Ohhhh, Idaho. You’re so eclectic! Exactly why I love you. Where else can you celebrate Valentine’s Day weekend with a trip to the Old State Pen, organ music in a huge cathedral, watching World Cup cricket while eating Ethiopian food at an International Market, snowmobile races and a chili cookoff?

Fun doesn’t even begin to describe where we live.

Have a Happy Week!

Romancing the Pen
Sat., Feb. 14, 12-9 p.m.
Old Idaho State Penitentiary 2445 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise
Snuggle up with your honey as you listen to tales of adultery, theft, and escape, and think, “Wow, glad you’re fairly normal!” (May not be appropriate for younger children). Last admission at 8 p.m.), with two-for-one admission. $3-$5

Cathedral Concert Series: Pipe Organ Spectacular
Fri., Feb. 13, 7:30 p.m.
Cathedral of the Rockies, First United Methodist Church 717 N. 11th St., Boise
He’s Cathedral of the Rockies’ organist David Young, and he’s going to give that church’s organ a run for its money, playing favorites and throwing in a few surprises. This is by donation.

Idaho City Chamber of Commerce Chili Cook-Off
Sat., Feb. 14, 6 a.m.-4 p.m.
Idaho City Hwy. 21, 40 miles past Boise, Idaho City
Family-style fun for everyone. Food, flea market, and snowmobile racing right through town.

Second Saturdays: Hot Water and Hearts
Sat., Feb. 14, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Jim Hall Foothills Learning Center 3188 Sunset Peak Road, Boise
Ever wonder about Idaho’s amazing geothermal features? Find out how they work with Boise State Geology masters student Amanda Laib, build a tabletop geyser, and make a natural valentines for someone you love. FREE

Seed Starting and Garden Planning
Sat., Feb. 14, 2-3 p.m. and Wed., Feb. 18, 6-7 p.m.
North End Organic Nursery 3777 E. Chinden Blvd., Garden City
Learn to be successful at seed starting and transplanting outdoors. FREE

World Cup Cricket: India vs. Pakistan
Sat., Feb. 14, 8:30-10 p.m.
Boise International Market 5823 W. Franklin Road, Boise
Ever watched cricket? Here’s your chance. The crowds go nuts when the World Cup is on! FREE

22nd Annual Buy Idaho Capitol Show
Wed., Feb. 18, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Idaho State Capitol Building 700 W. Jefferson St., Boise
100 booths of Buy Idaho members, products and services at the Capitol Rotunda. This is a fun one!

Artsy Craftsy: Recycled Paper Beads
Thu., Feb. 19, 4-4:45 p.m.
Library at Hillcrest 5246 W. Overland Road, Boise Bench (map)
Make paper beads from recycled magazine pages for a necklace that’s wow. For children ages 6-12 and their families. FREE

Wholistic Beauty Boutique Grand Re-Opening
Thu., Feb. 19, 4-7 p.m.
Wholistic Beauty Boutique 1615 W. State St., Boise
Celebrate the Grand Re-Opening of Wholistic Beauty Boutique’s new location (right next door to the old location!) with samples, works of art, jewelry, light snacks and drinks. Located inside the historic Arcade Building. FREE