Are we past the cabin fever? Who knows, it’s Idaho. It could be snowing again by next week. For now, it’s time to get out and have some fun, hear some music, and attend events that spark the imagination, like the North End Organic Nursery’s Grand Opening, where they’re talking about their plans to help Garden City evolve into the garden it once was. Eat a Lenten Lunch with friends, tour the wastewater plant. Remember, there are no boring days, only boring people.
But that’s so not us.

Have a FUN week!

Boise State Vocal Jazz Festival
Fri., Feb. 20, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Boise State Student Union Building 1910 University Drive, Boise
Like your jazz live and on stage? Listen to more than 30 middle school and high school choirs perform this Friday. Public welcome.

North End Organic Nursery Grand Opening
Fri., Feb. 20, 3-7 p.m.
North End Organic Nursery 3777 E. Chinden Blvd., Garden City
From 3-7 is the Grand Opening of the North End Organic Nursery’s new location at the former Costume Shop. They’ve been running a campaign to turn the Chinden area back into the green oasis it once was, and there’s a story behind that: From the 1800s through the mid 20th century, Garden City was full of plush farms and gardens that were cared for by the Treasure Valley’s early Chinese settlers. The name Chinden is a combination of “China” and “Garden”. By the 1950s, a lot of that was paved over for commercial and industrial use. The North End Organic Nursery plans to bring the garden back to Garden City, definitely a part of history, and cause for celebration.
At their party, they’ll have local food trucks, art projects and a bounce house for the kids, some fresh cut flowers to give away, and tours of their new location.

St. Michael's Lenten Lunches
Fridays, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Continues through March 27
St. Michael's Episcopal Cathedral 518 N. Eighth St., Boise
Said it before, and I’ll say it again: church people can cook. Enjoy an inexpensive yet tasty lunch while observing Lent every Friday from now till March 27. Clam chowder, salad, slaw, cheese bread and beverages. Homemade pie for $2.50 extra. Sponsored by the Episcopal Church Women of St. Michael's Cathedral . $6.50 for lunch.

Dreaming of Spring Expo & Be The Match Bone Marrow Registration

Sat., Feb. 21, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Expo Idaho (Fairgrounds) 5610 Glenwood St., Garden City
From 10-6 at Expo Idaho, it’s the “Dreaming of Spring Expo & Be the Match Bone Marrow Registration” , where after doing a good deed by registering, you can check out the more than 75 local artisans and businesses that are supporting the event. This is free, but if you want to give a donation to the cause, they’re more than happy to accept it. FREE

WaterShed Weekend: Engineering Your Environment
Sat., Feb. 21, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Boise WaterShed 11818 W. Joplin Road, Boise
Have you noticed that these WaterShed Weekends are kind of amazing? For this one, you can create projects at different stations, things like candy towers and magnetic slime. BlockFest stations for the younger kids, Deconstruction Lab for the older kids, and you’ll get to see wastewater engineering at its finest during the treatment plant tour. FREE

Idaho Watercolor Society Capitol Rotunda Art Show

Feb. 23-March 7, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Idaho State Capitol Building 700 W. Jefferson St., Boise
Look, experience, and if the art moves you, maybe even purchase a piece of fine art for yourself from the more than 90 Idaho artists’ work displayed at the Rotunda. Through March 7. FREE

Read Me Treasure Valley: Music of the Vietnam Era

Wed., Feb. 25, 6:30 p.m.
Garden City Library 6015 Glenwood St., Garden City
If you’ve got some vinyl music from the Vietnam era, you can share that along with your thoughts on how it influenced during those years. Want to know what those records are worth today? Vinyl Preservation Society of Idaho will be available to provide their expertise. Refreshments available. FREE