Participants walk Zoo Idaho.
By ALEXANDRIA ALVAREZ
POCATELLO — It was a warm Friday morning as kids lined up on the east side of Timbee Hall, eagerly waiting for Recreation staff to give them the green light to board the bus for the afternoon trip to Zoo Idaho in Pocatello.
Before heading to the park, the youth had lunch in the park where they chattered with excitement about what animals they will encounter at the zoo. Before the youth were released to roam, Eddy Kniffin gave a brief speech to the kids reminding them that they are representatives of the Fort Hall community and their behavior could have a positive or negative reflection on the youth group.
“We are coming into their home, so be respectful. Don’t leave your trash, don’t harass the animals, this is their home,” said Kniffin.
With a passion for species of the Intermountain West, Zoo Idaho is home to bears, foxes, coyotes, several different types of birds, and barnyard animals just to name a few. Many of the exhibits featured viewing glass, which gives visitors a closer encounter with the wildlife.
Many children walked around with a variety of feathers they had found on the ground ranging from goose feathers to peacock feathers and made plans to bring them home to share with siblings or to show their parents.
The Fort Hall youth finished their afternoon in playground, sat on the lawn, or visited the petting zoo after roaming the park. Kids talked about the animals they’d seen and which one was their favorite, many expressing a love for the bears, and big cats of the zoo.
“My favorite is the peacock, because they have such beautiful feathers, and they are so beautiful to see,” shared one youth.
Youth observe the grizzly exhibit.
The Girls Chubbuck Fast Pitch softball end of the season tournament started during the last weekend of June and is still ongoing for all 10U, 12U and 14 U teams. There are several Native players on the teams. Top left, Vivica Nappo plays catcher for 11U Fastpitch team, top center, Myke Moore plays third base for 11U Fastpitch team, top right, Hazebah Wahtomy on base for 10U Portneuf Women's Health team, bottom left, Destinee Whiteman pitches for 10U Wendy's team, bottom center, unidentified player in Fastpitch league, bottom right, Carlise Walker hits for 10U Pocatello Nissan Kia team.
Friday event: Participants are going to the Portnuef Wellness Complex in Pocatello. Busses leave at 12:30 p.m. Scooters and skateboards not allowed at the complex.
Class on the Court
Youth basketball camp schedule: July 15: Midgets and Peewee at Timbee Hall from 9 to 11 a.m. July 18 and 19: Junior division (12 to 14) at Sho-Ban High School from 6 to 8 p.m. High school division July 20 and 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Sho-Ban High School. Coaches are Alonzo Ramos, Keith Moore and Cerissa Honena. Attend to learn fundamentals. Bring your own basketball.
Family fun nights
Family fun nights are Wednesday at the Ross Park pool that starts at 6 p.m. and Thursdays: Skating at Deleta also at 6 p.m. Cost is $1. Family fun night is NOT a drop off activity so parents/guardians must stay with the child.
Acting workshop is Monday to Thursday from 9 to 11 a.m. Learn from a teacher experienced in performing professionally.
Learn the basics of acting and singing Monday to Thursday from 10 to 11 a.m.
Anyone interested in swimming lessons please call or come into the Recreation office. Lesson fee is $25 and the first 20 individuals will be accepted.
Woodrow Teton is teaching horsemanship class is Monday and Tuesdays at 9 a.m. at the Fort Hall rodeo grounds.
Log Cabin writing program
Log Cabin writing program is Monday through Thursday at 9 a.m. in the boxing building.
Fort Hall little league football sign up is in the Fort Hall Recreation office. Fourth and fifth grade team and a sixth and seventh grade team.
Timbee Hall hours
Timbee Hall hours are Monday through Friday 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Teen activities begin at 6 p.m. Please watch your children while at Timbee Hall.
No fireworks are allowed at the lower park or skateboarding park.