HURRICANE HELP PART I

Want to get involved in hurricane relief efforts? The American Red Cross will be holding information sessions at local restaurants September 24 through September 30 with information from local and national entities. Learn how you can get involved by helping the Red Cross meet its local fundraising goal of $20,000. A week's worth of "Dine-Out for the Red Cross" nights have been scheduled throughout next week. A $10 cover charge gets you into the restaurant on the night of each event along with entertainment and door prizes. Visit the following restaurants on their dine-out nights:

Saturday, September 24: Cazba and Opa

Sunday, September 25: Mosaic

Monday, September 26: The MilkyWay

Tuesday, September 27: The Melting Pot

Wednesday, September 28: Satchel's

Thursday, September 29: Mai Thai

Friday, September 30: The Reef

For more information, contact the Idaho Red Cross at 947-4357.

HURRICANE HELP PART II

Idaho may be a distant relative to hurricane-hit Southeastern states, but local businesses haven't been bashful about reaching deep into their pockets. Downtown's Mai Thai has cut a check for $20,000 and plans to donate a portion of their sales to hurricane relief. Hyde Park businesses Richard's and Taste have added Cajun dishes to their menus, with a portion of each plate's profits reserved for hurricane donation. Five bucks gets thrown into the donation pile every time a diner orders a decadent New Orleans' Style Crawfish Etouffee dinner special at Richard's or a Cajun Crawfish Roll at Taste.

Sizzler restaurants throughout Idaho have partnered with Idahoan Kay Malone (the other half of hoop man Karl Malone, who hails from Louisiana) to collect those daily items we all need: towels, soap, hairbrushes, toothbrushes and socks. Potato staters are asked to bring only new items to any Sizzler in Boise, Idaho Falls, Nampa, Pocatello or Twin Falls. For a list of locations in each city, visit http://www.sizzler.com/wherewesizzle/idaho.html.

PASTA FOR YOUR PIE HOLE

For the last 15 years, Boise has been slurping spaghetti for the Booth Family Care Center and it's that time of year again. An AYCE event (that's All You Can Eat to those of you who are less experienced in the buffet dining experience), donating diners will find themselves feasting on spaghetti and all the fixins--garlic bread, salad, dessert and something tasty to wash it down with. Bid on gift baskets, antiques and collectibles during the silent auction. All the dough raised by pasta and auction sales at this Salvation Army event will be support social service programs at the Booth Family Care Center. Take your wallet and your appetite to the Booth Family Care Center, located at 1617 N. 24th St., on Thursday, September 22. Dinner time is 5:30 p.m. and a whopping five bucks gets you fed.

FLYING M IN CANYON C

The downtowner will be getting a sister in Nampa! Owners of the infamous Flying M Coffeehouse on Idaho and Fifth, Kevin and Lisa Myers, have taken over a former transmission repair shop in Nampa that will become Flying M Coffeegarage. Expect all that you love about the downtown store to migrate west: live music, performing and visual arts, fresh baked pastries and the unique atmosphere that only "the M" can provide. Keep your fingers crossed for a November opening.

KLATSCH CONUNDRUM

Reports of locked doors at the cult-status Kulture Klatsch have us worried. A for-sale-by-owner sign and no answer when we call has us perched for bad news and a serious period of mourning if the loss proves true.

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