Helping Works

Anna Webb, Helping Works: Tour de Fat is festive, but also a chance to give back

The daylong Tour de Fat, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 15, in Ann Morrison Park, includes what they call “eclectic entertainment” — Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, yo-yo performers, vaudeville acts, brewing education, a bicycle revival, rideable art bikes and a “Thousand Person Dance Contest” to win a New Belgium cruiser bike, a fashion show and the Le Tigre Grande variety tent.

What’s particularly cool about this New Belgium Brewing Company bike-centric event is that all donations and proceeds from beer and merchandise go to Boise area nonprofits. Last year, Tour de Fat raised $73,000 for local groups. This year, all funds raised in Boise will go to Southwest Idaho Mountain Biking Association, Treasure Valley Cycling Alliance and Boise Bicycle Project. Find a full schedule of events online at

Community remembers victims of Gatumba massacre

More than a decade has passed since a group of Hutus killed 166 Tutsi refugees, mostly women and children, at the Gatumba Refugee Camp in Burundi. But each year, local survivors of that event meet to pay tribute to those who were killed.

Boise survivors host the 11th Annual Gatumba Memorial Gathering at 3 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 13, at the Vertical Church, 2620 N. 36th St. in Boise. The service will include reflections from Gatumba survivors and music from the church choir. The public is invited to attend, and join the survivors for food and fellowship following the service.

Similar services will take place in communities across the country. Learn more online at

City Light needs donations

City Light, the Boise Rescue Mission’s shelter for women and children, provides breakfast, lunch and dinner each day for people staying at the shelter. The dining hall needs ground coffee, hamburger patties, sliced cheese, tortillas, salsa and ranch dressing. If you’d like to help, bring items to City Light, 1404 W. Jefferson St. in Boise. Call 368-9901 for more information.

Harvest Life Church will give away backpacks

The church hosts its first annual Back to School Bash, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 15, on the Harvest Life Church campus, 11437 W. Orchard Ave. in Nampa.

The public is invited to this free event. The church will give away 1,000 backpacks to kids who need a little help getting ready for the new school year. The event will include live performances, a bounce house, miniature golf, face painting and more. Licensed cosmetologists will be on site to provide free haircuts to children 18 and under.

Harvest Life is a nondenominational church. Call 467-7327 for more information.

Camelot Ball welcomes kids with autism

A Social Place is an organization dedicated to improving the lives of people on the autism spectrum and their families by providing social opportunities, life skills development, increasing public awareness and collaborating with other organizations. A Social Place is hosting a Camelot Ball, from 6:30 to 10 p.m. on Aug. 22, at the Center at the Park, 1920 N. Records Way in Meridian. The full formal ball is for kids who are 15 or older. Anyone younger than 18 must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult.

A suggested donation of $5 will get young revelers in the door. Tickets must be reserved ahead of time. Call 391-1050 or visit the website,

The Just Shine! Boutique will help provide formal wear for kids who don’t have their own. Call 890-3113 after Aug. 11 to set up an appointment.