Keys to surviving the heat wave: water, fast cars, music, food, and staying entertained. Not difficult when you live in the Treasure Valley. This week’s offerings: Pool parties, pancake breakfast, parade, a lavender festival, Alive After Five, puppet shows and reptiles at the Library, Motorfest 2014 (admission required), a Star Lab, and Thursday Thunder.

For more Treasure Valley/ Idaho fun, visit Appetite for Idaho on Facebook, where there are new things to see, do, and suggestions for places to dine every weekday. Have a great week!

~Amy

Friday Night Pool Parties
Fri., July 11, 9 p.m.
Borah Pool 801 Aurora, Boise
Teens, tunes, and tons of splashy fun for ages 12-17. Swimming, music, and more.$2
208-375-8373

Snake River Stampede Pancake Breakfast
Sat., July 12, 7-11 a.m.
Downtown Nampa Twelth Ave. and First St., Nampa
Pile up your plates, pardners! The Stampede’s kicking off the rodeo with a breakfast that’ll stick to yer ribs. Right after victuals is the SRS parade just down the street. $5 adults, $3 children 12 and younger

The Lavender Merchant Lavender Festival
Sat., July 12, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sun., July 13, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
The Lavender Merchant 2871 Stroebel Road, Kuna
Pick your own luscious lavender, stroll through the array of vendor booths, check out a variety of lavender products and if you’d like, get a gorgeous lunch from Sophie's Choice featuring lavender, strawberry, chicken salad, desserts, breads, lavender lemonade. FREE admission. 208-249-6483

Motorfest 2014
Sat., July 12, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sun., July 13, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
208-287-5650
Expo Idaho (Fairgrounds) 5610 Glenwood St., Garden City
Now in its 12th year. See the famous Boise Highlander, Lloyd Blackstone and his s-weet Camaro ripping down the strip during the Hole Shot competition, and much, much more. Get a full schedule of events for the two-day festival at motorfestboise.com/#!info/component_71401. FREE-$8

Fun with Reptiles
Sat., July 12, 10 a.m.
Nampa Public Library 101 11th Ave. S., Nampa
What do snakes and lizards feel like? Find out. Touch a turtle and view a whole collection of reptiles during this scaled show-n-tell. FREE 208-468-5800

Lincoln Olympics
Sat., July 12, 1 p.m.
Lincoln Pool 508 Davis Ave., Nampa
Swimming, diving, water polo-ing and more. Ages 3-17, medals awarded. $1-$2 208-465-2218

Family Swim Wild West Party
Sat., July 12, 7-9 p.m.
Lowell Pool 1601 N. 28th St., Boise
Games, contests, prizes, music, and of course SWIMMING. For kids of all ages. $1.50 adults, 75 cents kids age 18 and younger. 208-345-7918

July Puppet Show
Fri., July 11, 10:30 a.m. and Sat., July 12, 2 p.m.
Puppet OUT at Boise Public Library’s Hayes Auditorium 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise
Fox and Raccoon are summer camp-bound, but one big problem…Raccoon’s not that into summer camping. See how Fox persuades him. FREE 208-384-4076

Desert Detectives Summer Camp
Mon., July 14, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge Visitor's Center 13751 Upper Embankment Road, Nampa
Kids in 2-3rd grades can find out how animals, plants, and people learn to live in Southwest Idaho’s desert country. Runs daily through July 18. Register by July 2. FREE 208-467-9278

Star Lab
Tue., July 15, 2 p.m.
Ada Community Library, Lake Hazel Branch 10489 Lake Hazel Road, Boise South
Night sky views during mid-day visible with the help of a portable planetarium.. For all ages. FREE 208-297-6700

Alive After Five: Royal Southern Brotherhood
Wed., July 16, 5-8 p.m.
Grove Plaza Downtown on Eighth Street between Main and Front streets, Boise
Blues
With Lounge On Fire. FREE

Thursday Thunder: Big Wow
Thu., July 17, 6 p.m.
Boise Spectrum 7609-7709 W. Overland Road, Boise South Boise (map) Join us for Thursday Thunder
Every Thursday, Starting at 6 pm, from June 26 to August 28! Local Idaho bands and artists playing a diverse mix of Country-Western, Rock, R&B, Funk and Reggae, covering music from the 70s, 80s, 90s and 2000s. Live music, beverages, great food, raffles and giveaways of movie passes, restaurant gift certificates and Game World Gift Cards. Chances to win all Summer long! FREE 208-938-2898