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October 2016

Library packed with events for November!

20100525whenindoubtAward winning Idaho author Gail Chumbley
at the McCall Public Library

Wednesday, November 2nd
7:00-9:00pm

River of January is a two-part memoir about the author’s in-laws:  Montgomery “Chum” Chumbley, a Virginian farm boy who became a famous pilot in WWII; and how he met his wife Helen Thompson, a successful dancer, Hollywood actress, and singer.
River of January is creative non-fiction; the characters are real, and the author took great pains to parallel Helen and Chum’s lives to the events in America at the same time.

“Gail’s presentation highlights the true story of her In-laws through an engaging hour of oral storytelling, slides, and music.  She uses her years of teaching experience to creatively capture the audience’s attention and bring her subjects to life.”
-Greg Simione, Chairperson, Garden Valley Center for the Arts

 

Capitol Christmas Tree Celebration
Saturday, November 5th 5:00-7:00pm
Join us at 5:45pm for some live music by Play Date inside the library! Head in after the parade for a special acoustic set and warm up with some hot cider.
Sacred Journey: A Travelogue on Delhi and Rishikesh, India
Thursday, November 10th 7:00-9:00pm
Join us for an entertaining evening with a slideshow of Renée Silvus’s spring trip to India.  She documented experiences and novel sights with the travelogue in mind, from the spectacle of Delhi to three ashrams and two yoga programs in Rishikesh on the Ganges River.  She was ready for a Hero’s Journey, but that is not exactly how it unfolded….
Friday, November 18 6:30-8:00pm
Idaho Family Reading Week “Camp Read-A-Lot”
Accompany us around the campfire for stories, music and jokes. Build a fort in the library with your friends, and enjoy some delicious camp food!  We will end the night with a flashlight treasure hunt for fun prizes.

 

Wednesday, November 30th 6:30-8:30
Adult Board Gaming
The last Wednesday of every month from 6:30-8:30.  Bring in your friends for a fun night of playing your favorite board games! Play one of our games, or bring in one of yours. This program is for ages 16+. Light refreshments will be provided. No registration is required, just come on in and join the fun!

 

UPCOMING!
“Lets Talk About It”, guided book club, Wednesdays from 7:00-8:00pm
McCall Public Library and McCall Arts and Humanities Cabin Fever Series have teamed up to bring you another quality book club program! This year’s theme is Pulitzer Prize winners.
Titles:

All the Light We Cannot See – January 25th
Empire Falls – February 8th
March – February 22nd
Growing Up – March 8th
Honey in the Horn – March 22nd

Coyle recognized for community enhancement efforts!

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Carol Coyle, shown with America in Bloom President Kathy Moss Warner, receives her award as a nominee for the John R. Holmes Community Champion Award.

Coyle was nominated by the City of McCall in recognition of  her efforts toward community enhancement.   Coyle has served as the Grants & Special Projects Coordinator for the City since 2001.  In that time, the City has received over $8 million in grant funding for projects to include public art, historic preservation, water and air quality improvements, streetscape improvements, pathway development, public park development, urban forestry, library and law enforcement programs, and downtown revitalization.

Coyle is the City staff liaison to the McCall Improvement Committee. The MIC has sponsored McCall as a participant in the America in Bloom contest five times. McCall won its population category two times (2012, 2014) and was the Environmental Awareness criteria winner in 2011. These successes helped McCall achieve Circle of Champions recognition in 2014.

Exercise for Toddlers with McCall Parks & Recreation coming in 2017

tod.jpgMcCall Parks & Recreation has introduced a new toddler movement class called Tots & Tykes.  Starting in January 2017, we will meet weekly for 3 weeks to play, tumble, jump, roll, crawl, kick, throw, bounce, balance and much more.  Afterwards we will end the class with songs and a healthy snack.  Parent participation is required.  Class fees are $10 for residents, $12 for non-residents and there is a $2 discount for siblings. Scholarships are available.  For more information call Tara at 634-8968 or check out the class description online at www.mccallrec.com.
Exercise for my already super busy, active toddler?  Yes it is important your little one gets the recommended amount of exercise each and every day!  Doctors suggest at least 30 minutes of structured (adult-led) physical activity, 60 minutes of unstructured (free play) physical activity and not be inactive for more than 1 hour at a time, except when sleeping.

As any mother of active young ones can tell you, it can be exhausting to keep up; however, it is important to remember “kids who like to engage in active play while they are young are likely to stay active and be physically fit in the future”, writes Mary L. Gavin, MD pediatric weight management specialist for Nemours Hospital for Children.

What can kids do?  By age 2, toddlers should be able to walk and start to run.  They can also kick a ball and jump with both feet.  By age 3, little ones start to experiment with balance, throwing a ball overhand, catch a ball with stiff arms and perhaps pedal.  Appropriate level activities and toys will help toddlers improve and refine their motor skills.  Mommy-Daddy and me programs can introduce toddlers to tumbling, group play and be an introduction to social groups.  The most important thing is to provide lots of opportunities to be active in a safe environment.

Be sure to check out our other awesome recreation programs for youth and adults!

 

Please Do Not Feed Deer

Experience a true WWII love story through the eyes of an award winning Idaho author.

Experience a true WWII love story through the eyes of an award winning Idaho author at the McCall Public Library.


            Gail Chumbley recently won 2016 Idaho Author award for best memoir. Her book titled “River of January” is a two-part memoir about the author’s in-laws:  Montgomery “Chum” Chumbley, a Virginian farm boy who became a famous pilot in WWII; and how he met his wife Helen Thompson, a successful dancer, Hollywood actress, and singer. Listen to this inspiring story, and get the opportunity to talk with the writer herself on Wednesday, November 2nd from 7:00-9:00pm.


River of January is creative non-fiction; the characters are real, and the author took great pains to parallel Helen and Chum’s lives to the events in America at the same time.

“Gail’s presentation highlights the true story of her In-laws through an engaging hour of oral storytelling, slides, and music.  She uses her years of teaching experience to creatively capture the audience’s attention and bring her subjects to life.”
-Greg Simione, Chairperson, Garden Valley Center for the Arts

 

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October 31st – Trunk or Treat hosted by McCall Police Department

Please join us for the annual 2016 Trunk or Treat at Alpine Village October 31st from 4pm to 7pm. Once again, emergency service personnel and community sponsors will be handing out candy to Trick or Treaters celebrating safe, community fun!

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Commerce Street Section Options Return to City Council November 3rd

On November 3, 2016, at  5:30 pm in Legion Hall, the Commerce Street Project will return to Council to follow up on the street sections presented on September 23rd. Information gathered in property owner meetings will be presented. This is a public meeting.

A recap:

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Commerce Street is the first street to be repaired as a part of the Local Option Tax Streets initiative with the goals outlined as the following:

  • fix roadways impairments
  • provide area for stormwater and snow storage
  • improve facilities for pedestrians and bike users
  • keep constructions costs within budget
  • provide adequate truck and vehicular access to existing businesses
  • design a road for future use

Project Timeline to date.

  • Horrocks received contract March 24, 2016
  • Survey of roadway completed by Secesh June 24, 2016
    Council Briefing held July 15, 2016
  • Public Survey administered July 25, 2016 Review Survey Here>
  • Public Work Session held July 29, 2016
  • Round One of Property Owner Meetings conducted July 29th – August 9th, 2016
  • Geotechnical Report received September 12, 2016
  • Public Work Session held September 23, 2016
  • Round Two of Property Owner Meetings conducted October 10th and 11th, 2016
  • Public Work Session November 3, 2016

These are the alternative street sections below. Presented to Council on September 23rd.

The Powerpoint Presentation can be reviewed commerce-street-reconstruction_council-work-session_23sept16  or click the images below to review the street sections.

Idaho Smart Growth Announces 2016 Grow Smart Awards

We are proud to see the nomination for the Lardo Bridge awarded the Small Community Award!

Highway 55 Payette River “Lardo” Bridge; McCall – Small Community Award

More than just an aging bridge replacement, in this project the city worked with ITD to accomplish community development goals that emerged from previous planning efforts with good public engagement. The project completes a gap in the walking and biking network and provides space for public art; it’s as much a placemaking project as it is a transportation project.

Idaho Smart Growth Announces 2016 Grow Smart Awards

October 19, 2016

Scot Oliver or Deanna Smith – 208-333-8066

Idaho Smart Growth announces the recipients of the 2016 Grow Smart Awards, to be presented at its annual awards celebration on Thursday, November 17, at the Owyhee in Boise. The public is invited; tickets and more information are available from Idaho Smart Growth (333-8066 or online at http://www.idahosmartgrowth.org).

Smart growth strategies build communities that return positive social, environmental and economic benefits to residents, business and visitors alike.  For the past twelve years Idaho Smart Growth has celebrated projects from around the state that are excellent examples of smart growth. Nominations are reviewed and selected by a jury of experts for their strong application of smart growth principles.

This year’s awards include roads that have been reimagined as places for people, plans created with regional stakeholder input and developments that bring vitality back to downtowns around the state.

2016 Award Recipients:

Martin Luther King, Jr. Way Livability & Storm Water Project; Pocatello – Transportation Award

This main road through Idaho State University was redesigned to serve pedestrians and transit better as well as to improve safety for all users. Landscape and green storm water treatments complete the improvements.

Blaine County Community Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan; Blaine County – Citizen Advocacy Award

This plan has implementation strategies in place and some elements have already been implemented. Kudos for tackling bike/ped planning at the regional level and conducting a health impact assessment as part of the process.

Willard Art Center and Colonial Theater; Idaho Falls – Redevelopment Award

The project is a great example of infill redevelopment that includes historic preservation. More than a decade in the making, it clearly has succeeded in bringing more people downtown, stimulating cultural activity and economic vibrancy.

Teton View Regional Plan for Sustainable Development; Teton County – Planning and Policy Award

A high level of involvement and commitment is shown by the many players brought together to make this happen. The plan provides clear direction for the region’s growth and addresses regional resources beyond land use with an eye toward sustainability.

Idaho Avenue Placemaking; Meridian – Redevelopment Award

This is an example of the catalytic nature of the lighter, quicker, cheaper placemaking approach that helps trigger community development quickly. The first project to be implemented from Meridian’s Placemaking Downtown Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper action plan is an excellent example of repurposing underutilized road right-of-way to another use.

36th Oak; Garden City – Infill Award

NeighborWorks Boise is using infill as an approach to providing affordable housing and live/work options. This is a good example of cottage-style single-family infill that increases density somewhat without overwhelming the surrounding neighborhood and does a good job of fulfilling Garden City’s comprehensive plan.

Vista Avenue Healthy Corridor; Boise – Citizen Advocacy Award

Grow Smart Awards have never previously recognized a study, however this one by the Urban Land Institute showed very good community engagement and collaboration with the city’s LIV program and the neighborhood. As a result the study has stimulated conversation and excitement which gave the jury confidence it will be utilized and implemented.

Nampa Library Square; Nampa – Commercial Award

This development did a great job of recognizing community needs as reflected in the variety of services provided. Keeping the library downtown and using it as an economic catalyst, including a mixed use development with structured and bike parking, are strong smart growth elements of the project.

Highway 55 Payette River “Lardo” Bridge; McCall – Small Community Award

More than just an aging bridge replacement, in this project the city worked with ITD to accomplish community development goals that emerged from previous planning efforts with good public engagement. The project completes a gap in the walking and biking network and provides space for public art; it’s as much a placemaking project as it is a transportation project.

Charles Hummel Award: Renée Magee. This award is given by the Idaho Smart Growth board of directors in honor of architect, civic leader and Idaho Smart Growth co-founder Charles Hummel. The 2016 award is given to Renée Magee of Idaho Falls, longtime city planner and smart growth redevelopment champion.

Idaho Smart Growth is a statewide nonprofit organization that brings people together to create great places to live. For more information about the Grow Smart Awards and Idaho Smart Growth contact 333-8066 or go to www.idahosmartgrowth.org.

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