Catching up with the nonprofit world: donations, calls for volunteers and more

VSA announces call to artists, art exhibit
VSA of Idaho has extended a statewide, all-inclusive call to artists, for artists 18 years and older, in conjunction with its Oct. 1- Nov. 12, art exhibit “Helpers.”

Start reading: BSU Campus Read program begins

Where did August go!?

William Kamkwamba, author and subject of the inspirational story "The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind," will visit Boise State on Aug. 26, and will give a free, open to the public talk about his book at 7 p.m. in the Morrison Center. I tell you this now, because you might want to pick up a copy and get it read beforehand...

Here's the rundown from BSU: 

Need something uplifting on Friday the 13th?

Will you be out and about around Fort Street? Check this out...

Boise VA Medical Center and Eagle Scout Darrin Bush, Boy Scout Troop #49, veterans and staff will celebrate a new and improved flag pole area on the Boise VA Medical Center campus, 1:30 p.m., Friday, 500 W. Fort St., Building 13 (watch for the flag pole!).

Spend an evening with a cool, young storyteller

Boisean Ben Kemper, 19, a graduate of Boise High who will attend Northwestern after spending a year honing his fine storytelling craft, has won national storytelling awards, and even shared his art with school kids and other avid listeners in China.

Kemper will present an evening of "Early Boise Stories," 7-8 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 26, at the Boise Public Library Main Branch, in the Hayes Auditorium.

Sheriffs get shorn...for a good cause

"Big wigs” at the Ada County Sheriff's Office are showing their support for a local youth organization by agreeing to shave their heads in the name of charity.

Take a "sizzlin'" black dog walk on Sunday


Your friends at SNIP (Spay, Neuter Idaho Pets), are hosting another monthly walk for black dogs, and the people and multi-colored dogs who love them:  

When: Sunday, Aug. 8,  1 p.m. (and every second Sunday of the month)
Where: Ram Restaurant & Brewery, 709 East Park Boulevard
Why:  Fun with a side of education: bring awareness to the plight of black dogs and cats in shelters, known as the black dog syndrome
Contact: Diane Ayres, 208-336-8709,

United Way gets ready for this year's campaign kickoff...

and the subject is pancakes.

Join United Way for its Campaign Kickoff Flapjack Feed, Thursday, Aug. 26 from 7:30-10 a.m. right outside the Grove. 

The event will feature live entertainment and local celebrities serving up pancakes, and the entire community is invited. The all-you-can-eat breakfast deal of the century is just $5 bucks. All proceeds from the event will go directly back into the community to help those in need, thanks to sponsors: Simplot, Albertsons/SUPERVALU, KTVB Channel 7, and Citi.

Life on the Edge: poverty simulation lets you see how the other half lives

United Way's annual poverty simulation is coming up later this month, and once again, will likely inspire some local buzz — on Friday, Aug. 20, 100 volunteers will get an interactive experience to help them begin to understand what it feels like to live with the reality of scarce resources.

As a participant in the simulation volunteers will take on the role of a family member facing a variety of challenging, but typical, circumstances from homelessness, job loss, transportation challenges and shortage of money with an abundance of stress.

Christmas in July, run for the dogs, and more

Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child is a national nonprofit organization that enlists people to pack shoeboxes with small gifts that are sent around the world to kids in need. Young recipients are in need for lots of reasons, including natural disasters, disease, war, terrorism and famine.

Support local poets (and have a nice time) through 'Performances at the Depot'

The Performances at the Depot live reading series continues, Monday nights and Sunday afternoons, at the old Boise Depot, a spot to see, be seen, and think about local history as the city stretches out below you.

All this, and poetry, too (oh, and it's free).

Here's the line-up:  

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