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November Activities Around Boise

November

Wow.  Time has gotten away from me!  November is a very busy month.  Not only is it time to prepare for the holidays there are a lot of fun things to do around the valley.  Everything from wine tasting, farmer’s markets, a dog training event, a film festival, and much more. The people of Idaho like to be social and have fun.

NewDance: Form & Concept – Ballet Idaho

Thursday, November 8th through Sunday, November 11th  , Thursday and Friday 7:30 pm, Saturday 2:00 PM & 7:30 PM, Sunday 1:00 PM & 5:00 PM

Ballet Idaho, Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy:  501 S 8th St,Boise, Idaho

This intimate theater in the heart of downtown Boise will afford you the opportunity to get up close to the beauty, and form of dance.  Your imagination will be stretched, and your senses delighted when you indulge in the presentation of these varying  dance concepts. Don’t miss out on these world-class performances from highly sought after choreographers and the world premiere of Lauren Edson, one of Boise’s own hometown darlings.  

Stinker Stores Stomp Out Hunger 2018

November 9 – November 19, All Stinker Store Locations in Idaho

Help Stinker Stores stomp out hunger.  All you have to do is donate $1 with each of your purchases and Stinker will match that amount.  Each dollar that is donated the Idaho Food Bank can serve five people a meal. That’s pretty awesome!  Stinker has set a goal to raise $56,000 for 2018. They feel pretty confident they can raise that much since last year they were able to raise $56,771 and then Stinker kicked in another $25,000 bringing the total to $81,771.  Being a part of such a wonderful campaign can be a fulfilling experience.

Beginning Adult Breakdance

Thursday, November 15, 2018 , 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

JUMP, 1000 West Myrtle Street, Boise, ID

Have you ever wanted to learn how to breakdance, or maybe brush up on your dance skills?  Here’s your chance to become the dancer you’ve always wanted to be. Strengthening exercises and footwork methods are both parts of this fun, rocking, breakdance class.  Come join this rad group of dancers.

Wintry Market

Saturday, November 17, and Sunday, November 18, 2018 : 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

JUMP, 1000 W. Myrtle, Boise, ID, 5th and 6th floors:  Free admission

Food & Wine magazine has named this event the best holiday bazaar in Idaho.  Over 60 local artists and crafter will have their work on display for you to buy.   You will find a large variety of homemade, innovative, and original items that won’t put your budget into a tailspin.  Make your holidays even more special with that unique item from the Wintry Market.

Amazing Scavenger Hunt

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 :  7:00 am to 7:00 pm

Idaho State Capitol Building, 700 W Jefferson St, Boise, ID

With a smartphone in hand and a team of friends and/or family, you can go on a scavenger hunt that covers the entire downtown Boise.  Receive clues on your phone that will lead you and your team to historical locations where you will complete challenges, and maybe even learn a little more about your local history.  Using the promo code GOOUTLOCAL you and a team of 2-5 people can take on this adventure for only $39.20 per team. This opportunity is a fun way to learn history while spending time with your loved ones.

Winter Garden aGlow

Monday, November 19th through Saturday, January 5th:  5:30 pm to 9:00 pm. Last admissions will be at 8:45 p.m.

Idaho Botanical Gardens, 2355 Old Penitentiary Road Boise, Idaho

Come experience the magic of the gardens this holiday season.  Over 380,000 sparkling lights twinkle from the trees of the garden. The gates will be open Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day.  They will be open no matter the weather and don’t be surprised if Santa comes for a visit. Don’t miss out on this spectacular display that is sure to brighten your holidays.

The Forgotten Carols Play

Monday, November 26, 2018:  7:30 pm

Morrison Center, 2201 West Cesar Chavez Lane. Boise, Idaho

Don’t miss this enchanting, and witty musical which tells the story of Connie Lou a disenchanted nurse assigned to take care of an elderly man named only Uncle John for the holidays.  This charming, mysterious, eccentric gentleman introduces her to a different look at the holidays, encouraging her to open her heart to others, and the joy of the holiday season.

Festival of Trees

November 21st to 25th, 10am – 9pm

Boise Centre on the Grove, 850 W Front St, Boise, Idaho

This is the 35th anniversary of this charming event to benefit St. Alphonsus Hospital.  There will be an elaborate display of decorated trees which will be for sale. Performers from around the valley will perform, and share their talents.  Santa will be available to listen to holiday wishes, and for photos at the North Pole Village. Look for the K- 6 art contest, Train display, and the Lego display.

The month of November is chock full of exciting things to do that will make your holidays extraordinary.  Don’t forget to take some time this busy holiday season to have fun, and get involved in the community. Make sure you leave all the holiday preparations behind for a while and participate in the wonder of the season.  You won’t regret it.

 

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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.

February Events Around Boise

February Events

For many people, February means only one thing: cold. However, here in the Boise area, there are plenty of great things you can do to enjoy yourself and get away from the bitter cold. Well, at least most of them will; it’s hard not to enjoy the great outdoors here in Idaho, even in the winter. So, here are 5 awesome events for February 2018 in the Treasure Valley.

Boise Golf and Travel Show

Feb 9th to 11th, Expo Idaho:  Times Vary

Golf is well loved sport by many people, and the people of Boise are no different. In fact, we love golf here enough that we are having the Boise Golf and Travel Show over the weekend of February 9th. Whether you are an avid golfer or just a casual practitioner, you will find something you love here at the show. General Admission costs $12 and VIP Night tickets cost $20. Check out the website for more info.

Crazy Quilt & Embellishments Class

Feb 10th, Creative Corner Custom Framing

10:00 AM

For all you craft lovers out there, this one is for you! Creative Corner Custom Framing is more than just a frame shop— it’s also a fun place to go to learn about crafts of every kind. On February 10th, the craft of choice is quilting and embellishments. It is a fantastic opportunity to learn how to piece ‘crazy quilt blocks and explore the creative world of embellishments,’ according to their website.

Romancing the Pen

Wed., Feb. 14, 12-9 p.m.
208-334-2844
Quoted from the Idaho State Historical Society:

Looking for something other than roses or chocolates this Valentine’s Day? The Old Idaho Penitentiary is offering a unique alternative to this hum-drum day devoted to love. Stroll through the site and snuggle up with your Valentine or find the true meaning of “ball and chain.” Visitors can read ‘Love’ Stories from the Penitentiary, and play games like Match-In’ Mates, Honey Bee Heist and Pin the Rose on the Gardener, enjoy complimentary hot chocolate, fireside chats with experts, and self-guided tours. Presentations are indoors and have a limited capacity. Last admission 8 p.m. $11 for 2

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Old Idaho State Penitentiary2445 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise East Boise (map)

 

Intro to Woodworking

Feb 16th or 17th

Jack’s Urban Meeting Place (JUMP)

Times Vary

If you have ever looked at the fine craftsmanship of a woodworking project, or watched a video of a woodworker and thought, “I would love to do that!” then you’ll definitely want to sign up for the Intro to Woodworking class at JUMP. This class will go through the basics of woodworking and act as a springboard for you into the wonderful and fulfilling world of wood.

Build a Lending Library

Feb 24th, JUMP:  10:15 AM

Another JUMP even you should definitely check out is the Build a Lending Library instructional event. It is a wonderful way to life the spirits of your community while having fun at the same time. Lending libraries are small, waterproof boxes that you put around your neighborhood that have books placed in them for anyone to read. Now, the rules for the lending library may differ depending on the neighborhood, but typically people can provide books they would like to share and borrow and read books put there by their neighbors as often as they like. It is a wonderful way to promote literacy, and community unity.

 

We hope you are as excited for this month as we are. If so, mark your calendars and buy you tickets now so you won’t miss out on all the fun!