Happy New Year! Welcome to 2019. Wow! Can you believe it’s been 19 years since the turn of the century? So much has changed. We’ve seen great advances in technology, medicine, and even entertainment. When facing a new year, it feels like a good time to make changes in our lives as well. The Treasure Valley holds plenty of opportunities to make those changes and try something new. Here is just a small taste of what our community has to offer for the month of January.
New Year’s Eve, 3pm – 1am: Idaho State Capital, Downtown Boise
A lot of fun and food is promised at this free, fundraising festival. New this year is the VIP room with a heated tent, food, drinks, and dancing. Don’t forget to reserve your spot because space is limited. Make sure to find your way over to the “Tuber-Luge” public tubing hill, and the “Big-Air Rail Jam” snow park for some “Spud-Tacular” fun. Kick off the new year with a bang by watching Boise’s World Class fireworks display.
Friday, January 11, 2019: 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm: Brandt Center, 707 Fern St, Nampa, Idaho,
This whimsical rendition of the classical period composers is sure to tickle your musical bone as well as your funny bone. Come early so you can attend the pre-concert event at 6:30 pm where you can mix and mingle with members of the Boise Philharmonic Orchestra. Or stay after for the Post-Concert event immediately following the performance.
Friday, January 11, 2019: 8:00 pm: The Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 West Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, Idaho,
Brian Regan is considered to be the funniest comedian alive. His Netflix special, Nunchucks And Flamethrowers premiered November 21, 2017, earning him a place with some of the greatest comedians. Each year Brian’s comedic style consistently draws large audiences to his performances on his annual 100 city, North American tour. Don’t miss out on this tremendous event sure to make you cry…with laughter.
Saturday, January 19 and Sunday, January 20, 2019: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm: World Center for Birds of Prey, 5668 W Flying Hawk Ln, Boise, ID,
Trying to entertain the kids on a dime? Well, look no further, because the Birds of Prey center can do that and even educate the kiddos in the process. There will be live bird demonstrations, crafts and activities, and the opportunity to enjoy the fresh air, and beautiful surroundings of the interpretive trail. If you miss out on this activity, don’t worry because on February 16th and 17th you’ll have another chance to enjoy a day with the birds.
Tuesday, January 22, 2019: 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm: Ada Community Library- Lake Hazel, 10489 West Lake Hazel Road, Boise, Idaho
If getting fit is one of your New Year’s resolutions then starting this free Yoga class might just be what you need. Martha is a certified instructor who can teach you the basics of beginning Yoga. Participants must be 18 years and older. There’s no need to bring a mat, they will be provided. Just bring a good attitude and a willingness to learn. You will walk away invigorated and relaxed.
Saturday, January 26 thru Sunday, January 27, 2019: 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm : Boise Centre, 850 W Front St, Boise, Idaho
For only $6 in cash, you can peruse 120 displays of the latest in kitchen, bathroom, and landscaping renovating and decorating. But, it doesn’t stop there. Spend time attending their many educational seminars to learn the how-tos of renovating and decorating. Let them help you to become the Joneses that everyone is trying to keep up with.
Tuesday, January 29, 2019: 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm, Ada Community Library, 10664 West Victory Road, Boise, Idaho
Basic computer skills are a must in our high-tech society. This class is designed to teach those needing to learn basic computer skills or just need to brush up on ones they once knew. You will come away from this class with keyboarding skills including using functions and shortcuts.
In January you never know where the new year will lead you. But, right now, take some time to plot a course and possibly create some bucket list items. You may be surprised by the exciting directions that course can take you.
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.