Helping Works

Tunes, beers and a venue to give back at Alive After Five

Idaho honkytonk/Americana band Tylor & the Train Robbers will open for the Jamie McLean Band at this Wednesday’s Alive After Five.
Idaho honkytonk/Americana band Tylor & the Train Robbers will open for the Jamie McLean Band at this Wednesday’s Alive After Five. Provided by Tylor & the Train Robbers

As you clock out a tad early and head down to The Grove Plaza for this week’s Alive After Five, why not carry a few extra dollar bills in your pocket?

No…not for that impromptu trip to the bar afterward, but to tip the beverage servers who are providing that cold craft gloriousness we call beer.

This year, tips go to three local nonprofits:

▪  In June, Boise Bicycle Project, a nonprofit community cooperative that promotes the personal, social and environmental benefits of bicycling.

▪  In July, Women’s and Children’s Alliance, which provides services to women, men and their children healing from domestic abuse and sexual assault.

▪  In August, Boise Firefighter’s Local 149 Burnout Fund, which provides short-term assistance to families whose homes are destroyed by fire.

Alive After Five runs 5-8 p.m. every Wednesday through Aug. 30, at the renovated Grove Plaza, 826 W. Main St., Boise.

The family-friendly concert series is free to attend and features bands, food, beer and other beverages.

This Wednesday, Brooklyn-based band Jamie McLean Band will headline, with openers Tylor & the Train Robbers.

For the remaining concert lineup, go to

More than $13,000 was donated to four local nonprofits after a full season of free concerts last summer.

YMCA recognizes local volunteers

The Treasure Valley Family YMCA has awarded four individuals with awards for their years of volunteerism and service to the Y and the community. These awards were presented at the Y’s 126th Annual Meeting on June 7 at The Grove Hotel, an event that brought people together to celebrate the successes of the Y’s cause and recognize volunteers who help make it possible.

This year, the Vern Emery Award, an award established in memory and honor of former Y Executive Director Vern Emery’s long-term leadership of this community’s YMCA, was given to long-time Y board member and community advocate Larry Koomler.

Senior vice president at PayneWest Insurance Group, Koomler is a devoted volunteer and philanthropist. He was a longtime member of the Y’s Board of Directors, serving on many committees and task forces and serving as board chair for two years. He also devotes his time and passion to the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Treasure Valley, the Idaho Business Coalition on Education Excellence, and more.

In addition, the Y presented three committed Y volunteers with the Service to Youth Award, an honor given annually to individuals who have gone above and beyond over the years to help develop youth in our valley. The 2017 recipients were:

▪  Roger Quarles, J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation, recognized for his work pioneering change in education by leading many Caldwell School District and YMCA partnerships.

▪  Jim Cleary, MWI Veterinary Supply, recognized for helping communities grow stronger together through many years of service on the Y’s Board of Directors, and advocating for, supporting, and chairing the Capitol Campaign efforts for the new South Meridian Family Y.

▪  Boise State University professor Kimberly Henderson, who holds a doctorate in developmental psychology, recognized for decades of volunteering for the Y, primarily for Y Camp at Horsethief Reservoir, where she helps train leadership staff and counselors.

To learn more about the Treasure Valley Family YMCA, go to

Vegy Vida donates to The Idaho Foodbank

Vegy Vida donated 1,095 bottles of its product to The Idaho Foodbank on Friday, June 16, in celebration of National Eat Your Veggies Day.

Why 1,095? That is the number of servings of vegetables kids should have every year, according to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Vegy Vida felt that every kid should have the opportunity to eat better, starting with deserving families in the Boise area.

Vegy Vida is essentially a dip developed by moms and intended to help kids learn to eat and enjoy their veggies.

“Our mission at Vegy Vida is to help parents change the way kids eat vegetables, as a step toward healthier eating habits throughout life,” said Julie Lincoln, founding partner of Vegy Vida (and mom). “We want this for all children, everywhere, and that’s why we’re proud to give to The Idaho Foodbank as part of National Eat Your Vegetables Day. All children and families deserve to have good, nutritious food that can help them live healthier lives.”

Michelle Jenkins: 208-377-6451