April 2019 Calendar

By Les Tanner

In spite of our efforts to ascertain that events listed in our calendar are described accurately, cancellations or changes due to weather, illness of performers, and other such things, although rare, are bound to occur. Double checking with the event coordinators about locations, dates and times is always a good idea. Details about many of the following events can be found at idahocalendar.com

Northern Idaho

2 Bonner Mall Seniors Day: Come walk the Mall, enjoying a featured speaker or entertainment, free refreshments, games and a drawing. 9 a.m. to noon, Ponderay

2 Young Readers Book Club: For kids 6-10 years old. 4:00-5:00 PM, Book People bookstore, Moscow

4 Sandpoint Farmers Market Opening Day: Shop for fresh produce, artisan goods and enjoy live entertainment.  Market is held Saturdays (9am-1pm) and Wednesdays (3-5:30pm) through October. Farmin Park, Sandpoint

4-5 Celebrate Silverwood Theme Park’s 31st anniversary during opening weekend, Athol

9 Readers Book Club: For kids 9-14 years old. 4:00-5:00 PM, Book People bookstore, Moscow

13 Hop and Stop Scavenger Hunt: 10 Stops, Fun Tasks, Incredible Prizes.  All Ages, Fill a Car with a talented team to battle it out.  Information at 208-512-0814.  Proceeds benefit local charity.  Noon to 5:00pm, Coeur d’Alene

19 Kid’s Night Out: Kids will get to enjoy games, movies, snacks and fun while parents can enjoy a few hours doing whatever they want! It’s a win for everyone!  All kids will be supervised by Eggan Youth Center staff. $8/child (resident), $9/child (non-resident_.  6:00-9:00 PM.  Eggan Youth Center, Moscow

19-21 Salmon River Jet Boat Races: Race teams from Canada and the United States will be competing for Cash Prize Awards and bragging rights from having raced the most exciting and longest running river Jet Boat Race in the U.S.A.!  Riggins

20 Lions Easter Egg Hunt: River Front Park, Kamiah

20 Missoula Children’s Theatre, “Blackbeard the Pirate”: 1:00pm and 3:30pm. Adults $15, Youth 18 & Under $5 . Panida Theater, Sandpoint

20 Free Boat Safety Course: 8:00 AM, Hayden

22-27 Earth Day Celebration: Week-long event, Lapwai

26 Baked Potato Bar Fundraiser: $4 for children under 8, $6 for all others.  5:00 PM, Banquet Room, Lake City Center, Coeur d’Alene

27-5/5 K&K Spring Fishing Derby: 48th annual spring fishing contest sponsored by the  Lake Pend Oreille Idaho Club, Sandpoint

29 Saturday Farmer’s Market, Kamiah/Kooskia

Southwestern Idaho

1 Family History Night: Drop in and learn more about genealogical research.  Bring basic questions about yourself and family, plus “how-to” questions.  If you have a laptop or tablet, bring it as well.  5:30-7:30 PM, Public Library, Nampa

1-22 Homeschool Makiteers: MONDAYS. Hands-on projects that encompass science, technology, engineering, and math topics (STEM) for ages 8-12.  1:30-3:00 PM, Ada Community Library – Victory Branch, Boise

1-6/2 Crow’s Shadow: This exhibition features seventy-five original prints, chronicling the history of the Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts, a nationally recognized printmaking studio, located on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation near Pendleton, Oregon.  Boise Art Museum, Boise

2 Kilroy Coffee Klatch: 10:00-12:00 at Nampa’s Warhawk Air Museum; FREE for ALL veterans and ALL veterans are welcome; Coffee and breakfast treats are served at no charge.  No RSVP required – just show up; Nampa

3 Boise Birding Series: “Bird Song.”  Free program for experienced and novice birders alike.  8:00-9:00 AM, Foothills Learning Center, Boise

3 The Club!: This is a new group function for teens with disabilities.  Activities include music, crafts, games, movies, and more.  2:00pm – 3:00pm, Public Library, Nampa

4,11 AARP Tax-Aide Tax Preparation Service: THURSDAYS.  Free tax preparation service to the Caldwell community.  10:00 AM – 2:00 PM, Train Depot, Caldwell

4-25 Children’s Story Time: THURSDAYS. A group program of stories, music, and activities for children ages 3 to 5.  The easy hands-on activities will begin teaching your child kindergarten readiness skills. 10:30 – 11:30 a.m, Public Library, McCall

5-7 Idaho State Horse Show: Ford Idaho Horse Park, Nampa

5-27 Stargaze at Bruneau Dunes: FRIDAYS and SATURDAYS. See the night sky as you’ve never seen it before through the “Obsession” 25-inch Newtonian Reflector telescope. Observatory tours and solar viewing are available in the evening before the sun goes down. Adults $5.00; Seniors and Students, $3.00; Ages 5 and under, free.  Bruneau Dunes Observatory, Bruneau Dunes State Park, Mt. Home

6 Museum Work Day: Volunteers welcome; 8:00AM; Lunchtime Seminar (bring your own lunch): Speaker: Dr. Barbara Ertter, “Yukon Botany: Bennett’s BABY (B.A.Bennett Herbatorium, Yukon), Canadian Oil, and Potentilla”.  Locations: Workday in the O.J.Smith Museum of Natural History; Seminar in Room 116.  Boone Hall, The College of Idaho, Caldwell

6 Family Saturday Movie, “The House with a Clock in Its Walls”: 1:30~3:30 p.m., Public Library, Nampa

6 Free Boat Safety Course: 9:00 AM, Gem County Emergency Medical, 330 E Main St Emmett

6 Spring Fling: Free fun event for the whole family. 9:00 AM-5:00 PM, O’Connor Field House, Caldwell

6 Train Depot Open House: Come on over and take a look around at all of the Caldwell history on display! A great family outing for young and old . Train Depot, Caldwell

7-28 Writer’s Workshops: SUNDAYS.  Ages 18+. The first hour includes workshops, writing prompts, and personal goal setting. The second hour will be dedicated to writing. 2:30 PM, Public Library, Caldwell

9 Southern Idaho Livestock Hall of Fame Banquet: This special event  honors individuals who have made a difference in the livestock industry. $25/plate.  Reservations: 208-732-1077.  6:30 PM, Turf Club, Twin Falls

12-13 Pickin’ Boise Vintage & Artisan Show: Friday Noon-9pm, Saturday 10am-4pm, Admission $7/adults, 12 and under are free.  Center and South Expo Buildings, Garden City

12-14 Idaho Horse Expo: You don’t need to own a horse, just love them.  This family event is for the Horse Lover in all of us.  Pet horses, meet different breeds of horses, see what a horse can do or watch a trainer tame a Wild Horse.  Plus a Kids Corral for fun, games and learning. Admission: $10 (Kids 12 & Under free ). 10:00 AM-9:00 PM, Ford Idaho Horse Park, Nampa

13 McCall Music Society’s Spring Concert: There will be two performances, 3PM and 7:30PM, at McCall Community Congregational Church, 901 1st Street. The concerts will feature music by the McCall Concert Singers. McCall

13 3rd Annual “Spring Is In The Air” Vendor & Craft Fair: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Senior Center, Meridian

13 Foothills Family Day, “Puddles and Rainclouds!”: Explore what is in the clouds and the importance of our trickling streams and small ponds to Boise’s ecosystem. We’ll have cloud-in-a-jar demonstrations, scavenger hunt, and more!  Free; no pre-registration. 10:00 AM-1:00 PM, Foothills Family Center, 3188 Sunset Peak Rd, Boise

13 Tea with C.S.Lewis and J.R.R.Tolkien: Free preview for Caldwell Fine Arts evening program.  2:00-3:00 PM, Community Room, Public Library, Caldwell

13-14 Dollhouse–Miniature Show and Sale. Vendors from across the Northwest will offer their unique and often hand-made dollhouse supplies and accessories. Exhibits will inspire attendees to try their own projects! Door Prizes, raffles.  Best Western Vista Inn at the Airport, Boise

17 BUGS Home School Days, “Seeds & Planting”: A lesson on seeds and plant life cycles.  For grades K-6.  $3 per student.  Register at https://parks.cityofboise.org/register-for-classes. 1:00-2:30pm. Boise Urban Garden School (BUGS), 2995 N Five Mile Rd, Boise

20 Earth Day Work Day: Be a volunteer and help remove noxious weeds and clean up litter around the shore of Lake Lowell, and other possible projects.  Open to all families.  Please pre-register @ (208) 467-9278.  9:00 a.m – 12:00 noon.  Deer Flat NWR Visitors Center, Lake Lowell, Nampa

20 Family Movie: 2:00 PM.  (ages 4+); free popcorn. Community Room, Public Library, Caldwell

20 Easter Eve Party: For all ages.  Meet and pet live animals that 4-H youth have raised, plant a vegetable for your garden, and create spring crafts.  10:00 AM-1:00 PM.  At 11:00 there will be an Easter Egg hunt. Boise WaterShed, 11818 W. Joplin Road, Boise

20 Treasure Valley Roller Derby: 5:00 PM, North Expo, Expo Idaho, Garden City

25 Nature Explorers Preschool Program: Preschoolers (3-5) use their natural curiosity to investigate nature, with hands-on activities.  Come with an adult and be ready to be outside.  Free!  For more information, email [email protected] or call 208-467-9278.  10:30 AM, Visitors’ Center, Deer Flat NWR, Upper Dam, Lake Lowell, Nampa

27 Family Pet Expo: A fun-filled event for the entire family to enjoy. Bring your well-behaved feline, canine, reptile, or flying companions with you and appreciate an experience that has drawn a plethora of incredible pets to one location.  Adults $6. Kids 12 & Under Free, 9AM-5PM, South Expo, Expo Idaho, Garden City

Southern Idaho

1 Collectif9: Montreal’s cutting-edge classical string ensemble . 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM, Fine Arts Center, CSI, Twin Falls

12-27 Art & Soul of the Magic Valley: This is the Northwest’s largest cash-prize awarding public-vote art contest.  It features over 300 artists, and takes place in the businesses and public spaces of Twin Falls

13 Free Motorbike and ATV Safety Classes: Preregister at  www.idpr.idaho.gov/reced. 9:00am to 12:00pm, Thousand Springs State Park, Hagerman

13 Star Party: Waxing gibbous moon at 65%, Mars, double stars, and star clusters. Free admission.  8:30 PM, CSI Centennial Observatory, Twin Falls

26 Magic Valley Pops Concert: An Earth Day pops concert, featuring an extravaganza of Westwater Arts Photochoreography with local photography.  7:30 PM, CSI Fine Arts Auditorium, Twin Falls

Central Idaho

1-6 Missoula Children’s Theater Week: “The Frog Prince”.  Auditions, April 1; Rehearsals, April 1-5; Performances, April 6 (3:00 and 7:00 PM, Challis

4/12-5/17 Challis Arts Council Members’ Show: “Inspired”: MadDog Gallery, Challis

12-13 Fiddlers of Idaho State 2019 Championship: Whether you’re a fiddler and plan to compete, just love fiddling or have never really listened, these events are a must for all! Join us for the fiddling events on Friday night and come back Saturday to enjoy the Championship Contest. A weekend you are sure to remember.  Community Center, Hailey

15 Shakespeare’s “As You Like It”: 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM, Challis Middle School, Challis

21 American Legion Breakfast: 8:00-10:00 AM, American Legion Hall, Challis

Eastern Idaho

1-30 Archimedes; Science and Innovations: Puzzles and inventions from a 3rd-century BCE man who revolutionized the ancient world. (http://www.museumofidaho.org/visit/ for information about hours and admission), Museum of Idaho, Idaho Falls

4 Free ATV Safety Class: Preregister at idpr.idaho.gov/reced . 6:00pm to 9:00pm, Airport Park, Blackfoot

4-25 Acoustic Musician’s Open Mic Night: THURSDAYS.  All ages to showcase their musical talents. 7:00 PM, Kool Beanz Café, Idaho Falls

6 Swing Junction’s Big Dance: 8:00-11:00 PM, American Legion Hall, Idaho Falls

12-13 Folk Festival: Enjoy great music performed by Folk Singer/Songwriters from the Northwest. Admission is free, but donations at the door are appreciated or purchase a raffle ticket for a great list of prizes. All proceeds are contributed to the Lava Hot Springs Elementary School Music Program. Lava Hot Springs

12-13 Cowboy Poetry Gathering: Regional and Local talent.  12pm-10pm, South Fremont High School, Saint Anthony

12-13 Craft Fair and Book Sale: Public Library, Idaho Falls

13 Easter Egg Eggtravaganza!  Participating merchants will have 15,000 Easter Eggs filled with fun items for the kids.  The Easter Bunny will be here, too!  Bring the family along with baskets to collect the eggs. 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM, Old Town Pocatello

19-20 4th District High School Rodeo: Bareback, Saddle Broncs, Bull Riding, Roping, Steer Wrestling, Barrel Racing and more rodeo entertainment!  Bannock County Event Center, Pocatello

20 Where Is The Easter Bunny?: A hide-and-seek adventure to find the hidden bunnies.  Noon to 3:00pm at the Civitan Plaza, Idaho Falls

20 Portneuf Valley Environmental Fair: Caldwell Park, Pocatello

20 Goodby Hello Craft Show: Great vendors with a large number of homemade and craft items. FREE admission!  Mountain View Event Center, Pocatello

25-27 Used Book Sale: Hosted by The Friends of the Marshall Public Library, 113 S. Garfield St., Pocatello

26-27 High School Rodeo, American Falls

27 Paradise Market: East Idaho’s biggest spring craft fair.  Giveaways every 30 minutes and Idaho’s best vendors.  Free. 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Hillcrest High School, Idaho Falls

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Les Tanner

About Les Tanner

Les Tanner is shown here with his late wife, Ruby, to whom he was married for more than sixty years, and who also was on the staff of IDAHO magazine. When Les, a retired teacher, isn’t working on the magazine's calendar, proofreading, fishing, writing, playing pickleball, or pulling weeds, he’s out looking for Jimmy the cat.

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