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The Idaho Statesman, Anna Webb column

June 17, 2014

By Anna Webb, The Idaho Statesman

June 17--Congress enacted the Civil Rights Act on July 2, 1964.

The legislation outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin.

A number of Idaho organizations (ACLU of Idaho, Pride Foundation, Idaho Commission on Human Rights, Idaho State Historical Society, NAACP, Idaho Black History Museum, Ada County Human Rights Task Force, Idaho Central Credit Union, Canyon County Human Rights Task Force) will host a free community event to celebrate from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 27, at Zoo Boise, 355 Julia Davis Drive. This is an event suitable for all ages.

Sen. Cherie Buckner-Webb will speak. Common Ground Community Chorus, Boise singer Leta Neustaedter and many other groups and musicians will perform. Free food will be available.

Find more on the event's Facebook page. Link to it at IdahoStatesman.com.

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Following the model of its wildly successful ArchWalk program that usually sells out quickly, Preservation Idaho is starting a new program -- WalkAbout Boise. It's a Downtown Boise walking tour that will take place at 11 a.m. every Saturday beginning June 28. Walks will continue through the fall.

Tickets are $10, $8 for Preservation Idaho members. When you register online at preservationidaho.org/walkaboutboise or call 424-5111, you will get details about the tour's starting spot.

Tour highlights will include the Egyptian Theatre, buildings associated with Boise's many ethnic groups, the oldest and newest buildings in town and much more. Proceeds benefit Preservation Idaho programs.

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Boise Bicycle Project is hosting its annual festival, Pedal 4 the People, June 19 to 28.

The aim of the 10-day spectacular: embracing the subcultures and numerous joys of human-powered transportation.

The kickoff and registration block party is from 6 to 10 p.m.June 19 at 10 Barrel Brewing Co. Festivities wrap up with the Helladrom grand finale, 5 to 10 p.m.June 28, at the Crooked Fence Barrel House.

Festival-goers will participate in a 10-day scavenger hunt and earn points for attending events, for participating in events and for riding to unexpected destinations on the famed "Bikeit" list.

Keep up with events on the event's Facebook page. Link to it at IdahoStatesman.com.

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This annual camp hosted by the St. Luke's Humphrey's Diabetes Center and Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area is for entire families that include children with type 1 diabetes (previously known as juvenile diabetes).

The camp takes place at the Bogus Basin Pioneer Lodge. Events begin with dinner and a campfire on Friday, Sept. 12. Activities continue through Saturday, Sept. 13. The deadline to sign up is Sept. 8. The cost is $25 per person or $100 for the entire family. Financial assistance and reduced-price condominiums are available. Families are also welcome to camp.

Activities will focus on healthy living -- including familiarizing participants with fun outdoor activities that can benefit every member of the family. Other activities include group sessions for parents and caregivers, and peer-to-peer opportunities for kids.

Register online at stlukesonline.org. Contact Lisa Gonser, community wellness coordinator for St. Luke's Healthy U and St. Luke's Humphreys Diabetes Center, for more information at 381-7438 or lgonser@slhs.org.

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Boise Public Library hosts Abdi Korane, a Boise resident and former refugee. He'll tell the story of his journey with his family from the Ifo Refugee Camp in Kenya to Idaho.

Korane, who now works at the library, will speak at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 21. The two-hour program, which includes an African meal, will take place in the main branch's Hayes Auditorium, 715 S. Capitol Blvd. The program is free and suitable for all ages. For more information, call 348-4076.

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Claire Vaye Watkins, recipient of the Story Prize and the Dylan Thomas Prize, and author of the short story collection "Battleborn," reads from her work at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, June 22 at The Cabin, 801 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise.

The reading is open to the public and free. It's sponsored by the Idaho Commission on the Arts.

Watkins is a graduate of the University of Nevada Reno. Claire earned her MFA from the Ohio State University, where she was a Presidential Fellow. Her stories and essays have appeared in Granta, One Story, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, Best of the West 2011, New Stories from the Southwest 2013, The New York Times and elsewhere.

"Battleborn" won the Story Prize, the Dylan Thomas Prize, the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award, the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a Silver Pen Award from the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame. Battleborn was named a best book of 2012 by the San Francisco Chronicle, Boston Globe, Time Out New York, Flavorwire and NPR.org.

Currently a visiting assistant professor at Princeton University, Watkins is co-director, with Derek Palacio, of the Mojave School, a free creative writing workshop for teenagers in rural Nevada.

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Boiseans know Hyde Park Street Fair as an art-heavy, music-heavy annual event that draws thousands to Camel's Back Park every fall.

The philanthropic side of the fest may be a little less familiar. Proceeds from the 2013 fair made it possible for The North End Neighborhood Association to donate $1,000 apiece to the Agency for New Americans and Family Advocates.

ANA is one of three refugee resettlement agencies in Boise. Call 338-0033, ext. 35, for more information. Family Advocates provides advocacy for children in the foster care system through its Guardian ad Litem program. It also provides home visiting and educational programs for new parents. Call 345-3344 for more details.

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Kudos to Kathryn Hilburn, a ninth-grader at North Junior High in Boise. She produced the winning video in United Water Idaho's inaugural Summer Conservation student video contest.

Judges said that Hilburn's entry, "Show Water You Care," best communicated "a strong conservation message in a clear and easily understood manner."

In recognition of the good work, United Water made a $1,500 donation to the Boise Public Schools Education Foundation to benefit Hilburn's accelerated biology class at North taught by Ronald Scott. Local television stations will air the short beginning in mid-June as part of United Water's annual water-conservation campaign. The video will also appear online as part of United Water's summer conservation guide. Link to the video at IdahoStatesman.com.

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Anna Webb: 377-6431

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