Update from Horizon’s Lifestyle and Education Team

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The mission of the Horizon’s Lifestyle and Education Team is to focus on meeting the
educational and lifestyle needs of our community. The Team addresses alternative educational
needs, poverty issues, community projects that promote healthy lifestyles, and affordable
activities to enhance the living experiences of residents of Cascade.

Horizons’ has representatives on the following committees:

  • The Cascade Mobility Team, which is currently focusing on the following:
    1. The Big Loop Trail, the team is working with groups in various counties to connect a trail with the Weiser River National Recreational Trail.
    2. The Cascade Mobility team is also working on making Cascade a hub/destination for touring bicyclists.
    3. Construction of a water feature at south end of Cascade city limits.
    4. The design and implementation of way finding signage.
    5. Branding for Cascade.
  • The 2017 Centennial Committee, they are currently working on the following event:
    1. The Valley County/City of Cascade End-of- Year Centennial Celebration will take place on December 30th. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. at The Roxy Theater where a short film depicting our centennial year and celebrations will be shown. After, guests are encouraged to meet up at 7:00 p.m. at Van Wyck unit at Lake Cascade State Park for bonfires, music, s’mores, hot drinks, and hotdogs. At 7:30 p.m., we will begin the lighting and launching of 100 Chinese lanterns.
  • The Sports Park Committee is currently focusing on the following:
    1. A dog poop resolution to help keep our town clean.
    2. A grant to renovate the Cascade ball fields, concession building, and add additional kid play
    3. Midas Gold Community Agreements Committee.
    4. The annual 4 Summit Challenge Bike Ride.

In addition to having representatives on various community committees, Horizon’s has a number of committees and groups under them, they are as follows:

  • Valley County Audubon Society
    1. On December 16th, the Valley County Audubon Society will hold the annual Christmas Bird Count in Cascade, this will be part of the National Audubon’s 118th Christmas Bird Count. The briefing will begin at 7:30 a.m. at The Ashley Inn where participants will partner up and receive their count area assignments and instructions. Those interested in being a part of this years count or counts in upcoming years should contact Shauna Arnold at ShaunaArnold@hughes.net or 208-634- 6906.
  • The Valley County Astronomical Society is currently focusing on:
    1. Getting viewing pads and eventually an observatory at Lake Cascade State Park’s new visitor center.
    2. A City of Cascade Lightening ordinance
  • The Cascade Track Backers are a group that support the building of a year round track in Cascade. In 2017, they put on the First Annual Turkey Trot at Thanksgiving to raise money for the track.
  • The Cascade Nordic Ski Club came under the Horizon’s umbrella for the year while the Cascade Aquatic and Recreation Center got up and running. The Nordic Ski Club will be moving back under the Rec. Center at the end of the 2017 year.
  • The Wellness Committee has the following projects:
    1. They are working on putting together an Alive at 25 class at the school in Cascade.
    2. They are helping to coordinate an affordable health care clinic with Dr. Nicholson. A focus of this project will be to coordinate community service opportunities for those who cannot pay the $25.00 visit fee.
    3. There is a collaboration with YAC to change the alcohol ad sign at the south end of town to display a more positive message.
    4. They are partners with State Parks for free ski day. The upcoming free ski day is set for January 6, 2018
    5. They created and maintain the Self-Guided Walking Tour of The Strand coupled with displays of Advice from a River
    6. Friends of Armstrong Park
    7. The Story Walk
    8. They maintain “the mound” and firewise gardens in town.
    9. They are working on renovating the Cascade recycling center or moving it so that it can become a nice addition to the park, making a “Gateway to Recreation” entrance to Kelly’s Green Space.
    10. The Communication Committee, which succeeds in doing the following:
      1. Sending out a monthly “Happenings in Cascade” via email.
      2. Conducting a bi-annual What’s Up?! meeting to take inventory of what is going on with various groups in the West Central Mountains area. Groups from all different sectors are encouraged to come and share what they are doing and look for ways to collaborate with other groups. This meeting is also a way to make sure groups are not duplicating efforts or competing for the same grants. For more information or to RSVP to the next event, contact Shauna Arnold at 208-634-6906 or ShaunaArnold@hughes.net.
      3. Coordinating efforts to have a community calendar that is linked to various Google calendars in the area.
    11. Creating Adult/Youth Partnerships which run or participate in the following projects:
      1. The Cascade Community Garden. In the off-season, community potlucks, also known as
        Veggie Potluck” is held at the Cascade Cultural Arts Center the first Tuesday of each month, October through May. Outside of the off-season, the community potlucks are held at the community garden every Tuesday. Potlucks are always held at 6 pm and all are welcome.
      2. They provide the up keep and work on landscaping at the Community Center Park.
      3. They host the Youth Leadership weekend at the YMCA camp. The upcoming Leadership weekend will occur April 28-30, 2018.

The Cascade Cultural Arts Center has the following happenings and events scheduled:

  • They are a partner and provide space for the Cascade after School Program
  • Art after School is a program that allows them to run classes for Kindergarten and 1 st graders as well as 2nd -6th graders.
  • Makerspace Mondays, a STEAM endeavor, are available for all 4th -12th graders.
  • The space is now used as a business incubator.
  • Violin lessons.
  • Ceramic wheel-throwing lessons.
  • Open Studio
  • The Christmas Jam! will take place December 15th, 2017, at the Cascade Cultural Arts Center from 6-8:00 p.m. This is an evening of fun for the whole family. There will be a Christmas Music Jam Session; Guests are encouraged to bring their favorite instrument(s) (your voice counts) and jam with others playing holiday music. Ukuleles are available at the art center to play. The Jam exchange allows guests to bring their favorite jam or jelly to share with others – bring a jam or jelly and exchange it for someone else’s jam or jelly. Goodies and hot drinks will be available for all to enjoy. This is also a chance to bring gifts to wrap – free gift wrapping and tape will be available. Guests will also get to make Christmas ornaments and exchange holiday cheer with others.
  • The West African Cultural Arts Institute residency will occur January 8th -12th , 2018
  • The Show Brazil! residency will occur January 22nd – 26th , 2018
  • The Valley Home Companion Show will take place April 20-22, 2018
  • Firewise Garden projects provide demonstration areas for ideas on how to landscape around your home to keep it fire safe.

Other events and endeavors that Horizon’s has done include:

  • Hosting a pre-screening party for the screening of Destination Idaho.
  • Beat-the- Heat Triathlons.
  • Cascade Library renovations.
  • Cascade City Fire and Rural Fire District Consolidation.
  • Building of The Recycled Book store.
  • Rocking Chair-ity.
  • Dutch-Oven Cooking Classes and Cook-off.
  • The Lights on After School program.
  • Portico for the Community Center.
  • Ongoing poverty and community education classes.
  • And more! For more information or to have questions answered, contact Shauna Arnold.

Snow Golf Tournament

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Let’s have some fun! The first Snow Golf Tournament will take place January 20th, 2018 at 1 pm at the Cascade Golf Course. There is no age requirement and no handicap. Bring a tennis ball and two clubs per person – the options for clubs are open. You could bring a tennis racket, golf club, hockey stick, etc. A portion of the funds generated by this event will go to a fund used to clean up Cascade. To sign up for this fun and community positive event, call 208-382-4653 or email cascadegolfassociation@gmail.com

Teams are made up of 5 people, the entry fee is $10 per person.

Want to join the Cascade Aquatic and Recreation Center’s team “The Weapons of Grass Destruction”? Sign up at the rec center at the front desk!

Christmas Eve and Christmas Dinner at the Ashley Inn

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At 6:30, Ashley Inn serves a Christmas Eve light dinner to our guests complimentary. After the dinner, guests gather to sing a few Christmas Carols and then end the evening with warm gingerbread and vanilla ice cream. Marion and her family share their music ability with us. We love this night. Then wake up to a very special Christmas breakfast.


Reservations only:  (208) 382-5621 #1

Donnelly Snowmobile Club 30th Annual Fun Run

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This exciting fun filled day will be held Saturday, December 30th. Fun Run proceeds will benefit outdoor recreation in the Donnelly area. All snowmobile enthusiasts are invited to join the Donnelly Snowmobile Club for weekend rides and “Crocklucks” at the groomer shed afterwards for an evening of great food and socializing!

If you wish to be a sponsor or donate to this event, please find the sponsor form here. Past support has helped to continue making improvements to the warming hut at Tamarack Falls Trailhead, to install two vault restrooms at the trailhead and on the hill, and to contribute to Valley County Search and Rescue.

The Lakefront Bar and Grill

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The name may sound the same, but the looks are all new: The owners of the Lakefront Bar and Grill, Jenni and James, have worked hard to bring a much-needed facelift to their restaurant. In addition to cosmetic changes like new flooring and new paint, the restaurant now boasts a new menu with expanded options on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (namely Rib Eye and Tri-Tip). Jenni and James describe their new menu as “pub style”, specializing in sandwiches, hamburgers, and appetizers.

If you have not visited this local spot since the new owners took over, you will be pleasantly surprised to find that they have added a salad bar and new TVs so that multiple sports games can be watched at once. In the future, we can look forward to the Lakefront providing us with regularly scheduled activity nights, collaborations with businesses in events, and continued live entertainment nights!

Jenni and James see consistency as one of their primary goals. Patrons can expect to find the restaurant open every day (all winter long!) from 11 am until 8 pm. Those looking to share a meal amongst a large group are warmly welcomed, accommodations are easily made for them.

In addition to building back confidence with their consistency, Jenni and James have a desire to help bring the community together and give back the place they are proud to call home. They shared that thus far, they provided means for the library to achieve their goal of buying new books and have helped the golf course by donating catered food.

You can support this local business by visiting them in person (and checking in at their Facebook page “The Lakefront Bar and Grill”), checking out their user-friendly website at thelakefrontbarandgrill.com, or by giving them a call to book a reservation with them for your next get together.

Perch Assault Tournament – Lake Cascade

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The Annual Perch Assault Tournament will take place on February 9th, 10th, and 11th, 2018. Entry forms can be found online at www.perchassault.com 

Find their facebook event page here.

For more information on this event, call Mike at (406) 249-0556

  • Two person teams, $150/team
  • Top ten Perch based on weight (x1/100 pound)
  • Cash to top ten daily
  • Daily door prizes
  • Optional Big Fish Pots
  • ADDED cash bonus to top three overall (sponsored by the Cascade Chamber of Commerce)
Ice Fishing, Cascade, Idaho

Youth Ice Fishing Day – Horsethief Reservoir

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The 9th Annual Youth Fishing day is an educational event for the whole family. A fishing license is not required during the hours of the event. Enjoy the fun at Horsethief Reservoir on January 20th, 2018 from 10 am – 3 pm.

For further information on this event, visit the Idaho Youth Outdoor’s webpage here.

If you have further questions regarding the event, please contact Idaho Youth Outdoors by email at idahoyouthoutdoors@gmail.com.

Hardwater Classic Ice Fishing Derby

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This annual Hardwater Classic ice fishing derby is held on Lake Cascade. This year’s derby will be held in January on the 27th and 28th. All proceeds are being donated to Idaho Youth Outdoors, a nonprofit that encourages the youth of Idaho to get outside and become active in the outdoors of Idaho. There will be cash prizes for biggest fish, door prizes, a chili dinner provided, and a raffle at the Cascade American Legion. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/HardwaterClassic/