December 2016 Calendar

By Ruby Tanner

Family-oriented and “affordable” Idaho events get a free line in our calendar, and each month we choose several to highlight. Here’s how to submit:

Deadline:  The first of each month.
Lead time:  Two issues.
Next deadline: November 1 for the  January issue.
Send details to:  [email protected]

11/30-12/3     Christmas Tree Fantasy: Enjoy decorated trees and wreaths, enjoy the Fantasy Tea, bid on trees, and more; 1:00-2:00, Eastern Idaho State Fairgrounds, Blackfoot

1     Science After Hours: Explore the wonderful world of science with an open mind in a casual atmosphere; free; sponsored by Palouse-Clearwater Environmental Institute; 7:00PM-8:30PM, downtown Moscow

1     Christmas Bazaar, 9:00-3:00, Meridian City Hall, Meridian

1     Youth Symphony Winter Concert: 7:30-9:00PM, Idaho Falls

1     “Light Up The Night” Holiday Parade: 7:00-9:00PM, Friendship Square, Moscow

1,2,3     Movie “Sully”: The story of Chesley Sullenberger, who became a hero after gliding his plane along the water in the Hudson River, saving all of his 155 passengers; Free ISU Students, $2 Faculty/Staff, $3 Public; Bengal Theater ISU Campus, Pocatello

1,8     Riverstone Concerts: Enjoy free professional concerts from a variety of genres; High quality audio sound provided by Two Reeds; 6:00-8:00PM, Riverstone Park, Coeur d’Alene

1-3     Festival of Trees, Sandpoint

1-23     Winter Garden Aglow: 6:00-9:00 PM, Idaho Botanical Garden, Boise

1-29     TNT Thursdays: THURSDAYS; Youth program for ages 10 and up; 4:00-5:00PM, Public Library, Hailey

1-31     Gingerbread House Walking Tour, Lava Hot Springs

1-31     Avalanche Awareness Classes: FREE; for information and registration go to the Web site ( for specific dates, times, and locations; Statewide

2     Stuff The Bus: Locally Owned Radio presents “Stuff The Bus” at King’s Discount Store in Hailey. Donate new, unwrapped toys and non-perishable food items to those in need this Christmas. At the end of the event, the donations will be distributed to needy families during the holiday season, 3:00-6:00PM, Hailey

2     Inner-Tube Water Polo: Come hop in our inner-tubes for a fun game of inner-tube water polo; ages 8-14; Children must be able to pass the swim test before participating; free with Rec Center admission fee, Rec Center, Nampa

2     Chamber of Commerce Christmas Light Parade, Kamiah

2     Sportsman’s Association Wild Game Banquet and Auction: 4:00PM, Priest Lake

2-4     Dad’s Weekend, University of Idaho, Moscow

2-3     American Legion Craft Show: Boundary County Fair grounds, Bonners Ferry

2-3     Annual Bird Seed Sale: Stock up on birdseed, buy holiday gifts, see and learn about live raptors, and participate in children’s crafts and activities; a fun, festive event for the whole family; MK Nature Center, Boise

2-3     “All I Want For Christmas” Expo: Kingston Plaza, Idaho Falls

2-3,9-10     Yuletide Festival, Wallace

2-4     Christmas Show: Expo Idaho, Garden City

2-4     Dad’s weekend, University of Idaho, Moscow

2-30     Comedy Project: FRIDAYS, 8:00PM, MP Dance Studios, Pocatello

2-30     Friday Game Zone: FRIDAYS; For kids ages 8-17 4:00-6:00PM, Public Library, Moscow

3     Nez Perce National Historical Park Bead Bazaar, Lapwai

3     Free Admission Day, Museum Of Eastern Idaho: 10:00AM-5:00PM, Idaho Falls

3     “Christmas Around the World”: A variety of Christmas themed crafts, games and treats, plus a photo op with Santa, and cookies for all; Wood and Little Wood River Rooms, ISU Campus, Pocatello

3     Western Idaho Scholastic Chess League Tournament: Schools compete for Team Trophies & Individual Awards: Grades K-12: Elementary, Teen, & Individual Divisions, 3 Rounds – $7 advanced registration, $10 at the door: Check-in starts at 8:30 am; First Round begins at 9:00 am; Lowell Scott Middle School, Boise

3     Parade, Tree lighting, Santa visit; Glenns Ferry

3     Museum Work Day: Volunteers welcome; 8:00AM; Lunchtime Seminar (bring your own lunch): DR. Karl Prassack, Hagerman Fossil Beds N.M.; The O.J.Smith Museum of Natural History, Boone Hall, The College of Idaho, Caldwell

3     Festival of Trees, Grangeville

3     Georgia Wallace Holiday Bazaar: Fundraiser for a local family, for a toy drive, and Toys for Tots; 9:00-4:00PM, Elks Club, Boise

3     Christmas Kickoff: A day of fun activities like singing, food, bazaars, drawings, horse-drawn rides, a live Nativity, and much, much more; American Falls

3     Community Christmas Tree Lighting, Lapwai

3     Santa Claws Fun Run: The Santa Claws Fun Run is a great event for the whole family, including a visit from Santa at the event base, then load up on Christmas “Swag” at the five swag stations distributed along 5K course; the run benefits the Master of Science in Athletic Training Program at ISU University ( HYPERLINK mailto:[email protected]),[email protected]), Pocatello

3     Community Christmas Tree Lighting, Riggins

3     Lights Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony: 5:00PM, Hayden

3     Christmas Bazaar: 10AM – 4PM, Owyhee County Museum, Murphy

3     12 Ks of Christmas: A festive run with Christmas music at every K; cost–a donation; proceeds benefit high school music programs in C d’A; North Idaho College, Coeur d’Alene

3     Holiday Celebration, 8:00AM-9:00PM, Idaho City

3     Treasure Valley Night Light Parade, 6:00PM, Caldwell

3     Kiddie Jingle Parade & Tree Lighting, Kooskia

3     Christmas Craft Bazaar: Handmade Christmas items; 9:00AM, Silvercrest Estates, 1907 West Flamingo Ave, Nampa

3-24     Santa’s Workshop: SATURDAYS, 12:00-4:00PM; Santa Claus is coming to town, Rexburg

4-18     Sunday Market: SUNDAYS; Enjoy a variety of local crafters, artists, delicious food, produce and live music; Come out and support the northwest artisans; 1-3PM, Garden Plaza, Post Falls

5-26     Souper Supper: MONDAYS; hot meal served for free; open to all; 5:30-6:30PM, St Charles Church, Hailey

5,19     Reading at the Refuge: Preschoolers (and their parents!) are invited to listen to wildlife-related stories and do a related craft activity; at 10 AM and at 2 PM, Deer Flat NWR, Visitors Center, Upper Dam, Lake Lowell, Nampa

6     Kilroy Coffee Klatch: Held on the first Tuesday of every month for coffee and conversation at the Warhawk Air Museum, this event is FREE for ALL veterans and ALL veterans are welcome; 10:00 AM-12:00 noon; Nampa

6     Christmas Bazaar: Visit a variety of local vendors, artists and crafters; meander through the halls & enjoy live Christmas music; 11:00AM-2:00PM, Garden Plaza, Post Falls

7     First Wednesday: All day; Musicians, artists, merchants, business owners, non-profit groups, crafters, youth groups and more benefit from a community event like this; Emmett

7-28     Pre-School Story Hour: WEDNESDAYS; Stories with a guest reader, plus a snack; 10:00AM, Public Library, Salmon

7-28     Story Time: WEDNESDAYS; 10:30AM-12:30PM, Public Library, Hailey

8     Holiday Pops–THE SNOWMAN MOVIE: Civic Auditorium, Idaho Falls

8     Mini-Cassia C of C Christmas Party: 400-7:00PM, Heyburn

9     Community Day: A fund-raising benefit for Community Cancer Services (CSS) and Bonner Partners in Care Clinic; 100% of the ticket revenue raised will be donated to these two organization; if you don’t ski, you can still donate $10 to a great cause by purchasing a ticket online; Schweitzer Mountain Ski Area, Sandpoint

9     Family Game Night: A night of family friendly board games; Free to Students, $3 for Faculty/Staff, $5 per person & $10 for family or canned food item per person; Quad Lounge on the 2nd floor of the Pond Student Union Building, Idaho State University, Pocatello

10     Senior Cinnamon Roll Sale: 10:00AM-2:00PM, Senior Center, Salmon

10     Winter Market: 10:00-2:00, Moscow

10     Christmas Bazaar and Raffle Fundraiser: Live Music, FREE Santa photo with optional 5X7 printing on spot for $5 each, wide variety of Vendors, plus Raffle Fundraiser; this program helps families whose children are going through Shriners Hospital for medical procedures; a wonderful cause with no cost to families; 9-4pm, El Korah Shrine, 1118 West Idaho Street, Boise

10     “Joy to the World”, an ISU Christmas: Ring in the holidays with the Idaho State-Civic Symphony and ISU Choirs as they jubilantly perform various holiday favorites; Stephens Performing Arts Center, ISU campus, Pocatello

10     Santa’s Workshop: Come spend two hours making holiday crafts, playing games and decorating cookies—Santa will even be making an appearance; Advance registration is recommended (208-468-5777); Ages 3-12 ;12 noon-2pm, Member $4, Non-Member $5, Rec Center, Nampa

10,11     Cathedral Concert Series: “Contemporary Broadway Concert”; (information: [email protected]), Cathedral of the Rockies, Boise

10,17     Fall Farmers’ Market: Santa will be there; 10:00AM-2:00PM; Old Gym, Homedale

13     7th Annual Caldwell Night Rodeo “Christmas Party & Holiday Fundraiser: Join the CNR board of Directors and Miss Caldwell Night Rodeo for a festive and fun-filled evening; FREE ADMISSION; Everyone welcome; Proceeds will benefit Kid’s First Cast and Caldwell’s Shop with a Cop; 6:00-9:30PM, O’Connor Fieldhouse, Caldwell

14     Customer Appreciation Day: Free admission to the Hot Springs pool all day, Lava Hot Springs

14     Something Special – The Legacy of R.J. Baxter and the Ineffable Power of Radio: A multi-media presentation of live radio examining the evocative power of voice and recorded music; 7:30PM, CSI Fine Arts Auditorium, Twin Falls

15     “Children Performing for Children” Holiday Performance: Watch the talented Music Conservatory of Sandpoint Youth Orchestras and Choirs showcase their skills in a holiday performance; also performing will be the Lake Pend Oreille Alternative High School Choir; a cookie and cider reception will follow; donations are taken at the door, but no ticket purchase is required; 5 p.m., First Lutheran Church on Olive Street, Sandpoint

16,17     Christmas Lights Tour, Rec Center, Nampa

17     Breakfast with Santa: Santa and Mrs. Claus will be visiting with everyone throughout breakfast, spreading their Christmas cheer; Santa will also read a book during breakfast, and all participants will get to color a picture, and write a letter for Santa; after breakfast, each child will have the opportunity to sit on Santa’s lap and get a present from Santa; two separate seatings, the first beginning at 8:00AM and the second beginning at 9:30AM; 1912 Center, Moscow

17     Singing and Santa: Watershed Weekend, 10:00-1:00, Boise WaterShed Environmental Education Center, 11818 West Joplin Road, Boise

17     Annual Candy Cane Hunt: 12Noon-1:00PM, McConnell Mansion lawn, Moscow

17     VFW Community Breakfast, Rexburg

17     Procrastinator’s Dream Christmas Event: Goods, services, and fun things to buy, see, and do; free pictures with Santa and free live music; they’ll be collecting for Toys for Tots, too; 9:00AM-3:00PM, O’Connor Field House, Caldwell

17     Winterfest at Priest Lake: 2:00-4:00, Fun Winter Crafts; 4:00-5:00, Family Friendly Movie; 5:30-6:30 Moonlight Snowshoe Adventure (with or without snow we’re walking); FREE Hot Beverages, $1.00 Hotdogs, $1.00 Chili; Indian Creek State Park Headquarters, Priest Lake

18     “Amahl and the Night Visitors”: Performed by the Music Conservatory of Sandpoint’s, Young Classical Singers Troupe; Matinee at 2:00PM, Evening show at 5:00PM, First Lutheran Church on Olive Street, Sandpoint

19-23     Winter Break Drop In Program: Besides the Exhibit Hall, we’ll have fun at Around the World Christmas craft and activity stations; free; 10:00AM-12:00Noon; WaterShed Environmental Education Center, 11818 West Joplin Road, Boise

20     Mobile Food Pantry, 5:30-7:30PM, Rexburg

24     Christmas Eve Raptor Meals: Pick up tips on preparing the perfect holiday dinner for raptors, 10:00AM-2:00PM, World Center of Birds of Prey, (208)362.8687, Boise

24     Santa Baby Competition and Costume Party, Pomerelle Ski Area, Albion

26     Xmas Tree Collection: Recycle those decoration-free trees; 8:00AM-4:00PM, Moscow Recycling or Waste Transfer Station Compost, Moscow

27-31     Eagle Watch Week: Based at the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s Mineral Ridge boat launch and trail-head on Lake Coeur d’Alene; bring the family out for eagle viewing and taking advantage of display and spotting scopes set up by people who know a lot about eagles, Coeur d’Alene

31     New Year’s Eve Pow Wow, Lapwai

31                  New Year’s Eve Potato Drop: 6:00PM-2:00AM, Downtown Boise

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Ruby Tanner

About Ruby Tanner

A treasured friend and our long-time calendar editor, Ruby Reynolds Tanner, succumbed to a devastating stroke in September 2017. Ruby was the honorary sister of our publisher, Kitty Fleischman, and will be missed especially for her sweetness and kindness. Our deepest sympathies go to her husband of more than sixty years, Dr. Leslie Tanner (shown with her) and their children, Michelle (Miki) Tanner-Bendickson, and Michael Tanner. Ruby loved rodeos and farmers’ markets, and toured many an antique store with Kitty. She loved eating lunches out, and had a kind word for everyone she met. Aptly named, Ruby was a jewel in every sense.

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