Warm weather means event season is really heating up. I’ve added a bunch of events to the VPNA calendar. In our hood there are bike rides, food festivals, roadway open houses, mobile recreation times, VPNA board meetings, and the VPNA movie night! What did I miss? Please email us at let us know of other events in and around the VPNA and I will add them to the calendar.
Tonight’s VPNA annual meeting was a hit! Thank you to our speakers: Jason LaBrado from Neighborhood Housing Services, Wendy Larimore from Boise Parks and Rec, and Jay Story from Boise West End. Thank you also to everyone who contributed their voice to the meeting. We are so excited for all the new board members!
Now on to Spring Fling, it’s just a couple days away!
NHS is partnering with the Boise Bicycle Project for a bike giveaway and rodeo for Davis Park Apartments’ residents. There will also be other activities and a potluck! All are welcome to attend.
If you bring a dish please bring a copy of the recipe in case anyone wants to make it on their own. We plan on having some other activities including face painting, yarn crafts, how many m&m’s are in this jar, bag toss, etc. One more thing we are also doing a house wares drive so if you have any old items (forks, spoons, bowls, plates etc.) that you are looking to rid yourself of during your spring cleaning please bring them for repurposing or simply pick up a new shampoo, soap, detergent to donate. All of these are optional of course as we only truly care about your presence.
Did you get your
postcard last week? The Veterans Park Neighborhood Association annual meeting is Monday, April 20! It will be at 6 pm at the First Congregational United Church of Christ at 23rd and Woodlawn.
Save the date: VPNA’s annual meeting will be Monday, April 20
Are you doing spring cleaning? Do you have items that you no longer need that you want to donate? Please consider giving them to residents of the Davis Park Apartments. Many families are also in need of bathroom supplies. New toothbrushes, toothpaste, mouthwash, soap, shampoo, detergent, deodorant, loufa, floss, etc.
Donations can be brought to the VPNA annual meeting. Jason LaBrado from Neighborhood Housing Services (NHS) will be there to collect them, talk about upcoming events, and answer any questions. Items can also be brought to the NHS office (3380 W. Americana Terrace Suite 120, Boise). Large items (like furniture) should be brought directly to the Spring Fling event (April 23 at Davis Park Apartments, more details to follow).
The students at Whittier had a ton of fun contributing their ideas to the art boundary. Thanks to photographer Stephanie Inman for “capturing the energy and delight of the day.” (Kathleen Lacey, City of Boise) See more at our photo gallery.
From the city’s Building Boise Newsletter: Idaho Smart Growth awarded their 2014 GrowSmart Award for Community Excellence to the Cultural Arts Plan for Boise’s 30th Street Neighborhood. The plan was funded through the City’s “Percent-forArt” program and created by artist Stephanie Inman along with City team members Karen Bubb (Arts & History) and Kathleen Lacey (PDS) and members of the Veteran’s Park Neighborhood Association. Two ongoing projects from the plan are Water Chutes and the Whittier Elementary Artful Boundary. Water Chutes, a sculpture by artist Dirk Anderson, will be installed in the Stewart Ave./Whitewater Park Blvd. roundabout. The Whittier Elementary Artful Boundary will be designed and installed in 2015 under the guidance of artists Marge and Dennis Proksa. The project will integrate design concepts produced by Whittier students and the community.
World explorers are kids that use their own creative powers in order to find clues about some of the greatest mysteries in science and the world around us. On Saturday February 21st and 28th, we will be making some fun and fundamental tools for science and exploration using with a hands-on kit that you can make and take home.
Whittier Art Boundary Project – Volunteer Requests
1) January 29/30 – Call for Artists to assist students January 29th and 30th, Thursday/Friday, as students draw concepts for the art project at Whittier Elementary
Time: 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM – artist volunteers may come at times convenient for them, 1 hour, 2 hours or more
Artists are asked to contact Kathleen Lacey firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up. This is a great opportunity for artists to donate just a bit of time to assist students whose concepts will inform the final art boundary project.
2) February – ART PARTY! at Whittier Elementary – Date to be determined,
Parents, neighbors, friends are invited to help students as they draw their favorite concept on large mural panels.
We seek musicians to enliven the hours the students will be painting and help create a great celebration!
Parts of the greenbelt, including the Pleasanton Ave extension and northward along the east side of the Boise River, will be closed starting January 12. The closure is expected to last until the completion of Esther Simplot Park in Fall 2015. See this map for the location as well as detours.