The days might be getting shorter, but the Treasure Valley’s got no shortage of fun things to do. Murder Mystery parties, a DepotFest, car Show and Shine, a few puppet shows at the Library, a swim party, a block party, Alive After Five, and the original Wizard of Oz movie’s 75th anniversary celebration.

*Appetite for Idaho books are OUT, and available at Flatbread Pizza in downtown Boise, Flying M in Boise and Nampa, Candy World, the Orchard House, Babby Farms, Twin Springs Resort, and will soon be in the rooms at the Ashley inn. More locations for the A4I book soon to be announced. For weekly Appetite for Idaho discoveries, visit the A4I Facebook page.
Have a great week!


August Puppet Show
Fri., Aug. 1, 10:30 a.m. and Sat., Aug. 2, 2 p.m.
Boise Public Library 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise
The Case of the Disappearing Books:
Books are disappearing from the Library, and who’s to blame? That’s a mystery for Detective Sherlock to solve, with a little help from attendees. FREE

End-of-the-World Murder Mystery Party for Teens
Fri., Aug. 1, 4 p.m.
Ada Community Library, Lake Hazel Branch 10489 Lake Hazel Road, Boise
While zombies lie in wait outside, murderers are waiting within, at the last refuge for normal, unsuspecting citizens. The killer must be found, or the next victim just might be YOU. Wear your End-of World costumes, and expect snacks.For ages 12-18. FREE

Rock the Village: Party Crashers
Fri., Aug. 1, 6 p.m.
Village at Meridian 3600 E. Fairview Ave. at North Eagle Road, Meridian
Crashing Meridian this coming Friday, it’s the high energy band that’s called, “A terrificly talented group of people who love what they do.”
Get ready to want to get up and dance.
With James Coberly Smith and Leanne Town. FREE

Nampa Depotfest 2014
Sat., Aug. 2, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sun., Aug. 3, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Nampa Train Depot Museum 1200 Front St., Nampa
Tour the museum and a caboose, see antique cars, historic displays, and of course a lot of cool train stuff. Pancake breakfast, bake sale, lots of other food, music, games, activities…you’ll love it.
Presented by the Canyon County Historical Society. FREE

Senior Arts & Crafts Festival
Sat., Aug. 2, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Capitol Park 601 W. Jefferson, Boise
Lots to look through at Capitol Park, like furniture, jewelry, toys, handmade items, and books, books, books. Stop by and browse. Presented by Boise Parks and Recreation. FREE

4th Annual Benefit Car Show and Shine
Sat., Aug. 2, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Meridian Automotive & Machine Inc. 505 N. Main St., Meridian
Sweet rides, shiny paint, and trophies for the winners of this car show benefitting Wounded Warriors.FREE admission.

Puppet Show With Joy Steiner

Sat., Aug. 2, 12-12:30 p.m.
Garden City Library 6015 Glenwood St., Garden City
Puppet show for the kidlets, the first Saturday of every month. FREE 208-472-2941

Family Swim Hawaiian Party
Sat., Aug. 2, 7-9 p.m.
Borah Pool 801 Aurora, Boise
What could be better than music, swimming, and games with prizes? How about a party like that with an Island twist? Aloha…
$2.50 adults, $1.25 kids 18 and younger.

No Drop Group Ride
Mondays, 6 p.m. Continues through Aug. 4
Idaho Mountain Touring 1310 Main St., Boise
Want to learn to group ride? Make new friends, learn about how to get into racing, and ride on virtually flat terrain. About 15-16 mph, for 18-20 miles. Get more info at FREE

Chess Lesson
Wednesdays, 4-5 p.m. Continues through Aug. 4
Garden City Library 6015 Glenwood St., Garden City
Erica Barkell guides the lessons each week for school aged beginners and experienced chess players.

Wizard of Oz Celebration
Tue., Aug. 5, 2 p.m.
Ada Community Library, Lake Hazel Branch 10489 Lake Hazel Road, Boise
A special screening of Oz and the yellow brick road, celebrating the 75th anniversary of the 1939 classic Costumes are welcome, and get ready for snacks, games, and the Great and Powerful Oz. For all ages. FREE

2nd National Night Out Block Party
Tue., Aug. 5, 4-8 p.m.
Bodies In Motion 729 W. Diamond St., Boise
Free stuff to do all afternoon! Bounce houses, parkour, dance classes, self defense, and an EyePlay interactive entertainment system from Bodies in Motion. Free barbecue, and free admission if you bring an unused, unopened toy or nonperishable food item to give away to WagonTales and the Idaho Foodbank. Email: IP:

Alive After Five: Too Slim & the Taildraggers
Wed., Aug. 6, 5-8 p.m.
Grove Plaza Downtown on Eighth Street between Main and Front streets, Boise)
With Fort Harrison. FREE

Thursday Thunder: iRock
Thu., Aug. 7, 6 p.m.
Boise Spectrum 7609-7709 W. Overland Road, Boise South Boise (map)

Kleiner Park Concert Series: The Neil Nelson Band

Thu., Aug. 7, 6:30 p.m.
Julius M. Kleiner Memorial Park 1900 N. Records Ave., near Fairview Avenue and Eagle Road, Meridian

West Coast Swing Lesson and Open Dance
Thursdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Aug. 7
Heirloom Dance Studio 765 Idaho St., Boise
Lessons, then open dancing to show off what you’ve learned. All ages welcome.