The dog days of summer…long naps in the hammock, sipping freshly-squeezed limeade, a dip in a nearby lake or pool, and a healthy sampling of all the Treasure Valley has to offer. Pose with Sven the Sheep from “Frozen” at the Library, rock out with Boise’s “Big, Bad Beauty”, Emily Braden, at the Village, splash around at a Pirate Swim Party or at H20 Yeah at the Boise WaterShed, another Movie Under the Stars, a puppet show, Alive After Five, a free Soul Patch concert in Roseberry, and exploring the foothills. Go get ‘em.

*Ready for the Appetite for Idaho books? They should be out to local eateries by next week, so you can stop somewhere deliciously local, get lunch, and pick up a copy!

Have a fun week,

~Amy

Roseberry Summer Music Festival
July 17-19, 6-11 p.m.
McCall Chamber 800-260-5130 or 208-634-7631
Roseberry town site 2598 E. Roseberry Road, east of Donnelly
They do it every year now…The Roseberry Summer Music Festival. A night for locals, plus The Gramblers, Toubab Crewe, The Black Lillies, Tony Furtado, Nicki Bluhm, Chicken Dinner Road, Jeff Scroggins and Colorado. Admission is $15-$25, $50-$55 (3 day pass). I interviewed Frank Eld of Roseberry last year, who said the years of preservation efforts he’s made on the old buildings are all worth it when he looks out over the sea of people at the Music Fest.

Frozen In July: A Sheep and Greet
Fri., July 18, 4 p.m.
Ada Community Library 10664 W. Victory Road, Boise
Too hot out? All a matter of perception. Why NOT create a frosty Frozen celebration at the Library? Dress in Frozen attire (gowns and such), and get ready for some cool picture taking with Olaf the Sheep, Sven the Sheep, and their friends. Ice cold treats and puppet show, too. FREE 208-362-0181

Rock the Village: Emily Braden
Fri., July 18, 6 p.m.
Village at Meridian 3600 E. Fairview Ave. at North Eagle Road, Meridian
Back from Harlem, Boise’s “Big, Bad Beauty” is seriously versatile. Symphonies in B.C. or heading up Jazz trios in Manhatten, she’ll win you over with her unique stage presence. With Farayi Jazz Combo. FREE 208-888-1701

Family Swim Pirate Party
Saturday July 19, 7-9pm
For kids of all ages. Contests, prizes, swimming and fun tunes. $1.50adults, and only 75 cents for kids ages 18 and under.

WaterShed Weekend: H2O Yeah!
Sat., July 19, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Boise WaterShed 11818 W. Joplin Road, Boise
Bring a spare pair of shorts and a towel, because you’re gonna get wet while learning about conserving water. H20-centered relay races, games, and water gun combat. How much do you know…about H20? FREE 208-489-1284

Movies Under the Stars
Sat., July 19, 7 p.m.
Gene Harris Bandshell 700 S. Capitol Blvd., in Julia Davis Park, Boise
Movie is “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters”. Play games and get in on all-ages activities. Sponsored by the Boise Public Schools Education Foundation and the City of Boise. FREE

Puppet Show
Tue., July 22, 2 p.m.
Ada Community Library, Lake Hazel Branch 10489 Lake Hazel Road, Boise
Want to laugh? Want to laugh…with puppets? Then this is your thing! Amusing versions of well-known childrens’ stories…puppet-style. For all ages. FREE 208-297-6700

Alive After Five: Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas
Wed., July 23, 5-8 p.m.
Grove Plaza Downtown on Eighth Street between Main and Front streets, Boise
Her debut, “Secret Evil”, was crafted along with Argentinian, Grammy-award-winning producer Milo Froideval. Releases Aug. 19 through Instant Records. Gypsy-Latin influences, blues/ rock.
With Aaron Mark Brown. FREE

Soul Patch
Wed., July 23, 6:30 p.m.
McCall Chamber
Roseberry town site 2598 E. Roseberry Road, east of Donnelly
Country. FREE
800-260-5130 or 208-634-7631

Exploring the Foothills
Thursday July 24, 6 p.m.
Garden City Library 6015 Glenwood St., Garden City
Ever wonder how the Ridge to Rivers initiative got started? Find out when Pete Ritter shares the history, talks about trail etiquette, a d explains the many facets of this popular trail system. FREE 208-472-2941