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June Activities around Boise

June 2019 Events and Activities

Well, June has come to town and is bringing summer with it. In the middle of this month, summer will officially begin, and you now get the chance to put winter behind as a bad (Or good) memory in favor of its warmer counterpart. As the wheel of the season never stops turning, so does the wheel of the Treasure Valley continue to bring up new and fun things to do. If you have some time to get out of the house for some fun in the next month, here are some of the options that you might find exciting.

 

St. Luke’s National Running Day

June 5th, 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Axiom Fitness Parkcenter

On a day like St. Luke’s National Running Day, you do not have to go anywhere specific to participate. All you need to do is get some running done. However, if you want to more directly be involved in the day’s festivities, there are a number of places across Boise where you can register for upcoming public runs. There is going to be a 5K, 10K, and a half marathon later in the year and if you sign up to participate in those on June 5th, you can be entered for several other competitions.

Straw Rockets

June 10th:  11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Garden City Public Library

There are few things as inspiring to a young mind as rocketry. Flying is pretty cool on its own, but when there is a massive rocket booster propelling something across the sky, that is when kids lose their minds. If you have children who would like to get some hands-on experience with how rockets work, the Garden City Public Library will be the place to go. There are no Saturn V rockets to be seen, but you might just inspire your child to be a rocket scientist one day.

2019 World Village Film Night

June 14th:  6:00 PM and 7:00 PM

Jump, 1000 West Myrtle Street

There are a number of different attractions for this particular event. Starting at 6, there is an exhibit for the art of Amiri Osman and then an hour later there is a screening of the movie Ruben Blades is Not My Name. Ruben Blades was a musical icon in the 70s, particularly when it comes to salsa music. Up until his arrival on the scene, salsa music was not well-known or widely listened to. He changed a lot about the way the genre was seen, and this movie is all about him and his accomplishments.

World Refugee Day

June 15th:  9:30 AM to 1:00 PM

The Grove Plaza

Refugees across the world have been in the news and everyone seems to have an opinion.  What is clearly true is that there are people suffering out there, far from home. The World Refugee Day in Boise is meant to be a recognition of this fact and a way to generate some support. In addition to this important fundraiser, here will be a lot of food and fun to be had.

Father’s Day Car Show

June 16th:  9:00 AM to 3:30 PM

8th and Idaho

How do you feel about cars? Does the revving of an engine get your blood pumping? Do you love to see the history in an ancient car? Is the science behind new car development something that fascinates you to your core? If any or all of these is the case, there is going to be an incredible car show in Boise on the 16th of June. There will be classic cars, electric cars, music, and competitions.

Boise Music Festival

June 22nd:  10:00 AM to 10:00 PM

Expo Idaho

Finally, towards the end of the month, there is going to be one of the most exciting events of the year in Boise.  The Boise Music Festival has only been going on for nine years now, but it is already an important part of the Boise cultural experience. It gives you the chance to hear all kinds of different genres of music and mingle among people who share your own musical interests. It is going to be a massive event and something you will not want to miss.

I hope your June is fantastic!

 

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July Events around Boise

July

July is a time to celebrate and the Treasure Valley does not disappoint.  There are a vast amount of events and activities throughout the month to help you have fun and explore your patriotic side.  Following are just a few of the many exciting opportunities to leave your TV and grill behind and participate in some fun activities in our community.

Boise Chalk Art Festival

July 4th:  8 am to 4 pm at Ann Morrison Park, 1000 N. Americana Blvd., Free

Do you like to watch sidewalk chalk artists bring a picture to life?  Then come watch local artists work their magic creating a 4th of July masterpiece on the sidewalks of Ann Morrison Park. This fun activity is free for spectators but if your inner artist wishes to participate, there is a fee.  For ages 12-17 the fee is $10, ages 18+ it is $15, and if you have a team of two to four the cost is $20. For more information call: 208-608-7644.

Fireworks Celebrations

July 4th:  10:15 p.m. at Ann Morrison Park, 1000 N. Americana Blvd., Free

Celebrate the 4th with a BANG! at the fireworks show at Ann Morrison Park.  Beginning at 4 pm food and beer vendors will open their doors to provide you with their culinary delights. Be aware ahead of time of road closures close to the park.  For more information about the event and parking just click here.  If downtown Boise is not your speed, don’t worry, there are a variety of other shows all around the valley.  You can find more information about these and other events here and here.

First Thursday

Thursday, Jul 05:  5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Come to Downtown Boise and experience FIRST THURSDAY. This unique way to shop is held the first Thursday of each month until December 6th, 2018.  Downtown merchants throw open their doors to shoppers, dinners and passers-by to participate in special in-store events. These events range from wine tasting to art exhibits to charity events.  Let the downtown merchants show you a better way to shop.

Flavorful Fairy Tales: “The Gruffalo”

Thursday, July 12:  4:30 pm to 5:30 pm

JUMP, 1000 W Myrtle St, Boise, ID 83702

This parent/child activity is a fun way to spend some quality time together.  Participants will read the book “The Gruffalo” by Julia Donaldson and make their own Gruffalo Crumble. This story is of a clever mouse who is taking a walk through the woods.  Through smart thinking, he manages to avoid being eaten. After the reading, participants will make and enjoy their own homemade Gruffalo crumble. There will also be crafts and a lot of fun.  $15 per participant.

Sheryl Crow

Tuesday, July 17th:  7 pm.

Idaho Botanical Gardens, General Admission:  $56.00, Member Admission: $51.00

Tickets are available at the Taco Bell Arena/Ticketmaster.com. For more information contact the Idaho Botanical Gardens.

Singer, songwriter and actress, Sheryl Crow, will rock the Treasure Valley this July in a one-night performance at the Idaho Botanical Gardens.  This Grammy Award-winning artist has graced the stages of Michael Jackson, Sting and Rod Stewart since the mid-1980’s. Now she will be gracing the stage at the Botanical Gardens.

Navigating Distress Through Self Compassion

Wednesday, July 18:  6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

JUMP, 1000 W Myrtle St, BOISE, ID 83702

Negative feelings or “emotional distress” are a part of the human experience.  These feelings can be harmful and hinder us from reaching our true potential. Join psychotherapist Sidrah Khan on an excursion of self-discovery.  Learn how to be more kind and gentle with yourself when in times of emotional distress. Learn tools to help you move toward better understanding and compassion toward yourself and others.

Cirque Italia

July 12-16 & July 19-22

Boise Towne Square, 350 North Milwaukee, Boise, ID 83704:  In the parking lot near SEARS

Under the grand, swirling White and Blue tent!

This aquatic circus is sure to please people of all ages.  Let these performers thrill you with their fantastic abilities, technological prowess and the elements of water all swirled together into an exhilarating production.  This everyone-friendly and pocketbook friendly show will feature pirates, fountains, jugglers, jet skies, the wheel of death and much, much more. It is rumored that there may also be a visit from a dinosaur.  This fantastic show is the brainchild of Manuel Rebecchi and Chanté DeMoustes. Come and join the fun.

Mama Mia!

Idaho Shakespeare Festival Amphitheater, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, Idaho

Every week on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday until 8/31/2018

The Idaho Shakespeare Festival is excited to present the play Mama Mia!  This musical is about a young woman’s search for her birth father.  The night before her wedding three men arrives claiming to be her father.  Come see how everything pans out in this comical storyline interwoven with the iconic songs of ABBA.

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!