Don’tcha just want to be outside all the time now? Same here, with a little break in between for some A/C relief. The Treasure Valley’s serving up some fun ones this week, like the Greek Festival, Owyhee County Outpost Days, an Art Festival in Eagle, Scrabble Tournament at Rediscovered Books, a Summerfest at the Boise Stage Stop, exploding volcanoes at the library (Shhh!), and the Boise Philharmonic giving a concert right smack in the middle of downtown Crouch. Sound like fun?

For even more Idaho fun, visit the Appetite for Idaho Facebook page, and watch for the first book in the Appetite for Idaho series, with copies (fingers crossed) slated to be available by around July 4th. Have a great week!


Greek Food Festival
Fri., June 6, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sat., June 7, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church 2618 W. Bannock St., Boise
It’s pronounced ‘Year-o’, not ‘Jye-ro’, and it’s yummy, as are the other Greek food wonders that await. You can practice saying souvlaki and dolmades for when you stop by the Festival, so you can order up with confidence. For more info, visit $1, kids under 12 FREE.

Touchmark Public Art Show

Through June 6, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Touchmark at Meadow Lake Village 4037 E. Clocktower Lane, Meridian
More than 80 works of original artwork will be on display at this FREE art show that’s open to the public. June 6th is the last day, so don’t miss out on a visit to the beautiful Touchmark Community.

Student Art Show
Fri., June 6, 1-6 p.m. and Sat., June 7, 1-6 p.m.
Hasbrouck House 1403 12th Ave. S., Nampa
Absorb the art surrounding you in the historic Hasbrouck House, the first house in Nampa to have electricity, built by those of Huguenot descent. Owner Susan can tell you all about the house, and all about the art, since she’s an artist herself.Students will be doing demos during show hours. FREE

Meridian Public Works Poop Scoot Fun Run

Sat., June 7, 8:30-10:30 a.m.
8th Street Park 2235 N.W. 8th St., Meridian
Our mom was really strict and would never let us discuss what she called ‘bathroom talk’. I wonder what she’d think of this event, where a tennis ball is dropped into the sewer with the intent of reaching the wastewater treatment plant, and participants have to beat the ball to the plant. Registry fees are just a couple of cans of food or nonperishable food items, and the race’s proceeds, plus any food donations go to the Meridian Food Bank. Register on site beginning at 7:30 a.m.

Owyhee County Outpost Days
Sat., June 7, 8 a.m. and Sun., June 8, 8 a.m.
Owyhee County Historical Museum 17085 Basey St., Murphy
This is Owyhee County’s big one, the event they plan all year for, and we’ve been waiting anxiously for it. Two whole days of finger-licking food, live music, stuff for the kids to do, art demonstrations, craft vendors, great entertainment, and history all over the place. For more info, visit FREE

Eagle Art Festival 2014
Sat., June 7, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
North Channel Center 600 S Rivershore Lane, Eagle
Frame Works presents over 30 local artists, with prizes and giveaways.
For more info see or 208-939-7075. FREE

Boise Stage Stop's Summerfest
Sat., June 7, 10-12 a.m. and Sun., June 8, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Boise Stage Stop 23801 S. Orchard Access Road, I-84 off Exit 71, Boise
If you like cars, motorcycles, local bands & live music, this is it for you. Take in the vendors, a little (or a lot of) good food, kid-friendly stuff to do, motorcycle events, and more. The proceeds earned go to the Boise Rescue Mission and affiliated shelters.
Additional info at FREE

Scrabble Tournament: Part Deux
Sat., June 7, 1-5 p.m.
Rediscovered Books 180 N. Eighth St., Boise
It’s ON. Scrabble, anyone? Go head to head with other wordmasters for a day of fun and competition. First, second, and third place prizes awarded for the cleverest of the clever. FREE

Pet-A-Palooza 2014
Sat., June 7, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Ann Morrison Park Americana Boulevard., Boise
Do you dig our Boise Police Department? And do you like pets? If so, you can see the BPD doing demonstrations with the highly trained K-9s, get your face painted, and take advantage of photo opps with the K-9 cops. There’ll also be food trucks, vendor booths, specialty dog collars sold, and cute little critters that are eligible for adoption. Pet-A-Palooza 2014’s sponsored by WendyWorks Realty, in an effort to help the BPD Canine Foundation and Fuzzy Pawz Rescue. Visit for more info. FREE

Music in the Mountains
Sat., June 7, 4:30-6 p.m.
Garden Valley Center for the Arts 1068 Middlefork Road, Garden Valley
The Boise Philharmonic in downtown Crouch? Yep. Bring your chairs and picnic baskets and get situated for a Classical Revolution Outdoor Concert. FREE

Idaho Rose Show

Sat., June 7, 12-5 p.m.
Riverside Hotel 2900 Chinden Blvd., Garden City
Do your roses have what it takes? Find out when you enter roses fresh from your own garden into the competition, or simply breathe in the sights and smells of the Aspen Room, which will be full of roses of varying varieties. FREE

Mini-Monday Book Sale
Mondays, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Continues through June 9
Garden City Library 6015 Glenwood St., Garden City
Books for a buck? What luck! Mini-Mondays are here, a weekly way to support Friends of the Garden City Library through book sales, where all books are only $1.

Volcano Demonstration Summer Reading Kickoff
Tue., June 10, 2 p.m.
Garden City Library 6015 Glenwood St., Garden City
Volcano eruptions at the library, kicking off the Summer Reading Program with an enormous flow of fun. FREE.

Alive After Five: Shook Twins
Wed., June 11, 5-8 p.m.
Grove Plaza Downtown on Eighth Street between Main and Front streets, Boise
Two identical twin sisters originally from Sandpoint, Kyle Volkman and Niko Daoussis create the foursome that’s Indie/Folk/ Pop, and a distinct sound. Harmony, acoustics, and creative percussion with a ‘repurposed’ telephone mic make for a sound that’s super unique. With Bread & Circus. FREE