Easter is just around the corner, and that means the Great North Idaho Life Easter Egg Hunt has begun!
The brainchild of Keith Boe, the event was started on a “whim” two years ago to bring people of all ages some excitement and fun.
“We live in such a beautiful area, and it’s great to see so many folks out and about enjoying the outdoors and some fun adventure,” says Keith. “I just thought it would be a fun, adventurous thing to do in our local community while enjoying some sunshine, beautiful views and cool areas.”
The Great North Idaho Life Easter Egg Hunt ranges from Bonners Ferry to the Silver Valley, Sandpoint and Coeur d’Alene.
Eggs have been hidden anywhere from the grounds of the Old Mission; the Spaceship in Wallace; the hiking trails of Mineral Ridge, English Point and Farragut; Sandpoint City Beach; the beach and park at Q’emiln in Post Falls; the floating boardwalk in Coeur d’Alene; Honeysuckle Beach in Hayden; in flower pots outside restaurants and more! After the eggs are placed, clues are then given via North Idaho Life on Facebook of where to find them.
Living in North Idaho, we are witness to not only many nonprofit organizations that are serving the needs of those in our communities but also to the countless number of people and businesses who step forward to make a difference in the lives of those who need it most. Whether it’s a food bank, homeless shelter, an organization that helps cancer patients or those who provide support for neglected or abandoned children, the need is great.
These organizations rely heavily upon yearround donations, but there is one day set aside each year to make a conscious effort to do what you can to contribute to those groups that mean the most to you.
This year’s date for Idaho Gives is May 2, and for those organizations who want to take part and provide an online venue for people to donate, they must register by April 15. Idaho Gives is a program administered by the Idaho Nonprofit Center and is designed to bring all Idaho residents together to raise both money and awareness for the countless 501(c)(3) organizations who work to make Idaho a better place. The Idaho Nonprofit Center provides a simple platform where donors can search, support and donate.
Ideas are powerful. Something as simple as a passing thought can become something huge that impacts our daily lives, or something small impacting the people in our neighborhood. When the idea is something that could positively impact a community, others are usually quick to rally behind it. There are examples all over the Northwest of how an idea can bring together people from all backgrounds and walks of life to find common ground and to better their surroundings; two of which you can be a part of and make an immediate impact.
CHAFE 150, Sandpoint, Idaho, June 15. CHAFE150.org
It started as a simple idea from a local accountant, pitched to a small group around a table; something fun that would help raise some funds for the local school district. The Panhandle Alliance for Education (PAFE) is a group that looks to raise additional private funds for public schools in order to support programs that are either underfunded or wouldn’t be available with the current budget. Current board president Geraldine Lewis recalls the day board member Brad Williams pitched the idea of a bike ride as both a way of generating donations and bringing awareness to the cause.