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.
Whether you like music, dance, great food, holiday fun or amazing architecture, there is going to be something awesome for you to enjoy this December. Even though the snow is falling, and most Treasure Valley residents and visitors are heading up to Bogus Basin, there are still plenty of things to do down here in town. Here are some activities that are sure to make December 2017 quite unforgettable.
A Christmas Story, Boise Little Theater, 100 E Fort St, Boise ID
Nov 24 – Dec 9 (Times Vary)
This favorite holiday movie has been acted live in theaters all over the country. Set in the Midwest in the 1940’s, It follows the exploits of Ralphie Parker and his quest for his perfect Christmas gift a “Red Ryder air rifle” (frequently met with the response, “you’ll shoot your eye out!). It includes all the elements of the movie, with Ralphie dodging bully Scut Farkus, the wet tongue on the lamppost, and trying to make it to Christmas day with glasses intact.
Dec 3rd, 7:30 PM, Morrison Center
If you have ever watched the Price is Right and thought, ‘hey, I would love to do that!’ then you are in luck because the well-beloved day-time television show is coming to Boise! That is right, on December 3rd at the Morrison Center you can join in the audience, and possibly be picked as a contestant, on the game show that has entranced people for years.
Tickets are on sale now on the Morrison Center’s website (link in the section heading), but you better hurry, they are going fast. Tickets range in price from $37.50 to $57.50 (Estimated figures only).
Dec 15th to 17th, Times Vary by Day, Morrison Center
There are few music and dance combinations as thrilling and timeless as Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s classic ‘The Nutcracker”. It will be performed at the Morrison Center for 3 days in mid-December. So, before this amazing opportunity passes you by, be sure to join Ballet Idaho for this incredible experience.
Tickets for this amazing cultural event range from roughly $30 to $60 or so (these are estimates, please check Ballet Idaho’s website for current prices as they may change).
Dec 21st, 7:30 PM, Morrison Center
If you are into neoclassical new-age music, then you are going to really like Mannheim Steamroller. This American group has been wowing audiences for over 30 years with their rock infused classical music. This group is a wonderful group that offers some of the most amazing holiday and classical music next to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. If you are looking for a fun concert to go to this month, then this is one you ought not to miss. Check out their website for more information.
Dec 22nd, 2:00 PM, Albertson’s Stadium
Treasure Valley football fans big and small are going to have a great time on the night of December 22nd. Here at the Boise State Bronco’s own turf, one team from the Mountain West Conference will face off against a team from the Mid-American Conference. It is an awesome chance to get up into those bleachers to watch two teams battle it out on our beloved blue field for the rest of the country to see.
Tickets are on sale now so be sure to get them soon before all the great seats are gone.
Dec 31st, 1:00 PM to 1:00 AM
he Idaho Potato Drop is a yearly tradition where Idaho’s most enduring symbol (the potato) is dropped like the ball in Time Square. However, leading up to the ringing in of the new year is one of the Treasure Valley’s most exciting public parties of the year. In the twelve hours the party rages, there will be awesome music from local bands and musicians, great food, and even some adult beverages. Not to mention, there is plenty of volunteer opportunities and the chance to usher in the new year with the rest of the Treasure Valley.
Make sure that you also take a moment to come back here next year as we outline some of the awesome things that 2018 has in store for you!