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Helping Works by Anna Webb: City needs your help July 4, and the World comes to town

Anna Webb.
Anna Webb.

The City of Boise’s annual Independence Day celebration at Ann Morrison Park is always a crowd pleaser with a slew of events, including the Idaho Statesman Chalk Art Festival, children’s bike parade and decorating contest, live entertainment, food and drink vendors and, of course, a fireworks show.

Organizers need volunteers to fill a variety of positions including information booths, park patrol and public safety, arts and crafts booth, bike corral and general assistance. You can find job descriptions at

To learn more, and sign up, contact Travis Miller, Boise Parks and Recreation special event coordinator at or 608-7618.

The world comes to Capitol Park

Now this is something you must not miss, the 2015 World Village Festival, June 19-21 in Boise’s Capitol Park, 601 W. Jefferson St.

This three-day arts and humanities event will feature multi-national performing groups from Idaho as well as select musical groups from around the Northwest. The fest will also include dance, storytelling, poetry, film and food — all with the idea of showcasing the diverse, growing and thriving cultures in this community.

Performances are free and family-friendly. Participants include representatives from the Mexican, Basque, Native American, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Bosnian, African, North and South America, Middle Eastern, Indian and Greek communities.

Check it out on Friday from 6 to 10 p.m., on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Find more details online at

The Women’s and Children’s Alliance

Here’s the latest from the wish list: Bath towels, children’s sunscreen (SPF 50+), compact florescent light bulbs (60 w), mattress covers (twin-sized vinyl zippered only), wash cloths, quart-size Ziploc bags, children’s sun hats, floss picks, gift cards $20 and up (i.e. Target, Shopko, WalMart, Fred Meyer, etc.)

Drop donations at the WCA lobby at 720 W. Washington St. in Boise, Mondays through Fridays, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Animal Foundation Unite to Fight Pet Cancer Virtual Walk

Morris Animal Foundation is encouraging animal lovers to participate in this virtual walk to fight pet cancer. A virtual walk means that anyone, anywhere can walk to support the cause on June 28 . Walkers sign up online, set a fundraising goal and start collecting pledges.

Pet cancer is a leading cause of death in dogs and the second disease-related cause of death in cats. Morris Animal Foundation is a national nonprofit that helps funds studies to find treatments, diagnostics and ways to prevent pet cancer. The foundation currently is funding more than 40 active pet cancer studies.

Run Pacers, run!

You may remember a past column item about the Pacers, the run/walk club at Ponderosa Elementary in Meridian. Running and walking has become so popular at the school, that kids, parents and supporters decided they needed a new running track to accommodate everyone. Under the guidance of gym teacher Jennifer Stoor, the Pacers started fundraising for the track. They recently reached their goal of $40,000 (they thank the readers of this column who pitched in) and the new track will go in this summer.

Peace Village 2015: Branches of the Same Tree

Boise First Congregational Church hosts the Peace Village from June 22 to 26, a program for children ages 8 to 12. Participants will learn about three faith traditions, Christianity, Judaism and Islam and how each embraces ideas of peace, music, peaceful conflict resolution and meditation. The experience will conclude with a collaborative art project. Peace Village will take place from 8:30 a.m. to noon each day at the church, 2201 Woodlawn Ave. in Boise. Registration will take place on the first morning at 8 a.m., or online. The cost is $30, though some scholarships are available. Contact Peace Village Director Lori Conlon Khan at 867-4914 for more information.