Board Member Missive

Board Member Rachel Rudeen riding her bike.

Hi neighbors, Rachel Rudeen here. I’m a Boise native and current chair of the Community Building committee. While I’m a new board member, I’m not new to this neighborhood. I’ve been appreciating this neighborhood since my youthful days of doing landscape work. I then moved into the area and had fun exploring a budding entrepreneurial dream of putting a coffee bar in Jerry’s Market. Obviously that did work out but eventually Alchemist arrived to fill that need. When it came time to buy a house and start our family, this neighborhood was the obvious choice for us to feel at home.

The thing I’ve learned about homes, especially ours, which was built in 1938, is that they all have flaws. Some of those flaws can be addressed with a fresh coat of paint or updated flooring but others we just have to live with. The growing pains of living in a near-urban neighborhood feel very similar. Being blocks from transitional housing and on the corner of an unofficial route to the nearest convenience store and Fairview Park, we see a lot of loitering and littering along our sidewalk and alleyway. This situation isn’t anything I can control without moving but I have also never felt threatened or unsafe. 

We contacted the Boise Police Department’s community liaison who came to our home and walked us through things we could change to ensure our family’s safety while deterring theft and loitering. Locking gates and motion flood lights were a simple change to make our home feel more secure. Getting involved with the board and working to strengthen our community bonds is a way I see to make our neighborhood more secure. I hope to continue building relationships in the neighborhood and look forward to seeing where our citizen action takes this neighborhood.   

Please feel free to reach out to me if you’re interested in being a part of the Community Building committee or just want to help with events –  

Speaking of events, please come say hi at the Hallo-WENA Block Party.

Whittier Community Garden Potluck

Come join us for a potluck at the Whittier Garden this Sunday, October 9th and 5:00 pm.  Bring lawn chairs or blankets, plates/cups/silverware (to reduce waste), and food or drink to share.  We’ll take the opportunity to celebrate how far we’ve come and discuss future garden organization in light of our anticipated expansion. 

Can’t come but want to hear more about the garden or get involved? Email

West End Halloween Event


Please join us on Saturday, October 29th from 4-7pm at Fairview Park for a Halloween themed block party. We have games and activities planned for the event but want to make you aware of THREE contests:

1. House Decorating Contest- WENA will be awarding the three best decorated houses on Saturday morning, October 29th so get your spooky decorations out in preparation for Halloween. An award sign will be posted in your front lawn if you have won.

2. Costume Contest- Make sure to check-in at the WENA table on Saturday during the block party to enter your costume for the costume contest. Winners will be announced during the block party around 6pm.

3. Pumpkin Carving Contest- Please bring your carved pumpkin to display at the block party. (**NOTE: We will not be carving at the block party). Winning pumpkins will be awarded a prize during the block party on Saturday the 29th.

Can’t wait to see you all there!

This Week in the West End

The monthly neighborhood meeting will be held on the third Wednesday of the month, which is this Wednesday, September 21st. The meeting is still held in Fairview Park at 6:30 p.m. All members and public are welcome to join. A tentative agenda will be shared here and through the email distribution list before the meeting.

Fitness at Fairview

Join us Saturday, September 24th at 9AM at Fairview Park on 23rd and Idaho. Grace Alford, CPT, will lead a fitness class. All levels of experience are welcome. Bring a mat or blanket.

This one hour class will be a circuit style, cardio based class that utilizes body weight exercises to give you a full body workout and help you develop muscle and cardiovascular endurance.

All instructors are from our neighborhood. Donations accepted.

Monthly Board Missive

Board Member Lauren Pennisi

In an effort to continue to reach our residents, board members will write a monthly blog post. You will hear from each board member, once a month. This month, Lauren Pennisi shares her neighborhood favorites with you.

I love discovering hidden treasures, especially when they’re in walking distance of my house. As a long-time resident of this neighborhood, I have seen many changes but there are some constants and some new favs. What am I talking about? Food, of course! Well, mostly food, and a couple of other retail thrills.

Constants include Capri diner on Fairview near McDonald’s. The food is always good and hot but my personal favorite is the cornbread; it’s slightly sweet as though there’s a dash of honey.  Best ever! Open daily 6am-3pm.

Then there’s soup. My main criteria is that it must be hot! Piping hot! Steam curls wafting off the top. Otherwise it goes back. Sushi Joy has the best wonton soup. Not only is it hot but includes veggies too. A quart makes a meal for me. (Btw, that location used to be a Denny’s way back when. Then some kind of dinosaur-themed diner, which didn’t last long, and then it became Sushi Joy. I those are the highlights of its history.) Open six days a week, 6am-3pm. Closed Monday.

For retail therapy, I always stop by Forget-Me-Not on State Street. You may pass by it because it’s sandwiched between the car wash and Capital Lumber. Great vintage finds, friendly staff. In fact, they’ve all become friends and I love to go and chat with them. Lots of laughs and connecting about mutual friends. Open Wed-Sat, 11-5pm.

New to the neighborhood and fast becoming a favorite is Press & Still. An expert blending scents and perfumes, Elisha is so creative with her blends of essential oils and teas. Another location that you may miss as you go buzzing down State Street. You’ll find her shop next to 27th Auto and the Barber Shop. Parking in back. Open Wed-Sat, 11-3pm.

All these treasures are right here in the West End. I hope you’ll take some time to explore and share any of your treasures with me! 


Fitness at Fairview this Saturday – 7/30 at 9:00 am

Join Jack City Fitness at Fairview Park for a morning of full body interval training and community! 

This total-body workout is the ideal combo to get fit for any of your seasonal sport or hobby while allowing you to challenge your body and be fun at the same time! The variety will improve not only your body, but your brain as well. Regardless of your experience or fitness level, each exercise can be scaled to fit your personal level. This session will be a mix of strength and cardiovascular endurance timed training.

This class is perfect for you if:
*You’re looking for a fun twist on your boring workout routine

* You love being outside

*You just want to spend an hour of your day burning calories by learning new and exciting exercises with your neighbors

50 Minute Class Structure:

1. Warm-Up/Mobility
2. Muscular Activation
3. Full Body HIIT(Timed Interval Training) 
4. Cool Down/Diaphragmatic Breathing

What to Bring:


*Yoga Mat or Towel 

Meet the Instructor and Fellow West Ender Alicia Parker

Alicia Parker
General Manager / Fitness Coach, Jack City Fitness 208-999-1111 214-769-1851 21 N. Allumbaugh St. Boise, ID 83702

Neighborhood Concert Series: Fairview Park

WEDNESDAY, JULY 27, 2022 AT 5 PM – 9 PM

Lost Grove Brewing is hosting a free concert in the West End!

Join us from 5-9 pm for live music from local musicians, food trucks, and vendors. Admission is FREE, so gather your family and neighbors for a fun night out.

**Please bring your own reusable cup for draft beer! We will not be providing plastic cups at these concerts!**

This will be the second year of the Neighborhood Concert Series (NCS), where we throw free pop-up concerts in parks around Boise! We partnered with our pals at the Morrison Center to create the NCS to help support live music. Our goal is to make live music more accessible by providing free concerts in rotating neighborhoods around Boise so people all across town have the chance to hear live music without worrying about cost or transportation.

For the full schedule of dates and parks visit:…/neighborhood-concert…

More specific information regarding local artist lineups can be found on the Morrison Center website.

Lost Grove Brewing will be selling beer, wine, and cider. No outside alcoholic beverages permitted.

Parking is limited. Biking and/or walking is highly encouraged.

Fitness At Fairview

West End Neighborhood Association is sponsoring a new summer program called “Fitness at Fairview.” It’s a one-hour, instructor-led class for West End residents.

Join us Saturday, June 25, at 9AM at Fairview Park on 23rd and Idaho. Carolyn Testa will lead a vinyasa yoga class. All levels of experience are welcome. Bring a mat or blanket and a towel.

All instructors are from our neighborhood. Donations accepted.

Future classes:
July 30
August 27
September 24

Annual General Meeting and Board Election – May 17th

The West End Annual General Meeting (AGM) is upcoming on May 17th at Fairview Park. Five board member seats are up for election and we welcome any nominations for members that are interested in getting more involved in the neighborhood. Board members are elected for two years terms and are asked to attend monthly board meetings, and participate in NA committees, events, and issues as they are interested and available.

Current West End NA Board Members

Term EndsDate Elected / AppointedTerm EndsElected/
Officer/Special Position
Brian Chojnacky7/21/20202022Elected
Brian Knight7/21/20202022Elected
Cali Edson7/21/20202022ElectedVice President/Web master
Chris Testa7/21/20202022ElectedPresident
David Anderson7/21/20202022ElectedDevelopment Coordinator
Tasmyn Sethi7/21/20202022ElectedFacebook
Anita Claridge5/18/20212023ElectedTreasurer
Greg Parker5/18/20212023ElectedReal Estate outreach
Xanti Alcelay5/18/20212023Elected
Lauren Pennisi5/18/20212023ElectedSecretary
Open2023Elected; appoint by President

If you are interested in running for one of the open board seats, or know someone in the neighborhood you believe would make a good board member, please fill out the form below before Tuesday, May 10th.