April 2023 Calendar

By Les Tanner

Double-checking with event coordinators about the following locations, dates, and times is recommended.

Northern Idaho

3/31-2/2               Blues Festival 2023: Coeur d’Alene Resort, Coeur d’Alene

1     USPA Hells Canyon Showdown: Weight-lifting Competition. Limited to 60 lifters. Full Power, Bench Only, Deadlift Only Raw, Classic Raw, Single Ply.  Admission for spectators, $10. 8 AM – 5 PM. Hells Canyon Grand Hotel Lewiston

1     April Fools Day Craft Fair: The market will include crafters, farmers, fresh eggs, honey, medicinal teas, jewelry, arts, candles, goat soaps, food, and much more. Hours: 10 AM – 3 PM, Lions Club, Rathdrum

1-2  NIBCA Home and Garden Show: Bonner County Fair & Rodeo grounds, Sandpoint

5     READY! For Kindergarten: 4:30 PM – 6 PM, Grange Hall, Kendrick

8     Walk for Autism Acceptance:10 AM – 2 PM, Kootenai County Fairgrounds, Coeur d’Alene

8     Cardboard Box Derby, Hawaiian Luau, BBQ: 11AM – 4 PM, Lookout Ski & Recreation Area, Mullan

8     Kiwanis Club Easter Egg Hunt: River Front Park. Kamiah

9     Easter Egg Hunt: Ages 2-12, 12:20 PM, The Assembly, 423 N Lincoln Ave, Sandpoint

15   Blooming into Spring Craft Fair: Lions Club, Rathdrum

15-16    Quilt Show: Theme-“Trip Around the World”, Latah County Fair, Moscow

19-22    Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival: University of Idaho, Moscow

21-23    Art Under the Elms: 500 8th Ave, Lewiston

21-23    Shoshone Serve & Play Weekend: Shoshone Mountain Retreat and Ranch, Wallace

22   “The Super Mario Bros” (Sensory Friendly Movie): 9:30 AM, Hayden Discount Cinema, Hayden

23   “Moonlight”: 2:30 PM, Panida Theatre Inc, Sandpoint

29   Courageous Kids Climbing: Children with physical and developmental disabilities are invited to learn how to climb climbing walls. This event is FREE of charge but space is limited.  Email: [email protected] to reserve a spot. 10 AM to Noon, U of I Climbing Center, Moscow

Southwestern Idaho

1     Museum Work Day: 8 AM.  Volunteers Welcome.  Lunchtime Seminar (bring your own lunch): Speaker and Topic: Roger Rosentreter: “Ecological Habitats”.  O.J.Smith Museum of Natural History, The College
of Idaho, Caldwell

1-2  Idaho Artistry in Wood and Gourds Show: Jack’s Urban Meeting Place, 1000 W Myrtle St, Boise

1-2  Gem State Comic Con: This pop culture event brings all fandoms together. From comic books, movies, celebrity guests, video games, cosplay, toys, games, anime, live entertainment, and much more.
Expo Idaho, Garden City

1-2  Idaho UTV Expo: 10 AM – 7 PM, O’Connor Field House, Caldwell

1-2  Maker Faire: Meridian

3-24      Kindergarten All-Stars: MON. Kindergarten readiness classes.  Bring your 4 to 5-year-old to learn classroom skills, make friends, and become a real Kindergarten All-Star. 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM, Meridian Library – Silverstone Branch, 3531 E Overland Rd, Meridian

4     Kilroy Coffee Klatch: FREE to any and all veterans! The general public is also welcome; regular admission charges will apply. Coffee and doughnuts will be served. 10 AM, Warhawk Air Museum, Nampa

4-25      Teen Hangout: TUESDAYS. 3:30 PM – 5 PM, Library!
at Cole & Ustick, Boise

5     Idaho Light Expo 2023: 2 PM – 7 PM, DMA Lighting, 4720 W Emerald St., Boise

6-27      School Age Fun: THURS. 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM, Library!
at Hillcrest, Boise

7-8  Gem State Bucking Battle: Sponsored by PBR (Professional Bull Riders). Idaho Horse Park,
16200 N Idaho Center Blvd, Nampa

7-9  37th annual Idaho Horse Expo: Idaho Horse Park, 16200 N Idaho Center Blvd, Nampa

7-9  4-H Mustang Adoption: Idaho Horse Park, Nampa

7-28      School Age Fun: THURSDAYS. 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM, Library! at Hillcrest, 5246 W Overland Rd, Boise

8     Les Bois Film Festival: Info at lttv.org/les-bois-film-fest. 1:30 PM – 9:30 PM, JUMP, Boise

8     Used Book Sale: Friends of Meridian Library District, 10 AM – 3 PM, Cherry Lane Branch, Meridian

10   MK Lecture–”Orchids of Idaho”: Idaho is home to 28 native orchid species. They occur in a surprising array of colors, shapes, and sizes, from the dainty fairy slipper, which is bright pink, to the giant stream orchid, which is peach and green. A few lack chlorophyll and parasitize other plants. Some attract pollinators in unusual ways. We will cover unique traits of orchids, and how to identify and search for Idaho species. Speaker: Lynn Kinter.  Time: 6:30 PM – 8 PM. MK Nature Center, Boise

11   Music History with Eric Collett: 4 PM – 5 PM, Salmon Creek Gracious Retirement Living, Boise

13   Breakfast in Idaho: 10 AM, Scentsy Gym, 2805 E Commercial St., Meridian

14   EFMP at Aquarium of Boise: Come and learn about the creatures of the sea. 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM, Aquarium Of Boise, 64 N Cole Rd, Boise

15   Family Pet Expo: Bring your well-behaved, furry, feathered and scaly friends to this year’s Idaho Pet Expo! This family event is open to pet enthusiasts of all ages and provides a day packed full of everything your pet could ever need. Adopt a new pet! There will be an array of local and national pet products and services such as food items, toys, gear, microchipping, grooming and more! 10 AM – 4 PM. Fees/Admission, $5 Single Ticket, $20 Family Pass. Expo Idaho, Garden City

15   Optimist Family Movie: 2 PM – 4 PM, Caldwell Public Library, 1010 Dearborn St., Caldwell

15   Celebration of the Young Child: 11 AM – 3 PM,
Julia Davis Park, 700 S Capitol Blvd, Boise

15   Veteran Suicide Awareness Event and Rally: Charity Ride. 8 AM – 6 PM, Ford Idaho Center, Nampa

17   Brick Club: Learn the basics of chess or play for fun. 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM, Meridian Library District, 1326 W Cherry Ln., Meridian

18-22    Boise River Marathon: Boise

21   Kids’ Night Out: We are celebrating Earth Day for April’s kids’ night out.  Activities, food, fun.  Ages 6-12. Member $20, Non-Member $30 (Financial assistance available upon approval of application.)
6 PM – 8:30 PM, Family YMCA, Caldwell

22   Rugged Idaho Expo – The Scout Guide: 8 AM – 2 PM, Indian Creek Plaza, Caldwell

23   Snake River Concert: 3 PM – 5:30 PM, Givens Hot Springs, Melba

23   Forest Tea Party: Join us for a Tea Party in the forest.  Toni Hodge will bring a delicious tea for everyone to enjoy while experiencing the nature around us. We will also be making fairy crowns…stuffed animals welcome! $10/prticipant. This is a fundraiser for EverWild Forest School’s Scholarship Fund. 10 AM –  11:30 AM, EverWild Forest School, 930 Veterans Memorial Parkway, Boise

28   ASID Spring Student Spectacular: 8:30 AM – Noon, CSHQA, 200 W Broad St., Boise

29   Youth Appreciation Day: 11 AM – 3 PM, Gem County Recreation District, 107 E Main St, Emmett

Southern Idaho

1     “Ray On My Mind”: This concert brings the music and the story of the great Ray Charles to vivid life. $38/adults; $14/students high school or under. 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM, CSI Fine Arts Auditorium, Twin Falls

1-29      Canyon Rim Parkrun: SATURDAYS. 9 AM – 11 AM, Nielsen Point Place, Twin Falls

11   READY! For Kindergarten: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM, Elementary School, Kimberly

11          62nd Annual Southern Idaho Livestock Hall of Fame Banquet: 6:30 PM, The Stone House,  330 4th Ave. S.,  Twin Falls

13-15    Disney’s “Newsies Jr”: Gooding High School, Gooding

14-15    Supper & fun variety show:Buhl Senior Center 1010 Main St. Tickets: $15.00/person. available at the door. Doors open 5:45, Buhl

19   District IV Large Ensemble Band/Choir Festival: 8 AM – 5 PM, Burley High School, 2100 Parke Ave, Burley

19-22    “The Merchant of Venice”: CSI Theatre Department’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s imaginative and thought-provoking play modernized, edited, and compiled by director Shane Brown. Adults only.  CSI, Twin Falls

21-22    Magic Valley Symphony Concert: College of Southern Idaho Fine Arts Building, Twin Falls

Central Idaho

2-5  U.S. Alpine Championships: Warm Springs Lodge, Ketchum

4-25      Preschool Story Time: TUESDAYS. 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM, Community Library, Stanley

5-26      Storytime: WEDNESDAYS. 11 AM – 11:30 AM, Public Library, Hailey

6     READY! For Kindergarten: 10:30 AM – Noon,
Public Library, 7 W Croy St, Hailey

16   Wood River Orchestra Spring 2023 Concert: 4 PM, 1050 Fox Acres Rd, Hailey

Eastern Idaho

6     “A stroll through the Cretaceous of Idaho”:
3 PM – 4:30 PM, Museum of Idaho, 200 N Eastern Ave., Idaho Falls

6-27      Flip & Twist Open Gym and Preschool Open Gym: THURSDAYS. 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM. Flip & Twist, 3019 S 25th E, Ammon

15   ISU Wind Ensemble/Concert Band Performance: 7:30 PM – 9 PM, Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center, Pocatello

16   Gem and Mineral Show: 10 AM – 5 PM, Recreation Center, 520 Memorial Dr, Idaho Falls

17   Courageous Kids Climbing: Children with physical and developmental disabilities are invited to learn how to climb climbing walls. Event is FREE of charge but space is limited.  Email: [email protected] to reserve a spot. 3 PM – 5 PM, The Rock Gym, Rexburg

21-22    Monster Truck Grand Nationals: Holt Arena, ISU Campus, Pocatello

22   ISU Spring Choirs Concert: 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM, L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center, Pocatello

23   Idaho State-Civic Symphony Concert–”Manhattan Skyline”: 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM, L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center, Pocatello

27-5/8   “A Gentleman’s Guide To Love And Murder”: Idaho Falls Youth Arts Centre, Idaho Falls


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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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