Anna Webb: Community Progressive III comes to Julia Davis Park

awebb@idahostatesman.comJune 25, 2013 

Cecilia Rinn performs with the Street Fleet Klezmer Band at the 2012 Community Progressive II in Julia Davis Park. This year’s event is Saturday, June 29.


For supporters of nonprofits, the annual Community Progressive, now in its third year, is a chance to learn more about organizations that do good work in the Treasure Valley.

The Progressive celebration takes place from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, June 29, at Julia Davis Park.

Local nonprofits will be on hand to provide information about their organizations. Local artists, crafters, merchants, growers and others will also take part.

United Vision for Idaho hosts the Community Progressive. The nonprofit advocates for economic, social and environmental justice.

It's been active in the community for more than 19 years.

Saturday festivities will also include music by more than 20 local bands, food trucks and a beer garden.

People will be able to check out workshops held throughout the day on various community topics.

Participating groups include The Idaho Peace Coalition, Humanists of Idaho, The ACLU of Idaho, Snake River Alliance, Idaho Safe Schools Coalition, GMO Free Idaho, The Idaho Human Rights Education Center and many more.


The Friends of the Boise Public Library host this fundraiser Friday, July 5, and Saturday, July 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Boise Public Library Main Branch, 715 S. Capitol Blvd.

Only adult paperback fiction will be sold, but here's the cool part: Prices range from 25 to 50 cents. Cash and checks are preferred.

Money raised will help buy materials for the library's collection and support library projects. Call 384-4198 for more.


The Special Olympics Idaho State Summer Games take place June 28 and 29. Volunteer slots are still open for a range of duties, including basketball officials with coaching experience.

Events take place at locations across the valley, including Timberline High School, the West YMCA and Idaho State Police Headquarters in Meridian.

Find out more about getting involved: Matt Caropino at (800) 915-6510 ext. 21 or at

More about Special Olympics Idaho: More than 2,700 children and adults with intellectual disabilities currently take part across the state. The nonprofit provides sports training and competition for participants ranging in age from 2 years to 90.


Harris & Co. PLLC is accepting applications from local nonprofits interested in receiving pro bono accounting services through their eighth annual Helping Hands grant program.

Nonprofit organizations can apply for startup assistance; assistance with bookkeeping, payroll consulting services; or assistance with tax and financial statement preparation. All existing or startup nonprofit organizations in the Treasure Valley area are eligible to apply for the grant. Harris & Co. must receive applications by July 1.

Find an application online (link through this column at or call 333-8965.


Wish Granters, a local nonprofit that grants wishes to ill adults in Ada and Canyon counties, recently completed their 100th wish.

A local man with cancer received his wish for a wheelchair ramp for easy access to his backyard. Levco Builders, NARI of Idaho and The "Contractors Who Care" program all loaned their expertise.

The organization has been granting wishes since 2010. Call 377-9029 for more.


Armstrong, owner of the radio station Oldies 1380 AM, suffered a stroke recently. He doesn't have insurance, so friends and family are holding a benefit fundraiser to help him out in a difficult time.

The catered dinner, live auction, raffle and dance with music provided by JR and the Stingrays and Walter Ego is Saturday, June 29, at the Boise Center on the Grove. Cocktail hour and doors open at 5:30 p.m. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m.

Admission with dinner and preferred seating is $75.

Tickets are available at or by calling 426-1494.

Donations can also be made at any Wells Fargo Bank to: Big Jack Recovery Fund.

Note: All monies collected will be paid directly to doctors, therapists, etc. and will require the signatures of the two trustees on the account.

Anna Webb: 377-6431

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