I’ve been waiting all month to be able to say, “What a ‘bazaar’ weekend!” ---and this is definitely it. Tons of places to browse through, many with some complimentary cider, appearances from “You Know Who”, baked items, handmade ornaments, and the smell of cinnamon spice and pine everywhere you go. Caldwell’s Winter Wonderland hits the “on” switch this Friday at 7pm, too, and that’s totally free to walk through. Bring your mittens, some friends and family, and take it all in.

*For more to do all week long, visit (and like, why not?) the Appetite for Idaho page on Facebook.
If you want an Appetite for Idaho book (adventures with tasty recipes tucked between chapters), send $18 to: Amy Larson, 119 S. Valley Drive Suite A #218, Nampa, ID 83686 and specify who it’s signed to.
Have a FUN week!

All Saints Episcopal Church Holiday Bazaar
Fri., Nov. 21, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sat., Nov. 22, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
All Saints Episcopal Church 704 S. Latah St., Boise
If fresh, hot cinnamon rolls and a pulled pork lunch with coleslaw, chips, and a drink sounds good to you, come on down. Look over hats, scarves, jewelry, ornaments, and other items, as well as homemade breads, cookies, cakes, and candies. Contact the church for more information. FREE

Thanksgiving Community Dinner
Fri., Nov. 21, 4:30 p.m.
Church of God Seventh Day 1808 W. Third St., Meridian
Have a nice Thanksgiving dinner and make new friends at this FREE community meal. Worship service follows at 7 p.m.

Boise Holiday Parade
Sat., Nov. 22, 9:45 a.m.
Downtown Boise Downtown Corridor, Boise
New route this year, starting at the corner of Jefferson and 10th, heading east, then southbound on Fourth to Bannock. Organizers are encouraging attendees to bring along a new, wrapped toy to help the Salvation Army spread the holiday joy to those in need. (And I’d encourage you to bring along some hot chocolate and don the long underwear!)

Christmas is Family
Sat., Nov. 22, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Nampa Senior Center 207 Constitution Way, Nampa
Have you been to the Nampa Senior Center? So many fun characters there, I once met an unforgettable man there named Mack. Hilarious person. Hit the Center on Saturday and take in all of the sights, sounds, and cinnamon-spiced aromas of the holidays. Shop for gifts, and get up close and personal with Santa. Live music all day long. FREE.

Wintry Market: Handmade for the Holidays
Sat., Nov. 22, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sun., Nov. 23, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
El Korah Shrine Center 1118 W. Idaho St., Boise
Cannot WAIT for this one! My friend Amy Pence Brown’s been telling us all about it on Facebook, and we’re all pretty stoked on all things Wintry these days. Super original items from over 40 Idaho artists and vendors. Plus a Kid's Craft Workshop by Bricolage, coffee by Joe 2 Go, donuts by Guru Donuts, food truck by P. Ditty Wraps, local live music curated by Go Listen Boise and a winter-themed photo booth. FREE

Holiday Bazaar
Sat., Nov. 22, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
11805 W. Giants Drive, Boise.
Sip complimentary hot cider while shopping for that one of a kind handcrafted holiday gift item, brought to you by a local artist. FREE

Eagle Holiday Festival & Craft Market
Sat., Nov. 22, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Eagle Nazarene Church 1001 W. State St., Eagle
More than 30 local artisans, great food vendors and a Santa Claus House, perfect for taking photos with the kiddos. FREE

Meridian Friends Church Holiday Bazaar
Sat., Nov. 22, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Meridian Friends Church 1021 W. Pine Ave., Meridian
Proceeds for this one go to the Friends’ Bible quizzing team. Stop by a bazaar filled with handmade crafts, Scentsy, Younique, Thirty-One, and It Works. FREE

Risen Christ Catholic Community Christmas Bazaar
Sat., Nov. 22, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Risen Christ Catholic Community 11511 Lake Hazel Road, Boise
Walk into Christmas with a magical Christmas Room, brimming with holiday-themed gifts and decorations. There’s also a Children’s Room where kids can buy presents and get free gift wrapping. Local arts and crafts, cookies for sale by the pound, and lunch available! FREE.

Meridian Medical Arts Charter High School Holiday Bazaar
Sat., Nov. 22, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Meridian Medical Arts Charter High School 1789 E. Heritage Park St., Meridian
Handmade jewelry, home décor, purses, candies, toys and more. Baked goods, specialty foods, and …just go see it.  FREE

St. Mark's CCW Noel Boutique
Sat., Nov. 22, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sun., Nov. 23, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
St. Mark's Catholic Church 7960 Northview St., Boise
This parish and its neighbors have TALENT. See it at the boutique filled with handcrafted collectibles, jewelry, toys, and other items. Baked goods and a visit from “You Know Who”, too. FREE.

Bountiful Thanksgiving Table Toppers
Sat., Nov. 22, 11 a.m.
Madeline George Garden Design Nursery 10550 W. Hill Road, Boise
Want to create a gorgeous table topper that will wow your Thanksgiving guests? Then here you go. Registration required; call or email info@madelinegeorge.com to RSVP. FREE

Saturday Art Afternoon
Sat., Nov. 22, 1 p.m.
Library at Collister 4724 W. State St., Boise West
Want to get your creativity on? Adults can learn about layers, lines, and style in Paul Klee style. Pastels and color theory, form and design.Taught by Amy Nack, art educator, local printmaker and Wingtip Press owner. FREE

Wheelchair Rugby Food Drive
Sat., Nov. 22, 4 p.m.
Fort Boise Community Center 700 Robbins Road, Boise
The third annual Wheelchair Rugby Food Drive, presented by the Boise Bombers Wheelchair Rugby Team and the AdVenture Program. Bombers play local roller derby teams, while welcoming anyone wanting to play. Rugby chairs on hand. The only fee is a donation of some canned or boxed food or a turkey. Spectators welcome! Bring a can of food! For more info, call 208-608-7680. Email: dpowell@cityofboise.org IP: FREE

2014 Hymns of Thanksgiving
Sun., Nov. 23, 7:30 p.m.
CenturyLink Arena 233 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise
A tradition for the 12th year in a row. Full orchestra and choir, featuring musicians from all over Idaho. Governor and First Lady will be narrators. No tickets required, but visit for more infohymnsofthanks.com. FREE
208-424-2200 or box office 208-331-8497

Glenns Ferry Ghost Tour Launch
Tue., Nov. 25, 5-9 p.m.
Glenns Ferry Opera Theatre 128 E. Idaho Ave., Glenns Ferry
Heard all about this last February when interviewing Connie Wills, owner of the Glenns Ferry Historic Opera House. The town hired a medium to see if there were any extra “friends” hanging about. (There were. At the Opera House, a director and possibly a few thespians, which is why they solute the six empty seats in the balcony at every performance, so check that out). On this tour, you’ll get to view what renowned medium Dave Ottens says are the town’s most ‘inhabited’ locations. Dave will be at the meet and greet after the tour. FREE.