Rescue group scrambles to save canine family

It's not easy to be in the animal rescue business.

Case in point, Boise Bully Breed Rescue volunteers (who spend their time working to re-home pitbull/pitbull mixes) have a huge task before them — finding a foster home for a mother dog and eight three-week-old, nursing puppies in 24 hours (or a little less by now). 

The dog family (puppies are mixed breed, boxer/American pit bull terrier) was surrendered to the Minidoka Animal Shelter in Paul, Idaho. The shelter is at capacity, so the dogs will be euthanized if no one has room for them. 

Student update: MS Scholarship winner, hair donations for a good cause

Students launch a Hair Affair to fight cancer

Local students will lose their hair Friday to help raise awareness of teen cancer. The students, all from local high schools, and members of the youth service group One Stone, Inc., will donate their hair or shave their heads, 2 p.m., Friday at Studio One, 3500 W. State St., in Boise.

The mass haircut will kick off a 50-day campaign that includes: Your chance to donate your own (eight inches, minimum) hair: June 25-through Friday, Aug. 13 at participating salons and receive a free cut and style.

Shop for good on Saturday

A portion of sales from this weekend's "Moon Over Dunia," in Hyde Park, will benefit ArtFaire, an organization that provides quality arts education and art supplies to children and young adults, free of charge, who could not afford them on their own.

Never a bad idea to mix your fundraising with humor, romance...and a corsage?

Proceeds from the "Second Chance Prom and Fundraiser" will benefit the Idaho Children's Trust Fund, Northwest Animal Companions and the Idaho Foodbank.

Boise Active Singles hosts this 21 and older event, 8 p.m., July 10 at the Rose Room.

Bring a date, or come stag, dance to tunes from the 70s, 80s, and 90s.  

Grow a garden of the people

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced the news: In addition to 50 states, two U.S. territories and three countries outside the U.S. are also home to People’s Gardens — or gardens with a mission: to promote strong communities by providing for food banks, following sustainable gardening practices (composing, rain barrels) and more.

So far, there are 400 gardens across the U.S. Idaho has seven of them, including three in Southern Idaho: Mountain Home, Kimberly and Fort Hall.

Small nonprofits: Have you filed your tax returns yet?

After realizing that many small (as in, annual receipts of $25,000 or less) tax-exempt organizations had not filed papers to maintain their tax-exempt status, officials at the IRS decided to extend the May 17 deadline.

A law passed in 2006 says that small nonprofit organizations must file each year, or risk losing their tax-exempt status. IRS officials, despite an outreach effort to such organization, determined that many were not aware of the new regulations.

History lovers get your walking shoes: It's time for the annual ArchWalks

Show your support for Preservation Idaho, and the structures and neighborhoods that make the Treasure Valley unlike any other place in the world. Attend this year's ArchWalks. Walks take place on the last Thursday of each month, at noon and at 6:30 p.m. Space is limited, so be sure to register ahead of time on the Preservation Idaho website

Here's the line-up:  

"Dealing with Objections": free workshop for fundraisers

How to best deal with the objections and rejections that crop up when professional fundraisers and volunteers ask potential donors for money?

That’s the topic of a free workshop: “Dealing with Objections,” 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 30 at the Intermountain Community Bank, 506 S. 10th Ave., Caldwell. The workshop will provide strategies to deal with donor hesitation.

One more feature: it’s free, though limited to 15 participants, so sign up now.  

Register by contacting Rhonda Burg,,  899-8470.

Have a good neighbor? Nominate them for National Night Out 2010

The Boise Police Department Crime Prevention Unit is adding a new feature — a good neighbor award — to this year's National Night Out celebration, scheduled for Aug. 3. They’re looking for nominations from neighborhoods around the city, of people who have gone above and beyond to help their neighbors. A good neighbor might be the person who mows the lawn for an ill or elderly person. They may volunteer their time to watch children, plan neighborhood clean-ups or organize block parties.

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