May 2024 Calendar

By Les Tanner

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

Northern Idaho

1             North Idaho Business Expo and Career Fair: 3 – 7 PM,  Kootenai County Fairgrounds, Coeur d’Alene

2     Well~Read Evening Book Club: 6 – 7:30PM, Well-Read Moose, Coeur d’Alene

3,10       Community Sew-In: Noon – 3PM, Community Room, Public Library,
Coeur d’Alene

4     Idaho & Lewis County Community Sale: “SPRING TREASURE HUNT”, Long Camp RV Park, Kamiah

4-5 Riggins Rodeo: Riggins

6     Spotted Fawns: This free upbeat, fun group is a great fit for children aged 0-3. We’ll be exploring nature, playing with puppets, dancing scarves, and egg shakers, reading books, making music, and more. 10:30 -11:30AM at the Palouse Nature Center, 1040 Rodeo Dr., Moscow

11   “Dessert at the Museum”: Elk City Wagon Road Museum, Clearwater

11   Depot Days Car Show: Northern Pacific Railroad Museum, Wallace

Southwestern Idaho

1     Guitar for Beginners: Bring your own guitar and learn some guitar basics: Chords and strumming patterns, as well as a tiny bit of music theory in the process. For ages 13 and older. 6 – 7PM, Public Library, Nampa

3     Boise Birding: Beginner to expert birders welcome to this free class. The first hour will be a birding presentation by Terry Rich followed by the options to go birding. Binoculars available to borrow. Pre-registration is required. 9 – 10 AM. Foothills Learning Center; 3188 Sunset Peak Rd, Boise

3-4 Spring Craft Fair:  Lakeview Park, Nampa

4     Museum Work Day: 8 AM.  Volunteers Welcome.  Lunchtime Seminar (bring your own lunch): Speaker: Jan Summers Duffy, OJSMNH, “Museum Collections in Archaeology”. O.J.Smith Museum of Natural History, The College of Idaho, Caldwell

4     Health & Fitness Expo: 10 AM – 4 PM, South Building, Expo Idaho, Garden City

4     Experience Idaho: A free full-day event highlighting the incredible local companies, people, and products that only happen here in Idaho. Hours: 10 AM – 5 PM, Center Building, Expo Idaho, Garden City

4     Girls Day Out: Grab your mom, daughters, friends and coworkers, and join us for this day dedicated to women!  You’ll enjoy a unique, intimate and festive shopping experience. 10 AM – 5 PM. North Building, Expo Idaho, Garden City

4     Depot & Interpretive Center Open House: 12:00 PM, Caldwell

4     Family Camping Basics (all ages): Gain skills and confidence to take the whole family overnight camping this summer. Topics and activities will be tailored so that all ages can participate. Learn the gear, meals, and etiquette that will keep you safe, comfy, and enjoying the outdoors. $10/person. 10 AM – Noon. 
Jim Hall Foothills Learning (3188 N Sunset Peak Rd,) Boise

7     Kilroy Coffee Klatch: Meets at 10 AM the first Tuesday of every month and is FREE to any and all veterans!  Coffee and breakfast treats.  The general public is welcome, but admission rates do apply. Warhawk Air Museum, Nampa

7     Ping-Pong Club: If you’re looking to learn the game, or hone your craft, this is the table tennis club for you. 2 – 4 PM, Public Library, Nampa

9-11      Rusty Barn Quilt Show: Sewing, quilting, needle-art and craft supply exhibits from many quality companies.  Free. 10 AM – 5 PM, Center Expo Building, Expo Idaho, Garden City

11   Grow Together Gardening: Spend a morning in our garden this spring exploring the natural world with your little ones (ages 2-4). Instructors will facilitate activities and garden tasks that will have you and your child working and learning together. Cost of $7 includes adult and child. 10 – 11:30 AM, Boise Urban Garden School (2995 N Five Mile Rd,) Boise

11   Dry Bar Comedy Tour: Dry Bar Comedy is “Funny for Everyone.” Come prepared to laugh! 5:30 PM | 8:30 PM. $15, $20, $30 Adult | $8, $10, $15 Child.  Jewett Auditorium, The College of Idaho, Caldwell

11   Book Signing: Jennifer Browning, 2 – 4 PM, Barnes & Noble, Boise

18   BUGS Birthday Bash: Celebrate our 20th year with a party in the garden! We’ll be showcasing all our wonderful resources and programs along with other partners. While this event is FREE, advanced registration is required (208) 972-8630. 10 AM – 2 PM,  Boise Urban Garden School (BUGS) 2995 N Five Mile Rd, Boise

18   Idaho’s Largest Garage Sale: 7 AM – 5 PM, West Parking Lot, Expo Idaho, Garden City

29   6th Annual MPCE All Abilities Spring Carnival: Expo Idaho, Garden City

Southern Idaho

11   Star Party: This free monthly event takes place at the CSI Centennial Observatory (Weather Permitting).  Observers will see a waning Gibbous (55%) moon, double stars, and star clusters.  9 – 11 PM, Centennial Observatory, CSI Campus, Twin Falls

3-4         Chicken-Lasagna Dinner/Fundraiser: $17 per person.  Funds go to a scholarship and the Senior Pantry.  Doors open at 5:45 PM.  Senior Center, Buhl

18   International Astronomy Day: Solar Viewing. Safely view sunspots and the solar atmosphere through special filtered telescopes. Bright stars and planets visible in the 24” telescope. 11 AM – 4 PM, FREE. Centennial Observatory, CSI, Twin Falls

Eastern Idaho

2-4 Vintage Market Days: Eastern Idaho State Fairgrounds, Blackfoot

3-4 SE Idaho Days: Bring the family to SRD’s SE Idaho Days! Parade, Car Show, Bounce Houses, Live Bands on Friday night, Horse Drawn Wagon Ride, Power Wheels Races. Bannock County Event Center, Pocatello

5-26      Flat Track Horse Races: SUNDAYS. Pocatello Downs, Pocatello

10-11    Disney’s “101 Dalmatians KIDS”: A delightful adventure featuring Cruella De Vil, Disney’s outrageous villain, and 101 adorable Dalmatian heroes. With a high-spirited score and lovable characters, this stage adaptation is certain to charm and delight all audiences.  Tickets: $18.  Palace Theatre, Chubbuck

12   Mother’s Day at the Zoo: All day, Zoo Idaho, Pocatello

17   Endangered Species Day at the Zoo: 10 AM – 2 PM, Zoo Idaho, Pocatello

17-18    Monster Truck Insanity: Trucks compete in Insanity Style Skills Shootout, heads up Battle Bracket style racing, and insane high flying. Sandy Downs, Idaho Falls

18   Family Birding Festival: This festival is ideal for those interested in bird watching, but who not sure where to begin, or for more experienced birders looking for a few tips. Topics include basic bird identification, favorite field guides, how to choose your optics, and where and when to find birds. The entire festival is an activity designed as a treat for families. Zero cost and maximum fun!  Our local guides will share their expertise with children of all ages.  American Falls              

23   Downtown Easter Egg Fest: 11 AM – 2 PM, Historic Downtown Pocatello

27   Swan Lake SummerFest: Celebrate the coming of summer with live music by area folk musicians. Vendors and food trucks. 1 – 7 PM, Thomas Mercantile, Swan Lake



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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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