Volunteer with your high school student; wear the green for a good cause

2009 “Break Through” at Farmway Village needs volunteers
As you know, United Way is involved in all kinds of good works around the Valley. Their alternative spring break projects are among my favorites, because they help plant the good-citizenship bug in people at an early age, and show them parts of the community they might not see otherwise.

This year, 80 Treasure Valley high school students, plus adult volunteers, are giving two days of their spring break, March 27-28, to a service project at Farmway Village, a low-income housing community outside Caldwell.

Students will expand the community garden areas, renovate four housing units, fence a community basketball court, paint and do trash pick up at the 81-acre site.

The project has been planned, organized and led by a steering committee of 15 high school students.  This effort will build on the success of last year's first alternative spring break project, improving the grounds and building at the Original Gangsters Academy in Nampa.

Here’s where you come in. United Way is actively seeking sponsors, adult volunteers, and more high school students to participate. Contact Neva Geisler at United Way: ngeisler@unitedwaytv.org.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day (yes, there’s corned beef), support a local foundation
The Idaho City Historical Foundation hosts its annual St. Patrick’s Day dinner, lecture, and dance, 6 p.m., March 14 at Idaho City’s Ray Robinson Community Hall. Tickets are $12.50 adult/$5 kids under ten.

The event is the foundation’s major fundraiser of the year, and membership meeting.

The nonprofit foundation has been around for more than 50 years, protecting and interpreting the storied history of the Boise Basin.

Idaho City’s own Trudy Jackson is cooking the corned beef and cabbage. Gary Eller is providing the music, Idaho-style with a Celtic flavor. There will also be a silent auction and dancing late into the night.

Get your tickets early. They sell out quick: Boise Basin Library, 392-4558, Trudy’s Kitchen, or by calling 344-2120 or 392-6624.