Category Archives: Boise Non-Profit Organizations
December is an exciting time. There are so many activities that a person can participate in. Not only does the Winter Garden aGlow at the Botanical Gardens continue, but it is now joined by other beautiful holiday displays. As the season wears on there will be more holiday displays to enjoy and more activities to revel in, such as holiday bazaars and markets, chances to meet Santa, and fundraisers to support.
Saturday, December 1, 2018 – Wednesday, January 9, 2019: Showcase Limousine, W 38th Street , Garden City , Idaho
Have you ever wondered where the best holiday lights displays are? Well, Showcase Limousine knows. They have mapped them all out and will take you around the valley on a one and half hour tour. The package includes a driver adorned with a Santa hat, a red carpet entry, cheerful holiday music, and enough treats to please any sweet tooth. This can all be enjoyed while viewing a cozy fire burning in a virtual fireplace.
Every Saturday throughout the month of December: Downtown Boise at 6th and Main in The Historic Pioneer Bldg., Basement Level. (Below Jimmy Johns)
10 am – 4 pm
This FREE event is sure to excite any train enthusiast. You will be thrilled by this unique display of model trains zooming along the tracks, around picturesque mountain scenes and towns. On display will be models of different types of trains, such as freight, diesel, and a special Christmas train. Hidden among the scenery will be figures of notable people, and activities for the patient observers to find. This event is free to the public but donations are always welcome.
Saturday, December 8, 2018: 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm Doors open at 6:00 pm
Visual Arts Collective, 3640 Osage St, GARDEN CITY, Idaho: Advanced purchase tickets are $15. $20 if purchased at the door.
Audio Lab Recording Studios and the Women’s and Children’s Alliance have gathered together some of Idaho’s best performers for an amazing night of entertainment. This 21 and older concert is in support of the Women’s and Children’s Alliance to help provide a place of safety, healing, and freedom for all those who are victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault. Come enjoy the talents of Eilen Jewell, Audio Moonshine, Ashley Rose, and a.k.a Belle, to name just a few of the incredible artists who will grace the stage that night. Don’t miss out on this one of a kind holiday show.
December 13, 14, and 15, 2018 performances at 7:30 pm: Matinees performed on December 15 at 2 pm, December 16 at 12 pm and 4 pm.
Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts: 2201 W Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, ID 83725
This breathtaking ballet will for sure be the highlight of your holiday season. Joined by the Boise Philharmonic, the Idaho Ballet will bring to life this beloved holiday story. Over 100 children from the Ballet Idaho Academy will help portray the story of Clara and the nutcracker, turned handsome prince, on their delightful adventures.
Thursday, December 13, 2018: 6:30 pm – 8 pm
Sentsy Commons, 5924, 2901 E Pine Ave, Meridian, ID
With 365 trees and 26 miles of lights, this concert promises to be a magical adventure. This is your chance to hear enchanting music performed by choirs from Eagle and Rocky Mountain High Schools. BSU’s Meistersingers will also be there to delight all with their renditions of their favorite holiday songs. Enjoy tasty treats as you meander through the stunning light display. There will be plenty of photo opportunities and don’t forget to checkout the life-sized snow globe in the Sentsy lobby.
Monday, December 24, 2018: 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Playhouse Events & Dinner Theater: 8001 W Fairview Ave, Boise, ID
If you like free entertainment then this is the place to be every Monday night. Laugh it up with your favorite local (and pass through) stand up comedians. If you’ve got an itch to try out being a stand up comedian then come at 7:30pm to sign up. The parking is free and so are the laughs. The only cost is the two item minimum.
Sunday, December 30, 2018: 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Kuna United Methodist Church, 200 W 4th Street, Kuna, ID
The fine members of the Kuna United Methodist Church endeavor to feed the mind, body and spirit of all people. Come enjoy a hot meal complete with drink, dessert and wonderful company.
The joys of the holidays are plentiful and are all around. May you bump into those joys at every corner you turn. Happy Holidays.
Wow. Time has gotten away from me! November is a very busy month. Not only is it time to prepare for the holidays there are a lot of fun things to do around the valley. Everything from wine tasting, farmer’s markets, a dog training event, a film festival, and much more. The people of Idaho like to be social and have fun.
Thursday, November 8th through Sunday, November 11th , Thursday and Friday 7:30 pm, Saturday 2:00 PM & 7:30 PM, Sunday 1:00 PM & 5:00 PM
Ballet Idaho, Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy: 501 S 8th St,Boise, Idaho
This intimate theater in the heart of downtown Boise will afford you the opportunity to get up close to the beauty, and form of dance. Your imagination will be stretched, and your senses delighted when you indulge in the presentation of these varying dance concepts. Don’t miss out on these world-class performances from highly sought after choreographers and the world premiere of Lauren Edson, one of Boise’s own hometown darlings.
November 9 – November 19, All Stinker Store Locations in Idaho
Help Stinker Stores stomp out hunger. All you have to do is donate $1 with each of your purchases and Stinker will match that amount. Each dollar that is donated the Idaho Food Bank can serve five people a meal. That’s pretty awesome! Stinker has set a goal to raise $56,000 for 2018. They feel pretty confident they can raise that much since last year they were able to raise $56,771 and then Stinker kicked in another $25,000 bringing the total to $81,771. Being a part of such a wonderful campaign can be a fulfilling experience.
Thursday, November 15, 2018 , 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
JUMP, 1000 West Myrtle Street, Boise, ID
Have you ever wanted to learn how to breakdance, or maybe brush up on your dance skills? Here’s your chance to become the dancer you’ve always wanted to be. Strengthening exercises and footwork methods are both parts of this fun, rocking, breakdance class. Come join this rad group of dancers.
Saturday, November 17, and Sunday, November 18, 2018 : 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
JUMP, 1000 W. Myrtle, Boise, ID, 5th and 6th floors: Free admission
Food & Wine magazine has named this event the best holiday bazaar in Idaho. Over 60 local artists and crafter will have their work on display for you to buy. You will find a large variety of homemade, innovative, and original items that won’t put your budget into a tailspin. Make your holidays even more special with that unique item from the Wintry Market.
Tuesday, November 20, 2018 : 7:00 am to 7:00 pm
Idaho State Capitol Building, 700 W Jefferson St, Boise, ID
With a smartphone in hand and a team of friends and/or family, you can go on a scavenger hunt that covers the entire downtown Boise. Receive clues on your phone that will lead you and your team to historical locations where you will complete challenges, and maybe even learn a little more about your local history. Using the promo code GOOUTLOCAL you and a team of 2-5 people can take on this adventure for only $39.20 per team. This opportunity is a fun way to learn history while spending time with your loved ones.
Monday, November 19th through Saturday, January 5th: 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm. Last admissions will be at 8:45 p.m.
Idaho Botanical Gardens, 2355 Old Penitentiary Road Boise, Idaho
Come experience the magic of the gardens this holiday season. Over 380,000 sparkling lights twinkle from the trees of the garden. The gates will be open Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day. They will be open no matter the weather and don’t be surprised if Santa comes for a visit. Don’t miss out on this spectacular display that is sure to brighten your holidays.
Monday, November 26, 2018: 7:30 pm
Morrison Center, 2201 West Cesar Chavez Lane. Boise, Idaho
Don’t miss this enchanting, and witty musical which tells the story of Connie Lou a disenchanted nurse assigned to take care of an elderly man named only Uncle John for the holidays. This charming, mysterious, eccentric gentleman introduces her to a different look at the holidays, encouraging her to open her heart to others, and the joy of the holiday season.
November 21st to 25th, 10am – 9pm
Boise Centre on the Grove, 850 W Front St, Boise, Idaho
This is the 35th anniversary of this charming event to benefit St. Alphonsus Hospital. There will be an elaborate display of decorated trees which will be for sale. Performers from around the valley will perform, and share their talents. Santa will be available to listen to holiday wishes, and for photos at the North Pole Village. Look for the K- 6 art contest, Train display, and the Lego display.
The month of November is chock full of exciting things to do that will make your holidays extraordinary. Don’t forget to take some time this busy holiday season to have fun, and get involved in the community. Make sure you leave all the holiday preparations behind for a while and participate in the wonder of the season. You won’t regret it.
October is one of the most fun months of the year. There are many great activities to frighten us, to help us have fun, and to give us reasons to celebrate. There’s no reason to ever feel bored during this month. Here are some ideas of things to keep your month hopping.
Monday, October 1 through Wednesday, October 31, 2018
9:00 am to 7:00 pm, Idaho’s Botanical Gardens: 2355 N Old Penitentiary Rd, Boise, ID
The Idaho Botanical Gardens is having their 11th annual Scarecrow Stroll. Scattered among the beautiful gardens will be displays of 31 scarecrows. These scarecrows are created by people and organizations throughout the community. Everyone is invited to stroll through the garden to view these fantastic scarecrows. If you’re a member, admission is free. If you’re not a member then adult tickets cost $7, seniors 65 or older is $5, youth ages 5-12 are also $5, and children 4 and younger are free. Don’t forget to vote on your favorite scarecrow.
Friday, September 21 until Saturday, November 3
1020 S. Rackham Way in Meridian, ID: Open Thursdays from 4 pm to 9 pm, Friday from 4 pm to 11 pm and Saturday 10am – 11pm. Closed on Sunday
Field of Screams: open from dark until 11 pm every Friday and Saturday nights of October.
Each year the cornfield is cut into a unique maze and is the Farmstead’s main attraction. But, if you’re looking for something a little more daring then a Field of Screams just might be for you. The Farmstead also has a Pumpkin Patch which can be accessed by foot or by hayride. You know you’ll get hungry while you’re there having fun so make sure you bring a picnic, or just buy food at the Farmstead. There will be plenty available.
Saturday, October 6th, 9 am to 1 pm. Julia Davis Park BandShell
The Idaho Humane Society is having their 26th Annual Dog Walk and Festival. It is their biggest fundraiser of the year and will feature demonstrations, contests, food, and more. You can choose from a one-mile long walk through the park or a 5k Fun Run. This event attracts more than 3000 participants both two-legged and four-legged. So, bring your furry friends and help support the Idaho Humane Society.
Saturday, October 25, 10 am to 5 pm. Boise Zoo
Animal lovers of the Treasure Valley, this is your opportunity to indulge in your love for dressing up and to satiate your sweet tooth at the same time. Costume-clad workers will be distributing candy to all visitors. There will be costume contests, face painting, fun, and games. And if you haven’t yet picked up a pumpkin to decorate, no worries there will be a pumpkin patch available as well. All proceeds go to benefit the zoo.
Friday, October 26 – All Ages Night 10+-year-olds: Saturday, October 27 – Adults only
7pm – 11pm, The Old Penitentiary: 2445 Old Penitentiary Rd, Boise
The Adult night is exclusively for ages 18 and up. You will need to show your ID to take this tour. You will be taken through the haunted Cell House where you will be scared to death and have fun doing it. You’ll have an opportunity to watch Zombies dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”. There will be a costume contest, pizza, tacos, beer, wine and more. Admission is $15. For $30 you can go on a private, one and a half hour tour through the cemetery, penitentiary, the haunted Cell House and see actual mugshots of the former felons of Idaho. This private tour will be guided by members of the International Paranormal Reporting Group. There will also be a Frightened Felons Family Night held on Saturday, October 26th from 7 pm to 11 pm. Although this is a family-friendly event, it is recommended that only 10-year-olds and older attend.
Friday, September 21 – October 30, Monday -Thursday 5 pm to 9 pm, Fridays 5 pm to 10 pm, Saturdays 10 am to 10 pm and Sundays Closed.
7165 S Linder Rd., Meridian
At Linder Farms you will find a corn maze, pumpkin patch, concession stand, a petting zoo, giant slide, tire playground, pedal tractors, corn box, straw bale pyramid, straw bale maze, and more. It also hosts Zombie Acres which is a unique paintball adventure. Armed with a paintball gun, you’ll ride a bus through a field teeming with zombies. Never a dull moment.
With so many fun things to do during October, it could be easy to spend more time having fun than doing the things you’re supposed to do!
Now that school has started, some of you may have a little more time on your hands. Fortunately, the Treasure Valley has some interesting and exciting things you can do to fill that time. Use some of that time for yourself and enjoy some new experiences or reconnect with some old ones that you’d like to take up again. Here are a few ideas of activities and events that might interest you.
Monday, September 3: 12:00 pm to 04:00 pm
Basque Center, 601 W Grove St. Boise, Idaho 83702
If you’ve ever wanted to experience Japanese culture then this is the activity for you. This will be a fascinating immersion into true Japanese culture. There will be booths which will include information on anime, a flea market, and karate booth. You will be able to stroll through the booths to the sounds of authentic Japanese music such as Koto music and Taiko which is traditional Japanese drumming. There will be performances demonstrating Japanese dancing, specifically the Lion Dance. Come see a calligraphy demonstration and taste the delights of Japanese cuisine.
Thursday, September 6, 2018 : 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
5668 W Flying Hawk Lane, Boise ID 83709
The Nocturne Auction is for guests 21 and over.
You will want to “flock” to this event benefiting the World Center Birds of Prey. Come join this evening event while enjoying delicious food, and drinks. Meet the raptor ambassadors, view the amazing raptor art done by local artists. Join the bidding on new and original work done by the artists. There will also be a number of Raptor Experiences that will be available for bidding on. The proceeds of this event go to support STEM educational programs, to help take care of our bird buddies and to maintain the facilities. This event will be well worth your time and money.
Friday, September 7: 8:00 am to 9:30 pm
2901 E Pine Ave
Meridian, ID 83642
This all-day event by Scentsy is in support of The Women’s and Children’s Alliance. This organization works tirelessly to help victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault. Volunteers will sit along Eagle road in rocking chairs to raise money for this organization. The day’s events will culminate at 9:00 pm with a dazzling fireworks show. Come help Scentsy celebrate their 14th anniversary with this special Rock-a-Thon.
Thursday – Saturday, September 13-16: 7:40 am Tee Times
Hillcrest Country Club, Boise, Idaho
For 29 years Albertsons has been hosting the Boise Open. There have been some exciting changes to the fan experience. Friday, after golfing is done for the day, the popular rock band Cheap Trick will be entertaining golf enthusiasts starting at 7:15 pm. With the new addition of the Fan Zone, golf spectators will be able to enjoy local foods and beer. Another new addition is Michelob Ultra Beers FORE Birdies venue on the 16th green. The cost of attending this new venue is included in the price of the ticket. There are no cover charges or upgrading of tickets necessary to enjoy this new fan experience.
Friday, September 14 – 16: 8:00 am to 7:00 pm
Boise County Roads, Idaho City, Idaho 83631
Since its inception in 2007, Idaho Rally has entertained folks from around the world. There are a few different ways you can enjoy this event, as a participant, a volunteer, or as a spectator. Idaho Rally has it all for you, whether you want to tear up the roads in the Boise National Forest with the staging area in Idaho City. Having gained national attention, this year’s event is promised to be the biggest yet.
Saturday, September 15: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Crater Rings National Natural Landmark, Main Cinder Butte Road, Mountain Home, Idaho 83647
Have you ever wanted the challenge of facing a volcano? Well, if you have, then this is your opportunity. This 10K (6.2 miles) course of rugged terrain at The Crater Rings National Natural Landmark, is sure to challenge participants. The race goes to the top of the volcano, then down around the crater rings. The course can be run or walked and for those who don’t want that much of a challenge, there is a 2.9-mile course that leads to a breathtaking overlook of the craters.
September is a wonderful time for new beginnings. A time to reset and start anew. You could find your inner adventurer or take on a new challenge.
June with its sunny days and warm weather is a busy time of year. Along with all the outdoor activities of swimming, boating, hiking and camping, there are plenty of indoor activities that hopefully you can squeeze into your busy schedule. Not to mention all that the Treasure Valley offers when it comes to ways to play and learn. Here are just a few of the many exciting opportunities available throughout this month and throughout the valley to play, to learn, and to grow.
June 6th – August 29th, 5pm – 8pm
Every Wednesday evening this summer, The Center on the Grove will be rocking the BODO with the 32nd Alive After 5 Concert Series. For 32 years, Alive After 5 has brought to Boise artists such as LED, The Ghost of Paul Revere and Afrosonics. Also performing will be the Brad Parsons Band and The Talbott Brothers. All summer long you can enjoy great music amongst the charming atmosphere of downtown Boise. Come shop and dine while enjoying the music. This is a FREE event.
June 1st – July 29 8 pm, Tuesday thru Sunday (Mondays are dark): 7:20 Greenshow Mini concert series
Misery is an adaptation by William Goldman of Stephen King’s book by the same name. When novelist, Paul Sheldon, is rescued from a roadside accident by his “biggest fan”, Annie, his life soon takes a gruesome twist as she plots and manipulates, causing his life to become something from the pages of a horror novel. The only way to survive this ordeal is for Paul to outwit this psychopathic fan and escape. Do to the violence, language and dark subject matter of this play, it is STRONGLY recommended for mature audiences only.
Also playing at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival this summer is Macbeth, Mamma Mia, and Pride and Prejudice. Check out their website for more information and pricing.
Saturday, June 9th, 10 am – 1:30 pm, Jim Hall Foothills Learning Center: 3188 Sunset Peak Rd, Boise, ID
The City of Boise, in conjunction with Idaho Wool Growers Association, and Idaho Rangeland Resources Commission, are presenting the 8th Annual Sheep in the Foothills Festival. This appropriate-for-all event will feature opportunities to learn about sheep, wool and watch a dog herding sheep demonstration. Learn how sheep are used to manage rangelands in the Foothills. There will be crafts for the kids, live music with Gary and Cindy Braun, lots to buy from local vendors, and a delicious lunch of, what else but, BBQ lamb.
Sunday, June 10th 10:30 am – 11:30 am, Every month on the 10th
JUMP, 1000 Myrtle St. Boise, ID 83702
Once a month on the 10th, join with other families and individuals in learning to celebrate our individuality and embrace the mindfulness of yoga. Classes weave together exercise with music, dance, and song to help the development of the total being. Bring your family, a friend, or just come by yourself and internalize these elements to promote the creation of a whole, joyful being. A parent must attend if children are coming.
Wednesday, June 9th. 9 am – 4 pm
JUMP: 1000 W Myrtle St, Boise, ID 83702 (Teens ages 10-14)
“Don’t play with your food”, is not something you’ll hear at this event. In fact, it’s encouraged. Learn to bake a dessert in your own hand-made solar oven. Also, you will develop culinary skills through making Vietnamese inspired summer rolls. This will include two types of dipping sauce. Come and explore, create and by all means, play with your food.
Thursday, June 14 th, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Zoo Boise: 355 Julia Davis Dr, Boise, ID 83702
Every Thursday this summer at the Boise Zoo there will be opportunities to introduce K-1 grade children to the animals of the world. They will have up close interaction with some of the animals and will be able to discover what an Aldabra Tortoise is or see a real penguin as it scampers about and swims through the water. Students will have the opportunity to act like a monkey and even sample their food. The cost for each child is $30 for FoZB passholders and City of Boise residents and $35 for nonresidents.
Sunday, June 24th, 6:00 am to 7:00 pm
Warm Springs Golf Course: 2495 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, ID 83712
Sponsored by Business Links Boise, Eventageous Idaho, and the Alzheimer’s Association of Idaho. For $60 each player will receive a cart and tee time. Provided by Warm Springs Golf Course you will also receive a bucket of balls and your range fee waived. Tee times start at 6 am and go to 7 pm. There will be awards for “Closest to the Pin”, “Longest Drive”, and there will also be a raffle. Bring your friends and take part in this opportunity to network, have fun and support the Alzheimer’s Association of Idaho.
May is an exciting month filled with more consistent weather and the delights of spring in full bloom. It’s a time to plant our gardens, visit the farmers market, learn how to infuse honey, see a play and much, much more. The following are a few fun, informative and healthy activities to take part in this May.
Every Wednesday, May 2th – 30th (May 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th)
JUMP, 1000 W. Myrtle St. Boise, ID 83702
Aloha! Want a glimpse into the Hawaiian culture and learn how to hula? This class is for all adventurous learners from ages 13 and up. It is a 5 week course where you will not only learn the basic steps of the dance but also the history, background and meaning of the steps. Plus, it’s a great workout.
Saturday, May 5th 9:00 – 1:00 (This event will be held every week on Saturday until 10/27/2018), 208-345-9287. Republic parking lot, 10th and Grove streets; Boise, Idaho
Do you value homegrown produce and supporting your local economy? Then come to the 5th annual Boise Farmers Market where you will find fresh local vegetables and fruit, breads, pastries, honey, jams and sauces. Even fresh-roasted coffee. There will also be a wide selection of ready-to-eat foods. On opening day they will be celebrating their 5th anniversary. They have festivities planned throughout the day, beginning with the cutting of the cake at 10 am. There will be activities for younger kids and hourly giveaways.
Tuesday, May 8th 6:00 – 7:30, Jack’s Urban Meeting Place; 1000 W Myrtle St, Boise ID, 83702
Ages 13 and up. Registration ends Sunday, May 6th. Fee: $30
Have you ever wanted to create your own herbal infused honeys? Join other like minded explorers in learning some herbalism basics and in creating your very own infused herbal honeys. You will have your choice of cinnamon, lavender, rosemary, ginger, and garlic-thyme. You will learn how to prepare several easy recipes for honey incorporating and will have the chance to try each of the infused herbal flavors. You will take home recipes and jars of your honey creations. Beverages will be available for purchase.
Thursday, May 10th 11:30 – 7:00, Boise Centre East; 850 W. Front Street, Boise ID 83714
If you’re looking for the latest and greatest in technology, or for proven leadership strategies, innovative ideas, and key initiatives that are crucial to business success, then come to Boise’s 7th annual Tech Show. There, you will meet and learn from some of Idaho’s most influential and innovative business leaders as they address the most relevant issues facing companies today. There will be 15 to 20 seminars to choose from, more than 25 technology demonstrations, and much, much more. With professionals from all types of organizations: CEO’s, CFO’s, IT Engineers, Marketing Managers, Ofﬁce Administrators, HR Managers, and more you will have many opportunities to get your questions answered and rub elbows with your future success
Friday, May 11, 2018 | 8:00 PM, Saturday, May 12, 2018 | 2:00 PM, Saturday, May 12, 2018 | 8:00 PM
$35.00 – $62.50 (ticketing fees not included), Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez, Boise ID
This Tony award winning comedy is a hilarious romp with Monty Navarro as he works his way closer to his family’s fortune through eliminating those who are ahead of him in the inheritance line. All this he must do while juggling his mistress, and his fiancée, who just happens to be his cousin. Will Monty end up behind bars before he achieves his goal? Join the cast in this exciting adventure in love and murder and find out.
Friday, May 18th 8:00 – 5:00; Eagle Hills Golf Course, 605 N Edgewood Ln, Eagle ID
The Idaho Chapter of the National Hemophilia Foundation is sponsoring their 23rd annual Blood, Sweat & Cheers Charity Golf tournament. Proceeds go toward inherited bleeding disorders. Through education, advocacy and research this organization strives to find better treatments and cures and to prevent the complications that stem from these disorders. Join them Friday, May 18th at Eagle Hills Golf Course from 8:00-5:00. For more information and to purchase your foursome go to the website, idahoblood.org. Play a round of golf with them in support of this worthy cause.
This is just a handful of events happening in the month of May in the amazing Treasure Valley. Enjoy your spring!
We’ve all heard the saying – April showers bring May flowers. But, April brings more than flowers. It also brings other activities to the Boise area that you can enjoy without enduring a drizzle. Here are a few activities, from jazz to gardening, being held in the month of April in the Treasure Valley that just might pique your interest.
April 4th, 5th, 6th: 8am – 10pm, Boise State University
This festival is a wonderful opportunity to not only enjoy excellent jazz music, but also help support local performers, promote education and inspire listeners of all ages. For over 20 years now, the Gene Harris Jazz Festival has provided the Treasure Valley community with the best in Jazz music. This festival entertains as well as provides education to Jazz students and the community. The Gene Harris Endowment provides scholarships to Boise State University jazz students. The goal of this scholarship is to encourage the continuation of the love and education of Jazz.
Wednesday, April 4th: 4:30 – 5:30, Ada Community Library, Victory Branch
Are you an avid gamer, a novice or even something in between? Then come join other gamers each Wednesday at the Ada Community Library, on the corner of Victory road and Five Mile road. Bring your friends and challenge them to a game of Halo, Legends of Zelda or even Minecraft on the Wii or the X-box at this open play time.
Saturday April 7th: 6pm – 10pm, Jack’s Urban Meeting Place (JUMP)
Our diverse community boasts a large Latino population. Come to this fundraiser and enjoy great food, entertainment along with music and dancing and help our Latino friends achieve their dreams. Tickets are $75 per person and the proceeds go to help young Latinos on their road to college.
Saturday April 21st: 9:30am – 4pm, University of Idaho Extension, Canyon County
501 Main St
Caldwell, Idaho 83605
Hey all you gardening enthusiasts, the University of Idaho Extension Office is offering gardening classes. Just $30 will allow you to choose from over 15 different classes, taught by Master Gardener Volunteers, to answer your questions. There will also be a plant sale to help you get stocked up and ready to bring your garden to life. Space is limited so don’t wait to register. If you have any questions call 208-459-6003.
Wednesday, April 11th: 6pm – 8:30pm, Jack’s Urban Meeting Place (JUMP)
Chef Ratna Subba came to Boise in 2012. His passion for the foods of his home country, Nepal, and his desire to share them, led him to open his own food truck called “Darjeeling MoMo“. Now, with the support of Global Gardens, he will be teaching a hands-on class in making momo, a Nepalese dumpling filled with meat or vegetables. At the end of class, students will be able to sit down to a shared meal where they can try other Nepalese dishes. Beverages will be available for purchase. The class is open to students 13 years old and older. Sign-up quickly because registration ends April 9th.
Global Gardens is a non-profit organization created by the Idaho Office for Refugees. They provide a plot of land in a community garden to refugees in which they can plant, care for and harvest food to help sustain themselves and their families. They are also taught how to sell their produce at farmer’s markets. These gardens give refugees the ability to grow foods from their home country that they may not be able to find here, it gives them the opportunity to get outside and have some family time, and it gives them some independence and fosters a healthy self-esteem.
September Events in Boise
Well, summer may be coming to a close, but all the fun events going on in the Treasure Valley are just warming up. Whether you like music, adventure, or sports, there is plenty to get excited about this month. So, be sure to clear your calendars and check out some of these amazing events here in the Boise area!
Aug 30th through Sept 3nd, Ann Morrison Park
There are few things as beautiful and awe-inspiring as the sight of hundreds of hot air balloons floating in the mid-morning sunrise, which is a sight that Boise residents get to wake up to every morning from August 30th to September 3rd during the Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic.
Every year, the Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic is held at Ann Morrison Park and it is an event where hundreds of hot air balloon pilots come together to share their passion with others as they take to the skies. There will be shows and demonstrations for spectators as well as plenty of other events to keep us all amused. The signature event of Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic would have to be the Nite Glow Spectacular where the pilots light up their balloons to music and show off the wonderful colors and shapes of their balloons. The Nite Glow Spectacular will also be accompanied by dozens of local food vendors so you won’t be hungry during the event.
Sept 11th to Sept 17th, Hillcrest Country Club
Golf Fans throughout the Treasure Valley should make it a priority to head down to the Hillcrest Country Club between the 11th and the 17th of September to enjoy the Albertsons Boise Open. This charity competition brings PGA Tour winners from all over to compete here in the City of Trees.
This year the Albertsons Boise Open will be supporting the Blue Cross of Idaho Birdies Fore the Boise Brave. As a part of this event, Blue Cross of Idaho will donate $40 per birdie that is hit throughout the entire competition to support police, fire fighters, and military personnel in the Boise area. While $40 doesn’t seem like much, there were over 1,000 birdies hit during last years open.
Sept 16th, Basque Block, 8:30 AM
This is the second year in a row that the Boise Amazing Scavenger Hunt has excited locals and cause many to take to the streets for a day of fun. Put simply, the Boise Amazing Scavenger Hunt is a city-wide scavenger hunt that not only gets people out and exploring their own city but also promises awesome prizes for those who finish first!
According to GetYourGuide.com, it is a smartphone guided walking tour of Boise that leads you through historical downtown, along the river, and through many other unique parts of the city. The event is on the 16th of September, but be sure to buy your tickets early to get them at a discounted price!
Sept 24th, Idaho Botanical Gardens, 7:30 PM
If you are longing for the sounds of the 70’s, then the Earth, Wind and Fire concert at the Boise Botanical Gardens is the place to be! On September 24th, the world-renowned sensation that brought you hits like ‘Boogie Wonderland’ and ‘September’ will be performing live on stage at Outlaw Field by the Boise Botanical Gardens. It is sure to be a night to remember as this musical legend takes the stage to excite and entertain! Be sure to get your tickets soon though, they are going fast!
Sept 29th, Downtown Boise, 6:00 PM
There are few things that have autumn written all over them like Oktoberfest. This old European tradition is leaving its mark on the City of Trees once again this year on September 29th with large varieties of beers, food, games, and so much more.
This is a party for all ages that includes good music from bands like Wolfie & the Bavarians and Pilot Error as well as traditional games like Stein Hosting, Mug Relay, Brat Toss, and so on.
September 30, 6:00 – 10:00pm, Jump Event Center downtown Boise
The Sunshine Gala is the first MAJOR event for gathering donations for medically fragile children in the Treasure Valley. Here is the story about Corwyn’s Cause:
Corwyn Schomer was born with a brain malformation and had many health issues and was very medically fragile. He passed away in the fall of 2016. What the family found was that when he was in the hospital charities would visit and bring gifts or fun, dress as super heros, bring light into the lives of these kids who spent so much time in the hospital. When Corwyn was really sick they brought him home on hospice care. Hospice is great but geared more towards adults so no more charities, no more visitors, no more support except for the nurse that came once or twice a day. The family felt alone and in the dark. They decided after Corwyn passed away in November that they needed to bring attention, light and services to terminally ill children and their families. They are offering advocacy, support, education and services to these families. It could be Christmas in July, a cup of coffee for the support person, housekeeping services to clean the home, or special visitors for the child. This would support these medically fragile children and their families during this extremely difficult time. Follow them on Facebook Corwyn’s Cause Facebook to see and hear about inspirational stories. Go to the link above to donate, go to the Sunshine Gala, or apply if you know a medically fragile child.
Boise is a veritable wonderland of great activities one can enjoy; even with the end of summer knocking at our door. September may not be some people’s favorite month, with school starting and the weather changing, but there is no reason not to enjoy yourself while you are here in the Treasure Valley.
August is finally here and we still have no shortage of great activities and events here in the Treasure Valley. As usual, we have put together a list of some of the more interesting, events you can see going on this month. These activities, and many others, are waiting for you in and around the Boise area, making it the center for all sorts of fun. August is seen by many as the traditional end of the summer season (though summer doesn’t actually end until late September); so, if you are looking for a fun way to enjoy the last full month of summer, then be sure to check some of these activities out.
August 3rd, 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Edge Brewing Company
We here in Idaho love animals, especially our pets. So, it is natural that we would have activities and events to help support the health and safety of our furry friends. To help cut down on the number of strays in the State of Idaho, the Spay and Neuter Idaho Pets (coincidentally known as S.N.I.P.) is on a mission to contain the population of dogs and cats.
If you want to support them on this mission, be sure to swing by Edge Brewing Company on the 3rd of August and enjoy an adult beverage— a portion of the proceeds will be given to S.N.I.P.
Fridays in August through the 18th, 8:30 PM
There are few things as fun as a movie night under the stars on a lovely summer evening. Luckily for Treasure Valley residents, there are many opportunities to do that this summer. One of those opportunities for those living in the Nampa area is at Optimist Park. If you swing by Optimist Park on Fridays through the 18th of August at 8:30 PM, you are sure to stumble upon some great choices for entertainment. Be sure to check the website for more information about what movies will be shown on which days.
August 12th, 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Anne Morrison Park
On the 12th of August, be sure to check out the Tour de Fat show that will be put on by New Belgium Brewing Company. This event combines music, performances, and so much more to mystify and astound you. Their website explains that the show will include circus performers, comedians, musicians, and even the Blackberry Smoke band. Be sure to dress up if you enter the ride!
The Tour de Fat is a benefit show for many of the Treasure Valley’s local bicycle groups including Southwest Idaho Mountain Bike Association, Boise Bicycle Project, and so on.
Tickets can be found on the Tour de Fat website.
August 18th to August 27th, Times Vary
Idaho Fair Grounds
The Western Idaho Fair is one of the most looked forward to events of the year. Whether you are excited about the rides, the shows, the vendors, or just the great fair food, you are not going to be disappointed at this Treasure Valley Fair. It is the largest fair in the area and attracts acts, patrons, and events from all over the country.
Not to mention, there are also thousands of agriculture events like the traditional judging of crops and animals. Be sure to check out the fair at some point during the 9 days they are in town so you too can take part in this great Treasure Valley tradition.
August 21st, 11:27 AM to 11:35 AM
There are few things as exciting, and nearly universally captivating as a total solar eclipse, and we here in Idaho are lucky enough to enjoy one this month! On the morning of August 21st at 11:27 AM, the total solar eclipse will cross the Idaho Oregon border near Weiser. Between 11:27 AM and 11:35 AM, said eclipse will pass through the center of Idaho. The best viewing places will be around Garden Valley, Sun Valley, and Rexburg (approximately).
If you venture to see the solar eclipse, be sure to get a pair of glasses to watch it with. Though the sun will be covered by the moon, it will still be bright enough to damage your eyes. So, be sure to get a hold of some devise that is safe for solar eclipse viewing.
As you can probably tell, the month of August is going to be quite exciting for those living in or visiting the Treasure Valley. We are lucky to have these, and hundreds of other activities to enjoy as we start to wrap up the summer months. Be sure to take advantage of all these great activities— you won’t be disappointed.
Now that Valentine’s Day and February have passed, it is time to turn our attention to springtime and all the fun activities we have to look forward to in the month of March. Spring is right around the corner, so hopefully the snow and ice are behind us so we can enjoy some amazing activities. Here are 5 of the things you can look forward to this month in the Treasure Valley.
A Streetcar Named Desire: March 3 – 11th, various times
This is an amazing play by Tennessee Williams that was successful on Broadway and on the road. Featuring the character of Blanche du Boise, who shuns the reality of life in favor of romantic illusions. This play was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1948 and continues to be popular in theaters today. I’m especially excited to go because I have a friend in the play!
More about the Boise Little Theater from their website: “ Boise Little Theater (BLT) is an all volunteer, non-profit organization with an unwavering dedication to amateur theatrical quality. For over 65 years we have produced plays in all genres: contemporary and classical, comedy, drama and musicals. BLT is one of the longest running community theaters in America”.
March 11th, Doors Open at 4:00 PM/ Show Starts at 5:00 PM
Jeff Dunham’s mixture of puppetry and stand-up comedy is legendary, making him one of the most popular comedians of his time. Lucky for us, on the 11th of March, he is bringing his special brand of comedy and storytelling to Boise’s Taco Bell Arena to show off for the whole Treasure Valley.
It is sure to be a great show, so be sure to grab your tickets fast! Tickets are between $47.50 and $35.50. Doors open at 4:00 PM, the show starts at 5:00 PM.
Simply Cats is a great organization that specializes in feline adoption. They are a no-kill adoption center which means that they won’t put a cat down if no one adopts them. While helping out our furry feline friends is awesome, it doesn’t always pay the bills. So, to keep this place going they have to ask for donations and host fundraisers. Catsino is one of those fundraisers.
Catsino is a fun Las Vegas style gambling event, however, instead of a big casino getting a lot of money, money goes to supporting the cats that they try to save. To register for this event be sure to check out their website!
March 22nd to 26th
Treefort is a Music Festival like none other. This multi-day, multi-locational event is one of Boise’s most anticipated events. It brings together musicians, artists, and enthusiasts from all over to enjoy the sweet sound of local music. There are hundreds of events going on during the week of Treefort so you should definitely check out their website for a full list because Treefort has so many great local deals and events. Some of these include art shows, local food, and much more.
March 30th to April 1st
The FIRST Robotics Completion Regional is a competition for high school aged robotics fans where they can show off their wildest creations. Builders can test their robots skills, get insights from other builders, and so much more at FIRST Robotics.
First Robotics Competitions are an attempt to inspire a new generation of people to pursue science, technology, engineering, and math. Check out their website for more information about locations, times, teams, and donations.
Boise is a wonderful place to be during the early springtime. Aside from the events that we listed above, there are more and more outdoor opportunities popping up with the warming weather. So, no matter what you like to do, no one is going to go away bored this month!