October 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. Details about many of the following events can be found at idahocalendar.com

Northern Idaho

3-11/2 Scarywood: WEEKENDS. Get ready for a month of screams, as the theme park you thought you knew just became the nightmare you’ll never forget. Silverwood Theme Park, Athol

3-6 Fall for History Festival: Guided tours of historic homes, commercial buildings, museums, and the town cemetery, presentations about the town’s most colorful citizens and events. Wallace

5-6 Salmon River Art Guild Regional Art Show: Community Center, Riggins

5-26 Long Camp Farmer’s Market: SAT. Kamiah/Kooskia

6 Clearwater Annual Chili Feed, Clearwater

11 Free Evening at the Museum: Three new exhibits this season. “New Land, New Life: Immigrants Shaped Our Region”, “Keeping History Alive”, and “Explorers and the Fur Trade.” Here is a chance to see all three, no admission charge. 5:00-8:00 PM, Museum of North Idaho, Coeur d’Alene

12 Harvest Fest: Sandpoint Farmers Market closes out the season with entertainment, food booths, activities, and displays at Farmin Park. Sandpoint

12-13 Idaho Emerald Spiral Fall Expo: Features demonstrations from intuitive arts to crystals & much more. Greyhound Park & Event Center, Post Falls

13 Maternity & Baby Fair: Crafts, accessories, and pregnancy and parenting services and related organizations. Palouse Mall, Moscow

27 Pumpkin Carving: Riverfront Park, Kamiah

31 Halloween Costume Contest: Kamiah

31 Life Center Trunk-or-Treat: Kamiah

Southwestern Idaho

1 Kilroy Koffee Klatch: 10:00-12:00 at Warhawk Air Museum; FREE for ALL veterans and ALL veterans are welcome; Coffee and breakfast treats at no charge. No RSVP required – just show up; Nampa

1 Mexican Hot Chocolate: Enjoy hot chocolate and the reading of El Chocolate De Abuelita (Grandma’s Chocolate). 3:30-4:30PM, Hispanic Cultural Center, Nampa

2 “Bird Basics”: A look at how birds evolved, leading to the first steps in bird identification. Adults. 9:00-10:00am, Foothills Learning Center, Boise

2 Home School Hangout: Take part in a variety of awesome STEM-based activities. 1:00-2:00 PM, Public Library, Nampa

2 Toddler Wednesday: Children ages 2-3 (with an adult) explore art media. Free with the price of admission. BAM Members FREE. Drop in from 10 a.m. – noon, Boise Art Museum, Boise

3 Beekeeping for New Bees: Learn the basics. Presented by Melinda Jean Stafford and D&B Supply. Ages 18+. 6:30 PM, Public Library, Caldwell

3-27 Homedale Pumpkin Patch: WEEKENDS. Shop handcrafted, handmade, upstyled, antique and vintage items, food concessions, and home-baked goods. Free admission. Mansisidor Family Farms, 3644 E. Market Rd, Homedale

4-27 Fall Flights: FRIDAYS-SATURDAYS-SUNDAYS. Watch the Center’s education birds do what they do best — FLY!  3:00-4:00PM. Please arrive no later than 2:30 for seating, we may sell out. World Center for Birds of Prey, Boise

5 Eagle Saturday Market: 9:00 AM, Eagle

5 Museum Work Day: Volunteers welcome; 8:00AM; Lunchtime Seminar (bring your own lunch): Speaker: Danielle Lewis, “Native Americans as Environmental Icons”. O.J.Smith Museum of Natural History, Boone Hall, The College of Idaho, Caldwell

5 Jacob’s Legs “Motors for Muscles”: An MDA Event. 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, Scentsy Garden and Parking Lot, Meridian

5 Baby Boomer Lifestyle Expo: Health, activity, and planning event for Baby Boomers and Seniors living in Idaho. Open to all ages and we proudly offer all attendees FREE admission! FREE Parking. Over 100 Exhibits, Demos, Seminars. 10:00 AM-5:00 PM, Expo Idaho, Garden City

5 Project Filter Championships: Auto racing. 4:45 PM, Meridian Speedway, Meridian

5 Health and Fitness Expo: Free admission, Center Expo, Expo Idaho, Garden City

5-6 Auto Cross: Snake River Sports Car Club of America Auto Cross, west parking lot, Expo Idaho, Garden City

5-6 Idaho City Days: Idaho City

5,12 Walk About Boise: 1.5 hour guided walking tour through 150 years of history and architecture. $12. Begins at 11AM sharp, Basque Museum on Grove Street, Boise

6 Old Time Farm Day: 12pm to 4pm, Schick-Ostolosa Farmstead, 5006 West Farm Court, Boise

6-27 Treasure Valley Singles Dances: SUNDAYS. Married couples and Singles are welcome. Over 21 years of age. 7:30-10:30, Eagles Lodge, Nampa

7 Humpback Whale Storytime: A new storytime program with stories, songs and other activities! Children must be accompanied by an adult. 4:00-4:45 PM, Public Library, Nampa

8 Adulting 101: Skill-building for successful adulthood. Topic: Cleaning and decorating. Teens 15+. 6:30 PM, Public Library, Caldwell

8 Indianhead Fly Fishers: 7:00-10:00 PM, Idaho Pizza Co., Weiser

9 Hiking Club, “Birding”: Ages 18+. Free but pre-registration is required at 208-608-7680 (activity #119965-03). 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM, Foothills Learning Center, 3188 Sunset Peak Rd, Boise

9 Learn to Play Loteria: A potluck event, so bring a dish and have fun playing Loteria, the Mexican game of chance. 11:30AM-1:00PM, Hispanic Cultural Center, Nampa

9-13 Halloween Classic XXVI: Auto racing. Full of all kinds of surprises, the 5-day-long event has become one of Firebird’s grandest happenings. Firebird Raceway, Eagle

10-13 Treasure Valley Dog Show: Expo buildings and grounds, Expo Idaho, Garden City

12 Big Boys Toy Box: Tool demo exhibition. Giveaways all day long, plus something for the kids to do while you nerd out on the latest nail gun. 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Indian Creek Plaza, Caldwell

12 Senior Faire: Information on insurance, healthy living, health care, home care, finances, future planning, assisted living, travel, as well as a spinal check, blood pressure checks, massages, seminars, live entertainment, giveaways, and concessions. 9am-3pm, Civic Center, Nampa

14 Home School Day: ages 3 – 12. Topic: “History of the Watershed”. Pre-registration required (208-608-7300). 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM, Boise WaterShed, 11818 W. Joplin Rd., Boise

19 Funtober Fest: Harvest fun at this outdoor, carnival-style event. Face-painting, crafts, dancing, storytelling, a costume contest, games and more. Cost: $5, Non-Member $6. Rec Center, Nampa

19 Basque Afternoon: A fun afternoon of celebrating Basque history, culture, and food! There will be a presentation by the Basque Cultural Museum, a performance by the Oinkari Basque Dancers, and food from the Basque Market! 2:00-4:00 PM, Public Library, 1326 W. Cherry Lane, Meridian

19 The Great Downtown Pumpkin Festival: BOO BASH, an annual trick or treat put on by Treasure Valley Community College, jack o’lantern contest, giant pumpkin weigh-off, pumpkin pie eating contest, the Indian Creek Pumpkin Race, vendors and more! 11AM – 11PM, Indian Creek Plaza, Caldwell

19 Fall Festival: Create festive Fall-themed arts and crafts, take a silly harvest photo! Reptile Adventures! Take a hay ride tour at 10:15, 11:00, 11:45 and 12:30. All free. 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM, Boise WaterShed, 11818 W. Joplin Rd., Boise

19-20 Treasure Valley Flea Market: Expo Idaho, Garden City

22 Book Signing and Talk: Ed Mahron, author of Legacy of War. 7:00 PM, Rediscovered Books, Boise

23 Arcis Saxophone Quartet: These young musicians wow audiences with their enthusiasm and passion for this rare form of chamber music. 7:00 pm, Jewett Auditorium, C of I, Caldwell

23 Hiking Club, “Sunset Hike”: Ages 18+. Free but pre-registration is required at 208-608-7680 (activity #119965-04). 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM, Foothills Learning Center, 3188 Sunset Peak Rd, Boise

25-27 Boise Fall Home Show: Expo Idaho, Garden City

26-27 Gourd Festival: The Potomac Manor, Boise

27 Stars of Steinway Concert, Idaho State Museum, Boise, 5:30 PM, see starsofsteinway.com

31 Pumpkin Patch: Up-cycled, vintage furniture, home baked goods, food concession vendors. Free admission. Hours: 11am-9pm. Mansisidor Family Farms, 3644 E. Market Rd, Homedale

Central Idaho

3,17 BINGO Night: 6:30 PM, Lincoln County Community Center, Shoshone

5 Community Farmers Market: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Challis

9-13 Trailing of the Sheep Festival: Roberta McKercher Park, Hailey

12Fall Frolic: Celebrating the changing season with pioneer games, crafts, food, music and a pumpkin patch. Sacajawea Interpretive, Cultural & Educational Center, Salmon

21 America Legion Breakfast, Challis

Southern Idaho

5 International “Observe the Moon Night”: Telescopic views of the waxing gibbous (54%) moon, Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune, double stars, and star clusters. Free admission. 7:30-9:00 PM, CSI Centennial Observatory, Twin Falls

Eastern Idaho

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

1-31 Corn Maze: Swore Farms, 653 Ballard Road, Pocatello

1-31 The Addams Family, a Musical Comedy: A great Halloween treat for the entire family. Check the site https://www.palaceplayhouse.com/theaddamsfamily for dates and tickets. Palace Playhouse, Chubbuck

1-31 “Buzzsaw Sharks of Idaho” Exhibit: Idaho Museum of Natural History, Pocatello

2 Cirque Zuma Zuma: Traditional African dance and live music, flag dancing, Diabolo spinning, chair building, Zulu and Gumboot dance, and Hukuma Matata Acrobatics. isu.edu/stephens/events.

7:30-10:00 PM. L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center, Pocatello

2 Power County Hospital’s Brake for Breakfast: A breast cancer awareness ‘drive thru’ event for participants to get a free breakfast, breast cancer information, and gift item. 7-9AM (while supplies last), City Park, American Falls

3,11 Teen Craft Day: 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM, Madison Library, Rexburg

4 ISU Symphonic Band and ISU Civic Band Concert: 7:30 – 9:30pm, Stephens Performing Arts Center, ISU Campus, Pocatello

5 Rock, Gem & Jewelry Sale: Idaho Falls Gem & Mineral Society. $3 adults, Children under 12 are free. Pinecrest Event Center, Idaho Falls

5 The Great Pumpkin Festival: Farmers Market, apple pie baking contest, pumpkin carving contest, antiques, crafts, jewelry, food, music and more. Oldtown Pocatello

5-26 Farmers’ Market: SATURDAYS, 9-1 PM, Idaho Falls

10-12 Annual Fall Book Sale: 9:00 AM, The Marshall Public Library, Pocatello

12 The Great Inflatable Race: thegreatinflatablerace.com 8 AM at Freeman Park, Idaho Falls

19 VFW $5 Donation Breakfast: 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM. (Kids under 12 eat free.) VFW Hall, Rexburg

19 Fall Craft Show: Homemade crafts, decor, clothing, pampering items, holiday items, treats, and much more. Free admission. Hours: 10am-6pm, Mountain View Event Center, Pocatello

24 FCMC Healthcare Foundation Witches & Broomsticks Fundraiser: 6:30PM Old Gingerbread Shoppe. $20.00 per person. Call 208-852-4132 to register. Preston

26 Boo at the Zoo: Enjoy over 500,000 lights, 1000 pumpkins, light sculptures, decorations and trick-or-treat stations throughout the zoo! 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Tautphaus Park, Idaho Falls

31 Downtown Trick or Treat: A spooky-fun community activity for the entire family. 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm, Preston

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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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