RIGGINS — Jet Boat Race Weekend 2016 is here on the Salmon River this weekend, Friday, April 15 to Sunday, April 17. Prelim races will be ongoing Friday, April 15, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for viewers’ entertainment. The Show and Shine Boat Show will be held in the Salmon Rapids Motel parking lot with the annual barbecue from 6-8 p.m. with music by Joaquin and Verna and Dave. Public is welcome and encouraged to attend both. Race apparel will be available all weekend. Jet Boat Weekend is sponsored by the Salmon River Chamber of Commerce.
The jet boat races begin Saturday morning at Island Bar and will run to Lightning Creek beginning at 10 a.m. with three turnarounds, six laps total for each boat. Racers will break for lunch and begin running again at 1 p.m. There will be fireworks in the Riggins City Park at dusk.
Sunday races will begin at Island Bar and run to Lightning beginning at 10 a.m. with two turnarounds, four laps total for each boat. Awards ceremony will be held at Summerville’s following the final run of the race.
Hey, do you want a great place to watch the jet boat races this weekend? Donna Gill and Rachael Simonsen are having an open house at 218 Berger St. at Ray and Suzann’s home right on the river both Saturday and Sunday. They will have hot dogs and drinks as well as tours of the home. Donna and Rachael encourage everyone to bring a lawn chair, hang out with them, and watch the boats go by from this beautiful yard.
The beautiful metal coat rack made by Tom Travis for the Gail Travis fund-raiser will be raffled off this weekend at the Salmon Rapids Motel. Heidi Mead will be selling tickets and is charge of the drawing.
“Color the Canyon 5K Run,” sponsored by the Riggins Elementary School, is next weekend, Saturday, April 23. It is a fun family day. More participants are wanted. It is a colorful fun run with family and friends. Contact Julie Hofflander at 628-9226, Tracy Travis at 628 -3476, Hannah McClure email@example.com, Karen Atkins firstname.lastname@example.org, Tracy Travis at Riggins Elementary at 630-6055 or ASK at 628-2770.
The White Bird Library will hold a fund-raiser Saturday, April 23, at Hoot’s Café with a fund-raiser/bake sale beginning at 8 a.m. until noon or sold out. They had a successful sale in March and appreciated everyone’s support. They will draw the winner of the beautiful custom-made knife with scabbard crafted by Rance Moore following the bake sale. Tickets will be available at the bake sale. The gun show is also on at Hoot’s, April 23 and 24.
The Pottenger family said goodbye to their beautiful mother and grandma, Eileen, Wednesday, April 6, in Riggins, surrounded by loved ones near and far. She joined her husband, Bill, in heaven after all these years. Graveside services will be held at the Riggins Cemetery Saturday, April 23, at 2 p.m. with her son-in-law, Dave Collins, officiating. Dinner will follow at Riggins Assembly of God Church for family and friends.
Riggins Rodeo is the first weekend of May, Saturday, May 7, and Sunday, May 8, with great shows each day beginning at 1:30 p.m. Cowboy breakfast and Riggins Rodeo parade are added to the excitement Sunday morning. There will be lots of western action at the Riggins Rodeo led this year by 2016 royalty, Princess Emily Diaz of Riggins and Queen Macenzie Farris of Grangeville with Buck and Jeannie Fitch being honored as grand marshals for the rodeo weekend.
The White Bird Library will have a yard, bake and book sale Saturday, May 7, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Library.
The Swiftwater RV Park just outside of White Bird will be celebrating its fourth annual Spring Rendezvous, Vintage Trailer Campout that weekend, the weekend of May 7 and 8. Public is welcome to visit the park and check out the cool trailers.
The annual Mother’s Day Tea at the Salmon River Community Church will be held Friday, May 13, at 2 p.m. in the fellowship room of the church featuring Jeannie Fitch as speaker. All ladies are invited to attend the “Beauty Within” tea.
Hikin’ for Healthy Hooters, Salmon River Canyon cancer fund-raiser will be held Saturday, May 14, in Pollock at 10 a.m. with a $20 entry fee that includes a 2016 lime green and black T-shirt with moisture wicking fabric. Get entered soon to order the correct size shirt. The walkers, runners, joggers will begin at the Little Salmon Lodge, 121 Old Pollock Road and go as far down the road as they wish, then return for the delicious barbecue that follows. They will have their annual silent auction… contact Patty Solberg with any auction items you would like to donate. The Pinehurst Quilters have made a beautiful elk quilt to add to the fund-raiser; tickets can be purchased at Tourist Trap Consignment and Gift Shop or from Bernice Morell, Linda Ryska, Patty Solberg or Jeannie Fitch as well as at the event that day.
Pine Tree Credit Union in Riggins has the beautiful quilt that was made and donated by the Pinehurst Quilters on display for a fund-raiser for “Hikin for Healthy Hooters.” The beautiful metal coat rack made by Tom Travis as a benefit for his sister-in-law, Gail Travis, who is facing a liver and a kidney transplant is also on display. Tickets are available for purchase.
The Salmon River High School class of 1966 will hold its 50th class reunion during Hot Summer Nights weekend, July 23 and 24. “Come back home to celebrate Hot Summer Nights and renew old friendships! The class will meet Saturday, July 23, 1-5 p.m. at a “Meet and Greet” at the Riggins Community Center (former IOOF Hall behind Chevron). Then it’s off to the Riggins City Park for Hot Summer Nights fun and festivities! Classmates, families, teachers and all school friends welcome. Get your reservations now as the motels fill up quickly for Hot Summer Nights.