Volunteer For Free Beer • It's A-bot Time • Gimme Some Sugar 

Volunteer For Free Beer

If only life were so perfect, but there will be no free beer. However, Boise Art Museum is looking for number-savvy people to help with Art in the Park, a three-day art bonanza in Julia Davis Park.

One volunteer position BAM needs filled is for Collection Aides on both Saturday, Sept. 12, and Sunday, Sept. 13. Collection Aides are volunteers who spend their two-hour shifts collecting full receipt books from artists and providing them with shiny new ones. They also need more number-crunching volunteers to total each individual artist's receipt books for three hours on either Saturday or Sunday. But the most pressing math-y volunteer need, according to Susan Moore, accounting volunteer organizer, is for 35 volunteers to help run numbers at checkout on Sunday from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m.

But if numbers ain't your thang, there are also volunteer positions that include everything from event setup to artist ambassadors, which do both pre-festival packet compilation and booth babysitting during the event.

For more information on accounting volunteer positions, contact Susan Moore at SusanM@hzs.com. For more information on other volunteer positions, visit boiseartmuseum.org or call Julie Parke at 208-345-8330 ext. 14.

It's A-bot Time

Remember when you were a kid and your toys were engaged in a battle to save or overtake the world and you needed that one robot with the swinging arm with the magnetic force field on it, but none of your robots had that, so your robot army was defeated? Now there's the possibility of vengeance because the Reuseum is conducting two robotics workshops in August in which attendees can "take advantage of [the Reuseum's] space and inventory to tailor your bot to your imagination."

Though the first workshop already took place last Saturday, Aug. 15, there's a second opportunity for bot enthusiasts to crank up Styx and get their R2-D2 on Saturday, Aug. 29, from 2-8 p.m.

Participants will learn to work with electric circuits and use hand-soldering to reuse everyday items. The Reuseum provides tools, kits and circuit boards, but if participants have old cell phones, DVD players or other electronic devices that they would like to dissect, the workshop will teach them which parts to mine and how to properly dispose of the rest. The class is $35 and is open to adults and children 12 and older.

click to enlarge Reuseum: Widgets and gadgets and electronics, oh my. - PHOTO BY LAURIE PEARMAN

Workshop attendees will also receive free admission to the Boise Bot Competition at the Visual Arts Collective on Saturday, Sept. 12. The theme for the competition, "Outthink, Outmaneuver, Destroy," sums up what will go down between 2 and 10 p.m. New Radiant Storm King provides music. So if you build that robot you needed back when you were young, you can enter it in the Boise Bot Competition and take over the world, or at least just Garden City.

Saturday, Aug. 29, 2-8 p.m., $35, Reuseum, Chinden Blvd., Garden City. To RSVP, e-mail info@reuseum.com. For more information on Reuseum, call 208-375-7507 or visit reuseum.com. Boise Bot Competition, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2-10 p.m., $5 spectators, $30 entrants, Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City. For more information, call 208-424-8297 or visit visualartscollective.com.

Gimme Some Sugar

For those of you not lucky enough to stuff fluffy, whippy, drippy, crunchy cupcakes into your pie hole at last Saturday's Cupcake Collective competition, we've got the scoop on who took the cake in each category. According to event organizers, there were 2,500 cupcakes cobbled together by event attendees and 70 entrants vying for the top prizes in each category. Best Tasting went to Alicia Donahue and the runner-up was Brandie Holli. Best Visual went to Gorla Sibylle and the runner-up was Cristen Hardy. Best Youth went to Elise Lewerenz and the runner-up was Zelda Fishman. Honorary Mention went to Colleen Asher.

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