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DL Evans Bank Donates $ 5,000 to Oakley HS Track

The South Burley branch of DL Evans Bank contributed through the Cassia County Foundation to the installation of a new track for Oakley High School.

The upgrade provides a safer environment for the students in the school and members of the community who will use it. It benefits school sports, cross country and track and field teams in volleyball, soccer and football, who use it for conditioning purposes. DL Evans Bank is proud to support educational and sports activities for young people.

Hagerman Valley Foundation Christmas Extravaganza

This special event on December 11 and 12 will feature music, specialty vendors, a free craft table for kids, food, drink, raffles and more.

Bring the whole family for two days of fun for the kids and Christmas gifts for everyone. One stop shop! Free entry! Hope to see you there!

Magic Valley Choir Christmas Concert

The Magic Valley Chorale will present its Christmas concert at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 4 and at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 5 at the College of Southern Idaho Fine Arts Auditorium. The Choir will sing the Christmas part of Handel’s “Messiah”, Christmas carols and other pieces.

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Carson Wong conducts the chorale accompanied by Sue Miller and the Magic Valley Chamber Orchestra. Tickets cost $ 10 for adults, $ 8 for seniors, and $ 5 for students and are available at the CSI Fine Arts Auditorium Box Office, Sav-Mor Drug, Kurt Pharmacy at Lynwood Mall and at Deseret Book.

Saint Edward’s Catholic School Can Drive

Students from Saint Edward’s Catholic School helped the Knights of Columbus organize a Thanksgiving Basket Canning Drive. The students collected over 1,500 cans.

Gifts of Love offers gifts to give

Gifts of Love works with five Twin Falls Care Centers – Bridgeview Estates, Oakcreek Care Center, Serenity Transitional Care, Twin Falls Transitional Center, and Desert View Care Center in Buhl – to get wish lists for their residents and loved ones. gift with a gift.

Volunteers will choose gifts for them, wrap and label them for delivery two weeks before Christmas. It is through generous donations that they can provide this service.

This year you can help with a donation or cash. Both are of equal importance. You will help bring back the smile and the joy of Christmas to the residents and their families by allowing them to offer gifts to their loved ones.

To support this cause with a tax-deductible donation, contact Linda Ruhter at 208-734-6566 or Nadine Adams at 208-308-4924.

Bring some joy to Desano Place in Jerome

At Jérôme’s, Desano Place’s director of activities, Hannah Ziersch, would welcome donations of lotions, soaps, chopsticks, chocolates, aftershaves, perfumes, a few blankets, even a deckchair or two to distribute among the 31 residents. Call Ziersch at 208-420-0021 with any questions or to arrange delivery of your donations.

Idaho Community Foundation awards largest grants ever for Forever Idaho

The Idaho Community Foundation recently awarded 18 Forever Idaho South Central grants totaling over $ 80,000 in the Magic Valley counties of Cassia, Gooding, Jerome, Lincoln, Minidoka and Twin Falls.

“Making larger grants with fewer restrictions on how to spend them was crucial for nonprofits working on the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis in Idaho,” said Cara Nielsen, vice president , philanthropy and impact of ICF. “We are continuing this with our Forever Idaho grants this year.”

ICF focuses its Forever Idaho grants in four areas: Family Homelessness and Basic Needs, Educational Opportunities, Mental and Physical Health, and Access to Services.

The Lincoln County Youth Commission has received a grant of $ 10,000, which it will use to purchase materials to virtually connect its students to learning opportunities throughout Idaho and beyond. One of its first programs will work with the University of Idaho College of Engineering, which will send students learning kits on topics such as coding, robotics, and mechanical engineering and coach them. virtually on their use.

Interlink Volunteer Caregivers received a $ 5,000 grant to travel to doctor’s appointments and grocery stores and meet other needs such as home security modifications for residents of Twin Falls and counties surrounding areas.

“This funding allows us to continue to provide homes for a growing number of vulnerable people,” said IVC Executive Director Jeanette Roe. “The elderly, disabled and chronically ill of the Magic Valley will continue to have access to health care and essential services for the coming year. “

Mountain View Christian Center’s all-volunteer pantry in Burley received nearly $ 9,000 to provide boxes of food for food insecure seniors and local students, in addition to paying the electricity bill important center.

Jack Zarybnisky, director of the pantry, noted that several elderly people in the area are supporting themselves and their grandchildren.

“Last month our volunteers worked over 500 hours,” he said. “Part of our mission says, ‘If you are hungry, we can solve this problem.’

This year’s other Forever Idaho South Central Fellows in Magic Valley are:

Cassia County Historical Society and Museum – $ 2,500

Gooding Public Library Foundation – $ 2,321

Lee Pesky Learning Center Inc. – $ 3,821

Jerome County Seniors Service Zone – $ 3,049

Idaho Public Television – $ 2,500

Shoshone Mixed School District – $ 5,299

Magic Valley Region Humanitarian Center $ 1,500

Building Hope Today – $ 5,000

Idaho Foodbank Warehouse, Inc. – $ 5,000

Idaho Immunization Coalition – $ 5,000

La Posada, Inc. – $ 4,650

Murtaugh Joint School District # 418 – $ 5,000

Twin Falls Senior Citizens Federation, Inc. – $ 5,000

Valley Housing Coalition – $ 4,000

West End Senior Citizens Inc of Buhl – $ 2,000

Jerome County Fair Wins Multiple Industry Awards

Following the success of their 2021 event, the Jerome County Fair & Rodeo has won numerous awards and recognitions in the fair and rodeo sectors from PRCA, WPRA, the Rocky Mountain Association of Fairs and the International Association of Fairs and Exhibitions.

“The credit for these awards goes to our Board of Directors, staff, volunteers, sponsors and superintendents who gave their all to make 2021 a successful event. We also know that we couldn’t do what we do without our exhibitors and fair visitors who joined in the fun! »Declared Andrea Wiesenmeyer, director of the fair. “I am so proud of our organization and I am delighted to take advantage of these awards for 2022.”

The fair has won the following rodeo awards this year:

  • PRCA Wilderness Circuit Middle Rodeo of the Year Nomination – Top Five
  • WPRA Wilderness Circuit, Justin Boots Best Footing Award – Second place

The Summit Awards Ceremony at the RMAF Convention in Billings, MT took place November 10-12. Depending on the size of the fair, the Jerome County Fair and Rodeo participates in Division A – Fairs with up to 50,000 attendees. He received these awards:

Poster Design – First Place

Event Guide – Second Place

Theme Logo – Second Place

The International Association of Fairs and Exhibitions awards program allows member fairs to participate in competitions based on competitive exhibitions, agricultural education, communications and unfair events. The Jerome County Fair & Rodeo participates in Division One, which is limited to fairs around the world with an attendance of less than 100,000 people.

  • IAFE Agriculture Awards: Agriculture Individuel Photo: Horticulture / Harvests (Photo sugar beet) – First place
  • IAFE Innovation in Sponsorship Awards: Sponsorship Innovation (awarded for Tiny Town) – Second place and first sponsorship (awarded for Tiny Town) – Second place
  • Hall of Honor IAFE Communicat

ions: flat front promotional ad (Kachele ad) – third place; Promotion

  • nal / Advertising poster (Advertising poster) – Second place; and Best Marketing Campaign (Global Marketing 2021) – Second Place

At the 2021 IAFE Annual Convention in San Antonio, Fair and Rodeo Manager Andrea Wiesenmeyer will graduate from the Institute of Fair Management on November 30.

In addition, Wiesenmeyer will present the creation and sponsorship of Tiny Town, host several round tables throughout the convention and participate in a “ment-a-minute” session with young professionals from IAFE. Wiesenmeyer will also be promoted to Chairman of the IAFE Publicity and Public Relations Committee and serve on the Planning Committee for the 2022 IAFE Annual Congress.