January 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.


4-26 Snowmobile Based Avalanche Awareness & Companion Rescue  Clinics: FRIDAYS and SATURDAYS.  parksandrecreation.idaho.gov/events-calendar/month/2019-01  Various Idaho locations

Northern Idaho

2-30 Happier Hour Story Time: WEDNESDAYS, Free.  4:00-5:00 PM, The Well-Read Moose, Coeur d’Alene

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

5 Free Idaho Park N’ Ski Day: Free Lessons, Guided Snowshoe hike, Indian Creek State Park, Coolin

5 Vintage Snowmobile Races: 12 noon. Hwy 57 Forest Service Air Strip, Priest Lake

11 Living Voices–Our Revolution: Explore the American Revolution through the eyes of an African-American soldier; 7:00-8:30 PM, Heartwood Center, Sandpoint

25 Baked Potato Bar Dinner: Fundraiser. 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM, Lake City Center, Coeur d’Alene

31-2/3 Oscar Shorts: The Panida Theater screens Oscar-nominated shorts, live action, and animated, ahead of the Academy Awards, Sandpoint

Southern Idaho

1 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

1-6 “The Guardians”: Matteo Pugliese Exhibit, Boise Art Museum, Boise

1-26 “Deck the Walls”: Free exhibit featuring the creative expressions of 12 Guest Artists and 21 Full Moon Gallery artists.  Twin Falls Center for the Arts, Twin Falls

2 Boise Birding Series, “Who’s Here Now?” What birds are wintering in Idaho and where can you see them?  Free program for experienced and novice birders alike.  9:00-10:00 AM, Foothills Learning Center, Boise

2 Movie Marathon: Shows at 11:00, 2:00 and 5:00.  Family-friendly (ages 4+); free popcorn. Community Room, Public Library, Caldwell

2-4 Winter Break Drop-In Program: Hands-on fun of the exhibit hall, plus special winter and snow-themed activities and crafts. 10:00 a.m. to noon.  Boise WaterShed, 11818 W. Joplin Road, Boise

2-30 Just for Tweens: WEDNESDAYS.  Crafts, games, board games, and fun activities for ages 9-12.  4:30 PM, Public Library, Caldwell

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

3 Super Bristle Bots: Make a tiny “robot” using a brush and a few simple supplies, led by Boise’s Reuseum.  Ages 5+.  2:00-3:30 PM, Public Library, Caldwell

3-24 Teen Thursdays: Ages 13-18.  Creating, building and tinkering.  4:00 PM, Public Library, Caldwell

4-25 Pickleball for Youth: FRIDAYS.  Ages 8-14.  Register with Caldwell Department of Parks and Recreation.  7:00-9:00 PM, Roberts Recreation Center, Caldwell

5 Museum Work Day: Volunteers welcome; 8:00AM; Lunchtime Seminar (bring your own lunch): Speaker: Steve Bouffard, “Bird Intelligence”.  Location: the O.J.Smith Museum of Natural History, Boone Hall, The College of Idaho, Caldwell

5 Biscuits & Gravy Breakfast: 8:00am – 10:30am; $6.00. Senior Center, Weiser

5 Pokemon Club: For ages 7-18.  Learn the trading-card game and test your skill against others. If you don’t have a deck to bring, a few decks will be available to borrow.  2:00-3:30 PM, Public Library, Caldwell

7 Family History Night: Curious about you family history? Come join us for an open, drop-in family history research session. 5:30-7:30PM, Public Library, Nampa

7-28 BINGO: MONDAYS. 7:00 PM at the Senior Center, Weiser

7-28 “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

7-28 Storytime: MONDAYS, Stories for ages 0-2. !0:30 and 11:00 AM.  Public Library, Caldwell

8 Story Trail Adventure, “Owl Moon”: You and your preschooler (ages 3-1/2 to 6) will walk the quarter mile trail with us and read the story pages posted on our platforms together. Afterwards each child can get creative with our story-related craft! Children should dress for the weather and be accompanied by an adult. $3.00. 10:00-11:00AM, Jim Hall Foothills Learning Center, Boise

8 Reading Tails: Come read to an adorable four-legged friend.  3:30pm – 4:30pm, Public Library, Nampa

8-30 Pajama Storytime: All ages, but geared to preschool.  Stories, rhymes, songs,7:00 PM, Public Library, Caldwell

8-30 Storytime: TUESDAYS and WEDNESDAYS, Stories for ages 2-5. !0:30, 11:00 AM,   Public Library, Caldwell

9 Boise Birding Series Special Event: Science technology workshop. Free. Join Kathy McCoy and other local naturalists to learn about what’s new in nature tech applications.  9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Foothills Learning Center, 3188 Sunset Peak Rd., Boise

9-10 Idaho Job and Career Fair, Courtyard at the Marriott, Boise

12 Community Dance: $5 per person, finger-food potluck.  Music by Just for Kicks.  6:00 – 9:00 pm at the Weiser Senior and Community Center, Weiser

12-13 Western Idaho Fly Fishing Expo: A two-day event featuring two indoor casting ponds, speakers, demonstrations, and vendors. Center Building, Expo Idaho, Garden City

12-13 Great Train Show: The nation’s only coast-to-coast model train show.  North Building, Expo Idaho, Garden City

12-13 Treasure Valley Indoor Flea Market: Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm, South Building, Expo Idaho, Garden City

17 Home School Day: Intro to Raptors.  Sessions 10:30-12:00, and 1:30-3:00.  Interpretive Center open house 12-1:00 and 3:00-4:00.  Cost $3 per person. Members and children under 4 admitted free.  Pre-registration required: 208-362-8260.  The World Center for Birds of Prey, Boise

18 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

18 Happy Dog Piano Duo: Pianists Eric Tran and Nathan Cheung bring humor and joy to the classical music world.  6:15 PM, Jewett Auditorium, The College of Idaho, Caldwell

19 “Come Alive”: A family-friendly show presented by the BYU Ballroom Dance Company.  7:30-9:00 PM, CSI Fine Arts Auditorium, Twin Falls

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

24 Mid-Winter Author Series: All ages.  Author: Angela Matlashevsky.  7:00-8:00 PM, public Library, Caldwell

24 Nature Explorers Preschool Program: Preschoolers (3-5) use their natural curiosity to investigate nature. Free. 10:30 AM.  Visitors’ Center, Deer Flat NWR, Nampa

24 Auditions for Caldwell Fine Arts presentation of “Hot as Summer, Cold as Winter”: For children in grades 1 – 12. (See Calendar for February 1-2.)  Preregistration is required. (208-459-5783).  Jewett Auditorium, The College of Idaho, Caldwell

25-2/3 Winter Carnival: One of Idaho’s premier winter events.  Snow sculpturing and many other activities.  Great fun for the whole family, McCall

26-7/7 “Donut Ever Forget Me”: Jae Yong Kim Exhibit, Boise Art Museum, Boise

Central Idaho

1 Winter Snow Trek: Bring skis, snowshoes, friends and family to join a ranger for a 3 mile (round trip) winter trek to celebrate the New Year. Limited spots available, so call to register (208-558-7368). 5:00pm to 9:00pm, Harriman State Park, Island Park

2-30 Storytime: WEDNESDAY and FRIDAYS.  Books and crafts designated for children ages of 2- 4 will be available. All ages are welcome. 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM, Public Library, Hailey

13 Christmas Tree Bonfire: Yankee Fork Interpretive Center, Challis

25-26 Wild West Winterfest: Parade, fireworks, casino night, and other activities, Island Park

25-27 Sawtooth Outdoor Bonspiel: A three-day curling tournament, Stanley

Eastern Idaho

1 Free Senior Day: Free for 65+, Art Museum of Eastern Idaho, Idaho Falls

1-6 Discover Steampunk: A visually stunning exhibit featuring great thinkers of the 19th century and the “futuristic” innovations they envisioned.  10:00 AM, Museum of Idaho,   Idaho Falls

1-19 “The Incredible Horse”: Continuing exhibit.   Horses started in Idaho! The world of horses will come alive in this interactive exhibit. Idaho Museum of Natural History, Pocatello

3 Acoustic Musician’s Open Mic Night: An evening for all ages to promote and showcase their musical talents. 7:00 PM, Kool Beanz Café, Idaho Falls

5 Free Admission: The Art Museum of Eastern Idaho, 11:00 AM, Idaho Falls

5 Ski for Free Day: Use rental equipment at no charge or bring your own.  Free trail passes and free mini lessons. East Fork Mink Creek Nordic Center, Pocatello

5 Swing Junction’s Big Band Dance: A community swing dance. No partner is required and beginners are welcome.  8–9 p.m. swing dance lesson, 9–11 p.m. dance.  Veterans Memorial Building, Idaho Falls

10 Little Learners: Growing STEM 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

12 Martin Brock Comedy Show: Show by a gifted and highly sought magicin and comedian. Gem Valley Performing Arts Center, Grace

15-19 8th Annual Driggs Snowscapes and Snow Ball: City Plaza , Driggs

19 Pebble Creek Torchlight Parade, Inkom

19 Winter Carnival: Fishing Derby, Snow Machine Fun Run and several special activities for children. The Fishing Derby will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and fishing licenses are not required. Kids can see free movies at the Idan-Ha Theater, Soda Springs

27 Potato Cup Pursuit Ski Race: 10:00 AM, East Fork Mink Creek Nordic Center, Pocatello

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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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