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Celebrate Different Cultures at the Inaugural African Summer Night Ball

Saturday, June 23

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Mix entertainment, delectable food, dance and booze, and you'll have to try harder than you did on your SATs to have a bad time. The African Summer Night Ball blends all those party necessities and adds a dose of culture.

The ball is the brainchild of Travis Goss, the evening's host. Goss explains on the event's Facebook page that the event was compiled as a social-networking ball for the African Community to enjoy its culture with food, music and entertainment.

Depending on the success of the ball, the future goal is to make it a nonprofit event to help raise funds for refugees and scholarships.

Plan on being fashionable—semi-formal attire is encouraged, no jeans and tennis shoes—but don't plan on being fashionably late. Dinner is served beginning at 8 p.m., and includes six different dishes prepared by New Americans now making Boise their home who represent their native cultures of Ethiopia, Nigeria, Liberia, the Ivory Coast and Congo.

Entertainment will also represent varied cultures and include a fashion show, native New Guinea dance and a drum performance. A DJ will take over in the later hours and inspire audience members to dance away the remainder of the evening to the sultry sounds of African music, soca, reggae, hip hop and R&B.

The event is open to everyone 18 and older, and a full bar will be available with ID. Tickets are available by calling 208-695-6587.