Rockin’ The Waves

10 10 2011

On October 15th, we will be rockin’ out for a great cause!


As in a night filled with tons of local talent ready to rock your socks off!


A huge thank you to our bands!

Actual Depiction


Danger Beard


Jupiter Holiday


Neo Tundra Cowboy


Pat McDonald and The Tropical Cowboys


Our event will also have a Silent Auction featuring Local Artists, Great Raffle and Spinner Prizes too.

Come down and get a massage or your tarot read in our Mystic Vip Section.

See you on Saturday October 15th at The Knitting Factory in Boise,  for a benefit concert that is sure to benefit more than just a good time.


And don’t forget to follow us on facebook to keep up to date with all the great things Growing Change has going on.


Silent Auction and Raffle Update

9 10 2011

1/4 Size Violin from Doyles Broadway Music.



Also a big thank you too:

Thank you Salon 162 – Danny Bowers, Jylina Zimmerman, Levi Dorcheus, Nancy Derham for your gracious donations today!

Thank you Cole Marr Photography – Photography Workshop Donation

Thank you Ken Harris – Private Music Performance Donation

Thank you Brewers Haven – Beer Gift Basket

You all rock! Thanks for the support and awesome donations.

Hyde Park, Raffles and Fundraising

2 10 2011

Hyde Park Street Fair

The end of summer always brings about the feeling that you never want it to end. You want to enjoy that one last late sunsets (10pm in Boise), one more float down the river or another camping trip before the snow. Hyde Park is one of those ways of sending off the summer in a festive, fun, community oriented way. I have been going to Hyde Park Street Fair since I was a kid, when it was held in the historic Hydepark in north downtown  Boise. We would get some good street food and watch the belly dancers in the middle of 13th street. A few things have change since then, one of those being the location. Although still referred to as Hyde Park Street Fair, this joyous event takes place streets away in the much larger Camelsback park. The festival at one time would get hundreds of visitors over the three day affair, now gets over 50,000.

(Picture thanks of Blog Your Apples Are My Oranges )

Amongst the beer tents, music stages, hippie kids, drums, and food stands lies the culture of Boise. People selling their artifacts, curios  and promoting their services. This was the perfect place for us to get out our message. We want to bring more awareness about our Mission and Goals to the community. We were also collecting money and donations for our up coming concert. As you followers know, Growing Change is having their benefit concert:

 Agua Palooza  It will be at The Knitting Factory,  in Boise, ID.   –    Oct 15 2011.  6pm – 11:30pm. There will be spinner prizes, raffles, silent auction and a Mystic VIP Section complete with massages, tarot readers and psychics. Its going to be a great time and is all ages, so come on out! There will be 5 bands and a guaranteed good time.

So far we have raised several hundred dollars for this great event. Below are some pictures of our fundraising/awareness building efforts at Hydepark.

We had a good time too. This is Caroline our Fundraising Coordinator.

Me and the puppies…

Caroline and Kris..hes holding an awesome Bruno Jasper that was donated.  Be ready to bid on it at our event.

Non Profit is all about the fun as well as passion ! Go team!

On day two of the festival our board president Lotus, vice president Chuck and I headed down to market our organization. Shes dressed here appropriately for the event as a rockstar fairy goddess.

Board Vice president Chuck (seen here holding a donated item). Looks like a waterfall to me, but I have a one track mind.

Here is a picture of some money we have already raised and some of the auction items we have received thus far.

We also have had donations from local artists, local made jewelery, 2 Adirondack Chairs with foot stools, various gift baskets and more! So come on down and watch some good bands, have a drink and buy some super sweet items.

Trees – Our way to saving the earth!

15 09 2011

Arbor Day Foundation

Trees are great to plant all year round. Some prefer when they are dormant, in early spring/late fall. That is how organizations such as The Arbor Day Foundation ships them to your door.  The Arbor Day Foundation is an awesome organization. You can join a 6 month membership for $10 and they will ship you 10 Free Trees. They have different packages from shade tree varieties to flowering trees. Once you are a member you can order other trees and shrubs. The down side is they only ship twice per year and the trees are usally 6″ -36″ tall, which means you have a few years until you can enjoy the full benefits.

That being said, trees usually cost a lot. I have seen them for $50 – $300 cheaper on the Arbor Day Foundation website.

Why Trees?

Don’t take me for a total nerd when I say trees Rock! They really do and I’ll tell you why. Growing up in Boise, The City of Trees has taught me a great respect for trees. It gets very hot in the summer and spending time beneath the shade of a big maple or oak makes it 20 degrees cooler. This works for utility bills as well. There is a large maple outside my house and each year it gets bigger. The shade covers more and more of the house during the hottest time of the day. Each year the utility bills get cheaper.  Also the shade covers more of the lawn which now requires less water. Each year I trim the trees around my house and this provides me with firewood for my chiminea or woodstove if the powerline people come. (They cut down part of a tree last year that was interfering with the lines and it provided me fire wood for several months)

For The Environment

Trees are great for the environment, they make lots of fresh oxegyn for us to breath and they filter out chemicals in the air and ground. They help stabilize soils and make entire cities cooler (a growing problem, read this artilce from Discovery News) by reflecting heat. Cities absorb more sun light due to cement and buildings which in turn causes micro-climates to develop. Trees help counteract this by providing micro-climates of their own.

Boise – The City of Trees


(Picture from

Boise is in the high desert and sits about 2400 ft above sea level.  It gets very hot in the summer! As you can see from this picture, Boise has a ton of trees which make it barable during those hotter days. In the 70’s the city had programs available that provided trees to residents to plant on thier property. As you can see from the picture it must have worked. This is a good example of how a lot of trees can make a difference over time.  Desert – Tree Covered Utopia

Easy Tree Growing

So if I have convinced you, here is an easy way to grow a tree for yourself! Make it be noted many trees are hard to grow from seed and require being frozen, burned or scared or a combination thereof. However, if you are lookg for a great all purpose tree thats easy to grow, the maple is number one! It grows fast, has lots of shade, is good for burning and building. You can even make syrup out of if it you get a little crazy.  The picture above is one of my maples that provides me great benefits.

In the spring/early summer this tree develops spinning seed pods that get dry and fall from the trees later in the season.

When they look like this I clip a hand full of them. I will take a one quart pot and fill it with dirt and place the seed in it.

Then water it ofter making sure the top layer is always moist. Within a couple weeks they will have spout and by a couple months it could grow 6″-12″. You can plant it anywhere, but remember to keep it about 15 ft from the house because within 15 years it will be 40 ft tall and you don’t want roots destroying your house foundation.

Here is one I making into a bonzai.

By triming the top of the tree it makes it grow slower, this one is almost two and should be twice the height.  (This one needs to be trimed) The trunk will grow but the height and spread will not. Since the maple is a fast grower it should provide some interesting results.

Tip: If bonzing a tree make sure to do  a little research. Generally you must trim the top sparingly and the root ball every two years to keep the dersired growth and spread the tree.

UPDATE: From Post below!

Letuce in the back about 2.5 weeks old, almost ready for a tasty salad.

Radish in front 4 days from planting seeds and 2″ tall! Amazing!

A late summer garden!

11 09 2011

A great way to keep the garden season going longer is by using cold hardy plants. Lettuce and radishes can be planted late winter and early fall.

Growing your own vegetables is not only fun and easy, it cuts costs and is good for the environment.

Here is an easy way to grow a late season crop on your door step with things lying around the house.

Here is an example of what an old paint/wallpaper tub can be used for.

Patio Garden

Lettuce in back only two weeks old. Grows fast in the warmth but will grow into the  frost.

The tub is filled with recycled dirt from old house plants. I like to save this from previous planting experiments!

And topped off with my favorite planting medium.

Miracle Grow Mositure Control is a good all around general purpose soil.

TIP: Save your old dirt! I use an old bucket and save all my dirt from plants past. I use this to fill my new planters 1/2  to 3/4 full and then top it off with the Mostiure Control. Soil is expensive so I like to conserve.

Growing Change Inc

10 09 2011

We are a newly formed non profit organization and are having a benefit concert soon to raise start up funds for our organization.

We are also in the process of planning future events and getting collaborators. We have a lot going on and great volunteers to make it all possible!

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