Think 'nonprofits' in July: Some happenings to get you started

Organic food drive

Brandon Trean, owner of Body Epiphanies Massage & Bodywork Wellness Studio has organized a special food drive: anyone who donates three organic canned or boxed food items during July, will get a free 30-minute massage and bodywork session. His goal is to collect at least 200 pounds of organic food for the Idaho Foodbank. He’s looking ahead, too. In August and September, he’s planning a similar drive to benefit a local animal charity. Is this a good fit for you? Call Trean at 321-8484 for more.

A historic treasure

Don't know if you've ever checked out the Idaho State Archives, a non-profit state organization with a  wondrous collection of documents, maps, and photographs. (2205 Old Penitentiary Rd., 334-2620). You should know that if you fall in love with a photograph in the collection (nice shots from the Idaho of yore, everything from agricultural harvests, to holiday parties, to swanky houses from a grander era), you can buy a copy. Nice for yourself, or as a present for someone with a summer birthday? Find out more about buying photos online.

The Idaho State Historical Society is also getting ready to release a new issue of "Idaho Landscapes" magazine in July, focusing on the historic renovation and restoration of the Idaho State Capitol building.

The magazine, available as a premium for society membership, is published jointly by the ISHS, Boise State, and Idaho State Universities. Find details online or call: 514-2310.

Drop off school supplies, help kids in need
Help the teen service project "Do Something" provide school supplies for local kids in need. Yes, school bells will ring again in a couple months. Staples stores, working with Do Something, will accept donated school supplies July 4-Sept. 18. In addition, you can make cash donations to the cause. All school supplies and donations will benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Ada County. 

The local Staples stores for supply drop off:
8059 W. Preece Dr., Boise
6299 Eagle Rd., Meridian

Attending the annual Blues Society Picnic? Bring along a can of beans (or soup, or peaches, or tomatoes or...)

The 19th annual event is Sunday, July 18 in Julia Davis Park. Donations for the Idaho Foodbank will be accepted near the tennis courts...Singer/songwriter/pianist Lady Bianca headlines. 

'Chrome at the Home' Ride-a-thon and Barbecue
With a name like that, you've gotta like it.

Boise Valley POW/MIA hosts this event to benefit the Idaho State Veterans Home. The event kicks of at 8 a.m., July 10 at VFW Post 63 on Chinden Boulevard with a finish at the Idaho State Veterans Home, 320 Collins Rd., in Boise at about 3 p.m. Motorcycle riders — who will have gathered sponsors before-hand, will make several stops along the way, including Lowman and Idaho City. 

To get your ride participation packets and sponsorship forms, call Dino at 867-9105 or Rosalie at 830-5810.  

Get your own profits, please. Thank you.

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