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First Thursday: 44 nonprofit groups to gather at Activate!; Old Boise Block Party, more

The Boise Community Band will perform on First Thursday at JUMP in Downtown Boise. This organization is more than 150 years old. They will play a free concert of patriotic music.
The Boise Community Band will perform on First Thursday at JUMP in Downtown Boise. This organization is more than 150 years old. They will play a free concert of patriotic music. Idaho Statesman file

▪  The energy keeps ramping up for Activate!, a gathering of nonprofits, beer lovers and people interested in getting involved in the community. Head to Payette Brewing, 733 S. Pioneer St., Boise, on First Thursday, June 1, and enjoy the outdoor beer garden — pouring Payette’s brews, of course — food carts and live music by Carmel ’n’ the Closers and Idaho Peace Band. And while you’re there, learn about Boise’s vibrant nonprofit scene from the more 40 groups that will be on site. You’ll find information on causes ranging from humanitarian to political to environmental, with groups such as Create Common Good, Idaho Office for Refugees, Snake River Alliance, and more.

▪  Join in the fun at the annual Old Boise Block Party from 5 to 10 p.m. on 6th Street between Main and Grove streets in Downtown Boise. Enjoy live music featuring Jac Sound, Boise Rockeoke and David Henry, along with food vendors and trucks, beer and wine, raffles, dancing and more.

▪  Explore Boise through Terri Thickstun’s oil paintings at Art Source Gallery, 1015 W. Main St. “Your Town” offers Thickstun’s take on the local terrain — a mix of city-and-landscapes and scenes of summer in the Treasure Valley. You’ll hear music by Wayne White, with wine tasting from Indian Creek Winery.

▪  Head to Celebration Circle at JUMP, 1000 W. Myrtle St., for a performance by Open Arms Dance Project, a company that incorporates dancers with and without disabilities at 6:30 p.m. Then hear a patriotic concert by the Boise Community Band at 7 p.m.

Dana Oland

5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, June 1, unless otherwise noted, various venues in Downtown Boise. Find the complete list at DowntownBoise.org. Free.

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