoing support to the child, volunteer mentor, and child's family.

 

The 2015 bowling parties will be:

Area libraries accepting food for fines March 1-15

Area libraries accepting food for fines March 1-15

The Community Library Network libraries and the Coeur d'Alene Public Library want to encourage renewed relationships between community members and the library by eliminating overdue fines that may be keeping them from using their library cards.

From March 1-15, local libraries will accept donations of nonperishable food for people and pets as payment for late fees. However, food donations cannot be used to clear charges for lost or damaged items.

Libraries participating in food for fines include those in Athol, Coeur d’Alene, the Bookmobile, Hayden, Harrison, Pinehurst, Post Falls, Rathdrum, and Spirit Lake.

Donations will benefit local food banks and animal shelters.

For more information contact the Coeur d’Alene Library at 208-769-2315 or the Community Library Network at 208-772-5612.

 

The Cancer Connection Idaho announces 2015 Write from the Heart teen writing contest

The Cancer Connection Idaho announces 2015 Write from the Heart teen writing contest

The Cancer Connection Idaho has announced their 2015 Write from the Heart teen writing contest.

Now in its second year, Write from the Heart seeks to provide a therapeutic outlet for teens to tell their unique stories of how cancer has impacted their lives, either through a personal diagnosis or that of a family member or friend. The contest is open to Idaho teens ages 13-19 and will be judged by local Idaho celebrities, including musician, Bill Coffey, and Idaho artists, Carl Rowe and Amy Westover.

$8,000 in prize money will be awarded to a total of twelve winners in both Survivor and Friends/Family categories.

Essays must be received by March 20, 2015. The finalists will be announced on April 20th, and an awards ceremony brunch will take place at 11:00 a.m. at the Owyhee in Boise.

1st Place winners will receive the Susan Sherlock award of $1,000. 2nd place winners will be awarded $600, and 3rd place winners will be awarded a prize of $400.

 

First, second and third place cash prizes will be awarded in four categories:

Lookout Pass Winter Carnival to take place Jan. 18

Lookout Pass Winter Carnival to take place Jan. 18

Lookout Pass will hold its Winter Carnival on Sunday, January 18th.

Events at the Winter Carnival will include face painting, temporary tattoos, a snowman contest, an egg and three legged race, volleyball, and the Wife Carry contest.

The Wife Carry will kick off at 1:00 p.m. PST on the uphill side of the lodge. The husband and wife teams will be divided into categories, and the teams will sprint 100 feet in single elimination heats. The contest will include a $100 cash prize, and there will be free swag for the participants.

Spokane County SCRAPS provides tips for keeping your pet safe from holiday hazards

Spokane County SCRAPS provides tips for keeping your pet safe from holiday hazards

Spokane County SCRAPS wants to warn pet owners of the hazards the holidays can bring to your four legged friends.


 

"Things that make the holidays a great time of year - cookies, presents, and a house full of company - can actually be hazards to our four-legged friends," said Nancy Hill, Regional Director of SCRAPS. "We advise pet owners to take a minute to make sure their house is pet friendly."


 

According to SCRAPS, here are a few holiday items that can be particularly harmful to pets:


 

  • Holiday Lighting and Candles

SCRAPS said these are especially dangerous to pets that like to chew. Electrical shock can occur when a pet chomps down on an electrical cord, causing tongue lacerations and possible death. SCRAPS suggests using LED candles instead of actual flames and place them into hard-to-reach places so that pets can not access them.


 

  • Gift Wrap Ribbon

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.