Helping Works

Be part of a Boise tradition, volunteer for Art in the Park

The Boise Art Museum still has slots available for Art in the Park volunteers. This year, Art in the Park will take place Sept. 9-11. This is the 62nd year for the always-popular event that draws crowd to Julia Davis Park to check out stall after stall of charming art.

Organizers say they have volunteer opportunities in a variety of areas at a variety of times. Volunteers should be 14 or older unless otherwise noted. Positions include Welcome Center staff, booth sitters (age 18+), Children’s Art Tent workers, recycling, accounting, setting up and more.

Sign up to volunteer online at or contact Britney Whiting-Looze for more information at or 208-345-8330, ext. 26.

Add it up

The Discovery Center of Idaho hosts Micron Math Day on Sunday, Aug. 28, with special hours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and free admission. The center will offer stations with fun math-related activities and “playful” problems for kids in grades K-6. 131 W. Myrtle in Boise.

Discuss ‘Enrique’s Journey’ by Sonia Nazario with the Human Rights Book Club

“Enrique’s Journey,” based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning series that ran in the Los Angeles Times, explores questions of immigration reform through the story of Enrique. He’s a Honduran boy who comes to the U.S. in search of his mother who came to America earlier to look for work. Enrique, in the country illegally, endures dangers and hostilities in his quest. Writer Isabel Allende said, “This is a twenty-first-century Odyssey. If you are going to read only one nonfiction book this year, it has to be this one.”

The club, free and open to all, will meet to discuss the book at 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 8, at the Idaho Black History Museum, 508 E. Julia Davis Dr. in Boise. Club books are available for purchase at Rediscovered Books in Downtown Boise with a share of the proceeds going to the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights in Boise.

All Ada County High School Reunion will benefit Idaho Foodbank

Boise High School graduate Denis Smith, who now lives in Reno, Nev., has come up with a new spin on the idea of a class reunion. Instead of limiting a reunion to “50 or a 100 high school diehards,” Smith is hosting a reunion event for “virtually every member of the Baby Boom generation who grew up in Ada County.” The All Ada County High School Reunion is open to anyone who graduated from any high school in the Treasure Valley during the 1960s. It will be held Sept. 9 at the Mardi Gras Ballroom, 615 S. 9th St. in Boise. Music will be classic rock and roll by the Mystics and blues by the Blues Directors. Doors will open at 6 p.m. The Blues Directors will play from 7 to 8 p.m. and the Mystics from 8 to 10 p.m.. Advance tickets, $15, are on sale now at

The event is in memory of Smith’s friend and classmate Doug Haight and late Statesman sports writer Jim Poore. It will benefit the Idaho Foodbank.

Smith anticipates that graduates of Boise, Kuna, Borah, Capital and Meridian High Schools, as well as St. Teresa’s Academy and Bishop Kelly High School will attend.

Help fight a blood shortage, get $5

The American Red Cross is facing such a blood shortage that it’s offering a $5 gift card claim code to anyone who donates blood during the month of August. Schedule a donation online at

Tattoo you: Suicide Hotline Semicolon fundraiser is Sept. 7

The Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline, currently recruiting phone line volunteers, is sponsoring its second annual Semicolon Tattoo fundraiser event on Wednesday, Sept. 7, from noon until 9 p.m. at Resurrected Tattoo & Piercing, 610 N. Orchard in Boise.

Tattoos of semicolons will be available for $40 with proceeds benefiting the hotline. The semicolon represents a place in a sentence where one could stop, but chooses to continue. The punctuation mark has become a symbol for choosing a road other than suicide.

Tattoo recipients can choose the size and location of their tattoo. Find more online at

Dogs in the pool!

Here’s a free event for you and your pooch. “See Spot Splash” is the 8th annual off-leash play and swim party sponsored by Boise Parks and Recreation and the Idaho Humane Society. The end of the public pool season means a chance for the pool to go to the dogs before the water is drained for the season. This year’s party is from 3 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 24, at The Natatorium, 1181 Warm Springs Ave. Admission is free, but donations benefit dog parks and the Idaho Humane Society.

One-hour sessions will start at 3 p.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. The maximum capacity is 50 dogs per hour. Rules of the pool and a waiver for dog owners are available online at

For information about the splash party, call Fort Boise Community Center at 208-608-7680.

And more good news: Nampa dogs will also get their share of aqua festivities. Nampa’s 9th annual Pooch Party will take place Saturday, Aug. 27, at Lakeview Park. Dogs and owners will be able to take a 1-mile walk around the park, then splash and play in the water park. Proceeds will benefit the 6-acre Nampa Amity Dog Park as well as a future second dog park planned for Nampa. Check in begins at 9 a.m., walk begins at 10 a.m. The cost is $30.

Celebrate Good Neighbors Day

The Library! at Hillcrest invites neighbors to drop in for a night of ‘neighborly family fun” on Tuesday, Aug. 30, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The library will provide popcorn, root beer floats, board games, lawn games, giant checkers and short animated films. The Library! at Hillcrest is located in the Hillcrest Shopping Center at Orchard Street and Overland Road. For more information call 208-972-8340 or visit