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Helping Works by Anna Webb: WalkAbout Boise lets you see the sights and help preserve them

Anna Webb.
Anna Webb.

Preservation Idaho hosts WalkAbout Boise, the historic walk program every Saturday through Oct. 31 at 11 a.m. Tickets are $10 ($8 for members of Preservation Idaho). They will be sold online in advance of each tour. Participants will meet at a designated spot in Downtown Boise.

Local historians will guide the walks, which will last approximately an hour and a half. Tours will give participants a sense of Boise’s past and the architecture that has formed the city’s character over the past 150 years. The tour is suitable for visitors, as well as residents who want to hone their hometown knowledge.

Here are some of the tantalizing topics: Downtown’s evolution from gold rush boomtown, through urban renewal decline, and 21st century revitalization; the oldest and newest buildings downtown, spanning 150 years of construction; buildings associated with Boise’s historic Basque, German, Jewish, and Chinese communities; the Idaho State Capitol and Boise City Hall; buildings designed by early pioneers and nationally known master architects, and the Egyptian Theater.

No minimum attendance is required. Maximum group size is 25, but Preservation Idaho can accommodate larger groups with advance notice.

No minimum attendance required. Max group size 25, but larger groups can be accommodated with advance notice.

Proceeds will benefit Preservation Idaho’s education and historic advocacy programs. Call Preservation Idaho with questions at 424-5111.

Corpus Christi Day Shelter needs sock donations

The Corpus Christi Day Shelter is a “house of hospitality” for homeless men, women and children in Boise who do not have other places to go during the day when overnight shelters are closed. One of the most important services that Corpus provides is the chance for homeless residents to get a hot shower and a change of clothes. The shelter is in urgent need of new men’s and women’s socks of all sizes.

Other needs include hotel-sized soap, shampoo, conditioner, razors, deodorant, etc.

If you’d like to help, bring your donations to the shelter at 525 Americana Blvd. in Boise, week days between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Call Andrew if you have questions at 426-0039. He can also be reached via email at Andrew can also arrange for a donation pick-up.

Rediscovered Books celebrates Independent Bookstore Day, and a major expansion

Rediscovered Books, 180 N. 8th St. in Boise, is celebrating the first-ever National Independent Bookstore Day on May 2 with a full roster of festivities, including autographed books, authors, and readings.

California Bookstore Day, celebrated for the first time in California in 2014, was the inspiration for National Independent Bookstore Day. Now the party has gone national. Special offerings at Rediscovered Books will include signed Dav Pilkey prints, an original short story collection from Roxane Gay, a signed print from Chris Ware, tea towels featuring quotes from Lemony Snicket and Pat Conroy, hand-drawn road maps of Huckleberry Finn’s journey down the Mississippi River, and several other limited edition literary pieces.

Rediscovered Books will also host a lineup of local authors. Stan Steiner, author of “P is for Potato,” will read at and sign books at 11 a.m. Joanne Pence will read from her new book, “Ancient Shadows,” and sign books at 1:30 p.m. Poet Elisabeth Sharp McKetta will join the party from 3 to 4 p.m. at a poetry workshop featuring her new book, “The Creative Year.” Boise poet laureate Diane Raptosh will speak at 5:30 p.m. Fiction writer Christian Winn will headline the evening at 7 p.m. to read from and sign his short story collection, “Naked Me.”

Rediscovered Books will also launch a fundraising campaign to let book lovers know about its expansion in July 2015. Lux Fashion Lounge is moving to a new space on Idaho Street. Rediscovered Books will combine its current space with the space Lux is leaving to create a much larger store able to accommodating performances, readings, classes and, of course, more books. Supporters of Rediscovered Books can buy “bookstore bonds,” which are gift certificates that can be redeemed during or after our grand re-opening on Sept. 6. Buying a bookstore bond entitles customers to premiums, including Rediscovered Books t-shirts and pint glasses, a book-of-the-month club, and entrance to the soft opening of the bookstore on Saturday evening, Sept. 5. The store’s IndieGoGo fundraising page will go live May 2.

More literature, more from Christian Winn

Another great event at Boise Public Library: Boise literary luminary Christian Winn, author of the short-story collection “Naked Me,” gives a public talk, 6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 30 at the Main Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd.

Reviewers have called Winn’s book “unforgettable,” “sincere,” while noting that it brims “with heart and strangeness and grace.” Winn, who writes and teaches in the Creative Writing Department at Boise State University, has invited students from his senior fiction seminar to also share their work on Thursday. The program is free and open to the public.

For more information, call 972-8255.

The Women’s and Children’s Alliance asks the public to wear denim on April 29

This year marks the 16th celebration of Denim Day, the annual sexual assault awareness event. Organizers want to inspire community conversations about sexual assault, and related issues such as victim blaming. Denim Dayfocuses on raising awareness about abuse and violence against women, children and men. Join your friends at the WCA and show your support by wearing jeans, wearing a denim shirt or blazer, or an “Ask Me About Denim Day” sticker.

Contact the WCA at 343-3688 to get a sticker, or stop by the front desk at 720 W. Washington St. on April 28-29.

The Denim Day campaign was originally triggered by a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court where a rape conviction was overturned because the justices felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans she must have helped her rapist remove her jeans, thereby implying consent. The following day, the women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim. Since then, wearing jeans on Denim Day has become a symbol of protest against destructive attitudes about sexual assault. In this campaign we ask community members, elected officials, businesses and students to make a social statement with their fashion by wearing jeans on this day as a visible means of protest against the misconceptions that surround sexual assault.

Boise Mayor Bieter calls for students to serve on city boards and commissions

The application period has opened for the city’s annual Students on Boards and Commissions program. Boise teens interested in serving on city boards and commissions during the 2015-16 school year must submit their applications by 5 p.m. Friday, May 1.

Student board appointments will run from September 2015 through May 2016. All positions are voluntary and unpaid, and are open to any high-school applicants residing within Boise city limits.

Boards and commissions with student placement opportunities are Airport, Arts & History, Design Review, Development Impact Fee Advisory, Historic Preservation, Housing Authority, Library, Mayor’s Council on Children and Youth, Parks & Recreation, and Planning and Zoning.

Position descriptions and an application form are available for download from the City of Boise website. Submit applications to Sandy Musser at; via fax: 384-4420; or mail: Office of the Mayor, P.O Box 500, Boise, ID 83701-500. For more information, call 384-4422.

High-tech nonprofit seeks support for summer learning scholarships

Discover Technology, an Idaho nonprofit dedicated to strengthening STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills in Idaho students grades K-12, is looking for donations to help low-income students attend summer engineering and robotics camps.

Children participating in past camps have built drones, their own computers, robots, and have learned programming and app development. Camps will take place in Boise, Nampa, Idaho Falls, Hailey and Rathdrum.

The cost for one scholarship is $300. If you’d like to donate, write

Learn more about the nonprofit and its summer camps online.