Early fall’s the time for some nice bonfire or fire pit action in the backyard with friends. Roast a little corn, maybe sip some apple cider, with an old-fashioned donut to finish off the night. Why not. Carrying over the fire theme, BSU’s going to light University Drive on fire with its Homecoming Parade, WaterShed Weekend’s hosting a simulated wildfire demo, the Sesqui-Shop’s got fire engines, gear, and the Jaws of Life on display. You’ll also see a Neighborhood Party, star-gazing, and if you’re the musical type, you can get in on a fun barbershop quartet party.

For more things to see and do, check out the Appetite for Idaho Facebook page.
Big thanks this week to The Village at Meridian, the generous hosts of my “Two Days at the Village” blog tour, and find out why I’m NOT Queen of the Village.
Have a FUN week,


September WaterShed Weekend
Sat., Sept. 20, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Boise WaterShed 11818 W. Joplin Road, Boise
All ages can learn about the importance of managing wildfires. Local agencies on hand to explain all about it, AND you’ll get to witness a simulated wildfire activity. (Sounds like something you’d like, Jake the Nephew!) FREE

Designing for the Winter Garden
Sat., Sept. 20, 11 a.m.
Madeline George Garden Design Nursery 10550 W. Hill Road, Boise
Learn design techniques and the best plants to use if you want to put together a garden that’s got some visual interest, come wintertime. Want to look and learn? RSVP or get further info at info@madelinegeorge.com. FREE

Boise Celebrates Good Neighbors Party
Sat., Sept. 20, 1 p.m.
Library at Collister 4724 W. State St., Boise
My favorite neighbors are the ones who bring us cherries from their amazing mini-orchard, and steaming tamales at Christmas. We’ve got a pretty good gig going over here, worth celebrating, to be sure. A mini sidewalk fair with live music, a food truck, face painting, chalk drawing, and giveaways. FREE 208-562-4995

Shop Talk For Kids: Meet the Boise Fire Department
Sat., Sept. 20, 1-3 p.m.
Arts and History Sesqui-Shop 1008 Main St., Boise
Fire engines, the Jaws of Life, and all things life-saving. Fire and Rescue stuff galore. FREE 208-384-8509

Boise State Homecoming Parade
Sat., Sept. 20, 4 p.m.
Boise State Campus 1910 University Drive, Boise
A sea of blue and orange going down University Drive and winding up near Albertsons Stadium. Wave to Mayor Dave Bieter, he’s the Grand Marshal.

Global Gardens Farmstand

Mondays, 4-8 p.m. Continues through Oct. 27
West End Food Park 2419 W. Fairview Ave., Boise
Meet local farmers and enjoy fresh produce at Global Gardens Mondays through the end of October. FREE

Back to School Jazz Bash
Tue., Sept. 23, 8 p.m.
Flying M Coffee Garage 1314 Second St. S., Nampa
Have you HEARD NNU’s Jazz Revival? Here’s your chance, in the jazzy setting of the coffee garage.
Featuring NNU's Jazz Revival. FREE

Star Gazing with the Street Astronomer
Wed., Sept. 24, 6 p.m.
Garden City Library 6015 Glenwood St., Garden City
It’s easier to wish upon a star when you know where they all are. Learn all about the constellations and change the way you view the skies. For adults, teens and families. FREE 208-472-2941

Sport Horse National Arabian Championship Horse Show
Sept. 24-27, 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
Ford Idaho Center Horse Park 16200 Idaho Center Blvd., Nampa
Some of the most accomplished equine athletes in the business. Hunter/Jumper, Pleasure Carriage Driving, Dressage, and In-Hand classes. For more info, visit arabianhorses.org/shn. FREE

Puppet Show
Thu., Sept. 25, 4:30 p.m.
Ada Community Library, Lake Hazel Branch 10489 Lake Hazel Road, Boise
Like puppets? Like to laugh? PERFECT.
Funny bone tickling tales from our friends the popular puppets. Fun for all ages. FREE

Capital City Sound Open House
Thu., Sept. 25, 7-8:30 p.m.
St. Stephen's Episcopal Church 2206 N. Cole Road, Boise
Calling all musical voices! Combine your talents as Capital City Sound Chorus invites female singers of all ages to sing exciting barbershop for an evening. Four part harmonies, no experience necessary, and refreshments. FREE