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Big Water Blowout River Festival: Saturday, June 2, Riggins, 2.5 hours north of Boise on Idaho 95. Experienced outfitters and guides offering discounted whitewater rafting trips from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Arrive at the city park in time to enter the Dutch Oven Cook-off contest; cooking begins at 5 p.m. and dishes are ready for the judges at 7 p.m. Music by Current Flow. www.bigwaterblowout.com.
Central Bench Spring Festival: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 2, Cassia Park, 4600 W. Camas St., Boise. Music, dance, artists demonstrations, clothing swap, drop-in softball, information booths from local nonprofits and an International Food Rally. Free.
Dine out help a Meridian man: Noon to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 2, Fuddruckers, 3421 N. Eagle Road, Meridian. The restaurant will donate 20-percent of sales to the National Foundation for Transplants in Rocky Thompson’s honor. Include entertainment from Frogs of the North, karaoke, raffles, face painting, a silent auction, bake walk, more. Contact Sherry Thompson at email@example.com for more information.
String Bass Recital: 7 p.m. Saturday, June 2, Morrison Center Recital Hall, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise. Featuring Renaud Boucher-Browning, string bass; Anaïse Boucher-Browning, viola and piano; Peggy Purdy, piano. Music of Bach, Sperger, Verdi, Rachmaninov and Proto. Free.
Art Roses: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 3, Julia Davis Park, 700 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise. Framed original paintings, sculptures and framed photographs from local artists; no crafts or prints. Also food, drinks and musical entertainment. Benefit for Julia Davis Rose Garden Fund. Free. Interested artists call 938-5741 for booth application and/or info.
Sheepherders breakfast: 10 a.m. Sunday, June 3, The Basque Market, 608 W. Grove St., Boise. Traditional Basque breakfast with Sheepherders bread, chorizos, Basque potatoes, egg pipparade, churros and bottomless Basque Bloody Mary’s or Sangria Blanco. $10 per person, $15 with alcohol. 433-1208, www.thebasquemarket.com.
Idaho Patriot Thunder Ride: 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 3, Warhawk Air Museum, 201 Municipal Drive, Nampa. Patriot motorcycles will conclude their fundraising ride from Meridian to Mountain Home Air Force Base to the Warhawk Air Museum. The fundraiser will support Idaho troops and their families and will include music and food. $10 general, $8 seniors and military, $4 children 5-12. 890-9359, www.warhawkairmuseum.org.
Bob Schneider: 8 p.m. Sunday, June 3, Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St., Boise. Opening: Laura Warshauer. $18. TicketWeb, 466-8499. $20 at the door.
Mushroomhead: 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 4, Knitting Factory, 416 S. 9th St., Boise. Opening: Tenafly Viper. $17. Ticketfly, (877) 435-9849.
Tribal Seeds: 8:15 p.m. Tuesday, June 5, Knitting Factory, 416 S. Ninth St., Boise. $13. Ticketfly, (877) 435-9849.
Neon Trees: 7 p.m. Thursday, June 7, Knitting Factory, 416 S. Ninth St., Boise. $15. Ticketfly, (877) 435-9849.
“Cruzin 55” Car Show and Family Fun Day: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 9, Horseshoe Bend City Park, Idaho 55. Custom, vintage, rod, bike and car show; vendors; children’s activities, music, free kids’ fishing derby at Mill Pond. Free. (208) 793-2233.
BioBlitz 2012 and Kids’ Fishing Day: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 9, Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 13751 Upper Embankment Road, Nampa. Guided boat tips to net fish on Lake Lowell, guided bird and photography walks, and insect-collecting expeditions. Also, live birds of prey, fish and reptiles; a Bug Tent; interactive exhibits; kids’ arts and crafts; photo scavenger hunt. Schedule of activities at www.fws.gov/deerflat. To register for one of the guided activities, call 467-9278. Free. Æ Free fishing day, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Gotts Point. Kids can learn about fish biology, fishing ethics and water safety. Poles available to borrow.
Bodybuilding.com Fitness Expo: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 9, CenturyLink Arena, 233 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise. Features John “Bones” Jones, Frankie Edgar and Jamie Eason, pro body builders, pro UFC fighters and more. Check out the Grapplers Quest, CrossFit Competition, Strong Man Exhibitions and meet athletes, models and get free samples and tips from the top companies in the industry. Free. http://Bodybuilding.com/BFE.Æ The Fit USA Show, 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 9, The Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise. Watch the fittest bodies from around the U.S. compete for the prize, plus a performance by the American Acrobats and strong man feats of strength. $10-$20 at http://Bodybuilding.com/FITUSA.
The Community Progressive II: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 9, Julia Davis Park, 700 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise. Food trucks, local beer and wine, two stages of music, outdoor market place, nonprofit row, workshops and lectures. Free. 861-8907, www.uvidaho.org.
Art in the Bar VI: Noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 9, Knitting Factory, 416 Ninth St., Boise. See the work of more than 50 artists — many who are new to the gallery scene. All ages. Free.
Blues, Brews and BBQs: 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 9, Memorial Stadium, 5600 N. Glenwood St., Garden City. Music by Heff Friends, Innocent Man, Phantasmagoria, Next in Line, Marshall Poole, Lori B!, Bart Barbour Blues Band, The Blues Addicts. Brews from Sockeye, Tablerock, The Ram, Highlands Hollow, Grand Teton, Payette, 10 Barrel, Crooked Fence. Food by Idaho BBQ, Rolling Hawg Smokers, MickeyRay’s, Baldy’s. Benefit for the Idaho Humane Society. $15 for beer ticket, $7 non-beer ticket, free for ages 5 and younger. Bring a bag of cat litter, cat food or dog food and receive $2 off your ticket. 322-5000.
Grand opening celebration of Julius M. Kleiner Memorial Park: 1 p.m. Saturday, June 9, 1900 N. Records Ave., Meridian. Ribbon-cutting ceremony and dedication, followed by music, food vendors, trolley rides, walking tours, face painting and culminating with a performance by the Meridian Symphony Orchestra. Free.
River City Entertainment’s “Achey Breaky Head”: 5 p.m. Saturday, June 9, Thunder Mountain Line, 120 Mill Road, Horseshoe Bend. Dinner will be served. For ticket info: 331-1184, www.thundermountainline.com.
Aloha Wine Dinner: 6 p.m. Saturday, June 9, Castle Ranch Steakhouse, 3300 S. Vista Ave., Boise. Six-course Hawaiian feast, paired with six wines from Woodriver Cellars. $89 per person (plus tax and gratuity). Reservations: 914-3952, www.theboisehotel.com/dining.
Special Olympics Idaho Round Up: 6 p.m. Saturday, June 9, Special Olympics Idaho, 199 E. 52nd St., Garden City. Dinner provided by MickeyRay’s BBQ and music by JoyRide. $50 per person. 724-1696, www.idso.org.
“Kitten on the Keys”: 7p.m. Saturday, June 9, Nampa Civic Center, 311 Third St. S. Sean Rogers performs ragtime, jazz and silent movie accompaniment. Portion of proceeds benefit Pet Haven. $10 at the door. 468-5555.
The Bishops’ House Fair: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 10, The Bishops’ House, 2420 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise. Local artists and craftsmen, children’s activities, food and beverages, raffle, and tours. Proceeds benefit The Friends of The Bishops’ House. $3 admission, free for ages younger than 12. 342-3279, www.thebishopshouse.com.
Loyalty to Local: Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 10, Edwards Greenhouse, 4106 Sand Creek St., Boise. Local food trucks, a beer garden with Payette Brewery, local musicians, and a raffle with prizes. Free. www.thinkboisefirst.org.
Savor Idaho: Idaho’s Premier Wine and Food Event: 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 10, Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise. $45 per person. Select-a-Seat, 426-1494. www.idahobotanicalgarden.org.
Opera Idaho’s Art Song Recital: 2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 10, Boise Philharmonic, 516 S. Ninth St. Featuring Opera Idaho Resident Company singers. Free. 345-3531, Ext. 2; www.operaidaho.org.
Storytrail Storytime “Bunnies”: 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, June 11, Foothills Learning Center, 3188 Sunset Peak Road, Boise. Children ages 2-6 will enjoy stories, crafts and activities. Free. 493-2530.
Game night: Play with words: 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 12, Boise Library Hillcrest branch, 5246 W. Overland Road.
Dia Frampton: 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 12, Knitting Factory, 416 S. Ninth St., Boise. Opening: Scars on 45. $15. Ticketfly, (877) 435-9849.
Paella cooking class: 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, The Basque Market, 608 W. Grove St., Boise. Learn the traditional techniques of preparing Spain’s national dish, as well as olive tapenade. Include a tasting of three to four wines and light tapas (appetizers). $35 per person. 433-1208, www.thebasquemarket.com.
Nickelback: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, Idaho Center, 16200 Idaho Center Blvd., Nampa. Opening: Bush, Seether, My Darkest Days. $45-$75. ICTickets, 442-3232.
Idaho Human Rights Education Center’s “Change Your World Celebration”: 5:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, June 14, Barber Park Events Center, 4049 S. Eckert Road, Boise. Appetizers and dinner provided by Life’s Kitchen; silent and live auction; keynote speaker and honoree Clifton Taulbert, founder of the Building Community Institute in Tulsa and author of “Eight Habits of the Heart;” and music by Linda Ricketts with the New Trio. $60 per person. 345-0304, www.idaho-humanrights.org.
Evening in the Garden Habitat for Humanity Fundraiser: 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, June 14, FarWest Landscape and Garden Center, 5728 W. State St., Boise. Gourmet food, wine, music, silent and live auctions. $25 per person. 853-4000, http://farwestgardencenter.net.
Poster Party 2012: 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, June 14, Oliver Russell Building, 217 S. 11th St., Boise.Limited edition art posters will be for sale by local artists, including Cody Rutty, Matt Bodette, Erin Ruiz, Grant Olsen, Julia Green, Noble Hardesty, Sector 17 and others. Vinyl Preservation Society will provide the music, with beer from Payette Brewing Co. and food from Archie’s Place. Proceeds from the sales benefit the Treasure Valley YMCA.
“The Tempest”: 7 p.m. Thursday, June 14, Edwards 22 IMAX, 7701 Overland Road, Boise. Broadcast of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival’s production of “The Tempest,” directed by Des McAnuff and starring Academy Award winner Christopher Plummer as Prospero, the banished Duke of Milan. Marooned on a distant island with his daughter, Miranda (Trish Lindström) he turns to magic to bring his enemies to him, then he must balance the scales between his own need for revenge and his daughter’s happiness. It’s followed by a QA with Plummer and McAnuff. $15.
Melissa Etheridge: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 14, Eagle River Pavilion, 827 E. Riverside Drive. $35 lawn, $59.50 reserved, $99.50 VIP. Ticketfly, (877) 435-9849.
Dead Sara: 8 p.m. Thursday, June 14, Knitting Factory, 416 S. Ninth St., Boise. Free tickets by listening to KQXR 100.3 The X.
Mickey Avalon: 8:30 p.m. Friday, June 15, Knitting Factory, 416 S. Ninth St., Boise. $17. Ticketfly, (877) 435-9849.
Horseshoe Daze: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 16, Payette County Fairgrounds, 310 E. Blvd., New Plymouth. Library book sale, youth bike rodeo, chamber silent auction, antique tractor pull, ditch duck race, yard sales, vendors, entertainment. Free. 369-3796.
Bark in the Park: 11 a.m. Saturday, June 16, Ponderosa State Park, 1920 David Ave., McCall. A 3k fun walk to raise funds for MCPAWS Regional Animal Shelter. Post-walk festivities include a picnic lunch, and contests and prizes for you and your best friend. $19. (208) 634-3647, www.mcpaws.org.
Family movie matinee: 2 p.m. Saturday, June 16, Boise Library Ustick branch, 7557 W. Ustick Road. When a young owl is abducted by an evil owl army, he must escape with newfound friends to seek out the legendary guardians to stop the menace (2010). Rated PG. Free. For title, call 570-6900.
Concerts on Broadway: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 16, Meridian City Hall Amphitheater, 33 E. Broadway Ave. Music by High Street. Free.
Eric Carle Birthday Party: 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 20, Boise Library Collister branch, 4724 W. State St. Kids are invited to a party inspired by Eric Carle, bestselling author and artist of picture books for very young children, including “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.”
Movie discussion group for adults: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 21, Boise Library Ustick branch, 7557 W. Ustick Road. In this 1954 movie, a wheelchair-bound photojournalist and his beautiful fiancée solve a brutal murder that no one else believes occurred. A short discussion follows the movie. Rated PG.
Tommy Emmanuel: 8 p.m. Thursday, June 21, The Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise. $30, $35 and $40. ICTickets, 442-3232. All tickets are $5 more day of show.
Micky and The Motorcars: 8 p.m. Friday, June 22, Knitting Factory, 416 S. Ninth St., Boise. Opening: Jimmy Bivens. $21. Ticketfly, (877) 435-9849.
Sports card show: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 23, Boise Hotel and Conference Center, 3300 Vista Ave. Buy, sell, trade — cards, memorabilia and vintage items. Free. 338-3828.
World Refugee Day: 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 23, The Grove plaza, N. Eighth and W. Main streets, Boise. Music, dance, storytelling and poetry, a naturalization ceremony, and ethnic food and crafts. 336-4222, www.idahorefugees.org/worldrefugeeday.
Movies Under the Stars “Puss in Boots”: Free games and crafts for kids at 7 p.m., movie at dusk Saturday, June 23, Gene Harris Bandshell, Julia Davis Park, 700 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise. Free. 854-4065, www.boiseschoolsfoundation.com.
2012 Garden Tour: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 24, Boise. Enjoy a variety of private gardens. Fundraiser for the Idaho Botanical Garden. $20 per person, in advance at the IBG administrative office or on tour day at any of the private gardens. Tour brochure and map at www.idahobotanicalgarden.org. 343-8649.
Wilco: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 26, Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise. $44. Ticketfly, (877) 435-9849.
Kenny Loggins: 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 26, Sun Valley Pavilion, 300 Dollar Road. $29-$99. 888-622-2108, http://seats.sunvalley.com.
Stanley Street Dance: 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, June 28, Ace of Diamonds Avenue, Stanley. Music by Gizzard Stone, beer, food. Free.
Stock Your Cellar event: 7 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 29, The Basque Market, 608 W. Grove St., Boise. Taste 10 different wines from the Iberian Peninsula and enjoy light tapas. Receive a 10-percent discount on the featured wines of the night. $15 per person in advance, $20 at the door. 433-1208, www.thebasquemarket.com.
H2Overload: 8 to 11 p.m. Friday, June 29, Roaring Springs Waterpark, 400 W. Overland Road, Meridian. Teen slide event with dancing at Club Wave. $14.99 plus tax. Continues on Fridays, through Aug. 24. 884-8842, www.roaringsprings.com.
P-38 Lightning and P-40 Warhawk Fighter Round-Up: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 30, Warhawk Air Museum, 201 Municipal Drive, Nampa. Watch rare fighters in action: P-38, P-40s, P-51C, AT-6, and N3N Yellow Peril. Also featuring special guest speaker Major Frederic Arnold (retired WWII P-38 pilot with combat missions) with a presentation, QA session and book signing. A screening of “Between Two Worlds,” a documentary of Major Arnold, will also be shown. $10 general, $8 seniors and military, $4 children 5-12. 890-9359, www.warhawkairmuseum.org.
American Festival Chorus: 8 p.m. Saturday, June 30, Sun Valley Pavilion, 300 Dollar Road. With Alyson Cambridge. $29, $39, $49 and $59. (888) 622-2108, http://seats.sunvalley.com.