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October Activities around Boise

October

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.

Scarecrow Stroll

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.

The Farmstead Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch

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.

See Spot Walk

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.

Boo at the Zoo

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.

Frightened Felons

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.

Linder Farms

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!

 

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September Activities around Boise

September

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.

Japan Day

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.

Give a “Hoot” for STEM Education at our Nocturne Auction

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.

Scentsy’s Rock-a-Thon and Fireworks Show

Friday, September 7:  8:00 am to 9:30 pm

Scentsy

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.

Albertsons Boise Open 2018 Golf Tournament

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.

Idaho Rally 2018

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.

Crater Crawl- Run Around the Rings

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 Events Around Boise

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.

Boise Downtown Alive After 5 Concert Series

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.

Idaho Shakespeare Festival

June 1st – July 29 8 pm, Tuesday thru Sunday (Mondays are dark):  7:20 Greenshow Mini concert series

Directions

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.

Sheep in the Foothills Festival

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.

Yoga

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.

JUMP Camp: Culinary Creativity

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.

Critter College at Zoo Boise (Grades K – 1)

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.

Longest Day of Golf

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 Events Around Boise

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.

Hula the Heartbeat of Hawai’i

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.

Boise Farmers Market

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.

Herbal Honey Infusions

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.

 

7th Annual Boise Tech Show

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

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

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.

Blood, Sweat and Cheers Charity Golf Tournament

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!

April Events Near Boise

April Events

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.

Gene Harris Jazz Festival

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.

Video Game Challenge

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.

Idaho Latino Scholarship Foundation Annual fundraising Gala

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.

2018 Spring Garden Festival and Plant Sale

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.

Nepalese Culture and Cuisine with Global Gardens

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 Around Boise

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!

Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic

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.

Albertsons Boise Open

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.

Boise Amazing Scavenger Hunt

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!

Earth Wind and Fire

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!

Oktoberfest

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.

Corwyn’s Cause Sunshine Gala

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 Events around Boise

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.

Spay Neuter Idaho Pets Benefit, 

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.

Free Movie in the Park

Fridays in August through the 18th, 8:30 PM

Optimist Park

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.

Tour de Fat

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.

Western Idaho Fair

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.

Solar Eclipse

August 21st, 11:27 AM to 11:35 AM

Central Idaho

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.

March Events around Boise

March Events

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

http://boiselittletheater.org/current-season/

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”.

Jeff Dunham

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 “Catsino”

March 17th

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!

Treefort Music Festival

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.

FIRST Robotics Competition Regional

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!

Supporting those who Battle Blood Cancers

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This is a duplication from my real estate blog since not everyone follows both blogs:

Last week, was the birthday of one of my close friends, Charline Cvecich.  Although she fought a hard fight, she lost her battle with leukemia in August.   What occurred to me during that time of diagnosis and treatment is how many people who fight and still lose their battle with blood cancers.  AND how much more needs to be done to fight this battle.

Did you know:

  • Every four minutes, someone new is diagnosed with blood cancer.
  • Every 10 minutes, someone dies
  • Nearly a million people in the US are living with or are in remission from, leukemia, Hodgkin lymphoma, non-Hodgkin lymphoma or myeloma.

ENTER – Stage Left….My beautiful friend Patty Johnson. Patty ran in the Team in Training race events last year in support of her friends and family afflicted with this disease. Who would know that she would be diagnosed with Lymphoma in August shortly before Charline passed away. Patty is a fighter and has completed treatment. That, however, is not good enough for her.  She is again supporting and raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society by participating in the Team in Training triathlon in Sun River, OR on June 30, 2013.

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Go Patty!

Patty’s goal is to raise $10,000 for this cause.  Please see the link to her page, to:

  • Learn more about Blood Cancers
  • Learn more about Team in Training
  • Donate to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

http://pages.teamintraining.org/oswim/paccrstr13/PattyJohnsonTriathlon2013#

If you have a cause that is ‘near and dear’ to your heart – let me know.  I woud love to find out more detail and share your cause with others!

Bone Marrow Drive Friday June 29! Boise, ID

Simple cheek swab, some paperwork and you are on your way.

I think a lot of us in the Treasure Valley could tell personal stories about family or friends that have or are suffering from leukemia, an immune disease or other genetic disorder that may require a bone marrow or cord cell transplant.

After conquering and beating breast cancer, my dear friend Charline was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia.  Looking for a donor for a bone marrow transplant, the doctors immediately went to her sister and she was not a match.  Although many extended family members and friends were willing to be tested, a patient must go through the transplant registry to be in line for a donation.  For instance, even if I was a match to Charline, I could not donate directly to her.  You have to be in the registry and your donation goes to whoever is the next match in line.  This is a VERY important thing to understand.  We need more people on the registry so the people who need transplants move up the line quickly!  Charline waited two months for a match and is currently being monitored after her transplant.  We are cheering her on as she continues to battle through this horrible disease.

Bone Marrow Drive: 

Time:  11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Place:  McCleary Auditorium at Saint Alphonsus, Boise (Curtis Rd – go in main entrance)

Age:  18 to 60

Katy Moeller wrote an article about this yesterday June 25 in the Statesman.  Please see the link below to read the story:

http://www.idahostatesman.com/2012/06/25/2167389/want-to-help-save-a-life-its-easier.html

What happens if you join the registry and you match someone needing a transplant?  You will be interviewed to make sure you still want to donate.

There are two ways now that you may be asked to donate;

1.  Peripheral Blood Cell donation – involves removing blood from the donors arm with a needle, taking out the PBSC’s and returning your own blood to you.

2.  Bone Marrow donation – a surgical procedure where a needle is used to withdraw marrow from you pelvic bone.  Anesthesia is used.  If you match a patient, you will be asked to donate either bone marrow or cells from circulating blood (known as PBSC donation). Understanding the donation process will help you be ready to donate.

To find out more about the process, please visit www.marrow.org