December 2018 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.

1 Community Involvement Fair, 5:00 AM – 6:30 PM, 1912 Center, Moscow

1 Tuba Christmas: This has been an ongoing community gathering of tuba and euphonium musicians since 1992. 4:00 PM, Capitol Building, Boise

1 Decorate the town: Beginning at 11:00 AM, folks will gather at Veterans’ Park to help decorate The Bridge, The Park, and Businesses. White Bird

1 ASLCSC Craft Fair: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Lewis-Clark State College Activity Center. This is a fundraiser that helps to support graduation activities at LCSC. Lewiston

1 Holiday Ice Show: 4:15 PM , Marmo/Lehto Ice Arena, Idaho Falls

1 Pokemon Club: For ages 7-18. Learn the trading-card game and test your skill against others. A few decks will be available to borrow. 2:00-3:30 PM, Public Library, Caldwell

1 Community Tree Lighting, Craigmont

1 Museum Work Day: Volunteers welcome; 8:00AM; Lunchtime Seminar (bring your own lunch): Ross Winston, IDF&G, “The Value of Collections in the Conservation of Rare Species”. Location: the O.J.Smith Museum of Natural History, Boone Hall, The College of Idaho, Caldwell

1 Christmas Concerts: Free concerts by McCall Music Society. 3:00 PM and 7:30 PM, Community Congregational Church, McCall

1 Claus N Paws: A FREE admission day. Santa Claus will visit the zoo for photo opportunities, and there will also be holiday crafts and face painting. And don’t miss the animal residents receiving their holiday gifts. 10am – 5pm (last admission at 4:30pm), Julia Davis Park Zoo, Boise

1 Children’s Christmas Party: FREE party for children ages 3 to 6th grade. Games, Christmas carols, stories, crafts, party favors. 1:00-4:00 PM, New Covenant Baptist Church, Nampa

1 Christmas in St. Maries: The Chamber of Commerce has taken the feelings associated with the season and package them beautifully. 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM, downtown St. Maries

1 “Kiddie Jingle Parade & Tree Lighting”, Kooskia

1 Cowboy Fast Draw Competition: 10:00 AM-3:00 PM, 10648 N. 25th E. Idaho Falls

1 Santa’s Workshop, Hillcrest High School, Ammon

1,8,15 City Santa: Come tell Santa your Christmas wishes and get your picture taken with Old St. Nick! Donations benefitting Women’s & Children’s Alliance. 10:00 AM-2:00 PM, D.L.Evans Bank, Boise

1,15,22 Holiday Farmers Market: Santa Claus is coming to town! Local Artisans, Handcrafted Items, Baked Goods, Unique gift ideas. 10 am – 2 pm Old Gym, Homedale High School, Homedale

1-2 Holiday Bazaar, American Legion Hall, Challis

1-2 Santa Claws Pet Photos: Treat your furry friend to a holiday photo shoot. Get a $5 discount on your photos by bringing a bag of cat food. Proceeds will benefit Conrad Strays spay neuter programs. 10 to 4 on Saturday, 10 to 2 on Sunday. Bark n’ Purr in the Vista Village Shopping Mall, Boise

1-14 Christmas Decorating Contest: Light up the town. Homes and businesses are decorated, with prizes for the best decorations to be awarded on December 15th, White Bird

1-22 N-Scale Model Railroaders: SATURDAYS, Santa will be in the building! Visit the model railroaders exhibit, complete with numerous towns, figures, lights and trains! Plus the special Christmas Trains. 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Old Boise Leasing Office, 106 N 6th St, Boise

2 Nez Perce National Historical Park Bead Bazaar, Lapwai

3 Family Fun Art Night: Work together as a family to complete an art project. 5:00 PM, ARTitorium, Idaho Falls

3,24 Puzzles at the Library: Enjoy family puzzle night or spend time at our puzzle table whenever desired. 5:00-9:00 PM, Public Library, Idaho Falls

3-31 “Meet Me Monday”: MONDAYS. A family-friendly free weekly fitness walk/run event. 5:15-6:45 PM, Flying M Coffee, 524 E. Arthur, Caldwell

4 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

4 Free Senior Day: Free admission for 65+, the Art Museum of Eastern Idaho, Idaho Falls

4-5 “It’s a Wonderful Life”, A Live Radio Play: Based on the classic holiday movie with a clever twist thrown in: The story is staged as a live radio broadcast. Best Western Plus/Coeur d’Alene Inn, Coeur d’Alene

4 Crazy Crafty Chicks: Join library volunteers at our community crafting night. Bring your own project or join one of ours. 7:00-9:00 PM, Public Library, Idaho Falls

5 Meridian City Hall Christmas Bazaar, Meridian

5-28 Computer Classes: Do you wish you knew how to use a computer better? Join our free, basic computer classes. Come to the first session to find days and topics for further classes. 3:00-4:00 PM, Public Library, Idaho Falls

5,19 Adulting 101: Workshops for ages 14+ which focus on the skills and resources necessary for successful adulthood. 6:30-7:30 PM, Public Library, Caldwell

5-26 Happier Hour Story Time: WEDNESDAYS, Free. 4:00-5:00 PM, The Well-Read Moose, Coeur d’Alene

5-26 Curious Cubs: WEDNESDAYS. Story time for three- and four-year-olds  Helps develop social and communication skills as they enjoy dancing, singing, laughing, and learning with great stories and music in a group of their peers. 10:00-10:30 AM, Library at Cherry Lane, Meridian

5-26 After School Fun: WEDNESDAYS. Crafts, games, board games, and fun activities for ages 5-11. 4:00 PM, Public Library, Caldwell

5-26 Chess Club: WEDNESDAYS: An evening of Chess games and fun. This isn’t a class on learning how to play Chess, but beginners are welcome to learn from others in the club. 7:00 PM, Public Library, Idaho Falls

6 First Thursday, 5:00 PM, Downtown Boise

6 Mobile Food Bank, 12:00 noon at the school, White Bird

6 Drop-In Computer Clinic: For all ages. Free computer or technology help. 10:30 AM to 12 Noon. Public Library, Caldwell

6 Exhibition Tour: “We the People: Protest and Patriotism”. Free tour, 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm, Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Ketchum

6 Youth Symphony Performance: 7:30-9:30 PM, Civic Center for the Performing Arts, Idaho Falls

6 Basque Museum Holiday Sale and Open House: There will be free admission for everyone. 5:30-8:30 PM, Basque Museum & Cultural Center, 611 W Grove St, Boise

6 Kids Cook with Books: This class for ages 4-8 years will consist of reading children’s favorite stories and creating a themed recipe inspired from the text. This month’s book: “A Wish to be a Christmas Tree” by Colleen Monroe. Fee: $10.00/per child. 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM, Roberts Recreation Center in Memorial Park, Caldwell

6 Evening Book Club: 6:00-7:30 PM at the Well-Read Moose, 2048 N. Main, Coeur d’Alene

6 City Santa: Come tell Santa your Christmas wishes and get your picture take with Old St. Nick! Donations benefit Women’s & Children’s Alliance. 6:00-8:00 PM, D.L.Evans Bank, Boise

6 Four County Art Guild meeting, 12:00 Noon, Public Library, Weiser

6-27 Community Dinner: THURSDAYS. Delicious meals just like Grandma used to make. All ages welcome. Tell your friends and families to come join us. Suggested donation of $6. 5:30-6:00 PM, Senior Center, McCall

7 Youth Symphony Christmas Concert, Weiser

7 Parade of Lights, downtown Challis

7 Annual Holiday Concert: Celebrate the season with Boise State University Music Department’s program for music lovers in the Treasure Valley! $10 general admission, $8.00 for seniors (60 and older), $2.00 for non-Boise State students (with ID) and children 12 and under, free for Boise State students, faculty and staff (with ID), Boise

7 Annual Town Tree Lighting & Concert Celebration, Middle School, Challis

7-8 A Touch of Glass Holiday Open House: Come to our Studio and watch us blow glass, while browsing the Studio for unique glass gifts and ornaments. Refreshments are available and the Public is welcome to attend. 12:00 Noon-8:00 PM, A Touch of Glass, 660 Clarence Drive, Idaho Falls

8 Santa’s Workshop: Come spend two hours at the Nampa Rec Center Santa Workshop making holiday crafts, playing games and decorating cookies. Santa will even be making an appearance! Ages 3-12. Member $5, Non-Member $6. Advanced registration is recommended. 12 Noon to 2:00 PM, Rec Center, Nampa

8 5th Annual Georgia Wadsworth Holiday Bazaar: Great Family Fun event.with Santa on site during whole event, handmade jewelry/goods, face painting fun, crafts, fresh baked goods, food made to order, Free Hot Chocolate & Coffee to sip and shop, local artists, authors, chair massages & So Much More; 9AM-4PM, Boise Elks

8 Breakfast with Santa: Come visit Santa. We will proved breakfast, gifts for every child, entertainment and photo opportunities with Santa! $10 per person  Ages 2 and under – FREE Tickets limited to the first 130. Must purchase tickets by Friday, November 30.  9:00AM-10:30PM, Community Center, Lewiston

8 “Christmas Tree Lighting at the Gateway”, Winchester

9 Wood River Orchestra Holiday Concert: Free event. 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm, Argyros Performing Arts Center, Ketchum

11 Indianhead Flyfishers Meeting: 7:00 PM, Idaho Pizza Co., Weiser

12-13 “Nutcracker”: 7:00 PM, Frazier Hall Auditorium, ISU Campus, Pocatello

13 Nampa Rec Center Scholarship Benefit Luncheon: A limited engagement luncheon to raise money for the Nampa Recreation Center scholarship fund. $10. All proceeds will be donated directly to the scholarship fund to help people in the Nampa community. 11:30am-1:30pm, Texas Roadhouse, Nampa

13 Little Learners: Growing STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics] Strong: Learn a new topic each month through crafts, games, songs, and snacks in this class for parents and toddlers ages 2-4. Free with pre-registration online. 10:00 AM, Museum of Idaho, Idaho Falls

13 Thursday Afternoon Read: Discussions of the book of the month, Ages 18+. 2:00-3:00 PM, Public Library, Caldwell

14 Back Country Film Fest, 6:00-9:00 PM, Alpine Playhouse, McCall

14 Sing Joyfully–A Holiday Celebration: 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM, Civic Center for the Performing Arts, Idaho Falls

15 WISCL Scholastic K-12 Chess Tournament, 8:30 AM, Lowell Scott Middle School, Boise

15 Edible Book Contest: For all ages. Make a cake or dessert of your favorite holiday-themed book or book character, and compete for People’s Choice award. Tasting will follow the contest. 2:00-4:00 PM, Public Library, Caldwell

15 Christmas Parade and Celebration: Fun for everyone. Kids, come meet Santa. Enjoy the parade, see the lights, join friends/neighbors. Parade lineup, 6:00 PM. Chili/Cornbread, Hot Cocoa, Bonfire in the Park, sponsored by White Bird Chamber, White Bird

15 2nd Annual Procrastinators Dream Christmas Event: 9:00 AM, Senior Center, Kleiner Park, Meridian

15 Pancake Breakfast: $6.00. Gem State will be playing. 8:00am – 10:30am, Senior Center, Weiser

15 Handmade Holiday: Join the Boise Environmental Education partners to ring in the Holiday Season!  Craft handmade gifts and ornaments from recycled or reusable household items! Take a free photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Holiday carols as well as tasty treats for all! 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Dick Eardley Senior Center, 690 Robbins Road, Boise

20 Holiday Crafts: Staff-led holiday craft projects for all ages. 6:30-7:30 PM, Public Library, Caldwell

21 “Let’s LEGO”: Free-build or participate in our monthly Lego activity/challenge. We have the materials. 3:30-5:00 PM, Public Library, McCall

21 Crafter’s Club: Work on your favorite project–knit, crochet, embroider, you name it–with other crafters. Ages 18+. 2:00-3:30 PM, Public Library, Caldwell

25 “Miracle on Idaho Street”: A Christmas Day Celebration for Boise’s homeless. Each guest will receive a warm welcome and an extraordinary dining experience, a finely dressed table and a meal with all the trimmings. Gifts of warm clothing, toys, books, school supplies, and blankets will be distributed, and each guest will have the chance to enjoy a visit and picture on Santa’s lap! 10:00AM to 3:00PM, Old Chicago,730 W Idaho St, Boise

28 Makerspace: Create, invent and learn through exploration. 3:30-5:00 PM, Public Library, McCall

29-31 Wallace Winterfest: Just because the holidays are over, doesn’t mean the winter fun has to stop! Come out to Wallace for its Winterfest weekend. Extended shopping hours, snowman storytime, and snacks at the Wallace Carnegie Library, Vintage Snowmobile Races, Motorized SnowBike Races, snow sculpture contests, and much more. Wallace

31 New Year’s Eve Pow Wow, Lapwai

31 “Noon” Year’s Eve Party: For all ages. Like to celebrate the New Year but don’t want to stay up until midnight? Crafts, snacks, activities—and a countdown to NOON! 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM, Public Library, Caldwell

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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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