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Things to do in April!

April Events

During the month of April the Treasure Valley will play host to many awesome events. So, strap in and get ready to have some fun!

ERA Pro Rodeo

April 1st and 2nd

Ford Idaho Center, Nampa

Rodeos are a core part of western history and culture and they continue to be events for communities to rally around. The ERA (Elite Rodeo Athletes) Pro Rodeo is a world class event that offers exciting action in a fun western atmosphere. It is a great way to enjoy the beauties of the old west without having to travel that far from home.

This traveling event is making its way through the west with stops in places like Redmond, Oregon; Salt Lake City, Utah; and, of course, Nampa, Idaho. While here they will hold several different competitions like Team Roping, Saddle Bronc, Barrel Racing, Bull Riding, and so forth. It is a two day event like none other with stakes, and payouts, that are as high as ever.

 

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

April 6th

Boise Main Library

12:30pm to 4 pm

Taxes can be a pain, and can put a bit of a damper on your plans for springtime. However, with this event at the Boise Public Library, you can get your precious time back. On Wednesday the 6th of April, at the Boise Main Library off of Capital Boulevard and River Street, you get help filing you 2015 taxes from volunteers from Boise State. These awesome volunteers are trained and taught on all the current laws and regulations so that you can put your mind at ease about your taxes. (They can only help with your taxes if you make less than $62,000)

For more information about what to bring and what you can expect, call the Boise Library at (208) 972-8200.

The Sleeping Beauty (Ballet)

April 8th and 9th

Morrison Center, Boise

The Sleeping Beauty by Pyotr (Peter) Llyich Tchaikovsky is one of the Russian composer’s most famous works. Coming in closely behind the Swan Lake and the Nutcracker. It is the ballet version of Charles Perrault’s classic story we all know and love and you can see it over the weekend of the 8th at the Morrison Center.

Told via music and dance, this story is told in a way unlike any other by Ballet Idaho’s amazing and talented roster of performers. Tickets can be bought through Ticketmaster.com (follow the link listed on Ballet Idaho’s website) and are going fast so you better act now!

Idaho Motorcycle Show and Sale

April 15th through 17th

Expo Idaho

Do you love motorcycles? If so, the Idaho Motorcycle Show and Sale is where you will want to be between the 15th and 17th of April. This three day show is the place for bike enthusiasts from all over the Treasure Valley to gather. There will be representatives from many of the dealers in the valley with their newest and best bikes with special pricing for the days of the show only. You can peruse all the best bikes in the area to your hearts content and maybe even go home with one!

This show is the best place to look for bikes and gear, especially because of the dirt demo area for both bikes and ATVs at the show so you can try them out and see how you like them. There will also be motorcycle stunt shows by the Fallen Angel Stunters on all three days, gear giveaways, and a cash machine money grab courtesy of Idaho Central Credit Union.

2Cellos

April 20th

Morrison Center, Boise

If you have never heard the 2Cellos, then you really ought to get yourself a ticket for their show at the Morrison Center at the end of April. They are a sensational duo that combines their natural talent on the cello with historical classics and modern marvels. They have traveled around the globe doing live show in countries like Japan, Australia, the United States, and many more. They have also been seen on popular TV shows and talk shows as well.

2Cellos is made up of two Croatian cellists that have won the love and appreciation of the world through their amazing music. They have even earned the acclaim of amazing artists like Elton John. Follow them on their YouTube Channel to watch them in your own living room and see them live as they pass through the City of Trees April 20th.

These are just a few of the many events you can expect during the month of April, with many more to be announced.

The Treasure Valley is really a treasure trove of great things to do, so get out there and enjoy yourself and don’t forget to check back here next month to see what you can look forward to during the month of May! You won’t want to miss it!

Great Online Education Resource: http://Lili.org

I know this isn’t an activity that takes you out of the house, but this is a fantastic online resource for all ages. 

http://lili.org/

This website was put together by the Idaho Government as an educational resource that is free to Idahoans.  It is fantastic!  You can find information to help children in elementary school search different topics, encyclopedias, books, and dictionaries.  You can find practice tests for the ACT, SAT, PSAT, and AP information.  If your child is struggling at any age level, the site has tests, practice information and ebooks to help them improve.  The site also includes career information, workplace skills, tutorials and more. 

Here is the content from the ‘About Us’ page of the website:

“The LiLI Databases (LiLI-D) are online services providing full-text articles from magazines, professional journals, newspapers, and reference books free to all Idaho residents.

There’s something for everyone – K-12 students, researchers, consumers – everyone! Best of all, LiLI is free to all Idahoans. (If you’re not an Idahoan, check with your local or state library to discover similar database offerings they may provide).

To start using LiLI, look up a database by subject, by name, or categorized by topic areas for kids or students. You’ll find links to numerous databases covering a wide range of subjects.”

This is a great resource at any level.  Check it out!