January 2020 Calendar

By Les Tanner

Cancellations or changes in calendar events 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

1 Holiday Light Show: Coeur d’Alene Resort, Coeur d’Alene

2 How to Explain Something in Writing: Learn how to write an explanation for something through this free weekly class.  RSVP to 208-883-1045.  6:30 PM – 8:00 PM, Latah Recovery Center, Moscow

4 Free Idaho Park N’ Ski Day: 10:00 AM, Indian Creek unit of Priest Lake State Park, Priest Lake

4 Winter Spirit: The community lights up with interactive displays and dancing trees at Locomotive Park.  A large gas fireplace warms visitors while children are fascinated by the dancing lights.  Lewiston

11-26 51st Annual Snowshoe Softball Tournament: SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS.  Priest Lake

17-19 Banff Mountain Film Festival: Breathtaking adventure films, raises money for local and international good deeds.  Panida Theatre, Sandpoint

18 Crab Feed: This annual event will be held at the Greencreek Community Hall. The social hour is at 5:30 pm and dinner at 6:30 pm, followed by music and dancing around 8:30 or 9:00 pm.  Greencreek

18-20 MLK Weekend at Schweitzer: Special activities, including Saturday’s Northern Lights fireworks show and the torchlight parade.  Schweitzer Mountain Resort, Sandpoint

24 Baked Potato Bar Dinner: Traditional Delicious Idaho Baked Potato, with the works! Cheese Sauce, Bacon, Broccoli, Sauteed mushrooms, chives & more -The only bar in town that comes with a side salad & dessert!  $6.00 per Adult, $4.00 for children under age 8.4:30 PM – 6:00 PM, Lake City Center Banquet Room, Coeur d’Alene

25 George Hill Memorial Snowshoe Volleyball Tournament: 12:00pm, Hills Resort, Priest Lake

25 Winter Trails Day. Enjoy free access to snowshoe and Nordic ski trails at Schweitzer Mountain Resort, Sandpoint

25-26 Vintage Snowmobile Races: HWY 57 USFS Airstrip, Priest Lake

Southwestern Idaho

1-4 Winter Garden Aglow: Idaho Botanical Garden, Boise

2 Four County Art Guild: 12:00 noon to 1:00 PM, Puiblic Library, Weiser

2 Home School Day: 10:00-11:30 AM, Foothills Learning Center, Boise

2 First Thursday: 5:00 PM, downtown Boise

2-30 Children’s Story Time: THURSDAYS.  Perfect for children ages 3 to 5. 10:30 – 11:30 AM, Public Library, McCall

3 Potato Bowl Football: Albertsons Stadium, Boise

3-4 Wrestling: Rollie Lane Invitational, and Boys-Girls Varsity Wrestling, Ford Idaho Center, Nampa

4 Museum Work Day: Volunteers welcome; 8:00AM; Lunchtime Seminar (bring your own lunch), TBD.  O.J. Smith Museum of Natural History, Boone Hall, The College of Idaho, Caldwell

4 Saturday Family Movie: “The Missing Link”: An English explorer encounters a Sasquatch and must escort him to his Yeti cousins in the Himalayas.  Rated PG.  Free popcorn. 1:30pm – 3:30pm, Public Library, Nampa

7 Adulting 101: Workshops for ages 15+, focusing on the skills and resources necessary for successful adulthood.  Check the Web site   www.caldwellpubliclibrary.org  for this session’s topic.  6:30PM, Public Library, Caldwell

7 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

8 Movie: “Ulysses & Mona”: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Alpine Playhouse , McCall

8-29 Nature Stewards Club: WEDNESDAYS.  Ages 11-16.  Join this after-school club to hike, learn more about your ecosystem, serve your community and develop your leadership skills.  Information:  208-608-7680. Boise

9,23 Conversation Club: Want to learn English or Spanish?  Practice in a safe environment through conversation and activities.  All ages.  7:00-8:00 PM,  Public Library, Caldwell

10-11 Fly Fishing Expo 2020: Western Idaho’s Premier Fly Fishing Event, Expo Idaho, Garden City

11 Foothills Family Day: Learn about the chemistry behind snow and how most of our water in Idaho comes from snow! Indoor and outdoor activities.  Free.  10:00 AM – 1:00 PM,  Foothills Learning Center, 3188 Sunset Peak Rd, Boise

11 Make It–Embroidery Sampler: Ages 13+.  Learn the basics of embroidery.  2:00 PM, Public Library, Caldwell

11-12 Eagle Winter Flea Market: Expo Idaho, Garden City

11-12 The Great Train Show: This is the nation’s only coast-to-coast model train show, designed for the general public, modelers, hobbyists, families, and the just plain curious.  Expo Idaho, Garden City

15, 29 Conversation Club: Want to learn English or Spanish?  Practice in a safe environment through conversation and activities.  All ages. 11:00 AM-Noon.  Public Library, Caldwell

16 Auditions for “The Flower of Sunnymount Crest”: (See event listing for January 24-25). Jewett Auditorium, C of I campus, Caldwell

16 Tour of Boise’s Military Reserve: Sponsored by The Foothills Learning Center and Idaho Conservation League.  Free; for all ages.  5:30-6:30.  Information: 208-608-7680.  Boise

16 Computer Basics: Learn the basics of computers and tablets.  Come with questions.  For all ages.  2:00 PM, Public Library, Caldwell

17 Boise Philharmonic Concert: Admission: $23.20, but students at NNU, C of I, CWI, and TVCC, and all Canyon County High School students, get FREE admission w/student ID.  7:30 PM – 9:30 PM, Brandt Center, NNU Campus, Nampa

18 Dodgeball Tournament: Come have a ball with us! First Annual Coed Dodgeball Tournament to benefit the Middleton Softball League. $50 per team, up to 10 players on the roster. There will be concessions available. FREE admission to cheer on the competitors! GMPRD Community Center, Middleton

18 Watershed Weekend: Topic, “Our Prehistoric Watershed”. View fossils and meet local paleontologists and geologists while participating in hands-on activities to learn about Idaho’s past – including erupting volcanoes and casting a fossil dinosaur claw! Free family fun.  10 AM – 1 PM.  A water renewal facility tour will be held at 11:30 a.m. (weather-dependent), ages 4 and up, closed – toed shoes required, no strollers please. Boise WaterShed, 11818 W. Joplin Rd., Boise

18 WISCL Scholastic Chess Tournaments: 8:30 AM, Lowell Scott Middle School, Boise

21 Home School Day: 10:30 AM, World Center for Birds of Prey, Boise

24-25 Children’s Theatre, “The Flower of Sunnymount Crest”: Scandinavia’s folk tradition comes to life in an enchanting tale of the deep woods where trolls, fairies, and witches keep their secrets. One small girl sets out on a journey to reach her only hope of happiness, an elusive flower on top of Sunnymount Crest.  Local children shine in this original musical, directed by Drama Kids International.  Friday, 7:00 pm, Saturday, 1:00 pm.  $6, $8, $12 Adult  $4, $5, $10 Child.  Jewett Auditorium, College of Idaho, Caldwell

24-2/2 Winter Carnival: McCall

25 Community Breakfast: Enjoy a delicious breakfast for only $5.00.  Enjoy your meal, meet new and friendly people.  Your meal donation will help us give a donation to one of the local charities.  Children are welcome at our breakfast, of course.  9:00-11:00 AM, The Eagles Lodge, Nampa

28-29 Western Idaho Ag Expo: 9:00-5:00 PM, Caldwell Event Center (O’Connor Fieldhouse), Caldwell

29 Trio Voronezh: A concert of the exciting sounds and compelling arrangements of classics—all played on Russian folk instruments (such as a balalaika, a dorma, and a bayan).  7:00 PM, Jewett Auditorium, The College of Idaho, Caldwell

30 Buy Idaho Capitol Show: Showcasing everything Idaho.  Over 100 booths will be on display, exhibiting and sampling products and services produced in our state.  Free.  8am – 3pm, Idaho State Capitol Building, Boise

30 Teacher Night: For teachers in the Caldwell and Vallivue schools.  Learn what the local library can offer your classes and schools.  Tours, door prizes, and a chance to visit the library’s Mobile Makerspace.  Kids welcome, too.  Light refreshments. 6:00-7:30 PM, Public Library, Caldwell

31 Luminary Walk: Free to participate.  Walk a luminary-lined, 1-mile loop trail.  Yak Tracks suggested, snow shoes/ poles available for deposit.  Well-behaved, leashed pets welcome.  7:00-9:00 PM, Golf Course, McCall

31-2/1 Scrapbook Show: Come shop the latest paper crafting products from local vendors, attend classes and spend some time on paper crafting/scrapbooking. Admission: $7. Hours: Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 10am-5pm; Expo Idaho, Garden City

Southern Idaho

2,16 Bingo Night: 6:30PM-8:30PM, Lincoln County Community Center, Shoshone

18 Comedy Night: Bring the whole family for a night of laughs and fun! Lucas Bohn will headline this year’s comedy show! 7:30 PM, Wilson Theatre, Rupert

31 Concert: West Coast violinist Kimberlee Dodds Dray and Slovakian pianist Peter Fancovic.  7:30 PM – 9:00 PM, CSI Fine Arts Auditorium, Twin Falls

12 Ski Free Day: The Blaine County Recreation District offers Nordic and snowshoe trails free to the community, on all BCRD winter trails throughout the valley.  Ketchum/Sun Valley

13 Christmas Tree Bonfire: Yankee Fork Interpretive Center, Challis

14 Cat Cozy Club: Knit adorable and comfy cat cozies for our adoptable cats!  11:00-1:00 PM, Mountain Humane, Hailey

18-19 13th Annual Pond Hockey Classic: Christina Potters Ice Rink, Ketchum

24-26 6th Annual Sawtooth Outdoor Bonspiel: Stanley

25-31 Nordic Festival: Sun Valley

28 Humane Book Club: 4:00 – 5:00 PM, Mountain Humane, Hailey

Eastern Idaho

1-31 Darwin & Dinosaurs: Featured exhibit at the Museum of Idaho, Idaho Falls

4-25 Community Bingo: SATURDAYS.  For everyone ages 18+, not just seniors.  Help fund our nutrition program for seniors confined to their homes.  Senior Citizens Center, Idaho Falls

5 Ski for Free Day: Season kick-off event at the East Fork Mink Creek Nordic Center! Use our rental equipment at no charge, or bring your own.  Pocatello

7 Weaving, Spinning, and Fiber Arts Guild: Open Studio Night. 7:00-9:00 PM, 482 Constitution Way, Suite B-11, Idaho Falls

16 An Evening of Chamber Music: 7:00 PM  9:00 PM, The Downtown Event Center, Idaho Falls

21-23 Eastern Idaho Agricultural Show: Holt Arena, ISU Campus, Pocatello

25 Nature Art and Crafts: Ages 6-12.  Do you love animals and nature? Are you creative? Join us as we create nature themed crafts and one of a kind art projects each month. $10/person, $8.50/ZIZS Member. 10am-11am at the Zoo Education Building, 3101 Ave of the Chiefs, Pocatello

30-31 ISU Dance Concert “Configurations” : 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm, Stephens Performing Arts 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.