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Valentine for AIDS and Add the Words Art Show

Flying M Coffeehouse hosts annual exhibit for Safety Net for AIDS program.

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This First Thursday, Add the Words will take over Bittercreek Ale House for a note-able art show.

In early January, Add the Words put out a call to local artists to submit of a piece of visual art on a Post-It Note or other small medium. Artists then pulled out their sticky pads and conjured up images meant to reflect the spirit of the grassroots campaign, which aims to add the words "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" to the Idaho Human Rights Act.

The pieces were compiled into an exhibition that aims to demonstrate the urgency and necessity of the legislation and will be on display at Bittercreek for viewing through mid-February.

The goal of the campaign is to demonstrate public support for the inclusion of gay and transgender folks in the state's fair employment, housing and education laws.

On Thursday, Feb. 2, Bittercreek will be full of citizens with real experiences sharing their stories and art, hoping that politicians will grant them, their friends and families basic protections from discrimination. Art contest winners will be announced at the First Thursday event. For more info, visit

In other awareness-raising First Thursday news, Flying M Coffeehouse will once again host Valentine For AIDS, its annual red-and-pink-filled fund-raising exhibit for the nonprofit Safety Net for AIDS Program. Started in 1993, the annual Valentines-themed art auction features unique work from around 250 artists and has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for local HIV/AIDS awareness.

Bidding for Valentines for AIDS begins on First Thursday, Feb. 2, at 9 a.m. and runs through Sunday, Feb. 12, at 4 p.m. For more info about Valentine for AIDS, email For more on SNAP, contact Jamie Perry of the Wellness Center at Family Residency of Idaho at 208-367-7033.

If you'd rather kick it Samuel Langhorne Clemens-style, head over to Rediscovered Bookshop at 180 N. Eighth St. for a special Mark Twain Trivia Contest. Search the store for eight multiple-choice trivia questions about the famous author for the chance to win a hardcover copy of The Autobiography of Mark Twain. The trivia contest is in conjunction with the Library's Read Me Treasure Valley, a program for adults and older teens that replaces The Big Read. This year's book is Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

Get a complete list of First Thursday events as well as a map to help you find your way.