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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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!